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  1. A study of Gamow-Teller mixing: Coupling to delta (1232) and isobaric analogue resonances

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    Lambert, M.H.

    1988-01-01

    The problem of missing Gamow-Teller strength is examined in two calculations. The mixing between nucleonic Gamow-Teller states and those containing a delta(1232) resonance in calcium-48, zirconium-90 and tin-132 is studied as a function of the excitation energy of a delta in the nucleus in a shell-model calculation. It is found that mixing is large enough at the experimentally observed nucleon-delta separation to warrant treating the nucleon and the delta resonance on similar footing in intermediate energy nuclear physics. In a second calculation, the coupled channels impulse approximation is used to examine the effect on the Gamow-Teller cross section of coupling to the isobaric analogue state. This is done for incident proton energies of 140 and 175 MeV on a calcium-48 target. Effects on the cross-section of the separation between the isobaric analogue and Gamow-Teller states are also studied. It is found that coupling to the isobaric analogue state has little effect on either the Gamow-Teller or the isobaric analogue cross section.

  2. Anomalous isobaric analogue resonance in 71As

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    In 1971 G. M. Temmer et al., reported observing five anomalous substructures in a spin 1/2+ isobaric analogue resonance in 71As at E/sub p/ = 5.05 MeV. They suggested that these substructures could be interpreted as ''hallway states'' coupling a ''doorway state'' to compound nuclear states. Although doorway states are well established interpretations of isobaric analogue resonances, hallway states have no such acreditation. The case investigated in this paper was the first reported evidence suggesting the existence of hallway states in an isobaric analogue resonance. In this work the validity of the hallway state interpretation was ascertained for two of the five substructures. The spin and parity of these two substructures were determined to be 5/2+; therefore, their interpretation as hallway states is incorrect since it would not conserve angular momentum. The spins and parities of all the substructures were determined by measuring the analyzing power of the elastic reaction 70Ge(p(pol),p0) from an energy E/sub p/ = 4.92 MeV to an energy E/sub p/ = 5.23 MeV in 10 keV steps. The analyzing power was then remeasured over the last two substructures at E = 5.05 MeV and E = 5.14 MeV in 5 keV steps. These last two substructures also decayed strongly to the 2+ first excited state in 70Ge. The angular correlation between the first inelastic proton and the subsequently emitted gamma ray was measured in the Goldfarb--Seyler geometry and was then expanded in terms of cosine functions. The expansion coefficients implied that the spins of these two resonances were greater than or equal to 5/2, in agreement with the analyzing power measurements

  3. Status of natural analogue studies

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    This report is based on the materials for the meeting at the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan held on September 1993. Details are as follows: Alteration of glass as the study of alteration of natural minerals; alteration of uranium minerals, migration of uranium and thorium series radionuclides, alteration of chlorite, fixation of uranium alteration of minerals and migration of uranium as the study of alligator rivers analogue project held at Koongarra uranium deposit, Australia. (author)

  4. Isobaric analogue resonances in the 56Fe(rho,γ)57Co reaction

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    The excitation function for the reaction 56Fe(rho,γ)57Co has been measured from 1200-3000 KeV proton energy using enriched 56Fe targets. The resonance strength, ωsub(γ), has been determined for the studied resonances. The absence of the isobaric analogue resonance corresponding to the ground state in 57Fe is discussed as a result of the present study. A coulomb displacement energy for 57Co-57Fe of 8876 +- 6 KeV is deduced from these measurements. (author)

  5. Studies of natural analogues and geological systems

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    This review has involved studies of natural analogues and natural geological systems leading to the identification and quantification of processes and features of importance to the performance and safety of repositories for radioactive waste. The features and processes selected for the study comprise general geochemical issues related to the performance of the near- and far-field, the performance and durability of construction materials and the effects of glaciation. For each of these areas a number of potentially important processes for repository performance have been described, and evidence for their existence, as well as quantification of parameters of models describing the processes have been sought from major natural analogue studies and site investigations. The review has aimed at covering a relatively broad range of issues at the expense of in-depth analysis. The quantitative data presented are in most cases compilations of data from the literature; in a few cases results of evaluations made within the current project are included

  6. MAQARIN natural analogue study: phase III

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    This report represents the conclusion to Phase III of the Maqarin Natural Analogue Study. The main thrust was to establish the origin and chemistry of the Western Springs hyper alkaline groundwaters (Na/K enriched Ca(OH)2 type) and to study their interaction with rocks of different compositions, as natural analogues to key processes that might occur at an early stage within the 'alkali disturbed zone' of cementitious repositories in different host rocks. Whilst earlier studies at Maqarin were very much site-specific and process-oriented, Phase III provided a regional perspective to the geological evolution of the Maqarin region. This was made possible by greater field access which allowed a more systematic structural and geomorphological study of the area. This has resulted in a greater understanding of the age and spatial relationships concerning formation of the cement zones through spontaneous combustion of the Bituminous Marls, and the subsequent formation of high pH groundwaters at the Eastern and Western Springs locations. At the Western Springs locality, hydrochemical and hydrogeological evaluation of new and published data (plus access to unpublished data), together with detailed mineralogical and geochemical studies, helped to clarify the very earliest stage of cement leachate/host rock interaction. The data were used also to test coupled flow/transport codes developed to assess the long-term evolution of a cementitious repository. Additional objectives addressed include: a) rock matrix diffusion, b) the occurrence and chemical controls on zeolite composition, e) the occurrence and chemical controls on clay stability, and d) the role of microbes, organics and colloids in trace element transport. The Maqarin site now provides a consistent picture explaining the origin of the hyperalkaline groundwaters, and is therefore a unique location for the examination of the mechanisms and processes associated with cementitious repositories. Application of these

  7. MAQARIN natural analogue study: phase III

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    Alexander, W.R.; Mazurek, M.; Waber, H.N. [Univ. of Berne (Switzerland). Institutes of Geology, Mineralogy and Petrology, Rock-Water Interaction Group (GGWW); Arlinger, J.; Erlandson, A.C.; Hallbeck, L.; Pedersen, K. [Goeteborg Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of General and Marine Microbiology; Boehlmann, W.; Fritz, P.; Geyer, S.; Geyer, W.; Hanschman, G.; Kopinke, F.D.; Poerschmann, J. [Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig-Halle (Germany); Chambers, A.V.; Haworth, A.; Ilett, D.; Linklater, C.M.; Tweed, C.J. [AEA Technology plc, Harwell (United Kingdom); Chenery, S.R.N.; Kemp, S.J.; Milodowski, A.E.; Pearce, J.M.; Reeder, S.; Rochelle, C.A.; Smith, B.; Wetton, P.D.; Wragg, J. [British Geological Survey, Keyworth (United Kingdom); Clark, I.D. [Univ. of Ottawa (Canada). Dept. of Geology; Hodginson, E.; Hughes, C.R. [Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom). Dept. of Earth Sciences; Hyslop, E.K. [British Geological Survey, Edinburgh (United Kingdom); Karlsson, F. [Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co., Stockholm (Sweden); Khoury, H.N.; Salameh, E. [Univ. of Jordan, Amman (Jordan); Lagerblad, B. [Cement Inst., Stockholm (Sweden); Longworth, G. [Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom). Dept. of Geology; Pitty, A.F. [Private consultant, Norwich (United Kingdom); Savage, D. [QuantiSci Ltd, Melton Mowbray (United Kingdom); Smellie, J.A.T. [ed.] [Conterra AB, Uppsala (Sweden)

    1998-12-01

    This report represents the conclusion to Phase III of the Maqarin Natural Analogue Study. The main thrust was to establish the origin and chemistry of the Western Springs hyper alkaline groundwaters (Na/K enriched Ca(OH){sub 2} type) and to study their interaction with rocks of different compositions, as natural analogues to key processes that might occur at an early stage within the `alkali disturbed zone` of cementitious repositories in different host rocks. Whilst earlier studies at Maqarin were very much site-specific and process-oriented, Phase III provided a regional perspective to the geological evolution of the Maqarin region. This was made possible by greater field access which allowed a more systematic structural and geomorphological study of the area. This has resulted in a greater understanding of the age and spatial relationships concerning formation of the cement zones through spontaneous combustion of the Bituminous Marls, and the subsequent formation of high pH groundwaters at the Eastern and Western Springs locations. At the Western Springs locality, hydrochemical and hydrogeological evaluation of new and published data (plus access to unpublished data), together with detailed mineralogical and geochemical studies, helped to clarify the very earliest stage of cement leachate/host rock interaction. The data were used also to test coupled flow/transport codes developed to assess the long-term evolution of a cementitious repository. Additional objectives addressed include: a) rock matrix diffusion, b) the occurrence and chemical controls on zeolite composition, e) the occurrence and chemical controls on clay stability, and d) the role of microbes, organics and colloids in trace element transport. The Maqarin site now provides a consistent picture explaining the origin of the hyperalkaline groundwaters, and is therefore a unique location for the examination of the mechanisms and processes associated with cementitious repositories. Application of these

  8. MAQARIN natural analogue study: phase III

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    Alexander, W.R.; Mazurek, M.; Waber, H.N. [Univ. of Berne (Switzerland). Institutes of Geology, Mineralogy and Petrology, Rock-Water Interaction Group (GGWW); Arlinger, J.; Erlandson, A.C.; Hallbeck, L.; Pedersen, K. [Goeteborg University (Sweden). Dept. of General and Marine Microbiology; Boehlmann, W.; Fritz, P.; Geyer, S.; Geyer, W.; Hanschman, G.; Kopinke, F.D.; Poerschmann, J. [Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig-Halle (Germany); Chambers, A.V.; Haworth, A.; Ilett, D.; Linklater, C.M.; Tweed, C.J. [AEA Technology plc, Harwell (United Kingdom); Chenery, S.R.N.; Kemp, S.J.; Milodowski, A.E.; Pearce, J.M.; Reeder, S.; Rochelle, C.A.; Smith, B.; Wetton, P.D.; Wragg, J. [British Geological Survey, Keyworth (United Kingdom); Clark, I.D. [Univ. of Ottawa (Canada). Dept. of Geology; Hodginson, E.; Hughes, C.R. [Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom). Dept. of Earth Sciences; Hyslop, E.K. [British Geological Survey, Edinburgh (United Kingdom); Karlsson, F. [Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co., Stockholm (Sweden); Khoury, H.N.; Salameh, E. [Univ. of Jordan, Amman (Jordan); Lagerblad, B. [Cement Institute, Stockholm (Sweden); Longworth, G. [Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom). Dept. of Geology; Pitty, A.F. [Private consultant, Norwich (United Kingdom); Savage, D. [QuantiSci Ltd, Melton Mowbray (United Kingdom); Smellie, J.A.T. [ed.] [Conterra AB, Uppsala (Sweden)

    1998-12-01

    This report represents the conclusion to Phase III of the Maqarin Natural Analogue Study. The main thrust was to establish the origin and chemistry of the Western Springs hyper alkaline groundwaters (Na/K enriched Ca(OH){sub 2} type) and to study their interaction with rocks of different compositions, as natural analogues to key processes that might occur at an early stage within the `alkali disturbed zone` of cementitious repositories in different host rocks. Whilst earlier studies at Maqarin were very much site-specific and process-oriented, Phase III provided a regional perspective to the geological evolution of the Maqarin region. This was made possible by greater field access which allowed a more systematic structural and geomorphological study of the area. This has resulted in a greater understanding of the age and spatial relationships concerning formation of the cement zones through spontaneous combustion of the Bituminous Marls, and the subsequent formation of high pH groundwaters at the Eastern and Western Springs locations. At the Western Springs locality, hydrochemical and hydrogeological evaluation of new and published data (plus access to unpublished data), together with detailed mineralogical and geochemical studies, helped to clarify the very earliest stage of cement leachate/host rock interaction. The data were used also to test coupled flow/transport codes developed to assess the long-term evolution of a cementitious repository. Additional objectives addressed include: a) rock matrix diffusion, b) the occurrence and chemical controls on zeolite composition, e) the occurrence and chemical controls on clay stability, and d) the role of microbes, organics and colloids in trace element transport. The Maqarin site now provides a consistent picture explaining the origin of the hyperalkaline groundwaters, and is therefore a unique location for the examination of the mechanisms and processes associated with cementitious repositories. Application of these

  9. Natural analogue study of volcanic glass

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    A considerable range in alteration rates of basaltic glasses in various environments has been reported in previous studies. However, these studies paid only cursory attention to the environmental conditions under which the glass had been altered. In this study, the alteration of basaltic glasses was investigated and the environmental conditions and the alteration rate were discussed. Two sample ages were represented: 280 years and 2800 years. Basaltic glasses and their alteration layers were analyzed by electron probe microanalyzer (EMPA) and the thickness of the alteration layers were measured by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The ground water collected near the sampling point of Zunazawa Scoria (2800 years) and the pore water of both samples were analyzed. The alteration temperature and flow rate of water are estimated to be about 13degC and 0.2 l/cm2/y respectively on the basis of meteorological data. The alteration layers of young aged basaltic glasses in freshwater conditions are similar to those of leached borosilicate glasses. The alteration rates of these basaltic glasses are estimated to be several μm/1000y. The elemental concentrations in the ground water can be roughly explained as the result of leaching of the glasses. (author)

  10. QSAR Studies on Influenza Neuraminidase Inhibitors——Acylthiourea Analogue

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    JING Ju-Hua; LIANG Gui-Zhao; MEI Hu; ZHANG Qiao-Xia; LI Zhi-Liang; LV Feng-Lin

    2009-01-01

    The quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) of 30 acylthiourea analogues was studied by using a three-dimensional holographic vector of atomic interaction field (3D-HoVAIF) to describe their chemical structures. The descriptors obtained were screened by stepwise multiple regression (SMR) and a partial least-squares (PLS) regression model was built. The correlation coefficient r2 of the established model and Leave-One-Out (LOP) Cross-Validation (CV) correlation coefficient q2 are 0.624 and 0.409, respectively. The model has favorable stability and good prediction capability, and further QSAR analysis showed that hydrophobic interaction has the most important effect on the activity of acylthiourea analogue and 3D-HoVAIF was applicable to the molecular structural characterization and biologicalactivity prediction.

  11. Using fuzzy sets for data interpretation in natural analogue studies

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    Natural analogue studies can play a key role in deep geological radioactive disposal systems safety assessment. These studies can help develop a better understanding of complex natural processes and, therefore, provide valuable means of confidence building in the safety assessment. In evaluation of natural analogues, there are, however, several sources of uncertainties that stem from factors such as complexity; lack of data; and ignorance. Often, analysts have to simplify the mathematical models in order to cope with the various sources of complexity and this ads uncertainty to the model results. The uncertainties reflected in model predictions must be addressed to understand their impact on safety assessment and therefore, the utility of natural analogues. Fuzzy sets can be used to represent the information regarding the natural processes and their mutual connections. With this methodology we are able to quantify and propagate the epistemic uncertainties in both processes and, thereby, assign degrees of truth to the similarities between them. An example calculation with literature data is provided. In conclusion: Fuzzy sets are an effective way of quantifying semi-quantitative information such as natural analogues data. Epistemic uncertainty that stems from complexity and lack of knowledge regarding natural processes are represented by the degrees of membership. It also facilitates the propagation of this uncertainty throughout the performance assessment by the extension principle. This principle allows calculation with fuzzy numbers, where fuzzy input results in fuzzy output. This may be one of the main applications of fuzzy sets theory to radioactive waste disposal facility performance assessment. Through the translation of natural data into fuzzy numbers, the effect of parameters in important processes in one site can be quantified and compared to processes in other sites with different conditions. The approach presented in this paper can be extended to

  12. Palmottu natural analogue: A summary of the studies

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    Ahonen, L.; Kaija, J.; Paananen, M.; Ruskeeniemi, T.; Hakkarainen, V.

    2004-07-01

    This report is a review of research activities performed in the framework of Palmottu natural analogue studies. This uranium occurrence at Nummi-Pusula, Southern Finland has been a target of extensive studies since 1987, initially as a national analogue study 1996 - 2000, later on as an EU-financed international study 1996 - 2000. After that, up to 2003, Palmottu data has been used in an IAEA coordinated research project 'The use of selected safety indicators in the assessment of radioactive waste disposal'. The report gives an extensive summary of the hydrogeological research conducted, with a special emphasis on the methodology used. A wide variety of borehole geophysical and hydrogeological methods was used during the study, and are described in the report. An areal geohydrological model, based mainly on map- and airborne survey data, is presented, as well as a three-dimensional structural model of the site. Bedrock groundwater studies at Palmottu included development and use of new sampling methods. Swedish SKB sampling equipment was also used in the redoxpotential measurements and groundwater sampling. A summary of the representative groundwater Eh-values is presented in the report. For uranium, distribution in different geological units were estimated. Isotope values of some samples indicate a potential contribution of glacial melt water. Different modelling tasks were included in the Palmottu analogue study: modelling of speciation and solubility of dissolved elements, blind predictive modelling (BPM) with an intercomparison of results between different groups, and comparative transport modelling using different conceptual approaches. A updated list of Palmottu-related publications and reports is included in the report. (orig.)

  13. Palmottu natural analogue: A summary of the studies

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    This report is a review of research activities performed in the framework of Palmottu natural analogue studies. This uranium occurrence at Nummi-Pusula, Southern Finland has been a target of extensive studies since 1987, initially as a national analogue study 1996 - 2000, later on as an EU-financed international study 1996 - 2000. After that, up to 2003, Palmottu data has been used in an IAEA coordinated research project 'The use of selected safety indicators in the assessment of radioactive waste disposal'. The report gives an extensive summary of the hydrogeological research conducted, with a special emphasis on the methodology used. A wide variety of borehole geophysical and hydrogeological methods was used during the study, and are described in the report. An areal geohydrological model, based mainly on map- and airborne survey data, is presented, as well as a three-dimensional structural model of the site. Bedrock groundwater studies at Palmottu included development and use of new sampling methods. Swedish SKB sampling equipment was also used in the redoxpotential measurements and groundwater sampling. A summary of the representative groundwater Eh-values is presented in the report. For uranium, distribution in different geological units were estimated. Isotope values of some samples indicate a potential contribution of glacial melt water. Different modelling tasks were included in the Palmottu analogue study: modelling of speciation and solubility of dissolved elements, blind predictive modelling (BPM) with an intercomparison of results between different groups, and comparative transport modelling using different conceptual approaches. A updated list of Palmottu-related publications and reports is included in the report. (orig.)

  14. Uranium in groundwater in Palmottu analogue study site in Finland

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    The small Precambrian U-Th deposit of Palmottu, Finland, has been studied as a natural geological analogue for a high-level radioactive waste repository. The chemical composition and physico-chemical characteristics of groundwater with tritium values in drill holes intersecting the deposit are given. Uranium concentrations and 234U/238U radioactivity ratios in groundwater, based on various sampling methods, are presented as depth profiles (from surface to 250 m). Factors affecting the distribution of uranium and the observed activity ratios in groundwater and particulate matter are discussed. (orig.)

  15. The effect of the pairing interaction on the energies of isobar analogue resonances in 112-124Sb and isospin admixture in 100-124Sn isotopes

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    In the present study, the effect of the pairing interaction and the isovector correlation between nucleons on the properties of the isobar analogue resonances (IAR) in 112-124Sb isotopes and the isospin admixture in 100-124Sn isotopes is investigated within the framework of the proton-neutron quasi-particle random phase approximation (pnQRPA). The form of the interaction strength parameter is related to the shell-model potential by restoring the isotopic invariance of the nuclear part of the total Hamiltonian. In this respect, the isospin admixtures in the 100-124Sn isotopes are calculated, and the dependence of the differential cross section and the volume integral JF for the Sn(3He,t)Sb reactions at E(3He) =200 MeV occurring by the excitation of IAR on mass number A is examined. Our results show that the calculated value for the isospin mixing in the 100Sn isotope is in good agreement with Colo et al's estimates (4-5%), and the obtained values for the volume integral change within the error range of the value reported by Fujiwara et al (53 ± 5 MeV fm3). Moreover, it is concluded that although the differential cross section of the isobar analogue resonance for the (3He,t) reactions is not sensitive to pairing correlations between nucleons, a considerable effect on the isospin admixtures in N ∼ Z isotopes can be seen with the presence of these correlations

  16. Stability studies of a somatostatin analogue in biodegradable implants.

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    Rothen-Weinhold, A; Besseghir, K; Vuaridel, E; Sublet, E; Oudry, N; Gurny, R

    1999-02-15

    In recent years, peptides and proteins have received much attention as drug candidates. For many polypeptides, particularly hormones, it is desirable to release the drug continuously at a controlled rate over a period of weeks or even months, and thus a controlled release system is needed. Polylactic acid (PLA) is a biocompatible and biodegradable material with wide utility for many applications, including the design of controlled release systems for pharmaceutical agents. Pharmaceutical development of these delivery systems presents new problems in the area of stability assessment, especially for peptide drugs. In this study, we aimed to investigate the influence of different steps, during the manufacturing of an implant, on peptide stability in the polymeric matrix. Polylactic acid implants containing vapreotide, a somatostatin analogue, were prepared by extrusion. The effects of time, extrusion and temperature on the peptide stability were studied. The influence of various gamma sterilization doses, as well as the conditions under which the implants were irradiated, were also investigated. Peptide stability in the polymeric matrix was evaluated at various temperatures and at various time intervals up to 9 months. PMID:10205641

  17. Computational study of Met-Car analogue heterofullerenes

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    Domingos, H. S.

    2006-06-01

    Structural, chemical and electronic properties of a number of Met-Car analogue heterofullerenes were investigated using a combination of ab initio and semi-empirical quantum mechanical calculations.Met-Car clusters of known structure and chemistry were studied together with some new hypothetical configurations. In particular, the stability of clusters of the form Y8C12 (Y = Al, S, Si, Ti, As, Bi, Sb, P, N, B, Sn, Sc, Cr, V), XY7C12 (X, Y = B, N, Si) and Y8Z12 (Y, Z = N, B, Si) were investigated based on computed binding energies, Mulliken charges, bond orders and ionization potentials. The results indicate that some novel clusters are due for observation. Clusters of this type are known to form the building blocks of new polymerized solids and may exhibit some novel dielectric, magnetic and superconducting properties. Isomers of D3d symmetry, which are possible global energy minima for Cr, V and Sc carbide clusters, were also identified.

  18. Using natural analogue studies in the secondary science curriculum

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    This paper discusses an atomic theory unit of a high school chemistry course taught in Nevada. The unit is based on the application of natural analogues to nuclear waste issues. The paper focuses on the students' reactions to the subject material

  19. Emotions and Habitability study in Moon Mars Analogue.

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    Mertens, Alexandre; Lia Schlacht, Irene

    Euro Moon Mars mission have been conducted by students and field researchers in the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) a habitat installed by the Mars Society (MS) in the Utah desert. The campaign was supported by ILEWG International Lunar Exploration Working Group, ESTEC, NASA Ames, and partners. It investigated human aspects of isolation in a Mars analogue base. The project is in line with the ILEWG which coordinates several MDRS missions, and contributes to the preparation of future Mars sample return missions. The objective is to study and improve the habitat dynamics in a closed and small environment. Investigation cover different fields as emotional, sociological and psychological aspects and a food study but also habitability aspects. The study has been conducted by asking to the crew members to perform task and fill in questionnaires before, during and after the simulation. Video recovering, pictures and heart rate counting will also be used. One of the main study subject, conducted by Bernard Rimé, concerns the sharing of emotions in an isolated environ-e ment. Another is "Mars Habitability Experiment", which responsible is Irene Schlacht, will try to determine whether humans need variability of stimuli such as it happens in the natural environment -e.g. seasonal changing -to gain efficiency, reliability and well-being. This study have been conducted from February 19 to April 19 on two crews presenting different aspects that could lead to various behaviours. The first crew is made of people from different countries that don't know each other very well. On the opposite, the second crew members have the same cultural background -they come from the same country, university -and they know each other for at least six months. This allow studying how the extreme conditions of the isolation affect the crew efficiency, creativity and sanity according to its homogeneity. Report on the science and technical results, and implications for Earth-Mars comparative stud-ies

  20. Natural analogue studies as supplements to biomineralization research

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    McNeil, M.B. [Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC (United States)

    1995-09-01

    Chemical reactions can alter the chemistry and crystal structure of solid objects over archeological or geological times, while preserving external physical shapes. The reactions resulting in these structures offer natural analogues to laboratory experiments in biomineralization and to biologically influenced alteration of nuclear waste packages, and thus, they offer the only available way of validating models that purport waste package behavior over archaeological or geological times. Potential uses of such analogues in the construction and validation of hypothetical mechanisms of microbiological corrosion and biomineralization are reviewed. Evidence from such analogues suggests that biofilms can control materials alteration in ways usually overlooked. The newly hypothesized mechanisms involve control by biofilms of the cation flow near the solid surface and offer plausible mechanisms for the formation of mixed-cation minerals under conditions that would lead to dealloying in abiotic experiments; they also account for the formation of unusual minerals [such as posnjakite, Cu{sub 4}SO{sub 4}(OH){sub 6{center_dot}}H{sub 2}O] and mineral morphologies unusual in corrosion [malachite, Cu{sub 2}CO{sub 3}(OH){sub 2}, rarely forms botryoidally under corrosion conditions and its occasional presence on archaeological objects that appear to have undergone microbiological corrosion may be related to biofilm phenomena].

  1. Natural analogue studies as supplements to biomineralization research

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    Chemical reactions can alter the chemistry and crystal structure of solid objects over archeological or geological times, while preserving external physical shapes. The reactions resulting in these structures offer natural analogues to laboratory experiments in biomineralization and to biologically influenced alteration of nuclear waste packages, and thus, they offer the only available way of validating models that purport waste package behavior over archaeological or geological times. Potential uses of such analogues in the construction and validation of hypothetical mechanisms of microbiological corrosion and biomineralization are reviewed. Evidence from such analogues suggests that biofilms can control materials alteration in ways usually overlooked. The newly hypothesized mechanisms involve control by biofilms of the cation flow near the solid surface and offer plausible mechanisms for the formation of mixed-cation minerals under conditions that would lead to dealloying in abiotic experiments; they also account for the formation of unusual minerals [such as posnjakite, Cu4SO4(OH)6·H2O] and mineral morphologies unusual in corrosion [malachite, Cu2CO3(OH)2, rarely forms botryoidally under corrosion conditions and its occasional presence on archaeological objects that appear to have undergone microbiological corrosion may be related to biofilm phenomena

  2. Electrostatic fringing-field actuation for pull-in free RF-MEMS analogue tunable resonators

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    This paper presents the design, fabrication and measurement of the first pull-in free tunable evanescent-mode microwave resonator based on arrays of electrostatically actuated fringing-field RF-MEMS tuners. Electrostatic fringing-field actuation (EFFA) is the key on achieving a wide tunable frequency range that is not limited by the conventional pull-in instability. Furthermore, total lack of dielectric layers and no overlap between the pull-down electrode and movable beams significantly enhance the robustness of our proposed tuning mechanism by making it devoid of dielectric charging and stiction and amenable to high-yield manufacturing. The proposed electrostatic fringing-field tuners are demonstrated in a highly loaded evanescent-mode cavity-based resonator. The measured unloaded quality factor is 280–515 from 12.5 to 15.5 GHz. In addition, a 10× improvement in switching time is demonstrated for the first time for EFFA tuners in a tunable microwave component by employing dc-dynamic biasing waveforms. With dynamic biasing, the measured up-to-down and down-to-up switching times of the resonator are 190 and 148 μs, respectively. On the other hand, conventional step biasing results in switching times of 5.2 and 8 ms for up-to-down and down-to-up states, respectively. (paper)

  3. Dynamics of water in prussian blue analogues: Neutron scattering study

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    Sharma, V. K.; Mitra, S.; Thakur, N.; Yusuf, S. M.; Juranyi, Fanni; Mukhopadhyay, R.

    2014-07-01

    Dynamics of crystal water in Prussian blue (PB), Fe(III)4[Fe(II)(CN)6]3.14H2O and its analogue Prussian green (PG), ferriferricynaide, Fe(III)4[Fe(III)(CN)6]4.16H2O have been investigated using Quasielastic Neutron Scattering (QENS) technique. PB and its analogue compounds are important materials for their various interesting multifunctional properties. It is known that crystal water plays a crucial role towards the multifunctional properties of Prussian blue analogue compounds. Three structurally distinguishable water molecules: (i) coordinated water molecules at empty nitrogen sites, (ii) non-coordinated water molecules in the spherical cavities, and (iii) at interstitial sites exist in PB. Here spherical cavities are created due to the vacant sites of Fe(CN)6 units. However, PG does not have any such vacant N or Fe(CN)6 units, and only one kind of water molecules, exists only at interstitial sites. QENS experiments have been carried out on both the compounds in the temperature range of 260-360 K to elucidate the dynamical behavior of different kinds of water molecules. Dynamics is found to be much more pronounced in case of PB, compared to PG. A detailed data analysis showed that localized translational diffusion model could describe the observed data for both PB and PG systems. The average diffusion coefficient is found to be much larger in the PB than PG. The obtained domain of dynamics is found to be consistent with the geometry of the structure of the two systems. Combining the data of the two systems, a quantitative estimate of the dynamics, corresponding to the water molecules at different locations is made.

  4. Synthesis and study of new paramagnetic resveratrol analogues.

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    Kálai, Tamás; Borza, Erzsébet; Antus, Csenge; Radnai, Balázs; Gulyás-Fekete, Gergely; Fehér, Andrea; Sümegi, Balázs; Hideg, Kálmán

    2011-12-15

    New resveratrol analogues containing five- and six-membered nitroxides and isoindoline nitroxides were synthesized. These new compounds were compared to resveratrol based on their ABTS radical scavenging ability as well on their capacity to suppress inflammatory process in macrophages induced by lipopolysaccharides. The ABTS and ROS scavenging activities of new molecules were the same or weaker than that of resveratrol, but some of paramagnetic resveratrol derivatives suppressed nitrite and TNFα production more efficiently than resveratrol. Based on these results the new nitroxide and phenol containing hybrid molecules can be considered as new antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents. PMID:22088309

  5. Synthetic studies towards d-modified paclitaxel analogues

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    Matović Radomir; Saičić Radomir N.; Ferjančić Zorana

    2012-01-01

    A synthetic sequence has been developed for the preparation of 9,10-O-diacetyl-4-desmethylene-4β-(3-butenyl)-4α-hydroxy-5-O-mesyltaxicin I-1,2-carbonate 3, an intermediate in the attempted synthesis of cyclobutane paclitaxel analogue. A series of reactions of 3 has been investigated, including the protection of sterically hindered C-4α hydroxy group and oxidative cleavage of the terminal double bond. Cyclization of 13 to the cyclobutane-containing intermediate failed due to unexpected i...

  6. Scintigraphic studies in rats. Kinetics of insulin analogues covering wide range of receptor affinities

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    Whole-body kinetics of 123I-labeled human insulin and five insulin analogues were investigated by scintigraphic studies in rats. The amino acid substitutions and the relative receptor affinities (RAs), determined by binding to HepG2 cells, were: GluB12, des-B30 insulin, RA 0.15%; AspB9, GluB27 insulin, RA 18%; AspB26 insulin, RA 80%; AspB18 insulin, RA 327%; and HisA8, HisB4, GluB10, HisB27 insulin, RA 687%. All analogues were compared with human insulin (RA 100%). The analogue with RA 0.15% showed a significantly slower disappearance in the heart window, no liver uptake, and the greatest kidney radioactivity, the latter probably caused by high plasma concentrations. The low-affinity analogue (RA 18%) reached a surprisingly high hepatic peak value, although significantly lower than insulin. Kidney radioactivity was higher than for insulin. The analogue with RA 80% showed liver and kidney radioactivities that were not significantly different from those of insulin. The two high-affinity analogues (RAs 327 and 687%) showed peak liver radioactivities not significantly different from insulin. However, liver radioactivity after the peaks declined significantly more slowly. Compared with insulin, the kidney radioactivity curves were not significantly different. We conclude that high-affinity insulin analogues will bind to any available receptor that, because of the large number of receptors in the periphery and the distribution of cardiac output, favors extrahepatic elimination. In contrast, low-affinity analogues bind to receptors several times before they are eliminated. This leads to recirculation and, thus, hepatic elimination due to the high receptor density there

  7. Synthetic studies towards d-modified paclitaxel analogues

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    Matović Radomir

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A synthetic sequence has been developed for the preparation of 9,10-O-diacetyl-4-desmethylene-4β-(3-butenyl-4α-hydroxy-5-O-mesyltaxicin I-1,2-carbonate 3, an intermediate in the attempted synthesis of cyclobutane paclitaxel analogue. A series of reactions of 3 has been investigated, including the protection of sterically hindered C-4α hydroxy group and oxidative cleavage of the terminal double bond. Cyclization of 13 to the cyclobutane-containing intermediate failed due to unexpected instability of the DMS protecting group under basic conditions. [Acknowledgments. Financial support of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Serbia is acknowledged (Project No. 172027

  8. Conformation of pyrrolidine nucleotide analogues - NMR and molecular modelling study

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    Pohl, Radek; Rejman, Dominik; Buděšínský, Miloš; Kočalka, Petr; Rosenberg, Ivan

    Hersonissos : -, 2013. s. 607-607. [EUROMAR 2013. A European Magnetic Resonance Meeting. 30.06.2013-05.07.2013, Hersonissos] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA13-24880S Institutional support: RVO:61388963 Keywords : NMR * conformation * pyrrolidine * pseudorotation Subject RIV: CB - Analytical Chemistry, Separation

  9. Model Membrane and Cell Studies of Antimicrobial Activity of Melittin Analogues.

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    Jamasbi, Elaheh; Mularski, Anna; Separovic, Frances

    2016-01-01

    Melittin is a 26 residue peptide and the major component of bee (Apis mellifera) venom. Although melittin has both anticancer and antimicrobial properties, utilization has been limited due to its high lytic activity against eukaryotic cells. The mechanism of this lytic activity remains unclear but several mechanisms have been proposed, including pore formation or a detergent like mechanism, which result in lysis of cell membranes. Several analogues of melittin have been synthesized to further understand the role of specific residues in its antimicrobial and lytic activity. Melittin analogues that have a proline residue substituted for an alanine, lysine or cysteine have been studied with both model membrane systems and living cells. These studies have revealed that the proline residue plays a critical role in antimicrobial activity and cytotoxicity. Analogues lacking the proline residue and dimers of these analogues displayed decreased cytotoxicity and minimum inhibition concentrations. Several mutant studies have shown that, when key substitutions are made, the resultant peptides have more activity in terms of pore formation than the native melittin. Designing analogues that retain antimicrobial and anticancer activity while minimizing haemolytic activity will be a promising way to utilize melittin as a potential therapeutic agent. PMID:26139117

  10. Blowing loop in the EL-4 reactor: CO2 flow control analogue study

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    This report describes one study which contributed to the construction of the Monts d'Arree nuclear power station: EL-4. The reactor is cooled by a CO2 current provided by 3 turbo-blower groups. The priming vapour for the turbines is taken at the exit of the main CO2 - H2O exchangers. The operation of EL 4 is based on a high degree of centralization of the controls which attributes an important role to the general regulation circuits. This general regulation includes in particular an internal blowing loop which controls the CO2 flow. The study of the control of this CO2 flow is made up of 3 parts: - analogue representation of the reactors cooling circuit and of the turbo blower unit. - first test campaign using the analogue computer describing the natural behaviour of the system in the absence of control. theoretical determination of the regulation factors; definition of the regulation using an analogue computer and second test campaign for recording the performances of the blowing loop. The 4. part of the report deals with the analogue study: analogue equations - development. (authors)

  11. Synthesis and Cytotoxicity Studies of Titanocene C Analogues

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    Hogan, Megan; Claffey, James; Fitzpatrick, Eoin; Hickey, Thomas; Pampillón, Clara; Tacke, Matthias

    2008-01-01

    From the carbolithiation of 6-N,N-dimethylamino fulvene (3) and 2,4[bis(N,N-dimethylamino)methyl]-N-methylpyrrolyl lithium (2a), N-(N′,N′-dimethylaminomethyl)benzimidazolyl lithium (2b), or p-(N,N-dimethylamino)methylphenyl lithium (2c), the corresponding lithium cyclopentadienide intermediate (4a–c) was formed. These three lithiated intermediates underwent a transmetallation reaction with TiCl4' resulting in N,N-dimethylamino-functionalised titanocenes 5a–c. When these titanocenes were tested against a pig kidney epithelial cell line (LLC-PK), the IC50 values obtained were of 23, and 52  μM for titanocenes 5a and 5b, respectively. The most cytotoxic titanocene in this paper, 5c with an IC50 value of 13 μM, was found to be approximately two times less cytotoxic than its analogue Titanocene C (IC50=5.5 μM) and almost four times less cytotoxic than cisplatin, which showed an IC50 value of 3.3 μM when tested on the LLC-PK cell line. PMID:18274663

  12. Voltammetric and Theoretical Study of the Redox Properties of Rubrolide Analogues

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The redox properties of rubrolide analogues were investigated by cyclic voltammetry. • A computational method to predict the redox potential of rubrolides was developed. • Prediction of Epc of rubrolides analogues was made by DTF calculations. • Rubrolide Epc correlates to the ability to inhibit the photosynthetic electron flow. - Abstract: To understand and predict the relationship between the redox potential and the inhibitory effect of rubrolide analogues upon the photosynthetic electron transport chain, their redox properties were studied. The reduction potential was determined experimentally in DMSO by means of cyclic voltammetry, and theoretically by using B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) and MPWB1 K/TZVP computational methods. A good correlation was obtained between the two datasets, MPWB1 K/TZVP being the best methodology (correlation coefficient of 0.965 and standard deviation of 0.034, against 0.932 and 0.047 for B3LYP/6-31G(d,p)). A significant relationship was observed between the redox potential of the rubrolide analogues and their ability to interfere with the Hill reaction: the higher the first reduction potential, the more effective the inhibitor. These results will allow for predicting the behavior of novel analogues as inhibitors of the Hill reaction, and directing the synthetic strategy towards more potent inhibitors targeting the photosynthetic electron transport

  13. Synovial pathology: Magnetic resonance study

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    The synovial membrane lines the inner surface of the entire joint capsule of the so-called synovial, or diarthrosis, joints. It also constitutes the lining synovial bursa and tendon sheaths. It is lubricated at all these sites by the synovial fluid secreted by the membrane itself. The identification of this structure is bases on the correct knowledge of its anatomical locations. Synovial membrane pathology includes lesions produced by tumors, inflammation, degeneration and trauma. In this report, we classify them as benign (cysts, chondromatosis, pigmented villonodular synovitis, inflammatory synovitis and hemangioma) or malignant (synovial sarcoma and hemangiosarcoma). Magnetic resonance (MR) constitutes a useful and reliable method for diagnosis synovial lesions, providing a means of determining their origin and identifying distinctive features of some types. We present our experience in 12 cases of synovial pathology studied by MR over the past year, all of which were confirmed by histopathological study. 13 refs

  14. An experimental analogue study into the role of abstract thinking in trauma-related rumination

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    T. Ehring; A.-K. Szeimies; C. Schaffrick

    2009-01-01

    Trauma-related rumination has been shown to predict the maintenance of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, it is still unclear how rumination can be distinguished from functional forms of thinking about traumatic events. The current study used an analogue design to experimentally test the

  15. Groundwater conditions and uranium mobility in Palmottu analogue study site in Finland

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    In the work the present state of hydrogeochemical interpretation around the U-Th mineralization Palmottu, a natural analogue study site for radionuclide migration in Nummi-Pusula, southern Finland, is presented. Topics dealing with evolution of groundwater types, alteration of uranium minerals, and mobilization of uranium are discussed

  16. Field studies about radionuclide migration natural analogues and faults in clays

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    This report puts together final reports of CEC contracts about the following topics: in situ determination of the effects of organics on the mobility of radionuclides in controlled conditions of groundwater flow (Drigg site); natural analogue studies of radionuclide migration (Loch Lomond, Broubster, Needle's Eye); faults in clays: their detection and characterization (Down Ampney site)

  17. Studies of natural analogues and geological systems. Their importance to performance assessment

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    This review has involved studies of natural analogues and natural geological systems leading to the identification and quantification of processes and features of importance to the performance and safety of repositories for radioactive waste. The features and processes selected for the study comprise general geochemical issues related to the performance of the near- and of the far-field, the performance and durability of construction materials and the effects of glaciation. For each of these areas a number of potentially important processes for repository performance have been described, and evidence for their existence, as well as quantification of parameters of models describing the processes, have been sought from major natural analogue studies and site investigations. The review has aimed at covering a relatively broad range of issues at the expense of in-depth analysis. The quantitative data presented are in most cases compilations of data from the literature; in a few cases results of evaluations made within the current project are included. The results of the study show that studies of natural analogues and natural geological systems have provided significant information regarding many issues of importance to repository performance. In several cases the evidence from natural analogues has demonstrated that processes assumed to take place in repositories actually occur in natural systems or under conditions similar to those predicted to prevail in a future repository. One example of such a process is coprecipitation of fission products and ferric oxyhydroxides as an analogue to corrosion products from a steel canister. In addition, the study of concentration gradients of uranium and other trace substances in the rock surrounding groundwater conduits confirm that matrix diffusion occurs in nature and that the diffusivities in the rock matrix measured in the laboratory are consistent with the observations in nature

  18. Conformational determination of potent antagonist analogues of oxytocin by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulations

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    Kritsi, E.; Potamitis, C.; Zoumpoulakis, P.; Borovičková, Lenka; Slaninová, Jiřina; Assimomytis, N. L.; Magafa, V.; Cordopatis, P.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 20, Suppl S1 (2014), S200-S201. ISSN 1075-2617. [European Peptide Symposium /33./. 31.08.2014-05.09.2014, Sofia] Institutional support: RVO:61388963 Keywords : oxytocin analogues * antagonistic activity * NMR * molecular dynamics Subject RIV: CC - Organic Chemistry

  19. Application of analogue techniques to the study of the thermal performance of buildings

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    Day, B.F.; Burberry, P.J.; Courtney, R.G. (ed.)

    1976-01-01

    For the study of the thermal behaviour of buildings, analogue computers possess several advantages over digital computers. In particular, they may be used to observe response to long runs of meteorological data. An analogue computer developed for this purpose at the University of Bristol is described. The computer has several special features. Electrical models of whole buildings may be rapidly assembled and modified, solar gain and external air temperature may be simulated, and heating systems with thermostatic control may be modelled. Energy consumption may also be monitored. The computer may also be used to simulate vapour movement and condensation. Applications of the computer have included work on the effect of thermal capacity, insulation and control systems on energy consumption, some investigations of solar heated housing, and extensive studies of the risk of condensation in roof and wall construction. The results of these and other studies will be described, and practical details of the apparatus given.

  20. A standardised study to compare prostate cancer targeting efficacy of five radiolabelled bombesin analogues

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    Prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer (PC) has dramatically increased early diagnosis. Current imaging techniques are not optimal to stage early PC adequately. A promising alternative to PC imaging is peptide-based scintigraphy using radiolabelled bombesin (BN) analogues that bind to gastrin-releasing peptide receptors (GRPR) being overexpressed in PC. When labelled to appropriate radionuclides BN targeting of GRPRs may also provide applications for peptide radionuclide receptor therapy (PRRT). Assessment studies under identical experimental conditions allowing a reliable comparison of the potential of such analogues are lacking. This study was performed to evaluate and directly compare five promising radiolabelled BN analogues for their targeting efficacy for PC under standardised conditions. The BN agonists [111In]DOTA-PESIN, [111In]AMBA, [111In]MP2346 and [111In]MP2653 and one antagonist [99mTc]Demobesin-1 were evaluated in GRPR-overexpressing human PC-3 tumour-bearing mice to determine peptide stability in vivo, biodistribution and GRPR targeting potential by animal SPECT/CT imaging and ex vivo autoradiography. HPLC analysis of blood showed intact Demobesin-1 at 5 and 15 min after injection (64.1±1.6% and 41.0±01%, respectively) being much less for the other compounds. AMBA, the second most stable analogue, showed 36.1±2.7% and 9.8±1.1% intact peptide after 5 and 15 min. PC-3 tumour uptake at 1 h was comparable for Demobesin-1, AMBA, PESIN and MP2346 (3.0±0.4, 2.7±0.5, 2.3±0.5 and 2.1±0.9%ID/g, respectively), but very low for MP2653 (0.9 ± 0.2%ID/g). In addition, MP2346 showed undesirably high uptake in the kidneys (7.9±1.9%ID/g) being significantly less for the other analogues. AMBA, MP2346 and PESIN revealed favourable increases in tumour to blood ratios over time while changes in tumour to kidney and pancreas ratios for Demobesin-1 from 1 to 24 h after injection were significantly better than for the other analogues

  1. Magnetic properties of Martian olivine basalts studied by terrestrial analogues

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    Here we present a comparison study of terrestrial olivine basalt and relatively un-weathered basalt studied by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit on Mars. The Moessbauer spectra of terrestrial olivine basalt exhibit some characteristics that can also be seen in the Mars spectra. The results from Moessbauer spectroscopy on Mars indicate that the olivine in the rocks has undergone alteration at high temperatures (600-1,000 deg. C), a process known to give rise to anomalously magnetic rocks on Earth. This suggests that if the rocks at Gusev crater had solidified in an external magnetic field of terrestrial magnitude, these would have become highly magnetic enough to explain the presence of magnetic anomalies on Mars.

  2. THEORETICAL STUDY OF PODOPHYLLOTOXIN AND QUINOLONE ANALOGUES AS ANTITUMOR DRUGS

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    何峰; 戴颖仪; 朱孝峰; 黄爱东; 张翎; 颜少平; 刘宗潮

    2002-01-01

    Objective: To study the active sites of podophyllotoxin derivatives. Methods: Some podophyllotoxin derivatives were analyzed by quantum and mechanics method. Results: Some information was given according to the calculation results about HOMO and LUMO electron density. The C-4 position is the position for effective modification. The B ring and E ring are important active centers. Conclusion: The hole of positive charge in B ring easily combines with an acceptor within the molecular. Some quinolones with similar electronic construction to podophyllotoxin may have antitumor activity.

  3. Synthesis and studies of cometary organic matter analogues

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    Bouilloud Randriarimanana, Fanomezantsoa M. Michaëlle

    2015-01-01

    Comets are very interesting for planetology as well as for exobiology. On one hand, held in the furthest and coldest regions of our solar system and due to their small size, they might not have been altered since their formation. The study of comets should allow a better understanding of the physic-chemical processes occurring during the Solar system formation. On the other hand, the analysis performed in 1986 on the environment of 1P/Halley showed the presence, in the cometary dust, of organ...

  4. Measuring fast-temporal sediment fluxes with an analogue acoustic sensor: a wind tunnel study

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    Poortinga, A.; Minnen, van, P.; Riksen, M.J.P.M.; Seeger, M.

    2010-01-01

    Research objective In this study, we test two passive traps (BEST sampler and MWAC sampler) and one acoustic device (saltiphone) in an aeolian sand wind tunnel to investigate how the experimental setup and the subsequent data processing affect the quantification of the aeolian sand flux. Type of research: Empirical research Method of data collection: Wind tunnel experiments Data comprises: - Wind velocity - Mass transport per height for different samplers - Analogue output of Saltiphone - Mas...

  5. The potential use of natural analogue studies in radioactive waste disposal: a review

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    Radioactive waste must be disposed of in such a way that it remains safe for periods of time which are often well beyond our ability to guarantee control and surveillance. The performance of the repository cannot, of course, be demonstrated practically nor by experiment because of the long time scales involved. Model predictions should be valid for thousands of years and, in the case of very long-lived radionuclides, even hundreds of thousands of years. Consequently, safety analysts over the past 10 years have recognised that the study of natural systems (or natural analogues) provides opportunities to test, by observation and measurement, many of the geochemical processes that are expected to influence the predicted reliability of radioactive waste containment over realistically long periods of geological time. In addition to the time scale factor, these analogue studies attempt to understand the multiprocess complexity of the natural system by an interdisciplinary approach, which contrasts with the limitations of the laboratory. This paper reviews the application of natural analogue studies to demonstrate the safety of deep radioactive waste disposal; emphasis has been put on the Swedish disposal concept as an example. Examples of such applications are described and finally the main performance assessment objectives are discussed. Future areas of improvement are also addressed. (authors). 69 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab

  6. Synthesis and Comparative Study of Anti-Adenoviral Activity of 6-Azacytidine and Its Analogues.

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    Alexeeva, Inna; Nosach, Lydia; Palchykovska, Larisa; Usenko, Lyubov; Povnitsa, Olga

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents the results of synthesis and study of cytotoxicity and the anti-adenoviral activity of new N4-derivatives of 6-azacytidine and its α-L-glycopyranosyl analogues obtained by the simplified one-pot version of the silyl condensation method. The resulting acylated 4-methylmercapto-1,2,4-triazin-3(2Н)-one glycosides then underwent the amination and/or ammonolysis to provide 6-azacytidine glycoside analogues (2-6, 12, 15, 17) and compounds with modifications at both base and sugar fragments (11, 15). The evaluation of cytotoxicity and antiviral activity of new compounds against AdV5 showed high selectivity indexes for N4-methyl-6-azacytidine (2) and N,O-tetraacetyl-6-azacytidine (8). High anti-adenoviral activity of N4-methyl-6-azacytidine as well as very low cytotoxicity may suggest its further investigation as potential compound for the therapy of AdV infection. PMID:26167665

  7. Nuclear magnetic resonance studies of erythrocyte membranes

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    Chapman, D.; Kamat, V.B.; Gier, J. de; Penkett, S.A.

    1968-01-01

    The use of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for studying molecular interactions in biological membranes has been investigated using erythrocyte membrane fragments. Sonic dispersion of these fragments produces a sharp and well-defined high-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum. The sp

  8. Structure-activity relationship studies on cholecystokinin: Analogues with partial agonist activity

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    Galas, M.C.; Lignon, M.F.; Rodriguez, M.; Mendre, C.; Fulcrand, P.; Laur, J.; Martinez, J. (Centre de Pharmacologie-Endocrinologie, Montpellier (France))

    1988-02-01

    In the present study, hepta- and octapeptide analogues of the C-terminal part of cholecystokinin, modified on the C-terminal phenylalanine residue, were synthesized. CCK analogues were prepared in which the peptide bond between aspartic acid and phenylalanine had or had not been modified and were lacking the C-terminal primary amide function. These CCK derivatives were able to cause full stimulation of amylase release from rat pancreatic acini but without a decrease in amylase release at supramaximal concentrations. There was a close relationship between the abilities of these derivatives to stimulate amylase release and their abilities to inhibit binding of {sup 125}I-BH-CCK-9 to CCK receptors on rat and guinea pig pancreatic acini. These CCK analogues were also able to recognize the guinea pig brain CCK receptors, some of them being particularly potent. The findings indicate that the aromatic ring of phenylalanine is important for the binding to brain and pancreatic CCK receptors, whereas the C-terminal primary amide function is not essential for the binding to pancreatic CCK receptors but is crucial for biological activity of rat pancreatic acini.

  9. Structure-activity relationship studies on cholecystokinin: Analogues with partial agonist activity

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    In the present study, hepta- and octapeptide analogues of the C-terminal part of cholecystokinin, modified on the C-terminal phenylalanine residue, were synthesized. CCK analogues were prepared in which the peptide bond between aspartic acid and phenylalanine had or had not been modified and were lacking the C-terminal primary amide function. These CCK derivatives were able to cause full stimulation of amylase release from rat pancreatic acini but without a decrease in amylase release at supramaximal concentrations. There was a close relationship between the abilities of these derivatives to stimulate amylase release and their abilities to inhibit binding of 125I-BH-CCK-9 to CCK receptors on rat and guinea pig pancreatic acini. These CCK analogues were also able to recognize the guinea pig brain CCK receptors, some of them being particularly potent. The findings indicate that the aromatic ring of phenylalanine is important for the binding to brain and pancreatic CCK receptors, whereas the C-terminal primary amide function is not essential for the binding to pancreatic CCK receptors but is crucial for biological activity of rat pancreatic acini

  10. Report of study meeting on giant resonance

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    The research on the giant resonance of atomic nuclei taking the opportunity of the discovery of E2 giant resonance about 15 years ago has developed to the discovery of E0, E3 and E4 giant resonances, GT and MI resonances and others. The recent development seems to proceed toward the more basic understanding of the oscillation mode of atomic nuclei themselves through the research on giant resonance carried out so far. Taking the opportunity of the discovery of GT and MI resonances and others, the role of Δ nucleons in atomic nuclei has been actively discussed, and this is one of the good examples. In order to understand more comprehensively the behavior of nucleons in atomic nuclei and the nuclear force acting mutually on nucleons, it is effective to study on respective excitation modes after separating the response spectra of atomic nuclei into spin, isospin and exciting angular momentum. It is important also to search for a new excitation mode of atomic nuclei. In order to put the present status in order and to discuss the new direction of development about the giant resonance of atomic nuclei, the study meeting 'Giant resonance' was held on June 21 - 23, 1988 in the Nuclear Physics Research Center, Osaka University. In this report, the discussions and reports at the meeting are collected. (K.I.)

  11. Biological studies of radiolabeled glucose analogues iodinated in positions 3, 4 or 6

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    Perret, Pascale; Ghezzi, Catherine; Ogier, Lionel; Abbadi, Medhi; Morin, Christophe; Mathieu, Jean-Paul; Fagret, Daniel E-mail: DFagret@chu-grenoble.fr

    2004-02-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the biological behavior of new radiolabeled glucose analogues proposed as tracers of glucose uptake in vivo and iodinated in position 3, 4, or 6. Biological results obtained in vitro on adipocytes and erythrocytes and in vivo in mice were compared to those obtained with the gold-standard tracer of glucose uptake, 2-deoxy-D-glucose. None of these molecules had the same biological behavior than 2-deoxy-D-glucose. Therefore, these compounds cannot be considered as tracers of glucose uptake.

  12. Hydrogen in group III nitrides, studied by muon spin resonance

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    This paper reviews recent work on the properties of hydrogen defect centres in two group III nitrides, AlN and GaN, and relevant studies by μSR spectroscopy, i.e. muon spin rotation, relaxation and resonance. We highlight, especially, results obtained by a form of nuclear quadrupole resonance. Implanted positive muons are used to mimic and model the behaviour of interstitial protons. The resultant defect centres exhibit both metastability and bistability. In AlN, they remain as positive ions but partition themselves between a highly mobile species and one that is trapped and immobilized to temperatures as high as 800 K in cage-like sites adjacent to nitrogen. The barrier to escape from the cage is 0.86 eV. In n-type GaN, the cage-site positive ions are stable only up to 200 K; above this temperature they capture electrons to convert to negatively charged centres, analogues of hydride ions, relocating to sites antibonding to gallium. These latter escape from the cage sites around 600 K with an activation energy of 1.5 eV to join more mobile negative ions diffusing via channel sites with an activation energy of 0.65 eV. Data on the neutral paramagnetic centre suggest that hydrogen can act as a shallow-donor in at least one other member of this family of materials, namely InN. (author)

  13. Natural analogue studies of the role of colloids, natural organics and microorganisms on radionuclide transport

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    Colloids may be important as a geochemical transport mechanism for radionuclides at geological repositories if they are (1) present in the groundwater, (2) stable with respect to both colloidal and chemical stabilities, (3) capable of adsorbing radionuclides, especially if the sorption is irreversible, and (4) mobile in the subsurface. The available evidence from natural analogue and other field studies relevant to these issues is reviewed, as is the potential role of mobile microorganisms (open-quotes biocolloidsclose quotes) on radionuclide migration. Studies have demonstrated that colloids are ubiquitous in groundwater, although colloid concentrations in deep, geochemically stable systems may be too low to affect radionuclide transport. However, even low colloid populations cannot be dismissed as a potential concern because colloids appear to be stable, and many radionuclides that adsorb to colloids are not readily desorbed over long periods. Field studies offer somewhat equivocal evidence concerning colloid mobility and cannot prove or disprove the significance of colloid transport in the far-field environment. Additional research is needed at new sites to properly represent a repository far-field. Performance assessment would benefit from natural analogue studies to examine colloid behavior at sites encompassing a suite of probable groundwater chemistries and that mimic the types of formations selected for radioactive waste repositories

  14. The effect of the pairing interaction on the energies of isobar analogue resonances in {sup 112-124}Sb and isospin admixture in {sup 100-124}Sn isotopes

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    Babacan, Tahsin [Department of Physics, Celal Bayar University, Manisa (Turkey); Salamov, Djavad [Department of Physics, Anadolu University, Eskisehir (Turkey); Kuecuekbursa, Atalay [Department of Physics, Dumlupinar University, Kuetahya (Turkey); Babacan, Halil [Department of Physics, Celal Bayar University, Manisa (Turkey); Maras, Ismail [Department of Physics, Celal Bayar University, Manisa (Turkey); Aygoer, Hasan A [Department of Physics, Celal Bayar University, Manisa (Turkey); Uenal, Arslan [Department of Physics, Dumlupinar University, Kuetahya (Turkey)

    2004-06-01

    In the present study, the effect of the pairing interaction and the isovector correlation between nucleons on the properties of the isobar analogue resonances (IAR) in {sup 112-124}Sb isotopes and the isospin admixture in {sup 100-124}Sn isotopes is investigated within the framework of the proton-neutron quasi-particle random phase approximation (pnQRPA). The form of the interaction strength parameter is related to the shell-model potential by restoring the isotopic invariance of the nuclear part of the total Hamiltonian. In this respect, the isospin admixtures in the {sup 100-124}Sn isotopes are calculated, and the dependence of the differential cross section and the volume integral J{sub F} for the Sn({sup 3}He,t)Sb reactions at E({sup 3}He) =200 MeV occurring by the excitation of IAR on mass number A is examined. Our results show that the calculated value for the isospin mixing in the {sup 100}Sn isotope is in good agreement with Colo et al's estimates (4-5%), and the obtained values for the volume integral change within the error range of the value reported by Fujiwara et al (53 {+-} 5 MeV fm{sup 3}). Moreover, it is concluded that although the differential cross section of the isobar analogue resonance for the ({sup 3}He,t) reactions is not sensitive to pairing correlations between nucleons, a considerable effect on the isospin admixtures in N {approx} Z isotopes can be seen with the presence of these correlations.

  15. Uranium mineral - groundwater equilibrium at the Palmottu natural analogue study site, Finland

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    The redox-potential, pH, chemical composition of fracture waters, and uraninite alteration associated with the Palmottu uranium mineralization (a natural analogue study site for radioactive waste disposal in southwestern Finland), have been studied. The data have been interpreted by means of thermodynamic calculations. The results indicate equilibrium between uraninite, ferric hydroxide and groundwater in the bedrock of the study site. Partially oxidized uraninite (UO2.33) and ferric hydroxide are in equilibrium with fresh, slightly acidic and oxidized water type, while primary uraninite is stable with deeper waters that have a higher pH and lower Eh. Measured Eh-pH values of groundwater cluster within a relatively narrow range indicating buffering by heterogenous redox-processes. A good consistency between measured Eh and analyzed uranium oxidation states was observed

  16. NASA/ESMD Analogue Mission Plans

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    2007-01-01

    A viewgraph presentation exploring Earth and its analogues is shown. The topics include: 1) ESMD Goals for the Use of Earth Analogues; 2) Stakeholders Summary; 3) Issues with Current Analogue Situation; 4) Current state of Analogues; 5) External Implementation Plan (Second Step); 6) Recent Progress in Utilizing Analogues; 7) Website Layout Example-Home Page; 8) Website Layout Example-Analogue Site; 9) Website Layout Example-Analogue Mission; 10) Objectives of ARDIG Analog Initiatives; 11) Future Plans; 12) Example: Cold-Trap Sample Return; 13) Example: Site Characterization Matrix; 14) Integrated Analogue Studies-Prerequisites for Human Exploration; and 15) Rating Scale Definitions.

  17. Nonlinear resonances

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    2016-01-01

    This introductory text presents the basic aspects and most important features of various types of resonances and anti-resonances in dynamical systems. In particular, for each resonance, it covers the theoretical concepts, illustrates them with case studies, and reviews the available information on mechanisms, characterization, numerical simulations, experimental realizations, possible quantum analogues, applications and significant advances made over the years. Resonances are one of the most fundamental phenomena exhibited by nonlinear systems and refer to specific realizations of maximum response of a system due to the ability of that system to store and transfer energy received from an external forcing source. Resonances are of particular importance in physical, engineering and biological systems - they can prove to be advantageous in many applications, while leading to instability and even disasters in others. The book is self-contained, providing the details of mathematical derivations and techniques invo...

  18. Nuclear magnetic resonance studies of biological systems

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    The difference between intracellular and extracellular proton relaxation rates provides the basis for the determination of the mean hemoglobin concentration (MHC) in red blood cells. The observed water T1 relaxation data from red blood cell samples under various conditions were fit to the complete equation for the time-dependent decay of magnetization for a two-compartment system including chemical exchange. The MHC for each sample was calculated from the hematocrit and the intracellular water fraction as determined by NMR. The binding of the phosphorylcholine (PC) analogue, 2-(trimethylphosphonio)-ethylphosphate (phosphoryl-phosphocholine, PPC) to the PC binding myeloma proteins TEPC-15, McPC 603, and MOPC 167 was studied by 31P NMR

  19. Biological Evaluation and 3D-QSAR Studies of Curcumin Analogues as Aldehyde Dehydrogenase 1 Inhibitors

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Aldehyde dehydrogenase 1 (ALDH1 is reported as a biomarker for identifying some cancer stem cells, and down-regulation or inhibition of the enzyme can be effective in anti-drug resistance and a potent therapeutic for some tumours. In this paper, the inhibitory activity, mechanism mode, molecular docking and 3D-QSAR (three-dimensional quantitative structure activity relationship of curcumin analogues (CAs against ALDH1 were studied. Results demonstrated that curcumin and CAs possessed potent inhibitory activity against ALDH1, and the CAs compound with ortho di-hydroxyl groups showed the most potent inhibitory activity. This study indicates that CAs may represent a new class of ALDH1 inhibitor.

  20. Nonstationary analogue black holes

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    We study the existence of analogue nonstationary spherically symmetric black holes. The prime example is the acoustic model see Unruh (1981 Phys. Rev. Lett. 46 1351). We consider also a more general class of metrics that could be useful in other physical models of analogue black and white holes. We give examples of the appearance of black holes and of disappearance of white holes. We also discuss the relation between the apparent and the event horizons for the case of analogue black holes. In the end we study the inverse problem of determination of black or white holes by boundary measurements for the spherically symmetric nonstationary metrics. (paper)

  1. Watson-Crick Base Pairing, Electronic and Photophysical Properties of Triazole Modified Adenine Analogues: A Computational Study

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    Das, Shubhajit

    2015-09-17

    We employ first-principles Density Functional Theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TDDFT) to elucidate structural, electronic and optical properties of a few recently reported triazole adenine nucleobase analogues. The results are compared against the findings obtained for both natural adenine nucleobase and available experimental data. The optical absorption of these adenine analogues are calculated both in gas-phase and in solvent (methanol) using Polarized Continuum Model (PCM). We find that all the analogues show a red-shifted absorption profile as compared to adenine. Our simulated emission spectra in solvent compare fairly well with experimentally observed results. We investigate base paring ability of these adenine analogues with thymine. The calculations on the intrinsic stability of these base pairs ascertain that all the adenine analogues form the hydrogen bonded Watson-Crick base pair with similar H-bonding energy as obtained for natural adenine-thymine base pair. In our study, we provide a microscopic origin of the low-energy absorption and emission peaks, observed experimentally.

  2. Magnetic resonance studies of solid polymers

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    This paper is a review of the application of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to solid polymers. In the first, theoretical part, the elements of the theory of NMR, which are necessary for the study of the properties of solid polymers are discussed: the moments method, nuclear relaxation and the distribution of correlation times. In the second part the experimental results are presented. (author)

  3. Natural analogues of radionuclide migration: reconnaissance study of sites (May 1985-March 1986)

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    Research into natural analogues of radionuclide migration provide data for supporting computer codes that describe the processes of transport and retardation. Such models are appropriate to the far-fields of shallow and deep radioactive waste repositories. The objective of this research project was to define locations within the UK and abroad worthy of detailed investigation. Site investigations and evaluations were carried out at a number of UK localities. The main focus of this survey has been on uraniferous veins in places at near surface where transport of uranium into sediments has occurred. Several uranium rich mineralisations associated with granite margins were visited in Cornwall, Devon and along the Solway Firth coast in Scotland; the disused U mine at South Terras in Cornwall and the coastal site at Needle's Eye near Dalbeattie are confirmed as future study sites. Results to hand from the sediments of Loch Lomand warrant further measurements of iodine and bromine in fresh cores. (author)

  4. Reactivity descriptors and electron density analysis for ligand chemistry: A case study of 2,2'-bipyridine and its analogues

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    Bhakti S Kulkarni; Akhilesh Tanwar; Sourav Pal

    2007-09-01

    In this paper, we study the reactivity of diimines like 2,2'-bipyridine and its analogues using reactivity descriptors. We discuss evaluation of local descriptors using relaxed as well as frozen approximation and characterize the / acceptance/donor characteristics of the above ligands. The intermolecular reactivity sequence for the same systems is examined by the global and local philicity index. In addition, electron density analysis has been carried out to highlight the possible strengths of interaction of the bipyridine and its analogues with metal ions.

  5. Female pelvic anatomy: magnetic resonance study

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    The potential of magnetic resonance imaging was evaluated in this study. Conventional imaging methods like sonography and X-ray computerised tomography generally provide accurate data. Magnetic resonance imaging appears to be very suitable for studying the pelvis because it has the capacity to produce direct multidirectional images. By recording alterations in T1 and T2 values, it provides a wide range of information. A 1.5 T imaging system was used. Pulse sequences used always included T1 and T2 weighted spin-echo scans. The T2 scan was performed in the best plane for the organ of interest. The comparison between these different acquisitions provides good tissue differentiation. Results of 73 studies are exposed

  6. Martian Feeling: An Analogue Study to Simulate a Round-Trip to Mars using the International Space Station

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    Felix, C. V.; Gini, A.

    When talking about human space exploration, Mars missions are always present. It is clear that sooner or later, humanity will take this adventure. Arguably the most important aspect to consider for the success of such an endeavour is the human element. The safety of the crew throughout a Martian mission is a top priority for all space agencies. Therefore, such a mission should not take place until all the risks have been fully understood and mitigated. A mission to Mars presents unique human and technological challenges in terms of isolation, confinement, autonomy, reliance on mission control, communication delays and adaptation to different gravity levels. Analogue environments provide the safest way to simulate these conditions, mitigate the risks and evaluate the effects of long-term space travel on the crew. Martian Feeling is one of nine analogue studies, from the Mars Analogue Path (MAP) report [1], proposed by the TP Analogue group of ISU Masters class 2010. It is an integrated analogue study which simulates the psychological, physiological and operational conditions that an international, six-person, mixed gender crew would experience on a mission to Mars. Set both onboard the International Space Station (ISS) and on Earth, the Martian Feeling study will perform a ``dress rehearsal'' of a mission to Mars. The study proposes to test both human performance and operational procedures in a cost-effective manner. Since Low Earth Orbit (LEO) is more accessible than other space-based locations, an analogue studies in LEO would provide the required level of realism to a simulated transit mission to Mars. The sustained presence of microgravity and other elements of true spaceflight are features of LEO that are neither currently feasible nor possible to study in terrestrial analogue sites. International collaboration, economics, legal and ethical issues were considered when the study was proposed. As an example of international collaboration, the ISS would

  7. Synthesis, in vitro binding studies and docking of long-chain arylpiperazine nitroquipazine analogues, as potential serotonin transporter inhibitors.

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    Jarończyk, Małgorzata; Wołosewicz, Karol; Gabrielsen, Mari; Nowak, Gabriel; Kufareva, Irina; Mazurek, Aleksander P; Ravna, Aina W; Abagyan, Ruben; Bojarski, Andrzej J; Sylte, Ingebrigt; Chilmonczyk, Zdzisław

    2012-03-01

    It is well known that 6-nitroquipazine exhibits about 150-fold higher affinity for the serotonin transporter (SERT) than quipazine and recently we showed quipazine buspirone analogues with high to moderate SERT affinity. Now we have designed and synthesized several 6-nitroquipazine buspirone derivatives. Unexpectedly, their SERT binding affinities were moderate, and much lower than that of the previously studied quipazine buspirone analogues. To explain these findings, docking studies of both groups of compounds into two different homology models of human SERT was performed using a flexible target-ligand docking approach (4D docking). The crystal structures of leucine transporter from Aquifex aeolicus in complex with leucine and with tryptophan were used as templates for the SERT models in closed and outward-facing conformations, respectively. We found that the latter conformation represents the most reliable model for binding of buspirone analogues. Docking into that model showed that the nitrated compounds acquire a rod like shape in the binding pocket with polar groups (nitro- and imido-) at the ends of the rod. 6-Nitro substituents gave steric clashes with amino acids located at the extracellular loop 4, which may explain their lower affinity than corresponding quipazine buspirone analogues. The results from the present study may suggest chemical design strategies to improve the SERT modulators. PMID:22309909

  8. Design, Synthesis, EPR-Studies and Conformational Bias of Novel Spin-Labeled DCC-Analogues for the Highly Regioselective Labeling of Aliphatic and Aromatic Carboxylic Acids.

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    Gölz, Jan Philipp; NejatyJahromy, Yaser; Bauer, Mirko; Muhammad, Ashraf; Schnakenburg, Gregor; Grimme, Stefan; Schiemann, Olav; Menche, Dirk

    2016-07-01

    Novel types of spin-labeled N,N'-dicyclohexylcarbodiimides (DCC) are reported that bear a 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidinyloxyl (TEMPO) residue on one side and different aromatic and aliphatic cyclohexyl analogues on the other side of the diimide core. These readily available novel reagents add efficiently to aliphatic and aromatic carboxylic acids, forming two possible spin-labeled amide derivatives with different radical distances of the resulting amide. The addition of aromatic DCC analogues proceeds with excellent selectivity, giving amides where the carboxylic acid is exclusively connected to the aromatic residue, while little or no selectivity was observed for the aliphatic congeners. The usefulness of these adducts in structural studies was demonstrated by EPR (electron paramagnetic resonance) measurements of biradical adducts of biphenyl-4,4'-dicarboxylic acids. These analyses also reveal high degrees of conformational bias for aromatic DCC derivatives, which further underlines the powerfulness of these novel reagents. This observation was further corroborated by quantum chemical calculations, giving a detailed understanding of the structural dynamics, while detailed information on the solid state structure of all novel reagents was obtained by X-ray structure analyses. PMID:27272435

  9. Nanodiamond graphitization: a magnetic resonance study

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    We report on the first nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) study of the high-temperature nanodiamond-to-onion transformation. 1H, 13C NMR and EPR spectra of the initial nanodiamond samples and those annealed at 600, 700, 800 and 1800 ° C were measured. For the samples annealed at 600 to 800 ° C, our NMR data reveal the early stages of the surface modification, as well as a progressive increase in sp2 carbon content with increased annealing temperature. Such quantitative experimental data were recorded for the first time. These findings correlate with EPR data on the sensitivity of the dangling bond EPR line width to air content, progressing with rising annealing temperature, that evidences consequent graphitization of the external layers of the diamond core. The sample annealed at 1800 ° C shows complete conversion of nanodiamond particles into carbon onions. (paper)

  10. Analogue experimental study on centrifugal-air blast granulation for molten slag

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    Blast furnace slag is a by-product in iron and steel production process which has a high yield with extremely high discharge temperature. Aiming at energy and water saving as well as emission reduction, dry granulation technique appears to be a good application for the treatment of blast furnace slag. In this study, a granulation technique combining a high-speed rotating cup with air blast is proposed. The performance of this design was investigated by adopting a mixture of rosin and paraffin wax as the analogue of blast furnace slag. The effects of rotating speed of the atomizer, liquid flow rate and blast air flow rate on particle size, particle mass distribution and fiber mass fraction were studied. The effect of the function of air blast on the granulation performance was particularly discussed. The results showed that at a higher rotating speed and a smaller liquid flow rate, smaller particles can be easily obtained, yet the fiber mass fraction also increases. However, the increasing blast air leads to the increase of particle size and fiber mass fraction. For the operating conditions tested in this study, over 60% of total mass of particles fall within the size range of 0.5–1 mm, which means that the present system has a good performance in centrifugal granulation

  11. Review of lattice studies of resonances

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    2012-01-01

    I review recent progress in extracting resonance parameters using lattice field theory, with an emphasis on determining hadron resonances from lattice quantum chromodynamics. Until recently, the \\rho-meson channel was the only one considered, while, during the last year, several resonant channels have been investigated for the first time. Recent lattice results for scattering phase shifts in resonant channels are presented.

  12. Possibilities and limitations of analogue methods for studying the dynamics of nuclear power stations

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    1. Introduction: the present paper is devoted to analog simulation of problems related to nuclear reactors other than the simulation of the kinetic equations which is well known. 2. Thermodynamic problems: various problems relative to temperature evolution in a reactor, in a pipe, in an exchanger, in a turbine, are studied, and simulation techniques used by earlier authors are critically reviewed. 3. Pipe simulators: it is shown that this problem can be solved by the use of specialized simulators which will be described and analysed. 4. Rotating machine simulators: the particular aspect of rotating machine calculations introducing frequent use of diagrams is emphasized. A simulator requiring both digital and analogue methods is described. 5. The study of a nuclear power station: as an example it is proposed to discuss problems a rising in connection with the preceding elements (a, b, c, d) when simulating the behaviour of large nuclear plants. The part played by ordinary computing elements for the simulation of the different servomechanism transfer functions is considered and process of regulation is outlined. 6. Conclusion: the necessity of the use of high quality simulators and computers is underlined and the accuracy of the solutions is discussed. (author)

  13. Chalcone based azacarboline analogues as novel antitubulin agents: design, synthesis, biological evaluation and molecular modelling studies.

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    Sharma, Sahil; Kaur, Charanjit; Budhiraja, Abhishek; Nepali, Kunal; Gupta, Manish K; Saxena, A K; Bedi, P M S

    2014-10-01

    The present study involves the design of a series of 3-aryl-9-acetyl-pyridazino[3,4-b]indoles as constrained chalcone analogues. A retrosynthetic route was proposed for the synthesis of target compounds. All the synthesized compounds were evaluated for in-vitro cytotoxicity against THP-1, COLO-205, HCT-116 and A-549 human cancer cell lines. The results indicated that 2a, 3a, 5a and 6a possessed significant cytotoxic potential with an IC50 value ranging from 1.13 to 5.76 μM. Structure activity relationship revealed that the nature of both Ring A and Ring B influences the activity. Substitution of methoxy groups on the phenyl ring (Ring A) and unsubstituted phenyl ring (Ring B) were found to be the preferred structural features. The most potent compound 2a was further tested for tubulin inhibition. Compound 2a was found to significantly inhibit the tubulin polymerization (IC50 value - 2.41 μM against THP-1). Compound 2a also caused disruption of microtubule assembly as evidenced by Immunoflourescence technique. The significant cytotoxicity and tubulin inhibition by 2a was rationalized by molecular modelling studies. The most potent structure was docked at colchicine binding site (PDB ID-1SA0) and was found to be stabilized in the cavity via various hydrophobic and hydrogen bonding interactions. PMID:25128667

  14. Recent outputs of the Oklo (Gabon) natural analogue study to nuclear waste disposal

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    In the past twenty five years, the natural nuclear reactors of Oklo have been the subject of numerous detailed studies. First investigated for the physical and neutron aspects of the nuclear reaction, they were then reconsidered because they provide a unique opportunity in the world to study the containment of actinides and fission products in a geological formation over a broad timescale (two billion years). Although the sites investigated do not represent a complete analogue of a repository system, many of the processes studied (mass transfer to the surface, transport, migration / retention), the spatial extent of these processes, and the timescales involved, are compatible with processes liable to occur during the lifespan of a repository for the deep geological disposal of spent nuclear fuel. A fresh program was therefore initiated as a European Commission project in 1990, entitled''Oklo as a natural analog for transfer processes in a radioactive waste repository'- phase 7, and then extended by a phase 2 entitled Oklo, Natural Analogue - Behavior of Nuclear Reaction Products in a Natural Environment''. Researches conducted in phase I served to determine the physical conditions of the operation of the natural reactor, reconstruct the geological history of the reactor environment, and decode the behavior of actinides as well as fission products in the surrounding geological formations. Phase N, which ended in June 1999, had three main objectives: i) to assess radionuclide migration and retention processes from the reactor zones to the geological environment, ii) to define the confinement properties and long-term behavior of geological materials; iii) to test models of processes related to radionuclide migration and retention, and eventually to provide suitable data and scenarios for performance assessment of nuclear waste disposal. This paper proposes a synthesis of the main outputs of the Oklo project to the performance assessment of nuclear waste disposal, the

  15. Natural colloids, and uranium and thorium equilibrium in groundwater of Palmottu natural analogue study site

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    The equilibrium state of uranium and thorium in groundwater of the U-Th mineralization Palmottu, a natural analogue study site for radionuclide migration in Nummi-Pusula, Southern Finland, was preliminarily modelled by applying the geochemical code EQ3/6. The thermodynamic database used in these calculations was the SKBU1 database which has been previously validated for its use in the EQ3/6 code package. Solubility and speciation simulations were performed by using water analysis data for drillhole R324 (sampled at depths of 95-101 m and 175-200 m). Both groundwater samples represent slightly acidic granitic groundwater having a pH of 6.6-6.8. Measured redox values (+0.1 V) indicate that the waters are slightly oxic. According to the EQ6 reaction path modelling, the formation of uranophane (calcium- uranium-silicate) and thorianite is thermodynamically favoured in equilibrium under these water conditions. The measured concentrations of uranium and thorium in true solution would seem to be in agreement with the theoretical solubilities given by the EQ3 model calculations, when uraninite (or coffinite) and ThO2 are the solubility-limiting solid phases, respectively. The aqueous speciation of uranium is dominated by carbonate and hydroxide complexes. Thorium exists mainly as a hydroxide complex

  16. Smectite-zeolite envelope surrounding the Tsukiyoshi uranium deposit, central Japan. A natural analogue study

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    The Tsukiyoshi uranium deposit in Gifu Prefecture is the largest one in Japan. It is embedded in lower part of the Mizunami Group of Miocene age. Relating to the existence of this uranium deposit, the constituent minerals in sediments were studied by XRD and SEM, using many drilling cores. The most abundant authigenic mineral is smectite. The amount of smectite increases generally from upper to lower horizons, and a highly smectitized zone is situated around the uranium deposit. Smectitization predominated in mafic glassy grains of sediments, which was probably formed in early burial diagenesis. Zeolites including clinoptilolite-heulandite, mordenite, analcime, chabazite and philipsite are secondly abundant authigenic minerals. They seem to have been formed at early to late diagenetic stages. Opaline silica is rather rare. Carbonate minerals, including calcite, dolomite, siderite and rhodocrosite are common. They may be formed by diagenesis as well. Gypsum and pyrite occur in upper horizons and lower horizons, respectively. In particular, a highly smectitized zone including pyrite probably played an important role for retarding the migration of uranium and as a result keeping the uranium deposit for past one million years. This smectite-zeolite envelope surrounding the Tsukiyoshi uranium deposit is regarded as a natural analogue of the buffer materials surrounding the high-level radioactive waste repository. (author)

  17. Design, Synthesis and SAR Studies of NAD Analogues as Potent Inhibitors towards CD38 NADase

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    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD, one of the most important coenzymes in the cells, is a substrate of the signaling enzyme CD38, by which NAD is converted to a second messenger, cyclic ADP-ribose, which releases calcium from intracellular calcium stores. Starting with 2′-deoxy-2′-fluoroarabinosyl-β-nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (ara-F NAD, a series of NAD analogues were synthesized and their activities to inhibit CD38 NAD glycohydrolase (NADase were evaluated. The adenosine-modified analogues showed potent inhibitory activities, among which 2′-deoxy-2′-fluoroarabinosyl-β-nicotinamide guanine dinucleotide (ara-F NGD was the most effective one. The structure-activity relationship of NAD analogues was also discussed.

  18. Membrane metamaterial resonators with a sharp resonance: A comprehensive study towards practical terahertz filters and sensors

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available We investigate the resonant properties of high quality-factor membrane-based metamaterial resonators functioning in the terahertz regime. A number of factors, including the resonator geometry, dielectric loss, and most importantly the membrane thickness are found to extensively influence the resonance strength and quality factor of the sharp resonance. Further studies on the membrane thickness-dependent-sensitivity for sensing applications reveal that high quality-factor membrane metamaterials with a moderate thickness ranging from 10 to 50 μm are the most promising option towards developing realistic integrated terahertz filters and sensors.

  19. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy studies in migraine

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    Montagna, P.; Cortelli, P.; Barbiroli, B. (Inst. of Medical Pathology, Univ. of Bologna (Italy))

    1994-06-01

    The authors describe the method of [sup 31]phosphorus magnetic resonance spectroscopy and review the results when it is applied to the study of brain and muscle energy metabolism in migraine subjects. Brain energy metabolism appears to be abnormal in all major subtypes of migraine when measured both during and between attacks. Impaired energy metabolism is also documented in skeletal muscle. It is suggested that migraine is associated with a generalized disorder of mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation and that this may constitute a threshold for the triggering of migraine attacks. 47 refs., 10 figs., 3 tabs.

  20. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy studies in migraine

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    The authors describe the method of 31phosphorus magnetic resonance spectroscopy and review the results when it is applied to the study of brain and muscle energy metabolism in migraine subjects. Brain energy metabolism appears to be abnormal in all major subtypes of migraine when measured both during and between attacks. Impaired energy metabolism is also documented in skeletal muscle. It is suggested that migraine is associated with a generalized disorder of mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation and that this may constitute a threshold for the triggering of migraine attacks. 47 refs., 10 figs., 3 tabs

  1. Natural analogue studies in the CEC MIRAGE-2 programme (1985-1989). A review of progress to January 1988

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    The study of naturally occurring analogues of processes which are significant in predicting the behaviour of waste repositories has been an important part of the MIRAGE project since its inception. Much of the work reported on here is either the logical continuation and development of studies which were part of the first (1983-4) MIRAGE phase, or has arisen as the result of specific data requirements as national programmes have become increasingly focussed. While the first phase of MIRAGE contained only four analogue studies, the current phase (MIRAGE-2) comprises nine cost-sharing contracts which are all concerned with radionuclide transport and retardation processes, largely at low temperatures. Five of the contracts concern diffusion and advection processes in sediments (mainly in clays), while the other four address matrix diffusion or elevated temperature elemental migration in granitic rocks

  2. Selective extraction procedure and its importance in a natural analogue study. Case study at the Koongarra uranium deposit

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    A sequential extraction procedure was used to study the distribution of uranium in mineral phases of rocks at the Koongarra uranium deposit as a natural analogue study. The mineral phases studied were adsorbed materials, amorphous iron minerals, crystalline iron minerals, chlorite, and remaining residual mineral phases. The majority of uranium in samples from the weathered zone coexist within crystalline iron minerals, and uranium in the primary ore body mainly occurred as uranium minerals. Downgradient in the unweathered zone, the concentration of uranium in rock was relatively low. From the 234U/238U activity ratios in extracted phases, 234U enrichment was observed in residual mineral phases coated in a microscale by iron minerals, possibly by alpha recoil effect. (author)

  3. Study on resonance frequency distribution of high-overtone bulk acoustic resonators

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    ZHANG Hui; WANG Zuoqing; ZHANG Shuyi

    2005-01-01

    Based on the method of characterizing piezo-films by the resonance frequency distributions, the factors influencing the resonance frequency distribution of a High-overtone Bulk Acoustic Resonator (HBAR) consisting of a piezoelectric thin film with twoelectrodes and a substrate are studied. Some HBARs are simulated. The results manifest that changing the acoustic impedance ratio of the substrate to piezo-film the distribution of the space of the parallel resonance frequency and the effective electromechanical coupling factor are changed. When the fundamental mode of the piezo-film is at high frequency, changing the acoustic impedance ratio of the electrode to piezo-film and the thickness of the electrodes make the resonance frequency distribution of HBARs change. These results manifest that the HBARs can be resonant at specified frequencies by means of adjusting the factors affecting the resonance frequency distribution.

  4. Stochastic resonance and chaotic resonance in bimodal maps: A case study

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    G Ambika; N V Sujatha; K P Harikrishnan

    2002-09-01

    We present the results of an extensive numerical study on the phenomenon of stochastic resonance in a bimodal cubic map. Both Gaussian random noise as well as deterministic chaos are used as input to drive the system between the basins. Our main result is that when two identical systems capable of stochastic resonance are coupled, the SNR of either system is enhanced at an optimum coupling strength. Our results may be relevant for the study of stochastic resonance in biological systems.

  5. Biostructural and pharmacological studies of bicyclic analogues of the 3-isoxazolol glutamate receptor agonist ibotenic acid

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    Frydenvang, Karla Andrea; Pickering, Darryl S; Greenwood, Jeremy R;

    2010-01-01

    We describe an improved synthesis and detailed pharmacological characterization of the conformationally restricted analogue of the naturally occurring nonselective glutamate receptor agonist ibotenic acid (RS)-3-hydroxy-4,5,6,7-tetrahydroisoxazolo[5,4-c]pyridine-7-carboxylic acid (7-HPCA, 5) at A...

  6. Defining the selectivity of processes along the auxin response chain: a study using auxin analogues

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    Simon, Sibu; Kubeš, Martin; Baster, P.; Robert, S.; Dobrev, Petre; Friml, J.; Petrášek, Jan; Zažímalová, Eva

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    Roč. 200, č. 4 (2013), s. 1034-1048. ISSN 0028-646X R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP305/11/0797 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50380511 Keywords : auxin analogues * auxin signalling * auxin transport Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology Impact factor: 6.736, year: 2012

  7. Radiation belts study in RESONANCE project

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    Mogilevsky, Mikhail; Demekhov, Andrei; Zelenyi, Lev; Petrukovich, Anatoly; Shklyar, David

    The Earth’s inner magnetosphere is an important part of space weather framework. Outer radiation belt is a home for numerous communication and navigation satellites. But besides this practical problem, this region is a theoretical nugget. Hot magnetospheric, cold plas¬mospheric, and, in contrast, high energy plasma coexist here. Such non-equilibrium state of plasma is glued by various plasma oscillations actively interacting with particles and resulting, in particular, in spatial and velocity diffusion. Diffusion influences acceleration and precipitation of particles and defines their life¬time in the Earth’s magnetosphere. The project RESONANCE is aimed to study the whole complex of these issues, both practical (space weather), and fundamental (nonlinear plasma dynamics). The project RESONANCE is a part of the Russian Federal State Program. Lavochkin Association is responsi¬ble for preparation and testing of the satellites. Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences is a leading scientific organization. Besides Russian scientists, specialists from Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Re¬public, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, USA take part.

  8. Study on harmonic resonances and damping in wind power plant

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    Md. Hasan, Khairul Nisak; Rauma, Kalle; Luna Alloza, Álvaro; Candela García, José Ignacio; Rodríguez Cortés, Pedro

    2012-01-01

    Harmonic resonance is among imperative aspect need to be analyzed in a wind power plant (WPP). It becomes complex since it involves a large network with high operating power. This paper presents a study on harmonic resonances in a WPP, particularly on parallel resonance. Important factors including length of cable, number of operating wind turbine and usage of output grid-side filter are analyzed. The damping of resonance by using common passive filter and an alternative hybrid filter is also...

  9. Using stressful films to analyze risk factors for PTSD in analogue experimental studies--which film works best?

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    Weidmann, Anke; Conradi, Ania; Groger, Kathrin; Fehm, Lydia; Fydrich, Thomas

    2009-10-01

    To understand mental disorders, analogue paradigms provide an indispensable contribution. In posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the stressful film paradigm is a frequently used analogue approach: Films depicting traumatic events are shown to non-clinical participants in order to elicit stress responses analogue to responses to traumatic events in real life. Previous studies used a large variety of films, which is problematic with regard to the comparability of results. The main goal of this study was to identify a film clip that (a) consistently provokes stress reactions and (b) provokes reactions that are as similar as possible to traumatic stress. We randomly exposed 105 male and female participants to one of four stressful films, differing, e.g., in content and origin. Intrusive memories of the film, reported immediately after the film and during a diary phase of three days, as well as distress, heart rate, and several mood states were measured. A film clip depicting rape elicited the most consistent reactions that were characterized by a higher heart rate, more distress and more intrusive memories, compared to the other three clips. Intrusive memories across all films were especially related to an increase in heart rate and disgust in response to the film. PMID:19347765

  10. Magnetic Resonance Studies of Energy Storage Materials

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    Vazquez Reina, Rafael

    In today's society there is high demand to have access to energy for portable devices in different forms. Capacitors with high performance in small package to achieve high charge/discharge rates, and batteries with their ability to store electricity and make energy mobile are part of this demand. The types of internal dielectric material strongly affect the characteristics of a capacitor, and its applications. In a battery, the choice of the electrolyte plays an important role in the Solid Electrolyte Interphase (SEI) formation, and the cathode material for high output voltage. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy are research techniques that exploit the magnetic properties of the electron and certain atomic nuclei to determine physical and chemical properties of the atoms or molecules in which they are contained. Both EPR and NMR spectroscopy technique can yield meaningful structural and dynamic information. Three different projects are discussed in this dissertation. First, High energy density capacitors where EPR measurements described herein provide an insight into structural and chemical differences in the dielectric material of a capacitor. Next, as the second project, Electrolyte solutions where an oxygen-17 NMR study has been employed to assess the degree of preferential solvation of Li+ ions in binary mixtures of EC (ethylene carbonate) and DMC (dimethyl carbonate) containing LiPF6 (lithium hexafluo-rophosphate) which may be ultimately related to the SEI formation mechanism. The third project was to study Bismuth fluoride as cathode material for rechargeable batteries. The objective was to study 19F and 7Li MAS NMR of some nanocomposite cathode materials as a conversion reaction occurring during lithiation and delithation of the BiF3/C nanocomposite.

  11. Theoretical study on the influence of different para-substituents on 13C NMR of the single carbonyl curcumin analogues

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    Jia, Fei-yun; Ran, Ming; Zhang, Bo

    2015-12-01

    The structure of eight kinds of different para-substituents curcumin analogues has been optimized at the level of B3LYP/6-31G( d, p), under which the stability has been verified by means of vibration analysis. Moreover, NMR spectra of curcumin analogues compounds have been studied at the level of B3LYP/6-311G( d, p) by GIAO method. The results show that the structure of eight compounds, a larger conjugated system, has good planarity. The effect of ortho-substituents on bond lengths and bond angles is greater than para and meta. Different substituents and different positions of substituents all have different influence on NMR of the single carbonyl curcumin analogues. In general, after the hydrogen atom on the benzene ring is substituted by other groups, the δ value of α-C changes significantly, the δ value of ortho-carbon atom may also have great change, but the δ value change of meta-carbon atoms is not too obvious. The effect of substituent electronegativity on α-C atoms presents obvious regularity, while the influence of conjugate effect on carbon atoms of benzene ring is more complex. Finally, the bigger substituted alkyl is, the more the δ value of α-C increases.

  12. Hysteroscopic myomectomy outcomes after 3-month treatment with either Ulipristal Acetate or GnRH analogues: a retrospective comparative study.

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    Sancho, Javier Monleón; Delgado, Verónica Serrano de la Cruz; Valero, Maria José Nuñez; Soteras, Marta Gurrea; Amate, Vicente Payá; Carrascosa, Antonio Abad

    2016-03-01

    Ulipristal Acetate (UPA) modifies the endometrium, as well as fibroids, and therefore it might make hysteroscopic surgery more difficult. To confirm that pre-treatment with UPA is as safe and effective an option as pre-treatment with GnRH analogues, considered the gold standard. We present the first series of 26 hysteroscopic myomectomies after 3 months treatment with UPA and we compare the results with a series of 24 cases pretreated with GnRH analogues. This was a retrospective cohort study between July 2013 and May 2015. We analyszed patients with submucous myomas >2.5 in diameter. Hysteroscopic myomectomy was performed after 3 months of treatment with either UPA (5mg daily) or the GnRH agonist (3.75mg/month). Both groups were similar in age, myoma initial size and classification. There were no significant differences between UPA and GnRHa treated groups in terms of percentage of myomas resected (93% vs 98%), duration of surgery (38 vs 37min), fluid deficit (200 vs 350ml) and complications. In the surgeon's subjective opinion, UPA treatment was associated with an easier resection. Based on our experience, previous treatment with UPA does not difficult Hhysteroscopic myomectomy. Endometrial changes have no impact on surgery. Safety and feasibility are comparable to hysteroscopic myomectomies with previous treatment with GnRH analogues. This allows us to take advantage of the reduction in size of fibroids before surgery with less side effects. PMID:26871272

  13. Integration of natural analogue studies within a national confidence-building programme

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    It is now commonly recognised that public acceptance is one of the key factors influencing the feasibility of nuclear waste repositories - or indeed, any major industrial or technical developments. The general antipathy against anything 'radioactive' is further compounded by the difficulty of developing a simple, transparent safety case for a facility deep underground that clearly shows that there is no health risk at any time in the future. Natural analogues have great potential as communication tools within such a safety case. The analogue programme must, however, be embedded in an integrated communication strategy that identifies the key concerns of different critical groups and identifies the most appropriate way to address them. Some of the important characteristics of such a strategy include: demonstration of high levels of competence, openness and honesty of involved organisations (both regulators and implementers); ensuring consistency of policy, procedures and utilisation of technical arguments; recognition of the importance of reacting to feedback from all involved parties. (author)

  14. Maltose neopentyl glycol-3 (MNG-3) analogues for membrane protein study

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    Cho, Kyung Ho; Husri, Mohd; Amin, Anowarul; Gotfryd, Kamil; Lee, Ho Jin; Go, Juyeon; Kim, Jin Woong; Loland, Claus J; Guan, Lan; Byrne, Bernadette; Chae, Pil Seok

    2015-01-01

    Detergents are typically used to both extract membrane proteins (MPs) from the lipid bilayers and maintain them in solution. However, MPs encapsulated in detergent micelles are often prone to denaturation and aggregation. Thus, the development of novel agents with enhanced stabilization...... characteristics is necessary to advance MP research. Maltose neopentyl glycol-3 (MNG-3) has contributed to >10 crystal structures including G-protein coupled receptors. Here, we prepared MNG-3 analogues and characterised their properties using selected MPs. Most MNGs were superior to a conventional detergent, n......-dodecyl-β-d-maltopyranoside (DDM), in terms of membrane protein stabilization efficacy. Interestingly, optimal stabilization was achieved with different MNG-3 analogues depending on the target MP. The origin for such detergent specificity could be explained by a novel concept: compatibility between detergent hydrophobicity and MP...

  15. Protolytic properties of polyamine wasp toxin analogues studied by 13C NMR spectroscopy

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    Strømgaard, Kristian; Piazzi, Lorna; Olsen, Christian A;

    2006-01-01

    Acid-base properties of the natural polyamine wasp toxin PhTX-433 (1) and seven synthetic analogues [PhTX-343 (2), PhTX-334 (3), PhTX-443 (4), PhTX-434 (5), PhTX-344 (6), PhTX-444 (7), and PhTX-333 (8)], each having four protolytic sites, were characterized by 13C NMR spectroscopy. Nonlinear, mul...

  16. Development of the Tokai nuclear microprobe for natural analogue studies of nuclear waste

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    A nuclear microprobe with new sample chamber has been designed to investigate a behavior of radioactive nuclei in rocks and chemical compositions of deep underground water that is retained in minerals as fluid inclusions. Outline of the new chamber is described and preliminary micro-PIXE analyses for fluid inclusions and U-Nb minerals that is a natural analogue for high level nuclear waste deposits are also presented

  17. Study of Analogue Signal Processing Algorithms for MSGC Signals in CMS

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    Sciacca, G F

    1997-01-01

    Several analogue signal processing algorithms for associating an MSGC signal to a beam crossing interval ( BCI) at the LHC frequency have been evaluated and compared using different sets of signals, both simulated and from a beam test, with the purpose of indicating the most suitable for implementation in the front end readout chip. Issues of performance and practical implementation within the proposed readout scheme for CMS tracker are discussed.

  18. Systematic study on nuclear resonant scattering

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    New resonant scattering effect of thermal neutron capture gamma rays from Ti and Fe on Sb, Cu, Se and Ce target were observed. These results together with those published by other authors are summarized and discussed in terms of a possible systematic search for new resonant scattering effects

  19. TAME5OX, abiotic siderophore analogue to enterobactin involving 8-hydroxyquinoline subunits: Thermodynamic and photophysical studies

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    Akbar, Rifat; Baral, Minati; Kanungo, B. K.

    2015-05-01

    The synthesis, thermodynamic and photophysical properties of trivalent metal complexes of biomimetic nonadentate analogue, 5,5‧-(2-(((8-hydroxyquinolin-5-yl)methylamino)methyl)-2-methylpropane-1,3-diyl)bis(azanediyl)bis(methylene)diquinolin-8-ol (TAME5OX), have been described. Combination of absorption and emission spectrophotometry, potentiometry, electrospray mass spectrometry, IR, and theoretical investigation were used to fully characterize metal (Fe+3, Al+3 and Cr+3) chelates of TAME5OX. In solution, TAME5OX forms protonated complexes [M(H3L)]3+ below pH 3.4, which consecutively deprotonates through one to three-proton processes with rise of pH. The formation constants (Log β11n) of neutral complexes formed at or above physiological pH, have been determined to be 30.18, 23.27 and 22.02 with pM values of 31.16, 18.07 and 18.12 for Fe+3, Al+3 and Cr+3 ions, respectively, calculated at pH 7.4, indicating TAME5OX is a powerful among synthetic metal chelator. The results clearly demonstrate that the ligand in a tripodal orchestration firmly binds these ions over wide pH range and forms distorted octahedral complexes. The binding and the coordination event could be monitored from absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. The high thermodynamic stability in water at physiological pH of ferric complex of TAME5OX indicates that these complexes are resistant to hydrolysis and therefore are well suited for the development of device for applications as probes. The ligand displays high sensitive fluorescence enhancement to Al3+ at pH 7.4, in water. Moreover, TAME5OX can distinguish Al3+ from Fe3+ and Cr3+ via two different sensing mechanisms: photoinduced electron transfer (PET) for Al3+ and internal charge transfer (ICT) for Fe3+ and Cr3+. Density functional theory was employed for optimization and evaluation of vibrational modes, NBO analysis, excitation and emission properties of the different species of metal complexes observed by solution studies.

  20. Study of spin resonances in the accelerators with snakes

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    Spin resonances in the circular accelerators with snakes are studied to understand the nature of snake resonances. We analyze the effect of snake configuration, and the snake superperiod on the resonance. Defining the critical resonance strength ε/sub c/ as the maximum tolerable resonance strength without losing the beam polarization after passing through the resonance, we found that ε/sub c/ is a sensitive function of the snake configuration, the snake superperiod at the first order snake resonance, the higher order snake resonance conditions and the spin matching condition. Under properly designed snake configuration, the critical resonance strength ε/sub c/ is found to vary linearly with N/sub S/ as = (1/π)sin/sup /minus/1/(cos πν/sub z//sup /1/2//)N/sub S/, where ν/sub z/ and N/sub S/ are the betatron tune and the number of snakes respectively. We also study the effect of overlapping intrinsic and imperfection resonances. The imperfection resonance should be corrected to a magnitude of insignificance (e.g., ε≤0.1 for two snakes case) to maintain proper polarization. 23 refs., 25 figs

  1. Resonance Raman study of benzyl radical

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    Langkilde, F.W.; Bajdor, K.; Wilbrandt, R.

    1992-01-01

    Time-resolved resonance Raman spectra are obtained of benzyl radicals created by laser flash photolysis of benzylchloride and diphenylacetone in solution. The spectra are obtained in resonance with the intense 2 2A2-1 B-2(2) transition of benzyl. The strong Raman bands are assigned to totally...... symmetric a1 modes. The remaining observed bands are tentatively assigned to fundamental modes of b1, a2, and b2 symmetry, and to overtones and combinations. The resonance Raman spectra are found to be quite different from previous fluorescence spectra of benzyl, and the origins of these differences are...

  2. New synthetic bile acid analogue agonists of FXR and TGR5 receptors: Analytical methodologies for the study of their physico-chemical properties, pharmacokinetic activity and metabolism.

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    Colliva, Carolina

    2013-01-01

    This thesis reports an integrated analytical approach for the study of physicochemical and biological properties of new synthetic bile acid (BA) analogues agonists of FXR and TGR5 receptors. Structure-activity data were compared with those previous obtained using the same experimental protocols on synthetic and natural occurring BA. The new synthetic BA analogues are classified in different groups according also to their potency as a FXR and TGR5 agonists: unconjugated and steroid modifie...

  3. Niobium stripline resonators for microwave studies on superconductors

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    Thiemann, Markus; Bothner, Daniel; Koelle, Dieter; Kleiner, Reinhold; Dressel, Martin; Scheffler, Marc

    2014-01-01

    Microwave spectroscopy is a powerful experimental tool to reveal information on the intrinsic properties of superconductors. Superconducting stripline resonators, where the material under study constitutes one of the ground planes, offer a high sensitivity to investigate superconducting bulk samples. In order to improve this measurement technique, we have studied stripline resonators made of niobium, and we compare the results to lead stripline resonators. With this technique we are able to d...

  4. NATURAL ANALOGUE SYNTHESIS REPORT

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    The purpose of this report is to present analogue studies and literature reviews designed to provide qualitative and quantitative information to test and provide added confidence in process models abstracted for performance assessment (PA) and model predictions pertinent to PA. This report provides updates to studies presented in the Yucca Mountain Site Description (CRWMS M and O 2000 [151945], Section 13) and new examples gleaned from the literature along with results of quantitative studies conducted specifically for the Yucca Mountain Project (YMP). The intent of the natural analogue studies was to collect corroborative evidence from analogues to demonstrate additional understanding of processes expected to occur during postclosure at a potential Yucca Mountain repository. The report focuses on key processes by providing observations and analyses of natural and anthropogenic (human-induced) systems to improve understanding and confidence in the operation of these processes under conditions similar to those that could occur in a nuclear waste repository. The process models include those that represent both engineered and natural barrier processes. A second purpose of this report is to document the various applications of natural analogues to geologic repository programs, focusing primarily on the way analogues have been used by the YMP. This report is limited to providing support for PA in a confirmatory manner and to providing corroborative inputs for process modeling activities. Section 1.7 discusses additional limitations of this report. Key topics for this report are analogues to emplacement-drift degradation, waste-form degradation, waste-package degradation, degradation of other materials proposed for the engineered barrier, seepage into drifts, radionuclide flow and transport in the unsaturated zone (UZ), analogues to coupled thermal-hydrologic-mechanical-chemical processes, saturated-zone (SZ) transport, impact of radionuclide release on the biosphere

  5. Three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity relationship study on antioxidant capacity of curcumin analogues

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    Chen, Bohong; Zhu, Zhibo; Chen, Min; Dong, Wenqi; Li, Zhen

    2014-03-01

    A comparative molecular similarity indices analysis (CoMSIA) was performed on a set of 27 curcumin-like diarylpentanoid analogues with the radical scavenging activities. A significant cross-validated correlation coefficient Q2 (0.784), SEP (0.042) for CoMSIA were obtained, indicating the statistical significance of the correlation. Further we adopt a rational approach toward the selection of substituents at various positions in our scaffold,and finally find the favored and disfavoured regions for the enhanced antioxidative activity. The results have been used as a guide to design compounds that, potentially, have better activity against oxidative damage.

  6. Dissolution studies of natural analogues spent fuel and U(VI)-Silicon phases of and oxidative alteration process

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    In order to understand the long-term behavior of the nuclear spent fuel in geological repository conditions, we have performed dissolution studies with natural analogues to UO2 as well as with solid phases representatives of the oxidative alteration pathway of uranium dioxide, as observed in both natural environment and laboratory studies. In all cases, we have studied the influence of the bicarbonate concentration in the dissolution process, as a first approximation to the groundwater composition of a granitic environment, where carbonate is one of the most important complexing agents. As a natural analogue to the nuclear spent fuel some uraninite samples from the Oklo are deposit in Gabon, where chain fission reactions took place 2000 millions years ago, as well as a pitchblende sample from the mine Fe ore deposit, in Salamanca (spain) have been studied. The studies have been performed at 25 and 60 deg C and 60 deg C, and they have focussed on the determination of both the thermodynamic and the kinetic properties of the different samples studied, using batch and continuous experimental methodologies, respectively. (Author)

  7. Nuclear magnetic resonance studies of metabolic regulation

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    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques for the detection of the metabolic transformations of biological compounds labeled with stable isotopes, particularly carbon-13 have been explored. We have studied adipose tissue in the intact rat, the exteriorized epididymal fat pad, and the isolated adipocyte. Triacylglycerol metabolism in adipose tissue is regulated by lipogenic factors (insulin, corticosterone, thyroxine, and growth hormone) and lipolytic factors (glucagon and catecholamines). The synthesis of triglyceride from 5.5 mM glucose was stimulated by about 4-fold by 10 nM insulin. Triglyceride synthesis from glucose in the presence of insulin occurred at a rate of 330 nmol/hr/106 cells. Since the NMR signals from free and esterified fatty acids and glycerol are distinct, we could directly measure the rate of hormone-stimulated lipolysis. Epinephrine (10 μM) gave a lipolytic rate of 0.30 μmol/hr/106 cells as monitored by free-glycerol appearance in the medium. 13C NMR provides a superior method for the measurement of triglyceride metabolism since it directly measures the changes in the substrates and products in situ

  8. Eigenvalue study of a chaotic resonator

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    The field of quantum chaos comprises the study of the manifestations of classical chaos in the properties of the corresponding quantum systems. Within this work, we compute the eigenfrequencies that are needed for the level spacing analysis of a microwave resonator with chaotic characteristics. The major challenges posed by our work are: first, the ability of the approaches to tackle the large scale eigenvalue problem and second, the capability to extract many, i.e. order of thousands, eigenfrequencies for the considered cavity. The first proposed approach for an accurate eigenfrequency extraction takes into consideration the evaluated electric field computations in time domain of a superconducting cavity and by means of signal-processing techniques extracts the eigenfrequencies. The second approach is based on the finite element method with curvilinear elements, which transforms the continuous eigenvalue problem to a discrete generalized eigenvalue problem. Afterwards, the Lanczos algorithm is used for the solution of the generalized eigenvalue problem. In the poster, a summary of the applied algorithms, as well as, critical implementation details together with the simulation results are provided.

  9. The project De Caldas International Project: An example of a large-scale radwaste isolation natural analogue study

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    Shea, M. [TerraCon, Inc., Chicago, IL (United States)

    1995-09-01

    The proper isolation of radioactive waste is one of today`s most pressing environmental issues. Research is being carried out by many countries around the world in order to answer critical and perplexing questions regarding the safe disposal of radioactive waste. Natural analogue studies are an increasingly important facet of this international research effort. The Pocos de Caldas Project represents a major effort of the international technical and scientific community towards addressing one of modern civilization`s most critical environmental issues - radioactive waste isolation.

  10. Niobium stripline resonators for microwave studies on superconductors

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    Microwave spectroscopy is a powerful experimental tool to reveal information on the intrinsic properties of superconductors. Superconducting stripline resonators, where the material under study constitutes one of the ground planes, offer a high sensitivity to investigate superconducting bulk samples. In order to improve this measurement technique, we have studied stripline resonators made of niobium, and we compare the results to lead stripline resonators. With this technique we are able to determine the temperature dependence of the complex conductivity of niobium and the energy gap Δ(0) = 2.1 meV. Finally we show measurements at the superconducting transition of a tantalum bulk sample using niobium stripline resonators

  11. Radon in underground waters as a natural analogue to study the escape of CO2 in geological repositories

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    Activity concentrations of dissolved 222Rn and 226Ra were measured in several underground aquifers, which are candidates for repositories or for the study of analogue natural escapes of CO2. The concentration of both radionuclides in water was determined using liquid scintillation counting. The values obtained for the 222Rn concentrations varied from 0 to 150 Bq l-1, while the levels of 226Ra were in general very low. This indicates that 222Rn is coming from the decay of the undissolved 226Ra existing in the rocks and deep layers of the aquifers, being later transported by diffusion in water. In order to diminish the concentration of gases producing a global heating through the known greenhouse effect, several global actions have been proposed. One of them having mitigation effects is the CO2 sequestration and the deep geological storing in natural caves. Several research projects for the separation of CO2 in pre-combustion and for the capture of this gas in oxy-combustion are being performed in two pilot plants in Spain, and a storing repository will be necessary. Geological formations deep around few kilometres seemed to be the solution for storing this gas in a supercritical state. Several works for determining the best sites are nowadays being performed. Studies of analogue natural escapes are also an indispensable tool. Many man-made perforations have been done in the past for oil search, mining or geological research, or for exploitation of underground waters. Some of these pits are now being used (fundamentally for irrigation purposes or spa resorts), and the others were simply abandoned. Natural radon can be considered as an analogue of CO2 due to its inert gaseous behaviour. From the three natural isotopes of radon, 222Rn is easily determined in environment using simple techniques. This article shows the results obtained from the measurements of 222Rn concentrations in underground waters performed in aquifers selected by their characteristics to be

  12. Interaction of magnetic resonators studied by the magnetic field enhancement

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    It is the first time that the magnetic field enhancement (MFE) is used to study the interaction of magnetic resonators (MRs), which is more sensitive than previous parameters–shift and damping of resonance frequency. To avoid the coherence of lattice and the effect of Bloch wave, the interaction is simulated between two MRs with same primary phase when the distance is changed in the range of several resonance wavelengths, which is also compared with periodic structure. The calculated MFE osci...

  13. Interactions of vasopressin and oxytocin receptors with vasopressin analogues substituted in position 2 with 3,3'-diphenylalanine--a molecular docking study.

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    Slusarz, Magdalena J; Sikorska, Emilia; Slusarz, Rafał

    2013-02-01

    Vasopressin and oxytocin receptors belong to the superfamily of G protein-coupled receptors and play an important role in many physiological functions. They are also involved in a number of pathological conditions being important drug targets. In this work, four vasopressin analogues substituted at position 2 with 3,3'-diphenylalanine have been docked into partially flexible vasopressin and oxytocin receptors. The bulky residue at position 2 acts as a structural restraint much stronger in the oxytocin receptor (OTR) than in the vasopressin V2 receptor (V2R), resulting in a different location of the analogues in these receptors. This explains the different, either agonistic or antagonistic, activities of the analogues in V2R and OTR, respectively. In all complexes, the conserved polar residues serve as anchor points for the ligand both in OTR and V2R. Strong interactions of the C-terminus of analogue II ([Mpa(1) ,d-Dpa(2) ,Val(4) ,d-Arg(8) ]VP) with extracellular loop 3 may be responsible for its highest activity at V2R. It also appears that V2R adapts more readily to the docking analogues by conformational changes in the aromatic side chains triggering receptor activation. A weak activity at V1a vasopressin receptor appears to be caused by weak receptor-ligand interactions. Results of this study may facilitate a rational design of new analogues with the highest activity/selectivity at vasopressin and OTRs. PMID:23303737

  14. Study of giant resonances in heavy nuclei

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    The electrodisintegration cross section for181Ta,208Pb and 209Bi was measured by counting the emitted neutrons, with incident electrons in the energy range 8-22 MeV. The data was analysed using the virtual photon method, in order to obtain a multipole decomposition and the intensities of Magnetic Dipole and Electric Quadrupole, isoscalar and isovector, in the Giant Resonance. The results obtained for the isovector Giant Quadrupole Resonance are compared with the measured photodisintegration cross section, using data from Saclay and Livermore. This comparision indicates that the photodisintegration data can be well explained assuming an isovector E2 Resonance located between 120 and 130 A-1/3 MeV, with an intensity of one isovector E2 sum. (author)

  15. Studying Z-DNA and B- to Z-DNA transitions using a cytosine analogue FRET-pair

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    Dumat, Blaise; Larsen, Anders Foller; Wilhelmsson, L. Marcus

    2016-01-01

    Herein, we report on the use of a tricyclic cytosine FRET pair, incorporated into DNA with different base pair separations, to study Z-DNA and B-Z DNA junctions. With its position inside the DNA structure, the FRET pair responds to a B- to Z-DNA transition with a distinct change in FRET efficiency for each donor/acceptor configuration allowing reliable structural probing. Moreover, we show how fluorescence spectroscopy and our cytosine analogues can be used to determine rate constants for the B- to Z-DNA transition mechanism. The modified cytosines have little influence on the transition and the FRET pair is thus an easily implemented and virtually non-perturbing fluorescence tool to study Z-DNA. This nucleobase analogue FRET pair represents a valuable addition to the limited number of fluorescence methods available to study Z-DNA and we suggest it will facilitate, for example, deciphering the B- to Z-DNA transition mechanism and investigating the interaction of DNA with Z-DNA binding proteins. PMID:26896804

  16. Study on Dynamic Alignment Technology of COIL Resonator

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    The performance of great power chemical oxygen-iodine laser (COIL) beam is decided mostly by resonator mirror maladjustment and environment vibration. To improve the performance of light beam, an auto-alignment device is used in COIL resonator, the device can keep COIL resonator collimating by adjusting the optical components of resonator. So the coupling model of COIL resonator is present. The multivariable self study fuzzy uncoupling arithmetic and six-dimensional micro drive technology are used to design a six-input-three-output uncoupling controller, resulting in the realization of the high precision dynamic alignment. The experiments indicate that the collimating range of this system is 8 mrad, precision is 5 urad and frequency response is 20Hz, which meet the demand of resonator alignment system

  17. Primary study of a novel Tc-tricarbonyl cocaine analogue as the potential DAT imaging agent

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    ZHANG Xiaobo; ZHU Lin; DING Shaoke; LIU Boli

    2005-01-01

    The convenient preparation of organometallic precursor fac-[99mTc(CO)3 (H2O)3]+ opens a new route to design new radiopharmaceuticals. Based on this precursor, a new cocaine analogue, Tropyn, is designed and synthesized, and "2+1" mixed-ligands approach is used to prepare a neutral complex [99mTc(CO)3(Tropyn)I]. Biodistribution in mice and rats proves that it has sufficient brain uptake. Rat regional brain biodistribution indicates that the complex is highly concentrated in the striatum (ST) with rapid clearance in the cortex (CT) and hippocampus (HP), which make it valuable for further investigation as the potential Second-Generation DAT imaging agent.

  18. Early Analogue Modeling Experiments and Related Studies to Today's Problems of Geo-electromagnetic Exploration

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    2009-01-01

    As I learned it from extensive geo-electromaguetic analogue modeling experiments, some specific nonconventional interpretation parameters, in certain conditions, give more detailed information about the geometry of subsurface resistivity inbomogeneities than the routinely used parameters. In this article, I show several examples, and I present how these early results influenced our later research. An enhanced geometric sensitivity may be due to special array geometry (as we call It "null array"), or it may be due to a narrow and very special frequency range (Le., the so-called "keyhole" range). Nonconventional but physically based interpretation parameters (like the Poyuting vector) or higher order invariants of resistivity or impedance tensors may also give useful additional information about the shape of subsurface bodies. One should be very careful in their application because a large part of these nontroditioual approaches are strongly constrained by measuring errors and geological noise.

  19. Laboratory simulation and modeling of size, shape distributed interstellar graphite dust analogues: A comparative study

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    Boruah, Manash J.; Gogoi, Ankur; Ahmed, Gazi A.

    2016-06-01

    The computation of the light scattering properties of size and shape distributed interstellar graphite dust analogues using discrete dipole approximation (DDA) is presented. The light scattering properties of dust particles of arbitrary shapes having sizes ranging from 0.5 to 5.0 μm were computed using DDSCAT 7.3.0 software package and an indigenously developed post-processing tool for size and shape averaging. In order to model realistic samples of graphite dust and compute their light scattering properties using DDA, different target geometries were generated to represent the graphite particle composition in terms of surface smoothness, surface roughness and aggregation or their combination, for using as the target for DDSCAT calculations. A comparison of the theoretical volume scattering function at 543.5 nm and 632.8 nm incident wavelengths with laboratory simulation is also presented in this paper.

  20. Resonance studies with the UrQMD model

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    Vogel Sascha; Bleicher Marcus

    2012-01-01

    These proceedings will cover various studies of hadronic resonances within the UrQMD transport model. After a brief explanation of the model, various observables will be highlighted and the chances for resonance reconstruction in hadronic channels will be discussed. Possible signals of chiral symmetry restoration will be investigated for feasibility.

  1. The Palmottu analogue project

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    The report gives a summary of the results of investigations carried out in 1992 at the Palmottu natural analogue study site, which is a small U-Th mineralization in Nummi-Pusula, southwestern Finland. Additionally, the report includes several separate articles dealing with various aspects of the Palmottu Analogue Project: (1) deep groundwater flow, (2) interpretation of hydraulic connections, (3) characterization of groundwater colloids, (4) uranium mineral-groundwater equilibrium, (5) water-rock interaction and (6) modelling of in situ matrix diffusion. The Palmottu Analogue Project aims at a more profound understanding of radionuclide transport processes in fractured crystalline bedrock. The essential factors controlling transport are groundwater flow and interaction between water and rock. Accordingly, the study includes (1) structural interpretations partly based on geophysical measurements, (2) hydrological studies including hydraulic drill-hole measurements, (3) flow modelling, (4) hydrogeochemical characterization of groundwater, uranium chemistry and colloid chemistry, (5) mineralogical studies, (6) geochemical interpretation and modelling, (7) studies of radionuclide mobilization and retardation including matrix diffusion, and (8) modelling of uranium series data. Palaeohydrogeological aspects, due to the anticipated future glaciation of the Fennoscandian Shield, are of special interest. Quaternary sediments are studied to gain information on post-glacial migration in the overburden. (orig.)

  2. Weak interaction studies using resonance ionization spectroscopy

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    Important developments in laser sources for the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) region of the spectrum are making it possible to carry out resonance ionization of some of the noble gases. It has already been shown that xenon can be ionized in a two-photon allowed excitation from the ground state. Recently a new method of generating radiation by four-wave mixing in mercury vapor enables excitation of xenon in a one-photon resonance process. With these new laser sources we expect to have effective ionization volumes of 10-3 to 10-2 cm3 for the cases of argon, krypton, and xenon. This has important consequences in weak interaction physics and environmental research

  3. Multicavity wave resonator design using chaos studies

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    Méndez-Bermúdez, J. A.; Luna-Acosta, G. A.

    2007-03-01

    We propose the construction of electromagnetic and electronic multicavity resonators based on the mechanism of dynamical tunneling proper of mixed chaotic systems. We use chaotic two-dimensional (2D) waveguides formed by a linear array of coupled cavities whose geometrical parameters are chosen to produce mixed phase space: chaotic regions surrounding islands of stability where ray (particle) motion is regular. Rays (particles) coming into the waveguide cannot penetrate into these islands but incoming plane waves tunnel into them at a certain discrete set of frequencies (energies) forming quasi-bound states. In this paper we demonstrate the tunneling mechanism in 2D waveguides and how it can be used to design multicavity resonators. We also discuss possible applications in the construction of microlasers and electro-optical beam splitters and switches.

  4. Aspartame and Its Analogues

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    Pavlova, L. A.; Komarova, T. V.; Davidovich, Yurii A.; Rogozhin, S. V.

    1981-04-01

    The results of studies on the biochemistry of the sweet taste are briefly reviewed. The methods of synthesis of "aspartame" — a sweet dipeptide — are considered, its structural analogues are described, and quantitative estimates are made of the degree of sweetness relative to sucrose. Attention is concentrated mainly on problems of the relation between the structure of the substance and its taste in the series of aspartyl derivatives. The bibliography includes 118 references.

  5. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Studies of Postpartum Depression: An Overview

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    Fiorelli, Marco; Aceti, Franca; Marini, Isabella; Giacchetti, Nicoletta; Macci, Enrica; Tinelli, Emanuele; Calistri, Valentina; Meuti, Valentina; Caramia, Francesca; Biondi, Massimo

    2015-01-01

    Postpartum depression is a frequent and disabling condition whose pathophysiology is still unclear. In recent years, the study of the neural correlates of mental disorders has been increasingly approached using magnetic resonance techniques. In this review we synthesize the results from studies on postpartum depression in the context of structural, functional, and spectroscopic magnetic resonance studies of major depression as a whole. Compared to the relative wealth of data available for maj...

  6. Chemical diffusivity of perovskite and post-perovskite from studies of fluoride analogues.

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    Dobson, D. P.; Lindsay-Scott, A.; Wood, I. G.; Bailey, E.; Brodholt, J. P.; Vocadlo, L.

    2014-12-01

    The physical properties of post-perovskite are thought to strongly influence the dynamics of the D'' region at the base of the Earth's mantle, however many of these properties are difficult to directly measure on MgSiO3 post-perovskite. Ab initio simulations (1) predicted that chemical diffusivity of Mg and Si in post-perovskite MgSiO3 is significantly anisotropic (with 8 orders of magnitude difference between the fast [001] and slow [010] directions) and with the fast direction some four orders of magnitude faster than diffusion in perovskite. While the simulations reproduced the available experiments on perovskite very well the surprising result for post-perovskite merits testing.Post-perovskite CaIrO3 does not show strong anisotropy in Ir-Pt interdiffusivity by either experiment or simulation (2) but the fluoride analogue systems are predicted by ab initio simulations to show very similar anisotropy to MgSiO3 and the difference between perovskite and post-perovskite are, likewise, similar to the silicate system. Here we present measured and simulated diffusivities for NaXF3 perovskite and post-perovskite (X = Zn, Mn, Co, Ni).References:1) Ammann, M.W., Brodholt, J.P., Wookey, J. and Dobson, D.P. First Principles Constraints on Diffusion in Lower Mantle Minerals and a Weak D'' Layer. Nature, 465, 462-465, 2010.2) McCormack, R. Ph.D thesis University College London, 2012.

  7. Studies on the mechanisms of the radiosensitizing and cytotoxic properties of RSU-1069 and its analogues

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    RSU 1069 is a substantially more efficient sensitizer than misonidazole when hypoxic Chinese hamster V79 cells are irradiated in vitro at room temperature; such that for 0.5 mmol dm-3 sensitizer an ER of 3.0 is obtained for RSU 1069 whereas an ER of only 1.6 is obtained for misonidazole. However, when irradiation is done at 40C, the radiosensitization caused by RSU 1069 is reduced to a level close to that obtained with misonidazole, the action remaining unaltered at the lower temperature. This temperature dependent component of sensitization for RSU 1069 suggests the involvement of a slow biochemical process that has an appreciable activation energy. The RSU 1069 analogue RB 7040 is a more efficient radiosensitizer than RSU 1069 particularly at lower concentrations. This compound has a pKa value of 8.45, in contrast to that of RSU 1069 which is 6.04. Weak bases with pKa values in excess of average intra-cellular pH can be taken up preferentially into cells from medium at pH 7.4. It is shown that RB 7040 has a 4 X higher intracellular concentration than RSU 1069 for a similar extracellular concentration. This will explain, at least in part, the greater sensitizing efficiency of this compound when compared to RSU 1069 in vitro

  8. Natural colloids, and uranium and thorium equilibrium in groundwater of Palmottu natural analogue study site

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    Characterization of inorganic groundwater colloids (from 1nm to 500nm) in the natural analogue research area of Palmottu (Southern Finland) has been undertaken for two drill holes (R357,R324) in the same drilling profile. From each drill hole colloid samples from different sections, an upper one and a deeper one, were analyzed. In terms of chemical composition and morphology, colloids are quite different in the two drill holes. In the Drill hole further from the mineralization, inorganic colloids have a distinct mineral character, containing mainly K, Ca, Al, Si and occasionally same S and Na, and tracers of Fe. In the other drill hole, nearer to the mineralization, iron is the only major element detected in the colloids. Uranium and thorium results are available from drill hole R324. Results on the colloid-containing fraction indicate association of U and Th with colloids. After the removal of colloidal material and particles from the groundwater, the concentration of soluble species in true solution is about 59 ppb for U and about 0.009 ppb for Th. 88 % of total U is soluble in the upper section whereas near the bottom 55 % is soluble. For thorium the respective amounts are about 1 % and 13 %

  9. Cobalamin analogues in humans: a study on maternal and cord blood.

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    Tore Forsingdal Hardlei

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Haptocorrin (HC carries cobalamin analogues (CorA, but whether CorA are produced in the body is unknown. All cobalamins (Cbl to the foetus are delivered by the Cbl-specific protein transcobalamin (TC, and therefore analysis of cord serum for CorA may help to clarify the origin of CorA. METHODS: HC-CorA were quantified in paired samples of cord serum from newborns and serum from mothers (n = 69. RESULTS: The CorA-concentration was higher in cord serum (median = 380, range: 41-780 pmol/L than in serum from the mothers (median = 160, range: 64-330 pmol/L, (p<0.0001. HPLC-analysis showed CorA-peaks with retention times of 13.5, 14,5 and 16.5 min in samples from both the mother and cord serum. The peak with retention time 16.5 min constituted 24% (mother and 45% (cord serum of the total amount CorA, and eluted as does dicyanocobinamide. CONCLUSION: Our results support that CorA in the human body are derived from Cbl.

  10. Theoretical Study of the Photophysics of 8-Vinylguanine, an Isomorphic Fluorescent Analogue of Guanine.

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    Kochman, Michał A; Pola, Martina; Miller, R J Dwayne

    2016-08-11

    Paving the way for the application of the algebraic-diagrammatic construction scheme of second-order (ADC(2)) to systems based on the guanine chromophore, we demonstrate the this excited-state electronic structure method provides a realistic description of the photochemistry of 9H-guanine, in close agreement with the benchmark provided by the CASPT2 method. We then proceed to apply the ADC(2) method to the photochemistry of 8-vinylguanine (8vG), a minimally modified analogue of guanine which, unlike the naturally occurring nucleobase, displays intense fluorescence, indicative of a much longer-lived excited electronic state. The emissive electronic state of 8vG is identified as an ππ*-type intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) state, in which a charge of roughly -0.2 e is transferred from the guanine moiety onto the vinyl substituent. The main radiationless deactivation pathway competing with fluorescence is predicted to involve the molecule leaving the minimum on the ICT ππ* state, and reaching a region of the S1 adiabatic state where it resembles the La ππ* state of unmodified 9H-guanine. The topology of the La ππ* region of the S1 state favors subsequent internal conversion at a crossing seam with the ground electronic state. The sensitivity of this process to environment polarity may explain the experimentally observed fluorescence quenching of 8vG upon incorporation in single- and double-stranded DNA. PMID:27427772

  11. Natural analogues in performance assessment: improving models of radionuclide transport in groundwaters by studying the natural environment

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    This paper reviews studies of solute transport in groundwaters which have attempted to derive information relevant to modelling the performance of nuclear waste repositories. The literature of such natural analogue studies is quite extensive but, on close inspection, it can be seen that much represents fairly academic geochemical work in which the link to nuclide transport models is tenuous or, indeed, incorrect. However, when careful attempts have been made specifically to test such models, there is little indication that the performance assessment fraternity have taken any account of the conclusions drawn therein. Several examples are provided to support this thesis although it should be noted that it is impossible to cover all fields of interest in a review of this nature. 6 figs., 105 refs

  12. Natural analogue working group

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    A Natural Analogue Working Group was established by the Commission of the European Communities in 1985. The purpose of this group is to bring together modellers with earth scientists and others, so that maximum benefit can be obtained from natural analogue studies with a view to safe geological disposal of radioactive waste. The first meeting of this group was held in Brussels from November 5 to 7, 1985. The discussions mainly concerned the identification of the modellers' needs and of the earth scientists' capacity to provide for them. Following the debates, a written statement was produced by the Group; this document forms the core of the present Report. Notes and outlines of many of the presentations made are grouped in four appendixes. The valuable contribution of all those involved in the meeting is gratefully acknowledged

  13. Magnetic resonance force microscopy studies in a thin permalloy film

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    A 50nm thick Permalloy film has been studied using magnetic resonance force microscopy (MRFM). The ferromagnetic resonance signal has been mechanically detected utilizing a cantilever with a Nd2Fe14B tip. The measurements were performed in the temperature range between 10 and 70K and a DC field applied perpendicular to the surface of the film. The microwave field was in the plane. The measurements indicate a decrease of the ferromagnetic resonance field with increasing temperature which may be attributed to temperature-dependent changes of the saturation magnetization. The measurements demonstrate the capability of MRFM to study temperature-dependent phenomena

  14. Studies of giant multipole resonances with intermediate energy heavy ions

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    The role of intermediate energy heavy ions in the study of giant multipole resonances is explored, with emphasis on gamma decay coincidence experiments. Experiments on 208Pb bombarded by 22 MeV/nucleon and 84 MeV/nucleon 17O are discussed and compared. The role of Coulomb excitation in the 84 MeV/nucleon data is emphasized and some consequences for study of isovector resonance strength are explored. A comparison of the excitation and decay of the isovector giant dipole resonance in 208Pb and 209Bi excited with 84 MeV/nucleon 17O scattering is presented. 19 refs., 15 figs., 1 tab

  15. A 4D Analogue Modeling Study Assessing the Effects of Transtension and Inherited Structures on Rift Interaction

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    Zwaan, F.; Schreurs, G.; Naliboff, J.; Buiter, S. J.

    2015-12-01

    The interaction of individual rift segments determines the evolution of a rift system and subsequent continental break-up. Inherited heterogeneities control where initial rifts will form and since these are often not properly aligned, rift segments form separately and need to interact. Another important factor affecting rift-segment interaction is the obliquity of plate divergence (transtension), which also promotes eventual continent break-up (Brune et al., 2012). Both analogue and numerical techniques have been used to model rift interaction (e.g. Acocella et al., 1999; Allken et al., 2012) but transtension has never been applied. Here we present a first-order analogue study that elaborates upon earlier studies by assessing the effects of (1) transtension, (2) rift offset and (3) presence and geometry of inherited weak zones that link rift segments. An improved analogue set-up allows more freedom in inherited structure geometry and model analysis with X-Ray Computer Tomography (CT) techniques reveals internal structures with time (Fig. 2 and 3). Our experiments yield the following conclusions: Increasing the degree of transtension (decreasing angle α in Fig. 1) controls general rift structures: from wide rifts in orthogonal divergence settings to narrower rifts with oblique internal structures under transtensional conditions to narrow strike-slip dominated systems towards the strike-slip domain; Rift linkage through transfer zones (hard linkage) is generally promoted by 1) decreasing rift offset and 2) increasing the degree of transtension. However, initial rift linkage might involve relay ramps (soft linkage) due to the interplay of divergence direction and rift offset; Inherited rift-linking weak zones have little effect on rift interaction unless they are oriented ca. perpendicular to the divergence direction; Since the orthogonal divergence models resemble natural examples (Fig. 3), our transtension models might predict what structures can be expected in

  16. Resonances

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    an impetus or drive to that account: change, innovation, rupture, or discontinuity. Resonances: Historical Essays on Continuity and Change explores the historiographical question of the modes of interrelation between these motifs in historical narratives. The essays in the collection attempt to...... realize theoretical consciousness through historical narrative ‘in practice’, by discussing selected historical topics from Western cultural history, within the disciplines of history, literature, visual arts, musicology, archaeology, philosophy, and theology. The title Resonances indicates the overall...

  17. cis-Nitenpyram Analogues Bearing Acyloxy Segments Anchored on the Tetrahydropyrimidine Ring: Synthesis,Insecticidal Activities and Molecular Docking Studies

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    SUN Chuan-wen; WU Ying; CHEN Yan-xia; NAN Shi-bin; ZHANG Wang-geng

    2013-01-01

    A series of novel cis-nitenpyram analogues bearing acyloxy segments anchored on the tetrahydropyrimidine ring was designed and synthesized.Preliminary bioassays indicate that all the nitenpyram analogues 3a—3n exhibit good insecticidal activities against Nilaparvata lugens and Aphis medicaginis at 100 mg/L,while analogue 3k affords the best activity in vitro and the lethal concentration 50(LC50) values(0.187,0.214 mg/L) are close to that of nitenpyram.The structure activity relationships(SARs) suggest that their insecticidal potency is influenced by the species of acyloxy segments.The docking results reveal that analogue 3k forms stronger hydrogen-bonding with the nAChR,which explain the structure activity relationships(SARs) observed in vitro and imply that the strategies of our designed nitenpyram analogues are feasible.

  18. Weak interaction studies using resonance ionization spectroscopy

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    Important developments in laser sources for the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) region of the spectrum are making it possible to carry out resonance ionization of some of the noble gases. It has already been shown that xenon can be ionized in a two-photon allowed excitation from the ground state. Recently a new method of generating radiation by four-wave mixing in mercury vapor enables excitation of xenon in a one-photon resonance process. With these new laser sources they expect to have effective ionization volumes of 10-3-10-2 cm3 for the cases of argon, krypton, and xenon. This has important consequences in weak interaction physics and environmental research. Widespread applications of noble gas detectors are due to the fact that small numbers of the chemically inert atoms can be recovered from very large targets of materials where they may be generated by rare events. In this lecture they show how lasers can be combined with mass spectrometers to detect a few noble gas atoms of one isotope in the presence of very large numbers of atoms of a neighboring isotope. This technique (which they have called Maxwell's demon because of the atom-sorting functions performed in the apparatus) is described and then followed with a brief discussion of two applications in weak interaction physics - double-beta decay and the solar neutrino problem

  19. EPR study of thermally treated Archean microbial mats analogues and comparison with Archean cherts: towards a possible marker of oxygenic photosynthesis?

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    Bourbin, M.; Derenne, S.; Westall, F.; Gourier, D.; Gautret, P.; Rouzaud, J.-N.; Robert, F.

    2012-04-01

    The datation of photosynthesis apparition remains an open question nowadays: did oxygenic photosynthesis appear just before the Great Oxidation Event (GOE) of the atmosphere, 2.3 to 2.4 Gyr ago, or does it originate much earlier? It is therefore of uttermost interest to find markers of oxygenic photosynthesis, applicable to samples of archean age. In order to handle this problem, Microcoleus Chtonoplastes cyanobacteria and Chloroflexus-like non-oxygenic photosynthetic bacteria, were studied using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, a high sensitivity technique for the study of organic radicals in mature geological samples (coals, cherts, meteorites...). M. chtonoplastes and Chloroflexus-like bacteria were sampled in mats from the hypersaline lake "La Salada de Chiprana" (Spain), an analogue to an Archean environment, and were submitted to accelerated ageing through cumulative thermal treatments. For thermal treatment temperatures higher than 620° C, a drastic increase in the EPR linewidth of the oxygenic photosynthetic bacteria (M. chtonoplastes) occurred, as compared with the anoxygenic photosynthetic one (Chloroflexus-like). The EPR study of a thermally treated mixture of the two bacteria evidences that this linewidth increase is driven by catalytic reaction at high temperatures on an element selectively fixed by M. chtonoplastes. Based on comparative EDS analyses, Mg is a potential candidate for this catalytic activity but its precise role and the nature of the reaction are still to be determined. The EPR study of organic radicals in chert rocks of ages ranging from 0.42 to 3.5 Gyr, from various localities and that underwent various metamorphisms, revealed a dispersion of the signal width for the most mature samples. This comparative approach between modern bacterial samples and Precambrian cherts leads to propose the EPR linewidth of mature organic matter in cherts as a potential marker of oxygenic photosynthesis. If confirmed, this marker

  20. Sorption studies of uranium in sediment-groundwater systems from the natural analogue sites of Needle's Eye and Broubster

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    This report describes the results of sorption experiments designed to provide essential data for migration modelling. Sorption of 233U from natural ground-water onto peat from Broubster and silt from Needle's Eye was studied under atmospheric conditions and different pH regimes. The temperature was maintained at 100C and, in the case of Needle's Eye silt, the kinetics of sorption were followed. The results were analyzed in conjunction with speciation modelling in an attempt to understand the sorption mechanisms and to extrapolate the findings to cover the range of conditions likely to be met in the field. This work is part of the CEC project Mirage - Second phase, research area 'Natural analogues'

  1. Comparative distribution study of C labelled amino acids, glucose-analogue and precursor of nucleic acid, as tumor seeking agents

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    Shiba, Kazuhiro; Mori, Hirofumi; Hisada, Kinichi

    1984-08-01

    As tumor-seeking agents, glucose analogues, natural amino acids, synthetic nonmetabolized amino acids, and precursor of nucleic acids, etc., labeled with positron emitter, such as C and YF have been recently investigated. However, there are very few reports concerning comparative study of tumor uptake and tissue distribution of these agents. This preliminary paper describes comparative distribution and whole-body autoradiography of these agents. UC labeled deoxy-2-fluoro-D-glucose (FDG), L-, DL-leucine, 1-aminocyclopentane carboxylic acid (ACPC), -amino isobutyric acid ( -AIB), and thymidine were intravenously injected through tail vein into separate groups of the experimental animals. As the experimental animals, the mice with Ehrlich tumor and the rats with Hepatoma AH109A were used. Within 30 min after injection, FDG had the highest tumor uptake and tumor to tissue ratios, although FDG was inferior to ACPC and thymidine in related to tumor to heart, lung and brain ratios. However, the time course study indicated that tumor uptake of ACPC, -AIB and D-leucine increased with time, whereas those of other agents decreased with time or reached a plateau. Thus, at 120 min after injection, ACPC had the highest tumor uptake and tumor to tissue ratios, although ACPC was inferior to FDG in related to tumor to blood, liver and pancreas ratios. Autoradiogram of ACPC showed very clear tumor image as well as that of FDG. The above data suggest that synthetic nonmetabolized amino acids, such as ACPC may be promising as tumor-seeking agents, when used with a single photon emission computed tomography, while glucose analogue such as FDG, are the best tumor-seeking agent, when used with a positron emission computed tomography. (author).

  2. Alligator Rivers Analogue project. Hydrogeological field studies. Final Report - Volume 5

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    Davis, S.N. [Univ of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (United States). Dept of Hydrology and Water Resources; Marley, R.D. [D.B. Stephens and Associates Inc., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Norris, J.R. [Hydro Geo Chem Inc., Tucson, Arizona (United States)

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    The hydrogeology of the Koongarra site was interpreted primarily from long-term hydrographs, water-level maps, water injection tests, aquifer pumping tests, logs of boreholes, and chemical analyses of groundwater samples. Data have been collected over a 21-year period starting with test-drilling in 1970. The first intensive period of hydrogeologic investigations was from 1978 through 1981 and was related to anticipated exploitation of uranium ore at Koongarra. The second period was from 1986 through 1991 and was related to the international Alligator Rivers Analogue Project under the direction of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. The conclusion which can be drawn from the chemical data is that water moving out of the No. 1 ore deposit is diluted rapidly with recharge from the surface as it migrates down the hydraulic gradient. Most of the groundwater outside of the ore deposit does not originate from the ore deposit, and flow models which assume unmodified stream tubes extending out of the ore deposit in a downgradient direction do not reflect the true system. Water in the ore deposit itself, must come from slow upward seepage through the fault zone. Owing to the fact that this water must be at least hundreds of years old, observed fluctuations of water levels in the deposit must reflect pressure head variations induced by seasonal recharge to the overlying surficial materials. Water level fluctuations do not signify a yearly displacement of water deep in the system. Water in the deeper part of the ore must be almost static compared to obvious rapid groundwater circulation in the area around PH88. Small changes in pH, temperature and specific electrical conductivity during aquifer tests indicate a complex hydraulic system which has a variable response to pumping as a function of time. Low concentration in tritium and Carbon-14 together with high concentrations of dissolved helium in the groundwaters all suggested strongly that semi static

  3. Alligator Rivers Analogue project. Hydrogeological field studies. Final Report - Volume 5

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    The hydrogeology of the Koongarra site was interpreted primarily from long-term hydrographs, water-level maps, water injection tests, aquifer pumping tests, logs of boreholes, and chemical analyses of groundwater samples. Data have been collected over a 21-year period starting with test-drilling in 1970. The first intensive period of hydrogeologic investigations was from 1978 through 1981 and was related to anticipated exploitation of uranium ore at Koongarra. The second period was from 1986 through 1991 and was related to the international Alligator Rivers Analogue Project under the direction of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. The conclusion which can be drawn from the chemical data is that water moving out of the No. 1 ore deposit is diluted rapidly with recharge from the surface as it migrates down the hydraulic gradient. Most of the groundwater outside of the ore deposit does not originate from the ore deposit, and flow models which assume unmodified stream tubes extending out of the ore deposit in a downgradient direction do not reflect the true system. Water in the ore deposit itself, must come from slow upward seepage through the fault zone. Owing to the fact that this water must be at least hundreds of years old, observed fluctuations of water levels in the deposit must reflect pressure head variations induced by seasonal recharge to the overlying surficial materials. Water level fluctuations do not signify a yearly displacement of water deep in the system. Water in the deeper part of the ore must be almost static compared to obvious rapid groundwater circulation in the area around PH88. Small changes in pH, temperature and specific electrical conductivity during aquifer tests indicate a complex hydraulic system which has a variable response to pumping as a function of time. Low concentration in tritium and Carbon-14 together with high concentrations of dissolved helium in the groundwaters all suggested strongly that semi static

  4. Ferromagnetic resonance studies of lunar core stratigraphy

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    Housley, R. M.; Cirlin, E. H.; Goldberg, I. B.; Crowe, H.

    1976-01-01

    We first review the evidence which links the characteristic ferromagnetic resonance observed in lunar fines samples with agglutinatic glass produced primarily by micrometeorite impacts and present new results on Apollo 15, 16, and 17 breccias which support this link by showing that only regolith breccias contribute significantly to the characteristic FMR intensity. We then provide a calibration of the amount of Fe metal in the form of uniformly magnetized spheres required to give our observed FMR intensities and discuss the theoretical magnetic behavior to be expected of Fe spheres as a function of size. Finally, we present FMR results on samples from every 5 mm interval in the core segments 60003, 60009, and 70009. These results lead us to suggest: (1) that secondary mixing may generally be extensive during regolith deposition so that buried regolith surfaces are hard to recognize or define; and (2) that local grinding of rocks and pebbles during deposition may lead to short scale fluctuations in grain size, composition, and apparent exposure age of samples.

  5. Interaction of magnetic resonators studied by the magnetic field enhancement

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    Yumin Hou

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available It is the first time that the magnetic field enhancement (MFE is used to study the interaction of magnetic resonators (MRs, which is more sensitive than previous parameters–shift and damping of resonance frequency. To avoid the coherence of lattice and the effect of Bloch wave, the interaction is simulated between two MRs with same primary phase when the distance is changed in the range of several resonance wavelengths, which is also compared with periodic structure. The calculated MFE oscillating and decaying with distance with the period equal to resonance wavelength directly shows the retardation effect. Simulation also shows that the interaction at normal incidence is sensitive to the phase correlation which is related with retardation effect and is ultra-long-distance interaction when the two MRs are strongly localized. When the distance is very short, the amplitude of magnetic resonance is oppressed by the strong interaction and thus the MFE can be much lower than that of single MR. This study provides the design rules of metamaterials for engineering resonant properties of MRs.

  6. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Studies of Postpartum Depression: An Overview

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    Marco Fiorelli

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Postpartum depression is a frequent and disabling condition whose pathophysiology is still unclear. In recent years, the study of the neural correlates of mental disorders has been increasingly approached using magnetic resonance techniques. In this review we synthesize the results from studies on postpartum depression in the context of structural, functional, and spectroscopic magnetic resonance studies of major depression as a whole. Compared to the relative wealth of data available for major depression, magnetic resonance studies of postpartum depression are limited in number and design. A systematic literature search yielded only eleven studies conducted on about one hundred mothers with postpartum depression overall. Brain magnetic resonance findings in postpartum depression appear to replicate those obtained in major depression, with minor deviations that are not sufficient to delineate a distinct neurobiological profile for this condition, due to the small samples used and the lack of direct comparisons with subjects with major depression. However, it seems reasonable to expect that studies conducted in larger populations, and using a larger variety of brain magnetic resonance techniques than has been done so far, might allow for the identification of neuroimaging signatures for postpartum depression.

  7. Microscopic studies on two-phonon giant resonances

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    A new class of giant resonances in nuclei, namely double giant resonances, is discussed. They are giant resonances built on top of other giant resonances. Investigation on their properties, together with similar studies on low-lying two-phonon states, should give an answer on how far the harmonic picture of boson-type excitations holds in the finite fermion systems like atomic nuclei. The main attention in this review is paid to double giant dipole resonances (DGDR) which are observed in relativistic heavy ion collisions with very large cross sections. A great experimental and theoretical effort is underway to understand the reaction mechanism which leads to the excitation of these states in nuclei, as well as the better microscopic understanding of their properties. The Coulomb mechanism of the excitation of single and double giant resonances in heavy ion collision at different projectile energies is discussed in details. A contribution of the nuclear excitation to the total cross section of the reaction is also considered. The Coulomb excitation of double resonances is described within both, the second-order perturbation theory approach and in coupled-channels calculation. The properties of single and double resonances are considered within the phenomenologic harmonic vibrator model and microscopic quasiparticle-RPA approach. For the last we use the quasiparticle-phonon model (QPM) the basic ideas and formalism of which are presented. The QPM predictions of the DGDR properties (energy centroids, widths, strength distributions, anharmonicities and excitation cross sections) are compared to predictions of harmonic vibrator model, results of other microscopic calculations and experimental data available. (orig.)

  8. Analogue MIMO Detection

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available In this contribution we propose an analogue receiver that can perform turbo detection in MIMO systems. We present the case for a receiver that is built from nonlinear analogue devices, which perform detection in a "free-flow" network (no notion of iterations. This contribution can be viewed as an extension of analogue turbo decoder concepts to include MIMO detection. These first analogue implementations report reductions of few orders of magnitude in the number of required transistors and in consumed energy, and the same order of improvement in processing speed. It is anticipated that such analogue MIMO decoder could bring about the same advantages, when compared to traditional digital implementations.

  9. Anesthesia and critical-care delivery in weightlessness: A challenge for research in parabolic flight analogue space surgery studies

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    Ball, Chad G.; Keaney, Marilyn A.; Chun, Rosaleen; Groleau, Michelle; Tyssen, Michelle; Keyte, Jennifer; Broderick, Timothy J.; Kirkpatrick, Andrew W.

    2010-03-01

    BackgroundMultiple nations are actively pursuing manned exploration of space beyond low-earth orbit. The responsibility to improve surgical care for spaceflight is substantial. Although the use of parabolic flight as a terrestrial analogue to study surgery in weightlessness (0 g) is well described, minimal data is available to guide the appropriate delivery of anesthesia. After studying anesthetized pigs in a 0 g parabolic flight environment, our group developed a comprehensive protocol describing prolonged anesthesia in a parabolic flight analogue space surgery study (PFASSS). Novel challenges included a physically remote vivarium, prolonged (>10 h) anesthetic requirements, and the provision of veterinary operating room/intensive care unit (ICU) equivalency on-board an aircraft with physical dimensions of medication, and induction protocols on Yorkshire-cross specific pathogen-free (SPF) pigs. Several constant rate infusion (CRI) intravenous anesthetic combinations were tested. In each regimen, opioids were administered to ensure analgesia. Ventilation was supported mechanically with blended gradients of oxygen. The best performing terrestrial 1 g regime was flight tested in parabolic flight for its effectiveness in sustaining optimal and prolonged anesthesia, analgesia, and maintaining hemodynamic stability. Each flight day, a fully anesthetized, ventilated, and surgically instrumented pig was transported to the Flight Research Laboratory (FRL) in a temperature-controlled animal ambulance. A modular on-board surgical/ICU suite with appropriate anesthesia/ICU and surgical support capabilities was employed. ResultsThe mean duration of anesthesia (per flight day) was 10.28 h over four consecutive days. A barbiturate and ketamine-based CRI anesthetic regimen supplemented with narcotic analgesia by bolus administration offered the greatest prolonged hemodynamic stability through an IV route (within multiple transport vehicles and differing gravitational environments

  10. Archaeological analogues and corrosion

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    One solution retained for the management of high-level and long living radioactive wastes is the disposal in deep underground. Among the studies carried out by the Andra for the evaluation this solution, one concerns the research on metals corrosion for the development of reliable containers. Laboratory corrosion tests are in progress and are compared to the corrosion state of archaeological metal specimens of several hundred years old. Gallic or Mesopotamian remnants are some of these archaeological analogues which are analyzed using the most advanced techniques of materials science. (J.S.)

  11. Nuclear quadrupole resonance studies of the SORC sequence and nuclear magnetic resonance studies of polymers

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    The behavior of induction signals during steady-state pulse irradiation in 14N NQR was investigated experimentally. Because Strong Off-resonance Comb (SORC) signals recur as long as the pulsing continues, very efficient signal-averaging can result. The dependence of these steady-state SORC signals on pulse parameters and on frequency offset are presented, together with a discussion of the applicability of the method. Also as part of the NQR work, cocaine base has been detected using conventional NQR techniques. The experimental results show that SORC detection can be of sufficient sensitivity to form the basis of narcotics screening devices for both mail and airline baggage. A new NMR technique, to obtain the correlation time of the random thermal motion of a polymer at temperatures near the glass transition has been introduced. The temperature dependence is a result of thermal motion. For slow-motion of a polymer chain near the glass transition, the CSA parameter begins to decrease. This motional narrowing can be interpreted to yield the correlation time of the thermal motion. In this work nitrocellulose isotopically highly enriched with 15N was studied at four different temperatures between 27 degrees and 120 degrees Celsius and the correlation times for polymer backbone motions were obtained. Naflon films containing water (D2O and H217O) and methanol (CH3OD, CH317OH), have been studied using deuteron and oxygen-17 NMR spectroscopy. Glassy behavior of the water domains at low temperature is evidenced by the specific nature of the 2H NMR lineshapes. Activation energies extracted from 2H spin-lattice relaxation data on the high temperature side of the T1 minimum exhibit a steady increase with increasing water content. In spite of a high degree of molecular mobility, angular-dependent spectra of both unstretched and stretched samples reflect considerable anisotrophy of the host polymer

  12. Utility of the Neurobehavioral Symptom Inventory Validity-10 index to detect symptom exaggeration: An analogue simulation study.

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    Sullivan, Karen A; Lange, Rael T; Edmed, Shannon L

    2016-01-01

    The Neurobehavioral Symptom Inventory (NSI) has been recommended by the interagency Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Outcome Workgroup as an outcome measure for TBI research. A new symptom exaggeration index-the NSI Validity-10-can be calculated from its items, but its utility has not been evaluated in a malingering simulation study. Data from a prior analogue study were reanalyzed to examine the NSI Validity-10 test properties. The data were from a sample of 85 Australian undergraduate students. A battery of measures was completed under 1 of 3 experimental conditions: control (i.e., honest responding, n = 24), feign postconcussional disorder (PCD; n = 29), and feign posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD; n = 32). Participants who feigned PTSD or PCD had significantly higher scores on the NSI Validity-10 compared with controls. There were minimal differences between the 2 feigning groups. Using the combined data from the feigning groups and assuming a 35% symptom exaggeration base rate, the optimal NSI Validity-10 cutoff score was ≥10. This cutoff score identified "probable exaggeration" (sensitivity = .75, specificity = 1.0, positive predictive power = 1.0, negative predictive power = .88). Diagnostic efficiency statistics for 25% and 45% base rates were also generated. The cutoff score identified in this study is lower than previously reported. Its properties are promising, but its usage requires careful consideration. PMID:26943718

  13. Studies of magnetic resonance in anemia of hematies falciformes

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    Magnetic Resonance applications to the study of Sickle Cell Disease are analyzed using classical procedures and Unilateral Magnetic Resonance. Hemoglobin and whole blood samples were obtained from healthy individual and patients with Sickle Cell Anemia to be used as samples. Classical pulse sequence as spin echo and inversion recovery were used in the experimental studies, the STEPR method was used for EPR spectrometric determinations. The results show the possibility of NMR methods to follow the molecular process causing the disease and allows to present quantitative procedures to estimate the clinical state of the patients and the results of clinical options. We present the Unilateral Magnetic Resonance as a new method to study Sickle Cell disease considering its portability and new possibilities as new image method

  14. Basic investigation and analysis for preferred host rocks and natural analogue study area with reference to high level radioactive waste disposal

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    Seo, Jeong Ryul; Park, J. K.; Hwang, D. H.; Lee, J. H.; Yun, H. S.; Kim, D. Y.; Park, H. S.; Koo, S. B.; Cho, J. D.; Kim, K. E. [Korea Inst. of Geology, Mining and Materials, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

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    The purpose of this study is basic investigation and analysis for preferred host rocks and natural analogue study area to develope underground disposal technique of high level radioactive waste in future. The study has been done for the crystalline rocks(especially granitic rocks) with emphasis of abandoned metallic mines and uranium ore deposits, and for the geological structure study by using gravity and aeromagnetic data. 138 refs., 54 tabs., 130 figs. (author)

  15. Long term alteration of glass/iron systems in anoxic conditions: contribution of archaeological analogues to the study of mechanisms

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    The knowledge of glass alteration mechanisms arouses a great interest over the last decades, particularly in the nuclear field, since vitrification is used to stabilize high-level radioactive wastes in many countries. In the French concept, these nuclear glasses would be stored in geological repositories. This multi-barrier system (glass matrix, stainless steel container, low carbon steel over-container, geological barrier) must ensure the durable confinement of radionuclides. But laboratory experiments do not permit to predict directly the behaviour of these materials over typically a million-year timescale and the extrapolation of short-term laboratory data to long time periods remains problematic. Part of the validation of the predictive models relies on natural and archaeological analogues. Here, the analogues considered are vitreous slags produced as wastes by a blast furnace working during the 16. century in the iron making site of Glinet (Normandy, France). The choice of these specific artefacts is due to the presence of particular interface between corrosion products and glass matrix inside the blocks. Thus, they can help us to understand the influence of iron corrosion products from the steel containers on the glass alteration mechanisms and kinetics. A first part of this work concerns the characterization of the archaeological artefacts especially the interfacial area between glass and corrosion products inside cracks using micro and nano-beam techniques ( Raman spectroscopy, FEG-SEM, TEM, STXM...). This study has enabled to suggest an alteration process with different geochemical steps that leads to alteration profile observed. One of these steps is the precipitation of an iron silicate phase. In a second time, leaching experiments were set up on a synthetic glass of similar composition than the archaeological one to understand the first stages of alteration with and without iron. Two phenomena can be observed: silicon sorption and precipitation of iron

  16. Studies of giant multipole resonances with intermediate energy heavy ions

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    Beene, J.R.

    1989-01-01

    The role of intermediate energy heavy ions in the study of giant multipole resonances is explored, with emphasis on gamma decay coincidence experiments. Experiments on /sup 208/Pb bombarded by 22 MeV/nucleon and 84 MeV/nucleon /sup 17/O are discussed and compared. The role of Coulomb excitation in the 84 MeV/nucleon data is emphasized and some consequences for study of isovector resonance strength are explored. A comparison of the excitation and decay of the isovector giant dipole resonance in /sup 208/Pb and /sup 209/Bi excited with 84 MeV/nucleon /sup 17/O scattering is presented. 19 refs., 15 figs., 1 tab.

  17. Studying the $\\rho$ resonance parameters with staggered fermions

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    Fu, Ziwen

    2016-01-01

    We deliver a lattice study of $\\rho$ resonance parameters with p-wave $\\pi\\pi$ scattering phases, which are extracted by finite-size methods at one center-of-mass frame and four moving frames for six MILC lattice ensembles with pion masses ranging from $346$ to $ 176$ MeV. The effective range formula is applied to describe the scattering phases as a function of the energy covering the resonance region, this allows us to extract $\\rho$ resonance parameters and to investigate the quark-mass dependence. Lattice studies with three flavors of the Asqtad-improved staggered fermions enable us to use the moving-wall source technique on large lattice spatial dimensions ($L=64$) and small light $u/d$ quarks. Numerical computations are carried out at two lattice spacings, $a \\approx 0.12$ and $0.09$ fm.

  18. Preliminary studies of 99mTc-BnAO and its analogues: synthesis, radiolabeling and in vitro cell uptake

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    Introduction: 99mTc-BnAO is one of the nonnitroimidazole hypoxia markers with the highest citation and could be potentially useful in both oncology and other clinical applications. However, it appears inferior in vitro due to lower absolute accumulation and smaller anoxic/normoxic uptake ratio. It is possible that the analogues of 99mTc-BnAO have higher hypoxia selectivity after the ligand of 99mTc-BnAO is modified. Methods: 2,2'-(1,4-Diaminobutane)bis(2-methyl-3-butanone) dioxime (BnAO or HL91) and three novel analogues were synthesized and radiolabeled with technetium-99m. The cellular uptake of the radiolabeled complexes was determined in murine sarcoma S180 cell lines under anoxic and normoxic conditions. Results: 99mTc-BnAO and its three novel analogues continuously accumulated in anoxic cells but not in normoxic ones, while the analogues showed earlier hypoxia selectivity and greater anoxic/normoxic differential. Conclusions: The analogues are superior to 99mTc-BnAO in terms of in vitro hypoxia selectivity and are viable candidates for further development as new nonnitroimidazole hypoxia markers in the future.

  19. Geothermal energy from the Pannonian Basins System: An outcrop analogue study of exploration target horizons in Hungary

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    Götz, Annette E.; Sass, Ingo; Török, Ákos

    2015-04-01

    The characterization of geothermal reservoirs of deep sedimentary basins is supported by outcrop analogue studies since reservoir characteristics are strongly related to the sedimentary facies and thus influence the basic direction of geothermal field development and applied technology (Sass & Götz, 2012). Petro- and thermophysical rock properties are key parameters in geothermal reservoir characterization and the data gained from outcrop samples serve to understand the reservoir system. New data from the Meso- and Cenozoic sedimentary rocks of Budapest include carbonates and siliciclastics of Triassic, Eocene, Oligocene and Miocene age, exposed on the western side of the river Danube in the Buda Hills (Götz et al., 2014). Field and laboratory analyses revealed distinct horizons of different geothermal potential and thus, enable to identify and interpret corresponding exploration target horizons in geothermal prone depths in the Budapest region as well as in the Hungarian sub-basins of the Pannonian Basins System (Zala and Danube basins, Great Plain) exhibiting geothermal anomalies. References Götz, A.E., Török, Á., Sass, I., 2014. Geothermal reservoir characteristics of Meso- and Cenozoic sedimentary rocks of Budapest (Hungary). German Journal of Geosciences, 165, 487-493. Sass, I., Götz, A.E., 2012. Geothermal reservoir characterization: a thermofacies concept. Terra Nova, 24, 142-147.

  20. Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance Studies of the Sorc Sequence and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies of Polymers.

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    Jayakody, Jayakody R. Pemadasa

    1993-01-01

    The behavior of induction signals during steady -state pulse irradiation in ^{14} N NQR was investigated experimentally. Because Strong Off-resonance Comb (SORC) signals recur as long as the pulsing continues, very efficient signal-averaging can result. The dependence of these steady-state SORC signals on pulse parameters and on frequency offset are presented, together with a discussion of the applicability of the method. Also as part of the NQR work, Cocaine base has been detected using conventional NQR techniques. The experimental results show that SORC detection can be of sufficient sensitivity to form the basis of narcotics screening devices for both mail and airline baggage. A new NMR technique, to obtain the correlation time of the random thermal motion of a polymer at temperatures near the glass transition has been introduced. The temperature dependence is a result of thermal motion. For slow-motion of a polymer chain near the glass transition, the CSA parameter begins to decrease. This motional narrowing can be interpreted to yield the correlation time of the thermal motion. In this work Nitrocellulose isotopically highly enriched with ^{15}N was studied at four different temperatures between 27^ circ and 120^circ Celsius and the correlation times for polymer backbone motions were obtained. Nafion films containing, water (D_2 O and H_2^{17}O) and methanol (CH_3OD, CH _3^{17}OH), have been studied using Deuteron and Oxygen-17 NMR spectroscopy. Glassy behavior of the water domains at low temperature is evidenced by the specific nature of the ^2H NMR lineshapes. Activation energies extracted from ^2H spin-lattice relaxation data on the high temperature side of the T_1 minimum exhibit a steady increase with increasing water content. In spite of a high degree of molecular mobility, angular-dependent spectra of both unstretched and stretched samples reflect considerable anisotropy of the host polymer. Activation volumes corresponding to a specific dynamical

  1. Studies on inclusive meson resonance and particle production

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    Production and decay of meson resonances are studied in medium energy meson-proton collisions. Strong evidence is found that hadronic collisions are dominated by resonance production. Especially the vector mesons have often large inclusive cross sections, typically of the order of few millibarns at the present energies. In all, a majority of pions and kaons appear to be decay products of resonances or other unstable particles. The detailed kinematics of the parent resonance's decays is found to play an important role in determining inclusive pion spectra. The squared transverse momentum distributions of hadrons heavier than the pion appear to have in common an exponential behaviour, with a universal slope for the esponential fall-off. The observed vector meson yields suggest that only a small fraction of the direct lepton production observed at large transverse momentum in nucleon-nucleon interactions is accounted for by the ''old'' vector mesons. An attempt has been made to separate out the central production and fragmentation components of the meson production. Both the central production and the fragmentation of the incoming meson are found to be important mechanisms in the non-strange meson production whereas the central production of strange meson resonances is rare at our energies. The ratios of the observed meson yields are found to be generally in good agreement with a simple quark-counting model. (author)

  2. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging for the study of fossils.

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    Giovannetti, Giulio; Guerrini, Andrea; Salvadori, Piero A

    2016-07-01

    Computed tomography (CT) has long been used for investigating palaeontological specimens, as it is a nondestructive technique which avoids the need to dissolve or ionize the fossil sample. However, magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have recently gained ground as analytical tools for examination of palaeontological samples, by nondestructively providing information about the structure and composition of fossils. While MRI techniques are able to reveal the three-dimensional geometry of the trace fossil, MRS can provide information on the chemical composition of the samples. The multidimensional nature of MR (magnetic resonance) signals has potential to provide rich three-dimensional data on the palaeontological specimens and also to help in elucidating paleopathological and paleoecological questions. In this work the verified applications and the emerging uses of MRI and MRS in paleontology are reviewed, with particular attention to fossil spores, fossil plants, ambers, fossil invertebrates, and fossil vertebrate studies. PMID:26979538

  3. Isatin Derived Spirocyclic Analogues with α-Methylene-γ-butyrolactone as Anticancer Agents: A Structure-Activity Relationship Study.

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    Rana, Sandeep; Blowers, Elizabeth C; Tebbe, Calvin; Contreras, Jacob I; Radhakrishnan, Prakash; Kizhake, Smitha; Zhou, Tian; Rajule, Rajkumar N; Arnst, Jamie L; Munkarah, Adnan R; Rattan, Ramandeep; Natarajan, Amarnath

    2016-05-26

    Design, synthesis, and evaluation of α-methylene-γ-butyrolactone analogues and their evaluation as anticancer agents is described. SAR identified a spirocyclic analogue 19 that inhibited TNFα-induced NF-κB activity, cancer cell growth and tumor growth in an ovarian cancer model. A second iteration of synthesis and screening identified 29 which inhibited cancer cell growth with low-μM potency. Our data suggest that an isatin-derived spirocyclic α-methylene-γ-butyrolactone is a suitable core for optimization to identify novel anticancer agents. PMID:27077228

  4. Comparison of GLP-1 analogues versus sitagliptin in the management of type 2 diabetes: systematic review and meta-analysis of head-to-head studies.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Incretin-based therapies which include glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1 receptor agonists and dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4 inhibitors are recommended by several practice guidelines as second-line agents for add-on therapy to metformin in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM who do not achieve glycemic control with metformin plus lifestyle interventions alone. The purpose of this study is to perform a systematic review with meta-analysis of existing head to head studies to compare the efficacy and safety of GLP-1 analogues with DPP-4 inhibitors. METHODS: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of head-to-head studies to compare GLP-1 analogues with DPP-4 inhibitors in the management of type 2 diabetes. A random effects model was selected to perform the meta-analyses, results were expressed as weighted mean differences for continuous outcomes and relative risks for dichotomous outcomes, both with 95% confidence intervals, and with I2 values and P values as markers of heterogeneity. RESULTS: Four head-to-head randomized controlled studies with 1755 patients were included. Compared to sitagliptin, GLP-1 analogues are more effective in reducing HbA1C (weight mean difference -0.41%, 95% CI -0.51 to -0.31 and body weight (weight mean difference -1.55 kg, 95% CI -1.98 to -1.12. Conversely, GLP-1 analogues are associated with a higher incidence of gastrointestinal adverse events compared to sitagliptin: nausea (relative risk 3.14, 95% CI 2.15 to 4.59, vomiting (relative risk 2.60, 95% CI 1.48 to 4.56, diarrhea (relative risk 1.82, 95% CI 1.24 to 2.69, and constipation (relative risk 2.50, 95% CI 1.33 to 4.70. CONCLUSIONS: The result of this meta-analysis demonstrates that compared to sitagliptin, GLP-1 analogues are more effective for glycemic control and weight loss, but have similar efficacy in reducing blood pressure and lipid parameters, however, GLP-1 analogues are associated with a higher incidence of gastrointestinal adverse

  5. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance guided electrophysiology studies

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    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Catheter ablation is a first line treatment for many cardiac arrhythmias and is generally performed under x-ray fluoroscopy guidance. However, current techniques for ablating complex arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia are associated with suboptimal success rates and prolonged radiation exposure. Pre-procedure 3D CMR has improved understanding of the anatomic basis of complex arrhythmias and is being used for planning and guidance of ablation procedures. A particular strength of CMR compared to other imaging modalities is the ability to visualize ablation lesions. Post-procedure CMR is now being applied to assess ablation lesion location and permanence with the goal of indentifying factors leading to procedure success and failure. In the future, intra-procedure real-time CMR, together with the ability to image complex 3-D arrhythmogenic anatomy and target additional ablation to regions of incomplete lesion formation, may allow for more successful treatment of even complex arrhythmias without exposure to ionizing radiation. Development of clinical grade CMR compatible electrophysiology devices is required to transition intra-procedure CMR from pre-clinical studies to more routine use in patients.

  6. Medical Diagnostic Consultation concerning Mental Retardation: An Analogue Study of School Psychologists' Attitudes

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    Wodrich, David L.; Tarbox, Jennifer; Balles, John; Gorin, Joanna

    2010-01-01

    Recent research of relevance to school psychologists suggests that the cause, or etiology, of mental retardation can be established by medical diagnosticians in approximately one-half of cases. In the current study, 109 practicing school psychologists considered a hypothetical case of an elementary student with mental retardation and indicated…

  7. Alligator Rivers analogue project

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    Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization has extensively evaluated uranium ore bodies in the Alligator Rivers Uranium Province in Australia as analogues of radioactive waste repositories. The work was extended for a three-year program as an international project based on the Koongarra uranium deposit and sponsored by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. The technical program comprises six major sub-projects involving modelling and experimental work: modelling of radionuclide migration; hydrogeology of the Koongarra uranium deposit; uranium/thorium series disequilibria studies; groundwater and colloid studies; fission product studies; transuranic nuclide studies; an outline of the technical programs and a summary of progress in the technical sub-projects is given. This is followed by a series of technical reports which briefly describe current research tasks, and which have been separately indexed

  8. Study of giant multipole resonances in 40Ca

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    In the present thesis giant resonance states in 40Ca were studied by scattering of 104 MeV a particles on 40Ca and by the reactions 39K(p vector,p')39K and 39K(p,α) 36Ar. The scattered α-particles were measured at extreme forward angles (THETAsub(L) = 40-160C), because at forward angles the cross sections for the excitation of states with spin 0 and 1 strongly differ from those with higher spin. The aim of this experiment was first of all the study of the giant resonance region in 40Ca on the contribution to 0+ or 1- states. Beside the known electric giant quadrupole resonances at Esub(x) approx. equal to 18.5 MeV (25% EWSR) contributions of EO-strength at Esub(x) approx. equal to 21 MeV (6% EWSR) and indications to a (isoscalar) E1-strength at Esub(x) approx. equal to 14 MeV and Esub(x) approx. equal to 16 MeV were found. At the reactions 39K(p vector,p')39K and 39K(p,α)36Ar in the channels (p,p0),(p,p4), (p,αsub(o)), and (p,α1) at incident energies at about 10 MeV (Esub(x)(40Ca) approx. equal to 18 MeV) resonant structures were observed. A scattering phase analysis performed for the elastic proton scattering didn't however yield quantitative results about the resonance parameter. An expansion of the cross sections by Legendre polynomials for the remaining reaction channel didn't allow a conclusion about the dominance of a certain L-value. The only indication to the connection of the observed resonant structures with the giant quadrupole resonance in 40Ca is therefore the energetic position at about Esub(x) approx. equal to 18 MeV. Altogether the observed structures however were not very pronounced, so it can be concluded, that the excitation of the giant quadrupole resonance in 40Ca by protons via the ground state of 39K occurs not very strongly. (orig./HSI)

  9. Natural analogue study on backfill materials from ancient Chinese constructions for LILW disposal. Appendix 5: China (b)

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    Full text: The objective of this work was to contribute to the demonstration of the long term safety of low-and-intermediate level radioactive waste (LILW) disposal using information from a natural analogue study on ancient Chinese constructions. The work firstly compared LILW near surface disposal facilities with Chinese ancient tombs in respects of siting, engineering structures, design and construction procedures and indicates that they are both based upon multi-barrier principle. After extensive literature and field survey, three materials were collected from two Chinese ancient tombs and one ancient architectures for further laboratory study. The three materials were studied in laboratories from the point of view of radioactive waste disposal in near surface facilities to obtain information concerning their basic physical and chemical properties, engineering properties and radionuclide adsorption abilities. The results show that the two materials from the ancient tombs have low permeability and strong adsorption for 60Co and 134Cs. The saturated permeabilities of the two ancient materials are in the order of 10-10 m/s and the distribution coefficients for the two radionuclides are all in the order of 101 m3/kg. The conclusion was that the then current LILW disposal option in near-surface would be effective for a long term period of time, and clay materials, as backfill materials for LILW near-surface disposal facilities would very effective in preventing water intrusion and retarding radionuclide release even over a long term of period. Overall the LILW disposal option was considered to be safe in long term. (author)

  10. Uranium mineral - groundwater equilibration at the Palmottu natural analogue study site, Finland

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    The redox-potential, pH, chemical composition of fracture waters, and uraninite alteration associated with the Palmottu uranium mineralization, have been studied. The data have been interpreted by means of thermodynamic calculations. The results indicate equilibrium between uraninite, ferric hydroxide and groundwater in the bedrock of the study site. Partially oxidized uraninite (UO2.33) and ferric hydroxide are in equilibrium with the fresh, slightly acidic and oxidized water type, while primary uraninite is stable with deeper waters that have a higher pH and lower Eh. Measured Eh-pH values of groundwater cluster within a relatively narrow range indicating buffering by heterogeneous redox-processes. A good consistency between measured Eh and analyzed uranium oxidation states was observed

  11. A Functionalized Sphingolipid Analogue for Studying Redistribution during Activation in Living T Cells.

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    Collenburg, Lena; Walter, Tim; Burgert, Anne; Müller, Nora; Seibel, Jürgen; Japtok, Lukasz; Kleuser, Burkhard; Sauer, Markus; Schneider-Schaulies, Sibylle

    2016-05-01

    Sphingolipids are major components of the plasma membrane. In particular, ceramide serves as an essential building hub for complex sphingolipids, but also as an organizer of membrane domains segregating receptors and signalosomes. Sphingomyelin breakdown as a result of sphingomyelinase activation after ligation of a variety of receptors is the predominant source of ceramides released at the plasma membrane. This especially applies to T lymphocytes where formation of ceramide-enriched membrane microdomains modulates TCR signaling. Because ceramide release and redistribution occur very rapidly in response to receptor ligation, novel tools to further study these processes in living T cells are urgently needed. To meet this demand, we synthesized nontoxic, azido-functionalized ceramides allowing for bio-orthogonal click-reactions to fluorescently label incorporated ceramides, and thus investigate formation of ceramide-enriched domains. Azido-functionalized C6-ceramides were incorporated into and localized within plasma membrane microdomains and proximal vesicles in T cells. They segregated into clusters after TCR, and especially CD28 ligation, indicating efficient sorting into plasma membrane domains associated with T cell activation; this was abolished upon sphingomyelinase inhibition. Importantly, T cell activation was not abrogated upon incorporation of the compound, which was efficiently excluded from the immune synapse center as has previously been seen in Ab-based studies using fixed cells. Therefore, the functionalized ceramides are novel, highly potent tools to study the subcellular redistribution of ceramides in the course of T cell activation. Moreover, they will certainly also be generally applicable to studies addressing rapid stimulation-mediated ceramide release in living cells. PMID:27036914

  12. Astrobiology in the Field: Studying Mars by Analogue Expeditions on Earth

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    Conrad, Pamela G.

    2011-01-01

    We will present a strategy for how one prepares to engage in fieldwork on another planets by practicing in analogous environments on the Earth, including at Mono Lake. As an example, we will address the problem of how to study the habitability of an environment when you have no idea what kind of life might be there to exploit it. This will all be related to the upcoming launch of the Mars Science Laboratory to Mars in late November this year.

  13. Labeling and imaging study of fatty acid analogue 18F-FHTA on domestic synthesis module

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    18F-6-thia-14-fluoroheptadecanoic acid (18F-FTHA), a free fatty acid, has been used in myocardial PET imaging. In order to establish an automated synthesis module for routine production, a study was performed on domestic synthesis module. Methods: 18F- FTHA was prepared from Benzyl-14-tosyloxy-6-thia-heptadecanoate as precursor. Biodistribution studies in the NH rats and Micro-PET/CT imaging studies in the SD rat were performed. The results showed that total synthesis time was about 50 minutes and the uncorrected synthesis yield was 10.6%, radiochemical purity was higher than 99%, the product had good stability at room temperature. Biodistribution data in rats showed the uptake of heart was 19.04 ID%/g at 60 minutes, heart-to-liver ratios at 60 and 90 min were 6.4 and 3.2, respectively. Micro-PET/CT imaging of the SD rat showed intense cardiac uptake. Conclusions: Using this procedure a fast, reliable. automated synthesis for the myocardial PET tracer, 18F-FTHA, can be obtained. (authors)

  14. Outcrop Analogue Studies in Geothermal Exploration - Characterization of fault zones in Triassic Muschelkalk limestones of the Upper Rhine Graben

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    Meier, S.; Bauer, J. F.; Philipp, S. L.

    2013-12-01

    The characterization of fault zones is of particular importance in geothermal reservoirs since there may be great effects on fluid flow. Fault zones generally consist of two major hydromechanical units: the fault core and the damage zone, surrounded by the host rock. To improve predictions of fracture system parameters for each unit and resulting estimations of reservoir permeabilities at depths we perform outcrop analogue studies. We analyze Middle Triassic Muschelkalk limestones that form one geothermal reservoir formation in the Upper Rhine Graben (southwest Germany) in quarries on its eastern graben shoulder. We measure the orientations and displacements of various fault zones and characterize the fracture systems within the fault zone units and in the host rock. Our studies show that damage zones are well developed even in smaller fault zones. Their fault cores, however, are narrow compared with that of fault zones with large displacements and comprise brecciated material, clay smear, host rock lenses or zones of mineralization. Based on the field data we use analytical models to estimate the permeabilities of the analyzed fracture systems. Results show increased fracture frequencies in the fault zone damage zones and larger fracture apertures parallel or subparallel to fault zone strike that lead to enhanced permeability compared with other orientations. Mineralized fractures accumulated in this direction in the 'Nussloch'-quarry indicate that these fractures were pathways for fault zone parallel fluid flow in the past. This shows that open fractures with orientations parallel to fault zones may be pathways for fault zone parallel fluid flow in geothermal reservoirs. By contrast, well-developed fault cores may be potential barriers for fluid flow in inactive fault zones. To build numerical models to analyze local stress fields and effects on fracture propagation for different fault zone types and geometries information on rock mechanical properties is

  15. DNA interactions and cytotoxic studies of cis-platin analogues of substituted 2,2'-bipyridines

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    Patel, Mohan N.; Parmar, Pradhuman A.; Gandhi, Deepen S.; Patidar, Anshul P.

    2012-11-01

    Platinum(II) complexes [Pt(4″-fpbpy)Cl2] (1), [Pt(4″-mepbpy)Cl2] (2), [Pt(4″-mpbpy)Cl2] (3) and [Pt(4″-bopbpy)Cl2] (4) {where 4″-fpbpy = 4-(4″-fluorophenyl)-6-phenyl-2,2'-bipyridine, 4″-mepbpy = 4-(4″-methylphenyl)-6-phenyl-2,2'-bipyridine, 4″-mpbpy = 4-(4″-methoxyphenyl)-6-phenyl-2,2'-bipyridine, 4″-bopbpy = 4-(4″-benzyloxyphenyl)-6-phenyl-2,2'-bipyridine} have been synthesized and characterized. The binding strength and binding mode of the complexes with HS DNA (Herring Sperm) have been investigated by absorption titration and viscosity measurement studies. The results have been revealed that the complexes bind to DNA by covalent mode with intrinsic binding constant Kb ranging from 6.05 × 104 M-1 to 3.48 × 105 M-1. The unwinding angle of pUC19 DNA has been evaluated by gel electrophoresis assay. The brine shrimp bioassay has been performed to study the in vitro cytotoxic properties of the synthesized metal complexes.

  16. Analogue studies in the Alligator Rivers Region of Australia. Contribution to the scientific basis for the performance assessment of proposed repository sites

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    The Analogue Studies in the Alligator Rivers Region (ASARR) project is coordinated by the OECD/NEA and involves ANSTO, JAERI, KAERI and the USNRC. Its aim is to contribute to the performance assessment of nuclear waste disposal sites through the building of confidence in predictive transport codes. The project is principally concerned with validating models of sub-surface retardation processes which underpin the codes. This paper will describe recent progress in extending sorption studies from reference minerals to natural materials. The first step in the laboratory program was to investigate uranium uptake on binary systems comprising ferrihydrite and kaolinite. Secondly, the significance of small levels of active minerals such as anatase in a standard kaolinite and iron nodules in geological samples from the Koongarra Uranium deposit is being assessed. Progress towards applying the natural analogue approach to a reference arid site will be reported. The scientific approaches of the individual laboratories are outlined in an annex. (author)

  17. In Vitro Membrane Permeation Studies and in Vivo Antinociception of Glycosylated Dmt(1)-DALDA Analogues

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    Ballet, Steven; Betti, Cecilia; Novoa, Alexandre;

    2014-01-01

    In this study the μ opioid receptor (MOR) ligands DALDA (Tyr-d-Arg-Phe-Lys-NH2) and Dmt(1)-DALDA (Dmt-d-Arg-Phe-Lys-NH2, Dmt = 2',6'-dimethyltyrosine) were glycosylated at the N- or C-terminus. Subsequently, the modified peptides were subjected to in vitro and in vivo evaluation. In contrast to the...... blood-brain barrier (BBB) and (ii) activating both the spinal ascending as well as the descending opioid pathways, as determined by the tail-flick and hot-plate assays, respectively. In contrast to the highly selective MOR agonist Dmt(1)-DALDA 1, compounds 4-7 are mixed MOR/DOR agonists, expected to...

  18. Transport modelling in the natural analogue study of the Cigar Lake uranium deposit (Saskatchewan, Canada)

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    Liu, Jinson; Yu, Ji-Wei; Neretnieks, Ivars

    1996-02-01

    A near-field release model is developed both conceptually and mathematically. The model is tested against known helium release from the Cigar Lake uranium ore deposit. The release and transport of various aqueous species (including some radionuclides) in the deposit are studied by using this model. The uranium release rate predicted by the model is extremely low, which is consistent with field observations. In modelling the release of three other radionuclides ( 3H, 14C and 36Cl), the in situ generation and decay are taken into account. The measured concentration gradients of hydrogen was used to estimate the net rate of radiolysis. The simultaneously formed oxidising species are found in sulphates formed by oxidation of sulphides. There is a good agreement of the estimated rate of formation of the reducing component hydrogen and the oxidising component as found in the sulphate.

  19. Complexation and biodistribution study of 111In complexes of bifunctional phosphinic acid analogues of H4DOTA

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    Forsterová, Michaela; Zimová, Jana; Petrík, M.; Lázníček, M.; Lázníčková, A.; Hermann, P.; Melichar, František

    2007-01-01

    Roč. 2, č. 337 (2007), s. 34-34. ISSN 1619-7070 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR 1QS100480501 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10480505 Keywords : bifunctional H4DOTA ligands * phosphinic acid analogues, * complexation of 111In Subject RIV: FR - Pharmacology ; Medidal Chemistry

  20. Collaborative Student Laboratory Exercise Using FT-IR Spectroscopy for the Kinetics Study of a Biotin Analogue

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    Leong, Jhaque; Ackroyd, Nathan C.; Ho, Karen

    2014-01-01

    The synthesis of N-methoxycarbonyl-2-imidazolidone, an analogue of biotin, was conducted by organic chemistry students and confirmed using FT-IR and H NMR. Spectroscopy students used FT-IR to measure the rate of hydrolysis of the product and determined the rate constant for the reaction using the integrated rate law. From the magnitude of the rate…

  1. A theoretical study of porphyrin isomers and their core-modified analogues: cis-trans isomerism, tautomerism and relative stabilities

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    M Punnagai; Saju Joseph; G Narahari Sastry

    2004-08-01

    Semiempirical (AM1 and PM3) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations were performed on about 50 porphyrin isomers with 25 each of 1,2 (syn) and 1,3 (anti) tautomeric forms. The corresponding oxa- and thia-core-modified analogues were also computed. The variations of relative energies and stabilities of the core-modified analogues were compared with parent porphyrin 1 and the corresponding oxa- and thia-analogues. The trends in relative energies are not significantly changed while going from parent system to oxa- and thia-core-modified porphyrins in case of both syn and anti tautomers. Isomers of types [2.2.0.0], [3.0.1.0], [3.1.0.0], and [4.0.0.0] are destabilized due to the absence of methine bridge, which results in angle strain for tetrapyrroles. Isomers having [2.1.1.0], [2.1.0.1], [2.0.2.0] and [2.2.0.0] connectivity, the isomers, are more stable compared to the corresponding isomers in both syn and anti forms of parent and core-modified analogues.

  2. Recent advances in topoisomerase I-targeting agents, camptothecin analogues.

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    Kim, Dae-Kee; Lee, Namkyu

    2002-12-01

    The present review concentrates on camptothecin (CPT) analogues, the most extensively studied topoisomerase I (topo I) inhibitors, and provides concise information on the structural features of human topo I enzyme, mechanisms of interaction of CPT with topo I, structure-activity relationship study of CPT analogues including the influence of lactone stability on antitumor activity, and recent updates of valuable CPT analogues. PMID:12370044

  3. Synthesis and Sar Study of Diarylpentanoid Analogues as New Anti-Inflammatory Agents

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    Sze Wei Leong

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available A series of ninety-seven diarylpentanoid derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for their anti-inflammatory activity through NO suppression assay using interferone gamma (IFN-γ/lipopolysaccharide (LPS-stimulated RAW264.7 macrophages. Twelve compounds (9, 25, 28, 43, 63, 64, 81, 83, 84, 86, 88 and 97 exhibited greater or similar NO inhibitory activity in comparison with curcumin (14.7 ± 0.2 µM, notably compounds 88 and 97, which demonstrated the most significant NO suppression activity with IC50 values of 4.9 ± 0.3 µM and 9.6 ± 0.5 µM, respectively. A structure–activity relationship (SAR study revealed that the presence of a hydroxyl group in both aromatic rings is critical for bioactivity of these molecules. With the exception of the polyphenolic derivatives, low electron density in ring-A and high electron density in ring-B are important for enhancing NO inhibition. Meanwhile, pharmacophore mapping showed that hydroxyl substituents at both meta- and para-positions of ring-B could be the marker for highly active diarylpentanoid derivatives.

  4. Natural analogue and microstructural studies in relation to radionuclide retardation by rock matrix diffusion in granite

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    The possibility that radionuclide retardation by rock matrix diffusion will be limited in granitic rocks by geological factors is studied, as well as the possibility that diffusion will be confined to a narrow zone from water-conducting fractures. Petrophysical measurements, uranium series and geochemical analyses in the rock adjacent to fractures, have been performed to establish the extent of fracture-related microstructural changes that might influence the potential for diffusion and whether or not there is any record of diffusion of uranium, its daughters, or other elements. The results obtained from El Berrocal (Spain), Stripa (Sweden) and White-shell (Canada) granites, suggest that: (a) there is a zone adjacent to the fractures (generally less than 100 mm) where microstructural changes and enhanced uranium mobility exist; (b) the evidence for diffusion having taken place in the rock is confined largely to this zone. So, it appears that diffusivity determinations on rock collected away from the influence of fractures will not give representative data for diffusion modelling, in addition to the effect of distressing after removing rocks from depth. It is suggested that diffusion will be of limited effectiveness as a retardation mechanism in many granitic rocks, particularly in water movement confined to narrow channels where access by nuclides to the fracture walls is restricted. 51 refs., 56 figs., 9 tabs., 9 appendices

  5. FUNMIG. Fundamental processes of radionuclide migration in salt rock far field. A natural analogue study

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    The results presented in this report are mainly based on the work performed within the Research and Technology Development Component (RTDC) 5 ''Processes and transport studies relevant for salt rock disposal concepts'' of the Integrated Project ''Fundamental processes of radionuclide migration'' (FUNMIG). This report firstly gives a brief overview on the whole integrated project FUNMIG and highlights some major results before describing in detail the work and results from RTDC 5. The FUNMIG project in general dealt with all aspects of radionuclide migration from a deep geological radioactive waste repository to the biosphere and the application of the results to the safety case /BUC 10/. The project focussed on radionuclide migration processes in the far field of a nuclear waste repository. This included investigations on basic processes applicable to all types of host rock and disposal concepts as well as investigations on key issues for the three host-rock types clay, crystalline and salt presently investigated in Europe. In case of the salt-option the overburden of the salt formation itself is considered to represent the so-called far field. Hence migration processes in such sedimentary formations have been addressed. (orig.)

  6. Molecular modeling studies, synthesis and biological evaluation of dabigatran analogues as thrombin inhibitors.

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    Dong, Ming-Hui; Chen, Hai-Feng; Ren, Yu-Jie; Shao, Fang-Ming

    2016-01-15

    In this work, 48 thrombin inhibitors based on the structural scaffold of dabigatran were analyzed using a combination of molecular modeling techniques. We generated three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity relationship (3D-QSAR) models based on three alignments for both comparative molecular field analysis (CoMFA) and comparative molecular similarity index analysis (CoMSIA) to highlight the structural requirements for thrombin protein inhibition. In addition to the 3D-QSAR study, Topomer CoMFA model also was established with a higher leave-one-out cross-validation q(2) and a non-cross-validation r(2), which suggest that the three models have good predictive ability. The results indicated that the steric, hydrophobic and electrostatic fields play key roles in QSAR model. Furthermore, we employed molecular docking and re-docking simulation explored the binding relationship of the ligand and the receptor protein in detail. Molecular docking simulations identified several key interactions that were also indicated through 3D-QSAR analysis. On the basis of the obtained results, two compounds were designed and predicted by three models, the biological evaluation in vitro (IC50) demonstrated that these molecular models were effective for the development of novel potent thrombin inhibitors. PMID:26690913

  7. A Computational and Experimental Study of Resonators in Three Dimensions

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    Tam, C. K. W.; Ju, H.; Jones, Michael G.; Watson, Willie R.; Parrott, Tony L.

    2009-01-01

    In a previous work by the present authors, a computational and experimental investigation of the acoustic properties of two-dimensional slit resonators was carried out. The present paper reports the results of a study extending the previous work to three dimensions. This investigation has two basic objectives. The first is to validate the computed results from direct numerical simulations of the flow and acoustic fields of slit resonators in three dimensions by comparing with experimental measurements in a normal incidence impedance tube. The second objective is to study the flow physics of resonant liners responsible for sound wave dissipation. Extensive comparisons are provided between computed and measured acoustic liner properties with both discrete frequency and broadband sound sources. Good agreements are found over a wide range of frequencies and sound pressure levels. Direct numerical simulation confirms the previous finding in two dimensions that vortex shedding is the dominant dissipation mechanism at high sound pressure intensity. However, it is observed that the behavior of the shed vortices in three dimensions is quite different from those of two dimensions. In three dimensions, the shed vortices tend to evolve into ring (circular in plan form) vortices, even though the slit resonator opening from which the vortices are shed has an aspect ratio of 2.5. Under the excitation of discrete frequency sound, the shed vortices align themselves into two regularly spaced vortex trains moving away from the resonator opening in opposite directions. This is different from the chaotic shedding of vortices found in two-dimensional simulations. The effect of slit aspect ratio at a fixed porosity is briefly studied. For the range of liners considered in this investigation, it is found that the absorption coefficient of a liner increases when the open area of the single slit is subdivided into multiple, smaller slits.

  8. Development and validation of a LC-MS/MS method for the pharmacokinetic study of thiamet-G and its analogues in rat

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    Ko, Sze Mun Shirley

    2010-01-01

    Thiamet-G inhibits the activity of N-acetyl-β-glucosaminidase, a glycoside hydrolase known as OGA. A validated bioanalytical method has been developed to enable pharmacokinetic studies of Thiamet-G and its related analogues. The bioanalysis was carried out using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) coupled to a tandem mass spectrometer (MS/MS). In the MS/MS, multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) was used to monitor the transition of analyte parent ions to diagnostic daughter ions. The v...

  9. Comparative study of effects of low dose gamma-irradiation on phase transitions in single crystals of triglycine sulfate and its deuterated analogue

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    Paper presents the results of the comparative study of the effect of γ-irradiation low (less than 0.5 MR) doses on the specific heat (Cp) of triglycine sulfate crystal and of its deuterated analogue prepared by means of the precision vacuum adiabatic calorimetry within 80-350 K temperature range. One observed essential changes of Cp behaviour of the pure and the γ-irradiated crystals near (Tc) phase transition temperature decreasing as the dose increased

  10. Fabrication of a Resonant Photoacoustic Cell for Samples Study

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    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available Nondestructive treatment of a sample in photoacoustic spectroscopy is helpful in the study of thermal and optical properties of ice and snow. In the present study, a  low-temperature resonant photoacoustic cell, based on Helmholtz resonator model, has been designed and fabricated for the study of samples like ice or snow. Its performance has also been studied using carbon black as a standard sample and various other samples like water, ice, glass, plexi-glass, polycarbonate, etc. Thermal diffusivity of ice, water, and many other transparent materials has been determined by varying chopping frequency and recording corresponding phase changes in the photoacoustic signal. The results obtained are in good agreement with those predicted by Rosencwaig-Gersho (R-G' theory.

  11. Natural glass analogues to alteration of nuclear waste glass: A review and recommendations for further study

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    McKenzie, W.F.

    1990-01-01

    The purpose of this report is to review previous work on the weathering of natural glasses; and to make recommendations for further work with respect to studying the alteration of natural glasses as it relates quantifying rates of dissolution. the first task was greatly simplified by the published papers of Jercinovic and Ewing (1987) and Byers, Jercinovic, and Ewing (1987). The second task is obviously the more difficult of the two and the author makes no claim of completeness in this regard. Glasses weather in the natural environment by reacting with aqueous solutions producing a rind of secondary solid phases. It had been proposed by some workers that the thickness of this rind is a function of the age of the glass and thus could be used to estimate glass dissolution rates. However, Jercinovic and Ewing (1987) point out that in general the rind thickness does not correlate with the age of the glass owing to the differences in time of contact with the solution compared to the actual age of the sample. It should be noted that the rate of glass dissolution is also a function of the composition of both the glass and the solution, and the temperature. Quantification of the effects of these parameters (as well as time of contact with the aqueous phase and flow rates) would thus permit a prediction of the consequences of glass-fluid interactions under varying environmental conditions. Defense high- level nuclear waste (DHLW), consisting primarily of liquid and sludge, will be encapsulated by and dispersed in a borosilicate glass before permanent storage in a HLW repository. This glass containing the DHLW serves to dilute the radionuclides and to retard their dispersion into the environment. 318 refs.

  12. Natural glass analogues to alteration of nuclear waste glass: A review and recommendations for further study

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    The purpose of this report is to review previous work on the weathering of natural glasses; and to make recommendations for further work with respect to studying the alteration of natural glasses as it relates quantifying rates of dissolution. the first task was greatly simplified by the published papers of Jercinovic and Ewing (1987) and Byers, Jercinovic, and Ewing (1987). The second task is obviously the more difficult of the two and the author makes no claim of completeness in this regard. Glasses weather in the natural environment by reacting with aqueous solutions producing a rind of secondary solid phases. It had been proposed by some workers that the thickness of this rind is a function of the age of the glass and thus could be used to estimate glass dissolution rates. However, Jercinovic and Ewing (1987) point out that in general the rind thickness does not correlate with the age of the glass owing to the differences in time of contact with the solution compared to the actual age of the sample. It should be noted that the rate of glass dissolution is also a function of the composition of both the glass and the solution, and the temperature. Quantification of the effects of these parameters (as well as time of contact with the aqueous phase and flow rates) would thus permit a prediction of the consequences of glass-fluid interactions under varying environmental conditions. Defense high- level nuclear waste (DHLW), consisting primarily of liquid and sludge, will be encapsulated by and dispersed in a borosilicate glass before permanent storage in a HLW repository. This glass containing the DHLW serves to dilute the radionuclides and to retard their dispersion into the environment. 318 refs

  13. QSAR analyses of DDT analogues and their in silico validation using molecular docking study against voltage-gated sodium channel of Anopheles funestus.

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    Saini, V; Kumar, A

    2014-01-01

    DDT has enjoyed the reputation of a successful pesticide in disease control programme and agricultural practices along with the serious opposition and ban later on due to its biomagnification and toxic action against non-target organisms. The present work was carried out to develop QSAR models for analysing DDT analogues for their pesticidal activity and in silico validation of these models. A 2D-QSAR model was generated using stepwise with multiple regression, and the model with a value of r(2) = 0.7324; q(2) = 0.6215; pred r(2) = 0.7038, containing five descriptors, was selected for further study. The 3D QSAR with CoMFA analysis showed that steric contribution of 21% and electrostatic contribution of about 79% were required for larvicidal activity of DDT analogues. A set of 3430 molecules was generated using the basic DDT skeleton as template, and these were evaluated for their mosquito larvicidal activity using the generated QSAR models and DDT as standard. Eleven molecules were selected for in silico validation of these models. For this, a docking study of the selected molecules against the homology-modelled voltage-gated sodium channel of Anopheles funestus was conducted. The study showed that the activities of these analogues as predicted by 2D-QSAR, 3D-QSAR with CoMFA and dock score were observed to be well correlated. PMID:25271473

  14. Microbiological analysis at the Osamu Utsumi mine and Morro do Ferro analogue study sites, Pocos de Caldas, Brazil

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    The Pocos de Caldas project is a wide-ranging natural analogue study focussed on a number of areas of concern in the performance assessment of the disposal of radioactive waste. Part of the work has involved characterising microbial populations and their influence in various processes. Core material and groundwaters have been sampled for microbiological content at various depths form boreholes at the Osamu Utsumi open pit uranium mine and Morro do Ferro Th/REE ore body. Microbes were found in all samples but numbers do not appear to be related to depth. Analyses of groundwaters gave higher numbers than with solid material and demonstrated the presence of sulphur cycle bacteria. These observations have been compared with predictions of a model used in performance assessment to calculate the maximum biomass/microbial activity based on constraints set by available nutrients and energy. The main conclusions of this analysis are: 1. Low microbial activities can be supported by the energy and nutrients supplied by alteration processes at or around the redox front. The maximum annual production of approximately equal to 0.01 - 0.1 g biomass (dry)/m2 of redox front is in reasonable agreement with observed standing populations. 2. The presence of high concentrations of sulphate reducing bacteria around the redox front indicate a complex sulphur geochemistry which may be predominantly microbially catalysed and could explain the nodular form of pitchblende concretions and the presence of secondary pyrite. 3. There is little trace element mobilisation by organic byproducts and the main role of microbes in this system is to catalyse specific redox reactions. (au)

  15. Prediction of the long-term performance of Crystalline nuclear waste form phrases from studies of mineral analogues

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    This paper describes the use of natural analogues as a mean of assessing the long term performance of actinide host phases in crystalline nuclear waste forms. Several analytical techniques were used to study the mineral zirconolite, an important actinide host phase in SYNROC and tailored ceramics. The following conclusions were reached: 1) Natural zirconolite experiences a crystalline to aperiodic transformation at doses of approximately 1015 to 1016 alpha/mg (0.08-1.0 dpa), consistent with the results of accelerated damage testing on synthetic zirconolite. 2) Damage microstructures are consistent with the accumulation and overlap of alpha-recoil collision cascades, resulting in aperiodic domains which increase in volume as a function of dose. 3) There is evidence for long term annealing of alpha-recoil damage in zirconolite at a rate 2-5 times slower than in the structurally related mineral pyrochlore. 4) Analysis of data from the only documented natural zirconolite to show hydrothermal alteration resulting from F- and P-rich aqueous fluids at T=500-600 C and P=2 kb, suggests that Th and U are released into the fluid phase. 5) The effects of low temperature alteration of radiation damaged zirconolite by a Si-rich ground water or fluid phase were identified in the oldest (2.5 x 109 yr) sample from a research collection. Alteration involved incorporation of Si along micro fractures at the expense of Ca, Ti, and Fe, but Th and U remained immobile. In this same sample, there is evidence for migration of at least 50% of the radiogenic Pb from both unaltered and altered areas of zirconolite. Most of the Pb may have been retained within the sample as fine precipitates of galena. 21 refs., 6 figs

  16. A study of the main resonances outside the geostationary ring

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    2015-01-01

    We investigate the dynamics of satellites and space debris in external resonances, namely in the region outside the geostationary ring. Precisely, we focus on the 1:2, 1:3, 2:3 resonances, which are located at about 66 931.4 km, 87 705.0 km, 55 250.7 km, respectively. Some of these resonances have been already exploited in space missions, like XMM-Newton and Integral. Our study is mainly based on a Hamiltonian approach, which allows us to get fast and reliable information on the dynamics in the resonant regions. Significative results are obtained even by considering just the effect of the geopotential in the Hamiltonian formulation. For objects (typically space debris) with high area-to-mass ratio the Hamiltonian includes also the effect of the solar radiation pressure. In addition, we perform a comparison with the numerical integration in Cartesian variables, including the geopotential, the gravitational attraction of Sun and Moon, and the solar radiation pressure. We implement some simple mathematical tools...

  17. In vitro and In Silico Studies on Curcumin and Its Analogues as Dual Inhibitors for cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1 and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2

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    Full Text Available Curcumin has been widely reported as an anti-inflammatory agent isolated from the plant Curcuma longa L. (turmeric. This anti-inflammatory activity was associated with the ability of this compound to inhibit the activity of both cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1 and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2 in arachidonic acid metabolism. Dual COX-1 and COX-2 inhibitors are preferred to be employed in the therapy of chronic inflammatory diseases compared to selective inhibitors, since it was reported that the use of selective inhibitors led to severe adverse side effect. In the present study, in vitro and in silico assays on curcumin and its analogues as dual inhibitors for both COX-1 and COX-2 were performed. The results provide theoretical contribution in understanding the ligand-protein interactions at the molecular level to develop new curcumin analogues which possess better anti-inflammatory activity as well as to avoid unsolicited side effects.

  18. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy in the study of esophageal cancer

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    Esophageal cancer is one of the most common reasons of human death, the prognosis is closely related to the diagnosed stages. Early esophageal cancer usually has a better prognosis, while the middle -advanced stage has a poor five-year survival rate. The early diagnosis of esophageal cancer is important. In the recent years, magnetic resonance technology develops very fast the magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) can be used to study the biochemistry and physiology of tumors or tissue in vivo by detecting several trace metabolites, energy metabolism and quantitatively analysing the compounds changes. Most studies focused on specimens or secretions in vivo or m vitro experiments in the literatures. We summarized the MRS studies on esophageal cancer in this article. (authors)

  19. Global profiling and rapid matching of natural products using diagnostic product ion network and in silico analogue database: Gastrodia elata as a case study.

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    Lai, Chang-Jiang-Sheng; Zha, Liangping; Liu, Da-Hui; Kang, Liping; Ma, Xiaojing; Zhan, Zhi-Lai; Nan, Tie-Gui; Yang, Jian; Li, Fajie; Yuan, Yuan; Huang, Lu-Qi

    2016-07-22

    Rapid discovery of novel compounds of a traditional herbal medicine is of vital significance for pharmaceutical industry and plant metabolic pathway analysis. However, discovery of unknown or trace natural products is an ongoing challenge. This study presents a universal targeted data-independent acquisition and mining strategy to globally profile and effectively match novel natural product analogues from an herbal extract. The famous medical plant Gastrodia elata was selected as an example. This strategy consists of three steps: (i) acquisition of accurate parent and adduct ions (PAIs) and the product ions data of all eluting compounds by untargeted full-scan MS(E) mode; (ii) rapid compound screening using diagnostic product ions (DPIs) network and in silico analogue database with SUMPRODUCT function to find novel candidates; and (iii) identification and isomerism discrimination of multiple types of compounds using ClogP and ions fragment behavior analyses. Using above data mining methods, a total of 152 compounds were characterized, and 70 were discovered for the first time, including series of phospholipids and novel gastroxyl derivatives. Furthermore, a number of gastronucleosides and phase II metabolites of gastrodin and parishins were discovered, including glutathionylated, cysteinylglycinated and cysteinated compounds, and phosphatidylserine analogues. This study extended the application of classical DPIs filter strategy and developed a structure-based screening approach with the potential for significant increase of efficiency for discovery and identification of trace novel natural products. PMID:27318507

  20. Facies-architecture of fossil arid siliciclastic depositional systems as outcrop analogue for Rotliegend reservoirs. Literature study; Faziesarchitektur fossiler arid-klastischer Ablagerungsraeume als Rotliegend-Reservoiranalog. Literaturstudie

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    In this project a literature-based study was carried out in order to document the facies-architecture of siliciclastic sediments from arid environments and to investigate their suitability as outcrop-analogues for the strata of the Southern Permian Basin. The report resulting from this investigation presents possible analogues and case-studies. Three Formations (Flechtingen Sandstone, Corrie Sandstone and Cedar Mesa Sandstone of the Cutler Group) are especially well suited to serve as outcrop analogue for the 'Rotliegend' Sediments of the Southern Permian Basin. Possible analogues are documented at various scales, ranging from bed-scale to formation scale. Also, special attention was paid to general trends and what factors control them. To make a comparison of Formations from different settings possible, criteria were elaborated to qualify the relevant controlling factors. The catalog itself is preceded by a comprehensive preface, that introduces to the subject and points out the connection between the primary sediment fabric and its petrophysical properties. (orig.) [German] Im Rahmen dieses DGMK Forschungsvorhabens wurde eine Literaturstudie durchgefuehrt, welche die Faziesarchitektur fossiler arid-klastischer Sedimente darstellt und auf ihre Eignung als Rotliegend-Reservoiranalog untersucht. Die vorliegende Dokumentation stellt verschiedene moegliche Analoge und Fallbeispiele dar, wobei drei Abfolgen als besonders geeignet erscheinen. Es wurden Kriterien erarbeitet, die relevante Kontrollfaktoren qualifizieren, um einen Vergleich verschiedener arid-klastischer Sedimentationsraeume zu ermoeglichen. Die Bandbreite der Darstellung moeglicher Analoge umfasst das gesamte Spektrum vom Gefuegemassstab bis hin zu genetischen Einheiten und beleuchtet die jeweiligen Steuerungsfaktoren der Ablagerung. Der eigentlichen Dokumentation wurde eine umfassende Einleitung vorangestellt, welche in die Thematik einfuehrt und Zusammenhaenge zwischen primaerem

  1. Strategy and methodology of dynamical analogue prediction

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    REN; HongLi; CHOU; JiFan

    2007-01-01

    In order to effectively improve numerical prediction level by using current models and data, the strategy and methodology of dynamical analogue prediction (DAP) is deeply studied in the present paper. A new idea to predict the prediction errors of dynamical model on the basis of historical analogue information is put forward so as to transform the dynamical prediction problem into the estimation problem of prediction errors. In terms of such an idea, a new prediction method of final analogue correction of errors (FACE) is developed. Furthermore, the FACE is applied to extra-seasonal prediction experiments on an operational atmosphere-ocean coupled general circulation model. Prediction results of summer mean circulation and total precipitation show that the FACE can to some extent reduce prediction errors, recover prediction variances, and improve prediction skills. Besides, sensitive experiments also show that predictions based on the FACE are evidently influenced by the number of analogues, analogue-selected variables and analogy metric.

  2. Study of nuclear giant resonances using a Fermi-liquid method

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    Sun, Bao-Xi

    2012-01-01

    The nuclear giant resonances are studied by using a Fermi-liquid method, and the nuclear collective excitation energies of different values of $l$ are obtained, which are fitted with the centroid energies of the giant resonances of spherical nuclei, respectively. In addition, the relation between the isovector giant resonance and the corresponding isoscalar giant resonance is discussed.

  3. Nuclear magnetic resonance study of metallic scandium chlorides

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    The 45Sc nuclear magnetic resonance was studied in samples having the general composition CsSc/sub x/Cl3 (0.67 less than or equal to x less than or equal to 1.0) in the CsCl-ScCl3-Sc system. In particular the structure of CsScCl3 suggests that it may be a one-dimensional conductor, and an attempt was therefore made to detect the occurrence of a metal-insulator transition of the type characteristic of one-dimensional conductors. Conventional crossed-coil (nuclear induction) techniques were employed. The 45Sc resonance was studied over a wide frequency range (4 to 24 MHz) at 300K, these measurements yielding the Knight shift and nuclear electric quadrupole coupling parameters. No significant variation in the spectra occurred from 4.2K to 450K, indicating the absence of a metal-insulator transition in this temperature range

  4. Electron paramagnetic resonance study on irradiated green coffee

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    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) is a well-known method for its sensitivity and accuracy in irradiated food detection. Our goal is to analyse the irradiated green coffee by EPR. Arabica beans and grounded coffee was electron beam irradiated up to 40 kGy. The EPR spectra and time dependence of signals were studied. Results were analysed with respect to find a possibility to identify irradiated green coffee. (authors)

  5. Progress on Study and Application of Recombinant Human Insulin Analogues%重组人胰岛素类似物的研究应用进展

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    姜宁; 吕晔; 陈执中

    2012-01-01

    The diabetes mellitus not only endangers one's life by its acute complication, but also has many chronic complications. It brings about a serious attention by scientists and medical workers in the world. Insulin and its analogues are important drugs for treatment of diabetes mellitus. In this paper, the development of insulin and its preparations are introduced. The progress on studies and applications of recombinant human insulin analogues are reviewed. The application of novel recombinant human insulin analogues will open up broad prospects for the treatment of diabetes mellitus.%糖尿病不仅急性并发症危及生命,还可引起各种慢性并发症,受到各国科学家和医药工作者的关注.胰岛素及其类似物是治疗糖尿病的重要药物.本文介绍了胰岛素的发展及人胰岛素的制备,综述了重组人胰岛素类似物的研究及应用进展.新的重组人胰岛素类似物的应用,将为糖尿病的治疗开拓广阔的前景.

  6. Antimicrobial Peptide from the Wild Bee Hylaeus signatus Venom and Its Analogues: Structure-Activity Study and Synergistic Effect with Antibiotics.

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    Nešuta, Ondřej; Hexnerová, Rozálie; Buděšínský, Miloš; Slaninová, Jiřina; Bednárová, Lucie; Hadravová, Romana; Straka, Jakub; Veverka, Václav; Čeřovský, Václav

    2016-04-22

    Venoms of hymenopteran insects have attracted considerable interest as a source of cationic antimicrobial peptides (AMPs). In the venom of the solitary bee Hylaeus signatus (Hymenoptera: Colletidae), we identified a new hexadecapeptide of sequence Gly-Ile-Met-Ser-Ser-Leu-Met-Lys-Lys-Leu-Ala-Ala-His-Ile-Ala-Lys-NH2. Named HYL, it belongs to the category of α-helical amphipathic AMPs. HYL exhibited weak antimicrobial activity against several strains of pathogenic bacteria and moderate activity against Candida albicans, but its hemolytic activity against human red blood cells was low. We prepared a set of HYL analogues to evaluate the effects of structural modifications on its biological activity and to increase its potency against pathogenic bacteria. This produced several analogues exhibiting significantly greater activity compared to HYL against strains of both Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa even as their hemolytic activity remained low. Studying synergism of HYL peptides and conventional antibiotics showed the peptides act synergistically and preferentially in combination with rifampicin. Fluorescent dye propidium iodide uptake showed the tested peptides were able to facilitate entrance of antibiotics into the cytoplasm by permeabilization of the outer and inner bacterial cell membrane of P. aeruginosa. Transmission electron microscopy revealed that treatment of P. aeruginosa with one of the HYL analogues caused total disintegration of bacterial cells. NMR spectroscopy was used to elucidate the structure-activity relationship for the effect of amino acid residue substitution in HYL. PMID:26998557

  7. Recognition of analogue and digital presented times: Alteration of the slow, negative brain-potentials and a 99m-Tc HMPAO SPECT study

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    The present study was designed to contribute to topographic and hemispheral-specifical patterns of DC-potential scalp records and the regional cerebral blood flow with 99m-Tc HMPAO SPECT in recognicing analogue (visuo-spatial task) versus digital (arithmetic task) presented clockfaces in 23 right-handed normal volunteers. In application of the multivariate variance analysis both factors 'art' and 'type' had a significant influence on the amplitudes of the DC-potentials after presentation of the first and second time. Analogue times used as stimuli produced after presentation of the first time in all recordings and after presentation of the second time in all recordings untill the anterior temporal one significantly clearer potentials. The influence of the calculational process led in the parietal, aripital and right posterior temporal recordings to significantly clearer potentials. Most evident were the differences between calculational task and control task in recognicing analogue times which had their maximum in the right parietal cortex.The reason, why there could not be found a clear effect in hemispheral lateralisation for the 99m-Tc HMPAO SPECT method does not enable an accurance-related analysis in the contrary to the DC-potentials, because there is an insufficient time-solution. (Author)

  8. Numerical study on the valve acoustic resonance behaviors

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    Background: In recent years some reactors have experienced significant steam dryer cracking. Studies indicate that the fatigue is due to flow-induced acoustic vibration. Purpose: In this study, sound source behaviors of a single valve on the main steam line are investigated. Methods: Mode and CFD analysis were carried to investigate the acoustic mode and resonance behaviors. Results: The following results can be concluded from this study: various categories of acoustic modes exist in the structure; geometries directly influence acoustic mode; peak excitation occurs around St of some specifically range. Conclusions: The results match theory and experimental studies well, and provide reference for the related researches. (authors)

  9. High-field small animal magnetic resonance oncology studies

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    Bokacheva, Louisa; Ackerstaff, Ellen; LeKaye, H. Carl; Zakian, Kristen; Koutcher, Jason A.

    2014-01-01

    This review focuses on the applications of high magnetic field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS) to cancer studies in small animals. High-field MRI can provide information about tumor physiology, the microenvironment, metabolism, vascularity and cellularity. Such studies are invaluable for understanding tumor growth and proliferation, response to treatment and drug development. The MR techniques reviewed here include 1H, 31P, chemical exchange saturation transfer imaging and hyperpolarized 13C MRS as well as diffusion-weighted, blood oxygen level dependent contrast imaging and dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI. These methods have been proven effective in animal studies and are highly relevant to human clinical studies.

  10. Structure-Activity Studies of Brassinosteroids and the Search for Novel Analogues and Mimetics with Improved Bioactivity.

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    Back, Thomas G.; Pharis, Richard P.

    2003-12-01

    A number of novel brassinosteroid analogues were synthesized and subjected to the rice leaf lamina inclination bioassay. Modified B-ring analogues included lactam, thiolactone, cyclic ether, ketone, hydroxyl, and exocyclic methylene derivatives of brassinolide. Those derivatives containing polar functional groups retained considerable bioactivity, whereas the exocyclic methylene compounds were devoid of activity. Analogues containing normal alkyl and cycloalkyl substituents at C-24 (in place of the isopropyl group of brassinolide) showed an inverse relationship between activity and chain length or ring size, respectively. The corresponding cyclopropyl and cyclobutyl derivatives were significantly more active than brassinolide and appear to be the most potent brassinosteroids reported to date. When synergized with the auxin indole-3-acetic acid (IAA), their bioactivity can be further enhanced by 1-2 orders of magnitude. The cyclopropyl derivative, when coapplied with the auxin naphthaleneacetic acid, gave a significant increase in yield of wheat in a field trial. Certain 25- and 26-hydroxy derivatives are known metabolites of brassinosteroids. All of the C-25 stereoisomers of 25-hydroxy, 26-hydroxy, and 25,26-dihydroxy derivatives of brassinolide were prepared and shown to be much less active than brassinolide. This indicates that they are likely metabolic deactivation products of the parent phytohormone. A series of methyl ethers of brassinolide was synthesized to block deactivation by glucosylation of the free hydroxyl groups. The most significant finding was that the compound where three of the four hydroxyl groups (at C-3, C-22, and C-23) had been converted to methyl ethers retained substantial bioactivity. This type of modification could, in theory, allow brassinolide or 24-epibrassinolide to resist deactivation and thus offer greater persistence in field applications. A series of nonsteroidal mimetics of brassinolide was designed and synthesized. Two of the

  11. The development of amine substituted analogues of MPTP as unique tools for the study of MPTP toxicity and Parkinson's disease.

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    Johannessen, J N; Savitt, J M; Markey, C J; Bacon, J P; Weisz, A; Hanselman, D S; Markey, S P

    1987-02-23

    We are currently developing amino-substituted MPTP analogues as useful probes for understanding the mechanism of MPTP toxicity and Parkinson's disease. One analogue, 4'-amino MPTP, induces a loss of striatal dopamine and is thus a suitable substitute for MPTP. This probe will be used as a histologically fixable MPTP which can be used to answer detailed anatomical questions concerning the sites of MPTP, MPP+ uptake and storage. In addition, antibodies have been raised against MPTP and MPP+ in rabbits using diazo-linked bovine serum albumin conjugates. The antibodies have been characterized with regard to their recognition of relevant structural analogues using an enzymelinked immunoassay (ELISA) procedure. Antibodies to MPTP detected MPTP in mouse brain extracts derived from as little as 5 micrograms of tissue. The antibodies will be used for immunohistochemical localization of 4'-NH2-MPTP and 4'-NH2-MPP+ in brain, as well as probes for the screening of parkinsonian brain tissue for any MPTP- or MPP+-like materials which might exist. PMID:2433563

  12. Magnetic resonance imaging study on rat sugar cataract

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    Proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H-NMR) is one of the most important methods for noninvasively evaluating the state of water in the biological system. It could be useful for evaluation of the early changes of cataract. In this study, in vivo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was applied to rat galactosemic cataract, which is a model of the human diabetic cataract, and compared with the histological findings. The relationship between the relaxation times (T1, T2) and the water contents were discussed. The T1 and T2 values were prolonged and the high intensity area of the lens cortex was enlarged from the early stage of the cataract (two days after the intake of galactose). These changes preceded the histological changes. This suggests that MRI is applicable for the evaluation of anti-cataract agents, for example aldose reductase inhibitors, against human diabetic cataract. (author)

  13. Experimental Resonance Enhanced Multiphoton Ionization (REMPI) studies of small molecules

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    Dehmer, J. L.; Dehmer, P. M.; Pratt, S. T.; Ohalloran, M. A.; Tomkins, F. S.

    1987-01-01

    Resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) utilizes tunable dye lasers to ionize an atom or molecule by first preparing an excited state by multiphoton absorption and then ionizing that state before it can decay. This process is highly selective with respect to both the initial and resonant intermediate states of the target, and it can be extremely sensitive. In addition, the products of the REMPI process can be detected as needed by analyzing the resulting electrons, ions, fluorescence, or by additional REMPI. This points to a number of exciting opportunities for both basic and applied science. On the applied side, REMPI has great potential as an ultrasensitive, highly selective detector for trace, reactive, or transient species. On the basic side, REMPI affords an unprecedented means of exploring excited state physics and chemistry at the quantum-state-specific level. An overview of current studies of excited molecular states is given to illustrate the principles and prospects of REMPI.

  14. Scissors Mode of 162 Dy Studied from Resonance Neutron Capture

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    Multi-step cascade γ-ray spectra from the neutron capture at isolated resonances of 161Dy nucleus were measured at the LANSCE/DANCE time-of-flight facility in Los Alamos National Laboratory. The objectives of this experiment were to confirm and possibly extend the spin assignment of s-wave neutron resonances and get new information on photon strength functions with emphasis on the role of the M1 scissors mode vibration. The preliminary results show that the scissors mode plays a significant role in all transitions between accessible states of the studied nucleus. The photon strength functions describing well our data are compared to results from 3He-induced reactions, (n,γ) experiments on Gd isotopes, and (γ,γ') reactions

  15. Resonant soft x-ray scattering studies of buried interfaces

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    Resonant soft x-ray scattering (RSXS) is a unique experimental tool to access the electronic properties of buried interfaces in heterostructures that contain transition metal oxides. In this contribution, studies of SrTiO3/LaAlO3, SrTiO3/(La,Ca)MnO3 and NdGaO3/(La,Ca)MnO3 interfaces are presented. Specifically, RSXS was employed to examine the electronic reconstruction of Ti 3d and O 2p valence states at the interfaces of SrTiO3/LaAlO3 superlattices. Similarly, we used resonant soft x-ray reflectivity to investigate the electronic structure at the interfaces of SrTiO3/(La,Ca)MnO3 and NdGaO3/(La,Ca)MnO3 thin film systems.

  16. Resonance magnetic x-ray scattering study of erbium

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    Sanyal, M.K.; Gibbs, D.; Bohr, J.;

    1994-01-01

    of this magnetic scattering and analyzed it using a simple model based on electric dipole and quadrupole transitions among atomic orbitals. The line shapes can be fitted to a magnetic structure combining both c-axis-modulated and basal-plane components. Below 18 K, we have observed unusual behavior......The magnetic phases of erbium have been studied by resonance x-ray-scattering techniques. When the incident x-ray energy is tuned near the L(III) absorption edge, large resonant enhancements of the magnetic scattering are observed above 18 K. We have measured the energy and polarization dependence...... of the magnetic scattering as a function of energy, whose origin is not understood....

  17. Magnetic resonance imaging for the study of mummies.

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    Giovannetti, Giulio; Guerrini, Andrea; Carnieri, Emiliano; Salvadori, Piero A

    2016-07-01

    Nondestructive diagnostic imaging for mummies study has a long tradition and high-resolution images of the samples morphology have been extensively acquired by using computed tomography (CT). However, although in early reports no signal or image was obtained because of the low water content, mummy magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was demonstrated able to generate images of such ancient specimens by using fast imaging techniques. Literature demonstrated the general feasibility of nonclinical MRI for visualizing historic human tissues, which is particularly interesting for archeology. More recently, multinuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) was demonstrated able to detect numerous organic biochemicals from such remains. Although the quality of these images is not yet comparable to that of clinical magnetic resonance (MR) images, and further research will be needed for determining the full capacity of MR in this topic, the information obtained with MR can be viewed as complementary to the one provided by CT and useful for paleoradiological studies of mummies. This work contains an overview of the state of art of the emerging uses of MRI in paleoradiology. PMID:26979539

  18. Effect of gambierol and its tetracyclic and heptacyclic analogues in cultured cerebellar neurons: a structure-activity relationships study.

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    Pérez, Sheila; Vale, Carmen; Alonso, Eva; Fuwa, Haruhiko; Sasaki, Makoto; Konno, Yu; Goto, Tomomi; Suga, Yuto; Vieytes, Mercedes R; Botana, Luis M

    2012-09-17

    The polycyclic ether class of marine natural products has attracted the attention of researchers due to their complex and large chemical structures and diverse biological activities. Gambierol is a marine polycyclic ether toxin, first isolated along with ciguatoxin congeners from the dinoflagellate Gambierdiscus toxicus. The parent compound gambierol and the analogues evaluated in this work share the main crucial elements for biological activity, previously described to be the C28=C29 double bond within the H ring and the unsaturated side chain [Fuwa, H., Kainuma, N., Tachibana, K., Tsukano, C., Satake, M., and Sasaki, M. (2004) Diverted total synthesis and biological evaluation of gambierol analogues: Elucidation of crucial structural elements for potent toxicity. Chem. Eur. J. 10, 4894-4909]. With the aim to gain a deeper understanding of the cellular mechanisms involved in the biological activity of these compounds, we compared its activity in primary cultured neurons. The three compounds inhibited voltage-gated potassium channels (Kv) in a concentration-dependent manner and with similar potency, caused a small inhibition of voltage-gated sodium channels (Nav), and evoked cytosolic calcium oscillations. Moreover, the three compounds elicited a "loss of function" effect on Kv channels at concentrations of 0.1 nM. Additionally, both the tetracyclic and the heptacyclic derivatives of gambierol elicited synchronous calcium oscillations similar to those previously described for gambierol in cultured cerebellar neurons. Neither gambierol nor its tetracyclic derivative elicited cell toxicity, while the heptacyclic analogue caused a time-dependent decrease in cell viability. Neither the tetracyclic nor the heptacyclic analogues of gambierol exhibited lethality in mice after ip injection of 50 or 80 μg/kg of each compound. Altogether, the results presented in this work support an identical mechanism of action for gambierol and its tetracyclic and heptacyclic analogues

  19. Synthesis and Evaluation of a Library of Fluorescent Dipeptidomimetic Analogues as Substrates for Modified Bacterial Ribosomes.

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    Chowdhury, Sandipan Roy; Chauhan, Pradeep S; Dedkova, Larisa M; Bai, Xiaoguang; Chen, Shengxi; Talukder, Poulami; Hecht, Sidney M

    2016-05-01

    Described herein are the synthesis and photophysical characterization of a library of aryl-substituted oxazole- and thiazole-based dipeptidomimetic analogues, and their incorporation into position 66 of green fluorescent protein (GFP) in lieu of the natural fluorophore. These fluorescent analogues resemble the fluorophore formed naturally by GFP. As anticipated, the photophysical properties of the analogues varied as a function of the substituents at the para position of the phenyl ring. The fluorescence emission wavelength maxima of compounds in the library varied from ∼365 nm (near-UV region) to ∼490 nm (visible region). The compounds also exhibited a large range of quantum yields (0.01-0.92). The analogues were used to activate a suppressor tRNACUA and were incorporated into position 66 of GFP using an in vitro protein biosynthesizing system that employed engineered ribosomes selected for their ability to incorporate dipeptides. Four analogues with interesting photophysical properties and reasonable suppression yields were chosen, and the fluorescent proteins (FPs) containing these fluorophores were prepared on a larger scale for more detailed study. When the FPs were compared with the respective aminoacyl-tRNAs and the actual dipeptide analogues, the FPs exhibited significantly enhanced fluorescence intensities at the same concentrations. Part of this was shown to be due to the presence of the fluorophores as an intrinsic element of the protein backbone. There were also characteristic shifts in the emission maxima, indicating the environmental sensitivity of these probes. Acridon-2-ylalanine and oxazole 1a were incorporated into positions 39 and 66 of GFP, respectively, and were shown to form an efficient Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) pair, demonstrating that the analogues can be used as FRET probes. PMID:27050631

  20. Synthesis of Tonghaosu Analogues

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    SUN Hai; LIN Yingjie; WU Yulin; WU Yikang

    2009-01-01

    Several new analogues of natural antifeedant tonghaosu were synthesized via m-CPBA (m-chloroperoxybenzoic acid) oxidation of corresponding 3-(a-furyl)propanols, Luche reduction of the resulting enone, epoxidation, acid-mediated spiroketalization, and radical mediated dehydration.

  1. Glucagon-like peptide-1 analogue therapy for psoriasis patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes: a prospective cohort study.

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    Ahern, T

    2012-06-13

    Background  Diabetes and obesity are more prevalent amongst psoriasis patients as is disturbance of the innate immune system. GLP-1 analogue therapy considerably improves weight and glycaemic control in people with type 2 diabetes and its receptor is present on innate immune cells. Objective  We aimed to determine the effect of liraglutide, a GLP-1 analogue, on psoriasis severity. Methods  Before and after 10 weeks of liraglutide therapy (1.2 mg subcutaneously daily) we determined the psoriasis area and severity index (PASI) and the dermatology life quality index (DLQI) in seven people with both psoriasis and diabetes (median age 48 years, median body mass index 48.2 kg\\/m(2) ). We also evaluated the immunomodulatory properties of liraglutide by measuring circulating lymphocyte subset numbers and monocyte cytokine production. Results  Liraglutide therapy decreased the median PASI from 4.8 to 3.0 (P = 0.03) and the median DLQI from 6.0 to 2.0 (P = 0.03). Weight and glycaemic control improved significantly. Circulating invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells increased from 0.13% of T lymphocytes to 0.40% (P = 0.03). Liraglutide therapy also effected a non-significant 54% decrease in the proportion of circulating monocytes that produced tumour necrosis factor alpha (P = 0.07). Conclusion  GLP-1 analogue therapy improves psoriasis severity, increases circulating iNKT cell number and modulates monocyte cytokine secretion. These effects may result from improvements in weight and glycaemic control as well as from direct immune effects of GLP-1 receptor activation. Prospective controlled trials of GLP-1 therapies are warranted, across all weight groups, in psoriasis patients with and without type 2 diabetes.

  2. Preliminaries toward studying resonant extraction from the Debuncher

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    Michelotti, Leo; Johnstone, John; /Fermilab

    2009-06-01

    A recent proposal to detect {mu} {yields} e direct conversion at Fermilab asks for slow extraction of protons from the antiproton source, specifically from the Debuncher. [1] A third-integer resonance originally was considered for this, partly because of the Debuncher's three-fold symmetry and partly because its operational horizontal tune, {nu}{sub x} {approx} 9.765, is already within 0.1 of {nu}{sub x} = 29/3. Using a half integer resonance, {nu}{sub x} = 19/2, though not part of the original proposal, has been suggested more recently because (a) Fermilab has had a good deal of experience with half-integer extraction from the Tevatron, the Main Injector and the erstwhile Main Ring, and (b) for reasons we shall examine later, it depopulates the entire bunch without an abort at the end. This memo presents considerations preliminary to studying both possibilities. It is meant only as a starting point for investigations to be carried out in the future. The working constraints and assumptions have oscillated between two extremes: (1) making minimal changes in the antiproton source to minimize cost and (2) building another machine in the same tunnel. In this memo we adopt an attitude aligned more toward the first. The assumed parameters are listed in Table 1. A few are not (easily) subject to change, such as those related to the beam's momentum and revolution frequency and the acceptance of the debuncher. Two resonance exemplars are presented in the next section, with an explanation of the analytic and semi-analytic calculations that can be done for each. Section 3 contains preliminary numerical work that was done to validate the exemplars within the context of extraction from the Debuncher. A final section contains a summary. Following the bibliography, appendices contain (a) a qualitative, conceptual discussion of extraction for the novice, (b) a telegraphic review of the perturbative incantations used to filter the exemplars as principal resonances of

  3. Ab initio calculations as a quantitative tool in the inelastic neutron scattering study of a single-molecule magnet analogue.

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    Vonci, Michele; Giansiracusa, Marcus J; Gable, Robert W; Van den Heuvel, Willem; Latham, Kay; Moubaraki, Boujemaa; Murray, Keith S; Yu, Dehong; Mole, Richard A; Soncini, Alessandro; Boskovic, Colette

    2016-02-01

    Ab initio calculations carried out on the Tb analogue of the single-molecule magnet family Na9[Ln(W5O18)2] (Ln = Nd, Gd, Ho and Er) have allowed interpretation of the inelastic neutron scattering spectra. The combined experimental and theoretical approach sheds new light on the sensitivity of the electronic structure of the Tb(III) ground and excited states to small structural distortions from axial symmetry, thus revealing the subtle relationship between molecular geometry and magnetic properties of the two isostructural species that comprise the sample. PMID:26690503

  4. A New View on Interstellar Dust - High Fidelity Studies of Interstellar Dust Analogue Tracks in Stardust Flight Spare Aerogel

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    Zolensky, Michael E.; Postberg F.; Allen, C.; Bajt, S.; Bechtel, H. A.; Borg, J.; Brenker, F.; Bridges, J.; Brownlee, D. E.; Bugiel, S.; Burchell, M.; Burghammer, M.; Butterworth, A. L.; Cloetens, P.; Davis, A. M.; Floss, C.; Flynn, G. J.; Frank, D.; Gainsforth, Z.

    2011-01-01

    In 2000 and 2002 the Stardust Mission exposed aerogel collector panels for a total of about 200 days to the stream of interstellar grains sweeping through the solar system. The material was brought back to Earth in 2006. The goal of this work is the laboratory calibration of the collection process by shooting high speed [5 - 30km/s] interstellar dust (ISD) analogues onto Stardust aerogel flight spares. This enables an investigation into both the morphology of impact tracks as well as any structural and chemical modification of projectile and collector material. First results indicate a different ISD flux than previously assumed for the Stardust collection period.

  5. Polarized proton radiative capture studies of giant resonances

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    Several interesting E1, M1, and E2 resonance studies in (p Vector,γ) reactions are discussed. These include a unique determination of E1 amplitudes in the 12C(p Vector,γ0)13N reaction, E2 strength in the 15N(p Vector,γ0)16O reaction, M1 decays to the ground states and to the excited O+ states of the doubly magic 16O and 40Ca nuclei, and the M1 γ-decay of the stretched 4-, T = 1 particle-hole state in 16O. 8 figures

  6. Giant dipole resonance studies in A ∼ 150 mass region

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    Giant Dipole Resonance (GDR), collective motion of neutrons against protons inside an excited nuclei, has been proven to be a unique tool to unravel the average shape of the vibrating, rotating excited nuclei. It has been observed experimentally that the width of GDR built on excited states is more than that built on ground state. Thermal Shape Fluctuation Model (TSFM) attributed the larger width to different shapes sampled by excited nuclei. To investigate the same system at lower T, the same reaction is studied with at Elab = 130 MeV. The preliminary result of the GDR measurement in the 28Si +124Sn reaction leading to 152Gd compound nuclei

  7. Experimental Study of Gyro Sensor Using Double-Ended Tuning Fork Quartz Resonator

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    Sato, Kenji; Ono, Atsushi; Tomikawa, Yoshiro

    2004-05-01

    In this study, we focus on a flatly supported gyro sensor using a double-ended tuning fork quartz resonator set in parallel with the rotating plane. The resonator has the advantages of flat form, high precision and strong shock resistance; moreover, fundamentally, the resonator is able to detect two-axial angular velocities. We clarified the features of the resonator by discussing the advantages and disadvantages of the resonator as a gyro sensor. The resonator was designed to have high detection efficiency, applying the vibration theory and using the finite element method. The resonator was finely fabricated by photolithography and wet etching. As a result, the resonators, without any problem as a gyro sensor, have been fabricated; we also confirmed experimentally that the practical angular velocity could be detected by the prototype gyro sensor. Consequently, we can conclude that the double-ended tuning fork quartz resonator could be used as the flatly supported gyro sensor.

  8. Visual analogue measurement of pain.

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    Campbell, W. I.; Lewis, S.

    1990-01-01

    Two separate studies were carried out to determine if three visual analogue scales for various feelings including pain could be marked consistently by patients, without reference to previously completed scales. Sixty patients undergoing extraction of their lower third molars had measurements of acute preoperative anxiety, expected postoperative pain and postoperative perceived pain three times in quick succession. There was no significant difference between the three measurements for any of t...

  9. Basic study on FP gas monitoring with Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy

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    Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy (RIS) has recently got into the spotlight as an innovative technology for ultra high sensitive trace element analysis and/or efficient isotope separation and is being developed into more extensive application in various engineering fields with improvement of tunable laser performance. The present study is aiming to develop a new and advanced Failed Fuel Detection and Location (FFDL) technique based on fission product (FP) gas (such as Kr and Xe) monitoring with Resonance Ionization Mass Spectrometry (RIMS), which combines RIS with mass spectrometry. Under collaborative works of advanced basic engineering research with JNC over four years since 1996, the feasibility study on the RIMS-FFDL have been made through basic experiments to detect Xe and Kr by using a RIMS system for common utilization installed at the Nuclear Engineering Research Laboratory of the University of Tokyo. This report describes the basic performance necessary to the design of RIMS-FFDL such as the detection limit, the elemental selectivity, etc. obtained from experiments and their theoretical analyses and also the successful results on the detection and isotopic ratio analysis of ppb level Xe/Kr tag gas in the cover gas sampled from the experimental fast reactor 'JOYO', which would lead to the conclusion that the RIMS-FFDL can satisfy all the requirements for conventional FFDL methods in addition to a novel function of no-line isotopic ratio analysis useful for the tag gas method adopted in the prototype fast reactor 'MONJU'. (author)

  10. Impact of GnRH analogues on oocyte/embryo quality and embryo development in in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection cycles: a case control study

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    Rigó János

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Despite the clinical outcomes of ovarian stimulation with either GnRH-agonist or GnRH-antagonist analogues for in vitro fertilization (IVF being well analysed, the effect of analogues on oocyte/embryo quality and embryo development is still not known in detail. The aim of this case-control study was to compare the efficacy of a multiple-dose GnRH antagonist protocol with that of the GnRH agonist long protocol with a view to oocyte and embryo quality, embryo development and IVF treatment outcome. Methods Between October 2001 and December 2008, 100 patients were stimulated with human menopausal gonadotrophin (HMG and GnRH antagonist in their first treatment cycle for IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI. One hundred combined GnRH agonist + HMG (long protocol cycles were matched to the GnRH antagonist + HMG cycles by age, BMI, baseline FSH levels and by cause of infertility. We determined the number and quality of retrieved oocytes, the rate of early-cleavage embryos, the morphology and development of embryos, as well as clinical pregnancy rates. Statistical analysis was performed using Wilcoxon's matched pairs rank sum test and McNemar's chi-square test. P Results The rate of cytoplasmic abnormalities in retrieved oocytes was significantly higher with the use of GnRH antagonist than in GnRH agonist cycles (62.1% vs. 49.9%; P Conclusion Antagonist seemed to influence favourably some parameters of early embryo development dynamics, while other morphological parameters seemed not to be altered according to GnRH analogue used for ovarian stimulation in IVF cycles.

  11. Review: Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Studies of Pediatric Major Depressive Disorder

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    Douglas G. Kondo

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. This paper focuses on the application of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS to the study of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD in children and adolescents. Method. A literature search using the National Institutes of Health's PubMed database was conducted to identify indexed peer-reviewed MRS studies in pediatric patients with MDD. Results. The literature search yielded 18 articles reporting original MRS data in pediatric MDD. Neurochemical alterations in Choline, Glutamate, and N-Acetyl Aspartate are associated with pediatric MDD, suggesting pathophysiologic continuity with adult MDD. Conclusions. The MRS literature in pediatric MDD is modest but growing. In studies that are methodologically comparable, the results have been consistent. Because it offers a noninvasive and repeatable measurement of relevant in vivo brain chemistry, MRS has the potential to provide insights into the pathophysiology of MDD as well as the mediators and moderators of treatment response.

  12. Pro Free Will Priming Enhances “Risk-Taking” Behavior in the Iowa Gambling Task, but Not in the Balloon Analogue Risk Task: Two Independent Priming Studies

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    Schrag, Yann; Tremea, Alessandro; Lagger, Cyril; Ohana, Noé; Mohr, Christine

    2016-01-01

    Studies indicated that people behave less responsibly after exposure to information containing deterministic statements as compared to free will statements or neutral statements. Thus, deterministic primes should lead to enhanced risk-taking behavior. We tested this prediction in two studies with healthy participants. In experiment 1, we tested 144 students (24 men) in the laboratory using the Iowa Gambling Task. In experiment 2, we tested 274 participants (104 men) online using the Balloon Analogue Risk Task. In the Iowa Gambling Task, the free will priming condition resulted in more risky decisions than both the deterministic and neutral priming conditions. We observed no priming effects on risk-taking behavior in the Balloon Analogue Risk Task. To explain these unpredicted findings, we consider the somatic marker hypothesis, a gain frequency approach as well as attention to gains and / or inattention to losses. In addition, we highlight the necessity to consider both pro free will and deterministic priming conditions in future studies. Importantly, our and previous results indicate that the effects of pro free will and deterministic priming do not oppose each other on a frequently assumed continuum. PMID:27018854

  13. Policy issues in space analogues

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    Auger, Robin N.; Facktor, Debra D.

    Space mission planning is increasingly focusing on destinations beyond Earth orbit. Advancements in technology will inevitably be required to enable long-duration human spaceflight missions, and breakthroughs in the policy arena will also be needed to achieve success in such missions. By exploring how policy issues have been addressed in analogous extreme environments, policymakers can develop a framework for addressing these issues as they apply to long-term human spaceflight. Policy issues that need to be addressed include: crew selection, training, organization, and activities, medical testing, illness, injury, and death; communication; legal accountability and liability; mission safety and risk management; and environmental contamination. This paper outlines the approach of a study underway by The George Washington University and ANSER to examine how these policy issues have been addressed in several analogues and how the experiences of these analogues can help formulate policies for long-duration human spaceflight missions. Analogues being studied include Antarctic bases, submarine voyages, undersea stations, Biosphere 2, and the U.S. Skylab and Russian Mir space stations.

  14. Nuclear magnetic resonance studies of macroscopic morphology and dynamics

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    Nuclear magnetic resonance techniques are traditionally used to study molecular level structure and dynamics with a noted exception in medically applied NMR imaging (MRI). In this work, new experimental methods and theory are presented relevant to the study of macroscopic morphology and dynamics using NMR field gradient techniques and solid state two-dimensional exchange NMR. The goal in this work is not to take some particular system and study it in great detail, rather it is to show the utility of a number of new and novel techniques using ideal systems primarily as a proof of principle. By taking advantage of the analogy between NMR imaging and diffraction, one may simplify the experiments necessary for characterizing the statistical properties of the sample morphology. For a sample composed of many small features, e.g. a porous medium, the NMR diffraction techniques take advantage of both the narrow spatial range and spatial isotropy of the sample's density autocorrelation function to obtain high resolution structural information in considerably less time than that required by conventional NMR imaging approaches. The time savings of the technique indicates that NMR diffraction is capable of finer spatial resolution than conventional NMR imaging techniques. Radio frequency NMR imaging with a coaxial resonator represents the first use of cylindrically symmetric field gradients in imaging. The apparatus as built has achieved resolution at the micron level for water samples, and has the potential to be very useful in the imaging of circularly symmetric systems. The study of displacement probability densities in flow through a random porous medium has revealed the presence of features related to the interconnectedness of the void volumes. The pulsed gradient techniques used have proven successful at measuring flow properties for time and length scales considerably shorter than those studied by more conventional techniques

  15. Nuclear magnetic resonance studies of macroscopic morphology and dynamics

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    Barrall, G A [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Chemistry

    1995-09-01

    Nuclear magnetic resonance techniques are traditionally used to study molecular level structure and dynamics with a noted exception in medically applied NMR imaging (MRI). In this work, new experimental methods and theory are presented relevant to the study of macroscopic morphology and dynamics using NMR field gradient techniques and solid state two-dimensional exchange NMR. The goal in this work is not to take some particular system and study it in great detail, rather it is to show the utility of a number of new and novel techniques using ideal systems primarily as a proof of principle. By taking advantage of the analogy between NMR imaging and diffraction, one may simplify the experiments necessary for characterizing the statistical properties of the sample morphology. For a sample composed of many small features, e.g. a porous medium, the NMR diffraction techniques take advantage of both the narrow spatial range and spatial isotropy of the sample`s density autocorrelation function to obtain high resolution structural information in considerably less time than that required by conventional NMR imaging approaches. The time savings of the technique indicates that NMR diffraction is capable of finer spatial resolution than conventional NMR imaging techniques. Radio frequency NMR imaging with a coaxial resonator represents the first use of cylindrically symmetric field gradients in imaging. The apparatus as built has achieved resolution at the micron level for water samples, and has the potential to be very useful in the imaging of circularly symmetric systems. The study of displacement probability densities in flow through a random porous medium has revealed the presence of features related to the interconnectedness of the void volumes. The pulsed gradient techniques used have proven successful at measuring flow properties for time and length scales considerably shorter than those studied by more conventional techniques.

  16. Resonant enhanced multiphoton ionization studies of atomic oxygen

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    Dixit, S. N.; Levin, D.; Mckoy, V.

    1987-01-01

    In resonant enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI), an atom absorbs several photons making a transition to a resonant intermediate state and subsequently ionizing out of it. With currently available tunable narrow-band lasers, the extreme sensitivity of REMPI to the specific arrangement of levels can be used to selectively probe minute amounts of a single species (atom) in a host of background material. Determination of the number density of atoms from the observed REMPI signal requires a knowledge of the multiphoton ionization cross sections. The REMPI of atomic oxygen was investigated through various excitation schemes that are feasible with available light sources. Using quantum defect theory (QDT) to estimate the various atomic parameters, the REMPI dynamics in atomic oxygen were studied incorporating the effects of saturation and a.c. Stark shifts. Results are presented for REMPI probabilities for excitation through various 2p(3) (4S sup o) np(3)P and 2p(3) (4S sup o) nf(3)F levels.

  17. Study of resonant reactions with radioactive ion beams

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    Galindo-Uribarri, A; Chavez, E; Gomez-Del Campo, J; Gross, C J; Huerta, A; Liang, J F; Ortiz, M E; Padilla, E; Pascual, S; Paul, S D; Shapira, D; Stracener, D W; Varner, R L

    2000-01-01

    A fast and efficient method to study (p,p) and (p,alpha) resonances with radioactive beams in inverse kinematics is described. It is based on the use of thick targets and large area double-sided silicon strip detectors (DSSDs) to detect the recoiling light-charged particles and to determine precisely their scattering angle. The first nuclear physics experiments with the technique have been performed recently at the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility (HRIBF) at Oak Ridge with stable beams of sup 1 sup 7 O and radioactive beams of sup 1 sup 7 F. The high-quality resonance measurements obtained demonstrate the capabilities of the technique. Pure sup 1 sup 7 F beams from HRIBF were produced by fully stripping the ions and separating the interfering and more abundant sup 1 sup 7 O ions by the beam transport system. The removal of interfering isobars is one of the various common challenges to both accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) and radioactive ion beam (RIB) production. Experiments done with RIBs will ben...

  18. International video project on natural analogues

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    A natural analogue can be defined as a natural process which has occurred in the past and is studied in order to test predictions about the future evolution of similar processes. In recent years, natural analogues have been used increasingly to test the mathematical models required for repository performance assessment. Analogues are, however, also of considerable use in public relations as they allow many of the principles involved in demonstrating repository safety to be illustrated in a clear manner using natural systems with which man is familiar. The international Natural Analogue Working Group (NAWG), organised under the auspices of the CEC, has recognised that such PR applications are of considerable importance and should be supported from a technical level. At the NAWG meeting in Pitlochry, Scotland (June 1990), it was recommended that the possibilities for making a video film on this topic be investigated and Nagra was requested to take the lead role in setting up such a project

  19. Study of 2-Iodo-3-( phenylsulfinyl)-2-propen-1-ol and its Analogues by Self-chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry

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    ZHANG,Fang(张芳); ZHANG,Fang; GUO,Yin-Long (郭寅龙); GUO,Yin-Long; WEI,Qi(魏琦); WEI,Qi; MA,Sheng-Ming (麻生明); MA,Sheng-Ming

    2001-01-01

    Tne self-chemical ionization (SCI) in quadrupole mass spectrometry was developed to determine the structure of ( E)-2-iodo-3-( phenylslfinyl)-2-propen-1-ol and its 6 analogues.Some techniques that increase the sample quantity and heating speed and shorten vaporization time to obtain high pressure in the ion source were applied to increase the chance of ionmolecule reactions. Tne structures of these compounds were identified by mass spectral data of MH+ and stone characteristic fragment ions. Conpared with the mass spectra for 2-iodo-3-(phenylsulfinyl)-2-propen-1-ols obtained in electron impact ionization (EI), SCI showed more information, in particular, an improvement in amount of information at the high mass area. Tne absence of reagent gas makes the spectrumdean and sinple.

  20. Mössbauer study of a tetrakis (pentafluorophenyl porphyrin iron (III chloride in comparison with the fluorine unsubstituted analogue

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    Kaczmarzyk Tomasz

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Mössbauer investigations, in association with density functional theory (DFT calculations, have been conducted for the molecular and electronic structures of iron (III [tetrakis (pentafluorophenyl] porphyrin chloride [(F20TPPFe:Cl], as a Fe(III-tetraphenylporphyrin complex containing chloride axial ligand and substituted hydrogen atoms by fluorine ones in the four phenyl rings, in comparison with its fluorine unsubstituted analogue [(TPPFe:Cl]. It was found that the parameters of Mössbauer spectra of both complexes are close to one another, and correspond to the high-spin state of Fe(III ions, but they show the different temperature dependence and the quadrupole doublets in Mössbauer spectra show different asymmetry at low temperatures. Results of DFT calculations are analyzed in the light of catalytic activity of the halogenated complex.

  1. Electron cyclotron resonance breakdown studies in a linear plasma system

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    Vipin K Yadav; K Sathyanarayana; D Bora

    2008-03-01

    Electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma breakdown is studied in a small linear cylindrical system with four different gases - hydrogen, helium, argon and nitrogen. Microwave power in the experimental system is delivered by a magnetron at 2.45 ± 0.02 GHz in TE10 mode and launched radially to have extra-ordinary (X) wave in plasma. The axial magnetic field required for ECR in the system is such that the fundamental ECR surface ( = 875.0 G) resides at the geometrical centre of the plasma system. ECR breakdown parameters such as plasma delay time and plasma decay time from plasma density measurements are carried out at the centre using a Langmuir probe. The operating parameters such as working gas pressure (1 × 10-5 -1 × 10-2 mbar) and input microwave power (160{800 W) are varied and the corresponding effect on the breakdown parameters is studied. The experimental results obtained are presented in this paper.

  2. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Study of Nanoscale Ionic Materials

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    Oommen, Joanna Mary

    2010-08-13

    Nanoscale ionic materials (NIMs) are a new class of nanomaterials that exhibit interesting properties including negligible vapor pressures and tunable physical states, among others. In this study, we analyzed the temperature-wise performance of NIMs using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. NIMs are relatively stable over a temperature range from 300 to 383 K, rendering them usable in high temperature applications. We confirmed the presence of covalent bonds between the SiO2 core and the sulfonate group and determined relative concentrations of aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons. These findings serve as first hand proof-of-concept for the usefulness of NMR analyses in further studies on the diffusive properties of NIMs. © 2010 The Electrochemical Society.

  3. Electron spin resonance intercomparison studies on irradiated foodstuffs

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    The results of intercomparison studies organized by the Community Bureau of Reference on the use of electron spin resonance spectroscopy for the identification of irradiated food are presented. A qualitative intercomparison was carried out using beef and trout bones, sardine scales, pistachio nut shells, dried grapes and papaya. A quantitative intercomparison involving the use of poultry bones was also organized. There was no difficulty in identifying meat bones, dried grapes and papaya. In the case of fish bones there is a need for further kinetic studies using different fish species. The identification of pistachio nut shells is more complicated and further research is needed prior to the organization of a further intercomparison. Laboratories were able to distinguish between chicken bones irradiated in the range 1 to 3 KGy or 7 to 10 KGy although there was a partial overlap between the results from different laboratories

  4. Nuclear magnetic resonance studies of cytochromes c in solution

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    Cytochromes c are small soluble proteins, which have been extensively studied by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The specific NMR features of paramagnetic proteins are discussed for the oxidized form (paramagnetic shift and line broadening). Early NMR studies have focused on the electronic structure of the heme and its direct environment. The conformations of cytochromes c are now investigated by two-dimensional 1H NMR spectroscopy combined with restrained molecular dynamics. 15N and 13C NMR, which greatly benefit from isotopic enrichment, may help in obtaining reliable 1H assignments and thus high quality solution structure. Finally, hydrogen exchange rates provide insight in the rigidity (and stability) of cytochromes c in both redox states at the atomic level. (author). 50 refs., 1 fig., 1 tab

  5. The Electron Paramagnetic Resonance in the study of tissue specimens

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    Stefaniuk, Ireneusz; Skrȩt, Andrzej; Skrȩt-Magierło, Joanna; Góra, Tomasz; Szczerba, Piotr

    2014-01-01

    The Electron Paramagnetic Spectroscopy (EPR) is the most direct and powerful method for the detection and identification of free radicals and other species with unpaired electrons. Statistics disorders are a common gynaecological disorder occurring in women. The condition afflicts around 15% of women to the extent of impairing the quality of living. According to scientific reports as many as 50% of women experiencing problems related to genital statistics disorders. The aim of this work was to investigate tissue taken from women with genital statistics disorders using the Electron Paramagnetic Resonance method. The studies on the tissue of women is one of the first studies in this area. In this work we observed a close relationship between the observed EPR signal and the consumption of omega 3 acids.

  6. Experimental study and modelling of AC characteristics of resonant Tunnelling Diodes

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    Roy Chowdhury, Dibakar

    2008-01-01

    In this thesis work, the small-signal response of the resonant tunneling diode at dierent frequencies is studied. It has been shown previously that because of the Coulomb interaction, the inherent limitation of the operating frequency and the charge relaxation (response) time of resonant tunneling diode (RTD) is not due to the resonant state lifetime [1], contrary to the general belief [2, 3]. Here we have experimentally shown that intrinsic response time of RTD is dierent than the resonant s...

  7. Isotopically labeled sulfur compounds and synthetic selenium and tellurium analogues to study sulfur metabolism in marine bacteria

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    Nelson L. Brock

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Members of the marine Roseobacter clade can degrade dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP via competing pathways releasing either methanethiol (MeSH or dimethyl sulfide (DMS. Deuterium-labeled [2H6]DMSP and the synthetic DMSP analogue dimethyltelluriopropionate (DMTeP were used in feeding experiments with the Roseobacter clade members Phaeobacter gallaeciensis DSM 17395 and Ruegeria pomeroyi DSS-3, and their volatile metabolites were analyzed by closed-loop stripping and solid-phase microextraction coupled to GC–MS. Feeding experiments with [2H6]DMSP resulted in the incorporation of a deuterium label into MeSH and DMS. Knockout of relevant genes from the known DMSP demethylation pathway to MeSH showed in both species a residual production of [2H3]MeSH, suggesting that a second demethylation pathway is active. The role of DMSP degradation pathways for MeSH and DMS formation was further investigated by using the synthetic analogue DMTeP as a probe in feeding experiments with the wild-type strain and knockout mutants. Feeding of DMTeP to the R. pomeroyi knockout mutant resulted in a diminished, but not abolished production of demethylation pathway products. These results further corroborated the proposed second demethylation activity in R. pomeroyi. Isotopically labeled [2H3]methionine and 34SO42−, synthesized from elemental 34S8, were tested to identify alternative sulfur sources besides DMSP for the MeSH production in P. gallaeciensis. Methionine proved to be a viable sulfur source for the MeSH volatiles, whereas incorporation of labeling from sulfate was not observed. Moreover, the utilization of selenite and selenate salts by marine alphaproteobacteria for the production of methylated selenium volatiles was explored and resulted in the production of numerous methaneselenol-derived volatiles via reduction and methylation. The pathway of selenate/selenite reduction, however, proved to be strictly separated from sulfate reduction.

  8. Systematic study of Optical Feshbach Resonances in an ideal gas

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    Blatt, S.; Nicholson, T. L.; Bloom, B. J.; Williams, J.R.; J. W. Thomsen; P.S. Julienne; Ye, J.(Physics Department, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, United States of America)

    2011-01-01

    Using a narrow intercombination line in alkaline earth atoms to mitigate large inelastic losses, we explore the Optical Feshbach Resonance (OFR) effect in an ultracold gas of bosonic $^{88}$Sr. A systematic measurement of three resonances allows precise determinations of the OFR strength and scaling law, in agreement with coupled-channels theory. Resonant enhancement of the complex scattering length leads to thermalization mediated by elastic and inelastic collisions in an otherwise ideal gas...

  9. Recognition of analogue and digital presented times: Alteration of the slow, negative brain-potentials and a 99m-Tc HMPAO SPECT study

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    The present study was designed to contribute to topographic and hemispheral-specifical patterns of DC-potential scalp records and the regional cerebral blood flow with 99m-Tc HMPAO SPECT in recognition analoguely (visuo-spectral task) versus digitally (arithmetical task) presented clockfaces in 23 right-handed normal volunteers. In application of the multivariate variance analysis both factors 'ART' and 'TYPE' had a significant influence on the amplitudes of the DC-potential after presentation of the first time in all recordings and after presentation of the second time in all recordings until the anterior temporal one significantly clearer potentials. The influence of the calculational process led in the parietal, occipital and right posterior temporal recordings to significantly clearer potential. Most evident were the differences between calculational task and control task in recognizing analogue times which had their maximum in the right parietal cortex. The reason, why there could be found a clearer effect in hemispheral lateralisation for the 99m-Tc HMPAO SPECT method doesn't enable an occurence - related analysis in the contrary to the DC-potentials because there is an insufficient time-solution. (author)

  10. The GLP-1 Analogue Exenatide Improves Hepatic and Muscle Insulin Sensitivity in Diabetic Rats: Tracer Studies in the Basal State and during Hyperinsulinemic-Euglycemic Clamp

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    Hui Wu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1 analogues (e.g., exenatide increase insulin secretion in diabetes but less is known about their effects on glucose production or insulin-stimulated glucose uptake in peripheral tissues. Methods. Four groups of Sprague-Dawley rats were studied: nondiabetic (control, C; nondiabetic + exenatide (C + E; diabetic (D; diabetic + exenatide (D + E with diabetes induced by streptozotocin and high fat diet. Infusion of 3-3H-glucose and U-13C-glycerol was used to measure basal rates of appearance (Ra of glucose and glycerol and gluconeogenesis from glycerol (GNG. During hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp, glucose uptake into gastrocnemius muscles was measured with 2-deoxy-D-14C-glucose. Results. In the diabetic rats, exenatide reduced the basal Ra of glucose (P<0.01 and glycerol (P<0.01 and GNG (P<0.001. During the clamp, Ra of glucose was also reduced, whereas the rate of disappearance of glucose increased and there was increased glucose uptake into muscle (P<0.01 during the clamp. In the nondiabetic rats, exenatide had no effect. Conclusion. In addition to its known effects on insulin secretion, administration of the GLP-1 analogue, exenatide, is associated with increased inhibition of gluconeogenesis and improved glucose uptake into muscle in diabetic rats, implying improved hepatic and peripheral insulin sensitivity.

  11. Resolution and Determination of the Absolute Configuration of a Twisted Bis-Lactam Analogue of Tröger's Base: A Comparative Spectroscopic and Computational Study.

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    Rúnarsson, Ögmundur Vidar; Benkhäuser, Christian; Christensen, Niels Johan; Ruiz, Josep Artacho; Ascic, Erhad; Harmata, Michael; Snieckus, Victor; Rissanen, Kari; Fristrup, Peter; Lützen, Arne; Wärnmark, Kenneth

    2015-08-21

    The first reported twisted bis-lactam, a racemic Tröger's base (TB) analogue (2), was resolved into its enantiomers on a chiral stationary phase HPLC column. The absolute configuration of (+)-2 was determined to be (R,R)-2 by comparing experimental and calculated vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) and electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectra. The absolute configuration of (-)-2 was determined by comparing experimental and calculated electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectra. The corresponding theoretical spectra were calculated using the lowest energy conformation of (R,R)-2 and (S,S)-2 at the B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level of theory. The absolute configuration of (+)-2 was also determined to (R,R)-2 by anomalous X-ray diffraction (AXRD) in a chiral space group P212121 using Cu-irradiation resulting in a very low Flack parameter of -0.06(3), despite the heaviest element being an oxygen atom, thus unambiguously confirming the results from the spectroscopic studies. We conclude that, for the Tröger's base (TB) analogue (2), we may rank the reliability of the individual methods for AC determination as AXRD ≫ VCD > ECD, while the synergy of all three methods provides very strong confidence in the assigned ACs of (+)-(R,R)-2 and (-)-(S,S)-2. PMID:26244379

  12. Electron spin resonance study of NiO antiferromagnetic nanoparticles

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    The electron spin resonance (ESR) spectra of antiferromagnetic nanoparticle NiO specimens have been investigated as a function of temperature at x-band (microwave) frequencies. Below the nominal Neel temperature, the x-band resonances arising from the bulk antiferromagnets, including NiO particles with diameters greater than 100 A, all vanish due to the emergence of large molecular exchange fields. The ESR resonance signals of 60 A antiferromagnetic nanoparticles, however, persist to the lowest temperatures. These nanoparticle resonance lines shift to lower fields rapidly as the temperature is decreased, while the lineshapes broaden and distort

  13. Experimental study of the hydrothermal alteration of a chemical analogue of the French nuclear glass in a thermal gradient: characterization of newly formed phases and of matter transfers

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    As the most dangerous radioactive wastes are to be stored in deep geological layers after having been packaged in barrels made of borosilicate glasses, this research report addresses the study of the alteration of such glasses through the study of a chemical analogue. In order to experimentally model phenomena involved within a storage, the studied glass has been submitted to different thermal gradients between 320 and 150 C and during 3 to 5 months. These gradients comply with those met about the parcels, and allows the spatial evolution of the waste parcel at a given moment, as well as the evolution in time (progressive cooling of wastes) to be simultaneously simulated. The different phases formed within the gradient have been studied and characterized by scanning electronic microscopy, semi-quantitative microanalysis, and X-ray micro-diffraction

  14. Cavum septum pellucidum in schizophrenia. A magnetic resonance imaging study

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    In order to determine if cavum septum pellucidum (CSP) is more prevalent in schizophrenic patients, we studied 72 Japanese patients who fulfilled the DSM-III-R criteria for schizophrenia and 41 normal controls. Sagittal, 1 mm thick magnetic resonance imaging slices of the entire cranium were obtained using a gradient-echo pulse sequence, and coronal and axial images were reconstructed for assessment. A CSP was observed in 34 patients (47.2%) and in 16 controls (38.0%). Although the CSP appeared to be more prevalent in schizophrenic patients, this difference was not statistically significant. However, schizophrenic patients with a history of long-term institutionalization had a higher incidence of CSP compared with patients who had not been admitted to hospital for more than 3 years (68.2 vs 38.0%). These results suggest that the CSP may be a pathophysiology that characterizes schizophrenic patients with poor prognoses. (author)

  15. Phosphorus-31 nuclear magnetic resonance studies of photosynthesizing Chlorella

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    Phosphorus-31 nuclear magnetic resonance studies of intact Chlorella cells under light and dark conditions are described. Psub(i), ATP, NAD, UDP-glucose and polyphosphate were observed in the cell. The presence of two compartments was postulated from two intracellular Psub(i) signals, whose chemical shift values were dependent on illumination. These two Psub(i) signals were assigned to those in the stroma of chloroplasts and in the cytoplasm based on their response to the light and dark cycle, and to the treatment of cells with 3-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethylurea. In the light the chloroplastic pH became more alkaline, while the cytoplasmic pH became more acidic. An increase in ATP was also observed upon illumination. (orig.)

  16. Polarized proton radiative capture studies of giant resonances

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    1980-01-01

    Several interesting E1, M1, and E2 resonance studies in (p Vector,..gamma..) reactions are discussed. These include a unique determination of E1 amplitudes in the /sup 12/C(p Vector,..gamma../sub 0/)/sup 13/N reaction, E2 strength in the /sup 15/N(p Vector,..gamma../sub 0/)/sup 16/O reaction, M1 decays to the ground states and to the excited O/sup +/ states of the doubly magic /sup 16/O and /sup 40/Ca nuclei, and the M1 ..gamma..-decay of the stretched 4/sup -/, T = 1 particle-hole state in /sup 16/O. 8 figures.

  17. Magnetic resonance imaging in schizophrenia: a morphometric study

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    Thirty-three patients with chronic schizophrenia and 21 normal subjects were submitted to magnetic resonance imaging studies using a 1.5 T scanner. Axial and coronal T 2-weighted images were obtained. The volumes of the brain, intracranial, supratentorial, infratentorial and the total, ventricular and subarachnoid cerebrospinal fluid volumes were measured using semi-automated morphometric methods. The volumes of the amygdala-hippocampus complex, para hippocampal gyrus cortex, putamen, globus pallidus, temporal lobe, gray and white matter of temporal lobe were also measured. These volumes were normalized using the intracranial volume as reference. The most relevant findings observed were reduced brain volume and increased total, ventricular and subarachnoid cerebrospinal fluid volumes in patients with schizophrenia when compared to the controls. Patients with schizophrenia had also smaller amygdala-hippocampus complexes, temporal lobes and temporal lobe white matter than the controls, as well as increased putamen volumes. (author)

  18. Analogue imprecision in MLP training

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    Edwards, PJ

    1996-01-01

    Hardware inaccuracy and imprecision are important considerations when implementing neural algorithms. This book presents a study of synaptic weight noise as a typical fault model for analogue VLSI realisations of MLP neural networks and examines the implications for learning and network performance. The aim of the book is to present a study of how including an imprecision model into a learning scheme as a"fault tolerance hint" can aid understanding of accuracy and precision requirements for a particular implementation. In addition the study shows how such a scheme can give rise to significant

  19. Cobalamin analogues in humans

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    Hardlei, Tore Forsingdal; Obeid, Rima; Herrmann, Wolfgang;

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Haptocorrin (HC) carries cobalamin analogues (CorA), but whether CorA are produced in the body is unknown. All cobalamins (Cbl) to the foetus are delivered by the Cbl-specific protein transcobalamin (TC), and therefore analysis of cord serum for CorA may help to clarify the origin of ......A in the human body are derived from Cbl....

  20. ACTINOMYCIN D ANALOGUES

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    1997-01-01

    The present invention relates to new compounds being structurally and functionally similar to Actinomycin D and to combinatorial libraries of such compounds. The Actinomycin D analogues according to the present invention comprise two linear or cyclic peptide moieties constituted by $g...

  1. Study of Nonpolaritons in a Kerr Nonlinear Optical Resonator

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    WAN Jin-Yin; CHENG Ze

    2006-01-01

    We find that in a Kerr nonlinear optical resonator, the photon system possesses a new kind of quasiparticle,the nonpolariton. The existence of nonpolaritons should be testified by observing the energy density dependence of the velocity and squeezing of nonpolaritons. As we have investigated, the transition energy density of a Kerr nonlinear optical resonator is larger than that of a normal state.

  2. Insulin analogues in pregnancy and specific congenital anomalies

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    de Jong, Josta; Garne, Ester; Wender-Ozegowska, Ewa;

    2016-01-01

    Insulin analogues are commonly used in pregnant women with diabetes. It is not known if the use of insulin analogues in pregnancy is associated with any higher risk of congenital anomalies in the offspring compared with use of human insulin. We performed a literature search for studies of pregnant...... women with pregestational diabetes using insulin analogues in the first trimester and information on congenital anomalies. The studies were analysed to compare the congenital anomaly rate among foetuses of mothers using insulin analogues with foetuses of mothers using human insulin. Of 29 studies, we...... included 1286 foetuses of mothers using short-acting insulin analogues with 1089 references of mothers using human insulin and 768 foetuses of mothers using long-acting insulin analogues with 685 references of mothers using long-acting human insulin (Neutral Protamine Hagedorn). The congenital anomaly rate...

  3. Exotic Charmonium and Bottomonium-like Resonances

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    Many new states in the charmonium and bottomonium mass region were recently discovered by the BaBar, Belle and CDF Collaborations. We use the QCD Sum Rule approach to study the possible structure of some of these states. In particular we identify the recently observed bottomonium-like resonance Z+b(10610) with the first excitation of the tetraquark Xb(1++), the analogue of the X(3872) state in the charm sector.

  4. Study of lone working magnetic resonance technologists in Western Australia

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    Tracy Anne Dewland

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: It is recommended that magnetic resonance (MR technologists should not work alone due to potential occupational health risks although lone working is legally acceptable. The objective of this study was to investigate the current situation of lone working MR technologists in Western Australia (WA and any issue against the regulations. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire regarding the issues of occupational health of lone working MR technologists was developed based on relevant literature and distributed to WA MR technologists. Descriptive (percentage of frequency, mean and standard deviation and inferential statistics (Fisher's exact, Chi2 and t tests, and analysis of variance were used to analyze the responses of the yes/no, multiple choice and 5 pt scale questions from the returned questionnaires. Results: The questionnaire response rate was 65.6% (59/90. It was found that about half of the MR technologists (45.8%, 27/59 experienced lone working. The private magnetic resonance imaging (MRI centers were more likely to arrange technologists to work alone (p < 0.05. The respondents expressed positive views on issues of adequacy of training and arrangement, confidence and comfort towards lone working except immediate assistance for emergency (mean: 3. Factors of existence of MRI safety officer (p < 0.05 and nature of lone working (p < 0.001-0.05 affected MR technologists' concerns. Conclusions: Lone working of MR technologists is common in WA especially in private centers. The training and arrangement provided seem to be adequate for meeting the legal requirements. However, several areas should be improved by the workplaces including enhancement on immediate emergency assistance and concern relief.

  5. Interference effect on resonance studies in searches of heavy particles

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    Bian, Ligong; Liu, Da; Shu, Jing; Zhang, Yongchao

    2016-05-01

    The interference between resonance signal and continuum background can be either constructive or destructive, depending on the relative sign of couplings between the signal and background amplitudes. Different interference schemes lead to asymmetric distortions of the resonance line shape, which could be distinguished in experiments, when the internal resonance width is larger than the detector resolution. Interpreting the ATLAS diboson excesses by means of a toy W‧ model as an illustrative example (though it is disfavored by the 13 TeV data), we find that the signs of resonance couplings can only be revealed in the line shape measurements up to a high confidence level at a high luminosity, which could bring us further information on the underlying theory beyond resonance searches at future lepton and hadron colliders.

  6. CEC natural analogue working group

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    The second meeting of the CEC Natural Analogue Working Group took place on June 17-19, 1986, hosted by the Swiss NAGRA in Interlaken (CH). A review of recent progress in natural analogue programmes was carried out, and complemented by detailed discussions about geomicrobiology, archaeological analogues, natural colloids, and use of analogues to increase confidence in safety assessments for radioactive waste disposal. A statement drafted by the Group, and the presentations made, are put together in this report

  7. Comparison of long-term geochemical interactions at two natural CO2-analogues : Montmiral (Southeast Basin, France) and Messokampos (Florina Basin, Greece) case studies

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    Carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage is considered to be a viable strategy to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released to the atmosphere. When assessing the feasibility of current or future CO2 storage projects, mineral trapping within a reservoir is considered as a key mechanism for the permanent sequestration of CO2. There are many occurrences worldwide, where natural CO2 has been trapped in geological reservoirs. These natural CO2 analogues provide a unique opportunity to study the reactivity, due to CO2 interactions, which occurred in the reservoirs over a geologic timeframe. Therefore, the study of analogous natural CO2-rich reservoirs, which act as long-term laboratories, are an important part of the assessment of the long-term geochemical effects of geological CO2 storage. This paper referred to 2 natural CO2 sites studied under the Natural Analogues for the Storage of CO2 in the Geological Environment (NASCENT) Project. The Montmiral reservoir in France's Southeast Basin is a high-temperature and high-pressure reservoir at great depth (100 degrees C and 36 MPa). The Messokampos reservoir in Greece's Florina Basin is a shallow, low temperature and low-pressure reservoir (25 degrees C and 0.5 MPa). Both are sandstone reservoirs, and feldspar alteration is the key interaction in both cases between dissolved CO2, the formation water and the reservoir rock. Both natural analogues were studied in detail petrographically and through geochemical modelling in order to characterize and explain the water-rock-gas interactions in the different geological contexts. The purpose was to assess the consequences of these interactions on CO2 storage capacity and porosity of the host rock. It was concluded that the reservoir's temperature and pressure conditions determine the impact of CO2 interactions, with elevated temperatures significantly increasing the reaction rates of mineral-trapping reactions. This is particularly significant when choosing future CO2

  8. Comparison of long-term geochemical interactions at two natural CO{sub 2}-analogues : Montmiral (Southeast Basin, France) and Messokampos (Florina Basin, Greece) case studies

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    Gaus, I.; Le Guern, C.; Pauwels, H. [Bureau de Recherches Geologiques et Minieres, Orleans (France); Pearce, J.; Shepherd, T. [British Geological Survey, Nottingham (United Kingdom); Hatziyannis, G.; Metaxas, A. [Inst. of Geology and Mineral Exploration, Athens (Greece)

    2005-07-01

    Carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) capture and storage is considered to be a viable strategy to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released to the atmosphere. When assessing the feasibility of current or future CO{sub 2} storage projects, mineral trapping within a reservoir is considered as a key mechanism for the permanent sequestration of CO{sub 2}. There are many occurrences worldwide, where natural CO{sub 2} has been trapped in geological reservoirs. These natural CO{sub 2} analogues provide a unique opportunity to study the reactivity, due to CO{sub 2} interactions, which occurred in the reservoirs over a geologic timeframe. Therefore, the study of analogous natural CO{sub 2}-rich reservoirs, which act as long-term laboratories, are an important part of the assessment of the long-term geochemical effects of geological CO{sub 2} storage. This paper referred to 2 natural CO{sub 2} sites studied under the Natural Analogues for the Storage of CO2 in the Geological Environment (NASCENT) Project. The Montmiral reservoir in France's Southeast Basin is a high-temperature and high-pressure reservoir at great depth (100 degrees C and 36 MPa). The Messokampos reservoir in Greece's Florina Basin is a shallow, low temperature and low-pressure reservoir (25 degrees C and 0.5 MPa). Both are sandstone reservoirs, and feldspar alteration is the key interaction in both cases between dissolved CO{sub 2}, the formation water and the reservoir rock. Both natural analogues were studied in detail petrographically and through geochemical modelling in order to characterize and explain the water-rock-gas interactions in the different geological contexts. The purpose was to assess the consequences of these interactions on CO{sub 2} storage capacity and porosity of the host rock. It was concluded that the reservoir's temperature and pressure conditions determine the impact of CO{sub 2} interactions, with elevated temperatures significantly increasing the reaction rates of

  9. Studies of Beam Induced Electron Cloud Resonances in Dipole Magnetic Fields

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    Calvey, J R; Makita, J; Venturini, M

    2016-01-01

    The buildup of low energy electrons in an accelerator, known as electron cloud, can be severely detrimental to machine performance. Under certain beam conditions, the beam can become resonant with the cloud dynamics, accelerating the buildup of electrons. This paper will examine two such effects: multipacting resonances, in which the cloud development time is resonant with the bunch spacing, and cyclotron resonances, in which the cyclotron period of electrons in a magnetic field is a multiple of bunch spacing. Both resonances have been studied directly in dipole fields using retarding field analyzers installed in the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR). These measurements are supported by both analytical models and computer simulations.

  10. Pharmacophore modeling, 3D-QSAR, and docking study of pyrozolo[1,5-a]pyridine/4,4-dimethylpyrazolone analogues as PDE4 selective inhibitors.

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    Tripuraneni, Naga Srinivas; Azam, Mohammed Afzal

    2015-11-01

    Phosphodiesterases 4 enzyme is an attractive target for the design of anti-inflammatory and bronchodilator agents. In the present study pharmacophore and atom based 3D-QSAR studies were carried out for pyrozolo[1,5-a]pyridine/4,4-dimethylpyrazolone analogues. A five point pharmacophore model was developed using 52 molecules having pIC50 values ranging from 9.959 to 3.939. The best predictive pharmacophoric hypothesis AHHRR.3 was characterized by survival score (2.944), cross validated (r(2) = 0.8147), regression coefficient (R(2) = 0.9545) and Fisher ratio (F =173) with 4 component PLS factor. Results explained that one hydrogen bond acceptor, two aromatic rings and two hydrophobic groups are crucial for the PDE4 inhibition. The docking studies of all selected inhibitors in the active site of PDE4 showed crucial hydrogen bond interactions with Asp392, Asn395 Tyr233, and Gln443 residues. The pharmacophoric features R15 and R16 exhibited π-π stacking with His234, Phe414, and Phe446 residues. The generated model was further validated by carrying out the decoy test. The binding free energies of these inhibitors in the catalytic domain of 1XMU were calculated by the molecular mechanics/generalized Born surface area VSGB 2.0 method. The results of molecular dynamics simulation confirmed the extra precision docking-predicted priority for binding sites, the accuracy of docking, and the reliability of active conformations. Pyrozolo[1,5-a]pyridine/4,4-dimethylpyrazolone analogues in this study showed lower binding affinity toward PDE3A in comparison to PDE4. Outcomes of the present study provide insight in designing novel molecules with better PDE4 inhibitory activity. Graphical Abstract Pyrozolo[1,5-a]pyridines/4,4-dimethylpyrazolones. PMID:26499496

  11. Electronic structure and vibrational spectra of cis-diammine(orotato)platinum(II), a potential cisplatin analogue: DFT and experimental study

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    Wysokiński, Rafał; Hernik, Katarzyna; Szostak, Roman; Michalska, Danuta

    2007-03-01

    Orotic acid (vitamin B 13) is a key intermediate in biosynthesis of the pyrimidine nucleotides in living organisms, moreover, it may serve as the biological carrier for some metal ions. cis-Diammine(orotato)platinum(II), cis-[Pt(C 5H 2N 2O 4)(NH 3) 2] can be considered as a new potential cisplatin analogue. The FT-Raman and FT-IR spectra of the title complex are reported, for the first time. The molecular structure, vibrational frequencies, and the theoretical infrared and Raman intensities have been calculated by the density functional mPW1PW91 method. The detailed vibrational assignment has been made on the basis of the calculated potential energy distribution. The theoretically predicted IR and Raman spectra show very good agreement with experiment. Natural bond orbital (NBO) analyses were performed for cisplatin, carboplatin and the title complex. The results provided new data on the nature of platinum-ligand bonding in these compounds. Strong intramolecular hydrogen bond between the orotate ligand and the coordinated ammonia group stabilizes the structure of the platinum(II) complex. Thus, it is suggested that the orotate ligand in the title complex is more inert to the substitution reactions than the chloride ligands in cisplatin.

  12. Electronic structure and vibrational spectra of cis-diammine(orotato)platinum(II), a potential cisplatin analogue: DFT and experimental study

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    Orotic acid (vitamin B13) is a key intermediate in biosynthesis of the pyrimidine nucleotides in living organisms, moreover, it may serve as the biological carrier for some metal ions. cis-Diammine(orotato)platinum(II), cis-[Pt(C5H2N2O4)(NH3)2] can be considered as a new potential cisplatin analogue. The FT-Raman and FT-IR spectra of the title complex are reported, for the first time. The molecular structure, vibrational frequencies, and the theoretical infrared and Raman intensities have been calculated by the density functional mPW1PW91 method. The detailed vibrational assignment has been made on the basis of the calculated potential energy distribution. The theoretically predicted IR and Raman spectra show very good agreement with experiment. Natural bond orbital (NBO) analyses were performed for cisplatin, carboplatin and the title complex. The results provided new data on the nature of platinum-ligand bonding in these compounds. Strong intramolecular hydrogen bond between the orotate ligand and the coordinated ammonia group stabilizes the structure of the platinum(II) complex. Thus, it is suggested that the orotate ligand in the title complex is more inert to the substitution reactions than the chloride ligands in cisplatin

  13. CEC Natural Analogue Working Group

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    The central theme for the third meeting of the CEC analogue working group was ''How can analogue data be used for performance assessments, both in support of the results and for presentation to the public''. This report puts together the most recent achievements in this field, together with a review of on-going natural analogue programmes

  14. Recent advances in biosynthetic modeling of nitric oxide reductases and insights gained from nuclear resonance vibrational and other spectroscopic studies

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    Chakraborty, Saumen; Reed, Julian; Sage, Timothy; Branagan, Nicole C.; Petrik, Igor D.; Miner, Kyle D.; Hu, Michael Y.; Zhao, Jiyong; Alp, E. Ercan; Lu, Yi

    2015-10-05

    This Forum Article focuses on recent advances in structural and spectroscopic studies of biosynthetic models of nitric oxide reductases (NORs). NORs are complex metalloenzymes found in the denitrification pathway of Earth's nitrogen cycle where they catalyze the proton-dependent twoelectron reduction of nitric oxide (NO) to nitrous oxide (N2O). While much progress has been made in biochemical and biophysical studies of native NORs and their variants, a. clear mechanistic understanding of this important metalloenzyme related to its function is still elusive. We report herein UV vis and nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS) studies of mononitrosylated intermediates of the NOR reaction of a biosynthetic model. The ability to selectively substitute metals at either heme or nonheme metal sites allows the introduction of independent 57Fe probe atoms at either site, as well as allowing the preparation of analogues of stable reaction intermediates by replacing either metal with a redox inactive metal. Together with previous structural and spectroscopic results, we summarize insights gained from studying these biosynthetic models toward understanding structural features responsible for the NOR activity and its mechanism. As a result, the outlook on NOR modeling is also discussed, with an emphasis on the design of models capable of catalytic turnovers designed based on close mimics of the secondary coordination sphere of native NORs.

  15. Selenoether oxytocin analogues have analgesic properties in a mouse model of chronic abdominal pain.

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    de Araujo, Aline Dantas; Mobli, Mehdi; Castro, Joel; Harrington, Andrea M; Vetter, Irina; Dekan, Zoltan; Muttenthaler, Markus; Wan, JingJing; Lewis, Richard J; King, Glenn F; Brierley, Stuart M; Alewood, Paul F

    2014-01-01

    Poor oral availability and susceptibility to reduction and protease degradation is a major hurdle in peptide drug development. However, drugable receptors in the gut present an attractive niche for peptide therapeutics. Here we demonstrate, in a mouse model of chronic abdominal pain, that oxytocin receptors are significantly upregulated in nociceptors innervating the colon. Correspondingly, we develop chemical strategies to engineer non-reducible and therefore more stable oxytocin analogues. Chemoselective selenide macrocyclization yields stabilized analogues equipotent to native oxytocin. Ultra-high-field nuclear magnetic resonance structural analysis of native oxytocin and the seleno-oxytocin derivatives reveals that oxytocin has a pre-organized structure in solution, in marked contrast to earlier X-ray crystallography studies. Finally, we show that these seleno-oxytocin analogues potently inhibit colonic nociceptors both in vitro and in vivo in mice with chronic visceral hypersensitivity. Our findings have potentially important implications for clinical use of oxytocin analogues and disulphide-rich peptides in general. PMID:24476666

  16. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study Using True versus Sham Acupuncture

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI has been shown to detect the specificity of acupuncture points, as proved by numerous studies. In this study, resting-state fMRI was used to observe brain areas activated by acupuncture at the Taichong (LR3 acupoint. A total of 15 healthy subjects received brain resting-state fMRI before acupuncture and after sham and true acupuncture, respectively, at LR3. Image data processing was performed using Data Processing Assistant for Resting-State fMRI and REST software. The combination of amplitude of low-frequency fluctuation (ALFF and regional homogeneity (ReHo was used to analyze the changes in brain function during sham and true acupuncture. Acupuncture at LR3 can specifically activate or deactivate brain areas related to vision, movement, sensation, emotion, and analgesia. The specific alterations in the anterior cingulate gyrus, thalamus, and cerebellar posterior lobe have a crucial effect and provide a valuable reference. Sham acupuncture has a certain effect on psychological processes and does not affect brain areas related to function.

  17. Studies of Nucleon Resonance Structure in Exclusive Meson Electroproduction

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    Aznauryan, I G; Braun, V; Brodsky, S J; Burkert, V D; Chang, L; Chen, Ch; El-Bennich, B; Cloët, I C; Cole, P L; Edwards, R G; Fedotov, G V; Giannini, M M; Gothe, R W; Lin, Huey-Wen; Kroll, P; Lee, T -S H; Melnitchouk, W; Mokeev, V I; Peña, M T; Ramalho, G; Roberts, C D; Santopinto, E; de Teramond, G F; Tsushima, K; Wilson, D J

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    Studies of the structure of excited baryons are key to the N* program at Jefferson Lab. Within the first year of data taking with the Hall B CLAS12 detector following the 12 GeV upgrade, a dedicated experiment will aim to extract the N* electrocouplings at high photon virtualities Q2. This experiment will allow exploration of the structure of N* resonances at the highest photon virtualities ever yet achieved, with a kinematic reach up to Q2 = 12 GeV2. This high-Q2 reach will make it possible to probe the excited nucleon structures at distance scales ranging from where effective degrees of freedom, such as constituent quarks, are dominant through the transition to where nearly massless bare-quark degrees of freedom are relevant. In this document, we present a detailed description of the physics that can be addressed through N* structure studies in exclusive meson electroproduction. The discussion includes recent advances in reaction theory for extracting N* electrocouplings from meson electroproduction off pro...

  18. Multinuclear nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopic study of cartilage proteoglycans

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    Hyaline cartilage is a composite material whose major function is to withstand compression while retaining flexibility. Its mechanical properties are affected by tissue hydration and ionic composition. Models of the mechanical behavior of cartilage have incorporated certain assumptions about the interactions of the major components of cartilage: collagen, proteoglycans, water, and cations. To determine the validity of these assumption, the authors have used nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). Two approaches have been used: (a) natural abundance carbon-13 NMR; and (b) NMR of sodium-23, potassium-39, magnesium-25, and calcium-43. Evidence from studies in intact tissues are reinforced by extensive measurements on solutions of proteoglycans and other relevant macromolecules. Based on the measurements of NMR relaxation rates and lineshapes reported here, it is concluded that neither sodium nor potassium interact strongly with bovine nasal proteoglycan aggregates or their substituent glycosaminoglycan chains in solution. Proteoglycans do bind magnesium and calcium. Therefore there is a qualitative difference between monovalent and divalent cations, which is not taken into account by polyelectrolyte models or models for the ionic dependence of mechanical properties. Cation binding to heparin, which has a higher charge density than cartilage proteoglycans, was also studied. The results presented here establish that heparin binds sodium, magnesium, and calcium

  19. Nucleon Resonance Structure Studies Via Exclusive KY Electroproduction

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    2016-01-01

    Studying the structure of excited nucleon states employing the electroproduction of exclusive reactions is an important avenue for exploring the nature of the non-perturbative strong interaction. The electrocouplings of $N^*$ states in the mass range below 1.8~GeV have been determined from analyses of CLAS $\\pi N$, $\\eta N$, and $\\pi \\pi N$ data. This work has made it clear that consistent results from independent analyses of several exclusive channels with different couplings and non-resonant backgrounds but the same $N^*$ electro-excitation amplitudes, is essential to have confidence in the extracted results. In terms of hadronic coupling, many high-lying $N^*$ states preferentially decay through the $\\pi \\pi N$ channel instead of $\\pi N$. Data from the $KY$ channels will therefore be critical to provide an independent analysis to compare the extracted electrocouplings for the high-lying $N^*$ states against those determined from the $\\pi N$ and $\\pi \\pi N$ channels. A program to study excited $N^*$ state s...

  20. Polaron hopping in olivine phosphates studied by nuclear resonant scattering

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    Valence fluctuations of Fe2+ and Fe3+ were studied in a solid solution of LixFePO4 by nuclear resonant forward scattering of synchrotron x rays while the sample was heated in a diamond-anvil pressure cell. The spectra acquired at different temperatures and pressures were analyzed for the frequencies of valence changes using the Blume-Tjon model of a system with a fluctuating Hamiltonian. These frequencies were analyzed to obtain activation energies and an activation volume for polaron hopping. There was a large suppression of hopping frequency with pressure, giving an anomalously large activation volume. This large, positive value is typical of ion diffusion, which indicates correlated motions of polarons, and Li+ ions that alter the dynamics of both. In a parallel study of NaxFePO4, the interplay between sodium ordering and electron mobility was investigated using a combination of synchrotron x-ray diffraction and nuclear resonant scattering. Conventional Mossbauer spectra were collected while the sample was heated in a resistive furnace. An analysis of the temperature evolution of the spectral shapes was used to identify the onset of fast electron hopping and determine the polaron hopping rate. Synchrotron x-ray diffraction measurements were carried out in the same temperature range. Reitveld analysis of the diffraction patterns was used to determine the temperature of sodium redistribution on the lattice. The diffraction analysis also provides new information about the phase stability of the system. The temperature evolution of the iron site occupancies from the Mossbauer measurements, combined with the synchrotron diffraction results give strong evidence for a relationship between the onset of fast electron dynamics and the redistribution of sodium in the lattice. Measurements of activation barriers for polaron hopping gave fundamental insights about the correlation between electronic carriers and mobile ions. This work established that polaron-ion interactions

  1. Is the clogging process in Maqarin natural analogue controlled by accessory clay minerals? A reactive transport study with new data.

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    Shao, H.; Kosakowski, G.; Berner, U.; Kulik, D.; Mäder, U.; Kolditz, O.

    2012-04-01

    The safety of nuclear waste repositories is based on the functionality of multiple natural and engineered barriers for very long time. The barrier system typically combines geochemically different materials that might interact with each other. One example is the long term alteration of sedimentary host rocks by the interaction with high pH pore water from cement materials used for tunnel support, seals and as backfill material. Within this context the Maqarin site in Jordan was investigated since more than 20 years as a natural analogue for rock alterations and pore clogging due to ingress of high pH solutions. In this work we examine the geochemical evolution of Maqarin marl rock in contact with a fracture through which a hyper-alkaline groundwater is circulating. The new reactive transport calculations were performed with the code OpenGeoSys-GEMS and utilize a state-of-the-art geochemical model for cement-clay interactions. The simulations reveal that the precipitation of ettringite, and to a smaller extent the precipitation of calcium-silicate-hydrate (CSH), is responsible for pore clogging in the rock matrix. Clogging of the pore space effectively seals the rock matrix on a centimeter scale after some hundreds of years and suppresses mass transfer of solutes from the fracture into the adjacent rock. In our Maqarin marl rock model typical clay minerals like kaolinite and illite are present in accessory mineral quantities only. A sensitivity analysis reveals that in this setup clay minerals are the main source for Al, necessary for the formation of ettringite-type solid solutions. It is thus the clay mineral content and the dissolution reactions that to a large degree control the spatial and temporal precipitation of ettringites and the associated pore clogging. Recently collected mineralogy and porosity data will be used to re-calibrate the model and to verify our improved findings that overall Maqarin system is controlled by accessory clay minerals.

  2. A Study of Electromagnetic Transition of △(1232) Resonance

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    DONG Yu-Bing; LIU Jian

    2004-01-01

    Point form relativistic dynamics of relativistic quantum mechanics is employed to estimate the photon and electroproduction amplitudes of △(1232) resonance. Results are compared with the non-relativistic work, and the differences between the two frame works are discussed.

  3. Novel nuclear magnetic resonance techniques for studying biological molecules

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    Over the fifty-five year history of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), considerable progress has been made in the development of techniques for studying the structure, function, and dynamics of biological molecules. The majority of this research has involved the development of multi-dimensional NMR experiments for studying molecules in solution, although in recent years a number of groups have begun to explore NMR methods for studying biological systems in the solid-state. Despite this new effort, a need still exists for the development of techniques that improve sensitivity, maximize information, and take advantage of all the NMR interactions available in biological molecules. In this dissertation, a variety of novel NMR techniques for studying biomolecules are discussed. A method for determining backbone (φ/ψ) dihedral angles by comparing experimentally determined 13Ca, chemical-shift anisotropies with theoretical calculations is presented, along with a brief description of the theory behind chemical-shift computation in proteins and peptides. The utility of the Spin-Polarization Induced Nuclear Overhauser Effect (SPINOE) to selectively enhance NMR signals in solution is examined in a variety of systems, as are methods for extracting structural information from cross-relaxation rates that can be measured in SPINOE experiments. Techniques for the production of supercritical and liquid laser-polarized xenon are discussed, as well as the prospects for using optically pumped xenon as a polarizing solvent. In addition, a detailed study of the structure of PrP 89-143 is presented. PrP 89-143 is a 54 residue fragment of the prion proteins which, upon mutation and aggregation, can induce prion diseases in transgenic mice. Whereas the structure of the wild-type PrP 89-143 is a generally unstructured mixture of α-helical and β-sheet conformers in the solid state, the aggregates formed from the PrP 89-143 mutants appear to be mostly β-sheet.

  4. Novel nuclear magnetic resonance techniques for studying biological molecules

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    Laws, David D.

    2000-06-01

    Over the fifty-five year history of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), considerable progress has been made in the development of techniques for studying the structure, function, and dynamics of biological molecules. The majority of this research has involved the development of multi-dimensional NMR experiments for studying molecules in solution, although in recent years a number of groups have begun to explore NMR methods for studying biological systems in the solid-state. Despite this new effort, a need still exists for the development of techniques that improve sensitivity, maximize information, and take advantage of all the NMR interactions available in biological molecules. In this dissertation, a variety of novel NMR techniques for studying biomolecules are discussed. A method for determining backbone ({phi}/{psi}) dihedral angles by comparing experimentally determined {sup 13}C{sub a}, chemical-shift anisotropies with theoretical calculations is presented, along with a brief description of the theory behind chemical-shift computation in proteins and peptides. The utility of the Spin-Polarization Induced Nuclear Overhauser Effect (SPINOE) to selectively enhance NMR signals in solution is examined in a variety of systems, as are methods for extracting structural information from cross-relaxation rates that can be measured in SPINOE experiments. Techniques for the production of supercritical and liquid laser-polarized xenon are discussed, as well as the prospects for using optically pumped xenon as a polarizing solvent. In addition, a detailed study of the structure of PrP 89-143 is presented. PrP 89-143 is a 54 residue fragment of the prion proteins which, upon mutation and aggregation, can induce prion diseases in transgenic mice. Whereas the structure of the wild-type PrP 89-143 is a generally unstructured mixture of {alpha}-helical and {beta}-sheet conformers in the solid state, the aggregates formed from the PrP 89-143 mutants appear to be mostly {beta}-sheet.

  5. Study of Condensable Ion Production by Resonant Laser Ionization

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    2016-01-01

    This doctoral thesis describes the implementation, optimization and development of a Resonant Ionization LaserIon Source (RILIS) at the GANIL facility (Caen, France). The RILIS is a selective ion source technique which isbased on a step-wise resonant excitation process where the elements of interest are ionized via atomic resonantexcitation by laser radiation. The off-line RILIS test bench at GANIL consists of three tunable titanium:sapphirelasers and a hot-cavity ion source. In this thesis, ...

  6. Magnetic resonance studies of brain function and neurochemistry

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    Uǧurbil, K.; Adriany, G.; Andersen, P; Chen, W.; Gruetter, R.; Hu, X.; Merkle, H; Kim, D.-S.; Kim, S. -G.; Strupp, J.; Zhu, X H; Ogawa, S

    2000-01-01

    In the short time since its introduction, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has rapidly evolved to become an indispensable tool for clinical diagnosis and biomedical research. Recently, this methodology has been successfully used for the acquisition of functional, physiological, and biochemical information in intact systems, particularly in the human body. The ability to map areas of altered neuronal activity in the brain, often referred to as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), is p...

  7. Characterization of Nucleobase Analogue FRET Acceptor tCnitro

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    Preus, Søren; Börjesson, Karl; Kilså, Kristine; Albinsson, Bo; Wilhelmsson, L. Marcus

    2010-01-01

    The fluorescent nucleobase analogues of the tricyclic cytosine (tC) family, tC and tCO, possess high fluorescence quantum yields and single fluorescence lifetimes, even after incorporation into double-stranded DNA, which make these base analogues particularly useful as fluorescence resonance ener...

  8. Gastric inhibitory polypeptide analogues

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    Holst, Jens Juul

    2002-01-01

    and its analogues are attractive as therapeutic agents for type 2 diabetes mellitus, analogues of GIP are unlikely to be effective. On the other hand, GIP seems to play an important role in lipid metabolism, promoting the disposal of ingested lipids, and mice with a targeted deletion of the GIP...... of GIP and GLP-1 receptors, the incretin effect is essential for normal glucose tolerance. In patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus it turns out that the incretin effect is severely impaired or abolished. The explanation seems to be that both the secretion of GLP-1 and the effect of GIP are impaired...... (whereas both the secretion of GIP and the effect of GLP-1 are near normal). The impaired GLP-1 secretion is probably a consequence of diabetic metabolic disturbances. The known genetic variations in the GIP receptor sequence are not associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus, but a defective insulinotropic...

  9. Nuclear magnetic resonance studies of materials for spintronic applications

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    Since its discovery in liquids and also in solid matter in 1946, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) has been widely established as a standard tool for structural analysis of a wide range of materials. This review outlines recent NMR studies on materials considered to be useful in spintronic applications. Spintronics is a new research field which combines the use of both the charge and the spin of an electron as information carriers, which promises distinct advantages over conventional electronics which makes use only of the charge of electrons. A successful application of materials in spintronic devices requires a detailed knowledge of the interplay between the structure and the magnetic and electronic properties on an atomic scale. NMR probes the local environments of the active nuclei. This local character of NMR arises from local contributions to the hyperfine field, namely, the transferred field which depends on the nearest neighbour atoms and their magnetic moments. This enables NMR to study the structural properties of bulk samples as well as of thin films of spin polarized materials. Moreover, NMR spectroscopy also provides an indirect tool to measure the density of states of spin polarized materials via a measurement of the temperature dependence of the spin-lattice relaxation time. This review starts with an introduction into the basic concepts of NMR followed by a description of the important aspects of a pulsed NMR experiment. Thereafter, information obtained by an NMR experiment is addressed. In the subsequent main part, selected recent NMR studies (published roughly after the year 2000) of materials for spintronic applications are presented including NMR studies of, for example, Co thin films, Heusler compounds, double perovskites and pyrites. (topical review)

  10. Arsenic hydride radicals studied by laser magnetic resonance spectroscopy

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    Arsenic hydride radicals have been studied by Laser Magnetic Resonance (LMR) spectroscopy. Their spectra have been analysed to give molecular parameters whose interpretation has provided information on the molecular and electronic structure of these species. In LMR spectroscopy an applied magnetic field removes the degeneracy of the MJ levels of a paramagnetic species. Scanning the magnetic field tunes rotational transitions between these levels into resonance with a nearby laser line leading to the observation of absorption signals. Two LMR spectrometers were used in this work: the mid-IR CO LMR spectrometer in Oxford and the far-IR LMR spectrometer at NIST, Boulder. Vibration-rotation transitions in the υ = 1 - 0 band and the υ = 2 - 1 and 3 - 2 hot bands of AsH in its ground electronic state (X3Σ-) have been recorded by MIR LMR. As υ = 2 - 1 and 3 - 2 transitions have been observed for the first time, the vibrational dependences of several parameters have been determined. In particular, the vibrational anharmonicity, wexe, has been measured very accurately; the parameter weye has also been determined. The precision and accuracy of the band origin have been improved and the observation of transitions between different spin-states has allowed a direct determination, therefore more accurate values, of the spin-spin coupling constant λ0 and spin-rotation coupling constant γ0. Pure rotational transitions in the υ = 0 level of AsH in its first excited electronic state (a1Δ) have been recorded by FIR LMR. The rotational constants have been determined much more precisely than previously; hyperfine parameters for 75As and 1H, and the Zeeman parameters, have also been determined. FIR LMR has also been used to record pure rotational transitions in the υ = 0 level of AsH2 in its ground electronic state (X-tilde2 B1). AsH2 is an asymmetric top and a good spread of N and Kc values are involved in the observed transitions, giving an expanded and more reliable set of

  11. Electron spin resonance in the study of diamond

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    The role of electron spin resonance in the study of both natural and synthetic diamond is reviewed in this article. A brief survey of the physical significance of the constants in the spin Hamiltonian, as well as experimental technique, is given. The review then deals in some detail with the various nitrogen centres found in diamond, treating exchange-interaction, Jahn-Teller and relaxation effects associated with these centres. Acceptor impurities and transition-ion impurities are briefly discussed. The rest of the review is then devoted to centres created by irradiation, subsequent heat treatment, mechanical deformation and ion implantation. The spin Hamiltonian parameters of these centres are tabled and the results are discussed within the framework of the defect molecule approach. In conclusion, the correlation between optical effects and the ESR measurements in the case of four defect centres are discussed in some detail as this seems to be a powerful method of testing the various models suggested for the observed defects. It is hoped that the tables given of the observed centres found in diamond up to the present will be useful to researchers in this field. 155 references. (author)

  12. Studies of the giant resonances in heavy nuclei

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    Experimental measurements of the eletrodisintegration cross section in 181Ta, 208Pb and 209Bi nuclei are made in the Linear Accelerator of the IFUSP-Brazil. The cross section is obtained by the direct counting of the emitted neutrons, in an electron excitation energy range between 8 to 22 MeV. The experimental data are analysed throught the virtual photon method, with the aim of obtaining the isoscalar and isovectorial electric quadrupole giant resonance (E2GR) intensities, as well as the magnetic dipole intensity. For each studied nucleus the results obtained for the E2GR, isoscalar and isovectorial, are compared with the photodisintegration cross section measured by the Saclay and Livermore laboratories. From this comparison, it is observed that the photodisintegration cross sections are compatibles with the existence of an isovector E2GR, located between 120 to 130 A-1/3 Mev and which exhaust around 100% of the Energy-Weighted Sum rules (EWSR). (L.C.)

  13. RESPECT: Neutron Resonance Spin-Echo Spectrometer for Extreme Studies

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    Georgii, Robert; Pfleiderer, Christian; Böni, Peter

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    We propose the design of a Resonance SPin-echo spECtrometer for exTreme studies, RESPECT, that is ideally suited for the exploration of non-dispersive processes such as diffusion, crystallization, slow dynamics, tunneling processes, crystal electric field excitations, and spin fluctuations. It is a variant of the conventional neutron spin-echo technique (NSE) by i) replacing the long precession coils by pairs of longitudinal neutron spin-echo coils combined with RF-spin flippers and ii) by stabilizing the neutron polarization with small longitudinal guide fields that can in addition be used as field subtraction coils thus allowing to adjust the field integrals over a range of 8 orders of magnitude. Therefore, the dynamic range of RESPECT can in principle be varied over 8 orders of magnitude in time, if neutrons with the required energy are made available. Similarly as for existing NSE-spectrometers, spin echo times of up to approximately 1 microsecond can be reached if the divergence and the correction elemen...

  14. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance studies of x-ray irradiated Nafion

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    Fragoso, Juan; Usher, Timothy

    2007-03-01

    Fuel cells promise a bright future as power sources for a variety of electronic equipment as well as more power demanding elements. Nafion (DuPont's trademark of a sulfonated tetrafluorethylene polymer modified from Teflon) is the heart of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFCs) as well as Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFCs). Fuel cells are used to power electronic equipment on spacecraft, satellites and unpiloted high altitude aircraft, where ionizing radiation can be a concern. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) is a spectroscopic technique that is very sensitive to free radicals such as those produced by ionizing radiation therefore EPR can give us a window into the degradation of the Nafion membranes due to the ionizing radiation. Nafion samples were irradiated using a x-ray diffractometer with a copper target operating at 40kV and 55mA for at least 3hrs. X-Band EPR spectroscopy of the irradiated nafion reveals a peak at 3400G with a width of 10G, which decays over time, completely diminishing in a couple of weeks. Preliminary results from the polarization studies on the effects of ionizing radiation will also be presented.

  15. Mapping Depression in Schizophrenia: A Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study.

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    Kumari, Veena; Peters, Emmanuelle; Guinn, Ashley; Fannon, Dominic; Russell, Tamara; Sumich, Alexander; Kuipers, Elizabeth; Williams, Steven C R; Ffytche, Dominic H

    2016-05-01

    Depressive symptoms are common in schizophrenia, often left untreated, and associated with a high relapse rate, suicidal ideation, increased mortality, reduced social adjustment and poor quality of life. The neural mechanisms underlying depression in psychosis are poorly understood. Given reports of altered brain response to negative facial affect in depressive disorders, we examined brain response to emotive facial expressions in relation to levels of depression in people with psychosis. Seventy outpatients (finalN= 63) and 20 healthy participants underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging during an implicit affect processing task involving presentation of facial expressions of fear, anger, happiness as well as neutral expressions and a (no face) control condition. All patients completed Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II) and had their symptoms assessed on the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS). In patients, depression (BDI-II) scores associated positively with activation of the left thalamus, extending to the putamen-globus pallidus, insula, inferior-middle frontal and para-post-pre-central gyri during fearful expressions. Furthermore, patients with moderate-to-severe depression had significantly higher activity in these brain regions during fearful expressions relative to patients with no, minimal, or mild depression and healthy participants. The study provides first evidence of enhanced brain response to fearful facial expressions, which signal an uncertain source of threat in the environment, in patients with psychosis and a high level of self-reported depression. PMID:26712855

  16. A prospective randomised cross-over study of the effect of insulin analogues and human insulin on the frequency of severe hypoglycaemia in patients with type 1 diabetes and recurrent hypoglycaemia (the HypoAna trial): study rationale and design

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    Background Severe hypoglycaemia still represents a significant problem in insulin-treated diabetes. Most patients do not experience severe hypoglycaemia often. However, 20% of patients with type 1 diabetes experience recurrent severe hypoglycaemia corresponding to at least two episodes per year. The effect of insulin analogues on glycaemic control has been documented in large trials, while their effect on the frequency of severe hypoglycaemia is less clear, especially in patients with recurrent severe hypoglycaemia. The HypoAna Trial is designed to investigate whether short-acting and long-acting insulin analogues in comparison with human insulin are superior in reducing the occurrence of severe hypoglycaemic episodes in patients with recurrent hypoglycaemia. This paper reports the study design of the HypoAna Trial. Methods/design The study is a Danish two-year investigator-initiated, prospective, randomised, open, blinded endpoint (PROBE), multicentre, cross-over trial investigating the effect of insulin analogues versus human insulin on the frequency of severe hypoglycaemia in subjects with type 1 diabetes. Patients are randomised to treatment with basal-bolus therapy with insulin detemir / insulin aspart or human NPH insulin / human regular insulin in random order. The major inclusion criterion is history of two or more episodes of severe hypoglycaemia in the preceding year. Discussion In contrast to almost all other studies in this field the HypoAna Trial includes only patients with major problems with hypoglycaemia. The HypoAna Trial will elucidate whether basal-bolus regimen with short-acting and long-acting insulin analogues in comparison with human insulin are superior in reducing occurrence of severe hypoglycaemic episodes in hypoglycaemia prone patients with type 1 diabetes. http://www.clinicaltrials.gov: NCT00346996. PMID:22727048

  17. A prospective randomised cross-over study of the effect of insulin analogues and human insulin on the frequency of severe hypoglycaemia in patients with type 1 diabetes and recurrent hypoglycaemia (the HypoAna trial: study rationale and design

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Severe hypoglycaemia still represents a significant problem in insulin-treated diabetes. Most patients do not experience severe hypoglycaemia often. However, 20% of patients with type 1 diabetes experience recurrent severe hypoglycaemia corresponding to at least two episodes per year. The effect of insulin analogues on glycaemic control has been documented in large trials, while their effect on the frequency of severe hypoglycaemia is less clear, especially in patients with recurrent severe hypoglycaemia. The HypoAna Trial is designed to investigate whether short-acting and long-acting insulin analogues in comparison with human insulin are superior in reducing the occurrence of severe hypoglycaemic episodes in patients with recurrent hypoglycaemia. This paper reports the study design of the HypoAna Trial. Methods/design The study is a Danish two-year investigator-initiated, prospective, randomised, open, blinded endpoint (PROBE, multicentre, cross-over trial investigating the effect of insulin analogues versus human insulin on the frequency of severe hypoglycaemia in subjects with type 1 diabetes. Patients are randomised to treatment with basal-bolus therapy with insulin detemir / insulin aspart or human NPH insulin / human regular insulin in random order. The major inclusion criterion is history of two or more episodes of severe hypoglycaemia in the preceding year. Discussion In contrast to almost all other studies in this field the HypoAna Trial includes only patients with major problems with hypoglycaemia. The HypoAna Trial will elucidate whether basal-bolus regimen with short-acting and long-acting insulin analogues in comparison with human insulin are superior in reducing occurrence of severe hypoglycaemic episodes in hypoglycaemia prone patients with type 1 diabetes. http://www.clinicaltrials.gov: NCT00346996.

  18. Study of proton resonances in 18Ne via resonant elastic scattering of 17F+p and its astrophysical implication

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    The proton resonant properties in 18Ne, which determine the reaction rate of the key stellar 14O(α,p)17F reaction, have been studied by using a technique of proton resonant elastic scattering of 17F+p. A 4.22 MeV/nucleon 17F radioactive ion (RI) beam was produced via a projectile-fragmentation reaction, and separated by a Radioactive Ion Beam Line in Lanzhou (RIBLL). By bombarding a thick (CH2)n target, the energy spectra of the recoiled protons were measured by two ΔE-E silicon telescopes at the center-of-mass scattering angles of θc.m.≈175°±5°, θc.m.≈152°±8°, respectively. Several proton resonances in 18Ne were ob served clearly. A further R-matrix analysis of the experimental data is under way to determine the resonant parameters. The present work reports the preliminary results briefly.

  19. An exploratory study on the peroxyl-radical-scavenging activity of 2,6-dimethyl-5-hepten-2-ol and its heterocyclic analogues

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    Stobiecka, Agnieszka; Sikora, Magdalena; Bonikowski, Radosław; Kula, Józef

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    The structural properties and radical scavenging activity of 2,6-dimethyl-5-hepten-2-ol (1) and its new heterocyclic analogues, i.e. 2-methyl-4-(5-methylfuran-2-yl)-butan-2-ol (2) and 2-methyl-4-(5-methylthiophen-2-yl)-butan-2-ol (3) and have been studied by using the experimental and theoretical methods for the first time. Activity of title compounds against the peroxyl radical was determined by using standard fluorimetric test, i.e. the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity assay (ORACFL). Furthermore, the electron-donating ability of odorants has been evaluated by using colorimetric ABTS assay. According to the experimental results obtained from the ORACFL test 2,6-dimethyl-5-hepten-2-ol was characterized by the highest activity in comparison with the novel counterparts. Nevertheless, all investigated compounds exhibited pronounced anti-peroxyl radical activity comparable to that exerted by the one of the most prominent antioxidant among the monoterpene alcohols, i.e. by linalool. On the other hand, the title compounds exerted relatively low capacity to quench the radical cation of ABTS. Theoretical calculations based on the Density Functional Theory (DFT) method with the hybrid functional B3LYP were carried out in order to investigate selected structural and electronic properties including the geometrical parameters as well as the energy of frontier molecular orbitals of parent molecules and the resulting radicals. Furthermore, the possible mechanism of peroxyl-radical-scavenging has been determined by using the thermodynamic descriptors such as the bond dissociation enthalpies (BDEs) and ionization potentials (IPs). These theoretical data pointed out the relevance of HAT mechanism in the peroxyl-radical-scavenging exhibited by 2,6-dimethyl-5-hepten-2-ol and its new heterocyclic analogues in polar and non-polar medium.

  20. Neutron spin resonance study in Co-doped NaFeAs

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    Zhang, Chenglin; Takeshi, Egami; Dai, Pengcheng; UTK and Rice Team

    2014-03-01

    Since the discovery of iron superconductors, the (Ba,Sr,Ca)Fe2As2 (``122'') family especially electron doped side has been subjected to heavily study byneutron scattering. One of the pronounced features generally observed in bulk superconducting compositions is a broad resonance along antiferrromagnetic order wave vector. The resonance energy linearly scales with Tc. However, our neutron study shows that Co-doped NaFeAs system exhibits complexity, distinguishing itself from ``122'' system. We observed a sharp resonance in the electron-overdope regime, providing strong evidence for S +_ pairing symmetry in pnictide superconductors. In the underdoped regime, we find double resonances at commensurate wave vector, demonstrating the multi-orbital nature of pnictides. Our finding further suggests that the resonance energy and Tc may not be simply correlated in multiband superconductors such as iron pnictides. We will discuss in detail how resonances evolve with electron doping.

  1. Studies in protein dynamics using heteronuclear nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

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    Vugmeyster, Liliya

    Dynamic processes in proteins are important for their biological function. Several issues in protein dynamics are addressed by applying existing NMR methodologies to investigate dynamics of several small proteins. Amide H/D exchange rates have been measured for the N-terminal domain of the ribosomal protein L9, residues 1--56. The results suggest that the structure of the domain is preserved in isolation and that the stability of the isolated domain is comparable to the stability of this domain in intact L9. Single domain proteins can fold in vitro at rates in excess of 1 x 104 s-1. Measurement of folding rates of this magnitude poses a considerable technical challenge. Off-resonance 15N R1rho measurements are shown to be capable of measuring such fast protein folding rates. The measurements were performed on a sample of the peripheral subunit-binding domain from the dihydrolopoamide acetyltransferase component of the pyruvate dehydrogenase multienzyme complex from Bacillus stearothermophilus 15N labeled at Ala 11. Fast intramolecular motions (on ps-ns time scale) can be studied by heteronuclear laboratory frame NMR relaxation. The temperature dependence of the backbone dynamics of the 36-resiude subdomain of the F-actin bundling protein villin has been investigated by studying the temperature dependence of order parameters obtained from 15N relaxation measurements. The results support the hypothesis that one of the possible mechanisms of thermostability is to lower the heat capacity difference between the folded and unfolded states by lowering the contribution from the backbone dynamics. A commonly used model-free approach for the interpretation of the relaxation data for macromolecules in solution is modified to correct for the decoupling approximation between the overall and internal motions.

  2. Unicuspid aortic valve disease: a magnetic resonance imaging study

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    Debl, K.; Buchner, S.; Heinicke, N.; Riegger, G.; Luchner, A. [Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Innere Medizin II, Universitaetsklinikum Regensburg (Germany); Djavidani, B.; Poschenrieder, F.; Feuerbach, S. [Inst. fuer Roentgendiagnostik, Universitaetsklinikum Regensburg (Germany); Schmid, C.; Kobuch, R. [Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Herz-, Thorax- und herznahe Gefaesschirurgie, Universitaetsklinikum Regensburg (Germany)

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    Purpose: congenitally malformed aortic valves are a common finding in adults with aortic valve disease. Most of these patients have bicuspid aortic valve disease. Unicuspid aortic valve disease (UAV) is rare. The aim of our study was to describe valve morphology and the dimensions of the proximal aorta in a cohort of 12 patients with UAV in comparison to tricuspid aortic valve disease (TAV) using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Materials and methods/results: MRI studies were performed on a 1.5 T scanner in a total of 288 consecutive patients with aortic valve disease. 12 aortic valves were retrospectively classified as UAV. Annulus areas and dimensions of the thoracic aorta were retrospectively compared to a cohort of 103 patients with TAV. In UAV, valve morphology was unicuspid unicommissural with a posterior commissure in all patients. Mean annulus areas and mean diameters of the ascending aorta were significantly greater in UAV compared to TAV (12.6 {+-} 4.7 cm{sup 2} vs. 8.7 {+-} 2.3 cm{sup 2}, p < 0.01 and 4.6 {+-} 0.7 cm vs. 3.6 {+-} 0.5 cm, p < 0.0001, respectively), while no differences were observed in the mean diameters of the aortic arch (2.3 {+-} 0.6 cm vs. 2.3 {+-} 0.4 cm, p = 0.69). The diameters of the descending aorta were slightly smaller in UAV compared to TAV (2.2 {+-} 0.5 cm vs. 2.6 {+-} 0.3 cm, p < 0.05). (orig.)

  3. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies of homeopathic solutions.

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    Aabel, S; Fossheim, S; Rise, F

    2001-01-01

    The efficacy of homeopathy is controversial. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) has been used to study homeopathic solutions, showing provocative results. We examined the reproducibility of one of the allegedly positive studies. 1H NMR spectra were recorded for Sulphur D4, diluted and succussed up to D30 (called potentization) at two different frequencies (300 and 500 MHz). The Sulphur solution had been potentiated according to homeopathic principles with deionized water and alcohol. Water proton T1 relaxation measurements were performed also at 20 MHz for the different potentiated Sulphur solutions. Furthermore, the homeopathic remedy Betula alba 30c (birch pollen extract) and appropriate control solution (deionized water, unsuccussed solutions and placebo globules) were measured analogously, both with frequencies giving spectra and T1 relaxometry. The Sulphur remedies showed identical one dimensional proton spectra (1H NMR) at 300 and 500 MHz, regardless of dilution/succussion stage, from D4 to D30. Furthermore, Betula 30c as a potentiated solution and its controls (ethanol dilutions and Betula diluted but not succussed) showed identical spectra. Nor were there any statistically significant differences in longitudinal (T1) relaxation times between deionized water and Sulphur D10 to D30 preparations. The shorter T1 of the Sulphur D4 preparation could be ascribed to the higher microviscosity within the sample matrix caused by the high concentration of dissolved material. Also, the T1 values of the Betula alba 30c preparation (in globular form) and control placebo globules were identical. In conclusion, published results from NMR research on homeopathy indicating differences between homeopathic solutions and control samples could not be reproduced. PMID:11212083

  4. Unicuspid aortic valve disease: a magnetic resonance imaging study

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    Purpose: congenitally malformed aortic valves are a common finding in adults with aortic valve disease. Most of these patients have bicuspid aortic valve disease. Unicuspid aortic valve disease (UAV) is rare. The aim of our study was to describe valve morphology and the dimensions of the proximal aorta in a cohort of 12 patients with UAV in comparison to tricuspid aortic valve disease (TAV) using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Materials and methods/results: MRI studies were performed on a 1.5 T scanner in a total of 288 consecutive patients with aortic valve disease. 12 aortic valves were retrospectively classified as UAV. Annulus areas and dimensions of the thoracic aorta were retrospectively compared to a cohort of 103 patients with TAV. In UAV, valve morphology was unicuspid unicommissural with a posterior commissure in all patients. Mean annulus areas and mean diameters of the ascending aorta were significantly greater in UAV compared to TAV (12.6 ± 4.7 cm2 vs. 8.7 ± 2.3 cm2, p < 0.01 and 4.6 ± 0.7 cm vs. 3.6 ± 0.5 cm, p < 0.0001, respectively), while no differences were observed in the mean diameters of the aortic arch (2.3 ± 0.6 cm vs. 2.3 ± 0.4 cm, p = 0.69). The diameters of the descending aorta were slightly smaller in UAV compared to TAV (2.2 ± 0.5 cm vs. 2.6 ± 0.3 cm, p < 0.05). (orig.)

  5. Magnetic resonance of seminal vesicles: a noninvasive study of seminal way

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    The magnetic resonance without endorectal coil is an excellent diagnostic tool for studying the entire route of seminal non-invasive way in a single step diagnosis. We call magnetic resonance of seminal vesicles, but includes both the study of the seminal vesicles as the channels of the seminal way.

  6. Natural analogues in radioactive waste disposal

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    In order to validate predictive models of the very long-term processes which effect the performance of radioactive waste repositories, there has been increasing interest in the information which can be obtained from studying similar mechanisms in natural systems. Although such analogues have been studied for many years, performance assessment methodology has now matured to the point where it can enlist the support which analogues can offer. Consequently this book assesses the safety levels attributable to underground depositories for radioactive waste be examining natural depositories to radioactive material and their degree of migration

  7. Convergent syntheses of LeX analogues

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    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis of three Lex derivatives from one common protected trisaccharide is reported. These analogues will be used respectively for competitive binding experiments, conjugation to carrier proteins and immobilization on gold. An N-acetylglucosamine monosaccharide acceptor was first glycosylated at O-4 with a galactosyl imidate. This coupling was performed at 40 °C under excess of BF3·OEt2 activation and proceeded best if the acceptor carried a 6-chlorohexyl rather than a 6-azidohexyl aglycon. The 6-chlorohexyl disaccharide was then converted to an acceptor and submitted to fucosylation yielding the corresponding protected 6-chlorohexyl Lex trisaccharide. This protected trisaccharide was used as a precursor to the 6-azidohexyl, 6-acetylthiohexyl and 6-benzylthiohexyl trisaccharide analogues which were obtained in excellent yields (70–95%. In turn, we describe the deprotection of these intermediates in one single step using dissolving metal conditions. Under these conditions, the 6-chlorohexyl and 6-azidohexyl intermediates led respectively to the n-hexyl and 6-aminohexyl trisaccharide targets. Unexpectedly, the 6-acetylthiohexyl analogue underwent desulfurization and gave the n-hexyl glycoside product, whereas the 6-benzylthiohexyl analogue gave the desired disulfide trisaccharide dimer. This study constitutes a particularly efficient and convergent preparation of these three Lex analogues.

  8. Newer insulin analogues and inhaled insulin

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    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Diabetes is a metabolic disease with high prevalence worldwide. Exogenous insulin is used in the management of this condition. The development of human insulin has provided tighter control of glycaemia in diabetic patients. Insulin analogues like insulin lispro and aspart were developed to closely match its profile with physiological secretion. The newer additions to this armamentarium are insulin glulisine, insulin detemir and albulin.Insulin glulisine is a short acting analogue with a rapid onset of action. The antiapoptotic property, mediated through insulin substrate receptor-2 has a favourable protective action on beta cells. Insulin detemir is a long acting analogue, soluble at neutral pH, which reversibly binds to albumin in plasma, prolonging its action. Its lower affinity for insulin receptors necessitates higher doses compared to human insulin. The reduction in body weight is an additional advantage of detemir. A major concern about all newer insulin analogues is their altered mitogenic properties and resultant risk of carcinogenicity on long term use. Albulin is a latest addition of insulin analogue which is under various in vitro and in vivo studies. Inhaled insulin in powder form (Exubera is recently approved by FDA and appears promising.

  9. Proton nuclear magnetic resonance studies on the variant-3 neurotoxin from Centruroides sculpturatus Ewing: Sequential assignment of resonances

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    The authors report the sequential assignment of resonances to specific residues in the proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum of the variant-3 neurotoxin from the scorpion Centruroides sculpturatus Ewing (range southwestern U.S.A.). A combination of two-dimensional NMR experiments such as 2D-COSY, 2D-NOESY, and single- and double-RELAY coherence transfer spectroscopy has been employed on samples of the protein dissolved in D2O and in H2O for assignment purposes. These studies provide a basis for the determination of the solution-phase conformation of this protein and for undertaking detailed structure-function studies of these neurotoxins that modulate the flow of sodium current by binding to the sodium channels of excitable membranes

  10. Field Line Resonance at Mercury's Magnetosphere: A Simulation Study

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    Ultra low frequency (ULF) waves, which are assumed to be standing waves on the field, are observed by the Mariner 10 spacecraft at Mercury. These waves are oscillating at 38% of the proton gyrofrequency. It is well known that the heavy ions, such as Na+, are abundant in Mercury's magnetosphere. Because the presence of different ion species has an influence on the plasma dispersion characteristics near the ion gyro-frequencies, such relatively high frequencies of magnetospheric eigenoscillations at Mercury require a multi-fluid treatment for the plasma. Thus ULF waves at Mercury may have a distinct difference from typical ULF oscillations at Earth, which are often described in terms of magnetohydrodynamics (MHD). By adopting a multi-fluid numerical wave model, we examine how magnetic eigenoscillations occur in Mercury's magnetosphere. Because protons and sodium ions are the main constituents at Mercury, we assume an electron-proton- sodium plasma in our model. The frequency spectra and time histories of the electromagnetic fields at the ion-ion hybrid (IIH) and cavity resonances are presented. Our results show: (1) The observed ULF waves are likely compressional waves rather than FLR. (2) Resonant absorption occurs at the IIH resonance, thus incoming compressional waves are converted into the IIH resonance. (3) The IIH resonance is strongly guided by the background magnetic field and shows linear polarization in the east-west meridian. (4) Both the Alfven and the IIH are suggested as a mechanism for FLR at Mercury. (5) The resonance frequency enables us to estimate the local heavy ion concentration ratio.

  11. Resonant X-ray scattering studies of concentrated aqueous solutions

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    The microscopic structure of concentrated aqueous electrolyte solutions has been studied by resonant X-ray diffraction (RXD). This technique provides a method for the measurement of the structure around a specific atom or ion in solution. In that sense, RXD is the X-ray equivalent of neutron diffraction with isotopic substitution (NDIS). The use of RXD as an alternative to NDIS has been considered of interest for some time; it is potentially one of the best methods for overcoming the most important limitation of the neutron diffraction technique, i.e. the lack of suitable isotopes for every atomic species. Third generation synchrotron sources offer an unprecedented opportunity for the further development of RXD to study the microscopic structure of liquids and amorphous materials. One of the main aims of this thesis was to check whether it could be possible to obtain results of comparable accuracy to those of NDIS. In this work, the hydration structures of Br-, Rb+, Sr2+ and Y3+ in concentrated aqueous solutions have been studied by RXD. A detailed account of how the experiments were carried out and the data analysis procedure is given. The results are compared with those obtained for the same ion by other techniques and to those obtained for similar systems by NDIS. The reliability of these results and the observed trends in the measured structure when compared to other ions in the same series are discussed. A comparative study of the structure of the three cations is also presented in this thesis. This work illustrates one of the main advantages of RXD: the possibility of carrying out systematic structural studies on all elements with atomic number greater than 28 (Ni). Finally, a critical discussion on the actual stage of development of RXD is presented. The results shown offer evidence of the future prospects of the technique and justify further efforts to develop it to the level of reliability and ease of use that NDIS has reached after more than three decades

  12. Investigations of neutron-rich nuclei at the dripline through their analogue states : The cases of $^{10}$Li - $^{10}$Be (T=2) and $^{17}$C - $^{17}$N (T=5/2)

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    We propose to study the elastic resonance scattering reactions $^{9}$Li+p and $^{16}$C+p to investigate the energies, spins and parities of the lowest T=2 states in $^{10}$Be and the T=5/2 states in $^{17}$N. These are analogue states of the ground states and first excited states in $^{10}$Li and $^{17}$C.

  13. Basic studies on the human uterus by magnetic resonance imaging

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    This study was designed to analyze characteristic features of the human uterus by using a 0.5 Tesla super-conducting magnet. Relative square ratios of the endometrium and the junctional zone to the uterine body were measured during menstrual cycle with a computed image analyser. Nine healthy volunteers aged 21 to 30 years underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the proliferative, secretory, and menstrual phases. Relaxation times of the endometrium, junctional zone, and myometrium were determined. The relative ratio of the endometrium to the uterine body was 13.8% in the proliferative phase, 17.9% in the secretory phase, and 8.0% in the menstrual phase. The ratio of the junctional zone decreased from 26.6% in the proliferative phase to 23.4% in the secretory phase, and increased to 35.0% in the menstrual phase. Relaxation times of the endometrium and junctional zone were the shortest in the menstrual phase. For the myometrium, T1 values showed the same tendency. T2 values were the shortest in the proliferative phase. MRI was also performed in 39 patients with hydatidiform (one), myoma uteri (11), adenomyosis uteri (one), carcinoma of the uterine body (3), and carcinoma of the uterine cervix (23). Myoma nodule without degeneration appeared at low intensity, and had the shortest T1 and T2 values. Myoma uteri with degeneration had an increased intensity and larger T1 and T2 values. Adenomyosis uteri showed a diffuse low intensity with high intensity spots. Malignant lesions of both the uterine body and cervix showed a high intensity on T2-weighted image and similar T1 and T2 values. These T1 and T2 values were, however, shorter than tissue of unmarried normal women. MRI was considered useful for the observation of menstrual cyclic and quantitative change in the human physiologic uterus, as well as for the differentiation of malignant from benign uterine diseases. (N.K.)

  14. Magnetic resonance elastography in normal human brain: preliminary study

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    Objective: To study the application of magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) in the human brain. Methods: An external force actuator was developed. The actuator was fixed to the head coil. During MRE scan, one side of the actuator was attached to the volunteers' head. Low frequency oscillation was produced by the actuator and generated shear waves propagating into brain tissue. The pulse sequence of MRE was designed. A modified gradient echo sequence was developed with motion sensitizing gradient (MSG) imposed along X, Y or Z direction. Cyclic displacement within brain tissue induced by shear waves caused a measurable phase shift in the received MR signal. From the measured phase shift, the displacement at each voxel could be calculated, and the shear waves within the brain were directly imaged. By adjusting the phase offset, the dynamic propagation of shear waves in a wave cycle was obtained. Phase images were processed with local frequency estimation (LFE) technique to obtain the elasticity images. Shear waves at 100 Hz, 150 Hz, and 200 Hz were applied. Results: The phase images of MRE directly imaged the propagating shear waves within the brain. The direction of the propagation was from surface of the brain to the center. The wavelength of shear waves varied with the change of actuating frequency. The change of wavelength of shear waves in gray and white matter of the brain was identified. The wavelength of shear waves in gray matter was shorter than that in white matter. The elasticity image of the brain revealed that the shear modulus of the white matter was higher than that of gray matter. Conclusion: The phase images of MRE can directly visualize the propagation of shear waves in the brain tissue. The elasticity image of the brain can demonstrate the change of elasticity between gray and white matter. (authors)

  15. Light-free magnetic resonance force microscopy for studies of electron spin polarized systems

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    Magnetic resonance force microscopy is a scanned probe technique capable of three-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging. Its excellent sensitivity opens the possibility for magnetic resonance studies of spin accumulation resulting from the injection of spin polarized currents into a para-magnetic collector. The method is based on mechanical detection of magnetic resonance which requires low noise detection of cantilever displacement; so far, this has been accomplished using optical interferometry. This is undesirable for experiments on doped silicon, where the presence of light is known to enhance spin relaxation rates. We report a non-optical displacement detection scheme based on sensitive microwave capacitive readout

  16. Geomagnetic properties of Proxima Centauri b analogues

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    Zuluaga, Jorge I

    2016-01-01

    The recent discovery of a planet around the closest star, Proxima Centauri, could represent a quantum leap on the testability of models in exoplanet sciences. Unlike any other discovered exoplanet, models of planetary processes in Proxima b could be contrasted against near future telescopic observations and far future in-situ measurements. In this paper we study the geomagnetic properties of Proxima b analogues, namely, solid planets with masses close but larger than Earth's mass, periods of rotation of several days and habitable surface conditions. Assuming different planetary masses, bulk compositions and periods of rotations, we calculate for each planetary analogue its radius, heat flux, time of inner core formation, dynamo lifetime and minimum dipole magnetic moment. We find that most ($\\gtrsim$70\\%) Proxima b analogues develop intrinsic dynamos that last at least 3 Gyr, although only half of them are older than the present age of the host star ($4-6$ Gyr). Relying in our planetary evolution models, we p...

  17. A study of integrated position sensors for PZT resonant micromirrors

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    Gu-Stoppel, S.; Quenzer, H. J.; Heinrich, F.; Janes, J.; Benecke, W.

    2015-02-01

    PZT driven resonant micromirrors offer advantages of large scan angles and decreasing power consumption due to the benefits of resonant driving and high torque delivered by PZT actuators. Therefore they are entering into different application fields recently, for example as laser projection or head-up displays. For many uses position sensing of the micromirrors is necessary to set up closed loop controls. Thus, the development of integrated position sensors is aimed in this work. Investigation and evaluation of different position sensing principles have been performed. In previous works 1D and 2D PZT driven resonant micromirrors have been presented, which feature various spring suspensions and thinfilm PZT actuators as drivers. Due to the considerably different motion modes and resonant frequencies, which vary from 100 Hz up to 64 kHz, various position detection methods have been investigated. This work presents primarily fabrication and characterization results of the position sensors based on the direct piezoelectric effect, which will be compared to the position sensors using metallic strain gauge realized by the same fabrication technology. Analyses of the sensitivity, linearity and dynamic behavior of the sensors have been performed, by means of comparing the sensor signals and the micromirror position signals measured by a Position-Sensitive-Device. Advantages and drawbacks of the sensors are discussed and methods for eliminating the drawbacks are proposed.

  18. Photodissociation dynamics of dimethylnitrosamine studied by resonance Raman spectroscopy

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    Lenderink, Egbert; Wiersma, Douwe A.

    1994-01-01

    The initial molecular dynamics in the dissociative S1 (n, pi*) state of dimethylnitrosamine (DMN) is investigated using resonance Raman spectroscopy. We find that photochemical N-N bond cleavage in DMN proceeds via a bent conformation around the amine N atom, which supports the outcome of ab initio

  19. Study of the geometrical resonances of superconducting tunnel junctions

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    Sørensen, O. Hoffmann; Finnegan, T.F.; Pedersen, Niels Falsig

    1973-01-01

    The resonant cavity structure of superconducting Sn-Sn-oxide-Sn tunnel junctions has been investigated via photon-assisted quasiparticle tunneling. We find that the temperature-dependent losses at 35 GHz are determined by the surface resistance of the Sn films for reduced temperatures between 0...

  20. Magnetic resonance studies of paramagnetic transients in liquids

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    The paper reviews the work carried out using time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and related techniques. The experimental methods used to create and detect free radicals are discussed, including radiolysis. Two radiolytic techniques, i.e. the pulsed electron accelerators and radionuclides, which have been used to produce radicals for EPR detection, are both described. (UK)

  1. The Impact of Pretrauma Analogue GAD and Posttraumatic Emotional Reactivity Following Exposure to the September 11 Terrorist Attacks: A Longitudinal Study

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    Farach, Frank J.; Mennin, Douglas S.; Smith, Rita L.; Mandelbaum, Matthew

    2008-01-01

    The relation between analogue generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) assessed the day before the events of September 11, 2001 (9/11), and long-term outcome was examined in 44 young adults who were directly exposed the following day to the terrorist attacks in New York City. After controlling for high exposure to the attacks, preattack analogue GAD was associated with greater social and work disability, loss of psychosocial resources, anxiety and mood symptoms, and worry, but not symptoms of po...

  2. Natural analogue studies of long term alteration of volcanic glass under the high level radioactive waste disposal conditions. Document prepared by other institute, based on the trust contract

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    The alteration characteristics of volcanic glass bentonite in geological medium are investigated as natural analogues of geological disposal of high-level radioactive wastes. For the study of alteration of volcanic glass, literature survey, petrographical observation by using optical microscope, chemical analysis of pore water and groundwater, and microbiostratigraphical study were carried out. The volcanic ashes were collected from a borehole, which had been drilled in the Kanto region by the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention. The volcanic glass was wholly altered in thin sections. Chemical analysis of pore water indicate the chloride-rich composition. And chemical analysis of groundwater, which are pumped up near the studied borehole, indicate the mixing product of connate marine water and fresh groundwater. Fossil evidence suggests that the studied volcanic glass is 3.65 ∼ 4.2 Ma. in age, and is correlated with upper Miura Group. This study leads to following conclusion. The volcanic glass, under the temperature condition 70degC, was wholly altered to montomorillonite and clinoptilolite. This case must be occurred in the connate marine water at last 0.5 Ma.. (author)

  3. Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Imaging (MRSI Study of Breast Cancer

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    Full Text Available Background: Breast cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death worldwide and most serious form of neoplastic diseases in both developed and developing countries. Mammography and ultrasound are the most often used screening methods in breast cancer. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI uses the protons in water and fat to create the image of breast cancer. But recent studies says neoplastic breast lesions contains elevated choline concentration (tCho and altered mean apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC which can be used as good biomarkers to evaluate the cancer stages even follow up the Neoadjuvent Chemotherapy (NACT.Aim & Objectives:1. To evaluate the relation of age, tCho concentration and mean ADC with breast cancer.2. To estimate the correlation between the factors.3. To calculate the main difference between breast cancer patient before and after menopause.Methods/Study Design: This was a cross sectional, observational study done on 14 randomly selected diagnosed stage I breast cancer patients newly registered in surgery department of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India during 3 months study period. Intentionally 7 of them were selected to be postmenopausal and rest 7 premenopausal. Patients with claustrophobia, serious illness, pacemaker or associated diseases were excluded. Volunteers were selected by lottery method after confirmation of absence of the exclusion criteria in them. All the breast MRS images were taken only after signing the consent form of being a volunteer for the study with breast coil. All the spectroscopic images were analyzed with computer technologies and SPPS software with the help of non-parametric statistical tests.Results/Findings: Mean age of patients were 44.85±6.97 where in premenopausal and postmenopausal women it was 40.14±4.59 and 49.57±5.26 respectively. tCho concentration was high in postmenopausal women (4.85±2.64 mmol/kg vs 3.72±1.64 where unlike to them premenopausal women

  4. Somatostatin analogues for acute bleeding oesophageal varices

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    Gøtzsche, Peter C.; Hrobjartsson, A.

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Somatostatin and its derivatives are sometimes used for emergency treatment of bleeding oesophageal varices in patients with cirrhosis of the liver. OBJECTIVES: To study whether somatostatin or its analogues improve survival or reduce the need for blood transfusions in patients with...... bleeding oesophageal varices. SEARCH STRATEGY: PubMed and The Cochrane Library were searched (November 2007). Reference lists of publications, contacts with authors. SELECTION CRITERIA: All randomised trials comparing somatostatin or analogues with placebo or no treatment in patients suspected of acute or...

  5. Insulin analogues and severe hypoglycaemia in type 1 diabetes

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    Kristensen, P L; Hansen, L S; Jespersen, M J;

    2012-01-01

    The effect of insulin analogues on glycaemic control is well-documented, whereas the effect on avoidance of severe hypoglycaemia remains tentative. We studied the frequency of severe hypoglycaemia in unselected patients with type 1 diabetes treated with insulin analogues, human insulin, or mixed...

  6. Blueshift of the surface plasmon resonance in silver nanoparticles studied with EELS

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    Raza, Søren; Stenger, Nicolas; Kadkhodazadeh, Shima;

    2013-01-01

    We study the surface plasmon (SP) resonance energy of isolated spherical Ag nanoparticles dispersed on a silicon nitride substrate in the diameter range 3.5–26 nm with monochromated electron energy-loss spectroscopy. A significant blueshift of the SP resonance energy of 0.5 eV is measured when the...

  7. Use of a radio-frequency resonance circuit in studies of alkali ionization in flames

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    The construction of a radio-frequency resonance system and its use in the study of alkali metal ionization in flames is described. The author re-determines the values of the alkali ionization rate constants for a CO flame with N2 as diluent gas of known temperature using the RF resonance method. (Auth.)

  8. Nuclear magnetic resonance. Present results and its application to renal pathology. Experimental study of hydronephrosis

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    Results of proton nuclear magnetic resonance imaging and relaxation time measurement of experimental hydronephrosis in mice are presented. The study is preceded by a description of the physical principles underlying the phenomenon of nuclear magnetic resonance and of its biomedical applications and with a review of the clinical use of NMR imaging in renal pathology

  9. Study of $^{13}$Be through isobaric analog resonances in the Maya active target

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    Riisager, K; Orr, N A; Jonson, B N G; Raabe, R; Fynbo, H O U; Nilsson, T

    We propose to perform an experiment with a $^{12}$Be beam and the Maya active target. We intend to study the ground state of $^{13}$Be through the population of its isobaric analog resonance in $^{13}$B. The resonance will be identified detecting its proton- and neutron-decay channels.

  10. Radiolabeled somatostatin analogues

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    Somatostatin is a naturally occurring tetradecapeptide that inhibits the secretion of many hormones. Large numbers of binding sites with high affinity for somatostatin have been reported in a variety of tumors. An octapeptide analogue of somatostatin, octreotide (Sandostatin), is currently used in the treatment of patients with somatostatin receptor-positive tumors to limit hormonal hyper secretion. In an effort to utilize the high specificity of octreotide for scintigraphic imaging of somatostatin receptor-positive tumors, a tyrosine derivative of octreotide was prepared and labeled with the radioactive isotope, I-123. While the early clinical results obtained with this radiopharmaceutical were encouraging, the I-123 labeling procedure proved cumbersome and variable. To circumvent these difficulties, researchers at University Hospital Rotterdam (Holland) and Sandoz Research Institute (Switzerland) developed an In-111 labeled analogue of octreotide. This radiopharmaceutical is easy to prepare and has proven to be even more effective than the I-123 derivative in the scintigraphic imaging of tumors. These radiopharmaceutical developments and clinical observations are discussed in light of their relevance to the generation of new radiolabeled peptides for the diagnosis and potential radiotherapy of cancer. (authors). 30 refs., 5 figs

  11. Basic studies on the human uterus by magnetic resonance imaging

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    Yasuzawa, Michio (Kanazawa Medical Univ., Uchinada, Ishikawa (Japan))

    1990-12-01

    This study was designed to analyze characteristic features of the human uterus by using a 0.5 Tesla super-conducting magnet. Relative square ratios of the endometrium and the junctional zone to the uterine body were measured during menstrual cycle with a computed image analyser. Nine healthy volunteers aged 21 to 30 years underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the proliferative, secretory, and menstrual phases. Relaxation times of the endometrium, junctional zone, and myometrium were determined. The relative ratio of the endometrium to the uterine body was 13.8% in the proliferative phase, 17.9% in the secretory phase, and 8.0% in the menstrual phase. The ratio of the junctional zone decreased from 26.6% in the proliferative phase to 23.4% in the secretory phase, and increased to 35.0% in the menstrual phase. Relaxation times of the endometrium and junctional zone were the shortest in the menstrual phase. For the myometrium, T{sub 1} values showed the same tendency. T{sub 2} values were the shortest in the proliferative phase. MRI was also performed in 39 patients with hydatidiform (one), myoma uteri (11), adenomyosis uteri (one), carcinoma of the uterine body (3), and carcinoma of the uterine cervix (23). Myoma nodule without degeneration appeared at low intensity, and had the shortest T{sub 1} and T{sub 2} values. Myoma uteri with degeneration had an increased intensity and larger T{sub 1} and T{sub 2} values. Adenomyosis uteri showed a diffuse low intensity with high intensity spots. Malignant lesions of both the uterine body and cervix showed a high intensity on T{sub 2}-weighted image and similar T{sub 1} and T{sub 2} values. These T{sub 1} and T{sub 2} values were, however, shorter than tissue of unmarried normal women. MRI was considered useful for the observation of menstrual cyclic and quantitative change in the human physiologic uterus, as well as for the differentiation of malignant from benign uterine diseases. (N.K.).

  12. Long-term effects of CO2 on the mechanical behaviour of faults - a study of samples from a natural CO2 analogue (Entrada Sandstone, Utah, USA)

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    Bakker, E.; Hangx, S.; Spiers, C. J.

    2012-12-01

    CO2 capture followed by storage in depleted oil and gas reservoirs is currently seen as one of the most promising CO2-mitigation strategies. An important issue in relation to long-term CO2 storage is the prediction of the effects of fluid-rock interaction on the mechanical integrity and sealing capacity of the reservoir-seal system, on timescales of the order of 103 or 104 years. However, the assumed chemical interactions in the rock/CO2/brine system are slow, so that their long-term effects on rock composition, microstructure, mechanical properties and transport properties cannot be reproduced in laboratory experiments. One way to address this is to study the effects of reactions in natural CO2 reservoirs, using a so-called natural analogue approach. We tackled the question of how reactions characterizing natural CO2 fields affect fault friction, fault reactivation potential and seismic vs. aseismic slip stability, as well as transmissivity evolution during and after fault reactivation. Simulated fault gouges were prepared by crushing material obtained from surface outcrops of the Entrada Sandstone, a locally CO2-bearing formation forming an analogue field under the Colorado Plateau, Utah, USA . We used three types of starting material: 1) CO2 unaffected (unbleached) samples consisting mainly of quartz and feldspar, 2) "bleached" samples, and 3) heavily cemented/altered fault rock containing a high percentage of carbonates (> 40 wt%). The latter two were altered as a result of interaction with CO2-rich fluids over geological time. We performed triaxial direct shear experiments on these materials at room temperature under nominally dry conditions, at normal stresses up to 90 MPa and shear velocities of 0.22 -10.9 μm/s. The results of the experiments yielded friction coefficients (μ= τ/σn) of 0.55-0.85 for unbleached sandstone gouge and 0.45-0.80 for bleached material, while the fault material showed systematically higher friction coefficients (0.60-0.95). All

  13. Study of Σ(1670) resonance production K-p interactions

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    Production of the Σ(1670) resonance in the reactions K-p → Λπ+π-, K-p → Σ0+π+0π-, K-p → Σ-π+π0, and K-p → Σ+-π- + π+π- for K- beam momenta around 2.1 and 2.6 GeV/c in data from the Bevatron 72-inch hydrogen bubble chamber is analyzed. Large variations in the ratio of the cross section for the reaction K-p → Σ+(1670)π- → Λ(1405)π+π- → Σ+-π+π- to the cross section for the reaction K- → Σ+ 670)π- → (Σπ)+π- as a function of the Σ(1670) production angle. This variation is interpreted as strong evidence that more than one resonance contributes to the Σ(1670) enhancement. Analysis of the production angular distributions of the three Σ(1670) decay modes Λpi' Σπ, and Λ(1405)π shows that the results are consistent with the existence of a Σ(1670) resonance that decays mainly into Λ(1405)π and another that decays mainly into Λπ and Σπ. Other production experiments are seen to be consistent with these results. The Λπ/Σπ branching ratio is estimated to be 0.8 +- 0.1. The data are also consisent with the existence of two interfering Σ(1670) resonances with approximately equal masses and widths. (U.S.)

  14. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy studies of proteins-glycoconjugates interactions

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    Marchetti, Roberta

    2013-01-01

    This PhD thesis work has been focused on the analysis of the structural requisites for recognition and binding between proteins and glycoconjugates, essential for the comprehension of mechanisms of paramount importance in chemistry, biology and biomedicine. A large variety of techniques, such as crystallographic analysis, titration microcalorimetry (ITC), surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and fluorescence spectroscopy, allows the elucidation of molecular recognition events. In the last years...

  15. Nonspecific blockade of vascular free radical signals by methylated arginine analogues

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    Pedro M.A.; Augusto O.; Barbeiro H.V.; Carvalho M.H.C.; da-Luz P.L.; Laurindo F.R.M.

    1998-01-01

    Methylated arginine analogues are often used as probes of the effect of nitric oxide; however, their specificity is unclear and seems to be frequently overestimated. This study analyzed the effects of NG-methyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA) on the endothelium-dependent release of vascular superoxide radicals triggered by increased flow. Plasma ascorbyl radical signals measured by direct electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy in 25 rabbits increased by 3.8 ± 0.7 nmol/l vs baseline (28.7 ± 1.4 nmol...

  16. Methodology to study polymers interaction by surface plasmon resonance imaging ☆

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    N. Vollmer; Trombini, F.; M. Hely; Bellon, S.; Mercier, K.; Cazeneuve, C

    2014-01-01

    The surface plasmon resonance (SPR) technique has been primarily used in the field of biology, in particular for the study of antibody-antigen interactions. Recently, polymers were introduced to form inclusion complexes. We describe here, a methodology based on surface plasmon resonance imaging to study water-resistant and reversible inclusion complexes using systems which are compatible with a cosmetic use. The purpose of this study is to follow in real time the interaction between two po...

  17. Study of the neutron decay of isoscalar electric giant resonances in the nucleus 90Zr

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    The present thesis studies mainly the decay of the giant resonance region in 90Zr by means of a coincidence experiment which was performed at the 6Li beam of the Karlsruhe Isochronous Cyclotron. After excitation by inelastic scattering especially the neutron decay of the giant monopole and quadrupole resonance was observed by means of a (6Li,6Li'n) coincidence measurement. One aim of this experiment was to determine the relative branching ratios of the neutron decay from the region of the giant quadrupole resonance to the single low-lying states of 89Zr. In order to obtain an average over the angular correlation function for L>2 the decay neutrons were spectroscoped in 16 angles. The evaluation of the experiments yielded important results for the understanding of the giant resonances in heavy nuclei. The giant monopole and quadrupole resonances in 90Zr decay dominantly statistically. (orig./HSI)

  18. Study of the sorption of actinide analogues on calcite and smectite as a model to predict the evolution of radioactive waste disposal in geological sites

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    In the framework of the problem of the radioactive waste disposal in deep geological sites, the purpose of this study is to predict the sorption of radionuclides on minerals within the geological barrier, after the rupture of the containers and the release of the radionuclides into underground water. Neodymium labelled by 147Nd was used as an analogue of trivalent actinides. Calcite and smectite were used as examples of altered minerals of granitic sites. In simple media, neodymium is retained with a high affinity on both minerals. Fast kinetics of fixation, high distribution coefficients and sorption capacities are favorable factors for the slowing down of radionuclide migration in underground water. Fixation on calcite is quasi irreversible. A second kinetic step was observed, leading to an increase of the retention capacity. In the first step, this is probably a superficial sorption, but with a non-homogeneous affinity for sorption sites. An exchange mechanism of Nd3+ with Na+ et Ca2+ ions of smectite occurs. The Freundlich isotherm observed for both minerals can be used for predicting the retention of radioelements as a function of their concentration and introducing these data in a migration model after comparison with the results of dynamic and field experiments. (author)

  19. Study of technetium chemistry. Pt.9: Stability of the structure and valence of the brain imagings belonging to the analogues of 99Tcm(v)O-BAT

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    The transformation process of valence of the brain imagings belonging to the analogues of Tc(v)O-BAT is studied with the improved CNDO/2 method. It has been proposed that ion X for coordination balance probably exists after the complexation of N2S2 derivatives with the TcO3+ core. Then symmetrical 99Tcm-complex with one positive charge may be formed due to the prior decomplexation of X in solution. Immediately, it will automatically transform to the unsymmetrical and relatively more stable neutral 99Tcm-complex. Therefore, the process of transformation results, in the fact that only one coordinating nitrogen atom retains a proton. The concept of decreasing percent of bond order is suggested as an indicator of retention property of the proton linked to the coordinating nitrogen atom in the process of coordination. The essential factor of different retention property of the protons between two coordinating nitrogen atoms of 99Tcm(v)O-N2S2 complexes and that of 99Tcm(v) complexes is well explained. The results may give some theoretical information for designing the structure of 99Tcm-complex with different valences

  20. Automated Layout Generation of Analogue and Mixed-Signal ASIC's

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    The research and development carried out in this Ph.D. study focusses on two key areas of the design flow for analogue and mixed-signal integrated circuit design, the mixed-signal floorplanning and the analogue layout generation.A novel approach to floorplanning is presented which provides true...... flow.A new design flow for automated layout generation of general analogue integrated circuits is presented. The design flow provides an automated design path from a sized circuit schematic to the final layout containing the placed, but unrouted, devices of the circuit. The analogue circuit layout is...... generated using a full-custom layout style and is based on a library of CMOS process independent device generators. The placement for the analogue circuit is derived using the interactive floorplan optimization algorithm described above. This ensures that a high degree of user control is implemented in the...

  1. The development of somatostatin analogues mediated tumor targeting and therapy

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    Radionuclide labelled somatostatin analogues have been widely used in the detection of neuro-endocrine tumors. Till now, most of somatostatin analogues only have high affinity to somatostatin receptor 2 (SSTR2), further clinical applications was limitted. A new generation of somatostatin analogues such as 1, 4, 7, 10-tetraazacyclodocecane-N, N', N'', N''' -tetaraacetic acid-Na 13- octertide (DOTA-NOC) etc, binding to somatostatin receptors not only SSTR2 but other subtypes has been used mainly in preclinical study. In this review, we discussed these new somatostatin analogues, chelating agent, and their new labelled compounds, these new radionuclide labelled somatostatin analogues may hold great promise for the receptor-mediated tumor imaging and treatments. (authors)

  2. Numerical study of heterogeneous mean temperature and shock wave in a resonator

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    When a frequency of gas oscillation in an acoustic resonator is sufficiently close to one of resonant frequencies of the resonator, the amplitude of gas oscillation becomes large and hence the nonlinear effect manifests itself. Then, if the dissipation effects due to viscosity and thermal conductivity of the gas are sufficiently small, the gas oscillation may evolve into the acoustic shock wave, in the so-called consonant resonators. At the shock front, the kinetic energy of gas oscillation is converted into heat by the dissipation process inside the shock layer, and therefore the temperature of the gas in the resonator rises. Since the acoustic shock wave travels in the resonator repeatedly over and over again, the temperature rise becomes noticeable in due course of time even if the shock wave is weak. We numerically study the gas oscillation with shock wave in a resonator of square cross section by solving the initial and boundary value problem of the system of three-dimensional Navier-Stokes equations with a finite difference method. In this case, the heat conduction across the boundary layer on the wall of resonator causes a spatially heterogeneous distribution of mean (time-averaged) gas temperature

  3. Parametric study of the resonance frequency of synthetic jet actuators

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    Kordík, Jozef; Šafařík, P.; Trávníček, Zdeněk

    Vol. 10/2008. Bydgoszcz : Polish Society of Mechanical Engineers and Technicians, 2008 - (Peszynski, K.), s. 57-58 ISBN 978-83-87982-08-9. [International Conference on Developments in Machinery Design and Control /12./. Nowogród (PL), 09.09.2008-12.09.2008] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR(CZ) IAA200760504; GA MŠk(CZ) 1M06031 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : synthetic jet * synthetic jet actuator * resonance frequency Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics

  4. Resonant optical schlieren system for plasma flow studies

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    A dye laser, pumped by ruby second harmonic radiation at 3471 A, emitting approx.5-mJ, 20-nsec pulses with a bandwidth of 0.3 A, has been developed as a light source in a schlieren optical system which utilizes enhanced refractivity to examine plasma flow phenomena. When the dye laser is tuned adjacent to the BaII ion resonance line at 4554 A, the sensitivity of the system to density gradients in a barium plasma becomes 100--1000 times greater than can be achieved with nonresonant light sources which rely on the free electron contributions to plasma refractivity. Absorption effects also yield data on plasma flow patterns

  5. Evaluation of the incremental cost to the National Health Service of prescribing analogue insulin

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    Sarah E Holden; Poole, Chris D; Morgan, Christopher Ll.; Currie, Craig J

    2011-01-01

    Article summary Article focus Insulin analogues have become increasingly popular in recent years. Insulin analogues are more costly than their human insulin alternatives. The aim of this cross-sectional study is to calculate the incremental cost to the National Health Service (NHS) of prescribing analogue insulin preparations instead of their human insulin alternatives. Key messages If all dispensations for analogue insulin between 2000 and 2009 had used a human insulin alternative, the NHS w...

  6. Vorticity in analogue gravity

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    Cropp, Bethan; Turcati, Rodrigo

    2015-01-01

    In the analogue gravity framework, the acoustic disturbances in a moving fluid can be described by an equation of motion identical to a relativistic scalar massless field propagating in a curved spacetime. This description is possible only when the fluid under consideration is barotropic, inviscid and irrotational. In this case, the propagation of the perturbations is governed by an acoustic metric which depends algebrically on the local speed of sound, density and the background flow velocity, the latter assumed to be vorticity free. In this work we provide an straightforward extension in order to go beyond the irrotational constraint. Using a charged --- relativistic and non-relativistic --- Bose--Einstein condensate as a physical system, we show that in the low momentum limit and performing the eikonal approximation we can derive a d'Alembertian equation of motion for the charged phonons where the emergent acoustic metric depends on a flow velocity in the presence of vorticity.

  7. Study of surface potentials using resonant tunneling of cold atoms in optical lattices

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    Ivanov, Vladyslav V

    2012-01-01

    We study a feasibility of precision measurements of surface potentials at micrometer distances using resonant tunneling of cold atoms trapped in vertical optical lattices. A modulation of an amplitude of the lattice potential induces atomic tunneling among the lattice sites. The resonant modulation frequency corresponds to a difference of potential energy between latices sites which is defined by external force i.e. gravity. The vicinity of the surface alters the external potentials, and hence the resonant frequency. Application of this method allows accurate study of Casimir-type potentials and improvement of the present experimental validity of the Newtonian gravitational potential at the distance range of 5 - 30 micrometers.

  8. Neutron resonance study of a delayed neutron emitter, /sup 87/Kr

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    Fogelberg, B; Macklin, R L; Raman, S; Stelson, P H

    1981-01-01

    The unbound levels in /sup 87/Kr have been studied as neutron resonances up to 400 keV neutron energy at the ORELA linear electron accelerator. The observed p-wave resonances, with I/sup pi /=1/2/sup - / and 3/2/sup -/ can also be populated in the beta -decay of the 3/2 /sup -/ ground state of /sup 87/Br. When comparing the present results with previous studies of beta -delayed neutron spectra, the authors find that almost all observed p-wave resonances can be identified with peaks in the delayed neutron spectra. (0 refs).

  9. Comparative Study of Pineapple Juice as a Negative Oral Contrast Agent in Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography

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    Alshehri, Fahad Mohammed Ali

    2015-01-01

    Objectives: The aim of this study was to compare the image quality of magnetic resonance Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) using Pineapple Juice (PJ) or ranitidine as negative oral contrast agents and no agent.

  10. Bioceramic Resonance Effect on Meridian Channels: A Pilot Study

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    Ting-Kai Leung

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Bioceramic is a kind of material which emits nonionizing radiation and luminescence, induced by visible light. Bioceramic also facilitates the breakup of large clusters of water molecules by weakening hydrogen bonds. Hydrogen bond weakening, which allows water molecules to act in diverse ways under different conditions, is one of the key mechanisms underlying the effects of Bioceramic on biophysical and physical-chemical processes. Herein, we used sound to amplify the effect of Bioceramic and further developed an experimental device for use in humans. Thirteen patients who suffered from various chronic and acute illnesses that severely affected their sleep patterns and life quality were enrolled in a trial of Bioceramic resonance (i.e., rhythmic 100-dB sound waves with frequency set at 10 Hz applied to the skin surface of the anterior chest. According to preliminary data, a “Propagated Sensation along Meridians” (PSM was experienced in all Bioceramic resonance-treated patients but not in any of the nine control patients. The device was believed to enhance microcirculation through a series of biomolecular and physiological processes and to subject the specific meridian channels of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM to coherent vibration. This noninvasive technique may offer an alternative to needle acupuncture and other traditional medical practices with clinical benefits.

  11. Long term corrosion of iron and non alloy or low alloy steels in clay soils. Physico-chemical characterisation and electrochemical study of archaeological analogues

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    Archaeological objects of Gallo-Roman and Merovingian time, and from a battlefield of World War 1, were studied to better understand long term corrosion phenomena of iron in clay soils. This study is part of the French national program about nuclear waste deep repository, conducted by the ANDRA (French national Agency for Radioactive Waste Management). Iron archaeological analogues make a valuable contribution to the specifying of containers for long lived and high level wastes (HLWs), because they provide access to the considered time scale. The experimental issue is divided into two major parts: - a physico-chemical characterisation of corrosion products, by Raman spectroscopy; - an electrochemical study of the behaviour of the different corrosion layers. Although the metallic material is different between ancient artefacts (ferrite) and 1914-1918 remains (hypo-eutectoid steels), the same stable phases are identified in their corrosion products: mainly iron oxides and oxi-hydroxides. From a macroscopic point of view, these products are staggered into two layers: an internal one, and an external one, which contains soil markers. Under the microscope, a complex composite structure appears. Goethite a-FeOOH, which was identified on each object, is frequently in contact with the metal core. The average corrosion rate in the burial environment, deduced from the layers thickness, highlights a significant slowdown of corrosion after the first burial time, about one century. The electrochemical study showed the predominant role of transport phenomena in the pores of corrosion layers. The behaviour of the metal - internal layer system is well explained by a model of porous electrode (De Levie theory). Despite its porosity, the internal layer is protective, as it leads to a significant decrease of the corrosion rate (about ten time). (author)

  12. Influence of GnRH analogue on body mass index in girls with precocious puberty: a prospective study

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    Heshmat Moaieri

    2014-06-01

    Conclusion: Gonadotropin-releasing hormone analog (GnRHa therapy in central precocious puberty (CPP is safe for BMI and increasing of BMI is not significant, long- term follow-up study is required to elucidate whether GnRHa treatment affects adult obesity. Using growth hormone concomitantly, the effect on increasing height is significant.

  13. Pharmacophore modeling and 3D-QSAR studies on substituted benzothiazole / benzimidazole analogues as DHFR inhibitors with antimycobacterial activity

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    R. Priyadarsini

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The resurgence of tuberculosis and the emergence of multidrug-resistant strains of Mycobacteria drugs has propelled the development of new structural classes of antitubercular agents. The present study was undertaken to investigate the opportunities which the enzyme dihydrofolate reductase, a promising drug target for treatmentof Mycobacterial infections offers for the development of new TB drugs. Pharmacophore models were established by using the HipHop and HypoGen algorithms implemented in the Catalyst software package. Thebest quantitative pharmacophore model, consisted of two hydrogen bond acceptor, a hydrophobic aliphatic, and a ring aromatic feature which has the highest correlation coefficient (0.93, as well as enrichment factor of 1.75 and Goodness of hit score of 0.73. Based on the pharmacophore model some leads were optimized and some of its derivatives were synthesized and analysed by following QSAR studies. About 25 compounds of substituted benzothiazole/ benzimidazole derivatives were synthesized as potent DHFR inhibitors and screened for antimycobacterial activity. To further explore the structure-activity relationships of all newly synthesized compounds, 3D-QSAR analyses were developed. MFA studies were performed with the QSAR module of Cerius2 using genetic partial least squares (G/PLS algorithm. The predictive ability of the developed model was assessed using a training set of 25 and a test set of 5 compounds (r2pred = 0.924.The analyzed MF

  14. Pharmacophore modeling, 3D-QSAR and docking study of 2-phenylpyrimidine analogues as selective PDE4B inhibitors.

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    Tripuraneni, Naga Srinivas; Azam, Mohammed Afzal

    2016-04-01

    Pharmacophore modeling, molecular docking, and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation studies have been performed, to explore the putative binding modes of 2-phenylpyrimidine series as PDE4B selective inhibitors. A five point pharmacophore model was developed using 87 molecules having pIC50 ranging from 8.52 to 5.07. The pharmacophore hypothesis yielded a statistically significant 3D-QSAR model, with a high correlation coefficient (R(2)=0.918), cross validation coefficient (Q(2)=0.852), and F value (175) at 4 component PLS factor. The external validation indicated that our QSAR model possessed high predictive power (R(2)=0.70). The generated model was further validated by enrichment studies using the decoy test. To evaluate the effectiveness of docking protocol in flexible docking, we have selected crystallographic bound compound to validate our docking procedure as evident from root mean square deviation. A 10ns molecular dynamics simulation confirmed the docking results of both stability of the 1XMU-ligand complex and the presumed active conformation. Further, similar orientation was observed between the superposition of the conformations of 85 after MD simulation and best XP-docking pose; MD simulation and 3D-QSAR pose; best XP-docking and 3D-QSAR poses. Outcomes of the present study provide insight in designing novel molecules with better PDE4B selective inhibitory activity. PMID:26804643

  15. Study of the onset of the acoustic streaming in parallel plate resonators with pulse ultrasound.

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    Castro, Angelica; Hoyos, Mauricio

    2016-03-01

    In a previous study, we introduced pulse mode ultrasound as a new method for reducing and controlling the acoustic streaming in parallel plate resonators (Hoyos and Castro, 2013). Here, by modifying other parameters such as the resonator geometry and the particle size, we have found a threshold for particle manipulation with ultrasonic standing waves in confined resonators without the influence of the acoustic streaming. We demonstrate that pulse mode ultrasound open the possibility of manipulating particles smaller than 1 μm size. PMID:26705604

  16. Study of 234U(n,f) Resonances Measured at the CERN n_TOF Facility

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    Leal-Cidoncha, E; Paradela, C; Tarrío, D; Leong, L S; Audouin, L; Tassan-Got, L; Praena, J; Berthier, B; Ferrant, L; Isaev, S; Le Naour, C; Stephan, C; Trubert, D; Abbondanno, U; Aerts, G; Álvarez, H; Álvarez-Velarde, F; Andriamonje, S; Andrzejewski, J; Badurek, G; Baumann, P; Bečvář, F; Berthoumieux, E; Calviño, F; Calviani, M; Cano-Ott, D; Capote, R; Carrapiço, C; Cennini, P.; Chepel, V; Chiaveri, E.; Colonna, N; Cortes, G; Couture, A; Cox, J; Dahlfors, M; David, S.; Dillmann, I; Domingo-Pardo, C; Dridi, W; Eleftheriadis, C; Embid-Segura, M; Ferrari, A.; Ferreira-Marques, R; Fujii, K; Furman, W; Gonçalves, I; González-Romero, E; Gramegna, F; Guerrero, C; Gunsing, F; Haas, B; Haight, R; Heil, M; Herrera-Martinez, A.; Igashira, M; Jericha, E; Kadi, Y.; Käppeler, F; Karadimos, D; Kerveno, M; Koehler, P; Kossionides, E; Krtička, M; Lampoudis, C; Leeb, H; Lindote, A; Lopes, I; Lozano, M; Lukic, S; Marganiec, J; Marrone, S; Martínez, T; Massimi, C; Mastinu, P; Mengoni, A; Milazzo, P M; Moreau, C; Mosconi, M; Neves, F; Oberhummer, H; O'Brien, S; Oshima, M; Pancin, J; Papadopoulos, C; Pavlik, A; Pavlopoulos, P.; Perrot, L; Pigni, M T; Plag, R; Plompen, A; Plukis, A; Poch, A; Pretel, C; Quesada, J; Rauscher, T.; Reifarth, R; Rubbia, C.; Rudolf, G; Rullhusen, P; Salgado, J; Santos, C; Sarchiapone, L.; Savvidis, I; Tagliente, G; Tain, J L; Tavora, L; Terlizzi, R; Vannini, G; Vaz, P; Ventura, A.; Villamarin, D; Vincente, M C; Vlachoudis, V.; Vlastou, R; Voss, F; Walter, S; Wiescher, M; Wisshak, K

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    We present the analysis of the resolved resonance region for the U-234(n,f) cross section data measured at the CERN n\\_TOF facility. The resonance parameters in the energy range from 1 eV to 1500 eV have been obtained with the SAMMY code by using as initial parameters for the fit the resonance parameters of the JENDL-3.3 evaluation. In addition, the statistical analysis has been accomplished, partly with the SAMDIST code, in order to study the level spacing and the Mehta-Dyson correlation.

  17. Vibrational Feshbach resonances in near-threshold HOCO- photodetachment: A theoretical study

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    The results of a theoretical study of HOCO- photodetachment are presented with a view toward understanding the origin of two peaks observed by Lu and Continetti [Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 113005 (2007)] in the photoelectron kinetic energy spectrum very close to threshold. It is shown that the peaks can be attributed to vibrational Feshbach resonances of dipole-bound trans-HOCO-, and not s- and p-wave shape resonances as previously assumed. Fixed-nuclei variational electron-HOCO scattering calculations are used to compute photodetachment cross sections and laboratory-frame photoelectron angular distributions. The calculations show a broad A''(π*)-shape resonance several electron volts above threshold.

  18. Resonantly Enhanced Multiphoton Ionization under XUV FEL radiation: A case study of the role of harmonics

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    Nikolopoulos, Georgios M

    2016-01-01

    We provide a detailed quantitative study of the possible role of a small admixture of harmonics on resonant two-photon ionization. The motivation comes from the occasional presence of 2nd and 3rd harmonics in FEL radiation. We obtain the dependence of ionic yields on the intensity of the fundamental, the percentage of 2nd harmonic and the detuning of the fundamental from resonance. Having examined the cases of one and two intermediate resonances, we arrive at results of general validity and global behavior, showing that even a small amount of harmonic may seem deceptively innocuous.

  19. Study of nucleon resonances in the $\\gamma p \\to \\phi K^+ \\Lambda$ reaction near threshold

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    Lü, Qi-Fang; Xie, Ju-Jun; Chen, Xu-Rong; Li, De-Min

    2014-01-01

    We investigate the $\\gamma p \\to \\phi K^+ \\Lambda$ reaction near threshold within an effective Lagrangian approach and the isobar model. Various nucleon resonances due to the $\\pi$ and $\\eta$ mesons exchanges and background contributions are considered. It is shown that the contribution from the $N^*(1535)$ resonance due to the $\\eta$ meson exchange plays the predominant role. Hence, this reaction provides a new good platform to study the $N^*(1535)$ resonance. The predicted total cross section and specific features of angular distributions can be tested by the future experiments.

  20. Coupled channel study of a sub 0 resonances

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    Furman, A

    2002-01-01

    A coupled channel model of the a sub 0 (980) and a sub 0 (1450) resonances has been constructed using the separable pi eta and K(anti)K interactions. We have shown that two S-matrix poles corresponding to the a sub 0 (980) meson have significantly different widths in the complex energy plane. The K(anti)K to pi eta branching ratio, predicted in our model near the a sub 0 (1450) mass, is in agreement with the result of the Crystal Barrel Collaboration, The K(anti)K interaction in the S-wave isovector state is not sufficiently attractive to create a bound a sub 0 (980) meson.

  1. Sucrose solution freezing studied by magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Mahdjoub, Rachid; Chouvenc, Pierre; Seurin, Marie José; Andrieu, Julien; Briguet, André

    2006-03-20

    Ice formation of a 20% w/v sucrose solution was monitored during the freezing process by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). An original experimental setup was designed with oil as a cooling fluid that allows accurate control of the temperature. The NMR signal intensity of particular sampled volumes was observed during the entire cooling period, from 0 to -50 degrees C, showing a peak characteristic to a transition before the loss of the signal. Moreover, spatial ice distribution of the frozen matrix was observed by high resolution MRI with an isotropic resolution of 78x78x78microm(3). MRI has proved to be a novel technique for determining the glass transition temperature of frozen sucrose solutions, in the concentration range where calorimetric measurements are not feasible. PMID:16430876

  2. Levels in 237U studied by resonant neutron capture

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    Primary and secondary γ rays in 237U from resonant neutron capture in 236U have been measured with the fast chopper facility, the neutron monochromator, and 2- and 24-keV neutron beam filters. A level scheme was constructed including 27 levels with spin and parity assignments. Rotational band members of the Nilsson configurations [631arrow-down], [622up-arrow], [624arrow-down], [631up-arrow], [633arrow-down], and [501arrow-down] and of the vibrational bands ][622up-arrow] - 2+] and ][631arrow-down] + 0+] were identified. There are more levels below 800 keV, in particular, K = 1/2- bands, than expected from comparison with 235U and 239U. The neutron binding energy in 237U was determined to be 5125.9 +- 0.5 keV

  3. Human brain cancer studied by resonance Raman spectroscopy

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    Zhou, Yan; Liu, Cheng-Hui; Sun, Yi; Pu, Yang; Boydston-White, Susie; Liu, Yulong; Alfano, Robert R.

    2012-11-01

    The resonance Raman (RR) spectra of six types of human brain tissues are examined using a confocal micro-Raman system with 532-nm excitation in vitro. Forty-three RR spectra from seven subjects are investigated. The spectral peaks from malignant meningioma, stage III (cancer), benign meningioma (benign), normal meningeal tissues (normal), glioblastoma multiforme grade IV (cancer), acoustic neuroma (benign), and pituitary adenoma (benign) are analyzed. Using a 532-nm excitation, the resonance-enhanced peak at 1548 cm-1 (amide II) is observed in all of the tissue specimens, but is not observed in the spectra collected using the nonresonance Raman system. An increase in the intensity ratio of 1587 to 1605 cm-1 is observed in the RR spectra collected from meningeal cancer tissue as compared with the spectra collected from the benign and normal meningeal tissue. The peak around 1732 cm-1 attributed to fatty acids (lipids) are diminished in the spectra collected from the meningeal cancer tumors as compared with the spectra from normal and benign tissues. The characteristic band of spectral peaks observed between 2800 and 3100 cm-1 are attributed to the vibrations of methyl (-CH3) and methylene (-CH2-) groups. The ratio of the intensities of the spectral peaks of 2935 to 2880 cm-1 from the meningeal cancer tissues is found to be lower in comparison with that of the spectral peaks from normal, and benign tissues, which may be used as a distinct marker for distinguishing cancerous tissues from normal meningeal tissues. The statistical methods of principal component analysis and the support vector machine are used to analyze the RR spectral data collected from meningeal tissues, yielding a diagnostic sensitivity of 90.9% and specificity of 100% when two principal components are used.

  4. Synthesis of novel 2-(4-(2-morpholinoethoxy)phenyl)-N-phenylacetamide analogues and their antimicrobial study

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    H P Jayadevappa; G Nagendrappa; S Umesh; S Chandrashekar

    2012-09-01

    A new class of potential biologically active 2-(4-(2-morpholinoethoxy)phenyl)-N-phenylacetamides has been synthesized from hydroxyphenylacetic acid. The products were characterized through IR, 1H NMR, mass spectral studies and elemental analysis. The compounds were screened for antimicrobial activity by disc agar diffusion technique. The potency of compounds is tested against variety of fungal and bacterial strains in comparison to clotrimazole and streptomycin, respectively. Some of the synthesized compounds exhibit superior in vitro activity compared to the standard drugs.

  5. Rock matrix diffusion as a mechanism of radionuclide retardation: A natural analogue study of El Berrocal granite, Spain

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    Blocks and cores of El Berrocal granite intersected by hydrogeological-active fractures have been studied in order to determine (1) the extent to which diffusion of natural radionuclides has taken place from fractures into the rock matrix, and (2) the microstructural controls of diffusion. The results suggest that, in many granite rocks, matrix diffusion (of uranium, at least) may be limited to a zone extending only a few cm from water-conducting fractures and that not all of the rock may be available for diffusion. This should be taken into account in establishing radionuclide migration/retardation models for repository sites. (orig.)

  6. Effects of tamoxifen and somatostatin analogue on growth of human medullary, follicular, and papillary thyroid carcinoma cell lines: tissue culture and nude mouse xenograft studies.

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    Weber, C J; Marvin, M; Krekun, S; Koschitzky, T; Karp, F; Benson, M; Feind, C R

    1990-12-01

    The knowledge that (1) the normal thyroid contains somatostatin, (2) polypeptide growth factors influence thyroid cell function, and (3) thyroid cells contain steroid hormone receptors prompted us to add somatostatin analogue No. 201-995 (SMS) (5 ng/ml) and/or tamoxifen citrate (TAM) (5 mumol/L) to 7-day monolayer cultures (50,000 cells/well) of three separate human thyroid carcinoma cell lines: DR081 (medullary), WR082 (follicular), and NPA'87 (papillary). Results, tabulated as cell numbers/well (X10(5) on day 7, revealed that TAM inhibited growth of medullary and follicular cells and that TAM plus SMS inhibited growth of papillary cells. In vivo studies of subcutaneous tumor cell xenografts in nude mice have documented that TAM (5 mg subcutaneous pellet) significantly inhibits the growth of medullary implants. Flow cytometric DNA studies of medullary cell cultures demonstrated a reduced G2 + M phase with TAM treatment. For papillary cell implants, TAM plus SMS (5 micrograms subcutaneously, twice daily) did not suppress tumor growth. All three cell lines were negative for estrogen receptor; addition of estradiol (5 ng/ml) to medullary cell cultures neither stimulated replication nor reversed the inhibitory effects of TAM in vitro. We conclude that (1) TAM slowed the growth of a cell line of human medullary carcinoma, both in vitro and in vivo; (2) this effect was not reversed by estradiol; (3) TAM plus SMS inhibited replication of a papillary carcinoma cell line in vitro, but not in vivo; and (4) TAM alone and TAM plus SMS inhibited replication of cultures of a human follicular thyroid carcinoma cell line. TAM and SMS may be useful in treatment of some human thyroid carcinomas. PMID:1978945

  7. Surface plasmon enhanced interfacial electron transfer and resonance Raman, surface-enhanced resonance Raman studies of cytochrome C mutants

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    Zheng, Junwei

    1999-11-08

    Surface plasmon resonance was utilized to enhance the electron transfer at silver/solution interfaces. Photoelectrochemical reductions of nitrite, nitrate, and CO{sub 2} were studied on electrochemically roughened silver electrode surfaces. The dependence of the photocurrent on photon energy, applied potential and concentration of nitrite demonstrates that the photoelectrochemical reduction proceeds via photoemission process followed by the capture of hydrated electrons. The excitation of plasmon resonances in nanosized metal structures resulted in the enhancement of the photoemission process. In the case of photoelectrocatalytic reduction of CO{sub 2}, large photoelectrocatalytic effect for the reduction of CO{sub 2} was observed in the presence of surface adsorbed methylviologen, which functions as a mediator for the photoexcited electron transfer from silver metal to CO{sub 2} in solution. Photoinduced reduction of microperoxidase-11 adsorbed on roughened silver electrode was also observed and attributed to the direct photoejection of free electrons of silver metal. Surface plasmon assisted electron transfer at nanostructured silver particle surfaces was further determined by EPR method.

  8. Study of f electron correlations in nonmagnetic Ce by means of spin resolved resonant photoemission

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    Yu, S; Komesu, T; Chung, B W; Waddill, G D; Morton, S A; Tobin, J G

    2005-11-28

    We have studied the spin-spin coupling between two f electrons of nonmagnetic Ce by means of spin resolved resonant photoemission using circularly polarized synchrotron radiation. The two f electrons participating in the 3d{sub 5/2} {yields} 4f resonance process are coupled in a singlet while the coupling is veiled in the 3d{sub 3/2} {yields} 4f process due to an additional Coster-Kronig decay channel. The identical singlet coupling is observed in the 4d {yields} 4f resonance process. Based on the Ce measurements, it is argued that spin resolved resonant photoemission is a unique approach to study the correlation effects, particularly in the form of spin, in the rare-earths and the actinides.

  9. Rapid eye movement-related brain activation in human sleep: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study.

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    Wehrle, Renate; Czisch, Michael; Kaufmann, Christian; Wetter, Thomas C; Holsboer, Florian; Auer, Dorothee P; Pollmächer, Thomas

    2005-05-31

    In animal models, ponto-geniculo-occipital waves appear as an early sign of rapid eye movement sleep and may be functionally significant for brain plasticity processes. In this pilot study, we use a combined polysomnographic and functional magnetic resonance imaging approach, and show distinct magnetic resonance imaging signal increases in the posterior thalamus and occipital cortex in close temporal relationship to rapid eye movements during human rapid eye movement sleep. These findings are consistent with cell recordings in animal experiments and demonstrate that functional magnetic resonance imaging can be utilized to detect ponto-geniculo-occipital-like activity in humans. Studying intact neuronal networks underlying sleep regulation is no longer confined to animal models, but has been shown to be feasible in humans by a combined functional magnetic resonance imaging and electroencephalograph approach. PMID:15891584

  10. Charge-magnetic interference resonant scattering studies of ferromagnetic crystals and thin films

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    The element- and site-specificity of X-ray resonant magnetic scattering (XRMS) makes it an ideal tool for furthering our understanding of complex magnetic systems. In the hard X-rays, XRMS is readily applied to most antiferromagnets where the relatively weak resonant magnetic scattering (10-2-10-6Ic) is separated in reciprocal space from the stronger, Bragg charge scattered intensity, Ic. In ferro(ferri)-magnetic materials, however, such separation does not occur and measurements of resonant magnetic scattering in the presence of strong charge scattering are quite challenging. We discuss the use of charge-magnetic interference resonant scattering for studies of ferromagnetic (FM) crystals and layered films. We review the challenges and opportunities afforded by this approach, particularly when using circularly polarized X-rays. We illustrate current capabilities at the Advanced Photon Source with studies aimed at probing site-specific magnetism in ferromagnetic crystals, and interfacial magnetism in films. (authors)

  11. Arginine-, D-arginine-vasopressin, and their inverso analogues in micellar and liposomic models of cell membrane: CD, NMR, and molecular dynamics studies

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    Lubecka, E. A.; Sikorska, E.; Sobolewski, D.; Prahl, A.; Slaninová, Jiřina; Ciarkowski, J.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 44, č. 8 (2015), s. 727-743. ISSN 0175-7571 Institutional support: RVO:61388963 Keywords : antidiuretic agonists * anionic-zwitterionic micelles * liposomes * inverso analogues Subject RIV: CC - Organic Chemistry Impact factor: 2.219, year: 2014 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00249-015-1071-4/fulltext.html

  12. Theoretical Studies on Formation Mechanism of Resonance States for Na+I2→Na++I-2 System

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    SUN Xiao-min; MA Wan-yong; CAI Zheng-ting; FENG Da-cheng

    2003-01-01

    An extended linear combination of arrangement channels-scattering wave-function(LCAC-SW) quantum scattering dynamic method combined with ab initio quantum chemical calculation was used to study the formation mechanism of the resonance states for the collinear Na+I2→Na++I-2 ion-pair formation process on Aten-Lanting-Los potential energy surface. The resonance energy and the resonance width or the lifetime for the first resonance peak were calculated. The resonance can be identified as the Feshbach type and the physical interpretation is given. The geometric structure of the resonance state for the title system has been optimized.

  13. Gadolinium(III) complexes of mono- and diethyl esters of monophosphonic acid analogue of DOTA as potential MRI contrast agents: solution structures and relaxometric studies

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    Lebduskova, Petra; Hermann, Petr; Helm, Lothar; Toth, Eva; Kotek, Jan; Binnemans, Koen; Rudovsky, Jakub; Lukes, Ivan; Merbach, Andre E

    2007-01-01

    Two new macrocyclic DOTA-like chelates containing one phosphonate pendant arm were synthesised as potential contrast agents for MRI ( magnetic resonance imaging). The chelates bind to the lanthanide(III) in an octadentate manner, via four nitrogen atoms, three carboxylate and one phosphonate oxygen atoms. Solution structures of [Ln(do3apO(Et2))(H2O)] and [Ln(do3ap(OEt))(H2O)](-) were studied using P-31 and H-1 NMR spectroscopy and SAP (square-antiprismatic)/TSAP ( twisted square-antiprismatic...

  14. A Patient Specific Biomechanical Analysis of Custom Root Analogue Implant Designs on Alveolar Bone Stress: A Finite Element Study

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    David Anssari Moin

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives. The aim of this study was to analyse by means of FEA the influence of 5 custom RAI designs on stress distribution of peri-implant bone and to evaluate the impact on microdisplacement for a specific patient case. Materials and Methods. A 3D surface model of a RAI for the upper right canine was constructed from the cone beam computed tomography data of one patient. Subsequently, five (targeted press-fit design modification FE models with five congruent bone models were designed: “Standard,” “Prism,” “Fins,” “Plug,” and “Bulbs,” respectively. Preprocessor software was applied to mesh the models. Two loads were applied: an oblique force (300 N and a vertical force (150 N. Analysis was performed to evaluate stress distributions and deformed contact separation at the peri-implant region. Results. The lowest von Mises stress levels were numerically observed for the Plug design. The lowest levels of contact separation were measured in the Fins model followed by the Bulbs design. Conclusions. Within the limitations of the applied methodology, adding targeted press-fit geometry to the RAI standard design will have a positive effect on stress distribution, lower concentration of bone stress, and will provide a better primary stability for this patient specific case.

  15. A Patient Specific Biomechanical Analysis of Custom Root Analogue Implant Designs on Alveolar Bone Stress: A Finite Element Study

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    2016-01-01

    Objectives. The aim of this study was to analyse by means of FEA the influence of 5 custom RAI designs on stress distribution of peri-implant bone and to evaluate the impact on microdisplacement for a specific patient case. Materials and Methods. A 3D surface model of a RAI for the upper right canine was constructed from the cone beam computed tomography data of one patient. Subsequently, five (targeted) press-fit design modification FE models with five congruent bone models were designed: “Standard,” “Prism,” “Fins,” “Plug,” and “Bulbs,” respectively. Preprocessor software was applied to mesh the models. Two loads were applied: an oblique force (300 N) and a vertical force (150 N). Analysis was performed to evaluate stress distributions and deformed contact separation at the peri-implant region. Results. The lowest von Mises stress levels were numerically observed for the Plug design. The lowest levels of contact separation were measured in the Fins model followed by the Bulbs design. Conclusions. Within the limitations of the applied methodology, adding targeted press-fit geometry to the RAI standard design will have a positive effect on stress distribution, lower concentration of bone stress, and will provide a better primary stability for this patient specific case.

  16. Ground water chemistry and geochemical modeling of water-rock interactions at the Osamu Utsumi mine and the Morro do Ferro analogue study sites, Poços de Caldas, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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    Nordstrom, D.K.; McNutt, R.H.; Puigdomenech, I.; Smellie, John A.T.; Wolf, M.

    1992-01-01

    Surface and ground waters, collected over a period of three years from the Osamu Utsumi uranium mine and the Morro do Ferro thorium/rare-earth element (Th/REE) deposits, were analyzed and interpreted to identify the major hydrogeochemical processes. These results provided information on the current geochemical evolution of ground waters for two study sites within the Poços de Caldas Natural Analogue Project.

  17. Mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry of the Pocos de Caldas analogue study sites, Minas Gerais, Brazil; II. Morro do Ferro

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    Waber, M. [Bern Univ., Mineralogisch-Petrographisches Inst., Switzerland (Switzerland)

    1991-01-01

    The thorium-rare-earth element deposit at Morro do Ferro is of supergene origin and was formed under lateritic weathering conditions. The ore body forms shallow NW-SE elongated argillaceous lenses that extend from the top of the hill downwards along its south-eastern slope. The deposit is capped by a stockwork of magnetite veins which have protected the underlying, highly argillaceous host rock from excessive erosion. The surrounding country rocks comprise a sequence of subvolcanic phonolite intrusions that have been strongly altered by hydrothermal and supergene processes. From petrological, mineralogical and geochemical studies and mass balance calculations, it is inferred that the highly weathered host rock was originally carbonatic in composition and was initially enhanced in thorium and rare-earth elements compared to the surrounding silicate rocks. Intrusion of the carbonatite produced fenitic alteration of the surrounding phonolites, consisting of an early potassic alteration followed by a vein-type Th-REE mineralization with associated fluorite, carbonate, pyrite and zircon. Subsequent lateritic weathering has completely destroyed the carbonatite, forming a residual supergene enrichment of Th and REEs. Initial weathering of the carbonatite leading to solutions enriched in carbonate and phosphate may have appreciably restricted the dissolution of the primary Th-REE phases. Strongly oxidic weathering has resulted in a fractionation between cerium and the other light rare-earth elements. Ce{sup 3+} is oxidized to Ce{sup 4+} and retained together with thorium by secondary mineral formation and adsorption on poorly crystalline iron- and aluminium-hydroxides. In contrast, the trivalent LREEs are retained to a lesser degree and are thus more available for secondary mineral formation and adsorption at greater depths down the weathering column. (author) figs., tabs., 60 refs.

  18. Quadrature Slotted Surface Coil Pair for Magnetic Resonance Imaging at 4 Tesla: Phantom Study

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    Solis S.E.; Tomasi D.; Hernandez J.A.; Rodriguez A.O.

    2012-01-01

    A coil array was composed of two slotted surface coils forming a structure with two plates at 900, each one having 6 circular slots and is introduced in this paper. Numerical simulations of the magnetic field of this coil array were performed at 170 MHz using the finite element method to study its behaviour. This coil array was developed for brain magnetic resonance imaging to be operated at the resonant frequency of 170 MHz in the transceiver mode and quadrature driven. Numerical simulations...

  19. Morphologic Differences in the Vocal Tract Resonance Cavities of Voice Professionals: An MRI-Based Study

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    Sandra M. Rua Ventura; Diamantino Rui S. Freitas; Ramos, Isabel Maria A. P.; João Manuel R. S. Tavares

    2013-01-01

    The processes that take place during singing and acting are complex. However, morphologic and dynamic studies of the vocal tracts during speech have been gaining greater attention, mainly because of the rapid technical advances being made with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and image analysis and processing techniques. Objectives/Hypothesis and Methods. Our aim was to describe the morphologic differences in the vocal tract resonance cavities among voice professionals using MRI, and with the...

  20. Study of the fluctuations of the partial and total radiative widths by neutron capture resonance method

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    Radiative capture experiments by neutron time-of-flight methods have been made for following studies: distribution of partial radiative widths, effects of correlation between different radiative transitions, fluctuations of total radiative widths Γγ from resonance to resonance, variation of Γγ with number of mass and the search for the existence of potential capture. Also, some other experiments with the use of neutron capture gamma-rays spectra have been investigated. (author)

  1. Study of the non-vitreous amorphous state in some polymers by various magnetic resonance methods

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    The motion and the structure of polyisoprene and polybutadiene have been studied using four methods of magnetic resonance. The analysis of the experimental results of the nuclear spin lattice relaxation time T1 gives information about the form of the spectral density function. On the other hand the inverse Overhauser effect, obtained by electron nuclear double resonance in polyisoprene and polybutadiene containing nitroxide free radicals, reveals similarities between elastomers and liquids in their structural and thermodynamic properties. (author)

  2. Shoulder Magnetic Resonance Arthrography: A Prospective Randomized Study of Anterior and Posterior Ultrasonography-Guided Contrast Injections

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    Koivikko, M.P.; Mustonen, A.O.T. (Dept. of Radiology, Helsinki Univ. Central Hospital, Helsinki (Finland))

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    Background: Magnetic resonance (MR) arthrography is an accurate imaging method for internal shoulder derangements and rotator cuff pathologies. Both anterior and posterior contrast injection techniques, under palpatory, fluoroscopic, or ultrasonographic guidance have been described in the literature. However, clinical comparisons of the injection techniques remain few. Purpose: To compare the performance of anterior and posterior ultrasonography (US)-guided arthrography injections of the shoulder regarding patient discomfort and influence on diagnostic MR reading, and to illustrate the typical artifacts resulting from contrast leakage in the respective techniques. Material and Methods: 43 MR arthrographies were prospectively randomized into anterior and posterior US-guided contrast injections and performed by two radiologists, with the study of artifacts from contrast leakage. Pain from the injections was assessed by a survey utilizing a 100-mm visual analogue scale (VAS). Results: Of the 23 anterior injections, nine caused contrast artifacts in the subscapular tendon, and in three the leakage extended further anteriorly. Of the 20 posterior injections, 12 showed injection artifacts of the rotator cuff, extending outside the cuff in seven. Two of the anterior and none of the posterior artifacts compromised diagnostic quality. In posterior injections, the leakage regularly occurred at the caudal edge of the infraspinatus muscle and was easily distinguishable from rotator cuff tears. All patients completed the pain survey. Mean VAS scores were 25.0 (median 18, SD 22) for anterior, and 25.4 (median 16, SD 25) for posterior injections. The two radiologists achieved different mean VAS scores but closely agreed as to anterior and posterior VAS scores. Conclusion: Arthrography injections were fairly simple to perform under US guidance. Patient discomfort for anterior and posterior injections was equally minor. A tailored approach utilizing anterior or posterior injections

  3. Shoulder Magnetic Resonance Arthrography: A Prospective Randomized Study of Anterior and Posterior Ultrasonography-Guided Contrast Injections

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    Background: Magnetic resonance (MR) arthrography is an accurate imaging method for internal shoulder derangements and rotator cuff pathologies. Both anterior and posterior contrast injection techniques, under palpatory, fluoroscopic, or ultrasonographic guidance have been described in the literature. However, clinical comparisons of the injection techniques remain few. Purpose: To compare the performance of anterior and posterior ultrasonography (US)-guided arthrography injections of the shoulder regarding patient discomfort and influence on diagnostic MR reading, and to illustrate the typical artifacts resulting from contrast leakage in the respective techniques. Material and Methods: 43 MR arthrographies were prospectively randomized into anterior and posterior US-guided contrast injections and performed by two radiologists, with the study of artifacts from contrast leakage. Pain from the injections was assessed by a survey utilizing a 100-mm visual analogue scale (VAS). Results: Of the 23 anterior injections, nine caused contrast artifacts in the subscapular tendon, and in three the leakage extended further anteriorly. Of the 20 posterior injections, 12 showed injection artifacts of the rotator cuff, extending outside the cuff in seven. Two of the anterior and none of the posterior artifacts compromised diagnostic quality. In posterior injections, the leakage regularly occurred at the caudal edge of the infraspinatus muscle and was easily distinguishable from rotator cuff tears. All patients completed the pain survey. Mean VAS scores were 25.0 (median 18, SD 22) for anterior, and 25.4 (median 16, SD 25) for posterior injections. The two radiologists achieved different mean VAS scores but closely agreed as to anterior and posterior VAS scores. Conclusion: Arthrography injections were fairly simple to perform under US guidance. Patient discomfort for anterior and posterior injections was equally minor. A tailored approach utilizing anterior or posterior injections

  4. A study on CYP1A inhibitory action of E-2-(4'-methoxybenzylidene)-1-benzosuberone and some related chalcones and cyclic chalcone analogues

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    In vivo investigation of E-2-(4'-methoxybenzylidene)-1-benzosuberone (4a) on the 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA)-induced onco/tumor suppressor gene expressions suggested that inhibition of metabolic activation of DMBA might play a role in the observed activity of the compound. In order to explore this possible biological action we have investigated whether 4a and some of its structurally related analogues had inhibitory effects on the CYP1A enzymes. During our study 7-ethoxyresorufin O-dealkylation activity of CYP1A isoenzymes was measured in liver microsomes prepared from 3-methylcholanthrene treated male rats. Inhibition constants (Ki values) were determined by using different concentrations of 7-ethoxyresorufin and the investigated chalcones (1), E-2-benzylidene-1-indanones (2), -tetralones (3) and -benzosuberones (4). Each compound was found to be a strong competitive inhibitor of the CYP1A enzymes. Their inhibitory activity was comparable with or even higher than that of 7,8-benzoflavone, the known strong CYP1A inhibitor used as reference substance. By proper selection of the substituents on the benzylidene moiety we investigated how the inhibitory activity (Ki value) of 1-4 varied as a function of the ring size (n=0, 5, 6, 7) carbon atoms, and the nature as well as the position of the substituents. To test applicability of the previously set structural requirements for binding of xenobiotics to the CYP1A enzymes we compared some topological, physico-chemical and quantum mechanical parameters of 1-4 with 7-ethoxyresorufin and 7,8-benzoflavone, the investigated CYP1A substrate and inhibitor, respectively

  5. RPF151, a novel capsaicin-like analogue: in vitro studies and in vivo preclinical antitumor evaluation in a breast cancer model.

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    Ferreira, Adilson Kleber; Tavares, Maurício Temotheo; Pasqualoto, Kerly Fernanda Mesquita; de Azevedo, Ricardo Alexandre; Teixeira, Sarah Fernandes; Ferreira-Junior, Wilson Alves; Bertin, Ariane Matiello; de-Sá-Junior, Paulo Luiz; Barbuto, José Alexandre Marzagão; Figueiredo, Carlos Rogério; Cury, Yara; Damião, Mariana Celestina Frojuello Costa Bernstorff; Parise-Filho, Roberto

    2015-09-01

    Capsaicin, the primary pungent component of the chili pepper, has antitumor activity. Herein, we describe the activity of RPF151, an alkyl sulfonamide analogue of capsaicin, against MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells. RPF151 was synthetized, and molecular modeling was used to compare capsaicin and RPF151. Cytotoxicity of RPF151 on MDA-MB-231 was also evaluated by the 3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. Cell cycle analysis, by flow cytometry, and Western blot analysis of cycle-related proteins were used to evaluate the antiproliferative mechanisms. Apoptosis was evaluated by phosphatidyl-serine externalization, cleavage of Ac-YVAD-AMC, and Bcl-2 expression. The production of reactive oxygen species was evaluated by flow cytometry. RPF151 in vivo antitumor effects were investigated in murine MDA-MB-231 model. This study shows that RPF151 downregulated p21 and cyclins A, D1, and D3, leading to S-phase arrest and apoptosis. Although RPF151 has induced the activation of TRPV-1 and TRAIL-R1/DR4 and TRAIL-2/DR5 on the surface of MDA-MB-231 cells, its in vivo antitumor activity was TRPV-1-independent, thus suggesting that RPF151 should not have the same pungency-based limitation of capsaicin. In silico analysis corroborated the biological findings, showing that RPF151 has physicochemical improvements over capsaicin. Overall, the activity of RPF151 against MDA-MB-231 and its lower pungency suggest that it may have a relevant role in cancer therapy. PMID:25894379

  6. Protamine-containing insulins are strong risk factors, and human insulin analogues are possible risk factors for insulin autoantibody: case-control study

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    Hiroyuki Kinoshita

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Insulin autoantibody is known to cause fluctuation of blood glucose. We examined whether medications for diabetes are risk factors for insulin autoantibody. Especially, we examined the associations between types of insulin and insulin autoantibody. We performed a case-control study. From April 2005 to March 2010, insulin autoantibody was measured 273 times in 217 patients in our hospital. Insulin autoantibody was positive (greater than 10% 53 times in 19 patients (case, and was negative 220 times in 198 patients (control. Oral hypoglycemic agents were not risk factors for insulin autoantibody; the odds ratio was 0.0. In contrast, insulin use was a significant risk factor for insulin autoantibody; the odds ratio (95% confidence interval was 56.3 (7.3-432.5. As for the types of insulin and insulin autoantibody, human insulins without protamine were not risk factors; the odds ratio was 0.0. For protamine-containing insulins, the odds ratio and adjusted odds ratio (adjusted by age, gender, and disease: type 1 diabetes mellitus, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and no diabetes were 35.3 (9.6-129.5 and 29.6 (7.6- 115.4, respectively. For Aspart-containing insulins, they were 6.2 (2.2-17.9 and 3.8 (1.2- 12.0, respectively. For Glargine, they were 3.2 (0.6-16.7 and 1.3 (0.2-8.3, respectively. To decrease the problem of insulin antibody, avoiding the use of protamine-containing insulins and avoiding the use of human insulin analogues might be preferable for the patients with diabetes.

  7. Comparative study of spectroscopic properties of the low-lying electronic states of 2,4-pentadien-1-iminium cation and its N-substituted analogues

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    Anjan Chattopadhyay

    2012-09-01

    Semiempirical and ab initio-based CI methods have been employed to study the low-lying electronic states of 2,4-pentadien-1-iminium cation and its N-substituted analogues with electron-donating (methyl, isopropyl) and electron-withdrawing (fluoromethyl) groups on nitrogen. Variations of the dihedral angles (Γ3, Γ4) of the ground state have given the global minima and global maxima at (180°, 180°) and (90°, 0°) conformations, respectively, with some exceptions in the case of fluoromethyl compound. Increase in the +I effect on nitrogen shifts the TICT conical intersection point away from the 90° (Γ3 dihedral angle) value, when the Γ4 value is kept fixed at 180°. Transition moment values of the allowed S0(1A -like) → S1 (2B-like) transitions are expectedly higher than the forbidden S0(1A -like) → S2(2A -like) transitions by almost 5.6 D. Radiative lifetime values of the first excited states are calculated to be around 215 ps for all the four compounds. At (180°, 180°) conformation the vertical excitation energy (VEE) between the S0 and S1 states of the 2,4-pentadieniminium cation is found to be 3.3 eV, which corresponds to the absorption wavelength value of roughly 375 nm. The VEE value increases with substituents having +I effect on nitrogen, while for the fluoromethyl compound it is calculated to be around 2.85 eV. The energy gap between the first two excited singlet states is found to have the least value in the isopropyl-substituted compound, where the S2 state contains a huge contribution from the HOMO2→LUMO2 configuration.

  8. A new natural analogue study of the interaction of low-alkali cement leachates and the bentonite buffer of a radioactive waste repository

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    Bentonite plays a significant barrier role in many radioactive waste repository designs, where it has been chosen due to its favourable properties such as plasticity, swelling capacity, colloid filtration, low hydraulic conductivity and its stability in relevant geological environments. However, bentonite is unstable at high pH meaning that it could lose its favourable properties if interacted with hyper-alkaline leachates from concrete construction materials (e.g. tunnel liners, grouts, etc.), seals and plugs and/or cementitious wastes in a repository. This fact has forced several national programmes to assess alternative construction and sealing materials such as low alkali cements. Recently, it has been assumed that the lower pH (typically pH 10-11) leachates of such cements will degrade bentonite to a much lesser degree than 'standard' OPC-based cement leachates (generally with an initial pH>13). To date, few laboratory or in situ URL (underground rock laboratory) data are available to support the use of low alkali cements in conjunction with bentonites, partly because of the very slow kinetics involved. Consequently, a new project has focussed on finding an appropriate natural analogue site to provide long-term supporting data which will avoid the kinetic constraints of laboratory and URL experiments. Early results have identified an initial, very promising site at Mangatarem in the Philippines, where a quarry excavating bentonite and zeolites is found in the sedimentary carapace of the Zambales ophiolite. In the immediate vicinity of the quarry, ophiolite-derived hyper-alkaline groundwaters are present and further field work (including geophysics surveys and borehole drilling) are now being planned to assess regional bentonite/hyper-alkaline groundwater interaction. This paper presents an overview of the current status of the project and assesses the relevance of the study to improving understanding of low-alkali cement leachate/bentonite interaction

  9. A study on species transport in the corrosion products of ferrous archaeological analogues - a contribution to the modelling of iron long term corrosion behaviour

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    One of the main technological and environmental challenges for the next centuries is the safe storage of nuclear wastes. For this purpose, the behaviour during several centuries of every material constituting the barrier between wastes and environment must be predicted. In addition to modelling and laboratory simulations, the only mean to study corrosion systems formed during several centuries is to analyse archaeological ferrous artefacts buried in soil. Precedent studies on this kind of artefacts have shown that the corrosion system is formed by the metallic core, a dense corrosion product layer, a transformed medium constituted of a mix of corrosion products and soil compounds, and the soil itself. Moreover, analytical and electrochemical studies seem to show that the corrosion mechanisms are driven by the species transport in the dense product layer (DPL) and especially by oxygen migration in the DPL pores. Thus, it seems necessary to precise the species transport properties in the DPL. A characterisation study on ferrous artefacts coming from the site of Glinet (16. AD) have been carried out. The rust layers have been studied using several techniques. The composition analyses were performed with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) coupled to the Scanning Electron Microscope, and Electron Probe Microanalysis (EPMA). Structural information have been obtained by X-ray micro-diffraction (μXRD) and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The aim of this communication is to present the results of a study performed with markers in order to better understand the species transport in the DPL. Experiments focus on an archaeological artefact part from Glinet excavation. The migration in the DPL of I and Na ions (which have roughly the same diffusion coefficient in water than oxygen) will be studied by immersion of an archaeological analogue with his DPL in a saturated iodide (NaI) aqueous solution. After different immersion times (1 h, 3 h, 7 h and 168 h), the concentration profiles

  10. A study on species transport in the corrosion products of ferrous archaeological analogues - a contribution to the modelling of iron long term corrosion behaviour

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    Vega, E.; Dillmann, Ph.; Fluzin, Ph. [LRC CEA DSM 01-27: IRAMAT UMR5060 CNRS et Laboratoire Pierre Sue (CEA/CNRS), CEA Saclay 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France)

    2004-07-01

    One of the main technological and environmental challenges for the next centuries is the safe storage of nuclear wastes. For this purpose, the behaviour during several centuries of every material constituting the barrier between wastes and environment must be predicted. In addition to modelling and laboratory simulations, the only mean to study corrosion systems formed during several centuries is to analyse archaeological ferrous artefacts buried in soil. Precedent studies on this kind of artefacts have shown that the corrosion system is formed by the metallic core, a dense corrosion product layer, a transformed medium constituted of a mix of corrosion products and soil compounds, and the soil itself. Moreover, analytical and electrochemical studies seem to show that the corrosion mechanisms are driven by the species transport in the dense product layer (DPL) and especially by oxygen migration in the DPL pores. Thus, it seems necessary to precise the species transport properties in the DPL. A characterisation study on ferrous artefacts coming from the site of Glinet (16. AD) have been carried out. The rust layers have been studied using several techniques. The composition analyses were performed with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) coupled to the Scanning Electron Microscope, and Electron Probe Microanalysis (EPMA). Structural information have been obtained by X-ray micro-diffraction ({mu}XRD) and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The aim of this communication is to present the results of a study performed with markers in order to better understand the species transport in the DPL. Experiments focus on an archaeological artefact part from Glinet excavation. The migration in the DPL of I and Na ions (which have roughly the same diffusion coefficient in water than oxygen) will be studied by immersion of an archaeological analogue with his DPL in a saturated iodide (NaI) aqueous solution. After different immersion times (1 h, 3 h, 7 h and 168 h), the concentration

  11. A nuclear magnetic resonance study of water in aggrecan solutions

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    Foster, Richard J.; Damion, Robin A.; Baboolal, Thomas G.; Smye, Stephen W.; Ries, Michael E.

    2016-01-01

    Aggrecan, a highly charged macromolecule found in articular cartilage, was investigated in aqueous salt solutions with proton nuclear magnetic resonance. The longitudinal and transverse relaxation rates were determined at two different field strengths, 9.4 T and 0.5 T, for a range of temperatures and aggrecan concentrations. The diffusion coefficients of the water molecules were also measured as a function of temperature and aggrecan concentration, using a pulsed field gradient technique at 9.4 T. Assuming an Arrhenius relationship, the activation energies for the various relaxation processes and the translational motion of the water molecules were determined from temperature dependencies as a function of aggrecan concentration in the range 0–5.3% w/w. The longitudinal relaxation rate and inverse diffusion coefficient were approximately equally dependent on concentration and only increased by upto 20% from that of the salt solution. The transverse relaxation rate at high field demonstrated greatest concentration dependence, changing by an order of magnitude across the concentration range examined. We attribute this primarily to chemical exchange. Activation energies appeared to be approximately independent of aggrecan concentration, except for that of the low-field transverse relaxation rate, which decreased with concentration. PMID:27069663

  12. Synthesis and physical studies of thiophospholipids using nuclear magnetic resonance

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    1,2-Dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-thiophosphocholine, DPPsC, and 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-thiophospho-L-serine, DPPsS, were synthesized and used to probe bilayer structural properties and enzymatic stereoselectivity. Using resolved diastereomers of DPPsC, the effect of a chiral phosphorus center on the thermotropic properties of lipid dispersions was probed. 31P and 2H nuclear magnetic resonance, NMR, were utilized to confirm the thermotropic phase assignments for DPPsC diastereomers observed by differential scanning calorimetry. 31P NMR of the thiophosphate analogs revealed a more rigid subgel and Lβ' gel phase than DPPC, in regard to the phosphate rotational motion. In the Pβ' gel phase, the degree of motion of Sp and (Rp+Sp) was similar to DPPC. The tiophosphate analogs in the liquid crystalline phase experienced a freer rotational environment compared to DPPC. 2H NMR was performed on DPPsC diastereomers deuterated at the three choline carbons, α, β, γ. The liquid crystalline phase was used to detect differences between the diastereomers along the choline moiety. The diastereomeric mixture of DPPsS was used as a substrate for two stereoselective enzymes, phospholipases A2 and C. Phospholipase A2 hydrolyzed (Rp)-DPPsS, while no apparent reaction was detected for the hydrolysis of (Sp)-DPPsS with phospholipase C

  13. Simulation study of two-ion hybrid resonance heating

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    A one-dimensional low-noise, low-frequency electromagnetic particle simulation code that is appropriate for investigation of ion cyclotron resonance heating (ICRH) is developed. Retaining the hyperbolicity of the electromagnetic waves and exploiting nearly one-dimensional characteristics (perpendicular to the external magnetic field) of the ICRH, we use the guiding center electron approximation for the transverse electronic current calculation. We observe mode conversion of the incoming magnetosonic wave into the electrostatic ion-ion hybrid mode accompanied by strong ion-heating. The dependence of this heating on the different plasma parameters is examined through a series of simulations, focusing mainly on wave incidence from the high field side. Because K/sub parallel/ = 0 in our runs, the conventional Landau damping cannot explain the ion heating. Non-linear mechanisms for energy transfer are discussed. Our numerical results demonstrate the importance of the non-linear wave particle interaction for energy transfer are discussed. Our numerical results demonstrate the importance of the non-linear wave particle interaction for energy absorption during radio frequency heating in the ion cyclotron regime. 32 refs., 17 figs

  14. Characterizing nitrilimines with nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. A theoretical study.

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    Mawhinney, Robert C; Peslherbe, Gilles H; Muchall, Heidi M

    2008-01-17

    The 13C chemical shifts in selected nitrilimines, nitriles, acetylenes, allenes, and singlet carbenes have been calculated using density-functional theory [PBE0/6-311++G(2df,pd)] and the gauge including atomic orbital (GIAO) method. The effects of substitution on the 13C chemical shifts in nitrilimines, R1-CNN-R2, have been examined. The carbon nucleus is generally found to be deshielded by substituents in the order CH3 effect is related to the presence of the cumulated functionality, C=N=N. Terminal N-substitution is found to have a larger effect than C-substitution due to a large increase in chemical shielding anisotropy. The electronic structure of nitrilimines has recently been shown to possess a carbene component whose resonance contribution varies widely with substitution, and, as previously reported, insight into the electronic structure can be gained by an analysis of the shielding tensor, especially for carbenes. Accordingly, the components of the diagonalized 13C shielding tensor for nitrilimines and stable singlet carbenes have been examined. This analysis suggests that diaminonitrilimine, H2N-CNN-NH2, may be a stable carbene, and, to the best of our knowledge, it would be the first acyclic, unsaturated stable carbene ever reported. Finally, a detailed analysis of the 13C chemical shifts shows that an increase in the dipolar character of nitrilimines induces a shielding at the carbon nucleus, while an increase in allenic or carbenic character tends to cause a deshielding. PMID:18062684

  15. Study of skin markers for magnetic resonance imaging examinations

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    In magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), skin markers are used as a landmark in order to make plans for examinations. However, there isn't a lot of research about the material and shape of skin markers. The skin marker's essential elements are safety, good cost performance, high signal intensity for T1 weighted image (T1WI) and T2 weighted image (T2WI), and durable. In order to get a high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of T1WI and T2WI, baby oil, salad oil and olive oil were chosen, because these materials were easy to obtain and safe for the skin. The SNR of baby oil was the best. Baby oil was injected into the infusion tube, and the tube was solvent welded and cut by a heat sealer. In order to make ring shaped skin markers, both ends of the tube were stuck with adhesive tape. Three different diameters of markers were made (3, 5, 10 cmφ). Ring shaped skin markers were put on to surround the examination area, therefore, the edge of the examination area could be seen at every cross section. Using baby oil in the ring shaped infusion tube is simple, easy, and a highly useful skin marker. (author)

  16. Analogue cosmology in a hadronic fluid

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    2013-01-01

    The expansion of hadronic matter that takes place immediately after a heavy ion collision has certain similarity with the cosmological expansion. We study the analogue geometry of the expanding hadronic fluid, using the the formalism of relativistic acoustic geometry. We show that the propagation of massless pions provides a geometric analog of expanding spacetime equivalent to an open (k=-1)FRW cosmology. Here, we study general conditions for the formation of a trapped region with the inner boundary as a marginally trapped surface.

  17. Trustworthiness and Influence: A Reexamination in an Extended Counseling Analogue.

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    Rothmeier, Rosemarie C.; Dixon, David N.

    1980-01-01

    The study demonstrated that: (1) interviewer trustworthiness can be manipulated in an analogue interview setting; and (2) interviewer trustworthiness is related to interpersonal influence in the interview setting. Findings follow a pattern of outcomes predicted by cognitive dissonance theory. (Author)

  18. Phase III study of pasireotide long-acting release in patients with metastatic neuroendocrine tumors and carcinoid symptoms refractory to available somatostatin analogues

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    2015-09-01

    : In a randomized, double-blind, Phase III study, we compared pasireotide long-acting release (pasireotide LAR with octreotide long-acting repeatable (octreotide LAR in managing carcinoid symptoms refractory to first-generation somatostatin analogues. Adults with carcinoid tumors of the digestive tract were randomly assigned (1:1 to receive pasireotide LAR (60 mg or octreotide LAR (40 mg every 28 days. Primary outcome was symptom control based on frequency of bowel movements and flushing episodes. Objective tumor response was a secondary outcome. Progression-free survival (PFS was calculated in a post hoc analysis. Adverse events were recorded. At the time of a planned interim analysis, the data monitoring committee recommended halting the study because of a low predictive probability of showing superiority of pasireotide over octreotide for symptom control (n=43 pasireotide LAR, 20.9%; n=45 octreotide LAR, 26.7%; odds ratio, 0.73; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.27–1.97; P=0.53. Tumor control rate at month 6 was 62.7% with pasireotide and 46.2% with octreotide (odds ratio, 1.96; 95% CI, 0.89–4.32; P=0.09. Median (95% CI PFS was 11.8 months (11.0 – not reached with pasireotide versus 6.8 months (5.6 – not reached with octreotide (hazard ratio, 0.46; 95% CI, 0.20–0.98; P=0.045. The most frequent drug-related adverse events (pasireotide vs octreotide included hyperglycemia (28.3% vs 5.3%, fatigue (11.3% vs 3.5%, and nausea (9.4% vs 0%. We conclude that, among patients with carcinoid symptoms refractory to available somatostatin analogues, similar proportions of patients receiving pasireotide LAR or octreotide LAR achieved symptom control at month 6. Pasireotide LAR showed a trend toward higher tumor control rate at month 6, although it was statistically not significant, and was associated with a longer PFS than octreotide LAR. Keywords: neuroendocrine tumors, carcinoid syndrome, somatostatin analogues, pasireotide, symptom control, progression

  19. Experimental study on flow-induced acoustic resonance in square closed side branch

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    Flow-induced acoustic resonance is a phenomenon caused by the interaction of flow and acoustic fields in special structure. Acoustic resonance characteristic experiments were carried out on square closed side branch. The influences of the velocity in main pipe and the length of the side branch on acoustic resonance were studied. The range of occurrence and characteristics of pressure pulsation were analyzed. Three lengths of side branches (L/d=5.6 and 7) were experimentally studied and the Reynolds number in the experiment was 2.74 X 104-2.429 X 105 while the Mach number was 0.025-0.218. The results show that the resonance frequency shows a lock-in phenomenon with the increase of velocity. As the length of the side branch increasing, the amplitude of the acoustic pressure and the resonance frequency decrease. In the considered structure, the acoustic resonance occurs when Strouhal number is 0.3-0.6 and 0.7-1.0. (authors)

  20. An experimental study of stochastic resonance in a bistable mechanical system

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    Potential applications for stochastic resonance have developed strongly in recent years. This paper presents a study of an application of stochastic resonance in a mechanical system. Since a linear system cannot normally exhibit stochastic resonance, a cantilever beam with an end magnet was used to constitute a bistable nonlinear oscillator. Excited by ambient random vibration, the elastic beam undergoes a modulation of the potential well by means of a periodic excitation and flips between bistable states as a result of this. By adjusting the distance between the end magnet and a fixed magnet it is possible to drive the system controllably between bistable states. An electromagnet was used to provide the periodical parametric excitation which can result in stochastic resonance. The conditions for the occurrence of stochastic resonance are also discussed in the paper. Furthermore, simulations and experimental studies have been implemented to illustrate the application. The experimental results prove that stochastic resonance can occur, and that it can be usefully applied in such a mechanical system under specific conditions.

  1. Recent developments in naturally derived antimalarials: cryptolepine analogues.

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    Wright, Colin W

    2007-06-01

    Increasing resistance of Plasmodium falciparum to commonly used antimalarial drugs has made the need for new agents increasingly urgent. In this paper, the potential of cryptolepine, an alkaloid from the West African shrub Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, as a lead towards new antimalarial agents is discussed. Several cryptolepine analogues have been synthesized that have promising in-vitro and in-vivo antimalarial activity. Studies on the antimalarial modes of action of these analogues indicate that they may have different or additional modes of action to the parent compound. Elucidation of the mode of action may facilitate the development of more potent antimalarial cryptolepine analogues. PMID:17637183

  2. Efficacy and safety of treatment with human insulin analogues in daily management of insulin naive patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: results of multicenter 52-week observational study A1chive

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    Marina Vladimirovna Shestakova

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Modern insulin analogues allow safe improvement of glycemic control (not accompanied with increase in body mass or rate of severe hypoglycemic events and its efficient maintenance during long period of time. In this paper we present results of multicenter 52-week prospective observational study A1chive (Russian cohort, n=9342, designed to assess safety and efficacy of treatment with human insulin analogues (Levemir®, NovoMix® 30 and NovoRapid® (Novo Nordisk in daily management of insulin naive patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Prescription of human insulin analogues resulted in clinically and statistically significant improvement of glycemic control irrespective of initial insulin regimen. Therapy by various regimens (Levemir®, NovoMix® 30 or Levemir® + NovoRapid® under conditions of daily clinical practice leads to marked improvement in glycemic control as measured by HbA1c (-2.9% in 12 month with no evidence for negative influence on tolerability and short-term safety of the treatment. Furthermore, decrease in HbA1c levels was associated with pronounced and stable decrease in fasting and postprandial glucose levels (-5.0 mmol/L and -5.7 mmol/L, respectively. By the end of the follow-up all regimen groups reported improvement of QoL by treatment satisfaction criterion.

  3. Design and synthesis of new fluconazole analogues.

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    Pore, Vandana S; Agalave, Sandip G; Singh, Pratiksha; Shukla, Praveen K; Kumar, Vikash; Siddiqi, Mohammad I

    2015-06-21

    We have synthesized new fluconazole analogues containing two different 1,2,3-triazole units in the side chain. The synthesis of new amide analogues using a variety of acids is also described. All the compounds showed very good antifungal activity. A hemolysis study of the most active compounds 6e and 13j showed that both compounds did not cause any hemolysis at the dilutions tested. These compounds did not exhibit any toxicity to L929 cells at MIC and lower concentrations. In the docking study, the overall binding mode of 6e and 13j appeared to be reasonable and provided a good insight into the structural basis of inhibition of Candida albicans Cyp51 by these compounds. PMID:25975803

  4. Experimental study of the influence of different resonators on thermoacoustic conversion performance of a thermoacoustic-Stirling heat engine.

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    Luo, E C; Ling, H; Dai, W; Yu, G Y

    2006-12-22

    In this paper, an experimental study of the effect of the resonator shape on the performance of a traveling-wave thermoacoustic engine is presented. Two different resonators were tested in the thermoacoustic-Stirling heat. One resonator is an iso-diameter one, and the other is a tapered one. To have a reasonable comparison reference, we keep the same traveling-wave loop, the same resonant frequency and the same operating pressure. The experiment showed that the resonator shape has significant influence on the global performance of the thermoacoustic-Stirling heat engine. The tapered resonator gives much better performance than the iso-diameter resonator. The tapered resonator system achieved a maximum pressure ratio of about 1.3, a maximum net acoustical power output of about 450 W and a highest thermoacoustic efficiency of about 25%. PMID:16996100

  5. Dynamic study of pelvic floor in patients with constipation: dynamic magnetic resonance vs defecography

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    Purpose: to compare the concordance between defecography and magnetic resonance in patients with constipation. Materials and methods: we did a prospective and descriptive assay to determine the concordance of a diagnostic test with 17 patients. The evaluation of the studies was double blind. Results: the 17 patients were females, age range 31 - 77 year the symptoms were present between 3 to 120 months. Anterior rectocele was the most common diagnosis (11 patients) and magnetic resonance had sensibility 100%, specificity 50%, positive predictive value 78, 57% and negative predictive value 100%. 7 patients had pelvic floor descent and magnetic resonance had sensibility 71.4%, specificity 20% positive predictive value 38.46% and negative predictive value 50%. Defecography found patients with enterocele and magnetic resonance had sensibility 0% and specificity 100 anismus was present in 2 patients and magnetic resonance didn't find them. Conclusion defecography is still the gold standard for patients with eonstipation. Magnetic resonance are a promise for those patients but has to improve

  6. Experimental identification and study of hydraulic resonance test rig with Francis turbine operating at partial load

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    Favrel, A.; Landry, C.; Müller, A.; Avellan, F.

    2012-11-01

    Resonance in hydraulic systems is characterized by pressure fluctuations of high amplitude which can lead to undesirable and dangerous effects, such as noise, vibration and structural failure. For a Francis turbine operating at partial load, the cavitating vortex rope developing at the outlet of the runner induces pressure fluctuations which can excite the hydraulic system resonance, leading to undesirable large torque and power fluctuations. At resonant operating points, the prediction of amplitude pressure fluctuations by hydro-acoustic models breaks down and gives unreliable results. A more detailed knowledge of the eigenmodes and a better understanding of phenomenon occurring at resonance could allow improving the hydro-acoustic models prediction.This paper presents an experimental identification of a resonance observed in a close-looped hydraulic system with a Francis turbine reduced scale model operating at partial load. The resonance is excited matching one of the test rig eigenfrequencies with the vortex rope precession frequency. At this point, the hydro-acoustic response of the test rig is studied more precisely and used finally to reproduce the shape of the excited eigenmode.

  7. Experimental identification and study of hydraulic resonance test rig with Francis turbine operating at partial load

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    Resonance in hydraulic systems is characterized by pressure fluctuations of high amplitude which can lead to undesirable and dangerous effects, such as noise, vibration and structural failure. For a Francis turbine operating at partial load, the cavitating vortex rope developing at the outlet of the runner induces pressure fluctuations which can excite the hydraulic system resonance, leading to undesirable large torque and power fluctuations. At resonant operating points, the prediction of amplitude pressure fluctuations by hydro-acoustic models breaks down and gives unreliable results. A more detailed knowledge of the eigenmodes and a better understanding of phenomenon occurring at resonance could allow improving the hydro-acoustic models prediction.This paper presents an experimental identification of a resonance observed in a close-looped hydraulic system with a Francis turbine reduced scale model operating at partial load. The resonance is excited matching one of the test rig eigenfrequencies with the vortex rope precession frequency. At this point, the hydro-acoustic response of the test rig is studied more precisely and used finally to reproduce the shape of the excited eigenmode.

  8. Clinical study and the diagnosis in magnetic resonance imaging of renal scarring

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    Tsugaya, Masayuki; Hirao, Noriaki; Ohtaguro, Kazuo; Kato, Jiro.

    1989-04-01

    Twenty-nine kidneys of seventeen patients (nine boys and eight girls) with vesicoureteral reflux and repeated urinary tract infection were studied by magnetic resonance imaging for diagnosis of renal scarring and correlation between clinical data and the degree renal scarring. Renal scarring is classified into three types according to findings in magnetic resonance imaging. The degree of renal scarring are classified into five grades according to traditional grading of intravenous pyelogram. If a fine deformity of calyx is shown on intravenous pyelogram, magnetic resonance imaging demonstrates renal scarring. Magnetic resonance imaging without irradiation is exceedingly valuable for the diagnosis of renal scarring. The appearances of magnetic resonance imaging were supported by X-ray computed tomography. There is a substantial correlation between serum creatinine and the grades of renal scarring by magnetic resonance imaging. There is a substantial correlation between fever attacks and the grade of renal scarring, and there is a significant reverse correlation between the age of the onset of upper urinary tract infection and the grade of renal scarring. It is suggested that upper urinary tract infection is the most significant factor in scar formation. (author).

  9. Assessment of CO2 discharge in a spring using time-variant stable carbon isotope data as a natural analogue study of CO2 leakage

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    Yu, Soonyoung; Chae, Gitak; Jo, Minki; Kim, Jeong-Chan; Yun, Seong-Taek

    2015-04-01

    CO2-rich springs have been studied as a natural analogue of CO2 leakage through shallow subsurface environment, as they provide information on the behaviors of CO2 during the leakage from geologic CO2 storage sites. For this study, we monitored the δ13C values as well as temperature, pH, EC, DO, and alkalinity for a CO2-rich spring for 48 hours. The water samples (N=47) were collected every hour in stopper bottles without headspace to avoid the interaction with air and the CO2 degassing. The δ13C values of total dissolved inorganic carbon (TDIC) in the water samples were analyzed using a cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS) system (Picarro). The values of δ13CTDIC, temperature, pH, EC, DO, and alkalinity were in the range of -9.43 ~ -8.91 o 12.3 ~ 13.2oC, 4.86 ~ 5.02, 186 ~ 189 μS/cm, 1.8 ~ 3.4 mg/L, and 0.74 ~ 0.95 meq/L, respectively. The concentrations of TDIC calculated using pH and alkalinity values were between 22.5 and 34.8 mmol/L. The δ13CTDIC data imply that dissolved carbon in the spring was derived from a deep-seated source (i.e., magmatic) that was slightly intermixed with soil CO2. Careful examination of the time-series variation of measured parameters shows the following characteristics: 1) the δ13CTDIC values are negatively correlated with pH (r = -0.59) and positively correlated with TDIC (r = 0.58), and 2) delay times of the change of pH and alkalinity following the change of δ13CTDIC values are 0 and -3 hours, respectively; the pH change occurs simultaneously with the change of δ13CTDIC, while the alkalinity change happens before 3 hours. Our results indicate that the studied CO2-rich spring is influenced by the intermittent supply of deep-seated CO2. [Acknowledgment] This work was financially supported by the fundamental research project of KIGAM and partially by the "Geo-Advanced Innovative Action (GAIA) Project (2014000530003)" from Korea Ministry of Environment (MOE).

  10. Isothermal Titration Calorimetry Studies of the Binding of a Rationally Designed Analogue of the Antimicrobial Peptide Gramicidin S to Phospholipid Bilayer Membranes†

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    Abraham, Thomas; Lewis, Ruthven N. A. H.; Hodges, Robert S.; McElhaney, Ronald N.

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    The binding of the positively charged antimicrobial peptide cyclo[VKLdKVdYPLKVKLdYP] (GS14dK4) to various lipid bilayer model membranes was investigated using isothermal titration calorimetry. GS14dK4 is a diastereomeric lysine ring-size analogue of the naturally occurring antimicrobial peptide gramicidin S which exhibits enhanced antimicrobial and markedly reduced hemolytic activities compared with GS itself. Large unilamellar vesicles composed of various zwitterionic (1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-s...

  11. Blowing loop in the EL-4 reactor: CO{sub 2} flow control analogue study; Boucle de soufflage de la centrale EL-4 - regulation du debit CO{sub 2} - etude analogique

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    Chazal, G.; Merle, J.P.; Guillemard, B. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires; Leroy, C.; Robin, L.; Jacquin, J.C.; Cornudet, A. [Societe INDATOM, France (France)

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    This report describes one study which contributed to the construction of the Monts d'Arree nuclear power station: EL-4. The reactor is cooled by a CO{sub 2} current provided by 3 turbo-blower groups. The priming vapour for the turbines is taken at the exit of the main CO{sub 2} - H{sub 2}O exchangers. The operation of EL 4 is based on a high degree of centralization of the controls which attributes an important role to the general regulation circuits. This general regulation includes in particular an internal blowing loop which controls the CO{sub 2} flow. The study of the control of this CO{sub 2} flow is made up of 3 parts: - analogue representation of the reactors cooling circuit and of the turbo blower unit. - first test campaign using the analogue computer describing the natural behaviour of the system in the absence of control. theoretical determination of the regulation factors; definition of the regulation using an analogue computer and second test campaign for recording the performances of the blowing loop. The 4. part of the report deals with the analogue study: analogue equations - development. (authors) [French] Ce rapport prend place parmi les etudes de realisation de la Centrale des Monts d'Arree EL-4. Le reacteur est refroidi par une circulation de CO{sub 2} assuree par 3 groupes turbosoufflantes. La vapeur d'entrainement des turbines est prelevee a la sortie des echangeurs principaux CO{sub 2} - H{sub 2}O. L'exploitation de EL-4 repose sur une centralisation poussee des moyens de controle-commande qui attribue un role essentiel aux circuits de regulation generale. Cette regulation generale comporte en particulier une boucle interne de soufflage qui realise un asservissement du debit de CO{sub 2}. L'etude de cette regulation du debit CO{sub 2} comprend 3 parties: - representation analogique du circuit de refroidissement du reacteur et de l'ensemble turbine-soufflante. - premiere campagne d'essais sur calculateur

  12. Holographic Fluids with Vorticity and Analogue Gravity

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    Leigh, Robert G; Petropoulos, P Marios

    2012-01-01

    We study holographic three-dimensional fluids with vorticity in local equilibrium and discuss their relevance to analogue gravity systems. The Fefferman-Graham expansion leads to the fluid's description in terms of a comoving and rotating Papapetrou-Randers frame. A suitable Lorentz transformation brings the fluid to the non-inertial Zermelo frame, which clarifies its interpretation as moving media for light/sound propagation. We apply our general results to the Lorentzian Kerr-AdS_4 and Taub-NUT-AdS_4 geometries that describe fluids in cyclonic and vortex flows respectively. In the latter case we associate the appearance of closed timelike curves to analogue optical horizons. In addition, we derive the classical rotational Hall viscosity of three-dimensional fluids with vorticity. Our formula remarkably resembles the corresponding result in magnetized plasmas.

  13. Synthesis and evaluation of novel carbocyclic carbohydrate analogues

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    Carbohydrate analogues play an indispensible role in the study of glycan processing enzymes. These compounds have attracted attention as probes of enzyme mechanisms, as chemical tools for the elucidation of enzyme function and as potential pharmaceuticals. The development of organocatalytic aldol chemistry has fundamentally altered the way chemists approach the synthesis of carbohydrate analogues. In this thesis I highlight a novel strategy toward the synthesis of carbocyclic carbohydrate ana...

  14. Biological evaluation of a novel sorafenib analogue, t-CUPM

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    Wecksler, Aaron T.; Hwang, Sung Hee; Liu, Jun-Yan; Wettersten, Hiromi I.; Morisseau, Christophe; Wu, Jian; Robert H. Weiss; Hammock, Bruce D.

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    Sorafenib (Nexavar®) is currently the only FDA-approved small molecule targeted therapy for advanced hepatocellular carcinoma. The use of structural analogues and derivatives of sorafenib has enabled the elucidation of critical targets and mechanism(s) of cell death for human cancer lines. We previously performed a structure-activity relationship study on a series of sorafenib analogues designed to investigate the inhibition overlap between the major targets of sorafenib Raf-1 kinase and VEGF...

  15. Alterations in vascular function in primary aldosteronism: a cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging study

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    Mark, P. B.; Boyle, S; Zimmerli, L U; McQuarrie, E.P.; Delles, C.; Freel, E. M.

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Excess aldosterone is associated with increased cardiovascular risk. Aldosterone has a permissive effect on vascular fibrosis. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) allows study of vascular function by measuring aortic distensibility. We compared aortic distensibility in primary aldosteronism (PA), essential hypertension (EH) and normal controls and explored the relationship between aortic distensibility and pulse wave velocity (PWV). Methods: We studied PA (n=14)...

  16. In vivo study of experimental pneumococcal meningitis using magnetic resonance imaging

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    Brandt, C.T.; Simonsen, H.; Liptrot, Matthew George;

    2008-01-01

    Background: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) methods were evaluated as a tool for the study of experimental meningitis. The identification and characterisation of pathophysiological parameters that vary during the course of the disease could be used as markers for future studies of new treatment...

  17. A magnetic resonance study of 3d transition metals and thermal donors in silicon

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    This thesis describes a study of 3d-transition metal impurities in silicon (titanium and iron in particular) and a study of oxygen-related heat-treatment centers in silicon, both carried out mainly by magnetic resonances techniques like EPR and ENDOR. 119 refs.; 31 figs.; 14 tabs

  18. Patient acceptance of whole-body magnetic resonance angiography: A prospective questionnaire study

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    Nielsen, Yousef W; Eiberg, Jonas Peter; Løgager, Vibeke Berg; Just, Sven Richardt Lundgren; Schroeder, Torben V; Thomsen, Henrik Segelcke

    2010-01-01

    Whole-body magnetic resonance angiography (WB-MRA) is a noninvasive method for diagnosing the systemic distribution of atherosclerosis. Numerous studies have demonstrated the feasibility and diagnostic performance of WB-MRA, but no studies have investigated patient acceptance of this imaging method....

  19. A feasibility study of magnetic resonance imaging of silicone breast implants in Finland

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    Kulmala, Ilona; Boice, John D; McLaughlin, Joseph K;

    2005-01-01

    to determine the feasibility of conducting a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based study of rupture incidence. The pilot investigation included a clinical examination by a plastic surgeon, MRI scan, and self-administered questionnaire. The participation rate was 100%. Implants in our study represented a cross...

  20. Visual activation in infants and young children studied by functional magnetic resonance imaging

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    Born, Alfred Peter; Leth, H; Miranda Gimenez-Ricco, Maria Jo; Rostrup, Egill; Stensgaard, A; Peitersen, Birgit; Larsson, H B; Lou, H C

    1998-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine whether visual stimulation in sleeping infants and young children can be examined by functional magnetic resonance imaging. We studied 17 children, aged 3 d to 48 mo, and three healthy adults. Visual stimulation was performed with 8-Hz flickering light...

  1. Phase I study of OM-174, a lipid A analogue, with assessment of immunological response, in patients with refractory solid tumors

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    Lipids A, the lipophilic partial structure of lipopolysaccharides, induce regression of several tumor types in animal models. Rather than exerting direct cytotoxic effect, these compounds trigger the immune system which in turn stimulates secretion of cytokines, and activates the inducible nitric oxide synthase, as well as immune cell infiltration of tumors. OM-174 is an analogue of lipid A with dual action on Toll-like receptors 2 and 4. In an experimental model of peritoneal carcinomatosis induced in BDIX rats by intraperitoneal injection of syngeneic PROb colon cancer cells, it induced a complete regression of tumors. The present phase I trial was conducted to determine the maximum tolerated dose, the recommended phase II dose and biological response associated with OM-174 administered as intravenous infusion. Patients received OM-174 twice weekly for a total of 5, 10 or 15 injections of either 600, 800 or 1000 μg/m2. Blood samples for pharmacokinetic analysis and cytokine dosages were collected. NK cells activity and Toll-like receptors 4 polymorphism analysis were also performed. Seventeen patients were included. The highest dose administered was 1000 μg/m2 repeated in 15 injections. The most common toxicities were a chills, fever, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue and headache. No patient experienced haematological side effects. As no dose limiting toxicity was observed, despite a grade 3 respiratory complication, the maximal tolerated dose and recommended dose were not established. Three patients exhibited disease stabilization with a mean duration of 4 months. Pharmacokinetic profile of OM-174 was characterized by a low distribution volume and clearance. Analysis of TLR 4 polymorphysm showed that most (16/17) patients carried the wild type alleles. A progressive increase in NK cell number and activity was observed only in patients receiving 1000 μg/m2 of OM-174. A peak of IL-8 and IL-10 concentrations were observed after each OM-174 injection. Peaks of

  2. Visual activation in infants and young children studied by functional magnetic resonance imaging

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    Born, Alfred Peter; Leth, H; Miranda Gimenez-Ricco, Maria Jo;

    1998-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine whether visual stimulation in sleeping infants and young children can be examined by functional magnetic resonance imaging. We studied 17 children, aged 3 d to 48 mo, and three healthy adults. Visual stimulation was performed with 8-Hz flickering light...... through the sleeping childs' closed eyelids. Functional magnetic resonance imaging was performed with a gradient echoplanar sequence in a l.5-T magnetic resonance scanner. Six subjects were excluded because of movement artifacts; the youngest infant showed no response. In 10 children, we could demonstrate...... flow during activation. The different response patterns in young children and adults can reflect developmental or behavioral differences. Localization of the activation seemed to be age-dependent. In the older children and the adults, it encompassed the whole length of the calcarine sulcus, whereas it...

  3. A study of the piezoelectric resonance in organic single crystal: glucuronic acid γ-lactone

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    Saripalli, Ravi Kiran; Chakraborty, Tirthankar; Bhat, H. L.; Elizabeth, Suja

    2016-04-01

    An organic nonlinear optical material, namely glucuronic acid γ-lactone or glucuronolactone, was crystallized from aqueous solution. Crystals of large dimensions and full morphology were obtained by slow-cooling method in a custom-built solution growth setup. CHN analysis and X-ray diffraction confirmed the phase formation in the grown crystal. High-resolution XRD studies followed by Rietveld refinement yielded accurate lattice parameters which compared well with the reported values. UV-Vis spectrum recorded for a b-plate of 2 mm thickness revealed the low UV-cutoff at 250 nm. Dielectric constant and dielectric loss were monitored as a function of frequency. Piezoelectric resonance peaks were observed in the range 0.2-1.5 MHz which are dependent on the plate thickness. The temperature dependence of the resonance peak frequency was studied. Piezoelectric coefficients were estimated by resonance-antiresonance method.

  4. Antimicrobial Activity of Resveratrol Analogues

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Stilbenes, especially resveratrol and its derivatives, have become famous for their positive effects on a wide range of medical disorders, as indicated by a huge number of published studies. A less investigated area of research is their antimicrobial properties. A series of 13 trans-resveratrol analogues was synthesized via Wittig or Heck reactions, and their antimicrobial activity assessed on two different grapevine pathogens responsible for severe diseases in the vineyard. The entire series, together with resveratrol, was first evaluated on the zoospore mobility and sporulation level of Plasmopara viticola (the oomycete responsible for downy mildew. Stilbenes displayed a spectrum of activity ranging from low to high. Six of them, including the most active ones, were subsequently tested on the development of Botrytis cinerea (fungus responsible for grey mold. The results obtained allowed us to identify the most active stilbenes against both grapevine pathogens, to compare the antimicrobial activity of the evaluated series of stilbenes, and to discuss the relationship between their chemical structure (number and position of methoxy and hydroxy groups and antimicrobial activity.

  5. Antimicrobial activity of resveratrol analogues.

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    Chalal, Malik; Klinguer, Agnès; Echairi, Abdelwahad; Meunier, Philippe; Vervandier-Fasseur, Dominique; Adrian, Marielle

    2014-01-01

    Stilbenes, especially resveratrol and its derivatives, have become famous for their positive effects on a wide range of medical disorders, as indicated by a huge number of published studies. A less investigated area of research is their antimicrobial properties. A series of 13 trans-resveratrol analogues was synthesized via Wittig or Heck reactions, and their antimicrobial activity assessed on two different grapevine pathogens responsible for severe diseases in the vineyard. The entire series, together with resveratrol, was first evaluated on the zoospore mobility and sporulation level of Plasmopara viticola (the oomycete responsible for downy mildew). Stilbenes displayed a spectrum of activity ranging from low to high. Six of them, including the most active ones, were subsequently tested on the development of Botrytis cinerea (fungus responsible for grey mold). The results obtained allowed us to identify the most active stilbenes against both grapevine pathogens, to compare the antimicrobial activity of the evaluated series of stilbenes, and to discuss the relationship between their chemical structure (number and position of methoxy and hydroxy groups) and antimicrobial activity. PMID:24918540

  6. Structural analogues of diosgenyl saponins: synthesis and anticancer activity.

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    Kaskiw, Matthew J; Tassotto, Mary Lynn; Mok, Mac; Tokar, Stacey L; Pycko, Roxanne; Th'ng, John; Jiang, Zi-Hua

    2009-11-15

    Saponins display various biological activities including anti-tumor activity. Recently intensive research has been focused on developing saponins for tumor therapies. The diosgenyl saponin dioscin is one of the most common steroidal saponins and exhibits potent anticancer activity in several human cancer cells through apoptosis-inducing pathways. In this paper, we describe the synthesis of several diosgenyl saponin analogues containing either a 2-amino-2-deoxy-beta-d-glucopyranosyl residue or an alpha-l-rhamnopyranosyl-(1-->4)-2-amino-2-deoxy-beta-d-glucopyranosyl residue with different acyl substituents on the amino group. The cytotoxic activity of these compounds was evaluated in MCF-7 breast cancer cells and HeLa cervical cancer cells. Structure-activity relationship studies show that the disaccharide saponin analogues are in general less active than their corresponding monosaccharide analogues. The incorporation of an aromatic nitro functionality into these saponin analogues does not exhibit significant effect on their cytotoxic activity. PMID:19819703

  7. Psychosis and autism: magnetic resonance imaging study of brain anatomy.

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    Toal, Fiona

    2009-05-01

    Autism-spectrum disorder is increasingly recognised, with recent studies estimating that 1% of children in South London are affected. However, the biology of comorbid mental health problems in people with autism-spectrum disorder is poorly understood.

  8. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Study of Thermally Treated Bismuth Subgallate

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    Complex of bismuth, an anti-inflammatory drug, was studied by EPR spectroscopy. The aim of this study was to determine concentrations and properties of free radicals formed during thermal sterilization of bismuth subgallate according to pharmacopoeia norms to optimize its sterilization process. Different temperatures (160°C, 170°C, and 180°C) and times (120 minutes, 60 minutes, and 30 minutes) of sterilization were used. Interactions of bismuth subgallate with DPPH, the model free radical ref...

  9. Methodology to study polymers interaction by surface plasmon resonance imaging

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    2015-01-01

    This technique allowed carrying out parallel assays for optimizing the amount of complexes formed, the host polymer being spotted at five concentrations. It was then possible to study the influence of the concentration in host system for two concentrations of the guest polymer. The concentration in the host polymer yielding the highest immobilization of the guest system was further determined.

  10. Electron spin resonance study on lignin molecular mobility

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    Molecular mobility of grinded wood lignin is studied in the wide temperature range using the recombination-kinetic method. Macroradicals formed during low-temperature γ-radiolysis of lignin, are used as a molecular probe. Analysis of curves of stage-by-stage heating of specimens confirms microheterogeneity of lignin

  11. Collective behaviour of hot nuclei: study of the giant dipole resonance

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    In order to study the collective behaviour of nucleons in highly excited nuclei, we have studied the giant dipole resonance in nuclei of mass close to 110, formed by incomplete fusion in the 36Ar+90Zr reaction at 27 MeV/u. To perform this study, we used the multidetector MEDEA of the LNS Catania, to which we added two parallel plate avalanche counters. The giant dipole resonance has been measured by detecting the γ-ray photons emitted during the decay chain of the hot nuclei. Two methods have been used to determine the excitation energy. One consists in an analysis of velocity spectra of the heavy residues in terms of massive transfer model. The other allows to extract the temperature of the hot nuclei from a fit of the spectra of emitted protons. We defined three excitation energy bins respectively characterized by an average excitation energy of 350, 500 and 550 MeV. For each of these bins, we built the γ-ray spectra in coincidence with the heavy residues. These spectra were compared to calculations using the statistical evaporation code CASCADE in which we have included different theoretical models describing the behaviour of the giant dipole resonance built upon continuum states. The results of this analysis show that in order to obtain an agreement between data and calculations in the giant dipole resonance region, it is necessary to suppose the disappearance of the giant dipole resonance γ-ray emission for excitation energies above 250 MeV. Moreover, the fact it is impossible to reproduce γ-ray spectra between 8 and 12 MeV, suggests an eventual shift towards low energies of the giant dipole resonance strength at high temperature. (orig.)

  12. Study of the influence of chemical binding on resonant absorption and scattering of neutrons

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    At present time the problem of taking into account of the crystalline binding in the heavy nuclei resonance range is not correctly treated in nuclear data processing codes. The present work deals separately with resonant absorption and scattering of neutrons. The influence of crystalline binding is considered for both types of reactions in the harmonic crystal frame work. The harmonic crystal model is applied to the study of resonant absorption cross sections to show the inconsistency of the free gas model widely in use in reactor neutronics. The errors due to the use of the latter were found to be non negligible. These errors should be corrected by introducing a more elaborated harmonic crystal model in codes for resonances analysis and on the nuclear data processing stage. Currently the influence of crystalline binding on transfer cross section in the resonance domain is taken into account in a naive manner using the model of the free nucleus at rest in the laboratory system. In this work I present a formalism (Uncoupled Phonon Approximation) which permits to consider in more detail the crystalline structure of the nuclear fuel. This formalism shows new features in comparison with the static model. (author)

  13. Epitaxial MnAs Films Studied by Ferromagnetic and Spin Wave Resonance

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    Toliński, T.; Lenz, K.; Lindner, J.; Baberschke, K.; Ney, A.; Hesjedal, T.; Pampuch, C.; Däweritz, L.; Koch, R.; Ploog, K. H.

    We investigated the anisotropy and intrinsic exchange interaction within MnAs films using ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) and spin wave resonance (SWR), respectively. Apart from the dominating in-plane easy axis a presence of an independent contribution (independent FMR mode) characterized by an out-of-plane easy axis is found in agreement with our previous magnetometric studies. The temperature sweep of the resonance spectra shows a jump both for the resonance field and the resonance linewidth at a temperature of 10°C, i.e., at the transition from the hexagonal (ferromagnetic) α-phase to the region of the coexisting α- and orthorhombic (paramagnetic) β-phase. In the coexistence region the main easy axis lies in-plane and perpendicular to the stripe direction being the direction of the c axis. In the SWR measurements with magnetic field applied close to the normal of the film a set of lines resulting from the excitation of spin waves is observed. The extracted exchange constant is as small as A = 17.7 ×10-10 erg/cm. Moreover, the temperature dependence of the spin wave stiffness constant D = 2A/M has been determined within the coexistence region.

  14. Electron spin resonance studies of some irradiated pharmaceuticals

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    Gibella, M.; Crucq, A-S.; Tilquin, B. E-mail: tilquin@cham.ucl.ac.bc; Stocker, P.; Lesgards, G.; Raffi, J

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    Five antibiotics belonging to the cephalosporins and penicillins groups have been irradiated: anhydrous ampicilline acid, amoxicilline acid trihydrate, cefuroxime sodium salt, cloxacilline sodium salt monohydrate and ceftazidime pentahydrate. ESR studies have been carried out, showing the influence of irradiation and storage parameters on the nature and concentration of the free radicals trapped. These results may be used to detect an irradiation treatment on such pharmaceuticals. (author)

  15. Nuclear magnetic resonance studies in solid polymeric electrolyte

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    Solid complexes formed between Poly (ethylene oxide) and various alkali metal salts, are generally referred to as polymer electrolytes conductivity and NMR properties were investigated in POE - Li Cl sub(7)O sub(4) and POE - Li BF sub(4) complexes. Our sup(1)H, Li and sup(19)F relaxation study suggest that cation motion is controlled by segmental motions of the polymer chain while the anion have additional mobility associated with BG sub(4) rotation. (author)

  16. Primary CNS lymphoma in nonimmunocompromised patients magnetic resonance study

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    Prymary lymphoma of the CNS (PLCNS) is a relatively infrequent malignant tumor that has become increasingly common over the past decade. The radiological signs, although not pathognomonic, are quite specific and suggestive of the correct diagnosis, thus facilitating therapeutic management. We present six cases of PLCNS in nonimmunocopromised patients studied by MR in our hospital over the past two and a half years. We describe theradiological findings, correlating them with those mentioned in the literature. 14 refs

  17. Electron paramagnetic resonance studies of defects in dilute magnetic alloys

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    The EPR spectrum of erbium was used to study the effects of cold-working (rolling and mechanical polishing) in dilute gold-erbium alloys. Variation in the EPR linewidth, intensity and asymmetry parameter (A/B ratio) were investigated. Most of the results could be interpreted in terms of segregation of erbium ions to subgrain boundaries (dislocations) in a surface layer of a few thousand Angstroms. (author)

  18. Introduction to electronic analogue computers

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    Introduction to Electronic Analogue Computers, Second Revised Edition is based on the ideas and experience of a group of workers at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, Hants. This edition is almost entirely the work of Mr. K. C. Garner, of the College of Aeronautics, Cranfield. As various advances have been made in the technology involving electronic analogue computers, this book presents discussions on the said progress, including some acquaintance with the capabilities of electronic circuits and equipment. This text also provides a mathematical background including simple differen

  19. Quadrature Slotted Surface Coil Pair for Magnetic Resonance Imaging at 4 Tesla: Phantom Study

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    Solis S.E.; Tomasi D.; Hernandez J.A.; Rodriguez A.O.

    2012-01-01

    A coil array was composed of two slott ed surface coils forming a structure with two plates at 90°, each one having 6 circular slots and is introduced in this paper. Numerical simulations of the magnetic fi eld of this coil array were performed at 170 MHz using the fi nite element method to study its behaviour. This coil array was developed for brain magnetic resonance imaging to be operated at the resonant frequency of 170 MHz in the transceiver mode and quadrature driven. Numerical simulati...

  20. Magnetic resonance study of co-modified (Co,N-TiO2 nanocomposites

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    Guskos Niko

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Three nCo,N-TiO2 nanocomposites (where cobalt concentration index n = 1, 5 and 10 wt % were prepared and investigated by magnetic resonance spectroscopy at room temperature. Ferromagnetic resonance (FMR lines of magnetic cobalt agglomerated nanoparticle were dominant in all registered spectra. The relaxation processes and magnetic anisotropy of the investigated spin system essentially depended on the concentration of cobalt ions. It is suggested that the samples contained two magnetic types of sublattices forming a strongly correlated spin system. It is suggested that the existence of strongly correlated magnetic system has an essential influence of the photocatalytic properties of the studied nanocomposites.

  1. A study of the optimum draft of multiple resonance power buoys for maximizing electric power production

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    Kweon Hyuck-Min

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available To maximize electric power production using wave energy extractions from resonance power buoys, the maximum motion displacement spectra of the buoys can primarily be obtained under a given wave condition. In this study, wave spectra observed in shoaling water were formulated. Target resonance frequencies were established from the arithmetic means of modal frequency bands and the peak frequencies. The motion characteristics of the circular cylindrical power buoys with corresponding drafts were then calculated using numerical models without considering PTO damping force. Results showed that the heave motions of the power buoys in shoaling waters with insufficient drafts produced greater amplification effects than those in deep seas with sufficient drafts.

  2. Study of the dispersion phenomena connected with the absorption by recoilless nuclear resonance fluorescence

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    In nuclear resonance fluorescence as in the optical field abnormal dispersion curves are related to the absorption lines. It is possible, by using quadrupolar or magnetic splitting of the line in the case of recoilless resonance fluorescence (Moessbauer effect) to obtain differential dispersion effects between the two orthogonal linear or the two inverse circular components of the incident gamma radiation. These effects induce bi-refraction phenomena or Faraday rotation on the gamma beam, which have been studied on Fe-57 enriched absorbers. (author)

  3. Condensed matter analogues of cosmology

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    Kibble, Tom; Srivastava, Ajit

    2013-10-01

    liveliest. A number of new experiments are reported here studying the dynamical evolution of domains and defects. Another phenomenon that played a key early role was the formation of vortices in the normal-to-superfluid transition in liquid helium-3. The complicated nature of the order parameter energy surface gives rise to a variety of intriguing effects. This too is still a vigorous field. Superconductivity is a special case because the symmetry that is broken is a gauge symmetry. This is also true in fundamental particle physics theories of relevance to cosmology, and for that reason experiments on superconductors are of particular interest to cosmologists. The situation in this case is more complicated because there are competing mechanisms of defect formation. Experiments in the field have not proved easy, either to perform or to interpret, but the papers in this collection show that good progress has been made of late. In recent years a new type of system has proved immensely fruitful, namely atomic Bose-Einstein or Fermi-gas condensates. Experiments on condensates with tunable parameters have in general provided broad support for the theory, and have also revealed a wide range of interesting and novel features, with intriguing possible analogues in cosmology (e.g. causal horizons and particle creation). The basic idea of the Kibble-Zurek mechanism has been shown to be relevant in this whole range of systems. But numerous complexities have also emerged, concerned for example with the role of inhomogeneity or the existence of composite defects. The field is still developing rapidly. Acknowledgments Finally, we would like to thank all the authors who have contributed to this issue, and the staff of Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter who have made it possible. Condensed matter analogues of cosmology contents Condensed matter analogues of cosmologyTom Kibble and Ajit Srivastava Symmetry breaking in nematic liquid crystals: analogy with cosmology and magnetismR Repnik, A

  4. Study of CPO resonances on the intercombination line in $^{173}$Yb

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    Kumar, Pushpander; Bharti, Vineet; Natarajan, Vasant

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    We study coherent population oscillations (CPO) in an odd isotope of the two-electron atom ${\\rm ^{173}Yb} $. The experiments are done using magnetic sublevels of the $ F_g = 5/2 \\rightarrow F_e = 3/2 $ hyperfine transition of the $ {\\rm {^1S_0} \\rightarrow {^3P_1}} $ intercombination line. The experiments are done both with and without a magnetic field. In the absence of a magnetic field, the pump beam is on resonance with multiple CPO resonances, and the single peak at line center has a width that is larger than the 190 kHz natural linewidth of the transition. In the presence of a magnetic field (of magnitude of 330 mG), the pump beam gets detuned from resonance, which results in a reduced scattering rate from the $ \\rm {^3P_1}$ state. This results in a reduction of the linewidth to a subnatural value of 100 kHz.

  5. Study on Energy Stored in Thin Layers of MEMS Ultrasonic Resonance Separator

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    2006-01-01

    The particles suspending in liquid suffer acoustical radiation force from ultrasonic field. The force may cause particles movement and has special advantage to separate particles from liquid in Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS). It is important to improve the energy stored in liquid layer so as to increase separation ability for decreasing drive demand in MEMS. Resonance may hugely increase the magnitude and generally be employed in micro separator. The summits of admittance spectrum show the resonance frequencies. It may come from resonance in one layer or multi layers in micro separator. This paper studies the difference of energy stored in layers at each rein frequency. It provides the way to select the most effect separation frequency other than admittance spectrum.

  6. Quadrature Slotted Surface Coil Pair for Magnetic Resonance Imaging at 4 Tesla: Phantom Study

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    Solis S.E.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A coil array was composed of two slotted surface coils forming a structure with two plates at 900, each one having 6 circular slots and is introduced in this paper. Numerical simulations of the magnetic field of this coil array were performed at 170 MHz using the finite element method to study its behaviour. This coil array was developed for brain magnetic resonance imaging to be operated at the resonant frequency of 170 MHz in the transceiver mode and quadrature driven. Numerical simulations demonstrated that electromagnetic interaction between the coil elements is negligible, and that the magnetic field showed a good uniformity. Phantom images were acquired with our coil array and standard pulse sequences on a research-dedicated 4 Tesla scanner. In vitro images showed the feasibility of this coil array for standard pulses and high field magnetic resonance imaging.

  7. Toward an Enhancement of the Photoactivity of Multiphotochromic Dimers Using Plasmon Resonance: A Theoretical Study.

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    Fihey, Arnaud; Le Guennic, Boris; Jacquemin, Denis

    2015-08-01

    Building dimers of organic photochromic compounds paves the way to multifunctional switches, but such architectures often undergo partial photoreactivity only. Combining photochromism of molecules and plasmon resonance of gold nanoparticles (NPs) is known to affect the photochromism of monomers, yet the impact on multimers remains unknown. Here we propose a theoretical study of dimers of dithienylethenes by the mean of a hybrid calculation scheme (discrete-interaction model/quantum mechanics). We aim to assess how the optical properties of multiphotochromes are tuned by the influence of the plasmon resonances. We show that, for a typical chemisorption orientation on the NP, the absorption bands responsible for the photochromism are significantly enhanced for both the doubly open and mixed closed-open isomers of the dyad, hinting that plasmon resonance could be used to boost the generally poor photoactivity of dithienylethene dyads. PMID:26267018

  8. NATO Advanced Study Institute on Giant Resonances in Atoms, Molecules, and Solids

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    Esteva, J; Karnatak, R

    1987-01-01

    Often, a new area of science grows at the confines between recognised subject divisions, drawing upon techniques and intellectual perspectives from a diversity of fields. Such growth can remain unnoticed at first, until a characteristic fami ly of effects, described by appropriate key words, has developed, at which point a distinct subject is born. Such is very much the case with atomic 'giant resonances'. For a start, their name itself was borrowed from the field of nuclear collective resonances. The energy range in which they occur, at the juncture of the extreme UV and the soft X-rays, remains to this day a meeting point of two different experimental techniques: the grating and the crystal spectrometer. The impetus of synchrotron spectroscopy also played a large part in developing novel methods, described by many acronyms, which are used to study 'giant resonances' today. Finally, although we have described them as 'atomic' to differentiate them from their counterparts in Nuclear Physics, their occurrence ...

  9. Experimental and analytical study of highly tunable electrostatically actuated resonant beams

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    We demonstrate theoretically and experimentally highly tunable clamped–clamped microbeam resonators actuated with electrostatic forces. Theoretically, the Galerkin procedure is used to solve for static deflection as well as the eigenvalue problem as a function of the dc voltage for different values of the ratio between the air gap and the thickness of the microbeam. We demonstrate theoretically and experimentally that the natural frequency of the microbeam can increase or decrease with the increase of the dc polarization voltage depending on the ratio between the air gap and the thickness. Hence, we show that unlike the classical softening effect of the dc voltage, by careful designs of the microbeams, the dc bias can be used to effectively increase the resonance frequencies by several factors. Experimental data are presented for two case studies of silicon beams showing the effective increase of their fundamental resonance frequencies by more than 50–80%. Excellent agreement is reported among the theoretical and experimental results. (paper)

  10. Experimental and analytical study of highly tunable electrostatically actuated resonant beams

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    Hajjaj, Amal Z.

    2015-11-03

    We demonstrate theoretically and experimentally highly tunable clamped–clamped microbeam resonators actuated with electrostatic forces. Theoretically, the Galerkin procedure is used to solve for static deflection as well as the eigenvalue problem as a function of the dc voltage for different values of the ratio between the air gap and the thickness of the microbeam. We demonstrate theoretically and experimentally that the natural frequency of the microbeam can increase or decrease with the increase of the dc polarization voltage depending on the ratio between the air gap and the thickness. Hence, we show that unlike the classical softening effect of the dc voltage, by careful designs of the microbeams, the dc bias can be used to effectively increase the resonance frequencies by several factors. Experimental data are presented for two case studies of silicon beams showing the effective increase of their fundamental resonance frequencies by more than 50–80%. Excellent agreement is reported among the theoretical and experimental results.

  11. Experimental Study on LTCC Glass-Ceramic Based Dual Segment Cylindrical Dielectric Resonator Antenna

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    Ravi Kumar Gangwar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The measured characteristics in C/X bands, including material properties of a dual segment cylindrical dielectric resonator antenna (CDRA fabricated from glass-ceramic material based on B2O3–La2O3–MgO glass and La(Mg0.5Ti0.5O3 ceramic, are reported. The sintering characteristic of the ceramic in presence of glass is determined from contact angle measurement and DTA. The return loss and input impedance versus frequency characteristics and radiation patterns of CDRA at its resonant frequency of 6.31 GHz are studied. The measured results for resonant frequency and return loss bandwidth of the CDRA are also compared with corresponding theoretical ones.

  12. Study of decuplet baryon resonances from lattice QCD

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    Alexandrou, C.; Negele, J. W.; Petschlies, M.; Pochinsky, A. V.; Syritsyn, S. N.

    2016-06-01

    A lattice QCD study of the strong decay width and coupling constant of decuplet baryons to an octet baryon-pion state is presented. The transfer matrix method is used to obtain the overlap of lattice states with decuplet baryon quantum numbers on the one hand and octet baryon-pion quantum numbers on the other as an approximation of the matrix element of the corresponding transition. By making use of leading-order effective field theory, the coupling constants as well as the widths for the various decay channels are determined. The transitions studied are Δ →π N , Σ*→Λ π , Σ*→Σ π and Ξ*→Ξ π . We obtain results for two ensembles of Nf=2 +1 dynamical fermion configurations: one using domain wall valence quarks on a staggered sea at a pion mass of 350 MeV and a box size of 3.4 fm and a second one using domain wall sea and valence quarks at pion mass 180 MeV and box size 4.5 fm.

  13. STUDY OF BRAIN TUMOURS BY NOVE L MAGNETIC RESONANCE TECHNIQUE

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present study , thirty patients in the age range of 22 to 63 years of age were included after being diagnosed to be having brain tumour on CT scan or conventional MRI. In addition DWI , MRS , and PWI were carried out i n these patients. All the patients with suspicious malignant lesions were then subjected to FDG - PET examination . Histopathological correlation was obtained in all the patients to serve as gold standard against which other modalities will be assessed for th eir sensitivity , specificity , positive predictive value , negative predictive value and diagnostic accuracy. Out of thirty patients selected for this study , twenty cases were found to be malignant and ten cases were benign on Histopathological evaluation. Majority of malignant lesions were glioblastoma multiforme. Amongst benign cases , majorities were meningioma , one was a Granulomatous lesion and one was a benign cystic lesion. MRI including the novel techniques showed high sensitivity and spe cificity in identifying malignant brain lesions and has a future role in better characterization of brain tumours. Wherever available , it should be integrated in routine workup of patients presenting with brain tumours or for follow up of patients undergon e surgery / adjuvant chemotherapy.

  14. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Study of Thermally Treated Bismuth Subgallate

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    Paweł Ramos

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Complex of bismuth, an anti-inflammatory drug, was studied by EPR spectroscopy. The aim of this study was to determine concentrations and properties of free radicals formed during thermal sterilization of bismuth subgallate according to pharmacopoeia norms to optimize its sterilization process. Different temperatures (160°C, 170°C, and 180°C and times (120 minutes, 60 minutes, and 30 minutes of sterilization were used. Interactions of bismuth subgallate with DPPH, the model free radical reference, were checked. g-Factors, amplitudes (A, integral intensities (I, and linewidths (ΔBpp were obtained. Integral intensities were obtained by double integration of the first-derivative EPR lines. The influence of microwave power in the range of 2.2–70 mW on shape and parameters of the EPR spectra was examined. Thermal sterilization produced free radicals in bismuth subgallate in all tested cases. Strong interactions with free radicals were pointed out for all the analysed samples containing bismuth independent of sterilization conditions. Optimal conditions of thermal sterilization for bismuth subgallate with the lowest free radical formation are temperature 170°C and time of heating 60 minutes. Strong dipolar interactions exist in thermally sterilized bismuth subgallate. EPR spectroscopy is a useful method of examination of thermal sterilization conditions.

  15. Electron paramagnetic resonance study of thermally treated bismuth subgallate.

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    Ramos, Paweł; Pilawa, Barbara

    2014-01-01

    Complex of bismuth, an anti-inflammatory drug, was studied by EPR spectroscopy. The aim of this study was to determine concentrations and properties of free radicals formed during thermal sterilization of bismuth subgallate according to pharmacopoeia norms to optimize its sterilization process. Different temperatures (160°C, 170°C, and 180°C) and times (120 minutes, 60 minutes, and 30 minutes) of sterilization were used. Interactions of bismuth subgallate with DPPH, the model free radical reference, were checked. g-Factors, amplitudes (A), integral intensities (I), and linewidths (ΔB pp) were obtained. Integral intensities were obtained by double integration of the first-derivative EPR lines. The influence of microwave power in the range of 2.2-70 mW on shape and parameters of the EPR spectra was examined. Thermal sterilization produced free radicals in bismuth subgallate in all tested cases. Strong interactions with free radicals were pointed out for all the analysed samples containing bismuth independent of sterilization conditions. Optimal conditions of thermal sterilization for bismuth subgallate with the lowest free radical formation are temperature 170°C and time of heating 60 minutes. Strong dipolar interactions exist in thermally sterilized bismuth subgallate. EPR spectroscopy is a useful method of examination of thermal sterilization conditions. PMID:25525421

  16. Characterization of fault zones in shell lime of the Upper Rhine Graben. Digestion analogue studies; Charakterisierung von Stoerungszonen im Muschelkalk des Oberrheingrabens. Aufschlussanalogstudien

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    Meier, Silke; Bauer, Johanna F.; Philipp, Sonja L. [Goettingen Univ. (Germany). Abt. Strukturgeologie

    2012-10-16

    The authors of the contribution under consideration present first results on the features of fault zones with different displacements in the shell limestone of the region Kraichgau (Federal Republic of Germany) as digestion analogues for the shell limestone of the Upper Rhine Graben. At small displacements, the fault nuclei are not so mighty. However, the failure zones are well expressed also at small fault zones. These results are significant for the permeability of the reservoir especially during the inactive phases of the fault zones.

  17. Organobase catalyzed 1,4-conjugate addition of 4-hydroxycoumarin on chalcones: Synthesis, NMR and single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies of novel warfarin analogues

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    Talhi, Oualid; Fernandes, José A.; Pinto, Diana C. G. A.; Almeida Paz, Filipe A.; Silva, Artur M. S.

    2015-08-01

    The synthesis of a new series of warfarin analogues by convenient organobase catalyzed 1,4-conjugate addition of 4-hydroxycoumarin to chalcone derivatives is described. 1H NMR spectroscopy evidenced the presence of a predominant acyclic open-form together with the cyclic hemiketal tautomers of the resulting Michael adducts. The acyclic open-form has been unequivocally proved by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The use of the B ring ortho-hydroxychalcone synthons in this reaction has led to a diastereoselective synthesis of warfarin bicyclo[3.3.1]nonane ketal derivatives.

  18. Non-contrast enhanced magnetic resonance angiography techniques in candidates for kidney transplantation: A comparative study

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    Aim: Detailed knowledge of vessel status in potential candidates for kidney transplantation is essential for the surgeon. Contrast enhanced magnetic resonance angiography has previously been used intensively for assessing this, but the discovery that use of gadolinium based contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging can cause Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis in patients suffering from severe kidney disease has lead to renewed interest in non-contrast enhanced magnetic resonance angiography. The aim of this study was to find a non-contrast enhanced magnetic resonance angiography method for preoperative evaluation of the pelvic vessels prior to kidney transplantation, providing a sufficient image quality. Method: In a prospective study we consecutively included 54 patients undergoing examinations prior to kidney transplantation. The patients were examined with the following magnetic resonance angiography sequences: A 2D Time of flight (n = 54), 3D Time of flight (n = 52) patients, 3D Phase Contrast (n = 54), 3D Balanced Steady State Free Precession (n = 52) and a 2D TRiggered Angiography Non-Contrast Enhanced (TRANCE) (a Spin Echo sequence with subtraction) (n = 48). The sequences were evaluated with respect to contrast, diagnostic performance and artefact burden. Results: Evaluating contrast, 3D Phase Contrast was significantly better than 2D Time of flight (p 0.2). The 2D Time of flight was significantly better than the other sequences (p < 0.001) in all cases. The artefact score was lowest for the Phase Contrast images and significantly superior to the 2D Time of flight (p < 0.005). The 2D Time of flight was significantly better than the three other sequences (p < 0.001) in all cases. Conclusion: Non-contrast enhanced magnetic resonance angiography offers a safe preoperative examination for assessment of vessel status before kidney transplantation. A combination of 2D Time of flight and 3D Phase Contrast acquisitions is recommended and can be performed within a

  19. Studies of energy transfer processes in triplet states using optically detected magnetic resonance

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    1977-06-01

    The techniques of both continuous wave and pulsed-coherent optically detected magnetic resonance spectroscopy are used to study energy transfer processes in the lowest triplet states of two aromatic molecular crystals (1,2,4,5-tetrachlorobenzene and pyrimidine). Of particular interest are the effects of crystal dimensionality and isotopic trap states on the efficiency of the transfer process in these systems.

  20. Evaluation of relaxation time measurements by magnetic resonance imaging. A phantom study

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    Kjaer, L; Thomsen, C; Henriksen, O;

    1987-01-01

    Several circumstances may explain the great variation in reported proton T1 and T2 relaxation times usually seen. This study was designed to evaluate the accuracy of relaxation time measurements by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) operating at 1.5 tesla. Using a phantom of nine boxes with different...

  1. Ferromagnetic resonance study of polycrystalline Fe1-xVx alloy thin films

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    Ferromagnetic resonance has been used to study the magnetic properties and magnetization dynamics of polycrystalline Fe1-xVx alloy films with 0≤xeff and the Gilbert damping parameter α have been determined as a function of V concentration. The results are compared to those of epitaxial FeV films

  2. Functional imaging of plants: A nuclear magnetic resonance study of a cucumber plant

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    Scheenen, T.; Heemskerk, A.; Jager, de A.; Vergeldt, F.J.; As, van H.

    2002-01-01

    Functional magnetic resonance imaging was used to study transients of biophysical parameters in a cucumber plant in response to environmental changes. Detailed flow imaging experiments showed the location of xylem and phloem in the stem and the response of the following flow characteristics to the i

  3. Defect-related internal dissipation in mechanical resonators and the study of coupled mechanical systems.

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    Friedmann, Thomas Aquinas; Czaplewski, David A.; Sullivan, John Patrick; Modine, Normand Arthur; Wendt, Joel Robert; Aslam, Dean (Michigan State University, Lansing, MI); Sepulveda-Alancastro, Nelson (University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, PR)

    2007-01-01

    Understanding internal dissipation in resonant mechanical systems at the micro- and nanoscale is of great technological and fundamental interest. Resonant mechanical systems are central to many sensor technologies, and microscale resonators form the basis of a variety of scanning probe microscopies. Furthermore, coupled resonant mechanical systems are of great utility for the study of complex dynamics in systems ranging from biology to electronics to photonics. In this work, we report the detailed experimental study of internal dissipation in micro- and nanomechanical oscillators fabricated from amorphous and crystalline diamond materials, atomistic modeling of dissipation in amorphous, defect-free, and defect-containing crystalline silicon, and experimental work on the properties of one-dimensional and two-dimensional coupled mechanical oscillator arrays. We have identified that internal dissipation in most micro- and nanoscale oscillators is limited by defect relaxation processes, with large differences in the nature of the defects as the local order of the material ranges from amorphous to crystalline. Atomistic simulations also showed a dominant role of defect relaxation processes in controlling internal dissipation. Our studies of one-dimensional and two-dimensional coupled oscillator arrays revealed that it is possible to create mechanical systems that should be ideal for the study of non-linear dynamics and localization.

  4. The binding of cytochrome c to neuroglobin: A docking and surface plasmon resonance study

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    Bønding, Signe Helbo; Henty, K.; Dingley, A.J.; Brittain, T.

    2008-01-01

    . surface plasmon resonance studies provide a value of 45 μM for the equilibrium constant for cytochrome c binding to neuroglobin, which increases significantly as the ionic strength of the solution increases. The temperature dependence of the binding constant indicates that the complex formation is...

  5. Motor system hyperconnectivity in juvenile myoclonic epilepsy: a cognitive functional magnetic resonance imaging study

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    Vollmar, C.; O'Muircheartaigh, J.; Barker, G.J.; Symms, M.R.; Thompson, P.(Department of Physics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada); Kumari, V; Duncan, J.S.; Janz, D.; Richardson, M.P.; Koepp, M J.

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    Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy is the most frequent idiopathic generalized epilepsy syndrome. It is characterized by predominant myoclonic jerks of upper limbs, often provoked by cognitive activities, and typically responsive to treatment with sodium valproate. Neurophysiological, neuropsychological and imaging studies in juvenile myoclonic epilepsy have consistently pointed towards subtle abnormalities in the medial frontal lobes. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging with an executive fr...

  6. Glutamatergic Effects of Divalproex in Adolescents with Mania: A Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Study

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    Strawn, Jeffrey R.; Patel, Nick C.; Chu, Wen-Jang; Lee, Jing-Huei; Adler, Caleb M.; Kim, Mi Jung; Bryan, Holly S.; Alfieri, David C.; Welge, Jeffrey A.; Blom, Thomas J.; Nandagopal, Jayasree J.; Strakowski, Stephen M.; DelBello, Melissa P.

    2012-01-01

    Objectives: This study used proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ([superscript 1]H MRS) to evaluate the in vivo effects of extended-release divalproex sodium on the glutamatergic system in adolescents with bipolar disorder, and to identify baseline neurochemical predictors of clinical remission. Method: Adolescents with bipolar disorder who were…

  7. The Fontan circulation and the liver : A magnetic resonance diffusion-weighted imaging study

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    Wolff, Djoeke; van Melle, Joost P.; Dijkstra, Hildebrand; Bartelds, Beatrijs; Willems, Tineke P.; Hillege, Hans; van den Berg, Aad P.; Ebels, Tjark; Sijens, Paul E.; Berger, Rolf M. F.

    2016-01-01

    Background: Patients with a Fontan circulation tend to develop liver fibrosis, liver cirrhosis and even hepatocellular carcinoma. The aim of this study is to use the magnetic resonance technique diffusing-weighted imaging (DWI) for detecting liver fibrosis/cirrhosis in Fontan patients and to establi

  8. Interest of nuclear magnetic. Resonance imaging for the study of vascular lesions of the Thalamus

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    The study of vascular lesions of the thalamus using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance imaging has provided two kinds of important informations: precise topographical demarcation on saggital sections and very sensitive detection of small ischemic areas better than with computerized tomography. Particular attention is paid to NMR capabilities to increase the quality of correlation between clinical and radiological data. 4 cases are presented

  9. Studies on Interactions of Antibiotics with Serum Albumin by Surface Plasmon Resonance Biosensor

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    Characterizing how chemical compounds binding to serum albumin is essential in evaluating drug candidates and is the focus of this study. A surface plasmon resonance biosensor developed in this laboratory was used to determine the binding constants of antibiotics with serum albumin. The binding constants of five antibiotics(azithromycin, spectinomycin, gentamycin, metacycline and kanamycin) with serum albumins were obtained.

  10. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Study of Fluorine-Graphite Intercalation Compounds

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    To study the origin of semimetal-metal and metal-insulator transformations, localization effects and C-E bonding in fluorine-intercalated graphite CxF, 13C and 19F NMR investigations have been carried out for a wide range of fluorine content, 3.8 8, are attributed to mobile fluorine acceptor species which are responsible for the increase of electric conductivity in the dilute compound. When increasing the fluorine content to x ∼ 8 corresponding to the maximum electric conductivity, covalent C-P bonds start to oc- cur. The number of these bonds grows with fluorine content resulting in the decrease in conductivity which is caused by a percolation mechanism rather than by a change in bond length. A difference in 19F chemical shift for fluorine-intercalated graphite CxF and covalent graphite fluoride (CF)n has been observed and is attributed to different C-P bonding in these compounds

  11. Electron paramagnetic resonance studies of γ-irradiated corn

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    γ-irradiated corn samples in the range 0.1-2.0 kGy dose range were studied by the EPR technique. The signal consists of one structureless line with a width of 0.82 ± 0.02 mT and a g-factor of 2.004 ± 0.002. The intensity of this line shows a linear dependence in this dose range. The corn samples were ground prior to irradiation. Before grinding the samples did not show any EPR signal. After grinding they present a free radical EPR line with the same characteristics as that produced by the γ rays. The stability of these centers as a function of the temperature and time after irradiation was investigated. Analysis of these results suggest the presence of only one type of radical produced by both the mechanical and irradiation processes. (author)

  12. Working point and resonance studies at the CERN Proton Synchrotron

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    The Proton Synchrotron (PS) is the oldest yet the most versatile particle accelerator operating at CERN. Having accelerated a multitude of different particle species within the last five decades, it is today used to define the longitudinal structure of the proton beams going into collision in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and thus constitutes an integral part of the LHC injector chain. Around 2020 the LHC will be subject to an upgrade to significantly increase the number of collisions at the interaction points. The beam parameters demanded by the High Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC) will, as a result, require substantial improvements of the pre-accelerators, which are currently being studied within the LHC Injectors Upgrade (LIU) project. The increase of luminosity will be accompanied by an increase of beam intensity, which might result in instabilities appearing on the injection flat bottom of the PS. Transverse Head-Tail instabilities have already been observed on operational LHC beams and an alternative stabili...

  13. Outcrop analogue study of Permocarboniferous geothermal sandstone reservoir formations (northern Upper Rhine Graben, Germany): impact of mineral content, depositional environment and diagenesis on petrophysical properties

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    Aretz, Achim; Bär, Kristian; Götz, Annette E.; Sass, Ingo

    2016-07-01

    The Permocarboniferous siliciclastic formations represent the largest hydrothermal reservoir in the northern Upper Rhine Graben in SW Germany and have so far been investigated in large-scale studies only. The Cenozoic Upper Rhine Graben crosses the Permocarboniferous Saar-Nahe Basin, a Variscan intramontane molasse basin. Due to the subsidence in this graben structure, the top of the up to 2-km-thick Permocarboniferous is located at a depth of 600-2900 m and is overlain by Tertiary and Quaternary sediments. At this depth, the reservoir temperatures exceed 150 °C, which are sufficient for geothermal electricity generation with binary power plants. To further assess the potential of this geothermal reservoir, detailed information on thermophysical and hydraulic properties of the different lithostratigraphical units and their depositional environment is essential. Here, we present an integrated study of outcrop analogues and drill core material. In total, 850 outcrop samples were analyzed, measuring porosity, permeability, thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity. Furthermore, 62 plugs were taken from drillings that encountered or intersected the Permocarboniferous at depths between 1800 and 2900 m. Petrographic analysis of 155 thin sections of outcrop samples and samples taken from reservoir depth was conducted to quantify the mineral composition, sorting and rounding of grains and the kind of cementation. Its influence on porosity, permeability, the degree of compaction and illitization was quantified. Three parameters influencing the reservoir properties of the Permocarboniferous were detected. The strongest and most destructive influence on reservoir quality is related to late diagenetic processes. An illitic and kaolinitic cementation and impregnation of bitumina document CO2- and CH4-rich acidic pore water conditions, which are interpreted as fluids that migrated along a hydraulic contact from an underlying Carboniferous hydrocarbon source rock. Migrating

  14. Outcrop analogue study of Permocarboniferous geothermal sandstone reservoir formations (northern Upper Rhine Graben, Germany): impact of mineral content, depositional environment and diagenesis on petrophysical properties

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    Aretz, Achim; Bär, Kristian; Götz, Annette E.; Sass, Ingo

    2015-11-01

    The Permocarboniferous siliciclastic formations represent the largest hydrothermal reservoir in the northern Upper Rhine Graben in SW Germany and have so far been investigated in large-scale studies only. The Cenozoic Upper Rhine Graben crosses the Permocarboniferous Saar-Nahe Basin, a Variscan intramontane molasse basin. Due to the subsidence in this graben structure, the top of the up to 2-km-thick Permocarboniferous is located at a depth of 600-2900 m and is overlain by Tertiary and Quaternary sediments. At this depth, the reservoir temperatures exceed 150 °C, which are sufficient for geothermal electricity generation with binary power plants. To further assess the potential of this geothermal reservoir, detailed information on thermophysical and hydraulic properties of the different lithostratigraphical units and their depositional environment is essential. Here, we present an integrated study of outcrop analogues and drill core material. In total, 850 outcrop samples were analyzed, measuring porosity, permeability, thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity. Furthermore, 62 plugs were taken from drillings that encountered or intersected the Permocarboniferous at depths between 1800 and 2900 m. Petrographic analysis of 155 thin sections of outcrop samples and samples taken from reservoir depth was conducted to quantify the mineral composition, sorting and rounding of grains and the kind of cementation. Its influence on porosity, permeability, the degree of compaction and illitization was quantified. Three parameters influencing the reservoir properties of the Permocarboniferous were detected. The strongest and most destructive influence on reservoir quality is related to late diagenetic processes. An illitic and kaolinitic cementation and impregnation of bitumina document CO2- and CH4-rich acidic pore water conditions, which are interpreted as fluids that migrated along a hydraulic contact from an underlying Carboniferous hydrocarbon source rock. Migrating

  15. Magnetic resonance studies of irradiated 1,3-dimethylxanthine

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    ESR and ENDOR techniques were used to study the x-ray induced damage in single crystals of the organic molecule theophylline (1,3 dimethylxanthine). A K-band spectrometer operating at 25GHz was used for ESR and ENDOR measurements. X-irradiation was carried out at 25K, 80K, and at room temperature, and spectra were observed as the temperature was varied. The low temperature experiments were achieved by using a closed cycle helium refrigeration system. A detailed analysis was made of the spectra, and four different radicals (R1, R2, R3, and R4) were identified after irradiation. Radical R1 was identified as a hydrogen atom radical, stable from 20 to 6OK; radical R2 was identified as an anion radical stable from 20 to 8OK; radical R3 was formed by hydrogen abstraction from the methyl group at C(10); and radical R4 was found to be a hydrogen-adduct species. Radical R3 was characterized by the following parameters: (1) Methylene hydrogen hyperfine tensor values of 28.8, 17.8, 13.2 G, and 27.7, 18.9, 8.8 G; (2) g-tensor values of 2.0012, 2.0019, and 2.0036; (3) Isotropic methyl group coupling of 4 G; (4) A spin density of 0.68 on C(10). Radical R4 was characterized by (1) an isotropic methelene hydrogen coupling of 37.1 G; (2) a maximum nitrogen coupling at N(9) of 21 G; (3) hydrogen coupling tensor values, due to protonation at N(g), of 12.0, 8.5, and 3.0 G; (4) rotating methyl group tensor values, at N(l), of 2.38, 2.71, and 5.19 MHz; (5) g-tensor values of 2.0012, 2.0033, and 2.0049; (6) spin density of 0.38 on N(9). A kinetics study indicated that radical R3 converts to radical R4 at about 160 K

  16. Magnetic resonance studies of irradiated 1,3-dimethylxanthine

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    Majid, E.

    1989-01-01

    ESR and ENDOR techniques were used to study the x-ray induced damage in single crystals of the organic molecule theophylline (1,3 dimethylxanthine). A K-band spectrometer operating at 25GHz was used for ESR and ENDOR measurements. X-irradiation was carried out at 25K, 80K, and at room temperature, and spectra were observed as the temperature was varied. The low temperature experiments were achieved by using a closed cycle helium refrigeration system. A detailed analysis was made of the spectra, and four different radicals (R1, R2, R3, and R4) were identified after irradiation. Radical R1 was identified as a hydrogen atom radical, stable from 20 to 6OK; radical R2 was identified as an anion radical stable from 20 to 8OK; radical R3 was formed by hydrogen abstraction from the methyl group at C(10); and radical R4 was found to be a hydrogen-adduct species. Radical R3 was characterized by the following parameters: (1) Methylene hydrogen hyperfine tensor values of 28.8, 17.8, 13.2 G, and 27.7, 18.9, 8.8 G; (2) g-tensor values of 2.0012, 2.0019, and 2.0036; (3) Isotropic methyl group coupling of 4 G; (4) A spin density of 0.68 on C(10). Radical R4 was characterized by (1) an isotropic methelene hydrogen coupling of 37.1 G; (2) a maximum nitrogen coupling at N(9) of 21 G; (3) hydrogen coupling tensor values, due to protonation at N(g), of 12.0, 8.5, and 3.0 G; (4) rotating methyl group tensor values, at N(l), of 2.38, 2.71, and 5.19 MHz; (5) g-tensor values of 2.0012, 2.0033, and 2.0049; (6) spin density of 0.38 on N(9). A kinetics study indicated that radical R3 converts to radical R4 at about 160 K.

  17. Nuclear magnetic resonance study of fluorine-graphite intercalation compounds

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    To study the origin of semimetal-metal and metal-insulator transformations, localization effects and C-F bonding in fluorine-intercalated graphite CxF, 13C and 19F NMR investigations have been carried out for a wide range of fluorine content, 3.8≤x≤12.7. Fluorine spectra for small fluorine content, x>8, are attributed to mobile fluorine acceptor species which are responsible for the increase of electric conductivity in the dilute compound. When increasing the fluorine content to x∼8 corresponding to the maximum electric conductivity, covalent C-F bonds start to occur. The number of these bonds grows with fluorine content resulting in a decrease in conductivity which is caused by a percolation mechanism rather than by a change in bond length. A difference in 19F chemical shift for fluorine-intercalated graphite CxF and covalent graphite fluoride (CF)n has been observed and is attributed to different C-F bonding in these compounds. (author)

  18. Application of natural analogues in the Yucca Mountain project - overview

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    The Natural Analogue Synthesis Report (NASR) [1] provides a compilation of information from analogues that test, corroborate, and add confidence to process models and model predictions pertinent to total system performance assessment (TSPA). The report updated previous work [2] with new literature examples and results of quantitative studies conducted by the Yucca Mountain Project (YMP). The intent of the natural analogue studies was to collect corroborative evidence from analogues to demonstrate greater understanding of processes expected to occur during postclosure of a proposed Yucca Mountain repository. Natural analogues, as used here, refer to either natural or anthropogenic systems in which processes similar to those expected to occur in a nuclear waste repository are thought to have occurred over long time periods (decades to millenia) and large spatial scales (up to tens of kilometers). In the past, the YMP has used analogues for testing and building confidence in conceptual and numerical process models in a number of ways. Yucca Mountain mineral alteration phases provided a self-analogue for postclosure alteration [3]. Thermodynamic parameters for silica minerals of the Wairakai, New Zealand geothermal field were added to databases used in geochemical modeling [4]. Scoping calculations of radionuclide transport using the Yucca Mountain TSPA numerical model were conducted for the Peqa Blanca site [5]. Eruption parameters from the Cerro Negro volcano, Nicaragua, were used to verify codes that model ash plume dispersion [6]. Analogues have also been used in supplemental science and performance analyses to provide multiple lines of evidence in support of both analyses and model reports (AMRs) [7]; in screening arguments for inclusion or exclusion of features, events, and processes (FEP)s in TSPAs; in the quantification of uncertainties [7]; in expert elicitations of volcanic and seismic hazards [8, 9] and in peer reviews [10]. Natural analogues may be applied

  19. A hydraulic tomography approach coupling travel time inversion with steady shape analysis based on aquifer analogue study in coarsely clastic fluvial glacial deposit

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    Hu, R.; Brauchler, R.; Herold, M.; Bayer, P.; Sauter, M.

    2009-04-01

    the hydraulic gradient does not. By this trick, transient data can be analyzed with the computational efficiency of a steady state model, which proceeds hundreds of times faster than transient models. Finally, a specific storage distribution can be calculated from the diffusivity and hydraulic conductivity reconstructions derived from travel time and steady shape inversion. The groundwork of this study is the aquifer-analogue study from BAYER (1999), in which six parallel profiles of a natural sedimentary body with a size of 16m x 10m x 7m were mapped in high resolution with respect to structural and hydraulic parameters. Based on these results and using geostatistical interpolation methods, MAJI (2005) designed a three dimensional hydraulic model with a resolution of 5cm x 5cm x 5cm. This hydraulic model was used to simulate a large number of short term pumping tests in a tomographical array. The high resolution parameter reconstructions gained from the inversion of simulated pumping test data demonstrate that the proposed inversion scheme allows reconstructing the individual architectural elements and their hydraulic properties with a higher resolution compared to conventional hydraulic and geological investigation methods. Bayer P (1999) Aquifer-Analog-Studium in grobklastischen braided river Ablagerungen: Sedimentäre/hydrogeologische Wandkartierung und Kalibrierung von Georadarmessungen, Diplomkartierung am Lehrstuhl für Angewandte Geologie, Universität Tübingen, 25 pp. Maji, R. (2005) Conditional Stochastic Modelling of DNAPL Migration and Dissolution in a High-resolution Aquifer Analog, Ph.D. thesis at the University of Waterloo, 187 pp.

  20. Possibilities and limitations of analogue methods for studying the dynamics of nuclear power stations; Possibilites et limitations du calcul analogique pour les etudes dynamiques de centrales nucleaires

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    Caillet, C.; Deat, M. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1958-07-01

    1. Introduction: the present paper is devoted to analog simulation of problems related to nuclear reactors other than the simulation of the kinetic equations which is well known. 2. Thermodynamic problems: various problems relative to temperature evolution in a reactor, in a pipe, in an exchanger, in a turbine, are studied, and simulation techniques used by earlier authors are critically reviewed. 3. Pipe simulators: it is shown that this problem can be solved by the use of specialized simulators which will be described and analysed. 4. Rotating machine simulators: the particular aspect of rotating machine calculations introducing frequent use of diagrams is emphasized. A simulator requiring both digital and analogue methods is described. 5. The study of a nuclear power station: as an example it is proposed to discuss problems a rising in connection with the preceding elements (a, b, c, d) when simulating the behaviour of large nuclear plants. The part played by ordinary computing elements for the simulation of the different servomechanism transfer functions is considered and process of regulation is outlined. 6. Conclusion: the necessity of the use of high quality simulators and computers is underlined and the accuracy of the solutions is discussed. (author)Fren. [French] 1. Cinetique des reacteurs: la simulation des equations cinetiques d'un reacteur nucleaire ne pose desormais plus de probleme. II est donc possible de faire le point des differentes applications de la technique analogique dans ce domaine. 2. Les problemes thermodynamiques: on discute les differents problemes poses par l'evolution des temperatures dans un reacteur, dans une tuyauterie, dans un echangeur, dans une turbine, et on passe en revue les techniques de simulation proposees jusqu'a ce jour. 3s simulateurs de tuyauteries: on montre comment les differents problemes poses ci-dessus peuvent etre resolus, pour une classe tres vaste de reacteurs par l'emploi de simulateurs

  1. Quality of life in patients with short bowel syndrome treated with the new glucagon-like peptide-2 analogue teduglutide--analyses from a randomised, placebo-controlled study

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    Jeppesen, P B; Pertkiewicz, M; Forbes, A; Pironi, L; Gabe, S M; Joly, F; Messing, B; Loth, S; Youssef, N N; Heinze, H; Berghöfer, P

    2013-01-01

    Short bowel syndrome (SBS)-intestinal failure (IF) patients have impaired quality of life (QoL) and suffer from the burden of malabsorption and parenteral support (PS). A phase III study demonstrated that treatment with teduglutide, a glucagon-like peptide 2 analogue, reduces PS volumes by 32......% while maintaining oral fluid intake constant; placebo-treated patients had reduced PS by 21%, but oral fluid intake increased accordingly. As effects of teduglutide on QoL are unknown, they were investigated here....

  2. Resonance of graphene nanoribbons doped with nitrogen and boron: a molecular dynamics study

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    Ye Wei

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Based on its enticing properties, graphene has been envisioned with applications in the area of electronics, photonics, sensors, bio-applications and others. To facilitate various applications, doping has been frequently used to manipulate the properties of graphene. Despite a number of studies conducted on doped graphene regarding its electrical and chemical properties, the impact of doping on the mechanical properties of graphene has been rarely discussed. A systematic study of the vibrational properties of graphene doped with nitrogen and boron is performed by means of a molecular dynamics simulation. The influence from different density or species of dopants has been assessed. It is found that the impacts on the quality factor, Q, resulting from different densities of dopants vary greatly, while the influence on the resonance frequency is insignificant. The reduction of the resonance frequency caused by doping with boron only is larger than the reduction caused by doping with both boron and nitrogen. This study gives a fundamental understanding of the resonance of graphene with different dopants, which may benefit their application as resonators.

  3. Two-dimensional NMR and photo-CIDNP studies of the insulin monomer: Assignment of aromatic resonances with application to protein folding, structure, and dynamics

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    The aromatic 1H NMR resonances of the insulin monomer are assigned at 500 MHz by comparative studies of chemically modified and genetically altered variants, including a mutant insulin (PheB25 → Leu) associated with diabetes mellitus. The two histidines, three phenylalanines, and four tyrosines are observed to be in distinct local environments; their assignment provides sensitive markers for studies of tertiary structure, protein dynamics, and protein folding. The environments of the tyrosine residues have also been investigated by photochemically induced dynamic nuclear polarization (photo-CIDNP) and analyzed in relation to packing constrains in the crystal structures of insulin. Dimerization involving specific B-chain interactions is observed with increasing protein concentration and is shown to depend on temperature, pH, and solvent composition. The differences between proinsulin and mini-proinsulin suggest a structural mechanism for the observation that the fully reduced B29-A1 analogue folds more efficiently than proinsulin to form the correct pattern of disulfide bonds. These results are discussed in relation to molecular mechanics calculations of insulin based on the available crystal structures

  4. Two-dimensional NMR and photo-CIDNP studies of the insulin monomer: Assignment of aromatic resonances with application to protein folding, structure, and dynamics

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    Weiss, M.A.; Shoelson, S.E. (Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (USA) Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston (USA)); Nguyen, D.T.; O' Shea, E.; Karplus, M. (Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (USA)); Khait, I.; Neuringer, L.J. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (USA)); Inouye, K. (Shionogi and Co., Ltd., Osaka (Japan)); Frank, B.H.; Beckage, M. (Eli Lilly and Co., Indianapolis, IN (USA))

    1989-12-12

    The aromatic {sup 1}H NMR resonances of the insulin monomer are assigned at 500 MHz by comparative studies of chemically modified and genetically altered variants, including a mutant insulin (PheB25 {yields} Leu) associated with diabetes mellitus. The two histidines, three phenylalanines, and four tyrosines are observed to be in distinct local environments; their assignment provides sensitive markers for studies of tertiary structure, protein dynamics, and protein folding. The environments of the tyrosine residues have also been investigated by photochemically induced dynamic nuclear polarization (photo-CIDNP) and analyzed in relation to packing constrains in the crystal structures of insulin. Dimerization involving specific B-chain interactions is observed with increasing protein concentration and is shown to depend on temperature, pH, and solvent composition. The differences between proinsulin and mini-proinsulin suggest a structural mechanism for the observation that the fully reduced B29-A1 analogue folds more efficiently than proinsulin to form the correct pattern of disulfide bonds. These results are discussed in relation to molecular mechanics calculations of insulin based on the available crystal structures.

  5. q-Analogue of Wright Function

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    Moustafa El-Shahed

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available We introduce a q-analogues of Wright function and its auxiliary functions as Barnes integral representations and series expansion. The relations between q-analogues of Wright function and some other functions are investigated.

  6. Superconductive analogue of spin glasses

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    The properties of granular superconductors in magnetic fields, namely the existence of a new superconductive state analogue of the low-temperature superconductive state in spin glasses are discussed in the frame of the infinite-range model and the finite-range models. Experiments for elucidation of spin-glass superconductive state in real systems are suggested. 30 refs

  7. Novel acetylcholine and carbamoylcholine analogues

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    Hansen, Camilla Petrycer; Jensen, Anders Asbjørn; Christensen, Jeppe K.;

    2008-01-01

    A series of carbamoylcholine and acetylcholine analogues were synthesized and characterized pharmacologically at neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). Several of the compounds displayed low nanomolar binding affinities to the alpha 4beta 2 nAChR and pronounced selectivity for this ...

  8. Radioligands for the study of brain 5-HT1A receptors in vivo-development of some new analogues of way

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    [Carbonyl-11C]WAY-100635 (WAY) has proved to be a very useful radioligand for the imaging of brain 5-HT1A receptors in human brain in vivo with positron emission tomography (PET). WAY is now being applied widely for clinical research and drug development. However, WAY is rapidly cleared from plasma and is also rapidly metabolised. A comparable radioligand, with a higher and more sustained delivery to brain, is desirable since these properties might lead to better biomathematical modelling of acquired PET data. There are also needs for other types of 5-HT1A receptor radioligands, for example, ligands sensitive to elevated serotonin levels, ligands labelled with longer-lived fluorine-18 for distribution to 'satellite' PET centres, and ligands labelled with iodine-123 for single photon emission computerised tomography (SPECT) imaging. Here we describe our progress toward these aims through the exploration of WAY analogues, including the development of [carbonyl-11C]desmethyl-WAY (DWAY) as a promising, more brain-penetrant radioligand for PET imaging of human 5-HT1A receptors, and (pyridinyl-6-halo)-analogues as promising leads for the development of radiohalogenated ligands

  9. The long-term effect of hydrogen on the UO2 spent fuel stability under anoxic conditions: Findings from the Cigar Lake Natural Analogue study

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    Highlights: • We have reviewed current information on the effect of hydrogen in UO2 spent fuel. • We explored the radiolytic models generated in the Cigar Lake project. • The Cigar Lake data supports that H2 reduces alpha radiolysis oxidants. • The results indicate the hydrogen effect is present after 100.000 years deposition. - Abstract: The present paradigm on UO2 spent fuel stability under anoxic conditions assumes that the potential oxidative alteration of the matrix is suppressed in the presence of the hydrogen generated by the anoxic corrosion of iron by water. The observations from the Cigar Lake Natural Analogue project indicated the long-term stability of the uraninite ore under anoxic conditions and with substantial hydrogen generation. The radiolytic models developed in the analogue project have been used to test some of the hypothesis concerning the activation of hydrogen on the uranium(IV) oxide surface. Suggestions to pathways of radiolytic oxidant consumption by other processes than uranium dioxide or sulphide oxidation are presented. The stability of the ore body for billions of year indicates the presence of processes which neutralise radiolytic oxidants and one major factor may be the presence of dissolved hydrogen in the groundwaters contacting the ore body. The results from this test would indicate that hydrogen is activated on the surface of the Cigar Lake uraninites by alpha radiation consuming the generated radiolytic oxidants

  10. Thermally stimulated luminescence and electron paramagnetic resonance studies on uranium doped calcium phosphate

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    Natarajan, V; Veeraraghavan, R; Sastry, M D

    2003-01-01

    Thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) studies on uranium doped calcium phosphate yielded mechanistic information on the observed glow peaks at 365, 410 and 450 K. TSL spectral studies of the glow peaks showed that UO sub 2 sup 2 sup + acts as the luminescent center. Electron paramagnetic resonance studies on gamma-irradiated samples revealed that the predominant radiation induced centers are H sup 0 , PO sub 4 sup 2 sup - , PO sub 3 sup 2 sup - and O sup - ion. Studies on the temperature dependence studies of the EPR spectra of samples annealed to different temperatures indicate the role of H sup 0 and PO sub 4 sup 2 sup - ions in the main glow peak at 410 K.

  11. Optically Detected Magnetic Resonance Studies on π-conjugated semiconductor systems

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    2011-01-01

    Optically Detected Magnetic Resonance (ODMR) techniques were used to investigate the dynamics of excitons and charge carriers in π-conjugated organic semiconductors. Degradation behavior of the negative spin-1/2 electroluminescence-detected magnetic resonance (ELDMR) was observed in Alq3 devices. The increase in the resonance amplitude implies an increasing bipolaron formation during degradation, which might be the result of growth of charge traps in the device. The same behavior of the negative spin-1/2 ELDMR was observed in 2wt% Rubrene doped Tris(8-hydroxyquinolinato)aluminium (Alq3) devices. However, with increasing injection current, a positive spin-1/2 ELDMR, together with positive spin 1 triplet powder patterns at ΔmS=±1 and ΔmS=±2, emerges. Due to the similarities in the frequency dependences of single and double modulated ELDMR and the photoluminescence-detected magnetic resonance (PLDMR) results in poly[2-methoxy-5-(2 -ethyl-hexyloxy)-1,4-phenyl ene vinylene] (MEH-PPV) films, the mechanism for this positive spin-1/2 ELDMR was assigned to enhanced triplet-polaron quenching under resonance conditions. The ELDMR in rubrene doped Alq3 devices provides a path to investigate charge distribution in the device under operational conditions. Combining the results of several devices with different carrier blocking properties and the results from transient EL, it was concluded trions not only exist near buffer layer but also exist in the electron transport layer. This TPQ model can also be used to explain the positive spin-1/2 PLDMR in poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) films at low temperature and in MEH-PPV films at various temperatures up to room temperature. Through quantitative analysis, TE-polaron quenching (TPQ) model is shown having the ability to explain most behaviors of the positive spin-1/2 resonance. Photocurrent detected magnetic resonance (PCDMR) studies on MEH-PPV devices revealed a novel transient resonance signal. The signal

  12. Evolving a polymerase for hydrophobic base analogues.

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    Loakes, David; Gallego, José; Pinheiro, Vitor B; Kool, Eric T; Holliger, Philipp

    2009-10-21

    Hydrophobic base analogues (HBAs) have shown great promise for the expansion of the chemical and coding potential of nucleic acids but are generally poor polymerase substrates. While extensive synthetic efforts have yielded examples of HBAs with favorable substrate properties, their discovery has remained challenging. Here we describe a complementary strategy for improving HBA substrate properties by directed evolution of a dedicated polymerase using compartmentalized self-replication (CSR) with the archetypal HBA 5-nitroindole (d5NI) and its derivative 5-nitroindole-3-carboxamide (d5NIC) as selection substrates. Starting from a repertoire of chimeric polymerases generated by molecular breeding of DNA polymerase genes from the genus Thermus, we isolated a polymerase (5D4) with a generically enhanced ability to utilize HBAs. The selected polymerase. 5D4 was able to form and extend d5NI and d5NIC (d5NI(C)) self-pairs as well as d5NI(C) heteropairs with all four bases with efficiencies approaching, or exceeding, those of the cognate Watson-Crick pairs, despite significant distortions caused by the intercalation of the d5NI(C) heterocycles into the opposing strand base stack, as shown by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). Unlike Taq polymerase, 5D4 was also able to extend HBA pairs such as Pyrene: varphi (abasic site), d5NI: varphi, and isocarbostyril (ICS): 7-azaindole (7AI), allowed bypass of a chemically diverse spectrum of HBAs, and enabled PCR amplification with primers comprising multiple d5NI(C)-substitutions, while maintaining high levels of catalytic activity and fidelity. The selected polymerase 5D4 promises to expand the range of nucleobase analogues amenable to replication and should find numerous applications, including the synthesis and replication of nucleic acid polymers with expanded chemical and functional diversity. PMID:19778048

  13. Real time hybridization studies by resonant waveguide gratings using nanopattern imaging for Single Nucleotide Polymorphism detection

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    2013-12-20

    2D imaging of biochips is particularly interesting for multiplex biosensing. Resonant properties allow label-free detection using the change of refractive index at the chip surface. We demonstrate a new principle of Scanning Of Resonance on Chip by Imaging (SORCI) based on spatial profiles of nanopatterns of resonant waveguide gratings (RWGs) and its embodiment in a fluidic chip for real-time biological studies. This scheme allows multiplexing of the resonance itself by providing nanopattern sensing areas in a bioarray format. Through several chip designs we discuss resonance spatial profiles, dispersion and electric field distribution for optimal light-matter interaction with biological species of different sizes. Fluidic integration is carried out with a black anodized aluminum chamber, advantageous in term of mechanical stability, multiple uses of the chip, temperature control and low optical background. Real-time hybridization experiments are illustrated by SNP (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism) detection in gyrase A of E. coli K12, observed in evolution studies of resistance to the antibiotic ciprofloxacin. We choose a 100 base pairs (bp) DNA target (∼30 kDa) including the codon of interest and demonstrate the high specificity of our technique for probes and targets with close affinity constants. This work validates the safe applicability of our unique combination of RWGs and simple instrumentation for real-time biosensing with sensitivity in buffer solution of ∼10 pg/mm2. Paralleling the success of RWGs sensing for cells sensing, our work opens new avenues for a large number of biological studies. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media.

  14. Evaluation Of Microdosing Strategies For Studies In Preclinical Drug Development: Demonstration Of Linear Pharmacokinetics In Dogs Of A Nucleoside Analogue Over A 50-Fold Dose Range

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    Sandhu, P; Vogel, J S; Rose, M J; Ubick, E A; Brunner, J E; Wallace, M A; Adelsberger, J K; Baker, M P; Henderson, P T; Pearson, P G; Baillie, T A

    2004-04-22

    (Stafford et al., 1984; Vogel et al., 1990; Smith et al., 1999) to its use as a bioanalytical tool for nutritional research (Buchholz et al., 1999; Deuker et al., 2000; Weaver and Liebman, 2002). Biomedical applications of AMS and its use in the arena of pharmaceutical research also have been detailed in review articles (Barker and Garner, 1999; Garner, 2000; Turteltaub and Vogel, 2000). To date, most studies on the metabolism and disposition of xenobiotics by AMS have focused on how carcinogens bind to DNA and proteins to form adducts (Turteltaub et al., 1990, 1997; Frantz et al., 1995; Dingley et al., 1999; Li et al., 2003). Its application to the field of pharmaceutical sciences has been limited to a few studies (Kaye et al., 1997; Young et al., 2001; Garner et al., 2002). However, the pharmaceutical industry is becoming increasingly aware of the potential benefits that may accrue from the ultra high sensitivity afforded by AMS in terms of evaluating the pharmacokinetics of lead drug candidates in early development. Specifically, AMS allows administration of sub-pharmacological doses (microdoses) of carbon-14 or tritium-labeled investigational drugs to animals or humans at radiologically insignificant levels with the goal of obtaining preliminary information regarding the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of test compounds (Turteltaub and Vogel, 2000). An unresolved issue, however, is whether the pharmacokinetics determined following a microdose are representative of those following a conventional (pharmacological) dose (Lappin and Garner, 2003). This paper examines the linearity of kinetics of an antiviral nucleoside analogue, Compound A, across sub-pharmacological and pharmacological dose ranges in the dog prior to initiation of a human microdose study. The specific objectives of this study, therefore, were (1) to assess the pharmacokinetics of Compound A in dogs by a conventional dosing approach utilizing LC-MS/MS for sample analysis, (2) to assess

  15. Study of hyperon-pion resonances from kaonic absorption with KLOE

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    Vázquez Doce Oton

    2015-01-01

    The study of the antiK-hadron interactions inside the drift chamber of KLOE was initiated in order to search for signals from the formation of deeply bound kaonic nuclear states and the study of resonances like the Λ(1405 and the Σ(1385, and constitute a first step towards the preparation of the AMADEUS experiment at DAFNE, the e+e− collider of the Frascati National Laboratories (Italy of INFN.

  16. Love-related changes in the brain: A resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging study

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    Hongwen Song; LiZhuang Yang; Anna zilverstand; Xiaochu Zhang

    2015-01-01

    Romantic love is a motivational state associated with a desire to enter or maintain a close relationship with a specific other person. Studies with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) have found activation increases in brain regions involved in processing of reward, emotion, motivation when romantic lovers view photographs of their partners. However, not much is known on whether romantic love affects the brain’s functional architecture during rest. In the present study, resting state...

  17. Neural interface of mirror therapy in chronic stroke patients: A functional magnetic resonance imaging study

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    Ashu Bhasin; M V Padma Srivastava; Kumaran, Senthil S; Rohit Bhatia; Sujata Mohanty

    2012-01-01

    Background: Recovery in stroke is mediated by neural plasticity. Neuro-restorative therapies improve recovery after stroke by promoting repair and function. Mirror neuron system (MNS) has been studied widely in humans in stroke and phantom sensations. Materials and Methods: Study subjects included 20 patients with chronic stroke and 10 healthy controls. Patients had clinical disease-severity scores, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and diffuse tensor imaging (DTI) at baseline, 8 a...

  18. High resolution nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) studies on meat components: potentialities and prospects

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    Antonio Sacco; Gino Vonghia; Francesco Giannico; Daniela Sacco; Vincenzo di Martino; Anna Caputi Jambrenghi; Maria Antonietta Brescia

    2010-01-01

    In recent years, increasing application of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy in the study of the agricultur-  al food products has been remarked, thanks to the advantages of this technique over other conventional analytical tech-  niques. This preliminary work presents, for the first time, the application of an innovative NMR technique, the  proton  high resolution magic angle spinning (1H HR-MAS), for studying meat features. It stresses that this method makes ...

  19. Theoretical and experimental studies of space-related plasma wave propagation and resonance phenomena

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    Crawford, F. W.

    1975-01-01

    A ten year summary was given of university research on the nature and characteristics of space related plasma resonance phenomena, whistler propagation in laboratory plasmas, and theoretical and experimental studies of plasma wave propagation. Data are also given on long delayed echoes, low frequency instabilities, ionospheric heating, and backscatter, and pulse propagation. A list is included of all conference papers, publications, and reports resulting from the study.

  20. Impaired Inhibitory Control in ‘Internet Addiction Disorder’ : A Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study

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    Dong, Guangheng; DeVito, Elise E.; Du, XiaoXia; Cui, Zhuoya

    2012-01-01

    ‘Internet addiction disorder’ (IAD) is rapidly becoming a prevalent mental health concern in many countries around the world. The neurobiological underpinning of internet addiction should be studied to unravel the potential heterogeneity. The present study examines the neural correlates of response inhibition in males with and without IAD using an event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) Stroop task. The IAD group demonstrated greater ‘Stroop effect’-related activity in the ...