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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734932/a-pyridone-derivative-activates-serca2a-by-attenuating-the-inhibitory-effect-of-phospholamban
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Manami Kaneko, Hisato Yamamoto, Hiroki Sakai, Yusuke Kamada, Toshiki Tanaka, Shuji Fujiwara, Synsuke Yamamoto, Hiroki Takahagi, Hideyuki Igawa, Shizuo Kasai, Masakuni Noda, Makoto Inui, Tomoyuki Nishimoto
The cardiac sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-dependent ATPase 2a (SERCA2a) plays a central role in Ca(2+) handling within cardiomyocytes and is negatively regulated by phospholamban (PLN), a sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) membrane protein. The activation of SERCA2a, which has been reported to improve cardiac dysfunction in heart failure, is a potential therapeutic approach for heart failure. Therefore, we developed a novel small molecule, compound A and characterized it both in vitro and in vivo. Compound A activated the Ca(2+)-dependent ATPase activity of cardiac SR vesicles but not that of skeletal muscle SR vesicles that lack PLN...
July 19, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733683/radiation-loss-of-planar-surface-plasmon-polaritons-transmission-lines-at-microwave-frequencies
#2
Zhixia Xu, Shunli Li, Xiaoxing Yin, Hongxin Zhao, Leilei Liu
Radiation loss of a typical spoof surface plasmon polaritons (SSPPs) transmission line (TL) is investigated in this paper. A 325 mm-long SSPPs TL is designed and fabricated. Simulated results show that radiation loss contributes more to transmission loss than dielectric loss and conductor loss from 2 GHz to 10 GHz. Radiation loss of the SSPPs TL could be divided into two parts, one is caused by the input mode converter, and the other is caused by the corrugated metallic strip. This paper explains mechanisms of radiation loss from different parts, designs a loaded SSPPs TL with a series of resistors to absorb electromagnetic energy on corrugated metallic strip, and then discriminates radiation loss from the input mode converter, proposes the concept of average radiation length (ARL) to evaluate radiation loss from SSPPs of finite length, and concludes that radiation loss is mainly caused by corrugated structure of finite length at low frequency band and by the input mode converter at high frequency band...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733660/probing-low-energy-hyperbolic-polaritons-in-van-der-waals-crystals-with-an-electron-microscope
#3
Alexander A Govyadinov, Andrea Konečná, Andrey Chuvilin, Saül Vélez, Irene Dolado, Alexey Y Nikitin, Sergei Lopatin, Fèlix Casanova, Luis E Hueso, Javier Aizpurua, Rainer Hillenbrand
Van der Waals materials exhibit intriguing structural, electronic, and photonic properties. Electron energy loss spectroscopy within scanning transmission electron microscopy allows for nanoscale mapping of such properties. However, its detection is typically limited to energy losses in the eV range-too large for probing low-energy excitations such as phonons or mid-infrared plasmons. Here, we adapt a conventional instrument to probe energy loss down to 100 meV, and map phononic states in hexagonal boron nitride, a representative van der Waals material...
July 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732041/understanding-russell-s-viper-venom-factor-v-activator-s-substrate-specificity-by-surface-plasmon-resonance-and-in-silico-studies
#4
Pradeep K Yadav, Christian B Antonyraj, Syed Ibrahim Basheer Ahamed, Sistla Srinivas
Blood coagulation factor V (FV) is activated either by Factor X or thrombin, cleaving at three different sites viz., Site I (Arg709-Ser710), site II (Arg1018-Thr1019), and site III (Arg1545-Ser1546). Russell's viper venom factor V activator (RVV-V) is a thrombin-like serine proteinase that activates FV with selective, single cleavage at site III. A long lasting effort is being pending in understanding the 'selective' binding specificity of the RVV-V towards site III. Here, we present the binding kinetic study of RVV-V with two designed peptides corresponding to the regions from site I (Gln699-Asn713) and site II (1008Lys-Pro1022), respectively, that include 15 amino acids...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731772/publisher-s-note-infrared-topological-plasmons-in-graphene-phys-rev-lett-118-245301-2017
#5
Dafei Jin, Thomas Christensen, Marin Soljac Ić, Nicholas X Fang, Ling Lu, Xiang Zhang
This corrects the article DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.245301.
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731759/single-molecule-investigation-of-energy-dynamics-in-a-coupled-plasmon-exciton-system
#6
Hiroshi Imada, Kuniyuki Miwa, Miyabi Imai-Imada, Shota Kawahara, Kensuke Kimura, Yousoo Kim
We investigate the near-field interaction between an isolated free-base phthalocyanine molecule and a plasmon localized in the gap between an NaCl-covered Ag(111) surface and the tip apex of a scanning tunneling microscope. When the tip is located in the close proximity of the molecule, asymmetric dips emerge in the broad luminescence spectrum of the plasmon generated by the tunneling current. The origin of the dips is explained by energy transfer between the plasmon and molecular excitons and a quantum mechanical interference effect, where molecular vibrations provide additional degrees of freedom in the dynamic process...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731574/rapid-buffer-and-ligand-screening-for-affinity-chromatography-by-multiplexed-surface-plasmon-resonance-imaging
#7
Karin P M Geuijen, Daniëlle E J W van Wijk-Basten, David F Egging, Richard B M Schasfoort, Michel H Eppink
Protein purifications are often based on the principle of affinity chromatography, where the protein of interest selectively binds to an immobilized ligand. The development of affinity purification requires selecting proper wash and elution conditions. In recent years, miniaturization of the purification process is applied to speed up the development (e.g. microtiterplates, robocolumns). We have studied the application of surface plasmon resonance imaging (SPRi) as a tool to simultaneously screen many buffer conditions for wash and elution steps in an affinity-based purification process...
July 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731438/evidence-that-the-human-innate-immune-peptide-ll-37-may-be-a-binding-partner-of%C3%A2-amyloid-%C3%AE-and-inhibitor-of%C3%A2-fibril-assembly
#8
Ersilia De Lorenzi, Marcella Chiari, Raffaella Colombo, Marina Cretich, Laura Sola, Renzo Vanna, Paola Gagni, Federica Bisceglia, Carlo Morasso, Jennifer S Lin, Moonhee Lee, Patrick L McGeer, Annelise E Barron
BACKGROUND: Identifying physiologically relevant binding partners of amyloid-β (Aβ) that modulate in vivo fibril formation may yield new insights into Alzheimer's disease (AD) etiology. Human cathelicidin peptide, LL-37, is an innate immune effector and modulator, ubiquitous in human tissues and expressed in myriad cell types. OBJECTIVE: We present in vitro experimental evidence and discuss findings supporting a novel hypothesis that LL-37 binds to Aβ42 and can modulate Aβ fibril formation...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731110/a-redox-controlled-electrolyte-for-plasmonic-enhanced-dye-sensitized-solar-cells
#9
Yuqiao Fu, Siu-Pang Ng, Guangyu Qiu, Tak-Fu Hung, Chi-Man Lawrence Wu, Chun-Sing Lee
Plasmonic enhanced dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with metallic nanostructures suffer from corrosion problems, especially with the presence of the iodine/triiodide redox couple in the electrolyte. Herein, we introduce an alternative approach by compensating the corrosion with a modified liquid electrolyte. In contrast to the existing method of surface preservation for plasmonic nanostructures, the redox-controlled electrolyte (RCE) contains iodoaurate intermediates, i.e. gold(i) diiodide (AuI2(-)) and gold(iii) tetraiodide (AuI4(-)) with optimal concentrations, such that these intermediates are readily reduced to gold nanoparticles during the operation of DSSCs...
July 21, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730997/improving-the-electrical-contact-at-a-pt-tio2-nanowire-interface-by-selective-application-of-focused-femtosecond-laser-irradiation
#10
Songling Xing, Luchan Lin, Guisheng Zou, Lei Liu, Peng Peng, Aiping Wu, Walter W Duley, Norman Zhou
In this paper, we show that tightly focused femtosecond laser irradiation is effective in improving nanojoining of an oxide nanowire (TiO2) to a metal electrode (Pt), and how this process can be used to modify contact states. Enhanced chemical bondings are created due to localized plasmonically enhanced optical absorption at the Pt/TiO2 interface as confirmed by finite element simulations of the localized field distribution during irradiation. Nano Auger electron spectroscopy shows that the resulting heterojunction is depleted in oxygen, suggesting that a TiO2-x layer is formed between the Pt electrode and the TiO2 nanowire...
July 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730812/potential-scanning-localized-plasmon-sensing-with-single-and-coupled-gold-nanorods
#11
Tokuhisa Kawawaki, Heyou Zhang, Hiroyasu Nishi, Paul Mulvaney, Tetsu Tatsuma
Single plasmonic nanoparticles can potentially serve as optical sensors for detecting local refractive index changes. However, simultaneous monitoring of the scattering spectra from multiple nanoparticles is not practical. Here we perform potential-scanning localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) sensing. Gold nanorods are immobilized on an ITO electrode. Instead of collecting the full spectrum, as is done in conventional LSPR sensing, the electrode potential is scanned while the rod spectra are monitored at a single wavelength...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730725/targeting-nano-drug-delivery-to-cancer-cells-using-tunable-multi-layer-silver-decorated-gold-nanorods
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Zeid A Nima, Ahmed M Alwbari, Vijayalakshmi Dantuluri, Rabab N Hamzah, Natasha Sra, Pooja Motwani, Konstantinos Arnaoutakis, Rebecca A Levy, Amani F Bohliqa, Dmitry Nedosekin, Vladimir P Zharov, Issam Makhoul, Alexandru S Biris
Multifunctional nanoparticles have high potential as targeting delivery vehicles for cancer chemotherapy. In this study, silver-decorated gold nanorods (AuNR\Ag) have been successfully used to deliver specific, targeted chemotherapy against breast cancer (MCF7) and prostate carcinoma (PC3) cell lines. Doxorubicin, a commonly used chemotherapy, and anti-Epithelial cell adhesion molecule (anti-EpCAM) antibodies were covalently bonded to thiolated polyethylene glycol-coated AuNR\Ag, and the resultant system was used to deliver the drugs to cancer cells in vitro...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730357/biosynthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-from-spirulina-microalgae-and-its-antibacterial-activity
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Govarthanan Muthusamy, Selvankumar Thangasamy, Mythili Raja, Sudhakar Chinnappan, Selvam Kandasamy
The present work focuses on a low-cost, simple, and green synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) by mixing AgNO3 solution with the extract of Spirulina platensis (SP) without any chemical reducing and/or capping agents. The green synthesis of AgNPs was confirmed by the color change from colorless to yellowish brown. The biosynthesis of AgNPs was further confirmed by UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), biological transmission electron microscopy (Bio-TEM), and energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX)...
July 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729648/a-haplotype-in-cfh-family-genes-confers-high-risk-of-rare-glomerular-nephropathies
#14
Yin Ding, Weiwei Zhao, Tao Zhang, Hao Qiang, Jianping Lu, Xin Su, Shuzhen Wen, Feng Xu, Mingchao Zhang, Haitao Zhang, Caihong Zeng, Zhihong Liu, Huimei Chen
Despite distinct renal lesions, a series of rare glomerular nephropathies are reportedly mediated by complement overactivation. Genetic variations in complement genes contribute to disease risk, but the relationship of genotype to phenotype has not been straightforward. Here, we screened 11 complement genes from 91 patients with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), C3 glomerulopathy (C3G) and membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis type I (MPGN I), and identified the concomitant presence of three missense variations located within the human complement Factor H (CFH) gene cluster...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729645/nano-antenna-enhanced-two-focus-fluorescence-correlation-spectroscopy
#15
Lutz Langguth, Agata Szuba, Sander A Mann, Erik C Garnett, Gijsje H Koenderink, A Femius Koenderink
We propose two-focus fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (2fFCS) on basis of plasmonic nanoantennas that provide distinct hot spots that are individually addressable through polarization, yet lie within a single diffraction limited microscope focus. The importance of two-focus FCS is that a calibrated distance between foci provides an intrinsic calibration to derive diffusion constants from measured correlation times. Through electromagnetic modelling we analyze a geometry of perpendicular nanorods, and their inverse, i...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729629/assembly-of-3d-plasmonic-clusters-by-2d-afm-nanomanipulation-of-highly-uniform-and-smooth-gold-nanospheres
#16
Kyung Jin Park, Ji-Hyeok Huh, Dae-Woong Jung, Jin-Sung Park, Gwan H Choi, Gaehang Lee, Pil J Yoo, Hong-Gyu Park, Gi-Ra Yi, Seungwoo Lee
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) nanomanipulation has been viewed as a deterministic method for the assembly of plasmonic metamolecules because it enables unprecedented engineering of clusters with exquisite control over particle number and geometry. Nevertheless, the dimensionality of plasmonic metamolecules via AFM nanomanipulation is limited to 2D, so as to restrict the design space of available artificial electromagnetisms. Here, we show that "2D" nanomanipulation of the AFM tip can be used to assemble "3D" plasmonic metamolecules in a versatile and deterministic way by dribbling highly spherical and smooth gold nanospheres (NSs) on a nanohole template rather than on a flat surface...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727918/rapid-sensitive-and-quantitative-detection-of-anti-peg-antibodies-by-mpeg-coated-spr-sensors
#17
Peng Zhang, Fang Sun, Hsiang-Chieh Hung, Priyesh Jain, Kasey Joanne Leger, Shaoyi Jiang
Pre-existing and induced anti-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) antibodies (abs) have been shown to be related with limitation of therapeutic efficacy and reduction in tolerance of several therapeutic agents. However, the current methods to detect anti-PEG abs are tedious and usually lack of quantification. A facile, rapid, sensitive and reliable technique to detect anti-PEG abs is highly desired in both research and clinic settings. In this work, we have presented a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) biosensor technique for the detection of anti-PEG abs and compared three PEG surface chemistries...
July 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727443/plasmonic-thermal-decomposition-digestion-of-proteins-a-rapid-on-surface-protein-digestion-technique-for-mass-spectrometry-imaging
#18
Rong Zhou, Franco Basile
A method based on plasmon surface resonance absorption and heating was developed to perform a rapid on-surface protein thermal decomposition and digestion suitable for imaging MS and/or profiling. This photo-thermal process or plasmonic thermal decomposition/digestion (plasmonic-TDD) method incorporates a continuous wave (CW) laser excitation and gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs) to induce known thermal decomposition reactions that cleave peptides and proteins specifically at the C-terminus of aspartic acid and at the N-terminus of cysteine...
July 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727434/ellipsometry-of-colloidal-solutions-new-experimental-setup-and-application-to-metallic-colloids
#19
Yann Battie, Michel Stchakovsky, Aotmane En Naciri, Suzanna Akil, Nouari Chaoui, Laurent Broch
An ellipsometric cell is developed to simultaneously determine the shape distribution, the volume fraction, and the complex refractive index of gold and silver colloids. Simulation reveals that this cell drastically improves the detection limit of ellipsometry. Indeed, Ag and Au nanoparticles (NPs) are detected at the ppmv level. We demonstrate that the NPs shape distribution can be estimated from ellipsometric measurements by analyzing them with a shape distributed effective medium theory (SDEMT). The obtained distributions from ellipsometry are in agreement with those deduced from transmission electron microcopy (TEM)...
July 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727409/plasmonic-nano-oven-by-concatenation-of-multishell-photo-thermal-enhancement
#20
Lijun Meng, Renwen Yu, Min Qiu, F Javier Garcia de Abajo
Metallodielectric multishell nanoparticles are capable of hosting collective plasmon oscillations distributed among different metallic layers, which result in large near-field enhancement at specific regions of the structure, where light absorption is maximized. We exploit this capability of multishell nanoparticles, combined with thermal boundary resistances and spatial tailoring of the optical near fields, to design plasmonic nano-ovens capable of achieving high temperatures at the core region using moderate illumination intensities...
July 20, 2017: ACS Nano
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