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  1. Azithromycin

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  2. A comparative study of single-dose treatment of chancroid using thiamphenicol versus Azithromycin

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    Walter B. Junior

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available A study was conducted in São Paulo, Brazil, to compare azithromycin with thiamphenicol for the single-dose treatment of chancroid. In all, 54 men with chancroid were tested. The etiology was determined by clinical characterization and direct bacterioscopy with Gram staining. None of the patients had positive serology or dark-field examination indicating active infection with Treponema pallidum. Genital infections due to Neisseria gonorrhoeae and herpes simplex virus were excluded by polymerase chain reaction testing. For 54 patients with chancroid, cure rates with single-dose treatment were 73% with azithromycin and 89% with thiamphenicol. HIV seropositivity was found to be associated with treatment failure (p=0.001. The treatment failed in all HIV positive patients treated with azithromycin (p=0.002 and this drug should be avoided in these co-infected patients. In the view of the authors, thiamphenicol is the most indicated single-dose regimen for chancroid treatment.

  3. Treatment of adenotonsillar hypertrophy: A prospective randomized trial comparing azithromycin vs. fluticasone

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    Seyed Mostafa Hashemi Jazi

    2011-01-01

    Conclusions: It could explain that though both of the improved and mentioned symptoms comparing within initial status, Azithromycin seems to be more effective than fluticasone in improving AH-related symptoms. Short term efficacy of the antibiotic is much significant than its long term effect.

  4. Intravenous azithromycin plus ceftriaxone followed by oral azithromycin for the treatment of inpatients with community-acquired pneumonia: an open-label, non-comparative multicenter trial

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    Fernando G. Rubio

    Full Text Available Community-Acquired Pneumonia (CAP is a major public health problem. In Brazil it has been estimated that 2,000,000 people are affected by CAP every year. Of those, 780,000 are admitted to hospital, and 30,000 have death as the outcome. This is an open-label, non-comparative study with the purpose of evaluating efficacy, safety, and tolerability levels of IV azithromycin (IVA and IV ceftriaxone (IVC, followed by oral azithromycin (OA for the treatment of inpatients with mild to severe CAP. Eighty-six patients (mean age 56.6 ± 19.8 were administered IVA (500mg/day and IVC (1g/day for 2 to 5 days, followed by AO (500mg/day to complete a total of 10 days. At the end of treatment (EOT and after 30 days (End of Study - EOS the medication was evaluated clinically, microbiologically and for tolerability levels. Out of the total 86-patient population, 62 (72.1% completed the study. At the end of treatment, 95.2% (CI95: 88.9% - 100% reported cure or clinical improvement; at the end of the study, that figure was 88.9% (CI95: 74.1% - 91.7%. Out of the 86 patients enrolled in the study, 15 were microbiologically evaluable for bacteriological response. Of those, 6 reported pathogen eradication at the end of therapy (40%, and 8 reported presumed eradication (53.3%. At end of study evaluation, 9 patients showed pathogen eradication (50%, and 7 showed presumed eradication (38.89%. Therefore, negative cultures were obtained from 93.3% of the patients at EOT, and from 88.9% at the end of the study. One patient (6.67% of patient population reported presumed microbiological resistance. At study end, 2 patients (11.11% still reported undetermined culture. Uncontrollable vomiting and worsening pneumonia condition were reported by 2.3% of patients. Discussion and Conclusion Treatment based on the administration of IV azithromycin associated to ceftriaxone and followed by oral azithromycin proved to be efficacious and well-tolerated in the treatment of Brazilian

  5. Comparative Plasma Exposure and Lung Distribution of Two Human Use Commercial Azithromycin Formulations Assessed in Murine Model: A Preclinical Study

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    Virginia Rivulgo; Mónica Sparo; Mónica Ceci; Elida Fumuso; Alejandra Confalonieri; Gastón Delpech; Sánchez Bruni, Sergio F.

    2013-01-01

    Azithromycin(AZM)therapeutic failure and relapses of patients treated with generic -35 formulations have been observed in clinical practice.The main goal of this research was 36 to compare in a pre-clinical study the serum exposure and lung tissue concentrationof 37 two commercial formulations AZM-based in murine model. The current study involved 38 264 healthy Balb-C.Mice were divided in two groups (n=44): Animals of Group A 39 (Reference Formulation ?R-) were orally treated with AZM suspens...

  6. Comparative Plasma Exposure and Lung Distribution of Two Human Use Commercial Azithromycin Formulations Assessed in Murine Model: A Preclinical Study

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    Virginia Rivulgo; Mónica Sparo; Mónica Ceci; Elida Fumuso; Alejandra Confalonieri; Gastón Delpech; Sánchez Bruni, Sergio F.

    2016-01-01

    Azithromycin(AZM)therapeutic failure and relapses of patients treated with generic -35 formulations have been observed in clinical practice.The main goal of this research was 36 to compare in a pre-clinical study the serum exposure and lung tissue concentrationof 37 two commercial formulations AZM-based in murine model. The current study involved 38 264 healthy Balb-C.Mice were divided in two groups (n=44): Animals of Group A 39 (Reference Formulation ?R-) were orally treated with AZM suspens...

  7. A longitudinal trial comparing chloroquine as monotherapy or in combination with artesunate, azithromycin or atovaquone-proguanil to treat malaria.

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    Miriam K Laufer

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The predominance of chloroquine-susceptible falciparum malaria in Malawi more than a decade after chloroquine's withdrawal permits contemplation of re-introducing chloroquine for targeted uses. We aimed to compare the ability of different partner drugs to preserve chloroquine efficacy and prevent the re-emergence of resistance. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Children with uncomplicated malaria were enrolled at a government health center in Blantyre, Malawi. Participants were randomized to receive chloroquine alone or combined with artesunate, azithromycin or atovaquone-proguanil for all episodes of uncomplicated malaria for one year. The primary outcome was incidence of clinical malaria. Secondary endpoints included treatment efficacy, and incidence of the chloroquine resistance marker pfcrt T76 and of anemia. Of the 640 children enrolled, 628 were included in the intention-to-treat analysis. Malaria incidence (95% confidence interval was 0.59 (.46-.74, .61 (.49-.76, .63 (.50-.79 and .68 (.54-.86 episodes/person-year for group randomized to receive chloroquine alone or in combination with artesunate, azithromycin or atovaquone-proguanil respectively and the differences were not statistically significant. Treatment efficacy for first episodes was 100% for chloroquine monotherapy and 97.9% for subsequent episodes of malaria. Similar results were seen in each of the chloroquine combination groups. The incidence of pfcrt T76 in pure form was 0%; mixed infections with both K76 and T76 were found in two out of 911 infections. Young children treated with chloroquine-azithromycin had higher hemoglobin concentrations at the study's end than did those in the chloroquine monotherapy group. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: Sustained chloroquine efficacy with repeated treatment supports the eventual re-introduction of chloroquine combinations for targeted uses such as intermittent preventive treatment. TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00379821.

  8. Azithromycin 1.5g Over 5 Days Compared to 1g Single Dose in Urethral Mycoplasma genitalium: Impact on Treatment Outcome and Resistance.

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    Read, Tim R H; Fairley, Christopher K; Tabrizi, Sepehr N; Bissessor, Melanie; Vodstrcil, Lenka; Chow, Eric P F; Grant, Mieken; Danielewski, Jennifer; Garland, Suzanne M; Hocking, Jane S; Chen, Marcus Y; Bradshaw, Catriona S

    2017-02-01

    We evaluated the impact of extended azithromycin (1.5g over 5 days) on selection of macrolide resistance and microbiological cure in men with Mycoplasma genitalium urethritis during 2013-2015 and compared this to cases treated with azithromycin 1g in 2012-2013. Microbiological cure was determined for men with M. genitalium urethritis treated with azithromycin 1.5g using quantitative polymerase chain reaction specific for M. genitalium DNA on samples 14-100 days post-treatment. Pre- and post-treatment macrolide resistance mutations were detected by sequencing the 23 S gene. There was no difference in proportions with microbiological cure between azithromycin 1.5g and 1g: 62/106 (58%; 95% confidence interval [CI], 49%, 68%) and 56/107 (52%; 95%CI 42-62%), P = .34, respectively. Also, there was no difference in the proportion of wild-type 23 S rRNA (presumed macrolide sensitive) infections cured after 1.5g and azithromycin 1g: 28/34 (82%; 95%CI 65-92%) and 49/60 (82%; 95%CI 70-90%), P=1.0, respectively. There was no difference between 1.5g and 1g in the proportions of wild-type infections with post-treatment resistance mutations: 4/34 (12%; 95%CI 3-27%) and 11/60 (18%; 95%CI 10-30%), respectively, P = .40. Pre-treatment resistance was present in 51/98 (52%; 95%CI 42-62%) cases in 2013-2015 compared to 47/107 (44%; 95%CI 34-54%) in 2012-2013, P = .25. Extended azithromycin 1.5g was no more effective than a single 1g dose at achieving cure of M. genitalium urethritis and importantly did not reduce the selection of macrolide resistance. Nonmacrolide and new approaches for the treatment of M. genitalium urethritis are required. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. All rights reserved. For permissions, e-mail journals.permissions@oup.com.

  9. A meta-analysis comparing the safety and efficacy of azithromycin over the alternate drugs used for treatment of uncomplicated enteric fever

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    N A Trivedi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Drug-resistant typhoid fever is a major clinical problem globally. Emergence of multidrug-resistant (MDR S. Typhi has complicated therapy by limiting treatment options. Objectives: A meta-analysis was planned to determine the strength of evidence supporting use of azithromycin over the alternate drugs available for treatment of uncomplicated typhoid fever. Materials and Methods: Studies were identified using electronic database such as MEDLINE and other data at the National Library of Medicine assessed using PUBMED search engine as well as Cochrane Clinical Trial Register. Randomized control trials (RCTs comparing azithromycin with chloramphenicol, fluoroquinolones and cephalosporins in culture-proven enteric fever were included. Data was extracted and methodological quality was assessed. Risk ratio (RR with 95% confidence intervals was estimated for the dichotomous outcomes and mean difference (MD with 95% confidence was estimated for continuous data. Primary outcomes studied were clinical failure (CF, microbiological failure, and relapse. Results: A total of seven RCTs involving 773 patients met with our inclusion criteria. In comparison to older fluoroquinolones, azithromycin is marginally better in reducing the chance of CF with RR 0.46 (95% CI 0.25-0.82, while in comparison to ceftriaxone, it significantly reduced the chance of relapse with RR 0.1 (95% CI 0.01- 0.76. There were no serious adverse events reported in any of the trials. Conclusion: Azithromycin can be recommended as a second-line drug in MDR typhoid fever, however, large trials involving pediatric age group patients are recommended to arrive at a definite conclusion.

  10. Rationale of azithromycin prescribing practices for enteric fever in India

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    S Rai

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The present study was performed to assess the current susceptibility pattern of blood isolates of Salmonella spp from a super specialty hospital in North India against nalidixic acid, ciprofloxacin and azithromycin and compare the in vitro and in vivo response against azithromycin. Materials and Methods: We evaluated the minimum inhibitory concentration′s (MIC′s of 107 blood isolates of Salmonella spp against nalidixic acid, azithromycin and ciprofloxacin and correlated in vitro and in vivo response of azithromycin from the treatment and discharge summaries from the Hospital Information System (HIS software. Results: Among the 107 isolates evaluated, 94 (87.8% were nalidixic acid-resistant (NAR Salmonella and 36 were resistant to azithromycin by MIC testing. The MIC 90 value for azithromycin was 24 μg/mL. Among the 57 treatment histories evaluated using the HIS software, 19 (33% patients had documented clinical non-response to azithromycin which required change of therapy. Conclusions: The present study observed a higher MIC 90 values for azithromycin compared to Salmonella isolates from Western studies. There was also a documented clinical non-response against azithromycin. The in vitro and in vivo findings in this study suggest a guarded use of azithromycin for cases of enteric fever in India. The study also augments the reversal of resistance pattern in favour of chloramphenicol, ampicillin and trimethoprim - sulfamethoxazole.

  11. A switch therapy protocol with intravenous azithromycin and ciprofloxacin combination for severe, relapsing chronic bacterial prostatitis: a prospective non-comparative pilot study.

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    Kolumbić Lakos, A; Skerk, V; Maleković, G; Dujnić Spoljarević, T; Kovacic, D; Pasini, M; Markotić, A; Magri, V; Perletti, G

    2011-12-01

    Chronic bacterial prostatitis (CBP) is characterized by intense clinical symptoms, frequent relapse episodes and poor quality of life. Aggressive antibacterial therapy is warranted to eradicate the causative pathogens and to achieve a permanent cure. We administered a "switch-therapy" protocol to 30 patients showing severe CBP symptoms and two or more relapse episodes in the previous 12 months. Patients received intravenous azithromycin (500 mg/day) and ciprofloxacin (800 mg/day) for 3 days, followed by oral ciprofloxacin (1 g/day) for 25 days.Twenty-seven (90%) patients showed pathogen eradication at test-of-cure (TOC) visit. Five cases of infection relapse were detected at follow-up. At the TOC visit, 25 patients (83%) showed mild/absent symptoms, measured with the NIH-chronic prostatitis symptom index.These results indicate the efficacy of a "switch-therapy" protocol, based on combined azithromycin and ciprofloxacin. Comparative studies on larger CBP patient populations are warranted to confirm these encouraging results.

  12. Retrospective Analysis of Azithromycin Versus Fluoroquinolones for the Treatment Of Legionella Pneumonia

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    Nagel, Jerod L.; Rarus, Rachel E.; Crowley, Alex W.; Alaniz, Cesar

    2014-01-01

    A single-center retrospective study that compared clinical outcomes of patients with Legionella pneumonia treated with azithromycin versus fluoroquinolones for more than 12 years found that azithromycin appears to have clinical efficacy similar to fluoroquinolones.

  13. The Story of Azithromycin

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    Banić Tomišić, Z.

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The invention of azithromycin (1, Figure 1, the active pharmaceutical ingredient of the antibiotic Sumamed (Croatian brand name by PLIVA; Zithromax by Pfizer in the USA belongs among the great achievements in the history of science in Croatia. From the viewpoint of commercialization of research results, it may have been one of the greatest. In addition to contributing to science and to medicine, azithromycin has also brought about an improvement in the quality of life on the global level. Owing to its exceptional therapeutic properties, it has come to be one of the most successful antibiotics worldwide. Marking the 30th anniversary of the azithromycin Yugoslav patent application, this paper gives an overview of the research that led to its discovery and comes with a list of papers and patents through which the drug has been made known to the public (Table 1, Figures 4 and 6. The invention was due to the scientists from the Research Institute of the pharmaceutical company PLIVA in Zagreb, Croatia, D. Sc. S. Đokić, M. Sc. G. Kobrehel, D. Sc. G. Lazarevski, and D. Sc. Z. Tamburašev (Figure 3. Azithromycin became the first representative of the new class of 15-membered macrolides known as azalides after the introduction of nitrogen in the macrocycle of erythromycin A (2, Figure 1. Its synthesis involved several steps (Figure 2: oximation of erithromycin A, Beckmann rearrangement of erythromycin A oxime with aromatic sulphochlorides, reduction of the produced erithromycin A iminoether, and final methylation of the nitrogen introduced in the macrocycle of erythromycin A. Because of inadequate analytical support in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the precise structure of the LD product (Figure 5 in the Beckmann rearrangement step of azithromycin synthesis was confirmed only later as 7 and not 6 as assumed (Figure 5. Today, azithromycin is known under the common chemical name of 9-deoxo-9a-aza-9a-methyl-homoerythromycin A. This paper also deals with

  14. Pregnancy outcome following gestational exposure to azithromycin

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    Woodland C Cindy

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Azithromycin is an azalide antibiotic with an extensive range of indications and has become a common treatment option due to its convenient dosing regimen and therapeutic advantages. Human studies addressing gestational use of azithromycin have primarily focused on antibiotic efficacy rather than fetal safety. Our primary objective was to evaluate the possibility of teratogenic risk following gestational exposure to azithromycin. Methods There were 3 groups of pregnant women enrolled in our study: 1 women who took azithromycin. 2 women exposed to non-teratogenic antibiotics for similar indications, and 3 women exposed to non-teratogenic agents. They were matched for gestational age at time of call, maternal age, cigarette and alcohol consumption. Rates of major malformations and other endpoints of interest were compared among the three groups. Results Pregnancy outcome of 123 women in each group was ascertained. There were no statistically significant differences among the three groups in the rates of major malformations; 3.4% (exposed versus 2.3% (disease matched and 3.4% (non teratogen or any other endpoints that were examined. In the azithromycin group, 88 (71.6% women took the drug during the first trimester Conclusion Results suggest that gestational exposure to azithromycin is not associated with an increase in the rate of major malformations above the baseline of 1–3%. Our data adds to previous research showing that macrolide antibiotics, as a group, are generally safe in pregnancy and provides an evidence-based option for health professionals caring for populations with chlamydia.

  15. In vivo efficacy of azithromycin in treatment of systemic infection and septic arthritis induced by type IV group B Streptococcus strains in mice: comparative study with erythromycin and penicillin G.

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    Tissi, L; von Hunolstein, C; Mosci, P; Campanelli, C; Bistoni, F.; Orefici, G

    1995-01-01

    We compared the activities of azithromycin, erythromycin, and penicillin G in a mouse model of systemic infection and septic arthritis induced by type IV group B streptococci (GBS). The in vitro and in vivo efficacy data for these drugs were analyzed relative to the pharmacokinetics of the drugs in sera, joints, and kidneys. Adult CD-1 mice were infected intravenously with 10(7) CFU of type IV GBS. Intraperitoneal drug administration was initiated with different dose regimens at different tim...

  16. Economic Evaluation of Adjunctive Azithromycin Prophylaxis for Cesarean Delivery.

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    Harper, Lorie M; Kilgore, Meredith; Szychowski, Jeff M; Andrews, William W; Tita, Alan T N

    2017-08-01

    To compare the costs associated with adjunctive azithromycin compared with standard cefazolin antibiotic prophylaxis alone for unscheduled and scheduled cesarean deliveries. A decision analytic model was created to compare cefazolin alone with azithromycin plus cefazolin. Published incidences of surgical site infection after cesarean delivery were used to estimate the baseline incidence of surgical site infection in scheduled and unscheduled cesarean delivery using standard antibiotic prophylaxis. The effectiveness of adjunctive azithromycin prophylaxis was obtained from published randomized controlled trials for unscheduled cesarean deliveries. No randomized study of its use in scheduled procedures has been completed. Cost estimates were obtained from published literature, hospital estimates, and the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project and considered costs of azithromycin and surgical site infections. A series of sensitivity analyses were conducted by varying parameters in the model based on observed distributions for probabilities and costs. The outcome was cost per cesarean delivery from a health system perspective. For unscheduled cesarean deliveries, cefazolin prophylaxis alone would cost $695 compared with $335 for adjunctive azithromycin prophylaxis, resulting in a savings of $360 (95% CI $155-451) per cesarean delivery. In scheduled cesarean deliveries, cefazolin prophylaxis alone would cost $254 compared with $111 for adjunctive azithromycin prophylaxis, resulting in a savings of $143 (95% CI 98-157) per cesarean delivery, if proven effective. These findings were robust to a multitude of inputs; as long as adjunctive azithromycin prevented as few as seven additional surgical site infections per 1,000 unscheduled cesarean deliveries and nine additional surgical site infections per 10,000 scheduled cesarean deliveries, adjunctive azithromycin prophylaxis was cost-saving. Adjunctive azithromycin prophylaxis is a cost-saving strategy in both unscheduled

  17. Anti-bacterial activity of intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy: comparative in vitro study of sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine, mefloquine, and azithromycin

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    Mombo-Ngoma Ghyslain

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Intermittent preventive treatment of malaria with sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP is recommended for the prevention of malaria in pregnancy in sub-Saharan Africa. Increasing drug resistance necessitates the urgent evaluation of alternative drugs. Currently, the most promising candidates in clinical development are mefloquine and azithromycin. Besides the anti-malarial activity, SP is also a potent antibiotic and incurs significant anti-microbial activity when given as IPTp - though systematic clinical evaluation of this action is still lacking. Methods In this study, the intrinsic anti-bacterial activity of mefloquine and azithromycin was assessed in comparison to sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine against bacterial pathogens with clinical importance in pregnancy in a standard microdilution assay. Results SP was highly active against Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae. All tested Gram-positive bacteria, except Enterococcus faecalis, were sensitive to azithromycin. Additionally, azithromycin was active against Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Mefloquine showed good activity against pneumococci but lower in vitro action against all other tested pathogens. Conclusion These data indicate important differences in the spectrum of anti-bacterial activity for the evaluated anti-malarial drugs. Given the large scale use of IPTp in Africa, the need for prospective clinical trials evaluating the impact of antibiotic activity of anti-malarials on maternal and foetal health and on the risk of promoting specific drug resistance of bacterial pathogens is discussed.

  18. Clinical Efficacy of Azithromycin in Typhoid and Paratyphoid Fever in Children

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    Md Atiqul Islam

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Azithromycin sensitivity cannot precisely identify the strains of typhoid and paratyphoid fever for successful treatment. Most of the studies show that azithromycin is highly effective in uncomplicated typhoid fever. Very few studies have been carried out in Bangladesh to see the effectiveness and sensitivity of azithromycin in children with uncomplicated typhoid fever. Objective: To assess the clinical response of azithromycin in uncomplicated typhoid fever. Materials and Methods: This randomized clinical trial was conducted in Dhaka Shishu (children Hospital from January to December 2009. Children between 2–12 years of age with characteristic clinical presentation of uncomplicated typhoid fever with positive blood culture for S. typhi or S. paratyphi were included in this study. Patients were treated with oral azithromycin 20 mg/kg/day for 7 days in one group and intravenous ceftriaxone 100 mg/kg/day in another group. Effectiveness and sensitivity pattern were documented and compared. Results: Fifty patients were allocated randomly with azithromycin and 48 with ceftriaxone. Twenty two percent of the subjects were below 5 years and 78% above 5 years. Average time of defervescence was 4.44 ± 1.25 days in azithromycin group and 4.38 ± 1.21 days in ceftriaxone group. Response to treatment in both groups was excellent: 94% in azithromycin and 97.9% in ceftriaxone groups. The occurrence of complication was very low in both groups. Eighteen percent showed resistance to azithromycin and 2.1% to ceftriaxone. In azithromycin sensitive group 97.6% showed improvement and in resistant group 77.8% showed improvement. A good percentage of patients who were resistant to azithromycin showed clinical improvement following treatment with this drug. Conclusion: Current study recommends that azithromycin is effective in the treatment of enteric fever in children. The study also shows that some patients resistant to azithromycin showed clinical

  19. Antipneumococcal activities of two novel macrolides, GW 773546 and GW 708408, compared with those of erythromycin, azithromycin, clarithromycin, clindamycin, and telithromycin.

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    Matic, Vlatka; Kosowska, Klaudia; Bozdogan, Bulent; Kelly, Linda M; Smith, Kathy; Ednie, Lois M; Lin, Gengrong; Credito, Kim L; Clark, Catherine L; McGhee, Pamela; Pankuch, Glenn A; Jacobs, Michael R; Appelbaum, Peter C

    2004-11-01

    The MICs of GW 773546, GW 708408, and telithromycin for 164 macrolide-susceptible and 161 macrolide-resistant pneumococci were low. The MICs of GW 773546, GW 708408, and telithromycin for macrolide-resistant strains were similar, irrespective of the resistance genotypes of the strains. Clindamycin was active against all macrolide-resistant strains except those with erm(B) and one strain with a 23S rRNA mutation. GW 773546, GW 708408, and telithromycin at two times their MICs were bactericidal after 24 h for 7 to 8 of 12 strains. Serial passages of 12 strains in the presence of sub-MICs yielded 54 mutants, 29 of which had changes in the L4 or L22 protein or the 23S rRNA sequence. Among the macrolide-susceptible strains, resistant mutants developed most rapidly after passage in the presence of clindamycin, GW 773546, erythromycin, azithromycin, and clarithromycin and slowest after passage in the presence of GW 708408 and telithromycin. Selection of strains for which MICs were >/=0.5 microg/ml from susceptible parents occurred only with erythromycin, azithromycin, clarithromycin, and clindamycin; 36 resistant clones from susceptible parent strains had changes in the sequences of the L4 or L22 protein or 23S rRNA. No mef(E) strains yielded resistant clones after passage in the presence of erythromycin and azithromycin. Selection with GW 773546, GW 708408, telithromycin, and clindamycin in two mef(E) strains did not raise the erythromycin, azithromycin, and clarithromycin MICs more than twofold. There were no change in the ribosomal protein (L4 or L22) or 23S rRNA sequences for 15 of 18 mutants selected for macrolide resistance; 3 mutants had changes in the L22-protein sequence. GW 773546, GW 708408, and telithromycin selected clones for which MICs were 0.03 to >2.0 microg/ml. Single-step studies showed mutation frequencies 4.3 x 10(-3) for resistant strains. The postantibiotic effects of GW 773546, GW 708408, and telithromycin were 2.4 to 9.8 h.

  20. Topical azithromycin or ofloxacin for endophthalmitis prophylaxis after intravitreal injection

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    Romero-Aroca P

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Pedro Romero-Aroca,1 Laura Sararols,2 Lluis Arias,3 Ricardo P Casaroli-Marano,4 Francisca Bassaganyas51Department of Ophthalmology, Hospital Universitari Sant Joan, Universidad Rovira i Virgili, Reus, 2Department of Ophthalmology, Hospital de Granollers, Granollers, 3Department of Ophthalmology, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge, Barcelona, 4Instituto Clínico de Oftalmologia, Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Barcelona, 5Department of Ophthalmology, Hospital de la Sant Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, SpainBackground: The number of patients who have undergone intravitreal injections has increased enormously in recent years, but a consensus is still lacking on prophylaxis for endophthalmitis. The aim of this prospective, observational study was to evaluate the prophylactic effect of azithromycin eye drops versus ofloxacin eye drops.Methods: The study was conducted in five hospitals in Spain and included all patients undergoing intravitreal injections of triamcinolone, bevacizumab, ranibizumab, or pegaptanib over one year. Patients received azithromycin 15 mg/g eye drops (twice daily on the day prior to injection and for another 2 days or ofloxacin 3 mg/g eye drops (every 6 hours on the day prior to injection and for another 7 days.Results: In the azithromycin group, there were 4045 injections in 972 eyes of 701 patients. In the ofloxacin group, there were 4151 injections in 944 eyes of 682 patients. There were two cases of endophthalmitis (0.049% in the azithromycin group and five (0.12% in the ofloxacin group. The odds ratio of presenting with endophthalmitis in the ofloxacin group compared with the azithromycin group was 2.37 (95% confidence interval [CI] 1.32–3.72, P < 0.001. There were two cases of noninfectious uveitis after triamcinolone injection in the azithromycin group (0.049% and two (0.048% in the ofloxacin group; no significant differences were observed (odds ratio 0.902, 95% CI 0.622–1.407, P = 0.407. Conjunctival hyperemia was

  1. Activities of two novel macrolides, GW 773546 and GW 708408, compared with those of telithromycin, erythromycin, azithromycin, and clarithromycin against Haemophilus influenzae.

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    Kosowska, Klaudia; Credito, Kim; Pankuch, Glenn A; Hoellman, Dianne; Lin, Gengrong; Clark, Catherine; Dewasse, Bonifacio; McGhee, Pamela; Jacobs, Michael R; Appelbaum, Peter C

    2004-11-01

    The MIC at which 50% of strains are inhibited (MIC(50)) and the MIC(90) of GW 773546, a novel macrolide, were 1.0 and 2.0 microg/ml, respectively, for 223 beta-lactamase-positive, beta-lactamase-negative, and beta-lactamase-negative ampicillin-resistant Haemophilus influenzae strains. The MIC(50)s and MIC(90)s of GW 708408, a second novel macrolide, and telithromycin, an established ketolide, were 2.0 and 4.0 microg/ml, respectively, while the MIC(50) and MIC(90) of azithromycin were 1.0 and 2.0 microg/ml, respectively. The MIC(50) and MIC(90) of erythromycin were 4.0 and 8.0 microg/ml, respectively; and those of clarithromycin were 4.0 and 16.0 microg/ml, respectively. All compounds except telithromycin were bactericidal (99.9% killing) against nine strains at two times the MIC after 24 h. Telithromycin was bactericidal against eight of the nine strains. In addition, both novel macrolides and telithromycin at two times the MIC showed 99% killing of all nine strains after 12 h and 90% killing of all strains after 6 h. After 24 h, all drugs were bactericidal against four to seven strains when they were tested at the MIC. Ten of 11 strains tested by multistep selection analysis yielded resistant clones after 14 to 43 passages with erythromycin. Azithromycin gave resistant clones of all strains after 20 to 50 passages, and clarithromycin gave resistant clones of 9 of 11 strains after 14 to 41 passages. By comparison, GW 708408 gave resistant clones of 9 of 11 strains after 14 to 44 passages, and GW 773546 gave resistant clones of 10 of 11 strains after 14 to 45 passages. Telithromycin gave resistant clones of 7 of 11 strains after 18 to 45 passages. Mutations mostly in the L22 and L4 ribosomal proteins and 23S rRNA were detected in resistant strains selected with all compounds, with alterations in the L22 protein predominating. Single-step resistance selection studies at the MIC yielded spontaneous resistant mutants at frequencies of 1.5 x 10(-9) to 2.2 x 10(-6) with

  2. Stability and thermophysical properties of azithromycin dihydrate

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    S. Timoumi

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper was to describe the temperature effect on the stability and the thermophysical properties of azithromycin (AZ. First, the density, the heat capacity and the solubility of original (commercial AZ were determined. Second, the original samples were heated at 50 °C and 80 °C and their PLM, DSC, TGA and XRD data were compared to those of the original AZ. According to our results, the original AZ was a dihydrate which converted to anhydrate when heated up to 80 °C. The dehydration induced a change of crystal habit while the crystalline lattice remained unchanged.

  3. Comparing Pt/SrTiO3 to Rh/SrTiO3 for hydrogen photocatalytic production from ethanol

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    Wahab, A. K.

    2013-08-13

    Photocatalytic hydrogen production from ethanol as an example of biofuel is studied over 0.5 wt% Rh/SrTiO3 and 0.5 wt% Pt/SrTiO3 perovskite materials. The rate of hydrogen production, rH2, over Pt/SrTiO3 is found to be far higher than that observed over Rh/SrTiO3 (4 × 10−6 mol of H2 g catal. −1 min−1 (1.1 × 10−6 mol of H2 m catal. −2 min−1) compared to 0.7 × 10−6 mol of H2 g catal. −1 min−1 (5.5 × 10−8 mol of H2 m catal. −2 min−1), respectively, under UV excitation with a flux equivalent to that from the sun light (ca. 1 mW cm−2). Analyses of the XPS Rh3d and XPS Pt4f indicate that Rh is mainly present in its ionic form (Rh3+) while Pt is mainly present in its metallic form (Pt0). A fraction of the non-metallic state of Rh in the catalyst persisted even after argon ion sputtering. The tendency of Rh to be oxidized compared to Pt might be the reason behind the lower activity of the former compared to the later. On the contrary, a larger amount of methane are formed on the Rh containing catalyst compared to that observed on the Pt containing catalyst due to the capacity of Rh to break the carbon–carbon bond of the organic compound.

  4. Azithromycin reduces inflammation in a rat model of acute conjunctivitis

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    Fernandez-Robredo, Patricia; Recalde, Sergio; Moreno-Orduña, Maite; García-García, Laura; Zarranz-Ventura, Javier; García-Layana, Alfredo

    2013-01-01

    Purpose Macrolide antibiotics are known to have various anti-inflammatory effects in addition to their antimicrobial activity, but the mechanisms are still unclear. The effect of azithromycin on inflammatory molecules in the lipopolysaccharide-induced rat conjunctivitis model was investigated. Methods Twenty-four Wistar rats were divided into two groups receiving topical ocular azithromycin (15 mg/g) or vehicle. In total, six doses (25 µl) were administered as one dose twice a day for three days before subconjunctival lipopolysaccharide injection (3 mg/ml). Before the rats were euthanized, mucus secretion, conjunctival and palpebral edema and redness were evaluated. Real-time polymerase chain reaction was used to determine gene expression for interleukin-6, cyclooxygenase-2, tumor necrosis factor-α, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2, and MMP-9. Interleukin-6 was determined with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, nuclear factor-kappa B with western blot, and MMP-2 activity with gelatin zymogram. Four eyes per group were processed for histology and subsequent periodic acid-Schiff staining and CD68 for immunofluorescence. The Student t test or the Wilcoxon test for independent samples was applied (SPSS v.15.0). Results Azithromycin-treated animals showed a significant reduction in all clinical signs (p<0.05) compared to controls. Interleukin-6 (p<0.05), nuclear factor-kappa B protein expression (p<0.01), and MMP-2 activity (p<0.05) in conjunctival homogenates were significantly reduced compared with the control animals. MMP-2 gene expression showed a tendency to decrease in the azithromycin group (p=0.063). Mucus secretion by goblet cells and the macrophage count in conjunctival tissue were also decreased in the azithromycin group (p<0.05). Conclusions These results suggest that azithromycin administration ameliorates induced inflammation effects in a rat model of acute conjunctivitis. PMID:23378729

  5. Does mass azithromycin distribution impact child growth and nutrition in Niger? A cluster-randomized trial.

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    Abdou Amza

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Antibiotic use on animals demonstrates improved growth regardless of whether or not there is clinical evidence of infectious disease. Antibiotics used for trachoma control may play an unintended benefit of improving child growth.In this sub-study of a larger randomized controlled trial, we assess anthropometry of pre-school children in a community-randomized trial of mass oral azithromycin distributions for trachoma in Niger. We measured height, weight, and mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC in 12 communities randomized to receive annual mass azithromycin treatment of everyone versus 12 communities randomized to receive biannual mass azithromycin treatments for children, 3 years after the initial mass treatment. We collected measurements in 1,034 children aged 6-60 months of age.We found no difference in the prevalence of wasting among children in the 12 annually treated communities that received three mass azithromycin distributions compared to the 12 biannually treated communities that received six mass azithromycin distributions (odds ratio = 0.88, 95% confidence interval = 0.53 to 1.49.We were unable to demonstrate a statistically significant difference in stunting, underweight, and low MUAC of pre-school children in communities randomized to annual mass azithromycin treatment or biannual mass azithromycin treatment. The role of antibiotics on child growth and nutrition remains unclear, but larger studies and longitudinal trials may help determine any association.

  6. Hybrid HF-DFT comparative study of SrZrO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3}(001) surface properties

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    Evarestov, R.A.; Bandura, A.V.; Alexandrov, V.E. [Department of Quantum Chemistry, St. Petersburg State University, 26 Universitetskii Prospekt, Stary Petergof, 198504 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation)

    2006-10-15

    Hybrid HF-DFT LCAO simulations of SrZrO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3}(001) surface properties are performed in a single-slab model framework. The SrZrO{sub 3}(001) surface was studied by an ab initio method for the first time. Three slab models with different surface terminations including up to 8 atomic planes were used for calculation of the various surface characteristics (surface energies, atomic charges, density of electronic states). The dependence of the results on the chosen model and on the kind of d-element is analyzed. The dissimilarity in the surface oxygen atom contributions to the total density of states of two crystals is attributed to the more ionic nature of Zr-O bonds compared to Ti-O bonds. It is found that in the case of SrZrO{sub 3} the electronic density is biased towards the SrO-terminated surface and this surface should be more basic in nature than the SrO surface of SrTiO{sub 3} crystal. (copyright 2006 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  7. Distribution of azithromycin in plasma and tonsil tissue after repeated oral administration of 10 or 20 milligrams per kilogram in pediatric patients.

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    Blandizzi, Corrado; Malizia, Tecla; Batoni, Giovanna; Ghelardi, Emilia; Baschiera, Fabio; Bruschini, Paolo; Senesi, Sonia; Campa, Mario; Del Tacca, Mario

    2002-05-01

    Azithromycin concentrations in the tonsils of 56 pediatric patients, treated with 10 or 20 mg of the drug per kg of body weight for 3 days, were compared. Azithromycin levels in plasma and tonsil samples were determined up to 8.5 days after the last dose. The 20-mg/kg regimen resulted in an improved tonsillar distribution of azithromycin, suggesting the achievement of enhanced therapeutic concentrations at infective sites of the upper respiratory tract.

  8. Pharmaceutical development and optimization of azithromycin suppository for paediatric use.

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    Kauss, Tina; Gaubert, Alexandra; Boyer, Chantal; Ba, Boubakar B; Manse, Muriel; Massip, Stephane; Léger, Jean-Michel; Fawaz, Fawaz; Lembege, Martine; Boiron, Jean-Michel; Lafarge, Xavier; Lindegardh, Niklas; White, Nicholas J; Olliaro, Piero; Millet, Pascal; Gaudin, Karen

    2013-01-30

    Pharmaceutical development and manufacturing process optimization work was undertaken in order to propose a potential paediatric rectal formulation of azithromycin as an alternative to existing oral or injectable formulations. The target product profile was to be easy-to-use, cheap and stable in tropical conditions, with bioavailability comparable to oral forms, rapidly achieving and maintaining bactericidal concentrations. PEG solid solution suppositories were characterized in vitro using visual, HPLC, DSC, FTIR and XRD analyses. In vitro drug release and in vivo bioavailability were assessed; a study in rabbits compared the bioavailability of the optimized solid solution suppository to rectal solution and intra-venous product (as reference) and to the previous, non-optimized formulation (suspended azithromycin suppository). The bioavailability of azithromycin administered as solid solution suppositories relative to intra-venous was 43%, which compared well to the target of 38% (oral product in humans). The results of 3-month preliminary stability and feasibility studies were consistent with industrial production scale-up. This product has potential both as a classical antibiotic and as a product for use in severely ill children in rural areas. Industrial partners for further development are being sought. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Azithromycin attenuates airway inflammation in a mouse model of viral bronchiolitis

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    Brody Steven L

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Viral bronchiolitis is the leading cause of hospitalization in young infants. It is associated with the development of childhood asthma and contributes to morbidity and mortality in the elderly. Currently no therapies effectively attenuate inflammation during the acute viral infection, or prevent the risk of post-viral asthma. We hypothesized that early treatment of a paramyxoviral bronchiolitis with azithromycin would attenuate acute and chronic airway inflammation. Methods Mice were inoculated with parainfluenza type 1, Sendai Virus (SeV, and treated daily with PBS or azithromycin for 7 days post-inoculation. On day 8 and 21 we assessed airway inflammation in lung tissue, and quantified immune cells and inflammatory mediators in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL. Results Compared to treatment with PBS, azithromycin significantly attenuated post-viral weight loss. During the peak of acute inflammation (day 8, azithromycin decreased total leukocyte accumulation in the lung tissue and BAL, with the largest fold-reduction in BAL neutrophils. This decreased inflammation was independent of changes in viral load. Azithromycin significantly attenuated the concentration of BAL inflammatory mediators and enhanced resolution of chronic airway inflammation evident by decreased BAL inflammatory mediators on day 21. Conclusions In this mouse model of paramyxoviral bronchiolitis, azithromycin attenuated acute and chronic airway inflammation. These findings demonstrate anti-inflammatory effects of azithromycin that are not related to anti-viral activity. Our findings support the rationale for future prospective randomized clinical trials that will evaluate the effects of macrolides on acute viral bronchiolitis and their long-term consequences.

  10. A case of clinical and microbiological failure of azithromycin therapy in Salmonella enterica serotype Typhi despite low azithromycin MIC.

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    Manesh, Abi; Balaji, Veeraraghavan; Kumar, Devanga Ragupathi Naveen; Rupali, Priscilla

    2017-01-01

    Typhoid fever remains a serious problem in many developing countries. Due to resistance to multiple first line drugs, azithromycin has evolved as an important drug in the treatment of typhoid. While therapy with azithromycin is highly effective, no clinically validated mean inhibitory concentration (MIC) break points or disc diffusion cutoff guidelines are available so far. We describe an Indian adult with clinical and microbiological failure to azithromycin despite low azithromycin MIC.

  11. Azithromycin vs. Placebo for the Clinical Outcome in Campylobacter concisus Diarrhoea in Adults

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    Nielsen, Hans Linde; Kirk, Karina Frahm; Bodilsen, Jacob;

    2016-01-01

    Campylobacter concisus has been associated with prolonged mild diarrhoea, but investigations regarding the efficacy of antimicrobial treatment have not been reported previously. We initiated a phase 3, single-centre, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study comparing the efficacy of 500...... mg once-daily dose of azithromycin with a 500 mg once-daily dose of placebo for three days, for the treatment of C. concisus diarrhoea in adult patients with a follow-up period of ten days. If symptoms persisted at day ten, the patient was offered cross-over study treatment of three days and another......-pathogens in stools (n = 87). Therefore, 24 patients completed the trial with either azithromycin (n = 12) or placebo (n = 12). Both groups presented symptoms of mild, prolonged diarrhoea with a mean duration of 18 days (95% CI: 16-19). One person in the azithromycin group and four from the placebo group chose...

  12. Sub-MICs of Azithromycin Decrease Biofilm Formation of S. suis and Increase Capsular Polysaccharide Content of S. suis

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    Yanbei Yang

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available S. suis (Streptococcus suis caused serious disease symptoms in humans and pigs. S. suis is able to form thick biofilms and this increases the difficulty of treatment. After growth with 1/2 MIC of azithromycin, 1/4 MIC of azithromycin, or 1/8 MIC of azithromycin, biofilm formation of S. suis dose-dependently decreased in the present study. Furthermore, scanning electron microscopy analysis revealed the obvious effect of azithromycin against biofilm formation of S. suis. Especially, at two different conditions (1/2 MIC of azithromycin nontreated cells and treated cells, we carried out comparative proteomic analyses of cells by using iTRAQ technology. Finally, the results revealed the existence of 19 proteins of varying amounts. Interestingly, several cell surface proteins (such as ABC superfamily ATP binding cassette transporter (G7SD52, CpsR (K0FG35, Cps1/2H (G8DTL7, CPS16F (E9NQ13, Putative uncharacterized protein (G7SER0, NADP-dependent glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (G5L259, Putative uncharacterized protein (G7S2D6, Amino acid permease (B0M0G6 and NsuB (G5L351 were found to be implicated in biofilm formation. More importantly, we also found that azithromycin affected expression of the genes cps1/2H, cpsR and cps16F. Especially, after growth with 1/2 MIC of azithromycin and 1/4 MIC of azithromycin, the capsular polysaccharide (CP content of S. suis was significantly higher.

  13. Sub-MICs of Azithromycin Decrease Biofilm Formation of Streptococcus suis and Increase Capsular Polysaccharide Content of S. suis

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    Yang, Yan-Bei; Chen, Jian-Qing; Zhao, Yu-Lin; Bai, Jing-Wen; Ding, Wen-Ya; Zhou, Yong-Hui; Chen, Xue-Ying; Liu, Di; Li, Yan-Hua

    2016-01-01

    Streptococcus suis (S. suis) caused serious disease symptoms in humans and pigs. S. suis is able to form thick biofilms and this increases the difficulty of treatment. After growth with 1/2 minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of azithromycin, 1/4 MIC of azithromycin, or 1/8 MIC of azithromycin, biofilm formation of S. suis dose-dependently decreased in the present study. Furthermore, scanning electron microscopy analysis revealed the obvious effect of azithromycin against biofilm formation of S. suis. Especially, at two different conditions (1/2 MIC of azithromycin non-treated cells and treated cells), we carried out comparative proteomic analyses of cells by using iTRAQ technology. Finally, the results revealed the existence of 19 proteins of varying amounts. Interestingly, several cell surface proteins (such as ATP-binding cassette superfamily ATP-binding cassette transporter (G7SD52), CpsR (K0FG35), Cps1/2H (G8DTL7), CPS16F (E9NQ13), putative uncharacterized protein (G7SER0), NADP-dependent glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (G5L259), putative uncharacterized protein (G7S2D6), amino acid permease (B0M0G6), and NsuB (G5L351)) were found to be implicated in biofilm formation. More importantly, we also found that azithromycin affected expression of the genes cps1/2H, cpsR and cps16F. Especially, after growth with 1/2 MIC of azithromycin and 1/4 MIC of azithromycin, the capsular polysaccharide content of S. suis was significantly higher. PMID:27812354

  14. Comparison between azithromycin and cefixime in the treatment of typhoid fever in children.

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    Begum, B; Haque, M A; Ahmed, M S; Islam, M N; Ahsan, M M; Khan, A H; Hasan, M M; Akhtaruzzaman, M; Hossain, M A; Khaleque, M A; Choudhury, A M; Khatun, A A

    2014-07-01

    An intervention study was carried out in the department of paediatrics of Mymensingh Medical College Hospital, Mymensingh to compare the clinical efficacy of Azithromycin in the treatment of childhood typhoid fever with that of cefixime for a period of one year from January 2011 to December 2011. A total of 60 cases of typhoid fever were enrolled in to a randomized clinical trial and was divided into two groups. The inclusion criteria of the cases were: Documented fever for more than 4 days plus two or more of the following clinical features: toxic physical appearance, intestinal complaints, coated tongue, ceacal gurgling, hepatomegaly and splenomegaly, diarrhoea and constipation plus positive Widal test and/or blood culture positivity. Patients who had complication like GIT heamorrhage; intestinal perforaion and/or shock were excluded from the study. Data were collected in a structured questionnaire. Azithromycin was given at a dose of 10mg/kg/day for a period of 07 days Cefixime was given at a dose of 20mg/kg/day in two divided dose for 14 days. The mean time of defervesence was 4.05+1.14 days with azithromycin and 3.41+0.95 with cefixime respectively. The minimum defervesence time was 02 days and maximum defervesence time was 07 days. Clinical cure rate was 87% in azithromycin group and 93% in cefixime group. No serious adverse effect was noted related to azithromycin and cefixime therapy except nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and jaundice. It was found that azithromycin is almost as effective as cefixime in the treatment of typhoid fever.

  15. Comparison of mutants of Toxoplasma gondii selected for resistance to azithromycin, spiramycin, or clindamycin.

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    Pfefferkorn, E R; Borotz, S E

    1994-01-01

    Azithromycin and spiramycin markedly inhibited the growth of Toxoplasma gondii in cultured human fibroblasts. However, 3 days of treatment were required to reveal their full antitoxoplasma activity. This delayed onset of inhibition was similar to that previously reported for clindamycin. Mutants of T. gondii resistant to azithromycin (AziR-1) and spiramycin (SprR-1) were isolated and compared with a previously described mutant resistant to clindamycin (ClnR-2). Mutant ClnR-2 was cross-resistant to all three antibiotics, while AziR-1 was cross-resistant only to spiramycin and SprR-1 was cross-resistant only to azithromycin. In short-term studies of protein synthesis by freshly prepared extracellular parasites, clindamycin and azithromycin were effective only at concentrations much greater than their 50% inhibitory concentrations in infected cultures and the resistant mutants did not differ from the wild type in antibiotic sensitivity. Thus, protein synthesis on cytoplasmic ribosomes of the parasite did not seem to be the target of these antibiotics. To determine whether mitochondrial protein synthesis in T. gondii was inhibited by clindamycin or azithromycin, wild-type parasites were grown in cultured cells in the presence of antibiotic concentrations well above the 50% inhibitory concentrations. Mitochondrial function, measured by oxygen uptake per purified extracellular parasite, did not decrease substantially, after the parasites had multiplied 11-fold in the presence of antibiotic. Thus, mitochondrial protein synthesis did not seem to be the target of clindamycin or azithromycin. An alternative target is protein synthesis in the putative apicomplexan organelle that has a 35-kb genome. PMID:8141576

  16. Thin-section computed tomography findings before and after azithromycin treatment of neutrophilic reversible lung allograft dysfunction

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    Jong, Pim A. de [Department of Radiology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven (Belgium); Lung Transplantation Unit, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven (Belgium); University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Radiology, Utrecht (Netherlands); Vos, Robin; Verleden, Geert M.; Vanaudenaerde, Bart M. [Lung Transplantation Unit, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven (Belgium); Verschakelen, Johny A. [Department of Radiology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven (Belgium)

    2011-12-15

    Recently a novel subgroup of bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS) has been described in patients after lung transplantation with high neutrophil counts in broncho-alveolar lavage and recovery of lung functional decline with azithromycin treatment. We aimed to describe the thin-section computed tomography (CT) findings of these neutrophilic reversible allograft dysfunction (NRAD) patients before and after azithromycin. A cohort of 100 lung transplant recipients with BOS were treated with azithromycin and underwent lung function testing, broncho-alveolar lavage and CT before azithromycin treatment and during follow-up. The 200 CT data sets were scored for bronchial dilatation, mucus plugging, centrilobular abnormalities, airway wall thickening, consolidation, ground glass and end-expiratory air trapping. NRAD was characterized by more centrilobular abnormalities on CT (p = 0.03 for prevalence and p = 0.06 for severity) compared to non-responders. At follow-up NRAD patients showed improvement in all CT abnormalities including air trapping, but the degree of improvement in all CT abnormalities was significantly different between responders and non-responders (who showed progression of bronchus dilatation, consolidation and air trapping). Within BOS patients those with NRAD differ from azithromycin non-responders by more centrilobular abnormalities on CT before azithromycin and improvement in bronchus dilatation, consolidation and air trapping during treatment. (orig.)

  17. Efficacy and safety of intravenous azithromycin followed by oral azithromycin for the treatment of acute pelvic inflammatory disease and perihepatitis in Japanese women.

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    Mikamo, Hiroshige; Iwasaku, Kazuhiro; Yamagishi, Yuka; Matsumizu, Miyako; Nagashima, Masahito

    2014-07-01

    Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is mainly caused by ascending infection from the vaginal flora including the sexually transmitted organisms, Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis, and lower genital tract endogenous anaerobes, leading to serious consequences including infertility and ectopic pregnancy. To evaluate the efficacy and safety of azithromycin in the treatment of PID that requires initial intravenous therapy, we conducted a multicenter, unblinded, non-comparative phase 3 trial. Intravenous azithromycin (500 mg, once daily) for 1 or 2 days followed by oral azithromycin (250 mg once daily) to complete a total of 7 days treatment was administered to 60 Japanese women with acute PID. The clinical and bacteriological responses were assessed at the end of treatment, and on Days 15 and 29. The most commonly detected baseline causative pathogens were C. trachomatis (12 strains), Prevotella bivia (10 strains), Streptococcus agalactiae (7 strains), N. gonorrhoeae and Peptostreptococcus anaerobius (6 strains each). The clinical success rate on Day 15 was 94.1% (48/51 subjects including perihepatitis). The clinical efficacy and bacterial eradication rates against C. trachomatis and N. gonorrhoeae (including 2 quinolone-resistant strains) were both 100%. Common treatment-related adverse events were diarrhoea, injection site pain, and nausea. All adverse events were mild or moderate in severity. Azithromycin intravenous-to-oral switch therapy demonstrated excellent clinical and bacteriological effects for PID caused by various etiologic agents including quinolone-resistant strains and strains with low susceptibility to azithromycin at in vitro testing. The therapy was well tolerated in the treatment of PID in Japanese women. NCT00871494. Copyright © 2014 Japanese Society of Chemotherapy and The Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Azithromycin Resistance and Decreased Ceftriaxone Susceptibility in Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Hawaii, USA.

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    Papp, John R; Abrams, A Jeanine; Nash, Evelyn; Katz, Alan R; Kirkcaldy, Robert D; O'Connor, Norman P; O'Brien, Pamela S; Harauchi, Derek H; Maningas, Eloisa V; Soge, Olusegun O; Kersh, Ellen N; Komeya, Alan; Tomas, Juval E; Wasserman, Glenn M; Kunimoto, Gail Y; Trees, David L; Whelen, A Christian

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    During 2016, eight Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates from 7 patients in Hawaii were resistant to azithromycin; 5 had decreased in vitro susceptibility to ceftriaxone. Genomic analysis demonstrated a distinct phylogenetic clade when compared with local contemporary strains. Continued evolution and widespread transmission of these strains might challenge the effectiveness of current therapeutic options.

  19. Theoretical study of selective methylation in the synthesis of azithromycin

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    Duran, Dilek; Aviyente, Viktorya; Baysal, Canan

    2004-01-01

    Azithromycin is a 15-membered macrolide antibiotic which is active in vitro against clinically important gram-negative bacteria. In this study, the selectivity of the methylation mechanism was analyzed computationally on the 2'- OCbz-3'- NMeCbz derivative of azithromycin in vacuum and in DMF. We have shown that the methylation of the hydroxy group on C-6 is energetically unfavorable compared to the other hydroxy groups in vacuum; the softness values further showed that the C-6 anion is not reactive towards CH3I in the methylation mechanism. To understand the effect of the solvent on the methylation process, detailed molecular dynamics simulations were performed in DMF using the anions at the C-4'', C-6, C-11 and C-12 positions. We find the conformations of the anions not to be affected by the presence of the solvent. The radial distribution functions of the solvent molecules around the O- of the anions demonstrate that DMF molecules cluster around the C-6 anion. The relative strength of the anion-solvent interactions reveal that the solvent molecules provide the largest stabilization to the C-6 anion and prevent the methylation at this position. The latter descriptor was found to be an important factor in explaining the experimentally observed selectivity towards the methylation of the C-4'', C-6, C-11 and C-12 anions.

  20. Azithromycin effectiveness against intracellular infections of Francisella

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    Mann Barbara J

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Macrolide antibiotics are commonly administered for bacterial respiratory illnesses. Azithromycin (Az is especially noted for extremely high intracellular concentrations achieved within macrophages which is far greater than the serum concentration. Clinical strains of Type B Francisella (F. tularensis have been reported to be resistant to Az, however our laboratory Francisella strains were found to be sensitive. We hypothesized that different strains/species of Francisella (including Type A may have different susceptibilities to Az, a widely used and well-tolerated antibiotic. Results In vitro susceptibility testing of Az confirmed that F. tularensis subsp. holarctica Live Vaccine Strain (LVS (Type B was not sensitive while F. philomiragia, F. novicida, and Type A F. tularensis (NIH B38 and Schu S4 strain were susceptible. In J774A.1 mouse macrophage cells infected with F. philomiragia, F. novicida, and F. tularensis LVS, 5 μg/ml Az applied extracellularly eliminated intracellular Francisella infections. A concentration of 25 μg/ml Az was required for Francisella-infected A549 human lung epithelial cells, suggesting that macrophages are more effective at concentrating Az than epithelial cells. Mutants of RND efflux components (tolC and ftlC in F. novicida demonstrated less sensitivity to Az by MIC than the parental strain, but the tolC disc-inhibition assay demonstrated increased sensitivity, indicating a complex role for the outer-membrane transporter. Mutants of acrA and acrB mutants were less sensitive to Az than the parental strain, suggesting that AcrAB is not critical for the efflux of Az in F. novicida. In contrast, F. tularensis Schu S4 mutants ΔacrB and ΔacrA were more sensitive than the parental strain, indicating that the AcrAB may be important for Az efflux in F. tularensis Schu S4. F. novicida LPS O-antigen mutants (wbtN, wbtE, wbtQ and wbtA were found to be less sensitive in vitro to Az compared to the wild

  1. Azithromycin Modulates 3',5'-cyclic Diguanylic Acid Signaling in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Kimura, Soichiro; Mori, Nobuaki; Kai, Toshihiro; Ishii, Yoshikazu; Yamaguchi, Keizo; Tateda, Kazuhiro

    2017-08-01

    Macrolides have been reported to exert a variety of effects on both host immunomodulation and repression of bacterial pathogenicity. In this study, we report that the 3',5'-cyclic diguanylic acid (c-di-GMP) signaling system, which regulates virulence in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, is affected by the macrolide azithromycin. Using DNA microarray analysis, we selected a gene encoding PA2567 related to c-di-GMP metabolism that was significantly affected by azithromycin treatment. Expression of the PA2567 gene was significantly repressed by azithromycin in a time- and dose-dependent manner, whereas no difference in PA2567 gene expression was observed in the absence of azithromycin. In-frame deletion of the PA2567 gene affected both virulence factors and the quorum-sensing system, and significantly decreased total bacteria in a mouse pneumonia model compared to the wild-type strain (P < 0.05). These results suggest that macrolides possess the ability to modulate c-di-GMP intracellular signaling in P. aeruginosa. Copyright © 2017 Japanese Society of Chemotherapy and The Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Azithromycin 1.5% ophthalmic solution: efficacy and treatment modalities in chronic blepharitis

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    Ali Fadlallah

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To assess the efficacy of topical 1.5% azithromycin in the treatment of moderate to severe chronic blepharitis and to compare the efficacy of two different treatment modalities. METHODS: A randomized clinical trial included 67 patients with chronic anterior and/or posterior blepharitis, followed-up for 3 months. Signs and symptoms were graded according to severity. Patients were randomized into two groups: 33 patients in group I and 34 patients in group II. Group I patients were treated with topical 1.5% azithromycin twice a day for three days, and Group II patients were treated with topical 1.5% azithromycin twice a day for three days then at bedtime for the rest of the month. All patients were instructed to apply warm compresses and an eye-friendly soap twice daily. RESULTS: Patients in both groups tolerated the treatment with minimal irritation. A significant improvement in signs and symptoms was noted at the one week follow-up visit. Group II showed a more pronounced and longer-lasting improvement that persisted after three months of follow-up. CONCLUSION: Topical 1.5% azithromycin ophthalmic solution is an effective treatment option for chronic blepharitis. In moderate to severe blepharitis, a one month treatment is safe and shows better improvement than the three-day protocol with no significant relapse until three months of follow-up.

  3. Azithromycin in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS, an analysis of clinical data

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    Scholte Hans R

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background CFS is a clinical state with defined symptoms, but undefined cause. The patients may show a chronic state of immune activation and treatment with an antibiotic in this subgroup has been suggested. Methods In a retrospective study, the response of CFS patients to azithromycin, an antibiotic and immunomodulating drug, has been scored from the patients records and compared with clinical and laboratory data. Azithromycin was not the first choice therapy, but offered when the effect of counseling and L-carnitine was considered insufficient by the patient and the clinician. Results Of the 99 patients investigated, 58 reported a decrease in the symptoms by the use of azithromycin. These responding patients had lower levels of plasma acetylcarnitine. Conclusion The efficacy of azithromycin in the responsive patients could be explained by the modulating effect on a chronic primed state of the immune cells of the brain, or the activated peripheral immune system. Their lower acetylcarnitine levels may reflect a decreased antioxidant defense and/or an increased consumption of acetylcarnitine caused by oxidative stress.

  4. Long-term azithromycin therapy in patients with severe COPD and repeated exacerbations

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    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Xavier Pomares1, Concepción Montón1, Mateu Espasa2, Jordi Casabon1, Eduard Monsó1,3, Miguel Gallego1,31Pneumology Service, 2Laboratory Service, Corporació Parc Taulí, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Sabadell, Spain; 3Ciber de Enfermedades Respiratorias – CibeRes, Bunyola, SpainBackground: The aim of this study was to determine whether long-term intermittent azithromycin therapy reduces the frequency of exacerbation in severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD.Methods: We retrospectively investigated the clinical benefits of long-term azithromycin (500 mg orally three times per week over 12 months in patients with severe COPD and a minimum of four acute exacerbations (AECOPD per year or chronic bronchial colonization by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, comparing the number of AECOPD, hospitalizations due to respiratory disease, days of hospital stay, and bacterial infections during azithromycin treatment and in the year prior to this therapy.Results: Twenty patients who completed the 12-month treatment period were analyzed. No clinically significant adverse events were observed during azithromycin treatment. Compared with baseline data, azithromycin therapy significantly reduced the number of AECOPD (2.8 ± 2.5 versus 6.8 ± 2.8, P < 0.001, hospitalizations (1.4 ± 1.5 versus 3.6 ± 1.4, P < 0.001, and cumulative annual days of hospital stay (25 ± 32.2 versus 43.7 ± 21.4, P = 0.01. The improvement was particularly significant in patients with exacerbations caused by common potentially pathogenic microorganisms, who had 70% fewer AECOPD and hospitalizations. Patients colonized by P. aeruginosa had reductions of 43% in AECOPD and 47% in hospitalizations.Conclusion: Long-term azithromycin is well tolerated and associated with significant reductions in AECOPD, hospitalizations, and length of hospital stay in patients with severe COPD.Keywords: azithromycin, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, exacerbation, macrolides

  5. Influence of the antibiotics erythromycin and azithromycin on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of midazolam.

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    Zimmermann, T; Yeates, R A; Laufen, H; Scharpf, F; Leitold, M; Wildfeuer, A

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    The pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic interaction between azithromycin (CAS 83905-01-5), an azalide antibiotic, and midazolam (CAS 59467-70-8), a short-acting hypnotic agent, was investigated in an open, three-way cross-over study, including erythromycin (CAS 114-07-8) as a positive control. Twelve healthy male and female subjects had standard doses of azithromycin (500 mg o.d. over 3 days), or erythromycin (500 mg t.i.d. over 5 days), or no pretreatment. On the day of the last dose, they ingested 15 mg midazolam. Blood samples were collected and psychometric tests performed. Erythromycin pretreatment (E) significantly changed the pharmacokinetics of midazolam compared to control (C), whereas azithromycin (A) had no such effect. The parameters are summarized as follows: area under the concentration-time curve, AUC (C) 173.8 h.ng.ml-1 vs. (E) 662.7 h.ng.ml-1*+ and (A) 220.0 h.ng.ml-1; concentration maxima (C) 67.2 ng.ml-1 vs. (E) 182.3 ng.ml-1*+ and (A) 86.7 ng.ml-1; elimination half-life (C) 2.21 h vs. (E) 4.85 h* and (A) 2.41 h (* p < 0.05 vs. (C), +p < 0.05 vs. (A)). Pharmacodynamic tests (digit symbol substitution test; critical flicker fusion test; subjective analog scale for rating of alertness; duration of sleep) consistently showed significant differences after erythromycin pretreatment compared to control, but not after azithromycin. Erythromycin, but not azithromycin, causes clinically significant changes in the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of midazolam.

  6. Revisit of fluoroquinolone and azithromycin susceptibility breakpoints for Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi.

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    Das, Surojit; Ray, Ujjwayini; Dutta, Shanta

    2016-07-01

    In recent years, increase in occurrence of fluoroquinolone (FQ)-resistant S almonella Typhi isolates has caused considerable inconvenience in selecting appropriate antimicrobials for treatment of typhoid. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends azithromycin for the empirical treatment option of uncomplicated typhoid. The CLSI updated the breakpoints of disc diffusion (DD) and MIC results of FQs and azithromycin for Salmonella Typhi in 2015, but DD breakpoints of ofloxacin and levofloxacin were not included. In this study, the inhibition zone diameters and MICs of nalidixic acid, ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, levofloxacin and azithromycin were determined in Salmonella Typhi Kolkata isolates (n =146) over a 16-year period (1998 to 2013) and the data were compared with the available CLSI breakpoints. Very major error and major error (ME) of FQs were not observed in the study isolates, but the minor error of ciprofloxacin (15.8 %) and ME of azithromycin (3.5 %) exceeded the acceptable limit. A positive correlation between MICs of FQ and mutations in the quinolone-resistance-determining region (QRDR) showed the reliability of MIC results to determine FQ susceptibility of Salmonella Typhi (n =74). Isolates showing decreased ciprofloxacin susceptibility (MIC 0.125-0.5 µg  ml-1) were likely to have at least one mutation in the QRDR region. The results on DD breakpoints of ofloxacin (resistant, ≤15 mm; intermediate, 16-24 mm, and susceptible, ≥25 mm) and levofloxacin (resistant, ≤18 mm; intermediate, 19-27 mm, and susceptible, ≥28 mm) corroborated those of earlier studies. In view of the emerging FQ- and azithromycin-resistant Salmonella Typhi isolates, DD and MIC breakpoints of those antimicrobials should be revisited routinely.

  7. Carmine hypersensitivity masquerading as azithromycin hypersensitivity.

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    Greenhawt, Matthew; McMorris, Marc; Baldwin, James

    2009-01-01

    Macrolide hypersensitivity is a rarely reported event. However, carmine dye has become increasingly important as a provocative agent. We present a case of a woman with documented carmine hypersensitivity, who reported anaphylaxis 90 minutes after ingestion of a generic azithromycin. Our investigations revealed that this was an allergy to the carmine dye in the tablet's coating rather than to the antibiotic. Seven extracts were prepared including carmine dye, crushed dried female cochineal insects, crushed tablets of Zithromax (Pfizer Inc.) and generic azithromycin (Teva Pharmaceuticals), and the crushed colored coatings from both tablets. These were suspended in preservative-free normal saline, and then applied as a skin-prick test and read at 30 minutes. The skin-prick skin test results were 4+ to histamine and carmine dye, but negative to cochineal insect extract, Pfizer crushed tablets, and negative control. The patient was 1+ to the Teva crushed tablet, but was 4+ to the Teva brand coating and negative to the Pfizer brand coating, which did not contain carmine. The patient subsequently ingested Pfizer Zithromax without any sequelae. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of carmine anaphylaxis attributed to carmine-containing medication. Careful history and skin-prick testing to the appropriate agents allowed elucidation of the subtlety of the true offending agent without unnecessary avoidance of the medication class. Patients with a carmine hypersensitivity should actively check with their pharmacy or prescribing physician to verify their medications are free of this offending agent.

  8. Comparative behavior of Sr, Nd and Hf isotopic systems during fluid-related deformation at middle crust levels

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    Luais, Béatrice; Le Carlier de Veslud, Christian; Géraud, Yves; Gauthier-Lafaye, François

    2009-05-01

    We have carried out a comparative Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf isotopic study of a progressively deformed hercynian leucogranite from the French Massif Central, belonging to the La Marche ductile shear zone, in order to investigate the respective perturbation of these geochronometers with fluid induced deformation. The one-meter wide outcrop presents a strongly deformed and mylonitized zone at the center, and an asymmetric deformation pattern with a higher deformation gradient on the northern side of the zone. Ten samples have been carefully collected every 10 cm North and South away from the strongest deformed mylonitic zone. They have been analyzed for a complete major, trace element data set, oxygen isotopes, Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf isotopic systematics. We show that most of major and trace elements except SiO 2, alkaline elements (K 2O, Rb), and some metal transition elements (Cu), are progressively depleted with increasing deformation. This depletion includes REE + Y, but also HFS elements (Ti, Hf, Zr, Nb) which are commonly considered as immobile elements during upper level processes. Variations in elemental ratios with deformation, e.g. decrease in LREE/MREE- HREE, Nd/Hf, Th/Sr, increase in Rb/Sr, U/Th and constant Sr/Nd, lead to propose the following order of element mobility: U ≫ Th > Sr = Nd ≫ Hf + HREE. We conclude in agreement with previous tectonic and metallogenic studies that trace element patterns across the shear zone result from circulation of oxidizing F-rich hydrothermal fluids associated with deformation. A temperature of the fluid of 470-480 °C can be deduced from the δ 18O equilibrium between quartz-muscovite pairs. Elemental fractionation induces perturbation of the Rb-Sr geochronometer. The well-defined 87Rb/ 86Sr- 87Sr/ 86Sr correlation gives an apparent age of 294 ± 19 Ma, slightly younger than the 323 ± 4 Ma age of leucogranites in this area. This apparent age is interpreted as dating event of intense deformation and fluid circulation

  9. Comparative ab initio calculations of SrTiO{sub 3}/BaTiO{sub 3} and SrZrO{sub 3}/PbZrO{sub 3} (0 0 1) heterostructures

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    Piskunov, Sergei, E-mail: piskunov@lu.lv; Eglitis, Roberts I., E-mail: rieglitis@gmail.com

    2016-05-01

    Using a B3PW hybrid exchange–correlation functional within the density functional theory (DFT) we calculated from the first principles the electronic structure of BaTiO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} and PbZrO{sub 3}/SrZrO{sub 3} (0 0 1) interfaces. The optical band gap of both BaTiO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} and PbZrO{sub 3}/SrZrO{sub 3} (0 0 1) interfaces depends mostly from BaO or TiO{sub 2} and SrO or ZrO{sub 2} termination of the upper layer, respectively. Based on the results of our calculations we predict increase of the Ti–O and Zr–O chemical bond covalency near the SrTiO{sub 3}/BaTiO{sub 3} and SrZrO{sub 3}/PbZrO{sub 3} (0 0 1) interfaces as compared to the BaTiO{sub 3} and PbZrO{sub 3} bulk.

  10. Phonon Calculations in Cubic and Tetragonal Phases of SrTiO3: a Comparative LCAO and Plane Wave Study

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    Evarestov, Robert A.; Blokhin, Evgeny; Gryaznov, Denis; Kotomin, Eugene A.; Maier, Joachim

    2010-01-01

    The atomic, electronic structure and phonon frequencies have been calculated in a cubic and low-temperature tetragonal SrTiO3 phases at the ab initio level. We demonstrate that the use of hybrid exchange-correlation PBE0 functional gives the best agreement with experimental data. The results for the standard PBE and hybrid PBE0 are compared for the two types of basis sets: a linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO, CRYSTAL09 computer code) and plane waves (PW, VASP 5.2 code). Relation bet...

  11. Comparing GW+DMFT and LDA+DMFT for the testbed material SrVO{sub 3}

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    Taranto, Ciro; Toschi, Alessandro; Held, Karsten [Institute for Solid State Physics, Vienna University of Technology (Austria); Kaltak, Merzuk; Kresse, Georg [University of Vienna, Faculty of Physics and Center for Computational Materials Science (Austria); Parragh, Nicolaus; Sangiovanni, Giorgio [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik und Astrophysik, Universitaet Wuerzburg (Germany)

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    We have implemented the GW+dynamical mean field theory (DMFT) approach in the Vienna ab initio simulation package. Employing the interaction values obtained from the locally unscreened random phase approximation (RPA), we compare GW+DMFT and LDA+DMFT against each other and against experiment for SrVO{sub 3}. We observed a partial compensation of stronger electronic correlations due to the reduced GW bandwidth and weaker correlations due to a larger screening of the RPA interaction, so that the obtained spectra are quite similar and well agree with experiment. Noteworthily, the GW+DMFT better reproduces the position of the lower Hubbard side band.

  12. Antivirulence activity of azithromycin in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Francesco eImperi

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Antibiotics represent our bulwark to combat bacterial infections, but the spread of antibiotic resistance compromises their clinical efficacy. Alternatives to conventional antibiotics are urgently needed in order to complement the existing antibacterial arsenal. The macrolide antibiotic azithromycin (AZM provides a paradigmatic example of an unconventional antibacterial drug. Besides its growth-inhibiting activity, AZM displays potent anti-inflammatory properties, as well as antivirulence activity on some intrinsically resistant bacteria, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. In this bacterium, the antivirulence activity of AZM mainly relies on its ability to interact with the ribosome, resulting in direct and/or indirect repression of specific subsets of genes involved in virulence, quorum sensing, biofilm formation and intrinsic antibiotic resistance. Both clinical experience and clinical trials have shown the efficacy of AZM in the treatment of chronic pulmonary infections caused by P. aeruginosa. The aim of this review is to combine results from laboratory studies with evidence from clinical trials in order to unify the information on the in vivo mode of action of AZM in P. aeruginosa infection.

  13. Comparison of Ceftriaxone Plus Weekly Azithromycin or Daily Ofloxacin for Outpatient Treatment of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: a randomized clinical trial

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    Parisa Moghtadaei

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    Full Text Available Objective: To compare the efficacy of ceftriaxone plus Ofloxacin or Azithromycin for cases of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID.Materials and Methods:  This clinical terial was performed on 180 women with PID from March 2005 to March 2007 in Parastarane-Shahed Hospital. Patients with PID were randomly divided to receive injection of Ceftriaxone 250 mg plus Ofloxacin 200 mg per day or Azithromycin 1 g per week for two weeks (90 cases in each group. The degree of pain was assessed on days 7, 14, 30 and clinical cure was assessed on days 14 and 30. Statistical analysis was done based on Fisher exact test, Mann-Whitny and student t-test.Results: From 180 patients eligible for the study, 138 cases were enrolled for protocol analysis. Significant differences were observed regarding the degree of pain between two groups. Clinical cure was 90% (70 of 78 for Azithromycin and 83.3% (50 of 60 for Ofloxacin. Conclusion: Combination of Ceftriaxone plus weekly Azithromycin for two weeks is not only equivalent to Ceftriaxone plus daily Ofloxacin for two weeks but also seems to be better for the treatment of mild PID.

  14. Sm-Nd and Initial Sr-87/Sr-86 Isotopic Systematics of Asuka 881394 and Cumulate Eucrites Yamato 980318/433 Compared

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    Nyquist, L. E.; Shih, C-Y; Young, Y. D.; Takeda, H.

    2011-01-01

    The Asuka 881394 achondrite contains fossil Al-26 and Mn-53 and has a Pb-206/Pb-207 age of 4566.5 +/- 0.2 Ma, the oldest for an achondrite. Recent re-investigation of A881394 yielded revised initial Sm-146/Sm-144 = (9.1 +/- 1.4) x 10(exp -3), a Sm-147-Nd-143 age of 4525 +/- 58 Ma, a Rb-87-Sr-87 age of 4490 +/- 130 Ma, and initial Sr-87/Sr-86 = 0.698991 +/- 19, respectively. The relatively large uncertainties in the Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr ages are due to disturbances of the isotopic systematics of tridymite and other minor phases. A preliminary value for the Sm-147-Nd-143 age of the Yamato 980318 cumulate eucrite of 4560 +/- 150 Ma was refined in later work to 4567 +/- 24 Ma as reported orally at LPSC 35. Similarly, a preliminary value for Sm-146/Sm-144 = (7.7 +/- 1.2) x 10 (exp -3) was refined to (6.0 +/- 0.3) x 10(exp -3). For Yamato 980433, a Sm-147-Nd-143 age of 4542 +/-42 Ma and Sm-146/Sm-144 = (5.7 +/- 0.5) x 10(exp -3) has been reported. Because these two cumulate eucrites are paired, we consider them to represent one igneous rock and present their combined isotopic data here.

  15. Pregabalin- and azithromycin-induced rhabdomyolysis with purpura: An unrecognized interaction: A case report

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    Kazuya Kato, MD

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    Conclusion: We report an extremely rare case of rhabdomyolysis with purpura caused by a drug interaction between pregabalin and azithromycin. However, the mechanisms of the interactions between azithromycin on the pregabalin are still unknown.

  16. In Vitro susceptibility of Gram-positive cocci isolated from skin and respiratory tract to azithromycin and twelve other antimicrobial agents

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    Caio M. F. Mendes

    2001-10-01

    Full Text Available This study was conducted to evaluate the activity of azithromycin in comparison to 12 other antibacterial agents against recent isolates obtained consecutively from patients with respiratory tract or skin infections, from January to July, 2000. A total of 717 Gram-positive cocci were analyzed in this study and the following species were studied: Staphylococcus aureus (n=576, beta-hemolytic streptococci ( n=115, and Streptococcus pneumoniae (n=26. Susceptibility testing was carried out by the disk diffusion method and interpreted according to NCCLS breakpoints. The activity of azithromycin was compared to erythromycin, clindamycin, chloramphenicol, ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, oxacillin, penicillin, ceftriaxone, tetracycline, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, teicoplanin, and vancomycin. Of the 26 S. pneumoniae isolates recovered from the respiratory tract, 5 (19.2% were intermediate resistant to penicillin. All of these strains were susceptible to chloramphenicol, ofloxacin, and vancomycin, and 24 (92% were also susceptible to azithromycin, clindamycin, and erythromycin. Among the 67 beta-hemolytic streptococci strains isolated from the respiratory tract, 66 (99% were susceptible to azithromycin, erythromycin, clindamycin, and ofloxacin. All 48 beta-hemolytic streptococci strains isolated from skin were susceptible to azithromycin and clindamycin, 47 (98% were susceptible to erythromycin, and 46 (96% were susceptible to ofloxacin. Of the 576 strains of S. aureus, 253 (43.9% were isolated from the respiratory tract and 323 (56.1% from skin. Among S. aureus isolates from the respiratory tract and skin, 46 (18% and 78 (24%, respectively were resistant to oxacillin. Isolates from the respiratory tract and skin showed the same percentage of resistance (36% to azithromycin. These in vitro results suggest that azithromycin can be a therapeutic option for treatment of infections caused by these bacteria since the newer macrolides have several distinct

  17. Nasopharyngeal carriage and macrolide resistance in Indigenous children with bronchiectasis randomized to long-term azithromycin or placebo.

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    Hare, K M; Grimwood, K; Chang, A B; Chatfield, M D; Valery, P C; Leach, A J; Smith-Vaughan, H C; Morris, P S; Byrnes, C A; Torzillo, P J; Cheng, A C

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    Although long-term azithromycin decreases exacerbation frequency in bronchiectasis, increased macrolide resistance is concerning. We investigated macrolide resistance determinants in a secondary analysis of a multicenter randomized controlled trial. Indigenous Australian children living in remote regions and urban New Zealand Māori and Pacific Islander children with bronchiectasis were randomized to weekly azithromycin (30 mg/kg) or placebo for up to 24 months and followed post-intervention for up to 12 months. Nurses administered and recorded medications given and collected nasopharyngeal swabs 3-6 monthly for culture and antimicrobial susceptibility testing. Nasopharyngeal carriage of Haemophilus influenzae and Moraxella catarrhalis was significantly lower in azithromycin compared to placebo groups, while macrolide-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus carriage was significantly higher. Australian children, compared to New Zealand children, had higher carriage overall, significantly higher carriage of macrolide-resistant bacteria at baseline (16/38 versus 2/40 children) and during the intervention (69/152 versus 22/239 swabs), and lower mean adherence to study medication (63 % versus 92 %). Adherence ≥70 % (versus resistant pathogens (OR 0.34, 95 % CI 0.14-0.81). Post-intervention (median 6 months), macrolide resistance in S. pneumoniae declined significantly in the azithromycin group, from 79 % (11/14) to 7 % (1/14) of positive swabs, but S. aureus strains remained 100 % macrolide resistant. Azithromycin treatment, the Australian remote setting, and adherence resistance in children with bronchiectasis. Adherence to treatment may limit macrolide resistance by suppressing carriage.

  18. Impact of Azithromycin on Pregnancy Prolongation in Women at Risk of Preterm Labor: A Time-to-Event Analysis.

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    Goyer, Isabelle; Ferland, Gabrielle; Ruo, Ni; Morin, Caroline; Brochet, Marie-Sophie; Morin, Lucie; Ferreira, Ema

    2016-09-13

    Since 2006, the empiric use of azithromycin in women at risk of premature birth has become prevalent in our institution without any evidence of its efficacy. Although antibiotics can prolong pregnancy in preterm prolonged rupture of membranes, no published data are available for women with intact membranes. To describe the purpose of adding azithromycin to the usual treatments (cerclage, tocolysis, rest, etc.) to prolong pregnancy in women with intact membranes who are at risk of or already in preterm labour. A retrospective observational cohort study was done at a Mother-Child University Hospital Centre. Patients admitted to obstetric ward who received azithromycin between January 1(st), 2006 and August 1(st), 2010 were included. A total of 127 exposed women were matched to 127 controls through medical records and pharmacy software. A time-to-event analysis was done to compare gestational age at the time of the recorded composite event (delivery, or rupture of membranes, or second intervention to prolong pregnancy). To compare proportions of composite event at different time points, χ(2) tests were used. Patients who received azithromycin had a more severe condition at presentation. Once adjusted for confounding factors, prolongation of pregnancy (HR =1.049; CI 95%: 0.774-1.421 [p=0.758]) and gestational age at the event (HR=1.200; CI 95%: 0.894-1.609 [p=0.225]) did not differ between the groups. The proportions of women with an event ≥7 days post-diagnosis or ≥37 gestational weeks were similar. Azithromycin was added to medical therapy in a more at-risk population and no clear benefit was measured.

  19. Efficacy and Safety of Intravenous Moxifloxacin Versus Cefoperazone with Azithromycin in the Treatment of Community Acquired Pneumonia

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    XU Shuyun; XIONG Shengdao; XU Yongjian; LIU Jin; LIU Huiguo; ZHAO Jianping; XIONG Weining

    2006-01-01

    To compare the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of intravenous moxifloxacin with those of a commonly used empirical antibiotic regimen, cefoperazone and azithromycin in the treatment of community acquired pneumonia (CAP) in adult patients requiring initial parenteral therapy, 40 patients with CAP were divided into two groups, a moxifloxacin group (n=20) and a control group(n=20), which were treated for 7 to 14 days. The patients in the moxifloxacin group were intravenously given 400 mg of moxifloxacin (AveloxR) once a day. Patients in the control group were administered 2.0 g of cefoperazone twice a day and azithromycin 0.5 g once a day. Clinical, bacteriological, and laboratory examinations were performed before the treatment, and at the end of the treatment. Our results showed that there was no significant difference in the clinical efficacy rate between two treatment groups at end of therapy (90 % for moxifloxacin, 95 % for cefoperazone plus azithromycin) (P>0.05). The bacteriologic eradication rate at the end of treatment was 90 % in the moxifloxacin group and 80 % in the cefoperazone-plus-azithromycin group, whereas there was no significant difference between the two groups (P>0.05). In addition, both drugs were well-tolerated in this trial, with the number of drug-related adverse events being comparable. It is concluded that moxifloxacin is an effective and well-tolerated treatment for CAP and was equivalent to the commonly used empirical treatment of cefoperazone plus azithromycin. Moxifloxacin is likely to offer clinicians an alternative for reliable empirical CAP treatment in the face of increasing antibiotic resistance.

  20. Once weekly azithromycin in secondary prevention of rheumatic fever.

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    Gopal, Rakesh; Harikrishnan, S; Sivasankaran, S; Ajithkumar, V K; Titus, T; Tharakan, J M

    2012-01-01

    Rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) are still important problems in developing countries. Secondary prophylaxis which is the most cost-effective method in preventing recurrences of rheumatic fever is fraught with problems of drug compliance. The utility of 500 mg once weekly azithromycin (AZT), an orally effective long-acting antibiotic was evaluated against oral penicillin (phenoxy methyl penicillin 250 mg twice daily) in this study. Forty-eight consecutive patients (44% males, mean age 29.4 years) with established RHD were randomised into two groups-26 patients received AZT and 22 received oral penicillin. Patients were evaluated at randomisation, at 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months, clinically, serologically and by throat swab culture. End points were absence of streptococcal colonisation, infection or fever at the end of 6 months. During the study, 4 patients (15.4%) in the AZT group developed sore throat and fever, had positive throat culture and positive serology indicating streptococcal infection. None satisfied the criteria for rheumatic fever reactivation. None in the oral penicillin group developed streptococcal infection. In conclusion, weekly 500 mg of AZT is not effective in the prevention of streptococcal throat infection compared to oral penicillin therapy in adult patients with established RHD.

  1. Saliva Versus Plasma Bioequivalence of Azithromycin in Humans: Validation of Class I Drugs of the Salivary Excretion Classification System.

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    Idkaidek, Nasir; Arafat, Tawfiq; Hamadi, Hazim; Hamadi, Salim; Al-Adham, Ibrahim

    2017-03-01

    The aim of this study was to compare human pharmacokinetics and bioequivalence metrics in saliva versus plasma for azithromycin as a model class I drug of the Salivary Excretion Classification System (SECS). A pilot, open-label, two-way crossover bioequivalence study was done, and involved a single 500-mg oral dose of azithromycin given to eight healthy subjects under fasting conditions, followed by a 3-week washout period. Blood and unstimulated saliva samples were collected over 72 h and deep frozen until analysis by a validated liquid chromatography with mass spectroscopy method. The pharmacokinetic parameters and bioequivalence metrics of azithromycin were calculated by non-compartment analysis using WinNonlin V5.2. Descriptive statistics and dimensional analysis of the pharmacokinetic parameters of azithromycin were performed using Microsoft Excel. PK-Sim V5.6 was used to estimate the effective intestinal permeability of azithromycin. No statistical differences were shown in area under the concentration curves to 72 h (AUC0-72), maximum measured concentration (C max) and time to maximum concentration (T max) between test and reference azithromycin products (P > 0.05) in the saliva matrix and in the plasma matrix. Due to the high intra-subject variability and low sample size of this pilot study, the 90% confidence intervals of AUC0-72 and C max did not fall within the acceptance range (80-125%). However, saliva levels were higher than that of plasma, with a longer salivary T max. The mean saliva/plasma concentration of test and reference were 2.29 and 2.33, respectively. The mean ± standard deviation ratios of saliva/plasma of AUC0-72, C max and T max for test were 2.65 ± 1.59, 1.51 ± 0.49 and 1.85 ± 1.4, while for the reference product they were 3.37 ± 2.20, 1.57 ± 0.77 and 2.6 ± 1.27, respectively. A good correlation of R = 0.87 between plasma and saliva concentrations for both test and reference products was also observed

  2. Microbiological assay for the determination of azithromycin in ophthalmic solutions

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    Hérida Regina Nunes SALGADO; Ana Flavia Ferreira RONCARI

    2005-01-01

    The validation of a simple, sensitive and specific agar diffusion bioassay, applying cylinder-plate method, for the determination of the antibiotic azithromycin in ophthalmic solutions is described. Using a strain of Bacillus subtilis ATCC 9372 as the test organism, azithromycin at concentrations ranging from 50.0 to 200.0 μg·mL -1 could be measured in 1.666 7 mg·mL -1 ophthalmic solutions. A prospective validation of the method showed that the method was linear (r=0.999 9) and precise (RSD=0.70) and accurate (it measured the added quantities). The results obtained by bioassay method could be statistically calculated by linear parallel model and by means of regression analysis and verified using analysis of variance (ANOVA). We conclude that the microbiological assay is satisfactory for quantification of azithromycin in ophthalmic solutions.

  3. Determination of Azithromycin in pharmaceutical dosage forms by Spectrophotometric method

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    Suhagia B

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available A simple and sensitive spectrophotometric method has been developed for determination of azithromycin in its pharmaceutical dosage forms. In the proposed method, azithromycin is oxidized with potassium permanganate to liberate formaldehyde, which is determined in situ using acetyl acetone, in the presence of ammonium acetate. A yellow coloured chromogen was obtained, having an absorption maxima at 412 nm. The method is found to be linear in the concentration range of 10-75 µg/ml, with regression coefficient of 0.9978. Various reaction parameters such as concentration of potassium permanganate and reagent, time required for oxidation, and maximum colour intensity were optimized. The method was validated, and can be used successfully to assay azithromycin in its pharmaceutical dosage forms viz. tablets, capsules, and injections.

  4. Comparing quasiparticle GW+DMFT and LDA+DMFT for the test bed material SrVO3

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    Taranto, C.; Kaltak, M.; Parragh, N.; Sangiovanni, G.; Kresse, G.; Toschi, A.; Held, K.

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    We have implemented the quasiparticle GW+dynamical mean field theory (DMFT) approach in the Vienna ab initio simulation package. To this end, a quasiparticle Hermitization of the G0W0 self-energy a lá Kotani-Schilfgaarde is employed, and the interaction values are obtained from the locally unscreened random phase approximation (RPA) using a projection onto Wannier orbitals. We compare quasiparticle GW+DMFT and local density approximation (LDA)+DMFT against each other and against experiment for SrVO3. We observe a partial compensation of stronger electronic correlations due to the reduced GW bandwidth and weaker correlations due to a larger screening of the RPA interaction, so that the obtained spectra are quite similar and agree well with experiment. Noteworthy, the quasiparticle GW+DMFT better reproduces the position of the lower Hubbard side band.

  5. Subinhibitory concentrations of azithromycin decrease nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae biofilm formation and Diminish established biofilms.

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    Starner, Timothy D; Shrout, Joshua D; Parsek, Matthew R; Appelbaum, Peter C; Kim, GunHee

    2008-01-01

    Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi) commonly causes otitis media, chronic bronchitis in emphysema, and early airway infections in cystic fibrosis. Long-term, low-dose azithromycin has been shown to improve clinical outcomes in chronic lung diseases, although the mechanism of action remains unclear. The inhibition of bacterial biofilms by azithromycin has been postulated to be one mechanism mediating these effects. We hypothesized that subinhibitory concentrations of azithromycin would affect NTHi biofilm formation. Laboratory strains of NTHi expressing green fluorescent protein and azithromycin-resistant clinical isolates were grown in flow-cell and static-culture biofilm models. Using a range of concentrations of azithromycin and gentamicin, we measured the degree to which these antibiotics inhibited biofilm formation and persistence. Large biofilms formed over 2 to 4 days in a flow cell, displaying complex structures, including towers and channels. Subinhibitory concentrations of azithromycin significantly decreased biomass and maximal thickness in both forming and established NTHi biofilms. In contrast, subinhibitory concentrations of gentamicin had no effect on biofilm formation. Furthermore, established NTHi biofilms became resistant to gentamicin at concentrations far above the MIC. Biofilm formation of highly resistant clinical NTHi isolates (azithromycin MIC of > 64 microg/ml) was similarly decreased at subinhibitory azithromycin concentrations. Clinically obtainable azithromycin concentrations inhibited biofilms in all but the most highly resistant isolates. These data show that subinhibitory concentrations of azithromycin have antibiofilm properties, provide mechanistic insights, and supply an additional rationale for the use of azithromycin in chronic biofilm infections involving H. influenzae.

  6. [National consensus regarding azithromycin use in cystic fibrosis].

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    Abely, M; Jubin, V; Bessaci-Kabouya, K; Chiron, R; Bui, S; Fayon, M

    2015-06-01

    To propose a formalized consensus agreement regarding the prescription of azithromycin in cystic fibrosis (CF). Application of the Delphi method in 5 thematic fields: indications, contra-indications, dosage, precautions for use and treatment follow-up. Thirty identified French CF centers participated in the process on 49 (61%), which comprised 3 rounds. Experts validated azithromycin as a long-term anti-inflammatory agent in children aged over 6 years, presenting with the classical form of CF, irrespective of the bacteriological status of the patient (except for non-tuberculous mycobacteria). Azithromycin administration should not be routine in the milder forms of the disease, and avoided in the presence of severe hepatic or renal involvement. In children whose weight is below 40 kg, a strong consensus recommended a single daily oral dose, administered three times weekly. However, in adults, the level of agreement was weaker. Minimal duration of treatment is 6 months, after which the drug should be discontinued if no observable effect is noted on clinical parameters, exacerbation rate and/or FEV1. Clinical monitoring of treatment tolerance is recommended (nausea, diarrhea, skin rash, tinnitus, deafness, arthropathy), without increasing the frequency of surveillance of sputum bacteria. However, it is essential to monitor sputum for fungi (expectoration, Aspergillus, broncho-pulmonary allergic aspergillosis). This consensus statement defines an area for the prescription of azithromycin in CF, with the aim of better harmonization of its use. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS.

  7. AZITHROMYCIN DECREASE SALIVA CALPROTECTIN IN PATIENTS WITH PERIODONTAL DISEASES.

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    Vladimir E. Panov

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Calprotectin is a calcium binding heterocomplex protein which appear to have regulatory functions in the inflammatory process. Epithelial cells which expressing calprotectin are more resistant to bacterial invasion . In acute phase inflammatory reactions calprotectin is detectable in elevated levels. The aim of the present study is to detect the calprotectin level in saliva in patients with periodontal disease (chronic and aggressive periodontitis and gingivitis and to follow calprotectin level during azithromycin treatment. Methods and materials: In nine healthy patients without systemic disease and malignancy whole unstimulated saliva was investigated. Salivary calprotectin levels were measured by enzyme-linked-immunosorbent using a commercial kit (ELISA Hycult Biotech. Azithromycin treatment was taken as 500 mg (2 x 250 mg tabls. once daily at 10.00 am for 4 consecutive days. Results: At baseline Day levels of calprotectin ranged between 1.45 and 2.97; median 2.19. On Day 5 (first day after azithromycin treatment the salivary calprotectin levels decreased in 6 of the patients. The measured values at Day 10 were more similar to those at Day 5, than those at Day zero. This was confirmed by the values of the average median of calprotectin. Conclusion: We present the first study with the application of antibiotic and measurement the calprotectin levels before, during and after azithromycin intake with no side effects reported. Measuring calprotectin levels could benefit the monitoring of antibiotic treatment efficacy in patients with gingivitis and periodontitis.

  8. Mechanism of azithromycin inhibition of HSL synthesis in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Zeng, Jianming; Zhang, Ni; Huang, Bin; Cai, Renxin; Wu, Binning; E, Shunmei; Fang, Chengcai; Chen, Cha

    2016-04-14

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen and a leading cause of nosocomial infections. Unfortunately, P. aeruginosa has low antibiotic susceptibility due to several chromosomally encoded antibiotic resistance genes. Hence, we carried out mechanistic studies to determine how azithromycin affects quorum sensing and virulence in P. aeruginosa. lasI and rhlI single and double mutants were constructed. We then undertook a quantitative approach to determine the optimal concentration of azithromycin and culture time that can affect the expression of HSLs. Furthermore, based on the above results, the effect on quorum sensing was analyzed at a transcriptional level. It was found that 2 μg/mL azithromycin caused a 79% decrease in 3-oxo-C12-HSL secretion during cultivation, while C4-HSL secretion was strongly repressed in the early stages. Azithromycin acts on ribosomes; to determine whether this can elicit alternative modes of gene expression, transcriptional regulation of representative virulence genes was analyzed. We propose a new relationship for lasI and rhlI: lasI acts as a cell density sensor, and rhlI functions as a fine-tuning mechanism for coordination between different quorum sensing systems.

  9. A concise review of HPLC, LC-MS and LC-MS/MS methods for determination of azithromycin in various biological matrices.

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    Sharma, Kuldeep; Mullangi, Ramesh

    2013-10-01

    Azithromycin is one of the best selling antibiotics in the world. It belongs to the new macrolide family of azalides. It is derived from erythromycin and it differs from erythromycin in having a 15-membered ring and a methyl substituted nitrogen inserted at the 9a position in the aglycone ring. This structural modification confers favourable microbiological and pharmacokinetic characteristics on azithromycin and greater acid stability compared with erythromycin. It is mainly used to treat respiratory infections, sexually transmitted diseases, cutaneous and soft-tissue infections, etc. This review provides a comprehensive overview of various HPLC, LC-MS and LC-MS/MS methods for quantitation of azithromycin in different biological matrices. In addition, it provides general information on extraction steps, internal standard selection, conditions for chromatographic separation, brief validation data and applicable conclusions for reported methods in a defined pattern.

  10. Azithromycin buccal patch in treatment of chronic periodontitis

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    Latif, Sajith Abdul; Vandana, K. L.; Thimmashetty, J.; Dalvi, Priyanka Jairaj

    2016-01-01

    Aim: This study aims to explore the clinical, microbiological, and biochemical impact of azithromycin (AZM) buccal patch in chronic generalized patients as a monotherapy as well as an adjunct to nonsurgical therapy. Materials and Methods: A parallel design was used forty periodontitis patients were randomly allocated into five groups, namely Group 1 scaling root planing (SRP) alone, Group 2 (SRP + AZM patch group), Group 3 (SRP + AZM tablet group), Group 4 (AZM patch monotherapy), and Group 5 (AZM tablet as monotherapy). Plaque index, gingival bleeding index, modified gingival index, probing pocket depth (PPD), and clinical attachment level (CAL) were assessed at baseline and 21 and 90 days. Subgingival pooled plaque sample was collected to assess periodontopathogens like Porphyromonas gingivalis and Prevotella intermedia (Pi) by anaerobic culture method. Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) was also evaluated at baseline and 21 days. Periodontal maintenance was performed in Group 1 until 90th day, and clinical parameter was assessed at the end of 90th day. Results: SRP + AZM tablets showed greater reduction in clinical parameters (P < 0.05) AZM as monotherapy did not offer clinical benefits over SRP. Baseline data were compared at the end, i.e., 90th day a significant reduction in plaque scores, gingival bleeding, and PPD was observed however no significant gain in the clinical attachment was observed. Conclusion: The monotherapy resulted in no improvement of periodontal parameters, microbial parameters, and TNF-α level. It is safe to use AZM + SRP as a mode of nonsurgical treatment in periodontitis patients. PMID:27127325

  11. Azithromycin in a triple therapy for H. pylori eradication in active duodenal ulcer

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    Vladimir T. Ivashkin; Tatiana L. Lapina; Oksana Yu. Bondarenko; Olga A. Sklanskaya; Petr Ya. Grigoriev; Yuri V. Vasiliev; Emilia P. Yakovenko; Pavel V. Gulyaev; Valeri I. Fedchenko

    2002-01-01

    AIM: To assess and compare the efficacy and safety of twotriple regimes: A) metronidazole, amoxicillin and omeprazole,which is still widely used in Russia, and B) azithromycin,amoxicillin and omeprazole in healing active duodenal ulcerand H.pylori eradication. METHODS: 100 patients with active duodenal ulcer wereincluded in the open, multicentre, randomized study withcomparative groups. Patients were randomly assigned toone of the following one-week triple regimes: A)metronidazole 500 mg bid, amoxicillin 1 g bid and omeprazole20 mg bid (OAM, n=50) and B) azithromycin 1 g od for thefirst 3 days (total dose 3 g), amoxicillin 1 g bid andomeprazole 20 mg bid (OAA, n=50). Omeprazole 20 mg odwas given after the eradication course as a monotherapyfor three weeks. The control endoscopy was performed 8weeks after the entry. H. pylori infection was determined inthe entry of the study and four weeks after the cessation oftreatment by means of histology and CLO-test.RESULTS: 97 patients completed the study according tothe protocol (1 patient of the OAM group did not come tothe control endoscopy, 2 patients of the OAA group stoppedthe treatment because of mild allergic urticaria). Duodenalulcers were healed in 48 patients of the OAM group (96 %;CI 90.5-100 %) and in 46 patients of the OAA group (92 %;CI 89.5-94.5 %) (p=ns). H. pylori infection was eradicatedin 15 out of 50 patients with OAM (30 %; CI 17-43 %) andin 36 out of 50 patients treated with OAA (72 %; CI 59-85 %)(P<0.001)-ITT analysis.CONCLUSION: The triple therapy with omeprazole,amoxicillin and metronidazole failed to eradicate H. pylori inthe majority of patients, which is an essential argument towithdraw this regimen out of the national recommendations.Macrolide with amoxicillin are preferable to achieve highereradication rates. Azithromycin (1 g od for the first 3 days)can be considered as a successful component of the triplePPI-based regimen.

  12. Li3AlB2O6:Synthesis, Crystal Structure, and Its Luminescence Property Compared with LiSrBO3

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    WANG, Hai-Xia(王海侠); CHENG, Wen-Dan(程文旦); CHEN, Da-Gui(陈达贵); ZHANG, Hao(张浩); WU, Dong-Sheng(吴东升); GONG, Ya-Jin(龚亚京)

    2004-01-01

    The synthesis and crystal structure of Li3AlB2O6 with different cell parameters are reported and these cells are transformed each other from the confirmation of crystallographic structural analyses. The absorption spectrum, luminescence and lifetimes of the Li3AlB2O6 and LiSrBO3 solid compounds are measured and the comparisons are made between them. It is shown that the absorption edges are at about 400 nm (or band gap 3.1 eV) and there is one of absorption peaks at about 350 nm for the Li3AlB2O6 and LiSrBO3. The emission band (530 nm) makes a red shift and fluorescence decay time (24.39 ns) of the Li3AlB2O6 becomes smaller compared with the emission band (480 nm) and lifetime (93.16 ns) of the LiSrBO3 at the visible region. The transition energies and oscillator strengths of the clusters (Li3AlB2O6)2 and (LiSrBO3)2 lying at low excited states are calculated by the time-dependent Hartree-Fock method. The obtained results are used to model the photophysical properties and discuss the origin of spectral bands of the Li3AlB2O6 and LiSrBO3.

  13. Meta-Analysis of Treatment Outcomes Measured by the Y-OQ and Y-OQ-SR Comparing Wilderness and Non-Wilderness Treatment Programs

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    Gillis, Harold L.; Speelman, Elizabeth; Linville, Noelle; Bailey, Emily; Kalle, Ashley; Oglesbee, Nathan; Sandlin, James; Thompson, Lauren; Jensen, Jennifer

    2016-01-01

    Background: Monitoring youth treatments requires outcome instruments sensitive to change. The Y-OQ and the Y-OQ-SR measure behavioral change during psychological treatment. Objective: The focus of this study was to compare treatment progress of youth in studies using the Youth Outcome Questionnaire (YOQ) or the Youth Outcome Questionnaire Self…

  14. A Comparative Analysis Of GBN Protocol and SR Protocol%GBN协议和SR协议对比分析

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    2015-01-01

    Go-Back-N protocol and Selective-Repeat protocol are two important protocols for reliable data transmission in the transmission layer and link layer of computer network.The design of TCP protocol references the ideas of two protocols men-tioned above.In this thesis, GBN protocol and SR protocol are compared and analyzed in order to reveal the intrinsic and import characteristics of the two protocols.%Go-Back-N协议和Selective-Repeat协议是计算机网络在传输层和链路层用于实现可靠数据传输的两个重要协议.Internet的TCP协议在设计时借鉴了上述两个协议的基本思想.该文通过对GBN协议和SR协议进行对比分析,从而揭示两个协议的内在思想和重要特性.

  15. Anti Pneumococcal Activity of Azithromycin-Eudragit RS100 Nano-Formulations

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    Adibkia, Khosro; Khorasani, Golrokh; Payab, Shahriar; Lotfipour, Farzaneh

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: Bacterial pneumonia is a common lung infection caused by different types of bacteria. Azithromycin (AZI), an azalide antibiotic, is widely used to manage pneumococcal infections. Studies have shown that antibiotics in nanocarriers may lead to increased antibacterial activity and reduced toxicity. The aim of this work was to valuate in vitro antibacterial performance azithromycin-Eudragit RS100 nano-formulations against Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus. Methods: AZI-Eudragit RS100 nanoparticles were prepared via electrospinning technique and the in vitro antibacterial performance against S. pneumoniae and S. aureus were assessed using agar dilution method. Results: Nanofibers in the sizes about 100-300 nm in diameter and micro scale in length and nanobeads in the range of 100-500 nm were achieved. The Minimum Inhibitory Concentrations (MIC) showed an enhancement in the antimicrobial effect of AZI-Eudragit RS100 nanofibers (40 µg/ml) compare to untreated AZI solution (>160 µg/ml) against S. pneumonia. The MIC value for AZI-Eudragit RS100 nanofibers against S. aureus was >128 µg/ml, same as that of the untreated AZI solution. Conclusion: The enhanced efficiency of AZI in nanofibers could be related to the more adsorption opportunity of nanofibers to S. pneumonia capsulated cell wall which provides an antibiotic depot on the bacterial surface compared to S. aureus. AZI-Eudragit RS100 nanofibers with enhanced antimicrobial effect against S. pneumonia can be considered as a candidate for in vivo evaluations in antibiotic therapy of Pneumococcal infections.

  16. Determination of benzalkonium chloride in viscous ophthalmic drops of azithromycin by high-performance liquid chromatography *

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    Shen, Yan; Xu, Sheng-jie; Wang, Shi-chun; Tu, Jia-sheng

    2009-01-01

    A high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system was used in the reversed phase mode for the determination of benzalkonium chloride (BKC) in azithromycin viscous ophthalmic drops. A Venusil-XBP(L)-C18 (150 mm×4.6 mm, 5 μm) column was used at 50 °C. The mobile phase consisted of a mixture of methanol-potassium phosphate (16:5, v/v). Two sample preparation methods were compared. The results suggested that, compared with an extraction procedure, a deproteinization procedure was much quicker and more convenient. Using the deproteinization procedure for sample preparation, calibration curves were linear in the range 5.0~50 μg/ml. The within-day and inter-day coefficients of variation were less than 10%. The average recoveries were determined as 96.70%, 98.52%, and 97.96% at concentrations of 10.0, 30.0, and 50.0 μg/ml, respectively. Variability in precision did not exceed 5%. In conclusion, this HPLC method using a simple sample treatment procedure appears suitable for monitoring BKC content in azithromycin viscous ophthalmic drops. PMID:19946951

  17. Efficacy, safety and tolerability of 3 day azithromycin versus 10 day co-amoxiclav in the treatment of children with acute lower respiratory tract infections

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    A. Ferwerda (Annemarie); H.A. Moll (Henriëtte); W.C.J. Hop (Wim); J.M. Kouwenberg (Jan); C.V. Tjon Pian Gi

    2001-01-01

    textabstractTo compare the efficacy, safety and tolerability of a 3 day course of azithromycin with a 10 day course of co-amoxiclav in the treatment of children with acute lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI), 118 patients with community-acquired LRTI were included

  18. Vibrational properties of SrCu{sub 2}O{sub 2} studied via Density Functional Theory calculations and compared to Raman and infrared spectroscopy measurements

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    Even, J., E-mail: jacky.even@insa.rennes.fr [Université Européenne de Bretagne, INSA, FOTON, UMR CNRS 6082, 20 Avenue des Buttes de Coësmes, F-35708 Rennes (France); Pedesseau, L.; Durand, O. [Université Européenne de Bretagne, INSA, FOTON, UMR CNRS 6082, 20 Avenue des Buttes de Coësmes, F-35708 Rennes (France); Modreanu, M. [Tyndall National Institute, Lee Maltings, Prospect Row, Cork (Ireland); Huyberechts, G. [FLAMAC, Technologiepark 903, 9052 Zwijnaarde (Belgium); Servet, B. [Thales Research and Technology France, Campus Polytechnique, 1, avenue Augustin Fresnel, 91767 Palaiseau cedex France (France); Chaix-Pluchery, O. [Laboratoire des Matériaux et du Génie Physique, Grenoble INP—Minatec, 3, parvis Louis Néel, BP 257, 38016 Grenoble Cedex 1 (France)

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    The SrCu{sub 2}O{sub 2} material is a p-type transparent conductive oxide. A theoretical study of the SrCu{sub 2}O{sub 2} crystal is performed with a state of the art implementation of the Density Functional Theory. The simulated crystal structure is compared with available X-ray diffraction data and previous theoretical modeling. Density Functional Perturbation Theory is used to study the vibrational properties of the SrCu{sub 2}O{sub 2} crystal. A symmetry analysis of the optical phonon eigenvectors at the Brillouin zone center is proposed. The Raman spectra simulated using the derivatives of the dielectric susceptibility, show a good agreement with Raman scattering experimental results. - Highlights: ► The symmetry properties of the optical phonons of the SrCu{sub 2}O{sub 2} crystal are analyzed. ► Born charges and the dynamical matrix are calculated at the Brillouin zone center. ► Density Functional Perturbation Theory (DFPT) is used to compute Raman spectrum. ► DFPT Raman spectrum is compared with experimental results.

  19. Azithromycin maintenance therapy in patients with cystic fibrosis : A dose advice based on a review of pharmacokinetics, efficacy, and side effects

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    Wilms, Erik B.; Touw, Daniel J.; Heijerman, Harry G.M.; Van Der Ent, Cornelis K.

    2012-01-01

    Azithromycin maintenance therapy results in improvement of respiratory function in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). In azithromycin maintenance therapy, several dosing schemes are applied. In this review, we combine current knowledge about azithromycin pharmacokinetics with the dosing schedules u

  20. A survey on the effects of Azithromycin in the treatment of gingival overgrowth induced by Cyclosporin in renal transplant patients

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    Kadkhoda Z.

    2004-07-01

    Full Text Available Statement of Problem: Gingival overgrowth is a side effect commonly induced by Cyclosporin treatment. The effects of Azithromycin, a macrolidic antibiotic, has been focused on gingival enlargement treatment induced by cyclosporine in numerous articles. Purpose: The goal of the present study was to survey the effects of systemic Azithromycin in the treatment of gingival overgrowth induced by cyclosporine among renal transplant patients. Materials and Methods: In this clinical trial study, 18 renal transplant patients (6 females and 12 males with gingival overgrowth were studied. Samples were randomly divided into two groups: case group were treated by systemic Azithromycin and controls were treated by systemic placebo. Periodontal parameters including bleeding on probing (BOP, clinical crown length (CL, periodontal pocket depth (PPD, gingival overgrowth (GOI and stent-IDP (vertical distant between a stent or plate with teeth occlusal planes at least from three of the most anterior contact points to mesial papillae before treatment, two and six weeks after treatment were measured. To analyze the data, Wilcoxon and Mann-Whitney tests were used. Results: Most of the measured indices, among case and control groups, were significantly improved, after two weeks (P<0.05. No statistically significant differences were found between two groups except for BOP index (P<0.05. In other words, more BOP improvement was observed in the case group after six weeks comparing to the control group. Conclusion: Considering the findings of this study, one can assume that the reported effects of Azithromycine on gingival overgrowth, induced by cyclosporine is somehow exaggerated and the effects attributed this medicine is probably inflammation reduction.

  1. Effect of azithromycin, terbutaline combined with montelukast on airway function and gradient of infection in cough variant asthma children with infection

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    Xin-Xin Pei

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To analyze the effect of azithromycin, terbutaline combined with montelukast on airway function and gradient of infection in cough variant asthma children with infection. Methods: A total of 116 cases of cough variant asthma children with infection were included in the study and randomly divided into observation group and control group (n=58), control group received azithromycin treatment, observation group received azithromycin, terbutaline combined with montelukast treatment, and then differences in basic lung function and small airway function, asthma attack and airway remodeling-related indicators, infection-related indicators, etc. were compared between two groups after treatment.Results: Basic lung function indexes FEV1 and FVC of observation group after treatment were significantly higher than those of control group, and small airway function indexes MMEF, FEF50% and FEF75% were significantly lower than those of control group; serum ECP, IgE, IL-5, MMP-2, MMP-9, TIMP-1, PET, CRP and IL-4 levels of observation group after treatment were lower than those of control group while IFN-γ and hBD-1 levels were higher than those of control group.Conclusion:Azithromycin, terbutaline combined with montelukast can improve airway function and infection status and promote disease rehabilitation in cough variant asthma children with infection.

  2. Effect of azithromycin, montelukast combined with pulmicort respulas therapy on the degree of inflammation and lung function in children with mycoplasma pneumonia

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    Jian-mei Zhang; Jin-fang Zhou; Min Wang; Jue Bai; Yan Jia

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To analyze the effect of azithromycin, montelukast combined with pulmicort respulas therapy on the degree of inflammation and lung function in children with mycoplasma pneumonia.Methods:A total of 318 cases of children with mycoplasma pneumonia treated in our hospital from February 2013 to February 2016 were randomly divided into observation group and control group (n=159). Control group received azithromycin and montelukast therapy, observation group received azithromycin, montelukast combined with pulmicort respulas therapy, and then the degree of inflammation, lung function, etc. were compared between two groups.Results:V-T, t-PTEF/t-E, TEF25/PTEF, FEV1, FVC, FEV1/FVC and MVV values of observation group after treatment were higher than those of control groupand differences in MTIF/MTEF values were not statistically significant between groups; serum CCSP value was higher than that of control group, and IL-17, MCP-4, MDC and CysLTs values were lower than those of control group.Conclusion:Azithromycin, montelukast combined with pulmicort respulas therapy can reduce the systemic inflammatory state and optimize lung function in children with mycoplasma pneumonia, and it has positive clinical significance.

  3. In vitro characterization of pH-sensitive azithromycin-loaded methoxy poly (ethylene glycol)-block-poly (aspartic acid-graft-imidazole) micelles.

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    Teng, Fangfang; Deng, Peizong; Song, Zhimei; Zhou, Feilong; Feng, Runliang; Liu, Na

    2017-02-09

    In order to improve azithromycin's antibacterial activity in acidic medium, monomethoxy poly (ethylene glycol)-block-poly (aspartic acid-graft-imidazole) copolymer was synthesized through allylation, free radical addition, ring-opening polymerization and amidation reactions with methoxy poly (ethylene glycol) as raw material. Drug loading capacity and encapsulation efficiency of azithromycin-loaded micelles prepared via thin film hydration method were 11.58±0.86% and 96.06±1.93%, respectively. The drug-loaded micelles showed pH-dependent property in the respects of particle size, zeta potential at the range of pH 5.5-7.8. It could control drug in vitro release and demonstrate higher release rate at pH 6.0 than that at pH 7.4. In vitro antibacterial experiment indicated that the activity of azithromycin-loaded micelles against S. aureus was superior to free azithromycin in medium at both pH 6.0 and pH 7.4. Using fluorescein as substitute with pH-dependent fluorescence decrease property, laser confocal fluorescence microscopy analysis confirmed that cellular uptake of micelles was improved due to protonation of copolymer's imidazole groups at pH 6.0. The enhanced cellular uptake and release of drug caused its activity enhancement in acidic medium when compared with free drug. The micellar drug delivery system should be potential application in the field of bacterial infection treatment.

  4. The effect of azithromycin in adults with stable neutrophilic COPD: a double blind randomised, placebo controlled trial.

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    Full Text Available Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD is a progressive airway disease characterised by neutrophilic airway inflammation or bronchitis. Neutrophilic bronchitis is associated with both bacterial colonisation and lung function decline and is common in exacerbations of COPD. Despite current available therapies to control inflammation, neutrophilic bronchitis remains common. This study tested the hypothesis that azithromycin treatment, as an add-on to standard medication, would significantly reduce airway neutrophil and neutrophils chemokine (CXCL8 levels, as well as bacterial load. We conducted a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in COPD participants with stable neutrophilic bronchitis.Eligible participants (n = 30 were randomised to azithromycin 250 mg daily or placebo for 12 weeks in addition to their standard respiratory medications. Sputum was induced at screening, randomisation and monthly for a 12 week treatment period and processed for differential cell counts, CXCL8 and neutrophil elastase assessment. Quantitative bacteriology was assessed in sputum samples at randomisation and the end of treatment visit. Severe exacerbations where symptoms increased requiring unscheduled treatment were recorded during the 12 week treatment period and for 14 weeks following treatment. A sub-group of participants underwent chest computed tomography scans (n = 15.Nine participants with neutrophilic bronchitis had a potentially pathogenic bacteria isolated and the median total bacterial load of all participants was 5.22×107 cfu/mL. Azithromycin treatment resulted in a non-significant reduction in sputum neutrophil proportion, CXCL8 levels and bacterial load. The mean severe exacerbation rate was 0.33 per person per 26 weeks in the azithromycin group compared to 0.93 exacerbations per person in the placebo group (incidence rate ratio (95%CI: 0.37 (0.11,1.21, p = 0.062. For participants who underwent chest CT scans, no

  5. Azithromycin reduces spontaneous and induced inflammation in ΔF508 cystic fibrosis mice

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    R. Legssyer (Rachida); F. Huaux (François); J. Lebacq (Jean); M. Delos (Monique); E. Marbaix (Etienne); P. Lebecque (Patrick); D. Lison (Dominique); B.J. Scholte (Bob); P. Wallemacq (Pierre); T. Leal (Teresinha)

    2006-01-01

    textabstractBackground: Inflammation plays a critical role in lung disease development and progression in cystic fibrosis. Azithromycin is used for the treatment of cystic fibrosis lung disease, although its mechanisms of action are poorly understood. We tested the hypothesis that azithromycin

  6. Ground and excited state properties of the polar and paramagnetic RbSr molecule: a comparative study

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    Żuchowski, Piotr S; Dulieu, Olivier

    2014-01-01

    This paper deals with the electronic structure of RbSr, a molecule possessing both a permanent magnetic and electric dipole moment in its own frame allowing its manipulation with external fields. Two complementary ab-initio approaches are used for the ground and lowest excited states: first, an approach relying on optimized effective core potentials with core polarization potentials based on a full configuration interaction involving three valence electrons, and second, an approach using a small-size effective core potential with 19 correlated electrons in the framework of coupled-cluster theory. We have found excellent agreement between these two approaches for the ground state properties including the permanent dipole moment. We have focused on studies of excited states correlated to the two lowest asymptotes Rb(5p)+Sr(5s) and Rb(5s)+Sr(5s5p) relevant for ongoing experiments on quantum degenerate gases. We present also the Hund c) case potential curves obtained using atomic spin-orbit constants. These poten...

  7. Macrolide resistance mechanisms in Enterobacteriaceae: Focus on azithromycin.

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    Gomes, Cláudia; Martínez-Puchol, Sandra; Palma, Noemí; Horna, Gertrudis; Ruiz-Roldán, Lidia; Pons, Maria J; Ruiz, Joaquim

    2017-02-01

    From its introduction in 1952 onwards, the clinical use of macrolides has been steadily increasing, both in human and veterinary medicine. Although initially designed to the treatment of Gram-positive microorganisms, this antimicrobial family has also been used to treat specific Gram-negative bacteria. Some of them, as azithromycin, are considered in the armamentarium against Enterobacteriaceae infections. However, the facility that this bacterial genus has to gain or develop mechanisms of antibiotic resistance may compromise the future usefulness of these antibiotics to fight against Enterobacteriaceae infections. The present review is focused on the mechanisms of macrolide resistance, currently described in Enterobacteriaceae.

  8. Effect of azithromycin on enhancement of methane production from waste activated sludge.

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    Nguyen, Minh Tuan; Maeda, Toshinari; Mohd Yusoff, Mohd Zulkhairi; Ogawa, Hiroaki I

    2014-07-01

    In the methane production from waste activated sludge (WAS), complex bacterial interactions in WAS have been known as a major contribution to methane production. Therefore, the influence of bacterial community changes toward methane production from WAS was investigated by an application of antibiotics as a simple means for it. In this study, azithromycin (Azm) as an antibiotic was mainly used to observe the effect on microbial changes that influence methane production from WAS. The results showed that at the end of fermentation, Azm enhanced methane production about twofold compared to control. Azm fostered the growth of acid-producing bacterial communities, which synthesized more precursors for methane formation. DGGE result showed that the hydrolysis as well as acetogenesis stage was improved by the dominant of B1, B2 and B3 strains, which are Clostridium species. In the presence of Azm, the total population of archaeal group was increased, resulting in higher methane productivity achievement.

  9. A Retrospective Review of Treatment Failures Using Azithromycin and Doxycycline in the Treatment of Rectal Chlamydia Infections in Women and Men Who Have Sex With Men.

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    Gratrix, Jennifer; Brandley, Judith; Dane, Marla; Plitt, Sabrina S; Smyczek, Petra; Read, Ron; Singh, Ameeta E

    2016-02-01

    We examined the prevalence of rectal chlamydia treatment failures in men who have sex with men and women attending Alberta sexually transmitted infection clinics. Among those completing a test of cure, there was no significant difference among patients treated initially with azithromycin (treatment failure, 39/460 [8.5%]; 95% confidence interval, 5.9%-11.0%) compared with patients treated with doxycycline (0/16; 95% confidence interval, 0%-0.2%; P = 0.63).

  10. A Multi-Center Randomised Controlled Trial of Gatifloxacin versus Azithromycin for the Treatment of Uncomplicated Typhoid Fever in Children and Adults in Vietnam

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    Christiane Dolecek; Thi Phi La Tran; Ngoc Rang Nguyen; Thi Phuong Le; Vinh Ha; Quoc Tuan Phung; Cong Du Doan; Thi Be Bay Nguyen; Thanh Long Duong; Bich Ha Luong; Trung Binh Nguyen; Thi Anh Hong Nguyen; Ngoc Dung Pham; Ngoc Lanh Mai; Van Be Bay Phan

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Drug resistant typhoid fever is a major clinical problem globally. Many of the first line antibiotics, including the older generation fluoroquinolones, ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin, are failing. OBJECTIVES: We performed a randomised controlled trial to compare the efficacy and safety of gatifloxacin (10 mg/kg/day) versus azithromycin (20 mg/kg/day) as a once daily oral dose for 7 days for the treatment of uncomplicated typhoid fever in children and adults in Vietnam. METHODS: An op...

  11. A multi-center randomised controlled trial of gatifloxacin versus azithromycin for the treatment of uncomplicated typhoid fever in children and adults in Vietnam.

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    Christiane Dolecek

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Drug resistant typhoid fever is a major clinical problem globally. Many of the first line antibiotics, including the older generation fluoroquinolones, ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin, are failing. OBJECTIVES: We performed a randomised controlled trial to compare the efficacy and safety of gatifloxacin (10 mg/kg/day versus azithromycin (20 mg/kg/day as a once daily oral dose for 7 days for the treatment of uncomplicated typhoid fever in children and adults in Vietnam. METHODS: An open-label multi-centre randomised trial with pre-specified per protocol analysis and intention to treat analysis was conducted. The primary outcome was fever clearance time, the secondary outcome was overall treatment failure (clinical or microbiological failure, development of typhoid fever-related complications, relapse or faecal carriage of S. typhi. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We enrolled 358 children and adults with suspected typhoid fever. There was no death in the study. 287 patients had blood culture confirmed typhoid fever, 145 patients received gatifloxacin and 142 patients received azithromycin. The median FCT was 106 hours in both treatment arms (95% Confidence Interval [CI]; 94-118 hours for gatifloxacin versus 88-112 hours for azithromycin, (logrank test p = 0.984, HR [95% CI] = 1.0 [0.80-1.26]. Overall treatment failure occurred in 13/145 (9% patients in the gatifloxacin group and 13/140 (9.3% patients in the azithromycin group, (logrank test p = 0.854, HR [95% CI] = 0.93 [0.43-2.0]. 96% (254/263 of the Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi isolates were resistant to nalidixic acid and 58% (153/263 were multidrug resistant. CONCLUSIONS: Both antibiotics showed an excellent efficacy and safety profile. Both gatifloxacin and azithromycin can be recommended for the treatment of typhoid fever particularly in regions with high rates of multidrug and nalidixic acid resistance. The cost of a 7-day treatment course of gatifloxacin is approximately one third of the

  12. Long-term azithromycin use for treatment of bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome in lung transplant recipients.

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    Shitrit, David; Bendayan, Daniele; Gidon, Sahar; Saute, Milton; Bakal, Ilana; Kramer, Mordechai R

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    Short-term improvement in lung function was observed in 5 of 6 lung transplant recipients with bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS) who were treated with oral azithromycin. We assessed the long-term effect (mean duration 10 months) of treatment with oral azithromycin in 11 lung transplant recipients with BOS. Mean forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) was 40 +/- 9% at initiation of azithromycin treatment, 39 +/- 10% after 1 month, 39 +/- 12% after 4 months, 38 +/- 10% after 7 months and 38 +/- 10% after 10 months, respectively (statistically non-significant for all data). We conclude that long-term administration with oral azithromycin does not reverse BOS in lung transplant recipients, but may slow progression of the disease.

  13. Evaluation of baseline corrected QT interval and azithromycin prescriptions in an academic medical center.

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    Lee, Rachael A; Guyton, Allison; Kunz, Danielle; Cutter, Gary R; Hoesley, Craig J

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    Azithromycin is used in the inpatient setting for a variety of conditions. In 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration released a warning regarding risk for corrected QT (QTc) prolongation and subsequent arrhythmias. Knowledge of inpatient prescribing patterns of QTc prolonging medications with respect to patient risk factors for adverse cardiovascular events can help recognize safe use in light of these new warnings. To assess inpatient prescribing patterns, risk factors for QTc prolongation, and relationship between drug-drug interactions and cardiac monitoring in patients receiving azithromycin. Retrospective cohort study. One hundred inpatients ≥ 19 years of age were randomly selected from 1610 patient encounters between October 2012 and April 2013 who were administered at least 1 dose of azithromycin. Length of stay, reason for use, therapy duration, and concomitant medications were recorded. Telemetry charges and baseline electrocardiogram (ECG) prior to administration were assessed. Seventy-nine percent of azithromycin use was empiric. Sixty-five percent of patients received a baseline ECG prior to prescribing azithromycin, of which 60% had borderline or abnormal QTc prolongation. Seventy-six percent of patients were prescribed 2 or more QTc prolonging medications, of which there were more abnormal ECGs at baseline (P = 0.03) despite having telemetry ordered less than half of the time. In a cohort of hospitalized patients, azithromycin was prescribed despite risk factors for QTc prolongation and administration of interacting medications. Selection of azithromycin by providers appears to be independent from these risk factors, and education and vigilance to drug-drug interactions may be useful in limiting cardiac events with prescribing azithromycin. © 2015 Society of Hospital Medicine.

  14. Correlation between In vitro susceptibility and treatment outcome with azithromycin in gonorrhoea: A prospective study

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    Khaki P

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: This prospective study was carried out to determine the antimicrobial susceptibility of Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates by disc diffusion method and minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC by E -test with special reference to azithromycin. Also, the correlation between in vitro susceptibility and treatment outcome with single 2 g oral dose azithromycin was assessed. Methods: The study included 75 gonococcal isolates from males with urethritis, females with endocervicitis and their sexual contacts. All isolates were subjected to susceptibility testing for penicillin, ciprofloxacin, tetracycline, ceftriaxone, spectinomycin, cefixime and azithromycin. Males with gonococcal urethritis were randomised to receive a single dose of either azithromycin or ceftriaxone. Forty-two men with urethritis received 2 g single oral dose azithromycin, while all other patients were given 250 mg parentral ceftriaxone. All patients were called for follow-up to assess clinical and microbiological cure rates. Results: While all the isolates were susceptible to ceftriaxone, spectinomycin, cefixime and azithromycin; 74 (98.7%, 24 (32% and 23 (30.7% strains were resistant to ciprofloxacin, penicillin and tetracycline respectively, by both disc diffusion method and E -test. The MIC range, MIC 50 and MIC 90 of N. gonorrhoeae strains, to azithromycin were 0.016-0.25, 0.064 and 0.19 mg/mL, respectively. Follow-up attendance of the patients was 52.4 with 100% clinical and microbiological cure rates. Conclusions: Results of our study indicate that 2 g single oral dose azithromycin is safe and effective in the treatment of uncomplicated gonorrhoea.

  15. A Case of Prolonged Cholestatic Hepatitis Induced by Azithromycin in a Young Woman

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    Caterina Maggioli

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Azithromycin, a semisynthetic macrolides, is frequently prescribed for the treatment of middle ear and upper respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, and community-acquired pneumonia. This antibiotic is usually well tolerated, and a rapid resolving cholestatic hepatitis has been described up to now only in six patients all, except one, over 65 years of age. We here report the case of a prolonged cholestatic hepatitis after administration of azithromycin in a young woman with no history of liver disease.

  16. A 3-day regimen with azithromycin 1.5% eyedrops for the treatment of purulent bacterial conjunctivitis in children: efficacy on clinical signs and impact on the burden of illness

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    Full Text Available Dominique Bremond-Gignac,1,2 Riadh Messaoud,3 Sihem Lazreg,4 Claude Speeg-Schatz,5 Didier Renault,6 Frédéric Chiambaretta7,8 On behalf of the Azithromycin Pediatric Study Group 1Ophthalmology Department, Centre St Victor, University Hospital of Amiens, Picardie Jules Verne University, Amiens, France; 2CNRS FR3636, Paris V University, France; 3Ophthalmology Department, Tahar Sfar University Hospital, Mahdia, Tunisia; 4Dar El Beida, Blida, Algeria; 5Ophthalmology Department, University Hospital of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France; 6Laboratoires THÉA, Clermont-Ferrand, France; 7Ophthalmology Department, University Hospital of Clermont-Ferrand, Gabriel Montpied Hospital, Clermont-Ferrand, France; 8EA 7281 R2D2, Auvergne University, Clermont-Ferrand, France Purpose: To compare the efficacy of azithromycin 1.5% versus tobramycin 0.3% eyedrops on clinical ocular signs and symptoms of bacterial conjunctivitis in children and to assess the parents’ satisfaction regarding the dosing regimen.Patients and methods: An international, multicenter, randomized, investigator-masked, controlled clinical trial conducted in children (1 day to 18 years old with bulbar conjunctival hyperemia and purulent discharge. Azithromycin 1.5% was administered as 1 drop twice daily for 3 days, and tobramycin 0.3% as 1 drop every 2 hours for 2 days, then 4 times daily for 5 days.Results: A total of 286 patients (mean age: 3.2 years were enrolled. In children with bacteriologically positive cultures (N=203, azithromycin produced a significantly greater improvement in conjunctival discharge (P<0.01 and a trend (P=0.054 toward improvement in conjunctival hyperemia at day 7 than did tobramycin. Complete resolution of conjunctival discharge was significantly more frequent at day 3 on azithromycin than tobramycin (P=0.005. More parents found azithromycin easier to use (in terms of treatment duration, total number of instillations, instilling drops during the day, and difficulty in

  17. Poor response to azithromycin in cutaneous leishmaniasis leading to a premature interruption of a multicentric phase III clinical trial in Brazil

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    Antonio Toledo Junior

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Parenteral antimony-based compounds are still the standard of care for cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL treatment in many countries, despite their high toxicity. Previous studies showed that oral azithromycin could be an option for CL treatment. The aim of this study was to evaluate efficacy and safety of oral azithromycin (AZ for CL treatment compared with injectable meglumine antimoniate (MA. Methods This was a randomized, open-label, 2-arm, non-inferiority clinical trial. Treatment-naïve patients with localized CL were treated with MA (15mg/kg/day up to 1,215mg or AZ (500mg/day during 20 consecutive days. The primary efficacy end point was a CL cure 90 days after treatment completion. The analysis was performed with intention-to-treat (ITT and per protocol (PP analyses. After an anticipated interim analysis, the study was interrupted due to the high failure rate in the azithromycin group. Results Twenty-four volunteers were included in each group. The MA group had a higher cure rate than the AZ group with the ITT and PP analyses, which were 54.2% versus 20.8% [relative risk (RR 1.97; 95% confidence intervals (95%CI 1.13-3.42] and 72.2% versus 23.8% (RR 3.03; 95%CI 1.34-6.87, respectively. No unexpected adverse events were observed. Conclusions Azithromycin is ineffective for CL treatment and does not seem to have a role in the therapeutic arsenal for CL.

  18. Expression comparison of azithromycin and clarithromycin in triple-therapy regimens for eradication of Helicobacter pylori in hemodialysis patients

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    Jamshid Vafaeimanesh

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available To compare a triple-therapy regimen based on change of antibiotic (azithromycin and clarithromycin for the eradication of Helicobacter pylori in hemodialysis (HD patients, we studied in a prospective, randomized, double-blinded clinical trial 39 patients who had dyspepsia and showed two positive results from the diagnostic tests of H. pylori infection including anti-H. pylori serology and stool antigen (HpSAg and urease breath test (UBT. The patients were divided into two groups: Group-A received omeprazol 20 mg, amoxycilin 500 mg and clarithromycin 500 mg twice a day and Group-B received omeprazol 20 mg, amoxicillin 500 mg and azithromycin 250 mg twice a day. The adverse events and compliance with triple therapy were reviewed at one visit per week. Both groups were prescribed their medications for 14 days. Of the 39 patients, only 37 patients completed the treatment schedule (20 men and 19 women, with the mean being 59 years. Two patients died due to myocardial infarction before the start of treatment and were out of the study. The eradication rate of H. pylori, evaluated by negative results of UBT, was 82.4% in Group-A and 80% in Group-B (P-value = 1.0. The results of our study showed no significant difference of azitromycin versus claritromycin in the eradication of H. pylori infection in HD patients.

  19. Expression comparison of azithromycin and clarithromycin in triple-therapy regimens for eradication of Helicobacter pylori in hemodialysis patients.

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    Vafaeimanesh, Jamshid; Jalalzadeh, Mojgan; Nazarian, Morteza

    2014-01-01

    To compare a triple-therapy regimen based on change of antibiotic (azithromycin and clarithromycin) for the eradication of Helicobacter pylori in hemodialysis (HD) patients, we studied in a prospective, randomized, double-blinded clinical trial 39 patients who had dyspepsia and showed two positive results from the diagnostic tests of H. pylori infection including anti-H. pylori serology and stool antigen (HpSAg) and urease breath test (UBT). The patients were divided into two groups: Group-A received omeprazol 20 mg, amoxycilin 500 mg and clarithromycin 500 mg twice a day and Group-B received omeprazol 20 mg, amoxicillin 500 mg and azithromycin 250 mg twice a day. The adverse events and compliance with triple therapy were reviewed at one visit per week. Both groups were prescribed their medications for 14 days. Of the 39 patients, only 37 patients completed the treatment schedule (20 men and 19 women, with the mean being 59 years). Two patients died due to myocardial infarction before the start of treatment and were out of the study. The eradication rate of H. pylori, evaluated by negative results of UBT, was 82.4% in Group-A and 80% in Group-B (P-value = 1.0). The results of our study showed no significant difference of azitromycin versus claritromycin in the eradication of H. pylori infection in HD patients.

  20. Phonon calculations in cubic and tetragonal phases of SrTiO3: A comparative LCAO and plane-wave study

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    Evarestov, Robert A.; Blokhin, Evgeny; Gryaznov, Denis; Kotomin, Eugene A.; Maier, Joachim

    2011-04-01

    The atomic, electronic structure and phonon frequencies have been calculated in cubic and low-temperature tetragonal SrTiO3 phases at the ab initio level. We demonstrate that the use of the hybrid exchange-correlation PBE0 functional gives the best agreement with experimental data. The results for the standard generalized gradient approximation (PBE) and hybrid PBE0 functionals are compared for the two types of approaches: a linear combination of atomic orbitals (CRYSTAL09 computer code) and plane waves (VASP5.2 code). The relation between cubic and tetragonal phases and the relevant antiferrodistortive phase transition is discussed in terms of group theory and is illustrated with analysis of calculated soft-mode frequencies at the Γ and R points in the Brillouin zone. Based on phonon calculations, the temperature dependence of the heat capacity is in good agreement with experiment.

  1. O deficient LaAlO3/SrTiO3(110) and (001) superlattices under hydrostatic pressure: a comparative first principles study

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    Albar, Arwa

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    We compare the electronic properties of O deficient LaAlO3/SrTiO3 superlattices oriented along the (001) and (110) directions, taking into account the effect of hydrostatic compression and tension. Interfacial O vacancies turn out to be less likely in the case of the (110) orientation, with compression (tension) reducing (enhancing) the energy cost for both orientations. The presence of O vacancies results in the formation of a two-dimensional electron gas, for which we observe a distinct spatial pattern of carrier density that depends strongly on the amount of applied pressure. We clarify the interrelation between structural features and the properties of this electron gas (confinement, carrier density, and mobility).

  2. Development of a Simple RP-HPLC-UV Method for Determination of Azithromycin in Bulk and Pharmaceutical Dosage forms as an Alternative to the USP Method

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    Ghari, Tayebeh; Kobarfard, Farzad; Mortazavi, Seyed Alireza

    2013-01-01

    The present study was designed to develop a simple, validated liquid chromatographic method for the analysis of azithromycin in bulk and pharmaceutical dosage forms using ultraviolet detector. The best stationary phase was determined as C18 column, 5 μm, 250 mm × 4.6 mm. Mobile phase was optimized to obtain a fast and selective separation of the drug. Flow rate was 1.5 mL/min, Wavelength was set at 210 nm and the volume of each injection was 500 μL. An isocratic methanol/buffer mobile phase at the ratio of 90:10 v/v gave the best separation and resolution. The proposed method was accurate, precise, sensitive, and linear over a wide range of concentration of azithromycin. The developed method has the advantage of using UV detector compared to the USP method in which electrochemical detector has been used. The validated method was successfully applied to the determination of azithromycin in bulk and pharmaceutical dosage forms. PMID:24250672

  3. Comparative angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy study of CaRuO3 and SrRuO3 thin films: Pronounced spectral weight transfer and possible precursor of lower Hubbard band

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    Yang, H. F.; Fan, C. C.; Liu, Z. T.; Yao, Q.; Li, M. Y.; Liu, J. S.; Jiang, M. H.; Shen, D. W.

    2016-09-01

    In the prototypical 4 d system (Sr ,Ca ) RuO3 , the degree and origin of electron correlations, and how they correlate with physical properties, still remain elusive, though extensive studies have been performed. In this work we present a comparative electronic structure study of high-quality epitaxial CaRuO3 and SrRuO3 thin films, by means of reactive molecular beam epitaxy and in situ angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. We found that while SrRuO3 possesses sharp features signaling the Fermi liquid state, the isostructural CaRuO3 exhibits broad features and its spectral weight is markedly transferred from the Fermi level to -1.2 eV forming a "hump" structure which resembles the Mott-Hubbard system (Sr ,Ca ) VO3 . We suggest that this hump is the precursor of the lower Hubbard band, and the U /W (U and W represent the on-site Coulomb interactions and bandwidth, respectively) of our CaRuO3 thin film is much larger than that of SrRuO3. In addition, we discuss the origin of electron correlations as well as the ferromagnetism in SrRuO3 which is absent in CaRuO3. Our findings put constraints on future studies, and also show that perovskite ruthenates are indeed an experimentally tunable system for the study of electron correlations.

  4. Factors Influencing the HPLC Determination for Related Substances of Azithromycin.

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    Chang, Yan; Wang, Li-Xin; Li, Ya-Ping; Hu, Chang-Qin

    2016-02-01

    The European Pharmacopoeia, the U.S. Pharmacopoeia, and the Pharmacopoeia of the People's Republic of China all prescribe a high-performance liquid chromatography-ultraviolet method within a C18 column system for the separation of Azithromycin (AZT) and its related substances. The identification of impurities in the AZT complex was performed according to the relative retention time (RRT) between each impurity and AZT. However, the RRT values of impurities often vary on different types of C18 packing materials and at different column temperatures, which could affect the accurate and fast identification of impurities. In our study, five different commonly used C18 columns as well as nine different column temperature set points were assessed for the analysis of AZT and its related substances. A factorial design was applied to analysis the relationships between column types/column temperatures and RRT value of each impurity. The results showed that the change rates of the RRT values of impurities were different on different columns and at different column temperature set points. Therefore, the current method adopted by the three Pharmacopeias, in which the RRT values were used to identify the related substances, is not suitable to identify the ones in the AZT chromatographic system.

  5. PA3297 Counteracts Antimicrobial Effects of Azithromycin in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes acute and chronic infections in human. Its increasing resistance to antibiotics requires alternative treatments that are more effective than available strategies. Among the alternatives is the unconventional usage of conventional antibiotics, of which the macrolide antibiotic azithromycin (AZM provides a paradigmatic example. AZM therapy is associated with a small but consistent improvement in respiratory function of cystic fibrosis (CF patients suffering from chronic P. aeruginosa infection. Besides immunomodulating activities, AZM represses bacterial genes involved in virulence, quorum sensing, biofilm formation, and motility, all of which are due to stalling of ribosome and depletion of cellular tRNA pool. However, how P. aeruginosa responds to and counteracts the effects of AZM remain elusive. Here we found that deficiency of PA3297, a gene encoding a DEAH-box helicase, intensified AZM-mediated bacterial killing, suppression of pyocyanin production and swarming motility, and hypersusceptibility to hydrogen peroxide. We demonstrated that expression of PA3297 is induced by the interaction between AZM and ribosome. Importantly, mutation of PA3297 resulted in elevated levels of unprocessed 23S-5S rRNA in the presence of AZM, which might lead to increased susceptibility to AZM-mediated effects. Our results revealed one of the bacterial responses in counteracting the detrimental effects of AZM.

  6. Azithromycin inhibits neutrophil accumulation in airways by affecting interleukin- 17 downstream signals

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    Nguyen Van Luu; YANG Jiong; QU Xue-ju; GUO Ming; WANG Xin; XIAN Qiao-yang; TANG Zhi-jiao; HUANG Zhi-xiang; WANG Yong

    2012-01-01

    Background Azithromycin can reduce neutrophil accumulation in neutrophilic pulmonary diseases.However,the precise mechanism behind this action remains unknown.Our experiment assessed whether azithromycin inhibits neutrophil accumulation in the airways by affecting interleukin-17 (IL-17) downstream signals.Methods Mice were pretreated with azithromycin before murine IL-17A (mlL-17) stimulation.After the mlL-17 stimulation,the levels of six neutrophil-mobilizing cytokines were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) tests in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid; IL-6,CXC chemokine ligand-1 (CXCL-1),CXCL-5,macrophage inflammatory protein-2 (MIP-2),granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF),and granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF).The number of neutrophils in BAL fluid were evaluated by cytospin preparations.Results (1) Azithromycin pretreatment significantly inhibited both the release of three neutrophil-mobilizing cytokines (MIP-2,CXCL-5 and GM-CSF) and the accumulation of neutrophils in airways caused by mlL-17 stimulation.(2) The levels of three neutrophil-mobilizing cytokines (IL-6,MIP-2 and GM-CSF) were positively correlated with the numbers of neutrophil in BAL fluid.Conclusions Azithromycin can inhibit neutrophil accumulation in the airways by affecting IL-17 downstream signals.This finding suggests that macrolide antibiotic application might be useful in prevention of neutrophilic pulmonary diseases characterized by high levels of IL-17.

  7. Antimicrobial susceptibility to azithromycin among Salmonella enterica Typhi and Paratyphi A isolates from India.

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    Misra, Richa; Prasad, Kashi Nath

    2016-12-01

    Decreased ciprofloxacin susceptibility (DCS) and multidrug resistance in typhoidal Salmonella isolates in areas of endemicity are significant therapeutic problems. Guidelines for azithromycin disc diffusion and MIC interpretive criteria for Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi were published recently by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute in 2015. We investigated the antimicrobial susceptibility pattern of azithromycin in 100 isolates of Salmonella Typhi (n=80), Paratyphi A (n=18) and B (n=2) recovered from bloodstream infections from January 2013 to December 2015. Zone sizes were extrapolated against MIC values, and a scatter plot was constructed. The azithromycin MICs by Etest ranged from 2 to 16 µg ml-1, while the disc diffusion diameters were from 13 to 22 mm. We observed that the margin of the zone of inhibition around the azithromycin disc may not be very clear and therefore difficult to interpret and that there was wide variation in the zone sizes for the same MIC value in both serovars. DCS was observed in 85 % of Salmonella Typhi recovered (68/80) and in 15/18 (83.3 %) Paratyphi A isolates. Judicious use of azithromycin is advocated as an alternative oral agent in endemic areas where DCS is common.

  8. [Susceptibility to azithromycin and other antibiotics in recent isolates of Salmonella, Shigella and Yersinia].

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    Martín-Pozo, Angeles; Arana, David M; Fuentes, Miriam; Alós, Juan-Ignacio

    2014-01-01

    Azithromycin represents an alternative option to treat bacterial diarrhea when the antibiotic therapy is indicated. Little is known regarding the susceptibility to azithromycin in enteropathogens in Spain. The MICs of azithromycin were determined by E-test against Salmonella non-typhi (SNT), Shigella and Yersinia isolates collected over the last three years (2010-2012). In addition, the susceptibility to other antibiotics usually used to treat gastrointestinal diseases was determined in these isolates by using a microdilution method. A total of 139 strains of SNT, Shigella and Yersinia were studied. All of them, except one strain, had a MIC≤16mg/L of azithromycin. In the adult population, 14.7% and 40.6% of SNT and Shigella isolates, respectively, were resistant to at least 2 of following antibiotics: amoxicillin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole and ciprofloxacin. In the pediatric population, 10% of SNT clinical isolates and 28.6% (2/7) of Shigella isolates were resistant to amoxicillin and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. In our experience, azithromycin would be a useful antibiotic alternative to treat bacterial diarrhea. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier España, S.L. y Sociedad Española de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica. All rights reserved.

  9. Azithromycin for episodes with asthma-like symptoms in young children aged 1-3 years: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.

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    Stokholm, Jakob; Chawes, Bo L; Vissing, Nadja H; Bjarnadóttir, Elín; Pedersen, Tine M; Vinding, Rebecca K; Schoos, Ann-Marie M; Wolsk, Helene M; Thorsteinsdóttir, Sunna; Hallas, Henrik W; Arianto, Lambang; Schjørring, Susanne; Krogfelt, Karen A; Fischer, Thea K; Pipper, Christian B; Bønnelykke, Klaus; Bisgaard, Hans

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    allocated 158 asthma-like episodes in 72 children (79 [50%] to azithromycin and 79 [50%] to placebo). The mean duration of the episode after treatment was 3·4 days for children receiving azithromycin compared with 7·7 days for children receiving placebo. Azithromycin caused a significant shortening of the episode of 63·3% (95% CI 56·0-69·3; pasthma-like symptoms in young children, suggesting that this drug could have a role in acute management of exacerbations. Further research is needed to disentangle the inflammatory versus antimicrobial aspects of this relation. Lundbeck Foundation, Danish Ministry of Health, Danish Council for Strategic Research, Capital Region Research Foundation. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Therapeutic efficacy of azithromycin, clarithromycin, minocycline and tosufloxacin against macrolide-resistant and macrolide-sensitive Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia in pediatric patients

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    Koseki, Naoko; Kaiho, Miki; Ariga, Tadashi; Kikuta, Hideaki; Togashi, Takehiro; Oba, Koji; Morita, Keisuke; Nagano, Naoko; Nakanishi, Masanori; Hara, Kazuya; Hazama, Kyosuke; Watanabe, Toru; Yamanaka, Tatsuru; Sasaki, Satoshi; Furuyama, Hideto; Shibata, Mutsuo; Shida, Satoru; Ishizaka, Akihito; Tabata, Yuichi; Aoyagi, Hayato; Naito, Hiroyuki; Yoshioka, Mikio; Horino, Atsuko; Kenri, Tsuyoshi

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    Objective To clarify therapeutic effects of azithromycin, clarithromycin, minocycline and tosufloxacin against macrolide-resistant Mycoplasma pneumoniae (MRMP) pneumonia and against macrolide-sensitive Mycoplasma pneumoniae (MSMP) pneumonia in pediatric patients. Methods A prospective, multicenter observational study was conducted from July 2013 to August 2015. The therapeutic effects of azithromycin, clarithromycin, minocycline and tosufloxacin were evaluated in 59 patients with pneumonia caused by MRMP and in 50 patients with pneumonia caused by MSMP. In vitro activities of antimicrobial agents against isolates of Mycoplasma pneumoniae were also measured. Results Mean durations of fever following commencement of treatment in patients infected with MRMP and MSMP were 5.2 and 1.9 days, respectively (log-rank test, P < 0.0001). Among patients infected with MRMP, mean durations of fever were 4.6, 5.5, 1.0 and 7.5 days for patients treated with azithromycin, clarithromycin, minocycline and tosufloxacin, respectively (log-rank test, P < 0.0001). Among patients infected with MSMP, mean durations of fever were 2.5, 1.7, 0.9 and 4.3 days for patients treated with azithromycin, clarithromycin, minocycline and tosufloxacin, respectively (log-rank test, P = 0.0162). The MIC90s of azithromycin and clarithromycin among the 27 isolates of MRMP were 64 and 256 μg/ml, respectively, and those among the 23 isolates of MSMP were <0.000125 and 0.001 μg/ml, respectively. The MIC90s of minocycline and tosufloxacin among the 27 isolates of MRMP were 1.0 and 0.25 μg/ml, respectively, and those among the 23 isolates of MSMP were 1.0 and 0.5 μg/ml, respectively. Conclusion Both minocycline and tosufloxacin showed good in vitro activities against MRMP. Minocycline, but not tosufloxacin, shortened the duration of fever in pediatric patients infected with MRMP compared to the duration of fever in patients treated with macrolides. PMID:28288170

  11. Study on rectal administration of azithromycin by suppository for pediatric use.

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    Maeda, Miyuki; Nakano, Yukitaka; Aoyama, Takahiko; Matsumoto, Yoshiaki; Fujito, Hiroshi

    2016-04-01

    Azithromycin (AZM) is widely used as a first-line treatment option for children with mycoplasma pneumonia. Although pharmacists perform medication counseling in the pediatric ward, children often experience vomiting as a result of oral AZM administration. Drugs that are administered rectally are generally considered to enter the circulation system without passing through the liver first. The aim of our study was to prepare an AZM suppository and investigate the pharmaceutical properties and well as pharmacokinetics of the rectal administration route in humans. Five healthy volunteers were enrolled in the study. All subjects provided written informed consent before participating in the study. Subjects were randomly assigned to either oral administration of oral AZM 500-mg tablet or rectal administration of 125-mg, 250-mg, or 500-mg AZM suppository. Blood samples for preparation of serum were collected predose as well as at 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 12, and 24 hours following the first rectal dose. Serum concentrations of AZM were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with electrochemical detection. The bioavailability of the AZM suppository through rectal administration was 20.3% compared to oral administration. We hypothesize that the surface area where AZM is absorbed also affects the absorption by rectal administration. Although further investigation is necessary to improve the absorption of AZM by the rectum and to ensure safety in children, the AZM suppository may be an effective preparation in cases where oral administration is not tolerated.

  12. Azithromycin Inhibits Mucus Hypersecretion from Airway Epithelial Cells

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    Takeshi Shimizu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available To examine the in vivo effects of the 15-member macrolide, azithromycin (AZM, on mucus hypersecretion, we induced hypertrophic and metaplastic changes of goblet cells in rat nasal epithelium by intranasal instillation of ovalbumin (OVA in OVA-sensitized rats, or by intranasal lipopolysaccharides (LPS instillation. Oral administration of AZM (5–10 mg/kg or clarithromycin (CAM, 5–10 mg/kg significantly inhibited OVA- and LPS-induced mucus production, whereas josamycin (JM or ampicillin (ABPC showed no effect. In vitro effects of AZM on airway epithelial cells were examined using NCI-H292 cells and human nasal epithelial cells cultured in air-liquid interface. Mucus secretion was evaluated by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay using an anti-MUC5AC monoclonal antibody. AZM or CAM significantly inhibited tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α (20 ng/mL-induced MUC5AC secretion from NCI-H292 cells at 10−6–10−7 M, whereas JM or ABPC showed no effect. AZM significantly inhibited TNF- (20 ng/mL-induced MUC5AC secretion from human nasal epithelial cells at 10−4 M. MUC5AC mRNA expression was also significantly inhibited. These results indicate that the 15-member macrolide, AZM, exerts direct inhibitory effects on mucus secretion from airway epithelial cells and that it may be useful for the treatment of mucus hypersecretion caused by allergic inflammation and LPS stimulation.

  13. Mathematical Modelling of the Electrode Process of Azithromycin Using Cyclic Voltammetry at Hanging Mercury Drop Electrode

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    Maha F. Tutunji

    2002-11-01

    Full Text Available A theoretical treatment is presented to predict the kinetic behaviour of azithromycin at the surface of hanging mercury drop electrode using cyclic voltammetry. A model is developed to incorporate the occurrence of adsorption of the oxidized and reduced species of azithromycin at the surface of mercury drop electrode. An analytical solution was obtained using MATHEMATICA (V-3, Wolfram Research, Inc. to predict the cyclic voltammetric profiles by calculating the currents resulting after applying variable potentials ranging –1.9 to –1.3 V versus Ag/AgCl. Simulation runs at different initial concentrations of azithromycin and different scan rates showed good agreement with experimental findings. However, this model should be modified to describe a multilayer adsorption with irreversible electrochemical reaction.

  14. Screening paediatric rectal forms of azithromycin as an alternative to oral or injectable treatment.

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    Kauss, Tina; Gaudin, Karen; Gaubert, Alexandra; Ba, Boubakar; Tagliaferri, Serena; Fawaz, Fawaz; Fabre, Jean-Louis; Boiron, Jean-Michel; Lafarge, Xavier; White, Nicholas J; Olliaro, Piero L; Millet, Pascal

    2012-10-15

    The aim of this study was to identify a candidate formulation for further development of a home or near-home administrable paediatric rectal form of a broad-spectrum antibiotic - specially intended for (emergency) use in tropical rural settings, in particular for children who cannot take medications orally and far from health facilities where injectable treatments can be given. Azithromycin, a broad-spectrum macrolide used orally or intravenously for the treatment of respiratory tract, skin and soft tissue infections, was selected because of its pharmacokinetic and therapeutic properties. Azithromycin in vitro solubility and stability in physiologically relevant conditions were studied. Various pharmaceutical forms, i.e. rectal suspension, two different rectal gels, polyethylene glycol (PEG) suppository and hard gelatin capsule (HGC) were assessed for in vitro dissolution and in vivo bioavailability in the rabbit. Azithromycin PEG suppository appears to be a promising candidate.

  15. Comparative study of the magnetic and electronic properties of Bi{sub 0.75}A{sub 0.25}MnO{sub 3}(x=28) with A=Ca and Sr

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    Garcia-Munoz, J.L. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona, C.S.I.C., Campus Universitari de Bellaterra, E-08193, Bellaterra, Barcelona (Spain)]. E-mail: garcia.munoz@icmab.es; Frontera, C. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona, C.S.I.C., Campus Universitari de Bellaterra, E-08193, Bellaterra, Barcelona (Spain); Beran, P. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona, C.S.I.C., Campus Universitari de Bellaterra, E-08193, Bellaterra, Barcelona (Spain); Bellido, N. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona, C.S.I.C., Campus Universitari de Bellaterra, E-08193, Bellaterra, Barcelona (Spain): Laboratoire CRISMAT, UMR CNRS/ISMRA, F-14050 Caen Cedex (France); Capdevila, X.G. [Dep. d' Enginyeria Quimica i Metal.lurgia, Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat de Quimica, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain); Calleja, A. [Dep. d' Enginyeria Quimica i Metal.lurgia, Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat de Quimica, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain); Lord, J.S. [ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Oxon OX11 0QX (United Kingdom); Ritter, C. [Institut Laue Langevin, BP 156, F-38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)

    2006-03-31

    We present a comparative investigation of the Bi manganites with commensurate composition x=14: Bi{sub 0.75}Sr{sub 0.25}MnO{sub 3} and Bi{sub 0.75}Ca{sub 0.25}MnO{sub 3}. {mu}SR and diffraction data confirm different structural, magnetic and electronic transitions in the two compounds. The robust charge-order phase detected with Sr do not occur in Bi{sub 0.75}Ca{sub 0.25}MnO{sub 3}, which present inhomogeneous magnetism and short-range charge order. In both compounds the application of magnetic fields produces a continuous progressive canting of the moments, visible even for relatively small fields ({mu}{sub 0}H-bar 1T)

  16. Mutations in 23S rRNA Confer Resistance against Azithromycin in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Marvig, Rasmus Lykke; Søndergaard, Mette S. R.; Pedersen, Søren Damkiær

    2012-01-01

    The emergence of antibiotic-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an important concern in the treatment of long-term airway infections in cystic fibrosis patients. In this study, we report the occurrence of azithromycin resistance among clinical P. aeruginosa DK2 isolates. We demonstrate that resis...... that resistance is associated with specific mutations (A2058G, A2059G, and C2611T in Escherichia coli numbering) in domain V of 23S rRNA and that introduction of A2058G and C2611T into strain PAO1 results in azithromycin resistance....

  17. Short-term azithromycin treatment promotes cornea allograft survival in the rat.

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    Katrin Wacker

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Any inflammatory response following corneal transplantation may induce rejection and irreversible graft failure. The purpose of this study is to analyze the anti-inflammatory effect of azithromycin (AZM following experimental keratoplasty in rats. METHODS: Corneal transplants were performed between Fisher-donor and Lewis-recipient rats. Recipients were postoperatively treated three times daily with AZM, miglyol, ofloxacin or dexamethasone eye drops. As an additional control, AZM was applied following syngeneic keratoplasty. Furthermore, short-term treatments with AZM for seven days perioperatively or with AZM only three days prior to the transplantation were compared to appropriate controls. All transplants were monitored clinically for opacity, edema, and vascularization. Infiltrating CD45(+, CD4(+, CD8(+, CD25(+, CD161(+ and CD163(+ cells were quantified via immunohistochemistry. RESULTS: AZM significantly promoted corneal graft survival compared with miglyol or ofloxacin treatment. This effect was comparable to topical dexamethasone. No adverse AZM effect was observed. Histology confirmed a significant reduction of infiltrating leukocytes. The short-term application of AZM for three days prior to transplantation or for seven days perioperatively reduced corneal graft rejection significantly compared with the controls. CONCLUSIONS: Along with antibiotic properties, topical AZM has a strong anti-inflammatory effect. Following keratoplasty, this effect is comparable to topical dexamethasone without the risk of steroid-induced adverse effects. Short-term treatment with AZM three days prior to the transplantation was sufficient to promote graft survival in the rat keratoplasty model. We therefore suggest further assessing the anti-inflammatory function of topical AZM following keratoplasty in humans.

  18. Killing of Staphylococcus aureus in murine macrophages by chloroquine used alone and in combination with ciprofloxacin or azithromycin

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    Dey S

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Somrita Dey, Biswadev BishayiDepartment of Physiology, Immunology Laboratory, University of Calcutta, University Colleges of Science and Technology, Calcutta, IndiaAbstract: This study aimed to determine any alteration in the killing of Staphylococcus aureus in murine peritoneal macrophages when chloroquine (CQ is used alone compared with when it is used in combination with ciprofloxacin (CIP or azithromycin (AZM. The study also aimed to find out the implication of reactive oxygen species (ROS production and cytokine release in the intracellular killing of S. aureus in macrophages. We present here data obtained with a model of S. aureus-infected mouse peritoneal macrophages in which the intracellular growth of the bacteria and the influence of antibiotics was monitored for 30, 60, and 90 minutes in the presence or absence of CQ along with the production of ROS and alteration in levels of antioxidant enzymes and cytokines. It was observed that S. aureus-triggered cytokine response was regulated when macrophages were co-cultured with CQ and AZM as compared with CQ stimulation only. It can be suggested that action of AZM in mediating bacterial killing is enhanced by the presence of CQ, indicating enhanced uptake of AZM during early infection that may be essential for bacteria killing by AZM. Reduction of oxidative stress burden on the S. aureus-infected macrophages may pave the way for better killing of internalized S. aureus by CQ plus ciprofloxacin (CIP or CQ plus AZM. Based on these observations, one may speculate that in an inflammatory milieu, CQ loaded with AZM elicits a stronger proinflammatory response by increasing the intracellular uptake of AZM or CIP, thus enabling the immune system to mount a more robust and prolonged response against intracellular pathogens.Keywords: azithromycin, ciprofloxacin, intracellular survival

  19. Cenozoic seawater Sr/Ca evolution

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    Sosdian, Sindia M.; Lear, Caroline H.; Tao, Kai; Grossman, Ethan L.; O'Dea, Aaron; Rosenthal, Yair

    2012-10-01

    Records of seawater chemistry help constrain temporal variations in geochemical processes that impact the global carbon cycle and climate through Earth's history. Here we reconstruct Cenozoic seawater Sr/Ca (Sr/Casw) using fossil Conus and turritellid gastropod Sr/Ca. Combined with an oxygen isotope paleotemperature record from the same samples, the gastropod record suggests that Sr/Caswwas slightly higher in the Eocene (˜11.4 ± 3 mmol/mol) than today (˜8.54 mmol/mol) and remained relatively stable from the mid- to late Cenozoic. We compare our gastropod Cenozoic Sr/Casw record with a published turritellid gastropod Sr/Casw record and other published biogenic (benthic foraminifera, fossil fish teeth) and inorganic precipitate (calcite veins) Sr/Caswrecords. Once the uncertainties with our gastropod-derived Sr/Casw are taken into account the Sr/Casw record agrees reasonably well with biogenic Sr/Caswrecords. Assuming a seawater [Ca] history derived from marine evaporite inclusions, all biogenic-based Sr/Casw reconstructions imply decreasing seawater [Sr] through the Cenozoic, whereas the calcite vein Sr/Casw reconstruction implies increasing [Sr] through the Cenozoic. We apply a simple geochemical model to examine the implications of divergence among these seawater [Sr] reconstructions and suggest that the interpretation and uncertainties associated with the gastropod and calcite vein proxies need to be revisited. Used in conjunction with records of carbonate depositional fluxes, our favored seawater Sr/Ca scenarios point to a significant increase in the proportion of aragonite versus calcite deposition in shelf sediments from the Middle Miocene, coincident with the proliferation of coral reefs. We propose that this occurred at least 10 million years after the seawater Mg/Ca threshold was passed, and was instead aided by declining levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

  20. Salmonella subtypes with increased MICs for Azithromycin in travelers returned to the Netherlands.

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    Hassing, R.J.; Goessens, W.H.; Pelt, van W.; Mevius, D.J.; Stricker, B.H.; Molhoek, W.M.L.; Verbon, A.; Genderen, P.J.

    2014-01-01

    Antimicrobial susceptibility was analyzed for 354 typhoidal Salmonella isolates collected during 1999-2012 in the Netherlands. In 16.1% of all isolates and in 23.8% of all isolates that showed increased MICs for ciprofloxacin, the MIC for azithromycin was increased. This resistance may complicate

  1. Analysis of azithromycin and its related compounds by RP-HPLC with UV detection.

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    Al-Rimawi, Fuad; Kharoaf, Maher

    2010-02-01

    A simple, validated stability-indicating liquid chromatographic method is developed for the analysis of azithromycin in raw material and in pharmaceutical forms. Liquid chromatography with a UV detector at a wavelength of 210 nm using a reversed-phase C(18) stationary phase has been employed in this study. Isocratic elution is employed using a mixture of phosphate buffer-methanol (20:80). This new method is validated in accordance with USP requirements for new methods for assay determination, which include accuracy, precision, specificity, linearity, and range. This method shows enough selectivity, sensitivity, accuracy, precision, and linearity range to satisfy Federal Drug Administration and International Conference of Harmonization regulatory requirements. The current method demonstrates good linearity over the range of 0.3-2.0 mg/mL of azithromycin. The accuracy of the method is 100.5% with a relative standard deviation of 0.2%. The precision of this method reflected by relative standard deviation of replicates is 0.2%. The method is sensitive with a detection limit of 0.0005 mg/mL for azithromycin. Impurities and degradation products of azithromycin can be selectively determined with a good resolution in both raw material and pharmaceutical forms.

  2. Suppressive therapy using azithromycin in 2 rare cases of recurrent staphylococcal infections.

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    Grobost, Vincent; Rigal, Emilie; Pavier, Yoann; Vidal, Magali; Mrozek, Natacha; Beytout, Jean; Laurichesse, Henri; Lesens, Olivier

    2014-05-01

    Recurrent staphylococcal skin and soft tissue infections may recur despite decontamination and multiple courses of antibiotic therapy and may dramatically impair the patient's quality of life. We report successful use of long-term azithromycin prophylaxis in a recurrent laryngitis and a scalp folliculitis due to methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus.

  3. Activity of ciprofloxacin and azithromycin on biofilms produced in vitro by Haemophilus influenzae

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    WANG Dong; WANG Ying; LIU You-ning

    2009-01-01

    Background It is recognized that Haemophilus influenzae isolated from patients with otitis media forms biofilms both in vitro and in vivo, suggesting that biofilm formation in vivo might play an important role in the pathogenesis and chronicity of otitis media, but the effect of antibiotics on biofilm has not been well studied. We investigated the impact of ciprofloxacin and azithromycin on bacterial biofilms formed by Haemophilus influenzae in vitro in this study.Methods Eleven strains of Haemophilus influenzae were isolated from sputum specimens collected from patients with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. Formation of bacterial biofilm was examined by crystal violet assay and a scanning electron microscope. Alterations of biofilms were measured under varying concentrations of azithromycin and ciprofloxacin.Results Striking differences were observed among strains with regard to the ability to form biofilm. Typical membrane-like structure formed by bacterial cells and extracellular matrix was detected. Initial biofilm synthesis was inhibited by azithromycin and ciprofloxacin at concentrations higher than two-fold minimal inhibitory concentration.Disruption of mature biofilms could be achieved at relatively higher concentration, and ciprofloxacin displayed more powerful activity.Conclusions Haemophilus influenzae is capable of forming biofilm in vitro. Sufficient dosage might control early formation of biofilms. Ciprofloxacin exerts better effects on breakdown of biofilm than azithromycin at conventional concentration in clinics.

  4. Impact of Mass Distribution of Azithromycin on the Antibiotic Susceptibilities of Ocular Chlamydia trachomatis

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    Solomon, Anthony W.; Mohammed, Zeena; Massae, Patrick A.; Shao, John F.; Foster, Allen; Mabey, David C. W.; Peeling, Rosanna W.

    2005-01-01

    In a community of Tanzania where trachoma is endemic, we cultured conjunctival swabs from all residents who had active trachoma and were PCR positive for ocular Chlamydia trachomatis, both before (43 isolates) and 2 months after (9 isolates) mass antibiotic treatment. No clinically or programmatically significant increase in azithromycin or tetracycline resistance was observed. PMID:16251338

  5. Impact of Mass Distribution of Azithromycin on the Antibiotic Susceptibilities of Ocular Chlamydia trachomatis

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    Solomon, Anthony W.; Mohammed, Zeena; Massae, Patrick A.; Shao, John F.; Foster, Allen; Mabey, David C.W.; Peeling, Rosanna W

    2005-01-01

    In a community of Tanzania where trachoma is endemic, we cultured conjunctival swabs from all residents who had active trachoma and were PCR positive for ocular Chlamydia trachomatis, both before (43 isolates) and 2 months after (9 isolates) mass antibiotic treatment. No clinically or programmatically significant increase in azithromycin or tetracycline resistance was observed.

  6. Salmonella subtypes with increased MICs for Azithromycin in travelers returned to the Netherlands.

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    Hassing, R.J.; Goessens, W.H.; Pelt, van W.; Mevius, D.J.; Stricker, B.H.; Molhoek, W.M.L.; Verbon, A.; Genderen, P.J.

    2014-01-01

    Antimicrobial susceptibility was analyzed for 354 typhoidal Salmonella isolates collected during 1999-2012 in the Netherlands. In 16.1% of all isolates and in 23.8% of all isolates that showed increased MICs for ciprofloxacin, the MIC for azithromycin was increased. This resistance may complicate em

  7. Decline in Decreased Cephalosporin Susceptibility and Increase in Azithromycin Resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Canada.

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    Martin, I; Sawatzky, P; Liu, G; Allen, V; Lefebvre, B; Hoang, L; Drews, S; Horsman, G; Wylie, J; Haldane, D; Garceau, R; Ratnam, S; Wong, T; Archibald, C; Mulvey, M R

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    Antimicrobial resistance profiles were determined for Neisseria gonorrhoeae strains isolated in Canada during 2010-2014. The proportion of isolates with decreased susceptibility to cephalosporins declined significantly between 2011 and 2014, whereas azithromycin resistance increased significantly during that period. Continued surveillance of antimicrobial drug susceptibilities is imperative to inform treatment guidelines.

  8. In-vitro antimalarial activity of azithromycin against chloroquine sensitive and chloroquine resistant Plasmodium falciparum.

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    Biswas S

    2001-10-01

    Full Text Available BAKGROUND: The spread of drug resistance in Plasmodium falciparum has made the situation essential to look into new effective therapeutic agents like antibiotics. Azithromycin is a potential, chemotherapeutic agent which possesses antimalarial activity and favourable pharmacokinetic properties. It is an azalide microbiocide derived semi-synthetically from macrolide erythromycin. Like other antibiotics, the azalide azithromycin has ability to inhibit protein synthesis on 70S ribosomes. SETTINGS: Experimental study. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The parasiticidal profile was studied in five chloroquine sensitive and five chloroquine resistant P. falciparum isolates obtained from various places of India. The antimalarial activity was evaluated in P. falciparum schizont maturation by short term culture for 24 hours and by exposing the parasites to the drug for 96 hours. Parasites synchronized at ring stage were put for culture with various concentrations of azithromycin dihydrate (0.01-40 micro/ml. RESULTS: At highest concentration (40 micro/ml, parasite growth was inhibited totally in all 10 isolates. Antimalarial activity at 96 hours was greater than at 24 hours in both chloroquine sensitive and resistant parasites, which may indicate that the inhibition of parasite growth may occur at clinically achievable concentration of the drug when parasites were exposed for several asexual cycles. CONCLUSION: Azithromycin shows a potential for eventual use alone or in combination in the treatment of chloroquine sensitive and resistant P. falciparum malaria.

  9. In vitro effects of four macrolides (roxithromycin, spiramycin, azithromycin (CP-62,993), and A-56268) on Toxoplasma gondii

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    Chang, H.R.; Pechere, J.C.

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    The effect of four macrolides against intracellular Toxoplasma gondii was determined in three different in vitro systems. Unactivated murine peritoneal macrophages were infected with the virulent RH strain of T. gondii. The activity of the macrolides was first measured with (/sup 3/H)uracil, which is incorporated by the parasite but not the host cell. The 50% inhibitory concentrations (IC50s) and 95% confidence limits were calculated at 54 (38 to 73), 140 (98 to 201), 147 (101 to 214), and 246 (187 to 325) micron for roxithromycin, azithromycin (CP-62,993), A-56268, and spiramycin, respectively. Inhibition of Toxoplasma growth was confirmed by microscopic examination of the infected macrophages after treatment with roxithromycin. Compared with untreated controls, roxithromycin concentrations near the IC50s decreased the number of infected cells, the number of tachyzoites per vacuole, and the number of cells containing rosettes (i.e., clusters of more than eight tachyzoites). After treatment with the four macrolides, tachyzoites were released from the macrophages and subcultured in HeLa cells, which are nonprofessional phagocytes, to assess the viability of the remaining parasites. This showed that the macrolides at concentrations corresponding to four times their 90% inhibitory concentrations (IC90s) had no significant killing effect. At 8 times the IC90, roxithromycin showed an incomplete killing effect, similar to that of the combination of pyrimethamine (0.41 microM)-sulfadiazine (99.42 microM). All macrolides tested showed inhibitory effects against intracellular T. gondii, but amounts of azithromycin and A-56268 corresponding to the IC90 appeared to be toxic against the host macrophages, which might have had nonspecific activity against Toxoplasma metabolism.

  10. A change of Sr cycle in the Ediacaran Ocean: Evidence from radiogenic and stable isotope ratios of Sr, in Three Gorges, South China.

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    Sawaki, Y.; Tahata, M.; Komiya, T.; Maruyama, S.

    2008-12-01

    Objective. To decode surface environmental changes and patterns of biological evolution during the Ediacaran Methods employed. We undertook deep drilling in Three Gorges area in South China to obtain continuous and fresh samples without surface alteration and oxidation. 87Sr/86Sr and 88Sr/86Sr ratios of the fresh carbonate rocks were measured with multiple collector-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometric techniques. We discuss the surface environmental change in the Ediacaran by comparing the Sr isotope ratios with 13C/12C and 18O/16O. Result. The chemostratigraphy of 87Sr/86Sr ratios of the drilled samples displays a smooth curve and two large positive shifts in the Ediacaran. The combination of the detailed chemostratigraphies of 13C/12C, 18O/16O, and 87Sr/86Sr enable us to find connections among them and indicates that the first large positive shift of 87Sr/86Sr is slightly preceded by negative 13C/12C and positive 18O/16O excursions. The second large positive shift of 87Sr/86Sr is simultaneous with positive 13C/12C shift and clearly precedes next negative 13C/12C excursion. Considering Mn content and Fe content of carbonate rocks, which respond to redox in the ocean, the first positive shift can be explained by Gaskiers glaciation. Exposed surface of continental crust were increased by regression accompanied by Gaskiers glaciation and enhanced weathering rate by rivers increased seawater 87Sr/86Sr. The second positive shift of 87Sr/86Sr is a long-term fluctuation. We speculate enhanced weathering rate, resulting from convergence of Gondwana supercontinent, as a cause of the second positive shift of 87Sr/86Sr. Chemostratigraphy of 88Sr/86Sr also displays a smooth curve. Before Gaskiers glaciation, 88Sr/86Sr curve have a negative correlation with 87Sr/86Sr fluctuation. We interpret that this negative correlation is explained by mass-dependent fractionation. When Sr are increased in ocean (high 87Sr/86Sr), 86Sr are selectively taken in carbonate (low 88Sr

  11. Effect of Wood Aging on Wine Mineral Composition and (87)Sr/(86)Sr Isotopic Ratio.

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    Kaya, Ayse D; Bruno de Sousa, Raúl; Curvelo-Garcia, António S; Ricardo-da-Silva, Jorge M; Catarino, Sofia

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    The evolution of mineral composition and wine strontium isotopic ratio (87)Sr/(86)Sr (Sr IR) during wood aging were investigated. A red wine was aged in stainless steel tanks with French oak staves (Quercus sessiliflora Salisb.), with three industrial scale replicates. Sampling was carried out after 30, 60, and 90 days of aging, and the wines were evaluated in terms of general analysis, phenolic composition, total polysaccharides, multielement composition, and Sr IR. Li, Be, Mg, Al, Sc, Ti, V, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, Ge, As, Rb, Sr, Y, Zr, Mo, Sb, Cs, Ba, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Dy, Ho, Er, Yb, Lu, Tl, and Pb elements and (87)Sr/(86)Sr were determined by quadrupole inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (Q-ICP-MS) and Na, K, Ca, and Fe by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS). Two-way ANOVA was applied to assess wood aging and time effect on Sr IR and mineral composition. Wood aging resulted in significantly higher concentrations of Mg, V, Co, Ni, and Sr. At the end of the aging period, wine exhibited statistically identical Sr IR compared to control. Study suggests that wood aging does not affect (87)Sr/(86)Sr, not precluding the use of this parameter for wine traceability purposes.

  12. Possible role of bonding angle and orbital mixing in iron pnictide superconductivity: Comparative electronic structure studies of LiFeAs and Sr2VO3FeAs

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    Kim, Y. K.; Koh, Y. Y.; Kyung, W. S.; Han, G. R.; Lee, B.; Kim, Kee Hoon; Ok, J. M.; Kim, Jun Sung; Arita, M.; Shimada, K.; Namatame, H.; Taniguchi, M.; Mo, S.-K.; Kim, C.

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    A well-known universal feature among iron pnictide superconductors is the correlation between the As-Fe-As bonding angle and the superconducting transition temperature. However, the origin of such a correlation has not been clearly understood despite its potential importance in understanding the mechanism of superconductivity. Here, we present comparative electronic structure studies of LiFeAs and Sr2VO3FeAs , two representative systems without any dopant that can show bonding angle dependence of the electronic structure. Captured distinct features of the higher Tc compound Sr2VO3FeAs such as an unusual kz modulation and anomalous polarization dependence suggest that the difference between the two systems is in the interorbital coupling strength. This could be the essential element of the bonding angle dependence that allows an enhanced pairing instability and Tc.

  13. Azithromycin for episodes with asthma-like symptoms in young children aged 1-3 years

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    Stokholm, Jakob; Chawes, Bo L; Vissing, Nadja H

    2016-01-01

    analysis) and placebo (24 [30%] of 79) groups (p=0·30), but we did not investigate bacterial resistance patterns after treatment. INTERPRETATION: Azithromycin reduced the duration of episodes of asthma-like symptoms in young children, suggesting that this drug could have a role in acute management......BACKGROUND: Bacteria and viruses are equally associated with the risk of acute episodes of asthma-like symptoms in young children, suggesting antibiotics as a potential treatment for such episodes. We aimed to assess the effect of azithromycin on the duration of respiratory episodes in young...... Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood 2010 cohort; a birth cohort consisting of the general Danish population of Zealand, including Copenhagen. Exclusion criteria were macrolide allergy, heart, liver, neurological, and kidney disease, and, before each treatment, one or more clinical signs of pneumonia...

  14. Synthesis of Cefixime and Azithromycin Nanoparticles: An Attempt to Enhance Their Antimicrobial Activity and Dissolution Rate

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    Farhat Ali Khan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study cefixime and azithromycin nanoparticles were prepared by antisolvent precipitation with syringe pump (APSP and evaporator precipitation nanosuspension (EPN methods. The nanoparticles were characterized by XRD, FTIR, SEM, and TGA. X-ray diffraction pattern of cefixime samples showed the amorphous form, while azithromycin samples showed crystalline form. The FTIR spectra of parental drugs and synthesized nanoparticles have no major structural changes detected. The SEM images showed that nanoparticles of both drugs have submicron sized and nanosized particles. TGA analyses showed that above 30°C the decomposition of cefixime samples starts and their weight gradually decreases up to 600°C, while, in case of azithromycin, 30°C to 250°C, very small changes occur in weight; from above 250°C decomposition of the sample took place to a greater extent. The antibacterial activities of raw drugs and prepared samples of nanoparticles were determined against Staphylococcus aureus, Shigella, E. coli, and Salmonella typhi by agar well diffusion method. Every time the nanoparticles samples showed better results than parental drugs. The dissolution rates of raw drugs and prepared nanoparticles were also determined. The results were always better for the synthesized nanoparticles than parental drug.

  15. Clinical Ef.cacy of Clearance of Azithromycin Treatment of Acne Vulgaris%阿奇霉素间隙疗法治疗寻常性痤疮疗效观察

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    马凌宇; 高燕文

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨阿奇霉素间隙疗法治疗寻常性痤疮的临床疗效.方法 78 例寻常性痤疮患者随机分为对照组和治疗组各39 例,治疗组给予阿奇霉素分散片间隙口服,对照组给予四环素片口服,两组患者均给予维A酸乳膏外用.在治疗4、6、8周后比较两组的疗效及不良反应.结果 阿奇霉素治疗组的治愈率明显优于对照组,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 阿奇霉素间隙疗法治疗寻常性痤疮疗效肯定,不良反应少,安全性高.%Objective: To investigate the method clearance of azithromycin treatment of acne vulgaris Clinical efficacy. Methods:78 cases of acne vulgaris were treated by two different approaches. Treatment group received oral azithromycin tablet space, and control group was given oral tetracycline tablets, two groups of patients were treated with external application of Vitamin A acid cream. Clinical efficacy by these two groups were compared after treated for 4,6,8 weeks. Results:The total effective rate of azithromycin treatment group was Significantly better than the control group, the difference was statistically significant (P<0.05). Conclusion:Clearance of azithromycin treatment of acne vulgaris can improve the therapeutic effect, and with few adverse reactions.

  16. 萘酚喹单用及其与阿奇霉素伍用体外抑制恶性疟原虫作用研究%In vitro response of Plasmodium falciparum to naphthoquine combined with azithromycin

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    李豫; 陈华; 杨恒林

    2011-01-01

    Objective To examine the in vitro response of naphthoquine-sensitive Plasmodium falciparum and naph-thoquine-resistant P. Falciparum to naphthoquine combined with azithromycin. Methods Riekmann's in vitro microtechnique was used to measure the sensitivity of P. Falciparum to drugs used alone or in combination. The ID50 for the drugs used alone was compared to the ID50 for the drugs used in combination. Results With naphthoquine-sensitive P. Falciparum, naphthoquine had an ID50 of 2. 11 nmol/L and azithromycin had an ID50 of 3. 21 nmol/L. When naphthoquine was combined with azithromycin, naphthoquine and azithromycin had an ID50 of 0. 18 and 0. 15 nmol/L and fractional inhibitory concentration(FIC) of 0. 14. With naphthoquine-resistant P. Falciparum, naphthoquine and azithromycin a-lone had an ID50 of 57. 62 and 55. 21 nmol/L, respectively. When naphthoquine was combined with azithromycin, naphthoquine and azithromycin had an ID50 of 7. 07 and 6. 06 nmol/L and FIC of 0. 28. Conclusion Naphthoquine combined with azithromycin had an obvious effect on both naphthoquine-sensitive and naphthoquine-resistant P. Falciparum in vitro.%目的 比较萘酚喹单用及其与阿奇霉素伍用体外对恶性疟原虫的作用.方法 采用Riekmann体外微量法测定恶性疟原虫对上述药物的敏感性,将单一药物组的半数抑制量(IDs0)与伍用药物组进行对比研究.结果 萘酚喹、阿奇霉素单用对恶性疟原虫萘酚喹敏感株的ID50分别为2.11和3.21 nmol/L,萘酚喹与阿奇霉素伍用对恶性疟原虫萘酚喹敏感株的ID50为0.18和0.15 nmol/L,协同效应(FIC)值为0.14;单用对恶性疟原虫萘酚喹抗性株的ID50为57.62和55.21 nmol/L;萘酚喹、阿奇霉素伍用对恶性疟原虫萘酚喹抗性株的ID50为7.07和6.06 nmol/L,FIC值为0.28.配伍药物中各药的FIC值总和均小于1.结论 萘酚喹、阿奇霉素伍用对杀灭恶性疟原虫萘酚喹敏感株和抗性株有增效作用.

  17. Comparative study of magnetic and magnetotransport properties of Sm0.55Sr0.45MnO3 thin films grown on different substrates

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    Manoj K. Srivastava

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Highly oriented polycrystalline Sm0.55Sr0.45MnO3 thin films (thickness ∼100 nm deposited on LaAlO3 (LAO, (001, SrTiO3 (STO, (001 and (La0.18Sr0.82 (Al0.59Ta0.41O3 (LSAT, (001 single crystal substrates by ultrasonic nebulized spray pyrolysis have been studied. The out of plane lattice parameter (OPLP of the film on LAO is slightly larger than that of the corresponding bulk. In contrast, the OPLP of the films on STO and LSAT are slightly smaller than the corresponding bulk value. This suggests that the film on LAO is under compressive strain while LSAT and STO are under tensile strain. The films on LAO and LSAT show simultaneous paramagnetic-ferromagnetic (PM–FM and insulator-metal transition (IMT temperature at TC/TIM ∼ 165 K and 130 K, respectively. The PM–FM and IM transition occur at TC ∼ 120 K and TIM ∼ 105 K, respectively in the film on STO substrate. At T 99 % over a very wide temperature range of ∼40 K centred on TC/TIM. In the lower temperature region the magnetic field dependent isothermal resistivity also shows signature of metamagnetic transitions. The observed results have been explained in terms of the variation of the relative fractions of the coexisting FM and AFM–CO phases as a function of the substrate induced strain and oxygen vacancy induced quenched disorder.

  18. The growth of a single crystal of Sr3CuIrO6 and its magnetic behavior compared to polycrystals

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    Asad Niazi; P L Paulose; E V Sampathkumaran; Ute Ch Rodewald; W Jeitschko

    2002-05-01

    We have grown single crystals of the psuedo-one-dimensional compound Sr3CuIrO6, a K4CdCl6-derived monoclinic structure with Cu–Ir chains along the [101] direction. We present the ac and dc magnetization behavior of the single crystals in comparison with that of the polycrystalline form reported earlier. There is a distinct evidence for at least two magnetic transitions, at 5 K (1) and 19 K (2), with different relative magnitudes in the single and polycrystals. The low temperature magnetic relaxation behavior of both the forms is found to be widely different, exhibiting unexpected time dependence.

  19. Effect of Azithromycin on Function of Peripheral Blood Dendritic Cells in Children with Bronchial Asthma

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    Xuan WANG

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To observe the effect of azithromycin on the function of dendritic cells (DCs originated from peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs in children with bronchial asthma so as to explore the action mechanism of azithromycin in immunoregulation.Methods: Totally 32 children with bronchial asthma were selected as observation group, and 30 healthy children through physical examination as control group. Under sterile condition, PBMCs were prepared using density gradient centrifugation, and DCs were induced by recombinant human granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (rhGM-CSF and recombinant human interleukin-4 (rhIL-4 in vitro. Observation group was intervened by different concentrations of azithromycin (0.0, 0.1 and 10.0 mg/L, while control group didn’t receive any intervention. The expression rates of CD80, CD83 and CD86 on the surface of DCs were detected using flow cytometry, and the levels of IL-10 and IL-12 in the cultured supernate were measured by double antibody sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA.Results: The expression rate of CD86 was significantly higher, whereas the levels of IL-10 and IL-12 were markedly lower in observation group than in control group, and the differences were statistically significant (P<0.05 or P<0.01. In observation group, the level of IL12 was positively correlated with that of IL-10 (r=0.736, P<0.01, but no correlation was shown between the levels of IL-10 and IL-12 in control group (r=0.228, P>0.05. Significant difference was not shown by comparison to the expression rates of CD83, CD80 and CD86 on the surface of DCs intervened by azithromycin at 0.0, 0.1 and 10.0 mg/L (P>0.05. The levels of IL-10 at 0.1 and 10.0 mg/L were dramatically lower than that at 0.0 mg/L (P<0.01, and the level of IL-12 at 0.1 mg/L was notably lower than those at 0.0 and 10.0 mg/L (P<0.01.Conclusion: DCs in children with bronchial asthma are imperfect, and are mainly marked by increase of CD86

  20. Single-dose extended-release oral azithromycin vs. 3-day azithromycin for the treatment of group A beta-haemolytic streptococcal pharyngitis/tonsillitis in adults and adolescents: a double-blind, double-dummy study.

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    Jorgensen, D M

    2009-12-01

    The azithromycin immediate-release formulation (AZ-IR) provides effective treatment for group A beta-haemolytic streptococcal pharyngitis in adults. Single-dose therapy with a novel azithromycin extended-release (AZ-ER) formulation could reduce treatment failure and eliminate non-compliance contributing to antimicrobial resistance. A randomized, double-blind, double-dummy, multicentre trial was conducted comparing AZ-ER (single oral 2-g dose) with AZ-IR (3 days, 500 mg once daily) for the treatment of group A beta-haemolytic streptococcal pharyngitis/tonsillitis in adults and adolescents (n = 598). The primary endpoint was bacteriological eradication at test -of-cure (TOC; day 24-28) in the bacteriological per-protocol population (n = 420). Bacteriological eradication was achieved in 85.4% (175/205) and 81.4% (175/215) of subjects in the AZ-ER and AZ-IR groups, respectively (95% CI -3.1-11.1). Clinical cure at TOC occurred in 99.0% of subjects in the AZ-ER group and in 96.7% in the AZ-IR group. At long-term follow-up, bacteriological recurrence was observed in 5.5% (9/163) and 7.7% (12/156), respectively. Both treatments were well tolerated; and most adverse events (AEs) were mild to moderate in intensity. The most frequent treatment-related AE was diarrhoea, or loose stools, in 11% of both treatment groups. AZ-ER-treated and AZ-IR-treated subjects had AE burdens (AE days/patient-year) of 7.6 days and 9.2 days, respectively. A similar trend in favour of AZ-ER was noted for treatment-related diarrhoea burden (1.9 days vs. 2.5 days). A single 2-g dose of AZ-ER is as effective and well tolerated as 3 days of AZ-IR (500 mg once daily) for treating group A beta-haemolytic streptococcal pharyngitis/tonsillitis in adults and adolescents.

  1. Non-participation during azithromycin mass treatment for trachoma in The Gambia: heterogeneity and risk factors.

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    Tansy Edwards

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available There is concern that untreated individuals in mass drug administration (MDA programs for neglected tropical diseases can reduce the impact of elimination efforts by maintaining a source of transmission and re-infection.Treatment receipt was recorded against the community census during three MDAs with azithromycin for trachoma in The Gambia, a hypo-endemic setting. Predictors of non-participation were investigated in 1-9 year olds using random effects logistic regression of cross-sectional data for each MDA. Two types of non-participators were identified: present during MDA but not treated (PNT and eligible for treatment but absent during MDA (EBA. PNT and EBA children were compared to treated children separately. Multivariable models were developed using baseline data and validated using year one and two data, with a priori adjustment for previous treatment status. Analyses included approximately 10000 children at baseline and 5000 children subsequently. There was strong evidence of spatial heterogeneity, and persistent non-participation within households and individuals. By year two, non-participation increased significantly to 10.4% overall from 6.2% at baseline, with more, smaller geographical clusters of non-participating households. Multivariable models suggested household level predictors of non-participation (increased time to water and household head non-participation for both PNT and EBA; increased household size for PNT status only; non-inclusion in a previous trachoma examination survey and younger age for EBA only. Enhanced coverage efforts did not decrease non-participation. Few infected children were detected at year three and only one infected child was EBA previously. Infected children were in communities close to untreated endemic areas with higher rates of EBA non-participation during MDA.In hypo-endemic settings, with good coverage and no association between non-participation and infection, efforts to improve participation

  2. Facile Synthesis of SrCO3-Sr(OH2/PPy Nanocomposite with Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity under Visible Light

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    Alfredo Márquez-Herrera

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Pyrrole monomer was chemically polymerized onto SrCO3-Sr(OH2 powders to obtain SrCO3-Sr(OH2/polypyrrole nanocomposite to be used as a candidate for photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye (MB. The material was characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy, UV/Vis spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction (XRD. It was observed from transmission electronic microscopy (TEM analysis that the reported synthesis route allows the production of SrCO3-Sr(OH2 nanoparticles with particle size below 100 nm which were embedded within a semiconducting polypyrrole matrix (PPy. The SrCO3-Sr(OH2 and SrCO3-Sr(OH2/PPy nanocomposites were tested in the photodegradation of MB dye under visible light irradiation. Also, the effects of MB dye initial concentration and the catalyst load on photodegradation efficiency were studied and discussed. Under the same conditions, the efficiency of photodegradation of MB employing the SrCO3-Sr(OH2/PPy nanocomposite increases as compared with that obtained employing the SrCO3-Sr(OH2 nanocomposite.

  3. Comparative infrared study of optimally doped and underdoped La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} single crystals

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    Pignon, B; Gruener, G; Phuoc, V Ta; Gervais, F; Ammor, L [Laboratoire d' Electrodynamique des Materiaux Avances, UMR 6157 CNRS-CEA, Universite Francois Rabelais, Faculte des Sciences et Techniques, Parc de Grandmont, 37200 Tours (France); Marin, C [Departement de Recherche Fondamentale sur la Matiere Condensee, Service de Physique Statistique, Magnetisme et Supraconductivite, CEA-Grenoble, 17 Rue des Martyrs, 28054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)

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    The temperature dependence of the optical spectra of two La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} single crystals was investigated for both in-plane and out-of-plane directions. For the underdoped (x = 0.08) single crystal, the in-plane optical conductivity that was analysed by a generalized Drude formalism shows a suppression of the scattering rate 1/{tau}({omega}) and an increased effective mass m{sup *} as the temperature decreases at low frequencies. Since this behaviour can be explained by the pseudogap effect, it is concluded that the pseudogap is not present at the optimal doping (x = 0.15). This result is confirmed by the c-axis optical conductivity, which decreases only for the underdoped single crystal. The absence of the pseudogap at the optimal composition is in accord with the quantum critical point model and it can explain the phase diagram of high-temperature superconductors.

  4. A comparative study based on the first principles calculations of ATiO3 ( A = Ba, Ca, Pb and Sr) perovskite structure

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    Kamruzzaman, M.; Helal, M. A.; Ara, I. E.; Farid Ul Islam, A. K. M.; Rahaman, M. M.

    2016-10-01

    Structural, electronic, elastic, thermodynamic, vibrational and optical properties of the cubic phase of ATiO3 ( A = Ba, Ca, Pb and Sr) crystals have been carried out based on the density functional theory (DFT). The calculated equilibrium lattice parameters, band structures, elastic constants and the elastic moduli of ATiO3 are in good agreement with the theoretical and experimental results. The ferroelectric phenomenon of the crystals has been analyzed based on the nature of their phonon spectra. The phonon frequencies and the Born effective charges have been calculated to elucidate the ferroelectric instability of the cubic phase of ATiO3 by calculating the interatomic forces for several small displacements consistent with the symmetry of modes.

  5. The activity of azithromycin against Leishmania (Viannia braziliensis and Leishmania (Leishmania amazonensis in the golden hamster model A atividade da azitromicina contra a Leishmania (Viannia braziliensis e a Leishmania (Leishmania amazonensis no modelo golden hamster

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    Ángel Sinagra

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available New therapeutic alternatives against leishmaniasis remain a priority. The activity of azithromycin against Leishmania (Leishmania major has been previously demonstrated. Different responses among species of Leishmania make species-specific drug screening necessary. The activity of azithromycin against Leishmania (Viannia braziliensis and Leishmania (Leishmania amazonensis was evaluated in golden hamsters infected through footpad injections of metacyclic promastigotes, and compared with untreated controls and animals treated with meglumine antimoniate. Footpad thickness, lesion cultures and dissemination sites were analyzed. Treatment of golden hamsters with oral azithromycin at 450mg/kg had no activity against infections with Leishmania (Leishmania amazonensis. For infections due to Leishmania (Viannia braziliensis, azithromycin demonstrated significant activity relative to untreated controls, but inferior to meglumine antimoniate, for controlling lesion size. Neither drug was able to totally eliminate parasites from the lesions. It was concluded that azithromycin has activity against Leishmania (Viannia braziliensis but not against Leishmania (Leishmania amazonensis in this model.Novas alternativas terapêuticas contra a leishmaniose são ainda uma prioridade. A atividade da azitromicina contra a Leishmania (Leishmania major foi anteriormente demonstrada. Diferentes respostas entre as espécies de Leishmania fazem com que um screening de drogas específicas para espécies seja necessário. A atividade da azitromicina contra a Leishmania (Viannia braziliensis e a Leishmania (Leishmania amazonensis foi avaliada em Golden hamsters infectados a través de injeções de promastigotas metacíclicas e comparando com controles sem tratamento e animais tratados com antimoniato de N-metil-glucamina. Foram analisadas a espessura da pata, a cultura das lesões e disseminação para órgãos internos. A azitromicina oral em dose de 450mg/kg não teve

  6. The effect of azithromycin on ivermectin pharmacokinetics--a population pharmacokinetic model analysis.

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    Ahmed El-Tahtawy

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: A recent drug interaction study reported that when azithromycin was administered with the combination of ivermectin and albendazole, there were modest increases in ivermectin pharmacokinetic parameters. Data from this study were reanalyzed to further explore this observation. A compartmental model was developed and 1,000 interaction studies were simulated to explore extreme high ivermectin values that might occur. METHODS AND FINDINGS: A two-compartment pharmacokinetic model with first-order elimination and absorption was developed. The chosen final model had 7 fixed-effect parameters and 8 random-effect parameters. Because some of the modeling parameters and their variances were not distributed normally, a second mixture model was developed to further explore these data. The mixture model had two additional fixed parameters and identified two populations, A (55% of subjects, where there was no change in bioavailability, and B (45% of subjects, where ivermectin bioavailability was increased 37%. Simulations of the data using both models were similar, and showed that the highest ivermectin concentrations fell in the range of 115-201 ng/mL. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first pharmacokinetic model of ivermectin. It demonstrates the utility of two modeling approaches to explore drug interactions, especially where there may be population heterogeneity. The mechanism for the interaction was identified (an increase in bioavailability in one subpopulation. Simulations show that the maximum ivermectin exposures that might be observed during co-administration with azithromycin are below those previously shown to be safe and well tolerated. These analyses support further study of co-administration of azithromycin with the widely used agents ivermectin and albendazole, under field conditions in disease control programs.

  7. Analysis of antibiotics susceptibility and isolation of Haemophilus unsusceptible to azithromycin%阿奇霉素非敏感嗜血杆菌的分离及其药敏试验观察

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    朱海平; 易思华; 张羿; 姚立琼; 陈保锦; 金凤玲

    2012-01-01

    目的 了解2008~2011年阿奇霉素非敏感嗜血杆菌的分离情况及药敏试验特点,为临床治疗提供依据.方法 统计分析2008~2011年本院临床送检呼吸道标本阿奇霉素非敏感嗜血杆菌分离情况,分析其对常用抗菌药物的药敏试验结果,并与阿奇霉素敏感菌株进行对比观察.结果 22 986份呼吸道标本,分离嗜血杆菌1 900株,其中阿奇霉素非敏感菌株共计389株,分离率为21.48%,4年间呈逐年上升趋势;阿奇霉素非敏感嗜血杆菌菌株构成以副流感嗜血杆菌为主,占79.18%,而流感嗜血杆菌只占20.82%.阿奇霉素非敏感流感嗜血杆菌对阿莫西林/克拉维酸、氨苄西林/舒巴坦、头孢呋辛3种抗菌药物的耐药率高于副流感嗜血杆菌,且两种嗜血杆菌对头孢曲松、头孢泊肟、氨曲南、美罗培南和左氧氟沙星均表现敏感性降低.2008~2011年间阿奇霉素非敏感嗜血杆菌对氨苄西林耐药率逐年增高;与敏感菌株相比,流感嗜血杆菌非敏感株对氨苄西林、氨苄西林/舒巴坦、头孢曲松、氨曲南、左氧氟沙星耐药率或非敏感率显著增高;而对于副流感嗜血杆菌,非敏感菌株对试验药物耐药率或非敏感率均显著增高.结论 嗜血杆菌阿奇霉素非敏感菌株逐年增加,其对常用抗菌药物的耐药率或非敏感率均高于阿奇霉素敏感株.%Objective To evaluate the status and antimicrobial susceptibility of azithromycin unsusceptible haemophilus strains I solated from respiratory tract infection from 2008 to 2011, to provide a basis for clinical treatment. Methods Azithromycin unsus ceptible haemophilus strains isolated from respiratory tract specimens from 2008 to 2011 was analyzed by statistic methods, and their susceptibility to commonly used antibiotics was analyzed and compared with azithromycin susceptible strains. Results 1 900 haemophilus isolated from 22 986 respiratory specimens, among which 389 strains were

  8. Evaluation of short-term clinical efficacy of 3-day therapy with azithromycin in comparison with 5-day cefcapene-pivoxyl for acute streptococcal tonsillopharyngitis in primary care.

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    Koga, Takeharu; Rikimaru, Toru; Tokunaga, Naoto; Higashi, Toshihiro; Nakamura, Masahiro; Ichikawa, Yoichiro; Matsuo, Kazuhiko

    2011-08-01

    Group A streptococcal (GAS) tonsillopharyngitis is one of the few conditions for which antibiotics are advocated among common upper respiratory infections. Although a 3-day course of azithromycin is attracting attention as a treatment of choice for the condition, it is not clear if the efficacy of the treatment is comparable with that of treatment with cephalosporins. A prospective, randomized, comparative multicenter study was conducted to compare the efficacy of azithromycin (AZM) given once daily for 3 days with that of cefcapene-pivoxyl (CFPN-PI) divided into three daily doses for 5 days. 88 patients (male: 38, mean age: 16.5) were treated with AZM and 69 (male: 34, mean age: 16.9) with CFPN-PI. The symptoms of all but 5 (2 for AZM and 3 for CFPN-PI) of the patients were resolved by the 8th day of the treatment. By the 4th day of the treatment, criteria for clinical efficacy were fulfilled in 71 (80.7%) subjects who were treated with AZM and in 48 (67.6%) of those treated with CFPN-PI (p = 0.07). The same figures on the 8th day of the treatment were 86 (97.7%) and 68 (95.8%), respectively (p = 0.66), confirming there was no significant difference in clinical efficacy between the two treatments. Mild adverse reactions were reported by two patients treated with AZM and by none treated with CFPN-PI. The clinical efficacy of a 3-day course with AZM was comparable with that of a 5-day course of CFPN-PI for GAS tonsillopharyngitis.

  9. Effect of azithromycin on the LPS-induced production and secretion of phospholipase A2 in lung cells.

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    Kitsiouli, Eirini; Antoniou, Georgia; Gotzou, Helen; Karagiannopoulos, Michalis; Basagiannis, Dimitris; Christoforidis, Savvas; Nakos, George; Lekka, Marilena E

    2015-07-01

    Azithromycin is a member of macrolides, utilized in the treatment of infections. Independently, these antibiotics also possess anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties. Phospholipase A2 isotypes, which are implicated in the pathophysiology of inflammatory lung disorders, are produced by alveolar macrophages and other lung cells during inflammatory response and can promote lung injury by destructing lung surfactant. The aim of the study was to investigate whether in lung cells azithromycin can inhibit secretory and cytosolic phospholipases A2, (sPLA2) and (cPLA2), respectively, which are induced by an inflammatory trigger. In this respect, we studied the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-mediated production or secretion of sPLA2 and cPLA2 from A549 cells, a cancer bronchial epithelial cell line, and alveolar macrophages, isolated from bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of ARDS and control patients without cardiopulmonary disease or sepsis. Pre-treatment of cells with azithromycin caused a dose-dependent decrease in the LPS-induced sPLA2-IIA levels in A549 cells. This inhibition was rather due to reduced PLA2G2A mRNA expression and secretion of sPLA2-IIA protein levels, as observed by western blotting and indirect immunofluorescence by confocal microscopy, respectively, than to the inhibition of the enzymic activity per se. On the contrary, azithromycin had no effect on the LPS-induced production or secretion of sPLA2-IIA from alveolar macrophages. The levels of LPS-induced c-PLA2 were not significantly affected by azithromycin in either cell type. We conclude that azithromycin exerts anti-inflammatory properties on lung epithelial cells through the inhibition of both the expression and secretion of LPS-induced sPLA2-IIA, while it does not affect alveolar macrophages.

  10. Assessing the role of submarine groundwater discharge as a source of Sr to the Mediterranean Sea

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    Trezzi, Giada; Garcia-Orellana, Jordi; Rodellas, Valentí; Masqué, Pere; Garcia-Solsona, Ester; Andersson, Per S.

    2017-03-01

    Submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) has been identified as an important source of Sr to the ocean and the SGD-driven Sr flux to the global ocean has been recently re-evaluated (Beck et al., 2013). However, the uncertainty of this value is still high because of the uncertainties related to the determination of SGD flow rates and the paucity of 87Sr/86Sr data in SGD end-members. As carbonates have high Sr concentrations and are subjected to intense heightened weathering, they might significantly influence the SGD input of Sr to the ocean. Here we present data on Sr concentrations and 87Sr/86Sr ratios in three carbonate dominated sites of the western area of the Mediterranean Sea, a semi-enclosed basin characterized by abundant coastal carbonates. The 87Sr/86Sr ratios in groundwater were lower compared to modern seawater (∼0.70916), as expected for areas dominated by carbonate lithologies. Concentrations of Sr and 87Sr/86Sr ratios in groundwater showed conservative mixing in the studied subterranean estuaries. By using SGD flow rates reported in the literature for the study areas, a flow-weighted fresh SGD end-member characterized by a Sr concentration of 27-30 μM and a 87Sr/86Sr ratio of 0.707834-0.708020 was calculated for the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Integrating these Sr data with literature data (i.e. values of Sr concentration and 87Sr/86Sr ratio from other lithologies as well as SGD flow rates), we also calculated the fresh SGD-driven Sr flux to the entire Mediterranean Sea, obtaining a value of (0.34-0.83)·109 mol y-1, with a 87Sr/86Sr of 0.7081-0.7086. Thus, for the entire Mediterranean basin, SGD is globally a source of Sr less radiogenic compared to seawater. The SGD Sr flux to the Mediterranean Sea represents 5-6% of the SGD Sr flux to the global ocean and the Mediterranean SGD end-member has higher Sr concentration (5-12 μM) than the global SGD end-member (2.9 μM). This confirms the significant role of carbonate lithologies on SGD

  11. Attenuation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation by Vitexin: A combinatorial study with azithromycin and gentamicin

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    Das, Manash C.; Sandhu, Padmani; Gupta, Priya; Rudrapaul, Prasenjit; de, Utpal C.; Tribedi, Prosun; Akhter, Yusuf; Bhattacharjee, Surajit

    2016-03-01

    Microbial biofilm are communities of surface-adhered cells enclosed in a matrix of extracellular polymeric substances. Extensive use of antibiotics to treat biofilm associated infections has led to the emergence of multiple drug resistant strains. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is recognised as a model biofilm forming pathogenic bacterium. Vitexin, a polyphenolic group of phytochemical with antimicrobial property, has been studied for its antibiofilm potential against Pseudomonas aeruginosa in combination with azithromycin and gentamicin. Vitexin shows minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) at 260 μg/ml. It’s antibiofilm activity was evaluated by safranin staining, protein extraction, microscopy methods, quantification of EPS and in vivo models using several sub-MIC doses. Various quorum sensing (QS) mediated phenomenon such as swarming motility, azocasein degrading protease activity, pyoverdin and pyocyanin production, LasA and LasB activity of the bacteria were also evaluated. Results showed marked attenuation in biofilm formation and QS mediated phenotype of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in presence of 110 μg/ml vitexin in combination with azithromycin and gentamicin separately. Molecular docking of vitexin with QS associated LuxR, LasA, LasI and motility related proteins showed high and reasonable binding affinity respectively. The study explores the antibiofilm potential of vitexin against P. aeruginosa which can be used as a new antibiofilm agent against microbial biofilm associated pathogenesis.

  12. From Erythromycin to Azithromycin and New Potential Ribosome-Binding Antimicrobials

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    Dubravko Jelić

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Macrolides, as a class of natural or semisynthetic products, express their antibacterial activity primarily by reversible binding to the bacterial 50S ribosomal subunits and by blocking nascent proteins’ progression through their exit tunnel in bacterial protein biosynthesis. Generally considered to be bacteriostatic, they may also be bactericidal at higher doses. The discovery of azithromycin from the class of macrolides, as one of the most important new drugs of the 20th century, is presented as an example of a rational medicinal chemistry approach to drug design, applying classical structure-activity relationship that will illustrate an impressive drug discovery success story. However, the microorganisms have developed several mechanisms to acquire resistance to antibiotics, including macrolide antibiotics. The primary mechanism for acquiring bacterial resistance to macrolides is a mutation of one or more nucleotides from the binding site. Although azithromycin is reported to show different, two-step process of the inhibition of ribosome function of some species, more detailed elaboration of that specific mode of action is needed. New macrocyclic derivatives, which could be more potent and less prone to escape bacterial resistance mechanisms, are also continuously evaluated. A novel class of antibiotic compounds—macrolones, which are derived from macrolides and comprise macrocyclic moiety, linker, and either free or esterified quinolone 3-carboxylic group, show excellent antibacterial potency towards key erythromycin-resistant Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial strains, with possibly decreased potential of bacterial resistance to macrolides.

  13. Evidence of improved small airways function after azithromycin treatment in diffuse panbronchiolitis.

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    Hanon, Shane; Verbanck, Sylvia; Schuermans, Daniel; Vanden Berghe, Bram; Vanderhelst, Eef; Vincken, Walter

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    A 67-year-old never-smoker was diagnosed with diffuse panbronchiolitis (DPB) and was started on 250 mg azithromycin twice weekly. Over a 16-month observation period, lung function was assessed monthly, including a dedicated small airways test, the multiple breath nitrogen washout (MBW) with indices S(cond) and S(acin) of ventilation heterogeneity at the level of the conductive and acinar air spaces, respectively. Baseline measurements indicated moderate airway obstruction, air trapping and considerable dysfunction of the small airways around the acinar entrance. Treatment resulted in excellent symptomatic improvement paralleled by marked improvements in FEV(1), FVC, RV/TLC, S(cond) and S(acin); by contrast, there were no consistent changes in FEF(75) or TL(CO). While improvements were such that S(cond) fell within normal limits after 5 months, S(acin) remained abnormal even after 16 months of treatment. This suggests a distinct acinar structural abnormality in DPB that cannot be reversed by azithromycin.

  14. Azithromycin, fluoroquinolone and chloramphenicol resistance of non-chlamydia conjunctival bacteria in rural community of Ethiopia

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    Bayeh Abera

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To determine profiles of non-chlamydia conjunctival bacteria and their antimicrobial susceptibility from adults who underwent trachomatous trichiasis surgery in rural areas of Ethiopia. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in rural districts in West Gojjam administrative zone. Conjunctival swabs were collected during surgery and transported using Stuart transport broth (Oxoid, UK. Antibiotic susceptibility of conjunctival isolates was determined using the Kirby-Bauer disc-diffusion method. Results: Non-chlamydia pathogenic bacteria were recovered from conjunctiva of 438 (31% participants before treatment. The isolated conjunctival bacteria were Staphylococcus aureus, coagulase-negative Staphylococci, Streptococcus group (A, C, F and G, Enterococci, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Moraxella spp., Escherichia coli, Citrobacter spp., Proteus spp., Klebsiella spp., Pseudomonas spp. and Enterobacter spp. Overall, resistance rates of 57.8% to azithromycin and 68.5% to chloramphenicol were found. However, 86-94.4% sensitivity was demonstrated to ciprofloxacin and norfloxacin. Moderate sensitivity rates (61.8-78.4% were observed to ceftriaxone, tetracycline and cotrimoxazole. Conclusion: Fluoroquinolones that have activity against the majority of bacterial isolates were potent at in vitro. However, unacceptably high levels of resistance to azithromycin and chloramphenicol in rural community indicated a need for further study and antimicrobial resistance surveillance.

  15. FEP report for the safety assessment SR-Site

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    This report documents the analysis and processing of features, events and processes, FEPs, that has been carried out within the safety assessment SR-Site, and forms an important part of the reporting of the project. The main part of the work was conducted within the earlier safety assessment SR-Can, which was a preparatory stage for the SR-Site assessment. The overall objective of the FEP analysis and processing in both SR-Can and SR-Site included development of a database of features, events and processes, an SKB FEP database, in a format that facilitates both a systematic analysis of FEPs and documentation of that FEP analysis, as well as facilitating revisions and updates to be made in connection with new safety assessments. The primary objective in SR-Site was to establish an SR-Site FEP catalogue within the framework of the SKB FEP database. This FEP catalogue was required to contain all FEPs that needed to be handled in SR-Site and is an update of the corresponding SR-Can FEP catalogue that was established for the SR-Can assessment. The starting point for the handling of FEPs in SR-Site was the SR-Can version of the SKB FEP database and associated SR-Can reports. The SR-Can version of the SKB FEP database includes the SR-Can FEP catalogue, as well as the sources for the identification of FEPs in SR-Can, namely the SR 97 processes and variables, Project FEPs in the NEA International FEP database version 1.2 and matrix interactions in the Interaction matrices developed for a deep repository of the KBS-3 type. Since the completion of the FEP work within SR-Can, an updated electronic version, version 2.1, of the NEA FEP database has become available. Compared with version 1.2 of the NEA FEP database, version 2.1 contains FEPs from two more projects. As part of SR-Site, all new Project FEPs in version 2.1 of the NEA FEP database have been mapped according to the methodology adopted in SR-Can resulting in an SR-Site version of the SKB FEP database. The SKB FEP

  16. Clinical Efficacy of a Single Two Gram Dose of Azithromycin Extended Release for Male Patients with Urethritis

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    Satoshi Takahashi

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available To clarify the clinical efficacy of a single oral 2 g dose of azithromycin extended-release for heterosexual male patients with urethritis, and the current antimicrobial sensitivity of Neisseria gonorrhoeae to azithromycin, a prospective clinical trial was conducted from 2011–2013. In patients with gonococcal urethritis, the eradication rate was 90.9% (30 of 33. The susceptibility rates of isolated Neisseria gonorrhoeae strains to ceftriaxone, spectinomycin, cefixime and azithromycin were 100%, 100%, 95.3% (41/43 and 37.2% (16/43, respectively. In the patients with nongonococcal urethritis, the eradication rate was 90.0% (45 of 50. The microbiological eradication rates for the pathogens were 90.9% (30/33 for Neisseria gonorrhoeae, 91.5% (43/47 for Chlamydia trachomatis, 71.4% (5/7 for Mycoplasma genitalium, and 100% (13/13 for Ureaplasma urealyticum. The main adverse event was diarrhea and its manifestation rate was 35.2% (32 of 120. The symptom of diarrhea was mostly temporary and resolved spontaneously. The conclusion was that the treatment regimen with a single oral 2 g dose of azithromycin extended-release would be effective for patients with urethritis. However, the antimicrobial susceptibilities of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Mycoplasma genitalium should be carefully monitored because of possible treatment failure.

  17. Comparison of Neisseria gonorrhoeae MICs obtained by Etest and agar dilution for ceftriaxone, cefpodoxime, cefixime and azithromycin.

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    Gose, Severin; Kong, Carol J; Lee, Yer; Samuel, Michael C; Bauer, Heidi M; Dixon, Paula; Soge, Olusegun O; Lei, John; Pandori, Mark

    2013-12-01

    We evaluated Neisseria gonorrhoeae Etest minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) relative to agar dilution MICs for 664 urethral isolates for ceftriaxone (CRO) and azithromycin (AZM), 351 isolates for cefpodoxime (CPD) and 315 isolates for cefixime (CFM). Etest accurately determined CPD, CFM and AZM MICs, but resulted in higher CRO MICs.

  18. The role of Chlamydia pneumoniae in the etiology of acne rosacea: response to the use of oral azithromycin.

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    Fernandez-Obregon, Adolfo; Patton, Dorothy L

    2007-02-01

    Acne rosacea is a chronic skin disorder that requires long-term therapy. Oral azithromycin has been used successfully to treat acne vulgaris. an observation that suggested an infectious agent may play an active role in the etiology of this disorder. Ten adults (not previously reported) with acne rosacea were selected to be treated with oral azithromycin. Nine of the 10 subjects received 250 mg 3 times weekly for periods ranging from 5 to 19 weeks, at which time follow-up examinations were performed on 8 of the 9 treated subjects: 1 subject was lost to follow-up. Prior to therapy. C pneumoniae antigen was detected in malar biopsy specimens in 4 of 10 subjects by immunoperoxidase technique (using monoclonal antibody to C pneumoniae). Serum antibodies against C pneumoniae were detected in 8 of 10 intent-to-treat subjects. Using polymerase chain reaction, C pneumoniae was not detected in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. The inflammatory response in tissues was characterized by a widespread infiltration of polymorphonuclear neutrophil cells, lymphocytes, and plasma cells, which support the clinical diagnosis of acne rosacea. Nine of 10 subjects treated with azithromycin showed moderate to marked improvement of their acne rosacea. No adverse reactions to azithromycin occurred. and the drug appeared to be safe and effective. These preliminary data suggest the need for further investigation with clinical trials to study long-term tolerability and efficacy and also strongly implicate C pneumoniae in the pathogenesis of acne rosacea.

  19. Clinical evaluation of piroxicam-FDDF and azithromycin in the prevention of complications associated with impacted lower third molar extraction.

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    Graziani, F; Corsi, L; Fornai, M; Antonioli, L; Tonelli, M; Cei, S; Colucci, R; Blandizzi, C; Gabriele, M; Del Tacca, M

    2005-12-01

    Combined treatments with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and antibiotics may offer significant benefits in the prevention of pain and infections associated with oral surgery. In this study, piroxicam and azithromycin were administered to patients undergoing dental extraction to examine the efficacy of piroxicam in the prevention of post-operative pain and inflammatory complications, either in the absence or in the presence of a concomitant antibiotic treatment. Thirty patients were randomly assigned to three groups and treated for 3 days, before impacted lower third molar removal, as follows: (1) sublingual piroxicam-FDDF (fast dissolving dosage formulation) 20 mg/day; (2) oral azithromycin 500 mg/day; (3) piroxicam-FDDF 20 mg/day plus azithromycin 500 mg/day. Oral acetaminophen (500 mg tablets) was allowed as rescue analgesic medication. Pain intensity was evaluated on a 100-mm visual-analogue scale after dental extraction (day 1), and at days 2, 3, 7 after surgery. Edema and trismus were estimated at days 2 and 7. At days 1 and 2, pain intensity was significantly lower in patients treated with piroxicam-FDDF, either alone (p operative period, piroxicam-FDDF effectively counteracts post-surgical pain and inflammatory reactions in oral tissues. Upon combined treatment with piroxicam-FDDF and azithromycin, the macrolide antibiotic may reduce the influence of piroxicam on post-operative inflammation, without affecting its beneficial effect on surgical pain.

  20. Examination of SR101 shipping packages

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    Daugherty, W. L. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)

    2015-03-01

    Four SR101 shipping packages were removed from service and provided for disassembly and examination of the internal fiberboard assemblies. These packages were 20 years old, and had experienced varying levels of degradation. Two of the packages were successfully disassembled and fiberboard samples were removed from these packages and tested. Mechanical and thermal property values are generally comparable to or higher than baseline values measured on fiberboard from 9975 packages, which differs primarily in the specified density range. While baseline data for the SR101 material is not available, this comparison with 9975 material suggests that the material properties of the SR101 fiberboard have not significantly degraded.

  1. Azithromycin for prevention of exacerbations in severe asthma (AZISAST): a multicentre randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial.

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    Brusselle, Guy G; Vanderstichele, Christine; Jordens, Paul; Deman, René; Slabbynck, Hans; Ringoet, Veerle; Verleden, Geert; Demedts, Ingel K; Verhamme, Katia; Delporte, Anja; Demeyere, Bénédicte; Claeys, Geert; Boelens, Jerina; Padalko, Elizaveta; Verschakelen, Johny; Van Maele, Georges; Deschepper, Ellen; Joos, Guy F P

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    Patients with severe asthma are at increased risk of exacerbations and lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI). Severe asthma is heterogeneous, encompassing eosinophilic and non-eosinophilic (mainly neutrophilic) phenotypes. Patients with neutropilic airway diseases may benefit from macrolides. We performed a randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial in subjects with exacerbation-prone severe asthma. Subjects received low-dose azithromycin (n=55) or placebo (n=54) as add-on treatment to combination therapy of inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting β2 agonists for 6 months. The primary outcome was the rate of severe exacerbations and LRTI requiring treatment with antibiotics during the 26-week treatment phase. Secondary efficacy outcomes included lung function and scores on the Asthma Control Questionnaire (ACQ) and Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (AQLQ). The rate of primary endpoints (PEPs) during 6 months was not significantly different between the two treatment groups: 0.75 PEPs (95% CI 0.55 to 1.01) per subject in the azithromycin group versus 0.81 PEPs (95% CI 0.61 to 1.09) in the placebo group (p=0.682). In a predefined subgroup analysis according to the inflammatory phenotype, azithromycin was associated with a significantly lower PEP rate than placebo in subjects with non-eosinophilic severe asthma (blood eosinophilia ≤200/µl): 0.44 PEPs (95% CI 0.25 to 0.78) versus 1.03 PEPs (95% CI 0.72 to 1.48) (p=0.013). Azithromycin significantly improved the AQLQ score but there were no significant between-group differences in the ACQ score or lung function. Azithromycin was well tolerated, but was associated with increased oropharyngeal carriage of macrolide-resistant streptococci. Azithromycin did not reduce the rate of severe exacerbations and LRTI in patients with severe asthma. However, the significant reduction in the PEP rate in azithromycin-treated patients with non-eosinophilic severe asthma warrants further study. CLINICALTRIALS.GOV NUMBER

  2. Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction among HIV-positive patients with early syphilis: azithromycin versus benzathine penicillin G therapy

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    Mao-Song Tsai

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction, a febrile inflammatory reaction that often occurs after the first dose of chemotherapy in spirochetal diseases, may result in deleterious effects to patients with neurosyphilis and to pregnant women. A single 2-g oral dose of azithromycin is an alternative treatment to benzathine penicillin G for early syphilis in areas with low macrolide resistance. With its potential anti-inflammatory activity, the impact of azithromycin on the incidence of the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction in HIV-positive patients with early syphilis has rarely been investigated. Methods: In HIV-positive patients with early syphilis, the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction was prospectively investigated using the same data collection form in 119 patients who received benzathine penicillin G between 2007 and 2009 and 198 who received azithromycin between 2012 and 2013, when shortage of benzathine penicillin G occurred in Taiwan. Between 2012 and 2013, polymerase chain reaction (PCR assay was performed to detect Treponema pallidum DNA in clinical specimens, and PCR restriction fragment length polymorphism of the 23S ribosomal RNA was performed to detect point mutations (2058G or A2059G that are associated with macrolide resistance. Results: The overall incidence of the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction was significantly lower in patients receiving azithromycin than those receiving benzathine penicillin G (14.1% vs. 56.3%, p<0.001. The risk increased with higher rapid plasma reagin (RPR titres (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] per 1-log2 increase, 1.21; confidence interval [CI], 1.04–1.41, but decreased with prior penicillin therapy for syphilis (AOR, 0.37; 95% CI, 0.19–0.71 and azithromycin treatment (AOR, 0.15; 95% CI, 0.08–0.29. During the study period, 310 specimens were obtained from 198 patients with syphilis for PCR assays, from whom T. pallidum was identified in 76 patients, one of whom (1.3% was found to be infected with T. pallidum

  3. Rare earth elements and (87)Sr/(86)Sr isotopic characterization of Indian Basmati rice as potential tool for its geographical authenticity.

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    Lagad, Rupali A; Singh, Sunil K; Rai, Vinai K

    2017-02-15

    The increasing demand for premium priced Indian Basmati rice (Oryza sativa) in world commodity market causing fraudulent activities like adulteration, mislabelling. In order to develop authentication method for Indian Basmati rice, (87)Sr/(86)Sr ratios and REEs composition of Basmati rice, soil and water samples were determined and evaluated their ability as geographical tracer in the present study. In addition, the possible source of Sr in rice plant has also been examined. Basmati rice samples (n=82) showed (87)Sr/(86)Sr ratios in the range 0.71143-0.73448 and concentrations of 10 REEs (La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Er, Yb) in ppb levels. Statistical analysis showed strong correlation between (87)Sr/(86)Sr ratios of rice, silicate and carbonate fractions of soil. Good correlation and closeness of (87)Sr/(86)Sr of rice with water indicate its uptake in rice from water. Rice grown in southern Uttar Pradesh contains higher (87)Sr/(86)Sr compared to other region of Indo-Gangetic Plain due to higher (87)Sr/(86)Sr of the Ganga compared to other rivers. (87)Sr/(86)Sr ratios can be used as a tracer for differentiating Indian Basmati rice from the other country originated rice samples.

  4. Azithromycin for Indigenous children with bronchiectasis: study protocol for a multi-centre randomized controlled trial

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    Valery Patricia C

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The prevalence of chronic suppurative lung disease (CSLD and bronchiectasis unrelated to cystic fibrosis (CF among Indigenous children in Australia, New Zealand and Alaska is very high. Antibiotics are a major component of treatment and are used both on a short or long-term basis. One aim of long-term or maintenance antibiotics is to reduce the frequency of acute pulmonary exacerbations and symptoms. However, there are few studies investigating the efficacy of long-term antibiotic use for CSLD and non-CF bronchiectasis among children. This study tests the hypothesis that azithromycin administered once a week as maintenance antibiotic treatment will reduce the rate of pulmonary exacerbations in Indigenous children with bronchiectasis. Methods/design We are conducting a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled clinical trial in Australia and New Zealand. Inclusion criteria are: Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Maori or Pacific Island children aged 1 to 8 years, diagnosed with bronchiectasis (or probable bronchiectasis with no underlying disease identified (such as CF or primary immunodeficiency, and having had at least one episode of pulmonary exacerbation in the last 12 months. After informed consent, children are randomised to receive either azithromycin (30 mg/kg once a week or placebo (once a week for 12–24 months from study entry. Primary outcomes are the rate of pulmonary exacerbations and time to pulmonary exacerbation determined by review of patient medical records. Secondary outcomes include length and severity of pulmonary exacerbation episodes, changes in growth, school loss, respiratory symptoms, forced expiratory volume in 1-second (FEV1; for children ≥6 years, and sputum characteristics. Safety endpoints include serious adverse events. Antibiotic resistance in respiratory bacterial pathogens colonising the nasopharynx is monitored. Data derived from medical records and clinical

  5. Effect of azithromycin on gingival overgrowth induced by cyclosporine A + nifedipine combination therapy: A morphometric analysis in rats

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    Madhu Singh Ratre

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Drug-induced gingival overgrowth (DIGO is a well-known adverse effect of cyclosporine A (CsA and nifedipine (Nf therapy. The aim of the present morphometric study was to evaluate the effect of azithromycin (Azi on the combined GO in rats induced by CsA + Nf combination. Materials and Methods: Thirty Sprague-Dawley male rats were randomly divided equally into three groups. Group 1 (control received olive oil only; Group 2 received a combination of CsA and Nf in olive oil throughout the study period; Group 3 received CsA + Nf combination therapy, and Azi was added for 1 week in the 5th week. All the drugs were delivered by oral route. Impressions of the mandibular central incisal regions were taken, and study models were prepared at baseline and biweekly up to the 8 weeks. Statistical analysis was done by one-way analysis of variance and intergroup comparisons were made using Tukey's post hoc analysis. Results: Significant GO was evident in Group 2 and Group 3 rats when compared to Group 1. However, in Group 3 (Azi, GO was observed up to the 4th week, but a significant decrease in GO was noticed during 6–8th week after the administration of Azi in 5th week. Conclusion: Azi is an effective drug in the remission of DIGO induced by combined therapy of CsA + Nf and thereby can be considered as a useful therapeutic regimen in minimizing the DIGO in transplant patients.

  6. Validated HPLC-MS-MS method for determination of azithromycin in human plasma.

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    Barrett, B; Borek-Dohalský, V; Fejt, P; Vaingátová, S; Huclová, J; Nemec, B; Jelínek, I

    2005-09-01

    A validated, highly sensitive, and selective HPLC method with MS-MS detection has been developed for quantitative determination of azithromycin (AZI) in human Na2EDTA plasma. Roxithromycin (ROX) was used as internal standard. Human plasma containing AZI and internal standard was ultrafiltered through Centrifree Micropartition devices and the concentration of AZI was determined by isocratic HPLC-MS-MS. Multiple reaction monitoring mode (MRM) was used for MS-MS detection. The calibration plot was linear in the concentration range 2.55-551.43 ng mL(-1). Inter-day and Intra-day precision and accuracy of the proposed method were characterized by R.S.D and percentage deviation, respectively; both were less than 8%. Limit of quantification was 2.55 ng mL(-1). The proposed method was used to determine the pharmacokinetic profile of AZI (250-mg tablets).

  7. Susceptibility profile of Brazilian Rhodococcus equi isolates against azithromycin, clarithromycin and erythromycin

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Rhodococcus equi infection treatment is usually a macrolide (azithromycin - AZM, clarithromycin - CLR and erythromycin - ERY and rifampicin combination. However, resistance cases have been reported, especially for ERY. In view of the need of a study about Brazilian isolates susceptibility profile, this study aimed to characterize the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC of the macrolides - AZM, CLR and ERY - against 44 R. equi isolates. It was found all isolates CLR and AZM sensitive; however, for ERY, 27% (12/44 were classified as intermediate sensitivity. R. equi Brazilian isolates used here showed a large susceptibility profile, except against ERY, for which it was observed some resistance evidence. In order to avoid failures in the equine rhodococcosis therapy it was highlighted the importance of microbiological culture and antimicrobial susceptibility testing in vitro before beginning treatment

  8. Comparative study of bactericidal activities, postantibiotic effects, and effects of bacterial virulence of penicillin G and six macrolides against Streptococcus pneumoniae.

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    Fuursted, K.; Knudsen, J D; Petersen, M B; Poulsen, R L; Rehm, D

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    In this report, we present MIC, bactericidal activity, postantibiotic effect (PAE), and in vivo infectivity data for postantibiotic-phase pneumococci. We compared and evaluated penicillin G and six macrolides, erythromycin, azithromycin, clarithromycin, dirithromycin, roxithromycin, and spiramycin, against 10 strains of pneumococci with various levels of susceptibility to penicillin. All of the agents, except azithromycin, exhibited a bactericidal effect (a > or = 3 log10 decrease in the numb...

  9. Association between ocular bacterial carriage and follicular trachoma following mass azithromycin distribution in The Gambia.

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    Sarah E Burr

    Full Text Available Trachoma, caused by ocular Chlamydia trachomatis infection, is the leading infectious cause of blindness, but its prevalence is now falling in many countries. As the prevalence falls, an increasing proportion of individuals with clinical signs of follicular trachoma (TF is not infected with C. trachomatis. A recent study in Tanzania suggested that other bacteria may play a role in the persistence of these clinical signs.We examined associations between clinical signs of TF and ocular colonization with four pathogens commonly found in the nasopharnyx, three years after the initiation of mass azithromycin distribution. Children aged 0 to 5 years were randomly selected from 16 Gambian communities. Both eyes of each child were examined and graded for trachoma according to the World Health Organization (WHO simplified system. Two swabs were taken from the right eye: one swab was processed for polymerase chain reaction (PCR using the Amplicor test for detection of C. trachomatis DNA and the second swab was processed by routine bacteriology to assay for the presence of viable Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Staphylococcus aureus and Moraxella catarrhalis. Prevalence of TF was 6.2% (96/1538 while prevalence of ocular C. trachomatis infection was 1.0% (16/1538. After adjustment, increased odds of TF were observed in the presence of C. trachomatis (OR = 10.4, 95%CI 1.32-81.2, p = 0.03, S. pneumoniae (OR = 2.14, 95%CI 1.03-4.44, p = 0.04 and H. influenzae (OR = 4.72, 95% CI 1.53-14.5, p = 0.01.Clinical signs of TF can persist in communities even when ocular C. trachomatis infection has been controlled through mass azithromycin distribution. In these settings, TF may be associated with ocular colonization with bacteria commonly carried in the nasopharnyx. This may affect the interpretation of impact surveys and the determinations of thresholds for discontinuing mass drug administration.

  10. Estimating the distribution of strontium isotope ratios (87Sr/86Sr in the Precambrian of Finland

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    Lars Kaislaniemi

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available A method to estimate the 87Sr/86Sr ratio of a rock based on its age and Rb/Sr ratio is presented. This method, together with data from the Rock Geochemical Database of Finland (n=6544 is used to estimate the 87Sr/86Sr ratios in the Precambrian of Finland and in its different major units. A generalization to cover the whole area of Finland is achieved by smoothing of estimation points. The estimation method is evaluated by comparing its results to published Rb-Sr isotope analyses (n=138 obtained on the Finnish Precambrian. The results show correspondence to different geological units of Finland,but no systematic difference between Archaean and younger areas is evident. Evaluation of the method shows that most of the estimates are reliable and accurate to be used as background material for provenance studies in archaeology, paleontology and sedimentology. However, some granitic rocks may have large (>1.0 % relative errors.Strontium concentration weighted average of the estimates differs only by 0.001 from the average 87Sr/86Sr ratio (0.730 of the rivers on the Fennoscandian shield.

  11. The comparison of treatments with and without azithromycin in irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea-predominant in gastrointestinal Clinic of Al-Zahra Hospital, Isfahan, Iran

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    Conclusion: In our study, azithromycin significantly relieved most symptoms, such as abdominal pain, bloating, and gas. Overall symptom and overall bloating were relieved significantly in more patients in the intervention group in all weeks.

  12. Update and critical appraisal of the use of topical azithromycin ophthalmic 1% (AzaSite) solution in the treatment of ocular infections.

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    Utine, Canan Asli

    2011-01-01

    Azithromycin is an azalide that acts by binding to the 50S ribosomal subunit of susceptible microorganisms and interfering with microbial protein synthesis. Azithromycin is also noted by anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory activity. AzaSite(®) (Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Durham, NC) is azithromycin ophthalmic solution, 1% formulated in polycarbophil (the aqueous mucoadhesive polymer contained in DuraSite(®)) that delivers high and prolonged azithromycin concentrations in a variety of ocular tissues, including the conjunctiva, cornea and particularly the eyelid. AzaSite was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US in 2007, for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis caused by susceptible isolates. This article aims to evaluate the peer-reviewed published scientific literature and to define well-established uses of AzaSite eye drops in the field of ocular infections.

  13. Update and critical appraisal of the use of topical azithromycin ophthalmic 1% (AzaSite®) solution in the treatment of ocular infections

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    Utine, Canan Asli

    2011-01-01

    Azithromycin is an azalide that acts by binding to the 50S ribosomal subunit of susceptible microorganisms and interfering with microbial protein synthesis. Azithromycin is also noted by anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory activity. AzaSite® (Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Durham, NC) is azithromycin ophthalmic solution, 1% formulated in polycarbophil (the aqueous mucoadhesive polymer contained in DuraSite®) that delivers high and prolonged azithromycin concentrations in a variety of ocular tissues, including the conjunctiva, cornea and particularly the eyelid. AzaSite was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US in 2007, for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis caused by susceptible isolates. This article aims to evaluate the peer-reviewed published scientific literature and to define well-established uses of AzaSite eye drops in the field of ocular infections. PMID:21750614

  14. Azithromycin in the extremely low birth weight infant for the prevention of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia: a pilot study

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    Anstead Michael I

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Azithromycin reduces the severity of illness in patients with inflammatory lung disease such as cystic fibrosis and diffuse panbronchiolitis. Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD is a pulmonary disorder which causes significant morbidity and mortality in premature infants. BPD is pathologically characterized by inflammation, fibrosis and impaired alveolar development. The purpose of this study was to obtain pilot data on the effectiveness and safety of prophylactic azithromycin in reducing the incidence and severity of BPD in an extremely low birth weight (≤ 1000 grams population. Methods Infants ≤ 1000 g birth weight admitted to the University of Kentucky Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (level III, regional referral center from 9/1/02-6/30/03 were eligible for this pilot study. The pilot study was double-blinded, randomized, and placebo-controlled. Infants were randomized to treatment or placebo within 12 hours of beginning mechanical ventilation (IMV and within 72 hours of birth. The treatment group received azithromycin 10 mg/kg/day for 7 days followed by 5 mg/kg/day for the duration of the study. Azithromycin or placebo was continued until the infant no longer required IMV or supplemental oxygen, to a maximum of 6 weeks. Primary endpoints were incidence of BPD as defined by oxygen requirement at 36 weeks gestation, post-natal steroid use, days of IMV, and mortality. Data was analyzed by intention to treat using Chi-square and ANOVA. Results A total of 43 extremely premature infants were enrolled in this pilot study. Mean gestational age and birth weight were similar between groups. Mortality, incidence of BPD, days of IMV, and other morbidities were not significantly different between groups. Post-natal steroid use was significantly less in the treatment group [31% (6/19] vs. placebo group [62% (10/16] (p = 0.05. Duration of mechanical ventilation was significantly less in treatment survivors, with a median of 13 days (1–47

  15. Update and critical appraisal of the use of topical azithromycin ophthalmic 1% (AzaSite®) solution in the treatment of ocular infections

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    2011-01-01

    Canan Asli UtineYeditepe University, Department of Ophthalmology, Istanbul, Turkey and Ocular Surface Disease and Dry Eye Clinic, Cornea and External Disease Service, The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USAAbstract: Azithromycin is an azalide that acts by binding to the 50S ribosomal subunit of susceptible microorganisms and interfering with microbial protein synthesis. Azithromycin is also noted by anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory a...

  16. Comparative bioavailability of two oral formulations of clopidogrel: Determination of clopidogrel and its carboxylic acid metabolite (SR26334 under fasting and fed conditions in healthy subjects

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    Brvar Nina

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Two randomized, single dose, 2-period, 2-sequence crossover studies were conducted to evaluate the comparative bioavailability of two clopidogrel formulations under fasting and fed conditions. Assessment of bioequivalence was based upon measurement of plasma concentrations of the parent drug, clopidogrel, and its major (inactive metabolite, clopidogrel carboxylic acid, using improved methanol-free extraction. Bioequivalence of Krka’s formulation to the innovator’s formulation was demonstrated under both fasting and fed conditions on 205 volunteers. Confidence intervals for AUC0-t, AUC0-inf and Cmax of clopidogrel and its main metabolite were well within the acceptance range of 80.00 to 125.00 %. Food substantially increased the bioavailability of clopidogrel from both formulations, while no effect of food on the extent and rate of exposure to the metabolite was observed. The effect of food was comparable between the two formulations, as indicated by the same direction and rank of food impact on the bioavailability of both formulations.

  17. Comparative Study of the Effects of Electron Irradiation and Natural Disorder in Single Crystals of SrFe2(As1-xPx)2 Superconductor (x=0.35)

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    Strehlow, C P [Ames Laboratory; Konczykowski, M. [Laboratoire des Solides Irradies; Murphy, J. A. [Ames Laboratory; Teknowijoyo, S. [Ames Laboratory; Cho, K. [Ames Laboratory; Tanatar, M. A. [Ames Laboratory; Kobayashi, T. [Osaka University; Miyasaka, S. [Osaka University; Tajima, S. [Osaka University; Prozorov, Ruslan [Ames Laboratory

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    The London penetration depth λ(T) was measured in single crystals of a SrFe2(As1-xPx)2 (x=0.35) iron-based superconductor. The influence of disorder on the transition temperature Tc and on λ(T) was investigated. The effects of scattering controlled by the annealing of as-grown crystals was compared with the effects of artificial disorder introduced by 2.5 MeV electron irradiation. The low-temperature behavior of λ(T) can be described by a power-law function Δλ(T)=ATn, with the exponent n close to one in pristine annealed samples, as expected for a superconducting gap with line nodes. Upon electron irradiation with a dose of 1.2×1019 e/cm2, the exponent n increases rapidly, exceeding a dirty limit value of n=2, implying that the nodes in the superconducting gap are accidental and can be lifted by the disorder. The variation of the exponent n with Tc is much stronger in the irradiated crystals compared to the crystals in which disorder was controlled by the annealing of the growth defects. We discuss the results in terms of different influence of different types of disorder on intraband and interband scattering.

  18. Geographical origin of Amazonian freshwater fishes fingerprinted by ⁸⁷Sr/⁸⁶Sr ratios on fish otoliths and scales.

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    Pouilly, Marc; Point, David; Sondag, Francis; Henry, Manuel; Santos, Roberto V

    2014-08-19

    Calcified structures such as otoliths and scales grow continuously throughout the lifetime of fishes. The geochemical variations present in these biogenic structures are particularly relevant for studying fish migration and origin. In order to investigate the potential of the (87)Sr/(86)Sr ratio as a precise biogeochemical tag in Amazonian fishes, we compared this ratio between the water and fish otoliths and scales of two commercial fish species, Hoplias malabaricus and Schizodon fasciatus, from three major drainage basins of the Amazon: the Madeira, Solimões, and Tapajós rivers, displaying contrasted (87)Sr/(86)Sr ratios. A comparison of the (87)Sr/(86)Sr ratios between the otoliths and scales of the same individuals revealed similar values and were very close to the Sr isotopic composition of the local river where they were captured. This indicates, first, the absence of Sr isotopic fractionation during biological uptake and incorporation into calcified structures and, second, that scales may represent an interesting nonlethal alternative for (87)Sr/(86)Sr ratio measurements in comparison to otoliths. Considering the wide range of (87)Sr/(86)Sr variations that exist across Amazonian rivers, we used variations of (87)Sr/(86)Sr to discriminate fish origin at the basin level, as well as at the sub-basin level between the river and savannah lakes of the Beni River (Madeira basin).

  19. Short-term triple therapy with azithromycin for Helicobacter pylori eradication: Low cost, high compliance, but low efficacy

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    Mattar Rejane

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The Brazilian consensus recommends a short-term treatment course with clarithromycin, amoxicillin and proton-pump inhibitor for the eradication of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori. This treatment course has good efficacy, but cannot be afforded by a large part of the population. Azithromycin, amoxicillin and omeprazole are subsidized, for several aims, by the Brazilian federal government. Therefore, a short-term treatment course that uses these drugs is a low-cost one, but its efficacy regarding the bacterium eradication is yet to be demonstrated. The study's purpose was to verify the efficacy of H. pylori eradication in infected patients who presented peptic ulcer disease, using the association of azithromycin, amoxicillin and omeprazole. Methods Sixty patients with peptic ulcer diagnosed by upper digestive endoscopy and H. pylori infection documented by rapid urease test, histological analysis and urea breath test were treated for six days with a combination of azithromycin 500 mg and omeprazole 20 mg, in a single daily dose, associated with amoxicillin 500 mg 3 times a day. The eradication control was carried out 12 weeks after the treatment by means of the same diagnostic tests. The eradication rates were calculated with 95% confidence interval. Results The eradication rate was 38% per intention to treat and 41% per protocol. Few adverse effects were observed and treatment compliance was high. Conclusion Despite its low cost and high compliance, the low eradication rate does not allow the recommendation of the triple therapy with azithromycin as an adequate treatment for H. pylori infection.

  20. Surface plasmon resonance based selective and sensitive colorimetric determination of azithromycin using unmodified silver nanoparticles in pharmaceuticals and human plasma

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    Chavada, Vijay D.; Bhatt, Nejal M.; Sanyal, Mallika; Shrivastav, Pranav S.

    2017-01-01

    In this article we report a novel method for colorimetric sensing and selective determination of a non-chromophoric drug-azithromycin, which lacks native absorbance in the UV-Visible region using unmodified silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). The citrate-capped AgNps dispersed in water afforded a bright yellow colour owing to the electrostatic repulsion between the particles due to the presence of negatively charged surface and showed surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band at 394 nm. Addition of positively charged azithromycin at a concentration as low as 0.2 μM induced rapid aggregation of AgNPs by neutralizing the negative charge on the particle surface. This phenomenon resulted in the colour change from bright yellow to purple which could be easily observed by the naked eye. This provided a simple platform for rapid determination of azithromycin based on colorimetric measurements. The factors affecting the colorimetric response like pH, volume of AgNPs suspension and incubation time were suitably optimized. The validated method was found to work efficiently in the established concentration range of 0.2-100.0 μM using two different calibration models. The selectivity of the method was also evaluated by analysis of nanoparticles-aggregation response upon addition of several anions, cations and some commonly prescribed antibiotics. The method was successfully applied for the analysis of azithromycin in pharmaceuticals and spiked human plasma samples with good accuracy and precision. The simplicity, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the method hold tremendous potential for the analysis of such non-chromophoric pharmaceuticals.

  1. Observation of curative effect by azithromycin combined with Tanreqing in the treatment of 64 pediatric mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia cases%观察阿奇霉素联合痰热清治疗小儿肺炎支原体肺炎64例的疗效

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    李文华

    2015-01-01

    目的:评价对肺炎支原体肺炎患儿联合使用阿奇霉素和痰热清的治疗疗效。方法128例肺炎支原体肺炎患儿随机分成对照组和研究组,各64例,对照组用阿奇霉素治疗,研究组联合用阿奇霉素和痰热清治疗,分析两组的治疗疗效。结果研究组总有效率为95.31%,对照组总有效率为78.13%,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论对肺炎支原体肺炎患儿联合使用阿奇霉素和痰热清治疗效果显著,有推广价值。%Objective To evaluate curative effect by azithromycin combined with Tanreqing in the treatment of pediatric mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia. Methods A total of 128 children with mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia were randomly divided into control group and research group, with 64 cases in each group. The control group received azithromycin for treatment, and the research group received combination of azithromycin and Tanreqing for treatment. Curative effects of the two groups were compared. Results Total effective rate was 95.31% in the research group, and 78.13% in the control group. Their difference had statistical significance (P<0.05). Conclusion Implement of azithromycin combined with Tanreqing provides precise effect in treating pediatric mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia, and it contains value for promotion.

  2. A comparative study of SrO and BaO doping to CeO{sub 2}-ZrO{sub 2}: Characteristic and its catalytic performance for three-way catalysts

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    Guo, Jiaxiu, E-mail: guojiaxiu@scu.edu.cn [College of Architecture and Environment, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China); National Engineering Research Center for Flue Gas Desulfurization, Chengdu 610065 (China); Shi, Zhonghua, E-mail: shizhonghua@scu.edu.cn [College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); Wu, Dongdong [College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); Yin, Huaqiang [College of Architecture and Environment, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China); National Engineering Research Center for Flue Gas Desulfurization, Chengdu 610065 (China); Gong, Maochu [College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); Chen, Yaoqiang [College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); National Engineering Research Center for Flue Gas Desulfurization, Chengdu 610065 (China)

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► The prepared materials have a face-centered cubic structure and nanosize particles. ►Comparing to CZB, aged CZS has 494 μmol/g of OSC and 30 m{sup 2}/g of surface area. ► CZS and CZB have similar NO sorption and reductive properties and different H{sub 2} uptake. ► T{sub 50} of Pt-Rh/CZS/LA is as low as 199 °C for CO, 228 °C for NO, and 252 °C for C{sub 3}H{sub 8}. ► Pt-Rh/CZS/LA has wider working-window at 320 °C under different λ value. -- Abstract: Ceria-zirconia-strontia (Ce{sub 0.35}Zr{sub 0.55}Sr{sub 0.10}O{sub 1.9}) and ceria-zirconia-baria (Ce{sub 0.35}Zr{sub 0.55}Ba{sub 0.10}O{sub 1.9}) were synthesized using an oxidation-co-precipitation method with hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) as oxidant. The physical and chemical properties of the prepared materials were investigated using Brunauer–Emmett–Teller surface area characterization, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and oxygen pulse reaction. The prepared materials were used in preparing three-way catalysts with low Pt and Rh content. Moreover, catalytic activities were evaluated at a fixed bed under a simulated gaseous mixture. The results are as follows: (1) the prepared materials have a face-centered cubic structure and are nano-sized; (2) aged Ce{sub 0.35}Zr{sub 0.55}Sr{sub 0.10}O{sub 1.9} has higher oxygen storage capacity (494 μmol/g), better thermal stability (30 m{sup 2}/g), good low-temperature reducibility, and high hydrogen uptake after TPR-redox cycles; (3) the light-off temperature (T{sub 50}) of Pt-Rh/CZS/LA can be as low as 199 °C for CO, 228 °C for NO, and 252 °C for C{sub 3}H{sub 8}; and (4) Pt-Rh/CZS/LA has a fairly wide working-window.

  3. Theoretical modeling and experimental observations of the atomic layer deposition of SrO using a cyclopentadienyl Sr precursor

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    Fredrickson, Kurt D.; McDaniel, Martin D.; Slepko, Alex; Ekerdt, John G.; Demkov, Alexander A.

    2016-08-01

    First-principle calculations are used to model the adsorption and hydration of strontium bis(cyclopentadienyl) [Sr(Cp)2] on TiO2-terminated strontium titanate, SrTiO3 (STO), for the deposition of strontium oxide, SrO, by atomic layer deposition (ALD). The Sr(Cp)2 precursor is shown to adsorb on the TiO2-terminated surface, with the Sr atom assuming essentially the bulk position in STO. The C-Sr bonds are weaker than in the free molecule, with a Ti atom at the surface bonding to one of the C atoms in the cyclopentadienyl rings. The surface does not need to be hydrogenated for precursor adsorption. The calculations are compared with experimental observations for a related Sr cyclopentadienyl precursor, strontium bis(triisopropylcyclopentadienyl) [Sr(iPr3Cp)2], adsorbed on TiO2-terminated STO. High-resolution x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and low-energy ion scattering spectroscopy show adsorption of the Sr precursor on the TiO2-terminated STO after a single precursor dose. This study suggests that ALD growth from the strontium precursors featuring cyclopentadienyl ligands, such as Sr(Cp)2, may initiate film growth on non-hydroxylated surfaces.

  4. Protective Effects of Carvedilol and Vitamin C against Azithromycin-Induced Cardiotoxicity in Rats via Decreasing ROS, IL1-β, and TNF-α Production and Inhibiting NF-κB and Caspase-3 Expression

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    Nagla A. El-Shitany

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    Full Text Available The Food and Drug Administration recently warned of the fatal cardiovascular risks of azithromycin in humans. In addition, a recently published study documented azithromycin-induced cardiotoxicity in rats. This study aimed to justify the exact cardiovascular events accompanying azithromycin administration in rats, focusing on electrocardiographic, biochemical, and histopathological changes. In addition, the underlying mechanisms were studied regarding reactive oxygen species production, cytokine release, and apoptotic cell-death. Finally, the supposed protective effects of both carvedilol and vitamin C were assessed. Four groups of rats were used: (1 control, (2 azithromycin, (3 azithromycin + carvedilol, and (4 azithromycin + vitamin C. Azithromycin resulted in marked atrophy of cardiac muscle fibers and electrocardiographic segment alteration. It increased the heart rate, lactate dehydrogenase, creatine phosphokinase, malondialdehyde, nitric oxide, interleukin-1 beta (IL1-β, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α, nuclear factor kappa beta (NF-κB, and caspase-3. It decreased reduced glutathione, glutathione peroxidase, and superoxide dismutase. Carvedilol and vitamin C prevented most of the azithromycin-induced electrocardiographic and histopathological changes. Carvedilol and vitamin C decreased lactate dehydrogenase, malondialdehyde, IL1-β, TNF-α, NF-κB, and caspase-3. Both agents increased glutathione peroxidase. This study shows that both carvedilol and vitamin C protect against azithromycin-induced cardiotoxicity through antioxidant, immunomodulatory, and antiapoptotic mechanisms.

  5. 87Sr/ 86Sr, 143Nd/ 144Nd and REEs in Silurian phosphatic fossils

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    Bertram, C. J.; Elderfield, H.; Aldridge, R. J.; Conway Morris, S.

    1992-09-01

    The feasibility of using the chemistry of phosphatic fossil material to trace palaeo-seawater composition for the Silurian has been evaluated. Contrary to Recent material, fossil fish are shown to be unreliable for Sr isotope stratigraphy. Conodonts, however, may be used by employing 0.2M HNO 3 dissolution, except for samples showing degrees of thermal maturation greater than colour alteration index (CAI) values of 2.5. Samples from the same stratigraphic levels from the U.K., Czechoslovakia, Gotland and the U.S.A. gave similar 87Sr/ 86Sr ratios, suggesting that they have recorded the original seawater value. Significant inter-specific differences occur in REE concentrations and Nd isotopic compositions of conodont elements, and Ce and Eu anomalies vary with REE content. This suggests that artefacts are introduced at the same time that large amounts of REEs are incorporated into the apatite. Preliminary results for the Sr isotopic composition of Silurian seawater are presented. Values are generally lower than previously suggested, showing an increase in 87Sr/ 86Sr from ˜ 0.70825 at 435 Ma rising to ˜ 0.70875 at 418 Ma and levelling off in the Late Silurian. The overall rate of increase in seawater ratio is about2-3 × 10 -5 Ma -1 and can be accounted for by the widespread decrease in volcanism compared with the Ordovician; a proportionally greater flux of Sr to the oceans from continental erosion of only ˜ 10% would account for the long-term increase in seawater 87Sr/ 86Sr ratio throughout the Silurian.

  6. SR study of scintillators

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    Mikhailin, V V

    2000-01-01

    The technique and the models developed recently in Synchrotron Radiation (SR) Laboratory of Moscow University for the investigation of energy transfer processes in insulators can be applied for a detailed study of scintillator's properties. The experiments with SR in VUV and XUV regions allow to separate various processes and stages of energy transfer and help to indicate the dominating process on each stage. Thus, we can find the way to improve the properties, essential for the particular application of the scintillator: conversion efficiency, decay time, afterglow, radiation hardness, etc. The results of such a study can be used for the testing procedures in scintillator production.

  7. Encapsulation of azithromycin into polymeric microspheres by reduced pressure-solvent evaporation method

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    Li, Xiujuan; Chang, Si; Du, Guangsheng

    2012-01-01

    Azithromycin loaded microspheres with blends of poly-l-lactide and ploy-D,L-lactide-co-glycolide as matrices were prepared by the atmosphere-solvent evaporation (ASE) and reduced pressure-solvent evaporation (RSE) method. Both the X-ray diffraction spectra and DSC thermographs demonstrated...... that poly-L-lactide existed in a crystalline form in the ASE microspheres, while an amorphous form was present in the RSE formulations. Besides, solvent removal at atmosphere gave microspheres of porous and rough surfaces, but smooth surfaces appeared in the RSE microspheres. The incorporation efficiency...... as well as the burst release (cumulative release in the first 24h) in the ASE formulations was 39.94 ± 1.18% and 23.96 ± 2.01% respectively, yet the encapsulation efficiency of the microspheres fabricated under 385 mmHg was high up to 57.19 ± 3.81% and the burst release was 4.12 ± 0.15%. The in vitro drug...

  8. Subcellular distribution of azithromycin and clarithromycin in rat alveolar macrophages (NR8383) in vitro.

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    Togami, Kohei; Chono, Sumio; Morimoto, Kazuhiro

    2013-01-01

    Azithromycin (AZM), a 15-membered ring macrolide antimicrobial agent, has an antibacterial spectrum that includes intracellular parasitic pathogens that survive or intracellularly multiply in alveolar macrophages (AMs). The subcellular distribution of AZM in AMs was evaluated in vitro in comparison with clarithromycin (CAM). AZM and CAM (50 µM) were applied to the NR8383 cells, used as an in vitro model of AMs, followed by incubation at 37°C or 4°C. The total amount of AZM in cells and subcellular distribution (cell fractionation) was determined after incubation. High level of AZM accumulation was observed in the NR8383 cells at 37°C, and the equilibrium intracellular to extracellular concentration ratio (I/E ratio) was approximately 680, which was remarkably higher than that of CAM (equilibrium I/E ratio=28). The intracellular accumulation of AZM and CAM was temperature dependent. In addition, AZM distributed to the granules fraction including organelles and soluble fraction including cytosol in the NR8383 cells, whereas CAM mainly distributed in soluble fraction. The amount of AZM in the granules fraction was markedly reduced in the presence of ammonium chloride for increase in intracellular pH. These results indicate that AZM is distributed in acidic compartment in AMs. This study suggests that high AZM accumulation in the NR8383 cells is due to the trapping and/or binding in acidic organelles, such as lysosomes.

  9. Aerosol-based efficient delivery of azithromycin to alveolar macrophages for treatment of respiratory infections.

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    Togami, Kohei; Chono, Sumio; Morimoto, Kazuhiro

    2013-01-01

    The efficacy of aerosol-based delivery of azithromycin (AZM) for the treatment of respiratory infections caused by pathogenic microorganisms infected in alveolar macrophages (AMs) was evaluated by comparison with oral administration. The aerosol formulation of AZM (0.2 mg/kg) was administered to rat lungs using a Liquid MicroSprayer(®). The oral formulation of AZM (50 mg/kg) was used for comparison. Time-courses of concentrations of AZM in AMs following administration were obtained, and then the therapeutic availability (TA) was calculated. In addition, the area under the concentrations of AZM in AMs - time curve/minimum inhibitory concentration at which 90% of isolates ratio (AUC/MIC90) were calculated to estimate the antibacterial effects in AMs. The TA of AZM in AMs following administration of aerosol formulation was markedly greater than that following administration of oral formulation. In addition, the AUC/MIC90 of AZM in AMs was markedly higher than the effective values. This indicates that the aerosol formulation could be useful for the treatment of respiratory infections caused by pathogenic microorganisms infected in AMs. This study suggests that aerosolized AZM is an effective pulmonary drug delivery system for the treatment of respiratory infections.

  10. HPLC法测定注射用阿奇霉素枸橼酸二氢钠的含量及有关物质%Content Determination and Related Substances of Azithromycin Sodium Dihydrogen Citrate for Injection by HPLC

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    柏大为; 陈佳

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To establish a method for the content determination of azithromycin and its related substances in Azithromycin sodium dihydrogen citrate for injection. METHODS: HPLC method was adopted and compared with the results of standard method for content determination of the preparation (antibiotic microbiological assay) and TLC for related substances. The determination was performed on C18 MG II column with mobile phase consisted of phosphate buffer (pH 8.2)-acetonitrile (45 : 55, VIV) at flow rate of 1.0 ml/min. The detection wavelength was set at 215 nm and column temperature was 35 ℃. RESULTS: The linear range for azithromycin was 0.5-3.0 mg/ml (r=0.999 9) with average recovery of 100.2% (RSD=0.7%, n=9). The results of content determination of main component are concordant with those of standard method. The method for the determination of related substance was better than previous method. CONCLUSIONS: The method is simple, accurate, specific and reproducible, and suitable for the content determination of azithromycin and its related substances in Azithromycin sodium dihydrogen citrate for injection.%目的:建立注射用阿奇霉素枸橼酸二氢钠含量和有关物质的测定方法.方法:采用高效液相色谱法,并与该制剂标准采用的含量测定方法(抗生素微生物检定法)及有关物质检查方法(薄层色谱法)测定结果进行比较.色谱柱为资生堂C18MGⅡ柱,流动相为磷酸盐缓冲液(pn 8.2)-乙腈(45∶55,Ⅴ/Ⅴ),流速为1.0 ml/min,检测波长为215 nm,柱温为35℃.结果:阿奇霉素检测质量浓度线性范围为0.5~3.0 mg/ml(r=0.999 9),平均回收率为100.2%,RSD=0.7%(n=9).本方法主药含量测定结果与原标准方法结果一致,有关物质检查方法优于原标准方法.结论:建立的方法简便、准确、专属性强、重复性好,可用于注射用阿奇霉素枸橼酸二氢钠含量及有关物质的测定.

  11. Development and validation of a reversed-phase HPLC method for simultaneous estimation of ambroxol hydrochloride and azithromycin in tablet dosage form.

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    Shaikh, K A; Patil, S D; Devkhile, A B

    2008-12-15

    A simple, precise and accurate reversed-phase liquid chromatographic method has been developed for the simultaneous estimation of ambroxol hydrochloride and azithromycin in tablet formulations. The chromatographic separation was achieved on a Xterra RP18 (250 mm x 4.6 mm, 5 microm) analytical column. A Mixture of acetonitrile-dipotassium phosphate (30 mM) (50:50, v/v) (pH 9.0) was used as the mobile phase, at a flow rate of 1.7 ml/min and detector wavelength at 215 nm. The retention time of ambroxol and azithromycin was found to be 5.0 and 11.5 min, respectively. The validation of the proposed method was carried out for specificity, linearity, accuracy, precision, limit of detection, limit of quantitation and robustness. The linear dynamic ranges were from 30-180 to 250-1500 microg/ml for ambroxol hydrochloride and azithromycin, respectively. The percentage recovery obtained for ambroxol hydrochloride and azithromycin were 99.40 and 99.90%, respectively. Limit of detection and quantification for azithromycin were 0.8 and 2.3 microg/ml, for ambroxol hydrochloride 0.004 and 0.01 microg/ml, respectively. The developed method can be used for routine quality control analysis of titled drugs in combination in tablet formulation.

  12. Update and critical appraisal of the use of topical azithromycin ophthalmic 1% (AzaSite® solution in the treatment of ocular infections

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    Utine CA

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Canan Asli UtineYeditepe University, Department of Ophthalmology, Istanbul, Turkey and Ocular Surface Disease and Dry Eye Clinic, Cornea and External Disease Service, The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USAAbstract: Azithromycin is an azalide that acts by binding to the 50S ribosomal subunit of susceptible microorganisms and interfering with microbial protein synthesis. Azithromycin is also noted by anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory activity. AzaSite® (Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Durham, NC is azithromycin ophthalmic solution, 1% formulated in polycarbophil (the aqueous mucoadhesive polymer contained in DuraSite® that delivers high and prolonged azithromycin concentrations in a variety of ocular tissues, including the conjunctiva, cornea and particularly the eyelid. AzaSite was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA in the US in 2007, for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis caused by susceptible isolates. This article aims to evaluate the peer-reviewed published scientific literature and to define well-established uses of AzaSite eye drops in the field of ocular infections.Keywords: azithromycin, AzaSite, DuraSite

  13. Synergistic hepatoprotective potential of ethanolic extract of Solanum xanthocarpum and Juniperus communis against paracetamol and azithromycin induced liver injury in rats

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    Full Text Available Previously explored combination therapies mostly involved the use of bioactive molecules. It is believed that herbal compounds containing multiple plant products have synergistic hepatoprotective effects and could enhance the desired actions. To investigate the combination of ethanolic fruits extract of Solanum xanthocarpum (SX and Juniperus communis (JC against Paracetamol (PCM and Azithromycin (AZM induced liver toxicity in rats. Liver toxicity was induced by combine oral administration of PCM (250 mg/kg and AZM (200 mg/kg for 7 days in Wistar rats. Fruit extract of SX (200 and 400 mg/kg and JC (200 and 400 mg/kg were administered daily for 14 days. The hepatoprotective activity was assessed using liver functional test, oxidative parameters and histopathological examination. The results demonstrated that combine administration of AZM and PCM significantly produced liver toxicity by increasing the serum level of hepatic enzymes and oxidative parameters in liver of rats. Histopathological examination also indicated that AZM and PCM produced liver damage in rats. Chronic treatment of SX and JC extract significantly and dose-dependently attenuated the liver toxicity by normalizing the biochemical factors and no gross histopathological changes were observed in liver of rats. Furthermore, combine administration of lower dose of SX and JC significantly potentiated their hepatoprotective effect which was significant as compared to their effect per se. The results clearly indicated that SX and JC extract has hepatoprotective potential against AZM and PCM induced liver toxicity due to their synergistic anti-oxidant properties.

  14. SR-71 flyover

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    This clip, running about 14 seconds in length, shows the NASA SR-71 (No. 844) lighting off the afterburners on a low pass over the Dryden Flight Research Center. Two SR-71A aircraft on loan from the U.S. Air Force have been used for high-speed, high-altitude research at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, since 1991. One of them was later returned to the Air Force. A third SR-71 on loan from the Air Force is an SR-71B used for training but not for flight research. Developed for the U.S. Air Force as reconnaissance aircraft more than 30 years ago, SR-71 aircraft are still the world's fastest and highest-flying production aircraft. These aircraft can fly more than 2200 miles per hour (Mach 3+ or more than three times the speed of sound) and at altitudes of over 85,000 feet. This operating environment makes the aircraft excellent platforms to carry out research and experiments in a variety of areas--aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, thermal protection materials, high-speed and high-temperature instrumentation, atmospheric studies, and sonic-boom characterization. Data from the SR-71 high-speed research program may be used to aid designers of future supersonic or hypersonic aircraft and propulsion systems, including a possible high-speed civil transport. The SR-71 program at Dryden has been part of the NASA overall high-speed aeronautical research program, and projects have involved other NASA research centers, other government agencies, universities, and commercial firms. One of the first major experiments to be flown in the NASA SR-71 program was a laser air-data collection system. This system used laser light instead of air pressure to produce airspeed and attitude reference data such as angle of attack and angle of sideslip. These data are normally obtained with small tubes and vanes extending into the air stream, or from tubes with flush openings on the aircraft outer skin. The flights provided information on the presence of

  15. SR-71 flight

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    1990-01-01

    The movie clip shown here runs about 13 seconds and shows an air-to-air shot of the front of the SR-71 aircraft and a head-on view of it coming in for a landing. Two SR-71A aircraft on loan from the U.S. Air Force have been used for high-speed, high-altitude research at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, since 1991. One of them was later returned to the Air Force. A third SR-71 on loan from the Air Force is an SR-71B used for training but not for flight research. Developed for the U.S. Air Force as reconnaissance aircraft more than 30 years ago, SR-71 aircraft are still the world's fastest and highest-flying production aircraft. These aircraft can fly more than 2200 miles per hour (Mach 3+ or more than three times the speed of sound) and at altitudes of over 85,000 feet. This operating environment makes the aircraft excellent platforms to carry out research and experiments in a variety of areas--aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, thermal protection materials, high-speed and high-temperature instrumentation, atmospheric studies, and sonic-boom characterization. Data from the SR-71 high-speed research program may be used to aid designers of future supersonic or hypersonic aircraft and propulsion systems, including a possible high-speed civil transport. The SR-71 program at Dryden has been part of the NASA overall high-speed aeronautical research program, and projects have involved other NASA research centers, other government agencies, universities, and commercial firms. One of the first major experiments to be flown in the NASA SR-71 program was a laser air-data collection system. This system used laser light instead of air pressure to produce airspeed and attitude reference data such as angle of attack and angle of sideslip. These data are normally obtained with small tubes and vanes extending into the air stream, or from tubes with flush openings on the aircraft outer skin. The flights provided information on the presence of

  16. [Efficacy and safety of azithromycin infusion in patients with mild or moderate community-acquired pneumonia].

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    Noguchi, Shingo; Yatera, Kazuhiro; Kawanami, Toshinori; Yamasaki, Kei; Uchimura, Keigo; Hata, Ryosuke; Tachiwada, Takashi; Oda, Keishi; Hara, Kanako; Suzuki, Yu; Akata, Kentarou; Ogoshi, Takaaki; Tokuyama, Susumu; Inoue, Naoyuki; Nishida, Chinatsu; Orihashi, Takeshi; Yoshida, Yugo; Kawanami, Yukiko; Taura, Yusuke; Ishimoto, Hiroshi; Obata, Hideto; Tsuda, Toru; Yoshii, Chiharu; Mukae, Hiroshi

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    Azithromycin (AZM) is one of 15-membered rings macrolide antibiotics with wide spectrum of antimicrobial efficacy for Gram-positive and -negative bacteria and also atypical bacteria. So far, there had been no reports of the prospective studies evaluating efficacy and safety of AZM infusion in patients with mild or moderate community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). This study was conducted to evaluate prospectively the efficacy and safety of AZM in patients with mild or moderate CAP. AZM 500 mg was intravenously administered once daily, and the clinical efficacy were evaluated by clinical symptoms, peripheral blood laboratory findings and chest X-rays. Sixty-four patients were firstly registered, and eventually 61 and 62 patients were enrolled for the evaluation of clinical efficacy and safety of AZM, respectively. The efficacy of AZM in 61 patients evaluated was 88.5%. In addition, the efficacies of AZM in each pneumonia severity index by A-DROP system by the Japanese Respiratory Society (JRS) guideline in CAP were 85.2% in mild and 91.2% in moderate. Furthermore, the efficacy of AZM in each differentiation between suspicion of bacterial pneumonia and that of atypical pneumonia by JRS guideline in CAP were 91.7% in suspicion of atypical pneumonia, and its efficacy was high than that of bacterial pneumonia. Nineteen patients (20 cases; 15 with liver dysfunction, 4 with diarrhea, 1 with vascular pain) out of 62 patients were reported to have possible adverse effects of AZM. All of the patients with these adverse effects demonstrated mild dysfunction and continued AZM treatment, and these dysfunctions normalized soon after cessation of AZM. In conclusion, AZM is effective drug for patients with mild or moderate CAP, and we believe that it may be one of effective choice in the treatment of CAP patients who need hospitalization.

  17. Encapsulation of azithromycin into polymeric microspheres by reduced pressure-solvent evaporation method.

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    Li, Xiujuan; Chang, Si; Du, Guangsheng; Li, Yi; Gong, Junbo; Yang, Mingshi; Wei, Zhenping

    2012-08-20

    Azithromycin loaded microspheres with blends of poly-l-lactide and ploy-D,L-lactide-co-glycolide as matrices were prepared by the atmosphere-solvent evaporation (ASE) and reduced pressure-solvent evaporation (RSE) method. Both the X-ray diffraction spectra and DSC thermographs demonstrated that poly-L-lactide existed in a crystalline form in the ASE microspheres, while an amorphous form was present in the RSE formulations. Besides, solvent removal at atmosphere gave microspheres of porous and rough surfaces, but smooth surfaces appeared in the RSE microspheres. The incorporation efficiency as well as the burst release (cumulative release in the first 24h) in the ASE formulations was 39.94 ± 1.18% and 23.96 ± 2.01% respectively, yet the encapsulation efficiency of the microspheres fabricated under 385 mmHg was high up to 57.19 ± 3.81% and the burst release was 4.12 ± 0.15%. The in vitro drug release studies indicated that the ASE microspheres presented a zero-order profile; while the RSE formulations followed first-order kinetics. Other factors including solidification time, temperature, drug to polymer ratio and pH value of the continuous phase could also influence the physicochemical characteristics and release profiles of microspheres. In conclusion, the overall improvement of microspheres in appearance, encapsulation efficiency and controlled drug release through the RSE method could be easily fulfilled under optimal preparation conditions. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Eradication of Helicobacter pylori in Children by Triple Therapy Regimens of Amoxicillin, Omeprazole, and Clarithromycin or Azithromycin

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: The present study aimed to evaluate the effect of classical and azithromycin-containing triple therapy eradication regimen against H. Pylori in children, and to determine the level of patients’ tolerance. Patients and Methods: This single clinical trial was performed in 2014 on 2 to 15 years old children. All children, in whom H. Pylori infection was confirmed through multiple biopsies of the stomach and required treatment, were enrolled in the study. H. Pylori-positive patients were treated alternately with two different drug regimens; Group OCA received clarithromycin 7.5 mg/kg/day every 12 hours for 10 days, amoxicillin 50 mg/kg/day every 12 hours for 10 days, and omeprazole 1 mg/kg/day every 12 hours for two weeks, and Group OAA received azithromycin 10 mg/kg/day once a day (before meal for 6 days along with amoxicillin and omeprazole. Four to six weeks after completion of treatment, patients’ stool was tested for H. Pylori through the monoclonal method using the Helicobacter antigen quick kit. Results: There were no significant differences between the two groups regarding gender and age of patients. Based on ITT analysis, the therapeutic response in the OAA and OCA groups were 56.2% and 62.5%, respectively (P = 0.40. Drug adverse effects were 15.6% in the OCA and 3.1% in the OAA group (P = 0.19. Conclusions: The therapeutic response was seen in more than half of the patients treated with triple therapy of H. Pylori eradication regimen including azithromycin or clarithromycin, and there was no significant difference between the two treatment groups.

  19. Andreev reflection and spin polarization of SrRuO{sub 3} thin films on SrTiO{sub 3} (111)

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    Foerster, M; Rigato, F; Fontcuberta, J [Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona - CSIC, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Piano, S; Mellor, C J, E-mail: mfoerster@icmab.es [School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD Nottingham (United Kingdom)

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    Epitaxial SrRuO{sub 3} thin films with an extremely flat surface morphology suitable for the use in thin film heterostructures have been grown on SrTiO{sub 3} (111) substrates. The transport spin polarization was measured by point contact spectroscopy for SrRuO{sub 3} films on SrTiO{sub 3} (111) and comparable samples on SrTiO{sub 3} (001). The measured polarization for both types of samples is slightly smaller than previously measured by the same technique. Possible reasons for this difference are discussed.

  20. DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION OF A NEW HPLC METHOD FOR THE ESTIMATION OF AZITHROMYCIN IN BULK AND TABLET DOSAGE FORM

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    Irin Dewan*, T. Amin , Md. F. Hossain , M. Hasan , S. F. Chowdhury , M. Gazi and S.M. Ashraful Islam

    2013-01-01

    A simple, reproducible and efficient reversed phase high performance liquid chromatographic (RP-HPLC) method has been developed for quantitative determination of azithromycin in drug substance. The separations were carried out on a Xterra C18 column (150 ×4.6 mm; 5µ) with UV detection at 215 nm. The mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and phosphate buffer (pH adjusted to 7.5) in a ratio of 50:50 v/v. The injection volume was 50 µl and flow rate was 1.0 mL/min. The linear dynamic response ...

  1. No proarrhythmic properties of the antibiotics Moxifloxacin or Azithromycin in anaesthetized dogs with chronic-AV block

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    Thomsen, Morten Bækgaard; Beekman, J D M; Attevelt, N J M

    2006-01-01

    not been shown to cause torsades de pointes arrhythmias (TdP). Azithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic that has rarely been associated, clinically, with cases of proarrhythmia. As there is a lack of clinical data available, the cardiac safety of these drugs was assessed in a TdP-susceptible animal model......The therapeutically available quinolone antibiotic moxifloxacin has been used as a positive control for prolonging the QT interval in both clinical and non-clinical studies designed to assess the potential of new drugs to delay cardiac repolarization. Despite moxifloxacin prolonging QT, it has...

  2. High-precision 87Sr/86Sr analyses in wines and their use as a geological fingerprint for tracing geographic provenance.

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    Marchionni, Sara; Braschi, Eleonora; Tommasini, Simone; Bollati, Andrea; Cifelli, Francesca; Mulinacci, Nadia; Mattei, Massimo; Conticelli, Sandro

    2013-07-17

    The radiogenic isotopic compositions of inorganic heavy elements such as Sr, Nd, and Pb of the food chain may constitute a reliable geographic fingerprint, their isotopic ratios being inherited by the geological substratum of the territory of production. The Sr isotope composition of geomaterials (i.e., rocks and soils) is largely variable, and it depends upon the age of the rocks and their nature (e.g., genesis, composition). In this study we developed a high-precision analytical procedure for determining Sr isotopes in wines at comparable uncertainty levels of geological data. With the aim of verifying the possibility of using Sr isotope in wine as a reliable tracer for geographic provenance, we performed Sr isotope analyses of 45 bottled wines from four different geographical localities of the Italian peninsula. Their Sr isotope composition has been compared with that of rocks from the substrata (i.e., rocks) of their vineyards. In addition wines from the same winemaker but different vintage years have been analyzed to verify the constancy with time of the (87)Sr/(86)Sr. Sr isotope compositions have been determined by solid source thermal ionization mass spectrometry following purification of Sr in a clean laboratory. (87)Sr/(86)Sr of the analyzed wines is correlated with the isotopic values of the geological substratum of the vineyards, showing little or no variation within the same vineyard and among different vintages. Large (87)Sr/(86)Sr variation is observed among wines from the different geographical areas, reinforcing the link with the geological substratum of the production territory. This makes Sr isotopes a robust geochemical tool for tracing the geographic authenticity and provenance of wine.

  3. Mass treatment with azithromycin for trachoma: when is one round enough? Results from the PRET Trial in the Gambia.

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    TF 3.0%, Ct 0.2%; and Enhanced-SR TF 3.2%, Ct 0.7% . The implementation of the stopping rule led to treatment stopping after one round of MDA in all communities in both SR arms. Mean treatment coverage of children aged 0-9 in communities randomised to standard treatment was 87.7% at baseline and 84.8% and 88.8% at one and two years, respectively. Mean coverage of children in communities randomized to enhanced treatment was 90.0% at baseline and 94.2% and 93.8% at one and two years, respectively. There was no evidence of any difference in TF or Ct prevalence at 36 months resulting from enhanced coverage or from one round of MDA compared to three. CONCLUSIONS: The Gambia is close to the elimination target for active trachoma. In districts prioritised for three MDA rounds, one round of MDA reduced active trachoma to low levels and Ct infection was not detectable in any community. There was no additional benefit to giving two further rounds of MDA. Programmes could save scarce resources by determining when to initiate or to discontinue MDA based on testing for Ct infection, and one round of MDA may be all that is necessary in some settings to reduce TF below the elimination threshold.

  4. 阿奇霉素防治早产儿支气管肺发育不良的系统评价%Azithromycin for preventing bronchopulmonary dysplasia in preterm infants:a systematic review

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    李茂军; 陈昌辉; 吴青; 石伟; 阳倩; 唐彬秩

    2015-01-01

    Objective To assess the effectiveness and safety of Azithromycin for preventing bronchopulmonary dysplasia(BPD) in preterm infants in order to provide reference for the clinical treatment of BPD.Methods The electronic retrieval were conducted to review randomized controlled trials (RCTs) from The Cochrane Library,PubMed,EM-Base,China Biological Medicine Database (CBM),Chinese Journals full-text Database (CNKI),Chinese Technological Journals Database(VIP) and Wan Fang Digital Journal Full-text Database by free texts and medical subject headings.The retrieval time was from inception to Dec.2012.Randomized or quasi-randomized studies were conducted by comparing Azithromycin therapy and no treatment or placebo management to prevent BPD among the preterm or low birth weight infants were included.The reference lists of relevant trials and conference proceedings were searched.Risk biases of the trials were assessed.Statistical analysis was performed by using Revman 5.1 offered by Cochrane.Results A total of 2 trials including 328 preterm infants were included.No significant difference was observed between the Azithromycin group and the control group in the incidence of BPD(RR =0.81,95% CI 0.55-1.19).The risk ratio of death and post-natal steroid used in the Azithromycin group were lower,but there was no difference.The risk ratio of length of stay was not significantly different.The rate of BPD in preterm infants who had a positive respiratory culture of Ureaplasma between the preventative Azithromycin group and the placebo group showed that the incidence of BPD was significantly less in the Azithromycin group.Conclusions The available data are insufficient to make a recommendation regarding treatment with prophylactic Azithromycin to prevent BPD in preterm infants.More RCTs with large-scale and high-quality are required to provide more reliable evidence.%目的 系统评价阿奇霉素防治早产儿支气管肺发育不良(BPD)的有效性及安全性,以期为本病

  5. 阿奇霉素联合脾氨肽治疗小儿哮喘38例疗效观察%Effect Observation of Azithromycin Combined with Spleen Aminopeptidase for 38 Children with Asthma

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    Objective:To observe the clinical effect of azithromycin combined with spleen aminopeptidase for the treatment of asthma in children. Method:76 patients were randomly divided into two groups:test group and control group,38 cases in each group.The two groups were given conventional treatment.The control group was given 10 mg/kgod of azithromycine tablets. The test group was given spleen aminopeptidase on the base of control group. Comparing the clinical effects of the different groups in a 2-month course.Result:The total effective rate of test group was 92.1%,it was significantly higher than that of control group(P<0.05). Disappearance time of symptoms and signs and hospital stay of the test group were significantly shorter than the that of control group(P<0.05).Conclusion:The clinical effect of azithromycin combined with spleen aminopeptidase on the treatment for asthma in children is satisfactory.The patients recovery faster and less adverse reactions,is worthy of clinical use.%  目的:观察阿奇霉素联合脾氨肽治疗小儿哮喘的临床疗效和安全性。方法:将76例支气管哮喘患儿随机分为观察组和对照组各38例,两组均给予常规治疗,对照组给予阿奇霉素口服,10 mg/(kg·d);观察组在对照组用药基础上给予脾氨肽口服冻干粉,1支/d,一月后改为隔日1支;2个月后比较两组疗效。结果:观察组有效率92.1%,明显高于对照组的81.6%(P<0.05);观察组的症状体征消失时间和住院时间也明显优于对照组(P<0.05)。结论:阿奇霉素联合脾氨肽治疗小儿哮喘疗效显著,患儿恢复快且不良反应少,值得在临床推广。

  6. 阿奇霉素对气管导管内流感嗜血杆菌生物被膜的影响%Effects of azithromycin on the formation of nontypeable haemophilus influenzae biofilm on endotracheal tubes

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    王瑛; 王东; 郭治; 石书梅

    2016-01-01

    目的:观察流感嗜血杆菌是否可在气管导管内形成生物被膜并评价阿奇霉素对气管导管内流感嗜血杆菌形成生物被膜的影响。方法选取 Wistar 大鼠120只,分为空白对照组、感染组及给药组;流感嗜血杆菌制备成琼脂小珠,接种于气管插管大鼠,扫描电镜观察气管导管生物被膜形成情况,并通过细菌计数评价疗效。结果接种细菌后第1天扫描电镜可见导管壁表面凹凸不平,外被黏液样物质,并可见细长的菌体被覆其中,给予阿奇霉素治疗后,感染组和给药组均可在气管插管形成生物被膜,但给药组细菌数明显降低。结论流感嗜血杆菌可在气管插管形成生物被膜,阿奇霉素对流感嗜血杆菌气道内导管早期生物被膜有一定抑制作用。%Objective To observe the formation of biofilms on endotracheal tubes ,and to determine the effect of azithromycin on Haemophilus influenzae in biofilms .Methods One hundred and twenty Wistar rats were intubated with a silicone tube ,80 of them(40 rats were model group and 40 were medicine group) were infected by bacteria to establish the animal models of endotra-cheal tube infections the others were ues as control gruop .Formation of biofilms was detected by scanning electron microscope .Via-ble cells counting was carried out to evaluate the effect of azithromycin orally on biofilms on endotracheal tubes .Results Uneven biofilms were formed on the surface of endotracheal tubes ,and slim bodied of bacteria enclosed by a lot of extracellular matrix .Via-ble cells counting was reduced in medicine group compared with model group .Conclusion Haemophilus influenzae can form bio-films on endotracheal tubes .Azithromycin can exert inhibitory effect on haemophilus influenzae biofilms formed on endotracheal tubes .

  7. 阿奇霉素治疗小儿喘息性支气管炎的临床效果观察%Clinical Effect of Azithromycin in the Treatment of Children with Asthmatic Bronchitis

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    陈剑泓

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨阿奇霉素治疗小儿喘息性支气管炎的临床效果。方法选取本院2O11年6月-2O13年6月收治的喘息性支气管炎患儿62例,随机分为对照组和观察组。两组均行常规治疗,观察组在此基础上给予阿奇霉素,比较两组临床效果。结果观察组总有效率(9O.32%)高于对照组(77.42%),差异有统计学意义( P Azithromycin in the treatment of children with asthmatic bronchitis. Methods 62 cases of children with asthmatic bronchitis in the hospital from June 2O11 to June 2O13,were random-ly divided into control group and observation group. Two groups were treated with conventional therapy,and observation group was given Azithromycin based on this,the clinical effects were compared between the two groups. Results The curative effect of observation group(9O. 32% )was higher than control group(77. 42% ),the difference was statistically significant(P Azithromycin in the treatment of children with asthmatic bronchitis is remarkable,safe and reliable,has the value of clinical ap-plication.

  8. Clathrate formation in the systems Sr-Cu-Ge and {Ba,Sr}-Cu-Ge

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    Zeiringer, I.; Moser, R.; Kneidinger, F.; Podloucky, R.; Royanian, E.; Grytsiv, A.; Bauer, E.; Giester, G.; Falmbigl, M.; Rogl, P.

    2014-09-01

    In the ternary system Sr-Cu-Ge, a novel clathrate type-I phase was detected, Sr8CuxGe46-x (5.2≤xtemperature interval. Sr8Cu5.3Ge40.7 decomposes eutectoidally on cooling at 730±3 °C into (Ge), SrGe2 and τ1-SrCu2-xGe2+x. Phase equilibria at 700 °C have been established for the Ge rich part and are characterized by the appearance of only one ternary compound, τ1-SrCu2-xGe2+x, which crystallizes with the ThCr2Si2 structure type and forms a homogeneity range up to x=0.4 (a=0.42850(4), c=1.0370(1) nm). Additionally, the extent of the clathrate type-I solid solution Ba8-ySryCuxGe46-x (0≤y≤~5.6; 5.2≤x≤5.4, from as cast alloys) has been studied at various temperatures. The clathrate type-I crystal structure (space group Pm3barn) has been proven by X-ray single crystal diffraction on two single crystals with the composition (from refinement): Sr8Cu5.36Ge40.64 (a=1.06368(2) nm at 300 K) and Ba4.86Sr3.14Cu5.36Ge40.64 (a=1.06748(2) nm at 300 K) measured at 300, 200 and 100 K. From the temperature dependence of the lattice parameters and the atomic displacement parameters, thermal expansion coefficients, Debye- and Einstein-temperatures and the speed of sound have been determined. From heat capacity measurements of Sr8Cu5.3Ge40.7 at low temperatures the Sommerfeld coefficient (γ=24 mJ/mol K2) and the Debye temperature (ΘDLT=273 K) have been extracted. From a detailed analysis of these data at higher temperatures, Einstein branches of the phonon dispersion relation have been derived and compared to those obtained from the atomic displacement parameters. Electrical resistivity measurements of Sr8Cu5.3Ge40.7 reveal a rather metallic behavior in the low temperature range (<300 K). Density function theory calculations provide densities of states, electronic resistivity and Seebeck coefficient as well as the vibrational spectrum and specific heat.

  9. DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION OF A NEW HPLC METHOD FOR THE ESTIMATION OF AZITHROMYCIN IN BULK AND TABLET DOSAGE FORM

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    Irin Dewan*, T. Amin , Md. F. Hossain , M. Hasan , S. F. Chowdhury , M. Gazi and S.M. Ashraful Islam

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A simple, reproducible and efficient reversed phase high performance liquid chromatographic (RP-HPLC method has been developed for quantitative determination of azithromycin in drug substance. The separations were carried out on a Xterra C18 column (150 ×4.6 mm; 5µ with UV detection at 215 nm. The mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and phosphate buffer (pH adjusted to 7.5 in a ratio of 50:50 v/v. The injection volume was 50 µl and flow rate was 1.0 mL/min. The linear dynamic response was found to be in the concentration range of 300µg-700 µg/mL and coefficient of correlation was found to be 0.998. The %RSD value was below 2.0 for intraday and interday precision indicated that the method was highly precise. The percentage recovery value was higher than 100 %, indicating the accuracy of the method and absence of interference of the excipients present in the tablet formulation. The proposed method was simple, economic, accurate, precise and reproducible and hence can be applied for routine quality control analysis of azithromycin in bulk and dosage form.

  10. Optimization and validation of a stability-indicating RP-HPLC method for determination of azithromycin and its related compounds.

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    El-Gindy, Alaa; Attia, Khalid A; Nassar, Mohammad Wafaa; Al Abasawi, Nasr M; Al-Shabrawi, Maisra

    2011-01-01

    A validated stability-indicating HPLC method was developed for the analysis of azithromycin (AZ) and its related compounds in raw materials, capsule, and suspension using an Xterra RP C18 column at 50 degrees C with UV detection at 215 nm. Isocratic elution was employed using the mobile phase 14 mM disodium hydrogen phosphate (pH 10.5, adjusted by 1 M NaOH)-methanol-acetonitrile-tetrahydrofuran (40.0 + 30.0 + 30.0 + 0.1, v/v/v/v). AZ and 14 of its related compounds were separated and quantified. The described method was linear over the range of 2-1800 microg/mL AZ with (r = 0.9999). The stability of AZ was studied under accelerated acidic, alkaline, and oxidative conditions. The proposed method was used to investigate the kinetics of acidic and alkaline hydrolysis process of AZ at different temperatures, and the apparent pseudo first-order rate constant, half-life, and activation energy were calculated. The major peak detected from the degradation of AZ in alkaline and acidic conditions was decladinosylazithromycine, while azithromycin N-oxide was detected from the oxidative degradation. Long-term stability studies for capsule and oral suspension were carried out. The proposed stability-indicating method was completely validated according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requirements.

  11. Development, in vitro and in vivo evaluation of novel injectable smart gels of azithromycin for chronic periodontitis.

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    Venkatesh, M P; Kumar, T M Pramod; Avinash, B S; Kumar, G Sheela

    2013-04-01

    Periodontitis is an inflammatory condition affecting teeth resulting in progressive destruction of periodontal ligaments, resorption of alveolar bone and loss of teeth. Treatment of periodontitis includes surgical and non surgical management. Systemic antibiotics are also used for the treatment of periodontitis. The aim of this research was to formulate smart gel system of azithromycin (AZT) and to evaluate in vitro and in vivo for non-surgical treatment of chronic periodontitis. Azithromycin dihydrate, used systemically in the treatment of periodontitis, was formulated into smart gels using biodegradable, thermosensitive polymer Pluronic® F-127 (PF-127) and Hydroxy Ethyl Cellulose (HEC) as copolymer. The prepared smart gels were evaluated for sterility, content uniformity, gelation temperature and time, syringeability, rheological behavior, in vitro diffusion and in vivo efficacy in human patients. The prepared smart gels were clear and transparent, sterile, thermoresponsive and injectable. Viscosity of gels increased with increase in concentration of polymer/co-polymer and also with temperature. They gelled in short response time below the body temperature. In vitro release studies showed controlled drug release which was influenced significantly by the properties and concentration of PF-127 and HEC. In vivo efficacy studies showed a significant improvement (p chronic periodontitis since it reduces the dose and side effects, bypasses the usual surgical procedures and improves patient compliance.

  12. A comparative study on the magnetic and electrical properties of MFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} (M=Ba and Sr)/BiFeO{sub 3} nanocomposites

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    Ahmed, M.A., E-mail: moala47@hotmail.com [Materials Science Lab (1), Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Cairo University, Giza (Egypt); Mansour, S.F. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Zagazig University (Egypt); Ismael, H. [Materials Science Lab (1), Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Cairo University, Giza (Egypt)

    2015-03-15

    M-type hexaferrite (MFe{sub 12}O{sub 19}), M=Ba or Sr nanoparticles with hexagonal crystal structure have been successfully synthesized by a citrate auto-combustion method. BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) was prepared by the flash auto-combustion technique. Different nanocomposites were prepared according to the formula [(1−X) MFe{sub 12}O{sub 19}+XBiFeO{sub 3}; M=Ba or Sr, X=0.3, 0.4, 0.5 and 0.6]. The structure and morphology of the obtained nanocomposites have been determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). From the results, it is observed that the value of saturation magnetization decreases with increasing BFO content, which was mainly due to the contribution of the volume of the weak-magnetic BFO to the total sample volume. - Highlights: • M-type nanohexaferrite (MFe{sub 12}O{sub 19}) as M=Ba and Sr powders were synthesized by the citrate autocombustion method. • The lattice parameters of composite were negligibly smaller than those of M-type. • FESEM showed that the samples were hexagonal plate-like shape. • M{sub s}, M{sub r}, μ{sub eff.} and H{sub C} were improved to be suitable for perpendicular high density recording media. • ε′ increased with BFO ratio which is useful in microwave devices.

  13. Azithromycin resistance is coevolving with reduced susceptibility to cephalosporins in Neisseria gonorrhoeae in Ontario, Canada.

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    Allen, Vanessa G; Seah, Christine; Martin, Irene; Melano, Roberto G

    2014-05-01

    Azithromycin (AZM) is routinely recommended as a component of dual therapy for gonorrhea in combination with third-generation cephalosporins (3GC). In this study, we examined the prevalence of AZM-resistant (AZM(r)) Neisseria gonorrhoeae from July 2010 to February 2013, assessed the rate of concurrent cephalosporin resistance under the current treatment recommendations, and analyzed the clonal distribution of AZM(r) isolates in Ontario, Canada. Nineteen AZM(r) clinical isolates (one per patient; MIC, ≥2 μg/ml) were included in the study. Susceptibility profiles of these isolates to 11 antibiotics, molecular typing, characterization of macrolide resistance mechanisms, and penicillin-binding protein 2 (PBP2) patterns were determined for all the isolates. Two groups were defined based on AZM(r) level; group A isolates displayed high-level resistance (MIC, ≥2,048 μg/ml) due to mutations (A2143G) in the four copies of the 23S rRNA rrl gene, and group B isolates had moderate resistance to AZM (MICs, 2 to 8 μg/ml, C2599T mutation in the rrl gene), with a subgroup belonging to sequence type 3158 (ST3158) (n = 8), which also showed reduced susceptibility to 3GC (MICs, 0.12 to 0.25 μg/ml, PBP2 pattern XXXIV). This AZM(r) phenotype was not observed in previous provincial surveillance in 2008 (the ST3158 clone was found, with AZM MICs of 0.25 to 0.5 μg/ml associated with mtrR mutations). We hypothesized that the AZM mutant prevention concentration (MPC) in the ST3158 subpopulation we found in 2008 was higher than the MPC in wild-type isolates (AZM MIC, ≤0.031 μg/ml), increasing the chances of additional selection of AZM(r) mutations. Full AZM resistance is now emerging in this clone together with reduced susceptibility to 3GC, threatening the future efficacy of these antibiotics as therapeutic options for treatment of gonorrhea.

  14. Intercontinental dissemination of azithromycin-resistant shigellosis through sexual transmission: a cross-sectional study.

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    Baker, Kate S; Dallman, Timothy J; Ashton, Philip M; Day, Martin; Hughes, Gwenda; Crook, Paul D; Gilbart, Victoria L; Zittermann, Sandra; Allen, Vanessa G; Howden, Benjamin P; Tomita, Takehiro; Valcanis, Mary; Harris, Simon R; Connor, Thomas R; Sintchenko, Vitali; Howard, Peter; Brown, Jeremy D; Petty, Nicola K; Gouali, Malika; Thanh, Duy Pham; Keddy, Karen H; Smith, Anthony M; Talukder, Kaisar A; Faruque, Shah M; Parkhill, Julian; Baker, Stephen; Weill, François-Xavier; Jenkins, Claire; Thomson, Nicholas R

    2015-08-01

    Shigellosis is an acute, severe bacterial colitis that, in high-income countries, is typically associated with travel to high-risk regions (Africa, Asia, and Latin America). Since the 1970s, shigellosis has also been reported as a sexually transmitted infection in men who have sex with men (MSM), in whom transmission is an important component of shigellosis epidemiology in high-income nations. We aimed to use sophisticated subtyping and international sampling to determine factors driving shigellosis emergence in MSM linked to an outbreak in the UK. We did a large-scale, cross-sectional genomic epidemiological study of shigellosis cases collected from 29 countries between December, 1995, and June 8, 2014. Focusing on an ongoing epidemic in the UK, we collected and whole-genome sequenced clinical isolates of Shigella flexneri serotype 3a from high-risk and low-risk regions, including cases associated with travel and sex between men. We examined relationships between geographical, demographic, and clinical patient data with the isolate antimicrobial susceptibility, genetic data, and inferred evolutionary relationships. We obtained 331 clinical isolates of S flexneri serotype 3a, including 275 from low-risk regions (44 from individuals who travelled to high-risk regions), 52 from high-risk regions, and four outgroup samples (ie, closely related, but genetically distinct isolates used to determine the root of the phylogenetic tree). We identified a recently emerged lineage of S flexneri 3a that has spread intercontinentally in less than 20 years throughout regions traditionally at low risk for shigellosis via sexual transmission in MSM. The lineage had acquired multiple antimicrobial resistance determinants, and prevailing sublineages were strongly associated with resistance to the macrolide azithromycin. Eight (4%) of 206 isolates from the MSM-associated lineage were obtained from patients who had previously provided an isolate; these serial isolations indicated

  15. Knockdown expression and hepatic deficiency reveal anatheroprotective role for SR-BI in liver and peripheral tissues

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    Huby, Thierry; Doucet, Chantal; Dachet, Christiane; Ouzilleau,Betty; Ueda, Yukihiko; Afzal, Veena; Rubin, Edward; Chapman, M. John; Lesnik, Philippe

    2006-07-18

    Scavenger receptor SR-BI has been implicated inHDL-dependent atheroprotective mechanisms. We report the generation of anSR-BI conditional knockout mouse model in which SR-BI gene targeting byloxP site insertion produced a hypomorphic allele (hypomSR-BI).Attenuated SR-BI expression in hypomSR-BI mice resulted in 2-foldelevation in plasma total cholesterol (TC) levels. Cre-mediated SR-BIgene inactivation of the hypomorphic SR-BI allele in hepatocytes(hypomSR-BI-KOliver) was associated with high plasma TC concentrations,increased plasma free cholesterol/TC (FC/TC) ratio, and alipoprotein-cholesterol profile typical of SR-BI-/- mice. Plasma TClevels were increased 2-fold in hypomSR-BI and control mice fed anatherogenic diet, whereas hypomSR-BI-KOliver and SR-BI-/- mice developedsevere hypercholesterolemia due to accumulation of FC-rich, VLDL-sizedparticles. Atherosclerosis in hypomSR-BI mice was enhanced (2.5-fold)compared with that in controls, but to a much lower degree than inhypomSR-BI-KOliver (32-fold) and SR-BI-/- (48-fold) mice. The lattermodels did not differ in either plasma lipid levels or in the capacity ofVLDL-sized lipoproteins to induce macrophage cholesterol loading.However, reduced atherosclerosis in hypomSR-BI-KOliver mice wasassociated with decreased lesional macrophage content as compared withthat in SR-BI-/- mice. These data imply that, in addition to its majoratheroprotective role in liver, SR-BI may exert an antiatherogenic rolein extrahepatic tissues.

  16. Azithromycin and cough-specific health status in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic cough : a randomised controlled trial

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    Berkhof, Farida F.; Doornewaard-ten Hertog, Nynke E.; Uil, Steven M.; Kerstjens, Huib A. M.; van den Berg, Jan W. K.

    2013-01-01

    Background: Macrolides reduce exacerbations in patients with COPD. Their effects on health status has not been assessed as primary outcome and is less clear. This study assessed the effects of prophylactic azithromycin on cough-specific health status in COPD-patients with chronic productive cough. M

  17. Azithromycin and cough-specific health status in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic cough : a randomised controlled trial

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    Berkhof, Farida F.; Doornewaard-ten Hertog, Nynke E.; Uil, Steven M.; Kerstjens, Huib A. M.; van den Berg, Jan W. K.

    2013-01-01

    Background: Macrolides reduce exacerbations in patients with COPD. Their effects on health status has not been assessed as primary outcome and is less clear. This study assessed the effects of prophylactic azithromycin on cough-specific health status in COPD-patients with chronic productive cough. M

  18. Interim FEP report for the safety assessment SR-Can

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    Skagius, Kristina (ed.) [Kemakta Konsult AB, Stockholm (Sweden)

    2004-08-01

    level. This latter group of FEPs is also documented in the SR-Can version of the FEP database. The further processing of the initial state FEPs revealed that those FEPs that are not covered by the description of the repository design or by the site description, concern deviations from the intended initial state as a consequence of undetected mishaps, sabotage etc. These FEPs were propagated to the selection of scenarios. Relevant process FEPs from the audit were used to update the SR 97 set of internal processes for the engineered barrier system and the geosphere. The resulting SR-Can set of processes for the buffer are documented in the interim version of the SR-Can Process report and as process headings in the SR-Can interim version of the FEP database. Preliminary lists with SR-Can processes for the other system components are presently available in the interim version of the FEP database, but these lists will be further processed and documented in the final version of the SR-Can Process report. External FEPs from the audit were checked against the plans for managing these issues in SR-Can. Climate and large-scale geological FEPs were compared against the plans for modelling these phenomena and the handling of future human actions were compared to the handling in SR 97, which forms the basis for the handling in SR-Can. The coverage was found satisfactory. The results are not documented in the interim version of the SR-Can database, but will be so in the final version of the SR-Can database.

  19. The van der Waals potentials of MgCa, MgSr, MgBa, CaSr, CaBa, and SrBa

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    Wei, L. M.; Li, P.; Tang, K. T.

    2015-08-01

    Based on the facts that the potential energy curves of the homo-nuclear group 2 dimers (group IIA metal), except Be2, are conformal, and they can be described by the Tang-Toennies potential model, a set of simple combining rules are proposed for the parameters of the reduced potentials of the hetero-nuclear dimers. Together with the well-established combining rules of the range parameters of the exponential repulsion and the known dispersion coefficients, these rules enable us to determine the ground state potential energy curves of MgCa, MgSr, MgBa, CaSr, CaBa, and SrBa from those of Mg2, Ca2, Sr2, and Ba2. The determined potentials are comparable to some ab initio calculations and in excellent agreement with the experiment.

  20. Randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with azithromycin selects for anti-inflammatory microbial metabolites in the emphysematous lung

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    Segal, Leopoldo N; Clemente, Jose C; Wu, Benjamin G; Wikoff, William R; Gao, Zhan; Li, Yonghua; Ko, Jane P; Rom, William N; Blaser, Martin J; Weiden, Michael D

    2017-01-01

    Introduction Azithromycin (AZM) reduces pulmonary inflammation and exacerbations in patients with COPD having emphysema. The antimicrobial effects of AZM on the lower airway microbiome are not known and may contribute to its beneficial effects. Here we tested whether AZM treatment affects the lung microbiome and bacterial metabolites that might contribute to changes in levels of inflammatory cytokines in the airways. Methods 20 smokers (current or ex-smokers) with emphysema were randomised to receive AZM 250 mg or placebo daily for 8 weeks. Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) was performed at baseline and after treatment. Measurements performed in acellular BAL fluid included 16S rRNA gene sequences and quantity; 39 cytokines, chemokines and growth factors and 119 identified metabolites. The response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) by alveolar macrophages after ex-vivo treatment with AZM or bacterial metabolites was assessed. Results Compared with placebo, AZM did not alter bacterial burden but reduced α-diversity, decreasing 11 low abundance taxa, none of which are classical pulmonary pathogens. Compared with placebo, AZM treatment led to reduced in-vivo levels of chemokine (C-X-C) ligand 1 (CXCL1), tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interleukin (IL)-13 and IL-12p40 in BAL, but increased bacterial metabolites including glycolic acid, indol-3-acetate and linoleic acid. Glycolic acid and indol-3-acetate, but not AZM, blunted ex-vivo LPS-induced alveolar macrophage generation of CXCL1, TNF-α, IL-13 and IL-12p40. Conclusion AZM treatment altered both lung microbiota and metabolome, affecting anti-inflammatory bacterial metabolites that may contribute to its therapeutic effects. Trial registration number NCT02557958. PMID:27486204

  1. Efficacy of Azithromycin in the Treatment of 35 Prison Patients with Pneumonia%阿奇霉素治疗监狱内肺炎43例疗效观察

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    范亚丽; 孟庆伟; 孙飞

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨阿奇霉素治疗监狱内肺炎的临床疗效与安全性。方法:86例监狱内肺炎患者随机分为对照组与治疗组,每组43例,对照组给予乳酸红霉素7天后改为罗红霉素治疗,治疗组给予阿奇霉素注射液7天后改为阿奇霉素分散片治疗,总疗程14天后,比较两组患者的治疗总有效率、发热持续时间、咳嗽持续时间、啰音消失时间、X射线恢复正常时间,与红细胞沉降率、C反应蛋白水平、中性粒细胞分类,肝功能损害发生率。结果:①治疗组的治疗总有效率为明显高于对照组,P<0.05。②治疗组的发热持续时间、咳嗽持续时间、啰音消失时间、X射线恢复正常时间均明显短于对照组,P<0.05。③治疗组的ESR、CRP水平、中性粒细胞分类均低于对照组,P<0.05。④两组患者的肝功能损害发生率无统计学差异(P>0.05)。结论:阿奇霉素治疗监狱内肺炎疗效较好,不良反应较低。%Objective: To investigate the clinical efficacy and safety of azithromycin in the treatment of pneumonia in the prison. Methods:86 cases of prison pneumonia patients were randomly divided into control group and treatment group, 43 cases in each group, the control group was given 7 days to lactic acid erythromycin and roxithromycin in treatment, the treatment group was given Azithromycin Injection 7 days to Azithromycin Dispersible Tablets treatment, total treatment time of 14 days, compared two groups of patients, the total efficiency of duration of fever the time duration, cough, Rale disappearance time, X ray to restore the normal time, rate, level of C reactive protein, neutrophil cell and erythrocyte sedimentation, incidence of liver dysfunction.Results:The treatment the total effective rate of the treatment group was significantly higher than that in control group,P0.05).Conclusion:Azithromycin in the treatment of prison pneumonia curative effect is better, the

  2. Effects of azithromycin on expression of leptin and airway inflammation in rats with asthma%阿奇霉素对哮喘大鼠瘦素表达及气道炎症的影响

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    朱述阳; 嵇桂娟; 卢立国; 闫明华; 段存玲; 张文辉; 卞宏

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the role of azithromycin on the expression change of leptin in airway inflammatory lung tis sues and airway smooth muscle cells(ASMC) in obese rats with asthma and its anti inflammatory effects. Methods Rats were ran domly divided into 6 groups(n = 8) :3 groups with normal weight including the control group(group A) ,asthmatic group(group B) , and azithromycin intervention group(group C) and 3 groups with obesity including the control group(group D) , asthmatic group (group E) and azithromycin intervention group(group F). The obese and asthma models were constructed. The rat ASMC was cul tured in vitro. The concentrations of leptin in serum,BALF and the supernatant of cultured ASMC were determined by ELISA,and the expression of leptin in lung tissue and ASMC was measured by Western blot. Results The total number of WBC and the num ber of neutrophils of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid(BALF) ,the protein expression of leptin in lung tissues and the leptin concentra tions in serum,BALF and supernatant in the group D,E and F all showed statistical difference compared with the corresponding groups with normal weight(P-<0. 05). Conclusion The expression of leptin in the airway inflammatory lung tissues in obese rats with asthma is increased. Azithromycin can inhibit airway inflammation and partially reduce the expression of leptin in asthmatic rats.%目的 探讨阿奇霉素对肥胖哮喘大鼠气道炎症肺组织内及气道平滑肌细胞(ASMC)内瘦素表达的变化及抗炎作用.方法 将大鼠随机分为正常对照组、正常哮喘组、正常干预组和肥胖对照组、肥胖哮喘组、肥胖干预组,建立肥胖、哮喘模型以及体外培养大鼠ASMC,采用酶联免疫吸附试验(ELISA)法测定血清、支气管肺泡灌洗液(BALF)及细胞上清液中瘦素浓度,Western blot法检测肺组织和ASMC内瘦素蛋白的表达.结果 肥胖对照组、肥胖哮喘组和肥胖干预组BALF白细胞总数及中性粒细胞数,

  3. The Effect of the Treatment for Children’s Mycoplasma Pneumonia with Azithromycin and Phentolamine%阿奇霉素联合酚妥拉明治疗小儿支原体肺炎临床观察

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    洪福秀; 曹青山

    2015-01-01

    目的:重点研究和探讨阿奇霉素联合酚妥拉明治疗小儿支原体肺炎的临床疗效及安全性。方法:选取2011年12月-2014年1月本院接收诊治的120例小儿支原体性肺炎患儿的临床资料进行回顾性对比分析。随机数字表法分为两组,对照组60例应用阿奇霉素单药进行治疗,观察组60例应用阿奇霉素联合酚妥拉明进行治疗,比较两组患儿的疗效。结果:观察组治疗总有效率为93.3%,对照组为81.7%,两组比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05);两组症状、体征消失时间比较差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05);且两组均未出现明显副作用。结论:阿奇霉素联合酚妥拉明治疗支原体性肺炎患儿临床疗效显著,且具有较好的安全性,已经成为治疗小儿支原体性肺炎的可靠方法,对促进治疗小儿支原体性肺炎的发展具有重要的价值,值得临床推广使用。%Objective:To study the effect and the security of the treatment on the children’s mycoplasma pneumonia with Azithromycin and Phentolamine. Method:120 children with mycoplasma pneumonia in our hospital from December 2011 to January 2014 were selected and randomly divided into two groups. The control group(n=60) were treated with Azithromycin only,the experimental group(n=60) were treated with Azithromycin and Phentolamine. The treatment effect of two groups was compared. Result:The effective rate in the experimental group was 93.3%,the control group was 81.7%,the two groups had statistical significance (P<0.05). The signs and symptoms disappeared time between the two groups had statistical significance(P<0.05). There were not significant side effects in the two groups. Conclusion:The curative effect treating children’s mycoplasma pneumonia with Azithromycin and Phentolamine is distinct,what’s more,its security is very good,so it has been a commonly way to treat children’s mycoplasma pneumonia,it is valuable for treating

  4. Comparative study of heterogeneous magnetic state above T{sub C} in La{sub 0.82}Sr{sub 0.18}CoO{sub 3} cobaltite and La{sub 0.83}Sr{sub 0.17}MnO{sub 3} manganite

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    Ryzhov, V.A., E-mail: ryzhov@omrb.pnpi.spb.ru [Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, Orlova Coppice, Gatchina, Leningrad Obl. 188300 (Russian Federation); Lazuta, A.V.; Molkanov, P.L.; Khavronin, V.P.; Kurbakov, A.I.; Runov, V.V. [Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, Orlova Coppice, Gatchina, Leningrad Obl. 188300 (Russian Federation); Mukovskii, Ya.M.; Pestun, A.E.; Privezentsev, R.V. [Moskow State Steel and Alloys Institute, Leninskii Prospekt 4, Moscow 119049 (Russian Federation)

    2012-10-15

    The magnetic, transport and structural properties are studied for La{sub 0.83}Sr{sub 0.17}MnO{sub 3} and La{sub 0.82}Sr{sub 0.18}CoO{sub 3} single crystals with nearly the same doping and the metallic ground state. Their comparisons have shown that ferromagnetic clusters originate in the paramagnetic matrix below T{sup Low-Asterisk }>T{sub C} in both samples and exhibit similar properties. This suggests the possible universality of such phenomena in doped mixed-valence oxides of transition metals with the perovskite-type structure. The cluster density increases on cooling and plays an important role on the physical properties of these systems. The differences in cluster evolutions and scenarios of their insulator-metal transitions are related to different magnetic behaviors of the matrixes in these crystals that is mainly due to distinct spin states of the Mn{sup 3+} and Co{sup 3+} ions.

  5. Oral azithromycin in extended dosage schedule for chronic, subclinical Chlamydia pneumoniae infection causing coronary artery disease: a probable cure in sight? Results of a controlled preliminary trial

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Jaideep DograPoly Clinic, Central Government Health Scheme, Jaipur, Rajasthan, IndiaPurpose: Two mega trials have raised the question as to whether the hypothesis that infection plays a role in atherosclerosis is still relevant. This controlled preliminary trial investigated an extended dose of azithromycin in the treatment of Chlamydia pneumoniae infection causing coronary artery disease (CAD.Patients and methods: Forty patients with documentary evidence of CAD were screened for immunoglobulin G titers against C. pneumoniae and grouped into either the study group (patients with positive titer, n = 32 or control group (patients with negative titer, n = 8. Cases who met inclusion criteria could not have had coronary artery bypass graft surgery or percutaneous coronary intervention in the preceding 6 months. Informed consent was obtained from every patient. Baseline blood samples were analyzed for red blood cell indices, serum creatinine, and liver function tests, and repeated every 2 months. A primary event was defined as the first occurrence of death by any cause, recurrent myocardial infarction, coronary revascularization procedure, or hospitalization for angina. Patients in the study group received 500 mg of oral azithromycin once daily for 5 days, which was then repeated after a gap of 10 days (total of 24 courses in the 1-year trial period. The control group did not have azithromycin added to their standard CAD treatment.Results: In the study group, 30 patients completed the trial. Two patients had to undergo percutaneous coronary intervention in the initial first quarter of the 1-year trial period. In the control group, one patient died during the trial, one had to undergo coronary artery bypass graft surgery, and one had percutaneous coronary intervention.Conclusion: The patients tolerated the therapy well and there was a positive correlation between azithromycin and secondary prevention of CAD.Keywords: azithromycin, Chlamydia pneumoniae

  6. Enrichment of 88Sr in continental waters due to calcium carbonate precipitation

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    Shalev, Netta; Gavrieli, Ittai; Halicz, Ludwik; Sandler, Amir; Stein, Mordechai; Lazar, Boaz

    2017-02-01

    δ88/86Sr data published over the last few years suggest that continental waters are enriched with 88Sr as compared to the rocks in their drainage basins. In an attempt to understand this phenomenon, this study established the fractionation in the 88Sr/86Sr ratio during precipitation of continental carbonates (i.e., carbonates precipitated on land from surface, pedogenic, or ground waters), and evaluated the contribution of this process to the 88Sr-enrichment in rivers. For this, stable and radiogenic Sr isotopes (88Sr, 87Sr and 86Sr) were measured in calcite samples and their precipitating waters collected in various continental environments, such as soil, cave, streams and groundwater. The results indicate that continental carbonates are 88Sr-depleted relative to their precipitating waters, placing them as one of the most 88Sr-depleted reservoirs on earth. The average difference in δ88/86Sr values between waters and solid CaCO3 (tufas or speleothems) that they precipitate is Δcarb-water = - 0.218 ± 0.014 ‰ (1SD). An even larger fractionation (εcarb-water = - 0.285 ± 0.02 ‰) was measured in groundwater with particularly high carbonate-alkalinity and high carbonate precipitation rate that depleted ∼65% of the Sr in the groundwater, resulting in substantial 88Sr-enrichment in the residual dissolved Sr (δ88/86Sr = 0.656 ‰). Results also suggest that pedogenic carbonate precipitation in soil profile removes 50-85% of the Sr from the recharging soil-water, thereby increasing the δ88/86Sr value of the soil-water from ∼ 0.18 ‰ to 0.3 ‰- 0.6 ‰. Similar 88Sr-enrichment was observed in drip water from a karst cave. A maximum removal flux of Sr into continental carbonates of about 20 Gmol(Sr)ṡy-1 is required to yield the reported 88Sr-enrichment in global rivers (δ88/86Sr = 0.32 ‰) relative to their rock sources when using the fractionation factor derived in this study, Δcarb-water = - 0.218 ‰, and the published δ88/86Sr composition of marine

  7. Fabrication of a Selective and Sensitive Sensor Based on Molecularly Imprinted Polymer/Acetylene Black for the Determination of Azithromycin in Pharmaceuticals and Biological Samples.

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    Tingting Zhou

    Full Text Available A new selective and sensitive sensor based on molecularly imprinted polymer/acetylene black (MIP/AB was developed for the determination of azithromycin (AZM in pharmaceuticals and biological samples. The MIP of AZM was synthesized by precipitation polymerization. MIP and AB were then respectively introduced as selective and sensitive elements for the preparation of MIP/AB-modified carbon paste (MIP/ABP electrode. The performance of the obtained sensor was estimated by cyclic voltammetry (CV and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV techniques. Compared with non-molecularly imprinted polymer (NIP electrodes, NIP/ABP electrodes, and MIP-modified carbon paste electrodes, MIP/ABP electrode exhibited excellent current response toward AZM. The prepared sensor also exhibited good selectivity for AZM in comparison with structurally similar compounds. The effect of electrode composition, extraction parameters, and electrolyte conditions on the current response of the sensor was investigated. Under the optimized conditions, the prepared sensor showed two dynamic linear ranges of 1.0 × 10-7 mol L-1 to 2.0 × 10-6 mol L-1 and 2.0 × 10-6 mol L-1 to 2.0 × 10-5 mol L-1, with a limit of detection of 1.1 × 10-8 mol L-1. These predominant properties ensured that the sensor exhibits excellent reliability for detecting AZM in pharmaceuticals and biological fluids without the assistance of any separation techniques. The results were validated by the high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method.

  8. Development of NIRS method for quality control of drug combination artesunate–azithromycin for the treatment of severe malaria

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    Boyer, Chantal; Gaudin, Karen; Kauss, Tina; Gaubert, Alexandra; Boudis, Abdelhakim; Verschelden, Justine; Franc, Mickaël; Roussille, Julie; Boucher, Jacques; Olliaro, Piero; White, Nicholas J.; Millet, Pascal; Dubost, Jean-Pierre

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    Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) methods were developed for the determination of analytical content of an antimalarial-antibiotic (artesunate and azithromycin) co-formulation in hard gelatin capsule (HGC). The NIRS consists of pre-processing treatment of spectra (raw spectra and first-derivation of two spectral zones), a unique principal component analysis model to ensure the specificity and then two partial least-squares regression models for the determination content of each active pharmaceutical ingredient. The NIRS methods were developed and validated with no reference method, since the manufacturing process of HGC is basically mixed excipients with active pharmaceutical ingredients. The accuracy profiles showed β-expectation tolerance limits within the acceptance limits (±5%). The analytical control approach performed by reversed phase (HPLC) required two different methods involving two different preparation and chromatographic methods. NIRS offers advantages in terms of lower costs of equipment and procedures, time saving, environmentally friendly. PMID:22579599

  9. Development of NIRS method for quality control of drug combination artesunate-azithromycin for the treatment of severe malaria.

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    Boyer, Chantal; Gaudin, Karen; Kauss, Tina; Gaubert, Alexandra; Boudis, Abdelhakim; Verschelden, Justine; Franc, Mickaël; Roussille, Julie; Boucher, Jacques; Olliaro, Piero; White, Nicholas J; Millet, Pascal; Dubost, Jean-Pierre

    2012-01-01

    Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) methods were developed for the determination of analytical content of an antimalarial-antibiotic (artesunate and azithromycin) co-formulation in hard gelatin capsule (HGC). The NIRS consists of pre-processing treatment of spectra (raw spectra and first-derivation of two spectral zones), a unique principal component analysis model to ensure the specificity and then two partial least-squares regression models for the determination content of each active pharmaceutical ingredient. The NIRS methods were developed and validated with no reference method, since the manufacturing process of HGC is basically mixed excipients with active pharmaceutical ingredients. The accuracy profiles showed β-expectation tolerance limits within the acceptance limits (±5%). The analytical control approach performed by reversed phase (HPLC) required two different methods involving two different preparation and chromatographic methods. NIRS offers advantages in terms of lower costs of equipment and procedures, time saving, environmentally friendly.

  10. Erythromycin and azithromycin transport into Haemophilus influenzae ATCC 19418 under conditions of depressed proton motive force (delta mu H)

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    Capobianco, J.O.; Goldman, R.C. (Abbott Laboratories, IL (USA))

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    The effect of collapsing the electrochemical proton gradient (delta mu H) on ({sup 3}H)erythromycin and ({sup 14}C)azithromycin transport in Haemophilus influenzae ATCC 19418 was studied. The proton gradient and membrane potential were determined from the distribution of (2-{sup 14}C)dimethadione and rubidium-86, respectively. delta mu H was reduced from 124 to 3 mV in EDTA-valinomycin-treated cells at 22{degrees}C with 150 mM KCl and 0.1 mM carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone. During the collapse of delta mu H, macrolide uptake increased. Erythromycin efflux studies strongly suggested that this increase was not due to an energy-dependent efflux pump but was likely due to increased outer membrane permeability. These data indicated that macrolide entry was not a delta mu H-driven active transport process but rather a passive diffusion process.

  11. RETRACTED: Azithromycin 1.5% Ophthalmic Solution for Blepharitis Treatment: Comparison of 14- Versus 30-Day Treatment.

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    Altay, Yesim; Demirok, Gulizar; Balta, Ozgur; Bolu, Hulya

    2017-06-05

    The online-ahead-of-print published article, "Azithromycin 1.5% Ophthalmic Solution for Blepharitis Treatment: Comparison of 14- Versus 30-Day Treatment," by Altay Yesim, Demirok Gulizar, Balta Ozgur, and Bolu Hulya (DOI: 10.1089/jop.2015.0099) is being officially retracted from Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (JOPT) due to post-publication authorship disputes and the discovery of simultaneous submission to both JOPT and the International Journal of Ophthalmology, which is a violation of the proper protocols of peer review. Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics and its editorial leadership are committed to maintaining the highest levels of scientific reporting and publishing, and therefore officially retracts the article based on the infringements listed herein.

  12. Vibrio cholerae O1 with Reduced Susceptibility to Ciprofloxacin and Azithromycin Isolated from a Rural Coastal Area of Bangladesh

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    Rashed, Shah M.; Hasan, Nur A.; Alam, Munirul; Sadique, Abdus; Sultana, Marzia; Hoq, Md. Mozammel; Sack, R. Bradley; Colwell, Rita R.; Huq, Anwar

    2017-01-01

    Cholera outbreaks occur each year in the remote coastal areas of Bangladesh and epidemiological surveillance and routine monitoring of cholera in these areas is challenging. In this study, a total of 97 Vibrio cholerae O1 isolates from Mathbaria, Bangladesh, collected during 2010 and 2014 were analyzed for phenotypic and genotypic traits, including antimicrobial susceptibility. Of the 97 isolates, 95 possessed CTX-phage mediated genes, ctxA, ace, and zot, and two lacked the cholera toxin gene, ctxA. Also both CTX+ and CTX− V. cholerae O1 isolated in this study carried rtxC, tcpAET, and hlyA. The classical cholera toxin gene, ctxB1, was detected in 87 isolates, while eight had ctxB7. Of 95 CTX+ V. cholerae O1, 90 contained rstRET and 5 had rstRCL. All isolates, except two, contained SXT related integrase intSXT. Resistance to penicillin, streptomycin, nalidixic acid, sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim, erythromycin, and tetracycline varied between the years of study period. Most importantly, 93% of the V. cholerae O1 were multidrug resistant. Six different resistance profiles were observed, with resistance to streptomycin, nalidixic acid, tetracycline, and sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim predominant every year. Ciprofloxacin and azithromycin MIC were 0.003–0.75 and 0.19–2.00 μg/ml, respectively, indicating reduced susceptibility to these antibiotics. Sixteen of the V. cholerae O1 isolates showed higher MIC for azithromycin (≥0.5 μg/ml) and were further examined for 10 macrolide resistance genes, erm(A), erm(B), erm(C), ere(A), ere(B), mph(A), mph(B), mph(D), mef(A), and msr(A) with none testing positive for the macrolide resistance genes. PMID:28270803

  13. Integrated Sr isotope variations and global environmental changes through the Late Permian to early Late Triassic

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    Song, Haijun; Wignall, Paul B.; Tong, Jinnan; Song, Huyue; Chen, Jing; Chu, Daoliang; Tian, Li; Luo, Mao; Zong, Keqing; Chen, Yanlong; Lai, Xulong; Zhang, Kexin; Wang, Hongmei

    2015-08-01

    New 87Sr/86Sr data based on 127 well-preserved and well-dated conodont samples from South China were measured using a new technique (LA-MC-ICPMS) based on single conodont albid crown analysis. These reveal a spectacular climb in seawater 87Sr/86Sr ratios during the Early Triassic that was the most rapid of the Phanerozoic. The rapid increase began in Bed 25 of the Meishan section (GSSP of the Permian-Triassic boundary, PTB), and coincided closely with the latest Permian extinction. Modeling results indicate that the accelerated rise of 87Sr/86Sr ratios can be ascribed to a rapid increase (>2.8×) of riverine flux of Sr caused by intensified weathering. This phenomenon could in turn be related to an intensification of warming-driven runoff and vegetation die-off. Continued rise of 87Sr/86Sr ratios in the Early Triassic indicates that continental weathering rates were enhanced >1.9 times compared to those of the Late Permian. Continental weathering rates began to decline in the middle-late Spathian, which may have played a role in the decrease of oceanic anoxia and recovery of marine benthos. The 87Sr/86Sr values decline gradually into the Middle Triassic to an equilibrium values around 1.2 times those of the Late Permian level, suggesting that vegetation coverage did not attain pre-extinction levels thereby allowing higher runoff.

  14. Azithromycin to prevent bronchopulmonary dysplasia in ureaplasma-infected preterm infants: pharmacokinetics, safety, microbial response, and clinical outcomes with a 20-milligram-per-kilogram single intravenous dose.

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    Viscardi, Rose M; Othman, Ahmed A; Hassan, Hazem E; Eddington, Natalie D; Abebe, Elias; Terrin, Michael L; Kaufman, David A; Waites, Ken B

    2013-05-01

    Ureaplasma respiratory tract colonization is associated with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) in preterm infants. Previously, we demonstrated that a single intravenous (i.v.) dose of azithromycin (10 mg/kg of body weight) is safe but inadequate to eradicate Ureaplasma spp. in preterm infants. We performed a nonrandomized, single-arm open-label study of the pharmacokinetics (PK) and safety of intravenous 20-mg/kg single-dose azithromycin in 13 mechanically ventilated neonates with a gestational age between 24 weeks 0 days and 28 weeks 6 days. Pharmacokinetic data from 25 neonates (12 dosed with 10 mg/kg i.v. and 13 dosed with 20 mg/kg i.v.) were analyzed using a population modeling approach. Using a two-compartment model with allometric scaling of parameters on body weight (WT), the population PK parameter estimates were as follows: clearance, 0.21 liter/h × WT(kg)(0.75) [WT(kg)(0.75) indicates that clearance was allometrically scaled on body weight (in kilograms) with a fixed exponent of 0.75]; intercompartmental clearance, 2.1 liters/h × WT(kg)(0.75); central volume of distribution (V), 1.97 liters × WT (kg); and peripheral V, 17.9 liters × WT (kg). There was no evidence of departure from dose proportionality in azithromycin exposure over the tested dose range. The calculated area under the concentration-time curve over 24 h in the steady state divided by the MIC90 (AUC24/MIC90) for the single dose of azithromycin (20 mg/kg) was 7.5 h. Simulations suggest that 20 mg/kg for 3 days will maintain azithromycin concentrations of >MIC50 of 1 μg/ml for this group of Ureaplasma isolates for ≥ 96 h after the first dose. Azithromycin was well tolerated with no drug-related adverse events. One of seven (14%) Ureaplasma-positive subjects and three of six (50%) Ureaplasma-negative subjects developed physiologic BPD. Ureaplasma was eradicated in all treated Ureaplasma-positive subjects. Simulations suggest that a multiple-dose regimen may be efficacious for microbial

  15. High-Spin States in ~(86)Sr

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    2011-01-01

    The previous works for high spins states of 86Sr were very scarce. In the past, the spin of highest level of 86Sr was 13 found by the reaction 84Kr(α, 2nγ)86Sr in 28 MeV. The current work updates the level scheme of 86Sr to get more information about high spin states in 86Sr.

  16. Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye under visible light over Cr doped strontium titanate (SrTiO3) nanoparticles.

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    Qazi, Inamur Rahman; Lee, Woo-Jin; Lee, Hyun-Cheol; Hassan, Mallick Shamshi; Yang, O-Bong

    2010-05-01

    Strontium titanate (SrTiO3) and chromium doped SrTiO3 (Cr/SrTiO3) were prepared by modified sol-gel method with the citric acid as a chelating agent in the ethylene glycol solution for the effective photodegradation of methylene blue dye under visible light irradiation. The synthesized doped and un-doped SrTiO3 nanoparticles were structurally characterized and their photoresponse performances for the efficient degradation of methylene blue dye have been demonstrated. After introducing the Cr on SrTiO3, UV-Vis absorption was appeared the red-shift at 566 nm from 392 nm as compare with bare SrTiO3. The photocatalytic degradation activity of Cr/SrTiO3 was significantly improved to 60% degradation of methylene blue in 3 h under visible light, which is approximately 5 times higher than that of the bare SrTiO3.

  17. Coral Sr-U Thermometry

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    DeCarlo, T. M.; Gaetani, G. A.; Cohen, A. L.; Foster, G. L.; Alpert, A.; Stewart, J.

    2016-12-01

    Coral skeletons archive the past two millennia of climate variability in the oceans with unrivaled temporal resolution. However, extracting accurate temperature information from coral skeletons is confounded by "vital effects", which often override the temperature dependence of geochemical proxies. Here, we present a new approach to coral paleothermometry based on results of abiogenic precipitation experiments interpreted within a framework provided by a quantitative model of the coral biomineralization process. We conducted laboratory experiments to test the temperature and carbonate chemistry controls on abiogenic partitioning of Sr/Ca and U/Ca between aragonite and seawater, and we modeled the sensitivity of skeletal composition to processes occurring at the site of calcification. The model predicts that temperature can be accurately reconstructed from coral skeleton by combining Sr/Ca and U/Ca ratios into a new proxy, Sr-U. We tested the model predictions with measured Sr/Ca and U/Ca ratios of fourteen Porites sp. corals collected from the tropical Pacific Ocean and the Red Sea, with a subset also analyzed using the boron isotope (δ11B) pH proxy. Observed relationships among Sr/Ca, U/Ca, and δ11B agree with model predictions, indicating that the model accounts for the key features of the coral biomineralization process. We calibrated Sr-U to instrumental temperature records and found that it captures 93% of mean annual variability (26-30 °C) and predicts temperature within 0.5 °C (1 σ). Conversely, Sr/Ca alone has an error of prediction of 1 °C and often diverges from observed temperature by 3 °C or more. Many of the problems afflicting Sr/Ca - including offsets among neighboring corals and decouplings from temperature during coral stress events - are reconciled by Sr-U. By accounting for the influence of the coral biomineralization process, the Sr-U thermometer may offer significantly improved reliability for reconstructing ocean temperatures from coral

  18. In-vitro activity of polymyxin B in combination with imipenem, rifampicin and azithromycin versus multidrug resistant strains of Acinetobacter baumannii producing OXA-23 carbapenemases

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    Bean David C

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Acinetobacter baumannii has emerged as a major nosocomial pathogen worldwide. Many of the circulating strains exhibit multi-drug resistance remaining consistently susceptible only to polymyxins. In-vitro studies have reported that polymyxins combined with carbapenems, rifampicin or azithromycin are synergistic against these strains despite in-vitro resistance to these agents alone. The use of antimicrobial combinations have therefore been advocated for the treatment of severe A. baumannii infection in man. In order to determine whether such combinations are synergistic against the prevalent clones of multi-drug resistant A. baumannii causing infection in the UK, we performed synergy testing against representative isolates using two rapid Etest methods. Methods The activity of polymyxin in combination with imipenem, azithromycin or rifampicin was assessed against five strains of multi-drug resistant A. baumannii encoding OXA-23 carbapenemases. Synergy studies were performed by Etest-agar dilution and a combined Etest strip method. Synergy was defined as a FICI of ≤ 0.5. Results All strains were resistant to β-lactams, carbapenems, quinolones and aminoglycosides but susceptible to polymyxins. Marked synergy was not seen with polymyxin in combination with imipenem, rifampicin or azithromycin against any of the strains. Borderline synergy (FICI = 0.5 was seen against one strain belonging to OXA-23 clonal group 2, using the Etest-agar dilution method only. Conclusion In-vitro synergy with polymxyin in combination with imipenem, rifampicin or azithromycin is highly strain and method dependent. As reliable synergy could not be demonstrated against the prevalent UK multi-drug resistant strains, use of such combinations should not be used for empirical treatment of these infections in the UK. The optimal treatment for serious multi-drug A. baumannii infection and the role of combination therapy should be addressed in a prospective

  19. Septic arthritis of the hip in a Cambodian child caused by multidrug-resistant Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi with intermediate susceptibility to ciprofloxacin treated with ceftriaxone and azithromycin.

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    Pocock, J M; Khun, P A; Moore, C E; Vuthy, S; Stoesser, N; Parry, C M

    2014-08-01

    Septic arthritis is a rare complication of typhoid fever. A 12-year-old boy without pre-existing disease attended a paediatric hospital in Cambodia with fever and left hip pain. A hip synovial fluid aspirate grew multidrug-resistant Salmonella enterica ser. Typhi with intermediate susceptibility to ciprofloxacin. Arthrotomy, 2 weeks of intravenous ceftriaxone and 4 weeks of oral azithromycin led to resolution of symptoms. The optimum management of septic arthritis in drug-resistant typhoid is undefined.

  20. 阿奇霉素致严重输液样反应1例%Azithromycin Cause Serious Transfusion Reaction-1 Case

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    李菊秀

    2013-01-01

    To discuss our hospital case of senile hypertension patients by intravenous drip azithromycin, two typical transfusion reaction, symptom, physical sign, after stopping azithromycin have symptoms again;In patients with static drops with batch azithromycin, does not appear similar to clinical manifestation, is analyzed considering azithromycin cause severe al ergic reactions. At this time, should be closely observed the clinical situation, in the event of adverse reactions, especial y JiaoChongZhe symptoms, should immediately stop drug, take corresponding measures in time, avoid il ness, patients with life-threatening.%探讨我院收治一例高龄高血压患者通过静脉滴注阿奇霉素时,2次出现典型输液样反应,症状、体征表现较重,停用阿奇霉素后未再出现类似症状;同期住院患者有静滴同批次阿奇霉素,未出现类似临床表现,进行分析考虑是阿奇霉素致严重过敏反应。此时,应密切观察患者情况,一旦发生不良反应,尤其症状表现较重者,应立即停药,及时采取相应措施,避免患者病情加重、危及生命。

  1. Maternal Intravenous Treatment with either Azithromycin or Solithromycin Clears Ureaplasma parvum from the Amniotic Fluid in an Ovine Model of Intrauterine Infection

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    Intrauterine infection with Ureaplasma spp. is strongly associated with preterm birth and adverse neonatal outcomes. We assessed whether combined intraamniotic (IA) and maternal intravenous (IV) treatment with one of two candidate antibiotics, azithromycin (AZ) or solithromycin (SOLI), would eradicate intrauterine Ureaplasma parvum infection in a sheep model of pregnancy. Sheep with singleton pregnancies received an IA injection of U. parvum serovar 3 at 85 days of gestational age (GA). At 12...

  2. Encapsulation of Cs/Sr contaminated clinoptilolite in geopolymers produced from metakaolin

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    Kuenzel, C., E-mail: c.kuenzel08@imperial.ac.uk [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW72AZ (United Kingdom); Centre for Advanced Structural Ceramics, Department of Materials, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW72AZ (United Kingdom); Cisneros, J.F. [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW72AZ (United Kingdom); Neville, T.P. [Centre for CO_2 Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E6JE (United Kingdom); Vandeperre, L.J. [Centre for Advanced Structural Ceramics, Department of Materials, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW72AZ (United Kingdom); Simons, S.J.R.; Bensted, J. [Centre for CO_2 Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E6JE (United Kingdom); Cheeseman, C.R. [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW72AZ (United Kingdom)

    2015-11-15

    The encapsulation of caesium (Cs) and strontium (Sr) contaminated clinoptilolite in Na and K based metakaolin geopolymers is reported. When Cs or Sr loaded clinoptilolite is mixed with a metakaolin geopolymer paste, the high pH of the activating solution and the high concentration of ions in solution cause ion exchange reactions and dissolution of clinoptilolite with release of Cs and Sr into the geopolymer matrix. The leaching of Cs and Sr from metakaolin-based geopolymer has therefore been investigated. It was found that Na-based geopolymers reduce leaching of Cs compared to K-based geopolymers and the results are in agreement with the hard and soft acids and bases (HSAB) theory. Cs ions are weak Lewis acids and aluminates are a weak Lewis base. During the formation of the geopolymer matrix Cs ions are preferentially bound to aluminate phases and replace Na in the geopolymer structure. Sr uptake by Na-geopolymers is limited to 0.4 mol Sr per mole of Al and any additional Sr is immobilised by the high pH which causes precipitation of Sr as low solubility hydroxide and carbonate phases. There was no evidence of any other phases being formed when Sr or Cs are added to metakaolin geopolymers. - Highlights: • Leaching. • Encapsulation of Cs and Sr. • Nuclear waste. • Clinoptilolite.

  3. Geochemical tracing of As pollution in the Orbiel Valley (southern France): 87Sr/86Sr as a tracer of the anthropogenic arsenic in surface and groundwater.

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    Khaska, Mahmoud; Le Gal La Salle, Corinnne; Lancelot, Joël; Verdoux, Patrick; Boutin, René

    2014-05-01

    The environmental impacts of arsenic mining activities and their effects on ecosystem and human health are observed in many stream waters and groundwater. The aim of this study is to identify the origin of As content in a mining environment using Sr isotopes. At the Salsigne gold mine, before the closure in 2004, high arsenic content has been observed in surface water and groundwater in the Orbiel valley. At the site, immobilization of As, in As rich leachate, is carried out by adding CaO. High contrast in 87Sr/86Sr between Arsenic rich minerals associated with Variscan metamorphic rocks (0.714888-0.718835), together with rich As waste water (0.713463-715477), and the CaO (0.707593) allows as to trace the origin of anthropogenic As. In 2012, Orbiel stream waters were sampled monthly upstream and downstream from the ancient ore processing site and once after an important rainy event (117mm). The upstream valley samples showed low and relatively constant As content with natural regional background of 3.6 and 5.6 μg/L. The rainy event induced only a slight increase in the As content up to 6.3 μg/L. High 87Sr/86Sr ratios suggested an influence of radiogenic Sr issued from the Variscan metamorphic basement. Downstream from the area, the As content was at least10 time as high. In the wet season, stream water As content clearly increased to 13.9-24 μg/L, reaching 120.5 μg/L during the rainy event. Associated 87Sr/86Sr ratio showed to be less radiogenic (0.712276-0.714002). The anti correlation observed between As and 87Sr/86Sr suggest that As issued from a natural origin is characterised by a high 87Sr/86Sr compared to As derived from the CaO treatement used on site and characterized by a low 87Sr/86Sr ratio. During the dry season, increase in As content was observed reaching 110 μg/L. These highlights the contribution of alluvial groundwater to base flow, probably associated with As reach leachate from the site. Contribution from the alluvial aquifer is confirmed by

  4. 阿奇霉素对哮喘豚鼠气道炎症核因子-Kappa B的表达研究%Effect of Azithromycin on expression of nuclear factor-kappa B in asthmatic guineapig

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    郑伟华; 李雄; 宋晓丹; 彭娟; 杨方源; 欧维琳

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the effects of the different dose of Azithromycin (AZM) on the expression of nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kB) in the asthma guinea pigs. Methods 40 guinea pigs were randomly divided into five groups, which included normal control group (group A, n = 8), asthmatic model group (group B, n = 8), low dose AZM treatment group (group C, n = 8), moderate dose AZM treatment group (group D, n = 8), high dose AZM treatment group (group E, n = 8). After ovalbumin irritated, ovalbumin was inhaled to make asthma animal model. Azithromycin 25 mg/(kg ? D) was given to group C, Azithromycin 50 mg/(kg·d), 100 mg/(kg·d) were given to group D and E. After the last atomization inhalation, the airway pressure was detected by the animal respirator. Bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BLAF) and lung tissue pathological analysis were used to describe lung tissue inflammation. The expression of NF-kB subunit P65 in cell nucleus of lung tissue was measured by immunohistochemistry. Results Lung tissue pathological analysis region indicated that the severity of allergic inflammation in group C, D, E was reduced than that in group B. The number of total WBC in BALF of group B was (72.25±5.73)×108/L, which was (41.93±4.05) x108/L in group C, (12.16+1.53) x108/L in group D, (10.31+2.61) ×108/L in group E, the differences were statistically significant (P < 0.01). The positive cell count of NF-kB expressed in the lung tissue of group C was (2.81+0.15) ×103/mm2, which of group D was (1.40±0.07) ×103/mm2, group E was (1.10+ 0.12) ×103/mm2, group B was (4.32±0.16) ×103/mm2, the differences were statistically significant (P < 0.01). Conclusion The number of total WBC in BALF and the expression of NF-kB in nucleus of AZM intervention group significantly reduced compared with those of the model group, which indicates that Azithromycin can significantly reduce the airway inflammation caused by asthma.%目的 研究不同剂量阿奇霉素(Azithromycin,AZM)对哮

  5. Effect of grain size on electric transport and magnetic behavior of strontium hexaferrite (SrFe12O19)

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    Sahu, Priyanka; Tripathy, Satya Narayan; Pattanayak, Ranjit; Muduli, Rakesh; Mohapatra, Niharika; Panigrahi, Simanchala

    2017-01-01

    Polycrystalline M-type hexagonal strontium hexaferrite (SrFe12O19) was prepared by conventional ceramic route (LG SrM) and auto combustion (SG SrM) method. The single-phase pattern and well grain growth was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The average crystalline size is found to be 41.35 nm in LG SrM, while that of SG SrM is 36.87 nm. In this report, the electric transport behavior of LG SrM and SG SrM (SrFe12O19) was successfully investigated and the analysis is done in the frequency range 100 Hz to 1 MHz at temperature 30-200 °C. The relaxation behavior was examined by considering the impedance and modulus formalism in order to investigate the grain and grain boundary and surface polarization conduction process. The magnetic properties such as saturation magnetization, remanence, coercivity and anisotropy field are calculated from the hysteresis loop measurement. It was found that the saturation magnetization gets increased in LG SrM as compared to SG SrM system while the coercivity of SG SrM is greater than that of LG SrM.

  6. 90Sr and 89Sr in seawater off Japan as a consequence of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear accident

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    K. O. Buesseler

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available The impact of the earthquake and tsunami in the east coast of Japan in 11 March 2011 caused a loss of power at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (NPP that resulted in one of the most important releases of artificial radioactivity to the environment. Although several works were devoted to evaluate the atmospheric dispersion of radionuclides, the impact of the discharges to the ocean has been less investigated. Here we evaluate the distribution of Fukushima-derived 90Sr and 89Sr throughout waters 30–600 km offshore in June 2011. Concentrations of 90Sr and 89Sr in both surface waters and shallow profiles ranged from 0.8 ± 0.2 to 85 ± 3 Bq m−3 and from 19 ± 6 to 265 ± 74 Bq m−3, respectively. Because of its short half-life, all measured 89Sr was due to the accident, while the 90Sr concentrations can be compared to the background levels in the Pacific Ocean of about 1.2 Bq m−3. Fukushima-derived radiostrontium was mainly detected north of Kuroshio Current, as this was acting as a southern boundary for transport. The highest activities were associated with near-shore eddies, and larger inventories were found in the closest stations to Fukushima NPP. The data evidences a major influence of direct liquid discharges of radiostrontium compared to the atmospheric deposition. Existing 137Cs data reported from the same samples allowed us establishing a 90Sr/137Cs ratio of 0.0256 ± 0.0006 in seawater off Fukushima, being significantly different than that of the global atmospheric fallout (i.e. 0.63 and may be used in future studies to track waters coming from the east coast of Japan. Liquid discharges of 90Sr to the ocean were estimated, resulting in an inventory of 53 ± 1 TBq of 90Sr in the inshore study area in June 2011 and total releases of 90Sr ranging from 90 to 900 TBq, depending upon the reported estimates of 137Cs releases that are considered.

  7. 90Sr and 89Sr in seawater off Japan as a consequence of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear accident

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    N. Casacuberta

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The impact of the earthquake and tsunami on the east coast of Japan on 11 March 2011 caused a loss of power at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant (NPP that resulted in one of the most important releases of artificial radioactivity into the environment. Although several works were devoted to evaluating the atmospheric dispersion of radionuclides, the impact of the discharges to the ocean has been less investigated. Here we evaluate the distribution of Fukushima-derived 90Sr (n = 57 and 89Sr (n = 19 throughout waters 30–600 km offshore in June 2011. Concentrations of 90Sr and 89Sr in both surface waters and shallow profiles ranged from 0.8 ± 0.2 to 85 ± 3 Bq m−3 and from 19 ± 6 to 265 ± 74 Bq m−3, respectively. Because of its short half-life, all measured 89Sr was due to the accident, while the 90Sr concentrations can be compared to the background levels in the Pacific Ocean of about 1.2 Bq m−3. Fukushima-derived radiostrontium was mainly detected north of Kuroshio Current, as this was acting as a southern boundary for transport. The highest activities were associated with near-shore eddies, and larger inventories were found in the closest stations to Fukushima NPP. The data evidence a major influence of direct liquid discharges of radiostrontium compared to the atmospheric deposition. Existing 137Cs data reported from the same samples allowed us to establish a 90Sr / 137Cs ratio of 0.0256 ± 0.0006 in seawater off Fukushima, being significantly different than that of the global atmospheric fallout (i.e., 0.63 and may be used in future studies to track waters coming from the east coast of Japan. Liquid discharges of 90Sr to the ocean were estimated, resulting in an inventory of 53 ± 1 TBq of 90Sr in the inshore study area in June 2011 and total releases of 90Sr ranging from 90 to 900 TBq, depending upon the reported estimates of 137Cs releases that are considered.

  8. 90Sr and 89Sr in seawater off Japan as a consequence of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear accident

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    Casacuberta, N.; Masqué, P.; Garcia-Orellana, J.; Garcia-Tenorio, R.; Buesseler, K. O.

    2013-06-01

    The impact of the earthquake and tsunami on the east coast of Japan on 11 March 2011 caused a loss of power at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant (NPP) that resulted in one of the most important releases of artificial radioactivity into the environment. Although several works were devoted to evaluating the atmospheric dispersion of radionuclides, the impact of the discharges to the ocean has been less investigated. Here we evaluate the distribution of Fukushima-derived 90Sr (n = 57) and 89Sr (n = 19) throughout waters 30-600 km offshore in June 2011. Concentrations of 90Sr and 89Sr in both surface waters and shallow profiles ranged from 0.8 ± 0.2 to 85 ± 3 Bq m-3 and from 19 ± 6 to 265 ± 74 Bq m-3, respectively. Because of its short half-life, all measured 89Sr was due to the accident, while the 90Sr concentrations can be compared to the background levels in the Pacific Ocean of about 1.2 Bq m-3. Fukushima-derived radiostrontium was mainly detected north of Kuroshio Current, as this was acting as a southern boundary for transport. The highest activities were associated with near-shore eddies, and larger inventories were found in the closest stations to Fukushima NPP. The data evidence a major influence of direct liquid discharges of radiostrontium compared to the atmospheric deposition. Existing 137Cs data reported from the same samples allowed us to establish a 90Sr / 137Cs ratio of 0.0256 ± 0.0006 in seawater off Fukushima, being significantly different than that of the global atmospheric fallout (i.e., 0.63) and may be used in future studies to track waters coming from the east coast of Japan. Liquid discharges of 90Sr to the ocean were estimated, resulting in an inventory of 53 ± 1 TBq of 90Sr in the inshore study area in June 2011 and total releases of 90Sr ranging from 90 to 900 TBq, depending upon the reported estimates of 137Cs releases that are considered.

  9. Comparative Study of Magnetic Ordering and Electrical Transport in Bulk and Nano-Grained Nd{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} Manganites

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    Arun, B. [Materials Science and Technology Division, CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Trivandrum (India); Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), CSIR, Trivandrum (India); Suneesh, M.V. [Materials Science and Technology Division, CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Trivandrum (India); Vasundhara, M., E-mail: vasu.mutta@gmail.com [Materials Science and Technology Division, CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Trivandrum (India)

    2016-11-15

    We have prepared bulk and nano-sized Nd{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} manganites by solid state and low-temperature mild solgel methods respectively. Both the compounds crystallized into an orthorhombic structure with Pbnm space group confirmed from Rietveld refinement of X-ray powder diffraction patterns. Nano-grained compound shows an average particle size of 22 nm with broad grain size distribution revealed from the Transmission electron micrographs. It appeared that the long range ferromagnetic order becomes unstable upon the reduction of the samples dimension down to nano meter scale. DC magnetization and AC susceptibility results showed frustration of spins in nano-grained compound and thereby it could lead to a cluster glass-like behaviour. Temperature dependence of electrical resistivity under different magnetic fields shows the broad maxima at higher temperatures and a low temperature upturn in both the compounds, however, the latter is more prominent in the nano grained compound. Combination of Kondo effect with electron and phonon interactions govern the low temperature resistivity and a small polaron hopping mechanism dominates at high temperatures for both the compounds. The magnetoresistance is understood by the effect of spin polarized tunneling through the grain boundary. The experimental results revealed that the reduction in particle size influences severely on the magnetic, electrical and magneto transport properties. - Highlights: • Long range ferromagnetic ordered state become unstable in case of nano compound. • It shows broad magnetic transition and cluster glass nature. • Kondo effect with electron-phonon interactions dominate the resistivity at low temperature.

  10. FEP report for the safety assessment SR-Can

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    Skagius, Kristina [Kemakta Konsult AB, Stockholm (Sweden)

    2006-11-15

    description of the repository design or by the site description, concern deviations from the intended initial state as a consequence of, for example, mishaps or sabotage. These FEPs formed the basis for the definition of Initial state FEP records in the SR-Can FEP catalogue. These initial state FEPs were then propagated to the selection of scenarios. Suggestions arising from the FEP audit regarding additions to, and modifications of, internal processes were treated by the experts involved in the development of the SR-Can Process reports. These results are implemented in the updated versions of the process descriptions for the engineered barriers and the geosphere. Each process in these reports is also associated with a FEP record in the SR-Can FEP catalogue. Biosphere processes were not included in the SR 97 Process Report and there is thus not the same basis for updating these descriptions as for the engineered barriers and the geosphere. All biosphere FEPs from the audit have, therefore, been compiled and sorted to provisional FEP records in the SR-Can FEP catalogue awaiting the results of the processing of these FEP lists, which currently is ongoing in connection with the production of an SR-Can Biosphere process report. External FEPs from the audit were checked against the plans for managing these issues in SR-Can. The handling of climate-related issues and issues related to future human actions are described in the SR-Can Climate report and the FHA report, respectively, and these reports were the basis for definition of SR-Can FEPs in the FEP catalogue. Large-scale geological FEPs were compared against the plans for modelling these phenomena and it was found appropriate to address these few large-scale geological FEPs in the Geosphere process report. Corresponding records were also added to the SR-Can FEP catalogue. The SR-Can FEP catalogue established based on the FEP processing contains initial state FEPs; processes in the system components fuel, canister, buffer

  11. Excitation functions of 85Rb(p,xn)(85m,g,83,82,81)Sr reactions up to 100 MeV: integral tests of cross section data, comparison of production routes of 83Sr and thick target yield of 82Sr.

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    Kastleiner, S; Qaim, S M; Nortier, F M; Blessing, G; van der Walt, T N; Coenen, H H

    2002-05-01

    The beta+ emitter 83Sr (T(1/2) = 32.4 h, Ebeta+ = 1.23 MeV, Ibeta+ = 24%) is a potentially useful radionuclide for therapy planning prior to the use of the beta+ emitter 89Sr (T(1/2) = 50.5 d). In order to investigate its production possibility, cross section measurements on the 85Rb(p,xn)-reactions, leading to the formation of the isotopes (85m,g)Sr, 83Sr, 82Sr and 81Sr, were carried out using the stacked-foil technique. In a few cases, the products were separated via high-performance liquid chromatography. For 82Sr, both gamma-ray and X-ray spectrometry were applied; in other cases only gamma-ray spectrometry was used. From the measured excitation functions, the expected yields were calculated. For the energy range Ep = 37 --> 30 MeV the 83Sr yield amounts to 160 MBq/microA h and the level of the 85gSr (T(1,2) = 64.9 d) and 82Sr (T(1/2) = 25.5 d) impurities to functions. The results of the 85Rb(p,3n)83Sr reaction were compared with the data on the production of 83Sr via the 82Kr(3He,2n)-process. In the energy range E3Hc = 18 --> 10 MeV the theoretical yield of 83Sr amounts to 5 MBq/microA h and the 82Sr impurity to about 0.2%. The method of choice for the production of 83Sr is thus the 85Rb(p,3n)-process, provided a 40 MeV cyclotron is available. During this study some supplementary information on the yield and purity of 82Sr was also obtained.

  12. The efficacy of oral azithromycin in clearing ocular chlamydia: Mathematical modeling from a community-randomized trachoma trial

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    Fengchen Liu

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Mass oral azithromycin distributions have dramatically reduced the prevalence of the ocular strains of chlamydia that cause trachoma. Assessing efficacy of the antibiotic in an individual is important in planning trachoma elimination. However, the efficacy is difficult to estimate, because post-treatment laboratory testing may be complicated by nonviable organisms or reinfection. Here, we monitored ocular chlamydial infection twice a year in pre-school children in 32 communities as part of a cluster-randomized clinical trial in Tanzania (prevalence in children was lowered from 22.0% to 4.7% after 3-year of annual treatment. We used a mathematical transmission model to estimate the prevalence of infection immediately after treatment, and found the effective field efficacy of antibiotic in an individual to be 67.6% (95% CI: 56.5–75.1% in this setting. Sensitivity analyses suggested that these results were not dependent on specific assumptions about the duration of infection. We found no evidence of decreased efficacy during the course of the trial. We estimated an 89% chance of elimination after 10 years of annual treatment with 95% coverage.

  13. Genesis of Sr Isotopes in Groundwater of Hebei Plain

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    2007-01-01

    To analyze the genesis of Sr isotopes in groundwater of Hebei plain, time-accumulative effect of 87Sr/86Sr ratio was studied. It is shown that 87Sr/86Sr ratio increases with the increasing age and depth of groundwater and has a positive correlation to 4Heexc and a negative correlation to δ18O and δD.The groundwater is divided into three groups to discuss the relation between 87Sr/86Sr ratio and Sr2+ content: ① moderate Sr2+ content and higher 87Sr/86Sr ratio (water Ⅰ); ② lower Sr2+ content and higher 87Sr/86Sr ratio (water Ⅱ); and ③ higher Sr2+ content and lower 87Sr/86Sr ratio (water Ⅲ), that is hot water. On the basis of integrated analysis, it was considered that ① the radiogenic Sr in the Quaternary groundwater (Q4-Q1) originates from weathering of silicate rich in Na and Rb, mainly from plagioclase; ② the radiogenic Sr of hot water in Huanghua port is attributed to carbonate dissolution, with lower 87Sr/86Sr ratio and higher Sr/Na ratio; ③ the recharge area is laterally recharged by the groundwater flowing through igneous and metamorphic rocks, with moderate 87Sr/86Sr ratio. However, the formation mechanism of Sr isotopes in Tertiary groundwater needs further studies.

  14. Monazite-type SrCr O4 under compression

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    Gleissner, J.; Errandonea, D.; Segura, A.; Pellicer-Porres, J.; Hakeem, M. A.; Proctor, J. E.; Raju, S. V.; Kumar, R. S.; Rodríguez-Hernández, P.; Muñoz, A.; Lopez-Moreno, S.; Bettinelli, M.

    2016-10-01

    We report a high-pressure study of monoclinic monazite-type SrCr O4 up to 26 GPa. Therein we combined x-ray diffraction, Raman, and optical-absorption measurements with ab initio calculations, to find a pressure-induced structural phase transition of SrCr O4 near 8-9 GPa. Evidence of a second phase transition was observed at 10-13 GPa. The crystal structures of the high-pressure phases were assigned to the tetragonal scheelite-type and monoclinic AgMn O4 -type structures. Both transitions produce drastic changes in the electronic band gap and phonon spectrum of SrCr O4 . We determined the pressure evolution of the band gap for the low- and high-pressure phases as well as the frequencies and pressure dependencies of the Raman-active modes. In all three phases most Raman modes harden under compression, however the presence of low-frequency modes which gradually soften is also detected. In monazite-type SrCr O4 , the band gap blueshifts under compression, but the transition to the scheelite phase causes an abrupt decrease of the band gap in SrCr O4 . Calculations showed good agreement with experiments and were used to better understand the experimental results. From x-ray-diffraction studies and calculations we determined the pressure dependence of the unit-cell parameters of the different phases and their ambient-temperature equations of state. The results are compared with the high-pressure behavior of other monazites, in particular PbCr O4 . A comparison of the high-pressure behavior of the electronic properties of SrCr O4 (SrW O4 ) and PbCr O4 (PbWO4) will also be made. Finally, the possible occurrence of a third structural phase transition is discussed.

  15. 88Sr/86Sr fractionation in inorganic aragonite and in corals

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    Fruchter, Noa; Eisenhauer, Anton; Dietzel, Martin; Fietzke, Jan; Böhm, Florian; Montagna, Paolo; Stein, Moti; Lazar, Boaz; Rodolfo-Metalpa, Riccardo; Erez, Jonathan

    2016-04-01

    Conflicting results have been reported for the stable Sr isotope fractionation, specifically with respect to the influence of temperature. In an experimental study we have investigated the stable Sr isotope systematics for inorganically precipitated and biogenic (coral) aragonite (natural and laboratory-cultured). Inorganic aragonite precipitation experiments were performed from natural seawater using the CO2 diffusion technique. The experiments were performed at different temperatures and different carbonate ion concentrations. 88Sr/86Sr of the inorganic aragonite precipitated in the experiments are 0.2‰ lighter than seawater, but showed no correlation to the water temperature or to CO32- concentration. Similar observations are made in different coral species (Cladocora caespitosa, Porites sp. and Acropora sp.), with identical fractionation from the bulk solution and no correlation to temperature or CO32- concentration. The lack of 88Sr/86Sr variability in corals at different environmental parameters and the similarity to the 88Sr/86Sr fractionation in inorganic aragonite may indicate a similar Sr incorporation mechanism in corals skeleton and inorganic aragonite, and therefore the previously proposed Rayleigh-based multi element model (Gaetani et al., 2011) cannot explain the process of Sr incorporation in the coral skeletal material. It is proposed that the relatively constant 88Sr/86Sr fractionation in aragonite can be used for paleo reconstruction of seawater 88Sr/86Sr composition. The seawater 88Sr/86Sr ratio reconstruction can be further used in calcite samples to reconstruct paleo precipitation rates.

  16. Intestinal SR-BI does not impact cholesterol absorption or transintestinal cholesterol efflux in mice.

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    Bura, Kanwardeep S; Lord, Caleb; Marshall, Stephanie; McDaniel, Allison; Thomas, Gwyn; Warrier, Manya; Zhang, Jun; Davis, Matthew A; Sawyer, Janet K; Shah, Ramesh; Wilson, Martha D; Dikkers, Arne; Tietge, Uwe J F; Collet, Xavier; Rudel, Lawrence L; Temel, Ryan E; Brown, J Mark

    2013-06-01

    Reverse cholesterol transport (RCT) can proceed through the classic hepatobiliary route or through the nonbiliary transintestinal cholesterol efflux (TICE) pathway. Scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI) plays a critical role in the classic hepatobiliary route of RCT. However, the role of SR-BI in TICE has not been studied. To examine the role of intestinal SR-BI in TICE, sterol balance was measured in control mice and mice transgenically overexpressing SR-BI in the proximal small intestine (SR-BI(hApoCIII-ApoAIV-Tg)). SR-BI(hApoCIII-ApoAIV-Tg) mice had significantly lower plasma cholesterol levels compared with wild-type controls, yet SR-BI(hApoCIII-ApoAIV-Tg) mice had normal fractional cholesterol absorption and fecal neutral sterol excretion. Both in the absence or presence of ezetimibe, intestinal SR-BI overexpression had no impact on the amount of cholesterol excreted in the feces. To specifically study effects of intestinal SR-BI on TICE we crossed SR-BI(hApoCIII-ApoAIV-Tg) mice into a mouse model that preferentially utilized the TICE pathway for RCT (Niemann-Pick C1-like 1 liver transgenic), and likewise found no alterations in cholesterol absorption or fecal sterol excretion. Finally, mice lacking SR-BI in all tissues also exhibited normal cholesterol absorption and fecal cholesterol disposal. Collectively, these results suggest that SR-BI is not rate limiting for intestinal cholesterol absorption or for fecal neutral sterol loss through the TICE pathway.

  17. Possible insect vectors of phytoplasmas affiliated with subgroups 16SrI-B, 16SrI-C, 16SrIII-B and 16SrIII-P in Lithuania

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    Phytoplasma strains affiliated with groups 16SrI, 16SrIII, 16SrV, and 16SrXII have been found in Lithuania, but still little is known about insects that could transmit them. In this study, four phytoplasma strains belonging to phytoplasma subgroups 16SrI-B, 16SrI-C, 16SrIII-B and 16SrIII-P were id...

  18. Encapsulation of Cs/Sr contaminated clinoptilolite in geopolymers produced from metakaolin

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    Kuenzel, C.; Cisneros, J. F.; Neville, T. P.; Vandeperre, L. J.; Simons, S. J. R.; Bensted, J.; Cheeseman, C. R.

    2015-11-01

    The encapsulation of caesium (Cs) and strontium (Sr) contaminated clinoptilolite in Na and K based metakaolin geopolymers is reported. When Cs or Sr loaded clinoptilolite is mixed with a metakaolin geopolymer paste, the high pH of the activating solution and the high concentration of ions in solution cause ion exchange reactions and dissolution of clinoptilolite with release of Cs and Sr into the geopolymer matrix. The leaching of Cs and Sr from metakaolin-based geopolymer has therefore been investigated. It was found that Na-based geopolymers reduce leaching of Cs compared to K-based geopolymers and the results are in agreement with the hard and soft acids and bases (HSAB) theory. Cs ions are weak Lewis acids and aluminates are a weak Lewis base. During the formation of the geopolymer matrix Cs ions are preferentially bound to aluminate phases and replace Na in the geopolymer structure. Sr uptake by Na-geopolymers is limited to 0.4 mol Sr per mole of Al and any additional Sr is immobilised by the high pH which causes precipitation of Sr as low solubility hydroxide and carbonate phases. There was no evidence of any other phases being formed when Sr or Cs are added to metakaolin geopolymers.

  19. Sr partitioning in the benthic foraminifera

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    Langer, G.; Sadekov, A.; Thoms, S.; Keul, N.; Nehrke, G.; Mewes, A.; Greaves, M.; Misra, S.; Reichart, G.-J.; de Nooijer, L.J.; Bijma, J.; Elderfield, H.

    2016-01-01

    The shallow water benthic foraminifera Ammonia aomoriensis and Amphistegina lessonii were grown at differentseawater Sr/Ca and the test Sr/Ca ratio was determined by Laser Ablation - Inductively Coupled Plasma - MassSpectrometry. A. aomoriensis test Sr/Ca is positively correlated with seawater

  20. Preparation and characterization of Sr-Ti-hardystonite (Sr-Ti-HT nanocomposite for bone repair application

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    Hossein Mohammadi

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Objective(s: Hardystonite (HT is Zn-modified silicate bioceramics with promising results for bone tissue regeneration. However, HT possesses no obvious apatite formation. Thus, in this study we incorporated Sr and Ti into HT to prepare Sr-Ti-hardystonite (Sr-Ti-HT nanocomposite and evaluated its in vitro bioactivity with the purpose of developing a more bioactive bone substitute material. Materials and methods:The HT and Sr-Ti-HT were prepared by mechanical milling and subsequent heat treatment. Calcium oxide (CaO, zinc oxide (ZnO and silicon dioxide (SiO2 (all from Merck were mixed with molar ratio of 2:1:2. The mixture of powders mixture was then milled in a planetary ball mill for 20 h. In the milling run, the ball-to-powder weight ratio was 10:1 and the rotational speed was 200 rpm. After synthesis of HT, 3% nanotitanium dioxide (TiO2, Degussa and 3% strontium carbonate (SrCO3, Merck were added to HT and then the mixture was ball milled and calcined at 1150°C for 6 h. Simultaneous thermal analysis (STA, X-ray diffraction (XRD, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM and Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FT-IR performed to characterize the powders. Results:XRD and FT-IR confirmed the crystal phase and silicate structure of HT and TEM images demonstrated the nanostructure of powders. Further, Sr-Ti-HT induced apatite formation and showed a higher human mesenchymal stem cell (hMSCs adhesion and proliferation compared to HT. Conclusion:Our study revealed that Sr-Ti-HT with a nanostructured crystal structure of 50 nm, can be prepared by mechanical activation to use as biomaterials for orthopedic applications.

  1. Rapid method for determining Sr-89 and Sr-90 using Cherenkov and proportional counting; Schnellmethode zur Bestimmung von SR-89 und SR-90 durch Cerenkov- und Proportionalzaehlermessungen

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    Lange, S.; Wende, C.; Schwokowski, R.; Alisch-Mark, M.; Abraham, A.; Heinrich, T. [Staatliche Betriebsgesellschaft fuer Umwelt und Landwirtschaft, Radebeul (Germany)

    2016-07-01

    A rapid method for determining Sr-89 and Sr-90 in water, milk and biological samples has been developed and tested. After sample preparation strontium is separated by extraction chromatography using Sr resin. Eluate is divided and transfered to LSC vial and filter paper by SrCO{sub 3} precipitation. A Hidex 300 SL TDCR liquid scintillation counter and Thermo Fisher low level proportional counter have been used. Chemical yield of Sr-85 tracer is determined by Gamma spectroscopy. Uncertainty budget, decision threshold and detection limit are calculated in accordance with GUM and ISO 11929.

  2. An analysis of policies for cotrimoxazole, amoxicillin and azithromycin use in Namibia's public sector: Findings and therapeutic implications.

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    Kibuule, Dan; Mubita, Mwangana; Naikaku, Ester; Kalemeera, Francis; Godman, Brian B; Sagwa, Evans

    2017-02-01

    Despite Namibia's robust medicine use systems and policies, antibiotic use indicators remain suboptimal. Recent medicine use surveys rank cotrimoxazole, amoxicillin and azithromycin (CAA) among the most used medicines. However, there is rising resistance to CAA (55.9%-96.7%). Unfortunately, to date, there have been limited studies evaluating policies to improve antibiotic use in Namibia. To evaluate public sector pharmaceutical policies and guidelines influencing the therapeutic use of CAA antibiotics in Namibia. Evaluate Namibia's pharmaceutical policies and guidelines for CAA use through quantitative text analysis. The main outcome variables were the existence of antibiotic policies, therapeutic indications per antibiotic and the type/level of healthcare facility allowed to use the antibiotic. Policies for antibiotic use were limited, with only the draft Namibia Medicines Policy having a statement on antibiotic use. Several essential antibiotics had no therapeutic indications mentioned in the guidelines. Twenty-nine antibiotics were listed for 69 therapeutic indications; CAA (49.3%) antibiotics and ATC J01C/J01D (48%) having the highest indications per antibiotic. For CAA antibiotics, this suggested use was mainly for acute respiratory infections (n=22, 37.2%). Published policies (58.6%-17/29) recommended antibiotics for use at the primary healthcare (PHC) level, with CAA antibiotics recommended mostly for respiratory tract infections and genitourinary infections. Policy and guidelines for antibiotic use in Namibia are not comprehensive and are skewed towards PHCs. Existing policies promote the wide use of CAA antibiotics, which may inadvertently result in their inappropriate use enhancing resistance rates. This calls for the development of more comprehensive antibiotic guidelines and essential medicine lists in tandem with local antimicrobial resistance patterns. In addition, educational initiatives among all key stakeholder groups. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  3. Development of a population pharmacokinetic model to describe azithromycin whole-blood and plasma concentrations over time in healthy subjects.

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    Pene Dumitrescu, T; Anic-Milic, T; Oreskovic, K; Padovan, J; Brouwer, K L R; Zuo, P; Schmith, V D

    2013-07-01

    Azithromycin (AZI), a broad-spectrum antibiotic, accumulates in polymorphonuclear cells and peripheral blood mononuclear cells. The distribution of AZI in proinflammatory cells may be important to the anti-inflammatory properties. Previous studies have described plasma AZI pharmacokinetics. The objective of this study was to describe the pharmacokinetics of AZI in whole blood (concentration in whole blood [Cb]) and plasma (concentration in plasma [Cp]) of healthy subjects. In this study, 12 subjects received AZI (500 mg once a day for 3 days). AZI Cb and Cp were quantified in serial samples collected up to 3 weeks after the last dose and analyzed using noncompartmental and compartmental methods. After the last dose, Cb was greater than Cp. Importantly, Cb, but not Cp, was quantifiable in all but one subject at 3 weeks. The blood area under the curve during a 24-h dosing interval (AUC24) was ∼2-fold greater than the plasma AUC24, but simulations suggested that Cb was not at steady state by day 3. Upon exploration of numerous models, an empirical 3-compartment model adequately described Cp and Cb, but Cp was somewhat underestimated. Intercompartmental clearance (CL; likely representing cells) was lower than apparent oral CL (18 versus 118 liters/h). Plasma, peripheral, and cell compartmental volumes were 439 liters, 2,980 liters, and 3,084 liters, respectively. Interindividual variability in CL was low (26.2%), while the volume of distribution variability was high (107%). This is the first report to describe AZI Cb in healthy subjects, the distribution parameters between Cp and Cb, and AZI retention in blood for up to 3 weeks following 3 daily doses. The model can be used to predict Cb from Cp for AZI under various dosing regimens. (This study has been registered at ClinicalTrials.gov under registration no. NCT01026064.).

  4. Reduced persistence of the macrolide antibiotics erythromycin, clarithromycin and azithromycin in agricultural soil following several years of exposure in the field

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    Topp, Edward, E-mail: ed.topp@agr.gc.ca; Renaud, Justin; Sumarah, Mark; Sabourin, Lyne

    2016-08-15

    The macrolide antibiotics erythromycin, clarithromycin and azithromycin are very important in human and animal medicine, and can be entrained onto agricultural ground through application of sewage sludge or manures. In the present study, a series of replicated field plots were left untreated or received up to five annual spring applications of a mixture of three drugs to achieve a nominal concentration for each of 10 or 0.1 mg kg{sup −1} soil; the latter an environmentally relevant concentration. Soil samples were incubated in the laboratory, and supplemented with antibiotics to establish the dissipation kinetics of erythromycin and clarithromycin using radioisotope methods, and azithromycin using HPLC-MS/MS. All three drugs were dissipated significantly more rapidly in soils with a history of field exposure to 10 mg kg{sup −1} macrolides, and erythromycin and clarithromycin were also degraded more rapidly in field soil exposed to 0.1 mg kg{sup −1} macrolides. Rapid mineralization of {sup 14}C-labelled erythromycin and clarithromycin are consistent with biodegradation. Analysis of field soils revealed no carryover of parent compound from year to year. Azithromycin transformation products were detected consistent with removal of the desosamine and cladinose moieties. Overall, these results have revealed that following several years of exposure to macrolide antibiotics these are amenable to accelerated degradation. The potential accelerated degradation of these drugs in soils amended with manure and sewage sludge should be investigated as this phenomenon would attenuate environmental exposure and selection pressure for clinically relevant resistance. - Highlights: • The impact of field exposure on persistence of macrolide antibiotics was evaluated. • Soil samples were incubated in the laboratory with macrolides. • Field exposure resulted in more rapid dissipation of all macrolides. • Radiolabelled erythromycin and clarithromycin were rapidly mineralized

  5. /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr ratios for basalt from Loihi Seamount, Hawaii

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    Lanphere, M. (Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA (USA))

    1983-12-01

    /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr ratios of 15 samples of basalt dredged from Loihi Seamount range from 0.70334 to 0.70368. The basalt types range from tholeiite to basanite in composition and can be divided into six groups on the basis of abundances of K/sub 2/O, Na/sub 2/O, Rb and Sr and /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr ratio. The isotopic data require that the various basalt types be derived from source regions differing in Sr isotopic composition. The Loihi basalts may be produced by mixing of isotopically distinct sources, but the tholeiites and alkalic basalts from Loihi do not show a well-developed inverse trend between Rb/Sr and /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr that is characteristic of the later stages of Hawaiian volcanoes such as Haleakala and Koolau.

  6. Origins of invasive piscivores determined from the strontium isotope ratio (87Sr/86Sr) of otoliths

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    Wolff, Brian A.; Johnson, Brett M.; Breton, Andre R.; Martinez, Patrick J.; Winkelman, Dana L.; Gillanders, Bronwyn

    2012-01-01

    We examined strontium isotope ratios (87Sr/86Sr) in fish otoliths to determine the origins of invasive piscivores in the Upper Colorado River Basin (UCRB, western USA). We examined 87Sr/86Sr from fishes in different reservoirs, as well as the temporal stability and interspecies variability of 87Sr/86Sr of fishes within reservoirs, determined if 87Sr/86Sr would be useful for "fingerprinting" reservoirs where invasive piscivores may have been escaping into riverine habitat of endangered fishes in the UCRB, and looked for evidence that such movement was occurring. Our results showed that in most cases 87Sr/86Sr was unique among reservoirs, overlapped among species in a given reservoir, and was temporally stable across years. We identified the likely reservoir of origin of river-caught fish in some cases, and we were also able to determine the year of possible escapement. The approach allowed us to precisely describe the 87Sr/86Sr fingerprint of reservoir fishes, trace likely origins of immigrant river fish, and exclude potential sources, enabling managers to focus control efforts more efficiently. Our results demonstrate the potential utility of 87Sr/86Sr as a site-specific and temporally stable marker for reservoir fish and its promise for tracking fish movements of invasive fishes in river-reservoir systems.

  7. Fertilizer characterization: isotopic data (N, S, O, C, and Sr).

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    Vitòria, Laura; Otero, Neus; Soler, Albert; Canals, Angels

    2004-06-15

    A detailed isotopic characterization (delta15N(Ntotal), delta15N(NO3), delta18O(NO3), delta34S(SO4), delta18O(SO4), (delta13C(Ctotal), and 87Sr/86Sr) of 27 commercial fertilizers used in Spain is presented in this paper. Results together with a compilation of fertilizer isotopic published data are used for two purposes: (i) to identify the origin of the primary constituents and raw materials used in fertilizer manufacture and relate these data with their heavy metals and rare earth elements (REE) contents; (ii) to compare the fertilizer isotopic signatures with natural values and other anthropogenic pollutants and evaluate the usefulness of multi-isotopic analyses to trace fertilizer contaminations in future study cases. Isotope data permit us to know, in most cases, the origin of the primary constituents of fertilizers, and the 87Sr/86Sr ratio distinguishes the origin of the phosphate content--phosphorites or carbonatites--which in turn implies a qualitatively defined and potentially contaminant presence of REE and heavy metals in fertilizers. Delta15N, delta34S, and 87Sr/86Sr have already been used to trace fertilizer contaminations. Their utility can be improved by the coupled use of delta15N(NO3)-delta18O(NO3) and delta34S(SO4)-delta18O(SO4) to evaluate the fractionation processes that can affect contaminants. Moreover, multi-isotopic analyses, using heavy isotopes, allow us to see beyond the fractionation effects to the fertilizer stable isotope signatures and a better distinction from other anthropogenic contaminants.

  8. Electronic structure of α-SrB4O7: experiment and theory.

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    Atuchin, V V; Kesler, V G; Zaitsev, A I; Molokeev, M S; Aleksandrovsky, A S; Kuzubov, A A; Ignatova, N Y

    2013-02-27

    The investigation of valence band structure and electronic parameters of constituent element core levels of α-SrB(4)O(7) has been carried out with x-ray photoemission spectroscopy. Optical-quality crystal α-SrB(4)O(7) has been grown by the Czochralski method. Detailed photoemission spectra of the element core levels have been recorded from the powder sample under excitation by nonmonochromatic Al Kα radiation (1486.6 eV). The band structure of α-SrB(4)O(7) has been calculated by ab initio methods and compared to XPS measurements. It has been found that the band structure of α-SrB(4)O(7) is weakly dependent on the Sr-related states.

  9. Comparative analysis of synthesis and characterization of La{sub 0,9}Sr{sub 0,1}O{sub 3} via sol-gel and combustion reaction; Analise comparativa da sintese e caracterizacao de La{sub 0,9}Sr{sub 0,1}O{sub 3} via sol-gel e via reacao por combustao

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    Tarrago, D.P.; Haeser, G.S.; Malfatti, C.F.; Sousa, V.C. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia de Materiais, Minas e Metalurgica

    2011-07-01

    Strontium doped lanthanum manganites (LSM) are potential materials for cathode application in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) due to their properties and compatibility with yttria stabilized zirconia. In this work a LSM powder obtained by the sol-gel process is compared others previously obtained combustion synthesis using urea or sucrose as fuel. For the synthesis of LSM the nitrates of lanthanum, strontium and manganese were dissolved in citric acid and ethylene glycol forming a gel that was calcinated at 800 deg C. Both methods allowed the synthesis of a single phase powder, according to the X-ray diffraction patterns. Through gas adsorption it was found a specific surface area of 17m²/g, an intermediary value among the combustion synthesized powders. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed more compact agglomerates in the sol-gel powder, however, the transmission electron microscope (TEM) showed smaller and more uniform particles in this powder. (author)

  10. 90Sr liquid scintillation urine analysis utilizing different approaches for tracer recovery.

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    Piraner, Olga; Preston, Rose T.; Shanks, Sonoya Toyoko; Jones, Robert

    2010-08-01

    90Sr is one of the isotopes most commonly produced by nuclear fission. This medium lived isotope presents serious challenges to radiation workers, the environment, and following a nuclear event, the general public. Methods of identifying this nuclide have been in existence for a number of years (e.g. Horwitz, E.P. [1], Maxwell, S.L.[2], EPA 905.0 [3]) which are time consuming, requiring a month or more for full analysis. This time frame is unacceptable in the present security environment. It is therefore important to have a dependable and rapid method for the determination of Sr. The purposes of this study are to reduce analysis time to less than half a day by utilizing a single method of radiation measurement while continuing to yield precise results. This paper presents findings on three methods that can meet this criteria; (1) stable Sr carrier, (2) 85Sr by gamma spectroscopy, and (3) 85Sr by LSC. Two methods of analyzing and calculating the 85Sr tracer recovery were investigated (gamma spectroscopy and a low energy window-Sr85LEBAB by LSC) as well as the use of two different types of Sr tracer (85Sr and stable Sr carrier). Three separate stock blank urine samples were spiked with various activity levels of 239Pu, 137Cs, 90Sr /90Y to determine the effectiveness of the Eichrome Sr-spec resin 2mL extractive columns. The objective was to compare the recoveries of 85Sr versus a stable strontium carrier, attempt to compare the rate at which samples can be processed by evaluating evaporation, neutralization, and removing the use of another instrument (gamma spectrometer) by using the LSC spectrometer to obtain 85Sr recovery. It was found that when using a calibration curve comprised of a different cocktail and a non-optimum discriminator setting reasonable results (bias of « 25%) were achieved. The results from spiked samples containing 85Sr demonstrated that a higher recovery is obtained when using gamma spectroscopy (89-95%) than when using the LEB window

  11. 盐酸氨溴索辅佐阿奇霉素治疗儿童肺炎支原体肺炎疗效评价%Curative effect evaluation of ambroxol hydrochloride assisting azithromycin in the treatment of children with myco-plasma pneumoniae pneumonia

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    孙庆霞

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨盐酸氨溴索联合阿奇霉素治疗儿童肺炎支原体肺炎的临床疗效。方法:收治肺炎支原体肺炎患儿100例,随机分为两组,每组50例。对照组给予阿奇霉素治疗及对症支持治疗,试验组在对照组基础上给予盐酸氨溴索治疗,比较两组临床疗效。结果:试验组总有效率98.00%,对照组总有效率60.00%。试验组疗效优于对照组,差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论:盐酸氨溴索联合阿奇霉素治疗儿童肺炎支原体肺炎的临床疗效显著,能促进患儿肺功能的恢复。%Objective:To investigate the clinical curative effect of ambroxol hydrochloride combined with azithromycin in the treatment of children with mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia.Methods:100 cases of children with mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia were divided into two groups randomly,with 50 cases in each group.Patients in the control group were given azithromycin and symptomatic and supportive treatment.Patients in the experiment group were given ambroxol hydrochloride on the basis of the control group.The clinical curative effect of two groups was compared.Results:The total effective rate of the experiment group was 98.00%,and the total effective rate of the control group was 60.00%.The curative effect of the experiment group was better than that of the control group,and the difference was statistically significant(P<0.05).Conclusion:Ambroxol hydrochloride combined with azithromycin in the treatment of children with mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia had significant clinical curative effect and could promote the recovery of pulmonary function in children.

  12. Fourier-transform spectroscopy of Sr2 and revised ground-state potential

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    Stein, A.; Knöckel, H.; Tiemann, E.

    2008-10-01

    Precise potentials for the ground-state XΣg+1 and the minimum region of the excited state 2Σu+1 of Sr2 are derived by high-resolution Fourier-transform spectroscopy of fluorescence progressions from single-frequency laser excitation of Sr2 produced in a heat pipe at 950°C . A change of the rotational assignment by four units compared to an earlier work [G. Gerber , J. Chem. Phys. 81, 1538 (1984)] is needed for a consistent description leading to a significant shift of the potentials toward longer interatomic distances. The huge amount of ground-state data derived for the three different isotopomers Sr288 , Sr86Sr88 , and Sr87Sr88 (almost 60% of all excisting bound rovibrational ground-state levels for the isotopomer Sr288 ) fixes this assignment beyond a doubt. The presented ground-state potential is derived from the observed transitions for the radial region from 4to11Å ( 9cm-1 below the asymptote) and is extended to the long-range region by the use of theoretical dispersion coefficients together with already available photoassociation data. New estimations of the scattering lengths for the complete set of isotopic combinations are derived by mass scaling with the derived potential. The data set for the excited state 2Σu+1 was sufficient to derive a potential energy curve around the minimum.

  13. Phase structure and temperature dependent luminescence properties of Sr2LiSiO4F: Eu2+ and Sr2MgSi2O7: Eu2+ phosphors

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    2010-01-01

    Green-emitting Sr2LiSiO4F:Eu2+ and blue-emitting Sr2MgSi2O7:Eu2+ phosphors were synthesized by the conventional high temperature solid-state route,respectively.Their structures and photoluminescenee properties were comparatively investigated.It was found that the mixture phases of Sr2MgSi2O7 and SrF2 were obtained when a part of Sr2+ in Sr2LiSiO4F was replaced by some amount of Mg2+ in order to design the possible SrMgLiSiO4F:Eu2+ phosphor.Based on the photoluminescence analysis,Sr2LiSiO4F:Eu2+ phosphor exhibited a green broad emission band of main peak at 513 nm under the excitation of 365 nm,while the Sr2MgSi2O7:Eu2+ and SrMgLiSiO4F:Eu2+ phosphor showed blue emission centered at 467 nm.The temperature dependent photoluminescence properties and room temperature decay time for the three kinds of phosphors were also discussed in this paper.

  14. FEP report for the safety assessment SR-Can

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    Skagius, Kristina [Kemakta Konsult AB, Stockholm (Sweden)

    2006-11-15

    description of the repository design or by the site description, concern deviations from the intended initial state as a consequence of, for example, mishaps or sabotage. These FEPs formed the basis for the definition of Initial state FEP records in the SR-Can FEP catalogue. These initial state FEPs were then propagated to the selection of scenarios. Suggestions arising from the FEP audit regarding additions to, and modifications of, internal processes were treated by the experts involved in the development of the SR-Can Process reports. These results are implemented in the updated versions of the process descriptions for the engineered barriers and the geosphere. Each process in these reports is also associated with a FEP record in the SR-Can FEP catalogue. Biosphere processes were not included in the SR 97 Process Report and there is thus not the same basis for updating these descriptions as for the engineered barriers and the geosphere. All biosphere FEPs from the audit have, therefore, been compiled and sorted to provisional FEP records in the SR-Can FEP catalogue awaiting the results of the processing of these FEP lists, which currently is ongoing in connection with the production of an SR-Can Biosphere process report. External FEPs from the audit were checked against the plans for managing these issues in SR-Can. The handling of climate-related issues and issues related to future human actions are described in the SR-Can Climate report and the FHA report, respectively, and these reports were the basis for definition of SR-Can FEPs in the FEP catalogue. Large-scale geological FEPs were compared against the plans for modelling these phenomena and it was found appropriate to address these few large-scale geological FEPs in the Geosphere process report. Corresponding records were also added to the SR-Can FEP catalogue. The SR-Can FEP catalogue established based on the FEP processing contains initial state FEPs; processes in the system components fuel, canister, buffer

  15. A cross-sectional study of 'yaws' in districts of Ghana which have previously undertaken azithromycin mass drug administration for trachoma control.

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    Rosanna Ghinai

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Yaws, caused by Treponema pallidum ssp. pertenue, is reportedly endemic in Ghana. Mass distribution of azithromycin is now the cornerstone of the WHO yaws eradication campaign. Mass distribution of azithromycin at a lower target dose was previously undertaken in two regions of Ghana for the control of trachoma. Ongoing reporting of yaws raises the possibility that resistance may have emerged in T. pallidum pertenue, or that alternative infections may be responsible for some of the reported cases. We conducted a cross-sectional survey in thirty communities in two districts of Ghana where MDA for trachoma had previously been conducted. Children aged 5-17 years with ulcerative lesions compatible with yaws were enrolled. Samples for treponemal serology and lesion PCR were collected from all children. 90 children with 98 lesions were enrolled. Syphilis serology was negative in all of them. PCR for T. pallidum ssp pertenue was negative in all children, but Haemophilus ducreyi DNA was detected in 9 lesions. In these communities, previously treated for trachoma, we found no evidence of ongoing transmission of yaws. H. ducreyi was associated with a proportion of skin lesions, but the majority of lesions remain unexplained. Integration of diagnostic testing into both pre and post-MDA surveillance systems is required to better inform yaws control programmes.

  16. A cross-sectional study of 'yaws' in districts of Ghana which have previously undertaken azithromycin mass drug administration for trachoma control.

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    Ghinai, Rosanna; El-Duah, Philip; Chi, Kai-Hua; Pillay, Allan; Solomon, Anthony W; Bailey, Robin L; Agana, Nsiire; Mabey, David C W; Chen, Cheng-Yen; Adu-Sarkodie, Yaw; Marks, Michael

    2015-01-01

    Yaws, caused by Treponema pallidum ssp. pertenue, is reportedly endemic in Ghana. Mass distribution of azithromycin is now the cornerstone of the WHO yaws eradication campaign. Mass distribution of azithromycin at a lower target dose was previously undertaken in two regions of Ghana for the control of trachoma. Ongoing reporting of yaws raises the possibility that resistance may have emerged in T. pallidum pertenue, or that alternative infections may be responsible for some of the reported cases. We conducted a cross-sectional survey in thirty communities in two districts of Ghana where MDA for trachoma had previously been conducted. Children aged 5-17 years with ulcerative lesions compatible with yaws were enrolled. Samples for treponemal serology and lesion PCR were collected from all children. 90 children with 98 lesions were enrolled. Syphilis serology was negative in all of them. PCR for T. pallidum ssp pertenue was negative in all children, but Haemophilus ducreyi DNA was detected in 9 lesions. In these communities, previously treated for trachoma, we found no evidence of ongoing transmission of yaws. H. ducreyi was associated with a proportion of skin lesions, but the majority of lesions remain unexplained. Integration of diagnostic testing into both pre and post-MDA surveillance systems is required to better inform yaws control programmes.

  17. The APPLe study: a randomized, community-based, placebo-controlled trial of azithromycin for the prevention of preterm birth, with meta-analysis.

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    Nynke R van den Broek

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Premature birth is the major cause of perinatal mortality and morbidity in both high- and low-income countries. The causes of preterm labour are multiple but infection is important. We have previously described an unusually high incidence of preterm birth (20% in an ultrasound-dated, rural, pregnant population in Southern Malawi with high burdens of infective morbidity. We have now studied the impact of routine prophylaxis with azithromycin as directly observed, single-dose therapy at two gestational windows to try to decrease the incidence of preterm birth. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We randomized 2,297 pregnant women attending three rural and one peri-urban health centres in Southern Malawi to a placebo-controlled trial of oral azithromycin (1 g given at 16-24 and 28-32 wk gestation. Gestational age was determined by ultrasound before 24 wk. Women and their infants were followed up until 6 wk post delivery. The primary outcome was incidence of preterm delivery, defined as 6,200 pregnancies shows no effect on preterm birth (relative risk 1.02, 95% confidence interval 0.86-1.22. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides no support for the use of antibiotics as routine prophylaxis to prevent preterm birth in high risk populations; prevention of preterm birth requires alternative strategies. TRIAL REGISTRATION: Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN84023116

  18. Mechanical properties, in vitro corrosion and biocompatibility of newly developed biodegradable Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys for biomedical applications.

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    Ding, Yunfei; Lin, Jixing; Wen, Cuie; Zhang, Dongmei; Li, Yuncang

    2016-08-24

    Our previous studies have demonstrated that Mg-Zr-Sr alloys can be anticipated as excellent biodegradable implant materials for load-bearing applications. In general, rare earth elements (REEs) are widely used in magnesium (Mg) alloys with the aim of enhancing the mechanical properties of Mg-based alloys. In this study, the REE holmium (Ho) was added to an Mg-1Zr-2Sr alloy at different concentrations of Mg1Zr2SrxHo alloys (x = 0, 1, 3, 5 wt. %) and the microstructure, mechanical properties, degradation behaviour and biocompatibility of the alloys were systematically investigated. The results indicate that the addition of Ho to Mg1Zr2Sr led to the formation of the intermetallic phases MgHo3, Mg2Ho and Mg17Sr2 which resulted in enhanced mechanical strength and decreased degradation rates of the Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys. Furthermore, Ho addition (≤5 wt. %) to Mg-Zr-Sr alloys led to enhancement of cell adhesion and proliferation of osteoblast cells on the Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys. The in vitro biodegradation and the biocompatibility of the Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys were both influenced by the Ho concentration in the Mg alloys; Mg1Zr2Sr3Ho exhibited lower degradation rates than Mg1Zr2Sr and displayed the best biocompatibility compared with the other alloys.

  19. Mechanical properties, in vitro corrosion and biocompatibility of newly developed biodegradable Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys for biomedical applications

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    Ding, Yunfei; Lin, Jixing; Wen, Cuie; Zhang, Dongmei; Li, Yuncang

    2016-08-01

    Our previous studies have demonstrated that Mg-Zr-Sr alloys can be anticipated as excellent biodegradable implant materials for load-bearing applications. In general, rare earth elements (REEs) are widely used in magnesium (Mg) alloys with the aim of enhancing the mechanical properties of Mg-based alloys. In this study, the REE holmium (Ho) was added to an Mg-1Zr-2Sr alloy at different concentrations of Mg1Zr2SrxHo alloys (x = 0, 1, 3, 5 wt. %) and the microstructure, mechanical properties, degradation behaviour and biocompatibility of the alloys were systematically investigated. The results indicate that the addition of Ho to Mg1Zr2Sr led to the formation of the intermetallic phases MgHo3, Mg2Ho and Mg17Sr2 which resulted in enhanced mechanical strength and decreased degradation rates of the Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys. Furthermore, Ho addition (≤5 wt. %) to Mg-Zr-Sr alloys led to enhancement of cell adhesion and proliferation of osteoblast cells on the Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys. The in vitro biodegradation and the biocompatibility of the Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys were both influenced by the Ho concentration in the Mg alloys; Mg1Zr2Sr3Ho exhibited lower degradation rates than Mg1Zr2Sr and displayed the best biocompatibility compared with the other alloys.

  20. Comparative study of bactericidal activities, postantibiotic effects, and effects of bacterial virulence of penicillin G and six macrolides against Streptococcus pneumoniae.

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    Fuursted, K; Knudsen, J D; Petersen, M B; Poulsen, R L; Rehm, D

    1997-04-01

    In this report, we present MIC, bactericidal activity, postantibiotic effect (PAE), and in vivo infectivity data for postantibiotic-phase pneumococci. We compared and evaluated penicillin G and six macrolides, erythromycin, azithromycin, clarithromycin, dirithromycin, roxithromycin, and spiramycin, against 10 strains of pneumococci with various levels of susceptibility to penicillin. All of the agents, except azithromycin, exhibited a bactericidal effect (a > or = 3 log10 decrease in the number of CFU per milliliter) after 4 h of exposure to a concentration equal to 10 times the MIC, displaying the following hierarchy: spiramycin = penicillin G = erythromycin = dirithromycin = clarithromycin = roxithromycin > azithromycin. The bactericidal rate of penicillin G was significantly lower for resistant strains (MIC, > or = 2 microg/ml), while bactericidal rates of macrolides were unaffected by penicillin susceptibility. A PAE was induced in all of the strains by all of the antibiotics after exposure for 1 h to a concentration equivalent to 10 times the MIC. The mean duration of PAEs varied between 2.3 and 3.9 h, showing the following hierarchy: spiramycin = dirithromycin = clarithromycin = erythromycin = roxithromycin > azithromycin > penicillin G. Virulence studies were performed with immunocompetent mice by intraperitoneal inoculation of virulent, penicillin-susceptible serotype 3 pneumococci which had been pre-exposed to penicillin G or a macrolide for 1 h. A significant decrease in the virulence of postantibiotic-phase pneumococci was induced only by erythromycin, azithromycin, dirithromycin, and spiramycin, displaying 5.9-, 7.1-, 4.2-, and 3.6-fold increases in the 50% lethal dose (LD50) compared to a control suspension, respectively. No significant correlation could be demonstrated between the LD50 and the MIC, bactericidal activity, or PAE duration. These results suggest that antimicrobial interaction with host defenses in terms of virulence might be a

  1. In vitro activity of fosfomycin alone and in combination with ceftriaxone or azithromycin against clinical Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates.

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    Hauser, Christoph; Hirzberger, Lea; Unemo, Magnus; Furrer, Hansjakob; Endimiani, Andrea

    2015-03-01

    New therapeutic strategies are needed to combat the emergence of infections due to multidrug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae. In this study, fosfomycin (FOS) was tested against 89 N. gonorrhoeae isolates using the Etest method, showing MIC50/MIC90s of only 8/16 μg/ml (range, ≤1 to 32 μg/ml). FOS in combination with ceftriaxone (CRO) or azithromycin (AZT) was then evaluated using the checkerboard method for eight strains, including N. gonorrhoeae F89 (CRO-resistant) and AZT-HLR (high-level AZT-resistant). All combinations that included FOS gave indifferent effects (fractional inhibitory concentration [FIC] index values, 1.2 to 2.3 for FOS plus CRO, 1.8 to 3.2 for FOS plus AZT). Time-kill experiments for FOS, CRO, AZT, and their combinations (at 0.5×, 1×, 2×, and 4× the MIC) were performed against N. gonorrhoeae strain ATCC 49226, one N. gonorrhoeae multiantigen sequence typing (NG-MAST) sequence type 1407 (ST1407) strain, F89, and AZT-HLR. For all strains, at 24 h, the results indicated that (i) FOS was bactericidal at 2× the MIC, but after >24 h, there was regrowth of bacteria; (ii) CRO was bactericidal at 0.5× the MIC; (iii) AZT was bactericidal at 4× the MIC; (iv) CRO plus AZT was less bactericidal than was CRO alone; (v) FOS plus AZT was bactericidal at 2× the MIC; and (vi) CRO plus AZT and FOS plus CRO were both bactericidal at 0.5× the MIC, but FOS plus CRO had more rapid effects. FOS is appealing for use in the management of N. gonorrhoeae infections because of its single and oral formulation. However, our results suggest it be used in combination with CRO. After the appropriate clinical trials are conducted, this strategy could be implemented for the treatment of infections due to isolates possessing resistance to CRO and/or AZT.

  2. Prevalence of trachoma at sub-district level in ethiopia: determining when to stop mass azithromycin distribution.

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    Jonathan D King

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: To eliminate blinding trachoma, the World Health Organization emphasizes implementing the SAFE strategy, which includes annual mass drug administration (MDA with azithromycin to the whole population of endemic districts. Prevalence surveys to assess impact at the district level are recommended after at least 3 years of intervention. The decision to stop MDA is based on a prevalence of trachomatous inflammation follicular (TF among children aged 1-9 years below 5% at the sub-district level, as determined by an additional round of surveys limited within districts where TF prevalence is below 10%. We conducted impact surveys powered to estimate prevalence simultaneously at the sub-district and district in two zones of Amhara, Ethiopia to determine whether MDA could be stopped. METHODOLOGY: Seventy-two separate population-based, sub-district surveys were conducted in 25 districts. In each survey all residents from 10 randomly selected clusters were screened for clinical signs of trachoma. Data were weighted according to selection probabilities and adjusted for correlation due to clustering. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Overall, 89,735 residents were registered from 21,327 households of whom 72,452 people (80.7% were examined. The prevalence of TF in children aged 1-9 years was below 5% in six sub-districts and two districts. Sub-district level prevalence of TF in children aged 1-9 years ranged from 0.9-76.9% and district-level from 0.9-67.0%. In only one district was the prevalence of trichiasis below 0.1%. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The experience from these zones in Ethiopia demonstrates that impact assessments designed to give a prevalence estimate of TF at sub-district level are possible, although the scale of the work was challenging. Given the assessed district-level prevalence of TF, sub-district-level surveys would have been warranted in only five districts. Interpretation was not as simple as stopping MDA in sub-districts below 5% given

  3. Experiences with the determination of Sr-89 and Sr-90 using fast methods; Erfahrungen bei der Bestimmung von {sup 89}Sr und {sup 90}Sr mittels Schnellmethoden

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    Kowalik, C.; Fueger, J. [Thueringer Landesanstalt fuer Umwelt und Geologie, Jena (Germany). Landesmessstelle fuer Umweltradioaktivaet

    2014-01-20

    Quick methods of the measurement of {sup 89}Sr and {sup 90}Sr have a great importance in the supervision of the environmental radioactivity. It is necessary to receive in short time dependable analytical data to be able to carry out suitable assessments or to give recommendations. The aim of the investigations was to be guaranteed the demands for these methods (test preparation, measurement and evaluation). The use of the solid phase extraction by means of commercial Sr Resin trademark columns (4.4' (5')-Di-tert-butylcyclohexanol-18-kronen-6-aether) (Triskem) to the radiochemical separation of the Sr isotopes was suitable. The measurements occurred to the FHT 770 T12 - Multi Low Level Alpha/Beta Sample Counter (Thermo Scientific). The results contain the summary activities of all available Sr isotopes, as for example {sup 89}Sr and {sup 90}Sr. The calculations of the single activities occur about the mathematical algorithm of the linear development on the basis of the works of G. Kanisch. The first results show, this method is suitable for the analysis of {sup 89}Sr and {sup 90}Sr and is used therefore in future in Thuringia.

  4. 90Sr in mammal teeth from contaminated areas in the former Soviet Union measured by imaging plates.

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    Toyoda, Shin; Hino, Yoshitsugu; Romanyukha, Alexander A; Tarasov, Oleg; Pivovarov, Sergey P; Hoshi, Masaharu

    2010-02-01

    Imaging plates sensitive to beta rays were used to obtain the images of 90Sr in tooth samples taken from mammals collected in contaminated areas of the former Soviet Union. The average concentrations of 90Sr in the samples were determined by comparing the intensities of the luminescence using a single crystal of KCl. The results showed that the determined 90Sr concentration has a positive correlation with the soil contamination levels in the South Ural region. Tooth samples from both inside of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site and the villages nearby have detectable amounts of 90Sr, indicating the possible presence of residual soil contamination. The present study demonstrates that using imaging plates is a very sensitive method to detect 90Sr in teeth as well as to estimate low-level 90Sr contamination in soil.

  5. Antipneumococcal activity of DW-224a, a new quinolone, compared to those of eight other agents.

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    Kosowska-Shick, Klaudia; Credito, Kim; Pankuch, Glenn A; Lin, Gengrong; Bozdogan, Bülent; McGhee, Pamela; Dewasse, Bonifacio; Choi, Dong-Rack; Ryu, Jei Man; Appelbaum, Peter C

    2006-06-01

    DW-224a is a new broad-spectrum quinolone with excellent antipneumococcal activity. Agar dilution MIC was used to test the activity of DW-224a compared to those of penicillin, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, gatifloxacin, moxifloxacin, gemifloxacin, amoxicillin-clavulanate, cefuroxime, and azithromycin against 353 quinolone-susceptible pneumococci. The MICs of 29 quinolone-resistant pneumococci with defined quinolone resistance mechanisms against seven quinolones and an efflux mechanism were also tested. DW-224a was the most potent quinolone against quinolone-susceptible pneumococci (MIC(50), 0.016 microg/ml; MIC(90), 0.03 microg/ml), followed by gemifloxacin, moxifloxacin, gatifloxacin, levofloxacin, and ciprofloxacin. beta-Lactam MICs rose with those of penicillin G, and azithromycin resistance was seen mainly in strains with raised penicillin G MICs. Against the 29 quinolone-resistant strains, DW-224a had the lowest MICs (0.06 to 1 microg/ml) compared to those of gemifloxacin, clinafloxacin, moxifloxacin, gatifloxacin, levofloxacin, and ciprofloxacin. DW-224a at 2x MIC was bactericidal after 24 h against eight of nine strains tested. Other quinolones gave similar kill kinetics relative to higher MICs. Serial passages of nine strains in the presence of sub-MIC concentrations of DW-224a, moxifloxacin, levofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, gatifloxacin, gemifloxacin, amoxicillin-clavulanate, cefuroxime, and azithromycin were performed. DW-224a yielded resistant clones similar to moxifloxacin and gemifloxacin but also yielded lower MICs. Azithromycin selected resistant clones in three of the five parents tested. Amoxicillin-clavulanate and cefuroxime did not yield resistant clones after 50 days.

  6. Low leakage stoichiometric SrTiO{sub 3} dielectric for advanced metal-insulator-metal capacitors

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    Popovici, Mihaela; Kaczer, Ben; Redolfi, Augusto; Elshocht, Sven van; Jurczak, Malgorzata [imec Belgium, Leuven (Belgium); Afanas' ev, Valeri V. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, KU Leuven (Belgium); Sereni, Gabriele [DISMI, Universita degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, (Italy); Larcher, Luca [DISMI, Universita degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, (Italy); MDLab, Saint Christophe (Italy)

    2016-05-15

    Metal-insulator-metal capacitors (MIMCAP) with stoichiometric SrTiO{sub 3} dielectric were deposited stacking two strontium titanate (STO) layers, followed by intermixing the grain determining Sr-rich STO seed layer, with the Ti-rich STO top layer. The resulted stoichiometric SrTiO{sub 3} would have a structure with less defects as demonstrated by internal photoemission experiments. Consequently, the leakage current density is lower compared to Sr-rich STO which allow further equivalent oxide thickness downscaling. (copyright 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  7. Investigation of the strontium (Sr(II)) adsorption of an alginate microsphere as a low-cost adsorbent for removal and recovery from seawater.

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    Hong, Hye-Jin; Ryu, Jungho; Park, In-Su; Ryu, Taegong; Chung, Kang-Sup; Kim, Byuong-Gyu

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we investigated alginate microspheres as a low-cost adsorbent for strontium (Sr(II)) removal and recovery from seawater. Alginate microspheres have demonstrated a superior adsorption capacity for Sr(II) ions (≈110 mg/g). A Freundlich isotherm model fits well with the Sr(II) adsorption of an alginate microsphere. The mechanism of Sr(II) adsorption is inferred as an ion exchange reaction with Ca(II) ions. The effects of the solution pH and co-existing ions in seawater are also investigated. Except for a pH of 1-2, Sr(II) adsorption capacity is not affected by pH. However, increasing the seawater concentration of metal cations seriously decreases Sr(II) uptake. In particular, highly concentrated (15,000 mg/L) Na(I) ions significantly interfere with Sr(II) adsorption. Sr(II) desorption was performed using 0.1 M HCl and CaCl2. Both regenerants show an excellent desorption efficiency, but the FTIR spectrum reveals that the chemical structure of the microsphere is destroyed after repeated use of HCl. Conversely, CaCl2 successfully desorbed Sr(II) without damage, and the Sr(II) adsorption capacity does not decrease after three repeated uses. The alginate microsphere was also applied to the adsorption of Sr(II) in a real seawater medium. Because of inhibition by co-existing ions, the Sr(II) adsorption capacity was decreased and the adsorption rate was retarded compared with D.I. water. Although the Sr(II) adsorption capacity was decreased, the alginate microsphere still exhibited 17.8 mg/g of Sr(II) uptake in the seawater medium. Considering its excellent Sr(II) uptake in seawater and its reusability, an alginate microsphere is an appropriate cost-effective adsorbent for the removal and recovery of Sr(II) from seawater.

  8. Effect of grain size on electric transport and magnetic behavior of strontium hexaferrite (SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19})

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    Sahu, Priyanka; Tripathy, Satya Narayan; Pattanayak, Ranjit; Muduli, Rakesh; Panigrahi, Simanchala [National Institute of Technology, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rourkela (India); Mohapatra, Niharika [Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha (India)

    2017-01-15

    Polycrystalline M-type hexagonal strontium hexaferrite (SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19}) was prepared by conventional ceramic route (LG SrM) and auto combustion (SG SrM) method. The single-phase pattern and well grain growth was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The average crystalline size is found to be 41.35 nm in LG SrM, while that of SG SrM is 36.87 nm. In this report, the electric transport behavior of LG SrM and SG SrM (SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19}) was successfully investigated and the analysis is done in the frequency range 100 Hz to 1 MHz at temperature 30-200 C. The relaxation behavior was examined by considering the impedance and modulus formalism in order to investigate the grain and grain boundary and surface polarization conduction process. The magnetic properties such as saturation magnetization, remanence, coercivity and anisotropy field are calculated from the hysteresis loop measurement. It was found that the saturation magnetization gets increased in LG SrM as compared to SG SrM system while the coercivity of SG SrM is greater than that of LG SrM. (orig.)

  9. Enhancement of magnetic properties in Mn–Zn substituted M-type Sr-hexaferrites

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    Kang, Young-Min, E-mail: yungmin.kang@samsumg.com [Motor R& D Group, Samsung Electronics, 443-742 Suwon (Korea, Republic of); Kwon, Young-Ho [Motor R& D Group, Samsung Electronics, 443-742 Suwon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Min-Ho; Lee, Dong-Young [R& D Team, SsangYong Materials Corporation, 790-300 Pohang (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    We report the magnetic properties of Mn–Zn substituted M-type Sr-hexaferrites (SrM), SrFe{sub 12−2x}Mn{sub x}Zn{sub x}O{sub 19}, and compare them with those of non-substituted SrM and La–Zn substituted SrM. The highest saturation magnetization (M{sub S}) of 75.6 emu/g was obtained at a Mn–Zn substitution of x=0.1 (SrFe{sub 11.8}Mn{sub 0.1}Zn{sub 0.1}O{sub 19}), which is higher than those of the non-substituted SrM and La–Zn substituted SrM by 2.6% and 1.7%, respectively. The enhanced M{sub S} can be attributed to the selective substitution of Zn{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 4+} into the down-spin site of Fe{sup 3+} (4f{sub 1} or 4f{sub 2}). Sintered anisotropic magnets fabricated with the optimal Mn−Zn doping level of x=0.1 exhibited a remanent magnetic induction (B{sub r}) over 4300 G and maximum energy product (BH){sub max} of ~4.6 MGOe (36.6 kJ/m{sup 3}). - Highlights: • The magnetic properties of Mn–Zn SrM were compared with those of non-substituted SrM and La–Zn SrM. • The highest M{sub S} of 75.6 emu/g was obtained at the Mn–Zn substitution x=0.1 (SrFe{sub 11.8}Mn{sub 0.1}Zn{sub 0.1}O{sub 19}). • Sintered anisotropic Mn–Zn SrM magnets showed values of B{sub r} over 4300 G and (BH){sub max} of ~4.6 MGOe (36.6 kJ/m{sup 3})

  10. Anomalous high mobility in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 nanowires.

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    Irvin, Patrick; Veazey, Joshua P; Cheng, Guanglei; Lu, Shicheng; Bark, Chung-Wung; Ryu, Sangwoo; Eom, Chang-Beom; Levy, Jeremy

    2013-02-13

    Nanoscale control of the metal-insulator transition at the interface between LaAlO(3) and SrTiO(3) provides a pathway for reconfigurable, oxide-based nanoelectronics. Four-terminal transport measurements of LaAlO(3)/SrTiO(3) nanowires at room temperature (T = 300 K) reveal an equivalent 2D Hall mobility greatly surpassing that of bulk SrTiO(3) and approaching that of n-type Si nanowires of comparable dimensions. This large enhancement of mobility is relevant for room-temperature device applications.

  11. UGA is an additional glycine codon in uncultured SR1 bacteria from the human microbiota.

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    Campbell, James H; O'Donoghue, Patrick; Campbell, Alisha G; Schwientek, Patrick; Sczyrba, Alexander; Woyke, Tanja; Söll, Dieter; Podar, Mircea

    2013-04-02

    The composition of the human microbiota is recognized as an important factor in human health and disease. Many of our cohabitating microbes belong to phylum-level divisions for which there are no cultivated representatives and are only represented by small subunit rRNA sequences. For one such taxon (SR1), which includes bacteria with elevated abundance in periodontitis, we provide a single-cell genome sequence from a healthy oral sample. SR1 bacteria use a unique genetic code. In-frame TGA (opal) codons are found in most genes (85%), often at loci normally encoding conserved glycine residues. UGA appears not to function as a stop codon and is in equilibrium with the canonical GGN glycine codons, displaying strain-specific variation across the human population. SR1 encodes a divergent tRNA(Gly)UCA with an opal-decoding anticodon. SR1 glycyl-tRNA synthetase acylates tRNA(Gly)UCA with glycine in vitro with similar activity compared with normal tRNA(Gly)UCC. Coexpression of SR1 glycyl-tRNA synthetase and tRNA(Gly)UCA in Escherichia coli yields significant β-galactosidase activity in vivo from a lacZ gene containing an in-frame TGA codon. Comparative genomic analysis with Human Microbiome Project data revealed that the human body harbors a striking diversity of SR1 bacteria. This is a surprising finding because SR1 is most closely related to bacteria that live in anoxic and thermal environments. Some of these bacteria share common genetic and metabolic features with SR1, including UGA to glycine reassignment and an archaeal-type ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase (RubisCO) involved in AMP recycling. UGA codon reassignment renders SR1 genes untranslatable by other bacteria, which impacts horizontal gene transfer within the human microbiota.

  12. Development and optimization the method for determination the related substances of azithromycin%阿奇霉素有关物质测定方法的优化

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    寇晋萍; 王国兰; 王俊秋; 周立春

    2011-01-01

    目的 对阿奇霉素有关物质测定方法进行优化.方法 采用SHISEIDO CAPCELL PAK C18 MG Ⅱ(51μm,4.6mm×250mm)色谱柱;磷酸盐缓冲液(0.05mol/L磷酸氢二钾溶液,用20%的磷酸调节pH值至8.2):乙腈(45:55)为流动相;柱温30℃;流速1.0mL/min;检测波长210nm.结果 阿奇霉素在10~1000μg/mL范围内浓度与峰面积呈良好线性关系,r=0.9999;最低检测限为100ng,与其已知杂质分离度良好.结论 本方法可用于测定阿奇霉素及制剂的有关物质.%Objective To optimize the method to determination the related substances of azithromycin.Methods A SHISEIDO CAPCELL PAK C18 MG Ⅱ (5μm, 4.6mm×250mm) column was used. The mobile phase consisted of 0.05mol/L K2HPO4 solution (pH8.2, adjust with 20% phosphate acid): acetonitrile (45: 55), the flow rate was 1.0mL/min, the detection wavelength was 210nm. The column temperature was 30℃. Results The calibration curves were linear in the range of 10~1000μg/mL(r=0.9996) for azithromycin, The minimal detection limit was 100ng, and its related substance can be well separated. Conclusion The selective and reliable method can be used for related substances in azithromycin.

  13. Identification of Marchfeld asparagus using Sr isotope ratio measurements by MC-ICP-MS.

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    Swoboda, S; Brunner, M; Boulyga, S F; Galler, P; Horacek, M; Prohaska, T

    2008-01-01

    This work focuses on testing and application of Sr isotope signatures for the fast and reliable authentication and traceability of Asparagus officinalis originating from Marchfeld, Austria, using multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry after optimised Rb/Sr separation. The major sample pool comprises freeze-dried and microwave-digested asparagus samples from Hungary and Slovakia which are compared with Austrian asparagus originating from the Marchfeld region, which is a protected geographical indication. Additional samples from Peru, The Netherlands and Germany were limited in number and allowed therefore only restricted statistical evaluation. Asparagus samples from Marchfeld were harvested within two subsequent years in order to investigate the annual variation. The results show that the Sr isotope ratio is consistent within these 2 years of investigation. Moreover, the Sr isotope ratio of total Sr in soil was found to be significantly higher than in an NH4NO3 extract, reflecting the mobile (bioavailable) phase. The isotope composition in the latter extract corresponds well to the range found in the asparagus samples in Marchfeld, even though the concentration of Sr in asparagus shows no direct correlation to the concentration of Sr in the mobile phase of the soil. The major question was whether the 'Marchfelder Spargel' can be distinguished from samples from the neighbouring countries of Hungary and Slovakia. According to our findings, they can be clearly (100%) singled out from the Hungarian samples and can be distinguished from the Slovakian asparagus samples with a probability of more than 80%.

  14. (90)Sr in King Bolete Boletus edulis and certain other mushrooms consumed in Europe and China.

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    Saniewski, Michał; Zalewska, Tamara; Krasińska, Grażyna; Szylke, Natalia; Wang, Yuanzhong; Falandysz, Jerzy

    2016-02-01

    The (90)Sr activity concentrations released from a radioactive fallout have been determined in a range of samples of mushrooms collected in Poland, Belarus, China, and Sweden in 1996-2013. Measurement of (90)Sr in pooled samples of mushrooms was carried out with radiochemical procedure aimed to pre-isolate the analyte from the fungal materials before it was determined using the Low-Level Beta Counter. Interestingly, the Purple Bolete Imperator rhodopurpureus collected from Yunnan in south-western China in 2012 showed (90)Sr activity concentration at around 10 Bq kg(-1) dry biomass, which was greater when compared to other mushrooms in this study. The King Bolete Boletus edulis from China showed the (90)Sr activity in caps at around 1.5 Bq kg(-1) dry biomass (whole fruiting bodies) in 2012 and for specimens from Poland activity was well lower than 1.0 Bq kg(-1) dry biomass in 1998-2010. A sample of Sarcodonimbricatus collected in 1998 from the north-eastern region of Poland impacted by Chernobyl fallout showed (90)Sr in caps at around 5 Bq kg(-1) dry biomass. Concentration of (90)Sr in Bay Bolete Royoporus (Xerocomus or Boletus) badius from affected region of Gomel in Belarus was in 2010 at 2.1 Bq kg(-1) dry biomass. In several other species from Poland (90)Sr was at mushrooms collected from wild in Poland were very low (mushrooms over time passing from nuclear weapons tests and the Chernobyl nuclear power plant catastrophe.

  15. Microstructures and mechanical properties of double hot-extruded AZ80+xSr wrought alloys

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    2007-01-01

    The effects of Sr addition on microstructures and tensile properties of the as-cast and hot-extruded AZ80 alloys were studied by OM, SEM, EDS, XRD, DSC and Instron tester. The results show that the microstructures of as-cast alloys consist of α-Mg and β-Mg17Al12 phase. Sr gathers on the boundaries, and dissolves into β-Mg17Al12 phase or forms Mg17Sr2 phase. The grains of as-cast alloys are refined and discontinuous net-shaped structure is formed. The compound phases on the boundaries become thicker with increasing Sr content. The ultimate tensile stress(UTS) and elongation are improved compared with the corresponding Sr-free alloy. After preliminary hot-extruding, the UTS is up to 308-320 MPa and elongation reaches 8.0%-13.5%. After double hot-extrusion, the dynamic recrystallization completes totally, and the UTS is up to 310-355 MPa, but the elongation does not change apparently. The alloy with 0.02%Sr (mass fraction) obtains the best comprehensive performance with the UTS of 355 MPa and elongation of 13.2%. The SEM morphology of fracture surface shows that the alloys with Sr present good ductility after double hot-extrusion.

  16. Investigation of Ba2–SrTiO4: Structural aspects and dielectric properties

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    Vishnu Shanker; Tokeer Ahmad; Ashok K Ganguli

    2004-10-01

    Investigation of solid solution of barium–strontium orthotitanates of the type, Ba2–SrTiO4 (0 ≤ ≤ 2), show that pure phases exist only for the end members, Ba2TiO4 and Sr2TiO4, crystallizing in the -K2SO4 and K2NiF4 structures, respectively. The intermediate compositions (till ≤ 1) lead to a biphasic mixture of two Ba2TiO4-type phases (probably through a spinodal decomposition) with decreasing lattice parameters, indicating Sr-substitution in both the phases. For > 1, Sr2TiO4 along with a secondary phase is obtained. The dielectric constant and dielectric loss were found to decrease with Sr substitution till the nominal composition of = 1. However, pure Sr2TiO4 shows higher dielectric constant compared to the solid solution composition. Sr2TiO4 shows very high temperature stability of the dielectric constant.

  17. Sr Isotopes and Migration of Prairie Mammoths (Mammuthus columbi) from Laguna de las Cruces, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

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    Solis-Pichardo, G.; Perez-Crespo, V.; Schaaf, P. E.; Arroyo-Cabrales, J.

    2011-12-01

    Asserting mobility of ancient humans is a major issue for anthropologists. For more than 25 years, Sr isotopes have been used as a resourceful tracer tool in this context. A comparison of the 87Sr/86Sr ratios found in tooth enamel and in bone is performed to determine if the human skeletal remains belonged to a local or a migrant. Sr in bone approximately reflects the isotopic composition of the geological region where the person lived before death; whereas the Sr isotopic system in tooth enamel is thought to remain as a closed system and thus conserves the isotope ratio acquired during childhood. Sr isotope ratios are obtained through the geologic substrate and its overlying soil, from where an individual got hold of food and water; these ratios are in turn incorporated into the dentition and skeleton during tissue formation. In previous studies from Teotihuacan, Mexico we have shown that a three-step leaching procedure on tooth enamel samples is important to assure that only the biogenic Sr isotope contribution is analyzed. The same Sr isotopic tools can function concerning ancient animal migration patterns. To determine or to discard the mobility of prairie mammoths (Mammuthus columbi) found at Laguna de las Cruces, San Luis Potosi, México the leaching procedure was applied on six molar samples from several fossil remains. The initial hypothesis was to use 87Sr/86Sr values to verify if the mammoth population was a mixture of individuals from various herds and further by comparing their Sr isotopic composition with that of plants and soils, to confirm their geographic origin. The dissimilar Sr results point to two distinct mammoth groups. The mammoth population from Laguna de Cruces was then not a family unit because it was composed by individuals originated from different localities. Only one individual was identified as local. Others could have walked as much as 100 km to find food and water sources.

  18. The influence of SrO and CaO in silicate and phosphate bioactive glasses on human gingival fibroblasts.

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    Massera, J; Kokkari, A; Närhi, T; Hupa, L

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, we investigate the effect of substituting SrO for CaO in silicate and phosphate bioactive glasses on the human gingival fibroblast activity. In both materials the presence of SrO led to the formation of a CaP layer with partial Sr substitution for Ca. The layer at the surface of the silicate glass consisted of HAP whereas at the phosphate glasses it was close to the DCPD composition. In silicate glasses, SrO gave a faster initial dissolution and a thinner reaction layer probably allowing for a continuous ion release into the solution. In phosphate glasses, SrO decreased the dissolution process and gave a more strongly bonded reaction layer. Overall, the SrO-containing silicate glass led to a slight enhancement in the activity of the gingival fibroblasts cells when compared to the SrO-free reference glass, S53P4. The cell activity decreased up to 3 days of culturing for all phosphate glasses containing SrO. Whereas culturing together with the SrO-free phosphate glass led to complete cell death at 7 days. The glasses containing SrO showed rapid cell proliferation and growth between 7 and 14 days, reaching similar activity than glass S53P4. The addition of SrO in both silicate and phosphate glasses was assumed beneficial for proliferation and growth of human gingival fibroblasts due to Sr incorporation in the reaction layer at the glass surface and released in the cell culture medium.

  19. Modification performance on 4032 Al alloy by using Al–10Sr master alloys manufactured from different processes

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    Chengwei Liao

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The microstructures and modification performance on 4032 aluminum alloy of the Al–10Sr master alloy wire prepared from “direct reaction-hot extrusion” and the trapezoidal block from “direct reaction” were systemically studied by using optical metallurgical microscope, XRD and SEM. It was found that the preparation processes exhibited a significant effect on the microstructures of the Al–10Sr, which thereby influenced its modification performance. It has been found that when the Al–10Sr alloy wire was used, a desirable modification was obtained after 2 min and reached to the best performance at 60 min, and the optimum Sr addition amount was 0.04–0.06 wt%, and the good modification performance was kept even after 300 min. However, when the Al–10Sr alloy trapezoidal block was used, a desirable modification was started after 30 min and reached to the best performance as long as 120 min, and the optimum Sr addition amount was 0.06–0.08 wt%, and the effective modification period was only 180 min. Therefore, comparing with the Al–10Sr alloy trapezoidal block, the Al–10Sr alloy wire had better modification efficiency, which not only reduced the Sr addition amount of about 30%, but also greatly decreased the incubation time and improved the ability of anti-fading.

  20. Major enhancement of the thermoelectric performance in Pr/Nb-doped SrTiO3 under strain

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    Amin, B.

    2013-07-16

    The electronic structure and thermoelectric properties of strained (biaxially and uniaxially) Sr0.95Pr0.05TiO3 and SrTi0.95Nb0.05O3 are investigated in the temperature range from 300 K to 1200 K. Substitutions of Pr at the Sr site and Nb at the Ti site generate n-type doping and thus improve the thermoelectric performance as compared to pristine SrTiO3. Further enhancement is achieved by the application of strain, for example, of the Seebeck coefficient by 21% for Sr0.95Pr0.05TiO3 and 10% for SrTi0.95Nb0.05O3 at room temperature in the case of 5% biaxial strain. At 1200 K, we predict figures of merit of 0.58 and 0.55 for 2.5% biaxially strained Sr0.95Pr0.05TiO3 and SrTi0.95Nb0.05O3 , respectively, which are the highest values reported for rare earth doped SrTiO3.

  1. Testing the Short and Screener versions of the Social Adjustment Scale-Self-report (SAS-SR).

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    Gameroff, Marc J; Wickramaratne, Priya; Weissman, Myrna M

    2012-03-01

    The 54-item Social Adjustment Scale-Self-report (SAS-SR) is a measure of social functioning used in research studies and clinical practice. Two shortened versions were recently developed: the 24-item SAS-SR: Short and the 14-item SAS-SR: Screener. We briefly describe the development of the shortened scales and then assess their reliability and validity in comparison to the full SAS-SR in new analyses from two separate samples of convenience from a family study and from a primary care clinic. Compared to the full SAS-SR, the shortened scales performed well, exhibiting high correlations with full SAS-SR scores (r values between 0.81 and 0.95); significant correlations with health-related quality of life as measured by the Short Form 36 Health Survey; the ability to distinguish subjects with major depression versus other psychiatric disorders versus no mental disorders; and sensitivity to change in clinical status as measured longitudinally with the Symptom Checklist-90 and Global Assessment Scale. The SAS-SR: Short and SAS-SR: Screener retained the areas assessed by the full SAS-SR with fewer items in each area, and appear to be promising replacements for the full scale when a shorter administration time is desired and detailed information on performance in different areas is not required. Further work is needed to test the validity of the shortened measures.

  2. Antiferromagnetic and xy ferro-orbital order in insulating SrRuO3 thin films with SrO termination.

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    Autieri, C

    2016-10-26

    By means of first-principles calculations we study the structural, magnetic and electronic properties of SrRuO3 surface for the SrO termination. We find that the RuO6 octahedra and the structure of the SrO layers at the surface are strongly modified as well as the Ru-O-Ru bond angles. We find in the thin films a d xy ferro-orbital order. The d xy orbital becomes the lowest in energy as in other quasitwodimensional ruthenates. Such structural rearrangement, together with a band reduction, leads to a modification of the magnetic properties. We compare the Jahn-Teller effect between the ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic phases. We show that an insulating G-type antiferromagnetic phase takes place in SrRuO3 thin films, substituting the metallic phase experimentally found in every bulk Sr-ruthenates. The single layer SrRuO3 presents many similarities with the Ca2RuO4 low temperature phase, these similarities disappear with a larger number of layers. A study of the ground state of the as function of the number of layers is presented, the competition between bandwidth and Coulomb repulsion determines the ground state. We propose the disorder as responsible for the exchange bias effect observed.

  3. Roles of oral bacteria in cardiovascular diseases--from molecular mechanisms to clinical cases: Treatment of periodontal disease regarded as biofilm infection: systemic administration of azithromycin.

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    Wang, Pao-Li

    2010-01-01

    Periodontal disease as a biofilm infectious disease is considered. Periodontal disease-associated bacteria formed biofilm in periodontal pockets or on the surface of cementum. Planktonic bacteria from biofilm invade into periodontal tissues and lead to inflammation and destruction of tissues directly and indirectly by eliciting the host defense mechanism. Supragingival dental plaques (biofilm) are easily removed by professional mechanical tooth cleaning, while subgingival dental plaques and bacteria invading into periodontal tissues are difficult to remove. Therefore, the development of a method for periodontal disease based on the concept that regards periodontal disease as a biofilm infectious disease is needed. Hereby, I report the effect of antibiotics on an in vitro biofilm model of periodontal disease and the systemic administration of azithromycin for early-onset (aggressive) periodontitis like a treatment resistant periodontitis.

  4. Azithromycin assay in drug formulations: Validation of a HPTLC method with a quadratic polynomial calibration model using the accuracy profile approach.

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    Bouklouze, A; Kharbach, M; Cherrah, Y; Vander Heyden, Y

    2017-03-01

    Many different assaying high performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC) methods have been developed and validated in order to be used in routine analysis in different analytical fields. Validation often starts by the evaluation of the linearity of the calibration curve. Frequently, if the correlation coefficient is close to one, the linear calibration curve model is considered to be proper to predict the unknown concentration in the sample. But is this simple model effective to assess the behavior of the response of an HPTLC method as a function of concentration. To answer this question, a method for the determination of azithromycin by HPTLC has been developed and validated following both the classical approach and that based on the accuracy profile. Silica gel plates with fluorescence indicator F254 and chloroform - ethanol - 25% ammonia 6:14:0.2 (v/v/v) as mobile phase were used. Analysis was carried out in reflectance mode at 483nm. The RF of azithromycin was 0.53. The validation based on the classical approach, shows that the behavior is not linear, even though r(2)=0.999 because the lack of fit test is significant (Pquadratic regression model, show that the former results is a β-expectation tolerance interval outside the acceptance limits, while with the latter, this interval is within the limits of ±5% acceptability for a range which extends from 0.2 to 1.0μg/zone. With the quadratic model, the method showed to be precise and accurate. Copyright © 2016 Académie Nationale de Pharmacie. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  5. Effect of new and conventional technological processes on the terroir marker 87Sr/86Sr

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Aiming to use the strontium isotopic ratio 87Sr/86Sr for traceability and authentication of wine, it is crucial to understand the impacts of anthropogenic factor and technological processes on this parameter. In this study the effect of two technologies: nanofiltration (NF, applied for wine dealcoholisation (1, and ageing with oak wood staves (2, on 87Sr/86Sr ratio of wines from Portuguese Designations of Origin (DO, was assessed. Control wines, NF processed wines and wooden aged wines were evaluated for chemical composition, multi-elemental composition and 87Sr/86Sr ratio by Q-ICP-MS. Regarding NF experiments, high rejections to mineral elements, including heavy metals, were observed. Bearing in mind the several roles played by these elements in wine, this knowledge is of strategic importance in order to guarantee that NF process does not adversely affect product quality. Concerning wood ageing experiment, results indicate the influence of this technological process on metal physical-chemical stability. In the experimental conditions of this study, no significant effect of NF process and wood ageing on 87Sr/86Sr ratio was observed, suggesting that the application of these technologies in wine production is not a limitative factor for the use of 87Sr/86Sr ratio as a geographical origin marker.

  6. Maxdose-SR and popdose-SR routine release atmospheric dose models used at SRS

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    Jannik, G. T. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Trimor, P. P. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)

    2017-07-28

    MAXDOSE-SR and POPDOSE-SR are used to calculate dose to the offsite Reference Person and to the surrounding Savannah River Site (SRS) population respectively following routine releases of atmospheric radioactivity. These models are currently accessed through the Dose Model Version 2014 graphical user interface (GUI). MAXDOSE-SR and POPDOSE-SR are personal computer (PC) versions of MAXIGASP and POPGASP, which both resided on the SRS IBM Mainframe. These two codes follow U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) Regulatory Guides 1.109 and 1.111 (1977a, 1977b). The basis for MAXDOSE-SR and POPDOSE-SR are USNRC developed codes XOQDOQ (Sagendorf et. al 1982) and GASPAR (Eckerman et. al 1980). Both of these codes have previously been verified for use at SRS (Simpkins 1999 and 2000). The revisions incorporated into MAXDOSE-SR and POPDOSE-SR Version 2014 (hereafter referred to as MAXDOSE-SR and POPDOSE-SR unless otherwise noted) were made per Computer Program Modification Tracker (CPMT) number Q-CMT-A-00016 (Appendix D). Version 2014 was verified for use at SRS in Dixon (2014).

  7. Preparation of Cu-loaded SrTiO{sub 3} nanoparticles and their photocatalytic activity for hydrogen evolution from methanol aqueous solution

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    Bui, Duc-Nguyen [School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Technology, 100 Haiquan Road, Shanghai 201418 (China); School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, 130 Meilong Road, Shanghai 200237 (China); Mu, Jin, E-mail: mujin@sit.edu.cn [School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Technology, 100 Haiquan Road, Shanghai 201418 (China); Wang, Lei [School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, 130 Meilong Road, Shanghai 200237 (China); Kang, Shi-Zhao; Li, Xiangqing [School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Technology, 100 Haiquan Road, Shanghai 201418 (China)

    2013-06-01

    Cu-loaded SrTiO{sub 3} nanoparticles (Cu–SrTiO{sub 3}) were prepared using a simple in situ photo-deposition method and their photocatalytic activity for hydrogen evolution from methanol aqueous solution was evaluated. The results characterized with XRD, TEM, XPS and EDX indicated that the as-synthesized sample was composed of metallic Cu and cubic SrTiO{sub 3}, and the metallic Cu was homogeneously loaded on the surface of SrTiO{sub 3} nanoparticles. Under UV light irradiation, Cu–SrTiO{sub 3} displayed much higher photocatalytic activity for hydrogen evolution and excellent stability in comparison with pure SrTiO{sub 3} nanoparticles. The results further confirmed that the efficient separation of photogenerated electron/hole pairs was critical for the enhanced photocatalytic activity of Cu–SrTiO{sub 3}. Moreover, the rate of hydrogen evolution of 0.5 wt.% Cu–SrTiO{sub 3} is comparable with that of 0.5 wt.% Pt–SrTiO{sub 3} photocatalyst under optimum conditions, implying that the metallic Cu is an efficient alternative to Pt as a co-catalyst on SrTiO{sub 3}. The high photocatalytic activity, low cost and chemical stability mean that the Cu-loaded SrTiO{sub 3} is a potential catalyst for the photocatalytic hydrogen evolution from methanol aqueous solution.

  8. The cellular cancer resistance of the SR/CR mouse

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    Koch, Janne; Hau, Jann; Jensen, Henrik Elvang

    2012-01-01

    injection showed formations of immune cells morphologically resembling polymorphonuclear granulocytes and macrophages adjoining the cancer cells. The results point to the potential involvement of innate immune cells in cancer immunology. Our data support migration of polymorphonuclear granulocytes......The SR/CR mouse phenotype, first described in 1999 in BALB/c and later bred into C57BL/6 mice, is resistant to cancer formation following high doses of cancer cells administered intraperitoneally. The tumor cell targeting and destruction mechanisms have not been identified. By fluorescence......-activated cell sorting analysis, the immune response of SR/CR mice after intraperitoneal injection of cancer cells was investigated and compared with parent strain mice. A massive influx of leukocytes into the peritoneal cavity was found. A large fraction of these leukocytes were polymorphonuclear granulocytes...

  9. Low-energy Coulomb excitation of Sr,9896 beams

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    Clément, E.; Zielińska, M.; Péru, S.; Goutte, H.; Hilaire, S.; Görgen, A.; Korten, W.; Doherty, D. T.; Bastin, B.; Bauer, C.; Blazhev, A.; Bree, N.; Bruyneel, B.; Butler, P. A.; Butterworth, J.; Cederkäll, J.; Delahaye, P.; Dijon, A.; Ekström, A.; Fitzpatrick, C.; Fransen, C.; Georgiev, G.; Gernhäuser, R.; Hess, H.; Iwanicki, J.; Jenkins, D. G.; Larsen, A. C.; Ljungvall, J.; Lutter, R.; Marley, P.; Moschner, K.; Napiorkowski, P. J.; Pakarinen, J.; Petts, A.; Reiter, P.; Renstrøm, T.; Seidlitz, M.; Siebeck, B.; Siem, S.; Sotty, C.; Srebrny, J.; Stefanescu, I.; Tveten, G. M.; Van de Walle, J.; Vermeulen, M.; Voulot, D.; Warr, N.; Wenander, F.; Wiens, A.; De Witte, H.; Wrzosek-Lipska, K.

    2016-11-01

    The structure of neutron-rich Sr,9896 nuclei was investigated by low-energy safe Coulomb excitation of radioactive beams at the REX-ISOLDE facility, CERN, with the MINIBALL spectrometer. A rich set of transitional and diagonal E 2 matrix elements, including those for non-yrast structures, has been extracted from the differential Coulomb-excitation cross sections. The results support the scenario of a shape transition at N =60 , giving rise to the coexistence of a highly deformed prolate and a spherical configuration in 98Sr, and are compared to predictions from several theoretical calculations. The experimental data suggest a significant contribution of the triaxal degree of freedom in the ground state of both isotopes. In addition, experimental information on low-lying states in 98Rb has been obtained.

  10. A Preliminary study of Sr/Ca thermometry in Chang Islands, Gulf of Thailand

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    Wararat Sirianansakul

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Variations in ratios of strontium-to-calcium (Sr/Ca for two Porites sp. coral specimens collected from Wai (PW and Loa Ya (PLY islands, part of Chang islands, Gulf of Thailand, were determined. Inductively coupled plasma optimal emission spectrometry (ICP-OES was used to analyze this ratio, which demonstrates annual cycles and the data is assumed to reflect the sea surface temperature (SST. Comparing the ratios with SST data, following Sr/Ca–SST relationships were determined PW: Sr/Ca (mmol/mol = 11.56–0.070×SST, PLY: Sr/Ca (mmol/mol = 11.89–0.081×SST. Our correlations are different from those previously reported; a discrepancy that may involve differences in analytical methods employed and abnormally low sea surface salinity (SSS (<30 psu in the Gulf of Thailand.

  11. Measurement of Ca, Zn and Sr in enamel of human teeth by XRF

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    Wielopolski, L.; Featherstone, J.D.B.; Cohn, S.H.

    1984-01-01

    Energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) has been employed to measure Ca, Zn, and Sr in enamel of human teeth. The calibration of the EDXRF system was performed by comparing Sr/Ca ratios with values obtained by atomic absorption analysis of acid etched biopsies of the enamel surface. Two calibration lines were obtained, one line for untreated teeth and the second line for teeth immersed (treated) in solutions containing Sr. A simple analytical model demonstrated that the two calibration lines were the result of the difference in the depth of the enamel sampled by EDXRF and by the acid-etched biopsy. The multi-elemental, non-destructive and quantitative aspects of EDXRF permit the sequential monitoring of the effects of Sr and Zn ions on the mineralization and demineralization processes in human enamel. The portability of the system and adaptability to non-invasive measurements makes it suitable for field studies. 26 references, 4 figures.

  12. Sr fluxes and isotopic compositions of the eleven rivers originating from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and their contributions to 87Sr/86Sr evolution of seawater

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    2009-01-01

    To evaluate influence of chemical weathering of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP) on seawater 87Sr/86Sr variation, river water and sediment samples were collected, and their Sr concentrations and isotopic compositions analyzed, from the seven large rivers that originated from the QTP. By combining these with the data of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, Indus and Irrawaddy originated in the southern QTP, the total Sr flux of the eleven rivers reaches 3.47×109 mol·a-1, which accounts for 10.2% of the total Sr flux transported by the global rivers. The weighted mean 87Sr/86Sr is 0.71694, higher than the average value of the global rivers. The 87Srex (87Sr flux in excess of the seawater 87Sr/86Sr ratio) of the Chinese seven rivers is 1.55×106 mol·a-1, only accounting for about 6% of the value of the eleven rivers originated from QTP, and the Ganges-Brahmaputra system accounts for 86%. We assume that the QTP rivers have no strontium contributions to the oceans before ~40 Ma and the Sr fluxes of the global rivers, except the QTP eleven rivers, are constant, then a maximum linear increase in Sr fluxes of the QTP rivers from zero to the modern value in response to tectonic uplift can explain ~69% increase of seawater 87Sr/86Sr over the past ~40 Ma and the remainder of 31% is perhaps provided from other factors.

  13. Separation Sr and Ba From Fission Products Using Sr-spec Resin Column

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    WANG; Xiu-feng

    2013-01-01

    Sr and Ba are the IIA group elements,with the same outer electronic structure,and the very similar properties,so separation of the two elements becomes very difficult.The traditional separation method of Sr and Ba in fission products is repeated precipitation of BaCl2·H2O in hydrochloric acid-ether medium.Four times repeated precipitation steps are needed to ensure the decontamination factor of Sr to be better

  14. Joseph C. Risser Sr., 1892–1982

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    Manring, M. M.; Calhoun, Jason

    2009-01-01

    This biographical sketch of Joseph C. Risser Sr. corresponds to the historic text, The Classic: The Iliac Apophysis: An Invaluable Sign in the Management of Scoliosis, available at DOI 10.1007/s11999-009-1096-z.

  15. Exploring the Role of La Codoping beyond Charge Compensation for Enhanced Hydrogen Evolution by Rh-SrTiO3.

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    Modak, Brindaban; Ghosh, Swapan K

    2015-08-27

    In this theoretical study, we investigate recent observation of enhancement of hydrogen evolution efficiency of Rh-doped SrTiO3 due to codoping with La at the Sr lattice site. Using hybrid density functional theory, we have systematically studied the electronic structure of (Rh, La)-codoped SrTiO3 and compared with that of Rh-doped SrTiO3, La-doped SrTiO3, and undoped SrTiO3. The aim of the present study has been to explore the role of different factors toward the observed enhanced photoactivity of (Rh, La)-codoped SrTiO3. Doping with only Rh significantly reduces the photoabsorption energy by introducing localized acceptor states between the valence band and conduction band. Unfortunately, these states act as efficient sources for charge carrier trapping. Besides, the oxygen vacancy found to be present in the Rh-doped SrTiO3 as a charge compensating defect also accelerates the electron-hole recombination rate. We have shown that codoping with La and Rh leads to the formation of clean band structure without encountering any midgap states. Introduction of La into the Rh-doped SrTiO3 not only reduces the quantity of Rh(4+) species but also suppresses the oxygen vacancy due to formation of a charge-compensated system. The presence of La favors Rh doping into the crystal structure of SrTiO3 by reducing the formation energy. Moreover, the conduction band minima are found to be shifted in the upward direction significantly due to codoping with Rh and La, thereby increasing the reducing behavior at the conduction band. This leads to enhancement of hydrogen evolution activity of SrTiO3 during photocatalytic water splitting under visible light.

  16. Radiogenic and stable Sr isotope ratios (87Sr/86Sr, δ88/86Sr) as tracers of riverine cation sources and biogeochemical cycling in the Milford Sound region of Fiordland, New Zealand

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    Andrews, M. Grace; Jacobson, Andrew D.; Lehn, Gregory O.; Horton, Travis W.; Craw, Dave

    2016-01-01

    This study reports radiogenic Sr isotope ratios (87Sr/86Sr), stable Sr isotope ratios (δ88/86Sr), and major ion concentrations for river, rock, sediment, soil, and plant samples collected from the Cleddau and Hollyford catchments in the Milford Sound region of Fiordland, New Zealand. The catchments primarily drain gabbro, but some tributaries access limestone and volcanogenic sediments. The goal of the study was to understand controls on riverine δ88/86Sr values in a landscape with multiple factors that may influence chemical weathering, including dense vegetation, high rainfall, and abundant, freshly-eroded Holocene fluvio-glacial and landslide debris. Rivers draining gabbro have higher δ88/86Sr values than bedrock, by as much as ∼0.14‰, and the δ88/86Sr values strongly correlate with molar Ca/Sr ratios (R2 = 0.69). Leaching of rocks and sediment reveals no evidence for the preferential dissolution of minerals having high δ88/86Sr values and Ca/Sr ratios. In-stream Sr isotope fractionation seems unlikely because comparison against 87Sr/86Sr and Ca/Sr ratios demonstrates that riverine δ88/86Sr values conservatively trace water-mass mixing. The riverine data are best explained by the input of soil water, which is distinct from potential bedrock end-members (i.e., silicates and carbonates) based on δ88/86Sr but indistinguishable in terms of Ca/Sr and 87Sr/86Sr. While strontium isotope fractionation during secondary mineral formation and pedogenesis is possible, clay mineral formation is minor and most soils are poorly developed. Instead, soil water δ88/86Sr values more likely reflect plant uptake. Plant samples yielded a wide range of δ88/86Sr values, but on average, they are lower than those for bedrock, consistent with the expectation that plants preferentially incorporate lighter Sr isotopes. Mass-balance constraints, together with 87Sr/86Sr ratios, indicate that soil water δ88/86Sr values are ∼0.30‰ higher than bedrock δ88/86Sr values, and

  17. Comparison of laser-ablation and solution-mode ICP-MS techniques for measuring speleothem 87Sr/86Sr values

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    Wortham, B. E.; Wong, C. I.; Montanez, I. P.; Silva, L. C. R.; Rasbury, T.; Glessner, J. J.

    2015-12-01

    Reconstructing past changes in precipitation amount is critical to delineating controls on paleovegetation dynamics in South America. Although speleothem, lake, and ice core δ18O records from the region serve as a proxy of monsoon intensity, δ18O values do not serve as a direct proxy of local precipitation amount. To address this, we are developing a reconstruction of past moisture conditions using 87Sr/86Sr values measured in a fast growing speleothem (~2 mm/yr) from the central Brazilian savanna for which a late Holocene (0-1.8 ka) δ18O record has previously been developed. Speleothem 87Sr/86Sr values reflect the degree of water-rock interaction, as dictated by water residence time, and are used to interpret relative moisture conditions. In this study, we explore the potential of developing a high-resolution speleothem 87Sr/86Sr record using laser-ablation multi-collector ICP-MS by comparing analyses generated using both laser- and solution-mode techniques. Laser-mode techniques allow for sampling of individual speleothem lamina, which provides a higher resolution record than solution-mode techniques and eliminates the potential of contamination from conventional drilling. Preliminary results from a younger portion of the speleothem yield a laser-mode (averaged) value of 0.72294 ± 0.00046 (reproduced with parallel scans) and a solution mode value of 0.72338 ± 0.00002 suggesting that these methods provide analogous 87Sr/86Sr values. However, the preliminary results on an older portion of this speleothem have solution- mode derived values of 0.72239 ± 0.00001 and 0.72166 ± 0.00001, with corresponding laser-mode values of 0.72188 ± 0.00029 and 0.72102 ± 0.00037, respectively. Suggesting that in the older portion of the speleothem, laser-mode techniques do not yield analogous solution-mode 87Sr/86Sr values. These differences in different areas of the speleothem highlight the need for method development and further testing.

  18. Lentiviral vector-mediated siRNA knockdown of SR-PSOX inhibits foam cell formation in vitro

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    Li ZHANG; Hou-jia LIU; Tie-jun LI; Yang YANG; Xian-ling GUO; Meng-chao WU; Yao-cheng RUI; Li-xin WEI

    2008-01-01

    Aim: To investigate the expression of scavenger receptor that binds phosphatidylserine and oxidized lipoprotein (SR-PSOX)/CXC chemokine ligand 16 (CXCL16) in the human monocyte-derived cell line THP-1, and the effect of lentiviral vectors for the stable delivery of SR-PSOX/CXCL16 short hairpin RNA on foam cell formation. Methods: A lentiviral expression vector containing enhanced green fluorescence protein (GFP) and SR-PSOX small interfering RNA (siRNA) (Lenti-SR-PSOXsi), or the control siRNA (Lenti-NC) gene was constructed. A human monocyte-derived cell line THP-1 was transfected with a different multiplicity of infection (MOI) of Lenti-SR-PSOXsi or Lenti-NC, and cultured to obtain stably-transfected THP-1KD and THP-1NC cells. After incubation with oxidatively-modified, low-density lipoprotein (Ox-LDL), the expression of SR-PSOX/CXCL16 mRNA was determined by real-time PCR. The expression of the SR-PSOX/CXCL16 protein was detected by flow cytometry analysis. The effect of Lenti-SR-PSOXsi on foam cell formation was assessed by Oil red O-stain analysis. Results: Ox-LDL increased the expres-sion of SR-PSOX/CXCL 16 mRNA in a time- and dose-dependent manner in THP-1 cells. Four days after transfection with Lenti-SR-PSOXsi (MOI: 100), the percent-age of GFP expression cells was over 89.3%. The expression of the SR-PSOX/ CXCL 16 mRNA and protein in THP- 1KD cells significantly decreased compared with the parent cells, even the THP-1KD cells stimulated with 40 mg/L Ox-LDL. Ox-LDL uptake experiments in THP-1- and THP- 1KD-derived macrophages indi-cated that SR-PSOX/CXCL16 deficiency decreased the development of macroph-age-derived foam cell formation. Conclusion: The above data showed that SR-PSOX siRNA delivered by using lentiviral vectors in THP-1 cells was a powerful tool for studying the effect of SR-PSOX, and decreased the expression of the SR-PSOX gene by inhibiting macrophage-derived foam cell formation.

  19. NLTE analysis of Sr lines in spectra of late-type stars with new R-matrix atomic data

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    Bergemann, M; Bautista, M; Ruchti, G

    2012-01-01

    We investigate statistical equilibrium of neutral and singly-ionized strontium in late-type stellar atmospheres. Particular attention is given to the completeness of the model atom, which includes new energy levels, transition probabilities, photoionization and electron-impact excitation cross-sections computed with the R-matrix method. The NLTE model is applied to the analysis of Sr I and Sr II lines in the spectra of the Sun, Procyon, Arcturus, and HD 122563, showing a significant improvement in the ionization balance compared to LTE line formation calculations, which predict abundance discrepancies of up to 0.5 dex. The solar Sr abundance is log A = 2.93 \\pm 0.04 dex, in agreement with the meteorites. A grid of NLTE abundance corrections for Sr I and Sr II lines covering a large range of stellar parameters is presented.

  20. The investigation between impurity profile of domestic azithromycin for injection and correlation of its salifiable craft%国产注射用阿奇霉素杂质谱及其与成盐工艺相关性的考察

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    张斗胜; 王悦雯; 李进; 李娅萍; 刘文; 杨亚莉; 胡昌勤

    2011-01-01

    目的:考察国产不同成盐注射用阿奇霉素所含杂质谱情况,并对其工艺进行相关性评价.方法:以217批注射用阿奇霉素有关物质HPLC检验数据为基础,采用数理统计与化学计量学方法,对其杂质谱及与成盐工艺相关性进行考察,并通过加速实验验证考察结果.结果:所检样品中均检出阿奇霉素B(EP-B)和3′-去克拉定糖阿奇霉素(EP -J)杂质,且在不同厂家、不同成盐工艺产品中变化幅度较大,统计标准偏差(SD)分别达2.5和2.0;其他杂质还检出阿奇霉素-N-氧化物(EP-L)、氮红霉素(EP-A).结论:目前国产注射用阿奇霉素中主要杂质为阿奇霉素-N-氧化物、3′-去克拉定糖阿奇霉素、氮红霉素和阿奇霉素B;氮红霉素和阿奇霉素B为工艺杂质,分别源于合成反应残留和起始原料红霉素中红霉素B残留;阿奇霉素-N-氧化物和3′-去克拉定糖阿奇霉素分别为阿奇霉素氧化和酸降解物,其中酸降解物为主要降解形式;不同厂家注射用阿奇霉素中所含杂质的种类、数目及水平均存在较大差异,且与其成盐工艺密切相关.%Objective: To investigate the impurity profile status of domestic azithromycin for injection by using different salifiable technologies, and evaluate the correlation of its crafts. Methods: Based on 217 batches of impurity testing datas of azithromycin for injection by HPLC, investigate the impurity profile and correlation of its salifiable technologies according to mathematical statistics and chemometrics methods, and validate the investigate results by using acceleration experiment. Results: Azithromycin B( EP - B) and 3' - decladinosyl azithromycin ( EP - J) had been detected in all the samples, and there are large rangeability among the different factories and salifiable technological samples, the SD was 2. 5 and 2.0; other impurities exist in samples included azithromycin - N - oxides (EP - L) and azithromycin A (EP - A) yet

  1. Mass measurements of neutron-rich Rb and Sr isotopes

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    Klawitter, R; Brodeur, M; Chowdhury, U; Chausdhuri, A; Fallis, J; Gallant, A T; Grossheim, A; Kwiatkowski, A A; Lascar, D; Leach, K G; Lennarz, A; Macdonald, T D; Pearkes, J; Seeraji, S; Simon, M C; Simon, V V; Schultz, B E; Dilling, J

    2015-01-01

    We report on the mass measurements of several neutron-rich $\\mathrm{Rb}$ and $\\mathrm{Sr}$ isotopes in the $A \\approx 100$ region with the TITAN Penning-trap mass spectrometer. Using highly charged ions in the charge state $q=10+$, the masses of $^{98,99}\\mathrm{Rb}$ and $^{98-100}\\mathrm{Sr}$ have been determined with a precision of $6 - 12\\ \\mathrm{keV}$, making their uncertainty negligible for r-process nucleosynthesis network calculations. The mass of $^{101}\\mathrm{Sr}$ has been determined directly for the first time with a precision eight times higher than the previous indirect measurement and a deviation of $3\\sigma$ when compared to the Atomic Mass Evaluation. We also confirm the mass of $^{100}\\mathrm{Rb}$ from a previous measurement. Furthermore, our data indicates the existance of a low-lying isomer with $80\\ \\mathrm{keV}$ excitation energy in $^{98}\\mathrm{Rb}$. We show that our updated mass values lead to minor changes in the r-process by calculating fractional abundances in the $A\\approx 100$ re...

  2. Automatic minimisation of micromotion in a 88Sr+ optical clock

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    Barwood, G. P.; Huang, G.; Klein, H. A.; Gill, P.

    2015-07-01

    Optical clocks based on narrow linewidth transitions in single cold ions confined in RF traps are being developed at a number of laboratories worldwide. For these ion clock systems, excess micromotion can cause both Stark and Doppler frequency shifts and also a degradation of frequency stability as a result of a reduced excitation rate to the clock transition. At NPL, we detect micromotion in our 88Sr+ optical clocks by observing the correlation between photon arrival times and the zero crossing of the RF trap drive signal. Recently, two nominally identical 88Sr+ optical clocks have been operated over several days and their frequencies compared against one another. During this time the dc voltages on the endcap and compensation voltage electrodes required to minimise the micromotion can change significantly, particularly following the loading of an ion. This paper describes an automatic method to monitor and minimise micromotion applicable to single ion clocks and which we demonstrate using our two NPL 88Sr+ ion clocks.

  3. High spin states in stable nucleus 84Sr

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    2010-01-01

    High spin states of 84Sr were populated through the reaction 70Zn(18O,4n)84Sr at 75 MeV beam energy.Measurement of excitation function,γ-γ coincidences,directional correlation from oriented state (DCO) ratios and γ-transition intensities were performed using eight anticompton HPGe detectors and one planar HPGe detector.Based on the measured results,a new level scheme of 84Sr was established in which 12 new states and nearly 30 new γ-transitions were identified in the present work.The positive-parity states of the new level scheme were compared with the results from calculations in the framework of the projected shell model (PSM).One negative-parity band was extended to spin Iπ=19-and it can be found that in the high spin states,the γ-transition energies show the nature of signature staggering.The negative-parity band levels are in good agreement with deformed configuration-mixing shell model (DCM) calculations.

  4. Determination of Sr and Ca sources in small tropical catchments (La Selva, Costa Rica) - A comparison of Sr and Ca isotopes

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    Wiegand, B. A.; Schwendenmann, L.

    2013-04-01

    SummaryA comparative study of Sr and Ca isotopes was conducted to assess solute sources and effects of biogeochemical processes on surface water and groundwater in four small tropical catchments located at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. Variable concentrations of dissolved Sr2+ and Ca2+ in the catchments are related to mixing of waters from different origin. Three catchments are influenced by high-solute bedrock groundwater, while another catchment is primarily supplied by local recharge. 87Sr/86Sr ratios were employed to discriminate contributions from mineral weathering and atmospheric sources. Solutes in bedrock groundwater have a predominant geogenic origin, whereas local recharge is characterized by low-solute inputs from rainwater and minor in situ weathering releases from nutrient-depleted soils. Bedrock groundwater contributes more than 60% of dissolved Sr2+ to surface discharge in the Salto, Saltito, and Arboleda catchments, whereas the Taconazo catchment receives more than 95% of dissolved Sr2+ from rainwater. δ44/40Ca values of dissolved Ca2+ vary greatly in the catchments, mainly as a result of heterogeneous Ca isotope compositions of the contributing sources. Based on differences in δ44/40Ca values, two distinct bedrock groundwaters discharging at the Salto and the Arboleda catchments are suggested. Effects of biological processes in the plant-soil system on solute generation in the catchments are indicated by variable Ca/Sr ratios. However, these effects cannot clearly be assessed by Ca isotopes due to the strong heterogeneity of δ44/40Ca values of Ca2+ sources and high Ca2+ concentrations in bedrock groundwater.

  5. High magnetic field {mu}SR instrument scientific case

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    Amato, A

    2005-10-15

    In order to gain more insight into the specific behavior of materials, it is often necessary to perform measurements as a function of different external parameters. Despite its high sensitivity to internal fields, this simple observation also applies for the {mu}SR technique. The most common parameter which can be tuned during an experiment is the sample temperature. By using a range of cryostats, temperatures between 0.02 and 900 K can be covered at the PSI {mu}SR Facility. On the other hand, and by using high-energy muons, pressures as high as 10'000 bars can nowadays be reached during {mu}SR experiments. As will be demonstrated in the following Sections, the magnetic field is an additional external parameter playing a fundamental role when studying the ground state properties of materials in condensed matter physics and chemistry. However, the availability of high magnetic fields for {mu}SR experiments is still rather limited. Hence, if on one hand the high value of the gyromagnetic ratio of the muon provides the high magnetic sensitivity of the method, on the other hand it can lead to very high muon-spin precession frequencies when performing measurements in applied fields (the muon-spin precession frequency in a field of 1 Tesla s 135.5 MHz). Consequently, the use of ultra-fast detectors and electronics is mandatory when measuring in magnetic fields exceeding 1 Tesla. If such fields are very intense when compared to the Earth magnetic field < 10{sup -4} Tesla), the energy associated with them is still modest in view of the thermal energy. Hence, the Zeeman energy splitting of a free electron in a magnetic field of 1 Tesla corresponds to a thermal energy as low as 0.67 Kelvin. It is worth mentioning that nowadays magnetic fields of the order of 10 to 15 Tesla are quite common in condensed matter laboratories and have opened up vast new exciting experimental possibilities. (author)

  6. Cadmium resistance in transgenic tobacco plants enhanced by expressing bean heavy metal-responsive gene PvSR2

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    CHAI; Tuanyao; (柴团耀); CHEN; Qiong; (陈琼); ZHANG; Yuxiu; (张玉秀); DONG; Juan; (董娟); AN; Chengcai; (安成才)

    2003-01-01

    PvSR2 (Phaseolus vulgaris stress-related gene) has been cloned from French bean and shown to be expressed specifically upon heavy metal treatment. In order to investigate the role of PvSR2 in plant, PvSR2 gene under the control of cauliflower mosaic virus 35S promoter was introduced into tobacco mediated with Agrobacterium tumefaciens LBA4404. The regenerated plantlets were selected on medium with 100 mg/L kanamycin. PCR and Southern blot analysis showed PvSR2 gene was integrated in tobacco genome. Gus and Northern blot analysis indicated PvSR2 gene was expressed in transgenic seedling. The heavy metal resistance assay showed that the transgenic tobacco seedlings with the PvSR2 coding sequence exhibited higher tolerance to Cd compared with wild-type (WT) under Cd exposure. The Cd content accumulated in root between transgenic and WT seedlings had no obvious difference at lower Cd external concentration (0.05-0.075 mmol/L CdCl2), whereas transgenic plant showed a lower root Cd content than the control at higher external Cd concentration (0.1 mmol/L CdCl2). These results suggested that the expression of PvSR2 can enhance the Cd tolerance, and PvSR2 may be involved in Cd transportation and accumulation at the test concentration of 0.1 mmol/L Cd.

  7. Derivation of Apollo 14 High-Al Basalts at Discrete Times: Rb-Sr Isotopic Constraints

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    Hui. Hejiu; Neal, Clive, R.; Shih, Chi-Yu; Nyquist, Laurence E.

    2012-01-01

    Pristine Apollo 14 (A-14) high-Al basalts represent the oldest volcanic deposits returned from the Moon [1,2] and are relatively enriched in Al2O3 (>11 wt%) compared to other mare basalts (7-11 wt%). Literature Rb-Sr isotopic data suggest there are at least three different eruption episodes for the A-14 high-Al basalts spanning the age range approx.4.3 Ga to approx.3.95 Ga [1,3]. Therefore, the high-Al basalts may record lunar mantle evolution between the formation of lunar crust (approx.4.4 Ga) and the main basin-filling mare volcanism (basalts were originally classified into five compositional groups [5,6], and then regrouped into three with a possible fourth comprising 14072 based on the whole-rock incompatible trace element (ITE) ratios and Rb-Sr radiometric ages [7]. However, Rb-Sr ages of these basalts from different laboratories may not be consistent with each other because of the use of different 87Rb decay constants [8] and different isochron derivation methods over the last four decades. This study involved a literature search for Rb-Sr isotopic data previously reported for the high-Al basalts. With the re-calculated Rb-Sr radiometric ages, eruption episodes of A-14 high-Al basalts were determined, and their petrogenesis was investigated in light of the "new" Rb-Sr isotopic data and published trace element abundances of these basalts.

  8. Sr isotopes and U series radionuclides in the Sangemini area (Central Italy: Hydrogeology implications

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    Full Text Available The strontium isotopic ratio (expressed as 87Sr/86Sr of groundwater represents a useful method for studying and understanding the groundwater circulations, also, the U and Ra isotopic compositions can vary as function of the groundwater residence time. This paper reports an evaluation of the probable recharge area of the Sangemini mineral water springs (Terni-Umbria Central Italy and an estimate of the residence time of the aquifer by coupling Sr and U series isotopic systematics. For this study have been analyzed four water sample for the isotope ratio of 87Sr/86Sr, and eleven samples, shallow waters and groundwaters, for U and Ra, furthermore were determined the values of isotopic ratio for sample of typical rocks of the area. The results of this study allow to identify: a recharge area in a restricted sector of the Meso-Cenozoic carbonates a longer and more effective water/rock interaction in the Quaternary series. U and Ra recoil models allow to estimate a groundwater residence time of about 350 years and a total water volume whose value (64*106 m3 agrees with the limited extension of the aquifer. The extension of the aquifer was constrained by comparing Sr isotopic composition of waters and local geological formations. Groundwaters seem mainly to circulate in clayey sandy Quaternary series characterized by low redox conditions.

  9. Amounts of Sr and Ca eluted from deciduous enamel to artificial saliva related to dental caries.

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    Enomoto, Ayaka; Tanaka, Toshiko; Kawagishi, Shigenori; Nakashima, Hideaki; Watanabe, Koji; Maki, Kenshi

    2012-08-01

    This study was performed to elucidate the relationship between dental caries and the levels of Sr and Ca eluted from enamel, and to examine whether these elements are useful as factors to assess caries risk. The available 103 (Sr) and 108 (Ca) samples were obtained among 111 collected deciduous teeth. The healthy regions of enamel were decalcified in artificial saliva at pH 6.2 and 5.5. The eluted levels of these elements from enamel were determined using atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Sr and Ca levels were not affected by the sex nor tooth type. Sr levels of the caries-experienced tooth (CE) group were 2.6-fold (pH 6.2) and 2.2-fold (pH 5.5) higher than those of the sound tooth (ST) group, respectively. Furthermore, the Sr levels were significantly higher in the teeth with treated than in those with untreated caries. Only at pH 6.2 was a significant difference found in Ca levels between the ST and CE groups. In the ST group, at pH 5.5, both the Sr and Ca levels significantly increased when the children had six or more carious teeth. The Sr and Ca elution levels were significantly inhibited in the teeth receiving fluoride application every 3 or 4 months compared to those that were not. These findings indicate that Sr can be an indicator of the acid resistance of teeth, and a useful factor to assess future caries risk.

  10. Morphological and behavioral characterization of adult mice deficient for SrGAP3.

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    Bertram, Jonathan; Koschützke, Leif; Pfannmöller, Jörg P; Esche, Jennifer; van Diepen, Laura; Kuss, Andreas W; Hartmann, Bianca; Bartsch, Dusan; Lotze, Martin; von Bohlen Und Halbach, Oliver

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    SrGAP3 belongs to the family of Rho GTPase proteins. These proteins are thought to play essential roles in development and in the plasticity of the nervous system. SrGAP3-deficient mice have recently been created and approximately 10 % of these mice developed a hydrocephalus and died shortly after birth. The others survived into adulthood, but displayed neuroanatomical alteration, including increased ventricular size. We now show that SrGAP3-deficient mice display increased brain weight together with increased hippocampal volume. This increase was accompanied by an increase of the thickness of the stratum oriens of area CA1 as well as of the thickness of the molecular layer of the dentate gyrus (DG). Concerning hippocampal adult neurogenesis, we observed no significant change in the number of proliferating cells. The density of doublecortin-positive cells also did not vary between SrGAP3-deficient mice and controls. By analyzing Golgi-impregnated material, we found that, in SrGAP3-deficient mice, the morphology and number of dendritic spines was not altered in the DG. Likewise, a Sholl-analysis revealed no significant changes concerning dendritic complexity as compared to controls. Despite the distinct morphological alterations in the hippocampus, SrGAP3-deficient mice were relatively inconspicuous in their behavior, not only in the open-field, nest building but also in the Morris water-maze. However, the SrGAP3-deficient mice showed little to no interest in burying marbles; a behavior that is seen in some animal models related to autism, supporting the view that SrGAP3 plays a role in neurodevelopmental disorders.

  11. Suscetibilidade à azitromicina de agentes bacterianos isolados de processos infecciosos em diferentes sítios de animais de companhia Azithromycin susceptibility pattern of bacterial isolated from different sites of infections in pet animals

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    Full Text Available Avaliou-se o perfil de suscetibilidade bacteriana de diferentes sítios infecciosos frente aos antimicrobianos de eleição e determinaram-se o perfil de atividade in vitro e a concentração inibitória mínima (CIM da azitromicina. Diferentes testes fenotípicos detectaram resistência à azitromicina em 45% de Staphylococcus spp. e 65% dos bastonetes Gram-negativo. A CIM50 para S. aureus foi 4,0μg/mL para S. intermedius 1,0μg/mL, Staphylococcus spp. coagulase-negativo >512μg/mL e bastonetes Gram-negativo 256μg/mL. Investigou-se, também, uma possível resistência cruzada entre oxacilina e azitromicina por meio da detecção do gene mecA em Staphylococcus spp. Foi possível detectar resistência à azitromicina em nove (15% isolados de Staphylococcus spp. mecA positivo.Antimicrobials susceptibility pattern of bacterial isolated from different sites of infection, in vitro azithromycin activity pattern, and its minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC values were evaluated. Different phenotypic tests detected azithromycin resistance in 45% of Staphylococcus spp. and 65% of resistant Gram-negative rods. MIC50 was 4.0μg/mL for Staphylococcus aureus, 1.0μg/mL for S. intermedius, >512.0μg/mL for coagulase negative Staphylococcus, and 256.0μg/mL for Gram-negative rods. In addition, it was investigated the possible cross-resistance between oxacillin and azithromycin, by detection of mecA gen in Staphylococcus spp. Nine (15% mecA-positive Staphylococcus spp. were also phenotypically resistant to azithromycin.

  12. Strontium metallides along the section SrIn{sub 4} - SrHg{sub 4}; Strontium-Metallide im Bereich des Schnitts SrIn{sub 4} - SrHg{sub 4}

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    Wendorff, Marco; Roehr, Caroline [Freiburg Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie

    2014-04-15

    In a combined synthetic, X-ray single-crystal and bond-theoretical study the phase widths of SrIn{sub 4} and the related Sr{sub 3}In{sub 11} upon a successive substitution of indium against the more electron-poor, more electronegative and only slightly smaller element mercury have been studied. Along the 1:4 section Sr(In{sub 1-x}Hg{sub x}){sub 4} the monoclinic structure of SrIn{sub 4} (EuIn{sub 4}-type structure) is stable up to x = 0.14(1) (SrIn{sub 3.44}Hg{sub 0.56}: monoclinic, C2/m, a = 1208.3(6), b = 502.5(2), c = 997.7(6) pm, β = 115.16(3) , Z = 4, R1 = 0.0324). Further increased mercury content results in a distinct stability region of the very common BaAl{sub 4} structure type (tetragonal, I4/mmm, Z = 2), which starts at x = 0.241(7) (SrIn{sub 3.04}Hg{sub 0.96}: a = 469.4(2), c = 1246.4(7) pm, R1 = 0.0374) and reaches up to the fully ordered compound SrIn{sub 2}Hg{sub 2} (x = 0.5: a = 456.4(3), c = 1273.5(11) pm, R1 = 0.0572). Unexpectedly, in the small composition range from x = 0.68(1) to 0.758(6) (SrIn{sub 1.16}Hg{sub 2.84}: a = 1178.5(4), b = 495.20(12), c = 1016.8(4) pm, β = 119.67(2) , R1 = 0.0542; SrIn{sub 0.97}Hg{sub 3.03}: a = 1167.30(4), b = 495.32(2), c = 1018.50(3) pm, β = 119.657(2) , R1 = 0.0426) the EuIn{sub 4} structure type exhibits a further small stability range. The structures of the two slightly different In- and Hg-rich variants of the EuIn{sub 4} type are described and compared, indicating the similarities to the KHg{sub 2} (layers of folded In/Hg ladders) and the BaAl{sub 4} (flat square pyramids) structure types as well as to the structure of elemental mercury (rhombohedra). From samples of an intermediate In/Hg ratio (e.g. x = 0.55), the new 1:3 compound SrIn{sub 1.2}Hg{sub 1.8} (monoclinic, C2/m, a = 1168.5(13), b = 497.0(4), c = 1471(2) pm, β = 92.07(10) , Z = 8, R1 = 0.0818) is formed. It crystallizes in a new structure type, which - according to the compound's composition - can be described as a stacking variant of

  13. Quantitative determination of the macrolide antibiotics erythromycin, roxithromycin, azithromycin and clarithromycin in human serum by high-performance liquid chromatography using pre-column derivatization with 9-fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl chloride and fluorescence detection.

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    Sastre Toraño, J; Guchelaar, H J

    1998-12-11

    A validated, highly sensitive and precise high-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method for the determination of the macrolides erythromycin, azithromycin, clarithromycin and roxithromycin in human serum is described. A diethyl ether extract, obtained from serum using a saturated sodium carbonate solution, was treated with 9-fluorenylmethyl-oxycarbonyl chloride (FMOC-Cl) for 40 min at 40 degrees C and chromatographed on a base-deactivated octadecyl column, maintained at 50 degrees C during elution, using an eluent composed of acetonitrile-hydrogenphosphate buffer, pH 7.5, with 0.125% triethylamine (3:2, v/v). Fluorescence detection was used at an excitation wavelength of 255 nm and an emission wavelength of 315 nm. Erythromycin, clarithromycin, roxithromycin and azithromycin were found to have retention times of 8.8, 15.7, 17.1 and 20.7 min, respectively. Recoveries ranging from 93 to 104% were found with reproducibility coefficients of variation of 1.1-5%. Mean correlation coefficients of 0.9997, 0.9998, 0.9996 and 0.9994 were found for the linear calibration curves (n = 2) of erythromycin (0.320-16.1 mg/l), roxithromycin (3.24-19.4 mg/l), clarithromycin (0.190-19.4 mg/l) and azithromycin (0.0988-4.94 mg/l), respectively.

  14. Comparing DLLs and Shift Registers for Low-Jitter Multi-phase Clock Generation

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    Gao, X.; Klumperink, E.A.M.; Nauta, B.

    2007-01-01

    In this paper we compare a Shift Register (SR) to a Delay Locked Loop (DLL) for Multi Phase Clock Generation (MPCG), and motivate why a SR is often better. For a given power budget, we show that a SR generates less jitter than a DLL when both are realized with Current Mode Logic (CML) circuits and w

  15. Photosynthetic biomineralization of radioactive Sr via microalgal CO2 absorption.

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    Lee, Seung Yeop; Jung, Kwang-Hwan; Lee, Ju Eun; Lee, Keon Ah; Lee, Sang-Hyo; Lee, Ji Young; Lee, Jae Kwang; Jeong, Jong Tae; Lee, Seung-Yop

    2014-11-01

    Water-soluble radiostrontium ((90)Sr) was efficiently removed as a carbonate form through microalgal photosynthetic process. The immobilization of soluble (90)Sr radionuclide and production of highly-precipitable radio-strontianite ((90)SrCO3) biomineral are achieved by using Chlorella vulgaris, and the biologically induced mineralization drastically decreased the (90)Sr radioactivity in water to make the highest (90)Sr removal ever reported. The high-resolution microscopy revealed that the short-term removal of soluble (90)Sr by C. vulgaris was attributable to the rapid and selective carbonation of (90)Sr together with the consumption of dissolved CO2 during photosynthesis. A small amount of carbonate in water could act as Sr(2+) sinks through the particular ability of the microalga to make the carbonate mineral of Sr stabilized firmly at the surface site.

  16. Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca variations in environmental and biological sources: A survey of marine and terrestrial systems

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    Peek, Stephanie; Clementz, Mark T.

    2012-10-01

    The relative concentrations of strontium to calcium (Sr/Ca) and barium to calcium (Ba/Ca) in mammalian bioapatite are common biogeochemical indicators for trophic level and/or dietary preferences in terrestrial foodwebs; however, similar research in marine foodwebs is lacking. This study combined environmental and biological Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca data from both terrestrial and marine settings from 62 published books, reports, and studies along with original data collected from 149 marine mammals (30 species) and 83 prey items (18 species) and found that variations in Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios of biological and environmental samples are appreciably different in terrestrial and marine systems. In terrestrial systems, environmental sources account for most of the variations in Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios. In contrast, environmental sources in marine systems (i.e., seawater) are comparatively invariant, meaning most of the variations in Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios originate from biological processes. Marine consumers, particularly non-mammalian and mammalian vertebrates, show evidence of biopurification of Ca relative to Sr and Ba, similar to what is observed in terrestrial systems; however, unlike terrestrial systems, variations in Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios of environmental sources are overprinted by bioaccumulation of Sr and Ba at the base of marine foodwebs. This demonstrates that in marine systems, spatial or temporal differences may have little to no effect on Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios of marine vertebrates, making Sr/Ca, and to a lesser extent Ba/Ca, potentially useful global proxies for trophic level and dietary preferences of marine vertebrates.

  17. Determination of azithromycin sodium dihydrogen citrate for injection and its related substances by HPLC%HPLC法测定注射用阿奇霉素枸橼酸二氢钠及其有关物质

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    柏大为; 陈佳; 冯璐

    2016-01-01

    Objective To establish an HPLC method for the determination of azithromycin and its related substances in azithromycin sodium dihydrogen citrate for injection.Methods A SHISEIDO CAPCELL PAK C18 MG Ⅱ column(150 mm×4.6mm,5μm)was used; mobile phase: phosphate buffer(0.05 mol/L phosphate buffer adjusted to pH 8.2)- acetonitrile( 45∶55) ; flow rate: 1. 0 mL/min; wavelength: 215 nm; the temperature of column: 35℃.Results The linear range for azithromycin was 0.5~3.0 mg/mL(Y=9.595 62X-0.164 59,r=0.999 9) . The average recovery of 100.2% was obtained with a RSD of 0.7%(n= 9).Conclusion The method is simple, accurate, specific and suitable for the determination of azithromycin and its related substances in azithromycin sodium dihydrogen citrate for injection.%目的:建立注射用阿奇霉素枸橼酸二氢钠中阿奇霉素的含量和有关物质HPLC测定方法。方法使用资生堂C18 MG Ⅱ柱(150 mm×4.6 mm,5μm),磷酸盐缓冲液(0.05 mol/L的磷酸氢二钾,调节pH至8.2)-乙腈(45∶55)为流动相,流速为1.0 mL/min,检测波长215 nm,柱温35℃。结果阿奇霉素在浓度0.5~3.0 mg/mL范围内与峰面积呈良好的线性关系(Y=9.59562X-0.16459,r=0.9999),平均回收率为100.2%,RSD为0.7%(n=9)。结论HPLC法测定注射用阿奇霉素枸橼酸二氢钠及其有关物质,简便、准确、专属性强、重复性好。

  18. SR-71 Pilot Rogers E. Smith

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    Research pilot Rogers E. Smith is shown here in front of the SR-71 Blackbird he flew for NASA. Rogers was one of the two original NASA research pilots assigned to the SR-71 high speed research program at NASA's Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility (later, Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. Smith has been a NASA research pilot at Dryden since 1982. Data from the SR-71 program will be used to aid designers of future supersonic aircraft and propulsion systems. The SR-71 is capable of flying more than 2200 mph (Mach 3+) and at altitudes of over 80,000 feet. Two SR-71 aircraft have been used by NASA as testbeds for high-speed and high-altitude aeronautical research. The aircraft, an SR-71A and an SR-71B pilot trainer aircraft, have been based here at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. They were transferred to NASA after the U.S. Air Force program was cancelled. As research platforms, the aircraft can cruise at Mach 3 for more than one hour. For thermal experiments, this can produce heat soak temperatures of over 600 degrees Fahrenheit (F). This operating environment makes these aircraft excellent platforms to carry out research and experiments in a variety of areas -- aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, thermal protection materials, high-speed and high-temperature instrumentation, atmospheric studies, and sonic boom characterization. The SR-71 was used in a program to study ways of reducing sonic booms or over pressures that are heard on the ground, much like sharp thunderclaps, when an aircraft exceeds the speed of sound. Data from this Sonic Boom Mitigation Study could eventually lead to aircraft designs that would reduce the 'peak' overpressures of sonic booms and minimize the startling affect they produce on the ground. One of the first major experiments to be flown in the NASA SR-71 program was a laser air data collection system. It used laser light instead of air pressure to produce airspeed and attitude reference data

  19. The absolute frequency of the 87Sr optical clock transition

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    Campbell, Gretchen K.; Ludlow, Andrew D.; Blatt, Sebastian;

    2008-01-01

    The absolute frequency of the 1S0–3P0 clock transition of 87Sr has been measured to be 429 228 004 229 873.65 (37) Hz using lattice-confined atoms, where the fractional uncertainty of 8.6 × 10-16 represents one of the most accurate measurements of an atomic transition frequency to date. After a d...... is made possible using a femtosecond laser based optical frequency comb to phase coherently connect the optical and microwave spectral regions and by a 3.5 km fibre transfer scheme to compare the remotely located clock signals....

  20. 阿奇霉素与头孢噻肟对大肠杆菌的联合药敏研究%Study on the antibacterial activity of azithromycin combined with cefotaxime against E. Coli

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    奚彩萍; 承晓京; 张克良; 叶波; 章小燕

    2009-01-01

    目的:研究阿奇霉素与头孢噻肟对30株临床分离大肠杆菌的联合抗菌效应.方法:采用棋盘法设计,微量肉汤稀释法测定.测定不同浓度组合的2种抗菌药物对30株大肠杆菌的最低抑菌浓度,并计算FIC指数,以及观察两药不同加药顺序对效应的影响.结果:阿奇霉素与头孢噻肟联合应用后对大肠杆菌的浓度累积抑菌百分率曲线均比单独应用明显左移.FIC指数结果表明:阿奇霉素与头孢噻肟联合应用后对大肠杆菌17%为协同作用,60%相加作用,10%无关作用,13%拮抗作用;且拮抗作用均表现为于阿奇霉素或头孢噻肟的低于MIC的个别较低浓度处发生,而其他浓度处则仍表现为协同或相加作用.先后联用与同时应用抗菌效应差异无显著性(P>0.05).结论:一般情况下,对临床分离大肠杆菌,阿奇霉素与头孢噻肟联合应用是合理的.%OBJECTIVE To evaluate the antibacterial effect of azithromycin combined with cefotaxime against 30 strains of E. eoli from clinical specimens. METHODS The protocol was designed by checkerboard method and the MICe of azithromycin combined with eefotaxime or alone respectively against 30 strains of E. eoli were determined by broth dilution method, the FIC indexes were calculated according to MIC results. The antibiotic effects of the two drugs used at different time were observed. RESULTS The accumulative curve that of azithromycin combined with cefotaxime against E. colt moved to left more signifi-cantly than that of azithromyein or cefotaxime alone against E. coli. From the FIC indexes, the percentage of the synergistic ac-tion, additive effect, irrelevant action and antagonistic action of azithromycin combined with cefotaxime against E. coli was 17%, 60%, 10%, 13% respectively; and antagonistic action occurred in a few lower s of below MIC of azithromycin or cefo-taxime only. There was no marked difference in antibacterial effect difference between the two

  1. Sensitization of Perovskite Strontium Stannate SrSnO3 towards Visible-Light Absorption by Doping

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Perovskite strontium stannate SrSnO3 is a promising photocatalyst. However, its band gap is too large for efficient solar energy conversion. In order to sensitize SrSnO3 toward visible-light activities, the effects of doping with various selected cations and anions are investigated by using hybrid density functional calculations. Results show that doping can result in dopant level to conduction band transitions which lie lower in energy compared to the original band gap transition. Therefore, it is expected that doping SrSnO3 can induce visible-light absorption.

  2. Sr fluxes and isotopic compositions of the eleven rivers originating from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and their contributions to 87Sr/86Sr evolution of seawater

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    WU WeiHua; YANG JieDong; XU ShiJin; LI GaoJun; YIN HongWei; TAO XianCong

    2009-01-01

    To evaluate influence of chemical weathering of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP) on seawater 87Sr/66Srvariation, river water and sediment samples were collected, and their Sr concentrations and isotopic compositions analyzed, from the seven large rivers that originated from the QTP. By combining these with the data of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, Indus and Irrawaddy originated in the southern QTP, the total transported by the global rivers. The weighted mean 87Sr/86Sr is 0.71694, higher than the average value of the global rivers. The 87Srex (87Sr flux in excess of the seawater 87Sr/66Sr ratio) of the Chinese seven QTP, and the Ganges-Brahmaputra system accounts for 86%. We assume that the QTP rivers have no strontium contributions to the oceans before -40 Ma and the Sr fluxes of the global rivers, except the QTP eleven rivers, are constant, then a maximum linear increase in Sr fluxes of the QTP rivers from zero to the modern value in response to tectonic uplift can explain -69% increase of seawater 87Sr/86Sr over the past -40 Ma and the remainder of 31% is perhaps provided from other factors.

  3. Azithromycin Synergizes with Cationic Antimicrobial Peptides to Exert Bactericidal and Therapeutic Activity Against Highly Multidrug-Resistant Gram-Negative Bacterial Pathogens

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Antibiotic resistance poses an increasingly grave threat to the public health. Of pressing concern, rapid spread of carbapenem-resistance among multidrug-resistant (MDR Gram-negative rods (GNR is associated with few treatment options and high mortality rates. Current antibiotic susceptibility testing guiding patient management is performed in a standardized manner, identifying minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC in bacteriologic media, but ignoring host immune factors. Lacking activity in standard MIC testing, azithromycin (AZM, the most commonly prescribed antibiotic in the U.S., is never recommended for MDR GNR infection. Here we report a potent bactericidal action of AZM against MDR carbapenem-resistant isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Acinetobacter baumannii. This pharmaceutical activity is associated with enhanced AZM cell penetration in eukaryotic tissue culture media and striking multi-log-fold synergies with host cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide LL-37 or the last line antibiotic colistin. Finally, AZM monotherapy exerts clear therapeutic effects in murine models of MDR GNR infection. Our results suggest that AZM, currently ignored as a treatment option, could benefit patients with MDR GNR infections, especially in combination with colistin.

  4. Facile synthesis of the necklace-like graphene oxide-multi-walled carbon nanotube nanohybrid and its application in electrochemical sensing of azithromycin.

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    Zhang, Kaixin; Lu, Limin; Wen, Yangping; Xu, Jingkun; Duan, Xuemin; Zhang, Long; Hu, Dufen; Nie, Tao

    2013-07-17

    A novel electrochemical platform was designed for the determination of Azithromycin (Azi), a widely used macrolide antibiotic, by combining the hydrophilic properties of graphene oxide (GO) and the excellent electronic and antifouling properties of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). Stable MWCNTs aqueous dispersion has been prepared using GO nano-sheets as surfactant and the obtained GO-MWCNTs nanohybrid was characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, which confirmed that GO nano-sheets were attached onto the wall of MWCNTs to form a necklace-like structure. Electrochemical results obviously reveal that the oxidation peak currents of Azi obtained at the GC electrode modified with GO-MWCNTs hybrid are much higher than those at the MWCNTs/GC, GO/GC and bare GC electrodes. Under optimized conditions, the anodic peak current was linear to the concentration of Azi in the range from 0.1 to 10 μM with the detection limit of 0.07 μM. To further validate its possible application, the proposed method was successfully used for the determination of Azi in pharmaceutical formulations with satisfactory results. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Distribution characteristics of clarithromycin and azithromycin, macrolide antimicrobial agents used for treatment of respiratory infections, in lung epithelial lining fluid and alveolar macrophages.

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    Togami, Kohei; Chono, Sumio; Morimoto, Kazuhiro

    2011-10-01

    The distribution characteristics of clarithromycin (CAM) and azithromycin (AZM), macrolide antimicrobial agents, in lung epithelial lining fluid (ELF) and alveolar macrophages (AMs) were evaluated. In the in vivo animal experiments, the time-courses of the concentrations of CAM and AZM in ELF and AMs following oral administration (50 mg/kg) to rats were markedly higher than those in plasma, and the area under the drug concentration-time curve (AUC) ratios of ELF/plasma of CAM and AZM were 12 and 2.2, and the AUC ratios of AMs/ELF were 37 and 291, respectively. In the in vitro transport experiments, the basolateral-to-apical transport of CAM and AZM through model lung epithelial cell (Calu-3) monolayers were greater than the apical-to-basolateral transport. MDR1 substrates reduced the basolateral-to-apical transport of CAM and AZM. In the in vitro uptake experiments, the intracellular concentrations of CAM and AZM in cultured AMs (NR8383) were greater than the extracellular concentrations. The uptake of CAM and AZM by NR8383 was inhibited by ATP depletors. These data suggest that the high distribution of CAM and AZM to AMs is due to the sustained distribution to ELF via MDR1 as well as the high uptake by the AMs themselves via active transport mechanisms.

  6. A new on-line, in-tube pre-column derivatization technique for high performance liquid chromatographic determination of azithromycin in human serum.

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    Bahrami, Gholamreza; Mohammadi, Bahareh

    2006-01-18

    Pre-column derivatization methods for high performance liquid chromatographic assay of specific pharmaceutical agents using 9-fluorenylmethyl chloroformate (FMOC-Cl) have received special attention because highly fluorescent and stable adducts are provided by these methods. However, unlike the post-column on-line techniques, long derivatization time is needed and the reaction cannot be well controlled. A new, sensitive and fast pre-column on-line derivatization technique coupled with high-performance liquid chromatography using FMOC-Cl as labeling agent is described and validated for determination of azithromycin in human serum. After extraction of the drug from serum, the residue was reconstituted in mixture of acetonitrile-phosphate buffer (3:1, v/v; pH 8.5) and directly injected onto the chromatographic system. Continuous on-line derivatization and analysis of the compounds were successfully performed using in-tube elution of FMOC-Cl. The total time needed for derivatization and chromatographic analysis of the drug was 13 min. The assay was reliable and reproducible, with limit of quantification of 10 ng/ml. The described technique may offer significant advantages over existing off-line derivatization methods using FMOC-Cl.

  7. SR 97 - Identification and structuring of process

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    Pers, K.; Skagius, K.; Soedergren, S.; Wiborgh, M. [Kemakta Konsult AB, Stockholm (Sweden); Hedin, A.; Moren, L.; Sellin, P.; Stroem, A. [Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co., Stockholm (Sweden); Pusch, R. [Geodevelopment AB, Lund (Sweden); Bruno, J. [QuantiSci SL, Barcelona (Spain)

    1999-12-01

    This report documents work conducted in recent years to identify processes and interactions of importance to the evaluation of long-term safety of a KBS 3 type deep repository for spent nuclear fuel. Previous, partly undocumented work regarding interaction matrices is described as well as the THMC diagrams that have been used in the safety assessment SR 97. The coupling between the two sources of information is documented in a database. In the same database, the interaction matrices are briefly documented, while the processes in the THMC diagrams are more thoroughly documented in a special so called Process Report, which forms an important supporting document for SR 97.

  8. Analytical Study of 90Sr Betavoltaic Nuclear Battery Performance Based on p-n Junction Silicon

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    Rahastama, Swastya; Waris, Abdul

    2016-08-01

    Previously, an analytical calculation of 63Ni p-n junction betavoltaic battery has been published. As the basic approach, we reproduced the analytical simulation of 63Ni betavoltaic battery and then compared it to previous results using the same design of the battery. Furthermore, we calculated its maximum power output and radiation- electricity conversion efficiency using semiconductor analysis method.Then, the same method were applied to calculate and analyse the performance of 90Sr betavoltaic battery. The aim of this project is to compare the analytical perfomance results of 90Sr betavoltaic battery to 63Ni betavoltaic battery and the source activity influences to performance. Since it has a higher power density, 90Sr betavoltaic battery yields more power than 63Ni betavoltaic battery but less radiation-electricity conversion efficiency. However, beta particles emitted from 90Sr source could travel further inside the silicon corresponding to stopping range of beta particles, thus the 90Sr betavoltaic battery could be designed thicker than 63Ni betavoltaic battery to achieve higher conversion efficiency.

  9. Saharan dust in Yucatan soils: Sr isotope and trace element evidence of dust inputs

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    Das, R.; Pett-Ridge, J. C.; D'Odorico, P.; Lawrence, D.

    2012-12-01

    Saharan dust transport is an important source of material for soil development in Caribbean islands, and may even be a larger source than the weathering of parent material on calcareous substrates in the Florida Keys and Bahamas. The Yucatan peninsula has similar soils and limestone parent materials, and receives annual Saharan dust inputs, but the importance of long-range dust transport for soil development in the region remains uncertain. Here we find evidence of Saharan dust in soils from a karst landscape in the central Yucatan peninsula using Sr isotopes, trace and rare earth element geochemistry. 87Sr/86Sr isotope ratios and trace element concentrations were measured in three soil profiles - an upland mature forest, upland secondary forest and depositional lowland (bajo) mature forest. 87Sr/86Sr isotope ratios in the upland mature and secondary forests were close to local limestone bedrock, while the bajo soil profile had higher values than local bedrock or Central American volcanic inputs, indicating the influence of Saharan dust. Trace element concentrations and rare earth element patterns in the upland mature forest and bajo profiles are more similar to values for Saharan dust and Central American volcanic sources than to local limestone bedrock. However, influence from volcanic sources would have lower 87Sr/86Sr values, indicating that Saharan dust influence is more likely. The bajo soil shows higher 87Sr/86Sr ratios and trace element concentrations compared to the upland soils, especially the secondary forest profile, indicating that soil disturbance and transport within the karst landscape influence the fate of eolian inputs and trace element geochemistry of soils in this region. Saharan dust is an important input to soil development at this location, and further work using isotopes and rare earth elements are necessary to quantify long-term dust inputs as a source material for soil development; Plot of Sr isotope ratio vs trace element (Zr/Y) ratio in

  10. Bandgap tuning in SrTi(N,O,F){sub 3} by anionic-lattice variation

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    Yoon, Songhak; Maegli, Alexandra E.; Karvonen, Lassi; Matam, Santhosh K.; Shkabko, Andrey [Laboratory for Solid State Chemistry and Catalysis, Empa-Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, CH-8600 Dübendorf (Switzerland); Riegg, Stefan [Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik 5, EKM, Universität Augsburg, Universitätsstraße 1, 86135 Augsburg (Germany); Großmann, Thomas; Ebbinghaus, Stefan G. [Institut für Chemie, Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Kurt-Mothes-Straße 2, 06120 Halle/Saale (Germany); Pokrant, Simone [Laboratory for Solid State Chemistry and Catalysis, Empa-Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, CH-8600 Dübendorf (Switzerland); Weidenkaff, Anke, E-mail: anke.weidenkaff@empa.ch [Laboratory for Solid State Chemistry and Catalysis, Empa-Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, CH-8600 Dübendorf (Switzerland)

    2013-10-15

    Polycrystalline SrTiO{sub 3} and SrTi(O,F){sub 3} powders were synthesized by a solid-state reaction. A partial substitution of oxygen by nitrogen was subsequently carried out using thermal ammonolysis resulting in SrTi(N,O){sub 3} and SrTi(N,O,F){sub 3}. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed a cubic perovskite structure with space group Pm-3m for all samples. The thermal ammonolysis slightly increased the lattice parameters, crystallite sizes and strain. As a result from the co-substitution of oxygen with nitrogen and fluorine for SrTi(N,O,F){sub 3}, highly distorted TiO{sub 6} octahedra were detected using X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy. The weakening of all active modes of the Raman spectra after thermal ammonolysis also indicated enhanced distortions in the local crystal structure. SrTi(N,O,F){sub 3} has the largest amount of nitrogen as well as fluorine among all four samples as determined by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), elemental analysis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). In the UV–vis spectra a distinctive shift of the absorption-edge energy was observed exclusively for the SrTi(N,O,F){sub 3} sample from 390 to 510 nm corresponding to a bandgap narrowing from 3.18 to 2.43 eV. - Graphical abstract: Figure shows the shift of the absorption-edge energy for the SrTi(N,O,F){sub 3} sample from 390 to 510 nm corresponding to a bandgap narrowing from 3.18 to 2.43 eV. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Synthesis of phase-pure SrTi(N,O,F){sub 3} via solid-state reaction. • The incorporated nitrogen contents increase by the presence of fluorine in SrTi(N,O,F){sub 3}. • Co-substitution with nitrogen and fluorine is beneficial for the bandgap narrowing compared to by only nitrogen or fluorine substitution.

  11. Analysis of coupled Sr/Ca and 87Sr/ 86Sr variations in enamel using laser-ablation tandem quadrupole-multicollector ICPMS

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    Balter, Vincent; Telouk, Philippe; Reynard, Bruno; Braga, José; Thackeray, Francis; Albarède, Francis

    2008-08-01

    We present in this study results obtained with a laser-ablation coupled with both a quadrupole and a multi-collector ICPMS. The simultaneous in situ Sr/Ca and 87Sr/ 86Sr measurements along growth profiles in enamel allows the concomitant diet and migration patterns in mammals to be reconstructed. Aliquots of the powdered international standard NIST "SRM1400 Bone Ash" with certified Sr and Ca contents, was sintered at high pressure and temperature and was adopted as the reference material for external reproducibility and calibration of the results. A total of 145 coupled elemental and isotopic measurements of herbivores enamel from the Kruger National Park, South Africa, gives intra-tooth Sr/Ca and 87Sr/ 86Sr variations that are well larger than external reproducibility. Sr/Ca profiles systematically decrease from the dentine-enamel junction to the outer enamel whereas 87Sr/ 86Sr profiles exhibit variable patterns. Using a simple geometric model of hypsodont teeth growth, we demonstrate that a continuous recording of the 87Sr/ 86Sr variations can be reconstructed in the tooth length axis. This suggests that the mobility of a mammal can be reconstructed over a period of more than a year with a resolution of a ten of days, by sampling enamel along growth profiles. Our geometric model of hypsodont teeth growth predicts that an optimal distance between two successive profiles is equal to the enamel thickness. However, this model does not apply to the Sr/Ca signal which is likely to be altered during the enamel maturation stage due to differential maturation processes along enamel thickness. Here, the observed constant decreases of the Sr/Ca ratios in the ungulates of Kruger National Park suggests that they did not changed of diet, while some of them were migrating.

  12. 乳糖酸阿奇霉素治疗小儿支气管炎、肺炎60例疗效观察%Clinical Observation of Azithromycin in the Treatment of 60 Cases of Infantile Bronchitis and Pneumonia

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    崔培霞

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨乳糖酸阿奇霉素治疗小儿支气管炎、肺炎的临床效果。方法选取100例小儿支气管炎和肺炎患者进行研究,根据治疗药物的不同将其分为对照组和研究组,并比较两组患者治疗后临床效果以及不良反应发生率。结果研究组患者有效率(91.6%)高于对照组(67.5%),且研究组患者不良反应发生率低于对照组(P<0.05)。结论乳糖酸阿奇霉素在治疗小儿支气管炎和肺炎方面其临床疗效明显,且不良反应发生率低,该方法安全可靠。%Objective To explore the clinical effect of azithromycin in the treatment of bronchitis and pneumonia in children.Methods 100 cases of children with bronchitis and pneumonia were selected and divided into control group and study group according to the different treatment drugs. The clinical effect and adverse reaction rate were compared between the two groups.Results The effective rate (91.6%) in the study group was higher than that in the control group (67.5%), and the incidence of adverse reactions was lower in the study group than in the control group (P<0.05). Conclusion The clinical curative effect of azithromycin in the treatment of bronchitis and pneumonia in children is obvious, and the incidence of adverse reaction is low, the method is safe and reliable.

  13. 87Sr/86Sr isotope ratio measurements by laser ablation multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry: Reconsidering matrix interferences in bioapatites and biogenic carbonates

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    Irrgeher, Johanna; Galler, Patrick; Prohaska, Thomas

    2016-11-01

    This study is dedicated to the systematic investigation of the effect of interferences on Sr isotopic analyses in biological apatite and carbonate matrices using laser ablation multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-MC ICP-MS). Trends towards higher 87Sr/86Sr ratios for LA-MC ICP-MS compared to solution-nebulization based MC ICP-MS when analysing bioapatite matrices (e.g. human teeth) and lower ratios in case of calcium carbonates (e.g. fish ear stones) were observed. This effect can be related to the presence of significant matrix-related interferences such as molecular ions (e.g. (40Ca-31P-16O)+, (40Ar-31P-16O)+, (42Ca-44Ca)+, (46Ca40Ar)+) as well as in many cases concomitant atomic ions (e.g. 87Rb+, 174Hf2 +). Direct 87Sr/86Sr ratio measurements in Ca-rich samples are conducted without the possibility of prior sample separation, which can be accomplished routinely for solution-based analysis. The presence of Ca-Ar and Ca-Ca molecular ion interferences in the mass range of Sr isotopes is shown using the mass resolving capabilities of a single collector inductively coupled plasma sector field mass spectrometer operated in medium mass resolution when analysing bioapatites and calcium carbonate samples. The major focus was set on analysing human tooth samples, fish hard parts and geological carbonates. Potential sources of interferences were identified and corrected for. The combined corrections of interferences and adequate instrumental isotopic fractionation correction procedures lead to accurate data even though increased uncertainties have to be taken into account. The results are discussed along with approaches presented in literature for data correction in laser ablation analysis.

  14. Radionuclide transport report for the safety assessment SR-Site

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    2010-12-15

    This document compiles radionuclide transport calculations of a KBS-3 repository for the safety assessment SR-Site. The SR-Site assessment supports the licence application for a final repository at Forsmark, Sweden

  15. Identification of Marchfeld asparagus using Sr isotope ratio measurements by MC-ICP-MS

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    Swoboda, S.; Brunner, M.; Boulyga, S.F.; Galler, P.; Prohaska, T. [University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Department of Chemistry-VIRIS Project, Vienna (Austria); Horacek, M. [Austrian Research Centers GmbH, Seibersdorf (Austria)

    2008-01-15

    This work focuses on testing and application of Sr isotope signatures for the fast and reliable authentication and traceability of Asparagus officinalis originating from Marchfeld, Austria, using multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry after optimised Rb/Sr separation. The major sample pool comprises freeze-dried and microwave-digested asparagus samples from Hungary and Slovakia which are compared with Austrian asparagus originating from the Marchfeld region, which is a protected geographical indication. Additional samples from Peru, the Netherlands and Germany were limited in number and allowed therefore only restricted statistical evaluation. Asparagus samples from Marchfeld were harvested within two subsequent years in order to investigate the annual variation. The results show that the Sr isotope ratio is consistent within these 2 years of investigation. Moreover, the Sr isotope ratio of total Sr in soil was found to be significantly higher than in an NH{sub 4}NO{sub 3} extract, reflecting the mobile (bioavailable) phase. The isotope composition in the latter extract corresponds well to the range found in the asparagus samples in Marchfeld, even though the concentration of Sr in asparagus shows no direct correlation to the concentration of Sr in the mobile phase of the soil. The major question was whether the 'Marchfelder Spargel' can be distinguished from samples from the neighbouring countries of Hungary and Slovakia. According to our findings, they can be clearly (100%) singled out from the Hungarian samples and can be distinguished from the Slovakian asparagus samples with a probability of more than 80%. (orig.)

  16. Geochemistry Meets Anthropology: the use of Sr Isotopes as Tracers for Ancient Human Migration.

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    Solis, G.; Schaaf, P.; Hernandez, T.; Horn, P.; Manzanilla, L.

    2005-12-01

    Sr isotopes have increasingly become an important tool in archeology and anthropology in determining provenance of humans. By comparing isotopic signatures of human teeth and bone with the soil environment, Sr isotope ratios have been used as tracers identifying living areas. Sr isotope ratios in tooth enamel reflect the source of diet during youth, whereas ratios in dentine and bones come from the food growing in local geologies around the time of death. However, since analytical procedures vary from lab to lab we present here our new technique and how it affects results. We studied 11 teeth and 12 bone samples from the archeological site of Teotihuacan, central Mexico, as well as soil and water from the locality. Mechanical sample preparation of all teeth involved isolation of the enamel layer with the aid of an orthodontical micro-tool. For some enamel samples up to three fractions (two leachates and residue) were obtained for measurement. Thoroughly cleaned bone material underwent no leaching. As an example, 87Sr/86Sr results from a sample with ratios of 0.70477 for bone (which is identical to highland soil), 0.70530 for first leachate, 0.70590 for second leachate, and 0.70668 (mean accuracy +/- 0.00004) for enamel, clearly show enamel contamination by mobile Sr probably from soil. We thus find that repeated cleaning and particularly repeated leaching procedures, including isotopic measurement of the leachates, are critical to differentiate primary from secondary Sr isotope ratios as product of interaction of soil, sediments and water from the substrate where burials took place.

  17. Conductivity of SrTiO3 based oxides in the reducing atmosphere at high temperature

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    Hashimoto, Shin-Ichi; Poulsen, Finn Willy; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg

    2007-01-01

    The conductivities of several donor-doped SrTiO3 based oxides, which were prepared in air, were studied in a reducing atmosphere at high temperature. The conductivities of all specimens increased slowly with time at 1000 degrees C in 9% H-2/N-2, even after 100 h. Nb-doped SrTiO3 showed relatively...... fast reduction and high conductivity compared with the other SrTiO3 based oxides. The conductivity of Nb-doped SrTiO3 was ca. 50 S cm(-1) at 500 degrees C after reduction at 1200 degrees C. After strong reduction, the conductivity of Nb-doped SrTiO3 was almost independent of the oxygen partial pressure...... at 500-800 degrees C, while that of La-doped SrTiO3 dropped immediately on exposure to air. The conduction behavior of Nb-doped SrTiO3 was explained by reduction of Ti4+ and/or Nb5+ and the relatively slow oxygen diffusibility. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved....

  18. First-principles prediction of a rising star of solar energy material: SrTcO3.

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    Chen, Da; Ma, Chun-Lan; Chen, Gao-Yuan; Dai, Cheng-Min; Gu, Ling-Jun; Ge, Li-Juan; Ke, San-Huang; Wu, Rong

    2016-12-26

    SrTcO3 as a new star of solar energy material is investigated in terms of its band gap evolution with biaxial strain from first-principles calculations. Compared to the theoretical equilibrium lattice constant a(b) of bulk SrTcO3, a set of lattice constants with a deviation of -8.75% to +3.35% are considered to include the strain effect. Since the in-plane lattice constant of SrTcO3 is larger than that of the commonly used substrate SrTiO3(STO)/La0.3Sr0.7Al0.35Ta0.35O9 (LSAT)/NdGaO3(NGO)/LaAlO3(LAO), we mainly focus on the modulation of compressive strain. It is found that the band gap decreases with increasing compressive/tensile strain. When the compressive strain reaches 8.75%, the band gap drops to zero and an insulator-metal phase transition appears. Particularly, upon a compressive strain of 1.3%/2.2%/2.4%/4.1%, which can be realized by growing SrTcO3 on substrate STO/LSAT/NGO/LAO, the band gap becomes 1.56/1.47/1.43/1.12 eV, which falls in the range for efficient solar cell materials. Our work suggests that SrTcO3 is a good candidate for a new solar energy material.

  19. Luminescence and spectroscopic properties of Sm{sup 2+} and Er{sup 3+} doped SrI{sub 2}

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    Alekhin, Mikhail S.; Awater, Roy H.P. [Faculty of Applied Sciences, Department RST-FAME, Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 15, 2629 JB Delft (Netherlands); Biner, Daniel A.; Krämer, Karl W. [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Bern, Freiestrasse 3, CH-3012 Bern (Switzerland); Haas, Johan T.M. de [Faculty of Applied Sciences, Department RST-FAME, Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 15, 2629 JB Delft (Netherlands); Dorenbos, Pieter, E-mail: P.Dorenbos@tudelft.nl [Faculty of Applied Sciences, Department RST-FAME, Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 15, 2629 JB Delft (Netherlands)

    2015-11-15

    The scintillation and luminescence properties of SrI{sub 2}:1% Sm{sup 2+} and SrI{sub 2}:1% Er{sup 3+} are reported. Single crystals were grown by the vertical Bridgman technique. Broad band Sm{sup 2+} 5d–4f emission was observed centered at 750 nm with a radiative lifetime of 1.25 µs. The photoluminescence decay time increases with temperature due to self-absorption. With Er{sup 3+} a clear charge transfer band was identified at 295 nm. The spectroscopic properties of Sm{sup 2+} and Er{sup 3+} are compared with those of Eu{sup 2+}, Yb{sup 2+}, Ce{sup 3+}, and Nd{sup 3+} doped in SrI{sub 2}. The results are combined to construct a diagram with the vacuum referred electron binding energies for all divalent and trivalent lanthanide ions in SrI{sub 2} which is fully consistent with the spectroscopic observations. - Highlights: • 750nm 5d–4f emission has been observed for Sm{sup 2+} in SrI{sub 2}. • A valence band to Er{sup 3+} charge band has been observed for Er{sup 3+} in SrI{sub 2}. • A binding energy diagram has been constructed from data on lanthanides in SrI{sub 2}.

  20. Highly Efficient Performance and Conversion Pathway of Photocatalytic NO Oxidation on SrO-Clusters@Amorphous Carbon Nitride.

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    Cui, Wen; Li, Jieyuan; Dong, Fan; Sun, Yanjuan; Jiang, Guangming; Cen, Wanglai; Lee, S C; Wu, Zhongbiao

    2017-08-30

    This work demonstrates the first molecular-level conversion pathway of NO oxidation over a novel SrO-clusters@amorphous carbon nitride (SCO-ACN) photocatalyst, which is synthesized via copyrolysis of urea and SrCO3. The inclusion of SrCO3 is crucial in the formation of the amorphous carbon nitride (ACN) and SrO clusters by attacking the intralayer hydrogen bonds at the edge sites of graphitic carbon nitride (CN). The amorphous nature of ACN can promote the transportation, migration, and transformation of charge carriers on SCO-ACN. And the SrO clusters are identified as the newly formed active centers to facilitate the activation of NO via the formation of Sr-NO(δ(+)), which essentially promotes the conversion of NO to the final products. The combined effects of the amorphous structure and SrO clusters impart outstanding photocatalytic NO removal efficiency to the SCO-ACN under visible-light irradiation. To reveal the photocatalytic mechanism, the adsorption and photocatalytic oxidation of NO over CN and SCO-ACN are analyzed by in situ DRIFTS, and the intermediates and conversion pathways are elucidated and compared. This work presents a novel in situ DRIFTS-based strategy to explore the photocatalytic reaction pathway of NO oxidation, which is quite beneficial to understand the mechanism underlying the photocatalytic reaction and advance the development of photocatalytic technology for environmental remediation.

  1. Electrostatic analysis of n-doped SrTiO{sub 3} metal-insulator-semiconductor systems

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    Kamerbeek, A. M., E-mail: a.m.kamerbeek@rug.nl; Banerjee, T. [Physics of Nanodevices, Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG Groningen (Netherlands); Hueting, R. J. E. [Semiconductor Components, MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, 7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands)

    2015-12-14

    Electron doped SrTiO{sub 3}, a complex-oxide semiconductor, possesses novel electronic properties due to its strong temperature and electric-field dependent permittivity. Due to the high permittivity, metal/n-SrTiO{sub 3} systems show reasonably strong rectification even when SrTiO{sub 3} is degenerately doped. Our experiments show that the insertion of a sub nanometer layer of AlO{sub x} in between the metal and n-SrTiO{sub 3} interface leads to a dramatic reduction of the Schottky barrier height (from around 0.90 V to 0.25 V). This reduces the interface resistivity by 4 orders of magnitude. The derived electrostatic analysis of the metal-insulator-semiconductor (n-SrTiO{sub 3}) system is consistent with this trend. When compared with a Si based MIS system, the change is much larger and mainly governed by the high permittivity of SrTiO{sub 3}. The non-linear permittivity of n-SrTiO{sub 3} leads to unconventional properties such as a temperature dependent surface potential non-existent for semiconductors with linear permittivity such as Si. This allows tuning of the interfacial band alignment, and consequently the Schottky barrier height, in a much more drastic way than in conventional semiconductors.

  2. Effect of Sr doping on the electronic band structure and optical properties of ZnO: A first principle calculation

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    Mahmood, Asad; Tezcan, Fatih; Kardaş, Gülfeza; Karadaǧ, Faruk

    2017-09-01

    Incorporating impurities in ZnO provide opportunities to manipulate its electronic and optical properties, which can be exploited for optoelectronic device applications. Among various elements doped in ZnO crystal structure, limited attempts have been accounted for the Sr-doped ZnO system. Further, no theoretical evidence has been reported so far to explore the Sr-doped ZnO frameworks. Here, we report first principle study for the pure and Sr-doped ZnO (Zn1-xSrxO) structure. We employed the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof exchange-correlation function parameters in generalized gradient approximations. In light of these estimations, we calculated the electronic band gap, density of states, and optical parameters, for example, absorption, dielectric functions, reflectivity, refractive index, and energy-loss. The studies suggested that Sr incorporation expanded the optical band gap of ZnO. In addition, the energy-loss significantly increased with Sr content which might be associated with an increase in the degree of disorder in the crystal lattice with Sr incorporation. Also, significant changes were seen in the optical properties of ZnO with Sr content in the low energy region. The theoretical results were likewise compared with the previously reported experimental data.

  3. 习水地区不同类型水主要离子及Sr2+、ρ(Sr)/ρ(Ca)、ρ(Sr)/ρ(Mg)组成特征%Composition Characteristics of Major Ions and ρ (Sr2 +) ,ρ (Sr)/ρ (Ca),ρ (Sr)/ρ (Mg) Value in Different Types of Water in Xishui

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    黄奇波; 覃小群; 唐建生; 苏春田

    2012-01-01

    After sampling and analyzing major ions concentration and ρ(Sr2 + ) ,ρ(Sr)/ρ(Ca) ,ρ(Sr)/ρ(Mg) value in different types of water from Xishui basin, low major ions concentration is found in bedrock fracture water. But TDS content and pH value are higher than in the karst water. The concentration of Ca2 +, HCO3-, TDS and the value of ρ( Sr)/ρ( Ca) and ρ( Sr)/ρ( Mg) in outlet water of under ground river are as the value in limestone water ture dolomite water, bedrock fracture water, and rainwater, reflecting that the underground river water is the mixtave of these four types of water. The underground water flowing over different rock formation has different value of ρ(Sr2 + ) , ρ(Sr)/ρ(Ca) , ρ( Sr)/ρ( Mg). Generally speaking, the bedrock fracture water flowing over sandstone formation contains low ρ( Sr2 + ) but high ρ( Sr ) /ρ(Ca ) ,ρ( Sr) /ρ( Mg ). Recharged by the water from limestone or coal measure formation, the fracture water of sandstone has high ρ(Sr2+ ) ,ρ(Sr)/ ρ(Ca) and ρ(Sr)/ρ(Mg). The value of ρ(Sr)/ρ(Ca) ,ρ(Sr)/ρ(Mg) is low in recharge area of karst water, but high in runoff and discharge area, yet highest in slow runoff area, not affected by environmental pollution, ref-leciting the formation environment of karst water.%通过对习水地区不同类型水的主要阴阳离子及Sr2+、ρ(Sr)/ρ(Ca)、ρ(Sr)/ρ(Mg)组成分析,发现水中各种主要离子及TDS含量基岩裂隙水小于岩溶水,ρH则相反.地下河出口水的Ca2+、HCO3-、TDS浓度及ρ(Sr)/ρ (Ca)、ρ(Sr)/ρ (Mg)值均位于灰岩水、白云岩水、基岩裂隙水、雨水之间,反映出地下河水是由这4种水混合而成.流经不同岩层的地下水具有不同的Sr2+、ρ(Sr)/ρ (Ca)、ρ(Sr)/ρ(Mg)值.一般来说,流经砂岩层的基岩裂隙水Sr2+含量低,而ρ(Sr)/ρ (Ca)、ρ(Sr)/ρ (Mg)值较高,当砂岩中的基岩裂隙水受到灰岩水或煤系地层水补给时,其Sr2+、ρ(sr)/ρ (Ca)、ρ(Sr)/ρ(Mg)值均较高;岩溶

  4. Investidura como Doctor Sr. D. Luigi Ferrajoli

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    Ferrajoli, Luigi

    2009-01-01

    ÍNDICE: Laudatio Prof. Dr. D. Luis Prieto Sanchís Lección Magistral: La democracia política y su crisis actual Prof. Dr. D. Luigi Ferrajoli Salutación Excmo. Sr. Rector Magnífico, D. Ernesto Martínez Ataz Galeria fotográfica

  5. X-ray instrumentation for SR beamlines

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    Kovalchuk, M V; Zheludeva, S I; Aleshko-Ozhevsky, O P; Arutynyan, E H; Kheiker, D M; Kreines, A Y; Lider, V V; Pashaev, E M; Shilina, N Y; Shishkov, V A

    2000-01-01

    The main possibilities and parameters of experimental X-ray stations are presented: 'Protein crystallography', 'X-ray structure analysis', 'High-precision X-ray optics', 'X-ray crystallography and material science', 'X-ray topography', 'Photoelectron X-ray standing wave' that are being installed at Kurchatov SR source by A.V. Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography.

  6. Shape coexistence in neutron-rich Sr isotopes : Coulomb excitation of 98Sr

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    Clément, E; Görgen, A.; Korten, W.; Walle J. van de, [No Value

    2010-01-01

    In this addendum we ask for beam time to perform Coulomb excitation of 98Sr in order to complete our program on the study of shape coexistence and evolution of collectivity in neutron rich strontium isotopes at N=60.

  7. Strontium adsorption and penetration in kaolinite at low Sr

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    Ning, Zigong; Ishiguro, Munehide; Koopal, Luuk K.; Sato, Tsutomu; Kashiwagi, Junichi

    2017-01-01

    Behavior of radioactive strontium (Sr2+) in contaminated soils is an important issue in relation to nuclear power plant accidents. The Sr2+ adsorption on kaolinite and its migration in a kaolinite soil were investigated because toxic effects of radioactive Sr2+ have been found to be very severe for

  8. Synthesis, crystal structure, and TEM analysis of Sr19Li44 and Sr3Li2: a reinvestigation of the Sr-Li phase diagram.

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    Smetana, Volodymyr; Kienle, Lorenz; Duppel, Viola; Simon, Arndt

    2015-02-02

    Two intermetallic phases in the Sr-Li system have been synthesized and structurally characterized. According to single-crystal X-ray diffraction data, Sr(19)Li(44) and Sr(3)Li(2) crystallize with tetragonal unit cells (Sr(19)Li(44), I-42d, a = 15.9122(7) Å, c = 31.831(2) Å, Z = 4, V = 8059(2) Å(3); Sr(3)Li(2), P42/mnm, a = 9.803(1) Å, c = 8.784(2) Å, Z = 4, V = 844.2(2) Å(3)). The first compound is isostructural with the recently discovered Ba(19)Li(44). Sr in Sr(19)Li(44) can be fully replaced by Ba with no changes to the crystal structure, whereas the substitution of Sr by Ca is only possible within a limited concentration range. Sr(3)Li(2) can be assigned to the Al(2)Zr(3) structure type. The crystal structure determination of Sr(19)Li(44) was complicated by multiple twinning. As an experimental highlight, an electron microscopy investigation of the highly moisture- and electron-beam-sensitive crystals was performed, enabling high-resolution imaging of the defect structure.

  9. Sr{sub 2}CeO{sub 4}: Electronic and structural properties

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    Rocha, Leonardo A.; Schiavon, Marco A. [Grupo de Pesquisa em Química de Materiais – (GPQM), Departamento de Ciências Naturais, Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei, Campus Dom Bosco, Praça Dom Helvécio, 74, 36301-160 São João del-Rei, MG (Brazil); Nascimento, Clebio S.; Guimarães, Luciana [Laboratório de Química Teórica e Computacional – (LQTC), Departamento de Ciências Naturais, Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei, Campus Dom Bosco, Praça Dom Helvécio, 74, 36301-160 São João del-Rei, MG (Brazil); Góes, Márcio S. [Universidade Federal da Integração Latino-Americana (UNILA), Av. Tancredo Neves, 6731 – Bloco 4, Cx P. 2044, CEP: 85867-970 Foz do Iguaçu, PR (Brazil); Pires, Ana M. [Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, UNESP Univ. Estadual Paulista, 19060-900 Presidente Prudente, SP, Brazil. (Brazil); Paiva-Santos, Carlos O. [Instituto de Química, Unesp Univ. Estadual Paulista, P.O. Box 355, 14800-970 Araraquara, SP, Brazil. (Brazil); and others

    2014-09-01

    Highlights: • Sr{sub 2}CeO{sub 4} it was obtained from the heat treatment of Ce{sup 3+}-doped strontium oxalate. • Rietveld analysis made it possible to obtain information about crystalline structure. • Experimental band gap value was compared with theoretical obtained by Sparkle/PM7. • The materials obtained shows intense photoluminescence and scintillator properties. - Abstract: This work presents on the preparation and photoluminescent properties of Sr{sub 2}CeO{sub 4} obtained from the heat treatment of Ce(III)-doped strontium oxalate (10, 25 and 33 mol%). The oxalate precursors were heat treated at 1100 °C for 12 h. The structure of this photoluminescent material was evaluated by the Rietveld method. The route used in this work to prepare the materials showed to be viable when compared to other synthesis reported in the literature. The Sr{sub 2}CeO{sub 4} material showed a broad and intense band emission with a maximum around 485 nm. The quantitative phase analysis showed that the Sr{sub 2}CeO{sub 4} photoluminescent phase is the majority one compared to the impurity phases of SrCeO{sub 3} and SrCO{sub 3}. From all results it was possible to verify a complete elimination of the CeO{sub 2} phase for the sample obtained from the heat treatment of oxalate precursor containing 33 mol% of cerium(III). The material showed excellent properties for possible candidate as scintillator materials, and in the improvement of efficiency of solar cells when excited in the UV–vis region. The CIE chromaticity diagram it is also reported in this work.

  10. Nuclear structure investigations of 84Sr and 86Sr using γ-ray spectroscopic methods

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    Duckwitz, H.; Petkov, P.; Thomas, T.; Ahn, T.; Blazhev, A.; Cooper, N.; Fransen, C.; Hinton, M.; Ilie, G.; Jolie, J.; Werner, V.

    2017-09-01

    To investigate the low-spin structure of 84Sr and 86Sr, two fusion-evaporation experiments using the (p,2n) reaction have been performed. The data have been evaluated in terms of γ-ray spectroscopy, i.e. the level scheme was built up, branching intensities were determined, nuclear state spin and parity assignments were made after γγ angular correlation analyses. The previously known level scheme information was extended. In addition, lifetimes were determined by means of the Doppler Shift Attenuation Method (DSAM). In 86Sr, a new method for lifetime determinations, the Spectral Difference Method (SDM), was applied for the first time. In cases where all necessary input variables were known, reduced transition strengths were calculated with Monte Carlo simulated probability density functions. It is stressed that linear error propagation for the calculated errors of reduced transition strengths is not universally applicable. As both nuclei lie in the vicinity of the N=50 neutron shell closure and on a possible proton subshell closure of the 2p3/2 orbital at Z=38, Nuclear Shell Model calculations for 84Sr, 86Sr, and 88Sr have been performed in the truncated (2p3/2, 1f5/2, 2p1/2, 1g9/2) model space for protons and neutrons with the empirical JUN45 residual interaction. The comparison between experimental results and theoretical predictions show a large degree of consistency.

  11. Electric dipole and quadrupole properties of In$^{+}$ and Sr using finite field calculation

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    Yu, Yan-mei; Feng, Hui-hui; Fan, Heng; Liu, Wu-Ming

    2015-01-01

    The electric dipole and quadrupole properties of two frequency-standard candidates In$^{+}$ and Sr are calculated by using the finite-field approach. We reproduce the dipole polarizability of the 5s$^2$ $^1S^e_0$ and 5s5p $^3P^o_0$ of In$^+$ and Sr with an excellent agreement with the previously recommended data. Besides, the scalar and tensor dipole polarizabilities for $5s5p$ $^3P^o_{1,2}$ of In$^+$ and Sr and the second dipole hyperpolarizability for In$^+$ 5s$^2$ $^1S^e_0$ and 5s5p $^3P^o_{0,1,2}$ are given. The uncertainty is controlled down to around 1-4\\% for In$^+$ and 2-6\\% for Sr by increasing the basis-set and electronic-correlation levels hierarchically. The importance of the spin-orbit coupling effect is analyzed by comparing the spin-dependent and spin-free results. The dipole polarizability of In$^{+}$ demonstrates stronger dependency on the spin-orbit coupling effect than Sr. The quadrupole moment and quadrupole polarizabilities of 5s$^2$ $^1S^e_0$ and 5s5p $^3P^o_{0,1,2}$ are also given. Fina...

  12. The low Sr/Ba ratio on some extremely metal-poor stars

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    Spite, M; Bonifacio, P; Caffau, E; François, P; Sbordone, L

    2014-01-01

    It has been noted that, in classical extremely metal-poor (EMP) stars, the abundance ratio of Sr and Ba, is always higher than [Sr/Ba] = -0.5, the value of the solar r-only process; however, a handful of EMP stars have recently been found with a very low Sr/Ba ratio. We try to understand the origin of this anomaly by comparing the abundance pattern of the elements in these stars and in the classical EMP stars. Four stars with very low Sr/Ba ratios were observed and analyzed within LTE approximation through 1D (hydrostatic) model atmosphere, providing homogeneous abundances of nine neutron-capture elements. In CS 22950-173, the only turnoff star of the sample, the Sr/Ba ratio is, in fact, found to be higher than the r-only solar ratio, so the star is discarded. The remaining stars (CS 29493-090, CS 30322-023, HE 305-4520) are cool evolved giants. They do not present a clear carbon enrichment. The abundance patterns of the neutron-capture elements in the three stars are strikingly similar to a theoretical s-pro...

  13. Characterization of Superfine Sr2 CeO4 Powder Prepared by Microemulsion-Heating Method

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    2006-01-01

    Powder phosphor of Sr2CeO4 is prepared by microemulsion-heating method and a film of the phosphor on ITO glass is formed by electrophoretic deposition. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) images show that the powder fired at 850 ℃ for 4 h has a spherical shape with an average diameter of 70 ~ 80 nm whereas the powder sintered at 900 ℃ for 4 h and 1000 ℃ for 4 h have shuttle-like and spherical shapes, respectively, with both sizes less than 1 μm.X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns indicate that the superfine Sr2CeO4 exhibits an orthorhombic crystal structure. Roomtemperature photoluminescence (PL) measurements show that there are three excitation peaks located at around 262, 280and 341 nm, and all the Sr2CeO4 samples display an intense blue emission at 470 nm with CIE coordinate of (x, y) =(0.176, 0.283). The quantum yield of phosphor is high up to 0.47 ± 0.04. Compared with Sr2CeO4 samples prepared with traditional high-temperature heating, the phosphor synthesized with this method has a smaller size, lower calcination temperature, and shorter calcination time, and the main excitation and emission bands are blue shifted about 30 and 12 nm respectively. The startup voltage for Sr2CeO4 film on ITO glass shifts from 2700 to 4000 V with increasing thickness of the film.

  14. Influence of rare earth doping on thermoelectric properties of SrTiO3 ceramics

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    Liu, J.; Wang, C. L.; Li, Y.; Su, W. B.; Zhu, Y. H.; Li, J. C.; Mei, L. M.

    2013-12-01

    Thermoelectric properties of SrTiO3 ceramics, doped with different rare earth elements, were investigated in this work. It's found that the ionic radius of doping elements plays an important role on thermoelectric properties: SrTiO3 ceramics doped with large rare earth ions (such as La, Nd, and Sm) exhibit large power factors, and those doped with small ions (such as Gd, Dy, Er, and Y) exhibit low thermal conductivities. Therefore, a simple approach for enhancing the thermoelectric performance of SrTiO3 ceramics is proposed: mainly doped with large ions to obtain a large power factor and, simultaneously, slightly co-doped with small ions to obtain a low thermal conductivity. Based on this rule, Sr0.8La0.18Yb0.02TiO3 ceramics were prepared, whose ZT value at 1 023 K reaches 0.31, increasing by a factor of 19% compared with the single-doped counterpart Sr0.8La0.2TiO3 (ZT = 0.26).

  15. Hypoxic Tumor Can be More Responsive to Fractionated Irradiation Combined with SR 4233 (Tirapazamine)

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    Kim, Il Han [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Brown, J. Martin [Stanford Univ., Stanford (United States)

    1994-02-15

    Hypothesis that hypoxic tumors should be more responsive to the addition of preferential hypoxic cell cytotoxin SR 4233 (tirapazamine) to fractionated irradiation was tested in the mouse SCCVII carcinoma and RIF-1 sarcoma, Model of hypoxic tumor was established using the tumor bed effect; tumors growing in the preirradiated tissue (preirradiated tumors) were more hypoxic than tumors growing in the unirradiated tissue (unirradiated tumors). When the tumors reached a mean volume of 100 mm{sup 3}, both unirradiated and preirradiated tumors were treated with a fractionated course of 6 x 2 Gy in 3 days or 8 x2.5 Gy in 4 days with SR 4233 (0.08m mol/kg/injection) given 30 minutes before each irradiation or without SR 4233. Compared to the unirradiated tumors, hypoxic preirradiated tumors were approximately 5 times more resistant to fractionated irradiation alone but were approximately 5 times more responsive to SR 4233. Addition of SR 4233 potentiated the effect of fractionated irradiation in both unirradiated and preirradiated tumors. Potentiation in the preirradiated tumors was morequal to or greater than that in the unirradiated tumors and seemed to be higher for more fractionated treatment. We confirm the hypothesis in a transplantable mouse tumor. Present results suggest that radioresistance of some hypoxic tumors can be overcome with hypoxic cytotoxin.

  16. Functional characterization of a soybean growth stimulator Bradyrhizobium sp. strain SR-6 showing acylhomoserine lactone production.

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    Ali, Amanat; Ayesha; Hameed, Sohail; Imran, Asma; Iqbal, Mazhar; Iqbal, Javed; Oresnik, Ivan J

    2016-09-01

    A soybean nodule endophytic bacterium Bradyrhizobium sp. strain SR-6 was characterized for production of acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs) as quorum sensing molecules. Mass spectrometry analysis of AHLs revealed the presence of C6-HSL, 3OH-C6-HSL, C8-HSL, C10-HSL, 3oxoC10-HSL, 3oxo-C12-HSL and 3OH-C12-HSL which are significantly different from those reported earlier in soybean symbionts. Purified AHL extracts significantly improved wheat and soybean seedling growth and root hair development along with increased soybean nodulation under axenic conditions. A positive correlation was observed among in vivo nitrogenase and catalase enzyme activities of the strain SR-6. Transmission electron microscopic analysis showed the cytochemical localization of catalase activity within the bacteroids, specifically attached to the peribacteroidal membrane. Root and nodule colonization proved rhizosphere competence of SR-6. The inoculation of SR-6 resulted in increased shoot length (13%), plant dry matter (50%), grain weight (16%), seed yield (20%) and N-uptake (14%) as compared to non-inoculated soybean plants. The symbiotic bacterium SR-6 has potential to improve soybean growth and yield in sub-humid climate of Azad Jammu and Kashmir region of Pakistan. The production and mass spectrometric profiling of AHLs as well as in vivo cytochemical localization of catalase enzyme activity in soybean Bradyrhizobium sp. have never been reported earlier elsewhere before our these investigations.

  17. Molecular Dynamics Simulations for Melting Temperatures of SrF2and BaF2

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    Xiao-yu Huang; Xin-lu Cheng; Chao-lei Fan; Qiong Chen; Xiao-li Yuan

    2009-01-01

    The shell-model molecular dynamics method was applied to simulate the melting temper-atures of SrF2 and BaF2 at elevated temperatures and high pressures. The same method was used to calculate the equations of state for SrF2 and BaF2 over the pressure range of 0.1 MPa-3 GPa and 0.1 MPa-7 GPa. Compared with previous results for equations of state, the maximum errors are 0.3% and 2.2%, respectively. Considering the pre-melting in the fluorite-type crystals, we made the necessary corrections for the simulated melting temper-atures of SrF2 and BaF2. Consequently, the melting temperatures of SrF2 and BaF2 were obtained for high pressures. The melting temperatures of SrF2 and BaF2 that were obtained by the simulation are in good agreement with available experimental data.

  18. Influences of Sr-Incorporated TiO2 Layer on the Photovoltaic Properties of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Kim, Eun Seong; Kim, Dae-Hwan; Lee, Sang-Ju; Han, Yoon Soo

    2016-03-01

    Effects of a mixed overlayer composed of TiO2 and TiSrO3 on the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were investigated. The surface of TiO2 photoelectrode formed on F-doped SnO2 (FTO) was modified by soaking it in a TiCl4:SrCl2 mixed aqueous solution with various molar ratios and then calcining to produce the TiCl4:SrCl2-treated TiO2 photoelectrode (Ti:Sr-TiO2/FTO). The highest power conversion efficiency (PCE) was obtained from DSSC with Ti:Sr(7:3)-TiO2/FTO, which was prepared from the mixed solution with the molar ratio of 7:3 (TiOl4:SrCl2). An enhancement in short-circuit photocurrent (J(sc)) and open-circuit voltage (V(oc)) of DSSC with Ti:Sr(7:3)-TiO2/FTO was achieved, compared to those of the reference device with Ti:Sr(10:0)-TiC2/FTO (i.e., TiO2-coated TiO2/FTO). The incorporation of the mixed overlayer on the nanoporous TiO2 photoelectorde led to an improvement in the electron collection efficiency by a prolonged electron lifetime, thereby increasing the J(sc) value. The increase in V(oc) value of the device with Ti:Sr(7:3)-TiO2/FTO was due to the suppression of the charge recombination between injected electrons and I3(-) ions.

  19. Thermoelectric performance enhancement of SrTiO3 by Pr doping

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    Kahaly, M. Upadhyay

    2014-01-01

    We investigate Pr doping at the Sr site as a possible route to enhance the thermoelectric behavior of SrTiO3-based materials, using first principles calculations in full-potential density functional theory. The effects of the Pr dopant on the local electronic structure and resulting transport properties are compared to common Nb doping. We demonstrate a substantial enhancement of the thermoelectric figure of merit and develop an explanation for the positive effects, which opens new ways for materials optimization by substitutional doping at the perovskite B site. © 2014 the Partner Organisations.

  20. Vacancy induced metallicity at the CaHfO3/SrTiO3 interface

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    Nazir, Safdar

    2011-03-31

    Density functional theory is used to study the electronic properties of the oxide heterointerfaceCaHfO3/SrTiO3. Structural relaxation is carried out with and without O vacancies. As compared to related interfaces, strongly reduced octahedral distortions are found. Stoichiometric interfaces between the wide band gap insulatorsCaHfO3 and SrTiO3 turn out to exhibit an insulating state. However, interface metallicity is introduced by O vacancies, in agreement with experiment. The reduced octahedral distortions and necessity of O deficiency indicate a less complicated mechanism for the creation of the interfacial electron gas.

  1. Shielding calculation for the thickness of the SR facility safety shutter

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    2006-01-01

    The safety shutter of the SR (synchrotron radiation) facility located at the front end of the facility is an indispensable component for radiation protection. Its thickness is decided by the gas bremsstrahlung produced in the SR facility storage ring by the interaction of electrons with the residual gas molecules in the vacuum chamber of the storage ring. In the calculation, the 3.5 GeV, 300mA electron beam and a 15 m long insertion-device straight section (0.133 μPa) were taken into account, and the safety shutter was assumed to be located 12 m away from the end of the straight section. The EGSnrc code based on the Monte-Carlo method and empirical formulas were used, respectively, to calculate the thickness to satisfy the shielding requirement of the safety shutter at the front end of the SR facility, and the results were compared and the availability of EGSnrc was proved.

  2. Relation between structural instabilities in EuTiO3 and SrTiO3

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    Bussmann-Holder, A.; Köhler, J.; Kremer, R. K.; Law, J. M.

    2011-06-01

    Specific heat measurements and theoretical calculations reveal an intimate analogy between EuTiO3 and SrTiO3. For EuTiO3, a hitherto unknown specific heat anomaly is discovered at temperatures TA= 282(1)K, which is analogous to the well-known specific heat anomaly of SrTiO3 at the temperature TA= 105K caused by an antiferrodistortive transition. Because the zone center soft phonon mode observed in both systems can be modeled with the same parameters, we ascribe the new 282(1)K instability of EuTiO3 to an antiferrodistortive phase transition. The higher transition temperature of EuTiO3 as compared to SrTiO3 results from spin-phonon coupling.

  3. SR and LR Union Suture for the Treatment of Myopic Strabismus Fixus: Is Scleral Fixation Necessary?

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    Carol P. S. Lam

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To evaluate and compare the effectiveness of scleral fixation SR and LR union suture and nonscleral fixation union suture for the treatment of myopic strabismus fixus. Methods. Retrospective review of 32 eyes of 22 patients with myopic strabismus fixus who had undergone union suture of superior rectus (SR and lateral rectus (LR with or without scleral fixation, and follow-up longer than 6 months at Hong Kong Eye Hospital from 2006 to 2013. Surgical techniques and outcomes in terms of ocular alignment are analyzed. Results. There is significant overall improvement both in postoperative angle of esodeviation (P0.05. Conclusions. Union suture of SR and LR is an effective procedure in correcting myopic strabismus fixus. Fixation of the union suture to the sclera does not improve surgical outcome.

  4. Excessive signal transduction of gain-of-function variants of the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR are associated with increased ER to cytosol calcium gradient.

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    Marianna Ranieri

    Full Text Available In humans, gain-of-function mutations of the calcium-sensing receptor (CASR gene are the cause of autosomal dominant hypocalcemia or type 5 Bartter syndrome characterized by an abnormality of calcium metabolism with low parathyroid hormone levels and excessive renal calcium excretion. Functional characterization of CaSR activating variants has been so far limited at demonstrating an increased sensitivity to external calcium leading to lower Ca-EC50. Here we combine high resolution fluorescence based techniques and provide evidence that for the efficiency of calcium signaling system, cells expressing gain-of-function variants of CaSR monitor cytosolic and ER calcium levels increasing the expression of the Sarco-Endoplasmic Reticulum Calcium-ATPase (SERCA and reducing expression of Plasma Membrane Calcium-ATPase (PMCA. Wild-type CaSR (hCaSR-wt and its gain-of-function (hCaSR-R990G; hCaSR-N124K variants were transiently transfected in HEK-293 cells. Basal intracellular calcium concentration was significantly lower in cells expressing hCaSR-wt and its gain of function variants compared to mock. In line, FRET studies using the D1ER probe, which detects [Ca2+]ER directly, demonstrated significantly higher calcium accumulation in cells expressing the gain of function CaSR variants compared to hCaSR-wt. Consistently, cells expressing activating CaSR variants showed a significant increase in SERCA activity and expression and a reduced PMCA expression. This combined parallel regulation in protein expression increases the ER to cytosol calcium gradient explaining the higher sensitivity of CaSR gain-of-function variants to external calcium. This control principle provides a general explanation of how cells reliably connect (and exacerbate receptor inputs to cell function.

  5. Excessive signal transduction of gain-of-function variants of the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) are associated with increased ER to cytosol calcium gradient.

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    Ranieri, Marianna; Tamma, Grazia; Di Mise, Annarita; Vezzoli, Giuseppe; Soldati, Laura; Svelto, Maria; Valenti, Giovanna

    2013-01-01

    In humans, gain-of-function mutations of the calcium-sensing receptor (CASR) gene are the cause of autosomal dominant hypocalcemia or type 5 Bartter syndrome characterized by an abnormality of calcium metabolism with low parathyroid hormone levels and excessive renal calcium excretion. Functional characterization of CaSR activating variants has been so far limited at demonstrating an increased sensitivity to external calcium leading to lower Ca-EC50. Here we combine high resolution fluorescence based techniques and provide evidence that for the efficiency of calcium signaling system, cells expressing gain-of-function variants of CaSR monitor cytosolic and ER calcium levels increasing the expression of the Sarco-Endoplasmic Reticulum Calcium-ATPase (SERCA) and reducing expression of Plasma Membrane Calcium-ATPase (PMCA). Wild-type CaSR (hCaSR-wt) and its gain-of-function (hCaSR-R990G; hCaSR-N124K) variants were transiently transfected in HEK-293 cells. Basal intracellular calcium concentration was significantly lower in cells expressing hCaSR-wt and its gain of function variants compared to mock. In line, FRET studies using the D1ER probe, which detects [Ca2+]ER directly, demonstrated significantly higher calcium accumulation in cells expressing the gain of function CaSR variants compared to hCaSR-wt. Consistently, cells expressing activating CaSR variants showed a significant increase in SERCA activity and expression and a reduced PMCA expression. This combined parallel regulation in protein expression increases the ER to cytosol calcium gradient explaining the higher sensitivity of CaSR gain-of-function variants to external calcium. This control principle provides a general explanation of how cells reliably connect (and exacerbate) receptor inputs to cell function.

  6. Stable Isotopes of Sr and Pb as Tracers of Sources of Airborne Particulate Matter in Kyrgyzstan

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    ConclusionsElemental concentrations were higher at the LIDAR site compared to the Bishkek site. Also, concentrations were higher during dust than non-dust events at both sites.The Sr isotopic ratios suggest dust from another region, such as from Western China, Africa, or Middle E...

  7. Infrared active phonons in SrRu{sub x}O{sub 3} and SrRu{sub x}Mg{sub 1-x}O{sub 3} thin films

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    Crandles, D A; Eftekhari, F; Faust, R; Rao, G Sudhakar; Reedyk, M; Razavi, F S [Department of Physics, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2S 3A1 (Canada)], E-mail: dcrandles@brocku.ca

    2008-07-07

    Infrared reflectance measurements (100-5000 cm{sup -1}) were performed on well characterized thin films of SrRu{sub x}Mg{sub 1-x}O{sub 3} and SrRu{sub x}O{sub 3} fabricated on [0 0 1] oriented SrTiO{sub 3} single crystal substrates using pulsed laser deposition. In the films, which were less than 300 nm thick and some of which were insulating, the reflectance data show structure due to both the films and the substrate. Kramers-Kronig constrained variational dielectric fitting was employed to extract the real optical conductivities. Only a small number of infrared active modes appear in the reflectance spectra compared with the number allowed by orthorhombic symmetry in shell model calculations. The infrared signature for replacement of Ru by Mg in SrRuO{sub 3} is a mode near 655 cm{sup -1}.

  8. Dispersion and fate of {sup 90}Sr in the Northwestern Pacific and adjacent seas: Global fallout and the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident

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    Maderich, V., E-mail: vladmad@gmail.com [Institute of Mathematical Machine and System Problems, Glushkov av., 42, Kiev 03187 (Ukraine); Jung, K.T., E-mail: ktjung@kiost.ac [Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, 787, Haean-ro, Ansan 426-744 (Korea, Republic of); Bezhenar, R., E-mail: romanbezhenar@gmail.com [Ukrainian Center of Water and Environmental Projects, Glushkov av., 42, Kiev 03187 (Ukraine); With, G. de, E-mail: g.dewith@nrg.eu [NRG, Utrechtseweg 310, 6800 ES Arnhem (Netherlands); Qiao, F., E-mail: qiaofl@fio.org.cn [First Institute of Oceanography, 6 Xianxialing Road, Qingdao 266061 (China); Casacuberta, N., E-mail: ncasacuberta@phys.ethz.ch [Laboratory of Ion Beam Physics, ETH-Zurich, Schafmattstrasse 20, 8093 Zurich (Switzerland); Masque, P., E-mail: pere.masque@uab.cat [Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals and Departament de Física, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Kim, Y.H., E-mail: yhkimstar@gmail.com [Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, 787, Haean-ro, Ansan 426-744 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-01

    The 3D compartment model POSEIDON-R was applied to the Northwestern Pacific and adjacent seas to simulate the transport and fate of {sup 90}Sr in the period 1945–2010 and to perform a radiological assessment on the releases of {sup 90}Sr due to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear accident for the period 2011–2040. The contamination due to runoff of {sup 90}Sr from terrestrial surfaces was taken into account using a generic predictive model. A dynamical food-chain model describes the transfer of {sup 90}Sr to phytoplankton, zooplankton, molluscs, crustaceans, piscivorous and non-piscivorous fishes. Results of the simulations were compared with observation data on {sup 90}Sr for the period 1955–2010 and the budget of {sup 90}Sr activity was estimated. It was found that in the East China Sea and Yellow Sea the riverine influx was 1.5% of the ocean influx and it was important only locally. Calculated concentrations of {sup 90}Sr in water, bottom sediment and marine organisms before and after the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident are in good agreement with available experimental measurements. The concentration of {sup 90}Sr in seawater would return to the background levels within one year after leakages were stopped. The model predicts that the concentration of {sup 90}Sr in fish after the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident shall return to the background concentrations only 2 years later due to the delay of the transfer throughout the food web and specific accumulation of {sup 90}Sr. The contribution of {sup 90}Sr to the maximal dose rate due to the FDNPP accident was three orders of magnitude less than that due to {sup 137}Cs, and thus well below the maximum effective dose limits for the public. - Highlights: • A box model with a dynamical food-chain model for the NW Pacific was applied. • The transport and fate of {sup 90}Sr in sea were simulated for the period 1945–2040. • Marine exposure pathways for {sup 90}Sr were assessed for the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident.

  9. A method for determination of {sup 90}Sr in vegetation

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    Nygren, U

    1998-12-01

    This report describes a method for determination of {sup 90}Sr in vegetation. The method consists of wet-ashing the samples and separating Sr from the sample matrix by oxalate precipitation and extraction chromatography. {sup 90}Y ingrowth is awaited after which Y is separated from Sr and {sup 90}Y measured in a proportional counter. The method has been applied on two reference materials and the {sup 90}Sr results agree well with the recommended values. The method has also been used on 20 samples of blueberry twigs and the mean recovery of Sr was 74%

  10. Long-term effects of artesunate combined with azithromycin on Plasmodium vivax malaria%青蒿琥酯配伍阿奇霉素治疗间日疟患者远期疗效观察

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    毛玮; 黎军; 韦海艳; 林康明; 黄亚铭

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨青蒿琥酯配伍阿奇霉素根治间日疟原虫效果. 方法 对2例在柬泰边境感染间日疟原虫患者采取青蒿琥酯配伍阿奇霉素进行根治效果观察. 结果 对2例间日疟患者采取青蒿琥酯7d(总量800mg)配伍阿奇霉素7d(总量2 000mg)方法给-治疗后,症状改善,原虫消失.治疗后2个月复发,血检原虫均为阳性,遂给予服用青蒿琥酯7d(总量800mg)、阿奇霉素10d(总量2 750mg),原虫消失.但分别于1个月和4个月后再次复发,给予服用青蒿琥酯7d(总量800mg)、阿奇霉素14d(总量为3 750mg)后,对2位患者进行3~10个月的镜检追踪未见原虫复发,随访12~14个月患者良好. 结论 青蒿琥酯配伍阿奇霉素可根治间日疟患者,但阿奇霉素用药时间较长.%Objective To observe the therapeutic effect of artesunate combined with azithromycin on Plasmodium vivax malaria cases.Methods The radical cure effect of artesunate combined with azithromycin was observed on treating Plasmodium vivax malaria cases from the border of Cambodia and Thailand.Results After finishing the first schedule,combination of 7-day-dose of artesunate (800mg in total)and 7-day-dose of azithromycin (2000mg in total),the patients were cured and plasmodium disappeared.Yet relapse was observed on those 2 patients 2 months after treatment and plasmodium was tested positive once again.Then the second schedule was administered with the combination of 7-day-dose of artesunate (800mg in total) and 10-day-dose of azithromycin (2750mg in total).The plasmodium was cleared.Yet relapse was observed in those 2 patients at the end of the first month and the fourth month after finishing the second schedule.The third schedule was administered with the combination of 7-day-dose of artesunate (800mg in total) and 14-day-dose of azithromycin (3750mg in total).And the plasmodium was tested negative during the followup of 3 and 10 months.No relapse occurred to the patients during the followup of

  11. Electrochemiluminescencial Study on the Determination of 2 +3 System Azithromycin using Ru ( bpy ) 2+3%Ru (bpy)2+3体系电化学发光法测定阿奇霉素的研究

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    李利军; 邓春燕; 高文燕; 胡大春; 李彦青

    2011-01-01

    The addition of Azithromycin would further lead to an enhancement of ECL intensity of Ru (bpy)32+. Based on this, a new ECL method was established for the determination of Azithromycin at gold electrode, and the electrochemical and ECL behaviors of this system were studied by cyclic voltammetry and electrogenerated chemiluminescence. The results showed that the ECL peak counts increased linearly with the concentration of Azithromycin in the range of 2. 0×10-4~4. 0×10-7 mol/L under the optimal conditions, linear regression equation was Icounts = 22. 848×106 C + 221. 8 ( r = 0. 9981, n = 12). The detection limit for Azithromycin was 3.002 ×10-9 mol/L (S/N = 3 ). The RSD for 10 times determination of 1.0×10-5 mol/L Azithromycin was 2. 09% . The results of recovery test were between 95. 0% ~ 102.0% , and the RSD is 2.40% . The presented method had the advantage of high selectivity and sensitivity, and the disposal procession of the sample was simple. This proposed method was applied in the determination of Azithromycin capsule with satisfactory results.%实验发现,阿奇霉素对联吡啶钌的电致化学发光(ECL)具有显著的增强作用.据此,建立了以金电极为工作电极的测定阿奇霉素ECL分析新方法.采用了循环伏安(CV)和ECL法,研究了阿奇霉素对联吡啶钌体系的电化学行为和ECL行为的增强作用.结果表明,在最佳条件下,阿奇霉素浓度在2.0×10-4~4.0×10+7moL/L范围内与相对发光强度呈线性关系,其线性回归方程为I计数=22.848×106C+ 221.8(r=0.9981,n=12).检出限为3.00×10 -9mol/L( S/N=3).连续平行测定1.0×10-5mol/L的阿奇霉素标品溶液10次,发光强度值的相对标准偏差(RSD)为2.09%.对样品进行回收率试验,回收率在95.0%~102.0%之间,RSD为2.40%(n=5).该方法具有较高的选择性和灵敏度,样品处理简单快速,用于药物中阿奇霉素的测定,结果满意.

  12. 黔东松桃南华系大塘坡组锰矿层物源:来自 Sr 同位素的证据%Provenance of Nanhuan Datangpo Formation Manganese Mn Deposit in Songtao Area,East Guizhou Province:Evidence from Sr Isotope

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    余文超; 齐靓; 杜远生; 周琦; 彭头平; 王萍; 袁良军; 徐源; 潘文; 谢小峰

    2016-01-01

    in Lower Nanhuan Datangpo Formation in Songtao,East Guizhou Province indicates that 87 Sr/86 Sr ratios in 15 samples vary in 0.705 727-0.732 536.Studied samples include Mn ore,Mn shale and black shale in the Mn-bearing layer and the highest 87 Sr/86 Sr ratio appears in the black shale sample.With Al (%)increasing in samples,87 Sr/86 Sr ratios show two changing trends:the rising trend indicates terrigenous materials input and the falling trend indicates the deep hydrothermal sources input.As to 87 Sr/86 Sr ratios via Mn (%),there is no significant correlation coefficient,but 87 Sr/86 Sr ra-tios decrease when Mn (%)increase generally,according to residual analysis,we find that this is caused by the convergence fluctuation of 87 Sr/86 Sr ratios against the Mn(%)changes.The broad variation of 87 Sr/86 Sr ratios in Mn layer is caused by the dual inputs from terrigenous materials and hydrothermal sources.Compared with the contemporary (about 660 Ma)Sr isotope ratio in paleoseawater and the Sr isotope data from different ages Mn deposit world wide,we find that the broad variation of 87 Sr/86 Sr ratios in the Datangpo For-mation.Mn layer does not conform to the feature of hydrogenetic Mn deposit.Considered with the specific geological background,we believe that the accumulation and precipitation of manganese are separated processes:the accumulation of Mn had finished in the anoxic basin during the Sturtian glaciation,whereas the Mn deposit precipitated in an unstable paleoceanographic environment at the beginning of interglaciation.

  13. The influence of Sr content in calcium phosphate coatings

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    Lindahl, Carl [Department of Biomaterials, Institute for Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg (Sweden); BIOMATCELL, VINN Excellence Center of Biomaterials and Cell Therapy, Gothenburg (Sweden); Pujari-Palmer, Shiuli; Hoess, Andreas; Ott, Marjam [Applied Materials Science, Department of Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala (Sweden); Engqvist, Håkan [BIOMATCELL, VINN Excellence Center of Biomaterials and Cell Therapy, Gothenburg (Sweden); Applied Materials Science, Department of Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala (Sweden); Xia, Wei, E-mail: wei.xia@angstrom.uu.se [BIOMATCELL, VINN Excellence Center of Biomaterials and Cell Therapy, Gothenburg (Sweden); Applied Materials Science, Department of Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala (Sweden)

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    In this study calcium phosphate coatings with different amounts of strontium (Sr) were prepared using a biomineralization method. The incorporation of Sr changed the composition and morphology of coatings from plate-like to sphere-like morphology. Dissolution testing indicated that the solubility of the coatings increased with increased Sr concentration. Evaluation of extracts (with Sr concentrations ranging from 0 to 2.37 μg/mL) from the HA, 0.06Sr, 0.6Sr, and 1.2Sr coatings during in vitro cell cultures showed that Sr incorporation into coatings significantly enhanced the ALP activity in comparison to cells treated with control and HA eluted media. These findings show that calcium phosphate coatings could promote osteogenic differentiation even in a low amount of strontium. - Highlights: • Calcium phosphate coating doping with low Sr contents was prepared via a biomineralization process. • The solubility of the coatings increased with increased Sr concentration. • Present findings show the potential that Sr has on promoting osteogenic differentiation even in a low amount.

  14. Strain dependent magnetocaloric effect in La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 thin-films

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    V. Suresh Kumar

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available The strain dependent magnetocaloric properties of La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 thin films deposited on three different substrates (001 LaAlO3 (LAO, (001 SrTiO3 (STO, and (001 La0.3Sr0.7Al0.65Ta0.35O9 (LSAT have been investigated under low magnetic fields and around magnetic phase transition temperatures. Compared to bulk samples, we observe a remarkable decrease in the ferromagnetic transition temperature that is close to room temperature, closely matched isothermal magnetic entropy change and relative cooling power values in tensile strained La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 films. The epitaxial strain plays a significant role in tuning the peak position of isothermal magnetic entropy change towards room temperature with improved cooling capacity.

  15. Room-Temperature Magnetic and Magneto-Optical Properties of Sr2FeMoO6 Thin Films

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    Asano, Hidefumi; Osugi, Masahiro; Kohara, Yasuhiro; Higashida, Daisuke; Matsui, Masaaki

    2001-08-01

    Epitaxial thin films of a half-metallic ferromagnet Sr2FeMoO6 have been grown on (001) SrTiO3, and MgO substrates by magnetron sputtering in Ar+H2 mixture gas. Their structural, magnetic, magneto-optical and transport properties at room temperature were investigated and compared. Large difference has been observed especially in the magnetic and magneto-optical properties between thin films on SrTiO3 and MgO@. The films on SrTiO3 exhibited stronger out-of-plane magnetic anisotropy and larger complex polar Kerr effect with a rotation θk up to -0.32\\circ at 1.6 eV and RT@. The observed difference in the properties of the films on the two substrates can be interpreted in terms of the structural disorder.

  16. Low temperature synthesis of Ba1–SrSnO3 ( = 0–1) from molten alkali hydroxide flux

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    B Ramdas; R Vijayaraghavan

    2010-02-01

    Perovskite structured stannates (Ba1–SrSnO3, = 0.0–1.0) powders have been synthesized for the first time by molten salt synthesis (MSS) method using KOH as the flux at lower temperature (400°C) compared to other methods. The phase formation was confirmed by FT–IR spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the microstructure was analysed by scanning electron microscopy. XRD patterns reveal the formation of single phasic products for parent and substituted products with good crystallinity throughout the range ( = 0.0–1.0). The morphology of the particles of BaSnO3 and SrSnO3 is spherical and rod shaped, respectively. Effect of soaking periods on the grain growth is observed clearly in SrSnO3. Ba0.5Sr0.5SnO3 (BSS5) crystallizes in flake like morphology.

  17. Electronic structure of a superconducting topological insulator Sr-doped Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3}

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    Han, C. Q.; Chen, W. J.; Zhu, Fengfeng; Yao, Meng-Yu [Key Laboratory of Artificial Structures and Quantum Control (Ministry of Education), Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Li, H.; Li, Z. J.; Wang, M.; Gao, Bo F., E-mail: bo-f-gao@mail.sim.ac.cn [Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Science, Shanghai 200050 (China); Guan, D. D.; Liu, Canhua; Qian, Dong, E-mail: dqian@sjtu.edu.cn; Jia, Jin-Feng [Key Laboratory of Artificial Structures and Quantum Control (Ministry of Education), Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Nanjing 210093 (China); Gao, C. L. [Key Laboratory of Artificial Structures and Quantum Control (Ministry of Education), Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Nanjing 210093 (China); Department of Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China)

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    Using high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy, the atomic and low energy electronic structure of the Sr-doped superconducting topological insulators (Sr{sub x}Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3}) was studied. Scanning tunneling microscopy shows that most of the Sr atoms are not in the van der Waals gap. After Sr doping, the Fermi level was found to move further upwards when compared with the parent compound Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3}, which is consistent with the low carrier density in this system. The topological surface state was clearly observed, and the position of the Dirac point was determined in all doped samples. The surface state is well separated from the bulk conduction bands in the momentum space. The persistence of separated topological surface state combined with small Fermi energy makes this superconducting material a very promising candidate for the time reversal invariant topological superconductor.

  18. Structural and Magnetic Properties of Bi0.5Sr0.5FeO3 Multiferroic Ceramics

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    Puhan, Ashalata; Bhushan, Bhavya; Rout, Dibyaranjan

    2016-09-01

    Phase pure BiFeO3 (BFO) and Bi0.5Sr0.5FeO3 (BFSO) ceramics were synthesized by solid state reaction method at different sintering conditions. Structural characterization with XRD revealed that the rhombohedral phase changed to cubic due to substitution of Sr in the A- site of BFO. SEM micrographs of BSFO samples indicated improved microstructure with higher density particularly the samples sintered for longer durations. The XPS data suggested the change in oxidation state of Fe from Fe3+ to Fe2+ as a result of aliovalent substitution of Sr at Bi site. As a consequence, oxygen vacancies were created to neutralize charge disorder. The BSFO samples exhibited ferromagnetism with enhanced remnant magnetization and coercive field as compared to the linear magnetization in BFO. These improved results obtained by Sr doping were majorly due to the structural change and creation of oxygen vacancies.

  19. Observation of effect of Azithromycin in treatment of cough variant asthma%阿奇霉素辅助治疗小儿咳嗽变异性哮喘疗效观察

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    李桂荣

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨阿奇霉素在治疗小儿咳嗽变异性哮喘中的临床疗效.方法 将196例咳嗽变异性哮喘患儿随机分为对照组和治疗组,每组各98例.对照组常规给予扩张支气管药物综合治疗,治疗组加用阿奇霉素治疗.结果 治疗组和对照组总有效率分别是93.9%和71.4%.经统计学处理两组有极显著性差异(P<0.05).未发现明显不良反应.结论 阿奇霉素治疗小儿咳嗽变异性哮喘疗效显著.%Objective To study the clinical efficacy of Azithromycin in treatment of cough variant asthma in children. Methods Totally 196 cases of cough variant asthma of children were randomly divided into controll and treatment group. 98 cases of controlled group were regularly treated with common bronchodilators. But 98 cases of treatment group were added with Azithromycin. Results The o-verall effective rate of treatment group was remarkably higher than that of controlled group(93. 9% VS 71.4% ) (P < 0.05). And no side effect could be found in all of the treated children. Conclusions Azithromycin can be used in treating the children with cough variant asthma and improving the clinical symptoms with high safety.

  20. Sr - an element shows the way - Applications of Sr isotopes for provenance, tracing and migration (Invited)

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    Prohaska, T.; Irrgeher, J.; Zitek, A.; Teschler Nicola, M.

    2010-12-01

    Strontium - named after the small Scottish town Strontian - as such is an element with little popularity. Firstly described by Martin Heinrich Klaproth in 1798, the metal is used in metallurgy to some extent whereas its compounds are interesting in glass industries, electronics and pyrotechnics. The element has chemical similarity to Ca and makes up 1/60 of the earth’s amount of the latter. Nonetheless, it is its isotopic composition which makes Sr so interesting for a large number of scientists. The natural composition of the four naturally occurring isotopes (84Sr, 86Sr 87Sr and 88Sr) varies in nature due to the radioactive decay of 87Rb to 87Sr. Thus, it was early recognized as geochronometer especially in Ca rich matrices. With increasing precision of applied methodology, the natural variation of the 87Sr/86Sr isotope ratio (analyzed at first mainly by thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS)) became more and more popular in provenance studies. The natural variation of the ratio is mainly determined by the geological age and the original composition of the rock and can be used therefore as fingerprint of the local geology. The ratio is transferred with no significant fractionation via the water into plants and finally via the food chain into animal and human tissues (especially bones and teeth). As the element is chemically similar to Ca, it appears in most matrices. The use for provenance studies is supported by the fact that the long half life (4.8 x 1010 years) does not lead to an alteration during the time scales which are investigated (from recent samples to human or animal skeletal remains which date back up to 30.000 BC). The uniqueness of the system besides the natural variation is defined by the ubiquity in nature and the relatively high (and thus measurable) elemental concentration in most tissues. It was finally the advent of multiple collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS) which augmented the number of applications

  1. Anisotropic Magnetoresistance in Antiferromagnetic Sr_{2}IrO_{4}

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    C. Wang

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available We report point-contact measurements of anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR in a single crystal of antiferromagnetic Mott insulator Sr_{2}IrO_{4}. The point-contact technique is used here as a local probe of magnetotransport properties on the nanoscale. The measurements at liquid nitrogen temperature reveal negative magnetoresistances (up to 28% for modest magnetic fields (250 mT applied within the IrO_{2} a-b plane and electric currents flowing perpendicular to the plane. The angular dependence of magnetoresistance shows a crossover from fourfold to twofold symmetry in response to an increasing magnetic field with angular variations in resistance from 1% to 14%. We tentatively attribute the fourfold symmetry to the crystalline component of AMR and the field-induced transition to the effects of applied field on the canting of antiferromagnetic-coupled moments in Sr_{2}IrO_{4}. The observed AMR is very large compared to the crystalline AMRs in 3d transition metal alloys or oxides (0.1%–0.5% and can be associated with the large spin-orbit interactions in this 5d oxide while the transition provides evidence of correlations between electronic transport, magnetic order, and orbital states. The finding of this work opens an entirely new avenue to not only gain a new insight into physics associated with spin-orbit coupling but also to better harness the power of spintronics in a more technically favorable fashion.

  2. Free enthalpy landscape of SrO.

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    Schön, J C; Cancarević, Z P; Hannemann, A; Jansen, M

    2008-05-21

    Trying to predict thermodynamically stable and metastable solid compounds as function of pressure and temperature requires the global exploration of the enthalpy landscapes of chemical systems and the subsequent construction of their free enthalpy landscapes. In this work, we present a general approach to the determination of a free energy landscape. As an example, we construct the free enthalpy landscape of SrO for two different pressures on the empirical potential level and also compute various thermodynamic and elastic properties of SrO in the NaCl-, CsCl-, NiAs-, NbS-, TiP-, beta-BeO, sphalerite-, and wurtzite-structure type on an ab initio level. We employ density functional theory within the hybrid B3LYP approximation. The results show good agreement with experimental and theoretical data.

  3. In situ Sr/Sr investigation of igneous apatites and carbonates using laser-ablation MC-ICP-MS

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    Bizzarro, Martin; Simonetti, A.; Stevenson, R.K.;

    2003-01-01

    In situ Sr isotopic compositions of coexisting apatite and carbonate for carbonatites from the Sarfartoq alkaline complex, Greenland, have been determined by laser-ablation multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. This study is the first to examine the extent of Sr isotopic...... spectrometry but in a much shorter interval of time (100 s vs.>1 h, respectively). The combined total analyses (n = 107) of apatite and carbonate yield Sr/Sr compositions ranging from ~ 0.7025 to ~ 0.7031. This relatively large variation in Sr isotopic compositions (~ 0.0006) is ~ 1 order of magnitude larger...... than the estimated external reproducibility (~ 0.00005,2s) of the method. The large range in Sr/Sr values suggests that apatite and carbonate precipitated predominantly under nonequilibrium conditions. The isotopic variations observed within individual hand specimens may therefore reflect larger...

  4. Dispersion and fate of ⁹⁰Sr in the Northwestern Pacific and adjacent seas: global fallout and the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident.

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    Maderich, V; Jung, K T; Bezhenar, R; de With, G; Qiao, F; Casacuberta, N; Masque, P; Kim, Y H

    2014-10-01

    The 3D compartment model POSEIDON-R was applied to the Northwestern Pacific and adjacent seas to simulate the transport and fate of (90)Sr in the period 1945-2010 and to perform a radiological assessment on the releases of (90)Sr due to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear accident for the period 2011-2040. The contamination due to runoff of (90)Sr from terrestrial surfaces was taken into account using a generic predictive model. A dynamical food-chain model describes the transfer of (90)Sr to phytoplankton, zooplankton, molluscs, crustaceans, piscivorous and non-piscivorous fishes. Results of the simulations were compared with observation data on (90)Sr for the period 1955-2010 and the budget of (90)Sr activity was estimated. It was found that in the East China Sea and Yellow Sea the riverine influx was 1.5% of the ocean influx and it was important only locally. Calculated concentrations of (90)Sr in water, bottom sediment and marine organisms before and after the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident are in good agreement with available experimental measurements. The concentration of (90)Sr in seawater would return to the background levels within one year after leakages were stopped. The model predicts that the concentration of (90)Sr in fish after the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident shall return to the background concentrations only 2 years later due to the delay of the transfer throughout the food web and specific accumulation of (90)Sr. The contribution of (90)Sr to the maximal dose rate due to the FDNPP accident was three orders of magnitude less than that due to (137)Cs, and thus well below the maximum effective dose limits for the public.

  5. Impact of the Staphylococcus epidermidis LytSR two-component regulatory system on murein hydrolase activity, pyruvate utilization and global transcriptional profile

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    Yu Fangyou

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Staphylococcus epidermidis has emerged as one of the most important nosocomial pathogens, mainly because of its ability to colonize implanted biomaterials by forming a biofilm. Extensive studies are focused on the molecular mechanisms involved in biofilm formation. The LytSR two-component regulatory system regulates autolysis and biofilm formation in Staphylococcus aureus. However, the role of LytSR played in S. epidermidis remained unknown. Results In the present study, we demonstrated that lytSR knock-out in S. epidermidis did not alter susceptibility to Triton X-100 induced autolysis. Quantitative murein hydrolase assay indicated that disruption of lytSR in S. epidermidis resulted in decreased activities of extracellular murein hydrolases, although zymogram showed no apparent differences in murein hydrolase patterns between S. epidermidis strain 1457 and its lytSR mutant. Compared to the wild-type counterpart, 1457ΔlytSR produced slightly more biofilm, with significantly decreased dead cells inside. Microarray analysis showed that lytSR mutation affected the transcription of 164 genes (123 genes were upregulated and 41 genes were downregulated. Specifically, genes encoding proteins responsible for protein synthesis, energy metabolism were downregulated, while genes involved in amino acid and nucleotide biosynthesis, amino acid transporters were upregulated. Impaired ability to utilize pyruvate and reduced activity of arginine deiminase was observed in 1457ΔlytSR, which is consistent with the microarray data. Conclusions The preliminary results suggest that in S. epidermidis LytSR two-component system regulates extracellular murein hydrolase activity, bacterial cell death and pyruvate utilization. Based on the microarray data, it appears that lytSR inactivation induces a stringent response. In addition, LytSR may indirectly enhance biofilm formation by altering the metabolic status of the bacteria.

  6. Implicazioni cliniche ed economiche di tramadolo SR

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    Lorenzo Pradelli

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Tramadol is one of the preferred weak opioid agonists in the management of chronic pain, due to a good efficacy and safety profile, to a particularly low interference with cardiovascular and respiratory functions and a low dependence and abuse potential. The successful use of tramadol, nevertheless, is often limited by low patient compliance, a consequence of gastrointestinal side effects (mainly nausea and vomiting and frequent dosing regimens, among other reasons. In this paper, clinical studies conducted on slow-release formulations of tramadol and other strategies for compliance improvement in various pain conditions are reviewed. From the examined literature, it appears that the strategy with the best compliance is the use of slow release (SR formulations, which simplify dosing regimens and tend to have a somewhat better tolerability, and a slow dose escalation, which improves tolerability. The advantages of SR formulations have to be weighed against the superior acquisition cost and the slower onset of analgesia. A frame for the evaluation of the clinical and economical advantages and disadvantages of SR versus immediate release formulations of tramadol is also proposed.

  7. Some aspects of SR beamline alignment

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    Gaponov, Yu.A., E-mail: Yury.Gaponov@maxlab.lu.se [MAX-lab, Lund University, P.O.B. 118, SE-221 00 Lund (Sweden); Cerenius, Y. [MAX-lab, Lund University, P.O.B. 118, SE-221 00 Lund (Sweden); Nygaard, J. [Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, DK-1871 Frederiksberg C (Denmark); Ursby, T.; Larsson, K. [MAX-lab, Lund University, P.O.B. 118, SE-221 00 Lund (Sweden)

    2011-09-01

    Based on the Synchrotron Radiation (SR) beamline optical element-by-element alignment with analysis of the alignment results an optimized beamline alignment algorithm has been designed and developed. The alignment procedures have been designed and developed for the MAX-lab I911-4 fixed energy beamline. It has been shown that the intermediate information received during the monochromator alignment stage can be used for the correction of both monochromator and mirror without the next stages of alignment of mirror, slits, sample holder, etc. Such an optimization of the beamline alignment procedures decreases the time necessary for the alignment and becomes useful and helpful in the case of any instability of the beamline optical elements, storage ring electron orbit or the wiggler insertion device, which could result in the instability of angular and positional parameters of the SR beam. A general purpose software package for manual, semi-automatic and automatic SR beamline alignment has been designed and developed using the developed algorithm. The TANGO control system is used as the middle-ware between the stand-alone beamline control applications BLTools, BPMonitor and the beamline equipment.

  8. Erosion of Deccan Traps determined by river geochemistry: impact on the global climate and the 87Sr/ 86Sr ratio of seawater

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    Dessert, Céline; Dupré, Bernard; François, Louis M.; Schott, Jacques; Gaillardet, Jérôme; Chakrapani, Govind; Bajpai, Sujit

    2001-06-01

    The impact of the Deccan Traps on chemical weathering and atmospheric CO 2 consumption on Earth is evaluated based on the study of major elements, strontium and 87Sr/ 86Sr isotopic ratios of the main rivers flowing through the traps, using a numerical model which describes the coupled evolution of the chemical cycles of carbon, alkalinity and strontium and allows one to compute the variations in atmospheric pCO 2, mean global temperature and the 87Sr/ 86Sr isotopic ratio of seawater, in response to Deccan trap emplacement. The results suggest that the rate of chemical weathering of Deccan Traps (21-63 t/km 2/yr) and associated atmospheric CO 2 consumption (0.58-2.54×10 6 mol C/km 2/yr) are relatively high compared to those linked to other basaltic regions. Our results on the Deccan and available data from other basaltic regions show that runoff and temperature are the two main parameters which control the rate of CO 2 consumption during weathering of basalts, according to the relationship: f=R f×C 0exp-Ea/R1/T- 1/298where f is the specific CO 2 consumption rate (mol/km 2/yr), Rf is runoff (mm/yr), C0 is a constant (=1764 μmol/l), Ea represents an apparent activation energy for basalt weathering (with a value of 42.3 kJ/mol determined in the present study), R is the gas constant and T is the absolute temperature (°K). Modelling results show that emplacement and weathering of Deccan Traps basalts played an important role in the geochemical cycles of carbon and strontium. In particular, the traps led to a change in weathering rate of both carbonates and silicates, in carbonate deposition on seafloor, in Sr isotopic composition of the riverine flux and hence a change in marine Sr isotopic composition. As a result, Deccan Traps emplacement was responsible for a strong increase of atmospheric pCO 2 by 1050 ppmv followed by a new steady-state pCO 2 lower than that in pre-Deccan times by 57 ppmv, implying that pre-industrial atmospheric pCO 2 would have been 20% higher

  9. Induction of CaSR expression circumvents the molecular features of malignant CaSR null colon cancer cells.

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    Singh, Navneet; Chakrabarty, Subhas

    2013-11-15

    We recently reported on the isolation and characterization of calcium sensing receptor (CaSR) null human colon cancer cells (Singh et al., Int J Cancer 2013; 132: 1996-2005). CaSR null cells possess a myriad of molecular features that are linked to a highly malignant and drug resistant phenotype of colon cancer. The CaSR null phenotype can be maintained in defined human embryonic stem cell culture medium. We now show that the CaSR null cells can be induced to differentiate in conventional culture medium, regained the expression of CaSR with a concurrent reversal of the cellular and molecular features associated with the null phenotype. These features include cellular morphology, expression of colon cancer stem cell markers, expression of survivin and thymidylate synthase and sensitivity to fluorouracil. Other features include the expression of epithelial mesenchymal transition linked molecules and transcription factors, oncogenic miRNAs and tumor suppressive molecule and miRNA. With the exception of cancer stem cell markers, the reversal of molecular features, upon the induction of CaSR expression, is directly linked to the expression and function of CaSR because blocking CaSR induction by shRNA circumvented such reversal. We further report that methylation and demethylation of the CaSR gene promoter underlie CaSR expression. Due to the malignant nature of the CaSR null cells, inclusion of the CaSR null phenotype in disease management may improve on the mortality of this disease. Because CaSR is a robust promoter of differentiation and mediates its action through diverse mechanisms and pathways, inactivation of CaSR may serve as a new paradigm in colon carcinogenesis.

  10. Thermoelectric properties and electronic structure of the Zintl phase Sr5Al2Sb6.

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    Zevalkink, Alex; Takagiwa, Yoshiki; Kitahara, Koichi; Kimura, Kaoru; Snyder, G Jeffrey

    2014-03-28

    The Zintl phase Sr5Al2Sb6 has a large, complex unit cell and is composed of relatively earth-abundant and non-toxic elements, making it an attractive candidate for thermoelectric applications. The structure of Sr5Al2Sb6 is characterized by infinite oscillating chains of AlSb4 tetrahedra. It is distinct from the structure type of the previously studied Ca5M2Sb6 compounds (M = Al, Ga or In), all of which have been shown to have promising thermoelectric performance. The lattice thermal conductivity of Sr5Al2Sb6 (~0.55 W mK(-1) at 1000 K) was found to be lower than that of the related Ca5M2Sb6 compounds due to its larger unit cell (54 atoms per primitive cell). Density functional theory predicts a relatively large band gap in Sr5Al2Sb6, in agreement with the experimentally determined band gap of E(g) ~ 0.5 eV. High temperature electronic transport measurements reveal high resistivity and high Seebeck coefficients in Sr5Al2Sb6, consistent with the large band gap and valence-precise structure. Doping with Zn(2+) on the Al(3+) site was attempted, but did not lead to the expected increase in carrier concentration. The low lattice thermal conductivity and large band gap in Sr5Al2Sb6 suggest that, if the carrier concentration can be increased, thermoelectric performance comparable to that of Ca5Al2Sb6 could be achieved in this system.

  11. Barite mineralization in Kalana speleothems, Central Estonia: Sr, S and O isotope characterization

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    Mikk Gaškov

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Barite mineralization in association with calcitic speleothem precipitates in cave structures in Silurian Aeronian carbonate rocks in Kalana quarry, Central Estonia, was studied. Barite mineralization in Kalana occurs in two generations – euhedral bladed-tabular barite zonal crystals from a few to 10 cm in size, growing on the limestone-dolomite wall-rock (generation I, and sparsely placed thin tabular crystals a few millimetres thick and up to 1 cm in size, growing on calcitic crusts (generation II. The barite crystals of generation I are frequently found embedded by paragenetically later calcitic botryoidal crusts. The Sr and S isotopic composition of barite crystals shows a trend of increasing Sr isotope ratios (from 0.7114 to 0.7120 and δ34S values (from 13‰ to 33‰ from the central parts towards the edges of zonal crystals. This suggests barite precipitation by mixing of two endmember fluids at varying ratios during barite formation: warm (up to 70 °C reducing fluid bearing Ba, characterized by an elevated radiogenic Sr- and 34S-enriched isotopic signal, and a cooler ambient fluid bearing an isotopically lighter dissolved sulphate, characterized by lower Sr isotope ratios. The excess of radiogenic 87Sr in barite compared to Phanerozoic seawater values suggests Sr derived from a continental source, whereas sulphate was derived either from oxidized H2S or a modified seawater source. Gradual increase in δ34S values towards the outer zones could also indicate the 34S enrichment due to bacterial sulphate reduction, even though there is no paired 34S and 18O enrichment of sulphate, characteristic of bacterial reworking. This can be interpreted as indicating an open system with limited sulphate resupply where the δ18O composition of sulphate was equilibrated with warm ascending hydrothermal fluid.

  12. Low temperature dielectric properties of {sup 88}Sr{sup 48}TiO{sub 3}

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    Aslan, F.; Peichl, T.; Fischer, G.; Weiss, G. [Physikalisches Institut (Germany); Schoellhammer, S.; Menesklou, W. [Institut fuer Werkstoffe der Elektrotechnik, KIT 76128 Karlsruhe (Germany)

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    It is well established that the behavior of amorphous solids at low temperatures is governed by atomic two-level tunneling systems with properties as detailed in the phenomenological tunneling model. However, this genuine tunneling model fails to explain the recently measured magnetic field dependence of the low temperature dielectric properties of glasses. Extensions of the tunneling model that include a coupling of the lateral motion of the atoms to the orientation of their nuclear quadrupole moment could explain at least some of the observed magnetic field effects. In our studies, we try to directly demonstrate this idea by comparing the dielectric behavior of SrTiO{sub 3}-ceramics made of isotopes of natural abundance with that of samples enriched with the isotopes {sup 88}Sr and {sup 48}Ti which have no nuclear quadrupole moment. In contrast to the expectation, the magnetic field effects of the dielectric constant of {sup 88}Sr{sup 48}TiO{sub 3} were not smaller but even 4.5 times larger than those of SrTiO{sub 3} with natural components. SQUID-magnetometer measurements revealed that our {sup 88}Sr{sup 48}TiO{sub 3}-material contains about 6 times more ferromagnetic and two orders of magnitude more paramagnetic impurities than our natural SrTiO{sub 3}. Although ruled out by other authors, this again rises the question whether the sensitivity to magnetic fields of the dielectric properties of glasses at low temperatures is caused by magnetic impurities.

  13. Extraction chromatographic separation of Sr, Pu and Am in environmental samples

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    Sidhu, Rajdeep

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    An accurate determination of radionuclides from various sources in the environment is essential for assessment of the potential hazards and suitable countermeasures both in case of an authorised release, accidents and routine surveillance. Due to the short range of alpha and beta radiation, the accurate determination of pure alpha and beta emitters must always include radiochemical separations to separate the analytes from the matrix and from other interfering stable and radioactive nuclides. Hence, the procedures used for their determination are usually tedious and involve several preconcentration and separation steps. This work deals with the determination of {sup 90}Sr, {sup 241}Am, {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239,240}Pu and {sup 244}Cm, whic some of the most important artificial radionuclides. Due to either absence or low yield of gamma radiation, a secure determination of low concentrations of all these nuclides requires a dedicated chemistry. Selective extraction chromatographic resins (TRU- and Sr-Resin) have been utilised to develop new procedures for the analyses of Pu, Am and Cm isotopes in seawater and both these and {sup 90}Sr in soil, sediment, urine and low-level liquid radioactive effluents. The proposed method for the analyses of Pu and Am in seawater offers a quick and secure mode for the determination of these radionuclides in marine waters. Combined pre-concentration of actinides and strontium (oxalate or phosphate precipitation) followed by dual column separation on TRU- and Sr-Resin significantly reduces the through put time and costs compared to traditional ion exchange and precipitation methods. The greatest gain in productivity and environmental friendliness is achieved in Sr separations using Sr-Resin instead of precipitations involving fuming nitric acid and oxalate, hydroxide, chromate and carbonate precipitations. (author)

  14. Electronic parameters of Sr2M2O7 (M = V, Nb, Ta) and Sr-O chemical bonding

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    Atuchin, Victor V.; Grivel, Jean-Claude; Zhang, Zhaoming

    2010-01-01

    on the formation of the Sr-O bonds. The chemical bonding effects were considered on the basis of our XPS results for Sr2Nb2O7 and Sr2Ta2O7 and the previously published structural and XPS data for other Sr-oxide compounds. A new empirical relationship between Δ(O-Sr) and L(Sr-O) was obtained. Possible applications...

  15. Polymorphism of Strontium Monogallate: The Framework Structures of β-SrGa 2O 4 and ABW-Type γ-SrGa 2O 4

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    Kahlenberg, V.; Fischer, R. X.; Shaw, C. S. J.

    2000-09-01

    The crystal structures of two modifications of strontium monogallate have been investigated by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. A β-phase corresponding to the stable modification at room temperature and γ-SrGa2O4, a quenched high-pressure polymorph prepared at 1250°C and 2.5 GPa. β-SrGa2O4 is monoclinic, space group P121/c1, a=8.3770(3) Å, b=8.9940(2) Å, c=10.6800(4), β=93.932(2)°, V=802.8(5) Å3, Z=8, Dcalc=4.82 g cm-3, wR2=0.083 for 2351 reflections; γ-SrGa2O4 is monoclinic as well, space group P121/n1, a=8.1100(2) Å, b=10.7610(3) Å, c=9.0570(2) Å, β=91.569(1)°, V=790.1(3) Å3, Z=8, Dcalc=4.89 g cm-3, wR2=0.068 for 2300 reflections. The structures of both phases are characterized by layers of six-membered rings of GaO4 tetrahedra perpendicular to the a axis. The stacking of the layers parallel to the a axis results in a three-dimensional framework containing channels that are occupied by the Sr cations for charge compensation. The two modifications differ with respect to the relative orientation of up (U) and down (D) pointing apices of adjacent tetrahedra within a single ring. The sequence of directedness is UUUDDD for γ-SrGa2O4 and UUDUDD for β-SrGa2O4, respectively. γ-SrGa2O4 belongs to the zeolite ABW-type structures and is apparently the only member with space group symmetry P121/n1 in combination with a doubled b axis compared to the ABW-aristotype (space group Jmma). It is the first member of this structure family with exclusively trivalent tetrahedral ions of only one chemical species and divalent nonframework cations within the channels. The compound is isotypic with the monclinic modification of CaGa2O4.

  16. Assessing electron beam sensitivity for SrTiO3 and La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 using electron energy loss spectroscopy.

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    Nord, Magnus; Vullum, Per Erik; Hallsteinsen, Ingrid; Tybell, Thomas; Holmestad, Randi

    2016-10-01

    Thresholds for beam damage have been assessed for La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 and SrTiO3 as a function of electron probe current and exposure time at 80 and 200kV acceleration voltage. The materials were exposed to an intense electron probe by aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) with simultaneous acquisition of electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) data. Electron beam damage was identified by changes of the core loss fine structure after quantification by a refined and improved model based approach. At 200kV acceleration voltage, damage in SrTiO3 was identified by changes both in the EEL fine structure and by contrast changes in the STEM images. However, the changes in the STEM image contrast as introduced by minor damage can be difficult to detect under several common experimental conditions. No damage was observed in SrTiO3 at 80kV acceleration voltage, independent of probe current and exposure time. In La0.7Sr0.3MnO3, beam damage was observed at both 80 and 200kV acceleration voltages. This damage was observed by large changes in the EEL fine structure, but not by any detectable changes in the STEM images. The typical method to validate if damage has been introduced during acquisitions is to compare STEM images prior to and after spectroscopy. Quantifications in this work show that this method possibly can result in misinterpretation of beam damage as changes of material properties.

  17. The evolution of oceanic 87Sr/86Sr does not rule out early continental growth

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    Flament, N.; Coltice, N.; Rey, P. F.

    2010-12-01

    Many contrasted continental growth models have been proposed to date, in which the amount of continental material extracted from the mantle at 3.8 Ga ranges between 0% (e.g. Taylor and McLennan, 1985) and 100% (e.g. Armstrong, 1981). One of the arguments in favor of delayed continental growth models is the shift in the 87Sr/86Sr of marine carbonates from mantle composition at ~ 2.8 Ga (Shields and Veizer, 2002). When using oceanic 87Sr/86Sr as a proxy of continental growth, the flux of strontium from the continents to the oceans is assumed to depend only on continental area and both continental hypsometry and continental freeboard are assumed to be constant through time. However, Rey and Coltice (2008) suggested that Archean reliefs were lower than present-day ones and Flament et al. (2008) suggested that the emerged land area is not proportional to continental growth. Therefore, the suitability of 87Sr/86Sr as a proxy of continental growth must be re-assessed. In this contribution, we develop an integrated model, from the mantle to the surface, to investigate the effect of contrasted continental growth models on the evolution of sea level, of the area of emerged land, and of oceanic 87Sr/86Sr. We estimate the evolution of mantle temperature using the model of Labrosse and Jaupart (2007) that takes the effect of continental growth into account. The maximum continental elevation is calculated using the results of Rey and Coltice (2008), sea level and the area of emerged land are calculated as in Flament et al. (2008), and the oceanic 87Sr/86Sr is calculated in a geochemical box model. We calculate Archean sea levels ~ 800 m higher than present for delayed continental growth and ~ 1500 m higher for early continental growth. In contrast, we calculate similar Archean areas of emerged land, of less than 5% of the Earth’s surface, for both early and delayed continental growth models. Because the area of emerged land does not depend on continental growth models, the

  18. Effects of Sr-HT-Gahnite on osteogenesis and angiogenesis by adipose derived stem cells for critical-sized calvarial defect repair

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    Wang, Guifang; Roohani-Esfahani, Seyed-Iman; Zhang, Wenjie; Lv, Kaige; Yang, Guangzheng; Ding, Xun; Zou, Derong; Cui, Daxiang; zreiqat, Hala; Jiang, Xinquan

    2017-01-01

    Tissue engineering strategies to construct vascularized bone grafts are now attracting much attention. Strontium-hardystonite-Gahnite (Sr-HT-Gahnite) is a strong, highly porous, and biocompatible calcium silicate based bio-ceramic that contains strontium and zinc ions. Adipose derived stem cells (ASCs) have been demonstrated to have the ability in promoting osteogenesis and angiogenesis. In this study, the effects of Sr-HT-Gahnite on cell morphology, cell proliferation, and osteogenic differentiation of ASCs were systematically investigated. The cell proliferation, migration and angiogenic differentiation of human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVECs) were studied. Beta-tricalcium phosphate/hydroxyapatite (TCP/HA) bioceramic scaffolds were set as the control biomaterial. Both bio-ceramics exhibited no adverse influence on cell viability. The Sr-HT-Gahnite scaffolds promoted cell attachment and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity of ASCs. The Sr-HT-Gahnite dissolution products enhanced ALP activity, matrix mineralization, and angiogenic differentiation of ASCs. They could also improve cell proliferation, migration, and angiogenic differentiation of HUVECs. Levels of in vivo bone formation with Sr-HT Gahnite were significantly higher than that for TCP/HA. The combination of Sr-HT-Gahnite and ASCs promoted both osteogenesis and angiogenesis in vivo study, compared to Sr-HT-Gahnite and TCP/HA bio-ceramics when administered alone, suggesting Sr-HT-Gahnite can act as a carrier for ASCs for construction of vascularized tissue-engineered bone. PMID:28106165

  19. Fabrication and Photocatalytic Property of One-Dimensional SrTiO3/TiO2-xNx Nanostructures

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    Huarong Zhang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available One-dimensional SrTiO3/TiO2−xNx nanostructures were prepared by the hydrothermal method and investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, and ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis DRS measurements. The photocatalytic activities of the prepared samples were evaluated by photodegrading the methylene blue (MB solution. According to the characterizations, the intermediate product of SrTiO3/titanate nanotubes was presented after hydrothermal processing of the TiO2−xNx nanoparticles with the mixed solution of NaOH and Sr(NO32. The final product of SrTiO3/TiO2−xNx nanorods was obtained after calcining the intermediate. As compared to the TiO2−xNx nanoparticles, the absorption performance of SrTiO3/titanate nanotubes or SrTiO3/TiO2−xNx nanorods was depressed, instead of improving it. The mechanisms of the absorption property changes were discussed. The SrTiO3/TiO2−xNx nanorods presented better photocatalytic activity than the TiO2−xNx nanoparticles or nanorods. However, due to overmuch adsorption, the SrTiO3/titanate nanotubes gave ordinary photocatalytic performances.

  20. Probing the extent of the Sr2+ ion condensation to anionic polyacrylate coils: a quantitative anomalous small-angle x-ray scattering study.

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    Goerigk, G; Huber, K; Schweins, R

    2007-10-21

    The shrinking process of anionic sodium polyacrylate (NaPA) chains in aqueous solution induced by Sr2+ counterions was analyzed by anomalous small-angle x-ray scattering. Scattering experiments were performed close to the precipitation threshold of strontium polyacrylate. The pure-resonant scattering contribution, which is related to the structural distribution of the Sr2+ counterions, was used to analyze the extent of Sr2+ condensation onto the polyacrylate coils. A series of four samples with different ratios [Sr2+][NaPA] (between 0.451 and 0.464) has been investigated. From the quantitative analysis of the resonant invariant, the amount of Sr cations localized in the collapsed phase was calculated with concentrations v between 0.94x10(17) and 2.01x10(17) cm(-3) corresponding to an amount of Sr cations in the collapsed phase between 9% and 23% of the total Sr2+ cations in solution. If compared to the concentration of polyacrylate expressed in moles of monomers [NaPA], a degree of site binding of r=[Sr2+][NaPA] between 0.05 and 0.11 was estimated. These values clearly differ from r=0.25, which was established from former light scattering experiments, indicating that the counterion condensation starts before the phase border is reached and increases rather sharply at the border.

  1. Dichotomy of the electronic structure and superconductivity between single-layer and double-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 films.

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    Liu, Xu; Liu, Defa; Zhang, Wenhao; He, Junfeng; Zhao, Lin; He, Shaolong; Mou, Daixiang; Li, Fangsen; Tang, Chenjia; Li, Zhi; Wang, Lili; Peng, Yingying; Liu, Yan; Chen, Chaoyu; Yu, Li; Liu, Guodong; Dong, Xiaoli; Zhang, Jun; Chen, Chuangtian; Xu, Zuyan; Chen, Xi; Ma, Xucun; Xue, Qikun; Zhou, X J

    2014-09-23

    The latest discovery of possible high-temperature superconductivity in the single-layer FeSe film grown on a SrTiO3 substrate has generated much attention. Initial work found that, while the single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 film exhibits a clear signature of superconductivity, the double-layer film shows an insulating behaviour. Such a marked layer-dependent difference is surprising and the underlying origin remains unclear. Here we report a comparative angle-resolved photoemission study between the single-layer and double-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 films annealed in vacuum. We find that, different from the single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 film, the double-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 film is hard to get doped and remains in the semiconducting/insulating state under an extensive annealing condition. Such a behaviour originates from the much reduced doping efficiency in the bottom FeSe layer of the double-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 film from the FeSe-SrTiO3 interface. These observations provide key insights in understanding the doping mechanism and the origin of superconductivity in the FeSe/SrTiO3 films.

  2. Flexibility of experimental alumina/feldspar and SR ADORO dental composites.

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    Le Roux, A R; Lachman, N

    2010-03-01

    Flexure of a dental composite can be detrimental to the success of a restoration. Flexibility considerations are thus important when comparing dental materials to optimize the success of resin restorations. Flexibility of 5.6 x 18.0 x 2.0 mm3 experimental alumina/feldspar and SR ADORO dental composites specimens were compared. It was hypothesized that alumina/feldspar composites would be less flexible under a load than SR ADORO composites and that the flexibility would decrease significantly as the feldspar content was increased. Alumina was chemically sintered or bonded with 40%, 50% and 60% feldspar mass, silanized and infiltrated with urethane dimethacrylate (UDMA) to prepare the alumina/feldspar dental restorative composite specimens. Three point bending tests were performed in the Instron 44 machine for flexural comparison to SR ADORO. The alumina/feldspar specimens showed lower flexibility (mm displacement) than SR ADORO (p dental composites may provide added marginal seal benefit. However confirmation via in vivo function of alumina/feldspar dental composites is recommended.

  3. An analytical approach to Sr isotope ratio determination in Lambrusco wines for geographical traceability purposes.

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    Durante, Caterina; Baschieri, Carlo; Bertacchini, Lucia; Bertelli, Davide; Cocchi, Marina; Marchetti, Andrea; Manzini, Daniela; Papotti, Giulia; Sighinolfi, Simona

    2015-04-15

    Geographical origin and authenticity of food are topics of interest for both consumers and producers. Among the different indicators used for traceability studies, (87)Sr/(86)Sr isotopic ratio has provided excellent results. In this study, two analytical approaches for wine sample pre-treatment, microwave and low temperature mineralisation, were investigated to develop accurate and precise analytical method for (87)Sr/(86)Sr determination. The two procedures led to comparable results (paired t-test, with twine sample), processed during each sample batch (calculated Relative Standard Deviation, RSD%, equal to 0.002%. Lambrusco PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) wines coming from four different vintages (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012) were pre-treated according to the best procedure and their isotopic values were compared with isotopic data coming from (i) soils of their territory of origin and (ii) wines obtained by same grape varieties cultivated in different districts. The obtained results have shown no significant variability among the different vintages of wines and a perfect agreement between the isotopic range of the soils and wines has been observed. Nevertheless, the investigated indicator was not enough powerful to discriminate between similar products. To this regard, it is worth to note that more soil samples as well as wines coming from different districts will be considered to obtain more trustworthy results.

  4. 磷酸镁水泥固化体中Sr2+、Cs+浸出性能及迁移模型研究%Study on the leaching performance and transport model of Sr2+, Cs+in magnesium phosphate cement

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    戴丰乐; 汪宏涛; 张时豪; 薛明; 丁建华; 姜自超

    2016-01-01

    采用磷酸镁水泥(Magnesium phosphate cement, MPC)对核素Sr2+、Cs+进行固化,对固化体中Sr2+、Cs+的浸出性能进行了研究,并根据Fick第二定律建立了适用于磷酸镁体系的Sr2+、Cs+迁移模型,对核素Sr2+、Cs+在磷酸镁水泥固化体中的迁移进行预测。结果表明,磷酸镁水泥可以有效固化Sr和Cs,使核素Sr2+、Cs+在磷酸镁水泥固化体中浸出率较低;建立的一维衰变浸出模型可以有效地预测核素Sr2+、Cs+在磷酸镁水泥固化体中的迁移规律。%Background:Magnesium phosphate cement (MPC) has a good application prospect in radioactive waste solidification for its good adsorption property of Sr and Cs which are the main elements in the middle and low level nuclear reactor waste. Purpose: This study aims to investigate the migration of radionuclides in MPC and build a transport model of Sr2+, Cs+in MPC. Methods:According to Fick’s second law, the migration model of Sr2+, Cs+to predict the leaching behavior of Sr2+, Cs+ was established by studying the leach abilities of Sr2+ and Cs+ in MPC. Results:Sr and Cs can be effectively solidified by MPC, and the leaching rate of Sr2+, Cs+is low. Compared with Sr2+, Cs+has stronger migration ability in magnesium phosphate cement. Conclusion:The leaching behavior of Sr2+, Cs+immobilized in MPC can be predicted well by one-dimension decay migration model. In addition, the migration behavior of Sr2+was predicted more accurately by the migration model.

  5. The RNA-binding landscapes of two SR proteins reveal unique functions and binding to diverse RNA classes.

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    Änkö, Minna-Liisa; Müller-McNicoll, Michaela; Brandl, Holger; Curk, Tomaz; Gorup, Crtomir; Henry, Ian; Ule, Jernej; Neugebauer, Karla M

    2012-01-01

    The SR proteins comprise a family of essential, structurally related RNA binding proteins. The complexity of their RNA targets and specificity of RNA recognition in vivo is not well understood. Here we use iCLIP to globally analyze and compare the RNA binding properties of two SR proteins, SRSF3 and SRSF4, in murine cells. SRSF3 and SRSF4 binding sites mapped to largely non-overlapping target genes, and in vivo consensus binding motifs were distinct. Interactions with intronless and intron-containing mRNAs as well as non-coding RNAs were detected. Surprisingly, both SR proteins bound to the 3' ends of the majority of intronless histone transcripts, implicating SRSF3 and SRSF4 in histone mRNA metabolism. In contrast, SRSF3 but not SRSF4 specifically bound transcripts encoding numerous RNA binding proteins. Remarkably, SRSF3 was shown to modulate alternative splicing of its own as well as three other transcripts encoding SR proteins. These SRSF3-mediated splicing events led to downregulation of heterologous SR proteins via nonsense-mediated decay. SRSF3 and SRSF4 display unique RNA binding properties underlying diverse cellular regulatory mechanisms, with shared as well as unique coding and non-coding targets. Importantly, CLIP analysis led to the discovery that SRSF3 cross-regulates the expression of other SR protein family members.

  6. Improvement of dielectric tunability and loss tangent of (Ba,Sr)TiO3 thin films with K doping

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    Zhang Wei-Jie; Dai Jian-Ming; Zhu Xue-Bin; Chang Qing; Liu Qiang-Chun; Sun Yu-Ping

    2012-01-01

    Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 thin films doped with K were deposited on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates by the chemical solution deposition method.The structure,surface morphology and the dielectric and tunable properties of Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 thin films have been studied in detail. The K content in Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 thin films has a strong influence on the material's properties including surface morphology and the dielectric and tunable properties.It was found that the Curie temperature of K-doped Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 films shifts to a higher value compared with that of undoped Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 thin films,which leads to a dielectric enhancement of K-doped Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 films at room temperature.At the optimized content of 0.02 mol,the dielectric loss tangent is reduced significantly from 0.057 to 0.020.Meanwhile,the tunability is enhanced obviously from 26% to 48% at the measured frequency of 1 MHz and the maximum value of the figure of merit is 23.8.This suggests that such films have potential applications for tunable devices.

  7. Constraints of authigenic carbonates on trace elements (Sr, Mg) of lacustrine ostracod Shells in paleoenvironment reconstruction and its mechanism

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    HU Guang; JIN ZhangDong; ZHANG Fei

    2008-01-01

    Molar ratios of Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca were measured in two species of ostracod shells preserved in the upper core (15-55 m) of the Heqing Basin in Yunnan Province, southwest China. By correlating the molar ratios between Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca and comparing them with Sr concentrations of the sediments, we suggested that: (1) the molar Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratio variations in respective ostracod primo re-flected the changes in its ambient water composition and ecology; (2) the molar Sr/Ca ratios responded better to the salinity change linearly than Mg/Ca without aragonite precipitation in the system, and otherwise there was no linear relation between them; and (3) the molar Sr/Ca ratios were mainly con-trolled by salinity and authigenic carbonate precipitation, whereas the molar Mg/Ca ratios were related to both salinity and temperature. In fact, the rate of ostracod growth owing to temperature controls the fluctuation of Mg/Ca in shells. Here, more attentions should be paid to the constraint of authigenic mineral precipitation processes on the trace elements in ostracod shells and to the correlation between these trace elements in biogenic carbonates and compositions of the sediments in systems and in fu-ture in vitro experiments.

  8. {sup 90}Sr in King Bolete Boletus edulis and certain other mushrooms consumed in Europe and China

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    Saniewski, Michał; Zalewska, Tamara [Institute of Meteorology and Water Management, National Research Institute, Maritime Branch, 42 Waszyngtona Av., PL 81-342 Gdynia (Poland); Krasińska, Grażyna; Szylke, Natalia [Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry & Ecotoxicology, Gdańsk University, 63 Wita Stwosza Str., PL 80-308 Gdańsk (Poland); Wang, Yuanzhong [Institute of Medicinal Plants, Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, 2238 Beijing Road, Panlong District, 650200 Kunming (China); Falandysz, Jerzy, E-mail: jerzy.falandysz@ug.edu.pl [Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry & Ecotoxicology, Gdańsk University, 63 Wita Stwosza Str., PL 80-308 Gdańsk (Poland)

    2016-02-01

    The {sup 90}Sr activity concentrations released from a radioactive fallout have been determined in a range of samples of mushrooms collected in Poland, Belarus, China, and Sweden in 1996–2013. Measurement of {sup 90}Sr in pooled samples of mushrooms was carried out with radiochemical procedure aimed to pre-isolate the analyte from the fungal materials before it was determined using the Low-Level Beta Counter. Interestingly, the Purple Bolete Imperator rhodopurpureus collected from Yunnan in south-western China in 2012 showed {sup 90}Sr activity concentration at around 10 Bq kg{sup −1} dry biomass, which was greater when compared to other mushrooms in this study. The King Bolete Boletus edulis from China showed the {sup 90}Sr activity in caps at around 1.5 Bq kg{sup −1} dry biomass (whole fruiting bodies) in 2012 and for specimens from Poland activity was well lower than 1.0 Bq kg{sup −1} dry biomass in 1998–2010. A sample of Sarcodonimbricatus collected in 1998 from the north-eastern region of Poland impacted by Chernobyl fallout showed {sup 90}Sr in caps at around 5 Bq kg{sup −1} dry biomass. Concentration of {sup 90}Sr in Bay Bolete Royoporus (Xerocomus or Boletus) badius from affected region of Gomel in Belarus was in 2010 at 2.1 Bq kg{sup −1} dry biomass. In several other species from Poland {sup 90}Sr was at < 0.5 to around 1.0 Bq kg{sup −1} dry biomass. Activity concentrations of {sup 90}Sr in popular B. edulis and some other mushrooms collected from wild in Poland were very low (< 1 Bq kg{sup −1} dry biomass), and values noted showed on persistence of this type of radioactivity in mushrooms over time passing from nuclear weapons tests and the Chernobyl nuclear power plant catastrophe. - Highlights: • Mushrooms are an important food in some regions of the world. • Radioactive strontium ({sup 90}Sr) in mushrooms from Europe and China was measured. • Purple Bolete Imperator rhodopurpureus from Yunnan in China accumulates {sup 90}Sr.

  9. Luminescent studies of impurity doped SrS phosphors

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    Vijay Singh; Manoj Tiwari; T K Gundu Rao; S J Dhoble

    2005-02-01

    SrS phosphors activated with Ce and Dy ions were prepared by solid-state diffusion method. Photoluminescent study was carried out on SrS : Ce, SrS : Dy and SrS : Dy, Ce. Thermoluminescence and electron spin resonance studies were also carried out on SrS : Dy phosphor. The thermoluminescence glow curve shows a peak at around 142°C. Irradiated SrS : Dy exhibits an ESR line due to a defect centre. Thermal annealing behaviour indicates that this centre correlates with the TL peak at 142°C. The centre is characterized by an isotropic g-value of 2.0039 and is assigned to a + centre.

  10. Advances in the Study of SR Protein Family

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    XiaoyunMa; FuchuHe

    2003-01-01

    The name of SR proteins is derived from their typical RS domain that is rich in serine(Ser,S)and arginine(Arg,R).They are conserved in evolution.Up to now,10 members of the SR protein family have been identified in humans.SR proteins contain one or two RNA binding motifs aside from the RS domain,and also possess special biochemical and immunological features.As to the functions of SR proteins,they facilitate the recruitment of the components of splicesome via protein-protein interaction to prompt the assembly ofearly aplicesome;while in alternative splicing,tissue-specifically expressed SR protein along with the relative ratio of SR protein and heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein(hnRNP)is composed of two main regulative mechanisms for alternative splicing.Almost all of the biochemical functions are regulated by reversible phosphorylation.

  11. Advances in the Study of SR Protein Family

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    Xiaoyun Ma; Fuchu He

    2003-01-01

    The name of SR proteins is derived from their typical RS domain that is rich in serine (Ser, S) and arginine (Arg, R). They are conserved in evolution. Up to now, 10 members of the SR protein family have been identified in humans. SR proteins contain one or two RNA binding motifs aside from the RS domain, and also possess special biochemical and immunological features. As to the functions of SR proteins, they facilitate the recruitment of the components of splicesome via protein-protein interaction to prompt the assembly of early splicesome; while in alternative splicing, tissue-specifically expressed SR protein along with the relative ratio of SR protein and heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein (hnRNP) is composed of two main regulative mechanisms for alternative splicing. Almost all of the biochemical functions are regulated by reversible phosphorylation.

  12. Nature and Significance of the High-Sr Aleutian Lavas

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    Yogodzinski, G. M.; Arndt, S.; Turka, J. R.; Kelemen, P. B.; Vervoort, J. D.; Portnyagin, M.; Hoernle, K.

    2011-12-01

    Results of the Western Aleutian Volcano Expedition and German-Russian KALMAR cruises include the discovery of seafloor volcanism at the Ingenstrem Depression and at unnamed seamounts 300 km west of Buldir, the westernmost emergent volcano in the Aleutian arc. These discoveries indicate that the surface expression of active Aleutian volcanism goes below sea level just west of Buldir, but is otherwise continuous along the full length of the arc. Many lavas dredged from western Aleutian seamounts are basalts, geochemically similar to basalts from elsewhere in Aleutians and other arcs (La/Yb 4-8, Sr/Y700 ppm Sr), which are mostly plagioclase-hornblende andesites and dacites with low Y and middle-heavy rare-earth elements, fractionated trace element patterns (Sr/Y=50-200, La/Yb=9-25) and MORB-like isotopes (87Sr/86Sr 0.65) with 1250-1700 ppm Sr, 4-7 ppm Y, low abundances of all rare-earth elements (Laandesites from some emergent volcanoes in the western Aleutians, and mixing arrays indicate that it may be present in all Aleutian lavas (e.g., 87Sr/86Sr vs. La/Yb or Sr/Y); however, radiogenic Pb and Sr from subducted sediment renders the high-Sr endmember isotopically invisible in most central and eastern Aleutian lavas. The geochemistry of small monogenetic sea-floor volcanoes--especially those in the back-arc--may be the best opportunity to identify the high-Sr endmember in central and eastern Aleutian locations. The existence of primitive, high-silica lavas in the western Aleutians, where the subducting plate is probably unusually hot, may also provide key observations toward an improved understanding of high-Mg# andesites and dacites from other hot-slab locations, especially in the Cascades and Central Mexico. [1] Zimmer et al., 2010, J. Petrology, v. 51, p. 2411

  13. SR front ends of VEPP-4M storage ring

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    Fedotov, M G; Kuz'minykh, V S; Mironenko, L A; Mishnev, S I; Panchenko, V E; Protopopov, I Ya; Rachkova, V V; Rukhlyada, L P; Selivanov, A N

    2001-01-01

    The VEPP-4M storage ring system of SR front ends is described. SR is released by means of 14 front ends. Eleven of them are intended for beamlines of experimental stations. One front end is technical. For the permanent stabilization of an orbit of a beam with respect to a coordinate and angle in the vertical direction, two monitoring front ends are used. They take out SR from emission regions, which are at a large distance from one another.

  14. Heavy metal analysis in groundwater samples by SR-TXRF

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    Moreira, Silvana; Ficaris, Maria [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Engenharia Civil, Arquitetura e Urbanismo. Dept. de Recursos Hidricos]. E-mail: silvana@fec.unicamp.br; Vives, Ana Elisa S. de [Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba (UNIMEP), Santa Barbara D' Oeste, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Engenharia, Arquitetura e Urbanismo]. E-mail: aesvives@unimep.br; Zucchi, Orgheda L.A.D. [Sao Paulo Univ., Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Ciencias Farmaceuticas]. E-mail: olzucchi@fcfrp.usp.br; Nascimento Filho, Virgilio Franco do [Centro de Energia Nuclear na Agricultura (CENA), Piracicaba, SP (Brazil). Lab. Instrumentacao Nuclear]. E-mail: virgilio@cena.usp.br

    2005-07-01

    In order to obtain information about levels of heavy metals in groundwater, analysis were carried out on samples from monitoring and supplying wells located in Campinas, Sao Paulo State, Southeastern Brazil. The analytical technique used was Synchrotron Radiation Total Reflection X-Ray Fluorescence (SR-TXRF) and all the measurements were performed at Synchrotron Light Source Laboratory, using a white beam and a Si(Li) detector in total reflection condition. The determined elements were Al, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ba and Pb. The results were compared with the maximum allowed values (MPV) established by the Brazilian Health Department. The detection limits obtained varying from 0.10 up to 8 {mu}g.L{sup -1} were in agreement with the values presented by others analytical techniques. (author)

  15. Ferromagnetic erbium studied by {mu}SR

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    Hartmann, O. [Uppsala Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Theoretical Physics; Lidstroem, E. [Uppsala Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Theoretical Physics; Ekstroem, M. [Uppsala Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Theoretical Physics; Waeppling, R. [Uppsala Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Theoretical Physics; Asch, L. [Technische Univ. Muenchen, Garching (Germany). Physik-Department; Kalvius, G.M. [Technische Univ. Muenchen, Garching (Germany). Physik-Department

    1997-04-01

    The ferromagnetic cone phase of erbium has been studied with {mu}SR. Two processing muon signals were observed with nearly equal intensities at T {approx} 15 K. At lower temperatures, one of the signals is gradually reduced and disappeared below 5 K. The two observed muon frequencies and their depolarisation behaviour show that the magnetic structure deduced from neutron and X-ray scattering must be modified and that a ``squaring up`` of the structure is likely to occur as the temperature is lowered. (orig.).

  16. Ferromagnetic erbium studied by {mu}SR

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    Hartmann, Ola; Lidstroem, Erik; Ekstroem, Mikael; Waeppling, Roger [Uppsala University, Department of Physics (Sweden); Asch, L.; Kalvius, G.M. [TU Muenich, Physics Department (Germany)

    1997-04-15

    The ferromagnetic cone phase of erbium has been studied with {mu}SR. Two precessing muon signals were observed with nearly equal intensities at T {approx} 15 K. At lower temperatures, one of the signals is gradually reduced and disappeared below 5 K. The two observed muon frequencies and their depolarisation behaviour show that the magnetic structure deduced from neutron and X-ray scattering must be modified and that a 'squaring up' of the structure is likely to occur as the temperature is lowered.

  17. mu. /sup +/SR in imperfect solids

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    Huang, C.Y.; Huber, D.L.

    1978-01-01

    The use of ..mu../sup +/SR as a probe of point defects in metals is discussed. The importance of separating the effects due to the presence of the muon from those intrinsic to the defect-host system is stressed. It is suggested that studies of magnetic impurities in nonmagnetic hosts may yield data which are relatively probe-independent. A theoretical analysis of the depolarization of muons coupled to magnetic impurities is outlined. It is pointed out that measurements of the magnetic field dependence of the depolarization rate can give information about impurity spin correlation time.

  18. Efficacy and Safety of Azithromycin-Chloroquine versus Sulfadoxine-Pyrimethamine for Intermittent Preventive Treatment of Plasmodium falciparum Malaria Infection in Pregnant Women in Africa: An Open-Label, Randomized Trial.

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    Full Text Available The World Health Organization recommends intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP in African regions with moderate to high malaria transmission. However, growing resistance to SP threatens the effectiveness of IPTp-SP, and alternative drugs are needed. This study tested the efficacy, tolerability, and safety of a fixed-dose combination azithromycin-chloroquine (AZCQ; 250 mg AZ/155 mg CQ base for IPTp relative to IPTp-SP.A randomized, Phase 3, open-label, multi-center study was conducted in sub-Saharan Africa (Benin, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda between October 2010 and November 2013. Pregnant women received 3 IPTp courses with AZCQ (each course: 1,000/620 mg AZCQ QD for 3 days or SP (each course 1,500/75 mg SP QD for 1 day at 4- to 8-week intervals during the second and third trimester. Long-lasting insecticide-treated bednets were also provided at enrollment. Study participants were followed up until day 28 post delivery (time window: day 28-42. The primary endpoint was the proportion of participants with sub-optimal pregnancy outcomes (a composite endpoint comprising live-borne neonates with low birth weight [LBW, 28 weeks], abortion [≤28 weeks], lost to follow-up prior to observation of pregnancy outcome, or missing birth weight. The study was terminated early after recruitment of 2,891 of the planned 5,044 participants, due to futility observed in a pre-specified 35% interim analysis. In the final intent-to-treat dataset, 378/1,445 (26.2% participants in the AZCQ and 342/1,445 (23.7% in the SP group had sub-optimal pregnancy outcomes, with an estimated risk ratio (RR of 1.11 (95% CI: 0.97, 1.25; p = 0.12. There was no significant difference in the incidence of LBW between treatment groups (57/1138 [5.0%] in the AZCQ group, 68/1188 [5.7%] in the SP group, RR 0.87 [95% CI: 0.62, 1.23]; p = 0.44. IPTp-AZCQ was less well-tolerated in mothers than IPTp-SP. Occurrences of congenital anomalies

  19. Scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI) is involved in vitamin E transport across the enterocyte.

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    Reboul, Emmanuelle; Klein, Alexis; Bietrix, Florence; Gleize, Béatrice; Malezet-Desmoulins, Christiane; Schneider, Martina; Margotat, Alain; Lagrost, Laurent; Collet, Xavier; Borel, Patrick

    2006-02-24

    Although cellular uptake of vitamin E was initially described as a passive process, recent studies in the liver and brain have shown that SR-BI (scavenger receptor class B type I) is involved in this phenomenon. As SR-BI is expressed at high levels in the intestine, the present study addressed the involvement of SR-BI in vitamin E trafficking across enterocytes. Apical uptake and efflux of the main dietary forms of vitamin E were examined using Caco-2 TC-7 cell monolayers as a model of human intestinal epithelium. (R,R,R)-gamma-tocopherol bioavailability was compared between wild-type mice and mice overexpressing SR-BI in the intestine. The effect of vitamin E on enterocyte SR-BI mRNA levels was measured by real-time quantitative reverse transcription-PCR. Concentration-dependent curves for vitamin E uptake were similar for (R,R,R)-alpha-, (R,R,R)-gamma-, and dl-alpha-tocopherol. (R,R,R)-alpha-tocopherol transport was dependent on incubation temperature, with a 60% reduction in absorption at 4 degrees C compared with 37 degrees C (p < 0.05). Vitamin E flux in enterocytes was directed from the apical to the basal side, with a relative 10-fold reduction in the transfer process when measured in the opposite direction (p < 0.05). Co-incubation with cholesterol, gamma-tocopherol, or lutein significantly impaired alpha-tocopherol absorption. Anti-human SR-BI antibodies and BLT1 (a chemical inhibitor of lipid transport via SR-BI) blocked up to 80% of vitamin E uptake and up to 30% of apical vitamin E efflux (p < 0.05), and similar results were obtained for (R,R,R)-gamma-tocopherol. SR-BI mRNA levels were not significantly modified after a 24-h incubation of Caco-2 cells with vitamin E. Finally, (R,R,R)-gamma-tocopherol bioavailability was 2.7-fold higher in mice overexpressing SR-BI than in wild-type mice (p < 0.05). The present data show for the first time that vitamin E intestinal absorption is, at least in part, mediated by SR-BI.

  20. Rb-Sr geochronological study on Tatehira granodiorite, Oshima Peninsula, Southwest Hokkaido, Japan

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    Iizumi, Shigeru; Kobayashi, Hideo; Toyoda, Minoru

    1984-10-01

    It has been known that Tatehira granodiorite, a pluton which occurs sporadically in the southwest region of Hokkaido, is related with Kanoite formation. The radiometric age of this granodiorite still remains unknown. The Tatehira granodiorite intrudes into late Paleozoic or early Mesozoic Matsumae group, and is overlain by Miocene Usubetsu formation unconformably. It occurs as several separated small plutons. The samples for Rb-Sr analysis were collected from one of the plutons in southern part. The determination of the isochron age of rock-minerals and the initial Sr isotopic ratio of Tatehira granodiorite were carried out. This granodiorite is able to be classified into two phases, namely melanocratic (WRM) and leucocratic (WRL) phases. The samples of WRM and WRL were powdered and subjected to X-ray analysis. It was found that the chemical compositions were similar except slight differences in FeO + Fe2O3, CaO and K2O. The Sr isotopic ratio was determined with a MAT 261 mass spectrometer, and the results were analyzed statistically. The Rb and Sr concentrations and the Sr isotopic ratio of WRM, WRL, and PRF (plagio-clase rich fraction) and BRF (biotite rich fraction) separated from the WRL were determined, and the age of 102.5 +- 0.3 Ma and the initial ratio of 0.70538 +- 0.00001 were obtained. The ratio of Tatehira granodiorite is comparable to that of Okushiri Island. Comparing with the data obtained from other region, the granodiorites of Tatehira and Okushiri Island should be related with the granitoids of Abukuma granite province.

  1. Chiral p-wave order in Sr2RuO4

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    Kallin, Catherine

    2012-04-01

    Shortly after the discovery in 1994 of superconductivity in Sr2RuO4, it was proposed on theoretical grounds that the superconducting state may have chiral p-wave symmetry analogous to the A phase of superfluid 3He. Substantial experimental evidence has since accumulated in favor of this pairing symmetry, including several interesting recent results related to broken time-reversal symmetry (BTRS) and vortices with half of the usual superconducting flux quantum. Great interest surrounds the possibility of chiral p-wave order in Sr2RuO4, since this state may exhibit topological order analogous to that of a quantum Hall state, and can support such exotic physics as Majorana fermions and non-Abelian winding statistics, which have been proposed as one route to a quantum computer. However, serious discrepancies remain in trying to connect the experimental results to theoretical predictions for chiral p-wave order. In this paper, I review a broad range of experiments on Sr2RuO4 that are sensitive to p-wave pairing, triplet superconductivity and time-reversal symmetry breaking and compare these experiments to each other and to theoretical predictions. In this context, the evidence for triplet pairing is strong, although some puzzles remain. The ‘smoking gun’ experimental results for chiral p-wave order, those which directly look for evidence of BTRS in the superconducting state of Sr2RuO4, are most perplexing when the results are compared with each other and to theoretical predictions. Consequently, the case for chiral p-wave superconductivity in Sr2RuO4 remains unresolved, suggesting the need to consider either significant modifications to the standard chiral p-wave models or possible alternative pairing symmetries. Recent ideas along these lines are discussed.

  2. Equation of state for Eu-doped SrSi₂O₂N₂.

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    Ermakova, Olga; Paszkowicz, Wojciech; Kaminska, Agata; Barzowska, Justyna; Szczodrowski, Karol; Grinberg, Marek; Minikayev, Roman; Nowakowska, Małgorzata; Carlson, Stefan; Li, Guogang; Liu, Ru-Shi; Suchocki, Andrzej

    2014-07-07

    α-SrSi2O2N2 is one of the recently studied oxonitridosilicates applicable in optoelectronics, in particular in white LEDs. Its elastic properties remain unknown. A survey of literature shows that, up to now, nine oxonitridosilicate materials have been identified. For most of these compounds, doped with rare earths and manganese, a luminescence has been reported at a wavelength characteristic for the given material; all together cover a broad spectral range. The present study focuses on the elastic properties of one of these oxonitridosilicates, the Eu-doped triclinic α-SrSi2O2N2. High-pressure powder diffraction experiments are used in order to experimentally determine, for the first time, the equation of state of this compound. The in situ experiment was performed for pressures ranging up to 9.65 GPa, for Eu-doped α-SrSi2O2N2 sample mounted in a diamond anvil cell ascertaining the hydrostatic compression conditions. The obtained experimental variation of volume of the triclinic unit cell of α-SrSi2O2N2:Eu with rising pressure served for determination of the Birch-Murnaghan equation of state. The determined above quoted bulk modulus is 103(5) GPa, its first derivative is 4.5(1.1). The above quoted bulk modulus value is found to be comparable to that of earlier reported oxynitrides of different composition.

  3. Terminalia catappa as bioindicator of environmental pollution in Cubatao city by SR-TXRF

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    Moreira, Silvana; Geraldo, Simoni Michetti, E-mail: silvana@fec.unicamp.b [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Engenharia Civil, Arquitetura e Urbanismo. Dept. de Saneamento e Ambiente; Barroso, Regina Cely, E-mail: cely_barroso@hotmail.co [Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica. Dept. de Fisica Aplicada; Vives, Ana Elisa Sirito de, E-mail: aesvives@unimep.b [Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba (UNIMEP), Santa Barbara D' Oeste, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Engenharia, Arquitetura e Urbanismo; Cardoso, Simone Coutinho, E-mail: simone@if.ufrj.b [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Faculdade de Engenharia, Arquitetura e Urbanismo. Inst. de Fisica

    2009-07-01

    Fertilizer industries are considered the main environmental polluting of fluoride (F) and the industrial complex of the city of Cubatao, SP, Brazil, is an important fertilizer producer. This study aimed to evaluate the local pollution for toxic elements and its comparison with fluoride concentration using the urban vegetation as biomarker. For this, leaves of Terminalia catappa (popularly known for Hat-of-sun or Almond tree of the beach) were tested. The leaves were collected in the winter of 2007 in the industrial region around the fertilizer plants and other industries, in the municipal urban areas of Cubatao and Santos cities. The samples were dehydrated, powdered and submitted to an acid digestion for multi-elemental determination by Synchrotron Radiation Total Reflection X-Ray Fluorescence (SR-TXRF). All the measurements were performed at Synchrotron Light Source Laboratory. The results obtained by SR-TXRF were compared to fluoride determinations. The variance analysis showed the correlation between F and S concentrations (p<0.05). The concentrations of these elements are concentrated around the fertilizer industries (p< 0.05). Using SR-TXRF was possible to determine several elements as: Si, K, Ca, Ti, Cr, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, Br, Rb, Sr and Pb in the leaves of Terminalia catappa. Chromium in the areas near to fertilizer industries and also in Santos city which is considered as a control area, present concentrations higher than 18 mg kg{sup -1}, this is considered a toxic value (author)

  4. Electrically tunable transport in antiferromagnetic Sr3Ir2O7

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    Seinige, Heidi; Wang, Cheng; Cao, Gang; Zhou, Jianshi-S.; Goodenough, John B.; Tsoi, Maxim

    Recently we demonstrated experimentally the existence of interconnections between magnetic state and transport currents in antiferromagnetic (AFM) Mott insulator Sr2IrO4. We found a very large anisotropic magnetoresistance and demonstrated a reversible resistive switching driven by high-density currents/high electric fields. These results support the feasibility of AFM spintronics, where antiferromagnets are used in place of ferromagnets, however a low Néel temperature of this material (240 K) questions any practical applications. Here we present a comparative electrical transport study of its sister compound Sr2IrO4 which has a higher transition temperature (285 K). Similar to the case of Sr2IrO4, we find a continuous reduction in the resistivity of Sr3Ir2O7 as a function of increasing electrical bias and abrupt reversible changes above a threshold bias current. We explain these results by a reduction of activation energy associated with a field-driven lattice distortion. This work was supported in part by C-SPIN, one of six centers of STARnet, a Semiconductor Research Corporation program, sponsored by MARCO and DARPA, and by NSF Grants DMR-1207577, DMR-1265162, and DMR-1122603.

  5. Temperature dependence of scintillation properties of SrMoO4

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    Mikhailik, V B; Kraus, H; Kim, H J; Kapustianyk, V; Panasyuk, M

    2015-01-01

    Studies of the X-ray luminescence and scintillation properties of a SrMoO4 crystal as function of temperature down to T=10 K have been carried out. The luminescence in SrMoO4 is quenched at room temperature, but below T<200 K the crystal exhibits a broad emission band with a maximum at a wavelength of 520 nm. The emission is attributed to the radiative decay of self-trapped excitons and defects acting as traps for the exactions at low temperatures. Such complex character of radiative decay is reflected in the kinetics which contains several components plus a contribution from delayed recombination at low temperatures. The temperature dependence of scintillation light output of SrMoO4 was studied. Comparing with a reference ZnWO4 crystal measured under the same experimental conditions it was found that the light output of SrMoO4 is 15+-5%. It is suggested, therefore, that there is scope for optimisation of strontium molybdate for application as scintillator in cryogenic rare event searches

  6. Temperature dependence of scintillation properties of SrMoO{sub 4}

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    Mikhailik, V.B., E-mail: vmikhai@hotmail.com [Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science Campus, Didcot OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Elyashevskyi, Yu. [Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Rd., Oxford OX1 3RH (United Kingdom); Scientific-technical and Educational Centre of Low Temperature Studies, I. Franko National University of Lviv, 50 Dragomanova Str., 79005 Lviv (Ukraine); Kraus, H. [Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Rd., Oxford OX1 3RH (United Kingdom); Kim, H.J. [Department of Physics of Kyungpook National University, 1370 Sangyeok-dong, Buk-gu, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kapustianyk, V.; Panasyuk, M. [Scientific-technical and Educational Centre of Low Temperature Studies, I. Franko National University of Lviv, 50 Dragomanova Str., 79005 Lviv (Ukraine)

    2015-08-21

    Studies of the X-ray luminescence and scintillation properties of a SrMoO{sub 4} crystal as function of temperature down to T=10 K have been carried out. The luminescence in SrMoO{sub 4} is quenched at room temperature, but below T<200 K the crystal exhibits a broad emission band with a maximum at a wavelength of 520 nm. The emission is attributed to the radiative decay of self-trapped excitons and defects acting as traps for the exactions at low temperatures. Such complex character of radiative decay is reflected in the kinetics which contains several components plus a contribution from delayed recombination at low temperatures. The temperature dependence of scintillation light output of SrMoO{sub 4} was studied. Comparing with a reference ZnWO{sub 4} crystal measured under the same experimental conditions it was found that the light output of SrMoO{sub 4} is 15±5%. It is suggested, therefore, that there is scope for optimisation of strontium molybdate for application as scintillator in cryogenic rare event searches.

  7. Magnetic structure of La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/La0.7Sr0.3FeO3 superlattices

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    Arenholz, E.; van der Laan, G.; Yang, F.; Kemik, N.; Biegalski, M.D.; Christen, H.M.; Takamura, Y.

    2009-01-10

    Using x-ray magnetic dichroism we characterize the magnetic order in La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} (LSMO)/La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}FeO{sub 3} (LSFO) superlattices with 6 unit cell thick sublayers. The LSMO layers exhibit a reduced Curie temperature compared to the bulk while antiferromagnetic order in the LSFO layers persists up to the bulk Neel temperature. Moreover, we find that aligning the LSMO magnetization by a magnetic field within the (001) surface plane leads to a reorientation of the Fe moments as well maintaining a perpendicular orientation of Fe and Mn moments. This perpendicular alignment is due to the frustrated exchange coupling at the LSMO/LSFO interface.

  8. Magnetism without magnetic ions in non-magnetic perovskites SrTiO 3, SrZrO 3 and SrSnO 3

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    Bannikov, V. V.; Shein, I. R.; Kozhevnikov, V. L.; Ivanovskii, A. L.

    Using the full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave (FP-LAPW) method with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange-correlation potential, we studied spin polarization induced by replacement of oxygen atoms by non-magnetic 2p impurities (B, C and N) in non-magnetic cubic SrMO 3 perovskites, where M=Ti, Zr and Sn. The results show that the magnetization may appear because of the spin-split impurity bands inside the energy gap of the insulating SrMO 3 matrix. Large magnetic moments are found for the impurity centers. Smaller magnetic moments are induced on the oxygen atoms around impurities. It is shown that SrTiO 3:C and SrSnO 3:C should be magnetic semiconductors while other compounds in this series (SrTiO 3:B, SrTiO 3:N and SrZrO 3:C) are expected to exhibit magnetic half-metallic or pseudo-half-metallic properties.

  9. Magnetism without magnetic ions in non-magnetic perovskites SrTiO{sub 3}, SrZrO{sub 3} and SrSnO{sub 3}

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    Bannikov, V.V.; Shein, I.R.; Kozhevnikov, V.L. [Institute of Solid State Chemistry, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 620041 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Ivanovskii, A.L. [Institute of Solid State Chemistry, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 620041 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation)], E-mail: ivanovskii@ihim.uran.ru

    2008-03-15

    Using the full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave (FP-LAPW) method with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange-correlation potential, we studied spin polarization induced by replacement of oxygen atoms by non-magnetic 2p impurities (B, C and N) in non-magnetic cubic SrMO{sub 3} perovskites, where M=Ti, Zr and Sn. The results show that the magnetization may appear because of the spin-split impurity bands inside the energy gap of the insulating SrMO{sub 3} matrix. Large magnetic moments are found for the impurity centers. Smaller magnetic moments are induced on the oxygen atoms around impurities. It is shown that SrTiO{sub 3}:C and SrSnO{sub 3}:C should be magnetic semiconductors while other compounds in this series (SrTiO{sub 3}:B, SrTiO{sub 3}:N and SrZrO{sub 3}:C) are expected to exhibit magnetic half-metallic or pseudo-half-metallic properties.

  10. Biological responses of human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells to Sr-M-Si (M = Zn, Mg) silicate bioceramics.

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    Zhang, Meili; Wu, Chengtie; Lin, Kaili; Fan, Wei; Chen, Lei; Xiao, Yin; Chang, Jiang

    2012-11-01

    Strontium (Sr), Zinc (Zn), magnesium (Mg), and silicon (Si) are reported to be essential trace elements for the growth and mineralization of bone. We speculated that the combination of these bioactive elements in bioceramics may be effective to regulate the osteogenic property of bone-forming cells. In this study, two Sr-containing silicate bioceramics, Sr(2)ZnSi(2)O(7) (SZS) and Sr(2)MgSi(2)O(7) (SMS), were prepared. The biological response of human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) to the two bioceramics (in the forms of powders and dense ceramic bulks) was systematically studied. In powder form, the effect of powder extracts on the viability and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity of BMSCs was investigated. In ceramic disc form, both direct and indirect coculture of BMSCs with ceramic discs were used to investigate their biological response, including attachment, proliferation, ALP activity, and bone-related genes expression. Beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) and akermanite (Ca(2)MgSi(2)O(7), CMS) were used as control materials. The results showed that the Sr, Zn, and Si (or Sr, Mg, and Si)-containing ionic products from SZS and SMS powders enhanced ALP activity of BMSCs, compared to those from β-TCP. Both SZS and SMS ceramic discs supported the growth of BMSCs, and most importantly, significantly enhanced the ALP activity and bone-related genes expression of BMSCs as compared to β-TCP. The results suggest that the specific combination of bioactive ions (Sr, Zn, Si, e.g.) in bioceramics is a viable way to improve the biological performance of biomaterials, and the form of materials and surface properties were nonnegligible factors to influence cell response.

  11. Comparison of segregations formed in unmodified and Sr-modified Al–Si alloys studied by atom probe tomography and transmission electron microscopy

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    Barrirero, Jenifer [Department of Materials Science, Campus D3 3, Saarland University, D-66123 Saarbrücken (Germany); Nanostructured Materials, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping (Sweden); Engstler, Michael [Department of Materials Science, Campus D3 3, Saarland University, D-66123 Saarbrücken (Germany); Ghafoor, Naureen [Nanostructured Materials, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping (Sweden); Jonge, Niels de [Innovative Electron Microscopy, INM-Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Campus D2 2, Saarland University, D-66123 Saarbrücken (Germany); Odén, Magnus [Nanostructured Materials, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping (Sweden); Mücklich, Frank, E-mail: muecke@matsci.uni-sb.de [Department of Materials Science, Campus D3 3, Saarland University, D-66123 Saarbrücken (Germany)

    2014-10-25

    Highlights: • Nucleation of nanoclusters is proposed to assist in the structural modification. • The role of Al in the Si-phase of unmodified and Sr-modified alloys is discussed. • Segregations in the Si-phase of unmodified and Sr-modified alloys are compared. • Solubilities of 430 ± 160 at-ppm Al and 40 ± 10 at-ppm Sr in the Si phase were determined. - Abstract: The mechanical properties of Al-7 wt.% Si can be enhanced by structural modifications of its eutectic phase. Addition of low concentrations of certain elements, in this case 150 wt-ppm Sr, is enough to cause a transition from a coarse plate-like Si structure to a finer coralline one. To fully understand the operating mechanism of this modification, the composition of the eutectic Si phase in unmodified and Sr-modified alloys was analysed and compared by atom probe tomography and (scanning) transmission electron microscopy. The unmodified alloy showed nanometre sized Al-segregations decorating defects, while the Sr-modified sample presented three types of Al–