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Jinwoon Kim, Seo Yeong Oh, Shruti Shukla, Seok Bok Hong, Nam Su Heo, Vivek K Bajpai, Hyang Sook Chun, Cheon-Ho Jo, Bong Gill Choi, Yun Suk Huh, Young-Kyu Han
This study aimed to develop a more sensitive method for the detection of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) using heteroassembled gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). A single layered localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) chip format was developed with antigen-antibody reaction-based detection symmetry using AuNPs, which detected HBsAg at 10 pg/mL. To further improve the detection limit, a modified detection format was fabricated by fixing a secondary antibody (to form a heteroassembled sandwich format) to the AuNP monolayer, which enhanced the detection sensitivity by about 100 times...
February 7, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Ziyaur Rahman, Sohail Akhtar, Akhtar Siddiqui, Anthony B Ciavarella, Agnes Nguyenpho, Patrick J Faustino, Mansoor A Khan
Coumadin® a nd s everal generic products of warfarin s odium (WS) contain the crystalline form (clathrate) in which WS and isopropanol (IPA) are associated in a 2:1 molar ratio. IPA is critical in maintaining the WS crystalline structure. Physicochemical properties of the drug and drug product may change when the crystalline drug transforms to amorphous form. A headspace-gas chromatography (HS-GC) method was developed and validated for IPA determination in the WS drug product. n-propanol (NPA) was used as internal standard and the method was validated for specificity, system suitability, linearity, accuracy, precision, range, limits of detection and quantification, and robustness...
March 1, 2018: Acta Pharmaceutica
Angela Palmigiano, Francesco Santaniello, Aurora Cerutti, Dmitry Penkov, Divya Purushothaman, Ekta Makhija, Lucilla Luzi, Fabrizio d'Adda di Fagagna, Pier Giuseppe Pelicci, Viveswara Shivashankar, Gaetano Ivan Dellino, Francesco Blasi
The synthesis of middle-to-late-replicating DNA can be affected independently of the rest of the genome by down-regulating the tumor suppressor PREP1 (PKNOX1). Indeed, DNA combing shows that PREP1 down-regulation affects DNA replication rate, increases the number of simultaneously firing origins and the asymmetry of DNA replication, leading to DNA damage. Genome-wide analysis of replication timing by Repli-seq shows that, upon PREP1 down-regulation, 25% of the genome is replicated earlier in the S-phase. The targeted DNA sequences correspond to Lamin-Associated Domains (LADs), and include late-replicating (LRRs) and temporal transition regions (TTRs)...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
M R C Mahdy, Md Danesh, Tianhang Zhang, Weiqiang Ding, Hamim Mahmud Rivy, Ariful Bari Chowdhury, M Q Mehmood
The stimulating connection between the reversal of near-field plasmonic binding force and the role of symmetry-breaking has not been investigated comprehensively in the literature. In this work, the symmetry of spherical plasmonic heterodimer-setup is broken forcefully by shining the light from a specific side of the set-up instead of impinging it from the top. We demonstrate that for the forced symmetry-broken spherical heterodimer-configurations: reversal of lateral and longitudinal near-field binding force follow completely distinct mechanisms...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Sue Peters, Tanya D Ivanova, Bimal Lakhani, Lara A Boyd, W Richard Staines, Todd C Handy, S Jayne Garland
OBJECTIVE: This study examined motor planning for stepping when the paretic leg was either stepping or standing (to step with the non-paretic leg), to understand whether difficulty with balance and walking post-stroke could be attributed to poor motor planning. METHODS: Individuals with stroke performed self-initiated stepping. Amplitude and duration of the movement-related cortical potential (MRCP) was measured from Cz. Electromyography (EMG) of biceps femoris (BF) and rectus femoris (RF) were collected...
February 1, 2018: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
Rita Carmona, Laura Ariza, Ana Cañete, Ramón Muñoz-Chápuli
The vertebrate heart receives the blood through the cardiac inflow tract. This area has experienced profound changes along the evolution of vertebrates; changes that have a reflection in the cardiac ontogeny. The development of the inflow tract involves dynamic changes due to the progressive addition of tissue derived from the secondary heart field. The inflow tract is the site where oxygenated blood coming from lungs is received separately from the systemic return, where the cardiac pacemaker is established and where the proepicardium develops...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
A Scrimshire, A Lobera, A M T Bell, A H Jones, I Sterianou, S D Forder, P A Bingham
Lanthanide orthoferrites have wide-ranging industrial uses including solar, catalytic and electronic applications. Here a series of lanthanide orthoferrite perovskites, LnFeO 3 (Ln = La; Nd; Sm; Eu; Gd), prepared through a standard stoichiometric wet ball milling route using oxide precursors, has been studied. Characterisation through x-ray diffraction and x-ray fluorescence confirmed the synthesis of phase-pure or near-pure LnFeO 3 compounds. 57 Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy was performed over a temperature range of 10 K-293 K to observe hyperfine structure and to enable calculation of the recoil-free fraction and Debye temperature (θ D ) of each orthoferrite...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Florent Calvo, Ersin Yurtsever, Adem Tekin
The interaction between hydrogen and carbonaceous nanostructures is of fundamental interest in various areas of physical chemistry. In this contribution we have revisited the physisorption of hydrogen molecules and H2 clusters on fullerenes, following a first-principles approach in which the interaction is quantitatively evaluated for the C20 system using high-level electronic structure methods. Relative to coupled cluster data at the level of single, double, and perturbative triple excitations [CCSD(T)] taken as benchmark, the results for rotationally averaged physisorbed H2 show a good performance of MP2 variants and symmetry-adapted perturbation theory (SAPT), but significant deviations and basis set convergence issues are found for dispersion-corrected density functional theory (DFT)...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Thomas Sommerfeld, Joshua B Melugin, Masahiro Ehara
When an excess electron is added into the π* orbital of ethene, the resulting anion decays by electron autodetachment---that is, it represents an electronic state referred to as a temporary anion or resonance state. Here the influence of a cluster environment on the energy and lifetime of this state is investigated. The clusters considered are ethene...CH 4 , ethene...C 2 H 6 , and ethene...H 2 O. Most of these clusters are systematically constructed so that the solvent interacts with the π system in a specific way, and are thus by construction not minima with respect to all intermolecular degrees of freedom...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Noora Tuomilehto, Antti Sommarhem, Aarno Y Nietosvaara
Background and purpose - The long-term outcome of pin-fixed supracondylar humerus fractures (SCHF) in children is not well known. We assessed the 7- to 12-year outcome in 168 children. Patients and methods - During 2002-2006, 210 domestic children (age 7 (1-14) years) with SCHF (Gartland III 79%, Gartland II 19%, and flexion type 2%) were pin fixed in Helsinki. 36 (17%) patients had a nerve palsy. Radiographic alignment was regarded as satisfactory in 81% of patients (Baumann angle (BA) within ±10˚ of normal range and whose anterior humeral line (AHL) crossed the capitulum)...
February 16, 2018: Acta Orthopaedica
Rajeev Gupta, Subhendu Ghosh
Voltage-Dependent Anion Channel (VDAC) phosphorylated by c-Jun N-terminal Kinase-3 (JNK3) was incorporated into the bilayer lipid membrane. Single-channel electrophysiological properties of the native and the phosphorylated VDAC were compared. The open probability versus voltage curve of the native VDAC displayed symmetry around the voltage axis, whereas that of the phosphorylated VDAC showed asymmetry. This result indicates that phosphorylation by JNK3 modifies voltage-dependence of VDAC.
June 2017: Biochimie Open
Yuanxin Liang, Stephen P Naber, Abhishek Chatterjee
Oncoplastic surgery provides breast cancer patients with greater aesthetic satisfaction without compromising disease-free survival or overall survival rate. Large volume displacement oncoplastic surgical techniques have become increasingly popular as a strategy for improving aesthetic outcomes and extending the option of breast conservation therapy. They often involve breast reduction or mastopexy reconstructive techniques to facilitate resection of large breast volumes on the side of the breast cancer and accompanied with symmetry contralateral breast reductions or mastopexies...
February 15, 2018: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Srimanta Pakhira, Kevin P Lucht, Jose L Mendoza-Cortes
Bilayer graphene (BLG) is a semiconductor whose band gap and properties can be tuned by various methods such as doping or applying gate voltage. Here, we show how to tune electronic properties of BLG by intercalation of transition metal (TM) atoms between two monolayer graphene (MLG) using a novel dispersion-corrected first-principle density functional theory (DFT) approach. We intercalated V, Nb, and Ta atoms between two MLG. We found that the symmetry, the spin, and the concentration of TM atoms in BLG-intercalated materials are the important parameters to control and to obtain a Dirac cone in their band structures...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
Daniel J Nelson, Allan M Oliveira, W Carl Lineberger
Anion photoelectron spectra of deprotonated indole have been obtained utilizing several photon energies. The slow electron velocity-map imaging spectrum of indolide allows for the determination of the electron affinity (EA) of indolyl, 2.4315 ± 0.0017 eV. The equilibrium geometry of indolide was shown to minimally distort upon photodetachment with only ring distortion vibrational modes of A' symmetry becoming significantly excited. Photoelectron spectra of indolide accessing the electronic ground state of indolyl displayed a photon energy dependence due to electron autodetachment...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
Aydin Deger, Kay Brandner, Christian Flindt
The complex zeros of partition functions were originally investigated by Lee and Yang to explain the behavior of condensing gases. Since then, Lee-Yang zeros have become a powerful tool to describe phase transitions in interacting systems. Today, Lee-Yang zeros are no longer just a theoretical concept; they have been determined in recent experiments. In one approach, the Lee-Yang zeros are extracted from the high cumulants of thermodynamic observables at finite size. Here we employ this method to investigate a phase transition in a molecular zipper...
January 2018: Physical Review. E
Ke Liu, Jonas Greitemann, Lode Pollet
Polyhedral nematics are examples of exotic orientational phases that possess a complex internal symmetry, representing highly nontrivial ways of rotational symmetry breaking, and are subject to current experimental pursuits in colloidal and molecular systems. The classification of these phases has been known for a long time; however, their transitions to the disordered isotropic liquid phase remain largely unexplored, except for a few symmetries. In this work, we utilize a recently introduced non-Abelian gauge theory to explore the nature of the underlying nematic-isotropic transition for all three-dimensional polyhedral nematics...
January 2018: Physical Review. E
Mobolaji Williams
The field of disordered systems in statistical physics provides many simple models in which the competing influences of thermal and nonthermal disorder lead to new phases and nontrivial thermal behavior of order parameters. In this paper, we add a model to the subject by considering a disordered system where the state space consists of various orderings of a list. As in spin glasses, the disorder of such "permutation glasses" arises from a parameter in the Hamiltonian being drawn from a distribution of possible values, thus allowing nominally "incorrect orderings" to have lower energies than "correct orderings" in the space of permutations...
January 2018: Physical Review. E
Timothy T Clark, Susan Kurien, Robert Rubinstein
A computational tool for the anisotropic time-evolution of the spectral velocity correlation tensor is presented. We operate in the linear, rapid distortion limit of the mean-field-coupled equations. Each term of the equations is written in the form of an expansion to arbitrary order in the basis of irreducible representations of the SO(3) symmetry group. The computational algorithm for this calculation solves a system of coupled equations for the scalar weights of each generated anisotropic mode. The analysis demonstrates that rapid distortion rapidly but systematically generates higher-order anisotropic modes...
January 2018: Physical Review. E
Jingchen Li, Hongyuan Jiang
Proper location of the mitotic spindle is critical for chromosome segregation and the selection of the cell division plane. However, how mitotic spindles sense cell size and shape to regulate their own position and orientation is still largely unclear. To investigate this question systematically, we used a general model by considering chromosomes, microtubule dynamics, and forces of various molecular motors. Our results show that in cells of various sizes and shapes, spindles can always be centered and oriented along the long axis robustly in the absence of other specified mechanisms...
January 2018: Physical Review. E
Andrea Pelissetto, Antonio Tripodo, Ettore Vicari
We investigate the critical properties of the three-dimensional antiferromagnetic RP^{N-1} model, which is characterized by a global O(N) symmetry and a discrete Z_{2} gauge symmetry. We perform a field-theoretical analysis using the Landau-Ginzburg-Wilson (LGW) approach and a numerical Monte Carlo study. The LGW field-theoretical results are obtained by high-order perturbative analyses of the renormalization-group flow of the most general Φ^{4} theory with the same global symmetry as the model, assuming a gauge-invariant order-parameter field...
January 2018: Physical Review. E
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