Xiangming Meng

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Nonsyndromic inherited hearing impairment is genetically heterogeneous. Up to now, approximately 51 autosomal dominant loci implicated in nonsyndromic forms of hearing impairment have been reported in humans and 17 causative genes have been identified. Skipping of exon 8 in the DFNA5 gene has been shown to cause hearing impairment in a Dutch family. To our(More)
The human body is full of various ions, which play an important role in the normal physiological activities. For example, Zinc ion (Zn2+) plays a vital role in protein organism and in many biochemical processes, such as inducing apotosis, enzyme regulation, and gene expression. Also, Ferrous ion (Fe2+) is vital in the oxygen transporting. But there are some(More)
An alternative derivation for the well-known approximate message passing (AMP) algorithm proposed by Donoho is presented in this letter. Compared with the original derivation, which exploits central limit theorem and Taylor expansion to simplify belief propagation (BP), our derivation resorts to expectation propagation (EP) and the neglect of high-order(More)
A water-soluble fluorescent probe for Hg(2+) based on a rhodamine B derivative was designed and synthesized. The new probe showed reversible colorimetric and fluorescent response to Hg(2+) in a fully aqueous solution. The probe exhibited real-time detection of Hg(2+) with high selectivity in media containing less than 1% organic cosolvent. Furthermore,(More)
Chirality in nanoparticles is an intriguing phenomenon. Herein, we have devised a well-defined gold nanoparticle system for investigating the origin of chirality in nanoparticles. We have designed chiral thiols (R- and S-isomers) and synthesized chiral gold nanoparticles composed of 25 gold atoms and 18 ligands, referred to as Au(25)(pet)(18), where pet(More)
The rod-shaped Au25 nanocluster possesses a low photoluminescence quantum yield (QY=0.1%) and hence is not of practical use in bioimaging and related applications. Herein, we show that substituting silver atoms for gold in the 25-atom matrix can drastically enhance the photoluminescence. The obtained Ag(x)Au(25-x) (x=1-13) nanoclusters exhibit high quantum(More)
Two novel water-soluble coumarin-based compounds (OC7, NC7) were designed and synthesized as two-photon fluorescent probes for biological Mg(2+) detection. The compounds feature a β-keto acid as a high selective binding site for Mg(2+) and the coumarin framework as the two-photon fluorophore. OC7 and NC7 show significant "off-on" detecting signals(More)
New ratiometric two-photon fluorescent probes are developed from 6-substituted quinolines for biological Zn(2+) detection. They show large red shifts and good ratiometric responses upon Zn(2+) binding. They also exhibit high ion selectivities and large two-photon absorption cross sections at nearly 720 nm. Because the new probes are cell-permeable, they can(More)
We report the synthesis and characterization of selenophenolate-capped 25-gold-atom nanoclusters via a ligand-exchange approach. In this method, phenylethanethiolate (PhCH(2)CH(2)S) capped Au(25) nanoclusters are utilized as the starting material, which is subject to ligand-exchange with selenophenol (PhSeH). The as-obtained cluster product is confirmed to(More)
A metal exchange method based upon atomically precise gold nanoclusters (NCs) as templates is devised to obtain alloy NCs including CuxAu25-x(SR)18, AgxAu25-x(SR)18, Cd1Au24(SR)18, and Hg1Au24(SR)18 via reaction of the template with metal thiolate complexes of Cu(II), Ag(I), Cd(II), and Hg(II) (as opposed to common salt precursors such as CuCl2, AgNO3,(More)