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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107768/arabidopsis-protein-s-acyl-transferase4-mediates-root-hair-growth
#1
Zhi-Yuan Wan, Sen Chai, Fu-Rong Ge, Qiang-Nan Feng, Yan Zhang, Sha Li
Polar growth of root hairs is critical for plant survival and necessitates fine-tuned ROP signaling. Multiple ROP regulators participate in root hair growth. However, protein S-acyl transferases (PATs), mediating the S-acylation and membrane partitioning of ROPs, are yet to be found. By using a reverse genetic approach, combining fluorescence probes, pharmacological drugs, site-directed mutagenesis, and genetic analysis with related root-hair mutants, we have identified and characterized an Arabidopsis PAT, which may be responsible for ROP2 S-acylation in root hairs...
January 20, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107626/polymeric-nanofibers-with-ultrahigh-piezoelectricity-via-self-orientation-of-nanocrystals
#2
Xia Liu, Jing Ma, Xiaoming Wu, Liwei Lin, Xiaohong Wang
Piezoelectricity in macromolecule polymers has been gaining immense attention, particularly for applications in biocompatible, implantable, and flexible electronic devices. This paper introduces core-shell-structured piezoelectric polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) nanofibers chemically wrapped by graphene oxide (GO) lamellae (PVDF/GO nanofibers), in which the polar β-phase nanocrystals are formed and uniaxially self-oriented by the synergistic effect of mechanical stretching, high-voltage alignment, and chemical interactions...
January 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107606/dishevelled-segment-polarity-protein-3-dvl3-a-novel-and-easily-applicable-recurrence-predictor-in-localized-prostate-adenocarcinoma
#3
Pil-Jong Kim, Ji Y Park, Hong-Gee Kim, Yong Mee Cho, Heounjeong Go
OBJECTIVE: To identify new biomarkers for the biochemical recurrence (BCR) of prostate adenocarcinoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Clinical information of 500 prostate adenocarcinoma patients and their 152 RNA-sequencing and protein-array data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) were separated into a discovery-set and a validation-set. Each dataset was analyzed according to the Gleason grade groups reflecting BCR. The results obtained from the analysis using TCGA dataset were confirmed by immunohistochemistry analyses of the confirmation cohort composed of 395 localized prostate adenocarcinoma patients...
January 20, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107510/effect-of-the-crystal-environment-on-side-chain-conformational-dynamics-in-cyanovirin-n-investigated-through-crystal-and-solution-molecular-dynamics-simulations
#4
Logan S Ahlstrom, Ivan I Vorontsov, Jun Shi, Osamu Miyashita
Side chains in protein crystal structures are essential for understanding biochemical processes such as catalysis and molecular recognition. However, crystal packing could influence side-chain conformation and dynamics, thus complicating functional interpretations of available experimental structures. Here we investigate the effect of crystal packing on side-chain conformational dynamics with crystal and solution molecular dynamics simulations using Cyanovirin-N as a model system. Side-chain ensembles for solvent-exposed residues obtained from simulation largely reflect the conformations observed in the X-ray structure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107502/rnai-based-functional-genomics-identifies-new-virulence-determinants-in-mucormycosis
#5
Trung Anh Trieu, María Isabel Navarro-Mendoza, Carlos Pérez-Arques, Marta Sanchis, Javier Capilla, Patricia Navarro-Rodriguez, Loida Lopez-Fernandez, Santiago Torres-Martínez, Victoriano Garre, Rosa María Ruiz-Vázquez, Francisco E Nicolás
Mucorales are an emerging group of human pathogens that are responsible for the lethal disease mucormycosis. Unfortunately, functional studies on the genetic factors behind the virulence of these organisms are hampered by their limited genetic tractability, since they are reluctant to classical genetic tools like transposable elements or gene mapping. Here, we describe an RNAi-based functional genomic platform that allows the identification of new virulence factors through a forward genetic approach firstly described in Mucorales...
January 20, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107074/analysis-of-the-normal-electrocardiogram-in-wild-rooks-corvus-frugilegus
#6
Hossein Hassanpour, Hossein Abbasi Dehkordi, Mehdi Khosravi, Saeid Soltani, Leila Nasiri
To describe the normal electrocardiographic (ECG) patterns and values in unanesthetized rooks ( Corvus frugilegus ), standard bipolar (I, II, and III) and augmented unipolar limb (aVR, aVL, and aVF) lead ECGs were recorded from 10 clinically healthy wild rooks. Wave forms were analyzed in all leads at 50 mm/s and at 10 mm = 1 mV to determine PR, QRS, ST, and QT durations; the net QRS complex; and P and T amplitudes. The polarity of each waveform was tabulated in all leads. The mean electrical axis (MEA) for the frontal plane was counted by using leads II and III...
December 2016: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107015/non-uniform-excitonic-charge-distribution-enhances-exciton-phonon-coupling-in-znse-cdse-alloyed-quantum-dots
#7
Ke Gong, David F Kelley, Anne Myers Kelley
Zinc to cadmium cation exchange of ZnSe quantum dots has been used to produce a series of alloyed Zn1-xCdxSe quantum dots. As x increases and the lowest-energy exciton shifts to the red, the peak initially broadens and then sharpens as x approaches 1. Resonance Raman spectra obtained with excitation near the lowest excitonic absorption peak show a gradual shift of the longitudinal optical phonon peak from 251 cm(-1) in pure ZnSe to 210 cm(-1) in nearly pure CdSe with strong broadening at intermediate compositions...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107011/delocalization-of-coherent-triplet-excitons-in-linear-rigid-rod-conjugated-oligomers
#8
Christian Hintze, Patrick Korf, Frank Degen, Friederike Schütze, Stefan Mecking, Ulrich E Steiner, Malte Drescher
In this work, the triplet state delocalization in a series of monodisperse oligo(p-phenyleneethynylene)s (OPEs) is studied by pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and pulsed electron nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) determining zero-field splitting, optical spin polarization, and proton hyperfine couplings. Neither the zero-field splitting parameters nor the optical spin polarization change significantly with OPE chain length, in contrast to the hyperfine coupling constants, which showed a systematic decrease with chain length n according to a 2/(1+n) decay law...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106983/two-dimensional-sns-a-phosphorene-analogue-with-strong-in-plane-electronic-anisotropy
#9
Zhen Tian, Chenglei Guo, Mingxing Zhao, Ranran Li, Jiamin Xue
We study the anisotropic electronic properties of two-dimensional (2D) SnS, an analogue of phosphorene, grown by physical vapor transport. With transmission electron microscope and polarized Raman spectroscopy, we identify the zigzag and armchair directions of the as-grown 2D crystals. 2D SnS field-effect transistors with a cross-Hall-bar structure are fabricated. They show heavily hole-doped (~10(19) cm(-3)) conductivity with strong in-plane anisotropy. At room temperature the mobility along the zigzag direction exceeds 20 cm(2)V(-1)s(-1), which can be up to 1...
January 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106775/colloidal-fouling-of-nanofiltration-membranes-development-of-a-standard-operating-procedure
#10
Md Abdullaha Al Mamun, Subir Bhattacharjee, David Pernitsky, Mohtada Sadrzadeh
Fouling of nanofiltration (NF) membranes is the most significant obstacle to the development of a sustainable and energy-efficient NF process. Colloidal fouling and performance decline in NF processes is complex due to the combination of cake formation and salt concentration polarization effects, which are influenced by the properties of the colloids and the membrane, the operating conditions of the test, and the solution chemistry. Although numerous studies have been conducted to investigate the influence of these parameters on the performance of the NF process, the importance of membrane preconditioning (e...
January 18, 2017: Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106766/the-anti-oxidant-defense-system-of-the-marine-polar-ciliate-euplotes-nobilii-characterization-of-the-msrb-gene-family
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Francesca Ricci, Federico M Lauro, Joseph J Grzymski, Robert Read, Rigers Bakiu, Gianfranco Santovito, Pierangelo Luporini, Adriana Vallesi
Organisms living in polar waters must cope with an extremely stressful environment dominated by freezing temperatures, high oxygen concentrations and UV radiation. To shed light on the genetic mechanisms on which the polar marine ciliate, Euplotes nobilii, relies to effectively cope with the oxidative stress, attention was focused on methionine sulfoxide reductases which repair proteins with oxidized methionines. A family of four structurally distinct MsrB genes, encoding enzymes specific for the reduction of the methionine-sulfoxide R-forms, were identified from a draft of the E...
January 18, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106534/extrinsic-rashba-spin-orbit-coupling-effect-on-silicene-spin-polarized-field-effect-transistors
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Nezhat Pournaghavi, Mahdi Esmaeilzadeh, Adib Abrishamifar, Somaieh Ahmadi
Regarding the spin field effect transistor (spin FET) challenges such as mismatch effect in spin injection and insufficient spin life time, we propose a silicene based device which can be a promising candidate to overcome some of those problems. Using non-equilibrium Green���s function method, we investigate the spin-dependent conductance in a zigzag silicene nanoribbon connected to two magnetized leads which are supposed to be either in parallel or anti-parallel configurations. For both configurations, a controllable spin current can be obtained when the Rashba effect is present; thus, we can have a spin filter device...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106452/refractive-index-seen-by-a-probe-beam-interacting-with-a-laser-plasma-system
#13
D Turnbull, C Goyon, G E Kemp, B B Pollock, D Mariscal, L Divol, J S Ross, S Patankar, J D Moody, P Michel
We report the first complete set of measurements of a laser-plasma optical system's refractive index, as seen by a second probe laser beam, as a function of the relative wavelength shift between the two laser beams. Both the imaginary and real refractive index components are found to be in good agreement with linear theory using plasma parameters measured by optical Thomson scattering and interferometry; the former is in contrast to previous work and has implications for crossed-beam energy transfer in indirect-drive inertial confinement fusion, and the latter is measured for the first time...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106440/magnetoelectric-andreev-effect-due-to-proximity-induced-nonunitary-triplet-superconductivity-in-helical-metals
#14
G Tkachov
Noncentrosymmetric superconductors exhibit the magnetoelectric effect, which manifests itself in the appearance of the magnetic spin polarization in response to a dissipationless electric current (supercurrent). While much attention has been dedicated to the thermodynamic version of this phenomenon (Edelstein effect), nonequilibrium transport magnetoelectric effects have not been explored yet. We propose the magnetoelectric Andreev effect (MAE), which consists in the generation of spin-polarized triplet Andreev conductance by an electric supercurrent...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106434/observation-of-mollow-triplets-with-tunable-interactions-in-double-lambda-systems-of-individual-hole-spins
#15
K G Lagoudakis, K A Fischer, T Sarmiento, P L McMahon, M Radulaski, J L Zhang, Y Kelaita, C Dory, K Müller, J Vučković
Although individual spins in quantum dots have been studied extensively as qubits, their investigation under strong resonant driving in the scope of accessing Mollow physics is still an open question. Here, we have grown high quality positively charged quantum dots embedded in a planar microcavity that enable enhanced light-matter interactions. Under a strong magnetic field in the Voigt configuration, individual positively charged quantum dots provide a double lambda level structure. Using a combination of above-band and resonant excitation, we observe the formation of Mollow triplets on all optical transitions...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106422/circular-dichroism-in-multiphoton-ionization-of-resonantly-excited-he-ions
#16
M Ilchen, N Douguet, T Mazza, A J Rafipoor, C Callegari, P Finetti, O Plekan, K C Prince, A Demidovich, C Grazioli, L Avaldi, P Bolognesi, M Coreno, M Di Fraia, M Devetta, Y Ovcharenko, S Düsterer, K Ueda, K Bartschat, A N Grum-Grzhimailo, A V Bozhevolnov, A K Kazansky, N M Kabachnik, M Meyer
Intense, circularly polarized extreme-ultraviolet and near-infrared (NIR) laser pulses are combined to double ionize atomic helium via the oriented intermediate He^{+}(3p) resonance state. Applying angle-resolved electron spectroscopy, we find a large photon helicity dependence of the spectrum and the angular distribution of the electrons ejected from the resonance by NIR multiphoton absorption. The measured circular dichroism is unexpectedly found to vary strongly as a function of the NIR intensity. The experimental data are well described by theoretical modeling and possible mechanisms are discussed...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106419/probing-the-nodal-structure-of-landau-level-wave-functions-in-real-space
#17
J R Bindel, J Ulrich, M Liebmann, M Morgenstern
The inversion layer of p-InSb(110) obtained by Cs adsorption of 1.8% of a monolayer is used to probe the Landau level wave functions within smooth potential valleys by scanning tunneling spectroscopy at 14 T. The nodal structure becomes apparent as a double peak structure of each spin polarized first Landau level, while the zeroth Landau level exhibits a single peak per spin level only. The real space data show single rings of the valley-confined drift states for the zeroth Landau level and double rings for the first Landau level...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106410/selective-excitation-of-terahertz-magnetic-and-electric-dipoles-in-er-3-ions-by-femtosecond-laser-pulses-in-erfeo_-3
#18
R V Mikhaylovskiy, T J Huisman, R V Pisarev, Th Rasing, A V Kimel
We show that femtosecond laser pulse excitation of the orthoferrite ErFeO_{3} triggers pico- and subpicosecond dynamics of magnetic and electric dipoles associated with the low energy electronic states of the Er^{3+} ions. These dynamics are readily revealed by using polarization sensitive terahertz emission spectroscopy. It is shown that by changing the polarization of the femtosecond laser pulse one can excite either electric dipole-active or magnetic dipole-active transitions between the Kramers doublets of the ^{4}I_{15/2} ground state of the Er^{3+} (4f^{11}) ions...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106408/giant-spin-orbit-splitting-in-inverted-inas-gasb-double-quantum-wells
#19
Fabrizio Nichele, Morten Kjaergaard, Henri J Suominen, Rafal Skolasinski, Michael Wimmer, Binh-Minh Nguyen, Andrey A Kiselev, Wei Yi, Marko Sokolich, Michael J Manfra, Fanming Qu, Arjan J A Beukman, Leo P Kouwenhoven, Charles M Marcus
Transport measurements in inverted InAs/GaSb quantum wells reveal a giant spin-orbit splitting of the energy bands close to the hybridization gap. The splitting results from the interplay of electron-hole mixing and spin-orbit coupling, and can exceed the hybridization gap. We experimentally investigate the band splitting as a function of top gate voltage for both electronlike and holelike states. Unlike conventional, noninverted two-dimensional electron gases, the Fermi energy in InAs/GaSb can cross a single spin-resolved band, resulting in full spin-orbit polarization...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106401/transmembrane-difference-in-colloid-osmotic-pressure-affects-the-lipid-membrane-fluidity-of-liposomes-encapsulating-a-concentrated-protein-solution
#20
Tomoko Kure, Hiromi Sakai
A hemoglobin vesicle (Hb-V) is an artificial oxygen carrier encapsulating a highly concentrated hemoglobin solution (40 g/dL) in a liposome. The in vivo safety and efficacy of Hb-V suspension as a transfusion alternative and structural stability during storage have been studied extensively. Because the intra-liposomal Hb aqueous solution can possess colloid osmotic pressure (COP, 200-300 Torr), which is much higher than that of blood plasma (20-25 Torr), a question arises of whether the lipid membrane senses the transmembrane difference in COP...
January 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
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