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  1. Estudio y análisis de los polímeros derivados del estireno-butadieno

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    Juárez Varón, David; Balart Gimeno, Rafael Antonio; Ferrándiz Bou, Santiago; García Sanoguera, David

    2013-01-01

    [EN] This article aims to study and analyze polymers derived from styrene-butadiene, known as SBR rubber, being the most widely used worldwide and having replaced almost entirely natural rubber, identifying their properties, classification, applications and possible additives [ES] El presente artículo tiene como objetivo el estudio y análisis de los polímeros derivados del estireno-butadieno, más conocidos como cauchos SBR, siendo los más utilizados a nivel mundial y habiendo s...

  2. ABS dopado con grafeno

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    Gago Velasco, Israel; Ibarra Berrocal, Isidro Jesús; León Albert, Gerardo; Miguel Hernández, Beatriz

    2016-01-01

    Número de publicación: 2570391 Número de solicitud: 201630046 La presente invención se refiere a un procedimiento para la preparación de un polímero de ABS (acrilonitrilo-butadieno-estireno) dopado con grafeno que comprende dispersar el grafeno en un disolvente, adicionar a la dispersión anterior el ABS, reflujo de la dispersión la etapa anterior y evaporación del disolvente para obtener un gel. La presente invención se refiere también al polímero obtenido por dicho procedimiento. U...

  3. Preparación y caracterización de mezclas REX-PLA / ABS

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    Constans Solé, Nil

    2015-01-01

    El presente proyecto se centra en la producción y caracterización de mezclas de poli(ácido láctico) modificado mediante un extensor de cadena (REX-PLA) con Acrilonitrilo-Butadieno- Estireno (ABS), usando ABS injertado con ácido anhídrido maleico (ABS-g-MAH) como compatibilizante. La primera etapa de la preparación de las mezclas consiste en la obtención de REX-PLA por extrusión reactiva en una extrusora de doble husillo. Se llevan a cabo acciones de mejora del proceso produc...

  4. Caracterização de artefatos elastoméricos obtidos por revulcanização de resíduo industrial de SBR (copolímero de butadieno e estireno Characterization of elastomeric artifacts obtained by revulcanization of SBR industrial waste (Styrene-butadiene Rubber

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    Tatiana Weber

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A reciclagem de resíduos de borracha é de extrema importância nos dias de hoje, tanto em relação aos impactos ambientais quanto à conservação de energia. Considerando que a maioria dos trabalhos publicados atualmente se refere à reciclagem de pneus, o objetivo deste trabalho foi desenvolver e caracterizar formulações contendo um tipo de resíduo industrial, proveniente da fabricação de perfis automotivos, à base de copolímero de butadieno e estireno (SBR para possível aplicação na própria empresa. As composições foram preparadas e caracterizadas pela determinação das propriedades térmicas (calorimetria diferencial de varredura, reológicas (analisador de processamento de borracha, reométricas (reômetria de disco oscilatório, mecânicas (resistência à tração e ao rasgamento, químicas (densidade de ligações cruzadas e morfológicas (microscopia eletrônica de varredura. Os resultados obtidos para as composições foram comparados aos de uma amostra controle, de mesma composição, que foi fornecida pela empresa geradora do resíduo de SBR. Os resultados mecânicos indicaram que o processo de revulcanização proposto foi efetivo. Os valores dos parâmetros de tensão na ruptura e resistência ao rasgamento foram de 70 e 50%, respectivamente, em relação aos valores encontrados para a amostra controle, indicando a possibilidade do uso desse resíduo em artefatos de menor exigência técnica.The recycling of waste rubber has very important significances, such as protection of the environment and conservation of energy. Considering that most of published works concerning this subject are about tire recycling, the objective of this work was to develop and characterize formulations containing a type of industrial waste, from the manufacture of automotive profiles, based on styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR for possible application in the industry. The compositions were formulated and characterized by thermal (differential

  5. Nanocomposites of PA6/ABS blends compatibilized with styrene-maleic anhydride copolymer;Nanocompositos de blendas de PA6/ABS compatibilizadas com copolimero estireno-anidrido maleico

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    Oliveira, Amanda D. de, E-mail: amandaengmat@yahoo.com.b [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (PPG-CEM/UFSCar), SP (Brazil). Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Ciencia e Engenharia de Materiais; Araujo, Edcleide M. [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB (Brazil); Pessan, Luiz A. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (DEMa/UFSCar), SP (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais

    2009-07-01

    To achieve a balance between stiffness and toughness, ternary nanocomposites based on blends of polyamide 6 (PA6) and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) were prepared by the melt intercalation using the organoclay Cloisite{sup R} 30B (OMMT) and the styrene-maleic anhydride copolymer (SMA) as compatibilizer. Four blending sequences were used to prepare studied systems and their mechanical properties studied through the Young's modulus and notched Izod impact. It was observed that the materials prepared by all blending sequences studied showed an increase in the Young's modulus compared to the neat PA6. However, a decrease in the toughness was observed for the systems with the addition of the organoclay. The DRX results showed an intercalated structure for the some systems that used ABS in their compositions. HDT measurements of the nanocomposites showed an increase in this property compared to the neat PA6. The use of nanoclay lead to a reinforcement of the polymeric matrix. (author)

  6. Estudio de preparación y caracterización térmica y al fuego de formulaciones ignifugadas de ABS

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    Koczorowski, Mélanie

    2016-01-01

    Durante las últimas décadas, el uso de materiales poliméricos en la vida cotidiana ha aumentado sustancialmente por su óptimo balance de propiedades mecánicas, térmicas y físicas. En particular, el ABS (copolímero de acrilonitrilo-butadieno-estireno) es uno de los polímeros ingenieriles más empleado por su calidad/precio. De su amplio abanico de aplicaciones se destacan las de los sectores de automoción, electrónica y/o eléctrico. Sin embargo, el ABS es altamente inflamable, y su combustión v...

  7. Efeito da sequência de mistura nas propriedades de blendas PA6/ABS compatibilizadas com o copolímero SMA Effect from the blending sequence on the properties of PA6/ABS blends compatibilized with SMA copolymer

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    Amanda D. de Oliveira

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Blendas de poliamida 6 (PA6 com acrilonitrila-butadieno-estireno (ABS foram preparadas em uma extrusora de rosca dupla, utilizando-se o copolímero estireno-anidrido maleico (SMA, com 7% de anidrido maleico, como compatibilizante. O efeito de três sequências de mistura na microestrutura e propriedades das blendas foi estudado. A morfologia e as propriedades mecânicas dos materiais foram caracterizadas por microscopia eletrônica de transmissão (MET e testes de resistência ao impacto e módulo de elasticidade, respectivamente. Os resultados mostraram que a morfologia e propriedades mecânicas das blendas ternárias foram bastante diferentes e dependem da sequência de mistura. A blenda preparada pela mistura simultânea de todos os componentes, em uma única extrusão, apresentou melhor tenacidade. Por outro lado, quando o ABS e o SMA foram misturados juntos em uma primeira extrusão, antes da incorporação da PA6 em uma segunda extrusão, o valor da resistência ao impacto encontrado foi menor que o da matriz PA6 e da blenda sem compatibilizante PA6/ABS. Evidências de reações químicas entre o compatibilizante SMA e a matriz PA6 também foram investigadas através de reometria de torque.Blends of polyamide 6 (PA6 with acrylonitrile-butadiene-estyrene (ABS were prepared in a twin-screw extruder, using the styrene-maleic anhydride (SMA copolymer containing 7% of maleic anhydride as compatibilizer. The effects from three blending sequences on the microstructure and properties of the blends were investigated. The morphology and mechanical properties of the materials were characterized by transmission electron microscopy and tensile and impact tests. The results showed that the morphology and mechanical properties of ternary blends depend on the sequence of blend preparation. The blend prepared using the mixture of all components in a single-pass extrusion showed the more significant improvement in the material toughness. However, when the

  8. Principais copolímeros elastoméricos à base de butadieno utilizados na indústria automobilística The most important butadiene based elastomers employed in the automotive industry

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    Tereza C. J. Rocha

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Copolímeros elastoméricos à base de butadieno são amplamente utilizados na indústria automobilística. Dentre esses destacam-se os copolímeros de butadieno-estireno (SBR e butadieno-acrilonitrila (NBR. O SBR apresenta maior importância comercial, devido a sua aplicação na produção de pneus. Quando SBR é utilizado juntamente com o homopolímero de butadieno BR-alto cis, excelentes propriedades são obtidas para sua aplicação na banda de rodagem de pneus. O copolímero elastomérico NBR é empregado em artefatos em que é necessária boa resistência a solventes orgânicos e a óleos. Nos últimos anos, as empresas automobilísticas e produtoras de pneumáticos vêm se preocupando com o meio-ambiente e, conseqüentemente, têm investido em novos processos de síntese, mais limpos, para a produção desses elastômeros. Assim, o objetivo deste artigo é apresentar uma revisão sobre dois importantes copolímeros elastoméricos à base de butadieno, SBR e NBR, abordando os processos de síntese, características principais, processamento e aplicações.Elastomer copolymers based on butadiene are widely applied in the automotive industry. Among those copolymers the most important ones are styrene-butadiene (SBR and nitrile-butadiene (NBR. SBR presents higher commercial interest, due to its application in the tire production. When SBR is mixed with high cis-1,4 polybutadiene, excellent properties are attained for application on the pneumatics treads. NBR can be used in a wide variety of application areas requiring oil, fuel, and chemical resistance. In the last years, the automotive and pneumatic industries have been increasingly concerned with environmental issues, and have invested in synthesis processes for elastomers that are less aggressive to the environment. Thus, the purpose of this article is to present a review on two important butadiene elastomer copolymers, SBR and NBR, with emphasis on the polymerization processes. The main

  9. Compatibilização de blendas de poliamida 6/ABS usando os copolímeros acrílicos reativos MMA-GMA e MMA-MA. Parte 1: Comportamento reológico e propriedades mecânicas das blendas Compatibilization of polyamide 6/ABS blends using MMA-GMA and MMA-MA reactive acrylic copolymers. Part 1. Rheological and mechanical properties of blends

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    Edcleide M. Araújo

    2003-07-01

    Full Text Available A poliamida 6 (PA6 é um polímero semicristalino de grande aplicação na engenharia e que apresenta instabilidade no processamento e baixa resistência ao impacto sob entalhe. A incorporação do ABS (acrilonitrila-butadieno-estireno como modificador de impacto da PA6, pode melhorar estas propriedades. Entretanto, como esta mistura é imiscível e incompatível, torna-se necessária a incorporação de um terceiro componente que promova a interação destas duas fases imiscíveis. Este estudo analisa a influência dos copolímeros MMA-GMA (metacrilato de metila-metacrilato de glicidila e MMA-MA (metacrilato de metila-anidrido maléico como compatibilizantes de blendas PA6/ABS. Estes copolímeros apresentam miscibilidade com a fase SAN do ABS, devido à presença do PMMA, e têm também os grupos funcionais éster e anidrido capazes de reagir com os grupos terminais, presentes na PA6. As blendas PA6/ABS/MMA-MA apresentaram excelente desempenho sob impacto, permanecendo dúcteis em temperaturas subambiente e super-tenazes na temperatura ambiente.Polyamide 6 (PA6 is a semicrystalline polymer suitable to be used in engineering applications with a number of advantages, but its processing instability and relatively low impact strength are limiting aspects. The addition of acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS as an impact modifier to PA6 can improve these properties. However, this blend is immiscible and incompatible, hence the use of an adhesion promoter is necessary to improve the interfacial interaction between the phases. This study focuses on the influence of poly(methyl methacrylate-co-glycidyl methacrylate (MMA-GMA and poly(methyl methacrylate-co-maleic anhydride (MMA-MA copolymers as compatibilizers for PA6/ABS blends. These copolymers are miscible with SAN phase of ABS due to the presence of PMMA and they have also the esther and anhydride functional groups capable of reacting with polyamide end groups. PA6/ABS/MMA-MA blends showed an

  10. Influência das condições de processamento na obtenção de blendas PBT/ABS Influence of the processing parameters during preparation of PBT/ABS blends

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    José D Ambrósio

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Foram desenvolvidos dispositivos para obtenção de fitas extrudadas de blendas poli(tereftalato de butileno/terpolímero acrilonitrila-butadieno-estireno (PBT/ABS, que serviram para correlacionar diretamente as condições de preparação destas blendas em extrusoras com rosca dupla corotacional e interpenetrante (ERDCI com as suas propriedades. Quando compatibilizada com terpolímero reativo metacrilato de metila-co-metacrilato de glicidila-co-acrilato de etila (MGE, a blenda ternária PBT/ABS/MGE apresentou maior viscosidade, menor entalpia de fusão e menor temperatura de transição frágil dúctil (TTFD que a blenda binária PBT/ABS, devido possivelmente à reação do grupo epóxi do MGE com os terminais de cadeias do PBT. A blenda compatibilizada e processada com velocidade de rotação das roscas de 120 rpm apresentou maior viscosidade, menor entalpia de fusão e melhores propriedades de resistência ao impacto que aquela processada a 240 rpm. A maior velocidade de rotação das roscas pode ter degradado os componentes da blenda. A taxa de alimentação foi a variável de processo que mais influenciou nas propriedades da blenda, pois a taxa de 3,5 kg/h deteriorou completamente as propriedades de impacto, reduziu a viscosidade e aumentou a entalpia de fusão, quando comparada com a taxa de 7,0 kg/h. A deterioração das propriedades de impacto foi atribuída ao maior tempo de residência da blenda na ERDCI, que submeteu a blenda ao cisalhamento e à temperatura por mais tempo, causando degradação dos componentes da blenda.In order to correlate processing conditions in intermeshing co-rotational twin-screw extrusion (ICTSE and properties of PBT/ABS blends, devices have been developed to obtain extruded strips from PBT/ABS blends. The PBT/ABS blend compatibilized with reactive copolymer methyl methacrylate- glycidyl methacrylate (MGE has shown higher viscosity, lower heat of fusion and lower ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT

  11. Compatibilização de blendas de poliamida 6/ABS usando os copolímeros acrílicos reativos MMA-GMA e MMA-MA. Parte 2: Comportamento termomecânico e morfológico das blendas Compatibilization of Polyamide 6/ABS blends using MMA-GMA and MMA-MA reactive acrylic copolymers. Part 2. Thermal-mechanical and morphological behavior of blends

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    Edcleide M. Araújo

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available Blendas poliméricas de poliamida 6 (PA6 com acrilonitrila-butadieno-estireno (ABS foram preparadas em extrusora de rosca dupla, utilizando-se os copolímeros metacrilato de metila - metacrilato de glicidila (MMA-GMA e metacrilato de metila-anidrido maléico (MMA-MA como agentes de compatibilização. O ABS, por si só, não foi capaz de tenacificar a PA6, apresentando uma morfologia de fases com grandes e pequenos aglomerados na matriz PA6. A introdução do copolímero MMA-GMA, como compatibilizante do sistema, não melhorou significativamente as propriedades de impacto da blenda PA6/ABS. As fotomicrografias obtidas por microscopia eletrônica de transmissão (MET indicaram uma morfologia com duas populações distintas de ABS: aglomerados e pequenas partículas dispersas, resultando em uma distribuição não-uniforme de domínios de ABS. A blenda compatibilizada com MMA-MA foi supertenaz (> 800 J/m na temperatura ambiente e em baixas temperaturas (~ -10 °C, com baixas concentrações de compatibilizante e baixos teores de MA no copolímero. As blendas PA6/ABS compatibilizadas com MMA-MA apresentaram uma morfologia de partículas bem dispersas e adequadamente distribuídas na matriz, evidenciando a presença efetiva do copolímero como agente de compatibilização reativo deste sistema.Blends of Polyamide 6 (PA6 with acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS were prepared in a corotating twin-screw extruder, using the poly(methyl methacrylate-co-glycidyl methacrylate (MMA-GMA and poly(methyl methacrylate-co-maleic anhydride (MMA-MA copolymers as compatibilizing agents. The ABS by itself was not capable to toughen PA6 and showed a phase morphology with large and small agglomerates in the PA6 matrix. The introduction of MMA-GMA copolymer as a compatibilizing agent in the system did not significantly improve the impact properties of PA6/ABS blend. Transmission electron microscope (TEM photomicrographs indicated a morphology with two distinct

  12. Avaliação da degradação térmica e fotooxidativa do ABS para fins de reciclagem Evaluation of thermal and photo-oxidative ABS degradation with recycling purposes

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    Elisabete Maria Saraiva Sanchez

    2003-07-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho tem como objetivo avaliar a degradação térmica e fotooxidativa do terpolímero poli (acrilonitrila-butadieno-estireno, ABS, utilizado em componentes internos de automóveis. Corpos de prova de ABS moldados por injeção foram submetidos ao envelhecimento térmico, segundo a norma ASTM D794, e ao envelhecimento fotooxidativo segundo as normas ASTM G24 e G53. As amostras envelhecidas foram submetidas às análises dinâmico-mecânica, e microscópicas por microscopia de força atômica no modo não contato. Os resultados mostraram que as transições, tanto da fase vítrea quanto da fase elastomérica na superfície do ABS, são afetadas pela degradação. As áreas dos picos das curvas de módulo de perda em função da temperatura relativos às transições vítreas do ABS foram correlacionadas ao alongamento na ruptura, em função do tempo e tipo de envelhecimento. As propriedades mecânicas são influenciadas de forma mais acentuada pela extensão da degradação da matriz. O método de envelhecimento ASTM G24 mostrou-se mais agressivo que o G53, seja para a fase BR ou para a fase SAN. As imagens microscópicas mostraram que os diferentes envelhecimentos provocaram diferentes variações na rugosidade das superfícies. Amostras fotooxidadas, com perda de alongamento maior que 50%, foram reprocessadas e mostraram uma recuperação superior a 90% nessa propriedade.The aim of this work is the evaluation of thermal and photo-oxidative degradation of the terpolymer acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, ABS, used in internal automotive components. Injection molded specimens were aged by ASTM D794, ASTM G24 and ASTM G53 standards. The aged test specimens were studied by means of dynamic mechanical analysis and non-contact atomic force microscopy. The results revealed that the transitions of the glass and rubber phases were affected by the degradation. The area under linear loss modulus-temperature curves was related to tensile properties

  13. Diseño de un sistema de biofiltración para la remoción de estireno

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    Jimenez-Roldan, E. (Esteban); Villegas, A. M. (Ana María)

    2004-01-01

    El presente trabajo se enfocó en desarrollar un proceso para la eliminación del gas estireno, un contaminante orgánico generador de malos olores en el aire. Se construyó un sistema de biofiltración en el cual se emplearon bacterias del tipo Pseudomona aeruginosa y Escherichia coli adheridas a un soporte de piedra pómez. Se contaminó aire con estireno en concentraciones por encima del estándar norteamericano (TLV 40 ppm, ACGIH 2002), para simular una atmósfera laboral de alto riesg...

  14. Redução e substituição do ácido crômico na etapa de condicionamento de ABS para metalização Reduction and replacement of chromic acid in step-conditioning of ABS for metallization

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    Ana Paula Kurek

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Na etapa de condicionamento de peças em acrilonitrila-butadieno-estireno (ABS, geralmente, são empregadas soluções sulfocrômicas, resultando na geração de efluentes altamente tóxicos e ambientalmente poluentes. Este trabalho apresenta resultados do estudo do emprego de soluções condicionantes visando à redução e substituição do ácido crômico. O condicionamento das amostras foi realizado em banhos contendo soluções de ácido crômico e ácido sulfúrico, permanganato de potássio e ácido fosfórico, e ácido sulfúrico, ácido fosfórico e dicromato de potássio, variando-se concentração, tempo de imersão e temperatura. A morfologia e estrutura da superfície das amostras foram analisadas por microscopia eletrônica de varredura (MEV, rugosidade e espectroscopia no infravermelho (FITR/ATR e a qualidade da adesão metálica após cromagem foi avaliada por inspeção visual, testes de adesão e de corrosão por exposição à névoa salina. Os resultados mostraram que o condicionamento químico ocasionou remoção dos componentes do ABS na superfície das amostras, provocando modificações como rugosidade e formação de poros, cavidades e reentrâncias, que influenciaram na adesão e foram dependentes da solução e das condições empregadas. O ácido crômico pode ser empregado em concentrações menores que a solução padrão (400 g.L-1 e soluções isentas deste foram eficientes na modificação da superfície e adesão metálica.In step-conditioning (etching of acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS terpolymer, use is generally made of sulfuric/chromic acid solutions resulting in the generation of highly toxic, environmentally polluting waste. The present work reports the results of a study of reduction and replacement of chromic acid from the etching solution. The samples conditioning was carried out in baths containing solutions of chromic and sulfuric acids, potassium permanganate and phosphoric acid, and sulfuric

  15. Principais aspectos da polimerização do 1,3-butadieno Principles aspects of butadiene 1,3 polymerization

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    Denise S. S. Nunes

    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available Atualmente, há uma grande demanda pelo polibutadieno com alto teor de unidades 1,4-cis, devido às suas excelentes propriedades físicas, tais como alta resistência à abrasão, baixo desenvolvimento de calor, baixa resistência ao rolamento, maior resistência à tensão, alta resistência à fadiga, baixa histerese e alta resistência à fratura. Tais características fazem com que esse elastômero seja cada vez mais utilizado na indústria pneumática. Assim, este trabalho apresenta uma breve revisão sobre a polimerização do 1,3-butadieno com diferentes sistemas catalíticos, sendo os sistemas à base de lantanídeos o principal foco desta revisão, pois esses sistemas são os mais estereoespecíficos para a polimerização 1,4-cis do butadieno.Nowadays, there is a great demand for polybutadiene with high contents of cis groups owing to its excellent physical properties, such as high abrasion resistance and low heat build up. These characteristics make this elastomer one of the most used in pneumatic industry. Thus, this paper presents a brief review about the 1,3-butadiene polymerization by different catalysts systems, with the systems based on lanthanides being the main focus, as they are the most stereospecific for cis-1,4 polymerization of butadiene.

  16. Diseño de una columna de rectificación para la purificación de Alfa-Metilestireno (AMS)

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    Casas Morales, Olga

    2017-01-01

    El alfametilestireno (AMS), se comercializa principalmente para la fabricación de PVC además de ser intermediario en la síntesis de resinas de acrilonitrilo-butadieno-estireno (ABS). Proporciona brillo y resistencia a altas temperaturas a estas resinas, que después son utilizadas en la fabricación de componentes para la industria automovilística, en electrodomésticos, carcasas de ordenadores y aparatos eléctricos. Otros usos son como adhesivos, recubrimientos, ceras, antioxidantes, etc. Indic...

  17. Comparative study of the monomer grafting: ethylene, acetylene, 1,3-butadiene and estyrene in the matrix of recycled polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE); Estudo comparativo da enxertia dos monomeros: etileno, acetileno, 1,3-butadieno e estireno na matriz de politetrafluoroetileno (PTFE) reciclado

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    Ikari, Carolina T.; Rosner, Gerhardyne O.; Oliveira, Ana C.F. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Quimica e Meio Ambiente (CQMA); Faculdades Oswaldo Cruz, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Ferreto, Helio F.R.; Lima, Luiz F.C.P.; Lugao, Ademar B., E-mail: hferreto@ipen.b [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Quimica e Meio Ambiente (CQMA); Moreira, Otavio M. [Faculdades Oswaldo Cruz, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2009-07-01

    In this study it is used the recycled polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), that with the gamma radiation under inert atmosphere or in presence of air, it is obtained free radicals and a posterior the monomer grafting (ethylene, acetylene, styrene or 1.3 butadiene), obtaining the copolymer polytetrafluoroethylene-g-monomer. It is studied the obtention of the polymer by two methods: by direct way, via grafting, where the polymer is irradiated in presence of monomer, and via grafting when the polymer is irradiated in absence of monomer and under inert or air. The characterization of the copolymer was performed by the techniques of infrared region absorption spectroscopy with Fourier transformation (FTIR), thermogravimetric (TGA) and derivative thermogravimetry (DTG), and percentage of mass grafting (DOG)

  18. The evaluation of tetrabutylamonium bis(4-ethylphenylsulphonyldithiocarbimate)zincate(II) (ZNIBU) efficiency as a reclaiming agent for styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR); Avalicao da eficiencia do bis(4-metilfenilsulfonilditiocarbimato)zincato(II) de tetrabutilamonio (ZNIBU) como agente de regeneracao para borracha de butadieno-estireno (SBR)

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    Moreno, Pedro H.H.; Visconte, Leila L.Y.; Pacheco, Elen B.A.V., E-mail: pedro_hhm@ima.ufrj.br [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Tavares, Eder C. [Universidade Federal de Itajuba (UNIFEI), Itajuba, MG (Brazil)

    2015-07-01

    In recent years, the production of rubber waste has been reported as a serious environmental problem. The chemical structure of rubbers (crosslinked, insoluble and infusible polymers) makes its reprocessing very difficult, unlike thermoplastics. The most common methods to treat rubber waste are of thermal, mechanical and chemical nature, wherein the chemical methods the purpose is to regenerate the rubber. Early studies with tetrabutylamonium bis(4-methylphenylsulphonyldithiocarbimate)zincate(II) (ZNIBU) point to its ability as an accelerator in the rubber curing process. In this work, this zinc complex was evaluated as a chemical regeneration agent. ZNIBU was synthesized and characterized by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance ({sup 13}C NMR) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). The mixture of virgin SBR with vulcanization ingredients was performed in a two-roll mill, and the composition was then vulcanized and molded on a hydraulic press. The synthesized ZNIBU was then mixed with the vulcanized rubber and devulcanization was observed. Finally, the devulcanized elastomeric composition was revulcanized. The revulcanization of SBR regenerated with ZNIBU led to the formation of a rubber with maximum torque near the maximum torque of the virgin vulcanized rubber. After adjusting the optimal conditions of regeneration, mechanical tests will be carried out (tensile strength, tear strength and hardness) for the specimens of both vulcanized and revulcanized rubbers in order to compare their mechanical properties. (author)

  19. Epoxidação de borrachas SBR: obtenção e avaliação de propriedades

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    Cesar Pedrini Neto

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    A borracha de estireno-butadieno, SBR, é uma das borrachas mais utilizadas em aplicações industriais. Diferentes tipos de borrachas SBR podem ser obtidas pela variação das proporções entre os monômeros de butadieno e estireno ou pela variação da microestrutura das unidades de butadieno. A borracha SBR, por ser um polímero apoiar, apresenta desvantagens como baixa resistência a óleos e ao envelhecimento. Para melhorar-se algumas destas propriedades, a estrutura química da cadeia principal pode...

  20. Exposición a estireno en cabinas prefabricadas: Estudio comparativo 2003 - 2005 Styrene exposure in pre-built cabins: Comparative study 2003 - 2005

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    Adriana Cousillas

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Los objetos fabricados con las resinas reforzadas pueden liberar al medio ambiente, vapor de estireno, lo que conlleva a tener una exposición al disolvente. En Uruguay, para el desarrollo de diferentes tareas administrativas, de vigilancia, de comercio, etc. se utilizan unas cabinas que son fabricadas con resinas de poliester no saturadas. En un trabajo anterior se comprobó que existía exposición a estireno en este tipo de cabinas. El objetivo de este trabajo fue estudiar los riesgos higiénicos a los que está expuesto el personal de empresa que desarrolla sus tareas administrativas en cabinas de fibra de vidrio reforzadas de resina. Se realizaron muestreos ambientales en cabinas ubicadas en diferentes zonas del Montevideo durante el año 2004 y 2005. Los valores de referencia que se utilizaron fueron los de la American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH de 2006. El trabajo realizado demuestra que no existe exposición del personal a vapores de estireno en sus lugares de trabajo con el consiguiente riesgo descrito para estos productos. Considerando los resultados del año 2003, se concluye que los valores obtenidos ese año fueron puntuales del tipo de cabinas.The objects made with reinforced resins can release styrene steam to the indoor environment, which involves worker´s exposure to this toxic solvent. In Uruguay, some administrative, commerce, and more tasks are carried out in those fiber glass cabins which are manufactured with those resins. In a previous study we had high values of styrene in air and his metabolites in urine for people working in this buildings. The aim of this study is the evaluation of the hygienic risks to exposed workers from different companies who perform their administrative tasks in reinforced fiber glass cabins. Environmental samplings were made. The reference values used were those of the American Conference of Industrial Governmental Hygienists of 2005 (ACGIH. The results obtained

  1. Aplicação de ferramentas estatísticas para avaliação de filmes de emulsões estireno acrílicas

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    Marcelo Beck Graziani

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    Esta dissertação de Mestrado Profissional tem como objetivo a utilização de ferramentas estatísticas, tais como planejamento de experimentos (DOE) e análise de componentes principais (PCA), para a avaliação da formação de filme de emulsões estireno acrílicas (látex). A parte experimental foi realizada nos laboratórios da Dow Brasil em São Paulo. As amostras (látex + coalescente) foram caracterizadas em triplicata pelos seguintes testes: resistência à abrasão úmida, temperatura mínima de forma...

  2. Antiblockiersystem ABS

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    Koch-Dücker, Heinz-Jürgen

    Bei kritischen Fahrverhältnissen kann es während des Bremsvorgangs zum Blockieren der Räder kommen. Ursachen dafür können z.B. nasse oder glatte Fahrbahnen sowie eine schreckhafte Reaktion des Fahrers (unvorhergesehenes Hindernis) sein. Das Fahrzeug kann dadurch lenkunfähig werden, es kann ins Schleudern geraten und/oder von der Fahrbahn abkommen. Das Antiblockiersystem (ABS) erkennt beim Bremsen frühzeitig die Blockierneigung eines oder mehrerer Räder und sorgt dann sofort dafür, dass der Bremsdruck konstant gehalten oder verringert wird. So blockieren die Räder nicht und das Fahrzeug folgt der Lenkung. Damit lässt sich ein Auto sicher und schnell abbremsen bzw. zum Stillstand bringen.

  3. Caracterización morfológica de asfalto modificado con diferentes copolímeros a altas concentraciones.

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    HERNÁNDEZ PADRÓN, G.

    2011-01-01

    Se analizaron las microestructuras de asfalto modificado con diferentes copolimeros comerciales, estireno-butadieno-estireno (SBS), ethilen-vinil-acetato (EVA) y etilen-glicil-acrilato (EGA), mezclados con asfalto AC-20™, de Petróleos Mexicanos, mediante microscopia electrónica de transmisión. Las mezclas se realizaron con un mezclador de alto esfuerzo cortante a ISOOC por una hora. en un intervalo de concentración de lOa 12 % de polimero modificador.

  4. Síntese e caracterização de copolímeros de estireno e divinilbenzeno clorometilados Synthesis and characterization of chloromethylated styrene-divinylbenzene copolymers

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    Viviane G. Teixeira

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available A reação de clorometilação de copolímeros de estireno e divinilbenzeno (S-DVB em presença de HCl, formaldeído e cloreto de zinco foi estudada em meios aquoso e orgânico. O copolímero S-DVB foi, primeiramente, sintetizado por polimerização em suspensão e caracterizado quanto às suas propriedades porosas. Em meio aquoso, o copolímero foi clorometilado borbulhando-se HCl na mistura de solução aquosa de formaldeído a 37% (formalina 37% e solução aquosa de cloreto de zinco (catalisador. Em meio orgânico (1,2-dicloroetano, foram usados HCl (borbulhado na solução reacional, paraformaldeído e cloreto de zinco sólido. A presença de grupos clorometila foi identificada por espectroscopia na região do infravermelho e o teor desses grupos foi determinado por titulação potenciométrica dos íons cloreto, liberados após a reação de quaternização com piridina. A reação em meio aquoso originou copolímeros com baixos graus de clorometilação, mesmo sob condições drásticas (uso do catalisador sólido e ácido clorídrico concentrado como meio reacional. Em meio orgânico, devido à maior estabilidade do eletrófilo, foram originados copolímeros com teores mais altos de grupos clorometila. Foi estudada a influência dos parâmetros reacionais sobre o grau de clorometilação dos copolímeros em meio orgânico. A temperatura e a razão copolímero/catalisador foram parâmetros determinantes do grau de clorometilação obtido.Cloromethylation of styrene-divinylbenzene copolymer (S-DVB in presence of hydrogen chloride, formaldehyde and zinc chloride was studied in aqueous and organic media. S-DVB was first synthesized by suspension polymerization and its porosity was characterized. In aqueous medium, S-DVB was chloromethylated by using a mixture of hydrogen chloride, aqueous formaldehyde solution (formalin 37% and aqueous zinc chloride solution as catalyst. In organic medium (1,2-dichloroethane, a mixture of hydrogen chloride

  5. Microesferas poliméricas magnéticas à base de estireno e divinilbenzeno com morfologia casca e núcleo Magnetic polymeric microspheres based on styrene and divinylbenzene with core-shell morphology

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    Washington J. F. Formiga

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    Full Text Available Microesferas poliméricas com propriedades magnéticas à base de estireno (STY e divinilbenzeno (DVB foram sintetizadas usando a técnica de polimerização em suspensão em duas etapas. Na primeira, foram preparados os núcleos poliméricos à base de STY e DVB e magnetita. Na segunda, os núcleos foram previamente inchados em uma emulsão de STY e DVB e novamente polimerizados para a formação da casca. Foram variados o método de adição da emulsão e o tempo de inchamento. Os materiais obtidos foram caracterizados quanto ao tamanho de partícula por peneiramento, análise termogravimétrica (TGA, microscopia eletrônica de varredura (SEM e magnetometria de amostra vibrante (VSM. Os métodos avaliados na formação da casca de poli(estireno-co-divinilbenzeno produziram partículas com diâmetro médio maior do que o núcleo. Este resultado indica a formação de morfologia casca e núcleo. O controle morfológico só foi obtido com as resinas RR48/1 e RR48/3. O método onde a emulsão de estireno e divinilbenzeno foi adicionada em etapa única, seguida de 48 horas de inchamento do núcleo a 10 °C (RR48/1, forneceu o maior rendimento (64%. Além disso, todas as resinas casca-núcleo foram sensíveis ao estímulo magnético realizado por um ímã, atestando assim que foram produzidas resinas com propriedades magnéticas.Magnetic polymeric microspheres based on styrene (STY and divinylbenzene (DVB were synthesized in two steps. Firstly, the polymeric core, constituted by STY, DVB and magnetite, was prepared by suspension polymerization. Then, the core was swollen in a STY and DVB emulsion. Subsequently, a second suspension polymerization was carried out in order to form a shell. The emulsion addition method and the swelling time were varied. The particle size, morphology, thermal stability and magnetic properties of the microspheres were studied by sieving, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and vibrating

  6. The Formal Semantics of Core ABS and ABS-NET

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    Palmskog, Karl

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    ABS is a language and framework for modelling distributed object-oriented systems, developed in the EU FP7 HATS project. Core ABS formalizes the key parts of ABS, including the syntax, type system, and an operational semantics in the style of rewriting logic. ABS-NET is a novel operational semantics for Core ABS programs, developed as a part of work on decentralized runtime adaptation of distributed objects. ABS-NET describes program execution on top of a network of nodes connected point-to-p...

  7. Synthesis and characterization of poly(styrene-co-methyl methacrylate); Sintese e caracterizacao do poli(estireno-co-metacrilato de metila)

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    Augustinho, Tiago R.; Abarca, Silvia A.C.; Machado, Ricardo A.F. [Departamento de Engenharia Quimica e Alimentos - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina - UFSC, Florianopolis, SC (Brazil)

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    Polystyrene (PS) is nowadays commonly used due its advantages over competitors. PS presents a lower cost when compared with Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) and with Polyethylene Tere-phthalate (PET), and can be easier processed than polypropylene (PP). At expandable form (EPS), can be used as projective equipment, thermal insulation, floating boards, refrigerators, isothermal, and low cost applications such as packaging and disposable material. Searching for more resistant materials and with a low cost, researches with copolymers materials are being developed. In this study, copolymerization reactions were carried out by suspension polymerization using monomers styrene and methyl methacrylate (MMA) with styrene. Styrene was in the highest percentage in relation to the MMA. The MMA was selected because is a monomer that presents a higher resistance than PS. The copolymerization was confirmed by performing infrared spectroscopy (IR), nuclear magnetic resonance of hydrogen (RMN{sup 1}H), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetry (TGA). (author)

  8. Comportamento de misturas asfálticas porosas com ligantes modificados por polímeros e adição de fibras

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    Tiago da Rosa Homem

    2002-01-01

    o presente trabalho tem como objetivo geral avaliar o comportamento mecânico de um concreto asfál tico poroso, com teores variáveis de asfalto modificado e adições de fibra de vidro. o ligante utilizado consiste de um asfalto modificado com 4% de polímeros SBS (estireno-butadieno-estireno) . Os corpos de prova moldados incluem teores de asfalto entre 3,66% e 6,34% do peso total da mistura. Os teores de fibra de vidro adicionados na mistura situaram-se entre O e 1% do peso total da mistura. Fo...

  9. Asfalto modificado com polimero SBS para pavimentos drenantes

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    Ronaldo Zamiro Machado

    2007-01-01

    Resumo: O polímero SBS - Estireno-Butadieno-Estireno tem sido muito empregado para modificar o asfalto, tanto para pavimentação como para aplicações industrial. Nessa pesquisa foi abordado o estudo do asfalto modificado com polímeros SBS, apresentando comportamento melhor que asfalto convencional, mostrando-se como o polímero se comporta ao ser misturado com o asfalto e quais características são melhoradas. O asfalto modificado com polímero SBS tem uma vida útil muito superior ao asfalto conv...

  10. Evaluating autoimmunity markers (TPO Ab, Tg Ab and TM Ab in hypothyroid patients of Bushehr province

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    Iraj Nabipour

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: Chronic autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is the common cause of primary hypothyroidism in iodine sufficient countries. Iran is named an iodine sufficient country, in this century. Methods: A total of 88 hypothyroid patients, on suppressing dose of levothyroxine who were followed in a university endocrine disorder clinic were evaluated for serum thyroid autoimmunity markers: thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPO Ab, thyroglobulin antibody (Tg Ab and thyroid microsomal antibody (TM Ab using ELISA method. Results: The prevalence of TPO Ab, Tg Ab and TM Ab were 73.9%, 45.5% and 71.6%, respectively. Among the patients with high level of TPO Ab (> 75 u/ml, 45.3% had grade 1 or 2 of goiter (P< 0.05. Conclusion: Autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in Bushehr province.

  11. ABS plastic RPCs

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    Ables, E.; Bionta, R.; Olson, H.; Ott, L.; Parker, E.; Wright, D.; Wuest, C

    1996-02-01

    After investigating a number of materials, we discovered that an ABS plastic doped with a conducting polymer performs well as the resistive electrode in a narrow gap RPC (resistive plate chamber). Operating in the streamer mode, we find efficiencies of 90-96% with low noise and low strip multiplicities. We have also studied a variety of operating gases and found that a mixture containing SF{sub 6}, a non-ozone depleting gas, argon and isobutane gives good streamer mode performance, even with isobutane concentrations of 20% or less.

  12. Laptop induced erythema ab igne.

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    Nayak, Sudhir U K; Shenoi, Shrutakirthi D; Prabhu, Smitha

    2012-03-01

    Erythema ab igne is a reticular, pigmented dermatosis caused by prolonged and repeated exposure to infrared radiation that is insufficient to produce a burn. The use of laptop computers has increased manifold in the recent past. Prolonged contact of the laptop with the skin can lead to the development of erythema ab igne. We present a case of erythema ab igne secondary to laptop use in an Indian student.

  13. Ab interno stenting procedures.

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    Radcliffe, Nathan M; Lynch, Mary G; Brown, Reay H

    2014-08-01

    Trabecular bypass was first used as a surgical treatment for glaucoma more than 100 years ago and aims to circumvent the trabecular meshwork, thought to be the main site of aqueous humor outflow resistance. The emerging field of microinvasive glaucoma surgery has brought a new ab interno trabecular microbypass stent through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approval process, and data from long-term randomized prospective trials have shown the safety and intraocular pressure-lowering value of trabecular microbypass. This review discusses the historical evolution of trabecular microbypass and describes new and forthcoming surgical options along with available clinical safety and efficacy data. Proprietary or commercial disclosures are listed after the references. Copyright © 2014 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Caraterização composicional do AES - um copolímero de enxertia de poli(estireno-co-acrilonitrila em poli(etileno-co-propileno-co-dieno Compositional characterization of AES a graft copolymer based on poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile and poly(etyhlene-co-propylene-co-diene

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    Renato Turchet

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho é a caracterização do AES, um copolímero de enxertia de poli(estireno-co-acrilonitrila, SAN, em poli(etileno-co-propileno-co-dieno, EPDM. Para tanto, o AES foi submetido à extração seletiva de seus componentes: o SAN livre, o EDPM livre, e o copolímero de enxertia EPDM-g-SAN. O AES e suas frações foram caracterizados por espectroscopia de infravermelho, análise elementar, calorimetria diferencial de varredura e ressonância magnética nuclear, RMN¹H e RMN13C. O AES analisado apresenta a seguinte composição em massa: 65% de EPDM-g-SAN, 13% de EPDM livre e 22% de SAN livre. O EPDM apresenta 69,8% em massa de etileno, 26,5% em massa de propileno e 4,6% em massa do dieno, 2-etilideno-5-norboneno, ENB. O SAN apresenta razão em massa acrilonitrila/estireno de 28/72 e distribuição randômica de comonômeros de estireno e acrilonitrila. Estes resultados são concordantes com a composição do AES fornecida pelo fabricante, indicando que a metodologia proposta é adequada.This work aims the characterization of AES, a graft copolymer based on poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile, SAN, and poly(etyhlene-co-propylene-co-diene, EPDM. AES was submitted to selective extraction of its components: free SAN, EPDM chains and the graft copolymer EPDM-g-SAN. AES and its fractions were characterized by infrared spectroscopy, elemental analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, 13C and ¹H nuclear magnetic resonance. The AES has 65 wt % of EPDM-g-SAN, 13 wt % of free EPDM and 22 wt % of free SAN. EPDM has 69.8 wt % of ethylene, 26.5 wt % of propylene and 4.6 wt % of diene, 2-ethylidene-5-norbonene ENB. SAN presents acrylonitrile/styrene mass ratio of 28/72 and a random distribution of acrylonitrile and styrene comonomers. These results are in agreement with the composition reported by the AES supplier, indicating that the proposed methodology is adequate.

  15. Ab interno trabeculectomy.

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    Pantcheva, Mina B; Kahook, Malik Y

    2010-10-01

    Anterior chamber drainage angle surgery, namely trabeculotomy and goniotomy, has been commonly utilized in children for many years. Its' reported success has ranged between 68% and 100% in infants and young children with congenital glaucoma. However, the long-term success of these procedures has been limited in adults presumably due to the formation of anterior synechiae (AS) in the postoperative phase. Recently, ab interno trabeculectomy with the Trabectome™ has emerged as a novel surgical approach to effectively and selectively remove and ablate the trabecular meshwork and the inner wall of the Schlemm's canal in an attempt to avoid AS formation or other forms of wound healing with resultant closure of the cleft. This procedure seems to have an appealing safety profile with respect to early hypotony or infection if compared to trabeculectomy or glaucoma drainage device implantation. This might be advantageous in some of the impoverish regions of the Middle East and Africa where patients experience difficulties keeping up with their postoperative visits. It is important to note that no randomized trial comparing the Trabectome to other glaucoma procedures appears to have been published to date. Trabectome surgery is not a panacea, however, and it is associated with early postoperative intraocular pressure spikes that may require additional glaucoma surgery as well as a high incidence of hyphema. Reported results show that postoperative intraocular pressure (IOP) remains, at best, in the mid-teen range making it undesirable in patients with low-target IOP goals. A major advantage of Trabectome surgery is that it does not preclude further glaucoma surgery involving the conjunctiva, such as a trabeculectomy or drainage device implantation. As prospective randomized long-term clinical data become available, we will be better positioned to elucidate the exact role of this technique in the glaucoma surgical armamentarium.

  16. Membranas híbridas basadas en estireno-metacrilato-sílice y ácido fosfowolfrámico obtenidas por sol-gel para pilas de combustible de intercambio protónico (PEMFC

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    Mosa, J.

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Contrary to internal combustion engines, proton-exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC used in transportation operate with zero emissions of environmental pollutants. The increase of the operation temperature in PEMFC above 100°C is a great concern for the application of this type of cells in electric vehicles. Hybrid organic-inorganic membranes with nanosized interfaces can combine the main properties of their components to meet this objective. Styrene-methacrylate-silica membranes doped with phosphotungstic acid (PWA were prepared through acid catalyzed sol-gel process and free-radical copolymerization. Additionally, sulfonation processes of aromatic rings to produce attached SO3H groups were applied to increase the proton conductivity. The effect of sulfonation degree and PWA doping on the membrane properties such as chemical and thermal stability, water uptake, ion exchange capacity, and proton conductivity were investigated. The measurement of conductivity shows a general increase with rising temperatures and with the increasing of SO3H groups density, reaching a maximum value of 3.2 10-3 S/cm at 130ºC and 100%HR.

    Comparadas con los motores de combustión interna, las pilas de combustible de intercambio de protones (PEMFC son capaces de operar sin emisiones de agentes contaminantes. El aumento de la temperatura de operación de la pila de combustible por encima de 100ºC es uno de los grandes objetivos en este campo ya que facilitaría el desarrollo comercial de los vehículos eléctricos impulsados por pilas de combustible. Las membranas híbridas orgánico-inorgánicas nanoestructuradas combinan las propiedades necesarias para este tipo de aplicación. Se obtuvieron membranas híbridas dopadas con ácido fosfowolfrámico (PWA por copolimerización radicálica a partir de alquilalcóxidos y monómeros de estireno y metacrilato, y por reacción sol-gel vía catálisis ácida. La conductividad protónica se logra realizando un proceso

  17. Modelagem da polimerização simultânea de estireno em suspensão e emulsão Modeling styrene simultaneous suspension and emulsion polymerization systems

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    Marcelo K. Lenzi

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available Apesar dos processos de polimerização em suspensão e emulsão serem processos heterogêneos, cada um origina características peculiares para a distribuição de tamanho de partículas, distribuição de pesos moleculares, taxa de nucleação das partículas de polímero, taxa de polimerização, entre outras. Neste trabalho, são realizadas polimerizações de estireno simultaneamente em suspensão e emulsão. A carga inicial do reator equivale à receita de uma polimerização em suspensão tradicional, enquanto os constituintes da emulsão são adicionados ao longo da batelada. Analisa-se como as propriedades finais do polímero e o curso da polimerização dependem do momento em que a carga característica da emulsão é adicionada à polimerização em suspensão. Apresenta-se, também, um modelo matemático para a descrição do sistema, sendo que o modelo proposto possui boa concordância com dados experimentais de conversão, pesos moleculares médios e curva de distribuição de pesos moleculares. A morfologia da partícula de polímero e os pesos moleculares médios mudam significativamente, dependendo do momento da adição da emulsão, podendo até mesmo ser obtidas curvas de distribuição de pesos moleculares bimodais. Verificou-se que as partículas apresentam características do tipo núcleo/casca, sendo o núcleo formado pelas partículas obtidas pela polimerização em suspensão e a casca formada pelas partículas do processo em emulsão.Although both emulsion and suspension polymerization processes are performed in heterogeneous media, each process presents its own typical characteristics, such as the particle size distribution, molecular weight distribution, polymer particle nucleation rates, rates of polymerization, and so on. In this work styrene polymerizations are carried out in suspension and emulsion processes simultaneously. The initial reactor charge resembles the recipe of standard styrene suspension

  18. Avaliação das condições de envelhecimento do sistema catalítico versatato de neodímio/hidreto de di-isobutilalumínio/cloreto de t-butila na polimerização de 1,3-butadieno

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    Neusa Maria Tocchetto Pires

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi estudar sistemas catalíticos ternários constituídos por versatato de neodímio, cloreto de t-butila e hidreto de di-isobutil-alumínio para a polimerização de 1,4-cis de butadieno em hexano. Foi investigado o efeito do envelhecimento natural do catalisador (1 a 60 dias a 8,5°C sobre a conversão, a atividade catalítica e a micro- e macroestrutura do polibutadieno. Foi estudado também o efeito do envelhecimento forçado (40°C, das diferentes fases do preparo do catalisador sobre as características da polimerização e do polímero sintetizado. Os polímeros foram caracterizados por cromatografia de exclusão por tamanho (SEC, espectroscopia na região do infravermelho (FT-IR, viscosimetria em solução e no estado fundido. O envelhecimento forçado das diferentes fases do catalisador (F1, F2, F3 e F4 afetou a conversão e a atividade catalítica de maneiras distintas. Os resultados de conversão e atividade catalítica mostraram que a fase mais afetada pelo envelhecimento forçado a 40°C foi a F1, etapa em que o versatato de neodímio é adicionado à solução de hidreto de di-isobutil-alumínio (Catalisador 447. A microestrutura não se alterou com o envelhecimento natural do catalisador enquanto que a macroestrutura mostrou dependência desta variável. Foi observado um ligeiro aumento na conversão e na atividade catalítica à medida que o tempo de envelhecimento do catalisador aumentou de 1 para 10 dias.

  19. Ab initio calculations of biomolecules

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    Leś, Andrzej; Adamowicz, Ludwik

    1995-08-01

    Ab initio quantum mechanical calculations are valuable tools for interpretation and elucidation of elemental processes in biochemical systems. With the ab initio approach one can calculate data that sometimes are difficult to obtain by experimental techniques. The most popular computational theoretical methods include the Hartree-Fock method as well as some lower-level variational and perturbational post-Hartree Fock approaches which allow to predict molecular structures and to calculate spectral properties. We have been involved in a number of joined theoretical and experimental studies in the past and some examples of these studies are given in this presentation. The systems chosen cover a wide variety of simple biomolecules, such as precursors of nucleic acids, double-proton transferring molecules, and simple systems involved in processes related to first stages of substrate-enzyme interactions. In particular, examples of some ab initio calculations used in the assignment of IR spectra of matrix isolated pyrimidine nucleic bases are shown. Some radiation-induced transformations in model chromophores are also presented. Lastly, we demonstrate how the ab-initio approach can be used to determine the initial several steps of the molecular mechanism of thymidylate synthase inhibition by dUMP analogues.

  20. Extraction of Proteins with ABS

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    Desai, R.K.; Streefland, M.; Wijffels, R.H.; Eppink, M.H.M.

    2016-01-01

    Over the past years, there has been an increasing trend in research on the extraction and purification of proteins using aqueous biphasic systems (ABS) formed by polymers, e.g., polyethylene glycol (PEG). In general, when dealing with protein purification processes, it is essential to maintain their

  1. Ab initio potential for solids

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    Chetty, N.; Stokbro, Kurt; Jacobsen, Karsten Wedel

    1992-01-01

    . At the most approximate level, the theory is equivalent to the usual effective-medium theory. At all levels of approximation, every term in the total-energy expression is calculated ab initio, that is, without any fitting to experiment or to other calculations. Every step in the approximation procedure can...

  2. Ab interno Schlemm's Canal Surgery.

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    Francis, Brian A; Akil, Handan; Bert, Benjamin B

    2017-01-01

    In primary open-angle glaucoma, the site of greatest resistance to aqueous outflow is thought to be the trabecular meshwork (TM) and inner wall of Schlemm's canal. Augmentation of the conventional (trabecular) outflow pathway can facilitate physiologic outflow and subsequently lower intraocular pressure. The most recent approach to enhancing the conventional outflow pathway is via an internal approach to the TM and Schlemm's canal. Ab interno Schlemm's canal surgery includes 4 novel surgical approaches: (1) removal of the TM and inner wall of Schlemm's canal by an internal approach (ab interno trabeculectomy), (2) implantation of a microstent to bypass the TM, (3) disruption of the TM and inner wall of Schlemm's canal via an internal approach (ab interno trabeculotomy), and (4) dilation of Schlemm's canal via an internal approach (ab interno canaloplasty). The first category includes the Trabectome (Neomedix, Tustin, CA, USA), and Kahook Dual Blade (New World Medical, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA). The second category includes the iStent (Glaukos, Laguna Hills, CA, USA), as well as the investigational Hydrus Microstent implant (Ivantis, Irvine, CA, USA). The third category includes gonioscopic-assisted transluminal trabeculotomy (iSciences catheter; Ellex, Adelaide, Australia), and 360° suture trabeculotomy (TRAB360, Sight Sciences, Menlo Park, CA, USA). The fourth category includes ab interno canaloplasty or AbiC (Ellex), and Visco360 (Sight Sciences). In contrast to external filtration surgeries, such as trabeculectomy and aqueous tube shunt, these procedures are categorized as internal filtration surgeries and are performed from an internal approach via gonioscopic guidance. Published results suggest that these surgical procedures are both safe and efficacious for the treatment of open-angle glaucoma. © 2017 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  3. Preparação e caracterização de microesferas poliméricas magnéticas à base de estireno, divinilbenzeno e acetato de vinila Preparation and characterization of magnetic polymeric microspheres based on styrene, divinylbenzene and vinyl acetate

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    Full Text Available Microesferas poliméricas magnéticas à base de estireno (STY, divinilbenzeno (DVB, acetato de vinila (VAc e ferro foram preparadas via polimerização em suspensão e semi-suspensão. Foram estudadas as influências da concentração de VAc adicionado na polimerização e da presença de ferro sobre as características das partículas poliméricas. Estas foram caracterizadas por espectroscopia vibracional na região do infravermelho por transformada de Fourier (FT-IR, análise termogravimétrica (TGA/DTGA, microscopia óptica por reflexão (MO, microscopia eletrônica de varredura (SEM e magnetometria de amostra vibrante (VSM. Foram obtidas com sucesso microesferas poliméricas com propriedades magnéticas à base de estireno, divinilbenzeno e acetato de vinila. Estes materiais apresentaram bom controle morfológico esférico e partículas de ferro aglomeradas por toda a superfície da microesfera. O maior rendimento de microesferas magnéticas foi encontrado na faixa de 288 μm. Apresentaram também boas propriedades magnéticas (22,62 a 73,75 emu.g-1 com comportamento próximo de materiais superparamagnéticos e boa estabilidade térmica (444 °C.Magnetic polymeric microspheres based on styrene (STY, divinylbenzene (DVB, vinyl acetate (VAc and iron were prepared through suspension and semi-suspension polymerization. An investigation was made of the influence from the concentration of VAc added to the polymerization and the presence of iron on the properties of the polymeric particles. These particles were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA/DTGA, reflection optical microscopy (OM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM. Polymeric microspheres with magnetic properties based on styrene, divinylbenzene and vinyl acetate were obtained. These materials showed good control of the spheres morphology and aggregated iron particles throughout the microsphere

  4. Analys av Husqvarna AB:s lastbilstransporter till Italien

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    Edh, Nina; Jönegård, Mattias

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    The thesis has been written as a part of the Bachelor degree in Industrial engineering and management at the School of Engineering in Jönköping. The work is focused on the part of Husqvarna AB’s supply chain that is associated with the lorry transports to Italy. Husqvarna AB has approximately ten Italian customers, whose delivery patterns have been studied from January 2007 to July 2008. Some of the customers have a low delivery frequency and small amounts of goods that they therefore have no...

  5. ABS: Sequence alignment by scanning

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    2011-08-01

    Sequence alignment is an essential tool in almost any computational biology research. It processes large database sequences and considered to be high consumers of computation time. Heuristic algorithms are used to get approximate but fast results. We introduce fast alignment algorithm, called Alignment By Scanning (ABS), to provide an approximate alignment of two DNA sequences. We compare our algorithm with the well-known alignment algorithms, the FASTA (which is heuristic) and the \\'Needleman-Wunsch\\' (which is optimal). The proposed algorithm achieves up to 76% enhancement in alignment score when it is compared with the FASTA Algorithm. The evaluations are conducted using different lengths of DNA sequences. © 2011 IEEE.

  6. AP calculus AB/BC

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    All Access for the AP® Calculus AB & BC Exams Book + Web + Mobile Everything you need to prepare for the Advanced Placement® exam, in a study system built around you! There are many different ways to prepare for an Advanced Placement® exam. What's best for you depends on how much time you have to study and how comfortable you are with the subject matter. To score your highest, you need a system that can be customized to fit you: your schedule, your learning style, and your current level of knowledge. This book, and the free online tools that come with it, will help you personalize your AP® Cal

  7. Ab interno trabeculectomy: patient selection and perspectives

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    Vinod, Kateki; Gedde, Steven J

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    Ab interno trabeculectomy is one among several recently introduced minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries that avoid a conjunctival incision and full-thickness sclerostomy involved in traditional glaucoma surgery...

  8. Ultrasound Biomicroscopy Comparison of Ab Interno and Ab Externo Intraocular Lens Scleral Fixation.

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    Horiguchi, Lie; Garcia, Patricia Novita; Malavazzi, Gustavo Ricci; Allemann, Norma; Gomes, Rachel L R

    2016-01-01

    Purpose. To compare ab interno and ab externo scleral fixation of posterior chamber intraocular lenses (PCIOL) using ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM). Methods. Randomized patients underwent ab externo or ab interno scleral fixation of a PCIOL. Ultrasound biomicroscopy was performed 3 to 6 months postoperatively, to determine PCIOL centration, IOL distance to the iris at 12, 3, 6, and 9 hours, and haptics placement in relation to the ciliary sulcus. Results. Fifteen patients were enrolled in the study. The ab externo technique was used in 7 eyes (46.6%) and the ab interno in 8 eyes (53.3%). In the ab externo technique, 14 haptics were located: 4 (28.57%) in the ciliary sulcus; 2 (14.28%) anterior to the sulcus; and 8 (57.14%) posterior to the sulcus, 6 in the ciliary body and 2 posterior to the ciliary body. In the ab interno group, 4 haptics (25.0%) were in the ciliary sulcus, 2 (12.50%) anterior to the sulcus, and 10 (75.0%) posterior to the sulcus, 4 in the ciliary body and 6 posterior to the ciliary body. Conclusions. Ab externo and ab interno scleral fixation techniques presented similar results in haptic placement. Ab externo technique presented higher vertical tilt when compared to the ab interno.

  9. Ultrasound Biomicroscopy Comparison of Ab Interno and Ab Externo Intraocular Lens Scleral Fixation

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    Full Text Available Purpose. To compare ab interno and ab externo scleral fixation of posterior chamber intraocular lenses (PCIOL using ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM. Methods. Randomized patients underwent ab externo or ab interno scleral fixation of a PCIOL. Ultrasound biomicroscopy was performed 3 to 6 months postoperatively, to determine PCIOL centration, IOL distance to the iris at 12, 3, 6, and 9 hours, and haptics placement in relation to the ciliary sulcus. Results. Fifteen patients were enrolled in the study. The ab externo technique was used in 7 eyes (46.6% and the ab interno in 8 eyes (53.3%. In the ab externo technique, 14 haptics were located: 4 (28.57% in the ciliary sulcus; 2 (14.28% anterior to the sulcus; and 8 (57.14% posterior to the sulcus, 6 in the ciliary body and 2 posterior to the ciliary body. In the ab interno group, 4 haptics (25.0% were in the ciliary sulcus, 2 (12.50% anterior to the sulcus, and 10 (75.0% posterior to the sulcus, 4 in the ciliary body and 6 posterior to the ciliary body. Conclusions. Ab externo and ab interno scleral fixation techniques presented similar results in haptic placement. Ab externo technique presented higher vertical tilt when compared to the ab interno.

  10. Solvent (acetone-butanol: ab) production

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    This article describes production of butanol [acetone-butanol-ethanol, (also called AB or ABE or solvent)] by fermentation using both traditional and current technologies. AB production from agricultural commodities, such as corn and molasses, was an important historical fermentation. Unfortunately,...

  11. Co-continuous polycarbonate/ABS blends

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    Inberg, J.P.F.; Gaymans, R.J.

    2002-01-01

    Co-continuous PC/ABS (50/50) blends were studied with a variable polybutadiene (PB) content (0–40%) in ABS. Polycarbonate (PC), styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) and PB were blended in two steps using a twin screw extruder. Rectangular bars were injection moulded and notched Izod impact tested at

  12. AP calculus AB & BC crash course

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    AP Calculus AB & BC Crash Course - Gets You a Higher Advanced Placement Score in Less Time Crash Course is perfect for the time-crunched student, the last-minute studier, or anyone who wants a refresher on the subject. AP Calculus AB & BC Crash Course gives you: Targeted, Focused Review - Study Only What You Need to Know Crash Course is based on an in-depth analysis of the AP Calculus AB & BC course description outline and actual AP test questions. It covers only the information tested on the exams, so you can make the most of your valuable study time. Written by experienced math teachers, our

  13. A Framework for Network AB Testing

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    Jiang, Bai; Shi, XiaoLin; Shang, Hongwei; Geng, Zhigeng; Glass, Alyssa

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    A/B testing, also known as controlled experiment, bucket testing or splitting testing, has been widely used for evaluating a new feature, service or product in the data-driven decision processes of online websites. The goal of A/B testing is to estimate or test the difference between the treatment effects of the old and new variations. It is a well-studied two-sample comparison problem if each user's response is influenced by her treatment only. However, in many applications of A/B testing, e...

  14. Ultrasound biomicroscopy comparison of ab interno and ab externo scleral fixation of posterior chamber intraocular lenses.

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    Kamal, Ahmed M; Hanafy, Mervat; Ehsan, Asser; Tomerak, Reham H

    2009-05-01

    To compare ab interno and ab externo scleral fixation of posterior chamber intraocular lenses (PC IOLs) using ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) to determine the centration of IOL optic and the position of the haptics in relation to the sulcus. Kasr Eleini Hospital, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt. Consecutive patients with aphakia had ab externo or ab interno scleral fixation of a PC IOL. Ultrasound biomicroscopy was used preoperatively to determine whether the eyes were unsuitable for capsule fixation and 3 and 6 months postoperatively, determine the position of the haptics in relation to the ciliary sulcus, and evaluate centration of the optic. Fifteen eyes of 14 patients were studied. Eight patients had ab externo fixation, and 7 had ab interno fixation. The haptics were located in the sulcus in 31% of cases with ab externo fixation and 29% with ab interno fixation. The difference was not statistically significant. Ab interno and ab externo scleral fixation, which are both blind procedures, resulted in comparable low rates of sulcus fixation.

  15. Modeling study of the ABS relay valve

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    Lei, Ming; Lin, Min; Guo, Bin; Luo, Zai; Xu, Weidong

    2011-05-01

    The ABS (anti-lock braking system) relay valve is the key component of anti-lock braking system in most commercial vehicles such as trucks, tractor-trailers, etc. In this paper, structure of ABS relay valve and its work theory were analyzed. Then a mathematical model of ABS relay valve, which was investigated by dividing into electronic part, magnetic part, pneumatic part and mechanical part, was set up. The displacement of spools and the response of pressure increasing, holding, releasing of ABS relay valve were simulated and analyzed under conditions of control pressure 500 KPa, braking pressure 600 KPa, atmospheric pressure 100 KPa and air temperature 310 K. Thisarticle provides reliable theory for improving the performance and efficiency of anti-lock braking system of vehicles.

  16. A/B Testing of Auctions

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    Chawla, Shuchi; Hartline, Jason D.; Nekipelov, Denis

    2016-01-01

    For many application areas A/B testing, which partitions users of a system into an A (control) and B (treatment) group to experiment between several application designs, enables Internet companies to optimize their services to the behavioral patterns of their users. Unfortunately, the A/B testing framework cannot be applied in a straightforward manner to applications like auctions where the users (a.k.a., bidders) submit bids before the partitioning into the A and B groups is made. This paper...

  17. mAbs: a business perspective.

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    Scolnik, Pablo A

    2009-01-01

    The twenty two monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) currently marketed in the U.S. have captured almost half of the top-20 U.S. therapeutic biotechnology sales for 2007. Eight of these products have annual sales each of more than $1 B, were developed in the relatively short average period of six years, qualified for FDA programs designed to accelerate drug approval, and their cost has been reimbursed liberally by payers. With growth of the product class driven primarily by advancements in protein engineering and the low probability of generic threats, mAbs are now the largest class of biological therapies under development. The high cost of these drugs and the lack of generic competition conflict with a financially stressed health system, setting reimbursement by payers as the major limiting factor to growth. Advances in mAb engineering are likely to result in more effective mAb drugs and an expansion of the therapeutic indications covered by the class. The parallel development of biomarkers for identifying the patient subpopulations most likely to respond to treatment may lead to a more cost-effective use of these drugs. To achieve the success of the current top-tier mAbs, companies developing new mAb products must adapt to a significantly more challenging commercial environment.

  18. [Pharmacokinetics (PK) of mAbs].

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    Paintaud, Gilles

    2009-12-01

    The human Fc portion of humanized monoclonal antibodies (mAb) gives them a half-life of around 21 days, similar to that of endogenous immunoglobulin G (IgG). Neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) plays a major role in the pharmacokinetics (PK) of mAbs. By protecting them from degradation, it is responsible for their long half-life and by allowing their transcytosis, it influences their absorption and their distribution. After subcutaneous administration, the absorption of mAbs is slow and incomplete. Most of them are still administered intravenously. Their distribution in tissues is poorly known. It seems limited and certain organs, such as the central nervous system, may be protected by FcRn. The elimination of mAbs is partly mediated by binding to their target-antigen, a mechanism that leads to dose-dependent PK. The interindividual variability in mAb PK is clinically relevant and its main known origins are demographic factors, antigen mass and immunization. Complex PK models are needed to describe satisfactorily their fate in the body and their concentration-effect relationship.

  19. Reciclagem de carcaças de monitores: propriedades mecânicas e morfológicas

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    Adjanara P. Gabriel

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A substituição da tecnologia CRT (cathode ray tube utilizada em televisores e monitores, há mais de 60 anos, pelas novas tecnologias de Plasma, LCD (liquid crystal display e LED (light-emitting diode tem gerado grande quantidade de resíduos. Não existem estatísticas oficiais da quantidade de resíduos gerados no Brasil, contudo, para alguns países, como os EUA, a China e Taiwan, estimam-se descartes anuais de 3,2 milhões, 5 milhões e 1 milhão de televisores e monitores, respectivamente. Os monitores são compostos por polímeros, metais e cerâmicas, incluindo alguns materiais tóxicos. Este trabalho está focado na caracterização e reciclagem da carcaça polimérica dos monitores CRT. Foram coletados monitores danificados ou obsoletos e as carcaças foram separadas por marca, caracterizadas, cominuídas e injetadas para obter corpos de provas para os ensaios mecânicos. A caracterização mostrou que as carcaças, independentemente da marca, utilizam o mesmo material polimérico, o ABS (Acrilonitrila Butadieno Estireno. Os resultados dos ensaios mecânicos apresentaram variações nas diferentes marcas, provavelmente por possuírem composições diferenciadas. Esta variação também foi verificada analisando a superfície de fratura dos corpos de prova após o ensaio de tração. Com base nos resultados pode-se concluir que o material reciclado apresentou desempenho mecânico satisfatório, viabilizando tecnicamente a sua reciclagem.

  20. Ab interno trabeculectomy: patient selection and perspectives.

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    Vinod, Kateki; Gedde, Steven J

    2016-01-01

    Ab interno trabeculectomy is one among several recently introduced minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries that avoid a conjunctival incision and full-thickness sclerostomy involved in traditional glaucoma surgery. Ablation of the trabecular meshwork and inner wall of Schlemm's canal is performed in an arcuate fashion via a clear corneal incision, alone or in combination with phacoemulsification cataract surgery. Intraocular pressure reduction following ab interno trabeculectomy is limited by resistance in distal outflow pathways and generally stabilizes in the mid-to-high teens. Relief of medication burden has been demonstrated by some studies. A very low rate of complications, most commonly transient hyphema and intraocular pressure elevations in the immediate postoperative period, have been reported. However, available data are derived from small retrospective and prospective case series. Randomized, controlled trials are needed to better elucidate the potential merits of ab interno trabeculectomy in the combined setting versus phacoemulsification cataract surgery alone and to compare it with other minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries.

  1. Laptop computer--associated erythema ab igne.

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    Levinbook, Wendy Susser; Mallett, Janelle; Grant-Kels, Jane M

    2007-10-01

    A 40-year-old woman presented with an asymptomatic reticulated eruption on the thighs. After an extensive workup, she was diagnosed with erythema ab igne caused by laptop computer use. The eruption ultimately cleared several months after discontinuation of direct placement of the laptop computer on her thighs. Erythema ab igne is becoming increasingly associated with exposure to modern heat sources. A thorough history of patients with suspicious lesions should include questioning for contact with alternative heat sources to avoid an unnecessary workup for this condition.

  2. Ab initio valence calculations in chemistry

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    Cook, D B

    1974-01-01

    Ab Initio Valence Calculations in Chemistry describes the theory and practice of ab initio valence calculations in chemistry and applies the ideas to a specific example, linear BeH2. Topics covered include the Schrödinger equation and the orbital approximation to atomic orbitals; molecular orbital and valence bond methods; practical molecular wave functions; and molecular integrals. Open shell systems, molecular symmetry, and localized descriptions of electronic structure are also discussed. This book is comprised of 13 chapters and begins by introducing the reader to the use of the Schrödinge

  3. MELCOR 1.8.2 assessment: Aerosol experiments ABCOVE AB5, AB6, AB7, and LACE LA2

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    Souto, F.J.; Haskin, F.E. [Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (United States). Dept. of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering; Kmetyk, L.N. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1994-10-01

    The MELCOR computer code has been used to model four of the large-scale aerosol behavior experiments conducted in the Containment System Test Facility (CSTF) vessel. Tests AB5, AB6 and AB7 of the ABCOVE program simulate the dry aerosol conditions during a hypothetical severe accident in an LMFBR. Test LA2 of the LACE program simulates aerosol behavior in a condensing steam environment during a postulated severe accident in an LWR with failure to isolate the containment. The comparison of code results to experimental data show that MELCOR is able to correctly predict most of the thermal-hydraulic results in the four tests. MELCOR predicts reasonably well the dry aerosol behavior of the ABCOVE tests, but significant disagreements are found in the aerosol behavior modelling for the LA2 experiment. These results tend to support some of the concerns about the MELCOR modelling of steam condensation onto aerosols expressed in previous works. During these analyses, a limitation in the MELCOR input was detected for the specification of the aerosol parameters for more than one component. A Latin Hypercube Sampling (LHS) sensitivity study of the aerosol dynamic constants is presented for test AB6. The study shows the importance of the aerosol shape factors in the aerosol deposition behavior, and reveals that MELCOR input/output processing is highly labor intensive for uncertainty and sensitivity analyses based on LHS.

  4. Diode laser surgery. Ab interno and ab externo versus conventional surgery in rabbits.

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    Karp, C L; Higginbotham, E J; Edward, D P; Musch, D C

    1993-10-01

    Fibroblastic proliferation of subconjunctival tissues remains a primary mechanism of failure in filtration surgery. Minimizing the surgical manipulation of episcleral tissues may reduce scarring. Laser sclerostomy surgery involves minimal tissue dissection, and is gaining attention as a method of potentially improving filter duration in high-risk cases. Twenty-five New Zealand rabbits underwent filtration surgery in one eye, and the fellow eye remained as the unoperated control. Ten rabbits underwent ab externo diode laser sclerostomy surgery, ten underwent ab interno diode sclerostomy surgery, and five had posterior sclerostomy procedures. Filtration failure was defined as a less-than-4-mmHg intraocular pressure (IOP) difference between the operative and control eyes. The mean time to failure for the ab externo, ab interno, and conventional posterior sclerostomy techniques measured 17.4 +/- 11.5, 13.1 +/- 6.7, and 6.0 +/- 3.1 days, respectively. In a comparison of the laser-treated groups with the conventional procedure, the time to failure was significantly longer (P = 0.02) for the ab externo filter. The mean ab interno sclerostomy duration was longer than the posterior lip procedure, but this difference was not statistically significant (P = 0.15). The overall level of IOP reduction was similar in the three groups. These data suggest that diode laser sclerostomy is a feasible technique in rabbits, and the ab externo approach resulted in longer filter duration than the conventional posterior lip procedure in this model.

  5. {ital Ab} {ital initio} calculations of biomolecules

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    Les, A. [Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, 02-093 Warsaw (Poland)]|[Department of Chemistry, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721 (United States); Adamowicz, L. [Department of Theoretical Chemistry, University of Lund, Lund, S-22100 (Sweden)]|[Department of Chemistry, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721 (United States)

    1995-08-01

    {ital Ab} {ital initio} quantum mechanical calculations are valuable tools for interpretation and elucidation of elemental processes in biochemical systems. With the {ital ab} {ital initio} approach one can calculate data that sometimes are difficult to obtain by experimental techniques. The most popular computational theoretical methods include the Hartree-Fock method as well as some lower-level variational and perturbational post-Hartree Fock approaches which allow to predict molecular structures and to calculate spectral properties. We have been involved in a number of joined theoretical and experimental studies in the past and some examples of these studies are given in this presentation. The systems chosen cover a wide variety of simple biomolecules, such as precursors of nucleic acids, double-proton transferring molecules, and simple systems involved in processes related to first stages of substrate-enzyme interactions. In particular, examples of some {ital ab} {ital initio} calculations used in the assignment of IR spectra of matrix isolated pyrimidine nucleic bases are shown. Some radiation-induced transformations in model chromophores are also presented. Lastly, we demonstrate how the {ital ab}-{ital initio} approach can be used to determine the initial several steps of the molecular mechanism of thymidylate synthase inhibition by dUMP analogues.

  6. AB INITIO STUDY, INVESTIGATION OF NMR SHIELDING ...

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    Ab initio study, investigation of NMR shielding tensors, NBO and vibrational frequency. Bull. Chem. Soc. Ethiop. 2010, 24(2). 231. Gas phase results. In order to study mechanism of the reactions, structure corresponding to reactants, transition states and products were optimized in level of theory. Figure 1 shows the ...

  7. Synthesis, characterization, ab initio calculations, thermal behaviour ...

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    through titration of the ligands with the metal ions at constant ionic strength (0⋅1 M NaClO4) and at 25°C. According to the thermodynamic studies, as the steric character of the ligand increases, the complexation tendency to VO(IV) center decreases. Also, the ab initio calculations were carried out to determine the structural ...

  8. Ab Initio molecular dynamics with excited electrons

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    Alavi, A.; Kohanoff, J.; Parrinello, M.; Frenkel, D.

    1994-01-01

    A method to do ab initio molecular dynamics suitable for metallic and electronically hot systems is described. It is based on a density functional which is costationary with the finite-temperature functional of Mermin, with state being included with possibly fractional occupation numbers.

  9. CCD Measurement of STT 547AB

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    Priest, Allen; Smith, Kent

    2017-10-01

    The AB component of the multi-star system STT 547 was observed during the summer of 2016. The position angle was 190° and the separation was 5.99". These values are consistent with historical data. A typographical error was found in the position angle for epoch 2011.8016 in the historical data maintained in the Washington Double Star database. The corrected value was used in our data analysis. Two orbits have been proposed for STT 547AB and our measurements do not provide enough additional data to prefer one orbit or the other. Additional measurements over the next few years should allow the confirmation of one of the orbits.

  10. Astrometry Observations of STF 1321AB

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    Bush, Mitchell; Del Medico, Eric; Boulais, Hunter; Lang, Christina; Escalante, Jesus Segura; D'ambrosia, Sara; Rowe, David; Freed, Rachel; Genet, Russell

    2018-01-01

    The double star STF 1321AB (WDS 09144+5241) was observed April 12th, 2017 using a CDK-17 robotic telescope at Sierra Remote Observatories (SRO). Through the use of Astro Image J astrometry software, we determined an average arclength of 17.17" (arc seconds) with a position angle of 98.17° (degrees). Our measurements from this observation showed a statistically significant deviation from the projected orbital motion of this binary.

  11. Erythema Ab Igne Caused By Laptop Computer.

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    Guarneri, Claudio; Tchernev, Georgi; Wollina, Uwe; Lotti, Torello; Vaccaro, Mario

    2017-07-25

    Erythema ab igne (EAI) represents the stereotype of a modern technology induced disease. Originally produced by repeated exposure of the skin to a heat source, more often because of habits related to the job or personal activities, this condition now tends to occur more frequently, being associated with a variety of modern instruments. The aim of our report is to discuss this strange medical condition with a focus on clinical features, possible confounding differential diagnoses and recommendations for prevention.

  12. Ab interno trabeculectomy: patient selection and perspectives

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    Vinod, Kateki; Gedde, Steven J

    2016-01-01

    Ab interno trabeculectomy is one among several recently introduced minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries that avoid a conjunctival incision and full-thickness sclerostomy involved in traditional glaucoma surgery. Ablation of the trabecular meshwork and inner wall of Schlemm’s canal is performed in an arcuate fashion via a clear corneal incision, alone or in combination with phacoemulsification cataract surgery. Intraocular pressure reduction following ab interno trabeculectomy is limited by resistance in distal outflow pathways and generally stabilizes in the mid-to-high teens. Relief of medication burden has been demonstrated by some studies. A very low rate of complications, most commonly transient hyphema and intraocular pressure elevations in the immediate postoperative period, have been reported. However, available data are derived from small retrospective and prospective case series. Randomized, controlled trials are needed to better elucidate the potential merits of ab interno trabeculectomy in the combined setting versus phacoemulsification cataract surgery alone and to compare it with other minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries. PMID:27574396

  13. Highly scalable Ab initio genomic motif identification

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    Marchand, Benoit

    2011-01-01

    We present results of scaling an ab initio motif family identification system, Dragon Motif Finder (DMF), to 65,536 processor cores of IBM Blue Gene/P. DMF seeks groups of mutually similar polynucleotide patterns within a set of genomic sequences and builds various motif families from them. Such information is of relevance to many problems in life sciences. Prior attempts to scale such ab initio motif-finding algorithms achieved limited success. We solve the scalability issues using a combination of mixed-mode MPI-OpenMP parallel programming, master-slave work assignment, multi-level workload distribution, multi-level MPI collectives, and serial optimizations. While the scalability of our algorithm was excellent (94% parallel efficiency on 65,536 cores relative to 256 cores on a modest-size problem), the final speedup with respect to the original serial code exceeded 250,000 when serial optimizations are included. This enabled us to carry out many large-scale ab initio motiffinding simulations in a few hours while the original serial code would have needed decades of execution time. Copyright 2011 ACM.

  14. Data and Analysis of the Double Stars STFA 10AB and STFA 1744AB

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    Arcilla, Marisa; Bowden, Sam; DeBlase, Jacqueline; Hall, Anthony; Hall, Corielyn; Hernandez, Alyssa; Renna, Danielle; Rodriguez, Fatima; Salazar, Cassandra; Sanchez, Andres; Teeter, Dayton; Brewer, Mark; Funk, Benjamin; Gillette, Travis; Sharpe, Scott

    2017-04-01

    Eighth grade students at Vanguard Preparatory School measured the double stars STFA 10AB and STFA 1744AB. A 22-inch Newtonian Alt/Az telescope and a 14-inch Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain telescope were used. The star Bellatrix was used as the calibration star to determine the scale constant of the 22-inch telescope to be 7.8 “/tick marks. The double star STFA 1744AB was used as the calibration star to determine the scale constant of the 14-inch telescope to be 5.1 “/tick marks. The separation and position angle of STFA 10AB was determined by the 22-inch telescope to be 347.9” and 339.3°. The separation and position angle of STFA 1744AB was determined by the 14-inch telescope to be 3.6” and 158.1°. The measurements that were calculated were compared to the most recent measurements listed in the Washington Double Star Catalog.

  15. Effektivare ytterbelysning inom Karlstads Bostads AB :  

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    Lenz, Mikaela

    2008-01-01

    This report is an inventory of the street lighting in half of the residential estates owned by Karlstad Bostads AB, a public housing company. The inventory was made to reduce the environmental impact of the street lighting. From the inventory an estimation of the total installed power and the energy consumption was made. The total estimated power of the street lighting was 125 kW and the energy consumption was 500 000 kWh/year with an estimated running time of 4 000 h/year. The dominating sou...

  16. Simulation and Robust Contol of Antilock Braking System ABS

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    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with simulation and robust control of Antilock Braking System ABS. The briefly are described the main parts of ABS hydraulic system and control algorithm of ABS. Hydraulic system described here is BOSCH ABS 5.x series. The goal of ABS system is vehicle stability and vehicle steering response when braking. If during the braking occurred slip at one or more wheels from any reason, ABS evaluates this by “brake slip” controller. At this moment ABS is trying to use maximal limits of adhesion between tire and road. It means that is necessary control the differences between braking torque and friction torque , which reacts to the wheel via friction reaction tire-road surface. This is realized through the solenoid valves, which are controls (triggered by on the base of PID controller described further in chapter 4. Presented concept is more or less standard for most of the existing ABS systems. The issue should be applied concept of robust ABS control algorithm, which is specific for every type of ABS.

  17. Longitudinal wheel slip during ABS braking

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    Hartikainen, Lassi; Petry, Frank; Westermann, Stephan

    2015-02-01

    Anti-lock braking system (ABS) braking tests with two subcompact passenger cars were performed on dry and wet asphalt, as well as on snow and ice surfaces. The operating conditions of the tyres in terms of wheel slip were evaluated using histograms of the wheel slip data. The results showed different average slip levels for different road surfaces. It was also found that changes in the tyre tread stiffness affected the slip operating range through a modification of the slip value at which the maximum longitudinal force is achieved. Variation of the tyre footprint length through modifications in the inflation pressure affected the slip operating range as well. Differences in the slip distribution between vehicles with different brake controllers were also observed. The changes in slip operating range in turn modified the relative local sliding speeds between the tyre and the road. The results highlight the importance of the ABS controller's ability to adapt to changing slip-force characteristics of tyres and provide estimates of the magnitude of the effects of different tyre and road operating conditions.

  18. Biosorption of Acid Blue 290 (AB 290) and Acid Blue 324 (AB 324) dyes on Spirogyra rhizopus

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    Ozer, Ayla [University of Mersin, Department of Chemical Engineering, 33343 Ciftlikkoey-Mersin (Turkey)]. E-mail: ayozer@mersin.edu.tr; Akkaya, Goenuel [University of Mersin, Department of Chemical Engineering, 33343 Ciftlikkoey-Mersin (Turkey); Turabik, Meral [University of Mersin, Higher Vocational School of Mersin, Chemical Prog., Ciftlikkoey-Mersin (Turkey)

    2006-07-31

    In this study, the biosorption of Acid Blue 290 and Acid Blue 324 on Spirogyra rhizopus, a green algae growing on fresh water, was studied with respect to initial pH, temperature, initial dye concentration and biosorbent concentration. The optimum initial pH and temperature values for AB 290 and AB 324 biosorption were found to be 2.0, 30 deg. C and 3.0, 25 deg. C, respectively. It was observed that the adsorbed AB 290 and AB 324 amounts increased with increasing the initial dye concentration up to 1500 and 750 mg/L, respectively. The Langmuir, Freundlich, Redlich-Peterson and Koble-Corrigan isotherm models were applied to the experimental equilibrium data and the isotherm constants were determined by using Polymath 4.1 software. The monolayer coverage capacities of S. rhizopus for AB 290 and AB 324 dyes were found as 1356.6 mg/g and 367.0 mg/g, respectively. The intraparticle diffusion model and the pseudo-second order kinetic model were applied to the experimental data in order to describe the removal mechanism of these acidic dyes by S. rhizopus. The pseudo-second order kinetic model described very well the biosorption kinetics of AB 290 and AB 324 dyes. Thermodynamic studies showed that the biosorption of AB 290 and AB 324 on S. rhizopus was exothermic in nature.

  19. Structure, biological functions and applications of the AB5 toxins.

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    Beddoe, Travis; Paton, Adrienne W; Le Nours, Jérôme; Rossjohn, Jamie; Paton, James C

    2010-07-01

    AB(5) toxins are important virulence factors for several major bacterial pathogens, including Bordetella pertussis, Vibrio cholerae, Shigella dysenteriae and at least two distinct pathotypes of Escherichia coli. The AB(5) toxins are so named because they comprise a catalytic A-subunit, which is responsible for disruption of essential host functions, and a pentameric B-subunit that binds to specific glycan receptors on the target cell surface. The molecular mechanisms by which the AB(5) toxins cause disease have been largely unravelled, including recent insights into a novel AB(5) toxin family, subtilase cytotoxin (SubAB). Furthermore, AB(5) toxins have become a valuable tool for studying fundamental cellular functions, and are now being investigated for potential applications in the clinical treatment of human diseases. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Antibiotic stewardship through the EU project "ABS International".

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    Allerberger, Franz; Frank, Annegret; Gareis, Roland

    2008-01-01

    The increasing problem of antimicrobial resistance requires implementation of antibiotic stewardship (ABS) programs. The project "ABS International--implementing antibiotic strategies for appropriate use of antibiotics in hospitals in member states of the European Union" was started in September 2006 in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia. A training program for national ABS trainers was prepared and standard templates for ABS tools (antibiotic list, guides for antibiotic treatment and surgical prophylaxis, antibiotic-related organization) and valid process measures, as well as quality indicators for antibiotic use were developed. Specific ABS tools are being implemented in up to five healthcare facilities in each country. Although ABS International clearly focuses on healthcare institutions, future antimicrobial stewardship programs must also cover public education and antibiotic prescribing in primary care.

  1. Autotransfusion performed on a patient with cis AB blood group.

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    Kawahito, S; Kitahata, H; Kimura, H; Tanaka, K; Oshita, S

    1999-09-01

    Cis AB blood group is a rare variant of the AB blood group resulting from inheritance of both A and B genes on one chromosome. It may lead to misclassification in ABO grouping and clinical misdiagnosis as a result of its divergence from the laws of Landsteiner and Mendel. We encountered a case of cis AB blood group, and we found that autotransfusion was useful during surgery in this patient with a rare blood group.

  2. Ab Initio-Based Predictions of Hydrocarbon Combustion Chemistry

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    2015-07-15

    There are two prime objectives of the research. One is to develop and apply efficient methods for using ab initio potential energy surfaces (PESs...31-Mar-2015 Approved for Public Release; Distribution Unlimited Final Report: Ab Initio-Based Predictions of Hydrocarbon Combustion Chemistry The...Office P.O. Box 12211 Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2211 hydrocarbon combustion, ab initio quantum chemistry, potential energy surfaces, chemical

  3. Bacillus thuringiensis Cry34Ab1/Cry35Ab1 interactions with western corn rootworm midgut membrane binding sites.

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    Huarong Li

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt Cry34Ab1/Cry35Ab1 are binary insecticidal proteins that are co-expressed in transgenic corn hybrids for control of western corn rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte. Bt crystal (Cry proteins with limited potential for field-relevant cross-resistance are used in combination, along with non-transgenic corn refuges, as a strategy to delay development of resistant rootworm populations. Differences in insect midgut membrane binding site interactions are one line of evidence that Bt protein mechanisms of action differ and that the probability of receptor-mediated cross-resistance is low. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Binding site interactions were investigated between Cry34Ab1/Cry35Ab1 and coleopteran active insecticidal proteins Cry3Aa, Cry6Aa, and Cry8Ba on western corn rootworm midgut brush border membrane vesicles (BBMV. Competitive binding of radio-labeled proteins to western corn rootworm BBMV was used as a measure of shared binding sites. Our work shows that (125I-Cry35Ab1 binds to rootworm BBMV, Cry34Ab1 enhances (125I-Cry35Ab1 specific binding, and that (125I-Cry35Ab1 with or without unlabeled Cry34Ab1 does not share binding sites with Cry3Aa, Cry6Aa, or Cry8Ba. Two primary lines of evidence presented here support the lack of shared binding sites between Cry34Ab1/Cry35Ab1 and the aforementioned proteins: 1 No competitive binding to rootworm BBMV was observed for competitor proteins when used in excess with (125I-Cry35Ab1 alone or combined with unlabeled Cry34Ab1, and 2 No competitive binding to rootworm BBMV was observed for unlabeled Cry34Ab1 and Cry35Ab1, or a combination of the two, when used in excess with (125I-Cry3Aa, or (125I-Cry8Ba. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Combining two or more insecticidal proteins active against the same target pest is one tactic to delay the onset of resistance to either protein. We conclude that Cry34Ab1/Cry35Ab1 are compatible with Cry3Aa, Cry6Aa, or Cry8Ba

  4. Ising and Heisenberg models on ferrimagnetic AB sub 2 chains

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    Vitoriano, C; Raposo, E P

    2002-01-01

    We study the Ising and Heisenberg models on one-dimensional ferrimagnetic bipartite chains with the special AB sub 2 unit-cell topology and experimental motivation in inorganic and organic magnetic polymers. The spin-1/2 AB sub 2 Ising case is exactly solved in the presence of an external magnetic field. We also derive asymptotical low- and high-temperature limits of several thermodynamical quantities of the zero-field classical AB sub 2 Heisenberg model. Further, the quantum spin-1/2 AB sub 2 Heisenberg model in a field is studied using a mean-field approach.

  5. Singularities of Type-Q ABS Equations

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    James Atkinson

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The type-Q equations lie on the top level of the hierarchy introduced by Adler, Bobenko and Suris (ABS in their classification of discrete counterparts of KdV-type integrable partial differential equations. We ask what singularities are possible in the solutions of these equations, and examine the relationship between the singularities and the principal integrability feature of multidimensional consistency. These questions are considered in the global setting and therefore extend previous considerations of singularities which have been local. What emerges are some simple geometric criteria that determine the allowed singularities, and the interesting discovery that generically the presence of singularities leads to a breakdown in the global consistency of such systems despite their local consistency property. This failure to be globally consistent is quantified by introducing a natural notion of monodromy for isolated singularities.

  6. Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor

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    Wang, Lee-Ping; Titov, Alexey; McGibbon, Robert; Liu, Fang; Pande, Vijay S.; Martínez, Todd J.

    2014-12-01

    Chemical understanding is driven by the experimental discovery of new compounds and reactivity, and is supported by theory and computation that provide detailed physical insight. Although theoretical and computational studies have generally focused on specific processes or mechanistic hypotheses, recent methodological and computational advances harken the advent of their principal role in discovery. Here we report the development and application of the ab initio nanoreactor—a highly accelerated first-principles molecular dynamics simulation of chemical reactions that discovers new molecules and mechanisms without preordained reaction coordinates or elementary steps. Using the nanoreactor, we show new pathways for glycine synthesis from primitive compounds proposed to exist on the early Earth, which provide new insight into the classic Urey-Miller experiment. These results highlight the emergence of theoretical and computational chemistry as a tool for discovery, in addition to its traditional role of interpreting experimental findings.

  7. Ab Initio Modeling of Molecular Radiation

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    Jaffe, Richard; Schwenke, David

    2014-01-01

    Radiative emission from excited states of atoms and molecules can comprise a significant fraction of the total heat flux experienced by spacecraft during atmospheric entry at hypersonic speeds. For spacecraft with ablating heat shields, some of this radiative flux can be absorbed by molecular constituents in the boundary layer that are formed by the ablation process. Ab initio quantum mechanical calculations are carried out to predict the strengths of these emission and absorption processes. This talk will describe the methods used in these calculations using, as examples, the 4th positive emission bands of CO and the 1g+ 1u+ absorption in C3. The results of these calculations are being used as input to NASA radiation modeling codes like NeqAir, HARA and HyperRad.

  8. An ab initio study of hydroxylated graphane

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    Buonocore, Francesco; Capasso, Andrea; Lisi, Nicola

    2017-09-01

    Graphene-based derivatives with covalent functionalization and well-defined stoichiometry are highly desirable in view of their application as functional surfaces. Here, we have evaluated by ab initio calculations the energy of formation and the phase diagram of hydroxylated graphane structures, i.e., fully functionalized graphene derivatives coordinated with -H and -OH groups. We compared these structures to different hydrogenated and non-hydrogenated graphene oxide derivatives, with high level of epoxide and hydroxyl groups functionalization. Based on our calculations, stable phases of hydroxylated graphane with low and high contents of hydrogen are demonstrated for high oxygen and hydrogen partial pressure, respectively. Stable phases of graphene oxide with a mixed carbon hybridization are also found. Notably, the synthesis of hydroxylated graphane has been recently reported in the literature.

  9. Giant magnetoresistance An ab-initio description

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    Binder, J

    2000-01-01

    A new theoretical concept to study the microscopic origin of Giant Magnetoresistance (GMR) from first principles is presented. The method is based on ab-initio electronic structure calculations within the spin density functional theory using a Screened KORRINGA-KOHNROSTOKER method. Scattering at impurity atoms in the multilayers is described by means of a GREEN's-function method. The scattering potentials are calculated self-consistently. The transport properties are treated quasi-classically solving the BOLTZMANN equation including the electronic structure of the layered system and the anisotropic scattering. The solution of the BOLTZMANN equation is performed iteratively taking into account both scattering out and scattering in terms (vertex corrections). The method is applied to Co/Cu and Fe/Cr multilayers. Trends of scattering cross sections, residual resistivities and GMR ratios are discussed for various transition metal impurities at different positions in the Co/Cu or Fe/Cr multilayers. Furthermore the...

  10. Ab initio alpha-alpha scattering

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    Elhatisari, Serdar; Lee, Dean; Rupak, Gautam; Epelbaum, Evgeny; Krebs, Hermann; Lähde, Timo A.; Luu, Thomas; Meißner, Ulf-G.

    2015-12-01

    Processes such as the scattering of alpha particles (4He), the triple-alpha reaction, and alpha capture play a major role in stellar nucleosynthesis. In particular, alpha capture on carbon determines the ratio of carbon to oxygen during helium burning, and affects subsequent carbon, neon, oxygen, and silicon burning stages. It also substantially affects models of thermonuclear type Ia supernovae, owing to carbon detonation in accreting carbon-oxygen white-dwarf stars. In these reactions, the accurate calculation of the elastic scattering of alpha particles and alpha-like nuclei—nuclei with even and equal numbers of protons and neutrons—is important for understanding background and resonant scattering contributions. First-principles calculations of processes involving alpha particles and alpha-like nuclei have so far been impractical, owing to the exponential growth of the number of computational operations with the number of particles. Here we describe an ab initio calculation of alpha-alpha scattering that uses lattice Monte Carlo simulations. We use lattice effective field theory to describe the low-energy interactions of protons and neutrons, and apply a technique called the ‘adiabatic projection method’ to reduce the eight-body system to a two-cluster system. We take advantage of the computational efficiency and the more favourable scaling with system size of auxiliary-field Monte Carlo simulations to compute an ab initio effective Hamiltonian for the two clusters. We find promising agreement between lattice results and experimental phase shifts for s-wave and d-wave scattering. The approximately quadratic scaling of computational operations with particle number suggests that it should be possible to compute alpha scattering and capture on carbon and oxygen in the near future. The methods described here can be applied to ultracold atomic few-body systems as well as to hadronic systems using lattice quantum chromodynamics to describe the interactions of

  11. Ab initio alpha-alpha scattering.

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    Elhatisari, Serdar; Lee, Dean; Rupak, Gautam; Epelbaum, Evgeny; Krebs, Hermann; Lähde, Timo A; Luu, Thomas; Meißner, Ulf-G

    2015-12-03

    Processes such as the scattering of alpha particles ((4)He), the triple-alpha reaction, and alpha capture play a major role in stellar nucleosynthesis. In particular, alpha capture on carbon determines the ratio of carbon to oxygen during helium burning, and affects subsequent carbon, neon, oxygen, and silicon burning stages. It also substantially affects models of thermonuclear type Ia supernovae, owing to carbon detonation in accreting carbon-oxygen white-dwarf stars. In these reactions, the accurate calculation of the elastic scattering of alpha particles and alpha-like nuclei--nuclei with even and equal numbers of protons and neutrons--is important for understanding background and resonant scattering contributions. First-principles calculations of processes involving alpha particles and alpha-like nuclei have so far been impractical, owing to the exponential growth of the number of computational operations with the number of particles. Here we describe an ab initio calculation of alpha-alpha scattering that uses lattice Monte Carlo simulations. We use lattice effective field theory to describe the low-energy interactions of protons and neutrons, and apply a technique called the 'adiabatic projection method' to reduce the eight-body system to a two-cluster system. We take advantage of the computational efficiency and the more favourable scaling with system size of auxiliary-field Monte Carlo simulations to compute an ab initio effective Hamiltonian for the two clusters. We find promising agreement between lattice results and experimental phase shifts for s-wave and d-wave scattering. The approximately quadratic scaling of computational operations with particle number suggests that it should be possible to compute alpha scattering and capture on carbon and oxygen in the near future. The methods described here can be applied to ultracold atomic few-body systems as well as to hadronic systems using lattice quantum chromodynamics to describe the interactions of

  12. [Canaloplasty ab interno - a Minimally Invasive Alternative].

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    Körber, N

    2017-08-01

    Purpose Description and evaluation of the technique and efficacy of canaloplasty ab interno (ABIC) in patients with open angle glaucoma (POAG). Methods In this monocentric series of consecutive cases, patients with cataract and open angle glaucoma (combined operation) and pseudophacic patients (mean age: 78 years, range 66-90 years), and suffering from POAG were included. All of them were operated with ABIC by using the iTrack™ 250 µ-microcatheter (Ellex Medical Lasers Pty Ltd, Adelaide, Australia), in order to circumferentially vasodilate Schlemm's canal without implanting a suture to increase tension. Primary endpoints were the mean IOP (intraocular pressure) after 1, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months surgery. Results Twenty-three patients (23 eyes) were included in the study. Mean IOP without a preoperative wash-out phase was reduced from 18.8 ± 5.63 mmHg preoperatively to 14.9 ± 2.90 mmHg (n = 22), 13.82 ± 2.98 (n = 19), 14.69 ± 2.36 mmHg (n = 13), 16.0 ± 2.09 (n = 11) and 14.73 ± 2.97 (n = 11) at 1, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months after surgery. Mean medication was reduced from 1.69 to 0.21 at the last follow-up. The only complication was limited descemetolysis near the limbus. Conclusion The initial results in this study indicate that ABIC reduces IOP and that the dependance on medication is comparable to that with ab externo canaloplasty. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  13. CRY 1AB trangenic cowpea obtained by nodal electroporation ...

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    Electroporation-mediated genetic transformation was used to introduce Cry 1 Ab insecticidal gene into cowpea. Nodal buds were electroporated in planta with a plasmid carrying the Cry 1Ab and antibiotic resistance npt II genes driven by a 35S CaMV promoter. T1 seeds derived from electroporated branches were selected ...

  14. A Case of Laptop Computer-Induced Erythema Ab Igne

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    Nurettin Özgür Doğan

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Erythema ab igne, also known as toasted skin syndrome, is a skin reaction characterized by reticulate erythema, brown pigmentation, and telangiectasia. In some cases, epidermal atrophy and scaling are also identified. The condition is usually caused by prolonged exposure to a source of heat or infrared radiation. Here, we report a case of erythema ab igne associated with laptop computer use.

  15. ABS, MBS and CDO compared : An empirical analysis

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    Vink, D.; Thibeault, A.

    2008-01-01

    The capital market in which the asset-backed securities are issued and traded is composed of three main categories: ABS, MBS and CDOs. We were able to examine a total number of 3,951 loans (worth €730.25 billion) of which 1,129 (worth €208.94 billion) have been classified as ABS. MBS issues

  16. ABS, MBS and CDO pricing comparisons : An empirical analysis

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    Vink, D.; Thibeault, A.

    2008-01-01

    The capital market in which asset-backed securities are issued and traded is composed of three main categories: ABS, MBS and CDOs. The authors examined a total of 3,466 loans (worth €548.51 billion) of which 1,102 (worth €163.90 billion) have been classified as ABS. MBS issues represent 1,782 issues

  17. Searching a biomedical bibliographic database from Bulgaria: the ABS database.

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    Abhijnhan, Akhil; Surcheva, Zhenya; Wright, Judy; Adams, Clive E

    2007-09-01

    The University of Sofia, Bulgaria, disseminates local biomedical literature (1994 to present) through a free online database, ABS. Our objectives were to systematically search ABS, identify citations to controlled trials and discover what proportion of these studies are to be found on medline. We searched using Bulgarian and English phrases; manually selected citations of controlled trials and sought these citations on medline. Using the two languages, we found a total of 628 unique citations, 47 of which seem to be relevant controlled trials (precision 7.48%, 13% of ABS citations were found on medline). The trials in ABS commonly focused on evaluation of care for people with cardiovascular or urological problems. ABS is another source of easily accessed trials not readily available elsewhere.

  18. Structural and biophysical characterization of Bacillus thuringiensis insecticidal proteins Cry34Ab1 and Cry35Ab1.

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    Kelker, Matthew S; Berry, Colin; Evans, Steven L; Pai, Reetal; McCaskill, David G; Wang, Nick X; Russell, Joshua C; Baker, Matthew D; Yang, Cheng; Pflugrath, J W; Wade, Matthew; Wess, Tim J; Narva, Kenneth E

    2014-01-01

    Bacillus thuringiensis strains are well known for the production of insecticidal proteins upon sporulation and these proteins are deposited in parasporal crystalline inclusions. The majority of these insect-specific toxins exhibit three domains in the mature toxin sequence. However, other Cry toxins are structurally and evolutionarily unrelated to this three-domain family and little is known of their three dimensional structures, limiting our understanding of their mechanisms of action and our ability to engineer the proteins to enhance their function. Among the non-three domain Cry toxins, the Cry34Ab1 and Cry35Ab1 proteins from B. thuringiensis strain PS149B1 are required to act together to produce toxicity to the western corn rootworm (WCR) Diabrotica virgifera virgifera Le Conte via a pore forming mechanism of action. Cry34Ab1 is a protein of ∼14 kDa with features of the aegerolysin family (Pfam06355) of proteins that have known membrane disrupting activity, while Cry35Ab1 is a ∼44 kDa member of the toxin_10 family (Pfam05431) that includes other insecticidal proteins such as the binary toxin BinA/BinB. The Cry34Ab1/Cry35Ab1 proteins represent an important seed trait technology having been developed as insect resistance traits in commercialized corn hybrids for control of WCR. The structures of Cry34Ab1 and Cry35Ab1 have been elucidated to 2.15 Å and 1.80 Å resolution, respectively. The solution structures of the toxins were further studied by small angle X-ray scattering and native electrospray ion mobility mass spectrometry. We present here the first published structure from the aegerolysin protein domain family and the structural comparisons of Cry34Ab1 and Cry35Ab1 with other pore forming toxins.

  19. Structural and biophysical characterization of Bacillus thuringiensis insecticidal proteins Cry34Ab1 and Cry35Ab1.

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    Matthew S Kelker

    Full Text Available Bacillus thuringiensis strains are well known for the production of insecticidal proteins upon sporulation and these proteins are deposited in parasporal crystalline inclusions. The majority of these insect-specific toxins exhibit three domains in the mature toxin sequence. However, other Cry toxins are structurally and evolutionarily unrelated to this three-domain family and little is known of their three dimensional structures, limiting our understanding of their mechanisms of action and our ability to engineer the proteins to enhance their function. Among the non-three domain Cry toxins, the Cry34Ab1 and Cry35Ab1 proteins from B. thuringiensis strain PS149B1 are required to act together to produce toxicity to the western corn rootworm (WCR Diabrotica virgifera virgifera Le Conte via a pore forming mechanism of action. Cry34Ab1 is a protein of ∼14 kDa with features of the aegerolysin family (Pfam06355 of proteins that have known membrane disrupting activity, while Cry35Ab1 is a ∼44 kDa member of the toxin_10 family (Pfam05431 that includes other insecticidal proteins such as the binary toxin BinA/BinB. The Cry34Ab1/Cry35Ab1 proteins represent an important seed trait technology having been developed as insect resistance traits in commercialized corn hybrids for control of WCR. The structures of Cry34Ab1 and Cry35Ab1 have been elucidated to 2.15 Å and 1.80 Å resolution, respectively. The solution structures of the toxins were further studied by small angle X-ray scattering and native electrospray ion mobility mass spectrometry. We present here the first published structure from the aegerolysin protein domain family and the structural comparisons of Cry34Ab1 and Cry35Ab1 with other pore forming toxins.

  20. Phonocatalysis. An ab initio simulation experiment

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    Kwangnam Kim

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Using simulations, we postulate and show that heterocatalysis on large-bandgap semiconductors can be controlled by substrate phonons, i.e., phonocatalysis. With ab initio calculations, including molecular dynamic simulations, the chemisorbed dissociation of XeF6 on h-BN surface leads to formation of XeF4 and two surface F/h-BN bonds. The reaction pathway and energies are evaluated, and the sorption and reaction emitted/absorbed phonons are identified through spectral analysis of the surface atomic motion. Due to large bandgap, the atomic vibration (phonon energy transfer channels dominate and among them is the match between the F/h-BN covalent bond stretching and the optical phonons. We show that the chemisorbed dissociation (the pathway activation ascent requires absorption of large-energy optical phonons. Then using progressively heavier isotopes of B and N atoms, we show that limiting these high-energy optical phonons inhibits the chemisorbed dissociation, i.e., controllable phonocatalysis.

  1. Ab initio phonon scattering by dislocations

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    Wang, Tao; Carrete, Jesús; van Roekeghem, Ambroise; Mingo, Natalio; Madsen, Georg K. H.

    2017-06-01

    Heat management in thermoelectric and power devices as well as in random access memories poses a grand challenge and can make the difference between a working and an abandoned device design. Despite the prevalence of dislocations in all these technologies, the modeling of their thermal resistance is based on 50-year-old analytical approximations, whose simplicity was driven by practical limitations rather than physical insight. We introduce an efficient ab initio approach based on Green's functions computed by two-dimensional reciprocal space integration. By combining elasticity theory and density functional theory, we calculate the scattering strength of a 90∘ misfit edge dislocation in Si. Because of the breakdown of the Born approximation, earlier literature models fail, even qualitatively. We find that a dislocation density larger than 109cm-2 is necessary to substantially influence thermal conductivity at room temperature and above. We quantify how much of the reduction of thermal conductivity measured in nanograined samples can be explained by realistic dislocation concentrations.

  2. Ab interno trabeculectomy in the adult patient.

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    SooHoo, Jeffrey R; Seibold, Leonard K; Kahook, Malik Y

    2015-01-01

    Glaucoma is a potentially blinding disease that affects millions of people worldwide. The mainstay of treatment is lowering of intraocular pressure (IOP) through the use of medications, laser and/or incisional surgery. The trabecular meshwork (TM) is thought to be the site of significant resistance to aqueous outflow in open angle glaucoma. Theoretically, an incision through TM or TM removal should decrease this resistance and lead to a significant reduction in IOP. This approach, commonly referred to as goniotomy or trabeculotomy, has been validated in the pediatric population and has been associated with long-term IOP control. In adults, however, removal of TM tissue has been historically associated with more limited and short-lived success. More recent evidence, reveals that even adult patients may benefit significantly from removal of diseased TM tissue and can lead to a significant reduction in IOP that is long-lasting and safe. In this review, we discuss current evidence and techniques for ab interno trabeculectomy using various devices in the adult patient.

  3. Optimization of antibiotic use in hospitals--antimicrobial stewardship and the EU project ABS international.

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    Allerberger, Franz; Lechner, Arno; Wechsler-Fördös, Agnes; Gareis, Roland

    2008-01-01

    The problem of antimicrobial resistance requires common strategies at the European level. We report on an EU initiative fostering antibiotic (AB) stewardship (ABS) in hospitals. The project 'ABS International: implementing antibiotic strategies for appropriate use of antibiotics in hospitals in member states of the EU' started in September 2006 in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia. A training program for national ABS trainers was prepared and standard templates for ABS tools (AB list, guidelines for AB treatment and surgical prophylaxis, and AB-related organization) and valid process measures as well as quality indicators for AB use were developed. Specific ABS tools are being implemented in up to five health care facilities per country. ABS International is the first EU-funded initiative focusing on the implementation of structural measures in hospitals to promote the prudent use of ABs. (c) 2008 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  4. Boiling treatment of ABS and PS plastics for flotation separation.

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    Wang, Chong-qing; Wang, Hui; Wu, Bao-xin; Liu, Qun

    2014-07-01

    A new physical method, namely boiling treatment, was developed to aid flotation separation of acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and polystyrene (PS) plastics. Boiling treatment was shown to be effective in producing a hydrophilic surface on ABS plastic. Fourier Transform Infrared analysis was conducted to investigate the mechanism of boiling treatment of ABS. Surface rearrangement of polymer may be responsible for surface change of boiling treated ABS, and the selective influence of boiling treatment on the floatability of boiling treated plastics may be attributed to the difference in the molecular mobility of polymer chains. The effects of flotation time, frother concentration and particle size on flotation behavior of simple plastic were investigated. Based on flotation behavior of simple plastic, flotation separation of boiling treatment ABS and PS with different particle sizes was achieved efficiently. The purity of ABS and PS was up to 99.78% and 95.80%, respectively; the recovery of ABS and PS was up to 95.81% and 99.82%, respectively. Boiling treatment promotes the industrial application of plastics flotation and facilitates plastic recycling. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Laptop-thighs - laptop-induced erythema ab igne

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    Andersen, Flemming

    2010-01-01

    A 15-year-old boy presented with a livedo reticulares-like eruption on both thighs, but more pronounced on the left. The history revealed the diagnosis: ''Laptop-thighs'' i.e. laptop-induced erythema ab igne, the result of months of daily use of the laptop while placed on the thighs. Erythema ab...... igne is traditionally a disease of the elderly, caused by overuse of heat sources on tender backs etc. The recent popularity of laptop computers and other electronics emitting strong heat has made erythema ab igne a problem also in younger generations. Udgivelsesdato: 2010-Feb-22...

  6. [Laptop-thighs--laptop-induced erythema ab igne].

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    Andersen, Flemming

    2010-02-22

    A 15-year-old boy presented with a livedo reticulares-like eruption on both thighs, but more pronounced on the left. The history revealed the diagnosis: ''Laptop-thighs'' i.e. laptop-induced erythema ab igne, the result of months of daily use of the laptop while placed on the thighs. Erythema ab igne is traditionally a disease of the elderly, caused by overuse of heat sources on tender backs etc. The recent popularity of laptop computers and other electronics emitting strong heat has made erythema ab igne a problem also in younger generations.

  7. Monte Carlo simulation of AB-copolymers with saturating bonds

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    Chertovich, A.C.; Ivanov, V.A.; Khokhlov, A.R.

    2003-01-01

    Structural transitions in a single AB-copolymer chain where saturating bonds can be formed between A- and B-units are studied by means of Monte Carlo computer simulations using the bond fluctuation model. Three transitions are found, coil-globule, coil-hairpin and globule-hairpin, depending...... on the nature of a particular AB-sequence: statistical random sequence, diblock sequence and 'random-complementary' sequence (one-half of such an AB-sequence is random with Bernoulli statistics while the other half is complementary to the first one). The properties of random-complementary sequences are closer...

  8. Determinação de temperatura de transição dúctil-frágil de plásticos através de testes de impacto instrumentado Determination of the brittle-ductile transition temperature in plastics by intrumented impact test 76

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    Carlos A. Correa

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Nesse trabalho é realizada uma análise descritiva do teste de impacto tipo Izod instrumentado e são mostradas suas vantagens em relação ao impacto convencional na obtenção de diagramas de força e energia de fratura em tempo-real. Estes diagramas além de fornecerem dados do material em termos de sua resistência ao impacto tradicional, contém informações detalhadas sobre os mecanismos de fratura e as principais características apresentadas durante a propagação da trinca no corpo de prova. A medida da variação da resistência ao impacto com a temperatura pode ser utilizada como uma forma de se determinar a existência de transições dúctil-frágeis ou alternativamente a suscetibilidade de materiais poliméricos à concentração de tensões, i.e., profundidade e raio da extremidade do entalhe. As curvas de carga e energia, obtidas à várias temperaturas, são utilizadas na determinação de parâmetros do material e da temperatura de transição dúctil-frágil de um copolímero de acrilonitrila-butadieno-estireno (ABS. A análise da superfície de fratura por microscopia eletrônica de varredura, (MEV permitiu a correlação da forma das curvas de impacto com o modo de fratura observado e detalhes da microestrutura do material.The present work intends to point out some of the advantages of using instrumented impact testing over conventional non-instrumented methods in the failure analysis of plastics. In this method, force-displacement diagrams are obtained in "real-time" and used to calculate partial energies of initiation and complete fracture of the specimens. The diagrams yield important information on fracture mechanisms and main characteristics of the failure process. Variations of impact energy with temperature can be used in the determination of brittle-ductile transitions or alternatively for evaluation of material susceptibility to stress concentrations, i.e. depth and crack tip radii. The load and energy diagrams

  9. Microstructures of the oxides on the activated AB{sub 2} and AB{sub 5} metal hydride alloys surface

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    Young, K., E-mail: kwo.young@BASF.com [BASF/Battery Materials-Ovonic, 2983 Waterview Drive, Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (United States); Chao, B. [BASF/Battery Materials-Ovonic, 2983 Waterview Drive, Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (United States); Liu, Y. [Electron Microscopy Facility, 145 Linus Pauling Science Center, 2900 SW Campus Way, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331 (United States); Nei, J. [BASF/Battery Materials-Ovonic, 2983 Waterview Drive, Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (United States)

    2014-09-01

    Highlights: • Morphologies of surface hydroxide of AB{sub 2}, AB{sub 5}, and A{sub 2}B{sub 7} alloys were compared. • Nd promotes the formation of thick rod instead of fine needles. • Both AB{sub 2} and AB{sub 5} show similar buffer oxide + surface oxide structure. • The surface oxide layers in AB{sub 2} are thicker than those from AB{sub 5}. • AB{sub 2} surface is covered by oxide with less solubility in KOH. - Abstract: The surface oxides of the activated metal hydride alloys used as the negative electrode for nickel–metal hydride battery were studied by both scanning and transmission electron microscope techniques. In transition metal based AB{sub 2} metal hydride alloys, the surface of the powder is covered with oxides as a product of oxidation from the electrolyte and protected by zirconium oxide and vanadium-rich BCC-structured secondary phase. In the rare-earth based AB{sub 5} and A{sub 2}B{sub 7} metal hydride alloys, the surface is decorated with nano-structured needles and larger-scaled rods of hydroxides from the precipitation of rare earth ions after the oxidation by the electrolyte. Further TEM studies show the existence of a buffer oxide layer sandwiched between the inclusion-embedded surface oxide and alloy bulk in both AB{sub 2} and AB{sub 5} alloys. In both cases, the inclusions are found to be metallic nanocrystals mainly composed of Ni and Co as determined by electron energy loss spectroscopy, selective area electron diffraction, transmission electron atomic image, and X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy. The Co-to-Ni ratio in the inclusion is larger than that in the bulk due to the less corrosive nature of Co. The additions of Co and Al in the AB{sub 2} are found to reduce number of activation cycles needed to generate a surface oxide with proper catalytic capability.

  10. Eritema ab igne: relato de um caso Erythema ab igne: a case report

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    Magda Blessmann Weber

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available A lesão cutânea do eritema ab igne é caracterizada por eritema reticulado, hiperpigmentação, descamação fina, atrofia epidérmica e telangiectasias. Atualmente, a região lombar é a mais atingida, devido ao uso de bolsas de água quente, para alívio de dores crônicas, e por constantes exposições a calor profundo em sessões de fisioterapia. Os autores alertam sobre uma dermatose pouco diagnosticada e que talvez seja mais prevalente pela alta freqüência com que são realizados tratamentos fisioterápicos.The cutaneous lesion of erythema ab igne is characterized by a reticulate erythema, hyperpigmentation, fine scaling, epidermal atrophy and telangiectasis. Currently the lumbar region is the most affected, due to the use of hot water bottles to relieve chronic pains, and by constant exposure to deep heat in physiotherapy sessions. The authors call attention to a dermatosis that is not often diagnosed, and that may be more prevalent, because of the high frequency with which such physiotherapeutic treatments are performed.

  11. Combined ab externo and ab interno revision of failed filtering blebs with adjunctive mitomycin C.

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    Magacho, Leopoldo; Shetty, Rajesh K

    2014-01-01

    To report the results of combined ab externo and ab interno revision with mitomycin C (MMC) of failed filtering blebs in glaucoma patients. Glaucoma patients with a failed trabeculectomy who had undergone internal and external revision with MMC in the last 6 years with at least 12 months of follow-up were considered. All study patients followed the same protocol in the operating room: injection of 0.2 mL of MMC (0.4 mg/mL) 2 cm lateral from the bleb followed by internal revision with an iris spatula and external revision with a 26-G × ½" needle. Success was defined as an intraocular pressure (IOP) ≥6 mm Hg and ≤18 mm Hg with (qualified) or without (absolute) any ocular hypotensive drugs. The study included 25 eyes of 22 glaucoma patients. Mean age was 65.2 ± 10.5 years. Mean follow-up was 26.9 ± 10.3 months. The IOP was reduced from 24.5 ± 6.0 mm Hg preoperatively to 10.0 ± 3.3 mm Hg at the last visit (pinterno revision with MMC can be an effective technique to revitalize failed filtering blebs in glaucoma patients with minimal complications.

  12. Conformational Abs Recognizing a Generic Amyloid Fibril Epitope

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    Brian O'Nuallain; Ronald Wetzel

    2002-01-01

    ...) but not to its soluble, monomeric state. Surprisingly, these Abs also bind to other disease-related amyloid fibrils and amyloid-like aggregates derived from other proteins of unrelated sequence, such as transthyretin, islet amyloid polypeptide, β...

  13. Cutaneous horn and thermal keratosis in erythema AB igne

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    Sood Apra

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available A 46 - year - old Kashmiri lady developed erythema ab igne on both legs. She subsequently developed multiple keratoses and a cutaneous horn in the involved skin. An uncommon association of these three clinical conditions is being presented.

  14. Ab initio calculation of the Structural, Mechanical and ...

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    Corresponding Author: B. E. Iyorzor, Email: beniyorzor@uniben.edu. ABSTRACT: An ab initio ... by employing the first principles tight binding linear muffin-tin orbital method within the local density approximation (LDA) Kalpana et al (1998). Also the.

  15. Genetics Home Reference: GM2-gangliosidosis, AB variant

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    ... that break down toxic substances and act as recycling centers. Within lysosomes, the activator protein binds to ... Disorders and Stroke: Lipid Storage Diseases Fact Sheet Educational Resources (3 links) Disease InfoSearch: Gm2-gangliosidosis, ab ...

  16. Creep Behavior of ABS Polymer in Temperature-Humidity Conditions

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    An, Teagen; Selvaraj, Ramya; Hong, Seokmoo; Kim, Naksoo

    2017-04-01

    Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS), also known as a thermoplastic polymer, is extensively utilized for manufacturing home appliances products as it possess impressive mechanical properties, such as, resistance and toughness. However, the aforementioned properties are affected by operating temperature and atmosphere humidity due to the viscoelasticity property of an ABS polymer material. Moreover, the prediction of optimum working conditions are the little challenging task as it influences the final properties of product. This present study aims to develop the finite element (FE) models for predicting the creep behavior of an ABS polymeric material. In addition, the material constants, which represent the creep properties of an ABS polymer material, were predicted with the help of an interpolation function. Furthermore, a comparative study has been made with experiment and simulation results to verify the accuracy of developed FE model. The results showed that the predicted value from FE model could agree well with experimental data as well it can replicate the actual creep behavior flawlessly.

  17. Bispecific Abs against Modified Protein and DNA with Oxidized Lipids

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    Mitsugu Akagawa; Sohei Ito; Kazuyo Toyoda; Yoshihisa Ishii; Emi Tatsuda; Takahiro Shibata; Satoru Yamaguchi; Yoshichika Kawai; Kousuke Ishino; Yusuke Kishi; Takahiro Adachi; Takeshi Tsubata; Yoshinari Takasaki; Nobutaka Hattori; Tsukasa Matsuda; Koji Uchida

    2006-01-01

    ... of both epitopes in vivo. In the present study, to further investigate the anti-HNE immune response, we analyzed the variable genes and primary structure of these Abs and found that the sequence...

  18. AB toxins: a paradigm switch from deadly to desirable.

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    Odumosu, Oludare; Nicholas, Dequina; Yano, Hiroshi; Langridge, William

    2010-07-01

    To ensure their survival, a number of bacterial and plant species have evolved a common strategy to capture energy from other biological systems. Being imperfect pathogens, organisms synthesizing multi-subunit AB toxins are responsible for the mortality of millions of people and animals annually. Vaccination against these organisms and their toxins has proved rather ineffective in providing long-term protection from disease. In response to the debilitating effects of AB toxins on epithelial cells of the digestive mucosa, mechanisms underlying toxin immunomodulation of immune responses have become the focus of increasing experimentation. The results of these studies reveal that AB toxins may have a beneficial application as adjuvants for the enhancement of immune protection against infection and autoimmunity. Here, we examine similarities and differences in the structure and function of bacterial and plant AB toxins that underlie their toxicity and their exceptional properties as immunomodulators for stimulating immune responses against infectious disease and for immune suppression of organ-specific autoimmunity.

  19. On futures for streaming data in abs (short paper)

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    K. Azadbakht (Keyvan); N. Bezirgiannis (Nikolaos); F.S. de Boer (Frank)

    2017-01-01

    textabstractMany modern distributed software applications require a continuous interaction between their components exploiting streaming data from the server to the client. The Abstract Behavioral Specification (ABS) language has been developed for the modeling and analysis of distributed systems.

  20. Astrometric Measurement of WDS 03117+8128 STF 327 AB

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    van den Bergh, Hilde; Olivas, Chris; Hilburn, Jerry; Pat, Boyce; Boyce, Grady

    2017-07-01

    We report CCD astrometric measurements of the double star system WDS 03117+8128 STF327AB using the iTelescope network. We found the relative position to be r = 20.26 ± 0.12 arc-sec and q = 289.1 ± 0.39 degrees at epoch 2016.84. When combined with the historical data over the last 114 years the trend suggests the decreasing of the distance between the AB pair.

  1. Rescue of failed filtering blebs with ab interno trephination.

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    Shihadeh, Wisam A; Ritch, Robert; Liebmann, Jeffrey M

    2006-06-01

    We evaluated the effectiveness of ab interno automated trephination as a technique for rescuing failed mature filtering blebs. A retrospective chart review of 40 failed blebs of 38 patients who had a posttrephination follow-up period of at least 3 months was done. With success defined as intraocular pressure (IOP) control with other modalities of management. Complications were few. We believe that ab interno trephination is an excellent option for rescuing selected failed filtering blebs.

  2. Ab interno sulcus placement of glaucoma tube implants.

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    Camejo, Larissa; Noecker, Robert

    2008-01-01

    A modified technique for sulcus placement of glaucoma silicone tubes is described. Sulcus placement can be useful in patients with penetrating keratoplasty or in those who are at risk for corneal endothelial decompensation. However, correct placement can be difficult to confirm with a traditional ab externo approach. An ab interno technique for sulcus placement of glaucoma tube implants that both offers an easier approach and facilitates accurate positioning is described.

  3. Report on the Personnel Dosimetry at AB Atomenergi during 1965

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    Edvardsson, K.A.

    1966-10-15

    This report presents the results of the personnel dosimetry at AB Atomenergi during 1965. No doses exceeding the recommendations of ICRP were reported. For AB Atomenergi the average external total body dose during the year was 60 mrem which corresponds to 89.4 manrem. 31200 gamma films and 5850 neutron films were evaluated. 2067 urine analyses and 692 measurements of body activity were made.

  4. Old condition caused by modern technology – erythema ab igne

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    Ferreira, Sara; Mota, Lourdes; Tellechea, Óscar; Figueiredo, Nuno; Mascarenhas, Rosa

    2014-01-01

    ermatosis, caused by prolonged and repeated exposure to heat. Multiple heat sources have been reported to cause this condition, as fire or stove in proximity with the skin. Case report: We report a case of a diabetic teenager with erythema ab igne induced by a laptop computer. Conclusions: Laptop induced erythema ab igne is an underdiagnosed clinical entity. In the future maybe it will be more frequent due to the improper use of these devices. The possible irreversibil...

  5. Ab-initio calculation of electronic structure and optical properties of AB-stacked bilayer α-graphyne

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    Behzad, Somayeh

    2016-09-01

    Monolayer α-graphyne is a new two-dimensional carbon allotrope with many special features. In this work the electronic properties of AA- and AB-stacked bilayers of this material and then the optical properties are studied, using first principle plane wave method. The electronic spectrum has two Dirac cones for AA stacked bilayer α-graphyne. For AB-stacked bilayer, the interlayer interaction changes the linear bands into parabolic bands. The optical spectra of the most stable AB-stacked bilayer closely resemble to that of the monolayer, except for small shifts of peak positions and increasing of their intensity. For AB-stacked bilayer, a pronounced peak has been found at low energies under the perpendicular polarization. This peak can be clearly ascribed to the transitions at the Dirac point as a result of the small degeneracy lift in the band structure.

  6. Study on Exothermic Oxidation of Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS Resin Powder with Application to ABS Processing Safety

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    Jenq-Renn Chen

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Oxidative degradation of commercial grade ABS (Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene resin powders was studied by thermal analysis. The instabilities of ABS containing different polybutadiene (PB contents with respect to temperature were studied by Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC. Thermograms of isothermal test and dynamic scanning were performed. Three exothermic peaks were observed and related to auto-oxidation, degradation and oxidative decomposition, respectively. Onset temperature of the auto-oxidation was determined to be around 193 °C. However, threshold temperature of oxidation was found to be as low as 140 °C by DSC isothermal testing. Another scan of the powder after degeneration in air showed an onset temperature of 127 °C. Reactive hazards of ABS powders were verified to be the exothermic oxidation of unsaturated PB domains, not the SAN (poly(styrene-acrylonitrile matrix. Heat of oxidation was first determined to be 2,800 ± 40 J per gram of ABS or 4,720 ± 20 J per gram of PB. Thermal hazards of processing ABS powder are assessed by adiabatic temperature rise at process conditions. IR spectroscopy associated with heat of oxidation verified the oxidative mechanism, and these evidences excluded the heat source from the degradation of SAN. A specially prepared powder of ABS without adding anti-oxidant was analyzed by DSC for comparing the exothermic behaviors. Exothermic onset temperatures were determined to be 120 °C and 80 °C by dynamic scanning and isothermal test, respectively. The assessment successfully explained fires and explosions in an ABS powder dryer and an ABS extruder.

  7. Concentrations of AB-CHMINACA and AB-PINACA and Driving Behavior in Suspected Impaired Driving Cases.

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    Peterson, Brianna L; Couper, Fiona J

    2015-10-01

    This article reviews case reports for 58 suspected impaired driving cases that were positive for the synthetic cannabinoids AB-CHMINACA or AB-PINACA. All cases were submitted to the Washington State Patrol Toxicology Laboratory in 2014 from either Washington State or State of Alaska law enforcement agencies. The population of drivers was predominantly male (95%), with a mean age of 28 years (range, 18-61 years). The range of blood concentrations was 0.6->10 ng/mL for AB-CHMINACA (N = 33) and 0.6-41.3 ng/mL for AB-PINACA (N = 25). Drug Recognition Expert exams were performed in 10 cases for each AB-CHMINACA and AB-PINACA. Horizontal gaze nystagmus was observed in 50 and 60% of the cases, respectively. Overall, several physiological indicators varied from those typically observed with marijuana use. The majority of these cases had very poor driving; subjects were involved in an accident, found passed out in a vehicle or were called in as a suspected impaired driver. Slurred speech, confusion, lack of coordination/dexterity and lethargy were commonly observed. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  8. Polycarbonate and co-continuous polycarbonate/ABS blends: influence of notch radius

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    Inberg, J.P.F.; Gaymans, R.J.

    2002-01-01

    The influence of notch tip radius in the range of 1–0.002 mm was studied on polycarbonate (PC) and co-continuous PC/acrylonitrile–butadiene–styrene (ABS). Co-continuous PC/ABS blend was obtained by mixing PC and ABS containing 15% polybutadiene (PB) in a twin screw extruder. PC and PC/ABS specimens

  9. [TgAb interference with experimental Tg values detected by dilution curves].

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    Wu, Xia; Xu, Jin; Ni, Jian; Yu, Ying; Zhang, Wen-Jie; Pan, Ming-Zhi; Huang, Rui; Tang, Gong-Shun

    2013-05-01

    To identify the interference of endogenous antithyroglobulin (TgAb) with experimental thyroglobulin (Tg) values using dilution curves. Dilution buffer, detectable TgAb serums (TgAb 20-25 IU/mL, Tg free) and undetectable TgAb serums (TgAb assay (IMA). The experimental Tg values (Y-axis) were plotted against expected serum Tg values (X-axis). Diluted curves were used to evaluate the interference of TgAb on the experimental Tg values. A linear dilution curve is supposed to appear if no TgAb interference exists. The Tg dilution curves with dilution buffer were linear. Thirty six dilution curves were obtained with TgAb serums from six patients diluted by detectable TgAb serums, and 12 showed linear. Tg serums from six patients diluted by one detectable TgAb serum resulted in both linear and non-linear results. One Tg serum diluted by six TgAb serums also resulted both linear and non-linear results. Tg serums from three patients diluted by five undetectable TgAb serums resulted in 11 dilution curves, four of which were linear. Dilution curves can be used to predict TgAb interference indirectly. Detectable TgAb may not interfere with experimental Tg values. Whereas, undetectable TgAb may interfere with Tg values. TgAb could not be used to predict Tg interference.

  10. The AB Dor Moving Group: A Chemically Heterogeneous Kinematic Stream?

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    Barenfeld, Scott A.; Bubar, E. J.; Mamajek, E. E.; Young, P. A.

    2012-01-01

    The AB Dor Moving Group is the nearest kinematic group to the Sun. It consists of a "nucleus" of 10 comoving stars at distance 20 pc (Zuckerman et al. 2004), along with dozens of purported "stream" members spread out across the sky, with distances up to 140 pc away (Torres et al. 2008). We perform a kinematic and chemical analysis of a sample of 10 AB Dor "stream" members to test whether they constitute a physical stellar group. We use the NEMO Galactic kinematic code to investigate the orbits of the stream members, and perform a chemical abundance analysis using high resolution, high S/N spectra taken with the MIKE spectrograph on the Magellan Clay 6.5-m telescope. Using a chi-squared test with the measured abundances for 10 different elements (Fe, Na, Mg, Si, Al, Ca, Cr, Mn, Ni, and Ba), we find that only a few of the ten purported AB Dor stream members appear to constitute a statistically chemically homogeneous sample. Our orbit simulations show that some of the "stream" members were hundreds of pc from AB Dor 100 Myr ago, and hence were unlikely to have formed near the eponymous star. The lack of kinematic and chemical coherence among the stream sample suggests that the published lists of AB Dor moving group members are unlikely to represent the dispersed remnant of a single star formation episode. Our study does not rule out the physicality of the AB Dor "nucleus" identified by Zuckerman et al., which appears to be coeval with the Pleiades ( 120 Myr). We conclude that the AB Dor stream is dynamical in nature, likely containing stars from many different birth sites. This research was supported by NSF grant AST-1008908, an REU supplement, and funds from the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Rochester.

  11. Ab Initio Studies of Stratospheric Ozone Depletion Chemistry

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    Lee, Timothy J.; Head-Gordon, Martin; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)

    1995-01-01

    An overview of the current understanding of ozone depletion chemistry, particularly with regards the formation of the so-called Antarctic ozone hole, will be presented together with an outline as to how ab initio quantum chemistry can be used to further our understanding of stratospheric chemistry. The ability of modern state-of-the art ab initio quantum chemical techniques to characterize reliably the gas-phase molecular structure, vibrational spectrum, electronic spectrum, and thermal stability of fluorine, chlorine, bromine and nitrogen oxide species will be demonstrated by presentation of some example studies. The ab initio results will be shown to be in excellent agreement with the available experimental data, and where the experimental data are either not known or are inconclusive, the theoretical results are shown to fill in the gaps and to resolve experimental controversies. In addition, ab initio studies in which the electronic spectra and the characterization of excited electronic states of halogen oxide species will also be presented. Again where available, the ab initio results are compared to experimental observations, and are used to aid in the interpretation of experimental studies.

  12. TITRATION METHOD OF AB0 ANTIBODIES WITH THE USE OF MODERN GEL TECHNOLOGY IN AB0-INCOMPATIBLE TRANSPLANTATION

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    Full Text Available It is shown that developed method of titrating AB0 antibodies allows defi ning the titer of the investigational antibodies more precisely on 1–3 dilution of serum compared to the prototype method (titration method of antibodiesin saline medium on the plane. It is more obvious as it excludes hardly interpretable results due to the possibility of conducting visual assessment of agglutination reaction in the gel card thick column and requires less time foranalysis. The results can be saved for comparison with the results of further research. That is not possible under prototype titration method. Aim: our aim is to create a laboratory technique that can accurately, reliably and clearly produce titration of AB0 system antibodies, including in patients with low initial concentration of agglutinins in the blood; a technique more economical in terms of spending serum and that takes less time.Materials and methods: those modes were empirically chosen which allow titration of AB0 system agglutinins using gel technology based micro typing; to titer group antibodies 1640 serum assays of recipients in AB0-incompatibletransplantation were analyzed.The result of the use of specially developed method in organ transplantation from incompatible blood donors consists in enhancing accuracy, sensitivity of natural, complete and incomplete AB0 system immune antibodies titration, in its clarity, using of blood micro-doses for earlier detection of sensitizing of the patient, which is especially important in Pediatrics. Conclusion: the developed procedure of AB0-antibodies’ titration using modern gel technology makes possible a more precise monitoring of the titer of antibodies that is necessary to predict the graft rejection risk, to select the Protocol of preoperative preparation and postoperative management of patients, to assess the effectiveness of therapy in patients for whom it is diffi cult to fi nd a compatible blood type donor, and for whom today AB

  13. 40 CFR 174.506 - Bacillus thuringiensis Cry34Ab1 and Cry35Ab1 proteins in corn; exemption from the requirement of...

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    ... 40 Protection of Environment 23 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Bacillus thuringiensis Cry34Ab1 and... Bacillus thuringiensis Cry34Ab1 and Cry35Ab1 proteins in corn are exempted from the requirement of a... REQUIREMENTS FOR PLANT-INCORPORATED PROTECTANTS Tolerances and Tolerance Exemptions § 174.506 Bacillus...

  14. ABS 3D printed solutions for cryogenic applications

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    Bartolomé, E.; Bozzo, B.; Sevilla, P.; Martínez-Pasarell, O.; Puig, T.; Granados, X.

    2017-03-01

    3D printing has become a common, inexpensive and rapid prototyping technique, enabling the ad hoc fabrication of complex shapes. In this paper, we demonstrate that 3D printed objects in ABS can be used at cryogenic temperatures, offering flexible solutions in different fields. Firstly, a thermo-mechanical characterization of ABS 3D printed specimens at 77 K is reported, which allowed us to delimit the type of cryogenic uses where 3D printed pieces may be implemented. Secondly, we present three different examples where ABS 3D printed objects working at low temperatures have provided specific solutions: (i) SQUID inserts for angular magnetometry (low temperature material characterization field); (ii) a cage support for a metamaterial ;magnetic concentrator; (superconductivity application), and (iii) dedicated tools for cryopreservation in assisted reproductive techniques (medicine field).

  15. Wheel slip control of ABS using ER valve pressure modulator

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    Choi, Seung-Bok; Cho, Myung-Soo; Kim, Yong-Il; Choi, Young-Tai; Wereley, Norman M.

    2004-07-01

    This paper presents a wheel slip control via sliding mode controller for a new anti-lock brake system (ABS) of a passenger vehicle using electrorheological (ER) valve pressure modulator. The principal design parameters of the ER valves and hydraulic booster are appropriately determined by considering braking pressure variation during ABS operation. An electrically controllable pressure modulator using the ER valves is then constructed and its governing equations are derived. Subsequently, the pressure control performance of the new pressure modulator is experimentally evaluated. The governing equations of motion for a quarter car wheel model are derived and the sliding mode controller is formulated for wheel slip control. Hardware in the loop simulation (HILS) for braking performance evaluation is undertaken in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed ABS associated with the ER valve pressure modulator.

  16. Control Performance of Vehicle Abs Featuring ER Valve Pressure Modulator

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    Cho, M. S.; Choi, S. B.; Wereley, N. M.

    In this work, an electrically controllable anti-lock brake system (ABS) for passenger vehicle is developed by utilizing electrorheological (ER) fluid. A pressure modulator which consists of a cylindrical ER valve and the hydraulic booster is constructed in order to achieve sufficient brake pressure variation during ABS operation. The principal design parameters of the modulator are determined by considering ER properties as well as required braking pressure. After investigating pressure controllability of the modulator, a vehicle model which is integrated with the proposed pressure modulator is formulated to design yaw rate controller. A sliding mode controller is designed to obtain desired yaw rate, and the friction forces between roads and wheels are estimated via the estimator. Braking performances of the proposed ABS under various roads are evaluated through the hardware-in-the-loop-simulation (HILS) and the steering stability during braking operation is demonstrated by undertaking split-μ test.

  17. Suture Trabeculotomy Ab Interno for Secondary Glaucoma Combined With Scleromalacia.

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    Manabe, Shin-Ichi; Sawaguchi, Shoichi; Hayashi, Ken

    2016-07-01

    To report 2 cases of secondary glaucoma combined with scleromalacia that were successfully treated with trabeculotomy ab interno. Retrospective case report : Trabeculotomy ab interno was used to treat secondary glaucoma combined with scleromalacia, which occurred due to refractory scleritis, in 2 cases. In case 2, goniosynechialysis was performed before the trabeculotomy to identify the trabecular meshwork. The sclera and conjunctiva were not incised in either case. The patients' postoperative intraocular pressure (IOP) levels (which were achieved without medication) were lower than their preoperative IOP levels (which were recorded during the administration of the maximum tolerable medication dosage); that is, they had dropped from 24 to 12 mm Hg in case 1 and from 33 to 11 mm Hg in case 2 by 12 postoperative months. No recurrent scleritis or postoperative worsening of the patient's scleromalacia was seen in either case. Trabeculotomy ab interno is a very valuable treatment for secondary glaucoma combined with scleromalacia.

  18. Report on the Personnel Dosimetry at AB Atomenergi during 1964

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    Edvardsson, K.A.; Hagsgaard, S.

    1966-01-15

    This report presents the results of the personnel dosimetry at AB Atomenergi during 1964. No doses exceeding the recommendations of ICRP were reported. The sum of the reported external total body doses during the year was for AB Atomenergi 51.5 manrem which, distributed over the whole company personnel, corresponds to an average dose of about 35 mrem per year and person or less than 1 % of the maximum permissible dose. 31,400 gamma films and 5,800 neutron films were evaluated. The films were changed every month. Urine analyses numbered 2,731 and whole body measurements 485. A comparison is made between dose distributions at AB Atomenergi and at institutions in other countries. The fraction of all personnel carrying dosimeters and exposed to more than a nominal dose seems generally to have been less than 10-20 %.

  19. ABS plus and ESP - a concept for making dynamics manageable; ABS plus und ESP - Ein Konzept zur Beherrschung der Fahrdynamik

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    Fennel, H. [ITT Automotive Europe GmbH, Frankfurt am Main (Germany). Methodenentwicklung/Regelungstechnik

    1998-04-01

    The classic anti-lock braking system (ABS) has been established in passenger cars for about two decades. Continuous functional improvements are the result of consistent upgrading and optimisation. With ABS plus from ITT Automotive, this safety system has reached another climax, for ABS plus assists the driver in all dynamic manoeuvres - under full and partial braking conditions. The ESP system developed by ITT Automotive under the designation ASMS (Automotive Stability Management System) is an automatic stability control system that helps master critical situations during acceleration, braking and steering. Thereby ESP monitors vehicle movements with the assistance of the most advanced sensor technology available. (orig.) [Deutsch] Das klassische Antiblockiersystem (ABS) ist seit etwa zwei Jahrzehnten im Pkw etabliert. Durch kontinuierliche Weiterentwicklung und Optimierung konnte seine Funktion staendig verbessert werden. Mit dem ABS plus von ITT Automotive wird ein neuartiges Sicherheitssystem vorgestellt, das den Fahrer bei allen dynamischen Fahrmanoevern im Voll- und im Teilbremsbereich unterstuetzt. Das Elektronische Stabilitaetsprogramm ESP, das bei ITT Automotive unter dem Namen ASMS (Automatisches Stabilitaets-Management-System) entwickelt wurde, ist ein Fahrdynamik-Regelsystem, das alle kritischen Situationen waehrend des Beschleunigens, Bremsens und Lenkens meistern hilft. (orig.)

  20. Simplest AB-Thermonuclear Space Propulsion and Electric Generator

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    Bolonkin, Alexander

    2007-01-01

    The author applies, develops and researches mini-sized Micro- AB Thermonuclear Reactors for space propulsion and space power systems. These small engines directly convert the high speed charged particles produced in the thermonuclear reactor into vehicle thrust or vehicle electricity with maximum efficiency. The simplest AB-thermonuclear propulsion offered allows spaceships to reach speeds of 20,000 50,000 km/s (1/6 of light speed) for fuel ratio 0.1 and produces a huge amount of useful elect...

  1. Student Measurements of STFA 10AB (Theta Tauri)

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    Gillette, Sean; Estrada, Chris; Estrada, Reed; Aguilera, Sophia; Chavez, Valerie; Givens, Jalynn; Lindorfer, Sarah; Michels, Kaylie; Mobley, Makenzie; Reder, Gabriel; Renteria, Kayla; Shattles, Jenna; Wilkin, Aiden; Woodbury, Maisy; Rhoades, Breauna; Rhoades, Mark

    2017-04-01

    Eighth grade students at Vanguard Preparatory School measured the double star STFA 10AB using a 22-inch Newtonian Alt/Az telescope and a Celestron Micro Guide eyepiece. Bellatrix was used as the calibration star. The calculated means of multiple observations of STFA 10AB resulted in a separation of 45.18,” a scale constant of 7.88 arcseconds per division, and position angle of 257.9°. These measurements were compared to the most recent values in the Washington Double Star Catalog.

  2. An ABS control logic based on wheel force measurement

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    Capra, D.; Galvagno, E.; Ondrak, V.; van Leeuwen, B.; Vigliani, A.

    2012-12-01

    The paper presents an anti-lock braking system (ABS) control logic based on the measurement of the longitudinal forces at the hub bearings. The availability of force information allows to design a logic that does not rely on the estimation of the tyre-road friction coefficient, since it continuously tries to exploit the maximum longitudinal tyre force. The logic is designed by means of computer simulation and then tested on a specific hardware in the loop test bench: the experimental results confirm that measured wheel force can lead to a significant improvement of the ABS performances in terms of stopping distance also in the presence of road with variable friction coefficient.

  3. Use of ab initio quantum chemical methods in battery technology

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    Deiss, E. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)

    1997-06-01

    Ab initio quantum chemistry can nowadays predict physical and chemical properties of molecules and solids. An attempt should be made to use this tool more widely for predicting technologically favourable materials. To demonstrate the use of ab initio quantum chemistry in battery technology, the theoretical energy density (energy per volume of active electrode material) and specific energy (energy per mass of active electrode material) of a rechargeable lithium-ion battery consisting of a graphite electrode and a nickel oxide electrode has been calculated with this method. (author) 1 fig., 1 tab., 7 refs.

  4. Uso de resíduo de SBR proveniente da indústria de calçados em composições de SBR

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    Carmen Luisa Reis Serrano

    2009-01-01

    Este trabalho foi realizado para o desenvolvimento e caracterização de compostos à base do copolímero aleatório de poli (estireno-co-butadieno) – SBR, contendo resíduo do próprio polímero oriundo de aparas de solados da indústria calçadista. Foi estudada a influência da incorporação de diferentes concentrações do resíduo SBR nas propriedades mecânicas e térmicas dos compostos de SBR para solados. As propriedades mecânicas e térmicas destas composições foram comparadas a formulações contendo d...

  5. Reticulação peroxídica de compostos elastoméricos utilizados na indústria de pneus

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    Eleno Rodrigues Vieira

    2013-01-01

    Compostos elastoméricos a base de borracha natural (NR) e copolímero de butadieno-estireno (SBR) utilizados na banda de rodagem de pneus são tradicionalmente reticulados com enxofre. O uso de peróxidos e co-agentes na reticulação desses compostos ainda é um desafio a se superar com relação às propriedades viscoelásticas requeridas, de extrema importância para um bom desempenho e vida útil dos pneus. Neste trabalho foi avaliado o uso de peróxidos sem e com co-agentes na reticulação de composto...

  6. ABS, ASR and MSR of the new S-class. ABS, ASR und MSR der neuen S-Klasse

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    Lichnofsky, R.; Ohnemueller, H.J.

    1992-06-01

    An ABS system (anti-lock braking system) with the two functions 'avoiding wheel lock and adaptive pressure and brake power limitation on the rear axle' characterizes the brake concept of the new S-class (W 140) with increased brake power on the rear axles. This ABS system is integrated with an ASR system (acceleration skid control) and an MSR system (engine friction torque control); these systems ensure stability and traction when starting off or when load changes occur. Flawless operation of the highly complex system featuring micro-controller and extended sensor technology and logic is ensured by means of active diagnosis. (orig.).

  7. Ab initio adiabatic and quasidiabatic potential energy surfaces of H ...

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    Ion-diatom collisions; Ab initio potential energy surface; quasidiabitaziation; Nonadiabatic coupling matrix elements. 1. Introduction. Proton collisions with diatomic target molecules ..... energies. Acknowledgements. B.A. thanks IIT Madras and University Grants Com- mission, New Delhi for providing a research fellowship.

  8. Projector augmented wave method: ab initio molecular dynamics ...

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    http://www.ias.ac.in/article/fulltext/boms/026/01/0033-0041 ... A brief introduction to the projector augmented wave method is given and recent developments are reviewed. The projector augmented wave method is an all-electron method for efficient ab initio molecular dynamics simulations with full wave functions. It extends ...

  9. Hydrogen Bond Dynamics in Aqueous Solutions: Ab initio Molecular ...

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    Rate equation for the decay of CHB(t) · Definition of Hydrogen Bonds · Results of Molecular Dynamics · Dynamics of anion-water and water-water hydrogen bonds · Structural relaxation of anion-water & water-water H-bonds · Ab initio Molecular Dynamics : · Slide 14 · Dynamics of hydrogen bonds : CPMD results · Slide 16.

  10. Analysis of some conventional ab initio gene finders using human ...

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    Yomi

    2012-01-24

    Jan 24, 2012 ... using human and mouse DNA sequences .... two different levels: coding nucleotide sequence and exonic .... Table 3. Predicted number of exons in each class on multi-exon genes in three .... measures, hexamer frequency, usually in the form of ..... combination of gene prediction results from multiple ab.

  11. Projector augmented wave method: ab initio molecular dynamics ...

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    Abstract. A brief introduction to the projector augmented wave method is given and recent developments are reviewed. The projector augmented wave method is an all-electron method for efficient ab initio molecular dynamics simulations with full wave functions. It extends and combines the traditions of existing augmented.

  12. Ab initio structure determination via powder X-ray diffraction

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    Although the method of structure completion when once the starting model is provided is facile through the Rietveld refinement technique, the structure solution ab initio os still not push-button technology. In this article a survey of the recent development in this area is provided with an illustration of the structure determination ...

  13. Ab initio study of Pt induced nanowires on Ge(001)

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    Vanpoucke, D.E.P.

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this thesis: “Ab Initio Study of Pt Induced Nanowires on Ge(001)”, is to model the experimentally observed ‘Pt nanowires’ on Ge(001). These one-atom-thick wires can be hundreds of nanometers long while remaining defect and kink free, providing the ultimate wire any chip designer dreams

  14. Further Food for Thought on the "ABS Guide"

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    Hussain, Simon

    2012-01-01

    This paper replies to points raised by the editors of the "ABS Guide", Huw Morris, Charles Harvey, Aidan Kelly and Michael Rowlinson (2011) "Accounting Education: an international journal", 20(6), pp. 561-573) in response to a paper published in a previous issue of "Accounting Education" (Hussain, S. (2011)…

  15. THEORETICAL STUDY (AB INITIO AND DFT METHODS) ON ...

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    Theoretical study on acidic dissociation constant of xylenol orange in aqueous solution. Bull. Chem. Soc. Ethiop. 2017, 31(1). 129 modeled. Hartree-Fock ab initio and density functional geometry optimizations were performed with the Gaussian 09 program. The optimizations were done using HF/6-31+G(d) method. The.

  16. Analysis of some conventional ab initio gene finders using human ...

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    Yomi

    2012-01-24

    Jan 24, 2012 ... parts of a given protein coding sequence so that the users be able to choose the best program(s) in accordance with their research goals. MATERIALS AND METHODS. Sequence data set. In assessing five ab initio gene prediction programs, a data set consisting of 110 known orthologous genes of human ...

  17. Ab initio computations on small copper compounds-CuO

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    Boer, D.H.W. den; Kaleveld, E.W.

    1980-01-01

    Ab initio computations on CuO were performed with the Hartree-Fock method and a proper dissociation MC SCF procedure. In particular the influence of the GTO basis set for Cu in molecular computations has been studied. A potential energy curve and a Mulliken population analysis are presented. The

  18. Ab initio calculation of the Structural, Mechanical and ...

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    ADOWIE PERE

    ABSTRACT: An ab initio plane-wave Pseudopotential calculations using the density functional theory (DFT) .... wave Pseudopotential PWPP method with the ..... Γ the longitudinal optical LO branch shows a sharp increasing amount of upward dispersion while the TO , a flat/horizontal dispersion it was also observed that the ...

  19. Iron-substituted AB5-type MH electrode

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    substituted AB5-type MH electrode. SUMITA SRIVASTAVAa,∗ and R K UPADHYAYAb. aDepartment of Physics, Government P.G. College, Uttarkashi 249 193, India. bDepartment of Physics, Government P.G. College, Rishikesh 249 201, India.

  20. Realization of prediction of materials properties by ab initio ...

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    Ab initio treatment is becoming realistic to predict physical, chemical, and even mechanical properties of academically and industrially interesting materials. There is, however, some limitation in size and time of the system up to the order of several hundred atoms and ∼ 1 pico second, even if we use the fastest ...

  1. GAS PHASE ION CHEMISTRY OF COUMARINS: AB INITIO ...

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    B. S. Chandravanshi

    ABSTRACT. The gas phase ion chemistry of coumarins using electron ionization (EI), positive chemical ionization (PCI) and negative chemical ionization (NCI) in a time of flight and quadrupole mass spectrometer. (qMS) coupled to a gas chromatograph is outlined. The observations in NCI mode were complimented with Ab.

  2. The Properties of Some Simple Covalent Hydrides: An Ab Initio ...

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    Some properties of the monomeric binary hydrides of the elements of the first two rows of the periodic table have been determined using ab initio molecular orbital theory. The properties in question are the energetic, structural, electronic, topological and vibrational characteristics. In general, a gradual convergence towards ...

  3. Food for Thought on the "ABS Academic Journal Quality Guide"

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    Hussain, Simon

    2011-01-01

    This paper discusses issues relating to the use of the Association of Business Schools' (ABS) "Academic Journal Quality Guide" within UK business schools. It also looks at several specific issues raised by the Chair of the British Accounting Association/British Accounting and Finance Association regarding the ratings for top…

  4. Resonance and Aromaticity : An Ab Initio Valence Bond Approach

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    Rashid, Zahid; van Lenthe, Joop H.; Havenith, Remco W. A.

    2012-01-01

    Resonance energy is one of the criteria to measure aromaticity. The effect of the use of different orbital models is investigated in the calculated resonance energies of cyclic conjugated hydrocarbons within the framework of the ab initio Valence Bond Self-Consistent Field (VBSCF) method. The VB

  5. 78 FR 33010 - Airworthiness Directives; Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems Airplanes

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    2013-06-03

    ...; telephone +46 13 18 5591; fax +46 13 18 4874; email [email protected] ; Internet http://www... report of the findings to: Saab AB, Business Area Support and Services, Air Division, Technical Support email: [email protected] Fax: +46 (0) 13 18 48 74 at the applicable time specified in...

  6. In vitro Antimicrobial Activity of Homonataloin A/B and ...

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    In this context, two anthrones (homonataloin A/B and homonataloside) were isolated from the leaf latex of Aloe citrina Carter & Brandham by preparative thin layer chromatography over silica gel. The latex and its two constituents were tested for their antimicrobial activities against 20 bacterial and 4 fungal strains using disc ...

  7. Move of Purchasing Offices TS – AB* – AT*

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    FI Department

    2008-01-01

    The TS – AB* - AT* Purchasing Offices and the Purchasing Pool have moved to Building 5 – 2nd and *3rd floors. The phone and fax numbers are unchanged. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the move. Thank you for your understanding. Finance Department – Purchasing Service.

  8. Ab initio study of alanine polypeptide chain twisting

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    Solov'yov, Ilia; Yakubovich, Alexander V.; Solov'yov, Andrey V.

    2006-01-01

    chains. These particular degrees of freedom are essential for the characterization of the proteins folding process. Calculations have been carried out within the ab initio theoretical framework based on the density functional theory and accounting for all the electrons in the system. We have determined...

  9. Cyanogen Azide. Ionization Potentials and Ab Initio SCF MO Calculation

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    Bak, Börge; Jansen, Peter; Stafast, Herbert

    1975-01-01

    The Ne(I) and He(I) photoelectron(PE) spectra of cyanogen azide, NCN3, have been recorded at high resolution. Their interpretation is achieved by comparison with the PE spectrum of HN3 and an ab initio LCGO SCF MO calculation. Deviations from Koopmans' theorem of quite different magnitudes...

  10. Estudo comparativo de diferentes tipos de polibutadieno na tenacificação de poliestireno Comparative study of different types of polybutadiene on the toughening of polystyrene

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    Fernanda M. B. Coutinho

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho foi avaliada a tenacificação de poliestireno (PS utilizando três tipos de polibutadieno (PB: polibutadieno baixo-cis (PBb, polibutadieno alto-cis (PBa e copolímero em bloco (SBS de estireno e butadieno (PBco. Foi observado um aumento na resistência ao impacto de 138, 208 e 823%, quando foram utilizados polibutadieno baixo-cis, polibutadieno alto-cis e copolímero em bloco de estireno e butadieno respectivamente. Os materiais apresentaram morfologia dispersa com domínios de polibutadieno distribuídos aleatoriamente na matriz de poliestireno, cujo tamanho foi inferior a 1 µm. A energia de ativação para o escoamento foi calculada segundo a equação de Arrhenius e variou de 34 a 71 kJ/mol. Em todos os experimentos reológicos as misturas poliméricas apresentaram comportamento pseudoplástico.In this work, an evaluation was made of the toughening of polystyrene (PS with three types of polybutadiene (PB: low-cis polybutadiene (PBl, high-cis polybutadiene (PBh and styrene-butadiene block (SBS copolymer (PBco. The impact strength increased 138, 208 and 823% when low-cis polybutadiene, high-cis polybutadiene and styrene-butadiene block copolymer, were used, respectively. The materials presented dispersed morphology with domains smaller than 1 µm, randomly distributed in the polystyrene matrix. The flow activation energy, calculated by Arrhenius equation, varied from 34 to 71 kJ/mol. In the rheological experiments all polymer blends presented pseudoplastic behavior.

  11. Ab initio simulation of dislocation cores in metals; Simulation ab initio des coeurs de dislocation dans les metaux

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    Ventelon, L. [CEA Saclay, Dept. des Materiaux pour le Nucleaire (DEN/DANS/DMN/SRMP), 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

    2008-07-01

    In the framework of the multi scale simulation of metals and alloys plasticity, the aim of this study is to develop a methodology of ab initio dislocations study and to apply it to the [111] screw dislocation in the bc iron. (A.L.B.)

  12. Protective mAbs and Cross-Reactive mAbs Raised by Immunization with Engineered Marburg Virus GPs.

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    Marnie L Fusco

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The filoviruses, which include the marburg- and ebolaviruses, have caused multiple outbreaks among humans this decade. Antibodies against the filovirus surface glycoprotein (GP have been shown to provide life-saving therapy in nonhuman primates, but such antibodies are generally virus-specific. Many monoclonal antibodies (mAbs have been described against Ebola virus. In contrast, relatively few have been described against Marburg virus. Here we present ten mAbs elicited by immunization of mice using recombinant mucin-deleted GPs from different Marburg virus (MARV strains. Surprisingly, two of the mAbs raised against MARV GP also cross-react with the mucin-deleted GP cores of all tested ebolaviruses (Ebola, Sudan, Bundibugyo, Reston, but these epitopes are masked differently by the mucin-like domains themselves. The most efficacious mAbs in this panel were found to recognize a novel "wing" feature on the GP2 subunit that is unique to Marburg and does not exist in Ebola. Two of these anti-wing antibodies confer 90 and 100% protection, respectively, one hour post-exposure in mice challenged with MARV.

  13. The melt rheological behavior of AB, ABA, BAB, and (AB)n block copolymers with monodisperse aramide segments

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    Araichimani, A.; Dullaert, Konraad; Gaymans, R.J.

    2009-01-01

    The melt rheological behavior of segmented block copolymers with high melting diamide (A) hard segments (HS) and polyether (B) soft segments was studied. The block copolymers can be classified as B (monoblock), AB (diblock), ABA (triblock, diamide end segment), BAB (triblock, diamide mid-segment)

  14. Hospital antibiotic management in the Czech Republic--results of the ABS maturity survey of the ABS International group.

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    Jindrák, Vlastimil; Urbásková, Pavla; Bergerová, Tamara; Buchta, Vladimír; Hanslianová, Markéta; Horníková, Magdaléna; Chmelík, Václav; Nyc, Otakar; Vanis, Václav

    2008-01-01

    Hospital antibiotic stewardship (ABS) programs are essential for ensuring long-lasting quality of antibiotic usage and for controlling antimicrobial resistance in the hospital setting. A questionnaire for self-assessment of a hospital's ABS maturity was sent to 80 Czech hospitals in May 2007. The survey was focused on diagnostic issues, control of antibiotic consumption, antibiotic-related organization and tools, antibiotic-related personnel development and antibiotic-related relationships to relevant environments. Of 80 addressed hospitals, 45 sent back processed questionnaires (response rate 56.3%). These 80 hospitals cover about 85% of the Czech population. All Czech university hospitals were included in the replying group. The listed diagnostic tools were declared available by all hospitals; 44 of 45 hospitals have surveillance systems for antibiotic resistance rates. Control of antibiotic consumption was available only partially in 42 of 45 hospitals. Some antibiotic tools need to be improved and must be used more frequently. Official recognition, job descriptions and better funding of antibiotic personnel are needed, as well as support for further development of ABS structures and functions. The basic structure of ABS is well developed in the Czech hospitals. A network of antibiotic centers focusing their services on optimization of antibiotic usage has been in place in the Czech Republic since the 1970s. Nevertheless, the survey revealed a clear need and many opportunities for further improvement. Control of antibiotic consumption is not implemented in all Czech hospitals and some of the essential antibiotic tools should be used more widely.

  15. Rituximab blocks binding of radiolabeled anti-CD20 antibodies (Ab) but not radiolabeled anti-CD45 Ab

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    Press, Oliver W.; Wilbur, Shani M.; Maloney, David G.; Pagel, John M.

    2008-01-01

    Rituximab therapy is associated with a long in vivo persistence, yet little is known about the effect of circulating rituximab on B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL) targeting by the other available anti-CD20 monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) 131iodine-tositumomab and 90yttrium-ibritumomab tiuxetan. Therefore we assessed the impact of preexisting rituximab on the binding and efficacy of second anti-CD20 MoAbs to B-NHL and determined whether targeting an alternative lymphoma-associated antigen, CD45, could circumvent this effect. We demonstrated that rituximab concentrations as low as 5 μg/mL nearly completely blocked the binding of a second anti-CD20 MoAbs (P < .001), but had no impact on CD45 targeting (P = .89). Serum from patients with distant exposures to rituximab also blocked binding of anti-CD20 MoAbs to patient-derived rituximab-naive B-NHL at concentrations at low as 7 μg/mL, but did not affect CD45 ligation. A mouse xenograft model (Granta, FL-18, Ramos cell lines) showed that rituximab pretreatment significantly reduced B-NHL targeting and tumor control by CD20-directed radioimmunotherapy (RIT), but had no impact on targeting CD45. These findings suggest that circulating rituximab impairs the clinical efficacy of CD20-directed RIT, imply that novel anti-CD20 MoAbs could also face this same limitation, and indicate that CD45 may represent an alternative target for RIT in B-NHL. PMID:18502830

  16. Phenolics removal from transgenic Lemna minor extracts expressing mAb and impact on mAb production cost.

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    Barros, Georgia O F; Woodard, Susan L; Nikolov, Zivko L

    2011-01-01

    Transgenic Lemna minor has been used successfully to produce several biotherapeutic proteins. For plant-produced mAbs specifically, the cost of protein A capture step is critical as the economic benefits of plant production systems could be erased if the downstream processing ends up being expensive. To avoid potential modification of mAb or fouling of expensive protein A resins, a rapid and efficient removal of phenolics from plant extracts is desirable. We identified major phenolics in Lemna extracts and evaluated their removal by adsorption to PVPP, XAD-4, IRA-402, and Q-Sepharose. Forms of apigenin, ferulic acid, and vitexin comprised ∼ 75% of the total phenolics. Screening of the resins with pure ferulic acid and vitexin indicated that PVPP would not be efficient for phenolics removal. Analysis of the breakthrough fractions of phenolics adsorption to XAD-4, IRA-402, and Q-Sepharose showed differences in adsorption with pH and in the type of phenolics adsorbed. Superior dynamic binding capacities (DBC) were observed at pH 4.5 than at 7.5. To evaluate the cost impact of a phenolics removal step before protein A chromatography, a mAb purification process was simulated using SuperPro Designer 7.0. The economic analysis indicated that addition of a phenolics adsorption step would increase mAb production cost only 20% by using IRA-402 compared to 35% for XAD-4 resin. The cost of the adsorption step is offset by increasing the lifespan of protein A resin and a reduction of overall mAb production cost could be achieved by using a phenolics removal step. Copyright © 2010 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

  17. Hospital antibiotic management in Slovakia--results of the ABS maturity survey of the ABS International group.

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    Krcmery, Vladimir; Kalavsky, Erich

    2008-01-01

    Antibiotic stewardship (ABS) is one of the important indicators in a healthcare system. Slovakia is participating in the project "Implementing antibiotic strategies for appropriate use of antibiotics in hospitals in member states of the European Union--ABS International", the objectives of which are identification of strengths and weaknesses of antibiotic policy in participating countries. This paper summarizes the results for Slovakia. The questionnaire survey was conducted in May 2007. The questionnaire "ABS hospital mature" analyzed the ABS-related maturities of nine hospitals in Slovakia. The mean scores (on a scale of 1-5) for the various topics were calculated and presented in the form of an "ABS hospital maturity" pentagon. The mean total score for all antibiotic-related items was also calculated. The mean total score for all items in nine evaluated hospitals in Slovakia was 3.93. Overall the grades for the diagnostic level in Slovak hospitals (3.94) scored lower in comparison with partner countries. Control of antibiotic consumption is implemented in Slovakia and therefore scored 4.07. Antibiotic-related organization and personnel development also scored high (4.08 and 4.26, respectively) in comparison with partner countries, but antibiotic-related roles and communication and antibiotic-related relationships to relevant environments were graded as not satisfactory (3.54 and 3.28, respectively). In general, our results are similar to those found by other countries. Antibiotic-related organization and personnel development appears better developed in Slovakia than in other countries. The better scores for antibiotic organization could be explained by the existence of a centralized healthcare system for 40 years. The existence of 'antibiotic resistance laboratories' in the Slovak republic since 1971 and a national computerized reporting system for antibiotic resistance since 1984 reflect this high standard.

  18. Humoral and cellular immune responses in mice after airway administration of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ab and MON810 cry1Ab-transgenic maize

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    Andreassen, Monica; Rocca, Elena; Bøhn, Thomas; Wikmark, Odd Gunnar; van der Berg, Johnnie; Løvik, Martinus; Traavik, Terje; Nygaard, Unni Cecilie

    2014-01-01

    Genetically modified (GM) crops may bring new proteins with immunogenic and allergenic properties into the food and feed chains. The most commonly grown GM maize, MON810 expresses a modified version of the insecticidal Cry1Ab protein originating in the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Immune reactions following inhalation of pollen and debris from such plants have been scarcely studied. We exposed BALB/c mice to purified Cry1Ab proteins and Cry1Ab-containing MON810 plant materials ...

  19. Antibacterial activity of Acinetobacter baumannii phage ϕAB2 endolysin (LysAB2) against both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.

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    Lai, Meng-Jiun; Lin, Nien-Tsung; Hu, Anren; Soo, Po-Chi; Chen, Li-Kuang; Chen, Long-Hui; Chang, Kai-Chih

    2011-04-01

    To investigate the nature and origin of the antibacterial activity of the lytic phage ϕAB2 toward Acinetobacter baumannii, we successfully isolated and characterized a novel phage lysozyme (endolysin) from ϕAB2 and named it LysAB2. To analyze antibacterial activity of LysAB2, the complete LysAB2 and two deletion derivatives were constructed, purified and characterized. Zymographic assays showed that only the intact LysAB2 could lyse the peptidoglycan of A. baumannii and the Staphylococcus aureus cell wall. Antibacterial analysis also showed that only the intact LysAB2 retained the complete bactericidal activity. When applied exogenously, LysAB2 exhibited a broad bacteriolytic activity against a number of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. Thermostability assays indicated that LysAB2 was stable at 20∼40 °C. Its optimal pH was 6.0, and it was active from pH 4 to 8. Scanning electron microscopy revealed that exposure to 500 μgml(-1) LysAB2 for up to 60 min caused a remarkable modification of the cell shape of the bacteria. Treating bacteria with LysAB2 clearly enhanced permeation of the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane. These results indicate that LysAB2 is an effective lysozyme against bacteria, and they suggest that it is a good candidate for a therapeutic/disinfectant agent to control nosocomial infections caused by multiple drug-resistant bacteria. © Springer-Verlag 2011

  20. Computational methods for ab initio detection of microRNAs

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    Malik eYousef

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available MicroRNAs are small RNA sequences of 18-24 nucleotides in length, which serve as templates to drive post transcriptional gene silencing. The canonical microRNA pathway starts with transcription from DNA and is followed by processing via the Microprocessor complex, yielding a hairpin structure. Which is then exported into the cytosol where it is processed by Dicer and then incorporated into the RNA induced silencing complex. All of these biogenesis steps add to the overall specificity of miRNA production and effect. Unfortunately, their modes of action are just beginning to be elucidated and therefore computational prediction algorithms cannot model the process but are usually forced to employ machine learning approaches. This work focuses on ab initio prediction methods throughout; and therefore homology-based miRNA detection methods are not discussed. Current ab initio prediction algorithms, their ties to data mining, and their prediction accuracy are detailed.

  1. Soliton solutions for ABS lattice equations: I. Cauchy matrix approach

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    Nijhoff, Frank; Atkinson, James; Hietarinta, Jarmo

    2009-10-01

    In recent years there have been new insights into the integrability of quadrilateral lattice equations, i.e. partial difference equations which are the natural discrete analogues of integrable partial differential equations in 1+1 dimensions. In the scalar (i.e. single-field) case, there now exist classification results by Adler, Bobenko and Suris (ABS) leading to some new examples in addition to the lattice equations 'of KdV type' that were known since the late 1970s and early 1980s. In this paper, we review the construction of soliton solutions for the KdV-type lattice equations and use those results to construct N-soliton solutions for all lattice equations in the ABS list except for the elliptic case of Q4, which is left to a separate treatment.

  2. Ab initio Monte Carlo investigation of small lithium clusters.

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    Srinivas, S.

    1999-06-16

    Structural and thermal properties of small lithium clusters are studied using ab initio-based Monte Carlo simulations. The ab initio scheme uses a Hartree-Fock/density functional treatment of the electronic structure combined with a jump-walking Monte Carlo sampling of nuclear configurations. Structural forms of Li{sub 8} and Li{sub 9}{sup +} clusters are obtained and their thermal properties analyzed in terms of probability distributions of the cluster potential energy, average potential energy and configurational heat capacity all considered as a function of the cluster temperature. Details of the gradual evolution with temperature of the structural forms sampled are examined. Temperatures characterizing the onset of structural changes and isomer coexistence are identified for both clusters.

  3. Ultra-Low Voltage Class AB Switched Current Memory Cell

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    Igor, Mucha

    1996-01-01

    This paper presents the theoretical basis for the design of class AB switched current memory cells employing floating-gate MOS transistors, suitable for ultra-low-voltage applications. To support the theoretical assumptions circuits based on these cells were designed using a CMOS process with thr......This paper presents the theoretical basis for the design of class AB switched current memory cells employing floating-gate MOS transistors, suitable for ultra-low-voltage applications. To support the theoretical assumptions circuits based on these cells were designed using a CMOS process...... with threshold voltages of 0.9V. Both hand calculations and PSPICE simulations showed that the cells designed allowed a maximum signal range better than +/-13 micoamp, with a supply voltage down to 1V and a quiescent bias current of 1 microamp, resulting in a very high current efficiency and effective power...

  4. XEN Gel Stent Internal Ostium Occlusion: Ab-Interno Revision.

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    Pinto Ferreira, Nuno; Abegão Pinto, Luis; Marques-Neves, Carlos

    2017-04-01

    Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery aims to provide a safer and less-invasive means of reducing IOP compared with traditional surgery, with the goal of reducing the need for topical medications. The XEN gel stent is an ab-interno minimally invasive glaucoma surgery device that approaches intraocular pressure reduction by creating a subconjunctival drainage pathway. As with any new device there is lack of experience and knowledge about its long-term results in terms of efficacy, technique, and complications. We report a clinical case of a XEN blood clot internal ostium obstruction and how it was managed. The ab-interno approach with microforceps seems a minimally invasive, safe, and effective procedure.

  5. Chemical and Electrochemical Metallic Covering of ABS polymers

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    Florentina Cziple

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is the deposition of metallic layers on the surface of ABS plastic material, by means of two consecutive procedures, namely: the first is represented by the conductibility through chemical or electro-chemical metallic covering of the polymeric support and the second procedure is the electrodeposition of the metal through galvanization. The chemical mehtod consists in the submission of ABS polymers to some conductibility operations of the plastic material surface through chemical copper plating (chemical roughing, degreasing with ultra-sounds, chemical sensitivation, activation and proper conductibility of the material surface. The electrochemical deposition of nickel was made on the plastic material activated in the mixture solution of graphite with potassium carbonate.

  6. Ab initio quality neural-network potential for sodium

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    Eshet, Hagai; Khaliullin, Rustam Z.; Kühne, Thomas D.; Behler, Jörg; Parrinello, Michele

    2010-05-01

    An interatomic potential for high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) crystalline and liquid phases of sodium is created using a neural-network (NN) representation of the ab initio potential-energy surface. It is demonstrated that the NN potential provides an ab initio quality description of multiple properties of liquid sodium and bcc, fcc, and cI16 crystal phases in the P-T region up to 120 GPa and 1200 K. The unique combination of computational efficiency of the NN potential and its ability to reproduce quantitatively experimental properties of sodium in the wide P-T range enables molecular-dynamics simulations of physicochemical processes in HPHT sodium of unprecedented quality.

  7. Probing the A-B interface of superfluid helium-3

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    Haley, Richard

    2015-03-01

    At temperatures around 1 mK helium-3 forms a BCS spin triplet condensate. The order parameter is sufficiently complex that more than one superfluid phase exists, each exhibiting a different broken symmetry, and there is a model first order transition between the two most stable phases, labeled A and B. The Lancaster Ultra-Low Temperature Group has developed techniques to probe the properties of the A-B interface in the deep sub-mK regime where the superfluid is in the pure condensate limit. Shaped and controllable magnetic fields are used to induce the transition, and to stabilize and move the A-B phase boundary inside the experimental volume. The latent heat of the transition has been measured, and the nucleation behavior shown to be incompatible with conventional thermodynamic models. Since superfluid helium-3 is inherently pure, and the order parameter transforms continuously across the A-B interface, it is the most coherent two-dimensional structure to which we have experimental access. It has been proposed that this 2D surface in the surrounding 3D bulk volume is a good analog of a cosmological brane separating two distinct quantum vacuum states; experiments that simulate brane annihilation and the creation of topological defects have been carried out at Lancaster. Other investigations have included measurements of the surface tension and wetting behavior of the interface. During these studies it was discovered that a large, unpredicted frictional force was acting on the interface even though it is moving through a pure superfluid. Recent breakthrough work on the dynamics of the A-B interface has finally solved this puzzle. Current experiments include a setup where the interface region is probed directly using quartz tuning fork resonators that couple to the local density of broken Cooper pair quasiparticle excitations and thus give insight into the order parameter energy gap structure as A transforms to B.

  8. Local Structure Analysis in $Ab$ $Initio$ Liquid Water

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    Santra, Biswajit; DiStasio Jr., Robert A.; Martelli, Fausto; Car, Roberto

    2015-01-01

    Within the framework of density functional theory, the inclusion of exact exchange and non-local van der Waals/dispersion (vdW) interactions is crucial for predicting a microscopic structure of ambient liquid water that quantitatively agrees with experiment. In this work, we have used the local structure index (LSI) order parameter to analyze the local structure in such highly accurate $ab$ $initio$ liquid water. At ambient conditions, the LSI probability distribution, P($I$), was unimodal wi...

  9. Polariton Bose condensate in an open system: Ab initio approach

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    Elistratov, A. A.; Lozovik, Yu. E.

    2018-01-01

    In the framework of path-integral formalism and Keldysh technique for a nonequilibrium system we explore the kinetics of the polariton condensate in a quantum well embedded in an optical microcavity. We take into account pumping and leakage of excitons and photons. We make an ab initio derivation of the equations governing the dynamics of the condensates and reservoirs and show that the real open polariton system has a non-Markovian character at times comparable to the Rabi oscillation period.

  10. 1001 - a collection and a questionnaire for Minimarket AB Stockholm

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    Piippo, Riikka

    2011-01-01

    The final project 1001 – a collection and a questionnaire for Minimarket was made in cooperation with Minimarket Stockholm AB. Minimar-ket is a Swedish women’s wear label established in 2006 by sisters Jennifer, Pernilla and Sofie Elvestedt. Minimarket has two collections Minimarket and a diffusion label Mini for Many. Nowadays the label also includes accessories with a strong focus on shoes. The first part of the final project consisted of building a questionnaire for Minimarket Stockhol...

  11. GAUSSIAN 76: an ab initio molecular orbital program

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    Binkley, J. S.; Whiteside, R.; Hariharan, P. C.; Seeger, R.; Hehre, W. J.; Lathan, W. A.; Newton, M. D.; Ditchfield, R.; Pople, J. A.

    1978-06-01

    Gaussian 76 is a general-purpose computer program for ab initio Hartree-Fock molecular orbital calculations. It can handle basis sets involving s, p and d-type gaussian functions. Certain standard sets (STO-3G, 4-31G, 6-31G*, etc.) are stored internally for easy use. Closed shell (RHF) or unrestricted open shell (UHF) wave functions can be obtained. Facilities are provided for geometry optimization to potential minima and for limited potential surface scans.

  12. GAUSSIAN 76: An ab initio Molecular Orbital Program

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    Binkley, J. S.; Whiteside, R.; Hariharan, P. C.; Seeger, R.; Hehre, W. J.; Lathan, W. A.; Newton, M. D.; Ditchfield, R.; Pople, J. A.

    1978-01-01

    Gaussian 76 is a general-purpose computer program for ab initio Hartree-Fock molecular orbital calculations. It can handle basis sets involving s, p and d-type Gaussian functions. Certain standard sets (STO-3G, 4-31G, 6-31G*, etc.) are stored internally for easy use. Closed shell (RHF) or unrestricted open shell (UHF) wave functions can be obtained. Facilities are provided for geometry optimization to potential minima and for limited potential surface scans.

  13. Ab initio study of phase equilibria in TiCx

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    Korzhavyi, P.A.; Pourovskii, L.V.; Hugosson, H.W.

    2002-01-01

    The phase diagram for the vacancy-ordered structures in the substoichiometric TiCx (x = 0.5-1.0) has been established from Monte Carlo simulations with the long-range pair and multisite effective interactions obtained from ab initio calculations. Three ordered superstructures of vacancies (Ti2C, ......3C2, and Ti6C5) are found to be ground state configurations. Their stability has been verified by full-potential total energy calculations of the fully relaxed structures....

  14. Studies on the runaway reaction of ABS polymerization process.

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    Hu, Kwan-Hua; Kao, Chen-Shan; Duh, Yih-Shing

    2008-11-15

    Taiwan has the largest acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) copolymer production in the world. Preventing on unexpected exothermic reactions and related emergency relief hazard is essential in the safety control of ABS emulsion polymerization. A VSP2 (Vent Sizing Package 2) apparatus is capable of studying both normal and abnormal conditions (e.g., cooling failure, mischarge, etc.) of industrial process. In this study, the scenarios were verified from the following abnormal conditions: loss of cooling, double charge of initiator, overcharge of monomer, without charge of solvent, and external fire. An external fire with constant heating will promote higher self-heat rate and this is recommended as the worst case scenario of emulsion polymerization on butadiene. Cooling failure coupled with bulk system of reactant was determined to be the credible worst case in ABS emulsion polymerization. Finally, the emergency vent sizing based on thermokinetics from VSP associated with DIERS methodology were used for evaluating the vent sizing and compared to that of the industrial plants.

  15. Ab Initio Nuclear Structure and Reaction Calculations for Rare Isotopes

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    Draayer, Jerry P. [Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, LA (United States)

    2014-09-28

    We have developed a novel ab initio symmetry-adapted no-core shell model (SA-NCSM), which has opened the intermediate-mass region for ab initio investigations, thereby providing an opportunity for first-principle symmetry-guided applications to nuclear structure and reactions for nuclear isotopes from the lightest p-shell systems to intermediate-mass nuclei. This includes short-lived proton-rich nuclei on the path of X-ray burst nucleosynthesis and rare neutron-rich isotopes to be produced by the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). We have provided ab initio descriptions of high accuracy for low-lying (including collectivity-driven) states of isotopes of Li, He, Be, C, O, Ne, Mg, Al, and Si, and studied related strong- and weak-interaction driven reactions that are important, in astrophysics, for further understanding stellar evolution, X-ray bursts and triggering of s, p, and rp processes, and in applied physics, for electron and neutrino-nucleus scattering experiments as well as for fusion ignition at the National Ignition Facility (NIF).

  16. Studies on the runaway reaction of ABS polymerization process

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    Hu, K.-H. [Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Jen-Teh Junior College of Medicine, Nursing and Management, Miaoli, Taiwan (China); Kao, C.-S. [Department of Safety, Health and Environmental Engineering, National United University, Taiwan (China); Duh, Y.-S. [Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Jen-Teh Junior College of Medicine, Nursing and Management, Miaoli, Taiwan (China)], E-mail: yihshingduh@yahoo.com.tw

    2008-11-15

    Taiwan has the largest acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) copolymer production in the world. Preventing on unexpected exothermic reactions and related emergency relief hazard is essential in the safety control of ABS emulsion polymerization. A VSP2 (Vent Sizing Package 2) apparatus is capable of studying both normal and abnormal conditions (e.g., cooling failure, mischarge, etc.) of industrial process. In this study, the scenarios were verified from the following abnormal conditions: loss of cooling, double charge of initiator, overcharge of monomer, without charge of solvent, and external fire. An external fire with constant heating will promote higher self-heat rate and this is recommended as the worst case scenario of emulsion polymerization on butadiene. Cooling failure coupled with bulk system of reactant was determined to be the credible worst case in ABS emulsion polymerization. Finally, the emergency vent sizing based on thermokinetics from VSP associated with DIERS methodology were used for evaluating the vent sizing and compared to that of the industrial plants.

  17. Pressure tracking control of vehicle ABS using piezo valve modulator

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    Jeon, Juncheol; Choi, Seung-Bok

    2011-03-01

    This paper presents a wheel slip control for the ABS(anti-lock brake system) of a passenger vehicle using a controllable piezo valve modulator. The ABS is designed to optimize for braking effectiveness and good steerability. As a first step, the principal design parameters of the piezo valve and pressure modulator are appropriately determined by considering the braking pressure variation during the ABS operation. The proposed piezo valve consists of a flapper, pneumatic circuit and a piezostack actuator. In order to get wide control range of the pressure, the pressure modulator is desired. The modulator consists of a dual-type cylinder filled with different substances (fluid and gas) and a piston rod moving vertical axis to transmit the force. Subsequently, a quarter car wheel slip model is formulated and integrated with the governing equation of the piezo valve modulator. A sliding mode controller to achieve the desired slip rate is then designed and implemented. Braking control performances such as brake pressure and slip rate are evaluated via computer simulations.

  18. Monte Carlo simulation of AB-copolymers with saturating bonds

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    Chertovich, A V; Khokhlov, A R; Bohr, J

    2003-01-01

    Structural transitions in a single AB-copolymer chain where saturating bonds can be formed between A-and B-units are studied by means of Monte Carlo computer simulations using the bond fluctuation model. Three transitions are found, coil-globule, coil-hairpin and globule-hairpin, depending on the nature of a particular AB-sequence: statistical random sequence, diblock sequence and 'random-complementary' sequence (one-half of such an AB-sequence is random with Bernoulli statistics while the other half is complementary to the first one). The properties of random-complementary sequences are closer to those of diblock sequences than to the properties of random sequences. The model (although quite rough) is expected to represent some basic features of real RNA molecules, i.e. the formation of secondary structure of RNA due to hydrogen bonding of corresponding bases and stacking interactions of the base pairs in helixes. We introduce the notation of RNA-like copolymers and discuss in what sense the sequences studie...

  19. Towards hydrogen metallization: an Ab initio approach; Vers la metallisation de l`hydrogene: approche AB initio

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    Bernard, St

    1998-12-31

    The quest for metallic hydrogen is a major goal for both theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics. Hydrogen and deuterium have been compressed up to 200 GPa in diamond anvil cells, without any clear evidence for a metallic behaviour. Loubeyere has recently suggested that hydrogen could metallize, at pressures within experimental range, in a new Van der Waals compound: Ar(H{sub 2}){sub 2} which is characterized at ambient pressure by an open and anisotropic sublattice of hydrogen molecules, stabilized by an argon skeleton. This thesis deals with a detailed ab initio investigation, by Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics methods, of the evolution under pressure of this compound. In a last chapter, we go to much higher pressures and temperatures, in order to compare orbital and orbital free ab initio methods for the dense hydrogen plasma. (author) 109 refs.

  20. Needle revision of failed filtering blebs using 5-Fluorouracil and a combined ab-externo and ab-interno approach.

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    Pasternack, James J; Wand, Martin; Shields, M Bruce; Abraham, Deepa

    2005-02-01

    To evaluate a surgical technique to revise a failed filtering bleb using subconjunctival 5-Fluorouracil with a combined ab-externo and ab-interno approach. This study is a retrospective review of the outcome of 77 consecutive bleb revisions, with greater than 6-month follow-up, performed by a single glaucoma surgeon (MW). All eyes had previously functioning filtering blebs with currently inadequately controlled intraocular pressures (IOP) prior to the bleb revisions. All surgery was performed in the operating room, using a retrobulbar injection and a microscope. Visco-elastic was injected into the anterior chamber. 5-Fluorouracil (0.1 mL; 50 mg/ml) was infiltrated around the bleb. A 30-gauge needle was used to lyse subconjunctival fibrosis and episcleral scar tissue binding down the scleral flap, and elevate the scleral flap. Through an inferior paracentesis, a cyclodialysis spatula was used to confirm and enlarge the communication with the subconjunctival space. The main outcome measurements were IOP and number of glaucoma medications. A successful outcome was defined as a 20% reduction from baseline IOP and a maximum IOP of 18 mm Hg, with or without medications, and a minimal follow-up of 6 months. 52% of patients achieved success after one revision with an average follow-up of 29.6 +/- 14.4 months. In successful cases, the mean IOP decreased from 22.7 +/- 4.5 mm Hg to 11.3 +/- 3.5 mm Hg and medications were reduced from an average of 2.2 +/- 1.1 to 0.4 +/- 0.7. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis calculated a success of 77% at 1 year, 68% at 2 years, and 58% at 3 years. In failed filtering blebs, needle revision with 5-Fluorouracil and a combined ab-externo and ab-interno approach results in high success and low complication rates. The outcome of this procedure compares favorably with previously reported revision techniques.

  1. Induction of Ab3 and Ab3' antibody was associated with long-term survival after anti-G(D2) antibody therapy of stage 4 neuroblastoma.

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    Cheung, N K; Guo, H F; Heller, G; Cheung, I Y

    2000-07-01

    Treatment with anti-G(D2) monoclonal antibody 3F8 (Ab1) at the time of remission may prolong survival for children with stage 4 neuroblastoma. A transient human antimouse antibody (HAMA) response was associated with significantly longer survival (Cheung et al., J. Clin. Oncol., 16: 3053-3060, 1998). Because this response was primarily anti-idiotypic (Ab2), we postulate that the subsequent induction of an idiotype network that included an elevation of anti-anti-idiotypic (Ab3) and anti-G(D2) (Ab3') antibody titers may be responsible for tumor control. Thirty-four patients with stage 4 neuroblastoma diagnosed at >1 year of age were treated with 3F8 at the end of chemotherapy. Most had either bone marrow (31 of 34) or distant bony (29 of 34) metastases at diagnosis. Thirteen patients were treated at second or subsequent remission, and 12 patients in this group had a history of progressive/persistent disease after bone marrow transplantation; 21 patients were treated in the first remission after N6 chemotherapy. Their serum HAMA, Ab3, and Ab3' titers prior to, at 6, and at 14 months after antibody treatment were measured by ELISA. Among these 34 patients, 14 are alive, and 13 (1.8-7.4 years at diagnosis) are progression free (53-143 months from the initiation of 3F8 treatment) without further systemic therapy. Long-term progression-free survival (PFS) and survival correlated significantly with Ab3' (anti-G(D2)) response at 6 months and with Ab3 response at 6 and 14 months. By defining Ab3 threshold ranging from the ratio of 1.1 to 2.6 above pretreatment level, the difference in PFS and survival between the high-Ab3 and low-Ab3 groups became markedly widened. Similarly, increasing the Ab3' threshold at either 6 or 14 months to 300% above pre-3F8 levels also increased the spread between the high versus low Ab3' groups for both PFS and survival curves. Non-idiotype antibody responses (anti-mouse-IgG3 or anti-tumor nuclear HUD antigen) had no apparent impact on PFS or

  2. HHV-6A/B Integration and the Pathogenesis Associated with the Reactivation of Chromosomally Integrated HHV-6A/B.

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    Collin, Vanessa; Flamand, Louis

    2017-06-26

    Unlike other human herpesviruses, human herpesvirus 6A and 6B (HHV-6A/B) infection can lead to integration of the viral genome in human chromosomes. When integration occurs in germinal cells, the integrated HHV-6A/B genome can be transmitted to 50% of descendants. Such individuals, carrying one copy of the HHV-6A/B genome in every cell, are referred to as having inherited chromosomally-integrated HHV-6A/B (iciHHV-6) and represent approximately 1% of the world's population. Interestingly, HHV-6A/B integrate their genomes in a specific region of the chromosomes known as telomeres. Telomeres are located at chromosomes' ends and play essential roles in chromosomal stability and the long-term proliferative potential of cells. Considering that the integrated HHV-6A/B genome is mostly intact without any gross rearrangements or deletions, integration is likely used for viral maintenance into host cells. Knowing the roles played by telomeres in cellular homeostasis, viral integration in such structure is not likely to be without consequences. At present, the mechanisms and factors involved in HHV-6A/B integration remain poorly defined. In this review, we detail the potential biological and medical impacts of HHV-6A/B integration as well as the possible chromosomal integration and viral excision processes.

  3. Pharmacology of Indole and Indazole Synthetic Cannabinoid Designer Drugs AB-FUBINACA, ADB-FUBINACA, AB-PINACA, ADB-PINACA, 5F-AB-PINACA, 5F-ADB-PINACA, ADBICA, and 5F-ADBICA.

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    Banister, Samuel D; Moir, Michael; Stuart, Jordyn; Kevin, Richard C; Wood, Katie E; Longworth, Mitchell; Wilkinson, Shane M; Beinat, Corinne; Buchanan, Alexandra S; Glass, Michelle; Connor, Mark; McGregor, Iain S; Kassiou, Michael

    2015-09-16

    Synthetic cannabinoid (SC) designer drugs based on indole and indazole scaffolds and featuring l-valinamide or l-tert-leucinamide side chains are encountered with increasing frequency by forensic researchers and law enforcement agencies and are associated with serious adverse health effects. However, many of these novel SCs are unprecedented in the scientific literature at the time of their discovery, and little is known of their pharmacology. Here, we report the synthesis and pharmacological characterization of AB-FUBINACA, ADB-FUBINACA, AB-PINACA, ADB-PINACA, 5F-AB-PINACA, 5F-ADB-PINACA, ADBICA, 5F-ADBICA, and several analogues. All synthesized SCs acted as high potency agonists of CB1 (EC50 = 0.24-21 nM) and CB2 (EC50 = 0.88-15 nM) receptors in a fluorometric assay of membrane potential, with 5F-ADB-PINACA showing the greatest potency at CB1 receptors. The cannabimimetic activities of AB-FUBINACA and AB-PINACA in vivo were evaluated in rats using biotelemetry. AB-FUBINACA and AB-PINACA dose-dependently induced hypothermia and bradycardia at doses of 0.3-3 mg/kg, and hypothermia was reversed by pretreatment with a CB1 (but not CB2) antagonist, indicating that these SCs are cannabimimetic in vivo, consistent with anecdotal reports of psychoactivity in humans.

  4. GQ Lup Ab Visible & Near-Infrared Photometric Analysis

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    Marois, C; Macintosh, B; Barman, T

    2006-08-07

    We have re-analyzed archival HST R and I band images and Subaru CH{sub 4}, H, Ks and L{prime} data of the recently discovered planetary mass companion (PMC) GQ Lup Ab. With these we produce the first R and I band photometry of the companion and fit a radius and effective temperature using detailed model atmospheres. We find an effective temperature of 2338 {+-} 100K, and a radius of 0.37 {+-} 0.05R{sub {circle_dot}} and luminosity of log(L/L{sub {circle_dot}}) = -2.43 {+-} 0.07 (at 140pc). Since we fit wavelengths that span most of the emitted radiation from GQ Lup this luminosity estimate is robust, with uncertainty dominated by the distance uncertainty. The radius obtained for 140pc (0.37R{sub {circle_dot}}) is significantly larger than the one originally derived. The mass of the object is much more model-dependent than the radiative properties, but for the GAIA dusty models we find a mass between 9-20 M{sub Jup}, in the range of the brown dwarf and PMC deuterium burning boundary. Assuming a distance of 140pc, observations fit to 1{sigma} the Baraffe evolution model for a {approx} 15 M{sub Jup} brown dwarf. Additionally, the F606W photometric band is significantly overluminous compared to model predictions. Such overluminosity could be explained by a bright H{alpha} emission from chromospheric activity, interaction with another undetected companion, or accretion. Assuming that GQ Lup Ab has a bright H{alpha} emission line, its H{alpha} emission strength is 10{sup -1.71 {+-} 0.10} L{sub bol}, significantly larger than field late-type dwarfs. GQ Lup Ab might be strongly accreting and still be in its formation phase.

  5. Ab initio design on new push pull sila- and germastilbene

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    Amatatsu, Yoshiaki; Ohara, Yuhki

    2003-05-01

    Ab initio complete active space self-consistent field and second order Möller-Plesset perturbation calculations have been performed to examine the capabilities of the second order non-linear optics (NLO) of 4-dimethylamino,4 '-cyano,i-sila(or germa)stilbenes (i-DCSS, or i-DCSG) where the carbon at the position i of the parent 4-dimethylamino,4 '-cyanostilbene (DCS) is replaced by more electro-positive silicon or germanium atom. 1-DCSS and 1-DCSG, which have not been synthesized yet, were found to have better NLO properties than DCS.

  6. Student Measurements of Double Star STF 747AB

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    Bateman, Grace; Funk, Benjamin; Gillette, Travis; Rhoades, Breauna; Rhoades, Mark; Schlosser, Ruth; Sharpe, Scott; Thompson, Leone

    2017-04-01

    Data gathered from a 22-Inch Newtonian Alt/Az telescope and a Celestron Micro Guide eyepiece were used to measure the double star STF 747AB. Students from Apple Valley High School determined the separation to be 39.97 arc sec and the position angle to be 227.91 degrees. The students also used data from the digitized sky survey and determined a separation of 39.99 arc sec and a position angle of 225 degrees. The research was semi-independent from the Vanguard Double Star Workshop 2016 in Apple Valley, California.

  7. Relationen mellan ICA-handlaren och ICA AB

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    Sandström, Pontus

    2011-01-01

    Syftet med denna uppsats var att, med hjälp av företagsekonomiska relationsteorier, undersöka och beskriva ICA-handlare som driver butiker i profilerna Nära- och Supermarkets relation till ICA AB. De handlare som ingick i studien driver butiker i Uppsalaområdet. Utifrån relationsteorier om engagemang och förtroende utformades och genomfördes intervjuer med ICA-handlare. Informationen från intervjuerna användes för att uppfylla studiens syfte och besvara frågeställningen. Studien visar att ICA...

  8. Graphitic nanofilms of zinc-blende materials: ab initio calculations

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    Hu, San-Lue; Zhao, Li; Li, Yan-Li

    2017-12-01

    Ab initio calculations on ultra-thin nanofilms of 25 kinds of zinc-blende semiconductors demonstrate their stable geometry structures growth along (1 1 1) surface. Our results show that the (1 1 1) surfaces of 9 kinds of zinc-blende semiconductors can transform into a stable graphitelike structure within a certain thickness. The tensile strain effect on the thickness of graphitic films is not obvious. The band gaps of stable graphitic films can be tuned over a wide range by epitaxial tensile strain, which is important for applications in microelectronic devices, solar cells and light-emitting diodes.

  9. Tailoring magnetoresistance at the atomic level: An ab initio study

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    Tao, Kun

    2012-01-05

    The possibility of manipulating the tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) of antiferromagnetic nanostructures is predicted in the framework of ab initio calculations. By the example of a junction composed of an antiferromagnetic dimer and a spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy tip we show that the TMR can be tuned and even reversed in sign by lateral and vertical movements of the tip. Moreover, our finite-bias calculations demonstrate that the magnitude and the sign of the TMR can also be tuned by an external voltage. © 2012 American Physical Society.

  10. Entropy of liquid water from ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Zhang, Cui; Spanu, Leonardo; Galli, Giulia

    2011-12-08

    We have computed the entropy of liquid water using a two-phase thermodynamic model and trajectories generated by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. We present the results obtained with semilocal, hybrid, and van der Waals density functionals. We show that in all cases, at the experimental equilibrium density and at temperatures in the vicinity of 300 K, the computed entropies are underestimated, with respect to experiment, and the liquid exhibits a degree of tetrahedral order higher than in experiments. The underestimate is more severe for the PBE and PBE0 functionals than for several van der Waals functionals. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  11. Stretching siloxanes: An ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Lupton, E. M.; Nonnenberg, C.; Frank, I.; Achenbach, F.; Weis, J.; Bräuchle, C.

    2005-10-01

    We present an ab initio molecular dynamics study of siloxane elastomers placed under tensile stress for comparison with single molecule AFM experiments. Of particular interest is stress-induced chemical bond breaking in the high force regime, where a description of the molecular electronic structure is essential to determine the rupture mechanism. We predict an ionic mechanism for the bond breaking process with a rupture force of 4.4 nN for an isolated siloxane decamer pulled at a rate of 27.3 m/s and indicate lower values at experimental polymer lengths and pulling rates.

  12. Parallelisation of algorithms for ab initio computation of material properties

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    Rignanese, G M; Michenaud, J P; Gonze, X

    1995-01-01

    Parallel algorithms for ab initio calculations of vibrations modes of solids are presented and implemented under PVM. Load balancing and communication problems are dealt with in order to increase parallelism efficiency. For accurate time measurements, synchronisation of processes must be achieved. The results obtained by working with 1,2,4 and 8 processors of a Convex MetaSeries computer are presented, showing a very good efficiency. Further parallelisation of the codes (involving a three-dimensional Fast Fourier Transform) with compiler directives on a Convex Exemplar, is discussed.

  13. Ab initio modeling of small proteins by iterative TASSER simulations

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    Zhang Yang

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Predicting 3-dimensional protein structures from amino-acid sequences is an important unsolved problem in computational structural biology. The problem becomes relatively easier if close homologous proteins have been solved, as high-resolution models can be built by aligning target sequences to the solved homologous structures. However, for sequences without similar folds in the Protein Data Bank (PDB library, the models have to be predicted from scratch. Progress in the ab initio structure modeling is slow. The aim of this study was to extend the TASSER (threading/assembly/refinement method for the ab initio modeling and examine systemically its ability to fold small single-domain proteins. Results We developed I-TASSER by iteratively implementing the TASSER method, which is used in the folding test of three benchmarks of small proteins. First, data on 16 small proteins (α-root mean square deviation (RMSD of 3.8Å, with 6 of them having a Cα-RMSD α-RMSD α-RMSD of the I-TASSER models was 3.9Å, whereas it was 5.9Å using TOUCHSTONE-II software. Finally, 20 non-homologous small proteins (α-RMSD of 3.9Å was obtained for the third benchmark, with seven cases having a Cα-RMSD Conclusion Our simulation results show that I-TASSER can consistently predict the correct folds and sometimes high-resolution models for small single-domain proteins. Compared with other ab initio modeling methods such as ROSETTA and TOUCHSTONE II, the average performance of I-TASSER is either much better or is similar within a lower computational time. These data, together with the significant performance of automated I-TASSER server (the Zhang-Server in the 'free modeling' section of the recent Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction (CASP7 experiment, demonstrate new progresses in automated ab initio model generation. The I-TASSER server is freely available for academic users http://zhang.bioinformatics.ku.edu/I-TASSER.

  14. Ab initio study of a grain boundary in gold

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    Needels, M.; Rappe, A. M.; Bristowe, P. D.; Joannopoulos, J. D.

    1992-10-01

    The total energy of a grain boundary in a transition metal is calculated in an ab initio manner. Such calculations are now feasible using a plane-wave basis set provided that an optimally convergent pseudopotential is used. The investigation focuses on resolving two competing atomic models for the Σ=5 [001] twist boundary in gold. It is found that the model of lower energy, which involves small atomic displacements, corresponds to a structure determined both experimentally, using quantitative x-ray-diffraction techniques, and theoretically, using the embedded-atom method.

  15. Ab initio study of a grain boundary in gold

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    Needels, M.; Rappe, A.M.; Bristowe, P.D.; Joannopoulos, J.D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States))

    1992-10-15

    The total energy of a grain boundary in a transition metal is calculated in an {ital ab} {ital initio} manner. Such calculations are now feasible using a plane-wave basis set provided that an optimally convergent pseudopotential is used. The investigation focuses on resolving two competing atomic models for the {Sigma}=5 (001) twist boundary in gold. It is found that the model of lower energy, which involves small atomic displacements, corresponds to a structure determined both experimentally, using quantitative x-ray-diffraction techniques, and theoretically, using the embedded-atom method.

  16. Identification of Aminopeptidase-N2 as a Cry2Ab binding protein in Manduca sexta.

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    Onofre, Janette; Gaytán, Meztlli O; Peña-Cardeña, Arlen; García-Gomez, Blanca I; Pacheco, Sabino; Gómez, Isabel; Bravo, Alejandra; Soberón, Mario

    2017-12-01

    Bacillus thuringiensis Cry2Ab toxin has been used in combination with Cry1Ac for resistance management on the Bt-cotton that is widely planted worldwide. However, little is known regarding Cry2Ab mode of action. Particularly, there is a gap of knowledge on the identification of insect midgut proteins that bind Cry2Ab and mediate toxicity. In the case of Cry1Ab toxin, a transmembrane cadherin protein and glycosyl-phosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchored proteins like aminopeptidase-N1 (APN1) or alkaline-phosphatase (ALP) from Manduca sexta, have been shown to be important for oligomer formation and insertion into the membrane. Binding competition experiments showed that Cry2Ab toxin does not share binding sites with Cry1Ab toxin in M. sexta brush border membrane vesicles (BBMV). Also, that Cry2Ab shows reduced binding to the Cry1Ab binding molecules cadherin, APN1 or ALP. Finally, ligand blot experiments and protein sequence by LC-MS/MS identified APN2 isoform as a Cry2Ab binding protein. Cloning and expression of APN2 confirmed that APN2 is a Cry2Ab binding protein. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Does the improved stability offered by motorcycle antilock brakes (ABS) make sliding crashes less common? In-depth analysis of fatal crashes involving motorcycles fitted with ABS.

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    Rizzi, Matteo; Strandroth, Johan; Holst, Jan; Tingvall, Claes

    2016-08-17

    This research investigated the following issue. Though several tests indicate that motorcycle ABS may increase motorcycle stability, thus reducing the risk of a sliding crash involving braking (i.e., the rider is separated from the motorcycle and slides along the road surface prior to collision), there is limited research showing to what extent sliding crashes are reduced by ABS in real-life conditions. The Swedish Transport Administration (STA) and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) carry out in-depth studies for all road fatalities. A total of 38 in-depth studies with ABS motorcycles were included: 22 in Sweden and 16 in Norway (2005-2014). These were compared with 98 cases in Sweden and 32 in Norway involving motorcycles of the same types but without ABS. The data sets were analyzed separately and also merged together. The difference between the proportions of sliding crashes regardless braking was analyzed; selective recruitment was handled with a sensitivity analysis. Induced exposure was used to calculate the reduction of all crashes and those involving braking. Four ABS cases (11%) involved falling off the motorcycle prior to collision, and 35% of the non-ABS crashes were sliding (P =.004). The sensitivity analysis showed that the results were stable, with a relative difference of sliding crashes ranging between 65 and 78%. None of the 4 sliding crashes with ABS occurred during braking; that is, all ABS riders who braked prior to collision crashed in an upright position. In the 4 sliding cases with ABS, the riders lost control of their motorcycles: 2 while accelerating on asphalt with very poor friction, 1 while negotiating a curve with an excessive lean angle, and 1 by abruptly releasing the throttle in the middle of a curve. Although based on a limited number of cases, the distributions of sliding and upright collisions among crashes without braking were similar, thus suggesting that the crash posture would not be affected by ABS if no

  18. Ab-initio study of B2-type technetium AB (A=Tc, B=Nb and Ta) intermetallic compounds

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    Acharya, Nikita; Fatima, Bushra; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2016-05-01

    The structural, electronic and elastic properties of AB type (A = Tc, B = Nb and Ta) technetium intermetallic compounds are studied using full potential linearized plane wave (FP-LAPW) method within generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The calculated lattice parameters agree well with the experimental results. The elastic constants obey the stability criteria for cubic system. Ductility for these compounds has been analyzed using the Pugh's rule and Cauchy's pressure and found that all the compounds are ductile in nature. Bonding nature is discussed in terms of Fermi surface and band structures.

  19. Ab initio thermodynamic model for magnesium carbonates and hydrates.

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    Chaka, Anne M; Felmy, Andrew R

    2014-09-04

    An ab initio thermodynamic framework for predicting properties of hydrated magnesium carbonate minerals has been developed using density-functional theory linked to macroscopic thermodynamics through the experimental chemical potentials for MgO, water, and CO2. Including semiempirical dispersion via the Grimme method and small corrections to the generalized gradient approximation of Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof for the heat of formation yields a model with quantitative agreement for the benchmark minerals brucite, magnesite, nesquehonite, and hydromagnesite. The model shows how small differences in experimental conditions determine whether nesquehonite, hydromagnesite, or magnesite is the result of laboratory synthesis from carbonation of brucite, and what transformations are expected to occur on geological time scales. Because of the reliance on parameter-free first-principles methods, the model is reliably extensible to experimental conditions not readily accessible to experiment and to any mineral composition for which the structure is known or can be hypothesized, including structures containing defects, substitutions, or transitional structures during solid state transformations induced by temperature changes or processes such as water, CO2, or O2 diffusion. Demonstrated applications of the ab initio thermodynamic framework include an independent means to evaluate differences in thermodynamic data for lansfordite, predicting the properties of Mg analogues of Ca-based hydrated carbonates monohydrocalcite and ikaite, which have not been observed in nature, and an estimation of the thermodynamics of barringtonite from the stoichiometry and a single experimental observation.

  20. Ab initio calculations of reactions of light nuclei

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    Hupin, Guillaume; Quaglioni, Sofia; Navrátil, Petr

    2017-09-01

    An ab initio (i.e., from first principles) theoretical framework capable of providing a unified description of the structure and low-energy reaction properties of light nuclei is desirable as a support tool for accurate evaluations of crucial reaction data for nuclear astrophysics, fusion-energy research, and other applications. We present an efficient many-body approach to nuclear bound and scattering states alike, known as the ab initio no-core shell model with continuum. In this approach, square-integrable energy eigenstates of the A-nucleon system are coupled to (A-A)+A target-plus-projectile wave functions in the spirit of the resonating group method to obtain an efficient description of the many-body nuclear dynamics both at short and medium distances and at long ranges. We show that predictive results for nucleon and deuterium scattering on 4He nuclei can be obtained from the direct solution of the Schröedinger equation with modern nuclear potentials.

  1. Ab initio dynamics of the cytochrome P450 hydroxylation reaction

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    Elenewski, Justin E.; Hackett, John C, E-mail: jchackett@vcu.edu [Department of Physiology and Biophysics and The Massey Cancer Center, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, 401 College Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219-1540 (United States)

    2015-02-14

    The iron(IV)-oxo porphyrin π-cation radical known as Compound I is the primary oxidant within the cytochromes P450, allowing these enzymes to affect the substrate hydroxylation. In the course of this reaction, a hydrogen atom is abstracted from the substrate to generate hydroxyiron(IV) porphyrin and a substrate-centered radical. The hydroxy radical then rebounds from the iron to the substrate, yielding the hydroxylated product. While Compound I has succumbed to theoretical and spectroscopic characterization, the associated hydroxyiron species is elusive as a consequence of its very short lifetime, for which there are no quantitative estimates. To ascertain the physical mechanism underlying substrate hydroxylation and probe this timescale, ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations are performed for a model of Compound I catalysis. Semiclassical estimates based on these calculations reveal the hydrogen atom abstraction step to be extremely fast, kinetically comparable to enzymes such as carbonic anhydrase. Using an ensemble of ab initio simulations, the resultant hydroxyiron species is found to have a similarly short lifetime, ranging between 300 fs and 3600 fs, putatively depending on the enzyme active site architecture. The addition of tunneling corrections to these rates suggests a strong contribution from nuclear quantum effects, which should accelerate every step of substrate hydroxylation by an order of magnitude. These observations have strong implications for the detection of individual hydroxylation intermediates during P450 catalysis.

  2. Microhydration of protonated glycine: an ab initio family tree.

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    Michaux, Catherine; Wouters, Johan; Perpète, Eric A; Jacquemin, Denis

    2008-02-28

    The incremental hydration of the glycine cation is investigated using an ab initio approach fully correcting for basis set superposition errors and explicitly incorporating electron-correlation effects. Structures with zero to four surrounding water molecules have been determined. It is demonstrated that the successive aggregates follow a Darwinian family tree, the most stable complexes systematically belonging to the same branch of the tree. In strong contrast with neutral glycine, the direct hydrogen bonding to the glycine cation is favored over bridging water structures. The agreement between experimental and theoretical hydration enthalpies and Gibbs free energies is impressive, as ab initio estimates almost systematically fit the experimental error bars. For GlyH(+)-(H2O) and GlyH(+)-(H2O)3, we show that two structures are generated by the experimental setup. The present approach also resolves most of the previous theory/experiment discrepancies and provides patterns for the evolution of the vibrational spectra: a decrease of the hydrogen-bond stretching frequency indicating second-shell water molecules. Additionally, the impact of bulk solvent solvation is investigated, as four discrete water molecules still do not fully hydrate the protonated glycine.

  3. ABS-NET: Fully Decentralized Runtime Adaptation for Distributed Objects

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    Karl Palmskog

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available We present a formalized, fully decentralized runtime semantics for a core subset of ABS, a language and framework for modelling distributed object-oriented systems. The semantics incorporates an abstract graph representation of a network infrastructure, with network endpoints represented as graph nodes, and links as arcs with buffers, corresponding to OSI layer 2 interconnects. The key problem we wish to address is how to allocate computational tasks to nodes so that certain performance objectives are met. To this end, we use the semantics as a foundation for performing network-adaptive task execution via object migration between nodes. Adaptability is analyzed in terms of three Quality of Service objectives: node load, arc load and message latency. We have implemented the key parts of our semantics in a simulator and evaluated how well objectives are achieved for some application-relevant choices of network topology, migration procedure and ABS program. The evaluation suggests that it is feasible in a decentralized setting to continually meet both the objective of a node-balanced task allocation and make headway towards minimizing communication, and thus arc load and message latency.

  4. Quantum Fragment Based ab Initio Molecular Dynamics for Proteins.

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    Liu, Jinfeng; Zhu, Tong; Wang, Xianwei; He, Xiao; Zhang, John Z H

    2015-12-08

    Developing ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) methods for practical application in protein dynamics is of significant interest. Due to the large size of biomolecules, applying standard quantum chemical methods to compute energies for dynamic simulation is computationally prohibitive. In this work, a fragment based ab initio molecular dynamics approach is presented for practical application in protein dynamics study. In this approach, the energy and forces of the protein are calculated by a recently developed electrostatically embedded generalized molecular fractionation with conjugate caps (EE-GMFCC) method. For simulation in explicit solvent, mechanical embedding is introduced to treat protein interaction with explicit water molecules. This AIMD approach has been applied to MD simulations of a small benchmark protein Trpcage (with 20 residues and 304 atoms) in both the gas phase and in solution. Comparison to the simulation result using the AMBER force field shows that the AIMD gives a more stable protein structure in the simulation, indicating that quantum chemical energy is more reliable. Importantly, the present fragment-based AIMD simulation captures quantum effects including electrostatic polarization and charge transfer that are missing in standard classical MD simulations. The current approach is linear-scaling, trivially parallel, and applicable to performing the AIMD simulation of proteins with a large size.

  5. ABS polymer electroless plating through a one-step poly(acrylic acid) covalent grafting.

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    Garcia, Alexandre; Berthelot, Thomas; Viel, Pascal; Mesnage, Alice; Jégou, Pascale; Nekelson, Fabien; Roussel, Sébastien; Palacin, Serge

    2010-04-01

    A new, efficient, palladium- and chromium-free process for the electroless plating of acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) polymers has been developed. The process is based on the ion-exchange properties of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) chemically grafted onto ABS via a simple and one-step method that prevents using classical surface conditioning. Hence, ABS electroless plating can be obtained in three steps, namely: (i) the grafting of PAA onto ABS, (ii) the copper Cu(0) seeding of the ABS surface, and (iii) the nickel or copper metallization using commercial-like electroless plating bath. IR, XPS, and SEM were used to characterize each step of the process, and the Cu loading was quantified by atomic absorption spectroscopy. This process successfully compares with the commercial one based on chromic acid etching and palladium-based seed layer, because the final metallic layer showed excellent adhesion with the ABS substrate.

  6. Cry1Ab protein from Bacillus thuringiensis and MON810 cry1Ab-transgenic maize exerts no adjuvant effect after airway exposure.

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    Andreassen, M; Bøhn, T; Wikmark, O-G; Van den Berg, J; Løvik, M; Traavik, T; Nygaard, U C

    2015-03-01

    The genetically modified (GM) maize event MON810 has been inserted with a processed version of the transgene, cry1Ab, derived from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) to express proteins with insecticidal properties. Such proteins may introduce new allergens and also act as adjuvants that promote allergic responses. While focus has been on safe consumption and hence the oral exposure to GM food and feed, little is known regarding inhalation of pollen and desiccated airborne plant material from GM crops. The aim of this study was to investigate whether plant material from the Cry1Ab-expressing maize variety MON810, or trypsin-activated Cry1Ab (trypCry1Ab) protein produced in recombinant bacteria, may act as adjuvants against the allergen ovalbumin (OVA) in a mouse model of airway allergy. A clear proallergic adjuvant effect of the mucosal adjuvant cholera toxin (CT) was demonstrated, determined as increased specific IgE, eosinophils and Th2 cytokines in MLN cell supernates, while no elevation in OVA-specific antibodies or cytokine release from MLN cells after stimulation with OVA were observed in mice receiving Cry1Ab-containing plant materials or the trypCry1Ab protein. Our data suggest that Cry1Ab proteins had no detectable systemic adjuvant effect in mice after airway exposure. Further experiments with purified plant proteins, as well as long-term exposures needs be conducted to further evaluate exposures experienced in real-life situations. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  7. Physical and Mechanical Characteristics of Kevlar Fiber-Reinforced PC/ABS Composites

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    Kuljira Sujirote; Parkpoom Lorjai; Sarawut Rimdusit; Sunan Tiptipakorn

    2012-01-01

    In this research, the composites between polycarbonate (PC) and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) alloy and Kevlar fiber were prepared. The flexural and tensile properties of PC/ABS alloy and its composites were determined using a universal testing machine. The synergistic behavior of flexural modulus was observed for all regions of PC contents, while the synergism of flexural strength and tensile strength were found in some PC contents. It was found that the optimum weight ratio of PC:AB...

  8. Development of Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) for Vehicles Braking

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    Minh, Vu Trieu; Oamen, Godwin; Vassiljeva, Kristina; Teder, Leo

    2016-11-01

    This paper develops a real laboratory of anti-lock braking system (ABS) for vehicle and conducts real experiments to verify the ability of this ABS to prevent the vehicle wheel from being locked while braking. Two controllers of PID and fuzzy logic are tested for analysis and comparison. This ABS laboratory is designed for bachelor and master students to simulate and analyze performances of ABS with different control techniques on various roads and load conditions. This paper provides educational theories and practices on the design of control for system dynamics.

  9. Comparative Study of Electroless Copper Film on Different Self-Assembled Monolayers Modified ABS Substrate

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    Jiushuai Xu

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Copper films were grown on (3-Mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTMS, (3-Aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES and 6-(3-(triethoxysilylpropylamino-1,3,5- triazine-2,4-dithiol monosodium (TES self-assembled monolayers (SAMs modified acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS substrate via electroless copper plating. The copper films were examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM and X-ray diffraction (XRD. Their individual deposition rate and contact angle were also investigated to compare the properties of SAMs and electroless copper films. The results indicated that the formation of copper nuclei on the TES-SAMs modified ABS substrate was faster than those on the MPTMS-SAMs and APTES-SAMs modified ABS substrate. SEM images revealed that the copper film on TES-SAM modified ABS substrate was smooth and uniform, and the density of copper nuclei was much higher. Compared with that of TES-SAMs modified resin, the coverage of copper nuclei on MPTMS and APTES modified ABS substrate was very limited and the copper particle size was too big. The adhesion property test demonstrated that all the SAMs enhanced the interfacial interaction between copper plating and ABS substrate. XRD analysis showed that the copper film deposited on SAM-modified ABS substrate had a structure with Cu(111 preferred orientation, and the copper film deposited on TES-SAMs modified ABS substrate is better than that deposited on MPTMS-SAMs or APTES-SAMs modified ABS resins in electromigrtion resistance.

  10. The combined benefits of motorcycle antilock braking systems (ABS) in preventing crashes and reducing crash severity.

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    Rizzi, Matteo; Kullgren, Anders; Tingvall, Claes

    2016-01-01

    Several studies have reported the benefits of motorcycle antilock braking systems (ABS) in reducing injury crashes, due to improved stability and braking performance. Both aspects may prevent crashes but may also reduce the crash severity when a collision occurs. However, it is still unknown to what extent the reductions in injury crashes with ABS may be due to a combination of these mechanisms. Swedish hospital and police reports (2003-2012) were used. The risk for permanent medical impairment (RPMI) was calculated, showing the risk of at least 1 or 10% permanent medical impairment. In total, 165 crashes involving ABS-equipped motorcycles were compared with 500 crashes with similar motorcycles without ABS. The analysis was performed in 3 steps. First, the reduction in emergency care visits with ABS was calculated using an induced exposure approach. Secondly, the injury mitigating effects of ABS were investigated. The mean RPMI 1+ and RPMI 10+ were analyzed for different crash types. The distributions of impairing injuries (PMI 1+) and severely impairing injuries (PMI 10+) were also analyzed. In the third step, the total reduction of PMI 1+ and PMI 10+ injured motorcyclists was calculated by combining the reductions found in the previous steps. An additional analysis of combined braking systems (CBS) together with ABS was also performed. The results showed that emergency care visits were reduced by 47% with ABS. In the second step, it was found that the mean RPMI 1+ and RPMI 10+ with ABS were 15 and 37% lower, respectively. Finally, the third step showed that the total reductions in terms of crash avoidance and mitigation of PMI 1+ and PMI 10+ injured motorcyclists with ABS were 67 and 55%, respectively. However, PMI 1+ and PMI 10+ leg injuries were not reduced by ABS to the same extent. Indications were found suggesting that the benefits of ABS together with CBS may be greater than ABS alone. This article indicated that motorcycle ABS reduced impairing injuries

  11. Comparative study of electroless copper film on different self-assembled monolayers modified ABS substrate.

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    Xu, Jiushuai; Fan, Ruibin; Wang, Jiaolong; Jia, Mengke; Xiong, Xuanrui; Wang, Fang

    2014-04-15

    Copper films were grown on (3-Mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane (MPTMS), (3-Aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES) and 6-(3-(triethoxysilyl)propylamino)-1,3,5- triazine-2,4-dithiol monosodium (TES) self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) modified acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) substrate via electroless copper plating. The copper films were examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Their individual deposition rate and contact angle were also investigated to compare the properties of SAMs and electroless copper films. The results indicated that the formation of copper nuclei on the TES-SAMs modified ABS substrate was faster than those on the MPTMS-SAMs and APTES-SAMs modified ABS substrate. SEM images revealed that the copper film on TES-SAM modified ABS substrate was smooth and uniform, and the density of copper nuclei was much higher. Compared with that of TES-SAMs modified resin, the coverage of copper nuclei on MPTMS and APTES modified ABS substrate was very limited and the copper particle size was too big. The adhesion property test demonstrated that all the SAMs enhanced the interfacial interaction between copper plating and ABS substrate. XRD analysis showed that the copper film deposited on SAM-modified ABS substrate had a structure with Cu(111) preferred orientation, and the copper film deposited on TES-SAMs modified ABS substrate is better than that deposited on MPTMS-SAMs or APTES-SAMs modified ABS resins in electromigrtion resistance.

  12. Thermal neutron scattering law calculations using ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Wormald, Jonathan; Hawari, Ayman I.

    2017-09-01

    In recent years, methods for the calculation of the thermal scattering law (i.e. S(α,β), where α and β are dimensionless momentum and energy transfer variables, respectively) were developed based on ab initio lattice dynamics (AILD) and/or classical molecular dynamics (CMD). While these methods are now mature and efficient, further advancement in the application of such atomistic techniques is possible using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) methods. In this case, temperature effects are inherently included in the calculation, e.g. phonon density of states (DOS), while using ab initio force fields that eliminate the need for parameterized semi-empirical force fields. In this work, AIMD simulations were performed to predict the phonon spectra as a function of temperature for beryllium and graphite, which are representative nuclear reactor moderator and reflector materials. Subsequently, the calculated phonon spectra were utilized to predict S(α,β) using the LEAPR module of the NJOY code. The AIMD models of beryllium and graphite were 5 × 5 × 5 crystal unit cells (250 atoms and 500 atoms respectively). Electronic structure calculations for the prediction of Hellman-Feynman forces were performed using density functional theory with a GGA exchange correlation functional and corresponding core electron pseudopotentials. AIMD simulations of 1000-10,000 time-steps were performed with the canonical ensemble (NVT thermostat) for several temperatures between 300 K and 900 K. The phonon DOS were calculated as the power spectrum of the AIMD predicted velocity autocorrelation functions. The resulting AIMD phonon DOS and corresponding inelastic thermal neutron scattering cross sections at 300 K, where anharmonic effects are expected to be small, were found to be in reasonable agreement with the results generated using traditional AILD. This illustrated the validity of the AIMD approach. However, since the impact of the temperature on the phonon DOS (e.g. broadening of

  13. Cyclodialysis ab interno as a surgical approach to intractable glaucoma.

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    Jordan, Jens F; Dietlein, Thomas S; Dinslage, Sven; Lüke, Christoph; Konen, Walter; Krieglstein, Günter K

    2007-08-01

    In glaucoma filtration surgery, the problem of subconjunctival scarring has still not been satisfactorily solved. Suprachoroidal drainage of aqueous humour offers a promising, alternative option for intractable glaucoma. We here present a clinical study on the surgical approach of gonioscopic cyclodialysis ab interno. Twenty-eight eyes of 20 patients with intractable glaucoma were included in this prospective, consecutive, case-control study. The eyes had had a mean of 4.4 +/- 2.4 previous antiglaucomatous interventions. Baseline intraocular pressure (IOP) was 34.3 +/- 10.5 mmHg despite maximum therapy. Under gonioscopic control, cyclodialysis ab interno was performed over two clock times to gain access to the suprachoroidal space. No additional trabecular meshwork surgery was performed. Success was defined as a lowering of IOP to below 21 mmHg without the need for further medication or intervention. Mean postoperative IOP was 14.6 +/- 12.4 mmHg. Mean follow-up (FU) for all eyes was 121.8 days. After a mean of 60 days, 21 eyes (75%) needed further surgical intervention. Qualified success was seen in four eyes (14.3%), with a mean FU of 383.6 days. Three eyes (10.7%) showed absolute success after a mean FU period of 202.7 days. In our series, we obtained the best results for phakic eyes, followed by pseudophakic and aphakic eyes. The results of this study do not provide convincing evidence of the functional efficacy of cyclodialysis ab interno. Nevertheless, the technique is easy to perform and offers safe and atraumatic access to the resorptive capability of the choroid. Conjunctival manipulation is avoided. Contrary to reports in the current literature, in our series, the best results were obtained for phakic eyes, though the small number of eyes included does not allow reliable statistics. Further studies will need to focus on the use of different space-retaining substances or a widening of the cyclodialysis cleft to improve surgical outcome.

  14. Anti-CD25 mAb, anti-IL2 mAb, and IL2 block tolerance induction through anti-CD154 mAb and rapamycin in xenogeneic islet transplantation.

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    Pan, H; Lu, H M; Hu, W-M; Tian, B-L; Liu, X-B; Zhang, Z-D; Mai, G

    2007-12-01

    We have used anti-CD154 monoclonal antibody (mAb; MR1) and rapamycin (rapa) to induce tolerance to islet xenografts. The aim of this study was to investigate whether classical anergy and/or regulation by interleukin (IL)2-dependent CD25+ T regulatory cells played roles in the induction and maintenance of tolerance in this model. Streptozotocin-induced diabetic mice were transplanted with rat islets. We performed the following groups: control group, islet transplantation without therapy; rapamycin group, 0.2 mg/kg by oral gavage on days 0, 1, 2, and every other day to day 14; anti-CD154 mAb (MR1) group, 0.5 mg intraperitoneally on days 0, 2, and 4; combination therapy group with rapa and MR1. We then administered in addition to the combination therapy with early (from days 0 to 14 [for IL2] or to 28 [for anti-IL2 mAb and anti-CD25 mAb] post-transplantation) or late (from days 100 to 114 [for IL2] or to 128 [for anti-IL2 mAb and anti-CD25 mAb] posttransplantation) recombinant IL2 (2000 U, intraperitoneally twice a day), a neutralizing anti-IL2 mAb (S4B6-1, 0.3 mg intraperitoneally twice weekly), and a depleting anti-CD25 mAb (PC61, 0.3 mg intraperitoneally twice weekly), respectively. Histology was performed at time of rejection. Rapa and MR1 therapy alone significantly prolonged xenograft survival compared to the control group: median graft survival was 34 days versus 17 days (P200 days, PIL2 was administered early with MR1 and rapa, rapid rejection developed in 18 of 18 mice (MGS 7 days), whereas when IL2 was given late, only 3 of 10 developed rejection. Early administration of anti-IL2 mAb led to rejection in 10 of 10 mice (MGS 42 days), whereas late administration led to rejection in only one of four mice. Early administration of anti-CD25 mAb led to rejection in eight of nine mice (MGS 49 days), whereas late administration led to rejection in only three of seven mice. Rapa and MR1 allowed indefinite graft survival of islet xenografts. Classical anergy and

  15. Symplectic ab initio no-core shell model

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    Draayer, J. P.; Dytrych, T.; Sviratcheva, K. D.; Bahri, C. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Lousiana State University, Baton Rouge, 70803 Lousiana (United States); Vary, J. P. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, 50011 Iowa (United States)

    2008-12-15

    The present study confirms the significance of the symplectic Sp(3,R) symmetry in nuclear dynamics as unveiled, for the first time, by examinations of realistic nucleon-nucleon interactions as well as of eigenstates calculated in the framework of the ab initio No-Core Shell Model (NCSM). The results reveal that the NCSM wave functions for light nuclei highly overlap (at the {approx} 90% level) with only a few of the most deformed Sp(3,R)-symmetric basis states. This points to the possibility of achieving convergence of higher-lying collective modes and reaching heavier nuclei by expanding the NCSM basis space beyond its current limits through Sp(3,R) basis states. Furthermore the symplectic symmetry is found to be favored by the JISP 16 and CD-Bonn realistic nucleon-nucleon interactions, which points to a more fundamental origin of the symplectic symmetry. (Author)

  16. Erythema Ab igne after footbath with Chinese herbal remedies

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    Jeng-Feng Chen

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Erythema ab igne (EAI is a reticulated, telangiectatic, and hyperpigmented skin eruption resulting from chronic exposure to long-term moderate heat. The incidence has decreased substantially today because of the advent of modern central heating systems. Recently, we encountered a patient who developed EAI after 2 weeks of footbaths with Chinese herbal remedies, which she used to treat her acute ankle sprain. Alternative Chinese medicine, such as herbal footbath, is a prevalent medical practice to treat acute pains as well as many chronic musculoskeletal ailments among Chinese and Asian populations. It has also become increasingly popular in Western countries in the past decade. Herein, we would like to report an uncommon case of iatrogenic EAI caused by footbath and raise the attention of clinicians to such rare, potentially malignant-transforming, dermatosis.

  17. Ab initio and kinetic modeling studies of formic acid oxidation

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    Marshall, Paul; Glarborg, Peter

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    A detailed chemical kinetic model for oxidation of formic acid (HOCHO) in flames has been developed, based on theoretical work and data from literature. Ab initio calculations were used to obtain rate coefficients for reactions of HOCHO with H, O, and HO2. Modeling predictions with the mechanism...... have been compared to the experimental results of de Wilde and van Tiggelen (1968) who measured the laminar burning velocities for HOCHO flames over a range of stoichiometries and dilution ratios. The modeling predictions are generally satisfactory. The governing reaction mechanisms are outlined based...... on calculations with the kinetic model. Formic acid is consumed mainly by reaction with OH, yielding OCHO, which dissociates rapidly to CO2 + H, and HOCO, which may dissociate to CO + OH or CO2 + H, or react with H, OH, or O2 to form more stable products. The branching fraction of the HOCHO + OH reaction, as well...

  18. Ab initio study of electron-phonon coupling in rubrene

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    Ordejón, P.; Boskovic, D.; Panhans, M.; Ortmann, F.

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    The use of ab initio methods for accurate simulations of electronic, phononic, and electron-phonon properties of molecular materials such as organic crystals is a challenge that is often tackled stepwise based on molecular properties calculated in gas phase and perturbatively treated parameters relevant for solid phases. In contrast, in this work we report a full first-principles description of such properties for the prototypical rubrene crystals. More specifically, we determine a Holstein-Peierls-type Hamiltonian for rubrene, including local and nonlocal electron-phonon couplings. Thereby, a recipe for circumventing the issue of numerical inaccuracies with low-frequency phonons is presented. In addition, we study the phenyl group motion with a molecular dynamics approach.

  19. [Erythema ab igne in a patient with bulimia nervosa].

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    Beneke, Johannes; Koerner, Michael; de Zwaan, Martina

    2014-05-01

    Erythema ab igne (EAI) is a skin lesion, which is characterized by a localized netlike erythema. For the occurrence of the dermatosis a continuous or regular heat exposure and infrared radiation to a skin area is necessary. The reticulated maculae could fade after stopping the heat exposure, persist as hyperpigmentation and in single cases a malignant transformation is possible. We present a patient with bulimia nervosa (BN), who developed an EAI after consequent use of a hot-water bottle. In the context of the eating disorder the patient reported a general feeling of cold. She avoided the contact with the abdomen to prevent a stimulation of the digestion. Therefore the EAI was located predominantly on the medial thighs. After stopping the heat application the EAI faded slightly in the periphery und turned browner. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  20. Erythema ab igne in an adolescent with anorexia nervosa.

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    Docx, Martine K F; Simons, Annik; Ramet, José; Mertens, Luc

    2013-05-01

    A rare skin lesion, erythema ab igne (EAI) is presented, in an adolescent female with anorexia nervosa. Clinical records of this patient were compared with a pubmed search about EAI in patients with an eating disorder. The patient presented with localized, spider-like, erythematous and hyperpigmented skin lesions on the lower abdomen and on both thighs. Repetitive exposure to heating pads can induce reticular and macular hyperpigmentation with telangiectases without squamation. Strict avoidance of heat is advised, because there is no effective treatment. EAI is described in patients with an eating disorder. Facing an increased pain threshold, prolonged heat exposure to treat a general feeling of cold, can induce this dermatosis. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  1. Ab initio Potential Energy Surface for H-H2

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    Partridge, Harry; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Stallcop, James R.; Levin, Eugene

    1993-01-01

    Ab initio calculations employing large basis sets are performed to determine an accurate potential energy surface for H-H2 interactions for a broad range of separation distances. At large distances, the spherically averaged potential determined from the calculated energies agrees well with the corresponding results determined from dispersion coefficients; the van der Waals well depth is predicted to be 75 +/- (mu)E(sub h). Large basis sets have also been applied to reexamine the accuracy of theoretical repulsive potential energy surfaces. Multipolar expansions of the computed H-H2 potential energy surface are reported for four internuclear separation distances (1.2, 1.401, 1.449, and 1.7a(sub 0) of the hydrogen molecule. The differential elastic scattering cross section calculated from the present results is compared with the measurements from a crossed beam experiment.

  2. Quantum plasmonics: from jellium models to ab initio calculations

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    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Light-matter interaction in plasmonic nanostructures is often treated within the realm of classical optics. However, recent experimental findings show the need to go beyond the classical models to explain and predict the plasmonic response at the nanoscale. A prototypical system is a nanoparticle dimer, extensively studied using both classical and quantum prescriptions. However, only very recently, fully ab initio time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT calculations of the optical response of these dimers have been carried out. Here, we review the recent work on the impact of the atomic structure on the optical properties of such systems. We show that TDDFT can be an invaluable tool to simulate the time evolution of plasmonic modes, providing fundamental understanding into the underlying microscopical mechanisms.

  3. Ab Initio Calculations of Co Shielding in Model Complexes

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    Full Text Available Abstract: Recent ab initio calculations of cobalt NMR shielding show that DFT-GIAO calculations using hybrid functionals are found to reproduce experimental values well. This method is used to calculate the variation of the cobalt NMR shielding tensor of sqaure pyramidal nitrosyl complexes with respect to the CoNO geometry and to differing basal ligands. The isotropic shielding is shown to have a large negative derivative with respect to CoX distance where X is a ligating atom.; the derivative with respect to NO distance is smaller but still significant. The zz component where z is along the CoN(NO bond is more sensitive to the basal ligands but the other two principal components are sensitive to the CoNO geometry.

  4. Ab initio studies on complexes formed by melamine and cyclotrione

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    LIANGIANG ZHU

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Ab initio methods were used to study the binding energies of non-bonded complexes formed by melamine and cyclotrione, with the STO-3G, 3-21G and 6-31G (d basis sets. The electronic spectra were computed using the INDO/CIS method, and the IR spectra, Raman and NMR spectra with the RHF/6-31G (dmethod. It was demonstrated that the complexes could be formed because of the negative binding energies, which were changed with the change in the electronic properties of the monomers. A red-shift of the first absorptions in the electronic spectra and the vibrational frequencies of the N–H bonds in the IR and Raman spectra of the complexes, compared with those of the monomers, occurred; simultaneously, the 1Hand 13C chemical shifts were altered, due to the non-bonded interaction.

  5. Integral approximations in ab initio, electron propagator calculations.

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    Flores-Moreno, Roberto; Ortiz, J V

    2009-09-28

    Treatments of interelectronic repulsion that avoid four-center integrals have been incorporated in ab initio, electron-propagator calculations with diagonal self-energy matrices. Whereas the formal scaling of arithmetic operations in the propagator calculations is unaffected, the reduction of storage requirements is substantial. Moreover, the scaling of integral transformations to the molecular orbital base is lowered by one order. Four-index, electron-repulsion integrals are regenerated from three-index intermediates. Test calculations with widely applied self-energy approximations demonstrate the accuracy of this approach. Only small errors are introduced when this technique is used with quasiparticle virtual orbitals, provided that conventional techniques of integral evaluation are used in the construction of density-difference matrices.

  6. Ab interno Schlemm's canal surgery: trabectome and i-stent.

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    Francis, Brian A; Winarko, Jonathan

    2012-01-01

    In primary open-angle glaucoma, the site of greatest resistance to aqueous outflow is thought to be the trabecular meshwork. Augmentation of the conventional (trabecular) outflow pathway would facilitate physiologic outflow and subsequently lower intraocular pressure. Ab interno Schlemm's canal surgery including two novel surgical modalities, Trabectome (trabeculotomy internal approach) and Trabecular Micro-bypass Stent (iStent), is designed to reduce intraocular pressure by this approach. In contrast to external filtration surgeries such as trabeculectomy and aqueous tube shunt, these procedures are categorized as internal filtration surgeries and are both performed from an internal approach via gonioscopic guidance. Published results suggest that these surgical procedures are both safe and efficacious for the treatment of open-angle glaucoma. Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  7. High-throughput ab-initio dilute solute diffusion database

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    Wu, Henry; Mayeshiba, Tam; Morgan, Dane

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate automated generation of diffusion databases from high-throughput density functional theory (DFT) calculations. A total of more than 230 dilute solute diffusion systems in Mg, Al, Cu, Ni, Pd, and Pt host lattices have been determined using multi-frequency diffusion models. We apply a correction method for solute diffusion in alloys using experimental and simulated values of host self-diffusivity. We find good agreement with experimental solute diffusion data, obtaining a weighted activation barrier RMS error of 0.176 eV when excluding magnetic solutes in non-magnetic alloys. The compiled database is the largest collection of consistently calculated ab-initio solute diffusion data in the world. PMID:27434308

  8. Cell Culture Systems To Study Human Herpesvirus 6A/B Chromosomal Integration.

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    Gravel, Annie; Dubuc, Isabelle; Wallaschek, Nina; Gilbert-Girard, Shella; Collin, Vanessa; Hall-Sedlak, Ruth; Jerome, Keith R; Mori, Yasuko; Carbonneau, Julie; Boivin, Guy; Kaufer, Benedikt B; Flamand, Louis

    2017-07-15

    Human herpesviruses 6A/B (HHV-6A/B) can integrate their viral genomes in the telomeres of human chromosomes. The viral and cellular factors contributing to HHV-6A/B integration remain largely unknown, mostly due to the lack of efficient and reproducible cell culture models to study HHV-6A/B integration. In this study, we characterized the HHV-6A/B integration efficiencies in several human cell lines using two different approaches. First, after a short-term infection (5 h), cells were processed for single-cell cloning and analyzed for chromosomally integrated HHV-6A/B (ciHHV-6A/B). Second, cells were infected with HHV-6A/B and allowed to grow in bulk for 4 weeks or longer and then analyzed for the presence of ciHHV-6. Using quantitative PCR (qPCR), droplet digital PCR, and fluorescent in situ hybridization, we could demonstrate that HHV-6A/B integrated in most human cell lines tested, including telomerase-positive (HeLa, MCF-7, HCT-116, and HEK293T) and telomerase-negative cell lines (U2OS and GM847). Our results also indicate that inhibition of DNA replication, using phosphonoacetic acid, did not affect HHV-6A/B integration. Certain clones harboring ciHHV-6A/B spontaneously express viral genes and proteins. Treatment of cells with phorbol ester or histone deacetylase inhibitors triggered the expression of many viral genes, including U39 , U90 , and U100 , without the production of infectious virus, suggesting that the tested stimuli were not sufficient to trigger full reactivation. In summary, both integration models yielded comparable results and should enable the identification of viral and cellular factors contributing to HHV-6A/B integration and the screening of drugs influencing viral gene expression, as well as the release of infectious HHV-6A/B from the integrated state. IMPORTANCE The analysis and understanding of HHV-6A/B genome integration into host DNA is currently limited due to the lack of reproducible and efficient viral integration systems. In the

  9. Effect of gamma irradiation on nutritional components and Cry1Ab protein in the transgenic rice with a synthetic cry1Ab gene from Bacillus thuringiensis

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    Wu, Dianxing; Ye, Qingfu; Wang, Zhonghua; Xia, Yingwu

    2004-01-01

    The effects of gamma irradiation on the transgenic rice containing a synthetic cry1Ab gene from Bacillus thuringiensis were investigated. There was almost no difference in the content of the major nutritional components, i.e. crude protein, crude lipid, eight essential amino acids and total ash between the irradiated grains and the non-irradiated transgenic rice. However, the amounts of Cry1Ab protein and apparent amylose in the irradiated transgenic rice were reduced significantly by the doses higher than 200 Gy. In vivo observation showed that Cry1Ab protein contents also decreased in the fresh leaf tissues of survival seedlings after irradiation with 200 Gy or higher doses and showed inhibition of seedling growth. The results indicate that gamma irradiation might improve the quality of transgenic rice due to removal of the toxic Cry1Ab protein.

  10. Ab initio MCDHF calculations of electron-nucleus interactions

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    Bieroń, Jacek; Froese Fischer, Charlotte; Fritzsche, Stephan; Gaigalas, Gediminas; Grant, Ian P.; Indelicato, Paul; Jönsson, Per; Pyykkö, Pekka

    2015-05-01

    We present recent advances in the development of atomic ab initio multiconfiguration Dirac-Hartree-Fock theory, implemented in the GRASP relativistic atomic structure code. For neutral atoms, the deviations of properties calculated within the Dirac-Hartree-Fock (DHF) method (based on independent particle model of an atomic cloud) are usually dominated by electron correlation effects, i.e. the non-central interactions of individual electrons. We present the recent advances in accurate calculations of electron correlation effects in small, medium, and heavy neutral atoms. We describe methods of systematic development of multiconfiguration expansions leading to systematic, controlled improvement of the accuracy of the ab initio calculations. These methods originate from the concept of the complete active space (CAS) model within the DHF theory, which, at least in principle, permits fully relativistic calculations with full account of electron correlation effects. The calculations within the CAS model on currently available computer systems are feasible only for very light systems. For heavier atoms or ions with more than a few electrons, restrictions have to be imposed on the multiconfiguration expansions. We present methods and tools, which are designed to extend the numerical calculations in a controlled manner, where multiconfiguration expansions account for all leading electron correlation effects. We show examples of applications of the GRASP code to calculations of hyperfine structure constants, but the code may be used for calculations of arbitrary bound-state atomic properties. In recent years it has been applied to calculations of atomic and ionic spectra (transition energies and rates), to determinations of nuclear electromagnetic moments, as well as to calculations related to interactions of bound electrons with nuclear electromagnetic moments leading to violations of discrete symmetries.

  11. Ab interno trabeculectomy versus trabeculectomy for open-angle glaucoma.

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    Jea, Seung Youn; Francis, Brian A; Vakili, Ghazal; Filippopoulos, Theodoros; Rhee, Douglas J

    2012-01-01

    To compare the effect of ab interno trabeculectomy with trabeculectomy. Retrospective, cohort study. A total of 115 patients who underwent ab interno trabeculectomy (study group) compared with 102 patients who underwent trabeculectomy with intraoperative mitomycin as an initial surgical procedure (trabeculectomy group). Inclusion criteria were open-angle glaucoma, age ≥ 40 years, and uncontrolled on maximally tolerated medical therapy. Exclusion criterion was concurrent surgery. Clinical variables were collected from patient medical records. Intraocular pressure (IOP) and Cox proportional hazard ratio (HR) and Kaplan-Meier survival analyses with failure defined as IOP >21 mmHg or less than 20% reduction below baseline on 2 consecutive follow-up visits after 1 month; IOP ≤ 5 mmHg on 2 consecutive follow-up visits after 1 month; additional glaucoma surgery; or loss of light perception vision. Secondary outcome measures include number of glaucoma medications and occurrence of complications. Mean follow-up was 27.3 and 25.5 months for the study and trabeculectomy groups, respectively. Intraocular pressure decreased from 28.1 ± 8.6 mmHg at baseline to 15.9 ± 4.5 mmHg (43.5% reduction) at month 24 in the study group, and from 26.3 ± 10.9 mmHg at baseline to 10.2 ± 4.1 mmHg (61.3% reduction) at month 24 in the trabeculectomy group. The success rates at 2 years were 22.4% and 76.1% in the study and trabeculectomy groups, respectively (Pinterno trabeculectomy (43.5%) than after trabeculectomy (10.8%, Pinterno trabeculectomy has a lower success rate than trabeculectomy. Proprietary or commercial disclosure may be found after the references. Copyright © 2012 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Bioinformatic analysis of the Acinetobacter baumannii phage AB1 genome.

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    Li, Peizhen; Chen, Biaobang; Song, Zhijian; Song, Yulong; Yang, Yanmei; Ma, Ping; Wang, Huifeng; Ying, Jun; Ren, Ping; Yang, Lei; Gao, Guohui; Jin, Shouguang; Bao, Qiyu; Yang, Hongjiang

    2012-10-10

    As one of the pathogens of hospital-acquired infections, Acinetobacter baumannii poses great challenges to the public health. A. baumannii phage could be an effective way to fight multi-resistant A. baumannii. Here, we completed the whole genome sequencing of the complete genome of A. baumannii phage AB1, which consists of 45,159 bp and is a double-stranded DNA molecule with an average GC content of 37.7%. The genome encodes one tRNA gene and 85 open reading frames (ORFs) and the average size of the ORF is 531 bp in length. Among 85 ORFs, only 14 have been identified to share significant sequence similarities to the genes with known functions, while 28 are similar in sequence to the genes with function-unknown genes in the database and 43 ORFs are uniquely present in the phage AB1 genome. Fourteen function-assigned genes with putative functions include five phage structure proteins, an RNA polymerase, a big sub-unit and a small sub-unit of a terminase, a methylase and a recombinase and the proteins involved in DNA replication and so on. Multiple sequence alignment was conducted among those homologous proteins and the phylogenetic trees were reconstructed to analyze the evolutionary courses of these essential genes. From comparative genomics analysis, it turned out clearly that the frame of the phage genome mainly consisted of genes from Xanthomonas phages, Burkholderia ambifaria phages and Enterobacteria phages and while it comprises genes of its host A. baumannii only sporadically. The mosaic feature of the phage genome suggested that the horizontal gene transfer occurred among the phage genomes and between the phages and the host bacterium genomes. Analyzing the genome sequences of the phages should lay sound foundation to investigate how phages adapt to the environment and infect their hosts, and even help to facilitate the development of biological agents to deal with pathogenic bacteria. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Impact of altered endogenous IgG on unspecific mAb clearance.

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    Fuhrmann, Saskia; Kloft, Charlotte; Huisinga, Wilhelm

    2017-08-01

    Immunodeficient mice are crucial models to evaluate the efficacy of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). When studying mAb pharmacokinetics (PK), protection from elimination by binding to the neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) is known to be a major process influencing the unspecific clearance of endogenous and therapeutic IgG. The concentration of endogenous IgG in immunodeficient mice, however is reduced, and this effect on the FcRn protection mechanism and subsequently on unspecific mAb clearance is unknown, yet of great importance for the interpretation of mAb PK data. We used a PBPK modelling approach to elucidate the influence of altered endogenous IgG concentrations on unspecific mAb clearance. To this end, we used PK data in immunodeficient mice, i.e. nude and severe combined immunodeficiency mice. To avoid impact of target-mediated clearance processes, we focussed on mAbs without affinity to a target antigen in these mice. In addition, intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) data of immunocompetent mice was used to study the impact of increased total IgG concentrations on unspecific therapeutic antibody clearance. The unspecific clearance is linear, whenever therapeutic IgG concentrations, i.e. mAb and IVIG concentrations are lower than FcRn; it can be non-linear if therapeutic IgG concentrations are larger than FcRn and endogenous IgG concentrations (e.g., under IVIG therapy). Unspecific mAb clearance of immunodeficient mice is effectively linear (under mAb doses as typically used in human). Studying the impact of reduced endogenous IgG concentrations on unspecific mAb clearance is of great relevance for the extrapolation to clinical species, e.g., when predicting mAb PK in immunosuppressed cancer patients.

  14. MiningABs: mining associated biomarkers across multi-connected gene expression datasets

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    2014-01-01

    Background Human disease often arises as a consequence of alterations in a set of associated genes rather than alterations to a set of unassociated individual genes. Most previous microarray-based meta-analyses identified disease-associated genes or biomarkers independent of genetic interactions. Therefore, in this study, we present the first meta-analysis method capable of taking gene combination effects into account to efficiently identify associated biomarkers (ABs) across different microarray platforms. Results We propose a new meta-analysis approach called MiningABs to mine ABs across different array-based datasets. The similarity between paired probe sequences is quantified as a bridge to connect these datasets together. The ABs can be subsequently identified from an “improved” common logit model (c-LM) by combining several sibling-like LMs in a heuristic genetic algorithm selection process. Our approach is evaluated with two sets of gene expression datasets: i) 4 esophageal squamous cell carcinoma and ii) 3 hepatocellular carcinoma datasets. Based on an unbiased reciprocal test, we demonstrate that each gene in a group of ABs is required to maintain high cancer sample classification accuracy, and we observe that ABs are not limited to genes common to all platforms. Investigating the ABs using Gene Ontology (GO) enrichment, literature survey, and network analyses indicated that our ABs are not only strongly related to cancer development but also highly connected in a diverse network of biological interactions. Conclusions The proposed meta-analysis method called MiningABs is able to efficiently identify ABs from different independently performed array-based datasets, and we show its validity in cancer biology via GO enrichment, literature survey and network analyses. We postulate that the ABs may facilitate novel target and drug discovery, leading to improved clinical treatment. Java source code, tutorial, example and related materials are available at

  15. A novel form of 4-1BBL has better immunomodulatory activity than an agonistic anti-4-1BB Ab without Ab-associated severe toxicity.

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    Schabowsky, Rich-Henry; Elpek, Kutlu G; Madireddi, Shravan; Sharma, Rajesh K; Yolcu, Esma S; Bandura-Morgan, Laura; Miller, Robert; MacLeod, Kathryn J; Mittler, Robert S; Shirwan, Haval

    2009-12-11

    Agonistic Abs to select costimulatory members of CD28 and TNFR family have shown efficacy in various preclinical cancer immunotherapeutic settings. However, the use of agonistic Abs is often associated with severe toxicity due to non-specific activation of lymphocytes. We hypothesized that natural costimulatory ligands may serve as more potent and safer alternative to agonistic Abs for immunotherapy. In this communication, we focused on 4-1BBL as the molecule of choice because of the pleiotropic effects of 4-1BB signaling in the immune system and the demonstrated therapeutic efficacy of 4-1BB agonistic Abs in preclinical cancer and infection models. We report that a novel form of soluble ligand, SA-4-1BBL, delivered more potent and qualitatively different signals to T cells than an agonistic Ab. Importantly, while treatment of naïve mice with the agonistic Ab resulted in severe toxicity, as assessed by enlarged spleen and peripheral LNs, non-specific T cell proliferation, hepatitis, and systemic inflammatory cytokine production, treatment with SA-4-1BBL lacked these immune anomalies. Agonistic Ab treatment produced full toxicity in FcgammaR(-/-) or complement C1q(-/-) or C3(-/-) knockout mice, suggesting lack of involvement of stimulatory FcgammaRs or complement system in the observed toxicity. Naïve and memory T cells served as direct targets of anti-4-1BB Ab-mediated toxicity. Potent immunostimulatory activity combined with lack of toxicity rationalizes further development of soluble SA-4-1BBL as an immunomodulatory component of therapeutic vaccines against cancer and chronic infections.

  16. Expression of Cry1Ab and Cry2Ab by a polycistronic transgene with a self-cleavage peptide in rice.

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    Qichao Zhao

    Full Text Available Insect resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt crystal protein is a major threat to the long-term use of transgenic Bt crops. Gene stacking is a readily deployable strategy to delay the development of insect resistance while it may also broaden insecticidal spectrum. Here, we report the creation of transgenic rice expressing discrete Cry1Ab and Cry2Ab simultaneously from a single expression cassette using 2A self-cleaving peptides, which are autonomous elements from virus guiding the polycistronic viral gene expression in eukaryotes. The synthetic coding sequences of Cry1Ab and Cry2Ab, linked by the coding sequence of a 2A peptide from either foot and mouth disease virus or porcine teschovirus-1, regardless of order, were all expressed as discrete Cry1Ab and Cry2Ab at high levels in the transgenic rice. Insect bioassays demonstrated that the transgenic plants were highly resistant to lepidopteran pests. This study suggested that 2A peptide can be utilized to express multiple Bt genes at high levels in transgenic crops.

  17. Reaction test revealed impaired performance at 6.0 atm abs but not at 1.9 atm abs in professional divers.

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    Tikkinen, Janne; Parkkola, Kai; Siimes, Martti A

    2013-01-01

    In order to evaluate the effects of ambient pressure on reaction and movement times we investigated 60 professional divers by a computerized test (Reaction Test). The experiments were carried out four times in a hyperbaric chamber: prior to pressure, at 6.0 and 1.9 atm abs and after decompression. Reaction time varied from 202 to 443 milliseconds (275 +/- 42 ms), but the individual levels remained similar. The reaction time increased between precompression and 6.0 atm abs (p abs (p abs after decompression. Ten divers had an increase of more than 1SD in the reaction time at 6.0 atm abs. The number of mistakes was small and not influenced by elevation of pressure. Further, the movement time remained unchanged throughout the experiment. We conclude that the response time increases due to ambient pressure and the increase in simple reaction time is detectable in professional divers at 6.0 atm not at 1.9 atm abs. At the same time accuracy stays constant. We speculate that our findings are caused by nitrogen narcosis in some divers.

  18. Serum P53 Abs in HCC patients with viral hepatitis - type C.

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    EI-Emshaty, Hoda M; Gadelhak, Seham A; Abdelaziz, Mohamed M; Abbas, Ayman T; Gadelhak, Nabil A

    2014-09-01

    P53 gene mutations have a higher malignant potential and often leads to the production of p53 Abs. This study was conducted to evaluate the clinical implications of p53Abs in HCV-related HCC and its diagnostic capacity as a new biomarker in HCC. 83 patients with HCV-chronic liver disease (25 with LC and 58 with HCC) were enrolled in this study. Ten healthy individuals (HI) served as control group. The studied group was subjected to clinical examination, imaging radiology, laboratory investigation and liver biopsy. Serum p53 Abs was assessed by (ELISA). Serum p53 Abs in HCC (0.5567±0.227) was significantly elevated (pAbs was significantly (p=0.01) increased with the progression of child score but there was no significant difference with regard to age, sex, tumor size or serum liver profile. However, serum p53 Abs showed no significant positive correlation with AFP in HCV-related HCC (r=0.09, p value= 0.6) but serum p53 Abs in combination with AFP showed higher diagnostic sensitivity (82.2%) of HCC than either alone. P53 Abs could be regarded as a specific biomarker for cancer process and its use in combination with AFP may increase the diagnostic sensitivity of HCC.

  19. Ultra-low-power, class-AB, CMOS four-quadrant current multiplier

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    Sawigun, C.; Serdijn, W.A.

    2009-01-01

    A class-AB four-quadrant current multiplier constituted by a class-AB current amplifier and a current splitter which can handle input signals in excess of ten times the bias current is presented. The proposed circuit operation is based on the exponential characteristic of BJTs or subthreshold

  20. Immunogenicity of mAbs in non-human primates during nonclinical safety assessment

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    van Meer, P.J.K.; Kooijman, M.; Brinks, V.; Gispen-de Wied, C.C.; Silva-Lima, B.; Moors, E.H.M.; Schellekens, H.

    2013-01-01

    The immunogenicity of biopharmaceuticals used in clinical practice remains an unsolved challenge in drug development. Non-human primates (NHPs) are often the only relevant animal model for the development of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), but the immune response of NHPs to therapeutic mAbs is not

  1. Embedded atom approach for gold–silicon system from ab initio ...

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    In the present paper, an empirical embedded atom method (EAM) potential for gold–silicon (Au–Si) is developed by fitting to ab initio force (the 'force matching' method) and experimental data. The force database is generated within ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD). The database includes liquid phase at various ...

  2. Polycarbonate and co-continuous polycarbonate/ABS blends: influence of specimen thickness

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    Inberg, J.P.F.; Gaymans, R.J.

    2002-01-01

    The influence of specimen thickness on the fracture behaviour of polycarbonate (PC) and co-continuous PC/ABS (50/50) blends was studied in single edge notch tensile tests at 1 m/s and different temperatures (−80 to 130 °C). Specimen thickness ranged from 0.1 to 8 mm. In the co-continuous PC/ABS

  3. Application of Cry1Ab/Ac Bt strip for screening of resistance for ...

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    ABU ZAYD

    2013-10-02

    Oct 2, 2013 ... segregating cowpea plants and the genetics of the gene was monitored. The Cry1Ab/Ac Bt strip was ... Key words: Bacillus thuriengiensis, Cry1Ab/Ac Bt strips, transgenic cowpea, Maruca vitrata. INTRODUCTION. Cowpea ... opt for cheaper but more toxic alternatives that impact their health (AATF, 2010).

  4. Application of Cry1Ab/Ac Bt strip for screening of resistance for ...

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    In this study, the efficacy of using Cry1Ab/Ac Bt strip for detecting Maruca resistant transgene in transgenic cowpea was systematically investigated for the first time through field derived progenies. The results show that the Cry1Ab/Ac Bt strip was effective for detecting the presence of the resistant gene in cowpea genome.

  5. New mAb therapies in multiple myeloma : interference with blood transfusion compatibility testing

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    de Vooght, Karen M K|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304817961; Oostendorp, Marlies; van Solinge, Wouter W.

    2016-01-01

    PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Immunotherapeutic strategies are emerging as novel therapeutic approaches in multiple myeloma, with several mAbs being in advanced stages of clinical development. Of these, CD38 targeting antibodies appear very promising. In trials with anti-CD38 mAb daratumumab, all patients

  6. Leonid Apananski müüs AB Grupi maa oma firmale / Silva Männik

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    1999-01-01

    Ilmunud ka: Den za Dnjom Nov/26 lk. 8. Apananski müüs AB Kindlustuse Grupile kuulunud Maakri tänava kinnistu. Skeem: AB Grupist on välja viidud ligikaudu 70 milj. krooni. Ilmunud ka: Den za Dnjom 23. nov. lk. 3

  7. AB(2) functional polyesters via ring opening polymerization: synthesis and characterization

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    Velthoen, I.W.; Dijkstra, Pieter J.; Feijen, Jan

    2009-01-01

    Aliphatic AB2 functional polyesters were conveniently prepared by the ring opening polymerization of ε-caprolactone and L-lactide in the presence of the AB2 functional initiator 2,2-bis(hydroxymethyl)propionic acid (bis-MPA) and Sn(Oct)2 as the catalyst. In L-lactide polymerization, both bis-MPA

  8. Phosphoric acid doped AB-PBI membranes and its applications in high temperature PEMFC

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    He, Ronghuan; Qingfeng, Li; Bjerrum, Niels

    2005-01-01

    Poly(2,5-benzimidazole) (ab-PBI) was prepared from 3,4-diaminobenzoic acid via a polymerisation reaction. The obtained polymer exhibits excellent thermal stability in a temperature range ….. The membrane of ab-PBI when doped with phosphoric acid at room temperaturepresents high proton conductivity...

  9. Essentially Small Riemann Sums Fungsi Terintegral Henstock-dunford Pada [A,b

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    Solikhin; Sumanto, Y.D; Khabibah, Siti

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we study Henstock-Dunford integral on [a,b]. We discuss some properties of the integrable. We shall define essentially small Riemann sums (ESRS) and show that it is necessary and sufficient condition for function to be Henstock-Dunford integral on [a,b].

  10. Ab interno trabeculectomy: ultrastructural evidence and early tissue response in a human eye.

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    Ferrari, Ettore; Ortolani, Fulvia; Petrelli, Lucia; Contin, Magali; Pognuz, Derri Roman; Marchini, Maurizio; Bandello, Francesco

    2007-10-01

    To report the results of ultrastructural analysis of the postoperative effects of ab interno trabeculectomy in a human eye. Department of Ophthalmology, Palmanova Hospital, Palmanova, Udine, Italy. A 60-year-old woman with cataract and glaucoma had enucleation for a choroidal melanoma 10 days after ab interno trabeculectomy combined with phacoemulsification. A second ab interno trabeculectomy was performed after enucleation to evaluate the outcomes of the previous trabeculectomy. Light and transmission electron microscopy analyses were performed on samples excised from areas (1) not subjected to a procedure (control samples), (2) that had ab interno trabeculectomy before enucleation, and (3) that had ab interno trabeculectomy immediately after enucleation. Control samples showed normal trabecular features. Semithin sections of all ab interno trabeculectomy samples showed full-thickness removal of trabeculum segments, with Schlemm's canal lumen opening into the anterior chamber and apparent preservation of the adjacent structures. On ultrathin sections of samples that had ab interno trabeculectomy before enucleation, the endothelium lining the outer wall of Schlemm's canal and other angle components showed intact ultrastructural features. In trabecular beams that were not removed, the extracellular matrix appeared to have maintained its fine texture and was free of activated fibroblasts or leucocyte infiltrates. Observations confirm that ab interno trabeculectomy causes direct communication between Schlemm's canal lumen and the anterior chamber in vivo and immediately after enucleation during the early postoperative period. The absence of an evident inflammatory reaction in the examined case should be considered with caution because of possible tumor-induced immune suppression.

  11. Inhibition of cholera toxin and other AB toxins by polyphenolic compounds

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    All AB-type protein toxins have intracellular targets despite an initial extracellular location. These toxins use different methods to reach the cytosol and have different effects on the target cell. Broad-spectrum inhibitors against AB toxins are therefore hard to develop because the toxins use dif...

  12. Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) plastic based low cost tissue equivalent phantom for verification dosimetry in IMRT.

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    Kumar, Rajesh; Sharma, S D; Deshpande, Sudesh; Ghadi, Yogesh; Shaiju, V S; Amols, H I; Mayya, Y S

    2009-12-17

    A novel IMRT phantom was designed and fabricated using Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) plastic. Physical properties of ABS plastic related to radiation interaction and dosimetry were compared with commonly available phantom materials for dose measurements in radiotherapy. The ABS IMRT phantom has provisions to hold various types of detectors such as ion chambers, radiographic/radiochromic films, TLDs, MOSFETs, and gel dosimeters. The measurements related to pre-treatment dose verification in IMRT of carcinoma prostate were carried out using ABS and Scanditronics-Wellhoffer RW3 IMRT phantoms for five different cases. Point dose data were acquired using ionization chamber and TLD discs while Gafchromic EBT and radiographic EDR2 films were used for generating 2-D dose distributions. Treatment planning system (TPS) calculated and measured doses in ABS plastic and RW3 IMRT phantom were in agreement within +/-2%. The dose values at a point in a given patient acquired using ABS and RW3 phantoms were found comparable within 1%. Fluence maps and dose distributions of these patients generated by TPS and measured in ABS IMRT phantom were also found comparable both numerically and spatially. This study indicates that ABS plastic IMRT phantom is a tissue equivalent phantom and dosimetrically it is similar to solid/plastic water IMRT phantoms. Though this material is demonstrated for IMRT dose verification but it can be used as a tissue equivalent phantom material for other dosimetry purposes in radiotherapy.

  13. Explicit and Implicit Subject Bias in the "ABS Journal Quality Guide"

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    Hoepner, Andreas G. F.; Unerman, Jeffrey

    2012-01-01

    This paper addresses issues raised in two recent papers published in this journal about the UK "Association of Business Schools' Journal Quality Guide (ABS Guide)". While much of the debate about journal rankings in general, and the "ABS Guide" in particular, has focused on the construction, power and (mis)use of these…

  14. Influence of Cellulose on the Mechanical and Thermal Stability of ABS Plastic Composites

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Microcrystalline cellulose was explored as possible biodegradable fillers in the fabrication of ABS plastic composites. TGA indicates that upon inclusion of cellulose microcrystals the thermal stability of the ABS plastics was improved significantly when compared to the neat ABS plastic counterparts. Furthermore, inclusion of extracted cellulose from plant biomass showed a higher thermal stability with maximum decomposition temperatures around 131.95°C and 124.19°C for cellulose from cotton and Hibiscus sabdariffa, respectively, when compared to that of the purchased cellulose. In addition, TMA revealed that the average CTE value for the neat ABS and 1 : 1 ratio of cellulose to ABS fabricated in this study was significantly lower than the reported CTE (ca. 73.8 μm/m°C.

  15. FTIR analysis on aging characteristics of ABS/PC blend under UV-irradiation in air

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    Li, Jiarong; Chen, Fu; Yang, Long; Jiang, Long; Dan, Yi

    2017-09-01

    Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) is adopted to study the aging characteristics of poly(acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene)/polycarbonate (ABS/PC) blend under UV-irradiation in air by analyzing the variation of the three main absorbance at about 967 cm- 1, 1720 cm- 1 and 3420 cm- 1 associated with carbon-hydrogen bonds belonging to 1,4 butadiene, carbonyl and hydroxyl groups, respectively. Results indicate that, under UV-irradiation in air, the photo-oxidation of the blend is not a simple combination of the photo-oxidation of corresponding ABS and PC themselves and takes place predominantly at the ABS component. Due to the interaction between the two components and the Fries rearrangement taken place in the PC component during the UV-irradiation in air, the ABS/PC blends behave higher photo-stability than ABS has.

  16. Radiolytic Synthesis of Pt-Particle/ABS Catalysts for H₂O₂ Decomposition in Contact Lens Cleaning.

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    Ohkubo, Yuji; Aoki, Tomonori; Seino, Satoshi; Mori, Osamu; Ito, Issaku; Endo, Katsuyoshi; Yamamura, Kazuya

    2017-08-23

    A container used in contact lens cleaning requires a Pt plating weight of 1.5 mg for H₂O₂ decomposition although Pt is an expensive material. Techniques that decrease the amount of Pt are therefore needed. In this study, Pt nanoparticles instead of Pt plating film were supported on a substrate of acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer (ABS). This was achieved by the reduction of Pt ions in an aqueous solution containing the ABS substrate using high-energy electron-beam irradiation. Pt nanoparticles supported on the ABS substrate (Pt-particle/ABS) had a size of 4-10 nm. The amount of Pt required for Pt-particle/ABS was 250 times less than that required for an ABS substrate covered with Pt plating film (Pt-film/ABS). The catalytic activity for H₂O₂ decomposition was estimated by measuring the residual H₂O₂ concentration after immersing the catalyst for 360 min. The Pt-particle/ABS catalyst had a considerably higher specific catalytic activity for H₂O₂ decomposition than the Pt-film/ABS catalyst. In addition, sterilization performance was estimated from the initial rate of H₂O₂ decomposition over 60 min. The Pt-particle/ABS catalyst demonstrated a better sterilization performance than the Pt-film/ABS catalyst. The difference between Pt-particle/ABS and Pt-film/ABS was shown to reflect the size of the O₂ bubbles formed during H₂O₂ decomposition.

  17. Field Trial Performance of Herculex XTRA (Cry34Ab1/Cry35Ab1) and SmartStax (Cry34Ab1/Cry35Ab1 + Cry3Bb1) Hybrids and Soil Insecticides Against Western and Northern Corn Rootworms (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)

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    Campbell, L. A.; Lepping, M. D.; Rule, D. M.

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Western corn rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), and northern corn rootworm, Diabrotica barberi Smith and Lawrence (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), are important insect pests in corn, Zea mays L. For more than a decade, growers have been using transgenic plants expressing proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) to protect corn roots from feeding. In 2011, western corn rootworm populations were reported to have developed resistance to Bt hybrids expressing Cry3Bb1 and later found to be cross-resistant to hybrids expressing mCry3A and eCry3.1Ab. The identification of resistance to Cry3 (Cry3Bb1, mCry3A, and eCry3.1Ab) hybrids led to concerns about durability and efficacy of products with single traits and of products containing a pyramid of a Cry3 protein and the binary Bt proteins Cry34Ab1 and Cry35Ab1. From 2012 to 2014, 43 field trials were conducted across the central United States to estimate root protection provided by plants expressing Cry34Ab1/Cry35Ab1 alone (Herculex RW) or pyramided with Cry3Bb1 (SmartStax). These technologies were evaluated with and without soil-applied insecticides to determine if additional management measures provided benefit where Cry3 performance was reduced. Trials were categorized for analysis based on rootworm damage levels on Cry3-expressing hybrids and rootworm feeding pressure within each trial. Across scenarios, Cry34Ab1/Cry35Ab1 hybrids provided excellent root protection. Pyramided traits provided greater root and yield protection than non-Bt plus a soil-applied insecticide, and only in trials where larval feeding pressure exceeded two nodes of damage did Cry34Ab1/Cry35Ab1 single-trait hybrids and pyramided hybrids show greater root protection from the addition of soil-applied insecticides. PMID:28430986

  18. Fluorescence dye-based detection of mAb aggregates in CHO culture supernatants.

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    Paul, Albert Jesuran; Schwab, Karen; Prokoph, Nina; Haas, Elena; Handrick, René; Hesse, Friedemann

    2015-06-01

    Product yields, efficacy, and safety of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are reduced by the formation of higher molecular weight aggregates during upstream processing. In-process characterization of mAb aggregate formation is a challenge since there is a lack of a fast detection method to identify mAb aggregates in cell culture. In this work, we present a rapid method to characterize mAb aggregate-containing Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell culture supernatants. The fluorescence dyes thioflavin T (ThT) and 4-4-bis-1-phenylamino-8-naphthalene sulfonate (Bis-ANS) enabled the detection of soluble as well as large mAb aggregates. Partial least square (PLS) regression models were used to evaluate the linearity of the dye-based mAb aggregate detection in buffer down to a mAb aggregate concentration of 2.4 μg mL(-1). Furthermore, mAb aggregates were detected in bioprocess medium using Bis-ANS and ThT. Dye binding to aggregates was stable for 60 min, making the method robust and reliable. Finally, the developed method using 10 μmol L(-1) Bis-ANS enabled discrimination between CHO cell culture supernatants containing different levels of mAb aggregates. The method can be adapted for high-throughput screening, e.g., to screen for cell culture conditions influencing mAb product quality, and hence can contribute to the improvement of production processes of biopharmaceuticals in mammalian cell culture.

  19. Staphylococcus aureus Biofilms Induce Macrophage Dysfunction Through Leukocidin AB and Alpha-Toxin

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    Scherr, Tyler D.; Hanke, Mark L.; Huang, Ouwen; James, David B. A.; Horswill, Alexander R.; Bayles, Kenneth W.; Fey, Paul D.; Torres, Victor J.

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT The macrophage response to planktonic Staphylococcus aureus involves the induction of proinflammatory microbicidal activity. However, S. aureus biofilms can interfere with these responses in part by polarizing macrophages toward an anti-inflammatory profibrotic phenotype. Here we demonstrate that conditioned medium from mature S. aureus biofilms inhibited macrophage phagocytosis and induced cytotoxicity, suggesting the involvement of a secreted factor(s). Iterative testing found the active factor(s) to be proteinaceous and partially agr-dependent. Quantitative mass spectrometry identified alpha-toxin (Hla) and leukocidin AB (LukAB) as critical molecules secreted by S. aureus biofilms that inhibit murine macrophage phagocytosis and promote cytotoxicity. A role for Hla and LukAB was confirmed by using hla and lukAB mutants, and synergy between the two toxins was demonstrated with a lukAB hla double mutant and verified by complementation. Independent confirmation of the effects of Hla and LukAB on macrophage dysfunction was demonstrated by using an isogenic strain in which Hla was constitutively expressed, an Hla antibody to block toxin activity, and purified LukAB peptide. The importance of Hla and LukAB during S. aureus biofilm formation in vivo was assessed by using a murine orthopedic implant biofilm infection model in which the lukAB hla double mutant displayed significantly lower bacterial burdens and more macrophage infiltrates than each single mutant. Collectively, these findings reveal a critical synergistic role for Hla and LukAB in promoting macrophage dysfunction and facilitating S. aureus biofilm development in vivo. PMID:26307164

  20. Ab initio calculation of the potential bubble nucleus 34Si

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    Duguet, T.; Somà, V.; Lecluse, S.; Barbieri, C.; Navrátil, P.

    2017-03-01

    Background: The possibility that an unconventional depletion (referred to as a "bubble") occurs in the center of the charge density distribution of certain nuclei due to a purely quantum mechanical effect has attracted theoretical and experimental attention in recent years. Based on a mean-field rationale, a correlation between the occurrence of such a semibubble and an anomalously weak splitting between low angular-momentum spin-orbit partners has been further conjectured. Energy density functional and valence-space shell model calculations have been performed to identify and characterize the best candidates, among which 34Si appears as a particularly interesting case. While the experimental determination of the charge density distribution of the unstable 34Si is currently out of reach, (d ,p ) experiments on this nucleus have been performed recently to test the correlation between the presence of a bubble and an anomalously weak 1 /2--3 /2- splitting in the spectrum of 35Si as compared to 37S. Purpose: We study the potential bubble structure of 34Si on the basis of the state-of-the-art ab initio self-consistent Green's function many-body method. Methods: We perform the first ab initio calculations of 34Si and 36S. In addition to binding energies, the first observables of interest are the charge density distribution and the charge root-mean-square radius for which experimental data exist in 36S. The next observable of interest is the low-lying spectroscopy of 35Si and 37S obtained from (d ,p ) experiments along with the spectroscopy of 33Al and 35P obtained from knock-out experiments. The interpretation in terms of the evolution of the underlying shell structure is also provided. The study is repeated using several chiral effective field theory Hamiltonians as a way to test the robustness of the results with respect to input internucleon interactions. The convergence of the results with respect to the truncation of the many-body expansion, i.e., with respect to

  1. Fatigue Characteristics of 3D Printed Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)

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    Padzi, M. M.; Bazin, M. M.; Muhamad, W. M. W.

    2017-11-01

    Recently, the use of 3D printer technology has become significant to industries, especially when involving the new product development. 3D printing is a technology, which produces the 3D product or prototype using a layer-by-layer technique. However, there becomes less research on the mechanical performance of the 3D printed component. In the present work, fatigue characteristics of 3D printed specimen have been studied. Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) has been chosen as a material research due to its wide applications. Two types of specimen used, which is the 3D printing and moulding specimens. Fused deposition modelling (FDM) technique was used to produce the specimens. The dog bone shape part was produced based on ASTM D638 standard and the tensile test has been carried out to get the mechanical properties. Fatigue test was carried out at 40%, 60% and 80% of the tensile strength. The moulded part shows higher fatigue cycles compared to 3D printed part for all loading percentages. Fatigue lives for 40%, 60% and 80%, were 911, 2645 and 26948 cycles, respectively. The results indicated that 3D printed part has a lower fatigue life, which may not suitable for industrial applications. However, the 3D printed part could be improved by using various parameters and may be introduced in low strength application.

  2. Accurate ab initio vibrational energies of methyl chloride

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    Owens, Alec, E-mail: owens@mpi-muelheim.mpg.de [Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Platz 1, 45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany); Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT London (United Kingdom); Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Yachmenev, Andrey; Tennyson, Jonathan [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT London (United Kingdom); Thiel, Walter [Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Platz 1, 45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany)

    2015-06-28

    Two new nine-dimensional potential energy surfaces (PESs) have been generated using high-level ab initio theory for the two main isotopologues of methyl chloride, CH{sub 3}{sup 35}Cl and CH{sub 3}{sup 37}Cl. The respective PESs, CBS-35{sup  HL}, and CBS-37{sup  HL}, are based on explicitly correlated coupled cluster calculations with extrapolation to the complete basis set (CBS) limit, and incorporate a range of higher-level (HL) additive energy corrections to account for core-valence electron correlation, higher-order coupled cluster terms, scalar relativistic effects, and diagonal Born-Oppenheimer corrections. Variational calculations of the vibrational energy levels were performed using the computer program TROVE, whose functionality has been extended to handle molecules of the form XY {sub 3}Z. Fully converged energies were obtained by means of a complete vibrational basis set extrapolation. The CBS-35{sup  HL} and CBS-37{sup  HL} PESs reproduce the fundamental term values with root-mean-square errors of 0.75 and 1.00 cm{sup −1}, respectively. An analysis of the combined effect of the HL corrections and CBS extrapolation on the vibrational wavenumbers indicates that both are needed to compute accurate theoretical results for methyl chloride. We believe that it would be extremely challenging to go beyond the accuracy currently achieved for CH{sub 3}Cl without empirical refinement of the respective PESs.

  3. Ab initio thermodynamic results for warm dense matter

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    Bonitz, Michael

    2016-10-01

    Warm dense matter (WDM) - an exotic state where electrons are quantum degenerate and ions may be strongly correlated - is ubiquitous in dense astrophysical plasmas and highly compressed laboratory systems including inertial fusion. Accurate theoretical predictions require precision thermodynamic data for the electron gas at high density and finite temperature around the Fermi temperature. First such data have been obtained by restricted path integral Monte Carlo (restricted PIMC) simulations and transformed into analytical fits for the free energy. Such results are also key input for novel finite temperature density functional theory. However, the RPIMC data of Ref. 1 are limited to moderate densities, and even there turned out to be surprisingly inaccurate, which is a consequence of the fermion sign problem. These problems were recently overcome by the development of alternative QMC approaches in Kiel (configuration PIMC and permutation blocking PIMC) and Imperial College (Density matrix QMC). The three methods have their strengths and limitations in complementary parameter regions and provide highly accurate thermodynamic data for the electronic contributions in WDM. While the original results were obtained for small particle numbers, recently accurate finite size corrections were derived allowing to compute ab initio thermodynamic data with an unprecedented accuracy of better than 0.3 percent. This provides the final step for the use as benchmark data for experiments and models of Warm dense matter. Co-authors: T. Schoof, S. Groth, T. Dornheim, F. D. Malone, M. Foulkes, and T. Sjostroem, Funded by: DFG via SFB-TR24 and project BO1366-10.

  4. Peroxynitrous Acid Dimer: Ab Initio Density Functional Study

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    Pathak, Rajeev

    2012-02-01

    Peroxynitrous acid (PNA) HOONO, isomeric to nitric acid, is a very strong oxidant. A novel dimeric hydrogen-bonded cluster of peroxynitrous acid (PNA-D) is proposed herein; ab inito quantum chemical investigations performed whereupon lead to several stable structures that have a direct bearing on the reactivity of the participating monomers, quantified in terms of the molecular electrostatic potential. The electron-correlation lending stability to PNA and its dimers is gauged through several density functionals namely B3LYP, B3PW91, M06-2X, M06-L, and φ-B97X, etc.; as well as from popular wave-function based second order Møller-Plesset (MP2) perturbation theory, using the basis sets 6-311++G(d,p) and 6-311++G(2d,2p). The infra-red vibrational spectra reveal spectral shifts and intensity redistribution after dimerization. While the lowest energy PNA-D has a perfect inversion symmetry; the other stable dimers emerge as combinations of monomers in different orientation.

  5. Ab initio transport across bismuth selenide surface barriers

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    Narayan, Awadhesh

    2014-11-24

    © 2014 American Physical Society. We investigate the effect of potential barriers in the form of step edges on the scattering properties of Bi2Se3(111) topological surface states by means of large-scale ab initio transport simulations. Our results demonstrate the suppression of perfect backscattering, while all other scattering processes, which do not entail a complete spin and momentum reversal, are allowed. Furthermore, we find that the spin of the surface state develops an out-of-plane component as it traverses the barrier. Our calculations reveal the existence of quasibound states in the vicinity of the surface barriers, which appear in the form of an enhanced density of states in the energy window corresponding to the topological state. For double barriers we demonstrate the formation of quantum well states. To complement our first-principles results we construct a two-dimensional low-energy effective model and illustrate its shortcomings. Our findings are discussed in the context of a number of recent experimental works.

  6. Ab initio modelling of methane hydrate thermophysical properties.

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    Jendi, Z M; Servio, P; Rey, A D

    2016-04-21

    The key thermophysical properties of methane hydrate were determined using ab initio modelling. Using density functional theory, the second-order elastic constants, heat capacity, compressibility, and thermal expansion coefficient were calculated. A wide and relevant range of pressure-temperature conditions were considered, and the structures were assessed for stability using the mean square displacement and radial distribution functions. Methane hydrate was found to be elastically isotropic with a linear dependence of the bulk modulus on pressure. Equally significant, multi-body interactions were found to be important in hydrates, and water-water interactions appear to strongly influence compressibility like in ice Ih. While the heat capacity of hydrate was found to be higher than that of ice, the thermal expansion coefficient was significantly lower, most likely due to the lower rigidity of hydrates. The mean square displacement gave important insight into stability, heat capacity, and elastic moduli, and the radial distribution functions further confirmed stability. The presented results provide a much needed atomistic thermoelastic characterization of methane hydrates and are essential input for the large-scale applications of hydrate detection and production.

  7. Volumic omit maps in ab initio dual-space phasing.

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    Oszlányi, Gábor; Sütő, András

    2016-07-01

    Alternating-projection-type dual-space algorithms have a clear construction, but are susceptible to stagnation and, thus, inefficient for solving the phase problem ab initio. To improve this behaviour new omit maps are introduced, which are real-space perturbations applied periodically during the iteration process. The omit maps are called volumic, because they delete some predetermined subvolume of the unit cell without searching for atomic regions or analysing the electron density in any other way. The basic algorithms of positivity, histogram matching and low-density elimination are tested by their solution statistics. It is concluded that, while all these algorithms based on weak constraints are practically useless in their pure forms, appropriate volumic omit maps can transform them to practically useful methods. In addition, the efficiency of the already useful reflector-type charge-flipping algorithm can be further improved. It is important that these results are obtained by using non-sharpened structure factors and without any weighting scheme or reciprocal-space perturbation. The mathematical background of volumic omit maps and their expected applications are also discussed.

  8. Challenges for large scale ab initio Quantum Monte Carlo

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    Kent, Paul

    2015-03-01

    Ab initio Quantum Monte Carlo is an electronic structure method that is highly accurate, well suited to large scale computation, and potentially systematically improvable in accuracy. Due to increases in computer power, the method has been applied to systems where established electronic structure methods have difficulty reaching the accuracies desired to inform experiment without empiricism, a necessary step in the design of materials and a helpful step in the improvement of cheaper and less accurate methods. Recent applications include accurate phase diagrams of simple materials through to phenomena in transition metal oxides. Nevertheless there remain significant challenges to achieving a methodology that is robust and systematically improvable in practice, as well as capable of exploiting the latest generation of high-performance computers. In this talk I will describe the current state of the art, recent applications, and several significant challenges for continued improvement. Supported through the Predictive Theory and Modeling for Materials and Chemical Science program by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Department of Energy (DOE).

  9. Moderate-Cost Ab Initio Thermochemistry with Chemical Accuracy.

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    Ganyecz, Ádám; Kállay, Mihály; Csontos, József

    2017-09-12

    A moderate-cost ab initio composite model chemistry including the explicitly correlated CCSD(T*)(F12) and conventional coupled-cluster methods up to perturbative quadruple excitations along with correlation consistent basis sets is developed. The model, named diet-HEAT-F12, is also augmented with diagonal Born-Oppenheimer and scalar relativistic corrections. The methods and basis sets used for the calculation of the individual components are selected to reproduce, as close as possible, without using any fitted parameters, the benchmark HEAT contributions. A well-defined recipe for calculating size-dependent 95% confidence intervals was also worked out for the model. The reliability of the protocol was checked using the W4-11 data set as well as a disjoint set of 23 accurate atomization energies collected from the literature and obtained by the procedure of Feller, Peterson, and Dixon. The best error statistics for the test set was yielded by the diet-HEAT-F12 protocol among the models W3X, W3X-L, and W3-F12 considered.

  10. The Hydration Structure of Carbon Monoxide by Ab Initio Methods

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    Awoonor-Williams, Ernest

    2016-01-01

    The solvation of carbon monoxide (CO) in liquid water is important for understanding its toxicological effects and biochemical roles. In this paper, we use ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) and CCSD(T)-F12 calculations to assess the accuracy of the Straub and Karplus molecular mechanical (MM) model for CO(aq). The CCSD(T)-F12 CO--H2O potential energy surfaces show that the most stable structure corresponds to water donating a hydrogen bond to the C center. The MM-calculated surface it incorrectly predicts that the O atom is a stronger hydrogen bond acceptor than the C atom. The AIMD simulations indicate that CO is solvated like a hydrophobic solute, with very limited hydrogen bonding with water. The MM model tends to overestimate the degree of hydrogen bonding and overestimates the atomic radius of the C atom. The calculated Gibbs energy of hydration is in good agreement with experiment (9.3 kJ/mol calc. vs 10.7 kJ/mol exptl.). The calculated diffusivity of CO(aq) in TIP3P-model water was 5.19 x 10-5 cm2/s ...

  11. An Ab Initio Based Potential Energy Surface for Water

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    Partridge, Harry; Schwenke, David W.; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)

    1996-01-01

    We report a new determination of the water potential energy surface. A high quality ab initio potential energy surface (PES) and dipole moment function of water have been computed. This PES is empirically adjusted to improve the agreement between the computed line positions and those from the HITRAN 92 data base. The adjustment is small, nonetheless including an estimate of core (oxygen 1s) electron correlation greatly improves the agreement with experiment. Of the 27,245 assigned transitions in the HITRAN 92 data base for H2(O-16), the overall root mean square (rms) deviation between the computed and observed line positions is 0.125/cm. However the deviations do not correspond to a normal distribution: 69% of the lines have errors less than 0.05/cm. Overall, the agreement between the line intensities computed in the present work and those contained in the data base is quite good, however there are a significant number of line strengths which differ greatly.

  12. Ab initio no-core solutions for 6Li

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    Shin, Ik Jae; Kim, Youngman; Maris, Pieter; Vary, James P.; Forssén, Christian; Rotureau, Jimmy; Michel, Nicolas

    2017-07-01

    We solve for properties of 6Li in the ab initio no-core full configuration (NCFC) approach and we separately solve for its ground state and {J}π ={2}2+ resonance with the Gamow shell model (GSM) in the Berggren basis. We employ both the JISP16 and chiral {{NNLO}}{opt} realistic nucleon-nucleon interactions and investigate the ground state energy, excitation energies, point proton root mean square (rms) radius and a suite of electroweak observables. We also extend and test methods to extrapolate the ground state energy, point proton rms radius, and electric quadrupole moment. We attain improved estimates of these observables in the NCFC approach by using basis spaces up through {N}\\max =18 that enable more definitive comparisons with experiment. Using the density matrix renormalization group approach with the JISP16 interaction, we find that we can significantly improve the convergence of the GSM treatment of the 6Li ground state and {J}π ={2}2+ resonance by adopting a natural orbital single-particle basis.

  13. Double-walled silicon nanotubes: an ab initio investigation

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    Lima, Matheus P.

    2018-02-01

    The synthesis of silicon nanotubes realized in the last decade demonstrates multi-walled tubular structures consisting of Si atoms in {{sp}}2 and the {{sp}}3 hybridizations. However, most of the theoretical models were elaborated taking as the starting point {{sp}}2 structures analogous to carbon nanotubes. These structures are unfavorable due to the natural tendency of the Si atoms to undergo {{sp}}3. In this work, through ab initio simulations based on density functional theory, we investigated double-walled silicon nanotubes proposing layered tubes possessing most of the Si atoms in an {{sp}}3 hybridization, and with few {{sp}}2 atoms localized at the outer wall. The lowest-energy structures have metallic behavior. Furthermore, the possibility to tune the band structure with the application of a strain was demonstrated, inducing a metal-semiconductor transition. Thus, the behavior of silicon nanotubes differs significantly from carbon nanotubes, and the main source of the differences is the distortions in the lattice associated with the tendency of Si to make four chemical bonds.

  14. A coupled "AB" system: Rogue waves and modulation instabilities.

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    Wu, C F; Grimshaw, R H J; Chow, K W; Chan, H N

    2015-10-01

    Rogue waves are unexpectedly large and localized displacements from an equilibrium position or an otherwise calm background. For the nonlinear Schrödinger (NLS) model widely used in fluid mechanics and optics, these waves can occur only when dispersion and nonlinearity are of the same sign, a regime of modulation instability. For coupled NLS equations, rogue waves will arise even if dispersion and nonlinearity are of opposite signs in each component as new regimes of modulation instability will appear in the coupled system. The same phenomenon will be demonstrated here for a coupled "AB" system, a wave-current interaction model describing baroclinic instability processes in geophysical flows. Indeed, the onset of modulation instability correlates precisely with the existence criterion for rogue waves for this system. Transitions from "elevation" rogue waves to "depression" rogue waves are elucidated analytically. The dispersion relation as a polynomial of the fourth order may possess double pairs of complex roots, leading to multiple configurations of rogue waves for a given set of input parameters. For special parameter regimes, the dispersion relation reduces to a cubic polynomial, allowing the existence criterion for rogue waves to be computed explicitly. Numerical tests correlating modulation instability and evolution of rogue waves were conducted.

  15. Ab-intitio studies of electronic properties of chalcogenide spinels.

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    Chshiev, Mairbek; Wang, Y.-H. A.; Gupta, Arunava; Bettinger, Joanna; Suzuki, Yuri; Butler, William H.

    2007-03-01

    CuCr2Se4 is a normal chalcogenide spinel which exhibits ferromagnetic properties including a relatively high Curie temperature of 450 K [1] which makes it a promising candidate for use in spintronics devices. Another chalcogenide spinel of enhanced interest for spintronics is CdCr2Se4 which seems to be a promising ferromagnetic semiconductor for electrical spin injection into III-V device heterostructures [2]. We report first principles calculations of the electronic structure of substoichiometric CuCr2Se4-x and CuxCd1-xCrSe4 spinels. The calculations were performed using the Vienna ab-initio simulation program (VASP) within the Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA) of Density Functional Theory (DFT). Our calculations indicate that both Se deficient CuCr2Se4-x as well as CuxCd1-xCrSe4 show half-metallic behavior over a wide range of x with a gap around the Fermi level in the minority density of states. [1] F.K. Lotgering, Solid State Commun. 2 (1964) 55 [2] G. Kioseoglou et al., Nature Materials 3 (2004) 799

  16. DEFORMATION MEASUREMENT USING SENTINEL-1A/B IMAGERY

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    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Land deformation monitoring based on C-band Synthetic Aperture Radar Sentinel-1A/B imagery is the main focus of this paper. This type of data is exploited using a Persistent Scatterer Interferometry technique. The paper describes a deformation monitoring strategy, which is related to a specific monitoring scenario: a relatively small deformation area of interest surrounded by a stable area. In the case study considered in this work, the scenario corresponds to an area of potential subsidence induced by underground water pumping. In this specific case, the deformation area of interest has a radius of approximately 1 km. The proposed monitoring strategy takes advantage of the specific scenario at hand, and, in particular, of the availability of stable areas close to the area that potentially is affected by deformation. In this paper we briefly describe the proposed data analysis strategy. The key component of the strategy, i.e. the estimation of the atmospheric component, is illustrated in detail. Some examples of the two main products of the procedure, i.e. the deformation velocity map and the deformation time series, are discussed.

  17. Engineering Room-temperature Superconductors Via ab-initio Calculations

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    Gulian, Mamikon; Melkonyan, Gurgen; Gulian, Armen

    The BCS, or bosonic model of superconductivity, as Little and Ginzburg have first argued, can bring in superconductivity at room temperatures in the case of high-enough frequency of bosonic mode. It was further elucidated by Kirzhnitset al., that the condition for existence of high-temperature superconductivity is closely related to negative values of the real part of the dielectric function at finite values of the reciprocal lattice vectors. In view of these findings, the task is to calculate the dielectric function for real materials. Then the poles of this function will indicate the existence of bosonic excitations which can serve as a "glue" for Cooper pairing, and if the frequency is high enough, and the dielectric matrix is simultaneously negative, this material is a good candidate for very high-Tc superconductivity. Thus, our approach is to elaborate a methodology of ab-initio calculation of the dielectric function of various materials, and then point out appropriate candidates. We used the powerful codes (TDDF with the DP package in conjunction with ABINIT) for computing dielectric responses at finite values of the wave vectors in the reciprocal lattice space. Though our report is concerned with the particular problem of superconductivity, the application range of the data processing methodology is much wider. The ability to compute the dielectric function of existing and still non-existing (though being predicted!) materials will have many more repercussions not only in fundamental sciences but also in technology and industry.

  18. Deformation Measurement Using SENTINEL-1A/B Imagery

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    Crosetto, M.; Monserrat, O.; Devanthéry, N.; Cuevas-González, M.; Barra, A.; Crippa, B.

    2017-09-01

    Land deformation monitoring based on C-band Synthetic Aperture Radar Sentinel-1A/B imagery is the main focus of this paper. This type of data is exploited using a Persistent Scatterer Interferometry technique. The paper describes a deformation monitoring strategy, which is related to a specific monitoring scenario: a relatively small deformation area of interest surrounded by a stable area. In the case study considered in this work, the scenario corresponds to an area of potential subsidence induced by underground water pumping. In this specific case, the deformation area of interest has a radius of approximately 1 km. The proposed monitoring strategy takes advantage of the specific scenario at hand, and, in particular, of the availability of stable areas close to the area that potentially is affected by deformation. In this paper we briefly describe the proposed data analysis strategy. The key component of the strategy, i.e. the estimation of the atmospheric component, is illustrated in detail. Some examples of the two main products of the procedure, i.e. the deformation velocity map and the deformation time series, are discussed.

  19. Ab-initio calculations for dilute magnetic semiconductors

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    Belhadji, Brahim

    2008-03-03

    This thesis focusses on ab-initio calculations for the electronic structure and the magnetic properties of dilute magnetic semiconductors (DMS). In particular we aim at the understanding of the complex exchange interactions in these systems. Our calculations are based on density functional theory, being ideally suited for a description of the material specific properties of the considered DMS. Moreover we use the KKR Green function method in connection with the coherent potential approximation (CPA), which allows to include the random substitutional disorder in a mean field-like approximation for the electronic structure. Finally we calculate the exchange coupling constants J{sub ij} between two impurities in a CPA medium by using the Lichtenstein formula and from this calculate the Curie temperature by a numerically exact Monte Carlo method. Based on this analysis we found and investigated four different exchange mechanisms being of importance in DMS systems: Double exchange, p-d exchange, antiferromagnetic superexchanges, and ferromagnetic superexchange. A second topic we have investigated in this thesis is the pressure dependence of the exchange interactions and the Curie temperatures in (Ga,Mn)As and (In,Mn)As, using the LDA and the LDA+U approximations. Exact calculations of T{sub C} by Monte Carlo simulations show a somehow different behavior. (orig.)

  20. Mesoscale Structures in the Adlayer of A-B2Heterogeneous Catalysis.

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    Sun, Fei; Huang, Wen Lai; Li, Jinghai

    2017-10-24

    This article explores the adsorbate distributions in the adlayer for a model A-B 2 system of heterogeneous catalysis, i.e., A + 1 / 2 B 2 → AB, via kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) simulations. In comparison with our previous work on the A-B model (Sun, F.; Huang, W.; Li, J. Structural characteristics of the adlayer in heterogeneous catalysis. Chem. Eng. Sci. 2016, 153, 87-92), species B 2 here brings about significant new features due to its special site requirement during adsorption and desorption and a different stoichiometric ratio in reactions. The effects of various kinetic processes on the adsorbate distribution are found to be similar to those in the A-B system; that is, both desorption and diffusion (besides adsorption) processes contribute to the adlayer uniformity while reactions account for clustering. However, desorption exhibits a stronger role than diffusion in homogenizing the adlayer, which is opposite to the finding in the previous A-B model. Under a fixed partial pressure, different reaction and desorption rate constants can lead to steady states with different dominant species, which has not been observed in the A-B system. The regime of species B poisoning shrinks as well, leading to the spreading of the coexisting regime, in comparison with the A-B model.

  1. High Yield Chemical Vapor Deposition Growth of High Quality Large-Area AB Stacked Bilayer Graphene

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    Liu, Lixin; Zhou, Hailong; Cheng, Rui; Yu, Woo Jong; Liu, Yuan; Chen, Yu; Shaw, Jonathan; Zhong, Xing; Huang, Yu; Duan, Xiangfeng

    2012-01-01

    Bernal stacked (AB stacked) bilayer graphene is of significant interest for functional electronic and photonic devices due to the feasibility to continuously tune its band gap with a vertical electrical field. Mechanical exfoliation can be used to produce AB stacked bilayer graphene flakes but typically with the sizes limited to a few micrometers. Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) has been recently explored for the synthesis of bilayer graphene but usually with limited coverage and a mixture of AB and randomly stacked structures. Herein we report a rational approach to produce large-area high quality AB stacked bilayer graphene. We show that the self-limiting effect of graphene growth on Cu foil can be broken by using a high H2/CH4 ratio in a low pressure CVD process to enable the continued growth of bilayer graphene. A high temperature and low pressure nucleation step is found to be critical for the formation of bilayer graphene nuclei with high AB stacking ratio. A rational design of a two-step CVD process is developed for the growth of bilayer graphene with high AB stacking ratio (up to 90 %) and high coverage (up to 99 %). The electrical transport studies demonstrated that devices made of the as-grown bilayer graphene exhibit typical characteristics of AB stacked bilayer graphene with the highest carrier mobility exceeding 4,000 cm2/V·s at room temperature, comparable to that of the exfoliated bilayer graphene. PMID:22906199

  2. Antibacterial properties of Acinetobacter baumannii phage Abp1 endolysin (PlyAB1).

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    Huang, Guangtao; Shen, Xiaodong; Gong, Yali; Dong, Zhiwei; Zhao, Xia; Shen, Wei; Wang, Jing; Hu, Fuquan; Peng, Yizhi

    2014-12-12

    Acinetobacter baumannii has emerged as one of the most important hospital-acquired pathogens in the world, because of its resistance to almost all available antibiotic drugs. Endolysins from phages are attracting increasing interest as potential antimicrobial agents, especially for drug-resistant bacteria. We previously isolated and characterized Abp1, a virulent phage targeting the multidrug-resistant A. baumannii strain, AB1. To evaluate the antimicrobial potential of endolysin from the Abp1 phage, the endolysin gene plyAB1 was cloned and over-expressed in Escherichia coli, and the lytic activity of the recombinant protein (PlyAB1) was tested by turbidity assessment and bacteria counting assays. PlyAB1 exhibits a marked lytic activity against A. baumannii AB1, as shown by a decrease in the number of live bacteria following treatment with the enzyme. Moreover, PlyAB1 displayed a highly specific lytic effect against all of the 48 hospital-derived pandrug-resistant A. baumannii isolates that were tested. These isolates were shown to belong to different ST clones by multilocus sequence typing. The results presented here show that PlyAB1 has potential as an antibiotic against drug-resistant A. baumannii.

  3. Effect of Compatibilizers on the Morphological Properties of ABS and LCP Blends

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    T. Das

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The blends of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS polymer and liquid crystalline polymer (LCP were prepared using a melt-blending technique in presence and absence of different types of nanosilica. The effect of Zn++ coated nanosilica on thermal, dynamic mechanical, and morphological properties of ABS/LCP blends was studied. The Zn++ coated nanosilica showed a significant effect on the above-mentioned properties of ABS/LCP blends by reacting at the interface between ABS and LCP. A substantial improvement in storage modulus of ABS/LCP blends was observed in presence of Zn++ coated nanosilica. Epoxy encapsulated nanosilica was also used as a compatibilizer in this blend system. It is known that the epoxy end group reacts with the LCP reacting groups. But in this case, we cannot find desirable results, may be due to the presence of ABS as the matrix. So Zn-ion-coated nanosilica proved to be better than that epoxy encapsulated nanosilica for the ABS/LCP containing blends. The SEM morphology also corroborates the above-mentioned argument.

  4. Characteristics of Cry1Ab Protein from Bioinsecticides and Insect Resistant GM Crops

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    Żmijewska Ewelina

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Biological insecticides are an effective method used in plant protection. One of the most widely used active substances in biological insecticides is Cry1Ab protein, which is toxic for lepidopteran insects. This protein is produced during bacterial sporulation by Bacillus thuringiensis. Other sources of Cry1Ab protein are genetically modified plants (GM with expression of cry1Ab gene. Cry1Ab protein in both bioinsecticides and GM plants is present in the form of protoxin, which requires activation by enzymatic treatment in the gut of susceptible insects. So far, Cry1Ab mode of action is not fully understood, but there are 3 main concepts describing it. Two of them assume that a toxic protein after binding to receptors in the insect gut penetrates into the cells, causing pore formation in the gut, which leads to the death of the sensitive insect. In the third model Cry1Ab toxic action is a result of toxin-induced chemical processes initiating a cell death pathway. This work describes the structure and mode of action of Cry1Ab protein, present in biological insecticides and genetically modified plants.

  5. 40 CFR 174.529 - Bacillus thuringiensis modified Cry1Ab protein as identified under OECD Unique Identifier SYN...

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    ... 40 Protection of Environment 23 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Bacillus thuringiensis modified Cry1Ab... Tolerance Exemptions § 174.529 Bacillus thuringiensis modified Cry1Ab protein as identified under OECD... Bacillus thuringiensis modified Cry1Ab protein as identified under OECD Unique Identifier SYN-IR67B-1 are...

  6. Hydrothermal Synthesis of Bi2S3 Nanostructures and ABS-Based Polymeric Nanocomposite

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    D. Ghanbari

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth sulfide nano-rods and nano-flowers were synthesized via a hydrothermal reaction at a relatively low temperature. Thioglycolic acid is used as sulfur source and capping agent simultaneously. Bi2S3 nanostructures were then added to acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS copolymer. The thermal stability behavior of ABS filled with bismuth sulfide nano-rods were investigated by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA. Nanostructures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and atomic force microscopy (AFM. The flame retardancy behavior of ABS-Bi2S3 was studied by UL-94 analysis.

  7. Newly isolated mAbs broaden the neutralizing epitope in murine norovirus

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    Kolawole, Abimbola O.; Xia, Chunsheng; Li, Ming; Gamez, Monica; Yu, Chenchen; Rippinger, Christine M.; Yucha, Ryan E.; Smith, Thomas J.; Wobus, Christiane E.

    2014-01-01

    Here, we report the isolation and functional characterization of mAbs against two murine norovirus (MNV) strains, MNV-1 and WU20, which were isolated following oral infection of mice. The mAbs were screened for reactivity against the respective homologous and heterologous MNV strain by ELISA. Selected mAbs were of IgA, IgG1, IgG2a or IgG2b isotype and showed a range of Western blot reactivities from non-binding to strong binding, suggesting recognition of conformational and linear epitopes. S...

  8. The Complete Genome Sequence of Methanobrevibacter sp. AbM4

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    Leahy, S. C.; Kelly, W J; Li, D; Li, Y.; Altermann, E.; Lambie, S. C.; Cox, F; Attwood, G. T.

    2013-01-01

    Methanobrevibacter sp. AbM4 was originally isolated from the abomasal contents of a sheep and was chosen as a representative of the Methanobrevibacter wolinii clade for genome sequencing. The AbM4 genome is smaller than that of the rumen methanogen M. ruminantium M1 (2.0 Mb versus 2.93 Mb), encodes fewer open reading frames (ORFs) (1,671 versus 2,217) and has a lower G+C percentage (29% versus 33%). Overall, the composition of the AbM4 genome is very similar to that of M1 suggesting that the ...

  9. Laptop computer-induced erythema ab igne in a child and review of the literature.

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    Arnold, Andreas W; Itin, Peter H

    2010-11-01

    We report here the case of a 12-year-old boy with erythema ab igne on his left thigh caused by the use of a laptop computer. This is the youngest of the 10 reported patients with this laptop-induced dermatosis since its first description in 2004. Erythema ab igne is a reticular, pigmented, sometimes telangiectatic dermatosis that is caused by prolonged exposure to a heat or infrared source. In laptop-induced erythema ab igne, the localization on the thighs and asymmetry are characteristic. The heat originates from the optical drive, the battery, or the ventilation fan of the computer.

  10. Laptop-induced erythema ab igne: Report and review of literature.

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    Riahi, Ryan R; Cohen, Philip R

    2012-06-15

    Erythema ab igne is an erythematous, reticular hyperpigmentation that results from prolonged thermal radiation exposure insufficient to cause a burn. Historically, lesions were found on individuals exposed to open fires or stoves, but more recently, erythema ab igne has been described in patients using portable electronics devices including laptops. We report a 21-year-old woman who presented with net-like hyperpigmentation on her thighs caused by prolonged laptop use. We also review the literature that describes other individuals with laptop-induced erythema ab igne and discuss the features of this condition.

  11. [Clinical value of ab-interno trabecular surgery in the management of glaucoma].

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    Dietlein, T S; Lappas, A; Rosentreter, A

    2014-11-01

    Ab-interno trabecular surgery does not damage sclera and conjunctiva in glaucoma patients and does not prejudice subsequent anti-glaucomatous filtration or drainage device surgery. As only trabecular resistance is surgically modified, the level of intraocular pressure (IOP) can usually not be reduced in the lower teens. Consequently, incisional ab-interno trabecular surgery is a valuable option in early glaucoma stages with moderate IOP elevation, especially in combination with cataract surgery. Ab-interno trabecular surgery is an insufficient surgical tool in normal pressure glaucoma, but also in glaucoma patients with very high IOP peaks. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  12. Influence of the Nanoclay Cloisite 20A Incorporation on Properties of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)

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    Sales, Jorge N.; Silva, Andressa A.; Valenzuela-Diaz, Francisco R.; Moura, Esperidiana A. B.

    This work aims to study the influence of the nanoclay Cloisite 20A incorporation on mechanical properties of ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene). The incorporation of Cloisite 20A was made in two steps; firstly, a masterbatch was preparated and then, it was incorporated in ABS. The Cloisite 20A masterbatch using 40 % of nanoclay and 60 % of SAN (Styrene Acrylonitrile) was prepared in an adiabatic mill. After that, Cloisite 20A masterbarch at 1 and 5 % (wt) was added in ABS. The resulting nanocomposites were characterized by tensile tests and the correlation between properties was discussed.

  13. Performance of the Molecular Alere i Influenza A&B Test Compared to That of the Xpert Flu A/B Assay

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    Flores-Cortez, Estefany J.

    2014-01-01

    Data on the performance of rapid molecular point-of-care use platforms for diagnosis of influenza are lacking. We validated nasopharyngeal (NP) flocked specimens in universal transport medium (UTM) and evaluated the clinical sensitivity and specificity of the Alere i influenza A&B test compared to those of the Xpert flu A/B assay. The Alere i influenza A&B test had an overall sensitivity and specificity of 93.8% and 62.5% for influenza A, respectively, and of 91.8% and 53.6% for influenza B, respectively. The poor specificity was due to influenza virus samples determined positive for both type A and B. PMID:25502527

  14. Performance of the molecular Alere I influenza A&B test compared to that of the xpert flu A/B assay.

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    Chapin, Kimberle C; Flores-Cortez, Estefany J

    2015-02-01

    Data on the performance of rapid molecular point-of-care use platforms for diagnosis of influenza are lacking. We validated nasopharyngeal (NP) flocked specimens in universal transport medium (UTM) and evaluated the clinical sensitivity and specificity of the Alere i influenza A&B test compared to those of the Xpert flu A/B assay. The Alere i influenza A&B test had an overall sensitivity and specificity of 93.8% and 62.5% for influenza A, respectively, and of 91.8% and 53.6% for influenza B, respectively. The poor specificity was due to influenza virus samples determined positive for both type A and B. Copyright © 2015, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  15. Studies on South-east Asian fireflies: Abscondita, a new genus with details of life history, flashing patterns and behaviour of Abs. chinensis (L.) and Abs. terminalis (Olivier) (Coleoptera: Lampyridae: Luciolinae).

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    Ballantyne, Lesley; Fu, Xinhua; Lambkin, Christine; Jeng, Ming-Luen; Faust, Lynn; Wijekoon, M C D; Li, Daiqin; Zhu, Tengfui

    2013-01-01

    Abscondita, a new genus of fireflies from South-east Asia, is described from males and females of Abs. anceyi (Olivier 1883), Abs. cerata (Olivier 1911), Abs. chinensis (L. 1767), Abs. perplexa (Walker 1858), Abs. promelaena (Walker 1858) and Abs. terminalis (Olivier 1883), all transferred from Luciola Laporte. Both L. dubia Olivier 1903 and L. dejeani Gemminger 1870 are synonymised with Luciola perplexa (Walker), and L. aegrota Olivier 1891 and L. melaspis Bourgeois 1909 with L. promelaena Walker. Females are characterised by their bursa plates. Larvae are associated and described for Abs. anceyi (Olivier), Abs. chinensis (L.) and Abs. terminalis (Olivier). Taxonomic issues regarding the identification of species with very similar colouration of pale dorsum and black tipped elytra are addressed and in some cases resolved. A neotype for Luciola chinensis (L.) is erected and Luciola praeusta (Kiesenwetter 1874) is synonymised with L. chinensis (L.). Descriptions of life histories, biology and flashing patterns of populations of Abs. chinensis and Abs. terminalis from central China are included. A bs. terminalis is the first Asian firefly known to possess multiple flash trains where males are documented to display with repeating flash trains.

  16. Machine Learning Force Field Parameters from Ab Initio Data.

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    Li, Ying; Li, Hui; Pickard, Frank C; Narayanan, Badri; Sen, Fatih G; Chan, Maria K Y; Sankaranarayanan, Subramanian K R S; Brooks, Bernard R; Roux, Benoît

    2017-09-12

    Machine learning (ML) techniques with the genetic algorithm (GA) have been applied to determine a polarizable force field parameters using only ab initio data from quantum mechanics (QM) calculations of molecular clusters at the MP2/6-31G(d,p), DFMP2(fc)/jul-cc-pVDZ, and DFMP2(fc)/jul-cc-pVTZ levels to predict experimental condensed phase properties (i.e., density and heat of vaporization). The performance of this ML/GA approach is demonstrated on 4943 dimer electrostatic potentials and 1250 cluster interaction energies for methanol. Excellent agreement between the training data set from QM calculations and the optimized force field model was achieved. The results were further improved by introducing an offset factor during the machine learning process to compensate for the discrepancy between the QM calculated energy and the energy reproduced by optimized force field, while maintaining the local "shape" of the QM energy surface. Throughout the machine learning process, experimental observables were not involved in the objective function, but were only used for model validation. The best model, optimized from the QM data at the DFMP2(fc)/jul-cc-pVTZ level, appears to perform even better than the original AMOEBA force field (amoeba09.prm), which was optimized empirically to match liquid properties. The present effort shows the possibility of using machine learning techniques to develop descriptive polarizable force field using only QM data. The ML/GA strategy to optimize force fields parameters described here could easily be extended to other molecular systems.

  17. Lithium Insertion In Silicon Nanowires: An ab Initio Study

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    Zhang, Qianfan

    2010-09-08

    The ultrahigh specific lithium ion storage capacity of Si nanowires (SiNWs) has been demonstrated recently and has opened up exciting opportunities for energy storage. However, a systematic theoretical study on lithium insertion in SiNWs remains a challenge, and as a result, understanding of the fundamental interaction and microscopic dynamics during lithium insertion is still lacking. This paper focuses on the study of single Li atom insertion into SiNWs with different sizes and axis orientations by using full ab initio calculations. We show that the binding energy of interstitial Li increases as the SiNW diameter grows. The binding energies at different insertion sites, which can be classified as surface, intermediate, and core sites, are quite different. We find that surface sites are energetically the most favorable insertion positions and that intermediate sites are the most unfavorable insertion positions. Compared with the other growth directions, the [110] SiNWs with different diameters always present the highest binding energies on various insertion locations, which indicates that [110] SiNWs are more favorable by Li doping. Furthermore, we study Li diffusion inside SiNWs. The results show that the Li surface diffusion has a much higher chance to occur than the surface to core diffusion, which is consistent with the experimental observation that the Li insertion in SiNWs is layer by layer from surface to inner region. After overcoming a large barrier crossing surface-to-intermediate region, the diffusion toward center has a higher possibility to occur than the inverse process. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  18. Optical properties of highly compressed polystyrene: An ab initio study

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    Hu, S. X.; Collins, L. A.; Colgan, J. P.; Goncharov, V. N.; Kilcrease, D. P.

    2017-10-01

    Using all-electron density functional theory, we have performed an ab initio study on x-ray absorption spectra of highly compressed polystyrene (CH). We found that the K -edge shifts in strongly coupled, degenerate polystyrene cannot be explained by existing continuum-lowering models adopted in traditional plasma physics. To gain insights into the K -edge shift in warm, dense CH, we have developed a model designated as "single mixture in a box" (SMIAB), which incorporates both the lowering of the continuum and the rising of the Fermi surface resulting from high compression. This simple SMIAB model correctly predicts the K -edge shift of carbon in highly compressed CH in good agreement with results from quantum molecular dynamics (QMD) calculations. Traditional opacity models failed to give the proper K -edge shifts as the CH density increased. Based on QMD calculations, we have established a first-principles opacity table (FPOT) for CH in a wide range of densities and temperatures [ρ =0.1 -100 g /c m3 and T =2000 -1 000 000 K ]. The FPOT gives much higher Rosseland mean opacity compared to the cold-opacity-patched astrophysics opacity table for warm, dense CH and favorably compares to the newly improved Los Alamos atomic model for moderately compressed CH (ρCH≤10 g /c m3 ), but remains a factor of 2 to 3 higher at extremely high densities (ρCH≥50 g /c m3 ). We anticipate the established FPOT of CH will find important applications to reliable designs of high-energy-density experiments. Moreover, the understanding of K -edge shifting revealed in this study could provide guides for improving the traditional opacity models to properly handle the strongly coupled and degenerate conditions.

  19. Cosmic-Ray Modulation: an Ab Initio Approach

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    Engelbrecht, N. E.; Burger, R. A.

    2014-10-01

    A better understanding of cosmic-ray modulation in the heliosphere can only be gained through a proper understanding of the effects of turbulence on the diffusion and drift of cosmic rays. We present an ab initio model for cosmic-ray modulation, incorporating for the first time the results yielded by a two-component turbulence transport model. This model is solved for periods of minimum solar activity, utilizing boundary values chosen so that model results are in fair to good agreement with spacecraft observations of turbulence quantities, not only in the solar ecliptic plane but also along the out-of-ecliptic trajectory of the Ulysses spacecraft. These results are employed as inputs for modelled slab and 2D turbulence energy spectra. The latter spectrum is chosen based on physical considerations, with a drop-off at the very lowest wavenumbers commencing at the 2D outerscale. There currently exist no models or observations for this quantity, and it is the only free parameter in this study. The modelled turbulence spectra are used as inputs for parallel mean free path expressions based on those derived from quasi-linear theory and perpendicular mean free paths from extended nonlinear guiding center theory. Furthermore, the effects of turbulence on cosmic-ray drifts are modelled in a self-consistent way, employing a recently developed model for drift along the wavy current sheet. The resulting diffusion coefficients and drift expressions are applied to the study of galactic cosmic-ray protons and antiprotons using a three-dimensional, steady-state cosmic-ray modulation code, and sample solutions in fair agreement with multiple spacecraft observations are presented.

  20. Cosmic-ray modulation: an ab initio approach

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    Engelbrecht, N.E.; Burger, R.A., E-mail: 12580996@nwu.ac.za [Center for Space Research, North-West University, Potchefstroom (South Africa)

    2014-07-01

    A better understanding of cosmic-ray modulation in the heliosphere can only be gained through a proper understanding of the effects of turbulence on the diffusion and drift of cosmic rays. We present an ab initio model for cosmic-ray modulation, incorporating for the first time the results yielded by a two-component turbulence transport model. This model is solved for periods of minimum solar activity, utilizing boundary values chosen so that model results are in fair to good agreement with spacecraft observations of turbulence quantities, not only in the solar ecliptic plane but also along the out-of-ecliptic trajectory of the Ulysses spacecraft. These results are employed as inputs for modelled slab and 2D turbulence energy spectra. The latter spectrum is chosen based on physical considerations, with a drop-off at the very lowest wavenumbers commencing at the 2D outerscale. There currently exist no models or observations for this quantity, and it is the only free parameter in this study. The modelled turbulence spectra are used as inputs for parallel mean free path expressions based on those derived from quasi-linear theory and perpendicular mean free paths from extended nonlinear guiding center theory. Furthermore, the effects of turbulence on cosmic-ray drifts are modelled in a self-consistent way, employing a recently developed model for drift along the wavy current sheet. The resulting diffusion coefficients and drift expressions are applied to the study of galactic cosmic-ray protons and antiprotons using a three dimensional, steady-state cosmic-ray modulation code, and sample solutions in fair agreement with multiple spacecraft observations are presented. (author)

  1. AN AB INITIO MODEL FOR COSMIC-RAY MODULATION

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    Engelbrecht, N. E.; Burger, R. A. [Center for Space Research, North-West University, Potchefstroom 2520 (South Africa)

    2013-07-20

    A proper understanding of the effects of turbulence on the diffusion and drift of cosmic rays (CRs) is of vital importance for a better understanding of CR modulation in the heliosphere. This study presents an ab initio model for CR modulation, incorporating for the first time the results yielded by a two-component turbulence transport model. This model is solved for solar minimum heliospheric conditions, utilizing boundary values chosen so that model results are in reasonable agreement with spacecraft observations of turbulence quantities in the solar ecliptic plane and along the out-of-ecliptic trajectory of the Ulysses spacecraft. These results are employed as inputs for modeled slab and two-dimensional (2D) turbulence energy spectra. The modeled 2D spectrum is chosen based on physical considerations, with a drop-off at the very lowest wavenumbers. There currently exist no models or observations for the wavenumber where this drop-off occurs, and it is considered to be the only free parameter in this study. The modeled spectra are used as inputs for parallel mean free path expressions based on those derived from quasi-linear theory and perpendicular mean free paths from extended nonlinear guiding center theory. Furthermore, the effects of turbulence on CR drifts are modeled in a self-consistent way, also employing a recently developed model for wavy current sheet drift. The resulting diffusion and drift coefficients are applied to the study of galactic CR protons and antiprotons using a 3D, steady-state CR modulation code, and sample solutions in fair to good agreement with multiple spacecraft observations are presented.

  2. Adjuvant Ab Interno Tumor Treatment After Proton Beam Irradiation.

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    Seibel, Ira; Riechardt, Aline I; Heufelder, Jens; Cordini, Dino; Joussen, Antonia M

    2017-06-01

    This study was performed to show long-term outcomes concerning globe preservation in uveal melanoma patients after proton beam therapy with the main focus on outcomes according to different adjuvant ab interno surgical procedures. Retrospective cohort study. All patients treated with primary proton beam therapy for choroidal or ciliary body melanoma between June 1998 and June 2015 were included. A total of 2499 patients underwent primary proton beam therapy, with local tumor control and globe preservation rates of 95.9% and 94.8% after 5 years, respectively. A total of 110 (4.4%) patients required secondary enucleation. Unresponsive neovascular glaucoma was the leading cause of secondary enucleation in 78 of the 2499 patients (3.1%). The 5-year enucleation-free survival rate was 94.8% in the endoresection group, 94.3% in the endodrainage group, and 93.5% in the comparator group. The log-rank test showed P = .014 (comparator group vs endoresection group) and P = .06 (comparator group vs endodrainage-vitrectomy group). Patients treated with endoresection or endodrainage-vitrectomy developed less radiation retinopathy (30.5% and 37.4% after 5 years, P = .001 and P = .048 [Kaplan-Meier], respectively) and less neovascular glaucoma (11.6% and 21.3% after 5 years, P = .001 and P = .01 [Kaplan-Meier], respectively) compared with the comparator group (52.3% radiation retinopathy and 57.8% neovascular glaucoma after 5 years). This study suggests that in larger tumors the enucleation and neovascular glaucoma rates might be reduced by adjuvant surgical procedures. Although endoresection is the most promising adjuvant treatment option, the endodrainage-vitrectomy is recommended in patients who are ineligible for endoresection. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Delayed-onset symptomatic hyphema after ab interno trabeculotomy surgery.

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    Ahuja, Yachna; Malihi, Mehrdad; Sit, Arthur J

    2012-09-01

    To describe patients who have experienced delayed-onset hyphema after ab interno trabeculotomy surgery with the Trabectome (Neomedix Corp) for open-angle glaucoma. Retrospective case series. study population: Patients at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, who underwent Trabectome surgery between September 1, 2006, and December 31, 2010, and who had symptomatic hyphema at least 2 months after surgery. observation procedure: Patients with blurred vision at least 2 months after Trabectome surgery were examined for the presence of hyphema using a slit lamp and gonioscopy. main outcome measures: Proportion of patients experiencing delayed-onset symptomatic hyphema after Trabectome surgery. Associated factors and clinical course for these patients. Of 262 cases of Trabectome surgery, there were 12 cases of delayed-onset symptomatic hyphema (4.6%). The average age was 74.3 years (range, 66 to 82 years). Median time to onset of hyphema was 8.6 months (range, 2 to 31 months) after surgery. Symptom onset commonly occurred on awakening. The most common characteristic was maintaining a sleep position on the surgical side. Most hyphemas resolved within 1 to 2 weeks, except in 1 patient, who required trabeculectomy for a refractory intraocular pressure spike. This is a series of patients with symptomatic delayed-onset hyphema after Trabectome surgery in the absence of further surgeries or trauma. Likely mechanisms are exertion-related increase in episcleral venous pressure or ocular compression from sleeping on the surgical side, followed by sudden decompression and blood reflux. Symptomatic patients should identify and avoid associated triggers because delayed-onset hyphema may be associated with intermittent intraocular pressure spikes that may require medical or surgical treatment. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Machine Learning Force Field Parameters from Ab Initio Data

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    Li, Ying [Argonne; Li, Hui [Department; Pickard, Frank C. [Laboratory; Narayanan, Badri [Center; Sen, Fatih G. [Center; Chan, Maria K. Y. [Center; Computational; Sankaranarayanan, Subramanian K. R. S. [Center; Computational; Brooks, Bernard R. [Laboratory; Roux, Benoît [Department; Center; Computational

    2017-08-11

    Machine learning (ML) techniques with the genetic algorithm (GA) have been applied to determine a polarizable force field parameters using only ab initio data from quantum mechanics (QM) calculations of molecular clusters at the MP2/6-31G(d,p), DFMP2(fc)/jul-cc-pVDZ, and DFMP2(fc)/jul-cc-pVTZ levels to predict experimental condensed phase properties (i.e., density and heat of vaporization). The performance of this ML/GA approach is demonstrated on 4943 dimer electrostatic potentials and 1250 cluster interaction energies for methanol. Excellent agreement between the training data set from QM calculations and the optimized force field model was achieved. The results were further improved by introducing an offset factor during the machine learning process to compensate for the discrepancy between the QM calculated energy and the energy reproduced by optimized force field, while maintaining the local “shape” of the QM energy surface. Throughout the machine learning process, experimental observables were not involved in the objective function, but were only used for model validation. The best model, optimized from the QM data at the DFMP2(fc)/jul-cc-pVTZ level, appears to perform even better than the original AMOEBA force field (amoeba09.prm), which was optimized empirically to match liquid properties. The present effort shows the possibility of using machine learning techniques to develop descriptive polarizable force field using only QM data. The ML/GA strategy to optimize force fields parameters described here could easily be extended to other molecular systems.

  5. Rapid Solidification of AB{sub 5} Hydrogen Storage Alloys

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    Gulbrandsen-Dahl, Sverre

    2002-01-01

    This doctoral thesis is concerned with rapid solidification of AB{sub 5} materials suitable for electrochemical hydrogen storage. The primary objective of the work has been to characterise the microstructure and crystal structure of the produced AB{sub 5} materials as a function of the process parameters, e.g. the cooling rate during rapid solidification, the determination of which has been paid special attention to. The thesis is divided into 6 parts, of which Part I is a literature review, starting with a short presentation of energy storage alternatives. Then a general review of metal hydrides and their utilisation as energy carriers is presented. This part also includes more detailed descriptions of the crystal structure, the chemical composition and the hydrogen storage properties of AB{sub 5} materials. Furthermore, a description of the chill-block melt spinning process and the gas atomisation process is given. In Part II of the thesis a digital photo calorimetric technique has been developed and applied for obtaining in situ temperature measurements during chill-block melt spinning of a Mm(NiCoMnA1){sub 5} hydride forming alloy (Mm = Mischmetal of rare earths). Compared with conventional colour transmission temperature measurements, this technique offers a special advantage in terms of a high temperature resolutional and positional accuracy, which under the prevailing experimental conditions were found to be {+-}29 K and {+-} 0.1 mm, respectively. Moreover, it is shown that the cooling rate in solid state is approximately 2.5 times higher than that observed during solidification, indicating that the solid ribbon stayed in intimate contact with the wheel surface down to very low metal temperatures before the bond was broken. During this contact period the cooling regime shifted from near ideal in the melt puddle to near Newtonian towards the end, when the heat transfer from the solid ribbon to the wheel became the rate controlling step. In Part III of the

  6. AB-CHMINACA, AB-PINACA, and FUBIMINA: Affinity and Potency of Novel Synthetic Cannabinoids in Producing Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol–Like Effects in Mice

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    Marusich, Julie A.; Lefever, Timothy W.; Antonazzo, Kateland R.; Wallgren, Michael T.; Cortes, Ricardo A.; Patel, Purvi R.; Grabenauer, Megan; Moore, Katherine N.

    2015-01-01

    Diversion of synthetic cannabinoids for abuse began in the early 2000s. Despite legislation banning compounds currently on the drug market, illicit manufacturers continue to release new compounds for recreational use. This study examined new synthetic cannabinoids, AB-CHMINACA (N-[1-amino-3-methyl-oxobutan-2-yl]-1-[cyclohexylmethyl]-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide), AB-PINACA [N-(1-amino-3-methyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-pentyl-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide], and FUBIMINA [(1-(5-fluoropentyl)-1H-benzo[d]imadazol-2-yl)(naphthalen-1-yl)methanone], with the hypothesis that these compounds, like those before them, would be highly susceptible to abuse. Cannabinoids were examined in vitro for binding and activation of CB1 receptors, and in vivo for pharmacological effects in mice and in Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) discrimination. AB-CHMINACA, AB-PINACA, and FUBIMINA bound to and activated CB1 and CB2 receptors, and produced locomotor suppression, antinociception, hypothermia, and catalepsy. Furthermore, these compounds, along with JWH-018 [1-pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole], CP47,497 [rel-5-(1,1-dimethylheptyl)-2-[(1R,3S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl]-phenol], and WIN55,212-2 ([(3R)-2,3-dihydro-5-methyl-3-(4-morpholinylmethyl)pyrrolo[1,2,3-de]-1,4-benzoxazin-6-yl]-1-naphthalenyl-methanone, monomethanesulfonate), substituted for Δ9-THC in Δ9-THC discrimination. Rank order of potency correlated with CB1 receptor-binding affinity, and all three compounds were full agonists in [35S]GTPγS binding, as compared with the partial agonist Δ9-THC. Indeed, AB-CHMINACA and AB-PINACA exhibited higher efficacy than most known full agonists of the CB1 receptor. Preliminary analysis of urinary metabolites of the compounds revealed the expected hydroxylation. AB-PINACA and AB-CHMINACA are of potential interest as research tools due to their unique chemical structures and high CB1 receptor efficacies. Further studies on these chemicals are likely to include research on understanding cannabinoid receptors

  7. IL-2/anti-IL-2 mAb immunocomplexes: A renascence of IL-2 in cancer immunotherapy?

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    Tomala, Jakub; Kovar, Marek

    2015-01-01

    The in vivo biological activity of IL-2 can be dramatically increased by complexing with anti-IL-2 mAb. Moreover, IL-2/anti-IL-2 mAb immunocomplexes selectively stimulate different subsets of immune cells, depending on the clone of anti-IL-2 mAb that is used. Thus, IL-2/S4B6 mAb complexes strongly stimulate CD122high populations, namely NK and memory CD8+ T cells. They also intermediately stimulate Treg cells. Conversely, IL-2/JES6.1 mAb immunocomplexes have no stimulatory activity for CD122h...

  8. The end of a myth – Bt (Cry1Ab maize does not harm green lacewings

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    Joerg eRomeis

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available A concern with Bt-transgenic insect-resistant plants is their potential to harm non-target organisms. Early studies reported that Cry1Ab-producing Bt maize and purified Cry1Ab harmed larvae of the green lacewing, Chrysoperla carnea. Although these effects could not be confirmed in subsequent studies, some authors still refer to them as evidence that Bt maize harms beneficial species. We provide a comprehensive review of the studies evaluating the effects of Bt (Cry1Ab maize on C. carnea. The evidence indicates that this important predator is not affected by Bt maize or by the produced Cry1Ab protein. We discuss how conceptual models can assist environmental risk assessments, and we emphasize the importance of robust and reproducible studies.

  9. The end of a myth-Bt (Cry1Ab) maize does not harm green lacewings.

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    Romeis, Jörg; Meissle, Michael; Naranjo, Steven E; Li, Yunhe; Bigler, Franz

    2014-01-01

    A concern with Bt-transgenic insect-resistant plants is their potential to harm non-target organisms. Early studies reported that Cry1Ab-producing Bt maize and purified Cry1Ab harmed larvae of the green lacewing, Chrysoperla carnea. Although these effects could not be confirmed in subsequent studies, some authors still refer to them as evidence that Bt maize harms beneficial species. We provide a comprehensive review of the studies evaluating the effects of Bt (Cry1Ab) maize on C. carnea. The evidence indicates that this important predator is not affected by Bt maize or by the produced Cry1Ab protein. We discuss how conceptual models can assist environmental risk assessments, and we emphasize the importance of robust and reproducible studies.

  10. The end of a myth—Bt (Cry1Ab) maize does not harm green lacewings

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    Romeis, Jörg; Meissle, Michael; Naranjo, Steven E.; Li, Yunhe; Bigler, Franz

    2014-01-01

    A concern with Bt-transgenic insect-resistant plants is their potential to harm non-target organisms. Early studies reported that Cry1Ab-producing Bt maize and purified Cry1Ab harmed larvae of the green lacewing, Chrysoperla carnea. Although these effects could not be confirmed in subsequent studies, some authors still refer to them as evidence that Bt maize harms beneficial species. We provide a comprehensive review of the studies evaluating the effects of Bt (Cry1Ab) maize on C. carnea. The evidence indicates that this important predator is not affected by Bt maize or by the produced Cry1Ab protein. We discuss how conceptual models can assist environmental risk assessments, and we emphasize the importance of robust and reproducible studies. PMID:25161661

  11. Ab initio Molecular Orbital Studies of the Vibrational Spectra of some ...

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    Ab initio Molecular Orbital Studies of the Vibrational Spectra of some van der Waals Complexes. Part 4. Complexes of Sulphur Dioxide with Carbon Dioxide, Carbonyl Sulphide, Carbon Disulphide and Nitrous Oxide.

  12. Domino Wittig Diels-Alder reaction: An expeditious entry into the AB ring system of furanosesquiterpenes

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    Patre, R.E.; Gawas, S.; Sen, S.; Parameswaran, P.S.; Tilve, S.G.

    A domino Wittig Diels - Alder reaction has been employed in delineating a short and flexible synthetic stratagem for ready access to the AB ring system and the tricyclic framework of furanosesquiterpenes, such as the bioactive natural products...

  13. Transconjunctival orbital decompression in Graves' ophthalmopathy: lateral wall approach ab interno

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    A.D.A. Paridaens (Dion); K. Verhoeff; D. Bouwens; W.A. van den Bosch (Willem)

    2000-01-01

    textabstractAIMS: A modified surgical technique is described to perform a one, two, or three wall orbital decompression in patients with Graves' ophthalmopathy. METHODS: The lateral wall was approached ab interno through a "swinging eyelid" approach (lateral canthotomy

  14. Data of evolutionary structure change: 1D3AB-1SMKC [Confc[Archive

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    Full Text Available 1D3AB-1SMKC 1D3A 1SMK B C -TKVSVVGAAGTVGAAAGYNIALRDIADEVVFVDIPDKEDDTVGQAADTNHGIAYD...KLSDQYDKIS----- GFKVAILGAAGGIGQPLAMLMKMNPLVSVLHLYDV----VNAPGVTADISHMD---TGAVVRGFLGQQQLE... 1SMK C 1SMKC 1SMK C 1SMKC 1SMK C 1SMKC

  15. Data of evolutionary structure change: 1D3AB-1SMKG [Confc[Archive

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    Full Text Available 1D3AB-1SMKG 1D3A 1SMK B G -TKVSVVGAAGTVGAAAGYNIALRDIADEVVFVDIPDKEDDTVGQAADTNHGIAYD...--AEKLSDQYDKIS- GFKVAILGAAGGIGQPLAMLMKMNPLVSVLHLYDV----VNAPGVTADISHMD---TGAVVRGFLGQQQLE... 1SMK G 1SMKG 1SMK G 1SMKG 1SMK G 1SMKG

  16. Electrochemical and Optical Method for Analysing the Metallic Layers Deposited on ABS-Type Polymers

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    Florentina Cziple; Nicolae Vaszilcsin; Bobină Marian; Mirela Barbu

    2009-01-01

    .... Moreover, we realised also the electrochemical study of the metallic layers deposited on the ABS polymers through the interpretation of the polarisation curves in view of observing the main phenomena...

  17. Isolation and Characterization of a Virulent Bacteriophage AB1 of Acinetobacter baumannii

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    Jia Shiru

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Acinetobacter baumannii is an emerging nosocomial pathogen worldwide with increasing prevalence of multi-drug and pan-drug resistance. A. baumannii exists widely in natural environment, especially in health care settings, and has been shown difficult to be eradicated. Bacteriophages are often considered alternative agent for controlling bacterial infection and contamination. In this study, we described the isolation and characterization of one virulent bacteriophage AB1 capable of specifically infecting A. baumannii. Results A virulent bacteriophage AB1, specific for infecting a clinical strain A. baumannii KD311, was first isolated from marine sediment sample. Restriction analysis indicated that phage AB1 was a dsDNA virus with an approximate genome size of 45.2 kb to 46.9 kb. Transmission electron microscopy showed that phage AB1 had an icosahedral head with a non-contractile tail and collar or whisker structures, and might be tentatively classified as a member of the Siphoviridae family. Proteomic pattern of phage AB1, generated by SDS-PAGE using purified phage particles, revealed five major bands and six minor bands with molecular weight ranging from 14 to 80 kilo-dalton. Also determined was the adsorption rate of phage AB1 to the host bacterium, which was significantly enhanced by addition of 10 mM CaCl2. In a single step growth test, phage AB1 was shown having a latent period of 18 minutes and a burst size of 409. Moreover, pH and thermal stability of phage AB1 were also investigated. At the optimal pH 6.0, 73.2% of phages survived after 60 min incubation at 50°C. When phage AB1 was used to infect four additional clinical isolates of A. baumannii, one clinical isolate of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa lab strains PAK and PAO1, none of the tested strains was found susceptible, indicating a relatively narrow host range for phage AB1. Conclusion Phage AB1 was capable of eliciting efficient lysis

  18. Isolation and characterization of a virulent bacteriophage AB1 of Acinetobacter baumannii.

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    Yang, Hongjiang; Liang, Li; Lin, Shuxiang; Jia, Shiru

    2010-04-29

    Acinetobacter baumannii is an emerging nosocomial pathogen worldwide with increasing prevalence of multi-drug and pan-drug resistance. A. baumannii exists widely in natural environment, especially in health care settings, and has been shown difficult to be eradicated. Bacteriophages are often considered alternative agent for controlling bacterial infection and contamination. In this study, we described the isolation and characterization of one virulent bacteriophage AB1 capable of specifically infecting A. baumannii. A virulent bacteriophage AB1, specific for infecting a clinical strain A. baumannii KD311, was first isolated from marine sediment sample. Restriction analysis indicated that phage AB1 was a dsDNA virus with an approximate genome size of 45.2 kb to 46.9 kb. Transmission electron microscopy showed that phage AB1 had an icosahedral head with a non-contractile tail and collar or whisker structures, and might be tentatively classified as a member of the Siphoviridae family. Proteomic pattern of phage AB1, generated by SDS-PAGE using purified phage particles, revealed five major bands and six minor bands with molecular weight ranging from 14 to 80 kilo-dalton. Also determined was the adsorption rate of phage AB1 to the host bacterium, which was significantly enhanced by addition of 10 mM CaCl2. In a single step growth test, phage AB1 was shown having a latent period of 18 minutes and a burst size of 409. Moreover, pH and thermal stability of phage AB1 were also investigated. At the optimal pH 6.0, 73.2% of phages survived after 60 min incubation at 50 degrees C. When phage AB1 was used to infect four additional clinical isolates of A. baumannii, one clinical isolate of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa lab strains PAK and PAO1, none of the tested strains was found susceptible, indicating a relatively narrow host range for phage AB1. Phage AB1 was capable of eliciting efficient lysis of A. baumannii, revealing its potential as a non

  19. Muscle Activation Pattern During Isometric Ab Wheel Rollout Exercise in Different Shoulder Angle-Positions

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    Marchetti, Paulo Henrique; Schoenfeld, Brad J.; Silva, Josinaldo Jarbas da; Guiselini, Mauro Antonio; Freitas, Fabio Sisconeto de; Pecoraro, Silvio Luiz; Gomes,Willy Andrade; Lopes,Charles Ricardo

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate muscle activation of the shoulder extensors and trunk stabilizers by surface electromyography (sEMG) activity during the isometric Ab Wheel Rollout exercise in different shoulder joint positions. METHOD: We recruited 8 young, healthy, resistance trained men (age: 25 ± 3 years, height: 178 ± 5 cm, and total body mass: 81 ± 2 kg). All subjects performed two sets of 10 sec. maximal isometric contractions of the Ab Wheel Rollout exercise keeping the knees fixed on the f...

  20. URHEILUN SPONSOROINTI JA LUMILAUTAILU : FOREX Bank Ab:n mahdollisuudet lumilautailun sponsorointiin

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    Autio, Suvi

    2011-01-01

    FOREX Bank Ab on Pohjoismaiden suurin valuutanvaihtoon erikoistunut yritys. FOREXin liikeideana on tarjota maasta lähteville ja maahan saapuville matkailijoille valuuttaa joustaviin kellonaikoihin, keskeisillä paikoilla, sekä kilpailukykyisillä kursseilla ja toimitusmaksuilla. Opinnäytetyön aiheena oli urheilun sponsorointi ja lumilautailu. Opinnäytetyön tarkoituksena oli selvittää FOREX Bank Ab:n sponsoroinnin nykytilaa ja lumilautailun sopivuutta FOREXin sponsorointikohteeksi. Teoriaosu...

  1. Erythema Ab Igne induced by a laptop computer in an adolescent.

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    Giraldi, Susana; Diettrich, Fábio; Abbage, Kerstin T; Carvalho, Vânia de O; Marinoni, Leide P

    2011-01-01

    Erythema ab igne is a pigmented reticular skin lesion with telangiectasias caused by prolonged exposure to heat. This report describes the case of a 12-year-old adolescent girl with erythema ab igne induced by a laptop computer. The paper also discusses how computers generate heat and how important it is for the manufacturers of these devices to warn consumers of the potential hazards that could occur if the equipment is misused.

  2. Laptop computer induced erythema ab igne: a new presentation of an old disease*

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    Salvio, Ana Gabriela; Nunes, Adauto Jose; Angarita, Dora Patricia Ramirez

    2016-01-01

    Erythema ab igne is a condition characterized by skin changes due to chronic exposure to moderate temperature. We describe a female patient with continuous use of a laptop computer on exposed legs for 6 months and consequent development of reticulated hyperpigmentation at the area. Histopathological examination revealed epidermal atrophy, collagen fragmentation, and vacuolar changes in the basal layer, among other signs. We consider this case to be a modern cause of erythema ab igne. PMID:28300902

  3. Laptop computer induced erythema ab igne: a new presentation of an old disease.

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    Salvio, Ana Gabriela; Nunes, Adauto Jose; Angarita, Dora Patricia Ramirez

    2016-01-01

    Erythema ab igne is a condition characterized by skin changes due to chronic exposure to moderate temperature. We describe a female patient with continuous use of a laptop computer on exposed legs for 6 months and consequent development of reticulated hyperpigmentation at the area. Histopathological examination revealed epidermal atrophy, collagen fragmentation, and vacuolar changes in the basal layer, among other signs. We consider this case to be a modern cause of erythema ab igne.

  4. Dynamics of immature mAb glycoform secretion during CHO cell culture

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    Jimenez del Val, Ioscani; Fan, Yuzhou; Weilguny, Dietmar

    2016-01-01

    Ensuring consistent glycosylation-associated quality of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) has become a priority in pharmaceutical bioprocessing given that the distribution and composition of the carbohydrates (glycans) bound to these molecules determines their therapeutic efficacy and immu......Ensuring consistent glycosylation-associated quality of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) has become a priority in pharmaceutical bioprocessing given that the distribution and composition of the carbohydrates (glycans) bound to these molecules determines their therapeutic efficacy...

  5. Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio multiple spawning studies of hexamethylcyclopentadiene

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    Wolf, T. J. A.; Kuhlman, Thomas Scheby; Schalk, O.

    2014-01-01

    Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio multiple spawning were applied to the ultrafast non-adiabatic dynamics of hexamethylcyclopentadiene. The high level of agreement between experiment and theory associates wavepacket motion with a distinct degree of freedom.......Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio multiple spawning were applied to the ultrafast non-adiabatic dynamics of hexamethylcyclopentadiene. The high level of agreement between experiment and theory associates wavepacket motion with a distinct degree of freedom....

  6. Intermediate steroid withdrawal after renal transplantation and anti-HLA antibodies (HLA-Abs) development.

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    Monfá, Elena; San Segundo, David; San Millán, Juan Carlos Ruiz; Sanabria, Judith; Albines, Zoila; Rodrigo, Emilio; Romón, Iñigo; Asensio, Esther; Arias, Manuel; López-Hoyos, Marcos

    Steroid withdrawal in renal transplantation is desirable to avoid their adverse effects. However, by decreasing the immunosuppression, could lead to an increased risk for the development of HLA-Abs. Evaluate the relationship between steroid withdrawal and development of HLA-Abs in renal transplantation. We analyzed sera by Luminex from 182 kidney transplants performed from 1998 to 2011, before and two years after transplantation. All the patients had a pretransplant PRA (panel reactive of antibodies) Abs after two years (pNS). Despite excluding patients with PRA >20%, we detected HLA-Abs pretransplant by Luminex in 11.5% of patients in both groups, of which, 66.6%, versus 53% (p 0.058), developed new specificities, with a similar percentage of donor specific antibodies (DSA) in both groups (33.33% vs 36.36%), pNS. In the subgroup without pretransplant HLA-Abs (group-I; n=115, group-II; n=45), 6.08% developed de novo HLA-Abs, being DSA 3.4% (Group-I) versus 7.69% in group II with 3.84% DSA (pNS). Steroid withdrawal at 7 months of renal transplantation does not entail a higher risk in terms of HLA-Abs development in patients without pretransplant HLA-Abs and treatment with tacrolimus and MMF, although larger studies are needed to confirm these findings. Copyright © 2017 Sociedad Española de Nefrología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  7. An ab initio study of plutonium oxides surfaces; Etude ab initio des surfaces d'oxydes de Pu

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    Jomard, G.; Bottin, F.; Amadon, B

    2007-07-01

    By means of first-principles calculations, we have studied the atomic structure as well as the thermodynamic stability of various plutonium dioxide surfaces in function of their environment (in terms of oxygen partial pressure and temperature). All these simulations have been performed with the ABINIT code. It is well known that DFT fails to describe correctly plutonium-based materials since 5f electrons in such systems are strongly correlated. In order to go beyond DFT, we have treated PuO{sub 2} and {beta}-Pu{sub 2}O{sub 3} in a DFT+U framework. We show that the couple of parameters (U,J) that works well for pure Pu is also well designed for describing ground state (GS) properties of these two oxides. The major improvement with respect with DFT is that we are able to predict an insulating GS in agreement with experiments. The presence of a gap in the DOS (Density of States) of plutonium oxides should play a significant role in the predicted surface reactivity. However, performing DFT+U calculations on surfaces of plutonium oxide from scratch was too ambitious. That is why we decided, as a first step, to study the stability of the (100), (110) and (111) surfaces of PuO{sub 2} in a DFT-GGA framework. For each of these orientations, we considered various terminations. These ab initio results have been introduced in a thermodynamic model which allows us to predict the relative stability of the different terminations as a function of temperature and oxygen partial pressure (p{sub O{sub 2}}). We conclude that at room temperature and for p{sub O{sub 2}}{approx}10 atm., the polar O{sub 2}-(100) termination is favoured. The stabilization of such a polar stoichiometric surface is surprising and should be confirmed by DFT+U calculations before any final conclusion. (authors)

  8. Performance evaluation of the ADVIA Centaur(®) HIV Ag/Ab Combo assay.

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    Pumarola, Tomàs; Freeman, James; Saxton, Emeline; Dillon, Paul; Bal, Tricia; van Helden, Josef

    2010-12-01

    Early diagnosis of HIV infection and appropriate care reduces morbidity and mortality. As a result, recent guidelines recommend that HIV screening be routinely included in patient care. Routine screening will likely result in more patients being tested prior to seroconversion; fourth-generation assays can facilitate diagnosis in these patients. This study evaluated the performance of the automated fourth-generation ADVIA Centaur(®) HIV Ag/Ab Combo assay. Samples from three sites were tested using the HIV Ag/Ab Combo assay and a CE-marked predicate assay. The HIV Ag/Ab Combo assay's relative sensitivity was 98.36% (599/609; 95% confidence interval: 97.00-99.21%), and the relative specificity was 99.74% (7743/7763; 95% confidence interval: 99.60-99.84%). The HIV Ag/Ab Combo assay detected seroconversion at the same bleed or at least one bleed earlier in 34/37 panels compared to the CE-marked predicate assay. Compared to the final result, the HIV Ag/Ab Combo assay's sensitivity was 100% (598/598; 95% confidence interval: 99.39-100.00%), and the specificity was 99.74% (7753/7773; 95% confidence interval: 99.60-99.84%). Sensitivity was 100% for the HIV genotypes tested. The HIV Ag/Ab Combo assay is a sensitive and specific assay that can assist clinicians in the early diagnosis of HIV infection. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Treatment with Anti-EGF Ab Ameliorates Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis via Induction of Neurogenesis and Oligodendrogenesis

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    Yifat Amir-Levy

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. The neural stem cells (NSCs migrate to the damaged sites in multiple sclerosis (MS and in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE. However, the differentiation into neurons or oligodendrocytes is blocked. Epidermal growth factor (EGF stimulates NSC proliferation and mobilization to demyelinated lesions but also induces astrogenesis and glial scar. Objective. To examine the clinical and histopathological effects of EGF neutralization on EAE. Methods. EAE-induced SJL mice were intravenously treated with either anti-EGF neutralizing antibody (Ab or isotype control or PBS. On day 9 after immunization, 3 mice of each group were daily treated for 9 days with BrdU and then sacrificed for immunohistochemical analysis. Results. Treatment with anti-EGF Ab significantly ameliorated EAE symptoms during the second relapse. Anti-EGF Ab induced a shift from BrdU+GFAP+ NSCs to BrdU+DCX+ neuroblasts in the subventricular zone (SVZ, increased BrdU+NeuN+ neurons in the granular cell layer of the dentate gyrus, and increased BrdU+O4+ oligodendrocytes in the SVZ. There was no change in the inflammatory infiltrates in response to anti-EGF Ab. Conclusions. Therapy with anti-EGF Ab ameliorates EAE via induction of neurogenesis and oligodendrogenesis. No immunosuppressive effect was found. Further investigation is needed to support these notions of beneficial effect of anti-EGF Ab in MS.

  10. PptAB Exports Rgg Quorum-Sensing Peptides in Streptococcus.

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    Chang, Jennifer C; Federle, Michael J

    2016-01-01

    A transposon mutagenesis screen designed to identify mutants that were defective in peptide-pheromone signaling of the Rgg2/Rgg3 pathway in Streptococcus pyogenes generated insertions in sixteen loci displaying diminished reporter activity. Fourteen unique transposon insertions were mapped to pptAB, an ABC-type transporter recently described to export sex pheromones of Enterococcus faecalis. Consistent with an idea that PptAB exports signaling peptides, the pheromones known as SHPs (short hydrophobic peptides) were no longer detected in cell-free culture supernatants in a generated deletion mutant of pptAB. PptAB exporters are conserved among the Firmicutes, but their function and substrates remain unclear. Therefore, we tested a pptAB mutant generated in Streptococcus mutans and found that while secretion of heterologously expressed SHP peptides required PptAB, secretion of the S. mutans endogenous pheromone XIP (sigX inducing peptide) was only partially disrupted, indicating that a secondary secretion pathway for XIP exists.

  11. Formation of reflective and conductive silver film on ABS surface via covalent grafting and solution spray

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    Chen, Dexin; Zhang, Yan [School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, South China University of Technology, 381 Wushan, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Bessho, Takeshi [Higashifuji Technical Center, Toyota Motor Corporation, 1200 Mishuku, Susono, Shizuoka 410-1193 (Japan); Kudo, Takahiro; Sang, Jing; Hirahara, Hidetoshi; Mori, Kunio [Faculty of Engineering, Iwate University, 4-3-5 Ueda, Morioka 020-8551 (Japan); Kang, Zhixin, E-mail: zxkang@scut.edu.cn [School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, South China University of Technology, 381 Wushan, Guangzhou 510640 (China)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • A pure and homogenous silver film was deposited by spray-style plating technique. • The mechanism of covalent bonding between coating and substrate was studied. • The silver coating is highly reflective and conductive. • UV light was used to activate the ABS surface with triazine azide derivative. - Abstract: Conductive and reflective silver layers on acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastics have been prepared by photo grafting of triazine azides upon ultraviolet activation, self-assembling of triazine dithiols and silver electroless plating by solution spray based on silver mirror reaction. The as-prepared silver film exhibited excellent adhesion with ABS owing to covalent bonds between coating and substrate, and the detailed bonding mechanism have been investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). X-ray diffraction (XRD) result revealed that silver film on ABS was pure and with a nanocrystalline structure. Atomic force microscope (AFM) analysis demonstrated that massive silver particles with sizes varying from 80 to 120 nm were deposited on ABS and formed a homogenous and smooth coating, resulting in highly reflective surface. Furthermore, silver maintained its unique conductivity even as film on ABS surface in term of four-point probe method.

  12. ABS-SOCI: An Agent-Based Simulator of Student Sociograms

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    Iván García-Magariño

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available Sociograms can represent the social relations between students. Some kinds of sociograms are more suitable than others for achieving a high academic performance of students. However, for now, at the beginning of an educative period, it is not possible to know for sure how the sociogram of a group of students will be or evolve during a semester or an academic year. In this context, the current approach presents an Agent-Based Simulator (ABS that predicts the sociogram of a group of students taking into consideration their psychological profiles, by evolving an initial sociogram through time. This simulator is referred to as ABS-SOCI (ABS for SOCIograms. For instance, this can be useful for organizing class groups for some subjects of engineering grades, anticipating additional learning assistance or testing some teaching strategies. As experimentation, ABS-SOCI has been executed 100 times for each one of four real scenarios. The results show that ABS-SOCI produces sociograms similar to the real ones considering certain sociometrics. This similarity has been corroborated by statistical binomial tests that check whether there are significant differences between the simulations and the real cases. This experimentation also includes cross-validation and an analysis of sensitivity. ABS-SOCI is free and open-source to (1 ensure the reproducibility of the experiments; (2 to allow practitioners to run simulations; and (3 to allow developers to adapt the simulator for different environments.

  13. PptAB Exports Rgg Quorum-Sensing Peptides in Streptococcus.

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    Jennifer C Chang

    Full Text Available A transposon mutagenesis screen designed to identify mutants that were defective in peptide-pheromone signaling of the Rgg2/Rgg3 pathway in Streptococcus pyogenes generated insertions in sixteen loci displaying diminished reporter activity. Fourteen unique transposon insertions were mapped to pptAB, an ABC-type transporter recently described to export sex pheromones of Enterococcus faecalis. Consistent with an idea that PptAB exports signaling peptides, the pheromones known as SHPs (short hydrophobic peptides were no longer detected in cell-free culture supernatants in a generated deletion mutant of pptAB. PptAB exporters are conserved among the Firmicutes, but their function and substrates remain unclear. Therefore, we tested a pptAB mutant generated in Streptococcus mutans and found that while secretion of heterologously expressed SHP peptides required PptAB, secretion of the S. mutans endogenous pheromone XIP (sigX inducing peptide was only partially disrupted, indicating that a secondary secretion pathway for XIP exists.

  14. Optimal immunization cocktails can promote induction of broadly neutralizing Abs against highly mutable pathogens.

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    Shaffer, J Scott; Moore, Penny L; Kardar, Mehran; Chakraborty, Arup K

    2016-10-24

    Strategies to elicit Abs that can neutralize diverse strains of a highly mutable pathogen are likely to result in a potent vaccine. Broadly neutralizing Abs (bnAbs) against HIV have been isolated from patients, proving that the human immune system can evolve them. Using computer simulations and theory, we study immunization with diverse mixtures of variant antigens (Ags). Our results show that particular choices for the number of variant Ags and the mutational distances separating them maximize the probability of inducing bnAbs. The variant Ags represent potentially conflicting selection forces that can frustrate the Darwinian evolutionary process of affinity maturation. An intermediate level of frustration maximizes the chance of evolving bnAbs. A simple model makes vivid the origin of this principle of optimal frustration. Our results, combined with past studies, suggest that an appropriately chosen permutation of immunization with an optimally designed mixture (using the principles that we describe) and sequential immunization with variant Ags that are separated by relatively large mutational distances may best promote the evolution of bnAbs.

  15. Unique synergism in flame retardancy in ABS based composites through blending PVDF and halloysite nanotubes

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    Remanan, Sanjay; Sharma, Maya; Jayashree, Priyadarshini; Parameswaranpillai, Jyotishkumar; Fabian, Thomas; Shih, Julie; Shankarappa, Prasad; Nuggehalli, Bharath; Bose, Suryasarathi

    2017-06-01

    This study demonstrates flame retardant materials designed using bi-phasic polymer blends of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) containing halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) and Cloisite 30B nanoclay. The prepared blends with and without nanoparticles were extensively characterized. The nanoparticles were added in different weight concentrations to improve the flame retardancy. It was observed that prepared ABS/PVDF blends showed better flame retardancy than ABS based composites. The flame resistance was further improved by the addition of nanoparticles in the blends. The microscale combustion calorimetry (MCC) test showed better flame resistance in ABS/PVDF blends filled with 5 wt% HNTs than other composites. The total heat release of ABS/PVDF blend filled with 5 wt% HNTs decreased by 31% and also the heat of combustion decreased by 26% as compared to neat ABS. When compared with nanoparticles, the addition of PVDF reduced the peak heat release rate (PHRR) and increased the char residue more effectively. A synergistic improvement was observed from both PVDF and HNTs on the flame resistance properties.

  16. Ab Initio Computation of Dynamical Properties: Pressure Broadening

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    Wiesenfeld, Laurent; Drouin, Brian

    2014-06-01

    Rotational spectroscopy of polar molecules is the main observational tool in many areas of astrophysics, for gases of low densities (n ˜ 102 - 108 cm-3). Spectral line shapes in astrophysical media are largely dominated by turbulence-induced Doppler effects and natural line broadening are negligible. However line broadening remains an important tool for denser gases, like planetary high atmospheres. Understanding the excitation schemes of polar molecules requires the knowledge of excitation transfer rate due to collisional excitation, between the polar molecule and the ambient gas, usually H2. Transport properties in ionized media also require a precise knowledge of momentum transfer rates by elastic collisions. In order to assess the theoretically computed cross section and energy/momentum transfer rates, direct absolute experiments are scarce. The best way is to measure not individual scattering events but rather the global effect of the buffer gas, thanks to the pressure broadening cross sections, whose magnitude can be measured without any scaling parameters. At low temperatures, both elastic and inelastic scattering amplitudes are tested. At higher temperature, depending on the interaction strength, only inelastic scattering cross section are shown to play a significant role 1 ,2. Thanks to the advances of computer capabilities, it has become practical to compute spectral line parameters fromab initio quantum chemistry. In particular, the theory of rotational line broadening is readily incorporated into scattering quantum dynamical theory, like close-coupling schemes. The only approximations used in the computation are the isolated collision/isolated line approximations. We compute the non-binding interaction potential with high precision quantum chemistry and fit the resulting ab initio points onto a suitable functional. We have recently computed several such systems, for molecules in H2 buffer gas: H2O,3 H2CO,4 HCO+ .5 Detailed computations taking into

  17. Complexation of AB+, AB+C, ACB+, and A(B+-stat-C) block copolymer micelles with poly(styrene sulfonate) as models for tunable gene delivery vectors

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    Laaser, Jennifer; Jiang, Yaming; Lohmann, Elise; Reineke, Theresa; Lodge, Timothy

    We investigate the complexation of poly(styrene sulfonate) with micelles with mixed cationic/hydrophilic coronas as models for tunable gene delivery vectors. The micelles are self-assembled from AB+, AB+C, ACB+, and A(B+-stat-C) block polymer architectures, where the hydrophobic A blocks (poly(styrene)) form the micelle cores, and the cationic B blocks (poly(dimethylamino ethyl methacrylate)) and hydrophilic, nonionic C blocks (poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate)) form the coronas. We find that hydrophilic units do not change the colloidal stability of the complexes, and complexes based on all four micelle architectures form broad, multimodal size distributions. While complexes based on the AB+, AB+C, and ACB+polymer architectures are kinetically trapped at low ionic strength, however, those based on the A(B+-stat-C) architecture rapidly rearrange into single-micelle complexes when the linear polyanion is in excess. This suggests that the randomly-placed hydrophilic units break up the ion pairing between the cationic and anionic chains and promote formation of over-charged complexes. Design of the micelle architecture may thus provide a powerful way control the structure and stability of micelle-polyelectrolyte complexes for gene delivery applications.

  18. Field Trial Performance of Herculex XTRA (Cry34Ab1/Cry35Ab1) and SmartStax (Cry34Ab1/Cry35Ab1 + Cry3Bb1) Hybrids and Soil Insecticides Against Western and Northern Corn Rootworms (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae).

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    Johnson, K D; Campbell, L A; Lepping, M D; Rule, D M

    2017-06-01

    Western corn rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), and northern corn rootworm, Diabrotica barberi Smith and Lawrence (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), are important insect pests in corn, Zea mays L. For more than a decade, growers have been using transgenic plants expressing proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) to protect corn roots from feeding. In 2011, western corn rootworm populations were reported to have developed resistance to Bt hybrids expressing Cry3Bb1 and later found to be cross-resistant to hybrids expressing mCry3A and eCry3.1Ab. The identification of resistance to Cry3 (Cry3Bb1, mCry3A, and eCry3.1Ab) hybrids led to concerns about durability and efficacy of products with single traits and of products containing a pyramid of a Cry3 protein and the binary Bt proteins Cry34Ab1 and Cry35Ab1. From 2012 to 2014, 43 field trials were conducted across the central United States to estimate root protection provided by plants expressing Cry34Ab1/Cry35Ab1 alone (Herculex RW) or pyramided with Cry3Bb1 (SmartStax). These technologies were evaluated with and without soil-applied insecticides to determine if additional management measures provided benefit where Cry3 performance was reduced. Trials were categorized for analysis based on rootworm damage levels on Cry3-expressing hybrids and rootworm feeding pressure within each trial. Across scenarios, Cry34Ab1/Cry35Ab1 hybrids provided excellent root protection. Pyramided traits provided greater root and yield protection than non-Bt plus a soil-applied insecticide, and only in trials where larval feeding pressure exceeded two nodes of damage did Cry34Ab1/Cry35Ab1 single-trait hybrids and pyramided hybrids show greater root protection from the addition of soil-applied insecticides. © The Authors 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Entomological Society of America. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  19. Effectiveness of motorcycle antilock braking systems (ABS) in reducing crashes, the first cross-national study.

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    Rizzi, Matteo; Strandroth, Johan; Kullgren, Anders; Tingvall, Claes; Fildes, Brian

    2015-01-01

    This study set out to evaluate the effectiveness of motorcycle antilock braking systems (ABS) in reducing real-life crashes. Since the European Parliament has voted on legislation making ABS mandatory on all new motorcycles over 125 cc from 2016, the fitment rate in Europe is likely to increase in the coming years. Though previous research has focused on mostly large displacement motorcycles, this study used police reports from Spain (2006-2009), Italy (2009), and Sweden (2003-2012) in order to analyze a wide range of motorcycles, including scooters, and compare countries with different motorcycling habits. The statistical analysis used odds ratio calculations with an induced exposure approach. Previous research found that head-on crashes were the least ABS-affected crash type and was therefore used as the nonsensitive crash type for ABS in these calculations. The same motorcycle models, with and without ABS, were compared and the calculations were carried out for each country separately. Crashes involving only scooters were further analyzed. The effectiveness of motorcycle ABS in reducing injury crashes ranged from 24% (95% confidence interval [CI], 12-36) in Italy to 29% (95% CI, 20-38) in Spain, and 34% (95% CI, 16-52) in Sweden. The reductions in severe and fatal crashes were even greater, at 34% (95% CI, 24-44) in Spain and 42% (95% CI, 23-61) in Sweden. The overall reductions of crashes involving ABS-equipped scooters (at least 250 cc) were 27% (95% CI, 12-42) in Italy and 22% (95% CI, 2-42) in Spain. ABS on scooters with at least a 250 cc engine reduced severe and fatal crashes by 31% (95% CI, 12-50), based on Spanish data alone. At this stage, there is more than sufficient scientific-based evidence to support the implementation of ABS on all motorcycles, even light ones. Further research should aim at understanding the injury mitigating effects of motorcycle ABS, possibly in combination with combined braking systems.

  20. Ultrastructural analyses of the novel chimeric hemostatic agent generated via nanotechnology, ABS nanohemostat, at the renal tissue level.

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    Huri, Emre; Dogantekin, Engin; Hayran, Murvet; Malkan, Umit Yavuz; Ergun, Mine; Firat, Aysegul; Beyazit, Yavuz; Ustun, Huseyin; Kekilli, Murat; Dadali, Mumtaz; Astarci, Muzeyyen; Haznedaroglu, Ibrahim C

    2016-01-01

    Ankaferd Blood Stopper (ABS), a hemostatic agent of plant origin, has been registered for the prevention of clinical hemorrhages. Currently there is no data regarding the ultrastructural analysis of ABS at the tissue level. The aim of this study is to assess renal tissue effects via scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analyses for the ABS and ABS nanohemostat (formed by the combination of self-assembling peptide amphiphile molecules and ABS). SEM experiments were performed with FEI Nova NanoSEM 230, using the ETD detector at low vacuum mode with 30 keV beam energy. SEM analyses revealed that significant erythroid aggregation are present inside the capillary bed of the renal tissue. However, neither the signs of necrosis nor any other sign of tissue damage are evident in the surrounding renal tissue supplied by the microcapillary vasculature. Our study is important for several reasons. Firstly, in our study we used ABS nanohemostat which was recently developed. This study adds valuable information to the literature regarding ABS nanohemostat. Secondly, this study is the first ultrastructural analysis of ABS that was performed at the tissue level. Thirdly, we disclosed that ABS nanohemostat could induce vital erythroid aggregation at the renal tissue level as detected by SEM. Lastly, we detected that ABS nanohemostat causes no harm to the tissues including necrosis and any other detrimental effects.

  1. Radiolytic Synthesis of Pt-Particle/ABS Catalysts for H2O2 Decomposition in Contact Lens Cleaning

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    Ohkubo, Yuji; Aoki, Tomonori; Seino, Satoshi; Mori, Osamu; Ito, Issaku; Endo, Katsuyoshi; Yamamura, Kazuya

    2017-01-01

    A container used in contact lens cleaning requires a Pt plating weight of 1.5 mg for H2O2 decomposition although Pt is an expensive material. Techniques that decrease the amount of Pt are therefore needed. In this study, Pt nanoparticles instead of Pt plating film were supported on a substrate of acrylonitrile–butadiene–styrene copolymer (ABS). This was achieved by the reduction of Pt ions in an aqueous solution containing the ABS substrate using high-energy electron-beam irradiation. Pt nanoparticles supported on the ABS substrate (Pt-particle/ABS) had a size of 4–10 nm. The amount of Pt required for Pt-particle/ABS was 250 times less than that required for an ABS substrate covered with Pt plating film (Pt-film/ABS). The catalytic activity for H2O2 decomposition was estimated by measuring the residual H2O2 concentration after immersing the catalyst for 360 min. The Pt-particle/ABS catalyst had a considerably higher specific catalytic activity for H2O2 decomposition than the Pt-film/ABS catalyst. In addition, sterilization performance was estimated from the initial rate of H2O2 decomposition over 60 min. The Pt-particle/ABS catalyst demonstrated a better sterilization performance than the Pt-film/ABS catalyst. The difference between Pt-particle/ABS and Pt-film/ABS was shown to reflect the size of the O2 bubbles formed during H2O2 decomposition. PMID:28832553

  2. Molecular Characterization of abLIM, a Novel Actin-binding and Double Zinc Finger Protein

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    Roof, Dorothy J.; Hayes, Annmarie; Adamian, Michael; Chishti, Athar H.; Li, Tiansen

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    Molecules that couple the actin-based cytoskeleton to intracellular signaling pathways are central to the processes of cellular morphogenesis and differentiation. We have characterized a novel protein, the actin-binding LIM (abLIM) protein, which could mediate such interactions between actin filaments and cytoplasmic targets. abLIM protein consists of a COOH-terminal cytoskeletal domain that is fused to an NH2-terminal domain consisting of four double zinc finger motifs. The cytoskeletal domain is ∼50% identical to erythrocyte dematin, an actin-bundling protein of the red cell membrane skeleton, while the zinc finger domains conform to the LIM motif consensus sequence. In vitro expression studies demonstrate that abLIM protein can bind to F-actin through the dematin-like domain. Transcripts corresponding to three distinct isoforms have a widespread tissue distribution. However, a polypeptide corresponding to the full-length isoform is found exclusively in the retina and is enriched in biochemical extracts of retinal rod inner segments. abLIM protein also undergoes extensive phosphorylation in light-adapted retinas in vivo, and its developmental expression in the retina coincides with the elaboration of photoreceptor inner and outer segments. Based on the composite primary structure of abLIM protein, actin-binding capacity, potential regulation via phosphorylation, and isoform expression pattern, we speculate that abLIM may play a general role in bridging the actin-based cytoskeleton with an array of potential LIM protein-binding partners. The developmental time course of abLIM expression in the retina suggests that the retina-specific isoform may have a specialized role in the development or elaboration of photoreceptor inner and outer segments. PMID:9245787

  3. An absolute index (Ab-index to measure a researcher's useful contributions and productivity.

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    Akshaya Kumar Biswal

    Full Text Available Bibliographic analysis has been a very powerful tool in evaluating the effective contributions of a researcher and determining his/her future research potential. The lack of an absolute quantification of the author's scientific contributions by the existing measurement system hampers the decision-making process. In this paper, a new metric system, Absolute index (Ab-index, has been proposed that allows a more objective comparison of the contributions of a researcher. The Ab-index takes into account the impact of research findings while keeping in mind the physical and intellectual contributions of the author(s in accomplishing the task. The Ab-index and h-index were calculated for 10 highly cited geneticists and molecular biologist and 10 young researchers of biological sciences and compared for their relationship to the researchers input as a primary author. This is the first report of a measuring method clarifying the contributions of the first author, corresponding author, and other co-authors and the sharing of credit in a logical ratio. A java application has been developed for the easy calculation of the Ab-index. It can be used as a yardstick for comparing the credibility of different scientists competing for the same resources while the Productivity index (Pr-index, which is the rate of change in the Ab-index per year, can be used for comparing scientists of different age groups. The Ab-index has clear advantage over other popular metric systems in comparing scientific credibility of young scientists. The sum of the Ab-indices earned by individual researchers of an institute per year can be referred to as Pr-index of the institute.

  4. YaxAB, a Yersinia enterocolitica Pore-Forming Toxin Regulated by RovA

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    Wagner, Nikki J.; Lin, Carolina P.; Borst, Luke B.

    2013-01-01

    The transcriptional regulator RovA positively regulates transcription of the Yersinia enterocolitica virulence gene inv. Invasin, encoded by inv, is important for establishment of Y. enterocolitica infection. However, a rovA mutant is more attenuated for virulence than an inv mutant, implying that RovA regulates additional virulence genes. When the Y. enterocolitica RovA regulon was defined by microarray analysis, YE1984 and YE1985 were among the genes identified as being upregulated by RovA. Since these genes are homologous to Xenorhabdus nematophila cytotoxin genes xaxA and xaxB, we named them yaxA and yaxB, respectively. In this work, we demonstrate the effects of YaxAB on the course of infection in the murine model. While a yaxAB mutant (ΔyaxAB) is capable of colonizing mice at the same level as the wild type, it slightly delays the course of infection and results in differing pathology in the spleen. Further, we found that yaxAB encode a probable cytotoxin capable of lysing mammalian cells, that both YaxA and YaxB are required for cytotoxic activity, and that the two proteins associate. YaxAB-mediated cell death occurs via osmotic lysis through the formation of distinct membrane pores. In silico tertiary structural analysis identified predicted structural homology between YaxA and proteins in pore-forming toxin complexes from Bacillus cereus (HBL-B) and Escherichia coli (HlyE). Thus, it appears that YaxAB function as virulence factors by inducing cell lysis through the formation of pores in the host cell membrane. This characterization of YaxAB supports the hypothesis that RovA regulates expression of multiple virulence factors in Y. enterocolitica. PMID:24002058

  5. Mutant analysis, protein-protein interactions and subcellular localization of the Arabidopsis B sister (ABS) protein.

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    Kaufmann, Kerstin; Anfang, Nicole; Saedler, Heinz; Theissen, Günter

    2005-09-01

    Recently, close relatives of class B floral homeotic genes, termed B(sister) genes, have been identified in both angiosperms and gymnosperms. In contrast to the B genes themselves, B(sister) genes are exclusively expressed in female reproductive organs, especially in the envelopes or integuments surrounding the ovules. This suggests an important ancient function in ovule or seed development for B(sister) genes, which has been conserved for about 300 million years. However, investigation of the first loss-of-function mutant for a B(sister) gene (ABS/TT16 from Arabidopsis) revealed only a weak phenotype affecting endothelium formation. Here, we present an analysis of two additional mutant alleles, which corroborates this weak phenotype. Transgenic plants that ectopically express ABS show changes in the growth and identity of floral organs, suggesting that ABS can interact with floral homeotic proteins. Yeast-two-hybrid and three-hybrid analyses indicated that ABS can form dimers with SEPALLATA (SEP) floral homeotic proteins and multimeric complexes that also include the AGAMOUS-like proteins SEEDSTICK (STK) or SHATTERPROOF1/2 (SHP1, SHP2). These data suggest that the formation of multimeric transcription factor complexes might be a general phenomenon among MIKC-type MADS-domain proteins in angiosperms. Heterodimerization of ABS with SEP3 was confirmed by gel retardation assays. Fusion proteins tagged with CFP (Cyan Fluorescent Protein) and YFP (Yellow Fluorescent Protein) in Arabidopsis protoplasts showed that ABS is localized in the nucleus. Phylogenetic analysis revealed the presence of a structurally deviant, but closely related, paralogue of ABS in the Arabidopsis genome. Thus the evolutionary developmental genetics of B(sister) genes can probably only be understood as part of a complex and redundant gene network that may govern ovule formation in a conserved manner, which has yet to be fully explored.

  6. Selection of hospital antimicrobial prescribing quality indicators: a consensus among German antibiotic stewardship (ABS) networkers.

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    Thern, J; de With, K; Strauss, R; Steib-Bauert, M; Weber, N; Kern, W V

    2014-04-01

    Simple, valid, and evidence-based indicators to measure the quality of antimicrobial prescribing in acute-care hospitals are urgently needed and increasingly requested by policymakers. The aim of this study was to develop new consensus quality indicators (QIs) for hospital antibiotic stewardship (ABS) and infection management which will be further evaluated for internal quality management and external quality assessment in Germany. Based on an extensive literature review, the Austrian-German hospital ABS Guideline Committee and selected members of the German ABS Expert Network discussed and drafted a list of 99 potential indicators for hospitals that reflect structural prerequisites for ABS (35 items), ABS core activities (18 items), additional ABS measures (5 items), and process of care indicators (both generic and disease-specific-12 and 29 items, respectively). Questionnaires were mailed to German ABS experts and healthcare professionals with further education in ABS. Participants scored (on a nine-point Likert scale) relevance (clinical, ecological/resistance, economical/expenses) and presumed practicability (six categories: clarity of definition, effort to collect data, barrier to implementation, verifiability, suitability for external quality assessment, quality gap), taking into account their local work environment. The scores were processed according to the RAND/UCLA appropriateness method, and QIs were judged relevant if the median (clinical + ecological and/or economical) scores were >6. The indicators thus assessed to be potentially relevant were then filtered according to their practicability. Highly relevant QIs with borderline practicability scores and items with disagreements and overlapping areas were re-discussed in a final multidisciplinary panel consensus workshop convened in November 2012. Of the 340 questionnaires that were mailed, 75 questionnaires were completed and returned. Of 99 initially proposed items, 32 were excluded due to

  7. Pirólise de resíduos de borrachas do setor de mineração para a produção de combustíveis: estudos em escala piloto

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    Full Text Available Resumo Neste trabalho, estudou-se em escala piloto a pirólise de três diferentes rejeitos de borracha do setor de mineração, i.e. peças de moinho de composição nominal de borracha estireno e butadieno (SBR, peneiras e correias transportadoras com composição nominal à base de borracha natural e butadieno (NR/BR e pneus offroad de composição complexa (mistura de borracha natural, nitrílica, butadieno e estireno-butadieno em temperaturas de 450, 600 e 800°C. As reações realizadas a 450°C mostraram uma pirólise incompleta, sendo que a 600 e 800°C os rejeitos de borracha se convertem totalmente em três produtos: 15-25% de gás, 42-44% sólido e 34-45% de líquido. Análises por cromatografia gasosa (CG dos produtos gasosos mostraram majoritariamente a presença de hidrocarbonetos C1-C4 com valores de poder calorífico inferior (PCI iguais a 8.496 e 7.325 kcal kg-1, similares ao gás liquefeito de petróleo (GLP. Análise dos sólidos obtidos por análise elementar de carbono, hidrogênio e nitrogênio (CHN, espectrômetria de emissão atômica com plasma induzido (ICP-AES Spectro Ciros CCD para a determinação de enxofre, análise térmica gravimétrica e diferencial (TG/DTA, carbono fixo, cinzas, voláteis mostraram a presença de 72-89% de carbono com 2% de enxofre. Análises dos produtos líquidos por cromatografia gasosa acoplado a espectrometria de massas (CG-EM indicaram a presença de misturas complexas de hidrocarbonetos majoritariamente até C20. As amostras NR/BR e pneu produzem líquidos com concentração de compostos aromáticos próxima a 50%, enquanto a amostra SBR resulta na formação de um líquido de concentração próxima a 87%. A mistura dessa fração líquida obtida pela pirólise (sem qualquer purificação com um diesel comercial nas proporções de 0,5, 1 e 3 vol% mostrou que nenhum parâmetro de qualidade de combustível definido pela ANP (Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombust

  8. Physical and Mechanical Characteristics of Kevlar Fiber-Reinforced PC/ABS Composites

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    Kuljira Sujirote

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In this research, the composites between polycarbonate (PC and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS alloy and Kevlar fiber were prepared. The flexural and tensile properties of PC/ABS alloy and its composites were determined using a universal testing machine. The synergistic behavior of flexural modulus was observed for all regions of PC contents, while the synergism of flexural strength and tensile strength were found in some PC contents. It was found that the optimum weight ratio of PC:ABS was 60:40. In the Kevlar Fiber-reinforced PC/ABS composite system at PC:ABS of 60:40, both flexural modulus and strength were increased with matrix contents. Additionally, the flexural strength drastically increased with the matrix content and then reached the maximum value of 167 MPa at the matrix content of 33.4 wt%. The results from peel test, water contact measurement, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM reveal that the interfacial adhesion between the Kevlar fiber and the polymer matrix could be improved by increasing the PC content in the matrix.

  9. Synergistic effect of carbon nanotube and clay for improving the flame retardancy of ABS resin

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    Ma Haiyun [Institute of Polymer Composites, Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Synthesis and Functionalization, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Tong Lifang [Institute of Polymer Composites, Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Synthesis and Functionalization, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Xu Zhongbin [Institute of Polymer Composites, Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Synthesis and Functionalization, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Fang Zhengping [Institute of Polymer Composites, Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Synthesis and Functionalization, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China)

    2007-09-19

    Synergistic effect between multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) and clay on improving the flame retardancy of acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) resin was studied. Flammability properties measured by a cone calorimeter revealed that incorporation of clay and MWNTs into ABS resin significantly reduced the peak heat release rate (PHRR) and slowed down the whole combustion process compared to the individually filled system based on clay or MWNTs. The flame retardancy of the ABS/clay/MWNTs nanocomposites was strongly affected by the formation of a network structure. Linear viscoelastic properties of the ABS nanocomposites showed that the coexistence of clay and MWNTs can enhance the network structure which can hinder the movement of polymer chains and improve flame retardancy. From transmission electron microscope analysis, MWNTs were shortened after combustion and there was no significant change in their diameters. For chars of ABS/clay/MWNTs nanocomposites, some MWNTs ran across between clay layers, indicating a strong interaction existed between clay and MWNTs. The existence of clay enhanced the graphitization degree of MWNTs during combustion. Clay can assist the elimination of dislocations and defects and the rearrangement of crystallites. Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, one of the components of clay, acts as the catalyst of graphitization.

  10. Application of dissolved air flotation on separation of waste plastics ABS and PS.

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    Wang, Hui; Chen, Xiao-Lei; Bai, Yang; Guo, Chao; Zhang, Li

    2012-07-01

    The aim of this research was to separate waste plastics acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polystyrene (PS) by dissolved air flotation in a self-designed dissolved air flotation apparatus. The effects of wetting agents, frother, conditioning time and flotation time on flotation behavior of waste plastics ABS (w-ABS) and PS (w-PS) were investigated and the optimized separation conditions were obtained. The results showed that when using 25 mgL(-1) tannic acid, 5 mgL(-1) terpineol, 15 min conditioning time and 15 min flotation time, mixtures of w-ABS and w-PS were separated successfully by dissolved air flotation in two stages, the results revealed that the purity and recovery rate of w-PS in the floated products were 90.12% and 97.45%, respectively, and the purity and recovery rate of w-ABS in the depressed products were 97.24% and 89.38%, respectively. Based on the studies of wetting mechanism of plastic flotation, it is found that the electrostatic force and hydrophobic attraction cannot be the main factor of the interaction between wetting agent molecules and plastic particles, which can be completed through water molecules as a mesophase, and a hydrogen bonding adsorption model with hydration shell as a mesophase was proposed. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Pepsin degradation of Cry1A(b) protein purified from genetically modified maize (Zea mays).

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    de Luis, Ruth; Lavilla, María; Sánchez, Lourdes; Calvo, Miguel; Pérez, María D

    2010-02-24

    The aim of this work was to study the in vitro digestion of Cry1A(b) protein by pepsin. To perform this work, a protein fraction purified from transgenic maize by immunoadsorption was employed. The undigested fraction showed several bands of molecular weight ranging between 14 and 70 kDa when assayed by SDS-PAGE. These bands were identified as corresponding to Cry1A(b) protein by immunochemical techniques and mass spectrometry. The rate of degradation of the purified fraction by pepsin estimated by ELISA was found to be about 75% within 30 min, and the protein concentration remained constant up to 4 h. In all treated samples, the full-length protein and fragments present in Cry1A(b) fraction were absent and peptides of less than 8.5 kDa were mainly found by SDS-PAGE and mass spectrometry. These peptides did not react with antiserum against Cry1A(b) protein by Western blotting. These results suggest that Cry1A(b) fraction purified from transgenic maize is rapidly and extensively degraded by pepsin, giving peptides of low molecular mass.

  12. Characterization of molecular mechanisms controlling fabAB transcription in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Herbert P Schweizer

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The FabAB pathway is one of the unsaturated fatty acid (UFA synthesis pathways for Pseudomonas aeruginosa. It was previously noted that this operon was upregulated in biofilms and repressed by exogenous UFAs. Deletion of a 30 nt fabA upstream sequence, which is conserved in P. aeruginosa, P. putida, and P. syringae, led to a significant decrease in fabA transcription, suggesting positive regulation by an unknown positive regulatory mechanism. METHODS/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Here, genetic and biochemical approaches were employed to identify a potential fabAB activator. Deletion of candidate genes such as PA1611 or PA1627 was performed to determine if any of these gene products act as a fabAB activator. However, none of these genes were involved in the regulation of fabAB transcription. Use of mariner-based random mutagenesis to screen for fabA activator(s showed that several genes encoding unknown functions, rpoN and DesA may be involved in fabA regulation, but probably via indirect mechanisms. Biochemical attempts performed did fail to isolate an activator of fabAB operon. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: The data suggest that fabA expression might not be regulated by protein-binding, but by a distinct mechanism such as a regulatory RNA-based mechanism.

  13. Proteolytic processing of the Cyt1Ab1 toxin produced by Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. medellin

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    Elizabeth Escobar

    2000-10-01

    Full Text Available Bacillus thuringiensis produces d-endotoxins that require proteolytic processing to become active. The activation of the B. thuringiensis subsp. medellin 28 kDa (Cyt1Ab1 cytolytic toxin by trypsin, chymotrypsin and gut extract from Culex quinquefasciatus larvae was analyzed. The Cyt1Ab1 toxin of B. thuringiensis subsp. medellin was processed by all proteases tested to fragments between 23 and 25 kDa, while processing of the Cyt1Aa1 toxin produce fragments between 22.5 and 24.5 kDa. The Cyt1Ab1 toxin was preferentially processed at the alkaline pH of 12. The in vitro proteolytic processing of the Cyt1Ab1 toxin by C. quinquefasciatus larvae midgut extract showed a 25 kDa fragment; a similar result was observed when the activation was performed in the in vivo experiments. The solubilized Cyt1Ab1 toxin and the protease resistant cores generated by in vitro processing showed hemolytic activity but not mosquitocidal activity. Amino terminal sequence of the C. quinquefasciatus gut extract resistant fragment indicated that the cutting site was located between Lys31 and Asp32, with a sequence DDPNEKNNHNS; while for the trypsin-resistant fragment the cutting site was determined between Leu29 and Arg30, and for the chymotrypsin-resistant fragment between Arg30 and Lys31.

  14. Future prospects: assessment of intraoperative optical coherence tomography in ab interno glaucoma surgery.

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    Heindl, Ludwig M; Siebelmann, Sebastian; Dietlein, Thomas; Hüttmann, Gereon; Lankenau, Eva; Cursiefen, Claus; Steven, Philipp

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    Ab interno glaucoma surgery, such as trabecular aspiration or ab interno trabeculotomy, has been introduced as an alternative, non-filtering procedure to lower intraocular pressure in glaucoma patients. The purpose of the present study was to assess the feasibility of intraoperative spectral domain optical coherence tomography (iOCT) for improving ab interno glaucoma surgery. Intraoperative optical coherence tomography was performed to visualize the anterior chamber angle, the aspiration canula during trabecular aspiration, and the trabectome device during ab interno trabeculotomy. A commercially available 840-nm iOCT was used in a clinical setting, a 1310-nm spectral-domain OCT in an experimental setting. In the clinical setting using the 840-nm iOCT, visualization of the aspiration canula and the trabectome device was possible, however, with rather limited visibility of the chamber angle and the trabecular meshwork. In the experimental setting, the 1310-nm OCT enabled excellent visualization of the chamber angle and detailed evaluation of the instrument-trabecular meshwork relation. Intraoperative use of optical coherence tomography may be helpful for ab interno glaucoma surgery. Adjustments of the commercially available iOCT, including longer wavelengths and oblique scanning options, are necessary for the clinical use.

  15. Highly potent antimicrobial modified peptides derived from the Acinetobacter baumannii phage endolysin LysAB2.

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    Peng, Shih-Yi; You, Ren-In; Lai, Meng-Jiun; Lin, Nien-Tsung; Chen, Li-Kuang; Chang, Kai-Chih

    2017-09-13

    The increase in the prevalence of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MDRAB) strains is a serious public health concern. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are a possible solution to this problem. In this study, we examined whether AMPs could be derived from phage endolysins. We synthesized four AMPs based on an amphipathic helical region in the C-terminus of endolysin LysAB2 encoded by the A. baumannii phage ΦAB2. These peptides showed potent antibacterial activity against A. baumannii (minimum inhibitory concentration, 4-64 μM), including some MDR and colistin-resistant A. baumannii. Of the four peptides, LysAB2 P3, with modifications that increased its net positive charge and decreased its hydrophobicity, showed high antibacterial activity against A. baumannii but little haemolytic and no cytotoxic activity against normal eukaryotic cells. The results of electron microscopy experiments and a fluorescein isothiocyanate staining assay indicated that this peptide killed A. baumannii through membrane permeabilization. Moreover, in a mouse intraperitoneal infection model, at 4 h after the bacterial injection, LysAB2 P3 decreased the bacterial load by 13-fold in ascites and 27-fold in blood. Additionally, LysAB2 P3 rescued sixty percent of mice heavily infected with A. baumannii from lethal bacteremia. Our results confirmed that bacteriophage endolysins are a promising resource for developing effective AMPs.

  16. Bioinformatic analysis of phage AB3, a phiKMV-like virus infecting Acinetobacter baumannii.

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    Zhang, J; Liu, X; Li, X-J

    2015-01-16

    The phages of Acinetobacter baumannii has drawn increasing attention because of the multi-drug resistance of A. baumanni. The aim of this study was to sequence Acinetobacter baumannii phage AB3 and conduct bioinformatic analysis to lay a foundation for genome remodeling and phage therapy. We isolated and sequenced A. baumannii phage AB3 and attempted to annotate and analyze its genome. The results showed that the genome is a double-stranded DNA with a total length of 31,185 base pairs (bp) and 97 open reading frames greater than 100 bp. The genome includes 28 predicted genes, of which 24 are homologous to phage AB1. The entire coding sequence is located on the negative strand, representing 90.8% of the total length. The G+C mol% was 39.18%, without areas of high G+C content over 200 bp in length. No GC island, tRNA gene, or repeated sequence was identified. Gene lengths were 120-3099 bp, with an average of 1011 bp. Six genes were found to be greater than 2000 bp in length. Genomic alignment and phylogenetic analysis of the RNA polymerase gene showed that similar to phage AB1, phage AB3 is a phiKMV-like virus in the T7 phage family.

  17. A new simple score (ABS) for assessing behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.

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    Abe, K; Yamashita, T; Hishikawa, N; Ohta, Y; Deguchi, K; Sato, K; Matsuzono, K; Nakano, Y; Ikeda, Y; Wakutani, Y; Takao, Y

    2015-03-15

    In addition to cognitive impairment, behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are another important aspect of most dementia patients. This study was designed for a new simple assessment of BPSD. We first employed a clinical survey for the local community with sending an inquiry letter to all members (n=129) of dementia caregiver society, and then attempted to create a new BPSD score for dementia with 10 BPSD items. This new simple BPSD score was compared to a standard-detailed BPSD score neuropsychiatric inventory (NPI) for a possible correlation (n=792) and a time to complete (n=136). Inter-rater reliability was examined comparing scores between main and second caregivers (n=70) for AD. Based on the clinical survey for local caregivers, a new BPSD score for dementia (ABS, Abe's BPSD score) was newly created, in which each BPSD item was allotted by an already-weighted score (maximum 1-9) based on the frequency and severity, and was finalized with taking temporal occurrences into account. ABS was filled by the main caregiver with a full score of 44, was well correlated with NPI (r=0.716, **pABS in secondary than the main caregivers. ABS provides a new simple and quick test for BPSD assessment, with a good correlation to NPI but a shorter time, and with a high inter-rater reliability. Thus ABS is useful for evaluating BPSD for mild to moderate dementia patients. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  18. Remodeling of the AB site of rat parvalbumin and oncomodulin into a canonical EF-hand

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    Cox, J A; Durussel, I; Scott, D J

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    Parvalbumin (PV) and the homologous protein oncomodulin (OM) contain three EF-hand motifs, but the first site (AB) cannot bind Ca2+. Here we aimed to recreate the putative ancestral proteins [D19-28E]PV and [D19-28E]OM by replacing the 10-residue-long nonfunctional loop in the AB site by a 12......-residue canonical loop. To create an optical conformational probe we also expressed the homologs with a F102W replacement. Unexpectedly, in none of the proteins did the mutation reactivate the AB site. The AB-remodeled parvalbumins bind two Ca2+ ions with strong positive cooperativity (nH = 2...... conformations. The AB-remodeled oncomodulins also bind two Ca2+ with [Ca2+]0.5 = 43 microM and nH = 1.45. Mg2+ does not affect Ca2+ binding. Again the Ca2+ forms display two-thirds of the alpha-helical content in the wild-type, while their core is still strongly hydrophobic as monitored by Trp and Tyr...

  19. Numerical Simulation of the Microtron Electron Beam Absorption by the Modified ABS-Plastic

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    Stuchebrov, S. G.; Miloichikova, I. A.; Melnikov, A. L.; Pereverzeva, M. A.

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    Each specific task of the electron beam application imposes requirements for the beam profile and shape. One of the methods allows achieving high accuracy and low cost of the filters production is the 3D print method. The required properties of the electron beam interaction with the material can be achieved by using the modified plastic filaments. In this paper, the results of the model creation of the electron beams interaction with the ABS-plastic doped with different concentrations are presented. The depth dose distributions of the electron beam in the modified ABS-plastic are sown. The electron beam profiles and the electron beam distribution in the modified ABS-plastic are illustrated.

  20. Hexavalent Chromium Reduction and Accumulation by Acinetobacter AB1 Isolated from Fez Tanneries in Morocco.

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    Essahale, A; Malki, M; Marín, I; Moumni, M

    2012-03-01

    Hexavalent chromium reduction and accumulation by Acinetobacter AB1 isolated from Fez tanneries effluents were tested. The effects of some environmental factors such as pH, temperature, and exposure time on Cr(VI) reduction and resistance were investigated. We found that this strain was able to resist to concentrations as high as 400 mg/l of Cr(VI). Moreover, pH 10 and the temperature 30°C constitute favourable conditions to the growth and reduction of Acinetobacter AB1. Complete reduction of Cr(VI) was observed at low initial Cr(VI) concentrations of 50 mg/l after 72 h of incubation. Furthermore, Transmission electron microscope (TEM) analysis showed morphological changes in AB1 strain due 48H exposure to 100 mg/l chromate concentration and revealed circular electron dense (dark black point) inclusion within the cell cytoplasm suggesting chromium deposition within the cells.

  1. Equine Immunoglobulin and Equine Neutralizing F(ab')₂ Protect Mice from West Nile Virus Infection.

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    Cui, Jiannan; Zhao, Yongkun; Wang, Hualei; Qiu, Boning; Cao, Zengguo; Li, Qian; Zhang, Yanbo; Yan, Feihu; Jin, Hongli; Wang, Tiecheng; Sun, Weiyang; Feng, Na; Gao, Yuwei; Sun, Jing; Wang, Yanqun; Perlman, Stanley; Zhao, Jincun; Yang, Songtao; Xia, Xianzhu

    2016-12-18

    West Nile virus (WNV) is prevalent in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, West Asia, and North America, and causes epidemic encephalitis. To date, no effective therapy for WNV infection has been developed; therefore, there is urgent need to find an efficient method to prevent WNV disease. In this study, we prepared and evaluated the protective efficacy of immune serum IgG and pepsin-digested F(ab')₂ fragments from horses immunized with the WNV virus-like particles (VLP) expressing the WNV M and E proteins. Immune equine F(ab')₂ fragments and immune horse sera efficiently neutralized WNV infection in tissue culture. The passive transfer of equine immune antibodies significantly accelerated the virus clearance in the spleens and brains of WNV infected mice, and reduced mortality. Thus, equine immunoglobulin or equine neutralizing F(ab')₂ passive immunotherapy is a potential strategy for the prophylactic or therapeutic treatment of patients infected with WNV.

  2. Adsorption of Methylene Blue from Aqueous Solution by AB-8 Macroreticular Resin

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    Full Text Available Study on adsorption kinetics and thermodynamics of methylene blue by AB-8 macroreticular resin was carried out through static experiments. The results showed that the adsorption rate for the solute appear to be the first order kinetics, the intraparticle diffusion is the main rate-controlling step. In the experimental temperature, thermodynamic studies indicated that methylene blue adsorption onto resin AB-8 conforms to Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption isotherm. Methylene blue adsorption quantity respectively 30 mg/L, 150 mg/L, and 300 mg/L . The adsorption enthalpy change is 40.3 kJ/moL , 39.2 kJ/moL , and 33.6 kJ/moL respectively. The uptake of salicylic acid on AB-8 macroreticular resin is a type of physical adsorption.

  3. Sustainability of Recycled ABS and PA6 by Banana Fiber Reinforcement: Thermal, Mechanical and Morphological Properties

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    Singh, Rupinder; Kumar, Ranvijay; Ranjan, Nishant

    2018-01-01

    In the present study efforts have been made to prepare functional prototypes with improved thermal, mechanical and morphological properties from polymeric waste for sustainability. The primary recycled acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polyamide 6 (PA6) has been selected as matrix material with bio-degradable and bio-compatible banana fibers (BF) as reinforcement. The blend (in form of feed stock filament wire) of ABS/PA6 and BF was prepared in house by conventional twin screw extrusion (TSE) process. Finally feed stock filament of ABS/PA6 reinforced with BF was put to run on open source fused deposition modelling based three dimensional printer (without any change in hardware/software of the system) for printing of functional prototypes with improved thermal/mechanical/morphological properties. The results are supported by photomicrographs, thermographs and mechanical testing.

  4. Study on Physical and Mechanical Properties of Wood flour / ABS Composites

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    Abdollah Najafi

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this research is study on physical and mechanical properties of wood flour/ Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS based on effect of SMA as coupling agent (0, 4 phc and wood flour filler loading (30,40, 50% of total weight and virgin and recycled ABS. Samples of composites were made by injection molding method and physical tests including long term water absorption and thickness swelling and mechanical tests containing hardness and tensile strength and modulus of them were performed according to ASTM standards method. The results showed that by increasing the amount of wood flour water absorption, water absorption coefficient, thickness swelling, hygroscopic thickness swelling rate, hardness, tensile strength and modulus of composites were increased. Using of virgin ABS in making of composites increased the tensile properties, hardness composites and decreased water absorption, thickness swelling and parameters of them, in long term immersion. Using of SMA in composites decreased hardness of composites.

  5. Investigations for Thermal and Electrical Conductivity of ABS-Graphene Blended Prototypes.

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    Singh, Rupinder; Sandhu, Gurleen S; Penna, Rosa; Farina, Ilenia

    2017-07-31

    The thermoplastic materials such as acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and Nylon have large applications in three-dimensional printing of functional/non-functional prototypes. Usually these polymer-based prototypes are lacking in thermal and electrical conductivity. Graphene (Gr) has attracted impressive enthusiasm in the recent past due to its natural mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties. This paper presents the step by step procedure (as a case study) for development of an in-house ABS-Gr blended composite feedstock filament for fused deposition modelling (FDM) applications. The feedstock filament has been prepared by two different methods (mechanical and chemical mixing). For mechanical mixing, a twin screw extrusion (TSE) process has been used, and for chemical mixing, the composite of Gr in an ABS matrix has been set by chemical dissolution, followed by mechanical blending through TSE. Finally, the electrical and thermal conductivity of functional prototypes prepared from composite feedstock filaments have been optimized.

  6. Cry1Ab Protein from Bacillus thuringiensis and MON810 cry1Ab-transgenic Maize Exerts No Adjuvant Effect After Airway Exposure

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    Andreassen, Monica; Bøhn, Thomas; Wikmark, Odd Gunnar; van den Berg, Johnnie; Løvik, Martinus; Traavik, Terje; Nygaard, Unni Cecilie

    2015-01-01

    Accepted manuscript version. Published version at http://doi.org/10.1111/sji.12269. The genetically modified (GM) maize event MON810 has been inserted with a processed version of the transgene, cry1Ab, derived from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) to express proteins with insecticidal properties. Such proteins may introduce new allergens and also act as adjuvants that promote allergic responses. While focus has been on safe consumption and hence the oral exposure to GM food a...

  7. Comparison of Directigen Flu A+B with Real Time PCR in the Diagnosis of Influenza.

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    Bosevska, Golubinka; Panovski, Nikola; Janceska, Elizabeta; Mikik, Vladimir; Topuzovska, Irena Kondova; Milenkovik, Zvonko

    2015-01-01

    Early diagnosis and treatment of patients with influenza is the reason why physicians need rapid high-sensitivity influenza diagnostic tests that require no complex lab equipment and can be performed and interpreted within 15 min. The Aim of this study was to compare the rapid Directigen Flu A+B test with real time PCR for detection of influenza viruses in the Republic of Macedonia. One-hundred-eight respiratory samples (combined nose and throat swabs) were routinely collected for detection of influenza virus during influenza seasons. Forty-one patients were pediatric cases and 59 were adult. Their mean age was 23 years. The patients were allocated into 6 age groups: 0-4 yrs, 5-9 yrs, 10-14 yrs, 15-19 yrs, 20-64 yrs and > 65 yrs. Each sample was tested with Directigen Flu A+B and CDC real time PCR kit for detection and typisation/subtypisation of influenza according to the lab diagnostic protocol. Directigen Flu A+B identified influenza A virus in 20 (18.5%) samples and influenza B virus in two 2 (1.9%) samples. The high specificity (100%) and PPV of Directigen Flu A+B we found in our study shows that the positive results do not need to be confirmed. The overall sensitivity of Directigen Flu A+B is 35.1% for influenza A virus and 33.0% for influenza B virus. The sensitivity for influenza A is higher among children hospitalized (45.0%) and outpatients (40.0%) versus adults. Directigen Flu A+B has relatively low sensitivity for detection of influenza viruses in combined nose and throat swabs. Negative results must be confirmed.

  8. ORBITAL AND PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF THE σ Ori Aa, Ab, B TRIPLE SYSTEM

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    Simón-Díaz, S. [Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, E-38200 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Caballero, J. A.; Apellániz, J. Maíz [Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA), ESAC Campus, P.O. Box 78, E-28691 Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid (Spain); Lorenzo, J.; Negueruela, I.; Dorda, R.; Marco, A. [Departamento de Física, Ingeniería de Sistemas y Teoría de la Señal, Escuela Politécnica Superior, University of Alicante, Apdo. 99, E-03080 Alicante (Spain); Schneider, F. R. N. [Argelander-Institut für Astronomie der Universität Bonn, Auf dem Hügel 71, D-53121 Bonn (Germany); Barbá, R. H. [Departamento de Física, Universidad de La Serena, Benavente 980, La Serena (Chile); Montes, D. [Departamento Astrofísica, Facultad de Ciencias Físicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, E-28040 Madrid (Spain); Pellerin, A. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, State University of New York at Geneseo, 1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454 (United States); Sanchez-Bermudez, J.; Sota, A. [Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC), Glorieta de la Astronomía s/n, E-18008 Granada (Spain); Sódor, Á., E-mail: ssimon@iac.es [Konkoly Observatory, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, H-01121 Budapest (Hungary)

    2015-02-01

    We provide a complete characterization of the astrophysical properties of the σ Ori Aa, Ab, B hierarchical triple system and an improved set of orbital parameters for the highly eccentric σ Ori Aa, Ab spectroscopic binary. We compiled a spectroscopic data set comprising 90 high-resolution spectra covering a total time span of 1963 days. We applied the Lehman-Filhés method for a detailed orbital analysis of the radial velocity curves and performed a combined quantitative spectroscopic analysis of the σ Ori Aa, Ab, B system by means of the stellar atmosphere code FASTWIND. We used our own plus other available information on photometry and distance to the system for measuring the radii, luminosities, and spectroscopic masses of the three components. We also inferred evolutionary masses and stellar ages using the Bayesian code BONNSAI. The orbital analysis of the new radial velocity curves led to a very accurate orbital solution of the σ Ori Aa, Ab pair. We provided indirect arguments indicating that σ Ori B is a fast-rotating early B dwarf. The FASTWIND+BONNSAI analysis showed that the Aa, Ab pair contains the hottest and most massive components of the triple system while σ Ori B is a bit cooler and less massive. The derived stellar ages of the inner pair are intriguingly younger than the one widely accepted for the σ Orionis cluster, at 3 ± 1 Ma. The outcome of this study will be of key importance for a precise determination of the distance to the σ Orionis cluster, the interpretation of the strong X-ray emission detected for σ Ori Aa, Ab, B, and the investigation of the formation and evolution of multiple massive stellar systems and substellar objects.

  9. Modelling of nuclear glasses by classical and ab initio molecular dynamics; Modelisation de verres intervenant dans le conditionnement des dechets radioactifs par dynamiques moleculaires classique et ab initio

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    Ganster, P

    2004-10-15

    A calcium aluminosilicate glass of molar composition 67 % SiO{sub 2} - 12 % Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} - 21 % CaO was modelled by classical and ab initio molecular dynamics. The size effect study in classical MD shows that the systems of 100 atoms are more ordered than the larger ones. These effects are mainly due to the 3-body terms in the empirical potentials. Nevertheless, these effects are small and the structures generated are in agreement with experimental data. In such kind of glass, we denote an aluminium avoidance and an excess of non bridging oxygens which can be compensated by tri coordinated oxygens. When the dynamics of systems of 100 and 200 atoms is followed by ab initio MD, some local arrangements occurs (bond length, angular distributions). Thus, more realistic vibrational properties are obtained in ab initio MD. The modelling of thin films shows that aluminium atoms extend to the most external part of the surface and they are all tri-coordinated. Calcium atoms are set in the sub layer part of the surface and they produce a depolymerization of the network. In classical MD, tri-coordinated aluminium atoms produce an important electric field above the surface. With non bridging oxygens, they constitute attractive sites for single water molecules. (author)

  10. Compostos bioativos e capacidade antioxidante em abóboras-gila (Cucurbita ficifolia Bouché)

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    Barbosa, Larissa Beatrice Granciero

    2016-01-01

    A Cucurbita ficifolia Bouché, conhecida no Brasil como abóbora-gila, possui compostos bioativos como o D-chiro inositol e fibras, e vem sendo estudada por sua atividade anti-hiperglicemiante em modelos humanos e animais. Este estudo teve por objetivo a prospecção e a quantificação de compostos bioativos presentes na abóbora-gila (casca, polpa e sementes), comparando-os em seus diferentes estádios de maturação. Foram quantificados os compostos bioativos, fenólicos totais, carotenoides totais e...

  11. A Comparative Study Between ABS and Disc Brake System Using Finite Element Method

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    Mobasseri, Saleh; Mobasseri, Mohammad

    2017-01-01

    This paper, refers to the history of the rise of brake system and describe its importance in passenger's lives. The Anti-lock Braking system (ABS), is the safety of vehicle systems to achieve maximum braking and decelerating in terms of increasing the stability and balance of the car and reduces the braking distance is designed. The performance of disc brake system and the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) are also compared with each other by the kinetic analysis of the braking system and evalua...

  12. Attenuation coefficient determination of printed ABS and PLA samples in diagnostic radiology standard beams

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    Veneziani, G.R.; Correa, E.L.; Potiens, M.P.A.; Campos, L.L., E-mail: venezianigr@gmail.com [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleres (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2015-07-01

    IAEA code of practice TRS-457 states that standard phantoms should offer the same primary attenuation and scatter production as relevant body section of a representative patient. Material cost, availability and dimensional stability must also be considered. The goal of this study is to determine the attenuation coefficient of printed ABS and PLA in standard X-ray beams, verifying if phantoms printed with these materials could be an easier-handle substitute for PMMA, enabling the creation of different designs in an easier and cheaper way. Results show that PMMA presents higher attenuation coefficient, followed by PLA and ABS, which means that thinner PMMA layer creates higher radiation attenuation. (author)

  13. Ab initio study of long-period superstructures in close-packed A3B compounds

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    Rosengaard, N. M.; Skriver, Hans Lomholt

    1994-01-01

    We have performed ab initio calculations of the stability of one-dimensional long-period superstructures in Cu3Pd, Cu3Al, and Ag3Mg by means of an interface Green's function technique based on the linear-muffin-tin-orbitals method within the tight-binding and atomic-sphere approximations. The ene......We have performed ab initio calculations of the stability of one-dimensional long-period superstructures in Cu3Pd, Cu3Al, and Ag3Mg by means of an interface Green's function technique based on the linear-muffin-tin-orbitals method within the tight-binding and atomic-sphere approximations...

  14. Physical origin of satellites in photoemission of doped graphene: an ab initio GW plus cumulant study.

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    Lischner, Johannes; Vigil-Fowler, Derek; Louie, Steven G

    2013-04-05

    We calculate the photoemission spectra of suspended and epitaxial doped graphene using an ab initio cumulant expansion of the Green's function based on the GW self-energy. Our results are compared to experiment and to standard GW calculations. For doped graphene on a silicon carbide substrate, we find, in contrast to earlier calculations, that the spectral function from GW only does not reproduce experimental satellite properties. However, ab initio GW plus cumulant theory combined with an accurate description of the substrate screening results in good agreement with experiment, but gives no plasmaron (i.e., no extra well-defined excitation satisfying Dyson's equation).

  15. New tool for spreading proteins to the environment: Cry1Ab toxin immobilized to bioplastics.

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    Moldes, Cristina; Farinós, Gema P; de Eugenio, Laura I; García, Pedro; García, José L; Ortego, Félix; Hernández-Crespo, Pedro; Castañera, Pedro; Prieto, María A

    2006-08-01

    A new tool to provide an environmentally friendly way to deliver active proteins to the environment has been developed, based on the use of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA, bioplastic) granules. To illustrate this novel approach, a derived Cry1Ab insect-specific toxin protein was in vivo immobilized into PHA granules through the polypeptide tag BioF. The new toxin, named Fk-Bt1, was shown to be active against Sesamia nonagrioides (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). The dose-mortality responses of the new toxin granule formulation (PFk-Bt1) and purified Cry1Ab have been compared, demonstrating the effectiveness of PFk-Bt1 and suggesting a common mode of action.

  16. Accurate evaluation of magnetic coupling between atoms with numerous open shells: An ab initio method

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    Gellé, A.; Varignon, J.; Lepetit, M.-B.

    2009-11-01

    We propose a new ab initio method designed for the accurate calculation of effective exchange integrals between atoms with numerous open shells. This method applies to ferromagnetic as well as antiferromagnetic exchange, direct or ligand-mediated exchange. Test calculations on high spin transition metal oxides such as KNiF3, Ba2CoS3 or YMnO3 exhibit a very good accuracy compared either to the best ab initio calculations —when those are feasible— and with experimental evaluations.

  17. Ab initio I-V characteristics of short C-20 chains

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    Roland, C.; Larade, B.; Taylor, Jeremy Philip

    2002-01-01

    We have calculated the I-V characteristics of short chains of C-20 molecular cages between Al and Au leads with an ab initio formalism. The results indicate that a linear chain of such molecules acts primarily as metallic nanowires. The transmission, however, depends sensitively both on the orien......We have calculated the I-V characteristics of short chains of C-20 molecular cages between Al and Au leads with an ab initio formalism. The results indicate that a linear chain of such molecules acts primarily as metallic nanowires. The transmission, however, depends sensitively both...

  18. An ab initio investigation of a grain boundary in a transition metal oxide

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    Dawson, I.; Bristowe, P.D. [Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom). Dept. of Materials Science and Metallurgy; Payne, M.C.; Lee, M.H. [Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom). Cavendish Lab.

    1996-12-31

    The authors have used ab initio total energy plane wave pseudopotential methods to perform the first completely ab initio investigation of the atomic and electronic structure of a grain boundary in a transition metal oxide. The {Sigma} = 15 (210)[001] tilt boundary in rutile TiO{sub 2} is studied using the conjugate gradients iterative minimization technique for performing total energy calculations within the LDA and pseudopotential approximations. The stability of the experimentally observed translation state of the boundary is confirmed, and some insight is gained into its electronic structure.

  19. Electrochemical and Optical Method for Analysing the Metallic Layers Deposited on ABS-Type Polymers

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    Florentina Cziple

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents optical and electrochemical methods of analysis in view of studying the metal layers deposited on the surface of ABS plastic materials. We used optical microscopy in order to observe the quality of the deposits on the surface of polymers, as well as the study of the influence of different factors on the metallisation process. Moreover, we realised also the electrochemical study of the metallic layers deposited on the ABS polymers through the interpretation of the polarisation curves in view of observing the main phenomena occurring on the surface of the polymers.

  20. Thermal behavior of vehicle plastic blends contained acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) in pyrolysis using TG-FTIR.

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    Liu, Guicai; Liao, Yanfen; Ma, Xiaoqian

    2017-03-01

    As important plastic blends in End-of-Life vehicles (ELV), pyrolysis profiles of ABS/PVC, ABS/PA6 and ABS/PC were investigated using thermogravimetric-Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (TG-FTIR). Also, CaCO3 was added as plastic filler to discuss its effects on the pyrolysis of these plastics. The results showed that the interaction between ABS and PVC made PVC pyrolysis earlier and HCl emission slightly accelerated. The mixing of ABS and PA6 made their decomposition temperature closer, and ketones in PA6 pyrolysis products were reduced. The presence of ABS made PC pyrolysis earlier, and phenyl compounds in PC pyrolysis products could be transferred into alcohol or H2O. The interaction between ABS and other polymers in pyrolysis could be attributed to the intermolecular radical transfer, and free radicals from the polymer firstly decomposed led to a fast initiation the decomposition of the other polymer. As plastic filler, CaCO3 promoted the thermal decomposition of PA6 and PC, and had no obvious effects on ABS and PVC pyrolysis process. Also, CaCO3 made the pyrolysis products from PA6 and PC further decomposed into small-molecule compounds like CO2. The kinetics analysis showed that isoconversional method like Starink method was more suitable for these polymer blends. Starink method showed the average activation energy of ABS50/PVC50, ABS50/PA50 and ABS50/PC50 was 186.63kJ/mol, 239.61kJ/mol and 248.95kJ/mol, respectively, and the interaction among them could be reflected by the activation energy variation. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Characterization of plasmids carrying oqxAB in bla(CTX-M)-negative Escherichia coli isolates from food-producing animals.

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    Liu, Bao-Tao; Li, Liang; Fang, Liang-Xing; Sun, Jian; Liao, Xiao-Ping; Yang, Qiu-E; Huang, Ting; Liu, Ya-Hong

    2014-12-01

    To study the characteristics of plasmids harboring oqxAB among bla(CTX-M)-negative Escherichia coli isolates and search for oqxAB-harboring plasmids similar to plasmids carrying oqxAB-bla(CTX-M) reported previously, conjugation experiment was performed for 115 randomly selected oqxAB-positive but bla(CTX-M)-negative E. coli isolates from diseased animals in Guangdong, China. S1 nuclease pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and southern blotting experiments were performed to investigate the location of oqxAB and other resistance genes. The EcoRI digestion profiles of the plasmids with oqxAB were also analyzed. The clonal relatedness of donor isolates was investigated by PFGE. In this study, 32 oqxAB transconjugants were successfully obtained and most transconjugants showed multidrug resistances. Eleven replicon combination types were found in these transconjugants. floR and oqxAB were found on the same plasmids in all nine transconjugants resistant to florfenicol. The sequences between floR and oqxAB were identical in most transconjugants and the two genes were both linked with tnp in insertion sequences. Nine F18:A-:B1 plasmids with only oqxAB shared identical EcoRI digestion profiles and the profiles were also identical with that of a plasmid carrying oqxAB-bla(CTX-M) found previously. Co-transfer of plasmids carrying oqxAB and fosA3, respectively, was also observed in one isolate. This study demonstrates the dissemination of oqxAB among bla(CTX-M)-negative E. coli isolates was mainly mediated by identical F18:A-:B1 plasmids. A novel arrangement of regions between floR and oqxAB might play an important role in the dissemination of floR-oqxAB. This is the first description of the genetic environment of the relationship between oqxAB and floR in E. coli.

  2. Mistura PAni.DBSA/SBS Obtida por Polimerização "In Situ": Propriedades Elétrica, Dielétrica e Dinâmico-Mecânica

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    Leyva María E.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Misturas elastoméricas condutoras de eletricidade envolvendo copolímero tribloco poli(estireno-b-butadieno-b-estireno (SBS e polianilina dopada com ácido dodecilbenzenosulfônico (Pani.DBSA foram obtidas por polimerização "in situ". Os filmes obtidos por moldagem por compressão mostraram baixo limiar de percolação, apresentando valores de condutividade semelhantes aos encontrados para o polímero condutor puro com cerca de 20 % em massa de Pani.DBSA. A caracterização das misturas por análise termodinâmico-mecânica (DMTA evidenciou uma ligeira interação da Pani.DBSA com ambas fases do copolímero SBS. Na região borrachosa, o módulo da mistura aumenta com o aumento do conteúdo de Pani. No entanto, existe uma progressiva queda no fator de amortecimento ("damping" com o aumento da concentração de Pani. A energia de ativação, Ea, do processo de transição vítreo-borrachoso de ambas fases do SBS foi calculada, utilizando a equação de Arrhenius com os dados obtidos tanto por DMTA como por análise termodielétrica (DETA. A caracterização dielétrica não proporcionou informações a respeito da localização da Pani.DBSA na matriz de SBS. No entanto, observou-se o fenômeno de polarização interfacial entre a Pani e o SBS. Uma morfologia do tipo microtubos foi observada para Pani.DBSA na mistura SBS/Pani.DBSA, utilizando-se a técnica de microscopia eletrônica de varredura.

  3. Efeito do SBS epoxidado como um agente compatibilizante para obtenção de nanocompósitos de SBS/argila cloisite 10A

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    Patrícia Alves da Silva

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Atualmente, cargas nanométricas são utilizadas para desenvolver novos materiais poliméricos com melhor desempenho mecânico. Neste trabalho, foi empregada uma mistura de borracha termoplástica de poli(estireno-b-butadieno-b-estireno (SBS e de argila Montmorilonita (Cloisite 10A via intercalação por fusão. Uma suspensão de Cloisite 10A em ciclohexano foi adicionada a SBS em solução. Para maior compatibilidade entre a argila e a borracha termoplástica utilizou-se uma borracha termoplástica epoxidada como agente compatibilizante. Neste estudo, a proporção argila compatibilizante foi de 0,6 até 3,0 para verificar a influência desta proporção nas propriedades mecânicas dos nanocompósitos. As propriedades morfológicas e mecânicas dos nanocompósitos foram avaliadas através da difração de raios X, microscopia eletrônica de transmissão, ensaio de tração, análise dinâmico-mecânica (DMA e avaliação do torque final da mistura. A combinação de argila/conpatibilizante favoreceu a formação de estruturas mais alongadas de argila que promoveram o ganho de módulo e tensão com pequena redução de alongamento.

  4. Ab initio and DFT study of Octanitrocubane. | Ejuh | Journal of the ...

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    The molecular stability, structure, dipole moment, charge transfer, polarizability and energy of Octonitrocubane have been studied by using ab- initio Quantum Mechanical calculations. We have used the Restricted Hartree-Fock (RHF) and density functional Becke3LYP (B3LYP) theories by employing 6-31G, 6- 31++G** and ...

  5. Study of Thermal Properties of Mixed (PP/EPR/ABS with Five Model Compatibilizers

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    Pierre Marcel Anicet Noah

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The influences of incorporating compatibilizers E-EA-MAH, E-MA-GMA, E-AM, SEBS KRATON G, or PP-g-MAH on the thermal properties of mixed (polypropylene/ethylene propylene rubber/acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (PP/EPR/ABS have been investigated. DSC investigations have revealed that the incorporation of 5% of ABS in the copolymer (PP/EPR does not fundamentally affect the thermal properties of the basic copolymer; additionally, the addition of 1.5% of each of the compatibilizers in the basic mixture does not significantly alter the crystallization temperature values and the melting of the -P- sequences. There is a variation of melting enthalpy values of the -P- sequences of 18.23% using SEBS KRATON G and of 10.38% using E-AM-GMA. When the rate of each of the compatibilizers increases to 5%, overall crystallization enthalpies of -P- sequences are almost kept unchanged, except for the case of using the compatibilizer E-AM-GMA with a variation of 8.42%. There is a minor variation of the melting enthalpy of -P- sequences with higher levels of compatibilizer. The incorporation of 5% ABS copolymer in the PP/EPR does not significantly alter the thermal properties of the basic structure of (PP/EPR/ABS.

  6. Sorbitol crystallization-induced aggregation in frozen mAb formulations.

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    Piedmonte, Deirdre Murphy; Hair, Alison; Baker, Priti; Brych, Lejla; Nagapudi, Karthik; Lin, Hong; Cao, Wenjin; Hershenson, Susan; Ratnaswamy, Gayathri

    2015-02-01

    Sorbitol crystallization-induced aggregation of mAbs in the frozen state was evaluated. The effect of protein aggregation resulting from sorbitol crystallization was measured as a function of formulation variables such as protein concentration and pH. Long-term studies were performed on both IgG1 and IgG2 mAbs over the protein concentration range of 0.1-120 mg/mL. Protein aggregation was measured by size-exclusion HPLC (SE-HPLC) and further characterized by capillary-electrophoresis SDS. Sorbitol crystallization was monitored and characterized by subambient differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction. Aggregation due to sorbitol crystallization is inversely proportional to both protein concentration and formulation pH. At high protein concentrations, sorbitol crystallization was suppressed, and minimal aggregation by SE-HPLC resulted, presumably because of self-stabilization of the mAbs. The glass transition temperature (Tg ') and fragility index measurements were made to assess the influence of molecular mobility on the crystallization of sorbitol. Tg ' increased with increasing protein concentration for both mAbs. The fragility index decreased with increasing protein concentration, suggesting that it is increasingly difficult for sorbitol to crystallize at high protein concentrations. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association.

  7. Raman and ab initio studies of simple and binary 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium ionic liquids

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    Berg, R.W.; Deetlefs, M.; Seddon, K.R.

    2005-01-01

    Raman spectra of the ionic liquids, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([C(4)mim][PF6]), 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([C(6)mim]Cl), and 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([C(6)mim][PF6]), and binary mixtures thereof, have been assigned using ab initio MP2...

  8. Decreasing the chlorophyll a/b ratio in reconstituted LHCII: Structural and functional consequences

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    Kleima, F.J.; Hobe, S.; Calkoen, F.; Urbanus, M.L.; Peterman, E.J.G.; van Grondelle, R.; Paulsen, H.; van Amerongen, H.

    1999-01-01

    Trimeric (bT) and monomeric (bM) light-harvesting complex II (LHCII) with a chlorophyll a/b ratio of 0.03 were reconstituted from the apoprotein overexpressed in Escherichia coli. Chlorophyll/xanthophyll and chlorophyll/protein ratios of bT complexes and 'native' LHCII are rather similar, namely,

  9. A fragment-based approach towards ab-initio treatment of polymeric ...

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    Reshma S Pingale

    2017-06-20

    Jun 20, 2017 ... textiles, packaging, medical etc. have led to their extensive studies in both academic and industrial fields. Predicting the structure of these polymers is important for the study of their properties. The present work uses a 'divide and conquer'-type approach for the ab-initio studies of these polymeric systems.

  10. Towards Type-Based Optimizations in Distributed Applications Using ABS and JAVA 8

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    V.N. Serbanescu (Vlad); C. Nagarajagowda (Chetan); K. Azadbakht (Keyvan); F.S. de Boer (Frank); B. Nobakht (Behrooz); F. Pop; M. Potop-Butucaru

    2014-01-01

    htmlabstractIn this paper we present an API to support modeling applications with Actors based on the paradigm of the Abstract Behavioural Specification (ABS) language. With the introduction of JAVA 8, we expose this API through a JAVA library to allow for a high-level actor-based methodology for

  11. Cellular recovery from exposure to sub-optimal concentrations of AB toxins that inhibit protein synthesis

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    Shiga toxin 1, exotoxin A, diphtheria toxin and ricin are all AB-type protein toxins that act within the host cytosol to kill the host cell through a pathway involving the inhibition of protein synthesis. It is thought that a single molecule of cytosolic toxin is sufficient to kill the host cell. In...

  12. NMR chemical shift data and ab initio shielding calculations : emerging tools for protein structure determination

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    Mulder, Frans A. A.; Filatov, Michael

    2010-01-01

    In this tutorial review, we discuss the utilization of chemical shift information as well as ab initio calculations of nuclear shieldings for protein structure determination. Both the empirical and computational aspects of the chemical shift are reviewed and the role of molecular dynamics and the

  13. Improvements to a five-phase ABS algorithm for experimental validation

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    Gerard, Mathieu; Pasillas-Lépine, William; de Vries, Edwin; Verhaegen, Michel

    2012-10-01

    The anti-lock braking system (ABS) is the most important active safety system for passenger cars. Unfortunately, the literature is not really precise about its description, stability and performance. This research improves a five-phase hybrid ABS control algorithm based on wheel deceleration [W. Pasillas-Lépine, Hybrid modeling and limit cycle analysis for a class of five-phase anti-lock brake algorithms, Veh. Syst. Dyn. 44 (2006), pp. 173-188] and validates it on a tyre-in-the-loop laboratory facility. Five relevant effects are modelled so that the simulation matches the reality: oscillations in measurements, wheel acceleration reconstruction, brake pressure dynamics, brake efficiency changes and tyre relaxation. The time delays in measurement and actuation have been identified as the main difficulty for the initial algorithm to work in practice. Three methods are proposed in order to deal with these delays. It is verified that the ABS limit cycles encircle the optimal braking point, without assuming any tyre parameter being a priori known. The ABS algorithm is compared with the commercial algorithm developed by Bosch.

  14. Modelling and Development of Linear and Nonlinear Intelligent Controllers for Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS

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    Mohammad Najeh Nemah

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available Antilock braking systems (ABS are utilized as a part of advanced autos to keep the vehicle’s wheels from deadlocking when the brakes are connected. The control performance of ABS utilizing linear and nonlinear controls are cleared up in this research. In order to design the control system of ABS a nonlinear dynamic model of the antilock braking systems is derived relying upon its physical system. The dynamic model contains set of equations valid for simulation and control of the mechanical framework. Two different controllers technique is proposed to control the behaviors of ABS. The first one utilized the PID controller with linearized technique around specific point to control the nonlinear system, while the second one used the nonlinear discrete time controller to control the nonlinear mathematical model directly. This investigation contributes to more additional information for the simulation of the two controllers, and demonstrate a clear and reasonable advantage of the classical PID controller on the nonlinear discrete time controller in control the antilock braking system.

  15. Draft Genome Sequence of Nitrobacter vulgaris Strain Ab1, a Nitrite-Oxidizing Bacterium.

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    Mellbye, Brett L; Davis, Edward W; Spieck, Eva; Chang, Jeff H; Bottomley, Peter J; Sayavedra-Soto, Luis A

    2017-05-04

    Here, we present the 3.9-Mb draft genome sequence of Nitrobacter vulgaris strain Ab1, which was isolated from a sewage system in Hamburg, Germany. The analysis of its genome sequence will contribute to our knowledge of nitrite-oxidizing bacteria and acyl-homoserine lactone quorum sensing in nitrifying bacteria. Copyright © 2017 Mellbye et al.

  16. Draft Genome Sequence of Nitrobacter vulgaris Strain Ab1, a Nitrite-Oxidizing Bacterium

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    Brett L. Mellbye; Davis, Edward W.; Spieck, Eva; Jeff H Chang; Bottomley, Peter J.; Sayavedra-Soto, Luis A.

    2017-01-01

    ABSTRACT Here, we present the 3.9-Mb draft genome sequence of Nitrobacter vulgaris strain Ab1, which was isolated from a sewage system in Hamburg, Germany. The analysis of its genome sequence will contribute to our knowledge of nitrite-oxidizing bacteria and acyl-homoserine lactone quorum sensing in nitrifying bacteria.

  17. Ab initio Molecular Orbital Studies of the Vibrational Spectra of some ...

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    2004-06-15

    Jun 15, 2004 ... The binary complexes formed between sulphur dioxide, as electron donor, and the series carbon dioxide, carbonyl sulphide and carbon disulphide, as electron acceptors, have been studied by means of ab initio molecular orbital theory. The optimized structures, the interaction energies and the vibrational ...

  18. Viral Outcome in Patients with Occult HBV Infection or HCV-Ab Positivity Treated for Lymphoma.

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    Guarino, Maria; Picardi, Marco; Vitello, Anna; Pugliese, Novella; Rea, Matilde; Cossiga, Valentina; Pane, Fabrizio; Caporaso, Nicola; Morisco, Filomena

    2017-01-01

    HBV and HCV reactivation has been widely reported in patients undergoing immunosuppressive therapy for oncohaematological diseases. We aimed to evaluate the HBV and HCV reactivation events in patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) or Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) underwent cytotoxic chemotherapy containing or not rituximab. This is a retrospective observational study, including all patients with NHL and HL attending an Italian tertiary referral hospital, the University of Naples "Federico II". A total of 322 patients were enrolled. We evaluated serum HBV and HCV markers. A total of 47 (38%) patients with occult HBV infection were enrolled. Seven/47 were treated with therapeutic cytotoxic schedule containing rituximab. Of them, 6/7 received prophylaxis with lamivudine. HBV reactivation was observed in two patients treated with rituximab. A reactivation was observed in the only patient (HBcAb+/HBsAb+) not receiving lamivudine prophylaxis, and the other one was observed in 1 patient with isolated HBcAb positivity during lamivudine prophylaxis. Moreover, 8 patients with HCV-Ab positivity were enrolled. No viral reactivation was observed in these patients. In conclusion, patients with occult HBV infection receiving chemotherapy containing rituximab for lymphoma without antiviral prophylaxis are at risk of viral reactivation. On the contrary, there is no risk of reactivation in patients undergoing rituximab-free schedule. Our findings suggest that there is also very low risk of HCV reactivation. This preliminary report underlines the concept that HBV reactivationis strongly related to the type of immunosuppressive therapy administered and that antiviral prophylaxis needs to be tailored.

  19. F ield ef Serra fficacy atia ent of ino tomop organic hila AB K c carrie ...

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    fungicides) in integrated crop management (ICM) which need to be verified in field conditions. This communica- tion makes an attempt to understand the feasibility of formulations involving a single indigenous strain, S. entomophila AB2 having multidimentional agricultural attributes for reducing the use of chemical pesticide ...

  20. Ab initio and work function and surface energy anisotropy of LaB6

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    Uijttewaal, M. A.; de Wijs, G. A.; de Groot, R. A.

    2006-01-01

    Lanthanum hexaboride is one of the cathode materials most used in high-power electronics technology, but the many experimental results do not provide a consistent picture of the surface properties. Therefore, we report the first ab initio calculations of the work functions and surface energies of

  1. Ab initio molecular dynamics study of the reaction of water with formaldehyde in sulfuric acid solution.

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    Sprik, M.; Meijer, E.M.

    1998-01-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics methods have been used to study the reaction mechanism of acidcatalyzed addition of water to formaldehyde in a model system of an aqueous solution of sulfuric acid. Using the method of constraints we find that an H

  2. Data of evolutionary structure change: 1C3AB-1IXXA [Confc[Archive

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  3. 76 FR 20082 - Koenigsegg Automotive AB; Morgan Motor Company Limited; Receipt of Applications for Renewals of...

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    ... National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Koenigsegg Automotive AB; Morgan Motor Company Limited... Koenigsegg'') and Morgan Motor Company Limited (``Morgan'') have petitioned the agency for renewals of... manufacturer that has tried in good faith to comply with the standard. This notice of receipt of applications...

  4. Ab initio study of energy-level alignments in polymer-dye blends

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    Pasveer, W.F.; Bobbert, P.A.; Michels, M.A.J.; Langeveld-Voss, B.M.W.; Schoo, H.F.M.; Bastiaansen, J.J.A.M.

    2003-01-01

    Polymers with a small amount of dye blended in offer an attractive possibility to change the color of the emitted light by changing the dye. We present ab initio calculations within density-functional theory of the HOMO/ LUMO energies for dipyrrolomethane dyes, polyphenylenevinylene and

  5. Gas phase ion chemistry of coumarins: ab initio calculations used to ...

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    The gas phase ion chemistry of coumarins using electron ionization (EI), positive chemical ionization (PCI) and negative chemical ionization (NCI) in a time of flight and quadrupole mass spectrometer (qMS) coupled to a gas chromatograph is outlined. The observations in NCI mode were complimented with Ab initio ...

  6. Ab initio study on the paths of oxygen abstraction of hydrogen trioxide

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    This means that the importance of SO2 + HO3 → SO3 (D3h) + HOO• reaction increases with increasing temperature and, this reaction plays an important role in the SO3(D3h) production as the main molecule of the formation of acid rain at high temperatures. Keywords. Ab initio calculations; atmospheric chemistry; hydrogen ...

  7. Ab initio quantum dynamical study of the multi-state nonadiabatic photodissociation of pyrrole

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    Faraji, S.; Vazdar, M.; Reddy, V. Sivaranjana; Eckert-Maksic, M.; Lischka, H.; Koeppel, H.

    2011-01-01

    There has been a substantial amount of theoretical investigations on the photodynamics of pyrrole, often relying on surface hopping techniques or, if fully quantal, confining the study to the lowest two or three singlet states. In this study we extend ab initio based quantum dynamical investigations

  8. Possible Future Monoclonal Antibody (mAb-Based Therapy against Arbovirus Infections

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    Giuseppe Sautto

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available More than 150 arboviruses belonging to different families are known to infect humans, causing endemic infections as well as epidemic outbreaks. Effective vaccines to limit the occurrence of some of these infections have been licensed, while for the others several new immunogens are under development mostly for their improvements concerning safety and effectiveness profiles. On the other hand, specific and effective antiviral drugs are not yet available, posing an urgent medical need in particular for emergency cases. Neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (mAbs have been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of several infectious diseases as well as in preliminary in vitro and in vivo models of arbovirus-related infections. Given their specific antiviral activity as well-tolerated molecules with limited side effects, mAbs could represent a new therapeutic approach for the development of an effective treatment, as well as useful tools in the study of the host-virus interplay and in the development of more effective immunogens. However, before their use as candidate therapeutics, possible hurdles (e.g., Ab-dependent enhancement of infection, occurrence of viral escape variants must be carefully evaluated. In this review are described the main arboviruses infecting humans and candidate mAbs to be possibly used in a future passive immunotherapy.

  9. All electron ab initio investigations of the electronic states of the FeC molecule

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    Shim, Irene; Gingerich, Karl A.

    1999-01-01

    The low lying electronic states of the molecule FeC have been investigated by performing all electron ab initio multi-configuration self-consistent-field (CASSCF) and multi reference configuration interaction (MRCI) calculations. The relativistic corrections for the one electron Darwin contact te...

  10. Ab initio prediction of vacancy properties in concentrated alloys : The case of fcc Cu-Ni

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    Zhang, X.; Sluiter, M.H.F.

    2015-01-01

    Vacancy properties in concentrated alloys continue to be of great interest because nowadays ab initio supercell simulations reach a scale where even defect properties in disordered alloys appear to be within reach. We show that vacancy properties cannot generally be extracted from supercell total

  11. A Comparison of Two Approaches to Training Visual Analysis of AB Graphs

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    Wolfe, Katie; Slocum, Timothy A.

    2015-01-01

    Visual analysis is the primary method of evaluating data in single-subject research. Few studies have evaluated interventions to teach visual analysis skills. The purpose of this study was to evaluate systematic instruction, delivered using computer-based intervention or a recorded lecture, on identifying changes in slope and level in AB graphs.…

  12. Pressure induced structural phase transition in SnS—An ab initio study

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    25. Pressure induced structural phase transition in SnS—An ab initio study. M RAJAGOPALAN*, G KALPANA and V PRIYAMVADHA. Department of Physics, Anna University, Chennai 600 025, India. MS received 21 June 2005; revised 16 November 2005. Abstract. The structural behaviour of SnS under pressure has been ...

  13. Ab initio ground state phenylacetylene-argon intermolecular potential energy surface and rovibrational spectrum

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    Cybulski, Hubert; Fernandez, Berta; Henriksen, Christian

    2012-01-01

    We evaluate the phenylacetylene-argon intermolecular potential energy surface by fitting a representative number of ab initio interaction energies to an analytic function. These energies are calculated at a grid of intermolecular geometries, using the CCSD(T) method and the aug-cc-pVDZ basis set ...

  14. Advances in the ab initio description of nuclear three-cluster systems

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    Romero-Redondo Carolina

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We introduce the extension of the ab initio no-core shell model with continuum to describe three-body cluster systems. We present results for the ground state of 6He and show improvements with respect to the description obtained within the no-core shell model and the no-core shell model/resonating group methods.

  15. Study on the surface hydroxyl group on solid breeding materials by ab-initio calculations

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    Tanaka, Satoru; Taniguchi, Masaki [Tokyo Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1996-10-01

    The nature of -OH on the surface of Li{sub 2}O was analyzed with the ab-initio quantum chemical calculation technique. Calculation results showed that the stretching vibration of O-H is affected by the chemical species around the -OH. (author)

  16. Sphinx: merging knowledge-based and ab initio approaches to improve protein loop prediction.

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    Marks, Claire; Nowak, Jaroslaw; Klostermann, Stefan; Georges, Guy; Dunbar, James; Shi, Jiye; Kelm, Sebastian; Deane, Charlotte M

    2017-05-01

    Loops are often vital for protein function, however, their irregular structures make them difficult to model accurately. Current loop modelling algorithms can mostly be divided into two categories: knowledge-based, where databases of fragments are searched to find suitable conformations and ab initio, where conformations are generated computationally. Existing knowledge-based methods only use fragments that are the same length as the target, even though loops of slightly different lengths may adopt similar conformations. Here, we present a novel method, Sphinx, which combines ab initio techniques with the potential extra structural information contained within loops of a different length to improve structure prediction. We show that Sphinx is able to generate high-accuracy predictions and decoy sets enriched with near-native loop conformations, performing better than the ab initio algorithm on which it is based. In addition, it is able to provide predictions for every target, unlike some knowledge-based methods. Sphinx can be used successfully for the difficult problem of antibody H3 prediction, outperforming RosettaAntibody, one of the leading H3-specific ab initio methods, both in accuracy and speed. Sphinx is available at http://opig.stats.ox.ac.uk/webapps/sphinx. deane@stats.ox.ac.uk. Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

  17. Ab Initio Molecular Orbital Studies on the Active Site of Papain

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    Broer, Ria; Duijnen, P.Th. van; Nieuwpoort, W.C.

    1976-01-01

    Ab initio molecular orbital calcuiations using a contracted basis of gaussian orbitals on the system methanethiol/imidazole are reported. For the hydrogen bond S---H---N in this system, which was chosen as a model for the active site of papain, a double-well potential was found at a S-N separation

  18. FEATURES OF RESOURCE TESTING OF THE HYDRAULIC BRAKE DRIVE ELEMENTS OF VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH ABS

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    A. Revin

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The analysis of the resource testing facilities and methods of automobile brake cylinders in terms of ABS working process adequacy is carried out. A testing stand construction and a method of carrying out the resource testing of hydraulic drive elements of the automobile automated braking sys-tem is offered.

  19. Quasi-classical trajectory study of the reaction H + HS on a new ab ...

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    0, j = 0)→H + H S is performed with quasi-classical trajectory (QCT) method on a new ab initio potential energy surface for the lowest ... Keywords. Reaction stereodynamics; quasi-classical trajectory; cross-section; polarization. 1. Introduction ... more light on this reverse reaction, in this study we will adopt a QCT calculation ...

  20. Steel — ab Initio: Quantum Mechanics Guided Design of New Fe-Based Materials

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    Prahl, Ulrich; Bleck, Wolfgang; Saeed-Akbari, Alireza

    This contribution reports the results of the collaborative research unit SFB 761 "Steel — ab initio", a cooperative project between RWTH Aachen University and the Max-Planck-Institute for Iron Research in Düsseldorf (MPIE) financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG). For the first time, it is exploited how ab initio approaches may lead to a detailed understanding and thus to a specific improvement of material development. The challenge lies in the combination of abstract natural science theories with rather engineering-like established concepts. Aiming at the technological target of the development of a new type of structural materials based on Fe-Mn-C alloys, the combination of ab initio and engineering methods is new, but could be followed quite successfully. Three major topics are treated in this research unit: a) development of a new method for material- and process-development based on ab initio calculations; b) design of a new class of structural materials with extraordinary property combinations; c) acceleration of development time and reduction of experimental efforts and complexity for material- and process-development. In the present work, an overview of the results of the first five years as well as an outlook for the upcoming three-year period is given.

  1. Side-effects to the use of laptop computers: erythema ab igne.

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    Søholm Secher, Lisa Linnea; Vind-Kezunovic, Dina; Zachariae, Claus Otto Carl

    2010-08-31

    The use of laptop computers is increasing, and many children and young adults spend hours with their laptops on their laps daily. We report a case with erythema ab igne on the thigh of a 17-year-old girl, induced by use of laptop computers four to five hours daily for nine months.

  2. The prevalence of OqxAB multidrug efflux pump amongst olaquindox resistant Escherichia coli in pigs

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    Hansen, L. H.; Sørensen, S. J.; Jørgensen, H. S.

    2005-01-01

    of oqxA from the oqxA-positive strains showed no variation, indicating highly conserved oqxA genes. All of the oqxA-positive strains contain plasmids with replicons similar to that of pOLA52. It was verified by Southern hybridization that the oqxAB operon was situated on plasmids in most, if not all...

  3. Mechanical properties of carbynes investigated by ab initio total-energy calculations

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    Castelli, Ivano E.; Salvestrini, Paolo; Manini, Nicola

    2012-01-01

    As sp carbon chains (carbynes) are relatively rigid molecular objects, can we exploit them as construction elements in nanomechanics? To answer this question, we investigate their remarkable mechanical properties by ab initio total-energy simulations. In particular, we evaluate their linear...

  4. Ab initio study of spin-dependent transport in carbon nanotubes with iron and vanadium adatoms

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    Fürst, Joachim Alexander; Brandbyge, Mads; Jauho, Antti-Pekka

    2008-01-01

    We present an ab initio study of spin-dependent transport in armchair carbon nanotubes with transition metal adsorbates: iron or vanadium. The method based on density functional theory and nonequilibrium Green's functions is used to compute the electronic structure and zero-bias conductance. The ...

  5. All-electron ab initio investigations of the electronic states of the NiC molecule

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    Shim, Irene; Gingerich, Karl. A.

    1999-01-01

    The low-lying electronic states of NiC are investigated by all-electron ab initio multi-configuration self-consistent-field (CASSCF) calculations including relativistic corrections. The electronic structure of NiC is interpreted as perturbed antiferromagnetic couplings of the localized angular...

  6. Twenty-four-hour intraocular pressure patterns in a symptomatic patient after ab interno trabeculotomy surgery.

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    Mansouri, Kaweh; Medeiros, Felipe A; Weinreb, Robert N

    2014-01-01

    We report the results of repeated ambulatory continuous 24-hour intraocular pressure (IOP) monitoring with a contact lens sensor (CLS) in a glaucoma patient with ocular pain after ab interno trabeculotomy (Trabectome™) surgery. Our findings show that a combined prostaglandin-pilocarpine treatment reduced nighttime IOP peaks and relieved the patient's symptoms.

  7. Goniotomy ab interno "a glaucoma filtering surgery" using the Fugo Plasma Blade.

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    Singh, Dharmendra; Bundela, Rajendra; Agarwal, Archita; Bist, H K; Satsangi, S K

    2006-01-01

    Sixteen eyes with absolute glaucoma were treated and followed up for a minimum of six months. Goniotomy ab interno using the Fugo Blade was found to be a safe alternative to conventional trabeculectomy, which safely and effectively reduced intraocular pressure in more than 80% of cases.

  8. Quasi-classical trajectory study of the reaction H'+ HS on a new ab ...

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    Quasi-classical trajectory study of the reaction H' + HS on a new ab initio potential energy surface H2S (3A"). Jinghan Zou ... Li1 Li Che1. Department of Physics, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian 116026, China; Environmental Science and Engineering College, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian 116026, Liaoning, China ...

  9. One Size Fits All? Learning Conditions and Working Memory Capacity in "Ab Initio" Language Development

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    Sanz, Cristina; Lin, Hui-Ju; Lado, Beatriz; Stafford, Catherine A.; Bowden, Harriet W.

    2016-01-01

    The article summarizes results from two experimental studies (N = 23, N = 21) investigating the extent to which working memory capacity (WMC) intervenes in "ab initio" language development under two pedagogical conditions [± grammar lesson + input-based practice + explicit feedback]. The linguistic target is the use of morphosyntax to…

  10. Two-component injection moulding simulation of ABS-POM micro structured surfaces

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    Tosello, Guido; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard; Islam, Aminul

    2013-01-01

    a pair of thermoplastic materials (ABS and POM) were conducted. Three dimensional process simulations based on the finite element method have been performed to explore the capability of predicting filling pattern shape at component-level and surface micro feature-level in a polymer/polymer overmoulding...

  11. Precise Ab-initio prediction of terahertz vibrational modes in crystalline systems

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    Jepsen, Peter Uhd; Clark, Stewart J.

    2007-01-01

    We use a combination of experimental THz time-domain spectroscopy and ab-initio density functional perturbative theory to accurately predict the terahertz vibrational spectrum of molecules in the crystalline phase. Our calculations show that distinct vibrational modes found in solid-state materials...

  12. Isolation and characterization of phi AB2: a novel bacteriophage of Acinetobacter baumannii.

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    Lin, Nien-Tsung; Chiou, Pei-Yu; Chang, Kai-Chih; Chen, Li-Kuang; Lai, Meng-Jiun

    2010-05-01

    Multidrug-resistant strains of Acinetobacter baumannii (MDRAB) are increasingly being reported worldwide. Bacteriophage therapy is a potential alternative treatment for MDR bacterial infections. Although A. baumannii infection has been experimentally treated with phages, no MDRAB-specific phage has been characterized. In this study, 10 phages with differing host ranges and lysis efficacy for MDRAB were isolated; one of these, phi AB2, was further studied. Electron microscopy revealed phi AB2 to have an isometric head (60 nm), a short tail (diameter, 9 nm; length, 11 nm) and a double-stranded DNA genome--which was resistant to digestion with several restriction endonucleases--estimated to be 40 kb by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. Partial genome sequencing of a 2.1 kb region gave sequences resembling the tubular proteins A and B of Pseudomonas aeruginosa phage LKA1. These data suggest that phi AB2 resembles phi KMV-like phages and is a new member of the Podoviridae family. It exhibited rapid adsorption (>99% adsorbed in 8 min), a short latent period (baumannii strains, causing virtually complete lysis, indicating that phi AB2 may be a good candidate as a therapeutic/disinfectant agent to control nosocomial infections caused by MDRAB. (c) 2010 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  13. Sifat fisika dan morfologi nanokomposit ABS/PC dengan filler nano precipitated calcium carbonate (NPCC

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    Dwi Wahini Nurhajati

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this research was to study the effect of blend ratios of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS and polycarbonate (PC in the different amount of nanoprecipitated calcium carbonate (NPCC on the physical properties of ABS/PC nanocomposites. Nanocomposites were prepared in varied ratio of ABS/PC 100/0; 90/10; 80/20; 70/30 and varied amount of NPCC 0; 2.5; and 5 phr (per hundred resin, Nanocomposites were made by melt compounding in the Laboplastomill internal mixer at 200°C for 10 minutes. The SEM micrographs showed homogeneous dispersion of the nanocomposite materials and did not show aglomeration of NPCC. The best nanocomposite was a nanocomposite containing the ABS/PC 90/10 with NPCC 2.5 phr perfomed with impact resistance 5030 J/m2, tensile strength 380.14 kg/cm2, elongation at break 3.59%, density 1.16 g/cm3, and hardness 85 Shore D.

  14. RssAB signaling coordinates early development of surface multicellularity in Serratia marcescens.

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    Yu-Huan Tsai

    Full Text Available Bacteria can coordinate several multicellular behaviors in response to environmental changes. Among these, swarming and biofilm formation have attracted significant attention for their correlation with bacterial pathogenicity. However, little is known about when and where the signaling occurs to trigger either swarming or biofilm formation. We have previously identified an RssAB two-component system involved in the regulation of swarming motility and biofilm formation in Serratia marcescens. Here we monitored the RssAB signaling status within single cells by tracing the location of the translational fusion protein EGFP-RssB following development of swarming or biofilm formation. RssAB signaling is specifically activated before surface migration in swarming development and during the early stage of biofilm formation. The activation results in the release of RssB from its cognate inner membrane sensor kinase, RssA, to the cytoplasm where the downstream gene promoters are located. Such dynamic localization of RssB requires phosphorylation of this regulator. By revealing the temporal activation of RssAB signaling following development of surface multicellular behavior, our findings contribute to an improved understanding of how bacteria coordinate their lifestyle on a surface.

  15. Effects of microstructure on crack tip fields and fracture toughness in PC/ABS polymer blends

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    Seelig, Thomas; Van der Giessen, Erik

    Numerical simulations are performed in order to gain a better understanding of the effects of various microstructural features and toughening mechanisms in amorphous PC/ABS polymer blends. Crack tip loading under global small-scale yielding conditions is considered with the blend microstructure

  16. Ab initio Defect Energetics in LaBO3 Perovskite Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Materials

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    Lee, Yueh-Lin; Morgan, Dane; Kleis, Jesper

    2009-01-01

    Perovskite materials of the form ABO3 are a promising family of compounds for use in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathodes. Study of the physics of these compounds under SOFC conditions with ab initio methods is particularly challenging due to high temperatures, exchange of oxygen with O2 gas...

  17. Ab initio study of solute transition-metal interactions with point defects in bcc Fe

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    Olsson, P.; Klaver, T.P.C.; Domain, C.

    2010-01-01

    The properties of 3d, 4d, and 5d transition-metal elements in ?-Fe have been studied using ab initio density-functional theory. The intrinsic properties of the solutes have been characterized as well as their interaction with point defects. Vacancies and interstitials of (110) and (111) orientations

  18. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of hydrogen fluoride at several thermodynamic states

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    Kreitmeir, M.; Bertagnolli, H.; Mortensen, Jens Jørgen

    2003-01-01

    Liquid hydrogen fluoride is a simple but interesting system for studies of the influence of hydrogen bonds on physical properties. We have performed ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of HF at several thermodynamic states, where we examine the microscopic structure of the liquid as well...

  19. Ab initio treatment of ion-water molecule collisions with a three-center pseudo potential

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    Martínez, Pablo A.; Errea, L. F.; Méndez, Laura González; Rabadán, Ismanuel

    2012-01-01

    We calculate electron capture cross sections in collisions of protons with water molecules, using two simple ab initio approaches. The formalism involves the calculation of one-electron scattering wave functions and the use of three-center pseudo potential to represent the electron H2O+ interaction. Several methods to obtain many-electron cross sections are considered

  20. Loft CIS analysis 2''-LS-118-AB outside containment penetration S5-D

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    Morton, D.K.

    1978-09-28

    A stress analysis was performed on the 2''-LS-118-AB pipe system outside containment penetration S5-D. Deadweight, thermal expansion, and seismic loads were considered. The results indicate that this piping will meet ASME Section III, Class 2 requirements provided a U-bolt (S4) is installed as indicated in this report.

  1. An ab initio SCF calculation of the polarizability tensor of sulphur dioxide

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    Bacskay, George G.

    1983-08-01

    The principal components of the static electric dipole polarizability have been calculated by an ab initio coupled perturbed Hartree-Fock (CPHF) method. The calculated components are sufficiently accurate so that a choice can be made between the two different sets of experimentally consistent values in favor of the negative anisotropy parameter αxx-ᾱ.

  2. Raman and infrared spectra of minerals from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations: The spodumene crystal

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    Pagliai, Marco; Muniz-Miranda, Maurizio; Cardini, Gianni; Schettino, Vincenzo

    2011-05-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations with the Car-Parrinello method have been performed on the spodumene crystal at standard conditions and high pressure. Starting from the computed trajectories, accurate Raman and infrared spectra have been obtained and compared with available experimental measurements in the low and high pressure phases. The structural and spectroscopic changes due to the pressure effects are discussed.

  3. AB 540 Community College Students in Southern California: Making Connections and Realizing Dreams

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    Bleza, Michelle Gonzales

    2013-01-01

    This study applies the construct of institutional agents and the associated theories of social capital and social networking to understand the influence of institutional agents on Latino undocumented community college students who qualify for tuition equity in California under AB 540. The purpose of this study was to identify the issues these…

  4. ABS – Arkitektonisk kvalitet i fremtidens læringsrum på universitetet

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    Christensen, Cecilie Breinholm; Harder, Henrik; Knudstrup, Mary-Ann

    Nærværende rapport udgør dokumentation af den første fase af forskningsprojektet ABS - Arkitektonisk kvalitet i fremtidens læringsrum på universitetet. Denne fase af forskningsprojektet betragtes som et pilotstudie, der dels skal kvalificere den metodiske og praktiske tilgang samt danne ramme...

  5. Influence of in-plane tyre dynamics on ABS braking of a quarter vehicle model

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    Jansen, S.T.H.; Zegelaar, P.W.A.; Pacejka, H.B.

    1999-01-01

    For efficient analysis it is important to choose the proper model that fits the problem that needs to be solved. This paper discusses three pragmatic simulation models for longitudinal behaviour of a passenger car tyre (Steady State, Transient and Rigid Ring) that may be used in e.g. an ABS

  6. The influence of longitudinal tyre dynamics on ABS braking of a quarter vehicle model

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    Jansen, S.T.H.; Zegelaar, P.W.A.; Pacejka, H.B.

    1998-01-01

    For efficient analysis it is important to choose the proper model that fits the problem that needs to be solved. This paper discusses three pragmatic simulation models for longitudinal behaviour of a passenger car tyre (steady State, Transient and Rigid Ring) that may be used in e.g. an ABS

  7. Limitations of Ab Initio Predictions of Peptide Binding to MHC Class II Molecules

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    Zhang, Hao; Lund, Ole; Nielsen, Morten

    2010-01-01

    potentials derived from the analysis of known protein structures; energetic evaluation of different peptide snapshots in a molecular dynamics simulation; and direct analysis of contacts made in known 3D structures of peptide:MHC complexes. These methods are ab initio in that they require structural data...

  8. Hexamethylcyclopentadiene: time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio multiple spawning simulations

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    Wolf, T. J. A.; Kuhlman, Thomas Scheby; Schalk, O.

    2014-01-01

    comparing time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (TRPES) with ab initio multiple spawning (AIMS) simulations on the MS-MR-CASPT2 level of theory. We disentangle the relationship between two phenomena that dominate the immediate molecular response upon light absorption: a spectrally dependent delay...

  9. Method for the separation of high impact polystyrene (HIPS) and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastics

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    Jody, Bassam J.; Arman, Bayram; Karvelas, Dimitrios E.; Pomykala, Jr., Joseph A.; Daniels, Edward J.

    1997-01-01

    An improved method is provided for separating acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and high impact polystyrene (HIPS) plastics from each other. The ABS and HIPS plastics are shredded to provide a selected particle size. The shredded particles of the ABS and HIPS plastics are applied to a solution having a solution density in a predefined range between 1.055 gm/cm.sup.3 and 1.07 gm/cm.sup.3, a predefined surface tension in a range between 22 dynes/cm to 40 dynes/cm and a pH in the range of 1.77 and 2.05. In accordance with a feature of the invention, the novel method is provided for separating ABS and HIPS, two solid thermoplastics which have similar densities by selectively modifying the effective density of the HIPS using a binary solution with the appropriate properties, such as pH, density and surface tension, such as a solution of acetic acid and water or a quaternary solution having the appropriate density, surface tension, and pH.

  10. The end of a myth – Bt(Cry1Ab) maize does not harm green lacewings

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    A concern with Bt-transgenic insect-resistant plants is their potential to harm non-target organisms. Early studies reported that Cry1Ab-producing Bt maize and purified Cry1Ab harmed larvae of the green lacewing, Chrysoperla carnea. Although these effects could not be confirmed in subsequent studies...

  11. Ab initio treatment of the chemical reaction precursor complex Br(2P)-HCN. 1. Adiabatic and diabatic potential surfaces

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    Fishchuk, A.V.; Merritt, J.M.; Avoird, A. van der

    2007-01-01

    The three adiabatic potential surfaces of the Br(P-2)-HCN complex that correlate to the P-2 ground state of the Br atom were calculated ab initio. With the aid of a geometry-dependent diabatic mixing angle, also calculated ab initio, these adiabatic potential surfaces were transformed into a set of

  12. Focusing and sustaining the antitumor CTL effector killer response by agonist anti-CD137 mAb

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    Weigelin, B.; Bolanos, E.; Teijeira, A.; Martinez-Forero, I.; Labiano, S.; Azpilikueta, A.; Morales-Kastresana, A.; Quetglas, J.I.; Wagena, E.; Sanchez-Paulete, A.R.; Chen, L.; Friedl, P.H.; Melero, I.

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    Cancer immunotherapy is undergoing significant progress due to recent clinical successes by refined adoptive T-cell transfer and immunostimulatory monoclonal Ab (mAbs). B16F10-derived OVA-expressing mouse melanomas resist curative immunotherapy with either adoptive transfer of activated anti-OVA OT1

  13. A cell-based fluorescent assay to detect the activity of AB toxins that inhibit protein synthesis

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    AB-type protein toxins, produced by numerous bacterial pathogens and some plants, elicit a cytotoxic effect involving the inhibition of protein synthesis. To develop an improved method to detect the inhibition of protein synthesis by AB-type toxins, the present study characterized a Vero cell line t...

  14. Substrate specificity of the OqxAB multidrug resistance pump in Escherichia coli and selected enteric bacteria

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    Hansen, Lars Hestbjerg; Jensen, Lars Bogø; Sørensen, Heidi Iskou

    2007-01-01

    , Klebsiella pneumoniae, Kluyvera sp. and Enterobacter aerogrenes was investigated. The effect of the presence of the OqxAB pump on susceptibility for selected compounds was investigated using broth dilution assays. Results: The OqxAB pump conferred antimicrobial resistance or reduced susceptibility towards...

  15. Antibacterial Activities of Ankaferd Hemostat (ABS) on Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli and Other Pathogens Significant in Foodborne Diseases.

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    Koluman, Ahmet; Akar, Nejat; Haznedaroğlu, İbrahim C

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    Ankaferd hemostat (Ankaferd Blood Stopper®, ABS)-induced pharmacological modulation of essential erythroid proteins can cause vital erythroid aggregation via acting on fibrinogen gamma. Topical endoscopic ABS application is effective in the controlling of gastrointestinal (GI) system hemorrhages and/or infected GI wounds. Escherichia coli O157:H7, the predominant serotype of enterohemorrhagic E. coli, is a cause of both outbreaks and sporadic cases of hemorrhagic colitis. The aim of this study is to examine the effects of ABS on 6 different Shiga toxigenic E. coli serotypes including O26, O103, O104, O111, O145, and O157 and on other pathogens significant in foodborne diseases, such as Salmonella Typhimurium, Campylobacter jejuni, and Listeria monocytogenes, were also assessed. All strains were applied with different amounts of ABS and antimicrobial effect was screened. S. Typhimurium groups were screened for survival using the fluorescence in situ hybridization technique. The relative efficacy of ABS solutions to achieve significant logarithmic reduction in foodborne pathogens E. coli O157:H7 and non-O157 serogroups and other emerging foodborne pathogens is demonstrated in this study. ABS has antibacterial effects. Our present study indicated for the first time that ABS may act against E. coli O157:H7, which is a cause of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, hemolytic-uremic syndrome, and hemorrhagic colitis. The interrelationships between colitis, infection, and hemostasis within the context of ABS application should be further investigated in future studies.

  16. Multicenter evaluation of the Clostridium difficile TOX A/B TEST.

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    Lyerly, D M; Neville, L M; Evans, D T; Fill, J; Allen, S; Greene, W; Sautter, R; Hnatuck, P; Torpey, D J; Schwalbe, R

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    Clostridium difficile, the primary cause of nosocomial diarrhea in the United States and many other industrialized countries, is recognized as a major health concern because of its ability to cause severe intestinal disease leading to complications such as relapses and infections due to vancomycin-resistant enterococci. The disease results from two toxins, toxins A and B, produced by this pathogen. In this study, we evaluated the TOX A/B TEST, a new 1-h enzyme immunoassay (EIA) that detects toxins A and B. We compared the test with the tissue culture assay, which is recognized as the "gold standard" for C. difficile testing. Evaluations were performed in-house at TechLab, Inc. (Blacksburg, Va.) and off-site at four clinical laboratories. Of 1,152 specimens tested, 165 were positive by the TOX A/B TEST and tissue culture and 973 were negative by both tests. The sensitivity and specificity were 92.2 and 100%, respectively. The positive and negative predictive values were 100 and 98.6%, respectively, and the correlation of the TOX A/B TEST with tissue culture was 98.8%. When discrepant samples were resolved by culture, the sensitivity and specificity were 93.2 and 98.9%, respectively. The positive and negative predictive values were 100 and 98.8%, respectively, with a correlation of 99.0%. There were no specimens that were positive by the TOX A/B TEST and negative by tissue culture. Fourteen specimens were negative by the TOX A/B TEST but positive by tissue culture. Of these, two were negative by toxigenic culture, five were positive by toxigenic culture, and seven were not available for further testing. There were no indeterminate results, since the test does not have an indeterminant zone. In a separate study, 102 specimens that were positive by tissue culture and the TOX A/B TEST were examined in toxin A-specific EIAs. Two specimens that presumptively contained toxin A-negative, toxin B-positive (toxA-/toxB+) isolates were identified. One specimen was from a

  17. Characterization of oqxAB in Escherichia coli Isolates from Animals, Retail Meat, and Human Patients in Guangzhou, China

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    Jing Wang

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    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence and genetic elements of oqxAB among Escherichia coli isolates from animals, retail meat, and humans (patients with infection or colonization in Guangzhou, China. A total of 1,354 E. coli isolates were screened for oqxAB by PCR. Fifty oqxAB-positive isolates were further characterized by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE, multilocus sequence typing (MLST, S1-PFGE, genetic environment analysis, plasmid replicon typing, and plasmid sequencing. oqxAB was detected in 172 (33.79%, 60 (17.34%, and 90 (18.07% E. coli isolates from animal, food, and human, respectively. High clonal diversity was observed among oqxAB-positive isolates. In 21 oqxAB-containing transformants, oqxAB was flanked by two IS26 elements in the same orientation, formed a composite transposon Tn6010 in 19 transformants, and was located on plasmids (33.3~500 kb belonging to IncN1-F33:A-:B- (n = 3, IncHI2/ST3 (n = 3, F-:A18:B- (n = 2, F-:A-:B54 (n = 2, or others. Additionally, oqxAB was co-located with multiple resistance genes on the same plasmid, such as aac(6′-Ib-cr and/or qnrS, which were identified in two F-:A18:B- plasmids from pigs, and blaCTX−M−55, rmtB, fosA3, and floR, which were detected in two N1-F33:A-:B- plasmids from patients. The two IncHI2/ST3 oqxAB-bearing plasmids, pHNLDF400 and pHNYJC8, which were isolated from human patient and chicken meat, respectively, contained a typical IncHI2-type backbone, and were similar to each other with 2-bp difference, and also showed 99% identity to the Salmonella Typhimurium oqxAB-carrying plasmids pHXY0908 (chicken and pHK0653 (human patient. Horizontal transfer mediated by mobile elements may be the primary mechanism underlying oqxAB spread in E. coli isolates obtained from various sources in Guangzhou, China. The transmission of identical oqxAB-carrying IncHI2 plasmids between food products and humans might pose a serious threat to public health.

  18. The atherosclerosis burden score (ABS): a convenient ultrasound-based score of peripheral atherosclerosis for coronary artery disease prediction.

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    Yerly, Patrick; Marquès-Vidal, Pedro; Owlya, Reza; Eeckhout, Eric; Kappenberger, Lukas; Darioli, Roger; Depairon, Michèle

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    Ultrasonographic detection of subclinical atherosclerosis improves cardiovascular risk stratification, but uncertainty persists about the most discriminative method to apply. In this study, we found that the "atherosclerosis burden score (ABS)", a novel straightforward ultrasonographic score that sums the number of carotid and femoral arterial bifurcations with plaques, significantly outperformed common carotid intima-media thickness, carotid mean/maximal thickness, and carotid/femoral plaque scores for the detection of coronary artery disease (CAD) (receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve area under the curve (AUC) = 0.79; P = 0.027 to ABS was also more correlated with CAD extension (R = 0.55; P ABS was weakly correlated with the European Society of Cardiology chart risk categories (R(2) = 0.21), indicating that ABS provided information beyond usual cardiovascular risk factor-based risk stratification. Pending prospective studies on hard cardiovascular endpoints, ABS appears as a promising tool in primary prevention.

  19. Promoter analysis and RNA interference of CYP6ab4 in the silkworm Bombyx mori.

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    Zhao, Guo-Dong; Zhang, Yi-Ling; Liu, Yun-Lei; Li, Bing; Chen, Yu-Hua; Xu, Ya-Xiang; Xia, Qing-You; Shen, Wei-De; Wei, Zheng-Guo

    2015-10-01

    In insects, cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (P450s) are involved in the metabolism of endogenous compounds such as steroid hormones and lipids. In this study, we measured the 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E)-induced transcriptional level of the CYP6ab4 gene using reverse transcription-quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) with a dual spike-in strategy. We then probed possible physiological functions using RNAi experiments in the silkworm Bombyx mori. The activity of the CYP6ab4 promoter in various silkworm tissues was measured by firefly luciferase activity and normalized by Renilla luciferase activity. Our results showed that the activity of the CYP6ab4 promoter was highest in the malpighian tubule, followed by the fat body, the silk gland, the midgut, the epidermis, and the hemocyte. The essential region for basal and 20E-induced transcriptional activity was between -908 and -456 bp from the transcription start site. Through promoter truncation analysis using a dual-luciferase reporter assay in B. mori ovary cells (BmN), we showed that the region between -827 and -722 bp was essential for basal and 20E-induced transcriptional activity. Sequence analysis of this region revealed several potential transcriptional regulatory elements such as Hunchback (Hb) and BR-C Z. Mutation of the core bases of the BR-C Z binding site demonstrated that BR-C Z induces 20E-mediated CYP6ab4 transcription. Further identification of cis- and trans-elements and their roles in the upregulation of CYP6ab4 may be useful for elucidating the contribution of P450 to the response mechanism to 20E.

  20. The Use of Solitaire AB Stents in Coil Embolization of Wide-Necked Cerebral Aneurysms.

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    Teng-Fei Li

    Full Text Available The Solitaire AB stent is one of many assistant stents used for treating wide-necked cerebral aneurysm, and has been used since 2003. However, large sample studies on its safety and effectiveness are lacking. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of the Solitaire AB stent in the coil embolization of wide-necked cerebral aneurysms.Retrospective review of the clinical and image data of 116 patients with wide-necked cerebral aneurysms who had been enrolled at six interventional neuroradiology centers from February 2010 to February 2014 and had been treated by coil embolization; in total, 120 Solitaire AB stents were used. The degree of aneurysm occlusion was examined using digital subtraction angiography (DSA immediately after the procedure and during follow-up, and was graded using the modified Raymond classification. We also observed complications to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of this therapy.The 120 Solitaire AB stents (4 mm × 15 mm, four stents; 4 mm × 20 mm, 16 stents; 6 mm × 20 mm, 36 stents; 6 mm × 30 mm, 64 stents were inserted to treat 120 wide-necked cerebral aneurysms. All stents were inserted successfully. DSA immediately post-surgery revealed 55 cases of complete occlusion, 59 cases of neck remnant, and six cases of aneurysm remnant. Perioperatively, there were four cases of hemorrhage and four cases of stent thrombosis. The follow-up spanned 3-37 months; of 92 patients examined by DSA at the 6-month follow up, 12 had disease recurrence.The Solitaire AB stent is effective with a good technical success rate and short-term effect for assisting coil embolization of wide-necked cerebral aneurysms.

  1. Combined clear corneal phacoemulsification and ab interno trabeculectomy: three-year case series.

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    Ferrari, Ettore; Bandello, Francesco; Roman-Pognuz, Derri; Menchini, Francesca

    2005-09-01

    To evaluate the efficacy and safety of a novel surgical approach, ab interno trabeculectomy, in a combined procedure (clear corneal phacoemulsification + ab interno trabeculectomy) for the management of concurrent cataract and glaucoma with prognostic factors for filtration failure. Department of Ophthalmology, Palmanova Hospital, Udine, Italy. A prospective noncomparative case series of 11 eyes of 11 consecutive cataract patients with medically uncontrolled primary open-angle glaucoma or pseudoexfoliation glaucoma was performed. Each patient had phacoemulsification + intraocular lens implantation + ab interno trabeculectomy, which consisted of a gonioscopically controlled ab interno removal of a quadrant (3 clock hours) of the trabecular meshwork. The main outcome measures were intraocular pressure (IOP), the number of antiglaucomatous medications used, and complications. Ten patients completed a 3-year follow-up. One patient had further surgery because of poor IOP control; in this case, the last valid observation was carried forward for IOP calculation. Mean preoperative IOP and IOPs measured 1, 3, 6, 12, 24, and 36 months after surgery were 25.0, 15.8, 15.4, 15.4, 15.2, 15.0, and 15.3 (-38.56%) mm Hg respectively. The number of medications averaged 2.4 before surgery and dropped to 0.8 at the end of follow-up. No major complications occurred during the follow-up period. The new surgical procedure combining phacoemulsification with ab interno trabeculectomy can induce a clinically relevant decrease in IOP in eyes with cataract and glaucoma with poor prognosis for filtering surgery. However, a randomized controlled clinical trial with a more extended follow-up and a larger series of patients is needed to ascertain the actual effectiveness and safety of this procedure.

  2. [Antibiotic stewardship (ABS). Definition, contents, necessity and practice on examples of current clinical-urological controversies].

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    Schneidewind, L; Kranz, J; Boehm, K; Spachmann, P; Siegel, F; Huck, N; Fritsche, H M

    2016-04-01

    Infectious diseases caused by multi-resistant pathogens are increasing worldwide and are posing a challenge to German urology as well. Furthermore, there is a limited perspective of new antibiotic developments. One way out of this dilemma is a differentiated handling and use of antibiotics (antibiotic stewardship, ABS). The aim of this review is to identify key issues in modern urological antibiotic therapy, which can be considered as exemplary for the whole topic of ABS. This includes a review of the current data of the individual topics, including thought-provoking impulse for future clinical application and research. The research group "infectious diseases" of GeSRU Academics identified the following central topics: excessive use of fluoroquinolones, diagnosis and treatment of urethritis and perioperative antibiotic prophylaxis. Subsequently, we performed a literature research in MEDLINE to uncover controversies and open questions of the individual topics within the meaning of ABS. The analysis of modern antibiotic therapy in urology shows numerous open questions in all quality dimensions of ABS: structural quality (e.g. through improved training of medical staff in the differentiated use of antibiotics), process quality (e.g. by improved adherence to existing infectiological guidelines, here in particular the perioperative prophylaxis and therapy of urethritis) and outcome (e.g. by detection of resistance rates and infection rates). The overarching and common goal is to avoid a post-antibiotic era. ABS programmes and a 10-point plan of the federal government are considered positive political developments in this area but do not release the individual urologist from a personal responsibility as part of his daily routine. A critical analysis of the topic "antibiotic treatment" is essential.

  3. Decline in titers of anti-idiotypic antibodies specific to autoantibodies to GAD65 (GAD65Ab precedes development of GAD65Ab and type 1 diabetes.

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    Helena Elding Larsson

    Full Text Available The humoral Idiotypic Network consisting of antibodies and their anti-idiotypic antibodies (anti-Id can be temporarily upset by antigen exposure. In the healthy immune response the original equilibrium is eventually restored through counter-regulatory mechanisms. In certain autoimmune diseases however, autoantibody levels exceed those of their respective anti-Id, indicating a permanent disturbance in the respective humoral Idiotypic Network. We investigated anti-Id directed to a major Type 1 diabetes (T1D-associated autoantibody (GAD65Ab in two independent cohorts during progression to disease. Samples taken from participants of the Natural History Study showed significantly lower anti-Id levels in individuals that later progressed to T1D compared to non-progressors (anti-Id antibody index of 0.06 vs. 0.08, respectively, p = 0.02. We also observed a significant inverse correlation between anti-Id levels and age at sampling, but only in progressors (p = 0.014. Finally, anti-Id levels in progressors showed a significant decline during progression as compared to longitudinal anti-Id levels in non-progressors (median rate of change: -0.0004 vs. +0.0004, respectively, p = 0.003, suggesting a loss of anti-Id during progression. Our analysis of the Diabetes Prediction in Skåne cohort showed that early in life (age 2 individuals at risk have anti-Id levels indistinguishable from those in healthy controls, indicating that low anti-Id levels are not an innate characteristic of the immune response in individuals at risk. Notably, anti-Id levels declined significantly in individuals that later developed GAD65Ab suggesting that the decline in anti-Id levels precedes the emergence of GAD65Ab (median rate of change: -0.005 compared to matched controls (median rate of change: +0.001 (p = 0.0016. We conclude that while anti-Id are present early in life, their levels decrease prior to the appearance of GAD65Ab and to the development of T1D.

  4. Ab-initio study of B{sub 2}-type technetium AB (A=Tc, B=Nb and Ta) intermetallic compounds

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    Acharya, Nikita, E-mail: acharyaniks30@gmail.com; Fatima, Bushra; Sanyal, Sankar P. [Department of Physics, Barkatullah University, Bhopal, 462026 (India)

    2016-05-06

    The structural, electronic and elastic properties of AB type (A = Tc, B = Nb and Ta) technetium intermetallic compounds are studied using full potential linearized plane wave (FP-LAPW) method within generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The calculated lattice parameters agree well with the experimental results. The elastic constants obey the stability criteria for cubic system. Ductility for these compounds has been analyzed using the Pugh’s rule and Cauchy’s pressure and found that all the compounds are ductile in nature. Bonding nature is discussed in terms of Fermi surface and band structures.

  5. Serious Gaming for Test & Evaluation of Clean-Slate (Ab Initio) National Airspace System (NAS) Designs

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    Allen, B. Danette; Alexandrov, Natalia

    2016-01-01

    Incremental approaches to air transportation system development inherit current architectural constraints, which, in turn, place hard bounds on system capacity, efficiency of performance, and complexity. To enable airspace operations of the future, a clean-slate (ab initio) airspace design(s) must be considered. This ab initio National Airspace System (NAS) must be capable of accommodating increased traffic density, a broader diversity of aircraft, and on-demand mobility. System and subsystem designs should scale to accommodate the inevitable demand for airspace services that include large numbers of autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and a paradigm shift in general aviation (e.g., personal air vehicles) in addition to more traditional aerial vehicles such as commercial jetliners and weather balloons. The complex and adaptive nature of ab initio designs for the future NAS requires new approaches to validation, adding a significant physical experimentation component to analytical and simulation tools. In addition to software modeling and simulation, the ability to exercise system solutions in a flight environment will be an essential aspect of validation. The NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) Autonomy Incubator seeks to develop a flight simulation infrastructure for ab initio modeling and simulation that assumes no specific NAS architecture and models vehicle-to-vehicle behavior to examine interactions and emergent behaviors among hundreds of intelligent aerial agents exhibiting collaborative, cooperative, coordinative, selfish, and malicious behaviors. The air transportation system of the future will be a complex adaptive system (CAS) characterized by complex and sometimes unpredictable (or unpredicted) behaviors that result from temporal and spatial interactions among large numbers of participants. A CAS not only evolves with a changing environment and adapts to it, it is closely coupled to all systems that constitute the environment. Thus, the ecosystem that

  6. Rashid al-Din. Shu’ab-i panjganah. 2. The Mongols and Turks (1 »

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    Full Text Available Research objectives and materials: The “Shu’ab-i panjganah” is a Persian manuscript of Rashid al-Din’s works – the medieval historian who lived in Persia and worked at the Ilkhanid court at the end of the 13th – beginning of the 14th centuries. The manuscript is a largely genealogical work written on the basis of a more comprehensive historical work of Rashid al-Din – “Jami al-Tawarikh”. “Shu’ab-i panjganah” contains genealogies of the prophets of Abrahamic religions, the rulers of the Arab Caliphate until the conquest of Baghdad by the Mongols, the Chinese dynasties and rulers of the Holy Roman Empire, as well as a list of the Popes. The greatest interest for this study is spurred by the fifth part, dedicated to the Chinggisids. The article presents a part of the translation of the 2nd chapter of the manuscript. This part contains a genealogical tree of Chinggis Khan (from his ancestor Dubun bayan, but without his descendants. The results of translation and analyses of the text of the manuscript could serve to various purposes: study of Rashid al-Din’s heritage, Great Horde history, genealogical history of Chinggis Khan and his descendants. The translation of the manuscript has never been published neither partly nor fully. Research results and novelty: The genealogy of Chinggis Khan’s ancestors contained in “Shu’ab-i panjganah” mainly repeats the information from “Jami al-Tawarikh”, although additional data is also available. Comparison of “Shu’ab-i panjganah” with brief genealogical tables in “Jami al-Tawarikh” shows that, on the one hand, “Shu’ab-i panjganah” is an addition to “Jami al-Tawarikh”, and on the other hand, the tables in “Jami al-Tawarikh” is a kind of rough version of the genealogical trees contained in “Shu’ab-i panjganah”.

  7. An activin A/BMP2 chimera, AB204, displays bone-healing properties superior to those of BMP2.

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    Yoon, Byung-Hak; Esquivies, Luis; Ahn, Chihoon; Gray, Peter C; Ye, Sang-Kyu; Kwiatkowski, Witek; Choe, Senyon

    2014-09-01

    Recombinant bone morphogenetic protein 2 (rhBMP2) has been used clinically to treat bone fractures in human patients. However, the high doses of rhBMP2 required for a therapeutic response can cause undesirable side effects. Here, we demonstrate that a novel Activin A/BMP2 (AB2) chimera, AB204, promotes osteogenesis and bone healing much more potently and effectively than rhBMP2. Remarkably, 1 month of AB204 treatment completely heals tibial and calvarial defects of critical size in mice at a concentration 10-fold lower than a dose of rhBMP2 that only partially heals the defect. We determine the structure of AB204 to 2.3 Å that reveals a distinct BMP2-like fold in which the Activin A sequence segments confer insensitivity to the BMP2 antagonist Noggin and an affinity for the Activin/BMP type II receptor ActRII that is 100-fold greater than that of BMP2. The structure also led to our identification of a single Activin A-derived amino acid residue, which, when mutated to the corresponding BMP2 residue, resulted in a significant increase in the affinity of AB204 for its type I receptor BMPRIa and a further enhancement in AB204's osteogenic potency. Together, these findings demonstrate that rationally designed AB2 chimeras can provide BMP2 substitutes with enhanced potency for treating non-union bone fractures. © 2014 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

  8. Expression of cry1Ab gene from a novel Bacillus thuringiensis strain SY49-1 active on pest insects

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    Ugur Azizoglu

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT In this study, the cry1Ab gene of previously characterized and Lepidoptera-, Diptera-, and Coleoptera-active Bacillus thuringiensis SY49-1 strain was cloned, expressed and individually tested on Ephestia kuehniella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae and Plodia interpunctella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae larvae. pET-cry1Ab plasmids were constructed by ligating the cry1Ab into pET28a (+ expression vector. Constructed plasmids were transferred to an Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3 strain rendered competent with CaCl2. Isopropyl β-D-1-thiogalactopyranoside was used to induce the expression of cry1Ab in E. coli BL21(DE3, and consequently, ∼130 kDa of Cry1Ab was obtained. Bioassay results indicated that recombinant Cry1Ab at a dose of 1000 µg g-1 caused 40% and 64% mortality on P. interpunctella and E. kuehniella larvae, respectively. However, the mortality rates of Bt SY49-1 strains' spore-crystal mixture at the same dose were observed to be 70% on P. interpunctella and 90% on E. kuehniella larvae. The results indicated that cry1Ab may be considered as a good candidate in transgenic crop production and as an alternative biocontrol agent in controlling stored product moths.

  9. The Staphylococcal Toxins γ-Hemolysin AB and CB Differentially Target Phagocytes by Employing Specific Chemokine Receptors

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    Spaan, András N.; Vrieling, Manouk; Wallet, Pierre; Badiou, Cédric; Reyes-Robles, Tamara; Ohneck, Elizabeth A.; Benito, Yvonne; de Haas, Carla J.C.; Day, Christopher J.; Jennings, Michael P.; Lina, Gérard; Vandenesch, François; van Kessel, Kok P.M.; Torres, Victor J.; van Strijp, Jos A.G.; Henry, Thomas

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    Evasion of the host phagocyte response by Staphylococcus aureus is crucial to successful infection with the pathogen. γ-Hemolysin AB and CB (HlgAB, HlgCB) are bicomponent pore-forming toxins present in almost all human S. aureus isolates. Cellular tropism and contribution of the toxins to S. aureus pathophysiology are poorly understood. Here, we identify the chemokine receptors CXCR1, CXCR2 and CCR2 as targets for HlgAB, and the complement receptors C5aR and C5L2 as targets for HlgCB. The receptor expression patterns allow the toxins to efficiently and differentially target phagocytic cells. Murine neutrophils are resistant to HlgAB and HlgCB. CCR2 is the sole murine receptor orthologue compatible with γ-Hemolysin. In a murine peritonitis model, HlgAB contributes to S. aureus bacteremia in a CCR2-dependent manner. HlgAB-mediated targeting of CCR2+ cells highlights the involvement of inflammatory macrophages during S. aureus infection. Functional quantification identifies HlgAB and HlgCB as major secreted staphylococcal leukocidins. PMID:25384670

  10. Recombinant non-structural polyprotein 3AB-based serodiagnostic strategy for FMD surveillance in bovines irrespective of vaccination.

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    Mohapatra, Jajati K; Pandey, Laxmi K; Sanyal, Aniket; Pattnaik, Bramhadev

    2011-11-01

    In India, the proportion of bovines vaccinated against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is increasing since the implementation of the Government supported 'FMD Control Programme', and non-structural protein (NSP)-based serological assays for discriminating between antibodies induced by infection or vaccination (DIVA) could be useful. The FMD virus NSP 3AB was expressed in a prokaryotic system and an indirect ELISA (r3AB(3) I-ELISA) was developed and validated as a screening assay for detecting virus in vaccinated bovines. The diagnostic sensitivity of the assay was estimated to be 96%, while the diagnostic specificity varied between the naïve and vaccinates as 99.1% and 96.4%, respectively. This assay could detect antibodies to 3AB (3AB-Ab) from 10 to as late as 900 days post-infection in cattle infected experimentally. The "in-house" assay demonstrated higher sensitivity than a commercial 3ABC ELISA kit particularly with samples obtained from the late stages of infection. Transient post-vaccinal 3AB-Ab response could be detected in one of the three commercial vaccines during the six-month vaccination regimen, which emphasizes the fact that for a DIVA-compatible diagnostic strategy to be a realistic option, all vaccines need to be quality checked for the NSP content. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Cellular processing in the SW1222 cell line of mAb A33 directly and indirectly radiohalogenated.

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    Höglund, Johanna; Orlova, Anna; Sundin, Anders; Lundqvist, Hans; Tolmachev, Vladimir

    2006-07-01

    Investigations into the cellular processing of radiolabeled monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) for their further use in radioimmunodiagnosis and cancer therapy are needed in order to understand the fate of internalized and catabolized mAbs. The anti-colorectal cancer mAb, A33, was labelled with 76Br and 125I using the direct Chloramine-T method, or by labelling N-succinimidyl para-(tri-methylstannyl) benzoate and its further conjugation to the mAb. The cellular processing of the four conjugates was investigated in SW1222 cells in vitro. Uptake of mAb was rapid, peaking after 14-16 h. Intracellular degradation was slow and the early loss of radioactivity was due to dissociation of cell-surface bound mAb. The indirect labelling resulted in stronger binding of the mAb as well as prolonged intracellular retention of the radiolabel. Direct and indirect halogen radiolabelling results in different cell-processing patterns of radiolabels, and radioactive catabolic products follow different routes of cellular excretion. The results of this cellular study indicate that indirect labelling is preferable to the direct Chloramine-T method.

  12. Uptake of Shiga‐toxigenic Escherichia coli SubAB by HeLa cells requires an actin‐ and lipid raft‐dependent pathway

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    Nagasawa, Sayaka; Ogura, Kohei; Tsutsuki, Hiroyasu; Saitoh, Hisako; Moss, Joel; Iwase, Hirotaro; Noda, Masatoshi; Yahiro, Kinnosuke

    2014-01-01

    ...‐dependent cell death. However, the SubAB uptake mechanism in HeLa cells is unknown. In this study, a variety of inhibitors and siRNAs were employed to characterize the SubAB uptake process. SubAB...

  13. Marker-assisted selection on E. coli F4ab/ac resistance and the effect on neonatal survival in piglets

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    Jørgensen, Claus Bøttcher; Anderson, Susan I.; Cirera, Susanna

    Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) that express the F4ab or F4ac fimbriae (formerly known as K88ab/ac) are major causes of diarrhea and death in neonatal and young pigs. A locus controlling susceptibility towards ETEC F4ab/ac has previously been mapped to pig chromosome 13q41. A number of st...

  14. CD40 stimulation sensitizes CLL cells to lysosomal cell death induction by type II anti-CD20 mAb GA101

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    Jak, Margot; van Bochove, Gregor G. W.; Reits, Eric A.; Kallemeijn, Wouter W.; Tromp, Jacqueline M.; Umana, Pablo; Klein, Christian; van Lier, Rene A. W.; van Oers, Marinus H. J.; Eldering, Eric

    2011-01-01

    Sensitivity of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells to anti-CD20 mAbs is low and, therefore, the efficacy of monotherapy with current anti-CD20 mAbs is limited. At present, it is not known whether sensitivity of CLL cells to CD20 mAbs is modulated by microenvironmental stimuli. We have shown

  15. Ab initio simulations and neutron scattering studies of structure and dynamics in PdH

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    Totolici, I E

    2001-01-01

    The work presented in this PhD thesis is concerned with the interpretation of the neutron scattering measurements from the palladium hydrogen system by means of ab initio electronic structure calculations. The motivation of performing such calculations was due to recent neutron scattering studies on this system that showed a strong directional dependence to the dynamical structure factor together with a complex dependence on energy. Here we attempt to describe the origin of these features by ab initio simulations of the dynamical structure factor. The method assumes an adiabatic separation of the motion of the proton and palladium atoms. The proton wave functions are calculated by a direct solution of the associated single-particle Schroedinger equation using a plane wave basis set method and a mapping of the adiabatic surface. The Fourier components of the adiabatic potential are obtained from LDA pseudopotential calculations. Using Fermi's golden rule within the Born approximation we were then able to calcu...

  16. Effect of dc-bias on the dielectric behavior of CNT/ABS nanocomposites

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    El Ghanem, Hasan M., E-mail: hmel@just.edu.jo [Physics Department, Jordan University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 3030, Irbid 22110 (Jordan); Abdul Jawad, Saa' di [Physics Department, Hashemite University, P.O. Box 150459, Zarqa 13115 (Jordan); Al-Saleh, Mohammed H.; Hussain, Yazan A [Department of Chemical Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 3030, Irbid 22110 (Jordan); Salah, Wael [Physics Department, Hashemite University, P.O. Box 150459, Zarqa 13115 (Jordan)

    2013-06-01

    Several aspects of the dielectric behavior of multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/acrylonitrile–butadiene–styrene (ABS) nanocomposites were studied. MWCNT/ABS nanocomposites with filler content between 2 wt% and 15 wt% were prepared by melt mixing and characterized by the impedance technique. The results showed that the dc and ac conductivities increase with increasing dc bias and MWCNT content. The effect of dc bias was more pronounced for nanocomposites with low MWCNT content. The bode diagram of the real impedance for nanocomposites containing 2 wt% MWCNT or higher exhibited a frequency independent plateau in the low frequency region revealing that dc conduction is the dominant conduction mechanism. The critical frequency at which ac conductivity becomes frequency dependent increased with increasing dc bias and MWCNT content.

  17. The Structure of Trade in Genetic Resources: Implications for the International ABS Regime Negotiation

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    Mikyung Yun

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The intensive exploitation of genetic resources at the international level has led to a negotiation of an international regime on Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS of genetic resources. Due to lack of systematic data, little is known about the structure of trade in genetic resources to inform the negotiators. This study attempts to shed a greater insight into genetic resources trade in the pharmaceutical sector in Korea, mainly relying on interviews of industry practitioners and scientists in related fields. The study finds that Korea is mainly a genetic resource importer, but that pharmaceutical firms rarely carry out bioprospecting directly, relying on semi-processed biochemicals imports trough agents. Therefore, the impact of the to-be negotiated international ABS negotiation will be larger if derivatives are included in its scope. However, the general impact on the economy as a whole would be small, given the small share of genetic resources trade compared to total trade volumes.

  18. Effect analysis of material properties of picosecond laser ablation for ABS/PVC

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    Tsai, Y. H.; Ho, C. Y.; Chiou, Y. J.

    2017-06-01

    This paper analytically investigates the picosecond laser ablation of ABS/PVC. Laser-pulsed ablation is a wellestablished tool for polymer. However the ablation mechanism of laser processing for polymer has not been thoroughly understood yet. This study utilized a thermal transport model to analyze the relationship between the ablation rate and laser fluences. This model considered the energy balance at the decomposition interface and Arrhenius law as the ablation mechanisms. The calculated variation of the ablation rate with the logarithm of the laser fluence agrees with the measured data. It is also validated in this work that the variation of the ablation rate with the logarithm of the laser fluence obeys Beer's law for low laser fluences. The effects of material properties and processing parameters on the ablation depth per pulse are also discussed for picosecond laser processing of ABS/PVC.

  19. Ab initio quantum-enhanced optical phase estimation using real-time feedback control

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    Berni, Adriano; Gehring, Tobias; Nielsen, Bo Melholt

    2015-01-01

    as demonstrated in a variety of different optical systems(3-8). Most of these accounts, however, deal with the measurement of a very small shift of an already known phase, which is in stark contrast to ab initio phase estimation where the initial phase is unknown(9-12). Here, we report on the realization...... of a quantum-enhanced and fully deterministic ab initio phase estimation protocol based on real-time feedback control. Using robust squeezed states of light combined with a real-time Bayesian adaptive estimation algorithm, we demonstrate deterministic phase estimation with a precision beyond the quantum shot...... noise limit. The demonstrated protocol opens up new opportunities for quantum microscopy, quantum metrology and quantum information processing....

  20. Atomic carbon chains as spin-transmitters: An ab initio transport study

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    Fürst, Joachim Alexander; Brandbyge, Mads; Jauho, Antti-Pekka

    2010-01-01

    An atomic carbon chain joining two graphene flakes was recently realized in a ground-breaking experiment by Jin et al. (Phys. Rev. Lett., 102 (2009) 205501). We present ab initio results for the electron transport properties of such chains and demonstrate complete spin-polarization of the transmi......An atomic carbon chain joining two graphene flakes was recently realized in a ground-breaking experiment by Jin et al. (Phys. Rev. Lett., 102 (2009) 205501). We present ab initio results for the electron transport properties of such chains and demonstrate complete spin......-polarization of the transmission in large energy ranges. The effect is due to the spin-polarized zig-zag edge terminating each graphene flake causing a spin-splitting of the graphene pi(z) bands, and the chain states. Transmission occurs when the graphene p-states resonate with similar states in the strongly hybridized edges...