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  1. An investigation of enzootic bovine leucosis (EBL) infection by agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID), enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) tests and hematological applications on the dairy cows in the

    Kale M.; Öztürk F.

    2004-01-01

    Haematological tests (alfa nafthyl acetate esterase ANAE activity, May Grünwald Giemsa staining and total leucocyte counts) were applied to 469 dairy cows, where the enzootic form of bovine leucosis was investigated. In the same 469 dairy cows, a search for antibodies directed against bovine leucosis virus (BLV) was carried out using agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) in blood samples and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in milk samples. Among the 469 animals screened, 90 were positive ...

  2. An investigation of enzootic bovine leucosis (EBL infection by agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID, enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA tests and hematological applications on the dairy cows in the

    Kale M.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Haematological tests (alfa nafthyl acetate esterase ANAE activity, May Grünwald Giemsa staining and total leucocyte counts were applied to 469 dairy cows, where the enzootic form of bovine leucosis was investigated. In the same 469 dairy cows, a search for antibodies directed against bovine leucosis virus (BLV was carried out using agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID in blood samples and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA in milk samples. Among the 469 animals screened, 90 were positive by ELISA and the haematological tests, while 23 were positive by the AGID test. From these results we would advise heavily infected farms to be eliminated. ELISA and haematological methods, in which ANAE activity, May-Grünwald Giemsa staining and total leucocyte counts were used together, were more reliable and sensitive than the AGID test for detecting EBL.

  3. Production of pseudorabies virus recombinant glycoprotein B and its use in an agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) test for detection of antibodies with sensitivity and specificity equal to the virus neutralization assay.

    Serena, María Soledad; Geisler, Christoph; Metz, Germán Ernesto; Mórtola, Eduardo Carlos; Echeverría, María Gabriela

    2016-04-01

    Pseudorabies virus (PrV) causes Aujeszky's disease (AD), which affects mainly swine, but also cattle, sheep, and wild animals, resulting in substantial economic losses due to animal mortality and lost productivity worldwide. To combat PrV, eradication programs using PrV strains lacking the gene encoding glycoprotein E (gE) are ongoing in several countries. These eradication programs have generated a currently unmet demand for affordable, easy-to-use, and sensitive tests that can detect PrV infection in pigs infected with either wild-type virus or vaccine strain (gE-deleted) virus. To meet this demand, we used the baculovirus-insect cell system to produce recombinant glycoprotein B (gB) as antigen for an immune assay. The high GC-content (70% average) of the gB gene from the Argentinian PrV CL15 strain necessitated the use of betaine as a PCR enhancer to amplify the extracellular domain. Recombinant gB was expressed at high levels and reacted strongly with sera from PrV infected pigs. We used the recombinant gB to develop an agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) test for detection of PrV antibodies. Compared to the gold standard virus neutralization (VN) assay, the AGID sensitivity and specificity were 95% and 96.6% respectively. Thus, recombinant gB produced in the baculovirus-insect cell system is a viable source of antigen for the detection of PrV antibodies in AGID tests. Considering its relatively lower cost, simplicity of use and result interpretation, our AGID is a valuable alternative tool to the VN assay. PMID:26800775

  4. Prevalence of Peste Des Petits Ruminants Virus (PPRV in Mardan, Hangu and Kohat District of Pakistan; Comparative Analysis of PPRV Suspected serum samples using Competitive ELISA (cELISA and Agar Gel Immunodiffusion (AGID

    Misbah Aslam

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Peste des petits Ruminants (PPR is an acute, febrile, highly contagious and economically important viral disease of small ruminants. However PPR is more prevalent in sheep and goat. Competitive ELISA, Virus neutrilization test, and RT-PCR are the available techniques for diagnosis of PPR which give rapid detection where as Agar gel immunodiffusion and Counter immunoelectrophoresis were previously used for PPR detection. In this study two serological techniques were compared for PPR diagnosis. The main aim of this study was to evaluate the comparative sensitivity of both techniques for PPR detection. For this purpose one hundred and sixty PPR suspected serum samples collected from goats and sheep flocks (unvaccinated from three Districts of NWFP including Mardan, Hangu and Kohat were analyzed in National Veterinary Laboratories, Islamabad. Out of these 160 samples, fifty (50 were found positive for PPR antibodies with cELISA (Prevalence = 31.25%. The cELISA positive serum samples however gave negative results when tested with AGID although the control well was always positive. Thus it was concluded that cELISA technique is more sensitive and specific than AGID for PPR antibody detection. [Vet. World 2009; 2(3.000: 89-92

  5. Evaluation of agar gel immunodiffusion serology using caprine and ovine lentiviral antigens for detection of antibody to caprine arthritis-encephalitis virus.

    Knowles, D. P.; Evermann, J F; Shropshire, C; VanderSchalie, J; Bradway, D; Gezon, H M; Cheevers, W P

    1994-01-01

    The sensitivity of the agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) test for the detection of antibody to caprine arthritis-encephalitis virus (CAEV) was investigated with CAEV or ovine progressive pneumonia virus (OPPV) as the source of antigen. A total of 218 goat serum specimens were tested for anti-CAEV antibody by AGID and immunoprecipitation of [35S]methionine-labeled CAEV. In comparison with that of immunoprecipitation, the sensitivity of the CAEV AGID test was 0.91, and that of the OPPV AGID test ...

  6. Comparison of agar gel immunodiffusion test, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and PCR in diagnostics of enzootic bovine leukosis

    Malovrh Tadej

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Bovine leukaemia virus (BLV is a retrovirus that induces a chronic infection in cattle. Once infected, cattle remain virus carriers for life and start to show an antibody response within a few weeks after infection. Eradication and control of the disease are based on early diagnostics and segregation of the carriers. The choice of a diagnostic method depends on the eradication programme, money resources and characteristics of the herd to be analysed. The agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID test has been the serological test of choice for routine diagnosis of serum samples. Nevertheless, in more recent years, the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA has replaced the AGID for large scale testing. For this purpose, commercially available BLV-ELISA kits were compared to the AGID and to the polymerase chain reaction (PCR method performed with two sets of primers, amplifying env region. The ELISA kit based on the p24 core protein was found to be less specific and served as a screening test. The ELISA kit based on the envelope glycoprotein (gpSI served as a verification test and gave a good correlation with the AGID test and PCR method. However, ELISA showed a higher sensitivity than AGID. The p24 based ELiSA was useful for screening a large number of samples, whereas gp51 based ELISA, AGID and PCR were more important for detecting the antibody response against the individual BLV-proteins and therefore for verification of the infection with BLV.

  7. Production of equine herpesvirus 1 recombinant glycoprotein D and development of an agar gel immunodiffusion test for serological diagnosis.

    Fuentealba, Nadia; Sguazza, Guillermo; Scrochi, Mariela; Bravi, Maria; Zanuzzi, Carolina; Corva, Santiago; Gimeno, Eduardo; Pecoraro, Marcelo; Galosi, Cecilia

    2014-06-01

    Equine herpesvirus 1 and 4 (EHV-1 and 4) infect most of the world's horses, causing serious clinical illness. Viral glycoproteins have been identified as the immunodominant antigens that generate the antiviral serological responses to EHV-1 and EHV-4 in infected horses. Here, glycoprotein D of EHV-1 was expressed by a recombinant baculovirus, purified and evaluated by a simple agar gel immunodiffusion test (AGID). Compared with virus neutralization, serological analysis by AGID showed good specificity (100%) and sensitivity (99.5%). The estimated Kappa values for repeatability and reproducibility were satisfactory. Thus, this rapid, inexpensive, simple and highly specific AGID test seems to be a valuable alternative tool for serological detection of antibodies against both EHV-1 and EHV-4. PMID:24631347

  8. Comparision of Polymerase Chain Reaction and Agar Gel Immunodiffusion test in Detection of MarekAND#8217;s Disease Virus

    A. Manicavasaka Dinakaran; G. Selvaraju; Jayalakshmi, K.; T.R. Gopalakrishna Murthy; M. Geetha and S. Saravanan

    2010-01-01

    A study was undertaken to identify Marek’s disease virus (MDV) antigen by PCR and AGID and to test the significance of PCR and AGID by McNemar’s test in detection of MDV antigen in outbreak in layer flocks. A total of twelve different MD outbreak flocks with varying flock size were selected in this study. Feather follicles were collected from 10 apparently healthy birds, 10 clinically affected birds and 10 dead birds separately in each outbreak. All the samples were subjec...

  9. Brucella abortus 1119-3 O-chain polysaccharide to differentiate sera from B. abortus S-19-vaccinated and field-strain-infected cattle by agar gel immunodiffusion.

    Cherwonogrodzky, J W; Nielsen, K. H.

    1988-01-01

    Purified Brucella abortus 1119-3 and Brucella melitensis 16M lipopolysaccharide O-chain polysaccharides were not precipitated in agar gel immunodiffusion by any of 24 sera from vaccinated cattle but were precipitated by 18 of 24 sera from infected cattle. This difference can be used to differentiate sera of cattle vaccinated with B. abortus S-19 from sera of some field-strain-infected cattle.

  10. Effectivity of PCR and AGID methods to detect of enzootic bovine leukosis in Indonesia

    Saepulloh M; Sendow I

    2015-01-01

    Enzootic Bovine Leucosis (EBL) is one of viral diseases in cattle caused by bovine leukemia virus (BLV), from Retroviridae. The virus can be detected using severals methods such as Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), while antibody can be detected using Agar Gel Immunodifussion (AGID). The aim of this experiment was to study the effectivity of PCR and AGID methods to detect enzootic bovine leukosis virus in Indonesia. Samples of peripheral blood leukocyte (PBL) were collected from cattles those ...

  11. Evaluacin de la eficacia de la prueba de inmunodifusin en gel agar para la deteccin de anticuerpos contra el virus de la leucosis enzootica bovina Assessment of the Efficacy of the Agar Gel Immunodiffusion Test for the Detection of Antibodies Against the Enzootic Bovine Leukosis Virus

    Zoraida Nava

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available contra el virus de la leucosis enzotica bovina (VLEB, comparndola con el ensayo inmunoenzimtico (ELISA. Se procesaron 360 muestras de suero bovino para ambas pruebas, siguiendo las indicaciones del fabricante. El grado de concordancia (GC, valores predictivos (VP y razones de verosimilitud (RV fueron determinados y analizados. El GC entre ambas pruebas result ser del 86,4%, con un coeficiente Kappa (K = 0,7. La IDGA detect una significativa (PThe efficacy of the agar gel immunodifusion test (AGID for the detection of antibodies against the enzootic bovine leucosis virus (EBLV was evaluated and compared with the ELISA test. A total of 360 bovine serum samples were tested for both tests, following the manufacturer instructions. The agreement degree (AD, predictive values (PV, and coefficient of probability (CP were determined and analyzed. There was a good AD between both tests (86.4%; Kappa coefficient =0.7. The AGID test detected a significant (P<0.001 lesser proportion (47.2% of positive sera than the ELISA test (60.8%. The AGID sensitivity was 77.6% lower than the expected, while there was 100% specificity. The positive PV of a 100% and the positive CP with an undetermined value (? showed that AGID is a safe test for the detection of cattle infected with EBLV. In contrast, the negative PV of 74.2% and the negative CP of 0.2 indicate that there is a slight probability that cattle, whose sera were negative to EBLV using the AGID, are really free of EBLV infection. These results suggest that AGID is a suitable test for epidemiological studies, inpopulations with high EBLV prevalence, due to the minor risk of producing false positive results. However in populations with low prevalence of the disease, the use of the AGID test would be restricted due to the high possibility of giving false negative results. Therefore, the ELISA should be the test selected for eradication programs. This work is a contribution to the control and eradication programs of the enzootic bovine leucosis, since it provides information which allows the selection of the most adequate technique, according to the epidemiological status of this disease in the zone and the sanitary target pursued

  12. Effectivity of PCR and AGID methods to detect of enzootic bovine leukosis in Indonesia

    Saepulloh M

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Enzootic Bovine Leucosis (EBL is one of viral diseases in cattle caused by bovine leukemia virus (BLV, from Retroviridae. The virus can be detected using severals methods such as Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR, while antibody can be detected using Agar Gel Immunodifussion (AGID. The aim of this experiment was to study the effectivity of PCR and AGID methods to detect enzootic bovine leukosis virus in Indonesia. Samples of peripheral blood leukocyte (PBL were collected from cattles those with and without showing clinical signs. A total of 307 blood and serum samples were tested against BLV using PCR and AGID tests, while 21 semen samples which were from similar animals for blood collection were collected only for PCR test. The results indicated that twelve cattles have positive results with PCR test in PBL, but from those cattles only seven were positive with AGID. On the other hand, the PCR did not detect EBL in 21 bovine semen samples tested, although one sample gave positive result with PCR in PBL. This results indicated that PCR method from blood samples was more sensitive than that AGID method. The PCR detection was also more sensitive for PBL than that for semen samples

  13. Imunodifusão em gel de ágar com polissacarídeos de membrana de Brucella abortus 1119-3 no diagnóstico da brucelose bovina Membrane polysaccharides of Brucella abortus 1119-3 in agar gel immunodifusion test in diagnosis of bovine brucellosis

    Megid, J.; Ribeiro, M.G.; J.V.B. Agottani; G. Marcos Jr

    1999-01-01

    Comparou-se a prova de imunodifusão em gel de ágar (IDGA), utilizando extrato polissacarídico (POLI O), obtido da amostra de B. abortus 1119-3, com os testes de soroaglutinação rápida em placa, de soroaglutinação lenta em tubos, de antígeno acidificado e de 2-mercaptoetanol para o diagnóstico da brucelose bovina. O IDGA mostrou alta especificidade, porém sensibilidade inferior aos métodos convencionais.An agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) test using the polysaccharide (POLIO O) extract obtained...

  14. Imunodifusão em gel de ágar com polissacarídeos de membrana de Brucella abortus 1119-3 no diagnóstico da brucelose bovina Membrane polysaccharides of Brucella abortus 1119-3 in agar gel immunodifusion test in diagnosis of bovine brucellosis

    J. Megid

    1999-10-01

    Full Text Available Comparou-se a prova de imunodifusão em gel de ágar (IDGA, utilizando extrato polissacarídico (POLI O, obtido da amostra de B. abortus 1119-3, com os testes de soroaglutinação rápida em placa, de soroaglutinação lenta em tubos, de antígeno acidificado e de 2-mercaptoetanol para o diagnóstico da brucelose bovina. O IDGA mostrou alta especificidade, porém sensibilidade inferior aos métodos convencionais.An agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID test using the polysaccharide (POLIO O extract obtained from Brucella abortus strain 1119-3, was compared to plate agglutination, tube agglutination, rose bengal plate and mercaptoethanol tests in the diagnosis of bovine brucellosis. The AGID assay with B. aborturs polysaccharide antigens, presented a greater specificity but lower sensitivity for detecting brucellosis infected animals as compared to the conventional methods of antibody detection.

  15. Rapid serum agglutination and agar gel immunodiffusion tests associated to clinical signs in rams experimentally infected with Brucella ovis Teste de soro aglutinação rápida e do teste de imunodifusão em gel de ágar associados aos sinais clínicos em carneiros infectados experimentalmente com Brucella ovis

    Cristiane Nakada Nozaki

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to evaluate the agar gel immunodiffusion and the rapid serum agglutination tests associated to clinical signs in rams experimentally infected with Brucella ovis. The serological profile during the 12 months of infection showed a large fluctuation of antibodies that favors the failure in the diagnostic. The evaluation of tests after the experimental infection allowed to suggest that none of the tests were able to detect the infection throughout the period of study. The study reinforces the importance of considering the clinical signs to support the diagnosis of Brucella ovis infection in rams.O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar o uso do teste de imunodifusão em gel de ágar e o teste sorológico de aglutinação rápida comparados aos sinais clínicos em carneiros infectados experimentalmente com Brucella ovis para o diagnóstico confirmatório da brucelose ovina. O perfil sorológico durante os 12 meses pós-infecção mostrou flutuação da resposta por anticorpos, que favorece a falha no diagnóstico. A avaliação dos testes indicou que nenhum dos testes foi capaz de detectar a infecção durante todo o período de estudo. O estudo ressalta a importância de considerar os sinais clínicos para apoiar o diagnóstico confirmatório da infecção por Brucella ovis em carneiros.

  16. Performance of Competitive and Indirect Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assays, Gel Immunoprecipitation with Native Hapten Polysaccharide, and Standard Serological Tests in Diagnosis of Sheep Brucellosis

    Marin, C.M.; E. Moreno; Moriyon, I. (Ignacio); Diaz, R; Blasco, J M

    1999-01-01

    Competitive and standard enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs), rose bengal (RB), complement fixation, and agar gel immunoprecipitation with native hapten (AGID-NH) were compared by using sera from Brucella-free, Brucella melitensis-infected, and B. melitensis Rev1-vaccinated sheep. The most sensitive tests were indirect ELISA and RB, and the most specific tests were AGID-NH and competitive ELISA. We show that RB followed by AGID-NH is a simple and effective ...

  17. Characterization of the Precipitin Bands Detected in the Immunodiffusion Test for Paracoccidioidomycosis

    Restrepo, Angela; Moncada, Luz H.

    1974-01-01

    In order to characterize the precipitin bands detected in the immunodiffusion test for paracoccidioidomycosis, a study was undertaken in 54 patients with the disease. On the basis of the pattern of known control sera, the three commonly observed lines of precipitate were designated as 1, 2, and 3 according to their location in the immunodiffusion plate. At time of diagnosis, 28 of the patients exhibited all three bands, 16 gave two bands, and 10 showed only one precipitin line. Over 50 of the sera with three bands had high complement fixation titers (above 1:512), whereas those with one band exhibited lower titers. A similar picture was obtained with the quantitative agar-gel techniques, where titers of 1:64 and above were more commonly observed in sera with three precipitin lines. Follow-up studies carried out in 18 patients revealed that band 3 disappeared first, followed by band 2, and, finally, by band 1. At the end of 2 to 3 years, 85.7% of the patients had lost band 3, 75% band 2, and only 27.7% band 1. Cross-reactions with histoplasmin were found in eight patients who gave the M precipitin line with this antigen. It was found that the latter band and our paracoccidioidin band 3 fused, producing lines of identity. Bands 1 and 2 were specific. The implications of these findings are discussed. Images PMID:4210730

  18. Use of monoclonal antibodies against avian retroviral protein p19 for competitive radioimmunoassay and immunodiffusion

    Monoclonal antibodies were used in competitive binding assays to investigate the arrangement of three epitopes on protein p19 of the avian myeloblastosis virus (AMV). It is reasoned that if the epitopes recognized by two monoclonal antibodies are physically close, the binding of one antibody will sterically block the binding of the other; conversely no blocking will occur if the epitopes are sufficiently distant. The results of these competitive binding assays demonstrated the presence of two distinct antigenic sites on protein p19. The monoclonal antibodies against protein p19 of AMV were also tested in gel double immunodiffusion. Since p19 protein shows strong tendency to aggregate, it was not surprising that clear precipitin lines with these monoclonal antibodies were obtained. (author)

  19. Identification of multiple equine infectious anemia antigens by immunodiffusion reactions.

    Malmquist, W A; Becvar, C S

    1975-10-01

    Equine infectious anemia (EIA) cell antigens prepared from infected equine spleen, equine leukocyte cultures or a persistently infected equine dermis cell line contained at least two serologically reacting components. For convenience one component was designated as soluble antigen (SA) and the other as cell-associated antigen (CAA). The SA appeared as a single component when it was prepared from EIA virus precipitated from infectious tissue culture fluid with polyethylene glycol and ether treated but it was mixed with CAA when the source was infected cells. Cytolytic or mechanical disruption of infected cells appeared to accelerate the release of CAA. Reaction to each component could be identified in double and radial immunodiffusion tests by increasing the concentrations of SA in a two-component antigenic mixture. The CAA component does not appear to affect the value of the immunodiffusion test as a diagnostic aid. PMID:169969

  20. Estudio comparativo de un PCR anidado, ELISA y AGID en la detección del virus de la leucosis bovina en muestras de suero, sangre y leche Comparative study of nested PCR, ELISA and AGID tests in the detection of bovine leukaemia virus infection in serum, blood and milk samples

    R Felmer

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Se evaluaron distintos métodos actualmente disponibles para el diagnóstico de la infección por el virus de la leucosis bovina (VLB. Los métodos empleados fueron AGID en suero, ELISA en muestras de suero y leche y PCR en linfocitos sanguíneos. De un total de 126 animales analizados, AGID identificó un menor número de animales positivos (75 comparado con las pruebas PCR y ELISA aplicadas en muestras de suero y leche (100. Tres animales positivos a AGID fueron negativos a PCR y 28 de las 51 muestras negativas a AGID fueron positivas mediante PCR. La sensibilidad diagnóstica de PCR con respecto a AGID fue de 96%, mientras que la especificidad fue de 45% (kappa 0,45. Todos los animales positivos a AGID fueron también positivos a ELISA aplicado tanto en suero como en leche, mientras que 25 animales negativos a AGID fueron consignados como positivos a ELISA, en ambas muestras biológicas. De esta forma, la sensibilidad diagnóstica de ELISA respecto a AGID fue de un 100%, mientras que la especificidad fue de 51% (kappa 0,55. La menor sensibilidad observada de AGID no es debido a reacciones falso positivas de ELISA y PCR, sino más bien a una mayor sensibilidad de estas últimas, lo que sugiere reconsiderar la utilización del método AGID en aquellos países en que aún se utiliza como método oficial en los programas de erradicación de leucosis.Different methods available for the detection of bovine leukaemia virus (BLV infection were evaluated. The methods evaluated were AGID in serum, ELISA in serum and milk, and PCR in blood lymphocytes. The AGID test identified a smaller number of positive animals (75/126 compared to PCR and ELISA tests (100/126. Three positive animals by AGID were negative by PCR and 28 of the 51 negative samples by AGID were positive by PCR. The sensitivity of PCR with respect to AGID was 96%, whereas the specificity was 45% (kappa 0.45. All positive animals by AGID were also positive by ELISA in serum and milk samples, whereas 25 negative animals by AGID were considered positive by the ELISA test, in both biological samples. Thus, sensitivity of the ELISA with respect to AGID was 100%, whereas specificity was 51% (kappa 0.55. The smaller sensitivity of AGID is not due to false positive reactions of ELISA and PCR tests, but rather to a greater sensitivity of these, which suggests a revision of AGID in those countries in which it is still used as the official method in the erradication programs of leukaemia.

  1. Estudio comparativo de un PCR anidado, ELISA y AGID en la detección del virus de la leucosis bovina en muestras de suero, sangre y leche Comparative study of nested PCR, ELISA and AGID tests in the detection of bovine leukaemia virus infection in serum, blood and milk samples

    R Felmer; Zúñiga, J.; M Recabal

    2006-01-01

    Se evaluaron distintos métodos actualmente disponibles para el diagnóstico de la infección por el virus de la leucosis bovina (VLB). Los métodos empleados fueron AGID en suero, ELISA en muestras de suero y leche y PCR en linfocitos sanguíneos. De un total de 126 animales analizados, AGID identificó un menor número de animales positivos (75) comparado con las pruebas PCR y ELISA aplicadas en muestras de suero y leche (100). Tres animales positivos a AGID fueron negativos a PCR y 28 de las 51 m...

  2. Evaluation of western blotting for the diagnosis of enzootic bovine leukemia Avaliação da técnica de western blot no diagnóstico da leucose enzoótica bovina

    E.T. Gonzalez; G.A. Oliva; Norimine, J; V. Cid de la Paz; M. G. Echeverría

    1999-01-01

    A western blotting (WB) procedure has been developed for detecting antibodies to bovine leukosis virus (BLV) in cattle sera. Two hundred and thirty three serum samples from naturally infected cattle with BLV virus and serial bleedings from experimentally BLV infected cows were used. An agar gel immunodiffusion test (AGID) was used for comparing with the results obtained by WB. The AGID positive sera showed a different degree of reactivity by WB test against the two most important viral antige...

  3. Evaluation of western blotting for the diagnosis of enzootic bovine leukemia

    Gonzalez E.T.; Oliva G.A.; Norimine J.; Cid de la Paz V.; Echeverría M.G.

    1999-01-01

    A western blotting (WB) procedure has been developed for detecting antibodies to bovine leukosis virus (BLV) in cattle sera. Two hundred and thirty three serum samples from naturally infected cattle with BLV virus and serial bleedings from experimentally BLV infected cows were used. An agar gel immunodiffusion test (AGID) was used for comparing with the results obtained by WB. The AGID positive sera showed a different degree of reactivity by WB test against the two most important viral antige...

  4. ELISA FOR BOVINE SCHISTOSOMIASIS VACCINE EVALUATION: A PRELIMINARY REPORT

    Imadeldin Elamin Aradaib; Babiker Abbas; Bennie Osburn; Hamid Omer Bushara; Martin Taylor

    1994-01-01

    Six calves were immunized with schistosomula of Schistosoma bovis irradiated at 3 or 20 Kilorad (Krad) and three calves were kept as controls. Twenty four weeks post immunization, three calves (one from the 20 Krad and two from the 3 Krad group) were challenged with normal cercaria of S. bovis. The immune response was monitored by agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) and the Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) using adult worm antigen. Using AGID, precipitin lines were observed only with ser...

  5. Does the degree of polymerization of haptoglobin influence the results of the radial immunodiffusion assay?

    van Rijn, H. J M; Wisman, J.P.W.; Meyling, F G

    1987-01-01

    The degree of polymerization of haptoglobin (Hp) phenotypes 2-1 and 2-2 was studied. In individual samples the degree of polymerization tends to be positively correlated with the Hp concentration as determined by the radial immunodiffusion technique (RID), while an inverse relationship between the size of Hp polymers and the Hp concentration in RID was expected. After reductive cleavage of Hp, the apparent Hp concentration became higher in individual samples with different degrees of polymeri...

  6. Evaluation of a radial immunodiffusion test with polysaccharide B antigen for diagnosis of bovine brucellosis.

    Jones, L M; Berman, D.T. (D. T.); E. Moreno; Deyoe, B. L.; Gilsdorf, M J; Huber, J. D.; P. Nicoletti

    1980-01-01

    A radial immunodiffusion (RID) test employing a polysaccharide antigen (poly B) was compared with tests currently used in the diagnosis of bovine brucellosis. Over 1,000 sera from vaccinated and infected cattle, all of which had been examined bacteriologically, were used to determine the sensitivity and specificity of the RID, card, Rivanol, and complement fixation tests. The RID test identified 90% of the cattle that were shedding Brucella in their milk. Although the complement fixation test...

  7. Bluetongue virus: comparative evaluation of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, immunodiffusion, and serum neutralization for detection of viral antibodies.

    Poli, G; Stott, J.; Y.S. Liu; Manning, J S

    1982-01-01

    Comparative studies on the detection of bovine serum immunoglobulin G antibodies to bluetongue virus with an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, an immunodiffusion method, and a serum neutralization assay demonstrated complete concordance between the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and the serum neutralization assay results. However, the immunodiffusion method failed to detect bluetongue virus antibody in a substantial number of sera found to possess bluetongue virus immunoglobulin G with th...

  8. Evaluation of standard reagents for radial-immunodiffusion assays : In vitro control of rabies vaccines

    MICELI Graciela S.; Jorge TORROBA; TORRES Walter; ESTEVES MADERO Jorge; Ana Maria DÍAZ

    2000-01-01

    The RID assay is one of the in vitro methods used for in-process control in the production of rabies vaccines for veterinary use. It has been shown to be very useful for determining antigen concentration in the final bulk product. The work presented in this paper, including the production and standardization of candidate standard reagents for use in the Radial Immunodiffusion Assay (RID) was carried out at the Pan American Institute for Food Protection and Zoonoses (INPPAZ/PAHO/WHO). The stud...

  9. Evaluation of standard reagents for radial-immunodiffusion assays. In vitro control of rabies vaccines

    MICELI Graciela S.

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available The RID assay is one of the in vitro methods used for in-process control in the production of rabies vaccines for veterinary use. It has been shown to be very useful for determining antigen concentration in the final bulk product. The work presented in this paper, including the production and standardization of candidate standard reagents for use in the Radial Immunodiffusion Assay (RID was carried out at the Pan American Institute for Food Protection and Zoonoses (INPPAZ/PAHO/WHO. The study was completed with the cooperation of the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, National University of La Plata (NULP, Argentina, where the validation of the proposed standards and the quality control of samples from 28 different batches of rabies vaccines produced with Pasteur strain rabies virus (PV in BHK cells were performed. The activity of the vaccines was determined by in vivo (NIH and in vitro (RIDassays. The results of the candidate reagents for the reagent standardization tests showed stability, sensitivity and reproducibility. The Relative Potency the 1.2 between the problem vaccines and the reference vaccine was estimated by variance and regression analysis. The results of our validation study show that the INPPAZ (PAHO/WHO is capable of producing and distributing the above-mentioned standard reagents, as well as of providing support for the incorporation of the RID technique (sensitive, rapid and inexpensive to the laboratories that manufacture rabies vaccines in Latin America and the Caribbean.

  10. EPIDEMIOLOGIA DA INFECÇÃO PELO VÍRUS DA LEUCOSE ENZOÓTICA BOVINA (LEB)

    José Wilton Pinheiro Junior; Maria Evódia de Souza; Wagnner José Nascimento Porto; Nair Silva Cavalcanti Lira; Rinaldo Aparecido Mota

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the presence of anti-enzootic leucosis virus antibodies and also to identify the association between seropositivity and management variables for this infection in cattle in the State of Alagoas, Brazil. A total of 17 herds were examined, totaling 341 animals, distributed in eight counties. The antibody detection was performed by the technique of agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID), using the antigen constituted of lipids and proteins from bovine leukos...

  11. Detection of Brucella ovis in ovine from Paraba State, in the Northeast region of Brazil

    Clebert Jos Alves; Salomo Moreira de Figueiredo; Srgio Santos de Azevedo; Incio Jos Clementino; Lara Borges Keid; Slvio Arruda Vasconcellos; Carolina de Sousa Amrico Batista; Vivianne Cambu Mesquita Rocha; Severino Silvano Higino

    2010-01-01

    To determine the presence of Brucella ovis in ovine from Paraba State, in the Northeast region of Brazil, 80 animals slaughtered in the public slaughterhouse of Patos city were used. Before slaughter, blood samples were collected by jugular venopuncture from each animal, and after slaughter, testicles, epidydimus and uterus were aseptically collected. For the serological diagnosis of B. ovis and B. abortus infections, the agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) and Rose Bengal (RBT) tests were carri...

  12. An investigation of equine infectious anaemia infection in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey

    O. Yapkic

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available In this study, 162 horses, 80 donkeys and 51 mule serum samples were collected in Konya city. Additionally, 64 horse serum samples from Ankara and 49 samples from Kayseri city were included in the study. A total of 406 serum samples were examined by agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA for antibody to equine infectious anaemia virus (EIAV and no positive result was detected.

  13. Evaluation of western blotting for the diagnosis of enzootic bovine leukemia

    Gonzalez E.T.

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available A western blotting (WB procedure has been developed for detecting antibodies to bovine leukosis virus (BLV in cattle sera. Two hundred and thirty three serum samples from naturally infected cattle with BLV virus and serial bleedings from experimentally BLV infected cows were used. An agar gel immunodiffusion test (AGID was used for comparing with the results obtained by WB. The AGID positive sera showed a different degree of reactivity by WB test against the two most important viral antigens (gp51 and p24, or against one of them. Other proteins (gp30, p15, p12 and p10 were not detected with any AGID positive sera, being observed occasionally three bands corresponding to the p24 protein. Using sera obtained by BLV experimental inoculation, the antibodies directed to p24 appeared early (between the 2nd and 4th week post inoculation and thereafter antibodies to gp51were detected in some animals. The analysis of field serum samples by AGID as compared to WB showed an agreement of 90.9%. Only 1.7% of sera were negative by AGID and positive by WB and 7.2% that were not conclusive by AGID and were defined by WB (4.2% as positive and 3.0% as negative.

  14. Quantitation of IgE by means of a modified radial immunodiffusion method in comparison with the radioimmunosorbent test (RIST)

    Serum IgE were quantitied by means of modified radial immunodiffusion technique (RID). To improve visibility of precipitin bands a staining procedure with DOPA was applied. Pretreatment of sera with dextransulfate proved necessary in order to avoid unspecific ringformation in the agargel. In comparison with the RIST it turned out that sera containing less than 500 I.U. IgE/ml did not produce precipitin bands with this method. Sera containing 500-999 I.U. IgE/ml occasionally exhibited positive results with the RID technique, whereas sera with more than 1,000 I.U./ml were regulary positive. In its present form the RID may be used as screening method for sera with higher IgE levels. Within the above mentioned limits the IgE levels calculated by means of the RID-test roughly corresponded the values determined by the RIST. (orig.)

  15. A comparative study of antigens of Aspergillus fumigatus isolates from patients and soil of ornamental plants in the immunodiffusion test.

    Staib, F; Folkens, U; Tompak, B; Abel, T; Thiel, D

    1978-11-01

    The strikingly frequent and constant presence of Aspergillus fimigatus in the soil of potted ornamental plants kept in private houses and hospitals has been the reason for studying the antigens of the strains found from the diagnostic and epidemiological angles. Culture-filtrate antigens of A. fumigatus strains isolated from the soil of 4 different ornamental plants, epiphyllum (Epiphyllum truncatum), orange tree (Citrus sinensis), Alpine rose (Azalea indica) and Christmas flower (Euphorbia pulcherrima), were compared, in the immunodiffusion test, with antigens of A. fumigatus strains from aspergillosis patients prepared in an identical way. When tested against 8 different sera from different aspergillosis patients there was a good coincidence of results. Control sera from patients suffering from diseases other than aspergillosis, no false-positive reactions could be observed. The findings are discussed in respect of diagnosis and epidemiology. PMID:83753

  16. Specific determination of N-acetyl-?-D-hexosaminidase isozymes A and B by radioimmunoassay and radial immunodiffusion

    The two major isozymes of N-acetylhexosaminidase, namely hexosaminidase A and B were quantitatively determined in tissues and biological fluids of both normal individuals and Tay-Sachs patients. The determination was carried out by two sensitive immunoassays: radial immunodiffusion, using chromogenic substrate, and radioimmunoassay, which were developed in this study. For this purpose we used either a cross-reactive antiserum which reacts to a similar extent with both isozymes, or an antiserum reacting exclusively with hexosaminidase A (obtained by selective immunoadsorption). This enabled the quantitisation of the two isozymes separately, or in the presence of each other, in purified enzyme preparations or in tissue homogenates, affording a direct positive determination of hexosaminidase A. The results demonstrated that normal tissues contain the two isozymes in comparable amounts, whereas tissues of Tay-Sachs patients lack hexosaminidase A or any material which carries the A-specific antigenic determinants. The possible applications of these assays and their potential diagnosis are discussed. (orig.)

  17. Epidemiological studies on bluetongue virus infection in West Java, Indonesia

    In monitoring of sentinel cattle in West Java, seroconversions to orbiviruses occurred mostly at the end of the wet season. A low altitude site gave more reactors than did a high altitude site. Due to perceived inefficiencies of the agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) test, a competitive ELISA (C-ELISA) was applied and the results compared with the AGID test results. C-ELISA detected antibodies at an earlier stage of infection than did the AGID test. Not all sera reacting in the AGID test reacted in C-ELISA, suggesting that the C-ELISA is more specific in detecting bluetongue virus (BTV) antibodies than the AGID. However, as the infection status of most field sera was not known, this could not be confirmed conclusively from the available data. A comparison of isolation methods indicated that isolates were obtained more frequently if samples were passaged in embryonated eggs before blind passage in A edes albopictus cells followed by passage in BHK-21 cells. Six BTV serotypes, 1,7,9,12,20,21 and 23 were identified and confirmed from apparently healthy sentinel cattle blood at low altitudes; BTV serotype 21 was also isolated from a pool of the Avaritia sub-genus of the Culicoides spp which contained 227 C. fulvus and 20 C. orientalis. (author). 17 refs, 2 figs, 1 tab

  18. Serological monitoring of antibodies for an early diagnosis ofaspergillosis in captive penguins

    Ângela L. Cabana

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of detection of anti-Aspergillus fumigatus antibodies in captive penguins by double radial agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID for the aspergillosis diagnosis. We included 134 Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus in rehabilitation at the Center for Recovery of Marine Animals (CRAM / FURG. All of them were monitored by AGID weekly until its final destination (death or release, totalizing 660 serum samples studied. All animals were clinically accompanied and post-mortem examinations was performed in penguins that died during the studied period. A total of 28% (37/134 of the penguins died, 89.2% (33/37 due to aspergillosis, 11% (4/37 by other causes and 97 were released. From the 33 animals with proven aspergillosis, 21 presented anti- A. fumigatus antibodies by AGID, being the average interval between death and positive AGID 16.4 days. Twelve animals with negative serology died of aspergillosis. The sensitivity and specificity rates were 63.6% and 95% respectively, and the positive and negative predictive values were 80.7% and 88.9% respectively. These data demonstrate that the serological monitoring for detection of antibodies by AGID can be an important tool for the diagnosis of aspergillosis in penguins.

  19. Technical note: Comparison of radial immunodiffusion and ELISA for quantification of bovine immunoglobulin G in colostrum and plasma.

    Gelsinger, S L; Smith, A M; Jones, C M; Heinrichs, A J

    2015-06-01

    Historically, radial immunodiffusion (RID) has been the only method that directly measures IgG; however, recent studies have reported IgG concentrations in colostrum, milk, and plasma as measured using an ELISA. To our knowledge no comparison between RID and ELISA methods has been made for bovine colostrum or plasma. The objective of this study was to compare IgG concentrations measured by both methods in samples of bovine colostrum before and after heat treatment and bovine plasma. Concentration of IgG was quantified using a commercially available RID kit and a modified ELISA. Samples of bovine colostrum and plasma were collected from individual animals and colostrum was tested before and after heat treatment at 60C for 30 min. All samples were tested using both methods. Pearson correlation coefficients were determined for RID and ELISA values from unheated colostrum, heat-treated colostrum, and plasma samples. Mixed models were used to determine the effect of assay on IgG measurement in colostrum and plasma and effect of heat treatment on IgG concentration in colostrum. A weak correlation was found between ELISA and RID results in plasma and unheated colostrum. Concentration of IgG was significantly lower in all sample types when measured by ELISA compared to RID. Thus, direct comparison of ELISA and RID results is not recommended. Colostrum IgG concentration significantly decreased after heat treatment as measured by ELISA, but means were not different when measured by RID. Correlation plots between colostrum values measured before and after heat treatment indicated changes in the colostrum protein matrix due to heat affected RID and ELISA assays differently. This investigation compared RID and ELISA results, but no conclusions could be drawn as to the accuracy of either assay. PMID:25841961

  20. [Express diagnostics of bovine leucosis by immune sensor based on surface plasmon resonance].

    Pyrohova, L V; Starodub, M F; Artiukh, V P; Nahaieva, L I; Dobrosol, H I

    2002-01-01

    An immune sensor based on the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) was developed for express diagnostics of bovine leucosis. The sensor was used for detection of the level of antibodies against bovine leukaemia virus (BLV) in the blood serum. The industrially manufactured BLV antigen for screening test in the agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) required the additional purification in order to be used in immune sensor analysis. It was shown that immune sensor analysis was more sensitive, rapid and simple in comparison with the traditional AGID test. It was stated that the developed immune sensor was capable to be used for performance of bovine leucosis screening at the farms and the minimal dilution of the serum should be 1:500. PMID:12916242

  1. ELISA FOR BOVINE SCHISTOSOMIASIS VACCINE EVALUATION: A PRELIMINARY REPORT

    Imadeldin Elamin Aradaib

    1994-12-01

    Full Text Available Six calves were immunized with schistosomula of Schistosoma bovis irradiated at 3 or 20 Kilorad (Krad and three calves were kept as controls. Twenty four weeks post immunization, three calves (one from the 20 Krad and two from the 3 Krad group were challenged with normal cercaria of S. bovis. The immune response was monitored by agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID and the Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA using adult worm antigen. Using AGID, precipitin lines were observed only with sera from challenged animals. Using ELISA, the immune response of the vaccinated calves was first detected by 2-3 weeks, peaking by 6-8 weeks post vaccination. The immune response of the three challenged calves was elevated by 2 weeks post challenge, peaking at 8-10 weeks post challenge and remained high throughout the experimental period. This study suggests that ELISA could be used for diagnosis of bovine schistosomiasis.

  2. SOROEPIDEMIOLOGIA DA LEUCEMIA BOVINA (LB EM BOVINOS CURRALEIROS DOS ESTADOS DE GOIÁS E TOCANTINS, BRASIL

    Raquel Soares Juliano

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Aiming to verify bovine leukaemia (BL occurrence in Curraleiro cattle breed, sera of 1051 animals were sampled from Goias (n=11 and Tocantins (n=12 states. BL serological diagnosis was performed by agar gel immunodiffusion method (AGID. The total occurrence rate was 21.1% (222/1051. In Tocantins it was 27.8% (136/489 occurrence was observed, higher value than in Goias, where 15.3% (86/562 occurrence was found. The serum reactivity was higher in females than in males, 23.3% (198/852 and 11.8% (23/195, respectively, and in animals older than 48 months old.

  3. Prevalence of enzootic bovine leukosis in the Republic of Bulgaria in 1997-2004

    Sandev, Nikolay; Ilieva, Darinka; Sizov, Ignat; Rusenova, Nikolina; ILIEV, Emil

    2006-01-01

    The serological investigations using the agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) test performed in the Republic of Bulgaria in the period 1997-2004 showed a high prevalence of enzootic bovine leukosis (EBL), from 8.47% in 1997 to 22.26% in 2004. The highest percentage of seroreagents was observed in the regions of Silistra (48.61%), Dobrich (47.57%) and Burgas (47.32%), with the lowest, in the regions of Pazardjik (0.28%), Kyustendil (1.89%) and Smolyan (1.95%). Leukosis infection was found to be mor...

  4. Use of the Polymerase Chain Reaction in the Detection of Bovine Leukosis

    Kelly, Emma Jane

    1992-01-01

    A diagnostic test for bovine leukosis was developed using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to amplify a 375 base pair region in the gag gene of the proviral genome. Blood samples were collected from 3 adult Holstein cows shown to be infected with bovine leukosis virus (BLV) by the agar-gel immunodiffusion (AGID) technique. The 3 samples were mixed and the composite blood was used to inoculate 10 cows. Five of the cows were inoculated with 0.1 ml of blood, and the other cows were inocula...

  5. A Deficiency in the Slow Moving Immunoglobulin in Awassi Sheep

    HAILAT, N. Q.; LAFI, S. Q.

    1998-01-01

    A deficiency in the slow moving gamma globulin in an eight-month-old emaciated female Awassi sheep is described. Analysis of serum protein electrophoresis (SPE) on cellulose acetate of this sheep revealed the presence of three fractions only; albumin (alb), a and b compared with that of the normal sheep which showed four fractions (alb, a and b and g).This finding occurred in a ewe which belonged to a closed breeding system awassi flock. Results of agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) test usin...

  6. Detection of bovine leukemia virus specific antibodies using recombinant p24-ELISA.

    Gutirrez, G; Alvarez, I; Fondevila, N; Politzki, R; Lomnaco, M; Rodrguez, S; Dus Santos, M J; Trono, K

    2009-06-12

    We developed an indirect ELISA test (rp24-ELISA) for the detection of antibodies against the p24 capsid protein of bovine leukemia virus (BLV) in bovine serum samples. A recombinant p24 (rp24) was expressed in the Escherichia coli expression system, purified in a nickel charged resin and used as antigen in the ELISA test. A cut-off point was established considering the distribution of reactivity values obtained by rp24-ELISA on a set of 555 field serum samples that were stated as double positive (DP) or double negative (DN) by the combination of commercial agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) assay and gp51-ELISA tests results. The rp24-ELISA showed good concordance with the agar gel immunodiffusion assay, when 710 serum samples were analyzed. In addition, rp24-ELISA demonstrated to be a precise assay with good repeatability and reproducibility and a better analytical sensitivity than AGID. From 67 discordant rp24-ELISA-AGID sera, 4 negative reactors were from the DP group, 28 positive samples were from the DN group and 35 positive samples were stated as negative by AGID but positive by the gp51-ELISA. Samples from this last subgroup were sent to an OIE reference laboratory where 28 samples were stated as negative, 5 samples were stated as positive and 2 as inconclusive. Complete concordance with blind previous results from an international proficiency test panel confirmed the capability of the assay to discriminate between infected and non-infected animals. In conclusion, the rp24-ELISA developed and standardized demonstrated to have good analytical characteristics to be considered for screening of BLV. PMID:19201553

  7. Comparative and multilaboratory studies of two immunodiffusion method enrichment protocols and the AOAC/Bacteriological Analytical Manual culture method for detection of Salmonella in all foods.

    Feldsine, P T; Falbo-Nelson, M T; Hustead, D L; Flowers, R S; Flowers, M J

    1995-01-01

    The single enrichment immunodiffusion (1-step), the preenrichment and selective enrichment immunodiffusion (2-step), and the AOAC/Bacteriological Analytical Manual culture methods for Salmonella were evaluated for equivalence in 2 separate studies, a comparative evaluation and a multilaboratory dilution study. In the comparative study, all 3 methods were performed on 10 food types. For 550 samples, analyses resulted in 99.3 and 99.6% agreement between the culture method and the 1-step and 2-step methods, respectively. False negative rates were 0.9 and 0.3% for 1-step and culture, and 0.0% and 0.6% for the 2-step and culture, respectively. Subsequently, 6 food types were included in a multilaboratory dilution-to-extinction study. A sequential dilution series of Salmonella in foods was analyzed by the 3 methods to determine their lower limits of detection for Salmonella. A total of 1185 samples analyzed resulted in 98.9% agreement between 1-step and culture, and 99.7% agreement between 2-step and culture. False negative rates were 1.8 and 0.1% for 1-step and culture, and 0.4 and 0.1% for 2-step and culture, respectively. During these evaluations, 1735 samples and controls representing 10 different naturally contaminated and inoculated foods were tested. The data indicate statistical equivalence of all 3 methods when analyzing all food types. PMID:7580340

  8. Prevalence of antibodies to type A influenza virus in wild avian species using two serologic assays

    Brown, Justin D.; Luttrell, M. Page; Berghaus, Roy D.; Kistler, Whitney; Keeler, Shamus P.; Howey, Andrea; Wilcox, Benjamin; Hall, Jeffrey; Niles, Larry; Dey, Amanda; Knutsen, Gregory; Fritz, Kristen; Stallknecht, David E.

    2010-01-01

    Serologic testing to detect antibodies to avian influenza (AI) virus has been an underused tool for the study of these viruses in wild bird populations, which traditionally has relied on virus isolation and reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). In a preliminary study, a recently developed commercial blocking enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (bELISA) had sensitivity and specificity estimates of 82% and 100%, respectively, for detection of antibodies to AI virus in multiple wild bird species after experimental infection. To further evaluate the efficacy of this commercial bELISA and the agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) test for AI virus antibody detection in wild birds, we tested 2,249 serum samples collected from 62 wild bird species, representing 10 taxonomic orders. Overall, the bELISA detected 25.4% positive samples, whereas the AGID test detected 14.8%. At the species level, the bELISA detected as many or more positive serum samples than the AGID in all 62 avian species. The majority of positive samples, detected by both assays, were from species that use aquatic habitats, with the highest prevalence from species in the orders Anseriformes and Charadriiformes. Conversely, antibodies to AI virus were rarely detected in the terrestrial species. The serologic data yielded by both assays are consistent with the known epidemiology of AI virus in wild birds and published reports of host range based on virus isolation and RT-PCR. The results of this research are also consistent with the aforementioned study, which evaluated the performance of the bELISA and AGID test on experimental samples. Collectively, the data from these two studies indicate that the bELISA is a more sensitive serologic assay than the AGID test for detecting prior exposure to AI virus in wild birds. Based on these results, the bELISA is a reliable species-independent assay with potentially valuable applications for wild bird AI surveillance.

  9. Preliminary study of an immunochromatography test for serological diagnosis of canine brucellosis.

    Wanke, M M; Cairó, F; Rossano, M; Laiño, M; Baldi, P C; Monachesi, N E; Comercio, E A; Vivot, M M

    2012-12-01

    The most widely used screening test for the diagnosis of brucellosis in the dog is the rapid slide agglutination test in the presence of 2-mercaptoethanol (2ME-RSAT). The diagnosis is partially confirmed by the agar gel immunodiffusion test (AGID) and definitively confirmed by bacteriological isolation. Some chronic cases not detected by these tests may be detected by ELISA tests. The use of 2ME-RSAT in routine clinical practice requires a microscope and an experienced operator. An immunochromatographic diagnostic test for canine brucellosis (FASTest(®) Brucella c., Megacor, Hörbranz, Austria) has been recently released. In this study, we compared the diagnostic performance of the FASTest with those of 2ME-RSAT, AGID and ELISAs. Sera from 17 healthy dogs used as negative controls yielded negative results by FASTest, indicating a 100% specificity in this sample. Among 27 sera of dogs with acute or subacute brucellosis confirmed by B. canis isolation, all of which were positive by RSAT and ELISAs, the FASTest was positive in 24 cases and AGID in 23. In acute and subacute cases, the sensitivity of FASTest was 89%. Sera from six dogs with bacteriologically confirmed chronic brucellosis, which were positive by ELISAs but negative by 2ME-RSAT, were also tested; 1 was positive by FASTest and 4 were positive by AGID. These preliminary results indicate a good specificity of the FASTest (100% in this sample) but an unacceptable sensitivity as a screening test. In cases with chronic brucellosis, the sensitivity of the FASTest was lower than that of ELISAs but this assay could make a good intermediate test to be run after a positive RSAT and before running an AGID. PMID:23279541

  10. Aerosol gels

    Sorensen, Christopher M. (Inventor); Chakrabarti, Amitabha (Inventor); Dhaubhadel, Rajan (Inventor); Gerving, Corey (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    An improved process for the production of ultralow density, high specific surface area gel products is provided which comprises providing, in an enclosed chamber, a mixture made up of small particles of material suspended in gas; the particles are then caused to aggregate in the chamber to form ramified fractal aggregate gels. The particles should have a radius (a) of up to about 50 nm and the aerosol should have a volume fraction (f.sub.v) of at least 10.sup.-4. In preferred practice, the mixture is created by a spark-induced explosion of a precursor material (e.g., a hydrocarbon) and oxygen within the chamber. New compositions of matter are disclosed having densities below 3.0 mg/cc.

  11. Sero-Survey of Equine Infectious Anemia in the Sultanate of Oman during 2007-2009

    Mohammed Body, Abdulmajeed Al-Rawahi, M. Hammad Hussain*, Khalisa Al-Lamki, Saif Al-Habsy, Mahir Almaawali and Qais Abdullah Alrawahi

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Equine infectious anemia (EIA is a fatal and relapsing infectious disease of equines caused by the lentivirus of Retroviridae family which occurs world-wide. It tends to become an inapparent infection if death does not result from the acute clinical attack. The virus persists in infected animals for life and can be detected by serological tests like enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA and agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID tests. Keeping in view the importance of EIA, a sero-survey and passive surveillance was designed to establish the status of EIA in Oman. For the current study, ELISA was carried out on 331 random horse serum samples collected from all over Oman and 262 serum samples submitted from race horses. Four (0.67% out of total 593 serum samples were found positive on ELISA. These samples were further tested by agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID test for the confirmation and were found negative. Based on the analysis of the samples, it can be assumed that the horse population in the Sultanate was free of the disease during the study period (2007-2009.

  12. Detection of rubella-specific serum IgG and IgA and nasopharyngeal IgA responses using a radioactive single radial immunodiffusion technique

    A radioactive, single radial immunodiffusion technique (RSRID) employing 125I-labelled antiglobulins, was developed to determine rubella-specific serum IgG and IgA and nasopharyngeal IgA antibody responses following both naturally acquired rubella and vaccination with four attenuated vaccines. Rubella-specific IgG antibodies developed in parallel with haemagglutination inhibiting (HAI) antibodies and both persisted for at least a year in all cases of naturally acquired and vaccine induced infection. However, the RSRID test detected rises in titre in all of five volunteers challenged intranasally with RA27/3, whereas only one volunteer showed a rise by HAI. Serum IgA antibodies generally persisted for at least a year following naturally acquired infection but rubella vaccines induced variable responses. Thus, following administration of RA27/3 and To-336 vaccines, rubella-specific IgA usually persisted for a year, whereas Cendehill vaccine failed to induce a detectable response. Rubella-specific nasopharyngeal IgA was detected in all five patients following naturally acquired infection and was still present in the only two patients tested a year after infection. These antibodies were detected in fourteen of twenty-three vaccinees at 3 weeks, but persisted for a year in only two vaccinees, both of whom were given RA27/3 intranasally. (author)

  13. The use of ELISA and nucleic acid hybridization tests in research and diagnosis of bovine leukosis virus

    Enzootic bovine leukosis (EBL) is a disease that affects adult cattle although animals can carry the virus without showing any clinical symptoms. An initial survey in Cuba using the agar gel immunodiffusion test (AGID) revealed that only 15% of the animals on the island were infected and it was therefore decided to undertake a control and eradication campaign. However, prior to the onset of this campaign it was felt necessary to examine a variety of more modern diagnostic procedures to determine which might be most applicable. For the detection of antibodies an ELISA system based on the use of SUMA (a micro-analytical system developed in Cuba) was compared with the AGID and syncytia inhibition test and found to be more sensitive than AGID and far more suitable for large-scale use than either of the other two. For detection of viral proteins the ELISA was compared with a reverse transcriptase assay and the use of immunoperoxidase staining. The latter two methods detected viral proteins in over 50% more samples than the ELISA and although the ELISA is more simple than either of the other to assays when used routinely, its low sensitivity would preclude its use in an eradication programme. (author). 10 refs, 4 tabs

  14. Predictive value of serologic tests in the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with paracoccidioidomycosis

    Luz Elena Cano

    1987-10-01

    Full Text Available A serologic study was undertaken in a group of 43 patients with active paracoccidioidomycosis who were treated in the same form (ketoconazole, for identical periods of time (6 months, and folio wed-up for various periods posttherapy. The tests employed were agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID and complement fixation (FC. Also studied were 50 sera from patients with proven histoplasmosis and pulmonary aspergilloma, 30 patients with culturaly proven tuberculosis as well as 92 specimens from healthy individuals, residents in the endemic area for paracoccidioidomycosis. A single lot of yeast filtrate antigen was used throughout the study. The value of each test was measured according to GALEN and GAMBINO6. Both tests were highly sensitive, 89 and 93% respectively. Regarding their specificity, the AGID was totally specific while the CF exhibited 96.6% and 97% specificity in front of tuberculosis patients and healthy individuals respectively and 82% in comparison with patients with other mycoses. The concept of predictive value, that is, the certainty one has in accepting a positive test as diagnostic of paracoccidioidomycosis, favored the AGID procedure (100% over the CF test. The latter could sort out with 93% certainty a patient with paracoccidioidomycosis among a group of healthy individuals and with 97.5% in the case of TB patients; when the group in question was composed by individuals with other deep mycoses, such certainty was lower (81%. The above results indicate that both the AGID and the CF tests furnish results of high confidence; one should not relay, however, in the CF alone as a means to establish the specific diagnosis of paracoccidioidomycosis.

  15. Isolation and adaptation of bovine herpes virus Type 1 in embryonated chicken eggs and in Madin–Darby bovine kidney cell line

    Devprabha Samrath

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Aim: Objective of the present study was to isolate bovine herpes virus Type 1 (BHV-1 from semen of infected bull and to adapt it onto embryonated eggs and Madin–Darby bovine kidney (MDBK cell line. Further, the virus was identified by agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID test. Materials and Methods: Semen samples were collected from five BHV-1 positive bulls previously confirmed for the presence of antibodies against BHV-1 using avidin-biotin enzyme linked immunosorbent assay test. The virus from semen samples was adapted in chorioallantoic membrane (CAM of 11-day-old embryonated chickens eggs and in MDBK cell line. The presence of BHV-1 in infected CAM and cell culture fluid was confirmed by AGID test. Results: Virus infected CAM showed edema, congestion and thickening at first passage level. Small foci ranged from 1 to 2 mm in diameter, scattered all over the membrane were observed at first passage. More severe changes were observed in CAM after serial passaging. The large pock lesions, round in shape with opaque raised edge and depressed gray central area of necrosis ranged from 3 to 5 mm in diameter were developed at fourth passage. Blind passages in MDBK cell culture were made. The MDBK cell line at second passage level showed characteristic cytopathic effect viz. rounding of cells with shrinkage, followed by aggregation or clumping of cells which progressed rapidly and appeared as “bunch of grapes” at 72 h post inoculation. Few cells become elongated when compared with uninfected controls. A homogenate of CAM with distinct pock lesions and infected cell culture fluid developed precipitation line within 48 h against specific anti-BHV-1 immune serum by AGID test. Conclusion: BHV-1 was easily adapted in CAM of chicken embryos and in MDBK cell line. Virus infected CAM and cell culture fluid showed precipitin band by AGID test.

  16. Isolation and adaptation of bovine herpes virus Type 1 in embryonated chicken eggs and in Madin–Darby bovine kidney cell line

    Samrath, Devprabha; Shakya, Sanjay; Rawat, Nidhi; Gilhare, Varsha Rani; Singh, Fateh

    2016-01-01

    Aim: Objective of the present study was to isolate bovine herpes virus Type 1 (BHV-1) from semen of infected bull and to adapt it onto embryonated eggs and Madin–Darby bovine kidney (MDBK) cell line. Further, the virus was identified by agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) test. Materials and Methods: Semen samples were collected from five BHV-1 positive bulls previously confirmed for the presence of antibodies against BHV-1 using avidin-biotin enzyme linked immunosorbent assay test. The virus from semen samples was adapted in chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) of 11-day-old embryonated chickens eggs and in MDBK cell line. The presence of BHV-1 in infected CAM and cell culture fluid was confirmed by AGID test. Results: Virus infected CAM showed edema, congestion and thickening at first passage level. Small foci ranged from 1 to 2 mm in diameter, scattered all over the membrane were observed at first passage. More severe changes were observed in CAM after serial passaging. The large pock lesions, round in shape with opaque raised edge and depressed gray central area of necrosis ranged from 3 to 5 mm in diameter were developed at fourth passage. Blind passages in MDBK cell culture were made. The MDBK cell line at second passage level showed characteristic cytopathic effect viz. rounding of cells with shrinkage, followed by aggregation or clumping of cells which progressed rapidly and appeared as “bunch of grapes” at 72 h post inoculation. Few cells become elongated when compared with uninfected controls. A homogenate of CAM with distinct pock lesions and infected cell culture fluid developed precipitation line within 48 h against specific anti-BHV-1 immune serum by AGID test. Conclusion: BHV-1 was easily adapted in CAM of chicken embryos and in MDBK cell line. Virus infected CAM and cell culture fluid showed precipitin band by AGID test. PMID:27051213

  17. Cyanocobalamin Nasal Gel

    Cyanocobalamin nasal gel is used to prevent a lack of vitamin B12 that may be caused by any of the following: ... blood cells have returned to normal, cyanocobalamin nasal gel can be used to stop anemia and other ...

  18. Testosterone Nasal Gel

    Testosterone nasal gel is used to treat symptoms of low testosterone in men who have hypogonadism (a condition in which the body does not produce enough natural testosterone). Testosterone nasal gel is used only for men ...

  19. Removing water from gels

    Water is removed from a gel material by contacting the gel material with an organic liquid and contacting the organic liquid with a gas such that water is taken up by the gas. The invention, in one embodiment, may be used to dry gel materials whilst maintaining an open porous network therein. In one example, the invention is applied to gel precipitated spheres containing uranium and plutonium. (author)

  20. Removing water from gels

    Water is removed from a gel material by contacting the gel material with a gaseous mixture of an organic compound and a gas. The organic compound, the gas and conditions of contacting are selected such that water is extracted from the gel material and passes into the gaseous mixture. In examples, the invention is applied to spherical gel precipitated particles prepared from a mixture of thorium and uranium nitrate solutions. (author)

  1. Sol-Gel Glasses

    Mukherjee, S. P.

    1985-01-01

    Multicomponent homogeneous, ultrapure noncrystalline gels/gel derived glasses are promising batch materials for the containerless glass melting experiments in microgravity. Hence, ultrapure, homogeneous gel precursors could be used to: (1) investigate the effect of the container induced nucleation on the glass forming ability of marginally glass forming compositions; and (2) investigate the influence of gravity on the phase separation and coarsening behavior of gel derived glasses in the liquid-liquid immiscibility zone of the nonsilicate systems having a high density phase. The structure and crystallization behavior of gels in the SiO2-GeO2 as a function of gel chemistry and thermal treatment were investigated. As are the chemical principles involved in the distribution of a second network former in silica gel matrix being investigated. The procedures for synthesizing noncrystalline gels/gel-monoliths in the SiO2-GeO2, GeO2-PbO systems were developed. Preliminary investigations on the levitation and thermal treatment of germania silicate gel-monoliths in the Pressure Facility Acoustic Levitator were done.

  2. Buckling of swelling gels.

    Mora, T; Boudaoud, A

    2006-06-01

    The patterns arising from the differential swelling of gels are investigated experimentally and theoretically as a model for the differential growth of living tissues. Two geometries are considered: a thin strip of soft gel clamped to a stiff gel, and a thin corona of soft gel clamped to a disk of stiff gel. When the structure is immersed in water, the soft gel swells and bends out of plane leading to a wavy periodic pattern whose wavelength is measured. The linear stability of the flat state is studied in the framework of linear elasticity using the equations for thin plates. The flat state is shown to become unstable to oscillations above a critical swelling rate and the computed wavelengths are in quantitative agreement with the experiment. PMID:16779528

  3. Buckling of swelling gels

    Mora, T; Mora, Thierry; Boudaoud, Arezki

    2005-01-01

    The patterns arising from the differential swelling of gels are investigated experimentally and theoretically as a model for the differential growth of living tissues. Two geometries are considered: a thin strip of soft gel clamped to a stiff gel, and a thin corona of soft gel clamped to a disk of stiff gel. When the structure is immersed in water, the soft gel swells and bends out of plane leading to a wavy periodic pattern which wavelength is measured. The linear stability of the flat state is studied in the framework of linear elasticity using the equations for thin plates. The flat state is shown to become unstable to oscillations above a critical swelling rate and the computed wavelengths are in quantitative agreement with the experiment.

  4. Buckling of swelling gels

    Mora, T.; Boudaoud, A.

    2006-06-01

    The patterns arising from the differential swelling of gels are investigated experimentally and theoretically as a model for the differential growth of living tissues. Two geometries are considered: a thin strip of soft gel clamped to a stiff gel, and a thin corona of soft gel clamped to a disk of stiff gel. When the structure is immersed in water, the soft gel swells and bends out of plane leading to a wavy periodic pattern whose wavelength is measured. The linear stability of the flat state is studied in the framework of linear elasticity using the equations for thin plates. The flat state is shown to become unstable to oscillations above a critical swelling rate and the computed wavelengths are in quantitative agreement with the experiment.

  5. CONFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT USING GELS

    Randall S. Seright

    2003-09-01

    This report describes work performed during the second year of the project, ''Conformance Improvement Using Gels.'' The project has two objectives. The first objective is to identify gel compositions and conditions that substantially reduce flow through fractures that allow direct channeling between wells, while leaving secondary fractures open so that high fluid injection and production rates can be maintained. The second objective is to optimize treatments in fractured production wells, where the gel must reduce permeability to water much more than that to oil. Pore-level images from X-ray computed microtomography were re-examined for Berea sandstone and porous polyethylene. This analysis suggests that oil penetration through gel-filled pores occurs by a gel-dehydration mechanism, rather than a gel-ripping mechanism. This finding helps to explain why aqueous gels can reduce permeability to water more than to oil. We analyzed a Cr(III)-acetate-HPAM gel treatment in a production well in the Arbuckle formation. The availability of accurate pressure data before, during, and after the treatment was critical for the analysis. After the gel treatment, water productivity was fairly constant at about 20% of the pre-treatment value. However, oil productivity was stimulated by a factor of 18 immediately after the treatment. During the six months after the treatment, oil productivity gradually decreased to approach the pre-treatment value. To explain this behavior, we proposed that the fracture area open to oil flow was increased substantially by the gel treatment, followed by a gradual closing of the fractures during subsequent production. For a conventional Cr(III)-acetate-HPAM gel, the delay between gelant preparation and injection into a fracture impacts the placement, leakoff, and permeability reduction behavior. Formulations placed as partially formed gels showed relatively low pressure gradients during placement, and yet substantially reduced the flow capacity of fractures (with widths from 1 to 4 mm) during brine and oil flow after placement. Regardless of gel age before placement, very little gel washed out from the fractures during brine or oil flow. However, increased brine or oil flow rate and cyclic injection of oil and water significantly decreased the level of permeability reduction. A particular need exists for gels that can plug large apertures (e.g., wide fractures and vugs). Improved mechanical strength and stability were demonstrated (in 1- to 4-mm-wide fractures) for a gel that contained a combination of high- and low-molecular weight polymers. This gel reduced the flow capacity of 2- and 4-mm-wide fractures by 260,000. In a 1-mm-wide fracture, it withstood 26 psi/ft without allowing any brine flow through the fracture. Cr(III)-acetate-HPAM gels exhibited disproportionate permeability reduction in fractures. The effect was most pronounced when the gel was placed as gelant or partially formed gels. The effect occurred to a modest extent with concentrated gels and with gels that were ''fully formed'' when placed. The effect was not evident in tubes. We explored swelling polymers for plugging fractures. Polymer suspensions were quickly prepared and injected. In concept, the partially dissolved polymer would lodge and swell to plug the fracture. For three types of swelling polymers, behavior was promising. However, additional development is needed before their performance will be superior to that of conventional gels.

  6. Control and eradication programme of enzootic bovine leucosis (EBL) from selected dairy herds in Turkey.

    Burgu, I; Alkan, F; Karaoglu, T; Bilge-Dagalp, S; Can-Sahna, K; Güngör, B; Demir, B

    2005-07-01

    Serum samples of 15,909 cattle from 31 dairy herds located in various regions of Turkey were tested for the presence of antibodies against bovine leucosis virus (BLV) using Agar Gel Immuno-diffusion technique (AGID). 48.3% (15/31) of the herds had seropositive animals and positivity rates were detected from 0.5-34.4% in these herds. In an EBL control/eradication programme all seropositive animals were culled in the infected herds. Thereafter, a total of 74,347 sera were tested for the presence of BLV specific antibodies. The serological results and detail of EBL control/eradication programme were shown in this paper. PMID:16124702

  7. Equine infectious anemia on Marajo Island at the mouth of the Amazon river

    Nayra F.Q.R. Freitas

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: Equine infectious anemia (EIA is a transmissible and incurable disease caused by a lentivirus, the equine infectious anemia virus (EIAV. There are no reports in the literature of this infection in Equidae on Marajo Island. The objective of this study was to diagnose the disease in the municipalities of Cachoeira do Arari, Salvaterra, Santa Cruz do Arari and Soure, on Maraj Island, state of Par, Brazil. For serological survey samples were collected from 294 horses, over 5-month-old, males and females of puruca and marajoara breeds and from some half-breeds, which were tested by immunodiffusion in Agar gel (AGID. A prevalence of 46.26% (136/294 positive cases was found. EIA is considered endemic in the municipalities studied, due to the ecology of the region with a high numbered population of bloodsucking insect vectors and the absence of official measures for the control of the disease.

  8. GelTouch

    Miruchna, Viktor; Walter, Robert; Lindlbauer, David; Lehmann, Maren; Klitzing, Regine von; Müller, Jörg

    touchscreen layer for our prototype). The activated areas can be morphed freely and continuously, without being limited to fixed, predefined shapes. GelTouch consists of a poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) gel layer which alters its viscoelasticity when activated by applying heat (>32 C). We present three different...

  9. Preparation of chitosan gel

    Lagerge S.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Aerogel conditioning of the chitosan makes it possible to prepare porous solids of significant specific surface. The increase in the chitosan concentration or the degree of acetylation decreases the specific surface of the synthesized chitosan gel. Whereas drying with supercritical CO2 more effectively makes it possible to preserve the volume of the spheres of gel and to have a more significant specific surface in comparison with evaporative drying.

  10. Conformance Improvement Using Gels

    Seright, Randall S.; Schrader, Richard; II Hagstrom, John; Wang, Ying; Al-Dahfeeri, Abdullah; Gary, Raven; Marin; Amaury; Lindquist, Brent

    2002-09-26

    This research project had two objectives. The first objective was to identify gel compositions and conditions that substantially reduce flow through fractures that allow direct channeling between wells, while leaving secondary fractures open so that high fluid injection and production rates can be maintained. The second objective was to optimize treatments in fractured production wells, where the gel must reduce permeability to water much more than that to oil.

  11. Preparation of chitosan gel

    Lagerge S.; Ben Salem R.; Elaloui E.; Mnasri N.; Moussaoui Y.; de Menorval L. C.

    2012-01-01

    Aerogel conditioning of the chitosan makes it possible to prepare porous solids of significant specific surface. The increase in the chitosan concentration or the degree of acetylation decreases the specific surface of the synthesized chitosan gel. Whereas drying with supercritical CO2 more effectively makes it possible to preserve the volume of the spheres of gel and to have a more significant specific surface in comparison with evaporative drying.

  12. CONFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT USING GELS

    Randall S. Seright

    2004-09-30

    This report describes work performed during the third and final year of the project, ''Conformance Improvement Using Gels.'' Corefloods revealed throughput dependencies of permeability reduction by polymers and gels that were much more prolonged during oil flow than water flow. This behavior was explained using simple mobility ratio arguments. A model was developed that quantitatively fits the results and predicts ''clean up'' times for oil productivity when production wells are returned to service after application of a polymer or gel treatment. X-ray computed microtomography studies of gels in strongly water-wet Berea sandstone and strongly oil-wet porous polyethylene suggested that oil penetration through gel-filled pores occurs by a gel-dehydration mechanism, rather than gel-ripping or gel-displacement mechanisms. In contrast, analysis of data from the University of Kansas suggests that the gel-ripping or displacement mechanisms are more important in more permeable, strongly water-wet sandpacks. These findings help to explain why aqueous gels can reduce permeability to water more than to oil under different conditions. Since cement is the most commonly used material for water shutoff, we considered when gels are preferred over cements. Our analysis and experimental results indicated that cement cannot be expected to completely fill (top to bottom) a vertical fracture of any width, except near the wellbore. For vertical fractures with apertures less than 4 mm, the cement slurry will simply not penetrate very far into the fracture. For vertical fractures with apertures greater than 4 mm, the slurry may penetrate a substantial distance into the bottom part of the fracture. However, except near the wellbore, the upper part of the fracture will remain open due to gravity segregation. We compared various approaches to plugging fractures using gels, including (1) varying polymer content, (2) varying placement (extrusion) rate, (3) using partially formed gels, (4) using combinations of high and low molecular weight (Mw) polymers, (5) using secondary crosslinking reactions, (6) injecting un-hydrated polymer particles, and (7) incorporating particulates. All of these methods showed promise in some aspects, but required performance improvements in other aspects. All materials investigated to date showed significant performance variations with fracture width. High pressure gradients and limited distance of penetration are common problems in tight fractures. Gravity segregation and low resistance to breaching are common problems in wide fractures. These will be key issues to address in future work. Although gels can exhibit disproportionate permeability reduction in fractures, the levels of permeability reduction for oil flow are too high to allow practical exploitation in most circumstances. In contrast, disproportionate permeability reduction provided by gels that form in porous rock (adjacent to the fractures) has considerable potential in fractured systems.

  13. Serologic survey of brucellosis in captive neotropical wild carnivores in northeast Brazil.

    Oliveira-Filho, Edmilson F; Pinheiro, Jos W Junior; Souza, Marclia M A; Santana, Vnia L A; Silva, Jean C R; Mota, Rinaldo A; S, Fabricio B

    2012-06-01

    Abstract. This study reports the detection of antibodies against Brucella abortus and B. canis in wild neotropical carnivores kept in captivity in three zoos in northeastern Brazil. A total of 42 serum samples were examined, 17 from coatis (Nasua nasua), eight from crab-eating raccoons (Procyon cancrivorus), three from crab-eating foxes (Cerdocyon thous), three from hoary foxes (Lycalopex vetulus), two from little spotted cats (Leopardus tigrinus), five from tayras (Eira barbara), two from greater grisons (Galictis vittata), and two from neotropical river otters (Lontra longicaudis). The Rose-Bengal test and complement fixation test (CFT) were performed to detect anti-Brucella spp. antibodies, whereas the agar gel immunodiffusion test (AGID) was employed to detect anti-B. canis antibodies. The overall seroprevalence varied by species and by test; in addition, CFT and AGID seemed better able to detect antibodies against B. abortus and B. canis, respectively. This is the first study on the presence of anti-Brucella spp. antibodies in captive carnivores from Brazil, as well as the first report of antibodies to Brucella spp. in coatis, crab-eating raccoons, hoary foxes, little spotted cats, tayras, and greater grisons. PMID:22779245

  14. CONFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT USING GELS

    Randall S. Seright

    2004-03-01

    This technical progress report describes work performed from September 1, 2003, through February 29, 2004, for the project, ''Conformance Improvement Using Gels.'' We examined the properties of several ''partially formed'' gels that were formulated with a combination of high and low molecular weight HPAM polymers. After placement in 4-mm-wide fractures, these gels required about 25 psi/ft for brine to breach the gel (the best performance to date in fractures this wide). After this breach, stabilized residual resistance factors decreased significantly with increased flow rate. Also, residual resistance factors were up to 9 times greater for water than for oil. Nevertheless, permeability reduction factors were substantial for both water and oil flow. Gel with 2.5% chopped fiberglass effectively plugged 4-mm-wide fractures if a 0.5-mm-wide constriction was present. The ability to screen-out at a constriction appears crucial for particulate incorporation to be useful in plugging fractures. In addition to fiberglass, we examined incorporation of polypropylene fibers into gels. Once dispersed in brine or gelant, the polypropylene fibers exhibited the least gravity segregation of any particulate that we have tested to date. In fractures with widths of at least 2 mm, 24-hr-old gels (0.5% high molecular weight HPAM) with 0.5% fiber did not exhibit progressive plugging during placement and showed extrusion pressure gradients similar to those of gels without the fiber. The presence of the fiber roughly doubled the gel's resistance to first breach by brine flow. The breaching pressure gradients were not as large as for gels made with high and low molecular weight polymers (mentioned above). However, their material requirements and costs (i.e., polymer and/or particulate concentrations) were substantially lower than for those gels. A partially formed gel made with 0.5% HPAM did not enter a 0.052-mm-wide fracture when applying a pressure gradient of 65 psi/ft. This result suggests a lower limit of fracture width for entry of formed or partially formed gels (when reasonable pressure gradients are applied). In unfractured porous rock, we investigated the time dependence of oil and water permeabilities during various cycles of oil and water injection after placement of a Cr(III)-acetate-HPAM gel. Permeability to water stabilized rapidly (within 1 pore volume, PV), while permeability to oil stabilized gradually over the course of 100 PV. The behavior was surprisingly insensitive to core material (strongly water-wet Berea sandstone and strongly oil-wet porous polyethylene), core permeability (740 to 10,000 md), and applied pressure gradient (10 to 100 psi/ft).

  15. Design of Autonomous Gel Actuators

    Shuji Hashimoto; Shingo Maeda; Yusuke Hara; Satoshi Nakamaru

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we introduce autonomous gel actuators driven by chemical energy. The polymer gels prepared here have cyclic chemical reaction networks. With a cyclic reaction, the polymer gels generate periodical motion. The periodic motion of the gel is produced by the chemical energy of the oscillatory Belouzov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction. We have succeeded in making synthetic polymer gel move autonomously like a living organism. This experimental fact represents the great possibility of the c...

  16. Design of Autonomous Gel Actuators

    Shuji Hashimoto

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we introduce autonomous gel actuators driven by chemical energy. The polymer gels prepared here have cyclic chemical reaction networks. With a cyclic reaction, the polymer gels generate periodical motion. The periodic motion of the gel is produced by the chemical energy of the oscillatory Belouzov-Zhabotinsky (BZ reaction. We have succeeded in making synthetic polymer gel move autonomously like a living organism. This experimental fact represents the great possibility of the chemical robot.

  17. 3D MR gel dosimetry with lung equivalent gel

    The MR gel dosimetry is used to verify complex 3D treatment plans. Till now this method served only for dose evaluation in homogeneous phantoms. On the way to build a heterogeneous anthropomorphic gel phantom, a lung equivalent gel with the density 0.4 g/cm3 was developed. First experiments show a 1.55 times higher dose reponse in the low density gel (LD gel). The comparison of a dose distribution in a gel/LD gel/gel slab phantom with Monte Carlo calculations shows good agreement within 5%. More over the accuray of the measuring device magnetic resonance imager was studied in respect to the now exclusive digital image processing with the software MRD (MR dosimetry). Because of the dimensions of the Fricke gel phantom an artefact correction, based on the data from the unirradiated phantom proved to be essential. (orig.)

  18. Structure of mineral gels

    Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) measurements have been performed to investigate the nanoscale structure of materials of the systems xTiO2-(1-x)SiO2 and xZrO2-(1-x)SiO2 with x ≤ 10 mol % at different processing stages. The materials were prepared by sol-gel using the alkoxides method, in strong acidic conditions. Samples were studied as xerogels heat-treated at 120 and 850 deg. C and as wet gels at gel point and after aging. All samples showed identical microstructure at gel point, extended linear chains ∼10 nm long. The aged gel has a mass fractal structure with fractal dimension of 1.7 - 1.9. The 120 deg. C heat-treated xerogels show homogeneous oxide regions with mass fractal structure. For the 850 deg. C heat-treated xerogel the oxide regions average size has reduced and it has densified as compared to 120 deg. C heat-treated sample. (author)

  19. Duration of passive immunity to small ruminant lentiviruses in lambs

    Thiago Sampaio de Souza

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available In order to evaluate the passive immunity against small ruminant lentiviruses (SRLV in lambs, this study was conducted from two experimental groups. The first one (G1 was established by nine lambs subjected to artificial feeding of colostrum of goats positive for SRLV. The second one (G2 was the control group, consisting of ten lambs subjected to suckling of colostrum from their negative mothers. Blood samples were obtained before the first feeding, after 24 hours of birth and at 7, 15, 30, 50, 70, 90 and 120 days of age. The concentrations of total serum protein (TSP, albumin (ALB, globulin (GLOB and immunoglobulin G (IgG were determined and antibodies to SRLV were surveyed from the techniques of agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID, enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (Elisa and immunoblotting (IB. In both groups, the lowest averages of TSP, GLOB and IgG were observed at birth and the highest averages were observed at 24 hours of life, due to absorption of colostral immunoglobulins. For G1, transfer of immunity could also be detected by immunodiagnostic tests. At birth, the animals were seronegative. After 24 hours, all animals were positive in three serological tests. Negative results began to be observed after 15 days of age by the AGID test. As for Elisa testing, all animals remained reagent until 50 days old. Only IB was able to detect anti-SRLV at 70 days. Regarding G2, all animals tested negative in AGID and IB, from birth until 120 days of age. However, false-positive results were observed until day 15 in Elisa, due to nonspecific reactions. These data are consistent with the sensitivity and specificity of serological tests and show that starting at 90 days of age, colostral antibodies to SRLV are no longer detected in the serum of lambs.

  20. Ovine lentivirus is aetiologically associated with chronic respiratory disease of sheep on the Laikipia Plateau in Kenya.

    Rwambo, P M; Brodie, S J; DeMartini, J C

    2001-12-01

    A study was undertaken to investigate the occurrence of ovine lentivirus (OvLV) infection in sheep with chronic respiratory disease on the Laikipia Plateau, Kenya. All seven Merino crossbred sheep with chronic dyspnoea and emaciation examined for gross and microscopic lesions had lymphoid interstitial pneumonia (LIP), and one also had pulmonary abscesses. Two of the sheep with LIP also had lesions of ovine pulmonary carcinoma (OPC, jaagsiekte). Using in situ hybridization, OvLV DNA localized to a high proportion of pulmonary macrophages in lungs with lesions of LIP. Lung tissue samples from six of these sheep were positive for a syncytium-inducing virus in cultures of lamb testis cells. Thin-section electron microscopy of infected cells showed virions with morphogenesis typical of lentiviruses. In a western blotting assay, monoclonal antibodies to the OvLV capsid (CA, p27) and matrix (MA, p15) proteins of a North American OvLV isolate reacted with similar-sized bands of the virus, and serum from six of the sheep were reactive with CA from the Kenyan viral isolate. Using an OvLV agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) test, all seven sheep were positive for serum antiviral antibody, as were 29% of 63 clinically normal sheep from Laikipia District. However, when sera from the healthy sheep were tested in a western blot assay, only 52% had IgG reactive to the OvLV CA, indicating a high rate of false negative reactions with the AGID test. Serum samples from 87 Red Maasai or Dorper crossbred sheep from two farms in other parts of Kenya were OvLV seronegative by both the AGID test and the western blot assay. These results document the first identification of OvLV as a cause of chronic respiratory disease in sheep in Kenya and show a high rate of infection in sheep flocks, with a high prevalence of chronic respiratory disease. PMID:11770202

  1. Surface Friction of Double Network Gels and Shape Memory Gels

    Wada, Masato; Gong, Jin; Makino, Masato; Kabir, Muhamado H.; Furukawa, Hidemitsu

    The frictional behavior of the two kinds of high-strength gels, which are double network (DN) gels and shape memory gels (SMG), was studied. The velocity dependence looks similar for both the DN gels and the SMG, however the details of the dependence are different. The coefficient of the DN gels is smaller than that of the SMGs. The coefficient decreases as the normal force increases. This normal force dependence was observed for both the DN gels and the SMGs. The differences of both the velocity and normal-force dependences between the DN gels and SMG were discussed in relation to their mechanical properties. The coefficient of the DN gels is smaller than that of the SMGs. Additionally the change in the coefficient of the SMG induced by heating was observed for the first time as far as we know.

  2. Rheology of Active Gels

    Chen, Daniel

    2015-03-01

    Active networks drive a diverse range of critical processes ranging from motility to division in living cells, yet a full picture of their rheological capabilities in non-cellular contexts is still emerging, e.g., How does the rheological response of a network capable of remodeling under internally-generated stresses differ from that of a passive biopolymer network? In order to address this and other basic questions, we have engineered an active gel composed of microtubules, bidirectional kinesin motors, and molecular depletant that self-organizes into a highly dynamic network of active bundles. The network continually remodels itself under ATP-tunable cycles of extension, buckling, fracturing, and self-healing. Using confocal rheometry we have simultaneously characterized the network's linear and non-linear rheological responses to shear deformation along with its dynamic morphology. We find several surprising and unique material properties for these active gels; most notably, rheological cloaking, the ability of the active gel to drive large-scale fluid mixing over several orders of flow magnitude while maintaining an invariant, solid-like rheological profile and spontaneous flow under confinement, the ability to exert micro-Newton forces to drive persistent directed motion of the rheometer tool. Taken together, these results and others to be discussed highlight the rich stress-structure-dynamics relationships in this class of biologically-derived active gels.

  3. Deteco de Erwinia psidii via enriquecimento em extrato de folhas de goiabeira e imunodifuso radial dupla Detection of Erwinia psidii through enrichment in guava leaf extract and double radial immunodiffusion

    Ana Cristina O. Teixeira

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Uma das principais doenas que afetam a produo de goiaba no Brasil a seca-dos-ponteiros, causada pela bactria Erwinia psidii, cuja disseminao favorecida por mudas contaminadas. O desenvolvimento de mtodos diagnsticos mais eficazes poderia reduzir a disseminao da bactria no pas. Considerando a necessidade de se disponibilizar um mtodo eficiente e simples para a deteco de E. psidii em material de propagao, foi objetivo desse trabalho produzir antissoros policlonais especficos contra a bactria e desenvolver um mtodo de deteco utilizando o enriquecimento da populao bacteriana em extrato de folhas de goiabeira seguido de imunodifuso radial dupla. Um antissoro foi produzido contra a estirpe tipo da bactria IBSBF 435 (ICMP 8426, NCPPB 3555, avaliado quanto eficincia e especificidade e utilizado na determinao dos limiares de deteco da mesma. O antissoro As15-1 reagiu positivamente com todos as estirpes testadas de E. psidii, no reagindo com estirpes de outros gneros e espcies de bactrias fitopatognicas e apresentou reao cruzada com dois isolados no patognicos da flora da goiabeira. O crescimento da populao bacteriana no extrato de folhas foi observado aps 12 h de incubao a partir de populaes iniciais de 10, 10(5 e 10(7 ufc/mL, at 60 h. A partir de 12 h, j foi possvel detectar E. psidii por enriquecimento e imunodifuso radial nas amostras com populaes iniciais de 10(7 ufc/mL e a partir de 36 h, detectou-se a bactria mesmo em amostras com populaes iniciais de 10 ufc/mL. Considerando a possibilidade de falsos positivos, recomendvel associar outros mtodos diagnsticos ao mtodo aqui proposto.One of the most important diseases affecting guava production in Brazil is bacterial blight, caused by the bacterium Erwinia psidii. Pathogen dissemination often occurs through contaminated propagating plant material. The development of more effective diagnostic methods may reduce pathogen dissemination in the country. Considering the need for a reliable and simple method for detecting the pathogen in plant material, the objectives of this study were to produce E. psdii-specific polyclonal antibodies and to develop a detection method using bacterial population enrichment on guava leaf extracts followed by double radial immunodiffusion. The antiserum was produced against the E. psidii type strain IBSBF 435 (ICMP 8426, NCPPB 3555 and its efficiency, specificity and sensitivity threshold were determined. The antiserum As15-1 was tested with strains of several plant-pathogenic bacteria and reacted positively with all strains of E. psidii, although cross reactions were detected with two non-pathogenic isolates from guava flora. Bacterial multiplication on leaf extracts was observed 12 h after incubation from initial populations of 10, 10(5 and 10(7 ufc/mL, up to 60 h. After 12 h it was already possible to detect E. psidii in samples with starting populations of 10(7 cfu/mL. After 36 h, the enrichment technique allowed the detection of E. psidii using double radial immunodiffusion in samples with populations as low as 10 cfu/mL. Considering the possibility of false positives it is desirable to associate other diagnostic methods with the method proposed in this study.

  4. Seroprevalence for brucellosis and leptospirosis in dogs from Belm and Castanhal, State of Par, Brazil / Soroprevalncia para brucelose e leptospirose em ces de Belm e Castanhal, Par, Brasil

    Giselle Souza da, PAZ; Katarine de Souza, ROCHA; Michele de Souza, LIMA; Ediene Moura, JORGE; Jos Carlos Figueiredo, PANTOJA; Carla Cristina Guimares de, MORAES; Helio, LANGONI.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Brucelose e leptospirose so enfermidades bacterianas amplamente disseminadas e o co importante fonte de infeco e reservatrio para ambas, podendo eliminar o agente no meio ambiente, e transmiti-lo para humanos e/ou outros animais. O presente estudo teve como objetivo pesquisar a ocorrncia de [...] ces reagentes para anticorpos contra Leptospira spp., Brucella canis e B. abortus em Belm e Castanhal, Par, Amaznia, Brasil. Foram colhidas de forma aleatria 156 amostras no municpio de Belm e 158 amostras em Castanhal. A pesquisa de anticorpos anti-B. canis foi realizada pela tcnica de Imunodifuso em Gel de gar (IDGA) com e sem tratamento do soro com 2-mercaptoetanol (IDGA-2ME) e para pesquisa de anticorpos anti-B. abortus foi utilizada a tcnica de Soroaglutinao Rpida com antgeno acidificado tamponado (AAT). Para pesquisa de anticorpos contra-Leptospira spp. utilizou-se a Tcnica de Aglutinao Microscpica (MAT). Nenhum animal reagiu para Brucella abortus e um animal foi reagente para B. canis na IDGA, porm foi negativo na IDGA-2ME. Dezessete por cento dos ces (47/274) apresentaram anticorpos contra-Leptospira spp., com predominncia do sorovar Canicola. Os ces de Belm e Castanhal no so fontes de infeco para B. abortus e B. canis, no entanto so reservatrios de diferentes sorovares de Leptospira spp. Abstract in english Brucellosis and leptospirosis are widely spread bacterial infections and dogs are the most important source of infection and reservoir for diseases. Dogs can disseminate the agents in the environment and transmit them to humans and/or other animals. The objective of this study was assess the occurre [...] nce of reactive to antibodies anti-Leptospira spp., Brucella canis and B. abortus in Belm and Castanhal, State of Par, Amazon, Brazil. A total of 156 samples were randomly collected in the city of Belm and 158 samples in Castanhal. The anti-B. canis antibodies research was performed by Agar Gel Immunodiffusion (AGID) with and without 2-mercaptoethanol serum treatment (AGID-2ME). To assess the anti-B. abortus antibodies, the technique of Fast Seroagglutination with buffered acidified plate antigen (BAPAT) was used. For anti-Leptospira spp. antibodies research, the Microscopic Agglutination Technique (MAT) was used. No animal reacted to Brucella abortus and one animal was reactive to B. canis at the AGID, but it was negative to the AGID-2ME test. Seventeen percent of dogs (47/274) presented anti-Leptospira spp. antibodies, with prevalence of serovar Canicola. The dogs from Belm and Castanhal are not source of infection for B. abortus and B. canis, however, they are reservoirs for different serovars of Leptospira spp.

  5. Linear electrochemical gel actuators

    Goswami, Shailesh; McAdam, C. John; Hanton, Lyall R.; Moratti, Stephen C.

    2012-04-01

    By using electroactive monomers it is possible to produce gels that respond to oxidation or reduction by swelling and deswelling in the presence of solvent. By the inclusion of an appropriate biasing element such as a spring, it is possible to produce linear, reversible actuation. The process can be driven electrochemically in a standard cell, with driving voltages under +/- 1 V. For many systems, the intrinsic conductivity of the gel, leading to poor or no performance. This can be overcome by blending conductive carbon nanotubes at 1% concentration, which give reasonable conductivity without affecting mechanical performance. Extensions of up to 40% are possible, against an external pressure of 30 kPa. The process is slow, taking up to 160 minutes per cycle due to slow ionic diffusion. The electrochemical cell can be cycled many times without degradation.

  6. Gel Polymer Electrolytes

    Vondrák, Jiří; Sedlaříková, M.; Nováček, T.; Reiter, J.

    Brno : University of Technology Brno, 2002, s. 49-1-49-3. ISBN 80-214-2082-0. [Advanced Batteries and Accumulators /3./. Brno (CZ), 16.06.2002-20.06.2002] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA4032002; GA ČR GA104/02/0731 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4032918 Keywords : gel polymer * lithium ion batteries * PMMA Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry

  7. The Gel Generator option

    The development of a national policy for guaranteeing an ample supply of 99mTc to nuclear medicine, involves issues which go beyond the means by which radioactivation is achieved. Indeed, in such an exercise the pragmatic dictates of business and the sensitivities of politics must also be taken into account. Furthermore where a preference towards the nuclear reactor or the potential of cyclotrons is being questioned, the debate is incomplete if the only options that are considered are the fission-based 99Mo generator versus the direct cyclotron production of 99mTc. There is a third option (also neutron γ-based), an alternative to the fission 99Mo generator, which ought not be overlooked. The application of low specific activity (n,γ) 99Mo to a new type of generator, the Gel Generator, has been the focus of much research, particularly in Australia and more recently in China. After the initial concept had been established in the laboratory, the Australian researchers then undertook a comprehensive program of tests on the Gel Generator to assess its potential, either in the clinical laboratory or the centralised radiopharmacy, for supplying 99mTc suitable for nuclear medicine. The outcome of this program was a clear indication that the Gel Generator innovation had the capability to provide both technical and economic advantages to the nuclear medicine industry. These advantages are described. Since that time the Gel Generator has been selected for routine use in China where it now satisfies more than 30% of the 99mTc demand. (author)

  8. MAGIC Gel Dosimetry

    Mifflin, Rachel; Shahnazi, Kambiz; Jesseph, Rick

    2008-10-01

    Proton therapy has proven a very successful tool in treating certain tumors, but a three dimensional view of this fact has not yet been clearly demonstrated. In this experiment we have used MAGIC (Methacrylic and Ascorbic Acid in Gelatin Initiated by Copper) gel to represent brain tissue and gone through normal treatment planning for an Acoustic Neuroma to show the three dimensional dose distributions associated with such a tumor.

  9. Aprotic gel polymer electrolytes

    Vondrák, Jiří; Sedlaříková, M.; Krejza, O.

    Brno : University of Technology Brno, 2008, s. 71-72. ISBN 978-80-214-3659-6. [International Conference Advanced Batteries and Accumulators /9./. Brno (CZ), 29.06.2008-03.07.2008] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA104/06/1471; GA AV ČR(CZ) KJB208130604 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40320502 Keywords : gel polymer electrolytes Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry

  10. Seroepidemiology of Paracoccidioides brasiliensis infection in horses from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

    Ana Paula Neuschrank Albano

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Paracoccidioides brasiliensis is the etiological agent of the major systemic mycosis in Brazil, called paracoccidioidomycosis. Although the Rio Grande do Sul is considered an endemic area of the disease, there are few studies on the ecology of P. brasiliensis in the state. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate the infection of P. brasiliensis in horses from the mesoregion of Southwest Riograndense, using these animals as sentinels. Serological techniques, such as double immunodiffusion in agar gel (AGID and indirect ELISA, were performed to detect the anti-gp43 P. brasiliensis antibody in horses from five different farms in the region of Bagé, RS, Brazil. Serology was performed in 200 Pure Blood English horses up to two years of age that were born and raised exclusively at the farms. Of these horses, 12% had anti-gp43 antibodies according to the ELISA results, with rates ranging from 0 to 30% according to the farm of origin (p < 0.001. Based on the immunodiffusion results, all equine serum samples were negative. These results indicate the presence of the fungus P. brasiliensis in the middle region of the southwestern state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

  11. Radiotherapy gel dosimetry

    In radiotherapy, the primary objective is to deliver a prescribed dose of radiation to a tumour or lesion within a patient while minimising the dose delivered to the surrounding healthy tissue. Traditional radiotherapy treatments usually involve simple external or internal irradiations of a tumour. External irradiations are normally achieved in the clinic with photon or electron beams produced by high energy linear accelerators. The photon or electron beams are collimated into regular shapes as they emerge from the treatment head of the unit which is supported by a gantry that can be rotated isocentrically to any position. A discrete number of photon or electron beams with different angles of incidence that intersect at the iso-centre are used to produce a region of high dose around the tumour volume (positioned at the iso-centre). Internal irradiations are normally achieved in the clinic by implanting radioactive sources in and around the tumour or lesion. Such irradiations are characterised by very high doses local to the tumour. Radioactive sources are also used to prevent post-angioplasty restenosis by inserting sources into arteries. Usually when treating a tumour, a compromise is made between tumour control and complications arising from normal tissue damage. One measure of this compromise, the therapeutic ratio, is defined as the radiation dose producing complications in 50% of patients divided by the dose providing tumour control in 50% of the patients. The therapeutic ratio depends on the radiobiological characteristics of the cancerous tissue and surrounding healthy tissues and on the radiation dose distribution achieved by the radiotherapy treatment. It is generally believed that the therapeutic ratio can be minimised by optimising the conformation of the radiation dose distribution to the target volume. This is difficult with traditional radiotherapy techniques since they do not produce dose distributions that adequately cover tumour volumes of complex shapes and sizes while sparing normal tissue. The situation is further complicated if the normal tissues are critical organs or are particularly sensitive to radiation. Radiotherapy techniques employed to obtain a closer conformation of the dose distribution to the tumour volume are referred to as conformal radiotherapy techniques. The clinical implementation of conformal therapy has been delayed by limitations in the verification of conformal dose distributions calculated by treatment planning systems prior to the irradiation of the patient and the verification of complex treatments during its delivery to the patient. There are several aspects of conformal therapy that complicate dose verification. To achieve the dose distributions conforming to complex 3D volumes, high dose gradients arise in the treatment volume. Further, overdose or underdose regions can exist when separate radiation fields are used to deliver additional radiation. These aspects require that practical dose measurement (dosimetry) techniques be able to integrate dose over time and easily measure dose distributions in 3D with high spatial resolution. Traditional dosimeters, such as ion chambers, thermoluminescent dosimeters and radiographic film do not fulfil these requirements. Novel gel dosimetry techniques are being developed in which dose distributions can potentially be determined in vitro in 3D using anthropomorphic phantoms to simulate a clinically irradiated situation. As long ago as the 1950's, radiation-induced colour change in dyes was used to investigate radiation doses in gels. It was subsequently shown that radiation induced changes in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) relaxation properties of gels infused with conventional Fricke dosimetry solutions could be measured using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In Fricke gels, Fe2+ ions in ferrous sulphate solutions are usually dispersed throughout a gelatin, agarose or PVA matrix. Radiation-induced changes in the dosimeters are considered to be either through direct absorption of ionising radiation or via intermediate water free radicals. Fe2+ ions are converted to Fe3+ ions with a corresponding change in paramagnetic properties that may be quantified using NMR relaxation measurements or optical techniques. Due to predominantly diffusion-related limitations (and references therein), alternative polymer gel dosimeters were subsequently suggested. In polymer gels, monomers such as acrylamide and N,N'-methylene-bis-acrylamide are usually dispersed in a gelatin or agarose matrix. Monomers undergo a polymerisation reaction as a function of absorbed dose resulting in a 3D polymer gel matrix. The radiation-induced formation of polymer influences NMR relaxation properties and results in other physical changes that may be used to quantify absorbed radiation dose. As well as MRI, other quantitative techniques for measuring dose distributions include X-ray computer tomography, vibrational spectroscopy and ultrasound. Clinical applications of these radiologically tissue equivalent gel dosimeters have been reported in the literature. For further information of gel dosimetry and specifically clinical applications the proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Radiotherapy Gel Dosimetry and references therein should be consulted

  12. Purification of Titania Gels

    Matějová, Lenka; Cajthaml, Tomáš; Klusoň, P.; Benada, Oldřich; Matěj, Z.; Šolcová, Olga

    Bratislava : Slovak Society of Chemical Engineering, 2008 - (Markoš, J.), s. 166 ISBN 978-80-227-2903-1. [35th International Conference of Slovak Society of Chemical Engineering. Tatranské Matliare (SK), 26.05.2008-30.05.2008] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KAN400720701; GA AV ČR IAA4072404 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504; CEZ:AV0Z50200510 Keywords : sol-gel * TiO2 powder * supercritic fluid extraction Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  13. Designing biomimetic reactive polymer gels

    Olga Kuksenok

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Materials of the future will exhibit bio-inspired behavior that enables a range of novel applications. We review computational studies on reactive gels that reveal how to tailor the gels and external stimuli to impart this biomimetic functionality. For example, photo-responsive gels can be molded by light into various three-dimensional shapes, permitting a single sample to have multiple uses. Reactive gels undergoing the BelousovZhabotinsky (BZ reaction communicate to form self-rotating gears, which could perform autonomous work. Finally, nanorod-filled reactive gels effectively regenerate the gel matrix when a layer of the material is sliced-off and thus, dramatically extend the material's life time.

  14. Evaluation of standard reagents for radial-immunodiffusion assays. In vitro control of rabies vaccines Avaliação de reativos padrões para provas de Imunodifusão Radial. Controle in vitro de vacinas antirrábicas

    MICELI Graciela S.; Jorge TORROBA; TORRES Walter; ESTEVES MADERO Jorge; Ana Maria DÍAZ

    2000-01-01

    The RID assay is one of the in vitro methods used for in-process control in the production of rabies vaccines for veterinary use. It has been shown to be very useful for determining antigen concentration in the final bulk product. The work presented in this paper, including the production and standardization of candidate standard reagents for use in the Radial Immunodiffusion Assay (RID) was carried out at the Pan American Institute for Food Protection and Zoonoses (INPPAZ/PAHO/WHO). The stud...

  15. Relación entre la prueba intradermica de histoplasmina y los niveles de anticuerpos detectables por ELISA e immunodifusion Relationship between histoplasmin skin test and Histoplasma capsulatum antibody levels detected by ELISA and immunodiffusion tests

    Carlos M. Fernandez-Andreu

    1994-02-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio prospectivo en 40 trabajadores de una granja avícola (grupo 1 considerados con riesgo de exposición a Histoplasma capsulatum, agente etiológico de la histoplasmosis, y en 16 individuos sin riesgo profesional de exposición a dicho agente (grupo 2. En ambos grupos se aplicó la prueba intradérmica de histoplasmina y se obtuvo el suero antes de su aplicación y a los 30 y 180 días después de realizada dicha prueba. Se determinó el nivel de anticuerpos anti-H. capsulatum mediante las técnicas de ELISA e inmunodifusión doble. En los dos grupos de población estudiados la aplicación intradérmica de histoplasmina, aún en los casos en que la respuesta fue positiva, no constituyó un estímulo antigénico suficiente para provocar un aumento en los niveles de anticuerpos anti-H. capsulation detectables por las técnicas serológicas empleadas. Los resultados obtenidos contribuyen a la mejor interpretación de la prueba de ELISA en el diagnóstico de la histoplasmosis.A prospective study was carried out in two groups of individuals: a group 1 (n=40 included workers from a poultry farm, with potencial occupational risk of exposure to Histoplasma capsulatum, ethiologic agent of histoplasmosis, and a group 2 (n=16, persons without occupational risk of exposure to the agent. Histoplasmin skin test was performed in both groups, and three sera were obtained from each individual: 1 before skin test was done, 2 30 days after, and 3 180 days after it. In both groups the histoplasmin skin test, even when the test was positive, was not a sufficient antigenic booster to provoque an increase in the H. capsulatum antibody levels capable to be detected by the Serologic tests used (ELISA and Double Immunodiffusion. These results contribute to improve the interpretation of ELISA test values in the diagnosis of histoplasmosis.

  16. THE PROPERTIES OF CARRAGEENAN GELS

    Grubnik I.M., Gladukh Ye.V., Chernyaev S.V.

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The article presents the results of studies on the functional properties of carrageenan, depending on the concentration of sodium chloride and xanthan in gels. It is established that the main factors in the syneresis of carrageenan gels are its concentration, the presence of ions and gums in solution. If using sodium chloride there is a change in the structure of mesh of the resulting gel, which leads to an increase in syneresis.

  17. Thoria sol-gel processes

    Alternate fuel fabrication techniques are being developed at WNRE as part of the thorium fuel cycle program. The sol-gel techniques are attractive and this report assembles and summarizes information relating to thoria sol-gel fuels. Some background information on the behaviour and advantages of sol-gel fuel forms is presented, followed by a review of relevant colloid chemistry and an explanation of the fundamental steps of sol-gel processes. Finally, several variants to the basic process are reviewed and evaluated. (author)

  18. Phase behaviors of agarose gel

    Takaharu Morita; Takayuki Narita; Sada-atsu Mukai; Miho Yanagisawa; Masayuki Tokita

    2013-01-01

    We present evidence for the existence of phase separation in the gel state of agarose having the mixture of water and methanol as the gel solvent. Firstly, the sol-gel transition line and the cloud point line are determined independently as a function of the concentration of agarose as well as the concentration of methanol in the mixed solvent by the quasi-equilibrium cooling of the solutions. Then the spinodal line is determined by quenching the solutions below the sol-gel transition line. W...

  19. Gel polymer electrolytes for batteries

    Balsara, Nitash Pervez; Eitouni, Hany Basam; Gur, Ilan; Singh, Mohit; Hudson, William

    2014-11-18

    Nanostructured gel polymer electrolytes that have both high ionic conductivity and high mechanical strength are disclosed. The electrolytes have at least two domains--one domain contains an ionically-conductive gel polymer and the other domain contains a rigid polymer that provides structure for the electrolyte. The domains are formed by block copolymers. The first block provides a polymer matrix that may or may not be conductive on by itself, but that can soak up a liquid electrolyte, thereby making a gel. An exemplary nanostructured gel polymer electrolyte has an ionic conductivity of at least 1.times.10.sup.-4 S cm.sup.-1 at 25.degree. C.

  20. Vanadium pentoxide gels

    This paper reports on cryogenic transmission electron Microscopy (cry-TEM) and rheological characterization conducted in order to understand structural development of vanadium pentoxide gels during processing. Sols were prepared by ion exchange from sodium metavanadate solutions. Cryo-TEM revealed that fine threads about 1.5nm wide initially form and grow into ribbons approximately 25nm wide and at least 1000nm long. The threads appear to self assembly into the ribbons. During this structural development, the dynamic viscosity increased. Upon steady shearing of the sols, the system exhibited thixotropy, i.e. the viscosity decreased with time under constant shear stress and subsequently rheopexy, the viscosity increased with time. Comparison of the structure before and after shearing indicated that during the rheological experiments aggregation of small particles or fragments was occurring

  1. Evaluación de la eficacia de la prueba de inmunodifusión en gel agar para la detección de anticuerpos contra el virus de la leucosis enzootica bovina Assessment of the Efficacy of the Agar Gel Immunodiffusion Test for the Detection of Antibodies Against the Enzootic Bovine Leukosis Virus

    Zoraida Nava; César Obando; Magaly Bracamonte; Aurico Sousa; Mayra Hidalgo

    2012-01-01

    contra el virus de la leucosis enzoótica bovina (VLEB), comparándola con el ensayo inmunoenzimático (ELISA). Se procesaron 360 muestras de suero bovino para ambas pruebas, siguiendo las indicaciones del fabricante. El grado de concordancia (GC), valores predictivos (VP) y razones de verosimilitud (RV) fueron determinados y analizados. El GC entre ambas pruebas resultó ser del 86,4%, con un coeficiente Kappa (K) = 0,7. La IDGA detectó una significativa (P

  2. Nanocrystal/sol-gel nanocomposites

    Petruska, Melissa A.; Klimov, Victor L.

    2012-06-12

    The present invention is directed to solid composites including colloidal nanocrystals within a sol-gel host or matrix and to processes of forming such solid composites. The present invention is further directed to alcohol soluble colloidal nanocrystals useful in formation of sol-gel based solid composites

  3. Methylthymol blue in Fricke gels

    The initial trial of methylthymol blue (MTB) as a chelator for ferric iron in Fricke gel dosimeters, used for three-dimensional (3D) dosimetry in cancer radiotherapy, is reported. MTB is a structural analogue of the conventionally used xylenol orange (XO); however, the absorbance spectrum of the ferric-MTB complex is shifted to higher wavelengths, which should allow for lower amount of light scattering during gel scanning. In this study, two gelatin substrates, two sources of XO and one source of MTB have been compared. The MTB- containing gels exhibited similar dose response and diffusion coefficient to the XO-containing gels at their wavelengths of maximum absorption (620 and 585 nm, respectively). In addition, the MTB gels gave an excellent dose response at 633 nm, which is an important wavelength that is already used with other 3D dosimeters

  4. Sucrose release from polysaccharide gels.

    Nishinari, Katsuyoshi; Fang, Yapeng

    2016-05-18

    Sucrose release from polysaccharide gels has been studied extensively because it is expected to be useful in understanding flavour release from solid foods and to find a new processing method which produces more palatable and healthier foods. We provide an overview of the release of sucrose and other sugars from gels of agar and related polysaccharides. The addition of sucrose to agar solutions leads to the increase in transparency of the resulting gels and the decrease in syneresis, which is attributed to the decrease in mesh size in gels. The syneresis occurring in the quiescent condition and fluid release induced by compression is discussed. The relationship between the sugar release and the structural, rheological and thermal properties of gels is also discussed. Finally, the future research direction is proposed. PMID:26952168

  5. BLUETONGUE VIRUS ANTIBODIES DETECTIONS IN SHEEP FROM ARAÇATUBA REGION –SAO PAULO, BRAZIL DETECÇÃO DE ANTICORPOS CONTRA O VÍRUS DA LÍNGUA AZUL EM OVINOS NA REGIÃO DE ARAÇATUBA – SÃO PAULO, BRASIL

    Adriana Hellmeister de Campos Nogueira

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available

    Bluetongue (BT is an infectious, insect-born viral disease of ruminants. The causative agent of BT is bluetongue virus (BTV that belongs to the family Reoviridae genus Orbivirus. Insect vectors in the genus Culicoides transmit this virus. BT affects domestic and wild ruminants, however small ruminants are considered the most affected specie. The aim of the study was to detect antibodies against BTV in commercial sheep farms, of the Northeastern region of Sao Paulo State, Brazil. A total of 1002 sera samples collected from adult sheep (above 1 year-old, comprising a total of 31 farms, were screened for the presence of BTV antibodies, by agar gel immunodiffusion test (AGID and ELISA-CFS (Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay – competitive solid phase, both produced by Pan American Center of FMDV. From a total of 1002 samples, 651 (65% were positive by AGID and 742 (74.1%, were positive by ELISA-CFS. These results suggest that the BTV is widespread among farms, probably causing subclinical infections.

    KEY WORDS: AGID, bluetongue virus, ELISA-CFS, seroepidemiological survey.

    A língua azul é uma doença viral, cujo agente etiológico pertence à família Reoviridae, gênero Orbivirus, transmitida por um vetor (artrópode hematófago, do gênero Culicoides. Os animais acometidos são ruminantes domésticos e selvagens, porém os pequenos ruminantes são os mais afetados. O estudo teve como objetivo detectar a presença de anticorpos para língua azul em ovinos da região de Araçatuba, por possuir um rebanho expressivo e condições climáticas favoráveis à multiplicação de insetos. Foram analisadas 1.002 amostras de soros ovinos, provenientes de 31 cabanhas, pelas provas de imunodifusão dupla em gel de ágar (AGID e ELISA (Enzyme Linked immunosorbent Assay de competição da fase sólida (ELISA CFS, provenientes do Centro Panamericano de Febre Aftosa. Desses soros, 651 (65% foram reagentes ao vírus da língua azul, pela técnica de AGID, e 742 (74,1% ao teste de ELISA–CFS. Esses resultados sugerem que o vírus da língua azul encontra-se disseminado nessas regiões, ocasionando infecções inaparentes. 

    PALAVRAS-CHAVES: AGID, ELISA, inquérito soroepidemiológico, vírus da língua azul.

  6. Surface grafted chitosan gels. Part II. Gel formation and characterization

    Liu, Chao; Thormann, Esben; Claesson, Per M.; Tyrode, Eric

    2014-01-01

    Responsive biomaterial hydrogels attract significant attention due to their biocompatibility and degradability. In order to make chitosan based gels, we first graft one layer of chitosan to silica, and then build a chitosan/poly(acrylic acid) multilayer using the layer-by-layer approach. After...... cross-linking the chitosan present in the polyelectrolyte multilayer, poly(acrylic acid) is partly removed by exposing the multilayer structure to a concentrated carbonate buffer solution at a high pH, leaving a surface-grafted cross-linked gel. Chemical cross-linking enhances the gel stability against......-linking density. The amount of poly(acrylic acid) trapped inside the surface grafted films was found to decrease with decreasing cross-linking density, as confirmed in situ using TIRR, and ex situ by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) measurements on dried films. The responsiveness of the chitosan-based gels with...

  7. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis

    It is worthwhile considering that only some 30 species make up the bulk of the bacterial population in human faeces at any one time based on the classical cultivation-based approach. The situation in the rumen is similar. Thus, it is practical to focus on specific groups of interest within the complex community. These may be the predominant or the most active species, specific physiological groups or readily identifiable (genetic) clusters of phylogenetically related organisms. Several 16S rDNA fingerprinting techniques can be invaluable for selecting and monitoring sequences or phylogenetic groups of interest and are described below. Over the past few decades, considerable attention was focussed on the identification of pure cultures of microbes on the basis of genetic polymorphisms of DNA encoding rRNA such as ribotyping, amplified fragment length polymorphism and randomly amplified polymorphic DNA. However, many of these methods require prior cultivation and are less suitable for use in analysis of complex mixed populations although important in describing cultivated microbial diversity in molecular terms. Much less attention was given to molecular characterization of complex communities. In particular, research into diversity and community structure over time has been revolutionized by the advent of molecular fingerprinting techniques for complex communities. Denaturing or temperature gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE/TGGE) methods have been successfully applied to the analysis of human, pig, cattle, dog and rodent intestinal populations

  8. sol-gel

    Humberto A. Monreal

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo sintetizamos nanocilindros de dióxido de titanio de 30 a 400 nm por medio de ADN del plásmido pBR322 de 4,362 pares de bases y el uso de isopropóxido de titanio como precursor por medio del proceso sol-gel. Los geles resultantes fueron calcinados y los polvos caracterizados por medio de Microscopio Electrónico de Barrido (MEB, Espectroscopía de Energía Dispersiva, Microscopio Electrónico de Transmisión (MET y Difracción de Rayos X. Los resultados muestran que la síntesis in vitro de nanorods en presencia de ADN, puede ser activada. Muchas otras moléculas sintéticas pueden producirse por medio del uso de sistemas orgánicos, es así como reportamos la síntesis de híbridos hechos de ácidos nucleicos en materiales inorgánicos que pueden tener diversas aplicaciones en sistemas catalíticos, biomateriales y materiales nanoestructurados.

  9. Transdermal delivery of paeonol using cubic gel and microemulsion gel

    Chen J; Shen Q; Luo M

    2011-01-01

    Maofu Luo1,2, Qi Shen1, Jinjin Chen11School of Pharmacy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, 2Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanchang, Peoples Republic of ChinaBackground: The aim of this study was to develop new systems for transdermal delivery of paeonol, in particular microemulsion gel and cubic gel formulations.Methods: Various microemulsion vehicles were prepared using isopropyl myristate as an oil phase, polyoxyethylated castor oil (Cremophor®...

  10. A model of ideal elastomeric gels for polyelectrolyte gels

    Li, Jianyu; Suo, Zhigang; Vlassak, Joost J.

    2014-01-01

    The concept of the ideal elastomeric gel is extended to polyelectrolyte gels and verified using a polyacrylamide-co-acrylic acid hydrogel as a model material system. A comparison between mixing and ion osmosis shows that the mixing osmosis is larger than the ion osmosis for small swelling ratios, while the ion osmosis dominates for large swelling ratios. We show further that the non-Gaussian chain effect becomes important in the elasticity of the polymer network at the very large swelling rat...

  11. Silica reinforced triblock copolymer gels

    Theunissen, E.; Overbergh, N.; Reynaers, H.; Antoun, S.; Jerome, R.; Mortensen, K.

    2004-01-01

    The effect of silica and polymer coated silica particles as reinforcing agents on the structural and mechanical properties of polystyrene-poly(ethylene/butylene)-polystyrene (PS-PEB-PS) triblock gel has been investigated. Different types of chemically modified silica have been compared in order to...... evaluate the influence of the compatibility between gel and filler. Time-resolved SANS and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) shows that the presence of silica particles affects the ordering of the polystyrene domains during gelsetting. The scattering pattern of silica-reinforced gels reveals strong...... viscoclastic rubber to a plastic fluid and from a plastic fluid to a viscoelastic liquid are shifted to more elevated temperatures when silica is added to the triblock copolymer gel. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved....

  12. Topical Review: Polymer gel dosimetry

    Baldock, C; De Deene, Y; Doran, S.; Ibbott, G.; Jirasek, A; Lepage, M.; McAuley, K B; Oldham, M.; Schreiner, L J

    2010-01-01

    Polymer gel dosimeters are fabricated from radiation sensitive chemicals which, upon irradiation, polymerize as a function of the absorbed radiation dose. These gel dosimeters, with the capacity to uniquely record the radiation dose distribution in three-dimensions (3D), have specific advantages when compared to one-dimensional dosimeters, such as ion chambers, and two-dimensional dosimeters, such as film. These advantages are particularly significant in dosimetry situations where steep dose ...

  13. Raft Instability of Biopolymer Gels

    Borukhov, I.; Bruinsma, R.F.

    2002-01-01

    Following recent X-ray diffraction experiments by Wong, Li, and Safinya on biopolymer gels, we apply Onsager excluded volume theory to a nematic mixture of rigid rods and strong ``$\\pi/2$'' cross-linkers obtaining a long-ranged, highly anisotropic depletion attraction between the linkers. This attraction leads to breakdown of the percolation theory for this class of gels, to breakdown of Onsager's second-order virial method, and to formation of heterogeneities in the form of raft-like ribbons.

  14. Gel electrophoresis of inorganic cations

    In order to be able to separate the largest possible amounts of substance, polyacryl amide gel (PAA) and silica gel are used as carrier for the electrophoresis. Milligramme quantities can easily be separated on PAA gel plates. Electrophoretic ion focussing considerably improves it. Separations of Sr/Y and lanthanoids were carried out. The behaviour of the readily soluble complexing agent acids on silica gel thin layers was minutely investigated and an interpretation of the focussing effect was derived. The conditions for separating radionuclides were optimized. A further improved separation can be achieved by a time sequence combination of normal electrophoresis and ion focussing. Selective isolation methods are advantageous to determine radionuclide traces in environmental samples. The selective adsorption on preformed deposits was transferred to electrophoresis. After pre-investigations on silica gel layers, strontium and barium could also be retained on PAA gel and radium on strontium sulphate in PAA, whereas the disturbing calcium can easily pass through. Cesium can also be retained by prussian blue in the electrophoresis. (orig.)

  15. Alternative imaging modalities for polymer gel dosimetry

    Jirasek, Andrew, E-mail: jirasek@uvic.c [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, V8W 3P6 (Canada)

    2010-11-01

    This review summarizes recent work in the area of imaging polymer gel dosimeters using x-ray CT imaging, ultrasound, and radiation-induced changes in gel mechanical properties. In addition, recent work in the area of Raman tomographic imaging of canine bone, in conjunction with past efforts in Raman imaging of polymer gel dosimeters, raises new possibilities for new polymer gel imaging techniques.

  16. Thixotropic gel for vadose zone remediation

    Riha, Brian D.; Looney, Brian B.

    2015-10-27

    A thixotropic gel suitable for use in subsurface bioremediation is provided along with a process of using the gel. The thixotropic gel provides a non-migrating injectable substrate that can provide below ground barrier properties. In addition, the gel components provide for a favorable environment in which certain contaminants are preferentially sequestered in the gel and subsequently remediated by either indigenous or introduced microorganisms.

  17. Sol-gel derived sorbents

    Sigman, Michael E.; Dindal, Amy B.

    2003-11-11

    Described is a method for producing copolymerized sol-gel derived sorbent particles for the production of copolymerized sol-gel derived sorbent material. The method for producing copolymerized sol-gel derived sorbent particles comprises adding a basic solution to an aqueous metal alkoxide mixture for a pH.ltoreq.8 to hydrolyze the metal alkoxides. Then, allowing the mixture to react at room temperature for a precalculated period of time for the mixture to undergo an increased in viscosity to obtain a desired pore size and surface area. The copolymerized mixture is then added to an immiscible, nonpolar solvent that has been heated to a sufficient temperature wherein the copolymerized mixture forms a solid upon the addition. The solid is recovered from the mixture, and is ready for use in an active sampling trap or activated for use in a passive sampling trap.

  18. Copolymers For Capillary Gel Electrophoresis

    Liu, Changsheng (State College, PA); Li, Qingbo (State College, PA)

    2005-08-09

    This invention relates to an electrophoresis separation medium having a gel matrix of at least one random, linear copolymer comprising a primary comonomer and at least one secondary comonomer, wherein the comonomers are randomly distributed along the copolymer chain. The primary comonomer is an acrylamide or an acrylamide derivative that provides the primary physical, chemical, and sieving properties of the gel matrix. The at least one secondary comonomer imparts an inherent physical, chemical, or sieving property to the copolymer chain. The primary and secondary comonomers are present in a ratio sufficient to induce desired properties that optimize electrophoresis performance. The invention also relates to a method of separating a mixture of biological molecules using this gel matrix, a method of preparing the novel electrophoresis separation medium, and a capillary tube filled with the electrophoresis separation medium.

  19. Persistence of immunity in commercial egg-laying hens following vaccination with a killed H6N2 avian influenza vaccine.

    Cardona, Carol J; Charlton, Bruce R; Woolcock, Peter R

    2006-09-01

    The California poultry industry experienced an outbreak of H6N2 avian influenza beginning in February 2000. The initial infections were detected in three commercial egg-laying flocks and a single noncommercial backyard flock but later spread to new premises. The vaccination of pullet flocks with a commercially prepared, killed autogenous vaccine prior to their placements on farms with infected or previously infected flocks was used as a part of the eradication programs for some multiage, commercial egg production farms. The purpose of this study was to follow three vaccinated flocks on two commercial farms to track the immune responses to vaccination. The antibody-mediated responses of the three flocks followed in this study were markedly different. One flock achieved 100% seroconversion at 12.5 wk of age, but by 32 wk of age, all of the hens were seronegative by agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID). In contrast, at 32 wk of age, flocks from the other farm (flocks 2A and 2B) were 95% and 72% seropositive by AGID, respectively. Of the differences that were identified between the vaccination protocols on the two farms, the distinction that could explain the level of disparity between responses is the delivery of the second dose of vaccine with a bacterin on the first farm, which may have interfered with the persistence of immunity in this flock. Hens from flocks 2A and 2B were experimentally challenged at 25 wk of age with H6N2 avian influenza virus. Hens from flock 2A did not transmit virus to naive contact-exposed hens, but hens from flock 2B did. At 34 wk of age, hens from flock 2A were again challenged and naive contact-exposed hens were infected in this second trial. These challenge experiments served to demonstrate that despite detectable antibody responses in flocks 2A and 2B, the birds were protected from infection for less than 21 wk after the second vaccination. PMID:17039836

  20. Diagnosis of peste des petits ruminants infection in small ruminants through in-house developed Indirect ELISA: Practical considerations

    K. K. Sharma

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The work was conducted to diagnose peste des petits ruminants (PPR outbreak through an in house developed indirect ELISA (thereafter referred as iELISA its comparison with other available diagnostic tests and description of practical considerations in its development, utility and limitations. Materials and Methods: An outbreak resembled to PPR occurred in two different places of southern Gujarat viz. Vapi and Navsari, affecting 622 animals, including both goat (n = 476 and sheep (n = 146. Animals displayed the typical signs of PPR at Vapi; however diarrhea was the inconsistent feature in animals of Navsari. The affection caused morbidity of 100% and mortality were 73.68% (n = 392/532 and 56.67% (n = 51/90 in Vapi and Navsari outbreaks, respectively. Relevant ante mortem and post mortem samples were collected from representative animals. At the outset of the epidemic no kit was available with us, so agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID was carried out and a commercial ELISA (cELISA kit was ordered for making diagnosis through antibody demonstration. Meanwhile, an iELISA was developed in house using PPR vaccine as antigen and protein G conjugated HRPO antibody as detector. Histopathology and results of sandwich ELISA were also used to diagnose PPR virus (PPRV in the outbreak. Results: The iELISA developed had detected PPRV antibodies in 22/24 samples (91.66%. Significant difference was observed in disease sensitivity pattern of two species by Chi-square test. While AGID failed to detect antibodies in any sample. Results were reconfirmed by comparing with commercially available cELISA kit. Conclusion: PPR is an economically important disease and for the rapid diagnosis of PPR the in house developed antibody capture iELISA can be a suitable cost effective alternative.

  1. by sol-gel method

    Jorge Medina-Valtierra

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Se ha usado la inmersión de substratos en un sol-gel hecho de un composito para preparar películas delgadas de TiO2 ya sean lisas o rugosas sobre fibra de vidrio. La deposición de películas se hizo desde una solución de isopropóxido de titanio (IV como precursor del sol-gel y bromuro de cetil-trimetil-amonio como surfactante. Las muestras fueron caracterizadas usando las técnicas de espectroscopia Raman y Uv-visible, así como la microscopia electrónica de barrido y de fuerza atómica. En casos especiales, la deposición de película consiste en un gel precursor de titanio que encapsula micelas de surfactante. La película de gel es convertida a la fase anatasa por calcinación a 500 °C, las películas lisas de TiO2 pueden tener propiedades ópticas y protectoras y la rugosidad de las películas de TiO2 puede aumentar su inherente actividad foto catalítica.

  2. Calculating Percent Gel For Process Control

    Webster, Charles Neal; Scott, Robert O.

    1988-01-01

    Reaction state of thermosetting resin tracked to assure desired properties. Rate of gel determined as function of temperature by measuring time to gel of part of graphite fabric impregnated with Hexcel R120 (or equivalent) phenolic resin.

  3. Padronizao do Elisa indireto e Western Blot para diagnstico da artrite-encefalite caprina / Standardization of indirect Elisa and Western Blot for diagnosis of Caprine Arthritis-Encephalitis

    A.S., Rodrigues; R.L.L., Brito; R.R., Pinheiro; R.P., Dias; S.M., Alves; T.S., Souza; K.C., Souza; D.A.A., Azevedo; A., Andrioli; D.C.T., Magalhes; M.F.S., Teixeira.

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available A artrite-encefalite caprina (CAE) diagnosticada rotineiramente pela tcnica de imunodifuso em gel de agarose (IDGA), que considerada pouco sensvel. Objetivou-se com este estudo padronizar testes de Elisa-i e Western Blot (WB) para diagnstico precoce de anticorpos em caprinos contra CAEV e co [...] mparar os resultados obtidos nesses testes com a prova de IDGA. Para a padronizao dos testes Elisa-i e WB, utilizaram-se diferentes concentraes e diluies de antgeno, soros e conjugado. No Elisa-i, adotaram-se microplacas rgidas com 96 poos, sendo a combinao de concentrao de 0,5g/poo de antgeno e diluies de 1:100 de soro e 1:1500 de conjugado a que apresentou melhor resultado. No WB foram utilizadas membranas de nitrocelulose, definindo-se as diluies de 1:50 de soro e 1:15000 de conjugado. Para avaliar o desempenho das tcnicas, 222 amostras de soro caprino foram testadas e os dados obtidos foram comparados com o IDGA. A sensibilidade e a especificidade do Elisa-i/IDGA, WB/IDGA e WB/Elisa-i foram de 70% e 91%, 100% e 72,6%, 84,6% e 76,5%, concomitantemente. O ndice Kappa desses testes foi de 0,35, 0,2 e 0,36, respectivamente. As tcnicas de Elisa-i e WB apresentaram-se mais sensveis que a IDGA, podendo ser utilizadas como ferramentas para o diagnstico precoce da CAE. Abstract in english Caprine arthritis-encephalitis (CAE) is routinely diagnosed with the Agarose Gel Immunodiffusion (AGID) technique, which is considered to have low sensitivity. The objective of this study was to standardize testing i-Elisa and Western Blot for early detection of antibodies against CAEV in goats and [...] compare the results obtained in these tests with proof of AGID. For standardization of i-Elisa and WB, different concentrations and dilutions of antigen, sera and conjugate were used. In the i-Elisa, rigid microplate with 96 wells was adopted, and the combination that showed the best result was a concentration of 0.5g/ well of antigen and dilutions of the serum of 1:100 and conjugate of 1:1500. In the WB nitrocellulose membranes were used, and the dilutions of the serum were defined at 1:50 and conjugate at 1:15000. To evaluate the performance of the techniques, 222 goat serum samples were tested and the data were compared with the AGID. The sensitivity and specificity of Elisa-i/IDGA, WB/AGID and WB/Elisa-i were 70% and 91%, 100% and 72.6%, 84.6% and 76.5%, concomitantly. The Kappa index of these tests was 0.35, 0.2 and 0.36, respectively. The i-Elisa and WB techniques were more sensitive than the AGID and can be used as tools for early diagnosis of CAE.

  4. Structural study of fractal silica humid gels

    Craievich, Aldo F.; Dos Santos, Dayse Iara; Aegerter, Michel A.; Lours, Thierry; Zarzycki, Jerzy

    1988-01-01

    The structures of gels of silica obtained from solutions of TMOS, methanol and water have been studied by small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) using synchrotron radiation. The SAXS results indicate that all the gels studied exhibit fractal structures. It is inferred that gels obtained under basic conditions are volume fractals built up by surface and volume fractal units for high and low water content, respectively. The gels obtained under acidic conditions are all volume fractals hav...

  5. Yield stress determination of a physical gel

    Hvidt, Søren

    2013-01-01

    Pluronic F127 solutions form gels in water with high elastic moduli. Pluronic gels can, however, only withstand small deformations and stresses. Different steady shear and oscillatory methods traditionally used to determine yield stress values are compared. The results show that the yield stresses...... values of these gels depend on test type and measurement time, and no absolute yield stress value can be determined for these physical gels....

  6. Application of silica gel in radiochemistry

    Prospects of silica gel and its possible application in radiochemistry are discussed. Sorption and separation of Pu,U,Pa,Th,Np,Zr,Nb,Hf on silica gel is studied. The possibility of silica gel application to purity technological wastes from the fission products is considered. It is shown that silica gel and other non-organic sorbents, containing dispersed silica, possess many properties valuable for radiochemistry such as high radiation, heat and physico-chemical stability, selectivity, original surface-active characteristics

  7. 21 CFR 520.1452 - Moxidectin gel.

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Moxidectin gel. 520.1452 Section 520.1452 Food and..., FEEDS, AND RELATED PRODUCTS ORAL DOSAGE FORM NEW ANIMAL DRUGS 520.1452 Moxidectin gel. (a) Specifications. Each milliliter of gel contains 20 milligrams (2 percent) moxidectin. (b) Sponsor. See No....

  8. 21 CFR 866.4900 - Support gel.

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Support gel. 866.4900 Section 866.4900 Food and... IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY DEVICES Immunology Laboratory Equipment and Reagents 866.4900 Support gel. (a) Identification. A support gel for clinical use is a device that consists of an agar or agarose preparation...

  9. Frictional properties of high functional gel materials

    Wada, Masato; Yamada, Kohei; Yamada, Naoya; Makino, Masato; Gong, Jin; Furukawa, Hidemitsu

    2014-03-01

    The frictional behavior of the four kinds of high functional gels, which are double network (DN) gels, particle-double network gels (P-DN), shape memory gels (SMG), LA-shape memory gels (LA-SMG) and was studied. The velocity dependence looks similar for both the DN gels and the SMG, however the details of the dependence are different. The coefficient of the DN gels is smaller than that of the SMGs. The coefficient decreases as the normal force increases. This normal force dependence was observed for the DN gels previously, however for the first time for the SMGs. The velocity dependence looks similar for both the DN gels and the SMG, however the details of the dependence are different. The coefficient of the DN gels is smaller than that of the SMGs. The difference of the dependences is possibly related to the different softness by the temperature change of the gels. The temperature dependence of the coefficient of friction in LA-SMG was observed. Increase of the perpendicular load and the surface softness were influenced by coefficient of friction increase. In addition, the frictional coefficient of P-DN that different particle size was measured for the first time. The difference of the friction behavior of LA-SMG by the particle size was clear. Therefore, we show frictional coefficient of various high functional gels.

  10. A clarified gel for crystal growth

    Barber, P. G.; Simpson, N. R.

    1985-01-01

    A procedure for preparing clarified sodium silicate gels suitable for crystal growth is described. In the method described here, the silicate stock is clarified by pretreating it with cation exchange resins before preparing the gels. Also, a modified recipe is proposed for preparing gels to achieve improved transparency.

  11. The Swelling of Olympic Gels

    Lang, Michael; Fischer, Jakob; Werner, Marco; Sommer, Jens-Uwe

    2014-03-01

    The swelling equilibrium of Olympic gels is studied by Monte Carlo Simulations. We observe that gels consisting of flexible cyclic molecules of a higher degree of polymerization N show a smaller equilibrium swelling degree Q ~N - 0 . 28φ0- 0 . 72 for the same monomer volume fraction φ0 at network preparation. This observation is explained by a disinterpenetration process of overlapping non-concatenated polymers upon swelling. In the limit of a sufficiently large number of concatenations per cyclic molecule we expect that the equilibrium degree of swelling becomes proportional to φ0- 1 / 2 independent of N. Our results challenge current textbook models for the equilibrium degree of swelling of entangled polymer networks. Now at: Bio Systems Analysis Group, Jena Centre for Bioinformatics (JCB) and Department for Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, 07743 Jena, Germany.

  12. Gel dosimetry for conformal radiotherapy

    With the continuum development of conformal radio therapies, aimed at delivering high dose to tumor tissue and low dose to the healthy tissue around, the necessities has appeared of suitable improvement of dosimetry techniques giving the possibility of obtaining dose images to be compared with diagnostic images. Also if wide software has been developed for calculating dose distributions in the fields of various radiotherapy units, experimental verifications are necessary, in particular in the case of complex geometries in conformal radiotherapy. Gel dosimetry is a promising method for imaging the absorbed dose in tissue-equivalent phantoms, with the possibility of 3D reconstruction of the spatial dose distribution, with milli metric resolution. Optical imaging of gel dosimeters, based on visible light absorbance analysis, has shown to be a reliable technique for achieving dose distributions. (Author)

  13. The Sol-Gel Process

    Khalid Suliman Aboodh

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract An increasingly important application of liquid jets is the disintegration of the jet to form droplets of liquid containing nuclear fuel. These droplets are then dried and sintered to form ceramic micro spheres for use in fuel elements in nuclear reactors. The total operations required to form the droplets convert them to solids and fire them to ceramic bodies comprise what are known as Sol-Gel processes Reference 13.

  14. The Sol-Gel Process

    Khalid Suliman Aboodh

    2015-01-01

    Abstract An increasingly important application of liquid jets is the disintegration of the jet to form droplets of liquid containing nuclear fuel. These droplets are then dried and sintered to form ceramic micro spheres for use in fuel elements in nuclear reactors. The total operations required to form the droplets convert them to solids and fire them to ceramic bodies comprise what are known as Sol-Gel processes Reference 13.

  15. Sol-gel derived ceramics

    Schmidt, Helmut K.

    1990-01-01

    The synthesis of ceramic raw materials has become an important factor in ceramic technologies. The increasing demands to the performance of ceramic compounds has caused increased activities for the preparation of tailor-made raw materials. Amongst a variety of new syntheses like flame pyrolysis, reactive spray drying, plasma or laser assisted techniques, the sol-gel process plays an important and increasing role. The process describes the building up of an inorganic (in general an oxide) netw...

  16. Electrophoresis of DNA in agarose gels, polyacrylamide gels and in free solution

    Stellwagen, Nancy C.

    2009-01-01

    This review describes the electrophoresis of curved and normal DNA molecules in agarose gels, polyacrylamide gels and in free solution. These studies were undertaken to clarify why curved DNA molecules migrate anomalously slowly in polyacrylamide gels but not in agarose gels. Two milestone papers are cited, in which Ferguson plots were used to estimate the effective pore size of agarose and polyacrylamide gels. Subsequent studies on the effect of the electric field on agarose and polyacrylami...

  17. Development of Texture Model in the Fish Gels Using Eigen-gel Patterns

    Sirima Chinnasarn; Krisana Chinnasarn; David Leo Pyle; Chidphong Pradistsuwana

    2006-01-01

    This study proposes two texture development models for Cod surimi gel. Dimensionality of the training data sets (12 patterns) of surimi gel strength are reduced to four eigen-gel patterns using an unsupervised method, the PCA method. Then we obtain an eigen-gel pattern for each cluster. Two texture models, consecutive and competitive-consecutive first order reactions are developed based on an eigen-gel pattern for each cluster. The correlation coefficient method is introduced to achieve a goo...

  18. The Gel Electrophoresis Markup Language (GelML) from the Proteomics Standards Initiative

    Gibson, Frank; Hoogland, Christine; Martinez-Bartolom, Salvador; Medina-aunon, J. Alberto; Albar, Juan Pablo; Babnigg, Gyorgy; Wipat, Anil; Hermjakob, Henning; Almeida, Jonas S.; Stanislaus, Romesh; Paton, Norman W; Jones, Andrew R.

    2010-01-01

    The Human Proteome Organisations Proteomics Standards Initiative (HUPO-PSI) has developed the GelML data exchange format for representing gel electrophoresis experiments performed in proteomics investigations. The format closely follows the reporting guidelines for gel electrophoresis, which are part of the Minimum Information About a Proteomics Experiment (MIAPE) set of modules. GelML supports the capture of metadata (such as experimental protocols) and data (such as gel images) resulting f...

  19. Consolidation of Inorganic Precipitated Silica Gel

    Matthias Kind

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Colloidal gels are possible intermediates in the generation of highly porous particle systems. In the production process the gels are fragmented after their formation. These gel fragments compact to particles whose application-technological properties are determined by their size and porosity. In the case of precipitated silica gels, this consolidation process depends on temperature and pH, among other parameters. It is shown that these dependencies can be characterized by oedometer measurements. Originally, the oedometer test (one-dimensional compression test stemmed from soil mechanics. It has proven to be an interesting novel examination method for gels. Quantitative data of the time-dependent shrinkage of gel samples can be obtained. The consolidation of the gels shows a characteristic dependence on the above parameters.

  20. Rheological characterization of Poloxamer 407 nimesulide gels

    M. N. Freitas

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The thermal gelling property of Poloxamer 407- nimesulide gels was characterized by rheological studies. Nimesulide, a local anti-inflammatory and anesthetic drug used for the treatment of acute and chronic pain, has a short duration of action and a long-acting single-dose injection would be of clinical importance. Thus a poloxamer 407 gel applied intramuscularly could prolong the release and action of nimesulide. In this study, aqueous gels with nimesulide, containing three different concentrations of Poloxamer 407, were prepared. Viscosity measurements were performed by rheologial studies to obtain the optimal sol-gel transition temperature . Poloxamer 407 gels are pseudoplastic and viscoelastic materials, which have an elastic modulus (G', characteristic of the solid, and a viscous modulus (G'', characteristic of the liquid material. Moreover, being pseudoplastic gels, when they are deformed by shearing, their viscosity decreases. Increase of the polymer concentration increased the viscosity of the gels, which could affect the releasing process of nimesulide. Furthermore, the presence of nimesulide led to a lowering of the sol-gel transition temperature. Keywords: Poloxamer 407 gels; nimesulide; rheological characterization; viscosity; sol-gel transition temperature.

  1. Metal-silica sol-gel materials

    Stiegman, Albert E. (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    The present invention relates to a single phase metal-silica sol-gel glass formed by the co-condensation of a transition metal with silicon atoms where the metal atoms are uniformly distributed within the sol-gel glass as individual metal centers. Any transition metal may be used in the sol-gel glasses. The present invention also relates to sensor materials where the sensor material is formed using the single phase metal-silica sol-gel glasses. The sensor materials may be in the form of a thin film or may be attached to an optical fiber. The present invention also relates to a method of sensing chemicals using the chemical sensors by monitoring the chromatic change of the metal-silica sol-gel glass when the chemical binds to the sensor. The present invention also relates to oxidation catalysts where a metal-silica sol-gel glass catalyzes the reaction. The present invention also relates to a method of performing oxidation reactions using the metal-silica sol-gel glasses. The present invention also relates to organopolymer metal-silica sol-gel composites where the pores of the metal-silica sol-gel glasses are filled with an organic polymer polymerized by the sol-gel glass.

  2. Development of Texture Model in the Fish Gels Using Eigen-gel Patterns

    Sirima Chinnasarn

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available This study proposes two texture development models for Cod surimi gel. Dimensionality of the training data sets (12 patterns of surimi gel strength are reduced to four eigen-gel patterns using an unsupervised method, the PCA method. Then we obtain an eigen-gel pattern for each cluster. Two texture models, consecutive and competitive-consecutive first order reactions are developed based on an eigen-gel pattern for each cluster. The correlation coefficient method is introduced to achieve a good identification rate of similarity between the two proposed methods and the eigen-gel pattern for each cluster.

  3. Motility initiation in active gels

    Recho, Pierre; Truskinovsky, Lev

    2015-01-01

    Motility initiation in crawling cells requires a symmetry breaking mechanism which transforms a symmetric state into a polarized state. Experiments on keratocytes suggest that polarization is triggered by increased contractility of motor proteins. In this paper we argue that contraction can be responsible not only for the symmetry breaking transition but also for the incipient translocation of the segment of an active gel mimicking the crawling cell. Our model suggests that when the contractility increases sufficiently far beyond the motility initiation threshold, the cell can stop and re-symmetrizes. The proposed theory reproduces the motility initiation pattern in fish keratocytes and the behavior of keratocytes prior to cell division.

  4. Photorefractive sol-gel materials

    Chaput, F.; Boilot, J.P.; Gacoin, T. [Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau (France); Darracq, B.; Riehl, D.; Canva, M.; Levy, Y.; Brun, A. [CNRS, Orsay (France)

    1996-12-31

    The authors report the synthesis and characterization of photorefractive sol-gel materials that possess covalently attached push-pull azobenzene and carbazole moieties. Molecular structural characterization of the modified silane monomers was achieved by {sup 1}H NMR and infra red spectroscopy. The second-order nonlinear optical properties of the organic-inorganic hybrid films prepared from modified silane monomers were evaluated by second-harmonic generation. The stabilized value of the second harmonic coefficient, d{sub 33}, of films poled by corona discharge, at 1,064 nm fundamental wavelength was found to be 107 pm/V. Photorefractivity was clearly displayed from a two beam coupling experiment.

  5. Tortuosity effects in clay gels

    The purpose of this paper is to show that the factor by which the mobility of ions is reduced in clay gels imbibed with an electrolyte solution can be predicted from the relationship which has been found to describe tortuosity effects in porous media formed by the random packing of particles less anisometric and coarser than clay plates. Estimating these tortuosity effects in a wide range of porosity by means of self-diffusion experiments would involve an almost prohibitive expense of labour. Electrical conductivity measurements provide an easy and rapid method for achieving the same result

  6. Active Gel Model of Amoeboid Cell Motility

    Callan-Jones, A C

    2013-01-01

    We develop a model of amoeboid cell motility based on active gel theory. Modeling the motile apparatus of a eukaryotic cell as a confined layer of finite length of poroelastic active gel permeated by a solvent, we first show that, due to active stress and gel turnover, an initially static and homogeneous layer can undergo a contractile-type instability to a polarized moving state in which the rear is enriched in gel polymer. This agrees qualitatively with motile cells containing an actomyosin-rich uropod at their rear. We find that the gel layer settles into a steadily moving, inhomogeneous state at long times, sustained by a balance between contractility and filament turnover. In addition, our model predicts an optimal value of the gel-susbstrate adhesion leading to maximum layer speed, in agreement with cell motility assays. The model may be relevant to motility of cells translocating in complex, confining environments that can be mimicked experimentally by cell migration through microchannels.

  7. Automated apparatus for producing gradient gels

    Anderson, N.L.

    1983-11-10

    Apparatus for producing a gradient gel which serves as a standard medium for a two-dimensional analysis of proteins, the gel having a density gradient along its height formed by a variation in gel composition, with the apparatus including first and second pumping means each including a plurality of pumps on a common shaft and driven by a stepping motor capable of providing small incremental changes in pump outputs for the gel ingredients, the motors being controlled, by digital signals from a digital computer, a hollow form or cassette for receiving the gel composition, means for transferring the gel composition including a filler tube extending near the bottom of the cassette, adjustable horizontal and vertical arms for automatically removing and relocating the filler tube in the next cassette, and a digital computer programmed to automatically control the stepping motors, arm movements, and associated sensing operations involving the filling operation.

  8. Gel electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries

    The electrochemical performance of gel electrolytes based on crosslinked poly[ethyleneoxide-co-2-(2-methoxyethyoxy)ethyl glycidyl ether-co-allyl glycidyl ether] was investigated using graphite/Li1.1[Ni1/3Mn1/3Co1/3]0.9O2 lithium-ion cells. It was found that the conductivity of the crosslinked gel electrolytes was as high as 5.9 mS/cm at room temperature, which is very similar to that of the conventional organic carbonate liquid electrolytes. Moreover, the capacity retention of lithium-ion cells comprising gel electrolytes was also similar to that of cells with conventional electrolytes. Despite of the high conductivity of the gel electrolytes, the rate capability of lithium-ion cells comprising gel electrolytes is inferior to that of the conventional cells. The difference was believed to be caused by the poor wettability of gel electrolytes on the electrode surfaces

  9. Characteristics of polyacrylamide gel with THPC and Turnbull Blue gel dosimeters evaluated using optical tomography

    The purpose of this study was to compare characteristics of radiochromic gel – Turnbull Blue gel (TB gel) with polymer gel – polyacrylamide gel and tetrakis hydroxymethyl phosphonium chloride (PAGAT) using optical tomography. Both types of gels were examined in terms of dose sensitivity, dose response linearity and background value of spectrophotometric absorbance. The calibration curve was obtained for 60Co irradiation performed on Gammacell 220 at predefined gamma dose levels between 0 and 140 Gy for TBG and 0–15 Gy for PAGAT. To measure relative dose distributions from stereotactic irradiation, dosimeters were irradiated on Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion. The cylindrical glass housings filled with gel were attached to the stereotactic frame. They were exposed with single shot and 16 mm collimator by 65 Gy to a 50% prescription isodose for TB gel and 4 Gy to a 50% prescription isodose for PAGAT. Evaluations of dosimeters were performed on an UV–vis Spectrophotometer Helios β and an optical cone beam homemade tomography scanner with a 16-bit astronomy CCD camera with a set of color filters. The advantages and potential disadvantages for both types of gel dosimeters were summarized. Dose distribution in central slice and measured profiles of 16 mm shot shows excellent correspondence with treatment planning system Leksell GammaPlan® for both PAGAT and Turnbull Blue gels. - highlights: • Gel dosimeters are suitable for steep dose gradient verification. • An optical tomography evaluation method is successful. • Dose response characteristics of TB gel and PAGAT gel are presented

  10. GEM printer: 3D gel printer for free shaping of functional gel engineering materials

    Furukawa, Hidemitsu; Muroi, Hisato; Yamamoto, Kouki; Serizawa, Ryo; Gong, Jin

    2013-04-01

    In the past decade, several high-strength gels have been developed. These gels are expected to use as a kind of new engineering materials in the fields of industry and medical as substitutes to polyester fibers, which are materials of artificial blood vessels. The gels have both low surface friction and well permeability due to a large amount of water absorbed in the gels, which are superiority of the gels compering to the polyester fibers. It is, however, difficult for gels to be forked structure or cavity structure by using cutting or mold. Consequently, it is necessary to develop the additive manufacturing device to synthesize and mode freely gels at the same time. Here we try to develop an optical 3D gel printer that enables gels to be shaped precisely and freely. For the free forming of high-strength gels, the 1st gels are ground to particles and mixed with 2nd pregel solution, and the mixed solution is gelled by the irradiation of UV laser beam through an optical fiber. The use of the optical fiber makes one-point UV irradiation possible. Since the optical fiber is controlled by 3D-CAD, the precise and free molding in XYZ directions is easily realized. We successfully synthesized tough gels using the gel printer.

  11. Characteristics of polyacrylamide gel with THPC and Turnbull Blue gel dosimeters evaluated using optical tomography

    Pilařová (Vávrů), Kateřina; Kozubíková, Petra; Šolc, Jaroslav; Spěváček, Václav

    2014-11-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare characteristics of radiochromic gel - Turnbull Blue gel (TB gel) with polymer gel - polyacrylamide gel and tetrakis hydroxymethyl phosphonium chloride (PAGAT) using optical tomography. Both types of gels were examined in terms of dose sensitivity, dose response linearity and background value of spectrophotometric absorbance. The calibration curve was obtained for 60Co irradiation performed on Gammacell 220 at predefined gamma dose levels between 0 and 140 Gy for TBG and 0-15 Gy for PAGAT. To measure relative dose distributions from stereotactic irradiation, dosimeters were irradiated on Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion. The cylindrical glass housings filled with gel were attached to the stereotactic frame. They were exposed with single shot and 16 mm collimator by 65 Gy to a 50% prescription isodose for TB gel and 4 Gy to a 50% prescription isodose for PAGAT. Evaluations of dosimeters were performed on an UV-vis Spectrophotometer Helios β and an optical cone beam homemade tomography scanner with a 16-bit astronomy CCD camera with a set of color filters. The advantages and potential disadvantages for both types of gel dosimeters were summarized. Dose distribution in central slice and measured profiles of 16 mm shot shows excellent correspondence with treatment planning system Leksell GammaPlan® for both PAGAT and Turnbull Blue gels. Gel dosimeters are suitable for steep dose gradient verification. An optical tomography evaluation method is successful. Dose response characteristics of TB gel and PAGAT gel are presented.

  12. Polymer gel electrolytes for lithium batteries

    The data on the most promising polymer gel electrolytes for lithium batteries published in the past decade are surveyed and described systematically. Gel electrolytes with matrices of polyethylene oxide, poly(vinylidene fluoride) and its copolymer with hexafluoropropylene, poly(methyl methacrylate), polyacrylonitrile, poly(vinyl chloride) and polyacrylates are discussed. A special section is devoted to gel electrolytes with ionic liquids as the solvents. The bibliography includes 160 references.

  13. Stabilized aqueous gels and uses thereof

    Swanson, B.L.

    1978-08-29

    New improved aqueous gels, and methods of using same in contacting subterranean formations, are provided. The gels are prepared by gelling an aqueous brine having incorporated therein a water-soluble cellulose ether such as a carboxymethylcellulose (CMC), and are rendered more stable to decomposition by incorporating a sulfoalkylated tannin stabilizing agent, such as a sulfomethylated quebracho (SMQ), in the gel during the preparation thereof.

  14. Low-Reynolds number swimming in gels

    Fu, Henry C.; Shenoy, Vivek B.; Powers, Thomas R.

    2010-01-01

    Many microorganisms swim through gels, materials with nonzero zero-frequency elastic shear modulus, such as mucus. Biological gels are typically heterogeneous, containing both a structural scaffold (network) and a fluid solvent. We analyze the swimming of an infinite sheet undergoing transverse traveling wave deformations in the "two-fluid" model of a gel, which treats the network and solvent as two coupled elastic and viscous continuum phases. We show that geometric nonlinearities must be in...

  15. Self-Pumping Active Gel

    Wu, Kun-Ta; Hishamunda, Jean Bernard; Fraden, Seth; Dogic, Zvonimir

    Isotropic active gels are the network which is consist of cross-linked building blocks and the structure of which changes randomly and isotropically with time. Dogic et. al. show that pairs of anti-parallel microtubules form extensile bundles, which merge, extend, and buckle. In an unconfined system, the dynamics of these bundles causes spontaneous turbulent-like flow driven by motion of microscopic molecular motors. We found that confining these active gels in a millimeter sized toroids causes a transition into a new dynamical state characterized by circulation currents persisting for hours until ATP is depleted. We show how toroid dimensions impact the properties of self-organized circular currents, how directions of circulation can be designed by engineering ratchet-shaped boundaries, and how circulations of connected toroids can be either synchronized or antisynchronized. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the flow rate in the circulation is independent of curvature and length of flow path. The flow rate persists for centimeters without decay, disregarding conventional pipe flow resistance. Such findings pave the path to self-pumping pipe transport and performing physical work with biological system.

  16. Gel nano-particulates against radioactivity

    The Argonne research center (USA) has developed a 'super-gel' compound, a polymer close to those used in baby's diapers, which can reach a 90% efficiency in the radioactive decontamination of porous materials, like bricks or concrete. The contaminated materials are sprayed with a mixture of polymer gel and wetting agent with nano-particulates in suspension. Under the action of the wetting agent, radioactivity migrates from the pores to the gel and is trapped by the nano-particulates. The drying and recycling of the gel allows to reduce the volume of radioactive wastes. Short paper. (J.S.)

  17. Structure of chitosan gels mineralized by sorption

    Modrzejewska, Z.; Skwarczyńska, A.; Douglas, T. E. L.; Biniaś, D.; Maniukiewicz, W.; Sielski, J.

    2015-10-01

    The paper presents the structural studies of mineralized chitosan hydrogels. Hydrogels produced by using sodium beta-glycerophosphate (Na-β-GP) as a neutralizing agent. Mineralization was performed method "post loading", which consisted in sorption to the gels structure Ca ions. In order to obtain - in the structure of gels - compounds similar to the hydroxyapatites present naturally in bone tissue, gels after sorption were modified in: pH 7 buffer and sodium hydrogen phosphate. In order to determine the structural properties of the gels, the following methods were used: infrared spectroscopy with Fourier transformation, FTIR, X-ray diffractometry, XRD, scanning electron microscopy, SEM.

  18. Ionic liquid based multifunctional double network gel

    Ahmed, Kumkum; Higashihara, Tomoya; Arafune, Hiroyuki; Kamijo, Toshio; Morinaga, Takashi; Sato, Takaya; Furukawa, Hidemitsu

    2015-04-01

    Gels are a promising class of soft and wet materials with diverse application in tissue engineering and bio-medical purpose. In order to accelerate the development of gels, it is required to synthesize multi-functional gels of high mechanical strength, ultra low surface friction and suitable elastic modulus with a variety of methods and new materials. Among many types of gel ionic gel made from ionic liquids (ILs) could be used for diverse applications in electrochemical devices and in the field of tribology. IL, a promising materials for lubrication, is a salt with a melting point lower than 100 C. As a lubricant, ILs are characterized by an extremely low vapor pressure, high thermal stability and high ion conductivity. In this work a novel approach of making double network DN ionic gel using IL has been made utilizing photo polymerization process. A hydrophobic monomer Methyl methacrylate (MMA) has been used as a first network and a hydrophobic IL monomer, N,N-diethyl-N-(2-mthacryloylethyl)-N-methylammonium bistrifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (DEMM-TFSI) has been used as a second network using photo initiator benzophenon and crosslinker triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA). The resulting DN ionic gel shows transparency, flexibility, high thermal stability, good mechanical toughness and low friction coefficient value which can be a potential candidate as a gel slider in different mechanical devices and can open a new area in the field of gel tribology.

  19. Conducting Polymer Electrodes for Gel Electrophoresis

    Bengtsson, Katarina; Nilsson, Sara; Robinson, Nathaniel D.

    2014-01-01

    In nearly all cases, electrophoresis in gels is driven via the electrolysis of water at the electrodes, where the process consumes water and produces electrochemical by-products. We have previously demonstrated that π-conjugated polymers such as poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) can be placed between traditional metal electrodes and an electrolyte to mitigate electrolysis in liquid (capillary electroosmosis/electrophoresis) systems. In this report, we extend our previous result to gel electrophoresis, and show that electrodes containing PEDOT can be used with a commercial polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis system with minimal impact to the resulting gel image or the ionic transport measured during a separation. PMID:24586761

  20. EPIDEMIOLOGIA DA INFECÇÃO PELO VÍRUS DA LEUCOSE ENZOÓTICA BOVINA (LEB

    José Wilton Pinheiro Junior

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to investigate the presence of anti-enzootic leucosis virus antibodies and also to identify the association between seropositivity and management variables for this infection in cattle in the State of Alagoas, Brazil. A total of 17 herds were examined, totaling 341 animals, distributed in eight counties. The antibody detection was performed by the technique of agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID, using the antigen constituted of lipids and proteins from bovine leukosis virus. From the 341 samples analyzed, 95 (27.8% were positive and the number of outbreaks was 12 (70.6%. Significant differences were observed for the variables: technical assistance (p<0.000, recent acquisition of animals (p=0.003, existence of maternity paddocks (p<0.000, and colostrum management (p<0.000. The enzootic bovine leukosis virus infection is present in the region studied and strict sanitary matters must be implemented to prevent spread of the virus, which will avoid losses in the cattle production chain.

  1. Three new serotypes of Rhodococcus equi in Prescott's serotyping system - Short communication.

    Makrai, László; Fodor, László; Hajtós, István; Varga, János; Dénes, Béla

    2015-09-01

    Three new serotypes were found among Rhodococcus equi strains, which could not be assigned into any of the seven serotypes of Prescott's system. Fortythree R. equi strains out of 44 previously nontypable ones isolated in Hungary could be allocated into one of the three new serotypes using the agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) test. The three new suggested serotypes are serotype 8 (proposed reference strain: HNCMB-138003), serotype 9 (proposed reference strain: HNCMB-138004) and serotype 10 (proposed reference strain: HNCMB-138005). Hyperimmune sera produced in rabbits against the new serotypes and reference strains gave precipitation only with their homologous antigens, and no crossreactions were observed. All of the previously nontypable isolates from clinical samples of horses (lung abscesses, intestinal lymph nodes, mediastinal lymph nodes) proved to be serotype 8, while strains of serotypes 8, 9 and 10 could be isolated from nasal and rectal swabs of horses and from the soil. Serotype 9 dominated among the previously nontypable strains of swine origin. One of the previously nontypable human strains was serotype 10. This serotype was also isolated from pigs, horses and the soil. The description of the three new serotypes can help us reveal new correlations between the host species, geographical origin and serotype of R. equi isolates. PMID:26551416

  2. Interspecific transmission of small ruminant lentiviruses from goats to sheep.

    Souza, Thiago S de; Pinheiro, Raymundo R; Costa, Joselito N; Lima, Carla C V de; Andrioli, Alice; Azevedo, Dalva A A de; Santos, Vanderlan W S dos; Araújo, Juscilânia F; Sousa, Ana Lídia M de; Pinheiro, Danielle N S; Fernandes, Flora M C; Costa Neto, Antonio O

    2015-01-01

    This study was conducted in order to evaluate the transmission of caprine lentivirus to sheep using different experimental groups. The first one (colostrum group) was formed by nine lambs receiving colostrum from goats positive for small ruminant lentiviruses (SRLV). The second group (milk group) was established by nine lambs that received milk of these goats. Third was a control group, consisting of lambs that suckled colostrum and milk of negative mothers. Another experimental group (contact group) was formed by eight adult sheep, confined with two naturally infected goats. The groups were monitored by immunoblotting (IB), enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) and nested polymerase chain reaction (nPCR). All lambs that suckled colostrum and milk of infected goats and six sheep of the contact group had positive results in the nPCR, although seroconversion was detected only in three of the exposed animals, with no clinical lentiviruses manifestation, in 720 days of observation. There was a close relationship between viral sequences obtained from infected animals and the prototype CAEV-Cork. Thus, it was concluded that SRLV can be transmitted from goats to sheep, however, the degree of adaptation of the virus strain to the host species probably interferes with the infection persistence and seroconversion rate. PMID:26413072

  3. Interspecific transmission of small ruminant lentiviruses from goats to sheep

    Thiago S. de Souza

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available This study was conducted in order to evaluate the transmission of caprine lentivirus to sheep using different experimental groups. The first one (colostrum group was formed by nine lambs receiving colostrum from goats positive for small ruminant lentiviruses (SRLV. The second group (milk group was established by nine lambs that received milk of these goats. Third was a control group, consisting of lambs that suckled colostrum and milk of negative mothers. Another experimental group (contact group was formed by eight adult sheep, confined with two naturally infected goats. The groups were monitored by immunoblotting (IB, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA, agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID and nested polymerase chain reaction (nPCR. All lambs that suckled colostrum and milk of infected goats and six sheep of the contact group had positive results in the nPCR, although seroconversion was detected only in three of the exposed animals, with no clinical lentiviruses manifestation, in 720 days of observation. There was a close relationship between viral sequences obtained from infected animals and the prototype CAEV-Cork. Thus, it was concluded that SRLV can be transmitted from goats to sheep, however, the degree of adaptation of the virus strain to the host species probably interferes with the infection persistence and seroconversion rate.

  4. Prevalence of Gumboro disease in vaccinated and non-vaccinated village chickens in Egypt

    In order to investigate the incidence of Gumboro disease virus (IBDV) in village poultry in Egypt, 3000 one-day-old Balady chicks were distributed to 60 householders keeping free- ranging chicken (traditional) with an average of 50 chicks/ household. These were put under observed from one-day-old until seventy days of age and visited once a week. On 30 of these household farms the one-day-old chicken were vaccinated before delivery with an intermediate IBDV strain while the chicken on the other 30 farms were not vaccinated. Fifteen of each vaccinated and unvaccinated householder farms had other avian species while the other fifteen of each vaccinated and unvaccinated householders had not. The clinical symptoms, post-mortem and serological results using the Agar Gel Immuno-diffusion test (AGID) revealed that Gumboro disease is one of the most important diseases in rural chicken. Mortality rates were very high (5-32%) and decreasing body weights due to IBDV infection were significant, especially in chicken reared with other avian species. Results from the survey showed the significant efficacy of IBDV classical vaccine in one day old chicken. It showed a decrease in mortality and an increase in body weight gain on vaccinated farms independent whether they were kept with other avian species. Vaccination programs to control Gumboro disease would be an advantage in traditional poultry farms. (author)

  5. An Epidemiological Situation of an Animal Brucellosis in Mongolia

    S. Nyamdorj

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Brucellosis, which is caused by Brucella spp., infects domestic and wild animals worldwide, as well as humans who have contact with infected animals or contaminated dairy products. In present-day epidemiological situation in Mongolia is not quiet, especially, zoonoses such us brucellosis have been broadly spreaded.Recently, we developed agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID test with polysaccharide (Poly-B antigen and an indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (i-ELISA using soluble antigen extracted from B. abortus 544 by n-lauroylsarcosine (sarcosine extracts and these tests could be used to differentiate naturally infected animals from vaccinated and Y. enterocolitica O9-infected ones; this assay simply and specifically diagnoses brucellosis. To validate the method in the field and to test the effectiveness of the vaccination program in Mongolia, a serological survey of brucellosis in nomadic animal husbandry in Mongolia was performed in 2010 and 2011. In this study had been determined an animal brucellosis prevalence in Arkhangai and Khovd aimag. The result showed that 1.25% and 0.4% of cattle and 0.04 % and 0.01% of small ruminants were positive for brucellosis in Arkhangai and Khovd aimag respectively.These results showed that B.abortus 159 N5R can be used as an alternative vaccine against bovine brucellosis.

  6. EIAV Effectiveness Detection by Nested PCR Comparing two Different Samples: PBMCs and Bronchoalveolar Wash

    Elizangela M.D. Santos

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA is a chronic, relapsing infectious disease of horses caused by Equine Infectious Anemia Virus (EIAV. The objective of this experiment was compared EIAV effectiveness detection in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (PBMCs and Bronchoalveolar wash (BAW from naturally infected horses. Approach: Fifty seven DNA samples isolated from PBMCs and BAW of naturally infected animals were used for a nested PCR amplifying a 408 bp gag gene fragment region. Equine Dermal cells (ED infected and non infected by EIAV was used as nested PCR negative and positive control. Horses? blood samples were firstly tested as positive in Agar Gel Immunodiffusion Assay (AGID. Results: Results demonstrated 89% (51/57 of gag gene amplification in PBMCs samples and only 47% (27/57 of gag gene amplification in BAW samples. Conclusion: The nested PCR assay used in the present study detected more EIAV positive samples in PBMC than in BAW, indicating PBMCs as a reliable source for EIAV diagnosis.

  7. Heparin modulates the organization of hydrated collagen gels and inhibits gel contraction by fibroblasts

    1987-01-01

    We studied the effects of extracellular matrix components on fibroblast contraction of hydrated collagen gels. After 4-h incubations, heparin- containing collagen gels contracted only 10% compared with 50% contraction of control gels. Contraction was not affected by hyaluronic acid, dermatan sulfate, or fibronectin, implying that the activity of heparin was specific. The possibility that heparin inhibited attachment of the cells to the gels was ruled out. Also, addition of heparin to the incu...

  8. Stacking gels: A method for maximising output for pulsed-field gel electrophoresis

    Heng See

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE, the gold standard of molecular typing methods, has a major disadvantage of an unusually long electrophoretic time. From the original protocol of 6 days, it was modified to 3 days and subsequently to a single day. We describe the procedure of stacking five to six gels one on top of another in order to increase and maximize the output in a shorter time without compromising the resolution and reproducibility. All the variables that affect pulsed field gels during electrophoresis were taken into consideration. We firstly optimized the parameters to be used and secondly determined whether stacking of five to six gels had any effect on the molecular separation during electrophoresis in comparison with a single gel run. DNA preparation, restriction, electrophoresis, staining and gel documentation was carried out based on previously published methods. Gels were analysed using BioNumerics and dice coefficient and unweighted pair group methods were used to generate dendrograms based on 1.5% tolerance values. Identical band profiles and band resolution-separation were seen in the PFGE patterns with single gel and multiple stacking gels. Cluster analysis further strengthened the fact that results from stacking gels were reproducible and comparable with a single gel run. This method of stacking gels saves time and maximizes the output at the same time. The run time for a single gel was about 28 hours, but with six stacked gels the run time was 54 hours compared with 28 x 6 = 168 hours if they were run separately as single gels thus saving time of 67.86%. Beside the big factor of saving time, stacking gels save resources (electricity, reagents, water, chemicals and working time by increasing the sample throughput in a shorter time without compromising on quality of data. But optimization of working parameters is vital depending on the PFGE system used.

  9. Topological characteristics of model gels

    The Euler characteristic of an object is a topological invariant determined by the number of handles and holes that it contains. Here, we use the Euler characteristic to profile the topology of model three-dimensional gel-forming fluids as a function of increasing length scale. These profiles act as a 'topological fingerprint' of the structure, and can be interpreted in terms of three types of topological events. As model fluids we have considered a system of dipolar dumbbells, and suspensions of adhesive hard spheres with isotropic and patchy interactions in turn. The correlation between the percolation threshold and the length scale on which the Euler characteristic passes through zero is examined and found to be system-dependent. A scheme for the efficient calculation of the Euler characteristic with and without periodic boundary conditions is described.

  10. Chitosan: Gels and Interfacial Properties

    Julie Nilsen-Nygaard

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Chitosan is a unique biopolymer in the respect that it is abundant, cationic, low-toxic, non-immunogenic and biodegradable. The relative occurrence of the two monomeric building units (N-acetyl-glucosamine and d-glucosamine is crucial to whether chitosan is predominantly an ampholyte or predominantly a polyelectrolyte at acidic pH-values. The chemical composition is not only crucial to its surface activity properties, but also to whether and why chitosan can undergo a sol–gel transition. This review gives an overview of chitosan hydrogels and their biomedical applications, e.g., in tissue engineering and drug delivery, as well as the chitosan’s surface activity and its role in emulsion formation, stabilization and destabilization. Previously unpublished original data where chitosan acts as an emulsifier and flocculant are presented and discussed, showing that highly-acetylated chitosans can act both as an emulsifier and as a flocculant.

  11. Radiation sensitive polymer gel dosimeters

    Full text: Radiation sensitive gels are studied for their potential to retain a permanent 3D dose distribution for applications in radiotherapy. Co-monomers dissolved in a tissue-equivalent hydrogel undergo a polymerization reaction upon absorption of ionizing radiation. The polymer formed influences the local spin-spin relaxation time (T2) of the dosimeter that can be determined using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The relationship between T2 and the absorbed dose was studied for different initial chemical compositions. The aim was to find a model linking the changes in T2 with absorbed dose to the initial composition of the dosimeter. It is believed this will help designing new gel dosimeters having desired properties to minimize the uncertainty in the determination of the dose distribution. 1H, 13C nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and FT-Raman spectroscopy were used to quantify the amount of monomers still remaining after the absorption of a given dose of radiation. This data is used to model the changes of T2 as a function of the absorbed dose. A model of fast exchange of magnetization between three proton pools was used, where the fraction of protons (fxH ) in the xth pool is obtained from the chemical composition of the dosimeter and the apparent T2 of each pool is determined for a given composition. Initially, the protons are contained in two pools; a mobile (mob), which contains the water protons and the monomers protons, and a gelatin (gela) proton pool. The mobile pool is partially depleted as polymer is formed, the protons are transferred into the polymer (pol) pool. In the figure, the experimental data along with the calculated values are plotted for three different monomer concentrations, with the gelatin concentration fixed. The model is seen to provide a good fit to the experimental data

  12. Chain Release Behavior of Gellan Gels

    Hossain, Khandker S.; Nishinari, Katsuyoshi

    The chain release behavior from gellan gels was studied by immersing the gel into water and monitoring the mass loss as a function of time. Concentration of released gellan in the external solution was determined for gels of different sizes using phenol-sulfuric acid method. The chain release process became faster with increasing total surface area and volume. However the concentration of released chain normalized by surface area and volume suggests that the chain release itself is governed not only by the ionic effect and the amount of unassociated chains in gel but other factors such as osmotic pressure may play an important role on the chain release from the gels. The diffusion coefficient was estimated from the chain release process which is in the same order of magnitude reported for an isolated gellan chain by light scattering. Rheological measurements also suggest that the unassociated gellan chains are released out when immersed in pure water while unassociated chains are restricted to release out when immersed in salt solution due to the intrusion of cations which is responsible for further association of the unassociated gellan chains being in agreement with the previously published results. The elastic modulus of gels was increased by immersion of gels in water and in salt solutions, which can be attributed as the stiffening of network chains due to gel swelling and the conversion from free and unassociated chains into network chains, respectively, leading to an increase in elastic modulus with time.

  13. Screening effect on nanostructure of charged gel

    Sugiyama, M; Annaka, M; Hino, M; Fukonaga, T; Vigild, Martin Etchells; Hara, K

    Charge screening effects on nanostructures of N-isopropylacrylamide-sodium acrylate (NIPA-SA) and -acrylic acid (NIPA-AAc) gels are investigated with small-angle neutron scattering. The NIPA-SA and NIPA-AAc gels with low water content exhibit microphase separations with different dimensions. The...

  14. Cracking silica gels for surface decontamination

    Two types of silica based gels, oxidising and non-oxidising, have been developed and investigated for decontamination of fixed α, β, and γ contamination from contaminated surfaces of glove boxes, PVC floors, fume hood glass doors. Ceric ammonium nitrate dissolved in nitric acid was used as oxidant in oxidising gel. In non-oxidising gel, water soluble reagent; tetra ethyl diglycolamide (TEDGA) in nitric acid was used as complexing agent. Silica gel and PEG-400 was base material in both the cases. The gels were brushed on a stainless steel surface, on drying; these gels crack to yield flakes that were easily scrubbed from the surfaces. The flakes, concentrated in activity, was immobilised in cement for storage. Studies were carried out to investigate the effect of concentrations of oxidant, TEDGA and nitric acid for effective decontamination. Oxidising gels with 0.75 M Ce (IV) and 1 M Nitric acid have shown a maximum DF of 90 for fixed Pu contaminated SS surface. Non-oxidising gel showed a DF of 7 for similar surfaces with 0.075 M TEDGA, 1 M nitric acid and 1 M phosphoric acid. (author)

  15. Generation of inkjet drop of particulate gel

    Yoo, Hansol; Kim, Chongyoup

    2015-08-01

    The generation of inkjet drops of colloidal gels is studied experimentally. Particle suspensions are prepared by dispersing spherical polystyrene particles of 620 nm in the 1:1 mixture of deionized water and ethylene glycol. The gels are prepared by adding polyethylene oxide to the suspensions by inducing the depletion interaction between particles. It is demonstrated that inkjet drops can be generated by using the colloidal gels. It is found that the ligament extended from the inkjet nozzle is stabilized so that the drop can be generated without satellite droplets behind the main drop and the velocity of the gel drop is faster than that of the polymer solution at the same concentration. The gel drop generation characteristics are found to be sensitive to input voltage.

  16. Calcium Impact on Milk Gels Formation

    Koutina, Glykeria

    milk gels with unique and dense gel structure and with little seperation of whey due to participation of calcium to the final gel structure. On the other hand, the combination of heat treatment and calcium addition to milk with pH values lower than 5.6 will still produce gel structures which are...... acknowledgement. The presence of calcium in a dynamic equilibrium between the serum and the micellar milk phase make the distribution susceptible to certain physicochemical conditions and to technological treatments of milk resulting in fluctuations in pH and temperature and also sensitive to addition of calcium...... consideration when designing new enriched dairy products. Calcium gels can be produced by addition of a calcium salt and heat treatment at temperatures higher than 70 oC for several minutes. The combination of heat treatment and calcium addition to milk with pH values between 6.6 and 5.6, will produce calcium...

  17. Intelligent gels and cryogels with entrapped emulsions.

    Komarova, Galina A; Starodubtsev, Sergey G; Lozinsky, Vladimir I; Kalinina, Elena V; Landfester, Katharina; Khokhlov, Alexei R

    2008-05-01

    Smart thermoresponsive gels and cryogels with incorporated emulsions have been synthesized and studied. The gels were obtained by three-dimensional copolymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide and N,N'-methylene-bis-acrylamide or N,N'-bis(acryloyl)cystamine in the presence of dispersion of tetradecane stabilized with sodium dodecylsulfate. Polymerization was performed at room temperature and below the water crystallization temperature. Both composite gels and cryogels were capable of heat-induced collapse. The extent of the collapse of the composite gel prepared at room temperature was much smaller and without squeezing of the lipophilic phase out of the shrunk composite gel. In contrast, shrinking of the composite cryogel was accompanied by release of tetradecane emulsion. PMID:18386880

  18. Radiological properties of normoxic polymer gel dosimeters

    The radiological properties of the normoxic polymer gel dosimeters MAGIC, MAGAS, and MAGAT [methacrylic and ascorbic acid in gelatin initiated by copper; methacrylic acid gelatine gel with ascorbic acid; and methacrylic acid gelatine and tetrakis (hydroxymethyl) phosphonium chloride, respectively] have been investigated. The radiological water equivalence was determined by comparing the polymer gel macroscopic photon and electron interaction cross sections over the energy range from 10 keV to 20 MeV and by Monte Carlo modeling of depth doses. Normoxic polymer gel dosimeters have a high gelatine and monomer concentration and therefore mass density (kg m-3) up to 3.8% higher than water. This results in differences between the cross-section ratios of the normoxic polymer gels and water of up to 3% for the attenuation, energy absorption, and collision stopping power coefficient ratios through the Compton dominant energy range. The mass cross-section ratios were within 2% of water except for the mass attenuation and energy absorption coefficients ratios, which showed differences with water of up to 6% for energies less than 100 keV. Monte Carlo modeling was undertaken for the polymer gel dosimeters to model the electron and photon transport resulting from a 6 MV photon beam. The absolute percentage differences between gel and water were within 1% and the relative percentage differences were within 3.5%. The results show that the MAGAT gel formulation is the most radiological water equivalent of the normoxic polymer gel dosimeters investigated due to its lower mass density measurement compared with MAGAS and MAGIC gels

  19. Moisture Transport in Silica Gel Particle Beds: I. Theoretical Study

    Pesaran, A. A.; Mills, A. F.

    1986-08-01

    Diffusion mechanisms of moisture within silica gel particles are investigated. It is found that for microporous silica gel surface diffusion is the dominant mechanism of moisture transport, while for macroporous silica gel both Knudsen and surface diffusion are important.

  20. Ionic liquid gel materials: applications in green and sustainable chemistry

    Marr, Patricia C.; Marr, Andrew C.

    2016-01-01

    Ionic liquid gel materials offer a way to further utilise ionic liquids in technological applications. Combining the controlled and directed assembly of gels, with the diverse applications of ionic liquids, enables the design of a heady combination of functional tailored materials, leading to the development of task specific / functional ionic liquid gels. This review introduces gels and gel classification, focusing on ionic liquid gels and their potential roles in a more sustainable future. ...

  1. Sol-Gel Manufactured Energetic Materials

    Simpson, Randall L.; Lee, Ronald S.; Tillotson, Thomas M.; Hrubesh, Lawrence W.; Swansiger, Rosalind W.; Fox, Glenn A.

    2005-05-17

    Sol-gel chemistry is used for the preparation of energetic materials (explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics) with improved homogeneity, and/or which can be cast to near-net shape, and/or made into precision molding powders. The sol-gel method is a synthetic chemical process where reactive monomers are mixed into a solution, polymerization occurs leading to a highly cross-linked three dimensional solid network resulting in a gel. The energetic materials can be incorporated during the formation of the solution or during the gel stage of the process. The composition, pore, and primary particle sizes, gel time, surface areas, and density may be tailored and controlled by the solution chemistry. The gel is then dried using supercritical extraction to produce a highly porous low density aerogel or by controlled slow evaporation to produce a xerogel. Applying stress during the extraction phase can result in high density materials. Thus, the sol-gel method can be used for precision detonator explosive manufacturing as well as producing precision explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics, along with high power composite energetic materials.

  2. Halogen-bonding-triggered supramolecular gel formation

    Meazza, Lorenzo; Foster, Jonathan A.; Fucke, Katharina; Metrangolo, Pierangelo; Resnati, Giuseppe; Steed, Jonathan W.

    2013-01-01

    Supramolecular gels are topical soft materials involving the reversible formation of fibrous aggregates using non-covalent interactions. There is significant interest in controlling the properties of such materials by the formation of multicomponent systems, which exhibit non-additive properties emerging from interaction of the components. The use of hydrogen bonding to assemble supramolecular gels in organic solvents is well established. In contrast, the use of halogen bonding to trigger supramolecular gel formation in a two-component gel (‘co-gel’) is essentially unexplored, and forms the basis for this study. Here, we show that halogen bonding between a pyridyl substituent in a bis(pyridyl urea) and 1,4-diiodotetrafluorobenzene brings about gelation, even in polar media such as aqueous methanol and aqueous dimethylsulfoxide. This demonstrates that halogen bonding is sufficiently strong to interfere with competing gel-inhibitory interactions and create a ‘tipping point’ in gel assembly. Using this concept, we have prepared a halogen bond donor bis(urea) gelator that forms co-gels with halogen bond acceptors.

  3. Sol-gel bonding of silicon wafers

    Sol-gel bonds have been produced between smooth, clean silicon substrates by spin-coating solutions containing partially hydrolysed silicon alkoxides. The two coated substrates were assembled and the resulting sandwich fired at temperatures ranging from 60 to 600 deg. C. The sol-gel coatings were characterised using attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, ellipsometry, and atomic force microscopy, while the corresponding bonded specimens were investigated using scanning electron microscopy and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy. Mechanical properties were characterised using both microindentation and tensile testing. Bonding of silicon wafers has been successfully achieved at temperatures as low as 60 deg. C. At 300 deg. C, the interfacial fracture energy was 1.55 J/m2. At 600 deg. C, sol-gel bonding provided superior interfacial fracture energy over classical hydrophilic bonding (3.4 J/m2 vs. 1.5 J/m2). The increase in the interfacial fracture energy is related to the increase in film density due to the sintering of the sol-gel interface with increasing temperature. The superior interfacial fracture energy obtained by sol-gel bonding at low temperature is due to the formation of an interfacial layer, which chemically bonds the two sol-gel coatings on each wafer. Application of a tensile stress on the resulting bond leads to fracture of the samples at the silicon/sol-gel interface

  4. Critical behavior of modulus of gel

    Tokita, Masayuki; Niki, Ryoya; Hikichi, Kunio

    1985-09-01

    The critical behavior of the shear modulus of casein gel is studied. The shear modulus of casein gel scales with the conductivity exponent in the immediate vicinity of the sol-gel transition point. The asymptotic behavior of the modulus in the region far above the transition point is governed by a different exponent which is much larger than the conductivity exponent. These results are explainable by the crossover behavior of the percolation process. This study shows that the gelation of the casein micelle solution is a realization of the percolation process.

  5. Pulsed field gel electrophoresis a practical guide

    Birren, Bruce

    2014-01-01

    Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis: A Practical Guide is the first laboratory manual to describe the theory and practice of this technique. Based on the authors' experience developing pulsed field gel instruments and teaching procedures, this book provides everything a researcher or student needs to know in order to understand and carry out pulsed field gel experiments. Clear, well-tested protocols assume only that users have a basic familiarity with molecular biology. Thorough coverage of useful data, theory, and applications ensures that this book is also a lasting resource for more adv

  6. Sorption of uranyl ions on alumosilicate gels

    Sorption of uranyl ions on alumosilicate gels from 0.09 mol/l KCl solutions is studied experimentally. It is established that alumosilicate gels may sorbate considerable quantities of uranyl ions and efficiency of their sorption increases when acidity of solutions decreases. Presence of dissolved carbonates does not effect substantially on uranium adsorption in spite of well-known uranyl ions ability to form strong carbonate complexes. High efficiency of uranyl ions sorption permits to use alumosilicate gels in creation of artificial geochemical barriers for underground water protection from uranium

  7. Reusable gels for germanium-68 sources

    Two water-soluble gels, gelatin and Carbowax, were mixed with radioactive 68Ge solutions and evaluated for their use as long-lived (half-life, 280 days) radioactive sources. These gels melt at 40-50oC and solidify at room temperature. The amount of 68Ge mixed with them can be increased or decreased as needed, eliminating waste of 68Ge. These gel sources also may replace short-lived 68Ga (half-life 68 min) as attenuation correction sources in positron emission tomography (PET) and reduce frequency of source preparation, thus reducing exposure of PET operators to radiation. (author)

  8. Energy dependence of Fricke-xylenol orange gel and gel based on Turnbull blue for low-energy photons

    The paper describes the energy dependence of two types of radiochromic gels, a Fricke-xylenol orange gel (FX gel) and a gel based on Turnbull blue (TB gel), on low energy photons between 14 and 145 keV. Gel samples were irradiated at reference photon fields at the Czech Metrology Institute and evaluated by two independent optical methods. Measurements revealed that the response of the TB gel is independent on photon energy down to at least 14 keV photons, while the FX gel is energy dependent for photons below roughly 50 keV

  9. Manual control of catalytic reactions: Reactions by an apoenzyme gel and a cofactor gel

    Kobayashi, Yuichiro; Takashima, Yoshinori; Hashidzume, Akihito; Yamaguchi, Hiroyasu; Harada, Akira

    2015-11-01

    Enzymes play a vital role in catalysing almost all chemical reactions that occur in biological systems. Some enzymes must form complexes with non-protein molecules called cofactors to express catalytic activities. Although the control of catalytic reactions via apoenzymecofactor complexes has attracted significant attention, the reports have been limited to the microscale. Here, we report a system to express catalytic activity by adhesion of an apoenzyme gel and a cofactor gel. The apoenzyme and cofactor gels act as catalysts when they form a gel assembly, but they lose catalytic ability upon manual dissociation. We successfully construct a system with switchable catalytic activity via adhesion and separation of the apoenzyme gel with the cofactor gel. We expect that this methodology can be applied to regulate the functional activities of enzymes that bear cofactors in their active sites, such as the oxygen transport of haemoglobin or myoglobin and the electron transport of cytochromes.

  10. Optical analysis of gel dosimeters: Comparison of Fricke and normoxic polymer gels

    Gambarini, G. [Department of Physics of University, Milan (Italy); National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), Milan (Italy)], E-mail: grazia.gambarini@mi.infn.it; Carrara, M. [Department of Physics of University, Milan (Italy); Department of Physics, National Cancer Institute of Milan (Italy); Mariani, M. [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Polytechnic of Milan (Italy); Pirola, L. [Department of Physics of University, Milan (Italy); Tomatis, S. [Department of Physics, National Cancer Institute of Milan (Italy); Valente, M. [Department of Physics of University, Milan (Italy); National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), Milan (Italy); Vanossi, E. [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Polytechnic of Milan (Italy); National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), Milan (Italy)

    2007-10-15

    The dosimetry method based on optical analysis of gel layers has been experienced utilising both Fricke and polymer (normoxic) gels. The aim of the work was that of investigating the potentiality of a normoxic polymer gel and of performing a further verification of the reliability of Fricke gel dosimeters. Optical absorbance was measured, both with a spectrophotometer and by imaging light transmittance detected with a CCD camera. The results of the study of sensitivity, linearity of the response and reproducibility of the polymer gel dosimeter have shown acceptable performances, except for doses below 2 Gy. The linearity range extends up to 20 Gy. On the other side, dose images and profiles have shown noticeable differences when compared to those calculated or measured with ionisation chambers or Fricke gel dosimeters. Such Fricke dosimeters have given further confirmation of their reliability.

  11. Buckling of paramagnetic chains in soft gels

    Huang, Shilin; Pessot, Giorgio; Cremer, Peet; Weeber, Rudolf; Holm, Christian; Nowak, Johannes; Odenbach, Stefan; Menzel, Andreas M.; Auernhammer, Gnter K.

    We study the magneto-elastic coupling behavior of paramagnetic chains in soft polymer gels exposed to external magnetic fields. To this end, a laser scanning confocal microscope is used to observe the morphology of the paramagnetic chains together with the deformation field of the surrounding gel network. The paramagnetic chains in soft polymer gels show rich morphological shape changes under oblique magnetic fields, in particular a pronounced buckling deformation. The details of the resulting morphological shapes depend on the length of the chain, the strength of the external magnetic field, and the modulus of the gel. Based on the observation that the magnetic chains are strongly coupled to the surrounding polymer network, a simplified model is developed to describe their buckling behavior. A coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation model featuring an increased matrix stiffness on the surfaces of the particles leads to morphologies in agreement with the experimentally observed buckling effects.

  12. Preparation of zirconium molybdate gel generator

    A procedure for preparation of 99mTc generator based on conversion to zirconium molybdate gel of 99Mo produced by neutron activation was reported. The gel was prepared from zirconium oxychloride solution pH 1.6, ammonium molybdate solution pH 3-5 and mole ratio of Zr:Mo 1:1 which had water content about 7-8%. Small generators containing 1-1.5 g of gel were eluted with average efficiencies of 77% and the activity peak in the first 3 ml of 10 ml of saline solution. The amount of Mo and Zr in eluates were below the acceptance limit. The gel generators of activity about 100 mCi were prepared and had the good performance in elutability and stability

  13. Radiation protection on polysaccharide solutions and gels

    The effects of ionizing radiation on solutions of (1) sodium alginate, (2) alginate gels (wet and dry), (3) xanthan glum, (4), locust bean gum (LBG) and (5) carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), have been investigated. Problems arise in the radiation sterilization of these gums (either as a solution or gel) due to reduction in their viscosity and the gel strength, caused by the high doses (25kGy) commonly used for the purpose of sterilization. The alginates used here were manugel DMB, manugel DPB and manucol DMF. The irradiations were carried out using 60Co-γ-source and the gels and solutions were analysed by measurement of their apparent viscosities using a Brookfield viscometer L.V.T. (author)

  14. Magnetic Hyperthermia in ferrofluid-gel composites

    Nemala, Humeshkar; Wadehra, Anshu; Dixit, Ambesh; Regmi, Rajesh; Vaishnava, Prem; Lawes, Gavin; Naik, Ratna

    2012-02-01

    Magnetic hyperthermia is the generation of heat by an external magnetic field using superparamagnetic nanoparticles. However, there are still questions concerning magnetic hyperthermia in tissue; in particular the confinement of the nanoparticles at mesoscopic scales. We used Agarose and Alginate gels as models for human tissue and embedded magnetic nanoparticles in them. We report the synthesis and characterization of dextran coated iron oxide (Fe3O4) nanoparticles. Characterization of these nanoparticles was done using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, magnetometry, and hyperthermia measurements. Temperature dependent susceptibility measurements reveal a sharp anomaly in the ferrofluid sample at the freezing temperature. This is conspicuously absent in the ferrofluid-gel composites. Heat generation studies on these superparamagnetic gel-composites revealed a larger heat production in the ferrofluids(4W/g) as compared to the gels(1W/g), which we attribute to a reduction in Brownian relaxation for the nanoparticles embedded in Agarose and Alginate.

  15. Sol-gel antireflective coating on plastics

    Ashley, Carol S.; Reed, Scott T.

    1990-01-01

    An antireflection film made from a reliquified sol-gel hydrolyzation, condensation polymeric reaction product of a silicon, alkoxides and/or metal alkoxides, or mixtures thereof. The film is particularly useful for coating plastics.

  16. K-Basin gel formation studies

    Beck, M.A.

    1998-07-23

    A key part of the proposed waste treatment for K Basin sludge is the elimination of reactive uranium metal by dissolution in nitric acid (Fkirnent, 1998). It has been found (Delegard, 1998a) that upon nitric acid dissolution of the sludge, a gel sometimes forms. Gels are known to sometimes impair solid/liquid separation and/or material transfer. The purpose of the work reported here is to determine the cause(s) of the gel formation and to determine operating parameters for the sludge dissolution that avoid formation of gel. This work and related work were planned in (Fkunent, 1998), (Jewett, 1998) and (Beck, 1998a). This report describes the results of the tests in (Beck, 1998a) with non-radioactive surrogates.

  17. K-Basin gel formation studies

    A key part of the proposed waste treatment for K Basin sludge is the elimination of reactive uranium metal by dissolution in nitric acid (Fkirnent, 1998). It has been found (Delegard, 1998a) that upon nitric acid dissolution of the sludge, a gel sometimes forms. Gels are known to sometimes impair solid/liquid separation and/or material transfer. The purpose of the work reported here is to determine the cause(s) of the gel formation and to determine operating parameters for the sludge dissolution that avoid formation of gel. This work and related work were planned in (Fkunent, 1998), (Jewett, 1998) and (Beck, 1998a). This report describes the results of the tests in (Beck, 1998a) with non-radioactive surrogates

  18. Essential characteristics of polymer gel dosimeters

    Deene, Y de [MR department (-1K12), Ghent University Hospital, De Pintelaan 185, 9000 Gent (Belgium)

    2004-01-01

    For a physical measurement instrument different requirements have to be fulfilled such as its insensitivity to uncontrollable environmental parameters and its stability. On the other hand, in order to meet an assigned accuracy, all measurement instruments should be operated in an approved manner. Polymer gel dosimeters are unique in their kind as they are able to integrate the dose in three dimensions and can be shaped in a humanoid form. In this paper, we focus on different characteristics that determine the accuracy of polymer gel dosimeters from the point-of-view of their use as 3D dosimeters in radiotherapy. It is shown that the accuracy is highly dependent on the composition of polymer gel. The comparison of the radiological characteristics may help in understanding the underlying mechanisms of the polymer gel dosimeters and in optimizing the chemical composition in terms of both dose and spatial accuracy.

  19. Procedure to prepare transparent silica gels

    Barber, Patrick G. (Inventor); Simpson, Norman R. (Inventor)

    1987-01-01

    This invention relates to the production of silica gels and in particular to a process for the preparation of silica gels which can be used as a crystal growth medium that simulates the convectionless environment of space to produce structurally perfect crystals. Modern utilizations of substances in electronics, such as radio transmitters and high frequency microphones, often require single crystals with controlled purity and structural perfection. The near convectionless environment of silica gel suppresses nucleation, thereby reducing the competitive nature of crystal growth. This competition limits the size and perfection of the crystal; and it is obviously desirable to suppress nucleation until, ideally, only one crystal grows in a predetermined location. A silica gel is not a completely convectionless environment like outer space, but is the closest known environment to that of outer space that can be created on Earth.

  20. Thixotropic corrosive gels for nuclear decontamination

    The aim of this thesis was the development of corrosive gels for metallic surface decontamination. These gels formulation, based on a powerful oxidant (the cerium IV), the nitric acid, a mineral charge (silica) and a non ionic surface-active, has been developed according to the specific constraints of the nuclear industry. The objective was to prepare thixotropic gels becoming liquid after shacking to allow an easy pulverization and coming again solid to permit a perfect adhesion on the metallic surface. This rheological study of the gels has been completed by an evaluation of their corrosive properties. The last part of the work presents an industrial utilization during two years. (A.L.B.)

  1. Maize Arabinoxylan Gels as Protein Delivery Matrices

    Ana Luisa Martínez-López

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available The laccase induced gelation of maize bran arabinoxylans at 2.5% (w/v in the presence of insulin or β-lactoglobulin at 0.1% (w/v was investigated. Insulin and β-lacto-globulin did not modify either the gel elasticity (9 Pa or the cross-links content (0.03 and 0.015 mg di- and triferulic acids/mg arabinoxylan, respectively. The protein release capability of the gel was also investigated. The rate of protein release from gels was dependent on the protein molecular weight. The apparent diffusion coefficient was 0.99 × 10-7 and 0.79 × 10-7 cm2/s for insulin (5 kDa and β-lactoglobulin (18 kDa, respectively. The results suggest that maize bran arabinoxylan gels can be potential candidates for the controlled release of proteins.

  2. Fricke xylenol gel energy dependence

    Costa, Rosangela T.; Moreira, Marcos V.; Almeida, Adelaide de, E-mail: dalmeida@ffclrp.usp.b, E-mail: marcos_vasques@yahoo.com.b [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciencias e Letras. Dept. de Fisica e Matematica

    2009-07-01

    The advancement of technology has increasingly use the of ionizing radiation mainly in the areas of medicine, industry and research. The development of instruments and methods for an effective performance for detection and measurement of each radiation area was crucial. The literature have demonstrated the effectiveness of the Fricke Xylenol Gel (FXG) as an adequate chemical sensor to be used for dosimetry, once its effective atomic number and density are near to those of the soft tissue. The use of photon beams for therapeutic purpose requires knowledge of their characteristics that can vary for each equipment. Therefore, is important to know all parameters involved for the patient irradiation as the total geometry involved, type of radiation, target material composition and beam energy, that have to be taken into account in the beam dosimetry for the treatment success being the energy parameter is one of the most important. This work was developed to study the energetic dependence of the FXG dosimeter. This chemical solution is made with gelatine 300 Bloom, ferrous ammonium sulfate, xylenol orange, sulfuric acid and Milli-Q water and is based on the Fe{sup +2} oxidation to Fe{sup +3}, due to the ionizing radiation leading to the xylenol orange - ferric complex formation, that is linear depend on the absorbed dose. The FXG samples were irradiated with photons of different energies and the absorbance measurements were done with the spectrophotometric technique at the 585 nm, FXG highest absorption peak. The energetic dependence results presented a stronger dependence for low energies and almost independence for high energies, as expected by the interaction of radiation with matter. (author)

  3. Fricke xylenol gel energy dependence

    The advancement of technology has increasingly use the of ionizing radiation mainly in the areas of medicine, industry and research. The development of instruments and methods for an effective performance for detection and measurement of each radiation area was crucial. The literature have demonstrated the effectiveness of the Fricke Xylenol Gel (FXG) as an adequate chemical sensor to be used for dosimetry, once its effective atomic number and density are near to those of the soft tissue. The use of photon beams for therapeutic purpose requires knowledge of their characteristics that can vary for each equipment. Therefore, is important to know all parameters involved for the patient irradiation as the total geometry involved, type of radiation, target material composition and beam energy, that have to be taken into account in the beam dosimetry for the treatment success being the energy parameter is one of the most important. This work was developed to study the energetic dependence of the FXG dosimeter. This chemical solution is made with gelatine 300 Bloom, ferrous ammonium sulfate, xylenol orange, sulfuric acid and Milli-Q water and is based on the Fe+2 oxidation to Fe+3, due to the ionizing radiation leading to the xylenol orange - ferric complex formation, that is linear depend on the absorbed dose. The FXG samples were irradiated with photons of different energies and the absorbance measurements were done with the spectrophotometric technique at the 585 nm, FXG highest absorption peak. The energetic dependence results presented a stronger dependence for low energies and almost independence for high energies, as expected by the interaction of radiation with matter. (author)

  4. Tridimensional dosimetry using MAGIC gel with formaldehyde; Dosimetria tridimensional usando gel MAGIC com formaldeido

    Pavoni, Juliana F.; Baffa, Oswaldo [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciencias e Letras. Dept. de Fisica e Matematica], e-mail: baffa@ffclrp.usp.br; Pike, Tina L.; Snow, Jessica; DeWerd, Larry A. [University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States). Dept. of Physics. Medical Radiation Research Center

    2010-03-15

    This paper presents the application of MAGIC gel with formaldehyde (MAGIC-f) in the tri dimensional dose distribution measurement of an IMRT planning. A high similarity was found between the dose distributions measured by the gel dosimeter and the dose distributions expected by the treatment planning system (TPS) in all of the irradiated volume, this was proved by the direct overlapping of these isodoses. These results show that MAGIC-f gel is feasible for tridimensional dose distribution measurements. (author)

  5. White gels: an easy way to preserve methylene blue stained gels.

    Soto, Ana Maria; Draper, David

    2012-02-01

    Methylene blue can be used as a stain for visualizing nucleic acids in polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. However, its relatively low sensitivity and reversible binding make it a temporary stain that diffuses from the gel relatively fast. Here we describe a very simple method for fixing methylene blue bands in nucleic acid polyacrylamide gels. The procedure makes the methylene blue stain permanent and increases the visibility of the bands, also contributing to increasing the sensitivity of methylene blue. PMID:22107889

  6. Stacking gels: A method for maximising output for pulsed-field gel electrophoresis

    Heng See; Heng Chua; Puthucheary S

    2009-01-01

    Pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), the gold standard of molecular typing methods, has a major disadvantage of an unusually long electrophoretic time. From the original protocol of 6 days, it was modified to 3 days and subsequently to a single day. We describe the procedure of stacking five to six gels one on top of another in order to increase and maximize the output in a shorter time without compromising the resolution and reproducibility. All the variables that affect pulsed field gel...

  7. Structure Formation in Acid Milk Gels

    Heertje, I.; Visser, J; Smits, P

    1985-01-01

    The structure formation in acid milk gels is influenced by many factors such as heat, salt system, pH, culture and thickening agents. Understanding of the mechanism of structure formation is important in order to be able to influence the final texture of these products. In the present study the network formation in acid milk gels during acidification is monitored by freeze-fracture electron microscopy. Network formation appears to be a much more complex process than just an aggregation of ...

  8. Ordering phenomena in ABA triblock copolymer gels

    Reynders, K.; Mischenko, N.; Kleppinger, R.; Reynaers, H.; Koch, M.H.J.; Mortensen, K.

    1997-01-01

    Temperature and concentration dependencies of the degree of order in ABA triblock copolymer gels are discussed. Two factors can influence the ordering phenomena: the conformation of the midblocks (links of the network) and the polydispersity of the endblock domains (nodes of the network). The...... crystalline lattice with close-packed spheres or with cubic (presumably BCC) equilibrium morphology. The appearance of the latter is never detected in the gels with a stretched conformation of the midblock....

  9. Sol-Gels for Optical Sensors

    Podbielska, Halina; Ulatowska-Jarża, Agnieszka; Müller, Gerhard; Eichler, Hans J.

    Sol-gel process allows for formation of glassy and ceramics materials in temperatures much lower than offered by conventional melting techniques. The first paper on sol-gels was published over 150 years ago by Ebelmen, however, the rapid development of this technology and applications occurred in the last few years. There is a broad range of possible applications of solgel derived materials, what marked this technology as one of the most promising fields of contemporary material sciences

  10. Epoxy Sol-Gel Hybrid Thermosets

    Angels Serra; Xavier Ramis; Xavier Fernández-Francos

    2016-01-01

    Sol-gel methodologies are advantageous in the preparation of hybrid materials in front of the conventional addition of nanoparticles, because of the fine dispersion of the inorganic phase that can be reached in epoxy matrices. In addition, the use of organoalkoxysilanes as coupling agents allows covalent linkage between organic and inorganic phases, which is the key point in the improvement of mechanical properties. The sol-gel process involves hydrolysis and condensation reactions under mild...

  11. Connectivity in sol-gel silica glasses

    Vasconcelos Wander L.

    1998-01-01

    In this work it is carried out a review on structural parameters related to the evaluation of pore connectivity of nanostructures. The work describes parameters and methods of evaluation of geometric parameters. The concepts of connectivity are applied to silica gels and glasses obtained from sol-gel process. The study of pores connectivity was carried out using a combination of geometric modeling and experimental evaluation of specific surface area and pore volume. The permeability of the po...

  12. Sol-gel derived PZT fibers

    Sol-gel routes were developed to prepare densified PZT fibers. The effects of the degree of hydrolysis and the addition of an organic polymer to the precursor sol on fiber forming ability were investigated. In this paper results on the crystalline and microstructural development of gels and fibers are presented. The effects of the incorporation of excess PbO and sintering atmosphere are also discussed, particularly in relation to densification

  13. Carbon gels derived from natural resources

    Celzard, A.; Fierro, V.; Amaral-Labat, G.; Szczurek, A.; Braghiroli, F.; Parmentier, J.; Pizzi, A.; Grishechko, L. I.; Kuznetsov, B. N.

    2012-01-01

    [EN] Most carbon gels investigated so far and reported in the literature were prepared from resorcinol crosslinked with formaldehyde in water, and were generally dried with supercritical CO2 before being pyrolysed. In the present paper, through some selected examples, we show how valuable carbon gels can be derived from other phenolic resources having a natural origin. Special emphasis is given to tannin and lignin, both derived from wood, as potential precursors of...

  14. Denaturing Urea Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis (Urea PAGE)

    Summer, Heike; Grämer, René; Dröge, Peter

    2009-01-01

    Urea PAGE or denaturing urea polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis employs 6-8 M urea, which denatures secondary DNA or RNA structures and is used for their separation in a polyacrylamide gel matrix based on the molecular weight. Fragments between 2 to 500 bases, with length differences as small as a single nucleotide, can be separated using this method1. The migration of the sample is dependent on the chosen acrylamide concentration. A higher percentage of polyacrylamide resolves lower molecula...

  15. Particle size analysis of PAGAT gel dosimetry

    This work represents the response of PAGAT gel dosimeter using UV-Visible Spectrophotometry. The particle size and optimal wavelength of the gel sample were analyzed from the obtained spectrum. In addition, the compressibility was estimated using Ultrasonic Interferometer. The results showed that the particle size of the PAGAT varied appreciably with respect to the dose applied but did not vary significantly with the post irradiation time

  16. Conducting Polymer Electrodes for Gel Electrophoresis

    Bengtsson, Katarina; Nilsson, Sara; Robinson, Nathaniel D

    2014-01-01

    In nearly all cases, electrophoresis in gels is driven via the electrolysis of water at the electrodes, where the process consumes water and produces electrochemical by-products. We have previously demonstrated that p-conjugated polymers such as poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) can be placed between traditional metal electrodes and an electrolyte to mitigate electrolysis in liquid (capillary electroosmosis/electrophoresis) systems. In this report, we extend our previous result to gel ...

  17. Treatment of osteochondral injuries with platelet gel

    Marcus Vinicius Danieli

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: Treatments for injured articular cartilage have not advanced to the point that efficient regeneration is possible. However, there has been an increase in the use of platelet-rich plasma for the treatment of several orthopedic disorders, including chondral injuries. Our hypothesis is that the treatment of chondral injuries with platelet gel results in higher-quality repair tissue after 180 days compared with chondral injuries not treated with gel. METHODS: A controlled experimental laboratory study was performed on 30 male rabbits to evaluate osteochondral injury repair after treatment with or without platelet gel. Osteochondral injuries were surgically induced in both knees of each rabbit at the medial femoral condyle. The left knee injury was filled with the platelet gel, and the right knee was not treated. Microscopic analysis of both knee samples was performed after 180 days using a histological grading scale. RESULTS: The only histological evaluation criterion that was not significantly different between treatments was metachromasia. The group that was treated with platelet gel exhibited superior results in all other criteria (cell morphology, surface regularity, chondral thickness and repair tissue integration and in the total score. CONCLUSION: The repair tissue was histologically superior after 180 days in the study group treated with platelet gel compared with the group of untreated injuries.

  18. FORMULATION AND EVALUATION OF CELECOXIB GEL

    Preeti Karade

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The present research has been undertaken with the aim to develop a topical gel formulation of celecoxib, which would attenuate the gastrointestinal relater toxicities associated with oral administration and to investigate the effect of DMSO on permeation of celecoxib. Celecoxib is a highly selective cyclooxygenase-2 (cox-2 inhibitor.  In the present study gel with different concentrations of carbapol, sodium alginate and sodium carboxy methylcellulose were prepared. Gels were subjected for various evaluation tests such as pH measurement, spreadibility and extrudability. In-vitro dissolution studies were performed in phosphate buffer of pH 5.6 and polyethylene glycol 400 (7.4 pH for 12 hrs by using Keshary-Chien diffusion cell apparatus. The gel formulation consisting of 7.5% w/w sodium alginate with DMSO found to be suitable for topical application based on in vitro evaluation. Sodium alginate based gels with DMSO revealed of 90% cumulative drug release after 12 hours. From the above observations, Sodium alginate seems to be a promising pharmaceutical adjuvant in the formulation of celecoxib gels

  19. Optimized MR imaging for polyacrylamide gel dosimetry

    Polyacrylamide gels are a powerful tool to measure radiation dose by quantifying the NMR T2 relaxation times of the irradiated gel. The exploitation of these radiation sensitive gels in clinical radiotherapy requires accurate mapping of T2 values. This paper describes the optimization strategy used to identify accurate and practical methods of measuring the range of T2 values typical of gel dosimeters (140-700 ms). The MR imaging techniques used to measure T2 values and the choice of image acquisition parameters are described. Four sequences are compared and the results are analysed in terms of accuracy, signal-to-noise ratio and acquisition time. A multiple spin echo sequence was found to yield the most accurate results (98.9%). Single spin echo sequences, such as Hahn spin echo and EPI spin echo, were found to measure gel T2 values with an accuracy of 90.1%. This paper reports the importance of careful selection and optimization of the MR imaging sequences for accurate and reliable polyacrylamide gel dosimetry. (author)

  20. A thermodynamic model of physical gels

    An, Yonghao; Solis, Francisco J.; Jiang, Hanqing

    2010-12-01

    Physical gels are characterized by dynamic cross-links that are constantly created and broken, changing its state between solid and liquid under influence of environmental factors. This restructuring ability of physical gels makes them an important class of materials with many applications, such as in drug delivery. In this article, we present a thermodynamic model for physical gels that considers both the elastic properties of the network and the transient nature of the cross-links. The cross-links' reformation is captured through a connectivity tensor M at the microscopic level. The macroscopic quantities, such as the volume fraction of the monomer ?, number of monomers per cross-link s, and the number of cross-links per volume q, are defined by statistic averaging. A mean-field energy functional for the gel is constructed based on these variables. The equilibrium equations and the stress are obtained at the current state. We study the static thermodynamic properties of physical gels predicted by the model. We discuss the problems of un-constrained swelling and stress driven phase transitions of physical gels and describe the conditions under which these phenomena arise as functions of the bond activation energy Ea, polymer/solvent interaction parameter ?, and external stress p.

  1. Study of nuclear glasses alteration gel and synthesis of some model gels; Etude du gel d`alteration des verres nucleaires et synthese de gels modeles

    Ricol, S.

    1995-10-05

    This work deals with the general problem of alteration of the reference nuclear glass R7T7. Attention is paid particularly to the altered layer formed at the glass surface during alteration process. In opposition to previous works, related essentially to glass dissolution kinetics based on chemical analyses of lixiviated elements, this thesis deals with alteration problems through structural studies of the reference glass and derived gel. This approach allows the determination of mechanisms for the gel formation and a better understanding of the behaviour of glasses towards lixiviation. Both approaches appeared complementary. Based on several spectroscopic techniques, this work showed the particular role of cations such as calcium, zirconium and iron. Studies of silica-based synthetic gels showed the synergic effect of formers cation and of one highly coordinated cation. The variation of the wavenumber related to Si-O-Si asymmetric stretching vibration can be correlated to O/Si ratio for ternary systems Si/Na/Zr. On the contrary, the Si losses of the materials depend on the number of non-bridging oxygen atoms. In the perspective of long-term behaviour, the alteration gel presents better characteristics than initial glass. It is therefore a highly stable material in static conditions. In the same way, synthetic gels are materials with very low solubilities (much lower than the alteration gel) and could be used as confining matrices. (authors). refs., 71 figs., 37 tabs.

  2. Linear and bending actuation of bucky gel

    Biso, Maurizio; Ansaldo, Alberto; Vintera, Veronica; Ricci, Davide

    2011-04-01

    In 2003 Takuzo Aida and coworkers reported that single-walled carbon nanotubes (SW-CNTs), when ground with imidazolium based ionic liquids (ILs), create a physical gel, named "bucky gel"1. This gel was used to prepare bimorph electrochemical actuators using a polymer-supported internal IL electrolyte layer2. These actuators can operate in air at low voltage showing improved frequency response and strain. Usual bucky gel actuators rely on a bimorph configuration where the electrodes are used alternatively as cathode and anode thus producing a bending motion. This kind of motion is limiting the possible applications, especially when, like in artificial muscles, linear strain and motion are required. We present a new design for bucky gel actuators capable of both linear and bending motion that uses a three electrode configuration with two active electrodes and a third passive one, made from a metal spring (serpentine shaped), acting as counter plate. We have built such a device and report here its linear and bending actuation performance. In these preliminary experiments we have obtained a linear strain of 0.6% and a bending strain difference between two bucky gel electrodes of 0.25%.

  3. Gel electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries

    Chen Zonghai [Chemical Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Zhang, L.Z.; West, R. [Organosilicon Research Center, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706 (United States); Amine, K. [Chemical Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States)], E-mail: amine@cmt.anl.gov

    2008-03-10

    The electrochemical performance of gel electrolytes based on crosslinked poly[ethyleneoxide-co-2-(2-methoxyethyoxy)ethyl glycidyl ether-co-allyl glycidyl ether] was investigated using graphite/Li{sub 1.1}[Ni{sub 1/3}Mn{sub 1/3}Co{sub 1/3}]{sub 0.9}O{sub 2} lithium-ion cells. It was found that the conductivity of the crosslinked gel electrolytes was as high as 5.9 mS/cm at room temperature, which is very similar to that of the conventional organic carbonate liquid electrolytes. Moreover, the capacity retention of lithium-ion cells comprising gel electrolytes was also similar to that of cells with conventional electrolytes. Despite of the high conductivity of the gel electrolytes, the rate capability of lithium-ion cells comprising gel electrolytes is inferior to that of the conventional cells. The difference was believed to be caused by the poor wettability of gel electrolytes on the electrode surfaces.

  4. Gel electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries

    Chen, Zonghai; Amine, K. [Chemical Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Zhang, L.Z.; West, R. [Organosilicon Research Center, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706 (United States)

    2008-03-10

    The electrochemical performance of gel electrolytes based on crosslinked poly[ethyleneoxide-co-2-(2-methoxyethyoxy)ethyl glycidyl ether-co-allyl glycidyl ether] was investigated using graphite/Li{sub 1.1}[Ni{sub 1/3}Mn{sub 1/3}Co{sub 1/3}]{sub 0.9}O{sub 2} lithium-ion cells. It was found that the conductivity of the crosslinked gel electrolytes was as high as 5.9 mS/cm at room temperature, which is very similar to that of the conventional organic carbonate liquid electrolytes. Moreover, the capacity retention of lithium-ion cells comprising gel electrolytes was also similar to that of cells with conventional electrolytes. Despite of the high conductivity of the gel electrolytes, the rate capability of lithium-ion cells comprising gel electrolytes is inferior to that of the conventional cells. The difference was believed to be caused by the poor wettability of gel electrolytes on the electrode surfaces. (author)

  5. Gel nano-particulates against radioactivity; Des nanoparticules en gel contre la radioactivite

    Deroin, Ph

    2004-11-01

    The Argonne research center (USA) has developed a 'super-gel' compound, a polymer close to those used in baby's diapers, which can reach a 90% efficiency in the radioactive decontamination of porous materials, like bricks or concrete. The contaminated materials are sprayed with a mixture of polymer gel and wetting agent with nano-particulates in suspension. Under the action of the wetting agent, radioactivity migrates from the pores to the gel and is trapped by the nano-particulates. The drying and recycling of the gel allows to reduce the volume of radioactive wastes. Short paper. (J.S.)

  6. Preparation of continuous alumina gel fibres by aqueous sol–gel process

    Hongbin Tan; Xiaoling Ma; Mingxing Fu

    2013-02-01

    Continuous alumina gel fibres were prepared by sol–gel method. The spinning sol was prepared by mixing aluminum nitrate, lactic acid and polyvinylpyrrolidone with a mass ratio of 10:3:1.5. Thermogravimetry–differential scanning calorimetry (TG–DSC), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to characterize the properties of the gel and ceramic fibres. The Al2O3 fibres with a uniform diameter can be obtained by sintering gel fibres at 1200 °C.

  7. Uncertainty in 3D gel dosimetry

    Three-dimensional (3D) gel dosimetry has a unique role to play in safeguarding conformal radiotherapy treatments as the technique can cover the full treatment chain and provides the radiation oncologist with the integrated dose distribution in 3D. It can also be applied to benchmark new treatment strategies such as image guided and tracking radiotherapy techniques. A major obstacle that has hindered the wider dissemination of gel dosimetry in radiotherapy centres is a lack of confidence in the reliability of the measured dose distribution. Uncertainties in 3D dosimeters are attributed to both dosimeter properties and scanning performance. In polymer gel dosimetry with MRI readout, discrepancies in dose response of large polymer gel dosimeters versus small calibration phantoms have been reported which can lead to significant inaccuracies in the dose maps. The sources of error in polymer gel dosimetry with MRI readout are well understood and it has been demonstrated that with a carefully designed scanning protocol, the overall uncertainty in absolute dose that can currently be obtained falls within 5% on an individual voxel basis, for a minimum voxel size of 5 mm3. However, several research groups have chosen to use polymer gel dosimetry in a relative manner by normalizing the dose distribution towards an internal reference dose within the gel dosimeter phantom. 3D dosimetry with optical scanning has also been mostly applied in a relative way, although in principle absolute calibration is possible. As the optical absorption in 3D dosimeters is less dependent on temperature it can be expected that the achievable accuracy is higher with optical CT. The precision in optical scanning of 3D dosimeters depends to a large extend on the performance of the detector. 3D dosimetry with X-ray CT readout is a low contrast imaging modality for polymer gel dosimetry. Sources of error in x-ray CT polymer gel dosimetry (XCT) are currently under investigation and include inherent limitations in dosimeter homogeneity, imaging performance, and errors induced through post-acquisition processing. This overview highlights a number of aspects relating to uncertainties in polymer gel dosimetry

  8. Uncertainty in 3D gel dosimetry

    De Deene, Yves; Jirasek, Andrew

    2015-01-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) gel dosimetry has a unique role to play in safeguarding conformal radiotherapy treatments as the technique can cover the full treatment chain and provides the radiation oncologist with the integrated dose distribution in 3D. It can also be applied to benchmark new treatment strategies such as image guided and tracking radiotherapy techniques. A major obstacle that has hindered the wider dissemination of gel dosimetry in radiotherapy centres is a lack of confidence in the reliability of the measured dose distribution. Uncertainties in 3D dosimeters are attributed to both dosimeter properties and scanning performance. In polymer gel dosimetry with MRI readout, discrepancies in dose response of large polymer gel dosimeters versus small calibration phantoms have been reported which can lead to significant inaccuracies in the dose maps. The sources of error in polymer gel dosimetry with MRI readout are well understood and it has been demonstrated that with a carefully designed scanning protocol, the overall uncertainty in absolute dose that can currently be obtained falls within 5% on an individual voxel basis, for a minimum voxel size of 5 mm3. However, several research groups have chosen to use polymer gel dosimetry in a relative manner by normalizing the dose distribution towards an internal reference dose within the gel dosimeter phantom. 3D dosimetry with optical scanning has also been mostly applied in a relative way, although in principle absolute calibration is possible. As the optical absorption in 3D dosimeters is less dependent on temperature it can be expected that the achievable accuracy is higher with optical CT. The precision in optical scanning of 3D dosimeters depends to a large extend on the performance of the detector. 3D dosimetry with X-ray CT readout is a low contrast imaging modality for polymer gel dosimetry. Sources of error in x-ray CT polymer gel dosimetry (XCT) are currently under investigation and include inherent limitations in dosimeter homogeneity, imaging performance, and errors induced through post-acquisition processing. This overview highlights a number of aspects relating to uncertainties in polymer gel dosimetry.

  9. Hexagonal phase based gel-emulsion (O/H1 gel-emulsion): formation and rheology.

    Alam, Mohammad Mydul; Aramaki, Kenji

    2008-11-01

    The formation, stability, and rheological behavior of a hexagonal phase based gel-emulsion (O/H1 gel-emulsion) have been studied in water/C12EO8/hydrocarbon oil systems. A partial phase behavior study indicates that the oil nature has no effect on the phase sequences in the ternary phase diagram of water/C12EO8/oil systems but the domain size of the phases or the oil solubilization capacity considerably changes with oil nature. Excess oil is in equilibrium with the hexagonal phase (H1) in the ternary phase diagram in the H1+O region. The O/H1 gel-emulsion was prepared (formation) and kept at 25 degrees C to check stability. It has been found that the formation and stability of the O/H1 gel-emulsion depends on the oil nature. After 2 min observation (formation), the results show that short chain linear hydrocarbon oils (heptane, octane) are more apt to form a O/H1 gel-emulsion compared to long chain linear hydrocarbon oils (tetradecane, hexadecane), though the stability is not good enough in either system, that is, oil separates within 24 h. Nevertheless, the formation and stability of the O/H1 gel-emulsion is appreciably increased in squalane and liquid paraffin. It is surmised that the high transition temperature of the H1+O phase and the presence of a bicontinuous cubic phase (V1) might hamper the formation of a gel-emulsion. It has been pointed out that the solubilization of oil in the H1 phase could be related to emulsion stability. On the other hand, the oil nature has little or no effect on the formation and stability of a cubic phase based gel-emulsion (O/I1 gel-emulsion). From rheological measurements, it has found that the rheogram of the O/H1 gel-emulsion indicates gel-type structure and shows shear thinning behavior similar to the case of the O/I1 gel-emulsion. Rheological data infer that the O/I1 gel-emulsion is more viscous than the O/H1 gel-emulsion at room temperature but the O/H1 gel-emulsion shows consistency at elevated temperature. PMID:18847293

  10. Evolution of gel structure during thermal processing of Na-geopolymer gels.

    Duxson, Peter; Lukey, Grant C; van Deventer, Jannie S J

    2006-10-10

    The present work examines how the gel structure and phase composition of Na-geopolymers derived from metakaolin with varied Si/Al ratio evolve with exposure to temperatures up to 1000 degrees C. Gels were thermally treated and characterized using quantitative XRD, DTA, and FTIR to elucidate the changes in gel structure, phase composition, and porosity at each stage of heating. It is found that the phase stability, defined by the amount and onset temperature of crystallization, is improved at higher Si/Al ratios. Two different mechanisms of densification have been isolated by FTIR, related to viscous flow and collapse of the highly distributed pore network in the gel. Gels with low Si/Al ratio only experience viscous flow that correlates with low thermal shrinkage. Gels at a higher Si/Al ratio, which have a homogeneous microstructure composed of a highly distributed porosity, undergo both densification processes corresponding to a large extent of thermal shrinkage during densification. This work elucidates the intimate relationship between gel microstructure, chemistry, and thermal evolution of Na-geopolymer gels. PMID:17014113

  11. Sol-gel processing of ceramics

    The sol-gel process is an extremely versatile method for preparing metal oxide based materials. The wide applicability of the process arises from the enormous range of inorganic and metal-organic precursors which can be utilised as well as the ability to incorporate organic, inorganic and biological molecules with specific functions into the final products. Sol-gel products can be obtained in the form of powders or as molded pieces (monoliths), fibres or thin films. This review describes the general principles of the sol-gel process concentrating primarily on the 'organic route', which makes use of the readily hydrolysable metal alkoxides. Such compounds are formed by all the metallic elements thus giving enormous potential for the formation of their oxides by a common procedure. A general description of the basic chemistry of these precursors is provided together with a discussion of the factors that influence their hydrolysis and the polymerisation of the hydrolysis products. These are the two most important processes involved in the formation of sols and gels. Finally, applications of the sol- gel process are described concentrating mainly on products which are presently available on the market with some coverage of products that are close to commercialization or are excellent commercial prospects. Copyright (1996) Institute of Metals and Materials Australasia Ltd

  12. DNA DAMAGE QUANTITATION BY ALKALINE GEL ELECTROPHORESIS.

    SUTHERLAND,B.M.; BENNETT,P.V.; SUTHERLAND, J.C.

    2004-03-24

    Physical and chemical agents in the environment, those used in clinical applications, or encountered during recreational exposures to sunlight, induce damages in DNA. Understanding the biological impact of these agents requires quantitation of the levels of such damages in laboratory test systems as well as in field or clinical samples. Alkaline gel electrophoresis provides a sensitive (down to {approx} a few lesions/5Mb), rapid method of direct quantitation of a wide variety of DNA damages in nanogram quantities of non-radioactive DNAs from laboratory, field, or clinical specimens, including higher plants and animals. This method stems from velocity sedimentation studies of DNA populations, and from the simple methods of agarose gel electrophoresis. Our laboratories have developed quantitative agarose gel methods, analytical descriptions of DNA migration during electrophoresis on agarose gels (1-6), and electronic imaging for accurate determinations of DNA mass (7-9). Although all these components improve sensitivity and throughput of large numbers of samples (7,8,10), a simple version using only standard molecular biology equipment allows routine analysis of DNA damages at moderate frequencies. We present here a description of the methods, as well as a brief description of the underlying principles, required for a simplified approach to quantitation of DNA damages by alkaline gel electrophoresis.

  13. Structural evolution of Colloidal Gels under Flow

    Boromand, Arman; Maia, Joao; Jamali, Safa

    Colloidal suspensions are ubiquitous in different industrial applications ranging from cosmetic and food industries to soft robotics and aerospace. Owing to the fact that mechanical properties of colloidal gels are controlled by its microstructure and network topology, we trace the particles in the networks formed under different attraction potentials and try to find a universal behavior in yielding of colloidal gels. Many authors have implemented different simulation techniques such as molecular dynamics (MD) and Brownian dynamics (BD) to capture better picture during phase separation and yielding mechanism in colloidal system with short-ranged attractive force. However, BD neglects multi-body hydrodynamic interactions (HI) which are believed to be responsible for the second yielding of colloidal gels. We envision using dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) with modified depletion potential and hydrodynamic interactions, as a coarse-grain model, can provide a robust simulation package to address the gel formation process and yielding in short ranged-attractive colloidal systems. The behavior of colloidal gels with different attraction potentials under flow is examined and structural fingerprints of yielding in these systems will be discussed.

  14. PRONIOSOMAL GEL OF FLURBIPROFEN: FORMULATION AND EVALUATION

    Sunil Kumar

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this research is to design proniosomal gel drug delivery system of flurbiprofen in a trial to overcome the adverse effects associated with oral administration of the drug. This can be overcome by the use of vesicular drug delivery system. Encapsulation of a drug in vesicular structure can be predicted to prolong the existence of the drug in the systemic circulation and thus enhance penetration into target tissue and reduce toxicity. Proniosomal gels are generally present in transparent, translucent or white semisolid gel texture. Due to the limited solvent system present, the proniosomes formed were the mixture of many phases of liquid crystal, viz. lamellar, hexagonal and cubic phase liquid crystals. The potential of proniosomes as a transdermal drug delivery system for flurbiprofen was investigated by encapsulating the drug in various formulations of proniosomal gel composed of various ratios of sorbitan fatty acid esters, cholesterol, prepared by coacervation-phase separation method. The formulated systems were characterized in vitro for size, vesicle count, drug entrapment, drug release profiles and vesicular stability at different storage conditions. Stability studies for proniosomal gel were carried out for 4 weeks. The method of proniosome loading resulted in an encapsulation yield of 30.6 – 75.4%. Proniosomes were characterised by transmission electron microscopy. In vitro studies showed prolonged release of entrapped flurbiprofen. At refrigerated conditions, higher drug retention was observed. It is evident from this study that proniosomes are a promising prolonged delivery system for captopril and have reasonably good stability characteristics.

  15. Thixotropic corrosive gels for nuclear decontamination

    Inspired by an industrial problem, this work consisted in the development of decontamination processes using corrosive gels for the treatment of metallic surfaces. The gels were formulated using a corrosive solution of a strong oxidizing reagent (Ce(IV)) as dissolving agent. This solution was stabilized in a concentrated acidic medium (nitric acid). To obtain a gel from this solution, we used a mineral support (fumed silica) and an organic coviscosing compound (nonionic surfactant). Nuclear requirements were carefully followed. The aim of this project was to prepare thixotropic gels which are liquid under stress (vigorous shaking) to allow an easy splattering, and are solids when stationary to permit strong adhesion to any surface. The study of the rheological properties of these gels was completed by the quantitative as well as qualitative measurements of their corrosive abilities: corrosion control, surface comparison carried out before and after treatment by electron microscopy techniques. The chemical behaviour in solution was also studied, particularly the chemical behaviour of the organic coviscosing agent and the oxidizing reagent. The structure of a by product, (NH4)3Ce2(NO3)9, was determined using powder X-ray diffraction techniques. During the past two years, these processes have been used industrially both in France and abroad. As a conclusion, these industrial results are briefly presented. (author)

  16. Forma nervosa da artrite-encefalite caprina / Nervous form of caprine arthritis-encephalitis

    Karla Moraes Rocha, Guedes; Vanessa da Silva, Mustafa; Pedro Miguel Ocampos, Pedroso; David, Driemeier; Fbio Henrique Bezerra, Ximenes; Cristiano Barros de, Melo; Jos Renato Junqueira, Borges; Mrcio Botelho de, Castro.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available So descritos dois casos de caprinos, fmeas, mestios da raa Saanen de dois meses de idade com sinais clnicos de paresia de membros posteriores, incoordenao, dificuldade respiratria e caquexia, que foram submetidos eutansia, devido ao prognstico desfavorvel. Na necropsia, observou-se cong [...] esto do sistema nervoso central (SNC) e consolidao pulmonar nos dois caprinos. Microscopicamente, as alteraes foram caracterizadas por leucoencefalomielite linfoplasmoctica multifocal, com vacuolizao do neurpilo e esferoides axonais, leptomeningite, pneumonia intersticial no supurativa no caprino A e broncopneumonia bacteriana no caprino B. O exame de imuno-histoqumica (IHQ) foi positivo para o vrus da artrite-encefalite caprina em fragmento de tlamo. A prova de imunodifuso em gel de gar (IDGA) foi realizada em vinte animais do rebanho de origem e dezesseis animais foram positivos. O diagnstico da forma nervosa da infeco pelo vrus da artrite-encefalite caprina (CAEV) foi baseado no quadro clnico-patolgico, IHQ e IDGA. Esta apresentao clnica da CAE pode ser pouco comum no Brasil, mas deve ser considerada em caso de doenas neurolgicas em pequenos ruminantes. Abstract in english Two cases are described of female goats, Saanen crossbreds, two months old, with clinical signs of hind limb paresis, incoordination, difficulty breathing and cachexia, which were subjected to euthanasia due to unfavorable prognosis. At necropsy it was possible to observe that there was congestion o [...] f the central nervous system (CNS) and pulmonary consolidation in both goats. Microscopic changes were characterized by multifocal lymphoplasmacytic leucoencephalomielitis, with vacuolization of neuropile and axonal spheroids, leptomeningitis, interstitial nonsupurative pneumonia in goat A and bacterial bronchopneumonia in goat B. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) was positive for the caprine arthritis - encephalitis virus in thalamus fragments. The agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) test was performed in sera sample of twenty animals and sixteen resulted positive. Diagnosis of the nervous form of caprine arthritis-encephalitis virus (CAEV) infection was based on clinical and pathological status, IHC and AGID. This clinical presentation of CAE could be uncommon in Brazil, but must be considered in case of neurologic diseases in small ruminants.

  17. Inqurito soroepidemiolgico do lentivrus caprino e perfil das criaes de caprinos na regio do Baixo Mdio So Francisco (BA) / Seroepidemiological survey of caprine arthritis encephalitis and profile of goat breeding systems in the region of Baixo Mdio So Francisco (BA)

    Carla Caroline Valena de, Lima; Joselito Nunes, Costa; Thiago Sampaio de, Souza; Priscila, Martinez; Antnio Oliveira, Costa Neto; Antnio Vicente Magnavita, Anunciao; Maria das Graas vila Ribeiro, Almeida; Byanca Ribeiro, Arajo; Raymundo Rizaldo, Pinheiro.

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve como finalidade verificar a prevalncia sorolgica da lentivirose caprina (LVC) na microrregio de Juazeiro, na Bahia, por meio da tcnica de imunodifuso em gel de agar (IDGA), bem como caracterizar os sistemas de criao da regio. Para tal, foram avaliadas 693 amostras de soros [...] sanguneos de caprinos de 46 propriedades rurais em diferentes localidades, pertencentes aos 8 municpios formadores da microrregio (Campo Alegre de Lourdes, Casa Nova, Cura, Juazeiro, Pilo Arcado, Remanso, Sento S e Sobradinho). Na realizao das visitas, aplicou-se um questionrio com nfase nas informaes referentes ao manejo sanitrio. Das propriedades visitadas, todas apresentavam sistema de criao extensivo, com predomnio de animais sem raa definida, baixa produtividade e baixo ndice de tecnificao, visando principalmente obteno de carne. As principais enfermidades relatadas foram linfadenite caseosa, diarreias, ectoparasitoses e ceratoconjuntivite. Quanto soroprevalncia, 0,29% (2/693) das amostras apresentaram sorologia positiva para a LVC. Os animais positivos pertenciam mesma propriedade, no municpio de Cura, que apresentou 12,5% (1/8) de propriedades positivas, contrastando com 2,17% (1/46) de soroprevalncia total dos rebanhos visitados. Estes resultados sugerem, portanto, a necessidade da efetivao de medidas preventivas na regio, principalmente no momento em que se verifica a importao de animais para melhoramento gentico. Abstract in english This work aimed to determine the serological prevalence of caprine artrithis encephalitis (CAE) in the microregion of Juazeiro, in the state of Bahia, using the technique of agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) to characterize the farming systems of the region. We collected 693 blood serum samples of goa [...] ts from 46 farms in 8 different locations belonging to the municipalities forming the microregion (Campo Alegre de Lourdes, Casa Nova, Cura, Juazeiro, Pilo Arcado, Remanso, and Sobradinho). During the visits, a questionnaire was applied emphasizing information related to health management. All of the visited properties had extensive breeding systems, with predominance of mixed breed animals, low productivity and low technology rate, aiming mainly to use the meat. The main diseases reported were caseous lymphadenitis, diarrhea, ectoparasites and keratoconjunctivitis. Concerning seroprevalence, 0.29% (2/693) of samples tested positive for AGID. The positive animals belonged to the same property in the municipality of Cura, which showed 12.5% (1/8) of positive properties, in contrast to 2.17% (1/46) of total seroprevalence in the other visited properties. These results therefore suggest the need for new epidemiological surveys in the region, especially at a time when the importation of animals for genetic improvement is taking place.

  18. Development of an AGID based on baculovirus expressed Pseudorabies virus glycoprotein B

    MARIA SOLEDAD SERENA

    2015-04-01

    For recombinant gB production, Continuous Porcine Kidney cell line (CPK was infected with the CL-15 PrV strain. Infected cells were collected, treated with proteinase K and total DNA was extracted with commercial kit (Promega. The gB gene was amplified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR using a designed pair of primers. Engineered modifications were made to the gene protein that included deletion of two different regions, the signal peptide and the transmembrane domain. A recombinant baculovirus encoding CL-15 PrV gB was isolated in Sf9 cells using a consensus pENTR/D-TOPO clone and the BaculoDirect C-Term Baculovirus Expression System (Life Technologies according to the manufacturers instructions. Recombinant baculovirus clones were plaque-purified once in Sf9 cells, tested for gB expression by immunoblotting, and a clone expressing the full-length membrane bound version of the gB protein with C-terminal 6xHis and V5 epitope tags was identified. SDS-PAGE and immunoblotting analysis were performed using infected High Five cell lysates and supernatants at three days post-infection with a mouse anti-HisTag monoclonal antibody (GEHealthtcare and a swine polyclonal PrV antibody as the primary antibody and horseradish peroxidase

  19. Development of an AGID based on baculovirus expressed Pseudorabies virus glycoprotein B

    MARIA SOLEDAD SERENA; CAROLINA ASPITIA; CECILIA MONICA GALOSI; EDUARDO CARLOS MORTOLA

    2015-01-01

    Introduction The pseudorabies virus (PrV) is a member of the genus Varicellovirus, subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae and family Herpesviridae, characterized as the etiologic agent of Aujeszkys disease in swine. Aujeszkys disease is a one of the most infectious diseases affecting the swine industry which causes central nervous system symptoms and is characterized by an acute and often fatal infection in piglets, while in older pigs it causes disorders such as encephalitis, pneumonia and abort...

  20. A New Standard-Based Polynomial Interpolation (SBPIn) Method to Address Gel-to-Gel Variability for the Comparison of Multiple Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis Profile Matrices

    Valentín-Vargas, Alexis; Chorover, Jon; Maier, Raina M.

    2013-01-01

    The Standard-Based Polynomial Interpolation (SBPIn) method is a new simple three-step protocol proposed to address common gel-to-gel variations for the comparison of sample profiles across multiple DGGE gels. The advantages of this method include no requirement for additional software or modification of the standard DGGE protocol. PMID:23234884

  1. On the scattering properties of polyelectrolyte gels

    Barrat, Jean-Louis; Joanny, Jean-François; Pincus, Phil

    1992-08-01

    We present a simple model for scattering properties of polyelectrolyte gels at swelling equilibrium. In the weak screening limit where the Debye-Hückel screening length is larger than the mesh size of the gel, the direct electrostatic interactions are negligible and the swelling is driven by the osmotic pressure of the counterions. The tension created by this pressure is transmitted through the crosslinks to the elastic chains which behave as isolated chains with an applied force at their end points. The structure factor of the gel can be split into a frozen component due to the average concentration heterogeneities and a thermodynamic component due to concentration fluctuations. The frozen component has a peak at a wavevector of the order of the mesh size of the gel, the thermodynamic component has a peak at a higher wavevector of the order of the inverse transverse radius of the chains. At infinite times the dynamic structure factor relaxes towards the frozen component of the static structure factor. In the limit of small wavevectors the relaxation is diffusive with a diffusion constant equal to the Stokes diffusion constant of the Pincus blobs of the stretched chains. The diffusion constant shows a minimum at a wavevector of the order of the inverse transverse radius of the chains. Nous présentons un modèle simple pour étudier la diffusion de rayonnement par des gels polylectrolytes à l'équilibre de gonflement. Dans la limite d'écrantage faible où la longueur d'écran de Debye-Hückel est plus grande que la maille du gel, les interactions électrostatiques directes sont négligeables et le gonflement est dû à la pression osmotique des contreions. La tension créée par cette pression est transmise par les noeuds du gel aux chaines élastiques qui se comportent comme des chaines isolées avec une force extérieure appliquée aux extrémités. Le facteur de structure du gel est la somme d'une composante gelée due aux hétérogénéités de concentration figées et d'une composante thermodynamique due aux fluctuations de concentration. la composante gelée a un maximum pour un vecteur d'onde de l'ordre de l'inverse de la maille du gel et la composante thermodynamique a un maximum pour un vecteur d'onde beaucoup plus grand de l'ordre de l'inverse du rayon transverse des chaines. A temps longs, le facteur de structure dynamique relaxe vers la composante gelée du facteur de structure statique. A faible vecteur d'onde, la relaxation est diffusive avec un coefficient de diffusion de l'ordre du coefficient de diffusion de Stokes des blobs de Pincus des chaines étirées. Le coefficient de diffusion est minimal pour un vecteur d'onde de l'ordre de l'inverse du rayon transverse des chaines.

  2. Dosimetric characterization of MAGIC gel with formaldehyde

    This work presents the dosimetric characterization of MAGIC gel with formaldehyde. The depth dose measurement is in accordance with the predicted by dose measurements by other methods results. The linearity of response was evaluated and was standardized at 15Gy, showing a saturation in response for higher doses. The dosimeter presented a good stability for a one month period. A decrease in its sensitivity was observed for an increase in the irradiation beam energy from Co-60 to 10MV. The integrity of dose distribution was confirmed for a 90 days period. The dose rate dependence was on the order of other experimental deviation, proving another advantage of the addition of formaldehyde to MAGIC gel. These results confirm the applicability of this type of gel in the tridimensional dose distribution measurement. (author)

  3. Sol-gel synthesis of hydroxyapatite

    Hydroxyapatite (HAp) has been established as the calcium phosphate based compound with most applications in the biological field. Among the numerous techniques for synthesis of HAp, the sol-gel processing route affords great control over purity and formed phases using low processing temperatures. In addition, the sol-gel approach offers an option for homogeneous HAp coating on metal substrates, as well as the ability to generate nanocrystalline powders. In this work, the sol-gel synthesis of HAp was investigated employing triethyl phosphate and calcium nitrate tetrahydrate as phosphorous and calcium precursors, respectively. The aging effect on phase composition and powder morphology of the final product was studied in terms of temperature and aging time. The powders were studied by using X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, particle size distribution by laser diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. (author)

  4. Carbon gels derived from natural resources

    A. Celzard

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Most carbon gels investigated so far and reportedin the literature were prepared from resorcinolcrosslinked with formaldehyde in water, and weregenerally dried with supercritical CO2 before beingpyrolysed. In the present paper, through someselected examples, we show how valuable carbongels can be derived from other phenolic resourceshaving a natural origin. Special emphasis is givento tannin and lignin, both derived from wood, aspotential precursors of carbon aero- and cryogels.However, natural compounds not obeying the usualconcepts of sol-gel chemistry may also be used forpreparing carbon gels, such as cellulose, and evenglucose. In the latter case, hydrothermal treatmentforces the phase separation to occur, and leads tomonoliths which can be advantageously convertedinto carbon aerogels by supercritical drying andsubsequent pyrolysis.

  5. Superconductive ceramics obtained with sol gel method

    Several sol gel routes have been considered, studied and developed to produce large quantities of granulates which can be processed to obtain ceramics having good superconducting characteristics. In the considered process a mixture of commercial nitrates is atomized, at room temperature, in a solution 1:1 of Primene JMT and Benzene and a pale blue gel of the starting elements is suddently formed. The granulates obtained are free flowing, very reactive and well suited for pressing. For their intrinsic characteristics they could be very good precursors for the production of large quantities of superconductive ceramics in different forms. The precipitated gel is dried, calcinated, pressed in the form of cylindrical pellets which are sintered up to 960 degrees C. No griding or different thermal treatments are needed. The sintered material has low electric resistence, shows a clear Meissner effect and has a transition temperature of between 91 and 95 K

  6. Low-Reynolds number swimming in gels

    Fu, Henry C; Powers, Thomas R

    2010-01-01

    Many microorganisms swim through gels, materials with nonzero zero-frequency elastic shear modulus, such as mucus. Biological gels are typically heterogeneous, containing both a structural scaffold (network) and a fluid solvent. We analyze the swimming of an infinite sheet undergoing transverse traveling wave deformations in the "two-fluid" model of a gel, which treats the network and solvent as two coupled elastic and viscous continuum phases. We show that geometric nonlinearities must be incorporated to obtain physically meaningful results. We identify a transition between regimes where the network deforms to follow solvent flows and where the network is stationary. Swimming speeds can be enhanced relative to Newtonian fluids when the network is stationary. Compressibility effects can also enhance swimming velocities. Finally, microscopic details of sheet-network interactions influence the boundary conditions between the sheet and network. The nature of these boundary conditions significantly impacts swimmi...

  7. Effect of Drug modification on properties of Ketoprofen Transdermal Gel

    Samy Ahmed

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to develop Ketoprofen (KPF gel for tansdermal delivery that could enhance dissolution and permeability of KPFand to study the change in release and permeation of transdermal gel after formulating KPF as niosomes and solid dispersions. KPF gels were prepared using Carboxy methyl cellulose (CMC, hydroxyl propyl methyl cellulose (HPMC and methyl cellulose (MC with and without permeation enhancers (Tween 80 and Oleic acid. The effect of the polymers and permeation enhancers on the in vitro release and permeation was tested. The best formula was formulated as niosomal and solid dispersion gels. The effect of drug modification on the properties of KPF gel was examined. The results showed that both polymers and permeation enhancers affect release and permeation of KPF transdermal gel. The release and permeation from the niosomal gel were highly prolonged when compared to conventional gel .On the other hand, they were enhanced from the solid dispersion gel.

  8. Dynamic Light Scattering From Colloidal Gels

    Krall, A. H.; Weitz, David A.

    1996-01-01

    We present a brief, preliminary account of the interpretation of dynamic light scattering from fractal colloidal gels. For small scattering angles, and for high initial colloid particle volume fractions, the correlation functions exhibit arrested decay, reflecting the non-ergodic nature of these systems and allowing us to directly determine the elastic modulus of the gels. For smaller initial volume fractions, the correlation functions decay completely. In all cases, the initial decay is not exponential, but is instead described by a stretched exponential. We summarize the principles of a model that accounts for these data and discuss the scaling behavior of the measured parameters.

  9. Connectivity in sol-gel silica glasses

    Wander L. Vasconcelos

    1998-07-01

    Full Text Available In this work it is carried out a review on structural parameters related to the evaluation of pore connectivity of nanostructures. The work describes parameters and methods of evaluation of geometric parameters. The concepts of connectivity are applied to silica gels and glasses obtained from sol-gel process. The study of pores connectivity was carried out using a combination of geometric modeling and experimental evaluation of specific surface area and pore volume. The permeability of the pore structure is evaluated and a permeability geometric factor, Pg, is proposed.

  10. Neutron detector using sol-gel absorber

    An neutron detector composed of fissionable material having ions of lithium, uranium, thorium, plutonium, or neptunium, contained within a glass film fabricated using a sol-gel method combined with a particle detector is disclosed. When the glass film is bombarded with neutrons, the fissionable material emits fission particles and electrons. Prompt emitting activated elements yielding a high energy electron contained within a sol-gel glass film in combination with a particle detector is also disclosed. The emissions resulting from neutron bombardment can then be detected using standard UV and particle detection methods well known in the art, such as microchannel plates, channeltrons, and silicon avalanche photodiodes

  11. Aggregation-structure-elasticity relationship of gels

    Ma, Hang-Shing

    Aerogel is a mesoporous, low-density material which is desirable for applications like thermal insulation and low-k interlayer dielectric. However, its lack of mechanical integrity hinders its development. Experiments have shown that aerogels exhibit a scaling relationship E ∝ rho m between modulus E and density rho, with the exponent m usually between 3 and 4. The objective of the dissertation is to use computer modeling to understand how the random aggregation process accounts for the fractal structure and the compliant nature of aerogels. Model gels were created by the diffusion-limited cluster-cluster aggregation (DLCA), which simulates random aggregation leading to the sol-gel transition. Then each resulting structure was modeled as an elastic beam network and numerically compressed using the finite element method (FEM). Analyses showed that the DLCA gels reproduced the scaling relationship after trimming the non-contributive dangling branches from the mechanically efficient looped networks. The dangling bond deflection (DEF) model was therefore developed to model the random rotational movement of the dangling branches and the subsequent loop structure formation. Model gels with extensive loops and negligible dangling branches were simulated by combining the DLCA and DEF models. Representation of the aerogel networks by the DLCADEF models was validated for the resemblance of the fractal geometry and elastic behavior. The lack of mechanical integrity in aerogels is a natural consequence of the random aggregation and the resulting fractal structure. Fractal clusters are created in the early stage of aggregation, each of which is characterized by a dense core and sparse perimeter. These clusters grow in size until they percolate at the gel point by knitting together at the perimeters. The gel structure possesses a "blob-and-link" architecture, with the blobs representing the rigid cores of the fractal clusters, and the links corresponding to the tenuous chains formed between the clusters at percolation. Finite element analysis illustrates that the strain energy always localizes at the links in the DLCADEF gels. Therefore the stiffness of an aerogel is reduced by the presence of these compliant links. The key to synthesizing stiffer gels is to homogenize the distribution and cross-linking of mass during the formation of the network.

  12. Flat gel polyacrylamide electrophoresis of porcine mycoplasmas.

    Wreghitt, T G; Windsor, G D; Butler, M

    1974-10-01

    The flat gel acrylamide electrophoresis technique was standardized and applied to the comparison of four species of porcine mycoplasmas. Clear differences were observed between these species, and differences were seen among the strains of Mycoplasma hyosynoviae. The clarity of the patterns and the number of bands developed was influenced by the amount of protein in the extract and the age of the culture. The technique allows the comparison of several protein extracts in parallel without the problems associated with the rearrangement of separate gel columns. PMID:4472455

  13. Process for encapsulating active agents in gels

    Yilmaz, G.; Jongboom, R.O.J.; Oosterhaven, J.

    2001-01-01

    The present invention relates to a process for encapsulating an active agent in a biopolymer in the form of a gel, comprising the steps of: a) forming a dispersion or solution of the biopolymer in water; and b) adding the active agent to the dispersion or solution obtained in step a); wherein the biopolymer is at least partially dissolved before and/or after addition of the active agent. The gels obtained with the present invention are particularly suitable for coating or impregnating packagi...

  14. Alignment and nonlinear elasticity in biopolymer gels

    Feng, Jingchen; Levine, Herbert; Mao, Xiaoming; Sander, Leonard M.

    2015-04-01

    We present a Landau-type theory for the nonlinear elasticity of biopolymer gels with a part of the order parameter describing induced nematic order of fibers in the gel. We attribute the nonlinear elastic behavior of these materials to fiber alignment induced by strain. We suggest an application to contact guidance of cell motility in tissue. We compare our theory to simulation of a disordered lattice model for biopolymers. We treat homogeneous deformations such as simple shear, hydrostatic expansion, and simple extension, and obtain good agreement between theory and simulation. We also consider a localized perturbation which is a simple model for a contracting cell in a medium.

  15. Free forming of the gel by 3D gel printer SWIM-ER

    Okada, Koji; Tase, Taishi; Saito, Azusa; Makino, Masato; Gong, Jin; Kawakami, Masaru; Furukawa, Hidemitsu

    2015-04-01

    Gels, soft and wet materials, have unique properties such as material permeability, biocompatibility and low friction, which are hardly found in hard and dry materials. These superior characteristics of hydrogels promise to expand the medical applications. In recent years, the optical 3D gel printer named SWIM-ER (Soft and Wet Industrial - Easy Realizer) was developed by our team in order to fabricate tough gels with free form. We are aiming to create artificial blood vessel of the gel material by 3D gel printer. Artificial blood vessel is expected to be used for vascular surgery practice. The artificial blood vessel made by 3D gel printer can be create to free form on the basis of the biological data of the patient. Therefore, we believe it is possible to contribute to increasing the success rate and safety of vascular surgery by creating artificial blood vessel with 3D gel printer. The modeling method of SWIM-ER is as follow. Pregel solution is polymerized by one-point UV irradiation with optical fiber. The irradiation area is controlled by computer program, so that exact 3D free forming is realized. In this study, synthesis conditions are re-examined in order to improve the degree of freedom of fabrication. The dimensional accuracy in height direction is improved by increasing the cross linker concentration. We examined the relationship of resolution to the pitch and UV irradiation time in order to improve the modeling accuracy.

  16. Effect of gel matrix confinement on the solvent dynamics in supramolecular gels.

    Kowalczuk, Joanna; Rachocki, Adam; Bielejewski, Michał; Tritt-Goc, Jadwiga

    2016-06-15

    Supramolecular gels formed by the sugar gelator of methyl-4,6-O-(p-nitrobenzylidene)-α-d-glucopyranoside (1) with 1,3-propanediol (PG) and 1-butanol (BU) were prepared with different gelator concentrations. The solvent dynamics within gels, characterized by the diffusion coefficient (D) and the spin-lattice relaxation time (T1), was the subject of NMR diffusometry and relaxometry studies. The diffusion was studied as a function of diffusion time and gelator concentrations. The relaxation time was measured as a function of Larmor frequency. The decrease of the diffusion coefficient was observed as a function of diffusion time for both gels and for all studied gelator concentrations. It is indicative of the confinement effect due to the geometrical restrictions of the gel matrix. The relaxation data for PG solvent confined in 1/PG gel revealed the low frequency dispersion (in kHz region) which is a fingerprint of a specific interaction experienced by PG solvents in the presence of the rigid structure of gelator 1 aggregates. The relaxation model, well known from the interpretation of liquid confined in nanopores as reorientations mediated by translational displacements (RMTD), was successfully applied to analyze the data of studied solvents confined in matrices of supramolecular gels. The microstructures of gel matrices were imaged by Polarized Microscopy. PMID:27003500

  17. Miconazole gel compared with Zataria multiflora Boiss. gel in the treatment of denture stomatitis.

    Amanlou, Massoud; Beitollahi, Jalil Momen; Abdollahzadeh, Shervin; Tohidast-Ekrad, Zahra

    2006-11-01

    An open, randomized, controlled study with two parallel treatment groups was done to evaluate the efficacy of a miconazole 2% gel compared with Zataria multiflora 0.1% gel applied four times daily for 2 weeks, in the treatment of Candida-associated denture stomatitis. Twenty four patients were included in the study. The efficacy variables were the colony count of Candida from the palatal mucosa and the denture surface and the erythema surface of the palatal mucosa on days 0, 7, 14, 21 and 28 after commencement of therapy. Twelve patients received miconazole gel and twelve Z. multiflora gel. The erythema surface was significantly reduced by both gels. No significant difference was seen between the two groups (p Zataria group p = 0.07 and 0.08). Miconazole treatment reduced the number of denture colonies more efficiently than Z. multiflora except for day 21 when the efficacy of both groups was similar (p = 0.17). The results indicate that Z. multiflora gel reduced the surface erythema of the palate more efficiently than miconazole gel but did not reduce the colony count of the denture surface as efficiently as miconazole. PMID:16906641

  18. Determining optimal gel sensitivity in optical CT scanning of gel dosimeters

    A method for determining the gel sensitivity that is necessary for obtaining optimal image contrast in optical CT scanning of gel dosimeters is presented. The effective dynamic range of the OCTOPUS-ONE trade mark sign research scanner (MGS Research, Inc., Madison, CT) is analyzed. Optical density increments for selected straight-line paths across a gel cylinder to be scanned are calculated based on the optical properties of the polymer gel and the dose distribution from a commercial treatment planning system (Cadplan, Varian Corporation, Palo Alto, CA). Maximum optical density increment across the entire gel is obtained by searching the gel cylinder over a set of transverse planes at different rotational angles. The application of this quantity as a criterion for optimizing the quality of the optical CT scanning is demonstrated through dose verification of two representative treatment plans. When the MU dependence of the dose distribution for a treatment plan is linear, as is the case for static field irradiation, it is possible to scale the treatment plan such that the intensity variation of the signals received by the photodetector spans its entire dynamic range. For treatment plans that are possibly nonlinear, IMRT plans, for example, modification of the sensitivity of the gel material is necessary for the high-dose signals to be collected at a certain signal-to-noise ratio. Results obtained using the optimized CT scanning approach are compared with those from the treatment planning system and the film measurement

  19. An x-ray CT polymer gel dosimetry prototype: II. Gel characterization and clinical application

    This article reports on the dosimetric properties of a new N-isopropylacrylamide, high %T, polymer gel formulation (19.5%T, 23%C), optimized for x-ray computed tomography (CT) polymer gel dosimetry (PGD). In addition, a new gel calibration technique is introduced together with an intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatment validation as an example of a clinical application of the new gel dosimeter. The dosimetric properties investigated include the temporal stability, spatial stability, batch reproducibility and dose rate dependence. The polymerization reaction is found to stabilize after 15 h post-irradiation. Spatial stability investigations reveal a small overshoot in response for gels imaged later than 36 h post-irradiation. Based on these findings, it is recommended that the new gel formulation be imaged between 1536 h after irradiation. Intra- and inter-batch reproducibility are found to be excellent over the entire range of doses studied (028 Gy). A significant dose rate dependence is found for gels irradiated between 100600 MU?min?1. Overall, the new gel is shown to have promising characteristics for CT PGD, however the implication of the observed dose rate dependence for some clinical applications remains to be determined. The new gel calibration method, based on pixel-by-pixel matching of dose and measured CT numbers, is found to be robust and to agree with the previously used region of interest technique. Pixel-by-pixel calibration is the new recommended standard for CT PGD. The dose resolution for the system was excellent, ranging from 0.20.5 Gy for doses between 020 Gy and 0.30.6 Gy for doses beyond 20 Gy. Comparison of the IMRT irradiation with planned doses yields excellent results: gamma pass rate (3%, 3 mm) of 99.3% at the isocentre slice and 93.4% over the entire treated volume. (paper)

  20. The mechanism and properties of acid-coagulated milk gels

    Chanokphat Phadungath

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Acid-coagulated milk products such as fresh acid-coagulated cheese varieties and yogurt areimportant dairy food products. However, little is known regarding the mechanisms involved in gel formation, physical properties of acid gels, and the effects of processing variables such as heat treatment and gelation temperature on the important physical properties of acid milk gels. This paper reviews the modern concepts of possible mechanisms involved in the formation of particle milk gel aggregation, along with recent developments including the use of techniques such as dynamic low amplitude oscillatory rheology to observe the gel formation process, and confocal laser scanning microscopy to monitor gel microstructure.

  1. Multiple-phase behavior and memory effect of polymer gel

    A poly(4-acrylamidosalicylic acid) gel (PASA gel) exhibits multiple phases as characterized by distinct degrees of swelling; the gel can take one of four different swelling values, but none of the intermediate values. The gel has remarkable memory: the phase behavior of the gel depends on whether the gel has experienced the most swollen phase or the most collapsed phase in the immediate past. The information is stored and reversibly erased in the form of a macroscopic phase transition behavior. The structure factors corresponding to these four phases were obtained by SANS, which indicated the presence of characteristic structures depending on pH and temperature, particularly in the shrunken state. (orig.)

  2. Iron(II)- or vanadium(IV)-containing siliceous gels

    Hutter, Frank; Schmidt, Helmut K.; Scholze, Horst

    1986-01-01

    Iron(II)-containing SiO2 gels can be prepared by the hydrolysis and condensation of tetramethoxysilane in methanolic solutions of iron(II) chloride. These gels show an absorption at 1000 nm indicating the presence of iron(II). In opposition to that, iron(II) cannot be introduced into organically modified gels of the 3-glycidyloxypropyltrimethoxysilane type. Vanadium(IV) can be incorporated into both gels. Unlike the SiO2 gels, the organically modified gels are compact and elastic. The spectra...

  3. Sol-gel additive for systems with inorganic binders

    A sol-gel additive for inorganic binder systems and sol-gel process for producing air-placed concrete and mortar by using such sol-gel additives are disclosed. Sol-gel additives for gel-derived inorganic binder systems (for example plaster, cement, lime, special slags, etc.) marked improve the consistency of such binder systems during processing or allow their consistency to be regulated. In addition, these sol-gel additives regulate setting times and substantially improve durability (chemical resistance, reduced permeability) and the mechanical properties of the set binder system. (author)

  4. Multiple-phase behavior and memory effect of polymer gel

    Annaka, M; Nakahira, T; Sugiyama, M; Hara, K; Matsuura, T

    2002-01-01

    A poly(4-acrylamidosalicylic acid) gel (PASA gel) exhibits multiple phases as characterized by distinct degrees of swelling; the gel can take one of four different swelling values, but none of the intermediate values. The gel has remarkable memory: the phase behavior of the gel depends on whether the gel has experienced the most swollen phase or the most collapsed phase in the immediate past. The information is stored and reversibly erased in the form of a macroscopic phase transition behavior. The structure factors corresponding to these four phases were obtained by SANS, which indicated the presence of characteristic structures depending on pH and temperature, particularly in the shrunken state. (orig.)

  5. Interpartical attractions and the mechanical properties of colloidal gels

    In this paper the influence of the strength of interparticle attractions on the mechanical properties of colloidal gels is explored. As attractions increase, suspensions gel. At the gel point the zero shear rate viscosity diverges while the low frequency modulus becomes measurable. In addition at the gel point, storage and loss moduli were of the same order and displayed power law sealing on oscillation frequency. With much stronger attractions, the critical strain required to rupture the gel scales in a power law manner or elastic modulus. These observations are discussed in terms of recently developed models of gel formation and dynamics

  6. Synthesis of porphyrin-introduced silica gels by sol-gel process.

    Tanaka, Hidekazu; Yamada, Toshiyuki; Sugiyama, Shinichiro; Shiratori, Hideo; Hino, Ryozi

    2005-06-15

    Using a hydroxyl group appended free base porphyrin derivative (HP), porphyrin-introduced silica gels were synthesized by a sol-gel process. The HP content in the materials linearly increased with increasing the HP concentration. Meanwhile, free base tetraphenylporphyrin (TPP) with no hydroxyl groups were almost not incorporated into the silica gels. These facts suggested that the interaction between hydroxyl groups of the HP molecules and silica network is considerably strong. The UV-vis characters of HP-introduced materials were almost the same as pure HP molecules. The Beer's plot indicated that the HP molecules in the materials are dispersed. PMID:15897099

  7. Ferramentas diagnsticas de Lentivirose de Pequenos Ruminantes: padronizao da tcnica de ELISA indireto / Diagnostic tools of small ruminant lentiviruses: standardization of indirect ELISA

    Caliandra Bona, Nascimento; Raymundo Rizaldo, Pinheiro; Francisco Selmo Fernandes, Alves; Roberta Lomonte Lemos de, Brito; Apoliana de Sousa, Rodrigues; Ricardo Ablio, Bezerra e Silva; Ney Rmulo de Oliveira, Paula; Maria do Carmo de Souza, Batista.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available As Lentiviroses de Pequenos Ruminantes (LVPR) incluem a Maedi-Visna (MV) em ovinos e a Artrite Encefalite Caprina (CAE). Essas enfermidades esto difundidas no mundo e so responsveis por grandes perdas na produtividade destes animais. Os LVPR so vrus RNA da subfamlia Lentivirinae que causam uma [...] infeco persistente, sendo a deteco precoce uma das formas mais eficientes para limitar sua disseminao no rebanho. Visando contribuir com essas questes, este experimento foi realizado na Universidade Federal do Piau (UFPI) em parceria com a Embrapa Caprinos e Ovinos, com o objetivo de padronizar a tcnica de ensaio imunoenzimtico indireto e compar-lo com a imunodifuso em gel de agarose no diagnstico da CAE. Foram utilizadas 696 amostras de soros de caprinos machos e fmeas oriundas do banco de soros da Unidade de Pesquisa de LVPR do Centro de Cincias Agrrias da UFPI. As amostras foram coletadas no perodo de janeiro de 2007 a maro de 2010. Na padronizao, verificou-se que 0,25 g de protena/poo, diluio de 1:200 do soro e concentrao de 1:3.000 do conjugado anticorpo anti-IgG cabra apresentaram os melhores resultados. O ponto de corte obtido foi de 0,36. Na comparao, o Imunodifuso em Gel de gar (IDGA) detectou 128 (18,4%) amostras positivas, e o ELISA indireto (ELISA-i), 259 (37,2%). A sensibilidade e a especificidade do teste ELISA-i com relao ao IDGA foi de 94,5% e 75,7%, respectivamente. Verificou-se maior ndice de positividade em caprinos acima de seis meses (p Abstract in english The Small Ruminant Lentiviruses (SRLVs) include Maedi-Visna (MV) of sheep and Caprine Arthritis-Encephalitis (CAE). These diseases are widespread and responsible for major production losses regarding sheep and goats. The SRLV is a RNA virus of the subfamily Lentivirus genus that causes persistent in [...] fections in goats. Early detection is one of the best ways to limit its spread in the herd. To contribute to these issues, this experiment was conducted at Universidade Federal do Piau in partnership with Embrapa Goats and Sheep, with the objective of standardizing the technique of indirect ELISA (i-ELISA) and to compare it with Immunodiffusion in Agarose Gel to diagnose Caprine Lentiviruses (LC). Six hundred ninety six serum samples were used from the University Veterinary Hospital, Universidade Federal do Piau, from January 2007 to March 2010. Standardization showed that 0.25 g protein/well, a 1:200 dilution of the serum and concentration of 1:3,000 of the conjugated anti-goat IgG presented the best results. It was observed that the Agar Gel Immunodiffusion (AGID) detected 128 (18.4%) positive samples, and ELISA, 259 (37.2%). The sensitivity and specificity of i-ELISA regarding AGID were 94.5% and 75.7%, respectively. A higher prevalence was observed among animals older than six months (p

  8. Bioluminescent Bioreporters Encapsulated in Silica Gel

    Kuncová, Gabriela; Trögl, J.; Demnerová, K.; Ripp, S.; Sayler, G. S.

    - : -, 2008, O08-2 - 1-O08-2 - 4. [XVI International Conference on Bioencapsulation. Dublin (IE), 04.09.2008-06.09.2008] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : bioluminescent bioreporter * silica gel * biosensor Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry

  9. Sol-Gel Synthesis Of Aluminoborosilicate Powders

    Bull, Jeffrey; Leiser, Daniel; Selvaduray, Guna

    1992-01-01

    Application of sol-gel process to synthesis of aluminoborosilicate powders shows potential for control of microstructures of materials. Development of materials having enhanced processing characteristics prove advantageous in extending high-temperature endurance of fibrous refractory composite insulation made from ceramic fibers.

  10. Electrophoretic Porosimetry of Sol-Gels

    Snow, L. A.; Smith, D. D.; Sibille, L.; Hunt, A. J.; Ng, J.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    It has been hypothesized that gravity has an effect on the formation and resulting microstructure of sol-gels. In order to more clearly resolve the effect of gravity, pores may be non-destructively analyzed in the wet gel, circumventing the shrinkage and coarsening associated with the drying procedure. We discuss the development of an electrophoretic technique, analogous to affinity chromatography, for the determination of pore size distribution and its application to silica gels. Specifically a monodisperse charged dye is monitored by an optical densitometer as it moves through the wet gel under the influence of an electric field. The transmittance data (output) represents the convolution of the dye concentration profile at the beginning of the run (input) with the pore size distribution (transfer function), i.e. linear systems theory applies. Because of the practical difficulty in producing a delta function input dye profile we prefer instead to use a step function. Average pore size is then related to the velocity of this dye front, while the pore size distribution is related to the spreading of the front. Preliminary results of this electrophoretic porosimetry and its application to ground and space-grown samples will be discussed.

  11. Sol-Gel Derived Hafnia Coatings

    Feldman, Jay D.; Stackpoole, Mairead; Blum, Yigal; Sacks, Michael; Ellerby, Don; Johnson, Sylvia M.; Venkatapathy, Ethiras (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Sol-gel derived hafnia coatings are being developed to provide an oxidation protection layer on ultra-high temperature ceramics for potential use in turbine engines (ultra-efficient engine technology being developed by NASA). Coatings using hafnia sol hafnia filler particles will be discussed along with sol synthesis and characterization.

  12. Non-diffusing radiochromic micelle gel

    Jordan, Kevin; Sekimoto, Masaya

    2010-11-01

    The addition of Laponite, a synthetic clay nanoparticle material to radiochromic leuco Malachite Green micelle hydrogel eliminates diffusion of the cationic dye by electrostatic binding. The clay nanoparticles also increased dose sensitivity ten-fold relative to the parent gel formulation. This material is a suitable 3D water equivalent dosimeter with optical CT readout.

  13. Effectiveness of Gel Repellents on Feral Pigeons

    Birte Stock

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Millions of feral pigeons (Columba livia live in close association with the human population in our cities. They pose serious health risks to humans and lead to high economic loss due to damage caused to buildings. Consequently, house owners and city authorities are not willing to allow pigeons on their buildings. While various avian repellents are regularly introduced onto the market, scientific proof of efficacy is lacking. This study aimed at testing the effectiveness of two avian gel repellents and additionally examined their application from animal welfare standpoint. The gels used an alleged tactile or visual aversion of the birds, reinforced by additional sensory cues. We mounted experimental shelves with the installed repellents in a pigeon loft and observed the behavior of free-living feral pigeons towards the systems. Both gels showed a restricted, transient repellent effect, but failed to prove the claimed complete effectiveness. Additionally, the gels’ adhesive effect remains doubtful in view of animal welfare because gluing of plumage presents a risk to feral pigeons and also to other non-target birds. This study infers that both gels lack the promised complete efficacy, conflict with animal welfare concerns and are therefore not suitable for feral pigeon management in urban areas.

  14. Simple Cloud Chambers Using Gel Ice Packs

    Kamata, Masahiro; Kubota, Miki

    2012-01-01

    Although cloud chambers are highly regarded as teaching aids for radiation education, school teachers have difficulty in using cloud chambers because they have to prepare dry ice or liquid nitrogen before the experiment. We developed a very simple and inexpensive cloud chamber that uses the contents of gel ice packs which can substitute for dry…

  15. Sol-gel Application in the Environment

    Kaštánek, František; Šolcová, Olga; Maléterová, Ywetta

    Maribor : Univerza v Mariboru, 2013. [Nanofuture. Maribor (SI), 03.02.2013-07.02.2013] R&D Projects: GA TA ČR TA01020804 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : sol-gel methods * biosenzors * environment monitoring Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering

  16. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of soybean seed proteins

    W. Lassocińsk; J. S. Knypl

    2015-01-01

    Four major and 14 minor protein bands were detected when total salt soluble proteins of soybean (Glycine max cultivar Warszawska) seed were subjected to polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis under nondissociating conditions, and 16 protein bands were detected under dissociating conditions. Molecular weights of three major protein fractions in PAGE SDS were determined for around 18 500, 36 000 and 80 000 daltons.

  17. Screening of mucoadhesive vaginal gel formulations

    Ana Ochoa Andrade

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Rational design of vaginal drug delivery formulations requires special attention to vehicle properties that optimize vaginal coating and retention. The aim of the present work was to perform a screening of mucoadhesive vaginal gels formulated with carbomer or carrageenan in binary combination with a second polymer (carbomer, guar or xanthan gum. The gels were characterised using in vitroadhesion, spreadability and leakage potential studies, as well as rheological measurements (stress and frequency sweep tests and the effect of dilution with simulated vaginal fluid (SVF on spreadability. Results were analysed using analysis of variance and multiple factor analysis. The combination of polymers enhanced adhesion of both primary gelling agents, carbomer and carrageenan. From the rheological point of view all formulations presented a similar behaviour, prevalently elastic and characterised by loss tangent values well below 1. No correlation between rheological and adhesion behaviour was found. Carbomer and carrageenan gels containing the highest percentage of xanthan gum displayed good in vitro mucoadhesion and spreadability, minimal leakage potential and high resistance to dilution. The positive results obtained with carrageenan-xanthan gum-based gels can encourage the use of natural biocompatible adjuvants in the composition of vaginal products, a formulation field that is currently under the synthetic domain.

  18. Matching Two-dimensional Gel Electrophoresis' Spots

    Dos Anjos, António; AL-Tam, Faroq; Shahbazkia, Hamid Reza; Ersbøll, Bjarne Kjær

    This paper describes an approach for matching Two-Dimensional Electrophoresis (2-DE) gels' spots, involving the use of image registration. The number of false positive matches produced by the proposed approach is small, when compared to academic and commercial state-of-the-art approaches. This...

  19. Polyacrylamide gel polymerization with adjustable gelation rate

    Wiesner, Ivo; Wiesnerová, Dana

    2002-01-01

    Roč. 32, - (2002), s. 740-742. ISSN 0736-6205 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KSK5052113; GA ČR GA521/00/0075 Keywords : polyacrylamide gel Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 2.173, year: 2002

  20. The repton model of gel electrophoresis

    Barkema, G. T.; Newman, M. E. J.

    1996-01-01

    We discuss the repton model of agarose gel electrophoresis of DNA. We review previous results, both analytic and numerical, as well as presenting a new numerical algorithm for the efficient simulation of the model, and suggesting a new approach to the model's analytic solution.

  1. 3D gel printing for soft-matter systems innovation

    Furukawa, Hidemitsu; Kawakami, Masaru; Gong, Jin; Makino, Masato; Kabir, M. Hasnat; Saito, Azusa

    2015-04-01

    In the past decade, several high-strength gels have been developed, especially from Japan. These gels are expected to use as a kind of new engineering materials in the fields of industry and medical as substitutes to polyester fibers, which are materials of artificial blood vessels. We consider if various gel materials including such high-strength gels are 3D-printable, many new soft and wet systems will be developed since the most intricate shape gels can be printed regardless of the quite softness and brittleness of gels. Recently we have tried to develop an optical 3D gel printer to realize the free-form formation of gel materials. We named this apparatus Easy Realizer of Soft and Wet Industrial Materials (SWIM-ER). The SWIM-ER will be applied to print bespoke artificial organs, including artificial blood vessels, which will be possibly used for both surgery trainings and actual surgery. The SWIM-ER can print one of the world strongest gels, called Double-Network (DN) gels, by using UV irradiation through an optical fiber. Now we also are developing another type of 3D gel printer for foods, named E-Chef. We believe these new 3D gel printers will broaden the applications of soft-matter gels.

  2. (3-Mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane-derived Porous Gel Monolith via Thioacetal Reaction-Assisted Sol-Gel Route

    Porous gel monolith was synthesized by reacting (3-mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane (MPTMS) with acetone on acidic conditions. It is known that MPTMS itself is difficult to turn into gel on acidic conditions and instead oligomers are obtained owing to the large mercaptopropyl group. In our system, the gels were obtained since acetone worked as a cross-linker via thioacetal reaction. Additionally, Au ions were selectively adsorbed on the obtained gel. When an obtained white gel was soaked in a chloroauric acid solution, the gel turned brown and was getting dark depending on the soaked time; on the other hand, the color of the solution turned from yellow to colorless.

  3. (3-Mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane-derived Porous Gel Monolith via Thioacetal Reaction-Assisted Sol-Gel Route

    Ito, S.; Nishi, M.; Kanamori, K.; Nakanishi, K.; Kurahashi, T.; Matsubara, S.; Shimotsuma, Y.; Miura, K.; Hirao, K.

    2011-10-01

    Porous gel monolith was synthesized by reacting (3-mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane (MPTMS) with acetone on acidic conditions. It is known that MPTMS itself is difficult to turn into gel on acidic conditions and instead oligomers are obtained owing to the large mercaptopropyl group. In our system, the gels were obtained since acetone worked as a cross-linker via thioacetal reaction. Additionally, Au ions were selectively adsorbed on the obtained gel. When an obtained white gel was soaked in a chloroauric acid solution, the gel turned brown and was getting dark depending on the soaked time; on the other hand, the color of the solution turned from yellow to colorless.

  4. Diffusion measurement in ferrous infused gel dosimeters

    Background: The compositions of Ferrous sulphate, Agarose and Xylenol orange dye and Ferrous sulphate, Gelatin and Xylenol orange dye in solution of distilled water and sulphuric acid are two tissue-equivalent gel dosimeters. Ionizing radiation causes oxidation of Fe2+ ion to Fe3+ ions which diffuse through the gel matrix and blur the image of absorbed dose over a period of hours after irradiation. Materials and methods: 25 m M sulphuric acid, 0.4 mm ferrous ammonium sulphate, 0.2 mm xylenol orange dye and 1% by weight agarose in distilled water named Agarose and Xylenol orange dye and 0.1 mm ferrous ammonium sulphate, 0.1 mm xylenol orange dye, 50 mm sulphuric acid and 5% by weight gelatin in distilled water named Gelatin and Xylenol orange dye are used as two gel dosimeters. All chemicals were supplied by Sigma Ald ridge Company, Germany. The gels were poured in Perspex casts and were irradiated to a beam of X ray from linear accelerators or X ray machine. Results: In this study diffusion coefficients of Agarose and Xylenol orange dye and Gelatin and Xylenol orange dye dosimeters have been measured through a computer program for different temperature. The ferric ion diffusion coefficient (D) for the Agarose and Xylenol orange dye and Gelatin and Xylenol orange dye dosimeters were measured as (1.19.±0.03) x 10-2 cm2.hr -1 and (0.83±0.03) x 10-2 cm2.hr-1 respectively at room temperature. Conclusion: For both dosimeters the diffusion coefficients decreased with gel storage temperatures down to 6 digC. Gelatin and Xylenol orange dye dosimeters have advantage of lower diffusion coefficient for a specified temperature

  5. Gel2DE - A software tool for correlation analysis of 2D gel electrophoresis data

    ye, Ola Kristoffer; Jrgensen, Katarina Mariann; Hjelle, Sigrun Margrethe; Sulen, Andr; Ulvang, Dag Magne; Gjertsen, Bjrn Tore

    2013-01-01

    Background: Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2DE) is a powerful technique for studying protein isoforms and their modifications. Existing commercial 2D image analysis tools rely on spot detection that limits analysis of complex protein profiles, e.g. spot appearance/disappearance or overlapping spots. Pixel-by-pixel correlation analysis, an analysis technique for identifying relations between protein patterns in gel images and external variables, can overcome such limitations in...

  6. Study of nuclear glasses alteration gel and synthesis of some model gels

    This work deals with the general problem of alteration of the reference nuclear glass R7T7. Attention is paid particularly to the altered layer formed at the glass surface during alteration process. In opposition to previous works, related essentially to glass dissolution kinetics based on chemical analyses of lixiviated elements, this thesis deals with alteration problems through structural studies of the reference glass and derived gel. This approach allows the determination of mechanisms for the gel formation and a better understanding of the behaviour of glasses towards lixiviation. Both approaches appeared complementary. Based on several spectroscopic techniques, this work showed the particular role of cations such as calcium, zirconium and iron. Studies of silica-based synthetic gels showed the synergic effect of formers cation and of one highly coordinated cation. The variation of the wavenumber related to Si-O-Si asymmetric stretching vibration can be correlated to O/Si ratio for ternary systems Si/Na/Zr. On the contrary, the Si losses of the materials depend on the number of non-bridging oxygen atoms. In the perspective of long-term behaviour, the alteration gel presents better characteristics than initial glass. It is therefore a highly stable material in static conditions. In the same way, synthetic gels are materials with very low solubilities (much lower than the alteration gel) and could be used as confining matrices. (authors). refs., 71 figs., 37 tabs

  7. Interaction between Crosslinked Polyelectrolyte Gels and Oppositely Charged Surfactants

    Nilsson, Peter

    2007-01-01

    The interactions between anionic, crosslinked gels and cationic surfactants have been investigated. When exposed to oppositely charged surfactant, the gel collapses into a dense complex of polyion and micelles. During deswelling, the gel phase separates into a micelle-rich, collapsed surface phase, and a swollen, micelle-free core, both still part of the same network. As more surfactant is absorbed, the surface phase grows at the expense of the core, until the entire gel has collapsed. Polyac...

  8. Metal-doped organic gels and method thereof

    Satcher, Jr., Joe H. (Patterson, CA); Baumann, Theodore F. (Tracy, CA)

    2007-10-23

    Disclosed herein is a sol-gel polymerization process for synthesizing metal-doped organic gels. The process polymerizes metal salts of hydroxylated benzenes or hydroxylated benzene derivatives with alkyl or aryl aldehydes to form metal-doped, wet, organic gels. The gels can then be dried by supercritical solvent extraction to form metal-doped aerogels or by evaporation to form metal-doped xerogels. The aerogels and xerogels can then be pyrolyzed.

  9. Surface Properties of Aerated Ion-induced Whey Protein Gels

    Tomczyńska-Mleko, Marta; Terpiłowski, Konrad; Mleko, Stanisław; Kwiatkowski, Cezary; Kawecka-Radomska, Małgorzata

    2014-01-01

    Aerated whey protein gels were formed using calcium chloride, magnesium chloride or iron (II) chloride induced gelation of pre-denatured protein dispersions. The structure of the obtained gel surface depends on the type and concentration of added salt. Higher cation concentration produced gels a with higher quadratic mean of the surface roughness and maximum roughness height. Aerated gels of optimal properties for retaining air bubbles were characterized by similar surface roughness. The surf...

  10. Gel dosimetry for HDR Brachytherapy 3-D distribution through MRI

    Gel dosimetry using MRI is increasingly being utilized in contemporary literature. In our work we investigated the calibration of an acrylic gel by means of imaging with magnetic resonance and its application to the dose measurement in a 3D distribution 192Ir HDR brachytherapy treatment. Early gel dosimetry used Fricke gels and T1 relaxation time. In 2001 Fong et al. introduced a new normoxic gel known as ''MAGIC'' gel, the main components of which are Metacrylic Acid (polymer) and Hydroquinone ( polymerizing inhibitor). For this material, the evidence of radiation dose is indicated by a change in the T2 relaxation time on an MR image. Later studies varied concentrations of the MAGIC gel components in order to observe its effect and the behavior of the gel sensitivity, for magnetic fields over 0.5 T. In the 1980s a series of studies on dose quantification using magnetic resonance images and Fricke gels were performed by evaluating T1 signal through means of an Inversion Recovery technique. Polymer gels have been developed to avoid the adverse effects of oxygen that plague Fricke gels. Normoxic gels have a component which helps to capture the oxygen dissolved in the gel (MAGIC). For these type of gels, measurements of T2 are made using a Spin-Echo technique. For both groups of gels, the Relaxativity compared to either T1 or T2 varies linearly with the absorbed dose. Novotny et al. has obtained a dose response curve for BANG-2 gel showing a linear relationship of 1/T2 vs D[Gy]. In the work presented here we tested and found the same linear relation between spin-spin relaxation (R2=1/T2) versus dose up to 8.0Gy

  11. Photochromic properties of spirooxazine dyes in ormocer gels and coatings

    Hou, Lisong; Mennig, Martin; Schmidt, Helmut K.

    1992-01-01

    The wet- and "cold"-chemical characteristic of sol-gel process makes the sol-gel derived materials offer exciting potentials as hosts for photochromic dyes. In the present work, using mixed organically modified silicon alkoxides as starting compounds a novel ORMOCER material has been prepared via the sol-gel process as a host for spirooxazines. The photochromic properties of the dyes in the ORMOCER gel and coating are compared with those in ethanol. The experimental results show that both the...

  12. Comparison Between the Elasticity of Polyacrylamide and Polyacrylic Gels

    Benguigui, L.

    1995-01-01

    We measured the Young modulus E of polyacrylamide and polyacrylic gels as a function of the crosslink and polymer concentrations. We found that the variation of E with these two parameters is completely different for the two kinds of gels. For the polyacrylic gels, E is an increasing function of the crosslink and polymer concentrations. However, in the case of the polyacrylamide gels, E increases with polymer concentration but not always with the crosslink concentration. For low polymer conce...

  13. Improvements in or relating to the drying of gel materials

    A process is described for the drying of a gel material, comprising mixing together steam and gas in controlled amounts to form a mixture, feeding the mixture to a gel material to be dried thereby to contact the gel material with an atmosphere containing steam and gas in controlled amounts and thereby dry the gel material. One application of the process is in the production of ceramic particles for nuclear fuels. (author)

  14. Relationship between texture of gels and flavour release

    Koliandris, Andreas

    2009-01-01

    To provide further insight into the relationship between the structure of hydrocolloid solutions and gels and perception of taste and flavour, solutions of gelatin and locust bean gum, and gels prepared from mixtures of (a) high acyl and low acyl gellan (b) carrageenan and locust bean gum were studied. Both solutions contained sodium chloride and the gels were flavoured with ethyl butyrate. The gels were classified from rheological measurements into 3 categories: strong/brittle, intermedi...

  15. Prenatal Virilization Associated with Paternal Testosterone Gel Therapy

    Anisha Patel; Scott A. Rivkees

    2010-01-01

    Transdermal testosterone gels are used in the treatment of hypoandrogenism of males. Virilization due to exposure to testosterone gels has been reported in children resulting in a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning about secondary exposure to these products. At present, we are unaware of prenatal virilization associated with unintentional testosterone gel exposure. We report prenatal virilization in a female infant due to secondary maternal exposure to the father's testosterone gel...

  16. Methods of Manufacturing Bioactive Gels from Extracellular Matrix Material

    Kentner, Kimberly A. (Inventor); Stuart, Katherine A. (Inventor); Janis, Abram D. (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    The present invention is directed to methods of manufacturing bioactive gels from ECM material, i.e., gels which retain bioactivity, and can serve as scaffolds for preclinical and clinical tissue engineering and regenerative medicine approaches to tissue reconstruction. The manufacturing methods take advantage of a new recognition that bioactive gels from ECM material can be created by digesting particularized ECM material in an alkaline environment and neutralizing to provide bioactive gels.

  17. Polymer gel dosimetry system for radiation therapy

    Purpose/Objective: Recently developed treatment modalities such as stereotactic and conformal radiation therapy produce complex dose distributions which are difficult or impractical to measure with conventional dosimetry instrumentation. Three-dimensional treatment planning systems which purport to calculate these complex dose distributions should be compared to experimental results before being routinely applied to clinical problems. There is a need for a new class of tissue-equivalent dosimeters capable of providing accurate, high resolution, time-integrated and three dimensional dose distributions. The recently developed BANG polymer gel dosimetry system (MGS Research, Inc., Guilford, CT) is ideally suited for the task described above. Physico-chemical principles of the polymer gel dosimetry are presented, together with examples of its application to radiation therapy. Data analysis and display program, written for Macintosh computer, is demonstrated. Materials and Methods: Radiation-induced polymerization of acrylic monomers, which are dispersed in tissue-equivalent gelatin, has been shown to be dependent on the dose, but independent of the dose rate or photon energy. Therefore, the spatial distribution of polymer in the gel is precisely representative of the dose distribution. As the polymeric microparticles reduce the water proton NMR relaxation times in the gel, the dose distribution can be measured with high resolution and accuracy using magnetic resonance imaging. Also, as these microparticles cannot diffuse through the gelatin matrix, their distribution is permanent. An improved formulation of the BANG dosimeter consists of 3% w/v acrylic acid, 3% N,N'-methylene-bis-acrylamide, 1% sodium hydroxide, 5% gelatin, and 88% water. MR images are transferred via a local network to a Macintosh computer, and R2 maps constructed on the basis of multiple TE images, using a non-linear least squares fit based on the Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm. A dose-to-R2 calibration function was created by fitting a polynomial to a set of dose and R2 data points. This calibration function is then applied to all other R2 maps, so that dose maps can be displayed, analysed and annotated. Isodose curves, beam profiles, and central axis depth dose curves may be created, and numerical values exported for comparison with corresponding data from treatment planning computer software. Results: Gels were irradiated by X rays in the 6-20 MV range and up to 20 MeV electron beams, using a range of field sizes and dose rates in the range 40-400 cGy/min, as well as by an unshielded high activity source of 192Ir. The results obtained from the polymer gels were compared to those calculated by a commercially available treatment planning system, and the agreement was found to be within the range of experimental error. Having established the ability of the polymer gel system to accurately determine well-established dose distributions, they were then applied to the more complex problems posed by the dynamic wedge, stereotactic radiosurgery, conformal therapy, and shielded sources. Wherever comparisons with standard methods were possible, the agreement was excellent. Conclusion: There is excellent agreement between the dose distributions predicted using standard treatment planning systems and those determined using the polymer gel method, and the clinical practical utility of MRI-based polymer gel dosimetry is thereby demonstrated

  18. Formulation and method for preparing gels comprising hydrous hafnium oxide

    Collins, Jack L; Hunt, Rodney D; Montgomery, Frederick C

    2013-08-06

    Formulations useful for preparing hydrous hafnium oxide gels contain a metal salt including hafnium, an acid, an organic base, and a complexing agent. Methods for preparing gels containing hydrous hafnium oxide include heating a formulation to a temperature sufficient to induce gel formation, where the formulation contains a metal salt including hafnium, an acid, an organic base, and a complexing agent.

  19. Formulation and method for preparing gels comprising hydrous cerium oxide

    Collins, Jack L; Chi, Anthony

    2013-05-07

    Formulations useful for preparing hydrous cerium oxide gels contain a metal salt including cerium, an organic base, and a complexing agent. Methods for preparing gels containing hydrous cerium oxide include heating a formulation to a temperature sufficient to induce gel formation, where the formulation contains a metal salt including cerium, an organic base, and a complexing agent.

  20. 21 CFR 520.1453 - Moxidectin and praziquantel gel.

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Moxidectin and praziquantel gel. 520.1453 Section 520.1453 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... and praziquantel gel. (a) Specifications. Each milliliter of gel contains 20 milligrams (mg)...

  1. 21 CFR 520.1242f - Levamisole hydrochloride gel.

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Levamisole hydrochloride gel. 520.1242f Section 520.1242f Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... Levamisole hydrochloride gel. (a) Specifications. The drug is a gel containing 11.5 percent...

  2. 21 CFR 520.1720d - Phenylbutazone gel.

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Phenylbutazone gel. 520.1720d Section 520.1720d... DRUGS, FEEDS, AND RELATED PRODUCTS ORAL DOSAGE FORM NEW ANIMAL DRUGS 520.1720d Phenylbutazone gel. (a) Specifications. Each 30 grams of gel contains 4 grams of phenylbutazone. (b) Sponsor. See No. 061623 in ...

  3. Nanoscale Silicon Dioxide Prepared by Sol-Gel Process

    Hui Gao; Junling Yang

    2010-01-01

    Nanoscale silicon dioxide has been prepared with tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) by sol-gel process. The optimum process conditions have been obtained by investigating the effect of formulation, temperature, catalyst and etc. on its gel morphology, gel time, and particle size.

  4. Novel carboxy functionalized sol-gel precursors

    Wolter, H.; Storch, W.; Gellermann, C. [Fraunhofer-Inst. fuer Silicatforschung, Wuerzburg (Germany)

    1996-12-31

    A novel family of inorganic-organic copolymers (ORMOCER`s) derived from urethane- and thioether(meth)acrylate alkoxysilanes has been successfully exploited for a variety of diverse applications. In order to widen the range of applications an additional functionality (carboxy group) has been incorporated int his silane type. Conventional sol-gel processing facilitates the formation of an inorganic Si-O-Si-network via hydrolysis and polycondensation reactions of alkoxysilyl moieties and in addition, the (meth)acrylate groups are available for radically induced polymerization to obtain a complementary organic polymer structure. The presence of a carboxy group would appear to have great potential for a range of diverse areas of application, such as an internal catalyst for the sol-gel process, complexation of elements such as Zr and Ti, increasing the adhesion to various substrates and modification of solubility. A number of novel silanes and their syntheses will be described in this paper.

  5. Carbon Redox-Polymer-Gel Hybrid Supercapacitors

    Vlad, A.; Singh, N.; Melinte, S.; Gohy, J.-F.; Ajayan, P.M.

    2016-01-01

    Energy storage devices that provide high specific power without compromising on specific energy are highly desirable for many electric-powered applications. Here, we demonstrate that polymer organic radical gel materials support fast bulk-redox charge storage, commensurate to surface double layer ion exchange at carbon electrodes. When integrated with a carbon-based electrical double layer capacitor, nearly ideal electrode properties such as high electrical and ionic conductivity, fast bulk redox and surface charge storage as well as excellent cycling stability are attained. Such hybrid carbon redox-polymer-gel electrodes support unprecedented discharge rate of 1,000C with 50% of the nominal capacity delivered in less than 2?seconds. Devices made with such electrodes hold the potential for battery-scale energy storage while attaining supercapacitor-like power performances. PMID:26917470

  6. Carbon Redox-Polymer-Gel Hybrid Supercapacitors

    Vlad, A.; Singh, N.; Melinte, S.; Gohy, J.-F.; Ajayan, P. M.

    2016-02-01

    Energy storage devices that provide high specific power without compromising on specific energy are highly desirable for many electric-powered applications. Here, we demonstrate that polymer organic radical gel materials support fast bulk-redox charge storage, commensurate to surface double layer ion exchange at carbon electrodes. When integrated with a carbon-based electrical double layer capacitor, nearly ideal electrode properties such as high electrical and ionic conductivity, fast bulk redox and surface charge storage as well as excellent cycling stability are attained. Such hybrid carbon redox-polymer-gel electrodes support unprecedented discharge rate of 1,000C with 50% of the nominal capacity delivered in less than 2 seconds. Devices made with such electrodes hold the potential for battery-scale energy storage while attaining supercapacitor-like power performances.

  7. Ceramica sphere production by a gel casting

    The technology of (Th,U)O2 microspheres production by gel casting and subsequente thermal treatment has been transferred from NUKEM GmbH assisted by Kraftwerk Union A.G., both West Germany, to NUCLEBRAS, where it was jointly adapted to produce microspheres suitable for pressing. As a result, there are now available various possibilities to produce ceramic spheres with different characteristics that can be used in different applications. Examples of these characteristics are the range of gel sphere diameters (200 to 5000 μmm) and the value of the specific surface (about 50m2/g for calcined (Th, U)O2 and potentially higher than m2/g for other ceramic materials) (Author)

  8. Local mobility and topology in gels

    In the first section of this two part report entitled 'Separation of the motion around cross-link points from main chain motion in network samples' by Higgins, Ma and Hall, experimental evidence for topologically dependent diffusion in gels and rubbers is presented from high resolution neutron scattering experiments on deuterium labelled model trifunctional networks which show that the junction points move more slowly than the free chain centres by a factor of about two. In the second part by Warner entitled 'The dynamics of particular points on a polymer chain', the diffusional dynamics of particular points of a polymer chain is calculated in the Rouse approximation. The points considered correspond, in the case of incoherent neutron scattering, to the proton-labelled free ends of chains, crosslinks between chains in rubbers or gels, or the central monomers in branched or star polymers. Results derived are also relevant to NMR, ESR and computer simulation experiments. (U.K.)

  9. Fundamentals of MRI measurements for gel dosimetry

    Deene, Y de [MR department (-1K12), Ghent University Hospital, De Pintelaan 185, 9000 Gent (Belgium)

    2004-01-01

    In radiotherapy gel dosimetry a humanoid phantom is irradiated according to the planned treatment of a patient. This results in a three-dimensional dose distribution. In order to read-out the gel dosimeter phantom, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is often used. Due to specific disturbances both the spatial and the dose reliability can be compromised. It is essential that the measurement sequence is optimized and that possible imaging artifacts are compensated in such a way that the proposed spatial and dose accuracy are met. In this review, several sources of disturbances are treated and compensation strategies are proposed. A code of good practice for the read-out technique is proposed. Finally, a tool for quality control of the imaging sequence is presented.

  10. Gel Polymer Electrolytes Based on PMMA

    Vondrák, Jiří; Klápště, Břetislav; Velická, Jana; Reiter, Jakub

    Vol. 1. Brno : Akademické nakladatelství CERM, 2000 - (Vondrák, J.; Sedlaříková, M.), s. 1.1-1.4 ISBN 80-214-1614-9. [Advanced Batteries and Accumulators /1./. Brno (CZ), 28.08.2000-01.09.2000] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA4032002; GA MŠk ME 216 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4032918 Keywords : PMMA * gel * electrolytes Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry

  11. Ring-Resonator/Sol-Gel Interferometric Immunosensor

    Bearman, Gregory; Cohen, David

    2007-01-01

    A proposed biosensing system would be based on a combination of (1) a sensing volume containing antibodies immobilized in a sol-gel matrix and (2) an optical interferometer having a ring resonator configuration. The antibodies would be specific to an antigen species that one seeks to detect. In the ring resonator of the proposed system, light would make multiple passes through the sensing volume, affording greater interaction length and, hence, greater antibody- detection sensitivity.

  12. Films by sol-gel processes

    Schmidt, Helmut K.

    1988-01-01

    The sol-gel process is a method for the preparation of inorganic materials and organically modified ceramics by "soft" chemistry. The possibility of adjusting the rheology of intermediates leads to products for coating procedures. As coating techniques dip, spin-on, spray, roll, and others are possible. Different applications for glasses are possible: to improve the surface properties of glass (e.g. strength) and to generate special effects or functions (optical, chemical reactivity, sensitiv...

  13. Gel Evolution in Oil Based Drilling Fluids

    Sandvold, Ida

    2012-01-01

    Drilling fluids make up an essential part of the drilling operation. Successful drilling operations rely on adequate drilling fluid quality. With the development of new drilling techniques such as long deviated sections and drilling in ultra-deep waters, the standard of required performance of the drilling fluids continue to increase. Narrow pressure margins and low tolerance for barite sag requires accurate prediction of the gel evolution in drilling fluids. Increased knowledge of how dri...

  14. Silver staining of proteins in polyacrylamide gels

    Chevallet, Mireille; Luche, Sylvie; Rabilloud, Thierry

    2007-01-01

    Silver staining is used to detect proteins after electrophoretic separation on polyacrylamide gels. It combines excellent sensitivity (in the low nanogram range) whilst using very simple and cheap equipment and chemicals. It is compatible with downstream processing such as mass spectrometry analysis after protein digestion. The sequential phases of silver staining are protein fixation, then sensitization, then silver impregnation and finally image development. Several variants of silver stain...

  15. Ultrasensitive fluorescence detection of DNA sequencing gels

    Mathies, R.A.

    1991-01-01

    During the three years of this grant we have: (1) Developed and applied a new theory for optimizing high-sensitivity fluorescence detection. (2) Developed and patented a new high-sensitivity confocal-fluorescence laser-excited gel-scanner. (3) Applied this scanner to the development of a new class of versatile and sensitive fluorescent dyes for DNA detection. (4) Developed methods for the detection of single fluorescent molecules by fluorescence burst detection. 11 refs., 10 figs.

  16. Sol-gel Technology for Sensor Applications (Review Paper

    N. K. Chaudhury

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Sol-gel processes refer to the transition of predefined compositions of inorganic alkoxidesprecursors from liquid sol phase to solid gel phase. The phenomenon of sol-gel was known tomankind for more than 150 years. It is because of concerted efforts of researchers frommultidisciplinary fields, sol-gel science transformed to technology. Several products are alreadycommercially available for applications in optical coatings, nanocomposites, and public healthcare.Potential applications in the areas of biosensors and environmental monitoring are expected.Newer applications with nanotechnology appear too exciting. An attempt has been made toaddress important applications of sol-gel technology, particularly in sensing techniques fromthe defence perspective.

  17. Role of gel dosimeters in boron neutron capture therapy

    Gel dosimeters have acquired a unique status in radiotherapy, especially with the advent of the new techniques in which there is a need for three-dimensional dose measurement with high spatial resolution. One of the techniques in which the use of gel dosimeters has drawn the attention of the researchers is the boron neutron capture therapy. Exploring the history of gel dosimeters, this paper sets out to study their role in the boron neutron capture therapy dosimetric process. - Highlights: • Gel dosimeters have been investigated. • Conventional dosimetric proses of BNCT has been investigated. • Role of gel dosimeters in BNCT has been investigated

  18. Sol-gel method for encapsulating molecules

    Brinker, C. Jeffrey; Ashley, Carol S.; Bhatia, Rimple; Singh, Anup K.

    2002-01-01

    A method for encapsulating organic molecules, and in particular, biomolecules using sol-gel chemistry. A silica sol is prepared from an aqueous alkali metal silicate solution, such as a mixture of silicon dioxide and sodium or potassium oxide in water. The pH is adjusted to a suitably low value to stabilize the sol by minimizing the rate of siloxane condensation, thereby allowing storage stability of the sol prior to gelation. The organic molecules, generally in solution, is then added with the organic molecules being encapsulated in the sol matrix. After aging, either a thin film can be prepared or a gel can be formed with the encapsulated molecules. Depending upon the acid used, pH, and other processing conditions, the gelation time can be from one minute up to several days. In the method of the present invention, no alcohols are generated as by-products during the sol-gel and encapsulation steps. The organic molecules can be added at any desired pH value, where the pH value is generally chosen to achieve the desired reactivity of the organic molecules. The method of the present invention thereby presents a sufficiently mild encapsulation method to retain a significant portion of the activity of the biomolecules, compared with the activity of the biomolecules in free solution.

  19. Gel Electrophoresis of Gold-DNA Nanoconjugates

    W. J. Parak

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Gold-DNA conjugates were investigated in detail by a comprehensive gel electrophoresis study based on 1200 gels. A controlled number of single-stranded DNA of different length was attached specifically via thiol-Au bonds to phosphine-stabilized colloidal gold nanoparticles. Alternatively, the surface of the gold particles was saturated with single stranded DNA of different length either specifically via thiol-Au bonds or by nonspecific adsorption. From the experimentally determined electrophoretic mobilities, estimates for the effective diameters of the gold-DNA conjugates were derived by applying two different data treatment approaches. The first method is based on making a calibration curve for the relation between effective diameters and mobilities with gold nanoparticles of known diameter. The second method is based on Ferguson analysis which uses gold nanoparticles of known diameter as reference database. Our study shows that effective diameters derived from gel electrophoresis measurements are affected with a high error bar as the determined values strongly depend on the method of evaluation, though relative changes in size upon binding of molecules can be detected with high precision. Furthermore, in this study, the specific attachment of DNA via gold-thiol bonds to Au nanoparticles is compared to nonspecific adsorption of DNA. Also, the maximum number of DNA molecules that can be bound per particle was determined.

  20. Sol-gel based optical chemical sensors

    Lobnik, Aleksandra; Korent Urek, Špela; Turel, Matejka; Frančič, Nina

    2011-05-01

    The growing activity in the field of optical chemical sensors has resulted in numerous sensing schemes, new indicator dyes, various polymeric matrix, size and shapes and highly diversified methods of immobilization. The sensor characteristics are dependent upon the choice of indicator, polymer, immobilization technique, and also size. Sol-gel technology provides a low-temperature method for obtaining porous silicate glass matrices. It enables to obtain material in the form of films, powders, monoliths, fibres or nanoparticles. Organic reagents and molecular receptors can be easily immobilized in the matrices. Moreover, one of the unique features of the sol-gel process is that the properties of the final network structure, such as hydrophobicity, thickness, porosity, flexibility, reactivity and stability can be easily tailored by controlling the process conditions, the type and the size of the precursors and catalysis. Here we will report about several sensor designed over the years based on sol-gel materials for monitoring and controlling different parameters, such as heavy metals, amines, phosphates, organophosphates.

  1. Development of Stable Restructured Mango Gel

    D.K. Das Gupta

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Restructured mango gel was prepared by alginate texturization of mango pulp using sodium alginate, glucono-δ-lactone and calcium hydrogen orthophosphate. The requisite quantities of the chemical additives were mixed, added together to the neutralized mango pulp in a mixer and allowed to set at 4°C for 16 h. The mango gel was cut into 1.5 cm cubes and stabilized by Hurdle Technology (HT through adjustment of water activity to 0.89, pH 4.4 and pasteurization in polypropylene pouches. Storage studies were carried out in foil laminate packs at three different temperatures i.e. 4°C, RT (20-33°C and 37°C and evaluated for chemical parameters, Hunter colour values as well as microbiological and organoleptic characteristics. Studies showed that HT preserved texturized mango gel could be kept in acceptable condition up to 12 months at RT and 6 months at 37°C. During storage a considerable reduction in sulphur dioxide, carotenoids and an increase in acidity were observed. Decrease in L, a, b values was also observed in all the samples stored under different temperatures. The product was also found to be microbiologically stable and safe up to 12 m.

  2. PRONIOSOMAL GEL OF FLURBIPROFEN: FORMULATION AND EVALUATION

    Prajapati SK

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this research is to design proniosomal gel drug delivery system of flurbiprofen in a trial to overcome the adverse effects associated with oral administration of the drug. This can be overcome by the use of vesicular drug delivery system. Encapsulation of a drug in vesicular structure can be predicted to prolong the existence of the drug in the systemic circulation and thus enhance penetration into target tissue and reduce toxicity. Due to the limited solvent system present, the proniosomes formed were the mixture of many phases of liquid crystal, viz. lamellar, hexagonal and cubic phase liquid crystals. The potential of proniosomes as a transdermal drug delivery system of flurbiprofen was investigated by encapsulating the drug in various formulations of proniosomal gel composed of various ratios of sorbitan fatty acid esters, cholesterol, prepared by coacervation-phase separation method. The formulated systems were characterized in vitro for size, vesicle count, drug entrapment, drug release profiles and vesicular stability at different storage conditions. Stability studies for proniosomal gel were carried out for 4 weeks. The method of proniosome loading resulted in an encapsulation yield of 30.6 – 75.4%. Invitro studies showed prolonged release of entrapped flurbiprofen. At refrigerated conditions, higher drug retention was observed. It is evident from this study that proniosomes are a promising prolonged delivery system for flurbiprofen and have reasonably good stability characteristics.

  3. The formation and structure of Olympic gels

    Fischer, J.; Lang, M.; Sommer, J.-U.

    2015-12-01

    Different methods for creating Olympic gels are analyzed using computer simulations. First ideal reference samples are obtained from freely interpenetrating semi-dilute solutions and melts of cyclic polymers. The distribution of pairwise concatenations per cyclic molecule is given by a Poisson-distribution and can be used to describe the elastic structure of the gels. Several batches of linear chains decorated with different selectively binding groups at their ends are mixed in the "DNA Origami" technique and network formation is realized. While the formation of cyclic molecules follows mean field predictions below overlap of the precursor molecules, an enhanced ring formation above overlap is found that is not explained by mean field arguments. The "progressive construction" method allows to create Olympic gels with a single reaction step from a concentrated mixture of large compressed rings with a low weight fraction of short chains that are below overlap concentration. This method, however, is limited by the difficulty to obtain a sufficiently high degree of polymerization of the large rings.

  4. Sol–gel processing of carbidic glasses

    L M Manocha; E Yasuda; Y Tanabe; S Manocha; D Vashistha

    2000-02-01

    Carbon incorporation into the silicate network results in the formation of rigid carbidic glasses with improved physical, mechanical and thermal properties. This generated great interest in the development of these heteroatom structured materials through different processing routes. In the present studies, sol–gel processing has been used to prepare silicon based glasses, especially oxycarbides through organic–inorganic hybrid gels by hydrolysis–condensation reactions in silicon alkoxides, 1,4-butanediol and furfuryl alcohol with an aim to introduce Si–C linkages in the precursors at sol level. The incorporation of these linkages has been studied using IR and NMR spectroscopy. These bonds, so introduced, are maintained throughout the processing, especially during pyrolysis to high temperatures. In FFA–TEOS system, copolymerization with optimized mol ratio of the two results in resinous mass. This precursor on pyrolysis to 1000°C results in Si–O–C type amorphous solid black mass. XRD studies on the materials heated to 1400°C exhibit presence of crystalline Si–C and cristobalites in amorphous Si–O–C mass. In organic–inorganic gel system, the pyrolysed mass exhibits phase stability up to much higher temperatures. The carbidic materials so produced have been found to exhibit good resistance against oxidation at 1000°C.

  5. Laser-scanned Agarose Gel Sections for Radiation Field Mapping

    Purpose: A dedicated laser scanning system has been applied to the measurement of optical density change in ferrous sulphate-xylenol orange dye-agarose gel mixtures for applications in radiation field mapping. Methods and Materials: The gels were poured, irradiated, and optically scanned in Lucite casts providing a uniform gel section thickness of 1 cm. The gel sections were optically scanned both pre- and postirradiation to determine the optical density change in the gel and consequently the absorbed dose. Irradiations of the gel sections were performed with an orthovoltage unit and a linear accelerator. Results: For linear dose response up to 10 Gy, an appropriate gel mixture was found to be 0.4 mM Fe2+, 0.2 mM xylenol orange dye, 25 mM sulphuric acid, and 1% by weight agarose gel with a mixing temperature of 60 deg. C. In dosimetry of a 20 x 10 cm 6 MV wedged x-ray field, good agreement in terms of relative dose was found between the gel values and ionization chamber readings. However, in repeated experiments with the gel dosimeter involving calculation of absolute dose at various points in the wedged field, variations in absolute dose measurements of up to 5% were observed. Conclusion: The dosimetry technique involving laser scanning of agarose gel sections has potential for further applications in radiotherapy dosimetry

  6. Dynamic light-scattering monitoring of a transient biopolymer gel

    Kostko, A. F.; Chen, T.; Payne, G. F.; Anisimov, M. A.

    2003-05-01

    We performed dynamic light-scattering (DLS) monitoring and a rheological study to characterize the formation and destruction of a transient (limited lifetime) gel formed from the biopolymers chitosan and gelatin. Gel formation, initiated by the enzyme tyrosinase, is followed by spontaneous gel breakage. Our DLS results demonstrate that this material passes through five stages in which the gel forms, consolidates, “lives”, softens, and eventually breaks. We speculate that the existence of the transient gel is caused by a competition between two processes: a fast-rate chemical reaction leading to formation of a branched-copolymer network and a slow-rate diffusion-like rearrangement of the gelatin branches resulting in eventual gel breakage. Despite a dramatic difference in the characteristic times of the gel formation ( tg) and gel breakage ( tb)-the ratio tb/ tg is of the order 10 3-DLS has revealed an intrinsic monitoring-time symmetry in the formation and destruction of the gel provided that a proper physical choice of the reduced temporal scale is used. In this scale the slow-mode relaxation time for both sides of the process, gel formation and gel destruction, exhibits a power law in the spirit of percolation theory.

  7. Fabrication, modeling and optimization of an ionic polymer gel actuator

    The modeling of the electro-active behavior of ionic polymer gel is studied and the optimum conditions that maximize the deflection of the gel are investigated. The bending deformation of polymer gel under an electric field is formulated by using chemo-electro-mechanical parameters. In the modeling, swelling and shrinking phenomena due to the differences in ion concentration at the boundary between the gel and solution are considered prior to the application of an electric field, and then bending actuation is applied. As the driving force of swelling, shrinking and bending deformation, differential osmotic pressure at the boundary of the gel and solution is considered. From this behavior, the strain or deflection of the gel is calculated. To find the optimum design parameter settings (electric voltage, thickness of gel, concentration of polyion in the gel, ion concentration in the solution, and degree of cross-linking in the gel) for bending deformation, a nonlinear constrained optimization model is formulated. In the optimization model, a bending deflection equation of the gel is used as an objective function, and a range of decision variables and their relationships are used as constraint equations. Also, actuation experiments are conducted using poly(2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid) (PAMPS) gel and the optimum conditions predicted by the proposed model have been verified by the experiments

  8. Colloid molecular weight estimation by gel chromatography/acrylamide gel electrophoresis

    Size or molecular weight (MW) estimation of radiolabeled collides in aqueous solutions has long been a problem. The authors have prepared several minimicroaggregated albumin colloids (mμAA) by heat denaturation of stannous-containing HSA solutions at pH 7.0, 7.5, and 8.5). The resulting colloids were labeled with Tc-99m and compared with Au-198 colloid and Tc-99m-antimony sulfide colloid (Tc-99m-Sb/sub 2/S3) by gel chromatography and gel electrophoresis. Tc-99mm-mμAA aggregated at pH 7.0 and the Au-198 colloid appeared in the external void volume of a BioRad A5.0 agarose column indicating an apparent MW of > 5 x 10/sup 6/ daltons. The pH7.5 Tc-99m-mμAA, migrated within the filtration range of the column as did a small fraction of Tc-99m-Sb/sub 2/S/sub 3/, suggesting that the MW is between 6 x 10/sup 4/ - 5 x 10/sup 6/ daltons. The Tc-99m-mμAA, aggregated at pH 8.5, had an apparent MW on gel filtration similar to that of untreated albumin, MW 6.6 x 10-/sup 4/ daltons. The mobilities of the colloids, on acrylamide disc gel electrophoresis, were consistent with the results on gel chromatography. The largest colloids, Au-198 colloid and pH 7.0 Tc-99m-mμAA, barely entered the separating gel; intermediate sized colloids, a small fraction of Tc-99m-Sb/sub 2/S/sub 3/ and pH 7.5 Tc-99m-mμAA migrated farther into the separating gel; while pH 8.5 Tc-99m-mμAA had mobility approaching that of untreated albumin. Lymphoscintigraphy studies using these colloids in animals showed the predicted, particle size-related differences in migration and clearance. The authors conclude that gel chromatography and gel electrophoresis are useful methods for estimating the apparent size of the colloidal particles

  9. Formation of magnetite nanoparticles in poly(acrylamide) gels

    Magnetic gels with magnetite nanoparticles incorporated in a matrix of poly(acrylamide) gel were studied. Magnetite was synthesized through coprecipitation of Fe(II) and Fe(III) in the gel phase, in the solution of linear polymer and in aqueous solution without polymer in alkaline media. The effects of network structure and of the concentration of iron salts in the swollen networks on the composition, structure and properties of magnetic gels have been studied by electron diffraction, XRD, transmission electron microscopy and vibration sample magnetometry. The average size of magnetite nanoparticles, D, is of the order of 10 nm. It decreases with the increase of polymer concentration in the gel phase. In the dried gels the particles form spherical aggregates (diameter about 150 nm), whereas in the solution of linear polymer, in the aqueous solution of iron salts and in the gel with high content of polymer the aggregates have irregular shape

  10. Antioxidant effect of green tea on polymer gel dosimeter

    Samuel, E. J. J.; Sathiyaraj, P.; Deena, T.; Kumar, D. S.

    2015-01-01

    Extract from Green Tea (GTE) acts as an antioxidant in acrylamide based polymer gel dosimeter. In this work, PAGAT gel was used for investigation of antioxidant effect of GTE.PAGAT was called PAGTEG (Polyacrylamide green tea extract gel dosimeter) after adding GTE. Free radicals in water cause pre polymerization of polymer gel before irradiation. Polyphenols from GTE are highly effective to absorb the free radicals in water. THPC is used as an antioxidant in polymer gel dosimeter but here we were replaced it by GTE and investigated its effect by spectrophotometer. GTE added PAGAT samples response was lower compared to THPC added sample. To increase the sensitivity of the PAGTEG, sugar was added. This study confirmed that THPC was a good antioxidant for polymer gel dosimeter. However, GTE also can be used as an antioxidant in polymer gel if use less quantity (GTE) and add sugar as sensitivity enhancer.

  11. Antioxidant effect of green tea on polymer gel dosimeter

    Extract from Green Tea (GTE) acts as an antioxidant in acrylamide based polymer gel dosimeter. In this work, PAGAT gel was used for investigation of antioxidant effect of GTE.PAGAT was called PAGTEG (Polyacrylamide green tea extract gel dosimeter) after adding GTE. Free radicals in water cause pre polymerization of polymer gel before irradiation. Polyphenols from GTE are highly effective to absorb the free radicals in water. THPC is used as an antioxidant in polymer gel dosimeter but here we were replaced it by GTE and investigated its effect by spectrophotometer. GTE added PAGAT samples response was lower compared to THPC added sample. To increase the sensitivity of the PAGTEG, sugar was added. This study confirmed that THPC was a good antioxidant for polymer gel dosimeter. However, GTE also can be used as an antioxidant in polymer gel if use less quantity (GTE) and add sugar as sensitivity enhancer

  12. Ionogel Electrolytes through Sol-Gel Processing

    Horowitz, Ariel I.

    Electrical energy needs have intensified due to the ubiquity of personal electronics, the decarbonization of energy services through electrification, and the use of intermittent renewable energy sources. Despite developments in mechanical and thermal methods, electrochemical technologies are the most convenient and effective means of storing electrical energy. These technologies include both electrochemical cells, commonly called batteries, and electrochemical double-layer capacitors, or "supercapacitors", which store energy electrostatically. Both device types require an ion-conducting electrolyte. Current devices use solutions of complex salts in organic solvents, leading to both toxicity and flammability concerns. These drawbacks can be avoided by replacing conventional electrolytes with room-temperature molten salts, known as ionic liquids (ILs). ILs are non-volatile, non-flammable, and offer high conductivity and good electrochemical stability. Device mass can be reduced by combining ILs with a solid scaffold material to form an "ionogel," further improving performance metrics. In this work, sol-gel chemistry is explored as a means of forming ionogel electrolytes. Sol-gel chemistry is a solution-based, industrially-relevant, well-studied technique by which solids such as silica can be formed in situ. Previous works used a simple acid-catalyzed sol-gel reaction to create brittle, glassy ionogels. Here, both the range of products that can be accomplished through sol-gel processing and the understanding of interactions between ILs and the sol-gel reaction network are greatly expanded. This work introduces novel ionogel materials, including soft and compliant silica-supported ionogels and PDMS-supported ionogels. The impacts of the reactive formulation, IL identity, and casting time are detailed. It is demonstrated that variations in formulation can lead to rapid gelation and open pore structures in the silica scaffold or slow gelation and more dense silica morphologies. The IL identity is shown to have an impact on the apparent strength of the acid catalyst, leading to significant shifts in gelation time. Delayed casting is proven to be an optimal technique for avoiding pore blockage when combining ionogels with high surface area electrodes for supercapacitor applications. Finally, a simple recycling process is proposed, establishing that ILs can be easily reclaimed from silica-supported ionogels and reused, thereby validating the reputation of ILs as "green" materials.

  13. Dosimetric characterization of MAGIC gel with formaldehyde;Caracterizacao dosimetrica do gel MAGIC com formaldeido

    Pavoni, Juliana F.; Baffa, Oswaldo [Universidade de Sao Paulo (FFCLRP/USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciencias e Letras. Dept. de Fisica e Matematica

    2009-07-01

    This work presents the dosimetric characterization of MAGIC gel with formaldehyde. The depth dose measurement is in accordance with the predicted by dose measurements by other methods results. The linearity of response was evaluated and was standardized at 15Gy, showing a saturation in response for higher doses. The dosimeter presented a good stability for a one month period. A decrease in its sensitivity was observed for an increase in the irradiation beam energy from Co-60 to 10MV. The integrity of dose distribution was confirmed for a 90 days period. The dose rate dependence was on the order of other experimental deviation, proving another advantage of the addition of formaldehyde to MAGIC gel. These results confirm the applicability of this type of gel in the tridimensional dose distribution measurement. (author)

  14. Dosimetry in HDR brachytherapy with Fricke-gel layers and Fricke-gel catheters

    Fricke-gel layer dosimeters (FGLD) and Fricke gel dosimetric catheters (FGDC) have been designed and tested with the aim of enquiring their suitability for HDR 192Ir brachytherapy source control and for in-vivo dose verification during treatment. Anisotropy function measurements have been carried out with FGLDs in which a thin plastic tube has been placed in for the 192Ir source insertion. FGDCs are constituted by plastic tubes (3 mm of external diameter and 13 cm of length) filled with the dosimeter-gel. Absorbed dose images and profiles were attained by means of optical analysis. Dedicated software has been developed both for achieving anisotropy function values and for obtaining reliable results in visible light absorbance measurements across the thin cylindrical dosimeters. Preparation and analysis procedures have been optimised. The results confirm that the proposed methods are very promising for HDR brachytherapy dosimetry.

  15. Investigation of the Peroxovanadate Sol-Gel Process and Characterization of the Gels

    Craig Joseph Fontenot

    2001-12-31

    In general, the peroxovanadate solution sol-gel process can be thought of as consisting of two parts: (1) the decomposition of the peroxo species and (2) cation hydrolysis leading to gelation. By controlling the synthesis conditions, both layered and amorphous compounds can be created. However, the type of water coordination observed in these gels was found to be identical no matter what the long-range order. The current work clarified many of the discrepancies found in the literature and offered much new valuable information. Highlights include the types of vanadium environments present at various stages of hydration, the role of adsorbed water, oxygen exchange from adsorbed water into the gel sites, and the ability to create metastable VMoO solid solution phases. These results could have a variety of impacts on future catalysis research.

  16. Sol-gel synthesis of hydroxyapatite; Sintese de hidroxiapatita via sol-gel

    Zupanski, M.D.; Lucena, M.P.P.; Bergmann, C.P., E-mail: michelledunin@yahoo.com.b [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil)

    2010-07-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAp) has been established as the calcium phosphate based compound with most applications in the biological field. Among the numerous techniques for synthesis of HAp, the sol-gel processing route affords great control over purity and formed phases using low processing temperatures. In addition, the sol-gel approach offers an option for homogeneous HAp coating on metal substrates, as well as the ability to generate nanocrystalline powders. In this work, the sol-gel synthesis of HAp was investigated employing triethyl phosphate and calcium nitrate tetrahydrate as phosphorous and calcium precursors, respectively. The aging effect on phase composition and powder morphology of the final product was studied in terms of temperature and aging time. The powders were studied by using X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, particle size distribution by laser diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. (author)

  17. A mathematical characterization of the gel point in sol-gel transition

    We model the sol-gel transition in terms of Susceptible-Infected-Removed (SIR) and Susceptible-Exposed-Infected-Removed (SEIR) models and compare with experimental results. We show, numerically, that the ''gel point'' described as the onset of the gelation phenomena and measured experimentally, corresponds to an accumulation point of the extreme values of the derivatives of the gelation curve. We define the ''critical point of a sigmoidal curve'' as the limit of the points where the derivatives reach their extreme values, provided that this limit exists

  18. Positron annihilation lifetime studies of sol-gel transition of carrageenan gels

    Positron annihilation lifetime measurement was applied to study the sol-gel transition of anionic polysaccharide aqueous solutions in terms of free-volume parameters the size, intensity, and size distribution of free volumes of the gelation of K-form κ-carrageenan solutions as a function of temperature. Slight variations of free volume size and intensity against temperature were observed near 295 K. The correlation of free-volume data with other physical properties vibrational spectra (IR and Raman), conductivity, SAXS, elastic measurement, differential scanning calorimetry were investigated to understand the mechanism of sol-gel transition of carrageenan. (author)

  19. Deuterium isotope effect on swelling process in aqueous polymer gels

    The deuterium isotope effects on the swelling process of typical aqueous polymer gels (poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) gel and polyacrylamide gel) have been investigated in this study. The swelling times of both the poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) gel and the polyacrylamide gel in heavy water are longer than those in water. The deuterium isotope effect in the swelling process of gels is mainly arising from the higher viscosity in heavy water than in water. The additional deuterium isotope effect on the diffusion coefficient related to the swelling process should be due to the larger microscopic friction arising from the stronger polymer-solvent interaction in heavier water than in water. We also discuss in this paper the deuterium isotope effects on the size of the aqueous gels in the equilibrium state. Interestingly, the size in the equilibrium state of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) gel in heavy water is larger than that in water. In contrast to poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) gel, the size in the equilibrium state of polyacrylamide gel in heavy water is smaller than that in water. (Copyright (c) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  20. Sol-gel processing to form doped sol-gel monoliths inside hollow core optical fiber and sol-gel core fiber devices made thereby

    Shaw, Harry C. (Inventor); Ott, Melanie N. (Inventor); Manuel, Michele V. (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    A process of fabricating a fiber device includes providing a hollow core fiber, and forming a sol-gel material inside the hollow core fiber. The hollow core fiber is preferably an optical fiber, and the sol-gel material is doped with a dopant. Devices made in this manner includes a wide variety of sensors.

  1. Platelet gel for healing cutaneous chronic wounds.

    Crovetti, Giovanni; Martinelli, Giovanna; Issi, Marwan; Barone, Marilde; Guizzardi, Marco; Campanati, Barbara; Moroni, Marco; Carabelli, Angelo

    2004-04-01

    Wound healing is a specific host immune response for restoration of tissue integrity. Experimental studies demonstrated an alteration of growth factors activity due to their reduced synthesis, increased degradation and inactivation. In wound healing platelets play an essential role since they are rich of alpha-granules growth factors (platelet derived growth factor--PDGF; transforming growth factor-beta--TGF-beta; vascular endothelial growth factor--VEGF). Topical use of platelet gel (PG), hemocomponent obtained from mix of activated platelets and cryoprecipitate, gives the exogenous and in situ adding of growth factors (GF). The hemocomponents are of autologous or homologous origin. We performed a technique based on: multicomponent apheretic procedure to obtain plasma rich platelet and cryoprecipitate; manual processing in an open system, in sterile environment, for gel activation. Every step of the gel synthesis was checked by a quality control programme. The therapeutic protocol consists of the once-weekly application of PG. Progressive reduction of the wound size, granulation tissue forming, wound bed detersion, regression and absence of infective processes were considered for evaluating clinical response to hemotherapy. 24 patients were enrolled. They had single or multiple cutaneous ulcers with different ethiopathogenesis. Only 3 patients could perform autologous withdrawal; in the others homologous hemocomponent were used, always considering suitability and traceability criteria for transfusional use of blood. Complete response was observed in 9 patients, 2 were subjected to cutaneous graft, 4 stopped treatment, 9 had partial response and are still receiving the treatment. In each case granulation tissue forming increased following to the first PG applications, while complete re-epithelization was obtained later. Pain was reduced in every treated patient. Topical haemotherapy with PG may be considered as an adjuvant treatment of a multidisciplinary process, useful to enhance therapy of cutaneous ulcers. PMID:15062754

  2. Sol-gel chromogenic materials and devices

    Michel A. Aegerter

    1996-01-01

    In the last few years the sol-gel process has turned into an interesting and promising method of synthesizing materials for obtaining thin or thick films with definite functions. The techniques of film preparation such as dip and spin coating are simple and allow us to prepare coatings with smooth optical surfaces with controlled stoichiometry, structure and texture. In this paper we give an up to date overview of what has been achieved in the field of chromogenic materials such as anodic or ...

  3. Alignment and Nonlinear Elasticity in Biopolymer Gels

    Feng, Jingchen; Sander, Leonard M

    2014-01-01

    We present a Landau type theory for the non-linear elasticity of biopolymer gels with a part of the order parameter describing induced nematic order. Our point of view is that all of the non-linear elastic behavior of these materials can be attributed to the onset of fiber alignment with induced strain. We suggest an application to contact guidance of cell motility in tissue. We compare our theory to simulation of a disordered lattice model for biopolymers. We treat homogeneous deformations such as shear and extension, and also treat the case of a localized perturbation which is intended to be a simple model for a contacting cell in a medium.

  4. Stimuli responsive polymer gels for sensing applications

    Kavanagh, Andrew

    2012-01-01

    This chapter (3) is based on simplifying the design template of an optical sensor through the multifunctionality imparted on it by an IL. The IL simplified polymer gel is termed an optode within this chapter as (a) it is prepared the same manner as optodes, (b) the IL performs many of the same functions as previous materials used in optode design and (c) the analyte or ion movement between the aqueous and organic phases follows the same convention for optodes. The 2-component optode membr...

  5. Calibration of an alanine/agarose gel

    Olsson, Sara

    1998-01-01

    In brachy therapy treatment, as well as in treatment with external beams, it is of crucial importance to thoroughly determine the absorbed dose in the tumour, in surrounding normal tissue and in risk organs. Several kinds of gel dosimeters have been, or are about to be, developed in order to get a three dimensional dosimeter, which would be very useful, especially in the context of brachy therapy. The need for high spatial resolution is raised by the fact that the absorbed dose decreases very...

  6. FORMULATION AND EVALUATION OF POLYHERBAL GEL FOR ANTI - INFLAMMATORY ACTIVITY

    Gouri Dixit*, Ganesh Misal, Vijay Gulkari and Kanchan Upadhye

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: In the present study, three medicinal plants Cynodon dactylon (L. Pers, Cassia tora Linn. and Cassia alata Linn having significant anti-inflammatory potential were selected to be formulated as polyherbal gels. The gels were prepared using the dried methanolic extract of Cassia tora Linn, Cassia alata Linn and Cynodon dactylon (L. Pers. Polyherbal gel formulations were evaluated for its pH, appearance and homogeneity, viscosity, spreadability and skin irritation studies. Assessment of Anti-inflammatory activity was done by carrageenan induced rat paw edema and formalin- induced rat paw edema. Individual and polyherbal gel of Cassia alata Linn,Cassia tora Linn. and Cynodon dactylon (L. Pers were found to possess anti-inflammatory effect in acute and chronic models. Polyherbal gel also showed synergistic effect as compared to individual gels which can be useful for the treatment of local inflammation.

  7. Explorative data analysis of two-dimensional electrophoresis gels

    Schultz, J.; Gottlieb, D.M.; Petersen, Marianne Kjerstine; Nesic, Ljiljana; Jacobsen, Susanne; Søndergaard, Ib

    2004-01-01

    Methods for classification of two-dimensional (2-DE) electrophoresis gels based on multivariate data analysis are demonstrated. Two-dimensional gels of ten wheat varieties are analyzed and it is demonstrated how to classify the wheat varieties in two qualities and a method for initial screening of...... gels is presented. First, an approach is demonstrated in which no prior knowledge of the separated proteins is used. Alignment of the gels followed by a simple transformation of data makes it possible to analyze the gels in an automated explorative manner by principal component analysis, to determine...... if the gels should be further analyzed. A more detailed approach is done by analyzing spot volume lists by principal components analysis and partial least square regression. The use of spot volume data offers a mean to investigate the spot pattern and link the classified protein patterns to distinct...

  8. A NOVEL OPHTHALMIC DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEM: IN-SITU GEL

    A.P. Patil*, A.A. Tagalpallewar, G.M. Rasve, A.V. Bendre, P.G. Khapekar

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The ophthalmic in-situ gels now days proved an palpable sustained drug delivery in various eye diseases. The formulation of in-situ gels for eye which carries the advantages like easy for administration, reduces frequency of dose and improves patient compliance. The formation of in-situ gels depends on phase transition system or sol-gel transition system. The formulation approaches like temperature intonation, pH change and presence of ions from which the drug gets released in a sustained and controlled manner are utilised for in-situ gels. Various polymers that are used for the formulation of in-situ gels include chitosan, Pluronic F-127, poly-caprolactone, gellan gum, alginic acid, xyloglucan, pectin etc.

  9. G-Quadruplex Guanosine Gels and Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes

    Yuehua Yu

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Solubilization of single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs in aqueous gel phases formed by reversible, G-quadruplex self-assembly of guanosine monophosphate (GMP alone or with guanosine (Guo is described. Unlike other media and methods for aqueous solubilization of SWNTs, the guanosine gels (“G-gels” are found to readily disperse high (>mg/mL concentrations of individual rather than bundled SWNTs. SWNT dispersions in GMP alone precipitate in several hours and re-form upon shaking; however, dispersions in the binary GMP/Guo gels are indefinitely stable. Increasing GMP or KCl concentration in the binary gels increased the relative abundance of large diameter and semi-conducting SWNTs. Different gel compositions also displayed different selectivities toward SWNTs of different chiralities. These results indicate a strong connection between the self-assembled G-gels and the dimensions and structures of the SWNTs that they solubilize.

  10. Investigating potential physicochemical errors in polymer gel dosimeters

    Sedaghat, Mahbod; Lepage, Martin [Centre d' imagerie moleculaire de Sherbrooke, Departement de medecine nucleaire et radiobiologie, Universite de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC (Canada); Bujold, Rachel, E-mail: martin.lepage@usherbrooke.ca [Service de radio-oncologie, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC (Canada)

    2011-09-21

    Measurement errors in polymer gel dosimetry can originate either during irradiation or scanning. One concern related to the exothermic nature of polymerization reaction was that the heat released in polymer gel dosimeters during irradiation modifies their dose response. In this paper, the effect of heat released from the exothermal polymerization reaction on the dose response of a number of dosimeters was studied. In addition, we investigated whether heat-generated geometric distortion existed in newly proposed gel dosimeters that contain highly thermoresponsive polymers. Our results suggest that despite a significant internal temperature increase in some gel compositions, their dose responses are not affected when oxygen is well expelled mechanically from the gel mixture. We also report on significant pre-irradiation instability in some recently developed polymer gel dosimeters but that geometric distortions were not observed. Data obtained by a set of small calibration vials are compared to those obtained from larger phantoms, and potential physicochemical causes of deviations between them are identified.

  11. Bioactive materials for biomedical applications using sol-gel technology

    Gupta, Radha; Kumar, Ashok [Department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur 208 016 (India)], E-mail: ashokkum@iitk.ac.in

    2008-09-01

    This review paper focuses on the sol-gel technology that has been applied in many of the potential research areas and highlights the importance of sol-gel technology for preparing bioactive materials for biomedical applications. The versatility of sol-gel chemistry enables us to manipulate the characteristics of material required for particular applications. Sol-gel derived materials have proved to be good biomaterials for coating films and for the construction of super-paramagnetic nanoparticles, bioactive glasses and fiberoptic applicators for various biomedical applications. The introduction of the sol-gel route in a conventional method of preparing implants improves the mechanical strength, biocompatibility and bioactivity of scaffolds and prevents corrosion of metallic implants. The use of organically modified silanes (ORMOSILS) yields flexible and bioactive materials for soft and hard tissue replacement. A novel approach of nitric-oxide-releasing sol-gels as antibacterial coatings for reducing the infection around orthopedic implants has also been discussed.

  12. Comparison effect of azithromycin gel 2% with clindamycin gel 1% in patients with acne

    Mokhtari, Fatemeh; Faghihi, Gita; Basiri, Akram; Farhadi, Sadaf; Nilforoushzadeh, Mohammadali; Behfar, Shadi

    2016-01-01

    Background: Acne vulgaris is the most common skin disease. Local and systemic antimicrobial drugs are used for its treatment. But increasing resistance of Propionibacterium acnes to antibiotics has been reported. Materials and Methods: In a double-blind clinical trial, 40 patients with mild to moderate acne vulgaris were recruited. one side of the face was treated with Clindamycin Gel 1% and the other side with Azithromycin Topical Gel 2% BID for 8 weeks and then they were assessed. Results: Average age was 21. 8 ± 7 years. 82.5% of them were female. Average number of papules, pustules and comedones was similarly reduced in both groups and, no significant difference was observed between the two groups (P > 0.05, repeated measurs ANOVA). The mean indexes of ASI and TLC also significantly decreased during treatment in both groups, no significant difference was observed between the two groups. (P > 0.05, repeated measurs ANOVA). Also, impact of both drugs on papules and pustules was 2-3 times greater than the effect on comedones. Average satisfaction score was not significant between the two groups (P = 0.6, repeated measurs ANOVA). finally, frequency distribution of complications was not significant between the two groups (P > 0.05, Fisher Exact test). Conclusion: Azithromycin gel has medical impact at least similar to Clindamycin Gel in treatment of mild to moderate acne vulgaris, and it may be consider as suitable drug for resistant acne to conventional topical therapy. PMID:27169103

  13. Role and properties of the gel formed during nuclear glass alteration: importance of gel formation conditions

    A French SON 68 nuclear glass sample was experimentally altered to assess the mechanisms limiting the glass alteration kinetics, especially during the transition phase between the initial rate r0 and the final rate under silicon saturation conditions. A glass specimen was altered at the initial rate for one week to form a silicon-depleted non-protective gel; the specimen was then leached under static conditions at a glass-surface-to-solution-volume (S/V) ratio of 500 m-1 and the alteration kinetics were compared with those of a pristine glass specimen altered under the same conditions. Unexpectedly, after static leaching the previously leached glass was 2.7 times as altered as the pristine specimen, and the steady-state silicon concentration was twice as high for the previously leached specimen. STEM characterization of the alteration films showed that the initial non-protective gel constituted a silicon pump with respect to the glass, and that the glass alteration kinetics were limited only when a fraction of the gel became saturated with silicon, and exhibited protective properties. This work also shows that silicon recondensation was uniform at micrometer scale: the silicon hydrolyzed at the reaction interface then diffused before recondensing over a length comparable to the gel thickness. In addition to these findings, this investigation suggests a reinterpretation of the effect of the S/V ratio on the glass alteration kinetics and on the steady-state dissolved silicon concentration

  14. Porphyrin gels reinforced by sol-gel reaction via the organogel phase.

    Kishida, Takanori; Fujita, Norifumi; Sada, Kazuki; Shinkai, Seiji

    2005-10-11

    Porphyrins bearing four urea-linked dodecyl groups (3a) or four urea-linked triethoxysilylpropyl groups (3TEOS) at their peripheral positions were synthesized. 3a tends to assemble into a sheetlike two-dimensional structure due to the predominant hydrogen-bonding interaction among the urea groups and acts as a moderate gelator of organic solvents. On the other hand, its Cu(II) compelx (3a.Cu) tends to assemble into a fibrous one-dimensional structure due to the predominant porphyrin-porphyrin pi-pi stacking interaction and acts as an excellent gelator of many organic solvents. 3TEOS and 3TEOS.Cu, which also act as gelators, afforded similar superstructures as those of 3a and 3a.Cu, respectively, and as evidenced by SEM and TEM observations and XRD measurements, the original superstructures could be precisely immobilized by in situ sol-gel polycondensation of the triethoxysilyl groups. The TEM images of 3a gels and 3TEOS gels after sol-gel polycondensation showed a fine striped structure, the periodical distance of which was either 2 or 4 nm. X-ray crystallographic analysis of a single crystal obtained from a reference porphyrin bearing four urea-linked butyl groups revealed that there are two different porphyrin-stacked columns in the crystal and both the 2 nm distance and the 4 nm distance can appear, depending on the observation tilting angle. The hybrid gel prepared from 3TEOS.Cu by sol-gel polycondensation showed unique physicochemical properties such as a high sol-gel phase-transition temperature (>160 degrees C), sufficient elasticity, high mechanical strength, etc. Thus, the present study has established new concepts for molecular design of porphyrin-based gelators on the basis of cooperative and/or competitive actions of hydrogen-bonding and pi-pi stacking interactions and for immobilization of their superstructures leading to development of new functional organic/inorganic hybrid materials. PMID:16207018

  15. Platelet gel stimulates proliferation of human dermal fibroblasts in vitro:

    Domanovič, Dragoslav; Jeras, Matjaž; Krašna, Metka; Švajger, Urban; Tomšič, Ana

    2007-01-01

    Background: Platelet gel is a source of many soluble proteins that can modulate tissue regeneration. Dermal fibroblasts play an important role in tissue remodeling and wound healing. Objective: The study was performed to investigate the influence of platelet gel and its active ingredients on the proliferation of human dermal fibroblasts in vitro. Methods: A fibroblast culture was established from a normal human skin biopsy. Platelet gel was prepared from platelet-rich plasma (PRP) following t...

  16. Measurement of polymer gel strengths using a gun rheometer

    Hubbard, S.

    1986-09-01

    Gels for enhanced oil recovery have been made by cross-linking the biopolymer, xanthan, with chromium (III) ions. The yield strengths have been measured with a gun rheometer and the variation with polymer and chromium concentrations has been studied. Gel strength increases with increasing xanthan concentration. The age of the gel does not appear to affect the yield stress. Acidity has been shown to influence the gelation reaction and its effect is discussed.

  17. A reproducible, high throughput method for fabricating fibrin gels

    Murphy Kaitlin C; Leach J.

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Fibrin gels are a promising biomaterial for tissue engineering. However, current fabrication methods are time intensive with inherent variation. There is a pressing need to develop new and consistent approaches for producing fibrin-based hydrogels for examination. Findings We developed a high throughput method for creating fibrin gels using molds fabricated from polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). Fibrin gels were produced by adding solutions of fibrinogen and thrombin to cylindr...

  18. Stimuli responsive smart-gels realized via modular protein design

    Grove, Tijana Z; Osuji, Chinedum O.; Forster, Jason D.; Dufresne, Eric R.; Regan, Lynne

    2010-01-01

    Smart-gels have a variety of applications including tissue engineering and controlled drug delivery. Here we present a modular, bottom-up approach that permits the creation of protein-based smart-gels with encoded morphology, functionality, and responsiveness to external stimuli. The properties of these gels are encoded by the proteins from which they are synthesized. In particular, the strength and density of the network of intermolecular cross-links are specified by the interactions of the ...

  19. Film preparation by inorganic-organic sol-gel synthesis

    Schmidt, Helmut K.; Rinn, Günter; Nass, Rüdiger; Sporn, Dieter

    1988-01-01

    Film formation by sol-gel techniques is an advantageous method to obtain inorganic coatings. The sol-gel process allows the preparation of prepolymers with suitable viscosities to use various coating techniques like dipping, spraying and spin-on coating. The main disadvantage is the shrinkage of the gel layer during drying or sintering which leads to cracks with layer thicknesses more than some micrometers. The introduction of organics, causing a decrease of the network connectivity and incre...

  20. Volume Phase Transition of Polyelectrolyte Gels: Effects of Ionic Size

    Qu, Li-Jian; Zhang, Xinghua; Tang, Jiuzhou; Yan, Dadong

    2013-01-01

    Although the volume transition of the polyelectrolyte gel has been studied for decades, little research on the effects of size of the mobile ions has been conducted. In the present paper, Tanaka classical theory of polyelectrolyte gel is extended to the cases of mobile ions of finite volume. In the salt free limit, the theoretical results show that the discontinuous volume transition of the polyelectrolyte gel will become a continuous one with an increase of the counter-ionic size. An increas...

  1. Accumulation of humic acid in DET/DGT gels

    Veeken, P.L.R., van der; P. Chakraborty; Leeuwen, H.P., van

    2010-01-01

    Gel layer based sensors are increasingly employed for dynamic trace metal speciation analysis in aquatic and soil media. In DGT (Diffusive Gradient in Thin film), polyacrylamide hydrogels are commonly used for the diffusive gel layer. While some effects of humic and fulvic acids on the DGT detection of metal species have been observed, the gel permeation properties of the actual humic and fulvic acid compounds themselves have not been analyzed thus far. Here we show with DET (Diffusive Equili...

  2. Pacman percolation: a model for enzyme gel degradation

    Abete, T; Lairez, D; Coniglio, A

    2004-01-01

    We study a model for the gel degradation by an enzyme, where the gel is schematized as a cubic lattice, and the enzyme as a random walker, that cuts the bonds over which it passes. The model undergoes a (reverse) percolation transition, which for low density of enzymes falls in a universality class different from random percolation. In particular we have measured a gel fraction critical exponent beta=1.0+-0.1, in excellent agreement with experiments made on the real system.

  3. Spherulitic Growth of Neodymium Tartrate Crystals in Silica Gel

    Hiralal Motilal Patil; Dilip Kashinath Sawant; Jayashree Hiralal Patil; Deelip S. Bhavsar

    2010-01-01

    Neodymium tartrate crystals in the form of spherulites were synthesized by using a controlled diffusion system in silica gel at ambient temperature. The influence of growth parameters e.g. reactant concentration, gel pH, gel ageing, on the size and nucleation density of the crystals has been studied. The mechanisms of crystallization for spherulites are described. Three distinct mechanisms are found to be operative. The information presented contributes to the understanding of spherulitic gro...

  4. Engineering new supramolecular gels: From catalysis to drug delivery

    Bachl, Jürgen

    2015-01-01

    The present dissertation evaluates the design, characterization and potential applications of functional supramolecular gel-materials. Gels have attracted tremendous scientific interest as they can be obtained from natural sources or derive from readily available building blocks by facile preparation methods. They have conquered our daily life appearing as constituents of commercial products in the fields of biomedicine, agriculture, cosmetics, food thickeners and many more. Gel-materials exh...

  5. Availability of quercetin as functional ingredient in fish gels

    Pérez Mateos, Miriam; Gómez Guillén, M. C.; Bravo, Laura; Goya, Luis; Solas, M. Teresa; Montero García, Pilar

    2003-01-01

    Quercetin, a natural antioxidant flavonol, was used as a functional ingredient in the preparation of surimi gels in order to study its antioxidant effects from technological and nutritional points of view. Gels were made from surimi containing either 0.105 % quercetin, fish oil (group ω3), or fish oil additionally supplemented with 0.105 % quercetin (group ω3-Q). Antioxidant capacity, measured by DPPH•, was reduced when quercetin was added to the surimi to made the gel, suggesting a modificat...

  6. Cervical Ripening With Prostaglandin Gel and Hygroscopic Dilators

    J. U. Hibbard; A. Shashoua; Adamczyk, C.; Ismail, M

    1998-01-01

    Objective: To study the effectiveness and morbidity of adding hygroscopic cervical dilators to prostaglandin gel for cervical ripening and labor induction.Study design: Patients of at least 34 weeks’ gestation with a medical indication for induction of labor and with a modified Bishop score of 5 or less were randomized to receive either prostaglandin gel or prostaglandin gel with hygroscopic cervical dilators. Primary outcomes were time to delivery, change in cervical score, and infection. Se...

  7. Cervical ripening with prostaglandin gel and hygroscopic dilators.

    J. U. Hibbard; A. Shashoua; Adamczyk, C.; Ismail, M

    1998-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To study the effectiveness and morbidity of adding hygroscopic cervical dilators to prostaglandin gel for cervical ripening and labor induction. STUDY DESIGN: Patients of at least 34 weeks' gestation with a medical indication for induction of labor and with a modified Bishop score of 5 or less were randomized to receive either prostaglandin gel or prostaglandin gel with hygroscopic cervical dilators. Primary outcomes were time to delivery, change in cervical score, and infection. S...

  8. Stability of the gel formed during nuclear glass alteration

    This thesis is divided in two parts. The first part is dedicated to the study of the protective properties of the gels formed during the alteration of nuclear glass and the second part the stability of these gels after drying and the effect of the sulfate ions are studied. The protective properties of the gel of SON68 glass are assessed at different alteration progress and related to their morphology analyzed by X-ray reflectometry and gas adsorption. Initially a depleted glass layer is obtained, followed by the formation of a gel with an open porosity. Subsequently the gel densifies as the glass alteration rate decreases and finally the pore size increases upon the formation of a dense and thin zone within the film on the glass surface. The increase of the gradient density zone could explain the increase of the protective properties of the gel. A high reaction progress, when the thin and dense zone within the gel is formed, the protective properties are constant. Various simplified glasses are also studied. At high reaction progress there is a dense zone within the gel. The location of this zone depends on the glass composition which control the competition between the species diffusion in solution and their recondensation. The gel morphology, the protective properties, its stability and the glass composition are correlated. The drying induces some modifications of the morphology of the SON68 glass alteration layer (density, thickness and porosity) and of the mechanical properties (cracks, adhesion on glass). For protective gels these modifications are limited and don't raise the protective properties of the gel. The effect of the sulfate ions in a closed system is essentially to complex calcium. For sulfate ions concentrations in geological repository, the stability of the gel is not raised. (author)

  9. Diffusion and partitioning of proteins in charged agarose gels.

    Johnson, E M; Berk, D A; Jain, R. K.; Deen, W M

    1995-01-01

    The effects of electrostatic interactions on the diffusion and equilibrium partitioning of fluorescein-labeled proteins in charged gels were examined using fluorescence recovery after photobleaching and gel chromatography, respectively. Measurements were made with BSA, ovalbumin, and lactalbumin in SP-Sepharose (6% sulfated agarose), in phosphate buffers at pH 7 and ionic strengths ranging from 0.01 to 1.0 M. Diffusivities in individual gel beads (D) and in the adjacent bulk solution (D infin...

  10. P159-T Computer Analysis of 2D Gels

    Goldfarb, M. F.

    2007-01-01

    This work identifies statistical algorithms which need to be included in analysis of 2D gels for accurate determination of differential spot intensity changes. Two-dimensional electrophoresis is a powerful tool for determining differential protein expression in complex mixtures, but 2D electrophoresis, to date, is not producing sufficiently reliable results due to the degree of gel variability generated by this methodology. The new DIGE procedure, comparing two samples in the same gel, does e...

  11. A systematic study of field inversion gel electrophoresis.

    Heller, C(Fakultt fr Physik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitt Mnchen, Mnchen, Germany); Pohl, F.M.

    1989-01-01

    The mobilities of oligomers of phage lambda DNA and of yeast chromosomes in agarose gels during field inversion gel electrophoresis (FIGE) were measured at different pulse times and electric fields. Also the ratios between forward and backward pulse times and/or field gradients were varied. The problem of 'band inversion' during FIGE, leading to an ambiguity in the mobility of large DNA fragments, was solved by using two dimensional gel electrophoresis with different parameters in the first a...

  12. Zirconium molybdate gel as a generator for technetium-99m

    A new sup(99m)Tc generator based on zirconium molybdate gel is described. Essentially the gel is a cation ion exchanger which permits the elution of the pertechnetate ion. The high molybdenum content of this gel, its stability under self-irradiation, and the absence of organic materials during preparation provide a generator concept that eliminates high processing costs, active waste storage costs and stability problems in other types of generator

  13. Thermoreversible Supramolecular Ion Gels via Hydrogen Bonding

    Lei, Yu; Lodge, Timothy

    2012-02-01

    Ion gels are a novel class of functional materials of broad interest for advanced applications. We have developed a thermoreversible supramolecular ion gel system consisting of a poly(2-vinylpyridine-b-ethylene oxide-b-2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP-PEO-P2VP) triblock copolymer, a poly(4-vinylphenol) (PVPh) linear homopolymer, and an ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide ([EMI][TFSA]), where a highly inter-connected transient polymer network is formed by hydrogen bonding between the P2VP endblocks and PVPh cross-linkers. This system exhibits novel physical properties, such as interesting dynamics and homopolymer clustering in the cross-links. The applicability of time-temperature superposition to this system is striking, resulting in a master curve that extends over 20 orders of magnitude in reduced frequency. The hydrogen-bonded phase can arrange into a hexagonally packed cylindrical morphology with long-range ordering, which reveals very slow kinetics and is thermodynamically stable only within a narrow temperature window. The highly tunable relaxation dynamics as well as shear modulus might enable materials design for specific applications.

  14. Biochemical Identification of the Two Races of Radopholus similis by Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis

    Huettel, R. N.; Dickson, D. W.; Kaplan, D. T.

    1983-01-01

    Analysis of proteins of the banana and citrus race of Radopholus similis was carried out by several different types of polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. These included standard slab gel, SDS slab gel, gradient slab gel, and two-ditnensional slab gel electrophoresis. A major band difference was detected between the two races by slab gel electrophoresis. However, several other poorly resolved but consistent hands of high molecular weight proteins near the gel origin also were considered as di...

  15. Investigation of ultrasonic properties of MAGIC gels for pulse-echo gel dosimetry

    Ultrasound has been proposed as an alternative 3D method to read out dosimetric gels. The ultrasonic properties of MAGIC gel are investigated in relation to producing a dosimetry system based on a pulse-echo technique. The sound speed, attenuation coefficient, and density of MAGIC gel were measured over a range of temperatures and doses. A nonlinear relationship between ultrasonic attenuation and dose was observed, with the attenuation below 10 Gy being approximately constant. The sound speed was 1550.3 ± 1.5 m s-1 at 25 0C with a dose sensitivity of 0.14 ± 0.03 m s-1 Gy-1; both properties changed with temperature and were 1535.4 ± 0.8 m s-1 and -0.08 ± 0.01 m s-1 Gy-1 respectively at 15 0C. The density also varied with temperature and dose, and was 1028.9 ± 0.3 kg m-3 with a dose sensitivity of 0.178 ± 0.004 kg m-3 Gy-1 at 26 0C. The characteristic acoustic impedance of MAGIC gel was calculated to be 1.596 x 106 kg m2 s-1 at 0 Gy and 25 0C. The dose sensitivities measured indicate that changes to the characteristic acoustic impedance caused by irradiation are small, and therefore a reflector that has a similar characteristic acoustic impedance is required to maximise sensitivity of the pulse-echo technique. A suitable material has been developed and the reflection characteristics of the interface between MAGIC gel and the reflector are also temperature dependent. It is concluded that temperature management will be central to the development of any practical pulse-echo dosimetry system.

  16. Effect of bloom strength on radiochromic gel dosimeters

    The Fricke gel dosimeter has been the widely used dosimeter among the gel dosimeters because of its dose response characteristics and easy preparation. The ferrous to ferric conversion that happens in this gel dosimeter on irradiation, corresponds to the absorbed dose of radiation. Gel dosimetry in India is not moving forward because of the import restrictions on the commercially available high bloom strength gelatin (imported 300 bloom). The feasibility of using Fricke gel dosimeter prepared with the locally available gelatin of 240 bloom and 200 bloom were compared with the 300 bloom gelatin taken as standard. The gel samples were prepared with 5% gelatin by weight and irradiated with 60Co gamma radiation for a dose range from 0-3 Gy used clinically. The optical absorption of gel samples were analyzed using spectrophotometer at 585 nm and dose response curves were generated. The results indicate that Fricke gels prepared with 240 bloom have linear dose response and comparable with those prepared with 300 bloom but the use of gels prepared with 200 bloom was found to be limited because of its poor optical transmittance

  17. Inclusion type radiochromic gel dosimeter for threedimensional dose verification

    For the verification of 3D dose distributions in modern radiation therapy, a new inclusion type radiochromic gel detector has been developed. In this gel, a hydrophobic leuco dye (leucomalachite green: LMG) was dissolved in water as an inclusion complex with highly branched cyclic dextrin. The radiation induced radical oxidation property of the LMG gel with various sensitizers was investigated. As a result, the optical dose responses were enhanced by the addition of bromoacetic acid and manganese (II) chloride. Unfavorable auto-oxidation of the gel was reduced when it was stored at 4°C

  18. Application of CMPO containing gels to metal extraction

    Immersed in solubility-consistent organic solvents, high polymers can swell and form gels. Choosing the organic solvent among metal extracting solvents, metal extracting gels can be prepared. The advantages of the liquid-gel extraction process, in comparison with the liquid-liquid one, are to allow the extraction of metal cations from diluted aqueous solutions by using high aqueous-organic volume ratios (metal concentration in a few stages) with easy phase separations. Various CMPO (Octyl(phenyl)-N,N-diisobutylcarbamoylmethylphosphine oxide) containing gels have been prepared, and the extraction of europium (and related actinides) has been studied. (author)

  19. Aging and nonlinear rheology of thermoreversible colloidal gels

    Wagner, Norman; Gordon, Melissa; Kloxin, Christopher

    Colloidal dispersions are found in a wide variety of consumer products such as paint, food and pharmaceuticals. We investigate gel formation and aging in a thermoreverible gel consisting of octadecyl-coated silica nanoparticles suspended in n-tetradecane. In this system, the octadecyl brush can undergo a phase change allowing the attractions between particles to be tuned by temperature (1,2). By probing the system with steady shear and large amplitude oscillatory shear, we have studied the effect of thermal history and shear history on gel formation and gel mechanical properties during aging. Gels were formed by approaching a common temperature from above and below to determine a reference state from which creep tests were conducted. Creep ringing was observed as expected for the viscoelastic gel. The rheological aging is interpreted in terms of the gel microstructure formed with differing thermal and shear histories to determine how processing affects structure. Recently proposed scaling laws for the rheology and structure under flow are explored within the context of gel aging (3). Through rheological and microstructural measurements, we will further the understanding of gel formation and aging in this model system which may be applied to processing conditions in an industrial setting.

  20. Polyacrylamide gel miniaturization improves protein visualization and autoradiographic detection

    Polyacrylamide gels shrink to one-quarter of their original area when soaked in a 50% (w/v) solution of polyethylene glycol. Gel miniaturization improves the contrast of protein bands, with four valuable consequences. (i) A 5- to 10-fold increase in sensitivity for Coomassie blue is observed. (ii) Gels are more durable; i.e., they resist tearing when wet and they do not crack during drying under vacuum. (iii) Shrunken gels give sharper photographic images and provide better interlane protein band comparisons. (iv) Condensed protein bands lead to an increased sensitivity for detecting low-abundance, radioactively-labeled proteins by fluorography

  1. Successful treatment of Darier's disease with adapalene gel.

    Abe, Masatoshi; Inoue, Chizuru; Yokoyama, Yoko; Ishikawa, Osamu

    2011-01-01

    We report a 12-year-old Japanese boy with a 3-year history of skin lesions that had been unsuccessfully treated with topical steroids. We initiated two different topical treatments with adapalene gel 0.1% (Differin(®) Gel 0.1%) and high-concentration vitamin D3 (tacalcitol) ointment; the lesions treated with adapalene gel improved dramatically in the first 2 months, whereas the high-concentration vitamin D3 ointment resulted in little improvement. Topical adapalene gel 0.1% may be a promising choice as a topical treatment of Darier's disease because of its high efficiency and lack of adverse effects. PMID:20403120

  2. High Impulse Nanoparticulate-Based Gel Propellants Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This proposed Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I addresses the development of advanced gel propellants and determination of their suitability for...

  3. PCR amplification on microarrays of gel immobilized oligonucleotides

    Strizhkov, Boris; Tillib, Sergei; Mikhailovich, Vladimir; Mirzabekov, Andrei

    2003-11-04

    The invention relates two general methods for performing PCR amplification, combined with the detection and analysis of the PCR products on a microchip. In the first method, the amplification occurs both outside and within a plurality of gel pads on a microchip, with at least one oligonucleotide primer immobilized in a gel pad. In the second method, PCR amplification also takes place within gel pads on a microchip, but the pads are surrounded by a hydrophobic liquid such as that which separates the individual gel pads into environments which resemble micro-miniaturized test tubes.

  4. Preparation of highly luminescent hybrid gel incorporating NAC-capped CdTe quantum dots through sol-gel processing

    Bu, Hang-Beom; Watanabe, Taichi; Hizume, Masayuki; Takagi, Tomomi; Sobue, Susumu; Kawai, Shoichi; Okuno, Eiichi; Kim, DaeGwi

    2015-03-01

    Highly photoluminescent gel was prepared by embedding water soluble quantum dots (QDs) in an inorganic-organic hybrid gel matrix using a conventional sol-gel process. Aminopropyltrimethoxysilane and citric acid (CA) were found to be the best combination for the gel preparation. 13C-NMR and FT-IR studies indicated hydrogen bond formation between the amine group of APS and the carboxyl group of CA. IR-light radiation curing was comparable to thermal curing and reduced the gelation time to a considerable extent (71 %). The resulting composite formed a hybrid gel phosphor with excellent transparency by embedding CdTe QDs into the matrix and emitted light of various colors with high photoluminescence efficiency (40 %). The gel phosphor retained the PL properties after storage in air for one year. In addition, the strength of the hybrid phosphor was demonstrated by a coin-flipping test.

  5. Influence of micro gel particles of sodium alginate on gel structure of calcium alginate gels used for controlled release of active substances

    The properties of gel particles of calcium alginate with a chitosan membrane for controlled release of active substances, beside the conformation properties of the macromolecules of sodium alginate and chitosan in solution, depend on the internal structure of the gel which can be controlled or be modified by inducing micro gel structures in the pregel solution with addition of calcium ions. The quantity, dimension and the form of the micro gel structures are in direct relation with the molecular mass, dimension, flexibility, electrical properties, concentration and the mannuronic-to-guluronic ratio from the primary chain of sodium alginate macromolecules as well as temperature. Also, the final properties of controlled release are predetermined from the conditions of gel particle preparation (rate of dropping of sodium alginate solution in the gelling bath, speed of steering of the gelling bath and the time of setting of the gel particles). The research is realised by working with the methods of- gel-permeation chromatography, viscosimetry, static and dynamic light scattering, electric birefringence, spectrophotometry of the kinetics of release of the active substance and scanning electron microscopy.(Author)

  6. Prevention of Postsurgical Scars: Comparsion of Efficacy and Convenience between Silicone Gel Sheet and Topical Silicone Gel

    Kim, Sue-Min; Choi, Jung-Sik; Lee, Jung-Ho; Kim, Young-Jin; Jun, Young-Joon

    2014-01-01

    To date, few studies have compared the effectiveness of topical silicone gels versus that of silicone gel sheets in preventing scars. In this prospective study, we compared the efficacy and the convenience of use of the 2 products. We enrolled 30 patients who had undergone a surgical procedure 2 weeks to 3 months before joining the study. These participants were randomly assigned to 2 treatment arms: one for treatment with a silicone gel sheet, and the other for treatment with a topical silic...

  7. The interactions between oil droplets and gel matrix affect the lubrication properties of sheared emulsion-filled gels

    Chojnicka, A.; Sala, G.; Kruif, C.G. de; van de Velde, F.

    2009-01-01

    In this work the lubrication behaviour of emulsions, gels, and emulsion-filled gels was studied in relation to their composition and structure. It was found that emulsions had much lower friction coefficients than their continuous phases. Emulsions with 40 wt% oil had the same friction coefficient as the pure oil. The lubrication properties of the gels, sheared by pressing them through a syringe, strongly depended on the molecular properties of the gelling agent and on the breakdown behaviour...

  8. Gel-eletroforese no diagnóstico da varíola Gel-electrophoresis in the smallpox diagnosis

    Julio A. Mesquita

    1972-01-01

    Full Text Available O emprego de gel-eletroforese no diagnóstico da varíola, demonstrou ser ao menos trinta vezes (30X mais sensível que o teste de agar-gel, nas condições descritas (tabela I. Doze (12 espécimes, cujos testes convencionais de inoculação em ovos embrionados e de agar-gel resultaram positivos, foram testados em suas diluições originais congeladas por mais de um ano, sendo seis deles revelados por gel-eletroforese enquanto nenhum o foi por agar-gel (tabela II. Trinta e três (33 amostras isoladas no laboratório, foram testadas com material colhido de membrana cório-alantóica da primeira inoculação para o diagnóstico, conservado em glicerina 50%, resultando 15 positivas em gel-eletroforese e apenas 3 em agar-gel (tabela II. Os últimos 60 espécimes recebidos para diagnóstico, através a Campanha de Erradicação da Varíola, também resultaram negativos em gel-eletroforese, que não mostrou falsos-positivos nas condições descritas.The test of gel-electrophoresis applied to the pox virus group showed to be at least thirth times (30X more sensitive than agar-gel test on the described conditions (Table I. Twelve specimens, which were positives form Smallpox in the conventional tests of egg inoculation and agar-gel difusion test, have been screened in their original dilutions frozen for more than 1 year and six of them were still detectable by gel-eletrophoresis, while by agar-gel test any of them was positive (Table II. Thirty three Smallpox isolates have been tested with material from first egg inoculation (chorioallantoic membranes which have been stored in glycerin 50%, at - 15ºC. Fifteen of them were still positive by gel-electrophoresis and only 3 by agar-gel (Table II. The last 60 specimens received for diagnosis from Smallpox Erradication Campaign (CEV, were negatives by both tests. The gel-electrophoresis, did not show false-positives on described conditions.

  9. Influence of Uranium and Polivinyl Alcohol Concentration in the Feed of Sol Gel Process on the Gel Spherical Product

    The gel particles have been made at various uranium and polyvinyl alcohol concentration in the sol gel process. The variables of uranium concentration were 0.3; 0.5; 0.7; 0.9; 1.1; 1.3; 1.5; 1.7; 1.9 and 2.1 M The variables of polyvinyl alcohol concentration were 0.3; 0.6; 0.9; 1.2; 1.5; 1.8; 2.1 and 2.4 M After drying the sol gel process products were heated at 300, 500 and 750°C during 4 hours. The gel particles were characterized using an optic microscope to know the shape and condition morphology of gel. From experimental result using uranium concentration of 0.3 until 2.1 M and polyvinyl alcohol of 1.8 until 2.4 M spherical and gel was formed elastic, after heating at 750°C it was unbreakable. At the concentration of polyvinyl alcohol from 0.3 to 0.5 M, the gel product was soft and broken after being dried. At the concentration of polyvinyl alcohol from 0.6 to 0.8 M, the dried gel product was not perfect. At the concentration of polyvinyl alcohol from 0.9 to 1.7 M, the gel product of gelation process was spherical and it was broken after being heated up to 300°C. (author)

  10. A basic study of some normoxic polymer gel dosimeters

    Polymer gel dosimeters offer a wide range of potential applications in the three-dimensional verification of complex dose distribution such as in intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). Until now, however, polymer gel dosimeters have not been widely used in the clinic. One of the reasons is that they are difficult to manufacture. As the polymerization in polymer gels is inhibited by oxygen, all free oxygen has to be removed from the gels. For several years this was achieved by bubbling nitrogen through the gel solutions and by filling the phantoms in a glove box that is perfused with nitrogen. Recently another gel formulation was proposed in which oxygen is bound in a metallo-organic complex thus removing the problem of oxygen inhibition. The proposed gel consists of methacrylic acid, gelatin, ascorbic acid, hydroquinone and copper(II)sulphate and is given the acronym MAGIC gel dosimeter. These gels are fabricated under normal atmospheric conditions and are therefore called 'normoxic' gel dosimeters. In this study, a chemical analysis on the MAGIC gel was performed. The composition of the gel was varied and its radiation response was evaluated. The role of different chemicals and the reaction kinetics are discussed. It was found that ascorbic acid alone was able to bind the oxygen and can thus be used as an anti-oxidant in a polymer gel dosimeter. It was also found that the anti-oxidants N-acetyl-cysteine and tetrakis(hydroxymethyl)phosphonium were effective in scavenging the oxygen. However, the rate of oxygen scavenging is dependent on the anti-oxidant and its concentration with tetrakis(hydroxymethyl)phosphonium being the most reactive anti-oxidants. Potentiometric oxygen measurements in solution provide an easy way to get a first impression on the rate of oxygen scavenging. It is shown that cupper(II)sulphate operates as a catalyst in the oxidation of ascorbic acid. We, therefore, propose some new normoxic gel formulations that have a less complicated chemical formulation than the MAGIC gel. (author)

  11. A basic study of some normoxic polymer gel dosimeters

    De Deene, Y. [Centre for Medical, Health and Environmental Physics, Queensland University of Technology (Australia) and Radiotherapy Department, Ghent University Hospital, Gent (Belgium)]. E-mail: y.dedeene@qut.edu.au; Hurley, C.; Venning, A.; Mather, M.; Baldock, C. [Centre for Medical, Health and Environmental Physics, Queensland University of Technology (Australia); Vergote, K. [Radiotherapy Department, Ghent University Hospital, Gent (Belgium); Healy, B.J. [Department for Radiotherapy, QRI Mater Centre, Brisbane (Australia)

    2002-10-07

    Polymer gel dosimeters offer a wide range of potential applications in the three-dimensional verification of complex dose distribution such as in intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). Until now, however, polymer gel dosimeters have not been widely used in the clinic. One of the reasons is that they are difficult to manufacture. As the polymerization in polymer gels is inhibited by oxygen, all free oxygen has to be removed from the gels. For several years this was achieved by bubbling nitrogen through the gel solutions and by filling the phantoms in a glove box that is perfused with nitrogen. Recently another gel formulation was proposed in which oxygen is bound in a metallo-organic complex thus removing the problem of oxygen inhibition. The proposed gel consists of methacrylic acid, gelatin, ascorbic acid, hydroquinone and copper(II)sulphate and is given the acronym MAGIC gel dosimeter. These gels are fabricated under normal atmospheric conditions and are therefore called 'normoxic' gel dosimeters. In this study, a chemical analysis on the MAGIC gel was performed. The composition of the gel was varied and its radiation response was evaluated. The role of different chemicals and the reaction kinetics are discussed. It was found that ascorbic acid alone was able to bind the oxygen and can thus be used as an anti-oxidant in a polymer gel dosimeter. It was also found that the anti-oxidants N-acetyl-cysteine and tetrakis(hydroxymethyl)phosphonium were effective in scavenging the oxygen. However, the rate of oxygen scavenging is dependent on the anti-oxidant and its concentration with tetrakis(hydroxymethyl)phosphonium being the most reactive anti-oxidants. Potentiometric oxygen measurements in solution provide an easy way to get a first impression on the rate of oxygen scavenging. It is shown that cupper(II)sulphate operates as a catalyst in the oxidation of ascorbic acid. We, therefore, propose some new normoxic gel formulations that have a less complicated chemical formulation than the MAGIC gel. (author)

  12. Radiological properties of MAGIC normoxic polymer gel dosimetry

    For a polymer gel dosimeter to be of use in radiation dosimetry, it should display water-equivalent radiological properties. In this study, the radiological properties of the MAGIC (Methacrylic and Ascorbic acid in Gelatin Initiated by Copper) normoxic polymer gels were investigated. The mass density (ρ) was determined based on Archimedes' principle. The weight fraction of elemental composition and the effective atomic number (Zeff) were calculated. The electron density was also measured with 90° scattering angle at room temperature. The linear attenuation coefficient (μ) of unirradiated gel, irradiated gel, and water were determined using Am-241 based on narrow beam geometry. Monte Carlo simulation was used to calculate the depth doses response of MAGIC gel and water for 6MV photon beam. The weight fractions of elements composition of MAGIC gel were close to that for water. The mass density was found to be 1027 ± 2 kg m−3, which is also very close to mass density of muscle tissue (1030 kg m−3) and 2.7% higher than that of water. The electron density (ρe) and atomic number (Zeff) were found to be 3.43 × 1029 e m−3 and 7.105, respectively. The electron density measured was 2.6% greater than that for water. The atomic number was very close to that for water. The prepared MAGIC gel was found to be water equivalent based on the study of element composition, mass density, electron density and atomic number. The linear attenuation coefficient of unirradiated gel was very close to that of water. The μ of irradiated gel was found to be linear with dose 2-40 Gy. The depth dose response for MAGIC gel from a 6 MV photon beam had a percentage dose difference to water of less than 1%. Therefore it satisfies the criteria to be a good polymer gel dosimeter for radiotherapy.

  13. Kinetics of swelling of polyelectrolyte gels: Fixed degree of ionization.

    Sen, Swati; Kundagrami, Arindam

    2015-12-14

    The swelling kinetics of uncharged and charged polymer (polyelectrolyte) gels in salt-free conditions is studied in one dimension by solving the constitutive equation of motion (Newton's law for the elementary gel volume) of the displacement variable by two theoretical methods: one in which the classical definition of stress is used with the bulk modulus taken as a parameter, and the other in which a phenomenological expression of the osmotic stress as a function of polymer density and degree of ionization is taken as an input to the dynamics. The time-evolution profiles for spatially varying polymer density and stress, along with the location of the gel-solvent interface, are obtained from the two methods. We show that both the polymer density (volume fraction) and stress inside the gel follow expected behaviours of being maximum for the uniformly shrunken gel, and relaxing slowly to the lowest values as the gel approaches equilibrium. We further show that, by comparing the temporal profiles of the gel-solvent interface and other variables between the two methods, one may attempt to assign an effective bulk modulus to the polyelectrolyte gel as a function of the degree of ionization and other parameters of the gel such as hydrophobicity, cross-link density, and the temperature. The major result we get is that the effective bulk modulus of a polyelectrolyte gel increases monotonically with its degree of ionization. In the process of identifying the parameters for a monotonic swelling, we calculated using a well-known expression of the free energy the equilibrium results of two-phase co-existence and the critical point of a polyelectrolyte gel with a fixed degree of ionization. PMID:26671401

  14. Kinetics of swelling of polyelectrolyte gels: Fixed degree of ionization

    Sen, Swati; Kundagrami, Arindam

    2015-12-01

    The swelling kinetics of uncharged and charged polymer (polyelectrolyte) gels in salt-free conditions is studied in one dimension by solving the constitutive equation of motion (Newton's law for the elementary gel volume) of the displacement variable by two theoretical methods: one in which the classical definition of stress is used with the bulk modulus taken as a parameter, and the other in which a phenomenological expression of the osmotic stress as a function of polymer density and degree of ionization is taken as an input to the dynamics. The time-evolution profiles for spatially varying polymer density and stress, along with the location of the gel-solvent interface, are obtained from the two methods. We show that both the polymer density (volume fraction) and stress inside the gel follow expected behaviours of being maximum for the uniformly shrunken gel, and relaxing slowly to the lowest values as the gel approaches equilibrium. We further show that, by comparing the temporal profiles of the gel-solvent interface and other variables between the two methods, one may attempt to assign an effective bulk modulus to the polyelectrolyte gel as a function of the degree of ionization and other parameters of the gel such as hydrophobicity, cross-link density, and the temperature. The major result we get is that the effective bulk modulus of a polyelectrolyte gel increases monotonically with its degree of ionization. In the process of identifying the parameters for a monotonic swelling, we calculated using a well-known expression of the free energy the equilibrium results of two-phase co-existence and the critical point of a polyelectrolyte gel with a fixed degree of ionization.

  15. Reversible adsorption of calcium ions by imprinted temperature sensitive gels

    Alvarez-Lorenzo, Carmen; Guney, Orhan; Oya, Taro; Sakai, Yasuzo; Kobayashi, Masatoshi; Enoki, Takashi; Takeoka, Yukikazu; Ishibashi, Toru; Kuroda, Kenichi; Tanaka, Kazunori; Wang, Guoqiang; Grosberg, Alexander Yu.; Masamune, Satoru; Tanaka, Toyoichi

    2001-02-01

    With the aim of developing polymeric gels sensitive to external stimuli and able to reversibly adsorb and release divalent ions, copolymer gels of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPA) and methacrylic (MAA) monomers were prepared. We chose calcium as a target divalent ion. Two MAAs form a complex with a calcium ion, and the NIPA component allows the polymers to swell and shrink reversibly in response to temperature. The adsorbing site develops an affinity to target ions when the adsorbing molecules come into proximity, but when they are separated, the affinity diminishes. To enhance the affinity to calcium, an imprinting technique was applied using Ca2+ and Pb2+ ions as templates in methylsulfoxide and dioxane media, respectively. The adsorption capacity of the imprinted gels was compared with that of the nonimprinted gels, and the effects of the templates, the solvents, and the amount of methacrylic monomers used in the synthesis and the medium temperature over the Ca2+ adsorption capacity of the gels from aqueous solutions were evaluated. The analysis of the adsorption revealed that (a) the adsorption can be described by the Langmuir isotherms; (b) there is an approximately linear relationship between saturation and methacrylic monomer concentration; (c) the affinity depends on the degree of gel swelling or shrinkage that can be switched on and off by temperature; (d) in the shrunken state, the affinity depends approximately linearly on the MAA concentration in the imprinted gels, whereas in the nonimprinted gels it is proportional to the square of MAA concentration; (e) the imprinted gels adsorb more than the nonimprinted gels when MAA concentration is less than that of permanent cross linkers. The success of imprinting of CaMAA2 and PbMAA2 complex is evidence for memory of such complex onto the weakly cross-linked gel.

  16. Photothermally reprogrammable buckling of nanocomposite gel sheets.

    Hauser, Adam W; Evans, Arthur A; Na, Jun-Hee; Hayward, Ryan C

    2015-04-27

    Patterning deformation within the plane of thin elastic sheets represents a powerful tool for the definition of complex and stimuli-responsive 3D buckled shapes. Previous experimental methods, however, have focused on sheets that access a limited number of shapes pre-programmed into the sheet, restricting the degree of dynamic control. Here, we demonstrate on-demand reconfigurable buckling of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-acrylic acid) (PNIPAM) hydrogel network films containing gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) by patterned photothermal deswelling. Predictable, easily controllable, and reversible transformations from a single flat gel sheet to numerous different three-dimensional forms are shown. Importantly, the response time is limited by poroelastic mass transport, rather than photochemical switching kinetics, enabling reconfiguration of shape on timescales of several seconds, with further increases in speed possible by reducing film thickness. PMID:25752941

  17. Novel macroporous amphoteric gels: Preparation and characterization

    S. Kudaibergenov

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Macroporous amphoteric gels based on allylamine, methacrylic acid and acrylamide crosslinked by N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide were synthesized by radical copolymerization of monomers in cryoconditions. The composition of cryogels was determined by combination of potentiometric and conductimetric titrations. The morphology of cryogels was evaluated by scanning electron microscope (SEM. Cryogels exhibited sponge-like porous structure with pore size ranging from 50 to 200 μm. The values of the isoelectric points (IEPs determined from the swelling experiments arranged between 3.5 and 4.3. The high adsorption-desorption capacity of amphoteric cryogels with respect to mM and trace concentrations of copper, nickel, and cobalt ions was demonstrated. It was shown that the macroporous amphoteric cryogels are able to adsorb up to 99.9% of copper, nickel, and cobalt ions from 10–3 mol•L–1 aqueous solution.

  18. Polymer gel dosimeter based on itaconic acid.

    Mattea, Facundo; Chacn, David; Vedelago, Jos; Valente, Mauro; Strumia, Miriam C

    2015-11-01

    A new polymeric dosimeter based on itaconic acid and N, N'-methylenebisacrylamide was studied. The preparation method, compositions of monomer and crosslinking agent and the presence of oxygen in the dosimetric system were analyzed. The resulting materials were irradiated with an X-ray tube at 158cGy/min, 226cGymin and 298cGy/min with doses up to 1000Gy. The dosimeters presented a linear response in the dose range 75-1000Gy, sensitivities of 0.037 1/Gyat 298cGy/min and an increase in the sensitivity with lower dose rates. One of the most relevant outcomes in this study was obtaining different monomer to crosslinker inclusion in the formed gel for the dosimeters where oxygen was purged during the preparation method. This effect has not been reported in other typical dosimeters and could be attributed to the large differences in the reactivity among these species. PMID:26275817

  19. The Gelså River Restoration Revisited

    Friberg, Nikolai; Baattrup-Pedersen, Annette; Kristensen, Esben; Kronvang, Brian; Larsen, Søren Erik; Pedersen, Morten Lauge; Skriver, Jens; Thodsen, Hans; Wiberg-Larsen, Peter

    2014-01-01

    The study was undertaken on the River Gelså, Denmark, where a 1.8 km meandering course was estab-lished in 1989 to replace a channelized river reach. This restoration project was the first of its kind inDenmark and has the longest time-series of post-intervention data of any restoration project...... conductedworld-wide. Additionally, a 0.5 km upstream (control) reach that remained channelized has been sampledsince 1989. In this paper, we examined macroinvertebrate assemblages in distinct habitats in 2008, 19years after the restoration, and community persistence between two years, 1997 and 2008, to...... investigatethe longer-term effects of restoration on the biota. We found that habitat type influenced macroinverte-brate community composition to some degree, while there were no clear effects on - and -diversity ofhabitat or reach type. Stony substrate habitats introduced as part of the restoration could...

  20. Photoluminescence of sol-gel-prepared hafnia

    Kiisk, Valter, E-mail: kiisk@ut.e [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Riia Str. 142, 51014 Tartu (Estonia); Lange, Sven; Utt, Kathriin; Taette, Tanel; Maendar, Hugo; Sildos, Ilmo [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Riia Str. 142, 51014 Tartu (Estonia)

    2010-01-15

    We employed a sol-gel route followed by a thermal treatment (up to 1000 deg. C) to prepare crystalline (monoclinic) hafnium dioxide. Thorough steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence characterization of the material within the temperature range of 10-300 K was conducted by using various excitation sources. The most prominent spectroscopic feature of the material was an intense broad emission band centered at 2.3-2.5 eV with an associated excitation band centered at 4.2-4.4 eV (well below the bandgap of monoclinic hafnia). The emission was characterized by an essentially non-exponential, thermally stimulated decay and exposed a marked blue shift with the increase of temperature from 10 to 300 K. Relation of the emission to the intrinsic defects of hafnia is discussed.

  1. Clotrimazole nanoparticle gel for mucosal administration

    Esposito, Elisabetta, E-mail: ese@unife.it [Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Ferrara, I-44121 Ferrara (Italy); Ravani, Laura [Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Ferrara, I-44121 Ferrara (Italy); Contado, Catia [Department of Chemistry, University of Ferrara, Ferrara (Italy); Costenaro, Andrea [Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Ferrara, I-44121 Ferrara (Italy); Drechsler, Markus [Macromolecular Chemistry II, University of Bayreuth (Germany); Rossi, Damiano [Department of Biology and Evolution, LT Terra and Acqua Tech UR7, University of Ferrara, Ferrara (Italy); Menegatti, Enea [Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Ferrara, I-44121 Ferrara (Italy); Grandini, Alessandro [Department of Biology and Evolution, LT Terra and Acqua Tech UR7, University of Ferrara, Ferrara (Italy); Cortesi, Rita [Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Ferrara, I-44121 Ferrara (Italy)

    2013-01-01

    In this study a formulation suitable to be applied on oral and/or vaginal mucosa has been developed for the treatment of fungal infections. The aim of the research is a comparison between clotrimazole (CLO) containing semisolid formulations based on monoolein aqueous dispersion (MAD) or nanostructured lipid carrier (NLC). MAD and NLC have been characterized in terms of morphology and dimensional distribution by cryogenic Transmission Electron Microscopy (cryo-TEM) and Photon Correlation Spectroscopy (PCS). CLO was encapsulated with high entrapment efficiency both in MAD and in NLC, according to Sedimentation Field Flow Fractionation (SdFFF) combined with HPLC. CLO recovery in MAD and NLC has been investigated by time. In order to obtain formulations with suitable viscosity for mucosal application, MAD was diluted with a carbomer gel, while NLC was directly viscosized by the addition of poloxamer 407 in the dispersion. The rheological properties of MAD and NLC after viscosizing have been investigated. Franz cell has been employed to study CLO diffusion from the different vehicles, evidencing diffusion rates from MAD and NLC superimposable to that obtained using Canesten{sup Registered-Sign }. An anticandidal activity study demonstrated that both CLO-MAD and CLO-NLC were more active against Candida albicans with respect to the pure drug. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Comparison between monoolein aqueous dispersion (MAD) and nanostructured lipid carrier (NLC). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Clotrimazole (CLO) encapsulated with high entrapment efficiency both in MAD and in NLC. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The solid matrix of NLC controls CLO degradation better than MAD. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CLO containing MAD and NLC exhibits a higher anticandidal activity than the free drug. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Simple production of CLO-NLC based poloxamer gel, suitable for industry scaling up.

  2. Clotrimazole nanoparticle gel for mucosal administration

    In this study a formulation suitable to be applied on oral and/or vaginal mucosa has been developed for the treatment of fungal infections. The aim of the research is a comparison between clotrimazole (CLO) containing semisolid formulations based on monoolein aqueous dispersion (MAD) or nanostructured lipid carrier (NLC). MAD and NLC have been characterized in terms of morphology and dimensional distribution by cryogenic Transmission Electron Microscopy (cryo-TEM) and Photon Correlation Spectroscopy (PCS). CLO was encapsulated with high entrapment efficiency both in MAD and in NLC, according to Sedimentation Field Flow Fractionation (SdFFF) combined with HPLC. CLO recovery in MAD and NLC has been investigated by time. In order to obtain formulations with suitable viscosity for mucosal application, MAD was diluted with a carbomer gel, while NLC was directly viscosized by the addition of poloxamer 407 in the dispersion. The rheological properties of MAD and NLC after viscosizing have been investigated. Franz cell has been employed to study CLO diffusion from the different vehicles, evidencing diffusion rates from MAD and NLC superimposable to that obtained using Canesten®. An anticandidal activity study demonstrated that both CLO-MAD and CLO-NLC were more active against Candida albicans with respect to the pure drug. Highlights: ► Comparison between monoolein aqueous dispersion (MAD) and nanostructured lipid carrier (NLC). ► Clotrimazole (CLO) encapsulated with high entrapment efficiency both in MAD and in NLC. ► The solid matrix of NLC controls CLO degradation better than MAD. ► CLO containing MAD and NLC exhibits a higher anticandidal activity than the free drug. ► Simple production of CLO-NLC based poloxamer gel, suitable for industry scaling up

  3. Nanocrystalline Pentaerythritoltetranitrate using Sol-Gel Process

    Sanjay Vishwasrao Ingale

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available The secondary explosives developed with reduced particle size tend to be more insensitive for mechanical stimuli and may release energy with faster rate and gaining more importance nowadays. Therefore, aiming to reduce the particle size of one of the popular explosives, viz., pentaerythritoltetranitrate (PETN to the nanometer range, a method for preparation of nanocrystalline PETN in the silica (SiO2 gel matrix using sol-gel process has been demonstrated. The PETN-SiO2 xerogels were prepared containing PETN content ranging from 50 per cent to 90 per cent (w/w and the xerogels were characterised using different techniques. An exothermic peak at around 185 oC preceded by an endotherm in thermal analysis accompanied with weight loss in the temperature range from 150 oC to 200 oC   for the xerogel confirmed the presence of PETN in xerogel. Infrared spectra of xerogels showed peaks at around 1285 cm-1 and 1700 cm-1 assigned to O-NO2 and C-O bond representing PETN. Small angle x-ray scattering measurements on xerogels indicated that PETN entered in the pores of silica matrix. Transmission electron microscopy revealed that cystalline PETN    with particle size of around 15 nm dispersed in silica xerogel. The specific surface area for the PETN-SiO2 (90:10 xerogels was found to be 75 m2/g.Defence Science Journal, 2011, 61(6, pp.534-539, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.14429/dsj.61.594

  4. Interaktion mellem warfarin og oral miconazol-gel

    Ogard, C G; Vestergaard, Henrik

    2000-01-01

    gel was prescribed. One week later she developed bleeding gums. Eight days later she was admitted to the hospital with haematuria. INR was > 10. Warfarin and the miconazole gel were withdrawn. She was treated with phytonadione. INR normalised after four days and she continued warfarin treatment...

  5. Large deformation of self-oscillating polymer gel

    Maeda, Shingo; Kato, Terukazu; Otsuka, Yuji; Hosoya, Naoki; Cianchetti, Matteo; Laschi, Cecilia

    2016-01-01

    A self-oscillating gel is a system that generates an autonomous volume oscillation. This oscillation is powered by the chemical energy of the Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction, which demonstrates metal ion redox oscillation. A self-oscillating gel is composed of Poly-N -isopropylacrylamide (PNIPAAm) with a metal ion. In this study, we found that the displacement of the volume oscillation in a self-oscillating gel could be controlled by its being subjected to a prestraining process. We also revealed the driving mechanism of the self-oscillating gel from the point of view of thermodynamics. We observed that the polymer-solvent interaction parameter ? is altered by the redox changes to the metal ion incorporated in the self-oscillating gel. The prestraining process leads to changes in ? and changes in enthalpy and entropy when the self-oscillating gel is in a reduced and oxidized state. We found that nonprestrained gel samples oscillate in a poor solution (? >0.5 ) and prestrained gel samples oscillate in a good solution (? <0.5 ).

  6. Long-range forces extending from polymer-gel surfaces

    Zheng, J; Zheng, Jian-ming; Pollack, Gerald H.

    2003-01-01

    Aqueous suspensions of microspheres were infused around gels of varying composition. The solutes were excluded from zones on the order of 100 micrometers from the gel surface. We present evidence that this finding is not an artifact, and that solute-repulsion forces exist at distances far greater than conventional theory predicts. The observations imply that solutes may interact over an unexpectedly long range.

  7. DEWATERING OF DILUTE AQUEOUS HAZARDOUS WASTES USING REVERSIBLE GEL ABSORPTION

    The feasiability of using crosslinked gels in a reversible process for extracting pure water from aqueous waste solutions has been investigated. It has potential for concentrating waste streams that contain hazardous chemicals. Near critical gels have been developed which swell a...

  8. Gel Electrophoresis--The Easy Way for Students

    VanRooy, Wilhelmina; Sultana, Khalida

    2010-01-01

    This article describes a simple, inexpensive, easy to conduct gel-electrophoresis activity using food dyes. It is an alternative to the more expensive counterparts which require agarose gel, DNA samples, purchased chamber and Tris-borate-EDTA buffer. We suggest some learning activities for senior biology students along with comments on several

  9. A comparative study of new type polymer gel dosimeters

    In this study we have investigated and evaluated some dosimetric properties of polymer gel dosimeter encountered when using gels in clinical radiation therapy environment. Four different compositions of polymer gel dosimeter were manufactured. Two compositions (A and D) represent widely recognized gels prepared following literature instructions. In case of MAGIC type dosimeter (D), gelatin weight fraction was decreased to 5%. During our previous research, we have experienced some substantial changes in behavior when lowering amount of sodium hydroxide and when potassium aluminum sulfate was added. Therefore another two gels were prepared (B and C). Gel dosimeters were evaluated using transversal relaxation rate R2. Details of the used acquisition sequence may be found in Spevacek V. et.al. (2001), only eight echo times were used for R2 calculation in this case. The following properties have been investigated for the four gel compositions: dose response; temperature dependence of dose response; short and long term stability; behavior of gels in a region of steep dose gradient; and uniformity of homogeneously irradiated region. (authors)

  10. Biocatalysis with Sol-Gel Encapsulated Acid Phosphatase

    Kulkarni, Suhasini; Tran, Vu; Ho, Maggie K.-M.; Phan, Chieu; Chin, Elizabeth; Wemmer, Zeke; Sommerhalter, Monika

    2010-01-01

    This experiment was performed in an upper-level undergraduate biochemistry laboratory course. Students learned how to immobilize an enzyme in a sol-gel matrix and how to perform and evaluate enzyme-activity measurements. The enzyme acid phosphatase (APase) from wheat germ was encapsulated in sol-gel beads that were prepared from the precursor…

  11. Biocatalysis with Sol-Gel Encapsulated Acid Phosphatase

    Kulkarni, Suhasini; Tran, Vu; Ho, Maggie K.-M.; Phan, Chieu; Chin, Elizabeth; Wemmer, Zeke; Sommerhalter, Monika

    2010-01-01

    This experiment was performed in an upper-level undergraduate biochemistry laboratory course. Students learned how to immobilize an enzyme in a sol-gel matrix and how to perform and evaluate enzyme-activity measurements. The enzyme acid phosphatase (APase) from wheat germ was encapsulated in sol-gel beads that were prepared from the precursor

  12. Raman study of lower toxicity polymer gel for radiotherapy dosimetry

    N-isopropyl acrylamide (NIPAM) monomer and N, N' – methylene-bis-acrylamide (BIS) crosslinker were used to synthesize polymer gel dosimeters for a reason that the monomer is lower toxicity which gives a significant advantage over the other polymer gel compositions. The gels were irradiated with Co-60 gamma rays at doses up to 21 Gy and the irradiated NIPAM polymer gels were used to investigate the dose response characteristics based on Raman spectroscopy analysis on the formation of the polymer gels and the consumptions of NIPAM and BIS co-monomers. From the findings, the polymerization was referred to an increment in Raman intensity at 815 cm−1, assigned for C-C stretching mode of NIPAM polymer gel, as the dose increased. The consumptions of the co-monomers were referred to a decrement in Raman intensities at 1025 cm−1 2353 cm−1 for C=C stretching modes of NIPAM and BIS respectively as the dose increased. The increment and decrement in Raman intensities of polymer and co-monomers respectively with increase of dose indicate that there is occurrence of polymerization of NIPAM polymer gels which could be applied in 3D dose distributions for radiotherapy treatment planning. The correlation factor kBIS is greater than kNIPAM showing that the reaction of BIS crosslinker is more efficient than NIPAM monomer to generate 37% of the NIPAM polymer gel

  13. Tetracaine gel vs EMLA cream for percutaneous anaesthesia in children

    Rømsing, Janne; Henneberg, S W; Walther-Larsen, S; Kjeldsen, C

    1999-01-01

    (n = 20). Cannulation was performed up to 215 min after removal of the tetracaine gel in another 20 patients. Significantly lower pain scores were recorded by the children treated with tetracaine gel compared with EMLA cream (P <0.02). Forty to 45% of children in the tetracaine groups reported no...

  14. Compensation Of Smile Effect Distortion In Electrophoretic Gel Image

    Dvo??ek, T.

    2015-01-01

    This paper is engaged in the issue of automatic detection and removal of smile effect geometrical distortion in agarose gel electrophoresis images. Based on created databank of electrophoretic phantoms, an algorithm that is able to repair mentioned smile effect distortion was created. In this paper, two gel images with applied removal algorithm are shown with percentage description of reparation level.

  15. Maintenance of Bacterial Cultures on Anhydrous Silica Gel

    Lennox, John E.

    1977-01-01

    Suspensions of 20 different cultures were grown on appropriate media, then pipetted into sterile anhydrous silica gel. Silica gel cultures after incubation and refrigerated storage were tested for viability. Results showed little mutation, low replication, low contamination, minimal expenses, and survival up to two years. (CS)

  16. Spectroscopic studies of triethoxysilane sol-gel and coating process

    Li, Ying-Sing; Ba, Abdul

    2008-10-01

    Silica sol-gels have been prepared under different conditions using triethoxysilane (TES) as precursor. The prepared sol-gels have been used to coat aluminum for corrosion protection. Vibrational assignments have been made for most vibration bands of TES, TES sol-gel, TES sol-gel-coated aluminum and xerogel. It has been noticed that air moisture may have helped the hydrolysis of the thin coating films. Xerogels have been obtained from the sol-gel under different temperature conditions and the resulting samples have been characterized by using infrared and Raman spectroscopic methods. IR data indicate that the sol-gel process is incomplete under the ambient conditions although an aqueous condition can have slightly improved the process. Two nonequivalent silicon atoms have been identified from the collected 29Si NMR spectra for the sol-gel, supporting the result derived from the IR data. The frequency of Si sbnd H bending vibration has been found to be more sensitive to the skeletal structure than that of the Si sbnd H stretching vibration. A higher temperature condition could favor the progression of hydrolysis and condensation. A temperature higher than 300 °C would cause sample decomposition without seriously damaging the silica network. From infrared intensity measurements and thermo-gravimetric analyses, the fractions of incomplete hydrolysis and condensation species have been estimated to be 4% and 3%, respectively. Electrochemical data have shown that the sol-gel coating significantly improves the corrosion protection properties of aluminum.

  17. Comparison of Two Types of Gels in Improving Burn Wound

    Rahimzadeh Golnar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Kefir are natural probiotic compounds with anti-inflammatory properties, which were tested in experimental burn injury. Kefir gels were prepared from an extract of continuously cultured kefir in Man, Rogosa and Sharpe Broth medium for 48 and 96 h. Their extracts were used for evaluation of antibacterial effect against Pseudomonas aeruginosa in standard sample (ATCC 27853 and samples taken from patients with burns. The antibacterial effect of different kefir extract was assessment of minimum inhibitory concentration and minimum bactericidal concentration. The density of bacteria and percentage of organic acids (lactic and acetic acids were also determined. Materials and Methods: Similar burn injuries were made on dorsal skin surface of 40 rats. The rats were divided into 5 groups of 8 rats each. The base gel, silver sulfadiazine ointment, kefir 48 h gel, kefir 96 h gel were applied twice daily. Burn wound area was measured at baseline, 1 and 2 weeks. Results: Results indicated that by increasing the time of fermentation, concentration of lactic and acetic acid increased in orders of: Kefir 48 h < kefir 96 h, the end of the 2nd week the percentage of wound size were lowest in order of kefir 96 h gel < kefir grains 48 h gel < silver sulfadiazine 1% < untreated and based gel groups. Conclusion: In conclusion, the kefir gel therapy was an effective therapeutic approach to improve outcomes after severe burn when compared with conventional silver sulfadiazine treatment.

  18. Modelling of erosion of bentonite gel by gel/sol flow

    Moreno, Luis; Neretnieks, Ivars; Longcheng Liu (Chemical Engineering and Technology, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden))

    2010-11-15

    Bentonite intrusion into a fracture intersecting the canister deposition hole is modelled. The model describes the expansion of the bentonite within the fracture. It accounts for the repulsive electrostatic double-layer forces, the attractive van der Waals forces and friction forces between the particles and the water. The model also takes into account the diffusion of the colloid particles in the smectite sol. Diffusion of a counterion, sodium, is accounted for as this strongly influences the double layer force and the viscosity of the gel/sol. The gel/sol is considered to be a fluid with a varying viscosity that is strongly dependent on the bentonite volume fraction in the gel and the sodium concentration in the water. Two different geometries were modelled; a rectangular and a cylindrical. The rectangular geometry was used to gain experience with the processes and mechanisms and how they interact since the cylindrical geometry was somewhat less stable numerically and more time consuming. In the rectangular geometry a fracture 1 metre long in the flow direction was modelled. In both geometries the fracture size was selected sufficiently large to ensure that the water velocity, near the distant border was nearly the same as the approaching water velocity and that the smectite concentration there was vanishingly small. It was found that the velocity of the fluid drops considerably where the bentonite volume fraction is larger than 1-2%. This is due to the strong increase in viscosity with increasing bentonite volume fraction. The loss of smectite by the slowly flowing fluid was found to be proportional to the square root of the seeping water velocity for the rectangular geometry. For the cylindrical geometry, the dependence is somewhat lower (exponent about 0.4) since the length of the gel/water interface decreases with increasing water flow rate. The penetration depth of the gel/water interface decreases with increasing water flow rate. For water velocity of the order of a metre per year the gel may penetrate several metres into the fracture when steady state is reached. The simulations were made with only sodium as counterion. Most simulations had sodium concentrations below the critical coagulation concentration, CCC. In the compacted bentonite at the fracture mouth it was 10 mM and 0.1 mM in the approaching water. At these concentrations the gel is expansive and can turn into a sol releasing colloidal particles. The low ion concentration has a strong impact on the fluid viscosity, which increases with decreasing ionic strength. At the same time, however the repulsion forces between the smectite particles increase causing a quicker expansion. Simulations with higher sodium concentrations had a marginal influence on the erosion rate. For the highest water flow rates the smectite loss could be up to 0.3 kg per year for one canister. This is more than one order of magnitude larger than what could be reached by smectite particle diffusion alone if fluid flow was neglected. In experiments in downward facing slits (fractures) it has been found that bentonite releases gel agglomerates much faster than expected. These are released and sediment also under conditions where it is expected that the smectite particles should have separated into individual smectite sheets, which would not noticeably be influenced by gravity. The reasons for this behaviour are not understood. In the modelling it is assumed that there are no other larger non-smectite particles that would be left behind to gradually build up a bed of particles that could act as filter, slowing down or even straining further smectite penetration into the fracture. The modelling results could therefore be highly pessimistic because bentonites contain tens of percent of accessory minerals that do not form colloids and the presence of which may cause the expansion to be slowed down by friction against the fracture walls

  19. Modelling of erosion of bentonite gel by gel/sol flow

    Bentonite intrusion into a fracture intersecting the canister deposition hole is modelled. The model describes the expansion of the bentonite within the fracture. It accounts for the repulsive electrostatic double-layer forces, the attractive van der Waals forces and friction forces between the particles and the water. The model also takes into account the diffusion of the colloid particles in the smectite sol. Diffusion of a counterion, sodium, is accounted for as this strongly influences the double layer force and the viscosity of the gel/sol. The gel/sol is considered to be a fluid with a varying viscosity that is strongly dependent on the bentonite volume fraction in the gel and the sodium concentration in the water. Two different geometries were modelled; a rectangular and a cylindrical. The rectangular geometry was used to gain experience with the processes and mechanisms and how they interact since the cylindrical geometry was somewhat less stable numerically and more time consuming. In the rectangular geometry a fracture 1 metre long in the flow direction was modelled. In both geometries the fracture size was selected sufficiently large to ensure that the water velocity, near the distant border was nearly the same as the approaching water velocity and that the smectite concentration there was vanishingly small. It was found that the velocity of the fluid drops considerably where the bentonite volume fraction is larger than 1-2%. This is due to the strong increase in viscosity with increasing bentonite volume fraction. The loss of smectite by the slowly flowing fluid was found to be proportional to the square root of the seeping water velocity for the rectangular geometry. For the cylindrical geometry, the dependence is somewhat lower (exponent about 0.4) since the length of the gel/water interface decreases with increasing water flow rate. The penetration depth of the gel/water interface decreases with increasing water flow rate. For water velocity of the order of a metre per year the gel may penetrate several metres into the fracture when steady state is reached. The simulations were made with only sodium as counterion. Most simulations had sodium concentrations below the critical coagulation concentration, CCC. In the compacted bentonite at the fracture mouth it was 10 mM and 0.1 mM in the approaching water. At these concentrations the gel is expansive and can turn into a sol releasing colloidal particles. The low ion concentration has a strong impact on the fluid viscosity, which increases with decreasing ionic strength. At the same time, however the repulsion forces between the smectite particles increase causing a quicker expansion. Simulations with higher sodium concentrations had a marginal influence on the erosion rate. For the highest water flow rates the smectite loss could be up to 0.3 kg per year for one canister. This is more than one order of magnitude larger than what could be reached by smectite particle diffusion alone if fluid flow was neglected. In experiments in downward facing slits (fractures) it has been found that bentonite releases gel agglomerates much faster than expected. These are released and sediment also under conditions where it is expected that the smectite particles should have separated into individual smectite sheets, which would not noticeably be influenced by gravity. The reasons for this behaviour are not understood. In the modelling it is assumed that there are no other larger non-smectite particles that would be left behind to gradually build up a bed of particles that could act as filter, slowing down or even straining further smectite penetration into the fracture. The modelling results could therefore be highly pessimistic because bentonites contain tens of percent of accessory minerals that do not form colloids and the presence of which may cause the expansion to be slowed down by friction against the fracture walls

  20. Characterization of a humic gel synthesized from an activated epoxy silica gel

    Purified humic acid has been covalently bound on activated epoxy silica gel particles. Determination of physical properties and chemical properties was conducted in order to characterize the material at different stages of the preparation. FTIR spectra and the PEC of the surface bound humic acid is very similar to that of humic acid starting material. This shows that the humic acid was not deteriorated during the surface binding process. This humic gel can be used as an analogue for sediment associated humic acid, with the advantage that covalently bound humic acid does not desorb, and thus allows for simple species separation between non-complexed and humic bound metal ions in batch and column experiments

  1. High-resolution gel dosimetry of a HDR brachytherapy source using normoxic polymer gel dosimeters: Preliminary study

    Hurley, C.; McLucas, C.; Pedrazzini, G.; Baldock, C.

    2006-09-01

    Polymer gel dosimetry has been shown to be an effective tool in the analysis of radiotherapy treatments in cancer therapy, being used to map the dose distribution around an irradiation pattern of a polymer gel dosimeter. Combined with high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), polymer gel dosimetry can be an effective dosimetry tool to map dose distributions with high spatial resolution (˜100 μm). Previously polyacrylamide polymer gel dosimetry required a strict hypoxic environment to protect the gel from oxygen infiltration as oxygen inhibits the polymerization reaction used to correlate to absorbed dose. However, with the advent of normoxic polymer gels, a strict hypoxic environment is not required. Normoxic polymer gel dosimeters can be manufactured under normal atmospheric conditions. This study assessed the use of a MAGIC normoxic polymer gel dosimeter to accurately map the dose distribution of a single-line irradiation and a point source irradiation from a brachytherapy radiation source administered through a nylon catheter inserted into the gel dosimeter. The phantoms were irradiated to a dose of 10 Gy at 2 mm from the source center and imaged using high-resolution MRI with an in-plane pixel size of 0.1055 mm/pixel. Good agreement was found between the dose points predicted by the computer treatment-planning system and the measured normalized dose profiles in the gel dosimeter. The use of normoxic polymer gel dosimeters with high-resolution MRI evaluation shows promise as an effective tool in applications requiring accurate dose distributions in high resolution, such as intravascular brachytherapy.

  2. One step antiglare sol-gel coating for screens by sol-gel techniques

    Schelle, Christian; Mennig, Martin; Krug, Herbert; Jonschker, Gerhard; Schmidt, Helmut K.

    1997-01-01

    Anti-reflection coatings on glass substrates were prepared by the application of sol-gel coatings of silica containing crystalline tin oxide particles. The sol was coated on commercially available float glass by dip-coating and spin-coating techniques. Increasing the surface roughness of the float glass (factor of 50) by a particulate coating material resulted in anti-reflection effects comparable to frosted glass. Haze and clarity, which are a measure for the contrast and definition of an op...

  3. PC based automated sol-gel pilot plant

    Sol-gel process offers an easy wet chemical route for preparation of fuel elements in the form of microspheres of desired size. The system is designed for preparation of dry gel particles of uranium oxide and uranium-plutonium oxide. Processes involved are pre mixing, feed dispersion, gel formation, washing and drying of gel particles. The sol-gel assembly with a production capacity of ?3 kg/day is housed in an eight module glove box. To execute different process sequences a PC based system has been developed. PC is the main system controller. Control of process involves control of liquid flow, solenoid valves, pneumatic valves, pumps, level control sequence, time based sequence, conductivity based sequence etc. Peripheral instruments associated with PC are level controllers, pressure indicator unit, power oscillator, conductivity meter, silicon oil heating unit and belt drying unit. (author). 4 refs., 1 fig

  4. Laser CT evaluation on normoxic PAGAT gel dosimeter

    Kumar, D. S.; Samuel, E. J. J.; Watanabe, Y.

    2013-06-01

    Optical computed tomography has been shown to be a potentially useful imaging tool for the radiation therapy physicists. In radiation therapy, researchers have used optical CT for the readout of 3D dosimeters. The purpose of this paper is to describe the initial evaluation of a newly fabricated laser CT scanner for 3D gel dosimetry which works using the first generation principle. A normoxic PAGAT (Polyacrylamide Gelatin and Tetrakis) gel is used as a dosimeter for this analysis. When a laser passes through the gel phantom, absorption and scattering of photon take place. The optical attenuation coefficient of the laser can be obtained by measuring its intensity after passing through the gel by a sensor. The scanner motion is controlled by a computer program written in Microsoft Visual C++. Reconstruction and data analysis on the irradiated gel phantom is performed by suitable algorithm using Matlab software.

  5. Viscoelastic nature of Au nanoparticle–PDMS nanocomposite gels

    Ritu Gupta; Hima K Nagamanasa; Rajesh Ganapathy; Giridhar U Kulkarni

    2015-08-01

    A stable gel of Au nanoparticles in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) nanocomposite is prepared by employing the curing agent of PDMS elastomer as a reducing agent for the formation of Au nanoparticles by an in-situ process. The viscoelastic nature of these gels is very sensitive to the Au nanoparticle loading and the synthetic temperature conditions. Even a very low Au content of 0.09 wt% is sufficient enough to bring in the transition from sponge state to gel state at room temperature. Higher synthetic temperature also forms sponge formation. Infrared and ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy measurements have provided insight into PDMS crosslinking and nanoparticle formation, respectively. The optimization of the gel properties can have direct influence on the processability of Au nanoparticle–PDMS nanocomposite gels, with interesting implications in electronic, optical and microfluidic devices.

  6. A distributed system for two-dimensional gel analysis.

    Monardo, P J; Boutell, T; Garrels, J I; Latter, G I

    1994-04-01

    The Quest II system is a new two-dimensional (2D) gel analysis software system for the construction and analysis of 2D gel protein databases. A new architectural approach to 2D gel software systems has been utilized. This architecture is based on a tightly coupled client/server model. There are three layers to the system architecture: (i) a database layer consisting of three database servers, (ii) a compute layer consisting of three compute servers and (iii) an extensible user interface layer currently consisting of user interface tools for linearization and merging of scanned images, the segmentation and detection of protein spots on the images, matching, editing, and analysis of gels. The ability to store and retrieve the large volume of spot data inherent in 2D gel analysis while utilizing database technology is demonstrated. PMID:8019861

  7. Volume phase transitions of cholesteric liquid crystalline gels

    We present a mean field theory to describe anisotropic deformations of a cholesteric elastomer without solvent molecules and a cholesteric liquid crystalline gel immersed in isotropic solvents at a thermal equilibrium state. Based on the neoclassical rubber theory of nematic elastomers, we derive an elastic energy and a twist distortion energy, which are important to determine the shape of a cholesteric elastomer (or gel). We demonstrate that when the elastic energy dominates in the free energy, the cholesteric elastomer causes a spontaneous compression in the pitch axis and elongates along the director on the plane perpendicular to the pitch axis. Our theory can qualitatively describe the experimental results of a cholesteric elastomer. We also predict the first-order volume phase transitions and anisotropic deformations of a gel at the cholesteric-isotropic phase transition temperature. Depending on a chirality of a gel, we find a prolate or oblate shape of cholesteric gels

  8. Foam and gel methods for the decontamination of metallic surfaces

    Nunez, Luis; Kaminski, Michael Donald

    2007-01-23

    Decontamination of nuclear facilities is necessary to reduce the radiation field during normal operations and decommissioning of complex equipment. In this invention, we discuss gel and foam based diphosphonic acid (HEDPA) chemical solutions that are unique in that these solutions can be applied at room temperature; provide protection to the base metal for continued applications of the equipment; and reduce the final waste form production to one step. The HEDPA gels and foams are formulated with benign chemicals, including various solvents, such as ionic liquids and reducing and complexing agents such as hydroxamic acids, and formaldehyde sulfoxylate. Gel and foam based HEDPA processes allow for decontamination of difficult to reach surfaces that are unmanageable with traditional aqueous process methods. Also, the gel and foam components are optimized to maximize the dissolution rate and assist in the chemical transformation of the gel and foam to a stable waste form.

  9. Oscillatory and electrohydrodynamic instabilities in flow over a viscoelastic gel

    R M Thaokar

    2015-05-01

    The stability of oscillatory flows over compliant surfaces is studied analytically and numerically. The type of compliant surfaces studied is the incompressible viscoelastic gel model. The stability is determined using the Floquet analysis, where amplitude of perturbations at time intervals separated by one time period is examined to determine whether perturbations grow or decay. Oscillatory flows pas viscoelastic gels exhibit an instability in the limit of zero Reynolds number, and the transition amplitude of the oscillatory velocity increases with the frequency of oscillations. The transition amplitude has a minimum at a finite wavenumber for the viscoelastic gel model. The instability is found to depend strongly on the gel viscosity $\\eta_{g}$, and the effect of oscillations on the continuation of viscous modes at intermediate Reynolds number shows a complicated dependence on the oscillation frequency. Experimental studies are carried out on the stability of an oscillatory flow past a viscoelastic gel at zero Reynolds number, and these confirm the theoretical predictions.

  10. Impedance and polarisation studies of new lithium polyelectrolyte gels

    Krok, F.; Dygas, J.R.; Misztal-Faraj, B. [Politechnika Warszawska (Poland). Inst. Fizyki; Florjanczyk, Z.; Bzducha, W. [Politechnika Warszawska, Warsaw (Poland). Dept. of Chemistry

    1999-09-01

    Electrical conductivity, interaction with lithium metal and apparent Li{sup +} transference number of gel polyelectrolytes was examined by the impedance spectroscopy and the dc polarisation of cells. Gel polyelectrolytes were obtained by crosslinking of plasticized lithium salts derived from comb-like half ester of maleic acid copolymer. Two gels contained additives: either BF{sub 3} as an agent complexing carboxylic anions or LiN(CF{sub 3}SO{sub 2}){sub 2} salt as a source of additional lithium ions. The measured impedance spectra of cells Li/gel/Li were simulated by an equivalent circuit. The time evolution of the circuit parameters indicated growth of passivation layer and degradation of the electrolyte. In all studied gels, the apparent Li{sup +} transference number had low values, which decreased upon time of storage of cells with lithium electrodes. Probably small ions are formed upon chemical interaction between lithium and dimethoxyethylenesulfoxide - the polar solvent used as a plasticizer. (orig.)

  11. Optical CT evaluation on normoxic polymer gel dosimeter

    Optical computed tomography has been shown to be a potentially useful imaging tool for the radiation therapy physicists. In radiation therapy, researchers have used optical CT for the readout of 3D dosimeters. The purpose of this paper is to explicate the initial evaluation of a newly fabricated laser CT scanner for '3D gel dosimetry' which works in the first generation principle. The normoxic PAGAT (Polyacrylamide Gelatin and Tetrakis) gel is used as a dosimeter for this analysis. When laser passes through this gel phantom, absorption and scattering of photon take place. The optical attenuation coefficient of the laser can be obtained by measuring its intensity after passing through the gel by a sensor.The scanner motion is controlled by the program written in Microsoft Visual C++. Reconstruction and data analysis on the irradiated gel phantom is performed by suitable algorithm using Matlab software. (author)

  12. Opportunities for sol-gel materials in fuel cells

    Fuel cells are electrochemical devices that convert the chemical energy of a fuel and oxidant directly to electrical energy. Three types of fuel cells are (a) proton-exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC), (b) molten carbonate fuel cells (MCFC) and (c) solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). In each case, there is a role for sol-gel processing. In the case of PEMFC, sol-gel modifications to the membrane are designed to increase the operating temperature. In the case of MCFC, sol-gel corrosion barriers extend the lifetime of the current collector. Finally, sol-gel processing is being used to assemble the electrolyte and electrode layers in SOFC and related oxygen generating devices. Examples are given for the application of sol-gel processing in each system, pointing out the derived benefits and areas for further development. (author)

  13. [Biocompatibility analysis of hyaluronic acid sodium gels for medical application].

    Wang, Yaning; Yuan, Tun; Jia, Lifang; Zou, Wen; Liang, Jie

    2012-08-01

    Hyaluronan acid sodium gels are used in ophthalmic surgery, orthopedic treatment and cosmetic surgery. In 2009,there were 12 domestic manufacturers in China producing 33 kinds of products. 23 kinds of imported products were allowed by SFDA to sale in the meantime. Since manufacturers use different production processes, product performances are quite different. According to the GB/T 16886. 1-2001, we designed a pilot program to evaluate the sodium hyaluronate gel products comprehensively in this paper. The results showed that, except chromosome aberration test of gel A and subchronic systemic toxicity of gel C appeared positive, the remaining samples of the test results were negative. This article provides a reference to write standard of cross-linked hyaluronic sodium gel and the revision of standard YY0308-2004. PMID:23016423

  14. Conductivity behaviour of polymer gel electrolytes: Role of polymer

    S S Sekhon

    2003-04-01

    Polymer is an important constituent of polymer gel electrolytes along with salt and solvent. The salt provides ions for conduction and the solvent helps in the dissolution of the salt and also provides the medium for ion conduction. Although the polymer added provides mechanical stability to the electrolytes yet its effect on the conductivity behaviour of gel electrolytes as well as the interaction of polymer with salt and solvent has not been conclusively established. The conductivity of lithium ion conducting polymer gel electrolytes decreases with the addition of polymer whereas in the case of proton conducting polymer gel electrolytes an increase in conductivity has been observed with polymer addition. This has been explained to be due to the role of polymer in increasing viscosity and carrier concentration in these gel electrolytes.

  15. Volume phase transitions of cholesteric liquid crystalline gels

    Matsuyama, Akihiko, E-mail: matuyama@bio.kyutech.ac.jp [Department of Bioscience and Bioinformatics, Faculty of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Kawazu 680-4, Iizuka, Fukuoka 820-8502 (Japan)

    2015-05-07

    We present a mean field theory to describe anisotropic deformations of a cholesteric elastomer without solvent molecules and a cholesteric liquid crystalline gel immersed in isotropic solvents at a thermal equilibrium state. Based on the neoclassical rubber theory of nematic elastomers, we derive an elastic energy and a twist distortion energy, which are important to determine the shape of a cholesteric elastomer (or gel). We demonstrate that when the elastic energy dominates in the free energy, the cholesteric elastomer causes a spontaneous compression in the pitch axis and elongates along the director on the plane perpendicular to the pitch axis. Our theory can qualitatively describe the experimental results of a cholesteric elastomer. We also predict the first-order volume phase transitions and anisotropic deformations of a gel at the cholesteric-isotropic phase transition temperature. Depending on a chirality of a gel, we find a prolate or oblate shape of cholesteric gels.

  16. Processing and characterization of Aloe vera gel for hydrogel preparation

    This work describes the processing and characterization of Aloe vera gel for the preparation of hydrogels through gamma radiation from polymers and natural products in order to be used in biomedical applications. Processing was carried out immersing slices of aloe in distilled water for phenolic compound extraction. Through UV-VIS spectroscopy, 48 hours was determined as the optimal soaking time, at which organoleptic characteristics of the gel as well as its pH were acceptable. An increase of pH was observed on the gel that was stored at room temperature. The non processed gel showed a pink coloration. Results of gel yield values were not high. Microbiological tests showed a high bioburden. (author)

  17. Molecular Gels Materials with Self-Assembled Fibrillar Networks

    Weiss, Richard G

    2006-01-01

    Molecular gels and fibrillar networks – a comprehensive guide to experiment and theory Molecular Gels: Materials with Self-Assembled Fibrillar Networks provides a comprehensive treatise on gelators, especially low molecular-mass gelators (LMOGs), and the properties of their gels. The structures and modes of formation of the self-assembled fibrillar networks (SAFINs) that immobilize the liquid components of the gels are discussed experimentally and theoretically. The spectroscopic, rheological, and structural features of the different classes of LMOGs are also presented. Many examples of the application of the principal analytical techniques for investigation of molecular gels (including SANS, SAXS, WAXS, UV-vis absorption, fluorescence and CD spectroscopies, scanning electron, transmission electron and optical microscopies, and molecular modeling) are presented didactically and in-depth, as are several of the theories of the stages of aggregation of individual LMOG molecules leading to SAFINs. Several actua...

  18. How deeply cells feel: methods for thin gels

    Buxboim, Amnon; Brown, Andre' E X [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); Rajagopal, Karthikan; Discher, Dennis E [Nano/Bio Interface Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States)

    2010-05-19

    Tissue cells lack the ability to see or hear but have evolved mechanisms to feel into their surroundings and sense a collective stiffness. A cell can even sense the effective stiffness of rigid objects that are not in direct cellular contact-like the proverbial princess who feels a pea placed beneath soft mattresses. How deeply a cell feels into a matrix can be measured by assessing cell responses on a controlled series of thin and elastic gels that are affixed to a rigid substrate. Gel elasticity E is readily varied with polymer concentrations of now-standard polyacrylamide hydrogels, but to eliminate wrinkling and detachment of thin gels from an underlying glass coverslip, vinyl groups are bonded to the glass before polymerization. Gel thickness is nominally specified using micron-scale beads that act as spacers, but gels swell after polymerization as measured by z-section, confocal microscopy of fluorescent gels. Atomic force microscopy is used to measure E at gel surfaces, employing stresses and strains that are typically generated by cells and yielding values for E that span a broad range of tissue microenvironments. To illustrate cell sensitivities to a series of thin-to-thick gels, the adhesive spreading of mesenchymal stem cells was measured on gel mimics of a very soft tissue (e.g. brain, E {approx} 1 kPa). Initial results show that cells increasingly respond to the rigidity of an underlying 'hidden' surface starting at about 10-20 {mu}m gel thickness with a characteristic tactile length of less than about 5 {mu}m.

  19. How deeply cells feel: methods for thin gels

    Buxboim, Amnon; Rajagopal, Karthikan; Brown, Andre'E. X.; Discher, Dennis E.

    2010-05-01

    Tissue cells lack the ability to see or hear but have evolved mechanisms to feel into their surroundings and sense a collective stiffness. A cell can even sense the effective stiffness of rigid objects that are not in direct cellular contactlike the proverbial princess who feels a pea placed beneath soft mattresses. How deeply a cell feels into a matrix can be measured by assessing cell responses on a controlled series of thin and elastic gels that are affixed to a rigid substrate. Gel elasticity E is readily varied with polymer concentrations of now-standard polyacrylamide hydrogels, but to eliminate wrinkling and detachment of thin gels from an underlying glass coverslip, vinyl groups are bonded to the glass before polymerization. Gel thickness is nominally specified using micron-scale beads that act as spacers, but gels swell after polymerization as measured by z-section, confocal microscopy of fluorescent gels. Atomic force microscopy is used to measure E at gel surfaces, employing stresses and strains that are typically generated by cells and yielding values for E that span a broad range of tissue microenvironments. To illustrate cell sensitivities to a series of thin-to-thick gels, the adhesive spreading of mesenchymal stem cells was measured on gel mimics of a very soft tissue (e.g. brain, E ~ 1 kPa). Initial results show that cells increasingly respond to the rigidity of an underlying 'hidden' surface starting at about 10-20 m gel thickness with a characteristic tactile length of less than about 5 m.

  20. How deeply cells feel: methods for thin gels

    Tissue cells lack the ability to see or hear but have evolved mechanisms to feel into their surroundings and sense a collective stiffness. A cell can even sense the effective stiffness of rigid objects that are not in direct cellular contact-like the proverbial princess who feels a pea placed beneath soft mattresses. How deeply a cell feels into a matrix can be measured by assessing cell responses on a controlled series of thin and elastic gels that are affixed to a rigid substrate. Gel elasticity E is readily varied with polymer concentrations of now-standard polyacrylamide hydrogels, but to eliminate wrinkling and detachment of thin gels from an underlying glass coverslip, vinyl groups are bonded to the glass before polymerization. Gel thickness is nominally specified using micron-scale beads that act as spacers, but gels swell after polymerization as measured by z-section, confocal microscopy of fluorescent gels. Atomic force microscopy is used to measure E at gel surfaces, employing stresses and strains that are typically generated by cells and yielding values for E that span a broad range of tissue microenvironments. To illustrate cell sensitivities to a series of thin-to-thick gels, the adhesive spreading of mesenchymal stem cells was measured on gel mimics of a very soft tissue (e.g. brain, E ? 1 kPa). Initial results show that cells increasingly respond to the rigidity of an underlying 'hidden' surface starting at about 10-20 ?m gel thickness with a characteristic tactile length of less than about 5 ?m.

  1. Fluorescent tetraruthenated porphyrins embedded in monolithic SiO2 gels by the sol-gel process.

    Santos, Shirleny F; Santos, Marcelo L; Almeida, Luis E; Costa, Nivan B; Gimenez, Iara F; Araki, Koiti; Mayer, Ildemar; Engelmann, Fabio Monaro; Toma, Henrique Eisi; Barreto, Ledjane S

    2007-01-15

    In this work silica gels have been prepared by a sol-gel method using tetraethylorthosilicate as gel precursor. The tetraruthenated porphyrins H2(3-TRPyP), Co(3-TRPyP), and H2(4-TRPyP) were incorporated into the systems during gel formation without problems commonly found in the process, such as aggregation. Spectroscopic studies of the resulting silica gels revealed the presence of absorption bands in the range 200-400 nm associated with the transitions of the groups ruthenium-bipyridine, along with the Soret band at the same wavelengths observed in solution. The porphyrins were found to preserve fluorescence emission properties in the range 650-700 nm even after the aging period. Study of the thermal behavior and decomposition kinetics evidenced that the porphyrin H2(4-TRPyP) is the least stable of the group and that all compounds decompose according to first-order kinetics. PMID:17074358

  2. Kinetic resolution of racemic mixtures in gel media

    Petrova, Rositza Iordanova

    The goal of this research was to investigate the effect of chiral gels on the chiral crystal nucleation and growth and assess the gels' potential as media for kinetic separation of racemic mixtures. The morphologies of asparagine monohydrate and sodium bromate crystals grown in different gel media were examined in order to discern the effect of gel structure and density on the relative growth rates of those materials. Different crystal habits were observed when the gel chemical composition, density and solute concentration were varied. These studies showed that the physical properties of the gel, such as gel density and pore size, as well as its chemical composition affect the crystal habit. The method of kinetic resolution in gel media was first applied to sodium chlorate, which is achiral in solution but crystallizes in a chiral space group. Crystallization in agarose gels yielded an enantiomorphic bias, the direction and magnitude of which could be affected by changing the temperature or by the addition of an achiral cosolvent. Aqueous gels at 6°C produced crystalline mixtures enriched with the d-enantiomorph, while crystallization under MeOH diffusion favored l-crystals. Optimized conditions yielded e.e. of 53% of l-enantiomorph. The method was next applied to the organic molecular crystals of asparagine monohydrate and threonine. Asparagine monohydrate growth in aqueous agarose and iota-carrageenan gels produced crystal mixtures enriched with D-enantiomer. The degree of resolution was higher when the total amount of asparagine crystallized was low. The success of the resolution depends strongly on the concentrations of solute and the geling substance. Growth from agarose gels yielded e.e. of 44% under optimized conditions. The same method was applied to the resolution of Thr, albeit with modest success. In an effort to improve the resolution of asparagine monohydrate, agarose was synthetically modified by esterifying its side chains with homochiral asparagyl groups and used as a kinetic resolution media. The crystallization from L-Asn-agarose favored crystallization of L-enantiomer (28% e.e.), while D-Asn-agarose favored D-enantiomer (40% e.e.). The degree of resolution was sensitive to the concentrations of the gel and the total amount of crystallized asparagine, but the media was no better than that in pure agarose.

  3. Investigations in x-ray computed tomography polyacrylamide gel dosimetry

    Polyacrylamide gels (PAGs) are radiosensitive materials currently under development for use as three-dimensional (3D) dosimeters in radiation therapy. Dose information is recorded in the gels and extracted through imaging. X-ray computed tomography (CT) has emerged as a promising gel imaging method due to a change in gel density that occurs upon irradiation. The accessibility of CT technology to cancer hospitals makes CT read out clinically attractive; however, the technique remains of limited clinical use due in part to poor dose resolution. This thesis investigates the use of CT for extracting dose information from PAGs with an overall goal of improving achievable dose resolution. Thesis results are divided into three studies: a gel-compositional study, a study of noise and dose resolution, and a digital filtering study. The first study investigates the effects of gel composition on PAG CT dose response and the underlying density change. Results indicate dramatic variation in CT dose response sensitivity and range with gel composition. A model is developed to describe gel density change with dose, revealing two fundamental properties of the density to dose response: the density change per unit polymer yield is highest for gels with low and high concentrations of crosslinking molecules, and dose response sensitivity is linearly dependent on the total concentration of monomers in the gel. The second study investigates strategies for minimizing noise in CT polymer gel dosimetry and assesses system performance. Specifically, the effects of phantom design, scanning technique, and voxel size on image noise are investigated and the effect of scanning protocol on imaging time is established. The dose resolution achievable with an optimized system is then calculated, given voxel size and imaging time constraints, and compared with published values for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and optical CT gel dosimetry. The third study investigates the potential of image filtering for improved dose resolution in CT gel dosimetry. CT image noise is characterized and appropriate filters are tested on a CT image of a PAG irradiated with a clinically relevant dose distribution. Filter performance is found to vary dramatically, with the best filters more than halving the dose resolution without significantly distorting the spatial distribution of dose. In summary, this thesis provides insight into the fundamental nature of PAG density to dose response, develops strategies for minimizing image noise, quantifies system performance, and demonstrates that digital image filtering is an effective tool to provide additional improvements to dose resolution

  4. Acar granulado ou em gel no tratamento de feridas em ces Granulated sugar and sugar gel in treating canine wounds

    Gabriele Maria Callegaro Serafini

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available O acar um dos produtos mais utilizados para tratamento de feridas em medicina veterinria. Sua principal vantagem o efeito higroscpico nos tecidos e morte das bactrias por plasmlise, tornando-o um bactericida pelo efeito fsico realizado, sem levar resistncia bacteriana. O objetivo deste experimento foi comparar a evoluo cicatricial de feridas cutneas com o uso tpico de acar na forma granulada e na forma de gel. Foram tratadas 16 feridas de ces, das quais oito receberam tratamento com acar granulado (grupo A e oito com gel de acar (grupo G. O tempo de tratamento, independente do grupo, levou, no mnimo, sete dias e, no mximo, 14. Quanto aplicabilidade, o gel demonstrou melhor adeso nas feridas e preenchimento do produto no subcutneo de forma mais efetiva que o acar granulado. Conclui-se que tanto o gel quanto o acar foram efetivos na cicatrizao das feridas dos animais deste experimento, sendo que o gel demonstrou precocidade na retrao cicatricial nos primeiros sete dias.Sugar is one of the most widely used products in the treatment of wounds in veterinary medicine. Its main advantage is the hygroscopic effect on tissues and the bacterial death by plasmolysis, making it a bactericidal agent due to the physical effect observed, without leading to bacterial resistance. The aim of this experiment was to compare cicatricial evolution of cutaneous wounds with the topical use of sugar either granulated or as gel. Sixteen canine wounds were treated: eight with granulated sugar (group A and eight with sugar gel (group G. Treatment time, independent of the group, took at least seven days and a maximum of 14. Concerning applicability, gel sugar showed better adhesion to wounds and subcutaneous filling more effectively that granulated sugar. It is concluded that both granulated and gel sugar were effective in healing skin wounds, the gel being precocious in cicatricial retraction within the first seven days of treatment.

  5. Oil droplet release from emulsion-filled gels in relation to sensory perception

    Sala, G.; van de Velde, F.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.; Aken, G.A. van

    2007-01-01

    Oil droplet release upon shearing was studied in emulsion-filled gels containing oil droplets either bound or unbound to the gel matrix. At 20 C no release was observed for gels containing droplets bound to the matrix, whereas the release measured for gels with unbound droplets related to the fat content and the size of the gel particles obtained after shearing. For gels with bound droplets and melting at the oral processing temperature, increasing the temperature of the determination to 37 ...

  6. Food gels filled with emulsion droplets : linking large deformation properties to sensory perception

    Sala, G.

    2007-01-01

    Key words: polymer gels, particle gels, emulsion, large deformation, friction, sensory This thesis reports studies on the large deformation and lubrication properties of emulsion-filled gels and the way these properties are related to the sensory perception of the gels. The design of the studies included polymer and particle gels containing oil droplets of which the interaction with the gel matrix was varied, resulting in droplets either bound or unbound to the matrix. The unique combinatio...

  7. The effect of residual water on antacid properties of sucralfate gel dried by microwaves

    Gainotti, Alessandro; Losi, Elena; Colombo, Paolo; Santi, Patrizia; Sonvico, Fabio; Baroni, Daniela; Massimo, Gina; Colombo, Gaia; Del Gaudio, Pasquale

    2006-01-01

    The aim of this work was to study the acid neutralization characteristics of microwave-dried sucralfate gel in relation to the water content and physical structure of the substance. Several dried sucralfate gels were compared with humid sucralfate gel and sucralfate nongel powder in terms of neutralization rate and buffering capacity. Humid sucralfate gel and microwave-dried gel exhibited antacid effectiveness. In particular, the neutralization rate of dried gel powders was inversely related ...

  8. Rubber-like poly(vinyl alcohol) gel

    Nambu, Masao (Nippon Oil Co. Ltd., Yokohama (Japan). Central Technical Research Lab.)

    1990-09-01

    Anomalous poly (vinyl alcohol) gel has been found in our laboratory since 1980. The gel is prepared by repeated freezing (or freeze-dehydration) of aqueous poly (vinyl alcohol). Experiments establish the fact that anomalous gel is never produced in the course of freezing, but during sustained thawing the gelation does occur. Moreover, it was found that the softening point of the gel increases at 37degC. It is assumed that crystal nuclei are generated on freezing, then on thawing, some of them grow to very fine crystals which act as polymer network-knots (cross-linking). Additional freezing provide other seeds, which grow similarly, and these are accumulated until rubber-like gel is produced. The gel was always water-resistant at 37degC, and the potassium permanganate consumption of the extracted water layer remained far below the official restricted value for medical materials. The gel can be sterilized with gamma-rays or chlorhexidine. Moreover, it satisfies the official standards of acute toxicity, pyrogen, intracutaneous reaction, hemolyzation, and intracorporeal implantation, respectively. Applications to adhesion-preventing membrane (for joint or pericardium), tamponade (for jaw defects), electrode (for electroretinogram or artificial inner ear), artificial denture base and phantoms for magnetic resonance imaging were examined. (author) 54 refs.

  9. Gels composed of sodium-aluminum silicate, Lake Magadi, Kenya

    Eugster, H.P.; Jones, B.F.

    1968-01-01

    Sodium-aluminum silicate gels are found in surftcial deposits as thick as 5 centimeters in the Magadi area of Kenya. Chemical data indicate they are formed by the interaction of hot alkaline springwaters (67?? to 82??C; pH, about 9) with alkali trachyte flows and their detritus, rather than by direct precipitation. In the process, Na2O is added from and silica is released to the saline waters of the springs. Algal mats protect the gels from erosion and act as thermal insulators. The gels are probably yearly accumulates that are washed into the lakes during floods. Crystallization of these gels in the laboratory yields analcite; this fact suggests that some analcite beds in lacustrine deposits may have formed from gels. Textural evidence indicates that cherts of rocks of the Pleistocene chert series in the Magadi area may have formed from soft sodium silicate gels. Similar gels may have acted as substrates for the accumulation and preservation of prebiological organic matter during the Precambrian.

  10. Measuring Dilution of Microbicide Gels with Optical Imaging

    Drake, Tyler K.; Shah, Tejen; Peters, Jennifer J.; Wax, Adam; Katz, David F.

    2013-01-01

    We present a novel approach for measuring topical microbicide gel dilution using optical imaging. The approach compares gel thickness measurements from fluorimetry and multiplexed low coherence interferometry in order to calculate dilution of a gel. As a microbicide gel becomes diluted at fixed thickness, its mLCI thickness measurement remains constant, while the fluorimetry signal decreases in intensity. The difference between the two measurements is related to the extent of gel dilution. These two optical modalities are implemented in a single endoscopic instrument that enables simultaneous data collection. A preliminary validation study was performed with in vitro placebo gel measurements taken in a controlled test socket. It was found that change in slope of the regression line between fluorimetry and mLCI based measurements indicates dilution. A dilution calibration curve was then generated by repeating the test socket measurements with serial dilutions of placebo gel with vaginal fluid simulant. This methodology can provide valuable dilution information on candidate microbicide products, which could substantially enhance our understanding of their in vivo functioning. PMID:24340006

  11. Western Blot of Stained Proteins from Dried Polyacrylamide Gels

    Gruber, Claudia; Stan-Lotter, Helga

    1996-01-01

    Western blotting of proteins is customarily performed following their separation on polyacrylamide gels, either prior to staining (1) or, as recently reported, following staining (2). We describe here Western blotting with stained gels, which had been dried and some of which had been stored for years. This procedure permits immunological analysis of proteins, to which antisera may have become available only later, or where the application of newly developed sensitive detection methods is desired. Once rehydration of the gels is achieved, proteins can be-transferred to blotting membranes by any appropriate protocol. Proteins stained with Coomassie Blue have to be detected with a non-chromogenic method, such as the film-based enhanced chemiluminescence (ECL)2) procedure (3). Silver stained proteins, which transfer in the colorless form, may be visualized by any detection method, although, because of the usually very low amounts of proteins, detection by ECL is preferable. Blotting of stained proteins from rehydrated gels is as rapid and as quantitative as from freshly prepared gels, in contrast to blotting from wet stained gels, which requires extensive washing and results in low transfer efficiency (2). Together with a photographic record of the gel pattern, unambiguous identification of immunoreactive proteins from complex mixtures is possible. Some further applications of this work are discussed.

  12. Development of strippable gel for surface decontamination applications

    Strippable gels are an attractive option for decontamination of surfaces particularly when materials are to be reused after decontamination. The process in general results in good decontamination performance with minimal secondary waste generation. This paper reports on development of strippable gel formulation using polyvinyl alcohol as the gel former. Peeling behavior of the gel film improved when glycerol was used as plasticizer. Incorporation of decontaminating agents is essential for the gel to be effective, so a number of decontaminating agents were screened based on their miscibility with the gel, smooth peeling, and good decontamination performance. Based on this study, a strippable gel, ‘INDIGEL’ was formulated as a potential candidate for surface decontamination applications. Extensive trials on evaluation of decontamination performance of Indigel were done on simulated surfaces like stainless steel tray, stainless steel fume hood, PVC floor, granite and ceramic table tops. Results show that Indigel is highly effective for decontamination of surfaces contaminated with all types of radionuclides. Simplicity of its use coupled with good decontamination ability will find application in nuclear and other chemical industries. (author)

  13. Correcting tritium concentrations in water vapor monitored with silica gel

    A correction is needed to calculate the activity concentration of airborne tritium oxide when dried silica gel is used as the collector. A tracer study using tritiated water with silica gel showed that the concentration of tritium in desorbed water is lower than that in adsorbed water by a fraction that increases with the amount of adsorbed water. The hypothesis was tested that adsorbed tritiated water is diluted by isotopic exchange with both non-tritiated water and hydroxyl groups within the silica gel matrix. The extent of dilution was measured from 4% to 14% adsorbed water, which is typical of moisture on field collectors for monitoring airborne tritium oxide. For this range of percent adsorbed water, the inferred percent exchangeable water in the silica gel under study was 6.3 0.1%. This value compares to the silica gel weight loss of 5.3% after heating to 1,050 C. An explanation of the difference between 6.3% and 5.3% is proposed. The contribution of the HTO/H2O vapor pressure isotope effect was considered in calculating isotopic exchange. A curve is presented for correcting the measured tritium concentration in the distillate from the silica gel as a function of the amount of absorbed water. The tritium tracer procedure is recommended for determining the percent exchangeable water in other silica gels to correct tritium measurements of water vapor collected by them

  14. Rubber-like poly(vinyl alcohol) gel

    Anomalous poly (vinyl alcohol) gel has been found in our laboratory since 1980. The gel is prepared by repeated freezing (or freeze-dehydration) of aqueous poly (vinyl alcohol). Experiments establish the fact that anomalous gel is never produced in the course of freezing, but during sustained thawing the gelation does occur. Moreover, it was found that the softening point of the gel increases at 37degC. It is assumed that crystal nuclei are generated on freezing, then on thawing, some of them grow to very fine crystals which act as polymer network-knots (cross-linking). Additional freezing provide other seeds, which grow similarly, and these are accumulated until rubber-like gel is produced. The gel was always water-resistant at 37degC, and the potassium permanganate consumption of the extracted water layer remained far below the official restricted value for medical materials. The gel can be sterilized with gamma-rays or chlorhexidine. Moreover, it satisfies the official standards of acute toxicity, pyrogen, intracutaneous reaction, hemolyzation, and intracorporeal implantation, respectively. Applications to adhesion-preventing membrane (for joint or pericardium), tamponade (for jaw defects), electrode (for electroretinogram or artificial inner ear), artificial denture base and phantoms for magnetic resonance imaging were examined. (author) 54 refs

  15. Implementation of MRI gel dosimetry in radiation therapy

    Gel dosimetry was used together with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure three-dimensional absorbed dose distributions in radiation therapy. Two different dosimeters were studied: ferrous- and monomer gel, based on the principles of radiation-induced oxidation and polymerisation, respectively. Single clinical electron and photon beams were evaluated and gel dose distributions were mainly within 2% of conventional detector results. The ferrous-gel was also used for clinical proton beams. A decrease in signal per absorbed dose was found close to the end of the range of the protons (15-20%). This effect was explained as a linear energy transfer dependence, further supported with Monte Carlo simulations. A method for analysing and comparing data from treatment planning system (TPS) and gel measurements was developed. The method enables a new pixel by pixel evaluation, isodose comparison and dose volume histogram verification. Two standard clinical radiation therapy procedures were examined using the developed TPS verification method. The treatment regimes included several beams of different radiation qualities. The TPS calculated data were in very good agreement with the dose distribution measured by the ferrous-gel. However, in a beam abutment region, larger dose difference was found. Beam adjustment errors and a minor TPS underestimation of the lateral scatter contribution outside the primary electron beam may explain the discrepancy. The overall uncertainty in the ferrous-gel dose determination was considerably reduced using an optimised MRI acquisition protocol and a new MRI scanner. The relative dose uncertainty was found to be better than 3.3% for all dose levels (95% confidence level). Using the method developed for comparing measured gel data with calculated treatment plans, the gel dosimetry method was proven to be a useful tool for radiation treatment planning verification

  16. Implementation of MRI gel dosimetry in radiation therapy

    Baeck, S.Aa.J

    1998-12-01

    Gel dosimetry was used together with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure three-dimensional absorbed dose distributions in radiation therapy. Two different dosimeters were studied: ferrous- and monomer gel, based on the principles of radiation-induced oxidation and polymerisation, respectively. Single clinical electron and photon beams were evaluated and gel dose distributions were mainly within 2% of conventional detector results. The ferrous-gel was also used for clinical proton beams. A decrease in signal per absorbed dose was found close to the end of the range of the protons (15-20%). This effect was explained as a linear energy transfer dependence, further supported with Monte Carlo simulations. A method for analysing and comparing data from treatment planning system (TPS) and gel measurements was developed. The method enables a new pixel by pixel evaluation, isodose comparison and dose volume histogram verification. Two standard clinical radiation therapy procedures were examined using the developed TPS verification method. The treatment regimes included several beams of different radiation qualities. The TPS calculated data were in very good agreement with the dose distribution measured by the ferrous-gel. However, in a beam abutment region, larger dose difference was found. Beam adjustment errors and a minor TPS underestimation of the lateral scatter contribution outside the primary electron beam may explain the discrepancy. The overall uncertainty in the ferrous-gel dose determination was considerably reduced using an optimised MRI acquisition protocol and a new MRI scanner. The relative dose uncertainty was found to be better than 3.3% for all dose levels (95% confidence level). Using the method developed for comparing measured gel data with calculated treatment plans, the gel dosimetry method was proven to be a useful tool for radiation treatment planning verification 103 refs, 20 figs, 6 tabs

  17. Effect of DCCA on synthesis of inorganic mesoporous gels

    Full text.The porous texture of the monolith inorganic gels plays an important role in the utilization of porous material by control of several properties such as gas diffusion, thermal stability, mechanical strength. the sol gel process provides many possibilities to manufacture porous material with extremely low concentration of impurities at low sinter temperature. The serious problem in the production of the monolith gels is fracture and crack formation which may occur in the conversion of the wet gels to dry gels. This phenomenon is probably due to the capillary forces which appear during the drying steps. in order to reduce the effect of capillary forces a number of methods were applied (hyper critic drying, organic DCCAs). The purpose of the present work, is to understand the chemical changes that result from adding formamide as drying control chemical additives DCCA to the colloidal silica sols in the presence of acid catalyst. Fourier Transformed Infrared spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy were used to investigate the influence of formamide on gel formation. The Nitrogen adsorption-desorption technique is used to investigate the effect of formamide on gel texture. The results show that the gels with formamide are monolith and obtained during a short time of gelling reaction, the silica particles link formation depend strongly on the formamide concentration. the BET and BJH results show that the presence of formamide promotes the creation of meso porous texture depending on formamide/silica molar ratio in the starting sol. The maximum average diameter of the obtained gel reaches a value close to 25 nm with a bulk density equal to 1.1 g/cm3

  18. Adhesion barriers of carboxymethylcellulose and polyethylene oxide composite gels.

    Liu, Lin-Shu; Berg, Richard A

    2002-01-01

    Composite gels and films of CMC and PEO have been used to separate healing tissues and have been demonstrated to reduce postsurgical adhesions in animal models of adhesion formation. Gels of CMC/PEO were studied here to elucidate the mechanism by which the combination of PEO with CMC is effective in reducing adhesions between tissues. CMC and PEO were demonstrated to undergo micro phase separation to form a two-phase system. Protein partitioning was measured in this system for albumin, fibrinogen, and gamma globulin. All of these proteins were found to partition preferentially into the CMC phase. When gels of CMC and PEO were examined for tissue adherence, the addition of PEO reduced the adherence of CMC to tissues. To further investigate the effects of PEO on tissue adherence of the gel, the extent of thrombus formation of citrated blood initiated by calcium chloride in CMC/PEO gels was measured in vitro. The extent of thrombus formation by CMC was reduced proportionally to the content of PEO in gels of CMC/PEO. A model was developed to explain how CMC and PEO contribute to the effectiveness of CMC/PEO gels that form a barrier between healing tissues to reduce postsurgical adhesions. In an open system PEO is released from the gel faster than CMC is dissolved, resulting in a shell structure with CMC coated by PEO. The PEO-rich outer layer functions to inhibit protein deposition and thrombus formation. The CMC-rich layer functions to anchor the gel to the tissue surface. PMID:12115765

  19. Effect of superparamagnetic particles in agarose gels

    The effect of different preparations of superparamagnetic particles, designed as potential MR contrast media for the gastrointestinal tract (oral magnetic particles, OMP, diameter of 3.5 ?m, iron content 20% by weight) and for the reticuloendothelial system (intravenous magnetic particles, IMP, mean diameter of 0.3 ?m, iron content 30% by weight), were evaluated in agarose gels in vitro, using a 0.5 T whole body MR system. The iron content ranged from 2.1x 104 to 2.1x101 mg Fe/ml in both preparations. Both preparations reduced the signal intensities substantially over a range of concentrations in spin echo sequences. Generally, the signal intensity decreased monotonously with concentration, except for IMP at low concentrations, at which a minor signal intensity increase was observed on T1 and proton density weighted images. The reduction of the signal intensity was stronger in gradient echo and phase contrast sequences, as compared to corresponding spin echo sequences with similar timing. Both IMP and OMP had a pronounced T2 effect, the effect of IMP being stronger than that of OMP. IMP had a relatively smaller T1 effect, whereas T1 was almost unaffected by OMP. Susceptibility artifacts occurred at higher concentrations of both OMP and IMP, in all sequences used. Thus, OMP reduced the signal intensity, without causing significant artifacts, on both T1 and T2 weighted images over a relatively wide range of concentrations. (orig.)

  20. Casting AISI 316 steel by gel cast

    The feasibility of producing AISI 316 steel components from their powders and avoiding their compaction is analyzed. A casting technique is tested that is similar to gel casting, used for ceramic materials. In the initial stage, the process consists of the formulation of a concentrated barbotine of powdered metal in a solution of water soluble organic monomers, which is cast in a mold and polymerized in situ to form a raw piece in the shape of the cavity. The process can be performed under controlled conditions using barbotines with a high monomer content from the acrylimide family. Then, the molded piece is slowly heated until the polymer is eliminated, and it is sintered at temperatures of 1160oC to 1300oC under a dry hydrogen atmosphere, until the desired densities are attained. The density and micro structure of the materials obtained are compared with those for the materials compacted and synthesized by the conventional processes. The preliminary results show the feasibility of the process for the production of certain kinds of structural components (CW)

  1. Drying and shrinkage of polymer gels

    S. S. Waje

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available The polymer hydrogel was synthesized by photo-polymerization process (UV light, 60 ºC in presence of Photo-initiator (IrgacureR and Cross-linker (NN'-methylene bisacrylamide; MBAM. In the present work, the drying of polymer hydrogel was carried out to study the effect of temperature, gel-sheet thickness, monomer ratio of acryl acid to acrylamide (AA/AM, concentration of MBAM and quantity of monomers. A correlation has been developed for modified sheet thickness as a function of contraction coefficient and degree of drying. Effective diffusivity was estimated from Fickian-diffusive model considering modified sheet thickness and was found to be in the range of 1.1 ´ 10-10-5.93 ´ 10-10 m²/s. The activation energy obtained using Arrhenius type equation was found to be in the range of 2979-10737 kJ/kmol H2O. The drying behavior shows an initial shoot-up in drying rate followed by constant rate and two falling rate periods.

  2. Structural transformations in natural gels according to resonance methods data

    The natural gels of alumo-ferri-sulphate-phosphate composition were studied by means of the Moessbauer spectroscopy, EPR and NMR'H. The investigation of the temperature dependences of the obtained spectra allowed one to establish two intervals in which the structural transformations of gels take place: 213...233 K and 383...423 K. The structural changes depend on the iron content. With the increase of iron content, its role increases, too. In gels containing iron more than 30%, the ferrigels are formed, which transform to hematite after annealing of samples at 1270 K. 10 refs., 7 figs., 2 tabs

  3. Sol-gel technology applied to glass and crystalline ceramics

    Fixation of high level and transuranium radioactive waste in glass or alternative ceramic forms requires remotely operable processes and equipment, and sol-gel technology developed for reactor fuel refabrication appears to be applicable. Advantages of the sol-gel process are absence of dust, easy pneumatic transfer and sampling of either liquids or free-flowing solid microspheres, excellent sinterability, and equipment amenable to remote operation because of mechanical simplicity. Synthetic rock microspheres and pellets containing up to 25% simulated defense waste have been prepared by the sol-gel process. 26 refs

  4. Fracture of a biopolymer gel as a viscoplastic disentanglement process

    Baumberger, T; Martina, D; Baumberger, Tristan; Caroli, Christiane; Martina, David

    2006-01-01

    We present an extensive experimental study of mode-I, steady, slow crack dynamics in gelatin gels. Taking advantage of the sensitivity of the elastic stiffness to gel composition and history we confirm and extend the model for fracture of physical hydrogels which we proposed in a previous paper (Nature Materials, doi:10.1038/nmat1666 (2006)), which attributes decohesion to the viscoplastic pull-out of the network-constituting chains. So, we propose that, in contrast with chemically cross-linked ones, reversible gels fracture without chain scission.

  5. Antimicrobial activity and the mechanism of silver nanoparticle thermosensitive gel

    Chen M

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Meiwan Chen1,2,‡, Zhiwen Yang1,‡, Hongmei Wu1, Xin Pan1, Xiaobao Xie3, Chuanbin Wu11Research and Development Center of Pharmaceutical Engineering, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China; 2State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences, University of Macau, Macau, China; 3Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Microbial Culture Collection and Application, Guangzhou, China ‡These authors contributed equally to this workPurpose: The purpose of the present study was to elucidate the antimicrobial activity and mechanism of silver nanoparticles incorporated into thermosensitive gel (S-T-Gel on Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.Patients and methods: This study investigated the growth, permeability, and morphology of Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa cells in order to observe the action of S-T-Gel on the membrane structure of these three bacteria. The cell morphology of normal and treated bacteria cells was assessed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM, and the effects of S-T-Gel on genome DNA of bacterial cells were evaluated by agarose gel electrophoresis.Results: S-T-Gel showed promising activity against Staphylococcus aureus and moderate activity against Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The observation with TEM suggested that S-T-Gel may destroy the structure of bacterial cell membranes in order to enter the bacterial cell. S-T-Gel then condensed DNA and combined and coagulated with the cytoplasm of the damaged bacteria, resulting in the leakage of the cytoplasmic component and the eventual death of these three bacteria. In addition, the analysis of agarose gel electrophoresis demonstrated that S-T-Gel could increase the decomposability of genome DNA.Conclusion: These results about promising antimicrobial activity and mechanism of S-T-Gel may be useful for further research and development in in-vivo studies.Keywords: molecule mechanism, bacterial cells, S-T-Gel

  6. Water equivalence of micelle gels for x-ray beams

    Micelle gel is a radiochromic hydrogel with the potential to be used as a three dimensional (3D) radiation dosimeter. Since an ideal dosimeter should present water equivalent properties, in this study the water equivalence of two formulations of micelle gel has been investigated by calculating electron density, effective atomic number, fractional interaction probabilities, mass attenuation coefficient. The depth doses for kilovoltage and megavoltage x-ray beams have also modelled using Monte Carlo code. Based on the results of this work, micelle gels can be considered as water equivalent dosimeters.

  7. Water equivalence of micelle gels for x-ray beams

    Gorjiara, T.; Hill, R.; Kuncic, Z.; Bosi, S.; Baldock, C.

    2013-06-01

    Micelle gel is a radiochromic hydrogel with the potential to be used as a three dimensional (3D) radiation dosimeter. Since an ideal dosimeter should present water equivalent properties, in this study the water equivalence of two formulations of micelle gel has been investigated by calculating electron density, effective atomic number, fractional interaction probabilities, mass attenuation coefficient. The depth doses for kilovoltage and megavoltage x-ray beams have also modelled using Monte Carlo code. Based on the results of this work, micelle gels can be considered as water equivalent dosimeters.

  8. Blinking suppression of single quantum dots in agarose gel

    Fluorescence blinking is commonly observed in single molecule/particle spectroscopy, but it is an undesirable feature in many applications. We demonstrated that single CdSe/ZnS quantum dots in agarose gel exhibited suppressed blinking behavior. In addition, the long-time exponential bending tail of the power-law blinking statistics was found to be influenced by agarose gel concentration. We suggest that electron transfer from the light state to the dark state might be blocked due to electrostatic surrounding of gel with inherent negatively charged fibers.

  9. Effect of Electron beam on Prepared HAP-Gel Composition

    Naima A. El Gendy*,Tawfik M. S.**, and Asma M. Nour

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Polyvinyl alcohol liquid PVAl was used as the organic carrier for Hydroxylapatite-gel (Hap-gel composite. PVAl has the ability to form a nano- hydroxylapatite polyvinyl alcohol composite gel which has a wide range of uses in different environmental and medical applications. Prepared Hap-gel is known to have a very similar composition to human bone and is used as a substitute for bones in compound fractures and artificial dentures. Matreia and Methods: In this work prepared HAP- gel was exposed to a high ionizing radiation electron beam (5 kilo Gray and an aqueous solution containing aluminum ions (Al+. Some investigations were done to illustrate the effect of radiation exposure and aluminum contamination on prepared Hap-gel. Results: Energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDx showed that the electron beam used caused an obvious increase in the calcium ions (Ca++ content of the prepared Hap-gel from 60% to 65.69 % with a prominent decrease in phosphorus ions (P + content from 40 % to 34.31 % in addition to an increase in the Ca/P ratio from 1.5 to 1.91. Exposure of the pre-irradiated Hap-gel samples to aluminium ions (Al+ resulted in a noticeable decrease in Ca++ content from 65.69 atomic % to 32.14 % atomic % and a further noticeable decrease in P+ content from 34.31 % atomic % to 13 atomic % as well as an increase in the Ca/P ratio from 1.91 to 2.47. The levels for the original prepared Hap-gel were Ca++; 60 atomic % and P+; 40 atomic %. It was deduced that exposure of the Hap-gel to Al+ had a further damaging effect on the pre-irradiated Hap-gel composition in addition to the damaging effect that the electron beam used induced on the samples. Conclusions: it could be concluded that electron beams and Al+ have an injurious effect on human bone tissue taking into consideration the similarity in composition between Hap-gel and bones. Therefore, this study could be beneficial in the field of osteoporosis research and assist the understanding of the effects of radiation such as that of electron beams and some pollutants such as aluminium present in running water on the health of human bone tissue.

  10. Silica Sol-Gel Entrapment of the Enzyme Chloroperoxidase

    Tuan Le; Selina Chan; Bassem Ebaid; Monika Sommerhalter

    2015-01-01

    The enzyme chloroperoxidase (CPO) was immobilized in silica sol-gel beads prepared from tetramethoxysilane. The average pore diameter of the silica host structure (~3 nm) was smaller than the globular CPO diameter (~6 nm) and the enzyme remained entrapped after sol-gel maturation. The catalytic performance of the entrapped enzyme was assessed via the pyrogallol peroxidation reaction. Sol-gel beads loaded with 4 μg CPO per mL sol solution reached 9–12% relative activity compared to free CPO in...

  11. Gel supported precipitation for rare earth containing ceramics

    Sol gel techniques such as water in oil emulsion, internal gelation and gel supported precipitation developed in the early sixties for nuclear fuel microspheres may find useful applications in preparing various types of rare earth containing ceramics, both as finished microsphere products or as precursor powders suitable for the preparation of monolithic products by pressureless and/or hot pressing sintering. The preparation of ZrO2-Y2O3 and YB2Cu3Ox powders by gel supported precipitation is highlighted in this paper. (orig.)

  12. Electron beam sterilization of the agarose gel used for electrophoresis

    The results obtained by electron beam (EB) sterilization of the plates with agarose gel used for human serum protein electrophoresis are presented. Also, the results obtained by human serum protein electrophoresis performed with agarose gel plates irradiated at different EB doses, from 4 kGy to 20 kGy, are presented. The microbiological results demonstrate that above 5 kGy the irradiated agarose plates are sterile. The EB irradiation of the agarose gel plates in the dose range of 7-9 kGy gives the best results for both, sterilization and protein fraction separation processes. (author)

  13. COMPARATIVE STUDIES ON POVIDONE-IODINE OINTMENT AND GEL

    T. Mangilal*, K. S. K. Rao Patnaik , R. Sivakumar , Y. Sudhakar and S. K. Basu

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Povidone-Iodine Ointment was prepared using polyethylene glycol base by fusion method and the gel was prepared using Poloxamer 407 as a gelling agent by cold process. The different characteristics of povidone-iodine ointment and gel were compared from the results obtained for assay and total, available and complex iodine contents. These values were comparable with marketed formulations. The formulations were tested for wound healing and antimicrobial activity. Wound healing studies show that the time taken for complete wound healing was slightly less for prepared povidone-iodine ointment and gel than the marketed preparations. Antimicrobial activity also found to be almost equal for the different formulations.

  14. Improving gel properties of hairtail surimi by electron irradiation

    Lin, Xianping; Yang, Wenge; Xu, Dalun; Jie, Zhen; Liu, Wen

    2015-05-01

    Hairtail surimi was subjected to electron irradiation for doses up to 9 kGy. At 7 kGy highest gel strength was achieved. The irradiation also increased lightness and expressible water amount. Scanning electron micrographs showed that 7 kGy irradiation made the surimi protein gel network more compact. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) revealed the degradation of myosin heavy chain (MHC) as the irradiation dose increased, particularly at the 7 and 9 kGy doses. Radiation processing may become a new effective tool in surimi production.

  15. Functionalized sol-gel coatings for optical applications.

    Pnard, Anne-Laure; Gacoin, Thierry; Boilot, Jean-Pierre

    2007-09-01

    Sol-gel processing is well-known to be a powerful technique for designing materials for optical applications. Here, some recent applications of functionalized sol-gel coatings in optics are briefly reviewed. Lanthanide-doped oxide nanocrystals form a new promising class of nanophosphors allowing the easy sol-gel preparation of transparent and luminescent films for the development of light-emitting devices. Recent experiments on organized mesoporous films show their potential applications in optics, such as stable low-index layers in interferential antireflective devices or as silica binders in TiO 2-photocatalytic devices. PMID:17330964

  16. Moessbauer spectroscopic studies of ferrocene adsorbed on silica gel

    Moessbauer spectra of ferrocene adsorbed on silica gel were measured in order to study the state of adsorption. Ferrocene adsorbed on silica gel tended to oxidize in air and form ferricenium ion. It is assumed that the oxidation of adsorbed ferrocene was caused by surface hydroxyls on the silica gel and O2 in air. It was observed that ferrocene adsorbed weakly at 293 K, although the ferricenium ion adsorbed strongly at 293 K. Thus the adsorption states of ferrocene depend on the experimental condition. (orig.)

  17. Strain identification in Rhizobium by starch gel electrophoresis of isoenzymes

    Engvild, Kjeld Christensen; Nielsen, G.

    1985-01-01

    Sonieated extracts of rhizobia, especiaUy Rhizobium leguminosarum from pea and vetch, were run in horizontal starch gel electrophoresis in the cold. The rhizobia were grown on agar on a slime suppressing substrate of tryptone-yeast extract-CaCl2 with small amounts of mannitol, sorbitol and...... arabinose and other sugars as enzyme inducers. After electrophoresis the gels were separated into several slabs by a gel cutter. Each slab was stained for a particular enzyme. Among numerous enzyme systems tested we found useful variation in esterases (EC 3.1.1.1, EC 3.1.1.2), 3-hydroxybutyrate...

  18. Bi-Sr-Co-O thermoelectrics prepared by sol-gel methods with modified gel decomposition

    Rubešová, K.; Hlásek, T.; Jakeš, V.; Sedmidubský, D.; Hejtmánek, Jiří

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 30, č. 1 (2012), 1-5. ISSN 1757-8981. [Fall Meeting of the European-Materials-Research-Society (E-MRS)/Symposium K - Solution-Derived Electronic-Oxide Films, Nanostructures and Patterning, from Materials to Devices. Warsaw, 19.09.2011-23.09.2011] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA203/09/1036 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : BiSrCoO * thermoelectrics * sol–gel Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  19. In situ synthesis of silica gel nanowire/Na+-montmorillonite nanocomposites by the sol-gel route

    Silica-gel nanowire/Na+-montmorillonite (Na+-MMT) nanocomposites were prepared by the in situ sol-gel process of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) in the presence of Na+-MMT and ammonia as catalyst. Microstructure characterization of the nanocomposites was done by SEM, TEM, EDX, XRD and FTIR. It was found that a lot of silica-gel nanowires grew along the edges of Na+-MMT. The combination between the nanowires and Na+-MMT was accomplished via polycondensation of the hydrolyzed TEOS and the edge -OH groups of Na+-MMT

  20. Composition and Applications of Aloe vera Leaf Gel

    Josias H. Hamman

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Many of the health benefits associated with Aloe vera have been attributed to the polysaccharides contained in the gel of the leaves. These biological activities include promotion of wound healing, antifungal activity, hypoglycemic or antidiabetic effects antiinflammatory, anticancer, immunomodulatory and gastroprotective properties. While the known biological activities of A. vera will be briefly discussed, it is the aim of this review to further highlight recently discovered effects and applications of the leaf gel. These effects include the potential of whole leaf or inner fillet gel liquid preparations of A. vera to enhance the intestinal absorption and bioavailability of co-administered compounds as well as enhancement of skin permeation. In addition, important pharmaceutical applications such as the use of the dried A. vera gel powder as an excipient in sustained release pharmaceutical dosage forms will be outlined.

  1. Mechanical instability of gels at the phase transition

    Tanaka, Toyoichi; Sun, Shao-Tang; Hirokawa, Yoshitsugu; Katayama, Seiji; Kucera, John; Hirose, Yoshiharu; Amiya, Takayuki

    1987-02-01

    Polymer gels, consisting of a cross-linked polymer network immersed in liquid, undergo a volume phase transition: when external conditions such as temperature or solvent composition change, a gel reversibly swells or shrinks, but does so discontinuously1-5. The volume change at the transition can be as large as a factor of one thousand2, and the phenomenon occurs in all gels6,7. The equilibrium aspects of the phase transition have been extensively studied, but its kinetics have not yet been fully explored. In particular, the appearance of patterns on the originally smooth surface of a gel during the transition makes the kinetic process difficult to understand. Here we elucidate the physical basis underlying the formation and evolution of the pattern.

  2. Oxidizer gels for detoxification of chemical and biological agents

    Hoffman, Dennis M. (Livermore, CA); McGuire, Raymond R. (Brentwood, CA)

    2002-01-01

    A gel composition containing oxidizing agents and thickening or gelling agents is used to detoxify chemical and biological agents by application directly to a contaminated area. The gelling agent is a colloidal material, such as silica, alumina, or alumino-silicate clays, which forms a viscous gel that does not flow when applied to tilted or contoured surfaces. Aqueous or organic solutions of oxidizing agents can be readily gelled with less than about 30% colloidal material. Gel preparation is simple and suitable for field implementation, as the gels can be prepared at the site of decontamination and applied quickly and uniformly over an area by a sprayer. After decontamination, the residue can be washed away or vacuumed up for disposal.

  3. 2D gels still have a niche in proteomics

    Rogowska-Wrzesinska, Adelina; Le Bihan, Marie-Catherine; Thaysen-Andersen, Morten; Roepstorff, Peter

    With the rapid advance of MS-based proteomics one might think that 2D gel-based proteomics is dead. This is far from the truth. Current research has shown that there are still a number of places in the field of protein and molecular biology where 2D gels still play a leading role. The aim of this...... review is to highlight some of these applications. Examples from our own research as well as from other published works are used to illustrate the 2D gel driven research in the areas of: 1) de novo sequencing and protein identification from organisms with no or incomplete genome sequences available; 2......) alternative detection methods for modification specific proteomics; 3) identification of protein isoforms and modified proteins. With an example of the glycoprotein TIMP-1 protein we illustrate the unique properties of 2D gels for the separation and characterisation of multiply modified proteins. We also show...

  4. Formulation and in-vitro evaluation of chrysophanol topical gel

    Deepa T Vasudevan

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This study describes the formulation and characterization of topical gel of chrysophanol containing carbopol as gel base. The partition of drug between skin and the hydrogel matrix was considered to play an important role in the permeation process. The effect of three levels of carbopol and three different permeation enhancers on chrysophanol permeability was determined in vitro. Each formulation was characterized in terms of viscosity, pH, extrudability, spreadability, homogenicity, drug content, skin irritation, stability, and drug release studies. The gel consisting of 1% carbopol as gel base and 15% dimethylsulfoxide showed superior physicochemical and permeability properties and it was ranked best. Reports of pharmacokinetic parameters showed that the drug release is controlled by both diffusion and relaxation processes.

  5. Optical detection of parasitic protozoa in sol-gel matrices

    Livage, Jacques; Barreau, J. Y.; Da Costa, J. M.; Desportes, I.

    1994-10-01

    Whole cell parasitic protozoa have been entrapped within sol-gel porous silica matrices. Stationary phase promastigote cells of Leishmania donovani infantum are mixed with a silica sol before gelation occurs. They remain trapped within the growing oxide network and their cellular organization appears to be well preserved. Moreover protozoa retain their antigenic properties in the porous gel. They are still able to detect parasite specific antibodies in serum samples from infected patients via an enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Antigen- antibody associations occurring in the gel are optically detected via the reactions of a peroxidase conjugate with ortho-phenylenediamine leading to the formation of a yellow coloration. A clear-cut difference in optical density is measured between positive and negative sera. Such an entrapment of antigenic species into porous sol-gel matrices avoids the main problems due to non specific binding and could be advantageously used in diagnostic kits.

  6. Production of continuous mullite fiber via sol-gel processing

    Tucker, Dennis S.; Sparks, J. Scott; Esker, David C.

    1990-01-01

    The development of a continuous ceramic fiber which could be used in rocket engine and rocket boosters applications was investigated at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Methods of ceramic fiber production such as melt spinning, chemical vapor deposition, and precursor polymeric fiber decomposition are discussed and compared with sol-gel processing. The production of ceramics via the sol-gel method consists of two steps, hydrolysis and polycondensation, to form the preceramic, followed by consolidation into the glass or ceramic structure. The advantages of the sol-gel method include better homogeneity and purity, lower preparation temperature, and the ability to form unique compositions. The disadvantages are the high cost of raw materials, large shrinkage during drying and firing which can lead to cracks, and long processing times. Preparation procedures for aluminosilicate sol-gel and for continuous mullite fibers are described.

  7. Synchrotron radiation for direct analysis of metalloproteins on electrophoresis gels.

    Ortega, Richard

    2009-03-01

    Metalloproteomics requires analytical techniques able to assess and quantify the inorganic species in metalloproteins. The most widely used methods are hyphenated techniques, based on the coupling of a high resolution chromatographic method with a high sensitivity method for metal analysis in solution. An alternative approach is the use of methods for solid sample analysis, combining metalloprotein separation by gel electrophoresis and direct analysis of the gels. Direct methods are based on beam analysis, such as lasers, ion beams or synchrotron radiation beams. The aim of this review article is to present the main features of synchrotron radiation based methods and their applications for metalloprotein analysis directly on electrophoresis gels. Synchrotron radiation X-ray fluorescence has been successfully employed for sensitive metal identification, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy for metal local structure speciation in proteins. Synchrotron based methods will be compared to ion beam and mass spectrometry for direct analysis of metalloproteins in electrophoresis gels. PMID:21305106

  8. Charged acrylamide copolymer gels as media for weak alignment

    Meier, Sebastian; Haeussinger, Daniel; Grzesiek, Stephan [University of Basel, Department of Structural Biology, Biozentrum (Switzerland)], E-mail: Stephan.Grzesiek@unibas.ch

    2002-12-15

    The use of mechanically strained acrylamide/acrylate copolymers is reported as a new alignment medium for biomacromolecules. Compared to uncharged, strained polyacrylamide gels, the negative charges of the acrylamide/acrylate copolymer strongly alter the alignment tensor and lead to pronounced electroosmotic swelling. The swelling itself can be used to achieve anisotropic, mechanical strain. The method is demonstrated for the alignment of TipAS, a 17 kDa antibiotic resistance protein, as well as for human ubiquitin, where alignment tensors with an A{sub ZZ,NH} of up to 60 Hz are achieved at a gel concentration of 2% (w/v). The alignment can be modulated by the variation of pH, ionic strength, and gel concentration. The high mechanical stability of the swollen gels makes it possible to obtain alignment at polymer concentrations of less than 1% (w/v)

  9. Reproducibility study of normoxic polyacrylamide gel (nPAG) dosimeters

    In this study, the overall accuracy of normoxic polyacrylamide gel (nPAG) dosimeters is considered. Different badges of nPAG are fabricated, poured in containers of glass and Barex and irradiated with a 6MV square photon beam. The polymer gel dosimeters were read out using MRI. The overall reproducibility and accuracy of nPAG gel dosimeters was determined by comparison with depth-dose profiles acquired with a Pin Point ionization chamber. Additionally, the effect of the container wall on the depth-dose profile and the effect of temperature changes before and after irradiation on the R2-dose response have been investigated. The average standard deviation and maximum deviation between 8 gel-measured depth-dose profiles and a depth-dose profile measured with an ionization chamber amounted to 0.543 Gy (2.5%) and 2.579 Gy (11.7%) respectively.

  10. Dehydration and crystallization kinetics of zirconia-yttria gels

    Zirconia and zirconia-yttria gels containing 4 and 8 mol% yttria were obtained by coprecipitation and drying at 373 K. The dehydration and crystallization behavior of the dried gels was studied by DSC, TG, and XRD. The gels undergo elimination of water over a wide temperature range of 373--673 K. The peak temperature of the endotherm corresponding to dehydration and the kinetic constants for the process were not influenced by the yttria content of the gel. The enthalpy of dehydration observed was in good agreement with the heat of vaporization data. The dehydration was followed by a sharp exothermic crystallization process. The peak temperature of the exotherm and the activation energy of the process increased with an increase in yttria content, while the enthalpy of crystallization showed a decrease. The ''glow effect'' reduced with increasing yttria content. Pure zirconia crystallizes in the tetragonal form while the zirconia containing 4 and 8 mol% yttria appears to crystallize in the cubic form

  11. Swelling-induced folding in confined nanoscale responsive polymer gels.

    Singamaneni, Srikanth; McConney, Michael E; Tsukruk, Vladimir V

    2010-04-27

    Mechanical instabilities such as buckling, wrinkling, creasing, and folding are commonplace in both natural and synthetic systems over a wide range of length scales. In this study, we focus on the spontaneous folding behavior of the highly swellable confined nanoscale (thickness below 100 nm) gel films resulting in the formation of a network of regularly folded structures spontaneously emerging in the course of their swelling and drying. We suggest that regular self-folding is originated from periodic instabilities (wrinkles) caused by swelling-initiated stresses under confined conditions. Furthermore, folded gel structures can be organized into regular serpentine-like manner by imposing various boundary conditions on microimprinted surfaces. We suggest that this demonstration of uniform gel to mechanically mediate morphogenesis has far-reaching implications in the creation of complex, large-area, 3D gel nanostructures. PMID:20232813

  12. Improving gel properties of hairtail surimi by electron irradiation

    Hairtail surimi was subjected to electron irradiation for doses up to 9 kGy. At 7 kGy highest gel strength was achieved. The irradiation also increased lightness and expressible water amount. Scanning electron micrographs showed that 7 kGy irradiation made the surimi protein gel network more compact. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) revealed the degradation of myosin heavy chain (MHC) as the irradiation dose increased, particularly at the 7 and 9 kGy doses. Radiation processing may become a new effective tool in surimi production. - Highlights: • The effect of electron irradiation on surimi was investigated. • Gelling properties of surimi gel were improved by 7 kGy electron irradiation. • 7 kGy electron irradiation caused degradation of myosin heavy chain. • Radiation processing can be a new tool for improving surimi products quality

  13. Different Applications of Rheological Techniques in Studies of Physical Gels

    Hvidt, Søren

    . The gel properties are dominated by repulsive interactions between micelles, and oscillatory measurements allow a determination of the repulsive potential between micelles. Oscillatory bulk modulus measurements have been used to determine the dynamics of unimer-micelle motions. The strain properties....... Rheological techniques are used extensively in studies of physical gels and gelation. In the lecture some of the common techniques used in studies of gels will be addressed. Small amplitude oscillatory measurements are the most common type of measurement performed, and such measurements allow a determination...... modulus, respectively, are particularly useful for investigating slow motions in gels and long-time properties. An example of how these different techniques have been used to investigate the rheological properties of sputum [4] will be discussed. The results demonstrate that sputum is a viscoelastic...

  14. Analysis of Two-Dimensional Electrophoresis Gel Images

    Pedersen, Lars

    2002-01-01

    This thesis describes and proposes solutions to some of the currently most important problems in pattern recognition and image analysis of two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2DGE) images. 2DGE is the leading technique to separate individual proteins in biological samples with many biological and...... among the methods developed in the literature specifically for matching protein spot patterns, the focus is on a method based on neighbourhood relations. These methods are applied to a range of 2DGE protein spot data in a comparative study. The point pattern matching requires segmentation of the gel...... images and since the correct image segmentation can be difficult, a new alternative approach, exploiting prior knowledge from a reference gel about the protein locations to segment an incoming gel image, is proposed....

  15. Potentiometric estimation of ionic mobilities in PMMA gel electrolytes

    Sedlaříková, M.; Vondrák, Jiří; Reiter, Jakub; Velická, Jana; Jirák, T.

    Banff : USEB, 2007, s. 4. ISBN N. [International Society of Electrochemistry /58./. Banff (CA), 09.09.2007-14.09.2007] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40320502 Keywords : gel electrolytes Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry

  16. Gel electrolytes based on lithium modified silica nano-particles

    In this work lithium modified silica (Li-SiO2) nano-particles were synthesized and used as a single ion lithium conductor source in gel electrolytes. It was found that Li-SiO2 exhibited good compatibility with DMSO, DMA/EC (a mixture of N,N-dimethyl acetamide and ethylene carbonate) and the ionic liquid, N-methyl-N-propyl pyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl) amide ([C3mpyr][NTf2]). Several gel electrolytes based on Li-SiO2 were obtained. These gel electrolytes were investigated by DSC, solid state NMR, conductivity measurements and cyclic voltammetry. Conductivities as high as 10-3 S/cm at room temperature were observed in these nano-particle gel electrolytes. The results of electrochemical tests showed that some of these materials were promising for using as lithium conductive electrolytes in electrochemical devices, with high lithium cycling efficiency evident

  17. Investigations of rheological properties of diclofenac sodium gel preparation

    Firuza Maksudova

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available It is well-known that the majority of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs are ulcerogenic. Gel or ointment preparations of NSAIDs are free from this side-effect, which is a prerequisite for the increase of aforementioned forms of NSAIDs. A major quality indicator of gels and ointments are rheological properties. Along with determining the quality of preparation, they influence manufacturing, expiration date and terms of storage. This article demonstrates the results of investigation of rheological indices of 3% gel preparation of diclofenac sodium such as plasticity, structural viscosity, and thixotropy. Obtained results confirm that the developed gel preparation has thixotropy, plasticity and is classified as a Bingham system.

  18. IMPROVED SILICA GEL CLEANUP METHOD FOR ORGANOPHOSPHORUS PESTICIDES

    Quantitative recovery of some organophosphorus pesticide residues has not been possible with existing silica gel-cleanup procedures. The authors have developed a modification that permits quantitative recovery of all organophosphorus pesticides tested, except those with a carbama...

  19. Sol-gel materials for optofluidics - process and applications

    Mikkelsen, Morten Bo Lindholm

    2011-01-01

    material. At early stages of gelation, thin gel coatings can be structured by nanoimprint lithography, and purely inorganic silica materials can be obtained by subsequent thermal annealing. The sol-gel process thus constitutes a unique method for nanofabrication of silica materials of special properties....... In this work, sol-gel silica is introduced as a new material class for the fabrication of lab-on-a-chip devices for DNA analysis. An imprint process with a rigid, non-permeable stamp was developed, which enabled fabrication of micro- and nanofluidic silica channels in a single process step without......’ and a fast, continuous tumbling across the grooves called the ’tumbleweed’. Dynamical transitions between the two states cause DNA molecules to exhibit both size- and topology-dependent velocities that may be utilized for separation. By templating the porosity of sol-gel silica with sub...

  20. Using Gel Electrophoresis To Illustrate Protein Diversity and Isoelectric Point.

    Browning, Mark; Vanable, Joseph

    2002-01-01

    Demonstrates the differences in protein structures by focusing on isoelectric point with an experiment that is observable under certain pH levels in gel electrophoresis. Explains the electrophoresis procedure and reports results of the experiments. (YDS)