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The enrichment of several genes (xylE, nahAcd, todC1C2BA, tmoABCDE, alkB) that encode enzymes responsible for key steps in the degradation of hydrocarbons, and one gene specific to rRNA group I of the genus Pseudomonas, was studied in DNA extracted from a fuel oil–contaminated field site, and in laboratory microcosms (with the exception of alkB). Toluene,(More)
Fe(3)O(4)-Ag hybrid submicrosphere was synthesized and developed as hydrogen peroxide sensor in this study. The hybrid sphere was fabricated via a two-step route, and proved by characterizations such as TEM, SEM, EDX, and XPS. Recent studies of hydrogen peroxide sensor based on silver nanoparticles inspired us to study the electrocatalytic property of the(More)
The predictability, diversity and programmability of DNA make it a leading candidate for the design of functional electronic devices that use single molecules, yet its electron transport properties have not been fully elucidated. This is primarily because of a poor understanding of how the structure of DNA determines its electron transport. Here, we(More)
Proteins have proven to be particularly attractive as effective ligands in the synthesis of nano- and subnanoscaled materials because of their multiple chelating and functional groups imparting unique functionalities. However, protein-directed fluorescent metal cluster synthesis is still a challenge but a promising area of research. Here, we report on the(More)
Microcystin-LR (MC-LR) is one of the hepatotoxins produced by cyanobacteria in the eutrophicated fresh water. In this work, the minor groove binding mode of MC-LR to plasmid DNA was explored by using UV and fluorescence spectra, and the binding characteristics of MC-LR for plasmid DNA were calculated via the fluorescence quenching of ethidium bromide (EB)(More)
Photodynamic therapy is an emerging treatment modality that is under intensive preclinical and clinical investigations for many types of disease including cancer. Despite the promise, there is a lack of a reliable drug delivery vehicle that can transport photosensitizers (PSs) to tumors in a site-specific manner. Previous efforts have been focused on(More)
We studied the molecular details of DNA aptamer-ricin interactions. The toxic protein ricin molecules were immobilized on a Au(111) surface using a N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) ester to specifically react with lysine residues located on the ricin B chains. A single ricin molecule was visualized in situ using the AFM tip modified with an antiricin aptamer.(More)
Electron transport behaviors of single molecular junctions are very sensitive to the atomic scale molecule-metal electrode contact interfaces, which have been difficult to control. We used a modified scanning probe microscope-break junction technique (SPM-BJT) to control the dynamics of the contacts and simultaneously monitor both the conductance and force.(More)
Negative differential resistance (NDR) behaviors of single molecule junctions composed of a thiol-terminated Ru(ii) bis-terpyridine (Ru(tpy-SH)2) molecule sandwiched between two gold electrodes are measured using a specifically modified scanning probe microscope break junction technique (SPMBJ) at room temperature. The low-bias (0.623 ± 0.135 V) NDR(More)
Lysozyme monolayer-protected gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) which are hydrophilic and biocompatible and show excellent colloidal stability (at low temperature, ca. 4 degrees C), were synthesized in aqueous medium by chemical reduction of HAuCl4 with NaBH4 in the presence of a familiar small enzyme, lysozyme. UV-vis spectra, transmission electron microscopy(More)