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  1. FAST INVERSION OF SOLAR Ca II SPECTRA

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    Beck, C. [National Solar Observatory (NSO), 3010 Coronal Loop, Sunspot, NM 88349 (United States); Choudhary, D. P. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, California State University, Northridge (CSUN), CA 91330-8268 (United States); Rezaei, R. [Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik (KIS), Schöneckstr. 6, D-79104 Freiburg (Germany); Louis, R. E., E-mail: cbeck@nso.edu [Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik (AIP), An der Sternwarte 16, D-14482 Potsdam (Germany)

    2015-01-10

    We present a fast (<<1 s per profile) inversion code for solar Ca II lines. The code uses an archive of spectra that are synthesized prior to the inversion under the assumption of local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE). We show that it can be successfully applied to spectrograph data or more sparsely sampled spectra from two-dimensional spectrometers. From a comparison to a non-LTE inversion of the same set of spectra, we derive a first-order non-LTE correction to the temperature stratifications derived in the LTE approach. The correction factor is close to unity up to log τ ∼ –3 and increases to values of 2.5 and 4 at log τ = –6 in the quiet Sun and the umbra, respectively.

  2. Ca II Absorbers in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Statistics

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    Sardane, Gendith M; Rao, Sandhya M

    2014-01-01

    We present the results of a survey for CaII 3934,3969 absorption-line systems culled from ~ 95,000 Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) Data Release 7 and Data Release 9 quasar spectra. With 435 doublets identified in the catalog, this list is the largest CaII catalog compiled to date, spanning redshifts z = 0.3 A, is n_0=0.017 +/- 0.001. In comparison to MgII surveys, we found that only 3% of MgII systems in the SDSS have CaII, confirming that it is rare to identify CaII in quasar absorption-line surveys. We also report on some preliminary investigations of the nature of the two populations of CaII absorbers, and show that they can likely be distinguished using their MgII properties.

  3. OI and CaII observations in intermediate redshift quasars

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    Martínez-Aldama, Mary Loli; Marziani, Paola; Sulentic, Jack W; Bressan, Alessandro; Chen, Yang; Stirpe, Giovanna M

    2015-01-01

    We present an unprecedented spectroscopic survey of the CaII triplet + OI for a sample of 14 luminous ($-$26 $\\gtrsim$ M$_V$ $\\gtrsim$ $-$29), intermediate redshift (0.85 $\\lesssim$ $z$ $\\lesssim$ 1.65) quasars. The ISAAC spectrometer at ESO VLT allowed us to cover the CaII NIR spectral region redshifted into the H and K windows. We describe in detail our data analysis which enabled us to detect CaII triplet emission in all 14 sources (with the possible exception of HE0048-2804) and to retrieve accurate line widths and fluxes of the triplet and OI $\\lambda$8446. The new measurements show trends consistent with previous lower $z$ observations, indicating that CaII and optical FeII emission are probably closely related. The ratio between the CaII triplet and the optical FeII blend at $\\lambda$4570 $\\AA$ is apparently systematically larger in our intermediate redshift sample relative to a low-$z$ control sample. Even if this result needs a larger sample for adequate interpretation, higher CaII/optical FeII shoul...

  4. Ca II absorbers in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: statistics

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    Sardane, Gendith M.; Turnshek, David A.; Rao, Sandhya M.

    2014-10-01

    We present the results of a survey for Ca II λλ3934, 3969 absorption-line systems culled from ˜95 000 Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) Data Release 7 and Data Release 9 quasar spectra. With 435 doublets identified in the catalogue, this list is the largest Ca II catalogue compiled to date, spanning redshifts z history of the Universe. We derive statistics on the Ca II rest equivalent width distribution and incidence. We find that the λ3934 rest equivalent width (W0^{λ 3934}) distribution cannot be described by a single exponential function. A double exponential function is required to produce a satisfactory description. The function can be written as a sum of weak and strong components: {partial n}/{partial W0^{λ 3934}}= ({N_{wk}^{ast }}/{W_{wk}^{ast }}) exp ({ -{W0^{λ 3934}}/{W_{wk}^{ast } } }) + ({N_{str}^{ast }}/{W_{str}^{ast }}) exp ({ -{W0^{λ 3934}}/{W_{str}^{ast } } }). A maximum likelihood fit to the unbinned data indicates N_{wk}^{ast }=0.140± 0.029, W_{wk}^{ast }=0.165± 0.020 \\unicode{197}, N_{str}^{ast }=0.024± 0.020, and W_{str}^{ast }=0.427± 0.101 Å. This suggests that the Ca II absorbers are composed of at least two distinct populations. The incidence of the overall Ca II absorber population does not show evidence for evolution in the standard cosmology. The normalization of the no-evolution curve, i.e. the value of the Ca II incidence extrapolated to redshift z = 0, for W0^{λ 3934} ≥ 0.3 Å, is n0 = 0.017 ± 0.001. In comparison to Mg II surveys, we found that only 3 per cent of Mg II systems in the SDSS have Ca II, confirming that Ca II systems are rare. We also report on some preliminary investigations of the nature of the two populations of Ca II absorbers, and show that they can likely be distinguished using their Mg II properties.

  5. CaII Κ Imaging to Understand UV Irradiance Variability

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    R. Kariyappa

    2000-09-01

    To identify and understand the underlying physical mechanisms of total solar and UV irradiance variability and to estimate the contribution of various chromospheric features to UV irradiance, detailed analysis of spatially resolved data is required. The various chromospheric features have been segregated and different parameters have been derived from CaII Κ Spectroheliograms of NSO/Sac Peak and Kodaikanal Observatory and compared with UV irradiance flux measured in MgII h and k lines by NOAA 9 satellite. The important results of this detailed analysis of CaII Κ Images of 1992 together with UV irradiance data will be discussed in this paper.

  6. Correlation Between Sunspot Number and ca II K Emission Index

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    Bertello, Luca; Tlatov, Andrey; Singh, Jagdev

    2016-01-01

    Long-term synoptic observations in the resonance line of Ca II K constitute a fundamental database for a variety of retrospective analyses of the state of the solar magnetism. Synoptic Ca II K observations began in late 1904 at the Kodaikanal Observatory, in India. In early 1970s, the National Solar Observatory (NSO) at Sacramento Peak (USA) started a new program of daily Sun-as-a-star observations in the Ca II K line. Today the NSO is continuing these observations through its Synoptic Optical Long-term Investigations of the Sun (SOLIS) facility. These different data sets can be combined into a single disk-integrated Ca II K index time series that describes the average properties of the chromospheric emission over several solar cycles. We present such a Ca II K composite and discuss its correlation with the new entirely revised sunspot number data series. For this preliminary investigation, the scaling factor between pairs of time series was determined assuming a simple linear model for the relationship betwe...

  7. Spectropolarimetric capabilities of Ca II 8542 Å line

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    Quintero Noda, C.; Shimizu, T.; de la Cruz Rodríguez, J.; Katsukawa, Y.; Ichimoto, K.; Anan, T.; Suematsu, Y.

    2016-07-01

    The next generation of space- and ground-based solar missions aim to study the magnetic properties of the solar chromosphere using the infrared Ca II lines and the He I 10830 Å line. The former seem to be the best candidates to study the stratification of magnetic fields in the solar chromosphere and their relation to the other thermodynamical properties underlying the chromospheric plasma. The purpose of this work is to provide a detailed analysis of the diagnostic capabilities of the Ca II 8542 Å line, anticipating forthcoming observational facilities. We study the sensitivity of the Ca II 8542 Å line to perturbations applied to the physical parameters of reference semi-empirical 1D model atmospheres using response functions and we make use of 3D magnetohydrodynamics simulations to examine the expected polarization signals for moderate magnetic field strengths. Our results indicate that the Ca II 8542 Å line is mostly sensitive to the layers enclosed in the range log τ = [0, -5.5], under the physical conditions that are present in our model atmospheres. In addition, the simulated magnetic flux tube generates strong longitudinal signals in its centre and moderate transversal signals, due to the vertical expansion of magnetic field lines, in its edge. Thus, observing the Ca II 8542 Å line we will be able to infer the 3D geometry of moderate magnetic field regions.

  8. Improvements in the determination of ISS Ca II K parameters

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    Bertello, Luca; Harvey, Jack W; Toussaint, Roberta M

    2011-01-01

    Measurements of the ionized Ca II K line are one of the major resources for long-term studies of solar and stellar activity. They also play a critical role in many studies related to solar irradiance variability, particularly as a ground-based proxy to model the solar ultraviolet flux variation that may influence the Earth's climate. Full disk images of the Sun in Ca II K have been available from various observatories for more than 100 years and latter synoptic Sun-as-a-star observations in Ca II K began in the early 1970s. One of these instruments, the Integrated Sunlight Spectrometer (ISS) has been in operation at Kitt Peak (Arizona) since late 2006. The ISS takes daily observations of solar spectra in nine spectra bands, including the Ca II K and H line s. We describe recent improvements in data reduction of Ca II K observations, and present time variations of nine parameters derived from the profile of this spectral line.

  9. Spectropolarimetric capabilities of Ca II 8542 A line

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    Noda, C Quintero; Rodríguez, J de la Cruz; Katsukawa, Y; Ichimoto, K; Anan, T; Suematsu, Y

    2016-01-01

    The next generation of space and ground-based solar missions aim to study the magnetic properties of the solar chromosphere using the infrared Ca II lines and the He I 10830 {\\AA} line. The former seem to be the best candidates to study the stratification of magnetic fields in the solar chromosphere and their relation to the other thermodynamical properties underlying the chromospheric plasma. The purpose of this work is to provide a detailed analysis of the diagnostic capabilities of the Ca II 8542 {\\AA} line, anticipating forthcoming observational facilities. We study the sensitivity of the Ca II 8542 {\\AA} line to perturbations applied to the physical parameters of reference semi-empirical 1D model atmospheres using response functions and we make use of 3D MHD simulations to examine the expected polarization signals for moderate magnetic field strengths. Our results indicate that the Ca II 8542 {\\AA} line is mostly sensitive to the layers enclosed between $\\log$ $\\tau=[0,-5.5]$, under the physical conditio...

  10. Novel Roles for Peroxynitrite in Angiotensin II and CaMKII Signaling

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    Chaoming Zhou; Ramaswamy, Swarna S.; Johnson, Derrick E.; Vitturi, Dario A.; Schopfer, Franciso J.; Freeman, Bruce A.; Andy Hudmon; Levitan, Edwin S.

    2016-01-01

    Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) oxidation controls excitability and viability. While hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) affects Ca2+-activated CaMKII in vitro, Angiotensin II (Ang II)-induced CaMKIIδ signaling in cardiomyocytes is Ca2+ independent and requires NADPH oxidase-derived superoxide, but not its dismutation product H2O2. To better define the biological regulation of CaMKII activation and signaling by Ang II, we evaluated the potential for peroxynitrite (ONOO−) to mediate ...

  11. Dissociation of Ca sup 2+ entry and Ca sup 2+ mobilization responses to angiotensin II in bovine adrenal chromaffin cells

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    Stauderman, K.A.; Pruss, R.M. (Merrell Dow Research Institute, Cincinnati, OH (USA))

    1989-11-05

    In fura-2-loaded bovine adrenal chromaffin cells, 0.5 microM angiotensin II (AII) stimulated a 185 +/- 19 nM increase of intracellular-free calcium (( Ca2+)i) approximately 3 s after addition. The time from the onset of the response until achieving 50% recovery (t 1/2) was 67 +/- 10 s. Concomitantly, AII stimulated both the release of 45Ca2+ from prelabeled cells, and a 4-5-fold increase of (3H)inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (( 3H)Ins(1,4,5)P3) levels. In the presence of 50 microM LaCl3, or when extracellular-free Ca2+ (( Ca2+)o) was less than 100 nM, AII still rapidly increased (Ca2+)i by 95-135 nM, but the t 1/2 for recovery was then only 23-27 s. In medium with 1 mM MnCl2 present, AII also stimulated a small amount of Mn2+ influx, as judged by quenching of the fura-2 signal. When (Ca2+)o was normal (1.1 mM) or low (less than 60 nM), 1-2 microM ionomycin caused (Ca2+)i to increase 204 +/- 26 nM, while also releasing 45-55% of bound 45Ca2+. With low (Ca2+)o, ionomycin pretreatment abolished both the (Ca2+)i increase and 45Ca2+ release stimulated by AII. However, after ionomycin pretreatment in normal medium, AII produced a La3+-inhibitable increase of (Ca2+)i (103 +/- 13 nM) with a t 1/2 of 89 +/- 8 s, but no 45Ca2+ release. No pretreatment condition altered AII-induced formation of (3H)Ins(1,4,5)P3. We conclude that AII increased (Ca2+)i via rapid and transient Ca2+ mobilization from Ins(1,4,5)P3- and ionomycin-sensitive stores, accompanied (and/or followed) by Ca2+ entry through a La3+-inhibitable divalent cation pathway. Furthermore, the ability of AII to activate Ca2+ entry in the absence of Ca2+ mobilization (i.e. after ionomycin pretreatment) suggests a receptor-linked stimulus other than Ca2+ mobilization initiates Ca2+ entry.

  12. Study on Effect of Gd (III) Speciation on Ca (II) Speciation in Human Blood Plasma by Computer Simulation

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    2001-01-01

    Ca (II) speciation and effect of Gd (III) speciation on Ca (II) speciation in human blood plasma were studied by computer simulation. [CaHCO3]+ is a predominant compound species of Ca (II). Gd (III) can compete with Ca (II) for biological molecules. The presence of Gd (III) results in a increase of concentration of free Ca (II) and a decrease of concentration of Ca (II) compounds.

  13. The Ca II triplet in red giant spectra: [Fe/H] determinations and the role of [Ca/Fe

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    Da Costa, G S

    2015-01-01

    Measurements are presented and analyzed of the strength of the Ca II triplet lines in red giants in Galactic globular and open clusters, and in a sample of red giants in the LMC disk that have significantly different [Ca/Fe] abundance ratios to the Galactic objects. The Galactic objects are used to generate a calibration between Ca II triplet line strength and [Fe/H], which is then used to estimate [Fe/H]_CaT for the LMC stars. The values are then compared with the [Fe/H]_spec determinations from high dispersion spectroscopy. After allowance for a small systematic offset the two abundance determinations are in excellent agreement. Further, as found in earlier studies, e.g., Battaglia et al. (2008), the difference is only a very weak function of the [Ca/Fe] ratio. For example, changing [Ca/Fe] from +0.3 to -0.2 causes the Ca II based abundance to underestimate [Fe/H]_spec by only ~0.15 dex, assuming a Galactic calibration. Consequently, the Ca II triplet approach to metallicity determinations can be used witho...

  14. Identification of the site on calcineurin phosphorylated by Ca+/CaM-dependent kinase II: Modification of the CaM-binding domain

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    The catalytic subunit of the Ca2+/calmodulin- (CaM) dependent phosphoprotein phosphatase calcineurin (CN) was phosphorylated by an activated form of Ca2+/CaM-dependent protein kinase II (CaM-kinase II) incorporating approximately 1 mol of phosphoryl group/mol of catalytic subunit, in agreement with a value previously reported. Cyanogen bromide cleavage of radiolabeled CN followed by peptide fractionation using reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography yielded a single labeled peptide that contained a phosphoserine residue. Microsequencing of the peptide allowed both the determination of the cleavage cycle that released [32P]phosphoserine and the identity of amino acids adjacent to it. Comparison of this sequence with the sequences of methionyl peptides deduced from the cDNA structure of CN allowed the phosphorylated serine to be uniquely identified. Interestingly, the phosphoserine exists in the sequence Met-Ala-Arg-Val-Phe-Ser(P)-Val-Leu-Arg-Glu, part of which lies within the putative CaM-binding sites. The phosphorylated serine residue was resistant to autocatalytic dephosphorylation, yet the slow rate of hydrolysis could be powerfully stimulated by effectors of CN phosphatase activity. The mechanism of dephosphorylation may be intramolecular since the initial rate was the same at phosphoCN concentrations of 2.5-250 nM

  15. Identification of the site on calcineurin phosphorylated by Ca sup + /CaM-dependent kinase II: Modification of the CaM-binding domain

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    Martensen, T.M.; Kincaid, R.L. (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Rockville, MD (USA)); Martin, B.M. (National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD (USA))

    1989-11-28

    The catalytic subunit of the Ca{sup 2+}/calmodulin- (CaM) dependent phosphoprotein phosphatase calcineurin (CN) was phosphorylated by an activated form of Ca{sup 2+}/CaM-dependent protein kinase II (CaM-kinase II) incorporating approximately 1 mol of phosphoryl group/mol of catalytic subunit, in agreement with a value previously reported. Cyanogen bromide cleavage of radiolabeled CN followed by peptide fractionation using reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography yielded a single labeled peptide that contained a phosphoserine residue. Microsequencing of the peptide allowed both the determination of the cleavage cycle that released ({sup 32}P)phosphoserine and the identity of amino acids adjacent to it. Comparison of this sequence with the sequences of methionyl peptides deduced from the cDNA structure of CN allowed the phosphorylated serine to be uniquely identified. Interestingly, the phosphoserine exists in the sequence Met-Ala-Arg-Val-Phe-Ser(P)-Val-Leu-Arg-Glu, part of which lies within the putative CaM-binding sites. The phosphorylated serine residue was resistant to autocatalytic dephosphorylation, yet the slow rate of hydrolysis could be powerfully stimulated by effectors of CN phosphatase activity. The mechanism of dephosphorylation may be intramolecular since the initial rate was the same at phosphoCN concentrations of 2.5-250 nM.

  16. Detection of Ca II absorption triplet in a circumnuclear H II region of NGC 3310

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    We have obtained long slit spectrophotometry across NGC 3310, a luminous galaxy with circumnuclear bursts of star formation, covering the spectral range from λ3650 to 9700 A. In one giant star-forming region, the near-IR Ca II absorption lines (a signature of young supergiants) was detected with a strength similar to that of the nuclear region. This is, to our knowledge, the first detection of the IR Ca II triplet in an extragalactic giant H II region and confirms theoretical predictions that, after some 4 Myr, red supergiants should appear in bursts of star formation. (author)

  17. Migration of Ca II H bright points in the internetwork

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    Jafarzadeh, S.; Cameron, R. H.; Solanki, S. K.; Pietarila, A.; Feller, A.; Lagg, A.; Gandorfer, A.

    2014-03-01

    Context. The migration of magnetic bright point-like features (MBP) in the lower solar atmosphere reflects the dispersal of magnetic flux as well as the horizontal flows of the atmospheric layer they are embedded in. Aims: We analyse trajectories of the proper motion of intrinsically magnetic, isolated internetwork Ca ii H MBPs (mean lifetime 461 ± 9 s) to obtain their diffusivity behaviour. Methods: We use seeing-free high spatial and temporal resolution image sequences of quiet-Sun, disc-centre observations obtained in the Ca ii H 3968 Å passband of the Sunrise Filter Imager (SuFI) onboard the Sunrise balloon-borne solar observatory. Small MBPs in the internetwork are automatically tracked. The trajectory of each MBP is then calculated and described by a diffusion index (γ) and a diffusion coefficient (D). We also explore the distribution of the diffusion indices with the help of a Monte Carlo simulation. Results: We find γ = 1.69 ± 0.08 and D = 257 ± 32 km2 s-1 averaged over all MBPs. Trajectories of most MBPs are classified as super-diffusive, i.e. γ > 1, with the determined γ being the largest obtained so far to our knowledge. A direct correlation between D and timescale (τ) determined from trajectories of all MBPs is also obtained. We discuss a simple scenario to explain the diffusivity of the observed, relatively short-lived MBPs while they migrate within a small area in a supergranule (i.e. an internetwork area). We show that the scatter in the γ values obtained for individual MBPs is due to their limited lifetimes. Conclusions: The super-diffusive MBPs can be described as random walkers (due to granular evolution and intergranular turbulence) superposed on a large systematic (background) velocity, caused by granular, mesogranular, and supergranular flows.

  18. Detection of Ca II absorption triplet in a circumnuclear H II region of NGC 3310

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    Terlevich, Elena; Angeles I. Díaz; Pastoriza, Miriani G.; Terlevich, Roberto; Dottori, Horacio

    1990-01-01

    This is an electronic version of an article published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Terlevich, E., Díaz, A.I., Pastoriza, M.G., Terlevich, R. and H. Dottori. Detection of Ca II absorption triplet in a circumnuclear H II region of NGC 3310. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 242 (1990): 48-51

  19. Structure-function of the multifunctional Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II.

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    Hudmon, Andy; Schulman, Howard

    2002-06-15

    Ca2+/calmodulin (CaM)-dependent protein kinase (CaMKII) is a ubiquitous mediator of Ca2+-linked signalling that phosphorylates a wide range of substrates to co-ordinate and regulate Ca2+-mediated alterations in cellular function. The transmission of information by the kinase from extracellular stimuli and the intracellular Ca2+ rise is not passive. Rather, its multimeric structure and autoregulation enable this enzyme to participate actively in the sensitivity, timing and location of its action. CaMKII can: (i) be activated in a Ca2+-spike frequency-dependent manner; (ii) become independent of its initial Ca2+/CaM activators; and (iii) undergo a 'molecular switch-like' behaviour, which is crucial for certain forms of learning and memory. CaMKII is derived from a family of four homologous but distinct genes, with over 30 alternatively spliced isoforms described at present. These isoforms possess diverse developmental and anatomical expression patterns, as well as subcellular localization. Six independent catalytic/autoregulatory domains are connected by a narrow stalk-like appendage to each hexameric ring within the dodecameric structure. Ca2+/CaM binding activates the enzyme by disinhibiting the autoregulatory domain; this process initiates an intra-holoenzyme autophosphorylation reaction that induces complex changes in the enzyme's sensitivity to Ca2+/CaM, including the generation of Ca2+/CaM-independent (autonomous) activity and marked increase in affinity for CaM. The role of CaMKII in Ca2+ signal transduction is shaped by its autoregulation, isoenzymic type and subcellular localization. The molecular determinants and mechanisms producing these processes are discussed as they relate to the structure-function of this multifunctional protein kinase. PMID:11931644

  20. Regulation of Voltage-Gated Ca2+ Currents by Ca2+/Calmodulin-dependent Protein Kinase II in Resting Sensory Neurons

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    Kostic, Sandra; Pan, Bin; Guo, Yuan; Yu, Hongwei; Sapunar, Damir; Kwok, Wai-Meng; Hudmon, Andy; Wu, Hsiang-en; Hogan, Quinn H

    2014-01-01

    Calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) is recognized as a key element in encoding depolarization activity of excitable cells into facilitated voltage-gated Ca2+ channel (VGCC) function. Less is known about the participation of CaMKII in regulating VGCCs in resting cells. We examined constitutive CaMKII control of Ca2+ currents in peripheral sensory neurons acutely isolated from dorsal root ganglia (DRGs) of adult rats. The small molecule CaMKII inhibitor KN-93 (1.0μM) reduced...

  1. Ca II H and K emission from late-type stars

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    This thesis is based on a study of the Ca II H and K emission features of late main-sequence stars. In Chapter II it is shown that rotation periods can be determined from a modulation in the Ca II H and K signal for many stars in a broad range of spectral types. In Chapter III it is shown that a clear correlation exists between Ca II H and K emission and rotational velocity in active main-sequence stars. There is an indication for a (probably colour-dependent) critical velocity at which the Ca II H and K emission suddenly drops. Chapter IV discusses the dependence of Ca II H and K emission on the rotation rate for evolved stars. (Auth./C.F.)

  2. The human carbonic anhydrase isoenzymes I and II (hCA I and II) inhibition effects of trimethoxyindane derivatives.

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    Taslimi, Parham; Gulcin, Ilhami; Ozgeris, Bunyamin; Goksu, Suleyman; Tumer, Ferhan; Alwasel, Saleh H; Supuran, Claudiu T

    2016-01-01

    Carbonic anhydrases (CAs, EC 4.2.1.1) had six genetically distinct families described to date in various organisms. There are 16 known CA isoforms in humans. Human CA isoenzymes I and II (hCA I and hCA II) are ubiquitous cytosolic isoforms. Acetylcholine esterase (AChE. EC 3.1.1.7) is a hydrolase that hydrolyzes the neurotransmitter acetylcholine relaying the signal from the nerve. In this study, some trimethoxyindane derivatives were investigated as inhibitors against the cytosolic hCA I and II isoenzymes, and AChE enzyme. Both hCA isozymes were inhibited by trimethoxyindane derivatives in the low nanomolar range. These compounds were good hCA I inhibitors (Kis in the range of 1.66-4.14 nM) and hCA II inhibitors (Kis of 1.37-3.12 nM) and perfect AChE inhibitors (Kis in the range of 1.87-7.53 nM) compared to acetazolamide as CA inhibitor (Ki: 6.76 nM for hCA I and Ki: 5.85 nM for hCA II) and Tacrine as AChE inhibitor (Ki: 7.64 nM). PMID:25697270

  3. CaMKII inhibition in type II pneumocytes protects from bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis by preventing Ca2+-dependent apoptosis.

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    Winters, Christopher J; Koval, Olha; Murthy, Shubha; Allamargot, Chantal; Sebag, Sara C; Paschke, John D; Jaffer, Omar A; Carter, A Brent; Grumbach, Isabella M

    2016-01-01

    The calcium and calmodulin-dependent kinase II (CaMKII) translates increases in intracellular Ca(2+) into downstream signaling events. Its function in pulmonary pathologies remains largely unknown. CaMKII is a well-known mediator of apoptosis and regulator of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca(2+). ER stress and apoptosis of type II pneumocytes lead to aberrant tissue repair and progressive collagen deposition in pulmonary fibrosis. Thus we hypothesized that CaMKII inhibition alleviates fibrosis in response to bleomycin by attenuating apoptosis and ER stress of type II pneumocytes. We first established that CaMKII was strongly expressed in the distal respiratory epithelium, in particular in surfactant protein-C-positive type II pneumocytes, and activated after bleomycin instillation. We generated a novel transgenic model of inducible expression of the CaMKII inhibitor peptide AC3-I limited to type II pneumocytes (Tg SPC-AC3-I). Tg SPC-AC3-I mice were protected from development of pulmonary fibrosis after bleomycin exposure compared with wild-type mice. CaMKII inhibition also provided protection from apoptosis in type II pneumocytes in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, intracellular Ca(2+) levels and ER stress were increased by bleomycin and significantly blunted with CaMKII inhibition in vitro. These data demonstrate that CaMKII inhibition prevents type II pneumocyte apoptosis and development of pulmonary fibrosis in response to bleomycin. CaMKII inhibition may therefore be a promising approach to prevent or ameliorate the progression of pulmonary fibrosis. PMID:26545899

  4. Empirical calibration of the near-IR Ca II triplet - III. Fitting functions

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    Cenarro, A J; Cardiel, N; Vazdekis, A; Peletier, R F

    2001-01-01

    Using a near-IR stellar library of 706 stars with a wide coverage of atmospheric parameters, we study the behaviour of the Ca II triplet strength in terms of effective temperature, surface gravity and metallicity. Empirical fitting functions for recently defined line-strength indices, namely CaT*, CaT and PaT, are provided. These functions can be easily implemented into stellar populations models to provide accurate predictions for integrated Ca II strengths. We also present a thorough study of the various error sources and their relation to the residuals of the derived fitting functions. Finally, the derived functional forms and the behaviour of the predicted Ca II are compared with those of previous works in the field.

  5. Structural Properties of Human CaMKII Ca2+ /Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinase II using X-ray Crystallography

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    Cao, Yumeng Melody; McSpadden, Ethan; Kuriyan, John; Department of Molecular; Cell Biology; Department of Chemistry Team

    To this day, human memory storage remains a mystery as we can at most describe the process vaguely on a cellular level. Switch-like properties of Calcium/Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinase II make it a leading candidate in understanding the molecular basis of human memory. The protein crystal was placed in the beam of a synchrotron source and the x-ray crystallography data was collected as reflections on a diffraction pattern that undergo Fourier transform to obtain the electron density. We observed two drastic differences from our solved structure at 2.75Å to a similar construct of the mouse CaMKII association domain. Firstly, our structure is a 6-fold symmetric dodecamer, whereas the previously published construct was a 7-fold symmetric tetradecamer. This suggests the association domain of human CaMKII is a dynamic structure that is triggered subunit exchange process. Secondly, in our structure the N-terminal tag is docked as an additional beta-strand on an uncapped beta-sheet present in each association domain protomer. This is concrete evidence of the involvement of the polypeptide docking site in the molecular mechanism underlining subunit exchange. In the future, we would like to selectively inhibit the exchange process while not disrupting the other functionalities of CaMKII.

  6. K-band Imaging of strong CaII-absorber host galaxies at z~1

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    Hewett, Paul

    2007-01-01

    We present K-band imaging of fields around 30 strong CaII absorption line systems, at 0.7CaII absorption of the form (L/L*)^0.7 reproduces the observations well. The luminosity-dependent cross-section for the CaII absorbers appears to be significantly stronger than the established (L/L*)^0.4 dependence for MgII absorbers. The associated galaxies lie at large physical distances from the CaII-absorbing gas; we find a mean impact parameter of 24kpc (H0=70km\\s\\Mpc). Combined with the observed number density of CaII absorbers the large physical separations result in an inferred filling factor of only ~10 per cent. The physical origin of the strong CaII absorption remains unclear,...

  7. Measurements of Ca II Infrared Triplet Lines of Young Stellar Objects

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    Moto'oka, Keiko

    2015-01-01

    Equivalent widths and line widths of Ca II infrared triplet emission lines were measured in high-resolution optical spectra of 39 young stellar objects.We found that the equivalent widths of the emission lines decrease with stellar evolution. It has been often claimed that strong chromospheric activity is generated by a dynamo process caused by fast rotation of the photosphere. However, we found no clear correlation between the strength of the Ca II lines and the stellar rotation velocity. Instead, we found that the objects with high mass accretion rates had stronger Ca II emission lines. This correlation supports the turbulent chromosphere model or the magnetic accretion theory for classical T Tauri stars. We also noticed that the equivalent widths of Ca II lines of transitional disk objects are one-tenth of those of classical T Tauri stars, even if the masses of the circumstellar disks are comparable.

  8. Comparison between Mg II k and Ca II H Images Recorded by SUNRISE/SuFI

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    Danilovic, S.; Hirzberger, J.; Riethmüller, T. L.; Solanki, S. K.; Barthol, P.; Berkefeld, T.; Gandorfer, A.; Gizon, L.; Knölker, M.; Schmidt, W.; Blanco Rodríguez, J.; Del Toro Iniesta, J. C.

    2014-03-01

    We present a comparison of high-resolution images of the solar surface taken in the Mg II k and Ca II H channels of the Filter Imager on the balloon-borne solar observatory SUNRISE. The Mg and Ca lines are sampled with 0.48 nm and 0.11 nm wide filters, respectively. The two channels show remarkable qualitative and quantitative similarities in the quiet Sun, in an active region plage and during a small flare. However, the Mg filtergrams display 1.4-1.7 times higher intensity contrast and appear more smeared and smoothed in the quiet Sun. In addition, the fibrils in a plage are wider. Although the exposure time is 100 times longer for Mg images, the evidence suggests that these differences cannot be explained only with instrumental effects or the evolution of the solar scene. The differences at least partially arise because of different line-formation heights, the stronger response of Mg k emission peaks to the higher temperatures, and the larger height range sampled by the broad Mg filter used here. This is evidently manifested during the flare when a surge in Mg evolves differently than in Ca.

  9. Comparison between Mg II k and Ca II H images recorded by SUNRISE/SuFI

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    Danilovic, S.; Hirzberger, J.; Riethmüller, T. L.; Solanki, S. K.; Barthol, P.; Gandorfer, A.; Gizon, L. [Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Max-Planck-Str. 2, D-37191 Katlenburg-Lindau (Germany); Berkefeld, T.; Schmidt, W. [Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik, Schöneckstr. 6, D-79104 Freiburg (Germany); Knölker, M. [High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307-3000 (United States); Rodríguez, J. Blanco [Image Processing Laboratory, University of Valencia, P.O. Box 22085, E-46980 Paterna, Valencia (Spain); Iniesta, J. C. Del Toro, E-mail: danilovic@mps.mpg.de [Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC), Apartado de Correos 3004, E-18080 Granada (Spain)

    2014-03-20

    We present a comparison of high-resolution images of the solar surface taken in the Mg II k and Ca II H channels of the Filter Imager on the balloon-borne solar observatory SUNRISE. The Mg and Ca lines are sampled with 0.48 nm and 0.11 nm wide filters, respectively. The two channels show remarkable qualitative and quantitative similarities in the quiet Sun, in an active region plage and during a small flare. However, the Mg filtergrams display 1.4-1.7 times higher intensity contrast and appear more smeared and smoothed in the quiet Sun. In addition, the fibrils in a plage are wider. Although the exposure time is 100 times longer for Mg images, the evidence suggests that these differences cannot be explained only with instrumental effects or the evolution of the solar scene. The differences at least partially arise because of different line-formation heights, the stronger response of Mg k emission peaks to the higher temperatures, and the larger height range sampled by the broad Mg filter used here. This is evidently manifested during the flare when a surge in Mg evolves differently than in Ca.

  10. Comparison between Mg II k and Ca II H images recorded by SUNRISE/SuFI

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    We present a comparison of high-resolution images of the solar surface taken in the Mg II k and Ca II H channels of the Filter Imager on the balloon-borne solar observatory SUNRISE. The Mg and Ca lines are sampled with 0.48 nm and 0.11 nm wide filters, respectively. The two channels show remarkable qualitative and quantitative similarities in the quiet Sun, in an active region plage and during a small flare. However, the Mg filtergrams display 1.4-1.7 times higher intensity contrast and appear more smeared and smoothed in the quiet Sun. In addition, the fibrils in a plage are wider. Although the exposure time is 100 times longer for Mg images, the evidence suggests that these differences cannot be explained only with instrumental effects or the evolution of the solar scene. The differences at least partially arise because of different line-formation heights, the stronger response of Mg k emission peaks to the higher temperatures, and the larger height range sampled by the broad Mg filter used here. This is evidently manifested during the flare when a surge in Mg evolves differently than in Ca.

  11. Simulation of Ca-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinase II on Rabbit Ventricular Myocyte Ion Currents and Action Potentials

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    Grandi, Eleonora; Puglisi, Jose L.; Wagner, Stefan; Maier, Lars S.; Severi, Stefano; Bers, Donald M.

    2007-01-01

    Ca-calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) was recently shown to alter Na+ channel gating and recapitulate a human Na+ channel genetic mutation that causes an unusual combined arrhythmogenic phenotype in patients: simultaneous long QT syndrome and Brugada syndrome. CaMKII is upregulated in heart failure where arrhythmias are common, and CaMKII inhibition can reduce arrhythmias. Thus, CaMKII-dependent channel modulation may contribute to acquired arrhythmic disease. We developed a Mark...

  12. A dynamic model of interactions of Ca2+, calmodulin, and catalytic subunits of Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II.

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    Shirley Pepke

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available During the acquisition of memories, influx of Ca2+ into the postsynaptic spine through the pores of activated N-methyl-D-aspartate-type glutamate receptors triggers processes that change the strength of excitatory synapses. The pattern of Ca2+influx during the first few seconds of activity is interpreted within the Ca2+-dependent signaling network such that synaptic strength is eventually either potentiated or depressed. Many of the critical signaling enzymes that control synaptic plasticity,including Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII, are regulated by calmodulin, a small protein that can bindup to 4 Ca2+ ions. As a first step toward clarifying how the Ca2+-signaling network decides between potentiation or depression, we have created a kinetic model of the interactions of Ca2+, calmodulin, and CaMKII that represents our best understanding of the dynamics of these interactions under conditions that resemble those in a postsynaptic spine. We constrained parameters of the model from data in the literature, or from our own measurements, and then predicted time courses of activation and autophosphorylation of CaMKII under a variety of conditions. Simulations showed that species of calmodulin with fewer than four bound Ca2+ play a significant role in activation of CaMKII in the physiological regime,supporting the notion that processing of Ca2+ signals in a spine involves competition among target enzymes for binding to unsaturated species of CaM in an environment in which the concentration of Ca2+ is fluctuating rapidly. Indeed, we showed that dependence of activation on the frequency of Ca2+ transients arises from the kinetics of interaction of fluctuating Ca2+with calmodulin/CaMKII complexes. We used parameter sensitivity analysis to identify which parameters will be most beneficial to measure more carefully to improve the accuracy of predictions. This model provides a quantitative base from which to build more complex dynamic

  13. Rat vas deferens SERCA2 is modulated by Ca2+/calmodulin protein kinase II-mediated phosphorylation

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    J.B.R. Rodriguez

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Ca2+ pumps are important players in smooth muscle contraction. Nevertheless, little information is available about these pumps in the vas deferens. We have determined which subtype of sarco(endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase isoform (SERCA is expressed in rat vas deferens (RVD and its modulation by calmodulin (CaM-dependent mechanisms. The thapsigargin-sensitive Ca2+-ATPase from a membrane fraction containing the highest SERCA levels in the RVD homogenate has the same molecular mass (∼115 kDa as that of SERCA2 from the rat cerebellum. It has a very high affinity for Ca2+ (Ca0.5 = 780 nM and a low sensitivity to vanadate (IC50 = 41 µM. These facts indicate that SERCA2 is present in the RVD. Immunoblotting for CaM and Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII showed the expression of these two regulatory proteins. Ca2+ and CaM increased serine-phosphorylated residues of the 115-kDa protein, indicating the involvement of CaMKII in the regulatory phosphorylation of SERCA2. Phosphorylation is accompanied by an 8-fold increase of thapsigargin-sensitive Ca2+ accumulation in the lumen of vesicles derived from these membranes. These data establish that SERCA2 in the RVD is modulated by Ca2+ and CaM, possibly via CaMKII, in a process that results in stimulation of Ca2+ pumping activity.

  14. Rat vas deferens SERCA2 is modulated by Ca2+/calmodulin protein kinase II-mediated phosphorylation

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    Ca2+ pumps are important players in smooth muscle contraction. Nevertheless, little information is available about these pumps in the vas deferens. We have determined which subtype of sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase isoform (SERCA) is expressed in rat vas deferens (RVD) and its modulation by calmodulin (CaM)-dependent mechanisms. The thapsigargin-sensitive Ca2+-ATPase from a membrane fraction containing the highest SERCA levels in the RVD homogenate has the same molecular mass (∼115 kDa) as that of SERCA2 from the rat cerebellum. It has a very high affinity for Ca2+ (Ca0.5 = 780 nM) and a low sensitivity to vanadate (IC50 = 41 µM). These facts indicate that SERCA2 is present in the RVD. Immunoblotting for CaM and Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) showed the expression of these two regulatory proteins. Ca2+ and CaM increased serine-phosphorylated residues of the 115-kDa protein, indicating the involvement of CaMKII in the regulatory phosphorylation of SERCA2. Phosphorylation is accompanied by an 8-fold increase of thapsigargin-sensitive Ca2+ accumulation in the lumen of vesicles derived from these membranes. These data establish that SERCA2 in the RVD is modulated by Ca2+ and CaM, possibly via CaMKII, in a process that results in stimulation of Ca2+ pumping activity

  15. The chemosensitizing agent lubeluzole binds calmodulin and inhibits Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent kinase II.

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    Bruno, Claudio; Cavalluzzi, Maria Maddalena; Rusciano, Maria Rosaria; Lovece, Angelo; Carrieri, Antonio; Pracella, Riccardo; Giannuzzi, Giulia; Polimeno, Lorenzo; Viale, Maurizio; Illario, Maddalena; Franchini, Carlo; Lentini, Giovanni

    2016-06-30

    An affinity capillary electrophoresis (ACE) method to estimate apparent dissociation constants between bovine brain calmodulin (CaM) and non-peptidic ligands was developed. The method was validated reproducing the dissociation constants of a number of well-known CaM ligands. In particular, the potent antagonist 125-C9 was ad hoc synthesized through an improved synthetic procedure. The ACE method was successfully applied to verify CaM affinity for lubeluzole, a well-known neuroprotective agent recently proved useful to potentiate the activity of anti-cancer drugs. Lubeluzole was slightly less potent than 125-C9 (Kd = 2.9 ± 0.7 and 0.47 ± 0.06 μM, respectively) and displayed Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent kinase II (CaMKII) inhibition (IC50 = 40 ± 1 μM). Possible binding modes of lubeluzole to CaM were explored by docking studies based on the X-ray crystal structures of several trifluoperazine-CaM complexes. An estimated dissociation constant in good agreement with the experimental one was found and the main aminoacidic residues and interactions contributing to complex formation were highlighted. The possibility that interference with Ca(2+) pathways may contribute to the previously observed chemosensitizing effects of lubeluzole on human ovarian adenocarcinoma and lung carcinoma cells are discussed. PMID:27043269

  16. Structure and evolutionary origin of Ca(2+-dependent herring type II antifreeze protein.

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    Full Text Available In order to survive under extremely cold environments, many organisms produce antifreeze proteins (AFPs. AFPs inhibit the growth of ice crystals and protect organisms from freezing damage. Fish AFPs can be classified into five distinct types based on their structures. Here we report the structure of herring AFP (hAFP, a Ca(2+-dependent fish type II AFP. It exhibits a fold similar to the C-type (Ca(2+-dependent lectins with unique ice-binding features. The 1.7 A crystal structure of hAFP with bound Ca(2+ and site-directed mutagenesis reveal an ice-binding site consisting of Thr96, Thr98 and Ca(2+-coordinating residues Asp94 and Glu99, which initiate hAFP adsorption onto the [10-10] prism plane of the ice lattice. The hAFP-ice interaction is further strengthened by the bound Ca(2+ through the coordination with a water molecule of the ice lattice. This Ca(2+-coordinated ice-binding mechanism is distinct from previously proposed mechanisms for other AFPs. However, phylogenetic analysis suggests that all type II AFPs evolved from the common ancestor and developed different ice-binding modes. We clarify the evolutionary relationship of type II AFPs to sugar-binding lectins.

  17. 3D Temperature Mapping of Solar Photospheric Fine Structure Using Ca II H Filtergrams

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    Henriques, V M J

    2012-01-01

    Context. The wings of the Ca II H and K lines provide excellent photospheric temperature diagnostics. At the Swedish 1-meter Solar Telescope the blue wing of Ca II H is scanned with a narrowband interference filter mounted on a rotation stage. This provides up to 0"10 spatial resolution filtergrams at high cadence that are concurrent with other diagnostics at longer wavelengths. Aims. The aim is to develop observational techniques that provide the photospheric temperature stratification at the highest spatial resolution possible and use those to compare simulations and observations at different heights. Methods. We use filtergrams in the Ca II H blue wing obtained with a tiltable interference filter at the SST. Synthetic observations are produced from 3D HD and 3D MHD numerical simulations and degraded to match the observations. The temperature structure obtained from applying the method to the synthetic data is compared with the known structure in the simulated atmospheres and with observations of an active ...

  18. On the behaviour of the IR Ca II triplet in normal and active galaxies

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    Ca II triplet in absorption at λλ8498,8542,8662 A is the strongest feature in the infrared spectrum of late-type stars and normal galaxies. Its strength has been found to be a good luminosity indicator for metal-rich stellar populations. We present high signal-to-noise near-IR spectroscopic data for the nuclear region of 42 normal and active galaxies. We have explored the behaviour of the Ca II triplet strength and found that it shows a small spread around a mean value of 7 A for our sample of normal galaxies. We also found that, in all the Seyfert type 2 galaxies measured and even in some Seyfert type 1, while the optical stellar features show substantial dilution, the strength of the IR Ca II triplet is equal to and in some cases larger than that in normal elliptical galaxies. (author)

  19. Low energy 40Ca + 40Ca collisions

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    This paper deals with the classical microscopic study of 40Ca + 40Ca collisions. Fusion cross-sections (σsub(CF)) for various incident energies, energy variations with time, shape deformation and the life time of resonance scattering (T) have been studied. Comparison of 40Ca + 40Ca results with those of 16O + 16O have also been made. (author)

  20. Molecular determinants for cardiovascular TRPC6 channel regulation by Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent kinase II

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    Shi, Juan; Geshi, Naomi; Takahashi, Shinichi;

    2013-01-01

    The molecular mechanism underlying Ca2+/calmodulin (CaM)-dependent kinase II (CaMKII)-mediated regulation of the mouse transient receptor potential channel TRPC6 was explored by chimera, deletion and site-directed mutagenesis approaches. Induction of currents (ICCh) in TRPC6-expressing HEK293 cel...... essential for CaMKII-mediated regulation of TRPC6 channels. This mechanism may be of physiological significance in a native environment such as in vascular smooth muscle cells....

  1. Solution chemistry effects on sorption behavior of 109Cd(II) on Ca-montmorillonite

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    The sorption of radiocadmium on Ca-montmorillonite as a function of contact time, pH, ionic strength, foreign ions, humic acid (HA) and fulvic acid (FA) was studied using batch technique. The results demonstrated that the sorption of Cd(II) was dependent on ionic strength at pH 9. Outer-sphere surface complexation and/or ion exchange were the main mechanism of Cd(II) sorption on Ca-montmorillonite at low pH, whereas the sorption at high pH was mainly dominated via inner-sphere surface complexation. The sorption of Cd(II) on Ca-montmorillonite was dependent on foreign ions at low pH values, but was independent of foreign ions at high pH values. A positive effect of HA/FA on Cd(II) sorption was found at low pH values, whereas a negative effect was observed at high pH values. The thermodynamic parameters (i.e., ΔH0, ΔS0, ΔG0) were calculated from the temperature dependent sorption isotherms, and the results indicated that the sorption process of Cd(II) on Ca-montmorillonite was spontaneous and endothermic. (author)

  2. On the behaviour of the IR Ca II triplet in normal and active galaxies

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    Terlevich, Elena; Angeles I. Díaz; Terlevich, Roberto

    1990-01-01

    This is an electronic version of an article published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Terlevich, E., Díaz, A.I., Terlevich, R. On the behaviour of the IR Ca II triplet in normal and active galaxies. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 242 (1990): 271-284

  3. Experiments TGV I (double-beta decay of 48Ca) and TGV II (double-beta decay of 106Cd and 48Ca)

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    Štekl, I.; Čermák, P.; Beneš, P.; Brudanin, V. B.; Rukhadze, N. I.; Egorov, V. G.; Kovalenko, V. E.; Kovalík, A.; Salamatin, A. V.; Tsoupko-Sitnikov, V. V.; Vylov, Ts.; Briancon, Ch.; Šimkovic, F.

    2000-04-01

    Present status of experiments TGV I and TGV II is given. The TGV I collaboration has studied the double-beta decay of 48Ca with a low-background and high sensitivity Ge multi-detector spectrometer TGV (Telescope Germanium Vertical). The preliminary results of years and years (90% CL) for double-beta decay of 48 Ca has been found after the processing of experimental data obtained after 8700 hours of measuring time using approximately 1 gramme of 48Ca. The aim of the experiment TGV II is the development of the experimental methods, construction of spectrometers and measurement of the decay (++, β+/EC, EC/EC) of 106Cd particularly the 2νEC/EC mode. The theoretical description and performance of the TGV II spectrometer are also given.

  4. Regulation of voltage-gated Ca(2+) currents by Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II in resting sensory neurons.

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    Kostic, Sandra; Pan, Bin; Guo, Yuan; Yu, Hongwei; Sapunar, Damir; Kwok, Wai-Meng; Hudmon, Andy; Wu, Hsiang-En; Hogan, Quinn H

    2014-09-01

    Calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) is recognized as a key element in encoding depolarization activity of excitable cells into facilitated voltage-gated Ca(2+) channel (VGCC) function. Less is known about the participation of CaMKII in regulating VGCCs in resting cells. We examined constitutive CaMKII control of Ca(2+) currents in peripheral sensory neurons acutely isolated from dorsal root ganglia (DRGs) of adult rats. The small molecule CaMKII inhibitor KN-93 (1.0μM) reduced depolarization-induced ICa by 16-30% in excess of the effects produced by the inactive homolog KN-92. The specificity of CaMKII inhibition on VGCC function was shown by the efficacy of the selective CaMKII blocking peptide autocamtide-2-related inhibitory peptide in a membrane-permeable myristoylated form, which also reduced VGCC current in resting neurons. Loss of VGCC currents is primarily due to reduced N-type current, as application of mAIP selectively reduced N-type current by approximately 30%, and prior N-type current inhibition eliminated the effect of mAIP on VGCCs, while prior block of L-type channels did not reduce the effect of mAIP on total ICa. T-type currents were not affected by mAIP in resting DRG neurons. Transduction of sensory neurons in vivo by DRG injection of an adeno-associated virus expressing AIP also resulted in a loss of N-type currents. Together, these findings reveal a novel molecular adaptation whereby sensory neurons retain CaMKII support of VGCCs despite remaining quiescent. PMID:25064143

  5. Regulation of Voltage-Gated Ca2+ Currents by Ca2+/Calmodulin-dependent Protein Kinase II in Resting Sensory Neurons

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    Kostic, Sandra; Pan, Bin; Guo, Yuan; Yu, Hongwei; Sapunar, Damir; Kwok, Wai-Meng; Hudmon, Andy; Wu, Hsiang-En; Hogan, Quinn H.

    2014-01-01

    Calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) is recognized as a key element in encoding depolarization activity of excitable cells into facilitated voltage-gated Ca2+ channel (VGCC) function. Less is known about the participation of CaMKII in regulating VGCCs in resting cells. We examined constitutive CaMKII control of Ca2+ currents in peripheral sensory neurons acutely isolated from dorsal root ganglia (DRGs) of adult rats. The small molecule CaMKII inhibitor KN-93 (1.0μM) reduced depolarization-induced ICa by 16 – 30% in excess of the effects produced by the inactive homolog KN-92. The specificity of CaMKII inhibition on VGCC function was shown by efficacy of the selective CaMKII blocking peptide autocamtide-2-related inhibitory peptide in a membrane-permeable myristoylated form, which also reduced VGCC current in resting neurons. Loss of VGCC currents is primarily due to reduced N-type current, as application of mAIP selectively reduced N-type current by approximately 30%, and prior N-type current inhibition eliminated the effect of mAIP on VGCCs, while prior block of L-type channels did not reduce the effect of mAIP on total ICa. T-type currents were not affected by mAIP in resting DRG neurons. Transduction of sensory neurons in vivo by DRG injection of an adeno-associated virus expressing AIP also resulted in a loss of N-type currents. Together, these findings reveal a novel molecular adaptation whereby sensory neurons retain CaMKII support of VGCCs despite remaining quiescent. PMID:25064143

  6. Low Ionization Emission Lines in Quasars: Clues from OI 8446 and the CaII Triplet

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    Marziani, Paola; Martinez-Aldama, Mary Loli; Dultzin, Deborah; Sulentic, Jack

    2013-01-01

    The formation of low emission lines in quasars and active galactic nuclei is still an open issue. Aided by the organizing power of the 4D eigenvector 1 scheme, we review basic developments since the 1980s, devoting special attention to the CaII IR triplet and the OI 8446 emission lines. Coverage of these lines is cumbersome since they are shifted in an inconvenient IR domain already at modest redshifts (~ 0.2). Their detection is also difficult since they are faint and often buried in the Ca ...

  7. Rat vas deferens SERCA2 is modulated by Ca{sup 2+}/calmodulin protein kinase II-mediated phosphorylation

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    Rodriguez, J.B.R.; Muzi-Filho, H. [Programa de Farmacologia e Inflamação, Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Valverde, R.H.F. [Instituto de Biofísica Carlos Chagas Filho, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Quintas, L.E.M. [Programa de Farmacologia e Inflamação, Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Noel, F. [Programa de Desenvolvimento de Fármacos, Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Einicker-Lamas, M. [Instituto de Biofísica Carlos Chagas Filho, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia em Biologia Estrutural e Bioimagem, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Cunha, V.M.N. [Programa de Farmacologia e Inflamação, Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2013-03-19

    Ca{sup 2+} pumps are important players in smooth muscle contraction. Nevertheless, little information is available about these pumps in the vas deferens. We have determined which subtype of sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca{sup 2+}-ATPase isoform (SERCA) is expressed in rat vas deferens (RVD) and its modulation by calmodulin (CaM)-dependent mechanisms. The thapsigargin-sensitive Ca{sup 2+}-ATPase from a membrane fraction containing the highest SERCA levels in the RVD homogenate has the same molecular mass (∼115 kDa) as that of SERCA2 from the rat cerebellum. It has a very high affinity for Ca{sup 2+} (Ca{sub 0.5} = 780 nM) and a low sensitivity to vanadate (IC{sub 50} = 41 µM). These facts indicate that SERCA2 is present in the RVD. Immunoblotting for CaM and Ca{sup 2+}/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) showed the expression of these two regulatory proteins. Ca{sup 2+} and CaM increased serine-phosphorylated residues of the 115-kDa protein, indicating the involvement of CaMKII in the regulatory phosphorylation of SERCA2. Phosphorylation is accompanied by an 8-fold increase of thapsigargin-sensitive Ca{sup 2+} accumulation in the lumen of vesicles derived from these membranes. These data establish that SERCA2 in the RVD is modulated by Ca{sup 2+} and CaM, possibly via CaMKII, in a process that results in stimulation of Ca{sup 2+} pumping activity.

  8. Role of some selected intermediate states of Ca I in the collisional excitation of 4p 2P states of Ca II in a laser-pumped Ca vapour

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    The role of some intermediate states, e.g. 4s5p 3P, 3d4p (1D, 3F) of Ca I in the collisional excitation of the 4p2P3/2.1/2 states of Ca II (located at 74 720.35 and 74 497.46 cm-1 above the ground state of Ca I) following pulsed-laser pumping of the 4s4p 3PI state of Ca I (Eex = 15 210.063 cm-1), is investigated. A 'pump' and 'probe' technique is employed together with the study of fluorescent emission. The 'probe' laser selectively prepares a substantially higher population of a specific intermediate state in Ca I and the increase in the fluorescent intensity of the 4p 2P3/2-4s 2S1/2 transition of Ca II is read as the relative strength of the particular collision channel utilizing that intermediate state. It is found that the 3d4p 1D2 state has the strongest influence. (author)

  9. Magnetism of CaAs, CaP, and CaN half-metals

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    First principles calculations indicate that CaAs, CaP, and CaN compounds are ferromagnets. Analysis of these and other II-V compounds that do not contain transition metal atoms shows that their magnetism derives from the spin polarization of the atomic p(anion) orbitals, which persists in the compounds of Ca, Sr, and Ba due to their large atomic radii

  10. Magnetism of CaAs, CaP, and CaN half-metals

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    Volnianska, O. [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Al. Lotnikow 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland)]. E-mail: volnian@ifpan.edu.pl; Jakubas, P. [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Al. Lotnikow 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland); Boguslawski, P. [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Al. Lotnikow 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland)

    2006-10-26

    First principles calculations indicate that CaAs, CaP, and CaN compounds are ferromagnets. Analysis of these and other II-V compounds that do not contain transition metal atoms shows that their magnetism derives from the spin polarization of the atomic p(anion) orbitals, which persists in the compounds of Ca, Sr, and Ba due to their large atomic radii.

  11. Tracers of Chromospheric Structure. I. Observations of Ca II K and Hα in M Dwarfs

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    Walkowicz, Lucianne M.; Hawley, Suzanne L.

    2009-02-01

    We report on our observing program4This paper is based on observations obtained with the Apache Point Observatory 3.5 m telescope, which is owned and operated by the Astrophysical Research Consortium. Some of the data presented herein were obtained at the W. M. Keck Observatory, which is operated as a scientific partnership among the California Institute of Technology, the University of California and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Observatory was made possible by the generous financial support of the W. M. Keck Foundation. to capture simultaneous spectra of Ca II and Balmer lines in a sample of nearby M3 dwarfs. Our goal is to investigate the chromospheric temperature structure required to produce these lines at the observed levels. We find a strong positive correlation between instantaneous measurements of Ca II K and the Balmer lines in active stars, although these lines may not be positively correlated in time-resolved measurements. The relationship between Hα and Ca II K remains ambiguous for weak and intermediate activity stars, with Hα absorption corresponding to a range of Ca II K emission. A similar relationship is also observed between Ca II K and the higher-order Balmer lines. As our sample consists of a single spectral type, correlations between these important chromospheric tracers cannot be ascribed to continuum effects, as suggested by other authors. These data confirm prior nonsimultaneous observations of the Hα line behavior with increasing activity, showing an initial increase in the Hα absorption with increasing Ca II K emission, prior to Hα filling in and eventually becoming a pure emission line in the most active stars. We also compare our optical measurements with archival UV and X-ray measurements, finding a positive correlation between the chromospheric and coronal emission for both high and intermediate activity stars. We compare our results with previous determinations of the active fraction of low-mass stars

  12. Low Ionization Emission Lines in Quasars: Clues from OI 8446 and the CaII Triplet

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    Marziani, Paola; Dultzin, Deborah; Sulentic, Jack

    2013-01-01

    The formation of low emission lines in quasars and active galactic nuclei is still an open issue. Aided by the organizing power of the 4D eigenvector 1 scheme, we review basic developments since the 1980s, devoting special attention to the CaII IR triplet and the OI 8446 emission lines. Coverage of these lines is cumbersome since they are shifted in an inconvenient IR domain already at modest redshifts (~ 0.2). Their detection is also difficult since they are faint and often buried in the Ca II absorption of the host galaxy. We discuss how these lines can provide unambiguous constraints on the physical conditions of the broad line emitting regions of quasars when detected in emission, and summarise preliminary results for a sample of luminous, intermediate redshift quasars.

  13. Ocular dominance plasticity is stably maintained in the absence of α calcium calmodulin kinase IICaMKII) autophosphorylation

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    Sharif A Taha; Stryker, Michael P.

    2005-01-01

    The molecule α calcium calmodulin kinase IICaMKII) is known to play a fundamental role in the induction of many forms of synaptic plasticity. A major theory of αCaMKII function proposes that autophosphorylation of the molecule mediates not only the induction but also the maintenance of synaptic plasticity. To test this hypothesis, we assessed ocular dominance plasticity in genetically engineered mice that carry a mutation preventing autophosphorylation of αCaMKII. These mutant mice are def...

  14. Ca II H sunspot tomography from the photosphere to the chromosphere

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    Henriques, V. M. J.; Kiselman, D.

    2013-09-01

    Aims: We aim at gaining insight into the thermal properties of different small-scale structures related to sunspots. Methods: We use filtergrams in the Ca ii H filter at the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope to study the relationship between fine structure at different heights in a sunspot. Results: The methods for destretching and aligning the different image data work well. The magnetic spine structure in the outer parts of the sunspot penumbra is found to be associated with higher intensities in the Ca ii H wing passbands but with less steep vertical temperature gradients. Dark lanes in a light bridge behave very similarly to dark cores in penumbral filaments. Fibril structures are seen in the line-core images over the umbra and penumbra. Conclusions: The observations add support to the idea that penumbral filaments, light bridges, and umbral dots are caused by similar processes of overturning convection. Observations in the Ca ii H & K wings are a promising observable, complementing others, for testing simulation results for sunspots at high spatial resolution.

  15. Analysis of Ca II K spectroheliogram time-series for solar irradiance studies

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    Ermolli, Ilaria; Krivova, Natalie; Solanki, Sami K.

    Historic Ca II K observations constitute an extremely valuable resource for many research topics, including investigations of solar activity and irradiance variations on century timescales. In fact, the intensities measured on these observations can serve as proxies for magnetic activity, due to the strong correlation found between the Ca II K emission and the line-of-sight magnetic flux density. We analyzed three time-series of historic Ca II K observations, specifically those obtained by the digitization of the Arcetri, Kodaikanal, and Mt Wilson spectroheliohram archives. We examined the quality of these data, in order to estimate their value for irradiance studies focusing on time-scales longer than the solar cycle. We employ different processing techniques in order to investigate whether uniform results on the evolution of the solar magnetic field, both in quiet and active regions, can be obtained for the three analyzed series. ——-Session A1.1 Atmosphere Chemistry and Physics (i) Solar Spectral Irradiance Variations and Their Influence on the Earth's Atmosphere

  16. Long-term Synoptic Observations of Ca II K and Magnetic Flux

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    Bertello, L.; Pevtsov, A. A.; Tlatov, A. G.

    2016-04-01

    Long-term synoptic observations in the resonance line of Ca II K and measurements of the solar magnetic flux over several decades constitute a fundamental database for a variety of retrospective analyzes of the state of the solar magnetism. These data archives may also hold the key for untangling some of the mysteries behind the solar dynamo, which in turn could result in a better predictive capability of current dynamo models. Synoptic Ca II K observations began in 1907 at the Kodaikanal observatory (India) and in 1915 at the Mt Wilson (California, USA) solar observatory. By the early 1970s a number of synoptic programs for solar magnetic observations were established that provided full disk magnetograms. These programs include measurements carried out at the Mt Wilson 150-foot solar tower, Wilcox observatory (California, USA), and by the National Solar Observatory (NSO, USA). Today the NSO is continuing these observations through its Synoptic Optical Long-term Investigations of the Sun (SOLIS) facility. We will review some of these historical observations, their properties, and their importance for understanding the behavior of the solar magnetic field over multidecadal time scales. We will also show recent results about using Ca II K spectroheliograms and sunspot magnetic field measurements to reconstruct homogeneous series of pseudo-magnetograms prior the magnetograph era.

  17. Epileptogenesis causes an N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor/Ca2+-dependent decrease in Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II activity in a hippocampal neuronal culture model of spontaneous recurrent epileptiform discharges

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    Blair, Robert E.; Sombati, Sompong; Churn, Severn B.; DeLorenzo, Robert J.

    2008-01-01

    Alterations in the function of Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaM Kinase II) have been observed in both in vivo and in vitro models of epileptogenesis; however the molecular mechanism mediating the effects of epileptogenesis on CaM Kinase II have not been elucidated. This study was initiated to evaluate the molecular pathways involved in causing the long lasting decrease in CaM Kinase II activity in the hippocampal neuronal culture model of low Mg2+ induced spontaneous recurrent...

  18. Epileptogenesis causes an N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor/Ca2+-dependent decrease in Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II activity in a hippocampal neuronal culture model of spontaneous recurrent epileptiform discharges.

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    Blair, Robert E; Sombati, Sompong; Churn, Severn B; Delorenzo, Robert J

    2008-06-24

    Alterations in the function of Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaM kinase II) have been observed in both in vivo and in vitro models of epileptogenesis; however the molecular mechanism mediating the effects of epileptogenesis on CaM kinase II has not been elucidated. This study was initiated to evaluate the molecular pathways involved in causing the long-lasting decrease in CaM kinase II activity in the hippocampal neuronal culture model of low Mg2+-induced spontaneous recurrent epileptiform discharges (SREDs). We show here that the decrease in CaM kinase II activity associated with SREDs in hippocampal cultures involves a Ca2+/N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor-dependent mechanism. Low Mg2+-induced SREDs result in a significant decrease in Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent substrate phosphorylation of the synthetic peptide autocamtide-2. Reduction of extracellular Ca2+ levels (0.2 mM in treatment solution) or the addition of dl-2-amino-5-phosphonovaleric acid (APV) 25 microM blocked the low Mg2+-induced decrease in CaM kinase II-dependent substrate phosphorylation. Antagonists of the alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA)/kainic acid receptor or L-type voltage sensitive Ca2+ channel had no effect on the low Mg2+-induced decrease in CaM kinase II-dependent substrate phosphorylation. The results of this study demonstrate that the decrease in CaM kinase II activity associated with this model of epileptogenesis involves a selective Ca2+/NMDA receptor-dependent mechanism and may contribute to the production and maintenance of SREDs in this model. PMID:18495112

  19. Modulation pf pulmonary surfactant secretion from alveolar type II cells by cytoplasmic free calcium ([Ca2+]/sub i/)

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    Ca2+ is regulator of a variety of cellular functions including exocytosis. TPA and terbutaline have been shown to stimulate surfactant secretion from alveolar type II cells. The authors examined changes in [Ca2+]/sub i/ and surfactant secretion by secretagogues in primary culture of alveolar type II cells. Cells were isolated from adult rats and were cultured for 24 h with 3H-choline to label phosphatidylcholine. Percent secretion was determined by counting the lipids of cells and medium; cytotoxicity was excluded by measuring lactate dehydrogenase as cells and medium. [Ca2+]/sub i/ was determined by measuring quin2 fluroescence of cells cultured on a glass coverslip. Ionomycin increased secretion as well as [Ca2+] in dose dependent manner at the concentration from 25 to 400 nM. Ionomycin (50 nM) increased terbutaline-induced secretion in a synergistic manner but only increased TPA-induced secretion in an additive manner. Terbutaline mobilized [Ca2+]/sub i/ from intracellular stores and increased [Ca2+]/sub i/ by 20% from a basal level of 140 nM. TPA itself did not change [Ca2+]/sub i/ but inhibited the effect of terbutaline on [Ca2+]/sub i/. Loading of quin2 in the absence of extracellular calcium lowered [Ca2+]/sub i/ from 143 nM to 31 nM. Lowering [Ca2+]/sub i/ inhibited TPA- or terbutaline-induced secretion by 22% and 40% respectively. These results indicate that [Ca2+]/sub i/ effects cAMp-induced secretion more than protein kinase C-mediated secretion in alveolar type II cells

  20. Modulation pf pulmonary surfactant secretion from alveolar type II cells by cytoplasmic free calcium ((Ca/sup 2 +/)/sub i/)

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    Sano, K.; Voelker, D.R.; Mason, R.J.

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    Ca/sup 2 +/ is regulator of a variety of cellular functions including exocytosis. TPA and terbutaline have been shown to stimulate surfactant secretion from alveolar type II cells. The authors examined changes in (Ca/sup 2 +/)/sub i/ and surfactant secretion by secretagogues in primary culture of alveolar type II cells. Cells were isolated from adult rats and were cultured for 24 h with /sup 3/H-choline to label phosphatidylcholine. Percent secretion was determined by counting the lipids of cells and medium; cytotoxicity was excluded by measuring lactate dehydrogenase as cells and medium. (Ca/sup 2 +/)/sub i/ was determined by measuring quin2 fluroescence of cells cultured on a glass coverslip. Ionomycin increased secretion as well as (Ca/sup 2 +/) in dose dependent manner at the concentration from 25 to 400 nM. Ionomycin (50 nM) increased terbutaline-induced secretion in a synergistic manner but only increased TPA-induced secretion in an additive manner. Terbutaline mobilized (Ca/sup 2 +/)/sub i/ from intracellular stores and increased (Ca/sup 2 +/)/sub i/ by 20% from a basal level of 140 nM. TPA itself did not change (Ca/sup 2 +/)/sub i/ but inhibited the effect of terbutaline on (Ca/sup 2 +/)/sub i/. Loading of quin2 in the absence of extracellular calcium lowered (Ca/sup 2 +/)/sub i/ from 143 nM to 31 nM. Lowering (Ca/sup 2 +/)/sub i/ inhibited TPA- or terbutaline-induced secretion by 22% and 40% respectively. These results indicate that (Ca/sup 2 +/)/sub i/ effects cAMp-induced secretion more than protein kinase C-mediated secretion in alveolar type II cells.

  1. Experiments TGV I (double-beta decay of 48Ca) and TGV II (double-beta decay of 106Cd and 48Ca)

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    Present status of experiments TGV I and TGV II is given. The TGV I collaboration has studied the double-beta decay of 48Ca with a low-background and high sensitivity Ge multi-detector spectrometer TGV (Telescope Germanium Vertical). The preliminary results of T1/22νββ = (4.2 (+3.3) (-1.3)) x 1019 years and T1/20νββ > 1.5 x 1021 years (90% CL) for double-beta decay of 48Ca has been found after the processing of experimental data obtained after 8700 hours of measuring time using approximately 1 gram of 48Ca. The aim of the experiment TGV II is the development of the experimental methods, construction of spectrometers and measurement of the ββ decay (β+β+, β+ /EC, EC/EC) of 106Cd particularly the 2νEC/EC mode. The theoretical description and performance of the TGV II spectrometer are also given. (author)

  2. On the potential value of Ca II K spectroheliogram time-series for solar activity and irradiance studies

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    I. Ermolli; Solanki, S. K.; Tlatov, A.G.; Krivova, N. A.; Ulrich, R. K.; J. Singh

    2008-01-01

    Various observatories around the globe started regular full-disk imaging of the solar atmosphere in the Ca II K line since the early decades of the 20th century. The archives made by these observations have the potential of providing far more detailed information on solar magnetism than just the sunspot number and area records to which most studies of solar activity and irradiance changes are restricted. We evaluate the image contents of three Ca II K spectroheliogram time-series, specificall...

  3. CA 242, a new tumour marker for pancreatic cancer: a comparison with CA 19-9, CA 50 and CEA.

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    Haglund, C.; Lundin, J; Kuusela, P.; Roberts, P. J.

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    The serum expression of a novel tumour marker, CA 242, defined by monoclonal antibody C 242, was studied in 179 patients with pancreatic cancer. The results were compared with CA 19-9, CA 50 and CEA. CA 242 is a carbohydrate closely related, but not identical, to CA 19-9 and CA 50. The overall sensitivity of the CA 242 assay was 74%: 55% in stage I, 83% in stage II-III and 78% in stage IV disease. The specificity calculated from 112 patients with benign diseases was 91%. CA 19-9 had a higher ...

  4. Study of the Sextans dwarf spheroidal galaxy from the DART CaII triplet survey

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    Battaglia, G; Helmi, A; Irwin, M; Parisi, P; Hill, V; Jablonka, P

    2010-01-01

    We use VLT/FLAMES intermediate resolution (R~6500) spectra of individual red giant branch stars in the near-infrared CaII triplet (CaT) region to investigate the wide-area metallicity properties and internal kinematics of the Sextans dwarf spheroidal galaxy (dSph). Our final sample consists of 174 probable members of Sextans with accurate line-of-sight velocities (+- 2 km/s) and CaT [Fe/H] measurements (+- 0.2 dex). We use the MgI line at 8806.8 \\AA\\, as an empirical discriminator for distinguishing between probable members of the dSph (giant stars) and probable Galactic contaminants (dwarf stars). Sextans shows a similar chemo-dynamical behaviour to other Milky Way dSphs, with its central regions being more metal rich than the outer parts and with the more metal-rich stars displaying colder kinematics than the more metal-poor stars. Hints of a velocity gradient are found along the projected major axis and along an axis at P.A.=191 deg, however a larger and more spatially extended sample may be necessary to p...

  5. Comparison Among Ca II K Spectroheliogram Time Series with an Application to Solar Activity Studies

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    Ermolli, I.; Solanki, S. K.; Tlatov, A. G.; Krivova, N. A.; Ulrich, R. K.; Singh, J.

    2009-06-01

    Various observatories around the globe started regular full-disk imaging of the solar atmosphere in the Ca II K line in the early decades of the 20th century. The archives made by these observations have the potential of providing far more detailed information on solar magnetism than just the sunspot number and area records to which most studies of solar activity and irradiance changes are restricted. We evaluate the image quality and contents of three Ca II K spectroheliogram time series, specifically those obtained by the digitization of the Arcetri, Kodaikanal, and Mt Wilson photographic archives, in order to estimate their value for studies focusing on timescales longer than the solar cycle. We analyze the quality of these data and compare the results obtained with those achieved for similar present-day observations taken with the Meudon spectroheliograph and with the Rome-PSPT. We also investigate whether image-segmentation techniques, such as those developed for identification of plage regions on present-day Ca II K observations, can be used to process historic series. We show that historic data suffer from stronger geometrical distortions and photometric uncertainties than similar present-day observations. The latter uncertainties mostly originate from the photographic calibration of the original data and from stray-light effects. We also show that the image contents of the three analyzed series vary in time. These variations are probably due to instrument changes and aging of the spectrographs used, as well as changes of the observing programs. The segmentation technique tested in this study gives reasonably consistent results for the three analyzed series after application of a simple photographic calibration. Although the plage areas measured from the three analyzed series differ somewhat, the difference to previously published results is larger.

  6. Spectropolarimetric observations of the Ca II 8498 A and 8542 A lines in the quiet Sun

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    Pietarila, A.; Socas-Navarro, H.; Bogdan, T.

    2007-01-01

    The Ca II infrared triplet is one of the few magnetically sensitive chromospheric lines available for ground-based observations. We present spectropolarimetric observations of the 8498 A and 8542 A lines in a quiet Sun region near a decaying active region and compare the results with a simulation of the lines in a high plasma-beta regime. Cluster analysis of Stokes V profile pairs shows that the two lines, despite arguably being formed fairly close, often do not have similar shapes. In the ne...

  7. Dynamo Sensitivity in Solar Analogs with 50 Years of Ca II H & K Activity

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    Egeland, Ricky; Baliunas, Sallie; Hall, Jeffrey C; Pevtsov, Alexei A; Henry, Gregory W

    2016-01-01

    The Sun has a steady 11-year cycle in magnetic activity most well-known by the rising and falling in the occurrence of dark sunspots on the solar disk in visible bandpasses. The 11-year cycle is also manifest in the variations of emission in the Ca II H & K line cores, due to non-thermal (i.e. magnetic) heating in the lower chromosphere. The large variation in Ca II H & K emission allows for study of the patterns of long-term variability in other stars thanks to synoptic monitoring with the Mount Wilson Observatory HK photometers (1966-2003) and Lowell Observatory Solar-Stellar Spectrograph (1994-present). Overlapping measurements for a set of 27 nearby solar-analog (spectral types G0-G5) stars were used to calibrate the two instruments and construct time series of magnetic activity up to 50 years in length. Precise properties of fundamental importance to the dynamo are available from Hipparcos, the Geneva-Copenhagen Survey, and CHARA interferometry. Using these long time series and measurements of fu...

  8. On the migration of Ca II H bright points in the internetwork

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    Jafarzadeh, S; Solanki, S K; Pietarila, A; Feller, A; Lagg, A; Gandorfer, A

    2014-01-01

    The migration of magnetic bright point-like features (MBP) in the lower solar atmosphere reflects the dispersal of magnetic flux as well as the horizontal flows of the atmospheric layer they are embedded in. We analyse trajectories of the proper motion of intrinsically magnetic, isolated internetwork Ca II H MBPs (mean lifetime 461 +- 9 sec) to obtain their diffusivity behaviour. We use seeing-free high spatial and temporal resolution image sequences of quiet-Sun, disc-centre observations obtained in the Ca II H 3968 {\\AA} passband of the Sunrise Filter Imager (SuFI) onboard the Sunrise balloon-borne solar observatory. Small MBPs in the internetwork are automatically tracked. The trajectory of each MBP is then calculated and described by a diffusion index ({\\gamma}) and a diffusion coefficient (D). We further explore the distribution of the diffusion indices with the help of a Monte Carlo simulation. We find {\\gamma} = 1.69 +- 0.08 and D = 257 +- 32 km^2/s averaged over all MBPs. Trajectories of most MBPs are...

  9. Butterfly Diagram and Carrington Maps for Century-Long Ca II K Spectroheliograms from Kodaikanal Observatory

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    Chatterjee, Subhamoy; Ravindra, B

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    The century-long (1907-2007) Ca II K spectroheliograms from Kodaikanal Solar Observatory (KSO) are calibrated, processed and analysed in the present study to follow the evolution of bright on disc structures called plages, the possible representatives of magnetic activity on the Sun. This has been the longest dataset studied in Ca II K till date covering about 9.5 cycles of 11 year periods. Plages were segmented with area $\\geq 1\\:\\textrm {arcmin}^2$ using global thresholds for individual full disc images and subsequent application of morphological closing operation. Plage index was calculated and seen to have close positive correlation with fractional disc area covered by plages. The newly generated plage area cycle (from KSO) was compared with the same from Mount Wilson observatory (Correlation~$95.6\\%$) for the overlapping years i.e. 1915-2000. Study illustrated time-latitude distribution of plage centroids rendering butterfly diagram (as observed for sunspots). The 3D visualisation of the diagram showed o...

  10. Spectropolarimetric observations of the Ca II 8498 A and 8542 A lines in the quiet Sun

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    Pietarila, A; Bogdan, T

    2007-01-01

    The Ca II infrared triplet is one of the few magnetically sensitive chromospheric lines available for ground-based observations. We present spectropolarimetric observations of the 8498 A and 8542 A lines in a quiet Sun region near a decaying active region and compare the results with a simulation of the lines in a high plasma-beta regime. Cluster analysis of Stokes V profile pairs shows that the two lines, despite arguably being formed fairly close, often do not have similar shapes. In the network, the local magnetic topology is more important in determining the shapes of the Stokes V profiles than the phase of the wave, contrary to what our simulations show. We also find that Stokes V asymmetries are very common in the network, and the histograms of the observed amplitude and area asymmetries differ significantly from the simulation. Both the network and internetwork show oscillatory behavior in the Ca II lines. It is stronger in the network, where shocking waves, similar to those in the high-beta simulation...

  11. Solar Activity and Irradiance Studies with Ca II Spectroheliograms: Potential and Problems

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    Ermolli, I.; Tlatov, A.; Solanki, S. K.; Krivova, N. A.; Singh, J.

    2007-05-01

    Various observatories around the globe carried out synoptic full-disk observations of the Sun since the beginning of the 20th century. The archives created by these observations, especially those including Ca II spectroheliograms, have the potential of providing far more detailed information on solar activity than the indices usually used to study activity variations, solar cycle and irradiance changes. However, these data suffer significantly from various problems including numerous defects in the photographic plates, missing or inaccurate calibration of the blackening curve, changes in the positioning of the exit slit with respect to the spectral line and variable seeing. Here we discuss the quality of images obtained by the digitization of three historic Ca II K time series, specifically those stored by the Arcetri, Kodaikanal and Mt Wilson Observatories. The aim of this work is to evaluate the potential value of these data for studies of solar activity and variability. It also shows the importance of the detailed and accurate image processing technique, in order to obtain uniform and trustable results from images coming from different historic archives.

  12. Thyroid hormone downregulates the expression and function of sarcoplasmic reticulum-associated CaM kinase II in the rabbit heart.

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    Jiang, Mao; Xu, Ande; Narayanan, Njanoor

    2006-09-01

    Phosphorylation of sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+-cycling proteins by a membrane-associated Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaM kinase II) is a well-documented physiological mechanism for regulation of transmembrane Ca2+ fluxes and the cardiomyocyte contraction-relaxation cycle. The present study investigated the effects of L-thyroxine-induced hyperthyroidism on protein expression of SR CaM kinase II and its substrates, endogenous CaM kinase II-mediated SR protein phosphorylation, and SR Ca2+ pump function in the rabbit heart. Membrane vesicles enriched in junctional SR (JSR) or longitudinal SR (LSR) isolated from euthyroid and hyperthyroid rabbit hearts were utilized. Endogenous CaM kinase II-mediated phosphorylation of ryanodine receptor-Ca2+ release channel (RyR-CRC), Ca2+-ATPase, and phospholamban (PLN) was significantly lower (30-70%) in JSR and LSR vesicles from hyperthyroid than from euthyroid rabbit heart. Western immunoblotting analysis revealed significantly higher (approximately 40%) levels of sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase isoform 2 (SERCA2) in JSR, but not in LSR, from hyperthyroid than from euthyroid rabbit heart. Maximal velocity of Ca2+ uptake was significantly increased in JSR (130%) and LSR (50%) from hyperthyroid compared with euthyroid rabbit hearts. Apparent affinity of the Ca2+-ATPase for Ca2+ did not differ between the two groups. Protein levels of PLN and CaM kinase II were significantly lower (30-40%) in JSR, LSR, and ventricular tissue homogenates from hyperthyroid rabbit heart. These findings demonstrate selective downregulation of expression and function of CaM kinase II in hyperthyroid rabbit heart in the face of upregulated expression and function of SERCA2 predominantly in the JSR compartment. PMID:16617128

  13. ADSORPTION OF Ca(II FROM AQUEOUS SOLUTION ONTO CELLULOSIC FIBERS AND ITS IMPACT ON THE PAPERMAKING PROCESS

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    Full Text Available Calcium(II is one of the most common metal ions in papermaking systems. However, the effect of Ca2+ on papermaking processes has not drawn much attention. The adsorption of Ca2+ from aqueous solutions onto bleached Eucalyptus globulus kraft pulp fibers was investigated. Thermodynamic results indicate that the adsorption of Ca2+ onto bleached E. globulus kraft pulp fibers was exothermic, reversible, and spontaneous. The equilibrium data followed Langmuir isotherms. The adsorption basically agrees with the ionic reaction model between carboxyl groups of fibers and Ca2+ in which the molar ratio of carboxyl to Ca2+ is close to 2:1. The binding capacity with carboxyl groups is so strong that the anionic charge of the adsorption sites in fibers can be screened, leading to decreased performance of cationic polyacrylamide for retention and drainage, Alkyl Ketene Dimer (AKD for sizing, and cationic starch for dry strength. The precipitation effect of Ca2+ with three kinds of dissolved and colloidal substances (sodium rosinate, sodium stearate, sodium oxalate also was investigated. The results showed that deposits formed by Ca2+ and dissolved and colloidal substances, which could adsorb to the surfaces of fibers, would affect drainage and retention abilities of cationic polyacrylamide.

  14. SYNTHESIS, CHARACTERIZATION AND ANTITUMOR ACTIVITY OF A Ca (II COORDINATION POLYMER BASED ON 3-AMINO-2-PYRAZINECARBOXYLIC ACID

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    Full Text Available A new Ca(II coordination polymer has been obtained by reaction of Ca(ClO42·H2O with 3-amino-2-pyrazinecarboxylic acid in CH3CH2OH/H2O. It was characterized by IR, 1HNMR, thermal analysis and X-ray single crystal diffraction analysis. X-ray analysis reveals that each Ca(II center is seven-coordination with a N2O5 distorted pentagonal bipyramidal coordination environment. The Ca(II ions are linked through the O atoms of 3-amino-2-pyrazinecarboxylic acid ligands to form 1D chain structure. And then a 3D network structure is constructed by hydrogen bonds and π-π stacking. The antitumor activity of 3-amino-2-pyrazinecarboxylic acid ligand and its Ca(II coordination polymer against human intestinal adenocarcinoma HCT-8 cells, lung adenocarcinoma HCT-116 cells and human lung adenocarcinoma A549 cells line have been investigated.

  15. Automatic stellar spectra parameterisation in the IR CaII triplet region

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    Kordopatis, G; de Laverny, P; Bijaoui, A; Hill, V; Gilmore, G; Wyse, R F G; Ordenovic, C

    2011-01-01

    (Abridged) Galactic archaeology aims to determine the evolution of the Galaxy from the chemical and kinematical properties of its stars. The analysis of current large spectroscopic surveys (thousands of stars) and future ones (millions of stars) require automated analysis techniques to obtain robust estimates of the stellar parameters. Several on-going and planned spectroscopic surveys have selected their wavelength region to contain the IR CaII triplet and this paper focuses on the automatic analysis of such spectra. We investigated two algorithms, MATISSE and DEGAS, both of which compare the observed spectrum to a grid of synthetic spectra, but each uses a different mathematical approach for finding the optimum match and hence the best stellar parameters. We identified degeneracies in different regions of the HR diagram: hot dwarfs and giants share the same spectral signatures. Furthermore, the surface gravity of cooler dwarfs is difficult to determine accurately. These effects are intensified when the info...

  16. Relation between the Sunrise photospheric magnetic field and the Ca II H bright features

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    Jafarzadeh, Shahin; Hirzberger, J.; Feller, A.; Lagg, A.; Solanki, S. K.; Pietarila, A.; Danilovic, S.; Riethmueller, T.; Barthol, P.; Berkefeld, T.; Gandorfer, A.; Knülker, M.; Martínez Pillet, V.; Schmidt, W.; Schüssler, M.; Title, A.

    Recent observations from the Sunrise balloon-borne solar telescope have enabled us to reach an unprecedented high spatial resolution on the solar surface with the near-ultraviolet photo-spheric and chromospheric images as well as the magnetograms. We use these high resolution observations to investigate the structure of the solar upper photosphere and lower chromosphere as well as their temporal evolutions. We study the relation between the inter-granular Ca II 397 nm bright structures in images obtained by the Sunrise Filter Imager (SuFI) and their corresponding photospheric vector magnetic field computed from the Imaging Magnetogram eXperiment (IMaX) observations. The targets under study are in a quiet Sun region and close to disc-centre.

  17. The Hanle and Zeeman polarization signals of the solar Ca II 8542 \\AA\\ line

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    We highlight the main results of a three-dimensional (3D) multilevel radiative transfer investigation about the solar disk-center polarization of the Ca {\\sc ii} 8542 \\AA\\ line. First, we investigate the linear polarization due to the atomic level polarization produced by the absorption and scattering of anisotropic radiation in a 3D model of the solar atmosphere, taking into account the symmetry breaking effects caused by its thermal, dynamic and magnetic structure. Second, we study the contribution of the Zeeman effect to the linear and circular polarization. Finally, we show examples of the Stokes profiles produced by the joint action of atomic level polarization and the Hanle and Zeeman effects. We find that the Zeeman effect tends to dominate the linear polarization signals only in the localized patches of opposite magnetic polarity where the magnetic field is relatively strong and slightly inclined, while outside such very localized patches the linear polarization is often dominated by the contribution ...

  18. Chromospheric Sunspot Oscillations in H-alpha and Ca II 8542A

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    Maurya, Ram Ajor; Park, Hyungmin; Yang, Heesu; Song, Donguk; Cho, Kyuhyoun

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    We study chromospheric oscillations including umbral flashes and running penumbral waves in a sunspot of active region (AR) using scanning spectroscopy in H-alpha and Ca II 8542A, with the Fast Imaging Solar Spectrograph (FISS) at the 1.6 meter New Solar Telescope at Big Bear Solar Observatory. A bisector method is applied to spectral observations to construct chromospheric Doppler velocity maps. Temporal sequence analysis of these shows enhanced high-frequency oscillations inside the sunspot umbra in both lines. Their peak frequency gradually decreases outward from the umbra. The oscillation power is found to be associated with magnetic-field strength and inclination, with different relationships in different frequency bands.

  19. ON-DISK COUNTERPARTS OF TYPE II SPICULES IN THE Ca II 854.2 nm AND Hα LINES

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    Recently, a second type of spicules was discovered at the solar limb with the Solar Optical Telescope onboard the Japanese Hinode spacecraft. These previously unrecognized type II spicules are thin chromospheric jets that are shorter lived (10-60 s) and that show much higher apparent upward velocities (of order 50-100 km s-1) than the classical spicules. Since they have been implicated in providing hot plasma to coronal loops, their formation, evolution, and properties are important ingredients for a better understanding of the mass and energy balance of the low solar atmosphere. Here, we report on the discovery of the disk counterparts of type II spicules using spectral imaging data in the Ca II 854.2 nm and Hα lines with the CRisp Imaging SpectroPolarimeter at the Swedish Solar Telescope in La Palma. We find rapid blueward excursions in the line profiles of both chromospheric lines that correspond to thin, jet-like features that show apparent velocities of order 50 km s-1. These blueward excursions seem to form a separate absorbing component with Doppler shifts of order 20 and 50 km s-1 for the Ca II 854.2 nm and Hα line, respectively. We show that the appearance, lifetimes, longitudinal and transverse velocities, and occurrence rate of these rapid blue excursions on the disk are very similar to those of the type II spicules at the limb. A detailed study of the spectral line profiles in these events suggests that plasma is accelerated along the jet, and plasma is being heated throughout the short lifetime of the event.

  20. The Hanle and Zeeman Polarization Signals of the Solar Ca II 8542 Å Line

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    Štěpán, Jiří; Trujillo Bueno, Javier

    2016-07-01

    We highlight the main results of a three-dimensional (3D) multilevel radiative transfer investigation about the solar disk-center polarization of the Ca ii 8542 Å line. First, through the use of a 3D model of the solar atmosphere, we investigate the linear polarization that occurs due to the atomic level polarization produced by the absorption and scattering of anisotropic radiation, taking into account the symmetry-breaking effects caused by its thermal, dynamic, and magnetic structure. Second, we study the contribution of the Zeeman effect to the linear and circular polarization. Finally, we show examples of the Stokes profiles produced by the joint action of the atomic level polarization and the Hanle and Zeeman effects. We find that the Zeeman effect tends to dominate the linear polarization signals only in the localized patches of opposite magnetic polarity, where the magnetic field is relatively strong and slightly inclined; outside such very localized patches, the linear polarization is often dominated by the contribution of atomic level polarization. We demonstrate that a correct modeling of this last contribution requires taking into account the symmetry-breaking effects caused by the thermal, dynamic, and magnetic structure of the solar atmosphere, and that in the 3D model used the Hanle effect in forward-scattering geometry (disk-center observation) mainly reduces the polarization corresponding to the zero-field case. We emphasize that, in general, a reliable modeling of the linear polarization in the Ca ii 8542 Å line requires taking into account the joint action of atomic level polarization and the Hanle and Zeeman effects.

  1. Alkyl sulfonic acide hydrazides: Synthesis, characterization, computational studies and anticancer, antibacterial, anticarbonic anhydrase II (hCA II) activities

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    O. Ozdemir, Ummuhan; İlbiz, Firdevs; Balaban Gunduzalp, Ayla; Ozbek, Neslihan; Karagoz Genç, Zuhal; Hamurcu, Fatma; Tekin, Suat

    2015-11-01

    Methane sulfonic acide hydrazide, CH3SO2NHNH2 (1), ethane sulfonic acide hydrazide, CH3CH2SO2NHNH2 (2), propane sulfonic acide hydrazide, CH3CH2CH2SO2NHNH2 (3) and butane sulfonic acide hydrazide, CH3CH2CH2CH2SO2NHNH2 (4) have been synthesized as homologous series and characterized by using elemental analysis, spectrophotometric methods (1H-13C NMR, FT-IR, LC-MS). In order to gain insight into the structure of the compounds, we have performed computational studies by using 6-311G(d, p) functional in which B3LYP functional were implemented. The geometry of the sulfonic acide hydrazides were optimized at the DFT method with Gaussian 09 program package. A conformational analysis of compounds were performed by using NMR theoretical calculations with DFT/B3LYP/6-311++G(2d, 2p) level of theory by applying the (GIAO) approach. The anticancer activities of these compounds on MCF-7 human breast cancer cell line investigated by comparing IC50 values. The antibacterial activities of synthesized compounds were studied against Gram positive bacteria; Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 6538, Bacillus subtilis ATCC 6633, Bacillus cereus NRRL-B-3711, Enterococcus faecalis ATCC 29212 and Gram negative bacteria; Escherichia coli ATCC 11230, Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 15442, Klebsiella pneumonia ATCC 70063 by using the disc diffusion method. The inhibition activities of these compounds on carbonic anhydrase II enzyme (hCA II) have been investigated by comparing IC50 and Ki values. The biological activity screening shows that butane sulfonic acide hydrazide (4) has more activity than the others against tested breast cancer cell lines MCF-7, Gram negative/Gram positive bacteria and carbonic anhydrase II (hCA II) isoenzyme.

  2. Heme-induced Trypanosoma cruzi proliferation is mediated by CaM kinase II

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    Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiologic agent of Chagas disease, is transmitted through triatomine vectors during their blood-meal on vertebrate hosts. These hematophagous insects usually ingest approximately 10 mM of heme bound to hemoglobin in a single meal. Blood forms of the parasite are transformed into epimastigotes in the crop which initiates a few hours after parasite ingestion. In a previous work, we investigated the role of heme in parasite cell proliferation and showed that the addition of heme significantly increased parasite proliferation in a dose-dependent manner . To investigate whether the heme effect is mediated by protein kinase signalling pathways, parasite proliferation was evaluated in the presence of several protein kinase (PK) inhibitors. We found that only KN-93, a classical inhibitor of calcium-calmodulin-dependent kinases (CaMKs), blocked heme-induced cell proliferation. KN-92, an inactive analogue of KN-93, was not able to block this effect. A T. cruzi CaMKII homologue is most likely the main enzyme involved in this process since parasite proliferation was also blocked when Myr-AIP, an inhibitory peptide for mammalian CaMKII, was included in the cell proliferation assay. Moreover, CaMK activity increased in parasite cells with the addition of heme as shown by immunological and biochemical assays. In conclusion, the present results are the first strong indications that CaMKII is involved in the heme-induced cell signalling pathway that mediates parasite proliferation.

  3. Heme-induced Trypanosoma cruzi proliferation is mediated by CaM kinase II

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    Souza, C.F. [Laboratorio de Imunomodulacao e Protozoologia, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz (Brazil); Carneiro, A.B.; Silveira, A.B. [Laboratorio de Sinalizacao Celular, Instituto de Bioquimica Medica, UFRJ (Brazil); Laranja, G.A.T. [Laboratorio de Interacao Tripanosomatideos e Vetores, Departamento de Bioquimica, IBRAG, UERJ, 20551-030 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Silva-Neto, M.A.C. [Laboratorio de Sinalizacao Celular, Instituto de Bioquimica Medica, UFRJ (Brazil); INCT, Entomologia Molecular (Brazil); Costa, S.C. Goncalves da [Laboratorio de Imunomodulacao e Protozoologia, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz (Brazil); Paes, M.C., E-mail: mcpaes@uerj.br [Laboratorio de Interacao Tripanosomatideos e Vetores, Departamento de Bioquimica, IBRAG, UERJ, 20551-030 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); INCT, Entomologia Molecular (Brazil)

    2009-12-18

    Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiologic agent of Chagas disease, is transmitted through triatomine vectors during their blood-meal on vertebrate hosts. These hematophagous insects usually ingest approximately 10 mM of heme bound to hemoglobin in a single meal. Blood forms of the parasite are transformed into epimastigotes in the crop which initiates a few hours after parasite ingestion. In a previous work, we investigated the role of heme in parasite cell proliferation and showed that the addition of heme significantly increased parasite proliferation in a dose-dependent manner . To investigate whether the heme effect is mediated by protein kinase signalling pathways, parasite proliferation was evaluated in the presence of several protein kinase (PK) inhibitors. We found that only KN-93, a classical inhibitor of calcium-calmodulin-dependent kinases (CaMKs), blocked heme-induced cell proliferation. KN-92, an inactive analogue of KN-93, was not able to block this effect. A T. cruzi CaMKII homologue is most likely the main enzyme involved in this process since parasite proliferation was also blocked when Myr-AIP, an inhibitory peptide for mammalian CaMKII, was included in the cell proliferation assay. Moreover, CaMK activity increased in parasite cells with the addition of heme as shown by immunological and biochemical assays. In conclusion, the present results are the first strong indications that CaMKII is involved in the heme-induced cell signalling pathway that mediates parasite proliferation.

  4. Two-dimensional radiative transfer. II. The wings of Ca K and Mg k

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    The effect of horizontal radiative transfer on the Ca K and Mg k line wing intensities in two-component models of the solar atmosphere is investigated. No significant influence on the spatially unresolved wing profiles of either line was found, even for models in which the lateral variation was extreme over distances approaching a vertical scale height. Horizonal contrast as measured by the spatially resolve Mg k profile was found to be markedly reduced by lateral transfer over scales at or below the current resolution limit. Contrast as measured in the Ca K wing was relatively unaffected and was maintained down to lateral sizes approaching a vertical scale height. The behavior of Ca K relative to Mg k is attributed to the larger amount of photon destruction by incoherent scattering in the Ca K wing, which limits the distance that photons can diffuse laterally and forces the line to be formed near LTE. We therefore conclude that the small-scale photospheric temperature structure predicted by many models can be detected in Ca K, and that efforts toward reducing seeing limitations on the resolution of solar observations should be encouraged

  5. Ca II triplet spectroscopy of RGB stars in NGC 6822: kinematics and metallicities

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    Swan, Jesse; Tolstoy, Eline; Irwin, Mike J

    2016-01-01

    We present a detailed analysis of the chemistry and kinematics of red giants in the dwarf irregular galaxy NGC 6822. Spectroscopy at 8500 Angstroms was acquired for 72 red giant stars across two fields using FORS2 at the VLT. Line of sight extinction was individually estimated for each target star to accommodate the variable reddening across NGC 6822. The mean radial velocity was found to be v_helio = (52.8 +/- 2.2) km/s with dispersion rms = 24.1 km/s, in agreement with other studies. Ca II triplet equivalent widths were converted into [Fe/H] metallicities using a V magnitude proxy for surface gravity. The average metallicity was [Fe/H] = (-0.84 +/- 0.04) with dispersion rms = 0.31 dex and interquartile range 0.48. Our assignment of individual reddening values makes our analysis more sensitive to spatial variations in metallicity than previous studies. We divide our sample into metal-rich and metal-poor stars; the former are found to cluster towards small radii with the metal-poor stars more evenly distribut...

  6. Observational Searches for Chromospheric -Mode Oscillations from CaII H-Line Observations

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    R. Kariyappa; L. Damé; K. M. Hiremath

    2006-06-01

    We have used a high spatial and temporal resolution of long time sequence of spectra in CaII H-line obtained at the Vacuum Tower Telescope (VTT) of the Sacramento Peak Observatory on a quiet region at the center of the solar disk over a large number of bright points and network elements to search for atmospheric (chromospheric) -mode oscillations. An important parameter of the H-line profile, intensity at H2V(IH2V), has been derived from a large number of line profiles. We derived the light curves of all the bright points and network elements. The light curves represent the main pulse with large intensity amplitude and followed by several follower pulses with lower intensity amplitudes. The light curves of these bright points would give an impression that one can as well draw curves towards and away from the highest peak (main pulse) showing an exponential growth and decay of the amplitudes. An exponential decaying function has been fitted for all the light curves of the bright points to determine the damping time of the modes that are more or less the same, and one value of the coefficient of exponent can represent reasonably well the decay for all the cases. The FFT analysis of temporal variation of both the bright points and the network elements indicates around 10-min periodicity. We speculate that this longer period of oscillation may be related to chromospheric -mode oscillations.

  7. Oscillations of the Sun's chromosphere. VIII. Horizontal motions of CA II K bright points

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    Wellstein, S.; Kneer, F.; von Uexkuell, M.

    1998-07-01

    We present a re-analysis of a time series of solar disc centre Ca ii K2v filtergrams taken with the Vacuum Tower Telescope at the Observatorio del Teide/Tenerife. We concentrate on the measurements of proper motions of K grains in the internetwork regions and of bright points in the chromospheric network. For the K grains we find horizontal velocities of 2-15 km s(-1) , values much lower than those deduced by Steffens et al. (1996) from a smaller sample, analyzed differently. In accord with our earlier conclusion from k-omega diagrams (Kneer & von Uexkuell 1993) and with numerical simulations by Carlsson & Stein (1997) high-frequency (pseudo-) p-modes can viably explain the K grains. Yet, the rareness of the K grains may indicate a connection to magnetic fields. The proper motions of the network bright points are non-periodic, very impulsive, with velocities of 7-10 km s(-1) . Estimating the energy flux if these motions are magnetic kink waves (cf. Choudhuri et al. 1993, Muller et al. 1994), we find it sufficient to heat the solar corona, but too small to cover the radiative losses of the chromospheric network.

  8. The Appearance of Spicules in High Resolution Observations of Ca II H and H-alpha

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    Pereira, Tiago M D; Carlsson, Mats

    2016-01-01

    Solar spicules are chromospheric fibrils that appear everywhere on the Sun, yet their origin is not understood. Using high resolution observations of spicules obtained with the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope we aim to understand how spicules appear in filtergrams and Dopplergrams, how they compare in Ca II H and H-alpha, and what can make them appear and disappear. We find spicules display a rich and detailed spatial structure, and show a distribution of transverse velocities that when aligned with the line of sight can make them appear at different H-alpha wing positions. They become more abundant at positions closer to the line core, reflecting a distribution of Doppler shifts and widths. In H-alpha width maps they stand out as bright features both on disk and off-limb, reflecting their large Doppler motions and possibly higher temperatures than in the typical H-alpha formation region. Spicule lifetimes measured from narrowband images at only a few positions will be an underestimate because Doppler shifts can ...

  9. Teale CA. Counties

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    California Department of Resources — California Spatial Information System (CaSIL) is a project designed to improve access to geo-spatial and geo-spatial related data information throughout the state...

  10. Inhibitors of the Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase phosphatase family (CaMKP and CaMKP-N)

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    Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase phosphatase (CaMKP) and its nuclear isoform CaMKP-N are unique Ser/Thr protein phosphatases that negatively regulate the Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase (CaMK) cascade by dephosphorylating multifunctional CaMKI, II, and IV. However, the lack of specific inhibitors of these phosphatases has hampered studies on these enzymes in vivo. In an attempt to obtain specific inhibitors, we searched inhibitory compounds and found that Evans Blue and Chicago Sky Blue 6B served as effective inhibitors for CaMKP. These compounds also inhibited CaMKP-N, but inhibited neither protein phosphatase 2C, another member of PPM family phosphatase, nor calcineurin, a typical PPP family phosphatase. The minimum structure required for the inhibition was 1-amino-8-naphthol-4-sulfonic acid. When Neuro2a cells cotransfected with CaMKIV and CaMKP-N were treated with these compounds, the dephosphorylation of CaMKIV was strongly suppressed, suggesting that these compounds could be used as potent inhibitors of CaMKP and CaMKP-N in vivo as well as in vitro

  11. Ca II 854.2 nm Spectromagnetograms: A Powerful Chromospheric Diagnostic

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    Harvey, J. W.; Bertello, Luca; Branston, D.; Britanik, J.; Bulau, S.; Cole, L.; Gosain, Sanjay; Harker, Brian; Jones, Harrison P.; Marble, A.; Martinez Pillet, V.; Pevtsov, A.; Schramm, K.; Streander, Kim; Villegas, H.

    2016-05-01

    The transition from physical dominance by plasma flows in the photosphere to magnetic pressure in the solar chromosphere motivates as many diagnostic observations as possible across this important region. Among the few ground-accessible spectral lines formed within the chromosphere, the Ca II 854.2 nm line has the desirable properties of presence everywhere on the solar disk, Zeeman sensitivity, and narrow line width. Mapped observations of circular polarization within this line (spectromagnetograms) have been made at NSO infrequently since 1974, with regular daily full-disk observations starting in August 1996. Full-disk spectral observations of the complete Stokes polarization vector are now being made regularly since November 2015. It is not easy to estimate chromospheric magnetic field properties from the 854.2 nm line profile polarization. To provide rough quick-look vector field maps we found that the weak-field approximation provides a fair first estimate of the line-of-sight component but appears to be too simple to interpret the transverse magnetic field from frequently asymmetric, linearly-polarized line profiles. More realistic estimates of the chromospheric vector field, short of extremely lengthy, full 3D, non-local radiative transfer inversions, are being investigated. We briefly introduce recent instrumental modifications and observational characteristics, sample observations, and results concerning the expansion of the chromospheric field with increasing height, the presence of large areas of weak, nearly horizontal fields, and field estimates in plages, sunspots, flares, filaments, and filament channels. The Stokes spectra will be freely available to the community.This work utilizes SOLIS data obtained by the NSO Integrated Synoptic Program (NISP), managed by the National Solar Observatory, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), Inc. under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.

  12. Ca II triplet spectroscopy of RGB stars in NGC 6822: kinematics and metallicities

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    Swan, J.; Cole, A. A.; Tolstoy, E.; Irwin, M. J.

    2016-03-01

    We present a detailed analysis of the chemistry and kinematics of red giants in the dwarf irregular galaxy NGC 6822. Spectroscopy at ≈8500 Å was acquired for 72 red giant stars across two fields using FORS2 at the VLT. Line-of-sight extinction was individually estimated for each target star to accommodate the variable reddening across NGC 6822. The mean radial velocity was found to be = -52.8 ± 2.2 km s-1 with dispersion σv = 24.1 km s-1, in agreement with other studies. Ca II triplet equivalent widths were converted into [Fe/H] metallicities using a V magnitude proxy for surface gravity. The average metallicity was = -0.84 ± 0.04 with dispersion σ = 0.31 dex and interquartile range 0.48. Our assignment of individual reddening values makes our analysis more sensitive to spatial variations in metallicity than previous studies. We divide our sample into metal-rich and metal-poor stars; the former were found to cluster towards small radii with the metal-poor stars more evenly distributed across the galaxy. The velocity dispersion of the metal-poor stars was found to be higher than that of the metal-rich stars (σ _{v_MP}=27.4 km s-1; σ _{v_MR}=21.1 km s-1); combined with the age-metallicity relation this indicates that the older populations have either been dynamically heated during their lifetimes or were born in a less disc-like distribution than the younger stars.. The low ratio vrot/σv suggests that within the inner 10 arcmin, NGC 6822's stars are dynamically decoupled from the H I gas, and possibly distributed in a thick disc or spheroid structure.

  13. Temporal Evolution of the Scattering Polarization of the CaII IR Triplet in Hydrodynamical Models of the Solar Chromosphere

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    Carlin, E S; Bueno, J Trujillo

    2012-01-01

    Velocity gradients in a stellar atmospheric plasma have an impact on the anisotropy of the radiation field that illuminates each point within the medium, and this may in principle influence the scattering line polarization that results from the induced atomic level polarization. Here we analyze the emergent linear polarization profiles of the Ca II infrared triplet after solving the radiative transfer problem of scattering polarization in time-dependent hydrodynamical models of the solar chromosphere, taking into account the impact of the plasma macroscopic velocity on the atomic level polarization. We discuss the influence that the velocity and temperature shocks in the considered chromospheric models have on the temporal evolution of the scattering polarization signals of the Ca II infrared lines, as well as on the temporally averaged profiles. Our results indicate that the increase of the linear polarization amplitudes caused by macroscopic velocity gradients may be significant in realistic situations. We ...

  14. Complexin II plays a positive role in Ca2+-triggered exocytosis by facilitating vesicle priming

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    Cai, Haijiang; Reim, Kerstin; Varoqueaux, Frederique;

    2008-01-01

    the complex and inhibiting membrane fusion. However, several other studies also suggest that CPXs are positive regulators of neurotransmitter release. Thus, whether CPXs are positive or negative regulators of exocytosis is not known, much less the stage in the vesicle life cycle at which they function. Here...... regulate the size of the primed vesicle pools and have a positive role in Ca(2+)-triggered exocytosis....

  15. Microwave assisted synthesis of novel acridine-acetazolamide conjugates and investigation of their inhibition effects on human carbonic anhydrase isoforms hCA I, II, IV and VII.

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    Ulus, Ramazan; Aday, Burak; Tanç, Muhammet; Supuran, Claudiu T; Kaya, Muharrem

    2016-08-15

    4-Amino-N-(5-sulfamoyl-1,3,4-thiadiazol-2-yl)benzamide was condensed with cyclic-1,3-diketones (dimedone and cyclohexane-1,3-dione) and aromatic aldehydes under microwave irradiation, leading to a series of acridine-acetazolamide conjugates. The new compounds were investigated as inhibitors of carbonic anhydrases (CA, EC 4.2.1.1), and more precisely cytosolic isoforms hCA I, II, VII and membrane-bound one hCA IV. All investigated isoforms were inhibited in low micromolar and nanomolar range by the new compounds. hCA IV and VII were inhibited with KIs in the range of 29.7-708.8nM (hCA IV), and of 1.3-90.7nM (hCA VII). For hCA I and II the KIs were in the range of 6.7-335.2nM (hCA I) and of 0.5-55.4nM (hCA II). The structure-activity relationships (SAR) for the inhibition of these isoforms with the acridine-acetazolamide conjugates reported here were delineated. PMID:27298005

  16. Ca II TRIPLET SPECTROSCOPY OF SMALL MAGELLANIC CLOUD RED GIANTS. II. ABUNDANCES FOR A SAMPLE OF FIELD STARS

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    We have obtained metallicities of ∼360 red giant stars distributed in 15 Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) fields from near-infrared spectra covering the Ca II triplet lines using the VLT + FORS2. The errors of the derived [Fe/H] values range from 0.09 to 0.35 dex per star, with a mean of 0.17 dex. The metallicity distribution (MD) of the whole sample shows a mean value of [Fe/H] = -1.00 ± 0.02, with a dispersion of 0.32 ± 0.01, in agreement with global mean [Fe/H] values found in previous studies. We find no evidence of a metallicity gradient in the SMC. In fact, on analyzing the MD of each field, we derived mean values of [Fe/H] = -0.99 ± 0.08 and [Fe/H] = -1.02 ± 0.07 for fields located closer and farther than 4 deg. from the center of the galaxy, respectively. In addition, there is a clear tendency for the field stars to be more metal-poor than the corresponding cluster they surround, independent of their positions in the galaxy and of the clusters' age. We argue that this most likely stems from the field stars being somewhat older and therefore somewhat more metal-poor than most of our clusters.

  17. Physical conditions in CaFe interstellar clouds

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    Gnacinski, P.; Krogulec, M.

    2007-01-01

    Interstellar clouds that exhibit strong Ca I and Fe I lines were called CaFe clouds. The ionisation equilibrium equations were used to model the column densities of Ca II, Ca I, K I, Na I, Fe I and Ti II in CaFe clouds. The chemical composition of CaFe clouds is that of the Solar System and no depletion of elements onto dust grains is seen. The CaFe clouds have high electron densities n=1 cm^-3 that leads to high column densities of neutral Ca and Fe.

  18. Simulations of the Mg II k and Ca II 8542 lines from an Alfv\\'en Wave-heated flare chromosphere

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    Kerr, Graham S; Russell, Alexander J B; Allred, Joel C

    2016-01-01

    We use radiation hydrodynamic simulations to examine two models of solar flare chromospheric heating: Alfv\\'en wave dissipation and electron beam collisional losses. Both mechanisms are capable of strong chromospheric heating, and we show that the distinctive atmospheric evolution in the mid-to-upper chromosphere results in Mg II k-line emission that should be observably different between wave-heated and beam-heated simulations. We also present Ca II 8542A profiles which are formed slightly deeper in the chromosphere. The Mg II k-line profiles from our wave-heated simulation are quite different from those from a beam-heated model and are more consistent with IRIS observations. The predicted differences between the Ca II 8542A in the two models are small. We conclude that careful observational and theoretical study of lines formed in the mid-to-upper chromosphere holds genuine promise for distinguishing between competing models for chromospheric heating in flares.

  19. Electrodeposition of Ca Metal in CaCl2-CaO Molten Salt

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    GUO; Jun-kang; WANG; Chang-shui; CAO; Long-hao; OUYANG; Ying-gen

    2013-01-01

    To realize the continuouscalciothermic reduction in molten salts,the electrodeposition behavior of Ca metal in CaCl2-CaO molten salt was investigated by cylic voltammetry.The cyclic voltammograms at the scan rate of 100 mV/s are shown in Fig.1.As is shown,the electrodeposition potential of Ca deviated from-1.66 V to-0.97 V after CaO was added to molten CaCl2 and the decomposition of CaO

  20. Fine structure of the age-chromospheric activity relation in solar-type stars I: The Ca II infrared triplet: Absolute flux calibration

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    Lorenzo-Oliveira, Diego; Dutra-Ferreira, Letícia; Ribas, Ignasi

    2016-01-01

    Strong spectral lines are useful indicators of stellar chromospheric activity. They are physically linked to the convection efficiency, differential rotation, and angular momentum evolution and are a potential indicator of age. However, for ages > 2 Gyr, the age-activity relationship remains poorly constrained thus hampering its full application. The Ca II infrared triplet (IRT lines) has been poorly studied compared to classical chromospheric indicators. We report in this paper absolute chromospheric fluxes in the three Ca II IRT lines, based on a new calibration tied to up-to-date model atmospheres. We obtain the Ca II IRT absolute fluxes for 113 FGK stars from high signal-to-noise ratio and high-resolution spectra covering an extensive domain of chromospheric activity levels. We perform an absolute continuum flux calibration for the Ca II IRT lines anchored in atmospheric models calculated as an explicit function of effective temperatures, metallicity, and gravities avoiding the degeneracy present in photo...

  1. C.A. Nothardbiblioteek

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    1988-09-01

    Full Text Available As instructed by the Central Board of the South African Nursing Association during 1985, an investigation was launched into the function of the C.A. Not hard Library, namely to provide optimal information to members. The underlying philosophy concerned with the establishment of the library was to provide a service which is not available elsewhere. The investigation revealed however, that various training institutions in the country meet this need. As a result of the findings, as presented in the article, the C.A. Northard Library was closed on 1 December 1985 as a lending library. A unique Nursing reference library is being established in its place, with the emphasis in the future on the S. A. Nursing Association’s role in the promotion of Nursing research.

  2. STATISTICAL PROPERTIES OF THE DISK COUNTERPARTS OF TYPE II SPICULES FROM SIMULTANEOUS OBSERVATIONS OF RAPID BLUESHIFTED EXCURSIONS IN Ca II 8542 AND Hα

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    Spicules were recently found to exist as two different types when a new class of so-called type II spicules was discovered at the solar limb with the Solar Optical Telescope on board the Hinode spacecraft. These type II spicules have been linked with on-disk observations of rapid blueshifted excursions (RBEs) in the Hα and Ca II 8542 lines. Here we analyze observations optimized for the detection of RBEs in both Hα and Ca II 8542 lines simultaneously at a high temporal cadence taken with the Crisp Imaging Spectropolarimeter at the Swedish Solar Telescope on La Palma. In this study, we used a high-quality time sequence for RBEs at different blueshifts and employed an automated detection routine to detect a large number of RBEs in order to expand on the statistics of RBEs. We find that the number of detected RBEs is strongly dependent on the associated Doppler velocity of the images on which the search is performed. Automatic detection of RBEs at lower velocities increases the estimated number of RBEs to the same order of magnitude expected from limb spicules. This shows that RBEs and type II spicules are indeed exponents of the same phenomenon. Furthermore, we provide solid evidence that Ca II 8542 RBEs are connected to Hα RBEs and are located closer to the network regions with the Hα RBEs being a continuation of the Ca II 8542 RBEs. Our results show that RBEs have an average lifetime of 83.9 s when observed in both spectral lines and that the Doppler velocities of RBEs range from 10 to 25 km s–1 in Ca II 8542 and 30 to 50 km s–1 in Hα. In addition, we automatically determine the transverse motion of a much larger sample of RBEs than previous studies, and find that, just like type II spicules, RBEs undergo significant transverse motions of the order of 5-10 km s–1. Finally, we find that the intergranular jets discovered at Big Bear Solar Observatory are a subset of RBEs.

  3. Automatic stellar spectra parameterisation in the IR Ca ii triplet region

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    Kordopatis, G.; Recio-Blanco, A.; de Laverny, P.; Bijaoui, A.; Hill, V.; Gilmore, G.; Wyse, R. F. G.; Ordenovic, C.

    2011-11-01

    Context. Galactic archaeology aims to determine the evolution of the Galaxy from the chemical and kinematical properties of its individual stars. This requires the analysis of data from large spectroscopic surveys, with sample sizes in tens of thousands at present, with millions of stars being reached in the near future. Such large samples require automated analysis techniques and classification algorithms to obtain robust estimates of the stellar parameter values. Several on-going and planned spectroscopic surveys have selected their wavelength region to contain the IR Ca ii triplet (~λλ 8500 Å) and the work presented in this paper focuses on the automatic analysis of such spectra. Aims: We aim to develop and test an automatic method by which one can obtain estimates of values of the stellar atmospheric parameters (effective temperature, surface gravity, overall metallicity) from a stellar spectrum. We also explore the degeneracies in parameter space, estimate the uncertainties in the derived parameter values and investigate the consequences of these limitations for achieving the goals of galactic archaeology. Methods: We investigated two algorithms, both of which compare the observed spectrum to a grid of synthetic spectra, but each uses a different mathematical approach for finding the optimum match and hence the best values of the stellar parameters. Our investigation of these algorithms' robustness can be widely applied because it amplifies the main problems that the other methods can encounter. The first algorithm, MATISSE, derives the values of each stellar parameter through a local fit to the spectrum such that each pixel in wavelength space is treated separately. The sensitivity of the flux at each wavelength to the value of a given stellar parameter is determined from the synthetic spectra. The observed spectrum is then projected using these sensitivity vectors to give an estimated value of the stellar parameters. This value depends on finding the true

  4. Sorption of radiocobalt(II) onto Ca-montmorillonite. Effect of contact time, solid content, pH, ionic strength and temperature

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    In this paper, the sorption of Co(II) from aqueous solution to Ca-montmorillonite was studied under ambient conditions by using batch technique. The effects of contact time, solid content, pH, ionic strength and temperature on the sorption of Co(II) to Ca-montmorillonite was also investigated. The results indicated that the sorption of Co(II) was strongly dependent on pH values. The sorption was dependent on ionic strength at low pH values, but independent of ionic strength at high pH values. Outer-sphere surface complexes were formed on the surface of Ca-montmorillonite at low pH values, whereas inner-sphere surface complexes were formed at high pH values. The Langmuir, Freundlich and Dubinin-Radushkevich (D-R) models were used to simulate the sorption isotherms of Co(II) at three different temperatures. The thermodynamic parameters (ΔH0, ΔS0 and ΔG0) were calculated from the temperature dependent sorption isotherms, and the results indicated that the sorption reaction of Co(II) to Ca-montmorillonite was an endothermic and spontaneous process. The high sorption capacity of Co(II) on Ca-montmorillonite suggests that the Ca-montmorillonite is a suitable material for the preconcentration and solidification of radiocobalt from aqueous solutions. (author)

  5. Analysis of Ca II K images aiming to determine long-term trends in solar irradiance variability

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    Kar, Anuradha; Ermolli, Ilaria; Krivova, Natalie; Solanki, Sami

    2013-04-01

    The change in radiative output of the Sun on time scales longer than a day is attributed to the variability in solar surface magnetic fields. Direct irradiance measurements are only available for less than four decades. To reconstruct long term trends in solar total and spectral irradiance, proxies of solar surface magnetism like sunspot, facular and network areas are needed. Currently, sunspot records alone are used for this purpose, from which the deduction of facular and network areas is rather indirect. Historical records of full disk images of the Sun taken in the Ca II K spectral line (393.3 nm) have the potential to provide far more direct information about the distribution and evolution of faculae and network elements. The latter appear as bright regions in the Ca II K spectroheliograms and their intensity is correlated with the magnetic field strength of the features on the solar surface. Solar full disk images in the Ca II K line have been recorded since the beginning of the 20th century at a number of solar observatories such as at Arcetri (Italy), Mount Wilson(California, US) and Kodaikanal (India). The images are available in digitized archives that contain the data processed for standard instrumental calibrations. To utilize these records for irradiance studies, the next step is to identify the bright magnetic features from the images using feature recognition techniques. We test different feature identification methods which are first applied to a set of recent images from the PSPT instrument at the Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, taken during three periods characterized by high, medium and low levels of activity. Then the performance of these methods to historical images from Arcetri, Mt. Wilson and Kodaikanal archives is tested. The results will be presented and discussed here.

  6. DATE PRELIMINARE PRIVIND VIABILITATEA POLENULUI CA BIOINDICATOR AL CALITĂŢII AERULUI ÎN TIMIŞOARA

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Această cercetare prezintă date obţinute prin prelevarea polenului de la patru specii (Plantago lanceolata, Plantago major, Ambrosia artemisiifolia, Tilia cordata şi testarea viabilităţii acestuia prin tratare cu TTC. Aceste date preliminare sunt insuficiente pentru a da o concluzie specifică. Oricum, se poate spune că viabilitatea polenului poate fi un parametru reprezentativ pentru a stabili care plante sunt mai bine adaptate mediului urban. Modificarea viabilităţii polenului indică prezenţa gazelor cu caracter poluant, rezultate mai ales din traficul rutier, la toate cele patru specii. Polenul de Plantago lanceolata şi Tilia cordata ar putea fi folosit ca bio-indicator al calităţii aerului într-un ecosistem urban.

  7. The wings of Ca II H and K as photospheric diagnostics and the reliability of one-dimensional photosphere modeling

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    Sheminova, V. A.

    2012-01-01

    The extended wings of the Ca II H and K lines provide excellent diagnostics of the temperature stratification of the photosphere of the Sun and of other cool stars, thanks to their LTE opacities and source functions and their large span in formation height. The aim of this study is to calibrate the usage of the H and K wings in one-dimensional interpretation of spatially averaged spectra and in deriving per-pixel stratifications from resolved spectra. I use multi-dimensional simulations of so...

  8. Seasonal Sr/Ca, and 44Ca/40Ca co-variation in Arctica islandica

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    Full text: We have studied the Ca isotopic variations and Sr/Ca ratios within an A. islandica shell in relation to temperature fluctuations of the ambient seawater with sub-seasonal resolution. The long-lived bivalve A. islandica dwells at 10-200 m depth throughout much of the North Atlantic continental shelf. Its shells represent a promising SST archive for boreal marine settings. The A. islandica shell used for this study was collected at 60-m depth near the former position of the Nantucket Shoals Lightship. The years 1956-1958 were analyzed for both, Sr/Ca ratios and δ44/40Ca, with 1957 being the best resolved. The δ44/40Ca are highly correlated with Sr/Ca ratios (r= 0.92 for 1957). The positive correlation of Sr/Ca ratios and temperature in A. islandica is in accordance with published data on other bivalves, but contrary to thermodynamic expectations and e.g. coral data. The same inversion is found for Ca isotope fractionation: the δ44/40Ca correlation with temperature of A. islandica is negative, while all δ44/40Ca temperature gradients published so far (inorganic precipitates and foraminifera data) show varying degrees of positive correlation. Thus, as for Sr/Ca, the temperature correlation of δ44/40Ca in A. islandica is not under thermodynamic control. It appears inevitable to conclude that biological effects dominate both, Sr incorporation and Ca isotope fractionation in A. islandica. Growth rates and food supply are parameters that might relate Sr/Ca ratios as well as Ca isotopic compositions to vital activity and thus indirectly to temperature. In any case the high correlation of Sr/Ca ratios and Ca isotope fractionation indicates a common metabolic process for the observed variations. (author)

  9. Intracellular translocation of calmodulin and Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II during the development of hypertrophy in neonatal cardiomyocytes

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    We have recently shown that stimulation of cultured neonatal cardiomyocytes with endothelin-1 (ET-1) first produces conformational disorder within the ryanodine receptor (RyR2) and diastolic Ca2+ leak from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR), then develops hypertrophy (HT) in the cardiomyocytes (Hamada et al., 2009 ). The present paper addresses the following question. By what mechanism does crosstalk between defective operation of RyR2 and activation of the HT gene program occur? Here we show that the immuno-stain of calmodulin (CaM) is localized chiefly in the cytoplasmic area in the control cells; whereas, in the ET-1-treated/hypertrophied cells, major immuno-staining is localized in the nuclear region. In addition, fluorescently labeled CaM that has been introduced into the cardiomyocytes using the BioPORTER system moves from the cytoplasm to the nucleus with the development of HT. The immuno-confocal imaging of Ca2+/CaM-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) also shows cytoplasm-to-nucleus shift of the immuno-staining pattern in the hypertrophied cells. In an early phase of hypertrophic growth, the frequency of spontaneous Ca2+ transients increases, which accompanies with cytoplasm-to-nucleus translocation of CaM. In a later phase of hypertrophic growth, further increase in the frequency of spontaneous Ca2+ transients results in the appearance of trains of Ca2+ spikes, which accompanies with nuclear translocation of CaMKII. The cardio-protective reagent dantrolene (the reagent that corrects the de-stabilized inter-domain interaction within the RyR2 to a normal mode) ameliorates aberrant intracellular Ca2+ events and prevents nuclear translocation of both CaM and CaMKII, then prevents the development of HT. These results suggest that translocation of CaM and CaMKII from the cytoplasm to the nucleus serves as messengers to transmit the pathogenic signal elicited in the surface membrane and in the RyR2 to the nuclear transcriptional sites to activate HT program.

  10. Ca II and Na I absorption in the QSO S4 0248 + 430 due to an intervening galaxy

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    Observations of the QSO S4 0248 + 430 and a nearby anonymous galaxy are presented. Two absorption components are found in both Ca II H and K and Na I D1 and D2 at z(a) = 0.0515, 0.0523. Column densities of log N(Ca II) = 13.29, 13.50, and log N(Na I) = 13.79, 14.18 are found for z(a) = 0.0515, 0.0523 absorption systems, respectively. The column density ratios imply considerable calcium depletion and disk-type absorbing gas. At least one and possibly both absorption components are produced by high-velocity gas. A broadband image of the field shows an asymmetrical armlike feature or possible tidal tail covering and extending past the position of the QSO. The presence of this extended feature and the apparent difference between the absorption velocities and galaxy rotation velocity suggest that the absorbing gas is not ordinary disk gas, but rather is a result of tidal disruption. 24 refs

  11. Ca II Triplet Spectroscopy of Small Magellanic Cloud Red Giants. III. Abundances and Velocities for a Sample of 14 Clusters

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    Parisi, M. C.; Geisler, D.; Clariá, J. J.; Villanova, S.; Marcionni, N.; Sarajedini, A.; Grocholski, A. J.

    2015-05-01

    We obtained spectra of red giants in 15 Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) clusters in the region of the Ca ii lines with FORS2 on the Very Large Telescope. We determined the mean metallicity and radial velocity with mean errors of 0.05 dex and 2.6 km s-1, respectively, from a mean of 6.5 members per cluster. One cluster (B113) was too young for a reliable metallicity determination and was excluded from the sample. We combined the sample studied here with 15 clusters previously studied by us using the same technique, and with 7 clusters whose metallicities determined by other authors are on a scale similar to ours. This compilation of 36 clusters is the largest SMC cluster sample currently available with accurate and homogeneously determined metallicities. We found a high probability that the metallicity distribution is bimodal, with potential peaks at -1.1 and -0.8 dex. Our data show no strong evidence of a metallicity gradient in the SMC clusters, somewhat at odds with recent evidence from Ca ii triplet spectra of a large sample of field stars. This may be revealing possible differences in the chemical history of clusters and field stars. Our clusters show a significant dispersion of metallicities, whatever age is considered, which could be reflecting the lack of a unique age-metallicity relation in this galaxy. None of the chemical evolution models currently available in the literature satisfactorily represents the global chemical enrichment processes of SMC clusters.

  12. The large- and small-scale CaII K structure of the Milky Way from observations of Galactic and Magellanic sightlines

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    Smoker, J V; Fox, A J

    2015-01-01

    Aims: By utilising spectra of early-type stellar probes of known distances in the same region of the sky, the large and small-scale (pc) structure of the Galactic ISM can be investigated. This paper determines the variation in line strength of CaII at 3933.661 A, as a function of probe separation for a sample of stars, including many sightlines in the Magellanic Clouds. Methods: FLAMES-GIRAFFE data taken with the VLT towards early-type stars in 3 Galactic & 4 Magellanic open clusters in CaII are used to obtain the velocity, EW, column density and line width of IS Galactic Ca for a total of 657 stars, of which 443 are Magellanic sightlines. In each cluster there are 43-110 stars observed. Additionally, FEROS and UVES CaII & NaI spectra of 21 Galactic & 154 Magellanic early-type stars are presented and combined with data from the literature to study the Ca column density/parallax relationship. Results: For the four Magellanic clusters studied with FLAMES, the strength of the Galactic IS CaII K EW ov...

  13. Ca(II, Zn(II and Au(III sulfamethoxazole sulfa-drug complexes: Synthesis, spectroscopic and anticancer evaluation studies

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    Fatima A.I. Al-Khodir

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Herein in this article, three new Ca(II, Zn(II and Au(III complexes of sulfamethoxazole (SZ (sulfa-drug have been synthesized for the first time. The sulfa-drugs have a great attentions because of their therapeutic applications against bacterial infections. The SZ complexes were discussed with the help of elemental analyses, molar conductance and spectroscopic instruments e.g. IR, 1H-NMR, and electronic spectra. Investigations of the infrared spectra of the SZ and their metal complexes indicated the vibrations due to the sulfonamido (SO2 and –NH and isoxazole (C=N groups are shifted with respect to the free molecule in line with their coordination to the metal. In case of calcium(II an zinc(II complexes, the coordination site of SZ are the sulfonyl oxygen and SO2-NH sulfonamide nitrogen, but in gold(III complex, the gold metal ions coordinates through the sulfonyl oxygen and isoxazole nitrogen. These complexes are formulated as: [Ca(SZ(Cl2].8H2O (1, [Zn(SZ(Cl2].2H2O (2 and [Au(SZ(Cl2].Cl (3. The molar conductance data reveals that both Ca(II and Zn(II complexes are non-electrolyte but gold(III complex is electrolyte. The morphological nano structures of SZ complexes were checked using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscope (SEM and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The gold(III complex was recorded good anticancer behavior against Human colon carcinoma (HCT-116 cells and human hepatocellular carcinoma (HepG-2 cells.

  14. Mechanochemical synthesis and intercalation of Ca(II)Fe(III)-layered double hydroxides

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    Ferencz, Zs.; Szabados, M.; Varga, G.; Csendes, Z.; Kukovecz, Á.; Kónya, Z.; Carlson, S.; Sipos, P.; Pálinkó, I.

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    A mechanochemical method (grinding the components without added water - dry grinding, followed by further grinding in the presence of minute amount of water or NaOH solution - wet grinding) was used in this work for the preparation and intercalation of CaFe-layered double hydroxides (LDHs). Both the pristine LDHs and the amino acid anion (cystinate and tyrosinate) intercalated varieties were prepared by the two-step grinding procedure in a mixer mill. By systematically changing the conditions of the preparation method, a set of parameters could be determined, which led to the formation of close to phase-pure LDH. The optimisation procedure was also applied for the intercalation processes of the amino acid anions. The resulting materials were structurally characterised by a range of methods (X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive analysis, thermogravimetry, X-ray absorption and infra-red spectroscopies). It was proven that this simple mechanochemical procedure was able to produce complex organic-inorganic nanocomposites: LDHs intercalated with amino acid anions.

  15. Crystal structures of hydrates of simple inorganic salts. II. Water-rich calcium bromide and iodide hydrates: CaBr2 · 9H2O, CaI2 · 8H2O, CaI2 · 7H2O and CaI2 · 6.5H2O.

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    Hennings, Erik; Schmidt, Horst; Voigt, Wolfgang

    2014-09-01

    Single crystals of calcium bromide enneahydrate, CaBr(2) · 9H2O, calcium iodide octahydrate, CaI(2) · 8H2O, calcium iodide heptahydrate, CaI(2) · 7H2O, and calcium iodide 6.5-hydrate, CaI(2) · 6.5H2O, were grown from their aqueous solutions at and below room temperature according to the solid-liquid phase diagram. The crystal structure of CaI(2) · 6.5H2O was redetermined. All four structures are built up from distorted Ca(H2O)8 antiprisms. The antiprisms of the iodide hydrate structures are connected either via trigonal-plane-sharing or edge-sharing, forming dimeric units. The antiprisms in calcium bromide enneahydrate are monomeric. PMID:25186361

  16. Mixed ligand complexes of alkaline earth metals: Part XII. Mg(II, Ca(II, Sr(II and Ba(II complexes with 5-chlorosalicylaldehyde and salicylaldehyde or hydroxyaromatic ketones

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    Full Text Available The reactions of alkaline earth metal chlorides with 5-chlorosalicylaldehyde and salicylaldehyde, 2-hydroxyacetophenone or 2-hydroxypropiophenone have been carried out in 1 : 1 : 1 mole ratio and the mixed ligand complexes of the type MLL’(H2O2 (where M = Mg(II, Ca(II, Sr(II and Ba(II, HL = 5-chlorosalicylaldehyde and HL’ = salicylaldehyde, 2-hydroxyacetophenone or 2-hydroxypropiophenone have been isolated. These complexes were characterized by TLC, conductance measurements, IR and 1H-NMR spectra.

  17. Atorvastatin blocks increased l-type Ca2+ current and cell injury elicited by angiotensin II via inhibiting oxide stress.

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    Ma, Yanzhuo; Kong, Lingfeng; Qi, Shuying; Wang, Dongmei

    2016-04-01

    Thel-type Ca(2+)current (ICa,l) plays a crucial role in shaping action potential and is involved in cardiac arrhythmia. Statins have been demonstrated to contribute to anti-apoptotic and anti-arrhythmic effects in the heart. Here, we examined whether atorvastatin regulates theICa,land cell injury induced by angiotensin II (AngII) as well as the putative intracellular cascade responsible for the effects. Cultured neonatal rat ventricular myocytes were incubated with AngII for 24 h, and then cell injury and expression levels of Nox2/gp91(phox), p47(phox) ,and Cav1.2 were analyzed. In addition,ICa,lwas recorded using the whole-cell patch-clamp technique, and mechanisms of atorvastatin actions were also investigated. It was found that the number of apoptotic cardiomyocytes was increased and cell viability was significantly decreased after AngII administration. AngII also augmented the expressions of Nox2/gp91(phox)and p47(phox)compared with control cardiomyocytes. Exposure to AngII evokedICa,lin a voltage-dependent manner without affecting theI-Vrelationship. In addition, AngII enhanced membrane Cav1.2 expression. These effects were abolished in the presence of the reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenger, manganese (III)-tetrakis 4-benzoic acid porphyrin [Mn(III)TBAP], or the 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase inhibitor, atorvastatin. These results suggested that atorvastatin mediates cardioprotection against arrhythmias and cell injury by controlling the AngII-ROS cascade. PMID:26940997

  18. Activation of ROS/NF-kappaB and Ca2+/CaM kinase II are necessary for VCAM-1 induction in IL-1beta-treated human tracheal smooth muscle cells.

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    Luo, Shue-Fen; Chang, Chia-Chi; Lee, I-Ta; Lee, Chiang-Wen; Lin, Wei-Ning; Lin, Chih-Chung; Yang, Chuen-Mao

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    Histone acetylation regulated by histone acetyltransferases (HATs) and histone deacetylases (HDACs) plays a critical role in the expression of inflammatory genes, such as vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1). Oxidative processes have been shown to induce VCAM-1 expression. Here, we investigated the mechanisms underlying IL-1beta-induced VCAM-1 expression in human tracheal smooth muscle cells (HTSMCs). Our results showed that IL-1beta enhanced HTSMCs-monocyte adhesion through up-regulation of VCAM-1, which was inhibited by pretreatment with selective inhibitors of PKCalpha (Gö6976), c-Src (PP1), NADPH oxidase [diphenylene iodonium (DPI) and apocynin (APO)], intracellular calcium chelator (BAPTA/AM), PI-PLC (U73122), CaM (calmidazolium chloride), CaM kinase II (KN62), p300 (garcinol), NF-kappaB (Bay11-7082), HDAC (trichostatin A), and ROS scavenger [N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC)] or transfection with siRNAs of MyD88, PKCalpha, Src, p47(phox), p300, and HDAC4. Moreover, IL-1beta stimulated NF-kappaB and CaMKII phosphorylation through MyD88-dependent PI-PLC/PKCalpha/c-Src/ROS and PI-PLC/Ca2+/CaM pathways, respectively. Activation of NF-kappaB and CaMKII may eventually lead to the acetylation of histone residues and phosphorylation of histone deacetylases. These findings suggested that IL-1beta induced VCAM-1 expression via these multiple signaling pathways in HTSMCs. Blockade of these pathways may reduce monocyte adhesion via VCAM-1 suppression and attenuation of the inflammatory responses in airway diseases. PMID:19281832

  19. Activation of ROS/NF-κB and Ca2+/CaM kinase II are necessary for VCAM-1 induction in IL-1β-treated human tracheal smooth muscle cells

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    Histone acetylation regulated by histone acetyltransferases (HATs) and histone deacetylases (HDACs) plays a critical role in the expression of inflammatory genes, such as vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1). Oxidative processes have been shown to induce VCAM-1 expression. Here, we investigated the mechanisms underlying IL-1β-induced VCAM-1 expression in human tracheal smooth muscle cells (HTSMCs). Our results showed that IL-1β enhanced HTSMCs-monocyte adhesion through up-regulation of VCAM-1, which was inhibited by pretreatment with selective inhibitors of PKCα (Goe6976), c-Src (PP1), NADPH oxidase [diphenylene iodonium (DPI) and apocynin (APO)], intracellular calcium chelator (BAPTA/AM), PI-PLC (U73122), CaM (calmidazolium chloride), CaM kinase II (KN62), p300 (garcinol), NF-κB (Bay11-7082), HDAC (trichostatin A), and ROS scavenger [N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC)] or transfection with siRNAs of MyD88, PKCα, Src, p47phox, p300, and HDAC4. Moreover, IL-1β stimulated NF-κB and CaMKII phosphorylation through MyD88-dependent PI-PLC/PKCα/c-Src/ROS and PI-PLC/Ca2+/CaM pathways, respectively. Activation of NF-κB and CaMKII may eventually lead to the acetylation of histone residues and phosphorylation of histone deacetylases. These findings suggested that IL-1β induced VCAM-1 expression via these multiple signaling pathways in HTSMCs. Blockade of these pathways may reduce monocyte adhesion via VCAM-1 suppression and attenuation of the inflammatory responses in airway diseases.

  20. Selective Na+/Ca2+ exchanger inhibition prevents Ca2+ overload-induced triggered arrhythmias

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    Nagy, Norbert; Kormos, Anita; Kohajda, Zsófia; Szebeni, Áron; Szepesi, Judit; Pollesello, Piero; Levijoki, Jouko; Acsai, Károly; Virág, László; Nánási, Péter P; Papp, Julius Gy; Varró, András; Tóth, András

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    Background and Purpose Augmented Na+/Ca2+ exchanger (NCX) activity may play a crucial role in cardiac arrhythmogenesis; however, data regarding the anti-arrhythmic efficacy of NCX inhibition are debatable. Feasible explanations could be the unsatisfactory selectivity of NCX inhibitors and/or the dependence of the experimental model on the degree of Ca2+i overload. Hence, we used NCX inhibitors SEA0400 and the more selective ORM10103 to evaluate the efficacy of NCX inhibition against arrhythmogenic Ca2+i rise in conditions when [Ca2+]i was augmented via activation of the late sodium current (INaL) or inhibition of the Na+/K+ pump. Experimental Approach Action potentials (APs) were recorded from canine papillary muscles and Purkinje fibres by microelectrodes. NCX current (INCX) was determined in ventricular cardiomyocytes utilizing the whole-cell patch clamp technique. Ca2+i transients (CaTs) were monitored with a Ca2+-sensitive fluorescent dye, Fluo-4. Key Results Enhanced INaL increased the Ca2+ load and AP duration (APD). SEA0400 and ORM10103 suppressed INCX and prevented/reversed the anemone toxin II (ATX-II)-induced [Ca2+]i rise without influencing APD, CaT or cell shortening, or affecting the ATX-II-induced increased APD. ORM10103 significantly decreased the number of strophanthidin-induced spontaneous diastolic Ca2+ release events; however, SEA0400 failed to restrict the veratridine-induced augmentation in Purkinje-ventricle APD dispersion. Conclusions and Implications Selective NCX inhibition – presumably by blocking revINCX (reverse mode NCX current) – is effective against arrhythmogenesis caused by [Na+]i-induced [Ca2+]i elevation, without influencing the AP waveform. Therefore, selective INCX inhibition, by significantly reducing the arrhythmogenic trigger activity caused by the perturbed Ca2+i handling, should be considered as a promising anti-arrhythmic therapeutic strategy. PMID:25073832

  1. 2,5-hexanedione (HD) treatment alters calmodulin, Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II, and protein kinase C in rats' nerve tissues

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    Calcium-dependent mechanisms, particularly those mediated by Ca2+/calmodulin (CaM)-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII), have been implicated in neurotoxicant-induced neuropathy. However, it is unknown whether similar mechanisms exist in 2,5-hexanedione (HD)-induced neuropathy. For that, we investigated the changes of CaM, CaMKII, protein kinase C (PKC) and polymerization ratios (PRs) of NF-L, NF-M and NF-H in cerebral cortex (CC, including total cortex and some gray), spinal cord (SC) and sciatic nerve (SN) of rats treated with HD at a dosage of 1.75 or 3.50 mmol/kg for 8 weeks (five times per week). The results showed that CaM contents in CC, SC and SN were significantly increased, which indicated elevation of Ca2+ concentrations in nerve tissues. CaMKII contents and activities were also increased in CC and were positively correlated with gait abnormality, but it could not be found in SC and SN. The increases of PKC contents and activities were also observed in SN and were positively correlated with gait abnormality. Except for that of NF-M in CC, the PRs of NF-L, NF-M and NF-H were also elevated in nerve tissues, which was consistent with the activation of protein kinases. The results suggested that CaMKII might be partly (in CC but not in SC and SN) involved in HD-induced neuropathy. CaMKII and PKC might mediate the HD neurotoxicity by altering the NF phosphorylation status and PRs

  2. BOTANyCA

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    Armenta, Almudena; Guerrero, Teresa

    2012-01-01

    Esta publicación se realiza con motivo de la exposición titulada BOTANyCA celebrada en el Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid del 10 al 21 de octubre de 2012. Dicha exposición fue llevada a cabo por el Grupo de Investigación, Arte, Ciencia y Naturaleza de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid en colaboración con el Real Jardín Botánico. Comisariado de la exposición: Almudena Armenta y Teresa Guerrero. Coordinación técnica: Esther García Guillén y Marga Juárez Canga. Artistas participantes: Almudena...

  3. Gentamicin Blocks the ACh-Induced BK Current in Guinea Pig Type II Vestibular Hair Cells by Competing with Ca2+ at the l-Type Calcium Channel

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    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Type II vestibular hair cells (VHCs II contain big-conductance Ca2+-dependent K+ channels (BK and L-type calcium channels. Our previous studies in guinea pig VHCs II indicated that acetylcholine (ACh evoked the BK current by triggering the influx of Ca2+ ions through l-type Ca2+ channels, which was mediated by M2 muscarinic ACh receptor (mAChRs. Aminoglycoside antibiotics, such as gentamicin (GM, are known to have vestibulotoxicity, including damaging effects on the efferent nerve endings on VHCs II. This study used the whole-cell patch clamp technique to determine whether GM affects the vestibular efferent system at postsynaptic M2-mAChRs or the membrane ion channels. We found that GM could block the ACh-induced BK current and that inhibition was reversible, voltage-independent, and dose-dependent with an IC50 value of 36.3 ± 7.8 µM. Increasing the ACh concentration had little influence on GM blocking effect, but increasing the extracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]o could antagonize it. Moreover, 50 µM GM potently blocked Ca2+ currents activated by (--Bay-K8644, but did not block BK currents induced by NS1619. These observations indicate that GM most likely blocks the M2 mAChR-mediated response by competing with Ca2+ at the l-type calcium channel. These results provide insights into the vestibulotoxicity of aminoglycoside antibiotics on mammalian VHCs II.

  4. Fusion pore expansion is a slow, discontinuous, and Ca2+-dependent process regulating secretion from alveolar type II cells.

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    Haller, T; Dietl, P; Pfaller, K; Frick, M; Mair, N; Paulmichl, M; Hess, M W; Furst, J; Maly, K

    2001-10-15

    In alveolar type II cells, the release of surfactant is considerably delayed after the formation of exocytotic fusion pores, suggesting that content dispersal may be limited by fusion pore diameter and subject to regulation at a postfusion level. To address this issue, we used confocal FRAP and N-(3-triethylammoniumpropyl)-4-(4-[dibutylamino]styryl) pyridinium dibromide (FM 1-43), a dye yielding intense localized fluorescence of surfactant when entering the vesicle lumen through the fusion pore (Haller, T., J. Ortmayr, F. Friedrich, H. Volkl, and P. Dietl. 1998. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 95:1579-1584). Thus, we have been able to monitor the dynamics of individual fusion pores up to hours in intact cells, and to calculate pore diameters using a diffusion model derived from Fick's law. After formation, fusion pores were arrested in a state impeding the release of vesicle contents, and expanded at irregular times thereafter. The expansion rate of initial pores and the probability of late expansions were increased by elevation of the cytoplasmic Ca2+ concentration. Consistently, content release correlated with the occurrence of Ca2+ oscillations in ATP-treated cells, and expanded fusion pores were detectable by EM. This study supports a new concept in exocytosis, implicating fusion pores in the regulation of content release for extended periods after initial formation. PMID:11604423

  5. Ca II Triplet Spectroscopy of Small Magellanic Cloud Red Giants. III. Abundances and Velocities for a Sample of 14 Clusters

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    Parisi, M C; Clariá, J J; Villanova, S; Marcionni, N; Sarajedini, A; Grocholski, A J

    2015-01-01

    We obtained spectra of red giants in 15 Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) clusters in the region of the CaII lines with FORS2 on the Very Large Telescope (VLT). We determined the mean metallicity and radial velocity with mean errors of 0.05 dex and 2.6 km/s, respectively, from a mean of 6.5 members per cluster. One cluster (B113) was too young for a reliable metallicity determination and was excluded from the sample. We combined the sample studied here with 15 clusters previously studied by us using the same technique, and with 7 clusters whose metallicities determined by other authors are on a scale similar to ours. This compilation of 36 clusters is the largest SMC cluster sample currently available with accurate and homogeneously determined metallicities. We found a high probability that the metallicity distribution is bimodal, with potential peaks at -1.1 and -0.8 dex. Our data show no strong evidence of a metallicity gradient in the SMC clusters, somewhat at odds with recent evidence from CaT spectra of a lar...

  6. Acute effects of taurine on sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ accumulation and contractility in human type I and type II skeletal muscle fibers.

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    Dutka, T L; Lamboley, C R; Murphy, R M; Lamb, G D

    2014-10-01

    Taurine occurs in high concentrations in muscle and is implicated in numerous physiological processes, yet its effects on many aspects of contractility remain unclear. Using mechanically skinned segments of human vastus lateralis muscle fibers, we characterized the effects of taurine on sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+ accumulation and contractile apparatus properties in type I and type II fibers. Prolonged myoplasmic exposure (>10 min) to taurine substantially increased the rate of accumulation of Ca2+ by the SR in both fiber types, with no change in the maximum amount accumulated; no such effect was found with carnosine. SR Ca2+ accumulation was similar with 10 or 20 mM taurine, but was significantly slower at 5 mM taurine. Cytoplasmic taurine (20 mM) had no detectable effects on the responsiveness of the Ca2+ release channels in either fiber type. Taurine caused a small increase in Ca2+ sensitivity of the contractile apparatus in type I fibers, but type II fibers were unaffected; maximum Ca(2+)-activated force was unchanged in both cases. The effects of taurine on SR Ca2+ accumulation (1) only became apparent after prolonged cytoplasmic exposure, and (2) persisted for some minutes after complete removal of taurine from the cytoplasm, consistent with the hypothesis that the effects were due to an action of taurine from inside the SR. In summary, taurine potentiates the rate of SR Ca2+ uptake in both type I and type II human fibers, possibly via an action from within the SR lumen, with the degree of potentiation being significantly reduced at low physiological taurine levels. PMID:25123198

  7. The chromospheric Ca II and Mg II radiative losses in late-type stars: a computational comparison between two-level and multi-level atomic models

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    Fawzy, Diaa E.

    2015-06-01

    In the current study we present radiation correction factors to compute the radiative losses by Mg II and Ca II ions during the process of constructing theoretical models for the chromospheres in late-type stars (spectral type in the range F5V-K8V). We combine the two-level atom approach with the multi-level atom method to accurately compute the radiation correction factors. The procedure is fast and reasonably accurate to be implemented in the time-dependent computations. In the current computations we implement what is called pseudo-partial frequency redistribution and the time-dependent ionization in regard to hydrogen. The radiative correction factors for Mg II show very slight variation for the different spectral types with average value of 1.5. The values we obtained for Ca II show very strong dependence on spectral types and the basic parameters, with values range between 5.58 to 4.22 for F5V and K8V spectral types, respectively. The obtained results accelerate the process of constructing theoretical model chromospheres based on mechanical heating by monochromatic and wave spectra. The current study is an initial step in establishing hybrid multi-dimensional models of stellar chromospheres.

  8. The effect of Ca2+ ions and ionic strength on Mn(II) oxidation by spores of the marine Bacillus sp. SG-1

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    Toyoda, Kazuhiro; Tebo, Bradley M.

    2013-01-01

    Manganese(IV) oxides, believed to form primarily through microbial activities, are extremely important mineral phases in marine environments where they scavenge a variety of trace elements and thereby control their distributions. The presence of various ions common in seawater are known to influence Mn oxide mineralogy yet little is known about the effect of these ions on the kinetics of bacterial Mn(II) oxidation and Mn oxide formation. We examined factors affecting bacterial Mn(II) oxidation by spores of the marine Bacillus sp. strain SG-1 in natural and artificial seawater of varying ionic conditions. Ca2+ concentration dramatically affected Mn(II) oxidation, while Mg2+, Sr2+, K+, Na+ and NO3- ions had no effect. The rate of Mn(II) oxidation at 10 mM Ca2+ (seawater composition) was four or five times that without Ca2+. The relationship between Ca2+ content and oxidation rate demonstrates that the equilibrium constant is small (on the order of 0.1) and the binding coefficient is 0.5. The pH optimum for Mn(II) oxidation changed depending on the amount of Ca2+ present, suggesting that Ca2+ exerts a direct effect on the enzyme perhaps as a stabilizing bridge between polypeptide components. We also examined the effect of varying concentrations of NaCl or KNO3 (0-2000 mM) on the kinetics of Mn(II) oxidation in solutions containing 10 mM Ca2+. Mn(II) oxidation was unaffected by changes in ionic strength (I) below 0.2, but it was inhibited by increasing salt concentrations above this value. Our results suggest that the critical coagulation concentration is around 200 mM of salt (I = ca. 0.2), and that the ionic strength of seawater (I > 0.2) accelerates the precipitation of Mn oxides around the spores. Under these conditions, the aggregation of Mn oxides reduces the supply of dissolved O2 and/or Mn2+ and inhibits the Mn(II) → Mn(III) step controlling the enzymatic oxidation of Mn(II). Our results suggest that the hardness and ionic strength of the aquatic environment

  9. Hyperfine structure constants of the CaII states 4s2S1/2 and 4p2P1/2,3/2 and the nuclear quadrupole moment of 43Ca

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    The hyperfine structure splittings of the 4s2S1/2→4p2P1/2,3/2 transitions in 43CaII have been measured by fast ion beam collinear laser spectroscopy. The resonant laser interaction was observed using non-optical detection based on optical ground state depopulation pumping, state selective neutralization and charge state separated particle counting. The extracted magnetic dipole hyperfine structure constants for 43Ca A(2S1/2)=-805(2) MHz, A(2P1/2)=-145.5(1.0) MHz and A(2P3/2)=-31.9(0.2) MHz are in excellent agreement with relativistic many body perturbation theory predictions available for this alkali-like ion. The combined results are used to evaluate the semi-empirical analysis method. From the electrical quadrupole hyperfine structure constant B(2P3/2)=-6.7(1.4) MHz and the calculated B/Q value for this one valance electron configuration, the nuclear quadrupole moment Q(43Ca)=-0.043(9)b is derived. This result supports a previous evaluation based on the hyperfine structure of the two valence electron 3P configurations of CaI. (orig.)

  10. Relations between broad-band linear polarization and Ca II H and K emission in late-type dwarf stars

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    Huovelin, Juhani; Saar, Steven H.; Tuominen, Ilkka

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    Broadband UBV linear polarization data acquired for a sample of late-type dwarfs are compared with contemporaneous measurements of Ca II H and K line core emission. A weighted average of the largest values of the polarization degree is shown to be the best parameter for chromospheric activity diagnosis. The average maximum polarization in the UV is found to increase from late-F to late-G stars. It is noted that polarization in the U band is considerably more sensitive to activity variations than that in the B or V bands. The results indicate that stellar magnetic fields and the resulting saturation in the Zeeman-sensitive absorption lines are the most probably source of linear polarization in late-type main-sequence stars.

  11. The impact of hydroquinone on acetylcholine esterase and certain human carbonic anhydrase isoenzymes (hCA I, II, IX, and XII).

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    Scozzafava, Andrea; Kalın, Pınar; Supuran, Claudiu T; Gülçin, İlhami; Alwasel, Saleh H

    2015-12-01

    Carbonic anhydrases (CAs) are widespread and the most studied members of a great family of metalloenzymes in higher vertebrates including humans. CAs were investigated for their inhibition of all of the catalytically active mammalian isozymes of the Zn(2+)-containing CA, (CA, EC 4.2.1.1). On the other hand, acetylcholinesterase (AChE. EC 3.1.1.7), a serine protease, is responsible for ACh hydrolysis and plays a fundamental role in impulse transmission by terminating the action of the neurotransmitter ACh at the cholinergic synapses and neuromuscular junction. In the present study, the inhibition effect of the hydroquinone (benzene-1,4-diol) on AChE activity was evaluated and effectively inhibited AChE with Ki of 1.22 nM. Also, hydroquinone strongly inhibited some human cytosolic CA isoenzymes (hCA I and II) and tumour-associated transmembrane isoforms (hCA IX, and XII), with Kis in the range between micromolar (415.81 μM) and nanomolar (706.79 nM). The best inhibition was observed in cytosolic CA II. PMID:25586344

  12. Crystal structure and mutational analysis of Ca2+-independent type II antifreeze protein from longsnout poacher, Brachyopsis rostratus.

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    Nishimiya, Yoshiyuki; Kondo, Hidemasa; Takamichi, Manabu; Sugimoto, Hiroshi; Suzuki, Mamoru; Miura, Ai; Tsuda, Sakae

    2008-10-10

    We recently found that longsnout poacher (Brachyosis rostratus) produces a Ca(2+)-independent type II antifreeze protein (lpAFP) and succeeded in expressing recombinant lpAFP using Phichia pastoris. Here, we report, for the first time, the X-ray crystal structure of lpAFP at 1.34 A resolution. The lpAFP structure displayed a relatively planar surface, which encompasses two loop regions (Cys86-Lys89 and Asn91-Cys97) and a short beta-strand (Trp109-Leu112) with three unstructured segments (Gly57-Ile58, Ala103-Ala104, and Pro113-His118). Electrostatic calculation of the protein surface showed that the relatively planar surface was divided roughly into a hydrophobic area (composed of the three unstructured segments lacking secondary structure) and a hydrophilic area (composed of the loops and beta-strand). Site-directed mutation of Ile58 with Phe at the center of the hydrophobic area decreased activity significantly, whereas mutation of Leu112 with Phe at an intermediate area between the hydrophobic and hydrophilic areas retained complete activity. In the hydrophilic area, a peptide-swap mutant in the loops retained 60% activity despite simultaneous mutations of eight residues. We conclude that the epicenter of the ice-binding site of lpAFP is the hydrophobic region, which is centered by Ile58, in the relatively planar surface. We built an ice-binding model for lpAFP on the basis of a lattice match of ice and constrained water oxygen atoms surrounding the hydrophobic area in the lpAFP structure. The model in which lpAFP has been docked to a secondary prism (2-1-10) plane, which is different from the one determined for Ca(2+)-independent type II AFP from sea raven (11-21), appears to explain the results of the mutagenesis analysis. PMID:18674542

  13. The digitized archive of the Arcetri spectroheliograms. Preliminary results from the analysis of Ca II K images

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    Ermolli, I.; Marchei, E.; Centrone, M.; Criscuoli, S.; Giorgi, F.; Perna, C.

    2009-05-01

    Context: The increasing interest in the recovery of historic data and the availability of new hardware resources is leading to projects to digitize photographic archives of astronomical observations. In addition to preservation, solar archives are digitized because the observations stored in such archives have the potential of providing unique information about solar magnetism, which can improve knowledge about long-term solar changes. Aims: The solar tower of the Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory produced synoptic observations of the solar atmosphere from 1926 to 1974. The photographic archive contains about 13 000 plates of full-disk Ca II K and Hα spectroheliograms acquired during about 5000 observing days. The program for the digitization and distribution of the images of this archive was carried out at the Rome Astronomical Observatory and is now complete. Methods: Nearly 13 000 plates were scanned with a commercial device and stored on DVD, as well as in a database accessible online. Image processing was developed for the reduction of the data and their photographic calibration. Results: The obtained digital archive provides the astronomical community with the Arcetri historical solar observations and with measurements of solar features identified in such observations. As an example, we show some preliminary results concerning the temporal variability of facular regions identified in the time-series of Ca II K observations. Conclusions: Existing programs studying solar activity and variability, as well as new scientific projects, will benefit from the Arcetri digital archive, since it extends the temporal baseline of digital full-disk solar observations, and it provides data for the inter-calibration of results obtained from measurements performed in similar observations.

  14. Accessing the nuclear symmetry energy in Ca+Ca collisions

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    The status of the analysis of the INDRA-VAMOS experiment performed at GANIL, using the reactions 40,48Ca+40,48Ca reactions at 35 AMeV, are presented. Isotopic distributions of fragments produced in multifragmentation events provide information on the importance of the surface term contribution in the symmetry energy by comparison to AMD predictions. (authors)

  15. Synthesis, spectroscopic and thermal studies of Mg(II), Ca(II), Sr(II) and Ba(II) diclofenac sodium complexes as anti-inflammatory drug and their protective effects on renal functions impairment and oxidative stress

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    El-Megharbel, Samy M.; Hamza, Reham Z.; Refat, Moamen S.

    2015-01-01

    The main task of our present study is the preparation of newly complexes of Mg(II), Ca(II), Sr(II) and Ba(II) with diclofenac which succeeded to great extent in alleviating the side effects of diclofenac alone and ameliorating the kidney function parameters and antioxidant capacities with respect to diclofenac treated group alone. The Mg(II), Ca(II), Sr(II) and Ba(II) with diclofenac have been synthesized and characterized using infrared, electronic and 1H NMR spectral, thermogravimetric and conductivity measurements. The diclofenac ligand has been found to act as bidentate chelating agent. Diclofenac complexes coordinate through the oxygen's of the carboxyl group. The molar ratio chelation is 1:2 (M2+-dic) with general formula [M(dic)2(H2O)2]ṡnH2O. Antibacterial screening of the alkaline earth metal complexes against Escherichia coli (Gram - ve), Bacillus subtilis (Gram + ve) and anti-fungal (Asperagillus oryzae, Asperagillus niger, Asperagillus flavus) were investigated. The kidney functions in male albino rats were ameliorated upon treatment with metal complexes of dic, which are represented by decreasing the levels of urea and uric acid to be located within normal values. The other looks bright spot in this article is the assessment of antioxidant defense system including SOD, CAT and MDA with the help of Sr2+, Mg2+ and Ca2+-dic complexes. The hormones related to kidney functions and stresses have been greatly ameliorated in groups treated with dic complexes in comparable with dic treated group.

  16. RG-II from Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer suppresses asthmatic reaction

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    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available In asthma, T helper 2 (TH2-type cytokines such as interleukin(IL-4, IL-5, and IL-13 are produced by activated CD4+ T cells.Dendritic cells played an important role in determining thefate of naïve T cells into either TH1 or TH2 cells. Wedetermined whether RG-II regulates the TH1/TH2 immuneresponse by using an ovalbumin-induced murine model ofasthma. RG-II reduced IL-4 production but increased interferon-gamma production, and inhibited GATA-3 geneexpression. RG-II also inhibited asthmatic reactions includingan increase in the number of eosinophils in bronchoalveolarlavage fluid, an increase in inflammatory cell infiltration inlung tissues, airway luminal narrowing, and airway hyperresponsiveness.This study provides evidence that RG-II plays acritical role in ameliorating the pathogenic process ofasthmatic inflammation in mice. These findings provide newinsights into the immunotherapeutic role of RG-II in terms ofits effects in a murine model of asthma. [BMB reports 2012;45(2: 79-84

  17. Radial velocities and metallicities from infrared Ca II triplet spectroscopy of open clusters II. Berkeley 23, King 1, NGC 559, NGC 6603 and NGC 7245

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    Carrera, R; Ospina, N; Balaguer-Nuñez, L; Jordi, C; Monteagudo, L

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    Context: Open clusters are key to studying the formation and evolution of the Galactic disc. However, there is a deficiency of radial velocity and chemical abundance determinations for open clusters in the literature. Aims: We intend to increase the number of determinations of radial velocities and metallicities from spectroscopy for open clusters. Methods: We acquired medium-resolution spectra (R~8000) in the infrared region Ca II triplet lines (~8500 AA) for several stars in five open clusters with the long-slit IDS spectrograph on the 2.5~m Isaac Newton Telescope (Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, Spain). Radial velocities were obtained by cross-correlation fitting techniques. The relationships available in the literature between the strength of infrared Ca II lines and metallicity were also used to derive the metallicity for each cluster. Results: We obtain = 48.6+/-3.4, -58.4+/-6.8, 26.0+/-4.3 and -65.3+/-3.2 km s-1 for Berkeley 23, NGC 559, NGC 6603 and NGC 7245, respectively. We found [Fe/H] =-0.25+...

  18. Nefiracetam activation of CaM kinase II and protein kinase C mediated by NMDA and metabotropic glutamate receptors in olfactory bulbectomized mice.

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    Moriguchi, Shigeki; Han, Feng; Shioda, Norifumi; Yamamoto, Yui; Nakajima, Takeharu; Nakagawasai, Osamu; Tadano, Takeshi; Yeh, Jay Z; Narahashi, Toshio; Fukunaga, Kohji

    2009-07-01

    Aberrant behaviors related to learning and memory in olfactory bulbectomized (OBX) mice have been documented in the previous studies. We reported that the impairment of long-term potentiation (LTP) of hippocampal CA1 regions from OBX mice was associated with down-regulation of CaM kinase II (CaMKII) and protein kinase C (PKC) activities. We now demonstrated that the nootropic drug, nefiracetam, significantly improved spatial reference memory-related behaviors as assessed by Y-maze and novel object recognition task in OBX mice. Nefiracetam also restored hippocampal LTP injured in OBX mice. Nefiracetam treatment restored LTP-induced PKCalpha (Ser657) and NR1 (Ser896) phosphorylation as well as increase in their basal phosphorylation in the hippocampal CA1 region of OBX mice. Likewise, nefiracetam improved LTP-induced CaMKIIalpha (Thr286) autophosphorylation and GluR1 (Ser831) phosphorylation and increased their basal phosphorylation. The enhancement of PKCalpha (Ser657) and CaMKIIalpha (Thr286) autophosphorylation by nefiracetam was inhibited by treatment with (+/-)-alpha-Methyl-(4-carboxyphenyl)glycine and DL-2-Amino-5-phosphonovaleric acid, respectively. The enhancement of LTP induced by nefiracetam is inhibited by treatment with 2-methyl-6-(phenylethynyl)-pyridine, but not by treatment with LY367385, suggesting that metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5) but not mGluR1 is involved in the nefiracetam-induced LTP enhancement. Taken together, nefiracetam ameliorates OBX-induced deficits in memory-related behaviors and impairment of LTP in the hippocampal CA1 region through activation of NMDAR and mGluR5, thereby leading to an increase in activities of CaMKIIalpha (Thr286) and PKCalpha (Ser657), respectively. PMID:19457128

  19. Probing the accessibility of the Mn(4)Ca cluster in photosystem II : Channels calculation, noble gas derivatization, and cocrystallization with DMSO

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    Gabdulkhakov, Azat; Guskov, Albert; Broser, Matthias; Kern, Jan; Müh, Frank; Saenger, Wolfram; Zouni, Athina

    2009-01-01

    Using the 2.9 A resolution structure of the membrane-intrinsic protein-cofactor complex photosystem II (PSII) from the cyanobacterium Thermosynechococcus elongatus, we calculated and characterized nine possible substrate/product channels leading to/away from the Mn(4)Ca cluster, where water is oxidi

  20. Calcium controls the assembly of the photosynthetic water-oxidizing complex: a cadmium(II) inorganic mutant of the Mn4Ca core.

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    Bartlett, John E; Baranov, Sergei V; Ananyev, Gennady M; Dismukes, G Charles

    2008-03-27

    Perturbation of the catalytic inorganic core (Mn4Ca1OxCly) of the photosystem II-water-oxidizing complex (PSII-WOC) isolated from spinach is examined by substitution of Ca2+ with cadmium(II) during core assembly. Cd2+ inhibits the yield of reconstitution of O2-evolution activity, called photoactivation, starting from the free inorganic cofactors and the cofactor-depleted apo-WOC-PSII complex. Ca2+ affinity increases following photooxidation of the first Mn2+ to Mn3+ bound to the 'high-affinity' site. Ca2+ binding occurs in the dark and is the slowest overall step of photoactivation (IM1-->IM1* step). Cd2+ competitively blocks the binding of Ca2+ to its functional site with 10- to 30-fold higher affinity, but does not influence the binding of Mn2+ to its high-affinity site. By contrast, even 10-fold higher concentrations of Cd2+ have no effect on O2-evolution activity in intact PSII-WOC. Paradoxically, Cd2+ both inhibits photoactivation yield, while accelerating the rate of photoassembly of active centres 10-fold relative to Ca2+. Cd2+ increases the kinetic stability of the photooxidized Mn3+ assembly intermediate(s) by twofold (mean lifetime for dark decay). The rate data provide evidence that Cd2+ binding following photooxidation of the first Mn3+, IM1-->IM1*, causes three outcomes: (i) a longer intermediate lifetime that slows IM1 decay to IM0 by charge recombination, (ii) 10-fold higher probability of attaining the degrees of freedom (either or both cofactor and protein d.f.) needed to bind and photooxidize the remaining 3 Mn2+ that form the functional cluster, and (iii) increased lability of Cd2+ following Mn4 cluster assembly results in (re)exchange of Cd2+ by Ca2+ which restores active O2-evolving centres. Prior EPR spectroscopic data provide evidence for an oxo-bridged assembly intermediate, Mn3+(mu-O2(-))Ca2+, for IM1*. We postulate an analogous inhibited intermediate with Cd2+ replacing Ca2+. PMID:17954439

  1. (41)Ca in Tooth Enamel. Part II: A means for retrospective biological neutron dosimetry in atomic bomb survivors.

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    Rühm, W; Wallner, A; Cullings, H; Egbert, S D; El-Faramawy, N; Faestermann, T; Kaul, D; Knie, K; Korschinek, G; Nakamura, N; Roberts, J; Rugel, G

    2010-08-01

    (41)Ca is produced mainly by absorption of low-energy neutrons on stable (40)Ca. We used accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) to measure (41)Ca in enamel of 16 teeth from 13 atomic bomb survivors who were exposed to the bomb within 1.2 km from the hypocenter in Hiroshima. In our accompanying paper (Wallner et al., Radiat. Res. 174, 000-000, 2010), we reported that the background-corrected (41)Ca/Ca ratio decreased from 19.5 x 10(-15) to 2.8 x 10(-15) with increasing distance from the hypocenter. Here we show that the measured ratios are in good correlation with gamma-ray doses assessed by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) in the same enamel samples, and agree well with calculated ratios based on either the current Dosimetry System 2002 (DS02) or more customized dose estimates where the regression slope as obtained from an errors-in-variables linear model was about 0.85. The calculated DS02 neutron dose to the survivors was about 10 to 80 mGy. The low-energy neutrons responsible for (41)Ca activation contributed variably to the total neutron dose depending on the shielding conditions. Namely, the contribution was smaller (10%) when shielding conditions were lighter (e.g., outside far away from a single house) and was larger (26%) when they were heavier (e.g., in or close to several houses) because of local moderation of neutrons by shielding materials. We conclude that AMS is useful for verifying calculated neutron doses under mixed exposure conditions with gamma rays. PMID:20681781

  2. CaPTC Biennial Meetings

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    CaPTC hosts the 'Biennial Science of Global Prostate Cancer Disparities in Black Men' conference to address the growing global public health problem of prostate cancer among Black men in industrialized and developing countries.

  3. Sonoma County, CA, 2013 Lidar

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Sonoma County Vegetation Mapping and LiDAR Consortium retained WSI to provide lidar and Orthophoto data and derived products in Sonoma County, CA. A classified LAS...

  4. CaWave user's guide

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    CaWave User's Guide explains how to use the CaWave functions which were specifically written in PV-WAVE command language and C language for EPICS users. CaWave consists of a special set of external channel access functions which provides the PV-WAVE users with easy and flexible access of channel information across the IOC networks. It also provides a complete set of process variable event monitoring functions. This document also gives examples how a PV-WAVE user can interface to channel access devices. It is assumed that the user is already familiar with using PV-WAVE. Few simple example modules of using PV-WAVE command language with CaWave functions are also given in this document

  5. The wings of Ca II H and K as photospheric diagnostics and the reliability of one-dimensional photosphere modeling

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    Sheminova, V A

    2012-01-01

    The extended wings of the Ca II H and K lines provide excellent diagnostics of the temperature stratification of the photosphere of the Sun and of other cool stars, thanks to their LTE opacities and source functions and their large span in formation height. The aim of this study is to calibrate the usage of the H and K wings in one-dimensional interpretation of spatially averaged spectra and in deriving per-pixel stratifications from resolved spectra. I use multi-dimensional simulations of solar convection to synthesize the H and K wings, derive one-dimensional models from these wings as if they were observed, and compare the resulting models to the actual simulation input. I find that spatially-averaged models constructed from the synthesized wings generally match the simulation averages well, except for the deepest layers of the photosphere where large thermal inhomogeneities and Planck-function nonlinearity gives large errors. The larger the inhomogeneity, the larger the latter. The presence of strong netw...

  6. HI Observations of the Ca II absorbing galaxies Mrk 1456 and SDSS J211701.26-002633.7

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    Cherinka, Brian; Rosenberg, Jessica

    2009-01-01

    In an effort to study Damped Lyman Alpha galaxies at low redshift, we have been using the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to identify galaxies projected onto QSO sightlines and to characterize their optical properties. For low redshift galaxies, the HI 21cm emission line can be used as an alternate tool for identifying possible DLA galaxies, since HI emitting galaxies typically exhibit HI columns that are larger than the classical DLA limit. Here we report on follow-up HI 21 cm emission line observations of two DLA candidates that are both low-redshift spiral galaxies, Mrk 1456 and SDSS J211701.26-002633.7. The observations were made using the Green Bank and Arecibo Telescopes, respectively. Analysis of their HI properties reveal the galaxies to be about one and two M_HI* galaxies, respectively, and to have average HI mass, gas-richness, and gas mass fraction for their morphological types. We consider Mrk 1456 and SDSS J211701.26-002633.7 to be candidate DLA systems based upon the strength of the CaII absorption lin...

  7. Full-Disk Chromospheric Vector Magnetograms with Ca II 854.2 nm line: Some Promising Applications

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    Gosain, Sanjay; Harvey, J. W.; Harker, Brian; Pillet, V. M.; Pevtsov, Alexei A.; Marble, Andrew R.; Bertello, Luca; + SOLIS-Team

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    Over the last decade, the focus of solar magnetometry has shifted outward from the photosphere to the chromospheric layers. The reasons for this are many. With regards to instrumentation faster detectors with more sensitivity have become available, as have fast electro-optic modulators. Also, there are several potential benefits of observing vector fields in the chromospheric layer as the magnetic field is more force-free in this layer as compared to the photosphere. Coronal force-free field extrapolations are more reliable using chromospheric fields as the lower boundary condition and free magnetic energy is readily computed using the magnetic virial theorem. Recently, a full Stokes polarimeter for the chromospheric Ca II 854.2 nm spectral line was developed and installed in the Vector Spectromagnetograph (VSM) instrument on the Synoptic Optical Long-term Investigations of the Sun (SOLIS) telescope. We present details of this new polarimeter, full disk spectropolarimetric observations and vector magnetograms of the chromosphere, and examples of some promising applications (e.g., maps of normal component of electric current density in the chromosphere, free magnetic energy estimated using virial theorem, and non-potentiality parameter magnetic shear angle).This work utilizes SOLIS data obtained by the NSO Integrated Synoptic Program (NISP), managed by the National Solar Observatory, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), Inc. under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation

  8. Influence of a mutation in the ATP-binding region of Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II on its interaction with peptide substrates.

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    Praseeda, Mullasseril; Pradeep, Kurup K; Krupa, Ananth; Krishna, S Sri; Leena, Suseela; Kumar, R Rajeev; Cheriyan, John; Mayadevi, Madhavan; Srinivasan, Narayanaswamy; Omkumar, Ramakrishnapillai V

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    CaMKII (Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II) is expressed in high concentrations in the brain and is found enriched in the postsynaptic densities. The enzyme is activated by the binding of calmodulin to the autoregulatory domain in the presence of high levels of intracellular Ca2+, which causes removal of auto-inhibition from the N-terminal catalytic domain. Knowledge of the 3D (three-dimensional) structure of this enzyme at atomic resolution is restricted to the association domain, a region at the extreme C-terminus. The catalytic domain of CaMKII shares high sequence similarity with CaMKI. The 3D structure of the catalytic core of CaMKI comprises ATP- and substrate-binding regions in a cleft between two distinct lobes, similar to the structures of all protein kinases solved to date. Mutation of Glu-60, a residue in the ATP-binding region of CaMKII, to glycine exerts different effects on phosphorylation of two peptide substrates, syntide and NR2B ( N -methyl-D-aspartate receptor subunit 2B) 17-mer. Although the mutation caused increases in the Km values for phosphorylation for both the peptide substrates, the effect on the kcat values for each was different. The kcat value decreased in the case of syntide, whereas it increased in the case of the NR2B peptide as a result of the mutation. This resulted in a significant decrease in the apparent kcat/Km value for syntide, but the change was minimal for the NR2B peptide. These results indicate that different catalytic mechanisms are employed by the kinase for the two peptides. Molecular modelling suggests structural changes are likely to occur at the peptide-binding pocket in the active state of the enzyme as a consequence of the Glu-60-->Gly mutation. PMID:14558884

  9. ELECTROCHEMICAL BEHAVIOR AND KINETICS OF THE INTERVALENCE CHARGE TRANSFER FOR THE SM(III)/SM(II) REDOX COUPLE IN LiF-CaF2 MELT

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    This article is focused on the electrochemical investigation (cyclic voltammetry) of the redox couple Sm(III)/Sm(II) in an eutectic LiF–CaF2 melt containing SmF3. The first step of reduction for Sm(III) ions, involving one electron exchange in soluble/soluble Sm(III)/Sm(II) system, was found on a tungsten electrode. The study of the Sm(II)/Sm(0) electrode reaction was not feasible, since it’s the redox potential is in the same range of the solvent decomposition. The first step was fo...

  10. Structure and Orientation of the Mn4Ca Cluster in Plant Photosystem II Membranes Studied by Polarized Range-extended X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy*[S]♦

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    Pushkar, Yulia; Yano, Junko; Glatzel, Pieter; Messinger, Johannes; Lewis, Azul; Sauer, Kenneth; Bergmann, Uwe; Yachandra, Vittal

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    X-ray absorption spectroscopy has provided important insights into the structure and function of the Mn4Ca cluster in the oxygen-evolving complex of Photosystem II (PS II). The range of manganese extended x-ray absorption fine structure data collected from PSII until now has been, however, limited by the presence of iron in PS II. Using a crystal spectrometer with high energy resolution to detect solely the manganese Kα fluorescence, we are able to extend the extended x-ray absorption fine st...

  11. CaWingz user's guide

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    This document assumes that you have read and understood the Wingz user's manuals. CaWingz is an external Wingz program which, when combined with a set of script files, provides easy-to-use EPICS channel access interface functions for Wingz users. The external function run allows Wingz user to invoke any Unix processor within caWingz. Few additional functions for accessing static database field and monitoring of value change event is available for EPICS users after release 3.11. The functions, script files, and usage are briefly described in this document. The script files supplied here serve as examples only. Users are responsible for generating their own spreadsheet and script files. CaWingz communicates with IOC through channel access function calls

  12. MicroRNA-145 suppresses ROS-induced Ca2+ overload of cardiomyocytes by targeting CaMKIIδ

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    Highlights: •CaMKIIδ mediates H2O2-induced Ca2+ overload in cardiomyocytes. •miR-145 can inhibit Ca2+ overload. •A luciferase assay confirms that miR-145 functions as a CaMKIIδ-targeting miRNA. •Overexpression of miR-145 regulates CaMKIIδ-related genes and ameliorates apoptosis. -- Abstract: A change in intracellular free calcium (Ca2+) is a common signaling mechanism of reperfusion-induced cardiomyocyte death. Calcium/calmodulin dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) is a critical regulator of Ca2+ signaling and mediates signaling pathways responsible for functions in the heart including hypertrophy, apoptosis, arrhythmia, and heart disease. MicroRNAs (miRNA) are involved in the regulation of cell response, including survival, proliferation, apoptosis, and development. However, the roles of miRNAs in Ca2+-mediated apoptosis of cardiomyocytes are uncertain. Here, we determined the potential role of miRNA in the regulation of CaMKII dependent apoptosis and explored its underlying mechanism. To determine the potential roles of miRNAs in H2O2-mediated Ca2+ overload, we selected and tested 6 putative miRNAs that targeted CaMKIIδ, and showed that miR-145 represses CaMKIIδ protein expression and Ca2+ overload. We confirmed CaMKIIδ as a direct downstream target of miR-145. Furthermore, miR-145 regulates Ca2+-related signals and ameliorates apoptosis. This study demonstrates that miR-145 regulates reactive oxygen species (ROS)-induced Ca2+ overload in cardiomyocytes. Thus, miR-145 affects ROS-mediated gene regulation and cellular injury responses

  13. MicroRNA-145 suppresses ROS-induced Ca{sup 2+} overload of cardiomyocytes by targeting CaMKIIδ

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    Cha, Min-Ji [Cardiovascular Research Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 250 Seongsanno, Seodamun-gu, Seoul 120-752 (Korea, Republic of); Brain Korea 21 Project for Medical Science, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 250 Seongsanno, Seodamun-gu, Seoul 120-752 (Korea, Republic of); Jang, Jin-Kyung [College of Pharmacy, Sookmyung Women’s University, 52 HyoChangWon-Gil, Yongsan-ku, Seoul 140-742 (Korea, Republic of); Ham, Onju; Song, Byeong-Wook; Lee, Se-Yeon [Cardiovascular Research Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 250 Seongsanno, Seodamun-gu, Seoul 120-752 (Korea, Republic of); Brain Korea 21 Project for Medical Science, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 250 Seongsanno, Seodamun-gu, Seoul 120-752 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Chang Yeon; Park, Jun-Hee [Department of Integrated Omics for Biomedical Sciences, Graduate School, Yonsei University, 50 Yonsei-ro, Seodamun-gu, Seoul 120-759 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jiyun; Seo, Hyang-Hee [Cardiovascular Research Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 250 Seongsanno, Seodamun-gu, Seoul 120-752 (Korea, Republic of); Brain Korea 21 Project for Medical Science, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 250 Seongsanno, Seodamun-gu, Seoul 120-752 (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Eunhyun [Severance Integrative Research Institute for Cerebral and Cardiovascular Disease, Yonsei University Health System, 250 Seongsanno, Seodamun-gu, Seoul 120-752 (Korea, Republic of); Jeon, Woo-min [Department of Animal Resource, Sahmyook University, Seoul 139-742 (Korea, Republic of); Hwang, Hye Jin [Cardiovascular Research Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 250 Seongsanno, Seodamun-gu, Seoul 120-752 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Hyun-Taek [College of Pharmacy, Sookmyung Women’s University, 52 HyoChangWon-Gil, Yongsan-ku, Seoul 140-742 (Korea, Republic of); and others

    2013-06-14

    Highlights: •CaMKIIδ mediates H{sub 2}O{sub 2}-induced Ca{sup 2+} overload in cardiomyocytes. •miR-145 can inhibit Ca{sup 2+} overload. •A luciferase assay confirms that miR-145 functions as a CaMKIIδ-targeting miRNA. •Overexpression of miR-145 regulates CaMKIIδ-related genes and ameliorates apoptosis. -- Abstract: A change in intracellular free calcium (Ca{sup 2+}) is a common signaling mechanism of reperfusion-induced cardiomyocyte death. Calcium/calmodulin dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) is a critical regulator of Ca{sup 2+} signaling and mediates signaling pathways responsible for functions in the heart including hypertrophy, apoptosis, arrhythmia, and heart disease. MicroRNAs (miRNA) are involved in the regulation of cell response, including survival, proliferation, apoptosis, and development. However, the roles of miRNAs in Ca{sup 2+}-mediated apoptosis of cardiomyocytes are uncertain. Here, we determined the potential role of miRNA in the regulation of CaMKII dependent apoptosis and explored its underlying mechanism. To determine the potential roles of miRNAs in H{sub 2}O{sub 2}-mediated Ca{sup 2+} overload, we selected and tested 6 putative miRNAs that targeted CaMKIIδ, and showed that miR-145 represses CaMKIIδ protein expression and Ca{sup 2+} overload. We confirmed CaMKIIδ as a direct downstream target of miR-145. Furthermore, miR-145 regulates Ca{sup 2+}-related signals and ameliorates apoptosis. This study demonstrates that miR-145 regulates reactive oxygen species (ROS)-induced Ca{sup 2+} overload in cardiomyocytes. Thus, miR-145 affects ROS-mediated gene regulation and cellular injury responses.

  14. Physicochemical impact studies of gamma rays on "aspirin" analgesics drug and its metal complexes in solid form: Synthesis, spectroscopic and biological assessment of Ca(II), Mg(II), Sr(II) and Ba(II) aspirinate complexes

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    Refat, Moamen S.; Sharshar, T.; Elsabawy, Khaled M.; Heiba, Zein K.

    2013-09-01

    Metal aspirinate complexes, M2(Asp)4, where M is Mg(II), Ca(II), Sr(II) or Ba(II) are formed by refluxed of aspirin (Asp) with divalent non-transition metal ions of group (II) and characterized by elemental analysis and spectroscopic measurements (infrared, electronic, 1H NMR, Raman, X-ray powder diffraction and scanning electron microscopy). Elemental analysis of the chelates suggests the stoichiometry is 1:2 (metal:ligand). Infrared spectra of the complexes agree with the coordination to the central metal atom through three donation sites of two oxygen atoms of bridge bidentate carboxylate group and oxygen atom of sbnd Cdbnd O of acetyl group. Infrared spectra coupled with the results of elemental analyzes suggested a distorted octahedral structure for the M(II) aspirinate complexes. Gamma irradiation was tested as a method for stabilization of aspirin as well as their complexes. The effect of gamma irradiation, with dose of 80 Gy, on the properties of aspirinate complexes was studied. The aspirinate chelates have been screened for their in vitro antibacterial activity against four bacteria, gram-positive (Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus) and gram-negative (Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) and two strains of fungus (Aspergillus flavus and Candida albicans). The metal chelates were shown to possess more antibacterial activity than the free aspirin chelate.

  15. Involvement of Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II in the activation of carnitine palmitoyltransferase I by okadaic acid in rat hepatocytes.

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    Velasco, G; Guzmán, M; Zammit, V A; Geelen, M J

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    The present work was undertaken to study the mechanism by which okadaic acid (OA), an inhibitor of protein phosphatases 1 and 2A, stimulates carnitine palmitoyltransferase I (CPT-I) in isolated rat hepatocytes [Guzmán, Kolodziej, Caldwell, Costorphine and Zammit (1994) Biochem. J. 300, 693-699]. The OA-induced stimulation of CPT-I was abolished by the general protein kinase inhibitor K-252a as well as by KN-62, a specific inhibitor of Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (Ca2+/CM-PKII). However, neither the protein kinase C-specific inhibitor bisindolylmaleimide nor the protein kinase A/protein kinase C inhibitor H-7 was able to prevent the OA-induced stimulation of CPT-I. Hepatocyte-shrinkage-induced stimulation of CPT-I as well as OA-induced hepatocyte shrinkage was prevented by KN-62. KN-62 also antagonized the OA-enhanced release of lactate dehydrogenase from digitonin-permeabilized hepatocytes. Exposure of 32P-labelled hepatocytes to OA increased the degree of phosphorylation of Ca2+/CM-PKII, as immunoprecipitated by a monoclonal antibody raised against the alpha-subunit of rat brain kinase. This effect of OA was also antagonized by KN-62. The results thus indicate that the OA-dependent stimulation of CPT-I may be mediated (at least in part) by increased phosphorylation and subsequent activation of Ca2+/CM-PKII. PMID:9003421

  16. A comparative study of caffeine and theophylline binding to Mg(II) and Ca(II) ions: studied by FTIR and UV spectroscopic methods

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    Nafisi, Shohreh; Shamloo, Delaram Sadraii; Mohajerani, Nasser; Omidi, Akram

    2002-08-01

    The interactions of calcium and magnesium ions with caffeine and theophylline have been investigated in aqueous solution at physiological pH. Fourier Transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and absorption spectra were used to determine the cation binding mode and the association constants. Our spectroscopic results showed that calcium and magnesium ions do not complex with caffeine strongly and the weak interactions between caffeine and Mg 2+ and Ca 2+ might be via O6 atom. In Ca 2+-theophylline complex, binding between Ca 2+ with CO and N7 is observed, however in Mg 2+-theophylline complex, binding between Mg 2+ and N7 is more likely. The k values of these complexes are as follows: k(caffeine-Ca)=29.8 M -1, k(caffeine-Mg)=22.4 M -1, k(theophylline-Ca)=59.8 M -1 and k(theophylline-Mg)=33.8 M -1. These values are evidence for a weak cation interaction in these metal complexes.

  17. Radial velocities and metallicities from infrared Ca ii triplet spectroscopy of open clusters. II. Berkeley 23, King 1, NGC 559, NGC 6603, and NGC 7245

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    Carrera, R.; Casamiquela, L.; Ospina, N.; Balaguer-Núñez, L.; Jordi, C.; Monteagudo, L.

    2015-06-01

    Context. Open clusters are key to studying the formation and evolution of the Galactic disc. However, there is a deficiency of radial velocity and chemical abundance determinations for open clusters in the literature. Aims: We intend to increase the number of determinations of radial velocities and metallicities from spectroscopy for open clusters. Methods: We acquired medium-resolution spectra (R ~ 8000) in the infrared region Ca ii triplet lines (~8500 Å) for several stars in five open clusters with the long-slit IDS spectrograph on the 2.5 m Isaac Newton Telescope (Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, Spain). Radial velocities were obtained by cross-correlation fitting techniques. The relationships available in the literature between the strength of infrared Ca ii lines and metallicity were also used to derive the metallicity for each cluster. Results: We obtain ⟨Vr⟩ = 48.6 ± 3.4, -58.4 ± 6.8, 26.0 ± 4.3, and -65.3 ± 3.2 km s-1 for Berkeley 23, NGC 559, NGC 6603, and NGC 7245, respectively. We found [ Fe/H ] = -0.25 ± 0.14 and -0.15 ± 0.18 for NGC 559 and NGC 7245, respectively. Berkeley 23 has low metallicity, [ Fe/H ] = -0.42 ± 0.13, which is similar to other open clusters in the outskirts of the Galactic disc. In contrast, we derived high metallicity ([ Fe/H ] = +0.43 ± 0.15) for NGC 6603, which places this system among the most metal-rich known open clusters. To our knowledge, this is the first determination of radial velocities and metallicities from spectroscopy for these clusters, except NGC 6603, for which radial velocities had been previously determined. We have also analysed ten stars in the line of sight to King 1. Because of the large dispersion obtained in both radial velocity and metallicity, we cannot be sure that we have sampled true cluster members. Based on observations made with the 2.5 m Isaac Newton Telescope operated on the island of La Palma by the Isaac Newton Group in the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the

  18. A New Synthetic Library of the Near-infrared Ca II Triplet Indices. I. Index Definition, Calibration, and Relations with Stellar Atmospheric Parameters

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    Du, W.; Luo, A. L.; Zhao, Y. H.

    2012-02-01

    Adopting the SPECTRUM package, which is a stellar spectral synthesis program, we have synthesized a comprehensive set of 2890 near-infrared (NIR) synthetic spectra with a resolution and wavelength sampling similar to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and the forthcoming Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) spectra. During the synthesis, we applied the "New grids of ATLAS9 Model Atmosphere" to develop a grid of local thermodynamic equilibrium model atmospheres for effective temperatures (T eff) ranging from 3500 to 7500 K, for surface gravities (log g) from 0.5 to 5.0 dex, for metallicities ([Fe/H]) from -4.0 to 0.5 dex, and for solar ([α/Fe] = 0.0 dex) and non-solar ([α/Fe] = +0.4 dex) abundances. This synthetic stellar library is composed of 1350 solar scaled abundance (SSA) and 1530 non-solar scaled abundance (NSSA) spectra, grounding on which we have defined a new set of NIR Ca II triplet indices and an index CaT as the sum of the three. These defined indices were automatically measured on every spectrum of the synthetic stellar library and calibrated with the indices computed on the observational spectra from the INDO-U.S. stellar library. In order to check the effect of α-element enhancement on the so-defined Ca II indices, we compared indices measured on the SSA spectra with those on the NSSA ones at the same trine of stellar parameters (T eff, log g, [Fe/H]); luckily, little influences of α-element enhancement were found. Furthermore, comparisons of our synthetic indices with the observational ones from measurements on the INDO-U.S. stellar library, the SDSS-DR7 and SDSS-DR8 spectroscopic survey are presented, respectively, for dwarfs and giants in specific. For dwarfs, our synthetic indices could well reproduce the behaviors of the observational indices versus stellar parameters, which verifies the validity of our index definitions for dwarfs. For giants, the consistency between our synthetic indices and the observational

  19. A NEW SYNTHETIC LIBRARY OF THE NEAR-INFRARED Ca II TRIPLET INDICES. I. INDEX DEFINITION, CALIBRATION, AND RELATIONS WITH STELLAR ATMOSPHERIC PARAMETERS

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    Adopting the SPECTRUM package, which is a stellar spectral synthesis program, we have synthesized a comprehensive set of 2890 near-infrared (NIR) synthetic spectra with a resolution and wavelength sampling similar to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and the forthcoming Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) spectra. During the synthesis, we applied the 'New grids of ATLAS9 Model Atmosphere' to develop a grid of local thermodynamic equilibrium model atmospheres for effective temperatures (Teff) ranging from 3500 to 7500 K, for surface gravities (log g) from 0.5 to 5.0 dex, for metallicities ([Fe/H]) from –4.0 to 0.5 dex, and for solar ([α/Fe] = 0.0 dex) and non-solar ([α/Fe] = +0.4 dex) abundances. This synthetic stellar library is composed of 1350 solar scaled abundance (SSA) and 1530 non-solar scaled abundance (NSSA) spectra, grounding on which we have defined a new set of NIR Ca II triplet indices and an index CaT as the sum of the three. These defined indices were automatically measured on every spectrum of the synthetic stellar library and calibrated with the indices computed on the observational spectra from the INDO-U.S. stellar library. In order to check the effect of α-element enhancement on the so-defined Ca II indices, we compared indices measured on the SSA spectra with those on the NSSA ones at the same trine of stellar parameters (Teff, log g, [Fe/H]); luckily, little influences of α-element enhancement were found. Furthermore, comparisons of our synthetic indices with the observational ones from measurements on the INDO-U.S. stellar library, the SDSS-DR7 and SDSS-DR8 spectroscopic survey are presented, respectively, for dwarfs and giants in specific. For dwarfs, our synthetic indices could well reproduce the behaviors of the observational indices versus stellar parameters, which verifies the validity of our index definitions for dwarfs. For giants, the consistency between our synthetic indices and the observational

  20. KWU-werkersklasdramas in Afrikaans (ca. 1930 - ca. 1950

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    Full Text Available GWU working class theatre in Afrikaans (ca. 1930 - ca. 1950In 1984 Elsabé Brink drew attention to plays, prose and poetry written between 1930 and 1950 in Afrikaans by members of the Garment Workers’ Union (GWU. Scholars such as Stander and Willemse (1992, Van Niekerk (1996 and Van Wyk (1995, 1997 have also referred to GWU plays. Apart from these overviews, GWU plays as such have not yet received the attention they deserve. This article presents a revaluation, initially by providing an overview of their contents, followed by an examination of cultural, economic and political influences. It is argued that - retrospectively - the GWU plays reflected a unique cultural specificity from the framework established by Sitas (1986 for more contemporary working class theatre.

  1. A new synthetic library of the Near-Infrared CaII triplet indices. I.Index Definition, Calibration and Relations with stellar atmospheric parameters

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    Du, Wei; Zhao, Yong-Heng

    2011-01-01

    Adopting the SPECTRUM package, we have synthesized a set of 2,890 Near-InfraRed (NIR) synthetic spectra with a resolution and wavelength sampling similar to the SDSS and the forthcoming LAMOST spectra. During the synthesis, we have applied the `New grids of ATLAS9 Model Atmosphere' to provide a grid of local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) model atmospheres. This synthetic stellar library is composed of 1,350 solor scaled abundance (SSA) and 1,530 non-solar scaled abundance (NSSA) spectra, grounding on which we have defined a new set of NIR CaII triplet indices and an index CaT as the sum of the three. Then, these defined indices have been automatically measured on the synthetic spectra and calibrated with the indices computed on the observational spectra from the INDO-U.S. stellar library. In order to check the effect of alpha-element enhancement on the so-defined CaII indices, we have compared indices measured on the SSA spectra with those on the NSSA ones at the same terns of stellar parameters (Teff, log ...

  2. (Cu,Tl)Ba2Ca3Cu4Ox compositions: II. Heating rate applied to synthesis of superconducting ceramics

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    Superconducting samples with a starting composition Cu0.5TlxBa2Ca3Cu4O12 (x=1-0.35) were prepared in Au tubes from oxides by using different heating rates. The optimum heating rate was 0.11 deg. C min-1 applied between 860 and 880 deg. C. These samples show the highest content of 1234 phase and the lowest of Ba-Cu-O phases as well as the highest critical temperatures. The highest values were Tc=119.2 K and Tc0=115.1 K. All samples show Jc values around 6x105 A cm-2, at 60 K and 0.5 T. In the rest of the samples, heated by using lower or higher heating rates, a high concentration of 1223 and/or 1245 phases is detected. The content of the 1234 phase and of Ba(Ca,Tl)-Cu-O residual liquid phase, in the samples synthesized for the optimum heating rate, depends on the Tl content in the starting mixture. The influence of the oxygen content in the starting mixture on phase composition is not as strong as of Tl, but it has a major role in establishing the superconducting behaviour of the 1234 grains. Some arguments that suggest the dependence of the transport properties of the non-superconducting matrix on oxygen content will be discussed. In our technological arrangement the determined optimum heating rate can be applied to the synthesis of other single-layered superconducting phases, e.g. 1212 phase from a Cu0.25Tl0.75Ba2CaCu2O8.115 starting composition. (author)

  3. The other side of cardiac Ca2+ signaling: transcriptional control

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    Alejandro eDomínguez-Rodríquez

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Ca2+ is probably the most versatile signal transduction element used by all cell types. In the heart, it is essential to activate cellular contraction in each heartbeat. Nevertheless Ca2+ is not only a key element in excitation-contraction coupling (EC coupling, but it is also a pivotal second messenger in cardiac signal transduction, being able to control processes such as excitability, metabolism, and transcriptional regulation. Regarding the latter, Ca2+ activates Ca2+-dependent transcription factors by a process called excitation-transcription coupling (ET coupling. ET coupling is an integrated process by which the common signaling pathways that regulate EC coupling activate transcription factors. Although ET coupling has been extensively studied in neurons and other cell types, less is known in cardiac muscle. Some hints have been found in studies on the development of cardiac hypertrophy, where two Ca2+-dependent enzymes are key actors: Ca2+/Calmodulin kinase II (CaMKII and phosphatase calcineurin, both of which are activated by the complex Ca2+/ /Calmodulin. The question now is how ET coupling occurs in cardiomyocytes, where intracellular Ca2+ is continuously oscillating. In this focused review, we will draw attention to location of Ca2+ signaling: intranuclear ([Ca2+]n or cytoplasmic ([Ca2+]c, and the specific ionic channels involved in the activation of cardiac ET coupling. Specifically, we will highlight the role of the 1,4,5 inositol triphosphate receptors (IP3Rs in the elevation of [Ca2+]n levels, which are important to locally activate CaMKII, and the role of transient receptor potential channels canonical (TRPCs in [Ca2+]c, needed to activate calcineurin.

  4. Structure of the CaMKIIdelta/calmodulin complex reveals the molecular mechanism of CaMKII kinase activation.

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    Full Text Available UNLABELLED: Long-term potentiation (LTP, a long-lasting enhancement in communication between neurons, is considered to be the major cellular mechanism underlying learning and memory. LTP triggers high-frequency calcium pulses that result in the activation of Calcium/Calmodulin (CaM-dependent kinase II (CaMKII. CaMKII acts as a molecular switch because it remains active for a long time after the return to basal calcium levels, which is a unique property required for CaMKII function. Here we describe the crystal structure of the human CaMKIIdelta/Ca2+/CaM complex, structures of all four human CaMKII catalytic domains in their autoinhibited states, as well as structures of human CaMKII oligomerization domains in their tetradecameric and physiological dodecameric states. All four autoinhibited human CaMKIIs were monomeric in the determined crystal structures but associated weakly in solution. In the CaMKIIdelta/Ca2+/CaM complex, the inhibitory region adopted an extended conformation and interacted with an adjacent catalytic domain positioning T287 into the active site of the interacting protomer. Comparisons with autoinhibited CaMKII structures showed that binding of calmodulin leads to the rearrangement of residues in the active site to a conformation suitable for ATP binding and to the closure of the binding groove for the autoinhibitory helix by helix alphaD. The structural data, together with biophysical interaction studies, reveals the mechanism of CaMKII activation by calmodulin and explains many of the unique regulatory properties of these two essential signaling molecules. ENHANCED VERSION: This article can also be viewed as an enhanced version in which the text of the article is integrated with interactive 3-D representations and animated transitions. Please note that a web plugin is required to access this enhanced functionality. Instructions for the installation and use of the Web plugin are available in Text S1.

  5. The electronic structure of Ca-intercalated superconducting graphite CaC6

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    We have measured Ca-intercalated graphite superconductor CaC6 (Tc 11.2 K) by soft X-ray photoemission spectroscopy in order to understand the electronic structure. For the valence band, we observed several structures that correspond to those of calculated density of states with the partial density of states of Ca 3d at the Fermi level (EF). We also observed core level spectra that are a very large asymmetric Ca 2p and asymmetric C 1s for CaC6, suggesting the existence of conduction electrons derived from Ca 3d and a charge transfer from Ca to graphene layer. These results provide spectroscopic evidence for PDOS of Ca 3d at EF. From a comparison of electronic structure of CaC6 and other graphite intercalation compounds (GICs), we found the difference between CaC6 and other superconducting GICs, which provides deeper understanding of the superconductivity of CaC6.

  6. Structures of CaV2 Ca2+/CaM-IQ Domain Complexes Reveal Binding Modes That Underlie Calcium-Dependent Inactivation And Facilitation

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    Calcium influx drives two opposing voltage-activated calcium channel (CaV) self-modulatory processes: calcium-dependent inactivation (CDI) and calcium-dependent facilitation (CDF). Specific Ca2+/calmodulin (Ca2+/CaM) lobes produce CDI and CDF through interactions with the CaVα1 subunit IQ domain. Curiously, Ca2+/CaM lobe modulation polarity appears inverted between CaV1s and CaV2s. Here, we present crystal structures of CaV2.1, CaV2.2, and CaV2.3 Ca2+/CaM-IQ domain complexes. All display binding orientations opposite to CaV1.2 with a physical reversal of the CaM lobe positions relative to the IQ α-helix. Titration calorimetry reveals lobe competition for a high-affinity site common to CaV1 and CaV2 IQ domains that is occupied by the CDI lobe in the structures. Electrophysiological experiments demonstrate that the N-terminal CaV2 Ca2+/C-lobe anchors affect CDF. Together, the data unveil the remarkable structural plasticity at the heart of CaV feedback modulation and indicate that CaV1 and CaV2 IQ domains bear a dedicated CDF site that exchanges Ca2+/CaM lobe occupants

  7. Crystal structure of the CaV2 IQ domain in complex with Ca2+/calmodulin: High-resolution mechanistic implications for channel regulation by Ca2+

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    Mori, Masayuki X.; Vander Kooi, Craig W.; Leahy, Daniel J.; Yue, David T.

    2008-01-01

    Calmodulin (CaM) regulation of Ca2+ channels is central to Ca2+ signaling. CaV1 versus CaV2 classes of these channels exhibit divergent forms of regulation, potentially relating to customized CaM/IQ interactions among different channels. Here, we report the crystal structures for the Ca2+/CaM—IQ domains of both CaV2.1 and CaV2.3 channels. These highly similar structures emphasize that major CaM contacts with the IQ domain extend well upstream of traditional consensus residues. Surprisingly, u...

  8. Ca II absorption lines in the spectrum of the quasar pks 2020--370 due to galactic material in the group Klemola 31

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    In the spectrum of the quasar PKs 2020--370 (z/sub em/ = 1.050), we find Ca II absorption lines both at near zero redshift and at z/sub abs/ = 0.02865 +- 0.00007. The latter is closely similar to the redshifts of two galaxies in the group Klemola 31, which are nearby on the plane of the sky. This observation adds to the evidence that the narrow-lined heavy-element absorption systems in quasar spectra in general arise in the extended halos of intervening galaxies

  9. CA2+/CALMODULIN-DEPENDENT KINASE II- ASSOCIATES WITH THE C TERMINUS OF THE DOPAMINE TRANSPORTER AND INCREASES AMPHETAMINE-INDUCED DOPAMINE EFFLUX VIA PHOSPHORYLATION OF N-TERMINAL SERINES

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    The dopamine transporter(DAT) plays a key role in clearing extracellular dopamine(DA) from the synapse. Moreover DAT is a target for the action of widely abused psychostimulants such as cocaine and amphetamine(AMPH). AMPH is a substrate for the DAT and promotes the reversal of transport and thus...... dependent kinase II- (CaMKII- ). A direct interaction between CaMKII- and DAT C-terminus was verified by the ability of C-terminal DAT GST fusion proteins to pull down both purified CaMKII- and CaMKII- from rat brain extracts. The ability of CaMKII- to exist in a complex with DAT was supported by co...

  10. Comparative study of CA242 and CA19-9 for the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

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    Kawa, S; Tokoo, M.; Hasebe, O.; Hayashi, K.; Imai, H; Oguchi, H.; Kiyosawa, K; Furuta, S; Homma, T

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    A comparative study of a new tumour marker, CA242, and CA19-9 was conducted with special reference to their diagnostic usefulness in pancreatic cancer. CA242 showed sensitivity similar to that of CA19-9 for overall cases and early cases (stage I tumour) of pancreatic cancer. For other malignancies, the positive rates of CA242 were lower than those of CA19-9 except for colorectal cancer. An important characteristics of CA242 was that it was only slightly and infrequently elevated in the sera o...

  11. Multiple Ca2+ sensors in secretion

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    Walter, Alexander M; Groffen, Alexander J; Sørensen, Jakob Balslev;

    2011-01-01

    Regulated neurotransmitter secretion depends on Ca(2+) sensors, C2 domain proteins that associate with phospholipids and soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive fusion attachment protein receptor (SNARE) complexes to trigger release upon Ca(2+) binding. Ca(2+) sensors are thought to prevent spontaneous...... fusion at rest (clamping) and to promote fusion upon Ca(2+) activation. At least eight, often coexpressed, Ca(2+) sensors have been identified in mammals. Accumulating evidence suggests that multiple Ca(2+) sensors interact, rather than work autonomously, to produce the complex secretory response...... observed in neurons and secretory cells. In this review, we present several working models to describe how different sensors might be arranged to mediate synchronous, asynchronous and spontaneous neurotransmitter release. We discuss the scenario that different Ca(2+) sensors typically act on one shared...

  12. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Spectroscopy at the solar limb. I. Average off-limb profiles and Doppler shifts of Ca II H.

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    Beck, C.; Rezaei, R.

    2011-10-01

    The data used in the publication consist of a set of CaII H spectra taken near and beyond the solar limb on 25/08/2009 at UT 08:43-09:15. The data were obtained with the POLIS instrument at the German VTT. The wavelength range covers the core and the blue wing of the CaII H line from 396.332nm to 396.969nm in 326 steps of 1.96pm. The observations were done by moving the solar image across the slit of the spectrograph with a step width of 0.3-arcsec, yielding in total 134 slit spectra of 326 wavelength points on 244 CCD rows along the slit. The spatial sampling along the slit was 0.3-arcsec. The center of the field-of-view was located at (x,y)=(+37",+920") relative to the center of the solar disk. The data have been corrected for stray-light with the methods described in the article and are normalized to the continuum intensity on disc center. The corresponding data file data.fit is organized as floating array (x,y,wavelength)=(134x244x326) pixels. (1 data file).

  13. Photoemission study of Ca-intercalated graphite superconductor CaC6

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    In this work, we have performed resonant photoemission studies of Ca-intercalated graphite superconductor CaC6. Using photon energy of the Ca 2p-3d threshold, the photoemission intensity of the peak at Fermi energy (EF) is resonantly enhanced. This result provides spectroscopic evidence for the existence of Ca 3d states at EF, and strongly supports that Ca 3d state plays a crucial role for the superconductivity of this material with relatively high Tc.

  14. Preparation of 45Ca(HDEHP)n and (CaH1502)2 samples for liquid scintillation counting, compared to 45caCl2 results

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    A procedure for preparation of liquid scintillation counting organic samples of the Di-2-ethylhexyl phosphate calcium complex and the 2-ethylhexanoate calcium salt, labelled with 45Ca, is described. The chemical quench, the counting stability and spectral evolution of both compounds is studied in six scintillators,Toluene-alcohol, Dioxane-naphtalene, Hi safe II, Ultimate-Gold and Instagel, and compared to results obtained from a commercial solution of 4 5CaCl2. (Author) 7 refs

  15. Ca isotope cycling in a forested ecosystem

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    Holmden, Chris; Bélanger, Nicolas

    2010-02-01

    Reports of large Ca isotope fractionations between trees and soils prompted this study of a Boreal forest ecosystem near La Ronge, Saskatchewan, to improve understanding of this phenomenon. The results on five tree species (black spruce, trembling aspen, white spruce, jack pine, balsam poplar) confirm that nutrient Ca uptake by plants favors the light isotopes, thus driving residual Ca in plant available soil pools towards enrichment in the heavy isotopes. Substantial within-tree fraction occurs in tissues formed along the transpiration stream, with low δ 44Ca values in fine roots (2 mm), intermediate values in stemwood, and high values in foliage. Separation factors between different plant tissues are similar between species, but the initial fractionation step in the tips of the fine roots is species specific, and/or sensitive to the local soil environment. Soil water δ 44Ca values appear to increase with depth to at least 35 cm below the top of the forest floor, which is close to the deepest level of fine roots. The heavy plant fractionated signature of Ca in the finely rooted upper soils filters downward where it is retained on ion exchange sites, leached into groundwater, and discharged into surface waters. The relationship between Ca uptake by tree fine roots and the pattern of δ 44Ca enrichment with soil depth was modeled for two Ca pools: the forest floor (litter) and the underlying (upper B) mineral soil. Six study plots were investigated along two hillside toposequences trending upwards from a first order stream. We used allometric equations describing the Ca distribution in boreal tree species to calculate weighted average δ 44Ca values for the stands in each plot and estimate Ca uptake rates. The δ 44Ca value of precipitation was measured, and soil weathering signatures deduced, by acid leaching of lower B mineral soils. Steady state equations were used to derive a set of model Ca fluxes and fractionation factors for each plot. The model reproduces

  16. Cation exchanged Fe(II) and Sr compared to other divalent cations (Ca, Mg) in the bure Callovian-Oxfordian formation: Implications for porewater composition modelling

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    thermodynamic databases seems to be far more appropriate. Concerning Fe(II) and siderite/ankerite equilibrium, the measured Fe/Ca ratio on the clay exchanger (∼0.01) could only be considered as a maximum value due to possible experimental bias, leading to the following constraint for the solubility of the sideroplesite phase present in the COX: Fe0.7Mg0.2Ca0.1CO3 + H+↔ 0.7 Fe2+ + 0.2 Mg2+ + 0.1 Ca2+ + HCO3-logKsidCOX sidCOX = 0.23

  17. Measurements of natural 41Ca concentrations

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    Atomic mass spectroscopic examinations on 41Ca were carried out in the UNILAC accelerator. A sensitivity of about 10-15 was achieved. This would allow the measurement of present natural 41Ca concentrations as soon as the problem of the transmission determination is solved. In this respect suggestions were worked out and their feasibility discussed. The detection of 41Ca-ions is especially free of background when high UNILAC-energies are applied. An estimation showed a background level corresponding with a 41Ca concentration of less then 10-17 referred to 40Ca. Besides an independent concept for the electromagnetic concentration of 41Ca with variable concentration factors was developed. After being concentrated up to 50 respectively 25 times the initial concentration in the GSI mass separator, the 41Ca concentration of three recent deer bones found in the Odenwald was measured by atomic mass spectroscopy in the 14UD-Pelletron Tandem in Rehovot (Israel). The measured 41Ca concentrations ranged between 10-14 to 10-13 with consideration of the concentration factor. A theoretical study of the 41Ca production in the earth's surface based on cosmic radiation illustrates the influence of trace elements on the neutron flux and thus on the 41Ca production. This influence might be a possible explanation for the observed amplitude of variation of the 41Ca concentration in recent bones which are of decisive importance for the feasibility of 41Ca-related dating. In this work a method is suggested that does not depend on the amplitude of variation mentioned above and which would allow the determination of the erosion rate of rocks by its 41Ca concentrations. (orig./HP)

  18. Meiosis, egg activation, and nuclear envelope breakdown are differentially reliant on Ca2+, whereas germinal vesicle breakdown is Ca2+ independent in the mouse oocyte

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    Tombes, R. M.; Simerly, C.; Borisy, G. G.; Schatten, G.

    1992-01-01

    During early development, intracellular Ca2+ mobilization is not only essential for fertilization, but has also been implicated during other meiotic and mitotic events, such as germinal vesicle breakdown (GVBD) and nuclear envelope breakdown (NEBD). In this study, the roles of intracellular and extracellular Ca2+ were examined during meiotic maturation and reinitiation at parthenogenetic activation and during first mitosis in a single species using the same methodologies. Cumulus-free metaphase II mouse oocytes immediately resumed anaphase upon the induction of a large, transient Ca2+ elevation. This resumption of meiosis and associated events, such as cortical granule discharge, were not sensitive to extracellular Ca2+ removal, but were blocked by intracellular Ca2+ chelators. In contrast, meiosis I was dependent on external Ca2+; in its absence, the formation and function of the first meiotic spindle was delayed, the first polar body did not form and an interphase-like state was induced. GVBD was not dependent on external Ca2+ and showed no associated Ca2+ changes. NEBD at first mitosis in fertilized eggs, on the other hand, was frequently, but not always associated with a brief Ca2+ transient and was dependent on Ca2+ mobilization. We conclude that GVBD is Ca2+ independent, but that the dependence of NEBD on Ca2+ suggests regulation by more than one pathway. As cells develop from Ca(2+)-independent germinal vesicle oocytes to internal Ca(2+)-dependent pronuclear eggs, internal Ca2+ pools increase by approximately fourfold.

  19. Weak transition of 44Ca

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    A study of the nuclear core contribution to the excited nuclear states was done, along with its theoretical evaluation and interpretation, in the light nuclei region. The 727 KeV gamma ray transition between the 1885 KeV O+ and 1157 KeV - 2+ states was detected, putting in evidence experimentally, the possibility of the 0+ state, characterized as core excitation, and found to be by + decay or electron capture from44,44mSc. The formation of the 2850 KeV state, due to 880 KeV transition from the 3667 KeV state, is re-discussed. The 564 KeV and 1684 KeV transitions from the 2850 KeV state to the 2285 KeV and 1157 KeV states, respectively, are also discussed. A new scheme is proposed for the 44Ca excited states. (Author)

  20. Lattice Dynamics of fcc Ca

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    Stassis, C.; Zaretsky, J.; Misemer, D. K.;;

    1983-01-01

    A large single crystal of FCC Ca was grown and was used to study the lattice dynamics of this divalent metal by coherent inelastic neutron scattering. The phonon dispersion curves were measured, at room temperature, along the [ξ00], [ξξ0], [ξξξ], and [0ξ1] symmetry directions. The dispersion curves...... to the propagation of elastic waves. The frequencies of the T1[ξξ0] branch for ξ between approximately 0.5 and 0.8 are slightly above the velocity-of-sound line determined from the low-frequency measurements. Since a similar effect has been observed in FCC Yb, it is natural to assume that the anomalous dispersion...

  1. The evolution of substrate specificity-associated residues and Ca(2+) -binding motifs in EF-hand-containing type II NAD(P)H dehydrogenases.

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    Hao, Meng-Shu; Rasmusson, Allan G

    2016-07-01

    Most eukaryotic organisms, except some animal clades, have mitochondrial alternative electron transport enzymes that allow respiration to bypass the energy coupling in oxidative phosphorylation. The energy bypass enzymes in plants include the external type II NAD(P)H dehydrogenases (DHs) of the NDB family, which are characterized by an EF-hand domain for Ca(2+) binding. Here we investigate these plant enzymes by combining molecular modeling with evolutionary analysis. Molecular modeling of the Arabidopsis thaliana AtNDB1 with the yeast ScNDI1 as template revealed distinct similarities in the core catalytic parts, and highlighted the interaction between the pyridine nucleotide and residues correlating with NAD(P)H substrate specificity. The EF-hand domain of AtNDB1 has no counterpart in ScNDI1, and was instead modeled with Ca(2+) -binding signal transducer proteins. Combined models displayed a proximity of the AtNDB1 EF-hand domain to the substrate entrance side of the catalytic part. Evolutionary analysis of the eukaryotic NDB-type proteins revealed ancient and recent reversions between the motif observed in proteins specific for NADH (acidic type) and NADPH (non-acidic type), and that the clade of enzymes with acidic motifs in angiosperms derives from non-acidic-motif NDB-type proteins present in basal plants, fungi and protists. The results suggest that Ca(2+) -dependent external NADPH oxidation is an ancient process, indicating that it has a fundamental importance for eukaryotic cellular redox metabolism. In contrast, the external NADH DHs in plants are products of a recent expansion, mirroring the expansion of the alternative oxidase family. PMID:27079180

  2. Three-dimensional localization of the α and β subunits and of the II-III loop in the skeletal muscle L-type Ca2+ channel.

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    Szpyt, John; Lorenzon, Nancy; Perez, Claudio F; Norris, Ethan; Allen, Paul D; Beam, Kurt G; Samsó, Montserrat

    2012-12-21

    The L-type Ca(2+) channel (dihydropyridine receptor (DHPR) in skeletal muscle acts as the voltage sensor for excitation-contraction coupling. To better resolve the spatial organization of the DHPR subunits (α(1s) or Ca(V)1.1, α(2), β(1a), δ1, and γ), we created transgenic mice expressing a recombinant β(1a) subunit with YFP and a biotin acceptor domain attached to its N- and C- termini, respectively. DHPR complexes were purified from skeletal muscle, negatively stained, imaged by electron microscopy, and subjected to single-particle image analysis. The resulting 19.1-Å resolution, three-dimensional reconstruction shows a main body of 17 × 11 × 8 nm with five corners along its perimeter. Two protrusions emerge from either face of the main body: the larger one attributed to the α(2)-δ1 subunit that forms a flexible hook-shaped feature and a smaller protrusion on the opposite side that corresponds to the II-III loop of Ca(V)1.1 as revealed by antibody labeling. Novel features discernible in the electron density accommodate the atomic coordinates of a voltage-gated sodium channel and of the β subunit in a single docking possibility that defines the α1-β interaction. The β subunit appears more closely associated to the membrane than expected, which may better account for both its role in localizing the α(1s) subunit to the membrane and its suggested role in excitation-contraction coupling. PMID:23118233

  3. Extraction of Ca (II) and Mg (II) from Hydrochloric Acid Solutions by N, N-Dioctyl-1-Octan Ammonium Chloride in Methyl Isobutyl Ketone

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    Fatmir Faiku; Arben Haziri; Imer Haziri; Sali Aliu; Nita Sopa

    2012-01-01

    Problem statement: Amines as organic molecules are able to form complexes with metals ions and this is the reason why we can use them to extract metals ions from hydrometallurgical solutions. Approach: Based on that, we have investigated the extraction of Calcium and Magnesium with N, N-dioctyl-1-octan ammonium chloride from the mixture of elements (Ca and Mg) prepared in artificial manner. We have investigated the influence of HCl concentration and salts (NaCl, NaI and CH3COONa) concentratio...

  4. Skeletal muscle Ca(2+)-independent kinase activity increases during either hypertrophy or running

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    Fluck, M.; Waxham, M. N.; Hamilton, M. T.; Booth, F. W.

    2000-01-01

    Spikes in free Ca(2+) initiate contractions in skeletal muscle cells, but whether and how they might signal to transcription factors in skeletal muscles of living animals is unknown. Since previous studies in non-muscle cells have shown that serum response factor (SRF) protein, a transcription factor, is phosphorylated rapidly by Ca(2+)/calmodulin (CaM)-dependent protein kinase after rises in intracellular Ca(2+), we measured enzymatic activity that phosphorylates SRF (designated SRF kinase activity). Homogenates from 7-day-hypertrophied anterior latissimus dorsi muscles of roosters had more Ca(2+)-independent SRF kinase activity than their respective control muscles. However, no differences were noted in Ca(2+)/CaM-dependent SRF kinase activity between control and trained muscles. To determine whether the Ca(2+)-independent and Ca(2+)/CaM-dependent forms of Ca(2+)/CaM-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) might contribute to some of the SRF kinase activity, autocamtide-3, a synthetic substrate that is specific for CaMKII, was employed. While the Ca(2+)-independent form of CaMKII was increased, like the Ca(2+)-independent form of SRF kinase, no alteration in CaMKII occurred at 7 days of stretch overload. These observations suggest that some of SRF phosphorylation by skeletal muscle extracts could be due to CaMKII. To determine whether this adaptation was specific to the exercise type (i.e., hypertrophy), similar measurements were made in the white vastus lateralis muscle of rats that had completed 2 wk of voluntary running. Although Ca(2+)-independent SRF kinase was increased, no alteration occurred in Ca(2+)/CaM-dependent SRF kinase activity. Thus any role of Ca(2+)-independent SRF kinase signaling has downstream modulators specific to the exercise phenotype.

  5. Emerging role of CaMKII in neuropsychiatric disease.

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    Robison, A J

    2014-11-01

    Although it has been known for decades that hippocampal calcium/calmodulin (CaM)-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) plays an essential role in learning and memory consolidation, the roles of CaMKII in other brain regions are only recently being explored in depth. A series of recent studies suggest that CaMKII dysfunction throughout the brain may underlie myriad neuropsychiatric disorders, including drug addiction, schizophrenia, depression, epilepsy, and multiple neurodevelopmental disorders, perhaps through maladaptations in glutamate signaling and neuroplasticity. I review here the structure, function, subcellular localization, and expression patterns of CaMKII isoforms, as well as recent advances demonstrating that disturbances in these properties may contribute to psychiatric disorders. PMID:25087161

  6. Ca2+ current facilitation is CaMKII-dependent and has arrhythmogenic consequences

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The cardiac voltage gated Ca2+ current (ICa is critical to the electrophysiological properties, excitation-contraction coupling, mitochondrial energetics and transcriptional regulation in heart. Thus, it is not surprising that cardiac ICa is regulated by numerous pathways. This review will focus on changes in ICa that occur during the cardiac action potential (AP, with particular attention to Ca2+-dependent inactivation (CDI, Ca2+-dependent facilitation (CDF and how calmodulin (CaM and Ca2+-CaM dependent protein kinase (CaMKII participate in the regulation of Ca2+ current during the cardiac AP. CDI depends on CaM pre-bound to the C-terminal of the L-type Ca2+ channel, such that Ca2+ influx and Ca2+ released from the sarcoplasmic reticulum bind to that CaM and cause CDI. In cardiac myocytes CDI normally predominates over voltage-dependent inactivation. The decrease in ICa via CDI provides direct negative feedback on the overall Ca2+ influx during a single beat, when myocyte Ca2+ loading is high. CDF builds up over several beats, depends on CaMKII-dependent Ca2+ channel phosphorylation and results in a staircase of increasing ICa peak, with progressively slower inactivation. CDF and CDI co-exist and in combination may fine-tune the ICa waveform during the cardiac AP. CDF may partially compensate for the tendency for Ca2+ channel availability to decrease at higher heart rates because of accumulating inactivation. CDF may also allow some reactivation of ICa during long duration cardiac APs, and contribute to early afterdepolarizations, a form of triggered arrhythmias.

  7. Allometric constraints on Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca partitioning in terrestrial mammalian trophic chains.

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    Balter, Vincent

    2004-03-01

    In biological systems, strontium (Sr) and barium (Ba) are two non-essential elements, in comparison to calcium (Ca) which is essential. The Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios tend to decrease in biochemical pathways which include Ca as an essential element, and these processes are termed biopurification of Ca. The quantitative pathway of the biopurification of Ca in relation to Sr and Ba between two biological reservoirs ( Rn and R(n -1)) is measured with an observed ratio (OR) expressed by the (Sr/Ca) Rn /(Sr/Ca)( Rn-1) and (Ba/Ca) Rn /(Ba/Ca)( Rn-1) ratios. For a mammalian organism, during the whole biopurification of Ca starting with the diet to the ultimate reservoir of Ca which is the bone, the mean values for ORSr and ORBa are 0.25 and 0.2, respectively. In this study, published Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios are used for three sets of soils, plants, and bones of herbivorous and carnivorous mammals, each comprising a trophic chain, to illustrate the biopurification of Ca at the level of trophic chains. Calculated ORSr and ORBa of herbivore bones in relation to plants and of bones of carnivores in relation to bones of herbivores give ORSr=0.30+/-0.08 and ORBa=0.16+/-0.08, thus suggesting that trophic chains reflect the Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca fluxes that are prevalent at the level of a mammalian organism. The slopes of the three regression equations of log(Sr/Ca) vs. log(Ba/Ca) are similar, indicating that the process of biopurification of Ca with respect to Sr and Ba is due to biological processes and is independent of the geological settings. Modifications of the logarithmic expression of the Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca relationship allow a new formula of the biopurification process to be deduced, leading to the general equation ORBa=ORSr(1.79+/-0.33), where the allometric coefficient is the mean of the slopes of the three regression equations. Some recent examples are used to illustrate this new analysis of predator-prey relations between mammals. This opens up new possibilities for the

  8. Extraction of Ca (II and Mg (II from Hydrochloric Acid Solutions by N, N-Dioctyl-1-Octan Ammonium Chloride in Methyl Isobutyl Ketone

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    Fatmir Faiku

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Amines as organic molecules are able to form complexes with metals ions and this is the reason why we can use them to extract metals ions from hydrometallurgical solutions. Approach: Based on that, we have investigated the extraction of Calcium and Magnesium with N, N-dioctyl-1-octan ammonium chloride from the mixture of elements (Ca and Mg prepared in artificial manner. We have investigated the influence of HCl concentration and salts (NaCl, NaI and CH3COONa concentration in extraction of two elements (Ca and Mg from water solutions. All extractions were done from HCl water solutions with c = 3, 6 and 9 mol L-1 and in presence of NaCl, NaI and CH3COONa salts, which we prepared in different concentrations. Results: Extraction of Calcium from NaCl solution move from 18-30%, from NaI solution 55-77% and from CH3COONa solution 50-71%. Extraction of Magnesium from NaCl solution move from 3-12%, from NaI solution 0-11% and from CH3COONa solution 0-8%. Conclusion: As optimal condition to separate Calcium from Magnesium is the extraction of Calcium from HCl solution with concentration 9 mol L-1 in presence of NaI with concentration of 60 g L-1. Using these condition 77% of Calcium was in organic phase and all of magnesium remains in water phase.

  9. Glutamate excitotoxicity and Ca(2+)-regulation of respiration: Role of the Ca(2+) activated mitochondrial transporters (CaMCs).

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    Rueda, Carlos B; Llorente-Folch, Irene; Traba, Javier; Amigo, Ignacio; Gonzalez-Sanchez, Paloma; Contreras, Laura; Juaristi, Inés; Martinez-Valero, Paula; Pardo, Beatriz; Del Arco, Araceli; Satrustegui, Jorgina

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    Glutamate elicits Ca(2+) signals and workloads that regulate neuronal fate both in physiological and pathological circumstances. Oxidative phosphorylation is required in order to respond to the metabolic challenge caused by glutamate. In response to physiological glutamate signals, cytosolic Ca(2+) activates respiration by stimulation of the NADH malate-aspartate shuttle through Ca(2+)-binding to the mitochondrial aspartate/glutamate carrier (Aralar/AGC1/Slc25a12), and by stimulation of adenine nucleotide uptake through Ca(2+) binding to the mitochondrial ATP-Mg/Pi carrier (SCaMC-3/Slc25a23). In addition, after Ca(2+) entry into the matrix through the mitochondrial Ca(2+) uniporter (MCU), it activates mitochondrial dehydrogenases. In response to pathological glutamate stimulation during excitotoxicity, Ca(2+) overload, reactive oxygen species (ROS), mitochondrial dysfunction and delayed Ca(2+) deregulation (DCD) lead to neuronal death. Glutamate-induced respiratory stimulation is rapidly inactivated through a mechanism involving Poly (ADP-ribose) Polymerase-1 (PARP-1) activation, consumption of cytosolic NAD(+), a decrease in matrix ATP and restricted substrate supply. Glutamate-induced Ca(2+)-activation of SCaMC-3 imports adenine nucleotides into mitochondria, counteracting the depletion of matrix ATP and the impaired respiration, while Aralar-dependent lactate metabolism prevents substrate exhaustion. A second mechanism induced by excitotoxic glutamate is permeability transition pore (PTP) opening, which critically depends on ROS production and matrix Ca(2+) entry through the MCU. By increasing matrix content of adenine nucleotides, SCaMC-3 activity protects against glutamate-induced PTP opening and lowers matrix free Ca(2+), resulting in protracted appearance of DCD and protection against excitotoxicity in vitro and in vivo, while the lack of lactate protection during in vivo excitotoxicity explains increased vulnerability to kainite-induced toxicity in Aralar

  10. 41Ca in Circumstellar Graphite from Supernovae

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    Amari, S.; Zinner, E.; Lewis, R. S.

    1995-09-01

    We have measured isotopic ratios of C, N, O, Si, K, Ca, and Ti in 13 carbon grains from the low density graphite fraction KE3 (1.65-1.72g/cm3). These grains show the same isotopic signatures as KE3 grains previously measured [1]. Many of them have isotopically heavy C (up to x13 solar) and heavy N (up to x9.7 solar); nine have ^18O excesses (up to x183 solar); 26Al/27Al ratios range up to 0.07. Type II supernovae have previously been proposed as stellar sources of low density graphite grains [1,2,3]. Grain KE3c-551 (14 micrometers in size) has the most extreme C-, N-, and O-isotopic ratios ever measured in a graphite grain (^12C/^13C=7223+/-111, 14N/15N=28+/-2, 16O/18O=2.72+/-0.08). Interestingly, the isotopic ratios of these elements changed during analysis, becoming more anomalous with time. This suggests that isotopically "normal" components had been absorbed onto the grain surface or that partial exchange of the indigenous component had occurred. The above ratios are therefore lower (for C) and upper (for N and O) limits. High ^12C/^13C and ^16O/^17O (4595+/-858) and low ^16O/^18O ratios as well as the Ti isotopic ratios of the grain (delta 46Ti/48Ti=12+/-10 permil, delta ^47Ti/^48Ti=-62+/-9 permil, delta ^49Ti/^48Ti=901+/-16 permil, delta ^50Ti/^48Ti=200+/-12 permil) show the signature of the He/C zone in presupernova stars [4]. Eleven grains were measured for their K, Ca, and Ti isotopic ratios. Four of them, including KE3c-551, have ^41K excesses (218+/-50 permil to 10610+/-326 permil), apparently due to the decay of ^41Ca (T(sub)1/2=1.03 x 10^5a). Inferred ^41Ca/^40Ca ratios range from (1.94+/-0.43) x 10^-3 to (1.65+/-0.38) x 10^-2. In supernovae, ^41Ca is produced by neutron capture in the He/C, the O/C, and the O/Ne zones, as well as by explosive nucleosynthesis in the Si/S zone [4,5]. The expected ^41Ca/^40Ca ratios in the neutron capture zones are 1.6-1.8 x 10^-2 and in the Si/S zone 8 x 10^-4. Two of the 4 grains with ^41K excesses have Ca isotopic

  11. Cardiomyocyte Ca(2+) dynamics: clinical perspectives.

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    Aronsen, Jan Magnus; Louch, William E; Sjaastad, Ivar

    2016-04-01

    In the heart, Ca(2+) signals regulate a variety of biological functions ranging from contractility to gene expression, cellular hypertrophy and death. In this review, we summarize the role of local Ca(2+) homeostasis in these processes in healthy cardiac muscle cells, and highlight how mismanaged Ca(2+) handling contributes to the pathophysiology of conditions such as cardiac arrhythmia, ischemic heart disease, cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure. Aiming to provide an introduction to the field with a clinical perspective, we also indicate how current and future therapies may modulate cardiomyocytes Ca(2+) handling for the treatment of patients. PMID:26729487

  12. CA 125, a New Prognostic Marker for Aggressive NHL

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    Purpose: CA 125 was evaluated in the sera of patients with aggressive NHL, together with LDH and β2m, in a trial to assess its value in the diagnosis and follow-up, and to compare it to some prognostic factors. Subjects and Methods: The study included 78 newly diagnosed patients with diffuse large B cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (DLBCL), with age range 18-60 years, and a WHO performance status of 0, I or II, in addition to twenty apparently healthy controls. All patients received CHOP regimen for 6 cycles. Results: The levels of CA 125 and LDH were significantly higher in DLBCL compared to the control group (p-value = 0.031 and = 0.009, respectively). Cutoff levels used were 20U/ml, 310 U/L, and 2mg/l for CA125, LDH and β2m, respectively. CA125 serum level was high in 55%, LDH level in 72%, and β2m level in 62% of patients. As regards the stage, CA 125 was elevated in 17%, 52%, 80%, and 100% of patients in stage I, II, III, and IV, respectively. CA 125 was elevated in 81.3% of patients with bulky disease, in 83.3% presenting with involvement of more than 1 extranodal site, and in 90% presenting with effusion. The highest levels of CA125, LDH, and β2m were observed in stage IV, and lowest in stage I (p-value <0.001, 0.005, and 0.154, respectively). There was also a significant positive correlation between CA 125 and LDH (p-value <0.001). CA 125 showed specificity of 80% with 95% CI (56- 94), and LDH showed sensitivity of 72% with 95% CI (60-81). Complete response to treatment was achieved in 71.8% of our patients. Survival at 24 months was 78.2%. There was a statistically significant increase in survival in patients with CA125 <20U/ml, patients with LDH <310U/L, and patients with β2m <2mg/l (p-value = 0.006, 0.025, and 0.042, respectively). A shorter disease-free survival was associated with increased CA 125 (p<0.001). Conclusion: CA125 was found to correlate with stage, tumor bulk, involvement of more than 1 extranodal site, and presence of effusion. Elevated

  13. The electronic field shift factor of the 4s2S1/2-4p2PJ transitions in CaII

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    The isotope shifts (IS) of the resonance lines 4s2S1/2-4p2PJ in CaII (seven isotopes) have been measured by fast ion beam collinear laser spectroscopy (FIBCLS) with non-optical detection of the resonant laser-ion interaction. The electronic field shift factor F was derived from the experimental IS via a King plot procedure using the mean square nuclear charge radii from muon spectroscopy and electron scattering. The J-independent result F = -283(6) Mhz/fm2 was obtained. The F-value resulting from extensive many body perturbation theory (MBPT) calculations, recently performed by Maertensson-Pendrill et al., is in excellent agreement with the experimental value, confirming the reliability of the MBPT procedure. (orig.)

  14. Calcium transport in sealed vesicles from red beet (Beta vulgaris L.) storage tissue. II. Characterization of 45Ca2+ uptake into plasma membrane vesicles

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    Calcium uptake was examined in sealed plasma membrane vesicles isolated from red beet (Beta vulgaris L.) storage tissue using 45Ca2+. Uptake of 45Ca2+ by the vesicles was ATP-dependent and radiotracer accumulated by the vesicles could be released by the addition of the calcium ionophore A23187. The uptake was stimulated by gramicidin D but slightly inhibited by carbonylcyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone. Although the latter result might suggest some degree of indirect coupling of 45Ca2+ uptake to ATP utilization via ΔμH+, no evidence for a secondary H+/Ca2+ antiport in this vesicle system could be found. Following the imposition of an acid-interior pH gradient, proton efflux from the vesicle was not enhanced by the addition of Ca2+ and an imposed pH gradient could not drive 45Ca2+ uptake. Optimal uptake of 45Ca2+ occurred broadly between pH 7.0 and 7.5 and the transport was inhibited by orthovanadate, N,N'-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide, and diethylstilbestrol but insensitive to nitrate and azide. The dependence of 45Ca2+ uptake on both calcium and Mg:ATP concentration demonstrated saturation kinetics with K/sub m/ values of 6 micromolar and 0.37 millimolar, respectively. While ATP was the preferred substrate for driving 45Ca2+ uptake, GTP could drive transport at about 50% of the level observed for ATP. The results of this study demonstrate the presence of a unique primary calcium transport system associated with the plasma membrane which could drive calcium efflux from the plant cell

  15. Calcium transport in sealed vesicles from red beet (Beta vulgaris L. ) storage tissue. II. Characterization of /sup 45/Ca/sup 2 +/ uptake into plasma membrane vesicles

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    Giannini, J.L.; Ruiz-Cristin, J.; Briskin, D.P.

    1987-12-01

    Calcium uptake was examined in sealed plasma membrane vesicles isolated from red beet (Beta vulgaris L.) storage tissue using /sup 45/Ca/sup 2 +/. Uptake of /sup 45/Ca/sup 2 +/ by the vesicles was ATP-dependent and radiotracer accumulated by the vesicles could be released by the addition of the calcium ionophore A23187. The uptake was stimulated by gramicidin D but slightly inhibited by carbonylcyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone. Although the latter result might suggest some degree of indirect coupling of /sup 45/Ca/sup 2 +/ uptake to ATP utilization via ..delta mu..H/sup +/, no evidence for a secondary H/sup +//Ca/sup 2 +/ antiport in this vesicle system could be found. Following the imposition of an acid-interior pH gradient, proton efflux from the vesicle was not enhanced by the addition of Ca/sup 2 +/ and an imposed pH gradient could not drive /sup 45/Ca/sup 2 +/ uptake. Optimal uptake of /sup 45/Ca/sup 2 +/ occurred broadly between pH 7.0 and 7.5 and the transport was inhibited by orthovanadate, N,N'-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide, and diethylstilbestrol but insensitive to nitrate and azide. The dependence of /sup 45/Ca/sup 2 +/ uptake on both calcium and Mg:ATP concentration demonstrated saturation kinetics with K/sub m/ values of 6 micromolar and 0.37 millimolar, respectively. While ATP was the preferred substrate for driving /sup 45/Ca/sup 2 +/ uptake, GTP could drive transport at about 50% of the level observed for ATP. The results of this study demonstrate the presence of a unique primary calcium transport system associated with the plasma membrane which could drive calcium efflux from the plant cell.

  16. MiR-152 May Silence Translation of CaMK II and Induce Spontaneous Immune Tolerance in Mouse Liver Transplantation

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    Wang, Jingcheng; Yan, Sheng; Zhou, Lin; Xie, Haiyang; Chen, Hui; Li, Hui; Zhang, Jinhua; Zhao, Jiacong; Zheng, Shusen

    2014-01-01

    Spontaneous immune tolerance in mouse liver transplantation has always been a hotspot in transplantation-immune research. Recent studies revealed that regulatory T cells (Tregs), hepatic satellite cells and Kupffer cells play a potential role in spontaneous immune tolerance, however the precise mechanism of spontaneous immune tolerance is still undefined. By using Microarray Chips, we investigated different immune regulatory factors to decipher critical mechanisms of spontaneous tolerance after mouse liver transplantation. Allogeneic (C57BL/6-C3H) and syngeneic (C3H-C3H) liver transplantation were performed by 6-8 weeks old male C57BL/6 and C3H mice. Graft samples (N = 4 each group) were collected from 8 weeks post-operation mice. 11 differentially expressed miRNAs in allogeneic grafts (Allografts) vs. syngeneic grafts (Syngrafts) were identified using Agilent Mouse miRNA Chips. It was revealed that 185 genes were modified by the 11 miRNAs, furthermore, within the 185 target genes, 11 of them were tightly correlated with immune regulation after Gene Ontology (GO), Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) analysis and Genbank data cross-comparison. Verified by real-time PCR and western blot, our results indicated that mRNA expression levels of IL-6 and TAB2 were respectively down regulated following miR-142-3p and miR-155 augment. In addition, increased miR-152 just silenced mRNA of CaMK II and down-regulated translation of CaMK II in tolerated liver grafts, which may play a critical role in immune regulation and spontaneous tolerance induction of mouse liver transplantation. PMID:25133393

  17. MiR-152 may silence translation of CaMK II and induce spontaneous immune tolerance in mouse liver transplantation.

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    Full Text Available Spontaneous immune tolerance in mouse liver transplantation has always been a hotspot in transplantation-immune research. Recent studies revealed that regulatory T cells (Tregs, hepatic satellite cells and Kupffer cells play a potential role in spontaneous immune tolerance, however the precise mechanism of spontaneous immune tolerance is still undefined. By using Microarray Chips, we investigated different immune regulatory factors to decipher critical mechanisms of spontaneous tolerance after mouse liver transplantation. Allogeneic (C57BL/6-C3H and syngeneic (C3H-C3H liver transplantation were performed by 6-8 weeks old male C57BL/6 and C3H mice. Graft samples (N = 4 each group were collected from 8 weeks post-operation mice. 11 differentially expressed miRNAs in allogeneic grafts (Allografts vs. syngeneic grafts (Syngrafts were identified using Agilent Mouse miRNA Chips. It was revealed that 185 genes were modified by the 11 miRNAs, furthermore, within the 185 target genes, 11 of them were tightly correlated with immune regulation after Gene Ontology (GO, Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG analysis and Genbank data cross-comparison. Verified by real-time PCR and western blot, our results indicated that mRNA expression levels of IL-6 and TAB2 were respectively down regulated following miR-142-3p and miR-155 augment. In addition, increased miR-152 just silenced mRNA of CaMK II and down-regulated translation of CaMK II in tolerated liver grafts, which may play a critical role in immune regulation and spontaneous tolerance induction of mouse liver transplantation.

  18. Studying Ca uc(ii) K Line Profile Shapes and Dynamic Processes in the Solar Chromosphere at the Base of a Coronal Hole

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    Grigoryeva, S. A.; Turova, I. P.; Ozhogina, O. A.

    2016-07-01

    We study Ca uc(ii) K profiles in structural features of the quiet chromosphere and plages using observations of two time series for two regions at the base of a coronal hole. One of the regions that we study has a low-brightness area where the reversal-free profile shape remains the same even over a spatial extent of about 16 arcsec. Such a profile shape is typical of low-temperature areas. The analysis of the spectral composition of oscillations has revealed that all the chromospheric structures feature various combinations of periods: 3, 4, 5, and long. One rarely finds only a single period. In same-type structures, we cannot single out a dominant highest-power period; such may be any of the above periods. Periodic brightenings of the violet peak in the Ca uc(ii) K wing occur in both internetwork and network areas. Moreover, they do not arise from purely 3-min oscillations. The integrated spectral power of oscillations throughout the whole area cut out by the spectrograph slit decreases with height from the temperature minimum region to the lower and middle chromosphere in 4.0 - 5.2 (4-min oscillations), 2.4 - 4.0 (5-min oscillations) and 1.1 - 16.0 mHz frequency bands. The oscillation power in the low-frequency band demonstrates a reverse tendency. The oscillation power in 5.2 - 6.8 mHz (3-min oscillations) decreases from the lower to middle chromosphere. This is the case for both regions at the base of a coronal hole. The integrated spectral power distribution in different chromospheric structures is complicated. Low-frequency oscillations are enhanced more often in peripheral areas of structures. Our observations do not corroborate the belief that 3-min oscillations prevail in internetwork and 5-min oscillations in network areas.

  19. Phosphorylation and regulation of glutamate receptors by CaMKII

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    Mao, Li-Min; Jin, Dao-Zhong; Xue, Bing; Chu, Xiang-Ping; WANG, John Q.

    2014-01-01

    Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) is the most abundant kinase within excitatory synapses in the mammalian brain. It interacts with and phosphorylates a large number of synaptic proteins, including major ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluRs) and group I metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs), to constitutively and/or activity-dependently regulate trafficking, subsynaptic localization, and function of the receptors. Among iGluRs, the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)...

  20. Structures of Ca(V) Ca**2+/CaM-IQ Domain Complexes Reveal Binding Modes That Underlie Calcium-Dependent Inactivation And Facilitation

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    Kim, E.Y.; Rumpf, C.H.; Fujiwara, Y.; Cooley, E.S.; Petegem, F.Van; Minor, D.L., Jr.

    2009-05-20

    Calcium influx drives two opposing voltage-activated calcium channel (Ca{sub V}) self-modulatory processes: calcium-dependent inactivation (CDI) and calcium-dependent facilitation (CDF). Specific Ca{sup 2+}/calmodulin (Ca{sup 2+}/CaM) lobes produce CDI and CDF through interactions with the Ca{sub V}{alpha}{sub 1} subunit IQ domain. Curiously, Ca{sup 2+}/CaM lobe modulation polarity appears inverted between Ca{sub V}1s and Ca{sub V}2s. Here, we present crystal structures of Ca{sub V}2.1, Ca{sub V}2.2, and Ca{sub V}2.3 Ca{sup 2+}/CaM-IQ domain complexes. All display binding orientations opposite to Ca{sub V}1.2 with a physical reversal of the CaM lobe positions relative to the IQ {alpha}-helix. Titration calorimetry reveals lobe competition for a high-affinity site common to Ca{sub V}1 and Ca{sub V}2 IQ domains that is occupied by the CDI lobe in the structures. Electrophysiological experiments demonstrate that the N-terminal Ca{sub V}2 Ca{sup 2+}/C-lobe anchors affect CDF. Together, the data unveil the remarkable structural plasticity at the heart of Ca{sub V} feedback modulation and indicate that Ca{sub V}1 and Ca{sub V}2 IQ domains bear a dedicated CDF site that exchanges Ca{sup 2+}/CaM lobe occupants.

  1. Isolation and characterization of higher metallofullerenes Ca@C92 and Ca@C94

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    Yuliang Che; Hua Yang; Hongxiao Jin; Chunxin Lu; Ziyang Liu

    2009-05-01

    We report for the first time isolation of Ca@C92 and Ca@C94 by multi-stage highperformance liquid chromatography technique without recycling equipment. It is notable that higher metallofullerenes containing alkaline earth metal ions could be isolated although their relative yields are extremely low. Ca@C92 and Ca@C94 are also confirmed by LD-TOF mass spectrometry and characterrized by UV-Vis-NIR absorption measurements.

  2. Comparative study of CA242 and CA19-9 in chronic pancreatitis.

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    Furuya, N; Kawa, S; Hasebe, O.; Tokoo, M.; Mukawa, K.; Maejima, S.; Oguchi, H.

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    CA242 has been proved to be useful in the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. The aim of the present study was to clarify the mechanisms contributing to the high specificity of CA242 as compared with CA19-9 resulting from scarce serum elevation of this antigen in patients with chronic pancreatitis by correlating serum levels and endoscopic retrograde choledocho-pancreatography (ERCP) findings and by immunohistochemical analysis. Serum CA19-9 levels were significantly elevated in patients with cal...

  3. Modeling of sorption enhanced steam methane reforming—Part II: Simulation within a novel Ca/Cu chemical loop process for hydrogen production

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    Fernández García, José Ramón; Abanades García, Juan Carlos; Grasa Adiego, Gemma

    2012-01-01

    The initial stage of a novel Ca/Cu looping process for hydrogen production that involves the sorption enhanced reforming of methane (SER) at high pressure and at a moderate temperature is simulated using a mathematical model developed in Part I of this work. The SER reaction step has been analyzed under dynamic conditions within the framework of the following reactor parameters and operation conditions: catalyst/sorbent ratio, space time, operating temperature, operating pressure and steam/ca...

  4. Sporadic Ca and Ca+ layers at mid-latitudes: Simultaneous observations and implications for their formation

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    Full Text Available We report on the observations of 188 sporadic layers of either Ca atoms and/or Ca ions that we have observed during 112 nights of lidar soundings of Ca, and 58 nights of Ca+ soundings, at Kühlungsborn, Germany (54° N, 12° E. The Ca+ soundings have been performed simultaneously and in a common volume with the Ca soundings by two separate lidars. Correlations between sporadic neutral and ionized metal layers are demonstrated through four case studies. A systematic study of the variations of occurrence of sporadic Ca and Ca+ layers reveals that neutral and ionized Ca layers are not as closely correlated as expected earlier: (a The altitude distribution shows the simultaneous occurrence of both sporadic Ca and Ca+ layers to be most likely only in the narrow altitude range between 90 and 95 km. Above that region, in the lower thermosphere, the sporadic ion layers are much more frequent than atom layers. Below 90 km only very few sporadic layers have been observed; (b The seasonal variation of sporadic Ca layers exhibits a minimum of occurrence in summer, while sporadic Ca+ layers do not show a significant seasonal variation (only the dense Ca+ layers appear to have a maximum in summer. At mid-latitudes sporadic Ca layers are more frequent than sporadic layers of other atmospheric metals like Na or K. For the explanation of our observations new formation mechanisms are discussed.Key words. Ionosphere (ion chemistry and composition; ionosphere-atmosphere interactions; mid-latitude ionosphere

  5. Diagnostic value of combined determinations of serum CA19-9, CA242 and CA50 levels in patients with pancreatic cancer

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    Objective: To explore the diagnostic value of combined determinations of serum CA19-9, CA242 and CA50 levels in patients with pancreatic cancer. Methods: Serum CA19-9, CA242 and CA50 levels were determined with RIA in 120 patients with pancreatic cancer, 50 patients with chronic pancreatitis and 80 controls. Results: The serum levels of CA19-9, CA242 and CA50 in patients with pancreatic cancer were significantly higher than those in patients with pancreatitis and controls. With CA19-9, the diagnostic sensitivity and specificity for pancreatic cnrcinoma was 82.0% and 78.6% respectively. With CA242, the diagnostic sensitivity and specificity for pancreatic carcinoma was 78.5% and 81.6% respectively. With CA50, the diagnostic sensitivity and specificity for pancreatic carcinoma was 52.7% and 74.6% respectively. With combined determinations of CA19-9, CA242 and CA50, the sensitivity and specificity was enhanced to 96.82% and 98.75% respectively. Conclusion: Combined detection of CA19-9, CA242 and CA50 is clinically useful for early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. (authors)

  6. Aluminum resistance in wheat involves maintenance of leaf Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) content, decreased lipid peroxidation and Al accumulation, and low photosystem II excitation pressure.

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    Moustaka, Julietta; Ouzounidou, Georgia; Bayçu, Gülriz; Moustakas, Michael

    2016-08-01

    The phytotoxic aluminum species (Al(3+)) is considered as the primary factor limiting crop productivity in over 40 % of world's arable land that is acidic. We evaluated the responses of two wheat cultivars (Triticum aestivum L.) with differential Al resistance, cv. Yecora E (Al-resistant) and cv. Dio (Al-sensitive), exposed to 0, 37, 74 and 148 μM Al for 14 days in hydroponic culture at pH 4.5. With increasing Al concentration, leaf Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) content decreased, as well as the effective quantum yield of photosystem II (PSII) photochemistry (Φ PSII ), while a gradual increase in leaf membrane lipid peroxidation, Al accumulation, photoinhibition (estimated as F v /F m ), and PSII excitation pressure (1 - q p ) occurred. However, the Al-resistant cultivar with lower Al accumulation, retained larger concentrations of Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) in the leaves and kept a larger fraction of the PSII reaction centres (RCs) in an open configuration, i.e. a higher ratio of oxidized to reduced quinone A (QA), than plants of the Al-sensitive cultivar. Four times higher Al concentration in the nutrient solution was required for Al-resistant plants (148 μM Al) than for Al-sensitive (37 μM Al), in order to establish the same closed RCs. Yet, the decline in photosynthetic efficiency in the cultivar Dio was not only due to closure of PSII RCs but also to a decrease in the quantum yield of the open RCs. We suggest that Al(3+) toxicity may be mediated by nutrient deficiency and oxidative stress, and that Al-resistance of the wheat cultivar Yecora E, may be due at least partially, from the decreased Al accumulation that resulted to decreased reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation. However, under equal internal Al accumulation (exposure Al concentration: Dio 74 μM, Yecora E 148 μM) that resulted to the same oxidative stress, the reduced PSII excitation pressure and the better PSII functioning of the Al-resistant cultivar was probably due to the larger concentrations of Ca

  7. Characterization of calcareous deposits in artificial seawater by impedance techniques 3--Deposit of CaCO{sub 3} in the presence of Mg(II)

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    Barchiche, Ch.; Deslouis, C.; Festy, D.; Gil, O.; Refait, Ph.; Touzain, S.; Tribollet, B

    2003-05-30

    Calcareous deposits were formed on steel under cathodic protection conditions in artificial seawater at various potentials from -0.9 to -1.4 V/SCE. The deposition kinetics was analysed by chronoamperometry measurements and the calcareous layers were characterized by electrochemical and electrohydrodynamical impedance spectroscopies, scanning electron microscopy observations and X-ray diffraction analyses. At 20 deg. C, the deposits were composed of aragonite CaCO{sub 3} when formed at potentials E comprised between -0.9 and -1.1 V/SCE, of brucite Mg(OH){sub 2} and aragonite when formed at -1.2 V/SCE, and only of brucite when formed at potentials E{<=}-1.3 V/SCE. However, the in situ impedance techniques demonstrated the presence of a Mg(II)-containing porous layer along with the aragonite deposit at E{>=}-1.1 V/SCE. In seawater enriched with Mg{sup 2+}, the deposition of aragonite was almost totally inhibited, and the behavior of the film containing Mg(II) could be described.

  8. Characterization of calcareous deposits in artificial seawater by impedance techniques 3--Deposit of CaCO3 in the presence of Mg(II)

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    Calcareous deposits were formed on steel under cathodic protection conditions in artificial seawater at various potentials from -0.9 to -1.4 V/SCE. The deposition kinetics was analysed by chronoamperometry measurements and the calcareous layers were characterized by electrochemical and electrohydrodynamical impedance spectroscopies, scanning electron microscopy observations and X-ray diffraction analyses. At 20 deg. C, the deposits were composed of aragonite CaCO3 when formed at potentials E comprised between -0.9 and -1.1 V/SCE, of brucite Mg(OH)2 and aragonite when formed at -1.2 V/SCE, and only of brucite when formed at potentials E≤-1.3 V/SCE. However, the in situ impedance techniques demonstrated the presence of a Mg(II)-containing porous layer along with the aragonite deposit at E≥-1.1 V/SCE. In seawater enriched with Mg2+, the deposition of aragonite was almost totally inhibited, and the behavior of the film containing Mg(II) could be described

  9. Ultrastructural and immunohistochemical localization of plasma membrane Ca2+-ATPase 4 in Ca2+-transporting epithelia

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    Alexander, R Todd; Beggs, Megan R; Zamani, Reza;

    2015-01-01

    Plasma Membrane Ca(2+)-ATPase's (PMCA) participate in epithelial Ca(2+) transport and intracellular Ca(2+) signaling. The Pmca4 isoform is enriched in distal nephron isolates and decreased in mice lacking the epithelial Ca(2+) channel, Trpv5. We therefore hypothesized that Pmca4 plays a significant...... distal nephron cells at both the basolateral membrane and intracellular perinuclear compartments, but not submembranous vesicles, suggesting rapid trafficking to the plasma membrane is unlikely to occur in vivo. Pmca4 expression was not altered by perturbations in Ca(2+) balance, pointing to a...... role in transcellular Ca(2+) flux and investigated the localization and regulation of Pmca4 in Ca(2+)-transporting epithelia. Using antibodies directed specifically against Pmca4, we found it expressed only in the smooth muscle layer of mouse and human intestine, while pan-specific Pmca antibodies...

  10. Cholinergic Neurons Mediate CaMKII-Dependent Enhancement of Courtship Suppression

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    Mehren, Jennifer E.; Griffith, Leslie C.

    2006-01-01

    In "Drosophila," calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) activity is crucial in associative courtship conditioning for both memory formation and suppression of courtship during training with a mated female. We have previously shown that increasing levels of constitutively active CaMKII, but not calcium-dependent CaMKII, in a subset…

  11. PGC-1α accelerates cytosolic Ca2+ clearance without disturbing Ca2+ homeostasis in cardiac myocytes

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    Energy metabolism and Ca2+ handling serve critical roles in cardiac physiology and pathophysiology. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator 1 alpha (PGC-1α) is a multi-functional coactivator that is involved in the regulation of cardiac mitochondrial functional capacity and cellular energy metabolism. However, the regulation of PGC-1α in cardiac Ca2+ signaling has not been fully elucidated. To address this issue, we combined confocal line-scan imaging with off-line imaging processing to characterize calcium signaling in cultured adult rat ventricular myocytes expressing PGC-1α via adenoviral transduction. Our data shows that overexpressing PGC-1α improved myocyte contractility without increasing the amplitude of Ca2+ transients, suggesting that myofilament sensitivity to Ca2+ increased. Interestingly, the decay kinetics of global Ca2+ transients and Ca2+ waves accelerated in PGC-1α-expressing cells, but the decay rate of caffeine-elicited Ca2+ transients showed no significant change. This suggests that sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+-ATPase (SERCA2a), but not Na+/Ca2+ exchange (NCX) contribute to PGC-1α-induced cytosolic Ca2+ clearance. Furthermore, PGC-1α induced the expression of SERCA2a in cultured cardiac myocytes. Importantly, overexpressing PGC-1α did not disturb cardiac Ca2+ homeostasis, because SR Ca2+ load and the propensity for Ca2+ waves remained unchanged. These data suggest that PGC-1α can ameliorate cardiac Ca2+ cycling and improve cardiac work output in response to physiological stress. Unraveling the PGC-1α-calcium handing pathway sheds new light on the role of PGC-1α in the therapy of cardiac diseases.

  12. Coping with Asymmetric Channel Losses in CSMA/CA

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    Paramanathan, Achuthan; Roetter, Daniel Enrique Lucani; Fitzek, Frank

    2013-01-01

    Inspired by the discrepancy between past theoretical analysis and real measurements for high-load scenarios for intersession network coding, we pinpoint and analyze the source of this discrepancy in wireless networks implementing a CSMA/CA medium access scheme. Our analysis shows that CSMA/CA is ......) confirm the sensitivity of the CSMA/CA scheme in real implementations, and (ii) shows that our adaptive protocol provides a simple, yet potent mechanism to cope with asymmetric channel losses and ultimately to enhance end-to-end throughput in high-load scenarios....... very sensitive to asymmetric channel losses caused by channel conditions. Leveraging this analysis, we present an adaptive channel priority protocol that copes with asymmetric channel losses while being compatible with CSMA/CA. We implement this protocol and perform real-life measurements that (i...

  13. Fusion pore expansion is a slow, discontinuous, and Ca2+ -dependent process regulating secretion from alveolar type II cells

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    Haller, Thomas; Dietl, Paul; Pfaller, Kristian; Frick, Manfred; Mair, Norbert; Paulmichl, Markus; Hess, Michael W.; Fürst, Johannes; Maly, Karl

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    In alveolar type II cells, the release of surfactant is considerably delayed after the formation of exocytotic fusion pores, suggesting that content dispersal may be limited by fusion pore diameter and subject to regulation at a postfusion level. To address this issue, we used confocal FRAP and N-(3-triethylammoniumpropyl)-4-(4-[dibutylamino]styryl) pyridinium dibromide (FM 1-43), a dye yielding intense localized fluorescence of surfactant when entering the vesicle lumen through the fusion po...

  14. Chronic CaMKII inhibition blunts the cardiac contractile response to exercise training

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    Kaurstad, Guri; Alves, Marcia N.; Kemi, Ole J.; Rolim, Natale; Høydal, Morten A.; Wisløff, Helene; Stølen, Tomas O.; Wisløff, Ulrik

    2011-01-01

    Activation of the multifunctional Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) plays a critical role modulating cardiac function in both health and disease. Here, we determined the effect of chronic CaMKII inhibition during an exercise training program in healthy mice. CaMKII was inhibited by KN-93 injections. Mice were randomized to the following groups: sham sedentary, sham exercise, KN-93 sedentary, and KN-93 exercise. Cardiorespiratory function was evaluated by ergospirometry duri...

  15. Influence of Ca/Mg ratio on phytoextraction properties of Salix viminalis. II. Secretion of low molecular weight organic acids to the rhizosphere.

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    Magdziak, Z; Kozlowska, M; Kaczmarek, Z; Mleczek, M; Chadzinikolau, T; Drzewiecka, K; Golinski, P

    2011-01-01

    A hydroponic experiment in a phytotron was performed to investigate the effect of two different Ca/Mg ratios (4:1 and 1:10) and trace element ions (Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn) in solution on the efficiency of low molecular weight organic acid (LMWOA) formation in Salix viminalis rhizosphere. Depending on the Ca/Mg ratio and presence of selected trace elements at 0.5mM concentration, the amount and kind of LMWOAs in the rhizosphere were significantly affected. In physiological 4:1 Ca/Mg ratio the following complex of acids was observed: malonic (Pb, Zn), citric, lactic, maleic and succinic (Zn) acids. Under 1:10 Ca/Mg ratio, citric (Cd, Zn), maleic and succinic (Cd, Cu, Pb, Zn) acids were seen. Additionally, high accumulation of zinc and copper in all systems was observed, with the exception of those where one of the metals was at higher concentration. Summing up, the results indicate a significant role of LMWOAs in Salix phytoremediation abilities. Both effects can be modulated depending on the mutual Ca/Mg ratio. PMID:20950858

  16. Reduced endogenous Ca2+ buffering speeds active zone Ca2+ signaling.

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    Delvendahl, Igor; Jablonski, Lukasz; Baade, Carolin; Matveev, Victor; Neher, Erwin; Hallermann, Stefan

    2015-06-01

    Fast synchronous neurotransmitter release at the presynaptic active zone is triggered by local Ca(2+) signals, which are confined in their spatiotemporal extent by endogenous Ca(2+) buffers. However, it remains elusive how rapid and reliable Ca(2+) signaling can be sustained during repetitive release. Here, we established quantitative two-photon Ca(2+) imaging in cerebellar mossy fiber boutons, which fire at exceptionally high rates. We show that endogenous fixed buffers have a surprisingly low Ca(2+)-binding ratio (∼ 15) and low affinity, whereas mobile buffers have high affinity. Experimentally constrained modeling revealed that the low endogenous buffering promotes fast clearance of Ca(2+) from the active zone during repetitive firing. Measuring Ca(2+) signals at different distances from active zones with ultra-high-resolution confirmed our model predictions. Our results lead to the concept that reduced Ca(2+) buffering enables fast active zone Ca(2+) signaling, suggesting that the strength of endogenous Ca(2+) buffering limits the rate of synchronous synaptic transmission. PMID:26015575

  17. Regulated release of Ca2+ from respiring mitochondria by Ca2+/2H+ antiport.

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    Fiskum, G; Lehninger, A L

    1979-07-25

    Simultaneous measurements of oxygen consumption and transmembrane transport of Ca2+, H+, and phosphate show that the efflux of Ca2+ from respiring tightly coupled rat liver mitochondria takes place by an electroneutral Ca2+/2H+ antiport process that is ruthenium red-insensitive and that is regulated by the oxidation-reduction state of the mitochondrial pyridine nucleotides. When mitochondrial pyridine nucleotides are kept in a reduced steady state, the efflux of Ca2+ is inhibited; when they are in an oxidized state, Ca2+ efflux is activated. These processes were demonstrated by allowing phosphate-depleted mitochondria respiring on succinate in the presence of rotenone to take up Ca2+ from the medium. Upon subsequent addition of ruthenium red to block Ca2+ transport via the electrophoretic influx pathway, and acetoacetate, to bring mitochondrial pyridine nucleotides into the oxidized state, Ca2+ efflux and H+ influx ensued. The observed H+ influx/Ca2+ efflux ratio was close to the value 2.0 predicted for the operation of an electrically neutral Ca2+/2H+ antiport process. PMID:36390

  18. Isoflurane inhibits synaptic vesicle exocytosis through reduced Ca2+ influx, not Ca2+-exocytosis coupling.

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    Baumgart, Joel P; Zhou, Zhen-Yu; Hara, Masato; Cook, Daniel C; Hoppa, Michael B; Ryan, Timothy A; Hemmings, Hugh C

    2015-09-22

    Identifying presynaptic mechanisms of general anesthetics is critical to understanding their effects on synaptic transmission. We show that the volatile anesthetic isoflurane inhibits synaptic vesicle (SV) exocytosis at nerve terminals in dissociated rat hippocampal neurons through inhibition of presynaptic Ca(2+) influx without significantly altering the Ca(2+) sensitivity of SV exocytosis. A clinically relevant concentration of isoflurane (0.7 mM) inhibited changes in [Ca(2+)]i driven by single action potentials (APs) by 25 ± 3%, which in turn led to 62 ± 3% inhibition of single AP-triggered exocytosis at 4 mM extracellular Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]e). Lowering external Ca(2+) to match the isoflurane-induced reduction in Ca(2+) entry led to an equivalent reduction in exocytosis. These data thus indicate that anesthetic inhibition of neurotransmitter release from small SVs occurs primarily through reduced axon terminal Ca(2+) entry without significant direct effects on Ca(2+)-exocytosis coupling or on the SV fusion machinery. Isoflurane inhibition of exocytosis and Ca(2+) influx was greater in glutamatergic compared with GABAergic nerve terminals, consistent with selective inhibition of excitatory synaptic transmission. Such alteration in the balance of excitatory to inhibitory transmission could mediate reduced neuronal interactions and network-selective effects observed in the anesthetized central nervous system. PMID:26351670

  19. 47Ca production for 47Ca/47Sc generator system using electron linacs

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    In this work we have studied the feasibility of photonuclear production of 47Ca from 48Ca for 47Ca/47Sc generators. Photon flux distribution for electron beams of different energies incident on a tungsten converter was calculated using the MCNPX radiation transport code. The 47Ca production rate dependence on electron beam energy was found and 47Ca/47Sc yields were estimated for a 40 MeV electron beam. It was shown that irradiating enriched targets with a 40 MeV, 1 mA beam will result in tens of MBq g−1 (few mCi g−1) activity of 47Sc. The results of the simulations were benchmarked by irradiating 22.5 g of CaCl2 powder with a 39 MeV electron beam incident on a tungsten converter. Measured 47Ca/47Sc activities were found to be in very good agreement with the predictions. - Highlights: • We have evaluated the 47Ca production rate using 48Ca(γ,n)47Ca reaction for different electron beam energies and have constructed “parent”-“daughter” activity curves to estimate 47Sc yields. • We have shown the advantages of irradiating a 48Ca target in comparison to natural calcium target • To verify the predicted yield values we have irradiated 22.5 g of calcium chloride (natCaCl2) powder using 39 MeV, 12.5 μA electron beam and found the results to be in a good agreement with the simulations • We have shown that irradiating a 48Ca target with a 40 MeV 1 mA beam will result in tens of MBq g−1 (~ mCi g−1) activity of 47Sc

  20. Calcium transport in bovine rumen epithelium as affected by luminal Ca concentrations and Ca sources.

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    Schröder, Bernd; Wilkens, Mirja R; Ricken, Gundula E; Leonhard-Marek, Sabine; Fraser, David R; Breves, Gerhard

    2015-11-01

    The quantitative role of different segments of the gastrointestinal tract for Ca absorption, the respective mechanisms, and their regulation are not fully identified for ruminants, that is, cattle. In different in vitro experiments the forestomach wall has been demonstrated to be a major site for active Ca absorption in sheep and goats. In order to further clarify the role of the bovine rumen for Ca transport with special attention to luminal Ca concentrations, its ionic form, and pH, electrophysiological and unidirectional flux rate measurements were performed with isolated bovine rumen epithelial tissues. For Ca flux studies (Jms, Jsm) in vitro Ussing chamber technique was applied. Standard RT-PCR method was used to characterize TRPV6 and PMCA1 as potential contributors to transepithelial active Ca transport. At Ca concentrations of 1.2 mmol L(-1) on both sides of the tissues, Jms were higher than Jsm resulting under some conditions in significant Ca net flux rates (Jnet), indicating the presence of active Ca transport. In the absence of an electrical gradient, Jnet could significantly be stimulated in the presence of luminal short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). Increasing the luminal Ca concentrations up to 11.2 mmol L(-1) resulted in significant increases in Jms without influencing Jsm. Providing Ca in its form as respective chloride, formate, or propionate salts there was no significant effect on Jms. No transcripts specific for Ca channel TRPV6 could be demonstrated. Our results indicate different mechanisms for Ca absorption in bovine rumen as compared with those usually described for the small intestines. PMID:26564067

  1. Motion of the Ca2+-pump captured.

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    Yokokawa, Masatoshi; Takeyasu, Kunio

    2011-09-01

    Studies of ion pumps, such as ATP synthetase and Ca(2+)-ATPase, have a long history. The crystal structures of several kinds of ion pump have been resolved, and provide static pictures of mechanisms of ion transport. In this study, using fast-scanning atomic force microscopy, we have visualized conformational changes in the sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase (SERCA) in real time at the single-molecule level. The analyses of individual SERCA molecules in the presence of both ATP and free Ca(2+) revealed up-down structural changes corresponding to the Albers-Post scheme. This fluctuation was strongly affected by the ATP and Ca(2+) concentrations, and was prevented by an inhibitor, thapsigargin. Interestingly, at a physiological ATP concentrations, the up-down motion disappeared completely. These results indicate that SERCA does not transit through the shortest structure, and has a catalytic pathway different from the ordinary Albers-Post scheme under physiological conditions. PMID:21707923

  2. Brown CA et al 2016 Dataset

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — This dataset contains the research described in the following publication: Brown, C.A., D. Sharp, and T. Mochon Collura. 2016. Effect of Climate Change on Water...

  3. Expression of a novel carbonic anhydrase, CA XIII, in normal and neoplastic colorectal mucosa

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    Carbonic anhydrase (CA) isozymes may have an important role in cancer development. Some isozymes control pH homeostasis in tumors that appears to modulate the behaviour of cancer cells. CA XIII is the newest member of the CA gene family. It is a cytosolic isozyme which is expressed in a number of normal tissues. The present study was designed to investigate CA XIII expression in prospectively collected colorectal tumor samples. Both neoplastic and normal tissue specimens were obtained from the same patients. The analyses were performed using CA XIII-specific antibodies and an immunohistochemical staining method. For comparison, the tissue sections were immunostained for other cytosolic isozymes, CA I and II. The results indicated that the expression of CA XIII is down-regulated in tumor cells compared to the normal tissue. The lowest signal was detected in carcinoma samples. This pattern of expression was quite parallel for CA I and II. The down-regulation of cytosolic CA I, II and XIII in colorectal cancer may result from reduced levels of a common transcription factor or loss of closely linked CA1, CA2 and CA13 alleles on chromosome 8. Their possible role as tumor suppressors should be further evaluated

  4. Expression of a novel carbonic anhydrase, CA XIII, in normal and neoplastic colorectal mucosa

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    Saarnio Juha

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Carbonic anhydrase (CA isozymes may have an important role in cancer development. Some isozymes control pH homeostasis in tumors that appears to modulate the behaviour of cancer cells. CA XIII is the newest member of the CA gene family. It is a cytosolic isozyme which is expressed in a number of normal tissues. The present study was designed to investigate CA XIII expression in prospectively collected colorectal tumor samples. Methods Both neoplastic and normal tissue specimens were obtained from the same patients. The analyses were performed using CA XIII-specific antibodies and an immunohistochemical staining method. For comparison, the tissue sections were immunostained for other cytosolic isozymes, CA I and II. Results The results indicated that the expression of CA XIII is down-regulated in tumor cells compared to the normal tissue. The lowest signal was detected in carcinoma samples. This pattern of expression was quite parallel for CA I and II. Conclusion The down-regulation of cytosolic CA I, II and XIII in colorectal cancer may result from reduced levels of a common transcription factor or loss of closely linked CA1, CA2 and CA13 alleles on chromosome 8. Their possible role as tumor suppressors should be further evaluated.

  5. Modulation of two functionally distinct Ca2+ stores in astrocytes: role of the plasmalemmal Na/Ca exchanger.

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    Golovina, V A; Bambrick, L L; Yarowsky, P J; Krueger, B K; Blaustein, M P

    1996-04-01

    Mechanisms that regulate the amount of releasable Ca2+ in intracellular stores of cultured mouse astrocytes were investigated using digital imaging of fura-2 loaded cells. At rest, the cytoplasmic Ca2+ concentration, [Ca2+]cyt, was about 110 nM. In the absence of extracellular Ca2+, cyclopiazonic acid (CPA), an inhibitor of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca(2+)-ATPase, induced a transient, four-fold increase in [Ca2+]cyt due to the release of Ca2+ from inositol triphosphate (IP3) sensitive stores. Caffeine (CAF), which releases Ca2+ from Ca(2+)-sensitive stores, induced a two-fold increase in [Ca2+]cyt. The CPA- and CAF-sensitive stores could be released independently. Changes in the amplitudes of the Ca2+ transients were taken as a measure of changes in store content. Removal of extracellular Na+ or addition of ouabain, which inhibit Ca2+ extrusion and promote Ca2+ entry across the plasmalemma via the Na/Ca exchanger, caused minimal increases in resting [Ca2+]cyt but greatly potentiated both CPA- and CAF-induced Ca2+ transients. The amount of Ca2+ releasable from the IP3(CPA) sensitive store was directly proportional to cytosolic Na+ concentration (i.e., inversely proportional to the transmembrane Na+ electrochemical gradient). Under these reduced Na+ gradient conditions, little, if any, Ca2+ destined for the ER stores enters the cells through voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels. These results demonstrate that mouse astrocytes contain two distinct ER Ca2+ stores, the larger, IP3- (CPA-) sensitive, and the smaller, Ca(2+)- (CAF-) sensitive. The Ca2+ content of both ER stores can be regulated by the Na/Ca exchanger. Thus, the magnitude of cellular responses to signals that are mediated by Ca2+ release induced by the two second messengers, IP3 and Ca2+, can be modulated by factors that affect the net transport of Ca2+ across the plasmalemma. PMID:8721670

  6. X-ray instrumentation in astronomy II; Proceedings of the Meeting, San Diego, CA, Aug. 15-17, 1988

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    Various papers on X-ray instrumentation in astronomy are presented. Individual topics addressed include: concentrating hard X-ray collector, advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility high resolution camera, Fano-noise-limited CCDs, linear CCD with enhanced X-ray quantum efficiency, advances in microchannel plate detectors, X-ray imaging spectroscopy with EEV CCDs, large aperture imaging gas scintillation proportional counter, all-sky monitor for the X-ray Timing Explorer, and miniature satellite technology capabilities for space astronomy. Also discussed are: high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy using microcalorimeters, high-throughput X-ray astrophysics cornerstone, gas mixtures for X-ray proportional counters, transmission grating spectrometer for SPEKTROSAT, efficiency of X-ray reflection gratings, soft X-ray spectrographs for solar observations, observability of coronal variations, Berkeley extreme-UV calibration facility, SURF-II radiometric instrumentation calibration facility, and evaluation of toroidal gratings in the EUV

  7. CA Investment Casting Process of Complex Castings

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    CA (Computer aided) investment casting technique used in superalloy castings of aerospace engine parts was presented. CA investment casting integrated computer application, RP (Rapid Prototyping) process, solidification simulation and investment casting process. It broke the bottle neck of making metal die. Solid model of complex parts were produced by UGII or other software, then translated into STL(Stereolithography) file, after RP process of SLS(Selective Laser Sintering), wax pattern used in investment ...

  8. YouthCaN 2001 / Sirje Janikson

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    2001-01-01

    Aprillis 2001 toimus keskkonnateemaline õpilaskonverents YouthCaN 2001 Ameerika Loodusajaloo Muuseumis New Yorkìs. 35 seminarist ühe viis läbi Tartu Noorte Loodusmaja geoloogia ja keskkonnaringi esindus, tutvustati loodusmaja keskkonnaprojekte ja räägiti keskkonnaalaste veebilehtede koostamise kogemustest. YouthCaN (Youth Communicating and Networking) on rahvusvaheline noorte organisatsioon, mis vahendab kogemusi ja uusi ideid elukeskkonnast huvitatud noorte hulgas

  9. Sensitivity and specificity of CA242 in gastro-intestinal cancer. A comparison with CEA, CA50 and CA 19-9.

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    Nilsson, O; Johansson, C.; Glimelius, B.; Persson, B.; Nørgaard-Pedersen, B.; Andrén-Sandberg, A.; Lindholm, L.

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    A serological assay for the quantitative determination of the novel tumour-associated epitope CA242 was developed and used for determination of sensitivity and specificity of CA242 in gastrointestinal cancer. The CA242 assay showed a better tumour specificity than CA50 (and CA 19-9). This was most noticeable in benign hepatobiliary disease. The sensitivity at 90% specificity cut-off level was approximately three times higher for CA242 compared to CA50 in colo-rectal cancer Dukes A, B and C, w...

  10. Mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake in skeletal muscle health and disease

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    Zhou, Jingsong; Yi, Jianxun

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    Muscle uses Ca2+ as a messenger to control contraction and relies on ATP to maintain the intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis. Mitochondria are the major sub-cellular organelle of ATP production. With a negative inner membrane potential, mitochondria take up Ca2+ from their surroundings, a process called mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake. Under physiological conditions, Ca2+ uptake into mitochondria promotes ATP production. Excessive uptake causes mitochondrial Ca2+ overload, which activates downstream adverse responses leading to cell dysfunction. Moreover, mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake could shape spatio-temporal patterns of intracellular Ca2+ signaling. Malfunction of mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake is implicated in muscle degeneration. Unlike non-excitable cells, mitochondria in muscle cells experience dramatic changes of intracellular Ca2+ levels. Besides the sudden elevation of Ca2+ level induced by action potentials, Ca2+ transients in muscle cells can be as short as a few milliseconds during a single twitch or as long as min...

  11. Señalización de Ca2+intracelular en endotelio in situ de aorta de rata con diabetes mellitus tipo II

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    Paredes Juárez, Genaro Alberto

    2008-01-01

    La diabetes mellitus es la primera causa de muerte en nuestro país, debido a las alteraciones que provoca en la función y estructura de los vasos sanguíneos, aumentando el riesgo de hipertensión, infarto miocárdico y derrame cerebral. Las alteraciones vasculares se han correlacionado con disfunción endotelial. La señal de Ca2+ es un mecanismo clave en la función de las actividades endoteliales. A la fecha no se cuenta con información respecto a la señalización de Ca2+ en ...

  12. Binary biosorption of uranium(VI) and nickel(II) from aqueous solution by Ca-pretreated Cystoseira indica in a fixed-bed column

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    Simultaneous biosorption of uranium(VI) and nickel(II) ions onto Ca-pretreated Cystoseira indica biomass was studied and compared with single uranium or nickel biosorption in a fixed-bed column. Results of single biosorption showed the breakthrough and exhaustion time increase with the increase of the flow rate and inlet metal concentration for both metal ions. Also, it was observed that there was an optimum flow rate of 1.4 mL min-1 (surface loading of 0.792 cm min-1) for both metal ions in the column. Results from both single and binary systems showed the adsorption capacity of C. indica for both metal ions increases with the increasing inlet concentration of each component and C. indica had a stronger affinity for uranium than nickel ions. The binary system results showed that the presence of the second component affected the adsorption of the first one by C. indica so the antagonistic action was observed. Also, the inhibitory effect of uranium ions on the nickel adsorption was greater than nickel ions on the uranium adsorption. The uranium and nickel breakthrough curves under different conditions were described by the Thomas, Yoon-Nelson and Yan models. Among these models, the Yan model appeared to describe the experimental results better. (author)

  13. Endothelin-1 induces intracellular [Ca2+] increase via Ca2+ influx through the L-type Ca2+ channel, Ca2+-induced Ca2+ release and a pathway involving ETA receptors, PKC, PKA and AT1 receptors in cardiomyocytes

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    ZENG QingHua; LI XingTing; ZHONG GuoGan; ZHANG WenJie; SUN ChengWen

    2009-01-01

    Using fura-2-acetoxymethyl eater (AM) fluorescence imaging and patch clamp techniques, we found that endothelin-1 (ET-1) significantly elevated the intracellular calcium level ([Ca2+]1) in a dose-dependent manner and activated the L-type Ca2+ channel in cardiomyocytes isolated from rats.The effect of ET-1 on [Ca2+]1 elevation was abolished in the presence of the ETA receptor blocker BQ123,but was not affected by the ETa receptor blocker BQ788. ET-1-induced an increase in [Ca2+]1, which was inhibited 46.7% by pretreatment with a high concentration of ryanodine (10 μmol/L), a blocker of the ryanodine receptor. The ET-1-induced [Ca2+]i increase was also inhibited by the inhibltors of protein kinase A (PKA), protein kinase C (PKC) and angiotensin type 1 receptor (AT1 receptor). We found that ET-1 induced an enhancement of the amplitude of the whole cell L-type Ca2+ channel current and an Increase of open-state probability (NPo) of an L-type single Ca2+ channel. BQ123 completely blocked the ET-1-induced increase in calcium channel open-state probability. In this study we demonstrated that ET-1 regulates calcium overload through a series of mechanisms that include L-type Ca2+ channel activation and Ca2+-induced Ca2+ release (CICR). ETa receptors, PKC, PKA and AT1 receptors may also contribute to this pathway.

  14. Endothelin-1 induces intracellular [Ca2+] increase via Ca2+ influx through the L-type Ca2+ channel, Ca2+-induced Ca2+ release and a pathway involving ETA receptors, PKC, PKA and AT1 receptors in cardiomyocytes

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    Using fura-2-acetoxymethyl ester (AM) fluorescence imaging and patch clamp techniques, we found that endothelin-1 (ET-1) significantly elevated the intracellular calcium level ([Ca2+]i) in a dose-dependent manner and activated the L-type Ca2+ channel in cardiomyocytes isolated from rats. The effect of ET-1 on [Ca2+]i elevation was abolished in the presence of the ETA receptor blocker BQ123, but was not affected by the ETB receptor blocker BQ788. ET-1-induced an increase in [Ca2+]i, which was inhibited 46.7% by pretreatment with a high concentration of ryanodine (10 μmol/L), a blocker of the ryanodine receptor. The ET-1-induced [Ca2+]i increase was also inhibited by the inhibitors of protein kinase A (PKA), protein kinase C (PKC) and angiotensin type 1 receptor (AT1 receptor). We found that ET-1 induced an enhancement of the amplitude of the whole cell L-type Ca2+ channel current and an increase of open-state probability (NPo) of an L-type single Ca2+ channel. BQ123 completely blocked the ET-1-induced increase in calcium channel open-state probability. In this study we demonstrated that ET-1 regulates calcium overload through a series of mechanisms that include L-type Ca2+ channel activation and Ca2+-induced Ca2+ release (CICR). ETA receptors, PKC, PKA and AT1 receptors may also contribute to this pathway.

  15. Localized Ca2+ uncaging induces Ca2+ release through IP3R in smooth muscle

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    Min WANG; Zheng CHEN; Yan XING; Xu ZHANG; Xian-zhi DONG; Guang-ju JI

    2006-01-01

    Aim: Our previous study indicated that there are two types of Ca2+ release events seen in intact mouse bladder tissue. In this study our aim is to investigate the mechanism that underlies the phenomena of Ca2+ release in smooth muscle. Methods: Single cells were isolated and tissue segments were prepared by cutting the detrusor into 0.1 cm × O.5 cm strips running along the axis from the neck to the fundus. Single cells and intact tissue strips were co-loaded with the Ca2+ indicator and caged Ca2+ by incubation with 10 μmol/L Fluo-4 AM and DMNP-EDTA-AM. Fluo-4 AM fluorescence was detected by laser scanning confocal microscopy, and local uncaging of DMNP-EGTA was achieved by brief exposure to the output of a diode-pumped, Ti:sapphire laser tuned to 730 nm. Results: Local uncaging of caged Ca2+ was able to trigger Ca2+ release events in both single cells and tissue strips from mouse bladder. The Ca2+ release events could not be blocked by ryanodine alone, but the property of the Ca2+ release was markedly altered. Surprisingly, in the presence of ryanodine, Xestospongin C completely inhibited the Ca2+ release events both in single cell and tissue experiments. Conclusion: (1) Two photon flash photolysis (TPFP) triggers Ca2+ induced Ca2+ release. This process involves release through type 2 ryanodine receptor channels; (2) TPFP results in the release of Ca2+ through inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptors in the absence of phospholipase C activation.

  16. Release of Ca2+ from the Endoplasmic Reticulum Contributes to Ca2+ Signaling in Dictyostelium discoideum

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    Wilczynska, Zofia; Happle, Kathrin; Müller-Taubenberger, Annette; Schlatterer, Christina; Malchow, Dieter; Fisher, Paul R.

    2005-01-01

    Ca2+ responses to two chemoattractants, folate and cyclic AMP (cAMP), were assayed in Dictyostelium D. discoideum mutants deficient in one or both of two abundant Ca2+-binding proteins of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), calreticulin and calnexin. Mutants deficient in either or both proteins exhibited enhanced cytosolic Ca2+ responses to both attractants. Not only were the mutant responses greater in amplitude, but they also exhibited earlier onsets, faster rise rates, earlier peaks, and faste...

  17. The structure and stability of CaFe layered double hydroxides with various Ca:Fe ratios studied by Mössbauer spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometry and microscopic analysis

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    Sipiczki, M.; Kuzmann, E.; Homonnay, Z.; Megyeri, J.; Pálinkó, I.; Sipos, P.

    2013-07-01

    The effects of the Ca(II)/Fe(III) ratios on the structure and Fe microenvironments have been studied in layered double hydroxides comprising of Ca(II) and Fe(III) (CaFe-LDH) prepared by the co-precipitation method. The Ca(II)/Fe(III) ratios were varied systematically from 2 to 6 and for characterisation 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffractometry and scanning electron microscopy were applied. XRD patterns of the samples at all Ca(II)/Fe(III) ratios exhibited reflections corresponding to CaFe-LDH and 57Fe Mössbauer measurements revealed that Fe(III) was in a high-spin, somewhat disordered octahedral environment. Above the Ca(II)/Fe(III) ratio of 2 the reflections of Ca(OH)2 also appeared. This phase was found to stabilise the LDH phase, while the phase-pure LDH decomposed on ageing.

  18. Mitochondrial calcium uniporter MCU supports cytoplasmic Ca2+ oscillations, store-operated Ca2+ entry and Ca2+-dependent gene expression in response to receptor stimulation.

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    Full Text Available Ca2+ flux into mitochondria is an important regulator of cytoplasmic Ca2+ signals, energy production and cell death pathways. Ca2+ uptake can occur through the recently discovered mitochondrial uniporter channel (MCU but whether the MCU is involved in shaping Ca2+ signals and downstream responses to physiological levels of receptor stimulation is unknown. Here, we show that modest stimulation of leukotriene receptors with the pro-inflammatory signal LTC4 evokes a series of cytoplasmic Ca2+ oscillations that are rapidly and faithfully propagated into mitochondrial matrix. Knockdown of MCU or mitochondrial depolarisation, to reduce the driving force for Ca2+ entry into the matrix, prevents the mitochondrial Ca2+ rise and accelerates run down of the oscillations. The loss of cytoplasmic Ca2+ oscillations appeared to be a consequence of enhanced Ca2+-dependent inactivation of InsP3 receptors, which arose from the loss of mitochondrial Ca2+ buffering. Ca2+ dependent gene expression in response to leukotriene receptor activation was suppressed following knockdown of the MCU. In addition to buffering Ca2+ release, mitochondria also sequestrated Ca2+ entry through store-operated Ca2+ channels and this too was prevented following loss of MCU. MCU is therefore an important regulator of physiological pulses of cytoplasmic Ca2+.

  19. The Ca2+/Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinase Kinase, CaMKK2, Inhibits Preadipocyte Differentiation

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    Lin, Fumin; Ribar, Thomas J.; Means, Anthony R.

    2011-01-01

    When fed a standard chow diet, CaMKK2 null mice have increased adiposity and larger adipocytes than do wild-type mice, whereas energy balance is unchanged. Here, we show that Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase kinase 2 (CaMKK2) is expressed in preadipocytes, where it functions as an AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK)α kinase. Acute inhibition or deletion of CaMKK2 in preadipocytes enhances their differentiation into mature adipocytes, which can be reversed by 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxa...

  20. Elastic ion scattering of 40Ca and 48Ca by 208Pb nuclei

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    The elastic ion scattering of 40Ca and 40Ar at 302 MeV and of 48Ca and 48Ti at 252 MeV by 208Pb nuclei has been investigated. The data obtained have been analyzed in terms of the classical model for elastic scattering. The distances of closest approach for classical Rutherford trajectories have been measured for 40Ca and 48Ca to differ by 0.19 fm, which corresponds to the normal radius growth defined by the function R approximately r0Asup(1/3)

  1. Ca2+ Alternans in a Cardiac Myocyte Model that Uses Moment Equations to Represent Heterogeneous Junctional SR Ca2+

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    Huertas, Marco A; Smith, Gregory D.; Györke, Sándor

    2010-01-01

    Multiscale whole-cell models that accurately represent local control of Ca2+-induced Ca2+ release in cardiac myocytes can reproduce high-gain Ca2+ release that is graded with changes in membrane potential. Using a recently introduced formalism that represents heterogeneous local Ca2+ using moment equations, we present a model of cardiac myocyte Ca2+ cycling that exhibits alternating sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+ release when periodically stimulated by depolarizing voltage pulses. The model...

  2. Treatment of Ruptured Ovarian Endometrioma with Extremely High CA 125, Moderately High CA 19-9 and CA 15-3 Level

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    Full Text Available In this case report, a ruptured ovarian endometrioma with a very high CA-125 level, moderately elevated CA 19-9, and CA 15-3 levels is presented. A 20 years old patient, complaining from pelvic pain, 5 cm adnexial mass was detected on left side. Biochemical examination was revealed very high CA-125 value (2556IU/ml, moderately elevated CA 19-9 (134IU/ml, and CA 15-3 (65IU/ml values. Laparoscopy was done and a ruptured ovarian endometrioma of 5 cm was seen during operation. After the total excision of the cyst, tumor markers fell rapidly. Very high CA-125 value, moderately elevated CA19-9, and CA 15-3 values can be seen in cases with ruptured endometrioma. In young patients, endometrioma must be considered firstly and laparoscopy should be applied instead of more invasive methods unless there was any finding or strong suspicion about malignancy.

  3. Modeling the contributions of Ca2+ flows to spontaneous Ca2+ oscillations and cortical spreading depression-triggered Ca2+ waves in astrocyte networks.

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    Full Text Available Astrocytes participate in brain functions through Ca(2+ signals, including Ca(2+ waves and Ca(2+ oscillations. Currently the mechanisms of Ca(2+ signals in astrocytes are not fully clear. Here, we present a computational model to specify the relative contributions of different Ca(2+ flows between the extracellular space, the cytoplasm and the endoplasmic reticulum of astrocytes to the generation of spontaneous Ca(2+ oscillations (CASs and cortical spreading depression (CSD-triggered Ca(2+ waves (CSDCWs in a one-dimensional astrocyte network. This model shows that CASs depend primarily on Ca(2+ released from internal stores of astrocytes, and CSDCWs depend mainly on voltage-gated Ca(2+ influx. It predicts that voltage-gated Ca(2+ influx is able to generate Ca(2+ waves during the process of CSD even after depleting internal Ca(2+ stores. Furthermore, the model investigates the interactions between CASs and CSDCWs and shows that the pass of CSDCWs suppresses CASs, whereas CASs do not prevent the generation of CSDCWs. This work quantitatively analyzes the generation of astrocytic Ca(2+ signals and indicates different mechanisms underlying CSDCWs and non-CSDCWs. Research on the different types of Ca(2+ signals might help to understand the ways by which astrocytes participate in information processing in brain functions.

  4. Carbonate capacities of CaF2-MgO and CaF2-CaO-MgO slags

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    The refining abilities of slags for impurities in steel, such as sulfur and phosphorus, can be related to slag basicity and it has been found that carbonate capacity can be employed as a basicity index. In the present study, the carbonate capacities of the binary CaF2-Mgo system and the ternary CaF2-CaO-MgO system were measured in the temperature range of 1360-1480 oC. The carbonate capacity in the CaF2-MgO system increased with increasing MgO concentration. Replacement of CaF2 by CaO at constant MgO and replacement of MgO by CaO at constant CaF2 in the CaF2-CaO-MgO system resulted in an increase in the carbonate capacity. The amount of dissolved CO2 in both the CaF2-MgO and the CaF2-CaO-MgO systems increased with increasing partial pressure of CO2. There was a linear relationship between the partial pressure of CO2 and the mole fractions of both MgO and CaO. In addition, the carbonate capacities of both the binary and the ternary systems decreased with increasing temperature. This demonstrates that the dissolution of CO2 is exothermic. The enthalpy of dissolution of CO2 for the CaF2-MgO binary system was within the range of -116 to -49.61 kJ/mole and for the CaF2-CaO-MgO ternary system it was within the range of -247.30 to -136.23 kJ/mole. Using the thermodynamic data available in the literature, the sulfide capacities were calculated for the CaF2-MgO system. The concept of optical basicity was employed to discuss the results. (author)

  5. Multifaceted plasma membrane Ca(2+) pumps: From structure to intracellular Ca(2+) handling and cancer.

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    Padányi, Rita; Pászty, Katalin; Hegedűs, Luca; Varga, Karolina; Papp, Béla; Penniston, John T; Enyedi, Ágnes

    2016-06-01

    Plasma membrane Ca(2+) ATPases (PMCAs) are intimately involved in the control of intracellular Ca(2+) concentration. They reduce Ca(2+) in the cytosol not only by direct ejection, but also by controlling the formation of inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate and decreasing Ca(2+) release from the endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) pool. In mammals four genes (PMCA1-4) are expressed, and alternative RNA splicing generates more than twenty variants. The variants differ in their regulatory characteristics. They localize into highly specialized membrane compartments and respond to the incoming Ca(2+) with distinct temporal resolution. The expression pattern of variants depends on cell type; a change in this pattern can result in perturbed Ca(2+) homeostasis and thus altered cell function. Indeed, PMCAs undergo remarkable changes in their expression pattern during tumorigenesis that might significantly contribute to the unbalanced Ca(2+) homeostasis of cancer cells. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Calcium and Cell Fate . Guest Editors: Jacques Haiech, Claus Heizmann, Joachim Krebs, Thierry Capiod and Olivier Mignen. PMID:26707182

  6. Study of elastic and inelastic scattering of 12C on 40Ca and 48Ca

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    Angular distributions in elastic and inelastic scattering of 12C on 40Ca and 48Ca at 34.6 MeV (c.m.) were measured. The experimental results are presented and discussed using the optical model and the semi-classical analysis

  7. 40Ca(p,d)39Ca reaction in 50-800 MeV region

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    Spectra of 40Ca(p,d)39Ca reactions at several tens MeV to 800 MeV are compared and the possibility of the classical nuclear spectroscopy with transfer reactions in intermediate energy region is discussed. (author)

  8. Effects of the Ca agonist Bay K8644 on 45Ca influx and net Ca uptake into rabbit aortic smooth muscle

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    The authors examined the effects of Bay K8644 and external K+ on isolated rings of rabbit aorta. Previous evidence has suggested that the Ca channel agonist, Bay K8644, preferentially opens the potential-sensitive Ca2+ channels (PSCs) rather than receptor-operated Ca2+ channels (ROCs). Bay K8644 stimulated 45Ca influx, net Ca gain and contractile tension were measured as a function of extracellular K+ concentration. The data are explained in terms of a calcium entry model consisting of membrane Ca2+ channels in series with a subplasmalemmal barrier consisting of superficial sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR). (Auth.)

  9. ASteCA - Automated Stellar Cluster Analysis

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    We present ASteCA (Automated Stellar Cluster Analysis), a suit of tools designed to fully automatize the standard tests applied on stellar clusters to determine their basic parameters. The set of functions included in the code make use of positional and photometric data to obtain precise and objective values for a given cluster's center coordinates, radius, luminosity function and integrated color magnitude, as well as characterizing through a statistical estimator its probability of being a true physical cluster rather than a random overdensity of field stars. ASteCA incorporates a Bayesian field star decontamination algorithm capable of assigning membership probabilities using photometric data alone. An isochrone fitting process based on the generation of synthetic clusters from theoretical isochrones and selection of the best fit through a genetic algorithm is also present, which allows ASteCA to provide accurate estimates for a cluster's metallicity, age, extinction and distance values along with its unce...

  10. Hg2+ signaling in trout hepatoma (RTH-149) cells: involvement of Ca2+-induced Ca2+ release.

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    Burlando, Bruno; Bonomo, Marco; Fabbri, Elena; Dondero, Francesco; Viarengo, Aldo

    2003-09-01

    Mercury is a non-essential heavy metal affecting intracellular Ca2+ dynamics. We studied the effects of Hg2+ on [Ca2+]i in trout hepatoma cells (RTH-149). Confocal imaging of fluo-3-loaded cells showed that Hg2+ induced dose-dependent, sustained [Ca2+]i transient, triggered intracellular Ca2+ waves, stimulated Ca2+-ATPase activity, and promoted InsP3 production. The effect of Hg2+ was reduced by the Ca2+ channel blocker verapamil and totally abolished by extracellular GSH, but was almost unaffected by cell loading with the heavy metal chelator TPEN or esterified GSH. In a Ca2+-free medium, Hg2+ induced a smaller [Ca2+]i transient, that was unaffected by TPEN, but was abolished by U73122, a PLC inhibitor, and by cell loading with GDP-betaS, a G protein inhibitor, or heparin, a blocker of intracellular Ca2+ release. Data indicate that Hg2+ induces Ca2+ entry through verapamil-sensitive channels, and intracellular Ca2+ release via a G protein-PLC-InsP3 mechanism. However, in cells loaded with heparin and exposed to Hg2+ in the presence of external Ca2+, the [Ca2+]i rise was maximally reduced, indicating that the global effect of Hg2+ is not a mere sum of Ca2+ entry plus Ca2+ release, but involves an amplification of Ca2+ release operated by Ca2+ entry through a CICR mechanism. PMID:12887976

  11. Na(+)-Ca2+ exchange in cultured rat hepatocytes: Evidence against a role in cytosolic Ca2+ regulation or signaling

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    Plasma membrane Na(+)-Ca2+ exchange contributes importantly to the regulation of cytosolic Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) in excitable cells. Despite extensive study in excitable tissues, the role of this transporter in the regulation of [Ca2+]i in hepatocytes is unknown, and conflicting information has been reported regarding the presence of Na(+)-Ca2+ exchange in hepatocyte plasma membrane vesicles. We have therefore assessed the role of Na(+)-dependent Ca2+ transport in the regulation of [Ca2+]i in rat hepatocytes in primary culture under basal conditions and after exposure to vasopressin, a hormone that elevates [Ca2+]i. Ca2+ efflux, measured using 45Ca, did not differ in the presence or absence of extracellular Na+, either under basal conditions or in response to vasopressin. [Ca2+]i, measured using the Ca2(+)-sensitive dye fura-2, was not altered by transient or prolonged exposure to Na(+)-free media or by exposure to ouabain in concentrations sufficient to produce a five-fold elevation in intracellular Na+ concentration. The [Ca2+]i response to vasopressin was also unaffected by Na+ removal or ouabain. By contrast, in cultured rat cardiac myocytes, cells that possess Na(+)-Ca2+ exchange, transient or prolonged Na+ removal as well as ouabain exposure produced greater than fivefold increases in [Ca2+]i compared with controls. We conclude that Na(+)-Ca2+ exchange does not contribute to the regulation of [Ca2+]i in hepatocytes

  12. Study on Ca2+ antagonistic effect and mechanism of Chinese herbal drugs using 45Ca

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    The Ca2+ antagonistic effect and mechanism of Chinese herbal drugs are studied by using 45Ca. The results indicate that potential-dependent Ca2+ channel (PDC) and receptor-operated Ca2+ channel (ROC) in cell membranes of smooth muscle can be blocked by several Chinese herbal drugs, including as Crocus sativus L., Carthamus L., Di-ao-xin-xue-kang (DAXXG) and Ginkgo biloba L. leaves. Among them Crocus sativus L. has the strongest antagonistic effect on Ca2+ channel, while Ginkgo biloba L. leaves has no obvious effect. The whole prescription and the other functional drugs have significant effect on ROC and PDC. The compositions extracted by hexane have the strongest antagonistic. The wrinkled giant hyssop have five active compositions and Pei-lan have two active compositions

  13. CaF2:Dy and CaF2 crystal-based UV dosimeters

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    Background/aims: Monitoring of ultraviolet (UV) exposure in humans is important, since UV has been implicated in the pathogenesis of skin cancer, skin ageing and immunosuppression. Biological and physical dosimeters are being developed to measure occupational and environmental UV radiation exposure. We studied the UV-dependent thermoluminescence in CaF2:Dy and CaF2 crystals and report on the development of a small personal UV dosimeter based on the thermoluminescent phenomenon. Methods. CaF2:Dy or CaF2 was sensitized to UV by heating for 1-3 h to 750-950 deg. C on different supports (porcelain, steel, preheated steel, silicon, chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt, nickel, copper, Fe2O3, Fe3O4). Sensitized crystals were irradiated with UV of different energies and wavelengths. Thermoluminescence of irradiated crystals was measured at different temperatures. Results: Maximal sensitivity of the crystals to UV was obtained after preheating to 900 deg. C on steel and manganese supports. Sensitivity could be improved further by prolonging heating time. CaF2:Dy and CaF2 were most sensitive to short-wave UVC and UVB radiation. Based on these findings we have constructed personal UVB and UVC dosimeters. Conclusion: Development of personal UVC and UVB dosimeters based on UV-indued thermoluminescence in CaF2:DY and CaF2 crystals is feasible. CaF2:Dy and CaF2 crystals are not sensitive enough to long-wave UV radiation to be used for construction of UVA dosimeters. (au) 21 refs

  14. On aggregation in CA models in biology

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    Aggregation of randomly distributed particles into clusters of aligned particles is modeled using a cellular automata (CA) approach. The CA model accounts for interactions between more than one type of particle, in which pressures for angular alignment with neighbors compete with pressures for grouping by cell type. In the case of only one particle type clusters tend to unite into one big cluster. In the case of several types of particles the dynamics of clusters is more complicated and for specific choices of parameters particle sorting occurs simultaneously with the formation of clusters of aligned particles. (author)

  15. {sup 48}Ca HETEROGENEITY IN DIFFERENTIATED METEORITES

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    Chen, Hsin-Wei; Lee, Typhoon; Lee, Der-Chuen; Shen, Jason Jiun-San; Chen, Jiang-Chang, E-mail: haart@earth.sinica.edu.tw [Institute of Earth Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China)

    2011-12-10

    Isotopic heterogeneities of {sup 48}Ca have been found in numerous bulk meteorites that are correlated with {sup 50}Ti and {sup 54}Cr anomalies among differentiated planetary bodies, and the results suggest that a rare subset of neutron-rich Type Ia supernova (nSN Ia) was responsible for contributing these neutron-rich iron-group isotopes into the solar system (SS). The heterogeneity of these isotopes found in differentiated meteorites indicates that the isotopic compositions of the bulk SS are not uniform, and there are significant amounts of nSNe Ia dust incompletely mixed with the rest of SS materials during planetary formation. Combined with the data of now-extinct short-lived nuclide {sup 60}Fe, which can be produced more efficiently from an nSN Ia than a Type II supernova ejecta, the observed planetary-scale isotopic heterogeneity probably reflects a late input of stellar dust grains with neutron-rich nuclear statistical equilibrium nuclides into the early SS.

  16. Study on the diagnostic value of determination of changes of serum CA125 and CA19-9 levels in patients with endometriosis

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    Objective: To explore the diagnostic value of determination of changes of serum CA125 and CA19-9 levels in patients with endometriosis. Methods: Serum CA125 and CA19-9 levels were determined with RIA in 45 patients with endometriosis and 40 controls. Results: Serum levels of CA125 and CA19-9 in patients with endometriosis (89.63 ± 30.16u/ml and 95.62±43.67u/ml respectively) were significantly higher than those (16.26±6.37u/ml and 20.26±8.25u/ml respectively) in controls (P<0. 001). Sensitivity of CA125 for diagnosis of endometriosis was 77.78% and that of CA19-9 was 62.22%, while the specificity was 92.50% and 90.00% respectively. If we only took the patients with both markers elevated as being diagnostically positive, the sensitivity would naturally be lower (57.78%) but the specificity would be 100%. Levels of the markers were significantly higher in stage III, IV patients than those in patients with stage I, II disease (P<0.01). Conclusion: Combined determination of serum CA125 and CA19-9 levels were of highly specific diagnostic value in patients with endometriosis. (authors)

  17. Hippocampal CA1 Ripples as Inhibitory Transients.

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    Malerba, Paola; Krishnan, Giri P; Fellous, Jean-Marc; Bazhenov, Maxim

    2016-04-01

    Memories are stored and consolidated as a result of a dialogue between the hippocampus and cortex during sleep. Neurons active during behavior reactivate in both structures during sleep, in conjunction with characteristic brain oscillations that may form the neural substrate of memory consolidation. In the hippocampus, replay occurs within sharp wave-ripples: short bouts of high-frequency activity in area CA1 caused by excitatory activation from area CA3. In this work, we develop a computational model of ripple generation, motivated by in vivo rat data showing that ripples have a broad frequency distribution, exponential inter-arrival times and yet highly non-variable durations. Our study predicts that ripples are not persistent oscillations but result from a transient network behavior, induced by input from CA3, in which the high frequency synchronous firing of perisomatic interneurons does not depend on the time scale of synaptic inhibition. We found that noise-induced loss of synchrony among CA1 interneurons dynamically constrains individual ripple duration. Our study proposes a novel mechanism of hippocampal ripple generation consistent with a broad range of experimental data, and highlights the role of noise in regulating the duration of input-driven oscillatory spiking in an inhibitory network. PMID:27093059

  18. Hippocampal CA1 Ripples as Inhibitory Transients.

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    Paola Malerba

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    Full Text Available Memories are stored and consolidated as a result of a dialogue between the hippocampus and cortex during sleep. Neurons active during behavior reactivate in both structures during sleep, in conjunction with characteristic brain oscillations that may form the neural substrate of memory consolidation. In the hippocampus, replay occurs within sharp wave-ripples: short bouts of high-frequency activity in area CA1 caused by excitatory activation from area CA3. In this work, we develop a computational model of ripple generation, motivated by in vivo rat data showing that ripples have a broad frequency distribution, exponential inter-arrival times and yet highly non-variable durations. Our study predicts that ripples are not persistent oscillations but result from a transient network behavior, induced by input from CA3, in which the high frequency synchronous firing of perisomatic interneurons does not depend on the time scale of synaptic inhibition. We found that noise-induced loss of synchrony among CA1 interneurons dynamically constrains individual ripple duration. Our study proposes a novel mechanism of hippocampal ripple generation consistent with a broad range of experimental data, and highlights the role of noise in regulating the duration of input-driven oscillatory spiking in an inhibitory network.

  19. Ca teos report in register N 13377

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    This work is about a report about ca teos carried out in register N 13377 in the department of Canelones to know the depth of the field. The drilling done allowed to identify granite and clay. This granite outcrops are developed in the east of the middle course of the stream Pando

  20. Fusion of 16O + 40Ca

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    The dependence of the fusion cross section of 16O + 40Ca on c.m. energy from 32 to 45 MeV is shown. No evidence was observed for any oscillatory structure greater than 10 percent in amplitude. 1 figure

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  3. Numerical model of Ca(OH)

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    Koster, T.; Peelen, W.; Larbi, J.; Rooij, M. de; Polder, R.

    2010-01-01

    A mathematical model is being developed to describe a repair method in concrete, called cathodic protection (CP). The model is in principle also useful to describe electrodeposition in concrete, e.g. the process of re-precipitation of Ca(OH)2 invoked by an electrical current. In CP, the c

  4. Atmospheric Abundances, Trends and Emissions of CFC-216ba, CFC-216ca and HCFC-225ca

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The first observations of the feedstocks, CFC-216ba (1,2-dichlorohexafluoropropane and CFC-216ca (1,3-dichlorohexafluoropropane, as well as the CFC substitute HCFC-225ca (3,3-dichloro-1,1,1,2,2-pentafluoropropane, are reported in air samples collected between 1978 and 2012 at Cape Grim, Tasmania. Present day (2012 mixing ratios are 37.8 ± 0.08 ppq (parts per quadrillion; 1015 and 20.2 ± 0.3 ppq for CFC-216ba and CFC-216ca, respectively. The abundance of CFC-216ba has been approximately constant for the past 20 years, whilst that of CFC-216ca is increasing, at a current rate of 0.2 ppq/year. Upper tropospheric air samples collected in 2013 suggest a further continuation of this trend. Inferred annual emissions peaked 421 at 0.18 Gg/year (CFC-216ba and 0.05 Gg/year (CFC-216ca in the mid-1980s and then decreased sharply as expected from the Montreal Protocol phase-out schedule for CFCs. The atmospheric trend of CFC-216ca and CFC-216ba translates into continuing emissions of around 0.01 Gg/year in 2011, indicating that significant banks still exist or that they are still being used. HCFC-225ca was not detected in air samples collected before 1992. The highest mixing ratio of 52 ± 1 ppq was observed in 2001. Increasing annual emissions were found in the 1990s (i.e., when HCFC-225ca was being introduced as a replacement for CFCs. Emissions peaked around 1999 at about 1.51 Gg/year. In accordance with the Montreal Protocol, restrictions on HCFC consumption and the short lifetime of HCFC-225ca, mixing ratios declined after 2001 to 23.3 ± 0.7 ppq by 2012.

  5. Effects of carnosine on contractile apparatus Ca²⁺ sensitivity and sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca²⁺ release in human skeletal muscle fibers.

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    Dutka, T L; Lamboley, C R; McKenna, M J; Murphy, R M; Lamb, G D

    2012-03-01

    There is considerable interest in potential ergogenic and therapeutic effects of increasing skeletal muscle carnosine content, although its effects on excitation-contraction (EC) coupling in human muscle have not been defined. Consequently, we sought to characterize what effects carnosine, at levels attained by supplementation, has on human muscle fiber function, using a preparation with all key EC coupling proteins in their in situ positions. Fiber segments, obtained from vastus lateralis muscle of human subjects by needle biopsy, were mechanically skinned, and their Ca(2+) release and contractile apparatus properties were characterized. Ca(2+) sensitivity of the contractile apparatus was significantly increased by 8 and 16 mM carnosine (increase in pCa(50) of 0.073 ± 0.007 and 0.116 ± 0.006 pCa units, respectively, in six type I fibers, and 0.063 ± 0.018 and 0.103 ± 0.013 pCa units, respectively, in five type II fibers). Caffeine-induced force responses were potentiated by 8 mM carnosine in both type I and II fibers, with the potentiation in type II fibers being entirely explicable by the increase in Ca(2+) sensitivity of the contractile apparatus caused by carnosine. However, the potentiation of caffeine-induced responses caused by carnosine in type I fibers was beyond that expected from the associated increase in Ca(2+) sensitivity of the contractile apparatus and suggestive of increased Ca(2+)-induced Ca(2+) release. Thus increasing muscle carnosine content likely confers benefits to muscle performance in both fiber types by increasing the Ca(2+) sensitivity of the contractile apparatus and possibly also by aiding Ca(2+) release in type I fibers, helping to lessen or slow the decline in muscle performance during fatiguing stimulation. PMID:22174397

  6. Thermoluminescence of CaCO3:Dy and CaCO3:Mn

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    CaCO3 samples doped with Dy and Mn were prepared in the laboratory by co-precipitation techniques. Thermoluminescence and emission spectra of these phosphors were studied and were compared with those of the naturally occuring calcite and undoped CaCO3 samples. Dy-doping seems to give a more efficient phosphor and indicates a possibility of getting a better phosphor by a judicious choice of a rare earth doping of CaCO3. Interesting result have been obtained on the TL glow curve variations of these phosphors with different temperature treatments prior to irradiation. (author)

  7. Interplay of Voltage and Ca-dependent inactivation of L-type Ca current

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    Grandi, Eleonora; Morotti, Stefano; Ginsburg, Kenneth S.; Severi, Stefano; Bers, Donald M.

    2010-01-01

    Inactivation of L-type Ca channels (LTCC) is regulated by both Ca and voltage-dependent processes (CDI and VDI). To differentiate VDI and CDI, several experimental and theoretical studies have considered the inactivation of Ba current through LTCC (IBa) as a measure of VDI. However, there is evidence that Ba can weakly mimic Ca, such that IBa inactivation is still a mixture of CDI and VDI. To avoid this complication, some have used the monovalent cation current through LTCC (INS), which can b...

  8. El sitio Bajo del Coypar II: Las evidencias más tempranas (CA. 1000 AP) del proceso agropastoril en la Puna Meridional Argentina (Antofagasta de la Sierra, Catamarca)

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    Silvina Vigliani

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    El sitio Bajo del Coypar II (BC II) es un conjunto de estructuras de pequeñas dimensiones ubicado sobre una saliente de la ladera de los cerros del Coypar, frente y alrededor del cual se distribuye una gran superficie de campos de cultivo prehispánicos, (Bajo del Coypar I) de aproximadamente 1000 ha. En un trabajo anterior se postuló que este amplio sistema de producción agrícola se originó hacia el final del proceso regional tardío (ca. 1300 AP) en asociación con el crecimient...

  9. Structural Changes in the Mn4Ca Cluster and the Mechanism of Photosynthetic Water Splitting

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    Pushkar, Y.; Yano, J.; Sauer, K.; Boussac, A.; Yachandra, V.K.

    2007-10-25

    Photosynthetic water oxidation, where water is oxidized to dioxygen, is a fundamental chemical reaction that sustains the biosphere. This reaction is catalyzed by a Mn4Ca complex in the photosystem II (PS II) oxygen-evolving complex (OEC): a multiproteinassembly embedded in the thylakoid membranes of green plants, cyanobacteria, and algae. The mechanism of photosynthetic water oxidation by the Mn4Ca cluster in photosystem II is the subject of much debate, although lacking structural characterization of the catalytic intermediates. Biosynthetically exchanged Ca/Sr-PS II preparations and x-ray spectroscopy, including extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS), allowed us to monitor Mn-Mn and Ca(Sr)-Mn distances in the four intermediate S states, S0 through S3, of the catalytic cycle that couples the one-electron photochemistry occurring at the PS II reaction center with the four-electron water-oxidation chemistry taking place at the Mn4Ca(Sr) cluster. We have detected significant changes in the structure of the complex, especially in the Mn-Mn and Ca(Sr)-Mn distances, on the S2-to-S3 and S3-to-S0 transitions. These results implicate the involvement of at least one common bridging oxygen atom between the Mn-Mn and Mn-Ca(Sr) atoms in the O-O bond formation. Because PS II cannot advance beyond the S2 state in preparations that lack Ca(Sr), these results show that Ca(Sr) is one of the critical components in the mechanism of the enzyme. The results also show that Ca is not just a spectator atom involved in providing a structural framework, but is actively involved in the mechanism of water oxidation and represents a rare example of a catalytically active Ca cofactor.

  10. Phosphorylation and activation of nuclear Ca{sup 2+}/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase phosphatase (CaMKP-N/PPM1E) by Ca{sup 2+}/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase I (CaMKI)

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    Onouchi, Takashi [Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Kagawa University, Miki-cho, Kagawa 761-0795 (Japan); Sueyoshi, Noriyuki, E-mail: sueyoshi@ag.kagawa-u.ac.jp [Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Kagawa University, Miki-cho, Kagawa 761-0795 (Japan); Ishida, Atsuhiko [Laboratory of Molecular Brain Science, Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-8521 (Japan); Kameshita, Isamu [Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Kagawa University, Miki-cho, Kagawa 761-0795 (Japan)

    2012-06-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CaMKP-N/PPM1E underwent proteolytic processing and translocated to cytosol. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The proteolysis was effectively inhibited by the proteasome inhibitors. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ser-480 of zebrafish CaMKP-N was phosphorylated by cytosolic CaMKI. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phosphorylation-mimic mutants of CaMKP-N showed enhanced activity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer These results suggest that CaMKP-N is regulated by CaMKI. -- Abstract: Nuclear Ca{sup 2+}/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase phosphatase (CaMKP-N/PPM1E) is an enzyme that dephosphorylates and downregulates multifunctional Ca{sup 2+}/calmodulin-dependent protein kinases (CaMKs) as well as AMP-dependent protein kinase. In our previous study, we found that zebrafish CaMKP-N (zCaMKP-N) underwent proteolytic processing and translocated to cytosol in a proteasome inhibitor-sensitive manner. In the present study, we found that zCaMKP-N is regulated by phosphorylation at Ser-480. When zCaMKP-N was incubated with the activated CaMKI, time-dependent phosphorylation of the enzyme was observed. This phosphorylation was significantly reduced when Ser-480 was replaced by Ala, suggesting that CaMKI phosphorylates Ser-480 of zCaMKP-N. Phosphorylation-mimic mutants, S480D and S480E, showed higher phosphatase activities than those of wild type and S480A mutant in solution-based phosphatase assay using various substrates. Furthermore, autophosphorylation of CaMKII after ionomycin treatment was more severely attenuated in Neuro2a cells when CaMKII was cotransfected with the phosphorylation-mimic mutant of zCaMKP-N than with the wild-type or non-phosphorylatable zCaMKP-N. These results strongly suggest that phosphorylation of zCaMKP-N at Ser-480 by CaMKI activates CaMKP-N catalytic activity and thereby downregulates multifunctional CaMKs in the cytosol.

  11. FF Domains of CA150 Bind Transcription and Splicing Factors through Multiple Weak Interactions

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    Smith, Matthew J.; Kulkarni, Sarang; Pawson, Tony

    2004-01-01

    The human transcription factor CA150 modulates human immunodeficiency virus type 1 gene transcription and contains numerous signaling elements, including six FF domains. Repeated FF domains are present in several transcription and splicing factors and can recognize phosphoserine motifs in the C-terminal domain (CTD) of RNA polymerase II (RNAPII). Using mass spectrometry, we identify a number of nuclear binding partners for the CA150 FF domains and demonstrate a direct interaction between CA15...

  12. Precise half-life measurements for $^{38}$Ca and $^{39}$Ca

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    Blank, B; Demonchy, C-E; Borge, M J G; Matea, I; Munoz, F; Huikari, J; Dominguez-Reyes, R; Plaisir, C; Sturm, S; Canchel, G; Delahaye, P; Audirac, L; Fraile, L M; Serani, L; Lunney, D; Pedroza, J-L; Bey, A; Souin, J; Hui, Tran Trong; Delalee, F; Tengblad, O; Wenander, F

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    The half-lives of Ca-38 and Ca-39 have been measured at ISOLDE of CERN. The REXTRAP facility was used to prepare ultra-clean samples of radioactive nuclei for precision decay spectroscopy. Ca-38 is one of the T-z = -1, 0(+). 0(+) beta-emitting nuclides used to determine the vector coupling constant of the weak interaction and the V-ud quark-mixing matrix element. The result obtained, T-1/2 = 443.8(19) ms, is four times more precise than the average of previous measurements. For Ca-39, a half-life of T-1/2 = 860.7(10) ms is obtained, a result in agreement with the average value from the literature.

  13. Deep traps in CaS:Eu and CaS:Ce phosphors

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    One studied spectra of photoluminescence, of its excitation and of thermoluminescence of CaS:Eu and CaS:Ce phosphors with various co-activating agents. Alkali metal co-activating agents were shown to affect variously brightness, spectral characteristics and defect composition of green (CaS:Ce) and red (CaS:Eu) phosphors. They, as well, very composition and concentration of deep electron traps near calcium sulfide conductivity range. Storing of the optical signal within impurity absorption band was impossible for cerium three charged ions and was possible for europium two-charged ions due to loose bond of the electron of the latters in 5d-excitation state

  14. Comparison of a new tumour marker CA 242 with CA 19-9, CA 50 and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) in digestive tract diseases.

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    Kuusela, P.; Haglund, C.; Roberts, P. J.

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    The levels of CA 242, a new tumour marker of carbohydrate nature, were measured in sera of 185 patients with malignancies of the digestive tract and of 123 patients with benign digestive tract diseases. High percentages of elevated CA 242 levels (greater than 20 U ml-1) were recorded in patients with pancreatic and biliary cancers (68%). The sensitivity was somewhat lower than that of CA 19-9 (76%) and CA 50 (73%). On the other hand, in benign pancreatic and biliary tract diseases the CA 242 ...

  15. Signaling between intracellular Ca2+ stores and depletion-activated Ca2+ channels generates [Ca2+]i oscillations in T lymphocytes

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    Stimulation through the antigen receptor (TCR) of T lymphocytes triggers cytosolic calcium ([Ca2+]i) oscillations that are critically dependent on Ca2+ entry across the plasma membrane. We have investigated the roles of Ca2+ influx and depletion of intracellular Ca2+ stores in the oscillation mechanism, using single-cell Ca2+ imaging techniques and agents that deplete the stores. Thapsigargin (TG; 5-25 nM), cyclopiazonic acid (CPA; 5-20 microM), and tert- butylhydroquinone (tBHQ; 80-200 micro...

  16. RNAi knockdown of PIK3CA preferentially inhibits invasion of mutant PIK3CA cells

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    Xin-Ke Zhou; Sheng-Song Tang; Gao Yi; Min Hou; Jin-Hui Chen; Bo Yang; Ji-Fang Liu; Zhi-Min He

    2011-01-01

    AIM: To explore the effects of siRNA silencing of PIK3CA on proliferation, migration and invasion of gastric cancer cells and to investigate the underlying mechanisms.METHODS: The mutation of PIK3CA in exons 9 and 20 of gastric cancer cell lines HGC-27, SGC-7901, BGC-823, MGC-803 and MKN-45 was screened by poly-merase chain reaction (PCR) followed by sequencing. BGC-823 cells harboring no mutations in either of the exons, and HGC-27 cells containing PIK3CA mutations were employed in the current study. siRNA targeting PIK3CA was chemically synthesized and was transfect-ed into these two cell lines in vitro. mRNA and protein expression of PIK3CA were detected by real-time PCR and Western blotting, respectively. We also measured phosphorylation of a serine/threonine protein kinase (Akt) using Western blotting. The proliferation, migra-tion and invasion of these cells were examined sepa-rately by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltet-razolium bromide (MTT), wound healing and Transwell chambers assay.RESULTS: The siRNA directed against PIK3CA effec-tively led to inhibition of both endogenous mRNA and protein expression of PIK3CA, and thus significantly down-regulated phosphorylation of Akt (P < 0.05). Furthermore, simultaneous silencing of PIK3CA result-ed in an obvious reduction in tumor cell proliferation activity, migration and invasion potential (P < 0.01). Intriguing, mutant HGC-27 cells exhibited stronger invasion ability than that shown by wild-type BGC-823 cells. Knockdown of PIK3CA in mutant HGC-27 cells contributed to a reduction in cell invasion to a greater extent than in non-mutant BGC-823 cells.CONCLUSION: siRNA mediated targeting of PIK3CA may specifically knockdown the expression of PIK3CA in gastric cancer cells, providing a potential implication for therapy of gastric cancer.

  17. SERCA mutant E309Q binds two Ca ions but adopts a catalytically incompetent conformation

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    Clausen, Johannes D.; Bublitz, Maike; Arnou, Bertrand; Montigny, Cédric; Jaxel, Christine; Møller, Jesper Vuust; Nissen, Poul; Andersen, Jens Peter; le Maire, Marc

    2013-01-01

    The sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase (SERCA) couples ATP hydrolysis to transport of Ca2+. This directed energy transfer requires cross-talk between the two Ca2+ sites and the phosphorylation site over 50 Å distance. We have addressed the mechano-structural basis for this intramolecular...... signal by analysing the structure and the functional properties of SERCA mutant E309Q. Glu309 contributes to Ca2+ coordination at site II, and a consensus has been that E309Q only binds Ca2+ at site I. The crystal structure of E309Q in the presence of Ca2+ and an ATP analogue, however, reveals two...... occupied Ca2+ sites of a non-catalytic Ca2E1 state. Ca2+ is bound with micromolar affinity by both Ca2+ sites in E309Q, but without cooperativity. The Ca2+-bound mutant does phosphorylate from ATP, but at a very low maximal rate. Phosphorylation depends on the correct positioning of the A-domain, requiring...

  18. Establishment of a One Health Surveillance Initiative in the CA/Baja CA Border Region

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    Marikos, Sarah C.; Ferran, Karen L.; Iniguez-Stevens, Esmeralda; NAVARRO, FRANCISCO JAVIER MONGE

    2013-01-01

    Objective To showcase One Border One Health, a binational, multidiscipli-nary initiative in the California/Baja California (CA/BC) border region whose aim is to reconfigure traditional species-specific approaches to surveillance for emerging and re-emerging pathogens. Introduction The CA/BC border region encompasses a wide range of ecosystems, topography, dense urban areas, and agricultural developments that coexist in a limited geographic area and create numerous human-animal-environmental i...

  19. Materials compatibility during the chlorination of molten CaCl2 . CaO salts

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    As part of our effort to develop a semicontinuous PuO2 reduction process, we are investigating promising materials for containing a 9000C molten CaCl2 . CaO chlorination reaction. We want the material to contain this reaction and to be reusable. We tested candidate materials in a simulated salt (no plutonium) using anhydrous HCl as the chlorinating agent. Data are presented on the performance of 36 metals and alloys, 9 ceramics, and 3 coatings

  20. WALL DISSIPATION AND THE FUSION OF 28Si + 28Si and 40Ca + 40Ca

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    Sperber, D.; Stryjewski, J.; ZielÍnska-PfabÉ, M.

    1987-01-01

    The fusion excitation functions for 28Si + 28Si and 40Ca + 40Ca are determined using a fully dynamical calculation. This calculation includes a careful treatment of entrance channel deformations and the deformation dependant inertias in both the one-body and two-body regimes. It is shown that deformation, deformation dependent inertias and wall friction affect the fusion excitation function in a fundamental way. We also perform the calculation with a weaker wall friction (surface friction) an...

  1. Light particle coincidences with gross structure in energy spectra from the 40Ca+40Ca collision

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    Angular correlations between light charged particles and heavy ion fragments from the 40Ca + 40Ca collision have been investigated. The high excitation energy structure previously observed in inclusive experiments is strongly populated in coincidence with protons for calcium and potassium fragments, with alphas for argon fragments. Particles emitted in coincidence with the structure are strongly focused and have a velocity close to the velocity of the beam, whereas the yield of evaporation decay is very small

  2. THE LICK/SDSS LIBRARY. II. [Ca/Fe] AND [Mg/Fe] IN F, G, AND K STARS FROM SDSS-DR7

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    We analyzed the spectra of 17,600 F, G, and K stars extracted from the seventh Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release (SDSS-DR7) database in order to derive ([α/Fe]), [Ca/Fe], and [Mg/Fe] ratios. Particular attention has been devoted to estimating homogeneous and self-consistent atmospheric parameter values, Teff, log g, and [Fe/H], by comparing synthetic and observational Lick/SDSS indices. We present results for the sub-sample of more than 4000 spectra whose overall quality allowed us to derive fairly accurate stellar atmospheric parameter values and, therefore, reliable abundance ratios. A Monte Carlo approach was adopted to evaluate both the errors in the observational Lick/SDSS indices and in the derived parameter estimates. The analysis of the trends of [Ca/Fe] and [Mg/Fe] versus [Fe/H] pointed out that (1) the [Ca/Fe] and [Mg/Fe] ratios increase with decreasing [Fe/H] with different slopes reaching maximum average levels of +0.25 and +0.40 dex at [Fe/H] ≅ -1.75, respectively; (2) our sample contains, at a given [Fe/H], stars characterized by significantly different amounts of α-enhancement, thus belonging to different Galactic populations; and (3) the analyzed sample shows a predominance of thick disk stars for [Fe/H] > - 0.5 and the presence of stars belonging to the high-αhalo population for -2.0 < [Fe/H] <-0.5.

  3. I. Synthesis, modification and characterization of BiSr-CaCuOx single crystal superconductors. II. Synthesis and characterization of one dimensional rutheniumtetrammine-pyrazine polymers

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    Through metal substitution, the author has selectively introduced Pb, La, Y, and Fe into Bi-O, Sr-O, Ca and Cu-O layers of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (referred to as Bi-2212) single crystal superconductors. Crystal samples of these modified systems were grown using melt flux method at high temperature, followed by slow cooling. The synthesis was investigated at different equilibrium temperatures, cooling rates and at an atmosphere with different percentage of O2 in the O2/N2 mixture. The composition of the crystals was determined by electron microprobe and elemental analyses. These analyses indicated that Pb primarily substituted for Bi, La for Sr and Y for Ca. X-ray diffraction gave the orthorhombic symmetry for the meal substituted and pure Bi-2212 samples. Magnetization hysteresis measurements were used to determine critical current density (Jc) in these materials. For Pb doped samples, Jc increased by about one order of magnitude. Analysis of magnetic relaxation data indicates that the magnitude of Jc is correlated with pinning well depth (U0). The quality of the crystals, in terms of transition width and Meissner fraction, was improved by annealing in an O2/Ar atmosphere. Annealing exhibited improved transition temperature (Tc) and higher Jc. Lastly, the relationship between superconductivity and oxygen stoichiometry was investigated systematically for the Bi-2212 single crystal samples. The results show that superconductivity is closely related to oxygen content of these materials. One-dimensional tetrammine-ruthenium polymers bridged by pyrazine were synthesized and characterized. As the chain length of the polymers increased, the metal to ligand charge transfer (MLCT) transition was found to red shift. Infrared (IR) spectroscopy was used to determine the chain length. After doping with Br2, the conductivity of the polymers increased by three orders of magnitude

  4. Influence of initial CaO/SiO2 ratio on the hydration of rice husk ash-Ca(OH2 and sugar cane bagasse ash-Ca(OH2 pastes

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    Lourdes Maria Silva de Souza

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This work presents the results of a study on the hydration of pastes containing calcium hydroxide and either rice husk ash (RHA or sugar cane bagasse ash (SCBA in various initial CaO/SiO2 molar ratios. The products of the reactions were characterized by thermal analyses X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy. In the case of the RHA pastes, the product was composed of CaO-SiO2-H2O (type I C-S-H or CaO-SiO2-H2O (type II C-S-H according to the CaO/SiO2 ratio of the mixture. In contrast, in the case of the SBCA pastes, the product was composed primarily of CaO-SiO2-H2O that differed from both the previous types; the product also contained inclusions of calcium aluminate hydrates.

  5. Optimum preparation technology for Chinese fir wood/Ca-montmorillonite (Ca-MMT) composite board

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    XUE Feng-Han; ZHAO Guang-jie

    2008-01-01

    For this study, an intercalation compounding method was used to prepare Chinese fir wood/Ca-montmorillonite (Ca-MMT) composite board to improve its properties such as surface mechanical properties, flume retardance and dimensional stability. By virtue of water-soluble phenolic resin (PF), Chinese fir wood and Ca-MMT were mixed by pressure and vacuum impregnation. The optimum impregnation technology of Chinese fir wood/Ca-MMT composite board was obtained by using an orthogonal design and a single factor design of pressure and vacuum impregnation, using weight percent gain (WPG) as the basic index. The results are as follows: 1) On the basis of the orthogonal design and an actual experiment, the optimum preparation technology of Chinese fir wood/Ca-MMT composite board is 20% PF resin dispersion concentration (wt%), 1.0 CEC amount of organic intercalation agent, 0.098 MPa vacuum degree, 5% concentration of Ca-MMT and 1.0 MPa pressure. 2) The WPG of the composite board samples of 450 mm length was much larger than that of the samples of 600, 750 and 900 mm length. Warm water extraction contributed little to WPG

  6. Effect of sophoridine on Ca(2+) induced Ca(2+) release during heart failure.

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    Hu, S-T; Shen, Y-F; Gong, J-M; Yang, Y-J

    2016-03-14

    Sophoridine is a type of alkaloid extract derived from the Chinese herb Sophora flavescens Ait (kushen) and possess a variety of pharmacological effects including anti-inflammation, anti-anaphylaxis, anti-cancer, anti-arrhythmic and so on. However, the effect of sophoridine on heart failure has not been known yet. In this study, the effect of sophoridine on heart failure was investigated using Sprague-Dawley (SD) rat model of chronic heart failure. Morphological results showed that in medium and high dose group, myofilaments were arranged orderly and closely, intermyofibrillar lysis disappeared and mitochondria contained tightly packed cristae compared with heart failure group. We investigated the Ca(2+) induced Ca(2+) transients and assessed the expression of ryanodine receptor (RyR2) and L-type Ca(2+) channel (dihydropyridine receptor, DHPR). We found that the cytosolic Ca(2+) transients were markedly increased in amplitude in medium (deltaF/F(0)=43.33+/-1.92) and high dose groups (deltaF/F(0)=47.21+/-1.25) compared with heart failure group (deltaF/F(0)=16.7+/-1.29, P<0.01), Moreover, we demonstrated that the expression of cardiac DHPR was significantly increased in medium- and high dose-group compared with heart failure rats. Our results suggest that sophoridine could improve heart failure by ameliorating cardiac Ca(2+) induced Ca(2+) transients, and that this amelioration is associated with upregulation of DHPR. PMID:26596316

  7. Spectral components of cytosolic [Ca2+] spiking in neurons

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    Kardos, J; Szilágyi, N; Juhász, G;

    1998-01-01

    We show here, by means of evolutionary spectral analysis and synthesis of cytosolic Ca2+ ([Ca2+]c) spiking observed at the single cell level using digital imaging fluorescence microscopy of fura-2-loaded mouse cerebellar granule cells in culture, that [Ca2+]c spiking can be resolved into evolutio......We show here, by means of evolutionary spectral analysis and synthesis of cytosolic Ca2+ ([Ca2+]c) spiking observed at the single cell level using digital imaging fluorescence microscopy of fura-2-loaded mouse cerebellar granule cells in culture, that [Ca2+]c spiking can be resolved into...

  8. Ozone (O3) elicits neurotoxicity in spinal cord neurons (SCNs) by inducing ER Ca2+ release and activating the CaMKII/MAPK signaling pathway

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    Ozone (O3) is widely used in the treatment of spinal cord related diseases. Excess or accumulation of this photochemical air can however be neurotoxic. In this study, in vitro cultured Wister rat spinal cord neurons (SCNs) were used to investigate the detrimental effects and underlying mechanisms of O3. Ozone in a dose-dependent manner inhibited cell viability at a range of 20 to 500 μg/ml, with the dose at 40 μg/ml resulting in a decrease of cell viability to 75%. The cell death after O3 exposure was related to endoplasmic reticulum (ER) calcium (Ca2+) release. Intracellular Ca2+ chelator, ER stabilizer (inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (IP3R) antagonist and ryanodine receptor (RyR) antagonist) and calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) antagonist could effectively block Ca2+ mobilization and inhibit cell death following 40 μg/ml O3 exposure. In addition, ER Ca2+ release due to O3 exposure enhanced phospho-p38 and phospho-JNK levels and apoptosis of SCNs through activating CaMKII. Based on these results, we confirm that ozone elicits neurotoxicity in SCNs via inducing ER Ca2+ release and activating CaMKII/MAPK signaling pathway. Therefore, physicians should get attention to the selection of treatment concentrations of oxygen/ozone. And, approaches, such as chelating intracellular Ca2+ and stabilizing neuronal Ca2+ homeostasis could effectively ameliorate the neurotoxicity of O3. - Highlights: • Exposure to O3 can reduce the viability of SCNs and cause the cell death. • Exposure to O3 can trigger RyR and IP3R dependent intracellular Ca2+ release. • Exposure to O3 can enhance the phospho-CaMKII, phospho-JNK and phospho-p38 levels

  9. Activations of the Ca dependent K channel by Ca released from the sarcoplasmic reticulum of mammalian smooth muscles.

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    Kitamura, K; Sakai, T; Kajioka, S; Kuriyama, H

    1989-01-01

    In mammalian smooth muscles, the outward K current recorded using the whole cell voltage clamp or patch clamp methods can be classified into the Ca-dependent and independent K currents. The former is sub-classified into the extra- and intra-cellular Ca dependent K current. The intra-cellular Ca dependent K current has a close relation to Ca released from the sarcoplasmic reticulum, i.e. Ca released by inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (InsP3), ryanodine or Ca ionophores (A23187 or ionomycin) modify the appearance of the K current. The transient (Ca dependent) outward current evoked by depolarization pulses, as measured using the whole cell voltage clamp method, is closely related with after-hyperpolarization of the action potential as recorded using the microelectrode method and is postulated to be due to activations of the Ca-induced Ca release mechanism in the sarcoplasmic reticulum. The oscillatory (Ca dependent) outward K current is closely related with the amount of Ca released from the sarcoplasmic reticulum during the long depolarization induced by electrical stimulation (command pulse) or applications of Ca releasers such as InsP3 or ryanodine. In this review, the Ca dependent K current recorded from smooth muscle cells is compared with the influx and release of Ca. PMID:2667516

  10. Radiolysis of Ca14CO3

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    The partition-ion exclusion chromatography is evaluated to analyse non-ionic organic compounds obtained from radiolysis of high specific activity Ca14CO3. The Ca14CO3 was irradiated by β- decay of carbon-14 or by γ rays from a cobalt-60 source. The crystals were dissolved for qualitative and quantitative analysis of the radiolytic products. Formic and oxalic acids were produced in high yields. Glyoxylic, acetic and glycolic acids, formaldehyde and methanol were produced in low yields. Quantitative determination was carried out by liquid scintillation spectroscopy and the chemical yields (G-values) were calculated for the products. Mechanisms of product formation are proposed based on thermal annealing experiments. (Author)

  11. Arabidopsis transcriptional response to extracellular Ca2þ depletion involves a transient rise in cytosolic Ca

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    Zhi Qi

    2015-01-01

    Ecological evidence indicates a worldwide trend of dramatical y decreased soil Ca2þ levels caused by increased acid deposition and massive timber harvesting. Little is known about the genetic and cel ular mechanism of plants’ responses to Ca2þ depletion. In this study, transcriptional profiling analysis helped identify multiple extracel ular Ca2þ ([Ca2þ]ext) depletion‐respon-sive genes in Arabidopsis thaliana L., many of which are involved in response to other environmental stresses. Interestingly, a group of genes encoding putative cytosolic Ca2þ ([Ca2þ]cyt) sensors were significantly upregulated, implying that [Ca2þ]cyt has a role in sensing [Ca2þ]ext depletion. Consistent with this observation, [Ca2þ]ext depletion stimulated a transient rise in [Ca2þ]cyt that was negatively influenced by [Kþ]ext, suggesting the involvement of a membrane potential‐sensitive component. The [Ca2þ]cyt response to [Ca2þ]ext depletion was significantly desensitized after the initial treatment, which is typical of a receptor‐mediated signaling event. The response was insensi-tive to an animal Ca2þ sensor antagonist, but was suppressed by neomycin, an inhibitor of phospholipase C. Gd3þ, an inhibitor of Ca2þ channels, suppressed the [Ca2þ]ext‐triggered rise in [Ca2þ]cyt and downstream changes in gene expression. Taken together, this study demonstrates that [Ca2þ]cyt plays an important role in the putative receptor‐mediated cel ular and transcriptional response to [Ca2þ]ext depletion of plant cel s.

  12. Ca cycling and isotopic fluxes in forested ecosystems in Hawaii

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    Wiegand, B.A.; Chadwick, O.A.; Vitousek, P.M.; Wooden, J.L.

    2005-01-01

    Biogeochemical processes fractionate Ca isotopes in plants and soils along a 4 million year developmental sequence in the Hawaiian Islands. We observed that plants preferentially take up 40Ca relative to 44Ca, and that biological fractionation and changes in the relative contributions from volcanic and marine sources produce a significant increase in 44Ca in soil exchangeable pools. Our results imply moderate fluxes enriched in 44Ca from strongly nutrient-depleted old soils, in contrast with high 40Ca fluxes in young and little weathered environments. In addition, biological fractionation controls divergent geochemical pathways of Ca and Sr in the plant-soil system. While Ca depletes progressively with increasing soil age, Sr/Ca ratios increase systematically. Sr isotope ratios provide a valuable tracer for provenance studies of alkaline earth elements in forested ecosystems, but its usefulness is limited when deciphering biogeochemical processes involved in the terrestrial Ca cycle. Ca isotopes in combination with Sr/ Ca ratios reveal more complex processes involved in the biogeochemistry of Ca and Sr. Copyright 2005 by the American Geophysical Union.

  13. IP3 stimulates CA++ efflux from fusogenic carrot protoplasts

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    Polyphosphoinositide breakdown plays an important role in signal transduction in animal cells (Berridge and Irvine, 1984, Nature, 312:315). Upon stimulation, phospholipase C hydrolyzes phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate to inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) and diacylglycerol both of which act as cellular second messengers. IP3 mobilizes Ca++ from internal stores, hence the cytosolic free Ca++ concentration increases and those physiological activities regulated by Ca++ are stimulated. To test if plant cells also responded to IP3, Ca++ efflux studies were done with fusogenic carrot protoplasts released in EGTA. The protoplasts were preloaded with 45Ca++ placed in a Ca++-free medium, and efflux determined as 45Ca++ loss from the protoplasts. IP3 (10-20μM) caused enhanced 45Ca++ efflux and the response was sustained for at least 15 min. In plants, as in animals, the observed IP3-enhanced 45Ca++ efflux suggested that IP3 released Ca++ from internal stores, and the increased free cytosolic Ca++ activated Ca++ pumping mechanisms which restored the Ca++ concentration in the cytosol to the normal level

  14. de caña CAMECO

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    Carlos Suárez Ponciano

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available El aumento de la producción de caña en Cuba se ha vuelto más que un objetivo una necesidad, es por ello que se introducen nuevas máquinas que den respuesta a esta situación. Teniendo esto como premisa y considerando la importancia que el cultivo de la caña tiene para el país es que se ha escogido el Complejo Agroindustrial (CAI «Héctor Molina Riaño» por la influencia que tiene, en la provincia La Habana, en los resultados de este cultivo para analizar el producto de los medios que intervienen en la cosecha y transporte de la caña de azúcar, así como las condiciones de explotación en que se desarrollan, lo cual constituye el objetivo de este trabajo. Se desarrolló una base metodológica para el análisis de los resultados.

  15. Superconductivity in Ca-doped graphene laminates.

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    Chapman, J; Su, Y; Howard, C A; Kundys, D; Grigorenko, A N; Guinea, F; Geim, A K; Grigorieva, I V; Nair, R R

    2016-01-01

    Despite graphene's long list of exceptional electronic properties and many theoretical predictions regarding the possibility of superconductivity in graphene, its direct and unambiguous experimental observation has not been achieved. We searched for superconductivity in weakly interacting, metal decorated graphene crystals assembled into so-called graphene laminates, consisting of well separated and electronically decoupled graphene crystallites. We report robust superconductivity in all Ca-doped graphene laminates. They become superconducting at temperatures (Tc) between ≈4 and ≈6 K, with Tc's strongly dependent on the confinement of the Ca layer and the induced charge carrier concentration in graphene. We find that Ca is the only dopant that induces superconductivity in graphene laminates above 1.8 K among several dopants used in our experiments, such as potassium, caesium and lithium. By revealing the tunability of the superconducting response through doping and confinement of the metal layer, our work shows that achieving superconductivity in free-standing, metal decorated monolayer graphene is conditional on an optimum confinement of the metal layer and sufficient doping, thereby bringing its experimental realization within grasp. PMID:26979564

  16. TRP-Na(+)/Ca(2+) Exchanger Coupling.

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    Harper, Alan G S; Sage, Stewart O

    2016-01-01

    Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchangers (NCXs) have traditionally been viewed principally as a means of Ca(2+) removal from non-excitable cells. However there has recently been increasing interest in the operation of NCXs in reverse mode acting as a means of eliciting Ca(2+) entry into these cells. Reverse mode exchange requires a significant change in the normal resting transmembrane ion gradients and membrane potential, which has been suggested to occur principally via the coupling of NCXs to localised Na(+) entry through non-selective cation channels such as canonical transient receptor potential (TRPC) channels. Here we review evidence for functional or physical coupling of NCXs to non-selective cation channels, and how this affects NCX activity in non-excitable cells. In particular we focus on the potential role of nanojunctions, where the close apposition of plasma and intracellular membranes may help create the conditions needed for the generation of localised rises in Na(+) concentration that would be required to trigger reverse mode exchange. PMID:27161225

  17. Superconductivity in Ca-doped graphene laminates

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    Chapman, J.; Su, Y.; Howard, C. A.; Kundys, D.; Grigorenko, A. N.; Guinea, F.; Geim, A. K.; Grigorieva, I. V.; Nair, R. R.

    2016-01-01

    Despite graphene’s long list of exceptional electronic properties and many theoretical predictions regarding the possibility of superconductivity in graphene, its direct and unambiguous experimental observation has not been achieved. We searched for superconductivity in weakly interacting, metal decorated graphene crystals assembled into so-called graphene laminates, consisting of well separated and electronically decoupled graphene crystallites. We report robust superconductivity in all Ca-doped graphene laminates. They become superconducting at temperatures (Tc) between ≈4 and ≈6 K, with Tc’s strongly dependent on the confinement of the Ca layer and the induced charge carrier concentration in graphene. We find that Ca is the only dopant that induces superconductivity in graphene laminates above 1.8 K among several dopants used in our experiments, such as potassium, caesium and lithium. By revealing the tunability of the superconducting response through doping and confinement of the metal layer, our work shows that achieving superconductivity in free-standing, metal decorated monolayer graphene is conditional on an optimum confinement of the metal layer and sufficient doping, thereby bringing its experimental realization within grasp. PMID:26979564

  18. Nitric oxide inhibits capacitative Ca2+ entry by suppression of mitochondrial Ca2+ handling

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    Thyagarajan, Baskaran; Malli, Roland; Schmidt, Kurt; Graier, Wolfgang F; Groschner, Klaus

    2002-01-01

    Nitric oxide (NO) is a key modulator of cellular Ca2+ signalling and a determinant of mitochondrial function. Here, we demonstrate that NO governs capacitative Ca2+ entry (CCE) into HEK293 cells by impairment of mitochondrial Ca2+ handling. Authentic NO as well as the NO donors 1-[2-(carboxylato)pyrrolidin-1-yl]diazem-1-ium-1,2-diolate (ProliNO) and 2-(N,N-diethylamino)-diazenolate-2-oxide (DEANO) suppressed CCE activated by thapsigargin (TG)-induced store depletion. Threshold concentrations for inhibition of CCE by ProliNO and DEANO were 0.3 and 1 μM, respectively. NO-induced inhibition of CCE was not mimicked by peroxynitrite (100 μM), the peroxynitrite donor 3-morpholino-sydnonimine (SIN-1, 100 μM) or 8-bromoguanosine 3′,5′-cyclic monophosphate (8-BrcGMP, 1 mM). In addition, the guanylyl cyclase inhibitor 1H-[1,2,4] oxadiazole[4,3-a] quinoxalin-1-one (ODQ, 30 μM) failed to antagonize the inhibitory action of NO on CCE. DEANO (1–10 μM) suppressed mitochondrial respiration as evident from inhibition of cellular oxygen consumption. Experiments using fluorescent dyes to monitor mitochondrial membrane potential and mitochondrial Ca2+ levels, respectively, indicated that DEANO (10 μM) depolarized mitochondria and suppressed mitochondrial Ca2+ sequestration. The inhibitory effect of DEANO on Ca2+ uptake into mitochondria was confirmed by recording mitochondrial Ca2+ during agonist stimulation in HEK293 cells expressing ratiometric-pericam in mitochondria. DEANO (10 μM) failed to inhibit Ba2+ entry into TG-stimulated cells when extracellular Ca2+ was buffered below 1 μM, while clear inhibition of Ba2+ entry into store depleted cells was observed when extracellular Ca2+ levels were above 10 μM. Moreover, buffering of intracellular Ca2+ by use of N,N′-[1,2-ethanediylbis(oxy-2,1-phenylene)] bis [N-[25-[(acetyloxy) methoxy]-2-oxoethyl

  19. Interference with Ca2+ release activated Ca2+ (CRAC) channel function delays T-cell arrest in vivo

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    Waite, Janelle C.; Vardhana, Santosh; Shaw, Patrick J.; Jang, Jung-Eun; McCarl, Christie-Ann; Cameron, Thomas O; Feske, Stefan; Dustin, Michael L

    2013-01-01

    Entry of lymphocytes into secondary lymphoid organs (SLOs) involves intravascular arrest and intracellular calcium ion ([Ca2+]i) elevation. TCR activation triggers increased [Ca2+]i and can arrest T-cell motility in vitro. However the requirement for [Ca2+]i elevation in arresting T cells in vivo has not been tested. Here, we have manipulated the Ca2+ release-activated Ca2+ (CRAC) channel pathway required for [Ca2+]i elevation in T cells through genetic deletion of stromal interaction molecul...

  20. The promise of CaMKII inhibition for heart disease : preventing heart failure and arrhythmias

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    Westenbrink, B. Daan; Edwards, Andrew G.; McCulloch, Andrew D.; Brown, Joan Heller

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: Calcium-calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) has emerged as a central mediator of cardiac stress responses which may serve several critical roles in the regulation of cardiac rhythm, cardiac contractility and growth. Sustained and excessive activation of CaMKII during cardia

  1. Substantial depletion of the intracellular Ca2+ stores is required for macroscopic activation of the Ca2+ release-activated Ca2+ current in rat basophilic leukaemia cells.

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    Fierro, L; Parekh, A B

    2000-01-15

    1. Tight-seal whole-cell patch clamp experiments were performed to examine the ability of different intracellular Ca2+ mobilising agents to activate the Ca2+ release-activated Ca2+ current (ICRAC) in rat basophilic leukaemia (RBL-1) cells under conditions of weak cytoplasmic Ca2+ buffering. 2. Dialysis with a maximal concentration of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) routinely failed to activate macroscopic ICRAC in low buffer (0.mM EGTA, BAPTA or dimethyl BAPTA), whereas it activated the current to its maximal extent in high buffer (10 mM EGTA). Dialysis with a poorly metabolisable analogue of IP3, with ionomycin, or with IP3 and ionomycin all failed to generate macroscopic ICRAC in low Ca2+ buffering conditions. 3. Dialysis with the sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase (SERCA) pump blocker thapsigargin was able to activate ICRAC even in the presence of low cytoplasmic Ca2+ buffering, albeit at a slow rate. Exposure to IP3 together with the SERCA blockers thapsigargin, thapsigargicin or cyclopiazonic acid rapidly activated ICRAC in low buffer. 4. Following activation of ICRAC by intracellular dialysis with IP3 and thapsigargin in low buffer, the current was very selective for Ca2+ (apparent KD of 1 mM) Sr2+ and Ba2+ were less effective charge carriers and Na+ was not conducted to any appreciable extent. The ionic selectivity of ICRAC was very similar in low or high intracellular Ca2+ buffer. 5. Fast Ca2+-dependent inactivation of ICRAC occurred at a similar rate and to a similar extent in low or high Ca2+ buffer. Ca2+-dependent inactivation is not the reason why macroscopic ICRAC cannot be seen under conditions of low cytoplasmic Ca2+ buffering. 6. ICRAC could be activated by combining IP3 with thapsigargin, even in the presence of 100 microM Ca2+ and the absence of any exogenous Ca2+ chelator, where ATP and glutamate represented the only Ca2+ buffers in the pipette solution. 7. Our results suggest that a threshold exists within the IP3-sensitive Ca2+ store

  2. Is tissue CA125 expression in epithelial ovarian adenocarcinoma heterogenic?

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    Sparholt, Morten H; Høgdall, Claus K; Nedergaard, Lotte;

    2013-01-01

    To evaluate if heterogeneity of tissue cancer antigen 125 (CA125) expression is present in epithelial serous adenocarcinomas. Furthermore, to investigate whether there is a correlation between levels of CA125 tissue expression, serum level of CA125, stage, and grade. A total of 10 patients...... diagnosed with serous ovarian adenocarcinomas were included. Preoperative blood samples were collected to determine serum CA125 levels. Tumor tissue from primary surgery was collected and processed for immunohistochemical analyses. CA125 was expressed in varying degrees in tumor tissues from all patients....... Mean tissue CA125 expression for each patient ranged from 36% to 98%. Intrapatient variations in tissue expression ranged from 10% to 90% point. No significant correlations between levels of CA125 tissue expression, serum level of CA125, stage, and grade were found. We found that the tissue expression...

  3. Characteristics (Delta44/40Ca, Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca) of Mytilus edulis and Arctica islandica Shells formed in a Temperature-Salinity Matrix

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    Hiebenthal, C.; Eisenhauer, A.; Wahl, M.

    2008-12-01

    We investigated the influence of temperature (5°C to 15°C (A. islandica) resp. 25°C (M. edulis)) and salinity (15 to 35 psu) regimes on the calcium (Ca) isotope fractionation (Δ44/40Ca) and on Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca in cultured bivalves (Mytilus edulis and Arctica islandica). In an orthogonal 2-factorial (temperature vs. salinity) experiment, the bivalves were allowed to grow for 15 weeks under tightly controlled conditions and then probed and analysed by thermal ionisation mass spectrometry (TIMS) and optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES). Several interactions between the factors temperature and salinity with respect to their influence on bivalve shell parameters could be found. However, with the exception of Sr/Ca data, the variation of measured shell characteristics between individual bivalves was high. The Sr/Ca - salinity proxy seems to be the most reliable (linear. regression, M. edulis: Sr/Ca = -0.0283*sal + 1.7967, R2 = 0.81, p 0.05, at 10°C: Sr/Ca = - 0.061*sal + 3.13, R2 = 0.93, p edulis shells Mg/Ca ratios related well with seawater temperature (lin. regr.: Mg/Ca = 0.642*t - 0.107, R2 = 0.81, p edulis appear to provide the better element ratio proxies (Mg/Ca for temperature and Sr/Ca for salinity) and the aragonitic shells of A. islandica have the better Ca isotope - temperature proxy.

  4. K(Ca)2 and k(ca)3 channels in learning and memory processes, and neurodegeneration.

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    Kuiper, Els F E; Nelemans, Ad; Luiten, Paul; Nijholt, Ingrid; Dolga, Amalia; Eisel, Uli

    2012-01-01

    Calcium-activated potassium (K(Ca)) channels are present throughout the central nervous system as well as many peripheral tissues. Activation of K(Ca) channels contribute to maintenance of the neuronal membrane potential and was shown to underlie the afterhyperpolarization (AHP) that regulates action potential firing and limits the firing frequency of repetitive action potentials. Different subtypes of K(Ca) channels were anticipated on the basis of their physiological and pharmacological profiles, and cloning revealed two well defined but phylogenetic distantly related groups of channels. The group subject of this review includes both the small conductance K(Ca)2 channels (K(Ca)2.1, K(Ca)2.2, and K(Ca)2.3) and the intermediate-conductance (K(Ca)3.1) channel. These channels are activated by submicromolar intracellular Ca(2+) concentrations and are voltage independent. Of all K(Ca) channels only the K(Ca)2 channels can be potently but differentially blocked by the bee-venom apamin. In the past few years modulation of K(Ca) channel activation revealed new roles for K(Ca)2 channels in controlling dendritic excitability, synaptic functioning, and synaptic plasticity. Furthermore, K(Ca)2 channels appeared to be involved in neurodegeneration, and learning and memory processes. In this review, we focus on the role of K(Ca)2 and K(Ca)3 channels in these latter mechanisms with emphasis on learning and memory, Alzheimer's disease and on the interplay between neuroinflammation and different neurotransmitters/neuromodulators, their signaling components and K(Ca) channel activation. PMID:22701424

  5. Graded Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent coupling of voltage-gated CaV1.2 channels

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    Dixon, Rose E; Moreno, Claudia M; Yuan, Can; Opitz-Araya, Ximena; Binder, Marc D; Navedo, Manuel F; Santana, Luis F

    2015-01-01

    In the heart, reliable activation of Ca2+ release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum during the plateau of the ventricular action potential requires synchronous opening of multiple CaV1.2 channels. Yet the mechanisms that coordinate this simultaneous opening during every heartbeat are unclear. Here, we demonstrate that CaV1.2 channels form clusters that undergo dynamic, reciprocal, allosteric interactions. This ‘functional coupling’ facilitates Ca2+ influx by increasing activation of adjoined channels and occurs through C-terminal-to-C-terminal interactions. These interactions are initiated by binding of incoming Ca2+ to calmodulin (CaM) and proceed through Ca2+/CaM binding to the CaV1.2 pre-IQ domain. Coupling fades as [Ca2+]i decreases, but persists longer than the current that evoked it, providing evidence for ‘molecular memory’. Our findings suggest a model for CaV1.2 channel gating and Ca2+-influx amplification that unifies diverse observations about Ca2+ signaling in the heart, and challenges the long-held view that voltage-gated channels open and close independently. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.05608.001 PMID:25714924

  6. Reaction process of monazite and bastnaesite mixed rare earth minerals calcined by CaO-NaCl-CaCl2

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    2007-01-01

    The decomposition reactions of monazite and bastnaesite mixed rare earth minerals calcined by CaO-NaCl-CaCl2 were studied by means of TG-DTA and XRD. The results show that the process of the minerals decomposed by CaO involves two steps.The first step occurs in the temperature range of 425-540 ℃, and the main reactions are bastnaesite decomposition, i.e. REOF reacts with CaO to produce RE2O3 and CaF2, and Ce2O3 is oxidized to CeO2. During this step, CaCO3 is formed at about 500 ℃. The second step takes place in the temperature range of 610-700 ℃, and the reactions are monazite decomposition into RE2O3,Ca5F(PO4)3 and Ca3(PO4)2 by CaO and CaF2. In this process, the decomposition ability is improved because CaO from CaCO3decomposing has high chemical activity. In calcining process, the new formed Ca5F(PO4)3 restrains fluorine that can escape in form of gaseous compound. The decomposition ratio of the mixed rare earth minerals reaches 90.8% at 700 ℃.

  7. The contractile vacuole in Ca2+-regulation in Dictyostelium: its essential function for cAMP-induced Ca2+-influx

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    Schlatterer Christina

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background cAMP-induced Ca2+-influx in Dictyostelium is controlled by at least two non-mitochondrial Ca2+-stores: acidic stores and the endoplasmic reticulum (ER. The acidic stores may comprise the contractile vacuole network (CV, the endosomal compartment and acidocalcisomes. Here the role of CV in respect to function as a potential Ca2+-store was investigated. Results Dajumin-GFP labeled contractile vacuoles were purified 7-fold by anti-GFP-antibodies in a magnetic field. The purified CV were shown for the first time to accumulate and release Ca2+. Release of Ca2+ was elicited by arachidonic acid or the calmodulin antagonist W7, the latter due to inhibition of the pump. The characteristics of Ca2+-transport and Ca2+-release of CV were compared to similarly purified vesicles of the ER labeled by calnexin-GFP. Since the CV proved to be a highly efficient Ca2+-compartment we wanted to know whether or not it takes part in cAMP-induced Ca2+-influx. We made use of the LvsA--mutant expected to display reduced Ca2+-transport due to loss of calmodulin. We found a severe reduction of cAMP-induced Ca2+-influx into whole cells. Conclusion The contractile vacuoles in Dictyostelium represent a highly efficient acidic Ca2+-store that is required for cAMP-induced Ca2+-influx.

  8. Application of 17% EDTA Enhances Diffusion of (45)Ca-labeled OH(-) and Ca(2+) in Primary Tooth Root Canal.

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    Ximenes, Marcos; Cavalcanti Taguchi, Carolina Mayumi; Triches, Thaisa Cezaria; Sartori, Neimar; Pereira Dias, Luis Alberto; de Araujo, Elaine Bortoleti; Cardoso, Mariane

    2016-01-01

    Proper cleaning of the root canal is key to the success of endodontic treatment as it allows more effective diffusion of medication throughout the dentinal tubules. The aim of this in vitro study was to investigate the efficacy of 17% ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) in enhancing diffusion of hydroxyl (OH(-)) and calcium ions (Ca(2+)) throughout the root canal in primary teeth. The canals of 25 primary tooth roots were cleaned with endodontic files and 1% sodium hypochlorite. Three groups (G) were then established: GI, in which final irrigation was performed with 1% sodium hypochlorite; GII, in which 17% EDTA was used; and GIII, in which no irrigation was performed. The roots canals in GI and GII were filled with a calcium hydroxide-based paste labeled with the radioisotope calcium-45. Diffusion of OH(-) was detected with pH strips and Ca(2+) analyzed by measuring radioactivity in counts per min. Group II differed statistically from the other groups in diffusion of OH(-) at 24 hr (p<0.05), but no significant difference among groups was found at the day 7 evaluation; GII also differed statistically from the other groups in diffusion of Ca(2+) at 24 hr (p<0.05). These results suggest that application of 17% EDTA in primary tooth enhances diffusion of OH(-) and Ca(2+). PMID:26961333

  9. Voltage dependence of Na-Ca exchanger conformational currents.

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    Niggli, E; P. Lipp

    1994-01-01

    Properties of a transient current (Icont) believed to reflect a conformational change of the Na-Ca exchanger molecules after Ca2+ binding were investigated. Intracellular Ca2+ concentration jumps in isolated cardiac myocytes were generated with flash photolysis of caged Ca2+ dimethoxynitrophenamine, and membrane currents were simultaneously measured using the whole-cell variant of the patch-clamp technique. A previously unresolved shallow voltage dependence of Icont was revealed after develop...

  10. Modulation of the matrix redox signaling by mitochondrial Ca2+

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    Santo-Domingo, Jaime; Wiederkehr, Andreas; De Marchi, Umberto

    2015-01-01

    Mitochondria sense, shape and integrate signals, and thus function as central players in cellular signal transduction. Ca2+ waves and redox reactions are two such intracellular signals modulated by mitochondria. Mitochondrial Ca2+ transport is of utmost physio-pathological relevance with a strong impact on metabolism and cell fate. Despite its importance, the molecular nature of the proteins involved in mitochondrial Ca2+ transport has been revealed only recently. Mitochondrial Ca2+ promotes ...

  11. CaMKII and stress mix it up in mitochondria

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    Joiner, Mei-ling A; Koval, Olha M.

    2014-01-01

    CaMKII is a newly discovered resident of mitochondria in the heart. Mitochondrial CaMKII promotes poor outcomes after heart injury from a number of pathological conditions, including myocardial infarction (MI), ischemia reperfusion (IR), and stress from catecholamine stimulation. A study using the inhibitor of CaMKII, CaMKIIN, with expression delimited to myocardial mitochondria, indicates that an underlying cause of heart disease results from the opening of the mitochondrial permeability tra...

  12. Measurement of 41Ca with AMS and its biomedical applications

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    41Ca (T1/2 = 1.0 x 105 a) as a tracer, confined with Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) method and its applications are reviewed. Measurement of 41Ca with HI-13 tandem AMS system at the China Institute of Atomic Energy is also introduced. The measurement of 41Ca used for studying mechanism of cancer caused by carcinogenic substances and mechanism of Ca supplement in human body diseases are being developed in collaboration with Department of Occupational Health, Beijing University

  13. TUMOR MARKER CA125、 CA153、 CA199 AND CEA IN LUNG CANCER%肿瘤标记物CA125、CA153、CA199与CEA 在肺癌诊断中的意义

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    谢汉华

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    目的:研究四种肿瘤标记物CA125、CA153、CA199与CEA在肺癌诊断中的意义,并以常见的几种呼吸道炎症性疾病(RIDs)作为对照。结果:肺癌患者CA125、CA153、CA199及CEA水平均显著高于RIDs患者(P<0.001),而CA125、CA153、CA199及CEA水平在肺癌的三种组织学类型和各期肺癌中并显著性差异(P>0.05)。采有四项指标的平均值作为标准,虽然并不能显著提高诊断的灵敏度(P>0.05),但可显著提高诊断的特异性(P<0.05或0.01)。结论:CA125、CA153、CA199及CEA可作为肺癌的标记物,检测这四项标记物在临床上具有一定的辅助意义。%Four tumor markers,CA125,CA153,CA199 and CEA are studied for their relations with lung cancer,using Respiratory Inflammatory Diseases,RIDs (bronchitis,bronchiectasis and pneumonia)as control.The result shows that the serum levels of CA125,CA153,CA199 and CEA are significantly higher in the patients with lung cancer than in those with RIDs(P<0.001).There are not significant differences of the serum level of CA125,CA153,CA199 and in different tissular types of lung cancer and at different phases of lung cancer (P>0.05).The mean value of the four markers is used for a new standard for judging lung cancer.The sensitivity is not significantly higher,but the specificity is significantly lifted(P<0.05 or 0.01).It seems that CA125,CA153,CA199 and CEA can be useful markers for lung cancer,and that the detection of the four markers can play assistant role in the judgement of lung cancer.

  14. 血清CEA、CA125、CA199、CA153联检在肺癌中的诊断价值%The value of joint detection of serum CEA, CA125, CA199 and CA153 in diagnosis of lung cancer

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    王露; 徐红珍

    2009-01-01

    目的 评价血清CEA、CA125、CA199、CA153联合检测对肺癌的诊断价值.方法 用化学发光法测定45例肺癌患者,50例肺良性疾病患者及30例健康体检者血清CEA、CA125、CA199、CA153水平的变化,评价4项指标联合应用的诊断价值.结果 肺癌组血清CEA、CA125、CA199、CA153含量明显高于对照组(P<0.01),单项肿瘤指标CEA、CA125、CA199、CA153的检测敏感性分别为53.3%、48.9%、35.6%、37.8%.联合检测可提高检测的敏感性达87.6%.结论 肿瘤标志物CEA、CA125、CA199、CA153的联合检测可提高肺癌的诊断率,可为肺癌的早期诊断提供有价值的资料.%Objective To evaluate the clinical value of measuring the four tumor makers(CEA,CA125,CA199,CA153)for diagnosis of lung cancer. Methods These tumor markers in serum were measured with chemiluminescence immunoassay in 45 patients with lung cancer, 50 benign lung diseases and 30 healthy subjects. Results The level of the markers in lung cancer group were all higher than those of benign lung diseases and healthy subjects. The sensitivity of single tumor marker (CEA,CA125,CA199,CA153)was 53.3%,48.9%,35.6%,37.8% respectively. The sensitivity of combined measurement was 87.6%. Conclusion The combined measurement of serum CEA,CA125,CA199,CA153 significantly increase the sensitivity for lung cancer, and provide useful information for early diagnosis of disease in patients with lung cancer.

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  16. Regulation of CaMKII signaling in cardiovascular disease

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    Mariya Yordanova Mollova

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Heart failure (HF is a major cause of death in the developed countries. (Murray and Lopez, 1996;Koitabashi and Kass, 2012. Adverse cardiac remodeling that precedes heart muscle dysfunction is characterized by a myriad of molecular changes affecting the cardiomyocyte. Among these, alterations in protein kinase pathways play often an important mediator role since they link upstream pathologic stress signaling with downstream regulatory programs and thus affect both the structural and functional integrity of the heart muscle. In the context of cardiac disease, a profound understanding for the overriding mechanisms that regulate protein kinase activity (protein-protein interactions, post-translational modifications, or targeting via anchoring proteins is crucial for the development of specific and effective pharmacological treatment strategies targeting the failing myocardium.In this review, we focus on several mechanisms of upstream regulation of Ca2+/Calmodulin-dependent kinase II (CaM Kinase II, CaMKII that play a relevant pathophysiological role in the development and progression of cardiovascular disease; precise targeting of these mechanisms might therefore represent novel and promising tools for prevention and treatment of HF.

  17. Preparation of 45Ca(HDEHP)n and (CaH{sub 1}50{sub 2})2 samples for liquid scintillation counting, compared to 45caCl{sub 2} results; Preparacion de Ca (HDEHP)n y (C{sub 8}H{sub 1}50{sub 2})2 marcados con 45Ca y estudio comparativo con 4 5ca Cl2 en medidas por centelleo liquido

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    Rodriguez, L.; Arcos, J. M. los; Grau Malonda, A.

    1994-07-01

    A procedure for preparation of liquid scintillation counting organic samples of the Di-2-ethylhexyl phosphate calcium complex and the 2-ethylhexanoate calcium salt, labelled with 45Ca, is described. The chemical quench, the counting stability and spectral evolution of both compounds is studied in six scintillators,Toluene-alcohol, Dioxane-naphtalene, Hi safe II, Ultimate-Gold and Instagel, and compared to results obtained from a commercial solution of 4 5CaCl2. (Author) 7 refs.

  18. Effect of hydrogen on the behavior of metals II - Hydrogen embrittlement of titanium alloy TV13CA - effect of oxygen - comparison with non-alloyed titanium

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    The effect of oxygen on the hydrogen embrittlement of non-alloyed titanium and the metastable β titanium alloy, TV13 CA, was studied during dynamic mechanical tests, the concentrations considered varying from 1000 to 5000 ppm (oxygen) and from 0 to 5000 ppm (hydrogen) respectively. TV13 CA alloy has a very high solubility for hydrogen. The establishment of a temperature range and a rate of deformation region in which the embrittlement of the alloy is maximum leads to the conclusion that an embrittlement mechanism occurs involving the dragging and accumulation of hydrogen by dislocations. This is the case for all annealings effected in the medium temperature range, which, by favoring the re-establishment of the stable two-phase α + β state of the alloy, produce hardening. The same is true for oxygen which, in addition to hardening the alloy by the solid solution effect, tends to increase its instability and, in consequence, favors the decomposition of the β phase. Nevertheless oxygen concentrations of up to 1500 ppm contribute to increasing the mechanical resistance without catastrophically reducing the deformation capacity. In the case of non-alloyed titanium, the hardening effect also leads to an increase in E0.2pc and R, and to a reduction in the deformation capacity. Nevertheless, hydrogen is only very slightly soluble at room temperature and a distribution of the hydride phase linked to the thermal history of the sample predominates. Thus a fine acicular structure obtained from the β phase by quenching, enables an alloy having a good mechanical resistance to be conserved even when large quantities of hydrogen are present; the deformation capacity remains small. On the other hand, when the hydride phase separates the metallic phase into large grains, a very small elongation leads to a breakdown in mechanical resistance. (author)

  19. Citrus bergamia Risso Elevates Intracellular Ca2+ in Human Vascular Endothelial Cells due to Release of Ca2+ from Primary Intracellular Stores

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    Purum Kang

    2013-01-01

    , which was partially inhibited by a nonselective Ca2+ channel blocker La3+. In Ca2+-free extracellular solutions, BEO increased [Ca2+]i in a concentration-dependent manner, suggesting that BEO mobilizes intracellular Ca2+. BEO-induced [Ca2+]i increase was partially inhibited by a Ca2+-induced Ca2+ release inhibitor dantrolene, a phospholipase C inhibitor U73122, and an inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate (IP3-gated Ca2+ channel blocker, 2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borane (2-APB. BEO also increased [Ca2+]i in the presence of carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone, an inhibitor of mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake. In addition, store-operated Ca2+ entry (SOC was potentiated by BEO. These results suggest that BEO mobilizes Ca2+ from primary intracellular stores via Ca2+-induced and IP3-mediated Ca2+ release and affect promotion of Ca2+ influx, likely via an SOC mechanism.

  20. Using Ca isotopes to constrain source of streamwater Ca following clear-cutting of a New England watershed

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    Takagi, K.; Kurtz, A. C.; Bailey, S. W.

    2011-12-01

    Stable Ca isotopes have been used in applications ranging from use as a paleooceanographic temperature proxy to tracing continental weathering fluxes to the oceans. One of the most important applications has been in understanding Ca cycling in terrestrial ecosystems. Major land use disturbance such as forest harvesting results in increased hydrologic export of cations but the mechanisms that lead to increased Ca export and the sources of streamwater Ca following disturbance remain uncertain. Ca isotope ratios may allow us to determine the internal Ca pools that contribute to increased export. We measured stable Ca isotopes on archived streamwater samples from Hubbard Brook Watershed 5 before and after a 1983 whole-watershed harvest experiment to test the following hypothesis: following harvest, the Ca isotopic value of streamwater will shift towards an isotopically light composition reflecting loss of biologically cycled Ca from soil pools. Ca concentrations measured on archived samples correspond exactly to values measured at the time of collection indicating adequate sample preservation over several decades of storage. Preliminary stable Ca isotopic results on these streamwater samples indicate a robust shift in δ40Ca from a pre-harvest value of -0.95% (vs. seawater) to a post-harvest value of -1.45%. We developed a box model of Ca cycling in forested ecosystems that includes Ca isotopes as tracer in order to model the δ40Ca of the various soil and vegetation pools. Steady-state model results indicate that vegetation is isotopically light relative to the B-horizon and forest floor soil pools and the forest floor soil pool is isotopically light relative to the B-horizon soil pool. We used modeled δ40Ca values of B-horizon and forest floor soil pools in a two end-member mixing analysis to evaluate changes in streamwater δ40Ca following harvesting. Our mixing analysis indicates that the observed decrease in the δ40Ca of streamwater following harvest requires an

  1. Calbindin-D28K dynamically controls TRPV5-mediated Ca2+ transport.

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    Lambers, T.T.; Mahieu, F.; Oancea, E.; Hoofd, L.J.C.; Lange, F. de; Mensenkamp, A.R.; Voets, T.; Nilius, B.; Clapham, D.E.; Hoenderop, J.G.J.; Bindels, R.J.M.

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    In Ca(2+)-transporting epithelia, calbindin-D(28K) (CaBP(28K)) facilitates Ca(2+) diffusion from the luminal Ca(2+) entry side of the cell to the basolateral side, where Ca(2+) is extruded into the extracellular compartment. Simultaneously, CaBP(28K) provides protection against toxic high Ca(2+) lev

  2. Seawater nutrient and carbonate ion concentrations recorded as P/Ca, Ba/Ca, and U/Ca in the deep-sea coral D. dianthus

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    Anagnostou, Eleni; Sherrell, Robert M; Gagnon, Alex; LaVigne, Michele; Field, M Paul; William F. McDonough

    2011-01-01

    As paleoceanographic archives, deep sea coral skeletons offer the potential for high temporal resolution and precise absolute dating, but have not been fully investigated for geochemical reconstructions of past ocean conditions. Here we assess the utility of skeletal P/Ca, Ba/Ca and U/Ca in the deep sea coral D. dianthus as proxies of dissolved phosphate (remineralized at shallow depths), dissolved barium (trace element with silicate-type distribution) and carbonate ion concentrations, respec...

  3. Tissue expression of the tumour associated antigen CA242 in benign and malignant pancreatic lesions. A comparison with CA 50 and CA 19-9.

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    Haglund, C.; Lindgren, J.; Roberts, P. J.; Kuusela, P.; Nordling, S.

    1989-01-01

    The expression of a novel tumour associated antigen CA 242, defined by the monoclonal antibody C 242, was studied by immunoperoxidase staining in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue sections from normal pancreata, pancreata with pancreatitis and benign and malignant pancreatic neoplasms. The antigenic determinant of the C 242 antibody is a sialylated carbohydrate structure, related but chemically different from tumour marker antigens CA 19-9 and CA 50. Thirty-eight of 41 (93%) well to mo...

  4. Electrophysiological effects of Ca antagonists, tetrodotoxin, [Ca]o and [Na]o on myocardium of hibernating chipmunks: possible involvement of Na-Ca exchange mechanism.

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    Kondo, N

    1987-01-01

    The electrophysiological performance of myocardium of hibernating chipmunks was investigated in the presence of Ca antagonists and tetrodotoxin, and the effects of high [Ca]o and low [Na]o were examined. The action potential of the preparations was characterized by the low amplitude of the plateau phase (APp). Ca antagonists, nifedipine (10(-6) M) and nitrendipine (2 X 10(-6) M), did not significantly inhibit this APp or the contraction. These nifedipine-insensitive electromechanical response...

  5. Crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of Ca2+-free primary Ca2+-sensor of Na+/Ca2+ exchanger

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    The plasma-membrane Na+/Ca2+ exchanger (NCX) regulates intracellular Ca2+ levels in cardiac myocytes. Two Ca2+-binding domains (CBD1 and CBD2) exist in the large cytosolic loop of NCX. Recombinant CBD1 (NCX1 372–508) with a molecular weight of 16 kDa has been crystallized by the sitting-drop vapour-diffusion method at 293 K. The plasma-membrane Na+/Ca2+ exchanger (NCX) regulates intracellular Ca2+ levels in cardiac myocytes. Two Ca2+-binding domains (CBD1 and CBD2) exist in the large cytosolic loop of NCX. The binding of Ca2+ to CBD1 results in conformational changes that stimulate exchange to exclude Ca2+ ions, whereas CBD2 maintains the structure, suggesting that CBD1 is the primary Ca2+-sensor. In order to clarify the structural scaffold for the Ca2+-induced conformational transition of CBD1 at the atomic level, X-ray structural analysis of its Ca2+-free form was attempted; the structure of the Ca2+-bound form is already available. Recombinant CBD1 (NCX1 372–508) with a molecular weight of 16 kDa was crystallized by the sitting-drop vapour-diffusion method at 293 K. The crystals belonged to the hexagonal space group P6222 or P6422, with unit-cell parameters a = b = 56.99, c = 153.86 Å, β = 120°, and contained one molecule per asymmetric unit (VM = 2.25 Å3 Da−1) with a solvent content of about 55% (VS = 45.57%). Diffraction data were collected within the resolution range 27.72–3.00 Å using an R-AXIS detector and gave a data set with an overall Rmerge of 10.8% and a completeness of 92.8%

  6. Inhibition of CaMKII does not attenuate cardiac hypertrophy in mice with dysfunctional ryanodine receptor.

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    Full Text Available In cardiac muscle, the release of calcium ions from the sarcoplasmic reticulum through ryanodine receptor ion channels (RyR2s leads to muscle contraction. RyR2 is negatively regulated by calmodulin (CaM and by phosphorylation of Ca2+/CaM-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII. Substitution of three amino acid residues in the CaM binding domain of RyR2 (RyR2-W3587A/L3591D/F3603A, RyR2ADA impairs inhibition of RyR2 by CaM and results in cardiac hypertrophy and early death of mice carrying the RyR2ADA mutation. To test the cellular function of CaMKII in cardiac hypertrophy, mutant mice were crossed with mice expressing the CaMKII inhibitory AC3-I peptide or the control AC3-C peptide in the myocardium. Inhibition of CaMKII by AC3-I modestly reduced CaMKII-dependent phosphorylation of RyR2 at Ser-2815 and markedly reduced CaMKII-dependent phosphorylation of SERCA2a regulatory subunit phospholamban at Thr-17. However the average life span and heart-to-body weight ratio of Ryr2ADA/ADA mice expressing the inhibitory peptide were not altered compared to control mice. In Ryr2ADA/ADA homozygous mice, AC3-I did not alter cardiac morphology, enhance cardiac function, improve sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ handling, or suppress the expression of genes implicated in cardiac remodeling. The results suggest that CaMKII was not required for the rapid development of cardiac hypertrophy in Ryr2ADA/ADA mice.

  7. Autophagy blockade sensitizes the anticancer activity of CA-4 via JNK-Bcl-2 pathway

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    Li, Yangling; Luo, Peihua; Wang, Jincheng; Dai, Jiabin; Yang, Xiaochun; Wu, Honghai; Yang, Bo, E-mail: yang924@zju.edu.cn; He, Qiaojun, E-mail: qiaojunhe@zju.edu.cn

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    Combretastatin A-4 (CA-4) has already entered clinical trials of solid tumors over ten years. However, the limited anticancer activity and dose-dependent toxicity restrict its clinical application. Here, we offered convincing evidence that CA-4 induced autophagy in various cancer cells, which was demonstrated by acridine orange staining of intracellular acidic vesicles, the degradation of p62, the conversion of LC3-I to LC3-II and GFP-LC3 punctate fluorescence. Interestingly, CA-4-mediated apoptotic cell death was further potentiated by pretreatment with autophagy inhibitors (3-methyladenine and bafilomycin A1) or small interfering RNAs against the autophagic genes (Atg5 and Beclin 1). The enhanced anticancer activity of CA-4 and 3-MA was further confirmed in the SGC-7901 xenograft tumor model. These findings suggested that CA-4-elicited autophagic response played a protective role that impeded the eventual cell death while autophagy inhibition was expected to improve chemotherapeutic efficacy of CA-4. Meanwhile, CA-4 treatment led to phosphorylation/activation of JNK and JNK-dependent phosphorylation of Bcl-2. Importantly, JNK inhibitor or JNK siRNA inhibited autophagy but promoted CA-4-induced apoptosis, indicating a key requirement of JNK-Bcl-2 pathway in the activation of autophagy by CA-4. We also identified that pretreatment of Bcl-2 inhibitor (ABT-737) could significantly enhance anticancer activity of CA-4 due to inhibition of autophagy. Taken together, our data suggested that the JNK-Bcl-2 pathway was considered as the critical regulator of CA-4-induced protective autophagy and a potential drug target for chemotherapeutic combination. - Highlights: • Autophagy inhibition could be a potential for combretastatin A-4 antitumor efficacy. • The JNK-Bcl-2 pathway plays a critical role in CA-4-induced autophagy. • ABT-737 enhances CA-4 anticancer activity due to inhibition of autophagy.

  8. Autophagy blockade sensitizes the anticancer activity of CA-4 via JNK-Bcl-2 pathway

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    Combretastatin A-4 (CA-4) has already entered clinical trials of solid tumors over ten years. However, the limited anticancer activity and dose-dependent toxicity restrict its clinical application. Here, we offered convincing evidence that CA-4 induced autophagy in various cancer cells, which was demonstrated by acridine orange staining of intracellular acidic vesicles, the degradation of p62, the conversion of LC3-I to LC3-II and GFP-LC3 punctate fluorescence. Interestingly, CA-4-mediated apoptotic cell death was further potentiated by pretreatment with autophagy inhibitors (3-methyladenine and bafilomycin A1) or small interfering RNAs against the autophagic genes (Atg5 and Beclin 1). The enhanced anticancer activity of CA-4 and 3-MA was further confirmed in the SGC-7901 xenograft tumor model. These findings suggested that CA-4-elicited autophagic response played a protective role that impeded the eventual cell death while autophagy inhibition was expected to improve chemotherapeutic efficacy of CA-4. Meanwhile, CA-4 treatment led to phosphorylation/activation of JNK and JNK-dependent phosphorylation of Bcl-2. Importantly, JNK inhibitor or JNK siRNA inhibited autophagy but promoted CA-4-induced apoptosis, indicating a key requirement of JNK-Bcl-2 pathway in the activation of autophagy by CA-4. We also identified that pretreatment of Bcl-2 inhibitor (ABT-737) could significantly enhance anticancer activity of CA-4 due to inhibition of autophagy. Taken together, our data suggested that the JNK-Bcl-2 pathway was considered as the critical regulator of CA-4-induced protective autophagy and a potential drug target for chemotherapeutic combination. - Highlights: • Autophagy inhibition could be a potential for combretastatin A-4 antitumor efficacy. • The JNK-Bcl-2 pathway plays a critical role in CA-4-induced autophagy. • ABT-737 enhances CA-4 anticancer activity due to inhibition of autophagy

  9. The 42Ca photoneutron cross section

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    The measurement of the 42Ca(γ,nsub(t)) is reported here over the energy range 10.5 - 28 MeV. Bremsstrahlung radiation from the 35 MeV Betatron at this University was used to measure a yield curve of photoneutrons, from which the (γ,nsub(t)) cross section was derived. Since proton and neutron emission are the major decay modes of the giant dipole resonance, summing these cross sections approximates the photo-absorption cross section. With this information the theoretical predictions can be checked

  10. Ca2+-Regulated Photoproteins: Effective Immunoassay Reporters

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    Full Text Available Ca2+-regulated photoproteins of luminous marine coelenterates are of interest and a challenge for researchers as a unique bioluminescent system and as a promising analytical instrument for both in vivo and in vitro applications. The proteins are comprehensively studied as to biochemical properties, tertiary structures, bioluminescence mechanism, etc. This knowledge, along with available recombinant proteins serves the basis for development of unique bioluminescent detection systems that are “self-contained”, triggerable, fast, highly sensitive, and non-hazardous. In the paper, we focus on the use of photoproteins as reporters in binding assays based on immunological recognition element—bioluminescent immunoassay and hybridization immunoassay, their advantages and prospects.

  11. Mechanics of Old Faithful Geyser, Calistoga, CA

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    Rudolph, M.L.; Manga, M.; Hurwitz, Shaul; Johnston, Malcolm J.; Karlstrom, L.; Wang, Chun-Yong

    2012-01-01

    In order to probe the subsurface dynamics associated with geyser eruptions, we measured ground deformation at Old Faithful Geyser of Calistoga, CA. We present a physical model in which recharge during the period preceding an eruption is driven by pressure differences relative to the aquifer supplying the geyser. The model predicts that pressure and ground deformation are characterized by an exponential function of time, consistent with our observations. The geyser's conduit is connected to a reservoir at a depth of at least 42 m, and pressure changes in the reservoir can produce the observed ground deformations through either a poroelastic or elastic mechanical model.

  12. Ca2+ entry into neurons is facilitated by cooperative gating of clustered CaV1.3 channels

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    Moreno, Claudia M; Dixon, Rose E; Tajada, Sendoa; Yuan, Can; Opitz-Araya, Ximena; Binder, Marc D; Santana, Luis F

    2016-01-01

    CaV1.3 channels regulate excitability in many neurons. As is the case for all voltage-gated channels, it is widely assumed that individual CaV1.3 channels behave independently with respect to voltage-activation, open probability, and facilitation. Here, we report the results of super-resolution imaging, optogenetic, and electrophysiological measurements that refute this long-held view. We found that the short channel isoform (CaV1.3S), but not the long (CaV1.3L), associates in functional clusters of two or more channels that open cooperatively, facilitating Ca2+ influx. CaV1.3S channels are coupled via a C-terminus-to-C-terminus interaction that requires binding of the incoming Ca2+ to calmodulin (CaM) and subsequent binding of CaM to the pre-IQ domain of the channels. Physically-coupled channels facilitate Ca2+ currents as a consequence of their higher open probabilities, leading to increased firing rates in rat hippocampal neurons. We propose that cooperative gating of CaV1.3S channels represents a mechanism for the regulation of Ca2+ signaling and electrical activity. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.15744.001 PMID:27187148

  13. Comparison of phosgene, chlorine, and hydrogen chloride as reagents for converting molten CaO.CaCl2 to CaCl2

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    One method at Los Alamos for preparing impure plutonium metal from the impure oxide is by batch reduction with calcium metal at 8500C in a CaCl2 solvent. The solvent salt from this reduction is currently discarded as low-level radioactivity waste only because it is saturated with the CaO byproduct. We have demonstrated a pyrochemical technique for converting the CaO to CaCl2 thereby incorporating solvent recycling into the batch reduction process. We will discuss the effectiveness of HCl, Cl2, and COCl2 as chlorinating agents and recycling actual spent process solvent salts. 6 refs., 8 figs

  14. Acceleration of Ca(2+) repletion in the junctional sarcoplasmic reticulum and alternation of the Ca(2+)-induced Ca(2+)-release mechanism in hypertensive rat (SHR) cardiac muscle.

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    Tanaka, Midori; Tameyasu, Tsukasa

    2008-04-01

    We estimated the time taken for a repletion of the junctional sarcoplasmic reticulum (JSR) Ca(2+) stores from a family of mechanical restitution curves after twitches of various magnitudes in the cardiac muscle of hypertensive rats (SHR), using a method described previously (Tameyasu et al. Jpn J Physiol. 2004;54:209-19), to evaluate abnormality in Ca(2+) handling by cardiac JSR in hypertension. We found no differences in contractility or in the time course of mechanical restitution between SHR and the controls (WKY) at 3 weeks of age. In comparison to WKY, 7- and 20-week-old SHR showed a greater rested state contraction (RST) and similar or smaller rapid cooling contracture, suggesting that their JSR contains a similar amount of Ca(2+) at saturation, but releases more Ca(2+) upon stimulation. The adult SHR and WKY showed similar mechanical restitution time courses, but the adults had longer pretwitch latencies. The function G(t) representing the time course of JSR Ca(2+) store repletion in adult SHR exceeded the WKY value at t JSR [Ca(2+)] change corresponding to the mechanical restitution after RST was smaller in the adult SHR at t JSR Ca(2+) store repletion and an alternation of the Ca(2+)-induced release of Ca(2+ )from the JSR in young adult SHR. PMID:18312741

  15. 45Ca uptake by retinal pigment epithelial cells

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    Uptake of 45Ca was studied in isolated frog retinal pigment epithelial cells. 45Ca accumulation was found to be a saturable, temperature-dependent event. Kinetic analysis of this accumulation revealed two transport systems with apparent km of 2.0 and 0.3 mM. We found the presence of a Na-Ca exchanger mechanism that releases Ca2 under depolarized conditions. Light induced an increase of 45Ca uptake due to activation of the Na-K-ATPase and consequent decrease of extracellular potassium concentration

  16. 120-K Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductors

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    The authors have discovered reproducible and stable bulk superconductivity in the Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O system above 130 K, with zero resistance above 120 K. Magnetic and electronic transport properties including thermoelectric power of the new superconductors are presented. The Tl-Ca- Ba-Cu-O system contains the 125-K 2223 (Tl:Ca:Ba:Cu) phase and the 105-K 2122 phase, while the Ca-free Tl-Ba-Cu-O system consists of the 80-K 2021 phase, suggesting that the addition of each Cu and Ca layer increases the transition temperature by about 20 K

  17. Ca(2+)-activated K+ channels in human leukemic T cells

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    Using the patch-clamp technique, we have identified two types of Ca(2+)- activated K+ (K(Ca)) channels in the human leukemic T cell line. Jurkat. Substances that elevate the intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i), such as ionomycin or the mitogenic lectin phytohemagglutinin (PHA), as well as whole-cell dialysis with pipette solutions containing elevated [Ca2+]i, activate a voltage-independent K+ conductance. Unlike the voltage-gated (type n) K+ channels in these cells, the majority of K(C...

  18. Accretion rate of extraterrestrial 41Ca in Antarctic snow samples

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    Gómez-Guzmán, J. M.; Bishop, S.; Faestermann, T.; Famulok, N.; Fimiani, L.; Hain, K.; Jahn, S.; Korschinek, G.; Ludwig, P.; Rodrigues, D.

    2015-10-01

    Interplanetary Dust Particles (IDPs) are small grains, generally less than a few hundred micrometers in size. Their main source is the Asteroid Belt, located at 3 AU from the Sun, between Mars and Jupiter. During their flight from the Asteroid Belt to the Earth they are irradiated by galactic and solar cosmic rays (GCR and SCR), thus radionuclides are formed, like 41Ca and 53Mn. Therefore, 41Ca (T1/2 = 1.03 × 105 yr) can be used as a key tracer to determine the accretion rate of IDPs onto the Earth because there are no significant terrestrial sources for this radionuclide. The first step of this study consisted to calculate the production rate of 41Ca in IDPs accreted by the Earth during their travel from the Asteroid Belt. This production rate, used in accordance with the 41Ca/40Ca ratios that will be measured in snow samples from the Antarctica will be used to calculate the amount of extraterrestrial material accreted by the Earth per year. There challenges for this project are, at first, the much longer time for the flight needed by the IDPs to travel from the Asteroid Belt to the Earth in comparison with the 41Ca half-life yields an early saturation for the 41Ca/40Ca ratio, and second, the importance of selecting the correct sampling site to avoid a high influx of natural 40Ca, preventing dilution of the 41Ca/40Ca ratio, the quantity measured by AMS.

  19. Superconducting properties of CaC6

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    We present first-principles calculations of the superconducting properties of CaC6, obtained within the density functional theory of superconductivity (SCDFT). We find an anisotropic gap which is larger on the Fermi surface sheet with interlayer character. In contrast to MgB2 the intraband anisotropy is large and the gaps on the three Fermi surface sheets overlap. The resulting critical temperature of 9.5 K is in good agreement with the experimental value of 11.5 K. We show that anisotropy improves the agreement between calculated and experimental specific heat and is consistent with tunnelling experiments. A direct evidence of the gap anisotropy in CaC6 has been recently observed in directional point contact measurements. We also investigate the system under pressure in order to analyse the increase of the superconducting critical temperature reported experimentally but not reproduced in the McMillan approach. Within our SCDFT implementation we intend to improve the theoretical description with respect to previous studies introducing an ab-initio and pressure-dependent Coulomb interaction

  20. Massive Ca-induced Membrane Fusion and Phospholipid Changes Triggered by Reverse Na/Ca Exchange in BHK Fibroblasts

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    Yaradanakul, Alp; Wang, Tzu-Ming; Lariccia, Vincenzo; Lin, Mei-Jung; Shen, Chengcheng; Liu, Xinran; Hilgemann, Donald W.

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    Baby hamster kidney (BHK) fibroblasts increase their cell capacitance by 25–100% within 5 s upon activating maximal Ca influx via constitutively expressed cardiac Na/Ca exchangers (NCX1). Free Ca, measured with fluo-5N, transiently exceeds 0.2 mM with total Ca influx amounting to ∼5 mmol/liter cell volume. Capacitance responses are half-maximal when NCX1 promotes a free cytoplasmic Ca of 0.12 mM (Hill coefficient ≈ 2). Capacitance can return to baseline in 1–3 min, and responses can be repeat...

  1. Pycnogenol protects CA3-CA1 synaptic function in a rat model of traumatic brain injury.

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    Norris, Christopher M; Sompol, Pradoldej; Roberts, Kelly N; Ansari, Mubeen; Scheff, Stephen W

    2016-02-01

    Pycnogenol (PYC) is a patented mix of bioflavonoids with potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Previously, we showed that PYC administration to rats within hours after a controlled cortical impact (CCI) injury significantly protects against the loss of several synaptic proteins in the hippocampus. Here, we investigated the effects of PYC on CA3-CA1 synaptic function following CCI. Adult Sprague-Dawley rats received an ipsilateral CCI injury followed 15 min later by intravenous injection of saline vehicle or PYC (10 mg/kg). Hippocampal slices from the injured (ipsilateral) and uninjured (contralateral) hemispheres were prepared at seven and fourteen days post-CCI for electrophysiological analyses of CA3-CA1 synaptic function and induction of long-term depression (LTD). Basal synaptic strength was impaired in slices from the ipsilateral, relative to the contralateral, hemisphere at seven days post-CCI and susceptibility to LTD was enhanced in the ipsilateral hemisphere at both post-injury timepoints. No interhemispheric differences in basal synaptic strength or LTD induction were observed in rats treated with PYC. The results show that PYC preserves synaptic function after CCI and provides further rationale for investigating the use of PYC as a therapeutic in humans suffering from neurotrauma. PMID:26607913

  2. Differential effect of transpiration and Ca supply on growth and Ca concentration of tomato plants

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    Amor, del F.M.; Marcelis, L.F.M.

    2006-01-01

    To determine the extent to which transpiration and Ca concentration in the nutrient solution affect the regulation of growth, two independent experiments with young tomato plants were carried out under fully controlled climate conditions and grown hydroponically. The first experiment consisted of th

  3. The influence of the 2-neutron elastic transfer on the fusion of 42Ca + 40Ca

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    Stefanini, A. M.; Montagnoli, G.; Corradi, L.; Fioretto, E.; Goasduff, A.; Grebosz, J.; Haas, F.; Mazzocco, M.; Scarlassara, F.; Strano, E.

    2016-05-01

    Strong coupling to a single channel with zero Q-value is predicted to produce a characteristic fusion barrier distribution with two peaks, one on each side of the original uncoupled Coulomb barrier. In practical cases, only coupling to an elastic transfer channel may produce such a distribution which, however, has never been observed sofar, probably because low-lying surface vibrations usually have a dominant role, and this may obscure the two-peak structure. The case of the two-neutron (2n) elastic transfer in 42Ca + 40Ca is particularly attractive, because of the relatively rigid nature of the two nuclei. We have measured the fusion excitation function of this system using the 42Ca beam of the XTU Tandem of LNL on a thin 40Ca target enriched to 99.96% in mass 40. Cross sections have been measured down to ≤1 mb. The extracted barrier distribution shows clearly two main peaks. We have performed preliminary CC calculations where the 2+ coupling strengths have been taken from the literature and the schematic 2n pair transfer form factor has been used, with a deformation length σt= 0.39 fm. The excitation function is well reproduced by the calculation including the 2n transfer channel. However, including the octupole excitations destroys the agreement.

  4. The standard molar enthalpies of formation of CaTeO3 and CaTe2O5

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    The molar enthalpies of solution of CaTeO3, CaTe2O5, TeO2 and CaCO3 in 11 mol dm-3 HCl(aq) have been measured using an isoperibol type calorimeter. From these results and other auxiliary data, the standard molar enthalpies of formation (ΔfH0m(298.15 K)) CaTeO3(s) and CaTe2O5(s) have been calculated to be -981.3 ± 4.3 kJ.mol-1 and -1333.1 ± 6.9 kJ.mol-1 respectively. These values of enthalpies of formation of CaTeO3 and CaTe2O5 are consistent with the free energies of formation of these compounds determined in this laboratory by transpiration technique. (author). 9 refs., 3 tabs

  5. Muscle-Type Specific Autophosphorylation of CaMKII Isoforms after Paced Contractions

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    Wouter Eilers

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We explored to what extent isoforms of the regulator of excitation-contraction and excitation-transcription coupling, calcium/calmodulin protein kinase II (CaMKII contribute to the specificity of myocellular calcium sensing between muscle types and whether concentration transients in its autophosphorylation can be simulated. CaMKII autophosphorylation at Thr287 was assessed in three muscle compartments of the rat after slow or fast motor unit-type stimulation and was compared against a computational model (CaMuZclE coupling myocellular calcium dynamics with CaMKII Thr287 phosphorylation. Qualitative differences existed between fast- (gastrocnemius medialis and slow-type muscle (soleus for the expression pattern of CaMKII isoforms. Phospho-Thr287 content of δA CaMKII, associated with nuclear functions, demonstrated a transient and compartment-specific increase after excitation, which contrasted to the delayed autophosphorylation of the sarcoplasmic reticulum-associated βM CaMKII. In soleus muscle, excitation-induced δA CaMKII autophosphorylation demonstrated frequency dependence (P = 0.02. In the glycolytic compartment of gastrocnemius medialis, CaMKII autophosphorylation after excitation was blunted. In silico assessment emphasized the importance of mitochondrial calcium buffer capacity for excitation-induced CaMKII autophosphorylation but did not predict its isoform specificity. The findings expose that CaMKII autophosphorylation with paced contractions is regulated in an isoform and muscle type-specific fashion and highlight properties emerging for phenotype-specific regulation of CaMKII.

  6. Legitional behavior of 5,5-diethylbarbituric acid sodium salt (HL) towards Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba(II), spectral, thermal and biological studies

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    Refat, Moamen S.; El-Metwaly, Nashwa M.

    2011-03-01

    A new series of sodium barbital complexes with Alkaline earth metals (Mg2+, Ca2+, Sr2+ and Ba2+ ions) was prepared. The molecular formulas for the isolated complexes were suggested basically on the elemental analysis data. The binuclear central were proposed for all investigated complexes. The geometry suggested based on knowing the coordination sits for each complex was built on concerning with the shift observed in IR spectra surround the coordinating groups. The shifts in charge transfer bands appeared in the electronic spectra of the complexes supports the coordination process. The presence of solvent molecules coordinately attached with central metal atoms as well as the conjugated anions was supported based on thermogravimetric analysis. The kinetic parameters were calculated for each complex. The theoretical calculations for the molecular modeling structures reflect an insight about their stability in comparing with the free ligand. The XRD studies were performed and concluding the nanocrystalline feature for all complexes. The biochemical effect of all investigated compounds was performed towards Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria as well as their degradation effect on calf Thymus DNA. The biological performance is the major goal in this study especially with such essential metal ions.

  7. PGC-1{alpha} accelerates cytosolic Ca{sup 2+} clearance without disturbing Ca{sup 2+} homeostasis in cardiac myocytes

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    Chen, Min, E-mail: chenminyx@gmail.com [Institute of Molecular Medicine, State Key Laboratory of Biomembrane and Membrane Biotechnology, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Yunnan Centers for Diseases Prevention and Control, Kunming 650022 (China); Wang, Yanru [Institute of Molecular Medicine, State Key Laboratory of Biomembrane and Membrane Biotechnology, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Qu, Aijuan [Laboratory of Metabolism, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892 (United States)

    2010-06-11

    Energy metabolism and Ca{sup 2+} handling serve critical roles in cardiac physiology and pathophysiology. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator 1 alpha (PGC-1{alpha}) is a multi-functional coactivator that is involved in the regulation of cardiac mitochondrial functional capacity and cellular energy metabolism. However, the regulation of PGC-1{alpha} in cardiac Ca{sup 2+} signaling has not been fully elucidated. To address this issue, we combined confocal line-scan imaging with off-line imaging processing to characterize calcium signaling in cultured adult rat ventricular myocytes expressing PGC-1{alpha} via adenoviral transduction. Our data shows that overexpressing PGC-1{alpha} improved myocyte contractility without increasing the amplitude of Ca{sup 2+} transients, suggesting that myofilament sensitivity to Ca{sup 2+} increased. Interestingly, the decay kinetics of global Ca{sup 2+} transients and Ca{sup 2+} waves accelerated in PGC-1{alpha}-expressing cells, but the decay rate of caffeine-elicited Ca{sup 2+} transients showed no significant change. This suggests that sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca{sup 2+}-ATPase (SERCA2a), but not Na{sup +}/Ca{sup 2+} exchange (NCX) contribute to PGC-1{alpha}-induced cytosolic Ca{sup 2+} clearance. Furthermore, PGC-1{alpha} induced the expression of SERCA2a in cultured cardiac myocytes. Importantly, overexpressing PGC-1{alpha} did not disturb cardiac Ca{sup 2+} homeostasis, because SR Ca{sup 2+} load and the propensity for Ca{sup 2+} waves remained unchanged. These data suggest that PGC-1{alpha} can ameliorate cardiac Ca{sup 2+} cycling and improve cardiac work output in response to physiological stress. Unraveling the PGC-1{alpha}-calcium handing pathway sheds new light on the role of PGC-1{alpha} in the therapy of cardiac diseases.

  8. Spontaneous Ca2+ oscillations in subcellular compartments of vascular smooth muscle cells rely on different Ca2+ pools

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    2004-01-01

    Spontaneous Ca2+ oscillations in vascular smooth muscle cells have been modeled using a single Ca2+ pool. This report describes spontaneous Ca2+ oscillations dependent on two separate Ca2+ sources for the nuclear versus cytoplasmic compartments. Changes in free intracellular Ca2+ were monitored with ratiometric Ca2+- fluorophores using confocal microscopy. On average, spontaneous oscillations developed in 79% of rat aortic smooth muscle cells that were synchronous between the cytoplasm and nucleus. Reduction of extracellular Ca2+ (< 1 μM) decreased the frequency and amplitude of the cytoplasmic oscillations with 48% of the oscillations asynchronous between the nuclear and cytoplasmic compartments. Similar results were obtained with the Ca2+ channel blockers, nimodipine and diltiazem.Arg-vasopressin (AVP) induced a rapid release of intracellular Ca2+ stores that was greater in the nuclear compartment (4.20 ± 0.23 ratio units, n = 56) than cytoplasm (2.54 ± 0.28) in cells that had spontaneously developed prior oscillations.Conversely, cells in the same conditions lacking oscillations had a greater AVP-induced Ca2+ transient in the cytoplasm (4.99 ± 0.66, n = 17) than in the nucleus (2.67 ± 0.29). Pre-treatment with Ca2+ channel blockers depressed the AVP responses in both compartments with the cytoplasmic Ca2+ most diminished. Depletion of internal Ca2+ stores prior to AVP exposure blunted the nuclear response, mimicking the response of cells that lacked prior oscillations. Spontaneous oscillating cells had a greater sarcoplasmic reticulum network than cells that did not oscillate. We propose that spontaneous nuclear oscillations rely on perinuclear sarcoplasmic reticulum stores, while the cytoplasmic oscillations rely on Ca2+ influx.

  9. Wędrująca idea tolerancji

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    Wojciech Burszta

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The travelling idea of toleranceAs an idea, “tolerance” belongs to a category of notions that can be seen as a subjective phenomenon in the sense that the underlying semantics of its assumptions are greatly varied and variable. Tolerance is a travelling idea exactly because of this primary reason, for which the practice of verbalising tolerance influences the way it is being understood. Tolerance always forms a relation with a wide palette of similar notions, which decide on its particular semantic understanding. These include for example the notions of universality, relativity and cosmopolitism. Against this background, the difference between tolerance in theory (subjective and tolerance in practice (objective, pragmatic also becomes evident.The paper presents several important episodes from the specific journey of tolerance-as-an-idea in the history of European culture – beginning with the Ottoman Empire and ending with modern disputes on the status of tolerance in liberal democracies. Wędrująca idea tolerancjiTolerancja należy do tych idei, które można traktować jako zjawisko podmiotowe w tym sensie, że semantyka założeń, leżąca u podstaw jego rozumienia, jest bardzo zróżnicowana i zmienna. Tolerancja jest ideą podróżującą w czasie i przestrzeni właśnie z tego podstawo­wego powodu, że sposób jej werbalizacji decyduje każdorazowo o sposobie, w jaki rozumie się to pojęcie. Tolerancja zawsze wchodzi w związki z całą paletą pokrewnych pojęć, w ramach których tworzy się konkretna semantyka tej idei. To m.in. pojęcia uniwersalności, relatyw­ności i kosmopolityzmu. Na tym tle dobrze widać także różnicę między tolerancją w sensie teoretycznym (podmiotową a tolerancją praktyczną (przedmiotową, pragmatyczną.Artykuł przedstawia kilka najważniejszych epizodów wędrówki tolerancji-jako-idei w historii kultury europejskiej – począwszy od Imperium Osmańskiego, a skończywszy na dzisiejszych

  10. Usefulness of CA 130 kit based on IRMA

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    Fujii, Takashi; Kimura, Yoshiko; Ata, Mariko; Miyagawa, Naoko; Iio, Atsushi; Hamamoto, Ken

    1988-11-01

    Immunoradiometric assay for CA 130 was fundamentally and clinically evaluated using a commercially available D-7111 kit. Incubation time was 4 hr with the present CA 133 kit as compared with 16 - 24 hr with conventional CA 125 kit. Laboratory performance of CA 130 kit was satisfactory for standard curve, reproducibility, and recovery test. There was well correlation between the present CA 130 kit and CA 125 kit (r = 0.931). The concentration of CA 130 in the serum was significantly higher in healthy women than men (17.3 +- 10.5 U/ml vs 9.6 +- 5.1 U/ml). Serum CA 130 levels tended to decrease with aging, regardless of sex. These levels were changeable with menstrual cycle ; i.e., these were significantly higher during menstrual phase (24.2 +- 9.0 U/ml) and significantly lower during ovulatory phase (10.9 +- 2.4 U/ml) and during menopause (12.1 +- 3.4 U/ml). Cut off serum CA 130 levels were defined as 20 U/ml for men and 38 U/ml for women. Positive rate for CA 130 was the highest in cases of ovarian cancer (80 %), followed by endometrial cancer (50 %), pancreatic cancer (47 %), benign ovarian tumor (44 %), and lung cancer (39 %). (Namekawa, K.).

  11. Thermodynamic properties of CaTiF5(s)

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    Calcium titanofluoride CaTiF5(s) was prepared by solid-state reaction of CaF2(s) with TiF3(s) and characterized by X-ray diffraction method. The standard molar isobaric heat capacity (Cp,mo) of CaTiF5(s) was determined by a power compensated differential scanning calorimeter in the temperature from 230K to 710K. A solid-state galvanic cell with CaF2 as electrolyte was used to determine the standard molar Gibbs energy of formation (ΔfGmo) of CaTiF5 in the temperature range from 803K to 1005K. The galvanic cell can be depicted as:(-)Pt,O2(g,101.325kPa)/{CaO(s)+CaF2(s)}//CaF2//{CaTiF5(s)+CaTiO3(s)}/O2 (g,101.325kPa),Pt(+)The second law analysis of present data were carried out to derive the standard entropy Smo(298.15K) and the enthalpy of formation ΔfHmo (298.15K) and the values derived are 68.7J.K-1.mol-1 and -2848.4kJ.mol-1, respectively

  12. Luminal Ca2+ dynamics during IP3R mediated signals

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    Lopez, Lucia F.; Ponce Dawson, Silvina

    2016-06-01

    The role of cytosolic Ca2+ on the kinetics of Inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate receptors (IP3Rs) and on the dynamics of IP3R-mediated Ca2+ signals has been studied at large both experimentally and by modeling. The role of luminal Ca2+ has not been investigated with that much detail although it has been found that it is relevant for signal termination in the case of Ca2+ release through ryanodine receptors. In this work we present the results of observing the dynamics of luminal and cytosolic Ca2+ simultaneously in Xenopus laevis oocytes. Combining observations and modeling we conclude that there is a rapid mechanism that guarantees the availability of free Ca2+ in the lumen even when a relatively large Ca2+ release is evoked. Comparing the dynamics of cytosolic and luminal Ca2+ during a release, we estimate that they are consistent with a 80% of luminal Ca2+ being buffered. The rapid availability of free luminal Ca2+ correlates with the observation that the lumen occupies a considerable volume in several regions across the images.

  13. Experimental investigation of the Mg-Al-Ca system

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    This work focuses on the experimental investigation of the ternary Mg-Al-Ca system using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and metallographic techniques. DSC has permitted real time measurement of the temperature and enthalpy of the phase transformations. One of the invariant transformations predicted by thermodynamic modeling was verified experimentally and found to occur at 513 oC with composition close to 10.8 at.% Ca, 79.5 at.% Mg and 9.7 at.% Al. Three binary compounds are found to have an extended solid solubility into the ternary system: (Mg2Ca) where Al substitute Mg in the binary compound Mg2Ca (Al2Ca) and (Al3Ca8) where Mg substitute Al in the binary compounds Al2Ca and Al3Ca8, respectively. Two morphologies of eutectic structure were observed in the micrographs and supported by solidification curves; a coarse and fine eutectic microstructures due to the existence of Al2Ca and Mg2Ca, respectively

  14. Effect of heating rate on the responses of CaF2:Cu, CaF2:Tm, CaF2:Dy and CaF2:Mn

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    Recent development of CaF2:Cu (the most sensitive material for radiation dosimetry) exhibiting a TL glow peak around 270 deg. C similar to that of CaF2:Mn has made it attractive to study the influence of heating rate on the response of CaF2 based TLDs. Influence of heating rate on CaF2:Mn (known to reduce the response with increasing heating rate) was confirmed in view of the reported controversy about other TLDs. Responses of TL glow peaks around 270 deg. C in CaF2:Cu, CaF2:Tm, CaF2:Dy and CaF2:Mn were studied. Except CaF2:Mn, no other CaF2 based TLD exhibited a reduction in response with increasing heating rate. On the contrary, in some cases a small increase (10-15%) was noted with increasing heating rate from 1 deg. Cs-1 to 50 deg. Cs-1. The shape and the position of the glow peak and the parameters derived from the shape of the glow curve appear to have no relation to reduction of TL efficiency at higher heating rates. Apart from the increased probability of non-radiative transitions at higher temperatures, the observed effects have been assigned to the effect of heating rate on the migration of charge carriers released during the TL readout. (author)

  15. Osmotically induced cytosolic free Ca(2+) changes in human neutrophils.

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    Morris, M R; Doull, I J; Hallett, M B

    2001-02-01

    Cytosolic free Ca(2+) concentration in neutrophils was measured by ratiometric fluorometry of intracellular fura2. Increasing the extracellular osmolarity, by either NaCl (300-600 mM) or sucrose (600-1200 mM), caused a rise in cytosolic free Ca(2+) (Delta(max) approximately equal to 600 nM). This was not due to cell lysis as the cytosolic free Ca(2+) concentration was reversed by restoration of isotonicity and a second rise in cytosolic free Ca(2+) could be provoked by repeating the change in extracellular osmolarity. Furthermore, the rise in cytosolic free Ca(2+) concentration occurred in the absence of extracellular Ca(2+), demonstrating that release of intracellular fura2 into the external medium did not occur. The osmotically-induced rise in cytosolic free Ca(2+) was not inhibited by either the phospholipase C-inhibitor U73122, or the microfilament inhibitor cytochalasin B, suggesting that neither signalling via inositol tris-phosphate or the cytoskeletal system were involved. However, the rise in cytosolic free Ca(2+) may have resulted from a reduction in neutrophil water volume in hyperosmotic conditions. As these rises in cytosolic Ca(2+) (Delta(max) approximately equal to 600 nM) were large enough to provoke changes in neutrophil activity, we propose that conditions which removes cell water may similarly elevate cytosolic free Ca(2+) to physiologically important levels. PMID:11341979

  16. The 3R polymorph of CaSi2

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    The Zintl phase CaSi2 commonly occurs in the 6R structure where puckered hexagon layers of Si atoms are stacked in an AA′BB′CC′ fashion. In this study we show that sintering of CaSi2 in a hydrogen atmosphere (30 bar) at temperatures between 200 and 700 °C transforms 6R-CaSi2 quantitatively into 3R-CaSi2. In the 3R polymorph (space group R-3m (no. 166), a=3.8284(1), c=15.8966(4), Z=3) puckered hexagon layers are stacked in an ABC fashion. The volume per formula unit is about 3% larger compared to 6R-CaSi2. First principles density functional calculations reveal that 6R and 3R-CaSi2 are energetically degenerate at zero Kelvin. With increasing temperature 6R-CaSi2 stabilizes over 3R because of its higher entropy. This suggests that 3R-CaSi2 should revert to 6R at elevated temperatures, which however is not observed up to 800 °C. 3R-CaSi2 may be stabilized by small amounts of incorporated hydrogen and/or defects. - Graphical abstract: The common 6R form of CaSi2 can be transformed quantitatively into 3R-CaSi2 upon sintering in a hydrogen atmosphere. - Highlights: • Quantitative and reproducible bulk synthesis of the rare 3R polymorph of CaSi2. • Clarification of the energetic relation between 3R and conventional 6R form. • 3R-CaSi2 is presumably stabilized by small amounts of incorporated hydrogen and/or defects

  17. The 3R polymorph of CaSi{sub 2}

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    Nedumkandathil, Reji [Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm University, S-10691 Stockholm (Sweden); Benson, Daryn E. [Department of Physics, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-1504 (United States); Grins, Jekabs; Spektor, Kristina [Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm University, S-10691 Stockholm (Sweden); Häussermann, Ulrich, E-mail: Ulrich.Haussermann@mmk.su.se [Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm University, S-10691 Stockholm (Sweden)

    2015-02-15

    The Zintl phase CaSi{sub 2} commonly occurs in the 6R structure where puckered hexagon layers of Si atoms are stacked in an AA′BB′CC′ fashion. In this study we show that sintering of CaSi{sub 2} in a hydrogen atmosphere (30 bar) at temperatures between 200 and 700 °C transforms 6R-CaSi{sub 2} quantitatively into 3R-CaSi{sub 2}. In the 3R polymorph (space group R-3m (no. 166), a=3.8284(1), c=15.8966(4), Z=3) puckered hexagon layers are stacked in an ABC fashion. The volume per formula unit is about 3% larger compared to 6R-CaSi{sub 2}. First principles density functional calculations reveal that 6R and 3R-CaSi{sub 2} are energetically degenerate at zero Kelvin. With increasing temperature 6R-CaSi{sub 2} stabilizes over 3R because of its higher entropy. This suggests that 3R-CaSi{sub 2} should revert to 6R at elevated temperatures, which however is not observed up to 800 °C. 3R-CaSi{sub 2} may be stabilized by small amounts of incorporated hydrogen and/or defects. - Graphical abstract: The common 6R form of CaSi{sub 2} can be transformed quantitatively into 3R-CaSi{sub 2} upon sintering in a hydrogen atmosphere. - Highlights: • Quantitative and reproducible bulk synthesis of the rare 3R polymorph of CaSi{sub 2}. • Clarification of the energetic relation between 3R and conventional 6R form. • 3R-CaSi{sub 2} is presumably stabilized by small amounts of incorporated hydrogen and/or defects.

  18. Transgenic up-regulation of alpha-CaMKII in forebrain leads to increased anxiety-like behaviors and aggression

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    Hasegawa Shunsuke

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Previous studies have demonstrated essential roles for alpha-calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (alpha-CaMKII in learning, memory and long-term potentiation (LTP. However, previous studies have also shown that alpha-CaMKII (+/- heterozygous knockout mice display a dramatic decrease in anxiety-like and fearful behaviors, and an increase in defensive aggression. These findings indicated that alpha-CaMKII is important not only for learning and memory but also for emotional behaviors. In this study, to understand the roles of alpha-CaMKII in emotional behavior, we generated transgenic mice overexpressing alpha-CaMKII in the forebrain and analyzed their behavioral phenotypes. Results We generated transgenic mice overexpressing alpha-CaMKII in the forebrain under the control of the alpha-CaMKII promoter. In contrast to alpha-CaMKII (+/- heterozygous knockout mice, alpha-CaMKII overexpressing mice display an increase in anxiety-like behaviors in open field, elevated zero maze, light-dark transition and social interaction tests, and a decrease in locomotor activity in their home cages and novel environments; these phenotypes were the opposite to those observed in alpha-CaMKII (+/- heterozygous knockout mice. In addition, similarly with alpha-CaMKII (+/- heterozygous knockout mice, alpha-CaMKII overexpressing mice display an increase in aggression. However, in contrast to the increase in defensive aggression observed in alpha-CaMKII (+/- heterozygous knockout mice, alpha-CaMKII overexpressing mice display an increase in offensive aggression. Conclusion Up-regulation of alpha-CaMKII expression in the forebrain leads to an increase in anxiety-like behaviors and offensive aggression. From the comparisons with previous findings, we suggest that the expression levels of alpha-CaMKII are associated with the state of emotion; the expression level of alpha-CaMKII positively correlates with the anxiety state and strongly affects

  19. Desorptions- und Reaktionskinetik der Erdalkalien Calcium und Strontium mit Chlor an Wolfram. Part II: Kinetics of the Elementary Steps of the Surface Reaction M + Cl MCl (M = Ca, Sr)

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    Biedermann, B.; Wassmuth, H. W.

    Mit Hilfe gepulster Atom-bzw. Molekularstrahlen wurde die Desorptionskinetik von Strontium, Calcium und Chlor sowie die Desorptionskinetik der sich auf einer heißen Wolframoberfläche bildenden SrCl-und CaCl- Moleküle untersucht. Als Aktivierungsenergien zur Desorption erhielten wir: = (3,76 +/- 0,05) eV, =(3,32 +/- 0,07) eV, =(4,16 +/- 0,05) eV sowie =(4,2 +/- 0,3) eV und =(3,9 +/- 0, 3)eV.In Kombination mit den im stationären Zustand erhaltenen Ergebnissen aus Teil I [1] läßt sich damit ein Einblick in die Kinetik der Reaktion M + Cl = MCl auf der wolframoberfläche gewinnen und die Temperaturabhängigkeit der Ratenkonstanten der Dissoziation und der Rekombination bestimmen. FuUr die Dissoziationsenergie DSMCl von SrCl bzw. CaCl an der Wolfram-Oberfläche erhielten wir (0,5 +/- 0,5) eV bzw. (0,3 +/- 0,5) eV; die MCl-Moleküle sind an der Oberfläche also praktisch nur durch die Aktivierungsschwelle zur Dissoziation SMCl stabilisiert, die wir für SrCl zu (2,8 +/- 0,5) eV und für CaCl zu (2,3 +/- 0,5) eV bestimmten.Translated AbstractDesorption- and Reactionkinetics of the Alkaline Earth Elements Calcium and Strontium with Chlorine on a Tungsten Surface - Part II: Kinetics of the Elementary Steps of the Surface Reaction M + Cl MCl (M = Ca, Sr)Utilizing pulsed molecular-beam-technique the kinetics of desorption of Strontium, Calcium, and Chlorine as well as that of the molecules SrCl and CaCl, which are formed at the hot tungsten surface, was investigated. Thereby, the following values were obtained for the activation energies of desorption: = (3.76 +/- 0.05) eV, = (3.32 +/- 0.07) eV, = (4.16 +/- 0.05) eV, = (4.2 +/- 0.3) eV and = (3.9 +/- 0.3) eV.Combining these results with the steady-state-results from part I [1] the temperature dependency of the rate constants of dissociation and recombination of MCl-molecules at the tungsten surface could be determined. The values obtained for the dissociation energies D of SrCl and CaCl on tungsten are (0.5 +/- 0.5) e

  20. Isoscalar spin excitation in 40Ca

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    A signature Sdy of isoscalar spin-transfer strength has been tested in the inelastic scattering of 400 MeV deuterons from 12C. It was then applied to the study of 40Ca over an angular range from 3 deg to 7 deg (momentum transfer range from 0.26 to 0.8 fm-1) and an excitation energy range from 6.25 to 42 MeV. This is the first study of isoscalar spin strength in the continuum. Spin excitations were found in the 9 MeV region, and over a broad range in the continuum with a cluster of strength around 15 MeV. The results are compared with spin-flip probability measurements in proton scattering. In contrast to the total relative spin response, which is strongly enhanced at high excitation, the isoscalar relative spin response is roughly consistent with non interacting Fermi gas values. (authors) 39 refs., 13 figs., 1 tab

  1. Calcium metabolism evaluated by 47Ca kinetics

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    Optimization of a four-crystal stretcher geometry whole-body (WB) counter was performed. The measured geometric characteristic did not differ significantly from the theoretically calculated characteristic (p>0.05). The linearity of the WB counter was high in the range 3.7 kBq to 3.7 MBq. Longtime variability of local background was CV = 3.7 per cent. In vivo sensitivity was calculated to 18 cpm/kBq and the detection limit to about 5 kBq. The reproducibility was estimated to 0.7 per cent. The WB counter was used in 47Ca turnover and calcium balance studies of 15 normal individuals. The data were analysed according to a modification of the expanding calcium pool model using an improved Bauer-Carlsson-Lindquist formulation. Variability and method errors of main parameters for calcium metabolism were evaluated. (Auth.)

  2. Labeling the human skeleton with 41Ca to assess changes in bone calcium metabolism

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    Bone research is limited by the methods available for detecting changes in bone metabolism. While dual X-ray absorptiometry is rather insensitive, biochemical markers are subject to significant intra-individual variation. In the study presented here, we evaluated the isotopic labeling of bone using 41Ca, a long-lived radiotracer, as an alternative approach. After successful labeling of the skeleton, changes in the systematics of urinary 41Ca excretion are expected to directly reflect changes in bone Ca metabolism. A minute amount of 41Ca (100 nCi) was administered orally to 22 postmenopausal women. Kinetics of tracer excretion were assessed by monitoring changes in urinary 41Ca/40Ca isotope ratios up to 700 days post-dosing using accelerator mass spectrometry and resonance ionization mass spectrometry. Isotopic labeling of the skeleton was evaluated by two different approaches: (i) urinary 41Ca data were fitted to an established function consisting of an exponential term and a power law term for each individual; (ii) 41Ca data were analyzed by population pharmacokinetic (NONMEM) analysis to identify a compartmental model that describes urinary 41Ca tracer kinetics. A linear three-compartment model with a central compartment and two sequential peripheral compartments was found to best fit the 41Ca data. Fits based on the use of the combined exponential/power law function describing urinary tracer excretion showed substantially higher deviations between predicted and measured values than fits based on the compartmental modeling approach. By establishing the urinary 41Ca excretion pattern using data points up to day 500 and extrapolating these curves up to day 700, it was found that the calculated 41Ca/40Ca isotope ratios in urine were significantly lower than the observed 41Ca/40Ca isotope ratios for both techniques. Compartmental analysis can overcome this limitation. By identifying relative changes in transfer rates between compartments in response to an

  3. Dosimetric properties of CaSO4: Dy thermoluminescent material

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    The new ICRP regulations about radiological protection allows the different groups to study new high sensitivity thermoluminescent materials for dosimetric applications (personal and environmental). Different concentrations of Dy as dopant in the thermoluminescent material CaSO4 have been studied. The concentration usually encountered in bibliography for the CaSO4 is 0.1%. Our group have chosen the 1% Dy concentration due to its high sensitivity, the ratio for the CaSO4: Dy (1%) over the CaSO4: Dy (0.1%) is close to 3. The results obtained for the habitual set of tests (homogeneity, reproducibility, detection threshold, energy response and fading) reveals CaSO4: Dy (1%) as an excellent dosimetric material. We also present the good behavior of the CaSO4: Dy (0.1%) as a material for a retrospective dosimetry. (Author)

  4. Nanosilica supported CaO: A regenerable and mechanically hard CO2 sorbent at Ca-looping conditions

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    Highlights: • A synthetic CO2 sorbent is prepared by impregnation of calcium nitrate on a nanosilica matrix. • Sintering of the nascent CaO in the calcination stage of carbonation/calcination cycles is hindered. • CaO conversion reaches a stable value well above the residual conversion of natural limestone. • Particle fragmentation as caused by ultrasonic irradiation in a liquid dispersion is hindered. - Abstract: This work presents a CO2 sorbent that may be synthesized from low-cost and widely available materials following a simple method basically consisting of impregnation of a nanostructured silica support with a saturated solution of calcium nitrate. In a first impregnation stage, the use of a stoichiometric CaO/SiO2 ratio serves to produce a calcium silicate matrix after calcination. This calcium silicate matrix acts as a thermally stable and mechanically hard support for CaO deposited on it by further impregnation. The CaO-impregnated sorbent exhibits a stable CaO conversion at Ca-looping conditions whose value depends on the CaO wt% deposited on the calcium silicate matrix, which can be increased by successive reimpregnations. A 10 wt% CaO impregnated sorbent reaches a stable conversion above 0.6 whereas the stable conversion of a 30 wt% CaO impregnated sorbent is around 0.3, which is much larger than the residual conversion of CaO derived from natural limestone (between 0.07 and 0.08). Moreover, particle size distribution measurements of samples predispersed in a liquid and subjected to high energy ultrasonic waves indicate that the CaO-impregnated sorbent has a relatively high mechanical strength as compared to limestone derived CaO

  5. SNL/CA Environmental Management System Program Manual.

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    2007-04-01

    The Sandia National Laboratories, California (SNL/CA) Environmental Management System (EMS) Program Manual documents the elements of the site EMS Program. The SNL/CA EMS Program conforms to the International Standard on Environmental Management Systems, ISO 14001:2004. Elements of the ISO standard overlap with those of Department of Energy (DOE) Order 450.1, thus SNL/CA's EMS program also meets the DOE requirements.

  6. Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconducting ceramics

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    BiSrCaCu2Ox ceramic samples with a superconducting phase at 107K have been sinthesized. The critical temperature has been determined by Meissner effect measurements. That same 107K phase has also been detected in the following compounds: Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3Ox and Bi3.6Sr2.7Ca2.7Cu2.7Cu4Ox. (author)

  7. Prediction of incommensurate crystal structure in Ca at high pressure

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    Arapan, Sergiu; Mao, Ho-kwang; Ahuja, Rajeev

    2008-01-01

    Ca shows an interesting high-pressure phase transformation sequence, but, despite similar physical properties at high pressure and affinity in the electronic structure with its neighbors in the periodic table, no complex phase has been identified for Ca so far. We predict an incommensurate high-pressure phase of Ca from first principle calculations and describe a procedure of estimating incommensurate structure parameters by means of electronic structure calculations for periodic crystals. Th...

  8. 120-K Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O superconducting system

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    The authors have discovered a reproducible and stable bulk superconductivity in the Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O system. The Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O superconductors can be easily prepared, and have highest Tc (125 K) and high critical current. Some Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O samples show an unusual phenomenon of coexistence of diamagnetism and ferromagnetic like behavior. The Tl-based system is rich in new superconducting structures, and has provided insight into mechanisms of high Tc oxide superconductivity

  9. Signal Propagation in Oblique Dendrites of CA1 Pyramidal Cells

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    Migliore, Michele; Ferrante, Michele; Ascoli, Giorgio A.

    2005-01-01

    The electrophysiological properties of the oblique branches of CA1 pyramidal neurons are largely unknown and very difficult to investigate experimentally. These relatively thin dendrites make up the majority of the apical tree surface area and constitute the main target of Schaffer collateral axons from CA3. Their electrogenic properties might have an important role in defining the computational functions of CA1 neurons. It is thus important to determine if and to what extent the back- and fo...

  10. Semantic web data warehousing for caGrid.

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    McCusker, James P; Phillips, Joshua A; González Beltrán, Alejandra; Finkelstein, Anthony; Krauthammer, Michael

    2009-01-01

    The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is developing caGrid as a means for sharing cancer-related data and services. As more data sets become available on caGrid, we need effective ways of accessing and integrating this information. Although the data models exposed on caGrid are semantically well annotated, it is currently up to the caGrid client to infer relationships between the different models and their classes. In this paper, we present a Semantic Web-based data warehouse (Corvus) for creating relationships among caGrid models. This is accomplished through the transformation of semantically-annotated caBIG Unified Modeling Language (UML) information models into Web Ontology Language (OWL) ontologies that preserve those semantics. We demonstrate the validity of the approach by Semantic Extraction, Transformation and Loading (SETL) of data from two caGrid data sources, caTissue and caArray, as well as alignment and query of those sources in Corvus. We argue that semantic integration is necessary for integration of data from distributed web services and that Corvus is a useful way of accomplishing this. Our approach is generalizable and of broad utility to researchers facing similar integration challenges. PMID:19796399

  11. Study of dielectric properties of Ca doped barium titanate ceramics

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    Pradhan, S. K.; Kumar, Amit; Sinha, A. N.; Kour, P.

    2016-05-01

    Ba1-xCax Zr0.52Ti0.48 O3 ceramics was prepared by sol gel method. The crystallite size was in nano scale range. The dielectric constant was increased with increase in Ca2+ concentration in the sample. The dielectric loss was decreased with increase in ca concentration in the sample. The ac conductivity of the sample was increased with increase in Ca2+ concentration in the sample. The ac conductivity of the sample follows Johnscher power law. AC conductivity analysis shows that the interactions between neighbouring dipoles were decreased with the increase in Ca2+ concentration in the sample.

  12. 41Ca - a possible neutron specific biomarker in tooth enamel

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    Wallner, A.; Arazi, A.; Faestermann, T.; Knie, K.; Korschinek, G.; Maier, H. J.; Nakamura, N.; Rühm, W.; Rugel, G.

    2004-08-01

    The measurement of long-lived radionuclides, produced by neutrons originating from the atomic-bomb explosions, offers the possibility to reconstruct neutron fluences to which survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were exposed. The long-lived radionuclide, 41Ca (T1/2=103 000 years), is suggested here as a means for a retrospective determination of thermal neutron fluences, directly within the human body of a survivor. As proper material tooth enamel is proposed. The 41Ca signal in tooth enamel may be correlated with the exposure to A-bomb induced thermal neutron fluences, provided the natural background level of 41Ca/Ca is significantly lower. Therefore, tooth samples of unexposed survivors of the A-bomb explosions have been examined by means of accelerator mass spectrometry, in order to quantify the natural background level of 41Ca/Ca. Measured 41Ca/Ca ratios were confirmed to be as low as about 2 × 10-15. Thus, the A-bomb induced additional signal should be detectable for survivors at epidemiological relevant distances. Since tooth enamel had already been used as a dosemeter for gamma radiation from the A-bomb explosion, the detection of 41Ca in tooth enamel would allow, for the first time, an assessment of both, γ-ray and neutron exposures in the same biological material.

  13. Semantic web data warehousing for caGrid

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    McCusker, James P; Phillips, Joshua A; Beltrán, Alejandra González; Finkelstein, Anthony; Krauthammer, Michael

    2009-01-01

    The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is developing caGrid as a means for sharing cancer-related data and services. As more data sets become available on caGrid, we need effective ways of accessing and integrating this information. Although the data models exposed on caGrid are semantically well annotated, it is currently up to the caGrid client to infer relationships between the different models and their classes. In this paper, we present a Semantic Web-based data warehouse (Corvus) for creating relationships among caGrid models. This is accomplished through the transformation of semantically-annotated caBIG® Unified Modeling Language (UML) information models into Web Ontology Language (OWL) ontologies that preserve those semantics. We demonstrate the validity of the approach by Semantic Extraction, Transformation and Loading (SETL) of data from two caGrid data sources, caTissue and caArray, as well as alignment and query of those sources in Corvus. We argue that semantic integration is necessary for integration of data from distributed web services and that Corvus is a useful way of accomplishing this. Our approach is generalizable and of broad utility to researchers facing similar integration challenges. PMID:19796399

  14. New approaches to the study of mitochondrial Ca2+ dynamic

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    2014-01-01

    A pesar de la importancia del Ca2+ como segundo mensajero intracelular, aun existen discrepancias en la literatura sobre los niveles de Ca2+ que se alcanzan en el interior de la mitocondria tras un estímulo fisiológico. En esta tesis se ha realizado una comparativa detallada de los diferentes métodos de medida del Ca2+mitocondrial y además se han desarrollado nuevos métodos de medida para dicho Ca2+. Gracias a estas nuevas técnicas hemos podido realizar un estudio exhaustivo de los flujos de ...

  15. Intracellular Ca(2+) release as irreversible Markov process.

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    Rengifo, Juliana; Rosales, Rafael; González, Adom; Cheng, Heping; Stern, Michael D.; Ríos, Eduardo

    2002-01-01

    In striated muscles, intracellular Ca(2+) release is tightly controlled by the membrane voltage sensor. Ca(2+) ions are necessary mediators of this control in cardiac but not in skeletal muscle, where their role is ill-understood. An intrinsic gating oscillation of Ca(2+) release-not involving the voltage sensor-is demonstrated in frog skeletal muscle fibers under voltage clamp. A Markov model of the Ca(2+) release units is shown to reproduce the oscillations, and it is demonstrated that for ...

  16. Mass yield distributions for the reactions Ca+Ca, Nb+Nb and Ca+Ca at E/A=800 MeV in the molecular-dynamical model

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    Mass yield distributions obtained on the basis of the molecular-dynamical model are presented for the Ca+Ca, Nb+Nb reactions at E/A=400 MeV and Ca+Ca reaction at E/A=800 MeV. For the fragments with masses upto quarter of the mass of initial nucleus the model predicts a power law for mass spectra with almost the same value of the exponent. Such the behaviour is roughly a result of the superposition of the fireball breakup and the disintegration of spectator regions rather than the evidence of a liquid-gas-like phase transition in hot nuclear matter

  17. Hydriding and dehydriding properties of CaSi

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    The hydriding and dehydriding properties of CaSi were investigated both theoretically and experimentally. First-principles calculations suggested that CaSiH n is thermodynamically stable. Experimentally, the p -c isotherms clearly demonstrated plateau pressures in a temperature range of 473-573 K and the maximum hydrogen content was 1.9 weight % (wt.%) under a hydrogen pressure of 9 MPa at 473 K. The structure of CaSiH n is different from those of ZrNi hydrides, although CaSi has the CrB-type structure as well as ZrNi

  18. Pathways for energization of Ca in Mercury's exosphere

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    Killen, Rosemary M.

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the possible pathways to produce the extreme energy observed in the calcium exosphere of Mercury. Any mechanism must explain the facts that Ca in Mercury's exosphere is extremely hot, that it is seen almost exclusively on the dawnside of the planet, and that its content varies seasonally, not sporadically. Simple diatomic molecules or their clusters are considered, focusing on calcium oxides while acknowledging that Ca sulfides may also be the precursor molecules. We first discuss impact vaporization to justify the assumption that CaO and Ca-oxide clusters are expected from impacts on Mercury. Then we discuss processes by which the atomic Ca is energized to a 70,000 K gas. The processes considered are (1) electron-impact dissociation of CaO molecules, (2) spontaneous dissociation of Ca-bearing molecules following impact vaporization, (3) shock-induced dissociative ionization, (4) photodissociation and (5) sputtering. We conclude that electron-impact dissociation cannot produce the required abundance of Ca, and sputtering cannot reproduce the observed spatial and temporal variation that is measured. Spontaneous dissociation is unlikely to result in the high energy that is seen. Of the two remaining processes, shock-induced dissociative ionization produces the required energy and comes close to producing the required abundance, but rates are highly dependent on the incoming velocity distribution of the impactors. Photodissociation probably can produce the required abundance of Ca, but simulations show that photodissociation cannot reproduce the observed spatial distribution.

  19. Dilepton production from p-p to Ca-Ca at the Bevalac

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    Matis, H S; Bougteb, M; Carroll, J; Christie, W; Gong, W; Hallman, T; Heilbronn, L; Huang, H; Kirk, P N; Krebs, G; Letessier-Selvon, A A; Madansky, L; Manso, F; Miller, J; Naudet, C J; Porter, R J; Prunet, M; Roche, G; Schröder, L S; Seidl, P; Wang, Z F; Welsh, R; Wilson, W K; Yegneswaran, A

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    The DLS collaboration has recently completed a high statistics study of dilepton production at the Bevalac. In particular, we have measured dielectrons (e+e-) from p-p and p-d collisions to understand the basic dilepton production mechanisms in the energy range from 1.05 - 4.9 GeV. These data can be used to determine the basic processes which contribute to nucleon-nucleon dilepton production such as hadronic bremsstrahlung, vector meson processes, and hadronic Dalitz decay. The data show that a simple elastic bremsstrahlung calculation is insufficient to explain the data. Theoretical models are compared with the data. A new high statistics study of Ca-Ca at 1.05 A GeV has been made to study the collectivity of A-A collisions.

  20. Energetics of ternary nitrides: Li-Ca-Zn-N and Ca-Ta-N systems

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    McHale, J.M.; Navrotsky, A. [Princeton Univ., NJ (United States); Kowach, G.R.; Balbarin, V.E.; DiSalvo, F.J. [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States)

    1997-07-01

    High-temperature oxide melt drop solution calorimetry was used to study the energetics of ternary nitride formation. The standard enthalpies of formation of several binary and ternary nitrides were determined. These values in kJ mol{sup {minus}1} are {Delta}H{sub f}{degrees}(Li{sub 3}N) = {minus}166.1 {+-} 4.8, {Delta}H{sub f}{degrees}(Ca{sub 3}N{sub 2}) = 439.7{+-} 6.6, {Delta}H{sub f}{degrees}(Zn{sub 3}N{sub 2}) = 43.5 {+-} 4.1, {Delta}H{sub f}{degrees}(Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5}) = 849.7 {+-} 11.7, {Delta}H{sub f}{degrees}(Ca{sub 2}ZnN{sub 2}) = {minus}378.9 {+-} 8.6, {Delta}H{sub f}{degrees}(Sr{sub 2}ZnN{sub 2}) = {minus}385.6 {+-} 14.3, {Delta}H{sub f}{degrees}(LiCaN) = {minus}216.8 {+-} 10.8, {Delta}H{sub f}{degrees}(LiZnN) = {minus}137.5 {+-} 6.8, and {Delta}H{sub f}{degrees}(CaTaN{sub 2}) = 1643.8 {+-} 9.6. These enthalpies of formation are small in magnitude compared to analogous values for oxides. However, the enthalpies of formation of the ternaries from binary nitrides can be quite substantial, confirming significant energetic stabilization of ternary nitrides. The energetics of ternary nitride formation appears to be dominated by the acid/base character of the cations. A linear relationship was found between the enthalpies of formation of the ternaries from binary nitrides and the ionic potential ratio of the two cations. 43 refs., 4 tabs.

  1. Evolution and functional diversity of the Calcium Binding Proteins (CaBPs

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    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The mammalian central nervous system (CNS exhibits a remarkable ability to process, store and transfer information. Key to these activities is the use of highly regulated and unique patterns of calcium signals encoded by calcium channels and decoded by families of specific calcium-sensing proteins. The largest family of eukaryotic calcium sensors are those related to the small EF-hand containing protein calmodulin (CaM. In order to maximise the usefulness of calcium as a signalling species and to permit the evolution and fine tuning of the mammalian CNS, families of related proteins have arisen that exhibit characteristic calcium binding properties and tissue-, cellular- and sub-cellular distribution profiles. The Calcium Binding Proteins (CaBPs represent one such family of vertebrate specific calmodulin like proteins that have emerged in recent years as important regulators of essential neuronal target proteins. Bioinformatic analyses indicate that the CaBPs consist of two subfamilies and that the ancestral members of these are CaBP1 and CaBP8. The CaBPs have distinct intracellular localisations based on different targeting mechanisms including a novel type-II transmembrane domain in CaBPs 7 and 8. Recent work has led to the identification of new target interactions and possible functions for the CaBPs suggesting that they have multiple physiological roles with relevance for the normal functioning of the CNS.

  2. Phosphorylation of CaMKII in the rat dorsal raphe nucleus plays an important role in sleep-wake regulation.

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    Cui, Su-Ying; Li, Sheng-Jie; Cui, Xiang-Yu; Zhang, Xue-Qiong; Yu, Bin; Sheng, Zhao-Fu; Huang, Yuan-Li; Cao, Qing; Xu, Ya-Ping; Lin, Zhi-Ge; Yang, Guang; Song, Jin-Zhi; Ding, Hui; Wang, Zi-Jun; Zhang, Yong-He

    2016-02-01

    The Ca(2+) modulation in the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) plays an important role in sleep-wake regulation. Calmodulin-dependent kinase II (CaMKII) is an important signal-transducing molecule that is activated by Ca(2+) . This study investigated the effects of intracellular Ca(2+) /CaMKII signaling in the DRN on sleep-wake states in rats. Maximum and minimum CaMKII phosphorylation was detected at Zeitgeber time 21 (ZT 21; wakefulness state) and ZT 3 (sleep state), respectively, across the light-dark rhythm in the DRN in rats. Six-hour sleep deprivation significantly reduced CaMKII phosphorylation in the DRN. Microinjection of the CAMKII activation inhibitor KN-93 (5 or 10 nmol) into the DRN suppressed wakefulness and enhanced rapid-eye-movement sleep (REMS) and non-REM sleep (NREMS). Application of a high dose of KN-93 (10 nmol) increased slow-wave sleep (SWS) time, SWS bouts, the mean duration of SWS, the percentage of SWS relative to total sleep, and delta power density during NREMS. Microinjection of CaCl2 (50 nmol) in the DRN increased CaMKII phosphorylation and decreased NREMS, SWS, and REMS. KN-93 abolished the inhibitory effects of CaCl2 on NREMS, SWS, and REMS. These data indicate a novel wake-promoting and sleep-suppressing role for the Ca(2+) /CaMKII signaling pathway in DRN neurons. We propose that the intracellular Ca(2+) /CaMKII signaling in the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) plays wake-promoting and sleep-suppressing role in rats. Intra-DRN application of KN-93 (CaMKII activation inhibitor) suppressed wakefulness and enhanced rapid-eye-movement sleep (REMS) and non-REMS (NREMS). Intra-DRN application of CaCl2 attenuated REMS and NREMS. We think these findings should provide a novel cellular and molecular mechanism of sleep-wake regulation. PMID:26558357

  3. Tumour associated antigen CA-50, CA-242 immunoradiometric assay (IRMA) in genitourinary malignancy and gastrointestinal carcinoma early diagnosis

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    Tumour markers CA-50 and CA-242 were measured by immunometric assay (IRMA) to investigate their usefulness in the diagnosis of cancer of the pancreas, biliary tract, liver, breast, lung, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems. The cutoff points, derived from studies on normal subjects and those with proven benign disease, were 20 u/ml and 12 u/ml for CA-50 and CA-242 respectively. Both markers were found to be generally useful with significant differences between malignant and non malignant disease. The highest positive rates, were found in cancers of the pancreas and gall bladder. The overall rate of false positives was low. It is concluded that measurements of CA-50 and CA-242 are useful in the detection of malignancy, particularly of the pancreas and biliary tract. 2 figs, 2 tabs

  4. 4f-5d spectroscopy of Ce3+ in CaBPO5, LiCaPO4 and Li2CaSiO4

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    The properties of Ce3+ in CaBPO5, LiCaPO4 and Li2CaSiO4 have been studied in the 100-400 nm wavelength region with time resolved spectroscopy at temperatures between 10 and 300 K. Emphasis is on the relationship between the energies of the five 5d levels of Ce3+ and the crystalline environment. Good agreement between predicted and observed average energy of the 5d configuration is demonstrated. In addition values for the bandgap of the host materials, Stokes shifts and luminescence decay time data are presented

  5. Dust depletion of Ca and Ti in QSO absorption line systems

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    Guber, C R

    2016-01-01

    To explore the role of titanium- and calcium-dust depletion in gas in and around galaxies we systematically study Ti/Ca abundance ratios in intervening absorption-line systems at low and high redshift. We investigate high-resolution optical spectra obtained by the UVES instrument at the Very Large Telescope and spectroscopically analyze 34 absorption-line systems at z<=0.5 to measure column densities (or limits) for CaII and TiII. We complement our UVES data set with previously published absorption-line data on Ti/Ca for redshifts up to z~3.8. Our absorber sample contains 110 absorbers (DLAs, sub-DLAs & LLSs). We compare our Ti/Ca findings with results from the Milky Way and the Magellanic Clouds and discuss the properties of Ti/Ca absorbers in the general context of quasar absorption-line systems.Our analysis indicates that there are two distinct populations of absorbers with either high or low Ti/Ca ratios with a separation at [Ti/Ca}]~1. While the calcium dust depletion in most of the absorbers appe...

  6. Multiple CaMKII Binding Modes to the Actin Cytoskeleton Revealed by Single-Molecule Imaging.

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    Khan, Shahid; Conte, Ianina; Carter, Tom; Bayer, K Ulrich; Molloy, Justin E

    2016-07-26

    Localization of the Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) to dendritic spine synapses is determined in part by the actin cytoskeleton. We determined binding of GFP-tagged CaMKII to tag-RFP-labeled actin cytoskeleton within live cells using total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy and single-molecule tracking. Stepwise photobleaching showed that CaMKII formed oligomeric complexes. Photoactivation experiments demonstrated that diffusion out of the evanescent field determined the track lifetimes. Latrunculin treatment triggered a coupled loss of actin stress fibers and the colocalized, long-lived CaMKII tracks. The CaMKIIα (α) isoform, which was previously thought to lack F-actin interactions, also showed binding, but this was threefold weaker than that observed for CaMKIIβ (β). The βE' splice variant bound more weakly than α, showing that binding by β depends critically on the interdomain linker. The mutations βT287D and αT286D, which mimic autophosphorylation states, also abolished F-actin binding. Autophosphorylation triggers autonomous CaMKII activity, but does not impair GluN2B binding, another important synaptic protein interaction of CaMKII. The CaMKII inhibitor tatCN21 or CaMKII mutations that inhibit GluN2B association by blocking binding of ATP (βK43R and αK42M) or Ca(2+)/calmodulin (βA303R) had no effect on the interaction with F-actin. These results provide the first rationale for the reduced synaptic spine localization of the αT286D mutant, indicating that transient F-actin binding contributes to the synaptic localization of the CaMKIIα isoform. The track lifetime distributions had a stretched exponential form consistent with a heterogeneously diffusing population. This heterogeneity suggests that CaMKII adopts different F-actin binding modes, which is most easily rationalized by multiple subunit contacts between the CaMKII dodecamer and the F-actin cytoskeleton that stabilize the initial weak (micromolar

  7. TOWARDS HIGHLY EFFICIENT THERMOELECTRICS: Ca3Co4O9+δ . n CaZrO3 COMPOSITE

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    Ondrej Jankovsky; Stepan Huber; Sedmidubsky David; Nadherny Ladislav; Hlasek Tomas; Sofer Zdenek

    2014-01-01

    We successfully prepared Ca3Co4O9+δ . n CaZrO3 composites by a ceramic route. These composites were characterized by X-Ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis, thermogravimetric analysis and scanning electron microscopy. Moreover, transport properties (Seebeck coefficient, electrical resistivity and thermal conductivity) were measured and the thermoelectric figure of merit ZT was determined. Addition of CaZrO3 led to a suppression of thermal conductivity of the samples. A high...

  8. Increased size and stability of CA1 and CA3 place fields in HCN1 knockout mice

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    Hussaini, Syed A.; Kempadoo, Kimberly A.; Thuault, Sébastien J.; Siegelbaum, Steven A.; Kandel, Eric R.

    2011-01-01

    Hippocampal CA1 and CA3 pyramidal neuron place cells encode the spatial location of an animal through localized firing patterns called “place fields”. To explore the mechanisms that control place cell firing and their relationship to spatial memory, we studied mice with enhanced spatial memory resulting from forebrain-specific knockout of the HCN1 hyperpolarization-activated cation channel. HCN1 is strongly expressed in CA1 neurons and entorhinal cortex grid cells, which provide spatial infor...

  9. K(Ca)2 and k(ca)3 channels in learning and memory processes, and neurodegeneration

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    Kuiper, Els F. E.; Nelemans, Ad; Luiten, Paul; Nijholt, Ingrid; Dolga, Amalia; Eisel, Uli

    2012-01-01

    Calcium-activated potassium (K(Ca)) channels are present throughout the central nervous system as well as many peripheral tissues. Activation of K(Ca) channels contribute to maintenance of the neuronal membrane potential and was shown to underlie the afterhyperpolarization (AHP) that regulates action potential firing and limits the firing frequency of repetitive action potentials. Different subtypes of K(Ca) channels were anticipated on the basis of their physiological and pharmacological pro...

  10. Formation and operation of CaO coating in a self-healing mode

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    Based on analysis of obtained results and reference reviews a phenomenological model of interaction between the components in Li [Ca]-V [O] system is presented. The model depicts a cyclic process. The cycle consists of: (I) oxygen transfers from a vanadium into lithium and calcium depositions on the vanadium surface; (II) CaO layer grows while simultaneously titanium oxide dissolve and oxygen and titanium spread into the solid solution; (III) the liquid metal penetrates into the solid metal according to the mechanism of reactionary diffusion; (IV) meta-stable triple oxide decays; external CaO oxide recovers

  11. Azole Binding Properties of Candida albicans Sterol 14-α Demethylase (CaCYP51)▿

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    Warrilow, Andrew G. S.; Martel, Claire M.; Parker, Josie E.; Melo, Nadja; Lamb, David C.; Nes, W. David; Kelly, Diane E.; Kelly, Steven L.

    2010-01-01

    Purified Candida albicans sterol 14-α demethylase (CaCYP51) bound the CYP51 substrates lanosterol and eburicol, producing type I binding spectra with Ks values of 11 and 25 μM, respectively, and a Km value of 6 μM for lanosterol. Azole binding to CaCYP51 was “tight” with both the type II spectral intensity (ΔAmax) and the azole concentration required to obtain a half-ΔAmax being proportional to the CaCYP51 concentration. Tight binding of fluconazole and itraconazole was confirmed by 50% inhib...

  12. Clinical analysis of the value of combined detection of serum CA199 and CA50 levels in patients with pancreatic cancer

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    Objective: To investigate the clinical value of combined test of serum CA199 and CA50 levels in the diagnosis and prognosis of patients with pancreatic cancer. Methods: Serum levels of CA199 and CA50 in 40 cases of pancreatic cancer, 20 cases of chronic pancreatitis and 30 normal controls were detected by radioimmunoassay. Results: Serum CA199 and CA50 levels in pancreatic cancer patients were significantly higher than those in normal controls and chronic pancreatitis patients (P 199 and CA50 were detected simultaneously, the sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of diagnosis of pancreatic cancer could be improved. Serum CA199 and CA50 levels in cancer patients with lymph node metastasis were much higher than those without lymph node metastasis (P 199 and CA50 detected simultaneously could improve the sensitivity and accuracy in diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. The changes of serum CA199 and CA50 level were helpful to predict whether metastasis or recurrence had occurred

  13. Tumor markers CA19-9, CA242 and CEA in the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer: a meta-analysis

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    Zhang, Yimin; Yang, Jun; Li, Hongjuan; WU, YIHUA; Zhang, Honghe; Chen, Wenhu

    2015-01-01

    Background: Pancreatic cancer has the worst prognosis and early detection is crucial for improving patient prognosis. Therefore, we performed a meta-analysis to evaluate and compare the sensitivity and specificity of single test of CA19-9, CA242, and CEA, as well as combination test in pancreatic cancer detection. Methods: We searched PubMed, Embase, Medline, and Wanfang databases for studies that evaluated the diagnostic validity of CA19-9, CA242, and CEA between January 1990 and September 2...

  14. Experimental investigation of phase equilibria and thermodynamic modeling of the CaO–Al2O3–CaS and the CaO–SiO2–CaS oxysulfide systems

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    Phase equilibria of the CaO–Al2O3–CaS and the CaO–SiO2–CaS systems were experimentally investigated using equilibration and quenching techniques. Equilibrium phases were analyzed by means of electron probe X-ray microanalysis, X-ray diffraction analysis and differential thermal analysis. Solubility limits of all solid phases in these liquid oxysulfide phases were successfully constructed in the temperature range investigated in the present study (1500–1600 °C). In order to supplement understanding the phase equilibria, a thermodynamic modeling of these liquid oxysulfides was conducted by taking into account strong chemical short-range ordering (SRO) in the framework of the modified quasichemical model in the quadruplet approximation. As for the solubility of CaS in the liquid oxysulfides, the solubility increases with increase in CaO in the case of the CaO–Al2O3–CaS system, whereas it decreases with increase in CaO in the case of the CaO–SiO2–CaS system. Such opposite behavior is explained by differences in the effect of the SRO in different liquid phases. It is shown that consideration for the SRO in the thermodynamic modeling is essential in order to properly describe the Gibbs energy of the liquid oxysulfide phase. Using the thermodynamic model and the database developed in the present study, liquidus projections of these oxysulfide systems are proposed for the first time.

  15. Tracing Ca K grains through the chromosphere into the transition region

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    Steffens, S.; Deubner, F.-L.; Fleck, B.; Wilhelm, K.

    1997-01-01

    The propagation of Ca K grains from the lower chromosphere into the transition region is studied. Data from the solar ultraviolet measurement of emitted radiation (SUMER) and the VTT at Inzana (Tenerife) instruments were used. The purpose of the study was to investigate the formation of shock waves in the chromosphere. The most dynamical features in the chromosphere defined by the bright Ca II K emission in the filtergrams and spectrograms were analyzed.

  16. CaMKIIα, a modulator of M4 muscarinic acetylcholine receptors

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    Guo, Ming-Lei; Liu, Zhenguo; Chu, Xiang-Ping; Mao, Li-Min; WANG, John Q.

    2010-01-01

    G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are subject to the regulation by protein kinases. By controlling the phosphorylation-dephosphorylation balance, protein kinases actively modify GPCR expression and function. In a recent study, we have identified a novel phosphorylation-dependent regulation of Gαi/o-coupled muscarinic acetylcholine receptors. A synapse-enriched protein kinase, Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKIIα), binds directly and selectively to second intracellular loops ...

  17. Dehydration transformation in Ca-montmorillonite

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    P Bala; B K Samantaray; S K Srivastava

    2000-02-01

    The present work deals with the dehydration transformation of Ca-montmorillonite in the temperature range 30°–500°C. Thermal, infrared (IR), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses were used to describe the thermal transformation. The microstructural and layer disorder parameters like crystallite size, r.m.s. strain ($\\langle e^2\\rangle^{1/2}$), variation of interlayer spacing (), and proportion of planes which were affected by the defect (), have all been calculated from the (001) basal reflection using the method of variance and Fourier line shape analysis. These investigations revealed that sample underwent transformation from hydrated phase to dehydrated phase at 200°C, and as a consequence, its basal spacing collapsed from 16.02 Å (30°C) to around 10 Å (200°C). This transformation occurred through a wide range of temperature, i.e. within the range 120°–200°C. The crystallite size was maximum at room temperature (30°C), however, the size decreased with increasing temperature in the hydrated phase, whereas the size increased with increasing temperature for the dehydrated phase. The , and $\\langle e^2\\rangle^{1/2}$ of the hydrated and the dehydrated phase increased and decreased, respectively with increase of heating temperature.

  18. California Basin Studies (CaBS)

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    The California Continental Borderland's present configuration dates from about 4 to 5 X 106 years Before Present (B.P.) and is the most recent of several configurations of the southern California margin that have evolved after the North America Plate over-rode the East Pacific Rise about 30 X 106 years ago. The present morphology is a series of two to three northwest-southeast trending rows of depressions separated by banks and insular ridges. Two inner basins, Santa Monica and San Pedro, have been the site for the Department of Energy-funded California Basin Study (CaBS) Santa Monica and San Pedro Basins contain post-Miocene sediment thicknesses of about 2.5 and 1.5 km respectively. During the Holocene (past 10,000 years) about 10-12 m have accumulated. The sediment entered the basin by one or a combination of processes including particle infall (mainly as bioaggregates) from surface waters, from nepheloid plumes (surface, mid-depths and near-bottom), from turbidity currents, mass movements, and to a very minor degree direct precipitation. In Santa Monica Basin, during the last century, particle infall and nepheloid plume transport have been the most common processes. The former dominates in the central basin floor in water depths from 900 to 945 m. where a characteristic silt-clay with a typical mean diameter of about 0.006 mm, phi standard deviation

  19. Interlayer interaction in Ca-Fe layered double hydroxides intercalated with nitrate and chloride species

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    Al-Jaberi, Muayad; Naille, Sébastien; Dossot, Manuel; Ruby, Christian

    2015-12-01

    Ca-Fe layered double hydroxide (LDH) intercalated with chloride and nitrate ions has been synthesized with varying CaII:FeIII molar ratios of the initial solution. Phase pure LDH is observed with CaII:FeIII molar ratio of 2:1 and a mixture of LDH and Ca(OH)2 is formed for CaII:FeIII molar ratios higher than 2:1. Vibrational spectroscopies (Raman and IR) were used successfully to understand the interaction between the cationic and anionic sheets. The Raman bands positions at lower frequencies (150-600 cm-1) are intimately correlated to the nature of the divalent and trivalent ions but also to the nature of the anions. Indeed, a shift of ˜9 cm-1 is observed for the Raman double bands situated in the 300-400 cm-1 region when comparing Raman spectra of CaFe-LDH containing either nitrate or chloride ions. Two types of nitrate environments are observed namely free (non-hydrogen bonded) nitrate and nitrate hydrogen bonded to the interlayer water or to the 'brucite-like' hydroxyl surface. Multiple types of water structure are observed and would result from different hydrogen bond structures. Water bending modes are identified at 1645 cm-1 greater than the one observed for LDH intercalated with chloride anions (1618 cm-1), indicating that the water is strongly hydrogen bonded to the nitrate anions.

  20. Hypoxia regulates the cAMP- and Ca2+/calmodulin signaling systems in PC12 cells.

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    Beitner-Johnson, D; Leibold, J; Millhorn, D E

    1998-01-01

    Hypoxic/ischemic trauma is a primary factor in the pathology of various disease states. Yet, very little is known about the molecular mechanisms involved in cellular responses and adaptations to hypoxia. As a means of identifying intracellular signaling systems that are regulated in response to hypoxia, the effects of acute and chronic hypoxia on the activity of protein kinase A (PKA) and Ca2+/CaM-dependent protein kinase II (CaMK-II) were evaluated in rat pheochromocytoma (PC12) cells. Chronic (> 6 hr), but not acute exposure to hypoxia (5% O2) significantly decreased both PKA enzyme activity and immunoreactivity compared to control levels. This effect was not due to hypoxia-induced alterations in cell number or viability. Similarly, chronic hypoxia significantly decreased CaMK-II enzyme activity and protein levels in PC12 cells. These data demonstrate that down-regulation of the cAMP and Ca2+/CaM-signaling systems is a mechanism by which PC12 cells adapt to long-term hypoxia. PMID:9439610

  1. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) monomer complexes with CaBr2 and CdCl2.

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    Rlepokura, Katarzyna; Lis, Tadeusz

    2008-03-01

    Two hydrated complexes of monomeric dihydroxyacetone (DHA; the simplest ketose), viz. the calcium bromide complex bis(mu-dihydroxyacetone)bis[tetraaquacalcium(II)] tetrabromide (isomorphous with the chloride compound reported previously), [Ca(2)(C(3)H(6)O(3))(2)(H(2)O)(8)]Br(4), (2e), and the cadmium chloride complex poly[[bis(mu-dihydroxyacetone)bis[bis(dihydroxyacetone)cadmium(II)

  2. SNL/CA Environmental Management System Program Manual.

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    Larsen, Barbara L.

    2005-09-01

    The Sandia National Laboratories, California (SNL/CA) Environmental Management System (EMS) Program Manual documents the elements of the site EMS Program. The SNL/CA EMS Program was developed in accordance with Department of Energy (DOE) Order 450.1 and incorporates the elements of the International Standard on Environmental Management Systems, ISO 14001.

  3. Integrated Coastal Management in the Province Ca Mau - Vietnam

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    Stoop, B.; Bouziotas, D.; Hanssen, J.L.J.; Dunnewolt, J.; Postma, M.G.

    2015-01-01

    The province of Ca Mau is the southernmost part of Vietnam and the Mekong Delta. The water system of Ca Mau faces multiple challenges, both in its coastal zone and in its inland regions. the coastal zone in the province. In view of this, this study presents an integrated approach for combined coasta

  4. Study of 51Ca via three-neutron transfer

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    Low-lying levels in 51Ca have been studied via the reaction 48Ca(18O,15O)51Ca at a beam energy of 108 MeV. Recoiling 51Ca nuclei were detected in coincidence with 15O ejectiles, largely removing the substantial background from target contaminants that was encountered in previous work. The lowest 51Ca level identified is 1.01 ± 0.11 MeV less bound than the ground state, according to a recent measurement of the ground state mass using the 48Ca(14C,11C)51Ca reaction. Considerations of the difficulty in identifying the ground state peak suggest that published values of the mass excess should be viewed with caution, and that a definitive mass measurement is still required in order to resolve questions on the structure of the neutron rich calcium isotopes. A total of six energy levels in 51Ca have been identified and their mass excesses measured. Only two of these levels have been observed previously, via the (14C,11C) reaction. Striking differences in selectivity between the (18O,15O) and (14C,11C) transfer reactions are discussed

  5. Spectral components of cytosolic [Ca2+] spiking in neurons

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    Kardos, J; Szilágyi, N; Juhász, G;

    1998-01-01

    . Delayed complex responses of large [Ca2+]c spiking observed in cells from a different set of cultures were synthesized by a set of frequencies within the range 0.018-0.117 Hz. Differential frequency patterns are suggested as characteristics of the [Ca2+]c spiking responses of neurons under different...

  6. Kinetics of Ca2+ carrier in rat liver mitochondria.

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    Bragadin, M; Pozzan, T; Azzone, G F

    1979-12-25

    The rate of aerobic Ca2+ transport is limited by the rate of the H+ pump rather than by the Ca2+ carrier. The kinetics of the Ca2+ carrier has therefore been studied by using the K+ diffusion potential as the driving force. The apparent Vmax of the Ca2+ carrier is, at 20 degrees C, about 900 nmol (mg of protein)-1 min-1, more than twice the rate of the H+ pump. The apparent Vmax is depressed by Mg2+ and Li+. This supports the view that the electrolytes act as noncompetitive inhibitors of the Ca2+ carrier. The degree of sigmoidicity of the kinetics of Ca2+ transport increases with the lowering of the temperature and proportionally with the concentration of impermeant electrolytes such as Mg2+ and Li+ but not choline. The effects of temperature and of electrolyte do not support the view that the sigmoidicity is due to modifications of the surface potential. Rather, they suggest that Ca2+ transport occurs through a multisubunit carrier, where cooperative phenomena are the result of ligand-induced conformational changes due to the interaction of several allosteric effectors with the carrier subunits. In contrast with La3+ which acts as a competitive inhibitor, Ruthenium Red affects the kinetics by inducing phenomena both of positive and of negative cooperativity. The Ruthenium Red induced kinetics has been reproduced through curve-fitting procedures by applying the Koshland sequential interaction hypothesis to a four-subunit Ca2+ carrier model. PMID:42437

  7. 46 CFR 7.115 - Santa Catalina Island, CA.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Santa Catalina Island, CA. 7.115 Section 7.115 Shipping... Coast § 7.115 Santa Catalina Island, CA. (a) A line drawn from the northernmost point of Lion Head to the north tangent of Bird Rock Island; thence to the northernmost point of Blue Cavern Point. (b)...

  8. 33 CFR 80.1102 - Santa Catalina Island, CA.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Santa Catalina Island, CA. 80... INTERNATIONAL NAVIGATION RULES COLREGS DEMARCATION LINES Pacific Coast § 80.1102 Santa Catalina Island, CA. The 72 COLREGS shall apply to the harbors on Santa Catalina Island....

  9. {sup 41}Ca measurements at the Zurich AMS facility

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    Schnabel, C.; Gartenmann, P.; Suter, M. [Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule, Zurich (Switzerland); Synal, H.A. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland); Gloris, M.; Leya, I.; Michel, R. [Hannover Univ. (Germany); Herpers, U. [Koeln Univ. (Germany)

    1997-09-01

    Proton-induced production cross sections for {sup 41}Ca from Fe and Ni determined using 6 MV tandem accelerator are presented. The calibration of two secondary standard materials to a standard material of {sup 41}Ca concentration determined by PTB (Braunschweig, Germany) has been carried out. (author) 2 figs., 3 refs.

  10. 78 FR 42730 - Safety Zone; Old Mormon Slough, Stockton, CA

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    2013-07-17

    ... public dockets in the January 17, 2008, issue of the Federal Register (73 FR 3316). 4. Public Meeting We... SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 RIN 1625-AA00 Safety Zone; Old Mormon Slough, Stockton, CA AGENCY... a safety zone at: McCormick & Baxter superfund site, Old Mormon Slough, Stockton, CA. This...

  11. Characterization of Binding Epitopes of CA125 Monoclonal Antibodies

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    Marcos-Silva, Lara; Narimatsu, Yoshiki; Halim, Adnan;

    2014-01-01

    The most used cancer serum biomarker is the CA125 immunoassay for ovarian cancer that detects the mucin glycoprotein MUC16. Several monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) including OC125 and M11 are used in CA125 assays. However, despite considerable efforts, our knowledge of the molecular characteristics ...

  12. Influence of pairing in double beta decay of48Ca

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    Prianka Roy; Shashi K Dhiman

    2010-03-01

    Two-neutrino decay matrix elements and half-life of 48Ca are calculated after including neutron–proton pairing correlations in projected Hartree–Fock–Bogoliubov (PHFB) formalism. The GT matrix elements in 2 decay are reduced due to broader smearing of Fermi surfaces. Half-life results for 2 decay of 48Ca with np pairing are better than without pairing.

  13. Citrus bergamia Risso Elevates Intracellular Ca2+ in Human Vascular Endothelial Cells due to Release of Ca2+ from Primary Intracellular Stores

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    Purum Kang; Seung Ho Han; Hea Kyung Moon; Jeong-Min Lee; Hyo-Keun Kim; Sun Seek Min; Geun Hee Seol

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of the present study is to examine the effects of essential oil of Citrus bergamia Risso (bergamot, BEO) on intracellular Ca2+ in human umbilical vein endothelial cells. Fura-2 fluorescence was used to examine changes in intracellular Ca2+ concentration [Ca2+]i . In the presence of extracellular Ca2+, BEO increased [Ca2+]i , which was partially inhibited by a nonselective Ca2+ channel blocker La3+. In Ca2+-free extracellular solutions, BEO increased [Ca2+]i in a concentration-depe...

  14. Store-Operated Ca2+ Release-Activated Ca2+ Channels Regulate PAR2-Activated Ca2+ Signaling and Cytokine Production in Airway Epithelial Cells.

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    Jairaman, Amit; Yamashita, Megumi; Schleimer, Robert P; Prakriya, Murali

    2015-09-01

    The G-protein-coupled protease-activated receptor 2 (PAR2) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of various inflammatory and auto-immune disorders. In airway epithelial cells (AECs), stimulation of PAR2 by allergens and proteases triggers the release of a host of inflammatory mediators to regulate bronchomotor tone and immune cell recruitment. Activation of PAR2 turns on several cell signaling pathways of which the mobilization of cytosolic Ca(2+) is likely a critical but poorly understood event. In this study, we show that Ca(2+) release-activated Ca(2+) (CRAC) channels encoded by stromal interaction molecule 1 and Orai1 are a major route of Ca(2+) entry in primary human AECs and drive the Ca(2+) elevations seen in response to PAR2 activation. Activation of CRAC channels induces the production of several key inflammatory mediators from AECs including thymic stromal lymphopoietin, IL-6, and PGE2, in part through stimulation of gene expression via nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT). Furthermore, PAR2 stimulation induces the production of many key inflammatory mediators including PGE2, IL-6, IL-8, and GM-CSF in a CRAC channel-dependent manner. These findings indicate that CRAC channels are the primary mechanism for Ca(2+) influx in AECs and a vital checkpoint for the induction of PAR2-induced proinflammatory cytokines. PMID:26238490

  15. Plasmalemmal Na+/Ca2+ exchanger modulates Ca2+-dependent exocytotic release of glutamate from rat cortical astrocytes

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    Reno C Reyes

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Astroglial excitability operates through increases in Ca2+cyt (cytosolic Ca2+, which can lead to glutamatergic gliotransmission. In parallel fluctuations in astrocytic Na+cyt (cytosolic Na+ control metabolic neuronal-glial signalling, most notably through stimulation of lactate production, which on release from astrocytes can be taken up and utilized by nearby neurons, a process referred to as lactate shuttle. Both gliotransmission and lactate shuttle play a role in modulation of synaptic transmission and plasticity. Consequently, we studied the role of the PMCA (plasma membrane Ca2+-ATPase, NCX (plasma membrane Na+/Ca2+ exchanger and NKA (Na+/K+-ATPase in complex and coordinated regulation of Ca2+cyt and Na+cyt in astrocytes at rest and upon mechanical stimulation. Our data support the notion that NKA and PMCA are the major Na+ and Ca2+ extruders in resting astrocytes. Surprisingly, the blockade of NKA or PMCA appeared less important during times of Ca2+ and Na+ cytosolic loads caused by mechanical stimulation. Unexpectedly, NCX in reverse mode appeared as a major contributor to overall Ca2+ and Na+ homoeostasis in astrocytes both at rest and when these glial cells were mechanically stimulated. In addition, NCX facilitated mechanically induced Ca2+-dependent exocytotic release of glutamate from astrocytes. These findings help better understanding of astrocyte-neuron bidirectional signalling at the tripartite synapse and/or microvasculature. We propose that NCX operating in reverse mode could be involved in fast and spatially localized Ca2+-dependent gliotransmission, that would operate in parallel to a slower and more widely distributed gliotransmission pathway that requires metabotropically controlled Ca2+ release from the ER (endoplasmic reticulum.

  16. ISORROPIA II: a computationally efficient thermodynamic equilibrium model for K+─Ca²+─Mg²+─NH4+─Na+─SO4²-─NO3-─Cl-─H2O aerosols

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    C. Fountoukis

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available This study presents ISORROPIA II, a thermodynamic equilibrium model for the K+–Ca2+–Mg2+–NH4+–Na+–SO42−–NO3−–Cl−–H2O aerosol system. A comprehensive evaluation of its performance is conducted against water uptake measurements for laboratory aerosol and predictions of the SCAPE2 thermodynamic module over a wide range of atmospherically relevant conditions. The two models agree well, to within 13% for aerosol water content and total PM mass, 16% for aerosol nitrate and 6% for aerosol chloride and ammonium. Largest discrepancies were found under conditions of low RH, primarily from differences in the treatment of water uptake and solid state composition. In terms of computational speed, ISORROPIA II was more than an order of magnitude faster than SCAPE2, with robust and rapid convergence under all conditions. The addition of crustal species does not slow down the thermodynamic calculations (compared to the older ISORROPIA code because of optimizations in the activity coefficient calculation algorithm. Based on its computational rigor and performance, ISORROPIA II appears to be a highly attractive alternative for use in large scale air quality and atmospheric transport models.

  17. Effect of Ca doping in YBCO superconducting thin films

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    Augieri, A.; Petrisor, T.; Celentano, G.; Ciontea, L.; Galluzzi, V.; Gambardella, U.; Mancini, A.; Rufoloni, A

    2004-01-15

    We investigate the effect of partial substitution of Y by Ca in YBCO superconducting thin films. The films were grown on (1 0 0) SrTiO{sub 3} single crystal substrates by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The Ca doped film were ablated from Y{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} targets with x=0, 0.05, 0.07, and 0.10. The dc transport properties of the films in applied magnetic field are analyzed to study the role of Ca on the superconducting properties of YBCO films. The irreversibility line for the samples with x=0 and 5 at.% Ca was derived from the E-J curves using a scaling theory for the vortex-glass transition.

  18. CaMKII Activity in the Ventral Tegmental Area Gates Cocaine-Induced Synaptic Plasticity in the Nucleus Accumbens

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    Liu, Xiaojie; Liu, Yong; Zhong, Peng; Wilkinson, Brianna; Qi, Jinshun; Olsen, Christopher M; Bayer, K. Ulrich; Liu, Qing-song

    2013-01-01

    Addictive drugs such as cocaine induce synaptic plasticity in discrete regions of the reward circuit. The aim of the present study is to investigate whether cocaine-evoked synaptic plasticity in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and nucleus accumbens (NAc) is causally linked. Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) is a central regulator of long-term synaptic plasticity, learning, and drug addiction. We examined whether blocking CaMKII activity in the VTA affected cocaine conditio...

  19. Comparison of Three Methods of Measuring CA/C Ratios

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    David A. Goss, OD, PhD

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: Clinical determination of convergence accommodation to convergence (CA/C ratios may be useful for analysis of accommodation and vergence disorders, but there are no standard clinical methods of measurement of CA/C ratios. This study compared two potential clinical CA/C measurement methods to a laboratory procedure. Methods: CA/C ratios were measured for 19 young adult subjects using procedures in which accommodation was measured with the binocular cross cylinder (BCC test, Nott dynamic retinoscopy, and an eccentric photorefractor. Vergence was stimulated with prism, and the resultant change in accommodation was used to calculate CA/C ratios. Results: The mean CA/C ratios were 0.036 D/Δ with BCC and BI prism, -0.004 D/Δ with BCC and BO prism, 0.023 D/Δ with Nott retinoscopy and BI prism, 0.036 D/Δ with Nott retinoscopy and BO prism, and 0.115 D/Δ with eccentric photorefraction and BO prism. The differences between each pair of tests were statistically significant by paired t-test except for the comparison of the BCC BI prism CA/C ratio with the Nott BI prism CA/C ratio. The means and standard deviations of the paired differences were all high relative to the measurements themselves. Conclusion: The CA/C ratios obtained in the present study did not show good agreement with each other. The use of CA/C ratios in clinical analysis would therefore require further evaluation and standardization of measurement methods, establishment of norms, and development of analysis procedures in concert with AC/A ratios and other clinical findings.

  20. Modulation of the matrix redox signaling by mitochondrial Ca(2.).

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    Santo-Domingo, Jaime; Wiederkehr, Andreas; De Marchi, Umberto

    2015-11-26

    Mitochondria sense, shape and integrate signals, and thus function as central players in cellular signal transduction. Ca(2+) waves and redox reactions are two such intracellular signals modulated by mitochondria. Mitochondrial Ca(2+) transport is of utmost physio-pathological relevance with a strong impact on metabolism and cell fate. Despite its importance, the molecular nature of the proteins involved in mitochondrial Ca(2+) transport has been revealed only recently. Mitochondrial Ca(2+) promotes energy metabolism through the activation of matrix dehydrogenases and down-stream stimulation of the respiratory chain. These changes also alter the mitochondrial NAD(P)H/NAD(P)(+) ratio, but at the same time will increase reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. Reducing equivalents and ROS are having opposite effects on the mitochondrial redox state, which are hard to dissect. With the recent development of genetically encoded mitochondrial-targeted redox-sensitive sensors, real-time monitoring of matrix thiol redox dynamics has become possible. The discoveries of the molecular nature of mitochondrial transporters of Ca(2+) combined with the utilization of the novel redox sensors is shedding light on the complex relation between mitochondrial Ca(2+) and redox signals and their impact on cell function. In this review, we describe mitochondrial Ca(2+) handling, focusing on a number of newly identified proteins involved in mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake and release. We further discuss our recent findings, revealing how mitochondrial Ca(2+) influences the matrix redox state. As a result, mitochondrial Ca(2+) is able to modulate the many mitochondrial redox-regulated processes linked to normal physiology and disease. PMID:26629314

  1. Modulation of the matrix redox signaling by mitochondrial Ca2+

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    Jaime; Santo-Domingo; Andreas; Wiederkehr; Umberto; De; Marchi

    2015-01-01

    Mitochondria sense,shape and integrate signals,and thus function as central players in cellular signal transduction. Ca2+ waves and redox reactions are two such intracellular signals modulated by mitochondria. Mitochondrial Ca2+ transport is of utmost physio-pathological relevance with a strong impact on metabolism and cell fate. Despite its importance,the molecular nature of the proteins involvedin mitochondrial Ca2+ transport has been revealed only recently. Mitochondrial Ca2+ promotes energy metabolism through the activation of matrix dehydrogenases and downstream stimulation of the respiratory chain. These changes also alter the mitochondrial NAD(P)H/NAD(P)+ ratio,but at the same time will increase reactive oxygen species(ROS) production. Reducing equivalents and ROS are having opposite effects on the mitochondrial redox state,which are hard to dissect. With the recent development of genetically encoded mitochondrial-targeted redoxsensitive sensors,real-time monitoring of matrix thiol redox dynamics has become possible. The discoveries of the molecular nature of mitochondrial transporters of Ca2+ combined with the utilization of the novel redox sensors is shedding light on the complex relation between mitochondrial Ca2+ and redox signals and their impact on cell function. In this review,we describe mitochondrial Ca2+ handling,focusing on a number of newly identified proteins involved in mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake and release. We further discuss our recent findings,revealing how mitochondrial Ca2+ influences the matrix redox state. As a result,mitochondrial Ca2+ is able to modulate the many mitochondrial redox-regulated processes linked to normal physiology and disease.

  2. Proton resonance spectroscopy in 40Ca

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    The differential cross sections for the 39K(p,po)39K and 39K-(p,αo)36Ar reactions have been measured for Ep = 1.90 to 4.02 MeV at laboratory angles θ = 90 degree, 108 degree, 150 degree and 165 degree. Data were taken with the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL) KN Van de Graaff accelerator and the associated high resolution system. The targets consisted of 1-2 μg/cm2 of potassium carbonate (K2CO3), enriched to 99.97% 39K, evaporated onto gold coated carbon backings. Excitation functions were measured in proton energy steps varying from 100 to 400 3V. The energy region studied corresponds to an excitation energy range in the 40Ca nucleus of Ex = 10.2 to 12.3 MeV. A multi-level multi-channel R-matrix based computer code was used to fit the experimental excitation functions. Resonance parameters obtained include resonance energy, spin, parity, partial widths, and channel spin and orbital angular momentum mixing ratios. Of the 248 resonances observed in the proton channel, 148 were also observed in the alpha channel. A fit to the observed level density yielded a nuclear temperature of 1.5 MeV. The data were compared with predictions of statistical theories of energy levels for both level spacing and reduced width distributions. The alpha reduced widths agree with the Porter-Thomas distribution and suggest that only 5-10% of the states with alpha widths were not observed. The summed strength in each of the alpha channels represents a significant fraction of the Wigner limit for these channels. The proton channels, on the other hand, generally have much smaller fractions. The two proton s-wave strength functions are equal and thus show no evidence for spin-exchange forces in the nucleon-nucleus interaction

  3. Improved thermoelectric performance of n-type Ca and Ca-Ce filled skutterudites

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    Thermoelectric (TE) technology for use in automotive waste heat recovery is being advanced by General Motors with support from the US Department of Energy. Skutterudites are a very promising material for this application of TE technology due to their superior mechanical properties and good TE performance. Double-filled YbxBayCo4Sb12 with ZT values around 1.1 at 750 K are the best performing n-type skutterudites produced on a large scale using an economically viable approach of melt spinning (MS) in conjunction with spark plasma sintering (SPS). Another economical production method on the tons scale, the melt quench annealing (MQA) technique, has been recently claimed by Treibacher Industrie AG, further information is available [G. Rogl et al., Acta Mater. 76, 434–448 (2014)]. A possible hurdle to commercial implementation of these materials is the use of rare earths as the fillers to reduce thermal conductivity and improve the electrical transport properties. It will be shown herein that skutterudites double-filled with Ca and Ce, both of which are lower-cost fillers, display markedly different TE properties depending on whether they are produced by MQA or MS + SPS synthesis techniques. Ca and Ce double-filled skutterudites prepared by MS + SPS have TE properties that are superior to the same compositions prepared by MQA and that are comparable to the best performing Yb and Ba filled materials. Furthermore, the results of this study suggest that the unusually poor transport properties of MQA Ca-filled skutterudites can be ascribed to deleterious secondary phases, which is contrary to reports in the literature attempting to explain these irregularities via band structure features

  4. ANALOG I/O MODULE TEST SYSTEM BASED ON EPICS CA PROTOCOL AND ACTIVEX CA INTERFACE

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    Analog input (ADC) and output (DAC) modules play a substantial role in device level control of accelerator and large experiment physics control system. In order to get the best performance some features of analog modules including linearity, accuracy, crosstalk, thermal drift and so on have to be evaluated during the preliminary design phase. Gain and offset error calibration and thermal drift compensation (if needed) may have to be done in the implementation phase as well. A natural technique for performing these tasks is to interface the analog VO modules and GPIB interface programmable test instruments with a computer, which can complete measurements or calibration automatically. A difficulty is that drivers of analog modules and test instruments usually work on totally different platforms (vxworks VS Windows). Developing new test routines and drivers for testing instruments under VxWorks (or any other RTOS) platform is not a good solution because such systems have relatively poor user interface and developing such software requires substantial effort. EPICS CA protocol and ActiveX CA interface provide another choice, a PC and LabVIEW based test system. Analog 110 module can be interfaced from LabVIEW test routines via ActiveX CA interface. Test instruments can be controlled via LabVIEW drivers, most of which are provided by instrument vendors or by National Instruments. Labview also provides extensive data analysis and process functions. Using these functions, users can generate powerful test routines very easily. Several applications built for Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) Beam Loss Monitor (BLM) system are described in this paper

  5. Local Aqueous Solvation Structure Around Ca2+ During Ca2+---Cl– Pair Formation

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    Baer, Marcel D.; Mundy, Christopher J.

    2016-03-03

    The molecular details of single ion solvation around Ca2+ and ion-pairing of Ca2--Cl- are investigated using ab initio molecular dynamics. The use of empirical dispersion corrections to the BLYP functional are investigated by comparison to experimentally available extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) measurements, which probes the first solvation shell in great detail. Besides finding differences in the free-energy for both ion-pairing and the coordination number of ion solvation between the quantum and classical descriptions of interaction, there were important differences found between dispersion corrected and uncorrected density functional theory (DFT). Specifically, we show significantly different free-energy landscapes for both coordination number of Ca2+ and its ion-pairing with Cl- depending on the DFT simulation protocol. Our findings produce a self-consistent treatment of short-range solvent response to the ion and the intermediate to long-range collective response of the electrostatics of the ion-ion interaction to produce a detailed picture of ion-pairing that is consistent with experiment. MDB is supported by MS3 (Materials Synthesis and Simulation Across Scales) Initiative at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. It was conducted under the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program at PNNL, a multiprogram national laboratory operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy. CJM acknowledges support from US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences. This research used resources of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, a DOE Office of Science User Facility supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. Additional computing resources were generously allocated by PNNL's Institutional Computing program. The authors thank Prof. Tom Beck for discussions

  6. K(Ca)2 and k(ca)3 channels in learning and memory processes, and neurodegeneration

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    Kuiper, Els F.E.; Nelemans, Ad; Luiten, Paul; Nijholt, Ingrid; Dolga, Amalia; Eisel, Uli

    2012-01-01

    Calcium-activated potassium (K(Ca)) channels are present throughout the central nervous system as well as many peripheral tissues. Activation of K(Ca) channels contribute to maintenance of the neuronal membrane potential and was shown to underlie the afterhyperpolarization (AHP) that regulates actio

  7. Thapsigargin, a tumor promoter, discharges intracellular Ca2+ stores by specific inhibition of the endoplasmic reticulum Ca2(+)-ATPase

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    Thastrup, Ole; Cullen, P J; Drøbak, B K;

    1990-01-01

    Thapsigargin, a tumor-promoting sesquiterpene lactone, discharges intracellular Ca2+ in rat hepatocytes, as it does in many vertebrate cell types. It appears to act intracellularly, as incubation of isolated rat liver microsomes with thapsigargin induces a rapid, dose-dependent release of stored Ca...

  8. Characterization of Ca2+ Signalling in Postnatal Mouse Retinal Ganglion Cells: Involvement of OPA1 in Ca2+ Clearance

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    Dayanithi, Govindan; Chen-Kuo-Chang, M.; Viero, C.; Hamel, C.; Muller, A.; Lenaers, G.

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    Roč. 31, č. 2 (2010), s. 53-65. ISSN 1381-6810 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50390703 Keywords : retinal ganglion cells * Ca2+ homeostasis * Ca2+ clearance Subject RIV: FH - Neurology Impact factor: 1.333, year: 2010

  9. Echinacea-induced cytosolic Ca2+ elevation in HEK293

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    Nikolau Basil J

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background With a traditional medical use for treatment of various ailments, herbal preparations of Echinacea are now popularly used to improve immune responses. One likely mode of action is that alkamides from Echinacea bind to cannabinoid type 2 (CB2 receptors and induce a transient increase in intracellular Ca2+. Here, we show that unidentified compounds from Echinacea purpurea induce cytosolic Ca2+ elevation in non-immune-related cells, which lack CB2 receptors and that the Ca2+ elevation is not influenced by alkamides. Methods A non-immune human cell line, HEK293, was chosen to evaluate E. purpurea root extracts and constituents as potential regulators of intracellular Ca2+ levels. Changes in cytosolic Ca2+ levels were monitored and visualized by intracellular calcium imaging. U73122, a phospholipase C inhibitor, and 2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate (2-APB, an antagonist of inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3 receptor, were tested to determine the mechanism of this Ca2+ signaling pathway. E. purpurea root ethanol extracts were fractionated by preparative HPLC, screened for bioactivity on HEK293 cells and by GC-MS for potential constituent(s responsible for this bioactivity. Results A rapid transient increase in cytosolic Ca2+ levels occurs when E. purpurea extracts are applied to HEK293 cells. These stimulatory effects are phospholipase C and IP3 receptor dependent. Echinacea-evoked responses could not be blocked by SR 144528, a specific CB2 receptor antagonist, indicating that CB2 is not involved. Ca2+ elevation is sustained after the Echinacea-induced Ca2+ release from intracellular Ca2+ stores; this longer-term effect is abolished by 2-APB, indicating a possible store operated calcium entry involvement. Of 28 HPLC fractions from E. purpurea root extracts, six induce cytosolic Ca2+ increase. Interestingly, GC-MS analysis of these fractions, as well as treatment of HEK293 cells with known individual and combined chemicals, indicates the

  10. Anti-tumor activity of self-charged (Eu,Ca):WO3 and Eu:CaWO4 nanoparticles

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    Cao Lin; Cao Jiexin; Wang Cong; Che Ping; Pan De’an; Alex A Volinsky

    2012-10-01

    Non-stoichiometric (Eu,Ca):WO3 and Eu:CaWO4 nanoparticles with anti-tumor activity are synthesized in a sol–gel method by adding excessive Eu3+ and Ca2+ ions to tungsten oxide crystal structure. Colorimetric assay shows that 10 nm (Eu,Ca):WO3 and Eu:CaWO4 nanoparticles can effectively inhibit growth of mammary cancer cells without any harm to normal cells. Nanoparticles are characterized by X-ray diffraction, high resolution transmission electron microscopy and fluorescence optical spectrometry. Nanomaterials, insoluble in synthesized water, have complicated self-charging surfaces that trap mammary cancer cells. Surface self-charging effect is suggested as the inhibition mechanism.

  11. Electron radiation damages to dicalcium (Ca2SiO4) and tricalcium (Ca3SiO5) orthosilicates

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    de Noirfontaine, Marie-Noëlle; Dunstetter, Frédéric; Courtial, Mireille; Signes-Frehel, Marcel; Wang, Guillaume; Gorse-Pomonti, Dominique

    2016-05-01

    Electron radiation damages to dicalcium silicate (Ca2SiO4) and tricalcium silicate (Ca3SiO5) are reported for the first time in this paper. With increasing flux, between 2.7 × 1017 and 2.2 × 1022 e- cm-2 s-1, decomposition into nanodomains of crystalline CaO plus an amorphous silica rich phase is first observed for both silicates, then amorphization at higher flux always for both silicates, and finally hole drilling but only for Ca3SiO5. These structural modifications are accompanied by a net reduction of Ca content under the electron beam depending on the silicate species. These radiation effects occur for values of flux and dose larger than in previously studied orthosilicates (like olivines), and much larger than in all tectosilicates.

  12. EPR-TL correlation studies on Bi co-doped CaSO4:Dy phosphor

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    CaSO4:Dy, CaSO4:(Dy, Bi) and CaSO4:Bi phosphors were prepared through re-crystallization method. Thermoluminescence (TL) characteristics of these phosphor samples were investigated. The radiation induced radical ions formed in these phosphors were investigated using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. The main signals observed in both CaSO4:(Dy, Bi) and CaSO4:Bi were identified as SO4- (II), SO4- (-perpendicular ) and SO3- (isotropic) with 'g' values 2.023, 2.0089 and 2.004, respectively. In order to understand the TL mechanism, CaSO4:(Dy, Bi) phosphor samples were annealed between 100 and 250 oC and their EPR spectra were studied. It was observed that EPR signal intensities reduce drastically in 250 oC annealed phosphor confirming the role of SO4- and SO3- types of defect centers in the dosimetric peak. The reduction in the TL sensitivity with increase in Bi3+ co-dopant in the phosphor samples was correlated with quenching of TL by Bi3+ ions rather than the reduction in the concentration of the above defect centers. An effort was also made to use the Bi3+ co-doped CaSO4:Dy phosphor for dosimetry of chilled or frozen food irradiation.

  13. Current Injection Provokes Rapid Expansion of the Guard Cell Cytosolic Volume and Triggers Ca(2+) Signals.

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    Voss, Lena J; Hedrich, Rainer; Roelfsema, M Rob G

    2016-03-01

    High-resolution microscopy opens the door for detailed single-cell studies with fluorescent reporter dyes and proteins. We used a confocal spinning disc microscope to monitor fluorescent dyes and the fluorescent protein Venus in tobacco and Arabidopsis guard cells. Multi-barreled microelectrodes were used to inject dyes and apply voltage pulses, which provoke transient rises in the cytosolic Ca(2+) level. Voltage pulses also caused changes in the distribution of Lucifer Yellow and Venus, which pointed to a reversible increase of guard cell cytosolic volume. The dynamic cytosolic volume changes turned out to be provoked by current injection of ions. A reduction of the clamp current, by blocking K(+) uptake channels with Cs(+), strongly suppressed the cytosolic volume changes. Cs(+) not only inhibited the expansion of the cytosol, but also inhibited hyperpolarization-induced elevations of the cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration. A complete loss of voltage-induced Ca(2+) signals occurred when Ca(2+)-permeable plasma membrane channels were simultaneously blocked with La(3+). This shows that two mechanisms cause hyperpolarization-induced elevation of the cytosolic Ca(2+)-concentration: (i) activation of voltage-dependent Ca(2+)-permeable channels, (ii) osmotically induced expansion of the cytosol, which leads to a release of Ca(2+) from intracellular stores. PMID:26902185

  14. Proinflammatory Cytokines Regulate Cementogenic Differentiation of Periodontal Ligament Cells by Wnt/Ca(2+) Signaling Pathway.

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    Han, Pingping; Lloyd, Tain; Chen, Zetao; Xiao, Yin

    2016-05-01

    Periodontal inflammation can inhibit cell differentiation of periodontal ligament cells (PDLCs), resulting in decreased bone/cementum regeneration ability. The Wnt signaling pathway, including canonical Wnt/β-catenin signaling and noncanonical Wnt/Ca(2+) signaling, plays essential roles in cell proliferation and differentiation during tooth development. However, little is still known whether noncanonical Wnt/Ca(2+) signaling cascade could regulate cementogenic/osteogenic differentiation capability of PDLCs within an inflammatory environment. Therefore, in this study, human PDLCs (hPDLCs) and their cementogenic differentiation potential were investigated in the presence of cytokines. The data demonstrated that both cytokines interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) inhibited cell proliferation, relative alkaline phosphatase activity, bone/cementum-related gene/protein expression, and canonical Wnt pathway-related gene/protein expression in hPDLCs. Interestingly, both cytokines upregulated the noncanonical Wnt/Ca(2+) signaling-related gene and protein expression in hPDLCs. When the Wnt/Ca(2+) pathway was blocked by Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II inhibitor KN93, even in the presence of IL-6 and TNF-α, cementogenesis could be stimulated in hPDLCs. Our data indicate that the Wnt/Ca(2+) pathway plays an inhibitory role on PDLC cementogenic differentiation in inflammatory microenvironments. Therefore, targeting the Wnt/Ca(2+) pathway may provide a novel therapeutic approach to improve periodontal regeneration for periodontal diseases. PMID:27074616

  15. Interrelationship between growth factor-induced pH changes and intracellular Ca/sup 2 +/

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    Ives, H.E.; Daniel, T.O.

    1987-04-01

    Many mitogens cause rapid changes in intracellular pH and Ca/sup 2 +/. The authors studied the patterns of pH and Ca/sup 2 +/ changes after exposure of murine fibroblasts to platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), bombesin, phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA), and the vasoactive peptide bradykinin. Intracellular pH and Ca/sup 2 +/ were measured by using the fluorescent dyes 2',7'-bis(carboxyethyl)-5(6)-carboxyfluorescein and fura-2. Three distinct patterns of intracellular pH change were observed. (i) PDGF and bombesin caused a rapid cytoplasmic acidification of 0.03 pH unit followed by a slower alkalinization of approx. = 0.11 pH unit above the resting pH of 6.88. (ii) PMA caused alkalinization without causing the early acidification. (iii) Bradykinin caused rapid acidification without the slower net alkalinization. All acidification responses were amiloride resistant. Patterns of intracellular Ca/sup 2 +/ response were also determined for each agent. In Ca/sup 2 +/-buffered cells, PDGF, bombesin, bradykinin, and ionomycin failed to induce cellular acidification, but alkalinization responses to PDGF, bombesin, and PMA persisted. They propose that the transient acidification seen with PDGF, bombesin, and other agents is the result of increased intracellular Ca/sup 2 +/. However, growth factor-induced alkalinization via the Na/sup +//H/sup +/ exchanger is independent of changes in Ca/sup 2 +/.

  16. Development and evaluation of materials for thermochemical heat storage based on the CaO/CaCO3 reaction couple

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    Sakellariou, Kyriaki G.; Tsongidis, Nikolaos I.; Karagiannakis, George; Konstandopoulos, Athanasios G.; Baciu, Diana; Charalambopoulou, Georgia; Steriotis, Theodore; Stubos, Athanasios; Arlt, Wolfgang

    2016-05-01

    The current work relates to the development of synthetic calcium oxide (CaO) based compositions as candidate materials for energy storage under a cyclic carbonation/decarbonation reaction scheme. Although under such a cyclic scheme the energy density of natural lime based CaO is high (˜ 3MJ/kg), the particular materials suffer from notable cycle-to-cycle deactivation. To this direction, pure CaO and CaO/Al2O3 composites have been prepared and preliminarily evaluated under the suggested cyclic carbonation/decarbonation scheme in the temperature range of 600-800°C. For the composite materials, Ca/Al molar ratios were in the range between 95/5 and 52/48 and upon calcination the formation of mixed Ca/Al phases was verified. The preliminary evaluation of materials studied was conducted under 3 carbonation/decarbonation cycles and the loss of activity for the case of natural CaO was obvious. Synthetic materials with superior stability/capture c.f. natural CaO were further subjected to multi-cyclic carbonation/decarbonation, via which the positive effect of alumina addition was made evident. Selected compositions exhibited adequately high CO2 capture capacity and stable performance during multi-cyclic operation. Moreover, this study contains preliminary experiments referring to proof-of-principle validation of a concept based on the utilization of a CaO-based honeycomb reactor/heat exchanger preliminary design. In particular, cordierite monolithic structures were coated with natural CaO and in total 11 cycles were conducted. Upon operation, clear signs of heat dissipation by the imposed flow in the duration of the exothermic reaction step were identified.

  17. Characterization of Ca2+-Dependent Protein-Protein Interactions within the Ca2+ Release Units of Cardiac Sarcoplasmic Reticulum

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    Rani, Shilpa; Park, Chang Sik; Sreenivasaiah, Pradeep Kumar; Kim, Do Han

    2016-01-01

    In the heart, excitation-contraction (E-C) coupling is mediated by Ca2+ release from sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) through the interactions of proteins forming the Ca2+ release unit (CRU). Among them, calsequestrin (CSQ) and histidine-rich Ca2+ binding protein (HRC) are known to bind the charged luminal region of triadin (TRN) and thus directly or indirectly regulate ryanodine receptor 2 (RyR2) activity. However, the mechanisms of CSQ and HRC mediated regulation of RyR2 activity through TRN have remained unclear. We first examined the minimal KEKE motif of TRN involved in the interactions with CSQ2, HRC and RyR2 using TRN deletion mutants and in vitro binding assays. The results showed that CSQ2, HRC and RyR2 share the same KEKE motif region on the distal part of TRN (aa 202–231). Second, in vitro binding assays were conducted to examine the Ca2+ dependence of protein-protein interactions (PPI). The results showed that TRN-HRC interaction had a bell-shaped Ca2+ dependence, which peaked at pCa4, whereas TRN-CSQ2 or TRN-RyR2 interaction did not show such Ca2+ dependence pattern. Third, competitive binding was conducted to examine whether CSQ2, HRC, or RyR2 affects the TRN-HRC or TRN-CSQ2 binding at pCa4. Among them, only CSQ2 or RyR2 competitively inhibited TRN-HRC binding, suggesting that HRC can confer functional refractoriness to CRU, which could be beneficial for reloading of Ca2+ into SR at intermediate Ca2+ concentrations. PMID:26674963

  18. Mechanical and thermal-expansion characteristics of Ca10(PO46(OH2-Ca3(PO42 composites

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    Ruseska G.

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Three types of composites consisting of Ca10(PO46(OH2 and Ca3(PO42 with composition: 75% (wt Ca10(PO46(OH2: 25%(wt Ca3(PO42; 50%(wt Ca10(PO46(OH2: 50%(wtCa3(PO42 and 25 %(wt Ca10(PO46(OH2: 75%(wt Ca3(PO42 were the subject of our investigation. Sintered compacts were in thermal equilibrium, which was proved by the absence of hysteresis effect of the dependence ΔL/L=f(T during heating /cooling in the temperature interval 20-1000-200C. Sintered compacts with the previously mentioned composition possess 26-50% higher values of the E-modulus, G-modulus and K-modulus indicating the presence of a synergism effect. Several proposed model equations for predicting the thermal expansion coefficient in dependence of the thermal and elastic properties of the constitutive phases and their volume fractions, given by: Turner, Kerner, Tummala and Friedberg, Thomas and Taya, were used for making correlations between mechanical and thermal-expansion characteristics of the Ca10(PO46(OH2 - Ca3(PO42 composites. Application of the previously mentioned model equations to all kinds of composites leads to the conclusion that the experimentally obtained results for the thermal expansion coefficient are in an excellent agreement with the theoretical calculated values on account of the volume fraction of each constitutive phase and with all applied model equations, with a coefficient of correlation from 98.16-99.86 %.

  19. On the Study of Risk Factors of Ca. Cervix and Ca. Breast: a Case Study in Assam

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    Lipi B. Mahanta

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Ca.cervix and ca.breast are the most common life threatening cancers among women worldwide and the same is true for north east region of India also. So these two cancers remain a serious public health problem worldwide. Therefore more research work on the risk factors for ca.cervix and ca.breast is needed to better understand its etiology and pathogenesis. With this background this study is conducted to observe the possible factors such as socio-economic, marital etc., which may lead to the occurrence of these cancers in our region. For conducting this study we collect data by interviewing the patient registered in the B. Barooah cancer research institute which is the main sources of cancer data in Assam. Here we take 30 diagnosed cases each for ca.cervix and ca.breast and plot the data in a cross tabular form and analyze different factors and finally we try to abstract the conclusion from these tables. From the study it is revealed that there is strong evidence between the cancer type (ca.breast and ca.cervix and the following risk factors: family income (p=.017, age at marriage (p=.031, age of the patients (p=.017, number of children (p=.001, age at first child birth (p=.003, oral contraceptive used (p=.028. It has been further observed that most of the patients are house wives and non vegetarian. Moreover it is seen that of the two types of cancer the Bengali population of the state are more afflicted by ca.breast whereas the Assamese population are more afflicted by ca.cervix.

  20. Defect luminescence in CaF2 nanoparticles

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    The stationary X-ray excited luminescence (XEL) spectra at 80 and 294 K as well as the thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) in the 80–320 K range of the CaF2 nanoparticles with various grain sizes (20–60 nm) were studied. Similarly to the earlier studied single CaF2 crystals, specific bands were revealed both for XEL and for TSL of the radiation defects. XEL spectra of the CaF2 nanoparticles contain emission bands in the 240–500 nm region caused by excitonic-like excitations localized at the radiation defects of the CaF2 lattice as well as recombination luminescence band at 560 nm. TSL integral curves of CaF2 nanoparticles contain peaks that correspond to the delocalization of the hole centers and to their recombination with F-centers and with electronic centers of the cationic sublattice. Activation energies of delocalization processes of the hole centers were determined. It was established that the light output of both XEL and TSL of the CaF2 nanoparticles increases with an increase of size of nanoparticles in the region of 20–50 nm. - Highlights: • X-ray excited and the thermo stimulated luminescence of CaF2 nanoparticles were studied. • The specific luminescence bands of the radiation defects were revealed. • Activation energies of delocalization processes of the hole centers were determined. • The dependence of the luminescence output on nanoparticle grain size were established

  1. Rice-like hollow nano-CaCO3 synthesis

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    Ulkeryildiz, Eda; Kilic, Sevgi; Ozdemir, Ekrem

    2016-09-01

    We have shown that Ca(OH)2 solution is a natural stabilizer for CaCO3 particles. We designed a CO2 bubbling crystallization reactor to produce nano-CaCO3 particles in homogenous size distribution without aggregation. In the experimental set-up, the crystallization region was separated from the stabilization region. The produced nanoparticles were removed from the crystallization region into the stabilization region before aggregation or crystal growth. It was shown that rice-like hollow nano-CaCO3 particles in about 250 nm in size were produced with almost monodispersed size distribution. The particles started to dissolve through their edges as CO2 bubbles were injected, which opened-up the pores inside the particles. At the late stages of crystallization, the open pores were closed as a result of dissolution-recrystallization of the newly synthesized CaCO3 particles. These particles were stable in Ca(OH)2 solution and no aggregation was detected. The present methodology can be used in drug encapsulation into inorganic CaCO3 particles for cancer treatment with some modifications.

  2. A Constrained CA Model for Planning Simulation Incorporating Institutional Constraints

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    2010-01-01

    In recent years,it is prevailing to simulate urban growth by means of cellular automata (CA in short) modeling,which is based on selforganizing theories and different from the system dynamic modeling.Since the urban system is definitely complex,the CA models applied in urban growth simulation should take into consideration not only the neighborhood influence,but also other factors influencing urban development.We bring forward the term of complex constrained CA (CC-CA in short) model,which integrates the constrained conditions of neighborhood,macro socio-economy,space and institution.Particularly,the constrained construction zoning,as one institutional constraint,is considered in the CC-CA modeling.In the paper,the conceptual CC-CA model is introduced together with the transition rules.Based on the CC-CA model for Beijing,we discuss the complex constraints to the urban development of,and we show how to set institutional constraints in planning scenario to control the urban growth pattern of Beijing.

  3. Systematic B-metal substitution in CaNi5

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    Jensen, Jens Oluf; Bjerrum, Niels

    The aim of this work has been to study the effect of B metal substitutions in CaNi5 (AB(5)) which is known to suffer from poor cycling stability as a hydride electrode material. Systematic monosubstitutions of nickel with the most common other B metals (i.e. Al, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Cu, Zn and Sn) and...... Mg were performed. The overall composition was in all cases CaNi5-xMx (x=0.5 or 1) where M is the substituting element. The alloys were prepared by mechanical alloying. The hydrogen storage capacity was measured electrochemically ranging from 39 to 390 mAh/g, but none of the substitutions increased...... the cycling stability to any significant extend compared to pure CaNi5. X-ray diffraction patterns of the alloys revealed that only in a few cases the hexagonal CaCu5 structure of a true AB(5) alloy was preserved. In most cases diffraction patterns matching Ca2Ni7, CaNi3 or CaNi2 were seen. It can be...

  4. Fabrication and characterization of CaP-coated nanotube arrays

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    Modified anodization techniques have been shown to improve the biocompatibility of titanium. This study demonstrated the anodic formation of self-organized nanotube arrays on titanium from an electrolyte solution containing 1 M H3PO4 and 1 wt% hydrofluoric acid (HF). Our aim was to investigate the effects of sputter-deposited CaP on nanotube arrays. SEM images revealed a surface with uniform morphology and an average pore diameter of 29 nm. XRD results indicated that the phase of the nanotube arrays was amorphous. Electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA) confirmed that the nanotube arrays were coated with calcium and phosphorus. Cell culture experiments using human osteosarcoma (HOS) cells demonstrated that the CaP/nanotube arrays had a pronounced effect on initial cell attachment as well as on the number of cells at 1, 7, and 14 days. Compared to as-polished titanium, the CaP/nanotube arrays accelerated cell proliferation, attachment, and spreading. Our results demonstrate the pronounced effects of CaP/nanotube arrays on the biological responses of HOS cells. - Highlights: • Self-organized nanotube arrays were anodically formed on titanium. • Surfaces of nanotube arrays exhibited uniform morphology and pore size. • According to ESCA results, Ca and P were successfully coated on nanotube arrays. • CaP/nanotube arrays accelerated the attachment and spreading of cells. • CaP/nanotube arrays were shown to affect biological responses of cells

  5. Fabrication and characterization of CaP-coated nanotube arrays

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    Kung, Kuan-Chen; Chen, Jia-Ling [Institute of Oral Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Liu, Yen-Ting [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Lee, Tzer-Min, E-mail: tmlee@mail.ncku.edu.tw [Institute of Oral Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Medical Device Innovation Center, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); School of Dentistry, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan (China)

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    Modified anodization techniques have been shown to improve the biocompatibility of titanium. This study demonstrated the anodic formation of self-organized nanotube arrays on titanium from an electrolyte solution containing 1 M H{sub 3}PO{sub 4} and 1 wt% hydrofluoric acid (HF). Our aim was to investigate the effects of sputter-deposited CaP on nanotube arrays. SEM images revealed a surface with uniform morphology and an average pore diameter of 29 nm. XRD results indicated that the phase of the nanotube arrays was amorphous. Electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA) confirmed that the nanotube arrays were coated with calcium and phosphorus. Cell culture experiments using human osteosarcoma (HOS) cells demonstrated that the CaP/nanotube arrays had a pronounced effect on initial cell attachment as well as on the number of cells at 1, 7, and 14 days. Compared to as-polished titanium, the CaP/nanotube arrays accelerated cell proliferation, attachment, and spreading. Our results demonstrate the pronounced effects of CaP/nanotube arrays on the biological responses of HOS cells. - Highlights: • Self-organized nanotube arrays were anodically formed on titanium. • Surfaces of nanotube arrays exhibited uniform morphology and pore size. • According to ESCA results, Ca and P were successfully coated on nanotube arrays. • CaP/nanotube arrays accelerated the attachment and spreading of cells. • CaP/nanotube arrays were shown to affect biological responses of cells.

  6. Autophosphorylation of [alpha]CaMKII is Differentially Involved in New Learning and Unlearning Mechanisms of Memory Extinction

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    Kimura, Ryoichi; Silva, Alcino J.; Ohno, Masuo

    2008-01-01

    Accumulating evidence indicates the key role of [alpha]-calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II ([alpha]CaMKII) in synaptic plasticity and learning, but it remains unclear how this kinase participates in the processing of memory extinction. Here, we investigated the mechanism by which [alpha]CaMKII may mediate extinction by using…

  7. Optical identification of the long-wavelength (700-1700 nm) electronic excitations of the native reaction centre, Mn4CaO5 cluster and cytochromes of photosystem II in plants and cyanobacteria.

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    Morton, Jennifer; Akita, Fusamichi; Nakajima, Yoshiki; Shen, Jian-Ren; Krausz, Elmars

    2015-02-01

    Visible/UV absorption in PS II core complexes is dominated by the chl-a absorptions, which extend to ~700 nm. A broad 700-730 nm PS II core complex absorption in spinach has been assigned to a charge transfer excitation between ChlD1 and ChlD2. Emission from this state, which peaks at 780 nm, has been seen for both plant and cyanobacterial samples. We show that Thermosynechococcus vulcanus PS II core complexes have parallel absorbance in the 700-730 nm region and similar photochemical behaviour to that seen in spinach. This establishes the low energy charge transfer state as intrinsic to the native PS II reaction centre. High-sensitivity MCD measurements made in the 700-1700 nm region reveal additional electronic excitations at ~770 nm and ~1550 nm. The temperature and field dependence of MCD spectra establish that the system peaking near 1550 nm is a heme-to-Fe(III) charge transfer excitation. These transitions have not previously been observed for cyt b559 or cyt c550. The distinctive characteristics of the MCD signals seen at 770 nm allow us to assign absorption in this region to a dz(2)→d(x2-y2) transition of Mn(III) in the Ca-Mn4O5 cluster of the oxygen evolving centre. Current measurements were performed in the S1 state. Detailed analyses of this spectral region, especially in higher S states, promise to provide a new window on models of water oxidation. PMID:25445315

  8. Ca alginate as scaffold for iron oxide nanoparticles synthesis

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    P. V. Finotelli

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Recently, nanotechnology has developed to a stage that makes it possible to process magnetic nanoparticles for the site-specific delivery of drugs. To this end, it has been proposed as biomaterial for drug delivery system in which the drug release rates would be activated by a magnetic external stimuli. Alginate has been used extensively in the food, pharmaceutical and biomedical industries for their gel forming properties in the presence of multivalent cations. In this study, we produced iron oxide nanoparticles by coprecipitation of Fe(III and Fe(II. The nanoparticles were entrapped in Ca alginate beads before and after alginate gelation. XRD analysis showed that particles should be associated to magnetite or maghemite with crystal size of 9.5 and 4.3 nm, respectively. Studies using Mössbauer spectroscopy corroborate the superparamagnetic behavior. The combination of magnetic properties and the biocompatibility of alginate suggest that this biomaterial may be used as biomimetic system.

  9. Fabrication of ternary Ca-Mg-Zn bulk metallic glasses

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    R. Nowosielski

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The paper describes the preparation, structure and thermal properties of ternary Ca-Mg-Zn bulk metallic glass in form of as-cast rods.Design/methodology/approach: The investigations on the ternary Ca-Mg-Zn glassy rods were conducted by using X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM which energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDS.Findings: The X-ray diffraction investigations have revealed that the studied as-cast rod was amorphous. The fractures of studied alloy could be classified as mixed fracture with indicated “river” and “smooth” fractures. Both type of the fracture surfaces consist of weakly formed “river” and “shell” patterns and “smooth” regions. The “river” patterns are characteristic for metallic glassy alloys.Practical implications: The studied Ca-based bulk metallic glasses is a relatively new group of material. Ca-based bulk metallic glasses are applied for many applications in different elements. Ca-based bulk metallic glasses have many unique properties such as low density (~2.0 g/cm3, low Youn g’s modulus ( ~20 to 30 GPa. The elastic modulus of Ca-b ased BMGs is comparable to that of hum an bone s, and Ca, Mg, and Zn are biocompatible. These features make the Ca-Mg-Zn–based alloys attractive for use in biomedical applications.Originality/value: Fabrication of amorphous alloy in the form of rod ternary Ca-Mg-Zn alloy by pressure die casting method.

  10. Modulation of intracellular Ca2+ levels by Scorpaenidae venoms.

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    Church, Jarrod E; Moldrich, Randal X; Beart, Philip M; Hodgson, Wayne C

    2003-05-01

    The crude venoms of the soldierfish (Gymnapistes marmoratus), the lionfish (Pterois volitans) and the stonefish (Synanceia trachynis) display pronounced neuromuscular activity. Since [Ca(2+)](i) is a key regulator in many aspects of neuromuscular function we sought to determine its involvement in the neuromuscular actions of the venoms. In the chick biventer cervicis muscle, all three venoms produced a sustained contraction (approx 20-30% of 1mM acetylcholine). Blockade of nicotinic receptors with tubocurarine (10 micro M) failed to attenuate the contractile response to either G. marmoratus venom or P. volitans venom, but produced slight inhibition of the response to S. trachynis venom. All three venoms produced a rise in intracellular Ca(2+) (approx. 200-300% of basal) in cultured murine cortical neurons. The Ca(2+)-channel blockers omega-conotoxin MVIIC, omega-conotoxin GVIA, omega-agatoxin IVa and nifedipine (each at 1 micro M) potentiated the increase in [Ca(2+)](i) in response to G. marmoratus venom and P. volitans venom, while attenuating the response to S. trachynis venom. Removal of extracellular Ca(2+), replacement of Ca(2+) with La(3+) (0.5mM), or addition of stonefish antivenom (3units/ml) inhibited both the venom-induced increase in [Ca(2+)](i) in cultured neurones and contraction in chick biventer cervicis muscle. Venom-induced increases in [Ca(2+)](i) correlated with an increased cell death of cultured neurones as measured using propidium iodide (1 micro g/ml). Morphological analysis revealed cellular swelling and neurite loss consistent with necrosis. These data indicate that the effects of all three venoms are due in part to an increase in intracellular Ca(2+), possibly via the formation of pores in the cellular membrane which, under certain conditions, can lead to necrosis. PMID:12727272

  11. Bathymetric Surveys of the Trinity River, CA

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    Matthews, W. V.; Pryor, C. T.

    2012-12-01

    Shallow water (0-5m) bathymetric surveys in alluvial mountain rivers present numerous data collection challenges including highly variable flow depths, rapidly changing topography, turbulent and aerated water in riffles and around large roughness elements, and poor GPS reception. In addition, confined and shallow reaches present access challenges for survey platforms. Recently, nearly 70km of detailed bathymetric surveys were collected along the Trinity River in northwestern CA for the Trinity River Restoration Program. The data collection platform consisted of a 5m jet boat equipped with a multi-transducer hydrographic survey system (or sweep system). The system is capable of collecting data in as little as 0.4m of water and consists of seven transducers, three on each port and starboard collapsible boom and one permanently mounted in the hull of the survey boat. The total swath width is 7.5m, with each transducer evenly spaced at approximately 1.3m apart. Each boom both articulates and collapses, providing flexibility to quickly raise the booms to move upstream under full power or to reduce the boom width in confined areas. A RTK GNSS (GPS+GLONASS) receiver with internal radio for RTK positioning is located directly over the middle transducer and offsets locate the other six transducers. A GNSS heading receiver is used to provide a precise heading for the sweep system. A pitch and roll sensor is placed on the boom just below the GPS antenna and compensates for roll and pitch of the vessel. Depths are sent from the electronics package to a ruggedized laptop running Hypack™ data collection software. Mapping occurred on the falling limb of the Restoration Programs spring flow release. Most data were collected while drifting downstream with the boat matching the water velocity. Data collected along the edges required much greater maneuvering capability and occurred with the boat moving upstream. The boom system allowed data collection up to half the width of the

  12. Changes to a CA Programme - Practitioners' Perspectives

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    Elizabeth Wheeler

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper examines the perceptions of practitioners of the new directions taken by NZICA with respect to its academic and professional programme requirements to obtain CA Institute membership. The “future viability of any professional body is dependent on continuously attracting new members, ideally the best and the brightest new tertiary graduates”, and this is “undoubtedly the case for New Zealand’s professional accounting body, the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA” (Malthus & Fowler 2009, p. 26. In this study, the concurrent triangulation approach to mixed methods described by Creswell (2009 was used to collect data. This approach enabled the results of the two quantitative and qualitative databases to be integrated and compared. It was found that accounting practitioners felt the changes made by NZICA may devalue the brand, while the reduction in liberal papers would result in a narrower degree. Overall, accounting practitioners agreed that three to four years of tertiary accounting education was adequate, a broader four-year course would result in a better-rounded graduates. The reduction in the length of the tertiary programme caused concern that future graduates would be less mature. Accounting practitioners also felt that the changes would harm the credibility of NZICA internationally. However, some accounting practitioners did welcome the fact that the NZICA membership requirements will be more aligned with Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia. Accounting practitioners felt that the new technical modules would offer more flexibility. They believed that the four technical modules should repeat the material taught at university, as long as a balance was maintained between technical and practical skills. They also believed that the changes would result in an increased onus on the employer. Additionally, accounting practitioners agreed that on-the-job training should not replace a tertiary

  13. Glucose-induced Ca2 + signals in rat pancreatic β cells

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    2001-01-01

    Using microfluorometry to assay intracellular Ca2+ , the influences of varied factors on glucose induced Ca22+ signals, such as glucose-induced initial decline phase (GIDP), Ca2+ oscillation, and Ca2+ release from internal stores, were investigated in single rat pancreatic β cells. Glucose was able to evoke GIDP even at non-stimulus concentration (5 mol/L), which is insufficient to induce Ca2+ spikes. GIDP was dependent on neither membrane depo larization nor extraeellular Ca2+ . However, GIDP was inhibited by thapsigargin, indicating a dependence on Ca2+ up take by Ca22+ stores. The glucose-induced calcium oscillation was inhibited when external Ca2+ was removed. However, thapsigargin could not block the Ca2+ oscillation. These results suggest that maintenance of Ca22+ oscillation requires ex tracellular Ca2+ but not Ca2+ stores. Glucose was able to evoke Ca2+ signals even in the absence of external Ca2+ . The glucose-induced Ca2+ release from intracellular Ca2+ stores was blocked by TTX. However, TTX had no effect on high K--induced Ca2+ store release, suggesting that membrane depolarization can directly release Ca2+ from some internal Ca2+ stores in β cells.

  14. CA-125 and Ceruloplasmin Levels in Ovarian Cancer Patients

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    Mangala Hegde; Yousef Rezaei Chianeh; Jeevan Shetty; Donald J. Fernandes; Pragna Rao

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: The initial stage of proliferation of epithelial ovarian carcinoma (EOCa) is usually asymptomatic. Due to the lack of sensitive and reliable markers in majority of patients the disease is widespread at the time of diagnosis. The reliable serum biomarkers currently accepted is CA125 but there is limitation in case of sensitivity of CA125 as it is detectable only in 50% of patients in stage I and 80% of patients with advanced stage. We have investigated a correlation between serum CA12...

  15. Ca + HF - The anatomy of a chemical insertion reaction

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    Jaffe, R. L.; Pattengill, M. D.; Mascarello, F. G.; Zare, R. N.

    1987-01-01

    A comprehensive first-principles theoretical investigation of the gas phase reaction Ca + HF - CaF + H is reported. Ab initio potential energy calculations are first discussed, along with characteristics of the computed potential energy surface. Next, the fitting of the computed potential energy points to a suitable analytical functional form is described, and maps of the fitted potential surface are displayed. The methodology and results of a classical trajectory calculation utilizing the fitted potential surface are presented. Finally, the significance of the trajectory study results is discussed, and generalizations concerning dynamical aspects of Ca + HF scattering are drawn.

  16. Voltage-gated Ca2+ channel in mouse myeloma cells.

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    Fukushima, Y; Hagiwara, S.

    1983-01-01

    Electrical properties of the cell membrane were studied in the neoplastic lymphocyte, mouse myeloma cell line S194, by using the whole-cell patch clamp technique. Inward Ca2+ currents due to voltage-gated Ca2+ channels were found. The current, which decayed exponentially after reaching a peak, was first activated at about -50 mV and attained its maximum peak amplitude at about -20 mV in a 10 mM Ca2+ solution. Outward current was negligible for the potential range more negative than +30 mV. Th...

  17. Microwave losses of bulk CaC 6

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    Cifariello, G.; Di Gennaro, E.; Lamura, G.; Andreone, A.; Emery, N.; Hérold, C.; Marêché, J. F.; Lagrange, P.

    2007-09-01

    We report a study of the temperature dependence of the surface resistance RS in the graphite intercalated compound (GIC) CaC6, where superconductivity at 11.5 K was recently discovered. Experiments are carried out using a copper dielectrically loaded cavity operating at 7 GHz in a "hot finger" configuration. Bulk CaC6 samples have been synthesized from highly oriented pyrolytic graphite. Microwave data allow to extract unique information on the quasiparticle density and on the nature of pairing in superconductors. The analysis of RS(T) confirms our recent experimental findings that CaC6 behaves as a weakly-coupled, fully gapped, superconductor.

  18. Absorption spectrum of Ca atoms attached to 4He nanodroplets

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    Hernando, Alberto; Barranco Gómez, Manuel; Mayol Sánchez, Ricardo; Pi Pericay, Martí; Krosnicki, Marek

    2008-01-01

    Within density functional theory, we have obtained the structure of $^4$He droplets doped with neutral calcium atoms. These results have been used, in conjunction with newly determined {\\it ab-initio} $^1\\Sigma$ and $^1\\Pi$ Ca-He pair potentials, to address the $4s4p$ $^1$P$_1 \\leftarrow 4s^2$ $^1$S$_0$ transition of the attached Ca atom, finding a fairly good agreement with absorption experimental data. We have studied the drop structure as a function of the position of the Ca atom with resp...

  19. Integrated Coastal Management in the Province Ca Mau - Vietnam

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    Stoop, B; Bouziotas, D.; Hanssen, J.L.J.; Dunnewolt, J.; Postma, M.G.

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    The province of Ca Mau is the southernmost part of Vietnam and the Mekong Delta. The water system of Ca Mau faces multiple challenges, both in its coastal zone and in its inland regions. the coastal zone in the province. In view of this, this study presents an integrated approach for combined coastal and inland water management in Ca Mau, under the scope of climate and socio-economic change. Firstly, an extensive literature study is performed on the current status of both the coastal zone and...

  20. IR laser operated piezooptics in PbTe:Ca crystals

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    Roknabad, Mahmoud Rezaee; Razavi, Mohammad; Mollai, Maedeh

    2013-01-01

    IR induced piezo optic effect (POE) in PbTe:Ca crystals was found under the influence of nanosecond pulse CO2 laser with a wavelength of 10.6 micro meters. It was shown that addition of Ca leads to an increase of the POE tensor coefficient. This indicates the appearance of enhanced IR induced static dipole moments caused predominately by Ca impurities. Simultaneously, the variations in time kinetics for the POE in nanosecond time regime were explored. A substantial role of electron phonon subsystem in the observed POE effect was demonstrated. The studies were done both for diagonal as well as off diagonal POE tensor components.

  1. Phorbol Ester Modulation of Ca2+ Channels Mediates Nociceptive Transmission in Dorsal Horn Neurones

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    Gary J. Stephens

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Phorbol esters are analogues of diacylglycerol which activate C1 domain proteins, such as protein kinase C (PKC. Phorbol ester/PKC pathways have been proposed as potential therapeutic targets for chronic pain states, potentially by phosphorylating proteins involved in nociception, such as voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels (VDCCs. In this brief report, we investigate the potential involvement of CaV2 VDCC subtypes in functional effects of the phorbol ester, phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA on nociceptive transmission in the spinal cord. Effects of PMA and of selective pharmacological blockers of CaV2 VDCC subtypes on nociceptive transmission at laminae II dorsal horn neurones were examined in mouse spinal cord slices. Experiments were extended to CaV2.3(−/− mice to complement pharmacological studies. PMA increased the mean frequency of spontaneous postsynaptic currents (sPSCs in dorsal horn neurones, without an effect on event amplitude or half-width. sPSC frequency was reduced by selective VDCC blockers, w-agatoxin-IVA (AgTX; CaV2.1, w-conotoxin-GVIA (CTX; CaV2.2 or SNX-482 (CaV2.3. PMA effects were attenuated in the presence of each VDCC blocker and, also, in CaV2.3(−/− mice. These initial data demonstrate that PMA increases nociceptive transmission at dorsal horn neurones via actions on different CaV2 subtypes suggesting potential anti-nociceptive targets in this system.

  2. αCaMKII controls the establishment of cocaine's reinforcing effects in mice and humans.

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    Easton, A C; Lourdusamy, A; Havranek, M; Mizuno, K; Solati, J; Golub, Y; Clarke, T-K; Vallada, H; Laranjeira, R; Desrivières, S; Moll, G H; Mössner, R; Kornhuber, J; Schumann, G; Giese, K P; Fernandes, C; Quednow, B B; Müller, C P

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    Although addiction develops in a considerable number of regular cocaine users, molecular risk factors for cocaine dependence are still unknown. It was proposed that establishing drug use and memory formation might share molecular and anatomical pathways. Alpha-Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase-IICaMKII) is a key mediator of learning and memory also involved in drug-related plasticity. The autophosphorylation of αCaMKII was shown to accelerate learning. Thus, we investigated the role of αCaMKII autophosphorylation in the time course of establishing cocaine use-related behavior in mice. We found that αCaMKII autophosphorylation-deficient αCaMKII(T286A) mice show delayed establishment of conditioned place preference, but no changes in acute behavioral activation, sensitization or conditioned hyperlocomotion to cocaine (20 mg kg(-1), intraperitoneal). In vivo microdialysis revealed that αCaMKII(T286A) mice have blunted dopamine (DA) and blocked serotonin (5-HT) responses in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) and prefrontal cortex after acute cocaine administration (20 mg kg(-1), intraperitoneal), whereas noradrenaline responses were preserved. Under cocaine, the attenuated DA and 5-HT activation in αCaMKII(T286A) mice was followed by impaired c-Fos activation in the NAcc. To translate the rodent findings to human conditions, several CAMK2A gene polymorphisms were tested regarding their risk for a fast establishment of cocaine dependence in two independent samples of regular cocaine users from Brazil (n=688) and Switzerland (n=141). A meta-analysis across both samples confirmed that CAMK2A rs3776823 TT-allele carriers display a faster transition to severe cocaine use than C-allele carriers. Together, these data suggest that αCaMKII controls the speed for the establishment of cocaine's reinforcing effects. PMID:25290264

  3. Angiotensin II type 1 receptors stimulate protein synthesis in human cardiac fibroblasts via a Ca2+-sensitive PKC-dependent tyrosine kinase pathway

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    Hou, M; Pantev, E; Möller, S;

    2000-01-01

    ) was obtained at a concentration of 10 nM. There were no significant alterations of cell number or total protein content, suggesting that Ang II stimulated protein synthesis but did not induce hypertrophy. The accumulation of 3H-leucine was blocked by the AT1 receptor antagonist candesartan but not by...

  4. Effect of ambient Mg/Ca ratio on Mg fractionation in calcareous marine invertebrates: A record of the oceanic Mg/Ca ratio over the Phanerozoic

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    Ries, Justin B.

    2004-11-01

    The Mg/Ca ratio of seawater has changed significantly over the Phanerozoic, primarily as a function of the rate of ocean-crust production. Echinoids, crabs, shrimps, and calcareous serpulid worms grown in artificial seawaters encompassing the range of Mg/Ca ratios that existed throughout the Phanerozoic exhibit a direct nonlinear relationship between skeletal and ambient Mg/Ca. Specimens grown in seawater with the lowest Mg/Ca (˜1) changed their mineralogy to low-Mg calcite (MgCO3), suggesting that these high-Mg calcareous organisms would have produced low-Mg calcite in the Cretaceous, when oceanic Mg/Ca was lowest (˜1). These results support the empirical evidence that the skeletal chemistry of calcareous organisms has varied significantly over the Phanerozoic as a function of the Mg/Ca of seawater, and that the Mg/Ca of unaltered fossils of such organisms may be a record of oceanic Mg/Ca throughout the Phanerozoic. Mg fractionation algorithms, which relate skeletal Mg/Ca, seawater Mg/Ca, and temperature, were derived from these and other experiments. They can be used to estimate paleoceanic Mg/ Ca ratios and temperatures from fossil skeletal Mg/Ca of the organisms evaluated. Pale oceanic Mg/Ca ratios, recalculated by using the echinoderm Mg fractionation algorithm from published fossil echinoid Mg/Ca, crinoid Mg/Ca, and paleotemperature data, are consistent with other estimates and models of oceanic Mg/Ca over the Phanerozoic.

  5. Formation mechanism of Ca-deficient hydroxyapatite coating on Mg–Zn–Ca alloy for orthopaedic implant

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    Wang, Huanxin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); College of Materials and Chemical Engineering, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); Zhu, Shijie; Wang, Liguo; Feng, Yashan; Ma, Xun [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); Guan, Shaokang, E-mail: skguan@zzuedu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450002 (China)

    2014-07-01

    A biodegradable Ca-deficient hydroxyapatite (Ca-def HA) coating has been directly prepared on Mg–Zn–Ca alloy by pulse electrodeposition to improve its corrosion resistance and biocompatibility. However, the formation mechanism of such a Ca-def HA coating on magnesium substrate is still not clear. In this study, the microstructure evolution of the coating was characterized using x-ray diffractometer, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Thermodynamic and kinetic studies of the precipitation of hydroxyapatite (HA), octacalcium phosphate (OCP) and dicalcium phosphate dihydrate (DCPD) in the used electrolyte were also carried out. Theoretical analyses illustrate that the precipitation of HA, OCP and DCPD are all possible when the electrolyte pH is higher than 6 at 80 °C, and that the higher the pH value, the more favorable is the formation of HA. Nevertheless, there is mainly poor crystalline Ca-def HA on the substrate when pulse electrodeposition lasts for 5 min, and its crystallinity increases with duration time The direct formation of the Ca-def HA coating on Mg–Zn–Ca alloy is closely dependent on the phase composition and microstructure of the substrate, the deposition parameters and Mg{sup 2+} ions substitution in HA structure.

  6. Autonomous CaMKII Mediates Both LTP and LTD Using a Mechanism for Differential Substrate Site Selection

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    Steven J. Coultrap

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Traditionally, hippocampal long-term potentiation (LTP of synaptic strength requires Ca2+/calmodulin (CaM-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII and other kinases, whereas long-term depression (LTD requires phosphatases. Here, we found that LTD also requires CaMKII and its phospho-T286-induced “autonomous” (Ca2+-independent activity. However, whereas LTP is known to induce phosphorylation of the AMPA-type glutamate receptor (AMPAR subunit GluA1 at S831, LTD instead induced CaMKII-mediated phosphorylation at S567, a site known to reduce synaptic GluA1 localization. GluA1 S831 phosphorylation by “autonomous” CaMKII was further stimulated by Ca2+/CaM, as expected for traditional substrates. By contrast, GluA1 S567 represents a distinct substrate class that is unaffected by such stimulation. This differential regulation caused GluA1 S831 to be favored by LTP-type stimuli (strong but brief, whereas GluA1 S567 was favored by LTD-type stimuli (weak but prolonged. Thus, requirement of autonomous CaMKII in opposing forms of plasticity involves distinct substrate classes that are differentially regulated to enable stimulus-dependent substrate-site preference.

  7. The effect of external Ca2+ and Ca2+—channel modulators on red—light—induced swelling of protoplasts of Phaseolus radiatus L.

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    LONGCHENG; XIAOJINGWANG; 等

    1998-01-01

    Red-light-induced swelling of the protoplasts isolated from hypocotyl of etiolated mung bean(Phaseolus radiatusL.)was observed only when Ca2+ ions were present in the medium.The optimal CaCl2 concentration was 250μM,Swlling response declined when Ca2+ was supplied into the medium after red light irradiation.The Ca2+-chelator EGTA eliminated the red-light-induced swelling and 45Ca2+ accumulation in the protoplasts.In conltrast,A23187,a Ca2+-ionophore,could mimic the effect of red light in darkness.These results indicate that Ca2+ may play a role in light signal transduction.In addition,swelling response was prevented by TFP and CPZ(both are CaM antagonists),implying the involvement of CaM in red-light-induced and Ca2+ -dependent protoplast swelling.

  8. Conceptual process design of a CaO/Ca(OH)2 thermochemical energy storage system using fluidized bed reactors

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    This paper analyses a thermochemical energy storage process using a CaO/Ca(OH)2 chemical loop. A single circulating fluidized bed reactor is proposed to carry out the hydration-dehydration alternating reactions. During the energy discharge step, steam is fed to the reactor and used as a fluidizing gas and as a reactant with the CaO coming from a silo, enabling heat to be recovered at a sufficiently high temperature (around 743 K) from the hydration reaction taking place in the fluidized bed. During the dehydration of Ca(OH)2 (energy charging step), heat (i.e. from a concentrated solar field) is stored in thermochemical form as CaO by using steam as a fluidizing gas. A basic process integration scheme for a reference case with a power output of 100 MWt is analysed in this work, by solving the mass and energy balances during charging and discharging steps and by calculating the volume of the silos and characteristic dimensions of the fluidized bed reactor. The effective energy storage densities of the CaO silo is shown to be over 260 kWh/m3 with reasonable activities of the solids when storing CaO solids in the silo at around 813 K. - Highlights: • Novel process concept using CaO/Ca(OH)2 cycle for thermochemical energy storage . • Design of a circulating fluidized bed reactor coupled with low cost solid storage silos. • Reaction under steam at 743–813 K for both hydration/dehydration shown to be effective. • Εnergy storage density over 260 kWh/m3 for solids with increment in conversion of 0.6

  9. Feasibility study of CaSO4:Eu, CaSO4:Eu,Ag and CaSO4:Eu,Ag(NP) as thermoluminescent dosimeters

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    This work evaluates the dosimetric properties of crystals of CaSO4 doped with unusual elements, such as europium (Eu) and silver (Ag), including their nanoparticle forms, after the incorporation of glass or Teflon and compares them with well-known thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD). X-ray diffraction analyses showed that samples of doped CaSO4 exhibit only a single phase corresponding to the crystal structure of anhydrite. Optical spectroscopy confirmed the presence of Eu3+ in the crystal matrix and a luminescent gain due the presence of silver nanoparticles. The composites showed thermoluminescent emission glow curves, with a single peak centered at approximately 200 °C for pellets with Teflon and at 230 °C for pellets with glass. The dosimeters based on calcium sulfate doped with europium and silver nanoparticles provided the most intense thermoluminescent (TL) emission of the composites studied. In comparison with commercial TLD, such as LiF:Mg,Ti and CaSO4:Dy, the CaSO4:Eu,Ag(NP)+glass produced in this work presented similar low detection limits and higher sensitivity. The new methods for the preparation of dosimeters and the incorporation of glass are shown to be viable because all of the samples presented a linear, reproducible and first order kinetic TL emission. - Highlights: • Thermoluminescent properties of CaSO4 doped with Eu, Ag and Ag nanoparticles were evaluated. • Crystals were grown using a production route based in the Yamashita method. • Glass or Teflon was incorporate to the crystals in order to obtain composites. • The TL responses of the composites are proportional to the dose absorbed. • The CaSO4:Eu,Ag(NP) + glass has potential to be used as a thermoluminescent dosimeter

  10. Multiphoton Ca2+ production occurring before the onset of Ca+ saturation: is it a fingerprint of direct double ionization?

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    Liontos, I; Cohen, S.; Lyras, A.

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Singly and doubly charged Ca ions have been produced by multiphoton excitation of Ca vapor with 5 ns, low intensity (?3?10 11 W/cm 2) dye-laser pulses in the 675- 685 nm wavelength range, including the four-photon 4s 2 1 S 0 ? 4p 2 1 S 0 excitation. The intensity and wavelength dependence of the ion yields was recorded as well as the fluorescence emission from excited states of the Ca ion in an effort to identify the excitation pathways leading to single and double ionization. Una...

  11. Towards an AC-MOT of CaF

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    Anderegg, Loic; Chae, Eunmi; Ravi, Aakash; Augenbraun, Benjamin; Hemmerling, Boerge; Drayna, Garrett; Hutzler, Nicholas; Collopy, Alejandra; Wu, Yewei; Ding, Shiqian; Ye, Jun; Ketterle, Wolfgang; Doyle, John

    2016-05-01

    Ultra-cold diatomic molecules have rich prospects as candidates to study controlled ultra-cold chemistry, strongly correlated systems and precision measurements. They are also considered as possible qubits in quantum computing and simulation schemes. We report on progress towards loading CaF into a molecular magneto-optical trap (MOT). An AC-MOT will be used to actively remix magnetic dark states via both polarization and magnetic field switching. In order to load a molecular MOT, we have successfully laser slowed a CaF beam to near the expected capture velocity. We describe our AC-MOT apparatus, which is designed to co-trap CaF and Li. We outline our planned study of CaF-Li collisions to explore the feasibility of sympathetically cooling molecules to ultra-cold temperatures.

  12. Luminescence in LiCaPO{sub 4}

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    More, S.D.; Meshram, M.N.; Wankhede, S.P. [Department of Physics, K.D.K. College of Engineering, Nagpur (India); Muthal, P.L.; Dhopte, S.M. [National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nehru Marg, Nagpur (India); Moharil, S.V., E-mail: svmoharil@yahoo.co [Department of Physics, Nagpur University, Nagpur 440010 (India)

    2011-03-01

    Phase pure LiCaPO{sub 4} was prepared by following a specific procedure involving several annealing steps, not exceeding the temperature 800 {sup o}C at any stage. Luminescence of Cu{sup +} and Eu{sup 2+} activators is studied. A single emission band is observed for both the activators in contrast to two bands reported in earlier literature. It is argued that in the earlier work the samples were contaminated by alpha Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} phase, which could be responsible for these differences. Thermoluminescence of LiCaPO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} was found to be four times more than the commercial phosphor LiF-TLD 100. Phase pure LiCaPO{sub 4} shows interesting luminescence properties different than those reported in the literature and hence it should prove fruitful to probe this material in future.

  13. The intriguing Ca2+ requirement of calpain activation

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    Mammalian ubiquitous μ- and m-calpains, as well as their Drosophila homologs, Calpain A and Calpain B, are Ca2+-activated cytoplasmic proteases that act by limited proteolysis of target proteins. Calpains are thought to be part of many cellular signaling pathways. These enzymes, however, require such high Ca2+ concentration for half-maximal activation in vitro, [Ca2+]0.5, that hardly ever occurs in intact cells. This major dilemma has pervaded the literature on calpains for decades. In this paper several considerations are put forward that challenge the orthodox view and envisage mechanisms that may govern calpain action in vivo. The 'unphysiologically' high Ca2+ demand for activation may turn out to be an evolutionarily adjusted safety device

  14. Neuronal migration and its disorders affecting the CA3 region

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In this review, we focus on CA3 neuronal migration disorders in the rodent. We begin by introducing the main steps of hippocampal development, and we summarize characteristic hippocampal malformations in human. We then describe various mouse mutants showing structural hippocampal defects. Notably, genes identified in human cortical neuronal migration disorders consistently give rise to a CA3 phenotype when mutated in the mouse. We successively describe their molecular, physiological and behavioral phenotypes that together contribute to a better understanding of CA3-dependent functions. We finally discuss potential factors underlying the CA3 vulnerability revealed by these mouse mutants and that may also contribute to other human neurological and psychiatric disorders.

  15. A vaccination strategy to SEIR-CA model

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    Almuzakki, Muhammad Zaki; Nuraini, Nuning

    2016-04-01

    A combination between Susceptible-Exposed-Infected-Removed (SEIR) model and Cellular Automaton (CA) called SEIR-CA model has been proposed to simulate spreading diseases through populations. We make an improvement to the parameter which describe the impact of neighborhood in CA system. We also propose a vaccination strategy to the model. Three examples are given to illustrate the model. The first one shows that the previously established SEIR-CA model does not work properly in a population with randomly distributed individuals. After an improvement to the neighborhood impact parameter has been made, the model works properly in a population with randomly distributed individuals and it is shown in the second example. The last example shows the spreading mechanisms with a chosen vaccination strategy. We also show that the vaccination strategy can reduce the number of infected individuals and can suppress the spread of the diseases.

  16. 77 FR 50053 - Radio Broadcasting Services; Westley, CA

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION 47 CFR Part 73 Radio Broadcasting Services; Westley, CA AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission... 73 Radio, Radio broadcasting. Federal Communications Commission. Peter H. Doyle, Chief,...

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION 47 CFR Part 73 Radio Broadcasting Services; Randsburg, CA AGENCY: Federal Communications... Radio, Radio broadcasting. Federal Communications Commission. Nazifa Sawez, Assistant Chief,...

  18. Cell surface topology creates high Ca2+ signalling microdomains

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    Brasen, Jens Christian; Olsen, Lars Folke; Hallett, Maurice B

    2010-01-01

    It has long been speculated that cellular microdomains are important for many cellular processes, especially those involving Ca2+ signalling. Measurements of cytosolic Ca2+ report maximum concentrations of less than few micromolar, yet several cytosolic enzymes require concentrations of more than......-wrinkle location is also a strategic location at which Ca2+ acts as a regulator of the cortical cytoskeleton and plasma membrane expansion....... smooth cell surface predicts only moderate localized effects, the more realistic "wrinkled" surface topology predicts that Ca2+ concentrations up to 80 microM can persist within the folds of membranes for significant times. This intra-wrinkle location may account for 5% of the total cell volume. Using...

  19. Effect of Ca doping in YBCO superconducting thin films

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    We investigate the effect of partial substitution of Y by Ca in YBCO superconducting thin films. The films were grown on (1 0 0) SrTiO3 single crystal substrates by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The Ca doped film were ablated from Y1-xCaxBa2Cu3O7-δ targets with x=0, 0.05, 0.07, and 0.10. The dc transport properties of the films in applied magnetic field are analyzed to study the role of Ca on the superconducting properties of YBCO films. The irreversibility line for the samples with x=0 and 5 at.% Ca was derived from the E-J curves using a scaling theory for the vortex-glass transition

  20. Atomistic modelling of the hydration of CaSO 4

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    Adam, Craig D.

    2003-08-01

    Atomistic modelling techniques, using empirical potentials, have been used to simulate a range of structures formed by the hydration of γ-CaSO 4 and described as CaSO 4· nH 2O (0commercial importance and has been subjected to much experimental study. These simulation studies demonstrate significant water-matrix interactions that influence the crystallography of the hydrated phase. The existence of two types of hydration site has been predicted, including one within the Ca 2+coordination sphere. Close correlation between water molecule bonding energy, Ca 2+-O w bond length and unit-cell volume have been established. This shows that as the number of water molecules within the unit cell increases, the bonding energy increases and the unit cell contracts. However around n=0.5, this process reaches a turning point with the incorporation of further waters resulting in reduced binding energy and an expanding unit cell.

  1. Biological sample preparation and 41Ca AMS measurement at LLNL

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    Calcium metabolism in biology may be better understood by the use of 41Ca tracer, although requiring detection by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). Methodologies for preparation of urine samples and subsequent AMS measurement were investigated. Novel attempts at preparing CaH2 were unsuccessful, but CaF2 of sufficient purity could be produced by precipitation of calcium from urine as oxalate, followed by separation of calcium by cation exchange chromatography and washing the CaF2 precipitate. The presence of some remaining impurities could be compensated for by selecting the appropriate accelerated ion charge state for AMS. The use of projectile X-rays for isobar discrimination was explored as an alternative to the co nventional dE/dx detector. (orig.)

  2. CaCDPK15 positively regulates pepper responses to Ralstonia solanacearum inoculation and forms a positive-feedback loop with CaWRKY40 to amplify defense signaling.

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    Shen, Lei; Yang, Sheng; Yang, Tong; Liang, Jiaqi; Cheng, Wei; Wen, Jiayu; Liu, Yanyan; Li, Jiazhi; Shi, Lanping; Tang, Qian; Shi, Wei; Hu, Jiong; Liu, Cailing; Zhang, Yangwen; Mou, Shaoliang; Liu, Zhiqin; Cai, Hanyang; He, Li; Guan, Deyi; Wu, Yang; He, Shuilin

    2016-01-01

    CaWRKY40 is a positive regulator of pepper (Capsicum annum) response to Ralstonia solanacearum inoculation (RSI), but the underlying mechanism remains largely unknown. Here, we functionally characterize CaCDPK15 in the defense signaling mediated by CaWRKY40. Pathogen-responsive TGA, W, and ERE boxes were identified in the CaCDPK15 promoter (pCaCDPK15), and pCaCDPK15-driven GUS expression was significantly enhanced in response to RSI and exogenously applied salicylic acid, methyl jasmonate, abscisic acid, and ethephon. Virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) of CaCDPK15 significantly increased the susceptibility of pepper to RSI and downregulated the immunity-associated markers CaNPR1, CaPR1, and CaDEF1. By contrast, transient CaCDPK15 overexpression significantly activated hypersensitive response associated cell death, upregulated the immunity-associated marker genes, upregulated CaWRKY40 expression, and enriched CaWRKY40 at the promoters of its targets genes. Although CaCDPK15 failed to interact with CaWRKY40, the direct binding of CaWRKY40 to pCaCDPK15 was detected by chromatin immunoprecipitation, which was significantly potentiated by RSI in pepper plants. These combined results suggest that RSI in pepper induces CaCDPK15 and indirectly activates downstream CaWRKY40, which in turn potentiates CaCDPK15 expression. This positive-feedback loop would amplify defense signaling against RSI and efficiently activate strong plant immunity. PMID:26928570

  3. Preliminary results on the use of Ca 15-3 in malignant ovarian pathology

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    Ca 15-3 was evaluated as a tumoral marker for ovarian carcinoma and compared to Ca 125, Ca 19-9 and TPA. Fourteen women with untreated malignant epitelial ovarian neoplasm and 52 women with various gynecological pathologies (16 benign ovarian tumors, 9 endometriosis, 16 malignant uterine tumors, 8 malignant uterine tumors and 3 vulvar carcinomas) were studied. All patients were sampled once before surgery. Patients with ovarian carcinoma were also sampled monthly for 18 months during and after chemiotherapy. Serum concentrations were assayed with an immunoradiometric assay using monoclonal antibodies (Ca 15-3, Ca 125 and Ca 19-9) or with a radioimmunoassay using polyclonal antibodies (TPA). Sensitivity and specificity were 42.9% and 92.3% for Ca 15-3, 71.4% and 94.2% for Ca 125, 28.6% and 92.3% for Ca 19-9, 71.4% and 80.8% for TPA, respectively. When Ca 15-3 was evaluated in association with Ca 125 and Ca 19-9 sensitivity and specificity were 71.4% and 88.5% for Ca 15-3 + Ca 125, and 64.3% and 88.5% for Ca 15-3 + Ca 19-9 respectively. Ca 125 gave the best accuracy and specificity. Ca 15-3 was positively correlated to Ca 125 (P<0.01) but because of its lower sensitivity cannot be used alone for monitoring ovarian malignant epithelial neoplasms

  4. The Ca(2+ influence on calmodulin unfolding pathway: a steered molecular dynamics simulation study.

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    Yong Zhang

    Full Text Available The force-induced unfolding of calmodulin (CaM was investigated at atomistic details with steered molecular dynamics. The two isolated CaM domains as well as the full-length CaM were simulated in N-C-terminal pulling scheme, and the isolated N-lobe of CaM was studied specially in two other pulling schemes to test the effect of pulling direction and compare with relevant experiments. Both Ca(2+-loaded CaM and Ca(2+-free CaM were considered in order to define the Ca(2+ influence to the CaM unfolding. The results reveal that the Ca(2+ significantly affects the stability and unfolding behaviors of both the isolated CaM domains and the full-length CaM. In Ca(2+-loaded CaM, N-terminal domain unfolds in priori to the C-terminal domain. But in Ca(2+-free CaM, the unfolding order changes, and C-terminal domain unfolds first. The force-extension curves of CaM unfolding indicate that the major unfolding barrier comes from conquering the interaction of two EF-hand motifs in both N- and C- terminal domains. Our results provide the atomistic-level insights in the force-induced CaM unfolding and explain the observation in recent AFM experiments.

  5. Ca2+-calmodulin-dependent protein kinase expression and signalling in skeletal muscle during exercise

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    Rose, Adam John; Kiens, Bente; Richter, Erik

    2006-01-01

    Ca2+ signalling is proposed to play an important role in skeletal muscle function during exercise. Here, we examined the expression of multifunctional Ca2+-calmodulin-dependent protein kinases (CaMK) in human skeletal muscle and show that CaMKII and CaMKK, but not CaMKI or CaMKIV, are expressed...

  6. Dynamic polarizabilities for the low lying states of Ca+

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    The dynamic polarizabilities of the 4s, 3d and 4p states of Ca+ are calculated using a relativistic structure model. The wavelengths at which the Stark shifts between different pairs of transitions are zero are calculated. Experimental determination of the magic wavelengths could prove useful in developing better atomic structure models and in particular lead to improved values of the polarizabilities for the Ca+(3d) states

  7. Prominent hippocampal CA3 gene expression profile in neurocognitive aging

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    Haberman, Rebecca P.; Colantuoni, Carlo; Stocker, Amy M.; Schmidt, Alexandra C.; Pedersen, Jan T.; Gallagher, Michela

    2009-01-01

    Research in aging laboratory animals has characterized physiological and cellular alterations in medial temporal lobe structures, particularly the hippocampus, that are central to age-related memory deficits. The current study compares molecular alterations across hippocampal subregions in a rat model that closely mirrors individual differences in neurocognitive features of aging humans, including both impaired memory and preserved function. Using mRNA profiling of the CA1, CA3 and dentate gy...

  8. Atrial natriuretic peptide regulates Ca channel in early developmental cardiomyocytes.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Cardiomyocytes derived from murine embryonic stem (ES cells possess various membrane currents and signaling cascades link to that of embryonic hearts. The role of atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP in regulation of membrane potentials and Ca(2+ currents has not been investigated in developmental cardiomyocytes. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We investigated the role of ANP in regulating L-type Ca(2+ channel current (I(CaL in different developmental stages of cardiomyocytes derived from ES cells. ANP decreased the frequency of action potentials (APs in early developmental stage (EDS cardiomyocytes, embryonic bodies (EB as well as whole embryo hearts. ANP exerted an inhibitory effect on basal I(CaL in about 70% EDS cardiomyocytes tested but only in about 30% late developmental stage (LDS cells. However, after stimulation of I(CaL by isoproterenol (ISO in LDS cells, ANP inhibited the response in about 70% cells. The depression of I(CaL induced by ANP was not affected by either Nomega, Nitro-L-Arginine methyl ester (L-NAME, a nitric oxide synthetase (NOS inhibitor, or KT5823, a cGMP-dependent protein kinase (PKG selective inhibitor, in either EDS and LDS cells; whereas depression of I(CaL by ANP was entirely abolished by erythro-9-(2-Hydroxy-3-nonyl adenine (EHNA, a selective inhibitor of type 2 phosphodiesterase(PDE2 in most cells tested. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCES: Taken together, these results indicate that ANP induced depression of action potentials and I(CaL is due to activation of particulate guanylyl cyclase (GC, cGMP production and cGMP-activation of PDE2 mediated depression of adenosine 3', 5'-cyclic monophophate (cAMP-cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA in early cardiomyogenesis.

  9. The Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG™) Security Infrastructure

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    Langella, Stephen; Oster, Scott; Hastings, Shannon; Siebenlist, Frank; Phillips, Joshua; Ervin, David; Permar, Justin; Kurc, Tahsin; Saltz, Joel

    2007-01-01

    Security is a high priority issue in medical domain, because many institutions performing biomedical research work with sensitive medical data regularly. This issue becomes more complicated, when it is desirable or needed to access and analyze data in a multi-institutional setting. In the NCI cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG™) program, several security issues were raised that existing security technologies could not address. Considering caBIG is envisioned to span a large number of c...

  10. Secure electronic commerce communication system based on CA

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    Chen, Deyun; Zhang, Junfeng; Pei, Shujun

    2001-07-01

    In this paper, we introduce the situation of electronic commercial security, then we analyze the working process and security for SSL protocol. At last, we propose a secure electronic commerce communication system based on CA. The system provide secure services such as encryption, integer, peer authentication and non-repudiation for application layer communication software of browser clients' and web server. The system can implement automatic allocation and united management of key through setting up the CA in the network.

  11. 加热灼烧法分析消石灰中Ca(OH)2和CaO的含量%Content analysis of Ca(OH)2 and CaO in lime hydrate with heating ignition method

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    2008-01-01

    介绍了在漂白粉生产中利用加热灼烧法分析消石灰中Ca(OH)2和CaO含量的方法和步骤.采用该方法可提高分析的准确性,有利于指导消石灰的生产过程和陈化时间,从而提高漂白粉的质量.

  12. Charge-State Distributions of Accelerated ^{48}Ca Ions

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    Skobelev, N K; Astabatyan, R A; Vincour, J; Kulko, A A; Lobastov, S P; Lukyanov, S M; Markaryan, E R; Maslov, V A; Penionzhkevich, Yu E; Sobolev, Yu G; Ugryumov, V Yu

    2003-01-01

    A stepped pole broad-range magnetic analyzer has been used to measure the charge-state distributions of accelerated ^{48}Ca ions at the two incident energies 242.8 and 264.5 MeV after passing through thin carbon or gold target foils. The measured charge-state distributions and the mean equilibrium charge of the ^{48}Ca ions are compared with various calculations. It has been shown that the calculations can be used only for evaluation purposes.

  13. Evidence for proton ground state correlations in 48Ca

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    In a high resolution 48Ca(d,3He) experiment at 80 MeV evidence has been found for a 7/2- state at 1.97 MeV in 47K with a spectroscopic factor of C2S=0.08 corresponding to a proportional4% admixture of πf2 (s,d)-2 configurations in the ground state of 48Ca. (orig./HSI)

  14. Synthesis and characterisation of copper doped Ca-Li hydroxyapatite

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    Pogosova, M.A., E-mail: nanaika-muse-999@yandex.ru [Department of Chemistry, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory 1 (3), 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Kazin, P.E. [Department of Chemistry, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory 1 (3), 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Tretyakov, Y.D. [Department of Material Science, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory 1 (73), 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2012-08-01

    Hydroxyapapites M{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}(OH){sub 2} (MHAP), where M is an alkaline earth metal, colored by incorporation of copper ions substituting protons, were discovered recently . Now this kind of apatite-type materials can be used as inorganic pigments. Until now blue (BaHAP), violet (SrHAP) and wine-red (CaHAP) colors were achieved by the copper ions introduction . The task of the present work was to study possibility of further M-ion substitution to affect the color and shift it toward the red-orange tint. Polycrystalline hydroxyapatites Ca{sub 10-x}Li{sub x+y}Cu{sub z}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2}H{sub 2-y-z-{sigma}} (Ca-LiHAP) were synthesized by solid state reaction at 1150 Degree-Sign C (ceramic method) and studied by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), infrared absorption and diffuse-reflectance spectroscopy. Refinement of the X-ray diffraction patterns by the Rietveld method shows that CaHAP unit cell parameters are a little bigger, than Ca-LiHAP ones. Small difference between unit cell parameters could be caused by two ways of the Li{sup +} ions introduction: (1) at the Ca{sup 2+} sites (Ca-Li substitution); (2) into hexagonal channels (H-Li substitution). The Li ions doping changes the color of the copper doped CaHAP from wine-red to pink and red.

  15. Thapsigargin-induced activation of Ca(2+)-CaMKII-ERK in brainstem contributes to substance P release and induction of emesis in the least shrew.

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    Zhong, Weixia; Chebolu, Seetha; Darmani, Nissar A

    2016-04-01

    Cytoplasmic calcium (Ca(2+)) mobilization has been proposed to be an important factor in the induction of emesis. The selective sarcoplasmic/endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase (SERCA) inhibitor thapsigargin, is known to deplete intracellular Ca(2+) stores, which consequently evokes extracellular Ca(2+) entry through cell membrane-associated channels, accompanied by a prominent rise in cytosolic Ca(2+). A pro-drug form of thapsigargin is currently under clinical trial as a targeted cancer chemotherapeutic. We envisioned that the intracellular effects of thapsigargin could cause emesis and planned to investigate its mechanisms of emetic action. Indeed, thapsigargin did induce vomiting in the least shrew in a dose-dependent and bell-shaped manner, with maximal efficacy (100%) at 0.5 mg/kg (i.p.). Thapsigargin (0.5 mg/kg) also caused increases in c-Fos immunoreactivity in the brainstem emetic nuclei including the area postrema (AP), nucleus tractus solitarius (NTS) and dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus (DMNX), as well as enhancement of substance P (SP) immunoreactivity in DMNX. In addition, thapsigargin (0.5 mg/kg, i.p.) led to vomit-associated and time-dependent increases in phosphorylation of Ca(2+)/calmodulin kinase IIα (CaMKIIα) and extracellular signal-regulated protein kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2) in the brainstem. We then explored the suppressive potential of diverse chemicals against thapsigargin-evoked emesis including antagonists of: i) neurokinin-1 receptors (netupitant), ii) the type 3 serotonin receptors (palonosetron), iii) store-operated Ca(2+) entry (YM-58483), iv) L-type Ca(2+) channels (nifedipine), and v) SER Ca(2+)-release channels inositol trisphosphate (IP3Rs) (2-APB)-, and ryanodine (RyRs) (dantrolene)-receptors. In addition, the antiemetic potential of inhibitors of CaMKII (KN93) and ERK1/2 (PD98059) were investigated. All tested antagonists/blockers attenuated emetic parameters to varying degrees except palonosetron, however a combination of non

  16. Molecular dynamics simulation exploration of cooperative migration mechanism of calcium ions in sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase.

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    Huang, Yongqi; Li, Huifang; Bu, Yuxiang

    2009-10-01

    Calcium ATPase is a member of the P-type ATPase, and it pumps calcium ions from the cytoplasm into the reticulum against a concentration gradient. Several X-ray structures of different conformations have been solved in recent years, providing basis for elucidating the active transport mechanism of Ca2+ ions. In this work, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were performed at atomic level to investigate the dynamical process of calcium ions moving from the outer mouth of the protein to their binding sites. Five initial locations of Ca2+ ions were considered, and the simulations lasted for 2 or 6 ns, respectively. Specific pathways leading to the binding sites and large structural rearrangements around binding sites caused by uptake of calcium ions were identified. A cooperative binding mechanism was observed from our simulation. Firstly, the first Ca2+ ion binds to site I, and then, the second Ca2+ ion approaches. The interactions between the second Ca2+ and the residues around site I disturb the binding state of site I and weaken its binding ability for the first bound Ca2+. Because of the electrostatic repulsion of the second Ca2+ and the electrostatic attraction of site II, the first bound Ca2+ shifts from site I to site II. Concertedly, the second Ca2+ binds to site I, forming a binding state with two Ca2+ ions, one at site I and the other at site II. Both of Glu908 and Asp800 coordinate with the two Ca2+ ions simultaneously during the concerted binding process, which is believed to be the hinge to achieve the concerted binding. In our simulations, four amino acid residues that serve as the channel to link the outer mouth and the binding sites during the binding process were recognized, namely Tyr837, Tyr763, Asn911, and Ser767. The analyses regarding the activity of the proteins via mutations of some key residues also supported our cooperative mechanism. PMID:19242958

  17. Early postischemic 45Ca accumulation in rat dentate hilus

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    Several studies have found postischemic regional accumulation of calcium to be time-dependent and coincident with the progression of ischemic cell change. In the most vulnerable cells in the hippocampus one would therefore expect to find a primary and specific early uptake of calcium after ischemia. Autoradiograms of 45Ca and 3H-inulin distribution were investigated before and 1 h after 20 min ischemia in the rat hippocampus. Two different methodological approaches were used for administration of 45Ca: (a) administration via microdialysis probes, (b) intraventricular injection. During control conditions the 45Ca autoradiograms showed variations in distribution volume in accordance with 3H-inulin determination of extracellular space size. One hour after ischemia a massive accumulation of 45Ca was found in the dentate hilus. No change in the distribution pattern of 3H-inulin could be demonstrated 1 h after ischemia. We suggest that 45Ca accumulation in dentate hilus 1 h after ischemia is a result of increased Ca2+ uptake before irreversible cell damage occurs and is not due to passive influx of calcium across a leaky plasma membrane

  18. Frequent PIK3CA-activating mutations in hidradenoma papilliferums.

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    Liau, Jau-Yu; Lan, Jui; Hong, Jin-Bon; Tsai, Jia-Huei; Kuo, Kuan-Tin; Chu, Chia-Yu; Sheen, Yi-Shuan; Huang, Wen-Chang

    2016-09-01

    Hidradenoma papilliferum (HP) is a benign epithelial tumor most commonly seen in the vulva. It is proposed to be derived from the anogenital mammary-like glands and is histologically very similar to the mammary intraductal papilloma (IP). Approximately 60% of mammary IPs have activating mutations in either PIK3CA or AKT1, with each gene accounting for 30% of cases. In this study, we screened the mutation statuses of PIK3CA, AKT1, RAS, and BRAF in 30 HPs. The results showed that activating mutations in either PIK3CA or AKT1 were identified in 20 tumors (67%); 19 tumors had PIK3CA mutations (63%; 13 in exon 20 and 6 in exon 9), and 1 had an AKT1 E17K mutation (3%). BRAF V600E mutation was found in an HP that also had a PIK3CA H1047R mutation. No RAS mutation was found. The mutation status was not correlated with the degree of epithelial cell hyperplasia. We conclude that although there might be site-related variations in the mutation frequencies of PIK3CA and AKT1 genes, HP is histologically and also genetically very similar to the mammary IP, suggesting that HP can be viewed as the extramammary counterpart of mammary IP. PMID:27184479

  19. CaM Kinases: From Memories to Addiction.

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    Müller, Christian P; Quednow, Boris B; Lourdusamy, Anbarasu; Kornhuber, Johannes; Schumann, Gunter; Giese, K Peter

    2016-02-01

    Drug addiction is a major psychiatric disorder with a neurobiological basis that is still insufficiently understood. Initially, non-addicted, controlled drug consumption and drug instrumentalization are established. They comprise highly systematic behaviours acquired by learning and the establishment of drug memories. Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinases (CaMKs) are important Ca(2+) sensors translating glutamatergic activation into synaptic plasticity during learning and memory formation. Here we review the role of CaMKs in the establishment of drug-related behaviours in animal models and in humans. Converging evidence now shows that CaMKs are a crucial mechanism of how addictive drugs induce synaptic plasticity and establish various types of drug memories. Thereby, CaMKs are not only molecular relays for glutamatergic activity but they also directly control dopaminergic and serotonergic activity in the mesolimbic reward system. They can now be considered as major molecular pathways translating normal memory formation into establishment of drug memories and possibly transition to drug addiction. PMID:26674562

  20. Interaction of heavy metals with membrane Ca2+ channels

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    PengSQ; HajelRK

    2002-01-01

    The objective of our study was to determine if specific types of high voltage-activated Ca2+ channels,typically found in neurons were affected differentially by MeHg,Hg2+ and Pb2+.Expression cDNA clones of α1C,α1B or α1E subunits coding for neuronal L-,N- and R- subtypes respectively,were combined with α2b δ and β3 Ca2+ channel subunits of human neuronal origin to transfect HEK293 cells.Current was measured using whole cell voltage clamp recording techniques.It the present studies,we conclude: (1)neurotoxic heavy metals such as MeHg,Hg2+ and Pb impair the function of voltage-gated Ca2+ channels at low μmolar to sub-μmolar concentrations-concentrations in the range of which are pathologically and environmentally relevant; (2)a particular metal,i.e.Pb2+,may inhibit function of phenotypically distince Ca2+ channels with variable potency; (3)different metals have differing “orders of potency” at inhibiting defined populations of Ca2+ channels; (4)for “susceptible populations” of patients with either underlying diseases or genetic alter ations of Ca2+ channel function,these metals may have heightened effectiveness.As such,for these populations,environmental toxic metals could produce a more dominant neurotoxicity.