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  1. The evolutionary ecology of C-4 plants

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    Christin, P-A; Osborne, C. P.

    2014-01-01

    C4 photosynthesis is a physiological syndrome resulting from multiple anatomical and biochemical components, which function together to increase the CO2 concentration around Rubisco and reduce photorespiration. It evolved independently multiple times and C4 plants now dominate many biomes, especially in the tropics and subtropics. The C4 syndrome comes in many flavours, with numerous phenotypic realizations of C4 physiology and diverse ecological strategies. In this work, we analyse the event...

  2. Photosynthetic diversity meets biodiversity: the C4 plant example.

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    Sage, Rowan F; Stata, Matt

    2015-01-01

    Physiological diversification reflects adaptation for specific environmental challenges. As the major physiological process that provides plants with carbon and energy, photosynthesis is under strong evolutionary selection that gives rise to variability in nearly all parts of the photosynthetic apparatus. Here, we discuss how plants, notably those using C4 photosynthesis, diversified in response to environmental challenges imposed by declining atmospheric CO2 content in recent geological time. This reduction in atmospheric CO2 increases the rate of photorespiration and reduces photosynthetic efficiency. While plants have evolved numerous mechanisms to compensate for low CO2, the most effective are the carbon concentration mechanisms of C4, C2, and CAM photosynthesis; and the pumping of dissolved inorganic carbon, mainly by algae. C4 photosynthesis enables plants to dominate warm, dry and often salinized habitats, and to colonize areas that are too stressful for most plant groups. Because C4 lineages generally lack arborescence, they cannot form forests. Hence, where they predominate, C4 plants create a different landscape than would occur if C3 plants were to predominate. These landscapes (mostly grasslands and savannahs) present unique selection environments that promoted the diversification of animal guilds able to graze upon the C4 vegetation. Thus, the rise of C4 photosynthesis has made a significant contribution to the origin of numerous biomes in the modern biosphere. PMID:25264020

  3. Photosynthetic carbon assimilation in C3- and C4-plants

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    The photosynthetic mechanisms of plants have become to be well understood by the use of radioactive and stable isotopes. This review included the distribution of 14C in photosynthetic intermediates by assimilation with 14CO2, resultant CO2 receptors, Calvin cycle, C4 photosynthetic pathway, differences between the photosynthetic pathway for C3-plants and that for C4-plants, photorespiration, glycolate pathway, the yield of photosynthetic quanta and the relationship between assimilation with 14CO2 and 13C values. Reference was made to the photosynthetic mechanism in 13C-NMR follow-up with 13CO2. (Chiba, N.)

  4. Regulation of Rubisco gene expression in C4 plants.

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    Berry, James O; Mure, Christopher M; Yerramsetty, Pradeep

    2016-06-01

    Ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate-carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) incorporates inorganic carbon into an organic form, making this chloroplastic enzyme one of the most essential factors for all life on earth. Despite its central role in photosynthesis, research into regulation of the chloroplast rbcL and nuclear RbcS genes that encode this enzyme has lagged behind other plant gene systems. A major characteristic of kranz-type C4 plants is the accumulation of Rubisco only within chloroplasts of internalized bundle sheath cells that surround the leaf vascular centers. In plants that utilize the less common single cell C4 system, Rubisco accumulates only within one type of dimorphic chloroplasts localized to a specific region of leaf chlorenchyma cells. Understanding regulatory processes that restrict Rubisco gene expression to only one cell type or chloroplast type is a major focus of C4 research. Regulatory steps may include transcriptional, post-transcriptional, and post-translational processes. PMID:27026038

  5. Africa's wild C4 plant foods and possible early hominid diets.

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    Peters, Charles R; Vogel, John C

    2005-03-01

    A small minority of Africa's wild plant foods are C4. These are primarily the seeds of some of the C4 grasses, the rootstocks and stem/leaf bases of some of the C4 sedges (especially papyrus), and the leaves of some of the C4 herbaceous dicots (forbs). These wild food plants are commonly found in disturbed ground and wetlands (particularly the grasses and sedges). Multiple lines of evidence indicate that C4 grasses were present in Africa by at least the late Miocene. It is a reasonable hypothesis that the prehistory of the C4 sedges parallels that of the C4 grasses, but the C4 forbs may not have become common until the late Pleistocene. CAM plants may have a more ancient history, but offer few opportunities for an additional C4-like dietary signal. The environmental reconstructions available for the early South African hominid sites do not indicate the presence of large wetlands, and therefore probably the absence of a strong potential for a C4 plant food diet. However, carbon isotope analyses of tooth enamel from three species of early South African hominids have shown that there was a significant but not dominant contribution of C4 biomass in their diets. Since it appears unlikely that this C4 component could have come predominantly from C4 plant foods, a broad range of potential animal contributors is briefly considered, namely invertebrates, reptiles, birds, and small mammals. It is concluded that the similar average C4 dietary intake seen in the three South African hominid species could have been acquired by differing contributions from the various sources, without the need to assume scavenging or hunting of medium to large grazing ungulates. Effectively similar dominantly dryland paleo-environments may also be part of the explanation. Theoretically, elsewhere in southern and eastern Africa, large wetlands would have offered early hominids greater opportunities for a C4 plant diet. PMID:15737391

  6. Oxygen Requirement and Inhibition of C4 Photosynthesis . An Analysis of C4 Plants Deficient in the C3 and C4 Cycles

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    Maroco, J.P.; Ku, M.S.B.; Lea, P J; Dever, L.V.; Leegood, R C; Furbank, R.T.; Edwards, G. E.

    1998-01-01

    The basis for O2 sensitivity of C4 photosynthesis was evaluated using a C4-cycle-limited mutant of Amaranthus edulis (a phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase-deficient mutant), and a C3-cycle-limited transformant of Flaveria bidentis (an antisense ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase [Rubisco] small subunit transformant). Data obtained with the C4-cycle-limited mutant showed that atmospheric levels of O2 (20 kPa) caused increased inhibition of photosynthesis as a result of higher levels ...

  7. Chalcone-based Selective Inhibitors of a C4 Plant Key Enzyme as Novel Potential Herbicides

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    Nguyen, G. T. T.; Erlenkamp, G.; Jäck, O.; Küberl, A.; Bott, M.; Fiorani, F.; Gohlke, H.; Groth, G.

    2016-06-01

    Weeds are a challenge for global food production due to their rapidly evolving resistance against herbicides. We have identified chalcones as selective inhibitors of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC), a key enzyme for carbon fixation and biomass increase in the C4 photosynthetic pathway of many of the world’s most damaging weeds. In contrast, many of the most important crop plants use C3 photosynthesis. Here, we show that 2‧,3‧,4‧,3,4-Pentahydroxychalcone (IC50 = 600 nM) and 2‧,3‧,4‧-Trihydroxychalcone (IC50 = 4.2 μM) are potent inhibitors of C4 PEPC but do not affect C3 PEPC at a same concentration range (selectivity factor: 15–45). Binding and modeling studies indicate that the active compounds bind at the same site as malate/aspartate, the natural feedback inhibitors of the C4 pathway. At the whole plant level, both substances showed pronounced growth-inhibitory effects on the C4 weed Amaranthus retroflexus, while there were no measurable effects on oilseed rape, a C3 plant. Growth of selected soil bacteria was not affected by these substances. Our chalcone compounds are the most potent and selective C4 PEPC inhibitors known to date. They offer a novel approach to combat C4 weeds based on a hitherto unexplored mode of allosteric inhibition of a C4 plant key enzyme.

  8. Characteristics of C-4 photosynthesis in stems and petioles of C-3 flowering plants

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    Hibberd, J.M.; Quick, W.P.

    2002-01-01

    Most plants are known as C-3 plants because the first product of photosynthetic CO2 fixation is a three-carbon compound. C-4 plants, which use an alternative pathway in which the first product is a four-carbon compound, have evolved independently many times and are found in at least 18 families. In addition to differences in their biochemistry, photosynthetic organs of C-4 plants show alterations in their anatomy and ultrastructure. Little is known about whether the biochemical or anatomical ...

  9. A Specific Transcriptome Signature for Guard Cells from the C4 Plant Gynandropsis gynandra.

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    Aubry, Sylvain; Aresheva, Olga; Reyna-Llorens, Ivan; Smith-Unna, Richard D; Hibberd, Julian M; Genty, Bernard

    2016-03-01

    C4 photosynthesis represents an excellent example of convergent evolution that results in the optimization of both carbon and water usage by plants. In C4 plants, a carbon-concentrating mechanism divided between bundle sheath and mesophyll cells increases photosynthetic efficiency. Compared with C3 leaves, the carbon-concentrating mechanism of C4 plants allows photosynthetic operation at lower stomatal conductance, and as a consequence, transpiration is reduced. Here, we characterize transcriptomes from guard cells in C3 Tareneya hassleriana and C4 Gynandropsis gynandra belonging to the Cleomaceae. While approximately 60% of Gene Ontology terms previously associated with guard cells from the C3 model Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) are conserved, there is much less overlap between patterns of individual gene expression. Most ion and CO2 signaling modules appear unchanged at the transcript level in guard cells from C3 and C4 species, but major variations in transcripts associated with carbon-related pathways known to influence stomatal behavior were detected. Genes associated with C4 photosynthesis were more highly expressed in guard cells of C4 compared with C3 leaves. Furthermore, we detected two major patterns of cell-specific C4 gene expression within the C4 leaf. In the first, genes previously associated with preferential expression in the bundle sheath showed continually decreasing expression from bundle sheath to mesophyll to guard cells. In the second, expression was maximal in the mesophyll compared with both guard cells and bundle sheath. These data imply that at least two gene regulatory networks act to coordinate gene expression across the bundle sheath, mesophyll, and guard cells in the C4 leaf. PMID:26818731

  10. A Specific Transcriptome Signature for Guard Cells from the C4 Plant Gynandropsis gynandra1[OPEN

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    Aresheva, Olga; Reyna-Llorens, Ivan; Genty, Bernard

    2016-01-01

    C4 photosynthesis represents an excellent example of convergent evolution that results in the optimization of both carbon and water usage by plants. In C4 plants, a carbon-concentrating mechanism divided between bundle sheath and mesophyll cells increases photosynthetic efficiency. Compared with C3 leaves, the carbon-concentrating mechanism of C4 plants allows photosynthetic operation at lower stomatal conductance, and as a consequence, transpiration is reduced. Here, we characterize transcriptomes from guard cells in C3 Tareneya hassleriana and C4 Gynandropsis gynandra belonging to the Cleomaceae. While approximately 60% of Gene Ontology terms previously associated with guard cells from the C3 model Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) are conserved, there is much less overlap between patterns of individual gene expression. Most ion and CO2 signaling modules appear unchanged at the transcript level in guard cells from C3 and C4 species, but major variations in transcripts associated with carbon-related pathways known to influence stomatal behavior were detected. Genes associated with C4 photosynthesis were more highly expressed in guard cells of C4 compared with C3 leaves. Furthermore, we detected two major patterns of cell-specific C4 gene expression within the C4 leaf. In the first, genes previously associated with preferential expression in the bundle sheath showed continually decreasing expression from bundle sheath to mesophyll to guard cells. In the second, expression was maximal in the mesophyll compared with both guard cells and bundle sheath. These data imply that at least two gene regulatory networks act to coordinate gene expression across the bundle sheath, mesophyll, and guard cells in the C4 leaf. PMID:26818731

  11. The effect of C3 and C4 plants for the magneticsusceptibility signal in soils

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    吕厚远; 刘东生

    2001-01-01

    To understand the origin of the ultrafine pedogenic components responsible for the magnetic susceptibility (MS) enhancement remains a major challenging problem in linking magnetic signal with paleoclimate. Here we examine the effect of the natural fires on the MS signal of both plants and modern soils and in particular the MS difference between C3 and C4 plant ashes and their influence on magnetic susceptibility. We also proved the influence of the different floral root systems on the MS signal of modern soils. We find that the C3 and C4 plants are different in their ability to enhance MS signal of modern soils. Increased MS signal of modern soils by C4 plants was much greater than that by C3 plants.

  12. Isotopic composition of atmospheric CO2 inferred from carbon in C4 plant cellulose

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    The isotopic composition of atmospheric carbon dioxide provides an important constraint for models of the global carbon cycle. It is shown that carbon in C4 plants preserves an isotopic record of the CO2 used in photosynthesis. Data for the maize plant Zea mays yield results for the isotopic composition of atmospheric CO2 consistent with measurements of modern air and air trapped in polar ice. Data from C4 plants may thus be used to extend the isotopic record of atmospheric CO2 into the past, complementing data from other sources. (author)

  13. Quantum yields of photosystem II electron transport and carbon dioxide fixation in C4 plants

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    The quantum yields of non-cyclic electron transport from photosystem II (determined from chlorophyll a fluorescence) and carbon dioxide assimilation were measured in vivo in representative species of the three subgroups of C4 plants (NADP-malic enzyme, NAD-malic enzyme and PEP-carboxykinase) over a series of intercellular CO2 concentrations (Ci) at both 21% and 2% O2. The CO2 assimilation rate was independent of O2 concentration over the entire range of Ci (up to 500 μbar) in all three C4 subgroups. The relationship of the quantum yield of PS II electron transport to the quantum yield of CO2 fixation is linear suggesting that photochemical use of energy absorbed by PS II is tightly linked to CO2 fixation in C4 plants. This relationship is nearly identical in all three subgroups and may allow estimates of photosynthetic rates of C4 plants based on measurements of PS II photochemical efficiency. It is suggested that in the C4 plants both the photoreduction of O2 and photorespiration are low, even at very limiting CO2 concentrations. 31 refs., 4 figs

  14. Evolution of GOLDEN2-LIKE gene function in C3 and C4 plants

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    Wang, Peng; Fouracre, Jim; Kelly, Steven; Karki, Shanta; Gowik, Udo; Aubry, Sylvain; Shaw, Michael K.; Westhoff, Peter; Slamet-Loedin, Inez H.; Quick, W. Paul; Hibberd, Julian M.; Langdale, Jane A.

    2012-01-01

    A pair of GOLDEN2-LIKE transcription factors is required for normal chloroplast development in land plant species that encompass the range from bryophytes to angiosperms. In the C4 plant maize, compartmentalized function of the two GLK genes in bundle sheath and mesophyll cells regulates dimorphic chloroplast differentiation, whereas in the C3 plants Physcomitrella patens and Arabidopsis thaliana the genes act redundantly in all photosynthetic cells. To assess whether the cell-specific functi...

  15. Responses of carbon isotope discrimination in C4 plant to variable N and water supply

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    Yang, Hao; Li, Shenggong

    2016-04-01

    Understanding variations and underlying mechanisms of carbon isotope discrimination (Δ) in C4 species is critical for predicting the effects of change in C3/C4 ratio of plant community on ecosystem processes and functionning. However, little is known about the effects of soil resource gradients on Δ of C4 plants. To address Δ responses to drought and nitrogen supply, the leaf carbon isotope composition, bundle sheath leakiness (BLS), and leaf gas exchange (A, gs, Ci/Ca) were measured on Cleistogenes squarrosa, a dominant C4 species in the Inner Mongolia grassland. C. squarrosa were grown in controlled-environment pots from seed under a combination of water and N supply. High N availability and drought stimulated photosynthetic rate (A) and further decreased the ratio of internal and ambient CO2 concentrations (Ci/Ca) through increasing leaf N content. BLS was higher under high N supply and was unchanged by drought. There was significant interaction between N and water supply to affect BLS and Ci/Ca. Δ was negatively related to Ci/Ca and was positively related to BLS. Tradeoff between the responses of BLS and Ci/Ca to changing environmental conditions kept leaf Δ relatively stable, which was also supported by a field N addition experiment. Our results suggested leaf Δ of C4 plant was unchanged under variable water and N environment conditions although the operating efficiency of C4 pathway and CO2 concentration in photosynthesis were changed. Our findings have implications for predicting the change of C3/C4 ratio of plant community and understanding ecosystem processes and functionning.

  16. Panicum milioides, a Graminease plant having Kranz leaf anatomy without C4-photosynthesis

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    Light and electron microscopic observations of the leaf tissue of Panicum milioides showed that bundle sheath cell contained a substanital number of chloroplasts and other organelles. The radial arrangement of chlorenchymatous bundle sheath cells, designated as Kranz leaf anatomy, has been considered to be specific to C4 plants. However, photosynthetic 14CO2 fixation and 14CO2 pulse-and-chase experiments revealed that the reductive pentosephosphate pathway was the main route operating in leaves of p. milioides. The interveinal distance of the leaves was intermediate between C3 and C4 Gramineae species. These results indicate that P. milioides is a natural plant species having characteristics intermediate between C3 and C4 types. (auth.)

  17. Deuterium contents in water of various tissues from different subtypes of C4 plants

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    The work summarized here is concerned with the use of deuterium in evaluating the position of the NADP-malate enzyme subtype in the C4 plant maize (Zea mays). The results show a higher deuterium concentration in the biomass, resulting from the use in the Calvin cycle of intercostal water enriched in deuterium by evapotranspiration. 2 refs, 1 tab

  18. Potential Hazards Relating to Pyrolysis of c-C4F8O, n-C4F10 and c-C4F8 in selected gaseous diffusion plant operations

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    As part of a program intended to replace the present evaporative coolant at the gaseous diffusion plants (GDPs) with a non-ozone-depleting alternate, a series of investigations of the suitability of candidate substitutes is under way. This report summarizes studies directed at estimating the chemical and thermal stability of three candidate coolants, c-C4F8O, n-C4F10 and c-C44F8, in a few specific environments to be found in gaseous diffusion plant operations

  19. Mycorrhizal Symbiotic Efficiency on C3 and C4 Plants under Salinity Stress - A Meta-Analysis.

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    Chandrasekaran, Murugesan; Kim, Kiyoon; Krishnamoorthy, Ramasamy; Walitang, Denver; Sundaram, Subbiah; Joe, Manoharan M; Selvakumar, Gopal; Hu, Shuijin; Oh, Sang-Hyon; Sa, Tongmin

    2016-01-01

    A wide range of C3 and C4 plant species could acclimatize and grow under the impact of salinity stress. Symbiotic relationship between plant roots and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are widespread and are well known to ameliorate the influence of salinity stress on agro-ecosystem. In the present study, we sought to understand the phenomenon of variability on AMF symbiotic relationship on saline stress amelioration in C3 and C4 plants. Thus, the objective was to compare varied mycorrhizal symbiotic relationship between C3 and C4 plants in saline conditions. To accomplish the above mentioned objective, we conducted a random effects models meta-analysis across 60 published studies. An effect size was calculated as the difference in mycorrhizal responses between the AMF inoculated plants and its corresponding control under saline conditions. Responses were compared between (i) identity of AMF species and AMF inoculation, (ii) identity of host plants (C3 vs. C4) and plant functional groups, (iii) soil texture and level of salinity and (iv) experimental condition (greenhouse vs. field). Results indicate that both C3 and C4 plants under saline condition responded positively to AMF inoculation, thereby overcoming the predicted effects of symbiotic efficiency. Although C3 and C4 plants showed positive effects under low (EC 8 ds/m) saline conditions, C3 plants showed significant effects for mycorrhizal inoculation over C4 plants. Among the plant types, C4 annual and perennial plants, C4 herbs and C4 dicot had a significant effect over other counterparts. Between single and mixed AMF inoculants, single inoculants Rhizophagus irregularis had a positive effect on C3 plants whereas Funneliformis mosseae had a positive effect on C4 plants than other species. In all of the observed studies, mycorrhizal inoculation showed positive effects on shoot, root and total biomass, and in nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium (K) uptake. However, it showed negative effects in sodium (Na

  20. Mycorrhizal Symbiotic Efficiency on C3 and C4 Plants under Salinity Stress – A Meta-Analysis

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    Chandrasekaran, Murugesan; Kim, Kiyoon; Krishnamoorthy, Ramasamy; Walitang, Denver; Sundaram, Subbiah; Joe, Manoharan M.; Selvakumar, Gopal; Hu, Shuijin; Oh, Sang-Hyon; Sa, Tongmin

    2016-01-01

    A wide range of C3 and C4 plant species could acclimatize and grow under the impact of salinity stress. Symbiotic relationship between plant roots and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are widespread and are well known to ameliorate the influence of salinity stress on agro-ecosystem. In the present study, we sought to understand the phenomenon of variability on AMF symbiotic relationship on saline stress amelioration in C3 and C4 plants. Thus, the objective was to compare varied mycorrhizal symbiotic relationship between C3 and C4 plants in saline conditions. To accomplish the above mentioned objective, we conducted a random effects models meta-analysis across 60 published studies. An effect size was calculated as the difference in mycorrhizal responses between the AMF inoculated plants and its corresponding control under saline conditions. Responses were compared between (i) identity of AMF species and AMF inoculation, (ii) identity of host plants (C3 vs. C4) and plant functional groups, (iii) soil texture and level of salinity and (iv) experimental condition (greenhouse vs. field). Results indicate that both C3 and C4 plants under saline condition responded positively to AMF inoculation, thereby overcoming the predicted effects of symbiotic efficiency. Although C3 and C4 plants showed positive effects under low (EC 8 ds/m) saline conditions, C3 plants showed significant effects for mycorrhizal inoculation over C4 plants. Among the plant types, C4 annual and perennial plants, C4 herbs and C4 dicot had a significant effect over other counterparts. Between single and mixed AMF inoculants, single inoculants Rhizophagus irregularis had a positive effect on C3 plants whereas Funneliformis mosseae had a positive effect on C4 plants than other species. In all of the observed studies, mycorrhizal inoculation showed positive effects on shoot, root and total biomass, and in nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium (K) uptake. However, it showed negative effects in sodium (Na

  1. Enhanced tolerance to drought in transgenic rice plants overexpressing C4 photosynthesis enzymes

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    Jun-Fei; Gu; Ming; Qiu; Jian-Chang; Yang

    2013-01-01

    Maize-specific pyruvate orthophosphate dikinase(PPDK) was overexpressed in rice independently or in combination with the maize C4-specific phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase(PCK). The wild-type(WT) cultivar Kitaake and transgenic plants were evaluated in independent field and tank experiments. Three soil moisture treatments,well-watered(WW), moderate drought(MD) and severe drought(SD), were imposed from 9d post-anthesis till maturity. Leaf physiological and biochemical traits, root activities,biomass, grain yield, and yield components in the untransformed WT and two transgenic rice lines(PPDK and PCK) were systematically studied. Compared with the WT, both transgenic rice lines showed increased leaf photosynthetic rate: by 20%–40% under WW, by45%–60% under MD, and by 80%–120% under SD. The transgenic plants produced 16.1%,20.2% and 20.0% higher grain yields than WT under the WW, MD and SD treatments,respectively. Under the same soil moisture treatments, activities of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase(PEPC) and carbonic anhydrase(CA) in transgenic plants were 3–5-fold higher than those in WT plants. Compared with ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase, activities of PEPC and CA were less reduced under both MD and SD treatments. The transgenic plants also showed higher leaf water content, stomatal conductance, transpiration efficiency, and root oxidation activity and a stronger active oxygen scavenging system than the WT under all soil moisture treatments, especially MD and SD. The results suggest that drought tolerance is greatly enhanced in transgenic rice plants overexpressing C4photosynthesis enzymes. This study was performed under natural conditions and normal planting density to evaluate yield advantages on a field basis. It may open a new avenue to droughttolerance breeding via overexpression of C4enzymes in rice.

  2. Enhanced tolerance to drought in transgenic rice plants overexpressing C4 photosynthesis enzymes

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    Jun-Fei Gu

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Maize-specific pyruvate orthophosphate dikinase (PPDK was overexpressed in rice independently or in combination with the maize C4-specific phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PCK. The wild-type (WT cultivar Kitaake and transgenic plants were evaluated in independent field and tank experiments. Three soil moisture treatments, well-watered (WW, moderate drought (MD and severe drought (SD, were imposed from 9 d post-anthesis till maturity. Leaf physiological and biochemical traits, root activities, biomass, grain yield, and yield components in the untransformed WT and two transgenic rice lines (PPDK and PCK were systematically studied. Compared with the WT, both transgenic rice lines showed increased leaf photosynthetic rate: by 20%–40% under WW, by 45%–60% under MD, and by 80%–120% under SD. The transgenic plants produced 16.1%, 20.2% and 20.0% higher grain yields than WT under the WW, MD and SD treatments, respectively. Under the same soil moisture treatments, activities of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC and carbonic anhydrase (CA in transgenic plants were 3–5-fold higher than those in WT plants. Compared with ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase, activities of PEPC and CA were less reduced under both MD and SD treatments. The transgenic plants also showed higher leaf water content, stomatal conductance, transpiration efficiency, and root oxidation activity and a stronger active oxygen scavenging system than the WT under all soil moisture treatments, especially MD and SD. The results suggest that drought tolerance is greatly enhanced in transgenic rice plants overexpressing C4 photosynthesis enzymes. This study was performed under natural conditions and normal planting density to evaluate yield advantages on a field basis. It may open a new avenue to drought-tolerance breeding via overexpression of C4 enzymes in rice.

  3. Enhanced tolerance to drought in transgenic rice plants overexpressing C4 photosynthesis enzymes

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    Jun-Fei Gu; Ming Qiu; Jian-Chang Yang

    2013-01-01

    Maize-specific pyruvate orthophosphate dikinase (PPDK) was overexpressed in rice independently or in combination with the maize C4-specific phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PCK). The wild-type (WT) cultivar Kitaake and transgenic plants were evaluated in independent field and tank experiments. Three soil moisture treatments, well-watered (WW), moderate drought (MD) and severe drought (SD), were imposed from 9 d post-anthesis till maturity. Leaf physiological and biochemical traits, root activ...

  4. C4 Plants as Biofuel Feedstocks: Optimising Biomass Production and Feedstock Quality from a Lignocellulosic Perspective

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    Caitlin S.Byrt; Christopher P.L.Grof; Robert T.Furbank

    2011-01-01

    The main feedstocks for bioethanol are sugarcane (Saccharum offic-inarum) and maize (Zea mays), both of which are C4 grasses, highly efficient at converting solar energy into chemical energy, and both are food crops. As the systems for lignocellulosic bioethanol production become more efficient and cost effective, plant biomass from any source may be used as a feedstock for bioethanol production. Thus, a move away from using food plants to make fuel is possible, and sources of biomass such as wood from forestry and plant waste from cropping may be used. However, the bioethanol industry will need a continuous and reliable supply of biomass that can be produced at a low cost and with minimal use of water, fertilizer and arable land. As many C4 plants have high light, water and nitrogen use efficiency, as compared with C3 species, they are ideal as feedstock crops. We consider the productivity and resource use of a number of candidate plant species, and discuss biomass 'quality', that is, the composition of the plant cell wall.

  5. Comparison of carbon balance in Mediterranean pilot constructed wetlands vegetated with different C4 plant species.

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    Barbera, Antonio C; Borin, Maurizio; Cirelli, Giuseppe L; Toscano, Attilio; Maucieri, Carmelo

    2015-02-01

    This study investigates carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emissions and carbon (C) budgets in a horizontal subsurface flow pilot-plant constructed wetland (CW) with beds vegetated with Cyperus papyrus L., Chrysopogon zizanioides (L.) Roberty, and Mischantus × giganteus Greef et Deu in the Mediterranean basin (Sicily) during the 1st year of plant growing season. At the end of the vegetative season, M. giganteus showed the higher biomass accumulation (7.4 kg m(-2)) followed by C. zizanioides (5.3 kg m(-2)) and C. papyrus (1.8 kg m(-2)). Significantly higher emissions of CO2 were detected in the summer, while CH4 emissions were maximum during spring. Cumulative CO2 emissions by C. papyrus and C. zizanioides during the monitoring period showed similar trends with final values of about 775 and 1,074 g m(-2), respectively, whereas M. giganteus emitted 3,395 g m(-2). Cumulative CH4 bed emission showed different trends for the three C4 plant species in which total gas release during the study period was for C. papyrus 12.0 g m(-2) and ten times higher for M. giganteus, while C. zizanioides bed showed the greatest CH4 cumulative emission with 240.3 g m(-2). The wastewater organic carbon abatement determined different C flux in the atmosphere. Gas fluxes were influenced both by plant species and monitored months with an average C-emitted-to-C-removed ratio for C. zizanioides, C. papyrus, and M. giganteus of 0.3, 0.5, and 0.9, respectively. The growing season C balances were positive for all vegetated beds with the highest C sequestered in the bed with M. giganteus (4.26 kg m(-2)) followed by C. zizanioides (3.78 kg m(-2)) and C. papyrus (1.89 kg m(-2)). To our knowledge, this is the first paper that presents preliminary results on CO2 and CH4 emissions from CWs vegetated with C4 plant species in Mediterranean basin during vegetative growth. PMID:24743957

  6. Analysis of carbon isotope in phytoliths from C3 and C4 plants and modern soils

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    2000-01-01

    The analysis of carbon isotope in phytoliths from modern plants and surface soils in China shows that the values of carbon isotope are consistent with those from C3 and C4 plants,and the processes of photosynthesis of the original plants can be clearly identified by carbon isotope in phytoliths.The value of carbon isotope varied from -23.8‰ to -28‰,with the maximum distributed in the latitude zone from 34° N to 40° N in North China and East China areas,and the minimum in the Northeast China and South China regions.The values of carbon of phytoliths tend to increase from low to high and then reduce to low value again as the latitude increases.In the same latitude zone,the carbon isotope in phytoliths from grassland soil under the trees is obviously lower than that from grassland soil without any trees with the difference of 1‰-2‰.

  7. Online CO2 and H2 O oxygen isotope fractionation allows estimation of mesophyll conductance in C4 plants, and reveals that mesophyll conductance decreases as leaves age in both C4 and C3 plants.

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    Barbour, Margaret M; Evans, John R; Simonin, Kevin A; von Caemmerer, Susanne

    2016-05-01

    Mesophyll conductance significantly, and variably, limits photosynthesis but we currently have no reliable method of measurement for C4 plants. An online oxygen isotope technique was developed to allow quantification of mesophyll conductance in C4 plants and to provide an alternative estimate in C3 plants. The technique is compared to an established carbon isotope method in three C3 species. Mesophyll conductance of C4 species was similar to that in the C3 species measured, and declined in both C4 and C3 species as leaves aged from fully expanded to senescing. In cotton leaves, simultaneous measurement of carbon and oxygen isotope discrimination allowed the partitioning of total conductance to the chloroplasts into cell wall and plasma membrane versus chloroplast membrane components, if CO2 was assumed to be isotopically equilibrated with cytosolic water, and the partitioning remained stable with leaf age. The oxygen isotope technique allowed estimation of mesophyll conductance in C4 plants and, when combined with well-established carbon isotope techniques, may provide additional information on mesophyll conductance in C3 plants. PMID:26778088

  8. C3 and C4 plant species as energy sources and their potential impact on environment and climate

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    Careful selection of crop species, among other aspects, is very helpful in enhancing energy production by way of increased biomass yields from agricultural land. A wide range of C3 and C4 plant species has been introduced and investigated for their environmental and climatic impact. The results indicate already that some perennial C4 crop species posses high yield potential, lower erosion-index, better CO2 reduction rates and need less fertiliser, water and chemicals. (Author)

  9. Photosynthetic characteristics of an amphibious plant, Eleocharis vivipara: Expression of C4 and C3 modes in contrasting environments

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    Eleocharis vivipara Link, a freshwater amphibious leafless plant belonging to the Cyperaceae can grow in both terrestrial and submersed aquatic conditions. Two forms of E. vivipara obtained from these contrasting environments were examined for the characteristics associated with C4 and C3 photosynthesis. In the terrestrial form, the culms, which are photosynthetic organs, possess a Kranz-type anatomy typical of C4 plants, and well-developed bundle-sheath cells contain numerous large chloroplasts. In the submersed form, the culms possess anatomical features characteristic of submersed aquatic plants, and the reduced bundle-sheath cells contain only a few small chloroplasts. 14C pulse-12C chase experiments showed that the terrestrial form and the submersed form fix carbon by way of the C4 pathway, with aspartate (40%) and malate (35%) as the main primary products, and by way of the C3 pathway, with 3-phosphoglyceric acid (53%) and sugar phosphates (14%) as the main primary products, respectively. The terrestrial form showed photosynthetic enzyme activities typical of the NAD-malic enzyme-C4 subtype, whereas the submersed form showed decreased activities of key C4 enzymes and an increased ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase activity. These data suggest that this species can differentiate into the C4 mode under terrestrial conditions and into the C3 mode under submersed conditions

  10. The Late Miocene Rise of C4 Vegetation in Eastern Africa Documented by Terrestrial Plant Waxes in Marine Cores

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    Uno, K. T.; Polissar, P. J.; Jackson, K.; deMenocal, P. B.

    2015-12-01

    C4 plants are predominantly grasses and they account for ~20% of global net primary productivity, serve as important sources of food, and are the dominant plant type in non-forested tropical ecosystems. Yet the reasons behind their rise to such a globally significant component of the terrestrial biosphere within the last 10 million years are not well understood. In eastern Africa, the expansion of C4 grasslands led to long-term changes in faunal distributions and resulted in major dietary shifts in mammalian lineages. Potential mechanisms leading to the rise of C4 plants include a decrease in atmospheric CO2, ecosystem perturbations by fire or large herbivores, and increased aridity or seasonality of precipitation. Improvement of the temporal and spatial coverage of vegetation records in the Late Neogene of East Africa may help elucidate the mechanisms responsible for regional and global C4 grassland expansion. It will also improve our ability to assess the relationship between vegetation change and mammalian evolution. To evaluate the evolution of C4 grasslands in East Africa, we measured carbon isotope ratios of n-alkanes from four DSDP cores stretching from the Red Sea (19.1° N) to the Somali Basin (2.4° S) that range in age from ~24 Ma to 0.5 Ma. Carbon isotope data from Somali Basin sites 235 and 241 indicate the appearance of C4 vegetation by ca. 10 Ma, followed by a relatively steady increase through the late Pleistocene. Odd numbered n-alkane homologues (C29 ­to C35) exhibit up to a 10‰ increase in δ13C. We also established end member molecular distributions of n-alkanes and tracked changes in their proportional contributions through time. Changes in molecular distribution are broadly synchronous with increases in carbon isotope ratios, suggesting that n-alkane distributions reflect changes in C3 and C4 vegetation types.

  11. Late Pleistocene C4 plant dominance and summer rainfall in the southwestern United States from isotopic study of herbivore teeth

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    Connin, S.L.; Betancourt, J.; Quade, Jay

    1998-01-01

    Patterns of climate and C4 plant abundance in the southwestern United States during the last glaciation were evaluated from isotopic study of herbivore tooth enamel. Enamel ??13C values revealed a substantial eastward increase in C4 plant consumption for Mammuthus spp., Bison spp., Equus spp., and Camelops spp. The ??13C values were greatest in Bison spp. (-6.9 to + 1.7???) and Mammuthus spp. (-9.0 to +0.3???), and in some locales indicated C4-dominated grazing. The ??13C values of Antilocaprids were lowest among taxa (-12.5 to -7.9???) and indicated C3 feeding at all sites. On the basis of modern correlations between climate and C4 grass abundance, the enamel data imply significant summer rain in parts of southern Arizona and New Mexico throughout the last glaciation. Enamel ??18O values range from +19.0 to +31.0??? and generally increase to the east. This pattern could point to a tropical or subtropical source of summer rainfall. At a synoptic scale, the isotope data indicate that interactions of seasonal moisture, temperature, and lowered atmospheric pCO2 determined glacial-age C4 abundance patterns.

  12. Coherent changes in relative C4 plant productivity and climate during the late Quaternary in the North American Great Plains

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    Nordt, L.; Von Fischer, J.; Tieszen, L.; Tubbs, J.

    2008-01-01

    Evolution of the mixed and shortgrass prairie of the North American Great Plains is poorly understood because of limited proxies available for environmental interpretations. Buried soils in the Great Plains provide a solution to the problem because they are widespread both spatially and temporally with their organic reservoirs serving as a link to the plants than once grew on them. Through stable carbon isotopic analysis of soil organic carbon (??13C), the percent carbon from C4 plants (%C4) can be ascertained. Because C4 plants are primarily warm season grasses responding positively to summer temperature, their representation has the added advantage of serving as a climate indicator. To better understand grassland and climate dynamics in the Great Plains during the last 12 ka (ka=1000 radiocarbon years) we developed an isotopic standardization technique by: determining the difference in buried soil ??13C and modern soil ??13C expected for that latitude (????13C), and transferring the ????13C to ??%C4 (% C4) using mass balance calculations. Our analysis reveals two isotopic stages in the mixed and shortgrass prairie of the Great Plains based on trends in ??%C4. In response to orbital forcing mechanisms, ??%C4 was persistently below modern in the Great Plains between 12 and 6.7 ka (isotopic stage II) evidently because of the cooling effect of the Laurentide ice sheet and proglacial lakes in northern latitudes, and glacial meltwater pulses cooling the Gulf of Mexico and North Atlantic Ocean. The ??%C4 after 6.7 ka (isotopic stage I) increased to modern levels as conditioned by the outflow of warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and dry incursions from the west that produced periodic drought. At the millennial-scale, time series analysis demonstrates that ??%C4 oscillated with 0.6 and 1.8 ka periodicities, possibly governed by variations in solar irradiance. Our buried soil isotopic record correlates well with other environmental proxy from the Great Plains and

  13. Recent trend of δ13C of C4 plant cellulose as an indicator of atmospheric CO2 change

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    Natural carbon isotope composition (13C/12C) of C4 plant have been analyzed to trace the 13C content of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Cellulose fraction, kernel coat and starch fraction were separated from two group of Zea mays (corn) which were grown and harvested at Hokkaido and Nagano prefecture in Japan during 1963 and 1989, and each component was analyzed for 13C/12C isotope ratios. The purpose of this study is to assess if these components are useful for tracing 13C/12C ratio of atmospheric CO2 and how such isotopic composition of C4 plants can be modified from original isotopic signals of global circulating carbon. (author)

  14. Variations in carbon isotope ratios of C3 plants and distribution of C4 plants along an altitudinal transect on the eastern slope of Mount Gongga

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    2009-01-01

    Variations in carbon isotopic ratios (δ 13C) of C3 plants and distribution of C4 plants were investigated along an altitudinal transect on the eastern slope of Mount Gongga, and the environmental effects on them were discussed. It is shown that plants with C4 photosynthetic pathway mainly occur at altitudes below 2100 m a.s.l., suggesting that the low summer temperature is responsible for the distributional pattern. In addition, δ 13C of C3 plants increases with elevation at the region above 2000 m a.s.l. with the characteristics of humid climate, and the increase rate in δ 13C for C3 plants is about 1.3‰ per kilometer. Temperature determines the altitudinal trend of δ 13C.

  15. Variations in carbon isotope ratios of C_3 plants and distribution of C_4 plants along an altitudinal transect on the eastern slope of Mount Gongga

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    LI JiaZhu; WANG GuoAn; LIU XianZhao; HAN JiaMao; LIU Min; LIU XiaoJuan

    2009-01-01

    Variations in carbon isotopic ratios (δ~(13)C) of C_3 plants and distribution of C_4 plants were investigated along an altitudinal transect on the eastern slope of Mount Gongga,and the environmental effects on them were discussed,it is shown that plants with C_4 photosynthetic pathway mainly occur at altitudes below 2100 m a.a.l.,suggesting that the low summer temperature is responsible for the distributional pattern.In addition,δ~(13)C of C_3 plants increases with elevation at the region above 2000 m a.s.l,with the characteristics of humid climate,and the increase rate in δ~(13)C for C_3 plants is about 1.3‰ per kilometer.Temperature determines the altitudinal trend of δ~(13)C.

  16. Phytoremediation of carbamazepine and its metabolite 10,11-epoxycarbamazepine by C3 and C4 plants.

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    Ryšlavá, Helena; Pomeislová, Alice; Pšondrová, Šárka; Hýsková, Veronika; Smrček, Stanislav

    2015-12-01

    The anticonvulsant drug carbamazepine is considered as an indicator of sewage water pollution: however, its uptake by plants and effect on metabolism have not been sufficiently documented, let alone its metabolite (10,11-epoxycarbamazepine). In a model system of sterile, hydroponically cultivated Zea mays (as C4 plant) and Helianthus annuus (as C3 plant), the uptake and effect of carbamazepine and 10,11-epoxycarbamazepine were studied in comparison with those of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen were effectively extracted from drug-supplemented media by both plants, while the uptake of more hydrophobic carbamazepine was much lower. On the other hand, the carbamazepine metabolite, 10,11-epoxycarbamazepine, was, unlike sunflower, willingly taken up by maize plants (after 96 h 88 % of the initial concentration) and effectively stored in maize tissues. In addition, the effect of the studied pharmaceuticals on the plant metabolism (enzymes of Hatch-Slack cycle, peroxidases) was followed. The activity of bound peroxidases, which could cause xylem vessel lignification and reduction of xenobiotic uptake, was at the level of control plants in maize leaves contrary to sunflower. Therefore, our results indicate that maize has the potential to remove 10,11-epoxycarbamazepine from contaminated soils. PMID:26310701

  17. Effects of gaseous ammonia on intracellular pH values in leaves of C 3- and C 4-plants

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    Yin, Zu-Hua; Kaiser, Werner; Heber, Ulrich; Raven, John A.

    Responses of cytosolic and vacuolar pH to different concentrations (1.3-5.4 μmol NH 3 mol -1 gas or 0.940-3.825 mg NH 3 m -3 gas) of gaseous NH 3 were studied in experiments of 3 h duration by recording changes in fluorescence of pyranine and esculin in leaves of C 3 and C 4 plants. After a lag phase of 0.5-4 min, the uptake of NH 3 at 50-200 nmol m -2 leaf area s -1 increased pyranine fluorescence, indicating cytosolic alkalinization in leaves of Pelargonium zonale L. (C 3) and Amaranthus caudatus L. (C 4). A smaller increase in esculin fluorescence induced by NH 3 indicated some vacuolar alkalization in a Spinacia oleracea L. leaf. Photosynthesis and transpiration remained unchanged during exposure of illuminated leaves to NH 3 for up to 30 min (the maximum tested). CO 2 concentrations influenced the extent of cytosolic alkalinization. 500 μmol CO 2 mol -1 gas suppressed the NH 3-induced cytosolic alkalinization relative to that found in 16 μmol CO 2 mol -1 gas. The suppressing effect of CO 2 on NH 3-induced alkalization was larger in illuminated leaves of the C 4Amaranthus than the C 3Pelargonium. These results indicate that the alkaline pH shift caused by solution and protonation of NH 3 in aqueous leaf compartments is affected by assimilation of NH 3.

  18. Influence of metabolites from the glycolate on the intensity of photosynthesis in C3 and C4-plants

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    The experiments described are the result of the influence of photorespiratory metabolites on the intensity of photosynthesis in leaf discs from pisum (C3) and maize (C4) plants. Pisum protoplasts are also used. The discs are dried and exposed in a closed system in an atmosphere of 14CO2. Fixation of 14CO2 is determined in the reaction medium. The total radioactivity is measured. The inhibition of glycolate synthesis, photorespiration is accompanied by a rise in net photosynthesis. The positive effect of glycolic acid on photosynthesis is undoubtedly determined by the established stimulating action on the enzyme RuBPC (ribulosediphosphate carboxylase). (author)

  19. Control of photosynthesis by the carbohydrate level in leaves of the C4 plant Amaranthus edulis L.

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    Blechschmidt-Schneider, S; Ferrar, P; Osmond, C B

    1989-04-01

    Photosynthesis was studied in relation to the carbohydrate status in intact leaves of the C4 plant Amaranthus edulis. The rate of leaf net CO2 assimilation, stomatal conductance and intercellular partial pressure of CO2 remained constant or showed little decline towards the end of an 8-h period of illumination in ambient air (340 μbar CO2, 21% O2). When sucrose export from the leaf was inhibited by applying a 4-h cold-block treatment (1°C) to the petiole, the rate of photosynthesis rapidly decreased with time. After the removal of the cold block from the petiole, further reduction in photosynthetic rate occurred, and there was no recovery in the subsequent light period. Although stomatal conductance declined with time, intercellular CO2 partial pressure remained relatively constant, indicating that the inhibition of photosynthesis was not primarily caused by changes in stomatal aperture. Analysis of the leaf carbohydrate status showed a five- to sixfold increase in the soluble sugar fraction (mainly sucrose) in comparison with the untreated controls, whereas the starch content was the same. Leaf osmotic potential increased significantly with the accumulation of soluble sugars upon petiole chilling, and leaf water potential became slightly more negative. After 14 h recovery in the dark, photosynthesis returned to its initial maximum value within 1 h of illumination, and this was associated with a decline in leaf carbohydrate levels overnight. These data show that, in Amaranthus edulis, depression in photosynthesis when translocation is impaired is closely related to the accumulation of soluble sugars (sucrose) in source leaves, indicating feedback control of C4 photosynthesis. Possible mechanisms by which sucrose accumulation in the leaf may affect the rate of photosynthesis are discussed with regard to the leaf anatomy of C4 plants. PMID:24212494

  20. Photosynthetic properties of C4 plants growing in an African savanna/wetland mosaic.

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    Mantlana, K B; Arneth, A; Veenendaal, E M; Wohland, P; Wolski, P; Kolle, O; Wagner, M; Lloyd, J

    2008-01-01

    Photosynthesis rates and photosynthesis-leaf nutrient relationships were analysed in nine tropical grass and sedge species growing in three different ecosystems: a rain-fed grassland, a seasonal floodplain, and a permanent swamp, located along a hydrological gradient in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. These investigations were conducted during the rainy season, at a time of the year when differences in growth conditions between the sites were relatively uniform. At the permanent swamp, the largest variations were found for area-based leaf nitrogen contents, from 20 mmol m(-2) to 140 mmol m(-2), nitrogen use efficiencies (NUE), from 0.2 mmol (C) mol(-1) (N) s(-1) to 2.0 mmol (C) mol(-1) (N) s(-1), and specific leaf areas (SLA), from 50 cm(2) g(-1) to 400 cm(2) g(-1). For the vegetation growing at the rain-fed grassland, the highest leaf gas exchange rates, high leaf nutrient levels, a low ratio of intercellular to ambient CO(2) concentration, and high carboxylation efficiency were found. Taken together, these observations indicate a very efficient growth strategy that is required for survival and reproduction during the relatively brief period of water availability. The overall lowest values of light-saturated photosynthesis (A(sat)) were observed at the seasonal floodplain; around 25 micromol m(-2) s(-1) and 30 micromol m(-2) s(-1). To place these observations into the broader context of functional leaf trait analysis, relationships of photosynthesis rates, specific leaf area, and foliar nutrient levels were plotted, in the same way as was done for previously published 'scaling relationships' that are based largely on C(3) plants, noting the differences in the analyses between this study and the previous study. The within- and across-species variation in both A(sat) and SLA appeared better predicted by foliar phosphorus content (dry mass or area basis) rather than by foliar nitrogen concentrations, possibly because the availability of phosphorus is even more critical

  1. Integrated rate expression for the production of glucose equivalent in C4 green plant and the effect of temperature

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    Anirban Panda; Sambhu N Datta

    2007-09-01

    A temperature-dependent integrated kinetics for the overall process of photosynthesis in green plants is discussed. The C4 plants are chosen and in these plants, the rate of photosynthesis does not depend on the partial pressure of O2. Using some basic concepts like chemical equilibrium or steady state approximation, a simplified scheme is developed for both light and dark reactions. The light reaction rate per reaction center ('1) in thylakoid membrane is related to the rate of exciton transfer between chlorophyll neighbours and an expression is formulated for the light reaction rate '1. A relation between '1 and the NADPH formation rate is established. The relation takes care of the survival probability of the membrane. The CO2 saturation probability in bundle sheath is also taken into consideration. The photochemical efficiency () is expressed in terms of these probabilities. The rate of glucose production is given by glucose = (8/3)('1L)()() ([G3P]/[i]2 leaf)SSG3P → glucose where is the activity quotient of the involved enzymes, and G3P represent glycealdehyde-3-phosphate in steady state. A Gaussian distribution for temperaturedependence and a sigmoid function for de-activation are incorporated through the quotient . In general, the probabilities are given by sigmoid curves. The corresponding parameters can be easily determined. The theoretically determined temperature-dependence of photochemical efficiency and glucose production rate agree well with the experimental ones, thereby validating the formalism.

  2. Light-enhanced dark respiration in leaves, isolated cells and protoplasts of various types of C4 plants.

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    Parys, Eugeniusz; Jastrzebski, Hubert

    2006-04-01

    The rate of respiratory CO2 evolution from the leaves of Zea mays, Panicum miliaceum, and Panicum maximum, representing NADP-ME, NAD-ME, and PEP-CK types of C4 plants, respectively, was increased by approximately two to four times after a period of photosynthesis. This light-enhanced dark respiration (LEDR) was a function of net photosynthetic rate specific to plant species, and was depressed by 1% O2. When malate, aspartate, oxaloacetate or glycine solution at 50 mM concentration was introduced into the leaves instead of water, the rate of LEDR was enhanced, far less in Z. mays (by 10-25%) than in P. miliaceum (by 25-35%) or P. maximum (by 40-75%). The enhancement of LEDR under glycine was relatively stable over a period of 1 h, whereas the remaining metabolites caused its decrease following a transient increase. The metabolites reduced the net photosynthesis rate in the two Panicum species, but not in Z. mays, where this process was stimulated by glycine. The bundle sheath cells from P. miliaceum exhibited a higher rate of LEDR than those of Z. mays and P. maximum. Glycine had no effect on the respiration rate of the cells, but malate increased in cells of Z. mays and P. miliaceum by about 50% and 30%, respectively. With the exception of aspartate, which stimulated both the O2 evolution and O2 uptake in P. maximum, the remaining metabolites reduced photosynthetic O2 evolution from bundle sheath cells in Panicun species. The net O2 exchange in illuminated cells of Z. mays did not respond to CO2 or metabolites. Leaf mesophyll protoplasts of Z. mays and P. miliaceum, and bundle sheath protoplasts of Z. mays, which are unable to fix CO2 photosynthetically, also produced LEDR, but the mesophyll protoplasts, compared with bundle sheath protoplasts, required twice the time of illumination to obtain the maximal rate. The results suggest that the substrates for LEDR in C4 plants are generated during a period of illumination not only via the Calvin cycle reactions, but

  3. Potential Hazards Relating to Pyrolysis of c-C4F8 in Selected Gaseous Diffusion Plant Operations

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    As part of a program intended to replace the present evaporative coolant at the gaseous diffusion plants (GDPs) with a non-ozone-depleting alternate, a series of investigations of the suitability of candidate substitutes in under way. One issue concerning a primary candidate, c-C4F8, is the possibility that it might produce the highly toxic perfluoroisobutylene (PFIB) in high temperature environments. This study was commissioned to determine the likelihood and severity of decomposition under two specific high temperature thermal environments, namely the use of a flame test for the presence of coolant vapors and welding in the presence of coolant vapors. The purpose of the study was to develop and evaluate available data to provide information that will allow the technical and industrial hygiene staff at the GDPs to perform appropriate safety evaluations and to determine the need for field testing or experimental work. The scope of this study included a literature search and an evaluation of the information developed therefrom. Part of that evaluation consists of chemical kinetics modeling of coolant decomposition in the two operational environments. The general conclusions are that PFIB formation is unlikely in either situation but that it cannot be ruled out completely under extreme conditions. The presence of oxygen, moisture, and combustion products will tend to lead to formation of oxidation products (COF2, CO, CO2, and HF) rather than PFIB

  4. C4 photosynthesis in Euphorbia degeneri and E. remyi: a comparison of photosynthetic carbon metabolism in leaves, callus cultures and regenerated plants

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    Based on analysis of 14CO2 fixation kinetics and assays of enzymes related to C4 metabolism (NAD-ME, NADP-ME, NAD-MDH, NADP-MDH, AST, ALT), leaves and regenerated plants of Euphorbia degeneri exhibit a modified NADP-ME-type photosynthesis. Apparently, both aspartate and malate are used for transport of CO2 to bundle sheath cells. Callus grown on either non-shoot-forming or shoot-forming media fixes CO2 into RPP-cycle intermediates and sucrose, as well as malate and aspartate. 14CO2 pulse/chase kinetics show no significant loss of label from C4 acids throughout a one minute chase. Analysis of PEPCase revealed the presence of 2 isoenzymes in both leaf and regenerated plant tissues (K/sub m/ [PEP] = 0.080 and 0.550) but only one isoenzyme in callus (K/sub m/ = 0.100). It appears that C4 photosynthesis does not occur in callus derived from this C4 dicot but is regenerated concomitant with shoot regeneration, and β-carboxylation of PEP in callus, mediated by the low K/sub m/ isoenzyme of PEPCase, produces C4 acids that are not involved in the CO2 shuttle mechanism characteristic of C4 photosynthesis. 161 references, 19 figures, 12 tables

  5. A broader model for C4 photosynthesis evolution in plants inferred from the goosefoot family (Chenopodiaceae s.s.)

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    Kadereit, Gudrun; Ackerly, David; Pirie, Michael D.

    2012-01-01

    C4 photosynthesis is a fascinating example of parallel evolution of a complex trait involving multiple genetic, biochemical and anatomical changes. It is seen as an adaptation to deleteriously high levels of photorespiration. The current scenario for C4 evolution inferred from grasses is that it originated subsequent to the Oligocene decline in CO2 levels, is promoted in open habitats, acts as a pre-adaptation to drought resistance, and, once gained, is not subsequently lost. We test the gene...

  6. Elevation-induced climate change as a dominant factor causing the late Miocene C4 plant expansion in the Himalayan foreland

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    Wu, H.; Guo, Z.; Guiot, J.; Hatte, C.; Peng, C.; Yu, Y.; Ge, J.; Li, Q.; Sun, A.; Zhao, D.

    2014-12-01

    During the late Miocene, a dramatic global expansion of C4 plant distribution occurred with broad spatial and temporal variations. Although the event is well documented, whether subsequent expansions were caused by a decreased atmospheric CO2 concentration or climate change is a contentious issue. In the present study, we used an improved inverse vegetation modeling approach that accounts for the physiological responses of C3 and C4 plants to quantitatively reconstruct the paleoclimate in the Siwalik of Nepal based on pollen and carbon isotope data. We also studied the sensitivity of the C3 and C4 plants to changes in the climate and the atmospheric CO2 concentration. We suggest that the expansion of the C4 plant distribution during the late Miocene may have been primarily triggered by regional aridification and temperature increases. The expansion was unlikely caused by reduced CO2 levels alone. Our findings suggest that this abrupt ecological shift mainly resulted from climate changes related to the decreased elevation of the Himalayan foreland.

  7. Elevation-induced climate change as a dominant factor causing the late Miocene C(4) plant expansion in the Himalayan foreland.

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    Wu, Haibin; Guo, Zhengtang; Guiot, Joël; Hatté, Christine; Peng, Changhui; Yu, Yanyan; Ge, Junyi; Li, Qin; Sun, Aizhi; Zhao, Deai

    2014-05-01

    During the late Miocene, a dramatic global expansion of C4 plant distribution occurred with broad spatial and temporal variations. Although the event is well documented, whether subsequent expansions were caused by a decreased atmospheric CO2 concentration or climate change is a contentious issue. In this study, we used an improved inverse vegetation modeling approach that accounts for the physiological responses of C3 and C4 plants to quantitatively reconstruct the paleoclimate in the Siwalik of Nepal based on pollen and carbon isotope data. We also studied the sensitivity of the C3 and C4 plants to changes in the climate and the atmospheric CO2 concentration. We suggest that the expansion of the C4 plant distribution during the late Miocene may have been primarily triggered by regional aridification and temperature increases. The expansion was unlikely caused by reduced CO2 levels alone. Our findings suggest that this abrupt ecological shift mainly resulted from climate changes related to the decreased elevation of the Himalayan foreland. PMID:24123607

  8. Impacts of climate change drivers on C4 grassland productivity: Scaling driver effects through the plant community

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    Climate change drivers affect the plant community productivity via three pathways: 1) direct effects of drivers on plants, 2) the response of species abundances to drivers (community response), and 3) the feedback effect of community change on productivity (community effect). The contribution of e...

  9. Evolution of C4 plants: a new hypothesis for an interaction of CO2 and water relations mediated by plant hydraulics

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    Osborne, Colin P.; Sack, Lawren

    2012-01-01

    C4 photosynthesis has evolved more than 60 times as a carbon-concentrating mechanism to augment the ancestral C3 photosynthetic pathway. The rate and the efficiency of photosynthesis are greater in the C4 than C3 type under atmospheric CO2 depletion, high light and temperature, suggesting these factors as important selective agents. This hypothesis is consistent with comparative analyses of grasses, which indicate repeated evolutionary transitions from shaded forest to open habitats. However,...

  10. Robust Control of PEP Formation Rate in the Carbon Fixation Pathway of C4 Plants by a Bi-functional Enzyme

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    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background C4 plants such as corn and sugarcane assimilate atmospheric CO2 into biomass by means of the C4 carbon fixation pathway. We asked how PEP formation rate, a key step in the carbon fixation pathway, might work at a precise rate, regulated by light, despite fluctuations in substrate and enzyme levels constituting and regulating this process. Results We present a putative mechanism for robustness in C4 carbon fixation, involving a key enzyme in the pathway, pyruvate orthophosphate dikinase (PPDK, which is regulated by a bifunctional enzyme, Regulatory Protein (RP. The robust mechanism is based on avidity of the bifunctional enzyme RP to its multimeric substrate PPDK, and on a product-inhibition feedback loop that couples the system output to the activity of the bifunctional regulator. The model provides an explanation for several unusual biochemical characteristics of the system and predicts that the system's output, phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP formation rate, is insensitive to fluctuations in enzyme levels (PPDK and RP, substrate levels (ATP and pyruvate and the catalytic rate of PPDK, while remaining sensitive to the system's input (light levels. Conclusions The presented PPDK mechanism is a new way to achieve robustness using product inhibition as a feedback loop on a bifunctional regulatory enzyme. This mechanism exhibits robustness to protein and metabolite levels as well as to catalytic rate changes. At the same time, the output of the system remains tuned to input levels.

  11. Climate as the dominant control on C3 and C4 plant abundance in the Loess Plateau: Organic carbon isotope evidence from the last glacial-interglacial loess-soil sequences

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    2003-01-01

    Abundance of C3 and C4 photosynthesis plants can be inferred relatively from stable carbon isotopic composition of organic matter in soils. The samples from five sequences of the last glacial-interglacial loess-soil in the Chinese Loess Plateau have been measured for organic carbon isotopic ratios (? 13Corg). The organic carbon isotope data show that relative abundance (or biomass) of C4 plants was increased ca. 40% for each sampling site from the last glacial maximum (LGM) to Holocene optimum, and increased southeastward on the Loess Plateau during both periods of LGM and Holocene. Statistic analyses on the steady maximumδ 13Corg values of Holocene soils and modern climatic data from the Loess Plateau and Inner Mongolia indicate that the C4 plant abundance increases with increasing temperature and decreasing precipitation. The C4 plant abundance is related much closer with mean April temperature and precipitation than annual. These results lead us to deduce following conclusions. First, temperature is the major factor for control on variations in C4 plant abundance in the Loess Plateau from the last glacial to interglacial. In the absence of favorable temperature condition, both of low moisture and low atmospheric CO2 concentration are insufficient to drive an expansion of the C4 plants in the plateau. Second, ? 13Corg in the loess-paleosol sequences, as a proxy of the relative abundance of C4 plants in the Loess Plateau, could not be used as an indicator of changes in the summer monsoon intensity unless the temperature had changed without great amplitude. Since all C4 plants are grasses, finally, the increase of the C4 plants supports that forest has not been dominant in the ecosystem on the Loess Plateau during Holocene although precipitation and atmospheric CO2 were largely increased relative to those during LGM.

  12. Heritability and expression of C4 photosynthesis in hybrids between C3-C4 and C4 Flaveria

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    In general, leaves of C4 plants are considered to be more efficient at fixing atmospheric CO2 than those of C3 plants. Such efficiency in carbon assimilation is attributed to unique C4 features in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of leaves. In these studies I investigated whether these C4 characteristics can be inherited and expressed in C3-C4 species through artificial hybridization with C4 species in genus Flaveria. The expression of C4 photosynthesis in the parent C4 parent F. brownii is influenced by the light intensity during growth. Characterization of these F1 hybrids demonstrates that several C4 traits are heritable. The expression of Kranz leaf anatomy, and the activities and/or quantities of key C4 enzymes in the F1 hybrids are intermediate between levels in the parents. Enzyme localization studies with isolated leaf mesophyll and bundle sheath protoplasts indicated that these hybrids lack a complete compartmentation of major photosynthetic enzymes, but they do exhibit a differential distribution of these enzymes between the two cell types. Furthermore, 14CO2 labeling experiments showed that they all possess a high degree of functional C4 photosynthesis, which may in part contribute to the reduced photorespiration observed in the F1 hybrids

  13. C3和C4植物寄主对华北地区棉铃虫越冬代和第一代的影响%Contribution of C3 and C4 host plants for the overwintering and 1st generation of Helicoverpa armigera(Hübner)in Northern China

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    叶乐夫; 付雪; 戈峰

    2011-01-01

    It is a key step for cotton bollworm (CBW) management to determine the ratio of moths of cotton bollworm originating from C3 and C4 host plants for the overwintering generation and their contribution to the next spring first generation in North China. In this study, the development times of larva from the female moths captured in wheat field in 2007 were observed systematically. Moreover, δ13C values in the wings of each female moth were tested with GC-MS apparatus to determine larval host plant type. Results showed that 53.1% of moths trapped during spring emergence (the overwintering generation CBW) came from larva grown in late autumn C3 host plants (cotton), 46.9% came from larva grown in late autumn C4 host plants (corn). 57.9% of eggs laid by the overwintering generation moths were determined as progeny of C3 phenotype via stable isotope examination on the wings of moth, individually. Significantly higher hatching rate were observed in the eggs laid by the moths from larva grown in C3 host plants than C4 host plants. Furthermore, about 63.7% first instar larva on spring wheat was determined as progeny of C3 phenotype moths. Moreover, about 47.9% larva at the third instar, 45.5% fourth instar larva, 46.9% fifth instar larva, 55.1% last instar larva of 1st generation of CBW originated from C3 host plants. The larva from first instar to third instar of moths from C3 phenotype develop quicker compared with from C4 phenotype. However, larva from fourth instar to sixth instar from C3 phenotype developed slowly than C4 phenotype. The larva originated from C3 phenotype displayed lower survival rate at lower instar larva and higher survival rate at higher instar larva while compared to the C4 phenotype progeny. In the whole, quicker development for lower instar larva with lower survival rate, and slower development for large larva with higher survival rate occurred during their larval developmental process, However, total developmental duration and

  14. Physiological and Growth Responses of C3 and C4 Plants to Reduced Temperature When Grown at Low CO2 of the Last Ice Age

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    Joy K. Ward; David A. Myers; Richard B. Thomas

    2008-01-01

    During the last Ice age, CO2 concentration ([CO2]) was 180-200 μmol/mol compared with the modern value of 380 μmol/mol,and global temperatures were ~8 ℃ cooler. Relatively little is known about the responses of C3 and C4 species to longterm exposure to glacial conditions. Here Abutilon theophrasti Medik. (C3) and Amaranthus retroflexus L. (C4) were grown at 200 μmol/mol CO2 with current (30/24 ℃) and glacial (22/16 ℃) temperatures for 22 d. Overall, the C4 species exhibited a large growth advantage over the C3 species at low [CO2]. However, this advantage was reduced at low temperature, where the C4 species produced 5× the total mass of the C3 species versus 14× at the high temperature.This difference was due to a reduction In C4 growth at low temperature, since the C3 species exhibited similar growth between temperatures. Physiological differences between temperatures were not detected for either species, although photorespirationlnet photosynthesis was reduced in the C3 species grown at low temperature, suggesting evidence of improved carbon balance at this treatment. This system suggests that C4 species had a growth advantage over C3 species during low [CO2] of the last ice age, although concurrent reductions in temperatures may have reduced this advantage.

  15. The soil microbial community composition and soil microbial carbon uptake are more affected by soil type than by different vegetation types (C3 and C4 plants) and seasonal changes

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    Griselle Mellado Vazquez, Perla; Lange, Markus; Gleixner, Gerd

    2016-04-01

    This study investigates the influence of different vegetation types (C3 and C4 plants), soil type and seasonal changes on the soil microbial biomass, soil microbial community composition and soil microbial carbon (C) uptake. We collected soil samples in winter (non-growing season) and summer (growing season) in 2012 from an experimental site cropping C3 and C4 plants for 6 years on two different soil types (sandy and clayey). The amount of phospholipid fatty acids (PLFAs) and their compound-specific δ13C values were used to determined microbial biomass and the flow of C from plants to soil microorganisms, respectively. Higher microbial biomass was found in the growing season. The microbial community composition was mainly explained by soil type. Higher amounts of SOC were driving the predominance of G+ bacteria, actinobacteria and cyclic G- bacteria in sandy soils, whereas root biomass was significantly related to the increased proportions of G- bacteria in clayey soils. Plant-derived C in G- bacteria increased significantly in clayey soils in the growing season. This increase was positively and significantly driven by root biomass. Moreover, changes in plant-derived C among microbial groups pointed to specific capabilities of different microbial groups to decompose distinct sources of C. We concluded that soil texture and favorable growth conditions driven by rhizosphere interactions are the most important factors controlling the soil microbial community. Our results demonstrate that a change of C3 plants vs. C4 plants has only a minor effect on the soil microbial community. Thus, such experiments are well suited to investigate soil organic matter dynamics as they allow to trace the C flow from plants into the soil microbial community without changing the community abundance and composition.

  16. Phylogenetic niche conservatism in C4 grasses.

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    Liu, Hui; Edwards, Erika J; Freckleton, Robert P; Osborne, Colin P

    2012-11-01

    Photosynthetic pathway is used widely to discriminate plant functional types in studies of global change. However, independent evolutionary lineages of C(4) grasses with different variants of C(4) photosynthesis show different biogeographical relationships with mean annual precipitation, suggesting phylogenetic niche conservatism (PNC). To investigate how phylogeny and photosynthetic type differentiate C(4) grasses, we compiled a dataset of morphological and habitat information of 185 genera belonging to two monophyletic subfamilies, Chloridoideae and Panicoideae, which together account for 90 % of the world's C(4) grass species. We evaluated evolutionary variance and covariance of morphological and habitat traits. Strong phylogenetic signals were found in both morphological and habitat traits, arising mainly from the divergence of the two subfamilies. Genera in Chloridoideae had significantly smaller culm heights, leaf widths, 1,000-seed weights and stomata; they also appeared more in dry, open or saline habitats than those of Panicoideae. Controlling for phylogenetic structure showed significant covariation among morphological traits, supporting the hypothesis of phylogenetically independent scaling effects. However, associations between morphological and habitat traits showed limited phylogenetic covariance. Subfamily was a better explanation than photosynthetic type for the variance in most morphological traits. Morphology, habitat water availability, shading, and productivity are therefore all involved in the PNC of C(4) grass lineages. This study emphasized the importance of phylogenetic history in the ecology and biogeography of C(4) grasses, suggesting that divergent lineages need to be considered to fully understand the impacts of global change on plant distributions. PMID:22569558

  17. Response of C3 and C4 plants to middle-Holocene climatic variation near the prairie-forest ecotone of Minnesota, U.S.A.

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    Tian, J; Brown, T A; Hu, F S; Stefanova, I; Nelson, D M

    2003-12-24

    Paleorecords of the middle Holocene (MH) from the North American midcontinent can offer insights into ecological responses to pervasive drought that may accompany future climatic warming. We analyzed MH sediments from West Olaf Lake (WOL) and Steel Lake (SL) in Minnesota to examine the effects of warm/dry climatic conditions on prairie-woodland ecosystems. Mineral composition and carbonate {delta}{sup 18}O were used to determine climatic variations, whereas pollen assemblages, charcoal {delta}{sup 13}C, and charcoal accumulation rates were used to reconstruct vegetation composition, C{sub 3} and C{sub 4} plant abundance, and fire. The ratio of aragonite:calcite at WOL and {delta}{sup 18}O at SL suggest that pronounced droughts occurred during the MH but that drought severity decreased with time. From charcoal {delta}{sup 13}C data we estimated that the MH abundance of C{sub 4} plants averaged 50% at WOL and 43% at SL. At WOL C{sub 4} abundance was negatively correlated with aragonite:calcite, suggesting that severe moisture deficits suppressed C{sub 4} plants in favor of weedy C{sub 3} plants (e.g., Ambrosia). As climate ameliorated C{sub 4} abundance increased (from {approx}33 to 66%) at the expense of weedy species, enhancing fuel availability and fire occurrence. In contrast, farther east at SL climate was cooler and wetter than at WOL, and C{sub 4} abundance showed no correlation with {delta}{sup 18}O-inferred aridity. Woody C{sub 3} plants (e.g., Quercus) were more abundant, biomass flammability lower, and fires less important at SL than at WOL. Our results suggest that C{sub 4} plants are adapted to warm/dry climatic conditions, but not to extreme droughts, and that the fire regime is controlled by biomass-climate interactions.

  18. Enhancement in leaf photosynthesis and upregulation of rubisco in the C4 sorghum plant at elevated growth carbon dioxide and temperature occur at early stages of leaf ontogeny.

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    Grain sorghum was grown at 350 and 700 (high) ppm CO2, and at daytime maximum/nighttime minimum temperatures of 30/20 and 36/26C. Gas exchange rates, activities of Rubisco and PEP carboxylase (PEPC), leaf area, and biomass of various plant components were determined at different stages of leaf and p...

  19. Reconstructing the response of C3 and C4 plants to decadal-scale climate change during the late Pleistocene in southern Illinois using isotopic analyses of calcified rootlets

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    Wang, Hongfang; Greenberg, S.E.

    2007-01-01

    The ??13C and ??18O values of well-preserved carbonate rhizoliths (CRs) provide detailed insights into changes in the abundance of C3 and C4 plants in response to approximately decadal-scale changes in growing-season climate. We performed stable isotope analyses on 35-40 CRs sampled at 1-cm intervals from an 18-cm-thick paleosol formed in southern Illinois during Wisconsin interstadial 2. Minimum ??13C values show little variation with depth, whereas maximum values vary dramatically, and average values show noticeable variability; maximum ??18O values vary less than the minimum ??18O values. These findings indicate that a diverse and stable C3 flora with a limited number of C4 grass species prevailed during this interval, and suggest that the maximum growing-season temperatures were relatively stable, but minimum growing-season temperatures varied considerably. Two general patterns characterize the relationships between the ??13C and ??18O values obtained from the 1-cm samples. In some cases, low ??13C values correspond to low ??18O values and high ??13C values correspond to high ??18O values, suggesting that cooler growing-season temperatures favored C3 and warmer growing-season temperatures favored C4 plants. In other cases, low ??13C values correspond to high ??18O values, likely suggesting that wetter growing-season conditions were favorable to C3 plants. The high density of well-preserved CRs in this paleosol provides a unique opportunity to study detailed ecological responses to high-resolution variability in growing-season climate. ?? 2006 University of Washington.

  20. Indecomposable optimal entanglement witnesses in C4 {\\otimes} C4

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    Chruściński, Dariusz

    2012-01-01

    We provide two 1-parameter families of indecomposable entanglement witnesses in C4 {\\otimes} C4. Following recent paper by Ha and Kye [Phys. Rev. A 84, 024302 (2011)] we show that these EWs are optimal and hence provide the strongest tool in entanglement theory to discriminate between separable and entangled states. As a byproduct we show that these EWs detect quantum entanglement within a family of generalized Horodecki states.

  1. Balanced {C_4, C_5}-Quatrefoil Systems

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    Ushio, Kazuhiko

    2004-01-01

    In graph theory, the decomposition problems of graphs are very important topics. Various types of decompositions of many graphs can be seen in the literature of gaph theory. We give the necessary and sufficient condition for the existence of a balanced {C_4, C_5}-quatrefoil decomposition of K_n for each of (C_4, C_4, C_4, C_4)-quatrefoil, (C_4, C_4, C_4, C_5)-quatrefoil, (C_4, C_4, C_5, C_5)-quatrefoil, (C_4, C_5, C_5, C_5)-quatrefoil, and (C_5, C_5, C_5, C_5)-quatrefoil. These decompositions...

  2. The Roles of Organic Acids in C4 Photosynthesis

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    Ludwig, Martha

    2016-01-01

    Organic acids are involved in numerous metabolic pathways in all plants. The finding that some plants, known as C4 plants, have four-carbon dicarboxylic acids as the first product of carbon fixation showed these organic acids play essential roles as photosynthetic intermediates. Oxaloacetate (OAA), malate, and aspartate (Asp) are substrates for the C4 acid cycle that underpins the CO2 concentrating mechanism of C4 photosynthesis. In this cycle, OAA is the immediate, short-lived, product of the initial CO2 fixation step in C4 leaf mesophyll cells. The malate and Asp, resulting from the rapid conversion of OAA, are the organic acids delivered to the sites of carbon reduction in the bundle-sheath cells of the leaf, where they are decarboxylated, with the released CO2 used to make carbohydrates. The three-carbon organic acids resulting from the decarboxylation reactions are returned to the mesophyll cells where they are used to regenerate the CO2 acceptor pool. NADP-malic enzyme-type, NAD-malic enzyme-type, and phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase-type C4 plants were identified, based on the most abundant decarboxylating enzyme in the leaf tissue. The genes encoding these C4 pathway-associated decarboxylases were co-opted from ancestral C3 plant genes during the evolution of C4 photosynthesis. Malate was recognized as the major organic acid transferred in NADP-malic enzyme-type C4 species, while Asp fills this role in NAD-malic enzyme-type and phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase-type plants. However, accumulating evidence indicates that many C4 plants use a combination of organic acids and decarboxylases during CO2 fixation, and the C4-type categories are not rigid. The ability to transfer multiple organic acid species and utilize different decarboxylases has been suggested to give C4 plants advantages in changing and stressful environments, as well as during development, by facilitating the balance of energy between the two cell types involved in the C4 pathway of CO2

  3. Photorespiration connects C3 and C4 photosynthesis.

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    Bräutigam, Andrea; Gowik, Udo

    2016-05-01

    C4 plants evolved independently more than 60 times from C3 ancestors. C4 photosynthesis is a complex trait and its evolution from the ancestral C3 photosynthetic pathway involved the modification of the leaf anatomy and the leaf physiology accompanied by changes in the expression of thousands of genes. Under high temperature, high light, and the current CO2 concentration in the atmosphere, the C4 pathway is more efficient than C3 photosynthesis because it increases the CO2 concentration around the major CO2 fixating enzyme Rubisco. The oxygenase reaction and, accordingly, photorespiration are largely suppressed. In the present review we describe a scenario for C4 evolution that not only includes the avoidance of photorespiration as the major driving force for C4 evolution but also highlights the relevance of changes in the expression of photorespiratory genes in inducing and establishing important phases on the path from C3 to C4. PMID:26912798

  4. The Paleo-ecology of C4 Evolution

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    Sage, R. F.; Khoshravesh, R.

    2014-12-01

    Molecular clock analysis of extant plant lineages consistently place the earliest appearance of the C4 photosynthetic pathway in the mid-to-late Oligocene, coincident with a decline in atmospheric CO2 and a spread of dry environments. Most of the approximately 70 known lineages of C4 photosynthesis, however, evolved over the subsequent 23 million years since the Oligocene. Examination of living C3-C4 intermediate species, and close C3 relatives of modern C4 lineages, indicate that the C4 pathway evolved in regions of high heat and episodic drought and/or salinity, usually in the drier ends of the monsoon belts of the subtropics. Soils associated with transitional species are typically sandy, rocky, or salinized, and have low vegetation density, which in combination with high air temperature allows for high surface heat loads that warm leaves to near 45°C. Under such conditions in low CO2 atmospheres, the rate of photorespiration is very high and would greatly impair C3 photosynthesis and establish conditions favoring C4 evolution. However, studies with modern taxa do not address whether the extreme habitats proposed to facilitate C4 evolution were actually present at the time when the C4 pathway evolved in any given lineage. Here, we examine the paleo-record to evaluate the environmental conditions present in the C4 centres of origin when the respective transitions from C3 to C4 photosynthesis are estimated to have occurred.

  5. New evidence for grain specific C4 photosynthesis in wheat.

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    Rangan, Parimalan; Furtado, Agnelo; Henry, Robert J

    2016-01-01

    The C4 photosynthetic pathway evolved to allow efficient CO2 capture by plants where effective carbon supply may be limiting as in hot or dry environments, explaining the high growth rates of C4 plants such as maize. Important crops such as wheat and rice are C3 plants resulting in efforts to engineer them to use the C4 pathway. Here we show the presence of a C4 photosynthetic pathway in the developing wheat grain that is absent in the leaves. Genes specific for C4 photosynthesis were identified in the wheat genome and found to be preferentially expressed in the photosynthetic pericarp tissue (cross- and tube-cell layers) of the wheat caryopsis. The chloroplasts exhibit dimorphism that corresponds to chloroplasts of mesophyll- and bundle sheath-cells in leaves of classical C4 plants. Breeding to optimize the relative contributions of C3 and C4 photosynthesis may adapt wheat to climate change, contributing to wheat food security. PMID:27530078

  6. Glycine decarboxylase in C3, C4 and C3-C4 intermediate species.

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    Schulze, Stefanie; Westhoff, Peter; Gowik, Udo

    2016-06-01

    The glycine decarboxylase complex (GDC) plays a central role in photorespiration. GDC is localized in the mitochondria and together with serine hydroxymethyltransferase it converts two molecules of glycine to one molecule of serine, CO2 and NH3. Overexpression of GDC subunits in the C3 species Arabidopsis thaliana can increase the metabolic flux through the photorespiratory pathway leading to enhanced photosynthetic efficiency and consequently to an enhanced biomass production of the transgenic plants. Changing the spatial expression patterns of GDC subunits was an important step during the evolution of C3-C4 intermediate and likely also C4 plants. Restriction of the GDC activity to the bundle sheath cells led to the establishment of a photorespiratory CO2 pump. PMID:27038285

  7. 中国东北样带羊草群落C3和C4植物功能群生物量及其对环境变化的响应%The biomass of C3 and C4 plant function groups in Leymus chinensis communities and theirs response to environmental change along Northeast China transect

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    韩梅; 杨利民; 张永刚; 周广胜

    2006-01-01

    在全球动态植被模型的发展中,受限于人力、物力和财力使得在物种水平上的研究变得既不可能也无必要.植物功能群的划分是从生态学的,而不是系统发育的角度来相互比较地对待不同地区的植物,从而削减了植被变化研究中植物分类群的数量,已成为研究植被变化及生物多样性对生态系统功能作用的重要单位.植物的不同光合途径(C3、C4和CAM)从叶片组织结构到生理功能,从生态适应到地理分布均表现出对不同水、热、光环境的响应,是理想的植物功能群分类.为此,分析了中国东北样带以羊草(Leymus chinensis)为建群种或共建种的草原群落植物光合类型功能群生物量及其与群落初级生产力和环境变化的关系.结果表明:(1)C4植物生物量具有明显的变化规律,且对环境变化的响应显著,其变异性较高,更能反映样地间环境变化的差异;(2)C4与C3植物变化具有明显的互补性,并且多数C4植物常在逆境中起到更大作用,如干旱化、盐碱化和放牧干扰;(3)C4植物种类少,在所有调查样方中仅出现7种,占总出现种类的9.72%.这些特点说明C4植物可以考虑作为评估和预测我国温带草原植被及其生态系统变化的重要植物功能群.

  8. Carbon isotope discrimination as a diagnostic tool for C4 photosynthesis in C3-C4 intermediate species

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    Alonso-Cantabrana, Hugo; von Caemmerer, Susanne

    2016-01-01

    The presence and activity of the C4 cycle in C3-C4 intermediate species have proven difficult to analyze, especially when such activity is low. This study proposes a strategy to detect C4 activity and estimate its contribution to overall photosynthesis in intermediate plants, by using tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) coupled to gas exchange systems to simultaneously measure the CO2 responses of CO2 assimilation (A) and carbon isotope discrimination (Δ) under low O2 partial pressure. Mathematical models of C3-C4 photosynthesis and Δ are then fitted concurrently to both responses using the same set of constants. This strategy was applied to the intermediate species Flaveria floridana and F. brownii, and to F. pringlei and F. bidentis as C3 and C4 controls, respectively. Our results support the presence of a functional C4 cycle in F. floridana, that can fix 12–21% of carbon. In F. brownii, 75–100% of carbon is fixed via the C4 cycle, and the contribution of mesophyll Rubisco to overall carbon assimilation increases with CO2 partial pressure in both intermediate plants. Combined gas exchange and Δ measurement and modeling is a powerful diagnostic tool for C4 photosynthesis. PMID:26862154

  9. Carbon isotope discrimination as a diagnostic tool for C4 photosynthesis in C3-C4 intermediate species.

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    Alonso-Cantabrana, Hugo; von Caemmerer, Susanne

    2016-05-01

    The presence and activity of the C4 cycle in C3-C4 intermediate species have proven difficult to analyze, especially when such activity is low. This study proposes a strategy to detect C4 activity and estimate its contribution to overall photosynthesis in intermediate plants, by using tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) coupled to gas exchange systems to simultaneously measure the CO2 responses of CO2 assimilation (A) and carbon isotope discrimination (Δ) under low O2 partial pressure. Mathematical models of C3-C4 photosynthesis and Δ are then fitted concurrently to both responses using the same set of constants. This strategy was applied to the intermediate species Flaveria floridana and F. brownii, and to F. pringlei and F. bidentis as C3 and C4 controls, respectively. Our results support the presence of a functional C4 cycle in F. floridana, that can fix 12-21% of carbon. In F. brownii, 75-100% of carbon is fixed via the C4 cycle, and the contribution of mesophyll Rubisco to overall carbon assimilation increases with CO2 partial pressure in both intermediate plants. Combined gas exchange and Δ measurement and modeling is a powerful diagnostic tool for C4 photosynthesis. PMID:26862154

  10. 日粮中C3、C4植物含量对牛肉品质和主要化学成分的影响%Effect of the amount of C3 or C4 plants in diets on the quality and main chemical components of beef

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    闫贵龙; 曹春梅; 刁其玉; 屠焰; 云强

    2010-01-01

    为探讨C3和C4植物在日粮中的含量对牛肉品质和主要化学成分的影响,本试验选用大豆粕、小麦麸、小麦、棉籽饼、苜蓿干草作为C3植物试验材料,选用黄贮玉米秸、玉米酒精糟、玉米作为C4植物试验材料,选用36头西门塔尔杂种公牛作为试验动物开展了肥育和屠宰试验.结果表明,日粮中C4植物含量对肥育牛增重、牛肉的脂肪酸、氨基酸(其中甘氨酸不确定除外)、水分含量以及牛肉的剪切力、蒸煮损失率、滴水损失率、大理石花纹评分和眼肌面积均没有显著的影响.日粮中C3植物含量对肥育牛增重、牛肉的脂肪酸(其中十七烷酸不确定除外)、氨基酸(其中丝氨酸和苏氨酸不确定除外)、水分含量以及牛肉的剪切力、蒸煮损失率、大理石花纹评分和眼肌面积也均没有显著的影响.

  11. Walking the C4 pathway: past, present, and future.

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    Furbank, Robert T

    2016-07-01

    The year 2016 marks 50 years since the publication of the seminal paper by Hatch and Slack describing the biochemical pathway we now know as C4 photosynthesis. This review provides insight into the initial discovery of this pathway, the clues which led Hatch and Slack and others to these definitive experiments, some of the intrigue which surrounds the international activities which led up to the discovery, and personal insights into the future of this research field. While the biochemical understanding of the basic pathways came quickly, the role of the bundle sheath intermediate CO2 pool was not understood for a number of years, and the nature of C4 as a biochemical CO2 pump then linked the unique Kranz anatomy of C4 plants to their biochemical specialization. Decades of "grind and find biochemistry" and leaf physiology fleshed out the regulation of the pathway and the differences in physiological response to the environment between C3 and C4 plants. The more recent advent of plant transformation then high-throughput RNA and DNA sequencing and synthetic biology has allowed us both to carry out biochemical experiments and test hypotheses in planta and to better understand the evolution-driven molecular and genetic changes which occurred in the genomes of plants in the transition from C3 to C4 Now we are using this knowledge in attempts to engineer C4 rice and improve the C4 engine itself for enhanced food security and to provide novel biofuel feedstocks. The next 50 years of photosynthesis will no doubt be challenging, stimulating, and a drawcard for the best young minds in plant biology. PMID:27059273

  12. Hydrogen isotope systematics in C3 and C4 saltmarsh plants: the importance of biochemical processes in controlling interspecies variation in n-alkane 2H/1H composition

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    Eley, Y.; Pedentchouk, N.

    2013-12-01

    Palaeohydrological studies have increasingly utilised the 2H/1H composition of leaf wax n-alkyl lipids to extract information from the geological record. Interpretation of the sedimentary biomarker δ2H signal, however, requires detailed understanding of the mechanisms controlling hydrogen isotope fractionation between source water and n-alkyl lipids (ɛl/w). The existence of large ranges in published n-alkyl δ2H and ɛl/w among modern plant species growing at a single location suggests that the lipid signal incorporated into the sedimentary record could be sensitive to relatively small-scale changes in vegetation assemblages. The mechanisms responsible for these interspecies differences are currently poorly constrained. Previous research has had limited success explaining n-alkyl δ2H by reference to physical processes controlling the movement of water inside/outside and within the leaf, while the relative importance of biochemical processes remains largely unexplored. This project aims to identify the mechanisms controlling interspecies variation in n-alkane 2H/1H among a range of C3 and C4 plants from a Norfolk saltmarsh in the UK. To distinguish between environmental, physical and biochemical controls, we conducted 2H/1H analysis of soil, xylem, and leaf waters and n-alkanes (i) across multiple sampling sites within the marsh, (ii) throughout the 2012 growth season, and (iii) at different times of the day. We also measured the 2H/1H of chloroplast phytol in 7 samples collected at the end of 2012. Leaf wax n-alkane δ2H varied among the sampled species by over 100‰ throughout the 2012 growth season. Environmental processes that could influence control source water 2H/1H did not fully account for this interspecies variation - soil water 2H/1H varied by only 35‰ with marsh sub-environment and exhibited site-specific seasonal shifts by no more than 31‰. Maximum interspecies variation in xylem water was 38‰, while leaf waters differed by only 29‰. We

  13. Revealing diversity in structural and biochemical forms of C4 photosynthesis and a C3–C4 intermediate in genus Portulaca L. (Portulacaceae)

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    Voznesenskaya, Elena V.; Koteyeva, Nuria K.; Edwards, Gerald E.; Ocampo, Gilberto

    2010-01-01

    Portulacaceae is one of 19 families of terrestrial plants in which species having C4 photosynthesis have been found. Representative species from major clades of the genus Portulaca were studied to characterize the forms of photosynthesis structurally and biochemically. The species P. amilis, P. grandiflora, P. molokiniensis, P. oleracea, P. pilosa, and P. umbraticola belong to the subgenus Portulaca and are C4 plants based on leaf carbon isotope values, Kranz anatomy, and expression of key C4...

  14. Finding the genes to build C4 rice.

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    Wang, Peng; Vlad, Daniela; Langdale, Jane A

    2016-06-01

    Rice, a C3 crop, is a staple food for more than half of the world's population, with most consumers living in developing countries. Engineering C4 photosynthetic traits into rice is increasingly suggested as a way to meet the 50% yield increase that is predicted to be needed by 2050. Advances in genome-wide deep-sequencing, gene discovery and genome editing platforms have brought the possibility of engineering a C3 to C4 conversion closer than ever before. Because C4 plants have evolved independently multiple times from C3 origins, it is probably that key genes and gene regulatory networks that regulate C4 were recruited from C3 ancestors. In the past five years there have been over 20 comparative transcriptomic studies published that aimed to identify these recruited C4 genes and regulatory mechanisms. Here we present an overview of what we have learned so far and preview the efforts still needed to provide a practical blueprint for building C4 rice. PMID:27055266

  15. Variation in the Activity of Some Enzymes of Photorespiratory Metabolism in C4 Grasses

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    UENO, OSAMU; YOSHIMURA, YASUYUKI; SENTOKU, NAOKI

    2005-01-01

    • Background and Aims Photorespiration occurs in C4 plants, although rates are small compared with C3 plants. The amount of glycine decarboxylase in the bundle sheath (BS) varies among C4 grasses and is positively correlated with the granal index (ratio of the length of appressed thylakoid membranes to the total length of all thylakoid membranes) of the BS chloroplasts: C4 grasses with high granal index contained more glycine decarboxylase per unit leaf area than those with low granal index, ...

  16. Wild Manihot Species Do Not Possess C4 Photosynthesis

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    CALATAYUD, P.‐A.; BARÓN, C. H.; VELÁSQUEZ, H.; ARROYAVE, J. A.; LAMAZE, T.

    2002-01-01

    Cultivated cassava (Manihot esculenta) has a higher rate of photosynthesis than is usual for C3 plants and photosynthesis is not light saturated. For these reasons it has been suggested that cultivated cassava could be derived from wild species possessing C4 photosynthesis. The natural abundance of 13C and activities of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase and phosphoglycolate phosphatase were measured in leaves of 20 wild cassava species to test this hypothesis. All the species studied, including...

  17. C# 4.0 in a Nutshell

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    What people are saying about C# 4.0 in a Nutshell "C# 4.0 in a Nutshell is one of the few books I keep on my desk as a quick reference. It is a book I recommend."--Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President, .NET Developer Platform, Microsoft Corporation "A must-read for a concise but thorough examination of the parallel programming features in the .NET Framework 4."--Stephen Toub, Parallel Computing Platform Program Manager, Microsoft "This wonderful book is a great reference for developers of all levels."-- Chris Burrows, C# Compiler Team, Microsoft When you have questions about how to u

  18. Shared origins of a key enzyme during the evolution of C4 and CAM metabolism.

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    Christin, Pascal-Antoine; Arakaki, Monica; Osborne, Colin P; Bräutigam, Andrea; Sage, Rowan F; Hibberd, Julian M; Kelly, Steven; Covshoff, Sarah; Wong, Gane Ka-Shu; Hancock, Lillian; Edwards, Erika J

    2014-07-01

    CAM and C4 photosynthesis are two key plant adaptations that have evolved independently multiple times, and are especially prevalent in particular groups of plants, including the Caryophyllales. We investigate the origin of photosynthetic PEPC, a key enzyme of both the CAM and C4 pathways. We combine phylogenetic analyses of genes encoding PEPC with analyses of RNA sequence data of Portulaca, the only plants known to perform both CAM and C4 photosynthesis. Three distinct gene lineages encoding PEPC exist in eudicots (namely ppc-1E1, ppc-1E2 and ppc-2), one of which (ppc-1E1) was recurrently recruited for use in both CAM and C4 photosynthesis within the Caryophyllales. This gene is present in multiple copies in the cacti and relatives, including Portulaca. The PEPC involved in the CAM and C4 cycles of Portulaca are encoded by closely related yet distinct genes. The CAM-specific gene is similar to genes from related CAM taxa, suggesting that CAM has evolved before C4 in these species. The similar origin of PEPC and other genes involved in the CAM and C4 cycles highlights the shared early steps of evolutionary trajectories towards CAM and C4, which probably diverged irreversibly only during the optimization of CAM and C4 phenotypes. PMID:24638902

  19. An assessment of the capacity for phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase to contribute to C4 photosynthesis.

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    Koteyeva, Nuria K; Voznesenskaya, Elena V; Edwards, Gerald E

    2015-06-01

    Three C4 acid decarboxylases, phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK), NADP-malic enzyme (NADP-ME), and NAD-malic enzyme (NAD-ME) were recruited from C3 plants to support C4 photosynthesis. In Poaceae, there are established lineages having PEPCK type species, and some NADP-ME lineages in which PEPCK contributes to C4. Besides family Poaceae, recently PEPCK has been reported to function in C4 photosynthesis in eudicot species including Cleome gynandra (Cleomaceae), Trianthema portulacastrum and Zaleya pentandra (Aizoaceae). We evaluated PEPCK by enzyme assay and western blots in representatives of Poaceae, Aizoaceae, Cleomaceae, and Chenopodiaceae compared to that in the PEPCK type C4 grass Spartina anglica. Eragrostis nutans was identified as the first NAD-ME type C4 grass having substantial amounts of PEPCK. In the eudicots, including C. gynandra, Cleome angustifolia, T. portulacastrum, Z. pentandra, and nine C4 members of family Chenopodiaceae (which has the most C4 species and diversity in forms among eudicot families), amounts of PEPCK were generally very low (barely detectable up to 4% of that in S. anglica). Based on these results, C4 species can be classified biochemically according to the dominant decarboxylase recruited for C4 function; and, Poaceae remains the only family in which PEPCK is known to have a significant role in C4 photosynthesis. PMID:25900567

  20. Molecular cloning, characterization and expression analysis of a heat shock protein 10 (Hsp10) from Pennisetum glaucum (L.), a C4 cereal plant from the semi-arid tropics.

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    Nitnavare, Rahul B; Yeshvekar, Richa K; Sharma, Kiran K; Vadez, Vincent; Reddy, Malireddy K; Reddy, Palakolanu Sudhakar

    2016-08-01

    Heat shock proteins (Hsp10) belong to the ubiquitous family of heat-shock molecular chaperones found in the organelles of both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Chaperonins assist the folding of nascent and stress-destabilized proteins. A cDNA clone encoding a 10 kDa Hsp was isolated from pearl millet, Pennisetum glaucum (L.) by screening a heat stress cDNA library. The fulllength PgHsp10 cDNA consisted of 297 bp open reading frame (ORF) encoding a 98 amino acid polypeptide with a predicted molecular mass of 10.61 kDa and an estimated isoelectric point (pI) of 7.95. PgHsp10 shares 70-98 % sequence identity with other plant homologs. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that PgHsp10 is evolutionarily close to the maize Hsp10 homolog. The predicted 3D model confirmed a conserved eight-stranded ß-barrel with active site between the ß-barrel comprising of eight-strands, with conserved domain VLLPEYGG sandwiched between two ß-sheets. The gene consisted of 3 exons and 2 introns, while the position and phasing of these introns were conserved similar to other plant Hsp10 family genes. In silico analysis of the promoter region of PgHsp10 presented several distinct set of cis-elements and transcription factor binding sites. Quantitative RT-PCR analysis showed that PgHsp10 gene was differentially expressed in response to abiotic stresses with the highest level of expression under heat stress conditions. Results of this study provide useful information regarding the role of chaperonins in stress regulation and generated leads for further elucidation of their function in plant stress tolerance. PMID:27206926

  1. Engineering C4 photosynthesis into C3 chassis in the synthetic biology age.

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    Schuler, Mara L; Mantegazza, Otho; Weber, Andreas P M

    2016-07-01

    C4 photosynthetic plants outperform C3 plants in hot and arid climates. By concentrating carbon dioxide around Rubisco C4 plants drastically reduce photorespiration. The frequency with which plants evolved C4 photosynthesis independently challenges researchers to unravel the genetic mechanisms underlying this convergent evolutionary switch. The conversion of C3 crops, such as rice, towards C4 photosynthesis is a long-standing goal. Nevertheless, at the present time, in the age of synthetic biology, this still remains a monumental task, partially because the C4 carbon-concentrating biochemical cycle spans two cell types and thus requires specialized anatomy. Here we review the advances in understanding the molecular basis and the evolution of the C4 trait, advances in the last decades that were driven by systems biology methods. In this review we emphasise essential genetic engineering tools needed to translate our theoretical knowledge into engineering approaches. With our current molecular understanding of the biochemical C4 pathway, we propose a simplified rational engineering model exclusively built with known C4 metabolic components. Moreover, we discuss an alternative approach to the progressing international engineering attempts that would combine targeted mutagenesis and directed evolution. PMID:26945781

  2. The C-4 Dark Matter Experiment

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    Bonicalzi, Ricco M. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Collar, J. I. [Univ. of Chicago, IL (United States); Colaresi, J. [CANBERRA Industries, Meriden, CT (United States); Fast, James E. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Fields, N. [Univ. of Chicago, IL (United States); Fuller, Erin S. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Hai, M. [Univ. of Chicago, IL (United States); Hossbach, Todd W. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Kos, Marek S. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Orrell, John L. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Overman, Cory T. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Reid, Douglas J. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); VanDevender, Brent A. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Wiseman, Clinton G. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Yocum, K. M. [CANBERRA Industries, Meriden, CT (United States)

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    Abstract We describe the experimental design of C-4, an expansion of the CoGeNT dark matter search to four identical detectors each approximately three times the mass of the p-type point contact (PPC) germanium diode presently taking data at the Soudan Underground Laboratory. Expected reductions of radioactive backgrounds and energy threshold are discussed, including an estimate of the additional sensitivity to low-mass dark matter candidates to be obtained with this search.

  3. Evidence of shift in C4 species range in central Argentina during the late Holocene

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    Silva, L.C.R.; Giorgis, M.A.; Anand, M.; Enrico, L.; Perez-Harguindeguy, N.; Falczuk, V.; Tieszen, L.L.; Cabido, M.

    2011-01-01

    Aim: Millennial-scale biogeographic changes are well understood in many parts of the world, but little is known about long-term vegetation dynamics in subtropical regions. Here we investigate shifts in C3/C4 plant abundance occurred in central Argentina during the past few millenniaMethods: We determined present day soil organic matter ??13C signatures of grasslands, shrublands and woodlands, containing different mixtures of C3 and C4 plants. We measured past changes in the relative cover of C3/C4 plants by comparing ??13C values in soil profiles with present day ??13C signatures. We analyzed 14C activity in soil depths that showed major changes in vegetation. Results: Present day relative cover of C3/C4 plants determines whole ecosystem ??13C signatures integrated as litter and superficial soil organic matter (R2 = 0. 78; p C4 by C3 plants since 3,870 (??210) YBP. During this period, the relative abundance of C3 plants increased 32% (average across sites) with significant changes being observed in all studied ecosystems. Conclusions: Our results show that C4 species were more abundant in the past, but C3 species became dominant during the late Holocene. We identified increases in the relative C3/C4 cover in grasslands, shrublands and woodlands, suggesting a physiological basis for changes in vegetation. The replacement of C4 by C3 plants coincided with changes in climate towards colder and wetter conditions and could represent a climatically driven shift in the C4 species optimum range. ?? 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

  4. Cometary Coma Chemical Composition (C4) Mission

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    Carle, Glenn C.; Clark, Benton C.; Knocke, Philip C.; OHara, Bonnie J.; Adams, Larry; Niemann, Hasso B.; Alexander, Merle; Veverka, Joseph; Goldstein, Raymond; Huebner, Walter; Morrison, David (Technical Monitor)

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    Cometary exploration remains of great importance to virtually all of space science. Because comets are presumed to be remnants of the early solar nebula, they are expected to provide fundamental knowledge as to the origin and development of the solar system as well as to be key to understanding of the source of volatiles and even life itself in the inner solar system. Clearly the time for a detailed study of the composition of these apparent messages from the past has come. A comet rendezvous mission, the Cometary Coma Chemical Composition (C4) Mission, is now being studied as a candidate for the new Discovery program. This mission is a highly-focussed and usefully-limited subset of the Cometary Rendezvous Asteroid Flyby (CRAF) Mission. The C4 mission will concentrate on measurements that will produce an understanding of the composition and physical makeup of a cometary nucleus. The core science goals of the C4 mission are 1) to determine the chemical, elemental, and isotopic composition of a cometary nucleus and 2) to characterize the chemical and isotopic nature of its atmosphere. A related goal is to obtain temporal information about the development of the cometary coma as a function of time and orbital position. The four short-period comets -- Tempel 1, Tempel 2, Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and Wirtanen -which all appear to have acceptable dust production rates, were identified as candidate targets. Mission opportunities have been identified beginning as early as 1998. Tempel I with a launch in 1999, however, remains the baseline comet for studies of and planning the C4 mission. The C4 mission incorporates two science instruments and two engineering instruments in the payload to obtain the desired measurements. The science instruments include an advanced version of the Cometary Ice and Dust Experiment (CIDEX), a mini-CIDEX with a sample collection system, an X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer and a Pyrolysis-Gas Chromatograph, and a simplified version of the Neutral

  5. C4 photosynthesis boosts growth by altering physiology, allocation and size.

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    Atkinson, Rebecca R L; Mockford, Emily J; Bennett, Christopher; Christin, Pascal-Antoine; Spriggs, Elizabeth L; Freckleton, Robert P; Thompson, Ken; Rees, Mark; Osborne, Colin P

    2016-01-01

    C4 photosynthesis is a complex set of leaf anatomical and biochemical adaptations that have evolved more than 60 times to boost carbon uptake compared with the ancestral C3 photosynthetic type(1-3). Although C4 photosynthesis has the potential to drive faster growth rates(4,5), experiments directly comparing C3 and C4 plants have not shown consistent effects(1,6,7). This is problematic because differential growth is a crucial element of ecological theory(8,9) explaining C4 savannah responses to global change(10,11), and research to increase C3 crop productivity by introducing C4 photosynthesis(12). Here, we resolve this long-standing issue by comparing growth across 382 grass species, accounting for ecological diversity and evolutionary history. C4 photosynthesis causes a 19-88% daily growth enhancement. Unexpectedly, during the critical seedling establishment stage, this enhancement is driven largely by a high ratio of leaf area to mass, rather than fast growth per unit leaf area. C4 leaves have less dense tissues, allowing more leaves to be produced for the same carbon cost. Consequently, C4 plants invest more in roots than C3 species. Our data demonstrate a general suite of functional trait divergences between C3 and C4 species, which simultaneously drive faster growth and greater investment in water and nutrient acquisition, with important ecological and agronomic implications. PMID:27243645

  6. Are changes in sulfate assimilation pathway needed for evolution of C4 photosynthesis?

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    Silke Christine Weckopp

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available C4 photosynthesis characteristically features a cell-specific localization of enzymes involved in CO2 assimilation in bundle sheath cells or mesophyll cells. Interestingly, enzymes of sulfur assimilation are also specifically present in bundle sheath cells of maize and many other C4 species. This localization, however, could not be confirmed in C4 species of the genus Flaveria. It was, therefore, concluded that the bundle sheath localization of sulfate assimilation occurs only in C4 monocots. However, recently the sulfate assimilation pathway was found coordinately enriched in bundle sheath cells of Arabidopsis, opening new questions about the significance of such cell-specific localization of the pathway. In addition, next generation sequencing revealed expression gradients of many genes from C3 to C4 species and mathematical modelling proposed a sequence of adaptations during the evolutionary path from C3 to C4. Indeed, such gradient, with higher expression of genes for sulfate reduction in C4 species, has been observed within the genus Flaveria. These new tools provide the basis for reexamining the intriguing question of compartmentalization of sulfur assimilation. Therefore, this review summarizes the findings on spatial separation of sulfur assimilation in C4 plants and Arabidopsis, assesses the information on sulfur assimilation provided by the recent transcriptomics data and discusses their possible impact on understanding this interesting feature of plant sulfur metabolism to find out whether changes in sulfate assimilation are part of a general evolutionary trajectory towards C4 photosynthesis.

  7. Toward understanding the molecular mechanism of a geminivirus C4 protein

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    Deom, C Michael; Mills-Lujan, Katherine

    2015-01-01

    Geminiviruses are ssDNA plant viruses that cause significant agricultural losses worldwide. The viruses do not encode a polymerase protein and must reprogram differentiated host cells to re-enter the S-phase of the cell cycle for the virus to gain access to the host-replication machinery for propagation. To date, 3 Beet curly top virus (BCTV) encoded proteins have been shown to restore DNA replication competency: the replication-initiator protein (Rep), the C2 protein, and the C4 protein. Ectopic expression of the BCTV C4 protein leads to a severe developmental phenotype characterized by extensive hyperplasia. We recently demonstrated that C4 interacts with 7 of the 10 members of the Arabidopsis thaliana SHAGGY-like protein kinase gene family and characterized the interactions of C4 and C4 mutants with AtSKs. Herein, we propose a model of how C4 functions. PMID:26492168

  8. Synthesis of [8,9,10,11-13C4]leukotriene C4

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    A ''one pot'' reduction of ethyl [1,2-13C2]bromoacetate with diisobutylaluminium hydride in dichloromethane, followed by reaction with triphenylphosphine, then triethylamine, yields [1,2-13C2]formylmethylenetriphenylphosphorane. Consecutive Wittig reactions of [1,2-13C2]formylmethylenetriphenylphosphorane with methyl 5(S),6(R)-epoxy-6-formylhexanoate and subsequent Wittig reactions with Z-3-nonen-1-triphenylphosphorane yields [8,9,10,11-13C4]LTA4 methyl ester, which is readily converted to [8,9,10,11-13C4]LTC4. (author)

  9. Tracking the evolutionary rise of C4 metabolism

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    2016-01-01

    Upregulation of the C4 metabolic cycle is a major step in the evolution of C4 photosynthesis. Why this happened remains unclear, in part because of difficulties measuring the C4 cycle in situ in C3-C4 intermediate species. Now, Alonso-Cantabrana and von Caemmerer (2016) have described a new approach for quantifying C4 cycle activity, thereby providing the means to analyze its upregulation in an evolutionary context. PMID:27085185

  10. Genome-scale modeling of the evolutionary path to C4 photosynthesis

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    Myers, Christopher R.; Bogart, Eli

    In C4 photosynthesis, plants maintain a high carbon dioxide level in specialized bundle sheath cells surrounding leaf veins and restrict CO2 assimilation to those cells, favoring CO2 over O2 in competition for Rubisco active sites. In C3 plants, which do not possess such a carbon concentrating mechanism, CO2 fixation is reduced due to this competition. Despite the complexity of the C4 system, it has evolved convergently from more than 60 independent origins in diverse families of plants around the world over the last 30 million years. We study the evolution of the C4 system in a genome-scale model of plant metabolism that describes interacting mesophyll and bundle sheath cells and enforces key nonlinear kinetic relationships. Adapting the zero-temperature string method for simulating transition paths in physics and chemistry, we find the highest-fitness paths connecting C3 and C4 positions in the model's high-dimensional parameter space, and show that they reproduce known aspects of the C3-C4 transition while making additional predictions about metabolic changes along the path. We explore the relationship between evolutionary history and C4 biochemical subtype, and the effects of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.

  11. The potential of C4 grasses for cellulosic biofuel production.

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    van der Weijde, Tim; Alvim Kamei, Claire L; Torres, Andres F; Vermerris, Wilfred; Dolstra, Oene; Visser, Richard G F; Trindade, Luisa M

    2013-01-01

    With the advent of biorefinery technologies enabling plant biomass to be processed into biofuel, many researchers set out to study and improve candidate biomass crops. Many of these candidates are C4 grasses, characterized by a high productivity and resource use efficiency. In this review the potential of five C4 grasses as lignocellulosic feedstock for biofuel production is discussed. These include three important field crops-maize, sugarcane and sorghum-and two undomesticated perennial energy grasses-miscanthus and switchgrass. Although all these grasses are high yielding, they produce different products. While miscanthus and switchgrass are exploited exclusively for lignocellulosic biomass, maize, sorghum, and sugarcane are dual-purpose crops. It is unlikely that all the prerequisites for the sustainable and economic production of biomass for a global cellulosic biofuel industry will be fulfilled by a single crop. High and stable yields of lignocellulose are required in diverse environments worldwide, to sustain a year-round production of biofuel. A high resource use efficiency is indispensable to allow cultivation with minimal inputs of nutrients and water and the exploitation of marginal soils for biomass production. Finally, the lignocellulose composition of the feedstock should be optimized to allow its efficient conversion into biofuel and other by-products. Breeding for these objectives should encompass diverse crops, to meet the demands of local biorefineries and provide adaptability to different environments. Collectively, these C4 grasses are likely to play a central role in the supply of lignocellulose for the cellulosic ethanol industry. Moreover, as these species are evolutionary closely related, advances in each of these crops will expedite improvements in the other crops. This review aims to provide an overview of their potential, prospects and research needs as lignocellulose feedstocks for the commercial production of biofuel. PMID:23653628

  12. The potential of C4 grasses for cellulosic biofuel production

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    Tim eWeijde

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available With the advent of biorefinery technologies enabling plant biomass to be processed into biofuel, many researchers set out to study and improve candidate biomass crops. Many of these candidates are C4 grasses, characterized by a high productivity and resource use efficiency. In this review the potential of five C4 grasses as lignocellulose feedstock for biofuel production is discussed. These include three important field crops - maize, sugarcane and sorghum - and two undomesticated perennial energy grasses - miscanthus and switchgrass. Although all these grasses are high yielding, they produce different products. While miscanthus and switchgrass are exploited exclusively for lignocellulosic biomass, maize, sorghum and sugarcane are dual-purpose crops. It is unlikely that all the prerequisites for the sustainable and economic production of biomass for a global cellulosic biofuel industry will be fulfilled by a single crop. High and stable yields of lignocellulose are required in diverse environments worldwide, to sustain a year-round production of biofuel. A high resource use efficiency is indispensable to allow cultivation with minimal inputs of nutrients and water and the exploitation of marginal soils for biomass production. Finally, the lignocellulose composition of the feedstock should be optimized to allow its efficient conversion into biofuel and other by-products. Breeding for these objectives should encompass diverse crops, to meet the demands of local biorefineries and provide adaptability to different environments. Collectively, these C4 grasses are likely to play a central role in the supply of lignocellulose for the cellulosic ethanol industry. Moreover, as these species are evolutionary closely related, advances in each of these crops will expedite improvements in the other crops. This review aims to provide an overview of their potential, prospects and research needs as lignocellulose feedstocks for the commercial production of

  13. Rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration and the future of C4 crops for food and fuel

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    Leakey, Andrew D.B.

    2009-01-01

    Crops with the C4 photosynthetic pathway are vital to global food supply, particularly in the tropical regions where human well-being and agricultural productivity are most closely linked. While rising atmospheric [CO2] is the driving force behind the greater temperatures and water stress, which threaten to reduce future crop yields, it also has the potential to directly benefit crop physiology. The nature of C4 plant responses to elevated [CO2] has been controversial. Recent evidence from fr...

  14. The role of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase in a marine macroalga with C4-like photosynthetic characteristics.

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    Reiskind, J B; Bowes, G.

    1991-01-01

    Udotea flabellum is a marine, macroscopic green alga with C4-like photosynthetic characteristics, including little O2 inhibition of photosynthesis, a low CO2 compensation point, and minimal photorespiration; but it lacks anatomical features analogous to the Kranz compartmentation of C4 plants, and phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase [PEPC; orthophosphate:oxaloacetate carboxy-lyase (phosphorylating), EC 4.1.1.31] activity is negligible. Phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK) activity (carboxyla...

  15. Investigating C4 Grass Contributions to N-alkane Based Paleoclimate Reconstructions

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    Doman, C. E.; Enders, S. K.; Chadwick, O.; Freeman, K. H.

    2014-12-01

    Plant wax n-alkanes are long-chain, saturated hydrocarbons contained within the protective waxy cuticle on leaves. These lipids are pervasive and persistent in soils and sediments and thus are ideal biomarkers of ancient terrestrial organic matter. In ecosystems dominated by C3 plants, the relationship between the carbon isotopic value of whole leaves and lipids is fairly well documented, but this relationship has not been fully investigated for plants that use C4 photosynthesis. In both cases, it is unclear if the isotopic relationships are sensitive to environmental conditions, or reflect inherited characteristics. This study used a natural climate gradient on the Kohala peninsula of Hawaii to investigate relationships between climate and the δ13C and δ2H values of n-alkanes in C3 and C4 plants. δ13C of C3 leaves and lipids decreased 5 ‰ from the driest to the wettest sites, consistent with published data. Carbon isotope values of C4 plants showed no relationship to moisture up to 1000 mm mean annual precipitation (MAP). Above this threshold, δ 13C values were around 10‰ more depleted, likely due to a combination of canopy effects and C4 grasses growing in an uncharacteristically wet and cold environment. In C3 plants, the fractionation between leaf and lipid carbon isotopes did not vary with MAP, which allows estimations of δ13C leaf to be made from alkanes preserved in ancient sediments. Along this transect, C3 plants produce around twice the quantity of n-alkanes as C4 grasses. C4 grasses produce longer carbon chains. As a result, n-alkanes in the geologic record will be biased towards C3 plants, but the presence of alkanes C33 and C35 indicate the contributions of C4 grasses. In both C3 and C4 plants, average chain length increased with mean annual precipitation, but the taxonomic differences in chain length were greater than environmental differences. Hydrogen isotopes of n-alkanes show no trends with MAP, but do show clear differences between plant

  16. Differential resource utilization by extant great apes and australopithecines: towards solving the C4 conundrum.

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    Sponheimer, Matt; Lee-Thorp, Julia A

    2003-09-01

    Morphological and biogeochemical evidence suggest that australopithecines had diets markedly different from those of extant great apes. Stable carbon isotope analysis, for example, has shown that significant amounts of the carbon consumed by australopithecines were derived from C(4) photosynthesis in plants. This means that australopithecines were eating large quantities of C(4) plants such as tropical grasses and sedges, or were eating animals that were themselves eating C(4) plants. In contrast, there is no evidence that modern apes consume appreciable amounts of any of these foods, even in the most arid extents of their ranges where these foods are most prevalent. Environmental reconstructions of early australopithecine environments overlap with modern chimpanzee habitats. This, in conjunction with the stable isotope evidence, suggests that australopithecines and great apes, even in similar environments, would utilize available resources differently. Thus, the desire or capacity to use C(4) foods may be a basal character of our lineage. We do not know, however, which of the nutritionally disparate C(4) foods were utilized by hominids. Here we discuss which C(4) resources were most likely consumed by australopithecines, as well as the potential nutritional, physiological, and social consequences of eating these foods. PMID:14527627

  17. Plasticity of metabolic networks and the evolution of C4 photosynthesis

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    Bogart, Eli; Myers, Chris

    2012-02-01

    Over 50 groups of plants have independently developed a common mechanism (C4 photosynthesis) for increasing the efficiency of photosynthetic carbon dioxide assimilation. Understanding the high degree of evolvability of the C4 system could offer useful guidance for attempts to introduce it artificially to other plants. Previously, the nonlinear relationship between carbon dioxide levels and rates of carbon assimilation and photorespiration has prevented the application of genome-scale metabolic models to the problem of the evolution of the pathway. We apply a nonlinear optimization method to find feasible flux distributions in a plant metabolic model, allowing us to explore the plasticity of the metabolic network and characterize the fitness landscape of the transition from C3 to C4 photosynthesis.

  18. A portrait of the C4 photosynthetic family on the 50th anniversary of its discovery: species number, evolutionary lineages, and Hall of Fame.

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    Sage, Rowan F

    2016-07-01

    Fifty years ago, the C4 photosynthetic pathway was first characterized. In the subsequent five decades, much has been learned about C4 plants, such that it is now possible to place nearly all C4 species into their respective evolutionary lineages. Sixty-one independent lineages of C4 photosynthesis are identified, with additional, ancillary C4 origins possible in 12 of these principal lineages. The lineages produced ~8100 C4 species (5044 grasses, 1322 sedges, and 1777 eudicots). Using midpoints of stem and crown node dates in their respective phylogenies, the oldest and most speciose C4 lineage is the grass lineage Chloridoideae, estimated to be near 30 million years old. Most C4 lineages are estimated to be younger than 15 million years. Older C4 lineages tend to be more speciose, while those younger than 7 million years have <43 species each. To further highlight C4 photosynthesis for a 50th anniversary snapshot, a Hall of Fame comprised of the 40 most significant C4 species is presented. Over the next 50 years, preservation of the Earth's C4 diversity is a concern, largely because of habitat loss due to elevated CO2 effects, invasive species, and expanded agricultural activities. Ironically, some members of the C4 Hall of Fame are leading threats to the natural C4 flora due to their association with human activities on landscapes where most C4 plants occur. PMID:27053721

  19. Endoreduplication is not involved in bundle-sheath formation in the C4 species Cleome gynandra.

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    Aubry, Sylvain; Kneřová, Jana; Hibberd, Julian M

    2014-07-01

    There is currently significant interest in engineering the two-celled C4 photosynthesis pathway into crops such as rice in order to increase yield. This will require alterations to the biochemistry of photosynthesis in both mesophyll (M) and bundle-sheath (BS) cells, but also alterations to leaf anatomy. For example, the BS of C4 species is enlarged compared with that in C3 species. Because cell and nucleus size are often correlated, this study investigated whether nuclear endoreduplication is associated with increased differentiation and expansion of BS cells. Nuclei in the BS of C4 Cleome gynandra were tagged with green fluorescent protein. Confocal laser-scanning microscopy and flow cytometry of isolated nuclei were used to quantify size and DNA content in BS cells. The results showed a significant endoreduplication in BS cells of C. gynandra but not in additional C4 lineages from both the monocotyledonous and dicotyledenous plants. Furthermore, in the C3 species Arabidopsis thaliana, BS cells undergo endoreduplication. Due to this significant endoreduplication in the small BS cells of C3 A. thaliana, it was concluded that endoreduplication of BS nuclei in C4 plants is not linked to expansion and differentiation of BS cells, and therefore that alternative strategies to increase this compartment need to be sought in order to engineer C4 traits into C3 crops such as rice. PMID:24220652

  20. Climate and CO2 modulate the C3/C4 balance and δ13C signal in simulated vegetation

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    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Climate and atmospheric CO2 effects on the balance between C3 and C4 plants have received conflicting interpretations based on the analysis of carbon isotopic fractionation (δ13C in sediments. But, climate and CO2 effects on the C3/C4 balance and δ13C signal are rarely addressed together. Here, we use a process-based model (BIOME4 to disentangle these effects. We simulated the vegetation response to climate and CO2 atmospheric concentration (pCO2 in two sites in which vegetation changed oppositely, with respect to C3 and C4 plants abundance, during the Last Glacial Maximum to Holocene transition. The C3/C4 balance and δ13C signal were primarily sensitive to temperature and CO2 atmospheric partial pressure. The simulated variations were in agreement with patterns observed in palaeorecords. Water limitation favoured C4 plants in case of large negative deviation in rainfall. Although a global parameter, pCO2 affected the δ13C signal differently from one site to the other because of its effects on the C3/C4 balance and on carbon isotopic fractionation in C3 and C4 plants. Simulated Plant functional types (PFT also differed in their composition and response from one site to the other. The C3/C4 balance involved different competing C3 and C4 PFT, and not homogeneous C3 and C4 poles as often assumed. Process-based vegetation modelling emphasizes the need to account for multiple factors when a palaeo-δ13C signal is used to reconstruct the C3/C4 balance.

  1. Preference for C4 shade grasses increases hatchling performance in the butterfly, Bicyclus safitza.

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    Nokelainen, Ossi; Ripley, Brad S; van Bergen, Erik; Osborne, Colin P; Brakefield, Paul M

    2016-08-01

    The Miocene radiation of C4 grasses under high-temperature and low ambient CO 2 levels occurred alongside the transformation of a largely forested landscape into savanna. This inevitably changed the host plant regime of herbivores, and the simultaneous diversification of many consumer lineages, including Bicyclus butterflies in Africa, suggests that the radiations of grasses and grazers may be evolutionary linked. We examined mechanisms for this plant-herbivore interaction with the grass-feeding Bicyclus safitza in South Africa. In a controlled environment, we tested oviposition preference and hatchling performance on local grasses with C3 or C4 photosynthetic pathways that grow either in open or shaded habitats. We predicted preference for C3 plants due to a hypothesized lower processing cost and higher palatability to herbivores. In contrast, we found that females preferred C4 shade grasses rather than either C4 grasses from open habitats or C3 grasses. The oviposition preference broadly followed hatchling performance, although hatchling survival was equally good on C4 or C3 shade grasses. This finding was explained by leaf toughness; shade grasses were softer than grasses from open habitats. Field monitoring revealed a preference of adults for shaded habitats, and stable isotope analysis of field-sampled individuals confirmed their preference for C4 grasses as host plants. Our findings suggest that plant-herbivore interactions can influence the direction of selection in a grass-feeding butterfly. Based on this work, we postulate future research to test whether these interactions more generally contribute to radiations in herbivorous insects via expansions into new, unexploited ecological niches. PMID:27551380

  2. Metabolic Network Constrains Gene Regulation of C4 Photosynthesis: The Case of Maize

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    Robaina-Estévez, Semidán; Nikoloski, Zoran

    2016-01-01

    Engineering C3 plants to increase their efficiency of carbon fixation as well as of nitrogen and water use simultaneously may be facilitated by understanding the mechanisms that underpin the C4 syndrome. Existing experimental studies have indicated that the emergence of the C4 syndrome requires co-ordination between several levels of cellular organization, from gene regulation to metabolism, across two co-operating cell systems—mesophyll and bundle sheath cells. Yet, determining the extent to which the structure of the C4 plant metabolic network may constrain gene expression remains unclear, although it will provide an important consideration in engineering C4 photosynthesis in C3 plants. Here, we utilize flux coupling analysis with the second-generation maize metabolic models to investigate the correspondence between metabolic network structure and transcriptomic phenotypes along the maize leaf gradient. The examined scenarios with publically available data from independent experiments indicate that the transcriptomic programs of the two cell types are co-ordinated, quantitatively and qualitatively, due to the presence of coupled metabolic reactions in specific metabolic pathways. Taken together, our study demonstrates that precise quantitative coupling will have to be achieved in order to ensure a successfully engineered transition from C3 to C4 crops. PMID:26903529

  3. Metabolic Network Constrains Gene Regulation of C4 Photosynthesis: The Case of Maize.

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    Robaina-Estévez, Semidán; Nikoloski, Zoran

    2016-05-01

    Engineering C3 plants to increase their efficiency of carbon fixation as well as of nitrogen and water use simultaneously may be facilitated by understanding the mechanisms that underpin the C4 syndrome. Existing experimental studies have indicated that the emergence of the C4 syndrome requires co-ordination between several levels of cellular organization, from gene regulation to metabolism, across two co-operating cell systems-mesophyll and bundle sheath cells. Yet, determining the extent to which the structure of the C4 plant metabolic network may constrain gene expression remains unclear, although it will provide an important consideration in engineering C4 photosynthesis in C3 plants. Here, we utilize flux coupling analysis with the second-generation maize metabolic models to investigate the correspondence between metabolic network structure and transcriptomic phenotypes along the maize leaf gradient. The examined scenarios with publically available data from independent experiments indicate that the transcriptomic programs of the two cell types are co-ordinated, quantitatively and qualitatively, due to the presence of coupled metabolic reactions in specific metabolic pathways. Taken together, our study demonstrates that precise quantitative coupling will have to be achieved in order to ensure a successfully engineered transition from C3 to C4 crops. PMID:26903529

  4. C4 Photosynthetic Gene Expression in Light- and Dark-Grown Amaranth Cotyledons.

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    Wang, J. L.; Long, J. J.; Hotchkiss, T.; Berry, J. O.

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    The patterns of expression for genes encoding several C4 photosynthetic enzymes were examined in light-grown and dark-grown (etiolated) cotyledons of amaranth (Amaranthus hypochondriacus), a dicotyledonous C4 plant. The large subunit and small subunit of ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase (RuBPCase), phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPCase), and pyruvate orthophosphate dikinase (PPdK) were all present in the cotyledons by d 2 after planting when the seedlings first emerged from the seed coat. Kranz anatomy was apparent in light-grown cotyledons throughout development, and the overall patterns of C4 gene expression were similar to those recently described for developing amaranth leaves (J.L. Wang, D.F. Klessig, J.O. Berry [1992] Plant Cell 4: 173-184). RuBPCase mRNA and proteins were present in both bundle sheath and mesophyll cells in a C3-like pattern during early development and became progressively more localized to bundle sheath cells in the C4-type pattern as the cotyledons expanded over 2 to 7 d. PEPCase and PPdK polypeptides were localized to mesophyll cells throughout development, even though PEPCase transcripts were detected in both bundle sheath and mesophyll cells. Kranz anatomy also developed in cotyledons grown in complete darkness. In 7-d-old dark-grown cotyledons, RuBPCase, PPdK, and PEPCase were all localized to the appropriate cell types, although at somewhat lower levels than in light-grown cotyledons. These findings demonstrate that the leaves and postembryonic cotyledons of amaranth undergo common developmental programs of C4 gene expression during maturation. Furthermore, light is not required for the cell-type-specific expression of genes encoding RuBPCase and other photosynthetic enzymes in this dicotyledonous C4 plant. PMID:12231890

  5. Vibrational Properties of Body-Centered Tetragonal C4

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    Body-centered tetragonal C4 (bct C4) is a new form of crystalline sp3 carbon, which is found to be transparent, dynamically stable at zero pressure and more stable than graphite beyond 18.6 GPa. Symmetry analysis of the vibrational modes of bct C4 at Brillouin zone center is performed, Raman and infrared active modes are identified. The analysis results show that, different from cubic diamond and hexagonal diamond, there is an infrared active mode in bct C4. Based on first-principle method within the local density approximation, vibrational frequencies, Born effective charge tensors, and infrared absorption intensity of bct C4 are obtained. The vibrational modes of bct C4 are presented and compared with those of cubic diamond and hexagonal diamond in detail. (condensed matter: structural, mechanical, and thermal properties)

  6. GRASS SPECIES FROM C-4 CARBON FIXATION GROUP: POLISH EXPERIMENT WITH A NOVEL ENERGY AND FORAGE PURPOSES CROP

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    Full Text Available Experiment was conducted during four years 2003-2006. Materials used were three genus grass species of C-4 photosynthesis: Andropogon gerardi Vitman, Panicum virgatum L. and Miscanthus sacchariflorus (Maxim. Hack. Plants were planted at spring 1998. Agrotechnical part of experiment was conducted in Botanical Garden of Plant Breeding Acclimatization Institute in Bydgoszcz and analytical part in Department of Animal Nutrition and Feed Management, Faculty of Animal Breeding and Biology of University of Technology and Life Science in Bydgoszcz. Forage from grass C-4 photosynthesis were material of good ensilage suitability. High structural carbohydrates (NDF, ADF contents in tested forage dry matter suggest ensilage at early phases of plant development. Above results suggest to possibility of usage of forage from grass C-4 carbon fixation group for animal feeding purposes. C-4 grass forage should be recognized as a supplementary source of green matter in periods of insufficient access to traditional silage sources.

  7. Oxygen requirement and inhibition of C4 photosynthesis

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    Maroco, João; Ku, Maurice S. B.; Peter J. Lea; Dever, Louisa V.; Leegood, Richard C.; Furbank, Robert T.; Edwards, Gerald E.

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    The basis for O2 sensitivity of C4 photosynthesis was evaluated using a C4-cycle-limited mutant of Amaranthus edulis (a phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase-deficient mutant), and a C3-cyclelimited transformant of Flaveria bidentis (an antisense ribulose-1,5- bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase [Rubisco] small subunit transformant). Data obtained with the C4-cycle-limited mutant showed that atmospheric levels of O2 (20 kPa) caused increased inhibition of photosynthesis as a res...

  8. Anticancer effects of oligomeric proanthocyanidins on human colorectal cancer cell line, SNU-C4

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    AIM: Oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC), natural polyphenolic compounds found in plants, are known to have antioxidant and anti-cancer effects. We investigated whether the anti-cancer effects of the OPC are induced by apoptosis on human colorectal cancer cell line, SNU-C4.

  9. On graphs without a C4 or a diamond

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    Eschen, Elaine M; Spinrad, Jeremy P; Sritharan, R

    2009-01-01

    We consider the class of (C4, diamond)-free graphs; graphs in this class do not contain a C4 or a diamond as an induced subgraph. We provide an efficient recognition algorithm for this class. We count the number of maximal cliques in a (C4, diamond)-free graph and the number of n-vertex, labeled (C4, diamond)-free graphs. We also give an efficient algorithm for finding a largest clique in the more general class of (house, diamond)-free graphs.

  10. Pros and cons for C4d as a biomarker

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    Cohen, Danielle; Colvin, Robert B.; Mohamed R. Daha; Drachenberg, Cinthia B; Haas, Mark; Nickeleit, Volker; Salmon, Jane E.; Sis, Banu; ZHAO, Ming-Hui; Bruijn, Jan A.; Bajema, Ingeborg M.

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    The introduction of C4d in daily clinical practice in the late nineties aroused an ever-increasing interest in the role of antibody-mediated mechanisms in allograft rejection. As a marker of classical complement activation, C4d made it possible to visualize the direct link between anti-donor antibodies and tissue injury at sites of antibody binding in a graft. With the expanding use of C4d worldwide several limitations of C4d were identified. For instance, in ABO-incompatible transplantations...

  11. Pros and cons for C4d as a biomarker.

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    Cohen, Danielle; Colvin, Robert B; Daha, Mohamed R; Drachenberg, Cinthia B; Haas, Mark; Nickeleit, Volker; Salmon, Jane E; Sis, Banu; Zhao, Ming-Hui; Bruijn, Jan A; Bajema, Ingeborg M

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    The introduction of C4d in daily clinical practice in the late nineties aroused an ever-increasing interest in the role of antibody-mediated mechanisms in allograft rejection. As a marker of classical complement activation, C4d made it possible to visualize the direct link between anti-donor antibodies and tissue injury at sites of antibody binding in a graft. With the expanding use of C4d worldwide several limitations of C4d were identified. For instance, in ABO-incompatible transplantations C4d is present in the majority of grafts but this seems to point at 'graft accommodation' rather than antibody-mediated rejection. C4d is now increasingly recognized as a potential biomarker in other fields where antibodies can cause tissue damage, such as systemic autoimmune diseases and pregnancy. In all these fields, C4d holds promise to detect patients at risk for the consequences of antibody-mediated disease. Moreover, the emergence of new therapeutics that block complement activation makes C4d a marker with potential to identify patients who may possibly benefit from these drugs. This review provides an overview of the past, present, and future perspectives of C4d as a biomarker, focusing on its use in solid organ transplantation and discussing its possible new roles in autoimmunity and pregnancy. PMID:22297669

  12. Prospects for improving CO2 fixation in C3-crops through understanding C4-Rubisco biogenesis and catalytic diversity.

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    Sharwood, Robert E; Ghannoum, Oula; Whitney, Spencer M

    2016-06-01

    By operating a CO2 concentrating mechanism, C4-photosynthesis offers highly successful solutions to remedy the inefficiency of the CO2-fixing enzyme Rubisco. C4-plant Rubisco has characteristically evolved faster carboxylation rates with low CO2 affinity. Owing to high CO2 concentrations in bundle sheath chloroplasts, faster Rubisco enhances resource use efficiency in C4 plants by reducing the energy and carbon costs associated with photorespiration and lowering the nitrogen investment in Rubisco. Here, we show that C4-Rubisco from some NADP-ME species, such as maize, are also of potential benefit to C3-photosynthesis under current and future atmospheric CO2 pressures. Realizing this bioengineering endeavour necessitates improved understanding of the biogenesis requirements and catalytic variability of C4-Rubisco, as well as the development of transformation capabilities to engineer Rubisco in a wider variety of food and fibre crops. PMID:27131319

  13. Divergent evolutionary histories of C4 grasses shape global grassland ecology

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    Lehmann, C.; Griffith, D.; Osborne, C.

    2014-12-01

    C4 photosynthesis has evolved in more than 23 independent lineages of grasses as an adaptation to hot, sunny conditions. Geological records demonstrate that C4 grasses abruptly became ecologically dominant during the late Cenozoic across the tropical and temperate regions, transforming the Earth System and facilitating major faunal and floral radiations. However, although each C4 grass lineage originated and specialised in different environments, the importance of these divergent evolutionary histories for global ecology remains largely unknown. Here, we address this problem by compiling the first global map of grassy biomes based entirely upon ground-based vegetation surveys of dominant species. Our analysis shows that grasses dominate the ground layer across 40% of the vegetated land surface, with C4 grasses accounting for 60% of this area, and grassy biomes occurring under almost all climatic conditions. More than 98% of C3 grassy vegetation is dominated by the cold tolerant Pooideae lineage, which is replaced by C4 lineages at mean annual temperatures exceeding 15oC. The world's C4 grassy vegetation is largely dominated by only four of the 23 independent C4 grass lineages, and these segregate strongly along global environmental gradients and across continents. The Chloridoideae lineage is globally important in dominating semi-arid environments with a long fire return interval. In contrast, although the Andropogoneae lineage dominates extremely wet regions with frequent fire in the Paleotropics and North America, the same niche space is dominated by Paspaleae in South America. Sorting of lineages along precipitation and fire gradients is strongly predicted by plant height. Our results demonstrate that the divergent histories of independent C4 grass lineages have constrained the assembly and functional traits of grassy biomes, with important implications for understanding how biome boundaries may shift in past and future environments.

  14. Graphs with forbidden $C_4$, $\\overline{C_4}$, chair and $\\overline{chair}$ and the second neighborhood conjecture

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    Ghazal, Salman

    2016-01-01

    Seymour's Second Neighborhood Conjecture asserts that every oriented graph has a vertex whose first out-neighborhood is at most as large as its second out-neighborhood. Combs are the graphs having no induced $C_4$, $\\overline{C_4}$, $C_5$, chair or $\\overline{chair}$. We characterize combs using dependency digraphs. We find the structure of the graphs having no induced $C_4$, $\\overline{C_4}$, chair or $\\overline{chair}$ and characterize them using dependency digraphs. We also find the struct...

  15. C4 expansion in the central Inner Mongolia during the latest Miocene and early Pliocene

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    Zhang, Chunfu; Wang, Yang; Deng, Tao; Wang, Xiaoming; Biasatti, Dana; Xu, Yingfeng; Li, Qiang

    2009-10-01

    The emergence of C4 photosynthesis in plants as a significant component of terrestrial ecosystems is thought to be an adaptive response to changes in atmospheric CO 2 concentration and/or climate during Neogene times and has had a profound effect on the global terrestrial biosphere. Although expansion of C4 grasses in the latest Miocene and Pliocene has been widely documented around the world, the spatial and temporal variations in the C4 expansion are still not well understood and its driving mechanisms remain a contentious issue. Here we present the results of carbon and oxygen isotope analyses of fossil and modern mammalian tooth enamel samples from the central Inner Mongolia. Our samples represent a diverse group of herbivorous mammals including deer, elephants, rhinos, horses and giraffes, ranging in age from the late Oligocene to modern. The δ13C values of 91 tooth enamel samples of early late-Miocene age or older, with the exception of two 13 Ma rhino samples (- 7.8 and - 7.6‰) and one 8.5 Ma suspected rhino sample (- 7.6‰), were all less than - 8.0‰ (VPDB), indicating that there were no C4 grasses present in their diets and thus probably few or no C4 grasses in the ecosystems of the central Inner Mongolia prior to ~ 8 Ma. However, 12 out of 26 tooth enamel samples of younger ages (~ 7.5 Ma to ~ 3.9 Ma) have δ13C values higher than - 8.0‰ (up to - 2.4‰), indicating that herbivores in the area had variable diets ranging from pure C3 to mixed C3-C4 vegetation during that time interval. The presence of C4 grasses in herbivores' diets (up to ~ 76% C4) suggests that C4 grasses were a significant component of the local ecosystems in the latest Miocene and early Pliocene, consistent with the hypothesis of a global factor as the driving mechanism of the late Miocene C4 expansion. Today, C3 grasses dominate grasslands in the central Inner Mongolia area. The retreat of C4 grasses from this area after the early Pliocene may have been driven by regional

  16. Diversity and plasticity of C4 photosynthesis in Eleocharis (Cyperaceae)

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    Eleocharis contains many amphibious species, and displays diversity of photosynthetic mechanism (C3, C4 or C3-C4 intermediates). A unique feature of Eleocharis is the plasticity in the photosynthetic mechanism of some species in response to the environment. In this study, we have examined the culm a...

  17. C4 Photosynthesis (The CO2-Concentrating Mechanism and Photorespiration).

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    Dai, Z.; Ku, MSB.; Edwards, G. E.

    1993-09-01

    Despite previous reports of no apparent photorespiration in C4 plants based on measurements of gas exchange under 2 versus 21% O2 at varying [CO2], photosynthesis in maize (Zea mays) shows a dual response to varying [O2]. The maximum rate of photosynthesis in maize is dependent on O2 (approximately 10%). This O2 dependence is not related to stomatal conductance, because measurements were made at constant intercellular CO2 concentration (Ci); it may be linked to respiration or pseudocyclic electron flow. At a given Ci, increasing [O2] above 10% inhibits both the rate of photosynthesis, measured under high light, and the maximum quantum yield, measured under limiting light ([phi]CO2). The dual effect of O2 is masked if measurements are made under only 2 versus 21% O2. The inhibition of both photosynthesis and [phi]CO2 by O2 (measured above 10% O2) with decreasing Ci increases in a very similar manner, characteristically of O2 inhibition due to photorespiration. There is a sharp increase in O2 inhibition when the Ci decreases below 50 [mu]bar of CO2. Also, increasing temperature, which favors photorespiration, causes a decrease in [phi]CO2 under limiting CO2 and 40% O2. By comparing the degree of inhibition of photosynthesis in maize with that in the C3 species wheat (Triticum aestivum) at varying Ci, the effectiveness of C4 photosynthesis in concentrating CO2 in the leaf was evaluated. Under high light, 30[deg]C, and atmospheric levels of CO2 (340 [mu]bar), where there is little inhibition of photosynthesis in maize by O2, the estimated level of CO2 around ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) in the bundle sheath compartment was 900 [mu]bar, which is about 3 times higher than the value around Rubisco in mesophyll cells of wheat. A high [CO2] is maintained in the bundle sheath compartment in maize until Ci decreases below approximately 100 [mu]bar. The results from these gas exchange measurements indicate that photorespiration occurs in maize but

  18. Isolation of dimorphic chloroplasts from the single-cell C4 species Bienertia sinuspersici

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    Full Text Available Abstract Three terrestrial plants are known to perform C4 photosynthesis without the dual-cell system by partitioning two distinct types of chloroplasts in separate cytoplasmic compartments. We report herein a protocol for isolating the dimorphic chloroplasts from Bienertia sinuspersici. Hypo-osmotically lysed protoplasts under our defined conditions released intact compartments containing the central chloroplasts and intact vacuoles with adhering peripheral chloroplasts. Following Percoll step gradient purification both chloroplast preparations demonstrated high homogeneities as evaluated from the relative abundance of respective protein markers. This protocol will open novel research directions toward understanding the mechanism of single-cell C4 photosynthesis.

  19. Most photorespiratory genes are preferentially expressed in the bundle sheath cells of the C4 grass Sorghum bicolor

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    Döring, Florian; Streubel, Monika; Bräutigam, Andrea; Gowik, Udo

    2016-01-01

    One of the hallmarks of C4 plants is the division of labor between two different photosynthetic cell types, the mesophyll and the bundle sheath cells. C4 plants are of polyphyletic origin and, during the evolution of C4 photosynthesis, the expression of thousands of genes was altered and many genes acquired a cell type-specific or preferential expression pattern. Several lines of evidence, including computational modeling and physiological and phylogenetic analyses, indicate that alterations in the expression of a key photorespiration-related gene, encoding the glycine decarboxylase P subunit, was an early and important step during C4 evolution. Restricting the expression of this gene to the bundle sheath led to the establishment of a photorespiratory CO2 pump. We were interested in whether the expression of genes related to photorespiration remains bundle sheath specific in a fully optimized C4 species. Therefore we analyzed the expression of photorespiratory and C4 cycle genes using RNA in situ hybridization and transcriptome analysis of isolated mesophyll and bundle sheath cells in the C4 grass Sorghum bicolor. It turns out that the C4 metabolism of Sorghum is based solely on the NADP-dependent malic enzyme pathway. The majority of photorespiratory gene expression, with some important exceptions, is restricted to the bundle sheath. PMID:26976818

  20. Most photorespiratory genes are preferentially expressed in the bundle sheath cells of the C4 grass Sorghum bicolor.

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    Döring, Florian; Streubel, Monika; Bräutigam, Andrea; Gowik, Udo

    2016-05-01

    One of the hallmarks of C4 plants is the division of labor between two different photosynthetic cell types, the mesophyll and the bundle sheath cells. C4 plants are of polyphyletic origin and, during the evolution of C4 photosynthesis, the expression of thousands of genes was altered and many genes acquired a cell type-specific or preferential expression pattern. Several lines of evidence, including computational modeling and physiological and phylogenetic analyses, indicate that alterations in the expression of a key photorespiration-related gene, encoding the glycine decarboxylase P subunit, was an early and important step during C4 evolution. Restricting the expression of this gene to the bundle sheath led to the establishment of a photorespiratory CO2 pump. We were interested in whether the expression of genes related to photorespiration remains bundle sheath specific in a fully optimized C4 species. Therefore we analyzed the expression of photorespiratory and C4 cycle genes using RNA in situ hybridization and transcriptome analysis of isolated mesophyll and bundle sheath cells in the C4 grass Sorghum bicolor It turns out that the C4 metabolism of Sorghum is based solely on the NADP-dependent malic enzyme pathway. The majority of photorespiratory gene expression, with some important exceptions, is restricted to the bundle sheath. PMID:26976818

  1. The expansion of C4 grasses and global change in the late Miocene: Stable isotope evidence from the Americas

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    Latorre, Claudio; Quade, Jay; McIntosh, William C.

    1997-01-01

    δ13C values in paleosols and fossil teeth have been used to document the expansion of C4 plants in South Asia, Africa, and North America during the late Miocene. However, the exact timing and rate of expansion of C4 vegetation is unclear outside the Old World because of a lack of high-resolution records. We present a high-resolution record from northwest Argentina in which the δ13C values of soil carbonate rise above a threshold of -8‰, suggesting the presence of C4 plants, starting at 7.3-6.7 Ma. δ13C values of fossil teeth from well dated sections in South and North America display a concomitant increase of C4 plants in the diets of large herbivores. These results show that the late Miocene expansion of C4 plants was global, but occurred at different rates in each region. While it is has been suggested that declining pCO2 levels during the late Neogene caused C4 plant expansion, climate change, such as an increase in summer-dominated rainfall regimes globally, is an alternative explanation. The δ18O soil carbonate records from South Asia, East Africa and now also northwest Argentina all show an increase of at least 3-4‰ in the late Neogene, either the result of climate change or of greater evaporation in average grassland soils.

  2. C4 photosynthesis evolution: the conditional Mt. Fuji.

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    Heckmann, David

    2016-06-01

    C4 photosynthesis implements a biochemical carbon pump to suppress photorespiration. While this mechanism allows for increased photosynthetic efficiency, it requires the ancestral C3 state to be modified in terms of leaf anatomy, expression of metabolic genes, and enzyme kinetics. Despite the complexity of the C4 syndrome, it evolved in more than 60 independent lineages. Because the phylogenetic distribution of these origins appears to be non-random, enabling factors that are initially unrelated to C4 photosynthesis are assumed to be acting in certain C3 lineages. In recent years, substantial progress has been made on firstly, the nature of enabling events and finally, quantitative models of C4 evolution that are based on C3-C4 intermediate species. I discuss the synthesis of these approaches as a consensus trajectory towards C4 photosynthesis and hypothesize on the effect of enabling factors on the fitness landscape of C4 evolution. A complete understanding of these mechanisms will require both further experimental studies and improved quantitative models of leaf physiology. PMID:27153468

  3. Differential freezing resistance and photoprotection in C3 and C4 eudicots and grasses.

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    Liu, Mei-Zhen; Osborne, Colin P

    2013-05-01

    Globally, C4 plants dominate hot, open environments, but this general pattern is underpinned by important differences in the biogeography of C4 lineages. In particular, the species richness of C4 Poaceae (grasses) increases strongly with increasing temperature, whereas that of the major C4 eudicot group Chenopodiaceae correlates positively with aridity. Freezing tolerance is a crucial determinant of biogeographical relationships with temperature and is mediated by photodamage and cellular disruption by desiccation, but little is known about differences between C4 families. This study hypothesized that there is a greater risk of freezing damage via these mechanisms in C4 Poaceae than Chenopodiaceae, that freezing protection differs between the taxonomic groups, and that freezing tolerance of species is linked to arid habitat preference. Chlorophyll fluorescence, water relations, and freezing injury were compared in four C3 and six C4 species of Poaceae and Chenopodiaceae from the same Mongolian flora. Contrary to expectations, freezing-induced leaf mortality and photodamage were lower in Poaceae than Chenopodiaceae species, and unrelated to photosynthetic pathway. The freezing resistance of Poaceae species resulted from constitutive protection and cold acclimation and an ability to protect the photosynthetic apparatus from photodamage. Freezing protection was associated with low osmotic potential and low tissue elasticity, and freezing damage was accompanied by electrolyte leakage, consistent with cell-membrane disruption by ice. Both Chenopodiaceae and Poaceae had the potential to develop cold acclimation and withstand freezing during the growing season, which conflicted with the hypothesis. Instead, freezing tolerance was more closely associated with life history and ecological preference in these Mongolian species. PMID:23599273

  4. Isomerisation of c4-c6 aldoses with zeolites

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    The present invention relates to isomerization of C4-C6 aldoses to their corresponding C4-C6 ketoses. In particular, the invention concerns isomerization of C4-C6 aldoses over solid zeolite catalysts free of any metals other than aluminum, in the presence of suitable solvent(s) at suitable elevat...... the catalyst. The ketoses obtained are used as sweeteners in the food and/or brewery industry, or treated to obtain downstream platform chemicals such as lactic acid, HMF, levulinic acid, furfural, MMHB, and the like....

  5. Identification of C4 photosynthesis metabolism and regulatory-associated genes in Eleocharis vivipara by SSH.

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    Chen, Taiyu; Ye, Rongjian; Fan, Xiaolei; Li, Xianghua; Lin, Yongjun

    2011-09-01

    This is the first effort to investigate the candidate genes involved in kranz developmental regulation and C(4) metabolic fluxes in Eleocharis vivipara, which is a leafless freshwater amphibious plant and possesses a distinct culms anatomy structure and photosynthetic pattern in contrasting environments. A terrestrial specific SSH library was constructed to investigate the genes involved in kranz anatomy developmental regulation and C(4) metabolic fluxes. A total of 73 ESTs and 56 unigenes in 384 clones were identified by array hybridization and sequencing. In total, 50 unigenes had homologous genes in the databases of rice and Arabidopsis. The real-time quantitative PCR results showed that most of the genes were accumulated in terrestrial culms and ABA-induced culms. The C(4) marker genes were stably accumulated during the culms development process in terrestrial culms. With respect to C(3) culms, C(4) photosynthesis metabolism consumed much more transporters and translocators related to ion metabolism, organic acids and carbohydrate metabolism, phosphate metabolism, amino acids metabolism, and lipids metabolism. Additionally, ten regulatory genes including five transcription factors, four receptor-like proteins, and one BURP protein were identified. These regulatory genes, which co-accumulated with the culms developmental stages, may play important roles in culms structure developmental regulation, bundle sheath chloroplast maturation, and environmental response. These results shed new light on the C(4) metabolic fluxes, environmental response, and anatomy structure developmental regulation in E. vivipara. PMID:21739352

  6. Adaptive evolvement of information age C4ISR structure

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    Yushi Lan; Kebo Deng; Shaojie Mao; Heng Wang; Kan Yi; Ming Lei

    2015-01-01

    Command, control, communication, computing, intel-ligence, surveil ance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) in information age is a complex system whose structure always changes ac-tively or passively during the warfare. Therefore, it is important to optimize the structure, especial y in ambiguous and quick-tempo modern warfare. This paper proposes an adaptive evolvement mechanism for the C4ISR structure to survive the changeable warfare. Firstly, the information age C4ISR structure is defined and modeled based on the complex network theory. Secondly, taking the observe, orient, decide and act (OODA) model into consideration, four kinds of loops in the C4ISR structure are pro-posed and their coefficient of networked effects (CNE) is further defined. Then, the adaptive evolvement mechanisms of the four kinds of loops are presented respectively. Final y, taking the joint air-defense C4ISR as an example, simulation experiments are im-plemented, which validate the evolvement mechanism and show that the information age C4ISR structure has some characteristics of smal-world network and scale-free network.

  7. Simultaneous analysis of C1 and C4 oxidized oligosaccharides, the products of lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases acting on cellulose.

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    Westereng, Bjørge; Arntzen, Magnus Ø; Aachmann, Finn L; Várnai, Anikó; Eijsink, Vincent G H; Agger, Jane Wittrup

    2016-05-01

    Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases play a pivotal role in enzymatic deconstruction of plant cell wall material due to their ability to catalyze oxidative cleavage of glycosidic bonds. LPMOs may release different products, often in small amounts, with various oxidation patterns (C1 or C4) and with varying stabilities, making accurate analysis of product profiles a major challenge. So far, HPAEC has been the method of choice but it has limitations with respect to analysis of C4-oxidized products. Here, we compare various HPLC methods and present procedures that allow efficient separation of intact C1- and C4-oxidized products. We demonstrate that both PGC and HILIC (in WAX-mode) can separate C1- and C4-oxidized products and that PGC gives superior chromatographic performance. In contrast to HPAEC, these methods are directly compatible with mass spectroscopy and charged aerosol detection (CAD), which enables online peak validation and quantification with LOD levels in the low ng range. While the novel methods show lower resolution than HPAEC, this is compensated by easy peak identification, allowing, for example, discrimination between chromatographically highly similar native and C4-oxidized cello-oligomers. HPAEC-MS studies revealed chemical oxidation of C4-geminal diol products, which implies that peaks commonly believed to be C4-oxidized cello-oligomers, in fact are on-column generated derivatives. Non-destructive separation of C4-oxidized cello-oligosaccharides on the PGC column allowed us, for the first time, to isolate C4-oxidized standards. HPAEC fractionation of a purified C4-oxidized tetramer revealed that on-column decomposition leads to formation of the native trimer, which may explain why product mixtures generated by C4-oxidizing LPMOs seem to be rich in native oligosaccharides when analyzed by HPAEC. The findings and methods described here will aid in future studies in the emerging LPMO field. PMID:27059395

  8. Structural and physiological analyses in Salsoleae (Chenopodiaceae) indicate multiple transitions among C3, intermediate, and C4 photosynthesis

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    Voznesenskaya, Elena V.; Koteyeva, Nuria K.; Akhani, Hossein; Roalson, Eric H; Edwards, Gerald E.

    2013-01-01

    In subfamily Salsoloideae (family Chenopodiaceae) most species are C4 plants having terete leaves with Salsoloid Kranz anatomy characterized by a continuous dual chlorenchyma layer of Kranz cells (KCs) and mesophyll (M) cells, surrounding water storage and vascular tissue. From section Coccosalsola sensu Botschantzev, leaf structural and photosynthetic features were analysed on selected species of Salsola which are not performing C4 based on leaf carbon isotope composition. The results infer ...

  9. Climate controls on C3 vs. C4 productivity in North American grasslands from carbon isotope composition of soil organic matter

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    von Fischer, J.C.; Tieszen, L.L.; Schimel, D.S.

    2008-01-01

    We analyzed the ??13 C of soil organic matter (SOM) and fine roots from 55 native grassland sites widely distributed across the US and Canadian Great Plains to examine the relative production of C3 vs. C4 plants (hereafter %C4) at the continental scale. Our climate vs. %C4 results agreed well with North American field studies on %C4, but showed bias with respect to %C4 from a US vegetation database (statsgo) and weak agreement with a physiologically based prediction that depends on crossover temperature. Although monthly average temperatures have been used in many studies to predict %C4, our analysis shows that high temperatures are better predictors of %C4. In particular, we found that July climate (average of daily high temperature and month's total rainfall) predicted %C4 better than other months, seasons or annual averages, suggesting that the outcome of competition between C3 and C4 plants in North American grasslands was particularly sensitive to climate during this narrow window of time. Root ??13 C increased about 1??? between the A and B horizon, suggesting that C 4 roots become relatively more common than C3 roots with depth. These differences in depth distribution likely contribute to the isotopic enrichment with depth in SOM where both C3 and C4 grasses are present. ?? 2008 The Authors Journal compilation ?? 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  10. A Modified Thermal Time Model Quantifying Germination Response to Temperature for C3 and C4 Species in Temperate Grassland

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Thermal-based germination models are widely used to predict germination rate and germination timing of plants. However, comparison of model parameters between large numbers of species is rare. In this study, seeds of 27 species including 12 C4 and 15 C3 species were germinated at a range of constant temperatures from 5 °C to 40 °C. We used a modified thermal time model to calculate germination parameters at suboptimal temperatures. Generally, the optimal germination temperature was higher for C4 species than for C3 species. The thermal time constant for the 50% germination percentile was significantly higher for C3 than C4 species. The thermal time constant of perennials was significantly higher than that of annuals. However, differences in base temperatures were not significant between C3 and C4, or annuals and perennial species. The relationship between germination rate and seed mass depended on plant functional type and temperature, while the base temperature and thermal time constant of C3 and C4 species exhibited no significant relationship with seed mass. The results illustrate differences in germination characteristics between C3 and C4 species. Seed mass does not affect germination parameters, plant life cycle matters, however.

  11. Density Functional Exploration of C4H3N Isomers.

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    Custer, Thomas; Szczepaniak, Urszula; Gronowski, Marcin; Fabisiewicz, Emilia; Couturier-Tamburelli, Isabelle; Kołos, Robert

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    Molecules having C4H3N stoichiometry are of astrophysical interest. Two of these, methylcyanoacetylene (CH3C3N) and its structural isomer allenyl cyanide (H2CCCHN), have been observed in interstellar space, while several more have been examined in laboratories. Here we describe, for a broad range of C4H3N isomers, density functional calculations (B3LYP/aug-cc-pVTZ) of molecular parameters including the energetics, geometries, rotational constants, electric dipole moments, polarizabilities, vibrational IR frequencies, IR absorption intensities, and Raman activities. Singlet-triplet splittings as well as singlet vertical electronic excitation energies are given for selected species. The identification of less stable C4H3N molecules, generated in ongoing spectroscopic experiments, relies heavily on these quantum chemical predictions. PMID:27341606

  12. Photosynthetic induction in a C4, Flaveria trinervia. I. Initial products of 14CO2 assimilation and levels of whole leaf C4 metabolites

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    Labeling patterns from 14CO2 pulses to leaves and whole leaf metabolite contents were examined during photosynthetic induction in Flaveria trinervia, a C4 dicot of the NADP-malic enzyme subgroup. During the first one to two minutes of illumination, malate was the primary initial product of 14CO2 assimilation (about 77% of total 14C incorporated). After about 5 minutes of illumination, the proportion of initial label to aspartate increased from 16 to 66%, and then gradually declined during the following 7 to 10 minutes of illumination. Nutrition experiments showed that the increase in 14CO2 partitioning to aspartate was delayed about 2.5 minutes in plants grown with limiting N, and was highly dampened in plants previously treated 10 to 12 days with ammonia as the sole N source. Measurements of C4 leaf metabolites revealed several transients in metabolite pools during the first few minutes of illumination, and subsequently, more gradual adjustments in pool sizes. These include a large initial decrease in malate (about 1.6 micromoles per milligram chlorophyll) and a small initial decrease in pyruvate. There was a transient increase in alanine levels after 1 minute of illumination, which was followed by a gradual, prolonged decrease during the remainder of the induction period. Total leaf aspartate decreased initially, but temporarily doubled in amount between 5 and 10 minutes of illumination (after its surge as a primary product). These results are discussed in terms of a plausible sequence of metabolic events which lead to the formation of the intercellular metabolite gradients required in C4 photosynthesis

  13. Morphisms from P2 to Gr(2,C4)

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    Mazouni, A El; Nagaraj, D S

    2009-01-01

    In this note we study morphisms from P2 to Gr(2,C4) from the point of view of the cohomology class they represent in the Grassmannian. This leads to some new result about projection of d-uple imbedding of P2 to P5.

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  15. Cytohistopathological correlation of C3 and C4 breast lesions

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    Objective: To conduct an audit of smears in cytological categories C3 and C4 of fine-needle aspirates from breast lesions in comparison with histopathological diagnoses. Patients and Methods: Out of all patients referred to AFIP, Rawalpindi for aspiration of breast masses, those adjudged C3 and C4 were chosen for this study. History, clinical details and mammographic findings were noted. Aspirated smears were stained with hematoxyline and eosin as well as a Romanovsky dye. On excision or incision biopsy of these lesions, the cytological findings were compared with those on paraffin-embedded histological sections. Results: The total number of patients in these two categories was 54. Surgical specimens of 3 cases were found inadequate for assessment. Of the remaining 51 cases, 13 were categorised C3 and 38 C4. Sensitivity of 92%, specificity of 83% and accuracy of 90% were attained. Positive and negative predictive values were 95% and 77% respectively. Conclusion: Categories C3 and C4 are areas where the cytopathologist is in doubt as to the benign or malignant nature of a breast mass. High sensitivity, positive predictive value and accuracy, being the hallmarks of a good screening procedure, underscore the validity of the technique. (author)

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  17. Deriving C4 photosynthetic parameters from combined gas exchange and chlorophyll fluorescence using an Excel tool: theory and practice.

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    Bellasio, Chandra; Beerling, David J; Griffiths, Howard

    2016-06-01

    The higher photosynthetic potential of C4 plants has led to extensive research over the past 50 years, including C4 -dominated natural biomes, crops such as maize, or for evaluating the transfer of C4 traits into C3 lineages. Photosynthetic gas exchange can be measured in air or in a 2% Oxygen mixture using readily available commercial gas exchange and modulated PSII fluorescence systems. Interpretation of these data, however, requires an understanding (or the development) of various modelling approaches, which limit the use by non-specialists. In this paper we present an accessible summary of the theory behind the analysis and derivation of C4 photosynthetic parameters, and provide a freely available Excel Fitting Tool (EFT), making rigorous C4 data analysis accessible to a broader audience. Outputs include those defining C4 photochemical and biochemical efficiency, the rate of photorespiration, bundle sheath conductance to CO2 diffusion and the in vivo biochemical constants for PEP carboxylase. The EFT compares several methodological variants proposed by different investigators, allowing users to choose the level of complexity required to interpret data. We provide a complete analysis of gas exchange data on maize (as a model C4 organism and key global crop) to illustrate the approaches, their analysis and interpretation. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. PMID:26286697

  18. Carbon isotopic evidence from paleosols for mixed C 3/C 4 vegetation in the Bogota Basin, Colombia

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    Mora, Germán; Pratt, Lisa M.

    2002-04-01

    Pollen reconstructions in the Bogota basin (Colombia) indicate the expansion of tropical high-altitude grassland (paramo) at the expense of Andean forests during glacial intervals. The carbon isotopic composition (δ 13C) of soil organic matter (SOM) can be a useful indicator of changes in vegetation affecting grasslands because it distinguishes between two groups of grasses (C 3 and C 4) adapted to different ecological environments. Values of SOM δ 13C were determined in four weathering profiles containing both modern (Holocene) soils and paleosols formed during the Last Glacial Stage. These profiles are located along an altitudinal transect in the Bogota basin, extending from 2550 to 3100 m. Values of SOM δ 13C in the topsoil horizons reflect those of the native C 3 vegetation that currently dominates the ecosystems in the Colombian Andes. Although C 4 grasses are currently negligible in the basin, elevated SOM δ 13C values indicative of C 4 plants were found in two Holocene soils. Environmental changes or ancient agricultural activities could explain the increased abundance of these plants in the basin during the late Holocene. Isotopic values in the studied paleosols revealed the presence of a mixed C 3/C 4 vegetation in the basin during the Last Glacial Stage, thus indicating the expansion of C 4 grasses. We hypothesized that lowered pCO 2 and possibly reduced rainfall resulted in the colonization of the tropical Andes by lowland C 4 grasses despite of prevailing cooler temperatures.

  19. Eliminating false positive C4 sugar tests on New Zealand Manuka honey.

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    Rogers, Karyne M; Somerton, Kerry; Rogers, Pamela; Cox, Julie

    2010-08-30

    Carbon isotope analyses (delta(13)C) of some New Zealand Manuka honeys show that they often fail the internationally recognised Association of Official Analytical Chemists sugar test (AOAC method 998.12) which detects added C(4) sugar, although these honeys are from unadulterated sources. Failure of these high value products is detrimental to the New Zealand honey industry, not only in lost export revenue, but also in brand and market reputation damage. The standard AOAC test compares the carbon isotope value of the whole honey and corresponding protein isolated from the same honey. Differences between whole honey and protein delta(13)C values should not be greater than +1.0 per thousand, as it indicates the possibility of adulteration with syrups or sugars from C(4) plants such as high fructose corn syrup or cane sugar.We have determined that during the standard AOAC method, pollen and other insoluble components are isolated with the flocculated protein. These non-protein components have isotope values which are considerably different from those of the pure protein, and can shift the apparent delta(13)C value of protein further away from the delta(13)C value of the whole honey, giving a false positive result for added C(4) sugar. To eliminate a false positive C(4) sugar test for Manuka honey, prior removal of pollen and other insoluble material from the honey is necessary to ensure that only the pure protein is isolated. This will enable a true comparison between whole honey and protein delta(13)C isotopes. Furthermore, we strongly suggest this modification to the AOAC method be universally adopted for all honey C(4) sugar tests. PMID:20635333

  20. Spatial distributions ofC3 and C4 grass functional types in the U.S. great plains and their despendency on inter-annual climate variability

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    Grassland ecosystems in North America are primarily composed of C3 and C4 plant functional types (PFTs) with their relative cover varying spatially and temporally. This study used 500-m MODIS surface reflectance products (MOD09A1) from 2000 to 2009 to extract an NDVI time series of C3 and C4 PFTs in...

  1. 现代画家 GRAND C4 PICASSO

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    2009-01-01

    为自己的家添置一辆MPV。在现阶段也许并不能成为主流。但这类车所代表的一种生活态度,却已经令很多家庭神往。不过大C4毕加索告诉我们:这种生活其实离我们并不遥远。

  2. Cometary coma chemical composition (C4) mission. [Abstract only

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    Carle, G. C.; Clark, B. C.; Niemann, H. B.; Alexander, M.; Knocke, P. C.; O'Hara, B. J.

    1994-01-01

    Cometary missions are of enormous fundamental importance for many different space science disciplines, including exobiology. Comets are presumed relics of the earliest, most primitive material in the solar nebula and are related to the planetesimals. They undoubtedly provided a general enrichment of volatiles to the inner solar system (contributing to atmospheres and oceans) and may have been key to the origin of life. A Discovery class, comet rendezvous mission, the Cometary Coma Chemical Composition (C4) Mission, was selected for further study by NASA earlier this year. The C4 Mission is a highly focused and usefully-limited subset of the Cometary Rendezvous Asteroid Flyby (CRAF) Mission, concentrating exclusively on measurements which will lead to an understanding of the chemical composition and make-up of the cometary nucleus. The scientific goals of the Cometary Coma Chemical Composition (C4) Mission are to rendezvous with a short-period comet and (1) to determine the elemental, chemical, and isotopic composition of the nucleus and (2) to characterize the chemical and isotopic nature of its atmosphere. Further, it is a goal to obtain preliminary data on the development of the coma (dust and gas composition) as a function of time and orbital position.

  3. Glyphosate Resistance of C3 and C4 Weeds under Rising Atmospheric CO2.

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    Fernando, Nimesha; Manalil, Sudheesh; Florentine, Singarayer K; Chauhan, Bhagirath S; Seneweera, Saman

    2016-01-01

    The present paper reviews current knowledge on how changes of plant metabolism under elevated CO2 concentrations (e[CO2]) can affect the development of the glyphosate resistance of C3 and C4 weeds. Among the chemical herbicides, glyphosate, which is a non-selective and post-emergence herbicide, is currently the most widely used herbicide in global agriculture. As a consequence, glyphosate resistant weeds, particularly in major field crops, are a widespread problem and are becoming a significant challenge to future global food production. Of particular interest here it is known that the biochemical processes involved in photosynthetic pathways of C3 and C4 plants are different, which may have relevance to their competitive development under changing environmental conditions. It has already been shown that plant anatomical, morphological, and physiological changes under e[CO2] can be different, based on (i) the plant's functional group, (ii) the available soil nutrients, and (iii) the governing water status. In this respect, C3 species are likely to have a major developmental advantage under a CO2 rich atmosphere, by being able to capitalize on the overall stimulatory effect of e[CO2]. For example, many tropical weed grass species fix CO2 from the atmosphere via the C4 photosynthetic pathway, which is a complex anatomical and biochemical variant of the C3 pathway. Thus, based on our current knowledge of CO2 fixing, it would appear obvious that the development of a glyphosate-resistant mechanism would be easier under an e[CO2] in C3 weeds which have a simpler photosynthetic pathway, than for C4 weeds. However, notwithstanding this logical argument, a better understanding of the biochemical, genetic, and molecular measures by which plants develop glyphosate resistance and how e[CO2] affects these measures will be important before attempting to innovate sustainable technology to manage the glyphosate-resistant evolution of weeds under e[CO2]. Such information will be of

  4. Photosynthetic Characteristics of Portulaca grandiflora, a Succulent C(4) Dicot : CELLULAR COMPARTMENTATION OF ENZYMES AND ACID METABOLISM.

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    Ku, S B; Shieh, Y J; Reger, B J; Black, C C

    1981-11-01

    The succulent, cylindrical leaves of the C(4) dicot Portulaca grandiflora possess three distinct green cell types: bundle sheath cells (BSC) in radial arrangement around the vascular bundles; mesophyll cells (MC) in an outer layer adjacent to the BSC; and water storage cells (WSC) in the leaf center. Unlike typical Kranz leaf anatomy, the MC do not surround the bundle sheath tissue but occur only in the area between the bundle sheath and the epidermis. Intercellular localization of photosynthetic enzymes was characterized using protoplasts isolated enzymatically from all three green cell types.Like other C(4) plants, P. grandiflora has ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase and the decarboxylating enzyme, NADP(+)-malic enzyme, in the BSC. Unlike other C(4) plants, however, phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase, pyruvate, Pi dikinase, and NADP(+)-malate dehydrogenase of the C(4) pathway were present in all three green cell types, indicating that all are capable of fixing CO(2) via phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase and regenerating phosphoenolpyruvate. Other enzymes were about equally distributed between MC and BSC similar to other C(4) plants. The enzyme profile of the WSC was similar to that of the MC but with reduced activity in most enzymes, except mitochondrion-associated enzymes.Intracellular localization of enzymes was studied in organelles partitioned by differential centrifugation using mechanically ruptured mesophyll and bundle sheath protoplasts. Phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase was a cytosolic enzyme in both cells; whereas, ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase and NADP(+)-malic enzyme were exclusively compartmentalized in the bundle sheath chloroplasts. NADP(+)-malate dehydrogenase, pyruvate, Pi dikinase, aspartate aminotransferase, 3-phosphoglycerate kinase, and NADP(+)-triose-P dehydrogenase were predominantly localized in the chloroplasts while alanine aminotransferase and NAD(+)-malate dehydrogenase were mainly present in the cytosol of both cell types. Based

  5. 14CO2 incorporation into C4 acids by leaves of the C3-C4 intermediate species, Moricandia arvensis and Panicum milioides, at Gamma-levels of CO2

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    The crucifer M. arvensis is a species with photorespiratory characteristics intermediate between C3 and C4 plants. Although the precise mechanism promoting decreased photorespiration has yet to be elucidated, evidence to date disfavors participation of C4 metabolism. In order to conclusively assess the possible contribution, if any, of limited C4 metabolism to the reduction of photorespiration, detached leaves of M. arvensis and M. moricandioides (C3) were labeled with 14CO2. When M. arvensis was illuminated and pulsed for 10 s the amount of label in malate increased from 4.5% of total soluble dpm fixed at 21% O2 and 340 μl/l CO2 to 10.3% at 20 μl/l. A two-fold increase was also evident for aspartate (from 2.9% to 6.5%). The C3 Moricandia species failed to show a similar response to decreased CO2. The physiological significance of the increase in C4 acid-labeling which occurred in the intermediate species will be investigated by pulse-chase analyses of C4 acids and glycine. Similar data for Panicum milioides (C3-C4) will also be presented

  6. C-4 Gem-Dimethylated Oleanes of Gymnema sylvestre and Their Pharmacological Activities

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    Full Text Available Gymnema sylvestre R. Br., one of the most important medicinal plants of the Asclepiadaceae family, is a herb distributed throughout the World, predominantly in tropical countries. The plant, widely used for the treatment of diabetes and as a diuretic in Indian proprietary medicines, possesses beneficial digestive, anti-inflammatory, hypoglycemic and anti-helmentic effects. Furthermore, it is believed to be useful in the treatment of dyspepsia, constipation, jaundice, hemorrhoids, cardiopathy, asthma, bronchitis and leucoderma. A literature survey revealed that some other notable pharmacological activities of the plant such as anti-obesity, hypolipidemic, antimicrobial, free radical scavenging and anti-inflammatory properties have been proven too. This paper aims to summarize the chemical and pharmacological reports on a large group of C-4 gem-dimethylated pentacyclic triterpenoids from Gymnema sylvestre.

  7. 碳四馏分制低碳烯烃技术进展%Technical Progress of Olefins Production from C4 Fraction

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    张永军; 刘剑; 汲永钢; 孙淑坤; 万书宝; 明利鹏

    2011-01-01

    To present technical process of olefins production from C4 fraction, e.g. olefin disproportionation, olefin cracking, isobutene dehydrogenation, C4 hydrogenation feedstock for cracking, etc. which are effective ways to ease C4 excess. To discuss the technical economy of industrial application of new technologies. To predict that olefin cracking process in olefin plant will have good return on investment.%提出烯烃歧化、烯烃裂解、异丁烷脱氢和C4加氢作裂解原料等C4制取低碳烯烃技术,是解决C4资源过剩的有效手段。讨论了新技术工业应用的技术经济,预测烯烃裂解与烯烃厂结合将有很好的投资回报。

  8. Improved analysis of C4 and C3 photosynthesis via refined in vitro assays of their carbon fixation biochemistry

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    Sharwood, Robert E.; Sonawane, Balasaheb V.; Ghannoum, Oula; Whitney, Spencer M.

    2016-01-01

    Plants operating C3 and C4 photosynthetic pathways exhibit differences in leaf anatomy and photosynthetic carbon fixation biochemistry. Fully understanding this underpinning biochemical variation is requisite to identifying solutions for improving photosynthetic efficiency and growth. Here we refine assay methods for accurately measuring the carboxylase and decarboxylase activities in C3 and C4 plant soluble protein. We show that differences in plant extract preparation and assay conditions are required to measure NADP-malic enzyme and phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (pH 8, Mg2+, 22 °C) and phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (pH 7, >2mM Mn2+, no Mg2+) maximal activities accurately. We validate how the omission of MgCl2 during leaf protein extraction, lengthy (>1min) centrifugation times, and the use of non-pure ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate (RuBP) significantly underestimate Rubisco activation status. We show how Rubisco activation status varies with leaf ontogeny and is generally lower in mature C4 monocot leaves (45–60% activation) relative to C3 monocots (55–90% activation). Consistent with their >3-fold lower Rubisco contents, full Rubisco activation in soluble protein from C4 leaves (<5min) was faster than in C3 plant samples (<10min), with addition of Rubisco activase not required for full activation. We conclude that Rubisco inactivation in illuminated leaves primarily stems from RuBP binding to non-carbamylated enzyme, a state readily reversible by dilution during cellular protein extraction. PMID:27122573

  9. Improved analysis of C4 and C3 photosynthesis via refined in vitro assays of their carbon fixation biochemistry.

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    Sharwood, Robert E; Sonawane, Balasaheb V; Ghannoum, Oula; Whitney, Spencer M

    2016-05-01

    Plants operating C3 and C4 photosynthetic pathways exhibit differences in leaf anatomy and photosynthetic carbon fixation biochemistry. Fully understanding this underpinning biochemical variation is requisite to identifying solutions for improving photosynthetic efficiency and growth. Here we refine assay methods for accurately measuring the carboxylase and decarboxylase activities in C3 and C4 plant soluble protein. We show that differences in plant extract preparation and assay conditions are required to measure NADP-malic enzyme and phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (pH 8, Mg(2+), 22 °C) and phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (pH 7, >2mM Mn(2+), no Mg(2+)) maximal activities accurately. We validate how the omission of MgCl2 during leaf protein extraction, lengthy (>1min) centrifugation times, and the use of non-pure ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate (RuBP) significantly underestimate Rubisco activation status. We show how Rubisco activation status varies with leaf ontogeny and is generally lower in mature C4 monocot leaves (45-60% activation) relative to C3 monocots (55-90% activation). Consistent with their >3-fold lower Rubisco contents, full Rubisco activation in soluble protein from C4 leaves (plant samples (extraction. PMID:27122573

  10. Photorespiratory properties of protoplasts from C3-C4intermediate species of moricandia

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    Protoplasts were isolated from leaves of the C3-C4 intermediate species, Moricandia arvensis (L.) DC. and Moricandia spinosa Pomel. Analysis by light and transmission electron microscopy indicated that these purified preparations contained both mesophyll protoplasts (MP) and bundle-sheath protoplasts (BSP). Conventional density gradient centrifugation procedures failed to yield separations of pure protoplasts from each cell-type. With these heterogeneous suspensions of MP and BSP, values measured for (i) the percentage inhibition of photosynthetic CO2 fixation by O2, (ii) the apparent K (CO2) of photosynthesis, and (iii) dark/light ratios of the rate of 14CO2 evolution during decarboxylation of exogenous [1-14C]glycine were not significantly different from those determined for protoplasts preparations from related or representative C3 plants, including M. foetida, Nicotiana tavacum, and Triticum aestivum. In contrast, previous comparisons with C3 species, using intact leaf tissue from M, arvensis, have shown a reduced sensitivity of new photosynethic to inhibition by O2 [Holaday et al., Plant Sci. Lett., 27 (1982) 181] and an enhanced capacity for the photosynthetic refixation of CO2 evolved during decarboxylation of exogenous photorespiratory substrates [Holbrook et al., Plant Physiol., 77 (1985) 578]. We conclude that these photosynthetic properties, associated with reduced photorespiration by M. arvensis and M. spinosa, are dependent upon the integrity of the anatomical and ultrastructural arrangement of bundle-sheath and mesophyll cells in these C3-C4intermediate species. (author)

  11. Anticancer effects of oligomeric proanthocyanidins on human colorectal cancer cell line, SNU-C4

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    Youn-Jung Kim; Hae-Jeong Park; Seo-Hyun Yoon; Mi-Ja Kim; Kang-Hyun Leem; Joo-Ho Chung; Hye-Kyung Kim

    2005-01-01

    AIM: Oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC), natural polyphenolic compounds found in plants, are known to have antioxidant and anti-cancer effects. We investigated whether the anti-cancer effects of the OPC are induced by apoptosis on human colorectal cancer cell line, SNU-C4.METHODS: Colorectal cancer cell line, SNU-C4 was cultured in RPMI 1640 medium supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum. The cytotoxic effect of OPC was assessed by 3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenylt-etrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. To find out the apoptotic cell death, 4, 6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI) staining,terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TdT)-mediated dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) assay, reverse transcriptionpolymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), and caspase-3 enzyme assay were performed.RESULTS: In this study, cytotoxic effect of OPC on SNUC4 cells appeared in a dose-dependent manner. OPC treatment (100 μg/mL) revealed typical morphological apoptotic features. Additionally OPC treatment (100 μg/mL)increased level of BAX and CASPASE-3, and decreased level of BCL-2 mRNA expression. Caspase-3 enzyme activity was also significantly increased by treatment of OPC (100 μg/mL) compared with control.CONCLUSION: These data indicate that OPC caused cell death by apoptosis through caspase pathways on human colorectal cancer cell line, SNU-C4.

  12. Glyphosate Resistance of C3 and C4 Weeds under Rising Atmospheric CO2

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    Fernando, Nimesha; Manalil, Sudheesh; Florentine, Singarayer K.; Chauhan, Bhagirath S.; Seneweera, Saman

    2016-01-01

    The present paper reviews current knowledge on how changes of plant metabolism under elevated CO2 concentrations (e[CO2]) can affect the development of the glyphosate resistance of C3 and C4 weeds. Among the chemical herbicides, glyphosate, which is a non-selective and post-emergence herbicide, is currently the most widely used herbicide in global agriculture. As a consequence, glyphosate resistant weeds, particularly in major field crops, are a widespread problem and are becoming a significant challenge to future global food production. Of particular interest here it is known that the biochemical processes involved in photosynthetic pathways of C3 and C4 plants are different, which may have relevance to their competitive development under changing environmental conditions. It has already been shown that plant anatomical, morphological, and physiological changes under e[CO2] can be different, based on (i) the plant’s functional group, (ii) the available soil nutrients, and (iii) the governing water status. In this respect, C3 species are likely to have a major developmental advantage under a CO2 rich atmosphere, by being able to capitalize on the overall stimulatory effect of e[CO2]. For example, many tropical weed grass species fix CO2 from the atmosphere via the C4 photosynthetic pathway, which is a complex anatomical and biochemical variant of the C3 pathway. Thus, based on our current knowledge of CO2 fixing, it would appear obvious that the development of a glyphosate-resistant mechanism would be easier under an e[CO2] in C3 weeds which have a simpler photosynthetic pathway, than for C4 weeds. However, notwithstanding this logical argument, a better understanding of the biochemical, genetic, and molecular measures by which plants develop glyphosate resistance and how e[CO2] affects these measures will be important before attempting to innovate sustainable technology to manage the glyphosate-resistant evolution of weeds under e[CO2]. Such information will be

  13. Volatile/mobile trace elements in Karoonda /C4/ chondrite

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    Matza, S. D.; Lipschutz, M. E.

    1977-01-01

    Concentrations of ten volatile/mobile trace elements and of nonvolatile Co in the Karoonda (C4) meteorite were determined, and the atomic abundances relative to C1 are compared with values for the Murchison (C2) and Allende (C3) meteorites. Empirical Bi, In, and Tl data for Karoonda and heated Allende and Murchison are compared with theoretical curves for condensation from a gas of cosmic composition at low pressures. It is suggested that Karoonda might derive from low-temperature open-system metamorphism of pristine C3-like material.

  14. C2 photosynthesis generates about 3-fold elevated leaf CO2 levels in the C3–C4 intermediate species Flaveria pubescens

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    Keerberg, Olav; Pärnik, Tiit; Ivanova, Hiie; Bassüner, Burgund; Bauwe, Hermann

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    Formation of a photorespiration-based CO2-concentrating mechanism in C3–C4 intermediate plants is seen as a prerequisite for the evolution of C4 photosynthesis, but it is not known how efficient this mechanism is. Here, using in vivo Rubisco carboxylation-to-oxygenation ratios as a proxy to assess relative intraplastidial CO2 levels is suggested. Such ratios were determined for the C3–C4 intermediate species Flaveria pubescens compared with the closely related C3 plant F. cronquistii and the ...

  15. Structural differences between the two human complement C4 isotypes affect the humoral immune response

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    An animal model has been used to address the question of the biological importance of the known structural difference between the two isotypes of human C4, i.e., C4A and C4B. Guinea pigs deficient in C4 were reconstituted transiently with either human C4A or C4B protein and immunized with the bacteriophage phi X174. Results from this study showed that C4A-reconstituted animals made a secondary response, i.e., switch from IgM to IgG; whereas the C4B-reconstituted animals did not.

  16. 118-C-4 Horizontal Rod Cave characterization plan

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    This characterization plan provides instructions for obtaining and analyzing samples for waste designation and disposal. The 118-C-4 Horizontal Rod Cave is located in the 100-C Area about 328 ft (100 m) southeast of the 105-C Reactor (Figure 1). The 118-C-4 Horizontal Rod Cave (Figure 2) is a reinforced concrete bunker approximately 70- ft (21.3-m) long, 7-ft (2.1-m) high, and 12-ft (3.6-m) wide, with triangular-shaped concrete ends 3-ft (0.9-m) high. The rod cave was used to store radiologically contaminated control-rod tips. If control rod tips are present, release of control rod activation products will not change expectations with respect to principal contaminants. The north portion of the cave is empty and the south portion contains two aluminum tubes that may contain rod tips (Figure 3). The caves are contaminated with activation and fission products (e.g., 60Co and 137Cs) common to the 100 Areas (see Appendix for data). Dose rates up to 0.7 mR/hr were measured in the south cave and 0.5 mR/hr in the north cave during an inspection of the facility in December 1996

  17. Molecular cloning of C4-specific Ppc gene of sorghum and its high level expression in transgenic rice

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    ZHANG Fang; CHI Wei; WANG Qiang; ZHANG Qide; WU Naihu

    2003-01-01

    In order to improve the carbon-assimilation ability of C3 plants, we isolated a C4-specific photosynthetic enzyme gene, Ppc (encode phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase, PEPCase) from the genome of the C4 plant, sorghum, and transformed rice with it. As shown by sequence analysis, the gene is composed of 10 exons and 9 introns, and the full-length transcript is 5989 bp long. A recombinant expression vector, p1301PEPC, was constructed by inserting the gene into a plasmid vector, pCAMBIA1301, which was then transformed into two japonica rice varieties, Nongken 58 and Zhonghua 10, using an Agrobacterium-mediated transformation system. PCR analysis, activity measurement of PEPCase, and protein-, RNA- and DNA-based hybridization all confirmed the successful integration of the C4-specific Ppc gene into the nuclear genome of rice and its high level expression. Physiological studies revealed the photosynthetic features characterizing C4 plants such as marked lowering of CO2 compensation point and photorespiration rate, and improved carboxylation efficiency. This study provides useful experimental materialsand opens up new avenues for further studies on improving photosynthetic efficiency of elite varieties of rice.

  18. Indus-wide C4 expansion between 7-6 Ma: an IODP Expedition 355 discovery

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    Liddy, H.; Feakins, S. J.; Tauxe, L.; Scardia, G.; Andò, S.; Bendle, J. A.; Clift, P. D.

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    In April-May 2015, International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition 355 cored sediments from the Indus Fan (Site U1457, 67°55'E, 17°09'N, 3523 m water depth). Sediment recovery includes coarse silt to fine sand turbidite deposits spanning the late Miocene with a mineralogical composition indicating provenance predominantly from the Indus River catchment. We analyzed the carbon isotopic composition (δ13C values) of plant waxes and found a +9‰ shift in δ13C values of C28, C30 and C32 n-alkanoic acids. We infer that this carbon isotopic shift is the regional, offshore expression of the C4 expansion previously reported from the Siwalik Formation at the foreland of the Himalaya. Fortuitously the C4 expansion occurs at a time with frequent magnetic reversals into and out of Chrons C3B to C3A. Based on the shipboard age model for U1457, the isotopic shift occurs in C3Ar, an interval of 0.4 Myr with a sediment accumulation rate of 50 m/Myr. This allows us to securely date the Indus Fan transition to within 7-6 Ma on the geomagnetic polarity timescale. Independent of absolute age uncertainties, magnetostratigraphy allows us to report that the shifts were coincident in the Siwaliks and the broader region sampled by the Indus Fan. Based on the δ13C values of plant waxes at and after 6Ma (ca. -21‰) in the Indus Fan, the lowland Indus catchment must have been dominated by C4 grasslands.

  19. Reduced apparent photorespiration by the C3-C4 intermediate species, Moricandia arvensis and Panicum milioides

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    The CO2/O2 specificity factor of sucrose gradient purified ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase from the C3-C4 intermediate plants Moricandia arvensis and Panicum milioides was similar to the respective values of the enzyme from the closely related C3 species, Moricandia foetida and Panicum laxum. Thus, the kinetic properties of this bifunctional enzyme do not explain the reduced rates of photorespiration exhibited by either of these intermediate species. Dark/light ratios for aminoacetonitrile-sensitive 14CO2 evolution during decarboxylation of exogenous [1-14C] glycine by leaf discs had values of 9.0 with M. arvensis and 11.8 with P. milioides. Similar results were obtained using [1-14C] glycolate as the exogenous photorespiratory substrate, with dark/light 14CO2 evolution ratios for the C3-C4 and C3 leaf discs averaging 6.6 and 2.0, respectively. The data suggest that P. milioides and M. arvensis are capable of a more efficient internal recycling of photorespiratory CO2 via ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase than closely related C3 plants, and that this may partially account for the reduced rates of apparent photorespiration by these intermediate species

  20. Leukotriene C4 biosynthesis in isolated August rat peritoneal leukocytes

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    J. M. Huebner

    1996-01-01

    Full Text Available The mixed leukocyte population obtained from the peritoneum of the August rat is a potentially important experimental model of inherent eosinophilia that has not been well characterized. In the present study, isolated cell preparations generated a concentration-dependent release of leukotriene (LT C4 when exposed to the Ca2+ ionophore A23187, reaching maximal stimulation at 5.0 μM. This response was inhibited by the 5-lipoxygenase activating protein antagonist MK-886 (0.1 μM, nominally Ca2+ and Mg2+-free incubation media and by activation of protein kinase C via phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (50 nM. These findings establish a model system for investigating LTC4 profiles contingent with innate peritoneal eosinophilia and are consistent with the hypothesis that cellular LTC4 biosynthesis is phosphoregulated.

  1. Leukotriene C4 elimination and metabolism in man

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    Three doses of radiolabeled leukotriene C4 (0.2 to 15 muCi) were infused into three subjects to investigate its metabolism and routes of elimination during 4 days. Between 12% and 20% of the infused dose was recovered in the urine within 24 hours, of which a substantial and relatively constant proportion (4.1% to 6.3% total dose) appeared as leukotriene E4 (LTE4), mainly in the first 4 hours. Polar omega-oxidation products, N-acetyl LTE4, and tritiated water were also present. Fecal elimination accounted for a further 30% to 40% of the infused dose. In the absence of altered metabolism or biliary excretion, urinary LTE4 may be a useful measure of whole body production of the cysteinyl leukotrienes

  2. Oligomerization of C4 Fraction from FCCU on ZSM-5

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    Wu Zhiguo; Zhang Jiushun

    2004-01-01

    In order to make more liquid products like gasoline, the oligomerition of a C4 feedstock taking place on catalyst containing ZSM-5 was studied in a pressurized reactor. The products were C5- gas, liquid hydrocarbons and coke. During the reaction on the catalyst BO-l, when the WHSV was 0.71h-1 and total pressure was 4.0MPa, the C5+ product yield reached a maximum at a temperature around 320℃. As oligomerization reaction was the dominating one, there were minor C9 hydrocarbons in liquid products and the main products were C7 and C8 olefins and n- C10 paraffins. When the temperature was higher than 286C, a small amount of C9hydrocarbons was formed and more normal and isomeric paraffins other than olefins were formed in products.Gasoline yield increased linearly with a rising total pressure under the same operating conditions.

  3. Identification of Photosynthesis-Associated C4 Candidate Genes through Comparative Leaf Gradient Transcriptome in Multiple Lineages of C3 and C4 Species

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    Zehong Ding; Sarit Weissmann; Minghui Wang; Baijuan Du; Lei Huang; Lin Wang; Xiaoyu Tu; Silin Zhong; Christopher Myers; Brutnell, Thomas P.; Qi Sun; Pinghua Li

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    Leaves of C4 crops usually have higher radiation, water and nitrogen use efficiencies compared to the C3 species. Engineering C4 traits into C3 crops has been proposed as one of the most promising ways to repeal the biomass yield ceiling. To better understand the function of C4 photosynthesis, and to identify candidate genes that are associated with the C4 pathways, a comparative transcription network analysis was conducted on leaf developmental gradients of three C4 species including maize, ...

  4. Electronic excitation of C4F6 isomers by electron impact

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    We have measured electronic excitation differential cross sections for C4F6 molecules isomers by electron impact. In the case of hexafluoro-1,3-butadiene we observed an optical forbidden transition at around 5 eV. The spectra of the three C4F6 isomers show the most intense band clearly shifted to lower energies when going from 2-C4F6, to c-C4F6 and to 1,3-C4F6.

  5. C3 and C4 biomass allocation responses to elevated CO2 and nitrogen: contrasting resource capture strategies

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    White, K.P.; Langley, J.A.; Cahoon, D.R.; Megonigal, J.P.

    2012-01-01

    Plants alter biomass allocation to optimize resource capture. Plant strategy for resource capture may have important implications in intertidal marshes, where soil nitrogen (N) levels and atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) are changing. We conducted a factorial manipulation of atmospheric CO2 (ambient and ambient + 340 ppm) and soil N (ambient and ambient + 25 g m-2 year-1) in an intertidal marsh composed of common North Atlantic C3 and C4 species. Estimation of C3 stem turnover was used to adjust aboveground C3 productivity, and fine root productivity was partitioned into C3-C4 functional groups by isotopic analysis. The results suggest that the plants follow resource capture theory. The C3 species increased aboveground productivity under the added N and elevated CO2 treatment (P 2 alone. C3 fine root production decreased with added N (P 2 (P = 0.0481). The C4 species increased growth under high N availability both above- and belowground, but that stimulation was diminished under elevated CO2. The results suggest that the marsh vegetation allocates biomass according to resource capture at the individual plant level rather than for optimal ecosystem viability in regards to biomass influence over the processes that maintain soil surface elevation in equilibrium with sea level.

  6. Identification of Photosynthesis-Associated C4 Candidate Genes through Comparative Leaf Gradient Transcriptome in Multiple Lineages of C3 and C4 Species.

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    Ding, Zehong; Weissmann, Sarit; Wang, Minghui; Du, Baijuan; Huang, Lei; Wang, Lin; Tu, Xiaoyu; Zhong, Silin; Myers, Christopher; Brutnell, Thomas P; Sun, Qi; Li, Pinghua

    2015-01-01

    Leaves of C4 crops usually have higher radiation, water and nitrogen use efficiencies compared to the C3 species. Engineering C4 traits into C3 crops has been proposed as one of the most promising ways to repeal the biomass yield ceiling. To better understand the function of C4 photosynthesis, and to identify candidate genes that are associated with the C4 pathways, a comparative transcription network analysis was conducted on leaf developmental gradients of three C4 species including maize, green foxtail and sorghum and one C3 species, rice. By combining the methods of gene co-expression and differentially co-expression networks, we identified a total of 128 C4 specific genes. Besides the classic C4 shuttle genes, a new set of genes associated with light reaction, starch and sucrose metabolism, metabolites transportation, as well as transcription regulation, were identified as involved in C4 photosynthesis. These findings will provide important insights into the differential gene regulation between C3 and C4 species, and a good genetic resource for establishing C4 pathways in C3 crops. PMID:26465154

  7. Identification of Photosynthesis-Associated C4 Candidate Genes through Comparative Leaf Gradient Transcriptome in Multiple Lineages of C3 and C4 Species.

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    Full Text Available Leaves of C4 crops usually have higher radiation, water and nitrogen use efficiencies compared to the C3 species. Engineering C4 traits into C3 crops has been proposed as one of the most promising ways to repeal the biomass yield ceiling. To better understand the function of C4 photosynthesis, and to identify candidate genes that are associated with the C4 pathways, a comparative transcription network analysis was conducted on leaf developmental gradients of three C4 species including maize, green foxtail and sorghum and one C3 species, rice. By combining the methods of gene co-expression and differentially co-expression networks, we identified a total of 128 C4 specific genes. Besides the classic C4 shuttle genes, a new set of genes associated with light reaction, starch and sucrose metabolism, metabolites transportation, as well as transcription regulation, were identified as involved in C4 photosynthesis. These findings will provide important insights into the differential gene regulation between C3 and C4 species, and a good genetic resource for establishing C4 pathways in C3 crops.

  8. A specific assay for quantification of human C4c by use of an anti-C4c monoclonal antibody

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    Pilely, Katrine; Skjoedt, Mikkel-Ole; Nielsen, Christian; Andersen, Thomas Emil; Åbom, Anne; Vitved, Lars; Koch, Claus; Skjødt, Karsten; Palarasah, Yaseelan

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    The increasing evidence of the implication of the complement system in the pathogenesis of several diseases has emphasized the need for the development of specific and valid assays, optimized for quantitative detection of complement activation in vivo. In the present study, we have developed a...... and samples from factor I deficient patients. The specificity of the mAb was further evaluated by immunoprecipitation techniques and by analysis of eluted fragments of C4 after immunoaffinity chromatography. The anti-C4c mAb was confirmed to be C4c specific, as it showed no cross-reactivity with...... native (un-cleaved) C4, C4b, iC4b, or C4d. Also, no reaction was observed with C4 fragments in factor I deficient plasma or serum samples. We established and validated a sandwich ELISA based on this C4c specific antibody. The normal range of C4c in EDTA/futhan plasma collected from 100 Danish blood...

  9. Electron interactions with c-C4F8

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    The limited electron collision cross-section and transport-coefficient data for the plasma processing gas perfluorocyclobutane (c-C4F8) are synthesized, assessed, and discussed. These include cross sections for total electron scattering, differential elastic electron scattering, partial and total ionization, dissociation into neutral fragments, and electron attachment, as well as data on electron transport, ionization, and attachment coefficients. The available data on both the electron collision cross sections and the electron transport coefficients require confirmation. Also, measurements are needed of the momentum transfer and elastic integral cross sections, and of the cross sections for other significant low-energy electron collision processes such as vibrational and electronic excitation. In addition, electron transport data over a wider range of values of the density-reduced electric field are needed. The present assessment of data on electron affinity, attachment, and scattering suggests the existence of negative ion states near -0.6, 4.9, 6.9, 9.0, and 10.5 eV

  10. The intricate role of complement component C4 in human systemic lupus erythematosus.

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    Yang, Yan; Chung, Erwin K; Zhou, Bi; Lhotta, Karl; Hebert, Lee A; Birmingham, Daniel J; Rovin, Brad H; Yu, C Yung

    2004-01-01

    It was observed about 50 years ago that low serum complement activity or low protein concentrations of complement C4 concurred with disease activities of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Complete deficiencies of complement components C4A and C4B, albeit rare in human populations, are among the strongest genetic risk factors for SLE or lupus-like disease, across HLA haplotypes and racial backgrounds. However, whether heterozygous or partial deficiency of C4A (C4AQ0) or C4B (C4BQ0) is a predisposing factor for SLE has been a highly controversial topic. In this review we critically analyzed past epidemiologic studies on deficiency of C4A or C4B in human SLE. Cumulative results from more than 35 different studies revealed that heterozygous and homozygous deficiencies of C4A were present in 40-60% of SLE patients from almost all ethnic groups or races investigated, which included northern and central Europeans, Anglo-Saxons, Caucasians in the US, African Americans, Asian Chinese, Koreans and Japanese. In addition, French SLE and control populations had relatively low frequencies of C4AQ0, but the difference between the patient and control groups was statistically significant. The relative risk of C4AQ0 in SLE varied between 2.3 and 5.3 among different ethnic groups. In Caucasian and African SLE patients, the two major causes for C4AQ0 are (1) the presence of a mono-S RCCX (RP-C4-CYP21-TNX) module with a single, short C4B gene in the major histocompatibility complex; and (2) a 2-bp insertion into the sequence for codon 1213 at exon 29 of the mutant C4A gene. Both mono-S structures and 2-bp insertion in exon 29 are absent or extremely rare in the C4AQ0 of Oriental SLE patients. The highly significant association of C4AQ0 with SLE across multiple HLA haplotypes and ethnic groups, and the presence of different mechanisms leading to a C4A protein deficiency among SLE patients suggested that deficiency or low expression level of C4A protein is a primary risk factor for SLE

  11. In situ localization of NADP-malic enzyme in bundle sheath cells and leaf carbon isotope fractionation in two C4 grasses

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    Using an indirect immunofluorescence technique, we have provided further evidence on the subcellular localization of the NADP-dependent malic enzyme (EC 1.1.1.40) in the bundle sheath chloroplasts of some C4 grasses, including the two bluestem grasses Andropogon gerardi Vitman and Schizachyrium scoparium (Michx.) Nash, common C4 grasses of the prairies in the Great Plains. Leaf carbon isotope fractionation studies of the two bluestem species, grown in close proximity to each other, indicate that though both belong to the NADP-malic enzyme subtype of C4 plants, their δ13C values differ by 1.5‰. (author)

  12. A C4-oxidizing lytic polysaccharide monooxygenase cleaving both cellulose and cello-oligosaccharides.

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    Isaksen, Trine; Westereng, Bjørge; Aachmann, Finn L; Agger, Jane W; Kracher, Daniel; Kittl, Roman; Ludwig, Roland; Haltrich, Dietmar; Eijsink, Vincent G H; Horn, Svein J

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    Lignocellulosic biomass is a renewable resource that significantly can substitute fossil resources for the production of fuels, chemicals, and materials. Efficient saccharification of this biomass to fermentable sugars will be a key technology in future biorefineries. Traditionally, saccharification was thought to be accomplished by mixtures of hydrolytic enzymes. However, recently it has been shown that lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) contribute to this process by catalyzing oxidative cleavage of insoluble polysaccharides utilizing a mechanism involving molecular oxygen and an electron donor. These enzymes thus represent novel tools for the saccharification of plant biomass. Most characterized LPMOs, including all reported bacterial LPMOs, form aldonic acids, i.e., products oxidized in the C1 position of the terminal sugar. Oxidation at other positions has been observed, and there has been some debate concerning the nature of this position (C4 or C6). In this study, we have characterized an LPMO from Neurospora crassa (NcLPMO9C; also known as NCU02916 and NcGH61-3). Remarkably, and in contrast to all previously characterized LPMOs, which are active only on polysaccharides, NcLPMO9C is able to cleave soluble cello-oligosaccharides as short as a tetramer, a property that allowed detailed product analysis. Using mass spectrometry and NMR, we show that the cello-oligosaccharide products released by this enzyme contain a C4 gemdiol/keto group at the nonreducing end. PMID:24324265

  13. A C4-oxidizing Lytic Polysaccharide Monooxygenase Cleaving Both Cellulose and Cello-oligosaccharides*

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    Isaksen, Trine; Westereng, Bjørge; Aachmann, Finn L.; Agger, Jane W.; Kracher, Daniel; Kittl, Roman; Ludwig, Roland; Haltrich, Dietmar; Eijsink, Vincent G. H.; Horn, Svein J.

    2014-01-01

    Lignocellulosic biomass is a renewable resource that significantly can substitute fossil resources for the production of fuels, chemicals, and materials. Efficient saccharification of this biomass to fermentable sugars will be a key technology in future biorefineries. Traditionally, saccharification was thought to be accomplished by mixtures of hydrolytic enzymes. However, recently it has been shown that lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) contribute to this process by catalyzing oxidative cleavage of insoluble polysaccharides utilizing a mechanism involving molecular oxygen and an electron donor. These enzymes thus represent novel tools for the saccharification of plant biomass. Most characterized LPMOs, including all reported bacterial LPMOs, form aldonic acids, i.e., products oxidized in the C1 position of the terminal sugar. Oxidation at other positions has been observed, and there has been some debate concerning the nature of this position (C4 or C6). In this study, we have characterized an LPMO from Neurospora crassa (NcLPMO9C; also known as NCU02916 and NcGH61–3). Remarkably, and in contrast to all previously characterized LPMOs, which are active only on polysaccharides, NcLPMO9C is able to cleave soluble cello-oligosaccharides as short as a tetramer, a property that allowed detailed product analysis. Using mass spectrometry and NMR, we show that the cello-oligosaccharide products released by this enzyme contain a C4 gemdiol/keto group at the nonreducing end. PMID:24324265

  14. Carbon and oxygen isotope working standards from C3 and C4 photosynthates.

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    Spangenberg, Jorge E

    2006-09-01

    A preparation of organic working standards for the online measurement of 13C/12C and 18O/16O ratios in biological material is presented. The organic working standards are simple and inexpensive C3 and C4 carbohydrates (sugars or cellulose) from distinct geographic origin, including white sugar, toilet and XEROX papers from Switzerland, maize from Ivory Coast, cane sugar from Brazil, papyrus from Egypt, and the core of the stem of a Cyperus papyrus plant from Kenya. These photosynthetic products were compared with International Atomic Energy standards CH-3 and CH-6 and other calibration materials. The presented working standards cover a 15% range of 13C/12C ratios and 9% for 18O/16O, with a precision10. PMID:16870558

  15. DNA level in guard cells nuclei of Ornithogalum umbellatum ovary is 2C-4C

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    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available The DNA content after Feulgen reaction in the guard cells and epidermis of Omithogalum umbellatum ovary was cytophotometrically measured in different phases of flower development. Only in bud of flowers guard cells DNA content was 2C while in full blown flowers it was higher, between 2C-4C. This observation was supported by autoradiographic studies with 3H-thymidine which was incorporated into guard cell nuclei in the ovary epidermis of newly developed flowers. Thus DNA level in O. umbellatum guard cells was higher than those in other plants described in literature. On the other hand, DNA content in the epidermis cells increased gradually with ovary growth reaching the maximum level of 8C in some cells.

  16. Climate and CO2 modulate the C3-C4 balance and δ13C signal in simulated vegetation

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    D. Jolly

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Fossil pollen data and δ13C measurements from cores collected in peatbogs or lakes have shown major changes in the terrestrial vegetation during Late Quaternary. Although the effect of climate on the C3-C4 balance has been discussed for 50 years, the impact of a low atmospheric CO2 during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM was emphasized recently and conflicting evidence exists. In this paper, we use a physiologically-based biome model (BIOME4 in an iterative mode to simulate vegetation response to changing mean climate conditions and atmospheric CO2 partial pressure (pCO2. In particular, we investigate the transition from LGM to present conditions in two sites which changed from either a C4- or a C3-dominated vegetation to the opposite pole, respectively at Kuruyange (Burundi and Lingtaï (Central Loess Plateau, China. The response of the C3-C4 balance and δ13C signal in the simulated vegetation are investigated. The results show that the vegetation is primarily sensitive to temperature and pCO2. Rainfall impacted the simulated variables below a threshold which decreased with higher pCO2. Climate and pCO2 interacted differently between the two sites showing indirect effects on the δ13C signal. Moreover, the plant functional types (PFTs differed in their composition and in their response between the two sites, emphasizing that the competition between C3 and C4 plants cannot be hardly considered as a simple binary scheme. Our results confirm the advantages of using process-based models to understand past vegetation changes and the need to take account of multiple drivers when the C3-C4 balance is reconstructed from a palaeo-δ13C signal.

  17. Bundle sheath diffusive resistance to CO(2) and effectiveness of C(4) photosynthesis and refixation of photorespired CO(2) in a C(4) cycle mutant and wild-type Amaranthus edulis.

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    Kiirats, Olavi; Lea, Peter J; Franceschi, Vincent R; Edwards, Gerald E

    2002-10-01

    A mutant of the NAD-malic enzyme-type C(4) plant, Amaranthus edulis, which lacks phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC) in the mesophyll cells was studied. Analysis of CO(2) response curves of photosynthesis of the mutant, which has normal Kranz anatomy but lacks a functional C(4) cycle, provided a direct means of determining the liquid phase-diffusive resistance of atmospheric CO(2) to sites of ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylation inside bundle sheath (BS) chloroplasts (r(bs)) within intact plants. Comparisons were made with excised shoots of wild-type plants fed 3,3-dichloro-2-(dihydroxyphosphinoyl-methyl)-propenoate, an inhibitor of PEPC. Values of r(bs) in A. edulis were 70 to 180 m(2) s(-1) mol(-1), increasing as the leaf matured. This is about 70-fold higher than the liquid phase resistance for diffusion of CO(2) to Rubisco in mesophyll cells of C(3) plants. The values of r(bs) in A. edulis are sufficient for C(4) photosynthesis to elevate CO(2) in BS cells and to minimize photorespiration. The calculated CO(2) concentration in BS cells, which is dependent on input of r(bs), was about 2,000 microbar under maximum rates of CO(2) fixation, which is about six times the ambient level of CO(2). High re-assimilation of photorespired CO(2) was demonstrated in both mutant and wild-type plants at limiting CO(2) concentrations, which can be explained by high r(bs). Increasing O(2) from near zero up to ambient levels under low CO(2), resulted in an increase in the gross rate of O(2) evolution measured by chlorophyll fluorescence analysis in the PEPC mutant; this increase was simulated from a Rubisco kinetic model, which indicates effective refixation of photorespired CO(2) in BS cells. PMID:12376660

  18. Substitution of a single amino acid (aspartic acid for histidine) converts the functional activity of human complement C4B to C4A

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    The C4B isotype of the fourth component of human complement (C4) displays 3- to 4-fold greater hemolytic activity than does its other isotype C4A. This correlates with differences in their covalent binding efficiencies to erythrocytes coated with antibody and complement C1. C4A binds to a greater extent when C1 is on IgG immune aggregates. The differences in covalent binding properties correlate only with amino acid changes between residues 1101 and 1106 (pro-C4 numbering)-namely, Pro-1101, Cys-1102, Leu-1105, and Asp-1106 in C4A and Leu-1101, Ser-1102, Ile-1105, and His-1106 in C4B, which are located in the C4d region of the α chain. To more precisely identify the residues that are important for the functional differences, C4A-C4B hybrid proteins were constructed by using recombinant DNA techniques. Comparison of these by hemolytic assay and binding to IgG aggregates showed that the single substitution of aspartic acid for histidine at position 1106 largely accounted for the change in functional activity and nature of theformed. Surprisingly, substitution of a neutral residue, alanine, for histidine at position 1106 resulted in an increase in binding to immune aggregates without subsequent reduction in the hemolytic activity. This result strongly suggests that position 1106 is not catalytic as previously proposed but interacts sterically/electrostatically with potential acceptor sites and serves to select binding sites on potential acceptor molecules

  19. SysML对C4ISR系统建模的支持研究%Supporting Study on Modeling C4ISR Systems Based on SysML

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    张炜钟; 王智学; 朱卫星; 陈剑

    2011-01-01

    To solve the problems of accuracy and integrality of semantic specification for C4ISR modeling, a modeling method of analysis and design of C4 ISR based on the system modeling language (SysML) is proposed.Considering the mechanism of SysML, the supporting effect of the new requirement diagrams, parameter diagrams, extended block diagrams and activity diagrams of SysML in modeling C4ISR is researched.The superiority of rigor description and quantitative analysis of SysML for C4ISR modeling is discussed.With an example of aerial defence system, the modeling process based on SysML is researched.The results show that this method is feasible and effective for precise semantic modeling of C4ISR.%为解决C4ISR建模中的语义表达精确性和完整性问题,提出了基于系统建模语言(SysML)的C4ISR分析与设计建模方法.通过分析SysML的机制,研究了SysML新增的需求图、参数图和扩展的块图、活动图等模型对C4ISR建模的支持作用,探讨了其对C4ISR建模的精确描述和定量分析优势.以某区域防空系统为例,研究了基于SysML的系统建模分析过程,结果表明该文方法对于C4ISR的精确语义建模合理可行.

  20. Copper Causes Regiospecific Formation of C4F8-Containing Six-Membered Rings and their Defluorination/Aromatization to C4F4-Containing Rings in Triphenylene/1,4-C4F8I2 Reactions

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    Rippy, Kerry C.; Bukovsky, Eric V.; Clikeman, Tyler T.; Chen, Yu-Sheng; Hou, Gao-Lei; Wang, Xue B.; Popov, Alexey; Boltalina, Olga V.; Strauss, Steven H.

    2016-01-18

    The presence of Cu in reactions of triphenylene (TRPH) and 1,4-C4F8I2 at 360 °C led to regiospecific substitution of TRPH ortho C(β) atoms to form C4F8-containing rings, completely suppressing substitution on C(α) atoms. In addition, Cu caused selective reductive-defluorination/aromatization (RD/A) to form C4F4- containing aromatic rings. Without Cu, the reactions of TRPH and 1,4- C4F8I2 were not regiospecific and no RD/A was observed. These results, supported by DFT calculations, are the first examples of Cupromoted (i) regiospecific perfluoroannulation, (ii) preparative C–F activation, and (iii) RD/A. HPLC-purified products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, low-temperature PES, and 1H/19F NMR.

  1. Soil Organic Matter \\delta 13C across the Great Plains grasslands: both rainfall and temperature control C3 vs. C4 productivity

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    von Fischer, J. C.; Tieszen, L. L.

    2004-12-01

    Grass species that dominate the Great Plains grasslands assimilate CO2 by one of two photosynthetic systems, C3 or C4, with the proportions of these types largely controlled by climate. Because C3 and C4 plants differ in their magnitudes of carbon isotope fractionation, regional and global scale biogeochemical analyses (e.g., isotopic inversion studies of CO2) depend on knowing the relative activity of these groups and how they vary with climate. However, regional analyses of C3/C4 proportions, such as Teeri and Stowe (1979), have measured species composition but not relative production. To quantify the relationship between climate and relative production, we have analyzed the carbon isotope composition of soil organic matter (SOM) from 75 native prairie relicts across the Great Plains and compared these values to long-term (30-year mean) climate data. Although temperature has long been recognized as a key determinant of C3 vs. C4 success because of its effects on photorespiration, we find that the timing of rainfall is an additional important predictor; increased rainfall in summer months leads to increased relative production of C4 species. This finding adds complexity to the dominant view that temperature alone controls C3/C4 balance, and suggests that regional scale biogeochemical studies should evaluate the degree to which rainfall is included as a predictor of C3 vs. C4 productivity.

  2. Evolutionary implications of C3 -C4 intermediates in the grass Alloteropsis semialata.

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    Lundgren, Marjorie R; Christin, Pascal-Antoine; Escobar, Emmanuel Gonzalez; Ripley, Brad S; Besnard, Guillaume; Long, Christine M; Hattersley, Paul W; Ellis, Roger P; Leegood, Richard C; Osborne, Colin P

    2016-09-01

    C4 photosynthesis is a complex trait resulting from a series of anatomical and biochemical modifications to the ancestral C3 pathway. It is thought to evolve in a stepwise manner, creating intermediates with different combinations of C4 -like components. Determining the adaptive value of these components is key to understanding how C4 photosynthesis can gradually assemble through natural selection. Here, we decompose the photosynthetic phenotypes of numerous individuals of the grass Alloteropsis semialata, the only species known to include both C3 and C4 genotypes. Analyses of δ(13) C, physiology and leaf anatomy demonstrate for the first time the existence of physiological C3 -C4 intermediate individuals in the species. Based on previous phylogenetic analyses, the C3 -C4 individuals are not hybrids between the C3 and C4 genotypes analysed, but instead belong to a distinct genetic lineage, and might have given rise to C4 descendants. C3 A. semialata, present in colder climates, likely represents a reversal from a C3 -C4 intermediate state, indicating that, unlike C4 photosynthesis, evolution of the C3 -C4 phenotype is not irreversible. PMID:26524631

  3. Expression of the peptide C4b‐binding protein β in the arthritic joint

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    Sánchez‐Pernaute, O; Esparza‐Gordillo, J; Largo, R; Calvo, E; Alvarez‐Soria, M A; Marcos, M E; Herrero‐Beaumont, G; de Córdoba, S R

    2006-01-01

    Background C4b‐binding protein (C4BP) is a plasma oligomeric glycoprotein that participates in the regulation of complement and haemostasis. Complement‐regulatory activity depends on the C4BPα‐polypeptide, whereas the C4BPβ‐polypeptide inactivates protein S, interfering with the anti‐coagulatory protein C‐dependent pathway. Objective To investigate the expression of C4BPβ in the rheumatoid joint. Methods Expression of C4BP was studied in synovial explants from patients with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and healthy controls, using immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridisation. C4BP isoforms and free C4BPβ were studied in synovial effusions from patients with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and microcrystalline arthritis (MCA) by immunoblotting; total and free protein S levels were studied by enzyme immunoassay. Results C4BPβ was overexpressed in the synovial membranes of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, in close association with the severity of synovitis and the extension of interstitial fibrin deposits. As many as 85% fluids from patients with rheumatoid arthritis contained free C4BPβ, whereas this unusual polypeptide was present in 50% fluids from patients with MCA and 40% fluids from patients with osteoarthritis. Free protein S at the effusions was pathologically reduced in patients with rheumatoid arthrits and MCA, and remained normal in patients with osteoarthritis. Conclusion C4BPβ is expressed by the inflamed synovial tissue, where it can participate in processes of tissue remodelling associated with invasive growth. PMID:16679431

  4. 萃取精馏分离C4的过程设计%Process Design for Separating C4 Mixtures by Extractive Distillation

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    雷志刚; 陈标华; 李建伟

    2003-01-01

    C4 components are useful in industry and should be separated as individuals. A new process wasproposed to separate them by extractive distillation, with the advantages of low equipment investment, energyconsumption and liquid load in the columns. One principle to improve the extractive distillation process was putforward. Moreover, the analysis of operation state of the new process was done. There were eight operation statesfound for the whole process, but only one operation state was desirable. This work provides a way to effectivelyseparate C4 mixtures and helps the reasonable utilization of C4 resource.

  5. Leptospira interrogans Lsa23 protein recruits plasminogen, factor H and C4BP from normal human serum and mediates C3b and C4b degradation.

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    Siqueira, Gabriela H; Atzingen, Marina V; de Souza, Gisele O; Vasconcellos, Silvio A; Nascimento, Ana L T O

    2016-02-01

    It has been reported that pathogenic Leptospira are resistant to normal human serum (NHS) due to their ability to evade the complement immune system by interacting with factor H (FH) and C4b-binding protein (C4BP) regulators. Moreover, plasmin generation on the leptospiral surface diminishes C3b and IgG deposition, decreasing opsonophagocytosis by immune competent cells. We have previously reported that Lsa23 (LIC11360) is a multipurpose protein capable of binding purified extracellular matrix molecules, FH, C4BP and plasminogen (PLG)/plasmin in the presence of PLG activators. In this work, we provide further evidence that Lsa23 is located at the bacterial surface by using immunofluorescence microscopy. We show that Lsa23 has the ability to acquire FH, C4BP and PLG from NHS, and use these interactions to evade innate immunity. The binding with the complement regulators FH and C4BP preserves factor I (FI) activity, leading to C3b and C4b degradation products, respectively. C3b and C4b alpha-chain cleavage was also observed when Lsa23 bound to PLG generating plasmin, an effect blocked by the protease inhibitor aprotinin. Lsa23 also inhibited lytic activity by NHS mediated by both classical and alternative complement pathways. Thus, Lsa23 has the ability to block both pathways of the complement system, and may help pathogenic Leptospira to escape complement-mediated clearance in human hosts. Indeed, NHS treated with Lsa23 confers a partial serum resistance phenotype to Leptospira biflexa, whereas blocking this protein with anti-Lsa23 renders pathogenic L. interrogans more susceptible to complement-mediated killing. Thus, Lsa23 is a multifunctional protein involved in many pathways, featuring C4b cleavage by plasmin, knowledge that may help in the development of preventive approaches to intervene with human complement escape by this versatile pathogen. PMID:26614523

  6. Analysis of C4 Oligmer and Its Hydrogenated Product%C4齐聚物及其加氢产物的分析

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    薛慧峰; 笪敏峰; 赵家林

    2004-01-01

    The components in C4 oligmer and its hydrogenated product were separated on capillary columns. The methods including retention time, chemical reaction, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and gas chromatography-infrared spectrmetry were used to identify the components. The content of component was calculated by area normalization.The comparative analysis of C8 hydrocarbons in C4 oligmer and its hydrogenated product shows that the results are obviously different due to different conditions of hydrogenation.

  7. Topological Analysis of Electron Density on the Halogen-bonding Interactions Between C_4H_6O,C_4H_6S and XF(X=F,Cl,Br)%C_4H_6O,C_4H_6S与XF(X=F,Cl,Br)分子间卤键的电子密度拓扑研究

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    曾艳丽; 吉丽婷; 郑世钧; 孟令鹏

    2011-01-01

    Theoretical studies on the halogen-bonding interactions of 2,5-dihydrofuran,2,5-dihydro-thiophene and XF(X=F,Cl,Br) were investigated at the MP2/aug-cc-pVDZ level.Results show that both n-type and π-type halogen-bonded complexes can be formed between C4H6O,C4H6S and XF.For C4H6O…XF(n),C4H6O…XF(π) and C4H6S…XF(π),the interaction energies,electron densities at the halogen bond critical point,and the charge transfer amount from donor to acceptor are all in sequence of B…F2B…ClFB…BrF(B=C4H6O and C4H6S).The halogen-bonding interactions of C4H6O…BrF(n),C4H6O…BrF(π),C4H6S…F2(n),C4H6S…ClF(n),C4H6S…BrF(n) and C4H6S…BrF(π) are stronger,with bond character between covalent and ionic.The other halogen-bonding interactions are weaker,with bond character "closed-shell" electrostatic interactions.%运用MP2/aug-cc-pVDZ方法对2,5-二氢呋喃,2,5-二氢噻吩与XF(X=F,Cl,Br)之间的卤键作用进行了理论研究.研究发现:C4H6O,C4H6S与XF之间不仅存在O(S)…XF n型卤键,C=C双键与XF分子亦可形成π型卤键;对于C4H6O与XF之间的n型和π型卤键以及C4H6S与XF之间的π型卤键,卤键键能ΔE、键鞍点处的电子密度ρ(rc)以及电子给体到受体之间的电子转移数Δq(XF)均按B…F2〈B…ClF〈B…BrF(B=C4H6O,C4H6S)的顺序依次增大;对于卤键键能较大的体系C4H6O…BrF(n),C4H6O…BrF(π),C4H6S…F2(n),C4H6S…ClF(n),C4H6S…BrF(n),C4H6S…BrF(π),卤键作用介于离子键和共价键之间;而对于其它的卤键键能较小的体系,卤键作用为闭壳层静电作用.

  8. Using vegetation model-to-data comparisons to test the role of abiotic factors in the Neogene and Quaternary origins of modern C4 grasslands

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    Fox, D. L.; Strömberg, C.; Pau, S.; Taylor, L.; Lehmann, C.; Osborne, C.; Beerling, D. J.; Still, C. J.

    2014-12-01

    Grasslands dominated by taxa using the C4 photosynthetic pathway evolved on several continents during the Neogene and Quaternary, long after C4 photosynthesis first evolved among grasses. The histories of these ecosystems are relatively well documented in the geological record from stable carbon isotopes (fossil vertebrate herbivores, paleosols) and the plant microfossil record (pollen, phytoliths). The distinct biogeography and ecophysiology of modern C3 and C4 grasses have led to hypotheses explaining the origins of C4 grasslands in terms of long term changes in the Earth system such as increased aridity and decreasing atmospheric pCO2. However, proxies for key parameters of these hypotheses (e.g., temperature, precipitation, pCO2) are still in development, not yet widely applied, or remain contentious, so testing the hypotheses globally remains difficult. To understand better possible links between changes in the Earth system and the origin of C4 grasslands on different continents, we are undertaking a global scale comparison between observational records of C4 grass abundances in Miocene and Pliocene localities compiled from the literature, and three increasingly complex models of C4 dominance and abundance. The literature compilation comprises >2,600 δ13C values of both fossil vertebrates and of paleosol carbonates and >6,700 paleobotanical records. We are using paleoclimate output from the HadCM3L GCM over a range of pCO2 values for each epoch to model C4 dominance or abundance in grid cells as (Model 1) months per year exceeding the temperature at which net assimilation is greater for C4 than C3 photosynthesis (crossover temperature); (Model 2) the number of months per year exceeding the crossover temperature and having sufficient precipitation for growth (≥25 cm/yr; Collatz model); and (Model 3) the Sheffield Dynamic Global Vegetation Model (SDGVM), output from which includes biomass (g C/m2/yr) for distinct structural components (roots, stems, leaves

  9. Pressure effect on structural, elastic, and thermodynamic properties of tetragonal B4C4

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    The compressibility, elastic anisotropy, and thermodynamic properties of the recently proposed tetragonal B4C4 (t-B4C4) are investigated under high temperature and high pressure by using of first-principles calculations method. The elastic constants, bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young’s modulus, Vickers hardness, Pugh’s modulus ratio, and Poisson’s ratio for t-B4C4 under various pressures are systematically explored, the obtained results indicate that t-B4C4 is a stiffer material. The elastic anisotropies of t-B4C4 are discussed in detail under pressure from 0 GPa to 100 GPa. The thermodynamic properties of t-B4C4, such as Debye temperature, heat capacity, and thermal expansion coefficient are investigated by the quasi-harmonic Debye model

  10. Pressure effect on structural, elastic, and thermodynamic properties of tetragonal B4C4

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The compressibility, elastic anisotropy, and thermodynamic properties of the recently proposed tetragonal B4C4 (t-B4C4 are investigated under high temperature and high pressure by using of first-principles calculations method. The elastic constants, bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young’s modulus, Vickers hardness, Pugh’s modulus ratio, and Poisson’s ratio for t-B4C4 under various pressures are systematically explored, the obtained results indicate that t-B4C4 is a stiffer material. The elastic anisotropies of t-B4C4 are discussed in detail under pressure from 0 GPa to 100 GPa. The thermodynamic properties of t-B4C4, such as Debye temperature, heat capacity, and thermal expansion coefficient are investigated by the quasi-harmonic Debye model.

  11. Virulence of Streptococcus mutans: Restoration of Pathogenesis of a Glucosyltransferase-Defective Mutant (C4)

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    Hirasawa, Masatomo; Kiyono, Hiroshi; Shiota, Tetsuo; HULL, RICHARD A.; Curtiss, Roy; Michalek, Suzanne M.; Mcghee, Jerry R

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    Previous studies have shown that a mutant (designated C4) of Streptococcus mutans 6715 wild type (WT) is defective in glucosyltransferase (GTF)-synthesized insoluble glucan and is avirulent in gnotobiotic rats. This study investigated the factors which would render this mutant virulent in gnotobiotic rats. Microbial analysis of plaque from gnotobiotic rats (45 days old) infected with a mixture of C4 and virulent S. mutans PS-14 (approximately 15,000 C4 organisms to each S. mutans PS-14) yield...

  12. Macro-Climatic Distribution Limits Show Both Niche Expansion and Niche Specialization among C4 Panicoids

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    Lone Aagesen; Fernando Biganzoli; Julia Bena; Godoy-Bürki, Ana C.; Renata Reinheimer; Fernando O. Zuloaga

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    Grasses are ancestrally tropical understory species whose current dominance in warm open habitats is linked to the evolution of C4 photosynthesis. C4 grasses maintain high rates of photosynthesis in warm and water stressed environments, and the syndrome is considered to induce niche shifts into these habitats while adaptation to cold ones may be compromised. Global biogeographic analyses of C4 grasses have, however, concentrated on diversity patterns, while paying little attention to distribu...

  13. Contrasting strategies to cope with drought conditions by two tropical forage C4 grasses

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    Cardoso, Juan Andrés; Pineda, Marcela; Jiménez, Juan de la Cruz; Vergara, Manuel Fernando; Rao, Idupulapati M.

    2015-01-01

    Drought severely limits forage productivity of C4 grasses across the tropics. The avoidance of water deficit by increasing the capacity for water uptake or by controlling water loss are common responses in forage C4 grasses. Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum) and Brachiaria hybrid cv. Mulato II are tropical C4 grasses used for livestock production due to their reputed resistance to drought conditions. However, there is scant information on the mechanisms used by these grasses to overcome wat...

  14. An increase in expression of Pyruvate Pi Dikinase and its high activation energy correspond to cold-tolerant C4 photosynthesis of Miscanthus x giganteus

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    Miscanthus x giganteus is exceptional among C4 plants in its ability to produce leaves and photosynthesize at low temperature. While the most cold-adapted Zea mays lines show loss of photosynthetic capacity when transferred to 14 deg C, M. x giganteus shows no loss and can continue photosynthesis do...

  15. An increase in expression of Pyruvate Pi Dikinase and its high activation energy correspond to cold-tolerant C4 photosynthesis of Miscanthus x giganteus

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    Miscanthus x giganteus is exceptional among C4 plants in its ability to produce leaves and photosynthesize at low temperature. While the most cold-adapted Zea mays lines show loss of photosynthetic capacity when transferred to 14 oC, M. x giganteus shows no loss and can continue photosynthesis down ...

  16. Species-dependent partitioning of C and N stable isotopes between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and their C3 and C4 hosts

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    Courty, P.-E.; Doubková, Pavla; Calabrese, S.; Niemann, H.; Lehmann, M. F.; Vosátka, Miroslav; Selosse,, M.-A.

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    Roč. 82, Mar 2015 (2015), s. 52-61. ISSN 0038-0717 Institutional support: RVO:67985939 Keywords : arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis * carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes * C3 and C4 plants Subject RIV: EF - Botanics Impact factor: 3.932, year: 2014

  17. Systems biology and metabolic modelling unveils limitations to polyhydroxybutyrate accumulation in sugarcane leaves; lessons for C4 engineering.

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    McQualter, Richard B; Bellasio, Chandra; Gebbie, Leigh K; Petrasovits, Lars A; Palfreyman, Robin W; Hodson, Mark P; Plan, Manuel R; Blackman, Deborah M; Brumbley, Stevens M; Nielsen, Lars K

    2016-02-01

    In planta production of the bioplastic polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) is one important way in which plant biotechnology can address environmental problems and emerging issues related to peak oil. However, high biomass C4 plants such as maize, switch grass and sugarcane develop adverse phenotypes including stunting, chlorosis and reduced biomass as PHB levels in leaves increase. In this study, we explore limitations to PHB accumulation in sugarcane chloroplasts using a systems biology approach, coupled with a metabolic model of C4 photosynthesis. Decreased assimilation was evident in high PHB-producing sugarcane plants, which also showed a dramatic decrease in sucrose and starch content of leaves. A subtle decrease in the C/N ratio was found which was not associated with a decrease in total protein content. An increase in amino acids used for nitrogen recapture was also observed. Based on the accumulation of substrates of ATP-dependent reactions, we hypothesized ATP starvation in bundle sheath chloroplasts. This was supported by mRNA differential expression patterns. The disruption in ATP supply in bundle sheath cells appears to be linked to the physical presence of the PHB polymer which may disrupt photosynthesis by scattering photosynthetically active radiation and/or physically disrupting thylakoid membranes. PMID:26015295

  18. The Importance of C4d in Biopsies of Kidney Transplant Recipients

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    Marlene Antônia dos Reis; Laura Penna Rocha; Ana Carolina Guimarães Faleiros; Camila Souza de Oliveira Guimarães; Fernanda Rodrigues Helmo; Juliana Reis Machado; Marcos Vinícius da Silva; Rosana Rosa Miranda Corrêa

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    Antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) is highly detrimental to the prolonged survival of transplanted kidneys. C4d has been regarded as a footprint of AMR tissue damage, and the introduction of C4d staining in daily clinical practice aroused an ever-increasing interest in the role of antibody-mediated mechanisms in allograft rejection. Despite the general acceptance of the usefulness of C4d in the identification of acute AMR, the data for C4d staining in chronic AMR is variable. The presence of C...

  19. Synergistic effect of surfactin from Bacillus subtilis C4 and Achyrocline satureioides extracts on the viability of Paenibacillus larvae.

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    Sabaté, D C; Gonzaléz, M J; Porrini, M P; Eguaras, M J; Audisio, M C; Marioli, J M

    2012-04-01

    The aim of this work was to determine the in vitro effect of the mixture between the lipopeptide surfactin, synthesized by Bacillus subtilis C4 (strain isolated from honey) and the most active vegetal extract from Achyrocline satureioides, a traditional medicinal plant, on local strains of Paenibacillus larvae, the agent of American Foulbrood in honeybees. Five P. larvae strains isolated in Córdoba, Argentina, were phenotypically characterized. These and 12 other P. larvae strains from different regions of Argentina were analysed. The antimicrobial activities of the essential oil, hexane (HE) and benzene extracts from A. satureioides were assessed against P. larvae and the HE showed the highest anti-P. larvae activity. A combination of the biosurfactant surfactin, produced by B. subtilis C4, and the HE of A. satureioides revealed a synergistic action on P. larvae. The effective surfactin concentration in the mixture decreased from 32 to 1 μg ml(-1) and the HE concentration from 32 to 4 μg ml(-1), values similar or equal to minimal inhibitory concentrations observed for oxytetracycline. The fractional inhibitory concentration index confirmed synergism in 4 strains and partial synergism in one strain. The combination of surfactin synthesized by B. subtilis C4 and the HE from A. satureioides could be a natural alternative to help beekeepers to combat the American foulbrood agent P. larvae. PMID:22805922

  20. A Modified Thermal Time Model Quantifying Germination Response to Temperature for C 3 and C 4 Species in Temperate Grassland

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    Hongxiang Zhang; Yu Tian; Daowei Zhou

    2015-01-01

    Thermal-based germination models are widely used to predict germination rate and germination timing of plants. However, comparison of model parameters between large numbers of species is rare. In this study, seeds of 27 species including 12 C 4 and 15 C 3 species were germinated at a range of constant temperatures from 5 °C to 40 °C. We used a modified thermal time model to calculate germination parameters at suboptimal temperatures. Generally, the optimal germination temperature was higher...

  1. Development of architecture for digital I and C system using C4ISR framework

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    The architect framework for the digital I and C system is presented in this work. With rapid changes in digital I and C technology, there is a strong need to provide uniform methods to describe the system functions and their performance in context with the physical configuration and logical behavior. C4ISR framework would provide the process and method for the digital system in that it allows the three different views of operational, systems and services, and technical standards. Therefore, stakeholders can share information that is related to the system interfaces, the actions or activities that those components perform, and rules or constraints for those activities from the initial state of system development. As a result, the lifecycle cost and development time for the digital I and C system can also be optimized. These benefits can be obtained by introducing views and products to reveal the logical, behavioral, and performance characteristics of the architecture. To prove this approach, the plant protection system (PPS) is chosen and the architect framework is developed. (author)

  2. The effect of timing of growing season drought on flowering of a dominant C4 grass.

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    Dietrich, John D; Smith, Melinda D

    2016-06-01

    Timing of precipitation is equally important as amount for determining ecosystem function, especially aboveground net primary productivity (ANPP), in a number of ecosystems. In tallgrass prairie of the Central Plains of North America, grass flowering stalks of dominant C4 grasses, such as Andropogon gerardii, can account for more than 70 % of ANPP, or almost none of it, as the number of flowering stalks produced is highly variable. Although growing season precipitation amount is important for driving variation in flowering stalk production, it remains unknown whether there are critical periods within the growing season in which sufficient rainfall must occur to allow for flowering. The effect of timing of rainfall deficit (drought) on flowering of A. gerardii, was tested by excluding rainfall during three periods within the growing season (starting in mid-April, mid-May and mid-June). Mid-summer drought (starting in mid-June) strongly reduced the flowering rate (e.g., density and biomass) of A. gerardii (e.g., as high as 94 % compared to the control), suggesting flowering is highly sensitive to precipitation at this time. This effect appeared to be related to plant water status at the time of flowering stalk initiation, rather than an indirect consequence of reduced C assimilation. Our results suggest that increased frequency of growing season drought forecast with climate change could reduce sexual reproduction in this dominant grass species, particularly if it coincides with timing of flowering stalk initiation, with important implications for ecosystem functioning. PMID:26886131

  3. Human pentraxin 3 binds to the complement regulator c4b-binding protein.

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    Full Text Available The long pentraxin 3 (PTX3 is a soluble recognition molecule with multiple functions including innate immune defense against certain microbes and the clearance of apoptotic cells. PTX3 interacts with recognition molecules of the classical and lectin complement pathways and thus initiates complement activation. In addition, binding of PTX3 to the alternative complement pathway regulator factor H was shown. Here, we show that PTX3 binds to the classical and lectin pathway regulator C4b-binding protein (C4BP. A PTX3-binding site was identified within short consensus repeats 1-3 of the C4BP α-chain. PTX3 did not interfere with the cofactor activity of C4BP in the fluid phase and C4BP maintained its complement regulatory activity when bound to PTX3 on surfaces. While C4BP and factor H did not compete for PTX3 binding, the interaction of C4BP with PTX3 was inhibited by C1q and by L-ficolin. PTX3 bound to human fibroblast- and endothelial cell-derived extracellular matrices and recruited functionally active C4BP to these surfaces. Whereas PTX3 enhanced the activation of the classical/lectin pathway and caused enhanced C3 deposition on extracellular matrix, deposition of terminal pathway components and the generation of the inflammatory mediator C5a were not increased. Furthermore, PTX3 enhanced the binding of C4BP to late apoptotic cells, which resulted in an increased rate of inactivation of cell surface bound C4b and a reduction in the deposition of C5b-9. Thus, in addition to complement activators, PTX3 interacts with complement inhibitors including C4BP. This balanced interaction on extracellular matrix and on apoptotic cells may prevent excessive local complement activation that would otherwise lead to inflammation and host tissue damage.

  4. Identification and characterization of leukotriene C4 receptors in isolated rat renal glomeruli

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    The immediate reduction of renal blood flow and glomerular filtration rate in response to intravenous infusion of leukotriene C4 in the rat prompted an analysis of isolated rat renal glomeruli for the presence of specific receptors for leukotriene C4. Specific binding of [3H]leukotriene C4 to glomeruli increased in a time-dependent manner, reached equilibrium after 60 minutes of incubation at 4 degrees C, and was 80% reversible upon addition of excess unlabeled leukotriene C4 at equilibrium. Specific binding of [3H]leukotriene C4 to glomeruli increased in a dose-dependent manner, approaching saturation at concentrations of 40-60 nM. Inhibition of binding of [3H]leukotriene C4 with increasing concentrations of unlabeled leukotriene C4 was dose dependent. The equilibrium dissociation constant for [3H]leukotriene C4 binding to glomeruli, calculated from saturation and competitive binding-inhibition studies, was 25 +/- 7 nM and 35 +/- 16 nM, respectively, and glomerular leukotriene C4 receptor density was 8.5 +/- 1.5 and 9.0 +/- 3.0 pmol/mg protein, respectively. The other natural vasoactive sulfidopeptide leukotrienes, leukotriene D4 and leukotriene E4, the chemotactic agent, leukotriene B4, and the sulfidopeptide leukotriene antagonist, FPL 55712, competed for the receptor at concentrations 2-3 orders of magnitude higher than the homoligand, leukotriene C4. The binding and specificity characteristics of the glomerular leukotriene C4 receptor are similar to those previously reported for the DDT1 nonvascular smooth muscle cell line derived from hamster vas deferens, for guinea pig ileum smooth muscle, and for a subcellular fraction of rat lung homogenate, and represent the first characterization of such a receptor in a vascular tissue

  5. Complement activation in astrocytomas: deposition of C4d and patient outcome

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    C4d is a cleavage product of complement component C4 and is considered to serve as a marker for the site of complement activation. In this study C4d staining of grade I-IV astrocytic tumors was studied to explore if there is an association between complement activation and the grade of tumor, or patient survival. Tissue micro-array samples of 102 astrocytomas were stained immunohistochemically. The material consisted of 9 pilocytic astrocytomas and 93 grade II-IV astrocytomas, of which 67 were primary resections and 26 recurrent tumors. The intensity of C4d staining as well as extent of C4d and CD34 staining were evaluated. The intensity of C4d staining was scored semiquantitatively. The extent of the staining was counted morphometrically with a point counting grid yielding a percent of C4d and CD34 positive area of the sample. The intensity and extent of C4d staining increased in grade II-IV diffusely infiltrating astrocytoma tumors in line with the malignancy grade (p = 0.034 and p = 0.016, respectively, Kruskal-Wallis test). However, C4d positive tumor area percentages were higher in grade I pilocytic astrocytomas than in grade II-IV diffusely infiltrating astrocytomas (p = 0.041, Mann–Whitney test). There was a significant correlation between CD34 positive and C4d positive endothelial area fraction in diffusely infiltrating astrocytomas (p < 0.001, Pearson correlation). In these tumors, the increasing intensity of C4d staining was also associated with worsened patient outcome (p = 0.014, log-rank test). The worsening of patient outcome and malignant progression of tumor cells seem to be connected to microenvironmental changes evoked by chronically activated complement

  6. Non-specific phospholipase C4 mediates response to aluminum toxicity in Arabidopsis thaliana

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    Přemysl ePejchar

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Aluminum ions (Al have been recognized as a major toxic factor for crop production in acidic soils. The first indication of the Al toxicity in plants is the cessation of root growth, but the mechanism of root growth inhibition is largely unknown. Here we examined the impact of Al on the expression, activity and function of the non-specific phospholipase C4 (NPC4, a plasma membrane-bound isoform of NPC, a member of the plant phospholipase family, in Arabidopsis thaliana.We observed a lower expression of NPC4 using GUS assay and a decreased formation of labeled diacylglycerol, product of NPC activity, using fluorescently labeled phosphatidylcholine as a phospholipase substrate in Arabidopsis WT seedlings treated with AlCl3 for 2 h. The effect on in situ NPC activity persisted for longer Al treatment periods (8, 14 h. Interestingly, in seedlings overexpressing NPC4, the Al-mediated NPC-inhibiting effect was alleviated at 14 h. However, in vitro activity and localization of NPC4 were not affected by Al, thus excluding direct inhibition by Al ions or possible translocation of NPC4 as the mechanisms involved in NPC-inhibiting effect. Furthermore, the growth of tobacco pollen tubes rapidly arrested by Al was partially rescued by the overexpression of AtNPC4 while Arabidopsis npc4 knockout lines were found to be more sensitive to Al stress during long-term exposure of Al at low phosphate conditions.Our observations suggest that NPC4 plays a role in both early and long-term responses to Al stress.

  7. Bundle Sheath Leakiness and Light Limitation during C-4 Leaf and Canopy CO2 Uptake

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    Kromdijk, J.; Schepers, H.E.; Albanito, F.; Fitton, N.; Carroll, F.; Jones, M.B.; Finnan, J.; Lanigan, G.J.; Griffiths, H.

    2008-01-01

    Perennial species with the C-4 pathway hold promise for biomass-based energy sources. We have explored the extent that CO2 uptake of such species may be limited by light in a temperate climate. One energetic cost of the C-4 pathway is the leakiness (phi) of bundle sheath tissues, whereby a variable

  8. The superfamily of C3b/C4b-binding proteins

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    Kristensen, Torsten; D'Eustachio, P; Ogata, R T;

    1987-01-01

    The determination of primary structures by amino acid and nucleotide sequencing for the C3b-and/or C4b-binding proteins H, C4BP, CR1, B, and C2 has revealed the presence of a common structural element. This element is approximately 60 amino acids long and is repeated in a tandem fashion, commenci...

  9. 26 CFR 1.381(c)(4)-1 - Method of accounting.

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    ... 26 Internal Revenue 4 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Method of accounting. 1.381(c)(4)-1 Section 1... TAX (CONTINUED) INCOME TAXES Insolvency Reorganizations § 1.381(c)(4)-1 Method of accounting. (a... section 381(a) applies, an acquiring corporation shall use the same method of accounting used by...

  10. New Introductions of Enterovirus 71 Subgenogroup C4 Strains, France, 2012

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    Schuffenecker, Isabelle; Henquell, Cécile; Mirand, Audrey; Coste-Burel, Marianne; Marque-Juillet, Stéphanie; Desbois, Delphine; Lagathu, Gisèle; Bornebusch, Laure; Bailly, Jean-Luc; Lina, Bruno

    2014-01-01

    In France during 2012, human enterovirus 71 (EV-A71) subgenogroup C4 strains were detected in 4 children hospitalized for neonatal fever or meningitis. Phylogenetic analysis showed novel and independent EV-A71 introductions, presumably from China, and suggested circulation of C4 strains throughout France. This observation emphasizes the need for monitoring EV-A71 infections in Europe.

  11. Low-energy electron capture by C4+ ions from atomic hydrogen

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    Bliek, FW; Hoekstra, R; Bannister, ME; Havener, CC

    1997-01-01

    The total-electron-capture cross section for collisions of C4+ with ground-state hydrogen (deuterium) is measured in the energy range 6-1000 eV/u using the merged-beam technique. The fraction of C4+ metastable ions present in the ion beam is measured to be 5%, which results in a correction to the cr

  12. Stable Carbon Isotope Ratios of Individual Pollen Grains as a Proxy for C3- Versus C4-Grass Abundance in Paleorecords: A Validation Study

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    Nelson, D. M.; Hu, F.; Pearson, A.

    2007-12-01

    distinguishing C3 and C4 shifts. At 9 of the 10 sites C/N values indicate that surface-sediment organic matter was derived primarily from aquatic production. At the one site where organic matter was produced primarily by vascular plants the δ13C value (-29.3°) suggests organic matter derived exclusively from C3 plants. However, ~80% of the grasses on the landscape at this site are C4 grasses. The C3- like bulk-sediment δ13C value likely represents woody species, which comprise >90% of the pollen spectra. Thus δ13C analysis of single grains of grass pollen offers a new tool to classify grass pollen into two major functional groups and promises to advance our understanding of grassland ecology and evolution. Reference Nelson, D.M., Hu, F.S., Mikucki, J., Tian, J., and Pearson, A., 2007, Carbon isotopic analysis of individual pollen grains from C3 and C4 grasses using a spooling wire microcombustion interface: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 71, p. 4005-4014.

  13. Molecular Design of Separating C4 by Extractive Distillation with ACN%ACN萃取精馏分离C4的分子设计

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    雷志刚; 王洪有; 段占庭; 周荣琪

    2000-01-01

    ACN萃取精馏分离C4的助溶剂进行分子设计,以代替原有的水.将设计分子分为有机物和盐类分别进行,设计结果经过比较后认为ACN加盐能够有效地提高C4的相对挥发度,在此基础上与实验值对照吻合一致.萃取精馏的分子设计能够减少实验工作量.

  14. Molecular modeling of human complement component C4 and its fragments by X-ray and neutron solution scattering

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    The solution structures of human complement component C4 and five derived fragments, C4u, C4(a + b), C4b, C4c, and C4d, were analyzed by synchrotron X-ray and neutron scattering. The X-ray radii of gyration RG for C4, C4u, and C4(a + b) in H2O buffers are similar at 5.23-5.28 nm. Molecular mass calculations using X-rays and neutrons show unexpectedly that C4c is dimeric; however, all the other forms are monomeric. C4c2 has an X-ray RG of 5.18 nm and an RXS of 2.89 nm. Neutron contrast variation gives RG values at infinite contrast of 4.87-4.93 nm for C4 and C4u, 4.79 nm for C4b, 4.94 nm for C4c2, and 2.69 nm for C4d. The RXS values at infinite contrast are 2.23-2.25 nm for C4 and C4u, 1.89 nm for C4b, and 2.62 nm for C4c2. These data show that a large conformational change occurs on going from C4 to C4b, but not on going from C4 to C4u, and this is attributed to the presence of the C4a moiety in C4u. Comparisons of the C4 and C4u scattering curves show that these are very similar out to a nominal resolution of 4 nm. Scattering-curve models were developed to account for the neutron scattering curves of C4, C4c2, and C4d in 2H2O buffers. The C4c monomer could be represented by a lamellar ellipsoid of size 8 nm x 2 nm x 18 nm. C4d was found to be 4 nm x 2 nm x 9 nm. The combination of these structures gave good accounts of the neutron data for C4, C4b, and C4c2 to resolutions of 5-6 nm. The C4 model was obtained by placing the long axis of C4d parallel to that of C4c such that the cross section is extended. C4b was best modeled by repositioning C4d relative to C4c such that this cross section becomes more compact. The C4 and C4b models are compared with possible structures for the C1 component of complement to show the importance of the surface accessibility of the protease domains and short consensus repeat domains in C1 for C4 activation

  15. Complement activation in astrocytomas: deposition of C4d and patient outcome

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    Mäkelä Katri

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background C4d is a cleavage product of complement component C4 and is considered to serve as a marker for the site of complement activation. In this study C4d staining of grade I-IV astrocytic tumors was studied to explore if there is an association between complement activation and the grade of tumor, or patient survival. Methods Tissue micro-array samples of 102 astrocytomas were stained immunohistochemically. The material consisted of 9 pilocytic astrocytomas and 93 grade II-IV astrocytomas, of which 67 were primary resections and 26 recurrent tumors. The intensity of C4d staining as well as extent of C4d and CD34 staining were evaluated. The intensity of C4d staining was scored semiquantitatively. The extent of the staining was counted morphometrically with a point counting grid yielding a percent of C4d and CD34 positive area of the sample. Results The intensity and extent of C4d staining increased in grade II-IV diffusely infiltrating astrocytoma tumors in line with the malignancy grade (p = 0.034 and p = 0.016, respectively, Kruskal-Wallis test. However, C4d positive tumor area percentages were higher in grade I pilocytic astrocytomas than in grade II-IV diffusely infiltrating astrocytomas (p = 0.041, Mann–Whitney test. There was a significant correlation between CD34 positive and C4d positive endothelial area fraction in diffusely infiltrating astrocytomas (p  Conclusion The worsening of patient outcome and malignant progression of tumor cells seem to be connected to microenvironmental changes evoked by chronically activated complement.

  16. Leaf oxygen and Carbon Isotopic Signatures Reflect Drought Resistance and Water Use Efficiency in the C4 Grass, Setaria viridis

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    Ellsworth, P.; Cousins, A. B.

    2014-12-01

    Low water availability is a major constraint in crop production, especially as agriculture is pushed to marginal lands. Therefore, improving drought resistance such as increasing water use efficiency (WUE) through plant breeding is needed to expand the range of soil water availability adequate for food production. With the goal of finding the genomic basis for WUE in C4 grasses, Setaria viridis makes an ideal model species because of its small size, short lifespan, and sequenced genome. Also it is part of the panicoid grass clade, which is one of the most important clades for food and biofuel production. In plant breeding programs, large numbers of genotypes must be quickly screened for drought resistance traits, but there is no well-defined method of screening for WUE in C4 grasses. However, bulk leaf oxygen (Δ18OBL) and carbon (δ13C) isotopic signatures have shown potential as recorders of transpiration rate (E) and stomatal conductance (gs), and combined with biomass production potentially serve as a measure of WUE. Values of Δ18OBL record differences in transpiration rate because leaf water becomes more enriched as transpiration rate decreases, and leaf tissue records the isotopic composition of leaf water in which it is synthesized. Additionally, in C4 plants δ13C values decrease as gs decreases but the change in δ13C in response to gs may not be adequate to tease apart differences in WUE. In this study, we grew S. viridis plants under well-watered and water-limited conditions to determine if Δ18OBL and δ13C could be used as proxies for E and gs, and be used to screen S. viridis for differences in WUE in breeding programs. The Δ18OBL and δ13C were significantly different between well-watered and water-limited plants and correlated with each other and with E, gs, and instantaneous water use efficiency (Anet/gs). Therefore, Δ18OBL and δ13C can be useful proxies to screen genotypes for drought resistance by recording differences in E, gs, and WUE

  17. Isotopic Evidence for C4 Grass Expansion During the Last Glacial Maximum and Younger Dryas in Northern Australia

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    Johnson, B. J.; Wakeham, S.; Gelinas, Y.; Luly, J.; Miller, G.

    2004-12-01

    In northern and central Australia, late Quaternary records of terrestrial environmental change are rare due to generally poor preservation of pollen grains and a derth of long-term, continuous lacustrine sedimentary deposits. The Wombe mound spring in the Keep River National Park, Northern Territory, is an organic mound and isolated patch of monsoon vine thicket thought to have formed tens of thousands of years ago. In an effort to obtain a record of paleovegetation and fire history from northern Australia, a 3.4 m sediment core was recovered from the Wombe mound spring and subject to multiple types of analyses. The core represents a continuous depositional sequence with radiocarbon ages spanning the last 35 ka cal years (hereafter referred to as 35 ka). Paleovegetation was reconstructed using a combination of pollen and carbon isotopes in bulk sediment and higher plant leaf wax (HPLW) lipid biomarkers. The fire history was reconstructed from paired graphitic black carbon (GBC) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) analyses of the core sediments. Between 35 and 11 ka, the bulk organic carbon (OC) isotope data fluctuate between -22 and -15%, with the most isotopically enriched values measured at 11.4 ka. Between 12.3 and 6.8 ka, OC isotope values decrease by 13%, and remain steady from 6.8 ka to the present at -28%. There are two distinct peaks of isotopic enrichment in the higher plant leaf wax biomarkers. These two peaks coincide with the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM; 21 ka) and the Younger Dryas (YD; 11.4 ka) and represent maximum increases in C4 grasses relative to C3 plants. Relative increases in C4 grasses during the LGM in other parts of the tropics (i.e., Sacred Lake, Mt. Kenya) have been attributed to the competitive advantage of C4 plants relative to C3 plants under reduced atmospheric pCO2 and is likely the cause for C4 expansion in northern Australia. The increase in C4 grasses during the YD is reflected in the bulk sediment and HPLW isotope data and is

  18. Development and characterization of a hemolytic assay for mouse C4

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    The previously described one-step hemolytic assay for the fourth component of complement (C4) that employs C4-deficient (C4D) guinea pig serum was modified to allow assessment of mouse C4. Of a number of variables evaluated including the class and quantity of sensitizing antibody, concentration of C4D serum and metals, ionic strength of the buffer, and the duration and temperature of incubation, substitution of IgG anti-sheep red blood cell antibodies for the standard IgM hemolysin and the use of C4D serum at relatively high concentrations (1 : 20) were necessary to obtain an accurate, reproducible and sensitive hemolytic assay. The sensitivity of the assay could be increased approximately 2-fold by the addition of human C2 and approximately 30% by employing 51Cr labeled sheep red blood cells. Employing this assay, C4 activity was determined in H2-congenics and recombinants and the effect of age, sex, and methods of procuring and preserving mouse serum and plasma evaluated. (Auth.)

  19. Plasma kinetics of complement component C4: comparison of three models

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    Plasma C4 kinetics were studied in members of a kindred with hereditary incomplete C4 deficiency and in control subjects. Test subjects received iodine 125-labeled C4 intravenously, and plasma disappearance curves for 125I-C4 were plotted. By nonlinear least-squares analysis, we fit two-, three-, and four-exponential models of plasma disappearance to the plasma curves of each subject. Goodness of fit was significantly better for all subjects with the three-exponential versus the two-exponential model (p less than 0.0005). No further improvement in curve fit was accomplished by using a four-exponential model (p greater than 0.5). Metabolic rates and extravascular/plasma ratios calculated from the two- and three-exponential models were significantly different. As judged by extravascular/plasma ratio, the two-exponential model underestimated the amount of extravascular C4. Furthermore, the two-exponential model significantly over-estimated catabolic and synthetic rates. Hence, our results show that C4 kinetics are not optimally described by a conventional, two-exponential model. A possible explanation for our findings is that in previous studies of C4 metabolism, the analysis of plasma radioactivity disappearance curves was done by inspection, whereas we used least-squares analysis, a method that determines the number of exponentials with greater reliability

  20. Measurement of bubble velocity using Capacitively Coupled Contactless Conductivity Detection (C4D) technique

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    Baoliang Wang; Ying Zhou; Haifeng Ji; Zhiyao Huang; Haiqing Li

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    The feasibility of applying Capacitively Coupled Contactless Conductivity Detection (C4D) technique to measurement of bubble velocity in gas-liquid two-phase flow in millimeter-scale pipe is investigated.And,a new method,which combines the C4D technique and the principle of cross-correlation velocity measurement,is proposed for the measurement of bubble velocity.This research includes two parts.First,based on the principle of C4D,a new five-electrode C4D sensor is developed.Then,with two conductivity signals obtained by the C4D sensor,the velocity measurement of bubble is implemented according to the principle of cross-correlation.The research results indicate that the C4D technique is highly effective and anticipates a broad potential in the field of two-phase flow.Experimental results show that the fiveelectrode C4D sensor is suitable for measuring the velocity of single bubbles with a relative error of less than 5%.

  1. Mutants of complement component C3 cleaved by the C4-specific C1-s protease.

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    Mathias, P; Carrillo, C J; Zepf, N E; Cooper, N R; Ogata, R T

    1992-01-01

    To identify some of the structural features determining specific protease recognition of complement components C3 and C4, we used site-specific mutagenesis to construct mutants of murine C3 that are cleaved by the C4-specific C1-s protease. Insertion of three amino acid residues corresponding to residues at the C1-s cleavage site of human C4 into murine C3 at the analogous C3 convertase cleavage site was adequate to render the mutant protein susceptible to C1-s cleavage. In addition, insertio...

  2. Renal AA amyloidosis in a patient with hereditary complete complement C4 deficiency

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    Imed Helal

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Hereditary complete C4 deficiency has until now been reported in 30 cases only. A disturbed clearance of immune- complexes probably predisposes these individuals to systemic lupus erythematosus, other immune- complex diseases and recurrent microbial infections. We present here a 20- year- old female with hereditary complete C4 deficiency. Renal biopsy demonstrated renal AA amyloidosis. This unique case further substantiates that deficiency of classical pathway components predisposes to the development of recurrent microbial infections and that the patients may develop AA amyloidosis. Furthermore, in clinical practice, the nephrotic syndrome occurring in a patient with hereditary complete complement C4 deficiency should lead to the suspicion of renal AA amyloidosis.

  3. Commercial Practice on Technology for High- Temperature Cracking of C4 Fraction to Increase Propylene Yield

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    Yu Darong; Zhang Zhigang

    2003-01-01

    This article refers to the results of small-scale and commercial tests on high-temperature cracking of C4 fraction in FCC unit to increase the propylene yield. The bench tests revealed that the conversion rate of C4 fraction during high-temperature cracking reached 37.38 % and propylene yield was equal to 15.60 % with the conversion rate of C4 olefins equating around 50%. The results of commercial application showed that adoption of the technology for high-temperature cracking of C4 fraction in FCC unit had led to an increase of propylene yield by 2.16 % with no remarkable changes in the yields and properties of other products.

  4. Evaluation of Serum Complement C3 and C4 Levels as biomarkers for Systemic Lupus Erythromatosus

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    Fayez Muhammad Shaldoum*, Yousra Refaey Abdo Mohammed, Naglaa Mohamed El Wakeel and Abeer Saad Gawish

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: Systemic Lupus Erthematosis (SLE is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects multiple organ systems and also affects the skin and oral mucosa, with the exact cause is unknown. Many hypotheses try to explain the role of the complement C3, C4 in the pathogenesis of SLE. The aim of this study is to determine levels of serum complement C3 and C4 in patient with SLE, so that we may explain its role in diagnosis and pathogenesis of the disease.Methods: Twenty patients were informed from outcome patients of Dermatology Unit in El-Azhar University suffering from SLE. All the patients included in this study fulfilled 4 or more of the American Rheumatism Association classification Criteria for SLE. Blood samples from These 20 SLE patients (18 females and 2 males aged from 20 to 45 years old were collected. Complement C3 and C4 were measured using radial immunodiffusion plates system technique. Clinical parameters such as Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR, Total Protein (TPR, Serum Creatinine and Antinuclear Antibody (ANA of those patients were considered in order to compare and explain the data obtained for the levels of C3 and C4. The data were collected and statistically analyzed.Results: Most of patients were female 90% and only 10% male. Of all patients, 60% have low level of serum C4, 40% have normal level of serum C4, 25% have abnormal level of serum C3, and 75% have normal level of serum C3.Statistical analysis of the data on the correlation between C4, and disease activity revealed significant (P> 0.05 correlation, however no significant correlation was found between C3 and disease activity. Analysis on the correlation between C3 and C4 with TPR, S. creatinne, and ESR, showed no significant correlation. No significant relationship was also found between C3 and C4.All patients have had high TPR, S. creatinne and ESR. All patients have had positive ANA which is an important marker of SLE as an auto immune disease

  5. Promotor polymorphisms in leukotriene C4 synthase and risk of ischemic cerebrovascular disease

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    Freiberg, J.J.; Tybjaerg-Hansen, A.; Sillesen, H.; Jensen, Gorm Boje; Nordestgaard, Børge; Freiberg, Jacob J; Tybjærg-Hansen, Anne; Sillesen, Henrik; Jensen, Gorm B; Nordestgaard, Børge G

    2008-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Cysteinyl leukotrienes are involved in inflammation and possibly in early carotid atherosclerosis. We tested the hypothesis that the -444 A/C and -1072 G/A polymorphisms of the leukotriene C(4) synthase associate with risk of ischemic cerebrovascular disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: We...... atherosclerosis, or with levels of platelets and coagulation factors. CONCLUSIONS: Leukotriene C(4) synthase -1072 AA genotype predict increased risk, whereas -444 CC genotype predict decreased risk of ischemic cerebrovascular disease....

  6. C4齐聚物及其加氢产物的分析

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    薛慧峰; 笪敏峰; 赵家林

    2004-01-01

    The components in C4 oligmer and its hydrogenated product were separated on capillary columns. The methods including retention time, chemical reaction, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and gas chromatography-infrared spectrmetry were used to identify the components. The content of component was calculated by area normalization.The comparative analysis of C8 hydrocarbons in C4 oligmer and its hydrogenated product shows that the results are obviously different due to different conditions of hydrogenation.

  7. d_c=4 is the upper critical dimension for the Bak-Sneppen model

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    Boettcher, S.; Paczuski, M.

    1999-01-01

    Numerical results are presented indicating d_c=4 as the upper critical dimension for the Bak-Sneppen evolution model. This finding agrees with previous theoretical arguments, but contradicts a recent Letter [Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 5746-5749 (1998)] that placed d_c as high as d=8. In particular, we find that avalanches are compact for all dimensions d4. Under those conditions, scaling arguments predict a d_c=4, where hyperscaling relations hold for d

  8. New introductions of enterovirus 71 subgenogroup C4 strains, France, 2012.

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    Schuffenecker, Isabelle; Henquell, Cécile; Mirand, Audrey; Coste-Burel, Marianne; Marque-Juillet, Stéphanie; Desbois, Delphine; Lagathu, Gisèle; Bornebusch, Laure; Bailly, Jean-Luc; Lina, Bruno

    2014-08-01

    In France during 2012, human enterovirus 71 (EV-A71) subgenogroup C4 strains were detected in 4 children hospitalized for neonatal fever or meningitis. Phylogenetic analysis showed novel and independent EV-A71 introductions, presumably from China, and suggested circulation of C4 strains throughout France. This observation emphasizes the need for monitoring EV-A71 infections in Europe. PMID:25061698

  9. Effects of mannitol induced osmotic stress on proline accumulation, pigment degradation, photosynthetic abilities and growth characters in C3 rice and C4 sorghum

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    Suriyan CHA-UM; Souvanh THADAVONG; Chalermpol KIRDMANEE

    2009-01-01

    Osmotic stress is one of the most important abiotic factors which inhibit growth and development in both the vegetative and reproductive stages of many plant species. The aim of this investigation was to compare the biochemical and physiological responses in C3 rice and C4 sorghum to water deficit. Chlorophyll a (Chla), chlorophyll b (Chlb), total chlorophyll (TC) and total carotenoid (Cx+c) contents in both rice and sorghum seedlings under osmotic stress were adversely affected, related to increasing osmotic pressure in the culture media. In addition, the chlorophyll's fluorescence parameters and net photosynthetic rate (Pn) decreased, leading to growth reduction. Also, a positive correlation was found between physiological and biochemical data, while proline accumulation showed a negative relationship. The Chlb, Pn and fresh weight were maintained better in osmotic-stressed (-1.205 MPa) C4 sorghum seedlings than those in C3 rice seedlings. The growth and physiological responses of C3 rice and C4 sorghum decreased depending on the plant species, the osmotic pressure in the media and their interactions. Pigment content and Pn ability in C4 sorghum grown under mannitol-induced osmotic stress increased to a greater degree than in C3 rice, resulting in maintenance of growth.

  10. Common evolutionary origin of alpha 2-macroglobulin and complement components C3 and C4

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    Sottrup-Jensen, Lars; Stepanik, T M; Kristensen, Torsten;

    1985-01-01

    A comparison of the sequence of the subunit of human alpha 2-macroglobulin (alpha 2M; 1451 amino acid residues) with that of murine complement component pro-C3 (1639 amino acid residues) reveals eight extended regions of sequence similarity. These regions contain between 19% and 31% identically...... placed residues and account for 75% and 67%, respectively, of the polypeptide chains of alpha 2M and pro-C3. Published sequence data for complement component C4 show that segments of this protein match well with corresponding stretches in alpha 2M and pro-C3. It is proposed that alpha 2M, C3 and C4...... common gross structure. The quartets of basic residues in pro-C3 and pro-C4, at which cleavage takes place to produce the mature subunits of these proteins, and most of the residues forming the anaphylatoxin peptides of C3 and C4 (C3a and C4a) are absent in alpha 2M. In addition, C3 and C4 contain large...

  11. Ion-exchange chromatography separates activities synthesizing and degrading fructose 2,6-bisphosphate from C3 and C4 leaves but not from rat liver

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    Macdonald, F. D.; Chou, Q.; Buchanan, B. B.

    1987-01-01

    Fructose-6-phosphate,2-kinase and fructose-2,6-bisphosphatase were separated on the basis of charge from leaves of C3 (spinach, lettuce, and pea) and C4 (sorghum and amaranthus) plants but not from rat liver--a tissue known to contain a bifunctional enzyme with both activities. [2-32P]Fructose 2,6-bisphosphate binding experiments also suggest that the major forms of these activities reside on different proteins in leaves.

  12. Análisis estructural del aparato fotosintético en plantas C4 y CAM mediante microscopía de fluorescencia/confocal

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    Alché Ramírez, Juan de Dios; Olmedilla, Adela; Rodríguez García, María I.

    2010-01-01

    [EN]: A histological study of leaves from several C4 and CAM species has been carried out by using epifluorescence and confocal laser scanning microscopy. The analysis of the autofluorescence emitted by leaf tissues, represents a rapid, easy and non-disruptive method to determine the basic histological structure of both photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic tissues. The present study allowed us to classify the plants analyzed into several categories on the basis of the...

  13. Correlation of the activation of the fourth component of complement (C4) with disease activity in systemic lupus erythematosus.

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    Senaldi, G; Makinde, V A; Vergani, D; Isenberg, D. A.

    1988-01-01

    Levels of C4d, a fragment of C4 generated during activation of the classical complement pathway, were measured in the plasma of 48 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, 11 with inactive (group 1), 23 with mildly active (group 2), 14 with moderately/severely active disease (group 3), and 30 healthy subjects. Levels of C3d, C4, and C3 were also measured and the C4d/C4 and C3d/C3 ratios calculated. C4d levels correlated with the degree of disease activity, being higher in group 3 than in g...

  14. Isolation and Expression Analysis of Two cDNAs Encoding C4H Homologues from Gossypium arboreum%亚洲棉C4H同源cDNA的分离和表达特征分析

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    骆萍; 王国栋; 陈晓亚

    2001-01-01

    根据P450保守序列设计简并引物,从亚洲棉(Gossypium arboreum L.) cDNA文库中分离到两个肉桂酸_4_羟化酶(C4H)同源cDNA克隆。这两个棉花P450被划分到CYP73A亚族中,分别被命名为CYP73A25和CYP73A26。它们各编码505个氨基酸残基,彼此之间的氨基酸序列同源性为91.3%。它们与其他植物C4H的同源性高达90%以上。RT_PCR分析表明,CYP73A26在棉花的花瓣、花萼果皮及发育种子中均有较高水平的表达。CYP73A25在花瓣、花萼和果皮中有较强表达,而在种子中表达很弱。%Two cDNAs encoding cinnamate 4_hydroxylase homologues were isolated from Gossypium arboreum L. by PCR_mediated method using a primer based on a conserved region of plant cytochrome P450. The two cotton P450s belong to the subfamily of CYP73A, and were named CYP73A25 and CYP73A26, respectively. Both the cDNAs encode proteins of 505 amino acid residues, showing 91.3% sequence identity with each other. Their sequence identities with C4Hs of other dicotyledon plants may be as high as 90%. RT_PCR analysis indicated that CYP73A26 was clearly expressed in sepals, petals, peels and seeds during development. For CYP73A25, while a significant level of transcripts was detected in sepals, petals and peels, the level in developing seeds was either weak, or undetectable.

  15. Differential Diagnosis Knowledge Building by Using CUC-C4.5 Framework

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: The Case Based Reasoning (CBR method can be implemented in differential diagnosis analysis. C4.5 algorithm has been commonly used to help the method's knowledge building process. This process is completed by constructing decision tree from previously handled cases data. The C4.5 algorithm itself can be used with an assumption that all the cases has an exact and equal truth value thus have an exact contribution in decision tree building process. However, the decision makers sometimes not sure about the truth of the cases in the cases database, therefore the confidence value can be different for case by case. Besides that, the C4.5 algorithm can only handle cases that are stored in a flat table with data in form of categorized text or in discrete class. This algorithm has not yet explained about how is decision tree building mechanism in situation when the data are stored in relational tables. It also has not yet explained about the process of knowledge building when the data are in the form of number in continuous class. Meanwhile, the observed objects in this research, that is medical record data, are mostly stored in a complex relational database and have common form of categorized text, discrete number, continuous number and image. Therefore, the C4.5 is needed to be improved so it can handle decision building for cases database of medical record. Approach: We develop a knowledge building framework that can handle confidence level difference of cases in cases database. The framework we build also allows the data are stored in relational database. Moreover, our framework can process data in the form of categorized text, discrete number, continuous number and image. This framework is named CUC-C4.5, abbreviated from Complex Uncertain Case C4.5 as it is the improvement from C4.5 algorithm. Results: The CUC-C4.5 framework has been applied on the case of differential diagnosis knowledge building in a group decision support system

  16. Enzymatic Kinetic Properties of the Lactate Dehydrogenase Isoenzyme C4 of the Plateau Pika (Ochotona curzoniae

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    Full Text Available Testis-specific lactate dehydrogenase (LDH-C4 is one of the lactate dehydrogenase (LDH isozymes that catalyze the terminal reaction of pyruvate to lactate in the glycolytic pathway. LDH-C4 in mammals was previously thought to be expressed only in spermatozoa and testis and not in other tissues. Plateau pika (Ochotona curzoniae belongs to the genus Ochotona of the Ochotonidea family. It is a hypoxia-tolerant species living in remote mountain areas at altitudes of 3000–5000 m above sea level on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Surprisingly, Ldh-c is expressed not only in its testis and sperm, but also in somatic tissues of plateau pika. To shed light on the function of LDH-C4 in somatic cells, Ldh-a, Ldh-b, and Ldh-c of plateau pika were subcloned into bacterial expression vectors. The pure enzymes of Lactate Dehydrogenase A4 (LDH-A4, Lactate Dehydrogenase B4 (LDH-B4, and LDH-C4 were prepared by a series of expression and purification processes, and the three enzymes were identified by the method of sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE and native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE. The enzymatic kinetics properties of these enzymes were studied by Lineweaver-Burk double-reciprocal plots. The results showed the Michaelis constant (Km of LDH-C4 for pyruvate and lactate was 0.052 and 4.934 mmol/L, respectively, with an approximate 90 times higher affinity of LDH-C4 for pyruvate than for lactate. At relatively high concentrations of lactate, the inhibition constant (Ki of the LDH isoenzymes varied: LDH-A4 (Ki = 26.900 mmol/L, LDH-B4 (Ki = 23.800 mmol/L, and LDH-C4 (Ki = 65.500 mmol/L. These data suggest that inhibition of lactate by LDH-A4 and LDH-B4 were stronger than LDH-C4. In light of the enzymatic kinetics properties, we suggest that the plateau pika can reduce reliance on oxygen supply and enhance its adaptation to the hypoxic environments due to increased anaerobic glycolysis by LDH-C4.

  17. Chronic effects of the ionic liquid [C4mim][Cl] towards the microalga Scenedesmus quadricauda

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    Chronic effects of the ionic liquid [C4mim][Cl] (mp 73 °C) towards the microalga, Scenedesmus quadricauda were studied by flow cytometry, monitoring multiple endpoints of cell density, esterase activity, membrane integrity, reactive oxygen species and chlorophyll fluorescence. Toxicity was clearly in evidence, and although increased esterase activity indicated hormesis during initial exposure to [C4mim][Cl], inhibition of both esterase activity and chlorophyll fluorescence became apparent after 3 days. Cell density was also decreased by culturing with [C4mim][Cl], but this effect was clearly concentration-dependent and only became significant during the second half of the experiment. In contrast, [C4mim][Cl] had only a modest effect on reactive oxygen species (ROS) and caused little damage to cell membranes. - Highlights: • Use of an advanced biological technique, flow cytometry, to elucidate ionic liquid toxicity. • Chronic effects of ionic liquid. • Membrane integrity and ROS studied. • Mechanism of ionic liquid toxicity. - [C4mim][Cl] significantly inhibited esterase activity, chlorophyll fluorescence and cell density, having only a modest effect on reactive oxygen species and cell membranes

  18. Silicon etch using SF6/C4F8/Ar gas mixtures

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    While plasmas using mixtures of SF6, C4F8, and Ar are widely used in deep silicon etching, very few studies have linked the discharge parameters to etching results. The authors form such linkages in this report. The authors measured the optical emission intensities of lines from Ar, F, S, SFx, CF2, C2, C3, and CS as a function of the percentage C4F8 in the gas flow, the total gas flow rate, and the bias power. In addition, the ion current density and electron temperature were measured using a floating Langmuir probe. For comparison, trenches were etched of various widths and the trench profiles (etch depth, undercut) were measured. The addition of C4F8 to an SF6/Ar plasma acts to reduce the availability of F as well as increase the deposition of passivation film. Sulfur combines with carbon in the plasma efficiently to create a large optical emission of CS and suppress optical emissions from C2 and C3. At low fractional flows of C4F8, the etch process appears to be controlled by the ion flux more so than by the F density. At large C4F8 fractional flows, the etch process appears to be controlled more by the F density than by the ion flux or deposition rate of passivation film. CF2 and C2 do not appear to cause deposition from the plasma, but CS and other carbon containing molecules as well as ions do

  19. Quantitation of human complement fragment C4asub(i) in physiological fluids by competitive inhibition radioimmune assay

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    A method is described to quantitate complement fragment C4asub(i) in human plasma, synovial fluid, and urine. Samples are first precipitated with 50% saturated (NH4)2SO4 to remove cross-reactive macromolecules C4 and pro-C4. Whereas greater than 97% of C4 is removed by this precipitation step, 88% C4asub(i) remains in solution. Second, the concentration of C4asub(i) in supernatant fractions is determined by double antibody competitive inhibition radioimmunoassay. C4a was recently completely sequenced (Moon et al., 1981) and is readily available as a pure standard. Examination of the specificity of this method confirmed it was indeed specific for C4a antigenicity. Immunochemically depleted C4-deficient plasma and inulin-activated reconstituted C4-deficient plasma exhibited less than 0.1% of the immunoreactivity of untreated plasma. In addition, good agreement was observed in analyses of aggregated IgG activated serum between the experimentally determined concentration of C4asub(i) and that expected from the initial concentration of C4. As a result, recovery and measurement of C4asub(i) in physiological fluids with this method appear both quantitative and specific. Based on results from 17 adult volunteers, the average concentration of C4asub(i) in normal plasma is 488 ng/ml. Interestingly, significant correlation could not be demonstrated between the levels of C4 and C4asub(i) in normal plasma. The mean concentration of C4asub(i) in human urine is 0.5 ng/ml. (Auth.)

  20. Electron transfer patterns of the di-heme protein cytochrome c(4) from Pseudomonas stutzeri

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    Raffalt, Anders Christer; Schmidt, L.; Christensen, Hans Erik Mølager;

    2009-01-01

    We report kinetic data for the two-step electron transfer (ET) oxidation and reduction of the two-domain di-heme redox protein Pseudomonas stutzeri cytochrome (cyt) c(4) by [Co(bipy)(3)](2- 3-) (bipy = 2,2'-bipyridine). Following earlier reports, the data accord with both bi- and tri......-exponential kinetics. A complete kinetic scheme includes both "cooperative" intermolecular ET between each heme group and the external reaction partner, and intramolecular ET between the two heme groups. A now data analysis scheme shows unequivocally that two-ET oxidation and reduction of P. stutzeri cyt c(4) is...... entirely dominated by intermolecular ET between the heme groups and the external reaction partner in the ms time range, with virtually no contribution from intramolecular interheme ET in this time range. This is in striking contrast to two-ET electrochemical oxidation or reduction of P. stutzeri cyt c(4...

  1. C4.4A as a biomarker in pulmonary adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma

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    Jacobsen, Benedikte; Kriegbaum, Mette Camilla; Santoni-Rugiu, Eric; Ploug, Michael

    2014-01-01

    The high prevalence and mortality of lung cancer, together with a poor 5-year survival of only approximately 15%, emphasize the need for prognostic and predictive factors to improve patient treatment. C4.4A, a member of the Ly6/uPAR family of membrane proteins, qualifies as such a potential...... growth pattern. Circumstantial evidence suggests an inverse relationship between C4.4A and the tumor suppressor LKB1. This might provide a link to the prognostic impact of C4.4A in patients with adenocarcinomas of the lung and could potentially be exploited for predicting the efficacy of treatment...... informative biomarker in non-small cell lung cancer. Under normal physiological conditions, it is primarily expressed in suprabasal layers of stratified squamous epithelia. Consequently, it is absent from healthy bronchial and alveolar tissue, but nevertheless appears at early stages in the progression to...

  2. SF6 and C4F8 global kinetic models coupled to sheath models

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    Global kinetic models combined with Monte Carlo sheath models are developed for SF6 and C4F8 plasma discharges for silicon etching under the Bosch process. In SF6 plasma, the dominant positive ions are SF5+, SF4+, SF3+ and F+ while in C4F8 the dominant positive ions are CF3+ and C2F3+. The simulation results show that the electrical parameters, such as the electron density and electron temperature, clearly affect the sheath dynamics and consequently the ion energy distribution function evolutions. In this context, we showed the effects of the operating conditions, such as the pressure and the radiofrequency power, on the electron density and electron temperature evolutions as well as the reactive particle fluxes (neutral and positive ions) involved in the plasma surface interactions for etching/deposition under the Bosch process. Ion energy distribution functions obtained from SF6 and C4F8 plasmas are compared with each other as regards the electrical properties of their associated plasmas. The simulation results show that the bimodal peaks of ion energy distribution functions are wider for SF6 plasma than for C4F8 plasma due to the high sheath thickness of SF6 compared to that of C4F8. This is explained by the low electron density due to the high electronegativity of SF6 in comparison to that of C4F8. The simulations also reveal that the bimodal peak of the ion energy distribution function is wider when the ion mass is low. (paper)

  3. Thermomagnetic analysis of meteorites. 3: C3 and C4 chondrites

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    Herndon, J. M.; Rowe, M. W.; Larson, E. E.; Watson, D. E.

    1974-01-01

    Thermomagnetic analysis on all of the C3 and C4 chondrites, conducted under conditions of controlled oxygen fugacity, indicates the presence of a thermally unstable component in at least 5 of the C3 chondrites which upon heating results in magnetite production. This unstable component is most likely troilite (FeS). The presence of the unstable substance may affect the estimation of paleointensities in meteorites which contain it. Our results indicate that Grosnaja, Ornans, Kainsaz, Felix, and Warrenton are likely to be less complicated for paleointensity determinations than the other C3 chondrites. Both C4 chondrites should lead to reliable results.

  4. Arquitectura de un sistema C4ISR para pequeñas unidades.

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    Pérez Llopis, Israel

    2009-01-01

    La presente tesis doctoral aborda el problema de los sistemas de mando y control, y en concreto los sistemas C4ISR. Los sistemas C4ISr (Command Control, Computers and Communications Information Surveillance and Reconaissance) engloban un amplio número de arquitecturas y sistemas informáticos y de comunicaciones. Su principal finalidad, tanto en aplicaciones civiles como militares, es la de obtener información sobre el estado del teatro de operaciones para entregársela, convenientemente format...

  5. C# 4, ASPNET 4, and WPF, with Visual Studio 2010 Jump Start

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    2010-01-01

    This Wrox Blox is a value-packed resource to help experienced .NET developers learn the new .NET release. It is excerpted from the Wrox books: Professional C# 4 and .NET 4, Professional ASP.NET 4, and WPF Programmer's Reference by Christian Nagel, Bill Evjen, Scott Hanselman, and Rod Stephens, and includes more than 100 print book pages drawn from these three key titles. It is an excellent resource to help .NET developers get up to speed fast on .NET 4, C# 4.0, ASP.NET 4, and WPF, providing all the information needed to program with the important new features, including: C# Dynamic Types and P

  6. Dynamic and quasi-static measurements of C-4 and primasheet P1000 explosives

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    Brown, Geoffrey W [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Thompson, Darla G [Los Alamos National Laboratory; De Luca, Racci [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Rae, Philip J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Cady, Carl M [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Todd, Steven N [SNL

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    We have measured dynamic and quasi-static mechanical properties of C-4 and Primasheet P1000 explosive materials to provide input data for modeling efforts. Primasheet P1000 is a pentaerythritol tetranitrate-based rubberized explosive. C-4 is a RDX-based moldable explosive. Dynamic measurements included acoustic and split-Hopkinson pressure bar tests. Quasi-static testing was done in compression on load frames and on a dynamic mechanical analyzer. Split-Hopkinson and quasi-static tests were done at five temperatures from -50 C to 50 C. Acoustic velocities were measured at, above, and below room temperature.

  7. The C4 clustering algorithm: Clusters of galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey

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    Miller, Christopher J.; Nichol, Robert; Reichart, Dan; Wechsler, Risa H.; Evrard, August; Annis, James; McKay, Timothy; Bahcall, Neta; Bernardi, Mariangela; Boehringer,; Connolly, Andrew; Goto, Tomo; Kniazev, Alexie; Lamb, Donald; Postman, Marc; Schneider, Donald; Sheth, Ravi; Voges, Wolfgang; /Cerro-Tololo InterAmerican Obs. /Portsmouth U.,

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    We present the ''C4 Cluster Catalog'', a new sample of 748 clusters of galaxies identified in the spectroscopic sample of the Second Data Release (DR2) of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). The C4 cluster-finding algorithm identifies clusters as overdensities in a seven-dimensional position and color space, thus minimizing projection effects that have plagued previous optical cluster selection. The present C4 catalog covers {approx}2600 square degrees of sky and ranges in redshift from z = 0.02 to z = 0.17. The mean cluster membership is 36 galaxies (with redshifts) brighter than r = 17.7, but the catalog includes a range of systems, from groups containing 10 members to massive clusters with over 200 cluster members with redshifts. The catalog provides a large number of measured cluster properties including sky location, mean redshift, galaxy membership, summed r-band optical luminosity (L{sub r}), velocity dispersion, as well as quantitative measures of substructure and the surrounding large-scale environment. We use new, multi-color mock SDSS galaxy catalogs, empirically constructed from the {Lambda}CDM Hubble Volume (HV) Sky Survey output, to investigate the sensitivity of the C4 catalog to the various algorithm parameters (detection threshold, choice of passbands and search aperture), as well as to quantify the purity and completeness of the C4 cluster catalog. These mock catalogs indicate that the C4 catalog is {approx_equal}90% complete and 95% pure above M{sub 200} = 1 x 10{sup 14} h{sup -1}M{sub {circle_dot}} and within 0.03 {le} z {le} 0.12. Using the SDSS DR2 data, we show that the C4 algorithm finds 98% of X-ray identified clusters and 90% of Abell clusters within 0.03 {le} z {le} 0.12. Using the mock galaxy catalogs and the full HV dark matter simulations, we show that the L{sub r} of a cluster is a more robust estimator of the halo mass (M{sub 200}) than the galaxy line-of-sight velocity dispersion or the richness of the cluster

  8. A study of immunoglobulins and complements (C3 &C4 in alopecia areata

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    1995-01-01

    Full Text Available Estimation of serum Immunoglobulins (IgG, IgM and IgA and complements (C3 and C4 was carried out in 100 cases of alopecia areata as per method described by Mancini (1965.[1] Clinically patients were divided in two groups, alopecia areata circumscribed (group I and severe alopecia areata (group II. Significant decrease in levels of one or more Immunoglobulins were observed in most of the patients. However, Serum complements (C3 and C4 were within range of normal control values

  9. Deficiency of C4 from Donor or Recipient Mouse Fails to Prevent Renal Allograft Rejection

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    Lin, Tao; Zhou, Wuding; Farrar, Conrad A.; Hargreaves, Roseanna E.G.; Sheerin, Neil S.; Sacks, Steven H.

    2006-01-01

    Complement effector products generated in the transplanted kidney are known to mediate transplant rejection, but which of the three main activation pathways of complement trigger this response is unclear. Here we assessed the role of the classical and lectin pathways by studying the common component C4 in mouse kidney transplant rejection. We transplanted wild-type or C4-null H-2b donor kidneys into H-2k or H-2d recipients, or vice-versa, to assess the roles of donor kidney and recipient expr...

  10. Can miscanthus C4 photosynthesis compete with festulolium C3 photosynthesis in a temperate climate?

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    Jiao, Xiurong; Sørensen, Kirsten Kørup; Andersen, Mathias Neumann;

    2016-01-01

    Miscanthus, a perennial grass with C4 photosynthesis, is regarded as a promising energy crop due to its high biomass productivity. Compared with other C4 species, most miscanthus genotypes have high cold tolerances at 14 °C. However, in temperate climates, temperatures below 14 °C are common and...... each temperature level and still maintained photosynthesis after growing for a longer period at 6/4 °C. Only two of five measured miscanthus genotypes increased photosynthesis immediately after the temperature was raised again. The photosynthetic capacity of festulolium was significantly higher at 10...

  11. Late-Quaternary variation in C3 and C4 grass abundance in southeastern Australia as inferred from δ13C analysis: Assessing the roles of climate, pCO2, and fire

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    Nelson, David M.; Urban, Michael A.; Kershaw, A. Peter; Hu, Feng Sheng

    2016-05-01

    Climate, atmospheric pCO2, and fire all may exert major influences on the relative abundance of C3 and C4 grasses in the present-day vegetation. However, the relative role of these factors in driving variation in C3 and C4 grass abundances in the paleorecord is uncertain, and C4 abundance is often interpreted narrowly as a proxy indicator of aridity or pCO2. We measured δ13C values of individual grains of grass (Poaceae) pollen in the sediments of two sites in southeastern Australia to assess changes in the proportions of C3 and C4 grasses during the past 25,000 years. These data were compared with shifts in pCO2, temperature, moisture balance, and fire to assess how these factors were related to long-term variation of C4 grass abundance during the late Quaternary. At Caledonia Fen, a high-elevation site in the Snowy Mountains, C4 grass abundance decreased from an average of 66% during the glacial period to 11% during the Holocene, primarily in response to increased pCO2 and temperature. In contrast, this pattern did not exist in low-elevation savannah woodlands around Tower Hill Northwest Crater, where C4 grass abundance instead varied in response to shifts in regional aridity. Fire did not appear to have strongly influenced the proportions of C3 and C4 grasses on the landscape at millennial timescales at either site. These patterns are similar to those of a recent study in East Africa, suggesting that elevation-related climatic differences influence how the abundance of C3 and C4 grasses responds to shifts in climate and pCO2. These results caution against using C4 plant abundance as a proxy indicator of either climate or pCO2 without an adequate understanding of key controlling factors.

  12. Structure, phase transitions and molecular motions in ferroelastic (C4H8NH2)SbCl6.(C4H8NH2)Cl

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    Bednarska-Bolek, B.; Jakubas, R.; Medycki, W.; Nowak, D.; Zaleski, J.

    2002-04-01

    The crystal structure at 293 K of the new pyrrolidinium chloroantimonate (V) analogue, (C4H8NH2)SbCl6.(C4H8NH2)Cl, has been determined by x-ray diffraction as monoclinic, space group P21/c, Z = 8. The crystal is built up of isolated SbCl6- anions, two types of inequivalent pyrrolidinium cation and isolated Cl- ions. It undergoes five solid-solid phase transitions: at 351/374 K of first-order type (cooling/heating, respectively), at 356 and 152 K second order and at 135/141 and 105/134 K first order, detected by differential scanning calorimetry, dilatometric and dielectric measurements. The ferroelastic domain structure appears between 152 and 135 K. The proton nuclear magnetic resonance second moment and spin-lattice relaxation time of polycrystalline samples were studied over the temperature range 27-410 K. The order-disorder mechanism of the phase transitions at 105 and 374 K connected with the reorientational motion of the pyrrolidinium cations has been confirmed.

  13. Structure, phase transitions and molecular motions in ferroelastic (C4H8NH2)SbCl6·(C4H8NH2)Cl

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    The crystal structure at 293 K of the new pyrrolidinium chloroantimonate (V) analogue, (C4H8NH2)SbCl6·(C4H8NH2)Cl, has been determined by x-ray diffraction as monoclinic, space group P21/c, Z=8. The crystal is built up of isolated SbCl6- anions, two types of inequivalent pyrrolidinium cation and isolated Cl- ions. It undergoes five solid-solid phase transitions: at 351/374 K of first-order type (cooling/heating, respectively), at 356 and 152 K second order and at 135/141 and 105/134 K first order, detected by differential scanning calorimetry, dilatometric and dielectric measurements. The ferroelastic domain structure appears between 152 and 135 K. The proton nuclear magnetic resonance second moment and spin-lattice relaxation time of polycrystalline samples were studied over the temperature range 27-410 K. The order-disorder mechanism of the phase transitions at 105 and 374 K connected with the reorientational motion of the pyrrolidinium cations has been confirmed. (author)

  14. HYDRATION MECHANISMS OF CALCIUM SULPHOALUMINATE C4A3S̄ , C4AS̄ PHASE AND ACTIVE BELITE β-C2S

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    H. EL-DIDAMONY

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Highly reactive belite and calcium sulphoaluminate as well as monosulphate mix were prepared from nano-materials at lower temperatures ~1250°C. The crystal size of these materials was 25, 16 and 27 nm as determined from the X-ray analysis. The sulphoaluminate belite cement is a recent type of cement prepared at lower temperature with good properties. The aim of the present work is to synthesize C4A3S̄, monosulphate mix C4AS̄ and active belite β-C2S. The hydration mechanism was studied by XRD and DSC techniques as well as by the determination of chemically combined water contents of cement pastes with curing time. The results reveal that ettringite is first formed hydrates in the monosulphate mix, which then converted into monosulphate hydrates. The results of DSC and XRD are in good agreement with those of combined water contents. On the other side, the rate of hydration of active belite increases linearly from 3 up to 90 days, whereas, the traditional belite hydrates increase with lower rate up to 90 days, due to the thermodynamic stability structure of traditional belite.

  15. Structural and Metabolic Transitions of C4 Leaf Development and Differentiation Defined by Microscopy and Quantitative Proteomics in Maize[W

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    Majeran, Wojciech; Friso, Giulia; Ponnala, Lalit; Connolly, Brian; Huang, Mingshu; Reidel, Edwin; Zhang, Cankui; Asakura, Yukari; Bhuiyan, Nazmul H.; Sun, Qi; Turgeon, Robert; van Wijk, Klaas J.

    2010-01-01

    C4 grasses, such as maize (Zea mays), have high photosynthetic efficiency through combined biochemical and structural adaptations. C4 photosynthesis is established along the developmental axis of the leaf blade, leading from an undifferentiated leaf base just above the ligule into highly specialized mesophyll cells (MCs) and bundle sheath cells (BSCs) at the tip. To resolve the kinetics of maize leaf development and C4 differentiation and to obtain a systems-level understanding of maize leaf formation, the accumulation profiles of proteomes of the leaf and the isolated BSCs with their vascular bundle along the developmental gradient were determined using large-scale mass spectrometry. This was complemented by extensive qualitative and quantitative microscopy analysis of structural features (e.g., Kranz anatomy, plasmodesmata, cell wall, and organelles). More than 4300 proteins were identified and functionally annotated. Developmental protein accumulation profiles and hierarchical cluster analysis then determined the kinetics of organelle biogenesis, formation of cellular structures, metabolism, and coexpression patterns. Two main expression clusters were observed, each divided in subclusters, suggesting that a limited number of developmental regulatory networks organize concerted protein accumulation along the leaf gradient. The coexpression with BSC and MC markers provided strong candidates for further analysis of C4 specialization, in particular transporters and biogenesis factors. Based on the integrated information, we describe five developmental transitions that provide a conceptual and practical template for further analysis. An online protein expression viewer is provided through the Plant Proteome Database. PMID:21081695

  16. Evidence for linkage between the loci coding for the binding protein for the fourth component of human complement (C4BP) and for the C3b/C4b receptor.

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    Rodriguez de Cordoba, S; Dykman, T R; Ginsberg-Fellner, F; Ercilla, G; Aqua, M; Atkinson, J P; Rubinstein, P

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    Three pedigrees informative for the segregation of genetic variants of the binding protein for the fourth component of complement (C4BP) and C3b/C4b receptor (C3bR) have been identified. There were 10 informative meioses with no recombinants, indicating a close linkage between the loci encoding C4BP and C3bR, C4BP and C3bR [maximum lod (logarithm of odds of linkage) score: 2.4 at recombinant fraction = 0.0]. In addition, in the four unrelated individuals who were doubly heterozygous (C4BP*1, ...

  17. 关于Stn∪ I=1 mi-C4的优美性%On the Gracefulness of Graph St∪n i=1 mi-C4

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    李长春; 韩兆红; 张国阳

    2007-01-01

    本文就星形树与m-C4并图的优美性进行探讨,证明了当m≥2这类图StpUm-C4是优美图.并对星形树St与n∪ i=1 mi-C4并图Stn∪ i=1 mi-C4的优美性进行探讨.证明了当max mi≥3 i=1,2…,n这类图Stn∪ i=1 mi-C4是优美图.

  18. Can chilling tolerance of C4 photosynthesis in Miscanthus be transferred to sugarcane?

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    The goal of this study was to investigate if chilling tolerance of C4 photosynthesis in Miscanthus can be transferred to sugarcane. Net leaf CO2 uptake (Asat) and the maximum operating efficiency of photosystem II ('PSII) were measured in warm conditions (25 °C/20 °C), and then during and following ...

  19. Bulk plasma fragmentation in a C4F8 inductively coupled plasma: A hybrid modeling study

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    A hybrid model is used to investigate the fragmentation of C4F8 inductive discharges. Indeed, the resulting reactive species are crucial for the optimization of the Si-based etching process, since they determine the mechanisms of fluorination, polymerization, and sputtering. In this paper, we present the dissociation degree, the density ratio of F vs. CxFy (i.e., fluorocarbon (fc) neutrals), the neutral vs. positive ion density ratio, details on the neutral and ion components, and fractions of various fc neutrals (or ions) in the total fc neutral (or ion) density in a C4F8 inductively coupled plasma source, as well as the effect of pressure and power on these results. To analyze the fragmentation behavior, the electron density and temperature and electron energy probability function (EEPF) are investigated. Moreover, the main electron-impact generation sources for all considered neutrals and ions are determined from the complicated C4F8 reaction set used in the model. The C4F8 plasma fragmentation is explained, taking into account many factors, such as the EEPF characteristics, the dominance of primary and secondary processes, and the thresholds of dissociation and ionization. The simulation results are compared with experiments from literature, and reasonable agreement is obtained. Some discrepancies are observed, which can probably be attributed to the simplified polymer surface kinetics assumed in the model

  20. Sequential unfolding of the two-domain protein Pseudomonas stutzeri cytochrome c(4)

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    Andersen, Niels Højmark; Jensen, Thomas Jon; Nørgaard, Allan; Ulstrup, Jens

    different spin states of the oxidised haem groups. We have studied unfolding of oxidised P. stutzeri cyt c(4) induced thermally and by chemical denaturants Horse heart cyt c was a reference molecule. Isothermal unfolding induced by guanidinium chloride and acid was followed by Soret. alpha/beta. and 701-nm...

  1. Thermomagnetic analysis of meteorites, 3. C3 and C4 chondrites

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    Herndon, J.M.; Rowe, M.W.; Larson, E.E.; Watson, D.E.

    1976-01-01

    Thermomagnetic analysis was made on samples of all known C3 and C4 chondrites in a controlled oxygen atmosphere. Considerable variation was noted in the occurrence of magnetic minerals, comparable to the variation observed earlier in the C2 chondrites. Magnetite was found as the only major magnetic phase in samples of only three C3 chondrites (2-4 wt.%) and the Karoonda C4 chondrite (7.7 wt.%). The magnetite content of these three C3 chondrites is only about one-third that observed in the C1 and C2 chondrites which were found to contain magnetite as the only magnetic phase. Five C3 chondrites were observed to undergo chemical change during heating, producing magnetite: this behavior is characteristic of troilite oxidation. Upper limits on initial magnetite content of about 1-9% were established for these meteorites. Samples of the remaining five C3 chondrites and the Coolidge C4 chondrite were found to contain both magnetite and metallic iron. In two samples, iron containing ???2% Ni was observed, while in the other four, the iron contained 6-8 wt.% Ni. In addition to containing both magnetite and iron metal, three of these samples reacted during heating to form additional magnetite. Variations in the magnetic mineralogy and, hence by inference bulk mineralogy, of C3 and C4 chondrites indicate a more complex genesis than is evident from whole-rock elemental abundance patterns. ?? 1976.

  2. Mathematical review of the energy transduction stoichiometries of C4 leaf photosynthesis under limiting light

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    Yin, X.; Struik, P.C.

    2012-01-01

    A generalized model for electron (e-) transport limited C4 photosynthesis of NAD–malic enzyme and NADP–malic enzyme subtypes is presented. The model is used to review the thylakoid stoichiometries in vivo under strictly limiting light conditions, using published data on photosynthetic quantum yield

  3. Evaluating Defense Architecture Frameworks for C4I System Using Analytic Hierarchy Process

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    Abdullah S. Alghamdi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: The Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I Systems provided situational awareness about operational environment and supported in decision making and directed to operative environment. These systems had been used by various agencies like defense, police, investigation, road, rail, airports, oil and gas related department. However, the increase use of C4I system had made it more important and attractive. Consequently interest in design and development of C4I system had increased among the researchers. Many defense industry frameworks were available but the problem was a suitable selection of a framework in design and development of C4I system. Approach: This study described the concepts, tool and methodology being used for evaluation analysis of different frameworks by Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP. Results: We had compared different defense industry frameworks like Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DODAF, Ministry of Defense Architecture Framework (MODAF and NATO Architecture Framework (NAF and found that AHP is fairly good tool in terms of analysis. Conclusion: Different defense industry frameworks such as DODAF, MODAF and NAF had been evaluated and compared using AHP.

  4. Mild and rational synthesis of palladium complexes comprising C(4)-bound N-heterocyclic carbenes

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    Kluser, Evelyne; Neels, Antonia; Albrecht, Martin

    2007-01-01

    Oxidative addition of pyridyl-functionalised 4-iodoimidazolium salts to palladium(0) gives catalytically active complexes in which the N-heterocyclic carbene is bound to the palladium(II) centre in a non-classical bonding mode via C(4).

  5. Interactive Effects of Elevated CO2 and Growth Temperature on the Tolerance of Photosynthesis to Acute Heat Stress in C3 and C4 Species

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    E. William Hamilton Ⅲ; Scott A. Heckathorn; Puneet Joshi; Dan Wang; Deepak Barua

    2008-01-01

    Determining effects of elevated CO2 on the tolerance of photosynthesis to acute heat-stress (heat wave) is necessary for predicting plant responses to global warming, as photosynthesis is thermolabile and acute heat-stress and atmospheric CO2 will increase in the future. Few studies have examined this, and past results are variable, which may be due to methodological variation. To address this, we grew two C3 and two C4 species at current or elevated CO2 and three different growth temperatures (GT). We assessed photosynthetic thermotolerance in both unacclimated (basal tolerance) and preheat-stressed (preHS = acclimated) plants. In C3 species, basal thermotolerance of net photosynthesis (Pn) was increased In high CO2, but in C4 species, Pn thermotlerance was decreased by high CO2 (except Zea maya at low GT); CO2 effects in preHS plants were mostly small or absent, though high CO2 was detrimental in one C3 and one C4 species at warmer GT. Though high CO2 generally decreased stomatal conductance, decreases in Pn during heat stress were mostly due to non-stomatal effects. Photosystem II (PSII) efficiency was often decreased by high CO2 during heat stress, especially at high GT; CO2 effects on post-PSll electron transport were variable. Thus, high CO2 often affected photosynthetic theromotolerance, and the effects varied with photosynthetic pathway, growth temperature, and acclimation state. Most importantly, in heat-stressed plants at normal or warmer growth temperatures, high CO2 may often decrease, or not benefit as expected, tolerance of photosynthesis to acute heat stress. Therefore, interactive effects of elevated CO2 and warmer growth temperatures on acute heat tolerance may contribute to future changes in plant productivity, distribution, and diversity.

  6. Detection of the photosynthesis protective mechanisms of C3 and C4 Crops from hyper spectral data%C3、C4作物的光保护机制差异的光谱探测研究

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    刘良云; 关琳琳; 彭代亮; 胡勇; 刘玲玲

    2012-01-01

    本文设计了大豆(C3作物)和玉米(C4作物)日变化光谱探测试验,提取了太阳光照条件下叶绿素荧光信号和光化学指数PRI.结果表明,首先大豆和玉米叶绿素荧光强度的日变化特征有较大差异,上午大豆的叶绿素荧光比例呈现快速增加的趋势,而玉米的叶绿素荧光未出现增加趋势;其次,下午高温胁迫条件下C3、C4叶绿素荧光光谱比值的变化差异显著,大豆在760 nm和688 nm波段的叶绿素荧光比值快速增加,而玉米未出现显著变化;最后,研究证实了C3作物中午受到强光抑制出现光合作用“午休”现象,即午后光合恢复后其光合效率快速增加,表现为C3作物的热耗散降低、PRI快速增加,而C4作物无“午休”现象,午后PRI增加较小.本文研究表明,强光和高温环境胁迫下C3、C4作物的叶绿素荧光和热耗散变化特征有较大差异,利用胁迫条件下的多时相、高光谱遥感数据,提取C3、C4作物的叶绿素荧光和PRI,有可能实现C3、C4作物的遥感分类目标.%The classification of C3 and C4 plant functional types has become an important issue in global change research, but the mechanism of using remote sensing data remains unclear. In this paper, a diurnal variation experiment was designed for soybean (C3 plant functional type) and maize (C4 plant functional type) to acquire canopy spectra under different illumination and temperature conditions, and chlorophyll fluorescence (ChlF) signals and photochemical reflectance index (PRI) were extracted from the canopy spectra. The results showed that: (1) the amplitudes of the diurnal variation in ChlF between soybean and maize were significantly different, as the relative ChlF of soybean increased rapidly under heat and high irradiance stresses in the afternoon, but the increasing trend was not found in maize; (2) there was also an apparent increase in the ratio f688/f760 of ChlF intensities of soybean in the afternoon, but

  7. Small mammal tooth enamel carbon isotope record of C4 grasses in late Neogene China

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    Arppe, Laura; Kaakinen, Anu; Passey, Benjamin H.; Zhang, Zhaoqun; Fortelius, Mikael

    2015-10-01

    The spatiotemporal pattern of the late Cenozoic spread of C4 vegetation is an important indicator of environmental change that is intertwined with the uplift of the Himalaya and Tibetan Plateau, and the development of the East Asian monsoons. To explore the spread of C4 vegetation in China and shed new light on regional climatic evolution, we measured δ13C values of more than 200 small mammal teeth (primarily rodents and lagomorphs) using a laser ablation isotope ratio mass spectrometry approach. Small mammals are highly sensitive indicators of their environment because they have limited spatial ranges and because they have minimal time-averaging of carbon isotope signatures of dietary components. The specimens originate from four classic Late Miocene fossil localities, Lufeng, Yuanmou, Lingtai, and Ertemte, along a southwest-northeast transect from Yunnan Province to Inner Mongolia. In Yunnan (Lufeng, Yuanmou) and on the Loess Plateau (Lingtai), the small mammal δ13C values record nearly pure C3 ecosystems, and mixed but C3-based ecosystems, respectively, in agreement with previous studies based on carbon isotopes of large herbivores and soil carbonates. In Inner Mongolia, the micromammalian tooth enamel δ13C record picks up the presence of C4 vegetation where large mammal samples do not, indicating a mixed yet C3-dominated ecosystem at ~ 6 Ma. As a whole, the results support a scenario of northward increasing C4 grass abundance in a pattern that mirrors northward decreasing precipitation of the summer monsoon system. The results highlight differences between large and small mammals as indicators of C4 vegetation in ancient ecosystems, particularly the ability of small mammal δ13C values to detect the presence of minor components of the vegetation structure.

  8. The high oxygen atmosphere toward the end-Cretaceous; a possible contributing factor to the K/T boundary extinctions and to the emergence of C(4) species.

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    Gale, J; Rachmilevitch, S; Reuveni, J; Volokita, M

    2001-04-01

    Angiosperm plants were grown under either the present day 21 kPa O(2) atmosphere or 28 kPa, as estimated for the end-Cretaceous (100-65 MyBP). CO(2) was held at different levels, within the 24-60 Pa range, as also estimated for the same period. In C(3) Xanthium strumarium and Atriplex prostrata, leaf area and net photosynthesis per unit leaf area, were reduced by the high O(2), while the whole-plant respiration/photosynthesis ratio increased. The high O(2) effects were strongest under 24 Pa, but still significant under 60 Pa CO(2). Growth was reduced by high O(2) in these C(3) species, but not in Flaveria sp., whether C(3), C(4), or intermediary grown under light intensities 350 micromol m(-2) s(-1) PPF. It is concluded that the high O(2) atmosphere at the end-Cretaceous would have reduced growth of at least some of the vegetation, thus adversely affecting dependent fauna. The weakened biota would have been predisposed to the consequences of volcanism and the K/T boundary bolide impact. Conversely, photosynthesis and growth of C(4) Zea mays and Atriplex halimus were little affected by high, 28 kPa, O(2). This suggests an environmental driver for the evolution of C(4) physiology. PMID:11413216

  9. 哈氏合金C4材料焊接工艺%Research on Welding Process of Hastelloy C4

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    赵瑞辉

    2014-01-01

    To prevent from the corrosion of the medium,hastelloy C4 material belonging nickel -based corrosion resistant alloy of Ni-Cr-Mo type with single-phase austenite was selected and adapt as the bottom of residual liquid tanks.With TIG welding method and ERNiCrMo -7 welding filler,the tech-niques were adapt such as groove design,pre-weld cleaning,temperature control between channels and lower welding heat.welding procedure qualification test has been passed and the metallographic micro-structures analysis of welded joints were conducted.The results show that the welding process can ensure the mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of welded joints.%为防止介质腐蚀,残液罐产品底部选用了哈氏合金C4材料,该材料属于Ni-Cr-Mo类型镍基耐蚀合金、单相奥氏体组织,具有镍基耐蚀合金的焊接特性。采用氩弧焊方法,选用ERNiCrMo-7焊丝,通过设计坡口、焊前清理、控制道间温度、选择较小焊接热输入等工艺措施,经焊接工艺评定试验和焊接接头金相组织分析,结果表明所制定的焊接工艺可以保证焊接接头的力学性能和耐蚀性能。

  10. C4.4A gene ablation is compatible with normal epidermal development and causes modest overt phenotypes.

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    Kriegbaum, Mette Camilla; Jacobsen, Benedikte; Füchtbauer, Annette; Hansen, Gert Helge; Christensen, Ib Jarle; Rundsten, Carsten Friis; Persson, Morten; Engelholm, Lars Henning; Madsen, Andreas Nygaard; Di Meo, Ivano; Lund, Ida Katrine; Holst, Birgitte; Kjaer, Andreas; Lærum, Ole Didrik; Füchtbauer, Ernst-Martin; Ploug, Michael

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    C4.4A is a modular glycolipid-anchored Ly6/uPAR/α-neurotoxin multidomain protein that exhibits a prominent membrane-associated expression in stratified squamous epithelia. C4.4A is also expressed in various solid cancer lesions, where high expression levels often are correlated to poor prognosis. Circumstantial evidence suggests a role for C4.4A in cell adhesion, migration, and invasion, but a well-defined biological function is currently unknown. In the present study, we have generated and characterized the first C4.4A-deficient mouse line to gain insight into the functional significance of C4.4A in normal physiology and cancer progression. The unchallenged C4.4A-deficient mice were viable, fertile, born in a normal Mendelian distribution and, surprisingly, displayed normal development of squamous epithelia. The C4.4A-deficient mice were, nonetheless, significantly lighter than littermate controls predominantly due to differences in fat mass. Congenital C4.4A deficiency delayed migration of keratinocytes enclosing incisional skin wounds in male mice. In chemically induced bladder carcinomas, C4.4A deficiency attenuated the incidence of invasive lesions despite having no effect on total tumour burden. This new C4.4A-deficient mouse line provides a useful platform for future studies on functional aspects of C4.4A in tumour cell invasion in vivo. PMID:27169360

  11. Structural Basis for the Function of Complement Component C4 within the Classical and Lectin Pathways of Complement

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    Mortensen, Sofia; Kidmose, Rune Thomas; Petersen, Steen Vang;

    2015-01-01

    for removal. Moreover, C4b provides a platform for assembly of the proteolytically active convertases that mediate downstream complement activation by cleavage of C3 and C5. In this article, we present the crystal and solution structures of the 195-kDa C4b. Our results provide the molecular details of...... the rearrangement accompanying C4 cleavage and suggest intramolecular flexibility of C4b. The conformations of C4b and its paralogue C3b are shown to be remarkably conserved, suggesting that the convertases from the classical and alternative pathways are likely to share their overall architecture and...... mode of substrate recognition. We propose an overall molecular model for the classical pathway C5 convertase in complex with C5, suggesting that C3b increases the affinity for the substrate by inducing conformational changes in C4b rather than a direct interaction with C5. C4b-specific features...

  12. Clinical and pathological correlations of C4d immunostaining and its infl uence on the outcome of kidney transplant recipients

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    Virna Nowotny Carpio

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: C4d is a marker of antibody-mediated rejection (ABMR in kidney allografts, although cellular rejection also have C4d deposits. OBJECTIVE: To correlate C4d expression with clinico-pathological parameters and graft outcomes at three years. METHODS: One hundred forty six renal transplantation recipients with graft biopsies by indication were included. C4d staining was performed by paraffin-immunohistochemistry. Graft function and survival were measured, and predictive variables of the outcome were determined by multivariate Cox regression. RESULTS: C4d staining was detected in 48 (31% biopsies, of which 23 (14.7% had diffuse and 25 (16% focal distribution. Pre-transplantation panel reactive antibodies (%PRA class I and II were significantly higher in C4d positive patients as compared to those C4d negative. Both glomerulitis and pericapillaritis were associated to C4d (p = 0.002 and p < 0.001, respectively. The presence of C4d in biopsies diagnosed as no rejection (NR, acute cellular rejection (ACR or interstitial fibrosis/ tubular atrophy (IF/TA did not impact graft function or survival. Compared to NR, ACR and IF/TA C4d-, patients with ABMR C4d+ had the worst graft survival over 3 years (p = 0.034, but there was no difference between ABMR versus NR, ACR and IF/TA that were C4d positive (p = 0.10. In Cox regression, graft function at biopsy and high %PRA levels were predictors of graft loss. CONCLUSIONS: This study confirmed that C4d staining in kidney graft biopsies is a clinically useful marker of ABMR, with well defined clinical and pathological correlations. The impact of C4d deposition in other histologic diagnoses deserves further investigation.

  13. 14CO2 pulse-12CO2 chase analyses of C4-acid metabolism in C3-C4 intermediate species of Flaveria at the CO2 compensation concentration (r)

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    Photosynthetic C4-acid metabolism in leaves of C3-C4 intermediate Flaveria species was examined by 14CO2 pulse-12CO2 chase experiments conducted at external CO2-levels approximating air and γ. Analysis of the percent distribution of 14C after a 10-s pulse showed an enhanced labeling of malate and aspartate at γ in the C3-C4 species. This stimulation of 14CO2 fixation by PEP carboxylase ranged from 1.7-(F. floridana) to 3.6-fold (F. anomala). A 12CO2-chase at γ revealed a significant turnover of C4 acids for only F. floridana. C4-acid labeling in C3 and C4 Flaveria species was relatively unresponsive to changes in pCO2. These data imply that the C3-C4 intermediate Flaveria species with less advanced C4 attributes have a greater capacity for increased CO2 fixation via PEP carboxylase at γ versus air. Thus, labeling of C3-C4 leaves at Σ may be an effective tool for assessing the degree of true C4-photosynthesis as well as the potential mechanism involved in reducing photorespiration

  14. Comparative proteomics of chloroplasts envelopes from bundle sheath and mesophyll chloroplasts reveals novel membrane proteins with a possible role in C4-related metabolite fluxes and development.

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    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available As the world population grows, our need for food increases drastically. Limited amounts of arable land lead to a competition between food and fuel crops, while changes in the global climate may impact future crop yields. Thus, a second green revolution will need a better understanding of the processes essential for plant growth and development. One approach toward the solution of this problem is to better understand regulatory and transport processes in C4 plants. C4 plants display an up to 10-fold higher apparent CO2 assimilation and higher yields while maintaining high water use efficiency. This requires differential regulation of mesophyll (M and bundle sheath (BS chloroplast development as well as higher metabolic fluxes of photosynthetic intermediates between cells and across chloroplast envelopes. While previous analyses of overall chloroplast membranes have yielded significant insight, our comparative proteomics approach using enriched BS and M chloroplast envelopes of Zea mays allowed us to identify 37 proteins of unknown function that have not been seen in these earlier studies. We identified 280 proteins, 84% of which are known/predicted to be present in chloroplasts (cp. 74% have a known or predicted membrane association. 21 membrane proteins were 2-15 times more abundant in BS cells, while 36 proteins were more abundant in M cp envelopes. These proteins could represent additional candidates of proteins essential for development or metabolite transport processes in C4 plants. RT-PCR confirmed differential expression of thirteen candidate genes. Cp association was confirmed using GFP labeling. Genes for a PIC-like protein and an ER-AP-like protein show an early transient increase in gene expression during the transition to light. In addition, PIC gene expression is increased in the immature part of the leaf and was lower in the fully developed parts of the leaf, suggesting a need for/incorporation of the protein during chloroplast

  15. Threshold Studies on TNT, Composition B, and C-4 Explosives Using the Steven Impact Test

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    Vandersall, K S; Switzer, L L; Garcia, F

    2005-09-26

    Steven Impact Tests were performed at low velocity on the explosives TNT, Comp B, and C-4 in attempts to obtain a threshold for reaction. A 76 mm helium driven gas gun was used to accelerate the Steven Test projectiles up to approximately 200 m/s in attempts to react (ignite) the explosive samples. Blast overpressure gauges, acoustic microphones, standard video and high-speed photography were used to characterize the level of any high explosive reaction violence. No bulk reactions were observed in the TNT, Composition B, or C-4 explosive samples impacted up to velocities in the range of 190-200 m/s. This work will outline the experimental details and discuss the lack of reaction when compared to the reaction thresholds of other common explosives.

  16. Excitation function of elastic scattering on 12C + 4He system, at low energies

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    Interactions in the 12C + 4He system are of great interest in astrophysics and to help determine the relative abundances of elements in stars, at the end of helium burning [1, 2]. The Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares (ININ) in Mexico, have made measurements of elastic scattering for this system, using the inverse kinematics method with thick white gas [3, 4], for E CM (0.5 - 4 MeV) θ CM = 180o. In this work we obtain excitation functions of elastic scattering of 12C + 4He system with angular and energy dependence; ECM = 0.5 - 4 MeV and θCM 100o -170o.Using inverse kinematics method with thick white gas and energy loss tables. (Author)

  17. A review on biomass production from C4 grasses: yield and quality for end-use.

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    Tubeileh, Ashraf; Rennie, Timothy J; Goss, Michael J

    2016-06-01

    With a dry biomass production exceeding 40Mgha(-1) in many environments, Miscanthus spp. is the most productive perennial C4 grass species thanks to five advantages over North American prairie tallgrasses. However, miscanthus has a slower nutrient remobilization system, resulting in higher nutrient concentrations at harvest. Perennial C4 grasses benefit from soil microbial associations, reducing their nutrient needs. For combustion purposes, grasses with low moisture content, high lignin and low nutrients are desired. For ethanol, preferred feedstock will have lower lignin, higher sugars, starch, or cellulose/hemicellulose depending on the conversion method. Species with high stem-to-leaf ratio provide better biofuel conversion efficiency and quality. Recently-developed transgenic switchgrass lines have much higher ethanol yields and lower transformation costs. Further selection and breeding are needed to optimize biomass quality and nutrient cycling. PMID:27258573

  18. Properties and nucleotide se- quence of linear plasmid-like DNA pC4 from mitochondria of Cucumis sativus

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    2001-01-01

    Four kinds of mitochondrial plasmid-like DNAs, designated pC1, pC2, pC3 and pC4, were detected in Cucumis sativus Jinyan No. 4. The electron microscopy ob- servation showed that pC4 was linear conformation. Complete sequence of pC4 was cloned into pUC19 with E. coli JM109 as host. Sequence analysis revealed that pC4 was 370 bp long, the shortest one among all the reported mitochondrial plasmid-like DNAs. pC4 was AT rich. It contained terminal direct repeat sequence (35 bp in length) as well as many short direct and inverted repeats. ORFs in pC4 were short. pC4 was found to be homologous to nuclear DNAs, but lack homology with main mitochondrial and chloroplast DNAs. pC4-homologous sequence also occurred in nuclear genome of Jinyan No. 7 which contained no mito- chondrial plasmid-like DNAs. The hybridization pattern of Jinyan No. 7 was slightly different from that of Jinyan No. 4. This suggested that pC4 occurred at the forepart of Cucumis sativus species divergence and integrated into the nuclear genome, and the pC4-homologous sequence in nucleus varied during species diverging.

  19. C4d Presence in Kidney Allograft Biopsy: Sensitivity and Specifity of Immunoperoxidase vs Immunofluorescence

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    Viana, H; Carvalho, F.; Santos, A.; Galvão, MJ; Nolasco, F.

    2009-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Evaluate the sensitivity/specificity of immunoperoxidase method in comparison with the standard immunofluorescence. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective review of 87 biopsies made for allograft dysfunction. Immunofluorescence (IF) was performed in frozen allograft biopsies using monoclonal antibody anti-C4d from Quidel®. The indirect immunoperoxidase (IP) technique was performed in paraffin-embebbed tissue with polyclonal antiserum from Serotec®. Biopsies were independen...

  20. Electron correlation in C_(4N+2) carbon rings: aromatic vs. dimerized structures

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    Torelli, Tommaso; Mitas, Lubos

    2000-01-01

    The electronic structure of C_(4N+2) carbon rings exhibits competing many-body effects of Huckel aromaticity, second-order Jahn-Teller and Peierls instability at large sizes. This leads to possible ground state structures with aromatic, bond angle or bond length alternated geometry. Highly accurate quantum Monte Carlo results indicate the existence of a crossover between C_10 and C_14 from bond angle to bond length alternation. The aromatic isomer is always a transition state. The driving mec...

  1. 温馨空间——Citroen C4 Picasso

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    Juin

    2006-01-01

    雪铁龙全新C4毕加索成为欧洲多功能车的买家们一个新的选择,长4590毫米,宽1830毫米,高2100毫米的车厢内布置了三排座椅,最多可以搭乘7人,它扩宽了紧凑型MPV的使用定义。

  2. Long-term tropospheric trend of octafluorocyclobutane (c-C4F8 or PFC-318

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Air samples collected at Cape Grim, Tasmania between 1978 and 2008 and during a series of more recent aircraft sampling programmes have been analysed to determine the atmospheric abundance and trend of octafluorocyclobutane (-C4F8 or PFC-318. c-C4F8 has an atmospheric lifetime in excess of 3000 yr and a global warming potential (GWP of 10 300 (100 yr time horizon, making it one of the most potent greenhouse gases detected in the atmosphere to date. The abundance of c-C4F8 in the Southern Hemisphere has risen from 0.35 ppt in 1978 to 1.2 ppt in 2010, and is currently increasing at a rate of around 0.03 ppt yr−1. It is the third most abundant perfluorocarbon (PFC in the present day atmosphere, behind CF4 (~75 ppt and C2F6 (~4 ppt. The origin of c-C4F8 is unclear. Using a 2-D global model to derive top-down global emissions based on the Cape Grim measurements yields a recent (2007 emission rate of around 1.1 Gg yr−1 and a cumulative emission up to and including 2007 of 38.1 Gg. Emissions reported on the EDGAR emissions database for the period 1986–2005 represent less than 1 % of the top-down emissions for the same period, which suggests there is a large unaccounted for source of this compound. It is also apparent that the magnitude of this source has varied considerably over the past 30 yr, declining sharply in the late 1980s before increasing again in the mid-1990s.

  3. C4b-binding protein protects coagulation factor Va from inactivation by activated protein C

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    van de Poel, RHL; Meijers, JCM; Rosing, J; Tans, G; Bouma, Bonno N.

    2000-01-01

    We investigated the effect of C4BP on APC-mediated inactivation of factor Va (FVa) in the absence and presence of protein S. FVa inactivation was biphasic (k(506) = 4.4 x 10(8) M-1 s(-1), k(306) = 2.7 x 10(7) M-1 s(-1)), and protein S accelerated Arg(306) cleavage approximately 10-fold. Preincubatio

  4. Contribution of the Federal Republic of Germany to chapter C.3/C.4

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    The paper refers to chapters C.3 and C.4 of the WG 5C report. Different modes of international FBR activities are examined according to the aspects such as ownership, operation, electricity supply, and safeguards. Examples of realization of international FBR development are given. Three aspects are examined as the main potential incentives for internationalization i.e. environment, economics, non-proliferation; some problems are revealed. Aspects of collocation and internationalization in connection with FBRs are investigated based on 3 concepts

  5. Percutaneous vertebroplasty via anterolateral approach for the treatment of C4 to C7 vertebral tumor

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    Objective To investigate the feasibility and clinical efficacy of percutaneous vertebroplasty via anterolateral approach in treating the middle and lower cervical (C4-C7) vertebral tumor. Methods: During the past four years, percutaneous vertebroplasty via anterolateral approach was performed in 16 patients with middle or lower cervical tumor, including metastases (n=12), myeloma (n=3) and eosinophilic granuloma (n=1). Under fluoroscopic guidance, needle puncture was operated via the anterolateral approach, bone cement was injected into the target cervical body when the needle was in place. A follow-up of three months was made. Results: Twenty-one cervical bodies in the range of C4 to C7 were successfully punctured and injected with bone cement. Marked pain relief was obtained in all 16 patients. The average score of visual analogue scale (VAS) was dramatically decreased from 7 before the procedure to 1.7 after the procedure. The cervical motor function returned to good condition. Conclusion: Percutaneous vertebroplasty via anterolateral approach is a safe, effective and minimally-invasive technique in treating the middle and lower cervical (C4-C7) vertebral tumor. (authors)

  6. 雪铁龙Grand C4 Picasso上市倒计时

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    2008-01-01

    在全球屡创佳绩的雪铁龙全新车型Grand C4 Picasso进入中国上市倒计时,预计将于12月正式登陆中国。10月8日,雪铁龙进口车部门确认了这一消息。即将在中国上市的雪铁龙Grand C4 Picasso,基于C4平台开发,有着纯正的法兰西血统——优雅时尚、设计精湛,众多先进技术和理念的运用诠释了雪铁龙人性化的造车哲学。宽大舒适的驾乘空间、标志性的全景天窗、全新的Visiospace理念让这款高端MPV与众不同。

  7. Contrasting strategies to cope with drought conditions by two tropical forage C4 grasses.

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    Cardoso, Juan Andrés; Pineda, Marcela; Jiménez, Juan de la Cruz; Vergara, Manuel Fernando; Rao, Idupulapati M

    2015-01-01

    Drought severely limits forage productivity of C4 grasses across the tropics. The avoidance of water deficit by increasing the capacity for water uptake or by controlling water loss are common responses in forage C4 grasses. Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum) and Brachiaria hybrid cv. Mulato II are tropical C4 grasses used for livestock production due to their reputed resistance to drought conditions. However, there is scant information on the mechanisms used by these grasses to overcome water-limited conditions. Therefore, assessments of cumulative transpired water, shoot growth, leaf rolling, leaf gas exchange, dry mass production and a number of morpho-physiological traits were recorded over a period of 21 days under well-watered or drought conditions. Drought reduced shoot dry mass of both grasses by 35 %, yet each grass exhibited contrasting strategies to cope with water shortage. Napier grass transpired most available water by the end of the drought treatment, whereas a significant amount of water was still available for Mulato II. Napier grass maintained carbon assimilation until the soil was fairly dry, whereas Mulato II restricted water loss by early stomatal closure at relatively wet soil conditions. Our results suggest that Napier grass exhibits a 'water-spending' behaviour that might be targeted to areas with intermittent drought stress, whereas Mulato II displays a 'water-saving' nature that could be directed to areas with longer dry periods. PMID:26333827

  8. Laboratory detection of the C3N an C4H free radicals

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    Gottlieb, C. A.; Gottlieb, E. W.; Thaddeus, P.; Kawamura, H.

    1983-01-01

    The millimeter-wave spectra of the linear carbon chain free radicals C3N and C4H, first identified in IRC + 10216 and hitherto observed only in a few astronomical sources, have been detected with a Zeeman-modulated spectrometer in laboratory glow discharges through low pressure flowing mixtures of N2 + HC3N and He + HCCH, respectively. Four successive rotational transitions between 168 and 198 GHz have been measured for C3N, and five rotational transitions between 143 and 200 GHz for C4H; each is a well-resolved spin doublet owing to the unpaired electron present in both species. Precise values for the rotational, centrifugal distortion, and spin doubling constants have been obtained, which, with hyperfine constants derived from observations of the lower rotational transitions in the astronomical source TMC 1, allow all the rotational transitions of C3N and C4H at frequencies less than 300 GHz to be calculated to an absolute accuracy exceeding 1 ppm.

  9. Ionothermal synthesis and structural characterization of [Cu(C4H6N2)4]Br2 and [Ni(C4H6N2)4]Br2

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    Hong Wang; Bin Lu; Jingxiang Zhao; Qinghai Cai

    2015-07-01

    The ionothermal synthesis and spectroscopic, thermal and structural characterization of two new compounds [Cu(C4H6N2)4]Br2 (1) and [Ni(C4H6N2)4]Br2 (2) [(C4H6N2) = N-methylimidazole] are reported. In both 1 and 2, the central metal Cu (or Ni) ion adopts a square planar geometry and is bonded to the N-atoms of four terminal N-methylimidazole ligands.

  10. Phenology of Australian temperate grasslands: linking near-surface phenology to C3/C4 community composition

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    Watson, C. J.

    2015-12-01

    Vegetation phenology is relatively well-studied in northern hemisphere temperate biomes, but limited research has been conducted on phenological drivers and responses in Australian temperate ecosystems. Australian temperate grasslands represent a broad range of plant communities from exotic pastures to native grasslands, but all are important for food security (livestock grazing) and biodiversity retention. Climate predictions for temperate Australia include higher temperatures, altered rainfall frequency/seasonality, increased drought severity and more regular wildfires. The ecosystem response to these climatic factors is unknown, and the need to improve the monitoring of these highly dynamic grassland systems at a landscape scale is acute. The aim of this research is to use high-frequency phenological data to improve the identification of grassland functional types and ultimately use this to improve the inter-annual monitoring of dynamic grassland systems. We use hourly repeat photography and the Green Chromatic Coordinate vegetation index to characterize the vegetative phenology of several native and exotic grassland communities. Monthly vegetation surveys allow us to correlate plant functional groups with indicator features on the phenology profile. C4-dominated grasslands are characterized by a consistent low greenness during winter, the commencement of greening in late spring/early summer and the retention of green vegetation throughout the summer. Exotic C4 grasslands can be distinguished from native ecosystems by their early-spring flush of annual grasses and forbs prior to the primary greening in late spring/early summer. Native C3 grasslands are more variable in response to rainfall and exhibit multiple greening/browning cycles within the year. They tend to green up earlier in the spring and brown off rapidly in response to high temperatures and low rainfall. Exotic C3 grasslands also green up in early spring but exhibit a more traditional unimodal

  11. Low C4 gene copy numbers are associated with superior graft survival in patients transplanted with a deceased donor kidney

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    Bay, Jakob T; Schejbel, Lone; Madsen, Hans O; Sørensen, Søren S; Hansen, Jesper M; Garred, Peter

    2013-01-01

    rejection, but a relationship between graft survival and serum C4 concentration as well as C4 genetic variation has not been established. We evaluated this using a prospective study design of 676 kidney transplant patients and 211 healthy individuals as controls. Increasing C4 gene copy numbers...... significantly correlated with the C4 serum concentration in both patients and controls. Patients with less than four total copies of C4 genes transplanted with a deceased donor kidney experienced a superior 5-year graft survival (hazard ratio 0.46, 95% confidence interval: 0.25-0.84). No significant association...... was observed in patients transplanted with a living donor. Thus, low C4 copy numbers are associated with increased kidney graft survival in patients receiving a kidney from a deceased donor. Hence, the degree of ischemia may influence the clinical impact of complement....

  12. Elevated CO2 Does Not Stimulate C4 Photosynthesis Directly, but Impacts Water Relations and Indirectly Enhances Carbon Gain during Drought Stress in Maize (Zea Mays) grown under free-air CO2 enrichment (FACE)

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    The mechanism of [CO2] effects upon C4 plants has received considerable research interest but remains poorly understood. In 2002 and 2004, a rainfed-field experiment utilizing FACE technology was undertaken, in the U.S. Corn Belt, to determine the effects of elevated [CO2] on Zea mays. FACE allows ...

  13. When did C4 Photosynthesis originate: New evidence from δ13C analysis of single grass-pollen grains

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    Urban, M. A.; Nelson, D. M.; Pearson, A.; Hu, F.

    2009-12-01

    C4 grasses account for >20% of global primary productivity and dominate tropical, subtropical, and warm-temperate grassland ecosystems. Thus it is vital to understand when and why C4 photosynthesis first evolved in the grass family (Poaceae). However, because of limitations of most proxies, the origin of C4 grasses remains ambiguous. Grass pollen is morphologically indistinct below the family level, making pollen analysis a crude instrument for studying C4-grass evolution. Previous studies have investigated the timing of C4 evolution using molecular tools and δ13C records from n-alkanes, ungulate teeth, and paleosols, but they yield disparate results. Molecular clocks suggest that C4 grasses first evolved between 27 and 36 Ma (million years before present), coincident with the Oligocene decline in pCO2 from >1000 to herbarium specimens. New results should help pinpoint the timing of C4 evolution. Comparison of the timing of C4 evolution with independent pCO2, paleoclimate and paleoecological records will be used to assess the factor(s) that drove the evolution and eventual dominance of C4 grasses.

  14. C4.4A gene ablation is compatible with normal epidermal development and causes modest overt phenotypes

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    Kriegbaum, Mette Camilla; Jacobsen, Benedikte; Füchtbauer, Annette C.;

    2016-01-01

    C4.4A is a modular glycolipid-anchored Ly6/uPAR/α-neurotoxin multidomain protein that exhibits a prominent membrane-associated expression in stratified squamous epithelia. C4.4A is also expressed in various solid cancer lesions, where high expression levels often are correlated to poor prognosis...... predominantly due to differences in fat mass. Congenital C4.4A deficiency delayed migration of keratinocytes enclosing incisional skin wounds in male mice. In chemically induced bladder carcinomas, C4.4A deficiency attenuated the incidence of invasive lesions despite having no effect on total tumour burden...

  15. APRIL stimulates NF-κB-mediated HoxC4 induction for AID expression in mouse B cells.

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    Park, Seok-Rae; Kim, Pyeung-Hyeun; Lee, Kyu-Seon; Lee, Sang-Hoon; Seo, Goo-Young; Yoo, Yung-Choon; Lee, Junglim; Casali, Paolo

    2013-02-01

    Activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) plays a key role in B cell immunoglobulin (Ig) class switch recombination (CSR) and somatic hypermutation (SHM). We have previously reported that the highly conserved homeodomain HoxC4 transcription factor binds to the Aicda (AID gene) promoter to induce AID expression. Here, we investigated the regulation of HoxC4 transcription by a proliferation-inducing ligand (APRIL) and B cell-activating factor belonging to the TNF family (BAFF) in mouse B cells. APRIL substantially increased both HoxC4 and AID expression, whereas BAFF induced the expression of AID but not HoxC4. To elucidate the underlying mechanisms, we constructed a HoxC4 gene promoter reporter vector and analyzed the promoter induction after APRIL stimulation. APRIL enhanced the HoxC4 promoter activity by 2.3-fold, and this increase disappeared when the second putative NF-κB-binding promoter element (NBE2) was mutated. Based on ChIP assays, we found that NF-κB bound to the HoxC4 promoter NBE2 region. Furthermore, the overexpression of NF-κB augmented the APRIL-induced HoxC4 promoter activity, while the expression of dominant negative-IκBα suppressed it. Taken together, our findings suggest that NF-κB mediates APRIL-induced HoxC4 transcription. PMID:23178148

  16. Disorder-promoted C4-symmetric magnetic order in iron-based superconductors

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    Hoyer, Mareike; Fernandes, Rafael M.; Levchenko, Alex; Schmalian, Jörg

    2016-04-01

    In most iron-based superconductors, the transition to the magnetically ordered state is closely linked to a lowering of structural symmetry from tetragonal (C4) to orthorhombic (C2). However, recently, a regime of C4-symmetric magnetic order has been reported in certain hole-doped iron-based superconductors. This novel magnetic ground state can be understood as a double-Q spin density wave characterized by two order parameters M1 and M2 related to each of the two Q vectors. Depending on the relative orientations of the order parameters, either a noncollinear spin-vortex crystal or a nonuniform charge-spin density wave could form. Experimentally, Mössbauer spectroscopy, neutron scattering, and muon spin rotation established the latter as the magnetic configuration of some of these optimally hole-doped iron-based superconductors. Theoretically, low-energy itinerant models do support a transition from single-Q to double-Q magnetic order, but with nearly degenerate spin-vortex crystal and charge-spin density wave states. In fact, extensions of these low-energy models including additional electronic interactions tip the balance in favor of the spin-vortex crystal, in apparent contradiction with the recent experimental findings. In this paper we revisit the phase diagram of magnetic ground states of low-energy multiband models in the presence of weak disorder. We show that impurity scattering not only promotes the transition from C2 to C4-magnetic order, but it also favors the charge-spin density wave over the spin-vortex crystal phase. Additionally, in the single-Q phase, our analysis of the nematic coupling constant in the presence of disorder supports the experimental finding that the splitting between the structural and stripe-magnetic transition is enhanced by disorder.

  17. Elevated atmospheric CO2 triggers compensatory feeding by root herbivores on a C3 but not a C4 grass.

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    Full Text Available Predicted increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2 concentrations often reduce nutritional quality for herbivores by increasing the C:N ratio of plant tissue. This frequently triggers compensatory feeding by aboveground herbivores, whereby they consume more shoot material in an attempt to meet their nutritional needs. Little, however, is known about how root herbivores respond to such changes. Grasslands are particularly vulnerable to root herbivores, which can collectively exceed the mass of mammals grazing aboveground. Here we provide novel evidence for compensatory feeding by a grass root herbivore, Sericesthis nigrolineata, under elevated atmospheric CO2 (600 µmol mol(-1 on a C3 (Microlaena stipoides but not a C4 (Cymbopogon refractus grass species. At ambient CO2 (400 µmol mol(-1 M. stipoides roots were 44% higher in nitrogen (N and 7% lower in carbon (C concentrations than C. refractus, with insects performing better on M. stipoides. Elevated CO2 decreased N and increased C:N in M. stipoides roots, but had no impact on C. refractus roots. Root-feeders displayed compensatory feeding on M. stipoides at elevated CO2, consuming 118% more tissue than at ambient atmospheric CO2. Despite this, root feeder biomass remained depressed by 24%. These results suggest that compensatory feeding under elevated atmospheric CO2 may make some grass species particularly vulnerable to attack, potentially leading to future shifts in the community composition of grasslands.

  18. C4.5 Classifier for Solving the Problem of Water Resources Engineering

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    Chih-Chiang Wei; Jiing-Yun You

    2011-01-01

    The conventional decision-tree algorithm, such as ID3 and C5.0, executes rapidly and can easily be translated into if-thenelse rules.  This paper introduces popular classifier C4.5 for dealing with water resources engineering  problem. The  proposed approach was applied to the Shihmen Reservoir, which is one of the largest reservoirs, located upstream of the Tahan River Basin of northern Taiwan. The existing rules, namely M5-C rules, include two main flood stages: the peak-flow-preceding stag...

  19. Crystal structure of a four-stranded intercalated DNA: d(C4)

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    Chen, L.; Cai, L.; Zhang, X.; Rich, A.

    1994-01-01

    The crystal structure of d(C4) solved at 2.3-A resolution reveals a four-stranded molecule composed of two interdigitated or intercalated duplexes. The duplexes are held together by hemiprotonated cytosine-cytosine base pairs and are parallel stranded, but the two duplexes point in opposite directions. The molecule has a slow right-handed twist of 12.4 degrees between covalently linked cytosine base pairs, and the base stacking distance is 3.1 A. This is in general agreement with the NMR studies. A biological role for DNA in this conformation is suggested.

  20. The chemistry and evolutionary status of HD 62910 (WN6-C4)

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    An analysis of the IUE and optical spectra of the WN-C star HD 62910 confirms the classification as WN6-C4, and shows that both the WN and WC lines arise in the same stellar wind. A Sobolev analysis of the observed line strengths gives the following mass abundance ratios: C/N = 0.26, C/He = 0.0024, N/He = 0.01, and H/He = 0.0, consistent with predictions of stellar evolutionary models for the short-lived phase between the WNE and WC stages. 20 refs

  1. Competition among warm season C4-cereals influence water use efficiency and competition ratios

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    Water use efficiency (WUE) and competition ratio (CR) response of three warm season C4-cereals (grasses) viz. corn (Zea mays L., cv. Hybrid-5393 VT3), grain sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench, cv. Hybrid-84G62 PAT), and foxtail millets (Setaria italic, cv. German Strain R) in pure and mixed stands under low and high water levels was investigated. The experiment was conducted in pot experiment at Dryland Agriculture Institute, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas, USA, during spring 2010. ...

  2. Sequential unfolding of the two-domain protein Pseudomonas stutzeri cytochrome c(4)

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    Andersen, Niels Højmark; Jensen, Thomas Jon; Nørgaard, Allan; Ulstrup, Jens

    F stutzeri cytochrome c. is a di-haem protein, composed of two globular domains each with His-Met coordinated haem. and a hydrogen bond network between the domains. The domain foldings are highly symmetric but with specific differences including structural differences of ligand coordination, and...... different spin states of the oxidised haem groups. We have studied unfolding of oxidised P. stutzeri cyt c(4) induced thermally and by chemical denaturants Horse heart cyt c was a reference molecule. Isothermal unfolding induced by guanidinium chloride and acid was followed by Soret. alpha/beta. and 701-nm...

  3. Measurement of resonances in 12 C + 4 He through inverse kinematics with thick targets

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    The excitation function of elastic scattering for the system 12 C + 4 He to energy from 0.5 to 3.5 MeV in the center of mass system (c.m.) was measured. We use a gassy thick target and the technique of inverse kinematics which allows to make measurements at 180 degrees in c.m. Using the R matrix theory those was deduced parameters of the resonances and the results were compared with measurements reported in the literature made with other techniques. (Author)

  4. Electronic structure and magnetism in g-C4N3 controlled by strain engineering

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    Regulation of magnetism and half-metallicity has attracted much attention because of its potential in spintronics. The magnetic properties and electronic structure of graphitic carbon nitride (g-C4N3) with external strain are determined theoretically based on the density function theory and many-body perturbation theory (G0W0). Asymmetric deformation induced by uniaxial strain not only regulates the magnetic characteristics but also leads to a transformation from half-metallicity to metallicity. However, this transition cannot occur in the structure with symmetric deformation induced by biaxial strain. Our results suggest the use of strain engineering in metal-free spintronics applications

  5. Tandem mass spectrometry-based detection of c4'-oxidized abasic sites at specific positions in DNA fragments.

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    Chowdhury, Goutam; Guengerich, F Peter

    2009-07-01

    Oxidative damage to DNA has been linked to aging, cancer, and other biological processes. Reactive oxygen species and various antitumor agents including bleomycin and ionizing radiation have been shown to cause oxidative DNA sugar damage. Detection of DNA lesions is important for understanding the toxicological or therapeutic consequences associated with such agents. C4'-oxidized abasic sites (C4-AP) are produced by the antitumor drug bleomycin and ionizing radiation. The currently available methods for the detection of C4-AP cannot provide both structural and sequence information. We have developed an LC-ESI-MS-based approach for specific detection and mapping of C4-AP from a mixture of lesions. We show using Fe-bleomycin-damaged DNA that C4-AP can be detected at cytosine and thymine sites by direct MS analysis. Our results reveal that collision-induced dissociation of C4-AP-containing oligonucleotides results in preferential fragmentation at C4-AP sites with the formation of the unique a* ions (18 amu more than the a-B ions) that allow mapping of the C4-AP sites. Various chemical modification strategies (e.g., reduction with NaBH4 and NaBD4 and derivatization with methoxyamine and hydrazine, followed by LC-MS analysis) were also used for unambiguous detection of C4-AP sites. Finally, we show that the methods described here can detect the presence of C4-AP at specific sites in a complex sample such as hydroxyl radical-damaged DNA. The LC-MS approach was also used for the simultaneous detection of the other C4'-oxidation end product, 3'-phosphoglycolate, at a specific site in hydroxyl radical-damaged DNA. Thus, LC-MS provides a rapid and direct approach for the detection and mapping of oxidative DNA lesions. PMID:19496605

  6. Interactions of C4 subtype metabolic activities and transport in maize are revealed through the characterization of DCT2 mutants

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    C4 photosynthesis is an elaborate set of metabolic pathways that utilize specialized anatomical and biochemical adaptations to concentrate CO2 around RuBisCO. The activities of the C4 pathways are coordinated between two specialized leaf cell types, mesophyll (M) and bundle sheath (BS), and rely hea...

  7. Measurement of Swarm Parameters of c-C4F8/CO2 and Its Insulation Characteristics Analysis

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    ZHANG Liu-chun; XIAO Deng-ming; ZHANG Dong; WU Bian-tao

    2008-01-01

    In c-C4F8 and c-C4F8/CO2 mixtures, the swarm parameters including ionization coefficient, attachment coefficient and effective ionization coefficient were obtained at the ratio of the electric field strength to the gas density between 150-550 Td by the steady-state Townsend (SST) method. Static breakdown voltages at each ratio were also measured at the SST condition. The limiting field strengths were obtained by two methods:computing the density-normalized effective ionization coefficient as a function of the overall density-reduced electric field strength; and measuring static breakdown voltages as a function of the product of gas density and electrode separation. Good agreement was obtained by these two methods, which ensures the correctness of the former method. The limiting field strengths of c-C4F8 and c-C4F8/CO2 mixtures were compared with those ofpure SF6, SF6/CO2 mixtures and pure c-C4Fs. It is found that buffer gas CO2 does not reduce the limiting field strengths of c-C4F8 greatly, the limiting field strengths of c-C4F8/CO2 mixtures are higher than those of SF6/CO2 mixtures or even pure SF6, and so c-C4F8/CO2 mixtures are suggested to be possible substitutes for SF6.

  8. Histopathological Correlation of Atypical (C3 and Suspicious (C4 Categories in Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology of the Breast

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    Prashant Goyal

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI guidelines in 1996, breast lesions are categorized as C1 to C5 on fine needle aspiration (FNA cytology. Very few studies are available in the English literature analyzing histopathology outcome of C3 (atypical, probably benign and C4 (suspicious, probably malignant lesions. Our study aims to correlate FNA cytology of breast lump diagnosed as C3 and C4 lesion with histopathological examination. Methods. During a period of 2 years, 59 cases of C3 and 26 cases of C4 were retrieved from total 1093 cases of breast FNA. All the cases were reviewed by two cytopathologists independently. The final 24 cases of C3 and 16 cases of C4 categories were correlated with histopathological diagnosis. Result. Among C3 category, 37.5% revealed malignant findings, whereas of C4 category, 87.5% were malignant on histopathology. This difference was statistically significant (P=0.0017. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive values, and negative predictive value of C4 category in diagnosing breast malignancy were 60.8%, 88.2%, 87.5%, and 62.5%, respectively. Conclusion. Although FNAC is simple, safe, cost-effective and accurate method for diagnosis of breast masses, one must be aware of its limitations particularly in C3 and C4 categories. Also, since both these categories carry different probabilities of malignancy and thus different management, we therefore, support maintaining C3 and C4 categories.

  9. THRESHOLD STUDIES ON TNT, COMPOSITION B, C-4, AND ANFO EXPLOSIVES USING THE STEVEN IMPACT TEST

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    Vandersall, K S; Switzer, L L; Garcia, F

    2006-06-20

    Steven Impact Tests were performed at low velocity on the explosives TNT (trinitrotolulene), Composition B (63% RDX, 36% TNT, and 1% wax by weight), C-4 (91% RDX, 5.3% Di (2-ethylhexyl) sebacate, 2.1% Polyisobutylene, and 1.6% motor oil by weight) and ANFO (94% ammonium Nitrate with 6% Fuel Oil) in attempts to obtain a threshold for reaction. A 76 mm helium driven gas gun was used to accelerate the Steven Test projectiles up to approximately 200 m/s in attempts to react (ignite) the explosive samples. Blast overpressure gauges, acoustic microphones, standard video and high-speed photography were used to characterize the level of any high explosive reaction violence. No bulk reactions were observed in the TNT, Composition B, C-4 or ANFO explosive samples impacted up to velocities in the range of 190-200 m/s. This work will outline the experimental details and discuss the lack of reaction when compared to the reaction thresholds of other common explosives. These results will also be compared to that of the Susan Test and reaction thresholds observed in the common small-scale safety tests such as the drop hammer and friction tests in hopes of drawing a correlation.

  10. Studying the morphology of the magnetic C4 phase in the 122 superconductors

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    Taddei, Keith; Allred, Jared; Bugaris, Daniel; Krogstad, Matthew; Lapidus, Saul; Stadel, Ryan; Chung, Duck; Claus, Helmut; Kanatzidis, Mercouri; Brown, Dennis; Rosenkranz, Stephan; Osborn, Raymond; Chmaissem, Omar

    The iron based superconductors continue to prove an exciting system for the study of superconductivity: the recent discovery of a reentrant tetragonal phase with SDW magnetic ordering has opened new avenues to study the competition between microscopically coexistent superconductivity and magnetism. This intriguing new phase is not only an exceedingly rare example of a magnetic structure with two ordering vectors, and consequently a confirmation of itinerate magnetism, but has also allowed for the determination of spin fluctuations as the driving mechanism behind the phase evolution in these materials. Evidence has been mounting of the universality of C4 in the hole doped iron pnictides providing a useful playground for the comparison of how this phase behaves as it is stabilized out of different parent compounds and through different dopant atoms. Here all members of the hole doped family which show the C4 phase will be compared and the parameters which appear to tune the phase's extent in temperature and phase space will be discussed.

  11. SHOCK INITIATION OF COMPOSITION B AND C-4 EXPLOSIVES; EXPERIMENTS AND MODELING

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    Urtiew, P A; Vandersall, K S; Tarver, C M; Garcia, F; Forbes, J W

    2006-08-18

    Shock initiation experiments on the explosives Composition B and C-4 were performed to obtain in-situ pressure gauge data for the purpose of providing the Ignition and Growth reactive flow model with proper modeling parameters. A 100 mm diameter propellant driven gas gun was utilized to initiate the explosive charges containing manganin piezoresistive pressure gauge packages embedded in the explosive sample. Experimental data provided new information on the shock velocity--particle velocity relationship for each of the investigated material in their respective pressure range. The run-distance-to-detonation points on the Pop-plot for these experiments showed agreement with previously published data, and Ignition and Growth modeling calculations resulted in a good fit to the experimental data. Identical ignition and growth reaction rate parameters were used for C-4 and Composition B, and the Composition B model also included a third reaction rate to simulate the completion of reaction by the TNT component. This model can be applied to shock initiation scenarios that have not or cannot be tested experimentally with a high level of confidence in its predictions.

  12. SHOCK INITIATION EXPERIMENTS AND MODELING OF COMPOSITION B AND C-4

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    Urtiew, P A; Vandersall, K S; Tarver, C M; Garcia, F; Forbes, J W

    2006-06-13

    Shock initiation experiments on the explosives Composition B and C-4 were performed to obtain in-situ pressure gauge data for the purpose of determining the Ignition and Growth reactive flow model with proper modeling parameters. A 101 mm diameter propellant driven gas gun was utilized to initiate the explosive charges containing manganin piezoresistive pressure gauge packages embedded in the explosive sample. Experimental data provided new information on the shock velocity versus particle velocity relationship for each of the investigated materials in their respective pressure range. The run-distance-to-detonation points on the Pop-plot for these experiments showed agreement with previously published data, and Ignition and Growth modeling calculations resulted in a good fit to the experimental data. These experimental data were used to determine Ignition and Growth reactive flow model parameters for these explosives. Identical ignition and growth reaction rate parameters were used for C-4 and Composition B, and the Composition B model also included a third reaction rate to simulate the completion of reaction by the TNT component. The Composition B model was then tested on existing short pulse duration, gap test, and projectile impact shock initiation with good results. This Composition B model can be applied to shock initiation scenarios that have not or cannot be tested experimentally with a high level of confidence in its predictions.

  13. INFLUENCE OF POZZOLANA ON THE HYDRATION OF C4AF RICH CEMENT IN CHLORIDE ENVIRONMENT

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    Full Text Available This study investigated the influence of natural pozzolana - opoka additive on the hydration of C4AF rich cement and the effects of chloride ions on the hydrates formed. In the samples, 25 % (by weight of the sintered C4AF rich cement and OPC was replaced with pozzolana. The mixtures were hardened for 28 days in water, soaked in a saturated NaCl solution for 3 months at 20°C. It was estimated that under normal conditions, pozzolana additive accelerates the hydration of calcium silicates and initiates the formation of CO32- - AFm in the Brownmillerite rich cement. However, the hydration of Brownmillerite cement with opoka additive is still slower to compare with hydration of Portland cement. Also, opoka decreases total porosity and threshold pore diameter of Brownmillerite cement paste after two days of hydration. After 28 days of hydration threshold pore diameter became smaller even to compare with threshold pore diameter of Portland cement. Opoka additive promotes the formation of Friedel’s salt in Brownmillerite samples treated in saturated NaCl solution, because CO32-–AFm affected by saturated NaCl solution become unstable and takes part in reactions producing Friedel’s salt.

  14. Theoretical study of radiative electron attachment to CN, C2H, and C4H radicals

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    A first-principle theoretical approach to study the process of radiative electron attachment is developed and applied to the negative molecular ions CN−, C4H−, and C2H−. Among these anions, the first two have already been observed in the interstellar space. Cross sections and rate coefficients for formation of these ions by direct radiative electron attachment to the corresponding neutral radicals are calculated. For the CN molecule, we also considered the indirect pathway, in which the electron is initially captured through non-Born-Oppenheimer coupling into a vibrationally resonant excited state of the anion, which then stabilizes by radiative decay. We have shown that the contribution of the indirect pathway to the formation of CN− is negligible in comparison to the direct mechanism. The obtained rate coefficients for the direct mechanism at 30 K are 7 × 10−16 cm3/s for CN−, 7 × 10−17 cm3/s for C2H−, and 2 × 10−16 cm3/s for C4H−. These rates weakly depend on temperature between 10 K and 100 K. The validity of our calculations is verified by comparing the present theoretical results with data from recent photodetachment experiments

  15. Photorespiratory properties of total leaf protoplasts isolated from C3-C4 intermediate species of MORICANDIA

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    In comparison to C3 species, intact leaf tissue of M. arvensis (C3-C4) exhibits a reduced sensitivity of photosynthesis to inhibition by O2 and an enhanced capacity for the refixation of 14CO2 evolved during decarboxylation of exogenous [1-14C]glycine. In contrast, purified protoplast preparations from leaves of M. arvensis and M. spinosa (C3-C4), containing 8.4 +/- 0.6% (S.E) bundle-sheath protoplasts and approx. 90% mesophyll protoplasts, showed no significant differences from protoplasts of the C3 species, M. foetida and Triticum aestivum with respect to the following parameters: (a) percentage O2-inhibition of photosynthetic 14CO2 fixation; (b) apparent Km(CO2) of photosynthesis; and (c) dark/light ratios of 14CO2 evolution during metabolism of exogenous [1-14C]glycine. It was concluded that the structural arrangement of mesophyll and bundle-sheath cells and organelles in situ in leaf tissue of M. arvensis and M. spinosa is of importance in facilitating reduced apparent photorespiration in these intermediate species by enhanced recycling of CO2

  16. Characterization of the Minimum Energy Paths for the Ring Closure Reactions of C4H3 with Acetylene

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    Walch, Stephen P.

    1995-01-01

    The ring closure reaction of C4H3 with acetylene to give phenyl radical is one proposed mechanism for the formation of the first aromatic ring in hydrocarbon combustion. There are two low-lying isomers of C4H3; 1-dehydro-buta-l-ene-3-yne (n-C4H3) and 2-dehydro-buta-l-ene-3-yne (iso-C4H3). It has been proposed that only n-C4H3 reacts with acetylene to give phenyl radical, and since iso-C4H3 is more stable than n-C4H3, formation of phenyl radical by this mechanism is unlikely. We report restricted Hartree-Fock (RHF) plus singles and doubles configuration interaction calculations with a Davidson's correction (RHF+1+2+Q) using the Dunning correlation consistent polarized valence double zeta basis set (cc-pVDZ) for stationary point structures along the reaction pathway for the reactions of n-C4H3 and iso-C4H3 with acetylene. n-C4H3 plus acetylene (9.4) has a small entrance channel barrier (17.7) (all energetics in parentheses are in kcal/mol with respect to iso-C4H3 plus acetylene) and the subsequent closure steps leading to phenyl radical (-91.9) are downhill with respect to the entrance channel barrier. Iso-C4H3 Plus acetylene also has an entrance channel barrier (14.9) and there is a downhill pathway to 1-dehydro-fulvene (-55.0). 1-dehydro-fulvene can rearrange to 6-dehydro-fulvene (-60.3) by a 1,3-hydrogen shift over a barrier (4.0), which is still below the entrance channel barrier, from which rearrangement to phenyl radical can occur by a downhill pathway. Thus, both n-C4H3 and iso-C4H3 can react with acetylene to give phenyl radical with small barriers.

  17. Genetic structure and linkage disequilibrium in a diverse, representative collection of the C4 model plant, Sorghum bicolor

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    To facilitate the mapping of genes in sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] underlying economically important traits, we analyzed the genetic structure and linkage disequilibrium in a sorghum mini core collection of 242 landraces with 14,739 SNPs. The SNPs were produced using a highly multiplexed g...

  18. Differential Mobility of Pigment-Protein Complexes in Granal and Agranal Thylakoid Membranes of C-3 and C-4 Plants

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    Kirchhoff, H.; Sharpe, R.M.; Herbstová, Miroslava; Yarbrough, R.; Edwards, G.E.

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    Roč. 161, č. 1 (2013), s. 497-507. ISSN 0032-0889 Institutional support: RVO:60077344 Keywords : Photosystem-II * Photosynthetic membranes * Electron tomography Subject RIV: ED - Physiology Impact factor: 7.394, year: 2013

  19. The role of photorespiration during the evolution of C4 photosynthesis in the genus Flaveria

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    Mallmann, Julia; Heckmann, David; Bräutigam, Andrea; Martin J Lercher; Weber, Andreas PM; Westhoff, Peter; Gowik, Udo

    2014-01-01

    eLife digest Environmental pressures sometimes cause different organisms to independently evolve the same traits. A dramatic example of this phenomenon, which is called convergent evolution, can be seen in the modes used by plants to convert carbon dioxide from the air into starch during photosynthesis. Early plants existed in an environment with high levels of carbon dioxide in the air. Over time, carbon dioxide levels decreased, so plants evolved more efficient types of photosynthesis to co...

  20. Molecular analysis of the murine C4b-binding protein gene. Chromosome assignment and partial gene organization

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    Barum, Scott B; Kristensen, Torsten; Chaplin, David D; Seldin, Michal F; Tack, Brian F

    1989-01-01

    Murine C4b-binding protein (C4BP) is a regulatory molecule in the classical pathway of complement. C4BP is composed predominantly of short consensus repeats (SCRs) approximately 60 amino acids in length, which contain a framework of conserved residues. The SCRs are found in many complement...... molecules and a growing number of noncomplement molecules as well and are a major structural feature of some of these molecules. To characterize the structure of the murine C4BP gene, a cosmid library constructed from Balb/c liver DNA was screened. Several nearly identical, overlapping clones were...... identified; however, none of the clones, alone or in combination, covered the entire C4BP gene. One clone (D26) was chosen for detailed analysis and found to contain all but the leader region, the first SCR, and the first half of the second SCR. The SCRs three through six were each encoded by single exons...

  1. Effect of Soil Drought on C4 Photosynthetic Enzyme Activities of Flag Leaf and Ear in Wheat

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    WEI Ai-li; WANG Zhi-min; ZHAI Zhi-xi; GONG Yuan-shi

    2003-01-01

    The activities of RuBPC and C4 photosynthetic enzymes in ear and flag leaf blade were examinedin wheat. The results showed that photosynthesis of ear was less sensitive to soil drought than that of flag leaf,and decrease of CO2 assimilation in flag leaf blade with water stress was more than that in ear. Compared withflag leaf, ear organs(awn, glume and lemma) had higher C4 enzyme activities and lower RuBPC activity. Un-der moderate water-stress, the increase of C4 enzyme activities was induced, and the increase was higher in earthan in flag leaf. Under severe water-stress, relatively higher C4 enzyme activities were still maintained in ear,rather than that in flag leaf. It suggests that high activities of C4 enzymes in ear may contribute to its high tol-erance of photosynthesis to water-stress.

  2. Expression of C4.4A in precursor lesions of pulmonary adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma

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    Jacobsen, Benedikte; Santoni-Rugiu, Eric; Illemann, Martin;

    2012-01-01

    in precursor lesions of lung squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma was investigated by stainings with a specific anti-C4.4A antibody. In the transformation from normal bronchial epithelium to squamous cell carcinoma, C4.4A was weakly expressed in basal cell hyperplasia but dramatically increased...... in squamous metaplasia. This was confined to the cell membrane and sustained in dysplasia, carcinoma in situ, and the invasive carcinoma. The induction of C4.4A already at the stage of hyperplasia could indicate that it is a marker of very early squamous differentiation, which aligns well with our...... earlier finding that C4.4A expression levels do not provide prognostic information on the survival of squamous cell carcinoma patients. In the progression from normal alveolar epithelium to peripheral adenocarcinoma, we observed an unexpected, distinct cytoplasmic staining for C4.4A in a fraction of...

  3. 上海石化碳四资源利用现状及发展探讨%Discussion on Utilization and Development of C_4 Hydrocarbon Resources in SINOPEC Shanghai Petrochemical Company Limited

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    张彩娟; 秦朝晖; 周欢华

    2012-01-01

    The sources,compositions,separation process and utilization of C4 hydroacarbon in SINOPEC Shanghai Petrochemical Company Limited were analyzed.For the compositions in C4 hydrocarbon which were by-products of refining and chemical plants and were not utilized rationally,proposal was raised to integrate the surplus C4 resources and build a light hydrocarbon aromatization plant to produce aromatics.And for the problem of comprehensive utilization of C4 hydrocarbon in capacity expansion project of 1# ethylene plant,proposals were raised on adopting combining process of synthesizing MTBE through etherification of isobutylene-producing high purified isobutylene through MTBE cracking,and process of producing methyl-ethyl-ketone from butylene by hydration and hydrogenaion.Meanwhile,proposals were raised on developing down-stream products of butadiene and building a synthetic rubber production plant.%分析了中国石化上海石油化工股份有限公司C4烃的来源、组成、分离工艺和利用途径;针对炼油系统和化工系统副产的C4烃中未被合理利用的组分,提出了整合剩余C4资源,建设一套轻烃芳构化生产芳烃装置的建议;针对1#乙烯装置扩能改造工程C4烃综合利用问题,提出了采用异丁烯醚化合成甲基叔丁基醚(MTBE)-MTBE裂解制高纯异丁烯组合工艺、正丁烯水合脱氢制甲乙酮工艺等建议,同时提出了发展丁二烯下游产品,建设一套生产合成橡胶装置的设想。

  4. Factors required for the high CO2 specificity of the anaerobically induced maize GapC4 promoter in transgenic tobacco.

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    Niemeyer, Julia; Machens, Fabian; Fornefeld, Eva; Keller-Hüschemenger, Jens; Hehl, Reinhard

    2011-02-01

    Flooding, a natural cause of anaerobiosis, is often accompanied by high CO(2) concentrations in the flood water. Plants need to respond to these environmental conditions. Strong anaerobic reporter gene activity in tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) controlled by the glycolytic glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GapC4) promoter from maize (Zea mays) depends on the presence of CO(2) and light. To identify factors required for CO(2) regulated gene expression, promoter deletions fused to the β-glucuronidase reporter gene were studied in transgenic tobacco. Deletion of a 40 bp fragment directly upstream of the TATA box leads to increased anaerobic reporter gene activity both, in the presence and absence of CO(2). This deletion does not affect light specific anaerobic expression. A positive correlation between increasing CO(2) concentrations and gene activity is observed. Electrophoretic mobility shift experiments indicate that tobacco nuclear extracts harbour proteins that bind to part of the 40 bp fragment. Database assisted as well as experimental analysis reveal a role for AP2/EREBP transcription factors for conferring the high CO(2) specificity to the GapC4 promoter in tobacco leaves. This work highlights the importance for plants to respond to high environmental CO(2) concentrations under anaerobic conditions. PMID:20880205

  5. Effects of different elevated CO2 concentrations on chlorophyll contents, gas exchange, water use efficiency, and PSII activity on C3 and C4 cereal crops in a closed artificial ecosystem.

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    Wang, Minjuan; Xie, Beizhen; Fu, Yuming; Dong, Chen; Hui, Liu; Guanghui, Liu; Liu, Hong

    2015-12-01

    Although terrestrial CO2 concentrations [CO2] are not expected to reach 1000 μmol mol(-1) (or ppm) for many decades, CO2 levels in closed systems such as growth chambers and greenhouses can easily exceed this concentration. CO2 levels in life support systems (LSS) in space can exceed 10,000 ppm (1 %). In order to understand how photosynthesis in C4 plants may respond to elevated CO2, it is necessary to determine if leaves of closed artificial ecosystem grown plants have a fully developed C4 photosynthetic apparatus, and whether or not photosynthesis in these leaves is more responsive to elevated [CO2] than leaves of C3 plants. To address this issue, we evaluated the response of gas exchange, water use efficiency, and photosynthetic efficiency of PSII by soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr., 'Heihe35') of a typical C3 plant and maize (Zea mays L., 'Susheng') of C4 plant under four CO2 concentrations (500, 1000, 3000, and 5000 ppm), which were grown under controlled environmental conditions of Lunar Palace 1. The results showed that photosynthetic pigment by the C3 plants of soybean was more sensitive to elevated [CO2] below 3000 ppm than the C4 plants of maize. Elevated [CO2] to 1000 ppm induced a higher initial photosynthetic rate, while super-elevated [CO2] appeared to negate such initial growth promotion for C3 plants. The C4 plant had the highest ETR, φPSII, and qP under 500-3000 ppm [CO2], but then decreased substantially at 5000 ppm [CO2] for both species. Therefore, photosynthetic down-regulation and a decrease in photosynthetic electron transport occurred by both species in response to super-elevated [CO2] at 3000 and 5000 ppm. Accordingly, plants can be selected for and adapt to the efficient use of elevated CO2 concentration in LSS. PMID:25869633

  6. Simulation of the reflected blast wave from a C-4 charge

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    Howard, W. Michael; Kuhl, Allen L.; Tringe, Joseph

    2012-03-01

    The reflection of a blast wave from a C4 charge detonated above a planar surface is simulated with our ALE3D code. We used a finely-resolved, fixed Eulerian 2-D mesh (167 μm per cell) to capture the detonation of the charge, the blast wave propagation in nitrogen, and its reflection from the surface. The thermodynamic properties of the detonation products and nitrogen were specified by the Cheetah code. A programmed-burn model was used to detonate the charge at a rate based on measured detonation velocities. Computed pressure histories are compared with pressures measured by Kistler 603B piezoelectric gauges at 7 ranges (GR = 0, 5.08, 10.16, 15.24, 20.32, 25.4, and 30.48 cm) along the reflecting surface. Computed and measured waveforms and positive-phase impulses were similar, except at close-in ranges (GR < 5 cm), which were dominated by jetting effects.

  7. Core polarization effects on C4 form factors of sd-shell nuclei

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    Coulomb form factors of C4 transitions in even-even N=Z sd-shell nuclei (20Ne, 24Mg, 28Si and 32S) are discussed taking into account higher-energy configurations outside the sd-shell model space which are called core polarization effects. Higher configurations are taken into account through a microscopic theory, which allows particle-hole excitations from the 1s and 1p shells core orbits and also from the 2s1d-shell orbits to the higher allowed orbits with excitations up to 4 ℎω. The effect of core polarization is found essential in both the transition strengths and momentum transfer dependence of form factors, and gives a remarkably good agreement with the measured data with no adjustable parameters. The calculations are based on the Wildenthal interaction for the sd-shell model space and on the modified surface delta interaction (MSDI) for the core polarization effects. (orig.)

  8. Detection of a new circumstellar carbon chain molecule, C4Si

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    A new interstellar carbon chain molecule, C4Si, has been detected in the envelope of the evolved star IRC + 10216. This molecule is the carrier of six unidentified lines which had been detected during the molecular line survey at Nobeyama Radio Observatory. The identification was made through astronomical detections followed by quantum chemical calculations and laboratory spectroscopic experiments. The rotational constant and the centrifugal distortion constant were B(0) = 1533.77206(146) MHz and D(0) = 0.00005827(35) MHz, respectively, where the numbers in parentheses represent one standard deviation in units of the last significant digits. The rotation temperature and the column density were 15 + or - 2 K and (7 + or - 1) x 10 to the 12th/sq cm, respectively, assuming a source size of 25 arcsec. 16 refs

  9. Ethanol stimulates formation of leukotriene C4 in rat gastric mucosa

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    Ethanol-induced gastric mucosal damage is characterized by microcirculatory changes such as stasis and plasma leakage. Sluggish blood flow and stasis have also been observed after administration of exogenous leukotriene (LT) C4. The effect of ethanol on the release of LTC4 from rat gastric mucosa was therefore investigated. It was found that intragastric instillation of ethanol increases gastric mucosal release of LTC4 in a dose- and time-dependent manner parallel to the production of gastric lesions. The lipoxygenase inhibitor nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA) and the anti-ulcer drug carbenoxolone (CX) inhibited mucosal release of LTC4 and simultaneously protected against gastric damage caused by ethanol. It is concluded that increased formation of LTC4 and/or other 5-lipoxygenase-derived products of arachidonate metabolism may be involved in ethanol-induced gastric damage. Furthermore, inhibition of the 5-lipoxygenase pathway may be an important mechanism of action of gastric protective drugs

  10. Synthesis, crystal structure and antioxidant evaluation of C-4-acetamidophenylcalix[4]pyrogallolarene

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    Abosadiya, Hamza M.; Hasbullah, Siti Aishah; Yamin, Bohari M. [School of Chemical Sciences and Food Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi 43600, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2015-09-25

    C-4-acetamidophenylcalix[4]pyrogallolarene was synthesized by an acid catalyzed condensation reaction of pyrogallol with 4-acetamidobenzaldehyde. The compound was characterized by IR, {sup 1}H and {sup 13}C NMR spectroscopy. Single crystal X-ray analysis revealed that the molecule crystallized in a triclinic system with space group Pī and the unit cell dimensions a= 12.2948(16) Å, b= 13.4423(17) Å, c= 13.5906(18) Å, α =107.549(4)°, β =102.034(4)°, γ =90.535(4)°, Z= 1 and V= 2088.2(5) Å{sup 3}. The macrocyclic calix adopts a chair (C{sub 2h}) conformation and the molecule is associated with eight DMSO molecules of crystallization. Antioxidant test by DPPH method showed that the compound exhibits good antioxidant activity of about 72%.

  11. Synthesis, crystal structure and antioxidant evaluation of C-4-acetamidophenylcalix[4]pyrogallolarene

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    Abosadiya, Hamza M.; Hasbullah, Siti Aishah; Yamin, Bohari M.

    2015-09-01

    C-4-acetamidophenylcalix[4]pyrogallolarene was synthesized by an acid catalyzed condensation reaction of pyrogallol with 4-acetamidobenzaldehyde. The compound was characterized by IR, 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy. Single crystal X-ray analysis revealed that the molecule crystallized in a triclinic system with space group Pī and the unit cell dimensions a= 12.2948(16) Å, b= 13.4423(17) Å, c= 13.5906(18) Å, α =107.549(4)°, β =102.034(4)°, γ =90.535(4)°, Z= 1 and V= 2088.2(5) Å3. The macrocyclic calix adopts a chair (C2h) conformation and the molecule is associated with eight DMSO molecules of crystallization. Antioxidant test by DPPH method showed that the compound exhibits good antioxidant activity of about 72%.

  12. Synthesis, crystal structure and antioxidant evaluation of C-4-acetamidophenylcalix[4]pyrogallolarene

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    C-4-acetamidophenylcalix[4]pyrogallolarene was synthesized by an acid catalyzed condensation reaction of pyrogallol with 4-acetamidobenzaldehyde. The compound was characterized by IR, 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy. Single crystal X-ray analysis revealed that the molecule crystallized in a triclinic system with space group Pī and the unit cell dimensions a= 12.2948(16) Å, b= 13.4423(17) Å, c= 13.5906(18) Å, α =107.549(4)°, β =102.034(4)°, γ =90.535(4)°, Z= 1 and V= 2088.2(5) Å3. The macrocyclic calix adopts a chair (C2h) conformation and the molecule is associated with eight DMSO molecules of crystallization. Antioxidant test by DPPH method showed that the compound exhibits good antioxidant activity of about 72%

  13. Late Miocene Rise of C4 Vegetation in NW Africa from Leaf Wax Biomarkers

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    Rose, C. A.; deMenocal, P. B.; Polissar, P. J.

    2014-12-01

    When and why did NW Africa become dry? The answers to these important questions have proven elusive. Strong climate controls on African vegetation today make knowledge of past changes a valuable proxy for understanding NW Africa's climate evolution. Various lines of geologic and paleobotanical evidence indicate that NW African landscapes changed from more humid conditions in the late Oligocene/early Miocene to arid/hyper-arid environments by the late Pliocene. As proxies for the paleohydrological and paleovegetation signatures of this event, we analyzed leaf wax n-alkane stable isotopes (δDwax and δ13Cwax) at Ocean Drilling Program Site 659 (20°N), offshore West Africa, from 0 - 25 Ma. Between 25 to 10 Ma, n-alkane δ13Cwax values were persistently very low (-31‰) suggesting that C3 vegetation dominated NW African landscapes over this interval. Between 10-7 Ma there is a marked, positive secular δ13Cwax shift (in excess of 4‰) suggesting the initial growth and establishment of C4 Sahel grasslands. δ13Cwax shows a sustained positive trend (>7‰ total) until 1 Ma. The 10-7 Ma date for the establishment of NW African C4 grasslands is earlier than comparable records from South Africa and South Asia. We will also present low-resolution isotope data from equatorial ODP Site 959 (3°N) and compare these data with Site 659 (20°N) to reconstruct the development of the modern vegetation and hydrological gradients in NW Africa over this time span.

  14. Solubility of alkali metal halides in the ionic liquid [C4C1im][OTf].

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    Kuzmina, O; Bordes, E; Schmauck, J; Hunt, P A; Hallett, J P; Welton, T

    2016-06-28

    The solubilities of the metal halides LiF, LiCl, LiBr, LiI, NaF, NaCl, NaBr, NaI, KF, KCl, KBr, KI, RbCl, CsCl, CsI, were measured at temperatures ranging from 298.15 to 378.15 K in the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate ([C4C1im][OTf]). Li(+), Na(+) and K(+) salts with anions matching the ionic liquid have also been investigated to determine how well these cations dissolve in [C4C1im][OTf]. This study compares the influence of metal cation and halide anion on the solubility of salts within this ionic liquid. The highest solubility found was for iodide salts, and the lowest solubility for the three fluoride salts. There is no outstanding difference in the solubility of salts with matching anions in comparison to halide salts. The experimental data were correlated employing several phase equilibria models, including ideal mixtures, van't Hoff, the λh (Buchowski) equation, the modified Apelblat equation, and the non-random two-liquid model (NRTL). It was found that the van't Hoff model gave the best correlation results. On the basis of the experimental data the thermodynamic dissolution parameters (ΔH, ΔS, and ΔG) were determined for the studied systems together with computed gas phase metathesis parameters. Dissolution depends on the energy difference between enthalpies of fusion and dissolution of the solute salt. This demonstrates that overcoming the lattice energy of the solid matrix is the key to the solubility of inorganic salts in ionic liquids. PMID:27264676

  15. A high throughput gas exchange screen for determining rates of photorespiration or regulation of C-4 activity

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    Bellasio, C.; Burgess, S.J.; GRIFFITHS, H.; Hibberd, J.M.

    2014-01-01

    Large-scale research programmes seeking to characterize the C4 pathway have a requirement for a simple, high throughput screen that quantifies photorespiratory activity in C3 and C4 model systems. At present, approaches rely on model-fitting to assimilatory responses (A/C i curves, PSII quantum yield) or real-time carbon isotope discrimination, which are complicated and time-consuming. Here we present a method, and the associated theory, to determine the effectiveness of the C4 carboxylation,...

  16. Phenotypic landscape inference reveals multiple evolutionary paths to C$_4$ photosynthesis

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    Williams, Ben P.; Johnston, Iain G; Covshoff, Sarah; Hibberd, Julian M.

    2014-01-01

    eLife digest Plants rely on carbon for their growth and survival: in a process called photosynthesis, they use energy from sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates and oxygen gas. The chemical reactions that make up photosynthesis are powered by a chain of enzymes, and plants must ensure that these enzymes—which are in the leaves of the plant—are supplied with enough carbon dioxide and water. Carbon dioxide from the atmosphere enters plants through pores in their leaves...

  17. Comparison of physiological and anatomical changes of C3 (Oryza sativa [L.]) and C4 (Echinochloa crusgalli [L.]) leaves in response to drought stress

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    Hamim, Hamim; Banon, Sri; Dorly, Dorly

    2016-01-01

    The experiment aimed to analyse the different response of C3 (Oryza sativa L.) and C4 (Echinochloa crusgalli L.) species to drought stress based on physiological and anatomical properties. Seeds of rice (Oryza sativa) and Echinochloa (Echinochloa crusgalli) were grown in 15 cm (D) pot for 6 weeks under well-watered conditions. After 6 weeks the plants were divided into two groups, (1) well-watered which were watered daily, and (2) drought stress which were withheld from watering for 6 days. After 6 days of drought, the plants were then re-watered to analyse plant recovery. During drought period, the plants were analysed for growth, leaf relative water content (RWC), photosynthesis, and leaf anatomy. Drought stress significantly reduced leaf RWC of both species, but the reduction was bigger in rice than in Echinochloa. The maximum efficiency of photosynthesis (Fv/Fm) was decrease significantly in response to drought stress by about 48.04% in rice, while it was only 34.40% in Echinochloa. Anatomical analysis showed drought treatment tended to reduce leaf thickness in the area of bulliform cell, major- as well as intervein and xylem diameter, more in Echinochloa than in rice, suggesting that the decrease of vein and xylem diameter is among the anatomical parameters that is important to overcome from drought stress in Echinochloa. The number of chloroplast in the mesophyll cell and bundle sheath cell (BSC) was different between these two species, where in Echinochloa chloroplast was found in both mesophyll as well as BSC, while in rice it was only found in mesophyll cell, confirmed that Echinochloa is a C4 and rice is a C3 species. Interestingly, in Echinochloa, the number of chloroplast was significantly increased due to drought stress in BSC, but not in mesophyll cell. The number of starch granules also dramatically increased in response to drought in the mesophyll cells of rice and Echinochloa, and in the bundle sheath cell of Echinochloa which indicate that C3

  18. Adulteration Identification of Commercial Honey with the C-4 Sugar Content of Negative Values by an Elemental Analyzer and Liquid Chromatography Coupled to Isotope Ratio Mass Spectroscopy.

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    Dong, Hao; Luo, Donghui; Xian, Yanping; Luo, Haiying; Guo, Xindong; Li, Chao; Zhao, Mouming

    2016-04-27

    According to the AOAC 998.12 method, honey is considered to contain significant C-4 sugars with a C-4 sugar content of >7%, which are naturally identified as the adulteration. However, the authenticity of honey with a C-4 sugar content of authenticity of honey with a C-4 sugar content of authenticity identification of honey with a C-4 sugar content of <0%. PMID:27064147

  19. Crystal structure, properties and phase transitions of morpholinium tetrafluoroborate [C 4H 10NO][BF 4

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    Szklarz, P.; Owczarek, M.; Bator, G.; Lis, T.; Gatner, K.; Jakubas, R.

    2009-07-01

    The crystal structure of [C 4H 10NO][BF 4] is determined in the phase I at 160, 180, 240 and 290 K. At room temperature the compound crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group: Pnam. The structure is composed of the morpholinium cations, [C 4H 10NO] +, which form one-dimensional hydrogen bonded chains, and [BF 4] - anions. [C 4H 10NO][BF 4] undergoes two structural phase transformations: second-order at 153 K and first-order at 117/118 K (cooling/heating). The phase transitions are characterized with the differential scanning calorimetry, dilatometric and dielectric techniques. The possible mechanism of the phase transitions in [C 4H 10NO][BF 4] is discussed on the basis of the presented results.

  20. Molecular and vibrational structure of the extracellular bacterial signal compound N-butyryl-homoserine lactone (C4-HSL)

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    Bak, Jimmy; Spanget-Larsen, Jens

    2009-01-01

    The molecular and vibrational structure of the title compound (C4-HSL) was studied by experimental and theoretical methods. The infrared (IR) absorption spectrum was measured in the solid state and in CCl4 suspension. The observed absorption bands were compared with transitions obtained with B3LYP...... with the observed solid state IR spectrum. Due to the low solubility of C4-HSL in common solvents for IR spectroscopy, such as CS2 and CCl4, a liquid solution spectrum of pure, monomeric C4-HSL was not obtained. However, absorbance peaks observed in oversaturated CCl4 solution could be assigned to...... distinct contributions from suspended micro-crystalline aggregates and dissolved monomeric species. The key vibrational bands of the monomeric form of C4-HSL are reported here for the first time: 3425cm−1 (ν(N-H)), 1784cm−1 (ν(C&dbnd;O), lactone), 1688cm−1 (amide I), and 1494cm−1 (amide II) (CCl4)....

  1. Leukotriene C4 synthase and ischemic cardiovascular disease and obstructive pulmonary disease in 13,000 individuals

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    Freiberg, Jacob J; Dahl, Morten; Tybjaerg-Hansen, Anne; Grande, Peer; Nordestgaard, Børge G

    2009-01-01

    Ischemic cardiovascular disease and obstructive pulmonary disease involve inflammation. Leukotrienes may be important pro-inflammatory mediators. We tested the hypothesis that the (-1072)G > A and (-444)A > C promoter polymorphisms of leukotriene C4 synthase confer risk of transient ischemic attack...... with risk of asthma or COPD. Leukotriene C4 synthase promoter genotypes influence risk of TIA and ischemic stroke, but not risk of IHD/coronary atherosclerosis, asthma, or COPD....

  2. APRIL stimulates NF-κB-mediated HoxC4 induction for AID expression in mouse B cells

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    Park, Seok-Rae; Kim, Pyeung-Hyeun; Lee, Kyu-Seon; Lee, Sang-Hoon; Seo, Goo-Young; Yoo, Yung-Choon; Lee, Junglim; Casali, Paolo

    2012-01-01

    Activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) plays a key role in B cell immunoglobulin (Ig) class switch recombination (CSR) and somatic hypermutation (SHM). We have previously reported that the highly conserved homeodomain HoxC4 transcription factor binds to the Aicda (AID gene) promoter to induce AID expression. Here, we investigated the regulation of HoxC4 transcription by a proliferation-inducing ligand (APRIL) and B cell-activating factor belonging to the TNF family (BAFF) in mouse B cell...

  3. The functional significance of C3-C4 intermediate traits in Heliotropium L. (Boraginaceae): gas exchange perspectives.

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    Vogan, Patrick J; Frohlich, Michael W; Sage, Rowan F

    2007-10-01

    We demonstrate for the first time the presence of species exhibiting C3-C4 intermediacy in Heliotropium (sensu lato), a genus with over 100 C3 and 150 C4 species. CO2 compensation points (Gamma) and photosynthetic water-use efficiencies (WUEs) were intermediate between C3 and C4 values in three species of Heliotropium: Heliotropium convolvulaceum (Gamma = 20 micromol CO2 mol(-1) air), Heliotropium racemosum (Gamma = 22 micromol mol(-1)) and Heliotropium greggii (Gamma = 17 micromol mol(-1)). Heliotropium procumbens may also be a weak C3-C4 intermediate based on a slight reduction in Gamma (48.5 micromol CO2 mol(-1)) compared to C3Heliotropium species (52-60 micromol mol(-1)). The intermediate species H. convolvulaceum, H. greggii and H. racemosum exhibited over 50% enhancement of net CO2 assimilation rates at low CO2 levels (200-300 micromol mol(-1)); however, no significant differences in stomatal conductance were observed between the C3 and C3-C4 species. We also assessed the response of Gamma to variation in O2 concentration for these species. Heliotropium convolvulaceum, H. greggii and H. racemosum exhibited similar responses of Gamma to O2 with response slopes that were intermediate between the responses of C3 and C4 species below 210 mmol O2 mol(-1) air. The presence of multiple species displaying C3-C4 intermediate traits indicates that Heliotropium could be a valuable new model for studying the evolutionary transition from C3 to C4 photosynthesis. PMID:17727423

  4. The crystal structure of (Fe4Cr4Ni)9C4

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    SHI; Nicheng; MA; Zhesheng; XIONG; Ming; DAI; Mingquan; BA

    2005-01-01

    (Fe4Cr4Ni)9C4 is a metal carbide mineral formed by combination of Fe, Cr and Ni with C. It occurs in a chromite deposit in the Luobusha ophiolite, Tibet. Based on the determination of its crystal structure, the empirical formula is (Fe4.12Cr3.84Ni0.96)8.92C3.70 and the simplified formula is (Fe4Cr4Ni)4C9. The mineral is hexagonal with a = 1.38392(2) nm, c = 0.44690(9) nm,space group P63 m c, Z=6 and the calculated specific gravity Dx = 7.089 g/cm3. Fe, Cr and Ni occupy different crystallographic sites and their coordination numbers are approximately 12,forming an alternate stacking sequence of flat and puckered layers along the c axis. Some metallic atoms have a defect structure. The interatomic distances of Fe, Cr and Ni are 0.2525-0.2666 nm, and the distances between Fe, Cr, Ni and C are 0.1893-0.2169 nm. The coordination number of carbon is 6. It occurs in interstices of the metallic atoms Fe, Cr and Ni to form trigonal-prismatically coordinated polyhedra. These coordination polyhedra are linked with each other via shared corners or shared edges into a new type of metal carbide structure.

  5. Functionality of C(4,4) carbon nanotube as molecular detector.

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    Malcioğlu, Osman Bariş; Erkoç, Sakir

    2008-02-01

    Alterations in the electronic transport properties of C(4,4) single walled carbon nanotube when an agent is introduced to the outer surface are investigated theoretically. Several chemical agents in this context are investigated. The calculations are performed in two steps: First an optimized geometry for the functionalized carbon nanotube is obtained using semi-empirical calculations at the PM3 level, and then the transport relations are obtained using non equilibrium green-function approach. Gaussian and Transiesta-C simulation packages are used in the calculations correspondingly. The "electrodes" are chosen to be ideal geometry of the particular carbon nanotube, eliminating current quantization effects due to contact region. By varying chemical potential in the electrode regions, an I-V curve is traced for each particular functionalisation. Conductance in carbon nanotubes show a strong dependence on the geometry and aromaticity, both are which altered when the suitable agent is introduced. This dependence results in rather dramatic response in the I-V trace, the current is reduced significantly, and quantization effects are observed, even for a single molecule. However due to chemically stable nature, not all agents form a chemical bond to the surface. Overall, the material is a promising candidate for detector equipment. PMID:18464360

  6. Effect of leukotriene C4 on electromechanical activity and Ca2+ uptake in taenia coli

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    The actions of leukotriene C4 (LTC4) on electromechanical activity and 45Ca2+ uptake in guinea pig taenia coli were investigated. The contractile action of LTC4 was abolished by the removal of extracellular Ca2+. LTC4 concentrations eliciting a maximal contraction in normal medium produced no response in preparations depolarized with KCl. In single sucrose gap studies, LTC4 increased both the frequency of electrical spiking and tension. These effects were blocked by the dihydropyridine Ca2+-channel antagonist PY 108-068 and by the leukotriene receptor antagonist FPL 55712. In double sucrose gap experiments, LTC4 caused a small depolarization without measurable change in membrane conductivity; increased spontaneous electrical activity was again accompanied by an increase in tension. LTC4 caused a detectable increase in 45Ca2+ uptake only at extracellular Ca2+ concentrations less than 1 mM, and this was again inhibited by PY 108-068 or FPL 55712. It is concluded that the contractile effects of LTC4 in guinea pig taenia coli occur as a consequence of its ability to open voltage-sensitive Ca2+ channels, an effect that may occur independently of membrane depolarization

  7. COMPTEL gamma-ray observations of the C4 solar flare on 20 January 2000

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    The 'Pre-SMM' (Vestrand and Miller 1998) picture of gamma-ray line (GRL) flares was that they are relatively rare events. This picture was quickly put in question with the launch of the Solar Maximum Mission (SMM). Over 100 GRL flares were seen with sizes ranging from very large GOES class events (X12) down to moderately small events (M2). It was argued by some (Bai 1986) that this was still consistent with the idea that GRL events are rare. Others, however, argued the opposite (Vestrand 1988; Cliver, Crosby and Dennis 1994), stating that the lower end of this distribution was just a function of SMM's sensitivity. They stated that the launch of the Compton Gamma-ray Observatory (CGRO) would in fact continue this distribution to show even smaller GRL flares. In response to a BACODINE cosmic gamma-ray burst alert, COMPtonTELescope on the CGRO recorded gamma rays above 1 MeV from the C4 flare at 0221 UT 20 January 2000. This event, though at the limits of COMPTEL's sensitivity, clearly shows a nuclear line excess above the continuum. Using new spectroscopy techniques we were able to resolve individual lines. This has allowed us to make a basic comparison of this event with the GRL flare distribution from SMM and also compare this flare with a well-observed large GRL flare seen by OSSE

  8. Microscopic calculations of C2 and C4 form factors in sd-shell nuclei

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    Inelastic electron scattering to 2+ and 4+ states for the even-even N=Z sd-shell nuclei (20Ne, 24Mg, 28Si and 32S) are discussed taking into account higher energy configurations outside the sd-shell. Higher energy configurations, which are called core polarization effects, are included through a microscopic theory that includes excitations from the core 1s and 1p orbits and also from 2s-1d shell to the higher allowed orbits with 2ℎω excitations. The predictions of C2 and C4 Coulomb form factors are compared with the available experimental data. The calculations based on the Wildenthal interaction for the sd-shell model space and on the modified surface delta interaction for the core-polarization effects. The effect of higher excited configurations is found essential in both the transition strength and momentum transfer dependence of form factors, and gives a remarkably good agreement with the measured data

  9. Thermomagnetic analysis of meteorites. III - C3 and C4 chondrites

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    Herndon, J. M.; Rowe, M. W.; Larson, E. E.; Watson, D. E.

    1976-01-01

    Results are presented for thermomagnetic analysis in a controlled oxygen atmosphere of samples from thirteen C3 chondrites and two C4 chondrites. The examined meteorites are found to have rather diverse thermomagnetic properties, so they are placed into three groups on the basis of their thermomagnetic behavior and magnetic mineralogy: (1) those possibly containing magnetite before heating, but which display a large increase in saturation moment upon cooling to room temperature; (2) those containing magnetite as their major magnetic phase, but which show little change in saturation moment following the heating-cooling cycle; and (3) those which contain iron metal in addition to other magnetic phases. Upper limits are placed on the magnetite content of the five meteorites in group 1 by assuming that the initial saturation moment is due entirely to magnetite, and quantitative estimates of the magnetite content of the four meteorites in group 2 are determined from ambient-temperature saturation magnetization measurements. The data for the six meteorites in group 3 are discussed in terms of nickel content and troilite oxidation. It is concluded that since the magnetic and bulk mineralogies of carbonaceous chondrites are more varied and complex than indicated by whole-rock elemental analyses, the origin of such meteorites cannot be described by a simple model.

  10. Multiparticle excitations in the 149 Gd superdeformed nucleus. Signature of new C4 nucleus symmetry

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    The use of 8 π and EUROGAM phase I multi-detectors for the study of high spin states of 149 Gd nucleus has revealed unexpected new phenomenons about the superdeformation in this nucleus. The new excited bands confirm the omnipresence of twin bands phenomenon. A new multi-particle excitation (two protons and one neutron) has been discovered. Thanks to the second generation EUROGAM detector, unexpected discoveries such as C4 symmetry, level interactions, complete backbending were obtained for the second potential well. The knowledge of interacting levels gives informations about the nucleon-nucleon residual interaction and could allow the determination of SD bands excitation energy. The complex processing and analysis of high multiplicity events has led to the development of new computing tools. An automatic band research program has been written for the discovery of new excited bands, and an exact method for the elimination of uncorrected events has been developed. The improvements of multi-detector performances should allow the discovery of more exceptional phenomenons and new anomalies in the SD bands. (J.S.). 222 refs., 86 figs., 38 tabs

  11. Cultivating C4 crops in a changing climate: sugarcane in Ghana

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    Over the next few decades, it is expected that increasing fossil fuel prices will lead to a proliferation of energy crop cultivation initiatives. The environmental sustainability of these activities is thus a pressing issue—particularly when they take place in vulnerable regions, such as West Africa. In more general terms, the effect of increased CO2 concentrations and higher temperatures on biomass production and evapotranspiration affects the evolution of the global hydrological and carbon cycles. Investigating these processes for a C4 crop, such as sugarcane, thus provides an opportunity both to extend our understanding of the impact of climate change, and to assess our capacity to model the underpinning processes. This paper applies a process-based crop model to sugarcane in Ghana (where cultivation is planned), and the São Paulo region of Brazil (which has a well-established sugarcane industry). We show that, in the Daka River region of Ghana, provided there is sufficient irrigation, it is possible to generate approximately 75% of the yield achieved in the São Paulo region. In the final part of the study, the production of sugarcane under an idealized temperature increase climate change scenario is explored. It is shown that doubling CO2 mitigates the degree of water stress associated with a 4 °C increase in temperature. (letter)

  12. Cultivating C4 crops in a changing climate: sugarcane in Ghana

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    Black, Emily; Vidale, Pier Luigi; Verhoef, Anne; Vianna Cuadra, Santiago; Osborne, Tom; Van den Hoof, Catherine

    2012-12-01

    Over the next few decades, it is expected that increasing fossil fuel prices will lead to a proliferation of energy crop cultivation initiatives. The environmental sustainability of these activities is thus a pressing issue—particularly when they take place in vulnerable regions, such as West Africa. In more general terms, the effect of increased CO2 concentrations and higher temperatures on biomass production and evapotranspiration affects the evolution of the global hydrological and carbon cycles. Investigating these processes for a C4 crop, such as sugarcane, thus provides an opportunity both to extend our understanding of the impact of climate change, and to assess our capacity to model the underpinning processes. This paper applies a process-based crop model to sugarcane in Ghana (where cultivation is planned), and the São Paulo region of Brazil (which has a well-established sugarcane industry). We show that, in the Daka River region of Ghana, provided there is sufficient irrigation, it is possible to generate approximately 75% of the yield achieved in the São Paulo region. In the final part of the study, the production of sugarcane under an idealized temperature increase climate change scenario is explored. It is shown that doubling CO2 mitigates the degree of water stress associated with a 4 °C increase in temperature.

  13. Contribution of root respiration to soil respiration in a C3/C4 mixed grassland

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    Wei Wang; Kenji Ohse; Jianjun Liu; Wenhong Mo; Takehisa Oikawa

    2005-09-01

    The spatial and temporal variations of soil respiration were studied from May 2004 to June 2005 in a C3/C4 mixed grassland of Japan. The linear regression relationship between soil respiration and root biomass was used to determine the contribution of root respiration to soil respiration. The highest soil respiration rate of 11.54 mol m–2 s–1 was found in August 2004 and the lowest soil respiration rate of 4.99 mol m–2 s–1 was found in April 2005. Within-site variation was smaller than seasonal change in soil respiration. Root biomass varied from 0.71 kg m–2 in August 2004 to 1.02 in May 2005. Within-site variation in root biomass was larger than seasonal variation. Root respiration rate was highest in August 2004 (5.7 mol m–2 s–1) and lowest in October 2004 (1.7 mol m–2 s–1). Microbial respiration rate was highest in August 2004 (5.8 mol m–2 s–1) and lowest in April 2005 (2.59 mol m–2 s–1). We estimated that the contribution of root respiration to soil respiration ranged from 31% in October to 51% in August of 2004, and from 45% to 49% from April to June 2005.

  14. Human Talent Prediction in HRM using C4.5 Classification Algorithm

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    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available In HRM, among the challenges for HR professionals is to manage an organization’s talents, especially to ensure the right person for the right job at the right time. Human talent prediction is an alternative to handle this issue. Due to that reason, classification and prediction in data mining which is commonly used in many areas can also be implemented to human talent. There are many classification techniques in data mining techniques such as Decision Tree, Neural Network, Rough Set Theory, Bayesian theory and Fuzzy logic. Decision tree is among the popular classification techniques, which can produce the interpretable rules or logic statement. Thegenerated rules from the selected technique can be used for future prediction. In this article, we present the study on how the potential human talent can be predicted using a decision tree classifier. By using this technique, the pattern of talent performance can be identified through the classification process. In that case, the hidden and valuable knowledge discovered in the related databases will be summarized in the decision tree structure. In this study, we use decision tree C4.5 classification algorithm to generate the classification rules for human talent performance records. Finally, the generated rules are evaluated using the unseen data in order to estimate the accuracy of the prediction result.

  15. Effects of selenium and vitamin E deficiencies on level of leukotriene C4

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    刘为民; 岳丽杰; 等

    1996-01-01

    A reduction in the glutatihion peroxidase(GSH-Px) activity of the blood and myocardium accompanied with an increase in the leukotriene C4(LTC4),free radicals and lipid peroxides(LPO) concentrations of the plasma and myocardium are found in Wistar rats fed with the low selenium(Se) and vitamin E(VE) grains from a Keshan disease(KD) endemic area for 11 weeks.The concentrations of LTC4,free radical and LPO were decreased in these rats and the GSH-Px activity is strengthened except the group supplemented with VE alone.Theses results suggest that the dietary deficiencies of Se and VE might take part in the occurrence and devepopment process of myocardial damage in KD and other ischemic and anoxic cardiomyopathy by affecting the activity of lipoxygenase in arachidonic acid metabolism and by cardiomyopathy by affecting the activity of lipoxygenased in arachidonic acid metabolism and by accelerating the synthesis of LTC4 owing to excessive free radicals and LPO.

  16. Air oxidation and seawater corrosion of Hastelloy S and Hastelloy C-4

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    A program is currently under way at the Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) to develop the data and technology needed to permit the licensing of 90SrF2 as a radioisotope heat source fuel for terrestrial applications. The WESF 90SrF2 storage capsule consists of a Hastelloy C-276 inner capsule (2 in. I.D. x 19 in. long) and a 316L stainless steel outer capsule (2-3/8 in. I.D. x 20 in. long). Preliminary experimental tests and theoretical calculations show that the WESF storage capsule is incapable of meeting current licensing requirements for heat sources that are to be used for terrestrial applications. Therefore, the DOE decision was to develop a new heat source design that would retain the existing WESF Hastelloy C-276 inner capsule and replace the current WESF outer capsule with a new outer capsule capable of meeting current licensing requirements. Based on a number of factors, Hastelloy S was selected as the outer capsule material. Hastelloy C-4 was selected as a backup material in case the Hastelloy S had to be rejected for any reason. This report summarizes the results of studies carried out to determine the effects of both air oxidation at heat source operating temperatures and seawater corrosion on the tensile properties of the outer capsule materials

  17. Toward the accurate analysis of C1-C4 polycyclic aromatic sulfur heterocycles.

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    Zeigler, Christian; Wilton, Nicholas; Robbat, Albert

    2012-03-01

    Polycyclic aromatic sulfur heterocycles (PASH) are sulfur analogues of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). Alkylated PAH attract much attention as carcinogens, mutagens, and as diagnostics for environmental forensics. PASH, in contrast, are mostly ignored in the same studies due to the conspicuous absence of gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) retention times and fragmentation patterns. To obtain these data, eight coal tar and crude oils were analyzed by automated sequential GC-GC. Sample components separated based on their interactions with two different stationary phases. Newly developed algorithms deconvolved combinatorially selected ions to identify and quantify PASH in these samples. Simultaneous detection by MS and pulsed flame photometric detectors (PFPD) provided additional selectivity to differentiate PASH from PAH when coelution occurred. A comprehensive library of spectra and retention indices is reported for the C(1)-C(4) two-, three-, and four-ring PASH. Results demonstrate the importance of using multiple fragmentation patterns per homologue (MFPPH) compared to selected ion monitoring (SIM) or extraction (SIE) to identify isomers. Since SIM/SIE analyses dramatically overestimate homologue concentrations, MFPPH should be used to correctly quantify PASH for bioavailability, weathering, and liability studies. PMID:22339202

  18. Modeling and verifying SoS performance requirements of C4ISR systems

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    Yudong Qi; Zhixue Wang; Qingchao Dong; Hongyue He

    2015-01-01

    System-of-systems (SoS) engineering involves a com-plex process of refining high-level SoS requirements into more detailed systems requirements and assessing the extent to which the performances of to-be systems may possibly satisfy SoS capa-bility objectives. The key issue is how to model such requirements to automate the process of analysis and assessment. This paper suggests a meta-model that defines both functional and non-functional features of SoS requirements for command and control, communication, computer, intel igence, surveil ance reconnais-sance (C4ISR) systems. A domain-specific modeling language is defined by extending unified modeling language (UML) con-structed of class and association with fuzzy theory in order to model the fuzzy concepts of performance requirements. An effi-ciency evaluation function is introduced, based on B´ezier curves, to predict the effectiveness of systems. An algorithm is presented to transform domain models in fuzzy UML into a requirements ontology in description logic (DL) so that requirements verification can be automated with a popular DL reasoner such as Pel et.

  19. Perfect Octagon Quadrangle Systems with an upper C4-system and a large spectrum

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    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available An octagon quadrangle is the graph consisting of an 8-cycle (x1, x2,..., x8 with two additional chords: the edges {x1, x4} and {x5, x8}. An octagon quadrangle system of order ν and index λ [OQS] is a pair (X,H, where X is a finite set of ν vertices and H is a collection of edge disjoint octagon quadrangles (called blocks which partition the edge set of λKν defined on X. An octagon quadrangle system Σ=(X,H of order ν and index λ is said to be upper C4-perfect if the collection of all of the upper 4-cycles contained in the octagon quadrangles form a μ-fold 4-cycle system of order ν; it is said to be upper strongly perfect, if the collection of all of the upper 4-cycles contained in the octagon quadrangles form a μ-fold 4-cycle system of order ν and also the collection of all of the outside 8-cycles contained in the octagon quadrangles form a ρ-fold 8-cycle system of order ν. In this paper, the authors determine the spectrum for these systems, in the case that it is the largest possible.

  20. Leaf physiological processes strongly affect δH2 values of leaf wax n-alkanes in C3 and C4 grasses.

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    Gamarra, Bruno; Sachse, Dirk; Kahmen, Ansgar

    2013-04-01

    Leaf wax n-alkanes are naturally synthesized saturated hydrocarbons. They are synthesized as part of plant leaf cuticle as a mechanism to prevent water losses. Two of the most important features of n-alkanes are their enormous environmental persistence and terrestrial ubiquity making them a solid and reliable long-term and large-scale biomarker. Their hydrogen isotopic composition (δH2) of leaf wax n-alkanes has been traditionally related to precipitation. Leaf wax n-alkanes and their δH2 values have thus been celebrated as biomarkers to reconstruct hydrological changes. δH2 values of leaf wax n-alkanes are yet to be fully comprehended. They are basically determined by three mechanisms: (1) The δH2 value of the plant source water (2) leaf water evaporative enrichment in H2 and (3) biosynthetic fractionation and depletion in H2during their biosynthesis from leaf water. Out of these three, the exact degree by which the evaporative H2-enrichment of leaf water influences the δH2 values of leaf wax n-alkanes is still unknown. We conducted an experiment where we tested and quantified the effects of leaf water evaporative H2-enrichment on the leaf wax n-alkane δH2 values of different grass species. We grew 12 C3 and C4 grass species under controlled environmental conditions in growth chambers. The plants were exposed to 3 different levels of air relative humidity (45, 65 and 85%). These treatments were to generate different degrees of leaf water H2-enrichment in the plants. The goal of our experiment was to determine by what degree the different levels of leaf water H2-enrichment influence the δH2 values of the different C3 and C4 grass species. Additional measurements of gas exchange, evapotranspiration and leaf length and area accompanied the isotopic analysis in order to explain species variability. Our experiments showed that leaf water evaporative H2-enrichment has a critical impact on leaf wax n-alkane δH2 values of all studied plants. The magnitude was

  1. Pyrosequencing reveals the influence of elevated atmospheric CO2 on the composition of archaeal communities in the rhizosphere of C3 and C4 crops

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    Nelson, D. M.; Cann, I. K.; Mackie, R. I.

    2008-12-01

    The projected increase in atmospheric CO2 concentrations throughout the 21st century is likely to increase aboveground and belowground plant productivity and cause changes in the quantity and quality of plant root exudates, although plants using C4 photosynthesis are likely to be only affected during times of drought (Leakey et al., 2006, Plant Physiology, 140, 779). Evidence is emerging from molecular tools that these changes may influence the abundance and composition of soil microbial communities that regulate key soil processes, such as nitrogen cycling (Lesaulnier et al., 2008, Environmental Microbiology, 10, 926). However, most molecular tools are not well-suited for comparing multiple samples at great sequencing depth, which is critical when considering soil microbial communities of high diversity. To overcome these limitations we used pyrosequencing and quantitative PCR (qPCR) of two genes (the V3 region of 16S rDNA and the amoA gene) to examine intra- and inter-treatment variability in the abundance and composition of microbial communities in the rhizosphere of soybean (C3) and maize (C4) grown in field conditions under ambient (~380 ppm) and elevated (~550 ppm) CO2 using FACE (free-air concentration enrichment) technology during the 2006 growing season in central Illinois. We specifically focused on archaeal communities because of their key role in nitrification (Leininger et al., 2006, Nature, 442, 806). The majority (>97%) of recovered sequences were from members of the phylum Crenarchaeota. Principle component analysis of sequence results from the V3 and amoA genes indicated significant (p<0.05) differences in the composition of rhizosphere archaeal communities between ambient and elevated CO2 beneath soybean, but not maize. qPCR suggested no significant difference in the abundance of archaea between treatments for soybean and maize. The lack of response of archaeal community composition beneath maize to elevated CO2 is consistent with relatively high

  2. Expression of complement components C3 and C4 in Takifugu obscurus infected by Aeromonas hydrophila%感染后暗纹东方纯补体组分C3、C4表达分析

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    陈勇; 郭丽; 陈舒泛

    2008-01-01

    通过用不同浓度(0、1×106、2×106、4×106 CFU/ml)的嗜水气单胞菌感染暗纹东方纯,利用RT-PCR技术检测感染后不同时间肝脏以及不同组织补体组分C3和C4的表达量,以了解和比较补体组分C3和C4在鱼体正常和患病状态以及感染后不同时间、不同组织内的表达差异.结果表明,补体组分c3的表达量在用2×106CFU/ml嗜水气单胞菌感染9 h时达到最大,补体组分C4表达量在用4×106 CFU/ml嗜水气单胞菌感染10 h时最大;在不同组织中补体组分C3和C4均是在肝脏中的表达量最大.由此可见,补体组分C3和C4在介导病原体清除及创伤修复过程中起着重要作用.

  3. Evaluation of [methyl- 14C]4'-thio-thymidine for DNA synthesis imaging in vivo

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    Objective: In order to obtain a thymidine analog that might prove simpler to use for imaging DNA synthesis and follow the same biochemistry of thymidine in vivo, we evaluated [methyl- 11C]4'-thio-thymidine ([methyl- 11C]S-dThd) by using the [14C]-labeled counterpart ([methyl- 14C]S-dThd). Methods: [methyl-14C]S-dThd was synthesized by rapid methylation of 5-trimethyl-stannyl-4' -thio-2' -deoxyuridine via a palladium mediated Stille-coupling reaction with [14C]methyl iodide. Degradation of [methyl- 14C]S-dThd when incubated in human blood was analyzed by HPLC. The in vivo potential of [methyl- 14C]S-dThd was evaluated by distribution study of EMT-6 mammary carcinoma-bearing mice. Gemcitabine, a potent inhibitor of DNA synthesis, was used to modulate cell proliferation. Tissue extraction was also performed to investigate the incorporation of [methyl-14C]S-dThd into DNA. Results: [methyl- 14C]S-dThd was obtained in 31-41% radiochemical yield (calculated from [14C]methyl iodide) at 130, 5 min reaction in N,N-dimethylforamide. After semi-preparative HPLC purification, radiochemical purity of [methyl- 14C]S-dThd was >99% and the specific activity was 2.04 GBq/mmol (according to the specific activity of [14C]methyl iodide). Incubation with human blood demonstrated rapid degradation of [2- 14C]thymidine. In contrast, [methyl- 14C]S-dThd was stable with less than 3% degradation at 60 min. In vivo distribution study showed progressive accumulation of radioactivity in proliferating tissues (spleen, thymus, duodenum and tumor). On the other hand, the washout of radioactivity by the non-proliferating tissues (lung, liver, kidney and muscle) appeared nearly exponential. The tumor uptake of [methyl- 14C]S-dThd was high (8.8%ID/g at 60 min) and selective (Tumor to blood ratio: 12.2 at 60 min). Gemicitabine pretreatment significantly reduced the tumor uptake of [methyl- 14C]S-dThd. Relative blood flow as measured by the uptake 4-[N-Methyl- 14C]iodoantipyrine was similar in the

  4. Effects of substitution on counterflow ignition and extinction of C3 and C4 alcohols

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    2016-06-17

    Dwindling reserves and inherent uncertainty in the price of conventional fuels necessitates a search for alternative fuels. Alcohols represent a potential source of energy for the future. The structural features of an alcohol fuel have a direct impact on combustion properties. In particular, substitution in alcohols can alter the global combustion reactivity. In this study, experiments and numerical simulations were conducted to investigate the critical conditions of extinction and autoignition of n-propanol, 1-butanol, iso-propanol and iso-butanol in non-premixed diffusion flames. Experiments were carried out in the counterflow configuration, while simulations were conducted using a skeletal chemical kinetic model for the C3 and C4 alcohols. The fuel stream consists of the pre-vaporized fuel diluted with nitrogen, while the oxidizer stream is air. The experimental results show that autoignition temperatures of the tested alcohols increase in the following order: iso-propanol > iso-butanol > 1-butanol ≈ n-propanol. The simulated results for the branched alcohols agree with the experiments, while the autoignition temperature of 1-butanol is slightly higher than that of n-propanol. For extinction, the experiments show that the extinction limits of the tested fuels increase in the following order: n-propanol ≈ 1-butanol > iso-butanol > iso-propanol. The model suggests that the extinction limits of 1-butanol is slightly higher than n-propanol with extinction strain rate of iso-butanol and iso-propanol maintaining the experimentally observed trend. The transport weighted enthalpy (TWE) and radical index (Ri) concepts were utilized to rationalize the observed reactivity trends for these fuels.

  5. O2 exchange and chlorophyll fluorescent measurements in Australian native grasses: a comparison on NADP-ME and NAD-ME C4 subtypes

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    Full text: C4 grasses dominate the vegetation of Australia's tropical and arid grasslands. They have very diverse origins; however biochemically, they fall into three main types: NAD-ME, PCK and NADP-ME. The most notable differences among these subtypes are the contrasting leaf dry matter δ13C and geographic distribution according to rainfall. Our long-term aim is to understand the physiological significance of the biochemical diversification of C4 photosynthesis in grasses. Here we have investigated the O2 exchange and fluorescence characteristics in NADP-ME (C. ciliaris, B. bladhii, P. antidotale, P. alopecuroides) and NAD-ME (A. Iappacea, E. superba, L. dubia, P. coloratum) grasses. The plants were 3.5 to 5 weeks old and grown under well-watered conditions in a growth cabinet with 10/5/4/5 h of 0/400/700/400 μmol m-2 S-1 PAR. Mass spectrometric measurements of 16O2 and 18O2 exchange were made concurrently with measurements of chlorophyll fluorescence on leaf discs in a closed leaf chamber. There was a good correlation between electron transport rates estimated from chlorophyll fluorescence and 16O2 measurements (within 10%) at high light and high CO2 concentrations. At low light estimates from chlorophyll fluorescence were 15 to 20% greater than estimates obtained form 16O2 evolution. Maximal electron transport rates at saturating CO2 were similar between the two C4 subtypes at all irradiances. However, both chlorophyll fluorescence and measurements of 16O2 evolution, revealed that NAD-ME species had significantly greater electron transport rates at the CO2-compensation point than the NADP-ME species1'8O2 uptake at saturating CO2 increased with increasing irradiance and was approximately 20% of 16O2 evolution at all irradiances and for both C4 subtypes. It was approximately 3.5 times greater than dark 18O-2 uptake indicating a significant amount of O2 uptake was associated with the Mehler reaction. The observed differences between NAD and NADP ME grasses will

  6. 从Embedded Visual C++4.0到Visual Studio 2005的迁移策略%Transfer Strategy from Embedded Visual C++4.0 to Visual Stud io 2005

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    吉向东

    2009-01-01

    文章讨论了从Embedded Visual C++4.0到Visual Studio 2005的迁移策略.由于微软不再对Embedded Visual C++4.0提供支持,往Visual Studio 2005的迁移,就成为原有系统的必然选择.本文详细讨论了从Embedded Visual C++4.0到Visual Studio 2005的项目迁移策略,可能出现的错误以及迁移过程中的注意事项.对具体的项目迁移实践有较强的指导意义.

  7. A New Experiment for the Measurement of nJ(C,P) Coupling Constants Including 3J(C4'i,Pi) and 3J(C4'i,Pi+1) in Oligonucleotides

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    A new experiment for the measurement of nJ(C,P) coupling constants along the phosphodiester backbone in RNA and DNA based on a quantitative-J HCP experiment is presented. In addition to coupling constants, in which a carbon atom couples to only one phosphorus atom, both the intraresidual 3J(C4'i,Pi) and the sequential 3J(C4'i,Pi+1) for the C4' resonances that couple to two phosphorus atoms can be obtained. Coupling constants obtained by this new method are compared to values obtained from the P-FIDS experiment. Together with 3J(H,P) coupling constants measured using the P-FIDS experiment, the backbone angles β and element of can be determined

  8. Catalytic reactions of C4 hydrocarbons on the fluid catalytic cracking catalyst%C4烃类在催化裂化催化剂上催化转化反应的研究

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    闫平祥; 孟祥海; 徐春明; 高金森

    2008-01-01

    The catalytic reactions of C4 hydrocarbons on a fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst were studied in a confined fluidized bed reactor. The effect of reaction temperature and space velocity on product yields and distribution was investigated. The results show that the FCC catalyst has the good performance of aromatization and cracking of C4 hydrocarbons and can be used to produce propylene and aromatics under the suitable reaction conditions. It is mainly the butylene in the C4 hydrocarbons that undergoes catalytic reactions over the FCC catalyst and butane is hard to convert. Low reaction temperature favors the production of aromatics, while high reaction temperature favors the production of propylene. Low space velocity is beneficial to promote the conversion of butylene and the production of both aromatics and propylene. According to the bimolecular mechanism and reaction results, the reaction network for the catalytic reactions of C4 hydrocarbons on the FCC catalyst is proposed. The analysis on the this reaction mechanism indicates that the main reason of resulting in the lower yields of ethylene and propylene could be the poor secondary cracking performances of C5 and C6 olefins formed in the catalytic conversion of C4 hydrocarbons on the FCC catalyst.%利用小型固定流化床实验装置,对C4烃类在催化裂化催化剂上催化转化反应规律进行了实验研究,考察了不同反应温度及空速对C4烃类催化转化反应的产物分布和组成的影响.实验结果表明,催化裂化催化剂对C4烃类具有一定芳构化和裂化性能,在适宜的反应条件下,可增产芳烃和丙烯;在C4烃类催化转化过程中,丁烯是主要的反应物,而丁烷几乎不反应;低反应温度有利于增产芳烃,高反应温度有利于增产丙烯.较低的空速对增产芳烃和丙烯都有利.根据双分子反应机理和反应结果 ,建立了C4烃类在催化裂化催化剂上催化转化过程的反应网络.对C4烃类催化转化

  9. Measurements of ionization and attachment coefficients in 0.468% and 4.910% c-C4F8/Ar mixtures and pure c-C4F8

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    We measured the density normalized ionization coefficients and attachment coefficients in diluted c-C4F8/Ar mixtures and in pure perfluorocyclobutane (c-C4F8) by the steady-state Townsend method. The ionization coefficients in the mixture gas are almost equal to those in pure argon at the high E/N range but differ considerably at the low E/N range. The present coefficients in pure c-C4F8 agree well with previously reported values at the high E/N range, but there are significant differences at the low E/N range. Measurements in the low E/N range were difficult, and there are few data of the attachment coefficients

  10. Deficiencia congénita de complemento: C3 y C4: Comunicación de un caso clínico Congenital deficiency of the C3 and C4 fractions of complement: A clinical report

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    ALEXIS STRICKLER P

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available La deficiencia congénita del 3er constituyente del Complemento (C3 es extremadamente rara, y se expresa clínicamente como un defecto de la inmunidad humoral. Se comunica un caso de deficiencia C3 y C4 en un lactante de sexo femenino de 1 año de edad, hijo de padres consanguíneos, que presentó un cuadro de meningoencefalitis aguda de etiología no precisada, con secuela neurológica severa e infecciones bacterianas recurrentes, respiratorias y urinarias, septicemia y osteomielitis, con respuesta parcial a antimicrobianos. El estudio de inmunidad humoral y celular (subpoblaciones linfocitarias, inmunoglobulinas séricas y subclases de IgG fue normal, demostrándose déficit de C3 y C4 con CH50 ausente en la niña y cifras bajas de C3 y C4, cercanas al 50% del valor normal en ambos padresCongenital deficiency of C3 fraction of the complement is a very rare condition. Clinically it is expressed as a deficiency of the humoral immunity. We report a case of C3 and C4 deficiency in a 1 year old infant girl. Her parents have a high consanguinity. She presented an acute meningoencephalitis of unknown etiology, and she evolved with severe neurological damage, and recurrent respiratory and urinary bacterial infections, sepsis and osteomielitis, with partial response to antimicrobials. The tests to investigate humoral and cellular immune response (lymphocyte subpopulations, serum immunoglobulins and subtypes of IgG were normal. The patient had a deficit of C3 and C4, mainly C3, with absence of CH50. Both of her parents had C3 and C4 about 50% of normal values, and CH50 slightly under the normal values

  11. The unique manuka effect: why New Zealand manuka honey fails the AOAC 998.12 C-4 sugar method.

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    Rogers, Karyne M; Grainger, Megan; Manley-Harris, Merilyn

    2014-03-26

    Conversion of dihydroxyacteone (DHA) to methylglyoxal (MGO) has been shown to be the key mechanism for the growth in "apparent" C-4 sugar content in nonperoxide activity (NPA) manuka honey. This reaction is enhanced by heating and storage time and is demonstrated for the first time in clover honey adulterated with DHA purchased from a chemical supplier and in manuka honey containing naturally occurring DHA and MGO. After heating at 37 °C for 83 days, pure clover honey with no added DHA has the same apparent C-4 sugar content as at t = 0 days. The same clover honey adulterated with synthetic DHA added at t = 0 days and heated at 37 °C over the same time scale shows a change in apparent C-4 sugars from 2.8 to 5.0%. Four NPA manuka honeys heated over longer periods show an increase in apparent C-4 sugars of up to 280% after 241 days. This study strongly suggests that a protein fractionation effect occurs in the conversion of DHA to MGO in higher NPA manuka honey, rendering the remaining δ(13)C protein value more negative and falsely indicating C-4 sugar addition when using the AOAC 998.12 method. PMID:24446986

  12. Quantitative light microscopic autoradiographic study on [3H]leukotriene C4 binding to nonpregnant bovine uterine tissue

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    Mammalian uteri contain both lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase pathways of arachidonic acid metabolism. Sulfidopeptidyl leukotrienes formed by the lipoxygenase pathway can stimulate uterine contractions and play a role in uterine preparation for implantation. These actions of leukotrienes are perhaps mediated by binding to specific receptors. To understand the cellular basis of leukotriene C4 action, the present quantitative light microscopic autoradiographic study was undertaken on nonpregnant bovine uterine tissue. The results demonstrated that the circular and elongated myometrial smooth muscle, uterine vascular smooth muscle, stromal cells of endometrium, and fibroblasts of perimetrium, but not the endometrial glands, vascular endothelium, and erythrocytes in lumen of arterioles, contained specific silver grains after incubation with [3H]leukotriene C4. The number of grains per 100-micron2 areas were similar in circular and elongated myometrial smooth muscle (P greater than 0.05), which was higher than in other uterine cells (P less than 0.05-0.01). The grains in all cells were greatly reduced after coincubation with excess unlabeled leukotriene C4, but not with leukotriene A4, leukotriene B4, leukotriene D4, leukotriene E4, prostaglandin E2, prostaglandin F2 alpha, or prostacyclin. In conclusion, leukotriene C4 may regulate both uterine cells and uterine vasculature and exert contractile and noncontractile actions via the specific leukotriene C4-binding sites present in different cell types

  13. Leaf anatomy and subgeneric affiliations of C3 and C4 species of Suaeda (Chenopodiaceae) in North America

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    The halophytic genus Suaeda (Chenopodiaceae) includes species with the C3 and C4 photosynthetic pathways. North American species of this genus were investigated to determine whether C3 and C4 leaf anatomy are consistent within the two sections of Suaeda, Chenopodina and Limbogermen, present on this continent. All species from section Chenopodina were found to possess C3 anatomy, whereas all species from section Limbogermen were found to be C4 species. Characteristics of leaf anatomy and chloroplast ultrastructure are similar to those reported from C3 and C4 species, respectively, from the Eastern Hemisphere. All species from section Limbogermen have the suaedoid type of leaf anatomy, characterized by differentiation of the mesophyll into palisade parenchyma and a chlorenchymatous sheath surrounding central water-storage tissue, as well as leaf carbon isotope ratios of above -20. All species from section Chenopodina have austrobassioid leaf anatomy without a chlorenchymatous sheath and leaf carbon isotope ratio values of below -20. According to our literature review, the photosynthetic pathway has now been reported for about half (44) of the Suaeda species worldwide. The C3 and C4 photosynthetic syndromes are with few exceptions distributed along sectional or subsectional lines. These findings throw new light on the infrageneric taxonomy of this genus

  14. The Electronegativity Analysis of c-C4F8 as a Potential Insulation Substitute of SF6

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    Zhao, Xiaoling; Jiao, Juntao; Li, Bing; Xiao, Dengming

    2016-03-01

    The density distributions related to gas electronegativity for c-C4F8 gas, including negative ion, electron number and electron energy densities in the discharge process, are derived theoretically in both plane-to-plane and point-to-plane electrode geometries. These calculations have been performed through the Boltzmann equation in the condition of a steady-state Townsend (SST) experiment and a fluid model in the condition of both uniform and non-uniform electric fields. The electronegativity coefficients a = n-/ne of c-C4F8 and SF6 are compared to further describe the electron affinity of c-C4F8. The result shows that c-C4F8 represents an obvious electron-attachment performance in the discharge process. However, c-C4F8 still has much weaker gas electronegativity than SF6, whose electronegativity coefficient is lower than that of SF6 by at least three orders of magnitude. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51337006)

  15. The diverse electronic properties of C4N3 monolayer under biaxial compressive strain: a theoretical study

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    Wu, Haiping; Liu, Yuzhen; Kan, Erjun; Ma, Yanming; Xu, Wenjie; Li, Jie; Yan, Meichen; Lu, Ruifeng; Wei, Jianfeng; Qian, Yan

    2016-07-01

    Because of the observation of half-metallicity in graphitic carbon nitride C4N3 (g-C4N3), extensive research has recently been focused on this compound. Using density-functional calculations, herein diverse electronic properties of g-C4N3 were engineered by applying biaxial compressive strain. The calculated results demonstrate that g-C4N3 preserves ferromagnetic half-metallicity when the strain is lower than  ‑2%, accompanied by a decrease of the half-metallic gap. When the compressive strain ranges from  ‑5 to  ‑3%, the compound turns into nonmagnetic metal. By increasing the strain on the end, it becomes a nonmagnetic semiconductor. Further investigations show that all nonmagnetic semiconductors possess a direct band gap with a value of around 1.6 eV. This fact indicates that g-C4N3 can be applied in spintronic or photovoltaic fields under a strain environment.

  16. Re-examination of the lymphocytotoxic crossmatch in liver transplantation: can C4d stains help in monitoring?

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    Lunz, J; Ruppert, K M; Cajaiba, M M; Isse, K; Bentlejewski, C A; Minervini, M; Nalesnik, M A; Randhawa, P; Rubin, E; Sasatomi, E; de Vera, M E; Fontes, P; Humar, A; Zeevi, A; Demetris, A J

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    C4d-assisted recognition of antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues (FFPE) from donor-specific antibody-positive (DSA+) renal allograft recipients prompted study of DSA+ liver allograft recipients as measured by lymphocytotoxic crossmatch (XM) and/or Luminex. XM results did not influence patient or allograft survival, or cellular rejection rates, but XM+ recipients received significantly more prophylactic steroids. Endothelial C4d staining strongly correlates with XM+ (<3 weeks posttransplantation) and DSA+ status and cellular rejection, but not with worse Banff grading or treatment response. Diffuse C4d staining, XM+, DSA+ and ABO- incompatibility status, histopathology and clinical-serologic profile helped establish an isolated AMR diagnosis in 5 of 100 (5%) XM+ and one ABO-incompatible, recipients. C4d staining later after transplantation was associated with rejection and nonrejection-related causes of allograft dysfunction in DSA- and DSA+ recipients, some of whom had good outcomes without additional therapy. Liver allograft FFPE C4d staining: (a) can help classify liver allograft dysfunction; (b) substantiates antibody contribution to rejection; (c) probably represents nonalloantibody insults and/or complete absorption in DSA- recipients and (d) alone, is an imperfect AMR marker needing correlation with routine histopathology, clinical and serologic profiles. Further study in late biopsies and other tissue markers of liver AMR with simultaneous DSA measurements are needed. PMID:21992553

  17. Effects of feedstock availability on the negative ion behavior in a C4F8 inductively coupled plasma

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    In this paper, the negative ion behavior in a C4F8 inductively coupled plasma (ICP) is investigated using a hybrid model. The model predicts a non-monotonic variation of the total negative ion density with power at low pressure (10–30 mTorr), and this trend agrees well with experiments that were carried out in many fluorocarbon (fc) ICP sources, like C2F6, CHF3, and C4F8. This behavior is explained by the availability of feedstock C4F8 gas as a source of the negative ions, as well as by the presence of low energy electrons due to vibrational excitation at low power. The maximum of the negative ion density shifts to low power values upon decreasing pressure, because of the more pronounced depletion of C4F8 molecules, and at high pressure (∼50 mTorr), the anion density continuously increases with power, which is similar to fc CCP sources. Furthermore, the negative ion composition is identified in this paper. Our work demonstrates that for a clear understanding of the negative ion behavior in radio frequency C4F8 plasma sources, one needs to take into account many factors, like the attachment characteristics, the anion composition, the spatial profiles, and the reactor configuration. Finally, a detailed comparison of our simulation results with experiments is conducted

  18. Complement system proteins which interact with C3b or C4b A superfamily of structurally related proteins

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    Reid, K B M; Bentley, D R; Campbell, R D;

    1986-01-01

    Recent cDNA sequencing data has allowed the prediction of the entire amino acid sequences of complement components factor B and C2, the complement control proteins factor H and C4b-binding protein and a partial sequence for the Cab/C4b receptor CR1. These proteins all contain internal repeating u......-glycoprotein 1, blood clotting factor XIII and interleukin-2 receptor. In this review Ken Reid and his colleagues propose that this could be a general feature of a superfamily of structurally related proteins.......Recent cDNA sequencing data has allowed the prediction of the entire amino acid sequences of complement components factor B and C2, the complement control proteins factor H and C4b-binding protein and a partial sequence for the Cab/C4b receptor CR1. These proteins all contain internal repeating......, while the precise number of units in CR1 is not known yet. These structurally homologous complement proteins are also functionally related as they all interact with C3b and C4b during activation of the cascade. The repeating units also occur in the functionally unrelated proteins subcomponent C1r, β2...

  19. Differences in the Photosynthetic Activity of C3 and C4 Graminoids in Short-Hydroperiod Marl Prairies of the Florida Everglades: Responses to Seasonality and Water Management

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    Oberbauer, S. F.; Olivas, P. C.; Schedlbauer, J. L.; Moser, J.

    2011-12-01

    Short hydroperiod marsh of the Everglades is dominated by a mix of sawgrass (Cladium jamaicense, a C3 sedge) and Muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris, a C4 grass). Although the Everglades are located in a subtropical region, the climate is classified as tropical with distinct annual rainy and dry seasons during the summer and winter, respectively. Water levels in marl prairies vary greatly over the year driven by seasonality of rainfall, but are modified strongly by water management practices. As a result, the rainy season and period of inundation generally do not completely coincide. Water tables fall as much as 80 cm below the surface for approximately 6-7 months starting about December/January and reach up to 40 cm above the surface during the inundation period. Eddy covariance studies from this habitat revealed strong reductions in CO2 uptake coinciding with water tables inundating the surface. Submersion of macrophyte leaf area accounts for some of the reduction. To test if changes in leaf physiology also contribute to this reduced ecosystem CO2 uptake, we measured maximum assimilation rates (Amax) of the dominant species during both seasons in the marsh and on a nearby levee that remains above water. Typical of C4 plants, Amax of Muhlenbergia were high, > 20 μmol m-2 s-1, during the dry season. However when plant crowns were submerged, photosynthetic rates of emergent leaves of Muhlenbergia were strongly reduced to near compensation in some cases. In contrast, Amax of Muhlenbergia measured from higher terrain within 30 m of the flooded sites maintained high rates. Rates of Cladium were lower overall but did not show strong seasonality at either site. This wetland represents an unusual situation in which one of the codominants is effectively photosynthetically inactive during wet season. Planned changes to increase water flow to the Everglades and predicted changes in rainfall with climate change will strongly affect the carbon balance of this habitat.

  20. Antiviral Activity of Hederasaponin B from Hedera helix against Enterovirus 71 Subgenotypes C3 and C4a.

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    Song, Jaehyoung; Yeo, Sang-Gu; Hong, Eun-Hye; Lee, Bo-Ra; Kim, Jin-Won; Kim, Jeonghoon; Jeong, Hyeongun; Kwon, Yongsoo; Kim, Hyunpyo; Lee, Sangwon; Park, Jae-Hak; Ko, Hyun-Jeong

    2014-01-01

    Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is the predominant cause of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). The antiviral activity of hederasaponin B from Hedera helix against EV71 subgenotypes C3 and C4a was evaluated in vero cells. In the current study, the antiviral activity of hederasaponin B against EV71 C3 and C4a was determined by cytopathic effect (CPE) reduction method and western blot assay. Our results demonstrated that hederasaponin B and 30% ethanol extract of Hedera helix containing hederasaponin B showed significant antiviral activity against EV71 subgenotypes C3 and C4a by reducing the formation of a visible CPE. Hederasaponin B also inhibited the viral VP2 protein expression, suggesting the inhibition of viral capsid protein synthesis.These results suggest that hederasaponin B and Hedera helix extract containing hederasaponin B can be novel drug candidates with broad-spectrum antiviral activity against various subgenotypes of EV71. PMID:24596620

  1. Cryogenic etching processes applied to porous low-k materials using SF6/C4F8 plasmas

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    Leroy, F.; Zhang, L.; Tillocher, T.; Yatsuda, K.; Maekawa, K.; Nishimura, E.; Lefaucheux, P.; de Marneffe, J.-F.; Baklanov, M. R.; Dussart, R.

    2015-11-01

    Cryogenic etching processes in SF6 and SF6/C4F8 plasmas were successfully applied to porous organosilicate glasses. Such materials are low-k candidates for advanced interconnects. Their integration is very challenging because of plasma induced damage. These two chemistries (SF6 and SF6/C4F8) have demonstrated a promising capability of significantly reducing the damage caused by plasma etching. Desorbed species were analyzed during the wafer warm-up from cryogenic to room temperature by in situ mass spectrometry. An equivalent damage layer (EDL) was evaluated by ex situ Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and in situ ellipsometry. An anneal step at 350 °C seems efficient to completely desorb the remaining CF x species. Anisotropic profiles were obtained using both chemistries. The selectivity is enhanced using SF6/C4F8 process at low temperature.

  2. Effect of temperature on the electron attachment and detachment properties of c-C4F6

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    The temperature dependence of the low-energy electron attachment and autodetachment processes for c-C4F6 in a N2 buffer gas has been studied in the temperature, T, range of 300 to 600 K and the mean electron energy, , range from 0.19 to 1.0 eV. The low-energy electron attachment rate constant for c-C4F6 shows only a slight dependence on gas temperature. In contrast, the autodetachment frequency increases by more than four orders of magnitude when T is increased from 300 to 600 K. This increase in autodetachment is due to the increase in the internal energy content of the c-C4,F6- anion with increasing T. The autodetachment process under consideration is a heat-activated process and has an activation energy E* of 0.24 eV. Significance of these results to gaseous dielectrics is indicated

  3. 毕加索密码——雪铁龙C4毕加索试驾

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    徐钢; 林浩(摄影)

    2009-01-01

    提到雪铁龙“毕加索”,大家熟知的肯定是东风雪铁龙国产的萨拉毕加索,其实那是雪铁龙在2001年推出的车型。2006年,雪铁龙在欧洲推出了新一代毕加索,它建立在C4平台上,名为C4 Picasso。其后还衍生出五座版本,原先的七座版则升级为Grand C4 Picasso,即现在进口中国的这款。

  4. 毕加索密码 雪铁龙C4 毕加索试驾

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    徐钢; 林浩

    2009-01-01

    提到雪铁龙"毕加索",大家熟知的肯定是东风雪铁龙国产的萨拉毕加索,其实那是雪铁龙在2001年推出的车型。2006年,雪铁龙在欧洲推出了新一代毕加索,它建立在C4平台上,名为C4 Picasso。其后还衍生出五座版本,原先的七座版则升级为Grand C4 Picasso,即现在进口中国的这款。

  5. Dry Sliding Wear Behavior of a Novel 6351 Al-Al4SiC4 Composite

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    Mondal, Manas Kumar; Biswas, Koushik; Saha, Atanu; Maity, Joydeep

    2015-02-01

    In this research work the dry sliding wear behavior of 6351 Al alloy and 6351 Al based composites possessing varying amount of (2-7 vol.%) in situ Al4SiC4 reinforcement was investigated at low sliding speed (1 m/s) against a hardened EN 31 disk at different loads. In general, the wear mechanism involved adhesion and microcutting abrasion. Under selected loads (9.8 and 24.5 N), the overall wear resistance increased with increasing content of Al4SiC4 particles since particles stood tall against the process of wear. Besides, strain hardening of the matrix played an additional role to provide wear resistance. Therefore, the newly developed 6351Al-Al4SiC4 composite can be used as light weight wear resistance component in industry.

  6. Characterization of photosynthesis, photoinhibition and the activities of C4 pathway enzymes in a superhigh-yield rice,Liangyoupeijiu

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    WANG; Qiang(王强); LU; Congming(卢从明); ZHANG; Qide(张其德); HAO; Naibin(郝迺斌); GE; Qiaoying(戈巧英); DONG; Fengqin(董凤琴); BAI; Kezhi(白克智); KUANG; Tingyun(匡廷云)

    2002-01-01

    Characteristics of photosynthetic gas exchange, photoinhibition and C4 pathway enzyme activities in both flag leaves and lemma were compared between a superhigh-yield rice (Oryza sativa L.) hybrid, Liangyoupeijiu and a traditional rice hybrid, Shanyou63. Liangyoupeijiu had a similar light saturated assimilation rate (Asat) to Shanyou63, but a much higher apparent quantum yield (AQY), carboxylation efficiency (CE) and quantum yield of CO2 fixation (φCO2). Liangyoupeijiu also showed a higher resistance to photoinhibition and higher non-radiative energy dissipation associated with the xanthophyll cycle than Shanyou63 when subjected to strong light. In addition, Liangyoupeijiu had higher activities of the C4 pathway enzymes in both flag leaves and lemmas than Shanyou63. These results indicate that higher light and CO2 use efficiency, higher resistance to photoinhibition and C4 pathway in both flag leaf and lemma may contribute to the higher yield of the superhigh-yield rice hybrid, Liangyoupeijiu.

  7. Leukotriene C4 disposition and metabolism in the anesthetized and endotoxemic dog

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    The metabolism and disposition of tritiated leukotriene C4, 3H-LTC4, were studied in control dogs and endotoxin-treated dogs. Radioactivity was monitored in plasma, bile, and urine for after an IV bolus of 3H-LTC4. A decreased recovery of radioactivity in bile and urine was observed in the endotoxin-treated dogs. Cumulative 3H-LTC4 metabolic patterns in bile and urine were determined by reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) separation. Three primary metabolites, 3H-LTD4, 3H-LTE4, and a polar metabolite, (0.15-0.19)LT, accounted for most of the total bile radioactivity. The same primary metabolites were found for endotoxin-treated dogs and in similar relative amounts. 3H-LTE4 and the polar metabolite (0.15-0.21)LT were the primary metabolites found in urine, but no N-acetyl LTE4 was found in bile or urine for either group. Plasma incubation of 3H-LTC4 revealed heat-sensitive dipeptidase and glutamyl transpeptidase activity with significant production of 3H-LTD4 and 3H-LTE4 after 5- and 30-min incubation. Pharmacokinetic analysis using the two-compartment open model revealed an increased distribution phase rate constant (alpha) and distribution phase half-life [t1/2(alpha)], and decreased clearance (ClB), volume of distribution [Vd(ss) and Vd(area)] and elimination rate microconstant (Kel) of tritiated leukotrienes for endotoxin-treated dogs. This analysis along with the maintained higher plasma levels of tritiated leukotrienes, 3H-LTs, in endotoxin-treated dogs suggests that endotoxin caused a decreased body clearance and less peripheral tissue penetration of 3H-LTs. Collectively, these results indicate that the metabolism of LTC4 to LTD4 and LTE4, but not N-acetyl LTE4, in dogs was similar to that reported for man, pig, and monkey but dissimilar to rat

  8. Effects of Temperature and Humidity on the Characterization of C-4 Explosive Threats

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    C. J. Miller

    2012-06-01

    The amount of time that an explosive is present on the surface of a material is dependent upon the original amount of explosive on the surface, adhesive forces, temperature and humidity, as well as other environmental factors. This laboratory study focused on evaluating RDX crystal morphology changes resulting from variations in temperature and humidity conditions of the sample. The temperature and humidity conditions were controlled using a Tenney THRJ environmental chamber and a Tenney T11RC-1.5 environmental chamber. These chambers allow the temperature and humidity to be held within ±3°C and ±5% RH. The temperature and humidity conditions used for this test series were: 40°F/40%RH, ~70°F/20%RH (samples left on benchtop), 70°F/70%RH, 70°F/95%RH, 95°F/40%RH, 95°F/70%RH, and 95°F/95%RH. These temperature and humidity set points were chosen to represent a wide range of conditions that may be found in real world scenarios. C-4 (RDX crystals and binder material) was deposited on the surface of one of six substrates by placing a fingerprint from the explosive block onto the matrix surface. The substrates were chosen to provide a range of items that are commonly used. Six substrate types were used during these tests: 50% cotton/50% polyester as found in T-shirts, 100% cotton with a smooth surface such as that found in a cotton dress shirt, 100% cotton on a rough surface such as that found on canvas or denim, suede leather such as might be found on jackets, purses, or shoes, painted metal obtained from a junked car hood, and a computer diskette. The samples were not pre-cleaned prior to testing and contained sizing agents, and in the case of the metal: oil, dirt, scratches, and rust spots. The substrates were photographed at various stages of testing, using a Zeiss Discover V12 stereoscope with Axiocam ICc1 3 megapixel digital camera, to determine any changes in the crystalline morphology. Some of the samples were examined using scanning electron microscopy

  9. Molecular characterization of UGT94F2 and UGT86C4, two glycosyltransferases from Picrorhiza kurrooa: comparative structural insight and evaluation of substrate recognition.

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    Full Text Available Uridine diphosphate glycosyltransferases (UGTs are pivotal in the process of glycosylation for decorating natural products with sugars. It is one of the versatile mechanisms in determining chemical complexity and diversity for the production of suite of pharmacologically active plant natural products. Picrorhiza kurrooa is a highly reputed medicinal herb known for its hepato-protective properties which are attributed to a novel group of iridoid glycosides known as picrosides. Although the plant is well studied in terms of its pharmacological properties, very little is known about the biosynthesis of these important secondary metabolites. In this study, we identified two family-1 glucosyltransferases from P. kurrooa. The full length cDNAs of UGT94F4 and UGT86C4 contained open reading frames of 1455 and 1422 nucleotides, encoding polypeptides of 484 and 473 amino acids respectively. UGT94F2 and UGT86C4 showed differential expression pattern in leaves, rhizomes and inflorescence. To elucidate whether the differential expression pattern of the two Picrorhiza UGTs correlate with transcriptional regulation via their promoters and to identify elements that could be recognized by known iridoid-specific transcription factors, upstream regions of each gene were isolated and scanned for putative cis-regulatory elements. Interestingly, the presence of cis-regulatory elements within the promoter regions of each gene correlated positively with their expression profiles in response to different phytohormones. HPLC analysis of picrosides extracted from different tissues and elicitor-treated samples showed a significant increase in picroside levels, corroborating well with the expression profile of UGT94F2 possibly indicating its implication in picroside biosynthesis. Using homology modeling and molecular docking studies, we provide an insight into the donor and acceptor specificities of both UGTs identified in this study. UGT94F2 was predicted to be an iridoid

  10. Effects of CO2 and temperature on growth and resource use of co-occurring C3 and C4 annuals

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    The authors examined how CO2 concentrations and temperature interacted to affect growth, resource acquisition, and resource allocation of two annual plants that were supplied with a single pulse of nutrients. Physiological and growth measurements were made on individuals of Abutilon throphrasti (C3) and Amaranthus retroflexus (C4) grown in environments with atmospheric CO2 levels of 400 or 700 μL/L and with light/dark temperatures of 28 degree/22 degree or 38 degree/31 degree C. Elevated CO2 and temperature treatments had significant independent and interactive effects on plant growth, resource allocation, and resource acquisition, and the strength and direction of these effects were often dependent on plant species. For example, final biomass of Amaranthus was enhanced by elevated CO2 at 28 degree but was depressed at 38 degree. For Abutilon, elevated CO2 increased initial plant relative growth rates at 28 degree but not at 38 degree, and had no significant effects on final biomass at either temperature. These results are interpreted in light of the interactive effects of CO2 and temperature on the rates of net leaf area production and loss, and on net whole-plant nitrogen retention. At 28 degree C, elevated CO2 stimulated the initial production of leaf area in both species, which led to an initial stimulation of biomass accumulation at the higher CO2 level. However, in elevated CO2 at 28 degree, the rate of net leaf area loss for Abutilon increased while that of Amaranthus decreased. Furthermore, high CO2 apparently enhanced the ability of Amaranthus to retain nitrogen at this temperature, which may have helped to enhance photosynthesis, whereas nitrogen retention was unaffected in Abutilon

  11. An Atomic Force Microscopy Investigation of the Tracks Made by C+1-C+4 Bombardment on CR-39 Detectors

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    赵葵; 吴秀坤; 郭继宇; 隋丽; 梅俊平; 倪嵋楠; 包轶文

    2003-01-01

    Carbon micro-clusters are accelerated by an HI-13 tandem accelerator.The plastic nuclear track detectors CR-39are irradiated by C1-C4 beams from the HI-13 tandem accelerator and the tracks in CR-39 are studied using an atomic force microscope(AFM).The depths and diameters of C1-C4 tracks are measured for the first time in a nanometre scale.An enhancement of the energy loss is obtained for carbon clusters related to single carbon ions with the same velocity.The results show that the AFM observation is very useful in the quantitative analysis of clusters in the track detector CR-39.

  12. Antiviral Activity of Hederasaponin B from Hedera helix against Enterovirus 71 Subgenotypes C3 and C4a

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    Song, Jaehyoung; Yeo, Sang-Gu; Hong, Eun-Hye; Lee, Bo-Ra; Kim, Jin-Won; Kim, Jeonghoon; Jeong, HyeonGun; Kwon, YongSoo; Kim, HyunPyo; Lee, Sangwon; Park, Jae-Hak; Ko, Hyun-Jeong

    2014-01-01

    Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is the predominant cause of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). The antiviral activity of hederasaponin B from Hedera helix against EV71 subgenotypes C3 and C4a was evaluated in vero cells. In the current study, the antiviral activity of hederasaponin B against EV71 C3 and C4a was determined by cytopathic effect (CPE) reduction method and western blot assay. Our results demonstrated that hederasaponin B and 30% ethanol extract of Hedera helix containing hederasaponin B ...

  13. Subcellular localization of branched-chain amino acid aminotransferase and lactate dehydrogenase C4 in rat and mouse spermatozoa.

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    Montamat, E E; Vermouth, N T; Blanco, A

    1988-11-01

    Spermatozoa isolated from rat and mouse epididymes show a relatively high branched-chain amino acid aminotransferase (leucine aminotransferase, EC 2.6.1.6) activity. There is a significant reduction of leucine aminotransferase and of the isoenzyme C4 of lactate dehydrogenase (EC 1.1.1.27) in the gametes during their epididymal transit. Studies of patterns of liberation of the leucine aminotransferase and of the lactate dehydrogenase C4 from intact spermatozoa, treated with increasing concentrations of digitonin, indicate that both enzymes have the same dual subcellular location, i.e. in the cytosol and in the mitochondria. PMID:3214422

  14. HPF1/C4orf27 Is a PARP-1-Interacting Protein that Regulates PARP-1 ADP-Ribosylation Activity

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    Gibbs-Seymour, Ian; Fontana, Pietro; Rack, Johannes Gregor Matthias; Ahel, Ivan

    2016-01-01

    Summary We report the identification of histone PARylation factor 1 (HPF1; also known as C4orf27) as a regulator of ADP-ribosylation signaling in the DNA damage response. HPF1/C4orf27 forms a robust protein complex with PARP-1 in cells and is recruited to DNA lesions in a PARP-1-dependent manner, but independently of PARP-1 catalytic ADP-ribosylation activity. Functionally, HPF1 promotes PARP-1-dependent in trans ADP-ribosylation of histones and limits DNA damage-induced hyper-automodificatio...

  15. Regulation of Electron Transport in Photosystems I and II in C3, C3-C4, and C4 Species of Panicum in Response to Changing Irradiance and O2 Levels.

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    Peterson, R. B.

    1994-05-01

    Regulation of the quantum yields of linear electron transport and photosystem II photochemistry ([phi]II) with changing irradiance and gas-phase O2 concentration was studied in leaf tissue from Panicum bisulcatum (C3), Panicum milioides (C3-C4), and Panicum antidotale (C4) at 200 [mu]bars of CO2 and 25[deg]C using infrared gas analysis and chlorophyll fluorescence yield measurements. When the O2 level was increased from 14 to 213 mbars at high irradiance, [phi]II increased by as much as 115% in P. bisulcatum but by no more than 17% in P. antidotale. Under the same conditions [phi]II increased to an intermediate degree in P. milioides. Measurements of accumulation of the photooxidized form of the photosystem I reaction center (P700+) based on the light-dependent in vivo absorbance change at 830 nm indicate that the steady-state concentration of P700+ varied in an antiparallel manner with [phi]II when either the irradiance or O2 concentration was changed. Hence, O2-dependent changes in [phi]II were indicative of variations in linear photosynthetic electron transport. These experiments revealed, however, that a significant capacity was retained for in vivo regulation of the apparent quantum yield of photosystem I ([phi]I) independently of [phi]II+ Coordinate regulation of quantum yields of photosystems I and II (expressed as [phi]I:[phi]II in response to changing irradiance and O2 level differed markedly for the C3 and C4 species, and the response for the C3-C4 species most closely resembled that observed for the C4 species. The fraction of total linear electron transport supporting photorespiration at 213 mbars of O2 was negligible in the C4 species and was 13% lower in the C3-C4 species relative to the C3 species as calculated from fluorescence and gas-exchange determinations. At high photon-flux rates and high O2 concentration, the potential benefit to light use for net CO2 uptake arising from lower photorespiration in P. milioides was offset by a reduced capacity

  16. 基于 C4.5算法的民航客户价值细分研究%Customer Value Segmentation Based on C4 .5 Algorithm in Aviation Market

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    张劲松; 江波

    2014-01-01

    With the development of the air-passenger transport market ,customer segmentation plays an in-creasingly important role in the marketing of airlines .In view of the airport passenger behavior data ,this paper uses C4 .5 decision tree of data mining for market segmentation and obtains the decision tree of cus-tomer value .In addition ,it also analyzes the characteristics of value customers for airlines based on the e-valuation to classification results of decision tree .At last ,this paper contrastively analyzes the frequently used classification algorithm with C4 .5 and indicates that C4 .5 algorithm can produce the excellent effect in airline customer value segmentation .%随着民航旅客运输的发展,客户细分在航空公司市场营销中发挥着越来越重要的作用。针对调研的机场候机旅客行为数据,采用数据挖掘中的决策树C4.5算法对民航客户进行价值细分。在生成的旅客价值细分决策树的基础上,对决策树分类结果进行了评价,并分析了航空公司价值旅客的主要特征。通过与常用的数据分类算法的综合对比分析,表明C4.5算法在民航客户价值细分中具有相对良好的分类效果。

  17. Structure, phase transitions, dielectric and spectroscopic studies of the 2-aminopyrimidinium salts: [(2-NH 2C 4N 2H 3) 2H][ClO 4] and [2-NH 2C 4N 2H 4][BF 4

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    Czupiński, O.; Wojtaś, M.; Ciunik, Z.; Jakubas, R.

    2006-01-01

    Crystal structure of the 2-aminopyrimidinium derivatives: [(2-NH 2C 4N 2H 3) 2H][ClO 4] (I) and [2-NH 2C 4N 2H 4][BF 4] (II) has been determined at 100 K (I) and 293 K (II) by means of single crystal X-ray diffraction as monoclinic space group, P2/c and P2/n, respectively. The asymmetric part of the unit cell of (I) contains two symmetry independent 2-aminopyrimidine forming one dimeric cation and one disordered perchlorate anion. The structure of (II) consists of 2-aminopyrimidinium cation, [2-NH 2C 4N 2H 4] +, protonated at a pyrimidine ring-N atom and [BF 4] - anion. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) on perchlorate derivative ( 1:1), [2-NH 2C 4N 2H 3][ClO 4] (III)—being isomorphic to tetrafluoroborate one (I) at room temperature, reveals two phase transitions of first order: at 250/275 K and 390/410 K (cooling-heating, respectively), whereas the analog (II) only one transition at high temperatures—343/385 K. The dielectric studies in the frequency range 75 kHz - 10 MHz disclose relaxation process at high temperatures in salt (I). Infrared spectra of polycrystalline [2-NH 2C 4N 2H 4][BF 4] have been studied in the temperature range 300-420 K. Substantial changes in the temperature evolution of frequencies of internal modes of the 2-aminopyrimidinium cations and [BF 4] - anions near 390 K are due to the variations in the motion of both moieties and hydrogen bond configuration. The experimental studies indicate that all phase transitions taking place in studied 2-aminopyrimidinium derivatives are classified as an order-disorder.

  18. Cinnamic acid 4-hydroxylase of sorghum [Sorghum biocolor (L.) Moench] gene SbC4H1 restricts lignin synthesis in Arabidopsis

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    Cinnamic acid 4-hydroxylase (C4H) is the first hydroxylase enzyme of the phenylpropanoid pathway, and its content and activity affects the lignin synthesis. In this study, we isolated a C4H gene SbC4H1 from the suppression subtractive hybridization library of brown midrib (bmr) mutants of Sorghum b...

  19. Grass Lignin Acylation: p-Coumaroyl Transferase Activity and Cell Wall Characteristics of C3 and C4 Grasses

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    Grasses have always been a predominate source of nutritional energy for livestock systems around the world. Species belonging to the C3 and C4 grass types have recently been championed as feedstock sources for bioenergy production. Their ultimate use would be as a source of carbohydrate for fermenta...

  20. Anharmonic Rovibrational Calculations of Singlet Cyclic C4 Using a New Ab Initio Potential and a Quartic Force

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    Wang, Xiaohong; Huang, Xinchuan; Bowman, Joel M.; Lee, Timothy J.

    2013-01-01

    We report a CCSD(T)/cc-pCV5Z quartic force field (QFF) and a semi-global CCSD(T)-F12b/aug-cc-pVTZ potential energy surface (PES) for singlet, cyclic C4. Vibrational fundamentals, combinations and overtones are obtained using vibrational second-order perturbation theory (VPT2) and the vibrational configurationinteraction (VCI) approach. Agreement is within 10 cm(exp -1) between the VCI calculated fundamentals on the QFF and PES using the MULTIMODE (MM) program, and VPT2 and VCI results agree for the fundamentals. The agreement between VPT2- QFF and MM-QFF results is also good for the C4 combinations and overtones. The J = 1 and J = 2 rovibrational energies are reported from both VCI (MM) on the PES and VPT2 on the QFF calculations. The spectroscopic constants of (12)C4 and two C(sub 2v)-symmetry, single (13)C-substituted isotopologues are presented, which may help identification of cyclic C4 in future experimental analyses or astronomical observations.

  1. 40 CFR 721.10103 - Naphtha (Fischer-Tropsch), C4-11-alkane, branched and linear.

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    2010-07-01

    ...-alkane, branched and linear. 721.10103 Section 721.10103 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL..., branched and linear. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as naphtha (fischer-tropsch), C4-11-alkane, branched and linear (PMN P-04-235; CAS...

  2. Variations in IBD (ACAD8) in children with elevated C4-carnitine detected by tandem mass spectrometry newborn screening

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    Pedersen, Christina B; Bischoff, Claus; Christensen, Ernst; Simonsen, Henrik; Lund, Allan M; Young, Sarah P; Koeberl, Dwight D; Millington, David S; Roe, Charles R; Roe, Diane S; Wanders, Ronald J A; Ruiter, Jos P N; Keppen, Laura D; Stein, Quinn; Knudsen, Inga; Gregersen, Niels; Andresen, Brage S

    2006-01-01

    or compound heterozygous for variations in the IBD gene have been reported. We present IBD deficiency in an additional four newborns with elevated C(4)-carnitine identified by tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) screening in Denmark and the United States. Three showed urinary excretions of isobutyryl...

  3. Plasma deposition of fluorocarbon thin films from c-C4F8 using pulsed and continuous rf excitation

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    Fluorocarbon films of varying composition have been deposited from pulsed and continuous plasmas of octafluorocyclobutane (c-C4F8) and c-C4F8/Ar. Continuous plasma deposition rates are a very weak function of applied rf power (may be within experimental error). Pulsed plasma deposition rates are significantly lower than continuous plasma rates at the same average power. The pulsed plasma deposition rates can be attributed almost entirely to the plasma on time during the pulse, but there is a slight dependence on pulse off time. Ar addition affects the deposition rates through a residence time effect, but also affects the deposition chemistry by reducing the degree of C4F8 dissociation, resulting in more fluorinated films. Refractive indices for all films increase approximately linearly with applied rf power, with the pulsed plasma-deposited films falling on the same curve. Carbon 1s x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy shows that the continuous plasma-deposited films become increasingly fluorinated as the rf power is decreased. Pulsed plasma films are more fluorinated than similar average power continuous plasma films: 44% CF2 for 10/50 (400 W on time, 67 W average power) versus 37% for 50 W continuous. Literature and preliminary gas-phase measurements suggest that the C4F8 is not fully dissociated in either plasma system and that larger species in the gas phase may play a significant role in the deposition mechanisms

  4. Anharmonic rovibrational calculations of singlet cyclic C4 using a new ab initio potential and a quartic force field

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    We report a CCSD(T)/cc-pCV5Z quartic force field (QFF) and a semi-global CCSD(T)-F12b/aug-cc-pVTZ potential energy surface (PES) for singlet, cyclic C4. Vibrational fundamentals, combinations, and overtones are obtained using vibrational second-order perturbation theory (VPT2) and the vibrational configuration-interaction (VCI) approach. Agreement is within 10 cm−1 between the VCI calculated fundamentals on the QFF and PES using the MULTIMODE (MM) program, and VPT2 and VCI results agree for the fundamentals. The agreement between VPT2-QFF and MM-QFF results is also good for the C4 combinations and overtones. The J = 1 and J = 2 rovibrational energies are reported from both VCI (MM) on the PES and VPT2 on the QFF calculations. The spectroscopic constants of 12C4 and two C2v-symmetry, single 13C-substituted isotopologues are presented, which may help identification of cyclic C4 in future experimental analyses or astronomical observations

  5. Biomass and leaf-level gas exchange characteristics of three African savanna C4 grass species under optimum growth conditions

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    Mantlana, K.B.; Veenendaal, E.M.; Arneth, A.; Grispen, V.; Bonyongo, C.M.; Heitkönig, I.M.A.; Lloyd, J.

    2009-01-01

    C4 savanna grass species, Digitaria eriantha, Eragrostis lehmanniana and Panicum repens, were grown under optimum growth conditions with the aim of characterizing their above- and below-ground biomass allocation and the response of their gas exchange to changes in light intensity, CO2 concentration

  6. C-4 plants use fluctuating light less efficiently than do C-3 plants: a study of growth, photosynthesis and carbon isotope discrimination

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    Kubásek, Jiří; Urban, Otmar; Šantrůček, Jiří

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 149, č. 4 (2013), s. 528-539. ISSN 0031-9317 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) ED1.1.00/02.0073; GA ČR(CZ) GAP501/12/1261 Institutional support: RVO:67179843 ; RVO:60077344 Keywords : bundel-sheath leakiness * agrass genus muhlebergia * phosphenolpyruvate carboxylase * CO2 uptake * leaves * induction * sunflecks * responses * leaf Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour; BO - Biophysics (BC-A) Impact factor: 3.262, year: 2013

  7. The spatial distribution of C3 and C4 grasses in North America through the next century

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    Cotton, J. M.; Mosier, T. M.; Cerling, T. E.; Ehleringer, J. R.; Hoppe, K. A.; Still, C. J.

    2014-12-01

    C4 grasses currently cover ~18% of the earth's surface and are economically important as food sources, but their distributions are likely to change with future climate changes. As a result of the opposing impacts of atmospheric CO2 and temperature on C3 and C4 physiology, future changes to the productivity and distributions of these grasses have remained unclear. We have used past and present tooth enamel, collagen, and bone carbon isotope ratios (δ13C) of Bison and Mammoth grazers to record the δ13C values of their diet, and the abundance of C3 and C4 vegetation in these habitats. Thus, the δ13C values of bison and mammoth tissues serve as a proxy for vegetation composition across North America through time. We combine these isotope data with ensemble CMIP5 climate model outputs, eight different climatic and fire predictor variables and advanced statistical techniques to model the spatial distribution of C3 and C4 grasses up through the year 2100 for two different emissions scenarios. Using the Random Forest algorithm, our model explains 91% of the spatial and temporal isotopic variability in bison and mammoth tissues and infers that mean summer temperature is the strongest predictor of all climate variables. For the emission scenario RCP4.5, in which atmospheric CO2 levels are predicted to rise to ~540 ppm by 2100, we find decreases in the abundance of C4 grasses of up to 30% in the south-central Great Plains and the Florida peninsula, and increases of up to 50% in the northern Great Plains. For the RCP8.5 scenario, in which atmospheric CO2 levels are expected to rise to ~930 ppm by 2100, our model predicts minor decreases in the abundance of C4 grasses in Texas and Oklahoma, but increases of 30-50% over the majority of the Great Plains. The overall effect of these changes is a homogenization of the Great Plains ecoregion in terms of grassland type distributions, and the loss of the highest abundance of C4 ecosystems of the panhandles of Texas, Oklahoma and

  8. Association of glomerular C4d deposition with various demographic data in IgA nephropathy patients; a preliminary study

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    Nasri, Hamid; Ahmadi, Ali; Rafieian-kopaei, Mahmood; Bashardoust, Bahman; Nasri, Parto; Mubarak, Muhammed

    2015-01-01

    Background: IgA nephropathy (IgAN) is the most prevalent primary chronic glomerulopathy worldwide. Thus, it is of vital importance to search for factors aggravating the disease progress, monitor disease activity and predict disease-specific therapy. C4d is a well-known biomarker of the complement cascade with a potential to meet the above needs. Objectives: The aim of our study was, therefore, to determine whether C4d staining at the time of kidney biopsy had any correlation with the demographic, clinical and biochemical variables in IgAN. Patients and Methods: The definition of IgAN requires the presence of diffuse and global IgA deposits which were graded ≥2+ and weak C1q deposition. C4d immunohistochemical staining was conducted retrospectively on 29 renal biopsies of patients with IgAN, which were selected randomly from all biopsies. C4d immunohistochemical staining was performed on 3-μm deparaffinized and rehydrated sections of formaldehyde-fixed, paraffin-embedded renal tissues. Results: Of 29 selected patients, 68% were male. In this study, 54.2±25 percent of glomeruli in all biopsies were positive for C4d. The mean and standard deviation (SD) of serum creatinine and the magnitude of proteinuria were 1.72±1.2 mg/dl and 1582±1214 mg/day, respectively. In this study, we observed statistically significant correlations of percent C4d positivity with the serum creatinine (r=0.61, p=0.0005), magnitude of proteinuria (r=0.72, p=0.0001), the proportion of globally sclerotic glomeruli (r=0.43, p=0.02) and the proportion of tubulointerstitial fibrosis (r=0.54, p=0.0023). Conclusions: The results from our investigation on C4d positivity in biopsy-proven cases of IgAN are in accord with some of the previous studies. These findings, however, require further validation in larger samples. PMID:25657981

  9. Membrane-Bound and Exosomal Metastasis-Associated C4.4A Promotes Migration by Associating with the α6β4 Integrin and MT1-MMP

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    Full Text Available Metastasis-associated C4.4A, which becomes upregulated during wound healing and, in some tumors, during tumor progression, is known to be frequently associated with hypoxia. With the function of C4.4A still unknown, we explored the impact of hypoxia on C4.4A expression and functional activity. Metastatic rat and human tumor lines upregulate C4.4A expression when cultured in the presence of CoCl2. Although hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α becomes upregulated concomitantly, HIF-1α did not induce C4.4A transcription. Instead, hypoxia-induced C4.4A up-regulation promoted in vivo and in vitro wound healing, where increased migration on the C4.4A ligands laminin-111 and -332 was observed after a transient period of pronounced binding. Increased migration was accompanied by C4.4A associating with α6β4, MT1-MMP1, and TACE and by laminin fragmentation. Hypoxia also promoted the release of C4.4A in exosomes and TACE-mediated C4.4A shedding. The association of C4.4A with α6β4 and MT1-MMP1 was maintained in exosomes and exosomal α6β4- and MT1-MMP1-associated C4.4A but not shed C4.4A sufficient for laminin degradation. Hypoxia-induced recruitment of α6β4 toward raft-located C4.4A, MT1-MMP, and TACE allows for a shift from adhesion to motility, which is supported by laminin degradation. These findings provide the first explanation for the C4.4A contribution to wound healing and metastasis.

  10. Growth Properties and Biomass Production in the Hybrid C4 Crop Sorghum bicolor.

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    Tazoe, Youshi; Sazuka, Takashi; Yamaguchi, Miki; Saito, Chieko; Ikeuchi, Masahiro; Kanno, Keiichi; Kojima, Soichi; Hirano, Ko; Kitano, Hideki; Kasuga, Shigemitsu; Endo, Tsuyoshi; Fukuda, Hiroo; Makino, Amane

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    Hybrid vigor (heterosis) has been used as a breeding technique for crop improvement to achieve enhanced biomass production, but the physiological mechanisms underlying heterosis remain poorly understood. In this study, to find a clue to the enhancement of biomass production by heterosis, we systemically evaluated the effect of heterosis on the growth rate and photosynthetic efficiency in sorghum hybrid [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench cv. Tentaka] and its parental lines (restorer line and maintainer line). The final biomass of Tentaka was 10-14 times greater than that of the parental lines grown in an experimental field, but the relative growth rate during the vegetative growth stage did not differ. Tentaka exhibited a relatively enlarged leaf area with lower leaf nitrogen content per leaf area (Narea). When the plants were grown hydroponically at different N levels, daily CO2 assimilation per leaf area (A) increased with Narea, and the ratio of A to Narea (N-use efficiency) was higher in the plants grown at low N levels but not different between Tentaka and the parental lines. The relationships between the CO2 assimilation rate, the amounts of photosynthetic enzymes, including ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase, phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase and pyruvate phosphate dikinase, Chl and Narea did not differ between Tentaka and the parental lines. Thus, Tentaka tended to exhibit enlargement of leaf area with lower N content, leading to a higher N-use efficiency for CO2 assimilation, but the photosynthetic properties did not differ. The greater biomass in Tentaka was mainly due to the prolonged vegetative growth period. PMID:26508521

  11. C4NP - Lead Free Flip Chip Solder Bumping Manufacturing and Reliability Data%C4NP-无铅倒装晶片焊凸形成生产工艺与可靠性数据

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    受控倒塌芯片连接新工艺是一种由IBM公司开发、由Suss MicroTec公司推向商品化的新型焊凸形成技术.受控倒塌芯片连接新工艺采用各种无铅焊料合金致力于解决现有的凸台.形成技术限定,使低成本小节距焊凸形成成为可能.受控倒塌芯片连接新工艺是一种焊球转移技术,熔焊料被注入预先制成并可重复使用的玻璃模板(模具).这种注满焊料的模具在焊料转入圆片之前先经过检查以确保高成品率.注满焊料的模具与圆片达到精确的接近后以与液态熔剂复杂性无关的简单工序转移在整个300 mm(或300 mm以下)圆片上.受控倒塌芯片连接新工艺技术能够在焊膏印刷中实现小节距凸台形成的同时提供相同合金选择的适应性.这种简单的受控倒塌芯片连接新工艺使低成本、高成品率以及快速封装周期的解决方法对于细节距FCiP以及WLCSP凸台形成均能适用.%C4NP is a new solder bumping technology developed by IBM and commercialized by Suss MicroTec. C4NP addresses the limitations of existing bumping technologies by enabling low-cost, fine pitch bumping using a variety of lead-free solder alloys. C4NP is a solder transfer technology where molten solder is injected into pre-fabricated and reusable glass templates (molds). The filled mold is inspected prior to solder transfer to the wafer to ensure high final yields. Filled mold and wafer are brought into close proximity and solder bumps are transferred onto the entire 300 mm (or smaller)wafer in a single process step without the complexities associated with liquid flux. C4NP technology is capable of fine pitch bumping while offering the same alloy selection flexibility as solder paste printing.The simplicity of the C4NP process makes it a low cost, high yield and fast cycle time solution for both,fine-pitch FCiP as well as WLCSP bumping applications.This paper summarizes the latest manufacturing and reliability data for

  12. Characterization, identification and control effect against banana Fusarium wilt of antagnistic strain C-4%生防细菌C-4的特性鉴定及其对香蕉枯萎病的防治效果

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    孙正祥; 王振中

    2009-01-01

    采用平板对峙法从香蕉根际土壤中共分离到74株细菌,其中菌株C-4对香蕉枯萎病菌1号小种和4号小种均有强抑制作用,相对抑制率分别为81.25%和83.75%.抑菌谱测定结果表明,菌株C-4具有较广的抑菌范围,对番茄枯萎病菌、玉米弯孢叶斑病菌、胶孢炭疽病菌、棉花枯萎病菌、棉花黄萎病菌、小麦赤霉病菌和西瓜枯萎病菌等均有抑制作用.根据Biolog系统鉴定及16S rDNA序列分析结果,将菌株C-4鉴定为地衣芽孢杆菌Bacillus licheniformis,其在YPGA或PDA培养基、32~35℃、pH 7.8~8.0、40~52 h培养条件下生长和拮抗作用最为理想.室内盆栽试验结果显示,菌株C-4对香蕉枯萎病具有良好的防效,接种30天后病情指数明显低于对照.%Fusarium wilt of banana, a classic soilborne disease, is considered as one of the most serious threats to banana. The objectives of this study were to supply newly available strain from rhizosphere of healthy banana and effectively against the responsible pathogen Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense (FOC). The result showed that a total of 74 bacteria strains were isolated. Among these strains, C-4 significantly inhibited mycelial growth of FOC with the relative inhibited efficiency above 80%. Isolate C-4 showed a wide range of antagonism against some pathogens in vitro test, such as Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici, Curvularia lunata, Colletotrichum gloeosporioides, Fusarium oxysporium f. sp. vasinfectum, Verticillium dahliae, Gibberella zeae, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum. From the results of Biolog analysis and 16S rDNA sequence, isolate C-4 was identified as Bacillus licheniformis. Isolate C-4 cultured at media of YPGA or PDA, pH 7.8-8.0, temperature 32-35℃, cultural time 40-52 h, growth and inhibition was optimal. Pot trials showed that strains C-4 could effectively control banana wilt and significantly reduced the disease severity when applied as a root dip treatment 30 days later.

  13. MRI characterization of cobalt dichloride-N-acetyl cysteine (C4) contrast agent marker for prostate brachytherapy

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    Lim, Tze Yee; Stafford, R. Jason; Kudchadker, Rajat J.; Sankaranarayanapillai, Madhuri; Ibbott, Geoffrey; Rao, Arvind; Martirosyan, Karen S.; Frank, Steven J.

    2014-05-01

    Brachytherapy, a radiotherapy technique for treating prostate cancer, involves the implantation of numerous radioactive seeds into the prostate. While the implanted seeds can be easily identified on a computed tomography image, distinguishing the prostate and surrounding soft tissues is not as straightforward. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) offers superior anatomical delineation, but the seeds appear as dark voids and are difficult to identify, thus creating a conundrum. Cobalt dichloride-N-acetyl-cysteine (C4) has previously been shown to be promising as an encapsulated contrast agent marker. We performed spin-lattice relaxation time (T1) and spin-spin relaxation time (T2) measurements of C4 solutions with varying cobalt dichloride concentrations to determine the corresponding relaxivities, r1 and r2. These relaxation parameters were investigated at different field strengths, temperatures and orientations. T1 measurements obtained at 1.5 and 3.0 T, as well as at room and body temperature, showed that r1 is field-independent and temperature-independent. Conversely, the T2 values at 3.0 T were shorter than at 1.5 T, while the T2 values at body temperature were slightly higher than at room temperature. By examining the relaxivities with the C4 vials aligned in three different planes, we found no orientation-dependence. With these relaxation characteristics, we aim to develop pulse sequences that will enhance the C4 signal against prostatic stroma. Ultimately, the use of C4 as a positive contrast agent marker will encourage the use of MRI to obtain an accurate representation of the radiation dose delivered to the prostate and surrounding normal anatomical structures.

  14. Estimating photosynthesis and concurrent export rates in C3 and C4 species at ambient and elevated CO2

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    The ability of 21 C3 and C4 monocot and dicot species to rapidly export newly fixed C in the light at both ambient and enriched CO2 levels was compared. Photosynthesis and concurrent export rates were estimated during isotopic equilibrium of the transport sugars using a steady-state 14CO2-labeling procedure. At ambient CO2 photosynthesis and export rates for C3 species were 5 to 15 and 1 to 10 micromole C m-2 s-1, respectively, and 20 to 30 and 15 to 22 micromole C m-2 s-1, respectively, for C4 species. A linear regression plot of export on photosynthesis rate of all species had a correlation coefficient of 0.87. When concurrent export was expressed as a percentage of photosynthesis, several C3 dicots that produced transport sugars other than Suc had high efflux rates relative to photosynthesis, comparable to those of C4 species. At high CO2 photosynthetic and export rates were only slightly altered in C4 species, and photosynthesis increased but export rates did not in all C3 species. The C3 species that had high efflux rates relative to photosynthesis at ambient CO2 exported at rates comparable to those of C4 species on both an absolute basis and as a percentage of photosynthesis. At ambient CO2 there were strong linear relationships between photosynthesis, sugar synthesis, and concurrent export. However, at high CO2 the relationships between photosynthesis and export rate and between sugar synthesis and export rate were not as strong because sugars and starch were accumulated

  15. Structural homologies of component C5 of human complement with components C3 and C4 by neutron scattering

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    The complement component C5 is one of a family of structurally related plasma proteins that includes components C3 and C4. Activation of C5 is the initial step in the formation of the membrane attack complex of complement. Analysis of the solution structure of C5 and comparisons with similar analyses of the structures of C3 and C4 are reported here. Neutron solution scattering gave an Mr for C5 of 201,000, which demonstrates that C5 is monomeric in solution. The radius of gyration RG of C5 at infinite contrast is 4.87 nm and corresponds to an elongated structure. The longest length of C5 was determined to be at least 15-16 nm from three calculations on the basis of the RG, the scattering intensity at zero angle I(0), and the indirect transformation of the scattering curve into real space. Comparison of the RG and contrast variation data and indirect transformations of the scattering curves for C3, C4, and C5 show that these have very similar structures. Comparisons of the C5 scattering curve with Debye small-sphere models previously employed for C4 and C3 show that good curve fits could be obtained. Unlike previous studies that have suggested significant differences, these experiments indicate that, while C5 differs from C3 and C4 in its activation and inactivation pathways, significant structural homology exists between the native proteins, as might be predicted from their high (and similar) sequence homology

  16. MRI characterization of cobalt dichloride-N-acetyl cysteine (C4) contrast agent marker for prostate brachytherapy.

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    Lim, Tze Yee; Stafford, R Jason; Kudchadker, Rajat J; Sankaranarayanapillai, Madhuri; Ibbott, Geoffrey; Rao, Arvind; Martirosyan, Karen S; Frank, Steven J

    2014-05-21

    Brachytherapy, a radiotherapy technique for treating prostate cancer, involves the implantation of numerous radioactive seeds into the prostate. While the implanted seeds can be easily identified on a computed tomography image, distinguishing the prostate and surrounding soft tissues is not as straightforward. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) offers superior anatomical delineation, but the seeds appear as dark voids and are difficult to identify, thus creating a conundrum. Cobalt dichloride-N-acetyl-cysteine (C4) has previously been shown to be promising as an encapsulated contrast agent marker. We performed spin-lattice relaxation time (T1) and spin-spin relaxation time (T2) measurements of C4 solutions with varying cobalt dichloride concentrations to determine the corresponding relaxivities, r1 and r2. These relaxation parameters were investigated at different field strengths, temperatures and orientations. T1 measurements obtained at 1.5 and 3.0 T, as well as at room and body temperature, showed that r1 is field-independent and temperature-independent. Conversely, the T2 values at 3.0 T were shorter than at 1.5 T, while the T2 values at body temperature were slightly higher than at room temperature. By examining the relaxivities with the C4 vials aligned in three different planes, we found no orientation-dependence. With these relaxation characteristics, we aim to develop pulse sequences that will enhance the C4 signal against prostatic stroma. Ultimately, the use of C4 as a positive contrast agent marker will encourage the use of MRI to obtain an accurate representation of the radiation dose delivered to the prostate and surrounding normal anatomical structures. PMID:24778352

  17. Antiphospholipid Antibodies are Associated with Low Levels of Complement C3 and C4 in Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

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    Garabet, L; Gilboe, I-M; Mowinckel, M-C; Jacobsen, A F; Mollnes, T E; Sandset, P M; Jacobsen, E-M

    2016-08-01

    Complement activation and low complement levels are common in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) are found in about 30-40% of patients with SLE. This study aimed to investigate the association between aPL and complement levels in patients with SLE. Serum samples were collected from 269 patients with SLE enrolled in the Norwegian Systemic Connective Tissue and Vasculitis Registry (NOSVAR) during 2003-2009, and from 353 controls. All samples were analysed for anti-β2 glycoprotein 1 (anti-β2GP1) and anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL), C-reactive protein (CRP) and complement components C3 and C4. Median CRP level was significantly higher in cases than in controls (2.06 versus 0.90 mg/l; P C3 levels were similar in cases (1.03 g/l) and controls (1.00 g/l), whereas median C4 levels were 0.16 g/l in cases versus. 0.19 in controls (P C3 levels (0.92 versus. 1.07 g/l; P = 0.001) and C4 levels (0.11 versus 0.16 g/l; P C3 and C4 values in aPL-positive SLE patients may reflect a higher consumption of C3 and C4 due to more pronounced complement activation in aPL-positive SLE patients compared to SLE patients without aPL. PMID:27135178

  18. MRI characterization of cobalt dichloride-N-acetyl cysteine (C4) contrast agent marker for prostate brachytherapy

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    Brachytherapy, a radiotherapy technique for treating prostate cancer, involves the implantation of numerous radioactive seeds into the prostate. While the implanted seeds can be easily identified on a computed tomography image, distinguishing the prostate and surrounding soft tissues is not as straightforward. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) offers superior anatomical delineation, but the seeds appear as dark voids and are difficult to identify, thus creating a conundrum. Cobalt dichloride-N-acetyl-cysteine (C4) has previously been shown to be promising as an encapsulated contrast agent marker. We performed spin–lattice relaxation time (T1) and spin–spin relaxation time (T2) measurements of C4 solutions with varying cobalt dichloride concentrations to determine the corresponding relaxivities, r1 and r2. These relaxation parameters were investigated at different field strengths, temperatures and orientations. T1 measurements obtained at 1.5 and 3.0 T, as well as at room and body temperature, showed that r1 is field-independent and temperature-independent. Conversely, the T2 values at 3.0 T were shorter than at 1.5 T, while the T2 values at body temperature were slightly higher than at room temperature. By examining the relaxivities with the C4 vials aligned in three different planes, we found no orientation-dependence. With these relaxation characteristics, we aim to develop pulse sequences that will enhance the C4 signal against prostatic stroma. Ultimately, the use of C4 as a positive contrast agent marker will encourage the use of MRI to obtain an accurate representation of the radiation dose delivered to the prostate and surrounding normal anatomical structures. (paper)

  19. Scanning tunneling microscopy study of the c(4x4) structure formation in the sub-monolayer Sb/Si(100) system

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    Upon Sb desorption from a Sb-saturated Si(100) surface, the c(4x4) structure formed at about 0.25 monolayer Sb coverage. The c(4x4) reconstruction has been found to develop best when the surface is slightly contaminated, plausibly, by carbon. The Si(100)-c(4x4)-Sb surface shows up in the high-resolution filled state scanning tunneling microscopy images as being very similar to that of the recently reported c(4x4)-Si reconstruction. Here the main features of the Si(100)-c(4x4)-Sb structure are identified and the possible atomic arrangement is discussed. (author)

  20. Genome-wide analysis of heat shock proteins in C4 model, foxtail millet identifies potential candidates for crop improvement under abiotic stress.

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    Singh, Roshan Kumar; Jaishankar, Jananee; Muthamilarasan, Mehanathan; Shweta, Shweta; Dangi, Anand; Prasad, Manoj

    2016-01-01

    Heat shock proteins (HSPs) perform significant roles in conferring abiotic stress tolerance to crop plants. In view of this, HSPs and their encoding genes were extensively characterized in several plant species; however, understanding their structure, organization, evolution and expression profiling in a naturally stress tolerant crop is necessary to delineate their precise roles in stress-responsive molecular machinery. In this context, the present study has been performed in C4 panicoid model, foxtail millet, which resulted in identification of 20, 9, 27, 20 and 37 genes belonging to SiHSP100, SiHSP90, SiHSP70, SiHSP60 and SisHSP families, respectively. Comprehensive in silico characterization of these genes followed by their expression profiling in response to dehydration, heat, salinity and cold stresses in foxtail millet cultivars contrastingly differing in stress tolerance revealed significant upregulation of several genes in tolerant cultivar. SisHSP-27 showed substantial higher expression in response to heat stress in tolerant cultivar, and its over-expression in yeast system conferred tolerance to several abiotic stresses. Methylation analysis of SiHSP genes suggested that, in susceptible cultivar, higher levels of methylation might be the reason for reduced expression of these genes during stress. Altogether, the study provides novel clues on the role of HSPs in conferring stress tolerance. PMID:27586959

  1. Genome-wide analysis of heat shock proteins in C4 model, foxtail millet identifies potential candidates for crop improvement under abiotic stress

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    Singh, Roshan Kumar; Jaishankar, Jananee; Muthamilarasan, Mehanathan; Shweta, Shweta; Dangi, Anand; Prasad, Manoj

    2016-01-01

    Heat shock proteins (HSPs) perform significant roles in conferring abiotic stress tolerance to crop plants. In view of this, HSPs and their encoding genes were extensively characterized in several plant species; however, understanding their structure, organization, evolution and expression profiling in a naturally stress tolerant crop is necessary to delineate their precise roles in stress-responsive molecular machinery. In this context, the present study has been performed in C4 panicoid model, foxtail millet, which resulted in identification of 20, 9, 27, 20 and 37 genes belonging to SiHSP100, SiHSP90, SiHSP70, SiHSP60 and SisHSP families, respectively. Comprehensive in silico characterization of these genes followed by their expression profiling in response to dehydration, heat, salinity and cold stresses in foxtail millet cultivars contrastingly differing in stress tolerance revealed significant upregulation of several genes in tolerant cultivar. SisHSP-27 showed substantial higher expression in response to heat stress in tolerant cultivar, and its over-expression in yeast system conferred tolerance to several abiotic stresses. Methylation analysis of SiHSP genes suggested that, in susceptible cultivar, higher levels of methylation might be the reason for reduced expression of these genes during stress. Altogether, the study provides novel clues on the role of HSPs in conferring stress tolerance. PMID:27586959

  2. 基于 C4.5决策树的股票数据挖掘%Stock Data Mining Based on C4.5 Decision Tree

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    王领; 胡扬

    2015-01-01

    由于目前利用数据挖掘算法对股票分析和预测存在数据量及技术指标等方面的问题,本文基于对股市数据的分析,适当选取某些指标作为决策属性,利用C4.5决策树分类算法进行分类预测。主要对股票技术指标进行介绍和优化,对C4.5算法的效率进行改进。改进后的算法结合优化的技术指标不仅能够提高数据挖掘的执行效率,同时也能在股票预测方面得到更高的收益。%Using data mining algorithms to analze and forecast the stock still has problems in technical indicators and quantity of data.Based on the analysis of stock market data, this paper selected certain indicators as decision attribute, and used C4.5 deci-sion tree to classify and forecast the stock.This article mainly optimized the indicators of stock, and improved the efficiency of C4.5 algorithm.Optimized algorithm combining with improved indicators not only enhances the efficiency of data mining, also gets better returns in stock forecasting.

  3. Catalytic synthesis of C4-6 mixed dimethyl esters with composite solid acid catalyst%固体酸催化合成C4~6混合二元酸二甲酯

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    崔欣; 黄集钺; 石鸣彦

    2011-01-01

    C4-6 mixed dimethyl esters (DME) are prepared using C4-6 mixed dibasic acids (DBA) and methanol as raw materials and composite solid acid as catalyst.The effects are tested in different reaction condition of catalyst, reaction time, mole ratio of methanol to DBA, catalyst amount and catalyst recycled times.The optimum conditions are as follows: reaction temperature 74~82 ℃, mole ratio of methanol to DBA 5/1, dosage of composite solid acid mass ratio to DBA 10 % and reaction time 4.5 h.Under these conditions, the yield of DME is 87.8 %.When composite solid acid is recycled for 4 times, the yield of DME is still above 80%, which shows good stability and reusability of composite solid acid.%以C4~6混合二元酸、甲醇为原料,回体酸为催化剂,合成C4~6混合二元酸二甲酯.进行了不同种类催化剂筛选、反应工艺条件优化及催化剂寿命的实验研究,确定了适宜的酯化反应条件:以于氢树脂酸为催化剂,反应时间4.5 h、酸醇物质的量比1:5、催化剂加入量10%、反应温度74~82℃.在此条件下,混合二元酸转化率达87.8%.干氢树脂酸催化剂连续使用4次时,混合二元酸转化率仍达80%以上.

  4. Levels of complement C3 and C4 components in Amerindians living in an area with high prevalence of tuberculosis

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    Zaida Araujo

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available The levels of complement C3 and C4 components were determined in non-indigenous (creoles and indigenous (Warao populations, the latter with an extremely high tuberculosis (TB rate. Serum samples from 209 adults were studied and classified in 4 groups taking into account tuberculin skin tests (TST: (1 the group of Warao patients (58 positive for the TST, WP TST+ and 9 negative for the TST, WP TST-, (2 the group of creole patients (34 positive for the TST, CP TST+ and 9 negative for the TST, CP TST-, (3 the group of healthy Warao controls (38 positive and 14 negative for TST, WC TST+ and WC TST-, respectively, (4 the creole controls (26 positive and 21 negative for the TST, CC TST+ and CC TST-, respectively. With respect to the results concerning the measurement of both complement C3 and C4 components with the exception of the WC TST and the CC groups, the WP TST+ and WP TST- as well as WC TST+ groups showed a significant frequency of individuals with decreased levels of complement C3 component (20.6, 33.3, and 26.3%, respectively and also C4 component (12.0, 11.1, and 13.3%, respectively in comparison to both creole patients (CP TST+, 8.82% and CP TST-, 0% and CP TST+, 5.88% and CP TST-, 0% for C3 and C4, respectively. The study of these parameters carried out in 15 Warao subjects with active infection, before and after anti-TB chemotherapy,statisticallyconfirmedthat the effective chemotherapy did not restore normal levels of the complement C3 and C4 components among Warao patients. Aditional tests for hepatitis B or hepatitis C infection, and the profile of the hepatic proteins were not associated to the deficiency in production of the complement components.In conclusion, the results show that within the Warao population, a high percentage of subjects exhibit decreased levels of both complement C3 and C4 components independent of latent or active infection and the status of TST.

  5. 对老年人血清补体C3、C4的测定分析%Analysis of the determination of serum complement component C3 and serum complement component C4 in aged people

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    谢志贤; 刘添翼; 马峥然; 王萌

    2004-01-01

    [目的]通过检测不同年龄组健康老年人补体C3、C4水平,以探讨年龄及性别因素对其水平的影响.[方法]用速率散射比浊法对900名北京地区50~89岁健康老年人进行补体C3、C4测定,同时检测99名45岁以下健康人群作对照.[结果]显示各项指标均随年龄的增长呈下降趋势(P>0.05),只有80~89岁年龄组与其它各组相比较有显著性差异(P<0.05);而在同年龄组不同性别间女性低于男性,二者有显著性差异(P<0.01).[结论]补体C3、C4在正常人群中其含量相对稳定,年龄对其影响不大.

  6. Approach to Interfacial and Intramolecular Electron Transfer of the Diheme Protein Cytochrome c(4) Assembled on Au(111) Surfaces

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    Chi, Qijin; Zhang, Jingdong; Taner, Arslan;

    2010-01-01

    two-center proteins are simple enough to offer complete communication networks. At the same time, multicenter redox proteins operate in membrane environments where conformational dynamics may lead to gated ET features different from conditions in homogeneous solution. The bacterial respiratory diheme...... protein Pseudomonas stutzeri cytochrome c(4) has been a target for intramolecular, interheme ET. We report here voltammetric and in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) data for P. stutzeri cyt c(4) at single-crystal, atomically planar Au(111)-electrode surfaces modified by variable-length omega...... is understandable due to the through-space, hydrogen-bonded electronic contact between the heme propionates which is highly sensitive to environmental configurational fluctuations....

  7. Serine-15 is the regulatory seryl-phosphorylation site in C4-leaf phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPCase) from maize

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    The 32P-labeled regulatory site phosphopeptide was purified from a tryptic digest of in vitro phosphorylated/activated dark-form PEPCase by metal ion affinity and reversed-phase chromatography and subjected to automated Edman degradation analysis. The amino acid sequence of this phosphoseryl peptide is His-His-Ser(P)-Ile-Asp-Ala-Gln-Leu-Arg. This nonapeptide, which corresponds exactly to residues 13-21 in the deduced primary sequence of the maize leaf carboxylase, is far removed from a recently identified active-site cysteine (Cys-553) in the C-terminal region of the primary structure. Comparative analysis of the deduced N-terminal sequences of C3, C4, and CAM leaf PEPCases suggests that the motif of Lys/Arg-X-X-Ser is an important structural requirement of the C4- and CAM-leaf protein-serine kinases

  8. Solid-state photochemistry as a formation mechanism for Titan's stratospheric C4N2 ice clouds

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    Anderson, C. M.; Samuelson, R. E.; Yung, Y. L.; McLain, J. L.

    2016-04-01

    We propose that C4N2 ice clouds observed in Titan's springtime polar stratosphere arise due to solid-state photochemistry occurring within extant ice cloud particles of HCN-HC3N mixtures. This formation process resembles the halogen-induced ice particle surface chemistry that leads to condensed nitric acid trihydrate (NAT) particles and ozone depletion in Earth's polar stratosphere. As our analysis of the Cassini Composite Infrared Spectrometer 478 cm-1 ice emission feature demonstrates, this solid-state photochemistry mechanism eliminates the need for the relatively high C4N2 saturation vapor pressures required (even though they are not observed) when the ice is produced through the usual procedure of direct condensation from the vapor.

  9. Seleno-detergent MAD phasing of leukotriene C4 synthase in complex with dodecyl-β-d-selenomaltoside

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    Dodecyl-β-d-selenomaltoside in a leukotriene C4 synthase crystal exhibited sufficient anomalous diffraction for multiwavelength anomalous diffraction phasing. Dodecyl-β-d-selenomaltoside (SeDDM) is a seleno-detergent with a β-glycosidic seleno-ether in place of the ether moiety in dodecyl-β-d-maltoside. Seleno-detergents are candidates for heavy-atom agents in experimental phasing of membrane proteins in protein crystallography. Crystals of a nuclear membrane-embedded enzyme, leukotriene C4 synthase (LTC4S), in complex with SeDDM were prepared and a multiwavelength anomalous diffraction (MAD) experiment was performed. The SeDDM in the LTC4S crystal exhibited sufficient anomalous diffraction for determination of the structure using MAD phasing

  10. Predicting the Dielectric Strength of c-C4F8 and SF6 Gas Mixtures by Monte Carlo Method

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    WU Bian-tao; XIAO Deng-ming

    2007-01-01

    An improved Monte Carlo method was used to simulate the motion of electrons in c-C4F8 and SF6 gas mixtures for pulsed townsend discharge. The electron swarm parameters such as effective ionization coefficient, (-α) and drift velocity over the E/N range from 280~700 Td(1Td= 10-21 V·m2) were calculated by employing a set of cross sections available in literature. From the variation cure of (-α) with SF6 partial pressure p, the limiting field (E/N)lim of gas mixture at different gas content was determined. It is found that the limiting field of c-C4F8 and SF6gas mixture is higher than that of pure SF6 at any SF6 mixture ratio. Simulation results show excellent agreement with experiment data available in previous literature.

  11. Complete chloroplast genome sequence of green foxtail (Setaria viridis), a promising model system for C4 photosynthesis.

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    Wang, Shuo; Gao, Li-Zhi

    2016-09-01

    The complete chloroplast genome of green foxtail (Setaria viridis), a promising model system for C4 photosynthesis, is first reported in this study. The genome harbors a large single copy (LSC) region of 81 016 bp and a small single copy (SSC) region of 12 456  bp separated by a pair of inverted repeat (IRa and IRb) regions of 22 315 bp. GC content is 38.92%. The proportion of coding sequence is 57.97%, comprising of 111 (19 duplicated in IR regions) unique genes, 71 of which are protein-coding genes, four are rRNA genes, and 36 are tRNA genes. Phylogenetic analysis indicated that S. viridis was clustered with its cultivated species S. italica in the tribe Paniceae of the family Poaceae. This newly determined chloroplast genome will provide valuable genetic resources to assist future studies on C4 photosynthesis in grasses. PMID:26305916

  12. First spectroscopic observation of gold(i) butadiynylide: Photodetachment velocity map imaging of the AuC4H anion.

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    Visser, Bradley R; Addicoat, Matthew A; Gascooke, Jason R; Lawrance, Warren D; Metha, Gregory F

    2016-07-28

    The velocity map imaging technique was used in the investigation of gold(i) butadiynylide, AuC4H(-), with images recorded at two excitation wavelengths. The resultant photodetachment spectra show a well defined vibrational progression in the neutral with an energy spacing of 343 ± 3 cm(-1). The adiabatic electron affinity was determined to be 1.775 ± 0.005 eV and assigned to the X(1)Σ(+)←X(2)Σ(+) transition between the anionic and neutral ground states. Franck-Condon simulations performed on density functional theory optimized geometries assisted the assignment of linear geometries to the neutral and anion and the observed vibrational progression to that of the Au-C4H stretch. PMID:27475374

  13. Synthesis of Al4SiC4 powders from kaolin grog, aluminum and carbon black by carbothermal reaction

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    In this paper, the synthesis of Al4SiC4 used as natural oxide materials by carbothermal reduction was investigated in order to explore the synthesis route with low costs. The samples were calcined by using kaolin grog, aluminum and carbon black as raw materials with the selected proportion at the temperature from 1500 to 1800 ° C for 2 hours under flow argon atmosphere. The phase composition of reaction products were determined by X-ray diffraction. The microstructure and elemental composition of different phases were observed and identified by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The mechanism of reaction processing was discussed. The results show that Al4SiC4 powders composed of hexagonal plate-like particulates with various sizes and the thickness of less than 20 μm are obtained when the temperature reaches 1800 °C

  14. 干旱胁迫下调节ATP的含量对提高转玉米C4型pepc水稻光合速率的影响%Effect of regulating ATP on improving photosynthetic rate of transgenic rice with overexpressing maize C4 pepc under drought stress

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    霍垲; 陆巍; 李霞

    2015-01-01

    C4-phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC) gene (C4-pepc) plays a key role in C4 photosynthesis by catalyzing initial fixation of CO2 in C4 plants. To determine whether adenosine triphosphate (ATP) limits photosynthetic rate of transgenic rice plant with over-expressing maize C4-pepc, the second upper leaves of non-transgenic rice (WT) and transgenic rice with over-expressing maize C4-pepc (PC) were sprayed with 2 mmol·L−1 NaHSO3, 100 µmol·L−1 3-(3′,4′-dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethylurea (DCMU) and 10 µmol·L−1 oligomycin at 5−6 leaf blade seedling stage under 20%(m/v) polyethylene glycol 6000 (PEG-6000) treatment. Then the net photosynthetic rate (Pn), stomatal conductance (Gs), intercellular CO2 concentration (Ci), PEPC activity, ATP content andΦPS∐of PC and WT rice plants measured in the next morning. The results showed that 2 mmol·L−1 NaHSO3 enhanced Pn of the upper leaves of PC and WT rice seedlings without PEG-6000 treatment. However, the 100 µmol·L−1 DCMU and 10 µmol·L−1 oligomycin decreased Pn of the upper leaves of PC and WT rice seedlings without PEG-6000 treatment. Treatment with 2 mmol·L−1 NaHSO3 increased Gs and Ci of WT rice leaves but decreased Gs and Ci of PC rice leaves. While treatment with 100 µmol·L−1 DCMU increased Ci of PC and WT rice leaves, it decreased Gs of PC and WT rice leaves. PEG-6000 treatment decreased Pn of the upper leaves in PC and WT plants under different treatments. However, PEG-6000 treatment combined with 2 mmol·L−1 NaHSO3 solution spray retarded the decrease in Pn. Then PEG-6000 treatment combined with DCMU and oligomycin sprays increased the rate of Pn decline. After 8 hours of 20% PEG-6000 treatment combined with different solutions, Gs of PC rice leaves remained unchanged while Pn of PC rice leaves changed obviously. The results further showed that ATP content, PEPC activity andΦPS∐ content in rice leaves changed obviously under different treatments. While DCMU treatment accelerated

  15. Novel mutations in leukotriene C4 synthase and risk of cardiovascular disease based on genotypes from 50,000 individuals

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    Freiberg, J J; Tybjærg-Hansen, Anne; Nordestgaard, B G

    2010-01-01

    Atherosclerosis is an inflammatory condition where cysteinyl leukotrienes have been identified to play an important role. Furthermore, cysteinyl leukotrienes may also affect thrombus formation. Using prospective, cross-sectional and case-control designs, we tested the hypothesis that hitherto unk...... unknown genetic variation, likely to affect the function of leukotriene C(4) synthase, is associated with risk of venous thromboembolism, ischemic stroke and myocardial infarction....

  16. Molecular and isotope characterization of soil lipids along a savannah (C4)/eucalyptus (C3) chronosequence (Pointe-Noire, Congo)

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    Nguyen Tu, Thanh Thuy; Mendez-Millan, Mercedes; Egasse, Céline; Derenne, Sylvie; Zeller, Bernd; Jacob, Jérémy; Hatté, Christine

    2011-01-01

    The surfaces dedicated to forestry plantations are rapidly increasing throughout the world, especially in the tropics [1]. The impacts of such a rapid afforestation on global carbon cycle and on soil that constitutes one of its key compartment, is therefore a critical issue [2]. Stable carbon isotope characterization of C4/C3 chronosequences has proven useful in assessing the dynamics of organic carbon in soils [3]. Lipids are important contributors to organic matter in soils since they can i...

  17. The Coordination of Gene Expression within Photosynthesis Pathway for Acclimation of C4 Energy Crop Miscanthus lutarioriparius

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    Xing, Shilai; Kang, Lifang; Xu, Qin; Fan, Yangyang; Wei LIU; Zhu, Caiyun; Song, Zhihong; Wang, Qian; Yan, Juan; Li, Jianqiang; Sang, Tao

    2016-01-01

    As a promising candidate for the second-generation C4 energy crop, Miscanthus lutarioriparius has well acclimated to the water-limited and high-light Loess Plateau in China by improving photosynthesis rate and water use efficiency (WUE) compared to its native habitat along Yangtze River. Photosynthetic genes were demonstrated as one major category of the candidate genes underlying the physiological superiority. To further study how photosynthetic genes interact to improve the acclimation pote...

  18. 通透的艺术—试驾雪铁龙C4毕加索

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    雷鸣; 王雷(摄影)

    2009-01-01

    签上了毕加索(Picasso)的大名,就意味着独特的艺术气质和非凡的想象力吗?的确是这样,这款出自雪铁龙C4平台的紧凑型MPV有着太多值得我们关注的内容。

  19. Establishing a grassland signature in veins: 18O in the leaf water of C3 and C4 grasses

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    Helliker, Brent R.; Ehleringer, James R.

    2000-01-01

    We show that 18O evaporative enrichment of bulk leaf water in grass species can be significantly more enriched than predicted by the Craig–Gordon model, with C4 grasses considerably more enriched than C3 grasses. Our results suggest that the unanticipated 18O leaf water enrichment of grasses is attributable to the progressive evaporative enrichment along parallel veins (a function of both leaf length and interveinal distance), a pattern that does not occur in Dicotyledonous species. We propos...

  20. D-brane gauge theories from toric singularities of the form $C^3/\\Gamma$ and $C^4/\\Gamma$

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    Sarkar, Tapobrata(Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 208016, India)

    2000-01-01

    We discuss examples of D-branes probing toric singularities, and the computation of their world-volume gauge theories from the geometric data of the singularities. We consider several such examples of D-branes on partial resolutions of the orbifolds ${\\bf C^3/Z_2\\times Z_2}$,${\\bf C^3/Z_2\\times Z_3}$ and ${\\bf C^4/Z_2\\times Z_2 \\times Z_2}$.

  1. Differentiation of C4 photosynthesis along a leaf developmental gradient in two Cleome species having different forms of Kranz anatomy

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    Koteyeva, Nuria K.; Voznesenskaya, Elena V.; Cousins, Asaph B.; Edwards, Gerald E.

    2014-01-01

    In family Cleomaceae there are NAD-malic enzyme-type C4 species having different forms of leaf anatomy. Leaves of Cleome angustifolia have Glossocardioid-type anatomy with a single complex Kranz unit which surrounds all the veins, while C. gynandra has Atriplicoid anatomy with multiple Kranz units, each surrounding an individual vein. Biochemical and ultrastructural differentiation of mesophyll (M) and bundle sheath (BS) cells were studied along a developmental gradient, from the leaf base (y...

  2. D-brane gauge theories from toric singularities of the form $C^{3}/\\Gamma$ and $C^{4}/\\Gamma$

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    Sarkar, Tapan K

    2001-01-01

    We discuss examples of D-branes probing toric singularities, and the computation of their world-volume gauge theories from the geometric data of the singularities. We consider several such examples of D-branes on partial resolutions of the orbifolds ${\\bf C^3/Z_2\\times Z_2}$,${\\bf C^3/Z_2\\times Z_3}$ and ${\\bf C^4/Z_2\\times Z_2 \\times Z_2}$.

  3. D-brane gauge theories from toric singularities of the form C3/Γ and C4

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    We discuss examples of D-branes probing toric singularities, and the computation of their world-volume gauge theories from the geometric data of the singularities. We consider several such examples of D-branes on partial resolutions of the orbifolds C3/Z2xZ2, C3/Z2xZ3 and C4/Z2xZ2xZ2

  4. The recombinant LIC10508 is a plasma fibronectin, plasminogen, fibrinogen and C4BP-binding protein of Leptospira interrogans.

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    Siqueira, Gabriela H; Teixeira, Aline F; Fernandes, Luis G; de Souza, Gisele O; Kirchgatter, Karin; Romero, Eliete C; Vasconcellos, Silvio A; Vieira, Monica L; Nascimento, Ana Lucia T O

    2016-03-01

    Leptospirosis is a zoonosis caused by pathogenic Leptospira spp. In this study, we report that the recombinant proteins LIC10507, LIC10508 and LIC10509 are recognized by confirmed leptospirosis serum samples at both phases of the disease. The recombinant rLIC10508 and rLIC10507 are plasminogen (PLG)-binding proteins, capable of generating plasmin in the presence of a PLG activator. The proteins bind to PLG in a dose-dependent and saturable manner, fulfilling host-ligand interaction. Furthermore, rLIC10508 interacts with fibrinogen (Fg), plasma fibronectin and C4b binding protein (C4BP). The binding of rLIC10508 to Fg decreases the fibrin clotting in a thrombin-catalyzed reaction. The incubation with 4 μM of protein promoted 40% inhibition upon clotting formation. C4BP bound to rLIC10508 retained its cofactor activity for factor I promoting the cleavage of C4b protein, which may reduce the membrane attack complex formation. Although these proteins have high amino acid sequence similarity, rLIC10508 is the most talented of the three, a behavior that might be explained by its unique putative 3D structure, whereas structures of rLIC10507 and rLIC10509 are very similar. Plasmin generation (rLIC10507 and rLIC10508), together with decreasing fibrin clot formation (rLIC10508) and impairment of the complement system (rLIC10508) may help the bacteria to overcome host defense, facilitating the infection process. PMID:26657108

  5. Corrosion behavior of Hastelloy C4 in a MgCl2 rich brine under gamma irradiation

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    Corrosion studies performed until now on a number of materials in salt brines have shown that besides the unalloyed steels and Ti 99.8-Pd, also Hastelloy C4 is a promising material for HLW packagings serving as a barrier in a rock salt repository. In order to characterize the corrosion behavior of Hastelloy C4 in more detail, additional corrosion studies under gamma-irradiation were performed. The corrosion medium was a salt brine (Q-brine) rich in MgCl2 which is relevant for accident scenarios in a repository. The test temperature was 90 degree C, the applied dose rates 1 Gy/h, 10 Gy/h and 100 Gy/h and the testing time 1 year at the maximum. The corrosion studies revealed that Hastelloy C4 is susceptible to local corrosion at gamma-dose rates higher than 1 Gy/h. This means that if this material is used for HLW packagings an adequate gamma-shielding will be required

  6. Comparative feedstock analysis in Setaria viridis L. as a model for C4 bioenergy grasses and Panicoid crop species

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    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Second generation feedstocks for bioethanol will likely include a sizable proportion of perennial C4 grasses, principally in the Panicoideae clade. The Panicoideae contain agronomically important annual grasses including Zea mays L. (maize, Sorghum bicolor (L. Moench (sorghum, and Saccharum officinarum L. (sugar cane as well as promising second generation perennial feedstocks including Miscanthus x giganteus and Panicum virgatum L. (switchgrass. The underlying complexity of these polyploid grass genomes is a major limitation for their direct manipulation and thus driving a need for rapidly cycling comparative model. Setaria viridis (green millet is a rapid cycling C4 Panicoid grass with a relatively small and sequenced diploid genome and abundant seed production. Stable, transient and protoplast transformation technologies have also been developed for S. viridis making it a potentially excellent model for other C4 bioenergy grasses. Here, the lignocellulosic feedstock composition, cellulose biosynthesis inhibitor (CBI response and saccharification dynamics of S. viridis are compared with the annual s00orghum and maize and the perennial switchgrass bioenergy crops as a baseline study into the applicability for translational research. A genome-wide systematic investigation of the cellulose synthase-A (CesA genes was performed identifying eight candidate sequences. Two-developmental stages; a metabolically active young tissue and b metabolically plateaued (mature material are examined to compare biomass performance metrics.

  7. Optical properties of g-C4N3/BN bilayer film: A first-principles study

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    Son, Jicheol; Hashmi, Arqum; Hong, Jisang

    2015-11-01

    Using first-principles method, we explored the frequency dependent dielectric function, refractive index, reflectivity, optical conductivity, loss function, and absorption coefficient of g-C4N3/BN bilayer system. Here, the dependences of the optical properties on the electric field polarization were also explored. Because the dielectric function strongly depended on the electric polarization, we obtained anisotropic optical properties. For instance, the dielectric function was frequency independent for perpendicular electric polarization while a frequency dependent dielectric function was observed for parallel electric polarization. A high refractive index larger than 2 was obtained for parallel polarization in the infrared and the visible frequency ranges, whereas a constant refractive index of approximately 1.5 was observed for perpendicular polarization. We found that the electromagnetic wave propagating perpendicular to the film surface had a very small reflectivity at ultraviolet frequencies, this property could be utilized for applications as anti-reflection ultraviolet coatings. In addition, the g-C4N3/BN bilayer may produce no meaningful joule heating for in-plane wave propagation because of its extremely weak optical conductivity. We propose that optical phonons may generated by incident ultraviolet waves. In addition, the bilayer system may be transparent in the visible range. Overall, we found that metal-free, transparent, half-metallic g-C4N3 films could be utilized for spintronics and optical device applications.

  8. Synthesis and crystal structure of chain[ Cu2 I2 (PPh3) 2 (C4H5N3) ] ∝

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    金琼花; 鲁晓明; 朱惠菊; 纪贤平

    2000-01-01

    The chain [Cu2I2(PPh)2(C4H5N3)]∝ has been synthesized and characterized by X-ray crystallography. It crysta hizes in the triclinic system, space group P 1, with a = 0.9985(2) nm, b=1.0998(2)n m, c =1.5174(2) n m, α=87.89(1)°,β=76.73(1)°, γ=77.77(1)°, V= 1.5849(5) nm3, Z=2,Dc = 2.095g/cm3. [Cu2I2(PPh3)2(C4H5N3) ] ∝ has a dimmer unit [Cu2I2(PPh3)2(C4H5N3)]. The two N atoms of the phenyl ring of 2-aminopyrimidine bridge two [CuI(PPh3)]2 units, by which a one-dimensional chain is contructed. The van der Waals force makes the molecules arrange in the three-dimensional space.

  9. Diurnal and Seasonal Variation in the Carbon Isotope Composition of Leaf- and Root- respired CO2 in C3 and C4 Species

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    Sun, W.; Resco, V.; Chen, S.; Williams, D. G.

    2008-12-01

    The carbon isotope signature of leaf (δ13Cl) and root (δ13Cr) dark- respired CO2 records and integrates short-term metabolic changes. Plants with C3 and C4 photosynthetic metabolism are expected to differ in diurnal and seasonal patterns in δ13Cl and δ13Cr because of differences in photorespiration, isotopic fractionation at metabolic branch points and allocation patterns. A thorough understanding of the environmental and metabolic controls on δ13Cl and δ13Cr is necessary to interpret the δ13C of ecosystem respired CO2 and partition the CO2 efflux into autotrophic and heterotrophic respiration sources. We measured δ13Cl in two C3 tree species (Prosopis velutina and Celtis reticulata), a C3 herb (Viguiera dentata) and a C4 grass (Sporobolus wrightii), and δ13Cr in P. velutina and S. wrightii in a semiarid savanna in southeastern Arizona, USA. δ13Cl during the dry pre-monsoon period was relatively enriched in 13C during daytime periods and became depleted in 13C at night relative to daytime values for all species with the exception of S. wrightii, the C4 grass. δ13Cl in S. wrightii was strongly influenced by seasonal differences in water availability with a larger diurnal amplitude in δ13Cl (8.2 +/- 0.6‰) during the wet monsoon period compared to that in the dry pre-monsoon period (4.4 +/- 0.4‰). The δ13C values of starch and lipid fractions remained constant over diurnal periods within the pre-monsoon and monsoon seasons. For C3 species, δ13Cl and δ13C of the cumulative, flux-weighted photosynthate pool estimated from gas exchange were strongly positively correlated, suggesting that progressive 13C-enrichment of leaf-respired CO2 during the daytime period resulted from changes in the δ13C signature of respiratory substrates associated with short-term changes in photosynthetic 13C discrimination. Rapid decreases in δ13Cl following the daytime period was likely caused by decreases in the ratio of PDH:acetyl-CoA oxidation rather than by a shift in

  10. 40 CFR Table C-4 to Subpart C of... - Test Specifications for PM10, PM2.5 and PM10-2.5 Candidate Equivalent Methods

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    ... 40 Protection of Environment 5 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Test Specifications for PM10, PM2.5 and PM10-2.5 Candidate Equivalent Methods C Table C-4 to Subpart C of Part 53 Protection of Environment... Pt. 53, Subpt. C, Table C-4 Table C-4 to Subpart C of Part 53—Test Specifications for PM10, PM2.5...

  11. Effects of L-carnitine and Pentoxifylline on the Activity of Lactate Dehydrogenase C4 isozyme and Motility of Testicular Spermatozoa in Mice

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    Aliabadi, Elham; Karimi, Fatemeh; Rasti, Mozhgan; Akmali, Masoumeh; Esmaeilpour, Tahereh

    2013-01-01

    Background Extracted sperm from the testis have poor motility. Moreover, their motility changes during their journey through epidydimis. Meanwhile, they face high concentration of L-carnitin. In addition, lactate dehydrogenase C4 (LDH-C4) gene disorders has been shown to cause impaired sperm motility, leading to infertility in male mice. The aim of this study was to evaluate sperm motility and LDH-C4 enzyme activity upon L-carnitine (LC) and Pentoxifylline (PTX) administrations in mice. Metho...

  12. Growth and N2-fixation of Dhaincha C-3/Sorghum C-4 and Dhaincha C-3/Sunflower C-3 intercropping systems using the 15N and 13C natural abundance method technique

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    A field experiment on dhaincha C3 (Sesbania aculeata Pers), sunflower C3 (Helianthus annuus L.) and sorghum C4 (Sorghum bicolor L.) plants grown in monocropping and intercropping systems was conducted to evaluate seed yield, dry matter production, total N yield, land equivalent ratio (LER), intraspecific competition for soil N uptake, water use efficiency (WUE) and N2-fixation using the 15N natural abundance technique (δ 15N). Moreover, carbon isotope discrimination (Δ13C) was determined to assess factors responsible for crop performance variability in the different cropping systems. Intercropping of sesbania/sorghum showed greater efficiency over monocropping in producing dry matter, during the entire growth period, as indicated by the LERs (>1); whereas, the efficiency of producing dry matter in the sesbania /sunflower intercropping was similar to that in the monocropping system (LER=1). Moreover, sorghum plants (C4) was more competitive than sesbania (C3) for soil N uptake; whereas, sesbania seemed to be more competitive than its associated sunflower (C3). N uptake in the mixed stand of sesbania/sorghum was improved due to the increase in soil N uptake by the component sorghum and the higher root nodule activity of component sesbania without affecting the amount of N2 fixed. In both cropping systems, sesbania plants fixed almost the same amount of N2 (an average of 105 kg N/ha) although the number of rows in the mixed stand was 2/3 of that in the pure stand. This gives an advantage of the intercropping over sole cropping system with regards to N2-fixation. 13C discrimination in plant materials was found to be affected by plant species and the cropping system. Factors affected Δ13C in plants grown in the mixed stand relative to solely grown crops are discussed.(author)

  13. Changes of complement C3 and C4 in peripheral blood of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis%慢性鼻-鼻窦炎患者外周血补体C3、C4的变化

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    郑静; 杨蕾; 卢颖深; 肖立智; 张孝文

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the changes of complement C3 and C4 in peripheral blood ( PB) of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis ( CRS) and its correlation with CRS. Methods:The clinical data of 188 CRS patients hospitalized in our deparment between March 2012 and May 2014 were retrospectively analyzed, and divided into the CRS without nasal polyps (CRSsNP) group (n=97) and the CRS with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) group (n=91). A contemporary cohort of 58 healthy subjects (no previous medical history) examined in our physical examination center was included in the control group. The complement C3 and C4 levels in PB were determined for correlation analysis with the clinical data of the CRS patients. Results:The C3 level in PB of 28 CRSsNP patients ( 28. 87%) and 35 CRSwNP patients ( 38. 46%) were decreased without statistically significant differences (P>0.05), and were significantly higher than that in the control normal group (3 cases, 5.17%, P0.05),但均明显高于正常对照组(3例,5.17%,P<0.05)。37例(38.14%)CRSsNP、49例 CRSwNP (53.84%)患者外周血C4水平下降,两组比较,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05),且均高于正常对照组(2例,3.45%,P<0.05)。 CRSsNP和CRSwNP患者外周血C3和C4水平均成正相关(r=0.412,0.418,P<0.05);CRSwNP患者外周血C3与中性粒细胞数及CT评分具有明显的相关性( r=0.260,P<0.05)。结论:补体系统可能在CRS的发病机制中发挥重要作用,不同亚型的CRS中补体系统的活化途径存在差异。

  14. Protonation and Dehydrogenation During the Multiphoton Ionization of the Cluster: C4H5N(H2O)n

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    Multiphoton ionization (MPI) of the hydrogen-bonded clusters C4H5N-(H2O)m was studied with a time of flight (TOF) mass spectrometer at 355 nm. Series of the pyrrole-water cluster ions were observed, including unprotonated cluster ions [C4H5N-(H2O)n]+, protonated cluster ions [C4H5N-(H2O)nH]+ and dehydrogenated cluster ions [C4H4N-(H2O)n]+. Both the experimental and ab initio calculated results agree with that the dehydrogenation has more probabilities to occur while the value of n is raised

  15. Expression of recombinant Pseudomonas stutzeri di-heme cytochrome c(4) by high-cell-density fed-batch cultivation of Pseudomonas putida

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    Thuesen, Marianne Hallberg; Nørgaard, Allan; Hansen, Anne Merete; Caspersen, Michael Bjerg; Christensen, Hans Erik Mølager

    2003-01-01

    The gene of the di-heme protein cytochrome c(4) from Pseudomonas stutzeri was expressed in Pseudomonas putida. High-yield expression of the protein was achieved by high-cell-density fed-batch cultivation using an exponential glucose feeding strategy. The recombinant cytochrome c(4) protein was...... cytochrome c(4). Furthermore, the calculated and experimentally determined molecular masses of recombinant cytochrome c(4) were identical. Biochemical characterization of both wild-type and mutant derivatives of the protein will be greatly enhanced and facilitated by the described high-yield fermentation and...

  16. Insight into dissolution mechanism of cellulose in [C4mim][CH3COO]/DMSO solvent by 13C NMR spectra

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    Xu, Airong; Zhang, Yibo

    2015-05-01

    Recently, it has been reported that 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate/dimethyl sulfoxide ([C4mim][CH3COO]/DMSO) can efficiently dissolve cellulose at room temperature. In the present study, 13C NMR measurements of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate [C4mim][CH3COO] and cellulose were carried out in [C4mim][CH3COO]/DMSO-d6 (Deuterated dimethyl sulfoxide)/cellulose solution to directly reveal the possible dissolution mechanism of cellulose in true [C4mim][CH3COO]/DMSO solvent. The results indicate that both cation and anion of [C4mim][CH3COO] in [C4mim][CH3COO]/DMSO solvent dominate cellulose dissolution, and DMSO mainly serves to dissociate the ion pairs in [C4mim][CH3COO] into solvated cations and anions. Moreover, the hydrogen bonding interaction of anion of [C4mim][CH3COO] with cellulose hydroxyl proton is much stronger than that of cation of [C4mim][CH3COO] with cellulose hydroxyl oxygen.

  17. Altered expression of the urokinase receptor homologue, C4.4A, in invasive areas of human esophageal squamous cell carcinoma

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    Hansen, L.V.; Laerum, O.D.; Illemann, M.;

    2008-01-01

    present study, we have therefore analyzed the expression of C4.4A in 14 esophageal squamous cell carcinomas (ESCC). Normal squamous esophageal epithelium shows a strong cell surface associated C4.4A expression in the suprabasal layers, whereas basal cells are negative. Upon transition to dysplasia and...... carcinoma in situ the expression of C4.4A is abruptly and coordinately weakened. Double immunofluorescence staining of normal and dysplastic tissue showed that C4.4A colocalizes with the epithelial cell surface marker E-cadherin in the suprabasal cells and has a complementary expression pattern compared to...

  18. Growth and N2-fixation of Dhaincha C-3/Sorghum C-4 and Dhaincha C-3/Sunflower C-3 intercropping systems using the 15N and 13C natural abundance method technique

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    A field experiment on dhaincha C3 (Sesbania aculeata Pers), sunflower C3 (Helianthus annuus L.) and sorghum C4 (Sorghum bicolor L.) plants grown in monocropping and intercropping systems was conducted to evaluate seed yield, dry matter production, total N yield, land equivalent ratio (LER), intraspecific competition for soil N uptake, water use efficiency (WUE) and N2-fixation using the 15N natural abundance technique (δ 15N). Moreover, carbon isotope discrimination (Δ 13C) was determined to assess factors responsible for crop performance variability in the different cropping systems. (author)

  19. Bundle Sheath Leakiness and Light Limitation during C4 Leaf and Canopy CO2 Uptake1[W][OA

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    Kromdijk, Johannes; Schepers, Hans E.; Albanito, Fabrizio; Fitton, Nuala; Carroll, Faye; Jones, Michael B.; Finnan, John; Lanigan, Gary J.; Griffiths, Howard

    2008-01-01

    Perennial species with the C4 pathway hold promise for biomass-based energy sources. We have explored the extent that CO2 uptake of such species may be limited by light in a temperate climate. One energetic cost of the C4 pathway is the leakiness (φ) of bundle sheath tissues, whereby a variable proportion of the CO2, concentrated in bundle sheath cells, retrodiffuses back to the mesophyll. In this study, we scale φ from leaf to canopy level of a Miscanthus crop (Miscanthus × giganteus hybrid) under field conditions and model the likely limitations to CO2 fixation. At the leaf level, measurements of photosynthesis coupled to online carbon isotope discrimination showed that leaves within a 3.3-m canopy (leaf area index = 8.3) show a progressive increase in both carbon isotope discrimination and φ as light decreases. A similar increase was observed at the ecosystem scale when we used eddy covariance net ecosystem CO2 fluxes, together with isotopic profiles, to partition photosynthetic and respiratory isotopic flux densities (isofluxes) and derive canopy carbon isotope discrimination as an integrated proxy for φ at the canopy level. Modeled values of canopy CO2 fixation using leaf-level measurements of φ suggest that around 32% of potential photosynthetic carbon gain is lost due to light limitation, whereas using φ determined independently from isofluxes at the canopy level the reduction in canopy CO2 uptake is estimated at 14%. Based on these results, we identify φ as an important limitation to CO2 uptake of crops with the C4 pathway. PMID:18971428

  20. Structure, ferroelectric ordering, and semiempirical quantum calculations of lanthanide based metal-organic framework: [Nd(C4H5O6)(C4H4O6)][3H2O

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    Ahmad, Bhat Zahoor; Want, Basharat

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the structure and ferroelectric behavior of a lanthanide based metal-organic framework (MOF), [Nd(C4H5O6)(C4H4O6)][3H2O]. X-ray crystal structure analyses reveal that it crystallizes in the P41212 space group with Nd centres, coordinated by nine oxygen atoms, forming a distorted capped square antiprismatic geometry. The molecules, bridged by tartrate ligands, form a 2D chiral structure. The 2D sheets are further linked into a 3D porous framework via strong hydrogen-bonding scheme (O-H…O ≈ 2.113 Å). Dielectric studies reveal two anomalies at 295 K and 185 K. The former is a paraelectric-ferroelectric transition, and the later is attributed to the freezing down of the motion of the hydroxyl groups. The phase transition is of second order, and the spontaneous polarization in low temperature phase is attributed to the ordering of protons of hydroxyl groups. The dielectric nonlinearity parameters have been calculated using Landau- Devonshire phenomenological theory. In addition, the most recent semiempirical models, Sparkle/PM7, Sparkle/RM1, and Sparkle/AM1, are tested on the present system to assay the accuracy of semiempirical quantum approaches to predict the geometries of solid MOFs. Our results show that Sparkle/PM7 model is the most accurate to predict the unit cell structure and coordination polyhedron geometry. The semiempirical methods are also used to calculate different ground state molecular properties.

  1. 面向过程挖掘的C4.5在营销决策支持系统中的应用%The Application of C4.5 Professes Mining Oriented in Marketing DSS

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    钱峰; 程鸿芳; 陶维成

    2012-01-01

    In the entire process of marketing, it determines that what type of products is more suitable for the market demand in high, medium and low - grade products from the target market. The enterprises adjust the product structure to the change of market in complicated market conditions according to the judgment. In this paper, the system imports the original MIS data processed into data warehouse to form structured data adopting the data miner C4. 5 arithmetic. It analysis and evaluates the mining result on data mining methods, and gives assistant decision scope to DSS fully.%产品营销过程中,企业需从目标市场中判断高、中、低档产品,哪类更适合其市场需求,以此可使在复杂的市场环境下及时调整产品结构,适应市场需求变化。本文采用数据挖掘C4.5算法,将原有的硒数据经处理后,导入到数据仓库中形成结构化数据,采用过程挖掘的方法对挖掘结果进行分析和评估,充分发挥决策支持系统的辅助决策作用。

  2. Temperature-dependent absorption cross-section measurements of 1-butene (1-C4H8) in VUV and IR

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    Vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) and infrared (IR) absorption cross-section measurements of 1-butene (1-C4H8; CH2=CHCH2CH3; Butylene) are reported over the temperature range of 296–529 K. The VUV measurements are performed between 115 and 205 nm using synchrotron radiation as a tunable VUV light source. Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy is employed to measure absorption cross-section and band strengths in the IR region between 1.54 and 25 μm (∼6500–400 cm−1). The measured room-temperature VUV and IR absorption cross-sections are compared with available literature data and are found to be in good agreement. The oscillator strength for the electronic transition (A1A′→X1A′) around 150–205 nm is determined to be 0.32±0.01. The gas temperature has a strong effect on both VUV and IR spectra. Measurements made in the VUV region show that the peak value of the band cross-section decreases and the background continuum increases with increasing gas temperature. This behavior is due to a change in the rotational and vibrational population distribution of 1-butene molecule. Similar changes in rotational population are observed in the IR spectra. Moreover, variation of the IR spectra with temperature is used to measure the enthalpy difference between syn and skew conformations of 1-butene and is found to be 0.24±0.03 kcal/mol, which is in excellent agreement with values reported in the literature. The measurements reported in this work will provide the much-needed spectroscopic information for the development of high-temperature quantitative diagnostics in combustion applications and validation of atmospheric chemistry models of extra-solar planets. -- Highlights: ► Temperature dependence of VUV and IR absorption cross-sections of 1-C4H8. ► The temperature has a strong effect on VUV and IR spectra of 1-C4H8. ► The oscillator strength over 150–205 nm electronic transition is 0.32±0.01. ► The enthalpy difference between syn and skew of 1-C4H8

  3. 炼厂碳四资源的利用途径%Utilization ways of refinery C4

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    王定博

    2014-01-01

    对国内炼厂碳四的利用状况进行了分析,对混合碳四与甲醇合成甲基叔丁基醚,正丁烯经水合、脱氢反应制备甲乙酮和正丁烯与乙酸反应制备乙酸仲丁酯的生产情况进行了介绍;对醚后混合碳四制丙烯和乙烯、异构化制异丁烯、芳构化、与乙酸反应制备乙酸仲丁酯的应用和研究状况进行了分析,认为利用醚后混合碳四制备丙烯和制备乙酸仲丁酯是未来的发展方向;对异丁烷脱氢、异丁烷选择氧化、正丁烷制顺酐等技术研究进展和使用现状进行简述,认为异丁烷的利用是未来的研究重点。%This paper analyzes utilization of C4 in China,and introduces the manufactures of methyl tert-butyl ether synthesized from mixed C4 and methanol,methyl ethyl ketone prepared by n-butene through hydration reaction and dehydrogenation reaction,sec-butyl acetate from n-butene and acetic acid. Also,it briefly describes the investigations on reactions of mixed C4 after production of MTBE to prepare propylene and ethylene,isobutene by isomerization,sec-butyl acetate by reaction with acetic acid,and aromatization. Accordingly,it forecasts their market prospects respectively. Preparations of propylene and sec-butyl acetate from mixed C4 are proved to be the most promising ways. Through comparing the technologies of isobutane dehydrogenation,selective oxidation of isobutane,and reaction of n-butane to prepare maleic anhydride,utilization of iso-butane is thought to be future research focus.

  4. Characterization of guinea pig myocardial leukotriene C4 binding sites. Regulation by cations and sulfhydryl-directed reagents

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    Using [3H]leukotriene C4 (LTC4) and radioligand-binding techniques, specific leukotriene C4 binding sites have been identified in membranes derived from guinea pig ventricular myocardium. High performance liquid chromatography analyses indicated that, in the presence of the gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase inhibitor L-serine-borate (80 mM), less than 2% of membrane-bound [3H]LTC4 was converted at 20 degrees to [3H]leukotriene D4 or [3H]leukotriene E4. The specific binding of 4 nM [3H]LTC4, in the presence of 80 mM L-serine-borate, reached a stable steady state within 15 min at 20 degrees (pH 7.5). A monophasic Scatchard plot of saturation binding data yielded a dissociation constant (Kd) of 27.5 +/- 6.0 nM and a maximum number of binding sites (Bmax) of 19.9 +/- 5.2 pmol/mg of membrane protein. Competition binding studies of [3H]LTC4 with synthetic leukotriene C4, leukotriene D4, and leukotriene E4 and the putative peptidoleukotriene antagonists FPL 55712, SKF 88046, and 4R-hydroxy-5S-1-cysteinylglycine-6Z-nonadecanoic acid revealed an order of potency of leukotriene C4 much greater than 4R-hydroxy-5S-1-cysteinylglycine-6Z-nonadecanoic acid greater than SKF 88046 greater than LTE4 greater than LTD4 greater than FPL 55712. The specific [3H]LTC4 binding was stimulated by the divalent cations Ca2+, Mg2+, and Mn2+ and to a lesser degree by the monovalent cations Na+, K+, Li+, and NH4+. CaCl2 (3 mM) and NaCl (150 mM) stimulated the LTC4 binding by increasing the Bmax to 42.6 +/- 5.9 and 35.0 +/- 2.0 pmol/mg, respectively, but had minimal effects on Kd

  5. Coherent Synchrotron Radiation Calculations Using TraFiC4: Multi-Processor Simulations and Optics Scans

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    Coherent synchrotron radiation (CSR) is one of the most important effects in the design of high-quality beamlines with small bending radii. For a wide class of problems, numerical simulation is the only method to predict its effects. TraFiC4is one of several simulation codes in existence. In this paper, we describe its extension to multi-processor machines, resulting in a substantial saving of CPU time. Also, we describe a semi-analytical approach to the problem of optics-dependence of emittance growth due to CSR

  6. Ensayos para la estandarizacion de una técnica de fenotipificacion de C4 del complemento serico.

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    Liliana Yanet Suarez-Contreras

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available As part of the genetic characterization of the Colombian population, the Institute of Human Genetics at the Javeriana University, has been conducting research on various polymorphisms serum proteins, such as proteins: Haptoglobins, phosphoglucomutase, component specific group, C3 (Sarmiento, P , 1993, Transferrin (Ortiz, R, 1993, enzymes critocitarias, membrane proteins and molecular markers (Bernal, J, 1989. As part of this process, in this study the technique of high voltage electrophoresis and C4 lnmunolijación allowing include this protein in population studies in Colombia was standardized.

  7. Inductively Coupled Plasma etching of amorphous silicon nanostructures over nanotopography using C4F8/SF6 chemistry

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    Harvey-Collard, Patrick; Jaouad, Abdelatif; Drouin, Dominique; Pioro-Ladrière, Michel

    2013-01-01

    Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) etching of amorphous silicon (a-Si) nanostructures using a continuous C4F8/SF6 plasma over nanotopography in silicon dioxide (SiO2) is investigated. The coil power of the ICP system is used to tune the a-Si etch rate from 20 to 125 nm/min. The etch rates of a-Si, SiO2 and electroresist are measured depending on the SF6 ratio, platen power and chamber pressure and used to optimize the a-Si:SiO2 etch selectivity. The results on nanostructures show that the prese...

  8. The cross-neutralizing activity of enterovirus 71 subgenotype c4 vaccines in healthy chinese infants and children.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: EV71 is one of major etiologic causes of hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD and leads to severe neurological complications in young children and infants. Recently inactivated EV71 vaccines have been developed by five manufactures and clinically show good safety and immunogenicity. However, the cross-neutralizing activity of these vaccines remains unclear, and is of particular interest because RNA recombination is seen more frequently in EV71 epidemics. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In this post-hoc study, sera from a subset of 119 infants and children in two clinical trials of EV71 subgenotype C4 vaccines (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01313715 and NCT01273246, were detected for neutralizing antibody (NTAb titres with sera from infected patients as controls. Cytopathogenic effect method was employed to test NTAb against EV71 subgenotype B4, B5, C2, C4 and C5, which were prominent epidemic strains worldwide over the past decade. To validate the accuracy of the results, ELISpot assay was employed in parallel to detect NTAb in all the post-vaccine sera. After two-dose vaccination, 49 out of 53 participants in initially seronegative group and 52 out of 53 participants in initially seropositive group showed less than 4-fold differences in NTAb titers against five EV71 strains, whereas corresponding values among sera from pediatric patients recovering from EV71-induced HFMD and subclinically infected participants were 8/8 and 41/43, respectively. The geometric mean titers of participants against five subgenotypes EV71 all grew significantly after vaccinations, irrespective of the baseline NTAb titer. The relative fold increase in antibody titers (NTAb-FI against B4, B5, C2, and C5 displayed a positive correlation to the NTAb-FI against C4. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The results demonstrated broad cross-neutralizing activity induced by two C4 EV71 vaccines in healthy Chinese infants and children. However, the degree of induced cross

  9. C2- and C4-position 17β-estradiol metabolites and their relation to breast cancer

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    Annie Joubert

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available C2- and C4-position 17β-estradiol metabolites play an important role in breast carcinogenesis. 2-Hydroxyestradiol and 4-hydroxyestradiol are implicated in tumorigenesis via two pathways. These pathways entail increased cell proliferation and the formation of reactive oxygen species that trigger an increase in the likelihood of deoxyribonucleic acid mutations. 2-Methoxyestradiol, a 17β-estradiol metabolite, however, causes induction of apoptosis in transformed and tumor cells; thus exhibiting an antiproliferative effect on tumor growth. The 4-hydroxyestradiol:2-methoxyestradiol and 2-hydroxyestradiol:2-methoxyestradiol ratios therefore ought to be taken into account as possible indicators of carcinogenesis.

  10. Infrared band extinctions and complex refractive indices of crystalline C2H2 and C4H2

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    Khanna, R. K.; Ospina, Mario J.; Zhao, Guizhi

    1988-03-01

    Thermal IR absorption intensities are obtained for thin films of crystalline C2H2 and C4H2 at 70 K, and their n and k complex refractive indices are ascertained by separating true film absorption from interface reflection on the basis of an analysis of the transmission spectrum ratio for two sample thicknesses. This method significantly simplifies the n and k iteration process. The n and k values determined in the laboratory will in most cases reproduce a given sample thickness' observed transmission to within + or - 5 percent.

  11. Patterns and determinants of potential carbon gain in the C3 evergreen Yucca glauca (Liliaceae) in a C4 grassland.

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    Maragni, L A; Knapp, A K; McAllister, C A

    2000-02-01

    Yucca glauca is a C(3) evergreen rosette species locally common in the C(4)-dominated grasslands of the central Great Plains. Most congeners of Y. glauca are found in deserts, and Y. glauca's morphological similarities to desert species (steeply angled leaves, evergreen habit) may be critical to its success in grasslands. We hypothesized that the evergreen habit of Y. glauca, coupled with its ability to remain physiologically active at cool temperatures, would allow this species to gain a substantial portion of its annual carbon budget when the C(4) grasses are dormant. Leaf-level gas exchange was measured over an 18-mo period at Konza Prairie in northeast Kansas to assess the annual pattern of potential C gain. Two short-term experiments also were conducted in which nighttime temperatures were manipulated to assess the cold tolerance of this species. The annual pattern of C gain in Y. glauca was bimodal, with a spring productive period (maximum monthly photosynthetic rate = 21.1 ± 1.97 μmol·m·s) in March through June, a period of midseason photosynthetic depression, and a fall productive period in October (15.6 ± 1.25 μmol·m·s). The steeply angled leaves resulted in interception of photon flux density at levels above photosynthetic saturation throughout the year. Reduced photosynthetic rates in the summer may have been caused by low soil moisture, but temperature was strongly related (r = 0.37) to annual variations in photosynthesis, with nocturnal air temperatures below -5°C in the late fall and early spring, and high air temperatures (>32°C) in the summer, limiting gas exchange. Overall, 31% of the potential annual carbon gain in Y. glauca occurred outside the "frost-free" period (April-October) at Konza Prairie and 43% occurred when the dominant C(4) grasses were dormant. Future climates that include warmer minimum temperatures in the spring and fall may enhance the success of Y. glauca relative to the C(4) dominants in these grasslands. PMID:10675310

  12. Photosynthetic Water Use Efficiency in it Sorghastrum nutans (C4) and it Solidago canadensis (C3) in Three Soils Along a CO2 Concentration Gradient

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    Fay, P. A.; Hui, D.; Procter, A.; Johnson, H. B.; Polley, H. W.; Jackson, R. B.

    2006-12-01

    The water use efficiency (WUE) of leaf photosynthetic carbon uptake is a key regulator of ecosystem carbon cycles and is strongly sensitive to atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations [CO2]. However WUE responses to [CO2] typically differ between C3 and C4 species and may differ on varying soil types because of differences in soil moisture retention and plant uptake efficiency. We measured leaf-level photosynthesis (ACO2), stomatal conductance (gS), and transpiration (E) with an infrared gas analyzer to estimate WUE for the C4 grass Sorghastrum nutans and the C3 forb Solidago canadensis in constructed grassland species assemblages growing in three soils arrayed along a 200 560 ppm [CO2] gradient in the LYCOG Experiment, in central Texas, USA. LYCOG consists of eighty intact soil monoliths (1 m X 1 m X 1.5 m) representing 3 soil series, Austin (Udorthentic Haplustolls, a mollisol), Bastrop (Udic Paleustalfs, a sandy loam alfisol) and Houston Black (Udic Haplusterts, a vertisol). The monoliths were vegetated by transplanting 8 native perennial prairie species (5 grasses and 3 forbs), including S. nutans and S. canadensis. Both are abundant and widespread; S. nutans is a dominant species throughout much of North American tallgrass prairie, and S. canadensis is one of the most abundant and widespread forbs in North America. ACO2, gS, and E were measured three times during the growing season. Dark-adapted chlorophyll fluorescence (FvFm) was measured concurrently to assess photosynthetic capacity, and leaf water potential (Ψ leaf) and soil water content were measured to assess plant water status and soil moisture availability. WUE increased strongly (pincreasing ACO2 (p = 0.0055). This pattern was the same in both species (species x [CO2] ns). There was a corresponding increase in Ψ leaf (p = 0.01) at higher [CO2], but no [CO2] effect on FvFm. E and gS were lower on Houston than Austin or Bastrop soils (p ≤ 0.03), however there were no differences in the other leaf

  13. INCREASED ERYTHROCYTE C4D IS ASSOCIATED WITH KNOWN ALLOANTIBODY AND AUTOANTIBODY MARKERS OF ANTIBODY MEDIATED REJECTION IN HUMAN LUNG TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS

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    Golocheikine, Angali; Nath, Dilip S.; Basha, Haseeb Ilias; Saini, Deepti; Phelan, Donna; Aloush, Aviva; Trulock, Elbert P.; Hachem, Ramsey R.; Patterson, G.Alexander; Ahearn, Joseph M.; Mohanakumar, Thalachallour

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    Background Immune responses to mismatched donor HLA antigens play a significant role in the pathogenesis of chronic rejection. The study objective was to evaluate whether erythrocyte bound C4d (E-C4d) is associated with known alloimmune and autoimmune markers of antibody mediated rejection (AMR) following human lung transplantation (LTx). Methods 22 LTx recipients and 15 normal subjects were analyzed for E-C4d using flow cytometry. Development of antibodies (Abs) to donor mismatched HLA (DSA) and Abs to HLA were determined using solid phase method by Luminex. Development of Abs to self-antigens, K-alpha-1-tubulin (KA1T) and collagen V (Col-V) were measured by ELISA. C3d deposition in lung biopsies was determined by immunohistochemical staining. Results Percent E-C4d (%E-C4d) levels in LTx patients were higher compared to normal subjects (19.9% vs. 3.7%, p = 0.02). DSA+ patients had higher E-C4d levels compared to DSA- patients (34.1% vs. 16.7%, p = 0.02). In 5 patients with preformed anti-HLA, E-C4d levels were not significantly different compared to 13 patients with no detectable anti-HLA (p=0.1). Higher E-C4d levels were noted in patients who developed Abs to KA1T (p = 0.02) and Col-V (p = 0.03). Recipients with C3d tissue deposition had higher E-C4d levels compared to patients with C3d negative biopsy results (p = 0.01). Conclusions Increased % E-C4d levels are found in patients with positive DSA, high Abs titers to KA1T and Col-V, and have C3d positive lung biopsy findings. Therefore, % E-C4d can serve as a potential marker for AMR following LTx. PMID:20022265

  14. LPS-Toll-Like Receptor-Mediated Signaling on Expression of Protein S and C4b-Binding Protein in the Liver

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    Tatsuya Hayashi

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Protein S (PS, mainly synthesized in hepatocytes and endothelial cells, plays a critical role as a cofactor of anticoagulant activated protein C (APC. PS activity is regulated by C4b-binding protein (C4BP, structurally composed of seven α-chains (C4BPα and a β-chain (C4BPβ. In this paper, based primarily on our previous studies, we review the lipopolysaccharide (LPS-induced signaling which affects expression of PS and C4BP in the liver. Our in vivo studies in rats showed that after LPS injection, plasma PS levels are significantly decreased, whereas plasma C4BP levels first are transiently decreased after 2 to 12 hours and then significantly increased after 24 hours. LPS decreases PS antigen and mRNA levels in both hepatocytes and sinusoidal endothelial cells (SECs, and decreases C4BP antigen and both C4BPα and C4BPβ mRNA levels in hepatocytes. Antirat CD14 and antirat Toll-like receptor (TLR-4 antibodies inhibited LPS-induced NFκB activation in both hepatocytes and SECs. Furthermore, inhibitors of NFκB and MEK recovered the LPS-induced decreased expression of PS in both cell types and the LPS-induced decreased expression of C4BP in hepatocytes. These data suggest that the LPS-induced decrease in PS expression in hepatocytes and SECs and LPS-induced decrease in C4BP expression in hepatocytes are mediated by MEK/ERK signaling and NFκB activation and that membrane-bound CD14 and TLR-4 are involved in this mechanism.

  15. Ly6/uPAR-related protein C4.4A as a marker of solid growth pattern and poor prognosis in lung adenocarcinoma

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    Jacobsen, Benedikte; Muley, Thomas; Meister, Michael;

    2013-01-01

    We have recently shown that the protein C4.4A is induced in early precursor lesions of pulmonary adenocarcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. In the present study, we aimed at analyzing the impact of C4.4A on the survival of non-small cell lung cancer patients and determining whether its...

  16. Expression of C4.4A, a structural uPAR homolog, reflects squamous epithelial differentiation in the adult mouse and during embryogenesis

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    Kriegbaum, Mette Camilla; Jacobsen, Benedikte; Hald, Andreas;

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    -glandular portion of the rodent stomach, anus, vagina, cornea, and skin. This epithelial confinement was particularly evident from the abrupt termination of C4.4A expression at the squamo-columnar transition zones found at the ano-rectal and utero-vaginal junctions, for example. During mouse embryogenesis, C4.4A...

  17. 16 CFR 1616.32 - Method for establishment and use of alternate laundering procedures under section 5(c)(4)(ii) of...

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    ...-14 (16 CFR 1616.5(c)(4)(ii)) requires that all fabrics and certain garments subject to the standard...(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) This rule provides the procedures to be followed by persons seeking... alternate laundering procedures under section 5(c)(4)(ii) of the standard. 1616.32 Section...

  18. Expression of recombinant Pseudomonas stutzeri di-heme cytochrome c(4) by high-cell-density fed-batch cultivation of Pseudomonas putida

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    Thuesen, Marianne Hallberg; Nørgaard, Allan; Hansen, Anne Merete;

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    The gene of the di-heme protein cytochrome c(4) from Pseudomonas stutzeri was expressed in Pseudomonas putida. High-yield expression of the protein was achieved by high-cell-density fed-batch cultivation using an exponential glucose feeding strategy. The recombinant cytochrome c(4) protein was...

  19. Evidence for a Toroidal Magnetic-Field Component in 5C4.114 on Kiloparsec Scales

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    Gabuzda, Denise C; Bonafede, Annalisa

    2015-01-01

    A monotonic, statistically significant gradient in the observed Faraday Rotation Measure (RM) across the jet of an Active Galactic Nucleus (AGN) reflects a corresponding gradient in the electron density and/or line-of-sight magnetic (B) field. Such gradients may indicate the presence of a toroidal B field component, possibly associated with a helical jet B field. Although transverse RM gradients have been reported across a number of parsec-scale AGN jets, the same is not true on kiloparsec scales, suggesting that other (e.g. random) B-field components usually dominate on these larger scales. We have identified an extended, monotonic transverse RM gradient across the Northern lobe of a previously published Very Large Array (kiloparsec-scale) RM image of 5C4.114. We reanalyzed these VLA data in order to determine the significance of this RM gradient. The RM gradient across the Northern kiloparsec-scale lobe structure of 5C4.114 has a statistical significance of about 4sigma. There is also a somewhat less promin...

  20. Cascading of C4.5 Decision Tree and Support Vector Machine for Rule Based Intrusion Detection System

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    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Main reason for the attack being introduced to the system is because of popularity of the internet. Information security has now become a vital subject. Hence, there is an immediate need to recognize and detect the attacks. Intrusion Detection is defined as a method of diagnosing the attack and the sign of malicious activity in a computer network by evaluating the system continuously. The software that performs such task can be defined as Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS. System developed with the individual algorithms like classification, neural networks, clustering etc. gives good detection rate and less false alarm rate. Recent studies show that the cascading of multiple algorithm yields much better performance than the system developed with the single algorithm. Intrusion detection systems that uses single algorithm, the accuracy and detection rate were not up to mark. Rise in the false alarm rate was also encountered. Cascading of algorithm is performed to solve this problem. This paper represents two hybrid algorithms for developing the intrusion detection system. C4.5 decision tree and Support Vector Machine (SVM are combined to maximize the accuracy, which is the advantage of C4.5 and diminish the wrong alarm rate which is the advantage of SVM. Results show the increase in the accuracy and detection rate and less false alarm rate.

  1. The phase diagram of Sr1-xNaxFe2As2: evidence of magnetic C4 phase universality

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    Taddei, K. M.; Allred, J. M.; Bugaris, D. E.; Krogstad, M.; Rosenkranz, S.; Osborn, R.; Claus, H.; Chung, D. Y.; Lapidus, S. H.; Kanatzidis, M. G.; Chmaissem, O.

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    Determination of the nature of superconductivity in the high Tc iron based superconductors requires understanding the material's magnetic behavior out of which superconductivity arises. The apparent competition between superconductivity and magnetism in these materials and the appearance of superconductivity upon suppression of magnetism suggests magnetic fluctuations as a possible superconducting pairing mechanism. A recent study of the sodium doped barium 122 system which established the existence of a new magnetic phase formed within the AFM dome and its coexistence with superconductivity, has generated intense interest in the nature of this novel magnetic phase and given new insights to the driving force behind the magnetic transitions and preceding nematic fluctuations in this system. To search for evidence of a universality to this new magnetic and tetragonal C4 phase in the hole doped iron pnictides, polycrystalline Sr1-xNaxFe2As2 samples were synthesized for measurements with x-ray and neutron diffraction experiments. In this talk, I will present results that show a more robust magnetic C4 phase, with a higher ordering temperature and stability over a larger range of compositions than has been seen in the Ba1-xNaxFe2As2 counterparts.

  2. STM observation of Pt[111](3x3)-Cl and c(4x2)-Cl structures

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    Song, M B

    2001-01-01

    The adsorption of chloride on a Pt(111) surface at 90 K has been studied using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) in ultra-high vacuum environments. The adsorbed chlorine atoms give rise to two different ordered structures, (3x3)-Cl and c(4x2)-Cl, depending on the coverage. It has been determined from the STM image that the absolute coverage of (3x3)-Cl structure is 0.44, which is not in agreement with coverage calibrated by a low energy electron diffraction technique together with an Auger electron spectrometer and a thermal desorption spectrometer. The Cl atoms bound to on-top sites at the Pt(111)(3x3)-Cl surface appeared to effectively perturb the density of states of Pt atoms, as compared with that bound to bridging sites. The other ordered structure, c(4x2)-Cl, with small domain sizes, consists of both on-top and bridge-bonded species with a saturation coverage of 0.5.

  3. The induction of Sinorhizobium meliloti C4-dicarboxylate transport system(Dct)is regulated by oxygen concentration

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    WEN Jin; NAN Beiyan; Fergal O'Gara; WANG Yiping

    2005-01-01

    The Sinorhizobium meliloti C4-dicarboxylate transport (Dct) system is essential for symbiotic nitrogen fixation. The dctA gene, encoding the C4-dicarboxylate permease, is expressed in both free living and symbiotic cells. But in free living cells expression of dctD and dctB is absolutely required for the expression of dctA. In this study, in order to investigate the effect of oxygen concentration on the induction of Dct system, E. coli DH5α strain which carries the plasmid-encoded dctABD operon was used in tube assays. It was found that the specific induction of Dct system occurred only at a certain depth under the surface of M63- 0.6% agar media, suggesting that Dct system could respond to oxygen concentration during succinate-induced expression. Furthermore, when measured at different oxygen concentrations, the highest expression level was observed at oxygen concentration of 2%. Thus, we predict that in addition to dicarboxylates, the induction of Dct system may also regulated by oxygen concentration.

  4. 操作条件对C4醚化产物集成分离的影响%Influence of Operating Conditions on the Hybrid Separation Process Used for C4 Etherified Products

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    陆茵; 陈欢林; 张林; 钱志海

    2001-01-01

    The hybrid process of distillation side-connected with pervaporation for the separation of C4 etherified products was simulated with the HYSIM modeling system.A pervaporation unit was used to remove a definite quantity of methanol from the azeotrope of C4 and methanol.The retentate was recycled back to the upper-section of the distillation tower.When a definite quantity of methanol,which was equal to that in the distillation feed was removed by the distillation-side-connected pervaporation unit,and at the meantime the reflux ratio exceeded the critical value,a qualified top product with methanol composition below 1×10-4 was obtained.Both plug-flow and perfect-mixed type pervaporation units have been considered.Simulation results show that the pervaporation unit of plug-flow requires only 64%~90% of membrane area compared to that of perfect-mixed type.If the reserved membrane area is sufficient,the hybrid process can adapt to the composition fluctuation of MTBE reactor effluent.%利用HYSIM软件系统,采用平推流与全混流两种进料方式的渗透汽化工艺,对醚化后C4产物分离的蒸馏-渗透汽化集成过程进行模拟,计算了回流比、侧线出料量、侧线进出口位置、进料及返回液中甲醇含量等操作条件对产物的影响。结果表明,平推流进料所需膜面积仅为全混流的64%~90%。当蒸馏段侧线渗透汽化装置中脱除的甲醇与进料甲醇等量时,塔顶产品不经水洗就可使甲醇摩尔分数降低到1×10-4以下。

  5. Using the C4ISR Architecture Framework as a Tool to Facilitate VV&A for Simulation Systems within the Military Application Domain

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    Tolk, Andreas

    2010-01-01

    To harmonize the individual architectures of the different commands, services, and agencies dealing with the development and procurement of Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Intelligence (C4ISR) systems, the C4ISR Architecture Framework was developed based on existing and matured modeling techniques and methods. Within a short period, NATO adapted this method family as the NATO Consultation, Command, and Control (C3) System Architecture Framework to harmonize the efforts of the different nations. Based on these products, for every system to be fielded to be used in the US Armed Forces, a C4I Support Plan (C4ISP) has to be developed enabling the integration of the special system into the integrated C4I Architecture. The tool set proposed by these architecture frameworks connects operational views of the military user, system views of the developers, and the technical views for standards and integration methods needed to make the network centric system of systems wor...

  6. The quest for new mild and selective modifications of natural structures: laccase-catalysed oxidation of ergot alkaloids leads to unexpected stereoselective C-4 hydroxylation.

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    Chirivì, Cosimo; Fontana, Gabriele; Monti, Daniela; Ottolina, Gianluca; Riva, Sergio; Danieli, Bruno

    2012-08-13

    Laccase-catalysed oxidation of ergot alkaloids in the absence of chemical mediators allowed the unexpected isolation of the mono-hydroxylated derivatives of compounds 2-7. Structure determination by NMR techniques clearly indicated that hydroxylation took place at the C-4 benzylic position. Quite notably, the proposed protocol allowed, for the first time, functionalisation at the C-4 position of the ergoline skeleton. Depending on the absence or on the presence of a C-10 α-methoxy substituent, hydroxylation was either stereoselective (furnishing C-4α OH derivatives) or gave rise to a C-4α/C-4β OH mixture in a 2:1 ratio, respectively. PMID:22777708

  7. Effects of Intramuscular Injection of PHA on Complement C3, C4 in Canine Serum%肌注PHA对犬血清中补体C3、C4的影响

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    徐波; 肖啸

    2012-01-01

    为研究植物凝集素(PHA)对各犬血清中补体C3、C4浓度的影响,试验分成4个组:低剂量组(0.05 mg/kg)、中剂量组(0.10 mg/kg)、高剂量组(0.20 mg/kg)、对照组,对犬进行肌肉注射。在注射前和注射后的7 d、14 d对各组犬进行采血测定其血清中补体的含量,并进行统计分析。结果:中剂量组可显著提高机体的补体水平(P〈0.05),并在高水平维持较长时间;低剂量组和高剂量组作用不显著(P〉0.05)。%For exploration dogs muscle note PHA on serum in the supplement body C3, and C4 of effect, experiments were divided into four groups: low dose group (0. 05 mg/kg) , middle dose group (0. 10 mg/kg), high dose group (0. 20 mg/kg ) and the control group, before and after injection in the injection of 7 d, 14 d of each dog for blood group determination in serum complement levels, and statistical analysis; result: middle dose group significantly ( P 〈 0. 05 ) increase body the complement levels, and maintain a longer time at a high level, while the low dose group and high dose group had no significant effect ( P 〉0. 05 ).

  8. Evidence for a toroidal magnetic-field component in 5C 4.114 on kiloparsec scales

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    Gabuzda, Denise C.; Knuettel, Sebastian; Bonafede, Annalisa

    2015-11-01

    Context. A monotonic, statistically significant gradient in the observed Faraday rotation measure (RM) across the jet of an active galactic nucleus (AGN) reflects a corresponding gradient in the electron density and/or line-of-sight magnetic (B) field in the region of Faraday rotation. For this reason, such gradients may indicate the presence of a toroidal B field component, possibly associated with a helical jet B field. Although transverse RM gradients have been reported across a number of parsec-scale AGN jets, the same is not true on kiloparsec scales, suggesting that other (e.g. random) magnetic-field components usually dominate on these larger scales. Aims: We wished to identify clear candidates for monotonic, transverse RM gradients across AGN jet and lobe structures on scales larger than those probed thus far, and estimate their statistical significances. Methods: We identified an extended, monotonic transverse Faraday-rotation gradient across the northern lobe of a previously published Very Large Array (kiloparsec-scale) RM image of 5C 4.114. We reanalyzed these VLA data in order to determine the significance of this RM gradient. Results: The RM gradient across the northern kiloparsec-scale lobe structure of 5C 4.114 has a statistical significance of about 4σ. There is also a somewhat less prominent monotonic transverse Faraday-rotation gradient across the southern jet/lobe (narrower range of distances from the core, significance ≃ 3σ). Other parts of the Faraday-rotation distribution observed across the source are patchy and show no obvious order. Conclusions: This suggests that we are observing a random RM component associated with the foreground material in the cluster in which the radio source is located and through which it is viewed, superposed on a more ordered RM component that arises in the immediate vicinity of the AGN jets. We interpret the transverse RM gradient as reflecting the systematic variations of the line-of-sight component of a

  9. d(C4)相关序列形成四分子i-Motif结构的电喷雾质谱研究%Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry Studies of Tetramolecular i-Motif Structures Formed by d(C4) Related Sequences

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    秦玉娇; 魏士刚; 王晓录; 杨帆; 汪兵; 国新华

    2011-01-01

    A series of cytosine-rich DNA sequence d(C4) related DNA strands, including d(C4) , d(TC4) , d(AC4) , d(T2C4) , d(A2C4) , d(C4T) , d(C4A) and d(TC4T) , was designed in this study, and the tetramolecular ions formed by the sequences were measured with electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. The goal is to obtain the information on the formation of the tetramolecular I-motif influenced by adenine ( A) and thymine(T) that present at 5' and 3' ends of d( C4). The results showed that when A base or T base was added at 5' end of d ( C4) , it is easier for the sequence to form tetramolecular ion, especially for thymine, when adding two A or T bases to d(C4) , the sequence generates higher abundant of the tetramolecualr ion.%设计了与富含胞嘧啶(C)的DNA序列d(C4)相关的DNA序列d(C4),d(TC4),d(AC4),d(T2C4),d(A2C4),d(C4T),d(C4A)和d(TC4T);采用电喷雾质谱测定发现这些序列形成四分子非共价复合物离子,根据离子的相对丰度可确定形成四链i-motif结构的数量和可能性;同时考察了腺嘌呤(A)和胸腺嘧啶(T)在d(C4)序列的5’和3’端对其形成四分子i-motif结构的影响.结果表明,在d(C4)的5’端增加A碱基或T碱基更易形成四分子复合物;5’端含T碱基比含A碱基更利于形成四分子复合物;而在d(C4)序列中增加2个A碱基或T碱基比增加相应的单个碱基形成了更高丰度的四分子离子峰.

  10. Condition monitoring on grinding wheel wear using wavelet analysis and decision tree C4.5 algorithm

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    S.Devendiran

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available A new online grinding wheel wear monitoring approach to detect a worn out wheel, based on acoustic emission (AE signals processed by discrete wavelet transform and statistical feature extraction carried out using statistical features such as root mean square and standard deviation for each wavelet decomposition level and classified using tree based knowledge representation methodology decision tree C4.5 data mining techniques is proposed. The methodology was validate with AE signal data obtained in Aluminium oxide 99 A(38A grinding wheel which is used in three quarters of majority grinding operations under different grinding conditions to validate the proposed classification system. The results of this scheme with respect to classification accuracy were discussed.

  11. Infrared to vacuum ultraviolet optical properties of 3C, 4H and 6H silicon carbide measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Spectroscopic ellipsometry in the infrared to vacuum ultraviolet (IR-UV SE) is used to determine the optical properties of the three most common polytypes of silicon carbide (SiC), namely the 3C, 4H and 6H polytype in the photon energy region between 0.03 and 9 eV. The results in the IR region, obtained by utilizing a factorized harmonic form of the dielectric function, contain information on free carrier concentrations, phonon modes and effective masses. Since the 4H and 6H polytype crystallizes in a hexagonal frame, it is necessary to consider anisotropy. We report both ordinary (ε perpendicular c-axis) and extra-ordinary (ε parallel c-axis) dielectric function data of 4H- and 6H-SiC. The data in the UV region are also compared to ab initio calculations. Critical point energies were found using both real and reciprocal space analysis

  12. Charge Exchange in Low-Energy H, D + C4+ Collisions with Full Account of Electron Translation

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    2002-03-01

    Full Text Available We report the application of the quantum approach, which takes full account of electron translation at low collisional energies, to the charge exchange process H, D + C4+ → H+, D+ + C3+(3s; 3p; 3d. The partial and the total integral cross sections of the process are calculated in the energy range from 1 till 60 eV/amu. It is shown that the present results are independent from the upper integration limit for numerical solution of the coupled channel equations although nonadiabatic couplings remain nonzero up to infinity. The calculated partial and total cross sections are in agreement with the previous low-energy calculations and the available experimental data. It is shown that for low collisional energies the isotopic effect takes place. The observed effect is explained in terms of the nonadiabatic dynamics.

  13. Movie Popularity Classification based on Inherent Movie Attributes using C4.5, PART and Correlation Coefficient

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    Ibnal Asad, Khalid; Ahmed, Tanvir; Rahman, Md. Saiedur

    2012-01-01

    Abundance of movie data across the internet makes it an obvious candidate for machine learning and knowledge discovery. But most researches are directed towards bi-polar classification of movie or generation of a movie recommendation system based on reviews given by viewers on various internet...... sites. Classification of movie popularity based solely on attributes of a movie i.e. actor, actress, director rating, language, country and budget etc. has been less highlighted due to large number of attributes that are associated with each movie and their differences in dimensions. In this paper, we...... propose classification scheme of pre-release movie popularity based on inherent attributes using C4.S and PART classifier algorithm and define the relation between attributes of post release movies using correlation coefficient....

  14. A novel multivalent 99mTc-labeled EG2-C4bpα antibody for targeting the epidermal growth factor receptor in tumor xenografts

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    Introduction: The C4b binding protein (C4bp) α/β-chain C-terminal effectively induces polymerization during protein synthesis. Using this fragment and the single-domain antibody EG2, which targets the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), we generated the novel multimeric antibody EG2-C4bpα. We radiolabeled EG2-C4bpα with 99mTc and evaluated its targeting efficiency and pharmacokinetics in tumor xenografts. Methods: EGFR expression and EGFR-EG2-C4bpα binding was evaluated in A431 and OCM-1 cells by Western blotting and flow cytometry, respectively. EG2-C4bpα was radiolabeled with [99mTc(CO)3(OH2)3]+ using a tricarbonyl vial followed by purification on a PD-10 column. In vitro studies with 99mTc-EG2-C4bpα were performed in A431 and/or OCM-1 cells. Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging and biodistribution studies were carried out in 99mTc-EG2-C4bpα-injected mice bearing A431- and OCM-1-derived tumors. EGFR immunofluorescent staining in A431 and OCM-1 tumors was performed. Results: A431 cells showed higher EGFR expression levels than OCM-1 cells, and flow cytometry confirmed EG2-C4bpα bound more A431 cells than OCM-1 cells. 99mTc-EG2-C4bpα was successfully prepared with radiochemical yields of 30.3–50.4%. The binding affinity of 99mTc-EG2-C4bpα to A431 cells was approximately 20 nM. 99mTc-EG2-C4bpα specifically bound A431 cells and this binding was blocked by 41% in the presence of 50 nM excess unlabeled EG2-C4bpα. In vivo radioactivity uptake in A431 tumors was detected 2 h after 99mTc-EG2-C4bpα administration and sustained up to 18 h. The highest ratio of A431 tumor-to-muscle and tumor-to-blood was 3.69 ± 0.48 at 10 h and 0.77 ± 0.14 at 20 h, respectively. Excess unlabeled EG2-C4bpα blocked radioactivity uptake in A431 tumors by 55% at 10 h. 99mTc-EG2-C4bpα was barely detectable in OCM-1 tumors, and biodistribution analysis confirmed that radioactivity uptake was significantly lower than in A431 tumors. Conclusions: 99m

  15. Population dynamics and genetic diversity of C4 strains of human enterovirus 71 in Mainland China, 1998-2010.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Since 1997, several countries within the Asian Pacific region have been affected by one or more massive outbreaks of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD. Virus typing experiments revealed that these outbreaks were caused by strains of human enterovirus 71 (EV71 belonging to several different, recently emerged subgenogroups. In mainland China, a different situation was observed. The first outbreak, localized in Shangdong Province, was reported in 2007, and was followed by a wide-spread outbreak in mainland China in 2008. Since then, numbers of reported HFMD cases have been persistently high. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: To gain insight in the epidemiological behavior of EV71 in China, we studied genetic diversity and EV71 population dynamics to address whether the increase in number of reported EV71 infections reflects a real increase in viral spread or is just the result of increased awareness and surveillance. We used systematically collected VP1 gene sequences of 257 EV71 strains collected in Guangdong province from 2008 to 2010 as part of HFMD surveillance activities, and supplemented them with 305 GenBank EV71 reference stains collected in China from 1998 to 2010. All isolates from Guangdong Province belonged to subgenogroup C4. Viral population dynamics indicated that the increased reporting of HFMD in China since 2007 reflects a real increase in viral spread and continued replacement of viral lineages through time. Amino acid sequence comparisons revealed substitution of amino acid in residues 22, 145 and 289 through time regularly with the VP1 gene of EV71 strains isolated in mainland China from 1998 to 2010. CONCLUSIONS: EV71 strains isolated in mainland China mainly belonged to subgenogroup C4. There was exponential growth of the EV71 virus population in 2007 and 2008. There was amino acid substitution through time regularly with the VP1 gene which possibly increased viral spread and/or ability of the virus to circulate

  16. Phase behavior, diffusion, structural characteristics, and pH of aqueous hydrophobic ionic liquid confined media: insights into microviscosity and microporsity in the [C4C4im][NTf2] + water system.

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    Nanda, Raju; Kumar, Anil

    2015-01-29

    We present our studies on the physicochemical properties of water confined in Dibutylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonylimide) ([C4C4im][NTf2]) reverse micelles through the NMR relaxation measurements that provide us an understanding of microviscosity and pH in the confined condition. We present experimental results on phase behavior, diffusion, structural characteristics and pH in aqueous ionic liquid-confined media. The ternary phase diagram was constructed by the cloud point measurements and the microheterogeneous regions were detected by the measurement of bulk viscosity and diffusion coefficients of K4[Fe(CN)6] inside the homogeneous microemulsion systems through the cyclic voltammetric (CV) measurements. The size of the microemulsion systems was characterized by the dynamic light scattering (DLS) method. The (1)H NMR spectra of homogeneous microemulsion systems were taken which indicates the presence of bound and free water molecules inside the microemulsion system. The NMR spin-lattice relaxation time (T1) of water molecules in its homogeneous microemulsion systems were measured and the reorientational correlation time (τc) of water molecules obtained from it indicates that the fluidity of homogeneous confined media decreases with the decrease in the composition of water. Microviscosity of the aqueous confined media was calculated from the measured T1 relaxation time values by applying the Debye-Stokes equation and correlated with the bulk viscosity of the samples. It was observed that both the microviscosity and bulk viscosity show inverse relationship. The fraction of bound and free water molecules were calculated from the measured T1 values. NMR spin-spin relaxation time (T2) of water molecules in its homogeneous microemulsion systems were measured with the varying pH of the aqueous core. A change in the T2 relaxation time of the water proton was observed proposing an exchange of proton between the H2O and -OH group of the TX-100 molecules. Finally

  17. Effect of Hormone Replacement Therapy on Serum Complement (C3,C4) and Immunoglobulin (IgG, IgM) Levels in Post-menopausal Women

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    Yi LIU; Liqun LV

    2008-01-01

    Serum C3, C4, IgG and IgM levels were evaluated in healthy post-menopausal women receiving short-term hormone replacement therapy (HRT) regimens and in untreated women. Serum C3, C4, IgM and IgG levels were assessed in 54 women receiving HRT therapy (CEE 0.625 mg+MPA 2.5 mg/day), and in 54 control women not receiving HRT. The results showed that the mean serum C3 and C4 levels were significantly higher in women receiving HRT than those untreated women (P<0.01). There was significant difference in lgG and IgM levels between two groups. It was con-cluded that HRT might be involved in the development of cardiovascular diseases through inflamma- tory mechanisms, as suggested by increased serum levels of C3 and C4.

  18. The influence of C3 and C4 vegetation on soil organic matter dynamics in contrasting semi-natural tropical ecosystems

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    G. Saiz; Bird, M.; Wurster, C.; Quesada, C. A.; Ascough, P.; Domingues, T.; Schrodt, F.; Schwarz, M.; T. R. Feldpausch; Veenendaal, E.; Djagbletey, G.; G. Jacobsen; Hien, F.; Compaore, H.; A. Diallo

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    Variations in the carbon isotopic composition of soil organic matter (SOM) in bulk and fractionated samples were used to assess the influence of C3 and C4 vegetation on SOM dynamics in semi-natural tropical ecosystems sampled along a precipitation gradient in West Africa. Differential patterns in SOM dynamics in C3/C4 mixed ecosystems occurred at various spatial scales. Relative changes in C / N ratios between two contrasting SOM fractions were used to evaluate potential site-scale difference...

  19. FJU-C4, a new 2-pyridone compound, attenuates lipopolysaccharide-induced systemic inflammation via p38MAPK and NF-κB in mice.

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    Full Text Available Despite advances in antibiotic therapy and intensive care, the mortality caused by systemic inflammatory response syndrome and severe sepsis remains high. The use of anti-inflammatory agents to attenuate inflammatory response during acute systemic inflammatory reactions may improve survival rates. Here we show that a newly synthesized 2-pyridone compound (FJU-C4 can suppress the expression of late inflammatory mediators such as iNOS and COX-2 in murine macrophages. The pro-inflammatory cytokines, including TNFα, IL-1β, and IL-6, were dose-dependently suppressed by FJU-C4 both in mRNA and protein levels. In addition, the expression of TNFα was inhibited from as early as 2 hours after exposure to LPS stimulation. The production of mature pro-inflammatory cytokines was also suppressed by pretreatment with FJU-C4 in either cell culture medium or mice serum when stimulated by LPS. FJU-C4 prolongs mouse survival and prevents mouse death from LPS-induced systemic inflammation when the dose of FJU-C4 is over 5 mg/kg. The activities of ERK, JNK, and p38MAPK were induced by LPS stimulation on murine macrophage cell line, but only p38MAPK signaling was dramatically suppressed by pretreatment with the FJU-C4 compound in a dose-dependent manner. NF-κB activation also was suppressed by FJU-C4 compound. These findings suggest that the FJU-C4 compound may act as a promising therapeutic agent against inflammatory diseases by inhibiting the p38MAPK and NF-κB signaling pathway.

  20. Binding of complement proteins C1q and C4bp to serum amyloid P component (SAP) in solid contra liquid phase

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    Sørensen, Inge Juul; Nielsen, EH; Andersen, Ove; Danielsen, B; Svehag, SE

    1996-01-01

    Serum amyloid P component (SAP), a member of the conserved pentraxin family of plasma proteins, binds calcium dependently to its ligands. The authors investigated SAPs interaction with the complement proteins C4b binding protein (C4bp) and C1q by ELISA, immunoelectrophoresis and electron microscopy...... affinity, did not interfere with the subsequent binding of C4bp or C1q to SAP. In contrast, collagen I and IV showed partial competition with the binding of C1q to SAP. Using fresh serum, immobilized native SAP bound C4bp whereas binding of C1q/C1 could not be demonstrated. Altogether the results indicate...... that firm binding of C1q and C4bp to SAP requires that SAP is presented on a solid phase, that C1q and C4bp react with sites distinct from the heparin binding site, and that C1q and collagen I share binding sites on SAP. Immobilized native SAP, aggregated SAP and SAP-heparansulphate complexes induced...