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  1. Heterometallic [AgFe(3)S (4)] ferredoxin variants: synthesis, characterization, and the first crystal structure of an engineered heterometallic iron-sulfur protein.

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    Martic, Maja; Jakab-Simon, Ida Noémi; Haahr, Lærke Tvedebrink; Hagen, Wilfred Raymond; Christensen, Hans Erik Mølager

    2013-02-01

    Heterometallic [AgFe(3)S(4)] iron-sulfur clusters assembled in wild-type Pyrococcus furiosus ferredoxin and two variants, D14C and D14H, are characterized. The crystal structure of the [AgFe(3)S(4)] D14C variant shows that the silver(I) ion is indeed part of the cluster and is coordinated to the thiolate group of residue 14. Cyclic voltammetry shows one redox pair with a reduction potential of +220 mV versus the standard hydrogen electrode which is assigned to the [AgFe(3)S(4)](2+/+) couple. The oxidized form of the [AgFe(3)S(4)] D14C variant is stable in the presence of dioxygen, whereas the oxidized forms of the [AgFe(3)S(4)] wild type and D14H variants convert to the [Fe(3)S(4)] ferredoxin form. The monovalent d (10) silver(I) ion stabilizes the [Fe(3)S(4)](+/0) cluster fragment, as opposed to divalent d (10) metal ions, resulting in more than 0.4 V difference in reduction potentials between the silver(I) and, e.g., zinc(II) heterometallic [MFe(3)S(4)] ferredoxins. The trend in reduction potentials for the variants containing the [AgFe(3)S(4)] cluster is wild type ≤ D14C potential trend for the variants containing the heterometallic [AgFe(3)S(4)] cluster and the [Fe(3)S(4)] cluster can be rationalized in terms of the electrostatic influence of the residue 14 side chains, rather than the dissociation constant of this residue, as is the case for [Fe(4)S(4)] ferredoxins. The trends in reduction potentials are in line with there being no electronic coupling between the silver(I) ion and the Fe(3)S(4) fragment.

  2. Detonation Synthesis of Alpha-Variant Silicon Carbide

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    Langenderfer, Martin; Johnson, Catherine; Fahrenholtz, William; Mochalin, Vadym

    2017-06-01

    A recent research study has been undertaken to develop facilities for conducting detonation synthesis of nanomaterials. This process involves a familiar technique that has been utilized for the industrial synthesis of nanodiamonds. Developments through this study have allowed for experimentation with the concept of modifying explosive compositions to induce synthesis of new nanomaterials. Initial experimentation has been conducted with the end goal being synthesis of alpha variant silicon carbide (α-SiC) in the nano-scale. The α-SiC that can be produced through detonation synthesis methods is critical to the ceramics industry because of a number of unique properties of the material. Conventional synthesis of α-SiC results in formation of crystals greater than 100 nm in diameter, outside nano-scale. It has been theorized that the high temperature and pressure of an explosive detonation can be used for the formation of α-SiC in the sub 100 nm range. This paper will discuss in detail the process development for detonation nanomaterial synthesis facilities, optimization of explosive charge parameters to maximize nanomaterial yield, and introduction of silicon to the detonation reaction environment to achieve first synthesis of nano-sized alpha variant silicon carbide.

  3. Synthesis and structure of a bimetallic hybrid inorganic/organic layered coordination polymer with an octamolybdate cluster variant trapped between the α and δ isomeric forms

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    Springsteen, Caleb H.; Johnston, Lindsey L.; LaDuca, Robert L.

    2007-09-01

    Hydrothermal combination of CuSO 4, MoO 3, and 4-phenylpyridine (4-phpyr) in a 1:4:4.5 ratio under basic conditions afforded purple crystals of {[Cu(4-phpyr) 4] 2(Mo 8O 26)·4-phpyr} ( 1), which were analyzed by spectroscopy and single crystal X-ray diffraction. The asymmetric octamolybdate clusters in 1 adopt an intermediate structural variant between the known α and δ isomeric forms, with four octahedral and three tetrahedral molybdenum coordination spheres, along with one molybdenum atom in a highly distorted square pyramidal environment. Paddle-wheel shaped [Cu(4-phpyr) 4] 2+ cations link adjacent {α/δ-Mo 8O 26} 4- clusters into a 2-D layered rhomboid grid coordination polymer. Uncoordinated 4-phpyr molecules lie in incipient voids in the interlamellar regions. The structure of 1 illustrates the utility of sterically bulky coordination complexes in the stabilization of intermediate conformations during energetically facile polyoxometallate isomer interconversion. Crystallographic data: triclinic, P1, a = 13.717(3) Å, b = 13.728(3) Å, c = 14.809(3) Å, α = 109.251(4)°, β = 107.670(4)°, γ = 92.005(4)°, V = 2480.0(9) Å 3, R1 = 0.0637, wR2 = 0.1054.

  4. Population structure analysis using rare and common functional variants

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    Ding Lili

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Next-generation sequencing technologies now make it possible to genotype and measure hundreds of thousands of rare genetic variations in individuals across the genome. Characterization of high-density genetic variation facilitates control of population genetic structure on a finer scale before large-scale genotyping in disease genetics studies. Population structure is a well-known, prevalent, and important factor in common variant genetic studies, but its relevance in rare variants is unclear. We perform an extensive population structure analysis using common and rare functional variants from the Genetic Analysis Workshop 17 mini-exome sequence. The analysis based on common functional variants required 388 principal components to account for 90% of the variation in population structure. However, an analysis based on rare variants required 532 significant principal components to account for similar levels of variation. Using rare variants, we detected fine-scale substructure beyond the population structure identified using common functional variants. Our results show that the level of population structure embedded in rare variant data is different from the level embedded in common variant data and that correcting for population structure is only as good as the level one wishes to correct.

  5. DNA packaging in mouse spermatids: synthesis of protamine variants and four-transition proteins

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    Balhorn, R.; Weston, S.; Thomas, C.; Wyrobek, A.J.

    1984-01-01

    A comparison of the protein compositions of mouse late-step spermatids and cauda epididymal sperm has revealed that the relative distribution of the two amino acid sequence variants of mouse protamine differ markedly in spermatids and sperm. Sonication-resistant spermatids contain the two variants in a ratio of 1:1, while the ratio of these two proteins in cauda epididymal sperm is approx. 2:1. Labeling studies in vivo have shown that this difference is due, in part, to an asynchrony in the time of synthesis of the two protamine variants. Both proteins are synthesized in late-step spermatids, but synthesis of the tyrosine variant in sperm chromatin begins approximately one day before synthesis of the more predominant histidine variant. Analyses of the time of synthesis of protamine and the four transition proteins in late-step spermatids allowed us to estimate the spermatid stage in which these proteins are deposited on DNA and relate these events to the onset of sonication resistance in maturing spermatids. These results indicate that: (1) synthesis and deposition of protamine begins coincident with the onset of sonication resistance in early step 12 spermatids; (2) protamine deposition is complete by mid-step 15; and (3) synthesis of the transition proteins occurs coincident with protamine synthesis.

  6. BreakPoint Surveyor: a pipeline for structural variant visualization.

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    Wyczalkowski, Matthew A; Wylie, Kristine M; Cao, Song; McLellan, Michael D; Flynn, Jennifer; Huang, Mo; Ye, Kai; Fan, Xian; Chen, Ken; Wendl, Michael C; Ding, Li

    2017-10-01

    BreakPoint Surveyor (BPS) is a computational pipeline for the discovery, characterization, and visualization of complex genomic rearrangements, such as viral genome integration, in paired-end sequence data. BPS facilitates interpretation of structural variants by merging structural variant breakpoint predictions, gene exon structure, read depth, and RNA-sequencing expression into a single comprehensive figure. Source code and sample data freely available for download at https://github.com/ding-lab/BreakPointSurveyor, distributed under the GNU GPLv3 license, implemented in R, Python and BASH scripts, and supported on Unix/Linux/OS X operating systems. lding@wustl.edu. Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

  7. Structure of chymotrypsin variant B from Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua

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    Leth-Larsen, Rikke; Asgeirsson, B; Thórólfsson, M

    1996-01-01

    The amino-acid sequence of chymotrypsin variant B isolated from the pyloric caeca of Atlantic cod has been elucidated. The characterization of the primary structure is based on N-terminal Edman degradation and mass spectrometry of the native protein and enzymatically derived peptides. Chymotrypsin...... variant B showed 72% sequence identity with the A-variant and 64% and 62%, respectively, with the bovine counterparts A and B, all consisting of 245 amino acids. This new sequence contains a higher proportion of charged residues compared with bovine chymotrypsin but fewer polar hydrogen-bond forming...... side-chains may contribute to the maintenance of flexibility at low temperatures. Several amino-acid sequence differences adjacent to the catalytic site are observed in the two cod chymotrypsin variants which also differ in kinetic properties. Unlike the mammalian chymotrypsins, which contain several...

  8. Common genetic variants influence human subcortical brain structures

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    Hibar, Derrek P.; Stein, Jason L.; Renteria, Miguel E.; Arias-Vasquez, Alejandro; Desrivières, Sylvane; Jahanshad, Neda; Toro, Roberto; Wittfeld, Katharina; Abramovic, Lucija; Andersson, Micael; Aribisala, Benjamin S.; Armstrong, Nicola J.; Bernard, Manon; Bohlken, Marc M.; Boks, Marco P.; Bralten, Janita; Brown, Andrew A.; Chakravarty, M. Mallar; Chen, Qiang; Ching, Christopher R. K.; Cuellar-Partida, Gabriel; den Braber, Anouk; Giddaluru, Sudheer; Goldman, Aaron L.; Grimm, Oliver; Guadalupe, Tulio; Hass, Johanna; Woldehawariat, Girma; Holmes, Avram J.; Hoogman, Martine; Janowitz, Deborah; Jia, Tianye; Kim, Sungeun; Klein, Marieke; Kraemer, Bernd; Lee, Phil H.; Olde Loohuis, Loes M.; Luciano, Michelle; Macare, Christine; Mather, Karen A.; Mattheisen, Manuel; Milaneschi, Yuri; Nho, Kwangsik; Papmeyer, Martina; Ramasamy, Adaikalavan; Risacher, Shannon L.; Roiz-Santiañez, Roberto; Rose, Emma J.; Salami, Alireza; Sämann, Philipp G.; Schmaal, Lianne; Schork, Andrew J.; Shin, Jean; Strike, Lachlan T.; Teumer, Alexander; van Donkelaar, Marjolein M. J.; van Eijk, Kristel R.; Walters, Raymond K.; Westlye, Lars T.; Whelan, Christopher D.; Winkler, Anderson M.; Zwiers, Marcel P.; Alhusaini, Saud; Athanasiu, Lavinia; Ehrlich, Stefan; Hakobjan, Marina M. H.; Hartberg, Cecilie B.; Haukvik, Unn K.; Heister, Angelien J. G. A. M.; Hoehn, David; Kasperaviciute, Dalia; Liewald, David C. M.; Lopez, Lorna M.; Makkinje, Remco R. R.; Matarin, Mar; Naber, Marlies A. M.; McKay, D. Reese; Needham, Margaret; Nugent, Allison C.; Pütz, Benno; Royle, Natalie A.; Shen, Li; Sprooten, Emma; Trabzuni, Daniah; van der Marel, Saskia S. L.; van Hulzen, Kimm J. E.; Walton, Esther; Wolf, Christiane; Almasy, Laura; Ames, David; Arepalli, Sampath; Assareh, Amelia A.; Bastin, Mark E.; Brodaty, Henry; Bulayeva, Kazima B.; Carless, Melanie A.; Cichon, Sven; Corvin, Aiden; Curran, Joanne E.; Czisch, Michael; de Zubicaray, Greig I.; Dillman, Allissa; Duggirala, Ravi; Dyer, Thomas D.; Erk, Susanne; Fedko, Iryna O.; Ferrucci, Luigi; Foroud, Tatiana M.; Fox, Peter T.; Fukunaga, Masaki; Gibbs, J. Raphael; Göring, Harald H. H.; Green, Robert C.; Guelfi, Sebastian; Hansell, Narelle K.; Hartman, Catharina A.; Hegenscheid, Katrin; Heinz, Andreas; Hernandez, Dena G.; Heslenfeld, Dirk J.; Hoekstra, Pieter J.; Holsboer, Florian; Homuth, Georg; Hottenga, Jouke-Jan; Ikeda, Masashi; Jack, Clifford R.; Jenkinson, Mark; Johnson, Robert; Kanai, Ryota; Keil, Maria; Kent, Jack W.; Kochunov, Peter; Kwok, John B.; Lawrie, Stephen M.; Liu, Xinmin; Longo, Dan L.; McMahon, Katie L.; Meisenzahl, Eva; Melle, Ingrid; Mohnke, Sebastian; Montgomery, Grant W.; Mostert, Jeanette C.; Mühleisen, Thomas W.; Nalls, Michael A.; Nichols, Thomas E.; Nilsson, Lars G.; Nöthen, Markus M.; Ohi, Kazutaka; Olvera, Rene L.; Perez-Iglesias, Rocio; Pike, G. Bruce; Potkin, Steven G.; Reinvang, Ivar; Reppermund, Simone; Rietschel, Marcella; Romanczuk-Seiferth, Nina; Rosen, Glenn D.; Rujescu, Dan; Schnell, Knut; Schofield, Peter R.; Smith, Colin; Steen, Vidar M.; Sussmann, Jessika E.; Thalamuthu, Anbupalam; Toga, Arthur W.; Traynor, Bryan J.; Troncoso, Juan; Turner, Jessica A.; Valdés Hernández, Maria C.; van ’t Ent, Dennis; van der Brug, Marcel; van der Wee, Nic J. A.; van Tol, Marie-Jose; Veltman, Dick J.; Wassink, Thomas H.; Westman, Eric; Zielke, Ronald H.; Zonderman, Alan B.; Ashbrook, David G.; Hager, Reinmar; Lu, Lu; McMahon, Francis J.; Morris, Derek W.; Williams, Robert W.; Brunner, Han G.; Buckner, Randy L.; Buitelaar, Jan K.; Cahn, Wiepke; Calhoun, Vince D.; Cavalleri, Gianpiero L.; Crespo-Facorro, Benedicto; Dale, Anders M.; Davies, Gareth E.; Delanty, Norman; Depondt, Chantal; Djurovic, Srdjan; Drevets, Wayne C.; Espeseth, Thomas; Gollub, Randy L.; Ho, Beng-Choon; Hoffmann, Wolfgang; Hosten, Norbert; Kahn, René S.; Le Hellard, Stephanie; Meyer-Lindenberg, Andreas; Müller-Myhsok, Bertram; Nauck, Matthias; Nyberg, Lars; Pandolfo, Massimo; Penninx, Brenda W. J. H.; Roffman, Joshua L.; Sisodiya, Sanjay M.; Smoller, Jordan W.; van Bokhoven, Hans; van Haren, Neeltje E. M.; Völzke, Henry; Walter, Henrik; Weiner, Michael W.; Wen, Wei; White, Tonya; Agartz, Ingrid; Andreassen, Ole A.; Blangero, John; Boomsma, Dorret I.; Brouwer, Rachel M.; Cannon, Dara M.; Cookson, Mark R.; de Geus, Eco J. C.; Deary, Ian J.; Donohoe, Gary; Fernández, Guillén; Fisher, Simon E.; Francks, Clyde; Glahn, David C.; Grabe, Hans J.; Gruber, Oliver; Hardy, John; Hashimoto, Ryota; Hulshoff Pol, Hilleke E.; Jönsson, Erik G.; Kloszewska, Iwona; Lovestone, Simon; Mattay, Venkata S.; Mecocci, Patrizia; McDonald, Colm; McIntosh, Andrew M.; Ophoff, Roel A.; Paus, Tomas; Pausova, Zdenka; Ryten, Mina; Sachdev, Perminder S.; Saykin, Andrew J.; Simmons, Andy; Singleton, Andrew; Soininen, Hilkka; Wardlaw, Joanna M.; Weale, Michael E.; Weinberger, Daniel R.; Adams, Hieab H. H.; Launer, Lenore J.; Seiler, Stephan; Schmidt, Reinhold; Chauhan, Ganesh; Satizabal, Claudia L.; Becker, James T.; Yanek, Lisa; van der Lee, Sven J.; Ebling, Maritza; Fischl, Bruce; Longstreth, W. T.; Greve, Douglas; Schmidt, Helena; Nyquist, Paul; Vinke, Louis N.; van Duijn, Cornelia M.; Xue, Luting; Mazoyer, Bernard; Bis, Joshua C.; Gudnason, Vilmundur; Seshadri, Sudha; Ikram, M. Arfan; Martin, Nicholas G.; Wright, Margaret J.; Schumann, Gunter; Franke, Barbara; Thompson, Paul M.; Medland, Sarah E.

    2015-01-01

    The highly complex structure of the human brain is strongly shaped by genetic influences1. Subcortical brain regions form circuits with cortical areas to coordinate movement2, learning, memory3 and motivation4, and altered circuits can lead to abnormal behaviour and disease2. To investigate how common genetic variants affect the structure of these brain regions, here we conduct genome-wide association studies of the volumes of seven subcortical regions and the intracranial volume derived from magnetic resonance images of 30,717 individuals from 50 cohorts. We identify five novel genetic variants influencing the volumes of the putamen and caudate nucleus. We also find stronger evidence for three loci with previously established influences on hippocampal volume5 and intracranial volume6. These variants show specific volumetric effects on brain structures rather than global effects across structures. The strongest effects were found for the putamen, where a novel intergenic locus with replicable influence on volume (rs945270; P = 1.08 × 10−33; 0.52% variance explained) showed evidence of altering the expression of the KTN1 gene in both brain and blood tissue. Variants influencing putamen volume clustered near developmental genes that regulate apoptosis, axon guidance and vesicle transport. Identification of these genetic variants provides insight into the causes of variability inhuman brain development, and may help to determine mechanisms of neuropsychiatric dysfunction. PMID:25607358

  9. Structural synthesis of parallel robots

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    Gogu, Grigore

    This book represents the fifth part of a larger work dedicated to the structural synthesis of parallel robots. The originality of this work resides in the fact that it combines new formulae for mobility, connectivity, redundancy and overconstraints with evolutionary morphology in a unified structural synthesis approach that yields interesting and innovative solutions for parallel robotic manipulators.  This is the first book on robotics that presents solutions for coupled, decoupled, uncoupled, fully-isotropic and maximally regular robotic manipulators with Schönflies motions systematically generated by using the structural synthesis approach proposed in Part 1.  Overconstrained non-redundant/overactuated/redundantly actuated solutions with simple/complex limbs are proposed. Many solutions are presented here for the first time in the literature. The author had to make a difficult and challenging choice between protecting these solutions through patents and releasing them directly into the public domain. T...

  10. Binary morphology with spatially variant structuring elements: algorithm and architecture.

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    Hedberg, Hugo; Dokladal, Petr; Owall, Viktor

    2009-03-01

    Mathematical morphology with spatially variant structuring elements outperforms translation-invariant structuring elements in various applications and has been studied in the literature over the years. However, supporting a variable structuring element shape imposes an overwhelming computational complexity, dramatically increasing with the size of the structuring element. Limiting the supported class of structuring elements to rectangles has allowed for a fast algorithm to be developed, which is efficient in terms of number of operations per pixel, has a low memory requirement, and a low latency. These properties make this algorithm useful in both software and hardware implementations, not only for spatially variant, but also translation-invariant morphology. This paper also presents a dedicated hardware architecture intended to be used as an accelerator in embedded system applications, with corresponding implementation results when targeted for both field programmable gate arrays and application specific integrated circuits.

  11. Common genetic variants influence human subcortical brain structures

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    Hibar, Derrek P; Stein, Jason L; Renteria, Miguel E; Arias-Vasquez, Alejandro; Desrivières, Sylvane; Jahanshad, Neda; Toro, Roberto; Wittfeld, Katharina; Abramovic, Lucija; Andersson, Micael; Aribisala, Benjamin S; Armstrong, Nicola J; Bernard, Manon; Bohlken, Marc M; Boks, Marco P

    2015-01-01

    The highly complex structure of the human brain is strongly shaped by genetic influences. Subcortical brain regions form circuits with cortical areas to coordinate movement, learning, memory and motivation, and altered circuits can lead to abnormal behaviour and disease. To investigate how common genetic variants affect the structure of these brain regions, here we conduct genome-wide association studies of the volumes of seven subcortical regions and the intracranial volume derived from magn...

  12. Diagnostic shoulder arthroscopy: incidence of physiologic variants of joint structures

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    Martin Mikek

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Shoulder arthroscopy first described by Burman already in 1930, has evolved only in last 15 years to become a common accepted diagnostic and therapeutic procedure in treatment of different shoulder conditions. Parallely to the advances in arthroscopic operative techniques also our knowledge about arthroscopic shoulder anatomy expanded and many physiologic variants in anatomical structures have been identified in glenohumeral joint. It is very important to be familiar with those when performing shoulder arthroscopy, since in some cases they can easily be mistaken for pathologic lesions which can lead to unnecessary and potentially harmful operative procedures.Methods: We prospectively evaluated arthroscopic shoulder anatomy in 54 consecutive shoulder arthroscopies performed for different shoulder conditions in our practice. In all patients diagnostic arthroscopy was performed following the SCOI protocol described by Snyder. With regard to the anatomy variants described in literature and its importance in shoulder arthroscopy, special attention was focused on three regions of glenohumeral joint: long head of biceps tendon with its anchor and adjacent superior labrum, anterior joint capsule with glenohumeral ligaments and subscapularis tendon and on anterior labrum. The incidence of the observed anatomical variants was calculated. The most common combinations of anatomy variants were described and schematically presented.Results: The most significant anatomical variant observed in the region of long head of biceps tendon, biceps anchor and superior labrum was sublabral sulcus that was observed in 17% of shoulders. The region of anterior capsule with glenohumeral ligaments and subscapularis tendon showed greatest anatomical variability, especially the MGHL and the IGHL were very variably expressed and in some cases also absent. In the region of anterior labrum two significant anatomical variants were observed, one of them sublabral hole

  13. Enzymatic synthesis of structured lipids.

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    Iwasaki, Yugo; Yamane, Tsuneo

    2004-01-01

    Structured lipids (SLs) are defined as lipids that are modified chemically or enzymatically in order to change their structure. This review deals with structured triacylglycerols (STGs) and structured phospholipids (SPLs). The most typical STGs are MLM-type STGs, having medium chain fatty acids (FAs) at the 1- and 3-positions and a long chain fatty acid at the 2- position. MLM-type STGs are synthesized by: 1) 1,3-position-specific lipase-catalyzed acyl exchange of TG with FA or with FA ethylester (FAEt); 2) 1,3-position-specific lipase-catalyzed acylation of glycerol with FA, giving symmetric 1,3-diacyl-sn-glycerol, followed by chemical acylation at the sn-2 position, and; 3) 1,3-position-specific lipase-catalyzed deacylation of TG, giving 2-monoacylglycerol, followed by reacylation at the 1- and 3-positions with FA or with (FAEt). Enzymatic preparation of SPLs requires: 1) acyl group modification, and 2) head group modification of phospholipids. Acyl group modification is performed using lipases or phospholipase A2-mediated transesterification or ester synthesis to introduce arbitrary fatty acid to phospholipids. Head group modification is carried out by phospholipase D-catalyzed transphosphatidylation. A wide range of compounds can be introduced into the polar head of phospholipids, making it possible to prepare various SPLs.

  14. Heterometallic [AgFe3S4] ferredoxin variants: synthesis, characterization, and the first crystal structure of an engineered heterometallic iron–sulfur protein

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    Martic, Maja; Simon, Ida Noemi; Haahr, Lærke Tvedebrink

    2013-01-01

    of the [AgFe3S4] wild type and D14H variants convert to the [Fe3S4] ferredoxin form. The monovalent d 10 silver(I) ion stabilizes the [Fe3S4]+/0 cluster fragment, as opposed to divalent d 10 metal ions, resulting in more than 0.4 V difference in reduction potentials between the silver(I) and, e.g., zinc......] ferredoxin. The similarity in the reduction potential trend for the variants containing the heterometallic [AgFe3S4] cluster and the [Fe3S4] cluster can be rationalized in terms of the electrostatic influence of the residue 14 side chains, rather than the dissociation constant of this residue, as is the case...

  15. dbVar structural variant cluster set for data analysis and variant comparison [version 2; referees: 2 approved

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    Lon Phan

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available dbVar houses over 3 million submitted structural variants (SSV from 120 human studies including copy number variations (CNV, insertions, deletions, inversions, translocations, and complex chromosomal rearrangements. Users can submit multiple SSVs to dbVAR  that are presumably identical, but were ascertained by different platforms and samples,  to calculate whether the variant is rare or common in the population and allow for cross validation. However, because SSV genomic location reporting can vary – including fuzzy locations where the start and/or end points are not precisely known – analysis, comparison, annotation, and reporting of SSVs across studies can be difficult. This project was initiated by the Structural Variant Comparison Group for the purpose of generating a non-redundant set of genomic regions defined by counts of concordance for all human SSVs placed on RefSeq assembly GRCh38 (RefSeq accession GCF_000001405.26. We intend that the availability of these regions, called structural variant clusters (SVCs, will facilitate the analysis, annotation, and exchange of SV data and allow for simplified display in genomic sequence viewers for improved variant interpretation. Sets of SVCs were generated by variant type for each of the 120 studies as well as for a combined set across all studies. Starting from 3.64 million SSVs, 2.5 million and 3.4 million non-redundant SVCs with count >=1 were generated by variant type for each study and across all studies, respectively. In addition, we have developed utilities for annotating, searching, and filtering SVC data in GVF format for computing summary statistics, exporting data for genomic viewers, and annotating the SVC using external data sources.

  16. Synthesis, spectroscopic and structural characterization of new ...

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Chemical Sciences; Volume 125; Issue 3. Synthesis, spectroscopic and structural characterization of new linear mononuclear silver(I) complexes containing -keto phosphorus ylides as ambidentate ligands. Seyed Javad Sabounchei Mohsen Ahmadi Fatemeh Akhlaghi Hamid Reza Khavasi.

  17. Optical generation of a spatially variant two-dimensional lattice structure by using a phase only spatial light modulator

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    Kumar, Manish, E-mail: manishk@physics.iitd.ac.in; Joseph, Joby, E-mail: joby@physics.iitd.ac.in [Photonics Research Laboratory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi 110016 (India)

    2014-08-04

    We propose a simple and straightforward method to generate spatially variant lattice structures by optical interference lithography method. Using this method, it is possible to independently vary the orientation and period of the two-dimensional lattice. The method consists of two steps which are: numerical synthesis of corresponding phase mask by employing a two-dimensional integrated gradient calculations and experimental implementation of synthesized phase mask by making use of a phase only spatial light modulator in an optical 4f Fourier filtering setup. As a working example, we provide the experimental fabrication of a spatially variant square lattice structure which has the possibility to guide a Gaussian beam through a 90° bend by photonic crystal self-collimation phenomena. The method is digitally reconfigurable, is completely scalable, and could be extended to other kind of lattices as well.

  18. Optical generation of a spatially variant two-dimensional lattice structure by using a phase only spatial light modulator

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    Kumar, Manish

    2016-01-01

    We propose a simple and straightforward method to generate a spatially variant lattice structures by optical interference lithography method. Using this method, it is possible to independently vary the orientation and period of the two-dimensional lattice. The method consists of two steps which are: numerical synthesis of corresponding phase mask by employing a two-dimensional integrated gradient calculations and experimental implementation of synthesized phase mask by making use of a phase only spatial light modulator in an optical 4f Fourier filtering setup. As a working example, we provide the experimental fabrication of a spatially variant square lattice structure which has the possibility to guide a Gaussian beam through a 90{\\deg} bend by photonic crystal self-collimation phenomena. The method is digitally reconfigurable, is completely scalable and could be extended to other kind of lattices as well.

  19. Flow-directed synthesis of spatially variant arrays of branched zinc oxide mesostructures.

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    Konda, Abhiteja; Morin, Stephen A

    2017-06-22

    The use of fluid flow to control crystal morphology during the liquid-phase synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials is a relatively under explored approach. Synthetic strategies that take advantage of flow effects present the opportunity to tune several parameters (e.g., flow velocity and direction) in addition to conventional growth parameters (e.g., time, temperature, chemistry, and concentration), and thus enable additional levels of control in the bottom-up synthesis of nanomaterials. The current work reports the application of microfluidics to the rational synthesis of spatially variant arrays of branched zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods with predictable morphological and compositional characteristics. Specifically, the dislocation driven growth rates of branches within ZnO nanorod arrays was rationally controlled using dynamic, high-velocity precursor flow, yielding ZnO mesostructures with morphology that depended on the location within the arrays. This approach compliments current synthetic strategies and is generally applicable to a range of materials with a diverse set of functional properties (e.g., optical, magnetic, electronic) and applications.

  20. Multi-Hamiltonian Structures on Beauville's Integrable System and Its Variant

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    Rei Inoue

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available We study Beauville's completely integrable system and its variant from a viewpoint of multi-Hamiltonian structures. We also relate our result to the previously known Poisson structures on the Mumford system and the even Mumford system.

  1. SYNTHESIS, CHARACTERIZATION, AND CRYSTAL STRUCTURE ...

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    guest chemistry, catalysis, electrical .... of architectures and topologies but also because of their fascinating potential applications in functional solid ... Synthesis of a new coordination polymer, {[Ba2(Hpydc)2(pydc)(H2O)3].H2O.(H2pydc)}n. Bull.

  2. SDS, a structural disruption score for assessment of missense variant deleteriousness

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    Thanawadee ePreeprem

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available We have developed a novel structure-based evaluation for missense variants that explicitly models protein structure and amino acid properties to predict the likelihood that a variant disrupts protein function. A structural disruption score (SDS is introduced as a measure to depict the likelihood that a case variant is functional. The score is constructed using characteristics that distinguish between causal and neutral variants within a group of proteins. The SDS score is correlated with standard sequence-based deleteriousness, but shows promise for improving discrimination between neutral and causal variants at less conserved sites.The prediction was performed on 3-dimentional structures of 57 gene products whose homozygous SNPs were identified as case-exclusive variants in an exome sequencing study of epilepsy disorders. We contrasted the candidate epilepsy variants with scores for likely benign variants found in the EVS database, and for positive control variants in the same genes that are suspected to promote a range of diseases. To derive a characteristic profile of damaging SNPs, we transformed continuous scores into categorical variables based on the score distribution of each measurement, collected from all possible SNPs in this protein set, where extreme measures were assumed to be deleterious. A second epilepsy dataset was used to replicate the findings. Causal variants tend to receive higher sequence-based deleterious scores, induce larger physico-chemical changes between amino acid pairs, locate in protein domains, buried sites or on conserved protein surface clusters, and cause protein destabilization, relative to negative controls. These measures were agglomerated for each variant. A list of nine high-priority putative functional variants for epilepsy was generated. Our newly developed SDS protocol facilitates SNP prioritization for experimental validation.

  3. Structural characterization of the Ser324Thr variant of the catalase-peroxidase (KatG) from Burkholderia pseudomallei.

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    Deemagarn, Taweewat; Carpena, Xavier; Singh, Rahul; Wiseman, Ben; Fita, Ignacio; Loewen, Peter C

    2005-01-07

    The Ser315Thr variant of the catalase-peroxidase KatG from Mycobacterium tuberculosis imparts resistance to the pro-drug isonicotinic acid hydrazide (isoniazid) through a failure to convert it to the active drug, isonicotinoyl-NAD. The equivalent variant in KatG from Burkholderia pseudomallei, Ser324Thr, has been constructed, revealing catalase and peroxidase activities that are similar to those of the native enzyme. The other activities of the variant protein, including the NADH oxidase, the isoniazid hydrazinolysis and isonicotinoyl-NAD synthase activities are reduced by 60-70%. The crystal structure of the variant differs from that of the native enzyme in having the methyl group of Thr324 situated in the entrance channel to the heme cavity, in a modified water matrix in the entrance channel and heme cavity, in lacking the putative perhydroxy modification on the heme, in the multiple locations of a few side-chains, and in the presence of an apparent perhydroxy modification on the indole nitrogen atom of the active-site Trp111. The position of the methyl group of Thr324 creates a constriction or narrowing of the channel leading to the heme cavity, providing an explanation for the lower reactivity towards isoniazid and the slower rate of isonicotinoyl-NAD synthesis.

  4. Hydrothermal synthesis, crystal structure and luminescence property ...

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    Hydrothermal synthesis, crystal structure and luminescence property of a three dimensional Sm(III) coordination polymer with. 2,5-pyridinedicarboxylic acid. KRANTHI KUMAR GANGU, ANIMA S DADHICH and. SARATCHANDRA BABU MUKKAMALA. ∗. Department of Chemistry, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam 530 045, ...

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Chemical Sciences; Volume 127; Issue 12. Hydrothermal synthesis, crystal structure and luminescence property of a three dimensional Sm(III) coordination polymer with 2,5-pyridinedicarboxylic acid. Kranthi Kumar Gangu Anima S Dadhich Saratchandra Babu Mukkamala. Volume 127 Issue 12 ...

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    Synthesis, crystal structure, theoretical study and luminescence property of a butterfly-like W/Cu/S cluster with 1,10-phenanthroline. AI-HUA CHENa,b, SU-CI MENGc,d, JIN-FANG ZHANGb,c and CHI ZHANGb,c,∗. aSchool of Chemical & Chemical Engineering, Yancheng Institute of Technology, Yancheng 224051,.

  7. Structured synthesis of MEMS using evolutionary approaches

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    Fan, Zhun; Wang, Jiachuan; Achiche, Sofiane

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, we discuss the hierarchy that is involved in a typical MEMS design and how evolutionary approaches can be used to automate the hierarchical synthesis process for MEMS. The paper first introduces the flow of a structured MEMS design process and emphasizes that system-level lumped-pa...

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Chemical Sciences; Volume 128; Issue 8. Synthesis, molecular structure ... The molecular geometry and spectroscopic data of the title compound have been calculated by using the density functional method (B3LYP) invoking 6-311G(d,p) basis set. UV-Vis spectra of the two forms were recorded.

  9. Synthesis and structures of metal chalcogenide precursors

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    Hepp, Aloysius F.; Duraj, Stan A.; Eckles, William E.; Andras, Maria T.

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    The reactivity of early transition metal sandwich complexes with sulfur-rich molecules such as dithiocarboxylic acids was studied. Researchers recently initiated work on precursors to CuInSe2 and related chalcopyrite semiconductors. Th every high radiation tolerance and the high absorption coefficient of CuInSe2 makes this material extremely attractive for lightweight space solar cells. Their general approach in early transition metal chemistry, the reaction of low-valent metal complexes or metal powders with sulfur and selenium rich compounds, was extended to the synthesis of chalcopyrite precursors. Here, the researchers describe synthesis, structures, and and routes to single molecule precursors to metal chalcogenides.

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    The Mo atom in the complex is in octahedral coordination. Thermal stability of the complex has also been studied. KEY WORDS: Molybdenum complex, Hydrazone ligand, Crystal structure, X-ray diffraction, Thermal property. INTRODUCTION. Coordination chemistry of molybdenum(VI) has attracted considerable attention ...

  12. Manta: rapid detection of structural variants and indels for germline and cancer sequencing applications.

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    Chen, Xiaoyu; Schulz-Trieglaff, Ole; Shaw, Richard; Barnes, Bret; Schlesinger, Felix; Källberg, Morten; Cox, Anthony J; Kruglyak, Semyon; Saunders, Christopher T

    2016-04-15

    : We describe Manta, a method to discover structural variants and indels from next generation sequencing data. Manta is optimized for rapid germline and somatic analysis, calling structural variants, medium-sized indels and large insertions on standard compute hardware in less than a tenth of the time that comparable methods require to identify only subsets of these variant types: for example NA12878 at 50× genomic coverage is analyzed in less than 20 min. Manta can discover and score variants based on supporting paired and split-read evidence, with scoring models optimized for germline analysis of diploid individuals and somatic analysis of tumor-normal sample pairs. Call quality is similar to or better than comparable methods, as determined by pedigree consistency of germline calls and comparison of somatic calls to COSMIC database variants. Manta consistently assembles a higher fraction of its calls to base-pair resolution, allowing for improved downstream annotation and analysis of clinical significance. We provide Manta as a community resource to facilitate practical and routine structural variant analysis in clinical and research sequencing scenarios. Manta is released under the open-source GPLv3 license. Source code, documentation and Linux binaries are available from https://github.com/Illumina/manta. csaunders@illumina.com Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  13. Structure Prediction and Analysis of Neuraminidase Sequence Variants

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    Thayer, Kelly M.

    2016-01-01

    Analyzing protein structure has become an integral aspect of understanding systems of biochemical import. The laboratory experiment endeavors to introduce protein folding to ascertain structures of proteins for which the structure is unavailable, as well as to critically evaluate the quality of the prediction obtained. The model system used is the…

  14. Genome-wide identification of structural variants in genes encoding drug targets

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    Rasmussen, Henrik Berg; Dahmcke, Christina Mackeprang

    2012-01-01

    The objective of the present study was to identify structural variants of drug target-encoding genes on a genome-wide scale. We also aimed at identifying drugs that are potentially amenable for individualization of treatments based on knowledge about structural variation in the genes encoding...

  15. Molecular Cloning, Carbohydrate Specificity and the Crystal Structure of Two Sclerotium rolfsii Lectin Variants.

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    Peppa, Vassiliki I; Venkat, Hemalatha; Kantsadi, Anastassia L; Inamdar, Shashikala R; Bhat, Ganapati G; Eligar, Sachin; Shivanand, Anupama; Chachadi, Vishwanath B; Satisha, Gonchigar J; Swamy, Bale M; Skamnaki, Vassiliki T; Zographos, Spyridon E; Leonidas, Demetres D

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    SRL is a cell wall associated developmental-stage specific lectin secreted by Sclerotium rolfsii, a soil-born pathogenic fungus. SRL displays specificity for TF antigen (Galβ1→3GalNAc-α-Ser//Thr) expressed in all cancer types and has tumour suppressing effects in vivo. Considering the immense potential of SRL in cancer research, we have generated two variant gene constructs of SRL and expressed in E. coli to refine the sugar specificity and solubility by altering the surface charge. SSR1 and SSR2 are two different recombinant variants of SRL, both of which recognize TF antigen but only SSR1 binds to Tn antigen (GalNAcα-Ser/Thr). The glycan array analysis of the variants demonstrated that SSR1 recognizes TF antigen and their derivative with high affinity similar to SRL but showed highest affinity towards the sialylated Tn antigen, unlike SRL. The carbohydrate binding property of SSR2 remains unaltered compared to SRL. The crystal structures of the two variants were determined in free form and in complex with N-acetylglucosamine at 1.7 Å and 1.6 Å resolution, respectively. Structural analysis highlighted the structural basis of the fine carbohydrate specificity of the two SRL variants and results are in agreement with glycan array analysis.

  16. Molecular Cloning, Carbohydrate Specificity and the Crystal Structure of Two Sclerotium rolfsii Lectin Variants

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available SRL is a cell wall associated developmental-stage specific lectin secreted by Sclerotium rolfsii, a soil-born pathogenic fungus. SRL displays specificity for TF antigen (Galβ1→3GalNAc-α-Ser//Thr expressed in all cancer types and has tumour suppressing effects in vivo. Considering the immense potential of SRL in cancer research, we have generated two variant gene constructs of SRL and expressed in E. coli to refine the sugar specificity and solubility by altering the surface charge. SSR1 and SSR2 are two different recombinant variants of SRL, both of which recognize TF antigen but only SSR1 binds to Tn antigen (GalNAcα-Ser/Thr. The glycan array analysis of the variants demonstrated that SSR1 recognizes TF antigen and their derivative with high affinity similar to SRL but showed highest affinity towards the sialylated Tn antigen, unlike SRL. The carbohydrate binding property of SSR2 remains unaltered compared to SRL. The crystal structures of the two variants were determined in free form and in complex with N-acetylglucosamine at 1.7 Å and 1.6 Å resolution, respectively. Structural analysis highlighted the structural basis of the fine carbohydrate specificity of the two SRL variants and results are in agreement with glycan array analysis.

  17. G2S: A web-service for annotating genomic variants on 3D protein structures.

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    Wang, Juexin; Sheridan, Robert; Sumer, S Onur; Schultz, Nikolaus; Xu, Dong; Gao, Jianjiong

    2018-01-27

    Accurately mapping and annotating genomic locations on 3D protein structures is a key step in structure-based analysis of genomic variants detected by recent large-scale sequencing efforts. There are several mapping resources currently available, but none of them provides a web API (Application Programming Interface) that support programmatic access. We present G2S, a real-time web API that provides automated mapping of genomic variants on 3D protein structures. G2S can align genomic locations of variants, protein locations, or protein sequences to protein structures and retrieve the mapped residues from structures. G2S API uses REST-inspired design conception and it can be used by various clients such as web browsers, command terminals, programming languages and other bioinformatics tools for bringing 3D structures into genomic variant analysis. The webserver and source codes are freely available at https://g2s.genomenexus.org. g2s@genomenexus.org. Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

  18. Detection of Genomic Structural Variants from Next-Generation Sequencing Data

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Structural variants are genomic rearrangements larger than 50 bp accounting for around1% of the variation among human genomes. They impact on phenotypic diversityand play a role in various diseases including neurological/neurocognitive disordersand cancer development and progression. Dissecting structural variants from next-generation sequencing data presents several challenges and a number of approacheshave been proposed in the literature. In this mini review we describe and summarisethe latest tools – and their underlying algorithms – designed for the analysis ofwhole-genome sequencing, whole-exome sequencing, custom captures and ampliconsequencing data, pointing out the major advantages/drawbacks. We also report asummary of the most recent applications of third-generation sequencing platforms.This assessment provides a guided indication – with particular emphasis on humangenetics and copy number variants – for researchers involved in the investigation of thesegenomic events.

  19. Structure, bioactivity, and synthesis of methylated flavonoids.

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    Wen, Lingrong; Jiang, Yueming; Yang, Jiali; Zhao, Yupeng; Tian, Miaomiao; Yang, Bao

    2017-06-01

    Methylated flavonoids are an important type of natural flavonoid derivative with potentially multiple health benefits; among other things, they have improved bioavailability compared with flavonoid precursors. Flavonoids have been documented to have broad bioactivities, such as anticancer, immunomodulation, and antioxidant activities, that can be elevated, to a certain extent, by methylation. Understanding the structure, bioactivity, and bioavailability of methylated flavonoids, therefore, is an interesting topic with broad potential applications. Though methylated flavonoids are widely present in plants, their levels are usually low. Because developing efficient techniques to produce these chemicals would likely be beneficial, we provide an overview of their chemical and biological synthesis. © 2017 New York Academy of Sciences.

  20. Common genetic variants influence human subcortical brain structures

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    Hibar, Derrek P.; Stein, Jason L.; Renteria, Miguel E.; Arias-Vasquez, Alejandro; Desrivieres, Sylvane; Jahanshad, Neda; Toro, Roberto; Wittfeld, Katharina; Abramovic, Lucija; Andersson, Micael; Aribisala, Benjamin S.; Armstrong, Nicola J.; Bernard, Manon; Bohlken, Marc M.; Boks, Marco P.; Bralten, Janita; Brown, Andrew A.; Chakravarty, M. Mallar; Chen, Qiang; Ching, Christopher R. K.; Cuellar-Partida, Gabriel; den Braber, Anouk; Giddaluru, Sudheer; Goldman, Aaron L.; Grimm, Oliver; Guadalupe, Tulio; Hass, Johanna; Woldehawariat, Girma; Holmes, Avram J.; Hoogman, Martine; Janowitz, Deborah; Jia, Tianye; Kim, Sungeun; Klein, Marieke; Kraemer, Bernd; Lee, Phil H.; Loohuis, Loes M. Olde; Luciano, Michelle; Macare, Christine; Mather, Karen A.; Mattheisen, Manuel; Milaneschi, Yuri; Nho, Kwangsik; Papmeyer, Martina; Ramasamy, Adaikalavan; Risacher, Shannon L.; Roiz-Santianez, Roberto; Rose, Emma J.; Salami, Alireza; Saemann, Philipp G.; Schmaal, Lianne; Schork, Andrew J.; Shin, Jean; Strike, Lachlan T.; Teumer, Alexander; van Donkelaar, Marjolein M. J.; van Eijk, Kristel R.; Walters, Raymond K.; Westlye, Lars T.; Whelan, Christopher D.; Winkler, Anderson M.; Zwiers, Marcel P.; Alhusaini, Saud; Athanasiu, Lavinia; Ehrlich, Stefan; Hakobjan, Marina M. H.; Hartberg, Cecilie B.; Haukvik, Unn K.; Heister, Angelien J. G. A. M.; Hoehn, David; Kasperaviciute, Dalia; Liewald, David C. M.; Lopez, Lorna M.; Makkinje, Remco R. R.; Matarin, Mar; Naber, Marlies A. M.; McKay, D. Reese; Needham, Margaret; Nugent, Allison C.; Puetz, Benno; Royle, Natalie A.; Shen, Li; Sprooten, Emma; Trabzuni, Daniah; van der Marel, Saskia S. L.; van Hulzen, Kimm J. E.; Walton, Esther; Wolf, Christiane; Almasy, Laura; Ames, David; Arepalli, Sampath; Assareh, Amelia A.; Bastin, Mark E.; Brodaty, Henry; Bulayeva, Kazima B.; Carless, Melanie A.; Cichon, Sven; Corvin, Aiden; Curran, Joanne E.; Czisch, Michael; de Zubicaray, Greig I.; Dillman, Allissa; Duggirala, Ravi; Dyer, Thomas D.; Erk, Susanne; Fedko, Iryna O.; Ferrucci, Luigi; Foroud, Tatiana M.; Fox, Peter T.; Fukunaga, Masaki; Gibbs, J. Raphael; Goering, Harald H. H.; Green, Robert C.; Guelfi, Sebastian; Hansell, Narelle K.; Hartman, Catharina A.; Hegenscheid, Katrin; Heinz, Andreas; Hernandez, Dena G.; Heslenfeld, Dirk J.; Hoekstra, Pieter J.; Holsboer, Florian; Homuth, Georg; Hottenga, Jouke-Jan; Ikeda, Masashi; Jack, Clifford R.; Jenkinson, Mark; Johnson, Robert; Kanai, Ryota; Keil, Maria; Kent, Jack W.; Kochunov, Peter; Kwok, John B.; Lawrie, Stephen M.; Liu, Xinmin; Longo, Dan L.; McMahon, Katie L.; Meisenzah, Eva; Melle, Ingrid; Mahnke, Sebastian; Montgomery, Grant W.; Mostert, Jeanette C.; Muehleisen, Thomas W.; Nalls, Michael A.; Nichols, Thomas E.; Nilsson, Lars G.; Noethen, Markus M.; Ohi, Kazutaka; Olvera, Rene L.; Perez-Iglesias, Rocio; Pike, G. Bruce; Potkin, Steven G.; Reinvang, Ivar; Reppermund, Simone; Rietschel, Marcella; Romanczuk-Seiferth, Nina; Rosen, Glenn D.; Rujescu, Dan; Schnell, Knut; Schofield, Peter R.; Smith, Colin; Steen, Vidar M.; Sussmann, Jessika E.; Thalamuthu, Anbupalam; Toga, Arthur W.; Traynor, Bryan J.; Troncoso, Juan; Turner, Jessica A.; Valdes Hernandez, Maria C.; van't Ent, Dennis; van der Brug, Marcel; van der Wee, Nic J. A.; van Tol, Marie-Jose; Veltman, Dick J.; Wassink, Thomas H.; Westman, Eric; Zielke, Ronald H.; Zonderman, Alan B.; Ashbrook, David G.; Hager, Reinmar; Lu, Lu; McMahon, Francis J.; Morris, Derek W.; Williams, Robert W.; Brunner, Han G.; Buckner, Randy L.; Buitelaar, Jan K.; Cahn, Wiepke; Calhoun, Vince D.; Cavalleri, Gianpiero L.; Crespo-Facorro, Benedicto; Dale, Anders M.; Davies, Gareth E.; Delanty, Norman; Depondt, Chantal; Djurovic, Srdjan; Drevets, Wayne C.; Espeseth, Thomas; Gollub, Randy L.; Ho, Beng-Choon; Hoffman, Wolfgang; Hosten, Norbert; Kahn, Rene S.; Le Hellard, Stephanie; Meyer-Lindenberg, Andreas; Mueller-Myhsok, Bertram; Nauck, Matthias; Nyberg, Lars; Pandolfo, Massimo; Penninx, Brenda W. J. H.; Roffman, Joshua L.; Sisodiya, Sanjay M.; Smoller, Jordan W.; van Bokhoven, Hans; van Haren, Neeltje E. M.; Voelzke, Henry; Walter, Henrik; Weiner, Michael W.; Wen, Wei; White, Tonya; Agartz, Ingrid; Andreassen, Ole A.; Blangero, John; Boomsma, Dorret I.; Brouwer, Rachel M.; Cannon, Dara M.; Cookson, Mark R.; de Geus, Eco J. C.; Deary, Ian J.; Donohoe, Gary; Fernandez, Guillen; Fisher, Simon E.; Francks, Clyde; Glahn, David C.; Grabe, Hans J.; Gruber, Oliver; Hardy, John; Hashimoto, Ryota; Pol, Hilleke E. Hulshoff; Joensson, Erik G.; Kloszewska, Iwona; Lovestone, Simon; Mattay, Venkata S.; Mecocci, Patrizia; McDonald, Colm; McIntosh, Andrew M.; Ophoff, Roel A.; Paus, Tomas; Pausova, Zdenka; Ryten, Mina; Sachdev, Perminder S.; Saykin, Andrew J.; Simmons, Andy; Singleton, Andrew; Soininen, Hilkka; Wardlaw, Joanna M.; Weale, Michael E.; Weinberger, Daniel R.; Adams, Hieab H. H.; Launer, Lenore J.; Seiler, Stephan; Schmidt, Reinhold; Chauhan, Ganesh; Satizabal, Claudia L.; Becker, James T.; Yanek, Lisa; van der Lee, Sven J.; Ebling, Maritza; Fischl, Bruce; Longstreth, W. T.; Greve, Douglas; Schmidt, Helena; Nyquist, Paul; Vinke, Louis N.; van Duijn, Cornelia M.; Xue, Luting; Mazoyer, Bernard; Bis, Joshua C.; Gudnason, Vilmundur; Seshadri, Sudha; Ikram, M. Arfan; Martin, Nicholas G.; Wright, Margaret J.; Schumann, Gunter; Franke, Barbara; Thompson, Paul M.; Medland, Sarah E.

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    The highly complex structure of the human brain is strongly shaped by genetic influences(1). Subcortical brain regions form circuits with cortical areas to coordinate movement(2), learning, memory(3) and motivation(4), and altered circuits can lead to abnormal behaviour and disease(5). To

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    D.P. Hibar (Derrek); J.L. Stein; M.E. Rentería (Miguel); A. Arias-Vásquez (Alejandro); S. Desrivières (Sylvane); N. Jahanshad (Neda); R. Toro (Roberto); K. Wittfeld (Katharina); L. Abramovic (Lucija); M. Andersson (Micael); B. Aribisala (Benjamin); N.J. Armstrong (Nicola J.); M. Bernard (Manon); M.M. Bohlken (Marc M.); M.P.M. Boks (Marco); L.B.C. Bralten (Linda); A.A. Brown (Andrew); M.M. Chakravarty (M. Mallar); Q. Chen (Qiang); C.R.K. Ching (Christopher); G. Cuellar-Partida (Gabriel); A. den Braber (Anouk); S. Giddaluru (Sudheer); A.L. Goldman (Aaron L.); O. Grimm (Oliver); T. Guadalupe (Tulio); J. Hass (Johanna); G. Woldehawariat (Girma); A.J. Holmes (Avram); M. Hoogman (Martine); D. Janowitz (Deborah); T. Jia (Tianye); S. Kim (Shinseog); M. Klein (Marieke); B. Kraemer (Bernd); P.H. Lee (Phil H.); L.M. Olde Loohuis (Loes M.); M. Luciano (Michelle); C. MacAre (Christine); R. Mather; M. Mattheisen (Manuel); Y. Milaneschi (Yuri); K. Nho (Kwangsik); M. Papmeyer (Martina); A. Ramasamy (Adaikalavan); S.L. Risacher (Shannon); R. Roiz-Santiañez (Roberto); E.J. Rose (Emma); A. Salami (Alireza); P.G. Sämann (Philipp); L. Schmaal (Lianne); N.J. Schork (Nicholas); J. Shin (Jean); V.M. Strike (Vanessa); A. Teumer (Alexander); M.M.J. Van Donkelaar (Marjolein M. J.); K.R. van Eijk (Kristel); R.K. Walters (Raymond); L.T. Westlye (Lars); C.D. Whelan (Christopher); A.M. Winkler (Anderson); M.P. Zwiers (Marcel); S. Alhusaini (Saud); L. Athanasiu (Lavinia); S.M. Ehrlich (Stefan); M. Hakobjan (Marina); C.B. Hartberg (Cecilie B.); U.K. Haukvik (Unn); A.J.G.A.M. Heister (Angelien J. G. A. M.); D. Hoehn (David); D. Kasperaviciute (Dalia); D.C. Liewald (David C.); L.M. Lopez (Lorna); R.R.R. Makkinje (Remco R. R.); M. Matarin (Mar); M.A.M. Naber (Marlies A. M.); D. Reese McKay; M. Needham (Margaret); A.C. Nugent (Allison); B. Pütz (Benno); N.A. Royle (Natalie); L. Shen (Li); R. Sprooten (Roy); D. Trabzuni (Danyah); S.S.L. Van Der Marel (Saskia S. L.); K.J.E. Van Hulzen (Kimm J. E.); E. Walton (Esther); A. Björnsson (Asgeir); L. Almasy (Laura); D.J. Ames (David); S. Arepalli (Sampath); A.A. Assareh; M.E. Bastin (Mark); H. Brodaty (Henry); K. Bulayeva (Kazima); M.A. Carless (Melanie); S. Cichon (Sven); A. Corvin (Aiden); J.E. Curran (Joanne); M. Czisch (Michael); G.I. de Zubicaray (Greig); A. Dillman (Allissa); A. Duggirala (Aparna); M.D. Dyer (Matthew); S. Erk; I. Fedko (Iryna); L. Ferrucci (Luigi); T. Foroud (Tatiana); P.T. Fox (Peter); M. Fukunaga (Masaki); J. Raphael Gibbs; H.H.H. Göring (Harald H.); R.C. Green (Robert C.); S. Guelfi (Sebastian); N.K. Hansell (Narelle); C.A. Hartman (Catharina); K. Hegenscheid (Katrin); J. Heinz (Judith); D.G. Hernandez (Dena); D.J. Heslenfeld (Dirk); P.J. Hoekstra (Pieter); F. Holsboer; G. Homuth (Georg); J.J. Hottenga (Jouke Jan); M. Ikeda (Masashi); C.R. Jack Jr. (Clifford); S. Jenkinson (Sarah); R. Johnson (Robert); R. Kanai (Ryota); M. Keil (Maria); J.W. Kent (Jack W.); P. Kochunov (Peter); J.B. 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Ebling (Maritza); B. Fischl (Bruce); W.T. Longstreth Jr; D. Greve (Douglas); R. Schmidt (Reinhold); P. Nyquist (Paul); L.N. Vinke (Louis N.); C.M. van Duijn (Cornelia); L. Xue (Luting); B. Mazoyer (Bernard); J.C. Bis (Joshua); V. Gudnason (Vilmundur); S. Seshadri (Sudha); M.A. Ikram (Arfan); N.G. Martin (Nicholas); M.J. Wright (Margaret); G. Schumann (Gunter); B. Franke (Barbara); P.M. Thompson (Paul); S.E. Medland (Sarah Elizabeth)

    2015-01-01

    textabstractThe highly complex structure of the human brain is strongly shaped by genetic influences. Subcortical brain regions form circuits with cortical areas to coordinate movement, learning, memory and motivation, and altered circuits can lead to abnormal behaviour and disease. To investigate

  2. Multiple linear combination (MLC) regression tests for common variants adapted to linkage disequilibrium structure.

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    Yoo, Yun Joo; Sun, Lei; Poirier, Julia G; Paterson, Andrew D; Bull, Shelley B

    2017-02-01

    By jointly analyzing multiple variants within a gene, instead of one at a time, gene-based multiple regression can improve power, robustness, and interpretation in genetic association analysis. We investigate multiple linear combination (MLC) test statistics for analysis of common variants under realistic trait models with linkage disequilibrium (LD) based on HapMap Asian haplotypes. MLC is a directional test that exploits LD structure in a gene to construct clusters of closely correlated variants recoded such that the majority of pairwise correlations are positive. It combines variant effects within the same cluster linearly, and aggregates cluster-specific effects in a quadratic sum of squares and cross-products, producing a test statistic with reduced degrees of freedom (df) equal to the number of clusters. By simulation studies of 1000 genes from across the genome, we demonstrate that MLC is a well-powered and robust choice among existing methods across a broad range of gene structures. Compared to minimum P-value, variance-component, and principal-component methods, the mean power of MLC is never much lower than that of other methods, and can be higher, particularly with multiple causal variants. Moreover, the variation in gene-specific MLC test size and power across 1000 genes is less than that of other methods, suggesting it is a complementary approach for discovery in genome-wide analysis. The cluster construction of the MLC test statistics helps reveal within-gene LD structure, allowing interpretation of clustered variants as haplotypic effects, while multiple regression helps to distinguish direct and indirect associations. © 2016 The Authors Genetic Epidemiology Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. Wall grid structure for interior scene synthesis

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    Xu, Wenzhuo

    2015-02-01

    We present a system for automatically synthesizing a diverse set of semantically valid, and well-arranged 3D interior scenes for a given empty room shape. Unlike existing work on layout synthesis, that typically knows potentially needed 3D models and optimizes their location through cost functions, our technique performs the retrieval and placement of 3D models by discovering the relationships between the room space and the models\\' categories. This is enabled by a new analytical structure, called Wall Grid Structure, which jointly considers the categories and locations of 3D models. Our technique greatly reduces the amount of user intervention and provides users with suggestions and inspirations. We demonstrate the applicability of our approach on three types of scenarios: conference rooms, living rooms and bedrooms.

  4. Structure and dynamics of mesophilic variants from the homing endonuclease I-DmoI

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    Alba, Josephine; Marcaida, Maria Jose; Prieto, Jesus

    2017-01-01

    this particular application, many efforts have been made to generate mesophilic variants of I-DmoI that function at lower temperatures than the wild-type. Here, we report a structural and computational analysis of two I-DmoI mesophilic mutants. Despite very limited structural variations between the crystal......I-DmoI, from the hyperthermophilic archaeon Desulfurococcus mobilis, belongs to the LAGLIDADG homing endonuclease protein family. Its members are highly specific enzymes capable of recognizing long DNA target sequences, thus providing potential tools for genome manipulation. Working towards...... structures of these variants and the wild-type, a different dynamical behaviour near the cleavage sites is observed. In particular, both the dynamics of the water molecules and the protein perturbation effect on the cleavage site correlate well with the changes observed in the experimental enzymatic activity....

  5. Structure and dynamics of mesophilic variants from the homing endonuclease I-DmoI

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    Alba, Josephine; Marcaida, Maria Jose; Prieto, Jesus; Montoya, Guillermo; Molina, Rafael; D'Abramo, Marco

    2017-12-01

    I-DmoI, from the hyperthermophilic archaeon Desulfurococcus mobilis, belongs to the LAGLIDADG homing endonuclease protein family. Its members are highly specific enzymes capable of recognizing long DNA target sequences, thus providing potential tools for genome manipulation. Working towards this particular application, many efforts have been made to generate mesophilic variants of I-DmoI that function at lower temperatures than the wild-type. Here, we report a structural and computational analysis of two I-DmoI mesophilic mutants. Despite very limited structural variations between the crystal structures of these variants and the wild-type, a different dynamical behaviour near the cleavage sites is observed. In particular, both the dynamics of the water molecules and the protein perturbation effect on the cleavage site correlate well with the changes observed in the experimental enzymatic activity.

  6. On human disease-causing amino acid variants: statistical study of sequence and structural patterns

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    Alexov, Emil

    2015-01-01

    Statistical analysis was carried out on large set of naturally occurring human amino acid variations and it was demonstrated that there is a preference for some amino acid substitutions to be associated with diseases. At an amino acid sequence level, it was shown that the disease-causing variants frequently involve drastic changes of amino acid physico-chemical properties of proteins such as charge, hydrophobicity and geometry. Structural analysis of variants involved in diseases and being frequently observed in human population showed similar trends: disease-causing variants tend to cause more changes of hydrogen bond network and salt bridges as compared with harmless amino acid mutations. Analysis of thermodynamics data reported in literature, both experimental and computational, indicated that disease-causing variants tend to destabilize proteins and their interactions, which prompted us to investigate the effects of amino acid mutations on large databases of experimentally measured energy changes in unrelated proteins. Although the experimental datasets were linked neither to diseases nor exclusory to human proteins, the observed trends were the same: amino acid mutations tend to destabilize proteins and their interactions. Having in mind that structural and thermodynamics properties are interrelated, it is pointed out that any large change of any of them is anticipated to cause a disease. PMID:25689729

  7. Structural insights into methanol-stable variants of lipase T6 from Geobacillus stearothermophilus.

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    Dror, Adi; Kanteev, Margarita; Kagan, Irit; Gihaz, Shalev; Shahar, Anat; Fishman, Ayelet

    2015-11-01

    Enzymatic production of biodiesel by transesterification of triglycerides and alcohol, catalyzed by lipases, offers an environmentally friendly and efficient alternative to the chemically catalyzed process while using low-grade feedstocks. Methanol is utilized frequently as the alcohol in the reaction due to its reactivity and low cost. However, one of the major drawbacks of the enzymatic system is the presence of high methanol concentrations which leads to methanol-induced unfolding and inactivation of the biocatalyst. Therefore, a methanol-stable lipase is of great interest for the biodiesel industry. In this study, protein engineering was applied to substitute charged surface residues with hydrophobic ones to enhance the stability in methanol of a lipase from Geobacillus stearothermophilus T6. We identified a methanol-stable variant, R374W, and combined it with a variant found previously, H86Y/A269T. The triple mutant, H86Y/A269T/R374W, had a half-life value at 70 % methanol of 324 min which reflects an 87-fold enhanced stability compared to the wild type together with elevated thermostability in buffer and in 50 % methanol. This variant also exhibited an improved biodiesel yield from waste chicken oil compared to commercial Lipolase 100L® and Novozyme® CALB. Crystal structures of the wild type and the methanol-stable variants provided insights regarding structure-stability correlations. The most prominent features were the extensive formation of new hydrogen bonds between surface residues directly or mediated by structural water molecules and the stabilization of Zn and Ca binding sites. Mutation sites were also characterized by lower B-factor values calculated from the X-ray structures indicating improved rigidity.

  8. Insights into the structural perturbations of spliced variants of CD44: a modeling and simulation approach.

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    Patel, Shanaya; Shaikh, Faraz; Devaraji, Vinod; Radadiya, Ashish; Shah, Kanisha; Shah, Anamik; Rawal, Rakesh

    2017-02-01

    Transient interactions between cancer stem cells and components of the tumor microenvironment initiate various signaling pathways crucial for carcinogenesis. Predominant hyaluronan (HA) receptor, CD44 is structurally and functionally one of the most variable cell surface receptors having the potential to generate a diverse repertory of CD44 isoforms by alternative splicing of variant exons and post-translational modifications. A structurally distinctive variant of CD44, CD44v10, has an inevitable role in malignant progression, invasion, and metastasis. This can be attributed to the binding of HA with CD44v10, which demonstrates a completely different behavioral pattern as compared to the other spliced variants of CD44 molecule. Absence of a comprehensively predicted crystal structure of human CD44s and CD44v10 is an impediment in understanding the resultant structural alterations caused by the binding of HA. Thus, in this study, we aim to predict the CD44s and CD44v10 structures to their closest native confirmation and study the HA binding-induced structural perturbations using homology modeling, molecular docking, and MD simulation approach. The results depicted that modeled 3D structures of CD44s and CD44v10 isoforms were found to be stable throughout MD simulations; however, a substantial decrease was observed in the binding affinity of HA with CD44v10 (-5.355 kcal/mol) as compared to CD44s. Furthermore, loss and gain of several H-bonds and hydrophobic interactions in CD44v10-HA complex during the simulation process not only elucidated the reason for decreased binding affinity for HA but also prompted toward the plausible role of HA-induced structural perturbations in occurrence and progression of carcinogenesis.

  9. Structure-guided evolution of antigenically distinct adeno-associated virus variants for immune evasion.

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    Tse, Longping Victor; Klinc, Kelli A; Madigan, Victoria J; Castellanos Rivera, Ruth M; Wells, Lindsey F; Havlik, L Patrick; Smith, J Kennon; Agbandje-McKenna, Mavis; Asokan, Aravind

    2017-06-13

    Preexisting neutralizing antibodies (NAbs) against adeno-associated viruses (AAVs) pose a major, unresolved challenge that restricts patient enrollment in gene therapy clinical trials using recombinant AAV vectors. Structural studies suggest that despite a high degree of sequence variability, antibody recognition sites or antigenic hotspots on AAVs and other related parvoviruses might be evolutionarily conserved. To test this hypothesis, we developed a structure-guided evolution approach that does not require selective pressure exerted by NAbs. This strategy yielded highly divergent antigenic footprints that do not exist in natural AAV isolates. Specifically, synthetic variants obtained by evolving murine antigenic epitopes on an AAV serotype 1 capsid template can evade NAbs without compromising titer, transduction efficiency, or tissue tropism. One lead AAV variant generated by combining multiple evolved antigenic sites effectively evades polyclonal anti-AAV1 neutralizing sera from immunized mice and rhesus macaques. Furthermore, this variant displays robust immune evasion in nonhuman primate and human serum samples at dilution factors as high as 1:5, currently mandated by several clinical trials. Our results provide evidence that antibody recognition of AAV capsids is conserved across species. This approach can be applied to any AAV strain to evade NAbs in prospective patients for human gene therapy.

  10. Organoactinide chemistry: synthesis, structure, and solution dynamics

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    Brennan, J.G.

    1985-12-01

    This thesis considers three aspects of organoactinide chemistry. In chapter one, a bidentate phosphine ligand was used to kinetically stabilize complexes of the type Cp/sub 2/MX/sub 2/. Ligand redistribution processes are present throughout the synthetic work, as has often been observed in uranium cyclopentadienyl chemistry. The effects of covalent M-L bonding on the solution and solid state properties of U(III) coordination complexes are considered. In particular, the nature of the more subtle interaction between the metal and the neutral ligand are examined. Using relative basicity data obtained in solution, and solid state structural data (and supplemented by gas phase photoelectron measurements), it is demonstrated that the more electron rich U(III) centers engage in significant U ..-->.. L ..pi..-donation. Trivalent uranium is shown to be capable of acting either as a one- or two-electron reducing agent toward a wide variety of unsaturated organic and inorganic molecules, generating molecular classes unobtainable via traditional synthetic approaches, as well as offering an alternative synthetic approach to molecules accessible via metathesis reactions. Ligand redistribution processes are again observed, but given the information concerning ligand lability, this reactivity pattern is applied to the synthesis of pure materials inaccessible from redox chemistry. 214 refs., 33 figs., 10 tabs.

  11. Mobile Interspersed Repeats Are Major Structural Variants in the Human Genome

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    Huang, Cheng Ran Lisa; Schneider, Anna M.; Lu, Yunqi; Niranjan, Tejasvi; Shen, Peilin; Robinson, Matoya A.; Steranka, Jared P.; Valle, David; Civin, Curt I.; Wang, Tao; Wheelan, Sarah J.; Ji, Hongkai; Boeke, Jef D.; Burns, Kathleen H.

    2010-01-01

    Summary Characterizing structural variants in the human genome is of great importance, but a genome wide analysis to detect interspersed repeats has not been done. Thus, the degree to which mobile DNAs contribute to genetic diversity, heritable disease, and oncogenesis remains speculative. We perform transposon insertion profiling by microarray (TIP-chip) to map human L1(Ta) retrotransposons (LINE-1 s) genome-wide. This identified numerous novel human L1(Ta) insertional polymorphisms with highly variant allelic frequencies. We also explored TIP-chip's usefulness to identify candidate alleles associated with different phenotypes in clinical cohorts. Our data suggest that the occurrence of new insertions is twice as high as previously estimated, and that these repeats are under-recognized as sources of human genomic and phenotypic diversity. We have just begun to probe the universe of human L1(Ta) polymorphisms, and as TIP-chip is applied to other insertions such as Alu SINEs, it will expand the catalog of genomic variants even further. PMID:20602999

  12. Structural Synthesis for Prescribed Target Natural Frequencies and Mode Shapes

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    J. A. Hernandes

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A new method for the synthesis of structures with prescribed target natural frequencies and mode shapes is presented. The introduction of a modal Rayleigh quotient approximation based on the target mode shapes is the means to propose a structural synthesis problem whose solution is free from eigenvector sensitivity analysis. The frequencies and mode shapes can be adjusted as close as possible to the desired target values, while minimizing the total mass. Several examples corroborate the efficacy of the proposed method.

  13. Decision support system for structure synthesis of monitoring systems

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    Skatkov A. V.

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available The paper is concerned with a structure synthesis of monitoring systems. In the article a decision support system for such synthesis was proposed and described. In the first phase of the process, the proposed classification of monitoring systems is used. Then adaptive algorithms, simulation and analytic modeling are used. The results of studies carried out by means of the proposed program are represented. The topicality of proposed approach was demonstrated. It should be mentioned, that algorithms were thoroughly described, the computing experiments were carried out. The authors believe that the proposed decision support system has many advantages and, consequently, is very useful in structure synthesis of monitoring systems.

  14. Erythroleukemia cells: variants inducible for hemoglobin synthesis without commitment to terminal cell division.

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    Marks, P A; Chen, Z; Banks, J; Rifkind, R A

    1983-04-01

    Murine erythroleukemia cells (MELC) are virus-transformed erythroid precursors that appear to be blocked at an erythroid precursor stage comparable to the erythroid colony-forming unit (CFU-e). These cells are useful in examining factors regulating terminal differentiation. Induced MELC are characterized by a coordinated program of gene expression, including commitment to terminal cell division, accumulation of globin mRNAs and corresponding hemoglobins, and accumulation of several other proteins, including the chromatin-associated protein H1(0). Two cloned variant cell lines, DR10 and R1, have been developed from inducer-sensitive DS19 cells by selection for inducer resistance. DR10 and R1 cells fail to display commitment to terminal cell division when cultured with dimethyl sulfoxide (Me2SO), hexamethylene bisacetamide (HMBA), or butyric acid. Both cell lines are induced by all three agents to accumulate H1(0). DR10 cells are resistant to Me2SO-mediated accumulation of hemoglobin but are sensitive to HMBA- or butyric acid-mediated accumulation. R1 cells are resistant to Me2SO- and HMBA-mediated accumulation of hemoglobin but are sensitive to butyric acid-mediated accumulation. Both DR10 and R1 are commitment-negative MELC variants, displaying variable responses to inducers with respect to other features of terminal erythroid cell differentiation.

  15. Structure-function analysis of two variants of mumps virus hemagglutinin-neuraminidase protein

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    Gerardo Santos-López

    Full Text Available A point mutation from guanine (G to adenine (A at nucleotide position 1081 in the hemagglutinin-neuraminidase (HN gene has been associated with neurovirulence of Urabe AM9 mumps virus vaccine. This mutation corresponds to a glutamic acid (E to lysine (K change at position 335 in the HN glycoprotein. We have experimentally demonstrated that two variants of Urabe AM9 strain (HN-A1081 and HN-G1081 differ in neurotropism, sialic acidbinding affinity and neuraminidase activity. In the present study, we performed a structure-function analysis of that amino acid substitution; the structures of HN protein of both Urabe AM9 strain variants were predicted. Based on our analysis, the E/K mutation changes the protein surface properties and to a lesser extent their conformations, which in turn reflects in activity changes. Our modeling results suggest that this E/K interchange does not affect the structure of the sialic acid binding motif; however, the electrostatic surface differs drastically due to an exposed short alpha helix. Consequently, this mutation may affect the accessibility of HN to substrates and membrane receptors of the host cells. Our findings appear to explain the observed differences in neurotropism of these vaccine strains.

  16. Sleeping Beauty transposase structure allows rational design of hyperactive variants for genetic engineering.

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    Voigt, Franka; Wiedemann, Lisa; Zuliani, Cecilia; Querques, Irma; Sebe, Attila; Mátés, Lajos; Izsvák, Zsuzsanna; Ivics, Zoltán; Barabas, Orsolya

    2016-03-30

    Sleeping Beauty (SB) is a prominent Tc1/mariner superfamily DNA transposon that provides a popular genome engineering tool in a broad range of organisms. It is mobilized by a transposase enzyme that catalyses DNA cleavage and integration at short specific sequences at the transposon ends. To facilitate SB's applications, here we determine the crystal structure of the transposase catalytic domain and use it to model the SB transposase/transposon end/target DNA complex. Together with biochemical and cell-based transposition assays, our structure reveals mechanistic insights into SB transposition and rationalizes previous hyperactive transposase mutations. Moreover, our data enables us to design two additional hyperactive transposase variants. Our work provides a useful resource and proof-of-concept for structure-based engineering of tailored SB transposases.

  17. Structural bases of the altered catalytic properties of a pathogenic variant of apoptosis inducing factor.

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    Sorrentino, Luca; Cossu, Federica; Milani, Mario; Aliverti, Alessandro; Mastrangelo, Eloise

    2017-08-26

    The apoptosis-inducing factor (AIF) is a FAD-containing protein playing critical roles in caspase-independent apoptosis and mitochondrial respiratory chain biogenesis and maintenance. While its lethal role is well known, the details of its mitochondrial function remain elusive. So far, nineteen allelic variants of AIF have been associated to human diseases, mainly affecting the nervous system. A strict correlation is emerging between the degree of impairment of its ability to stabilize the charge-transfer (CT) complex between FAD and NAD(+) and the severity of the resulting pathology. Recently, we demonstrated that the G307E replacement in murine AIF (equivalent to the pathogenic G308E in the human protein) dramatically decreases the rate of CT complex formation through the destabilization of the flavoprotein interaction with NAD(H). To provide further insights into the structural bases of its altered functional properties, here we report the first crystal structure of an AIF pathogenic mutant variant in complex with NAD(+) (murine AIF-G307E(CT)) in comparison with its oxidized form. With respect to wild type AIF, the mutation leads to an altered positioning of NAD(+) adenylate moiety, which slows down CT complex formation. Moreover, the altered balance between the binding of the adenine/nicotinamide portions of the coenzyme determines a large drop in AIF-G307E ability to discriminate between NADH and NADPH. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Structures of the G85R Variant of SOD1 in Familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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    Cao, Xiaohang; Antonyuk, Svetlana V.; Seetharaman, Sai V.; Whitson, Lisa J.; Taylor, Alexander B.; Holloway, Stephen P.; Strange, Richard W.; Doucette, Peter A.; Valentine, Joan Selverstone; Tiwari, Ashutosh; Hayward, Lawrence J.; Padua, Shelby; Cohlberg, Jeffrey A.; Hasnain, S. Samar; Hart, P. John (Texas-HSC); (Cal. State); (UMASS, MED); (UCLA); (Daresbury)

    2008-07-21

    Mutations in the gene encoding human copper-zinc superoxide dismutase (SOD1) cause a dominant form of the progressive neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Transgenic mice expressing the human G85R SOD1 variant develop paralytic symptoms concomitant with the appearance of SOD1-enriched proteinaceous inclusions in their neural tissues. The process(es) through which misfolding or aggregation of G85R SOD1 induces motor neuron toxicity is not understood. Here we present structures of the human G85R SOD1 variant determined by single crystal x-ray diffraction. Alterations in structure of the metal-binding loop elements relative to the wild type enzyme suggest a molecular basis for the metal ion deficiency of the G85R SOD1 protein observed in the central nervous system of transgenic mice and in purified recombinant G85R SOD1. These findings support the notion that metal-deficient and/or disulfide-reduced mutant SOD1 species contribute to toxicity in SOD1-linked amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

  19. Superheavy nuclei–cold synthesis and structure

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    The quantum mechanical fragmentation theory (QMFT), given for the cold synthesis of new and superheavy elements, is reviewed and the use of radioactive nuclear beams (RNB) and targets (RNT) is discussed. The QMFT is a complete theory of cold nuclear phenomena, namely, the cold fission, cold fusion and cluster ...

  20. Gene-based analysis of regulatory variants identifies 4 putative novel asthma risk genes related to nucleotide synthesis and signaling.

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    Ferreira, Manuel A R; Jansen, Rick; Willemsen, Gonneke; Penninx, Brenda; Bain, Lisa M; Vicente, Cristina T; Revez, Joana A; Matheson, Melanie C; Hui, Jennie; Tung, Joyce Y; Baltic, Svetlana; Le Souëf, Peter; Montgomery, Grant W; Martin, Nicholas G; Robertson, Colin F; James, Alan; Thompson, Philip J; Boomsma, Dorret I; Hopper, John L; Hinds, David A; Werder, Rhiannon B; Phipps, Simon

    2017-04-01

    Hundreds of genetic variants are thought to contribute to variation in asthma risk by modulating gene expression. Methods that increase the power of genome-wide association studies (GWASs) to identify risk-associated variants are needed. We sought to develop a method that aggregates the evidence for association with disease risk across expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs) of a gene and use this approach to identify asthma risk genes. We developed a gene-based test and software package called EUGENE that (1) is applicable to GWAS summary statistics; (2) considers both cis- and trans-eQTLs; (3) incorporates eQTLs identified in different tissues; and (4) uses simulations to account for multiple testing. We applied this approach to 2 published asthma GWASs (combined n = 46,044) and used mouse studies to provide initial functional insights into 2 genes with novel genetic associations. We tested the association between asthma and 17,190 genes that were found to have cis- and/or trans-eQTLs across 16 published eQTL studies. At an empirical FDR of 5%, 48 genes were associated with asthma risk. Of these, for 37, the association was driven by eQTLs located in established risk loci for allergic disease, including 6 genes not previously implicated in disease cause (eg, LIMS1, TINF2, and SAFB). The remaining 11 significant genes represent potential novel genetic associations with asthma. The association with 4 of these replicated in an independent GWAS: B4GALT3, USMG5, P2RY13, and P2RY14, which are genes involved in nucleotide synthesis or nucleotide-dependent cell activation. In mouse studies, P2ry13 and P2ry14-purinergic receptors activated by adenosine 5-diphosphate and UDP-sugars, respectively-were upregulated after allergen challenge, notably in airway epithelial cells, eosinophils, and neutrophils. Intranasal exposure with receptor agonists induced the release of IL-33 and subsequent eosinophil infiltration into the lungs. We identified novel associations between

  1. Population structure of two rabies hosts relative to the known distribution of rabies virus variants in Alaska.

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    Goldsmith, Elizabeth W; Renshaw, Benjamin; Clement, Christopher J; Himschoot, Elizabeth A; Hundertmark, Kris J; Hueffer, Karsten

    2016-02-01

    For pathogens that infect multiple species, the distinction between reservoir hosts and spillover hosts is often difficult. In Alaska, three variants of the arctic rabies virus exist with distinct spatial distributions. We tested the hypothesis that rabies virus variant distribution corresponds to the population structure of the primary rabies hosts in Alaska, arctic foxes (Vulpes lagopus) and red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) to possibly distinguish reservoir and spillover hosts. We used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequence and nine microsatellites to assess population structure in those two species. mtDNA structure did not correspond to rabies virus variant structure in either species. Microsatellite analyses gave varying results. Bayesian clustering found two groups of arctic foxes in the coastal tundra region, but for red foxes it identified tundra and boreal types. Spatial Bayesian clustering and spatial principal components analysis identified 3 and 4 groups of arctic foxes, respectively, closely matching the distribution of rabies virus variants in the state. Red foxes, conversely, showed eight clusters comprising two regions (boreal and tundra) with much admixture. These results run contrary to previous beliefs that arctic fox show no fine-scale spatial population structure. While we cannot rule out that the red fox is part of the maintenance host community for rabies in Alaska, the distribution of virus variants appears to be driven primarily by the arctic fox. Therefore, we show that host population genetics can be utilized to distinguish between maintenance and spillover hosts when used in conjunction with other approaches. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  2. Hierarchically porous materials: synthesis strategies and structure design.

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    Yang, Xiao-Yu; Chen, Li-Hua; Li, Yu; Rooke, Joanna Claire; Sanchez, Clément; Su, Bao-Lian

    2017-01-23

    Owing to their immense potential in energy conversion and storage, catalysis, photocatalysis, adsorption, separation and life science applications, significant interest has been devoted to the design and synthesis of hierarchically porous materials. The hierarchy of materials on porosity, structural, morphological, and component levels is key for high performance in all kinds of applications. Synthesis and applications of hierarchically structured porous materials have become a rapidly evolving field of current interest. A large series of synthesis methods have been developed. This review addresses recent advances made in studies of this topic. After identifying the advantages and problems of natural hierarchically porous materials, synthetic hierarchically porous materials are presented. The synthesis strategies used to prepare hierarchically porous materials are first introduced and the features of synthesis and the resulting structures are presented using a series of examples. These involve templating methods (surfactant templating, nanocasting, macroporous polymer templating, colloidal crystal templating and bioinspired process, i.e. biotemplating), conventional techniques (supercritical fluids, emulsion, freeze-drying, breath figures, selective leaching, phase separation, zeolitization process, and replication) and basic methods (sol-gel controlling and post-treatment), as well as self-formation phenomenon of porous hierarchy. A series of detailed examples are given to show methods for the synthesis of hierarchically porous structures with various chemical compositions (dual porosities: micro-micropores, micro-mesopores, micro-macropores, meso-mesopores, meso-macropores, multiple porosities: micro-meso-macropores and meso-meso-macropores). We hope that this review will be helpful for those entering the field and also for those in the field who want quick access to helpful reference information about the synthesis of new hierarchically porous materials and

  3. Improved Synthesis and Crystal Structure of Dalcetrapib

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    Frank Richter

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available An improved synthesis of the Cholesteryl Ester Transfer Protein inhibitor dalcetrapib is reported. The precursor disulfide was reduced (a by Mg/MeOH or (b by EtSH/DBU/THF. The resulting thiol was acylated (a by a known procedure or (b in a one-pot process. Impurities were removed (a by dithiothreitol (DTT or (b by oxidation using H2O2. Dalcetrapib crystallized in space group P21/c.

  4. The Database of Genomic Variants: a curated collection of structural variation in the human genome.

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    MacDonald, Jeffrey R; Ziman, Robert; Yuen, Ryan K C; Feuk, Lars; Scherer, Stephen W

    2014-01-01

    Over the past decade, the Database of Genomic Variants (DGV; http://dgv.tcag.ca/) has provided a publicly accessible, comprehensive curated catalogue of structural variation (SV) found in the genomes of control individuals from worldwide populations. Here, we describe updates and new features, which have expanded the utility of DGV for both the basic research and clinical diagnostic communities. The current version of DGV consists of 55 published studies, comprising >2.5 million entries identified in >22,300 genomes. Studies included in DGV are selected from the accessioned data sets in the archival SV databases dbVar (NCBI) and DGVa (EBI), and then further curated for accuracy and validity. The core visualization tool (gbrowse) has been upgraded with additional functions to facilitate data analysis and comparison, and a new query tool has been developed to provide flexible and interactive access to the data. The content from DGV is regularly incorporated into other large-scale genome reference databases and represents a standard data resource for new product and database development, in particular for copy number variation testing in clinical labs. The accurate cataloguing of variants in DGV will continue to enable medical genetics and genome sequencing research.

  5. Structure of a rabbit muscle fructose-1, 6-bisphosphate aldolase A dimer variant

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    Sherawat, Manashi [Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Boston University School of Medicine, 715 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118-2394 (United States); Tolan, Dean R., E-mail: tolan@bu.edu [Department of Biology, Boston University, 5 Cummington Street, Boston, MA 02215 (United States); Allen, Karen N., E-mail: tolan@bu.edu [Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Boston University School of Medicine, 715 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118-2394 (United States)

    2008-05-01

    The X-ray crystallographic structure of a dimer variant of fructose-1, 6-bisphosphate aldolase demonstrates a stable oligomer that mirrors half of the native tetramer. The presence of product demonstrates that this is an active form. Fructose-1, 6-bisphosphate aldolase (aldolase) is an essential enzyme in glycolysis and gluconeogenesis. In addition to this primary function, aldolase is also known to bind to a variety of other proteins, a property that may allow it to perform ‘moonlighting’ roles in the cell. Although monomeric and dimeric aldolases possess full catalytic activity, the enzyme occurs as an unusually stable tetramer, suggesting a possible link between the oligomeric state and these noncatalytic cellular roles. Here, the first high-resolution X-ray crystal structure of rabbit muscle D128V aldolase, a dimeric form of aldolase mimicking the clinically important D128G mutation in humans associated with hemolytic anemia, is presented. The structure of the dimer was determined to 1.7 Å resolution with the product DHAP bound in the active site. The turnover of substrate to produce the product ligand demonstrates the retention of catalytic activity by the dimeric aldolase. The D128V mutation causes aldolase to lose intermolecular contacts with the neighboring subunit at one of the two interfaces of the tetramer. The tertiary structure of the dimer does not significantly differ from the structure of half of the tetramer. Analytical ultracentrifugation confirms the occurrence of the enzyme as a dimer in solution. The highly stable structure of aldolase with an independent active site is consistent with a model in which aldolase has evolved as a multimeric scaffold to perform other noncatalytic functions.

  6. Synthesis and molecular structure of manganese complexes with ...

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    Synthesis and molecular structure of manganese complexes with hindered N3 ligand. UDAI P SINGHa, R SINGHa, S HIKICHIb and Y MORO-OKAb ... O–N distances in this complex are shorter (011-N82, 2·76(1) Å) than the range of distances expected for a hydrogen bond between the peroxide and the imidazole proton.

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Chemical Sciences; Volume 126; Issue 4. Synthesis and structural study of platinum group metal complexes containing pyrimidine bridged pyrazolyl-pyridine ligand and 5 and 6 - cyclic hydrocarbons. Thirumala Prasad Kota Mohan Rao Kollipara. Volume 126 Issue 4 July 2014 pp 1143-1151 ...

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    3. *For correspondence. Synthesis, structure, redox and spectra of green iridium complexes of tridentate azo-aromatic ligands. MANASHI PANDA,a CHAYAN DAS,a CHEN-HSIUNG HUNGb and. SREEBRATA ... Mn(II)7 and Fe(II)8 but also produces stable anionic ..... the EPR of the oxidized complexes were not suc- cessful ...

  9. Total synthesis of the proposed structure of astakolactin

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    Full Text Available The first total synthesis of the proposed structure of astakolactin, a sesterterpene metabolite isolated from the marine sponge Cacospongia scalaris, has been achieved, mainly featuring Johnson–Claisen rearrangement, asymmetric Mukaiyama aldol reaction and MNBA-mediated lactonization.

  10. Synthesis, characterization, X-ray crystal structure, electrochemical ...

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    DOI 10.1007/s12039-015-0978-8. Synthesis, characterization, X-ray crystal structure, electrochemical evaluation and anti-cancer studies of a mixed ligand Cu(II) complex of (E)-N -((2-hydroxynaphthalen-1-yl)methylene)acetohydrazide. IRAN SHEIKHSHOAIEa, S YOUSEF EBRAHIMIPOURa,∗, MAHDIEH SHEIKHSHOAIEa,.

  11. Synthesis, structure and applications of [cis-dioxomolybdenum (VI ...

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    Oxo-molybdenum chemistry is of great interest since such units are found in the active sites of a majority of molybdo-enzymes. In order to mimic the biological systems, a number of oxo-molybdenum complexes have been synthesised and studied. This review describes synthesis, structure and applications of ...

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Chemical Sciences; Volume 125; Issue 6. Synthesis, structural characterization and biological activity of a trinuclear zinc(II) complex: DNA interaction study and antimicrobial activity. Bhaskar Biswas Niranjan Kole Moumita Patra Shampa Dutta Mousumi Ganguly. Regular Articles Volume 125 ...

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Chemical Sciences; Volume 126; Issue 6. Synthesis, crystal structure and ... The title complex 1 behaves as an effective catalyst towards oxidation of 3,5-ditertiarybutyl catechol (3,5-DTBC) in acetonitrile to its corresponding quinone derivative in air. The reaction follows first-order reaction kinetics ...

  14. Synthesis, Crystal Structure, Density Function Theory, Molecular ...

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    Conclusion: The test compound has a moderate antimicrobial activity and the optimized molecular structure of the studied compound using B3LYP/6-31G (d,p) method showed good agreement with the reported x-ray structure. Keywords: Isoindoline-1, 3-dione, X-ray analysis, Density function theory, Antimicrobial, Molecular ...

  15. Synthesis, crystal structure, thermal analysis and dielectric ...

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    In both the materials, the crystal structure has been determined by X-ray single crystal analysis at room temperature (293 K). The compound structures consist of K + (or NH 4 + ) cations and double chains of CdCl 6 octahedra sharing one edge extending along b -axis. The mixture of KA + /NH 4 + cations are located ...

  16. Hydrothermal synthesis, structure and characterization of new ...

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    The structure has tunnel-type cavities and are congenial for ion transportation through them. The compound exhibits moderate thermal stability. Keywords. Hydrothermal; crystal structure; solid electrolyte; iron (III) pyrophosphate. 1. Introduction. NASICON and related compounds belong to the well known family of solid ...

  17. Synthesis, crystal structure, theoretical study and luminescence ...

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    phenanthroline) has been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, X-ray single crystal analysis and fluorescent analysis. Its crystal structure is monoclinic with space group 2/ and ...

  18. Synthesis, spectroscopy and supramolecular structures of two ...

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    May 16, 2007 ... mate, salicylic acid and more recently amino and mercaptobenzoates. 4–14. While such studies are im- portant to enhance our understanding of Mg bio- chemistry, a recent interest in this area is in terms of the rich structural chemistry exhibited by the alkali- earth metal complexes. It is to be noted that the ...

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    Sulfated zirconia (SZ) nanoparticles (NPs) were successfully synthesized and deposited via chemical route called sol-gel technique. The structural, morphological, and optical properties the samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry (EDX), Scanning Electron Microscopy ...

  20. Cyclometallation in calixarenes: Synthesis and structural ...

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    phosphite-II, unprecedented in calixarene chemistry. Structural studies reveal that the aryl rings of the phenolic substituents in the cyclopalladated complex-II are oriented perpendicular to each other unlike in the case of the calixarene bisphosphite ligand-I although in both the compounds the calixarene framework adopts a ...

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    The School of Chemical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM, Penang, Malaysia e-mail: rosenani@usm.my; salambpx@yahoo.com ... complexes have been characterized by elemental analyses, UV-Vis, FT-IR, 1H, 13C and 119Sn NMR spectral studies. The molecular structure of complex 5 has been confirmed ...

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    , 1H, 13C and 119Sn NMR spectral studies. The molecular structure of complex 5 has been confirmed by single ... Rosenani A Haque1 M A Salam1. The School of Chemical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM, Penang, Malaysia ...

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    The structure has tunnel-type cavities and are congenial for ion transportation through them. The compound exhibits moderate ... Prasad2 K G Ashamanjari1. Department of Studies in Geology, University of Mysore, Mysore 570 006, India; Department of Studies in Physics, University of Mysore, Mysore 570 006, India ...

  4. Synthesis, structure, and properties of azatriangulenium salts

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    ), and triazatriangulenium (4), have been synthesized and their physicochemical properties have been investigated. Crystal structures for compounds 2 b-PF6: 2d-PF6, 4b-BF4, 4c-BF4, 6e-BF4, and 8 are reported. The different packing modes found for the triazatriagulenium salts are discussed in relation to the electrostatic...

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    of metal ions spans over s, p, d blocks and recently a few lanthanide complexes were also reported.17–32 .... version 2.1d was used to generate graphics for the X-ray structures. 2.3 General synthetic method for ligands (1 ...... Takolpuckdee P, Tomov A K, White A J P, Williams. D J, Elsegood M R J and Dale S H 2007 Inorg.

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    providing information about the complete crystal structure at room temperature of the new compounds. These materi- ... Data collection instrument. Kappa-APEX II. Kappa-APEX II. Radiation, graphite ..... graphic method of the mixed compounds K0.57(NH4)0.43CdCl3 and K0.25(NH4)0.75CdCl3. This study is restricted to ...

  7. Tailored cellulose esters: synthesis and structure determination.

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    Liebert, Tim F; Heinze, Thomas

    2005-01-01

    A broad variety of cellulose esters with complex and sensitive (against hydrolysis and light) structures was synthesized homogeneously in N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMAc)/LiCl and in the new solvent dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)/tetrabutylammonium fluoride (TBAF) via in situ activation of the carboxylic acids with N,N'-carbonyldiimidazole (CDI). New esters of chiral (-)-menthyloxyacetic acid, of unsaturated 3-(2-furyl)-acrylcarboxylic- and furane-2-carboxylic acid, acids with crownether moieties (4'-carboxybenzo-18-crown-6), and with carboxymethyl-beta-cyclodextrin were accessible in a one-pot reaction. Because of the mild conditions and the efficiency of the reaction via imidazolides, very pure and highly functionalized cellulose derivatives were obtained up to a degree of substitution of 2.5 possessing a degree of polymerization in the range of the starting cellulose. Structure determination was carried out by different one- and two-dimensional NMR techniques confirming the high purity of the esters and a pronounced regioselectivity for the primary OH function. The structural features, the purity, the solubility, and the film forming properties, make these materials desired products for the preparation of membranes with tailored separation characteristics.

  8. Integrating sequencing technologies in personal genomics: optimal low cost reconstruction of structural variants.

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    Du, Jiang; Bjornson, Robert D; Zhang, Zhengdong D; Kong, Yong; Snyder, Michael; Gerstein, Mark B

    2009-07-01

    The goal of human genome re-sequencing is obtaining an accurate assembly of an individual's genome. Recently, there has been great excitement in the development of many technologies for this (e.g. medium and short read sequencing from companies such as 454 and SOLiD, and high-density oligo-arrays from Affymetrix and NimbelGen), with even more expected to appear. The costs and sensitivities of these technologies differ considerably from each other. As an important goal of personal genomics is to reduce the cost of re-sequencing to an affordable point, it is worthwhile to consider optimally integrating technologies. Here, we build a simulation toolbox that will help us optimally combine different technologies for genome re-sequencing, especially in reconstructing large structural variants (SVs). SV reconstruction is considered the most challenging step in human genome re-sequencing. (It is sometimes even harder than de novo assembly of small genomes because of the duplications and repetitive sequences in the human genome.) To this end, we formulate canonical problems that are representative of issues in reconstruction and are of small enough scale to be computationally tractable and simulatable. Using semi-realistic simulations, we show how we can combine different technologies to optimally solve the assembly at low cost. With mapability maps, our simulations efficiently handle the inhomogeneous repeat-containing structure of the human genome and the computational complexity of practical assembly algorithms. They quantitatively show how combining different read lengths is more cost-effective than using one length, how an optimal mixed sequencing strategy for reconstructing large novel SVs usually also gives accurate detection of SNPs/indels, how paired-end reads can improve reconstruction efficiency, and how adding in arrays is more efficient than just sequencing for disentangling some complex SVs. Our strategy should facilitate the sequencing of human genomes at

  9. Integrating sequencing technologies in personal genomics: optimal low cost reconstruction of structural variants.

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    Jiang Du

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available The goal of human genome re-sequencing is obtaining an accurate assembly of an individual's genome. Recently, there has been great excitement in the development of many technologies for this (e.g. medium and short read sequencing from companies such as 454 and SOLiD, and high-density oligo-arrays from Affymetrix and NimbelGen, with even more expected to appear. The costs and sensitivities of these technologies differ considerably from each other. As an important goal of personal genomics is to reduce the cost of re-sequencing to an affordable point, it is worthwhile to consider optimally integrating technologies. Here, we build a simulation toolbox that will help us optimally combine different technologies for genome re-sequencing, especially in reconstructing large structural variants (SVs. SV reconstruction is considered the most challenging step in human genome re-sequencing. (It is sometimes even harder than de novo assembly of small genomes because of the duplications and repetitive sequences in the human genome. To this end, we formulate canonical problems that are representative of issues in reconstruction and are of small enough scale to be computationally tractable and simulatable. Using semi-realistic simulations, we show how we can combine different technologies to optimally solve the assembly at low cost. With mapability maps, our simulations efficiently handle the inhomogeneous repeat-containing structure of the human genome and the computational complexity of practical assembly algorithms. They quantitatively show how combining different read lengths is more cost-effective than using one length, how an optimal mixed sequencing strategy for reconstructing large novel SVs usually also gives accurate detection of SNPs/indels, how paired-end reads can improve reconstruction efficiency, and how adding in arrays is more efficient than just sequencing for disentangling some complex SVs. Our strategy should facilitate the sequencing of

  10. Structure-based analysis of A19D, a variant of transthyretin involved in familial amyloid cardiomyopathy.

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    Priscila Ferreira

    Full Text Available Transthyretin (TTR is a tetrameric beta-sheet-rich protein. Its deposits have been implicated in four different amyloid diseases. Although aggregation of the wild-type sequence is responsible for the senile form of the disease, more than one hundred variants have been described thus far, most of which confer a more amyloidogenic character to TTR, mainly because they compromise the stability of the protein in relation to monomer formation, which upon misfolding is intrinsically aggregation-prone. We report the case of a Brazilian patient suffering from a severe cardiomyopathy who carries a rare mutation in exon 2 of the TTR gene that results in an Ala to Asp substitution at position 19 (A19D. The putative pathogenic mechanisms of this variant were analyzed in silico. We constructed a structural model for the A19D tetramer from which its thermodynamic stability was compared to that displayed by the V30M (more amyloidogenic than WT-TTR and T119M (non-amyloidogenic variants. The FoldX force field predicted that A19D and V30M are 10.88 and 8.07 kCal/mol less stable than the WT-TTR, while T119M is 5.15 kCal/mol more stable, which is consistent with the aggregation propensities exhibited by these variants. We analyzed the step in which the tetramer-dimer-monomer-unfolded monomer equilibrium might contribute the most to the increased or decreased amyloidogenicity in each variant. Our results suggest that the concentration of four non-native negative charges occur inside thyroxine-binding channels, and the loss of contacts at both the tetrameric and dimeric interfaces would account for an overall decreased stability of the tetramer and the consequent enhanced amyloidogenicity of the A19D variant. As far as we know, this is the first description of a non-V30M mutation in Brazil.

  11. Theoretical Study of Structure and Synthesis Mechanism of Superheavy Nuclei

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    Zhou, Shan-Gui

    The study of superheavy nuclei (SHN) is on the frontier of modern nuclear physics. In recent years, we have carried out theoretical investigations of both the structure properties and the synthesis mechanism of SHN. In this contribution, we briefly review these progresses and focus on the study of potential energy surfaces and fission barriers of actinide nuclei by using the MDC-RMF model and that of the fusion mechanism by using the ImQMD model.

  12. Structure of FD-895 revealed through total synthesis.

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    Villa, Reymundo; Mandel, Alexander L; Jones, Brian D; La Clair, James J; Burkart, Michael D

    2012-11-02

    The total synthesis of FD-895 was completed through a strategy that featured the use of a tandem esterification ring-closing metathesis (RCM) process to construct the 12-membered macrolide and a modified Stille coupling to append the side chain. These studies combined with detailed analysis of all four possible C16-C17 stereoisomers were used to confirm the structure of FD-895 and identify an analog with an enhanced subnanomolar bioactivity.

  13. Variants of the MTHFR gene and susceptibility to acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children: A synthesis of genetic association studies

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    Zintzaras, Elias; Doxani, Chrysoula; Rodopoulou, Paraskevi; Bakalos, Georgios; Ziogas, Dimitris C; Ziakas, Panayiotis; Voulgarelis, Michael

    2012-01-01

    .... In order to decrease the uncertainty of estimated genetic risk effects, a meticulous meta-analysis of published GAS related the variants in the MTFHR gene with susceptibility to ALL was conducted...

  14. Variants of the MTHFR gene and susceptibility to acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children: a synthesis of genetic association studies.

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    Zintzaras, Elias; Doxani, Chrysoula; Rodopoulou, Paraskevi; Bakalos, Georgios; Ziogas, Dimitris C; Ziakas, Panayiotis; Voulgarelis, Michael

    2012-04-01

    Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a complex disease with genetic background. The genetic association studies (GAS) that investigated the association between ALL and the MTHFR C677T and A1298C gene variants have produced contradictory or inconclusive results. In order to decrease the uncertainty of estimated genetic risk effects, a meticulous meta-analysis of published GAS related the variants in the MTFHR gene with susceptibility to ALL was conducted. The risk effects were estimated based on the odds ratio (OR) of the allele contrast and the generalized odds ratio (OR(G)). Cumulative and recursive cumulative meta-analyses were also performed. The analysis showed marginal significant association for the C677T variant, overall [OR=0.91 (0.82-1.00) and OR(G)=0.89 (0.79-1.01)], and in Whites [OR=0.88 (0.77-0.99) and OR(G)=0.85 (0.73-0.99)]. The A1298C variant produced non-significant results. For both variants, the cumulative meta-analysis did not show a trend of association as evidence accumulates and the recursive cumulative meta-analysis indicated lack of sufficient evidence for denying or claiming an association. The current evidence is not sufficient to draw definite conclusions regarding the association of MTHFR variants and development of ALL. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Blocking Synthesis of the Variant Surface Glycoprotein Coat in Trypanosoma brucei Leads to an Increase in Macrophage Phagocytosis Due to Reduced Clearance of Surface Coat Antibodies.

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    Jackie L Y Cheung

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The extracellular bloodstream form parasite Trypanosoma brucei is supremely adapted to escape the host innate and adaptive immune system. Evasion is mediated through an antigenically variable Variant Surface Glycoprotein (VSG coat, which is recycled at extraordinarily high rates. Blocking VSG synthesis triggers a precytokinesis arrest where stalled cells persist for days in vitro with superficially intact VSG coats, but are rapidly cleared within hours in mice. We therefore investigated the role of VSG synthesis in trypanosome phagocytosis by activated mouse macrophages. T. brucei normally effectively evades macrophages, and induction of VSG RNAi resulted in little change in phagocytosis of the arrested cells. Halting VSG synthesis resulted in stalled cells which swam directionally rather than tumbling, with a significant increase in swim velocity. This is possibly a consequence of increased rigidity of the cells due to a restricted surface coat in the absence of VSG synthesis. However if VSG RNAi was induced in the presence of anti-VSG221 antibodies, phagocytosis increased significantly. Blocking VSG synthesis resulted in reduced clearance of anti-VSG antibodies from the trypanosome surface, possibly as a consequence of the changed motility. This was particularly marked in cells in the G2/ M cell cycle stage, where the half-life of anti-VSG antibody increased from 39.3 ± 4.2 seconds to 99.2 ± 15.9 seconds after induction of VSG RNAi. The rates of internalisation of bulk surface VSG, or endocytic markers like transferrin, tomato lectin or dextran were not significantly affected by the VSG synthesis block. Efficient elimination of anti-VSG-antibody complexes from the trypanosome cell surface is therefore essential for trypanosome evasion of macrophages. These experiments highlight the essentiality of high rates of VSG recycling for the rapid removal of host opsonins from the parasite surface, and identify this process as a key parasite

  16. Synthesis of aircraft structures using integrated design and analysis methods

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    Sobieszczanski-Sobieski, J.; Goetz, R. C.

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    A systematic research is reported to develop and validate methods for structural sizing of an airframe designed with the use of composite materials and active controls. This research program includes procedures for computing aeroelastic loads, static and dynamic aeroelasticity, analysis and synthesis of active controls, and optimization techniques. Development of the methods is concerned with the most effective ways of integrating and sequencing the procedures in order to generate structural sizing and the associated active control system, which is optimal with respect to a given merit function constrained by strength and aeroelasticity requirements.

  17. Effects of molecular structural variants on serum Krebs von den Lungen-6 levels in sarcoidosis

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Serum Krebs von den Lungen-6 (KL-6, which is classified as human mucin-1 (MUC1, is used as a marker of sarcoidosis and other interstitial lung diseases. However, there remain some limitations due to a lack of information on the factors contributing to increased levels of serum KL-6. This study was designed to investigate the factors contributing to increased levels of serum KL-6 by molecular analysis. Methods Western blot analysis using anti-KL-6 antibody was performed simultaneously on the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF and serum obtained from 128 subjects with sarcoidosis. Results KL-6/MUC1 in BALF showed three bands and five band patterns. These band patterns were associated with the MUC1 genotype and the KL-6 levels. KL-6/MUC1 band patterns in serum were dependent on molecular size class in BALF. Significantly increased levels of serum KL-6, serum/BALF KL-6 ratio and serum soluble interleukin 2 receptor were observed in the subjects with influx of high molecular size KL-6/MUC1 from the alveoli to blood circulation. The multivariate linear regression analysis involving potentially relevant variables such as age, gender, smoking status, lung parenchymal involvement based on radiographical stage and molecular size of KL-6/MUC1 in serum showed that the molecular size of KL-6/MUC1 in serum was significant independent determinant of serum KL-6 levels. Conclusions The molecular structural variants of KL-6/MUC1 and its leakage behavior affect serum levels of KL-6 in sarcoidosis. This information may assist in the interpretation of serum KL-6 levels in sarcoidosis.

  18. Comparative evaluation of Populus variants total sugar release and structural features following pretreatment and digestion by two distinct biological systems.

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    Thomas, Vanessa A; Kothari, Ninad; Bhagia, Samarthya; Akinosho, Hannah; Li, Mi; Pu, Yunqiao; Yoo, Chang Geun; Pattathil, Sivakumar; Hahn, Michael G; Raguaskas, Arthur J; Wyman, Charles E; Kumar, Rajeev

    2017-01-01

    Populus natural variants have been shown to realize a broad range of sugar yields during saccharification, however, the structural features responsible for higher sugar release from natural variants are not clear. In addition, the sugar release patterns resulting from digestion with two distinct biological systems, fungal enzymes and Clostridium thermocellum, have yet to be evaluated and compared. This study evaluates the effect of structural features of three natural variant Populus lines, which includes the line BESC standard, with respect to the overall process of sugar release for two different biological systems. Populus natural variants, SKWE 24-2 and BESC 876, showed higher sugar release from hydrothermal pretreatment combined with either enzymatic hydrolysis or Clostridium thermocellum fermentation compared to the Populus natural variant, BESC standard. However, C. thermocellum outperformed the fungal cellulases yielding 96.0, 95.5, and 85.9% glucan plus xylan release from SKWE 24-2, BESC 876, and BESC standard, respectively. Among the feedstock properties evaluated, cellulose accessibility and glycome profiling provided insights into factors that govern differences in sugar release between the low recalcitrant lines and the BESC standard line. However, because this distinction was more apparent in the solids after pretreatment than in the untreated biomass, pretreatment was necessary to differentiate recalcitrance among Populus lines. Glycome profiling analysis showed that SKWE 24-2 contained the most loosely bound cell wall glycans, followed by BESC 876, and BESC standard. Additionally, lower molecular weight lignin may be favorable for effective hydrolysis, since C. thermocellum reduced lignin molecular weight more than fungal enzymes across all Populus lines. Low recalcitrant Populus natural variants, SKWE 24-2 and BESC 876, showed higher sugar yields than BESC standard when hydrothermal pretreatment was combined with biological digestion. However

  19. Synthesis of lever-blade dampers with enhanced mechanical structure

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    Igor I. Sydorenko

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Since the torsion bar represents just an elastic element, the energy dissipation in suspensions problem is highly relevant for its application. Currently in quality of a dissipation device in torsion suspension are used the hydraulic dampers with movable members reciprocating translational motion respectively to the housing or lever-type hydraulic shock absorbers of piston and vane types, with the movable member’s rotational movement respectively to the housing. These dampers are implementing only throttle-valve performance type, associated with these devices’ functional capacities and depending on design constraints. The paper presents a synthesis of innovative lever-blade dampers, whose performance is not related to the value of working chambers inner pressure. Their essential peculiarity relates to the mechanical control loop presence in the structure that determines a close relationship between the performance and the value of the shock absorber movable element displacement relatively to the body. In the process of synthesis carried out tested are the appropriate methods, built on the basis of technical systems’ modeling with modified kinematic graphs. The synthesis results are shown in the form of two structurally implemented samples. Performed is a comparative analysis of the samples with their basic performance determining.

  20. Hemoglobin Variants: Biochemical Properties and Clinical Correlates

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    Thom, Christopher S.; Dickson, Claire F.; Gell, David A.; Weiss, Mitchell J.

    2013-01-01

    Diseases affecting hemoglobin synthesis and function are extremely common worldwide. More than 1000 naturally occurring human hemoglobin variants with single amino acid substitutions throughout the molecule have been discovered, mainly through their clinical and/or laboratory manifestations. These variants alter hemoglobin structure and biochemical properties with physiological effects ranging from insignificant to severe. Studies of these mutations in patients and in the laboratory have produced a wealth of information on hemoglobin biochemistry and biology with significant implications for hematology practice. More generally, landmark studies of hemoglobin performed over the past 60 years have established important paradigms for the disciplines of structural biology, genetics, biochemistry, and medicine. Here we review the major classes of hemoglobin variants, emphasizing general concepts and illustrative examples. PMID:23388674

  1. Design of a substrate-tailored peptiligase variant for the efficient synthesis of thymosin-α1

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    Schmidt, Marcel; Toplak, Ana; Rozeboom, Henriëtte J; Wijma, Hein J; Quaedflieg, Peter J L M; van Maarseveen, Jan H; Janssen, Dick B; Nuijens, Timo

    2018-01-01

    The synthesis of thymosin-α1, an acetylated 28 amino acid long therapeutic peptide, via conventional chemical methods is exceptionally challenging. The enzymatic coupling of unprotected peptide segments in water offers great potential for a more efficient synthesis of peptides that are difficult to

  2. SYNTHESIS OF THE TECHNICAL CONTROL SYSTEMS WITH VARIABLE STRUCTURE

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    Full Text Available Change. Also the object as a result of an adverse effect is considered. The formal problem definition of synthesis of hardy management system is considered. Model choice criteria ensemble is set. The rule of choice algorithm implementation on the basis of different reference functions is provided. The conclusion is drawn that in case of preliminary processing of the available prior data it is possible to select reference functions correctly which reflect physical processes more precisely. The mathematical description of a dynamic object on the basis of a differential equation, or its decision is provided. Defini- tion of function of a trend is given. Criteria for selection of model of damage are given. The recommendation of modifica- tion of Demark trends algorithm by means of the sliding Yazvinsky's window and a method of self-organization for in- crease of accuracy of creation of a predictive model of damage is made. It is offered to realize a model choice by means of more complex logical analysis of an observed vector in the appropriate situation. Logic-functional control task definition is given and approach to its decision is formulated. The conclusion about what the task of synthesis management system con- sists of is given. This article describes the method of synthesis of control system with variable structure provides increasing survivability control system in a significant change of the external environment, as well as the object itself from the adverse impacts.

  3. Structures of Gate Loop Variants of the AcrB Drug Efflux Pump Bound by Erythromycin Substrate.

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    Ababou, Abdessamad; Koronakis, Vassilis

    2016-01-01

    Gram-negative bacteria such as E. coli use tripartite efflux pumps such as AcrAB-TolC to expel antibiotics and noxious compounds. A key feature of the inner membrane transporter component, AcrB, is a short stretch of residues known as the gate/switch loop that divides the proximal and distal substrate binding pockets. Amino acid substitutions of the gate loop are known to decrease antibiotic resistance conferred by AcrB. Here we present two new AcrB gate loop variants, the first stripped of its bulky side chains, and a second in which the gate loop is removed entirely. By determining the crystal structures of the variant AcrB proteins in the presence and absence of erythromycin and assessing their ability to confer erythromycin tolerance, we demonstrate that the gate loop is important for AcrB export activity but is not required for erythromycin binding.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of one-dimensional titanate structure

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    Ljubica M. Nikolić

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available One-dimensional titania structures were synthesized trough a simple hydrothermal process in a highly alkaline conditions. The aim of this work was to elucidate the effect of time on the formation of 1D titanates as well on its structural characteristics (morphology, phase composition, surface area. Apart from that, the effect of heat treatment conditions on the stability of titanate based 1D samples has been investigated. The results have revealed that it is possible to form one-dimensional titanates already after 1 hour of hydrothermal synthesis. Although the composition of titanates is still under debate, the results probably correspond to the layered sodium titanates. The 1D prepared structures show a remarkable stability during heating, remaining the basic morphology and composition even up to 700°C.

  5. The extended evolutionary synthesis: its structure, assumptions and predictions.

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    Laland, Kevin N; Uller, Tobias; Feldman, Marcus W; Sterelny, Kim; Müller, Gerd B; Moczek, Armin; Jablonka, Eva; Odling-Smee, John

    2015-08-22

    Scientific activities take place within the structured sets of ideas and assumptions that define a field and its practices. The conceptual framework of evolutionary biology emerged with the Modern Synthesis in the early twentieth century and has since expanded into a highly successful research program to explore the processes of diversification and adaptation. Nonetheless, the ability of that framework satisfactorily to accommodate the rapid advances in developmental biology, genomics and ecology has been questioned. We review some of these arguments, focusing on literatures (evo-devo, developmental plasticity, inclusive inheritance and niche construction) whose implications for evolution can be interpreted in two ways—one that preserves the internal structure of contemporary evolutionary theory and one that points towards an alternative conceptual framework. The latter, which we label the 'extended evolutionary synthesis' (EES), retains the fundaments of evolutionary theory, but differs in its emphasis on the role of constructive processes in development and evolution, and reciprocal portrayals of causation. In the EES, developmental processes, operating through developmental bias, inclusive inheritance and niche construction, share responsibility for the direction and rate of evolution, the origin of character variation and organism-environment complementarity. We spell out the structure, core assumptions and novel predictions of the EES, and show how it can be deployed to stimulate and advance research in those fields that study or use evolutionary biology. © 2015 The Author(s).

  6. The extended evolutionary synthesis: its structure, assumptions and predictions

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    Laland, Kevin N.; Uller, Tobias; Feldman, Marcus W.; Sterelny, Kim; Müller, Gerd B.; Moczek, Armin; Jablonka, Eva; Odling-Smee, John

    2015-01-01

    Scientific activities take place within the structured sets of ideas and assumptions that define a field and its practices. The conceptual framework of evolutionary biology emerged with the Modern Synthesis in the early twentieth century and has since expanded into a highly successful research program to explore the processes of diversification and adaptation. Nonetheless, the ability of that framework satisfactorily to accommodate the rapid advances in developmental biology, genomics and ecology has been questioned. We review some of these arguments, focusing on literatures (evo-devo, developmental plasticity, inclusive inheritance and niche construction) whose implications for evolution can be interpreted in two ways—one that preserves the internal structure of contemporary evolutionary theory and one that points towards an alternative conceptual framework. The latter, which we label the ‘extended evolutionary synthesis' (EES), retains the fundaments of evolutionary theory, but differs in its emphasis on the role of constructive processes in development and evolution, and reciprocal portrayals of causation. In the EES, developmental processes, operating through developmental bias, inclusive inheritance and niche construction, share responsibility for the direction and rate of evolution, the origin of character variation and organism–environment complementarity. We spell out the structure, core assumptions and novel predictions of the EES, and show how it can be deployed to stimulate and advance research in those fields that study or use evolutionary biology. PMID:26246559

  7. Synthesis of mesomeric betaine compounds with imidazolium-enolate structure

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    Nina Gonsior

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis of a heterocyclic mesomeric betaine by quaternization reaction of 1-butylimidazole and tetrabromo-1,4-benzoquinone is presented. The structure was verified by means of X-ray single-crystal analysis, NMR and IR spectroscopy. Inclusion complexes of the heterocyclic mesomeric betaine with randomly methylated (1.8 β-cyclodextrin were investigated by UV–vis spectroscopy. Furthermore, the reaction conditions were applied to poly(vinylimidazole and 1,4-bis(1H-imidazol-1-ylbutane to obtain functionalized polymer networks and condensate polymers, respectively.

  8. Synthesis of resorcinolic lipids bearing structural similarities to cytosporone A

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    Edson dos Anjos dos Santos

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Inspired by the structure and biological activities of resorcinolic lipids and, particularly cytosporone A- a potent inhibitor of plantule germination and growth, we have performed the synthesis of the analogs 3-heptyl-3-hydroxy-5,7-dimethoxy-2-benzofuran-1(3H-one (1 and 3-heptyl-3-hydroxy-4,6-dimethoxy-2-benzofuran-1(3H-one (2. The intermediates and products were submitted to allelopathic test using Lactuca sativa L. seeds. Target compound 1 showed an inhibitory effect on germination and growth of hypocotyl and radicle in milimolar range.

  9. Synthesis of resorcinolic lipids bearing structural similarities to cytosporone A

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    Santos, Edson dos Anjos dos; Beatriz, Adilson; Lima, Denis Pires de [Universidade Federal Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS), Campo Grande, MS (Brazil). Centro de Ciencias Exatas e Tecnologia. Dept. de Quimica], e-mail: dlima@nin.ufms.br; Marques, Maria Rita; Leite, Carla Braga [Universidade Federal Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS), Campo Grande, MS (Brazil). Centro de Ciencias Biologicas. Dept. de Morfofisiologia

    2009-07-01

    Inspired by the structure and biological activities of resorcinolic lipids and, particularly cytosporone A- a potent inhibitor of plantule germination and growth, we have performed the synthesis of the analogs 3-heptyl-3-hydroxy-5,7-dimethoxy-2-benzofuran-1(3H)-one (1) and 3-heptyl-3-hydroxy-4,6-dimethoxy-2-benzofuran-1(3H)-one (2). The intermediates and products were submitted to allelopathic test using Lactuca sativa L. seeds. Target compound 1 showed an inhibitory effect on germination and growth of hypocotyl and radicle in millimolar range. (author)

  10. High affinity antigen recognition of the dual specific variants of herceptin is entropy-driven in spite of structural plasticity.

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    Jenny Bostrom

    Full Text Available The antigen-binding site of Herceptin, an anti-human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2 (HER2 antibody, was engineered to add a second specificity toward Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF to create a high affinity two-in-one antibody bH1. Crystal structures of bH1 in complex with either antigen showed that, in comparison to Herceptin, this antibody exhibited greater conformational variability, also called "structural plasticity". Here, we analyzed the biophysical and thermodynamic properties of the dual specific variants of Herceptin to understand how a single antibody binds two unrelated protein antigens. We showed that while bH1 and the affinity-improved bH1-44, in particular, maintained many properties of Herceptin including binding affinity, kinetics and the use of residues for antigen recognition, they differed in the binding thermodynamics. The interactions of bH1 and its variants with both antigens were characterized by large favorable entropy changes whereas the Herceptin/HER2 interaction involved a large favorable enthalpy change. By dissecting the total entropy change and the energy barrier for dual interaction, we determined that the significant structural plasticity of the bH1 antibodies demanded by the dual specificity did not translate into the expected increase of entropic penalty relative to Herceptin. Clearly, dual antigen recognition of the Herceptin variants involves divergent antibody conformations of nearly equivalent energetic states. Hence, increasing the structural plasticity of an antigen-binding site without increasing the entropic cost may play a role for antibodies to evolve multi-specificity. Our report represents the first comprehensive biophysical analysis of a high affinity dual specific antibody binding two unrelated protein antigens, furthering our understanding of the thermodynamics that drive the vast antigen recognition capacity of the antibody repertoire.

  11. Investigating alpha-globin structural variants: a retrospective review of 135,000 Brazilian individuals

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    Elza Miyuki Kimura

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Brazil has a multiethnic population with a high diversity of hemoglobinopathies. While screenings for beta-globin mutations are far more common, alterations affecting alpha-globin genes are usually more silent and less well known. The aim of this study was to describe the results of a screening program for alpha-globin gene mutations in a representative sample of the Southeastern Brazilian population. Methods: A total of 135,000 individuals, including patients with clinical suspicion of hemoglobinopathies and their family members, randomly chosen individuals submitted to blood tests and blood donors who were abnormal hemoglobin carriers were analyzed. The variants were screened by alkaline and acid electrophoreses, isoelectric focusing and cation-exchange high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC and the abnormal chains were investigated by reverse-phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC. Mutations were identified by molecular analyses, and the oxygen affinity, heme-heme cooperativity and Bohr effect of the variants were evaluated by functional tests. Results: Four new and 22 rare variants were detected in 98 families. Some of these variants were found in co-inheritance with other hemoglobinopathies. Of the rare hemoglobins, Hasharon, Stanleyville II and J-Rovigo were the most common, the first two being S-like and associated with alpha-thalassemia. Conclusion: The variability of alpha-globin alterations reflects the high degree of racial miscegenation and an intense internal migratory flow between different Brazilian regions. This diversity highlights the importance of programs for diagnosing hemoglobinopathies and preventing combinations that may lead to important clinical manifestations in multiethnic populations.

  12. Structure and function of splice variants of the cardiac voltage-gated sodium channel Na(v)1.5.

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    Schroeter, Annett; Walzik, Stefan; Blechschmidt, Steve; Haufe, Volker; Benndorf, Klaus; Zimmer, Thomas

    2010-07-01

    Voltage-gated sodium channels mediate the rapid upstroke of the action potential in excitable tissues. The tetrodotoxin (TTX) resistant isoform Na(v)1.5, encoded by the SCN5A gene, is the predominant isoform in the heart. This channel plays a key role for excitability of atrial and ventricular cardiomyocytes and for rapid impulse propagation through the specific conduction system. During recent years, strong evidence has been accumulated in support of the expression of several Na(v)1.5 splice variants in the heart, and in various other tissues and cell lines including brain, dorsal root ganglia, breast cancer cells and neuronal stem cell lines. This review summarizes our knowledge on the structure and putative function of nine Na(v)1.5 splice variants detected so far. Attention will be paid to the distinct biophysical properties of the four functional splice variants, to the pronounced tissue- and species-specific expression, and to the developmental regulation of Na(v)1.5 splicing. The implications of alternative splicing for SCN5A channelopathies, and for a better understanding of genotype-phenotype correlations, are discussed. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Kinetic and sequence-structure-function analysis of known LinA variants with different hexachlorocyclohexane isomers.

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    Pooja Sharma

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Here we report specific activities of all seven naturally occurring LinA variants towards three different isomers, α, γ and δ, of a priority persistent pollutant, hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH. Sequence-structure-function differences contributing to the differences in their stereospecificity for α-, γ-, and δ-HCH and enantiospecificity for (+- and (--α -HCH are also discussed. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Enzyme kinetic studies were performed with purified LinA variants. Models of LinA2(B90A A110T, A111C, A110T/A111C and LinA1(B90A were constructed using the FoldX computer algorithm. Turnover rates (min(-1 showed that the LinAs exhibited differential substrate affinity amongst the four HCH isomers tested. α-HCH was found to be the most preferred substrate by all LinA's, followed by the γ and then δ isomer. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The kinetic observations suggest that LinA-γ1-7 is the best variant for developing an enzyme-based bioremediation technology for HCH. The majority of the sequence variation in the various linA genes that have been isolated is not neutral, but alters the enantio- and stereoselectivity of the encoded proteins.

  14. Synthesis and Structural Activity Relationship Study of Antitubercular Carboxamides

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    Full Text Available The unusual structure and chemical composition of the mycobacterial cell wall, the tedious duration of therapy, and resistance developed by the microorganism have made the recurrence of the disease multidrug resistance and extensive or extreme drug resistance. The prevalence of tuberculosis in synergy with HIV/AIDS epidemic augments the risk of developing the disease by 100-fold. The need to synthesize new drugs that will shorten the total duration of effective treatment and/or significantly reduce the dosage taken under DOTS supervision, improve on the treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis which defies the treatment with isoniazid and rifampicin, and provide effective treatment for latent TB infections which is essential for eliminating tuberculosis prompted this review. In this review, we considered the synthesis and structure activity relationship study of carboxamide derivatives with antitubercular potential.

  15. Synthesis, Structure, and Properties of Refractory Hard-Metal Borides

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    Lech, Andrew Thomas

    As the limits of what can be achieved with conventional hard compounds, such as tungsten carbide, are nearing reach, super-hard materials are an area of increasing industrial interest. The refractory hard metal borides, such as ReB2 and WB4, offer an increasingly attractive alternative to diamond and cubic boron nitride as a next-generation tool material. In this Thesis, a thorough discussion is made of the progress achieved by our laboratory towards understanding the synthesis, structure, and properties of these extremely hard compounds. Particular emphasis is placed on structural manipulation, solid solution formation, and the unique crystallographic manifestations of what might also be called "super-hard metals".

  16. A smart library of epoxide hydrolase variants and the top hits for synthesis of (S)-β-blocker precursors.

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    Kong, Xu-Dong; Ma, Qian; Zhou, Jiahai; Zeng, Bu-Bing; Xu, Jian-He

    2014-06-23

    Microtuning of the enzyme active pocket has led to a smart library of epoxide hydrolase variants with an expanded substrate spectrum covering a series of typical β-blocker precursors. Improved activities of 6- to 430-fold were achieved by redesigning the active site at two predicted hot spots. This study represents a breakthrough in protein engineering of epoxide hydrolases and resulted in enhanced activity toward bulky substrates. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Different structural stability and toxicity of PrP(ARR) and PrP(ARQ) sheep prion protein variants.

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    Paludi, Domenico; Thellung, Stefano; Chiovitti, Katia; Corsaro, Alessandro; Villa, Valentina; Russo, Claudio; Ianieri, Adriana; Bertsch, Uwe; Kretzschmar, Hans A; Aceto, Antonio; Florio, Tullio

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    The polymorphisms at amino acid residues 136, 154, and 171 in ovine prion protein (PrP) have been associated with different susceptibility to scrapie: animals expressing PrP(ARQ) [PrP(Ala136/Arg154/Gln171)] show vulnerability, whereas those that express PrP(ARR) [PrP(Ala136/Arg154/Arg171)] are resistant to scrapie. The aim of this study was to evaluate the in vitro toxic effects of PrP(ARR) and PrP(ARQ) variants in relation with their structural characteristics. We show that both peptides cause cell death inducing apoptosis but, unexpectedly, the scrapie resistant PrP(ARR) form was more toxic than the scrapie susceptible PrP(ARQ) variant. Moreover, the alpha-helical conformation of PrP(ARR) was less stable than that of PrP(ARQ) and the structural determinants responsible of these different conformational stabilities were characterized by spectroscopic analysis. We observed that PrP toxicity was inversely related to protein structural stability, being the unfolded conformation more toxic than the native one. However, the PrP(ARQ) variant displays a higher propensity to form large aggregates than PrP(ARR). Interestingly, in the presence of small amounts of PrP(ARR), PrP(ARQ) aggregability was reduced to levels similar to that of PrP(ARR). Thus, in contrast to PrP(ARR) toxicity, scrapie transmissibility seems to reside in the more stable conformation of PrP(ARQ) that allows the formation of large amyloid fibrils.

  18. Synthesis of Au nanowires with controlled morphological and structural characteristics

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    Singh, Gurvinder, E-mail: gurvinder.singh@ntnu.no [Ugelstad Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), NO-7491 Trondheim (Norway); Helvoort, Antonius T.J. van [Department of Physics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NO-7491 Trondheim (Norway); Bandyopadhyay, Sulalit; Volden, Sondre; Andreassen, Jens-Petter [Ugelstad Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), NO-7491 Trondheim (Norway); Glomm, Wilhelm R., E-mail: Wilhelm.Glomm@sintef.no [Ugelstad Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), NO-7491 Trondheim (Norway); SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, Biotechnology and Nanomedicine Sector, NO-7491 Trondheim (Norway)

    2014-08-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Synthesis of metal nanowires. • Control over structural and morphological characteristics via seed type nanoparticle. • Growth via surfactant or surface diffusion process. • Structural and surface characterization. - Abstract: A growth of one-dimensional noble metal nanostructure with controlled structural characteristic has been under intense investigation as the physical properties, for example, mechanical and electrical properties highly depend on the crystallinity of the nanostructure. Herein, we report a seed-mediated growth of gold nanowires with controlled structural and morphological characteristics, which can easily be varied by selecting appropriate seed nanoparticles, either spherical or rod type in aqueous solution at room temperature. The growth of nanowires was monitored by characterizing the samples at different time period during the reaction, and our observations suggest that growth occurs from seeds rapidly growing along one-dimension followed by surfactant induced fusion or welding and surface diffusion. The aspect ratio and morphology of these NWs can be tuned by CTAB concentration, pH and temperature of the growth solution. We show that the aspect ratio and morphology of these NWs can be tuned by the surfactant concentration, pH and temperature of the growth solution. Electron microscopy and X-ray Photoelectron spectroscopic techniques were employed for investigating structural and surface characteristics of nanowires. This approach can possibly help to synthesize nanowires of other metals with controlled crystalline behaviour which is highly essential for understanding their properties and practical applications in nanoelectronics, optical devices, catalysis, and sensors.

  19. Global displacement of canine parvovirus by a host-adapted variant: structural comparison between pandemic viruses with distinct host ranges.

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    Organtini, Lindsey J; Allison, Andrew B; Lukk, Tiit; Parrish, Colin R; Hafenstein, Susan

    2015-02-01

    Canine parvovirus type 2 (CPV-2) emerged in 1978 and spread worldwide within 2 years. Subsequently, CPV-2 was completely replaced by the variant CPV-2a, which is characterized by four specific capsid (VP2) mutations. The X-ray crystal structure of the CPV-2a capsid shows that each mutation confers small local changes. The loss of a hydrogen bond and introduction of a glycine residue likely introduce flexibility to sites that control interactions with the host receptor, antibodies, and sialic acids. Copyright © 2015, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  20. Facile synthesis of gold nanomaterials with unusual crystal structures.

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    Fan, Zhanxi; Huang, Xiao; Chen, Ye; Huang, Wei; Zhang, Hua

    2017-11-01

    Gold (Au) nanomaterials have attracted wide research attention, owing to their high chemical stability, promising catalytic properties, excellent biocompatibility, unique electronic structure and outstanding localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) absorption properties; all of which are closely related to their size and shape. Recently, crystal-phase-controlled synthesis of noble metal nanomaterials has emerged as a promising strategy to tune their physicochemical properties. This protocol describes the detailed experimental procedures for the crystal-phase-controlled syntheses of Au nanomaterials with unusual crystal structures under mild conditions. Briefly, pure hexagonal close-packed (hcp) Au square sheets (AuSSs) with a thickness of ∼2.4 nm are synthesized using a graphene-oxide-assisted method in which HAuCl 4 is reduced by oleylamine in a mixture of hexane and ethanol. By using pure hexane as the solvent, well-dispersed ultrathin hcp/face-centered cubic (fcc) Au nanowires with a diameter of ∼1.6 nm on graphene oxide can be obtained. Meanwhile, hcp/fcc Au square-like plates with a side length of 200-400 nm are prepared via the secondary growth of Au on the hcp AuSSs. Remarkably, hexagonal (4H) Au nanoribbons with a thickness of 2.0-6.0 nm can be synthesized with a one-pot colloidal method in which HAuCl 4 is reduced by oleylamine in a mixed solvent of hexane and 1,2-dichloropropane. It takes 17-37 h for the synthesis of these Au nanomaterials with unusual crystal structures. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) are used to characterize the resultant Au nanomaterials, which could have many promising applications, such as biosensing, near-IR photothermal therapy, catalysis and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS).

  1. Genome-wide analysis of Epstein-Barr virus identifies variants and genes associated with gastric carcinoma and population structure.

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    Yao, Youyuan; Xu, Miao; Liang, Liming; Zhang, Haojiong; Xu, Ruihua; Feng, Qisheng; Feng, Lin; Luo, Bing; Zeng, Yi-Xin

    2017-10-01

    Epstein-Barr virus is a ubiquitous virus and is associated with several human malignances, including the significant subset of gastric carcinoma, Epstein-Barr virus-associated gastric carcinoma. Some Epstein-Barr virus-associated diseases are uniquely prevalent in populations with different geographic origins. However, the features of the disease and geographically associated Epstein-Barr virus genetic variation as well as the roles that the variation plays in carcinogenesis and evolution remain unclear. Therefore, in this study, we sequenced 95 geographically distinct Epstein-Barr virus isolates from Epstein-Barr virus-associated gastric carcinoma biopsies and saliva of healthy donors to detect variants and genes associated with gastric carcinoma and population structure from a genome-wide spectrum. We demonstrated that Epstein-Barr virus revealed the population structure between North China and South China. In addition, we observed population stratification between Epstein-Barr virus strains from gastric carcinoma and healthy controls, indicating that certain Epstein-Barr virus subtypes are associated with different gastric carcinoma risks. We identified that the BRLF1, BBRF3, and BBLF2/BBLF3 genes had significant associations with gastric carcinoma. LMP1 and BNLF2a genes were strongly geographically associated genes in Epstein-Barr virus. Our study provides insights into the genetic basis of oncogenic Epstein-Barr virus for gastric carcinoma, and the genetic variants associated with gastric carcinoma can serve as biomarkers for oncogenic Epstein-Barr virus.

  2. Deregulation of gluconeogenic structural genes by variants of the transcriptional activator Cat8p of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Rahner, A; Hiesinger, M; Schüller, H J

    1999-10-01

    In the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, growth with a non-fermentable carbon source requires co-ordinate transcriptional activation of gluconeogenic structural genes by an upstream activation site (UAS) element, designated CSRE (carbon source-responsive element). The zinc cluster protein encoded by CAT8 is necessary for transcriptional derepression mediated by a CSRE. Expression of CAT8 as well as transcriptional activation by Cat8p is regulated by the carbon source, requiring a functional Cat1p (= Snf1p) protein kinase. The importance of both regulatory levels was investigated by construction of CAT8 variants with a constitutive transcriptional activation domain (INO2TAD) and/or a carbon source-independent promoter (MET25 ). Whereas a reporter gene driven by a CSRE-dependent synthetic minimal promoter showed a 40-fold derepression with wild-type CAT8, an almost constitutive expression was found with a MET25-CAT8-INO2TAD fusion construct due to a dramatically increased gene activation under conditions of glucose repression. Similar results were obtained with the mRNA of the isocitrate lyase gene ICL1 and at the level of ICL enzyme activity. Taking advantage of a Cat8p size variant, we demonstrate its binding to the CSRE. Our data show that carbon source-dependent transcriptional activation by Cat8p is the most important mechanism affecting the regulated expression of gluconeogenic structural genes.

  3. Synthesis and structural studies of copper sulfide nanocrystals

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    Peter A. Ajibade

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We report the synthesis and structural studies of copper sulfide nanocrystals from copper(II dithiocarbamate single molecule precursors. The optical studies of the as-prepared copper sulfide nanoparticles were carried out using UV–Visible and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The absorption spectra show absorption band edges at 287 nm and exhibit considerable blue shift that could be ascribed to the quantum confinement effects as a result of the small crystallite sizes of the nanoparticles and the photoluminescence spectra show emission curves that are red shifted with respect to the absorption band edges. The structural studies were carried out using powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. The XRD patterns revealed the formation of hexagonal structure of covellite CuS with estimated crystallite sizes of 17.3–18.6 nm. The TEM images showed particles with almost spherical or rod shapes with average crystallite sizes of 3–9.8 nm. SEM images showed morphology with ball-like microsphere on the surfaces and EDS spectra confirmed the presence of CuS nanoparticles.

  4. Synthesis, Structure, Stability and Redispersion of Gold-based Nanoparticles

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    Tiruvalam, Ram Chandra

    Nanoscale gold has been shown to possess an intriguing combination of unexpected optical, photochemical and catalytic properties. The ability to control the size, shape, morphology, composition and dispersion of gold-based nanostructures is key to optimizing their performance for nanotechnology applications. The advanced electron microscopy studies described in this thesis analyze three important aspects of gold and gold-palladium alloy nanoparticles: namely, (i) the ability to synthesize gold nanoparticles of controlled size and shape in an aqueous medium; (ii) the colloidal preparation of designer gold-palladium alloys for selective oxidation catalysis; and (iii) the ability to disperse gold as finely and homogeneously as possible on a metal oxide or carbon support. The ability to exploit the nanoscale properties of gold for various engineering applications often depends on our ability to control size and shape of the nanoscale entity by careful manipulation of the synthesis parameters. We have explored an aqueous based synthesis route, using oleylamine as both a reductant and surfactant, for preparing gold nanostructures. By systematically varying synthesis parameters such as oleylamine concentration, reaction temperature, and aging time it is possible to identify processing regimens that generate Au nanostructures having either pseudo-spherical, faceted polyhedral, nanostar or wire shaped morphologies. Furthermore, by quenching the reaction partway through it is possible to create a class of metastable Au-containing structures such as nanocubes, nanoboxes and nanowires. Possible formation mechanisms for these gold based nano-objects are discussed. There is a growing interest in using supported bimetallic AuPd alloy nanoparticles for selective oxidation reactions. In this study, a systematic series of size controlled AuPd bimetallic particles have been prepared by colloidal synthesis methods. Particles having random alloy structures, as well as `designer

  5. Fluorinated proteins: from design and synthesis to structure and stability.

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    Marsh, E Neil G

    2014-10-21

    Fluorine is all but absent from biology; however, it has proved to be a remarkably useful element with which to modulate the activity of biological molecules and to study their mechanism of action. Our laboratory's interest in incorporating fluorine into proteins was stimulated by the unusual physicochemical properties exhibited by perfluorinated small molecules. These include extreme chemical inertness and thermal stability, properties that have made them valuable as nonstick coatings and fire retardants. Fluorocarbons also exhibit an unusual propensity to phase segregation. This phenomenon, which has been termed the "fluorous effect", has been effectively exploited in organic synthesis to purify compounds from reaction mixtures by extracting fluorocarbon-tagged molecules into fluorocarbon solvents. As biochemists, we were curious to explore whether the unusual physicochemical properties of perfluorocarbons could be engineered into proteins. To do this, we developed a synthesis of a highly fluorinated amino acid, hexafluoroleucine, and designed a model 4-helix bundle protein, α4H, in which the hydrophobic core was packed exclusively with leucine. We then investigated the effects of repacking the hydrophobic core of α4H with various combinations of leucine and hexafluoroleucine. These initial studies demonstrated that fluorination is a general and effective strategy for enhancing the stability of proteins against chemical and thermal denaturation and proteolytic degradation. We had originally envisaged that the "fluorous interactions", postulated from the self-segregating properties of fluorous solvents, might be used to mediate specific protein-protein interactions orthogonal to those of natural proteins. However, various lines of evidence indicate that no special, favorable fluorine-fluorine interactions occur in the core of the fluorinated α4 protein. This makes it unlikely that fluorinated amino acids can be used to direct protein-protein interactions. More

  6. Large-scale genome-wide analysis identifies genetic variants associated with cardiac structure and function

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    Wild, Philipp S.; Felix, Janine F.; Schillert, Arne; Teumer, Alexander; Chen, Ming-Huei; Leening, Maarten J. G.; Voelker, Uwe; Grossmann, Vera; Brody, Jennifer A.; Irvin, Marguerite R.; Shah, Sanjiv J.; Pramana, Setia; Lieb, Wolfgang; Schmidt, Reinhold; Stanton, Alice V.; Malzahn, Doerthe; Smith, Albert Vernon; Sundstrom, Johan; Minelli, Cosetta; Ruggiero, Daniela; Lyytikainen, Leo-Pekka; Tiller, Daniel; Smith, J. Gustav; Monnereau, Claire; Di Tullio, Marco R.; Musani, Solomon K.; Morrison, Alanna C.; Pers, Tune H.; Morley, Michael; Kleber, Marcus E.; Aragam, Jayashri; Benjamin, Emelia J.; Bis, Joshua C.; Bisping, Egbert; Broeckel, Ulrich; Cheng, Susan; Deckers, Jaap W.; Del Greco, Fabiola; Edelmann, Frank; Fornage, Myriam; Franke, Lude; Friedrich, Nele; Harris, Tamara B.; Hofer, Edith; Hofman, Albert; Huang, Jie; Hughes, Alun D.; Kahonen, Mika; Kruppa, Jochen; Lackner, Karl J.; Lannfelt, Lars; Laskowski, Rafael; Launer, Lenore J.; Leosdottir, Margret; Lin, Honghuang; Lindgren, Cecilia M.; Loley, Christina; MacRae, Calum A.; Mascalzoni, Deborah; Mayet, Jamil; Medenwald, Daniel; Morris, Andrew P.; Mueller, Christian; Mueller-Nurasyid, Martina; Nappo, Stefania; Nilsson, Peter M.; Nuding, Sebastian; Nutile, Teresa; Peters, Annette; Pfeufer, Arne; Pietzner, Diana; Pramstaller, Peter P.; Raitakari, Olli T.; Rice, Kenneth M.; Rivadeneira, Fernando; Rotter, Jerome I.; Ruohonen, Saku T.; Sacco, Ralph L.; Samdarshi, Tandaw E.; Schmidt, Helena; Sharp, Andrew S. P.; Shields, Denis C.; Sorice, Rossella; Sotoodehnia, Nona; Stricker, Bruno H.; Surendran, Praveen; Thom, Simon; Toeglhofer, Anna M.; Uitterlinden, Andre G.; Wachter, Rolf; Voelzke, Henry; Ziegler, Andreas; Muenzel, Thomas; Maerz, Winfried; Cappola, Thomas P.; Hirschhorn, Joel N.; Mitchell, Gary F.; Smith, Nicholas L.; Fox, Ervin R.; Dueker, Nicole D.; Jaddoe, Vincent W. V.; Melander, Olle; Russ, Martin; Lehtimaki, Terho; Ciullo, Marina; Hicks, Andrew A.; Lind, Lars; Gudnason, Vilmundur; Pieske, Burkert; Barron, Anthony J.; Zweiker, Robert; Schunkert, Heribert; Ingelsson, Erik; Liu, Kiang; Arnett, Donna K.; Psaty, Bruce M.; Blankenberg, Stefan; Larson, Martin G.; Felix, Stephan B.; Franco, Oscar H.; Zeller, Tanja; Vasan, Ramachandran S.; Doerr, Marcus

    2017-01-01

    BACKGROUND. Understanding the genetic architecture of cardiac structure and function may help to prevent and treat heart disease. This investigation sought to identify common genetic variations associated with inter-individual variability in cardiac structure and function. METHODS. A GWAS

  7. Recent Research Trends on the Enzymatic Synthesis of Structured Lipids.

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    Kim, Byung Hee; Akoh, Casimir C

    2015-08-01

    Structured lipids (SLs) are lipids that have been chemically or enzymatically modified from their natural biosynthetic form. Because SLs are made to possess desired nutritional, physicochemical, or textural properties for various applications in the food industry, many research activities have been aimed at their commercialization. The production of SLs by enzymatic procedures has a great potential in the future market because of the specificity of lipases and phospholipases used as the biocatalysts. The aim of this review is to provide concise information on the recent research trends on the enzymatic synthesis of SLs of commercial interest, such as medium- and long-chain triacylglycerols, human milk fat substitutes, cocoa butter equivalents, trans-free or low-trans plastic fats (such as margarines and shortenings), low-calorie fats/oils, health-beneficial fatty acid-rich fats/oils, mono- or diacylglycerols, and structurally modified phospholipids. This limited review covers 108 research articles published between 2010 and 2014 which were searched in Web of Science. © 2015 Institute of Food Technologists®

  8. Identifying Copy Number Variants under Selection in Geographically Structured Populations Based on -statistics

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Large-scale copy number variants (CNVs in the human provide the raw material for delineating population differences, as natural selection may have affected at least some of the CNVs thus far discovered. Although the examination of relatively large numbers of specific ethnic groups has recently started in regard to inter-ethnic group differences in CNVs, identifying and understanding particular instances of natural selection have not been performed. The traditional FST measure, obtained from differences in allele frequencies between populations, has been used to identify CNVs loci subject to geographically varying selection. Here, we review advances and the application of multinomial-Dirichlet likelihood methods of inference for identifying genome regions that have been subject to natural selection with the FST estimates. The contents of presentation are not new; however, this review clarifies how the application of the methods to CNV data, which remains largely unexplored, is possible. A hierarchical Bayesian method, which is implemented via Markov Chain Monte Carlo, estimates locus-specific FST and can identify outlying CNVs loci with large values of FST. By applying this Bayesian method to the publicly available CNV data, we identified the CNV loci that show signals of natural selection, which may elucidate the genetic basis of human disease and diversity.

  9. [Histone variants and histone exchange].

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    Wu, Nan; Gui, Jian-Fang

    2006-04-01

    Histones, as the basic components of nucleosome, are essential to chromatin structure and function. To adapt to various states of chromatin, corresponding histone variants are incorporated in nucleosome, and certain modifications also occur on the variants' tails. These variants change the conformation and stability of nucleosome to facilitate transcriptional activation or deactivation, DNA repairing, heterochromatin formation, and others. During histone exchange, chromatin remodeling complex facilitates histone variant deposition into nucleosome, and different variants have diverse deposition pathways. Recently, research on histone variants is not only a new hotspot in epigenetics, but also a new annotation of "histone code". In addition, histone exchange reveals new changing mechanism of DNA-histone interaction.

  10. Synthesis of terephthalic acid via Diels-Alder reactions with ethylene and oxidized variants of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural

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    Pacheco, Joshua J.; Davis, Mark E.

    2014-01-01

    Terephthalic acid (PTA), a monomer in the synthesis of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), is obtained by the oxidation of petroleum-derived p-xylene. There is significant interest in the synthesis of renewable, biomass-derived PTA. Here, routes to PTA starting from oxidized products of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) that can be produced from biomass are reported. These routes involve Diels-Alder reactions with ethylene and avoid the hydrogenation of HMF to 2,5-dimethylfuran. Oxidized derivatives of HMF are reacted with ethylene over solid Lewis acid catalysts that do not contain strong Brønsted acids to synthesize intermediates of PTA and its equally important diester, dimethyl terephthalate (DMT). The partially oxidized HMF, 5-(hydroxymethyl)furoic acid (HMFA), is reacted with high pressure ethylene over a pure-silica molecular sieve containing framework tin (Sn-Beta) to produce the Diels-Alder dehydration product, 4-(hydroxymethyl)benzoic acid (HMBA), with 31% selectivity at 61% HMFA conversion after 6 h at 190 °C. If HMFA is protected with methanol to form methyl 5-(methoxymethyl)furan-2-carboxylate (MMFC), MMFC can react with ethylene in the presence of Sn-Beta for 2 h to produce methyl 4-(methoxymethyl)benzenecarboxylate (MMBC) with 46% selectivity at 28% MMFC conversion or in the presence of a pure-silica molecular sieve containing framework zirconium (Zr-Beta) for 6 h to produce MMBC with 81% selectivity at 26% MMFC conversion. HMBA and MMBC can then be oxidized to produce PTA and DMT, respectively. When Lewis acid containing mesoporous silica (MCM-41) and amorphous silica, or Brønsted acid containing zeolites (Al-Beta), are used as catalysts, a significant decrease in selectivity/yield of the Diels-Alder dehydration product is observed. PMID:24912153

  11. Total synthesis, structure, and oral absorption of a thiazole cyclic peptide, sanguinamide A

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    Nielsen, Daniel S; Hoang, Huy N; Lohman, Rink-Jan

    2012-01-01

    The first total synthesis and three-dimensional solution structure are reported for sanguinamide A, a thiazole-containing cyclic peptide from the sea slug H. sanguineus. Solution phase fragment synthesis, solid phase fragment assembly, and solution macrocyclization were combined to give (1) in 10...

  12. Infant food applications of complex carbohydrates: Structure, synthesis, and function.

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    Ackerman, Dorothy L; Craft, Kelly M; Townsend, Steven D

    2017-01-02

    Professional health bodies such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommend breast milk as the sole source of food during the first year of life. This position recognizes human milk as being uniquely suited for infant nutrition. Nonetheless, most neonates in the West are fed alternatives by 6 months of age. Although inferior to human milk in most aspects, infant formulas are able to promote effective growth and development. However, while breast-fed infants feature a microbiota dominated by bifidobacteria, the bacterial flora of formula-fed infants is usually heterogeneous with comparatively lower levels of bifidobacteria. Thus, the objective of any infant food manufacturer is to prepare a product that results in a formula-fed infant developing a breast-fed infant-like microbiota. The goal of this focused review is to discuss the structure, synthesis, and function of carbohydrate additives that play a role in governing the composition of the infant microbiome and have other health benefits. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Structure of a trimeric variant of the Epstein-Barr virus glycoprotein B

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    Backovic, Marija [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States); Longnecker, Richard [Northwestern Univ., Chicago, IL (United States); Jardetzky, Theodore S [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States)

    2009-03-16

    Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a herpesvirus that is associated with development of malignancies of lymphoid tissue. EBV infections are life-long and occur in >90% of the population. Herpesviruses enter host cells in a process that involves fusion of viral and cellular membranes. The fusion apparatus is comprised of envelope glycoprotein B (gB) and a heterodimeric complex made of glycoproteins H and L. Glycoprotein B is the most conserved envelope glycoprotein in human herpesviruses, and the structure of gB from Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) is available. Here, we report the crystal structure of the secreted EBV gB ectodomain, which forms 16-nm long spike-like trimers, structurally homologous to the postfusion trimers of the fusion protein G of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV). Comparative structural analyses of EBV gB and VSV G, which has been solved in its pre and postfusion states, shed light on gB residues that may be involved in conformational changes and membrane fusion. Also, the EBV gB structure reveals that, despite the high sequence conservation of gB in herpesviruses, the relative orientations of individual domains, the surface charge distributions, and the structural details of EBV gB differ from the HSV-1 protein, indicating regions and residues that may have important roles in virus-specific entry.

  14. Synthesis and structure analysis of ferrocene-containing pseudopeptides.

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    Angelici, Gaetano; Górecki, Marcin; Pescitelli, Gennaro; Zanna, Nicola; Monari, Magda; Tomasini, Claudia

    2017-10-23

    Ferrocene with its aromaticity and facile redox properties is an attractive moiety to be incorporated into functional moieties. Medicinal applications of ferrocene are well known and ferrocene itself shows cytotoxic and antianemic properties. In this article, we will describe the synthesis and the structure analysis of two pseudopeptides containing a ferrocene moiety as N-terminal group. After purification, Fc-l-Phe-d-Oxd-OBn [l-Phel-phenylalanine; d-Oxd(4R,5S)-4-Methyl-5-carboxy-oxazolidin-2-one] appears as bright brown solid that spontaneously forms brown needles. The X-ray diffraction of the crystals shows the presence of strong π interactions between the ferrocenyl moiety and the phenyl rings, while no NH•••OC hydrogen bonds are formed. This result is confirmed by FT-IR and (1) H NMR analysis. In contrast, both FT-IR and (1) H NMR analysis suggest that Fc-(l-Phe-d-Oxd)2 -OBn forms a turn conformation stabilized by intramolecular NH•••OC hydrogen bonds in solution. Chiroptical spectroscopies (ECD and VCD) substantially confirmed the absence of a well-defined folded structure. The presence of the Fc moiety is responsible for specific ECD signals, one of which displayed pronounced temperature dependence and is directly related with the helicity assumed by the Fc core. Solid-state ECD spectra were recorded and rationalized on the basis of the X-ray geometry and quantum-mechanical calculations. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  15. Allelic variants of the amylose extender mutation of maize demonstrate phenotypic variation in starch structure resulting from modified protein-protein interactions.

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    Liu, Fushan; Ahmed, Zaheer; Lee, Elizabeth A; Donner, Elizabeth; Liu, Qiang; Ahmed, Regina; Morell, Matthew K; Emes, Michael J; Tetlow, Ian J

    2012-02-01

    is a result of physical association with other enzymes of starch synthesis. In addition, an Mn(2+)-based affinity ligand, specific for phosphoproteins, was used to show that the granule-bound forms of SBEIIb in the wild-type and ae1.2 were phosphorylated, as was the granule-bound form of SBEI found in ae1.2 starch. The data strongly support the hypothesis that the complement of heteromeric complexes of proteins involved in amylopectin synthesis contributes to the fine structure and architecture of the starch granule.

  16. Allelic variants of the amylose extender mutation of maize demonstrate phenotypic variation in starch structure resulting from modified protein–protein interactions

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    Liu, Fushan; Ahmed, Zaheer; Lee, Elizabeth A.; Donner, Elizabeth; Liu, Qiang; Ahmed, Regina; Morell, Matthew K.; Emes, Michael J.; Tetlow, Ian J.

    2012-01-01

    granules is a result of physical association with other enzymes of starch synthesis. In addition, an Mn2+-based affinity ligand, specific for phosphoproteins, was used to show that the granule-bound forms of SBEIIb in the wild-type and ae1.2 were phosphorylated, as was the granule-bound form of SBEI found in ae1.2 starch. The data strongly support the hypothesis that the complement of heteromeric complexes of proteins involved in amylopectin synthesis contributes to the fine structure and architecture of the starch granule. PMID:22121198

  17. Structural basis for binding of fluorinated glucose and galactose to Trametes multicolor pyranose 2-oxidase variants with improved galactose conversion.

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    Tien Chye Tan

    Full Text Available Each year, about six million tons of lactose are generated from liquid whey as industrial byproduct, and optimally this large carbohydrate waste should be used for the production of value-added products. Trametes multicolor pyranose 2-oxidase (TmP2O catalyzes the oxidation of various monosaccharides to the corresponding 2-keto sugars. Thus, a potential use of TmP2O is to convert the products from lactose hydrolysis, D-glucose and D-galactose, to more valuable products such as tagatose. Oxidation of glucose is however strongly favored over galactose, and oxidation of both substrates at more equal rates is desirable. Characterization of TmP2O variants (H450G, V546C, H450G/V546C with improved D-galactose conversion has been given earlier, of which H450G displayed the best relative conversion between the substrates. To rationalize the changes in conversion rates, we have analyzed high-resolution crystal structures of the aforementioned mutants with bound 2- and 3-fluorinated glucose and galactose. Binding of glucose and galactose in the productive 2-oxidation binding mode is nearly identical in all mutants, suggesting that this binding mode is essentially unaffected by the mutations. For the competing glucose binding mode, enzyme variants carrying the H450G replacement stabilize glucose as the α-anomer in position for 3-oxidation. The backbone relaxation at position 450 allows the substrate-binding loop to fold tightly around the ligand. V546C however stabilize glucose as the β-anomer using an open loop conformation. Improved binding of galactose is enabled by subtle relaxation effects at key active-site backbone positions. The competing binding mode for galactose 2-oxidation by V546C stabilizes the β-anomer for oxidation at C1, whereas H450G variants stabilize the 3-oxidation binding mode of the galactose α-anomer. The present study provides a detailed description of binding modes that rationalize changes in the relative conversion rates of D

  18. Structure of a Rabbit Muscle Fructose-1,6-Bisphosphate Aldolase A Dimer Variant

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    Sherawat,M.; Tolan, D.; Allen, K.

    2008-01-01

    Fructose-1,6-bisphosphate aldolase (aldolase) is an essential enzyme in glycolysis and gluconeogenesis. In addition to this primary function, aldolase is also known to bind to a variety of other proteins, a property that may allow it to perform 'moonlighting' roles in the cell. Although monomeric and dimeric aldolases possess full catalytic activity, the enzyme occurs as an unusually stable tetramer, suggesting a possible link between the oligomeric state and these noncatalytic cellular roles. Here, the first high-resolution X-ray crystal structure of rabbit muscle D128V aldolase, a dimeric form of aldolase mimicking the clinically important D128G mutation in humans associated with hemolytic anemia, is presented. The structure of the dimer was determined to 1.7 Angstroms resolution with the product DHAP bound in the active site. The turnover of substrate to produce the product ligand demonstrates the retention of catalytic activity by the dimeric aldolase. The D128V mutation causes aldolase to lose intermolecular contacts with the neighboring subunit at one of the two interfaces of the tetramer. The tertiary structure of the dimer does not significantly differ from the structure of half of the tetramer. Analytical ultracentrifugation confirms the occurrence of the enzyme as a dimer in solution. The highly stable structure of aldolase with an independent active site is consistent with a model in which aldolase has evolved as a multimeric scaffold to perform other noncatalytic functions.

  19. Structure of a rabbit muscle fructose-1,6-bisphosphate aldolase A dimer variant.

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    Sherawat, Manashi; Tolan, Dean R; Allen, Karen N

    2008-05-01

    Fructose-1,6-bisphosphate aldolase (aldolase) is an essential enzyme in glycolysis and gluconeogenesis. In addition to this primary function, aldolase is also known to bind to a variety of other proteins, a property that may allow it to perform 'moonlighting' roles in the cell. Although monomeric and dimeric aldolases possess full catalytic activity, the enzyme occurs as an unusually stable tetramer, suggesting a possible link between the oligomeric state and these noncatalytic cellular roles. Here, the first high-resolution X-ray crystal structure of rabbit muscle D128V aldolase, a dimeric form of aldolase mimicking the clinically important D128G mutation in humans associated with hemolytic anemia, is presented. The structure of the dimer was determined to 1.7 angstroms resolution with the product DHAP bound in the active site. The turnover of substrate to produce the product ligand demonstrates the retention of catalytic activity by the dimeric aldolase. The D128V mutation causes aldolase to lose intermolecular contacts with the neighboring subunit at one of the two interfaces of the tetramer. The tertiary structure of the dimer does not significantly differ from the structure of half of the tetramer. Analytical ultracentrifugation confirms the occurrence of the enzyme as a dimer in solution. The highly stable structure of aldolase with an independent active site is consistent with a model in which aldolase has evolved as a multimeric scaffold to perform other noncatalytic functions.

  20. Large-scale genome-wide analysis identifies genetic variants associated with cardiac structure and function

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    Wild, Philipp S.; Felix, Janine F.; Schillert, Arne; Chen, Ming-Huei; Leening, Maarten J.G.; Völker, Uwe; Großmann, Vera; Brody, Jennifer A.; Irvin, Marguerite R.; Shah, Sanjiv J.; Pramana, Setia; Lieb, Wolfgang; Schmidt, Reinhold; Stanton, Alice V.; Malzahn, Dörthe; Lyytikäinen, Leo-Pekka; Tiller, Daniel; Smith, J. Gustav; Di Tullio, Marco R.; Musani, Solomon K.; Morrison, Alanna C.; Pers, Tune H.; Morley, Michael; Kleber, Marcus E.; Aragam, Jayashri; Bis, Joshua C.; Bisping, Egbert; Broeckel, Ulrich; Cheng, Susan; Deckers, Jaap W.; Del Greco M, Fabiola; Edelmann, Frank; Fornage, Myriam; Franke, Lude; Friedrich, Nele; Harris, Tamara B.; Hofer, Edith; Hofman, Albert; Huang, Jie; Hughes, Alun D.; Kähönen, Mika; investigators, KNHI; Kruppa, Jochen; Lackner, Karl J.; Lannfelt, Lars; Laskowski, Rafael; Launer, Lenore J.; Lindgren, Cecilia M.; Loley, Christina; Mayet, Jamil; Medenwald, Daniel; Morris, Andrew P.; Müller, Christian; Müller-Nurasyid, Martina; Nappo, Stefania; Nilsson, Peter M.; Nuding, Sebastian; Nutile, Teresa; Peters, Annette; Pfeufer, Arne; Pietzner, Diana; Pramstaller, Peter P.; Raitakari, Olli T.; Rice, Kenneth M.; Rotter, Jerome I.; Ruohonen, Saku T.; Sacco, Ralph L.; Samdarshi, Tandaw E.; Sharp, Andrew S.P.; Shields, Denis C.; Sorice, Rossella; Sotoodehnia, Nona; Stricker, Bruno H.; Surendran, Praveen; Töglhofer, Anna M.; Uitterlinden, André G.; Völzke, Henry; Ziegler, Andreas; Münzel, Thomas; März, Winfried; Cappola, Thomas P.; Hirschhorn, Joel N.; Mitchell, Gary F.; Smith, Nicholas L.; Fox, Ervin R.; Dueker, Nicole D.; Jaddoe, Vincent W.V.; Melander, Olle; Lehtimäki, Terho; Ciullo, Marina; Hicks, Andrew A.; Lind, Lars; Gudnason, Vilmundur; Pieske, Burkert; Barron, Anthony J.; Zweiker, Robert; Schunkert, Heribert; Ingelsson, Erik; Liu, Kiang; Arnett, Donna K.; Psaty, Bruce M.; Blankenberg, Stefan; Larson, Martin G.; Felix, Stephan B.; Franco, Oscar H.; Zeller, Tanja; Vasan, Ramachandran S.; Dörr, Marcus

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    BACKGROUND. Understanding the genetic architecture of cardiac structure and function may help to prevent and treat heart disease. This investigation sought to identify common genetic variations associated with inter-individual variability in cardiac structure and function. METHODS. A GWAS meta-analysis of echocardiographic traits was performed, including 46,533 individuals from 30 studies (EchoGen consortium). The analysis included 16 traits of left ventricular (LV) structure, and systolic and diastolic function. RESULTS. The discovery analysis included 21 cohorts for structural and systolic function traits (n = 32,212) and 17 cohorts for diastolic function traits (n = 21,852). Replication was performed in 5 cohorts (n = 14,321) and 6 cohorts (n = 16,308), respectively. Besides 5 previously reported loci, the combined meta-analysis identified 10 additional genome-wide significant SNPs: rs12541595 near MTSS1 and rs10774625 in ATXN2 for LV end-diastolic internal dimension; rs806322 near KCNRG, rs4765663 in CACNA1C, rs6702619 near PALMD, rs7127129 in TMEM16A, rs11207426 near FGGY, rs17608766 in GOSR2, and rs17696696 in CFDP1 for aortic root diameter; and rs12440869 in IQCH for Doppler transmitral A-wave peak velocity. Findings were in part validated in other cohorts and in GWAS of related disease traits. The genetic loci showed associations with putative signaling pathways, and with gene expression in whole blood, monocytes, and myocardial tissue. CONCLUSION. The additional genetic loci identified in this large meta-analysis of cardiac structure and function provide insights into the underlying genetic architecture of cardiac structure and warrant follow-up in future functional studies. FUNDING. For detailed information per study, see Acknowledgments. PMID:28394258

  1. Synthesis, molecular structures and ESI-mass studies of copper(I ...

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    thiones, 2-thiouracils, 2,4- dithiouracils, imidazolidine-2-thiones and thiazolidine-. 2-thiones with transition/main-group metals has been the focus of many investigators describing synthesis and structures of compounds as well as their biochem ...

  2. Evidence of variant intra- and interspecific scaling of tree crown structure and relevance for allometric theory.

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    Pretzsch, Hans; Dieler, Jochen

    2012-07-01

    General scaling rules or constants for metabolic and structural plant allometry as assumed by the theory of Euclidian geometric scaling (2/3-scaling) or metabolic scaling (3/4-scaling) may meet human's innate propensity for simplicity and generality of pattern and processes in nature. However, numerous empirical works show that variability of crown structure rather than constancy is essential for a tree's success in coping with crowding. In order to link theory and empiricism, we analyzed the intra- and inter-specific scaling of crown structure for 52 tree species. The basis is data from 84 long-term plots of temperate monospecific forests under survey since 1870 and a set of 126 yield tables of angiosperm and gymnosperm forest tree species across the world. The study draws attention to (1) the intra-specific variation and correlation of the three scaling relationships: tree height versus trunk diameter, crown cross-sectional area versus trunk diameter, and tree volume versus trunk diameter, and their dependence on competition, (2) the inter-specific variation and correlation of the same scaling exponents ([Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text]) across 52 tree species, and (3) the relevance of the revealed variable scaling of crown structure for leaf organs and metabolic scaling. Our results arrive at suggesting a more extended metabolic theory of ecology which includes variability and covariation between allometric relationships as prerequisite for the individual plant's competitiveness.

  3. Structural Rigidity and Protein Thermostability in Variants of Lipase A from Bacillus subtilis.

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    Full Text Available Understanding the origin of thermostability is of fundamental importance in protein biochemistry. Opposing views on increased or decreased structural rigidity of the folded state have been put forward in this context. They have been related to differences in the temporal resolution of experiments and computations that probe atomic mobility. Here, we find a significant (p = 0.004 and fair (R2 = 0.46 correlation between the structural rigidity of a well-characterized set of 16 mutants of lipase A from Bacillus subtilis (BsLipA and their thermodynamic thermostability. We apply the rigidity theory-based Constraint Network Analysis (CNA approach, analyzing directly and in a time-independent manner the statics of the BsLipA mutants. We carefully validate the CNA results on macroscopic and microscopic experimental observables and probe for their sensitivity with respect to input structures. Furthermore, we introduce a robust, local stability measure for predicting thermodynamic thermostability. Our results complement work that showed for pairs of homologous proteins that raising the structural stability is the most common way to obtain a higher thermostability. Furthermore, they demonstrate that related series of mutants with only a small number of mutations can be successfully analyzed by CNA, which suggests that CNA can be applied prospectively in rational protein design aimed at higher thermodynamic thermostability.

  4. Total synthesis and structural revision of (+)-cristatumin C.

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    Lorenzo, Paula; Álvarez, Rosana; de Lera, Ángel R

    2014-02-28

    Naturally occurring (+)-cristatumin C, a bis-pyrrolidinoindoline diketopiperazine alkaloid isolated from Eurotium cristatum EN-220, is the 2R,3R,11S,15R,2'R,3'R,11'S,15'S enantiomer, as confirmed by total synthesis.

  5. Mutations of Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Durham, Santa-Maria and A+ Variants Are Associated with Loss Functional and Structural Stability of the Protein.

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    Gómez-Manzo, Saúl; Marcial-Quino, Jaime; Vanoye-Carlo, America; Enríquez-Flores, Sergio; De la Mora-De la Mora, Ignacio; González-Valdez, Abigail; García-Torres, Itzhel; Martínez-Rosas, Víctor; Sierra-Palacios, Edgar; Lazcano-Pérez, Fernando; Rodríguez-Bustamante, Eduardo; Arreguin-Espinosa, Roberto

    2015-12-02

    Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency is the most common enzymopathy in the world. More than 160 mutations causing the disease have been identified, but only 10% of these variants have been studied at biochemical and biophysical levels. In this study we report on the functional and structural characterization of three naturally occurring variants corresponding to different classes of disease severity: Class I G6PD Durham, Class II G6PD Santa Maria, and Class III G6PD A+. The results showed that the G6PD Durham (severe deficiency), and the G6PD Santa Maria and A+ (less severe deficiency) (Class I, II and III, respectively) affect the catalytic efficiency of these enzymes, are more sensitive to temperature denaturing, and affect the stability of the overall protein when compared to the wild type WT-G6PD. In the variants, the exposure of more and buried hydrophobic pockets was induced and monitored with 8-Anilinonaphthalene-1-sulfonic acid (ANS) fluorescence, directly affecting the compaction of structure at different levels and probably reducing the stability of the protein. The degree of functional and structural perturbation by each variant correlates with the clinical severity reported in different patients.

  6. Mutations of Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Durham, Santa-Maria and A+ Variants Are Associated with Loss Functional and Structural Stability of the Protein

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    Gómez-Manzo, Saúl; Marcial-Quino, Jaime; Vanoye-Carlo, America; Enríquez-Flores, Sergio; De la Mora-De la Mora, Ignacio; González-Valdez, Abigail; García-Torres, Itzhel; Martínez-Rosas, Víctor; Sierra-Palacios, Edgar; Lazcano-Pérez, Fernando; Rodríguez-Bustamante, Eduardo; Arreguin-Espinosa, Roberto

    2015-01-01

    Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency is the most common enzymopathy in the world. More than 160 mutations causing the disease have been identified, but only 10% of these variants have been studied at biochemical and biophysical levels. In this study we report on the functional and structural characterization of three naturally occurring variants corresponding to different classes of disease severity: Class I G6PD Durham, Class II G6PD Santa Maria, and Class III G6PD A+. The results showed that the G6PD Durham (severe deficiency), and the G6PD Santa Maria and A+ (less severe deficiency) (Class I, II and III, respectively) affect the catalytic efficiency of these enzymes, are more sensitive to temperature denaturing, and affect the stability of the overall protein when compared to the wild type WT-G6PD. In the variants, the exposure of more and buried hydrophobic pockets was induced and monitored with 8-Anilinonaphthalene-1-sulfonic acid (ANS) fluorescence, directly affecting the compaction of structure at different levels and probably reducing the stability of the protein. The degree of functional and structural perturbation by each variant correlates with the clinical severity reported in different patients. PMID:26633385

  7. Mutations of Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Durham, Santa-Maria and A+ Variants Are Associated with Loss Functional and Structural Stability of the Protein

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    Saúl Gómez-Manzo

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD deficiency is the most common enzymopathy in the world. More than 160 mutations causing the disease have been identified, but only 10% of these variants have been studied at biochemical and biophysical levels. In this study we report on the functional and structural characterization of three naturally occurring variants corresponding to different classes of disease severity: Class I G6PD Durham, Class II G6PD Santa Maria, and Class III G6PD A+. The results showed that the G6PD Durham (severe deficiency, and the G6PD Santa Maria and A+ (less severe deficiency (Class I, II and III, respectively affect the catalytic efficiency of these enzymes, are more sensitive to temperature denaturing, and affect the stability of the overall protein when compared to the wild type WT-G6PD. In the variants, the exposure of more and buried hydrophobic pockets was induced and monitored with 8-Anilinonaphthalene-1-sulfonic acid (ANS fluorescence, directly affecting the compaction of structure at different levels and probably reducing the stability of the protein. The degree of functional and structural perturbation by each variant correlates with the clinical severity reported in different patients.

  8. Local Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes in Silicon Microsystems: The Effect of Temperature Distribution on Growth Structure

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    Ta, Bao Q.; Haugen, Tormod B.; Hoivik, Nils; Halvorsen, Einar; Aasmundtveit, Knut E.

    2013-01-01

    Local synthesis and direct integration of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into microsystems is a promising method for producing CNT-based devices in a single step, low-cost, and wafer-level, CMOS/MEMS-compatible process. In this report, the structure of the locally grown CNTs are studied by transmission imaging in scanning electron microscopy—S(T)EM. The characterization is performed directly on the microsystem, without any post-synthesis processing required. The results show an effect of temperature on the structure of CNTs: high temperature favors thin and regular structures, whereas low temperature favors “bamboo-like" structures. PMID:28811428

  9. Local Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes in Silicon Microsystems: The Effect of Temperature Distribution on Growth Structure

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    Knut E. Aasmundtveit

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Local synthesis and direct integration of carbon nanotubes (CNTs into microsystems is a promising method for producing CNT-based devices in a single step, low-cost, and wafer-level, CMOS/MEMS-compatible process. In this report, the structure of the locally grown CNTs are studied by transmission imaging in scanning electron microscopy—S(TEM. The characterization is performed directly on the microsystem, without any post-synthesis processing required. The results show an effect of temperature on the structure of CNTs: high temperature favors thin and regular structures, whereas low temperature favors “bamboo-like” structures.

  10. Deletions, Inversions, Duplications: Engineering of Structural Variants using CRISPR/Cas in Mice

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    Katerina Kraft

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Structural variations (SVs contribute to the variability of our genome and are often associated with disease. Their study in model systems was hampered until now by labor-intensive genetic targeting procedures and multiple mouse crossing steps. Here we present the use of CRISPR/Cas for the fast (10 weeks and efficient generation of SVs in mice. We specifically produced deletions, inversions, and also duplications at six different genomic loci ranging from 1.1 kb to 1.6 Mb with efficiencies up to 42%. After PCR-based selection, clones were successfully used to create mice via aggregation. To test the practicability of the method, we reproduced a human 500 kb disease-associated deletion and were able to recapitulate the human phenotype in mice. Furthermore, we evaluated the regulatory potential of a large genomic interval by deleting a 1.5 Mb fragment. The method presented permits rapid in vivo modeling of genomic rearrangements.

  11. Structural and functional insights into thermostable and organic solvent stable variant Pro247-Ser of Bacillus lipase.

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    Chopra, Nisha; Kumar, Arbind; Kaur, Jagdeep

    2017-10-31

    Thermostability of enzymes is an important issue in protein engineering and has been studied in detail. Still there is no hard and fast rule to define the conditions which will provide thermal stability. Understanding the various factors and mechanism responsible for thermal stability will add on new insights into our present knowledge in this area. Pro247-Ser variant was constructed based on homology modelling and rational design. It exhibited 60 fold increase in thermal stability at 60°C and+0.7M shift in C1/2 value for urea denaturation as compared to WT. Variant displayed noticeable tolerance to organic solvents. With decrease in Km, catalytic efficiency of Pro247-Ser variant was increased by 12 fold. The activity and stability assay including circular dichroism and fluorescence spectroscopy favoured increased thermal performance of variant. Hydrolytic activity of variant was found to be high in comparison to control for all p-nitrophenol esters investigated. The immobilized variant enzyme demonstrated nearly two fold enhanced conversion of methyl oleate than WT enzyme. The additional molecular interactions of variant residue might contribute to increased thermostability of lipase. The homology modeling predicted formation of additional hydrogen bonds between Ser247/O-Thr251/OG1 as well as Ser247/O-Glu250/N. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Synthesis, crystal structure and characterization of new biologically ...

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    characterized by FT-IR, electronic, EPR spectroscopic and magnetic methods. ... complexes.15–17. In this paper we report the synthesis, the physico- chemical characterization of two new Cu(II) complexes with N-substituted sulfonamides and we demonstrate .... agent of copper(I), neocuproine (36 μM), along with the.

  13. Iron(oxide) ferrofluids: synthesis, structure and catalysis

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    Butter, Karen

    2003-01-01

    This thesis describes a study on two connecting research subjects concerning ferrofluids, i.e. the synthesis and use of catalytic magnetic colloids and the microstructural behaviour of ferrofluids in general. An interesting application of ferrofluids (dispersions of magnetic colloids) would be their

  14. Synthesis, characterization, X-ray structure, optical properties and ...

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    +. Scheme 1. Synthesis of compounds 1 and 2. mixture of EtOH-H2O as solvents and catalytic quantity of sulfuric acid. Two hours are sufficient for complete conversion of the starting materials. The crude product ..... Phys. Lett. 397. 31. Kleinman, D A 1962 Nonlinear Dielectric Polarization in optical media Phys. Rev. 126 1977.

  15. Combustion synthesis and structural characterization of Li–Ti mixed ...

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    saturation at an applied field of ±10 kOe and the loops are highly symmetric in nature. The cation distribution is known indirectly by using saturation magnetization values. Keywords. Li–Ti mixed ferrites; combustion synthesis; hysteresis. 1. Introduction. Lithium ferrites are low cost materials, which are gene- rally found useful ...

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    benzilidine-3-hydrazino quinoxaline-2-one (NBHQO) and its metal complexes has been undertaken in order to evaluate antimicrobial properties of these compounds. The present paper deals with the synthesis and characterization of NBHQO and its complexes with chromium(III), manganese(II), iron(III), cobalt(II), nickel(II) ...

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    water (specific resistance, 15 MΩ cm, Millipore Elix 3 water purification system) and dried at 60°C for 24 h. Detailed experimental conditions used for the synthesis of different LDHs are given in table 1. Control samples were obtained by co-precipitation using the Reichle. (1986) procedure. The mixed metal nitrate solutions ...

  18. Synthesis, characterization and crystal structure of new nickel ...

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    tion of hydrocarbons and as precursors in the synthesis of hydrodesulfurization catalyst,10 sensors,11 scintilla- tor materials,12 and for their electrochemical,13 and photoluminescence14 properties. The molybdate material, NiMoO4 was applied for alkane dehydrogenation.15 Three different phases of nickel molybdate can ...

  19. Insight into the PrPC-->PrPSc conversion from the structures of antibody-bound ovine prion scrapie-susceptibility variants.

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    Eghiaian, Frédéric; Grosclaude, Jeanne; Lesceu, Stéphanie; Debey, Pascale; Doublet, Bénédicte; Tréguer, Eric; Rezaei, Human; Knossow, Marcel

    2004-07-13

    Prion diseases are associated with the conversion of the alpha-helix rich prion protein (PrPC) into a beta-structure-rich insoluble conformer (PrPSc) that is thought to be infectious. The mechanism for the PrPC-->PrPSc conversion and its relationship with the pathological effects of prion diseases are poorly understood, partly because of our limited knowledge of the structure of PrPSc. In particular, the way in which mutations in the PRNP gene yield variants that confer different susceptibilities to disease needs to be clarified. We report here the 2.5-A-resolution crystal structures of three scrapie-susceptibility ovine PrP variants complexed with an antibody that binds to PrPC and to PrPSc; they identify two important features of the PrPC-->PrPSc conversion. First, the epitope of the antibody mainly consists of the last two turns of ovine PrP second alpha-helix. We show that this is a structural invariant in the PrPC-->PrPSc conversion; taken together with biochemical data, this leads to a model of the conformational change in which the two PrPC C-terminal alpha-helices are conserved in PrPSc, whereas secondary structure changes are located in the N-terminal alpha-helix. Second, comparison of the structures of scrapie-sensitivity variants defines local changes in distant parts of the protein that account for the observed differences of PrPC stability, resistant variants being destabilized compared with sensitive ones. Additive contributions of these sensitivity-modulating mutations to resistance suggest a possible causal relationship between scrapie resistance and lowered stability of the PrP protein.

  20. Component mode synthesis and large deflection vibrations of complex structures. [beams and trusses

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    Mei, C.

    1984-01-01

    The accuracy of the NASTRAN modal synthesis analysis was assessed by comparing it with full structure NASTRAN and nine other modal synthesis results using a nine-bay truss. A NASTRAN component mode transient response analysis was also performed on the free-free truss structure. A finite element method was developed for nonlinear vibration of beam structures subjected to harmonic excitation. Longitudinal deformation and inertia are both included in the formula. Tables show the finite element free vibration results with and without considering the effects of longitudinal deformation and inertia as well as the frequency ratios for a simply supported and a clamped beam subjected to a uniform harmonic force.

  1. MWW-type titanosilicate synthesis, structural modification and catalytic applications to green oxidations

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    Wu, Peng; Xu, Le; Liu, Yueming; He, Mingyuan

    2013-01-01

    This book provides a comprehensive review of a new generation of selective oxidation titanosilicate catalysts with the MWW topology (Ti-MWW) based on the research achievements of the past 12 years. It gives an overview of the synthesis, structure modification and catalytic properties of Ti-MWW. Ti-MWW can readily be prepared by means of direct hydrothermal synthesis with crystallization-supporting agents, using dual-structure-directing agents and a dry-gel conversion technique. It also can be post-synthesized through unique reversible structure transformation and liquid-phase isomorphous subst

  2. Structure-based design of potent HIV-1 protease inhibitors with modified P1-biphenyl ligands: synthesis, biological evaluation, and enzyme-inhibitor X-ray structural studies.

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    Ghosh, Arun K; Yu, Xufen; Osswald, Heather L; Agniswamy, Johnson; Wang, Yuan-Fang; Amano, Masayuki; Weber, Irene T; Mitsuya, Hiroaki

    2015-07-09

    We report the design, synthesis, X-ray structural studies, and biological evaluation of a novel series of HIV-1 protease inhibitors. We designed a variety of functionalized biphenyl derivatives to make enhanced van der Waals interactions in the S1 subsite of HIV-1 protease. These biphenyl derivatives were conveniently synthesized using a Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reaction as the key step. We examined the potential of these functionalized biphenyl-derived P1 ligands in combination with 3-(S)-tetrahydrofuranyl urethane and bis-tetrahydrofuranyl urethane as the P2 ligands. Inhibitor 21e, with a 2-methoxy-1,1'-biphenyl derivative as P1 ligand and bis-THF as the P2 ligand, displayed the most potent enzyme inhibitory and antiviral activity. This inhibitor also exhibited potent activity against a panel of multidrug-resistant HIV-1 variants. A high resolution X-ray crystal structure of related Boc-derivative 17a-bound HIV-1 protease provided important molecular insight into the ligand-binding site interactions of the biphenyl core in the S1 subsite of HIV-1 protease.

  3. Structure and interactions of a dimeric variant of sHIP, a novel virulence determinant of Streptococcus pyogenes

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    Carl eDiehl

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Streptococcus pyogenes is one of the most significant bacterial pathogens in the human population mostly causing superficial and uncomplicated infections (pharyngitis and impetigo but also invasive and life-threatening disease. We have previously identified a virulence determinant, protein sHIP, which is secreted at higher levels by an invasive compared to a non-invasive strain of S. pyogenes. The present work presents a further characterization of the structural and functional properties of this bacterial protein. Biophysical and structural studies have shown that protein sHIP forms stable tetramers both in the crystal and in solution. The tetramers are composed of four helix-loop-helix motifs with the loop regions connecting the helices displaying a high degree of flexibility. Owing to interactions at the tetramer interface, the observed tetramer can be described as a dimer of dimers. We identified three residues at the tetramer interface (Leu84, Leu88, Tyr95, which due to largely non-polar side-chains, could be important determinants for protein oligomerization. Based on these observations, we produced a sHIP variant in which these residues were mutated to alanines. Biophysical experiments clearly indicated that the sHIP mutant appear only as dimers in solution confirming the importance of the interfacial residues for protein oligomerisation. Furthermore, we could show that the sHIP mutant interacts with intact histidine-rich glycoprotein (HRG and the histidine-rich repeats in HRG, and inhibits their antibacterial activity to the same or even higher extent as compared to the wild type protein sHIP. We determined the crystal structure of the sHIP mutant, which, as a result of the high quality of the data, allowed us to improve the existing structural model of the protein. Finally, by employing NMR spectroscopy in solution, we generated a model for the complex between the sHIP mutant and an HRG-derived heparin-binding peptide, providing further

  4. Solvent-free synthesis of nanosized hierarchical sodalite zeolite with a multi-hollow polycrystalline structure

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    Zeng, Shangjing

    2016-08-03

    A solvent-free route is developed for preparing nanoscale sodalite zeolite with a multi-hollow structure. Furthermore, the synthesis of nanosized hollow sodalite polycrystalline aggregates with a mesoporous structure and high crystallinity is investigated by adding an organosilane surfactant as a mesopore-generating agent.

  5. Synthesis, crystal structure and catecholase activity of a Ni(II ...

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    Synthesis, crystal structure and catecholase activity of a Ni(II) complex derived from a tetradentate ... of the crystal are a = 30.6345(4)Å, b = 8.45340(10)Å, c = 7.75180(10)Å. Structural analysis reveals a tetradentate chelation behaviour of ..... Acc. Chem. Res. 35 183. 7. (a) Abuhijleh A L, Pollitte J and Woods C 1994 Inorg.

  6. Structural study of the controlled hydrothermal synthesis of LiMn2O4 and LixMnyO2

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    Christiansen, Troels Lindahl; Jensen, Kirsten Marie Ørnsbjerg; Shen, Yanbin

    , a layered structure, which can also be described as a defective spinel structure. Here, we show that both LiMn2O4 and LixMnyO2 nanoparticles can be synthesized from a simple, low-temperature hydrothermal synthesis. By tuning a single synthesis parameter (Li-concentration) each of the 2 structures...

  7. New data structures and algorithms for logic synthesis and verification

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    Amaru, Luca Gaetano

    2017-01-01

    This book introduces new logic primitives for electronic design automation tools. The author approaches fundamental EDA problems from a different, unconventional perspective, in order to demonstrate the key role of rethinking EDA solutions in overcoming technological limitations of present and future technologies. The author discusses techniques that improve the efficiency of logic representation, manipulation and optimization tasks by taking advantage of majority and biconditional logic primitives. Readers will be enabled to accelerate formal methods by studying core properties of logic circuits and developing new frameworks for logic reasoning engines. · Provides a comprehensive, theoretical study on majority and biconditional logic for logic synthesis; · Updates the current scenario in synthesis and verification – especially in light of emerging technologies; · Demonstrates applications to CMOS technology and emerging technologies.

  8. Methodology in structural determination and synthesis of insect pheromone

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    Guo-Qiang Lin

    1991-01-01

    Full Text Available By means of ethereal washing of insect pheromone glands of female moths, GC-MS detection along with microchemical reactions and electroantennogram (EAG survey, six economically important insect species were targeted for pheromone identification. The discovery of a natural pheromone inhibitor, chemo-selectivity and species isolation by pheromone will be described. The modified triple bond migration and triethylamine liganded vinyl cuprate were applied for achiral pheromone synthesis in double bond formation. Some optically active pheromones and their stereoisomers were synthesized through chiral pool or asymmetric synthesis. Some examples of chiral recognition of insects towards their chiral pheromones will be discussed. A CaH2 and silica gel catalyzed Sharpless Expoxidation Reaction was found in shortening the reaction time.

  9. Microwave activated combustion synthesis of porous Al-Ti structures for composite reinforcing

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    Naplocha, Krzysztof, E-mail: krzysztof.naplocha@pwr.wroc.p [Institute of Production Engineering and Automation, Technical University of Wroclaw, ul. Lukasiewicza 5, 50-371 Wroclaw (Poland); Granat, Kazimierz [Institute of Production Engineering and Automation, Technical University of Wroclaw, ul. Lukasiewicza 5, 50-371 Wroclaw (Poland)

    2009-11-03

    A research on porous Al-Ti materials produced by combustion synthesis is presented. Some of the manufactured preforms could be infiltrated with liquid aluminium alloy to obtain locally reinforced castings. The synthesis progress was analysed, as well as a structure formation, its phase composition, homogeneity degree and type of porosity. Cylindrical green compacts were prepared of Al and Ti powders with various stoichiometric ratios. Synthesis was performed in a specially designed microwave reactor, by placing a compact in a waveguide, in intensely focused field. Temperatures recorded by a pyrometer showed that the synthesis propagation accelerated at the moment of Al{sub 3}Ti creation. The highest synthesis temperature was reached by the specimens containing 45-67% Al (all percentages atomic). Microscopic examinations revealed rounded grains, sometimes with cores of solid solution Ti(Al). The grains were basically composed of AlTi{sub 3} that changed to AlTi at the edge. The grain structure was similar in almost all kinds of the specimens, especially in those with higher Al content. Around those grains, envelopes of AlTi and Al{sub 2}Ti were formed. Chemical composition of the matrix was approximately equivalent to stoichiometric ratio of the initial powder mixture. XRD investigations confirmed multiphase structure of the obtained compacts and a slight effect of the Ti powder granularity. Some of the specimens revealed regular structure with interconnected porosity. Those materials containing 75, 67 and 55% Al were used for producing the aluminium alloy-based composites.

  10. The Role of Base Solvent Variant to Structure and Crystal Size Titanium Dioxide (TiO2 by Hydrothermal Method

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    Mohammad Rofik Usman

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Photoactivity of titanium dioxide (TiO2 can be improved by turning it into nanoparticles. Synthesis of TiO2 nanoparticles can be done by using hydrothermal method. Hydrothermal method is influenced by types of precursor, hydrothermal conditions, including time, temperature, type and concentration of reactants. The purpose of this study is to obtain a hydrothermal condition which produces crystals of TiO2 nanoparticles with high quality. The material used was titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4 as initial precursors and for the type of reactants was used aqudestilate, aquabidestilate, ethanol, t-butanol, sodium hydroxide (NaOH and potassium hydroxide (KOH. The resulting diffractogram showed the crystal structure of TiO2 nanoparticles with anatase and rutile. Based on calculations using the scherrer equation, TiO2 crystal obtained had a crystal size below 50 nm in both anatase and rutile. The percentage of rutile and anatase composition was obtained by using rietveld method with the help of rietica software. Morphology of TiO2 anatase showed particles with shape of cubic, while rutile was flower-shaped.

  11. Synthesis and structure of two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenides

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    Shi, Yumeng

    2015-07-13

    Two-dimensional (2D) transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) exhibit unique electrical, optical, thermal, and mechanical properties, which enable them to be used as building blocks in compact and lightweight integrated electronic systems. The controllable and reliable synthesis of atomically thin TMDCs is essential for their practical application. Recent progress in large-area synthesis of monolayer TMDCs paves the way for practical production of various 2D TMDC layers. The intrinsic optical and electrical properties of monolayer TMDCs can be defined by stoichiometry during synthesis. By manipulating the lattice structure or layer stacking manner, it is possible to create atomically thin van der Waals materials with unique and unexplored physical properties. In this article, we review recent developments in the synthesis of TMDC monolayers, alloys, and heterostructures, which shine light on the design of novel TMDCs with desired functional properties.

  12. Revised genomic structure of the human ghrelin gene and identification of novel exons, alternative splice variants and natural antisense transcripts

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    Herington Adrian C

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ghrelin is a multifunctional peptide hormone expressed in a range of normal tissues and pathologies. It has been reported that the human ghrelin gene consists of five exons which span 5 kb of genomic DNA on chromosome 3 and includes a 20 bp non-coding first exon (20 bp exon 0. The availability of bioinformatic tools enabling comparative analysis and the finalisation of the human genome prompted us to re-examine the genomic structure of the ghrelin locus. Results We have demonstrated the presence of an additional novel exon (exon -1 and 5' extensions to exon 0 and 1 using comparative in silico analysis and have demonstrated their existence experimentally using RT-PCR and 5' RACE. A revised exon-intron structure demonstrates that the human ghrelin gene spans 7.2 kb and consists of six rather than five exons. Several ghrelin gene-derived splice forms were detected in a range of human tissues and cell lines. We have demonstrated ghrelin gene-derived mRNA transcripts that do not code for ghrelin, but instead may encode the C-terminal region of full-length preproghrelin (C-ghrelin, which contains the coding region for obestatin and a transcript encoding obestatin-only. Splice variants that differed in their 5' untranslated regions were also found, suggesting a role of these regions in the post-transcriptional regulation of preproghrelin translation. Finally, several natural antisense transcripts, termed ghrelinOS (ghrelin opposite strand transcripts, were demonstrated via orientation-specific RT-PCR, 5' RACE and in silico analysis of ESTs and cloned amplicons. Conclusion The sense and antisense alternative transcripts demonstrated in this study may function as non-coding regulatory RNA, or code for novel protein isoforms. This is the first demonstration of putative obestatin and C-ghrelin specific transcripts and these findings suggest that these ghrelin gene-derived peptides may also be produced independently of preproghrelin

  13. Structural Analysis of Histo-Blood Group Antigen Binding Specificity in a Norovirus GII.4 Epidemic Variant: Implications for Epochal Evolution

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    Shanker, Sreejesh; Choi, Jae-Mun; Sankaran, Banumathi; Atmar, Robert L.; Estes, Mary K.; Prasad, B.V. Venkataram (Baylor); (LBNL)

    2012-03-23

    Susceptibility to norovirus (NoV), a major pathogen of epidemic gastroenteritis, is associated with histo-blood group antigens (HBGAs), which are also cell attachment factors for this virus. GII.4 NoV strains are predominantly associated with worldwide NoV epidemics with a periodic emergence of new variants. The sequence variations in the surface-exposed P domain of the capsid protein resulting in differential HBGA binding patterns and antigenicity are suggested to drive GII.4 epochal evolution. To understand how temporal sequence variations affect the P domain structure and contribute to epochal evolution, we determined the P domain structure of a 2004 variant with ABH and secretor Lewis HBGAs and compared it with the previously determined structure of a 1996 variant. We show that temporal sequence variations do not affect the binding of monofucosyl ABH HBGAs but that they can modulate the binding strength of difucosyl Lewis HBGAs and thus could contribute to epochal evolution by the potentiated targeting of new variants to Lewis-positive, secretor-positive individuals. The temporal variations also result in significant differences in the electrostatic landscapes, likely reflecting antigenic variations. The proximity of some of these changes to the HBGA binding sites suggests the possibility of a coordinated interplay between antigenicity and HBGA binding in epochal evolution. From the observation that the regions involved in the formation of the HBGA binding sites can be conformationally flexible, we suggest a plausible mechanism for how norovirus disassociates from salivary mucin-linked HBGA before reassociating with HBGAs linked to intestinal epithelial cells during its passage through the gastrointestinal tract.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of Al-TON zeolite using a dialkylimizadolium as structure-directing agent

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    Lopes, Christian Wittee; Pergher, Sibele Berenice Castella, E-mail: chriswittee@gmail.com [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil); Villarroel-Rocha, Jhonny [Laboratorio de Solidos Porosos, Instituto de Fisica Aplicada, Universidad Nacional de San Luis, Chacabuco, San Luis (Argentina); Silva, Bernardo Araldi Da; Mignoni, Marcelo Luis [Universidade Regional Integrada, Erechim, RS (Brazil)

    2016-11-15

    In this work, the synthesis of zeolites using 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride [C{sub 4}MI]Cl as a structure-directing agent was investigated. The organic cation shows effectiveness and selectivity for the syntheses of TON zeolites under different reaction conditions compared to the traditional structure directing agent, 1,8-diaminooctane. The 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium cation lead to highly crystalline materials and its role as OSDA in our synthesis conditions has been confirmed by characterization techniques. ICP-OES confirms the presence of Al in the samples and {sup 27}Al MAS NMR analysis indicated that aluminum atoms were incorporated in tetrahedral coordination. Scanning electron microscopy indicated that changing the crystallization condition (static or stirring), zeolites with different crystal size were obtained, which consequently affects the textural properties of the zeolites. Moreover, varying some synthesis parameters MFI zeolite can also be obtained. (author)

  15. A structural variant in the 5'-flanking region of the TWIST2 gene affects melanocyte development in belted cattle.

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    Full Text Available Belted cattle have a circular belt of unpigmented hair and skin around their midsection. The belt is inherited as a monogenic autosomal dominant trait. We mapped the causative variant to a 37 kb segment on bovine chromosome 3. Whole genome sequence data of 2 belted and 130 control cattle yielded only one private genetic variant in the critical interval in the two belted animals. The belt-associated variant was a copy number variant (CNV involving the quadruplication of a 6 kb non-coding sequence located approximately 16 kb upstream of the TWIST2 gene. Increased copy numbers at this CNV were strongly associated with the belt phenotype in a cohort of 333 cases and 1322 controls. We hypothesized that the CNV causes aberrant expression of TWIST2 during neural crest development, which might negatively affect melanoblasts. Functional studies showed that ectopic expression of bovine TWIST2 in neural crest in transgenic zebrafish led to a decrease in melanocyte numbers. Our results thus implicate an unsuspected involvement of TWIST2 in regulating pigmentation and reveal a non-coding CNV underlying a captivating Mendelian character.

  16. Structural and conformational variants of human beta2-microglobulin characterized by capillary electrophoresis and complementary separation methods

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    Heegaard, Niels H H; Rovatti, Luca; Nissen, Mogens H

    2003-01-01

    and normal (i.e. nonoxidized) beta2-microglobulin behave similarly with respect to the potential to attain this alternative conformation. CE is an attractive method to study early and intermediate soluble folding variants that may be involved in PCDs and CE thus may have an important role as a tool...

  17. Partial determination of the primary structure of a variant surface glycoprotein from Trypanosoma equiperdum. Composition and location of a carbohydrate moiety.

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    Duvillier, G; Richet, C; Briand, G; Baltz, T; Degand, P

    1983-05-01

    Salivarian trypanosomes have the ability to evade the immune response of their hosts by the sequential expression of different cell surface glycoproteins. Among the isolated specific antigens from cloned variants of Trypanosoma equiperdum, a structural study was undertaken on two immunologically cross-reacting variant surface glycoproteins, and results concerning the basic antigenic type are reported. The glycoprotein was cleaved by cyanogen bromide, and amino acids of several purified fractions obtained by gel filtration chromatography of this cleavage mixture were sequenced by automated Edman degradation. Sequencing in particular allowed the identification of the N-terminal portion of the molecule (residues 1-74). Sugar compositions of the fractions have demonstrated the presence of at least two carbohydrate moieties in the glycoprotein. Using a subsequent enzymatic subcleavage we were able to locate the first glycosylation site in position 57. An important observation was that the first oligosaccharide identified was rich in mannose and devoid of galactose.

  18. Immune selection and within-host competition can structure the repertoire of variant surface antigens in Plasmodium falciparum -a mathematical model

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    van Noort, Sander P; Nunes, Marta C; Weedall, Gareth D

    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The evolutionary mechanisms structuring the expression pattern of variant surface antigen (VSA) families that allow pathogens to evade immune responses and establish chronic and repeated infections pose major challenges to theoretical research. In Plasmodium falciparum, the best......-studied VSA family is erythrocyte membrane protein 1 (PfEMP1). Each parasite genome encodes about 60 PfEMP1 variants, which are important virulence factors and major targets of host antibody responses. Transcriptional switching is the basis of clonal PfEMP1 variation and immune evasion. A relatively conserved......-host and diverse blocks that are favoured by immune selection at the population level. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The application of a monotonic dominance profile to VSAs encoded by a gene family generates two opposing selective forces and, consequently, two distinct clusters of genes emerge in adaptation to naïve...

  19. Synthesis and structural characterization of manganese olivine lithium phosphate

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    Herrera Robles, Joel O. [Basic Science Department, IIT, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Av. del Charro 460 norte Cd. Juárez, Chih. C.P. 32310 (Mexico); Fuentes Cobas, Luis E. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados CIMAV, Complejo Industrial, M. Cervantes 120, Chihuahua C.P. 31109 (Mexico); Díaz de la Torre, Sebastián [Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Centro de Investigación e Innovación Tecnológica CIITEC, Azcapotzalco, México, D.F. C.P. 02250 (Mexico); Camacho Montes, Héctor, E-mail: hcamacho@uacj.mx [Basic Science Department, IIT, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Av. del Charro 460 norte Cd. Juárez, Chih. C.P. 32310 (Mexico); Elizalde Galindo, José T.; García Casillas, Perla E.; Rodríguez González, Claudia A. [Basic Science Department, IIT, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Av. del Charro 460 norte Cd. Juárez, Chih. C.P. 32310 (Mexico); Álvarez Contreras, Lorena [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados CIMAV, Complejo Industrial, M. Cervantes 120, Chihuahua C.P. 31109 (Mexico)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • LiMnPO{sub 4} was obtained by sol gel method and crystallization in reducing atmosphere. • Magnetic and electric properties are reported for LiMnPO{sub 4}. • Electrochemical properties are also found and enhanced by adding carbon. • SEM and HRTEM show the submicron powder nature. • The multifunctional behavior of LiMnPO{sub 4} is experimentally demonstrated. - Abstract: The manganese olivine lithium phosphate is a multifunctional material. If carbon is added to form a composite LiMnPO{sub 4}–C, electrochemical properties can be enhanced, making this material a good candidate for battery cathode. High magnetic susceptibility is reported for this compound at room temperature. In this work, the magnetic response was measured through a Field Cooling/Zero Field Cooling technique at temperature below 100 K. Weak ferroelectric properties at room temperature were measured. Even though, the promising applications and the interesting properties of this system, the attention received in the literature is relatively low. The synthesis of this material is difficult because of the rapid manganese oxidation and the need of a reducing atmosphere. In fact, only few authors report the synthesis of the pure phase. In the present work, nanostructured LiMnPO{sub 4} is obtained by sol gel chemical method and according to X-ray diffraction patterns, pure LiMnPO{sub 4} is obtained after calcination in a reducing atmosphere (10% H{sub 2} – 90% Ar). Nanostructured LiMnPO{sub 4} is a material with very interesting properties that deserves attentions.

  20. Stop Flow Lithography Synthesis and Characterization of Structured Microparticles

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    David Baah

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the synthesis of nonspherical composite particles of poly(ethylene glycol diacrylate (PEG-DA/SiO2 and PEG-DA/Al2O3 with single or multiple vias and the corresponding inorganic particles of SiO2 and Al2O3 synthesized using the Stop Flow Lithography (SFL method is reported. Precursor suspensions of PEG-DA, 2-hydroxy-2-methylpropiophenone, and SiO2 or Al2O3 nanoparticles were prepared. The precursor suspension flows through a microfluidic device mounted on an upright microscope and is polymerized in an automated process. A patterned photomask with transparent geometric features masks UV light to synthesize the particles. Composite particles with vias were synthesized and corresponding inorganic SiO2 and Al2O3 particles were obtained through polymer burn-off and sintering of the composites. The synthesis of porous inorganic particles of SiO2 and Al2O3 with vias and overall dimensions in the range of ~35–90 µm was achieved. BET specific surface area measurements for single via inorganic particles were 56–69 m2/g for SiO2 particles and 73–81 m2/g for Al2O3 particles. Surface areas as high as 114 m2/g were measured for multivia cubic SiO2 particles. The findings suggest that, with optimization, the particles should have applications in areas where high surface area is important such as catalysis and sieving.

  1. IL-27 structural analysis demonstrates similarities with ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) and leads to the identification of antagonistic variants.

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    Rousseau, Francois; Basset, Laetitia; Froger, Josy; Dinguirard, Nathalie; Chevalier, Sylvie; Gascan, Hugues

    2010-11-09

    IL-27, consisting of the subunits IL-27p28 and Epstein-Barr virus-induced gene 3 (EBI3), is a heterodimeric cytokine belonging to the IL-6/IL-12 family of cytokines. IL-27p28 is a four-helical cytokine requiring association with the soluble receptor EBI3 to be efficiently secreted and functionally active. Computational and biological analyses of the IL-27 binding site 1 to its receptor revealed important structural proximities with the ciliary neurotrophic factor group of cytokines and highlighted the contribution of p28 Trp(97), as well as of EBI3 Phe(97), Asp(210), and Glu(159), as key residues in the interactions between both cytokine subunits. WSX-1 (IL-27R) and gp130 compose the IL-27 receptor-signaling complex, recruiting the STAT-1 and STAT-3 pathways. A study of IL-27 binding site 3 showed that Trp(197) was crucial for the cytokine's interaction with gp130, but that the mutated cytokine still recognized IL-27R on the cell surface. IL-27 exerts both pro- and anti-inflammatory functions, promoting proliferation and differentiation of Th1 and inhibiting Th17 differentiation. Our results led us to develop mutated forms of human and mouse IL-27 with antagonistic activities. Using an in vivo mouse model of concanavalin A-induced Th1-cell-mediated hepatitis, we showed that the murine IL-27 antagonist W195A decreased liver inflammation by downregulating the synthesis of CXCR3 ligands and several acute phase proteins. Together, these data suggest that IL-27 antagonism could be of interest in down-modulating acute IL-27-driven Th1-cell-mediated immune response.

  2. Synthesis, structure and Hirshfeld surface analysis, vibrational and ...

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    -dimensional architecture. Hirshfeld surface analysis for visually analysing intermolecular interactions in crystal structures employing molecular surfacecontours and 2D fingerprint plots has been used to scrutinize molecular shapes.

  3. Synthesis and structure of bis(β-dibenzoyl methanato -O,O') (aquo-O ...

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    Synthesis and structure of bis(β-dibenzoyl methanato -O,O') (aquo-O) dioxouranium (VI) compound. S KANNANa,∗ and ... to make the complex more soluble.1,2 A large number of uranyl bis(β-diketonates)-neutral ligand ... spectrum of the complex shows a broad peak at 3300 cm. −1. , indicating the presence of water ...

  4. Synthesis and crystal structure determination of YCo1−xFexO3 (x ...

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    Abstract. The results on synthesis, crystal structure determination and calculation of crystallochemical parameters of YCo1−x. FexO3 (x = 0, 0.33, 0.5, 0.67 and 1) perovskites are presented in this work. The com- pounds within this series were synthesized by solution combustion method using two different fuels: urea and.

  5. The synthesis of aluminophosphate and germanosilicate LTA using a triquaternary structure directing agent

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    Schmidt, Joel E.; Zones, Stacey I.; Xie, Dan; Davis, Mark E.

    2014-01-01

    The use of triquaternary organic structure directing agents (OSDAs) for the synthesis of microporous materials is relatively unexplored. Here a triquaternary OSDA prepared by reacting 1,2-dimethylimidazole with 1,3,5-tris(bromomethyl)benzene promotes the formation of LTA in the aluminophosphate or germanosilicate reaction chemistries.

  6. Fixation of CO2 in air: Synthesis and crystal structure of a µ3-CO3 ...

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    *For correspondence. Fixation of CO2 in air: Synthesis and crystal structure of a. µ3-CO3-bridged tricopper(II) compound. JHUMPA MUKHERJEEa, V BALAMURUGANa, MANINDER SINGH HUNDALb and. RABINDRANATH MUKHERJEEa,*. aDepartment of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur 208 016, India.

  7. Structure sensitivity of Cu and CuZn catalysts relevant to industrial methanol synthesis

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    Berg, Roy van den; Prieto Gonzalez, Gonzalo; Korpershoek, Gerda; van der Wal, L.I.; Bunningen, Arnoldus J. van; Lægsgaard-Jørgensen, Susanne; Jongh, P. E. de; de Jong, K.P.

    2016-01-01

    For decades it has been debated whether the conversion of synthesis gas to methanol over copper catalysts is sensitive or insensitive to the structure of the copper surface. Here we have systematically investigated the effect of the copper particle size in the range where changes in surface

  8. Synthesis, X-ray structure and N–H…O interactions in 1,3-diphenyl ...

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    the synthesis and structural investigations of 1,3-diphenyl- urea have been undertaken. The title compound has been expected to be an excellent potential tyrosine phosphatase inhibitor and sickle-cell anemia treatment drug. 2. Experimental. A mixture of phenylisocyanate, 1⋅07 g (0⋅01 mole), aniline,. 0⋅94 g (0⋅01 mole) ...

  9. Oligomeric flavanoids. Part 26. Structure and synthesis of the first profisetinidins with epifisetinidol constituent units

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    Petrus J. Steynberg; Jan P. Steynberg; E. Vincent Brandt; Daneel Ferreira; Richard W. Hemingway

    1997-01-01

    The natural occurrence of the first oligomeric profisetinidins with (2R,3R}-2,3-cis-epifisetinidol chain extender units is demonstrated in the bark of Pithecellobium dulce (Guamuchil). Semi-synthesis using the appropriate flavan-3-ol and flavan-3,4-diol precursors permits unequivocal structural...

  10. Tubular duplex alpha-cyclodextrin triply bridged with disulfide bonds: synthesis, crystal structure and inclusion complexes

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    Krejčí, Lucie; Buděšínský, Miloš; Císařová, I.; Kraus, Tomáš

    -, č. 24 (2009), s. 3557-3559 ISSN 1359-7345 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA400550810; GA ČR GA203/06/1550; GA MŠk OC 172 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40550506 Keywords : cyclodextrin es * synthesis * crystal structure Subject RIV: CC - Organic Chemistry Impact factor: 5.504, year: 2009

  11. Synthesis, crystal structure and photo luminescent property of a 3D ...

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    661–666. c Indian Academy of Sciences. Synthesis, crystal structure and photo luminescent property of a 3D metal-organic hybrid of Cd(II) constructed by two different bridging carboxylate. BISWAJIT BHATTACHARYA, RAJDIP DEY and DEBAJYOTI GHOSHAL. ∗. Department of Chemistry, Jadavpur University, Jadavpur, ...

  12. Synthesis, crystal structure and photo luminescent property of a 3D ...

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Chemical Sciences; Volume 125; Issue 3. Synthesis, crystal structure and photo luminescent property of a 3D metal-organic hybrid of Cd(II) constructed by two different bridging carboxylate. Biswajit Bhattacharya Rajdip Dey Debajyoti Ghoshal. Volume 125 Issue 3 May 2013 pp 661-666 ...

  13. Synthesis, structure analysis, anti-bacterial and in vitro anti-cancer ...

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    DOI 10.1007/s12039-015-0824-z. Synthesis, structure analysis, anti-bacterial and in vitro anti-cancer activity of new Schiff base and its copper complex derived from sulfamethoxazole. I RAMA∗ and R SELVAMEENA. PG and Research Department of Chemistry, Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College,. Tiruchirappalli 620 002 ...

  14. Synthesis and structure-activity relationships of piperidinylpyrrolopyridine derivatives as potent and selective H1 antagonists.

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    Fonquerna, Silvia; Miralpeix, Montse; Pagès, Lluís; Puig, Carles; Cardús, Arantxa; Antón, Francisca; Vilella, Dolors; Aparici, Mónica; Prieto, José; Warrellow, Graham; Beleta, Jorge; Ryder, Hamish

    2005-02-15

    The synthesis and structure-activity relationships of piperidinylpyrrolopyridines as potent and selective H(1) antagonists are discussed. It was found that the nature of the acid chain bonded to piperidine was a key feature for maintaining both the duration of action in vivo and lack of sedative properties.

  15. In silico structure-based design and synthesis of novel anti-RSV compounds

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    Cancellieri, Michela; Bassetto, Marcella; Widjaja, Ivy; van Kuppeveld, Frank; de Haan, Cornelis A M; Brancale, Andrea; de Haan, C.A.M.

    2015-01-01

    Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the major cause for respiratory tract disease in infants and young children. Currently, no licensed vaccine or a selective antiviral drug against RSV infections are available. Here, we describe a structure-based drug design approach that led to the synthesis of a

  16. Effect on nerve structures of functionalized gold-chitosan nanoparticles obtained by one pot synthesis

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    Marius Dobromir

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Gold nanoparticles have potential applications in drug delivery, cancer diagnosis and therapy, food industry and environment remediation. However, little is known about their potential toxicity or fate in the environment. In this study we observed significant effects of functionalized gold-chitosan nanoparticles obtained by one pot synthesis on nerve structures of Wistar rats.

  17. Synthesis, X-ray structure and N–H… O interactions in 1, 3-diphenyl ...

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    The synthesis, X-ray structure and role of intermolecular interactions have been studied in case of 1,3-diphenyl-urea, owing to its medicinal importance. The compound crystallizes in orthorhombic crystal system (space group, 21) with unit cell parameters, = 9.118(3), = 10.558(2), = 11.780(3) Å and = 4.

  18. Synthesis and crystal structure determination of YCo Fe O 3 (= 0 ...

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    The results on synthesis, crystal structure determination and calculation of crystallochemical parameters of YCo1−FeO3 ( = 0, 0.33, 0.5, 0.67 and 1) perovskites are presented in this work. The compounds within this series were synthesized by solution combustion method using two different fuels: urea and citric acid.

  19. Synthesis and crystal structure determination of Br2SeIBr ...

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    Indian Academy of Sciences. 223. Synthesis and crystal structure determination of Br2SeIBr polyhalogen–chalcogen. A A ALEMI* and E SOLAIMANI†. Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Tabriz, Iran. †Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Shahrood, Shahrood, Iran.

  20. Seeking Polymeric Prodrugs of Norfloxacin. Part 2. Synthesis and Structural Analysis of Polyurethane Conjugates

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    Waclaw Kolodziejski

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Oligo(ε-caprolactone and oligolactide were synthesized via ring-opening polymerization of cyclic esters in the presence of creatinine as initiators. Thus obtained oligomers were successfully used in the synthesis of novel polyurethane conjugates of norfloxacin. The structures of the polymers and conjugates were elucidated by means of MALDI-TOF MS, NMR and IR studies.

  1. Origami-inspired active structures: a synthesis and review

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    Peraza-Hernandez, Edwin A.; Hartl, Darren J.; Malak, Richard J., Jr.; Lagoudas, Dimitris C.

    2014-09-01

    Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, has inspired the design of engineering devices and structures for decades. The underlying principles of origami are very general, which has led to applications ranging from cardboard containers to deployable space structures. More recently, researchers have become interested in the use of active materials (i.e., those that convert various forms of energy into mechanical work) to effect the desired folding behavior. When used in a suitable geometry, active materials allow engineers to create self-folding structures. Such structures are capable of performing folding and/or unfolding operations without being kinematically manipulated by external forces or moments. This is advantageous for many applications including space systems, underwater robotics, small scale devices, and self-assembling systems. This article is a survey and analysis of prior work on active self-folding structures as well as methods and tools available for the design of folding structures in general and self-folding structures in particular. The goal is to provide researchers and practitioners with a systematic view of the state-of-the-art in this important and evolving area. Unifying structural principles for active self-folding structures are identified and used as a basis for a quantitative and qualitative comparison of numerous classes of active materials. Design considerations specific to folded structures are examined, including the issues of crease pattern identification and fold kinematics. Although few tools have been created with active materials in mind, many of them are useful in the overall design process for active self-folding structures. Finally, the article concludes with a discussion of open questions for the field of origami-inspired engineering.

  2. bipyridine host: Synthesis, X-ray structure, DNA cleavage

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    www.rcsb.org/pdb/home.do). Before docking, the DNA structure was stimulated and modified following the previously described methods.24. The structures of the free ligand and ... necrotic as judged by the staining, nuclear morphology and membrane .... This feature of the complex drew our attention since polypyridyl ...

  3. Synthesis, crystal structure and Thermogravimetry of ortho-phthalic ...

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    Coordination polymer of Cu(II) bridged by o-phthalic acid alone is not known. The reaction of C u C l 2 .2 H 2 O with (2-butoxycarbonyl)benzoic acid yielded three dimensional coordination polymer bridged byo-phthalic acid. X-ray crystal structure shows structure with monoclinic P21/c space group. o-Phthalic acidmolecules ...

  4. Solid state synthesis and structural refinement of polycrystalline La ...

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    Perovskite structure based ceramic precursors have a characteristic property of substitution in the ``A" site of the ABO3 structure. This makes them a potential material for nuclear waste management in synthetic rock (SYNROC) technology. In order to simulate the mechanism of rare earth fixation in perovskite, La ...

  5. Synthesis, structure and magnetic properties of the polyoxovanadate ...

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    (NH2(CH2)2NH2)5][{Zn(NH2(CH2)2NH2)2}2{V18O42(H2O)}] ⋅ x H2O ( ∼ 12), possessing a layered structure. Srinivasan ... Keywords. Polyoxovanadate clusters; layerd structure; Zn-ethylenediamine complex; frustrated behaviour.

  6. Synthesis, structure and thermoelectric properties of La1 ...

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    All the heat treatments were limited to below 1123 K, in order to retain the Na stoichiometry. Structural parameters for all the compounds were confirmed by the Rietveld refinement method usingpowder X-ray diffraction (XRD) data and exhibit the rhombhohedral crystal structure with space group R-3c (No. 167).

  7. Synthesis, properties and supramolecular structure of di (aqua) bis ...

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    The crystal structure of 2 consists of a hexacoordinated Ni(II) complex cation and an uncoordinated 4-nba anion. In the octahedral complex cation, the central metal is linked to two symmetry related bidentate en ligands and two water molecules. In the crystal structure, the cations and anions are linked by three varieties of ...

  8. Marine Terpenoid Diacylguanidines: Structure, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Naturally Occurring Actinofide and Synthetic Analogues.

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    Carbone, Marianna; Ciavatta, M Letizia; Mathieu, Véronique; Ingels, Aude; Kiss, Robert; Pascale, Paola; Mollo, Ernesto; Ungur, Nicon; Guo, Yue-Wei; Gavagnin, Margherita

    2017-05-26

    A new diacylguanidine, actinofide (1), has been isolated from the marine mollusk Actinocyclus papillatus. The structure, exhibiting a guanidine moiety acylated by two terpenoid acid units, has been established by spectroscopic methods and secured by synthesis. Following this, a series of structural analogues have been synthesized using the same procedure. All of the compounds have been evaluated in vitro for the growth inhibitory activity against a variety of cancer cell lines.

  9. The Use of Original Structure-Directing Agents for the Synthesis of EMC-1 Zeolite

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    Daou T.J.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available By using a steric approach, it is possible to design templates matching closely with an inorganic framework. Herein, the design, synthesis and successful application of several di(azacrown ether templates to direct the formation of EMC-1 zeolite (FAU-type are reported. Following a high throughput experiment design, the synthesis gel composition was optimized to obtain well-crystallized materials. Taking into account their respective crystallization rates, their textural and morphological properties were comparable to their counterparts, typically structured by 15-crown-5 ether.

  10. Synthesis of adsorbents with dendronic structures for protein hydrophobic interaction chromatography

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    Marco A. Mata-Gomez; Yaman, Sena; Valencia-Gallegos, Jesus A.; Tarı, Canan; Rito-Palomares, Marco; Gonzalez-Valdez, Jose

    2016-01-01

    Here, we introduced a new technology based on the incorporation of dendrons-branched chemical structures-onto supports for synthesis of HIC adsorbents. In doing so we studied the synthesis and performance of these novel HIC dendron-based adsorbents. The adsorbents were synthesized in a facile two-step reaction. First, Sepharose 4FF (R) was chemically modified with polyester dendrons of different branching degrees i.e. third (G3) or fifth (G5) generations. Then, butyl-end valeric acid ligands ...

  11. Synthesis, characterization, x-ray structure and antimicrobial activity ...

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    Purpose: To synthesize thiosemicarbazide and determine its antimicrobial properties. Methods: Pyridine-based thiosemicarbazide was synthesized, characterized and evaluated for antimicrobial activity. The structure of the synthesized compound was established by spectral analysis, namely, Fourier transform infrared ...

  12. "Chameleon" Macromolecules: Synthesis, Structures and Applications of Stimulus Responsive Polymers

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    Sui, Xiaofeng

    2012-01-01

    This thesis describes the preparation and characterization of addressable responsive polymer structures and their versatile applications. Stimuli responsive polymer chains including temperature responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide), PNIPAM, pH responsive poly(methacrylic acid), PMAA and redox

  13. DNA Origami Rotaxanes: Tailored Synthesis and Controlled Structure Switching.

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    Powell, John T; Akhuetie-Oni, Benjamin O; Zhang, Zhao; Lin, Chenxiang

    2016-09-12

    Mechanically interlocked supramolecular assemblies are appealing building blocks for creating functional nanodevices. Herein, we describe the multistep assembly of large DNA origami rotaxanes that are capable of programmable structural switching. We validated the topology and structural integrity of these rotaxanes by analyzing the intermediate and final products of various assembly routes by electrophoresis and electron microscopy. We further analyzed two structure-switching behaviors of our rotaxanes, which are both mediated by DNA hybridization. In the first mechanism, the translational motion of the macrocycle can be triggered or halted at either terminus. In the second mechanism, the macrocycle can be elongated after completion of the rotaxane assembly, giving rise to a unique structure that is otherwise difficult to access. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Lipases as biocatalysts for the synthesis of structured lipids.

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    Jala, Ram Chandra Reddy; Hu, Peng; Yang, Tiankui; Jiang, Yuanrong; Zheng, Yan; Xu, Xuebing

    2012-01-01

    Structured lipids (SL) are broadly referred to as modified or synthetic oils and fats or lipids with functional or pharmaceutical applications. Some structured lipids, such as triglycerides that contain both long-chain (mainly essential) fatty acids and medium- or short-chain fatty acids and also artificial products that mimic the structure of natural materials, namely human milk fat substitutes and cocoa butter equivalents, have been discussed. Further, other modified or synthetic lipids, such as structured phospholipids and synthetic phenolic lipids are also included in this chapter. For all the products described in this chapter, enzymatic production in industry has been already conducted in one way or another. Cocoa butter equivalents, healthy oil containing medium-chain fatty acids, phosphatidyl serine, and phenol lipids from enzyme technology have been reported for commercial operation. As the demand for better quality functional lipids is increasing, the production of structured lipids becomes an interesting area. Thus, in this chapter we have discussed latest developments as well as present industrial situation of all commercially important structured lipids.

  15. Structure-based protein engineering efforts with a monomeric TIM variant: the importance of a single point mutation for generating an active site with suitable binding properties.

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    Alahuhta, Markus; Salin, Mikko; Casteleijn, Marco G; Kemmer, Christian; El-Sayed, Ibrahim; Augustyns, Koen; Neubauer, Peter; Wierenga, Rik K

    2008-04-01

    A monomeric variant of triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) with a new engineered binding groove has been characterized further. In this variant (ml8bTIM), the phosphate binding loop had been shortened, causing the binding site to be much more extended. Here, it is reported that in the V233A variant of ml8bTIM (A-TIM), three important properties of the wild-type TIM active site have been restored: (i) the structural properties of loop-7, (ii) the binding site of a conserved water molecule between loop-7 and loop-8 and (iii) the binding site of the phosphate moiety. It is shown that the active site of A-TIM can bind TIM transition state analogs and suicide inhibitors competently. It is found that the active site geometry of the A-TIM complexes is less compact and more solvent exposed, as in wild-type TIM. This correlates with the observation that the catalytic efficiency of A-TIM for interconverting the TIM substrates is too low to be detected. It is also shown that the A-TIM active site can bind compounds which do not bind to wild-type TIM and which are completely different from the normal TIM substrate, like a citrate molecule. The binding of this citrate molecule is stabilized by hydrogen bonding interactions with the new binding groove.

  16. Observed and expected frequencies of structural hemoglobin variants in newborn screening surveys in Africa and the Middle East: deviations from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium.

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    Piel, Frédéric B; Adamkiewicz, Thomas V; Amendah, Djesika; Williams, Thomas N; Gupta, Sunetra; Grosse, Scott D

    2016-03-01

    Our objective was to compare observed and expected genotype proportions from newborn screening surveys of structural hemoglobin variants. We conducted a systematic review of newborn screening surveys of hemoglobins S and C in Africa and the Middle East. We compared observed frequencies to those expected assuming Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE). Significant deviations were identified by an exact test. The fixation index FIS was calculated to assess excess homozygosity. We compared newborn estimates corrected and uncorrected for HWE deviations using demographic data. Sixty samples reported genotype counts for hemoglobin variants in Africa and the Middle East. Observed and expected counts matched in 27%. The observed number of sickle cell anemia (SCA) individuals was higher than expected in 42 samples, reaching significance (P < 0.05) in 24. High FIS values were common across the study regions. The estimated total number of newborns with SCA, corrected based on FIS, was 33,261 annual births instead of 24,958 for the 38 samples across sub-Saharan Africa and 1,109 annual births instead of 578 for 12 samples from the Middle East. Differences between observed and expected genotype frequencies are common in surveys of hemoglobin variants in the study regions. Further research is required to identify and quantify factors responsible for such deviations. Estimates based on HWE might substantially underestimate the annual number of SCA-affected newborns (up to one-third in sub-Saharan Africa and one-half in the Middle East).

  17. Synthesis of structurally controlled nano carbons - in particular the nano barrel carbon

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    Jacob, M. [FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency, Dept. of Protection and Materials, Tumba (Sweden); Palmqvist, U. [IM, Swedish Institute for Metals Research, Drottning Kristinas vag 48, Stockholm (Sweden); Alberius, P.C.A. [YKI, Institute for Surface Chemistry, Stockholm (Sweden); Ekstrom, T. [Materials Science, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden); Nygren, M.; Lidin, S. [Stockholm University, Inorganic Chemistry, Stockholm (Sweden)

    2003-01-01

    Nano-porous carbons have been prepared through a selective etching reaction, performed by halogenation of aluminum carbide. The structures obtained can be controlled by varying the chlorination temperature. The unique set of nano-carbons obtained include nano-porous amorphous structures, the nano-barrel structure and a nano-graphitic structure as chlorination temperatures were increased from 400 deg. C to 1000 deg. C. The synthesis process gives a pure product with high yield, and may be scaled up to produce bulk amounts. (authors)

  18. Synthesis of 2D and 1D graphene structures and their magnetic and plasmonic properties

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    Zeng, Changgan

    The synthesis of 2D and 1D graphene structures is critical to explore their unique physical properties, including Dirac plasmonics in 2D graphene and spin-polarized edge states in zigzag graphene nanoribbons. We have developed a universal new method to synthesize 2D and 1D graphene structures, and further revealed the exotic magnetic and plasmonic properties of graphene at the quantum level. Our central findings include: 1) Self-assembled synthesis of monolayer graphene from aromatic molecules at low temperatures; 2) One-dimensional self-assembled synthesis of the narrowest zigzag graphene nanoribbons, with the pentacene segments connected by carbon tetragons, which are predicted to serve as definitive spin switches to reverse the spin orientations of the two edge channels; 3) Quantum control of the plasmon excitation and propagation in graphene; 4) Substantial enhancement of quantum coherence in graphene by plasmon coupling. Collectively, these findings help to shed new light on the synthesis of graphene structures with designed patterns and exploration of their emergent quantum properties. This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Basic Research Program of China, and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities.

  19. Synthesis and structure of cerium-substituted hydroxyapatite.

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    Feng, Zude; Liao, Yingmin; Ye, Meng

    2005-05-01

    The aim of this study was to explore the effect of cerium ions on the formation and structure of hydroxyapatite (HAP). All particles, prepared by hydrothermal method, were synthesized at varied X(Ce) = Ce/(Ca + Ce) (from 0 to 10%) with the atomic ratio (Ce + Ca)/P fixed at 1.67. Their morphology, composition and crystal structure were characterized by TEM, EPMA, XRD and FTIR. The results showed that in this composition range the apatite structure is maintained, Ce3+ ions could enter the crystal lattice of apatite and substitute Ca2+ ions. The doping of Ce3+ ions resulted in the decrease of the crystallite size with increase in X(Ce). The HAP particles without doping were short rods having a diameter from 10 to 20 nm and a length from 30 to 50 nm. They grew into long needles upon increasing X(Ce).

  20. Synthesis, crystal structure and biological activity of novel diester cyclophanes

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    Zhang, Pengfei; Yang, Bingqin; Fang, Xianwen; Cheng, Zhao; Yang, Meipan, E-mail: yangbq@nwu.edu.cn [Department of Chemistry, Key Laboratory of Synthetic and Natural Functional Molecule Chemistry, Northwest University, Shaanxi (China)

    2012-10-15

    A series of novel diester cyclophanes was synthesized by esterification of 1,2-benzenedicarbonyl chloride with eight different diols under high dilution conditions. The structures of the compounds were verified by elemental analysis, {sup 1}H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), IR spectroscopy and high resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS). The crystal structures of two compounds were characterized by single crystal X-ray diffractometry (XRD). All the new cyclophanes were evaluated for biological activities and the results showed that some of these compounds have low antibacterial or antifungal activities (author)

  1. Synthesis and crystal structure analysis of uranyl triple acetates

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    Klepov, Vladislav V., E-mail: vladislavklepov@gmail.com [Institute for Energy and Climate Research (IEK-6), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, 52428 Jülich (Germany); Department of Chemistry, Samara National Research University, 443086 Samara (Russian Federation); Serezhkina, Larisa B.; Serezhkin, Victor N. [Department of Chemistry, Samara National Research University, 443086 Samara (Russian Federation); Alekseev, Evgeny V., E-mail: e.alekseev@fz-juelich.de [Institute for Energy and Climate Research (IEK-6), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, 52428 Jülich (Germany); Institut für Kristallographie, RWTH Aachen University, 52066 Aachen (Germany)

    2016-12-15

    Single crystals of triple acetates NaR[UO{sub 2}(CH{sub 3}COO){sub 3}]{sub 3}·6H{sub 2}O (R=Mg, Co, Ni, Zn), well-known for their use as reagents for sodium determination, were grown from aqueous solutions and their structural and spectroscopic properties were studied. Crystal structures of the mentioned phases are based upon (Na[UO{sub 2}(CH{sub 3}COO){sub 3}]{sub 3}){sup 2–} clusters and [R(H{sub 2}O){sub 6}]{sup 2+} aqua-complexes. The cooling of a single crystal of NaMg[UO{sub 2}(CH{sub 3}COO){sub 3}]{sub 3}·6H{sub 2}O from 300 to 100 K leads to a phase transition from trigonal to monoclinic crystal system. Intermolecular interactions between the structural units and their mutual packing were studied and compared from the point of view of the stereoatomic model of crystal structures based on Voronoi-Dirichlet tessellation. Using this method we compared the crystal structures of the triple acetates with Na[UO{sub 2}(CH{sub 3}COO){sub 3}] and [R(H{sub 2}O){sub 6}][UO{sub 2}(CH{sub 3}COO){sub 3}]{sub 2} and proposed reasons of triple acetates stability. Infrared and Raman spectra were collected and their bands were assigned. - Graphical abstract: Single crystals of uranium based triple acetates, analytical reagents for sodium determination, were synthesized and structurally, spectroscopically and topologically characterized. The structures were compared with the structures of compounds from preceding families [M(H{sub 2}O){sub 6})][UO{sub 2}(CH{sub 3}COO){sub 3}]{sub 2} (M = Mg, Co, Ni, Zn) and Na[UO{sub 2}(CH{sub 3}COO){sub 3}]. Analysis was performed with the method of molecular Voronoi-Dirichlet polyhedra to reveal a large contribution of the hydrogen bonds into intermolecular interactions which can be a reason of low solubility of studied complexes.

  2. The Effects of Gravity on Combustion and Structure Formation During Synthesis of Advanced Materials

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    Varma, A.; Pelekh, A.; Mukasyan, A.

    1999-01-01

    Combustion in a variety of heterogeneous systems, leading to the synthesis of advanced materials, is characterized by high temperatures (2000-3500 K) and heating rates (up to 10(exp 6) K/s) at and ahead of the reaction front. These high temperatures generate liquids and gases which are subject to gravity-driven flow. The removal of such gravitational effects is likely to provide increased control of the reaction front, with a consequent improvement in control of the microstructure of the synthesized products. Thus, microgravity experiments can lead to major advances in the understanding of fundamental aspects of combustion and structure formation under the extreme conditions of the combustion synthesis wave. In addition, the specific features of microgravity environment allow one to produce unique materials, which cannot be obtained under terrestrial conditions. The general goals of the current research are: 1) to improve the understanding of fundamental phenomena taking place during combustion of heterogeneous systems, 2) to use low-gravity experiments for insight into the physics and chemistry of materials synthesis processes, and 3) based on the obtained knowledge, to optimize processing conditions for synthesis of advanced materials with desired microstructures and properties. This research follows logically from the results of investigations we have conducted in the framework of our previous grant on gravity influence on combustion synthesis (CS) of gasless systems. Prior work, by others and by us, has clearly demonstrated that gravity plays an important role during combustion synthesis of materials. The immediate tasks for the future are to quantitatively identify the nature of observed effects, and to create accurate local kinetic models of the processes, which can lead to a control of the microstructure and properties of the synthesized materials. In summary, this is the value of the proposed research. Based on our prior work, we focus on the fundamental

  3. FTIR Metabolomic Fingerprint Reveals Different Modes of Action Exerted by Structural Variants of N-Alkyltropinium Bromide Surfactants on Escherichia coli and Listeria innocua Cells

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    Corte, Laura; Tiecco, Matteo; Roscini, Luca; De Vincenzi, Sergio; Colabella, Claudia; Germani, Raimondo; Tascini, Carlo; Cardinali, Gianluigi

    2015-01-01

    Surfactants are extremely important agents to clean and sanitize various environments. Their biocidal activity is a key factor determined by the interactions between amphiphile structure and the target microbial cells. The object of this study was to analyze the interactions between four structural variants of N-alkyltropinium bromide surfactants with the Gram negative Escherichia coli and the Gram positive Listeria innocua bacteria. Microbiological and conductometric methods with a previously described FTIR bioassay were used to assess the metabolomic damage exerted by these compounds. All surfactants tested showed more biocidal activity in L. innocua than in E. coli. N-tetradecyltropinium bromide was the most effective compound against both species, while all the other variants had a reduced efficacy as biocides, mainly against E. coli cells. In general, the most prominent metabolomic response was observed for the constituents of the cell envelope in the fatty acids (W1) and amides (W2) regions and at the wavenumbers referred to peptidoglycan (W2 and W3 regions). This response was particularly strong and negative in L. innocua, when cells were challenged by N-tetradecyltropinium bromide, and by the variant with a smaller head and a 12C tail (N-dodecylquinuclidinium bromide). Tail length was critical for microbial inhibition especially when acting against E. coli, maybe due the complex nature of Gram negative cell envelope. Statistical analysis allowed us to correlate the induced mortality with the metabolomic cell response, highlighting two different modes of action. In general, gaining insights in the interactions between fine structural properties of surfactants and the microbial diversity can allow tailoring these compounds for the various operative conditions. PMID:25588017

  4. FTIR metabolomic fingerprint reveals different modes of action exerted by structural variants of N-alkyltropinium bromide surfactants on Escherichia coli and Listeria innocua cells.

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    Laura Corte

    Full Text Available Surfactants are extremely important agents to clean and sanitize various environments. Their biocidal activity is a key factor determined by the interactions between amphiphile structure and the target microbial cells. The object of this study was to analyze the interactions between four structural variants of N-alkyltropinium bromide surfactants with the Gram negative Escherichia coli and the Gram positive Listeria innocua bacteria. Microbiological and conductometric methods with a previously described FTIR bioassay were used to assess the metabolomic damage exerted by these compounds. All surfactants tested showed more biocidal activity in L. innocua than in E. coli. N-tetradecyltropinium bromide was the most effective compound against both species, while all the other variants had a reduced efficacy as biocides, mainly against E. coli cells. In general, the most prominent metabolomic response was observed for the constituents of the cell envelope in the fatty acids (W1 and amides (W2 regions and at the wavenumbers referred to peptidoglycan (W2 and W3 regions. This response was particularly strong and negative in L. innocua, when cells were challenged by N-tetradecyltropinium bromide, and by the variant with a smaller head and a 12C tail (N-dodecylquinuclidinium bromide. Tail length was critical for microbial inhibition especially when acting against E. coli, maybe due the complex nature of Gram negative cell envelope. Statistical analysis allowed us to correlate the induced mortality with the metabolomic cell response, highlighting two different modes of action. In general, gaining insights in the interactions between fine structural properties of surfactants and the microbial diversity can allow tailoring these compounds for the various operative conditions.

  5. Synthesis, crystal structures, hydrogen bonding graph-sets and ...

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    The complex consists of discrete cations (+II) and one perchlorate anion, the cations existing in a slightly distorted octahedral complex with bonding through the heterocyclic and oxime nitrogen atoms. The structure is held together through N-H…O, O-H…O and C-H...O hydrogen bonds occurring between the coordinated ...

  6. Synthesis, structure, thermal, transport and magnetic properties of VN ceramics

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    Huber, Š.; Jankovský, O.; Sedmidubský, D.; Luxa, J.; Klimová, K.; Hejtmánek, Jiří; Sofer, Z.

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    Roč. 42, č. 16 (2016), s. 18779-18784 ISSN 0272-8842 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA13-20507S Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : vanadium mononitride * phase transition * electronic structure * heat capacity * transport properties Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.986, year: 2016

  7. Synthesis and structural characterization of CsNiP crystal

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    Fluck and Issleib 1965). However, studies of these alka- line metal phosphides gained momentum since last three decades (Johnson and Jeitschlo 1972; Barz et al 1983;. Muller et al 1983; Schnering et al 1999). In recent years, structural data of phosphides also were reported (Shan- non 1976; Jeitschlo and Braun 1977; ...

  8. Synthesis, spectral and structural properties of bis-imidazoline selones

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    New biphenyl derivatives of bis-imidazoline selones were synthesized in good yield and characterized by multinuclear (1D and 2D) NMR and UV-vis studies. The solid state structures of bis-imidazoline selones were further confirmed by single crystal X ray diffraction technique.

  9. Synthesis and crystal structure of [chlorobis (triphenylphospino)(p ...

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    This complex has distorted tetrahedral geometry with two phosphorus atoms from two triphenylphosphine ligands, thione sulfur of thiosemicarbazone ligand and chloride ion occupying the four corners of the tetrahedron. The structure of complex 3 was in contrast to sulfur-bridged dinuclear complex of copper(I) chloride with ...

  10. Synthesis, Structure and Properties of Segmented Polymers Containing Mesogens

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    1994-06-01

    Crystal Polyurethane Based on Biphenol , 2,6-Tolylene Diisocyanate, and a Six Methylene Containing Flexible Spacer. 1. Thermal and Structure...Based on Biphenol , 2,6-Tolylene Diisocyanate, and a Six Methylene Containing Flexible Spacer. 2. IR Spectroscopic Phase Characterization" Makromol. Chem

  11. synthesis and crystal structure of trinuclear potassium(i)

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    water molecule. In the crystal structure, intra- and intermolecular hydrogen bonding interactions as well as weak ... high nitrogen content, high energy density, good thermal stability, and low melting point [1–6]. ... as, nitramine or tetrazole-functionalized based furazan had been investigated and were found to have shown.

  12. Synthesis and Structural Studies of Nanocrystalline Cd Zn Fe O

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    nanoparticles, which were characterized for their size and structure using X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), High Resolution Transmission. Electron Microscopic (HRTEM), Selected Area Electron .... with theDu(uasymm-usym) separation of 228 cm–1, which indicated the monodentate linkage of the carboxylate groups. The N-H.

  13. synthesis, crystal structure and antimicrobial activity of a hetero ...

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    B. S. Chandravanshi

    cyanide N atom. The effects of the complex on the antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus,. Escherichia coli, and Candida albicans were studied. KEY WORDS: Schiff base, Manganese(III) complex, Iron(II) complex, Heteronuclear, Crystal structure. INTRODUCTION. Schiff bases are a kind of important ligands ...

  14. Synthesis and crystal structure of a wheel-shaped supramolecular ...

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    X-ray crystallography have been collectively provid- ing supramolecular coordination complexes from aes- thetically pleasing small to unimaginably big molec- ular architectures.1 The crystallographic analysis has become the most powerful analytical technique for the elucidation of the structure of the final product. The.

  15. Synthesis and structural characterization of a calcium coordination ...

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    has been isolated from the calcium chloride–glycine–water system and structurally characterized. Each Ca(II) in 1 is eight-coordinated and is bonded to .... cal absorption correction was applied. All non- hydrogen atoms were refined ..... is available for coordination in the glycinate anion. Of the several metal, halogenide ...

  16. Synthesis, structure and Hirshfeld surface analysis, vibrational and ...

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    The water molecule is placed between the layers formed by organic cations along the b axis. Net- work hydrogen-bonding and π–π interactions lead to the formation of a three-dimensional architecture. Hirshfeld surface analysis for visually analysing intermolecular interactions in crystal structures employing molecular sur-.

  17. Synthesis and Crystal Structures of New 5,5'-Azotetrazolates

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    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Five new 5,5'-azotetrazolate salts (amminsilver, trimethylsulfonium, tetramethyl-phosphonium, trimethylsulfoxonium, 2-(hydroxyethyltrimethylammonium were prepared and characterized. The crystal structures were determined by X-ray diffraction. Interactions between the ions are identified and discussed. The sensitivities of the highly energetic silver salt were measured by BAM (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und-prüfung methods.

  18. Synthesis, characterization and crystal structure of new nickel ...

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    Abstract. A novel nickel molybdenum complex with the 2,6-pyridine dicarboxylic acid ligand was successfully synthesized and characterized by thermogravimetric analysis and single crystal X-ray crystallography. The single-crystal X-ray data revealed that the structure is a hydrated 1-D polymer with two different Ni sites.

  19. Synthesis and crystal structure of trinuclear potassium(I) complex ...

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    A furazan-based trinuclear potassium(I) complex derived from the oxy-bridged bis(gem-dinitro)furazan (OBNF) and triaminoguanidinium (TGA) units was synthesized and characterized by elemental analyses, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and infrared (IR) spectroscopy. The single crystal X-ray structure of the ...

  20. Alternative splice variants in TIM barrel proteins from human genome correlate with the structural and evolutionary modularity of this versatile protein fold.

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    Full Text Available After the surprisingly low number of genes identified in the human genome, alternative splicing emerged as a major mechanism to generate protein diversity in higher eukaryotes. However, it is still not known if its prevalence along the genome evolution has contributed to the overall functional protein diversity or if it simply reflects splicing noise. The (βα8 barrel or TIM barrel is one of the most frequent, versatile, and ancient fold encountered among enzymes. Here, we analyze the structural modifications present in TIM barrel proteins from the human genome product of alternative splicing events. We found that 87% of all splicing events involved deletions; most of these events resulted in protein fragments that corresponded to the (βα2, (βα4, (βα5, (βα6, and (βα7 subdomains of TIM barrels. Because approximately 7% of all the splicing events involved internal β-strand substitutions, we decided, based on the genomic data, to design β-strand and α-helix substitutions in a well-studied TIM barrel enzyme. The biochemical characterization of one of the chimeric variants suggests that some of the splice variants in the human genome with β-strand substitutions may be evolving novel functions via either the oligomeric state or substrate specificity. We provide results of how the splice variants represent subdomains that correlate with the independently folding and evolving structural units previously reported. This work is the first to observe a link between the structural features of the barrel and a recurrent genetic mechanism. Our results suggest that it is reasonable to expect that a sizeable fraction of splice variants found in the human genome represent structurally viable functional proteins. Our data provide additional support for the hypothesis of the origin of the TIM barrel fold through the assembly of smaller subdomains. We suggest a model of how nature explores new proteins through alternative splicing as a mechanism to

  1. The use of common mitochondrial variants to detect and characterise population structure in the Australian population: implications for genome-wide association studies.

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    Byrne, Enda M; McRae, Allan F; Zhao, Zhen-Zhen; Martin, Nicholas G; Montgomery, Grant W; Visscher, Peter M

    2008-11-01

    There is an increasing recognition of the potential role of variants in mitochondrial DNA and nuclear-encoded mitochondrial proteins in modifying disease risk. This has led to a rise in the number of mitochondrial association studies being undertaken. The unique inheritance pattern of mitochondria makes mitochondrial DNA variation susceptible to having geographical structure. Such a structure may have a dramatic impact on mitochondrial association studies, particularly in heterogeneous populations. By combining self-reported ancestry data and mitochondrial genotype data for a sample of 3839 individuals from 1037 Australian families, population substructure is tested by looking for evidence of differences in mitochondrial haplogroup and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) frequencies between different ancestral groups in Australia. In addition, the substructure within ancestral groups is tested by comparing the similarity of mates to randomly drawn pairs of individuals from the same ancestral group. It is shown that there are significant differences in the frequency of variants both between European and non-European groups, and within Europe. This agrees with previous studies of European mitochondrial variation. No evidence was found for structure within ancestral groups. These results have implications for future association studies in the Australian population, and other populations of heterogeneous ancestry.

  2. Metal borohydrides and derivatives - synthesis, structure and properties

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    Paskevicius, Mark; Jepsen, Lars Haahr; Schouwink, Pascal

    2017-01-01

    review new synthetic strategies along with structural, physical and chemical properties for metal borohydrides, revealing a number of new trends correlating composition, structure, bonding and thermal properties. These new trends provide general knowledge and may contribute to the design and discovery...... within the energy storage field due to their extremely high hydrogen density and possible uses in batteries as solid state ion conductors. Recently, new types of physical properties have been explored in lanthanide-bearing borohydrides related to solid state phosphors and magnetic refrigeration. Two...... of new metal borohydrides with tailored properties towards the rational design of novel functional materials. This review also demonstrates that there is still room for discovering new combinations of light elements including boron and hydrogen, leading to complex hydrides with extreme flexibility...

  3. Synthesis, crystal structure and Thermogravimetry of ortho-phthalic ...

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    acid bridged coordination polymer of Copper(II) ... Keywords. o-Phthalic acid; coordination polymer; X-ray crystal structure; Copper(II); EPR; TGA. 1. .... 3.2 EPR spectrum of. [{Cu(O2C-μ2-C6H5-μ1-CO2)2}.2H2O]n. The EPR spectrum of the complex was recorded as polycrystalline solid and has been shown in figure 1.

  4. short communication synthesis and crystal structure of a polymeric ...

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    of zinc sulfate, 4-nitrophenylacetic acid, and propane-1,3-diamine (PDA) in water. Structure of the complex has been characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The complex crystallizes as orthorhombic space group Pnma, with unit cell dimensions a = 15.732(1) Å, b = 23.912(1) Å, c = 5.5565(3) Å, V = 2090.2(2) Å3, ...

  5. Solid state synthesis and structural refinement of polycrystalline ...

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    The h, k, l values for different lattice planes have been generated from the experimental data. The ... 123. Table 1. Crystal data for La0⋅05Ca0⋅95TiO3 at room temperature. Structure. Orthorhombic. Space group. P n m a. Point group mmm. Symmetry of lattice .... Myhra S, Giorgi R, Delogu P and Riviere J C 1986 J. Mater.

  6. Synthesis and crystal structure of a trihydrate of dinuclear ...

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    A new compound, [Cd2(C7H6N2)3(C6H4O2N)4]·3H2O (1), has been prepared under mild hydrothermal conditions and structurally characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction. The two cadmium(II) ions are bridged by a carboxyl group from one 2-pyridinecarboxylate ligand. The thermal gravimetry (TG) data indicate ...

  7. The synthesis and structural characterization of novel transition metal fluorides

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    Casteel, W.J. Jr.

    1992-09-01

    High purity KMF[sub 6] and K[sub 2]MF[sub 6] salts (M = Mo,Re, Ru, Os, Ir, Pt) are obtained from reduction hexafluorides. A rhombohedral unit cell is observed for KReF[sub 6]. Fluoride ion capture by Lewis acids from the hexafluorometallate (IV) salts affords high purity tetrafluorides for M = Mo, Re, Ru, Os, and Pd. The structure of RuF[sub 4] is determined from X-ray synchrotron and neutron powder data. Unit cells based on theorthorhombic PdF[sub 4] type cell are derived from X-ray powder data for ReF[sub 4] and OsF[sub 4]. Fluoride ion capture from KAgF[sub 4] provides the thermally unstable trifluoride as a bright, red, diamagnetic solid. The structure solution of AgF[sub 3] and redetermination of the AuF[sub 3] structure from X-ray synchrotron and neutron powder data demonstrate that the two are isostnictural. Thermal decomposition product of AgF[sub 3] is the mixed valence compound Ag[sup II]Ag[sub 2][sup III]F[sub 8]. Several new salts containing the (Ag - F)[sub n][sup n+] chain cation are prepared. The first linear (Ag - F)[sub n][sup n+] chain is observed in AgF[sup +]BF[sub 4 [sup [minus

  8. Solid state synthesis and structural characterization of zinc titanates

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    Ayed, Sarra, E-mail: ayedsarra1@gmail.com [Laboratory of Composite Ceramic and Polymer Materials, Scientific Faculty of Sfax (Tunisia); Abdelkefi, Helmi; Khemakhem, Hamadi [Laboratory of Ferroelectric Materials, Scientific Faculty of Sfax (Tunisia); Matoussi, Adel [Laboratory of Composite Ceramic and Polymer Materials, Scientific Faculty of Sfax (Tunisia)

    2016-08-25

    Zinc titanate composite materials were synthesized via solid state sintering process using high-purity metal oxide powders (purity ∼99.99%). The titanium incorporation into ZnO matrix was investigated by X-ray diffraction which revealed the coexistence of spinel Zn{sub 2}TiO{sub 4} and hexagonal ZnTiO{sub 3} with the ZnO wurtzite structures. No reflection peaks of rutile TiO{sub 2} phase were detected. The IR spectroscopy and Raman scattering spectroscopy were used to characterize the structural and chemical properties of the ZnO/TiO{sub 2} composites. The IR bands and vibrational modes of all crystalline phases were detected. The effect of TiO{sub 2} doping rates (x = 3, 5 and 7 wt%) on bands shifting, Raman intensity and structural quality was discussed. - Highlights: • Zinc titanates materials were synthesized via solid state sintering process. • XRD measurements reveal the formation of Zn{sub 2}TiO{sub 4}, hexagonal ZnTiO{sub 3} and ZnO phases. • IR analysis provokes the presence of Ti−O stretching vibration bands. • Raman study provokes the appearance of new zinc titanates vibrational peaks. • The TiO{sub 2} effect into ZnO is sensed by the shift and intensity changes of peaks.

  9. Synthesis of Au nanowires with controlled morphological and structural characteristics

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    Singh, Gurvinder; van Helvoort, Antonius T. J.; Bandyopadhyay, Sulalit; Volden, Sondre; Andreassen, Jens-Petter; Glomm, Wilhelm R.

    2014-08-01

    A growth of one-dimensional noble metal nanostructure with controlled structural characteristic has been under intense investigation as the physical properties, for example, mechanical and electrical properties highly depend on the crystallinity of the nanostructure. Herein, we report a seed-mediated growth of gold nanowires with controlled structural and morphological characteristics, which can easily be varied by selecting appropriate seed nanoparticles, either spherical or rod type in aqueous solution at room temperature. The growth of nanowires was monitored by characterizing the samples at different time period during the reaction, and our observations suggest that growth occurs from seeds rapidly growing along one-dimension followed by surfactant induced fusion or welding and surface diffusion. The aspect ratio and morphology of these NWs can be tuned by CTAB concentration, pH and temperature of the growth solution. We show that the aspect ratio and morphology of these NWs can be tuned by the surfactant concentration, pH and temperature of the growth solution. Electron microscopy and X-ray Photoelectron spectroscopic techniques were employed for investigating structural and surface characteristics of nanowires. This approach can possibly help to synthesize nanowires of other metals with controlled crystalline behaviour which is highly essential for understanding their properties and practical applications in nanoelectronics, optical devices, catalysis, and sensors.

  10. Anatomical variants of brain structure: confused spatial relationship of the fornix to the corpus callosum and anterior commissure.

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    Hori, A

    1997-12-01

    How the developing nerve fibers are guided to and able to find their target is currently a matter of research. As examples of the false guidance of axons, anatomical variants of the spatial relationship of the columna fornicis to the corpus callosum and the anterior commissure are demonstrated. In a 60 year-old female patient, some of the fibers of the genu corporis callosi were found to be entrapped by a fornix fiber bundle. The brain of a 20 year-old man showed that the unilateral anterior commissure ran posterior to the columna fornicis. These changes were clinically insignificant.

  11. Computer-aided methods for analysis and synthesis of supersonic cruise aircraft structures

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    Giles, G. L.

    1976-01-01

    Computer-aided methods are reviewed which are being developed by Langley Research Center in-house work and by related grants and contracts. Synthesis methods to size structural members to meet strength and stiffness (flutter) requirements are emphasized and described. Because of the strong interaction among the aerodynamic loads, structural stiffness, and member sizes of supersonic cruise aircraft structures, these methods are combined into systems of computer programs to perform design studies. The approaches used in organizing these systems to provide efficiency, flexibility of use in an iterative process, and ease of system modification are discussed.

  12. Synthesis, structure and properties of hierarchical nanostructured porous materials studied by molecular dynamics simulations

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    Chae, Kisung

    For applications of porous materials in many fields of technological importance, such as catalysis, filtration, separation, energy storage and conversion, the efficiency is often limited by chemical kinetics, and/or diffusion of reactants and products to and from the active sites. Hierarchical nanostructured porous materials (HNPMs) that possess both mesopores (2 nm gas transport in HNPCs, a computationally efficient reflecting particle method (RPM) together with a perturbation-relaxation loop was developed in this work to make the pressure drop consistent for various structures and transport conditions. The mimetic nanocasting technique and the RPM method can be easily extended to study the synthesis-structure-transport properties relations in many other HNPMs. A complete feedback loop among synthesis, structure and properties will help identify the proper synthesis parameters to design the optimal porous structures for a particular application. This will speed up the applications of HNPMs in many fields, such as electrodes for supercapacitors, lithium ion batteries and fuel cells, catalyst supports, materials for gas sensing and hydrogen storage, etc.

  13. GWAS-identified risk variants for major depressive disorder: Preliminary support for an association with late-life depressive symptoms and brain structural alterations.

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    Ryan, Joanne; Artero, Sylvaine; Carrière, Isabelle; Maller, Jerome J; Meslin, Chantal; Ritchie, Karen; Ancelin, Marie-Laure

    2016-01-01

    A number of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have investigated risk factors for major depressive disorder (MDD), however there has been little attempt to replicate these findings in population-based studies of depressive symptoms. Variants within three genes, BICC1, PCLO and GRM7 were selected for replication in our study based on the following criteria: they were identified in a prior MDD GWAS study; a subsequent study found evidence that they influenced depression risk; and there is a solid biological basis for a role in depression. We firstly investigated whether these variants were associated with depressive symptoms in our population-based cohort of 929 elderly (238 with clinical depressive symptoms and 691 controls), and secondly to investigate associations with structural brain alterations. A number of nominally significant associations were identified, but none reached Bonferroni-corrected significance levels. Common SNPs in BICC1 and PCLO were associated with a 50% and 30% decreased risk of depression, respectively. PCLO rs2522833 was also associated with the volume of grey matter (p=1.6×10(-3)), and to a lesser extent with hippocampal volume and white matter lesions. Among depressed individuals rs9870680 (GRM7) was associated with the volume of grey and white matter (p=10(-4) and 8.3×10(-3), respectively). Our results provide some support for the involvement of BICC1 and PCLO in late-life depressive disorders and preliminary evidence that these genetic variants may also influence brain structural volumes. However effect sizes remain modest and associations did not reach corrected significance levels. Further large imaging studies are needed to confirm our findings. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. and ECNP. All rights reserved.

  14. A Common CYFIP1 Variant at the 15q11.2 Disease Locus Is Associated with Structural Variation at the Language-Related Left Supramarginal Gyrus.

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    Young Jae Woo

    Full Text Available Copy number variants (CNVs at the Breakpoint 1 to Breakpoint 2 region at 15q11.2 (BP1-2 are associated with language-related difficulties and increased risk for developmental disorders in which language is compromised. Towards underlying mechanisms, we investigated relationships between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs across the region and quantitative measures of human brain structure obtained by magnetic resonance imaging of healthy subjects. We report an association between rs4778298, a common variant at CYFIP1, and inter-individual variation in surface area across the left supramarginal gyrus (lh.SMG, a cortical structure implicated in speech and language in independent discovery (n = 100 and validation cohorts (n = 2621. In silico analyses determined that this same variant, and others nearby, is also associated with differences in levels of CYFIP1 mRNA in human brain. One of these nearby polymorphisms is predicted to disrupt a consensus binding site for FOXP2, a transcription factor implicated in speech and language. Consistent with a model where FOXP2 regulates CYFIP1 levels and in turn influences lh.SMG surface area, analysis of publically available expression data identified a relationship between expression of FOXP2 and CYFIP1 mRNA in human brain. We propose that altered CYFIP1 dosage, through aberrant patterning of the lh.SMG, may contribute to language-related difficulties associated with BP1-2 CNVs. More generally, this approach may be useful in clarifying the contribution of individual genes at CNV risk loci.

  15. A Common CYFIP1 Variant at the 15q11.2 Disease Locus Is Associated with Structural Variation at the Language-Related Left Supramarginal Gyrus.

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    Woo, Young Jae; Wang, Tao; Guadalupe, Tulio; Nebel, Rebecca A; Vino, Arianna; Del Bene, Victor A; Molholm, Sophie; Ross, Lars A; Zwiers, Marcel P; Fisher, Simon E; Foxe, John J; Abrahams, Brett S

    2016-01-01

    Copy number variants (CNVs) at the Breakpoint 1 to Breakpoint 2 region at 15q11.2 (BP1-2) are associated with language-related difficulties and increased risk for developmental disorders in which language is compromised. Towards underlying mechanisms, we investigated relationships between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) across the region and quantitative measures of human brain structure obtained by magnetic resonance imaging of healthy subjects. We report an association between rs4778298, a common variant at CYFIP1, and inter-individual variation in surface area across the left supramarginal gyrus (lh.SMG), a cortical structure implicated in speech and language in independent discovery (n = 100) and validation cohorts (n = 2621). In silico analyses determined that this same variant, and others nearby, is also associated with differences in levels of CYFIP1 mRNA in human brain. One of these nearby polymorphisms is predicted to disrupt a consensus binding site for FOXP2, a transcription factor implicated in speech and language. Consistent with a model where FOXP2 regulates CYFIP1 levels and in turn influences lh.SMG surface area, analysis of publically available expression data identified a relationship between expression of FOXP2 and CYFIP1 mRNA in human brain. We propose that altered CYFIP1 dosage, through aberrant patterning of the lh.SMG, may contribute to language-related difficulties associated with BP1-2 CNVs. More generally, this approach may be useful in clarifying the contribution of individual genes at CNV risk loci.

  16. A Common CYFIP1 Variant at the 15q11.2 Disease Locus Is Associated with Structural Variation at the Language-Related Left Supramarginal Gyrus

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    Woo, Young Jae; Wang, Tao; Guadalupe, Tulio; Nebel, Rebecca A.; Vino, Arianna; Del Bene, Victor A.; Molholm, Sophie; Ross, Lars A.; Zwiers, Marcel P.; Fisher, Simon E.; Foxe, John J.; Abrahams, Brett S.

    2016-01-01

    Copy number variants (CNVs) at the Breakpoint 1 to Breakpoint 2 region at 15q11.2 (BP1-2) are associated with language-related difficulties and increased risk for developmental disorders in which language is compromised. Towards underlying mechanisms, we investigated relationships between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) across the region and quantitative measures of human brain structure obtained by magnetic resonance imaging of healthy subjects. We report an association between rs4778298, a common variant at CYFIP1, and inter-individual variation in surface area across the left supramarginal gyrus (lh.SMG), a cortical structure implicated in speech and language in independent discovery (n = 100) and validation cohorts (n = 2621). In silico analyses determined that this same variant, and others nearby, is also associated with differences in levels of CYFIP1 mRNA in human brain. One of these nearby polymorphisms is predicted to disrupt a consensus binding site for FOXP2, a transcription factor implicated in speech and language. Consistent with a model where FOXP2 regulates CYFIP1 levels and in turn influences lh.SMG surface area, analysis of publically available expression data identified a relationship between expression of FOXP2 and CYFIP1 mRNA in human brain. We propose that altered CYFIP1 dosage, through aberrant patterning of the lh.SMG, may contribute to language-related difficulties associated with BP1-2 CNVs. More generally, this approach may be useful in clarifying the contribution of individual genes at CNV risk loci. PMID:27351196

  17. EFFECTS OF SYNTHESIS PARAMETERS ON THE STRUCTURE OF TITANIA NANOTUBES

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    M. NORANI MUTI

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Detection of hydrogen is crucial for industrial process control and medical applications where presence of hydrogen in breath indicates different type of health problems particularly in infants. A better performed sensor with high sensitivity, selectivity, reliability and faster response time would be critical and sought after especially for medical applications. Titanium dioxide nanotube structure is chosen as an active component in the gas sensor because of its highly sensitive electrical resistance to hydrogen over a wide range of concentrations. The objective of the work is to investigate the effect of the anodizing conditions on the structure of titania nanotubes produced by anodizing method. The anodizing parameters namely the ambient temperature and separation of electrodes are varied accordingly to find the optimum anodizing conditions for production of good quality titania nanotubes for enhanced properties based on their uniformity, coverage, pore size and crystallinity. Samples of nanotubes produced were subjected to annealing process at varying time and temperature in order to improve the crystallinity of the nanotubes. The highly ordered porous titania nanotubes produced by this method are of tabular shape and have good uniformity and alignment over large areas. The pore size of the titania nanotubes ranges from 47 to 94 nm, while the wall thickness is in the range of 17 to 26 nm. The length of the nanotubes was found to be about 280 nm. The structure of nanotubes changes from amorphous to crystalline after undergoing annealing treatment. Nanotubes have also shown to have better crystallinity if they were subjected to annealing treatment at higher temperature. The characteristics of nanotubes obtained are found to be agreeable to those that have been reported to show improved hydrogen gas sensing properties.

  18. Crystalline metal-organic frameworks (MOFs): synthesis, structure and function.

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    Dey, Chandan; Kundu, Tanay; Biswal, Bishnu P; Mallick, Arijit; Banerjee, Rahul

    2014-02-01

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a class of hybrid network supramolecular solid materials comprised of organized organic linkers and metal cations. They can display enormously high surface areas with tunable pore size and functionality, and can be used as hosts for a range of guest molecules. Since their discovery, MOFs have experienced widespread exploration for their applications in gas storage, drug delivery and sensing. This article covers general and modern synthetic strategies to prepare MOFs, and discusses their structural diversity and properties with respect to application perspectives.

  19. Inhibiting NF-κB-inducing kinase (NIK): discovery, structure-based design, synthesis, structure-activity relationship, and co-crystal structures.

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    Li, Kexue; McGee, Lawrence R; Fisher, Ben; Sudom, Athena; Liu, Jinsong; Rubenstein, Steven M; Anwer, Mohmed K; Cushing, Timothy D; Shin, Youngsook; Ayres, Merrill; Lee, Fei; Eksterowicz, John; Faulder, Paul; Waszkowycz, Bohdan; Plotnikova, Olga; Farrelly, Ellyn; Xiao, Shou-Hua; Chen, Guoqing; Wang, Zhulun

    2013-03-01

    The discovery, structure-based design, synthesis, and optimization of NIK inhibitors are described. Our work began with an HTS hit, imidazopyridinyl pyrimidinamine 1. We utilized homology modeling and conformational analysis to optimize the indole scaffold leading to the discovery of novel and potent conformationally constrained inhibitors such as compounds 25 and 28. Compounds 25 and 31 were co-crystallized with NIK kinase domain to provide structural insights. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. A novel series of thiosemicarbazone drugs: From synthesis to structure

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    Ebrahimi, Hossein Pasha; Hadi, Jabbar S.; Alsalim, Tahseen A.; Ghali, Thaer S.; Bolandnazar, Zeinab

    2015-02-01

    A new series of thiosemicarbazones (TSCs) and their 1,3,4-thiadiazolines (TDZs) containing acetamide group have been synthesized from thiosemicarbazide compounds by the reaction of TSCs with cyclic ketones as well as aromatic aldehydes. The structures of newly synthesized 1,3,4-thiadiazole derivatives obtained by heterocyclization of the TSCs with acetic anhydride were experimentally characterized by spectral methods using IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR and mass spectroscopic methods. Furthermore, the structural, thermodynamic, and electronic properties of the studied compounds were also studied theoretically by performing Density Functional Theory (DFT) to access reliable results to the experimental values. The molecular geometry, the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO), the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) and Mulliken atomic charges of the studied compounds have been calculated at the B3LYP method and standard 6-31+G(d,p) basis set starting from optimized geometry. The theoretical 13C chemical shift results were also calculated using the gauge independent atomic orbital (GIAO) approach and their respective linear correlations were obtained.

  1. Synthesis, structure characterization, and enzyme screening of clenbuterol glucuronides.

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    Alonen, Anna; Gartman, Minna; Aitio, Olli; Finel, Moshe; Yli-Kauhaluoma, Jari; Kostiainen, Risto

    2009-07-12

    Two clenbuterol O-glucuronide diastereomers were synthesized by the Koenigs-Knorr reaction. Structures and glucuronidation sites of the glucuronides were characterized by tandem mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The two diastereomers were used as standard compounds in studies of stereoselective glucuronidation of clenbuterol with liver microsomes from different species and with 15 human recombinant UDP-glucuronosyltransferases. In this study, chemical and enzymatic reactions produced only O-glucuronides of clenbuterol, although on the basis of the chemical structure of the aglycone, both O- and N-glucuronides of clenbuterol could be formed. Differences in the production of diastereomers of clenbuterol glucuronides were observed among liver microsomes from the various animals. Dog and bovine liver microsomes were significantly active, and also stereoselective, each producing only one but a different diastereomer. Liver microsomes from rabbit and rat were also rather actively glucuronidating clenbuterol, but human, pig, and moose liver microsomes produced only minor amounts of glucuronides. Human liver microsomes produced only one clenbuterol glucuronide diastereomer, and the same was true of the human UDP-glucuronosyltransferases that were active (formation of glucuronide: 1A9 > 1A10 > 1A7). The marked differences in the stereoselective glucuronidation of clenbuterol show that UDP-glucuronosyltransferases in the livers of different animals do not have the same functions, activities, or distribution. This needs to be taken into account, particularly in toxicology testing.

  2. Oxoglaucine-lanthanide complexes: synthesis, crystal structure and cytotoxicity.

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    Liu, Yan-Cheng; Chen, Zhen-Feng; Shi, Yan-Fang; Huang, Ke-Bin; Geng, Bo; Liang, Hong

    2014-01-01

    To evaluate the in vitro cytotoxicity of oxoglaucine (OG) complexes: [Sm(OG)2(NO3)3]•H2O (1), [Eu(OG)2(NO3)3]•1.5CH3OH (2) and [Er(OG)2(NO3)3]•H2O (3) through comparison to oxoglaucine and lanthanide salts. The reactions of OG with corresponding lanthanide salts gave rise to complexes 1-3. The crystal structures of complexes 1-3 were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The in vitro cytotoxicity of oxoglaucine and complexes 1-3 against five human cancer cell lines were evaluated by the 3-(4,5-dimethyl-2-thiazolyl)-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium Bromide (MTT) method. Complexes 1-3 have similar mononuclear structures. The 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50) of complex 1 against SGC7901 cells was 32.1 μM; that of complex 2 against MCF-7 cells was 3.2 μM; those of complex 3 on HeLa and MCF-7 cells were 8.3 and 1.4 μM, respectively. The three OG-lanthanide complexes exhibited significantly enhanced cytotoxicity vs. OG and corresponding lanthanide salts.

  3. Topology Synthesis of Structures Using Parameter Relaxation and Geometric Refinement

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    Hull, P. V.; Tinker, M. L.

    2007-01-01

    Typically, structural topology optimization problems undergo relaxation of certain design parameters to allow the existence of intermediate variable optimum topologies. Relaxation permits the use of a variety of gradient-based search techniques and has been shown to guarantee the existence of optimal solutions and eliminate mesh dependencies. This Technical Publication (TP) will demonstrate the application of relaxation to a control point discretization of the design workspace for the structural topology optimization process. The control point parameterization with subdivision has been offered as an alternative to the traditional method of discretized finite element design domain. The principle of relaxation demonstrates the increased utility of the control point parameterization. One of the significant results of the relaxation process offered in this TP is that direct manufacturability of the optimized design will be maintained without the need for designer intervention or translation. In addition, it will be shown that relaxation of certain parameters may extend the range of problems that can be addressed; e.g., in permitting limited out-of-plane motion to be included in a path generation problem.

  4. Facile synthesis and structure characterization of hexagonal tungsten bronzes crystals

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    Lee, Jiann-Shing; Liu, Hao-Chuan; Peng, Gao-De; Tseng, Yawteng

    2017-05-01

    A facile molten-salt route was used to synthesize hexagonal Cs0.33WO3, Rb0.33WO3 and K0.30WO3 crystals. The three isostructural compounds were successfully prepared from the reaction of MxWO3 powders (M = Cs, Rb, K) in the CsCl/NaCl, RbCl/NaCl and KCl/NaCl fluxes, respectively. The structure determination and refinement, based on single-crystal X-ray diffraction data, are in agreement with previous works, possessing space group P63/mcm. The a and c parameters vary non-linearly with increasing radii of the M+ cations (rM) that is coordinated to twelve oxygen atoms. Both the volumes of unit-cell and WO6 octahedra vary linearly with rM, which become smaller from Cs0.33WO3 to K0.30WO3. The distortion of WO6 octahedra as well as isotropic displacement parameters increases from Cs0.33WO3 to K0.30WO3. The geometry of the WO6 octahedron becomes more regular with increasing rM. These structural trends arise from the effective size of the M+ cation.

  5. Synthesis and Crystal Structures of N-Substituted Pyrazolines

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    Balladka Kunhanna Sarojini

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Four pyrazole compounds, 3-(4-fluorophenyl-5-phenyl-4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazole-1-carbaldehyde (1, 5-(4-bromophenyl-3-(4-fluorophenyl-4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazole-1-carbaldehyde (2, 1-[5-(4-chlorophenyl-3-(4-fluorophenyl-4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazol-1-yl]ethanone (3 and 1-[3-(4-fluorophenyl-5-phenyl-4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazol-1-yl]propan-1-one (4, have been prepared by condensing chalcones with hydrazine hydrate in the presence of aliphatic acids, namely formic acid, acetic acid and propionic acid. The structures were characterized by X-ray single crystal structure determination. The dihedral angles formed between the pyrazole and the fluoro-substituted rings are 4.64(7° in 1, 5.3(4° in 2 and 4.89(6° in 3. In 4, the corresponding angles for molecules A and molecules B are 10.53(10° and 9.78(10°, respectively.

  6. (Biodegradable Ionomeric Polyurethanes Based on Xanthan: Synthesis, Properties, and Structure

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    T. V. Travinskaya

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available New (biodegradable environmentally friendly film-forming ionomeric polyurethanes (IPU based on renewable biotechnological polysaccharide xanthan (Xa have been obtained. The influence of the component composition on the colloidal-chemical and physic-mechanical properties of IPU/Xa and based films, as well as the change of their properties under the influence of environmental factors, have been studied. The results of IR-, PMS-, DMA-, and X-ray scattering study indicate that incorporation of Xa into the polyurethane chain initiates the formation of a new polymer structure different from the structure of the pure IPU (matrix: an amorphous polymer-polymer microdomain has occurred as a result of the chemical interaction of Xa and IPU. It predetermines the degradation of the IPU/Xa films as a whole, unlike the mixed polymer systems, and plays a key role in the improvement of material performance. The results of acid, alkaline hydrolysis, and incubation into the soil indicate the increase of the intensity of degradation processes occurring in the IPU/Xa in comparison with the pure IPU. It has been shown that the introduction of Xa not only imparts the biodegradability property to polyurethane, but also improves the mechanical properties.

  7. Structural neuroimaging of social cognition in progressive non-fluent aphasia and behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia

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    Couto, Blas; Manes, Facundo; Montañés, Patricia; Matallana, Diana; Reyes, Pablo; Velasquez, Marcela; Yoris, Adrián; Baez, Sandra; Ibáñez, Agustin

    2013-01-01

    Social cognition impairments are pervasive in the frontotemporal dementias (FTD). These deficits would be triggered by (a) basic emotion and face recognition processes as well as by (b) higher level social cognition (e.g., theory of mind, ToM). Both emotional processing and social cognition impairments have been previously reported in the behavioral variant of FTD (bvFTD) and also in other versions of FTDs, including primary progressive aphasia. However, no neuroanatomic comparison between different FTD variants has been performed. We report selective behavioral impairments of face recognition, emotion recognition, and ToM in patients with bvFTD and progressive non-fluent aphasia (PNFA) when compared to controls. Voxel-based morphometry (VBM) shows a classical impairment of mainly orbitofrontal (OFC), anterior cingulate (ACC), insula and lateral temporal cortices in patients. Comparative analysis of regional gray matter related to social cognition deficits (VBM) reveals a differential pattern of fronto-insulo-temporal atrophy in bvFTD and an insulo-temporal involvement in PNFA group. Results suggest that in spite of similar social cognition impairments reported in bvFTD and PNFA, the former represents an inherent ToM affectation whereas in the PNFA these deficits could be related to more basic processes of face and emotion recognition. These results are interpreted in the frame of the fronto-insulo-temporal social context network model (SCNM). PMID:23966929

  8. 8-(Dimethylamino)naphthylcopper(I), a novel stable organocopper compound with unusual structural features. A study concerning its synthesis, structure (X-ray) and reactivity. Its synthesis, crystal structure (X-ray) and reactivity

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    Koten, G. van; Wehman, E.; Knotter, M.; Spelten, H.; Heijdenrijk, D.; Mak, A.N.S.; Stam, C.H.

    1987-01-01

    The synthesis and isolation of a hydrocarbon- and ether-insoluble organocopper compound containing the rigid 8-(dimethylamino)naphthyl group is described. An X-ray determination of its structure revealed a tetranuclear copper aggregate, in which the Cu atoms are arranged in a parallelogram (Cu...Cu

  9. The synthesis and structural characterization of novel transition metal fluorides

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    Casteel, Jr., William Jack [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    1992-09-01

    High purity KMF6 and K2MF6 salts (M = Mo,Re, Ru, Os, Ir, Pt) are obtained from reduction hexafluorides. A rhombohedral unit cell is observed for KReF6. Fluoride ion capture by Lewis acids from the hexafluorometallate (IV) salts affords high purity tetrafluorides for M = Mo, Re, Ru, Os, and Pd. The structure of RuF4 is determined from X-ray synchrotron and neutron powder data. Unit cells based on theorthorhombic PdF4 type cell are derived from X-ray powder data for ReF4 and OsF4. Fluoride ion capture from KAgF4 provides the thermally unstable trifluoride as a bright, red, diamagnetic solid. The structure solution of AgF3 and redetermination of the AuF3 structure from X-ray synchrotron and neutron powder data demonstrate that the two are isostnictural. Thermal decomposition product of AgF3 is the mixed valence compound AgIIAg2IIIF8. Several new salts containing the (Ag - F)$n+\\atop{n}$ chain cation are prepared. The first linear (Ag - F)$n+\\atop{n}$ chain is observed in AgF+BF4- which crystallizes in a tetragonal unit. AgFAuF4 has a triclinic unit cell and is isostructural with CuFAuF4. AgFAuF6 has an orthorhombic unit cell and appears to be isostructural with AgFAsF6. A second mixed valence silver fluoride, AgIIAgIIIF5, is prepared, which magnetic measurements indicate is probably an AgF+ salt. Magnetic data for all of the AgF+ salts exhibit low magnitude, temperature independent paramagnetism characteristic of metallic systems. Cationic AG(II) in acidic AHF solutions is a powerful oxidizer, capable of oxidizing Xe to Xe(II) and O2 to O2+. Reactions with C6F6 and C3F6 suggest an electron capture

  10. Synthesis conditions and sintered ZrW2O8 structure

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    Dedova, Elena S.; Gubanov, Alexander I.; Filatov, Eugeny Y.; Kardash, Tatyana Y.; Kulkov, Sergei N.

    2016-11-01

    This paper discusses synthesis condition effect on the structure and morphology of ZrW2O8 using thermal decomposition of precursor ZrW2O7(OH,Cl)2.2H2O prepared by hydrothermal method. It was observed that for hydrothermal precursor synthesis the optimal concentration of hydrochloric acid in the reaction mixture was about 2.3 M and sintering time amounted to 36 hours. The precursor morphology was in the form of needle-like particles and loose irregular shape agglomerates. The pure nanoscale ZrW2O8 powder was obtained by precursor heating at 570°C for 1 hour and has needle-like particles with an intrinsic block structure. The average block size was 50 nm. The average transverse size was less than 1 µm, the longitudinal particle size varied from 500 to 5000 nm.

  11. Synthesis and structure of undoped and indium-doped thermoelectric lead telluride nanoparticles

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    Kadel, Kamal; Kumari, Latha; Wang, Xuewen; Li, Wenzhi; Huang, Jian Yu; Provencio, Paula Polyak

    2014-05-01

    Undoped and indium (In)-doped lead telluride (PbTe) nanostructures were synthesized via solvothermal/hydrothermal route. The crystalline structure of the as-prepared undoped and In-doped PbTe samples was examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) which indicated the formation of face-centered single-phase cubic crystal. A first principle calculation on indium doping shows that the indium atoms are more likely to replace lead (Pb) rather than to take the interstitial sites. Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) analysis confirms that indium is incorporated into the PbTe matrix of the indium-doped PbTe samples. The effects of surfactant and synthesis temperature on the structure and morphology of the undoped PbTe were also investigated; it was found that PbTe nanostructures synthesized with the addition of surfactants exhibited uniform shapes and their size increased with the synthesis temperature.

  12. Synthesis of a specified, silica molecular sieve by using computationally predicted organic structure-directing agents.

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    Schmidt, Joel E; Deem, Michael W; Davis, Mark E

    2014-08-04

    Crystalline molecular sieves are used in numerous applications, where the properties exploited for each technology are the direct consequence of structural features. New materials are typically discovered by trial and error, and in many cases, organic structure-directing agents (OSDAs) are used to direct their formation. Here, we report the first successful synthesis of a specified molecular sieve through the use of an OSDA that was predicted from a recently developed computational method that constructs chemically synthesizable OSDAs. Pentamethylimidazolium is computationally predicted to have the largest stabilization energy in the STW framework, and is experimentally shown to strongly direct the synthesis of pure-silica STW. Other OSDAs with lower stabilization energies did not form STW. The general method demonstrated here to create STW may lead to new, simpler OSDAs for existing frameworks and provide a way to predict OSDAs for desired, theoretical frameworks. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Some structural aspects that are relevant for synthesis of planetary gear trains

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    Rajasri, I. [Pathfinder Engineering College, Hanamkonda (India); Gupta, A.V.S.S.K.S. [JNTU, Hyderabad (India); Rao, Y.V.D. [BITS-Pilani. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Hyderabad (India)

    2012-07-01

    Gear Trains are typically used in various mechanisms including wind turbines and robots to transmit specified motion and/or torque between two or more shafts and wind turbines need drives and overdrives that amplify the speed of turbine shaft and provide high speed at generator shaft. Planetary gear trains (PGT) are compact, easy to build and operate. Therefore PGTs are most suitable for such drives including over drives. Graph theory used in synthesis of the PGTs is also useful to identify various possible structural aspects of the PGTs. Generation of PGTs is followed by the test for isomorphism in PGTs generated. In this context various structural aspects relevant for the synthesis of PGTs is described. (Author)

  14. SYNTHESIS, CHARACTERIZATION AND CRYSTAL STRUCTURE OF BIS-(2-HYDROXYBENZALDEHYDEDIAMINOGUANIZONE

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    Diana Dragancea, Vladimir B. Arion, Sergiu Shova

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The new ligand, bis(2-hydroxybenzaldehydediaminoguanizone (1 has been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, IR and 1H NMR spectroscopies. The crystal structure of the compound was determined by X-ray diffraction. The ligand C15H15N5O2·C2H5OH crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P21/c with unit cell parameters a = 8.9102(3, b = 10.0357(3, c = 19.7618(6 Å, β = 98.385(2°, Z = 4, V = 1748.21(9 Å3, R1 = 0.040. The amino form of the ligand adopts a planar conformation stabilized by two intramolecular hydrogen bonds of the type O–H···N, in which the H atoms of the central amino group are directed to the lone-pair regions of the azomethine nitrogen atoms.

  15. Fluorinated mercaptobenzothiazolates of lanthanides: Synthesis, structure and photoluminescence

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    Ilichev, Vasily A.; Blinova, Lubov I.; Rozhkov, Anton V.; Balashova, Tatyana V.; Rumyantcev, Roman V.; Fukin, Georgy K.; Bochkarev, Mikhail N.

    2017-11-01

    In search of new fully fluorinated ligands which effectively sensitized the lanthanide luminescence the 4,5,6,7-tetrafluoro-1,3-benzothiazol-2(3Н)-thione (HmbtF) was proposed. Based on this ligand a set of new complexes LnL3(THF)2 (Ln1) (Ln = Nd, Gd, Tb, Dy, Er, Yb) was synthesized and their luminescence were studied. The structure of the compounds was established with an example of Gd derivative. The triplet state energy of mbtF was found to be 21500 cm-1 that enables the resonant energy transfer to Dy3+, Tb3+, Nd3+ and Er3+ ions and stipulates metal-centered emission of some complexes. In case of Yb1 the observed luminescence of Yb3+ ion probably occurs due to the non-resonant energy transfer.

  16. Green synthesis and structural control of metal and mineral nanostructures

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    Engelbrekt, Christian

    .e. palladium, while retaining high activity. Supported PdPt alloy nanoparticles were successfully prepared and showed promising performance as catalysts in direct methanol and formic acid fuel cells. Catalysts made from earth-abundant elements may provide other low-cost anternatives to traditional, scarce...... is efficiency which in large part comes down to the efficiency of the catalyst. Global issues arising from the use and reliance on fossil fuels urges the transition to sustainable alternatives and the development of new highly efficient nanomaterials. The efficiency depends on structure so controlling size......Nanomaterials are widely used in modern technology, especially as catalysts in energy technology. Nanocatalysts are often prepared from expensive elements that constitute a large part of the total device cost. A critical component in the successful implementation of sustainable energy technology...

  17. Nanocomposites: synthesis, structure, properties and new application opportunities

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    Pedro Henrique Cury Camargo

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Nanocomposites, a high performance material exhibit unusual property combinations and unique design possibilities. With an estimated annual growth rate of about 25% and fastest demand to be in engineering plastics and elastomers, their potential is so striking that they are useful in several areas ranging from packaging to biomedical applications. In this unified overview the three types of matrix nanocomposites are presented underlining the need for these materials, their processing methods and some recent results on structure, properties and potential applications, perspectives including need for such materials in future space mission and other interesting applications together with market and safety aspects. Possible uses of natural materials such as clay based minerals, chrysotile and lignocellulosic fibers are highlighted. Being environmentally friendly, applications of nanocomposites offer new technology and business opportunities for several sectors of the aerospace, automotive, electronics and biotechnology industries.

  18. Synthesis and Crystal Structures of Two New Oxaspirocyclic Compounds

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    Jinhe Jiang

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Two new oxaspirocyclic compounds, 8-(4-(dimethylaminobenzylidene-6,10-dioxaspiro[4.5]decane-7,9-dione (1 and 8-(4-hydroxybenzylidene-6,10-dioxaspiro[4.5]decane-7,9-dione (2 have been synthesized and their structures determined by single crystal X-ray crystallography. Compound 1, C17H19NO4, belongs to the monoclinic system, space group P21/c with a = 6.2554(13 Å, b = 14.605(3 Å, c = 16.265(3 Å, β = 95.97(3°, V = 1477.9(5 Å3, Z = 4, Dc = 1.354 g/cm3, F(000 = 640, μ(MoKa = 0.097 mm−1, the final R = 0.0570 and wR = 0.1667. Compound 2, C15H14O5, is also of the monoclinic system, space group P21/c with a = 10.739(2 Å, b = 18.348(4 Å, c = 6.7799(14 Å, β = 104.20(3°, V = 1295.1(5 Å3, Z = 4, Dc = 1.407 g/cm3, F(000 = 608, μ(MoKa = 0.106 mm−1, the final R = 0.0568 and wR = 0.1739. Some C–H···O intra- and intermolecular hydrogen bonds and π··· π stacking interactions are both observed in the two lattice structures. The difference between them is that one type of C–H···π supramolecular interaction (1 and one type of O–H···O intermolecular hydrogen bond (2 are observed.

  19. Synthesis, electronic structure, elastic properties, and interfacial behavior of icosahedral boron-rich solids

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    Hunold, Oliver

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    Boron-rich solids are commonly characterized by icosahedral clusters, where 12 B atoms form an icosahedron, giving rise to outstanding mechanical and transport properties. However, broader applications are limited due to the high synthesis temperature required to obtain the icosahedra-based crystalline structure. Utilizing high power pulsed magnetron sputtering (HPPMS), the deposition temperature may be lowered as compared to direct current magnetron sputtering by enhanced surface diffusion. ...

  20. Synthesis of a Novel Family of Polysilsesquioxanes Having Oligothiophenes with Well-Defined Structures

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    Ichiro Imae

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Our recent results on the synthesis and properties of a novel family of polysilsesquioxanes having oligothiophenes were reviewed. The polymers anchored on SiO2 or ITO substrates showed excellent mechanical hardness due to the formation of a three-dimensional siloxane network structure and chemical linkage between polymer and the surface of metal-oxide substrates. Optical, electrochemical, and electrical properties of polymers were also investigated.

  1. Synthesis and crystal structure of trans-[Ni(pyzdcH)M 2 (H 2 O) 2 ...

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    Synthesis and crystal structure of trans-[Ni(pyzdcH)M 2 (H 2 O) 2 ] based on pyrazine-2,3-dicarboxylic acid. ... There are diverse hydrogen bonding interactions such as O—H···N and O—H···O contacts, which lead to the formation of a three-dimensional supramolecular architecture. KEY WORDS: Ni(II), Pyrazine-2 ...

  2. Synthesis and Structure of D3h-Symmetric Triptycene Trimaleimide

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    Anthony Linden

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A new D3h symmetric triptycene derivative has been synthesized with the aim of obtaining molecules that are able to assemble into porous structures, and can be used in the development of new ligands. The synthesis involves a Diels-Alder reaction as the key step, followed by an oxidation and the formation of a maleimide ring. Triptycene trimaleimide furnished single crystals which have been analyzed by means of X-ray diffraction.

  3. Structural changes in high-temperature synthesis of luminescent alumina ceramics

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    Zvonarev, S. V.; Kortov, V. S.; Ryabinina, M. V.; Kiryakov, A. N.

    2016-08-01

    Scanning electron microscopy was used to study structural changes in luminescent alumina ceramics which was synthesized from nanopowder at high temperatures in reducing environment. An effect of synthesis parameters on size-distribution of grains, their shape and a number of pores in the samples under study was determined. It was found that in a certain temperature range grains are the same ones in the precursor nanopowder, which is associated with the emergence of nanoparticles of lower aluminum oxides.

  4. Synthesis facilitates an understanding of the structural basis for translation inhibition by the lissoclimides

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    Könst, Zef A.; Szklarski, Anne R.; Pellegrino, Simone; Michalak, Sharon E.; Meyer, Mélanie; Zanette, Camila; Cencic, Regina; Nam, Sangkil; Voora, Vamsee K.; Horne, David A.; Pelletier, Jerry; Mobley, David L.; Yusupova, Gulnara; Yusupov, Marat; Vanderwal, Christopher D.

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    The lissoclimides are unusual succinimide-containing labdane diterpenoids that were reported to be potent cytotoxins. Our short semisynthesis and analogue-oriented synthesis approaches provide a series of lissoclimide natural products and analogues that expand the structure-activity relationships (SARs) in this family. The semisynthesis approach yielded significant quantities of chlorolissoclimide (CL) to permit an evaluation against the National Cancer Institute's 60-cell line panel and allowed us to obtain an X-ray co-crystal structure of the synthetic secondary metabolite with the eukaryotic 80S ribosome. Although it shares a binding site with other imide-based natural product translation inhibitors, CL engages in a particularly interesting and novel face-on halogen-π interaction between the ligand's alkyl chloride and a guanine residue. Our analogue-oriented synthesis provides many more lissoclimide compounds, which were tested against aggressive human cancer cell lines and for protein synthesis inhibitory activity. Finally, computational modelling was used to explain the SARs of certain key compounds and set the stage for the structure-guided design of better translation inhibitors.

  5. Benzofuranyl Esters: Synthesis, Crystal Structure Determination, Antimicrobial and Antioxidant Activities

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    C. S. Chidan Kumar

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available A series of five new 2‐(1‐benzofuran‐2‐yl‐2‐oxoethyl 4-(un/substitutedbenzoates 4(a–e, with the general formula of C8H5O(C=OCH2O(C=OC6H4X, X = H, Cl, CH3, OCH3 or NO2, was synthesized in high purity and good yield under mild conditions. The synthesized products 4(a–e were characterized by FTIR, 1H-, 13C- and 1H-13C HMQC NMR spectroscopic analysis and their 3D structures were confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies. These compounds were screened for their antimicrobial and antioxidant activities. The tested compounds showed antimicrobial ability in the order of 4b < 4a < 4c < 4d < 4e and the highest potency with minimum inhibition concentration (MIC value of 125 µg/mL was observed for 4e. The results of antioxidant activities revealed the highest activity for compound 4e (32.62% ± 1.34% in diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH radical scavenging, 4d (31.01% ± 4.35% in ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP assay and 4a (27.11% ± 1.06% in metal chelating (MC activity.

  6. Structural versatility of Metal-organic frameworks: Synthesis and Characterization

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    Alsadun, Norah S.

    2017-05-01

    Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), an emerging class of porous crystalline materials, have shown promising properties for diverse applications such as catalysis, gas storage and separation. The high degree of tunability of MOFs vs other solid materials enable the assembly of advanced materials with fascinating properties for specific applications. Nevertheless, the precise control in the construction of MOFs at the molecular level remains challenging. Particularly, the formation of pre-targeted multi-nuclear Molecular Building Block (MBB) precursors to unveil materials with targeted structural characteristics is captivating. The aim of my master project in the continuous quest of the group of Prof. Eddaoudi in exploring different synthetic pathways to control the assembly of Rare Earth (RE) based MOF. After giving a general overview about MOFs, I will discuss in this thesis the results of my work on the use of tri-topic oriented organic carboxylate building units with the aim to explore the assembly/construction of new porous RE based MOFs. In chapter 2 will discuss the assembly of 3-c linkers with RE metals was then evaluated based on symmetry and angularity of the three connected linkers. The focus of chapter 3 is cerium based MOFs and heterometallic system, based on 3-c ligands with different length and symmetry. Overall, the incompatibility of 3-c ligands with the 12-c cuo MBB did not allow to any formation of higher neuclearity (˃6), but it has resulted in affecting the connectivity of the cluster.

  7. Synthesis and antimicrobial activity of tetrodecamycin partial structures.

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    Paintner, Franz F; Allmendinger, Lars; Bauschke, Gerd; Berns, Caroline; Heisig, Peter

    2003-07-03

    An efficient synthetic approach to the core structure 5 of the novel polyketide antibiotic tetrodecamycin (1) was developed. This approach features the acid-catalyzed cyclization of a tert-butyldimethylsilyl protected methyl alpha-(gamma-hydroxyacyl) tetronate, leading to the novel tricyclic ring skeleton exhibited by 5, and an efficient strategy for the parallel introduction of the cis-diol and exo-methylene function. In addition to 5, diastereomer 26, analogue 6 and several derivatives (16, 27-29) were prepared and evaluated for their antibacterial activities against Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA) and Enterococcus faecalis and for their cytotoxic activities against human leukemia cell lines (HL-60, Jurkat T-cells). While compound 5 did not inhibit the growth of the Gram-positive pathogens (MICs >128 microg mL(-1)), analogue 6 and 2-naphthoyl derivative 27 showed promising antibacterial activities with MICs of 4-16 microg mL(-1). Remarkably, the antibacterial activity of these compounds was paralleled by cytotoxicity (IC(50) 10-23 microM). The reactive exo-methylene moiety was shown to be crucial, but not sufficient by its own, for both the antibacterial and the cytotoxic activities.

  8. Synthesis, crystal structure and applications of palladium thiosalicylate complexes

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    S.B. Moosun

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Three palladium thiosalicylate complexes [Pd(tb(bipy]·3H2O (1, [Pd2(tb2(bipy2]·(dtdb2 (2 and [Pd2(tb2(phen2]·dtdb·H2O (3 (bipy = bipyridine; phen = phenanthroline were prepared from the reaction of PdCl2(CH3CN2 with dithiosalicylic acid (dtdb which underwent cleavage to form thiobenzoate anion (tb in DMF/MeOH. Square planar geometries of the complexes with a N2SO coordination type were proposed on the basis of single crystal X-ray structural study. The presence of trapped and uncoordinated dtdb was observed in complexes 2 and 3. Complexes 1–3 were evaluated as catalysts for Heck coupling reactions of methyl acrylate with iodobenzene, and showed moderate activities at a very low catalyst loading. Complex 1 was found to inhibit the growth of bacteria and scavenge free radicals efficiently.

  9. Two‐Dimensional Fluorinated Graphene: Synthesis, Structures, Properties and Applications

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    Long, Peng; Feng, Yiyu; Li, Yu

    2016-01-01

    Fluorinated graphene, an up‐rising member of the graphene family, combines a two‐dimensional layer‐structure, a wide bandgap, and high stability and attracts significant attention because of its unique nanostructure and carbon–fluorine bonds. Here, we give an extensive review of recent progress on synthetic methods and C–F bonding; additionally, we present the optical, electrical and electronic properties of fluorinated graphene and its electrochemical/biological applications. Fluorinated graphene exhibits various types of C–F bonds (covalent, semi‐ionic, and ionic bonds), tunable F/C ratios, and different configurations controlled by synthetic methods including direct fluorination and exfoliation methods. The relationship between the types/amounts of C–F bonds and specific properties, such as opened bandgap, high thermal and chemical stability, dispersibility, semiconducting/insulating nature, magnetic, self‐lubricating and mechanical properties and thermal conductivity, is discussed comprehensively. By optimizing the C–F bonding character and F/C ratios, fluorinated graphene can be utilized for energy conversion and storage devices, bioapplications, electrochemical sensors and amphiphobicity. Based on current progress, we propose potential problems of fluorinated graphene as well as the future challenge on the synthetic methods and C‐F bonding character. This review will provide guidance for controlling C–F bonds, developing fluorine‐related effects and promoting the application of fluorinated graphene. PMID:27981018

  10. Synthesis, structural characterisation and biological evolution of chromanones

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    Mayuri, Bheemarasetti; Kavitha, P.; Basavoju, Srinivas; Bhargavi, G.; Reddy, K. Laxma

    2017-10-01

    Four new chromanone derivatives (4a-d) are synthesized and evaluated for their DNA binding, cleavage and antioxidant activities. The synthesized compounds are characterized by Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR), 1H and 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), mass spectrometry, UV-Visible, thermal and fluorescence spectral studies. Finally, structures of the compounds 4a and 4b are confirmed by single crystal X-ray diffraction method. The DNA binding study is carried out by electronic absorption spectroscopy and fluorescence spectroscopy. The observation from the results is that the chromanone derivatives 4a-d binds to CT-DNA in an intercalation mode. The DNA cleavage studies are investigated using supercoiled pET28a plasmid DNA by agarose gel electrophoresis. These studies reveal that the compounds act as efficient cleaving agents even in the absence of an oxidative agent H2O2. The antioxidant studies of these compounds in vitro are evaluated and compared with that of standard drug ascorbic acid (AA).

  11. Synthesis, structural, catecholase, tyrosinase and DFT studies of pyrazoloquinoxaline derivatives

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    Bouanane, Zohra; Bounekhel, Mahmoud; Elkolli, Meriem; Abrigach, Farid; Khoutoul, Mohamed; Bouyala, Rabab; Touzani, Rachid; Hellal, Abdelkader

    2017-07-01

    Six functional multidentate ligands: 2,3-bis(3,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrazol-1-yl) quinoxaline, L1, 2,3-bis(3,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrazol-1-yl)-6-nitroquinoxaline, L2, 2,3-bis(3,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrazol-1-yl)-6-methylquinoxaline, L3, 2-(3,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrazol-1-yl)-3-hydrazinyl-6-nitroquinoxaline L4, 2-chloro-3-(3,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrazol-1-yl)-6-methylquinoxaline, L5, 2-chloro-3-(3,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrazol-1-yl) quinoxaline, L6, and a new copper (II) complex, were prepared and evaluated for their catecholase activities at aerobic conditions. We found that, the reaction rate depends on: The nature of the substituents in the quinoxaline ring, counter anion, metal, concentration of ligand and the used solvent. The complex obtained in-situ from reaction of one equivalent of ligand L1 and two equivalents of Cu(CH3COO)2 in methanol showed the highest oxidation rate activity (V = 33.48 μmol L-1. min-1). In addition, geometry optimizations of the complexes in order to get better insight into the geometry and the electronic structure and chemical reactivity were carried out by means of DFT calculations.

  12. Structure and Interactions of a Dimeric Variant of sHIP, a Novel Virulence Determinant of Streptococcus pyogenes

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    Diehl, Carl; Wisniewska, Magdalena; Frick, Inga-Maria

    2016-01-01

    tetramers both in the crystal and in solution. The tetramers are composed of four helix-loop-helix motifs with the loop regions connecting the helices displaying a high degree of flexibility. Owing to interactions at the tetramer interface, the observed tetramer can be described as a dimer of dimers. We...... identified three residues at the tetramer interface (Leu84, Leu88, Tyr95), which due to largely non-polar side-chains, could be important determinants for protein oligomerization. Based on these observations, we produced a sHIP variant in which these residues were mutated to alanines. Biophysical experiments...... clearly indicated that the sHIP mutant appear only as dimers in solution confirming the importance of the interfacial residues for protein oligomerisation. Furthermore, we could show that the sHIP mutant interacts with intact histidine-rich glycoprotein (HRG) and the histidine-rich repeats in HRG...

  13. Synthesis, structure, and paramagnetism of manganese(II) iminophosphate complexes.

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    Woodruff, Daniel N; McInnes, Eric J L; Sells, Daniel O; Winpenny, Richard E P; Layfield, Richard A

    2012-08-20

    The coordination chemistry of the bidentate bis(imino)bis(amino)phosphate ligands [Me(3)SiN═P{NR}{N(H)R}(2)](-), where R = n-propyl is [L(1)H(2)](-), R = cyclohexyl is [L(2)H(2)](-), and R = tert-butyl is [L(3)H(2)](-), with manganese(II), is described. The bis(imino)bis(amino)phosphate-manganese(II) complexes [(η(5)-Cp)Mn(μ-L(1)H(2))](2) (1), [Mn(L(2)H(2))(2)]·THF (2·THF), and [(η(5)-Cp)Mn(L(3)H(2))] (3) were synthesized by monodeprotonation of the respective pro-ligands by manganocene, Cp(2)Mn. The molecular structures of 1-3 reveal that the steric demands of the ligand N-substituents play a dominant role in determining the aggregation state and overall composition of the manganese(II) complexes. The coordination geometries of the Mn(II) centers are six-coordinate pseudotetrahedral in 1, four-coordinate distorted tetrahedral in 2, and five-coordinate in 3, resulting in formal valence electron counts of 17, 13, and 15, respectively. EPR studies of 1-3 at Q-band reveal high-spin manganese(II) (S = 5/2) in each case. In the EPR spectrum of 1, no evidence of intramolecular magnetic exchange was found. The relative magnitudes of the axial zero-field splitting parameter, D, in 2 and 3 are consistent with the symmetry of the manganese environment, which are D(2d) in 2 and C(2v) in 3.

  14. Synthesis, structure, and magnetism of hexanuclear copper(II) phosphonates.

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    Chandrasekhar, Vadapalli; Senapati, Tapas; Sañudo, E Carolina

    2008-10-20

    The reaction of Cu(ClO4)2 x 6 H2O with cyclopentylphosphonic acid and 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) in the presence of triethylamine afforded a hexanuclear copper(II) complex [Cu6(C5H9PO3)4(1,10-phen)6(MeOH)4](ClO4)4 (1) in over 80% yield. The hexanuclear assembly is held together by the coordination action of four tridentate dianionic [RPO3](2-) ligands giving rise to two Cu2P2O4 eight-membered rings in the top and the bottom that are connected to each other by a central Cu2O2 four-membered ring. Every copper atom in 1 is bound by a chelating phenanthroline ligand. Each of the two terminal pairs of copper atoms in the hexanuclear assembly contains methanol molecules of coordination. These labile methanol molecules can be replaced by 1,3-bis(4-pyridyl)propane (bpp) to afford [Cu6(C5H9PO3)4(1,10-phen)6(bpp)2](ClO4)4 (2) where the pincer-like bipyridine ligand acts as a stopper to close both ends of the open hexanuclear cage. Instead, treatment of the in situ generated [Cu6(C5H9PO3)4(2,2'-bpy)6(MeOH)4](ClO4)4 with 4,4'-bipyridine results in the formation of a rail-road-like one-dimensional polymer [{Cu6(C5H9PO3)4(2,2'-bpy)6(4,4'-bpy)2}(ClO4)4]n (3). In addition to structural studies, detailed magnetic studies have been carried out on 1-3 which reveal an S = 1 spin ground-state with low lying excited states.

  15. Synthesis, Chemistry, and Electronic Structures of Group 9 Metallaboranes.

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    Borthakur, Rosmita; Kar, Sourav; Barik, Subrat Kumar; Bhattacharya, Somnath; Kundu, Gargi; Varghese, Babu; Ghosh, Sundargopal

    2017-02-06

    Dimetallaoctaborane(12) of Ru, Co, and Rh have been well-characterized by a range of spectroscopic techniques and X-ray diffraction studies. Thus, reinvestigation of the Ir-system became of interest. As a result, a slight modification in the reaction conditions enabled us to isolate the missing Ir analogue of octaborane(12), [(Cp*Ir)2B6H10], 1. Compound 1 adapts a geometry similar to that of its parent octaborane(12) and Ru, Co, and Rh analogues. In [M2B6H10+x](M = Ru, x = 2; M = Co and Rh, x = 0), there exist two M-H-B protons. However, a significant difference observed in [(Cp*Ir)2B6H10] is the presence of two Ir-H instead of Ir-H-B protons that eventually controls the reactivity of this molecule. For example, unlike [M2B6H10](M = Co or Rh), the Ir-analogue does not react with metal carbonyl compounds or [Au(PPh3)Cl]. Along with 1, a closo trimetallic 8-vertex iridaborane [(Cp*Ir)3B5H4Cl], 2 was also isolated. Additionally, from another reaction, 12-vertex closo iridaboranes [(Cp*Ir)2B10Hy(OH)z], 3a and 3b (3a: y = 12, z = 0; 3b: y = 8, z = 2), have also been isolated. Further, density functional theory calculations were performed to gain useful insight into the structure and stability of these compounds.

  16. Age structure, growth, attrition and accession: A new synthesis.

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    Preston, S H; Coale, A J

    1982-01-01

    This paper shows that each equation describing relationships among demographic parameters in a stable population is a special case of a similar and equally simple equation that applies to any closed population and demonstrates some implications of these new equations for demographic theory and practice. Much of formal demography deals with functions that pertain to individuals passing through life, or to a stationary population in which births of individuals are evenly distributed over time. These functions include life expectancy, probabilities of survival, net and gross reproduction rates, expected years spent in various states and the probability that certain events will occur in the course of life. The stable population model permits the translation of population structure or processes in a more general type of population, with constant growth rates, back into equivalent populations for a stationary population. The method for translation developed in this paper, requiring only a set of age-specific growth rates is even more general, applying to any population. Age specific growth rates may also be useful for performing reverse translations, between a population's life table and its birth rate or its age distribution. Tables of numbers of females by single years of age in Sweden are used to illustrate applications. Tables summarize the basic relations among certain functions in a stationary population, a stable population and any population. Applications of new equations, particularly to demographic estimation of mortality, fertility and migration, from incomplete data, are described. Some other applications include; the 2 sex problem, increment decrement tables, convergence of population to its stable form, and cyclical changes in vital rates. Stable population models will continue to demonstrate long term implications of changes in mortality and fertility. However, in demographic estimation and measurement, new procedures will support most of those based on

  17. Synthesis and structural characterization of scandium SALEN complexes.

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    Meermann, Christian; Sirsch, Peter; Törnroos, Karl W; Anwander, Reiner

    2006-02-28

    A series of heteroleptic scandium SALEN complexes, [(SALEN)Sc(mu-Cl)]2 and (SALEN)Sc[N(SiHMe2)2] is obtained via amine elimination reactions using [Sc(N(i)Pr2)2(mu-Cl)(THF)]2 and Sc[N(SiHMe2)2]3(THF) as metal precursors, respectively. H(2)SALEN ligand precursors comprising H2Salen [(1,2-ethandiyl)bis(nitrilomethylidyne)bis(2,4-di-tert-butyl)phenol], H2Salpren [(2,2-dimethylpropanediyl)bis(nitrilomethylidyne)bis(2,4-di-tert-butyl)phenol], H2Salcyc [(1R,2R)-(-)-1,2-cyclohexanediyl)bis(nitrilomethylidyne)bis(2,4-di-tert-butyl)phenol] and H2Salphen [((1S,2S)-(-)-1,2-diphenylethandiyl)bis(nitrilomethylidyne)bis(2,4-di-tert-butyl)phenol] are selected according to solubility and ligand backbone variation ("=N-(R)-N=" bite angle) criteria. Consideration is given to the feasibility of [Cl --> NR2] and [N(SiHMe2)2--> OSiR3] secondary ligand exchange reactions. X-ray crystal structure analyses of donor-free (Salpren)Sc(N(i)Pr2), (R,R)-(Salcyc)Sc[N(SiHMe2)2], (Salen)Sc(OSi(t)BuPh2) and (Salphen)Sc(OSiH(t)Bu2) reveal (i) a very short Sc-N bond distance of 2.000(3) A, (ii) weak beta(Si-H)(amido)-Sc agostic interactions and (iii) an exclusive intramolecularly tetradentate and intrinsically bent coordination mode of the SALEN ligands with angle(Ph,Ph) dihedral angles and Sc-[N(2)O(2)] distances in the 124.27(9)-127.7(3) degrees and 0.638(1)-0.688(1) A range, respectively.

  18. Synthesis, structural, spectroscopic and biological studies of Schiff base complexes

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    Diab, M. A.; El-Sonbati, A. Z.; Shoair, A. F.; Eldesoky, A. M.; El-Far, N. M.

    2017-08-01

    Schiff base ligand 4-((pyridin-2- yl)methyleneamino)-1,2-dihydro-2,3-dimethyl-1-phenylpyrazol-5-one (PDMP) and its complexes were prepared and characterized on the basis of elemental analysis, IR, mass spectra and thermogravimetric analysis. All results confirm that the complexes have 1:1 (M: PMDP) stoichiometric formula [M(PMDP)Cl2H2O ] (M = Cu(II), Co(II), Ni(II) and Mn(II)), [Cd(PMDP)Cl2] and the ligand behaves as a bi/tridentate forming five-membered chelating ring towards the metal ions, bonding through azomethine nitrogen/exocyclic carbonyl oxygen, azomethine pyridine nitrogen and exocyclic carbonyl oxygen. The shift in the band positions of the groups involved in coordination has been utilized to estimate the metal-nitrogen and/or oxygen bond lengths. The complexes of Co(II), Ni(II) and Cu(II) are paramagnetic and the magnetic as well as spectral data suggest octahedral geometry, whereas the Cd(II) complex is tetrahedral. The XRD studies show that both the ligand and its metal complexes (1 and 3) show polycrystalline with crystal structure. Molecular docking was used to predict the binding between PMDP ligand and the receptors. The corrosion inhibition of mild steel in 2 M HCl solution by PDMP was explored utilizing potentiodynamic polarization, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and (EFM) electrochemical frequency modulation method. Potentiodynamic polarization demonstrated that PDMP compound is mixed-type inhibitor. EIS spectra exhibit one capacitive loop and confirm the protective ability. The percentage of inhibition efficiency was found to increase with increasing the inhibitor concentration.

  19. Molecular dynamics analysis of the structural and dynamic properties of the functionally enhanced hepta-variant of mouse 5-aminolevulinate synthase.

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    Na, Insung; DeForte, Shelly; Stojanovski, Bosko M; Ferreira, Gloria C; Uversky, Vladimir N

    2018-01-01

    Heme biosynthesis, a complex, multistage, and tightly controlled process, starts with 5-aminolevulinate (ALA) production, which, in metazoa and certain bacteria, is a reaction catalyzed by 5-aminolevulinate synthase (ALAS), a pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP)-dependent enzyme. Functional aberrations in ALAS are associated with several human diseases. ALAS can adopt open and closed conformations, with segmental rearrangements of a C-terminal, 16-amino acid loop and an α-helix regulating accessibility to the ALAS active site. Of the murine erythroid ALAS (mALAS2) forms previously engineered to assess the role of the flexible C-terminal loop versus mALAS2 function one stood out due to its impressive gain in catalytic power. To elucidate how the simultaneously introduced seven mutations of this activity-enhanced variant affected structural and dynamic properties of mALAS2, we conducted extensive molecular dynamics simulation analysis of the dimeric forms of wild-type mALAS2, hepta-variant and Rhodobacter capsulatus ALAS (aka R. capsulatus HemA). This analysis revealed that the seven simultaneous mutations in the C-terminal loop, which extends over the active site of the enzyme, caused the bacterial and murine proteins to adopt different conformations. Specifically, a new β-strand in the mutated 'loop' led to interaction with two preexisting β-strands and formation of an anti-parallel three-stranded β-sheet, which likely endowed the murine hepta-variant a more 'stable' open conformation than that of wild-type mALAS2, consistent with a kinetic mechanism involving a faster closed-to-open conformation transition and product release for the mutated than wild-type enzyme. Further, the dynamic behavior of the mALAS2 protomers was strikingly different in the two dimeric forms.

  20. Full-Length Structures of BenM and Two Variants Reveal Different Oligomerization Schemes for LysR-Type Transcriptional Regulators

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    Ruangprasert, Ajchareeya; Craven, Sarah H.; Neidle, Ellen L.; Momany, Cory (Georgia)

    2010-11-30

    BenM, a LysR-type transcriptional regulator (LTTR) from the bacterium Acinetobacter baylyi, responds synergistically to benzoate and cis,cis-muconate. With these effectors, BenM activates gene expression during benzoate consumption. Without effectors, BenM represses transcription. Here, X-ray crystallography was used to determine the full-length structures of BenM and two variants that activate transcription without benzoate or cis,cis-muconate: BenM(R156H) and BenM(E226K). Previous studies indicate that these regulators function as tetramers. Here, interconnections between subunits in the crystals prevented the formation of a closed oligomer and highlighted the inherent flexibility of this multidomain regulator. Nevertheless, analysis of subunit interfaces suggested the functional significance of key interactions. The structures of BenM and its variants were nearly identical, implying that transcriptional differences rely on factors beyond major conformational changes defined solely by sequence. Comparisons of BenM with other LTTRs, including unpublished structures in the Protein Data Bank, revealed extensive variation in the relative orientations of DNA-binding domains (DBDs) and effector-binding domains (EBDs). To form dimers, different LTTRs used similar interfaces between two EBDs, each containing two subdomains: EBD-I and EBD-II. Surprisingly, the dimers used three substantially different schemes to form higher-order oligomers. In one scheme used by BenM, oligomer assembly involved contacts between the EBD-II regions and the DBD regions of adjacent subunits. In another scheme, there were no contacts between the EBDs; only the DBDs were involved in tetramer formation. In the third scheme, the oligomer interface involved DBD and EBD-I/EBD-II contacts. These diverse schemes demonstrate novel variation in the oligomeric structures of individual LTTRs within this large and important family.

  1. STRUCTURAL SYNTHESIS OF A STABILIZING ROBUST CONTROLLER OF THE ROTOR FLUX LINKAGE

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    N. J. Khlopenko

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. The aim is to structural synthesis of robust stabilizing control of the rotor flux vector control system of induction motor. Methodology. Synthesis controller structure was carried out in two stages. The first stage constructed a mathematical model of the channel of the rotor flux with parametric uncertainty and calculated transfer function of H∞-suboptimal controller by method of the mixed sensitivity. The second stage was carried out the expansion of the transfer function of the continued fraction for the Euclidean algorithm. This fraction was used to construct the controller structural scheme. Results. Computer modeling of the transfer function of H∞-suboptimal controller. Achieved decomposition found the transfer function of the continued fraction. The flow diagram of suboptimal H∞-controller with a proportional and integrating links and a few summers. The curves of transient rotor flux linkage in packages Robust Control Toolbox and Simulink. They coincide in the steady state, but differ among themselves in the transition. Originality. We developed the method of structural synthesis of robust stabilizing controller of the flux linkage rotor, H∞-suboptimal structural scheme of which is presented in the form of simple compounds integrating and proportional elements of the same order as the controller with the strictly correct transfer function, and takes into account the parametric uncertainty of control object. The results of the simulation of transient processes in a variety of packages MATLAB applications confirms the adequacy and small sensitivity of the system to parametric perturbation. Practical value. The resulting structure of the controller makes it possible to carry out the modernization of electric control systems, in use, with minimal financial costs.

  2. Model Updating of Complex Structures Using the Combination of Component Mode Synthesis and Kriging Predictor

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    Yang Liu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Updating the structural model of complex structures is time-consuming due to the large size of the finite element model (FEM. Using conventional methods for these cases is computationally expensive or even impossible. A two-level method, which combined the Kriging predictor and the component mode synthesis (CMS technique, was proposed to ensure the successful implementing of FEM updating of large-scale structures. In the first level, the CMS was applied to build a reasonable condensed FEM of complex structures. In the second level, the Kriging predictor that was deemed as a surrogate FEM in structural dynamics was generated based on the condensed FEM. Some key issues of the application of the metamodel (surrogate FEM to FEM updating were also discussed. Finally, the effectiveness of the proposed method was demonstrated by updating the FEM of a real arch bridge with the measured modal parameters.

  3. Active control synthesis for flexible space structures excited by persistent disturbances

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    Wie, Bong; Gonzalez, Marcelo

    1990-01-01

    Both classical and state-space synthesis methods for active control of flexible space structures in the presence of persistent disturbances are presented. The methods exploit the so-called internal model principle for asymptotic disturbance rejection. A generic example of flexible space structures is used to illustrate the simplicity of the proposed design methodologies. The concept of a disturbance rejection filter dipole is introduced from a classical control viewpoint. It is shown that the proposed design methods will invariably make use of non-minimum-phase compensation for a class of noncolocated control problems. The need for tradeoffs between performance and parameter robustness is discussed.

  4. Synthesis and Single Crystal Structures of Substituted-1,3-Selenazol-2-amines.

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    Hua, Guoxiong; Du, Junyi; Slawin, Alexandra M Z; Woollins, J Derek

    2016-12-29

    The synthesis and X-ray single crystal structures of a series of new 4-substituted-1,3-selenazol-2-amines is reported. The efficient preparation of these compounds was carried out by two-component cyclization of the selenoureas with equimolar amounts of α-haloketones. The selenoureas were obtained from the reaction of Woollins' reagent with cyanamides, followed by hydrolysis with water. All new compounds have been characterized by IR spectroscopy, multi-NMR (¹H, 13C, 77Se) spectroscopy, accurate mass measurement and single crystal X-ray structure analysis.

  5. Synthesis and Single Crystal Structures of Substituted-1,3-Selenazol-2-amines

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    Guoxiong Hua

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis and X-ray single crystal structures of a series of new 4-substituted-1,3-selenazol-2-amines is reported. The efficient preparation of these compounds was carried out by two-component cyclization of the selenoureas with equimolar amounts of α-haloketones. The selenoureas were obtained from the reaction of Woollins’ reagent with cyanamides, followed by hydrolysis with water. All new compounds have been characterized by IR spectroscopy, multi-NMR (1H, 13C, 77Se spectroscopy, accurate mass measurement and single crystal X-ray structure analysis.

  6. Synthesis, structure and reactivity of rare-earth metal complexes containing anionic phosphorus ligands.

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    Li, Tianshu; Kaercher, Sabrina; Roesky, Peter W

    2014-01-07

    A comprehensive review of structurally characterized rare-earth metal complexes containing anionic phosphorus ligands is presented. Since rare-earth elements form hard ions and phosphorus is considered as a soft ligand, the rare-earth metal phosphorus coordination is regarded as a less favorite combination. Three classes of phosphorus ligands, (1) the monoanionic organophosphide ligands (PR2(-)) bearing one negative charge on the phosphorus atom; (2) the dianionic phosphinidene (PR(2-)) and P(3-) ligands; and (3) the pure inorganic polyphosphide ligands (Pn(x-)), are included here. Particular attention has been paid to the synthesis, structure, and reactivity of the rare-earth metal phosphides.

  7. Intact Protein Analysis at 21 Tesla and X-Ray Crystallography Define Structural Differences in Single Amino Acid Variants of Human Mitochondrial Branched-Chain Amino Acid Aminotransferase 2 (BCAT2)

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    Anderson, Lissa C.; Håkansson, Maria; Walse, Björn; Nilsson, Carol L.

    2017-09-01

    Structural technologies are an essential component in the design of precision therapeutics. Precision medicine entails the development of therapeutics directed toward a designated target protein, with the goal to deliver the right drug to the right patient at the right time. In the field of oncology, protein structural variants are often associated with oncogenic potential. In a previous proteogenomic screen of patient-derived glioblastoma (GBM) tumor materials, we identified a sequence variant of human mitochondrial branched-chain amino acid aminotransferase 2 as a putative factor of resistance of GBM to standard-of-care-treatments. The enzyme generates glutamate, which is neurotoxic. To elucidate structural coordinates that may confer altered substrate binding or activity of the variant BCAT2 T186R, a 45 kDa protein, we applied combined ETD and CID top-down mass spectrometry in a LC-FT-ICR MS at 21 T, and X-Ray crystallography in the study of both the variant and non-variant intact proteins. The combined ETD/CID fragmentation pattern allowed for not only extensive sequence coverage but also confident localization of the amino acid variant to its position in the sequence. The crystallographic experiments confirmed the hypothesis generated by in silico structural homology modeling, that the Lys59 side-chain of BCAT2 may repulse the Arg186 in the variant protein (PDB code: 5MPR), leading to destabilization of the protein dimer and altered enzyme kinetics. Taken together, the MS and novel 3D structural data give us reason to further pursue BCAT2 T186R as a precision drug target in GBM. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  8. Precursor Mediated Synthesis of Nanostructured Silicas: From Precursor-Surfactant Ion Pairs to Structured Materials

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    Peter Hesemann

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis of nanostructured anionic-surfactant-templated mesoporous silica (AMS recently appeared as a new strategy for the formation of nanostructured silica based materials. This method is based on the use of anionic surfactants together with a co-structure-directing agent (CSDA, mostly a silylated ammonium precursor. The presence of this CSDA is necessary in order to create ionic interactions between template and silica forming phases and to ensure sufficient affinity between the two phases. This synthetic strategy was for the first time applied in view of the synthesis of surface functionalized silica bearing ammonium groups and was then extended on the formation of materials functionalized with anionic carboxylate and bifunctional amine-carboxylate groups. In the field of silica hybrid materials, the “anionic templating” strategy has recently been applied for the synthesis of silica hybrid materials from cationic precursors. Starting from di- or oligosilylated imidazolium and ammonium precursors, only template directed hydrolysis-polycondensation reactions involving complementary anionic surfactants allowed accessing structured ionosilica hybrid materials. The mechanistic particularity of this approach resides in the formation of precursor-surfactant ion pairs in the hydrolysis-polycondensation mixture. This review gives a systematic overview over the various types of materials accessed from this cooperative ionic templating approach and highlights the high potential of this original strategy for the formation of nanostructured silica based materials which appears as a complementary strategy to conventional soft templating approaches.

  9. Structural Ceramic Nanocomposites: A Review of Properties and Powders’ Synthesis Methods

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    Paola Palmero

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Ceramic nanocomposites are attracting growing interest, thanks to new processing methods enabling these materials to go from the research laboratory scale to the commercial level. Today, many different types of nanocomposite structures are proposed in the literature; however, to fully exploit their exceptional properties, a deep understanding of the materials’ behavior across length scales is necessary. In fact, knowing how the nanoscale structure influences the bulk properties enables the design of increasingly performing composite materials. A further key point is the ability of tailoring the desired nanostructured features in the sintered composites, a challenging issue requiring a careful control of all stages of manufacturing, from powder synthesis to sintering. This review is divided into four parts. In the first, classification and general issues of nanostructured ceramics are reported. The second provides basic structure–property relations, highlighting the grain-size dependence of the materials properties. The third describes the role of nanocrystalline second-phases on the mechanical properties of ordinary grain sized ceramics. Finally, the fourth part revises the mainly used synthesis routes to produce nanocomposite ceramic powders, underlining when possible the critical role of the synthesis method on the control of microstructure and properties of the sintered ceramics.

  10. Structural Ceramic Nanocomposites: A Review of Properties and Powders’ Synthesis Methods

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    Palmero, Paola

    2015-01-01

    Ceramic nanocomposites are attracting growing interest, thanks to new processing methods enabling these materials to go from the research laboratory scale to the commercial level. Today, many different types of nanocomposite structures are proposed in the literature; however, to fully exploit their exceptional properties, a deep understanding of the materials’ behavior across length scales is necessary. In fact, knowing how the nanoscale structure influences the bulk properties enables the design of increasingly performing composite materials. A further key point is the ability of tailoring the desired nanostructured features in the sintered composites, a challenging issue requiring a careful control of all stages of manufacturing, from powder synthesis to sintering. This review is divided into four parts. In the first, classification and general issues of nanostructured ceramics are reported. The second provides basic structure–property relations, highlighting the grain-size dependence of the materials properties. The third describes the role of nanocrystalline second-phases on the mechanical properties of ordinary grain sized ceramics. Finally, the fourth part revises the mainly used synthesis routes to produce nanocomposite ceramic powders, underlining when possible the critical role of the synthesis method on the control of microstructure and properties of the sintered ceramics. PMID:28347029

  11. Precursor Mediated Synthesis of Nanostructured Silicas: From Precursor-Surfactant Ion Pairs to Structured Materials

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    Hesemann, Peter; Nguyen, Thy Phung; Hankari, Samir El

    2014-01-01

    The synthesis of nanostructured anionic-surfactant-templated mesoporous silica (AMS) recently appeared as a new strategy for the formation of nanostructured silica based materials. This method is based on the use of anionic surfactants together with a co-structure-directing agent (CSDA), mostly a silylated ammonium precursor. The presence of this CSDA is necessary in order to create ionic interactions between template and silica forming phases and to ensure sufficient affinity between the two phases. This synthetic strategy was for the first time applied in view of the synthesis of surface functionalized silica bearing ammonium groups and was then extended on the formation of materials functionalized with anionic carboxylate and bifunctional amine-carboxylate groups. In the field of silica hybrid materials, the “anionic templating” strategy has recently been applied for the synthesis of silica hybrid materials from cationic precursors. Starting from di- or oligosilylated imidazolium and ammonium precursors, only template directed hydrolysis-polycondensation reactions involving complementary anionic surfactants allowed accessing structured ionosilica hybrid materials. The mechanistic particularity of this approach resides in the formation of precursor-surfactant ion pairs in the hydrolysis-polycondensation mixture. This review gives a systematic overview over the various types of materials accessed from this cooperative ionic templating approach and highlights the high potential of this original strategy for the formation of nanostructured silica based materials which appears as a complementary strategy to conventional soft templating approaches. PMID:28788602

  12. Rare genetic variants in the endocannabinoid system genes CNR1 and DAGLA are associated with neurological phenotypes in humans.

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    Douglas R Smith

    Full Text Available Rare genetic variants in the core endocannabinoid system genes CNR1, CNR2, DAGLA, MGLL and FAAH were identified in molecular testing data from 6,032 patients with a broad spectrum of neurological disorders. The variants were evaluated for association with phenotypes similar to those observed in the orthologous gene knockouts in mice. Heterozygous rare coding variants in CNR1, which encodes the type 1 cannabinoid receptor (CB1, were found to be significantly associated with pain sensitivity (especially migraine, sleep and memory disorders-alone or in combination with anxiety-compared to a set of controls without such CNR1 variants. Similarly, heterozygous rare variants in DAGLA, which encodes diacylglycerol lipase alpha, were found to be significantly associated with seizures and neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and abnormalities of brain morphology, compared to controls. Rare variants in MGLL, FAAH and CNR2 were not associated with any neurological phenotypes in the patients tested. Diacylglycerol lipase alpha synthesizes the endocannabinoid 2-AG in the brain, which interacts with CB1 receptors. The phenotypes associated with rare CNR1 variants are reminiscent of those implicated in the theory of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency syndrome. The severe phenotypes associated with rare DAGLA variants underscore the critical role of rapid 2-AG synthesis and the endocannabinoid system in regulating neurological function and development. Mapping of the variants to the 3D structure of the type 1 cannabinoid receptor, or primary structure of diacylglycerol lipase alpha, reveals clustering of variants in certain structural regions and is consistent with impacts to function.

  13. Green synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles by Aspalathus linearis: Structural & optical properties

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    Diallo, A.; Ngom, B.D. [UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences-Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, Muckleneuk Ridge, PO Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation, 1 Old Faure road, Somerset West 7129, PO Box 722, Somerset West, Western Cape (South Africa); Park, E. [UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences-Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, Muckleneuk Ridge, PO Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation, 1 Old Faure road, Somerset West 7129, PO Box 722, Somerset West, Western Cape (South Africa); Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science & Technology, Arusha (Tanzania, United Republic of); Maaza, M., E-mail: Maaza@tlabs.ac.za [UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences-Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, Muckleneuk Ridge, PO Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation, 1 Old Faure road, Somerset West 7129, PO Box 722, Somerset West, Western Cape (South Africa)

    2015-10-15

    This contribution reports for the 1st time on the synthesis and the main physical properties of ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by an entirely green physical-chemistral process using Aspalathus linearis's natural extract as an efficient reduction/oxidizing agent. Their structural and optical properties by electron microscopy, X-rays diffraction, Raman and X-rays photoemission spectroscopies as well as room temperature photoluminescence are reported. - Highlights: • 1st time report on synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles by a green process via Aspalathus linearis extract. • A. linearis's natural extract was used as an effective reduction/oxidizing agent. • Wurtzite nature of ZnO nanoparticles was confirmed via XRD, Raman, XPS and PL.

  14. Synthesis of well-aligned boron nanowires and their structural stability under high pressure

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    Cao Li Min; Gao Cun Xiao; Li Yan Cun; Li Xiao Dong; Wang, Y Q; Zhang, Z; Cui Qi Liang; Zou Guang Tian; Sun Li; Wang Wen Kui

    2002-01-01

    Owing to its unusual bonding and vast variety of unique crystal structures, boron is one of the most fascinating elements in the periodic table. Here we report the large-scale synthesis of well-ordered boron nanowires and their structural stability at high pressure. Boron nanowires with uniform diameter and length grown vertically on silicon substrates were synthesized by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering with a target of pure boron using argon as the sputtering atmosphere without involvement of templates and catalysts. Detailed characterization by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction indicates that the boron nanowires are amorphous. Structural stability of the boron nanowires at room temperature has been investigated by means of in situ high-pressure energy-dispersive x-ray powder diffraction using synchrotron radiation in a diamond anvil cell. No crystallization was observed up to a pressure of 103.5 GPa, suggesting that the amorphous structure of boron nanowires is s...

  15. Coupling Neumann development and component mode synthesis methods for stochastic analysis of random structures

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    Driss Sarsri

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we propose a method to calculate the first two moments (mean and variance of the structural dynamics response of a structure with uncertain variables and subjected to random excitation. For this, Newmark method is used to transform the equation of motion of the structure into a quasistatic equilibrium equation in the time domain. The Neumann development method was coupled with Monte Carlo simulations to calculate the statistical values of the random response. The use of modal synthesis methods can reduce the dimensions of the model before integration of the equation of motion. Numerical applications have been developed to highlight effectiveness of the method developed to analyze the stochastic response of large structures.

  16. CYP2D6 worldwide genetic variation shows high frequency of altered activity variants and no continental structure.

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    Sistonen, Johanna; Sajantila, Antti; Lao, Oscar; Corander, Jukka; Barbujani, Guido; Fuselli, Silvia

    2007-02-01

    CYP2D6, a member of the cytochrome P450 superfamily, is responsible for the metabolism of about 25% of the commonly prescribed drugs. Its activity ranges from complete deficiency to excessive activity, potentially causing toxicity of medication or therapeutic failure with recommended drug dosages. This study aimed to describe the CYP2D6 diversity at the global level. A total of 1060 individuals belonging to 52 worldwide-distributed populations were genotyped at 12 highly informative variable sites, as well as for gene deletion and duplications. Phenotypes were predicted on the basis of haplotype combinations. Our study shows that (i) CYP2D6 diversity is far greater within than between populations and groups thereof, (ii) null or low-activity variants occur at high frequencies in various areas of the world, (iii) linkage disequilibrium is lowest in Africa and highest in the Americas. Patterns of variation, within and among populations, are similar to those observed for other autosomal markers (e.g. microsatellites and protein polymorphisms), suggesting that the diversity observed at the CYP2D6 locus reflects the same factors affecting variation at random genome markers.

  17. Design, Synthesis, Protein−Ligand X-ray Structure, and Biological Evaluation of a Series of Novel Macrocyclic Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 Protease Inhibitors to Combat Drug Resistance

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    Ghosh, Arun K.; Kulkarni, Sarang; Anderson, David D.; Hong, Lin; Baldridge, Abigail; Wang, Yuan-Fang; Chumanevich, Alexander A.; Kovalevsky, Andrey Y.; Tojo, Yasushi; Amano, Masayuki; Koh, Yasuhiro; Tang, Jordan; Weber, Irene T.; Mitsuya, Hiroaki; (Kumamoto); (UO-HSC); (GSU); (Kumamoto); (Purdue)

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    The structure-based design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of a series of nonpeptidic macrocyclic HIV protease inhibitors are described. The inhibitors are designed to effectively fill in the hydrophobic pocket in the S1'-S2' subsites and retain all major hydrogen bonding interactions with the protein backbone similar to darunavir (1) or inhibitor 2. The ring size, the effect of methyl substitution, and unsaturation within the macrocyclic ring structure were assessed. In general, cyclic inhibitors were significantly more potent than their acyclic homologues, saturated rings were less active than their unsaturated analogues and a preference for 10- and 13-membered macrocylic rings was revealed. The addition of methyl substituents resulted in a reduction of potency. Both inhibitors 14b and 14c exhibited marked enzyme inhibitory and antiviral activity, and they exerted potent activity against multidrug-resistant HIV-1 variants. Protein-ligand X-ray structures of inhibitors 2 and 14c provided critical molecular insights into the ligand-binding site interactions.

  18. Structure-directing effects of ionic liquids in the ionothermal synthesis of metal–organic frameworks

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    Thomas P. Vaid

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Traditional synthesis of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs involves the reaction of a metal-containing precursor with an organic linker in an organic solvent at an elevated temperature, in what is termed a `solvothermal' reaction. More recently, many examples have been reported of MOF synthesis in ionic liquids (ILs, rather than an organic solvent, in `ionothermal' reactions. The high concentration of both cations and anions in an ionic liquid allows for the formation of new MOF structures in which the IL cation or anion or both are incorporated into the MOF. Most commonly, the IL cation is included in the open cavities of the MOF, countering the anionic charge of the MOF framework itself and acting as a template around which the MOF structure forms. Ionic liquids can also serve other structure-directing roles, for example, when an IL containing a single enantiomer of a chiral anion leads to a homochiral MOF, even though the IL anion is not itself incorporated into the MOF. A comprehensive review of ionothermal syntheses of MOFs, and the structure-directing effects of the ILs, is given.

  19. Identification of an Equivalent Linear Model for a Non-Linear Time-Variant RC-Structure

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    Kirkegaard, Poul Henning; Andersen, P.; Brincker, Rune

    This paper considers estimation of the maximum softening for a RC-structure subjected to earthquake excitation. The so-called Maximum Softening damage indicator relates the global damage state of the RC-structure to the relative decrease of the fundamental eigenfrequency in an equivalent linear...

  20. Nickel hydroxides and related materials: a review of their structures, synthesis and properties

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    Hall, David S.; Lockwood, David J.; Bock, Christina; MacDougall, Barry R.

    2015-01-01

    This review article summarizes the last few decades of research on nickel hydroxide, an important material in physics and chemistry, that has many applications in engineering including, significantly, batteries. First, the structures of the two known polymorphs, denoted as α-Ni(OH)2 and β-Ni(OH)2, are described. The various types of disorder, which are frequently present in nickel hydroxide materials, are discussed including hydration, stacking fault disorder, mechanical stresses and the incorporation of ionic impurities. Several related materials are discussed, including intercalated α-derivatives and basic nickel salts. Next, a number of methods to prepare, or synthesize, nickel hydroxides are summarized, including chemical precipitation, electrochemical precipitation, sol–gel synthesis, chemical ageing, hydrothermal and solvothermal synthesis, electrochemical oxidation, microwave-assisted synthesis, and sonochemical methods. Finally, the known physical properties of the nickel hydroxides are reviewed, including their magnetic, vibrational, optical, electrical and mechanical properties. The last section in this paper is intended to serve as a summary of both the potentially useful properties of these materials and the methods for the identification and characterization of ‘unknown’ nickel hydroxide-based samples. PMID:25663812

  1. Heavy Grignard Reagents: Synthesis, Physical and Structural Properties, Chemical Behavior, and Reactivity.

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    Westerhausen, Matthias; Koch, Alexander; Görls, Helmar; Krieck, Sven

    2017-01-31

    The Grignard reaction offers a straight forward atom-economic synthesis of organomagnesium halides, which undergo redistribution reactions (Schlenk equilibrium) yielding diorganylmagnesium and magnesium dihalides. The homologous organocalcium complexes (heavy Grignard reagents) gained interest only quite recently owing to several reasons. The discrepancy between the inertness of this heavy alkaline earth metal and the enormous reactivity of its organometallics hampered a vast and timely development after the first investigation more than 100 years ago. In this overview the synthesis of organocalcium reagents is described as is the durability in ethereal solvents. Aryl-, alkenyl-, and alkylcalcium halides are prepared by direct synthesis. Characteristic structural features and NMR parameters are discussed. Ligand redistribution reactions can be performed by addition of potassium tert-butanolate to ethereal solutions of arylcalcium iodides yielding soluble diarylcalcium, whereas sparingly soluble potassium iodide and calcium bis(tert-butanolate) precipitate. Furthermore, reactivity studies with respect to metalation and addition to unsaturated organic compounds and metal-based Lewis acids, leading to the formation of heterobimetallic complexes, are presented. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Effect of Alcohol Structure on the Optimum Condition for Novozym 435-Catalyzed Synthesis of Adipate Esters

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    Mohd Basyaruddin Abdul Rahman

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Immobilized Candida antarctica lipase B, Novozym 435, was used as the biocatalyst in the esterification of adipic acid with four different isomers of butanol (n-butanol, sec-butanol, iso-butanol, and tert-butanol. Optimum conditions for the synthesis of adipate esters were obtained using response surface methodology approach with a four-factor-five-level central composite design concerning important reaction parameters which include time, temperature, substrate molar ratio, and amount of enzyme. Reactions under optimized conditions has yielded a high percentage of esterification (>96% for n-butanol, iso-butanol, and sec-butanol, indicating that extent of esterification is independent of the alcohol structure for primary and secondary alcohols at the optimum conditions. Minimum reaction time (135 min for achieving maximum ester yield was obtained for iso-butanol. The required time for attaining maximum yield and also the initial rates in the synthesis of di-n-butyl and di-sec-butyl adipate were nearly the same. Immobilized Candida antarctica lipase B was also capable of esterifying tert-butanol with a maximum yield of 39.1%. The enzyme is highly efficient biocatalyst for the synthesis of adipate esters by offering a simple production process and a high esterification yield.

  3. Nonlinear hybrid modal synthesis based on branch modes for dynamic analysis of assembled structure

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    Huang, Xing-Rong; Jézéquel, Louis; Besset, Sébastien; Li, Lin; Sauvage, Olivier

    2018-01-01

    This paper describes a simple and fast numerical procedure to study the steady state responses of assembled structures with nonlinearities along continuous interfaces. The proposed strategy is based on a generalized nonlinear modal superposition approach supplemented by a double modal synthesis strategy. The reduced nonlinear modes are derived by combining a single nonlinear mode method with reduction techniques relying on branch modes. The modal parameters containing essential nonlinear information are determined and then employed to calculate the stationary responses of the nonlinear system subjected to various types of excitation. The advantages of the proposed nonlinear modal synthesis are mainly derived in three ways: (1) computational costs are considerably reduced, when analyzing large assembled systems with weak nonlinearities, through the use of reduced nonlinear modes; (2) based on the interpolation models of nonlinear modal parameters, the nonlinear modes introduced during the first step can be employed to analyze the same system under various external loads without having to reanalyze the entire system; and (3) the nonlinear effects can be investigated from a modal point of view by analyzing these nonlinear modal parameters. The proposed strategy is applied to an assembled system composed of plates and nonlinear rubber interfaces. Simulation results have proven the efficiency of this hybrid nonlinear modal synthesis, and the computation time has also been significantly reduced.

  4. Novel aldehyde and thiosemicarbazone derivatives: Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, structural studies and molecular docking studies

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    Karakurt, Tuncay; Tahtaci, Hakan; Subasi, Nuriye Tuna; Er, Mustafa; Ağar, Erbil

    2016-12-01

    In this study our purpose is that, synthesis and characterization of compounds containing the aldehyde and thiosemicarbazone groups and comparison of the theoretical results with the experimental results. The structures of all synthesized compounds were elucidated by IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR, elemental analyses techniques. The structure of compound (4) (C9H8N4O2S) was also elucidated by X-ray diffraction analysis. In addition, the theoretical IR spectrum, 1H NMR and 13C NMR chemical shift values, frontier molecular orbital values (FMO) of these molecules were analyzed by using Becke-3- Lee-Yang-Parr (B3LYP) method with LanL2DZ basis set. Finally, molecular docking studies were performed on synthesized compounds using the 4DKI beta-lactam protein structure to determine the potential binding mode of inhibitors.

  5. Facile and template-free method toward chemical synthesis of polyaniline film/nanotube structures

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    Liu, Pei [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15261; Zhu, Yisi [Materials Science Division, Argonne National Lab, Lemont Illinois 60439; Torres, Jorge [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15261; Lee, Seung Hee [Department of BIN Fusion Technology, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-786 Korea; Yun, Minhee [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15261

    2017-09-05

    A facile and template-free method is reported to synthesize a new thin film structure: polyaniline (PANI) film/nanotubes (F/N) structure. The PANI F/N is a 100-nm thick PANI film embedded with PANI nanotubes. This well-controlled method requires no surfactant or organic acid as well as relatively low concentration of reagents. Synthesis condition studies reveal that aniline oligomers with certain structures are responsible for guiding the growth of the nanotubes. Electrical characterization also indicates that the PANI F/N possesses similar field-effect transistor characteristics to bare PANI film. With its 20% increased surface-area-to-volume (S/V) ratio contributed by surface embedded nanotubes and the excellent p-type semiconducting characteristic, PANI F/N shows clear superiority compared with bare PANI film. Such advantages guarantee the PANI F/N a promising future toward the development of ultra-high sensitivity and low-cost biosensors.

  6. Metal-organic frameworks: structure, properties, methods of synthesis and characterization

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    Butova, V. V.; Soldatov, M. A.; Guda, A. A.; Lomachenko, K. A.; Lamberti, C.

    2016-03-01

    This review deals with key methods of synthesis and characterization of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The modular structure affords a wide variety of MOFs with different active metal sites and organic linkers. These compounds represent a new stage of development of porous materials in which the pore size and the active site structure can be modified within wide limits. The set of experimental methods considered in this review is sufficient for studying the short-range and long-range order of the MOF crystal structure, determining the morphology of samples and elucidating the processes that occur at the active metal site in the course of chemical reactions. The interest in metal-organic frameworks results, first of all, from their numerous possible applications, ranging from gas separation and storage to chemical reactions within the pores. The bibliography includes 362 references.

  7. Synthesis, structural characterization and myorelaxant activity of 4-naphthylhexahydroquinoline derivatives containing different ester groups

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    Gündüz Miyase Gözde

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study reports the synthesis, structural characterization and myorelaxant activity evaluation of a series of 16 novel 4-naphthyl-hexahydroquinoline derivatives. The compounds were achieved by one-pot microwave-assisted method via a modified Hantzsch reaction. The structures of the compounds were confirmed by various spectral methods like IR, 1D-2D NMR techniques and mass analysis. X-ray studies of compound 10 provided further evidence for the proposed structure. To evaluate their myorelaxant activities, the Emax and pD2 values of the compounds and nifedipine were determined on isolated rabbit gastric fundus smooth muscle strips. The obtained results indicated that introduction of long chain alkyl groups such as 2-methoxyethyl or 2-(methacryloyloxyethyl moiety to the ester group led to the most active compounds.

  8. Solution plasma synthesis of a boron-carbon-nitrogen catalyst with a controllable bond structure.

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    Lee, SeungHyo; Heo, YongKang; Bratescu, Maria Antoaneta; Ueno, Tomonaga; Saito, Nagahiro

    2017-06-14

    Synthesis of boron-carbon-nitrogen (BCN) nanocarbon with a controllable bond structure for enhanced oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity and durability was performed using a new method of discharge in organic solution mixtures named the 'Solution Plasma Process'. Using selected precursors a new strategy for the simultaneous synthesis of nanocarbon co-doped with heteroatoms was found. The synergistic effect of N and B in an uncoupling bond state improved the formation of new active sites for the ORR performance by changing the electronic structure of the base carbon. Meanwhile, when B and N are bonded together, the BCN catalyst contributes to a reduced ORR activity by forming a balanced electronic structure in carbon. The BCN nanocarbon with an uncoupling bond state exhibits an enhanced ORR activity under alkaline conditions, with an onset potential of -0.25 V versus -0.31 V for B/N coupling and 3.43 transferred electrons during the ORR. Although the ORR activity of the B/N uncoupling nanocarbon was not as good as the typical Pt/C, the durability of this synthesized material (15.1% current decrease after 20 000 s of operation) was significantly better than that of the Pt/C catalyst (61.5% current drop under the same conditions). After the durability test, the increase of the chemical states containing oxygen was higher for Pt/C than B/N uncoupling.

  9. Regulation of genes involved in cell wall synthesis and structure during Ustilago maydis dimorphism.

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    Robledo-Briones, Mariana; Ruiz-Herrera, José

    2013-02-01

    The cell wall is the structure that provides the shape to fungal cells and protects them from the difference in osmotic pressure existing between the cytosol and the external medium. Accordingly, changes in structure and composition of the fungal wall must occur during cell differentiation, including the dimorphic transition of fungi. We analyzed, by use of microarrays, the transcriptional regulation of the 639 genes identified to be involved in cell wall synthesis and structure plus the secretome of the Basidiomycota species Ustilago maydis during its dimorphic transition induced by a change in pH. Of these, 189 were differentially expressed during the process, and using as control two monomorphic mutants, one yeast like and the other mycelium constitutive, 66 genes specific of dimorphism were identified. Most of these genes were up-regulated in the mycelial phase. These included CHS genes, genes involved in β-1,6-glucan synthesis, N-glycosylation, and proteins containing a residue of glycosylphosphatidylinositol, and a number of genes from the secretome. The possible significance of these data on cell wall plasticity is discussed. © 2012 Federation of European Microbiological Societies. Published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. The synthesis: Structure relationship in the ZnO-Cr2O3 system

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    Mančić Lidija T.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work the development of the spinel phase in the ZnO-Cr2O3 system was discussed from the viewpoint of the synthesis-structure relationship. The nanostructure evolution in particles obtained either via solution-based (spray pyrolysis or solid-state (mechanical activation synthesis procedures were investigated by XRD analysis. A detailed structural analysis of the spinel phase lattice parameters, average primary crystallite sizes and micro strains were performed in accordance with a procedure based on the Koalariet-Xfit program. Due to the importance of spinel-phase cat ion distribution for chemical and physical properties, a study of the site occupation factors, i.e. changes in the stoichiometric, of ZnCr2O4 spinals was undertaken. The calculation based on atomistic methods for the description of both perfect and defect spinel ZnCr2O4 crystal lattices has been applied and the presence of individual structural defects was determined.

  11. Azaphenothiazines - promising phenothiazine derivatives. An insight into nomenclature, synthesis, structure elucidation and biological properties.

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    Pluta, Krystian; Jeleń, Małgorzata; Morak-Młodawska, Beata; Zimecki, Michał; Artym, Jolanta; Kocięba, Maja; Zaczyńska, Ewa

    2017-09-29

    For the last two decades, classical phenothiazines have attracted attention of researchers, as the hitherto investigations have revealed many significant biological activities within this class of compounds, other than originally discovered neuroleptic ones. Important, new pharmaceutical results on phenothiazines, as 10-substituted dibenzothiazines, were recently highlighted in several reviews. Azaphenothiazines are structurally modified phenothiazines by substitution of one or both benzene rings in the phenothiazine ring system with the azine rings, such as: pyridine, pyridazine, pyrimidine, pyrazine, 1,2,4-triazine, quinoline, quinoxaline, benzoxazine and benzothiazine. They form over 50 different heterocyclic systems, of tri-, tetra-, penta- and hexacyclic structures, and contain from one to even four azine nitrogen atoms. This review summarizes the methodical knowledge on azaphenothiazines, referring to their nomenclature, synthesis, structure analysis and above all significant varied biological activities, examined in vitro and in vivo. It describes, in addition, current trends in the synthesis of azaphenothiazines. The influence of the azaphenothiazine ring system, the nature of the substituents, predominantly at the thiazine nitrogen atom, as well as at the azine nitrogen atom and carbon atom, on the biological activities, were also discussed. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  12. A working hypothesis for broadening framework types of zeolites in seed-assisted synthesis without organic structure-directing agent.

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    Itabashi, Keiji; Kamimura, Yoshihiro; Iyoki, Kenta; Shimojima, Atsushi; Okubo, Tatsuya

    2012-07-18

    Recent research has demonstrated a new synthesis route to useful zeolites such as beta, RUB-13, and ZSM-12 via seed-assisted, organic structure-directing agent (OSDA)-free synthesis, although it had been believed that these zeolites could be essentially synthesized with OSDAs. These zeolites are obtained by adding seeds to the gels that otherwise yield other zeolites; however, the underlying crystallization mechanism has not been fully understood yet. Without any strategy, it is unavoidable to employ a trial-and-error procedure for broadening zeolite types by using this synthesis method. In this study, the effect of zeolite seeds with different framework structures is investigated to understand the crystallization mechanism of zeolites obtained by the seed-assisted, OSDA-free synthesis method. It has been found that the key factor in the successful synthesis of zeolites in the absence of OSDA is the common composite building unit contained both in the seeds and in the zeolite obtained from the gel after heating without seeds. A new working hypothesis for broadening zeolite types by the seed-assisted synthesis without OSDA is proposed on the basis of the findings of the common composite building units in zeolites. This hypothesis enables us to design the synthesis condition of target zeolites. The validity of the hypothesis is experimentally tested and verified by synthesizing several zeolites including ECR-18 in K-aluminosilicate system.

  13. Simple synthesis, structure and ab initio study of 1,4-benzodiazepine-2,5-diones

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    Jadidi, Khosrow; Aryan, Reza; Mehrdad, Morteza; Lügger, Thomas; Ekkehardt Hahn, F.; Ng, Seik Weng

    2004-04-01

    A simple procedure for the synthesis of pyrido[2,1-c][1,4] benzodiazepine-6,12-dione ( 1) and 1,4-benzodiazepine-2,5-diones ( 2a- 2d), using microwave irradiation and/or conventional heating is reported. The configuration of 1 was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. A detailed ab initio B3LYP/6-31G* calculation of structural parameters and substituent effects on ring inversion barriers (Δ G#) and also free energy differences (Δ G0) for benzodiazepines are reported.

  14. Discrete-time variable structure system synthesis for plants with nonminimum phase zeros

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    Iskrenović-Momčilović Olivera I.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper analyzes a discrete variable structure system for control n-th order plants with nonminimum phase zeros in the input-output transfer function. The problem is solved by using the technique of stable system center. The first is a discrete mathematical model of the system in the normal canonical form for a given system. Then the synthesis of state generator and discrete 'time controller using the center of a stable system. The theoretical results are demonstrated in a numerical example.

  15. Discovery and Structure Enabled Synthesis of 2,6-Diaminopyrimidin-4-one IRAK4 Inhibitors

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    Seganish, W. Michael; Fischmann, Thierry O.; Sherborne, Brad; Matasi, Julius; Lavey, Brian; McElroy, William T.; Tulshian, Deen; Tata, James; Sondey, Christopher; Garlisi, Charles G.; Devito, Kristine; Fossetta, James; Lundell, Daniel; Niu, Xiaoda

    2015-08-13

    We report the identification and synthesis of a series of aminopyrimidin-4-one IRAK4 inhibitors. Through high throughput screening, an aminopyrimidine hit was identified and modified via structure enabled design to generate a new, potent, and kinase selective pyrimidin-4-one chemotype. This chemotype is exemplified by compound 16, which has potent IRAK4 inhibition activity (IC50 = 27 nM) and excellent kinase selectivity (>100-fold against 99% of 111 tested kinases), and compound 31, which displays potent IRAK4 activity (IC50 = 93 nM) and good rat bioavailability (F = 42%).

  16. Structural organization of films based on polyaniline/polysulfonic acid complexes depending on the synthesis method

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    Simagina, L. V., E-mail: lsimagina@gmail.com; Gaynutdinov, R. V.; Stepina, N. D.; Sorokina, K. L. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography (Russian Federation); Morozova, O. V.; Shumakovich, G. P.; Yaropolov, A. I., E-mail: yaropolov@inbi.ras.ru [Russian Academy of Sciences, Bach Institute of Biochemistry (Russian Federation); Tolstikhina, A. L. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography (Russian Federation)

    2010-07-15

    The optical properties and morphology of complexes based on polyaniline (PANI) and poly(2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid) (PAMPS), depending on their synthesis conditions, have been characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. The dependence of the electron absorption spectra of PANI/PAMPS complexes and the surface topography of their films on the initiation way of PANI formation (chemical and enzymatic) and the use of promoters of aniline polymerization has been investigated. The aniline polymerization kinetics with and without polymerization promoters has been studied. All PANI/PAMPS complexes are found to have a nanocomposite time-stable structure.

  17. On the estimation of the termination effect in Fourier synthesis in X-ray structure analysis

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    Takahashi, Y.; Ohshima, K. [Tsukuba Univ., Ibaraki (Japan). Inst. of Appl. Phys.; Yamamoto, K.; Yukino, K.; Okamura, F.P

    1998-12-01

    An accurate structure analysis of a spherical LaB{sub 6} single crystal has been performed with the use of short-wavelength X-rays (W K{alpha}{sub 1}) in order to estimate the termination effect in Fourier synthesis on the electron-density distribution (EDD). It is concluded that the effect on the EDD is negligible if data are taken up to sin {theta}/{gamma} = 2.0 A{sup -1}, because the negative values disappear completely from the map. The values of displacement parameters of the constituent atoms in LaB{sub 6} are also discussed. (orig.) 17 refs.

  18. 2-Pyridyl thiazoles as novel anti-Trypanosoma cruzi agents: structural design, synthesis and pharmacological evaluation.

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    Cardoso, Marcos Veríssimo de Oliveira; de Siqueira, Lucianna Rabelo Pessoa; da Silva, Elany Barbosa; Costa, Lívia Bandeira; Hernandes, Marcelo Zaldini; Rabello, Marcelo Montenegro; Ferreira, Rafaela Salgado; da Cruz, Luana Faria; Moreira, Diogo Rodrigo Magalhães; Pereira, Valéria Rêgo Alves; de Castro, Maria Carolina Accioly Brelaz; Bernhardt, Paul V; Leite, Ana Cristina Lima

    2014-10-30

    The present work reports on the synthesis, anti-Trypanosoma cruzi activities and docking studies of a novel series of 2-(pyridin-2-yl)-1,3-thiazoles derived from 2-pyridine thiosemicarbazone. The majority of these compounds are potent cruzain inhibitors and showed excellent inhibition on the trypomastigote form of the parasite, and the resulting structure-activity relationships are discussed. Together, these data present a novel series of thiazolyl hydrazones with potential effects against Chagas disease and they could be important leads in continuing development against Chagas disease. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  19. Carbon Nanotubes Advanced Topics in the Synthesis, Structure, Properties and Applications

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    Jorio, Ado; Dresselhaus, Mildred S

    2008-01-01

    The carbon nanotubes field has evolved substantially since the publication of the bestseller "Carbon Nanotubes: Synthesis, Structure, Properties and Applications". The present volume builds on the generic aspects of the aforementioned book, which emphasizes the fundamentals, with the new volume emphasizing areas that have grown rapidly since the first volume, guiding future directions where research is needed and highlighting applications. The volume also includes an emphasis on areas like graphene, other carbon-like and other tube-like materials because these fields are likely to affect and influence developments in nanotubes in the next 5 years.

  20. Synthesis and Structure-Activity Relationships of Novel Ecdysteroid Dioxolanes as MDR Modulators in Cancer

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    Ana Martins

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Ecdysteroids, molting hormones of insects, can exert several mild, non-hormonal bioactivities in mammals, including humans. In a previous study, we have found a significant effect of certain derivatives on the ABCB1 transporter mediated multi-drug resistance of a transfected murine leukemia cell line. In this paper, we present a structure-activity relationship study focused on the apolar dioxolane derivatives of 20-hydroxyecdysone. Semi-synthesis and bioactivity of a total of 32 ecdysteroids, including 20 new compounds, is presented, supplemented with their complete 1H- and 13C-NMR signal assignment.

  1. Synthesis of high-coercivity non-stoichiometric cobalt ferrite nanocrystals: Structural and magnetic characterization

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    Cedeno-Mattei, Y., E-mail: yarilyn.cedeno@upr.edu [Department of Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico - Mayagueez Campus, Mayagueez, 00681 (Puerto Rico); Perales-Perez, O. [Department of Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico - Mayagueez Campus, Mayagueez, 00681 (Puerto Rico); Department of Engineering Science and Materials, University of Puerto Rico - Mayagueez Campus, Mayagueez, 00681 (Puerto Rico); Uwakweh, O.N.C. [Department of Engineering Science and Materials, University of Puerto Rico - Mayagueez Campus, Mayagueez, 00681 (Puerto Rico)

    2012-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Non-stoichiometric cobalt ferrite and the composition-dependence of their magnetic properties. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 78% of the total Fe present in starting solutions was incorporated into the ferrite. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Flow-rate controlled synthesis promoted crystal growth and changes in cation distribution. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High coercivity was attained due to surface anisotropy, cation distribution, and crystal size. - Abstract: The magnetic properties in nanoscale ferrite materials are strongly dependent on the crystal size, morphology, and cation distribution in the lattice. The present work addressed the synthesis of Co-substituted ferrite nanocrystals were attempted at various staring Fe:Co mole ratios (3:1, 2:1, 1.7:1, and 1.4:1) and the corresponding structural and magnetic properties determined. The synthesis of the ferrite powders was carried out by the conventional and modified coprecipitation method. The later consists of contacting the metal ions solution with hydroxide ions at controlled flow-rates to promote the heterogeneous nucleation, where earlier produced ferrite nuclei will act as seeds, and hence crystal growth. The actual Fe:Co mole ratios in the as-synthesized samples were determined by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Obtained nanocrystals were also characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM), and Moessbauer spectroscopy techniques. Cobalt ferrite nanocrystals ranging between 11 and 19 nm exhibited coercivity values between 114 and 4412 Oe. The variation in coercivity values of cobalt ferrite nanocrystals with different compositions was mainly attributed to the remarkably enlargement of crystal size under flow-rate controlled synthesis conditions, and the particular distribution of cations between A- and B-sites in addition to surface anisotropy contribution.

  2. Dependencies of photoelectric properties of SiC/Si structures grown by the method of atoms substitution on synthesis time

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    Grashchenko, A. S.; Kukushkin, S. A.; Osipov, A. V.; Feoktistov, N. A.

    2017-07-01

    This paper is dedicated to an exploration of the photoelectric properties of Si-SiC structures grown by the substitution method on silicon substrates of (001) orientation. For the samples with the synthesis times of 40, 60, 90, 120 and 900 s, magnitudes of the saturation currents are determined and the coefficients of efficiency are calculated. The obtained dependencies of the photoelectric characteristics on the synthesis time are explained using the theory of formation of dilatation dipoles during the synthesis by the method of atoms substitution.

  3. Formation of phase structure in the system Ti-3Al at the stage of secondary structurization at synthesis in the mode of thermal explosion

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    Filimonov, V. Yu.; Loginova, M. V.

    2007-01-01

    Features of phase formation processes in the system Ti-3Al at realization of self-extending synthesis in the mode of thermal explosion have been established with use of technological reactor enabling instant switching-off of the heating source. The analysis of synthesis finished products allows to draw a conclusion that phase structure of charge is abnormally depends on sizes of titanium particles. The single-phase product corresponding to initial stoichiometry is synthesized on fine and larg...

  4. 1.8 Å bright-state structure of the reversibly switchable fluorescent protein Dronpa guides the generation of fast switching variants

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    Stiel, Andre C.; Trowitzsch, Simon; Weber, Gert; Andresen, Martin; Eggeling, Christian; Hell, Stefan W.; Jakobs, Stefan; Wahl, Markus C.

    2006-01-01

    RSFPs (reversibly switchable fluorescent proteins) may be repeatedly converted between a fluorescent and a non-fluorescent state by irradiation and have attracted widespread interest for many new applications. The RSFP Dronpa may be switched with blue light from a fluorescent state into a non-fluorescent state, and back again with UV light. To obtain insight into the underlying molecular mechanism of this switching, we have determined the crystal structure of the fluorescent equilibrium state of Dronpa. Its bicyclic chromophore is formed spontaneously from the Cys62–Tyr63–Gly64 tripeptide. In the fluorescent state, it adopts a slightly non-coplanar cis conformation within the interior of a typical GFP (green fluorescent protein) β-can fold. Dronpa shares some structural features with asFP595, another RSFP whose chromophore has previously been demonstrated to undergo a cis–trans isomerization upon photoswitching. Based on the structural comparison with asFP595, we have generated new Dronpa variants with an up to more than 1000-fold accelerated switching behaviour. The mutations which were introduced at position Val157 or Met159 apparently reduce the steric hindrance for a cis–trans isomerization of the chromophore, thus lowering the energy barrier for the blue light-driven on-to-off transition. The findings reported in the present study support the view that a cis–trans isomerization is one of the key events common to the switching mechanism in RSFPs. PMID:17117927

  5. 1.8 A bright-state structure of the reversibly switchable fluorescent protein Dronpa guides the generation of fast switching variants.

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    Stiel, Andre C; Trowitzsch, Simon; Weber, Gert; Andresen, Martin; Eggeling, Christian; Hell, Stefan W; Jakobs, Stefan; Wahl, Markus C

    2007-02-15

    RSFPs (reversibly switchable fluorescent proteins) may be repeatedly converted between a fluorescent and a non-fluorescent state by irradiation and have attracted widespread interest for many new applications. The RSFP Dronpa may be switched with blue light from a fluorescent state into a non-fluorescent state, and back again with UV light. To obtain insight into the underlying molecular mechanism of this switching, we have determined the crystal structure of the fluorescent equilibrium state of Dronpa. Its bicyclic chromophore is formed spontaneously from the Cys62-Tyr63-Gly64 tripeptide. In the fluorescent state, it adopts a slightly non-coplanar cis conformation within the interior of a typical GFP (green fluorescent protein) b-can fold. Dronpa shares some structural features with asFP595, another RSFP whose chromophore has previously been demonstrated to undergo a cis-trans isomerization upon photoswitching. Based on the structural comparison with asFP595, we have generated new Dronpa variants with an up to more than 1000-fold accelerated switching behaviour. The mutations which were introduced at position Val157 or Met159 apparently reduce the steric hindrance for a cis-trans isomerization of the chromophore, thus lowering the energy barrier for the blue light-driven on-to-off transition. The findings reported in the present study support the view that a cis-trans isomerization is one of the key events common to the switching mechanism in RSFPs.

  6. Colloidal synthesis of an exotic phase of silicon: the BC8 structure.

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    Ganguly, Shreyashi; Kazem, Nasrin; Carter, Danielle; Kauzlarich, Susan M

    2014-01-29

    Creating allotropes and polymorphs of nanoparticles (NPs) has gained tremendous momentum in recent times. Group 14 (C, Si, Ge) has a number of allotropes; some with significant applications. Here we report the synthesis of Si NPs crystallizing in the BC8 structure via a colloidal route for the first time. The BC8 structure is a metastable structure of Si that can be accessed from the β-Sn form through the release of high pressure. These Si BC8 structured NPs were synthesized via reduction of SiI4 with n-butyllithium, capped with octanol and precipitated from solution. The transmission electron microscopy lattice fringes as well as the selected area electron diffraction pattern of the precipitate are consistent with the BC8 structure. The LeBail whole profile fitting of powder X-ray diffraction data also confirms the structure as the BC8 phase. The Raman spectrum provides further evidence to support the BC8 structure. With proper tuning of the band gap these NPs could be potential candidates for solar cells.

  7. Structural and functional characterization of an anti-West Nile virus monoclonal antibody and its single-chain variant produced in glycoengineered plants.

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    Lai, Huafang; He, Junyun; Hurtado, Jonathan; Stahnke, Jake; Fuchs, Anja; Mehlhop, Erin; Gorlatov, Sergey; Loos, Andreas; Diamond, Michael S; Chen, Qiang

    2014-10-01

    Previously, our group engineered a plant-derived monoclonal antibody (MAb pE16) that efficiently treated West Nile virus (WNV) infection in mice. In this study, we developed a pE16 variant consisting of a single-chain variable fragment (scFv) fused to the heavy chain constant domains (CH) of human IgG (pE16scFv-CH). pE16 and pE16scFv-CH were expressed and assembled efficiently in Nicotiana benthamiana ∆XF plants, a glycosylation mutant lacking plant-specific N-glycan residues. Glycan analysis revealed that ∆XF plant-derived pE16scFv-CH (∆XFpE16scFv-CH) and pE16 (∆XFpE16) both displayed a mammalian glycosylation profile. ∆XFpE16 and ∆XFpE16scFv-CH demonstrated equivalent antigen-binding affinity and kinetics, and slightly enhanced neutralization of WNV in vitro compared with the parent mammalian cell-produced E16 (mE16). A single dose of ∆XFpE16 or ∆XFpE16scFv-CH protected mice against WNV-induced mortality even 4 days after infection at equivalent rates as mE16. This study provides a detailed tandem comparison of the expression, structure and function of a therapeutic MAb and its single-chain variant produced in glycoengineered plants. Moreover, it demonstrates the development of anti-WNV MAb therapeutic variants that are equivalent in efficacy to pE16, simpler to produce, and likely safer to use as therapeutics due to their mammalian N-glycosylation. This platform may lead to a more robust and cost-effective production of antibody-based therapeutics against WNV infection and other infectious, inflammatory or neoplastic diseases. © 2014 Society for Experimental Biology, Association of Applied Biologists and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  8. New approaches for the reliability-oriented structural optimization considering time-variant aspects; Neue Ansaetze fuer die zuverlaessigkeitsorientierte Strukturoptimierung unter Beachtung zeitvarianter Aspekte

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    Kuschel, N.

    2000-07-01

    The optimization of structures with respect to cost, weight or performance is a well-known application of the nonlinear optimization. However reliability-based structural optimization has been subject of only very few studies. The approaches suggested up to now have been unsatisfactory regarding general possibility of application or easy handling by user. The objective of this thesis is the development of general approaches to solve both optimization problems, the minimization of cost with respect to constraint reliabilty and the maximization of reliability under cost constraint. The extented approach of an one-level-method will be introduced in detail for the time-invariant problems. Here, the reliability of the sturcture will be analysed in the framework of the First-Order-Reliability-Method (FORM). The use of time-variant reliability analysis is necessary for a realistic modelling of many practical problems. Therefore several generalizations of the new approaches will be derived for the time-variant reliability-based structural optimization. Some important properties of the optimization problems are proved. In addition some interesting extensions of the one-level-method, for example the cost optimization of structural series systems and the cost optimization in the frame of the Second-Order-Reliabiity-Method (SORM), are presented in the thesis. (orig.) [German] Die Optimierung von Tragwerken im Hinblick auf die Kosten, das Gewicht oder die Gestalt ist eine sehr bekannte Anwendung der nichtlinearen Optimierung. Die zuverlaessigkeitsorientierte Strukturoptimierung wurde dagegen weit seltener untersucht. Die bisher vorgeschlagenen Ansaetze koennen bezueglich ihrer allgemeinen Verwendbarkeit oder ihrer nutzerfreundlichen Handhabung nicht befriedigen. Das Ziel der vorliegenden Arbeit ist nun die Entwicklung allgemeiner Ansaetze zur Loesung der beiden Optimierungsprobleme, einer Kostenminimierung unter Zuverlaessigkeitsrestriktionen und einer

  9. VARIANT project - further progress

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    Korepanov, V.; Negoda, O.; Alleyne, H.; Balikhin, M.; Fedorov, A.; Juchniewicz, J.; Klimov, S.; Krasnoselskikh, V.; Lefeuvre, F.; Lizunov, G.

    VARIANT is a joint international space experiment which will be performed onboard the Ukrainian remote sensing satellite SICH-1M, that will be launched in 2003 at the polar circular orbit with the altitude 670s30 km. The scientific payload includes three instruments for registration of space current density: split Langmuir probe, Rogovski coil and Faraday cup. The equipment also includes sensors for measurements of electric and magnetic fields in the frequency range from DC to 40 kHz. Main objectives of the VARIANT mission are as follows: u direct comparison of the spectral characteristics of the electric and magnetic fields with the characteristics of the field aligned currents in the polar regions; mapping of the field aligned current distribution; u comparative study of the field aligned current structures with the characteristics of the ionospheric convection observed by the system of radars SuperDARN; u comparative study of technological problems associated with different techniques of current density measurements; and the secondary objectives are: u active experiments with the onboard radar; registration of the signatures of the seismo-active and volcanic phenomena; investigation of the man-made impact upon the ionosphere (anthropogenichazards, pollution, etc). Recent space experiments tendency U smaller and cheaper U stimulated the new approach to the functions division between scientific instruments and DPU. The peculiarities of such approach and the practical example of onboard DPU for VARIANT experiment to be launched next year are reported. Flight model of the VARIANT instrument is already installed onboard the satellite and successfully tested. The methodological questions of the spatial current density direct measurement in space plasma are constantly studied and recent advances in this branch, as well as the experimental tests results are discussed. This work was partially supported by NSAU contract 1221 and INTAS grant 2000-465.

  10. Synthesis and Structural Characterization of a CHA-type AlPO4 Molecular Sieve with Penta-Coordinated Framework Aluminum Atoms.

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    Park, Gi Tae; Jo, Donghui; Ahn, Nak Ho; Cho, Jung; Hong, Suk Bong

    2017-07-17

    The structure-directing effects of a series of polymethylimidazolium cations with different numbers of methyl groups as organic structure-directing agents (OSDAs) in the synthesis of aluminophosphate (AlPO4)-based molecular sieves in both fluoride and hydroxide media are investigated. On the one hand, among the OSDAs studied here, the smallest 1,3-dimethylimidazolium and the largest 1,2,3,4,5-pentamethylimidazolium cations were found to direct the synthesis of a new variant of the triclinic chabazite (CHA)-type AlPO4 material, designated AlPO4-34(t)(V), and the one-dimensional small-pore silicoaluminophosphate (SAPO) molecular sieve STA-6 in hydroxide media, respectively. On the other hand, the intermediate-sized 1,2,3,4-tetramethylimidazolium cation gave SSZ-51, a two-dimensional large-pore SAPO material, in fluoride media. Synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction and Rietveld analyses reveal that as-made AlPO4-34(t)(V) contains penta-coordinated framework Al species connected by hydroxyl groups, as well as tetrahedral framework Al, which contrasts with the distortions arising from the two F(-) or OH(-) bridges between octahedral Al atoms in all already known AlPO4-34 materials. The presence of Al-OH-Al linkages in this triclinic AlPO4-34 molecular sieve has been further corroborated by thermal analysis, variable-temperature IR,27Al magic-angle spinning NMR, and dispersion-corrected density functional theory calculations.

  11. Ethylene Glycol Intercalated Cobalt/Nickel Layered Double Hydroxide Nanosheet Assemblies with Ultrahigh Specific Capacitance: Structural Design and Green Synthesis for Advanced Electrochemical Storage.

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    Wang, Changhui; Zhang, Xiong; Xu, Zhongtang; Sun, Xianzhong; Ma, Yanwei

    2015-09-09

    Because of the rapid depletion of fossil fuels and severe environmental pollution, more advanced energy-storage systems need to possess dramatically improved performance and be produced on a large scale with high efficiency while maintaining low-enough costs to ensure the higher and wider requirements. A facile, energy-saving process was successfully adopted for the synthesis of ethylene glycol intercalated cobalt/nickel layered double hydroxide (EG-Co/Ni LDH) nanosheet assembly variants with higher interlayer distance and tunable transitional-metal composition. At an optimized starting Co/Ni ratio of 1, the nanosheet assemblies display a three-dimensional, spongelike network, affording a high specific surface area with advantageous mesopore structure in 2-5 nm containing large numbers of about 1.2 nm micropores for promoting electrochemical reaction. An unprecedented electrochemical performance was achieved, with a specific capacitance of 4160 F g(-1) at a discharge current density of 1 A g(-1) and of 1313 F g(-1) even at 50 A g(-1), as well as excellent cycling ability. The design and optimization of EG-Co/Ni LDH nanosheets in compositions, structures, and performances, in conjunction with the easy and relatively "green" synthetic process, will play a pivotal role in meeting the needs of large-scale manufacture and widespread application for advanced electrochemical storage.

  12. Molecular and structural determinants of adamantyl susceptibility to HLA-DRs allelic variants: an in silico approach to understand the mechanism of MLEs

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    Zaheer-ul-Haq; Khan, Waqasuddin

    2011-01-01

    Class II major histocompatibility complex (MHC II) molecules as expressed by antigen-presenting cells are heterodimeric cell-surface glycoprotein receptors that are fundamental in initiating and propagating an immune response by presenting tumor-associated antigenic peptides to CD4+/TH cells. The loading efficiency of such peptides can be improved by small organic compounds (MHC Loading Enhancers—MLEs), that convert the non-receptive peptide conformation of MHC II to a peptide-receptive conformation. In a reversible reaction, these compounds open up the binding site of MHC II molecules by specific interactions with a yet undefined pocket. Here, we performed molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulation studies of adamantyl compounds on the predicted cavity around the P1 pocket of 2 allelic variants of HLA-DRs. The purpose was to investigate the suitability of adamantyl compounds as MLEs at the dimorphic β86 position. Docking studies revealed that besides numerous molecular interactions formed by the adamantyl compounds, Asnβ82, Tyrβ83, and Thrβ90 are the crucial amino acid residues that are characterized as the "sensors" of peptide loading. Molecular dynamics simulation studies exposed the dynamical structural changes that HLA-DRs adopted as a response to binding of 3-(1-adamantyl)-5-hydrazidocarbonyl-1H-pyrazole (AdCaPy). The conformations of AdCaPy complexed with the Glyβ86 HLA-DR allelic variant are well correlated with the stabilized form of peptide-loaded HLA-DRs, further confirming the role of AdCaPy as a MLE. Hydrogen bonding interaction analysis clearly demonstrated that after making suitable contacts with AdCaPy, HLA-DR changes its local conformation. However, AdCaPy complexed with HLA-DR having Valβ86 at the dimorphic position did not accommodate AdCaPy as MLE due to steric hindrance caused by the valine.

  13. Mesoporous silicas with covalently immobilized β-cyclodextrin moieties: synthesis, structure, and sorption properties

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    Roik, Nadiia V.; Belyakova, Lyudmila A.; Trofymchuk, Iryna M.; Dziazko, Marina O.; Oranska, Olena I.

    2017-09-01

    Mesoporous silicas with chemically attached macrocyclic moieties were successfully prepared by sol-gel condensation of tetraethyl orthosilicate and β-cyclodextrin-silane in the presence of a structure-directing agent. Introduction of β-cyclodextrin groups into the silica framework was confirmed by the results of IR spectral, thermogravimetric, and quantitative chemical analysis of surface compounds. The porous structure of the obtained materials was characterized by nitrogen adsorption-desorption measurements, powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and dynamic light scattering. It was found that the composition of the reaction mixture used in β-cyclodextrin-silane synthesis significantly affects the structural parameters of the resulting silicas. The increase in (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane as well as the coupling agent content in relation to β-cyclodextrin leads ultimately to the lowering or complete loss of hexagonal arrangement of pore channels in the synthesized materials. Formation of hexagonally ordered mesoporous structure was observed at molar composition of the mixture 0.049 TEOS:0.001 β-CD-silane:0.007 CTMAB:0.27 NH4OH:7.2 H2O and equimolar ratio of components in β-CD-silane synthesis. The sorption of alizarin yellow on starting silica and synthesized materials with chemically attached β-cyclodextrin moieties was studied in phosphate buffer solutions with pH 7.0. Experimental results of the dye equilibrium sorption were analyzed using Langmuir, Freundlich, and Redlich-Peterson isotherm models. It was proved that the Redlich-Peterson isotherm model is the most appropriate for fitting the equilibrium sorption of alizarin yellow on parent silica with hexagonally arranged mesoporous structure as well as on modified one with chemically immobilized β-cyclodextrin groups. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  14. Equine zona protein synthesis and ZP structure during folliculogenesis, oocyte maturation, and embryogenesis.

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    Kölle, Sabine; Dubois, Clotilde S; Caillaud, Maud; Lahuec, Cécile; Sinowatz, Fred; Goudet, Ghylène

    2007-07-01

    In the equine, the zona pellucida (ZP) is the major barrier to successful in vitro fertilization. Therefore the aim of our studies was to analyze species-specific features of the equine ZP in regard to structure and glycoprotein ZPB and ZPC expression sites during oocyte development and embryogenesis. The equine ZP revealed high immunological cross-reactivity to porcine ZPB and ZPC. In the ovary, the distribution of ZPB and ZPC was co-localized and correlated with the developmental stage of the follicle. ZPB and ZPC expression started in the oocyte of the late primordial and primary follicle. In the secondary follicle, both the oocyte and the cumulus cells contributed to ZPB and ZPC synthesis. After in vivo maturation the oocyte stopped ZPB and ZPC production whereas the cumulus cells continued synthesis. Contrary, in vitro matured (IVM) cumulus-oocyte-complexes (COCs) revealed a reverse expression pattern. This was correlated to alterations in the distribution, number, and size of pores in the ZP. In the zona, N-acetylglucosamine residues were co-localized with ZPC. The acellular glycoprotein capsule surrounding early equine embryos was negative for ZPB and ZPC. Our results imply that in the horse ZPB and ZPC glycoprotein expression is differentially regulated during folliculogenesis, oocyte maturation, and embryogenesis. Contrary to the bovine and porcine, zona protein synthesis during in vivo maturation is completely overtaken by the cumulus cells implying that in the horse these cells are crucial for zona integrity. During IVM, the cumulus cells lose their ability to synthesize glycoproteins leading to alterations in the zona structure.

  15. Understanding fluxes as media for directed synthesis: in situ local structure of molten potassium polysulfides.

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    Shoemaker, Daniel P; Chung, Duck Young; Mitchell, J F; Bray, Travis H; Soderholm, L; Chupas, Peter J; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G

    2012-06-06

    Rational exploratory synthesis of new materials requires routes to discover novel phases and systematic methods to tailor their structures and properties. Synthetic reactions in molten fluxes have proven to be an excellent route to new inorganic materials because they promote diffusion and can serve as an additional reactant, but little is known about the mechanisms of compound formation, crystal precipitation, or behavior of fluxes themselves at conditions relevant to synthesis. In this study we examine the properties of a salt flux system that has proven extremely fertile for growth of new materials: the potassium polysulfides spanning K(2)S(3) and K(2)S(5), which melt between 302 and 206 °C. We present in situ Raman spectroscopy of melts between K(2)S(3) and K(2)S(5) and find strong coupling between n in K(2)S(n) and the molten local structure, implying that the S(n)(2-) chains in the crystalline state are mirrored in the melt. In any reactive flux system, K(2)S(n) included, a signature of changing species in the melt implies that their evolution during a reaction can be characterized and eventually controlled for selective formation of compounds. We use in situ X-ray total scattering to obtain the pair distribution function of molten K(2)S(5) and model the length of S(n)(2-) chains in the melt using reverse Monte Carlo simulations. Combining in situ Raman and total scattering provides a path to understanding the behavior of reactive media and should be broadly applied for more informed, targeted synthesis of compounds in a wide variety of inorganic fluxes.

  16. A brain-wide association study of DISC1 genetic variants reveals a relationship with the structure and functional connectivity of the precuneus in schizophrenia.

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    Gong, Xiaohong; Lu, Wenlian; Kendrick, Keith M; Pu, Weidan; Wang, Chu; Jin, Li; Lu, Guangmin; Liu, Zhening; Liu, Haihong; Feng, Jianfeng

    2014-11-01

    The Disrupted in Schizophrenia Gene 1 (DISC1) plays a role in both neural signaling and development and is associated with schizophrenia, although its links to altered brain structure and function in this disorder are not fully established. Here we have used structural and functional MRI to investigate links with six DISC1 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). We employed a brain-wide association analysis (BWAS) together with a Jacknife internal validation approach in 46 schizophrenia patients and 24 matched healthy control subjects. Results from structural MRI showed significant associations between all six DISC1 variants and gray matter volume in the precuneus, post-central gyrus and middle cingulate gyrus. Associations with specific SNPs were found for rs2738880 in the left precuneus and right post-central gyrus, and rs1535530 in the right precuneus and middle cingulate gyrus. Using regions showing structural associations as seeds a resting-state functional connectivity analysis revealed significant associations between all 6 SNPS and connectivity between the right precuneus and inferior frontal gyrus. The connection between the right precuneus and inferior frontal gyrus was also specifically associated with rs821617. Importantly schizophrenia patients showed positive correlations between the six DISC-1 SNPs associated gray matter volume in the left precuneus and right post-central gyrus and negative symptom severity. No correlations with illness duration were found. Our results provide the first evidence suggesting a key role for structural and functional connectivity associations between DISC1 polymorphisms and the precuneus in schizophrenia. Copyright © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. Revised Structural Technology Evaluation Program (STEP) User’s Manual for Structural Synthesis.

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    This BLOCK DATA subroutine stores the library of material properties. MN/ This subroutine modifies the structural design of an element to maximize the...gage design. The second part employs a non-linear programing technique to maximize the efficiency of each element while maintaining a constant weight...accomplished with symmetry grouping also. Since the use of symMetry groups reduces the number of independent desl variables of the structure, it can

  18. Sol-gel synthesis and structure of cordierite/tialite glass-ceramics

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    Lachezar Radev

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    Full Text Available In the present work the results of the research on the sol-gel synthesis and structure of cordierite (2MgO·2Al2O3·5SiO2, tialite (Al2O3·TiO2 and cordierite/tialite glass-ceramics as well cordierite containing 2 wt.% of Co and Co+Cu have been described and discussed. The sol-gel synthesis was carried out using different kind of precursors as follows: Al(NO3×9H2O, Si(OC2H54 , Ti(OC4H94 , Mg(NO32×6H2O, chlorides or nitrates of corresponding metals, H2O, C2H5OH, Aqua Regia, NH4F and PEG. The synthesized gels were dried and thermally treated in the temperature range from 800°C to 1200°C. The sol-gel processes and structure of the cordierite, tialite and cordierite/tialite glass-ceramics have been investigated by means of XRD, FTIR, TEM, SEM and EPMA.

  19. Nitridomanganates of alkaline-earth metals. Synthesis, structure, and physical properties

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    Ovchinnikov, Alexander

    2016-12-02

    The main goal of the present work was the synthesis of alkaline-earth nitridomanganates (AE{sub x}Mn{sub y}N{sub z}) with extended anionic structures and the characterization of their electronic and magnetic properties. Up to now, only compounds with isolated nitridomanganate anions have been reported in the discussed ternary systems. A systematic exploratory synthesis, employing high-temperature treatment of AE nitrides and Mn under controlled N2 pressure, yielded more than ten new nitridomanganates. Their crystal structures contain anionic building blocks of different dimensionalities, ranging from isolated species to three-dimensional frameworks. In general, the formation of Mn-rich compositions was found to be driven by the emergence of Mn-Mn interactions, which creates a link between nitridometalates and transition-metal-rich binary nitrides. The obtained nitridomanganates display a plethora of interesting phenomena, such as large spin-orbit coupling, magnetic frustration, quenching of magnetism due to Mn-Mn interactions, and metal-insulator transition.

  20. Synthesis of magnesium- and manganese-doped hydroxyapatite structures assisted by the simultaneous incorporation of strontium.

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    Moreira, Mirna Pereira; de Almeida Soares, Gloria Dulce; Dentzer, Joseph; Anselme, Karine; de Sena, Lídia Ágata; Kuznetsov, Alexei; dos Santos, Euler Araujo

    2016-04-01

    Samples of crystalline hydroxyapatite (HA) with and without the addition of individual Mg(2+), Mn(2+) and Sr(2+) ions and samples with the addition of all three ions simultaneously were prepared using the precipitation method in an aqueous medium. Chemical, structural, spectroscopic and thermophysical analyses of the synthesized samples were conducted. The obtained results indicate that Sr(2+) ions were easily incorporated into the HA crystal structure, whereas it was difficult to incorporate Mg(2+) and Mn(2+) ions into the HA lattice when these ions were individually introduced into the samples. The synthesis of HA with Mg(2+) or Mn(2+) ions is characterized by the formation of HA with a low concentration of doping elements that is outweighed by the amount of these atoms present in less biocompatible phases that formed simultaneously. However, the incorporation of Sr(2+) along with Mg(2+) and Mn(2+) ions into the samples allowed for the synthesis of HA with considerably higher concentrations of Mg(2+) and Mn(2+) in the crystal lattice. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Thiobiuret based Ni(II) and Co(III) complexes: Synthesis, molecular structures and DFT studies

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    Sherzaman, Saira; Sadiq-ur-Rehman; Ahmed, Muhammad Naeem; Khan, Bilal Ahmad; Mahmood, Tariq; Ayub, Khurshid; Tahir, Muhammad Nawaz

    2017-11-01

    Synthesis, molecular structures and DFT investigations of two new complexes of Ni(II) and Co(III) with (Z)-3-(3,3-dimethylbutanoyl)-1,1-diethyl-2-thiobiuret ligand are reported. Characterization of these complexes was achieved by spectroanalytical techniques (FT-IR, UV-vis and 1H NMR), and the structures were finally confirmed unequivocally by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The obtained data of UV-vis, FT-IR and 1HNMR were compared with the literature values which satisfactorily confirmed the synthesis of ligand and their complexes. X-ray studies revealed the square planar and octahedral geometry of both Ni(II) and Co(III) complexes, respectively. Density functional theory (DFT) studies were performed to compare the theoretical results with experimental (X-ray as well as spectroanalytical) results, and good correlation was observed. Frontier molecular orbitals (FMOs) and molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) analyses revealed the reactivity and charge distribution in both complexes.

  2. Design, synthesis, anticancer, antimicrobial activities and molecular docking studies of theophylline containing acetylenes and theophylline containing 1,2,3-triazoles with variant nucleoside derivatives.

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    Ruddarraju, Radhakrishnam Raju; Murugulla, Adharvana Chari; Kotla, Ravindar; Chandra Babu Tirumalasetty, Muni; Wudayagiri, Rajendra; Donthabakthuni, Shobha; Maroju, Ravichandar; Baburao, K; Parasa, Lakshmana Swamy

    2016-11-10

    A new series of theophylline containing acetylene derivatives (6a-6b and 7-13) and theophylline containing 1,2,3-triazoles with variant nucleoside derivatives (20-32) have been designed and synthesized. These compounds were screened for anticancer and antimicrobial activity. Further the computational docking and 2D QSAR were performed using MOE software to identify novel scaffolds. The results showed that compound 29 and 30 exhibit significant cytotoxic effect on all four cancer cells such as lung (A549), colon (HT-29), breast (MCF-7) and melanoma (A375) with IC50 values of 2.56, 2.19, 1.89, 4.89 μM and 3.57, 2.90, 2.10, 5.81 μM respectively. Whereas quite different results were observed for these compounds in antimicrobial studies. Compounds 11, 21 and 26 have exhibited significant minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) against Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The docking studies demonstrate that compound 27, 28, 29 and 30 have good dock score and binding affinities with various therapeutic targets in cancer cell proliferation. In addition these compounds have shown acceptable correlation with bioassay results in the regression plots generated in 2D QSAR models. This is the first report to demonstrate the theophylline containing acetylene derivatives and theophylline containing 1,2,3-triazole nucleoside hybrids as potential anticancer and antimicrobial agents with comprehensive in silico analysis. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  3. [The structure of the nucleolus during the inhibition of RNA-and protein synthesis (author's transl)].

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    Romen, W; Altmann, H W

    1977-06-15

    In cells treated with antimetabolites to inhibit RNA- and protein synthesis, electron microscopic studies reveal structural alterations of the nucleolus. The morphological appearance of the nucleolus differs depending of the inhibitor used. If transcription is prevented, segregation of nucleolar components is observed. Inhibition of processing of newly synthesized RNA results in a degranulation and an increase in the amount of nucleolar fibrils. A disturbance of the release of nucleolar ribonucleoproteins into the cytoplasm leads to an enlargement and a hypergranulation of the nucleolus. On the other hand interruption of translation of mRNAs has no immediate effect on the appearance of the nucleolar structure. Only after longer treatment of the cells with the translation inhibitor the nucleolus shrinks and becomes degranulated. The use of inhibitors with clearly defined mechanisms of action in a morphological study should make it possible to interpret similar nucleolar alterations seen in cancer cells and virus-infected cells on a molecular biological basis.

  4. Azaporphyrin phosphorus(v) complexes: synthesis, structure, and modification of optical properties.

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    Furuyama, Taniyuki; Kobayashi, Nagao

    2017-06-21

    Azaporphyrinoids, such as phthalocyanines (Pcs), tetraazaporphyrins (TAPs), and tetrabenzotriazacorroles (TBCs), are some of the most well-known and successful artificial dyes and pigments in modern material chemistry. Modifications of the macrocyclic core, periphery, and central element have attracted a great deal of interest in materials sciences due to generation of unique optical and electronic properties. However, the synthesis of most azaporphyrinoids with novel physical properties generally needs long, tedious procedures. On the other hand, the introduction of a phosphorus(v) atom into simple (known) azaporphyrin macrocycles is not necessarily difficult and can generate changes in the structural and optical properties. This paper provides an overview of the recent development of azaporphyrin phosphorus(v) complexes with unique structural and optical properties. Optical properties are discussed based on a combination of experimental absorption spectra, electrochemical properties, and theoretical molecular orbital calculations. These complexes are relatively easy to synthesize, are robust and free from transition metals, and have predictable properties.

  5. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a New Triosmium Alkylidyne Carbonyl Cluster Containing a Chiral Ferrocenylphosphine Ligand

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    Wai-Yeung Wong

    2005-07-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and X-ray crystal structure of a newchiral triosmium alkylidyne carbonyl cluster, (R,S-[Os3(μ-H2(CO9{��¼3-CPPh2(η5-C5H4Fe(η5-C5H3(PPh2CH(MeNMe2}] (1 are described. Compound 1 crystallizes in thenon-centrosymmetric space group P21 and its absolute configuration has been established.The structure consists of an Os3C metal core with one of the PPh2 moieties of the chiralferrocenylphosphine bonded to the apical alkylidyne carbon atom to give a zwitterioniccluster complex, reminiscent of the phosphorus yli

  6. Synthesis, Crystal Structure, and Biological Evaluation of a Series of Phloretin Derivatives

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    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available A one-step synthesis of phloretin derivatives 2–11 from phloretin in good to excellent yields is reported. Their structures were characterized by 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR and MS, and the structures of 8 and 11 were determined by X-ray diffraction analysis. A mechanism for the formation of 9–11 is proposed. Compared with the anticancer drug docetaxel, phloretin, phloretin derivatives and phlorizin exhibited moderate cytotoxicity toward the MDA-MB-231, SPC-A1, A549, MCF-7 and EC109 cell lines. Among all of the tested compounds, 7 exhibited the strongest cytotoxicity toward the five cell lines and was more active than docetaxel in MDA-MB-231 cells. Our findings suggest that these derivatives hold great promise for further development as anticancer agents.

  7. Heteroaryl Chalcones: Design, Synthesis, X-ray Crystal Structures and Biological Evaluation

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    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Chalcone derivatives have attracted increasing attention due to their numerous pharmacological activities. Changes in their structures have displayed high degree of diversity that has proven to result in a broad spectrum of biological activities. The present study highlights the synthesis of some halogen substituted chalcones 3(a–i containing the 5-chlorothiophene moiety, their X-ray crystal structures and the evaluation of possible biological activities such as antibacterial, antifungal and reducing power abilities. The results indicate the tested compounds show a varied range of inhibition values against all the tested microbial strains. Compound 3c with a p-fluoro substituent on the phenyl ring exhibits elevated antimicrobial activity, whereas the compounds 3e and 3f displayed the least antimicrobial activities. The compounds 3d, 3e, 3f and 3i showed good ferric and cupric reducing abilities, and the compounds 3b and 3c showed the weakest reducing power in the series.

  8. ACCESS 3. Approximation concepts code for efficient structural synthesis: User's guide

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    Fleury, C.; Schmit, L. A., Jr.

    1980-01-01

    A user's guide is presented for ACCESS-3, a research oriented program which combines dual methods and a collection of approximation concepts to achieve excellent efficiency in structural synthesis. The finite element method is used for structural analysis and dual algorithms of mathematical programming are applied in the design optimization procedure. This program retains all of the ACCESS-2 capabilities and the data preparation formats are fully compatible. Four distinct optimizer options were added: interior point penalty function method (NEWSUMT); second order primal projection method (PRIMAL2); second order Newton-type dual method (DUAL2); and first order gradient projection-type dual method (DUAL1). A pure discrete and mixed continuous-discrete design variable capability, and zero order approximation of the stress constraints are also included.

  9. The Synthesis of Peculiar Structure of Springlike Multiwall Carbon Nanofibers/Nanotubes via Mechanothermal Method

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Mechanothermal (MT method is one of the methods used for large-scale production of carbon nanotubes/nanofibers. The different peculiar morphologies of carbon allotropes are introduced with an extraordinary structure for the first time by MT method. In this paper, the influence of milling time and annealing temperature on the crystallinity and morphology of the synthesized nanopowders was investigated. Surprisingly, in this investigation, we report the synthesis of springlike multiwalled carbon nanofibers (S-MWCNFs by a two-step annealing of milled graphite in an Ar atmosphere. On the other hand, the MT method could be used for the preparation of suitable structures with applications in nanocomposite materials, which is an important task in the era of nanotechnology.

  10. Asymmetric Synthesis of Double Bond Isomers of the Structure Proposed for Pyrinodemin A and Indication of Its Structural Revision

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    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Asymmetric synthesis of double bond isomers ( -2 (∆15’,16’ and ( -3 (∆14’,15’ ofthe structure (1 (∆16’,17’ proposed for pyrinodemin A, a cytotoxic bis-pyridine alkaloidwith a unique cis-cyclopent[c]isoxazolidine moiety from a marine sponge, has beenaccomplished. Pyrinodemin A was indicated to be a 1:1 racemic mixture of 2 fromcomparison of C18 and chiral HPLC analysis for pyrinodemin A and the syntheticcompounds as well as ESIMS data of oxidative degradation products of pyrinodemin A.

  11. Crystal structures of the all-cysteinyl-coordinated D14C variant of Pyrococcus furiosus ferredoxin: [4Fe–4S] ↔ [3Fe–4S] cluster conversion

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    Løvgreen, Monika Nøhr; Martic, Maja; Windahl, Michael S.

    2011-01-01

    The structure of the all-cysteinyl-coordinated D14C variant of [4Fe–4S] ferredoxin from the hyperthermophilic archaeon Pyrococcus furiosus has been determined to 1.7 Å resolution from a crystal belonging to space group C2221 with two types of molecules, A and B, in the asymmetric unit. A and B...... was chemically oxidized at pH 5.8 to [3Fe–4S]. For purification at pH 8.0, two forms of the protein are obtained. Mass spectrometric analysis shows that the two forms are the D14C [3Fe–4S] P. furiosus ferredoxin monomer and a disulfide-bonded dimer of D14C [3Fe–4S] P. furiosus ferredoxin. When oxidization...... and purification are carried out at pH 5.8, only the monomer is obtained. The crystal structure of D14C [3Fe–4S] P. furiosus ferredoxin monomer was determined to 2.8 Å resolution from a crystal belonging to space group P212121 with two molecules in the asymmetric unit. The molecules resemble molecule A of D14C [4...

  12. SYNTHESIS OF IRON OXIDE-MONTMORILLONITE COMPOSITE AND STUDY OF ITS STRUCTURAL STABILITY AGAINTS SULFURIC ACID

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    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis and characterization of iron oxide-montmorillonite and its structural stability test with various concentration of sulfuric acid were conducted. Synthesis was performed by treating Na-montmorillonite clay with oligocations of iron, followed by calcinating the intercalation compound of oligocations-montmorillonite at 200oC for 24 hours. Calcined product was then characterized to determine the iron content, basal spacing and its porosities distribution. To test structural stability againts strong acid (i.e. sulfuric acid, the composites were dispersed into solution of sulfuric acid with various concentration, i.e: 1, 2 and 3M for 24 hours. The characterization result, especially from x-ray-diffractometry analysis, demonstrated that modification of montmorillonite using iron (IIIoxide produced so called house of card structure as indicated by its broad, low intensity reflection at 2θ  = 5-6o. The addition of sulphuric acid into composite resulted in probably the formation of face to face arrangements indicated by the appearance of 001 plane reflection. The acid treatment also caused the decrease in the iron content of the iron oxide-montmorillonite as shown by its neutron activated analysis result. The iron content of iron oxide-montmorillonite before the acid treatment was 32,01% w/w, and after the acid treatment was 14.08% w/w (with sulfuric acid of 1M, 6.05% w/w (sulfuric acid of 2M and 5,98% w/w (with sulfuric acid of 3M, respectively. In general, the sulphuric acid treatment to the composite did not distore the 001 planes of the montmorillonite.   Keywords: pillarization, montmorillonite, structure stability

  13. Novel Variant in the ANK2 Membrane-Binding Domain Is Associated With Ankyrin-B Syndrome and Structural Heart Disease in a First Nations Population With a High Rate of Long QT Syndrome.

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    Swayne, Leigh Anne; Murphy, Nathaniel P; Asuri, Sirisha; Chen, Lena; Xu, Xiaoxue; McIntosh, Sarah; Wang, Chao; Lancione, Peter J; Roberts, Jason D; Kerr, Charles; Sanatani, Shubhayan; Sherwin, Elizabeth; Kline, Crystal F; Zhang, Mingjie; Mohler, Peter J; Arbour, Laura T

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    Long QT syndrome confers susceptibility to ventricular arrhythmia, predisposing to syncope, seizures, and sudden death. While rare globally, long QT syndrome is ≈15× more common in First Nations of Northern British Columbia largely because of a known mutation in KCNQ1. However, 2 large multigenerational families were affected, but negative for the known mutation. Long QT syndrome panel testing was carried out in the index case of each family, and clinical information was collected. Cascade genotyping was performed. Biochemical and myocyte-based assays were performed to evaluate the identified gene variant for loss-of-function activity. Index cases in these 2 families harbored a novel ANK2 c.1937C>T variant (p.S646F). An additional 16 carriers were identified, including 2 with structural heart disease: one with cardiomyopathy resulting in sudden death and the other with congenital heart disease. For all carriers of this variant, the average QTc was 475 ms (±40). Although ankyrin-B p.S646F is appropriately folded and expressed in bacteria, the mutant polypeptide displays reduced expression in cultured H9c2 cells and aberrant localization in primary cardiomyocytes. Furthermore, myocytes expressing ankyrin-B p.S646F lack normal membrane targeting of the ankyrin-binding partner, the Na/Ca exchanger. Thus, ankyrin-B p.S646F is a loss-of-function variant. We identify the first disease-causing ANK2 variant localized to the membrane-binding domain resulting in reduced ankyrin-B expression and abnormal localization. Further study is warranted on the potential association of this variant with structural heart disease given the role of ANK2 in targeting and stabilization of key structural and signaling molecules in cardiac cells. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  14. Ultrasound-assisted synthesis of nano-structured Zinc(II)-based metal-organic frameworks as precursors for the synthesis of ZnO nano-structures.

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    Bigdeli, Fahime; Ghasempour, Hosein; Azhdari Tehrani, Alireza; Morsali, Ali; Hosseini-Monfared, Hassan

    2017-07-01

    A 3D, porous Zn(II)-based metal-organic framework {[Zn 2 (oba) 2 (4-bpmn)]·(DMF) 1.5 } n (TMU-21), (4-bpmn=N,N'-Bis-pyridin-4-ylmethylene-naphtalene-1,5-diamine, H 2 oba=4,4'-oxybis(benzoic acid)) with nano-rods morphology under ultrasonic irradiation at ambient temperature and atmospheric pressure was prepared and characterized by scanning electron microscopy. Sonication time and concentration of initial reagents effects on the size and morphology of nano-structured MOFs were studied. Also {[Zn 2 (oba) 2 (4-bpmn)] (TMU-21) and {[Zn 2 (oba) 2 (4-bpmb)] (TMU-6), 4-bpmb=N,N'-(1,4-phenylene)bis(1-(pyridin-4-yl)methanimine) were easily prepared by mechanochemical synthesis. Nanostructures of Zinc(II) oxide were obtained by calcination of these compounds and their de-solvated analogue as activated MOFs, at 550°C under air atmosphere. As a result of that, different Nanostructures of Zinc(II) oxide were obtained. The ZnO nanoparticles were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and FT-IR spectroscopy. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Synthesis, structure, and spectroscopic characterization of three uranyl phosphates with unique structural units

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    Wylie, Ernest M.; Dawes, Colleen M.; Burns, Peter C.

    2012-12-01

    Single crystals of Zn4(OH)2[(UO2)(PO4)2(OH)2(H2O)] (UZnP), Cs[(UO2)(HPO4)NO3] (UCsP), and In3[(UO2)2(PO4)4OH(H2O)6].2H2O (UInP) were obtained from hydrothermal reactions and have been structurally and chemically characterized. UZnP crystallizes in space group Pbcn, a=8.8817(7), b=6.6109(5), c=19.569(1) Å; UCsP crystallizes in P-1, a=7.015(2), b=7.441(1), c=9.393(2) Å, α=72.974(2), β=74.261(2), γ=79.498(2); and UInP crystallizes in P-1, a=7.9856(5), b=9.159(1), c=9.2398(6) Å α=101.289(1), β=114.642(1), γ=99.203(2). The U6+ cations are present as (UO2)2+ uranyl ions coordinated by five O atoms to give pentagonal bipyramids. The structural unit in UZnP is a finite cluster containing a uranyl pentagonal bipyramid that shares corners with two phosphate tetrahedra. The structural unit in UCsP is composed of uranyl pentagonal bipyramids with one chelating nitrate group that are linked into chains by three bridging hydrogen phosphate tetrahedra. In UInP, the structural unit contains pairs of edge-sharing uranyl pentagonal bipyramids with two chelating phosphate tetrahedra that are linked into chains through two bridging phosphate tetrahedra. Indium octahedra link these uranyl phosphate chains into a 3-dimensional framework. All three compounds exhibit unique structural units that deviate from the typical layered structures observed in uranyl phosphate solid-state chemistry.

  16. Mechanistic Studies of Combustion and Structure Formation During Synthesis of Advanced Materials

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    Varma, A.; Lau, C.; Mukasyan, A. S.

    2001-01-01

    Combustion in a variety of heterogeneous systems, leading to the synthesis of advanced materials, is characterized by high temperatures (2000-3500 K) and heating rates (up to 10(exp 6) K/s) at and ahead of the reaction front. These high temperatures generate liquids and gases which are subject to gravity-driven flow. The removal of such gravitational effects is likely to provide increased control of the reaction front, with a consequent improvement in control of the microstructure of the synthesized products. Thus, microgravity (mu-g) experiments lead to major advances in the understanding of fundamental aspects of combustion and structure formation under the extreme conditions of the combustion synthesis (CS) wave. In addition, the specific features of microgravity environment allow one to produce unique materials, which cannot be obtained under terrestrial conditions. The current research is a logic continuation of our previous work on investigations of the fundamental phenomena of combustion and structure formation that occur at the high temperatures achieved in a CS wave. Our research is being conducted in three main directions: 1) Microstructural Transformations during Combustion Synthesis of Metal-Ceramic Composites. The studies are devoted to the investigation of particle growth during CS of intermetallic-ceramic composites, synthesized from nickel, aluminum, titanium, and boron metal reactants. To determine the mechanisms of particle growth, the investigation varies the relative amount of components in the initial mixture to yield combustion wave products with different ratios of solid and liquid phases, under 1g and mu-g conditions; 2) Mechanisms of Heat Transfer during Reactions in Heterogeneous Media. Specifically, new phenomena of gasless combustion wave propagation in heterogeneous media with porosity higher than that achievable in normal gravity conditions, are being studied. Two types of mixtures are investigated: clad powders, where contact between

  17. Investigating the Synthesis, Structure, and Catalytic Properties of Versatile Gold-Based Nanocatalvsts

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    Pretzer, Lori A.

    Transition metal nanomaterials are used to catalyze many chemical reactions, including those key to environmental, medicinal, and petrochemical fields. Improving their catalytic properties and lifetime would have significant economic and environmental rewards. Potentially expedient options to make such advancements are to alter the shape, size, or composition of transition metal nanocatalysts. This work investigates the relationships between structure and catalytic properties of synthesized Au, Pd-on-Au, and Au-enzyme model transition metal nanocatalysts. Au and Pd-on-Au nanomaterials were studied due to their wide-spread application and structure-dependent electronic and geometric properties. The goal of this thesis is to contribute design procedures and synthesis methods that enable the preparation of more efficient transition metal nanocatalysts. The influence of the size and composition of Pd-on-Au nanoparticles (NPs) was systematically investigated and each was found to affect the catalyst's surface structure and catalytic properties. The catalytic hydrodechlorination of trichloroethene and reduction of 4-nitrophenol by Pd-on-Au nanoparticles were investigated as these reactions are useful for environmental and pharmaceutical synthesis applications, respectively. Structural characterization revealed that the dispersion and oxidation state of surface Pd atoms are controlled by the Au particle size and concentration of Pd. These structural changes are correlated with observed Pd-on-Au NP activities for both probe reactions, providing new insight into the structure-activity relationships of bimetallic nanocatalysts. Using the structure-dependent electronic properties of Au NPs, a new type of light-triggered biocatalyst was prepared and used to remotely control a model biochemical reaction. This biocatalyst consists of a model thermophilic glucokinase enzyme covalently attached to the surface of Au nanorods. The rod-like shape of the Au nanoparticles made the

  18. Structure-Based Design and Synthesis of Potent and Selective Matrix Metalloproteinase 13 Inhibitors.

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    Choi, Jun Yong; Fuerst, Rita; Knapinska, Anna M; Taylor, Alexander B; Smith, Lyndsay; Cao, Xiaohang; Hart, P John; Fields, Gregg B; Roush, William R

    2017-07-13

    We describe the use of comparative structural analysis and structure-guided molecular design to develop potent and selective inhibitors (10d and (S)-17b) of matrix metalloproteinase 13 (MMP-13). We applied a three-step process, starting with a comparative analysis of the X-ray crystallographic structure of compound 5 in complex with MMP-13 with published structures of known MMP-13·inhibitor complexes followed by molecular design and synthesis of potent but nonselective zinc-chelating MMP inhibitors (e.g., 10a and 10b). After demonstrating that the pharmacophores of the chelating inhibitors (S)-10a, (R)-10a, and 10b were binding within the MMP-13 active site, the Zn 2+ chelating unit was replaced with nonchelating polar residues that bridged over the Zn 2+ binding site and reached into a solvent accessible area. After two rounds of structural optimization, these design approaches led to small molecule MMP-13 inhibitors 10d and (S)-17b, which bind within the substrate-binding site of MMP-13 and surround the catalytically active Zn 2+ ion without chelating to the metal. These compounds exhibit at least 500-fold selectivity versus other MMPs.

  19. Atomic structures and gram scale synthesis of three tetrahedral quantum dots.

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    Beecher, Alexander N; Yang, Xiaohao; Palmer, Joshua H; LaGrassa, Alexandra L; Juhas, Pavol; Billinge, Simon J L; Owen, Jonathan S

    2014-07-30

    Luminescent semiconducting quantum dots (QDs) are central to emerging technologies that range from tissue imaging to solid-state lighting. However, existing samples are heterogeneous, which has prevented atomic-resolution determination of their structures and obscured the relationship between their atomic and electronic structures. Here we report the synthesis, isolation, and structural characterization of three cadmium selenide QDs with uniform compositions (Cd35Se20(X)30(L)30, Cd56Se35(X)42(L)42, Cd84Se56(X)56(L)56; X = O2CPh, L = H2N-C4H9). Their UV-absorption spectra show a lowest energy electronic transition that decreases in energy (3.54 eV, 3.26 eV, 3.04 eV) and sharpens as the size of the QD increases (fwhm = 207 meV, 145 meV, 115 meV). The photoluminescence spectra of all three QDs are broad with large Stokes shifts characteristic of trap-luminescence. Using a combination of single-crystal X-ray diffraction and atomic pair distribution function analysis, we determine the structures of their inorganic cores, revealing a series of pyramidal nanostuctures with cadmium terminated {111} facets. Theoretical and experimental studies on these materials will open the door to a deeper fundamental understanding of structure-property relationships in quantum-confined semiconductors.

  20. Molecular structure design and soft template synthesis of aza-, oxaaza- and thiaazamacrocyclic metal chelates in the gelatin matrix

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    Oleg V. Mikhailov

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The data about of soft template synthesis proceeding in gelatin matrices in [3d-element M(II ion – (N,S- or (N,O,S-ambidentate ligson – mono- or dicarbonyl ligson] systems, have been considered and discussed. The chemical nature of the final products of template synthesis formed under these specific conditions, has been compared with the chemical nature of the final products formed by template synthesis in solutions. It has been noted that in many cases, the nature and chemical composition of these products differ substantially. Specific features of the DFT calculated molecular structures of the macrocyclic compounds that can be formed due to the template synthesis in the systems indicated above, have been discussed, too. The review covers the period 1990–2015.

  1. Common Variants in Cholesterol Synthesis- and Transport-Related Genes Associate with Circulating Cholesterol Responses to Intakes of Conventional Dairy Products in Healthy Individuals.

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    Abdullah, Mohammad Mh; Cyr, Audrey; Lépine, Marie-Claude; Eck, Peter K; Couture, Patrick; Lamarche, Benoît; Jones, Peter Jh

    2016-05-01

    Dairy intake has been associated with varying impacts on circulating cholesterol concentrations across nutritional epidemiology and intervention studies, with findings attributed mainly to differences in the nature of dairy products consumed or study designs. The contribution of the genomic architecture to such observations has yet to be revealed. We assessed the impact of multiple common genetic variations in cholesterol-related genes on responses of serum cholesterol to the recommended amount of dairy product intake in Canada. In a multicenter, randomized crossover design, 101 normolipidemic adults (n = 29 men and 72 women), with a mean ± SD age of 41.7 ± 16.7 y and a body mass index (BMI, in kg/m(2)) of 25.9 ± 4.3 consumed 3 servings/d of dairy [375 mL 1% milk-fat (MF) milk, 175 g 1.5% MF yogurt, and 30 g of 34% MF cheese] or energy-matched control products (juice, cashews, and cookies) provided within a prudent background diet for 4 wk each, separated by a 4- to 8-wk washout period. Serum lipid variables were determined by standard enzymatic methods by using an autoanalyzer. Candidate single nucleotide polymorphisms were assessed by TaqMan genotyping assay. The responsiveness of serum total cholesterol (TC) and LDL cholesterol to the dairy compared with the control diet was associated with individuals' genotypes. The cholesterol transport gene ATP-binding cassette subfamily G, member 5 (ABCG5) rs6720173-GG homozygotes had higher concentrations of TC (+0.18 mmol/L; P = 0.0118) and LDL cholesterol (+0.17 mmol/L; P = 0.0056) relative to C-allele carriers (-0.07 and -0.06 mmol/L, respectively). The bile acid synthesis gene cholesterol 7α-hydroxylase (CYP7A1) rs3808607-G-allele carriers had higher TC (+0.20 to +0.28 mmol/L; P = 0.0026) and LDL cholesterol (+0.19 mmol/L for GT genotype; P = 0.0260) relative to TT homozygotes (-0.11 and -0.03 mmol/L, respectively). In addition, the cholesterol synthesis gene 7-dehydrocholesterol reductase (DHCR7) rs760241-A

  2. High frequency of rare copy number variants affecting functionally related genes in patients with structural brain malformations

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    Kariminejad, Roxana; Lind-Thomsen, Allan; Tümer, Zeynep

    2011-01-01

    During the past years, significant advances have been made in our understanding of the development of the human brain, and much of this knowledge comes from genetic studies of disorders associated with abnormal brain development. We employed array-comparative genomic hybridization (CGH...... that genes involved in "axonal transport," "cation transmembrane transporter activity," and the "c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) cascade" play a significant role in the etiology of brain malformations. This is to the best of our knowledge the first systematic study of CNVs in patients with structural brain...... malformations and our data show that CNVs play an important role in the etiology of these malformations, either as direct causes or as genetic risk factors....

  3. Structure and Function of the Hypertension Variant A486V of G Protein-coupled Receptor Kinase 4

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    Allen, Samantha J.; Parthasarathy, Gopal; Darke, Paul L.; Diehl, Ronald E.; Ford, Rachael E.; Hall, Dawn L.; Johnson, Scott A.; Reid, John C.; Rickert, Keith W.; Shipman, Jennifer M.; Soisson, Stephen M.; Zuck, Paul; Munshi, Sanjeev K.; Lumb, Kevin J. (Merck)

    2015-07-01

    G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) kinases (GRKs) bind to and phosphorylate GPCRs, initiating the process of GPCR desensitization and internalization. GRK4 is implicated in the regulation of blood pressure, and three GRK4 polymorphisms (R65L, A142V, and A486V) are associated with hypertension. Here, we describe the 2.6 Å structure of human GRK4α A486V crystallized in the presence of 5'-adenylyl β,γ-imidodiphosphate. The structure of GRK4α is similar to other GRKs, although slight differences exist within the RGS homology (RH) bundle subdomain, substrate-binding site, and kinase C-tail. The RH bundle subdomain and kinase C-terminal lobe form a strikingly acidic surface, whereas the kinase N-terminal lobe and RH terminal subdomain surfaces are much more basic. In this respect, GRK4α is more similar to GRK2 than GRK6. A fully ordered kinase C-tail reveals interactions linking the C-tail with important determinants of kinase activity, including the αB helix, αD helix, and the P-loop. Autophosphorylation of wild-type GRK4α is required for full kinase activity, as indicated by a lag in phosphorylation of a peptide from the dopamine D1 receptor without ATP preincubation. In contrast, this lag is not observed in GRK4α A486V. Phosphopeptide mapping by mass spectrometry indicates an increased rate of autophosphorylation of a number of residues in GRK4α A486V relative to wild-type GRK4α, including Ser-485 in the kinase C-tail.

  4. Synthesis and structural characterization of raffinosyl-oligofructosides upon transfructosylation by Lactobacillus gasseri DSM 20604 inulosucrase.

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    Díez-Municio, Marina; Herrero, Miguel; de Las Rivas, Blanca; Muñoz, Rosario; Jimeno, M Luisa; Moreno, F Javier

    2016-07-01

    A new process based on enzymatic synthesis of a series of raffinose-derived oligosaccharides or raffinosyl-oligofructosides (RFOS) with degree of polymerization (DP) from 4 to 8 was developed in the presence of raffinose. This process involves a transfructosylation reaction catalyzed by an inulosucrase from Lactobacillus gasseri DSM 20604 (IS). The main synthesized RFOS were structurally characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). According to the elucidated structures, RFOS consist of β-2,1-linked fructose unit(s) to raffinose: α-D-galactopyranosyl-(1 → 6)-α-D-glucopyranosyl-(1↔2)-β-D-fructofuranosyl-((1 ← 2)-β-D-fructofuranoside)n (where n refers to the number of transferred fructose moieties). The maximum yield of RFOS was 33.4 % (in weight respect to the initial amount of raffinose) and was obtained at the time interval of 8-24 h of transfructosylation reaction initiated with 50 % (w/v) of raffinose. Results revealed the high acceptor and donor affinity of IS towards raffinose, being fairly comparable with that of sucrose for the production of fructooligosaccharides (FOS), including when both carbohydrates coexisted (sucrose/raffinose mixture, 250 g L(-1) each). The production of RFOS was also attempted in the presence of sucrose/melibiose mixtures; in this case, the predominant acceptor-product formed was raffinose followed by a minor production of a series of oligosaccharides with varying DP. The easiness of RFOS synthesis and the structural similarities with both raffinose and fructan series of oligosaccharides warrant the further study of the potential bioactive properties of these unexplored oligosaccharides.

  5. An unusual peptide from Conus villepinii: synthesis, solution structure, and cardioactivity.

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    Miloslavina, Alesia; Ebert, Christina; Tietze, Daniel; Ohlenschläger, Oliver; Englert, Christoph; Görlach, Matthias; Imhof, Diana

    2010-07-01

    The venom of marine cone snails contains a variety of conformationally constrained peptides utilized by the animal to capture prey. Besides numerous conotoxins, which are characterized by complex disulfide patterns, other peptides with only a single disulfide bridge were isolated from different conus species. Here, we report the synthesis, structure elucidation and biological evaluation of the novel C-terminally amidated decapeptide CCAP-vil, PFc[CNSFGC]YN-NH(2), from Conus villepinii. The linear precursor peptide was generated by standard solid phase synthesis. Oxidation of the cysteine residues to yield the disulfide-bridged peptide was investigated under different conditions, including several ionic liquids (ILs) as new biocompatible reaction media. Among the examined ILs, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tosylate ([C(2)mim][OTs]) was most efficient for CCAP-vil oxidative folding, since oxidation occurred without any byproduct formation. The structure of CCAP-vil was determined by NMR methods in aqueous solution and revealed a loop structure adopting a type(I) beta-turn between residues 4-7 imposed by the flanking disulfide bridge. The amino acid side chains of Pro(1), Phe(2), Phe(6) and Tyr(9) point in three directions away from the cyclic core into the solvent creating a rather hydrophobic surface of the molecule. Based on sequence homology to cardioactive peptides (CAPs) from gastropods and arthropods, such as PFc[CNAFTGC]-NH(2) (CCAP), the influence of CCAP-vil on heart rate using zebrafish embryos was investigated. CCAP-vil reduced the heart rate immediately upon injection into the heart as well as upon indirect application indicating an opposite effect to the cardioaccelerating CCAP. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Synthesis

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    Akshay Kumar

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Driven by the increased demand of pyrazolines exhibiting biological activities like antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antimicrobial, antitumor, and antitubercular drug activity as a stable fragment in biological moieties, lead us to synthesize 2-pyrazolines by the condensation of various substituted chalcones and hydrazine hydrate in the presence of ethanol. The structure of the synthesized molecules was confirmed on the basis of physical data and extensive spectral studies. All the 13 compounds have been screened for antioxidant activity using DPPH radical scavenging method, NO scavenging assay, superoxide radical scavenging assay and hydrogen peroxide radical scavenging assay. All the compounds showed good free radical scavenging activity which is comparable to that of the standard ascorbic acid, out of which ATP-1, ATP-2 and ATP-3 come out to be the best molecules with an IC50 less than 40 mcg/ml. The results indicated that 2-pyrazolines could be the potential candidates eliciting antioxidant activity, and further studies can be conducted using molecular modeling tools for designing 2-pyrazolines having better activity.

  7. Synthesis and biological evaluation of new nanosized aromatic polyamides containing amido- and sulfonamidopyrimidines pendant structures.

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    Hassan, Hammed H A M; Mansour, Elsayed M E; Abou Zeid, Asmaa M S; El-Helow, Ehab R; Elhusseiny, Amel F; Soliman, Raafat

    2015-01-01

    Antibiotics are biocides or products that inhibit the growth of microorganisms in the living cells and there are extensive works directed to develop efficient antimicrobial agents. The sulfonamide-containing polymers have great potential to resist gram-positive or gram-negative bacterial and fungal attacks. As a therapeutic agent, the sulfonamides have been reported as antitumor and antimicrobial agents against bacteria, being more potent against gram positive rather than gram negative strains. Design of new classes of inhibitors bearing fluorescent tails, as therapeutic and imaging agents, is currently an active area of research. Here, we describe the synthesis of a new family of polyamides based on chlorophenyl-3,5-diaminobenzamides, methyl substituted pyrimidinoamido-3,5-diamino- benzamides and methyl substituted pyrimidinosulfonamido-3,5-diaminobenzamides and evaluation of their thermal, optical and antimicrobial properties. We report the synthesis of a new series of nanosized polyamides containing bioactive pendent structures. The spherical nanosized polymer particles are soluble in many organic solvents and exhibited emissions ranging from blue to orange wavelength depending on the nature of the signaling unit. Pyrimidine- and p-chloroaromatic containing polymers exhibited higher bioactivity than that contain the sulfonamide group. The amidopyrimidine polymers exhibited remarkable antifungal and antibacterial activity and thus, these types of polymers are promising candidates for biomedical applications. The SEM analysis indicated that most of the polyamides were organized as well defined nano sized spheres, but in certain derivatives small amount of aggregated nanospheres were also observed. Thermal analyses were studied up to 700 °C and results showed comparable thermal behavior. The optical results revealed that polymeric series (A) exhibited orange emission, series (B) showed green emission while series (C) exhibited yellow and blue emissions. Benzene

  8. Solventless synthesis, morphology, structure and magnetic properties of iron oxide nanoparticles

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    Das, Bratati; Kusz, Joachim; Reddy, V. Raghavendra; Zubko, Maciej; Bhattacharjee, Ashis

    2017-12-01

    In this study we report the solventless synthesis of iron oxide through thermal decomposition of acetyl ferrocene as well as its mixtures with maliec anhydride and characterization of the synthesized product by various comprehensive physical techniques. Morphology, size and structure of the reaction products were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray powder diffraction technique, respectively. Physical characterization techniques like FT-IR spectroscopy, dc magnetization study as well as 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy were employed to characterize the magnetic property of the product. The results observed from these studies unequivocally established that the synthesized materials are hematite. Thermal decomposition has been studied with the help of thermogravimetry. Reaction pathway for synthesis of hematite has been proposed. It is noted that maliec anhydride in the solid reaction environment as well as the gaseous reaction atmosphere strongly affect the reaction yield as well as the particle size. In general, a method of preparing hematite nanoparticles through solventless thermal decomposition technique using organometallic compounds and the possible use of reaction promoter have been discussed in detail.

  9. Crystal structures, anisotropic growth, and optical properties: controlled synthesis of lanthanide orthophosphate one-dimensional nanomaterials.

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    Yan, Ruoxue; Sun, Xiaoming; Wang, Xun; Peng, Qing; Li, Yadong

    2005-03-18

    The fundamental understanding of the relationship between crystal structure and the dynamic processes of anisotropic growth on the nanoscale, and exploration of the key factors governing the evolution of physical properties in functional nanomaterials, have become two of the most urgent and challenging issues in the fabrication and exploitation of functional nanomaterials with designed properties and the development of nanoscale devices. Herein, we show how structural and kinetic factors govern the tendency for anisotropic growth of such materials under hydrothermal conditions, and how the crystal structure and morphology influence the optical properties of Ln3+-doped nanocrystals. The synthesis of phase-pure and single-crystalline monoclinic, hexagonal, and tetragonal one-dimensional LnPO4 nanostructures of different aspect ratios by means of kinetically controlled hydrothermal growth processes is demonstrated. It is shown that the tendency for anisotropic growth under hydrothermal conditions can be enhanced simply by modifying the chemical potentials of species in the reaction solution through the use of carefully selected chelating ligands. A systematic study of the photoluminescence of various Eu3+-doped lanthanide phosphates has revealed that the optical properties of these nanophosphors are strongly dependent on their crystal structures and morphologies.

  10. Histone variants: emerging players in cancer biology

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    Vardabasso, Chiara; Hasson, Dan; Ratnakumar, Kajan; Chung, Chi-Yeh; Duarte, Luis F.

    2014-01-01

    Histone variants are key players in shaping chromatin structure, and, thus, in regulating fundamental cellular processes such as chromosome segregation and gene expression. Emerging evidence points towards a role for histone variants in contributing to tumor progression, and, recently, the first cancer-associated mutation in a histone variant-encoding gene was reported. In addition, genetic alterations of the histone chaperones that specifically regulate chromatin incorporation of histone variants are rapidly being uncovered in numerous cancers. Collectively, these findings implicate histone variants as potential drivers of cancer initiation and/or progression, and, therefore, targeting histone deposition or the chromatin remodeling machinery may be of therapeutic value. Here, we review the mammalian histone variants of the H2A and H3 families in their respective cellular functions, and their involvement in tumor biology. PMID:23652611

  11. Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Carboxylate-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks and Coordination Networks

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    Calderone, Paul

    Coordination networks (CNs) and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are crystalline materials composed of metal ions linked by multifunctional organic ligands. From these connections, infinite arrays of one-, two-, or three-dimensional networks can be formed. Exploratory synthesis and research of novel CNs and MOFs is of current interest because of their many possible industrial applications including gas storage, catalysis, magnetism, and luminescence. A variety of metal centers and organic ligands can be used to synthesize MOFs and CNs under a range of reaction conditions, leading to extraordinary structural diversity. The characteristics of the metals and linkers, such as properties and coordination preferences, play the biggest role in determining the structure and properties of the resulting network. Thus, the choice of metal and linker is dictated by the desired traits of the target network. The pervasive use of transition metal centers in MOF synthesis stems from their well-known coordination behavior with carboxylate-based linkers, thus facilitating design strategies. Conversely, CNs and MOFs based on s-block and lanthanide metals are less studied because each group presents unique challenges to structure prediction. Lanthanide metals have variable coordination spheres capable of accommodating up to twelve atoms, while the bonding in s-block metals takes on a mainly ionic character. In spite of these obstacles, lanthanide and s-block CNs are worthwhile synthetic targets because of their unique properties. Interesting photoluminescent and sensing materials can be developed using lanthanide metals, whereas low atomic weight s-block metals may afford an advantage in gravimetric advantages for gas storage applications. The aim of this research was to expand the current understanding of carboxylate-based CN and MOF synthesis by varying the metals, solvents, and temperatures used. To this end, magnesium-based CNs were examined using a variety of aromatic carboxylate

  12. Phylogenetic interrelations between serological variants of Bacillus thuringiensis

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    Patyka N. V.

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Aim. B. thuringiensis (Bt are gram-positive spore-forming aerobic or facultative anaerobic bacteria able to form during sporulation species specific crystal-like inclusions of protein nature, consisting of particular thermolabile d-endotoxins. Serological Bt variants produce different entomotoxins; their synthesis in many respects depends on the conditions of cultivation. There was accumulated a vast information on the entomotoxins, their origin, synthesis, structure, toxic properties and mechanisms of action on insects. These bacteria are dominating in the microbiomethods of pest control in plants and animals. There are more than 70 serovariants of Bt selectively specific to the definite groups of host insects. However, the description of new variants not always looks justified considering the phylogenetic systematization based on phenotype signs. Methods. A comparative phylogenetic analysis of the Bt intraspecific interrelations was performed on the basis of the cloned 16S rRNA genes of entomopathogenic bacteria BtH1, BtH10, BtH14. Results. The phylogenetically homogeneous lines were investigated – a homology of 16S rRNA of the strains 1 and 10 ranged from 90,0 to 94,0 %; no distinct genetic isolation among the strains of 14th and 10th serovars was revealed. Conclusions. The comparison of nucleotides sequences of 16S rRNA has shown the existence of strains polymorphism within the group of entomopathogens BtH1, BtH10, BtH14, connected with their entomocide activity

  13. Mesoporous Structure Control of Silica in Room-Temperature Synthesis under Basic Conditions

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    Jeong Wook Seo

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Various types of mesoporous silica, such as continuous cubic-phase MCM-48, hexagonal-phase MCM-41, and layer-phase spherical silica particles, have been synthesized at room temperature using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide as a surfactant, ethanol as a cosurfactant, tetraethyl orthosilicate as a silica precursor, and ammonia as a condensation agent. Special care must be taken both in the filtering of the resultant solid products and in the drying process. In the drying process, further condensation of the silica after filtering was induced. As the surfactant and cosurfactant concentrations in the reaction mixture increased and the NH3 concentration decreased, under given conditions, continuous cubic MCM-48 and layered silica became the dominant phases. A cooperative synthesis mechanism, in which both the surfactant and silica were involved in the formation of mesoporous structures, provided a good explanation of the experimental results.

  14. Synthesis, growth, structure determination and optical properties of chalcone derivative single crystal

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    Karthi, S., E-mail: girijaeaswaradas@gmail.com; Girija, E. K., E-mail: girijaeaswaradas@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Periyar University, Salem - 636011 (India)

    2014-04-24

    Acquiring large nonlinear optical (NLO) efficient organic material is essential for the development of optoelectronics and photonic devices. Chalcone is the donor - Π - acceptor - Π - donor (D-Π-A-Π-D) type conjugated molecule with appreciable hyperpolarizability of potential interest in NLO applications. The addition of vinyl and electron donor groups in the chalcone molecule may enhance the second harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency. Here we report the synthesis, crystal growth and characterization of a chalcone derivative 1-(4-methylphenyl)-5-(4-methoxyphenyl)-penta-2,4-dien-1-one (MPMPP). The MPMPP crystal was grown by slow evaporation solution growth technique from acetone. The grown crystal structure was studied by single crystal X-ray diffraction. The SHG efficiency of the grown crystal was determined by Kurtz and Perry method.

  15. M-tolueneboronic acid adduct of technetium tris (dimethylglyoxime). Synthesis, structural analysis, and characterization

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    Li Hongfeng (Dept. of Technical Physics, Peking Univ., Beijing, BJ (China)); Wang Xiangyun (Dept. of Technical Physics, Peking Univ., Beijing, BJ (China)); Yang Qingchuan (Dept. of Chemistry, Peking Univ., Beijing, BJ (China)); Zhou Weijin (Dept. of Technical Physics, Peking Univ., Beijing, BJ (China)); Wu Yonghui (Dept. of Technical Physics, Peking Univ., Beijing, BJ (China)); Liu Yuanfang (Dept. of Technical Physics, Peking Univ., Beijing, BJ (China))

    1993-01-01

    TcCl(dmg)[sub 3]BC[sub 6]H[sub 4]CH[sub 3] has been prepared by template synthesis. Its [sup 1]H NMR, IR and UV/Vis spectra were measured and its crystal and molecular structures were determined by X-ray diffraction. The recorded data were refined by least squares to R = 0.044. The crystal parameters are as follows: triclinic, space group. P anti 1, a = 8.581(1), b = 11.996(3), c = 13.364(4) A, [alpha] = 96.71(2) , [beta] = 92.14(2) , [gamma] = 108.24(2) , and Z = 2. The molecule has a capped trigonal prismatic geometry. The coordination distances are 2.046-2.132 (average 2.084) for Tc-N and 2.410 for Tc-Cl. (orig.)

  16. Synthesis, X-ray crystal structure and theoretical calculations of antileishmanial neolignan analogues

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    Nascimento, Josenaide P. do; Santos, Lourivaldo S.; Carmo, Maria Carolina L. do; Brasil, Davi S.B.; Alves, Claudio N., E-mail: nahum@ufpa.b [Universidade Federal do Para (UFPA), Belem, PA (Brazil). Inst. de Ciencias Exatas e Naturais; Santos, Regina Helena A.; Tozzo, Erica; Ferreira, Janaina G. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (IQSC/USP), Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica

    2010-07-01

    The synthesis and X-ray crystal diffraction structure of two analogues of neolignans, 2-(4-chlorophenyl)-1-phenylethanone (20) and 2-[(4-chlorophenyl)thio]-1-(3,4-dimethoxyphenyl) propan-1-one (12) is described. The compound 12 presents activity against intracellular Leishmania donovani and Leishmania amazonensis amastigotes that cause cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis. In addition, the density functional theory (DFT) with the B3LYP hybrid functional was employed to calculate a set of molecular descriptors for nineteen synthetic analogues of neolignans with antileishmanial activities. Afterwards, the stepwise discriminant analysis was performed to investigate possible relationship between the molecular descriptors and biological activities. Through this analysis the compounds were classified into two groups active and inactive according to their degree of biological activities, and the more important properties were charges on some key atoms, electronic affinity and ClogP. (author)

  17. Synthesis and structural characterization of piperazino-modified DNA that favours hybridization towards DNA over RNA

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    Skov, Joan; Bryld, Torsten; Lindegaard, Dorthe

    2011-01-01

    modifications are tolerated in DNA:RNA hybrids but leave their melting temperatures virtually unaffected. Fluorescence data indicate that the pyrene moiety is residing outside the helix. The available data suggest that the DNA discrimination is due to (i) the positive charge of the piperazino ring having...... a greater impact in the narrow and deep minor groove of a B-type dsDNA duplex than in the wide and shallow minor groove of an A-type DNA:RNA hybrid and (ii) the B-type dsDNA duplex allowing the pyrene to intercalate and bury its apolar surface.......We report the synthesis of two C4'-modified DNA analogues and characterize their structural impact on dsDNA duplexes. The 4'-C-piperazinomethyl modification stabilizes dsDNA by up to 5°C per incorporation. Extension of the modification with a butanoyl-linked pyrene increases the dsDNA stabilization...

  18. Micelles by self-assembling peptide-conjugate amphiphile: synthesis and structural characterization.

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    Accardo, Antonella; Tesauro, Diego; Del Pozzo, Luigi; Mangiapia, Gaetano; Paduano, Luigi; Morelli, Giancarlo

    2008-08-01

    The chemical synthesis by solid-phase methods of a novel amphiphilic peptide, peptide-conjugate amphiphile (PCA), containing in the same molecule three different functions: (i) the N,N-bis[2-[bis(carboxy-ethyl)amino]ethyl]-L-glutamic acid (DTPAGlu) chelating agent, (ii) the CCK8 bioactive peptide, and (iii) a hydrophobic moiety containing four alkyl chains with 18 carbon atoms each, is reported. In water solution at pH 7.4, PCA self-assembles in very stable micelles at very low concentration [critical micellar concentration (cmc) values of 5 x 10(-7) mol kg(-1)] as confirmed by fluorescence spectroscopy. The structural characterization, obtained with small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements, indicates that the aggregates are substantially represented by ellipsoidal micelles with an aggregation number of 39 +/- 2 and the two micellar axes of about 52 and 26 A. Copyright (c) 2008 European Peptide Society and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  19. EVALUATION OF THE SYNTHESIS AND STRUCTURE OF NEW AZETIDIN-2-ONES OF FERULIC ACID.

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    Stan, Cătălina Daniela; Drăgan, Maria; Pânzariu, Andreea; Profire, Lenuţa

    2016-01-01

    To synthesize some new azetidin-2-ones of ferulic acid and to evaluate them from physicochemical and spectral point of view. The synthesis was carried out in several steps: (i) obtaining the ferulic acid chloride; (ii) obtaining the ferulic acid hydrazide with hydrazine hydrate (98%); (iii) condensation of ferulic acid hydrazide with different benzaldehydes (2-hydroxy-/2-nitro-/4-chloro-/4- fluoro-/4-bromo-benzaldehyde) in order to obtain the corresponding hydrazones; (iv) cy- clization of ferulic acid hydrazones with chloroacethyl chloride in freshly distilled toluene medium and in the presence of triethylamine, resulting in the corresponding azetidin-2-ones. Six new azetidin-2-ones of ferulic acid were synthesized. They were characterized in terms of their physicochemical properties and their structure was confirmed by IR and 1H-NMR spectroscopy. Six new azetidin-2-ones of ferulic acid were synthesized, physicochemically characterized and validated spectrally. A

  20. In silico structure-based design and synthesis of novel anti-RSV compounds.

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    Cancellieri, Michela; Bassetto, Marcella; Widjaja, Ivy; van Kuppeveld, Frank; de Haan, Cornelis A M; Brancale, Andrea

    2015-10-01

    Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the major cause for respiratory tract disease in infants and young children. Currently, no licensed vaccine or a selective antiviral drug against RSV infections are available. Here, we describe a structure-based drug design approach that led to the synthesis of a novel series of zinc-ejecting compounds active against RSV replication. 30 compounds, sharing a common dithiocarbamate moiety, were designed and prepared to target the zinc finger motif of the M2-1 protein. A library of ∼ 12,000 small fragments was docked to explore the area surrounding the zinc ion. Among these, seven ligands were selected and used for the preparation of the new derivatives. The results reported here may help the development of a lead compound for the treatment of RSV infections. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Synthesis of gold nanoparticles with glycosides: synthetic trends based on the structures of glycones and aglycones.

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    Jung, Jisung; Park, Suryeon; Hong, Suckchang; Ha, Min Woo; Park, Hyeung-geun; Park, Youmie; Lee, Hyo-Jong; Park, Yohan

    2014-03-11

    A new, room temperature synthetic method for gold nanoparticles from auric acid with glycosides as reducing agents in aqueous NaOH is presented. As a mechanistic study of the oxidation sites on the glycosides, eight sugar-containing reductants (glycoside, glucose, glucuronic acid) have been tested in the synthesis of gold nanoparticles to determine their trends based on the structures of glycones and aglycones. As a result of the comparison among the eight sugar-containing reductants, it was determined that C-6 of glycosides is oxidized to a carboxylic acid during the reduction of auric acid. To detect the oxidized compounds of the glycosides, the reaction mixtures were monitored by (13)C NMR. Among the eight sugar-containing reductants, phenyl β-D-glucoside generated the highest synthetic yield of mono-dispersed, round gold nanoparticles (13.15±1.30 nm, 99.7% yield). Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Fused 1,2,3-Dithiazoles: Convenient Synthesis, Structural Characterization, and Electrochemical Properties

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    Lidia S. Konstantinova

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available A new general protocol for synthesis of fused 1,2,3-dithiazoles by the reaction of cyclic oximes with S2Cl2 and pyridine in acetonitrile has been developed. The target 1,2,3-dithiazoles fused with various carbocycles, such as indene, naphthalenone, cyclohexadienone, cyclopentadiene, and benzoannulene, were selectively obtained in low to high yields. In most cases, the hetero ring-closure was accompanied by chlorination of the carbocyclic moieties. With naphthalenone derivatives, a novel dithiazole rearrangement (15→13 featuring unexpected movement of the dithiazole ring from α- to β-position, with respect to keto group, was discovered. Molecular structure of 4-chloro-5H-naphtho[1,2-d][1,2,3]dithiazol-5-one 13 was confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Electrochemical properties of 13 were studied by cyclic voltammetry and a complex behavior was observed, most likely including hydrodechlorination at a low potential.

  3. Radio Frequency Plasma Synthesis of Boron Nitride Nanotubes (BNNTs) for Structural Applications. Part II

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    Hales, Stephen J.; Alexa, Joel A.; Jensen, Brian J.

    2016-01-01

    Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) are more thermally and chemically compatible with metal- and ceramic-matrix composites than carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The lack of an abundant supply of defect-free, high-aspect-ratio BNNTs has hindered development as reinforcing agents in structural materials. Recent activities at the National Research Council - Canada (NRC-C) and the University of California - Berkeley (UC-B) have resulted in bulk synthesis of few-walled, small diameter BNNTs. Both processes employ induction plasma technology to create boron vapor and highly reactive nitrogen species at temperatures in excess of 8000 K. Subsequent recombination under controlled cooling conditions results in the formation of BNNTs at a rate of 20 g/hr and 35 g/hr, respectively. The end product tends to consist of tangled masses of fibril-, sheet-, and cotton candy-like materials, which accumulate within the processing equipment. The radio frequency plasma spray (RFPS) facility at NASA Langley (LaRC), developed for metallic materials deposition, has been re-tooled for in-situ synthesis of BNNTs. The NRC-C and UC-B facilities comprise a 60 kW RF torch, a reactor with a stove pipe geometry, and a filtration system. In contrast, the LaRC facility has a 100 kW torch mounted atop an expansive reaction chamber coupled with a cyclone separator. The intent is to take advantage of both the extra power and the equipment configuration to simultaneously produce and gather BNNTs in a macroscopic form amenable to structural material applications.

  4. Collagen-chitosan scaffold modified with Au and Ag nanoparticles: Synthesis and structure

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    Rubina, M.S.; Kamitov, E.E. [A.N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 119991 Russian Federation (Russian Federation); Zubavichus, Ya. V.; Peters, G.S. [National Research center «Kurchatov Institute», Moscow, 123182 Russian Federation (Russian Federation); Naumkin, A.V. [A.N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 119991 Russian Federation (Russian Federation); Suzer, S. [Department of Chemistry, Bilkent University, Ankara, 06800 Turkey (Turkey); Vasil’kov, A.Yu., E-mail: alexandervasilkov@yandex.ru [A.N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 119991 Russian Federation (Russian Federation)

    2016-03-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Biocompatible collagen-chitosan scaffolds were modified by Au and Ag nanoparticles via the metal-vapor synthesis. • Structural and morphological parameters of the nanocomposites were assessed using a set of modern instrumental techniques, including electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, small-angle X-ray scattering, EXAFS, XPS. • Potential application of the nanocomposites are envisaged. - Abstract: Nowadays, the dermal biomimetic scaffolds are widely used in regenerative medicine. Collagen-chitosan scaffold one of these materials possesses antibacterial activity, good compatibility with living tissues and has been already used as a wound-healing material. In this article, collagen-chitosan scaffolds modified with Ag and Au nanoparticles have been synthesized using novel method - the metal-vapor synthesis. The nanocomposite materials are characterized by XPS, TEM, SEM and synchrotron radiation-based X-ray techniques. According to XRD data, the mean size of the nanoparticles (NPs) is 10.5 nm and 20.2 nm in Au-Collagen-Chitosan (Au-CollCh) and Ag-Collagen-Chitosan (Ag-CollCh) scaffolds, respectively in fair agreement with the TEM data. SAXS analysis of the composites reveals an asymmetric size distribution peaked at 10 nm for Au-CollCh and 25 nm for Ag-CollCh indicative of particle's aggregation. According to SEM data, the metal-carrying scaffolds have layered structure and the nanoparticles are rather uniformly distributed on the surface material. XPS data indicate that the metallic nanoparticles are in their unoxidized/neutral states and dominantly stabilized within the chitosan-rich domains.

  5. Effect of estrogen on tendon collagen synthesis, tendon structural characteristics, and biomechanical properties in postmenopausal women

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    Hansen, M.; Kongsgaard, M; Holm, Lars

    2009-01-01

    therapy (ERT, n = 10) were studied at rest and in response to one-legged resistance exercise. Synthesis of tendon collagen was determined by stable isotope incorporation [fractional synthesis rate (FSR)] and microdialysis technique (NH(2)-terminal propeptide of type I collagen synthesis). Tendon area...

  6. Structural and catalytic characterization of a thermally stable and acid-stable variant of human carbonic anhydrase II containing an engineered disulfide bond

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    Boone, Christopher D.; Habibzadegan, Andrew [University of Florida, PO Box 100245, Gainesville, FL 32610 (United States); Tu, Chingkuang; Silverman, David N. [University of Florida, PO Box 100267, Gainesville, FL 32610 (United States); McKenna, Robert, E-mail: rmckenna@ufl.edu [University of Florida, PO Box 100245, Gainesville, FL 32610 (United States)

    2013-08-01

    The X-ray crystallographic structure of the disulfide-containing HCAII (dsHCAII) has been solved to 1.77 Å resolution and revealed that successful oxidation of the cysteine bond was achieved while also retaining desirable active-site geometry. The carbonic anhydrases (CAs) are a family of mostly zinc metalloenzymes that catalyze the reversible hydration of CO{sub 2} to bicarbonate and a proton. Recently, there has been industrial interest in utilizing CAs as biocatalysts for carbon sequestration and biofuel production. The conditions used in these processes, however, result in high temperatures and acidic pH. This unfavorable environment results in rapid destabilization and loss of catalytic activity in CAs, ultimately resulting in cost-inefficient high-maintenance operation of the system. In order to negate these detrimental industrial conditions, cysteines at residues 23 (Ala23Cys) and 203 (Leu203Cys) were engineered into a wild-type variant of human CA II (HCAII) containing the mutation Cys206Ser. The X-ray crystallographic structure of the disulfide-containing HCAII (dsHCAII) was solved to 1.77 Å resolution and revealed that successful oxidation of the cysteine bond was achieved while also retaining desirable active-site geometry. Kinetic studies utilizing the measurement of {sup 18}O-labeled CO{sub 2} by mass spectrometry revealed that dsHCAII retained high catalytic efficiency, and differential scanning calorimetry showed acid stability and thermal stability that was enhanced by up to 14 K compared with native HCAII. Together, these studies have shown that dsHCAII has properties that could be used in an industrial setting to help to lower costs and improve the overall reaction efficiency.

  7. Strains of Actinomyces naeslundii and Actinomyces viscosus Exhibit Structurally Variant Fimbrial Subunit Proteins and Bind to Different Peptide Motifs in Salivary Proteins

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    Li, Tong; Johansson, Ingegerd; Hay, Donald I.; Strömberg, Nicklas

    1999-01-01

    Oral strains of Actinomyces spp. express type 1 fimbriae, which are composed of major FimP subunits, and bind preferentially to salivary acidic proline-rich proteins (APRPs) or to statherin. We have mapped genetic differences in the fimP subunit genes and the peptide recognition motifs within the host proteins associated with these differential binding specificities. The fimP genes were amplified by PCR from Actinomyces viscosus ATCC 19246, with preferential binding to statherin, and from Actinomyces naeslundii LY7, P-1-K, and B-1-K, with preferential binding to APRPs. The fimP gene from the statherin-binding strain 19246 is novel and has about 80% nucleotide and amino acid sequence identity to the highly conserved fimP genes of the APRP-binding strains (about 98 to 99% sequence identity). The novel FimP protein contains an amino-terminal signal peptide, randomly distributed single-amino-acid substitutions, and structurally different segments and ends with a cell wall-anchoring and a membrane-spanning region. When agarose beads with CNBr-linked host determinant-specific decapeptides were used, A. viscosus 19246 bound to the Thr42Phe43 terminus of statherin and A. naeslundii LY7 bound to the Pro149Gln150 termini of APRPs. Furthermore, while the APRP-binding A. naeslundii strains originate from the human mouth, A. viscosus strains isolated from the oral cavity of rat and hamster hosts showed preferential binding to statherin and contained the novel fimP gene. Thus, A. viscosus and A. naeslundii display structurally variant fimP genes whose protein products are likely to interact with different peptide motifs and to determine animal host tropism. PMID:10225854

  8. Dispersed metal cluster catalysts by design. Synthesis, characterization, structure, and performance

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    Arslan, Ilke [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Dixon, David A. [Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (United States); Gates, Bruce C. [Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States); Katz, Alexander [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2015-09-30

    To understand the class of metal cluster catalysts better and to lay a foundation for the prediction of properties leading to improved catalysts, we have synthesized metal catalysts with well-defined structures and varied the cluster structures and compositions systematically—including the ligands bonded to the metals. These ligands include supports and bulky organics that are being tuned to control both the electron transfer to or from the metal and the accessibility of reactants to influence catalytic properties. We have developed novel syntheses to prepare these well-defined catalysts with atomic-scale control the environment by choice and placement of ligands and applied state-of-the art spectroscopic, microscopic, and computational methods to determine their structures, reactivities, and catalytic properties. The ligands range from nearly flat MgO surfaces to enveloping zeolites to bulky calixarenes to provide controlled coverages of the metal clusters, while also enforcing unprecedented degrees of coordinative unsaturation at the metal site—thereby facilitating bonding and catalysis events at exposed metal atoms. With this wide range of ligand properties and our arsenal of characterization tools, we worked to achieve a deep, fundamental understanding of how to synthesize robust supported and ligand-modified metal clusters with controlled catalytic properties, thereby bridging the gap between active site structure and function in unsupported and supported metal catalysts. We used methods of organometallic and inorganic chemistry combined with surface chemistry for the precise synthesis of metal clusters and nanoparticles, characterizing them at various stages of preparation and under various conditions (including catalytic reaction conditions) and determining their structures and reactivities and how their catalytic properties depend on their compositions and structures. Key characterization methods included IR, NMR, and EXAFS spectroscopies to identify

  9. Synthesis, crystal structure, electronic structure, and photoelectric response properties of KCu2SbS3.

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    Wang, Ruiqi; Zhang, Xian; He, Jianqiao; Zheng, Chong; Lin, Jianhua; Huang, Fuqiang

    2016-02-28

    Copper thioantimonates have received enormous attention due to their potential for applications in photovoltaic devices. In this work, a new layered compound KCu2SbS3 was synthesized via a reactive flux method using thiourea as a reactive flux. The compound crystallizes in the triclinic space group P1[combining macron]. The structure features two-dimensional [Cu2SbS3](-) layers stacking along the c axis with K(+) ions intercalated between the layers. Each [Cu2SbS3](-) layer is composed of two single graphene-like layers connected via interlayer Cu-S bonds and CuSb contacts. The optical measurements indicate that the compound has a band gap of 1.7 eV. The Hall effect measurement shows that KCu2SbS3 is a p-type semiconductor with a carrier concentration of 7 × 10(16) cm(-3). First-principles calculations reveal that the direct transition occurs between Cu-3d-S-3p orbitals (VBM) to Sb-5p-S-3p orbitals (CBM). The photoelectric response properties of KCu2SbS3 under visible light irradiation were analyzed. The photocurrent is 3.7 μA cm(-2) at 10 V bias, demonstrating its potential for applications in photoelectric devices.

  10. Vascular wall proteoglycan synthesis and structure as a target for the prevention of atherosclerosis

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    Little, Peter J; Ballinger, Mandy L; Osman, Narin

    2007-01-01

    Atherosclerosis is the underlying pathology of most cardiovascular disease and it represents the major cause of premature death in modern societies. Current therapies target risk factors being hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia and hyperglycemia when diabetes is present however the maximum efficacy of these strategies is often 30% or less. Areas of vascular biology that may lead to the development of a complementary vascular wall directed therapy are: inflammation, oxidation, endothelial dysfunction, diabetes-specific factors—hyperglycemia and advanced glycation endproducts and lipid retention by vascular matrix specifically proteoglycans. The major structural features of proteoglycans that determine low-density lipoprotein (LDL) binding are the length and sulfation pattern on the glycosaminoglycan (GAG) chains. Emerging data discussed in this review indicates that these structural properties are subject to considerable regulation by vasoactive substances possibly using novel signaling pathways. For example, GAG elongation stimulated by platelet-derived growth factor is not blocked by the receptor tyrosine kinase antagonist, genistein suggesting that there may be a previously unknown signaling pathway involved in this response. Thus, modifying proteoglycan synthesis and structure may represent a prime target to prevent LDL binding and entrapment in the vessel wall and thus prevent the development and progression of atherosclerosis. PMID:17583182

  11. Using a precursor in lamellar structure for the synthesis of uniform ZnS nanocrystals

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    2011-11-12

    Uniform ZnS nanocrystals of about 15 nm were prepared through a low temperature hydrothermal approach by treating Zn-PhPO nanosheets with Na 2S aqueous solution. Both the precursor and the final product were studied by the means of X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The photo-luminescent spectrum of the synthesized ZnS nanocrystals showed their good crystalline nature. Based on this study, the precursor structure-controlling effect was discussed, and in addition, the relevant factors possibly affecting the particle formation and the growth possessed were applied in the discussion to interpret the transformation mechanism. Further research showed that both the structure characters of the precursors and the mass transportation which occurred during the synthesis greatly affected the morphology and organization state of the final products. This research may provide some facts on the structure-controlling approaches along with a general method for the preparation of uniform sulfide nanocrystals. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011.

  12. Chemistry of Fullerene Epoxides: Synthesis, Structure, and Nucleophilic Substitution-Addition Reactivity

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    Yusuke Tajima

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Fullerene epoxides, C60On, having epoxide groups directly attached to the fullerene cage, constitute an interesting class of fullerene derivatives. In particular, the chemical transformations of fullerene epoxides are expected to play an important role in the development of functionalized fullerenes. This is because such transformations can readily afford a variety of mono- or polyfunctionalized fullerene derivatives while conserving the epoxy ring arrangement on the fullerene surface, as seen in representative regioisomeric fullerene polyepoxides. The first part of this review addresses the synthesis and structural characterization of fullerene epoxides. The formation of fullerene epoxides through different oxidation reactions is then explored. Adequate characterization of the isolated fullerene epoxides was achieved by concerted use of NMR and LC-MS techniques. The second part of this review addresses the substitution of fullerene epoxides in the presence of a Lewis acid catalyst. Most major substitution products have been isolated as pure compounds and their structures established through spectroscopic methods. The correlation between the structure of the substitution product and the oxygenation pattern of the starting materials allows elucidation of the mechanistic features of this transformation. This approach promises to lead to rigorous regioselective production of various fullerene derivatives for a wide range of applications.

  13. Synthesis, structure and electronic properties of ultranarrow CdS nanorods

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    Thupakula, Umamahesh; Jena, Amitav; Khan, Ali Hossain; Dalui, Amit; Acharya, Somobrata, E-mail: camsa2@iacs.res.in [Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Centre for Advanced Materials (CAM) (India)

    2012-01-15

    We report on the one-step synthesis of ultra narrow wurtzite CdS nanorods using bench top chemical decomposition route. The synthesized CdS nanorods are of 1.8 nm in diameter and show major confinement along the radial dimension, which is well below the exciton Bohr radius of bulk CdS (2.5 nm). Structural and self-assembly properties of nanorods are studied using X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) measurements, which reveal preferred orientation of the nanorods along <00.2> direction with 2D supercrystalline spatial distribution. The estimated nanorod dimensions from XRD is corroborated with the transmission electron microscopy observations. UV-vis and photoluminescence spectroscopy reveals significant increase in the band gap in comparison to bulk CdS which is further tallied with the simulations using effective mass approximation (EMA). Formation of discrete structure of valence band and conduction band due to strongly quantum confined excitons in the radial direction is evidenced from EMA simulation. Combination of experimental and theoretical approach helps in understanding the structure-property relationship for ultranarrow CdS rods which might lead to nanorod based applications.

  14. Synthesis and structure of new microporous Nd(III) silicates of the rhodesite group

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    Munha, Rui F.; Ananias, Duarte; Almeida Paz, Filipe A.; Rocha, Joao [Aveiro Univ. (Portugal). CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials

    2015-07-01

    The synthesis and structural characterization of two novel trivalent neodymium microporous silicates whose structures are reminiscent of the structure of mineral montregianite of the rhodesite group, and their infrared light-emission properties are reported. The compound KNa{sub 2}Nd[Si{sub 8}O{sub 19}] . 5H{sub 2}O (1) crystallizes in the orthorhombic Pmma space group: a = 23.9016(17) Aa, b = 6.9980(5) Aa, c = 6.5474(5) Aa. Heating 1 at 200 C for 40 min affords a new partially dehydrated phase, KNa{sub 2}Nd[Si{sub 8}O{sub 19}] . 2.8H{sub 2}O (2), also crystallizing in the orthorhombic Pmma space group: a = 23.923(4) Aa, b = 6.9950(11) Aa, c = 6.5474(10) Aa. Compound 2 is the hydrated phase with the lowest content of water molecule reported to date in the rhodesite mineral series.

  15. Radio Frequency Plasma Synthesis of Boron Nitride Nanotubes (BNNTs) for Structural Applications: Part I

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    Hales, Stephen J.; Alexa, Joel A.; Jensen, Brian J.; Thomsen, Donald L.

    2016-01-01

    It is evident that nanotubes, such as carbon, boron nitride and even silicon, offer great potential for many aerospace applications. The opportunity exists to harness the extremely high strength and stiffness exhibited by high-purity, low-defect nanotubes in structural materials. Even though the technology associated with carbon nanotube (CNT) development is mature, the mechanical property benefits have yet to be fully realized. Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) offer similar structural benefits, but exhibit superior chemical and thermal stability. A broader range of potential structural applications results, particularly as reinforcing agents for metal- and ceramic- based composites. However, synthesis of BNNTs is more challenging than CNTs mainly because of the higher processing temperatures required, and mass production techniques have yet to emerge. A promising technique is radio frequency plasma spray (RFPS), which is an inductively coupled, very high temperature process. The lack of electrodes and the self- contained, inert gas environment lend themselves to an ultraclean product. It is the aim of this White Paper to survey the state of the art with regard to nano-material production by analyzing the pros and cons of existing methods. The intention is to combine the best concepts and apply the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) RFPS facility to reliably synthesize large quantities of consistent, high-purity BNNTs.

  16. Synthesis, structure, and optical activity of HPM-1, a pure silica chiral zeolite.

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    Rojas, Alex; Arteaga, Oriol; Kahr, Bart; Camblor, Miguel A

    2013-08-14

    2-Ethyl-1,3,4-trimethylimidazolium is a poor organic structure-directing agent in the synthesis of pure silica zeolites using fluoride as a mineralizer at 150 °C. Under these conditions only ill-crystallized solids are obtained after long hydrothermal treatments (several weeks). It disappoints despite its relatively large size, conformational rigidity, and intermediate hydrophilic/hydrophobic character, attributes which would qualify it as a promising structure-directing agent, according to prior investigations. By raising the crystallization temperature to 175 °C under otherwise identical conditions, crystallization is dramatically accelerated. Depending on the water/silica ratio and crystallization time, two different materials are obtained: the recently reported pure silica polymorph of the chiral STW-type zeolite, HPM-1, and the new layered organosilicate, HPM-2. Prolonged heating transforms these phases into the small-pore ITW-type zeolite, while no signs of the SOF-type zeolite (formally built from the same layers as STW) was found. A complete physicochemical and structural characterization of the as-made chiral HPM-1 zeolite is provided, and the proposed stabilization of this zeolite by polarization of the Si-O bond is supported by the observed deviation from tetrahedrality. HPM-1 is optically active, and a study of several crystallites by Mueller matrix microscopy shows that their optical activity can be individually measured and that this technique could be useful for the assessment of the enantiomeric purity of a microcrystalline powder.

  17. Low temperature synthesis, structure and magnetic properties of Mn2[VO4]F

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    Daisuke Mori

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available The compound Mn2[VO4]F was synthesized using a hydrothermal synthesis route at low temperature and its crystal structure was determined from single crystal X-ray diffraction data. Mn2[VO4]F was characterized by magnetic susceptibility and specific heat capacity measurements. Mn2[VO4]F crystallizes with the triplite-type structure, space group C2/c, a = 13.451(3 Å, b = 6.6953(16 Å, c = 10.126(3 Å, β = 116.587(4°, V = 815.6(3 Å3 and Z = 8. The structure consists of a 3D-framework built up of VO4 tetrahedra, and manganese (II polyhedra which form chains running along the [101] and [010] directions. The coordination of the manganese cations and the connectivity between the manganese polyhedra are not defined clearly due to the disorder of the fluoride anions which form zigzag chains along [001]. The magnetic susceptibility follows a Curie–Weiss behavior above 50 K with Θ = −88 K indicating that predominant magnetic interactions are antiferromagnetic. The specific heat capacity and magnetization measurements show that Mn2[VO4]F undergoes a three-dimensional magnetic ordering at TN = 30 K and a canted weak ferromagnetism due to mixed-anion effect.

  18. Chemistry of fullerene epoxides: synthesis, structure, and nucleophilic substitution-addition reactivity.

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    Tajima, Yusuke; Takeshi, Kazumasa; Shigemitsu, Yasuo; Numata, Youhei

    2012-05-25

    Fullerene epoxides, C₆₀O(n), having epoxide groups directly attached to the fullerene cage, constitute an interesting class of fullerene derivatives. In particular, the chemical transformations of fullerene epoxides are expected to play an important role in the development of functionalized fullerenes. This is because such transformations can readily afford a variety of mono- or polyfunctionalized fullerene derivatives while conserving the epoxy ring arrangement on the fullerene surface, as seen in representative regioisomeric fullerene polyepoxides. The first part of this review addresses the synthesis and structural characterization of fullerene epoxides. The formation of fullerene epoxides through different oxidation reactions is then explored. Adequate characterization of the isolated fullerene epoxides was achieved by concerted use of NMR and LC-MS techniques. The second part of this review addresses the substitution of fullerene epoxides in the presence of a Lewis acid catalyst. Most major substitution products have been isolated as pure compounds and their structures established through spectroscopic methods. The correlation between the structure of the substitution product and the oxygenation pattern of the starting materials allows elucidation of the mechanistic features of this transformation. This approach promises to lead to rigorous regioselective production of various fullerene derivatives for a wide range of applications.

  19. Synthesis, structure, and fullerene-complexing property of azacalix[6]aromatics.

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    Fa, Shi-Xin; Wang, Li-Xia; Wang, De-Xian; Zhao, Liang; Wang, Mei-Xiang

    2014-04-18

    Synthesis, structure, and fullerene-binding property of azacalix[6]aromatics were systematically studied. By means of [3 + 3] and [2 + 2 + 2] fragment coupling protocols, a number of azacalix[6]aromatics containing different combinations of benzene, pyridine, and pyrimidine rings and various substituents on the bridging nitrogen atoms were synthesized conveniently in moderate to good yields. The resulting macrocycles adopt in the solid state symmetric and heavily distorted 1,3,5-alternate conformations depending on the aromatic building units, whereas, in solution, they exist as a mixture of conformers that undergo rapid interchanges relative to the NMR time scale. All macrocycles were able to form 1:1 complexes with C60 and C70 in toluene with the association constants up to 7.28 × 10(4) M(-1). In the crystalline state, azacalix[6]aromatics form complexes with C60 and C70 with 2:1, 1:1, and 1:2 stoichiometric ratios between host and guest. Azacalix[6]aromatics interact with fullerene by forming mainly the sandwich structure in which C60 or C70 is sandwiched by two macrocycles. X-ray molecular structures revealed that multiple π-π and CH-π interactions between concave azacalix[6]aromatics and convex fullerenes C60 and C70 contribute a joint driving force to the formation of host-guest complexes.

  20. Vascular wall proteoglycan synthesis and structure as a target for the prevention of atherosclerosis.

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    Little, Peter J; Ballinger, Mandy L; Osman, Narin

    2007-01-01

    Atherosclerosis is the underlying pathology of most cardiovascular disease and it represents the major cause of premature death in modern societies. Current therapies target risk factors being hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia and hyperglycemia when diabetes is present however the maximum efficacy of these strategies is often 30% or less. Areas of vascular biology that may lead to the development of a complementary vascular wall directed therapy are: inflammation, oxidation, endothelial dysfunction, diabetes-specific factors--hyperglycemia and advanced glycation endproducts and lipid retention by vascular matrix specifically proteoglycans. The major structural features of proteoglycans that determine low-density lipoprotein (LDL) binding are the length and sulfation pattern on the glycosaminoglycan (GAG) chains. Emerging data discussed in this review indicates that these structural properties are subject to considerable regulation by vasoactive substances possibly using novel signaling pathways. For example, GAG elongation stimulated by platelet-derived growth factor is not blocked by the receptor tyrosine kinase antagonist, genistein suggesting that there may be a previously unknown signaling pathway involved in this response. Thus, modifying proteoglycan synthesis and structure may represent a prime target to prevent LDL binding and entrapment in the vessel wall and thus prevent the development and progression of atherosclerosis.

  1. SYNTHESIS, CRYSTAL AND MOLECULAR-STRUCTURES, UV-VIS SPECTROSCOPY AND ELECTROCHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF 2 IRON(III) PHENOLATE COMPLEXES

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    LUBBEN, M; MEETSMA, A; VANBOLHUIS, F; FERINGA, BL; HAGE, R

    The synthesis and molecular structures of two iron(III) phenolate complexes [(L(1))FeCl] (1) and [(L(2))(2)Fe][BPh(4)] (2) are described, where L(1)H(2) is 2,3-dimethyl-2,3-bis(3-tert-butylsalicylideneamino) butane and L(2)H is 2-(2-pyridyl)-1-salicylideneaminoethane. The complexes have been

  2. Synthesis of a hierarchically structured zeolite-templated carbon starting from fly ash-derived zeolite X

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    Musyoka, Nicholas M

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available A hierarchically structured zeolite derived from coal fly ash was used as a hard templating agent for the synthesis of a templated carbonaceous material. The samples were characterized using XRD, SEM, TEM, TGA, EDS and BET. The resulting carbon had...

  3. Novel indole and azaindole (pyrrolopyridine) cannabinoid (CB) receptor agonists: design, synthesis, structure-activity relationships, physicochemical properties and biological activity

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    Blaazer, A.R.; Lange, J.H.M.; van der Neut, M.A.W.; Mulder, A.; den Boon, F.S.; Werkman, T.R.; Kruse, C.G.; Wadman, W.J.

    2011-01-01

    The discovery, synthesis and structure-activity relationship (SAR) of a novel series of cannabinoid 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid 2 (CB2) receptor ligands are reported. Based on the aminoalkylindole class of cannabinoid receptor agonists, a biphenyl moiety was introduced as novel lipophilic indole 3-acyl

  4. Non-metallocene rare-earth organometallic derivatives: synthesis, structure and application in the catalysis of transformations of unsaturated substrates

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    Trifonov, A A [G.A. Razuvaev Institute of Organometallic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Nizhnii Novgorod (Russian Federation)

    2007-11-30

    The post-metallocene period of development of the chemistry of rare-earth organometallic compounds is analysed. The synthesis, structures and reactivities of complexes containing metal-carbon and metal-hydrogen bonds and stabilised by N-, P, and O-donor ligands are considered. The catalytic activities of these compounds in alkene polymerisation, hydroamination, hydrosilylation and hydroboration are discussed.

  5. Component mode synthesis and large deflection vibration of complex structures. Volume 1: Examples of NASTRAN modal synthesis capability

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    Mei, Chuh; Shen, Mo-How

    1987-01-01

    The use of NASTRAN model synthesis capability is illustrated. A classical truss problem is examined and the results are compared to results from other methods to test for accuracy. The problem is examined using both fixed interface modes and free interface modes. The solution is carried out for an applied dynamic load as far as recovery of forces in individual members as a function of time. Another small beam problem is used to compare different means of combining substructures.

  6. Development of a Probabilistic Dynamic Synthesis Method for the Analysis of Nondeterministic Structures

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    Brown, A. M.

    1998-01-01

    Accounting for the statistical geometric and material variability of structures in analysis has been a topic of considerable research for the last 30 years. The determination of quantifiable measures of statistical probability of a desired response variable, such as natural frequency, maximum displacement, or stress, to replace experience-based "safety factors" has been a primary goal of these studies. There are, however, several problems associated with their satisfactory application to realistic structures, such as bladed disks in turbomachinery. These include the accurate definition of the input random variables (rv's), the large size of the finite element models frequently used to simulate these structures, which makes even a single deterministic analysis expensive, and accurate generation of the cumulative distribution function (CDF) necessary to obtain the probability of the desired response variables. The research presented here applies a methodology called probabilistic dynamic synthesis (PDS) to solve these problems. The PDS method uses dynamic characteristics of substructures measured from modal test as the input rv's, rather than "primitive" rv's such as material or geometric uncertainties. These dynamic characteristics, which are the free-free eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and residual flexibility (RF), are readily measured and for many substructures, a reasonable sample set of these measurements can be obtained. The statistics for these rv's accurately account for the entire random character of the substructure. Using the RF method of component mode synthesis, these dynamic characteristics are used to generate reduced-size sample models of the substructures, which are then coupled to form system models. These sample models are used to obtain the CDF of the response variable by either applying Monte Carlo simulation or by generating data points for use in the response surface reliability method, which can perform the probabilistic analysis with an order of

  7. Synthesis of magnesium- and manganese-doped hydroxyapatite structures assisted by the simultaneous incorporation of strontium

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    Moreira, Mirna Pereira [Laboratório de Biomateriais, P" 2CEM/UFS, Av. Marechal Rondon, s/n, São Cristóvão 49100-000, Sergipe (Brazil); Dulce de Almeida Soares, Gloria [Dep. de Eng. Metal. e de Materiais, COPPE/UFRJ, CP 68505, Rio de Janeiro 21941-972 (Brazil); Dentzer, Joseph; Anselme, Karine [Institut de Science des Matériaux de Mulhouse (IS2M), CNRS UMR7361, Université de Haute-Alsace, 15, rue Jean Starcky, BP 2488, 68057 Mulhouse (France); Sena, Lídia Ágata de; Kuznetsov, Alexei [Divisão de Metrologia de Materiais, Inmetro, Av. N. Sra. das Graças, 50, Duque de Caxias 25250-020, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Santos, Euler Araujo dos, E-mail: euler@ufs.br [Laboratório de Biomateriais, P" 2CEM/UFS, Av. Marechal Rondon, s/n, São Cristóvão 49100-000, Sergipe (Brazil)

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    Samples of crystalline hydroxyapatite (HA) with and without the addition of individual Mg{sup 2+}, Mn{sup 2+} and Sr{sup 2+} ions and samples with the addition of all three ions simultaneously were prepared using the precipitation method in an aqueous medium. Chemical, structural, spectroscopic and thermophysical analyses of the synthesized samples were conducted. The obtained results indicate that Sr{sup 2+} ions were easily incorporated into the HA crystal structure, whereas it was difficult to incorporate Mg{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+} ions into the HA lattice when these ions were individually introduced into the samples. The synthesis of HA with Mg{sup 2+} or Mn{sup 2+} ions is characterized by the formation of HA with a low concentration of doping elements that is outweighed by the amount of these atoms present in less biocompatible phases that formed simultaneously. However, the incorporation of Sr{sup 2+} along with Mg{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+} ions into the samples allowed for the synthesis of HA with considerably higher concentrations of Mg{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+} in the crystal lattice. - Graphical abstract: Sr{sup 2+} ions were easily incorporated into the HA lattice, whereas Mg{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+} ions were hardly retained in the HA structure after heating to 1000 °C when they were individually incorporated in the samples. Nevertheless, co-substitution with Sr{sup 2+} ions allowed for better fixation of the Mg{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+} ions into the HA lattice. - Highlights: • Mg{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+} ions have a great difficulty being stabilized in the apatite lattice. • Sr{sup 2+} ions can stabilize Mg{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+} in the hydroxyapatite structure. • Except for Mn{sup 2+}, Sr{sup 2+} and Mg{sup 2+} obstruct the release of CO{sub 2}.

  8. Synthesis and structure-activity study of myxoma virus growth factor

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    Lin, Yao-Zhong; Ke, Xiao-Hong; Tam, J.P. (Rockefeller Univ., New York (USA))

    1991-04-02

    Myxoma virus growth factor (MGF) is an 85-residue peptide derived from the gene product of a DNA tumor virus that infects rabbits. The carboxyl domain of MGF possesses about 40% sequence homology with the epidermal growth factor (EGF). This EGF-like domain covering residues 30-83 was synthesized and found to possess putative activities of EGF. It was, however, about 200-fold less active than EGF in the competitive binding of human EGF receptor in A431 cells and the stimulation of ({sup 3}H)thymidine uptake in NRK 49F cells. MGF(30-83) is a basic and a hydrophobic peptide rich in {beta}-sheet structure. These features in MGF tend to promote aggregation, leading to precipitation even in strongly denaturing solutions. Thus, the refolding of MGF was achieved with difficulty and resulted in low yield. To increase the synthetic yield of MGF(30-83), a cluster of acidic amino acids was added to the NH{sub 2}-terminus of MGF(30-83). This approach was found to be effective in minimizing the refolding difficulties and allowed accessibility to the synthesis of analogues in this class of compounds. The relationships of structure and function of MGF were studied by using analogues with point substitution by the corresponding D-amino acid or by Ala at position 44 or 52 and analogues with deletion of basic residues from the amino terminus. Modifications of both the receptor contact and the structural residues greatly reduced the potency of MGF(30-83), and the overall result correlated well with the known structure-activity of the EGF family.

  9. Structural design, synthesis and structure-activity relationships of thiazolidinones with enhanced anti-Trypanosoma cruzi activity.

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    Moreira, Diogo Rodrigo Magalhães; Leite, Ana Cristina Lima; Cardoso, Marcos Verissimo Oliveira; Srivastava, Rajendra Mohan; Hernandes, Marcelo Zaldini; Rabello, Marcelo Montenegro; da Cruz, Luana Faria; Ferreira, Rafaela Salgado; de Simone, Carlos Alberto; Meira, Cássio Santana; Guimaraes, Elisalva Teixeira; da Silva, Aline Caroline; dos Santos, Thiago André Ramos; Pereira, Valéria Rêgo Alves; Soares, Milena Botelho Pereira

    2014-01-01

    Pharmacological treatment of Chagas disease is based on benznidazole, which displays poor efficacy when administered during the chronic phase of infection. Therefore, the development of new therapeutic options is needed. This study reports on the structural design and synthesis of a new class of anti-Trypanosoma cruzi thiazolidinones (4 a-p). (2-[2-Phenoxy-1-(4-bromophenyl)ethylidene)hydrazono]-5-ethylthiazolidin-4-one (4 h) and (2-[2-phenoxy-1-(4-phenylphenyl)ethylidene)hydrazono]-5-ethylthiazolidin-4-one (4 l) were the most potent compounds, resulting in reduced epimastigote proliferation and were toxic for trypomastigotes at concentrations below 10 μM, while they did not display host cell toxicity up to 200 μM. Thiazolidinone 4 h was able to reduce the in vitro parasite burden and the blood parasitemia in mice with similar potency to benznidazole. More importantly, T. cruzi infection reduction was achieved without exhibiting mouse toxicity. Regarding the molecular mechanism of action, these thiazolidinones did not inhibit cruzain activity, which is the major trypanosomal protease. However, investigating the cellular mechanism of action, thiazolidinones altered Golgi complex and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) morphology, produced atypical cytosolic vacuoles, as well as induced necrotic parasite death. This structural design employed for the new anti-T. cruzi thiazolidinones (4 a-p) led to the identification of compounds with enhanced potency and selectivity compared to first-generation thiazolidinones. These compounds did not inhibit cruzain activity, but exhibited strong antiparasitic activity by acting as parasiticidal agents and inducing a necrotic parasite cell death. Copyright © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Differential expression, distinct localization and opposite effect on Golgi structure and cell differentiation by a novel splice variant of human PRMT5.

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    Sohail, Muhammad; Zhang, Manli; Litchfield, David; Wang, Lisheng; Kung, Sam; Xie, Jiuyong

    2015-10-01

    Alternative splicing contributes greatly to the proteomic diversity of metazoans. Protein arginine methyltransferase 5 (PRMT5) methylates arginines of Golgi components and other factors exerting diverse effects on cell growth/differentiation, but the underlying molecular basis for its subcellular distribution and diverse roles has not been fully understood. Here we show the detailed properties of an evolutionarily emerged splice variant of human PRMT5 (PRMT5S) that is distinct from the original isoform (PRMT5L). The isoforms are differentially expressed among mammalian cells and tissues. The PRMT5S is distributed all over the cell but PRMT5L mainly colocalizes with Giantin, a Golgi marker. PRMT5 knockdown led to an enlarged Giantin pattern, which was prevented by the expression of either isoform. Rescuing PRMT5S also increased the percentage of cells with an interphase Giantin pattern compacted at one end of the nucleus, consistent with its cell cycle-arresting effect, while rescuing PRMT5L increased that of the mitotic Giantin patterns of dynamically fragmented structures. Moreover, the isoforms are differentially expressed during neuronal or dendritic cell differentiation, and their ectopic expression showed an opposite effect on dendritic cell differentiation. Furthermore, besides their differential regulation of gene expression, both isoforms also similarly regulate over a thousand genes particularly those involved in apoptosis and differentiation. Taking these properties together, we propose that their differential expression and subcellular localization contribute to spatial and temporal regulation of arginine methylation and gene expression to exert different effects. The novel PRMT5S likely contributes to the observed diverse effects of PRMT5 in cells. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Characterization of blood group ABO(H)-active gangliosides in type AB erythrocytes and structural analysis of type A-active ganglioside variants in type A human erythrocytes.

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    Kushi, Y; Shimizu, M; Watanabe, K; Kasama, T; Watarai, S; Ariga, T; Handa, S

    2001-02-16

    Several monosialogangliosides containing the type A-active epitope have been detected in type A erythrocytes on immunological analysis with a monoclonal antibody, and three of them were purified by repeated silica bead column chromatography and by scraping from the TLC plate. Two of these A-active gangliosides were characterized by methylation analysis by GC/MS, negative SIMS, MALDI-TOF/MS, proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and immunological assays, and their structures were concluded to be as follows. A-active ganglioside I:A-active ganglioside II:The reactivity of the purified gangliosides to the anti-A monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) exhibited enhancement after removal of the sialic acid. Therefore, the sialic residue has been shown to inhibit the binding to the terminal A-active epitope through the formation of an immune complex. To confirm the presence of A- (including S-A-I, -II and -III) and B-active gangliosides, the reactivity of anti-A and -B mAbs were investigated using total gangliosides from type A, -B and -AB erythrocytes on TLC plate. The results were that the gangliosides from types A and AB showed positive reaction to anti-A mAbs, whereas in the anti-B mAbs binding the gangliosides from types B and AB were positive. Thus, it revealed that A-active gangliosides were present in type A and -AB, and B-active gangliosides in types B and AB. As there was no difference in respective gangliosides on type AB erythrocytes of 22 individuals, both A- and B-active gangliosides are equally present in type AB erythrocytes. The biological significance of these A- and B-active ganglioside variants remains vague at present. As these molecules exhibit different reactivities to the anti-A mAbs, it is very likely that they can regulate the antigenicity of the A-epitope on the cell surface.

  12. Combinatorial Synthesis of Structurally Diverse Triazole-Bridged Flavonoid Dimers and Trimers

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    Tze Han Sum

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Flavonoids are a large family of compounds associated with a broad range of biologically useful properties. In recent years, synthetic compounds that contain two flavonoid units linked together have attracted attention in drug discovery and development projects. Numerous flavonoid dimer systems, incorporating a range of monomers attached via different linkers, have been reported to exhibit interesting bioactivities. From a medicinal chemistry perspective, the 1,2,3-triazole ring system has been identified as a particularly attractive linker moiety in dimeric derivatives (owing to several favourable attributes including proven biological relevance and metabolic stability and triazole-bridged flavonoid dimers possessing anticancer and antimalarial activities have recently been reported. However, there are relatively few examples of libraries of triazole-bridged flavonoid dimers and the diversity of flavonoid subunits present within these is typically limited. Thus, this compound type arguably remains underexplored within drug discovery. Herein, we report a modular strategy for the synthesis of novel and biologically interesting triazole-bridged flavonoid heterodimers and also very rare heterotrimers from readily available starting materials. Application of this strategy has enabled step-efficient and systematic access to a library of structurally diverse compounds of this sort, with a variety of monomer units belonging to six different structural subclasses of flavonoid successfully incorporated.

  13. Synthesis and crystal structure of oxodichloro-bis-(hexamethylphosphorusamide)vanadium(4)

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    Sergienko, V.S.; Poraj-Koshits, M.A.; Konovalova, A.A.; Bajnova, S.V. (AN SSSR, Moscow. Inst. Obshchej i Neorganicheskoj Khimii)

    1981-01-01

    The synthesis is described and X-ray structural study of VOCl/sub 2/x2Hmpa, where Hmpa=hexamethylpsphoroamide, OP(NMe/sub 2/)/sub 3/ is conducted. The bright-blue crystals are rhombic: a=12.629 (2), b=12.708 (2), c=15.235 (2)A, Z=4 sp. gr. Pbca. V atom in the structure has a distorted tetragonal-pyramid coordination with multiply bonded O atom in apical position (V=O 1.566, V-O 1.984 and 2.011, V-Cl 2.224 and 2.304 A). Vanadyl group is statistically disoriented in two positions around the inversion centre (V-V' 0.905 A). V atom is elevated over the plane of atoms O(2)Cl(2)sub(eq) for 0.450 A. Geometric parameters of Hmpa ligand are usual ones. The investigation results are compared with literature data on Mo complexes with Hmpa.

  14. Combinatorial Synthesis of Structurally Diverse Triazole-Bridged Flavonoid Dimers and Trimers.

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    Sum, Tze Han; Sum, Tze Jing; Galloway, Warren R J D; Collins, Súil; Twigg, David G; Hollfelder, Florian; Spring, David R

    2016-09-16

    Flavonoids are a large family of compounds associated with a broad range of biologically useful properties. In recent years, synthetic compounds that contain two flavonoid units linked together have attracted attention in drug discovery and development projects. Numerous flavonoid dimer systems, incorporating a range of monomers attached via different linkers, have been reported to exhibit interesting bioactivities. From a medicinal chemistry perspective, the 1,2,3-triazole ring system has been identified as a particularly attractive linker moiety in dimeric derivatives (owing to several favourable attributes including proven biological relevance and metabolic stability) and triazole-bridged flavonoid dimers possessing anticancer and antimalarial activities have recently been reported. However, there are relatively few examples of libraries of triazole-bridged flavonoid dimers and the diversity of flavonoid subunits present within these is typically limited. Thus, this compound type arguably remains underexplored within drug discovery. Herein, we report a modular strategy for the synthesis of novel and biologically interesting triazole-bridged flavonoid heterodimers and also very rare heterotrimers from readily available starting materials. Application of this strategy has enabled step-efficient and systematic access to a library of structurally diverse compounds of this sort, with a variety of monomer units belonging to six different structural subclasses of flavonoid successfully incorporated.

  15. Synthesis, structural, optical and photocatalytic properties of CdS/ZnS core/shell nanoparticles

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    Reddy, Ch. Venkata; Shim, Jaesool; Cho, Migyung

    2017-04-01

    CdS, ZnS and CdS/ZnS core/shell nanoparticles were successfully synthesized via two-step synthesis method. The as-prepared CdS, ZnS and CdS/ZnS core/shell nanoparticles were used to study the structural, morphological, and optical properties by PXRD, TEM, HRTEM, UV-vis spectroscopy, N2 adsorption-desorption, FT-IR, PL and Raman spectroscopy measurements. The XRD pattern confirms the crystal structure of the prepared ZnS, CdS, and CdS/ZnS core/shell nanoparticles. The crystallinity of the as-prepared samples is confirmed by PXRD, TEM and HRTEM analysis. The BET analysis showed that the CdS/ZnS core/shell nanoparticles had larger surface area and pore diameter than CdS and ZnS. The Raman and FT-IR spectra confirm the fundamental vibrational modes of CdS and ZnS respectively. Compared to pure CdS and ZnS, CdS/ZnS core/shell nanoparticles exhibited higher photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methyl orange (MO). The enhancement of photocatalytic activity in the CdS/ZnS core/shell nanoparticles is due to the interface actions between CdS and ZnS, which greatly reduces the recombination of photogenerated electrons-holes pair. The proposed mechanism for degradation of MO dye is discussed in detail.

  16. Strontium substituted hydroxyapatites: Synthesis and determination of their structural properties, in vitro and in vivo performance

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    Kaygili, Omer, E-mail: okaygili@firat.edu.tr [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Firat University, 23119 Elazig (Turkey); Keser, Serhat [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Firat University, 23119 Elazig (Turkey); Kom, Mustafa [Department of Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Firat University, 23119 Elazig (Turkey); Eroksuz, Yesari [Department of Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Firat University, 23119 Elazig (Turkey); Dorozhkin, Sergey V. [Kudrinskaja square 1-155, Moscow 123242 (Russian Federation); Ates, Tankut [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Firat University, 23119 Elazig (Turkey); Ozercan, Ibrahim H. [Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, Firat University, 23119 Elazig (Turkey); Tatar, Cengiz; Yakuphanoglu, Fahrettin [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Firat University, 23119 Elazig (Turkey)

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    The objective of this study is to present a detailed report related to the synthesis and characterization of strontium substituted hydroxyapatites. Based on this purpose, hydroxyapatite (HAp) bioceramics with different amounts of strontium (e.g., 0, 0.45, 0.90, 1.35, 1.80 and 2.25 at.%) were prepared using a sol–gel method. The effects of Sr substitution on the structural properties and biocompatibility of the samples were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques, in vitro and in vivo tests. All the samples composed of the nanoparticles ranging from 21 to 27 nm. The presence of Sr at low levels influenced the crystal size, crystallinity degree, lattice parameters and volume of the unit cell of the HAp. Both in vitro conditions and soaking period in simulated body fluid (SBF) significantly affected these properties. Especially, the (Ca + Sr)/P molar ratio gradually decreases with increasing soaking period in SBF. Animal experiments revealed the bone formation and osseointegration for all samples, and as compared with other groups, more reasonable, were observed for the sample with the lowest Sr content. - Highlights: • Sr content affects the structural properties of hydroxyapatite. • Bone formation and osseointegration are observed for all the samples. • In vitro conditions cause a significant change in the (Ca + Sr)/P ratio.

  17. Synthesis and structural characterization of Li{sub 3}Y(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}

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    Braeuchle, Sebastian; Huppertz, Hubert [Innsbruck Univ. (Austria). Inst. fuer Allgemeine, Anorganische und Theoretische Chemie

    2017-03-01

    Li{sub 3}Y(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} was prepared by high-temperature solid state synthesis at 900 C in a platinum crucible from lithium carbonate, boric acid, and yttrium(III) oxide. The compound crystallizes monoclinically in the space group P2{sub 1}/c (no. 14) (Z=4) isotypically to Li{sub 3}Gd(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}. The structure was refined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data: a=8.616(3), b=6.416(3), c=10.014(2) Aa, β=116.6(2) , V=494.9(3) Aa{sup 3}, R1=0.0211, and wR2=0.0378 for all data. The crystal structure of Li{sub 3}Y(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} consists of [Y{sub 2}O{sub 14}] dinuclear units, which are interconnected to each other by planar B(1)O{sub 3} groups and LiO{sub 4} tetrahedra via common edges and corners along the a axis.

  18. New Diethyl Ammonium Salt of Thiobarbituric Acid Derivative: Synthesis, Molecular Structure Investigations and Docking Studies

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    Assem Barakat

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis of the new diethyl ammonium salt of diethylammonium(E-5-(1,5-bis(4-fluorophenyl-3-oxopent-4-en-1-yl-1,3-diethyl-4,6-dioxo-2-thioxohexaydropyrimidin-5-ide 3 via a regioselective Michael addition of N,N-diethylthiobarbituric acid 1 to dienone 2 is described. In 3, the carboanion of the thiobarbituric moiety is stabilized by the strong intramolecular electron delocalization with the adjacent carbonyl groups and so the reaction proceeds without any cyclization. The molecular structure investigations of 3 were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction as well as DFT computations. The theoretically calculated (DFT/B3LYP geometry agrees well with the crystallographic data. The effect of fluorine replacement by chlorine atoms on the molecular structure aspects were investigated using DFT methods. Calculated electronic spectra showed a bathochromic shift of the π-π* transition when fluorine is replaced by chlorine. Charge decomposition analyses were performed to study possible interaction between the different fragments in the studied systems. Molecular docking simulations examining the inhibitory nature of the compound show an anti-diabetic activity with Pa (probability of activity value of 0.229.

  19. Synthesis, structural and magnetic characterization of soft magnetic nanocrystalline ternary FeNiCo particles

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    Toparli, Cigdem [Department of Metallurgical & Materials Eng., Istanbul Technical University, 34469 Istanbul (Turkey); Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Düsseldorf (Germany); Ebin, Burçak [Department of Metallurgical & Materials Eng., Istanbul Technical University, 34469 Istanbul (Turkey); Nuclear Chemistry and Industrial Material Recycling, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, S-412 96 Gothenburg (Sweden); Gürmen, Sebahattin, E-mail: gurmen@itu.edu.tr [Department of Metallurgical & Materials Eng., Istanbul Technical University, 34469 Istanbul (Turkey)

    2017-02-01

    The present study focuses on the synthesis, microstructural and magnetic properties of ternary FeNiCo nanoparticles. Nanocrystalline ternary FeNiCo particles were synthesized via hydrogen reduction assisted ultrasonic spray pyrolysis method in single step. The effect of precursor concentration on the morphology and the size of particles was investigated. The syntheses were performed at 800 °C. Structure, morphology and magnetic properties of the as-prepared products were characterized through X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) studies. Scherer calculation revealed that crystallite size of the ternary particles ranged between 36 and 60 nm. SEM and TEM investigations showed that the particle size was strongly influenced by the precursor concentration and Fe, Ni, Co elemental composition of individual particles was homogeneous. Finally, the soft magnetic properties of the particles were observed to be a function of their size. - Highlights: • Ternary FeNiCo alloy nanocrystalline particles were synthesized in a single step. • Cubic crystalline structure and spherical morphology was observed by XRD, SEM and TEM investigations. • The analysis of magnetic properties indicates the soft magnetic features of particles.

  20. Solution structure of protein synthesis initiation factor 1 from Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Hu, Yanmei; Bernal, Alejandra; Bullard, James M; Zhang, Yonghong

    2016-12-01

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic bacterial pathogen and a primary cause of nosocomial infection in humans. The rate of antibiotic resistance in P. aeruginosa is increasing worldwide leading to an unmet need for discovery of new chemical compounds distinctly different from present antimicrobials. Protein synthesis is an essential metabolic process and a validated target for the development of new antibiotics. Initiation factor 1 from P. aeruginosa (Pa-IF1) is the smallest of the three initiation factors that act to establish the 30S initiation complex during initiation of protein biosynthesis. Here we report the characterization and solution NMR structure of Pa-IF1. Pa-IF1 consists of a five-stranded β-sheet with an unusual extended β-strand at the C-terminus and one short α-helix arranged in the sequential order β1-β2-β3-α1-β4-β5. The structure adopts a typical β-barrel fold and contains an oligomer-binding motif. A cluster of basic residues (K39, R41, K42, K64, R66, R70, and R72) located on the surface of strands β4 and β5 near the short α-helix may compose the binding interface with the 30S subunit. © 2016 The Protein Society.

  1. Synthesis, Optical and Structural Properties of Copper Sulfide Nanocrystals from Single Molecule Precursors

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    Peter A. Ajibade

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available We report the synthesis and structural studies of copper sulfide nanocrystals from copper (II dithiocarbamate single molecule precursors. The precursors were thermolysed in hexadecylamine (HDA to prepare HDA-capped CuS nanocrystals. The optical properties of the nanocrystals studied using UV–visible and photoluminescence spectroscopy showed absorption band edges at 287 nm that are blue shifted, and the photoluminescence spectra show emission curves that are red-shifted with respect to the absorption band edges. These shifts are as a result of the small crystallite sizes of the nanoparticles leading to quantum size effects. The structural studies were carried out using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS, and atomic force microscopy. The XRD patterns indicates that the CuS nanocrystals are in hexagonal covellite crystalline phases with estimated particles sizes of 17.3–18.6 nm. The TEM images showed particles with almost spherical or rod shapes, with average crystallite sizes of 3–9.8 nm. SEM images showed morphology with ball-like microspheres on the surfaces, and EDS spectra confirmed the presence of CuS nanoparticles.

  2. Synthesis, structure, and physical properties of hybrid nanocomposites for solid-state dye lasers.

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    García-Moreno, I; Costela, A; Cuesta, A; García, O; del Agua, D; Sastre, R

    2005-11-24

    We report on the synthesis, structural characterization, physical properties, and lasing action of two organic dyes, Rhodamine 6G (Rh6G) and Pyrromethene 597 (PM597), incorporated into new hybrid organic-inorganic materials, where the organic component was either poly(2-hydroxyethyl-methacrylate) (PHEMA) or copolymers of HEMA with methyl methacrylate (MMA), and the inorganic counterpart consisted of silica derived from hydrolysis-condensation of methyltriethoxysilane (TRIEOS) in weight proportion of up to 30%. Lasing efficiencies of up 23% and high photostabilities, with no sign of degradation in the initial laser output after 100 000 pump pulses at 10 Hz, were demonstrated when pumping the samples transversely at 534 nm with 5.5 mJ/pulse. A direct relationship could be established between the structure of the hybrid materials, analyzed by solid-state NMR, and their laser behavior. An inorganic network dominated by di-/tri- substituted silicates in a proportion approximately 35:65, corresponding to samples of HEMA with 15 and 20 wt % proportion of TRIEOS, optimizes the lasing photostability. The thermal properties of these materials, together with the high homogeneity revealed by atomic force microscopy (AFM) images, even in compounds with high silica content, indicate their microstructure to be a continuous phase, corresponding to the polymer matrix, which "traps" the silica components at molecular level via covalent bonding, with few or no silica islands.

  3. Variants of windmill nystagmus.

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    Choi, Kwang-Dong; Shin, Hae Kyung; Kim, Ji-Soo; Kim, Sung-Hee; Choi, Jae-Hwan; Kim, Hyo-Jung; Zee, David S

    2016-07-01

    Windmill nystagmus is characterized by a clock-like rotation of the beating direction of a jerk nystagmus suggesting separate horizontal and vertical oscillators, usually 90° out of phase. We report oculographic characteristics in three patients with variants of windmill nystagmus in whom the common denominator was profound visual loss due to retinal diseases. Two patients showed a clock-like pattern, while in the third, the nystagmus was largely diagonal (in phase or 180° out of phase) but also periodically changed direction by 180°. We hypothesize that windmill nystagmus is a unique manifestation of "eye movements of the blind." It emerges when the central structures, including the cerebellum, that normally keep eye movements calibrated and gaze steady can no longer perform their task, because they are deprived of the retinal image motion that signals a need for adaptive recalibration.

  4. The relationship between microevolution and macroevolution, and the structure of the extended synthesis.

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    Folguera, Guillermo; Lombardi, Olimpia

    2012-01-01

    This article focuses on the relationship between microevolution and macroevolution. The main purpose is to argue that up to the present time in the consolidation of the evolutionary synthesis macroevolution has been always conceived as dependent on microevolution. Such dependence was very clear in the synthesis, but seems to have been left aside by later authors. Nevertheless, we show that the criticisms of the synthesis since the decade of the 1970s did not modify that general trend: the new perspectives reproduced the dependence of macroevolution on microevolution by means of strategies different than those appealed to by the traditional synthesis.

  5. Novel synthesis and structural analysis of zinc oxide nanoparticles for the non enzymatic glucose biosensor.

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    Dayakar, T; Venkateswara Rao, K; Bikshalu, K; Rajendar, V; Park, Si-Hyun

    2017-06-01

    A non-enzymatic glucose biosensor was developed by utilizing the zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) synthesized by a novel green method using the leaf extract of Ocimum tenuiflorum. The structural, optical and morphological properties of ZnO NPs characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDAX) spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The XRD analysis revealed that the ZnO NPs were crystalline and had a hexagonal wurtzite structure. The crystallite size measured by XRD was the same as that measured using SEM and TEM. The UV-vis absorption spectrum estimates the band gap of ZnO NPs present in the range of 2.82 to 3.45eV. The reduction and formation of ZnO NPs mainly due to the involvement of leaf extract bio-molecular compounds analyzed from the FTIR spectra. The SEM result confirms the morphology of the NPs responsible from the various concentration of leaf extract in the synthesis process. HRTEM analysis depicts the spherical structure of ZnO NPs. The synthesized NPs have the average size ranges from 10 to 20nm. The fabricated GCE/ZnO glucose sensor represents superior electro catalytic activity that has been observed for ZnO NPs with a reproducible sensitivity of 631.30μAmM -1 cm -2 , correlation coefficient of R=0.998, linear dynamic range from 1-8.6mM, low detection limit of 0.043μM (S/N=3) and response time<4s. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Synthesis and structural evaluation of five coordination complexes of benzenepentacarboxylic acid with aza-donor ligands

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    Shimpi, Manishkumar R.; Biswas, Sharmita Nandy; Sarkar, Sohini; Pedireddi, V. R.

    2016-06-01

    Synthesis and structural features of five new coordination assemblies, [Co(bpyH)(H2O)5](BPCH)·(bpyH2)0.5·(H2O) (1a), [{Cu(H2O)3}·{Cu0.5(bpy)0.5(H2O)0.5}2(μ-BPCH)] (1b), [{Cd0.5(BPCH)}2·{Cd0.5(bpy)(H2O)2}2]·6(H2O) (1c), [Cu(BPCH2)(bpyeaH)]·2(H2O) (1d) and [Cd2 (bpyea)0.5(oxalate)0.5(μ-BPC) (H2O)]·(bpyeaH2)·2(H2O) (1e), have been reported. All the assemblies were prepared by co-crystallization of benzenepentacarboxylic acid (BPCH5) either with 4,4‧-bipyridine (bpy) or 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethane (bpyea) in the presence of a transition metal ion (either Co(II), Cu(II) or Cd(II)) as the case may be. All the five compounds were synthesized by hydrothermal method and structures were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. All the obtained compounds, 1a-1e, exhibit distinct 3-D polymeric architectures either in the form of stacked layers or host-guest networks in which water molecules play a pivotal role providing additional stabilization by coordinate bonds as well as hydrogen bonds. Other non-covalent interactions such as C-H … π and π … π stacking also participate in the formation of exotic 3-D structures of these complexes.

  7. Synthesis, structural, DFT studies, docking and antibacterial activity of a xanthene based hydrazone ligand

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    Naseem, Saira; Khalid, Muhammad; Tahir, Muhammad Nawaz; Halim, Mohammad A.; Braga, Ataualpa A. C.; Naseer, Muhammad Moazzam; Shafiq, Zahid

    2017-09-01

    Herein, we present the synthesis of novel xanthene-based hydrazone (1). The chemical structure of 1 was resolved using spectroscopic techniques such as NMR, FT-IR, UV-VIS and X-ray crystallographic approaches. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the compound (1) crystallizes in triclinic crystal lattice with the Pbar1 space group and diffused to form multi-layered structure due to non-covalent interactions such as intramolecular hydrogen bonding (H.B). In addition to experimental investigation, density functional theory (DFT) calculation with M06-2X/6-31G(d,p) and B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level of theories was performed on compound (1) to obtain optimized geometry, spectroscopic and electronic properties. DFT optimized geometry shows good agreement with the experimental XRD structure. The hyper conjugative interactions and hydrogen bonding network are responsible for the stability of compound (1) as revealed by natural bond orbital (NBO) calculation. Moreover, hydrogen bonding network in the dimer is confirmed by FT-IR and thermodynamic studies showing excellent agreement with XRD and NBO findings. TD-DFT/UV-VIS analysis provides insight that maximum excitation is found in 1 which shows good agreement with experimental UV-VIS result. The global reactivity parameters are calculated using the energies of frontier molecular orbitals also disclosed that the compound is more stable might be due to hydrogen bonding network. Experimental and molecular docking studies indicated that this compound has anti-bacterial and anti-diabetic properties. The binding affinity of this compound against the multidrug efflux pump subunit AcrB OS=Escherichia coli (strain K12) and Human Pancreatic Alpha-Amylase is -9.2 and -10.00 kcal/mol which are higher than the control drugs. Pi-Pi, Pi-anaion, amide-pi and pi-alkyl bonds play key role in drug-protein complexes.

  8. Vascular wall proteoglycan synthesis and structure as a target for the prevention of atherosclerosis

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    Peter J Little

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Peter J Little1, 2, 3, Mandy L. Ballinger1, Narin Osman1,31Cell Biology of Diabetes Laboratory, Baker Heart Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia; Monash University, Departments of 2Medicine and 3Immunology, Central and Eastern Clinical School, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, AustraliaAbstract: Atherosclerosis is the underlying pathology of most cardiovascular disease and it represents the major cause of premature death in modern societies. Current therapies target risk factors being hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia and hyperglycemia when diabetes is present however the maximum efficacy of these strategies is often 30% or less. Areas of vascular biology that may lead to the development of a complementary vascular wall directed therapy are: inflammation, oxidation, endothelial dysfunction, diabetes-specific factors —hyperglycemia and advanced glycation endproducts and lipid retention by vascular matrix specifically proteoglycans. The major structural features of proteoglycans that determine low-density lipoprotein (LDL binding are the length and sulfation pattern on the glycosaminoglycan (GAG chains. Emerging data discussed in this review indicates that these structural properties are subject to considerable regulation by vasoactive substances possibly using novel signaling pathways. For example, GAG elongation stimulated by platelet-derived growth factor is not blocked by the receptor tyrosine kinase antagonist, genistein suggesting that there may be a previously unknown signaling pathway involved in this response. Thus, modifying proteoglycan synthesis and structure may represent a prime target to prevent LDL binding and entrapment in the vessel wall and thus prevent the development and progression of atherosclerosis.Keywords: proteoglycans, signaling, lipoproteins, atherosclerosis

  9. A Better Understanding of Protein Structure and Function by the Synthesis and Incorporation of Selenium- and Tellurium Containing Tryptophan Analogs

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    Helmey, Sherif Samir [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Bioscience Division; Belmont Univ., Nashville, TN (United States). Dept. of Chemistry and Physics; Rice, Ambrose Eugene [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Bioscience Division; Belmont Univ., Nashville, TN (United States). Dept. of Chemistry and Physics; Hatch, Duane Michael [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Bioscience Division; Belmont Univ., Nashville, TN (United States). Dept. of Chemistry and Physics; Silks, Louis A. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Bioscience Division; Marti-Arbona, Ricardo [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Bioscience Division

    2016-08-17

    Unnatural heavy metal-containing amino acid analogs have shown to be very important in the analysis of protein structure, using methods such as X-ray crystallography, mass spectroscopy, and NMR spectroscopy. Synthesis and incorporation of selenium-containing methionine analogs has already been shown in the literature however with some drawbacks due to toxicity to host organisms. Thus synthesis of heavy metal tryptophan analogs should prove to be more effective since the amino acid tryptophan is naturally less abundant in many proteins. For example, bioincorporation of β-seleno[3,2-b]pyrrolyl-L-alanine ([4,5]SeTrp) and β-selenolo[2,3-b]pyrrolyl-L-alanine ([6,7]SeTrp) has been shown in the following proteins without structural or catalytic perturbations: human annexin V, barstar, and dihydrofolate reductase. The reported synthesis of these Se-containing analogs is currently not efficient for commercial purposes. Thus a more efficient, concise, high-yield synthesis of selenotryptophan, as well as the corresponding, tellurotryptophan, will be necessary for wide spread use of these unnatural amino acid analogs. This research will highlight our progress towards a synthetic route of both [6,7]SeTrp and [6,7]TeTrp, which ultimately will be used to study the effect on the catalytic activity of Lignin Peroxidase (LiP).

  10. Microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of CePO{sub 4} nanostructures: Correlation between the structural and optical properties

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    Palma-Ramírez, D. [Instituto Politécnico Nacional, CICATA-Unidad Altamira, Km 14.5, Carretera Tampico-Puerto Industrial Altamira, C.P. 89600 Altamira, Tamps (Mexico); Domínguez-Crespo, M.A., E-mail: mdominguezc@ipn.mx [Instituto Politécnico Nacional, CICATA-Unidad Altamira, Km 14.5, Carretera Tampico-Puerto Industrial Altamira, C.P. 89600 Altamira, Tamps (Mexico); Torres-Huerta, A.M. [Instituto Politécnico Nacional, CICATA-Unidad Altamira, Km 14.5, Carretera Tampico-Puerto Industrial Altamira, C.P. 89600 Altamira, Tamps (Mexico); Dorantes-Rosales, H. [Instituto Politécnico Nacional, ESIQIE, Departamento de Metalurgia, C.P. 07300 México D.F. (Mexico); Ramírez-Meneses, E. [Universidad Iberoamericana, Departamento de Ingeniería y Ciencias Químicas, Prolongación Paseo de la Reforma 880, Lomas de Santa Fe, C.P. 01219 México D.F. (Mexico); Rodríguez, E. [Instituto Politécnico Nacional, CICATA-Unidad Altamira, Km 14.5, Carretera Tampico-Puerto Industrial Altamira, C.P. 89600 Altamira, Tamps (Mexico)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • An enhancement in the hydrothermal synthesis for obtaining of CePO{sub 4} is presented. • Microwave energy can replace the energy by convection for obtaining CePO{sub 4}. • CePO{sub 4} demonstrates to be an option to increase the optical properties of polymers. • Adjusting the pH, the sintering process is not necessary to obtain the desire phase. • CePO{sub 4} morphologies undergo evolution from nanorods to semispherical nanoparticles. - Abstract: In this work, the microwave-assisted hydrothermal method is proposed as an alternative to the synthesis of cerium phosphate (CePO{sub 4}) nanostructures to evaluate the influence of different synthesis parameters on both the structural and optical properties. In order to reach this goal, two different sets of experiments were designed, varying the reaction temperature (130 and 180 °C), synthesis time (15 and 30 min) and sintering temperature (400 and 600 °C), maintaining a constant pH = 3. Thereafter, two experimental conditions were selected to assess changes in the properties of CePO{sub 4} nanopowders with pH (1, 5, 9 and 11). The crystal structure and morphology of the nanostructures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. Diffuse reflectance properties of CePO{sub 4} with different microstructures were studied. The results demonstrated that by using the microwave-assisted hydrothermal method, the shape, size and structural phase of CePO{sub 4} can be modulated by using relatively low synthesis temperatures and short reaction times, and depending on pH, a sintering process is not needed to obtain either a desired phase or size. Under the selected experimental conditions, the materials underwent an evolution from nanorods to semispherical nanoparticles, accompanied by a phase transition from hexagonal to monoclinic.

  11. Nonlinear dynamic response analysis of localized damaged laminated composite structures in the context of component mode synthesis

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    Mahmoudi, S.; Trivaudey, F.; Bouhaddi, N.

    2015-07-01

    The aim of this study is the prediction of the dynamic response of damaged laminated composite structures in the context of component mode synthesis. Hence, a method of damage localization of complex structures is proposed. The dynamic behavior of transversely isotropic layers is expressed through elasticity coupled with damage based on an existing macro model for cracked structures. The damage is located only in some regions of the whole structure, which is decomposed on substructures. The incremental linear dynamic governing equations are obtained by using the classical linear Kirchhoff-Love theory of plates. Then, considering the damage-induced nonlinearity, the obtained nonlinear dynamic equations are solved in time domain. However, a detailed finite element modelling of such structure on the scale of localized damage would generate very high computational costs. To reduce this cost, Component Mode Synthesis method (CMS) is used for modelling a nonlinear fine-scale substructure damaged, connected to linear dynamic models of the remaining substructures, which can be condensed and not updated at each iteration. Numerical results show that the mechanical properties of the structure highly change when damage is taken into account. Under an impact load, damage increases and reaches its highest value with the maximum of the applied load and then remains unchanged. Besides, the eigenfrequencies of the damaged structure decrease comparing with those of an undamaged one. This methodology can be used for monitoring strategies and lifetime estimations of hybrid complex structures due to the damage state is known in space and time.

  12. Synthesis and structure of nanomaterials in the system K2O-Nb2O5-SiO2

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    Georgi Chernev; Bisserka Samuneva; Isabel M. Miranda Salvado; Paula Vilarinho; Aiying Wu

    2009-01-01

    The aim of the present work is synthesis of ferroelectric nanomaterials, in the K2O-Nb2O5-SiO2 system via solgel method and studying the processes of formation and structure of the synthesized ferroelectric nanomaterials. The structure of synthesized materials has been studied by means of the following methods: EDS, XRD, FT-IR, SEM and AFM. The results obtained showed that the structure of the investigated compositions does not depend on the niobium content and all the samples keep their amor...

  13. Solution combustion synthesis of oxide semiconductors for solar energy conversion and environmental remediation.

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    Rajeshwar, Krishnan; de Tacconi, Norma R

    2009-07-01

    In this tutorial review, we summarize recent research on the solution combustion synthesis of oxide semiconductors for applications related to photovoltaic solar energy conversion, photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation, and heterogeneous photocatalytic remediation of environmental pollutants. First, the advantages of combustion synthesis relative to other strategies for preparing oxide semiconductors are discussed followed by a summary of process variants in combustion synthesis. The possibility of in situ chemical modification of the oxide during its formation in the combustion environment is addressed. Morphological and crystal structure aspects of the combustion-synthesized products are discussed followed by a summary of trends in their photocatalytic activity relative to benchmark samples prepared by other methods.

  14. Synthesis, Molecular Structure and Spectroscopic Investigations of Novel Fluorinated Spiro Heterocycles

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    Mohammad Shahidul Islam

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes an efficient and regioselective method for the synthesis of novel fluorinated spiro-heterocycles in excellent yield by cascade [5+1] double Michael addition reactions. The compounds 7,11-bis(4-fluorophenyl-2,4-dimethyl- 2,4-diazaspiro[5.5] undecane-1,3,5,9-tetraone (3a and 2,4-dimethyl-7,11-bis (4-(trifluoromethylphenyl-2,4-diazaspiro[5.5]undecane-1,3,5,9-tetraone (3b were characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, FT-IR and NMR techniques. The optimized geometrical parameters, infrared vibrational frequencies and NMR chemical shifts of the studied compounds have also been calculated using the density functional theory (DFT method, using Becke-3-Lee-Yang-Parr functional and the 6-311G(d,p basis set. There is good agreement between the experimentally determined structural parameters, vibrational frequencies and NMR chemical shifts of the studied compounds and those predicted theoretically. The calculated natural atomic charges using NBO method showed higher polarity of 3a compared to 3b.The calculated electronic spectra are also discussed based on the TD-DFT calculations.

  15. Laser-induced chemistry: an advanced tool for micro structuring, synthesis, and modification of materials

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    Metev, Simeon; Stephen, Andreas; Schwarz, Joerg; Wochnowski, Carsten

    2004-04-01

    Laser-induced technological chemical processes can significantly contribute to the development of new methods for micro treatment of materials and hence to the broadening of the application spectrum of laser microtechnology. In this paper three typical laser-activated chemical technological methods in liquids, gases and solids and their possible applications are presented and discussed: (1) Laser-induced liquid-phase jet-chemical etching of metals. In this method, laser radiation which is guided from a coaxially expanding liquid jet-stream initiates locally on a metal surface a thermochemical etching reaction, which leads to a selective material removal at high resolution (thermochemical CVD processes taking place in a photon-initiated stationary plasma maintained in the electromagnetic optical field of a high-power cw-CO2 laser radiation. This method allows synthesis of thin-film coatings in the open-air atmosphere without using vacuum or reaction chamber; (3) Laser-induced photochemical modification of the optical properties of polymers. This method is based on the local controllable change of the polymer structure leading to modification of the refractive index in the treated area. By numerous independently adjustable laser radiation parameters, for instance wavelength and irradiation dose, the modification process can be controllably driven in order to generate desired functional properties.

  16. Arene-Inserted Extended Germa[n]pericyclynes: Synthesis, Structure, and Phosphorescence Properties.

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    Tanimoto, Hiroki; Mori, Junta; Ito, Shunichiro; Nishiyama, Yasuhiro; Morimoto, Tsumoru; Tanaka, Kazuo; Chujo, Yoshiki; Kakiuchi, Kiyomi

    2017-07-26

    This report describes the synthesis and characterization of arene-inserted extended (ArEx) germa[n]pericyclynes composed of germanium and 1,4-diethynylbenzene units. These novel cyclic germanium-π unit materials were synthesized with diethynylbenzene and germanium dichloride. X-ray crystallographic analysis revealed their structures, and the planar conformation of ArEx germa[4]pericyclyne along with the regular aromatic rings. UV/Vis absorption spectra and fluorescence emission spectra showed considerably unique and highly improved character compared to previously reported germa[n]pericyclynes. Even in the absence of transition metal components, phosphorescence emissions were observed, and the emission lifetimes were dramatically improved. ArEx germa[n]pericyclynes showed high photoluminescence quantum yields, whereas low photoluminescence quantum yields were observed for acyclic compounds. Density functional theory calculations show delocalized orbitals between skipped alkyne units through a germanium tether, and an increase in the HOMO energy level, leading to a small HOMO-LUMO energy gap. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Spiro copper(II)-metallacycles derived from 5-arylaminomethylene-barbituric acids: Synthesis and structural characterization

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    Fırıncı, Erkan; Giziroglu, Emrah; Celepci, Duygu Barut; Söyleyici, Hakan Can; Aygün, Muhittin

    2017-06-01

    Schiff bases derived from 2,4,6-trioxohexahydroprimidine-5-carbaldehyde can behave as chelating ligands. 5-[(2,6-diisopropylphenylamino)-methylene]pyrimidine-2,4,6-trione (LB1) and 1,3-dimethyl-5-[(2-phenoxyphenylamino)-methylene]pyrimidine-2,4,6-trione (LB2) were used as ligand in the synthesis of novel mononuclear five-coordinated copper(II) complexes. The spectroscopic properties of the ligands were detected by FT-IR and NMR. The molecular structure of LB2 was determined by X-ray diffraction which crystallizes in the orthorhombic Pca21 space group. The complexes of Cu(LB1)2 (2) and Cu(LB2)2 (3) were characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR and X-ray diffraction. The X-ray diffraction studies reveal 2 and 3 contain five-coordinated Cu(II) atom which is surrounded by two nitrogen and three oxygen atoms. The coordination geometry of complexes were examined using the Addison's model. The results show that complex 2 has distorted trigonal bipyramidal geometry, but complex 3 has distorted square pyramidal geometry. Also, the synthesized copper complexes can be regarded as spiro metallacycles in which copper is central spiro atom.

  18. Hydrothermal synthesis of zeolite T from kaolin using two different structure-directing agents

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    E Arshad, Sazmal; Lutfor Rahman, M.; Sarkar, Shaheen M.; Yusslee, Eddy F.; Patuwan, Siti Z.

    2018-01-01

    Zeolite T was synthesized from the molar chemical composition of 1SiO2:0.04Al2O3:0.26Na2O:0.09K2O:14H2O in the form of a homogenous milky solution in the presence of the two different structure-directing agents TMAOH and TEAOH respectively. Modification of the composition of silica was undertaken using metakaolin from calcined kaolin at 750 °C for 4 h, while the molar composition of each different SDA was variated from 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20 and 0.25. The homogenous mixture was left at room temperature for 24 h before undergoing hydrothermal synthesis at 100 °C for 168 h. The synthesized samples were filtered and aged at 120 °C for 2 h and each sample was calcined at high temperatures (545 °C for TMAOH and 520 °C for TEAOH) for template removal before characterization using XRD and SEM. Crystallization of the zeolite T in its major form only took place at a molar ratio of 0.10 of TMAOH, while TEAOH showed the species evolution of zeolite T into zeolite L and W for other molar ratios.

  19. In Situ Synthesis of Bimetallic Hybrid Nanocatalysts on a Paper-Structured Matrix for Catalytic Applications

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    Hirotaka Koga

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Bimetallic nanoparticles have attracted significant attention as their electrochemical and catalytic properties being superior to those of the individual component nanoparticles. In this study, gold-silver hybrid nanoparticles (AuAgNPs with an Aucore-Agshell nanostructure were successfully synthesized on zinc oxide (ZnO whiskers. The as-prepared nanocatalyst, denoted AuAgNPs@ZnO whisker, exhibits an excellent catalytic efficiency in the aqueous reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol; the turnover frequency was up to 40 times higher than that of each component nanoparticle. Their unique features were attributed to the electronic ligand effect at the bimetallic interface. In addition, the AuAgNPs were synthesized on a ZnO whisker-containing paper with a fiber-network microstructure, which was prepared via a papermaking technique. The paper-structured AuAgNPs composite possessed both a paper-like practical utility and a good catalytic performance. Furthermore, the on-paper synthesis process for these bimetallic nanocatalysts is facile. These easy-to-handle nanocatalyst hybrid composites are expected to find a wide range of applications in various chemical and catalytic processes.

  20. Layered cobalt hydroxysulfates with both rigid and flexible organic pillars: synthesis, structure, porosity, and cooperative magnetism.

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    Rujiwatra, A; Kepert, C J; Claridge, J B; Rosseinsky, M J; Kumagai, H; Kurmoo, M

    2001-10-31

    The synthesis and characterization of two members of a family of porous magnetic materials is described. The structures of Co4(SO4)(OH)6(C2N2H8)0.5*3H2O and Co4(SO4)(OH)6(C6N2H12)0.5*H2O and their thermal stability can be tailored via the choice of organic pillar. The interactions between the pillaring agent and the compositionally complex inorganic layer are discussed. The influences of two pillaring agents i.e., the flexible ethylenediamine and the relatively rigid 1,4-diazabicyclo[2,2,2]octane, on thermal stability, rigidity upon guest loss, and magnetic behavior of the pillared solids are compared. The magnetism of the pillared layered cobalt hydroxides is complex due to the influences of multiple metal sites, inter- and intralayer exchange, spin-orbit coupling, and geometrical frustration. The wide variety of potential pillars, oxyanions, and possible metal substitutions at the octahedral and tetrahedral sites offers the possibility of tailoring the magnetic and porous properties of these materials.

  1. Synthesis and structure-activity relationship of Huprine derivatives as human acetylcholinesterase inhibitors.

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    Ronco, Cyril; Sorin, Geoffroy; Nachon, Florian; Foucault, Richard; Jean, Ludovic; Romieu, Anthony; Renard, Pierre-Yves

    2009-07-01

    New series of Huprine (12-amino-6,7,10,11-tetrahydro-7,11-methanocycloocta[b]quinolines) derivatives have been synthesized and their inhibiting activities toward recombinant human acetylcholinesterase (rh-AChE) are reported. We have synthesized two series of Huprine analogues; in the first one, the benzene ring of the quinoline moiety has been replaced by different heterocycles or electron-withdrawing or electron-donating substituted phenyl group. The second one has been designed in order to evaluate the influence of modification at position 12 where different short linkers have been introduced on the Huprine X, Y skeletons. All these molecules have been prepared from ethyl- or methyl-bicyclo[3.3.1]non-6-en-3-one via Friedländer reaction involving selected o-aminocyano aromatic compounds. The synthesis of two heterodimers based on these Huprines has been also reported. Activities from moderate to same range than the most active Huprines X and Y taken as references have been obtained, the most potent analogue being about three times less active than parent Huprines X and Y. Topologic data have been inferred from molecular dockings and variations of activity between the different linkers suggest future structural modifications for activity improvement.

  2. Synthesis of diosgenin p-nitrobenzoate by Steglich method, its crystal structure and quantum chemical studies

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    Sethi, Arun; Bhatia, Akriti; Shukla, Dolly; Kumar, Abhinav; Sonker, Ravi; Prakash, Rohit; Bhatia, Gitika

    2012-11-01

    In the present study, a novel one pot synthetic route for the synthesis of diosgenin p-nitrobenzoate (2) is described from cheap, commercially available naturally occurring sapogenin-diosgenin. The molecular geometry, IR frequencies, Gauge-including atomic orbital (GIAO), 1H and 13C NMR chemical shifts of compound 2 has been calculated in the ground state by using the Hartree-Fock (HF) and density functional method (DFT/B3LYP) using 6-31G(d,p) basis set. The structure of diosgenin p-nitrobenzoate (2) has been confirmed by single crystal X-ray diffraction. The compound crystallizes in monoclinic form having space group P21 with cell parameters a = 7.719(2) Å, b = 8.425(2) Å and c = 22.578(6) Å, α = 90.00, β = 98.46 and γ = 90.00. The oxygen atoms O5 and O4 of the nitro and carbonyl ester, respectively display weak intermolecular N1sbnd O5⋯H7' and C1'dbnd O4⋯H4' interactions having dimensions of 2.61 and 2.59 Å, respectively to form intricate 1D network. The study of the electronic properties such as HOMO and LUMO energy were performed using time dependent DFT (TD-DFT) calculations. The calculated HOMO and LUMO energy values indicate that charge transfer takes place within the molecule. The compound was screened for cytotoxicity and anti-adipogenic activity.

  3. Synthesis, photodynamic activity, and quantitative structure-activity relationship modelling of a series of BODIPYs.

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    Caruso, Enrico; Gariboldi, Marzia; Sangion, Alessandro; Gramatica, Paola; Banfi, Stefano

    2017-02-01

    Here we report the synthesis of eleven new BODIPYs (14-24) characterized by the presence of an aromatic ring on the 8 (meso) position and of iodine atoms on the pyrrolic 2,6 positions. These molecules, together with twelve BODIPYs already reported by us (1-12), represent a large panel of BODIPYs showing different atoms or groups as substituent of the aromatic moiety. Two physico-chemical features ((1)O2 generation rate and lipophilicity), which can play a fundamental role in the outcome as photosensitizers, have been studied. The in vitro photo-induced cell-killing efficacy of 23 PSs was studied on the SKOV3 cell line treating the cells for 24h in the dark then irradiating for 2h with a green LED device (fluence 25.2J/cm(2)). The cell-killing efficacy was assessed with the MTT test and compared with that one of meso un-substituted compound (13). In order to understand the possible effect of the substituents, a predictive quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) regression model, based on theoretical holistic molecular descriptors, was developed. The results clearly indicate that the presence of an aromatic ring is fundamental for an excellent photodynamic response, whereas the electronic effects and the position of the substituents on the aromatic ring do not influence the photodynamic efficacy. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Synthesis and crystal structures of gold nanowires with Gemini surfactants as directing agents.

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    Xu, Feng; Hou, Hao; Gao, Zhinong

    2014-12-15

    The preparation of crystalline gold nanowires (NWs) by using gemini surfactants as directing agents through a three-step seed-mediated method is reported. Unlike the nanorods with relatively low aspect ratios (typically below 20) obtained by using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide as a directing agent, the NWs obtained in this investigation can reach up to 4.4 μm, and the largest aspect ratio is calculated to be 210. For this, each of seven different gemini surfactants are utilized as directing agents, and the length and/or aspect ratio of the NWs can be tuned by varying the hydrocarbon chain lengths of the gemini surfactants. Both single and twinned crystalline structures are elucidated by selected-area electron diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy studies. The use of gemini surfactants not only advances the synthesis of gold nanostructures, but improves the understanding of the growth mechanism for seed-mediated growth. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. All Inorganic Halide Perovskites Nanosystem: Synthesis, Structural Features, Optical Properties and Optoelectronic Applications.

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    Li, Xiaoming; Cao, Fei; Yu, Dejian; Chen, Jun; Sun, Zhiguo; Shen, Yalong; Zhu, Ying; Wang, Lin; Wei, Yi; Wu, Ye; Zeng, Haibo

    2017-03-01

    The recent success of organometallic halide perovskites (OHPs) in photovoltaic devices has triggered lots of corresponding research and many perovskite analogues have been developed to look for devices with comparable performance but better stability. Upon the preparation of all inorganic halide perovskite nanocrystals (IHP NCs), research activities have soared due to their better stability, ultrahigh photoluminescence quantum yield (PL QY), and composition dependent luminescence covering the whole visible region with narrow line-width. They are expected to be promising materials for next generation lighting and display, and many other applications. Within two years, a lot of interesting results have been observed. Here, the synthesis of IHPs is reviewed, and their progresses in optoelectronic devices and optical applications, such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs), photodetectors (PDs), solar cells (SCs), and lasing, is presented. Information and recent understanding of their crystal structures and morphology modulations are addressed. Finally, a brief outlook is given, highlighting the presently main problems and their possible solutions and future development directions. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Synthesis, electronic structure, elastic properties, and interfacial behavior of icosahedral boron-rich solids

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    Hunold, Oliver

    2017-08-01

    Boron-rich solids are commonly characterized by icosahedral clusters, where 12 B atoms form an icosahedron, giving rise to outstanding mechanical and transport properties. However, broader applications are limited due to the high synthesis temperature required to obtain the icosahedra-based crystalline structure. Utilizing high power pulsed magnetron sputtering (HPPMS), the deposition temperature may be lowered as compared to direct current magnetron sputtering by enhanced surface diffusion. Therefore, HPPMS was utilized to investigate the influence of the substrate temperature on the structural evolution of B-rich Al-Y-B thin films. The formation of the intended AlYB{sub 14} phase together with the (Y,Al)B{sub 6} impurity phase, containing 1.8 at.% less B than AlYB{sub 14}, was observed at a growth temperature of 800 C and hence 600 C below the bulk synthesis temperature. Based on density functional theory (DFT) calculations it is inferred that minute compositional variations may lead to formation of competing phases, such as (Y,Al)B{sub 6}. Furthermore, 800 C still limits the usage significantly. Therefore, quantum mechanical material design was applied to identify phases with even higher phase stabilities compared to AlYB{sub 14}. Phase stability of T{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.75}B{sub 14} (T= Sc, Ti, V, Y, Zr, Nb, Si) critically depends on the exact magnitude of charge transferred by T and Y to the B icosahedra. The highest phase stabilities have been identified for Sc{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.75}B{sub 14}, Ti{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.75}B{sub 14}, and Zr{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.75}B{sub 14}. ln combination with Young's modulus values up to 517 GPa these phases are very interesting from a wear-resistance point of view. Still high synthesis temperatures limit the use of such systems onto technologically relevant substrate materials. However, amorphous B-rich solids, which can be synthesized without additional heating, exhibit attractive mechanical and electrical properties. Within these

  7. Collagen-chitosan scaffold modified with Au and Ag nanoparticles: Synthesis and structure

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    Rubina, M. S.; Kamitov, E. E.; Zubavichus, Ya. V.; Peters, G. S.; Naumkin, A. V.; Suzer, S.; Vasil'kov, A. Yu.

    2016-03-01

    Nowadays, the dermal biomimetic scaffolds are widely used in regenerative medicine. Collagen-chitosan scaffold one of these materials possesses antibacterial activity, good compatibility with living tissues and has been already used as a wound-healing material. In this article, collagen-chitosan scaffolds modified with Ag and Au nanoparticles have been synthesized using novel method - the metal-vapor synthesis. The nanocomposite materials are characterized by XPS, TEM, SEM and synchrotron radiation-based X-ray techniques. According to XRD data, the mean size of the nanoparticles (NPs) is 10.5 nm and 20.2 nm in Au-Collagen-Chitosan (Au-CollCh) and Ag-Collagen-Chitosan (Ag-CollCh) scaffolds, respectively in fair agreement with the TEM data. SAXS analysis of the composites reveals an asymmetric size distribution peaked at 10 nm for Au-CollCh and 25 nm for Ag-CollCh indicative of particle's aggregation. According to SEM data, the metal-carrying scaffolds have layered structure and the nanoparticles are rather uniformly distributed on the surface material. XPS data indicate that the metallic nanoparticles are in their unoxidized/neutral states and dominantly stabilized within the chitosan-rich domains.

  8. High-pressure synthesis and structural behavior of sodium orthonitrate Na 3NO 4

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    Quesada Cabrera, R.; Sella, A.; Bailey, E.; Leynaud, O.; McMillan, P. F.

    2011-04-01

    Sodium orthonitrate (Na 3NO 4) is an unusual phase containing the first example of isolated tetrahedrally bonded NO 43- groups. This compound was obtained originally by heating together mixtures of Na 2O and NaNO 3 for periods extending up to >14 days in evacuated chambers. Considering the negative volume change between reactants and products, it was inferred that a high-pressure synthesis route might favor the formation of the Na 3NO 4 compound. We found that the recovered sample is likely to be a high-pressure polymorph, containing NO 43- groups as evidenced by Raman spectroscopy. The high-pressure behavior of Na 3NO 4 was studied using Raman spectroscopy and synchrotron X-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell above 60 GPa. We found no evidence for major structural transformations, even following laser heating experiments carried out at high pressure, although broadening of the Raman peaks could indicate the onset of disordering at higher pressure.

  9. Synthesis of adsorbent with zeolite structure from red mud and rice husk ash and its properties

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    Quyen, Dinh Thi Ngoc; Loc, Luu Cam; Ha, Huynh Ky Phuong; Nga, Dang Thi Hang; Tri, Nguyen; Van, Nguyen Thi Thuy

    2017-09-01

    There are many researches in the modification of red mud as adsorbent for treatment of wastewater or waste gases. Yet, most of them have to face up with a thorny problem caused by remaining alkali in red mud. In this study, the material with zeolite structure was synthesized by fusion method using red mud with the remaining alkali and rice husk ash as raw materials. It comprised alkaline fusion followed by hydrothermal treatment with step - change of synthesis temperature. The synthesized materials were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), BET and CO2 adsorption capacity. The influences on the quality of these materialswere investigated under various calcination temperatures, calcination times and the ratios of raw materials (based on SiO2/Al2O3 ratio). The optimum reaction parameters were determined. The results depicted that the sample treated at 600 °C for 2 hours with the ratio of SiO2/Al2O3 of 1.8 had the best adsorption capacity and total specific surface area compared with the others.

  10. Synthesis of Hybrid Silica-Carbon Tubular Structures by Chemical Vapor Deposition with Methane or Ethene

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    Victor R. Sepulveda

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available Silica microtube and carbon nanotube hybrid structures have been synthesized by catalytic chemical vapor deposition using either methane or ethene as the carbon source, and cobalt-grafted or impregnated silica tubes (200–800 nm as catalyst. The cobalt-grafted catalyst shows a high resistance to reduction (>1000 °C and selectivity to single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT. While ethene deposition produces more carbonaceous material, methane experiments show higher selectivity for SWCNT. After removing the silica with an excess of HF, the carbon nanostructure endured, resulting in a coaxial carbon nanostructure. The novel hybrid nanostructures obtained consist of a submicron-sized tube, with walls that are formed by a succession of carbon/silica/carbon layers to which multiwall (20–25 nm and/or single-wall (0.6–2.0 nm carbon nanotubes are attached. This synthesis approach combines the mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes and the thermal properties of silica tubes into a synergetic nanostructured material, opening further possibilities for polymer reinforcement and potential applications in catalysis.

  11. Influence of the synthesis conditions of gold nanoparticles on the structure and architectonics of dipeptide composites

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    Loskutov, Alexander I., E-mail: ailoskutov@yandex.ru [Moscow State Technological University STANKIN (Russian Federation); Guskova, Olga A. [Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (Germany); Grigoriev, Sergey N.; Oshurko, Vadim B. [Moscow State Technological University STANKIN (Russian Federation); Tarasiuk, Aleksei V. [Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, FSBI “Zakusov Institute of Pharmacology” (Russian Federation); Uryupina, Olga Ya. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Frumkin Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry (Russian Federation)

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    A wide variety of peptides and their natural ability to self-assemble makes them very promising candidates for the fabrication of solid-state devices based on nano- and mesocrystals. In this work, we demonstrate an approach to form peptide composite layers with gold nanoparticles through in situ reduction of chloroauric acid trihydrate by dipeptide and/or dipeptide/formaldehyde mixture in the presence of potassium carbonate at different ratios of components. Appropriate composition of components for the synthesis of highly stable gold colloidal dispersion with particle size of 34–36 nm in dipeptide/formaldehyde solution is formulated. Infrared spectroscopy results indicate that dipeptide participates in the reduction process, conjugation with gold nanoparticles and the self-assembly in 2D, which accompanied by changing peptide chain conformations. The structure and morphology of the peptide composite solid layers with gold nanoparticles on gold, mica and silica surfaces are characterized by atomic force microscopy. In these experiments, the flat particles, dendrites, chains, mesocrystals and Janus particles are observed depending on the solution composition and the substrate/interface used. The latter aspect is studied on the molecular level using computer simulations of individual peptide chains on gold, mica and silica surfaces.

  12. Structural and spectroscopic analyses of europium doped yttrium oxyfluoride powders prepared by combustion synthesis

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    Rakov, Nikifor [PG-Ciência dos Materiais, Universidade Federal do Vale do São Francisco, 48902-300 Juazeiro, BA (Brazil); Guimarães, R. B.; Maciel, Glauco S. [Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal Fluminense, 24210-346 Niterói, RJ (Brazil); Lozano B, W. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 50670-901 Recife, PE (Brazil)

    2013-07-28

    A facile widely spread technique employed to produce low-cost high-yield oxide powders, combustion synthesis, was used to prepare yttrium oxyfluoride crystalline ceramic powders. The structure of the powders was analyzed by X-ray powder diffraction and Rietveld refinement. Samples heat treated at 700 °C had a predominance of vernier orthorhombic Y{sub 6}O{sub 5}F{sub 8} phase, while samples heat treated at 800 °C crystallized in stoichiometric rhombohedral YOF phase. The samples were doped with luminescent europium trivalent ions (Eu{sup 3+}) in different concentrations (1–15 wt.%) and Judd-Ofelt theory was used to probe the distortion from the inversion symmetry of the local crystal field and the degree of covalency between the rare-earth ion and the surrounding ligands. The luminescence lifetime was measured and the luminescence quantum efficiency (LQE) was estimated. We observed that Eu{sup 3+}:Y{sub 6}O{sub 5}F{sub 8} samples presented higher LQE in spite of the larger local crystal field anisotropy found for Eu{sup 3+}:YOF samples.

  13. Vernier-templated synthesis, crystal structure, and supramolecular chemistry of a 12-porphyrin nanoring.

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    Kondratuk, Dmitry V; Sprafke, Johannes K; O'Sullivan, Melanie C; Perdigao, Luis M A; Saywell, Alex; Malfois, Marc; O'Shea, James N; Beton, Peter H; Thompson, Amber L; Anderson, Harry L

    2014-09-26

    Vernier templating exploits a mismatch between the number of binding sites in a template and a reactant to direct the formation of a product that is large enough to bind several template units. Here, we present a detailed study of the Vernier-templated synthesis of a 12-porphyrin nanoring. NMR and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) analyses show that Vernier complexes are formed as intermediates in the cyclo-oligomerization reaction. UV/Vis/NIR titrations show that the three-component assembly of the 12-porphyrin nanoring figure-of-eight template complex displays high allosteric cooperativity and chelate cooperativity. This nanoring-template 1:2 complex is among the largest synthetic molecules to have been characterized by single-crystal analysis. It crystallizes as a racemate, with an angle of 27° between the planes of the two template units. The crystal structure reveals many unexpected intramolecular C-H⋅⋅⋅N contacts involving the tert-butyl side chains. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) experiments show that molecules of the 12-porphyrin template complex can remain intact on the gold surface, although the majority of the material unfolds into the free nanoring during electrospray deposition. © 2014 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

  14. Design, Synthesis, and Biological and Structural Evaluations of Novel HIV-1 Protease Inhibitors To Combat Drug Resistance

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    Parai, Maloy Kumar; Huggins, David J.; Cao, Hong; Nalam, Madhavi N.L.; Ali, Akbar; Schiffer, Celia A.; Tidor, Bruce; Rana, Tariq M. (MIT); (UMASS, MED); (Sanford-Burnham)

    2012-09-11

    A series of new HIV-1 protease inhibitors (PIs) were designed using a general strategy that combines computational structure-based design with substrate-envelope constraints. The PIs incorporate various alcohol-derived P2 carbamates with acyclic and cyclic heteroatomic functionalities into the (R)-hydroxyethylamine isostere. Most of the new PIs show potent binding affinities against wild-type HIV-1 protease and three multidrug resistant (MDR) variants. In particular, inhibitors containing the 2,2-dichloroacetamide, pyrrolidinone, imidazolidinone, and oxazolidinone moieties at P2 are the most potent with Ki values in the picomolar range. Several new PIs exhibit nanomolar antiviral potencies against patient-derived wild-type viruses from HIV-1 clades A, B, and C and two MDR variants. Crystal structure analyses of four potent inhibitors revealed that carbonyl groups of the new P2 moieties promote extensive hydrogen bond interactions with the invariant Asp29 residue of the protease. These structure-activity relationship findings can be utilized to design new PIs with enhanced enzyme inhibitory and antiviral potencies.

  15. A Common CYFIP1 Variant at the 15q11.2 Disease Locus Is Associated with Structural Variation at the Language-Related Left Supramarginal Gyrus

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    Woo, Y.J.; Wang, T.; Guadalupe, T.; Nebel, R.A.; Vino, A.; Bene, V.A. Del; Molholm, S.; Ross, L.A.; Zwiers, M.P.; Fisher, S.E.; Foxe, J.J.; Abrahams, B.S.

    2016-01-01

    Copy number variants (CNVs) at the Breakpoint 1 to Breakpoint 2 region at 15q11.2 (BP1-2) are associated with language-related difficulties and increased risk for developmental disorders in which language is compromised. Towards underlying mechanisms, we investigated relationships between single

  16. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of Ferric-Rich MgSiO3-Perovskite

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    Catalli, K.; Shim, S.; Prakapenka, V.; Kubo, A.; Sturhahn, W.; Zhao, J.; Kunz, M.; Caldwell, W.

    2007-12-01

    Previous Mössbauer studies have shown that up to 50% of Fe in Mg silicate perovskite can be Fe3+ (McCammon 1997, Jackson et al. 2005). In order to measure the solubility of Fe3+ and the effect of Fe3+ on the crystal structure of Mg silicate in the lower mantle, we conducted X-ray diffraction and Mössbauer spectroscopy measurements in the laser-heated diamond-anvil cell using an Ar medium at sectors GSECARS and 3 at APS, and at beamline 12.2.2 at ALS. We observed the formation of orthorhombic (Pbnm) perovskite from MgSiO3 enstatite and Fe2O3 hematite (25 and 50%) crystalline mixtures at 45-50 GPa after laser heating to 2000 K for 30 min. We also confirmed the synthesis of orthorhombic perovskite from glass starting materials with compositions of 90% MgSiO3 + 10% Fe2O3 and 97.5% MgSiO3 + 2.5% Fe2O3 at 50 GPa. This indicates that Mg silicate perovskite may have a large storage capacity for Fe3+ in the lower mantle. Our X-ray diffraction measurements show that 10% Fe2O3 expands the unit-cell volume of perovskite by as much as 2% at low pressure compared to pure Mg-endmember, but is more compressible than Mg-endmember perovskite. We also found that 10% Fe2O3 expands the b-axis by 0.5-0.7%, whereas the other axes are in agreement with those of Mg-endmember within experimental uncertainties to at least 65 GPa, indicating that Fe3+ expands the structure anisotropically.

  17. Structural design, synthesis and pharmacological evaluation of thiazoles against Trypanosoma cruzi.

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    de Oliveira Filho, Gevanio Bezerra; Cardoso, Marcos Veríssimo de Oliveira; Espíndola, José Wanderlan Pontes; Oliveira E Silva, Dayane Albuquerque; Ferreira, Rafaela Salgado; Coelho, Pollyanne Lacerda; Anjos, Pâmela Silva Dos; Santos, Emanuelle de Souza; Meira, Cássio Santana; Moreira, Diogo Rodrigo Magalhaes; Soares, Milena Botelho Pereira; Leite, Ana Cristina Lima

    2017-12-01

    Chagas disease is one of the most significant health problems in the American continent. benznidazole (BDZ) and nifurtimox (NFX) are the only drugs approved for treatment and exhibit strong side effects and ineffectiveness in the chronic stage, besides different susceptibility among T. cruzi DTUs (Discrete Typing Units). Therefore, new drugs to treat this disease are necessary. Thiazole compounds have been described as potent trypanocidal agents. Here we report the structural planning, synthesis and anti-T. cruzi evaluation of a new series of 1,3-thiazoles (7-28), which were designed by placing this heterocycle instead of thiazolidin-4-one ring. The synthesis was conducted in an ultrasonic bath with 2-propanol as solvent at room temperature. By varying substituents attached to the phenyl and thiazole rings, substituents were observed to retain, enhance or greatly increase their anti-T. cruzi activity. In some cases, methyl at position 5 of the thiazole (compounds 9, 12 and 23) increased trypanocidal property. The exchange of phenyl for pyridinyl heterocycle resulted in increased activity, giving rise to the most potent compound against the trypomasigote form (14, IC 50trypo  = 0.37 μM). Importantly, these new thiazoles were toxic for trypomastigotes without affecting macrophages and cardiomyoblast viability. The compounds were also evaluated against cruzain, and five of the most active compounds against trypomastigotes (7, 9, 12, 16 and 23) inhibited more than 70% of enzymatic activity at 10 μM, among which compound 7 had an IC 50 in the submicromolar range, suggesting a possible mechanism of action. In addition, examination of T. cruzi cell death showed that compound 14 induces apoptosis. We also examined the activity against intracellular parasites, revealing that compound 14 inhibited T. cruzi infection with potency similar to benznidazole. The antiparasitic effect of 14 and benznidazole in combination was also investigated against trypomastigotes and

  18. Structural optimization of an aptamer generated from Ligand-Guided Selection (LIGS) resulted in high affinity variant toward mIgM expressed on Burkitt's lymphoma cell lines.

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    Zümrüt, Hasan E; Batool, Sana; Van, Nabeela; George, Shanell; Bhandari, Sanam; Mallikaratchy, Prabodhika

    2017-07-01

    Aptamers are synthetic, short nucleic acid molecules capable of specific target recognition. Aptamers are selected using a screening method termed Systematic Evolution of Ligands by Exponential enrichment (SELEX). We recently have introduced a variant of SELEX called "Ligand-Guided-Selection" (LIGS) that allows the identification of specific aptamers against known cell-surface proteins. Utilizing LIGS, we introduced three specific aptamers against membrane-bound IgM (mIgM), which is the hallmark of B cells. Out of the three aptamers selected against mIgM, an aptamer termed R1, in particular, was found to be interesting due to its ability to recognize mIgM on target cells and then block anti-IgM antibodies binding their antigen. We systematically truncated parent aptamer R1 to design shorter variants with enhanced affinity. Importantly, herein we show that the specificity of the most optimized variant of R1 aptamer is similar to that of anti-IgM antibody, indicating that the specificity of the ligand utilized in selective elution of the aptamer determines the specificity of the LIGS-generated aptamer. Furthermore, we report that truncated variants of R1 are able to recognize mIgM-positive human B lymphoma BJAB cells at physiological temperature, demonstrating that LIGS-generated aptamers could be re-optimized into higher affinity variants. Collectively, these findings show the significance of LIGS in generating highly specific aptamers with potential applications in biomedicine. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Synthesis, crystal and molecular structures, UV–Vis spectroscopy and electrochemical properties of two iron(III) phenolate complexes

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    Lubben, Marcel; Meetsma, Auke; Bolhuis, Fré van; Feringa, Bernard

    1994-01-01

    The synthesis and molecular structures of two iron(III) phenolate complexes [(L1)FeCl] (1) and [(L2)2Fe][BPh4] (2) are described, where L1H2 is 2,3-dimethyl-2,3-bis(3-tert-butylsalicylideneamino)butane and L2H is 2-(2-pyridyl)-1-salicylideneaminoethane. The complexes have been characterized by

  20. Synthesis and characterization of bimetallic metal-organic framework Cu-Ru-BTC with HKUST-1 structure.

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    Gotthardt, Meike A; Schoch, Roland; Wolf, Silke; Bauer, Matthias; Kleist, Wolfgang

    2015-02-07

    The bimetallic metal-organic framework Cu-Ru-BTC with the stoichiometric formula Cu2.75Ru0.25(BTC)2·xH2O, which is isoreticular to HKUST-1, was successfully prepared in a direct synthesis using mild reaction conditions. The partial substitution of Cu(2+) by Ru(3+) centers in the paddlewheel structure and the absence of other Ru-containing phases was proven using X-ray absorption spectroscopy.

  1. Synthesis, Internal Structure, and Formation Mechanism of Monodisperse Tin Sulfide Nanoplatelets

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    de Kergommeaux, Antoine; Lopez-Haro, Miguel; Pouget, Stéphanie; Zuo, Jian-Min; Lebrun, Colette; Chandezon, Frédéric; Aldakov, Dmitry; Reiss, Peter

    2015-01-01

    Tin sulfide nanoparticles have a great potential for use in a broad range of applications related to solar energy conversion (photovoltaics, photocatalysis), electrochemical energy storage, and thermoelectrics. The development of chemical synthesis methods allowing for the precise control of size,

  2. An improved analysis/synthesis capability based on dual methods - ACCESS 3. [for minimum weight design of structures

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    Schmit, L. A.; Fleury, C.

    1979-01-01

    Approximation concepts and dual method algorithms are combined to create a new method for minimum weight design of structural systems. Approximation concepts convert the basic mathematical programming statement of the structural synthesis problem into a sequence of explicit primal problems of separable form. These problems are solved by constructing explicit dual functions, which are maximized subject to nonnegativity constraints. The dual method is successfully extended to deal with pure discrete and mixed continuous-discrete design variable problems. The power of the method presented is illustrated with numerical results for example problems, including a thin delta wing with fiber composite skins.

  3. Study of structural and catalytic properties of Ni catalysts prepared from inorganic complex precursor for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis

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    Saheli, Sania; Rezvani, Ali Reza; Malekzadeh, Azim

    2017-09-01

    The silica- and alumina- supported Ni catalysts synthesized by thermal decomposition of inorganic precursors were evaluated for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (FTS); the structural properties and performance of the catalysts were compared to those of samples constructed via impregnation method. The results revealed that the synthesized catalysts have higher catalytic activity comparison to those prepared via the conventional impregnation method. The effect of the preparation method on the structural properties shows that synthesizing the catalyst through inorganic precursor route is more appropriate. Characterization of catalysts is carried out using inductively coupled plasma (ICP), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and BET specific surface area.

  4. Nonenzymatic synthesis of RNA and DNA oligomers on hexitol nucleic acid templates: the importance of the A structure

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    Kozlov, I. A.; Politis, P. K.; Van Aerschot, A.; Busson, R.; Herdewijn, P.; Orgel, L. E.; Bada, J. L. (Principal Investigator); Dolan, M. (Principal Investigator)

    1999-01-01

    Hexitol nucleic acid (HNA) is an analogue of DNA containing the standard nucleoside bases, but with a phosphorylated 1,5-anhydrohexitol backbone. HNA oligomers form duplexes having the nucleic acid A structure with complementary DNA or RNA oligomers. The HNA decacytidylate oligomer is an efficient template for the oligomerization of the 5'-phosphoroimidazolides of guanosine or deoxyguanosine. Comparison of the oligomerization efficiencies on HNA, RNA, and DNA decacytidylate templates under various conditions suggests strongly that only nucleic acid double helices with the A structure support efficient template-directed synthesis when 5'-phosphoroimidazolides of nucleosides are used as substrates.

  5. Combustion synthesis of molybdenum silicides and borosilicides for ultrahigh-temperature structural applications

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    Alam, Mohammad Shafiul

    Molybdenum silicides and borosilicides are promising structural materials for gas-turbine power plants. A major challenge, however, is to simultaneously achieve high oxidation resistance and acceptable mechanical properties at high temperatures. For example, molybdenum disilicide (MoSi2) has excellent oxidation resistance and poor mechanical properties, while Mo-rich silicides such as Mo5Si3 (called T 1) have much better mechanical properties but poor oxidation resistance. One approach is based on the fabrication of MoSi2-T 1 composites that combine high oxidation resistance of MoSi2 and good mechanical properties of T1. Another approach involves the addition of boron to Mo-rich silicides for improving their oxidation resistance through the formation of a borosilicate surface layer. In particular, Mo 5SiB2 (called T2) phase is considered as an attractive material. In the thesis, MoSi2-T1 composites and materials based on T2 phase are obtained by mechanically activated SHS. Use of SHS compaction (quasi-isostatic pressing) significantly improves oxidation resistance of the obtained MoSi2-T1 composites. Combustion of Mo-Si-B mixtures for the formation of T2 phase becomes possible if the composition is designed for the addition of more exothermic reactions leading to the formation of molybdenum boride. These mixtures exhibit spin combustion, the characteristics of which are in good agreement with the spin combustion theory. Oxidation resistance of the obtained Mo-Si-B materials is independent on the concentration of Mo phase in the products so that the materials with a higher Mo content are preferable because of better mechanical properties. Also, T2 phase has been obtained by the chemical oven combustion synthesis technique.

  6. Identification of the thiamin pyrophosphokinase gene in rainbow trout: Characteristic structure and expression of seven splice variants in tissues and cell lines and during embryo development

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    Yuge, Shinya; Richter, Catherine A.; Wright-Osment, Maureen K.; Nicks, Diane; Saloka, Stephanie K.; Tillitt, Donald E.; Li, Weiming

    2012-01-01

    Thiamin pyrophosphokinase (TPK) converts thiamin to its active form, thiamin diphosphate. In humans, TPK expression is down-regulated in some thiamin deficiency related syndrome, and enhanced during pregnancy. Rainbow trout are also vulnerable to thiamin deficiency in wild life and are useful models for thiamin metabolism research. We identified the tpk gene transcript including seven splice variants in the rainbow trout. Almost all cell lines and tissues examined showed co-expression of several tpk splice variants including a potentially major one at both mRNA and protein levels. However, relative to other tissues, the longest variant mRNA expression was predominant in the ovary and abundant in embryos. During embryogenesis, total tpk transcripts increased abruptly in early development, and decreased to about half of the peak shortly after hatching. In rainbow trout, the tpk transcript complex is ubiquitously expressed for all tissues and cells examined, and its increase in expression could be important in the early-middle embryonic stages. Moreover, decimated tpk expression in a hepatoma cell line relative to hepatic and gonadal cell lines appears to be consistent with previously reported down-regulation of thiamin metabolism in cancer.

  7. Bourbaki's structure theory in the problem of complex systems simulation models synthesis and model-oriented programming

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    Brodsky, Yu. I.

    2015-01-01

    The work is devoted to the application of Bourbaki's structure theory to substantiate the synthesis of simulation models of complex multicomponent systems, where every component may be a complex system itself. An application of the Bourbaki's structure theory offers a new approach to the design and computer implementation of simulation models of complex multicomponent systems—model synthesis and model-oriented programming. It differs from the traditional object-oriented approach. The central concept of this new approach and at the same time, the basic building block for the construction of more complex structures is the concept of models-components. A model-component endowed with a more complicated structure than, for example, the object in the object-oriented analysis. This structure provides to the model-component an independent behavior-the ability of standard responds to standard requests of its internal and external environment. At the same time, the computer implementation of model-component's behavior is invariant under the integration of models-components into complexes. This fact allows one firstly to construct fractal models of any complexity, and secondly to implement a computational process of such constructions uniformly-by a single universal program. In addition, the proposed paradigm allows one to exclude imperative programming and to generate computer code with a high degree of parallelism.

  8. Temporal variation for the expression of catalase in Drosophila melanogaster: correlations between rates of enzyme synthesis and levels of translatable catalase-messenger RNA.

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    Bewley, G C; Mackay, W J; Cook, J L

    1986-08-01

    Two variants that alter the temporal expression of catalase have been isolated from a set of third chromosome substitution lines. Each variant has been mapped to a cytogenetic interval flanked by the visible markers st (3-44.0) and cu (3-50.0) at a map position of 47.0, which is within or near the interval 75D-76A previously identified as containing the catalase structural gene on the bases of dosage responses to segmental aneuploidy. Each variant operates by modulating the rate of enzyme synthesis and the level of translatable catalase-mRNA.

  9. Structural characterization of birnessite: influence of the way of synthesis; Caracterisation structurale de la birnessite: influence du protocole de synthese

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    Gaillot, A.C.

    2002-01-15

    Birnessite is a lamellar manganese oxide whose layers are built up of edge sharing MnO{sub 6} octahedra. The presence of hetero-valent Mn cations and/or of vacant sites in these layers leads to a charge deficit compensated for by the presence of hydrated cations in the interlayer space. Because of their high specific area and of their strong oxidative character, these ubiquitous manganese oxides play a fundamental role in the fate of organic and metallic pollutants in the environment, but our imperfect knowledge of their structure limits the understanding and the modeling of this impact. This study aimed at classifying all different kinds of birnessite obtained using existing synthesis protocols according to two relevant criteria: layer symmetry and layer stacking mode, and at determining the structure of several essential varieties using X-ray and electron diffraction. Layers of hydrothermal birnessite contain vacant sites and, as a result, possess an hexagonal symmetry. Their stacking mode is 3R. In high-temperature birnessites, adjacent layers have an opposite orientation, which results in a two-layer polytype. The symmetry of these layers, linked to the origin of the layer charge deficit, depends on the temperature of synthesis. At 800 C the presence of vacant sites results in an hexagonal symmetry (2H polytype). At 1000 C, the layer charge deficit originates from the presence of Mn{sup 3+} cations in the layer lowering the layer symmetry (2O polytype). A variety of chemical and structural heterogeneities was also described in these samples, along with the occurrence of a new type of structural disorder. Finally we proved both the fundamental link between the origin of the layer charge and the layer symmetry, and the influence of physico-chemical parameters during synthesis (temperature, average manganese oxidation degree, nature of the interlayer cation) on the structure of the obtained compound. The chemical and thermal stabilities of these birnessites are

  10. Template-free synthesis of sub-micrometric cobalt fibers with controlled shape and structure. Characterization and magnetic properties

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    Lakhdar, Allagui [Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux Lamellaires et Nano-Matériaux Hybrides, Faculté des Sciences de Bizerte, Université de Carthage, 7021 Bizerte (Tunisia); Borges, Joao P. [i3N/CENIMAT, Department of Materials Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Campus de Caparica, 2829-516 Caparica (Portugal); Ben Haj Amara, Abdesslam [Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux Lamellaires et Nano-Matériaux Hybrides, Faculté des Sciences de Bizerte, Université de Carthage, 7021 Bizerte (Tunisia); Dakhlaoui-Omrani, Amel, E-mail: dakhlaoui_amel@yahoo.fr [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences and Arts-Khulais, University of Jeddah, Khulais, P. O. Box 355, Postal Code 21921 (Saudi Arabia); Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Matériaux Minéraux et leurs Applications, Centre National des Recherches en Sciences des Matériaux, Technopôle de Bordj Cedria, BP 73, 8027 Soliman (Tunisia)

    2017-03-01

    Sub-micrometric Co fibers were prepared via a modified polyol process at 90 °C under an external magnetic field of about 550 Oe, using ethelyne glycol as solvent and hydrazine as reducing agent. The structure, the size and the morphology of the as-elaborated products were highly controlled through properly monitoring the synthesis parameters (amount of NaOH added, the amount of the reducing agent, precursor’ concentration and precursors mixing protocol). The XRD characterization confirmed the formation of pure cobalt powders with either hexagonal compact (hcp) or face-centered-cubic (fcc) structure depending on the concentration of the metal precursor and sodium hydroxide. The scanning electron microscopy observations of the powders shows sub-micrometric fibers with about 0.4–0.6 µm in diameter and a length that could reach 15 µm. Fibers prepared at high reducing ratio were constituted of flower-like spheres that coalesce in the direction of the applied magnetic field. For their high contact surface, these fibers offer new opportunities for catalysis applications. The hysteresis loop measurements show an enhancement of the Hc of the as-obtained fibers compared to their bulk counterparts and permit to confirm the relationship between the structure and the magnetic properties of the materials. - Highlights: • Template free synthesis of cobalt sub-micrometric fibers. • High control of the structure the structure, the size and the morphology of the products through properly monitoring the synthesis parameters. • cobalt sub-micrometric fibers with enhanced magnetic properties compared to bulk cobalt.

  11. Design, synthesis, and structure-property relationships of isoindigo-based conjugated polymers.

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    Lei, Ting; Wang, Jie-Yu; Pei, Jian

    2014-04-15

    Conjugated polymers have developed rapidly due to their promising applications in low-cost, lightweight, and flexible electronics. The development of the third-generation donor-acceptor (D-A) polymers greatly improved the device performance in organic solar cells (OSCs) and field-effect transistors (FETs). However, for further improvement of device performance, scientists need to develop new building blocks, in particular electron-deficient aromatics, and gain an in-depth understanding of the structure-property relationships. Recently, isoindigo has been used as a new acceptor of D-A conjugated polymers. An isomer of indigo, isoindigo is a less well-known dye and can be isolated as a by-product from certain biological processes. It has two lactam rings and exhibits strong electron-withdrawing character. This electron deficiency gives isoindigo-based polymers intriguing properties, such as broad absorption and high open circuit voltage in OSCs, as well as high mobility and good ambient stability in FETs. In this Account, we review our recent progress on the design, synthesis, and structure-property relationship study of isoindigo-based polymers for FETs. Starting with some discussion on carrier transport in polymer films, we provide some basic strategies towards high-performance polymer FETs. We discuss the stability issue of devices, the impediment of the alkyl side chains, and the choice of the donor part of conjugated polymers. We demonstrate that introducing the isoindigo core effectively lowers the HOMO levels of polymers and provides FETs with long-time stability. In addition, we have found that when we use inappropriate alkyl side chains or non-centrosymmetric donors, the device performance of isoindigo polymers suffers. To further improve device performance and ambient stability, we propose several design strategies, such as using farther branched alkyl chains, modulating polymer energy levels, and extending π-conjugated backbones. We have found that using

  12. Synthesis, structural and magnetochemical studies of iron phosphonate cages based on {Fe3O}7+ core.

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    Khanra, Sumit; Konar, Sanjit; Clearfield, Abraham; Helliwell, Madeleine; McInnes, Eric J L; Tolis, Evangelos; Tuna, Floriana; Winpenny, Richard E P

    2009-06-15

    We report the synthesis, structures, and magnetic properties of twelve iron(III) phosphonate cages: [Fe(4)(mu(3)-O)Cl(PhCO(2))(3)(PhPO(3))(3)(py)(5)] 1, [Fe(4)(mu(3)-O)((t)BuCO(2))(4)(C(10)H(17)PO(3))(3)(py)(4)] 2 (C(10)H(17)PO(3)H(2) = camphylphosphonic acid), [Fe(7)(mu(3)-O)(2)(PhPO(3))(4)(MeCO(2))(9)(py)(6)] 3, [Fe(7)(mu(3)-O)(2)(PhPO(3))(4)(PhCO(2))(9)(py)(6)] 4, [Fe(7)(mu(3)-O)(2)((t)BuPO(3))(4)((t)BuCO(2))(8)(py)(8)](NO(3)) 5, [Fe(7)(mu(3)-O)(2)(PhPO(3))(4)(MeCO(2))(8)(py)(8)] 6, [Fe(9)(mu(3)-O)(2)(mu(2)-OH)(PhPO(3))(6)((t)BuCO(2))(10)(MeCN)(H(2)O)(5)] 7, [Fe(9)(mu(3)-O)(2)(mu(2)-OH)(C(10)H(17)PO(3))(6)(PhCO(2))(10)(H(2)O)(6)] 8, [Fe(6)(mu(3)-O)(2)(O(2))((t)BuCO(2))(8)(PhPO(3))(2)(H(2)O)(2)] 9, [Fe(6)(mu(3)-O)(2)(O(2))((t)BuCO(2))(8)(C(10)H(17)PO(3))(2)(H(2)O)(2)] 10, [Fe(6)(mu(3)-O)(2)(O(2))((t)BuCO(2))(8)((t)BuPO(3))(2)(py)(2)] 11, and [Fe(14)(mu(3)-O)(4)(O(2))(2)(PhPO(3))(8)((t)BuCO(2))(12)(H(2)O)(12)](NO(3))(2) 12. The results have allowed us to compare the magnetic exchange found with magneto-structural correlations found previously for iron-oxo cages.

  13. Homo- and heteropolynuclear platinum complexes stabilized by dimethylpyrazolato and alkynyl bridging ligands: synthesis, structures, and luminescence.

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    Forniés, Juan; Fuertes, Sara; Martín, Antonio; Sicilia, Violeta; Lalinde, Elena; Moreno, M Teresa

    2006-11-06

    This work describes the synthesis of cis-[Pt(C[triple bond]CPh)2(Hdmpz)2] (1) and its use as a precursor for the preparation of homo- and heteropolynuclear complexes. Double deprotonation of compound 1 with readily available M(I) (M = Cu, Ag, Au) or M(II) (M = Pd, Pt) species affords the discrete hexanuclear clusters [{PtM2(mu-C[triple bond]CPh)2(mu-dmpz)(2)}(2)] [M = Cu (2), Ag (3), Au (4)], in which both "Pt(C[triple bond]CPh)2(dmpz)(2)" fragments are connected by four d(10) metal centers, and are stabilized by alkynyl and dimethylpyrazolate bridging ligands, or the trinuclear complexes [Pt(mu-C[triple bond]CPh)2(mu-dmpz)(2){M(C/\\P)}2] (M = Pd (5), Pt (6); C/\\P = CH(2)-C(6)H(4)-P(o-tolyl)2-kappaC,P), respectively. The X-ray structures of complexes 1-4 and 6 are reported. The X-ray structure of the platinum-copper derivative 2 shows that all copper centers exhibit similar local geometry being linearly coordinated to a nitrogen atom and eta(2) to one alkynyl fragment. However in the related platinum-silver (3) and platinum-gold (4) derivatives the silver and gold atoms present three different coordination environments. The complexes have been studied by absorption and emission spectroscopy. The hexanuclear complexes exhibit bright luminescence in the solid state and in fluid solution (except 4 in the solid state at 298 K). Dual long-lived emission is observed, being clearly resolved in low-temperature rigid media. The low-energy emission is ascribed to MLM'CT Pt(d)/pi(C[triple bond]CPh)-->Pt(p(z))/M'(sp)/pi*(C[triple bond]CPh) modified by metal-metal interactions whereas the high-energy emission is tentatively attributed to an emissive state derived from dimethylpyrazolate-to-metal (d(10)) LM'CT transitions pi(dmpz)-->M'(d(10)).

  14. Crystal Structure of a Cytochrome P450 2B6 Genetic Variant in Complex with the Inhibitor 4-(4-Chlorophenyl)imidazole at 2.0-Å Resolution

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    Shah, Manish B.; Talakad, Jyothi C.; Maekawa, Keiko; Roberts, Arthur G.; Wilderman, P. Ross; Sun, Ling; Yang, Jane Y.; Huelga, Stephanie C.; Hong, Wen-Xu; Zhang, Qinghai; Stout, C. David; Halpert, James R.

    2010-01-01

    The structure of the K262R genetic variant of human cytochrome P450 2B6 in complex with the inhibitor 4-(4-chlorophenyl)imidazole (4-CPI) has been determined using X-ray crystallography to 2.0-Å resolution. Production of diffraction quality crystals was enabled through a combination of protein engineering, chaperone coexpression, modifications to the purification protocol, and the use of unique facial amphiphiles during crystallization. The 2B6-4-CPI complex is virtually identical to the rabbit 2B4 structure bound to the same inhibitor with respect to the arrangement of secondary structural elements and the placement of active site residues. The structure supports prior P450 2B6 homology models based on other mammalian cytochromes P450 and is consistent with the limited site-directed mutagenesis studies on 2B6 and extensive studies on P450 2B4 and 2B1. Although the K262R genetic variant shows unaltered binding of 4-CPI, altered binding affinity, kinetics, and/or product profiles have been previously shown with several other ligands. On the basis of new P450 2B6 crystal structure and previous 2B4 structures, substitutions at residue 262 affect a hydrogen-bonding network connecting the G and H helices, where subtle differences could be transduced to the active site. Docking experiments indicate that the closed protein conformation allows smaller ligands such as ticlopidine to bind to the 2B6 active site in the expected orientation. However, it is unknown whether 2B6 undergoes structural reorganization to accommodate bulkier molecules, as previously inferred from multiple P450 2B4 crystal structures. PMID:20061448

  15. Crystal structure of a cytochrome P450 2B6 genetic variant in complex with the inhibitor 4-(4-chlorophenyl)imidazole at 2.0-A resolution.

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    Gay, Sean C; Shah, Manish B; Talakad, Jyothi C; Maekawa, Keiko; Roberts, Arthur G; Wilderman, P Ross; Sun, Ling; Yang, Jane Y; Huelga, Stephanie C; Hong, Wen-Xu; Zhang, Qinghai; Stout, C David; Halpert, James R

    2010-04-01

    The structure of the K262R genetic variant of human cytochrome P450 2B6 in complex with the inhibitor 4-(4-chlorophenyl)imidazole (4-CPI) has been determined using X-ray crystallography to 2.0-A resolution. Production of diffraction quality crystals was enabled through a combination of protein engineering, chaperone coexpression, modifications to the purification protocol, and the use of unique facial amphiphiles during crystallization. The 2B6-4-CPI complex is virtually identical to the rabbit 2B4 structure bound to the same inhibitor with respect to the arrangement of secondary structural elements and the placement of active site residues. The structure supports prior P450 2B6 homology models based on other mammalian cytochromes P450 and is consistent with the limited site-directed mutagenesis studies on 2B6 and extensive studies on P450 2B4 and 2B1. Although the K262R genetic variant shows unaltered binding of 4-CPI, altered binding affinity, kinetics, and/or product profiles have been previously shown with several other ligands. On the basis of new P450 2B6 crystal structure and previous 2B4 structures, substitutions at residue 262 affect a hydrogen-bonding network connecting the G and H helices, where subtle differences could be transduced to the active site. Docking experiments indicate that the closed protein conformation allows smaller ligands such as ticlopidine to bind to the 2B6 active site in the expected orientation. However, it is unknown whether 2B6 undergoes structural reorganization to accommodate bulkier molecules, as previously inferred from multiple P450 2B4 crystal structures.

  16. Multistep continuous-flow synthesis in medicinal chemistry: discovery and preliminary structure-activity relationships of CCR8 ligands.

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    Petersen, Trine P; Mirsharghi, Sahar; Rummel, Pia C; Thiele, Stefanie; Rosenkilde, Mette M; Ritzén, Andreas; Ulven, Trond

    2013-07-08

    A three-step continuous-flow synthesis system and its application to the assembly of a new series of chemokine receptor ligands directly from commercial building blocks is reported. No scavenger columns or solvent switches are necessary to recover the desired test compounds, which were obtained in overall yields of 49-94%. The system is modular and flexible, and the individual steps of the sequence can be interchanged with similar outcome, extending the scope of the chemistry. Biological evaluation confirmed activity on the chemokine CCR8 receptor and provided initial structure-activity-relationship (SAR) information for this new ligand series, with the most potent member displaying full agonist activity with single-digit nanomolar potency. To the best of our knowledge, this represents the first published example of efficient use of multistep flow synthesis combined with biological testing and SAR studies in medicinal chemistry. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Morphology-controlled two-step synthesis and electrochemical studies on hierarchically structured LiCoPO4

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    Neef, Christoph; Meyer, Hans-Peter; Klingeler, Rüdiger

    2015-10-01

    Olivine structured LiCoPO4 was synthesized by a novel two-step process involving the hydrothermal synthesis of recently discovered metastable tetragonal LiCoPO4tetra and its transformation to the olivine-like phase. The transformation process does not change the size and shape of the particles so that they can be tailored by appropriate choice of the synthesis parameters and addition of organic compounds in the first production step. Our results demonstrate a clear effect of the particle shape on the electrochemical performance. The material shows discharge capacities up to 107 mAh/g for flower-like secondary particles synthesized under the mediation of citric acid. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy reveals a strong surface reaction during the delithiation process which is key for the capacity fade of LiCoPO4 battery materials and a difference of three orders of magnitude in the diffusion coefficient of lithiated and delithiated species is observed.

  18. Epoxide Activated Anionic Polymerization: Application to the Synthesis of (Co)Polyethers with Controlled Structure and Tuned Properties

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    Labbe, Amelie; Rejsek, Virginie; Carlotti, Stephane; Deffieux, Alain

    A ring opening polymerization process allowing the fast and controlled anionic polymerization of epoxide monomers is described and applied to the synthesis of (co)polyethers with novel structure and composition. The approach is based on the simultaneous formation of complexes between an organometallic Lewis acid additive with both the anionic initiator and the monomer. In conjunction with the use of tetraalkylammonium or phosphonium salts as initiators, the addition of such additive allows the synthesis of polyethers and block copolyethers with controlled molar masses and narrow polydispersities, in hydrocarbon media, at low temperature, and in short reaction times. The low nucleophilic character of the propagating species involved in the polymerization avoids transfer to monomer, a side reaction which is often predominant in conventional anionic polymerizations. This also allows the controlled polymerization of functional epoxides such as glycidyl methacrylate and epichlorohydrin. Properties and potential applications of these new polyethers and copolyethers are also reported.

  19. Synthesis and structure of nanomaterials in the system K2O-Nb2O5-SiO2

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    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present work is synthesis of ferroelectric nanomaterials, in the K2O-Nb2O5-SiO2 system via solgel method and studying the processes of formation and structure of the synthesized ferroelectric nanomaterials. The structure of synthesized materials has been studied by means of the following methods: EDS, XRD, FT-IR, SEM and AFM. The results obtained showed that the structure of the investigated compositions does not depend on the niobium content and all the samples keep their amorphous nature at room temperature. The surface structure shows random distribution of different kinds of aggregates with dimensions about 200–500 nm. The presence of a hybrid nanostructure with well-defi ned nanounits having special geometry is clearly observed.

  20. Quick high-temperature hydrothermal synthesis of mesoporous materials with 3D cubic structure for the adsorption of lysozyme.

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    Lawrence, Geoffrey; Baskar, Arun V; El-Newehy, Mohammed H; Cha, Wang Soo; Al-Deyab, Salem S; Vinu, Ajayan

    2015-04-01

    Three-dimensional cage-like mesoporous FDU-12 materials with large tuneable pore sizes ranging from 9.9 to 15.6 nm were prepared by varying the synthesis temperature from 100 to 200 °C for the aging time of just 2 h using a tri-block copolymer F-127(EO106PO70EO106) as the surfactant and 1,3,5-trimethyl benzene as the swelling agent in an acidic condition. The mesoporous structure and textural features of FDU-12-HX (where H denotes the hydrothermal method and X denotes the synthesis temperature) samples were elucidated and probed using x-ray diffraction, N2 adsorption, (29)Si magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. It has been demonstrated that the aging time can be significantly reduced from 72 to 2 h without affecting the structural order of the FDU-12 materials with a simple adjustment of the synthesis temperature from 100 to 200 °C. Among the materials prepared, the samples prepared at 200 °C had the highest pore volume and the largest pore diameter. Lysozyme adsorption experiments were conducted over FDU-12 samples prepared at different temperatures in order to understand their biomolecule adsorption capacity, where the FDU-12-HX samples displayed high adsorption performance of 29 μmol g(-1) in spite of shortening the actual synthesis time from 72 to 2 h. Further, the influence of surface area, pore volume and pore diameter on the adsorption capacity of FDU-12-HX samples has been investigated and results are discussed in correlation with the textural parameters of the FDU-12-HX and other mesoporous adsorbents including SBA-15, MCM-41, KIT-5, KIT-6 and CMK-3.