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  1. Low sintering temperature of Mg-Cu-Zn ferrites prepared by the citrate precursor method

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    Atassi, Y; Atassi, Yomen; Tally, Mohammad

    2006-01-01

    Mg-Cu-Zn ferrite was prepared through a wet synthetic method by a self-combustion reaction directly from a citrate precursor. The as-synthesized powders were sintered at for only 2h. XRD patterns and FTIR spectra confirm the formation of single phase Mg-Cu-Zn ferrite after combustion. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that Mg-Cu-Zn ferrite is sintered at such low temperature. The sintering process increased the crystallinity of the solid and the domain sizes.

  2. Structural and magnetic properties of Sn–Zn doped BaCo{sub 2}Z-type hexaferrite powders prepared by citrate precursor method

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    Rasly, M. [Central Metallurgical Research and Development Institute (CMRDI), P.O. Box: 87, Helwan 11421 (Egypt); Rashad, M.M., E-mail: rashad133@yahoo.com [Central Metallurgical Research and Development Institute (CMRDI), P.O. Box: 87, Helwan 11421 (Egypt)

    2013-07-15

    Polycrystalline Sn–Zn substituted barium Z-type hexagonal ferrites powders Ba{sub 3}Co{sub 2}Sn{sub x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 24−2X}O{sub 41} (0≤X≤0.1) have been synthesized using the citrate precursor method. The effect of synthesis conditions on crystal structure, crystallite size, microstructure and magnetic properties was systematically studied. The results revealed that two steps annealing; pre-annealing of the hexaferrite citrate precursor at 600 °C for 4 h then post-annealed at 1250 °C for 5 h was required to form single Co{sub 2}Z-type phase. Moreover, the critical Sn–Zn concentration, that was not destroy the symmetry of the hexagonal lattice, was found to be X=0.08. The crystallite size of the produced Sn–Zn doped Co{sub 2}Z-type hexaferrite powders was in the range between 70 and 85 nm. Additionally, the lattice parameters, unit cell volume and the porosity were increased whereas the X-ray and bulk densities were decreased with increasing Sn–Zn concentration. The microstructure of the ferrite powders appeared as a hexagonal platelet-like structure. The saturation magnetization of Sn–Zn substituted Co{sub 2}Z type hexaferrite was reached the maximum value (Ms=47.8 emu/g) at X=0.06 whereas it was reached the minimum value (Ms=43.4 emu/g) at X=0.1. Meanwhile, the coercivity and the squareness ratio were increased as X value increasing. - Highlights: ► Ba{sub 3}Co{sub 2}Sn{sub x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 24−2X}O{sub 41}, X=0–0.1, are prepared by citrate precursor method. ► Single Z-type phase does not corrupt until X>0.08. ► Agglomeration of hexagonal-platelet like structure increases as X increasing. ► The preference of Sn{sup 4+} and Zn{sup 2+} ions is to occupy octahedral 4f{sub 2} sites. ► The superexchange interaction and Ms increase as X=0.06.

  3. Influence of Y and La substitution on particle size, structural and magnetic properties of nanosized nickel ferrite prepared by using citrate precursor method

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    Anh, Luong Ngoc [International Training Institute for Materials Science (ITIMS), Hanoi University of Science and Technology, 1 Dai Co Viet Road, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Loan, To Thanh, E-mail: totloan@itims.edu.vn [International Training Institute for Materials Science (ITIMS), Hanoi University of Science and Technology, 1 Dai Co Viet Road, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Duong, Nguyen Phuc [International Training Institute for Materials Science (ITIMS), Hanoi University of Science and Technology, 1 Dai Co Viet Road, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Vietnam-Japan International Institute for Science of Technology (VJIIST), Hanoi University of Science and Technology, 1 Dai Co Viet Road, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Soontaranon, Siriwat [Synchrotron Light Research Institute, 111 University Avenue, Suranaree, Muang, Nakhon Ratchasima 30000 (Thailand); Viet Nga, Tran Thi; Hien, Than Duc [International Training Institute for Materials Science (ITIMS), Hanoi University of Science and Technology, 1 Dai Co Viet Road, Hanoi (Viet Nam)

    2015-10-25

    The compounds with the formulas NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, NiFe{sub 1.9}Y{sub 0.1}O{sub 4} and NiFe{sub 1.9}La{sub 0.1}O{sub 4} were prepared by citrate precursor method and followed by heat treatment in air at 600 °C for 5 h. Crystal structure, valence state, chemical bonding and composition of the samples were studied rigorously by XRD, SXRD, XANES, FTIR and ICP–AES. Rietveld refinement of XRD and SXRD patterns reveals that the samples crystallize in single spinel phase with almost inverted structure in which the substituted ions Y{sup 3+} and La{sup 3+} locate in the octahedral sites and about ten percents of nickel atoms were found at the tetrahedral sites. Morphology and particle size were studied by SEM and TEM. The results show that the samples are composed of clustered nanoparticles with mean particle size decreases approximately from 20 nm in NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} sample to 10 nm in the substituted ones. The magnetic measurements were carried out by means of a VSM. Spontaneous magnetization, magnetic coercivity, Curie temperature, superparamagnetic transition temperature, interparticle interaction energy and effective anisotropy were determined and explained on the basis of the surface and finite–size effects and cation distribution. - Highlights: • Y{sup 3+} and La{sup 3+} substituted NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles are synthesized by citrate precursor method involving less energy. • XRD, SXRD and FTIR spectra reveal the crystallographic site occupancy of Y{sup 3+} and La{sup 3+}. • Compositions and valence states of cations are verified by ICP-AES and XANES. • Y{sup 3+} and La{sup 3+} substitution decreases the mean particle size to about 10 nm. • Influence of rare earth substitution and finite size in magnetic properties are investigated.

  4. Electromagnetic attenuation analysis of Ni{sub 0.4}Zn{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 2O4} obtained by citrate precursor method; Analise da atenuacao de radiacao eletromagnetica de Ni{sub 0.4}Zn{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 2O4} obtido pelo metodo de citrato precursor

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    Hwang, K. [Centro Tecnico Aeroespacial (CTA-IAE), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Atividades Espaciais. Div. Materiais; Moura, A.E.G.; Nasar, R.S.; Nasar, M.C. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica; Pereira, J.J. [Universidade de Taubate, SP (Brazil)

    2010-07-01

    In this work, two types of synthesized Ni{sub 0,4}Zn{sub 0,6}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} by citrate precursor method. The first type was calcined at 350 deg C for 3.5 h, and the second, after calcination, it was subjected to heat treatment at 600 deg C for 2h in argon atmosphere. Both types were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and equipment waveguide. The data were investigated by Rietveld refinement method and showed the NiZn ferrite phase with crystallite size of 12.2 +- 0.1 nm (350 deg C) and 166.7 +- 3.6 nm (600 deg C). The heat treatment also influenced the values of electric permittivity and magnetic permeability, and attenuation of electromagnetic radiation in the frequency range in microwave (8-12 GHz). The sample treated attenuates more and allows its application with thinner, making it attractive its use as absorber material in this frequency range. (author)

  5. Ethylene glycol assisted low-temperature synthesis of boron carbide powder from borate citrate precursors

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    Rafi-ud-din

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available B4C powders were synthesized by carbothermal reduction of ethylene glycol (EG added borate citrate precursors, and effects of EG additions (0–50 mol% based on citric acid on the morphologies and yields of synthesized B4C powders were investigated. The conditions most suitable for the preparation of precursor were optimized and optimum temperature for precursor formation was 650 °C. EG additions facilitated low-temperature synthesis of B4C at 1350 °C, which was around 100–300 °C lower temperature compared to that without EG additions. The lowering of synthesis temperature was ascribed to the enlargement of interfacial area caused by superior homogeneity and dispersibility of precursors enabling the diffusion of reacting species facile. The 20% EG addition was optimal with free residual carbon lowered to 4%. For smaller EG additions, the polyhedral and rod-like particles of synthesized product co-existed. With higher EG additions, the morphology of synthesized product was transformed into needle and blade-like structure.

  6. Citrate or hydrotalcite? : As the precursor of Pt or Ru-doped Ni/Mg(Al)O catalyst for propane oxidative reforming

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    Zhan, Yingying; Li, Dalin; Nishida, Kazufumi; Shishido, Tetsuya; Oumi, Yasunori; Sano, Tsuneji; Takehira, Katsuomi

    2009-01-01

    Trace amounts of Pt- and Ru-doped Ni/Mg(Al)O catalysts were prepared by a citrate method and tested in the oxidative reforming of C3H8 under daily start-up and shut-down (DSS) operation. The activity and the sustainability of the catalysts were compared with those of the Pt- and Ru-doped Ni/Mg(Al)O catalysts derived from hydrotalcite (HT) precursor. The DSS operation of C3H8 reforming was carried Out with O-2 gas or O-2/H2O mixed gas between 200 degrees C and 600 degrees C or 700 degrees C un...

  7. Formation and magnetic properties of nanosized PbFe12O19 particles synthesized by citrate precursor technique

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    Nanosized PbFe12O19 hexaferrite particles have been synthesized by citrate precursor decomposition method and the crystal structure, morphology and particle size, and magnetic properties of as-synthesized particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscope, infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer, respectively. X-ray diffraction shows that the ratio between the reactants has a significant effect on the purity of obtained PbFe12O19 particles and an optimal ratio to synthesize pure lead ferrite was found. Infrared and Raman spectra show the evidence of existence of γ-Fe2O3 and α-Fe2O3 phase in the formation process of PbM. With the increase of calcination temperature, saturation magnetization and coercivity show dependence on particle size. A maximum coercivity of 3.8 kOe and maximum saturation magnetization of 49.0 emu/g are obtained from the sample decomposed at 800 oC

  8. Ambient pressure synthesis of YBa2Cu4O8 using citrate pyrolysis method

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    Synthetic method of YBa2Cu4O8 (124) under a condition of ambient pressure of O2 gas using citrate pyrolysis technique is examined in order to improve the reproducibility. A new reaction tube device is designed to ensure complete calcination reaction, and the process from the precursor to 124 phase is traced successively by X-ray diffraction analyses. From the experiments, enough contact of flowing O2 gas with the precursor, and slow heating rate (1 deg. C/min) to the optimal reaction temperature 780 deg. C are suggested to be essential. Long reaction process (for 70 h or more) is necessary for higher purity. A transient mixture state of Y2Cu2O5, BaCO3 and CuO phases is found to grow up in early stage of the calcination process. This mixture state leads to the formation of final 124 phase with good reproducibility

  9. Study on structural and magnetic properties of nanosized M-type Ba-hexaferrites synthesized by urea assisted citrate precursor route

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    Graphical abstract: The correlation between distribution of cations over five crystallographic positions and magnetic properties of Ba-hexaferrites in the coupled substitution of magnetic Co2+ and non-magnetic Zr4+ for Fe3+ is investigated by urea assisted citrate precursor route. BET surface area of sample is 34.86 m2/g. Dopant ions largely prefer 4f1 and 2a sites up to 0.8 level while substitution at 12k, 4f1 and 2a sites is indicated at higher concentrations. The coercive force is steeply reduced from 5017 to 589 Oe with increasing Co–Zr contents but net magnetization is nearly constant (MS = 50.38–63.54 emu/g). - Highlights: • Nanosized M-type hexaferrites have been synthesized by urea assisted citrate precursor method. • Mössbauer study indicates that distribution of Co–Zr on sublattices is monitored by reaction stoichiometry. • Large variations in MS and HC values at same doping level prove their substantially different nature. • Studies shows that magnetic properties can be modulated by varying the preparatory conditions. • BET study indicates that these types of compounds may be used for the catalytic activity. - Abstract: In our efforts to investigate the correlation between the distribution of cations over five crystallographic positions and magnetic properties of Ba-hexaferrites in the coupled substitution of magnetic Co2+ and non-magnetic Zr4+ for Fe3+ by urea assisted citrate precursor route. During present research, the polycrystalline samples of series of BaCoxZrxFe(12−2x)O19 (x = 0.0–1.0) ferrites have been prepared with aim to study the magnetic properties including coercivity, remanance and magnetic saturation at room temperature. Urea and citrate were used as fuels in the presence of nitric acid. Single phase M-type hexagonal ferrites are formed at 800 °C which is confirmed by Powder X-ray diffraction. The average size of hexagonal platelets is 39 nm. BET surface area of sample is 34.86 m2/g. Mössbauer studies suggest that

  10. Study on structural and magnetic properties of nanosized M-type Ba-hexaferrites synthesized by urea assisted citrate precursor route

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    Mudsainiyan, R.K., E-mail: mudsainiyanrk@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Centre for Advanced Studies-I, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 143005 (India); Jassal, A.K. [Department of Chemistry, Centre for Advanced Studies-I, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 143005 (India); Gupta, Munish [Department of Chemistry, Centre for Advanced Studies-I, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 143005 (India); Department of Chemistry, DAV College, Amritsar, Punjab 143001 (India); Chawla, S.K. [Department of Chemistry, Centre for Advanced Studies-I, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 143005 (India)

    2015-10-05

    Graphical abstract: The correlation between distribution of cations over five crystallographic positions and magnetic properties of Ba-hexaferrites in the coupled substitution of magnetic Co{sup 2+} and non-magnetic Zr{sup 4+} for Fe{sup 3+} is investigated by urea assisted citrate precursor route. BET surface area of sample is 34.86 m{sup 2}/g. Dopant ions largely prefer 4f{sub 1} and 2a sites up to 0.8 level while substitution at 12k, 4f{sub 1} and 2a sites is indicated at higher concentrations. The coercive force is steeply reduced from 5017 to 589 Oe with increasing Co–Zr contents but net magnetization is nearly constant (M{sub S} = 50.38–63.54 emu/g). - Highlights: • Nanosized M-type hexaferrites have been synthesized by urea assisted citrate precursor method. • Mössbauer study indicates that distribution of Co–Zr on sublattices is monitored by reaction stoichiometry. • Large variations in M{sub S} and H{sub C} values at same doping level prove their substantially different nature. • Studies shows that magnetic properties can be modulated by varying the preparatory conditions. • BET study indicates that these types of compounds may be used for the catalytic activity. - Abstract: In our efforts to investigate the correlation between the distribution of cations over five crystallographic positions and magnetic properties of Ba-hexaferrites in the coupled substitution of magnetic Co{sup 2+} and non-magnetic Zr{sup 4+} for Fe{sup 3+} by urea assisted citrate precursor route. During present research, the polycrystalline samples of series of BaCo{sub x}Zr{sub x}Fe{sub (12−2x)}O{sub 19} (x = 0.0–1.0) ferrites have been prepared with aim to study the magnetic properties including coercivity, remanance and magnetic saturation at room temperature. Urea and citrate were used as fuels in the presence of nitric acid. Single phase M-type hexagonal ferrites are formed at 800 °C which is confirmed by Powder X-ray diffraction. The average size of

  11. Citrate precursor synthesis, characterization and dielectric properties of Ba1-xSrxZrO3 (0 ≤ x ≤1)

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    Barium Strontium Zirconate (BSZ) nanoparticles of the general formula Ba1-xSrxZrO3 over the composition range of (x= 0.0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75 and 1.0) have been successfully synthesized by simple and most elegant method known as Polymeric citrate precursor route using citric acid and ethylene glycol for the first time. These solid solutions were investigated by means of powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and BET surface area studies. XRD studies revealed the monophasic nature of the powders after heating the precursor at 1000 ℃. The particle size obtained from TEM studies were found to be in the range of 13.8-40 nm. Specific surface area of the solid solutions comes out to be in the range of 49 to 94 m2g-1. The average particle size of these nanoparticles could also be calculated using the equation: DBET = 6000/(ρ.Sw), where the symbols DBET, ρ, Sw stand for average diameter of the spherical particle, theoretical density, and specific surface area of the sample in m2/g respectively

  12. Adsorption of citrate ions on hydroxyapatite synthesized by various methods

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    The specific adsorption of citric acid ions at hydroxyapatite interface was investigated by the means of radioisotope method (14C) as a function of citric acid ions concentration, NaCl concentration and pH. Application of the hydroxyapatite has become wide in the biomaterial field as the Ca10(OH)2(PO4)6 possess biocompatibility with human hard tissue. Hydroxyapatite was synthesized using three different methods. The physical properties of the resulting powder were characterized by DTA/TG, XRD, AFM and SEM microscopy. Physicochemical qualities characterizing the electrical double layer of the hydroxyapatite/NaCl solution interface were determined. The zeta potential and the adsorption of citric acid molecule were studied as a function of pH. The point of zero charge and the isoelectric point of samples were determined. Electrical double layer parameters of hydroxyapatite/NaCl interface are influenced by a synthesis method. The points pHpzc and pHIEP for sample 1 are pHpzc 7.5 and pHIEP 3; for sample 2 pHpzc 7.05 and pHIEP 3, for sample 3 pHpzc 6.7 and pHIEP 3. Temperature has weak influence both on pure substance and with citric acid adsorbed, as derivatographic analysis has shown, and characterization of hydroxyapatite structure may be carried out by this thermal analysis. Two phenomena are responsible for citric acid adsorption: phosphate group's replacement at hydroxyapatite surface by citric ions parallel to intraspherical complexes formation. (author)

  13. Silicon dioxide obtained by Polymeric Precursor Method

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    The Polymeric Precursor Method is able for obtaining several oxide material types with high surface area even obtained in particle form. Several MO2 oxide types such as titanium, silicon and zirconium ones can be obtained by this methodology. In this work, the synthesis of silicon oxide was monitored by thermal analysis, XRD and surface area analysis in order to demonstrate the influence of the several synthesis and calcining parameters. Surface area values as higher as 370m2/g and increasing in the micropore volume nm were obtained when the material was synthesized by using ethylene glycol as polymerizing agent. XRD analysis showed that the material is amorphous when calcinated at 600°C in despite of the time of calcining, but the material morphology is strongly influenced by the polymeric resin composition. Using Glycerol as polymerizing agent, the pore size increase and the surface area goes down with the increasing in decomposition time, when compared to ethylene glycol. (author)

  14. Abnormal phase transition in BiNbO{sub 4} powders prepared by a citrate method

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    Zhai Haifa; Qian Xu; Kong Jizhou [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Li Aidong, E-mail: adli@nju.edu.cn [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Gong Youpin [Nano Device and Material Division, Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics (SINANO), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Suzhou 215123 (China); Li Hui; Wu Di [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)

    2011-10-20

    Highlights: > Pure BiNbO{sub 4} powders were successfully prepared by a citrate method using home-made Nb-citrate (Nb-CA) aqueous solution. > Abnormal phase transition from {beta}-BiNbO{sub 4} to {alpha}-BiNbO{sub 4} was first observed in BiNbO{sub 4} system. > The synthesis of Low-{beta} can be attributed to the formation of the intermediated phase Bi{sub 5}Nb{sub 3}O{sub 15} and the mechanism of the phase transition from {beta}-BiNbO{sub 4} to {alpha}-BiNbO{sub 4} was proposed. > We identified that the stress in pellet format can accelerate the phase transition compared with powder samples. - Abstract: Triclinic {beta}-BiNbO{sub 4} prepared below 750 deg. C and above 1040 deg. C (denoted as Low-{beta} and High-{beta}, respectively) and pure orthorhombic {alpha}-BiNbO{sub 4} at 900 deg. C were successfully derived from a citrate method and the phase transition from {beta}-BiNbO{sub 4} to {alpha}-BiNbO{sub 4} was first observed in BiNbO{sub 4} powders. This phenomenon proves that the abnormal phase transition from {beta}-BiNbO{sub 4} to {alpha}-BiNbO{sub 4} exists in BiNbO{sub 4} powder system. The synthesis of Low-{beta} powders can be attributed to the formation of the intermediate phase of Bi{sub 5}Nb{sub 3}O{sub 15} by the citrate method. With increasing temperature, the Low-{beta} phase gradually turns into {alpha}-BiNbO{sub 4} due to the thermodynamically metastable state of Low-{beta}. We also identified that the stress in pellet format can accelerate the phase transition from Low-{beta} to {alpha} phase of BiNbO{sub 4} in comparison with powder samples. It brings us new understanding of the BiNbO{sub 4} system and also provides a simple way to obtain BiNbO{sub 4} for microwave and photocatalytic applications.

  15. Abnormal phase transition in BiNbO4 powders prepared by a citrate method

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    Highlights: → Pure BiNbO4 powders were successfully prepared by a citrate method using home-made Nb-citrate (Nb-CA) aqueous solution. → Abnormal phase transition from β-BiNbO4 to α-BiNbO4 was first observed in BiNbO4 system. → The synthesis of Low-β can be attributed to the formation of the intermediated phase Bi5Nb3O15 and the mechanism of the phase transition from β-BiNbO4 to α-BiNbO4 was proposed. → We identified that the stress in pellet format can accelerate the phase transition compared with powder samples. - Abstract: Triclinic β-BiNbO4 prepared below 750 deg. C and above 1040 deg. C (denoted as Low-β and High-β, respectively) and pure orthorhombic α-BiNbO4 at 900 deg. C were successfully derived from a citrate method and the phase transition from β-BiNbO4 to α-BiNbO4 was first observed in BiNbO4 powders. This phenomenon proves that the abnormal phase transition from β-BiNbO4 to α-BiNbO4 exists in BiNbO4 powder system. The synthesis of Low-β powders can be attributed to the formation of the intermediate phase of Bi5Nb3O15 by the citrate method. With increasing temperature, the Low-β phase gradually turns into α-BiNbO4 due to the thermodynamically metastable state of Low-β. We also identified that the stress in pellet format can accelerate the phase transition from Low-β to α phase of BiNbO4 in comparison with powder samples. It brings us new understanding of the BiNbO4 system and also provides a simple way to obtain BiNbO4 for microwave and photocatalytic applications.

  16. Effects of EDTA and Sodium Citrate on hormone measurements by fluorometric (FIA and immunofluorometric (IFMA methods

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    Lando Valeria

    2002-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Measurements of hormonal concentrations by immunoassays using fluorescent tracer substance (Eu3+ are susceptible to the action of chemical agents that may cause alterations in its original structure. Our goal was to verify the effect of two types of anticoagulants in the hormone assays performed by fluorometric (FIA or immunofluorometric (IFMA methods. Methods Blood samples were obtained from 30 outpatients and were drawn in EDTA, sodium citrate, and serum separation Vacutainer®Blood Collection Tubes. Samples were analyzed in automatized equipment AutoDelfia™ (Perkin Elmer Brazil, Wallac, Finland for the following hormones: Luteinizing hormone (LH, Follicle stimulating homone (FSH, prolactin (PRL, growth hormone (GH, Sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG, thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH, insulin, C peptide, total T3, total T4, free T4, estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, and cortisol. Statistical analysis was carried out by Kruskal-Wallis method and Dunn's test. Results No significant differences were seen between samples for LH, FSH, PRL and free T4. Results from GH, TSH, insulin, C peptide, SHBG, total T3, total T4, estradiol, testosterone, cortisol, and progesterone were significant different between serum and EDTA-treated samples groups. Differences were also identified between serum and sodium citrate-treated samples in the analysis for TSH, insulin, total T3, estradiol, testosterone and progesterone. Conclusions We conclude that the hormonal analysis carried through by FIA or IFMA are susceptible to the effects of anticoagulants in the biological material collected that vary depending on the type of assay.

  17. DESIGN AND EVALUATION OF COST EFFECTIVE ORODISPERSIBLE TABLETS OF DIETHYLCARBAMAZINE CITRATE BY EFFERVESCENT METHOD

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    P. V. SWAMY

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of the present study was to develop orodispersible tablets of diethylcarbamazine citrate (an anthelmintic for improving patient compliance, especially, those of paediatric and geriatric categories with difficulties in swallowing, with the prime objective of arriving at cost effective product by effervescent method. Methods: In the effervescent method mixture of sodium bicarbonate and tartaric acid along with treated agar were used as disintegrants. The prepared batches of tablets were evaluated for hardness, friability, drug content uniformity, in vitro dispersion time. Results: The tablet formulation containing 16% w/w treated agar, 15% w/w sodium bicarbonate and 15% w/w tartaric acid emerged as the overall best formulation (with an in vitro dispersion time of approximately 55 s, t50% = 9.24 min and t70% = 18.12 min, based on the in vitro drug release characteristics, compared to commercial conventional tablet formulation (which shows 16.48 and 29.24 min respectively for t50% and t70%. Short-term stability studies (at 40±2o/75±5% relative umidity on the best formulation indicated that there are no ignificant changes in drug content and in vitro dispersion time p<0.05. IR-spectroscopic studies indicated that there are nodrug–excipient interactions. Conclusions: The present study clearly demonstrates that orodispersible tablets of diethylcarbamazine citrate could be successfully prepared by direct compression method in a cost effective manner employing treated agar. The use of effervescent mixture further assists in taste masking. Undoubtedly the availability of various technologies and the manifold advantages of orodispersible tablets will surely enhance the patient compliance providing rapid onset of action.

  18. Bulk synthesis of nanocrystalline urania powders by citrate gel-combustion method

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    Sanjay Kumar, D.; Ananthasivan, K.; Venkata Krishnan, R.; Amirthapandian, S.; Dasgupta, Arup

    2016-01-01

    Bulk quantities (60 g) of nanocrystalline (nc) free flowing urania powders with crystallite size ranging from 38 to 252 nm have been synthesized for the first time by the citrate gel combustion method. A systematic study of the influence of the fuel (citric acid) to oxidant (nitrate) ratio (R) on the characteristics of the urania powders has been carried out for the first time. Mixture with an "R" value of 0.25 exhibited a vigorous auto-ignition reaction. This reaction was investigated with Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and in-situ thermogravimetry coupled with differential thermal analysis and mass spectrometry (TG-DTA-MS). The bulk density, specific surface area, X-ray crystallite size, residual carbon and size distribution of particles of this powder were unique. Microscopic and microstructural investigation of selected samples revealed the presence of nanocrystals with irregular exfoliated morphology; their Electron Energy Loss Spectra testified the covalency of the U-O bond.

  19. Synthesis of nanocrystalline wollastonite powders by citrate-nitrate gel combustion method

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    Wollastonite was synthesized for the first time by a citrate-nitrate gel combustion method using citric acid as a reductant/fuel and nitrate as an oxidant. The yielding powders calcined at 650 deg. C for 2 h were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and N2 adsorption measurements (BET). The XRD data revealed that the resultant product was a pure phase of wollastonite without any other impurities. The SEM and BET results showed that the product was highly porous with a relatively high specific surface area of 40.69 m2 g-1. The average grain size calculated from BET measurements of calcining powders is found to be 50.7 nm

  20. Methods for forming particles from single source precursors

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    Fox, Robert V.; Rodriguez, Rene G.; Pak, Joshua

    2011-08-23

    Single source precursors are subjected to carbon dioxide to form particles of material. The carbon dioxide may be in a supercritical state. Single source precursors also may be subjected to supercritical fluids other than supercritical carbon dioxide to form particles of material. The methods may be used to form nanoparticles. In some embodiments, the methods are used to form chalcopyrite materials. Devices such as, for example, semiconductor devices may be fabricated that include such particles. Methods of forming semiconductor devices include subjecting single source precursors to carbon dioxide to form particles of semiconductor material, and establishing electrical contact between the particles and an electrode.

  1. Influence of concentration, time and method of application of citric acid and sodium citrate in root conditioning

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    Rodrigo Cavassim

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to establish the parameters of concentration, time and mode of application of citric acid and sodium citrate in relation to root conditioning. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 495 samples were obtained and equally distributed among 11 groups (5 for testing different concentrations of citric acid, 5 for testing different concentrations of sodium citrate and 1 control group. After laboratorial processing, the samples were analyzed under scanning electron microscopy. A previously calibrated and blind examiner evaluated micrographs of the samples. Non-parametric statistical analysis was performed to analyze the data obtained. RESULTS: Brushing 25% citric acid for 3 min, promoted greater exposure of collagen fibers in comparison with the brushing of 1% citric acid for 1 minute and its topical application at 1% for 3 min. Sodium citrate exposed collagen fibers in a few number of samples. CONCLUSION: Despite the lack of statistical significance, better results for collagen exposure were obtained with brushing application of 25% citric acid for 3 min than with other application parameter. Sodium citrate produced a few number of samples with collagen exposure, so it is not indicated for root conditioning.

  2. Structural and Electrical Properties of Li–Ni Nanoferrites Synthesised by Citrate Gel Autocombustion Method

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    G. Aravind

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available An attempt has been made to synthesize nanocrystalline lithium-nickel ferrites with a compositional formula Li0.5−0.5xNixFe2.5−0.5xO4 (where x=0.0 to 1.0 with step of 0.2 by a low temperature citrate gel autocombustion method. Single phase cubic structure is confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis. This result demonstrates that the prepared samples are homogeneous and the sharp peaks reveal that the samples are in good crystalline form. As the Ni concentration is increased, various interesting changes in the values of the structural parameters like lattice parameter, X-ray density, bulk density, and porosity have been observed. The surface morphology of the prepared samples was studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The DC resistivity measurements were carried out using two-probe method from 200°C to 600°C. The variation of log⁡(σT with reciprocal of temperature shows a discontinuity at Curie temperature. log⁡(σT versus 1/T plot of the pure lithium ferrites is almost linear which indicates the Curie temperature of the pure lithium ferrites was beyond our measured temperature. The dielectric properties of these ferrites have been studied using a LCR meter from the room temperature to 700 K at various frequencies up to 5 MHz, which reveals that all the prepared samples have dielectric transition temperature around 600 K.

  3. Liquid precursor for deposition of copper selenide and method of preparing the same

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    Curtis, Calvin J.; Miedaner, Alexander; Franciscus Antonius Maria Van Hest, Marinus; Ginley, David S.; Hersh, Peter A.; Eldada, Louay; Stanbery, Billy J.

    2015-09-08

    Liquid precursors containing copper and selenium suitable for deposition on a substrate to form thin films suitable for semiconductor applications are disclosed. Methods of preparing such liquid precursors and methods of depositing a precursor on a substrate are also disclosed.

  4. Development of Better-Quality Assay Method for the Citric Acid and Sodium Citrate in Ophthalmic/Oral Solutions and Their Application to Deformulation Studies

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    Kishore Kumar Hotha; Tejashkumar Patel; Swapan Roychowdhury; Veerappan Subramanian

    2014-01-01

    There were several techniques determined for the analysis of citrate and citric acid mixtures in the pharmaceutical dosage forms. Titration methods, photometric and ion chromatographic methods were used for their determination. These methods will restrict too many factors where the accurate quantification of citrate and citric acid is extremely challenging. Citric acid is the natural flavor used as a preservative for many pharmaceutical applications. Deformulation techniques used for the manu...

  5. Manganite perovskite ceramics, their precursors and methods for forming

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    Payne, David Alan; Clothier, Brent Allen

    2015-03-10

    Disclosed are a variety of ceramics having the formula Ln.sub.1-xM.sub.xMnO.sub.3, where 0.Itoreq.x.Itoreq.1 and where Ln is La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Pm, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu or Y; M is Ca, Sr, Ba, Cd, or Pb; manganite precursors for preparing the ceramics; a method for preparing the precursors; and a method for transforming the precursors into uniform, defect-free ceramics having magnetoresistance properties. The manganite precursors contain a sol and are derived from the metal alkoxides: Ln(OR).sub.3, M(OR).sub.2 and Mn(OR).sub.2, where R is C.sub.2 to C.sub.6 alkyl or C.sub.3 to C.sub.9 alkoxyalkyl, or C.sub.6 to C.sub.9 aryl. The preferred ceramics are films prepared by a spin coating method and are particularly suited for incorporation into a device such as an integrated circuit device.

  6. Citrate pharmacokinetics and calcium levels during high-flux dialysis with regional citrate anticoagulation

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    Kozik-Jaromin, Justyna; Nier, Volker; Heemann, Uwe; Kreymann, Bernhard; Böhler, Joachim

    2009-01-01

    Background. Regional citrate anticoagulation is a very effective anticoagulation method for haemodialysis. However, it is not widely used, primarily due to the risk of hypocalcaemia. We studied citrate and calcium kinetics to better understand safety aspects of this anticoagulation method. Methods. During 15 haemodialysis treatments with a calcium-free dialysis solution, citrate was infused pre-dialyser and calcium was substituted post-dialyser. Systemic and extracorporeal citrate and calcium...

  7. Methods of forming single source precursors, methods of forming polymeric single source precursors, and single source precursors formed by such methods

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    Fox, Robert V.; Rodriguez, Rene G.; Pak, Joshua J.; Sun, Chivin; Margulieux, Kelsey R.; Holland, Andrew W.

    2016-04-19

    Methods of forming single source precursors (SSPs) include forming intermediate products having the empirical formula 1/2{L.sub.2N(.mu.-X).sub.2M'X.sub.2}.sub.2, and reacting MER with the intermediate products to form SSPs of the formula L.sub.2N(.mu.-ER).sub.2M'(ER).sub.2, wherein L is a Lewis base, M is a Group IA atom, N is a Group IB atom, M' is a Group IIIB atom, each E is a Group VIB atom, each X is a Group VIIA atom or a nitrate group, and each R group is an alkyl, aryl, vinyl, (per)fluoro alkyl, (per)fluoro aryl, silane, or carbamato group. Methods of forming polymeric or copolymeric SSPs include reacting at least one of HE.sup.1R.sup.1E.sup.1H and MER with one or more substances having the empirical formula L.sub.2N(.mu.-ER).sub.2M'(ER).sub.2 or L.sub.2N(.mu.-X).sub.2M'(X).sub.2 to form a polymeric or copolymeric SSP. New SSPs and intermediate products are formed by such methods.

  8. Electrochemical Properties of Mesoporous γ-Fe2O3 was Synthesized by Sol-gel Citrate Method

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    V.O. Kotsyubynsky

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Mesoporous γ-Fe2O3, was synthesized by sol-gel citrate method and investigated as cathode material for the lithium power sources. Values of the specific energy reached 200 Wh/kg at a rate of discharge 1.0C, which corresponds to real conditions working of lithium power sources. Two kinetic processes take place at the discharge of lithium power sources. The first stage corresponds to the accumulation of Li+ ions on the surface of the interface between the cathode material/electrolyte during discharge of lithium power sources. Accumulation of charge on the interface between the cathode material/electrolyte is accompanied by percolation diffusion of Li+ ions on the surface. The second stage corresponds to diffusion of Li+ ions in the crystal structure of the cathode material. The diffusion coefficients of lithium in the cathode material on the different stages of discharge process are calculated.

  9. Liquid precursor for deposition of indium selenide and method of preparing the same

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    Curtis, Calvin J.; Miedaner, Alexander; van Hest, Marinus Franciscus Antonius Maria; Ginley, David S.; Hersh, Peter A.; Eldada, Louay; Stanbery, Billy J.

    2015-09-22

    Liquid precursors containing indium and selenium suitable for deposition on a substrate to form thin films suitable for semiconductor applications are disclosed. Methods of preparing such liquid precursors and method of depositing a liquid precursor on a substrate are also disclosed.

  10. QbD-Driven Development and Validation of a HPLC Method for Estimation of Tamoxifen Citrate with Improved Performance.

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    Sandhu, Premjeet Singh; Beg, Sarwar; Katare, O P; Singh, Bhupinder

    2016-09-01

    The current studies entail Quality by Design (QbD)-enabled development of a simple, rapid, sensitive and cost-effective high-performance liquid chromatographic method for estimation of tamoxifen citrate (TMx). The factor screening studies were performed using a 7-factor 8-run Taguchi design. Systematic optimization was performed employing Box-Behnken design by selecting the mobile phase ratio, buffer pH and oven temperature as the critical method parameters (CMPs) identified from screening studies, thus evaluating the critical analytical attributes (CAAs), namely, peak area, retention time, theoretical plates and peak tailing as the parameters of method robustness. The optimal chromatographic separation was achieved using acetonitrile and phosphate buffer (pH 3.5) 52:48 v/v as the mobile phase with a flow rate 0.7 mL/min, an oven temperature 40°C and UV detection at 256 nm. The method was validated as per the ICH recommended conditions, which revealed high degree of linearity, accuracy, precision, sensitivity and robustness over the existing liquid chromatographic methods of the drug. Also the method was applied for the estimation of TMx in nanostructured formulations, which indicated no significant change in the retention time. In a nutshell, the studies demonstrated successful development of the HPLC method of TMx with improved understanding of the relationship among the influential variables for enhancing the method performance. PMID:27226463

  11. Effect of carbonization temperature on the textural properties of Ce0.8Zr0.2O2 solid solution by an improved citrate sol-gel method

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    Ce0.8Zr0.2O2 solid solutions were prepared via an improved citrate sol-gel method, in which a carbonization pretreatment in N2 atmosphere at a high temperature was employed prior to the calcination of the citrate precursor in air atmosphere. The effect of carbonization temperature on the textural properties of Ce0.8Zr0.2O2 solid solutions has been investigated, using TG-DSC, Raman, XRD, TEM, SEM and BET techniques. With low carbonization temperature, the Ce0.8Zr0.2O2 oxides in intermediate carbonized mixtures remained in amorphous state, which could eventually agglomerate to large particles with low surface area after subsequent calcination in air atmosphere. In comparison, with high carbonization temperature, thermodynamic force drove Ce0.8Zr0.2O2 oxides to be crystallized into large particles, which would not agglomerate further in oxidation step (carbon removal), thus leading to a material with high surface area and porous structure.

  12. Photovoltaic lithium-ion battery fabricated by molecular precursor method

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    Nagai, Hiroki; Suzuki, Tatsuya; Takahashi, Yoshihisa; Sato, Mitsunobu

    2016-06-01

    A novel thin-film lithium-ion battery (LIB) which can be charged by the light irradiation was fabricated by molecular precursor method. The unprecedented, translucent thin-film LIB, fabricated on a fluorine-doped tin oxide pre-coated glass substrate, was attained by using the active materials, titania for anode and LiCoO2 for cathode, respectively. The averaged potential at 2.04V was observed by applying a constant current of 0.2mA. Then, that at 1.82V was detected after 60s during the sequential self-discharge process. The charging voltage of the assembled battery was 1.38V with irradiation of 1-sun, the self-discharge voltage was 1.37V. Based on the calibration curve of the charging voltages over constant currents ranging from 0-1.0mA, the detected value can be theoretically reduced to the charging operation by applying a constant current of approximately 60μA. The charge and discharge of this device was stable voltage at least 30 cycles. The two-in-one device can simultaneously generate and store electricity from solar light, the renewable energy source, and may be applied in smart windows for distributed power system according to on-site demand.

  13. Characterization of Nano-Structured Nickel-Cobalt Ferrites Synthesized By Citrate-Gel Auto Combustion Method

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    Abdul Gaffoor

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Nano-ferrites of the composition Ni1-xCoxFe2O4(where x=0.0,0.2,0.4,0.6,0.80 and 1.0 were synthesized at a very low temperature (180°C by Citrate-gel auto combustion method The synthesized powders were sintered at 5000C for four hours in an air and were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD which confirmed the formation of cubic spinel structure of ferrites. The crystallite size was in the range of 20nm to 31 nm. Such low nano sized ferrites are desirable for variety of applications like, in magnetic data storage and in etc. Morphological studies by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM revealed formation of largely agglomerated, well defined nano particles of the sample. Elemental composition characterizations of the prepared samples were performed by Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS which shows the presence of Ni, CO, Fe and O without precipitating cations.

  14. Preparation of nanocrystalline ferroelectric BaNb2O6 by citrate gel method

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    S P Gaikwad; Violet Samuel; Renu Pasricha; V Ravi

    2005-04-01

    A gel was formed when a aqueous solution of BaCl2, NbF5 and citric acid in stoichiometric ratio is heated on a water bath. This gel on decomposition at 600°C yielded the nano crystallites of BaNb2O6, as confirmed by X-ray diffraction study (XRD). This is a much lower temperature as compared to that prepared by traditional solid state method (1000°C) as reported for the formation of BaNb2O6. Transmission electron microscopic (TEM) investigations revealed that the average particle size is 50 nm for the calcined powders. The room temperature dielectric constant at 1 kHz is found to be 1000. The ferroelectric hysteresis loop parameters of these samples were also studied.

  15. MAGNETIC PROPERTIES OF NANOCRYSTALLINE NICOZN FERRITE SYNTHESIZED BY CITRATE-NITRATE COMBUSTION METHOD

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    J. S. GHODAKE

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Mixed Nano particles of Ni Co Zn Fe O , ferrite material were prepared 0.57 0.03 0.35 2.05 4by a chemical combustion route and powder was sintered at temperature 9500C. This method involves the addition of aqueous nickel nitrate, cobalt nitrate, zinc nitrate, ferric nitrate as oxidizing agent and fuel citric acid as a reducing agent to form a homogenous redox mixture. The structure and morphology of samples were studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The crystallite size has been estimated by the Debye – Scherrer formula using the full width at half maximum of the line broadening of the (311 reflection and it is found to be around 66nm. The SEM was used to analyze the grain size distribution in ferrite. The SEM picture shows agglomerated grains with different shapes and sizes. The ferrite powder was pressed in the form of torroids and permeability spectra were analyzed. The initial permeability (µi was found to increases and loss factor decreases as frequency increases. From thermal variation of loss factor, it is observed that because of low loss factor, the ferrite must be operated below Curie temperature.

  16. Luminescent nanoparticles of MgAl 2O 4:Eu, Dy prepared by citrate sol-gel method

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    Maia, Alessandra S.; Stefani, Roberval; Kodaira, Cláudia A.; Felinto, Maria C. F. C.; Teotonio, Ercules E. S.; Brito, Hermi F.

    2008-10-01

    MgAl 2O 4:Eu, Dy nanoparticles were prepared by citrate sol-gel method and thermally treated at 600, 700, 800 and 900 °C. The trivalent europium ion is partially reduced to the divalent state at 700 and 800 °C. Infrared spectra of the phosphors showed bands around 700 and 520 cm -1 corresponding to the AlO 6 groups. X-ray diffraction patterns present sharp reflections of samples heated from 700 to 900 °C indicating the MgAl 2O 4 spinel phase. Grain size in the range 20-30 nm were observed by measurement of transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The emission spectra of the phosphors show a broadened band at 480 nm assigned to the 4f 65d → 4f 7 ( 8S 7/2) transition of Eu 2+ ion overlapped to the 4F 9/2 → 6H 15/2 transition of the Dy 3+ ion. Besides, the 4F 9/2 → 6H 13/2 transition (579 nm) of Dy 3+ ion is overlapped with the 5D 0 → 7F 0 (578 nm) and 5D 0 → 7F 1 (595 nm) transitions from the Eu 3+ ion. Excitation spectra of the sample heated at 900 °C monitoring the excitation at 615 nm of 5D 0 → 7F 2 transition of Eu 3+ ion exhibit a broad band assigned to the O → Eu 3+ ligand-to-metal charge-transfer states (LMCT) around 280 nm. The samples present green persistent luminescence after exposure to UV radiation. The chromaticity coordinates were obtained from the luminescence emission spectrum.

  17. Single-source precursors for ternary chalcopyrite materials, and methods of making and using the same

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    Banger, Kulbinder K. (Inventor); Hepp, Aloysius F. (Inventor); Harris, Jerry D. (Inventor); Jin, Michael Hyun-Chul (Inventor); Castro, Stephanie L. (Inventor)

    2006-01-01

    A single source precursor for depositing ternary I-III-VI.sub.2 chalcopyrite materials useful as semiconductors. The single source precursor has the I-III-VI.sub.2 stoichiometry built into a single precursor molecular structure which degrades on heating or pyrolysis to yield the desired I-III-VI.sub.2 ternary chalcopyrite. The single source precursors effectively degrade to yield the ternary chalcopyrite at low temperature, e.g. below 500.degree. C., and are useful to deposit thin film ternary chalcopyrite layers via a spray CVD technique. The ternary single source precursors according to the invention can be used to provide nanocrystallite structures useful as quantum dots. A method of making the ternary single source precursors is also provided.

  18. Methods of making copper selenium precursor compositions with a targeted copper selenide content and precursor compositions and thin films resulting therefrom

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    Curtis, Calvin J.; Miedaner, Alexander; van Hest, Marinus Franciscus Antonius Maria; Ginley, David S.; Leisch, Jennifer; Taylor, Matthew; Stanbery, Billy J.

    2011-09-20

    Precursor compositions containing copper and selenium suitable for deposition on a substrate to form thin films suitable for semi-conductor applications. Methods of forming the precursor compositions using primary amine solvents and methods of forming the thin films wherein the selection of temperature and duration of heating controls the formation of a targeted species of copper selenide.

  19. Effect of lanthanide on the microstructure and structure of LnMn0.5Fe0.5O3 nanoparticles with Ln=La, Pr, Nd, Sm and Gd prepared by the polymer precursor method

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    The synthesis of LnMn0.5Fe0.5O3 perovskite nanoparticles by the polymer precursor method showed a strong intrinsic dependence with different lanthanides (Ln=La, Pr, Nd, Sm and Gd). The polymerization level reached in the polymer precursor was proportional to the atomic number of lanthanide with exception of samarium, which showed the formation of a different precursor based in a citrate chelate with ethyleneglycol bonded as adduct. The increasing level of polymerization of the polymer precursors showed the formation of large-size perovskite nanoparticles after its calcination. SAXS and TEM analyses suggested that nanoparticles obtained, using this method, have a squared-like microstructure in connection with the polymer precursor microstructure. Structural analysis showed an orthorhombic structure with a slight decline in the Jahn–Teller distortion when the atomic number of lanthanide increases. Mössbauer spectroscopy showed the presence of a majority site in agreement with the Pbnm orthorhombic structure best fitted with Rietveld refinements and in some cases, a more distorted site attributed to local inhomogeneities and oxygen vacancies. - Highlights: • Precursor polymerization level is lower in the presence of lighter lanthanides. • Lighter lanthanide perovskite nanoparticles after calcination are lower-sized. • Nanoparticles obtained by this method have lamellae microstructure. • Jahn–Teller distortion declines for heavier lanthanide perovskites. • Oxygen vacancy phase was observed in lighter lanthanide perovskites

  20. Method for the preparation of carbon fiber from polyolefin fiber precursor, and carbon fibers made thereby

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    Naskar, Amit Kumar; Hunt, Marcus Andrew; Saito, Tomonori

    2015-08-04

    Methods for the preparation of carbon fiber from polyolefin fiber precursor, wherein the polyolefin fiber precursor is partially sulfonated and then carbonized to produce carbon fiber. Methods for producing hollow carbon fibers, wherein the hollow core is circular- or complex-shaped, are also described. Methods for producing carbon fibers possessing a circular- or complex-shaped outer surface, which may be solid or hollow, are also described.

  1. Citrat og nyresten

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    Osther, P J

    1993-01-01

    Citrate is an important naturally occurring inhibitor of calcium stone formation in urine. Urinary citrate excretion was examined in 43 consecutive patients with recurrent idiopathic calcium nephrolithiasis and in 50 normal controls by a specific enzymatic technique. Hypocitraturia (<1.6 mmol/24h...

  2. Stability-indicating HPLC–DAD methods for determination of two binary mixtures: Rabeprazole sodium–mosapride citrate and rabeprazole sodium–itopride hydrochloride

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    El-Fatatry, Hamed M.; Mabrouk, Mokhtar M; Ismail I. Hewala; Ehab H. Emam

    2014-01-01

    Two selective stability-indicating HPLC methods are described for determination of rabeprazole sodium (RZ)–mosapride citrate (MR) and RZ–itopride hydrochloride (IO) mixtures in the presence of their ICH-stress formed degradation products. Separations were achieved on X-Bridge C18 column using two mobile phases: the first for RZ–MR mixture consisted of acetonitrile: 0.025 M KH2PO4 solution: TEA (30:69:1 v/v; pH 7.0); the second for RZ–IO mixture was at ratio of 25:74:1 (v/v; pH 9.25). The dete...

  3. A Facile pH Controlled Citrate-Based Reduction Method for Gold Nanoparticle Synthesis at Room Temperature.

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    Tyagi, Himanshu; Kushwaha, Ajay; Kumar, Anshuman; Aslam, Mohammed

    2016-12-01

    The synthesis of gold nanoparticles using citrate reduction process has been revisited. A simplified room temperature approach to standard Turkevich synthesis is employed to obtain fairly monodisperse gold nanoparticles. The role of initial pH alongside the concentration ratio of reactants is explored for the size control of Au nanoparticles. The particle size distribution has been investigated using UV-vis spectroscopy and transmission electron microscope (TEM). At optimal pH of 5, gold nanoparticles obtained are highly monodisperse and spherical in shape and have narrower size distribution (sharp surface plasmon at 520 nm). For other pH conditions, particles are non-uniform and polydisperse, showing a red-shift in plasmon peak due to aggregation and large particle size distribution. The room temperature approach results in highly stable "colloidal" suspension of gold nanoparticles. The stability test through absorption spectroscopy indicates no sign of aggregation for a month. The rate of reduction of auric ionic species by citrate ions is determined via UV absorbance studies. The size of nanoparticles under various conditions is thus predicted using a theoretical model that incorporates nucleation, growth, and aggregation processes. The faster rate of reduction yields better size distribution for optimized pH and reactant concentrations. The model involves solving population balance equation for continuously evolving particle size distribution by discretization techniques. The particle sizes estimated from the simulations (13 to 25 nm) are close to the experimental ones (10 to 32 nm) and corroborate the similarity of reaction processes at 300 and 373 K (classical Turkevich reaction). Thus, substitution of experimentally measured rate of disappearance of auric ionic species into theoretical model enables us to capture the unusual experimental observations. PMID:27526178

  4. Citrate Anticoagulation for CRRT in Children: Comparison with Heparin

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    Sara Nicole Fernández

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Regional anticoagulation with citrate is an alternative to heparin in continuous renal replacement therapies, which may prolong circuit lifetime and decrease hemorrhagic complications. A retrospective comparative cohort study based on a prospective observational registry was conducted including critically ill children undergoing CRRT. Efficacy, measured as circuit survival, and secondary effects of heparin and citrate were compared. 12 patients on CRRT with citrate anticoagulation and 24 patients with heparin anticoagulation were analyzed. Median citrate dose was 2.6 mmol/L. Median calcium dose was 0.16 mEq/kg/h. Median heparin dose was 15 UI/kg/h. Median circuit survival was 48 hours with citrate and 31 hours with heparin (P=0.028. 66.6% of patients treated with citrate developed mild metabolic alkalosis, which was directly related to citrate dose. There were no cases of citrate intoxication: median total calcium/ionic calcium index (CaT/I of 2.16 and a maximum CaT/I of 2.33, without metabolic acidosis. In the citrate group, 45.5% of patients developed hypochloremia and 27.3% hypomagnesemia. In the heparin group, 27.8% developed hypophosphatemia. Three patients were moved from heparin to citrate to control postoperatory bleeding. In conclusion citrate is a safe and effective anticoagulation method for CRRT in children and it achieves longer circuit survival than heparin.

  5. Citrate Anticoagulation for CRRT in Children: Comparison with Heparin

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    Fernández, Sara Nicole; Santiago, Maria José; López-Herce, Jesús; García, Miriam; Del Castillo, Jimena; Alcaraz, Andrés José; Bellón, Jose María

    2014-01-01

    Regional anticoagulation with citrate is an alternative to heparin in continuous renal replacement therapies, which may prolong circuit lifetime and decrease hemorrhagic complications. A retrospective comparative cohort study based on a prospective observational registry was conducted including critically ill children undergoing CRRT. Efficacy, measured as circuit survival, and secondary effects of heparin and citrate were compared. 12 patients on CRRT with citrate anticoagulation and 24 patients with heparin anticoagulation were analyzed. Median citrate dose was 2.6 mmol/L. Median calcium dose was 0.16 mEq/kg/h. Median heparin dose was 15 UI/kg/h. Median circuit survival was 48 hours with citrate and 31 hours with heparin (P = 0.028). 66.6% of patients treated with citrate developed mild metabolic alkalosis, which was directly related to citrate dose. There were no cases of citrate intoxication: median total calcium/ionic calcium index (CaT/I) of 2.16 and a maximum CaT/I of 2.33, without metabolic acidosis. In the citrate group, 45.5% of patients developed hypochloremia and 27.3% hypomagnesemia. In the heparin group, 27.8% developed hypophosphatemia. Three patients were moved from heparin to citrate to control postoperatory bleeding. In conclusion citrate is a safe and effective anticoagulation method for CRRT in children and it achieves longer circuit survival than heparin. PMID:25157369

  6. Gastrointestinal citrate absorption in nephrolithiasis

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    Fegan, J.; Khan, R.; Poindexter, J.; Pak, C. Y.

    1992-01-01

    Gastrointestinal absorption of citrate was measured in stone patients with idiopathic hypocitraturia to determine if citrate malabsorption could account for low urinary citrate. Citrate absorption was measured directly from recovery of orally administered potassium citrate (40 mEq.) in the intestinal lavage fluid, using an intestinal washout technique. In 7 stone patients citrate absorption, serum citrate levels, peak citrate concentration in serum and area under the curve were not significantly different from those of 7 normal subjects. Citrate absorption was rapid and efficient in both groups, with 96 to 98% absorbed within 3 hours. The absorption of citrate was less efficient from a tablet preparation of potassium citrate than from a liquid preparation, probably due to a delayed release of citrate from wax matrix. However, citrate absorption from solid potassium citrate was still high at 91%, compared to 98% for a liquid preparation. Thus, hypocitraturia is unlikely to be due to an impaired gastrointestinal absorption of citrate in stone patients without overt bowel disease.

  7. Improved method for measuring transparent exopolymer particles (TEP) and their precursors infresh and saline water

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    Villacorte, Loreen O.

    2015-03-01

    Transparent exopolymer particles (TEP) and their precursors produced by phyto-/bacterio-planktons in fresh and marine aquatic environments are increasingly considered as a major contributor to organic/particulate and biological fouling in micro-/ultra-filtration and reverse osmosis membrane (RO) systems. However, currently established methods which are based on Alcian blue (AB) staining and spectrophotometric techniques do not measure TEP-precursors and have the tendency to overestimate concentration in brackish/saline water samples due to interference of salinity on AB staining. Here we propose a new semi-quantitative method which allows measurement of both TEP and their colloidal precursors without the interference of salinity. TEP and their precursors are first retained on 10kDa membrane, rinsed with ultra-pure water, and re-suspended in ultra-pure water by sonication and stained with AB, followed by exclusion of TEP-AB precipitates by filtration and absorbance measurement of residual AB. The concentration is then determined based on the reduction of AB absorbance due to reaction with acidic polysaccharides, blank correction and calibration with Xanthan gum standard. The extraction procedure allows concentration of TEP and their pre-cursors which makes it possible to analyse samples with a wide range of concentrations (down to <0.1mg Xeq/L). This was demonstrated through application of the method for monitoring these compounds in algal cultures and a full-scale RO plant. The monitoring also revealed that concentrations of the colloidal precursors were substantially higher than the concentration of TEP themselves. In the RO plant, complete TEP removal was observed over the pre-treatment processes (coagulation-sedimentation-filtration and ultrafiltration) but the TEP precursors were not completely removed, emphasising the importance of measuring this colloidal component to better understand the role of TEP and acidic polysaccharides in RO membrane fouling.

  8. Kinetics of thermal decomposition of CeO2 nanocrystalline precursor prepared by precipitation method

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    2008-01-01

    The thermal decomposition of CeO2 nanocrystalline precursor prepared by chemical precipitation method was investigated using thermo-gravimetric/differential scanning calorimetry (TG/DSC) and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD).In particular,the differential thermal analysis curves for the decomposition of CeO2 nanocrystalline precursor were measured at different heating rates in air by a thermal analyzer (NETZSCH STA 449C,Germany).The kinetic parameters of the thermal decomposition of CeO2 nanocrystalline precursor were calculated using the Kissinger method and the Coats-Redfern method.Results show that the apparent active energy E of the reaction is 105.51 kJ/mol,the frequency factor lnA is 3.602 and the reaction order n is 2.This thermal decomposition process can be described by the anti-Jander equation and a threedimensional diffusion mechanism.

  9. Non-invasive method for in vivo detection of chlorophyll precursors

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    Kristiansen, Kim Anker; Khrouchtchova, Anastassia; Stenbæk, Anne;

    2009-01-01

    Traditionally chlorophyll (Chl) and Chl precursors have been studied in vitro or in leaf tissue at low temperature. These methods are destructive and make it impossible to work with the same individual plant later on. In this paper we present a method for in vivo detection of Chl and its precurso...

  10. Mean platelet volume measurement, EDTA or citrate?

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    Dastjerdi, Mansour Siavash; Emami, Tajolmolouk; Najafian, Alireza; Amini, Masoud

    2006-10-01

    Most laboratories use EDTA for anticoagulation of whole blood prior to automated cell counting but due to platelet swelling, mean platelet volume (MPV) values may increase with its use. MPV changes may be less with acid citrate based anticoagulation. As MPV is a marker of platelet function and its precise measurement is important in a number of clinical situations, this study was performed to assess if EDTA and citrate based anticoagulated blood samples can be used interchangeably for MPV measurement. In this cross sectional descriptive study, EDTA and citrate based anticoagulated blood samples of the same patients were assessed by auto-analyzer within 1 h of sampling. In the 61 evaluated patients, there was a close correlation between MPV as measured by EDTA and citrate, but mean MPV measured from EDTA samples was 0.66 fL (9%) more than citrate. There was also a significant negative correlation between platelets count and MPV by both methods. The results of our study reveal that MPV can be measured accurately by both methods of anticoagulation; EDTA and citrate if analysis be performed within 1 h of sampling. PMID:17607580

  11. Silicon dioxide obtained by Polymeric Precursor Method; Obtencao de dioxido de silicio pelo Metodo dos Precursores Polimericos

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    Oliveira, C.T.; Granado, S.R.; Lopes, S.A.; Cavalheiro, A.A., E-mail: cinthia_quimica@hotmail.com [Universidade Estadual de Mato Grosso do Sul (CPTREN/UEMS), Navirai, MS (Brazil). Centro de Pesquisas Tecnologicas em Recursos Naturais

    2011-07-01

    The Polymeric Precursor Method is able for obtaining several oxide material types with high surface area even obtained in particle form. Several MO{sub 2} oxide types such as titanium, silicon and zirconium ones can be obtained by this methodology. In this work, the synthesis of silicon oxide was monitored by thermal analysis, XRD and surface area analysis in order to demonstrate the influence of the several synthesis and calcining parameters. Surface area values as higher as 370m2/g and increasing in the micropore volume nm were obtained when the material was synthesized by using ethylene glycol as polymerizing agent. XRD analysis showed that the material is amorphous when calcinated at 600°C in despite of the time of calcining, but the material morphology is strongly influenced by the polymeric resin composition. Using Glycerol as polymerizing agent, the pore size increase and the surface area goes down with the increasing in decomposition time, when compared to ethylene glycol. (author)

  12. Preparation of nano-Cr2-xAlxO3 (x = 0-1) solid solution powders by using citrate-dispersant method

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    A series of nano-Cr2-xAlxO3 (x = 0-1) solid solution powders were prepared by sol-gel-chelating processing with citrate-dispersant method. The crystalline structure and size of the Cr2-xAlxO3 powders were determined by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. It was demonstrated that the crystalline size of the Cr2-xAlxO3 powders decreases from 33 nm to 13 nm with an increase in the amount of Al2O3 substitution. The aluminum in the lattice of the Cr2-xAlxO3 can effectively prevent the crystalline growth of the Cr2-xAlxO3 powders during calcining at higher temperature.

  13. Improvement of optical properties of nanocrystalline Fe-doped ZnO powders through precipitation method from citrate-modified zinc nitrate solution

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    Nanocrystalline Zn1-xFexO (where x = 0, 0.01 and 0.02) powders were successfully synthesized by a precipitation method from citrate-modified zinc nitrate solution. X-ray powder diffraction, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy were used to study the structural properties. The optical properties were determined by UV-vis spectrophotometer and luminescent spectrometer. In this study, the optical band gap of nanocrystalline ZnO powder increased from 3.170 eV to 3.214 eV when the Fe concentration in the solution was increased up to 2 mol. %.

  14. Improvement of optical properties of nanocrystalline Fe-doped ZnO powders through precipitation method from citrate-modified zinc nitrate solution

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    Rattana, T. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, King Mongkut' s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok 10140 (Thailand); Suwanboon, S. [Materials Science Program, Faculty of Science, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90112 (Thailand)], E-mail: ssumetha@yahoo.com; Amornpitoksuk, P. [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90112 (Thailand); Haidoux, A. [Institut Charles Gerhardt, UMR 5253, PMOF, Universite Montpellier 2, Place Eugene Bataillon, Montpellier 34095, Cedex 5 (France); Limsuwan, P. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, King Mongkut' s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok 10140 (Thailand)

    2009-07-08

    Nanocrystalline Zn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O (where x = 0, 0.01 and 0.02) powders were successfully synthesized by a precipitation method from citrate-modified zinc nitrate solution. X-ray powder diffraction, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy were used to study the structural properties. The optical properties were determined by UV-vis spectrophotometer and luminescent spectrometer. In this study, the optical band gap of nanocrystalline ZnO powder increased from 3.170 eV to 3.214 eV when the Fe concentration in the solution was increased up to 2 mol. %.

  15. Effect of Nb on barium titanate prepared from citrate solutions

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    Stojanović Biljana D.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available The influence of the addition of dopants on the microstructure development and electrical properties of BaTiO3 doped with 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 mol% of Nb and 0.01 mol% of Mn based compounds was studied. Doped barium titanate was prepared using the polymeric precursor method from citrate solutions. The powders calcined at 700°C for 4 hours were analysed by infrared (IR spectroscopy to verify the presence of carbonates, and by X-ray diffraction (XRD for phase formation. The phase composition, microstructure and dielectric properties show a strong dependence on the amount of added niobium.

  16. Stability-indicating HPLC–DAD methods for determination of two binary mixtures: Rabeprazole sodium–mosapride citrate and rabeprazole sodium–itopride hydrochloride

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    Hamed M. El-Fatatry

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Two selective stability-indicating HPLC methods are described for determination of rabeprazole sodium (RZ–mosapride citrate (MR and RZ–itopride hydrochloride (IO mixtures in the presence of their ICH-stress formed degradation products. Separations were achieved on X-Bridge C18 column using two mobile phases: the first for RZ–MR mixture consisted of acetonitrile: 0.025 M KH2PO4 solution: TEA (30:69:1 v/v; pH 7.0; the second for RZ–IO mixture was at ratio of 25:74:1 (v/v; pH 9.25. The detection wavelength was 283 nm. The two methods were validated and validation acceptance criteria were met in all cases. Peak purity testing using contrast angle theory, relative absorbance and log A versus the wavelengths plots were presented. The % recoveries of the intact drugs were between 99.1% and 102.2% with RSD% values less than 1.6%. Application of the proposed HPLC methods indicated that the methods could be adopted to follow the stability of their formulations.

  17. Urinary Citrate: A view in Chronic Renal Failure

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    SANTHOSH KUMAR.N

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Aim & Objective: To evaluate the 24 hour urinary citrate levels in chronic renal failure and healthy controls and to define the role of urinary citrates in the chronic renal failures. Materials and Methods: The 24 hours urinary citrates, Blood urea, Serum creatinine, Na+, K+were evaluated in 25 chronic renal failure patients and25 healthy subjects taken as controls. In both groups participants were on their usual diet. In addition, none of the participant was taking any drugs that could interfere with the citrate excretion. Results: The mean 24 hour urinary citrate excretion in patients and healthy controls was 296.3 ± 8.543mg and 323.9 ± 4.304mg respectively. Using previously defined values of normal urinary citrates as more than 320 mg.The difference in 24 hour urinary citrateexcretion in all patients and healthy control was statistically significant (

    citrate excretion in recurrent renal failures and healthy controls. Uniformly low citrate excretion in patients indicates that low citrate levels may be a feature seen in predisposing factor for renal failure

  18. Study of the lead titanate phase formation through the polymeric precursor method

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    In this work were synthesised (Pb Ti O3) PT powders by the polymeric precursor method (Pechini). The powders were burned at temperatures between 300 and 600 deg C for one and two hours. The characterization was realized by X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy and nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherms. Starting from 400 deg C, the lead titanate phase was obtained and was not observed the presence of the intermediate phase with formation of carbonate. (author)

  19. Preparation of lithium aluminate via polymeric precursor routes

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    Gamma lithium aluminate is a potential candidate for tritium breeding material. Various preparation routes have been proposed including solid state reaction methods and wet chemical methods such as sol-gel process. But it is still needed to develop reliable and economic preparation methods that can be used for large production. In this paper, we examined three polymeric precursor methods - amorphous citrate process, Pechini process, and polyvinyl alcohol-assisted process - by studying thermal behavior of the precursor powders by X-ray diffractometry, differential thermal analysis, infrared spectrometry, and BET surface area analysis. All these three processes produced phase pure gamma lithium aluminate powders at a relatively low temperature. The phase purity and processing temperature were comparable to the alkoxide derived sol-gel method and yet these polymeric precursor methods did not require high quality starting materials such as alkoxides. (orig.)

  20. NiTiO3 powders obtained by polymeric precursor method: Synthesis and characterization

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    Nickel titanate (NiTiO3) powders were synthesized by the polymeric precursor method after thermal treatment at different temperatures for 2 h in air atmosphere. The decomposition of the precursors was monitored by differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetric analysis. The NiTiO3 powders presented a reduction in the specific surface area and increase of the average particle size with the evolution of the temperature. The structural evolution of NiTiO3 phase was accompanied by X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform Raman spectroscopy. By scanning electron microscopy was revealed the agglomerated nature of very fine particles of NiTiO3 powders annealed from 600 to 1000 deg. C

  1. NiTiO{sub 3} powders obtained by polymeric precursor method: Synthesis and characterization

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    Lopes, K.P. [Laboratorio Interdisciplinar de Eletroquimica e Ceramica, Departamento de Quimica, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, P.O. Box 676, 13565-905 Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil); Cavalcante, L.S. [Laboratorio Interdisciplinar de Eletroquimica e Ceramica, Departamento de Quimica, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, P.O. Box 676, 13565-905 Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil)], E-mail: laeciosc@bol.com.br; Simoes, A.Z.; Varela, J.A.; Longo, E. [Laboratorio Interdisciplinar em Ceramica, Departamento de Fisico-Quimica, Instituto de Quimica, Universidade Estadual Paulista, P.O. Box 355, 14801-907 Araraquara, SP (Brazil); Leite, E.R. [Laboratorio Interdisciplinar de Eletroquimica e Ceramica, Departamento de Quimica, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, P.O. Box 676, 13565-905 Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil)

    2009-01-22

    Nickel titanate (NiTiO{sub 3}) powders were synthesized by the polymeric precursor method after thermal treatment at different temperatures for 2 h in air atmosphere. The decomposition of the precursors was monitored by differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetric analysis. The NiTiO{sub 3} powders presented a reduction in the specific surface area and increase of the average particle size with the evolution of the temperature. The structural evolution of NiTiO{sub 3} phase was accompanied by X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform Raman spectroscopy. By scanning electron microscopy was revealed the agglomerated nature of very fine particles of NiTiO{sub 3} powders annealed from 600 to 1000 deg. C.

  2. Nanosized LaCo0.6Fe0.4O3 perovskites synthesized by citrate sol gel auto combustion method

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    Unikoth Megha

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available LaCo0.6 Fe0.4 O3 (LCFO nanopowder was synthesized from constituent metal nitrates, citric acid and ethylene glycol by citrate sol gel autocombustion method and calcined at different temperatures. The powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX and Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR, whereas dielectric properties were investigated with LCR-meter. The FTIR spectra, taken for the xerogel and the sample calcined at 1000 °C, confirm that the organic groups were removed during calcination and oxide structure was formed. The XRD result shows that LCFO has rhombhohedral crystal structure with R-3C space group and forms single phase after calcination at 600 °C. The activation energy of crystallite growth, determined from the Arrhenius plot, was 17±2 kJ/mol. Surface feature studies of the powders were obtained from SEM. At 1000 °C, dense microstructure with well-shaped grain boundaries was obtained and the average grain size was around 400 nm. EDAX confirms the elemental composition. Finally, from the dielectric studies, it was found that the dielectric constant (εr as well as dielectric loss tangent (tan δ decreases with increase in frequency.

  3. Effect of lanthanide on the microstructure and structure of LnMn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} nanoparticles with Ln=La, Pr, Nd, Sm and Gd prepared by the polymer precursor method

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    Romero, Mariano [Centro NanoMat/Cryssmat Lab/Cátedra de Física—DETEMA, Facultad de Química—UdelaR, Montevideo (Uruguay); Centro Interdisciplinario de Nanotecnología, Química y Física de Materiales—UdelaR, Montevideo (Uruguay); Faccio, Ricardo, E-mail: rfaccio@fq.edu.uy [Centro NanoMat/Cryssmat Lab/Cátedra de Física—DETEMA, Facultad de Química—UdelaR, Montevideo (Uruguay); Centro Interdisciplinario de Nanotecnología, Química y Física de Materiales—UdelaR, Montevideo (Uruguay); Martínez, Javier [Departamento de Física de La Plata, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, La Plata (Argentina); Instituto de Física de La Plata, CCT-La Plata—CONICET, La Plata (Argentina); Universidad Nacional del Noroeste de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Corrientes (Argentina); Pardo, Helena; Montenegro, Benjamín [Centro NanoMat/Cryssmat Lab/Cátedra de Física—DETEMA, Facultad de Química—UdelaR, Montevideo (Uruguay); Centro Interdisciplinario de Nanotecnología, Química y Física de Materiales—UdelaR, Montevideo (Uruguay); Plá Cid, Cristiani Campos; Pasa, André A. [Laboratorio Central de microscopía electrónica, Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis (Brazil); and others

    2015-01-15

    The synthesis of LnMn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} perovskite nanoparticles by the polymer precursor method showed a strong intrinsic dependence with different lanthanides (Ln=La, Pr, Nd, Sm and Gd). The polymerization level reached in the polymer precursor was proportional to the atomic number of lanthanide with exception of samarium, which showed the formation of a different precursor based in a citrate chelate with ethyleneglycol bonded as adduct. The increasing level of polymerization of the polymer precursors showed the formation of large-size perovskite nanoparticles after its calcination. SAXS and TEM analyses suggested that nanoparticles obtained, using this method, have a squared-like microstructure in connection with the polymer precursor microstructure. Structural analysis showed an orthorhombic structure with a slight decline in the Jahn–Teller distortion when the atomic number of lanthanide increases. Mössbauer spectroscopy showed the presence of a majority site in agreement with the Pbnm orthorhombic structure best fitted with Rietveld refinements and in some cases, a more distorted site attributed to local inhomogeneities and oxygen vacancies. - Highlights: • Precursor polymerization level is lower in the presence of lighter lanthanides. • Lighter lanthanide perovskite nanoparticles after calcination are lower-sized. • Nanoparticles obtained by this method have lamellae microstructure. • Jahn–Teller distortion declines for heavier lanthanide perovskites. • Oxygen vacancy phase was observed in lighter lanthanide perovskites.

  4. Systematic examination of 'precursor waves' of strong earthquakes by using the wavelet method

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    Longshou Zhou; Zehua Qiu; Lei Tang; Baoxiang Kan

    2009-01-01

    Based on the borehole strainmeter recordings immediately before the strong earthquakes (MS≥7.5) during the period from 2001 to 2005 observed at the Taian observation station, Shandong Province, the authors make a systematic and objective examination of the precursor waves of the quakes. The effects of Earth tides with periods larger than 128 min are eliminated through high-pass filtering; and atmospheric-pressure inferences are removed by linear regression. The 2-128 min signals ate then separated into six frequency bands by employing the wavelet method. Results indicate that the wavelet method is capable of picking out information of weak variations in the signals. According to the characteristics of the 'pre-euraor waves' obtained from wavelet transformation, the method of overrun ratio analysis is put forward for examination. All the detailed components of the wavelets have been analyzed. For the time series of the overrun rate in all these components, statisitical calculation has been made for the slopes of fit curves, and mean values and standard deviations were obtained and positive-negative slope ratios were analyzed. The three statistical data show that 'precursor waves' are not widely recorded by borehole strainmeter within 15 days before remote strong earthquakes.

  5. Exogenous citrate impairs glucose tolerance and promotes visceral adipose tissue inflammation in mice.

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    Leandro, João G B; Espindola-Netto, Jair M; Vianna, Maria Carolina F; Gomez, Lilian S; DeMaria, Thaina M; Marinho-Carvalho, Monica M; Zancan, Patricia; Paula Neto, Heitor A; Sola-Penna, Mauro

    2016-03-01

    Overweight and obesity have become epidemic worldwide and are linked to sedentary lifestyle and the consumption of processed foods and drinks. Citrate is a metabolite that plays central roles in carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. In addition, citrate is the additive most commonly used by the food industry, and therefore is highly consumed. Extracellular citrate can freely enter the cells via the constitutively expressed plasma membrane citrate transporter. Within the cytosol, citrate is readily metabolised by ATP-citrate lyase into acetyl-CoA - the metabolic precursor of endogenously produced lipids and cholesterol. We therefore hypothesised that the citrate ingested from processed foods and drinks could contribute to increased postprandial fat production and weight gain. To test our hypothesis, we administered citrate to mice through their drinking water with or without sucrose and monitored their weight gain and other metabolic parameters. Our results showed that mice receiving citrate or citrate+sucrose did not show increased weight gain or an increase in the weight of the liver, skeletal muscles or adipose tissues (AT). Moreover, the plasma lipid profiles (TAG, total cholesterol, LDL and HDL) were similar across all groups. However, the group receiving citrate+sucrose showed augmented fasting glycaemia, glucose intolerance and the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines (TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-6 and IL-10) in their AT. Therefore, our results suggest that citrate consumption contributes to increased AT inflammation and altered glucose metabolism, which is indicative of initial insulin resistance. Thus, citrate consumption could be a previously unknown causative agent for the complications associated with obesity. PMID:26863933

  6. 旋转填料床/柠檬酸盐法吸收-解吸SO2%Absorption-desorption of SO2 with sodium citrate method in a roating packed bed

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    穆文菲; 刘有智

    2012-01-01

    提出采用旋转填料床结合柠檬酸盐法脱除烟气中SO2的方法,考察了旋转填料床转子转速、液气比、初始柠檬酸根浓度和初始pH值等因素对脱硫效率的影响。结果表明,采用超重力法超重机转子转速为1 000 r/min、液气比为7L/m3、初始柠檬酸根浓度为1.5 mol/L、吸收液的初始pH值为5.0,脱硫效率稳定在99%左右。研究了水蒸气汽提法解吸SO2时初始柠檬酸根浓度、初始pH值、SO2浓度、富液流量和水蒸气流量对解吸效率的影响,得出了影响SO2解吸率的基本规律,并进行了分析。通过实验证明该方法在技术上是可行的,具有良好的应用前景。%A method of flue gas desulfurization was applied with sodium citrate method in a roating packed bed.The effects of rotor speed,liquid gas ratio,initial concentration of citrate ions and initial pH value of the absorption solution on SO2 removal efficiency were investigated.The results showed that the optimum technological conditions of high graviry-sodium citrate method were as follows,rotor speed of 1 000 r/min,liquid gas ratio of 7 L/m3,initial citrate ions concentration of 1.5 mol/L,initial pH value of the absorption solution of 5.0,and SO2-removal efficiency could reach about 99%.The desorption process of SO2 in citrate solution under different conditions and factors were explored.Several important factors that may affect desorption efficiency of SO2 were examined individually using the modified steam stripping device,namely initial concentration of citrate ions,initial pH value of citrate solution,the concentration of SO2,flow rate of rich solution and water vapor flow.The principle rules of SO2 desorption were concluded and analyzed.The experimental results have proved the possibility in technique and showed a good application future for absorption-desorption of SO2 with sodium citrate method in a roating packed bed.

  7. Inkjet printing of silver citrate conductive ink on PET substrate

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    Highlights: ► A direct synthesis method of silver conductive film on PET substrate was presented. ► A stable particle-free conductive ink was prepared. ► Formation of silver-amine complex reduced the thermal decomposition temperature. ► Conductive patterns for flexible electronics were fabricated by inkjet printing. ► Silver film on PET substrate possessed highest adhesion rating even without polymer. - Abstract: Direct synthesis of silver conductive film on PET substrate by inkjet printing silver citrate conductive ink was presented in this paper. This kind of conductive ink contained silver citrate as silver precursor, 1,2-diaminopropane as complex agent dissolving the silver salt and methanol and isopropanol as a media adjusting the viscosity and surface tension. The formation of silver-amine complex reduced the decomposition temperature from 180 °C to 135 °C, thus the ink could be cured at relatively low temperature. The film reached the lowest resistivity of 17 μΩ cm after cured at 150 °C for 50 min, 3.1 μΩ cm at 230 °C and possessed high reflection and excellent adhesive property. Electrical conductivity, surface morphology and composition were investigated by four-point probe method, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). It is demonstrated how the cured condition affects the silver film. Moreover, radio-frequency identification (RFID) antenna was fabricated by inkjet printing, which opens up routes for the flexible electronics fabrication.

  8. Inkjet printing of silver citrate conductive ink on PET substrate

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    Nie Xiaolei [Key Laboratory for Green Chemical Technology of Ministry of Education, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Wang Hong, E-mail: hongwang@tju.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Green Chemical Technology of Ministry of Education, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Zou Jing [Key Laboratory for Green Chemical Technology of Ministry of Education, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China)

    2012-11-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A direct synthesis method of silver conductive film on PET substrate was presented. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A stable particle-free conductive ink was prepared. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Formation of silver-amine complex reduced the thermal decomposition temperature. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Conductive patterns for flexible electronics were fabricated by inkjet printing. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Silver film on PET substrate possessed highest adhesion rating even without polymer. - Abstract: Direct synthesis of silver conductive film on PET substrate by inkjet printing silver citrate conductive ink was presented in this paper. This kind of conductive ink contained silver citrate as silver precursor, 1,2-diaminopropane as complex agent dissolving the silver salt and methanol and isopropanol as a media adjusting the viscosity and surface tension. The formation of silver-amine complex reduced the decomposition temperature from 180 Degree-Sign C to 135 Degree-Sign C, thus the ink could be cured at relatively low temperature. The film reached the lowest resistivity of 17 {mu}{Omega} cm after cured at 150 Degree-Sign C for 50 min, 3.1 {mu}{Omega} cm at 230 Degree-Sign C and possessed high reflection and excellent adhesive property. Electrical conductivity, surface morphology and composition were investigated by four-point probe method, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). It is demonstrated how the cured condition affects the silver film. Moreover, radio-frequency identification (RFID) antenna was fabricated by inkjet printing, which opens up routes for the flexible electronics fabrication.

  9. Synthesis of SmAlO3 nanocrystalline powders by polymeric precursor method

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    SmAlO3 nanocrystalline powders were successfully synthesized by the polymeric precursor method using ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid as a chelating agent. The precursor and the derived powders were characterized by thermogravimetry analysis (TG) and differential scanning calorimetry analysis (DSC), infrared spectroscopy (IR), X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results showed that pure SmAlO3 powder with orthorhombic perovskite structure could be synthesized at 800 C for 2 h without formation of any intermediate phase. The average particle size of the powder synthesized at 900 C was as low as 28 nm. Subsequently, the bulk SmAlO3 ceramics were prepared at various sintering temperatures using the synthesized powders calcined at 900 C for 2 h as starting materials. The sintering experiments indicated that the sample sintered at 1550 C for 2 h exhibited the highest relative density of 97.2% and possessed the best microwave dielectric properties of εr=20.94, Q x f=78600 GHz and τf=-71.8 ppm/ C. (orig.)

  10. Predicting amplitude of solar cycle 24 based on a new precursor method

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    A. Yoshida

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available It is shown that the monthly smoothed sunspot number (SSN or its rate of decrease during the final years of a solar cycle is correlated with the amplitude of the succeeding cycle. Based on this relationship, the amplitude of solar cycle 24 is predicted to be 84.5±23.9, assuming that the monthly smoothed SSN reached its minimum in December 2008. It is further shown that the monthly SSN in the three-year period from 2006 through 2008 is well correlated with the monthly average of the intensity of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF. This correlation indicates that the SSN in the final years of a solar cycle is a good proxy for the IMF, which is understood to reflect the magnetic field in the corona of the sun, and the IMF is expected to be smallest at the solar minimum. We believe that this finding illuminates a physical meaning underlying the well-known precursor method for forecasting the amplitude of the next solar cycle using the aa index at the solar minimum or its average value in the decaying phase of the solar cycle (e.g. Ohl, 1966, since it is known that the geomagnetic disturbance depends strongly on the intensity of the IMF. That is, the old empirical method is considered to be based on the fact that the intensity of the coronal magnetic field decreases in the late phase of a solar cycle in parallel with the SSN. It seems that the precursor method proposed by Schatten et al. (1978 and Svalgaard et al. (2005, which uses the intensity of the polar magnetic field of the sun several years before a solar minimum, is also based on the same physical phenomenon, but seen from a different angle.

  11. Why sildenafil and sildenafil citrate monohydrate crystals are not stable?

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    Sawatdee, Somchai; Pakawatchai, Chaveng; Nitichai, Kwanjai; Srichana, Teerapol; PHETMUNG, Hirihattaya

    2015-01-01

    Sildenafil citrate was crystallized by various techniques aiming to determine the behavior and factors affecting the crystal growth. There are only 2 types of sildenafil obtaining from crystallization: sildenafil (1) and sildenafil citrate monohydrate (2). The used techniques were (i) crystallization from saturated solutions, (ii) addition of an antisolvent, (iii) reflux and (iv) slow solvent evaporation method. By pursuing these various methods, our work pointed that the best formation of cr...

  12. A controllable hydrothermal method to prepare La(OH)3 nanorods using new precursors

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    Mehdi Mousavi-Kamazani; Sakineh Alizadeh; Fateme Ansari; Masoud Salavati-Niasari

    2015-01-01

    Using the hydrothermal method, lanthanum hydroxide nanorods were synthesized by the reaction of LaCl3·7H2O, ethyl-enediamine, and hydrazine. According to SEM results, ethylenediamine and hydrazine with pH management could control the parti-cle growth and played an important role in formation of lanthanum hydroxide nanorods. The morphology and microstructure of the obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR) spectrum, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Further-more, the effects of the molar ratio of the precursors as well as the reaction temperature and time on the morphology and particle size of the products were investigated.

  13. Insulating Materials Comprising Polysilazane, Methods of Forming Such Insulating Materials, and Precursor Formulations Comprising Polysilazane

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    Larson, Robert S. (Inventor); Fuller, Michael E. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    Methods of forming an insulating material comprising combining a polysilazane, a cross-linking compound, and a gas-generating compound to form a reaction mixture, and curing the reaction mixture to form a modified polysilazane. The gas-generating compound may be water, an alcohol, an amine, or combinations thereof. The cross-linking compound may be an isocyanate, an epoxy resin, or combinations thereof. The insulating material may include a matrix comprising one of a reaction product of a polysilazane and an isocyanate and a reaction product of a polysilazane and an epoxy resin. The matrix also comprises a plurality of interconnected pores produced from one of reaction of the polysilazane and the isocyanate and from reaction of the polysilazane and the epoxy resin. A precursor formulation that comprises a polysilazane, a cross-linking compound, and a gas-generating compound is also disclosed.

  14. Production of technical-grade sodium citrate from glycerol-containing biodiesel waste by Yarrowia lipolytica.

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    Kamzolova, Svetlana V; Vinokurova, Natalia G; Lunina, Julia N; Zelenkova, Nina F; Morgunov, Igor G

    2015-10-01

    The production of technical-grade sodium citrate from the glycerol-containing biodiesel waste by Yarrowia lipolytica was studied. Batch experiments showed that citrate was actively produced within 144 h, then citrate formation decreased presumably due to inhibition of enzymes involved in this process. In contrast, when the method of repeated batch cultivation was used, the formation of citrate continued for more than 500 h. In this case, the final concentration of citrate in the culture liquid reached 79-82 g/L. Trisodium citrate was isolated from the culture liquid filtrate by the addition of a small amount of NaOH, so that the pH of the filtrate increased to 7-8. This simple and economic isolation procedure gave the yield of crude preparation containing trisodium citrate 5.5-hydrate up to 82-86%. PMID:26141285

  15. Citrate-Stabilized Gold Nanorods

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    Mehtala, Jonathan G; Zemlyanov, Dmitry Y.; Max, Joann P.; Kadasala, Naveen; Zhao, Shou; Wei, Alexander

    2014-01-01

    Stable aqueous dispersions of citrate-stabilized gold nanorods (cit-GNRs) have been prepared in scalable fashion by surfactant exchange from cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)-stabilized GNRs, using polystyrenesulfonate (PSS) as a detergent. The surfactant exchange process was monitored by infrared spectroscopy, surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The latter established the quantitative displacement of CTAB (by PSS) and of PSS (by citrate)....

  16. Effect of the structural and morphological properties of Cu/ZnO catalysts prepared by citrate method on their activity toward methanol synthesis from CO2 and H2 under mild reaction conditions

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    Karelovic, Alejandro; Bargibant, Alice; Fernandez Rojas, Camila; Ruiz, Patricio

    2012-01-01

    Methanol synthesis from CO2 + H2 was studied at mild reaction conditions (140–250 °C and 7 bar) over Cu/ZnO catalysts prepared by citrate method. The copper content and calcination temperatures were varied so as to obtain a wide range in copper particle size (2–12 nm). Methanol formation rates vary between 0.84 and 2.98 × 10−3 s−1 at 180 °C. Methanol selectivity can attain 100% at temperatures lower than 160 °C. At higher temperatures, CO formation by reverse water gas shift reaction is highl...

  17. Study of hafnium (IV) oxide nanoparticles synthesized by polymerized complex and polymer precursor derived sol-gel methods

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    2010-03-01

    This work reports the preparation and characterization of hafnium (IV) oxide (HfO2) nanoparticles grown by derived sol-gel routes that involves the formation of an organic polymeric network. A comparison between polymerized complex (PC) and polymer precursor (PP) methods is presented. For the PC method, citric acid (CA) and ethylene glycol (EG) are used as the chelating and polymerizable reagents, respectively. In the case of PP method, poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) is used as the chelating reagent. In both cases, different precursor gels were prepared and the hafnium (IV) chloride (HfCl4) molar ratio was varied from 0.1 to 1.0 for the PC method and from 0.05 to 0.5 for the PP method. In order to obtain the nanoparticles, the precursors were heat treated at 500 and 800 °C. The thermal characterization of the precursor gels was carried out by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and the structural and morphological characterization by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The XRD patterns of the samples obtained by both methods shows the formation of HfO2 at 500 °C with monoclinic crystalline phase. The PC method exhibited also the cubic phase. Finally, the HfO2 nanoparticles size (4 to 11 nm) was determined by TEM and XRD patterns. © (2010) Trans Tech Publications.

  18. Non-monotonic growth rates of sawtooth precursors evidenced with a new method on ASDEX Upgrade

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    Vezinet, D.; Igochine, V.; Weiland, M.; Yu, Q.; Gude, A.; Meshcheriakov, D.; Sertoli, M.; the Asdex Upgrade Team; the EUROfusion MST1 Team

    2016-08-01

    This paper describes a new method to derive, from soft x-ray (SXR) tomography, robust estimates of the core displacement, growth rate and frequency of a 1/1 sawtooth crash precursor. The method is valid for very peaked SXR profiles and is robust against both the inversion algorithm and the presence of tungsten in a rotating plasma. Three typical ASDEX Upgrade crashes are then analysed. In all cases a postcursor is observed, suggesting incomplete reconnection. Despite different dynamics, in all three cases the growth rate of the core displacement shows similar features. First, it is not constant, supporting the idea of non-linear growth. Second, it can be divided into clearly identified phases with quasi-constant growth rates, suggesting sudden change of growth regime rather than smooth transitions. Third, its evolution is non-monotonic, with phases of accelerated growth followed by damped phases. This damping is interpreted for two cases respectively as an effect of fast ions and of mode coupling, based on the result of a MHD simulation. The mode frequency is observed in all cases to be closely related to the plasma bulk rotation profile, with little or no visible effect of the electron diamagnetic drift frequency. The onset criterion could not be clearly identified and it is shown that the role of the pressure gradient is not as expected from a naive extrapolation of the linear stability theory.

  19. A concurrent precursor inflow method for Large Eddy Simulations and applications to finite length wind farms

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    Stevens, Richard J A M; Meneveau, Charles

    2014-01-01

    In order to enable simulations of developing wind turbine array boundary layers with highly realistic inflow conditions a concurrent precursor method for Large Eddy Simulations is proposed. In this method we consider two domains simultaneously, i.e. in one domain a turbulent Atmospheric Boundary Layer (ABL) without wind turbines is simulated in order to generate the turbulent inflow conditions for a second domain in which the wind turbines are placed. The benefit of this approach is that a) it avoids the need for large databases in which the turbulent inflow conditions are stored and the correspondingly slow I/O operations and b) we are sure that the simulations are not negatively affected by statically swept fixed inflow fields or synthetic fields lacking the proper ABL coherent structures. Sample applications are presented, in which, in agreement with field data a strong decrease of the power output of downstream wind-turbines with respect to the first row of wind-turbines is observed for perfectly aligned ...

  20. Biosynthesis and characterization of silver nanoparticles prepared from two novel natural precursors by facile thermal decomposition methods

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    Goudarzi, Mojgan; Mir, Noshin; Mousavi-Kamazani, Mehdi; Bagheri, Samira; Salavati-Niasari, Masoud

    2016-01-01

    In this work, two natural sources, including pomegranate peel extract and cochineal dye were employed for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles. The natural silver complex from pomegranate peel extract resulted in nano-sized structures through solution-phase method, but this method was not efficient for cochineal dye-silver precursor and the as-formed products were highly agglomerated. Therefore, an alternative facile solid-state approach was investigated as for both natural precursors and the results showed successful production of well-dispersed nanoparticles with narrow size distribution for cochineal dye-silver precursor. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDX), and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). PMID:27581681

  1. Enhancement of Aminoacylase Activity by Sodium Citrate

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    于范利; 曹志方; 李森; 周海梦

    2001-01-01

    Kidney and other tissues of animals and humans have a high concentration of citrate which is an important intermediate substance in the citrate cycle. Citrate may play an important physiological role in metabolism. In this paper, we studied the interaction of the sodium salt of citrate with aminoacylase which is an important enzyme in metabolism and found sodium citrate can enhance the activity of aminoacylase. The maximum enzyme activity induced by sodium citrate increased approximately 3 folds over the enzyme activity without sodium citrate. The initial reaction rates (Ⅴ) for different concentrations of sodium citrate were obtained, showing that sodium citrate is a non-competitive activator. The result of the ANS binding fluorescence measurements for aminoacylase indicated that increasing sodium citrate concentrations markedly increased the ANS binding fluorescence with a blue shift of the emission spectra peak. This suggests the formation of more hydrophobic regions. Aggregates formed quickly when aminoacylase was incubated with sodium citrate (0.3 mol/L) and guanidinium chloride (0- 3. 5 mol/L). Aminoacylase lost enzyme activity in the guanidinium chloride more quickly in the presence of sodium citrate than in the absence of sodium citrate. The intrinsic fluorescence emission intensity decreased more quickly and the red shift of the emission spectra peak was larger than that without sodium citrate.

  2. Size of the coming solar cycle 24 based on Ohl's Precursor Method, final estimate

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    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available In Ohl's Precursor Method (Ohl, 1966, 1976, the geomagnetic activity during the declining phase of a sunspot cycle is shown to be well correlated with the size (maximum sunspot number Rz(max of the next cycle. For solar cycle 24, Kane (2007a used aa(min=15.5 (12-month running mean, which occurred during March–May of 2006 and made a preliminary estimate Rz(max=124±26 (12-month running mean. However, in the next few months, the aa index first increased and then decreased to a new low value of 14.8 in July 2007. With this new low value, the prediction was Rz(max=117±26 (12-month running mean. However, even this proved a false signal. Since then, the aa values have decreased considerably and the last 12-monthly value is 8.7, centered at May 2009. For solar cycle 24, using aa(min=8.7, the latest prediction is, Rz(max=58.0±25.0.

  3. Nanogravimetric studies of tungsten oxide thin films obtained by the polymeric precursor method

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    In this work, the intercalation/de-intercalation process of Li+ ions in the tungsten oxide matrix was investigated. The reaction mechanism involved was also investigated. The WO3 films, prepared by the polymeric precursor method, were deposited on a Pt covered quartz crystal using the dip-coating technique. The electrolyte was 0.1 mol L-1 LiClO4 in acetonitrile. The morphology and structure of the deposit was accomplished by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction, respectively. In the electrochemical quartz crystal nanobalance results, it was observed that the mass transport as well as the kinetic processes involved are facilitated in the films cycled at lower potential sweep-rates. The mass variation data as a function of the charge variations in the anodic and cathodic regions indicate the participation of solvent molecules (acetonitrile) during the Li+ ion intercalation/de-intercalation process. This was confirmed by the development of a model of the species flux as a function of the potential

  4. Synthesis of magnetocoated tetrapod ZnO-whiskers by polymer precursor derived method

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    Magnetic coatings were synthesized in situ on the surface of tetrapod ZnO-whiskers (ZnOws) via a Fe-containing polymer precursor derived method. Raw ZnOws were dispersed in polymer solution prepared from FeCl3 modified polymethylsilane. Then the dispersion was solidified and cured. When the curing temperature was high enough, the polymer to inorganic conversion occurred, and ZnOws with magnetic coatings were obtained. Results of scanning electron microscopy, energy diffraction of X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction proved that magnetic ZnOw maintains a tetrapod morphology and Fe has been introduced on the surface of ZnOw. The appropriate pyrolysis temperature is above 800 deg. C. A study of the electromagnetic parameters of the composite powder proved that μ'' is between 0.1 and 0.3. The material has radar-absorbing properties. At a thickness of 2.6 mm, the calculated maximum reflection loss for the absorber is about -9.2 dB at 2-8 GHz.

  5. Nanocystalline ZnO films prepared via polymeric precursor method (Pechini)

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    Sanchez, C.; Doria, J.; Paucar, C.; Hernandez, M. [Laboratorio de Materiales Ceramicos y Vitreos, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Medellin, A.A. 568, Medellin (Colombia); Mosquera, A.; Rodriguez, J.E. [Grupo CYTEMAC, Universidad del Cauca, Calle 5 No 4-70, Popayan (Colombia); Gomez, A. [Departamento de Ingenieria de Materiales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, sede Medellin, A.A. 568, Medellin (Colombia); Baca, E. [Grupo de Ingenieria de Nuevos Materiales, Universidad del Valle, A.A. 25360 Cali (Colombia); Moran, O., E-mail: omoranc@unal.edu.c [Laboratorio de Materiales Ceramicos y Vitreos, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Medellin, A.A. 568, Medellin (Colombia)

    2010-09-01

    The polymeric precursor method (Pechini) was employed to prepare high-quality nanocrystalline zinc oxide (ZnO) films. Briefly, the process started off with the preparation of a coating solution by the Pechini process followed by a coating of the glass substrates by a dip-coating technique and subsequent heat-treatment of the as-deposited films up to 550 {sup o}C for 30 min. The Rietveld profile analysis of the X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra revealed the wuerzite structure as expected for ZnO with a P6{sub 3}mc symmetry. No additional peaks were observed that would correspond to any secondary crystalline phase. The average crystallites size was 20 nm as calculated by Sherrer's equation. UV-vis spectroscopy showed sharp ultraviolet absorption edges at {approx}380 nm. The absorption edge analysis yielded optical band gap energy of 3.24 eV with electronic transition of the direct transition type. The Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analysis showed asymmetric and symmetric stretching modes of the carboxyl group (C=O). Scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis revealed a crack-free surface morphology indicating that coating of the amorphous glass substrates was homogeneous on large surface areas. The temperature dependent conductivity featured a typical semiconducting-like behavior with resistivity approaching 3x10{sup -1} {Omega} cm at 220 K.

  6. Study on the production of the columbite phase (Mg Nb2 O6) by using the polymeric precursor method

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    Columbite powders (Mg Nb2 O6) were synthesized by polymeric precursor method, or Pechini. Studies of thermogravimetric and differential thermo analysis, infrared spectroscopy, nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherms and X-ray diffraction showed high reactive and crystalline powders. High surface area about 48 m2 g-1 was obtained and no Mg O or Nb2 O5 was observed. (author)

  7. Comparison of dimethylzinc and diethylzinc as precursors for monocrystalline zinc oxide grown by atomic layer deposition method

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    Wachnicki, L.; Lukasiewicz, M.; Witkowski, B.; Krajewski, T.; Luka, G.; Kopalko, K.; Minikayev, R.; Przezdziecka, E.; Domagala, J.Z.; Guziewicz, E. [Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physics, Warszawa (Poland); Godlewski, M. [Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physics, Warszawa (Poland); Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, College of Science, Warszawa (Poland)

    2010-07-15

    The new trend in semiconductor technology is search of new materials, which could replace silicon in specialized applications. One of them is zinc oxide (ZnO), a II-VI semiconductor. In this work we show how to obtain at relatively low temperature monocrystalline layers of ZnO using atomic layer deposition (ALD) method with reactive dimethylzinc (DMZn) and diethylzinc (DEZn) precursors. ZnO films were deposited on gallium nitride substrates at 300 C. We compare the results obtained for these two organic zinc precursors. High resolution X-ray diffraction analysis proves that our ZnO layers are monocrystalline with FWHM of (00.2) peak 250 arcsec for DEZn and 335 arcsec for DMZn precursors. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  8. Regulatory Citrate Lyase Mutants of Salmonella typhimurium

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    Kulla, Hans G.

    1983-01-01

    Citrate lyase, the key enzyme of anaerobic citrate catabolism, could not be deleted from Salmonella typhimurium. The only class of mutants found had a mode of covalent regulation that strongly resembled the Escherichia coli system: citrate lyase was only active, i.e., acetylated, when a cosubstrate was present.

  9. Regulatory citrate lyase mutants of Salmonella typhimurium.

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    Kulla, H G

    1983-01-01

    Citrate lyase, the key enzyme of anaerobic citrate catabolism, could not be deleted from Salmonella typhimurium. The only class of mutants found had a mode of covalent regulation that strongly resembled the Escherichia coli system: citrate lyase was only active, i.e., acetylated, when a cosubstrate was present. PMID:6336740

  10. 21 CFR 582.5449 - Manganese citrate.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Manganese citrate. 582.5449 Section 582.5449 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) ANIMAL... Supplements 1 § 582.5449 Manganese citrate. (a) Product. Manganese citrate. (b) Conditions of use....

  11. 21 CFR 184.1449 - Manganese citrate.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Manganese citrate. 184.1449 Section 184.1449 Food... Specific Substances Affirmed as GRAS § 184.1449 Manganese citrate. (a) Manganese citrate (Mn3(C6H5O7)2, CAS... manganese carbonate from manganese sulfate and sodium carbonate solutions. The filtered and...

  12. Turbulent Inflow Precursor Method with Time-Varying Direction for Large-Eddy Simulations and Applications to Wind Farms

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    Munters, Wim; Meneveau, Charles; Meyers, Johan

    2016-05-01

    A major challenge in turbulence-resolving flow simulations is the generation of unsteady and coherent turbulent inflow conditions. Precursor methods have proven to be reliable inflow generators but are limited in applicability and flexibility especially when attempting to couple boundary-layer dynamics with large-scale temporal variations in the direction of the inflow. Here, we propose a methodology that is capable of providing fully developed turbulent inflow for time-varying mean-flow directions. The method is a generalization of a concurrent precursor inflow technique, in which a fully developed boundary-layer simulation that uses periodic boundary conditions is dynamically rotated with the large-scale wind direction that drives the simulation in the domain of interest. The proposed inflow method is applied to large-eddy simulations of boundary-layer flow through the Horns Rev wind farm when subjected to a sinusoidal variation in wind direction at the hourly time scale.

  13. Luminescent properties of hybrid materials prepared by the polymeric precursor method

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    Oliveira, Larissa H., E-mail: larissahelena2009@gmail.com [LIEC-UNESP, Institute of Chemistry, Caixa Postal 355, 14800-900 Araraquara, SP (Brazil); Moura, Ana Paula de; Longo, Elson; Varela, José A. [LIEC-UNESP, Institute of Chemistry, Caixa Postal 355, 14800-900 Araraquara, SP (Brazil); Rosa, Ieda L.V. [LIEC-UFSCar, Department of Chemistry, Caixa Postal 676, 13560-905 São Carlos, SP (Brazil)

    2013-12-05

    Highlights: •The Eu{sup 3+} ions are chelating to the 2-hydroxynicotinic acid via O,O-coordination. •A Class II hybrid material was formed by increasing the temperature to 300 °C. •The 2-hydroxynicotinic acid insert in a silica matrix became thermally stable. •PL emission showed a charge transference from 2-hydroxynicotinic to Eu{sup 3+} ions. -- Abstract: Rare earth complexes (RE) can be incorporated in silica matrixes, originating organic/inorganic hybrid materials with good thermal stability and high rare earth emission lines. In this work, the hybrid material was obtained by the polymeric precursor method and ultrasonic dispersed with spherical silica particles prepared by the Stöber Method. The Raman spectra indicated that the Eu{sup 3+} ions are involved in a polymeric structure formed as consequence of the chelation and polyesterification reactions of this ion with citric acid and ethylene glycol. After the ultrasonic stirring, 2-hydroxynicotinic ligand will also compose this polymeric rigid structure. The TGA/DTA analysis showed that this polymeric material was thermal decomposed at 300 °C. Moreover, this process allows the chelating process of the 2-hydroxynicotinic acid ligand to the Eu{sup 3+} ions. The {sup 29}Si NMR showed that the ultrasonic dispersion of the reactants was not able to promote the functionalization of the silica particles with the 2-hydroxynicotinic acid ligand. Moreover, heat treatment promotes the [Eu(HnicO{sub 2}){sub 3}] complex particles incorporation into silica pores. At this temperature, the TGA curve showed that only the thermal degradation of ethylene glycol and citric acid used during the experimental procedure occurs. The silica and hybrid materials are composed by spherical and aggregated particles with particle size of approximately 450 nm, which can be influenced by the heat treatment. These materials also present an absorption band located at 337 nm. The photoluminescent study showed that when the hybrid

  14. Study of the structure and optical properties of rare-earth-doped aluminate particles prepared by an amorphous citrate sol-gel process

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    Calcium aluminate, doped with neodymium and europium ions, was prepared by a citrate polymeric precursor sol-gel method. The influence of the synthesis mixture composition and the thermal treatment parameters on the structure, morphology and optical properties of the material were investigated by thermogravimetric analysis, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, diffuse reflectance, emission and excitation spectroscopy. The amount of organic component in the precursor had an effect on the crystal structure and the morphology of the material particles. The thermal treatment had no direct influence on the optical properties of material. Polymeric precursors treated at 1000 deg. C gave white aluminate powder, with absorption bands due to the rare earth ions and the host levels. Luminescence from the Eu3+ ion levels gave emission spectra with sharp peak at 611 nm and color purity. Energy transfer was observed from the excited state of the host to the Eu3+ ion levels

  15. Theoretical Study on Sulfur Dioxide Absorption with Citrate Solution

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    薛娟琴; 洪涛; 王召启; 李林波

    2006-01-01

    The citrate absorption of SO2 is currently one of the most successful and economic methods to harness sulfur dioxide pollution.In order to theoretically elucidate the mechanism of SO2 absorption by citrate solution and provide theoretical instruction for experiments and industrial process, the theory of multi-buffer solution, combined with computer numerical calculation methods, was applied to study the distribution parameters of the components of the citrate solution in the process of SO2 absorption and the following results were obtained: (1) HCi2- and H2Ci- in the citrate solution played the dominant role in the absorption and desorption processes; (2) Through the calculation for the buffer capacity of citrate solution, it was found that the pH of the absorption and desorption solution should be in the range of 2~8, while at pH=4.5 the buffer capacity reached its maximum. Some valuable parameters were obtained, which are instructive to the ensuing experiments and industrial design.

  16. Studies on structural and thermo-chemical behavior of MFe12O19(s) (M = Sr, Ba and Pb) prepared by citrate-nitrate gel combustion method

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    The citrate-nitrate gel combustion route was used to prepare SrFe12O19(s), BaFe12O19(s) and PbFe12O19(s). The compounds were characterized by Rietveld profile analysis of the X-ray powder diffraction data. The thermal expansion coefficients of MFe12O19 (M = Sr, Ba and Pb) were determined using high temperature powder X-ray diffraction data. The lattice parameters of these compounds were fitted into polynomial expressions as a function of temperature. Melting points of MFe12O19 (M = Sr, Ba and Pb) were determined using high temperature calorimeter and the values are; 1632 K, 1611 K and 1538 K, respectively. Standard molar heat capacities of BaFe12O19(s) and PbFe12O19(s) were determined from 130 K to 850 K using a heat flux type differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and heat capacity anomalies were observed at 725 K and 718 K, respectively. This heat capacity anomaly is due to the magnetic order-disorder transition from ferrimagnetic state to paramagnetic state

  17. Reassessment of the clinical usefulness of 67Ga-citrate scanning in lung cancer using a log-likelihood-ratio method

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    To reassess prospectively clinical usefulness of Ga-67 imaging in abnormal shadow on chest roentgenogram, 78 patients were scintigraphed after intravenous injection of 111MBq (3 mCi) of Ga-67 citrate. Before and after Ga-67 scanning, the same physician completed two questionnaires indicating his differential diagnosis, diagnostic confidence (expressed as a percentage) and therapeutic plan, referring chest roentgenograms (dorsoventral and lateral views) and chest roentgen tomograms (frontal projection only). The impact of the imaging of the physician's diagnostic confidence was expressed as a log-likelihood-ratio (LLR). The mean log-likelihood-ratio (LLR) for this series was 0.191+-0.308 (n=78), with 47 out of 78 (60.3%) patients demonstrating a LLR, 0.00. In only two out of 78 (2.6%) patients, a LLR greater than 1.0 was achieved. These results reflect the little impact of Ga-67 scanning on the decision-making process for lung cancer. However, Ga-67 scanning may be useful for detecting N2 (mediastinal lymphnode) and determing of the staging in patients with lung cancer, indicating a sensitivity of 60.0% and a specificity of 88.2%. (author)

  18. Polymer compositions, polymer films and methods and precursors for forming same

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    Klaehn, John R; Peterson, Eric S; Orme, Christopher J

    2013-09-24

    Stable, high performance polymer compositions including polybenzimidazole (PBI) and a melamine-formaldehyde polymer, such as methylated, poly(melamine-co-formaldehyde), for forming structures such as films, fibers and bulky structures. The polymer compositions may be formed by combining polybenzimidazole with the melamine-formaldehyde polymer to form a precursor. The polybenzimidazole may be reacted and/or intertwined with the melamine-formaldehyde polymer to form the polymer composition. For example, a stable, free-standing film having a thickness of, for example, between about 5 .mu.m and about 30 .mu.m may be formed from the polymer composition. Such films may be used as gas separation membranes and may be submerged into water for extended periods without crazing and cracking. The polymer composition may also be used as a coating on substrates, such as metal and ceramics, or may be used for spinning fibers. Precursors for forming such polymer compositions are also disclosed.

  19. Engineering genetically encoded nanosensors for real-time in vivo measurements of citrate concentrations.

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    Jennifer C Ewald

    Full Text Available Citrate is an intermediate in catabolic as well as biosynthetic pathways and is an important regulatory molecule in the control of glycolysis and lipid metabolism. Mass spectrometric and NMR based metabolomics allow measuring citrate concentrations, but only with limited spatial and temporal resolution. Methods are so far lacking to monitor citrate levels in real-time in-vivo. Here, we present a series of genetically encoded citrate sensors based on Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET. We screened databases for citrate-binding proteins and tested three candidates in vitro. The citrate binding domain of the Klebsiella pneumoniae histidine sensor kinase CitA, inserted between the FRET pair Venus/CFP, yielded a sensor highly specific for citrate. We optimized the peptide linkers to achieve maximal FRET change upon citrate binding. By modifying residues in the citrate binding pocket, we were able to construct seven sensors with different affinities spanning a concentration range of three orders of magnitude without losing specificity. In a first in vivo application we show that E. coli maintains the capacity to take up glucose or acetate within seconds even after long-term starvation.

  20. Extração de ferro de esmectita brasileira com emprego do método ditionito-citrato-bicarbonato Iron extraction from Brazilian smectite by dithionite-citrate-bicarbonate method

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    2000-06-01

    Full Text Available A natural clay from Campina Grande region (Paraíba, Brazil, with 8.57% of Fe2O3, was used to study the most appropriate condition to carry out the iron extraction, without altering the clay structure in a significant way. Samples were treated with the Dithionite-Citrate-Bicarbonate method (DCB for 30 and 120 minutes (pH=9.1, and also with citric acid (pH=1.8; time=15min, at 75°C. Conductivity measurements, X-ray fluorescence, X-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive spectrometry, electron-diffraction with transmission electron microscopy and textural evaluation by nitrogen adsorption were done. The treatment in a basic medium was more selective for iron removal than in acid condition. The time of 30 minutes, with 1.6 g Na2S2O4/10 g clay, was the best condition for the iron extraction.

  1. Preparation of nano-Cr{sub 2-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0-1) solid solution powders by using citrate-dispersant method

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    Zhang Jinghong [Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Nanling Campus, Changchun 130025 (China); Jilin Weather Modification Office, Changchun 130062 (China); Jiang Zhonghao, E-mail: jzh@jlu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Nanling Campus, Changchun 130025 (China); Jin Dezhen [Jilin Weather Modification Office, Changchun 130062 (China); Liu Xianli, E-mail: jzh@jlu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Bionic Engineering, College of Biology and Agriculture Engineering, Jilin University, Nanling Campus, Changchun 130025 (China)

    2010-08-15

    A series of nano-Cr{sub 2-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0-1) solid solution powders were prepared by sol-gel-chelating processing with citrate-dispersant method. The crystalline structure and size of the Cr{sub 2-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 3} powders were determined by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. It was demonstrated that the crystalline size of the Cr{sub 2-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 3} powders decreases from 33 nm to 13 nm with an increase in the amount of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substitution. The aluminum in the lattice of the Cr{sub 2-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 3} can effectively prevent the crystalline growth of the Cr{sub 2-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 3} powders during calcining at higher temperature.

  2. Li Nb O3 thin films obtained by the polymeric precursor method

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    Li Nb O3 thin films were prepared from polymeric precursor films, deposited on Si (111) substrates, were heat-treated from 400 deg C in order to study the heat treatment influence on the crystallity and microstructure of the final film. The X-ray diffraction patterns showed, in particular, that these films crystallized at low temperature (450 deg C) and presented no preferential orientation. The scanning electron microscopy studies showed that the film microstructure is strongly influenced by the annealing temperature. (author)

  3. Effect of sildenafil citrate on penile erection of rhesus macaques

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    Xun-BinHuang; Cheng-LiangXiong; Cheng-GaoYu; Jie-LingZhou; Ji-YunShen

    2004-01-01

    Aim: To examine the effect of sildenafil citrate on penile erection of male rhesus macaque. Methods:Twenty Macaca mulatta were divided into the sildenafil treated and the control groups of l0 animals each. The penile size, the corpus cavernosal electromyogram (EMG) and the intra-corpus cavernosal pressure (ICP) were determined. Results: The diameter of penis and the ICP were significantly increased and the corpus cavernosal EMG significantly reduced in the sildenafil group. Conclusion: Sildenafil citrate increases the penile size and ICP and reduces the corpus cavernosal EMG in male rhesus macaque. (Asian J Androl 2004 Sep; 6: 233-235)

  4. Effect of precursor concentration on the electrical properties of LiFePO4 prepared by solvothermal method

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    Rabbani, Ahmad Yasin; Fakhri, Hafizh A.; Arifin, Muhammad; Aimon, Akfiny Hasdi; Iskandar, Ferry

    2016-02-01

    Lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) is frequently used for Li-ion battery cathode. LiFePO4 has the high specific capacity at 170 mAhg-1, stable voltage at 3.45 V, stable structure, cheap, and low toxicity. The objective of this research is investigating the effect of precursor concentration on the electrical properties of LiFePO4 prepared by solvothermal method. LiOH, FeSO4, H3PO4, and citric acid were used as the precursors. The LiOH concentration was varied from 0.3 M to 1.8 M. The Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) measurement identified the Fe-O, O-P-O, and P-O bonds which corresponding to LiFePO4. The result of 4-point probe measurement shows that, among the prepared samples, the sample from the precursor concentration of 1.8 M has the highest electrical conductivity.

  5. Effect of precursor concentration on the electrical properties of LiFePO4 prepared by solvothermal method

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    Lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) is frequently used for Li-ion battery cathode. LiFePO4 has the high specific capacity at 170 mAhg−1, stable voltage at 3.45 V, stable structure, cheap, and low toxicity. The objective of this research is investigating the effect of precursor concentration on the electrical properties of LiFePO4 prepared by solvothermal method. LiOH, FeSO4, H3PO4, and citric acid were used as the precursors. The LiOH concentration was varied from 0.3 M to 1.8 M. The Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) measurement identified the Fe-O, O-P-O, and P-O bonds which corresponding to LiFePO4. The result of 4-point probe measurement shows that, among the prepared samples, the sample from the precursor concentration of 1.8 M has the highest electrical conductivity

  6. Effect of precursor concentration on the electrical properties of LiFePO{sub 4} prepared by solvothermal method

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    Rabbani, Ahmad Yasin; Fakhri, Hafizh A.; Arifin, Muhammad; Aimon, Akfiny Hasdi [Physics of Electronic Materials Research Division Department of Physics, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung 40132 Indonesia (Indonesia); Iskandar, Ferry, E-mail: ferry@fi.itb.ac.id [Physics of Electronic Materials Research Division Department of Physics, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung 40132 Indonesia (Indonesia); Research Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology sInstitut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung 40132 Indonesia (Indonesia)

    2016-02-08

    Lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO{sub 4}) is frequently used for Li-ion battery cathode. LiFePO{sub 4} has the high specific capacity at 170 mAhg{sup −1}, stable voltage at 3.45 V, stable structure, cheap, and low toxicity. The objective of this research is investigating the effect of precursor concentration on the electrical properties of LiFePO{sub 4} prepared by solvothermal method. LiOH, FeSO{sub 4}, H{sub 3}PO{sub 4}, and citric acid were used as the precursors. The LiOH concentration was varied from 0.3 M to 1.8 M. The Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) measurement identified the Fe-O, O-P-O, and P-O bonds which corresponding to LiFePO{sub 4}. The result of 4-point probe measurement shows that, among the prepared samples, the sample from the precursor concentration of 1.8 M has the highest electrical conductivity.

  7. TEOS based water repellent silica films obtained by a co-precursor sol–gel method

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    The nature of interfaces between water and hydrophobic materials has been a subject of great interest. Experimental results from tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) based hydrophobic silica films synthesized by the two step sol–gel process using hexadecyltrimethoxysilane (HDTMS) as a co-precursor are described. The molar ratio of TEOS, methanol (MeOH), acidic water (0.001 M, oxalic acid), and basic water (8 M, NH4OH) was kept constant at 1:66.66:6.76:6.66, and the molar ratio of HDTMS/TEOS (M) was varied from 0 to 22.9 × 10−2. The maximum contact angle of 125° was obtained for M = 22.9 × 10−2. It is observed that the water contact angle value on the HDTMS modified films remained stable at 125°, after heat treatment up to 235 °C. However, the water contact angle value decreased to 52° in the case of unmodified films, indicating the improvement in the thermal stability using HDTMS as a co-precursor. The hydrophobic silica films retained their hydrophobicity up to a temperature of 235 °C and above this temperature the films became hydrophilic. The hydrophobic silica films were characterized by surface roughness studies, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, contact angle measurements, and % optical transmission

  8. The impact of citrate introduction at UK syringe exchange programmes: a retrospective cohort study in Cheshire and Merseyside, UK

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background In 2003, it became legal in the UK for syringe exchange programmes (SEPs to provide citrate to injecting drug users to solubilise heroin. Little work has been undertaken on the effect of policy change on SEP function. Here, we examine whether the introduction of citrate in Cheshire and Merseyside SEPs has altered the number of heroin/crack injectors accessing SEPs, the frequency at which heroin/crack injectors visited SEPs and the number of syringes dispensed. Methods Eleven SEPs in Cheshire and Merseyside commenced citrate provision in 2003. SEP-specific data for the six months before and six months after citrate was introduced were extracted from routine monitoring systems relating to heroin and crack injectors. Analyses compared all individuals attending pre and post citrate and matched analyses only those individuals attending in both periods (defined as 'longitudinal attenders'. Non-parametric tests were used throughout. Results Neither new (first seen in either six months period nor established clients visited SEPs more frequently post citrate. New clients collected significantly less syringes per visit post citrate, than pre citrate (14.5,10.0; z = 1.992, P Conclusion The introduction of citrate did not negatively affect SEP attendance. 'Longitudinal attenders' visited SEPs more frequently post citrate, providing staff with greater opportunity for intervention and referral. As the number of syringes they collected each visit remained unchanged the total number of clean syringes made available to this group of injectors increased very slightly between the pre and post citrate periods. However, new clients collected significantly less syringes post citrate than pre citrate, possibly due to staff concerns regarding the amount of citrate (and thus syringes to dispense safely to new clients. These concerns should not be allowed to negatively impact on the number of syringes dispensed.

  9. Method and system for determining precursors of health abnormalities from processing medical records

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    Patton, Robert M; Potok, Thomas E; Beckerman, Barbara G

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    Medical reports are converted to document vectors in computing apparatus and sampled by applying a maximum variation sampling function including a fitness function to the document vectors to reduce a number of medical records being processed and to increase the diversity of the medical records being processed. Linguistic phrases are extracted from the medical records and converted to s-grams. A Haar wavelet function is applied to the s-grams over the preselected time interval; and the coefficient results of the Haar wavelet function are examined for patterns representing the likelihood of health abnormalities. This confirms certain s-grams as precursors of the health abnormality and a parameter can be calculated in relation to the occurrence of such a health abnormality.

  10. ORIONR: A simple and effective method for systemic analysis of clinical events and precursors occurring in hospital practice

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    Purpose. - Morbi-mortality review is now recommended by the French Health Authority (Haute Autorite de sante [HAS]) in all hospital settings. It could be completed by Comites de retour d'experience (CREX), making systemic analysis of event precursors which may potentially result in medical damage. As commonly captured by their current practice, medical teams may not favour systemic analysis of events occurring in their setting. They require an easy-to-use method, more or less intuitive and easy-to-learn. It is the reason why ORIONR has been set up. Methods. - ORIONR is based on experience acquired in aeronautics which is the main precursor in risk management since aircraft crashes are considered as unacceptable even though the mortality from aircraft crashes is extremely low compared to the mortality from medical errors in hospital settings. The systemic analysis is divided in six steps: (i) collecting data, (ii) rebuilding the chronology of facts, (iii) identifying the gaps, (iv) identifying contributing and influential factors, (v) proposing actions to put in place, (vi) writing the analysis report. When identifying contributing and influential factors, four kinds of factors favouring the event are considered: technical domain, working environment, organisation and procedures, human factors. Although they are essentials, human factors are not always considered correctly. The systemic analysis is done by a pilot, chosen among people trained to use the method, querying information from all categories of people acting in the setting. Results. - ORIONR is now used in more than 400 French hospital settings for systemic analysis of either morbi-mortality cases or event precursors. It is used, in particular, in 145 radiotherapy centres for supporting CREX. Conclusion. - As very simple to use and quasi-intuitive, ORIONR is an asset to reach the objectives defined by HAS: to set up effective morbi-mortality reviews (RMM) and CREX for improving the quality of care in

  11. Effective VTeO/SBA-15 Catalyst Prepared by Precursor Method for the Selective Oxidation of Propane to Acrolein

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    FENG Mao-ying; HUANG Chuan-jing; WENG Wei-zheng; WAN Hui-lin; XU Qin; ZHOU Zhao-hui

    2008-01-01

    Precursor decomposition was used for the preparation of VTeO/SBA-15 catalyst for the selective oxidation of propane to acrolein.The catalyst shows a better performance compared with those prepared by conventional impregnant method.A yield of 9.3% of acrolein was achieved with 2% V Ioadings at 500℃.XRD,N2-adsorption,H2-TPR,Py-IR and XPS measurements were used to unclose the relationship between the structure and performance of the catalyst.

  12. Synthesis of LaNiO3 perovskite type by chelating precursor method using EDTA: optimization of chelating content

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    The perovskites are strategic materials due their catalytic, electronic and magnetic properties. These properties are influenced by the calcination and synthesis conditions. In this work was carried out the synthesis of LaNiO3 perovskite type by chelating precursor method using EDTA and also was studied the optimization of the EDTA content in the synthesis. The synthesized materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal gravimetric analysis (TG) and Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). In the optimization of the EDTA content the lowest ratio of metal / EDTA used was 1.0 / 0.1, where it was possible to obtain monophasic perovskite. (author)

  13. Addition of senna improves quality of colonoscopy preparation with magnesium citrate

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    Stergios Vradelis; Evangelos Kalaitzakis; Yalda Sharifi; Otto Buchel; Satish Keshav; Roger W Chapman; Barbara Braden

    2009-01-01

    AIM: To prospectively investigate the effectiveness and patient's tolerance of two low-cost bowel cleansing preparation protocols based on magnesium citrate only or the combination of magnesium citrate and senna. METHODS: A total of 342 patients who were referred for colonoscopy underwent a colon cleansing protocol with magnesium citrate alone ( n = 160) or magnesium citrate and senna granules ( n = 182). The colonoscopist rated the overall efficacy of colon cleansing using an established score on a 4-point scale. Patients were questioned before undergoing colonoscopy for side effects and symptoms during bowel preparation. RESULTS: The percentage of procedures rescheduled because of insufficient colon cleansing was 7% in the magnesium citrate group and 4% in the magnesium citrate/senna group ( P = 0.44). Adequate visualization of the colonic mucosa was rated superior under the citramag/senna regimen ( P = 0.004). Both regimens were well tolerated, and did not significantly differ in the occurrence of nausea, bloating or headache. However, abdominal cramps were observed more often under the senna protocol (29.2%) compared to the magnesium citrate only protocol (9.9%, P < 0.0003). CONCLUSION: The addition of senna to the bowel preparation protocol with magnesium citrate significantly improves the cleansing outcome.

  14. Thermal hysteresis and domain states in Ni-Zn ferrites synthesized by oxalate precursor method

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    Nickel zinc ferrites with generic formula, NiXZn1-XFe2O4 (with X=0.28-0.40) were synthesized by an oxalate precursor route starting with acetates to study their magnetic properties. The saturation magnetization versus temperature curves resemble those of R type ferrites. The system shows the presence of Yafet-Kittel type of spin. It is observed that magnetic moment (nB) values increase with the addition of Ni2+. The remanance ratio R tends to increase with the addition of Ni2+, which has been attributed to the increase of magnetocrystalline anisotropy constant (K1). The values of R compare well with the theoretical value (0.87). The coercive force (Hc) tends to increase with the addition of Ni2+, which has been related to the reverse domain formation. Studies on temperature variation of R and Hc reveal that these parameters are thermally insensitive, which confirms the presence of multi domain grains in the material. These observations have been supported by a.c. susceptibility studies.

  15. Complex permeability studies of Ni–Co–Zn ferrites synthesized by an oxalate precursor method

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    Nanocrystalline Co-substituted Ni–Zn ferrites have been synthesized by employing a co-precipitation technique using oxalate precursors. The co-precipitated oxalates were decomposed in air at 650 °C for 1 h and the powder was sintered at 1000 °C. The phase formation of the sintered ferrite was confirmed by x-ray diffraction studies. The lattice parameter a (Å) increases with the addition of Co2+ which is attributed to the large ionic size of Co2+ (0.78 Å), which replaces Ni2+ (0.74 Å). The crystallite size has been estimated by the Debye–Scherrer formula using the full width at half-maximum (FWHM) of the line broadening of the (311) reflection and it is found to be in the range of 25–28 nm. Also, with increasing cobalt content the magnetocrystalline anisotropy constant (K1) and magnetostriction constant (λs) increase, and the grain size decreases, hence the value of initial permeability μi decreases. The saturation magnetization Ms and magnetic moment (nB) do not show any significant variation for all compositions varying with the cobalt content

  16. Magnetic properties of NiCuZn ferrites synthesized by oxalate precursor method

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    Ni-Cu-Zn ferrites have been synthesized by employing co-precipitation technique using oxalate precursors. X-ray diffractograms did not show impurity phases, indicating single-phase formation of the ferrites. The diffractograms of oxalate complex decomposed at 650 deg. C show that ferritization is complete up to 650 deg. C. Lattice parameter a (A) was found to decrease with the addition of Ni2+ which is attributed to ionic sizes of Ni2+ (0.69A), which replaces Cu2+ (0.72A). From the thermogravimetric studies it is observed that the experimentally observed total mass loss (%), agrees with theoretically calculated mass loss (%) indicating maintenance of requisite stoichiometry. Initial permeability (μi ) shows increase when Ni2+ is added up to x=0.15 while for (x>0.15), it decreases. The increase in initial permeability (μi) is attributed to monotonic increase in Ms, and K1 on addition of Ni2+. However, the microstructure and density (porosity) also influence μi variations. The decrease in μi is attributable to increase of K1. The composition with density 91.14% exhibits large μi which also tends to increase with temperature up to 60 deg. C. Thus its usable range extends up to 60 deg. C. This samples has Tc near to 160 deg. C

  17. Nanometric Pb1-xLaxTiO3 (x = 0, 0.13 and 0.27) powders obtained by the polymeric precursor method

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    PLT (Pb1-xLaxTiO3, in which x = 0, 0.13 and 0.27) powders were successfully synthesized using the polymeric precursor method, based on the Pechini method. The polymeric precursors were calcined at temperatures ranging from 350 to 500 deg. C for 4 h. X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed the evolution of the crystalline phase starting from the amorphous precursor. Thermogravimetric analyses (TG) and differential thermal analyses (DTA) of the powder precursors showed the influence of the pH on the elimination of organic material. PLT powders have a tendency to form agglomerates, what can be verified by comparing the values of the average particle sizes obtained by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method, BET (DBET) with the values of the average crystallite sizes obtained by XRD (DXRD)

  18. Comparison of the efficiency of clomiphene citrate and letrozole in combination with metformin in moderately obese clomiphene citrate - resistant polycystic ovarian syndrome patients

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    Full Text Available Introduction. Polycystic ovary syndrome is the most common endocrinopathy in women of reproductiveage. Therapy for those who want to get pregnant involves ovulation induction using clomiphene citrate, metformin, letrozole and gonadotropins. Objective. The aim of the study was to compare the efficacy of combinations of clomiphene citrate-metformin and letrozole-metformin in obese patients who are resistant to clomiphene citrate alone. Methods. The investigation was conducted as a retrospective study involving 60 moderately obese patients with polycystic ovary syndrome. Thirty-one of them received the clomiphene citrate-metformin, and 29 letrozole-metformin therapy. Stimulation was carried out for the procedures of intrauterine insemination (IUI. Results. The age of patients, duration of infertility, and body mass index in both groups were similar. There was statistically significant difference in the thickness of the endometrium in favor of the group having the letrozole-metformin therapy (8.9 ± 1.7 mm compared with the group receiving the clomiphene citrate-metformin treatment (6.3 ± 1.3 mm. The number of follicles was not statistically significantly different. Pregnancy rate in the first cycle of IUI in the clomiphene citrate group was 6.4%, and 17.2% in the letrozole group, which also was not statistically different. After the third IUI cycle, the pregnancy rate was significantly higher in the letrozole group (20.6%, while in the clomiphene citrate group it was (9.6%. Conclusion. This retrospective study demonstrated the advantages of the use of letrozole over clomiphene citrate in combination with metformin in moderately obese patients with polycystic ovary syndrome who are resistant to stimulation with clomiphene citrate alone.

  19. Hamming method for solving the delayed neutron precursor concentration for reactivity calculation

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    Highlights: ► We present a new formulation to calculate the reactivity using the Hamming method. ► This method shows better accuracy than existing methods for reactivity calculation. ► The reactivity is calculated without limitation of the nuclear power form. ► The method can be implemented in reactivity meters with time step of up to 0.1 s. - Abstract: We propose a new method for numerically solving the inverse point kinetic equation for a nuclear reactor using the Hamming method, without requiring the nuclear power history and without using the Laplace transform. This new method converges with accuracy of order h5, where h is the step in the computation time. The procedure is validated for different forms of the nuclear power and with different time steps. The results indicate that this method has a better accuracy and lower computational effort compared with other conventional methods that use the nuclear power history.

  20. Effect of the Precursor Solution Concentration of CuI Thin Film Deposited By Spin Coating Method

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    Copper (I) Iodide is a p-type semiconductor with bandgap of 3.1 eV. It is water insoluble solid with three crystalline phases α, β, γ. In this research, the effect of precursor concentration of CuI thin film deposited by spin coating method was studied. The wide band gap p type semiconductor CuI thin film was prepared by mixing the CuI powder (ALDRICH, 98 %) with 50 ml of acetonitrile as a solvent. The CuI concentration varies from 0.025 M to 0.5 M. The speed for spin coating is 1000 rpm for 60 seconds. After the deposition the CuI thin films were annealed at 150 degree Celsius. The electrical and optical properties were characterized by current-voltage (I-V) measurement using Solar Simulator (Bukoh Keiki EP-2000) and ultraviolet visible- near infrared (UV-VIS-NIR) measurement (Jasco V-670). The result shows the CuI thin film properties strongly depends on its precursor concentration. Thickness between 33.65 nm - 441.25 nm was obtained as the concentration increases. The increment of thickness affects the electrical properties which is the resistivity and conductivity of CuI thin film. For optical properties, the transmittance decreases with high concentration as high amount of CuI particle were observed in the thin films. From the transmittance, the absorption coefficient and optical band gap of CuI was determined using Taucs plot. (author)

  1. Effects of precursor concentrations on ZnO nano-fibrous thin films grown by using the sol-gel dip-coating method

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    ZnO thin films were fabricated by using the dip-coating method to deposit solutions with different precursor concentrations on quartz substrates. The structural and the optical properties of the ZnO thin films were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), photoluminescence (PL), and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. The average grain size in the ZnO thin films increased from 19.09 to 39.19 nm with increasing precursor concentrations, and nanofibrous structures were observed on the surface when precursor concentrations above 0.4 M were used. The PL spectra, in all cases, showed near-band-edge (NBE) emission and deep-level emission (DLE). When the precursor concentrations were increased, the optical band gap values for the ZnO thin films shifted towards the blue region, and the values of the Urbach energy (EU) gradually decreased from 154 to 65 meV.

  2. Effect of the calcining temperature on the porosity of the titanium dioxide powders obtained by Polymeric Precursor Method

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    Ceramics materials obtained by Polymeric Precursor Method exhibit mechanisms of the pore formation and elimination dependents on the decomposition kinetics of the residual organic matter of the polyester. The mechanism of pore elimination seems to occur by disrupting of the wall among the pores because it leads to the consequent pore coalescence and increasing in pore volume, which posses higher pore diameters. In this case, it was observed that the porosity decreasing occurs by pore wall moving after that the residual organic matter is eliminated from the pore inside. The pore diameter associated to the highest volume desorption occurred for the material obtained after calcining at 450°C is approximately 1,7 nm, what seems to be related to the amorphous carbon accumulated inside the pores, once that the pore volume decreases more effectively for the material obtained by calcining at 550°C, making the maximum volume situates at 2,0 nm. (author)

  3. A simple and rapid HPLC-DAD method for simultaneously monitoring the accumulation of alkaloids and precursors in different parts and different developmental stages of Catharanthus roseus plants.

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    Pan, Qifang; Saiman, Mohd Zuwairi; Mustafa, Natali Rianika; Verpoorte, Robert; Tang, Kexuan

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    A rapid and simple reversed phase liquid chromatographic system has been developed for simultaneous analysis of terpenoid indole alkaloids (TIAs) and their precursors. This method allowed separation of 11 compounds consisting of eight TIAs (ajmalicine, serpentine, catharanthine, vindoline, vindolinine, vincristine, vinblastine, and anhydrovinblastine) and three related precursors i.e., tryptophan, tryptamine and loganin. The system has been applied for screening the TIAs and precursors in Catharanthus roseus plant extracts. In this study, different organs i.e., flowers, leaves, stems, and roots of C. roseus were investigated. The results indicate that TIAs and precursor accumulation varies qualitatively and quantitatively in different organs of C. roseus. The precursors showed much lower levels than TIAs in all organs. Leaves and flowers accumulate higher level of vindoline, catharanthine and anhydrovinblastine while roots have higher level of ajmalicine, vindolinine and serpentine. Moreover, the alkaloid profiles of leaves harvested at different ages and different growth stages were studied. The results show that the levels of monoindole alkaloids decreased while bisindole alkaloids increased with leaf aging and upon plant growth. The HPLC method has been successfully applied to detect TIAs and precursors in different types of C. roseus samples to facilitate further study of the TIA pathway and its regulation in C. roseus plants. PMID:26854826

  4. Citrate-selective electrochemical μ-sensor for early stage detection of prostate cancer

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    The extremely specialised anatomical function of citrate inside the prostate, make it one of the preferred biomarkers for early stage detection of prostate cancer. However, current detection methods are seriously limited due to the very low citrate concentrations that need to be measured in order to follow disease progression. In the present work, we report a novel citrate-selective μ-sensor based on iron (III) phthalocyanine chloride-C-monoamido-Poly-n-Butyl Acrylate (Fe(III)MAPcCl-P-n-BA) m...

  5. Synthesis of Nanoscale Lithium-Ion Battery Cathode Materials Using a Porous Polymer Precursor Method

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    2011-01-01

    Fine particles of metal oxides with carefully controlled compositions can be easily prepared by the thermal decomposition of porous polymers, such as cellulose, into which solutions containing salts of the desired cations have been dissolved. This is a simple and versatile method that can be used to produce a wide variety of materials with a range of particle sizes and carefully controlled chemical compositions. Examples of the use of this method to produce fine particles of LiCoO2 and Li(NiMnCo)1/3O2, which are used in the positive electrodes of lithium-ion batteries, are shown. Experiments have demonstrated that materials made using this method can have electrochemical properties comparable to those typically produced by more elaborate procedures. © 2011 The Electrochemical Society.

  6. Synthesis, sintering and dissolution of thorium and uranium (IV) mixed oxide solid solutions: influence of the method of precursor preparation

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    Mixed actinide dioxides are currently considered as potential fuels for the third and fourth generations of nuclear reactors. In this context, thorium-uranium (IV) dioxide solid solutions were studied as model compounds to underline the influence of the method of preparation on their physico-chemical properties. Two methods of synthesis, both based on the initial precipitation of oxalate precursors have been developed. The first consisted in the direct precipitation ('open' system) while the second involved hydrothermal conditions ('closed' system). The second method led to a significant improvement in the crystallization of the samples especially in the field of the increase of the grain size. In these conditions, the formation of a complete solid solution Th1-xUx(C2O4)2.2H2O was prepared between both end-members. Its crystal structure was also resolved. Whatever the initial method considered, these compounds led to the final dioxides after heating above 400 C. The various steps associated to this transformation, involving the dehydration of precursors then the decomposition of oxalate groups have been clarified. Moreover, the use of wet chemistry methods allowed to reduce the sintering temperature of the final thorium-uranium (IV) dioxide solid solutions. Whatever the method of preparation considered, dense samples (95% to 97% of the calculated value) were obtained after only 3 hours of heating at 1500 C. Additionally, the use of hydrothermal conditions significantly increased the grain size, leading to the reduction of the occurrence of the grain boundaries and of the global residual porosity. The significant improvement in the homogeneity of cations distribution in the samples was also highlighted. Finally, the chemical durability of thorium-uranium (IV) dioxide solid solutions was evaluated through the development of leaching tests in nitric acid. The optimized homogeneity especially in terms of the cations distribution, allowed to limit the influence of the

  7. Development of nanoparticles of alumina by sol-gel method using inorganic aluminum salts as precursors

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    Alumina nanoparticles were synthesized by homogeneous precipitation method from inorganic aluminum salt solutions using urea followed by calcination. The nanoparticles so produced were spherical and acicular with uniform particle size distribution. The process describes synthesis of aluminum hydroxide Al(OH)/sub 3 /and boehmite AIOOH, and their thermal decomposition into alumina (Al/sub 2/O/sub 3)/. The structural and morphological properties of the prepared aluminum hydroxide and Nan crystalline powders were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, differential thermal analysis and thermo gravimetric analysis. (author)

  8. Electrochemical and mass variation behaviour of rhodium oxide electrodes prepared by the polymeric precursor method

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    This paper describes an investigation of the charging processes of Rh2O3 electrodes in acidic medium using Electrochemical Quartz Crystal Microbalance. The Rh2O3 was prepared by the Pechini method. The microstructural characterization of the rhodium oxide was performed using Scanning Electron Microscopy and the structure was determined by X-ray diffraction. The Rh2O3 oxidizes at potentials higher than 0.8 V. A mass loss of 60 ng was observed during the anodic sweep. The same amount is gained during the cathodic sweep indicating that the process is reversible. From the mass versus charge plots a slope of 8.5 g mol-1is calculated. Considering a process that involves a two-electron transfer, the oxidation of Rh2O3 to RhO2 with the loss of a water molecule (18 g mol-1) is proposed

  9. Anaphylaxis related to fentanyl citrate

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Anaphylaxis is a fulminant, unexpected, immunoglobulin E-mediated allergic reaction that can be triggered by multiple agents. Common causative agents include neuromuscular blocking drugs, latex, antibiotics, colloids, hypnotics, and opioids. Fentanyl citrate, however, is an extremely unusual cause of anaphylaxis. Pulmonary edema, although uncommon in anaphylaxis, can be a prominent feature, as was in one of the patient. An adverse drug reaction is a noxious or unintended reaction to a drug that is administered in standard doses by the proper route for the purpose of prophylaxis, diagnosis, or treatment. Reactions are classified into two major subtypes: type A, which are dose dependent and predictable; and type B, which are not dose dependent and unpredictable. Unpredictable reactions include immune (allergic or no immune drug hypersensitivity reactions and are related to genetic susceptibilities or undefined mechanisms (formally called idiosyncratic and intolerance reactions. A drug allergy is always associated with an immune mechanism for which evidence of drug-specific antibodies or activated T lymphocytes can be shown. In the last few years, many novel drugs have entered clinical practice (i.e., biologic agents generating novel patterns of drug hypersensitivity reactions. As old drugs continue to be used, new clinical and biologic techniques enable improvement in the diagnosis of these reactions.

  10. Synthesis of Barium Titanate from Titanyl Acylate Precursor by Sol-precipitate Method

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    Nanometersize barium titanates (BaTiO3:BT) powders can be obtained by sol-precipitate method in the presence of polyoxyethylene (20) sorbiton monooleate (Tween-80) as a polymeric surface modifier in a strong alkaline solution (pH > 13). FT-IR, TG/DTA, SEM and XRD were used to investigate the effects of the surfactant influence on the morphology of the obtained BaTiO3 powders. With adding surfactant, a slower rate of hydrolyzation is observed and the rate of condensation is slower. The addition of Tween-80 surfactant in general leads to the formation of smaller particle size of BaTi)3 (70-100 nm). Without adding surfactant, larger particle size of BaTiO3 (100-200 nm) was obtained. The nanometersize BaTiO3 powders were readily sintered at 1000-1200C. Raman-active modes of tetragonal phase BT were detected from Raman spectra of BaTiO3 between 8000C to 12000C.

  11. Synthesis of highly fluorescent hydrophobic carbon dots by hot injection method using Paraplast as precursor

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    We have reported synthesis of bright blue colored hydrophobic carbon dots (hC-dots) using highly pure blend of polymers called Paraplast. We developed a hot injection method for making nearly monodispersed hC-dots with a diameter in a range: 5–30 nm as confirmed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The involvement of various functional groups was confirmed by Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) spectroscopy. These hC-dots were incubated with breast cancer stem cells in order to check the entry as well as biological imaging. The cells were analyzed using epifluorescent microscopy. hC-dots showed concentration dependent cytotoxicity (LD50: 50 mg/ml) and could be used for bioimaging even at lower concentration (0.5 mg/ml). hC-dots were found to be versatile agents for peeping inside the cells which could also be used for delivery of water insoluble chemotherapeutic agents to variety of solid tumors. - Highlights: • Synthesis of hydrophobic carbon dots from polymer based Paraplast • Deep blue color under the influence of UV light • Typical optical properties used for biological imaging • Biological imaging of breast cancer stem cells revealing potential of carbon dots

  12. Synthesis of highly fluorescent hydrophobic carbon dots by hot injection method using Paraplast as precursor

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    Talib, Abou [Doctoral Degree Program in Marine Biotechnology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan (China); Pandey, Sunil [Department of Chemistry, National Sun Yat-Sen University, 70, Lien-Hai Road, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan (China); Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, 70, Lien-Hai Road, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan (China); Thakur, Mukeshchand [Department of Chemistry, National Sun Yat-Sen University, 70, Lien-Hai Road, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan (China); Wu, Hui-Fen, E-mail: hui@faculty.nsysu.edu.tw [Department of Chemistry, National Sun Yat-Sen University, 70, Lien-Hai Road, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan (China); Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, 70, Lien-Hai Road, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan (China); Doctoral Degree Program in Marine Biotechnology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan (China); School of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung 800, Taiwan (China); Institute of Medical Science and Technology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, 80424, Taiwan (China)

    2015-03-01

    We have reported synthesis of bright blue colored hydrophobic carbon dots (hC-dots) using highly pure blend of polymers called Paraplast. We developed a hot injection method for making nearly monodispersed hC-dots with a diameter in a range: 5–30 nm as confirmed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The involvement of various functional groups was confirmed by Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) spectroscopy. These hC-dots were incubated with breast cancer stem cells in order to check the entry as well as biological imaging. The cells were analyzed using epifluorescent microscopy. hC-dots showed concentration dependent cytotoxicity (LD{sub 50}: 50 mg/ml) and could be used for bioimaging even at lower concentration (0.5 mg/ml). hC-dots were found to be versatile agents for peeping inside the cells which could also be used for delivery of water insoluble chemotherapeutic agents to variety of solid tumors. - Highlights: • Synthesis of hydrophobic carbon dots from polymer based Paraplast • Deep blue color under the influence of UV light • Typical optical properties used for biological imaging • Biological imaging of breast cancer stem cells revealing potential of carbon dots.

  13. Preparation of association compound between rhodium(II) citrate and β-cyclodextrin

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    Inclusion compound of rhodium(II) citrate withβ-cyclodextrin in a 1:1 molar ratio was prepared using freeze-drying method. X-ray diffractometry, thermal analysis (TG/DTG/DSC), infrared and 1H-NMR with 1H spin lattice relaxation (1H T1) measurements and 13C techniques were used to characterize the system prepared. The results indicated the formation of inclusion or association compounds between rhodium(II) citrate and β-cyclodextrin. (author)

  14. Effect of citric acid on photoelectrochemical properties of tungsten trioxide films prepared by the polymeric precursor method

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    Effect of citric acid (CA) on microstructure and photoelectrochemical properties of WO3 films prepared by the polymeric precursor method was investigated. The obtained materials were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The results showed that samples prepared with adding different amounts of citric acid had a pure phase of cubic. The addition of citric acid could significantly increase the particle size and change the surface of WO3 films. The photoelectrochemical measurements were performed using a standard three-electrode system cell. The films prepared from mass ratios of CA/PEG (R = 0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6 and 1) showed 1.0, 1.4, 1.7, 2.1 and 0.9 mA cm-2 at 1.2 V under illumination with a 500 W xenon lamp (I0 = 100 mW/cm2), respectively.

  15. Photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange using ZnO nanopowders synthesized via thermal decomposition of oxalate precursor method

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    Kaur, Japinder [Department of Chemistry, Panjab University, Chandigarh-160 014 (India); Bansal, S. [Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi (India); Singhal, Sonal, E-mail: sonal1174@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Panjab University, Chandigarh-160 014 (India)

    2013-05-01

    ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized by thermal decomposition of oxalate precursor method. The nanopowders were characterized using powder X-ray diffraction technique and scanning electron microscopy and sample was found to have hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO. Average crystallite size of ZnO was found to be ∼27 nm. The photocatalytic activity of ZnO was evaluated by using methyl orange (MO) as probe molecule. It was inferred from control experiments that presence of both ZnO and UV light is necessary for photodegradation. From photocatalytic experiment it was observed that MO is completely degraded in 80 min when the amount of catalyst is 1 g/L and initial concentration of MO is 0.03 mM. The effect of dye concentration, catalyst loading and solution pH on photodegradation rate was also investigated. It was found that optimal conditions for photodegradation of MO are 1 g/L catalyst at a solution pH 9. Photodegradation of MO was found to follow pseudo-first order kinetics. Langmuir–Hinshelwood model was also used to describe the photodegradation process.

  16. Interfacial reactions and microstructure of BaTiO{sub 3} films prepared using fluoride precursor method

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    Fujihara, Shinobu; Schneller, Theodor; Waser, Rainer

    2004-01-15

    Interfacial reactions of BaF{sub 2} and TiO{sub 2} were investigated in preparing BaTiO{sub 3} thin films using a fluoride precursor method. Trifluoroacetate solutions were prepared from barium acetate, titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP), and trifluoroacetic acid (TFA, CF{sub 3}COOH) with additives such as water and acetylacetone. The solutions were deposited on platinized Si wafers by spin-coating, were pyrolysed at 400 deg. C in air and were finally heated typically at 700 deg. C in a water vapor atmosphere. The perovskite BaTiO{sub 3} phase was obtained although a small portion of BaF{sub 2} remained unreacted. Thus, the films were characterized as the mixture of BaTiO{sub 3}, BaF{sub 2}, and amorphous TiO{sub 2}. Influence of the solution chemistry on the phase evolution and microstructure was examined in order to discuss the reaction pathway of the perovskite phase.

  17. The urea combustion method in the preparation of precursors for high-TC single phase HgBa2Ca2Cu3O8+δ superconductors

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    Urea appears as an alternative sol–gel agent to produce Ba–Ca–Cu–O precursor powders. The urea route allowed complete decarbonation in shorter times. This route does not need the use of special annealing atmospheres. Another advantage of this route is the much lower cost of the reactants. An alternative sol–gel route for synthesizing precursors of mercury based superconductors is presented. This route is based on urea as a combustion agent and has been applied in the synthesis of HgBa2Ca2Cu3O8+δ (Hg-1223). Moreover, the effects of the precursor preparation on the synthesis of Hg-1223 were studied. This method is further compared with other sol–gel routes used in the synthesis of this family of compounds.

  18. Sodium bicarbonate and sodium citrate: ergogenic aids?

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    Requena, Bernardo; Zabala, Mikel; Padial, Paulino; Feriche, Belén

    2005-02-01

    Numerous studies have used exogenous administration of sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO(3)) and sodium citrate (Na-citrate) in an attempt to enhance human performance. After ingestion of NaHCO(3) and Na-citrate, two observations have been made: (a) There was great individual variability in the ergogenic benefit reached, which can be attributed to the level of physical conditioning of the subjects and to their tolerance of the buffer substance; and (b) the subjects who had ingested NaHCO(3) and Na-citrate show higher levels of pH, bicarbonate, and lactate ions concentrations in their exercising blood than do the subjects who had ingested the placebo. A majority of the studies have suggested that the ingestion of both substances provides an ergogenic effect due to the establishment and maintenance of an elevated pH level during exercise. However, the exact mechanism by which the ergogenic effects occur has not been demonstrated conclusively. Sodium bicarbonate and Na-citrate seem to be effective in activities with a sufficient duration to generate a difference in the hydrogen ion gradient, characterized by a very high intensity and involving large muscular groups. However, in activities of equally high intensity, but with longer duration, the results obtained have been conflicting and inconclusive. PMID:15705037

  19. Sildenafil citrate and uteroplacental perfusion in fetal growth restriction

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    Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: To determine whether the phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor, Sildenafil citrate, affects uteroplacental perfusion. Materials and Methods: Based on a randomized double-blinded and placebo-controlled trial, forty one pregnant women with documented intrauterine growth retardation at 24-37 weeks of gestation were evaluated for the effect of a single dose of Sildenafil citrate on uteroplacental circulation as determined by Doppler ultrasound study of the umbilical and middle cerebral arteries. Statistical analysis included χ2 -test to compare proportions, and independent-samples t-test and paired student′s t-test to compare continuous variables. Results: Sildenafil group fetuses demonstrated a significant decrease in systolic/diastolic ratios (0.60 [SD 0.40] [95% Cl 0.37-0.84], P=0.000, and pulsatility index (0.12 [SD 0.15] [95% Cl 0.02-0.22], P=0.019 for the umbilical artery and a significant increase in middle cerebral artery pulsatility index (MCA PI (0.51 [SD 0.60] [95% Cl 0.16-0.85], P=0.008. Conclusion: Doppler velocimetry index values reflect decreased placental bed vascular resistance after Sildenafil. Sildenafil citrate can improve fetoplacental perfusion in pregnancies complicated by intrauterine growth restriction. It could be a potential therapeutic strategy to improve uteroplacental blood flow in pregnancies with fetal growth restriction (FGR.

  20. Low-temperature SiON films deposited by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition method using activated silicon precursor

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    It has not been an easy task to deposit SiN at low temperature by conventional plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PE-ALD) since Si organic precursors generally have high activation energy for adsorption of the Si atoms on the Si-N networks. In this work, in order to achieve successful deposition of SiN film at low temperature, the plasma processing steps in the PE-ALD have been modified for easier activation of Si precursors. In this modification, the efficiency of chemisorption of Si precursor has been improved by additional plasma steps after purging of the Si precursor. As the result, the SiN films prepared by the modified PE-ALD processes demonstrated higher purity of Si and N atoms with unwanted impurities such as C and O having below 10 at. % and Si-rich films could be formed consequently. Also, a very high step coverage ratio of 97% was obtained. Furthermore, the process-optimized SiN film showed a permissible charge-trapping capability with a wide memory window of 3.1 V when a capacitor structure was fabricated and measured with an insertion of the SiN film as the charge-trap layer. The modified PE-ALD process using the activated Si precursor would be one of the most practical and promising solutions for SiN deposition with lower thermal budget and higher cost-effectiveness

  1. Low-temperature SiON films deposited by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition method using activated silicon precursor

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    Suh, Sungin; Kim, Jun-Rae; Kim, Seongkyung; Hwang, Cheol Seong; Kim, Hyeong Joon, E-mail: thinfilm@snu.ac.kr [Department of Materials Science and Engineering with Inter-University Semiconductor Research Center (ISRC), Seoul National University, 599 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826 (Korea, Republic of); Ryu, Seung Wook, E-mail: tazryu78@gmail.com [Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305-2311 (United States); Cho, Seongjae [Department of Electronic Engineering and New Technology Component & Material Research Center (NCMRC), Gachon University, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do 13120 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-01-15

    It has not been an easy task to deposit SiN at low temperature by conventional plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PE-ALD) since Si organic precursors generally have high activation energy for adsorption of the Si atoms on the Si-N networks. In this work, in order to achieve successful deposition of SiN film at low temperature, the plasma processing steps in the PE-ALD have been modified for easier activation of Si precursors. In this modification, the efficiency of chemisorption of Si precursor has been improved by additional plasma steps after purging of the Si precursor. As the result, the SiN films prepared by the modified PE-ALD processes demonstrated higher purity of Si and N atoms with unwanted impurities such as C and O having below 10 at. % and Si-rich films could be formed consequently. Also, a very high step coverage ratio of 97% was obtained. Furthermore, the process-optimized SiN film showed a permissible charge-trapping capability with a wide memory window of 3.1 V when a capacitor structure was fabricated and measured with an insertion of the SiN film as the charge-trap layer. The modified PE-ALD process using the activated Si precursor would be one of the most practical and promising solutions for SiN deposition with lower thermal budget and higher cost-effectiveness.

  2. Reverse tracing of precursors and earthquake precursors in Taiwan

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    WANG Li-ping; LI Yong; MA Li; ZHANG Shu-mei

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, we investigate the precursors of large earthquakes in the eastern region of Taiwan by means of the reverse tracing of precursors. We discuss the parameters which are suitable for the seismic chains and intermedi-ate-term patterns in this region and obtain the threshold of the patterns. Applying the linear discriminate method to the intermediate-term patterns of seismic chains, we present an approach for exploring the precursors of large earthquakes. The results show that this method can reduce the false alarm rate for large earthquakes in this region, and the reverse tracing of precursors can be applied to the eastern region of Taiwan.

  3. Effects of copper precursor concentration on the growth of cupric oxide nanorods for photoelectrode using a modified chemical bath deposition method

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    Highlights: • CuO nanorod photoelectrodes were prepared by modified CBD method. • The CuO nanorods were vertically grown with a high growth rate. • Effects of precursor concentration on the CuO nanorods were investigated. - Abstract: In this study, vertically aligned CuO nanorods were grown using a modified chemical bath deposition method with various copper precursor concentrations. The morphological, structural, optical and photoelectrochemical properties of the synthesized CuO samples were characterized using a field-emission scanning electron microscope, an X-ray diffractometer, a UV–visible spectrometer and a three-electrode potentiostat, respectively. The growth rates of the samples varied from 4.3 to 500 nm/min with the varying precursor concentrations. The vertically well-grown CuO nanorods exhibited one-dimensional growth along the (0 2 0) plane. We obtained a maximum photocurrent density of −1.05 mA/cm2 at −0.6 V (vs. SCE) from the CuO nanorod photoelectrode grown using the 10 mM copper precursor concentration

  4. Effects of copper precursor concentration on the growth of cupric oxide nanorods for photoelectrode using a modified chemical bath deposition method

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    Oh, Hee-bong [Department of Nano Science and Engineering, High Safety Vehicle Core Technology Research Center, Inje University, Gimhae, Gyeongnam 621-749 (Korea, Republic of); Ryu, Hyukhyun, E-mail: hhryu@inje.ac.kr [Department of Nano Science and Engineering, High Safety Vehicle Core Technology Research Center, Inje University, Gimhae, Gyeongnam 621-749 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Won-Jae [Department of Materials and Components Engineering, Dong-Eui University, Busan 614-714 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-01-25

    Highlights: • CuO nanorod photoelectrodes were prepared by modified CBD method. • The CuO nanorods were vertically grown with a high growth rate. • Effects of precursor concentration on the CuO nanorods were investigated. - Abstract: In this study, vertically aligned CuO nanorods were grown using a modified chemical bath deposition method with various copper precursor concentrations. The morphological, structural, optical and photoelectrochemical properties of the synthesized CuO samples were characterized using a field-emission scanning electron microscope, an X-ray diffractometer, a UV–visible spectrometer and a three-electrode potentiostat, respectively. The growth rates of the samples varied from 4.3 to 500 nm/min with the varying precursor concentrations. The vertically well-grown CuO nanorods exhibited one-dimensional growth along the (0 2 0) plane. We obtained a maximum photocurrent density of −1.05 mA/cm{sup 2} at −0.6 V (vs. SCE) from the CuO nanorod photoelectrode grown using the 10 mM copper precursor concentration.

  5. Vibrational study of tamoxifen citrate polymorphism

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    Gamberini, M. C.; Baraldi, C.; Tinti, A.; Palazzoli, F.; Ferioli, V.

    2007-09-01

    The trans isomer of ( Z)-2-[ p-(1,2-diphenyl-butenyl)phenoxy]- N, N-dimethyletylamine (tamoxifen) is well known for its endocrine activity as an antiestrogenic agent. Its citrate salt, a widely used pharmaceutical agent, appears in three main polymorphic forms, two of which are well known (I and II) and another form not yet well evidenced. A vibrational study has been conducted for identifying the two known polymorphic forms of tamoxifen citrate (I and II) and for characterising the other form (form III) examined in this study. Other techniques for the characterization of the different polymorphs, such as XRDP, have been used.

  6. Citrate confers less filter-induced complement activation and neutrophil degranulation than heparin when used for anticoagulation during continuous venovenous haemofiltration in critically ill patients

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    Schilder, Louise; Nurmohamed, Shaikh Azam; Wee, Piet; Paauw, Nanne; Girbes, Armand; Beishuizen, Albertus; Beelen, Robert; Groeneveld, Johan

    2014-01-01

    textabstractBackground: During continuous venovenous haemofiltration (CVVH), regional anticoagulation with citrate may be superior to heparin in terms of biocompatibility, since heparin as opposed to citrate may activate complement (reflected by circulating C5a) and induce neutrophil degranulation in the filter and myeloperoxidase (MPO) release from endothelium. Methods. No anticoagulation (n = 13), unfractionated heparin (n = 8) and trisodium citrate (n = 17) regimens during CVVH were compar...

  7. Citrate confers less filter-induced complement activation and neutrophil degranulation than heparin when used for anticoagulation during continuous venovenous haemofiltration in critically ill patients

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    Schilder, Louise; Nurmohamed, S Azam; ter Wee, Pieter M.; Paauw, Nanne J.; Girbes, Armand RJ; Beishuizen, Albertus; Beelen, Robert HJ; Groeneveld, AB Johan

    2014-01-01

    Background During continuous venovenous haemofiltration (CVVH), regional anticoagulation with citrate may be superior to heparin in terms of biocompatibility, since heparin as opposed to citrate may activate complement (reflected by circulating C5a) and induce neutrophil degranulation in the filter and myeloperoxidase (MPO) release from endothelium. Methods No anticoagulation (n = 13), unfractionated heparin (n = 8) and trisodium citrate (n = 17) regimens during CVVH were compared. Blood samp...

  8. Evaluation of Pinopodes Expression on the Mouse Endometrium Immediately before Implantation by Treatment with HMG/HCG and Sildenafil Citrate Administration

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    Rashidi, Bahman; Soleimani Rad, Jafar i; Roshangar, Leila; Alizadeh Miran, Rafie

    2012-01-01

    Objective(s) Sildenafil citrate is a new drug and has special properties that bring about nitric oxide effects on vascular smooth muscle. The aim of this study was to assess the effects of ovarian stimulation and sildenafil citrate injection on pinopode expression in mice. Materials and Methods Thirty adult female mice were randomly divided into three groups: control, hyperstimulated and hyperstimulated +sildenafil citrate injection. In experimental groups mice received 7.5 IU human menopausa...

  9. Energy-dependent inactivation of citrate lyase in Enterobacter aerogenes.

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    Kulla, H; Gottschalk, G

    1977-12-01

    Enterobacter aerogenes was grown in continous culture with ammonia as the growth-limiting substrate, and changes in citrate lyase and citrate synthase activities were monitored after growth shifts from anaerobic growth on citrate to aerobic growth on citrate, aerobic growth on glucose, anaerobic growth on glucose, and anaerobic growth on glucose plus nitrate. Citrate lyase was inactivated during aerobic growth on glucose and during anaerobic growth with glucose plus nitrate. Inactivation did not occur during anaerobic growth on glucose, and as a result of the simultaneous presence of citrate lyase and citrate synthase, growth difficulties were observed. Citrate lyase inactivation consisted of deacetylation of the enzyme. The corresponding deacetylase could not be demonstrated in cell extracts, and it is concluded that, as in a number of other inactivations, electron transport to oxygen or nitrate was required for inactivation. PMID:924971

  10. Citrate anticoagulation for continuous renal replacement therapy in small children

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    Soltysiak, Jolanta; Warzywoda, Alfred; Kociński, Bartłomiej; Ostalska-Nowicka, Danuta; Benedyk, Anna; Silska-Dittmar, Magdalena; Zachwieja, Jacek

    2013-01-01

    Background Regional citrate anticoagulation (RCA) is one of the methods used to prevent clotting in continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). The aim of this study was to describe the outcomes and complications of RCA-CRRT in comparison to heparin anticoagulation (HA)-CRRT in critically ill children. Methods This study was a retrospective review of 30 critically ill children (16 on RCA- and 14 on HA-CRRT) who underwent at least 24 h of CRRT. The mean body weight of the children was 8.69 ± ...

  11. Precursor analyses - The use of deterministic and PSA based methods in the event investigation process at nuclear power plants

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    The efficient feedback of operating experience (OE) is a valuable source of information for improving the safety and reliability of nuclear power plants (NPPs). It is therefore essential to collect information on abnormal events from both internal and external sources. Internal operating experience is analysed to obtain a complete understanding of an event and of its safety implications. Corrective or improvement measures may then be developed, prioritized and implemented in the plant if considered appropriate. Information from external events may also be analysed in order to learn lessons from others' experience and prevent similar occurrences at our own plant. The traditional ways of investigating operational events have been predominantly qualitative. In recent years, a PSA-based method called probabilistic precursor event analysis has been developed, used and applied on a significant scale in many places for a number of plants. The method enables a quantitative estimation of the safety significance of operational events to be incorporated. The purpose of this report is to outline a synergistic process that makes more effective use of operating experience event information by combining the insights and knowledge gained from both approaches, traditional deterministic event investigation and PSA-based event analysis. The PSA-based view on operational events and PSA-based event analysis can support the process of operational event analysis at the following stages of the operational event investigation: (1) Initial screening stage. (It introduces an element of quantitative analysis into the selection process. Quantitative analysis of the safety significance of nuclear plant events can be a very useful measure when it comes to selecting internal and external operating experience information for its relevance.) (2) In-depth analysis. (PSA based event evaluation provides a quantitative measure for judging the significance of operational events, contributors to

  12. Physicochemical action of potassium-magnesium citrate in nephrolithiasis

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    Pak, C. Y.; Koenig, K.; Khan, R.; Haynes, S.; Padalino, P.

    1992-01-01

    Effect of potassium-magnesium citrate on urinary biochemistry and crystallization of stone-forming salts was compared with that of potassium citrate at same dose of potassium in five normal subjects and five patients with calcium nephrolithiasis. Compared to the placebo phase, urinary pH rose significantly from 6.06 +/- 0.27 to 6.48 +/- 0.36 (mean +/- SD, p less than 0.0167) during treatment with potassium citrate (50 mEq/day for 7 days) and to 6.68 +/- 0.31 during therapy with potassium-magnesium citrate (containing 49 mEq K, 24.5 mEq Mg, and 73.5 mEq citrate per day). Urinary pH was significantly higher during potassium-magnesium citrate than during potassium citrate therapy. Thus, the amount of undissociated uric acid declined from 118 +/- 61 mg/day during the placebo phase to 68 +/- 54 mg/day during potassium citrate treatment and, more prominently, to 41 +/- 46 mg/day during potassium-magnesium citrate therapy. Urinary magnesium rose significantly from 102 +/- 25 to 146 +/- 37 mg/day during potassium-magnesium citrate therapy but not during potassium citrate therapy. Urinary citrate rose more prominently during potassium-magnesium citrate therapy (to 1027 +/- 478 mg/day from 638 +/- 252 mg/day) than during potassium citrate treatment (to 932 +/- 297 mg/day). Consequently, urinary saturation (activity product) of calcium oxalate declined significantly (from 1.49 x 10(-8) to 1.03 x 10(-8) M2) during potassium-magnesium citrate therapy and marginally (to 1.14 x 10(-8) M2) during potassium citrate therapy.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS).

  13. 21 CFR 184.1195 - Calcium citrate.

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    2010-04-01

    ... Food Chemicals Codex, 3d ed. (1981), pp. 49 and 50, which is incorporated by reference in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Copies are available from the National Academy Press, 2101... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Calcium citrate. 184.1195 Section 184.1195 Food...

  14. 21 CFR 184.1625 - Potassium citrate.

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    .... (b) The ingredient meets the specifications of the Food Chemicals Codex, 3d ed. (1981), p. 242, which is incorporated by reference in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Copies are... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Potassium citrate. 184.1625 Section 184.1625...

  15. 21 CFR 184.1751 - Sodium citrate.

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    2010-04-01

    ...) The ingredient meets the specifications of the Food Chemicals Codex, 3d ed. (1981), pp. 283-284, which is incorporated by reference in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Copies are... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Sodium citrate. 184.1751 Section 184.1751 Food...

  16. 14 N NQR spectrum of sildenafil citrate

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    Stephenson, David; Singh, Nadia

    2015-04-01

    The 14N nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) spectrum of sildenafil citrate tablets has been recorded allowing the quadrupole coupling constants and asymmetry parameters of all six unique nitrogen atoms in its structure to be determined. A density function calculation gives results that are largely in agreement with the experimental values.

  17. 14N NQR spectrum of sildenafil citrate

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    The 14N nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) spectrum of sildenafil citrate tablets has been recorded allowing the quadrupole coupling constants and asymmetry parameters of all six unique nitrogen atoms in its structure to be determined. A density function calculation gives results that are largely in agreement with the experimental values

  18. 21 CFR 522.800 - Droperidol and fentanyl citrate injection.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Droperidol and fentanyl citrate injection. 522.800... § 522.800 Droperidol and fentanyl citrate injection. (a) Specifications. Droperidol and fentanyl citrate injection is a sterile solution containing 20 milligrams of droperidol and 0.4 milligram of fentanyl...

  19. 21 CFR 172.370 - Iron-choline citrate complex.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Iron-choline citrate complex. 172.370 Section 172... CONSUMPTION Special Dietary and Nutritional Additives § 172.370 Iron-choline citrate complex. Iron-choline citrate complex made by reacting approximately equimolecular quantities of ferric hydroxide, choline,...

  20. 21 CFR 573.580 - Iron-choline citrate complex.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Iron-choline citrate complex. 573.580 Section 573.580 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED... Food Additive Listing § 573.580 Iron-choline citrate complex. Iron-choline citrate complex made...

  1. Ventricular tachycardia after administration of sildenafil citrate: a case report

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    Rasmussen Jeppe G

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background It has not previously been reported that sildenafil citrate causes malignant arrhythmias in humans. Case presentation A 41-year-old man developed sustained ventricular tachycardia following sildenafil citrate administration. Conclusion It cannot be dismissed that this patient experienced ventricular tachycardia as an adverse effect of sildenafil citrate administration.

  2. Ventricular tachycardia after administration of sildenafil citrate: a case report

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    Rasmussen Jeppe G; Toft Egon; Frøbert Ole

    2007-01-01

    Abstract Background It has not previously been reported that sildenafil citrate causes malignant arrhythmias in humans. Case presentation A 41-year-old man developed sustained ventricular tachycardia following sildenafil citrate administration. Conclusion It cannot be dismissed that this patient experienced ventricular tachycardia as an adverse effect of sildenafil citrate administration.

  3. The importance of the methanol content in the precursor solution, on the physical properties of cadmium oxide thin films prepared by the sol-gel method

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    Research highlights: → This work is important due to the recent interest for obtaining CdO films by simple and economical techniques. The sol-gel technique shows these characteristics. However, CdO films with higher thicknesses could be obtained starting from a high number of coats. In this work, the importance of the methanol content in the precursor solution on the physical properties of cadmium oxide thin films prepared by the sol-gel method was studied. For the first time, higher thicknesses of CdO films were obtained with a lower number of coats, changing the methanol content in the precursor solution. The films show good electrical, optical, structural properties for their use as transparent conductive films in solar cells. - Abstract: Undoped and fluorine doped cadmium oxide films were obtained by the sol-gel technique, starting from a simple precursor solution constituted of: cadmium acetate, methanol, glycerol and triethylamine and only for doped samples, ammonium fluoride as the fluoride source. Due to the methanol content used is higher with respect to the other reagents, variations in this parameter affect the viscosity and gelation time of the precursor solution, giving as result changes in the thickness. The importance of the methanol content in the growing solution on the structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties of the films is reported. Higher thickness was obtained for lower methanol content, in the range 33-46 mol, in the growing solution. Largest growing rate was obtained when the methanol content in the precursor solution was 33 mol. The films showed good characteristics for their use as transparent conductive films in solar cells.

  4. Thermoset precursor

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    This invention pertains to a distinctive thermoset precursor which is prepared by mixing a resin composition (A) which can be hardened by ionizing radiation, and a resin composition (B) which can be hardened by heat but cannot be hardened by, or is resistant to, ionizing radiation, and by coating or impregnating a molding or other substrate with a sheet or film of this mixture and irradiating this with an ionizing radiation. The principal components of composition (A) and (B) can be the following: (1) an acrylate or methacrylate and an epoxy resin and an epoxy resin hardener; (2) an unsaturated polyester resin and epoxy resin and an epoxy resin hardener; (3) a diacrylate or dimethacrylate or polyethylene glycol and an epoxy resin; (4) an epoxy acrylates or epoxy methacrylate obtained by the addition reaction of epoxy resin and acrylic or methacrylic acid

  5. Improved analytical methods for perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) and their precursors – a focus on human dietary exposure

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    Ullah, Shahid

    2013-01-01

    Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are a large group of global environmental contaminants. They can be divided into two sub-groups, 1) perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) and 2) so called precursors, i.e. compounds that can potentially be transformed to form PFAAs. PFAAs are today ubiquitous in wildlife and humans. Food and drinking water are assumed to be the dominant human exposure pathways for PFAAs. The main aim of this doctoral thesis was to develop highly sensitive and fully validated analyti...

  6. Formulation, Characterization and Physicochemical Evaluation of Potassium Citrate Effervescent Tablets

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    Fatemeh Fattahi

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of this study was to design and formulation of potassium citrate effervescent tablet for reduction of calcium oxalate and urate kidney stones in patients suffering from kidney stones. Methods: In this study, 13 formulations were prepared from potassium citrate and effervescent base in different concentration. The flowability of powders and granules was studied. Then effervescent tablets were prepared by direct compression, fusion and wet granulation methods. The prepared tablets were evaluated for hardness, friability, effervescent time, pH, content uniformity. To amend taste of formulations, different flavoring agents were used and then panel test was done by using Latin Square method by 30 volunteers. Results: Formulations obtained from direct compression and fusion methods had good flow but low hardness. Wet granulation improves flowability and other physicochemical properties such as acceptable hardness, effervescence time ≤3 minutes, pH<6, friability < 1%, water percentage < 0.5% and accurate content uniformity. In panel test, both of combination flavors; (orange - lemon and (strawberry - raspberry had good acceptability. Conclusion: The prepared tablets by wet granulation method using PVP solution had more tablet hardness. It is a reproducible process and suitable to produce granules that are compressed into effervescent tablets due to larger agglomerates.

  7. Preparation and evaluation of 99m Tc-Sn-citrate freeze dried kits

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    A method for preparing 99m Tc-Sn-citrate freeze dried kits is established. The method is based on the use of Sn(II), HCl and citrate concentrations which give the final pH 5.1 without pH adjustment. The obtained Sn-citrate solution is sterilized by filtration through 0.22 μm membrane filter. A 1.0 ml aliquots are transferred into pre sterilized 10 ml serum vials, quickly frozen by liquid nitrogen and lyophilized. The determined formulation was applied in the kit preparation in aseptic and pyrogen free conditions. The freeze dried kits were checked radio chromatographic ally and assayed biologically in normal mice. Under optimum conditions more than 97% labelling yield was obtained and more than 56% of the injected dose was found in urine 2 hours after injection. 1 fig. 6 tab

  8. Non-toxic complexing agent Tri-sodium citrate's effect on chemical bath deposited ZnS thin films and its growth mechanism

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    Agawane, G.L. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 500-757 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Seung Wook [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of); Moholkar, A.V. [Electrochemical Mat. Lab., Department of Physics, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416 004 (India); Gurav, K.V. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 500-757 (Korea, Republic of); Yun, Jae Ho, E-mail: yunjh92@kier.re.kr [Photovoltaic Research Group, KIER, Jang-Dong, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon 305-343 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jeong Yong [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jin Hyeok, E-mail: jinhyeok@chonnam.ac.kr [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 500-757 (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-09-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnS thin films were prepared by CBD using non-toxic complexing agent. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The morphology of ZnS thin film was improved with Na{sub 3}-citrate. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The growth mechanism of ZnS thin films is depends upon the concentration of Na{sub 3}-citrate. - Abstract: This study demonstrates the growth and characterizations of chemical bath deposited zinc sulfide (ZnS) thin films prepared at pH 10. Aqueous zinc acetate and thiourea were used as precursors along with the non-toxic complexing agent, Na{sub 3}-citrate. The effects of different concentrations of Na{sub 3}-citrate from 0 to 0.2 M on the structural, morphological, compositional, chemical, and optical properties of ZnS thin films were studied. It was revealed through field emission scanning electron microscopy studies that an increase in the concentration of Na{sub 3}-citrate leads to an improvement of the uniformity of the ZnS thin films and decrease in the grain size. Atomic force microscopy showed that the RMS value decreases with an increase in Na{sub 3}-citrate concentration. X-ray diffraction study revealed that crystallinity of ZnS thin films improves upon increasing concentration of Na{sub 3}-citrate and that the films exhibit a hexagonal polycrystalline ZnS phase while deposited with 0.2 and 0.1 M Na{sub 3}-citrate. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed that the signal intensity decreases for Zn 2p{sub 3/2} and S 2p{sub 1/2} as the concentration of Na{sub 3}-citrate decreases from 0.2 to 0 M. It was shown by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy that approximately 80% transmission in the visible region and absorption edge shifts towards blue when the concentration of Na{sub 3}-citrate increases from 0 to 0.2 M. The band gap energy of the ZnS film deposited without Na{sub 3}-citrate was found to be 3.53 eV, while it increases from 3.73 to 3.80 eV with a decrease in Na{sub 3}-citrate concentration from 0.2 to 0.025 M. The

  9. A 3D nodal mixed dual method for nuclear reactor kinetics with improved quasistatic model and a semi-implicit scheme to solve the precursor equations

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    The mixed dual nodal method MINOS is used to solve the reactor kinetics equations with improved quasistatic IQS model and the θ method is used to solve the precursor equations. The speed of calculation which is the main advantage of the MINOS method and the possibility to use the large time step for shape flux calculation permitted by the IQS method, allow us to reduce considerably the computing time. The IQS/MINOS method is implemented in CRONOS 3D reactor code. Numerical tests on different transient benchmarks show that the results obtained with the IQS/MINOS method and the direct numerical method used to solve the kinetics equations, are very close and the total computing time is largely reduced

  10. Direct separation of 67Ga citrate from zinc and copper target materials by an ion exchange

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    The separation of 67Ga from zinc and copper target materials using an anion- f:exchanger (Dowex21K) and 0.1 M citrate buffer at pH 6 is described. The gallium-67 was separated in citrate solution and can be directly used for medical applications. Gallium-67 with a half-life of 78.3 h and gamma-rays with energies of 93, 185 and 300 keV is a cyclotron produced radioisotope for which a considerable demand exists. 67Ga is frequently produced through proton or deuteron bombardment of natural or enriched Zn targets (Helus and Maier-Borst, 1973). It is usually separated from Zn by ion exchange chromatography (Helus and Maier-Borst, 1973; van der Walt and Strelow, 1983) or by liquid extraction Helus and Maier-Borst, 1973; Hupf and Beaver, 1970). The isotope is usually supplied in citrate solution which is widely used as 67Ga Gallium citrate which is a well-established radiopharmaceutical for imaging soft tissue tumors and abscesses. Several routes for large scale production of 67Ga and the development of medical applications have been reported (Silvester and Thakur, 1970; Dahl and Tilbury, 1972; Steyn and Meyer,1973; Vlatkovic et al., 1975; Neirinckx, 1976; Thakur, 1977). Various attempts were carried out to separate gallium-67 by using different ion exchange methods (Strelow et al., 1971; Das and Ramamoorthy, 1995; Boothe et al.,1991) through the labelling of citrate by using 67Ga was carried out for medical applications

  11. Pyrolytic citrate synthesis and ozone annealing

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    A pyrolytic procedure is described that via a citrate synthesis allowed us to obtain very fine grained YBCO powders that, after a first furnace thermal treatment in ozone, results already to contain a large amount of superconducting microcrystals. A second identical thermal treatment gives a final product strongly textured, as shown by magnetic torque measurements. Complementary structural and diamagnetic measurement show the high quality of these sintered pellets. The role covered by both the pyrolytic preparation and the ozone annealing are discussed

  12. Pyrolitic citrate synthesis and ozone annealing

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    A pyrolytic procedure that via a citrate synthesis allowed to obtain very fine grained YBCO powders that, after a first furnace thermal treatment in ozone, result already to contain a large amount of superconducting microcystals is described. A second identical thermal treatment gives a final product strongly textured, as shown by magnetic torque measurements. Complementary structural and diamagnetic measurements show the high quality of these sintered pellets. The role covered by both the pyrolytic preparation and the ozone annealing are discussed

  13. Photodynamical Properties of Various Phthalocyanine Citrates

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    Drobek, M.; Klusoň, Petr; Hejda, S.; Krýsa, J.; Rakušan, J.

    Prague: ICT Prague Press, 2010 - (Krýsa, J.), s. 68 ISBN 978-80-7080-750-7. [European Meeting on Solar Chemistry and Photocatalysis: Environmental Applications /6./. Prague (CZ), 13.06.2010-16.06.2010] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KAN400720701; GA MŠk 1M0577 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : phthalocyanine citrates * photodynamical properties Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry

  14. Sildenafil Citrate in Fetal Growth Restriction

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    Panda, Subrat; Das, Ananya; Md Nowroz, Hossain

    2014-01-01

    Background Pregnancies with early onset fetal growth restriction have poor perinatal outcome. Sildenafil citrate (PDE -5 inhibitor) as a vasodilator increases utero-placental blood flow and potentiates fetal growth. Case Presentation In this study, a case was examined and Sildenafil was administered for her. It was found that Sildenafil improved the uterine blood flow with a favorable fetal outcome at delivery. Conclusion Sildenafil, as a vasodilator has emerged as a potential management opti...

  15. MID Max: LC–MS/MS Method for Measuring the Precursor and Product Mass Isotopomer Distributions of Metabolic Intermediates and Cofactors for Metabolic Flux Analysis Applications

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    McCloskey, Douglas; Young, Jamey D.; Xu, Sibei;

    2016-01-01

    that takes advantage of additional scan types that maximizes the number of mass isotopomer distributions (MIDs) that can be acquired in a given experiment. The analytical method was found to measure the MIDs of 97 metabolites, corresponding to 74 unique metabolite-fragment pairs (32 precursor spectra...... and 42 product spectra) with accuracy and precision. The compounds measured included metabolic intermediates in central carbohydrate metabolism and cofactors of peripheral metabolism (e.g., ATP). Using only a subset of the acquired MIDs, the method was found to improve the precision of flux...

  16. TMOS based water repellent silica thin films by co-precursor method using TMES as a hydrophobic agent

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    The present paper describes the room temperature synthesis of dip coated water repellent silica coatings on glass substrates using trimethylethoxysilane (TMES) as a co-precursor. Silica sol was prepared by keeping the molar ratio of tetramethoxysilane (TMOS) precursor, methanol (MeOH) solvent, water (H2O) constant at 1:29.27:2.09 respectively, with 0.5 M NH4OH throughout the experiments and the TMES/TMOS molar ratio (M) was varied from 0 to 3.8. It was found that with an increase in M value, the roughness and hydrophobicity of the films increased, however the optical transmission decreased from 93% to 57% in the visible range. The hydrophobic silica films retained their hydrophobicity up to a temperature of 250 deg. C and above this temperature the films became hydrophilic. The hydrophobic silica thin films were characterized by taking into consideration the surface roughness studies, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, percentage of optical transmission, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and contact angle measurements.

  17. Influence of precursor concentration on the structural, optical and electrical properties of indium oxide thin film prepared by a sol–gel method

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    Lau, L.N.; Ibrahim, N.B., E-mail: baayah@ukm.edu.my; Baqiah, H.

    2015-08-01

    Highlights: • Indium oxide films with different precursor concentrations have been prepared using a sol-gel method. • The films show good degree of crystallinity. • Film thickness increases with the precursor concentration of indium oxide. • The optical band gap decreases as the average crystallite size decreases. - Abstract: This research was carried out to study the effect of different precursor concentrations on the physical properties of indium oxide (In{sub 2}O{sub 3}) thin film. In{sub 2}O{sub 3} is a promising n-type semiconductor material that has been used in optoelectronic applications because of its highly transparent properties. It is a transparent conducting oxide with a wide band gap (∼3.7 eV). The experiment was started by preparing different precursor concentrations of indium nitrate hydrate (In (NO{sub 3})·H{sub 2}O) solution and followed by the spin coating technique prior to an annealing process at 500 °C. Indium oxide thin films were characterized using an X-ray diffractometer, an ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy, a field emission scanning electron microscope and a Hall Effect Measurement System in order to determine the influence caused by the different molarities of indium oxide. The result showed that the film thickness increased with the indium oxide molarity. Film thicknesses were in the range of 0.3–135.1 nm and optical transparency of films was over 94%. Lowest resistivity of 2.52 Ω cm with a mobility of 26.60 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} S{sup −1} and carrier concentration of 4.27 × 10{sup 17} cm{sup −3} was observed for the indium oxide thin film prepared at 0.30 M.

  18. Trapping and release of citrate-capped gold nanoparticles

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    An electrical method to trap and release charged gold nanoparticles onto and from the surface of gold electrodes modified by an alkanethiol self-assembled monolayer (SAM) is presented. To form electrodes coated with gold nanoparticles (GNPs), amine-terminated SAMs on gold electrodes were immersed in a solution of negatively charged citrate-capped GNPs. Accumulation of GNPs on the electrode surface was monitored by a decrease in the impedance of the SAM-modified electrode and by an increase in the electrochemical activity at the electrode as shown through cyclic voltammetry (CV). Electrostatic interactions between the GNPs and the amine-terminated SAM trap the GNPs on the electrode surface. Application of a subsequent negative bias to the electrode initiated a partial release of the GNPs from the electrode surface. Impedance spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were used to monitor and confirm the attraction of GNPs to and release from the aminealkanethiolated gold electrodes. This work describes a method of trapping and release for citrate-capped GNPs that could be used for on-demand nanoparticle delivery applications such as in assessing and modeling nanoparticle toxicology, as well as for monitoring the functionalization of gold nanoparticles.

  19. Bioavailability of zinc and phosphorus in calcareous soils as affected by citrate exudation

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    Duffner, A.; Hoffland, E.; Temminghoff, E.J.M.

    2012-01-01

    Aims Zinc (Zn) and phosphorus (P) deficiency often occurs at the same time and limits crop production in many soils. It has been suggested that citrate root exudation is a response of plants to both deficiencies. We used white lupin (Lupinus albus L.) as a model plant to clarify if citrate exuded by roots could increase the bioavailability of Zn and P in calcareous soils. Methods White lupin was grown in nutrient solution and in two calcareous soils in a rhizobox. Rhizosphere soil solution wa...

  20. Calcium citrate improves the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition induced by acidosis in proximal tubular cells

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    Maria José Rodriguez Cabalgante; Liliana Gadola; Leonella Luzardo; María Márquez; José Boggia; Mirian Aparecida Boim

    2012-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a key event in renal fibrosis. The aims of the study were to evaluate acidosis induced EMT, transforming-growth-factor (TGF) β1 role and citrate effect on it. METHODS: HK2 cells (ATCC 2290) were cultured in DMEM/HAM F12 medium, pH 7.4. At 80% confluence, after 24 hr under serum free conditions, cells were distributed in three groups (24 hours): A) Control: pH 7.4, B) Acidosis: pH 7.0 and C) Calcium citrate (0.2 mmol/L) + pH 7.0. Chan...

  1. Clinical and biochemical studies on the mechanism of gallium-67 citrate accumulation in tumor tissues

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    A series of 67Ga scintigraphies, taken at Kobe University Hospital and Tenri Hospital from 1970 to 1974, were investigated statistically and histologically. Positive imaging of the lesion was obtained in 87% of 196 cases of primary lung cancer; 94%, 83% and 82% were positive in squamous cell carcinoma, undifferentiated carcinoma, and adenocarcinoma. In a comparative study on inflammatory lesions such as pneumonia or lung abcess, positive imaging was also obtained frequently during the active state but no positive image was noted in the inactive state. Since cyclic AMP is reported to play a role as a potent growth regulator, the effect of cyclic AMP as well as that of theophylline on 67Ga citrate binding in vitro was examined using a Millipore filter. Although cyclic AMP released 67Ga citrate bound to the cytosols of a rat liver, theophylline stimulated 67Ga citrate binding. In order to prove the working hypothesis that cyclic AMP phosphodiesterase binds 67Ga citrate, this enzyme was purified to a specific activity of 2330 mU/mg by an elaborate method such as ammonium sulfate treatment (30 - 50%) and stepwise Hydroxyapatite fractionation. The specific radioactivity of 67Ga citrate bound to this enzyme preparation (500 mM potassium phosphate buffer, pH 7.5) was 70-fold greater than that of transferrin and 240-fold more than that of cyclic AMP-binding protein purified as 50 mM potassium phosphate buffer, pH 7.5 eluted through Hydroxyapatite. It was also confirmed that the lysosome purified from the more rapidly growing hepatoma (7316 A) had a radioactivity two-fold higher than that of the slower growing hepatoma (7794 A) using an in vitro 67Ga citrate binding method. (auth.)

  2. Influence of aging time of oleate precursor on the magnetic relaxation of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by the thermal decomposition method

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    Herrera, Adriana P.; Polo-Corrales, Liliana [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagueez, Puerto Rico, PR 00681-9000 (United States); Chavez, Ermides; Cabarcas-Bolivar, Jari [Department of Physics, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagueez, Puerto Rico, PR 00681-9000 (United States); Uwakweh, Oswald N.C. [Department of General Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagueez, Puerto Rico, PR 00681-9000 (United States); Rinaldi, Carlos, E-mail: crinaldi@uprm.edu [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagueez, Puerto Rico, PR 00681-9000 (United States)

    2013-02-15

    Cobalt ferrite nanoparticles are of interest because of their room temperature coercivity and high magnetic anisotropy constant, which make them attractive in applications such as sensors based on the Brownian relaxation mechanism and probes to determine the mechanical properties of complex fluids at the nanoscale. These nanoparticles can be synthesized with a narrow size distribution by the thermal decomposition of an iron-cobalt oleate precursor in a high boiling point solvent. We studied the influence of aging time of the iron-cobalt oleate precursor on the structure, chemical composition, size, and magnetic relaxation of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by the thermal decomposition method. The structure and thermal behavior of the iron-cobalt oleate was studied during the aging process. Infrared spectra indicated a shift in the coordination state of the oleate and iron/cobalt ions from bidentate to bridging coordination. Aging seemed to influence the thermal decomposition of the iron-cobalt oleate as determined from thermogravimmetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry, where shifts in the temperatures corresponding to decomposition events and a narrowing of the endotherms associated with these events were observed. Aging promoted formation of the spinel crystal structure, as determined from X-ray diffraction, and influenced the nanoparticle magnetic properties, resulting in an increase in blocking temperature and magnetocrystalline anisotropy. Mossbauer spectra also indicated changes in the magnetic properties resulting from aging of the precursor oleate. Although all samples exhibited some degree of Brownian relaxation, as determined from complex susceptibility measurements in a liquid medium, aging of the iron-cobalt oleate precursor resulted in crossing of the in-phase {chi} Prime and out-of-phase {chi} Double-Prime components of the complex susceptibility at the frequency of the Brownian magnetic relaxation peak, as expected for

  3. Synthesis by the polymeric precursor method and characterization of undoped and Sn, Cr and V-doped ZrTiO4

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    In this work, zirconium titanate doped with 0.1, 0.2, and 0.4-bar mole% of tin, chromium and vanadium was synthesized by the polymeric precursors method and characterized by thermal analysis (TG/DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen adsorption and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM). The powder presented two mass losses attributed to the exit of water and to the pyrolysis of the organic material. The surface area reduction observed from 500-bar o C indicates the beginning of the sintering process. All the dopants led to changes in the lattice parameters and to the decrease of both crystallite size and particle size

  4. A concurrent precursor inflow method for LES of atmospheric boundary layer flows with variable inflow direction for coupling with meso-scale models

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    Munters, Wim; Meneveau, Charles; Meyers, Johan

    2014-11-01

    In order to incorporate multiple scales of meteorological phenomena in atmospheric simulations, subsequent nesting of meso-scale models is often used. However, the spatial and temporal resolution in such models is too coarse to resolve the three-dimensional turbulent eddies that are characteristic for atmospheric boundary layer flows. This motivates the development of tools to couple meso-scale models to Large-Eddy Simulations (LES), in which turbulent fluctuations are explicitly resolved. A major challenge in this area is the spin-up region near the inlet of the LES in which the flow has to evolve from a RANS-like inflow, originating from the meso-scale model, to a fully turbulent velocity field. We propose a generalized concurrent precursor inflow method capable of imposing boundary conditions for time-varying inflow directions. The method is based on a periodic fully-developed precursor boundary-layer simulation that is dynamically rotated with the wind direction that drives the main LES. In this way realistic turbulent inflow conditions are applied while still retaining flexibility to dynamically adapt to meso-scale variations in wind directions. Applications to wind simulations with varying inflow directions, and comparisons to conventional coupling methods are shown. Work supported by ERC (ActiveWindFarms, Grant No: 306471). CM is supported by NSF (Grant No. 1243482).

  5. Synthesis and structural properties of (Y, Sr)(Ti, Fe, Nb)O3-δ perovskite nanoparticles fabricated by modified polymer precursor method

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    Miruszewski, T.; Gdaniec, P.; Karczewski, J.; Bochentyn, B.; Szaniawska, K.; Kupracz, P.; Prześniak-Welenc, M.; Kusz, B.

    2016-09-01

    The yttrium, iron and niobium doped-SrTiO3 powders have been successfully fabricated by a modified low-temperature synthesis method from a polymer complex. The usage of strontium hydroxide precursor instead of conventional strontium nitrate or strontium carbonate provides to the possibility of significant decrease of annealing temperature. It allows to prepare a material with sphere-shape grains of nanometric size (15-70 nm). The results of thermal analysis indicate that the crystallization of precursor takes place at different stages. The product after heat treatment at 600 °C for 3 h in air was also characterized by X-Ray diffraction method (XRD) and Fourier transform - infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). After the crystallization and the impurity removal process, a single-phase material was obtained in case of all analyzed samples. The morphology of obtained nano-powders was also studied by a scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It can be concluded, that this method allows obtaining a perovskite phase of a metal doped SrTiO3 with nanometric particles.

  6. Use of Potassium Citrate to Reduce the Risk of Renal Stone Formation During Spaceflight

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    Whitson, P. A.; Pietrzyk, R. A.; Sams, C. F.; Jones, J. A.; Nelman-Gonzalez, M.; Hudson, E. K.

    2008-01-01

    Introduction: NASA s Vision for Space Exploration centers on exploration class missions including the goals of returning to the moon and landing on Mars. One of NASA s objectives is to focus research on astronaut health and the development of countermeasures that will protect crewmembers during long duration voyages. Exposure to microgravity affects human physiology and results in changes in the urinary chemical composition favoring urinary supersaturation and an increased risk of stone formation. Nephrolithiasis is a multifactorial disease and development of a renal stone is significantly influenced by both dietary and environmental factors. Previous results from long duration Mir and short duration Shuttle missions have shown decreased urine volume, pH, and citrate levels and increased calcium. Citrate, an important inhibitor of calcium-containing stones, binds with urinary calcium reducing the amount of calcium available to form stones. Citrate inhibits renal stone recurrence by preventing crystal growth, aggregation, and nucleation and is one of the most common therapeutic agents used to prevent stone formation. Methods: Thirty long duration crewmembers (29 male, 1 female) participated in this study. 24-hour urines were collected and dietary monitoring was performed pre, in, and postflight. Crewmembers in the treatment group received two potassium citrate (KCIT) pills, 10 mEq/pill, ingested daily beginning 3 days before launch, all inflight days and through 14 days postflight. Urinary biochemical and dietary analyses were completed. Results: KCIT treated subjects exhibited decreased urinary calcium excretion and maintained the levels of calcium oxalate supersaturation risk at their preflight levels. The increased urinary pH levels in these subjects reduced the risk of uric acid stones. Discussion: The current study investigated the use of potassium citrate as a countermeasure to minimize the risk of stone formation during ISS missions. Results suggest that

  7. The safety and efficacy of regional citrate anticoagulation in sustained low efficiency dialysis

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    张凌

    2013-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the safety and efficacy of regional citrate anticoagulation in sustained low efficiency dialysis (SLED) .Methods A total of 45 patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) or end stage renal disease (ESRD) admitted in our hospital from August 2011 to

  8. Nanoparticles of complex metal oxides synthesized using the reverse-micellar and polymeric precursor routes

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    Ashok K Ganguli; Tokeer Ahmad; Padam R Arya; Pika Jha

    2005-11-01

    Current interest in the properties of materials having grains in the nanometer regime has led to the investigation of the size-dependent properties of various dielectric and magnetic materials. We discuss two chemical methods, namely the reverse-micellar route and the polymeric citrate precursor route used to obtain homogeneous and monophasic nanoparticles of several dielectric oxides like BaTiO3, Ba2TiO4, SrTiO3, PbTiO3, PbZrO3 etc. In addition we also discuss the synthesis of some transition metal (Mn and Cu) oxalate nanorods using the reverse-micellar route. These nanorods on decomposition provide a facile route to the synthesis of transition metal oxide nanoparticles. We discuss the size dependence of the dielectric and magnetic properties in some of the above oxides.

  9. Gamma-ray burst radio afterglows from Population III stars: Simulation methods and detection prospects with SKA precursors

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    Macpherson, Damien

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the prospects of detecting radio afterglows from long Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs) from Population III (Pop III) progenitors using the SKA precursor instruments WMA (Murchison Widefield Array) and ASKAP (Australian SKA Pathfinder). We derive a realistic model of GRB afterglows that encompasses the widest range of plausible physical parameters and observation angles. We define the best case scenario of Pop III GRB energy and redshift distributions. Using probability distribution functions fitted to the observed microphysical parameters of long GRBs, we simulate a large number of Pop III GRB afterglows to find the global probability of detection. We find that ASKAP may be able to detect 35% of Pop III GRB afterglows in the optimistic case, and 27% in the pessimistic case. A negligible number will be detectable by MWA in either case. Detections per image for ASKAP, found by incorporating intrinsic rates with detectable timescales, are as high as $\\sim$ 6000 and as low as $\\sim$ 11, which shows the opti...

  10. Research progress of chelate precursor doping method to fabricate Yb-doped large-mode-area silica fibers for kW-level laser

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    Wang, Zhen; Zhan, Huan; Ni, Li; Peng, Kun; Wang, Xiaolong; Wang, Jianjun; Jing, Feng; Lin, Aoxiang

    2015-11-01

    With continuous efforts and practical managing experiences, the chelate precursor doping method has been justified as an effective way to dope rare-earth ions into silica host materials, a key technique in making large-mode-area silica fibers for high power laser applications. It is characterized by good controllability, stability and repeatability to accomplish different refractive index profiles. Different preforms with a large core, designed refractive index profile, good symmetrical shape and homogeneous elemental distribution were successfully fabricated. The home-made standard 20/400-type double-cladding Yb-doped large-mode-area silica fiber was drawn and presented a 1.6 kW laser output at 1064 nm, the highest power record publically reported with this method. With further optimization, chelate precusor doping method has potential to manufacture high power laser fibers for the next generation.

  11. Revisiting the Stӧber method: Design of nitrogen-doped porous carbon spheres from molecular precursors of different chemical structures.

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    Tian, Hao; Liu, Jian; O'Donnell, Kane; Liu, Tingting; Liu, Xinmei; Yan, Zifeng; Liu, Shaomin; Jaroniec, Mietek

    2016-08-15

    Porous polymer resins and carbon spheres have been successfully prepared by an extended Stӧber method using phenol derivatives of different functionality. Herein, the Stӧber method is revised and used for the preparation of phenolic resin spheres from a series of hetero-atoms containing phenol derivatives (such as nitrophenol, aminophenol and halide-substituted phenols), which upon carbonization are converted to heteroatom-doped carbon spheres. The use of 4-amino-3-nitrophenol affords monodispersed carbon spheres with unprecedentedly high nitrogen content of about 11.9wt%. In this synthesis phenolic resin is initially formed by polymerizing formaldehyde with one of the aforementioned phenol derivatives, which acts as a resin precursor and source of heteroatoms to be doped. When amino group in aminophenol is in meta position the monodisperse phenolic resin and subsequently converted-doped carbon spheres are obtained. The resultant carbon spheres were examined as potential CO2 adsorbents and electrode materials for supercapacitors, reaching CO2 uptake of 89cm(3) STP/g (at 273K and 1.0bar), and the electrochemical capacitance of 127 F/g under basic conditions, respectively. This study provides some guidelines for design of carbon spheres by selecting phenolic resin precursors with desired molecular structures and functionalities for specific applications. PMID:27208436

  12. Metformin-clomiphene citrate vs. clomiphene citrate alone: Polycystic ovarian syndrome

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    Aqueela Ayaz

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS is the commonest endocrinopathy in women that is associated with reproductive and metabolic disorders. Objectives: We compared the ovulation and conception rates after the treatment with clomiphene citrate (CC alone and in combination with metformin in infertile patients presented with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS. Materials and Methods: This randomized controlled trial of independent cases and controls was conducted at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hera General Hospital, Makkah, Saudi Arabia from February 01 to December 31, 2008. The 42 subjects diagnosed as PCOS were divided into group A and B (21 subjects in each for management with CC + metformin and CC alone, respectively. Group A received 500 mg three times a day of metformin continuously from the first cycle for 6 months or till pregnancy was confirmed. In both groups CC was started at a dose of 50 mg from day-2 till day-6 of the menstrual cycle. The dose of CC was increased to 100 mg in second and 150 mg in third cycle, and then remained 150 mg for the remaining three cycles. With ovulation the dose of CC was unaltered in both groups. Data were analyzed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS version 16. Results: More than 50% females in both groups were had body mass index > 25. Group A achieved high rate of regular cycles, ovulation success, and conception than group B (71.4% vs. 38.1%; P = 0.03, (76.2% vs. 38.1%; P = 0.021, and (66.6% vs. 28.6%; P = 0.01, respectively. Conclusion: Management with metformin + CC increased the ovulation and conception rates.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of a layered double hydroxide containing an intercalated nickel(II) citrate complex

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    The nickel(II) citrate complex anion ([Ni(C6H4O7)]2-) may be intercalated into the interlayer galleries of a layered double hydroxide (LDH) host by a process involving ion-exchange with an Mg2Al-NO3 LDH precursor. The powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern confirms that the layered structure is maintained. The thermal decomposition process of the complex anion-intercalated material has been characterized by in situ high temperature powder XRD, thermogravimetry-differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA) and coupled with mass spectrometry (MS). The thermal stability of the nickel(II) citrate complex anion intercalated in LDHs in air is lower than that in the sodium salt. Calcination generates a high degree of nickel(II) oxide dispersion in a matrix of magnesium and aluminium oxide phases which should be an advantage if the materials are used as catalyst precursors. Based on the observed data, a structural model for the [Ni(C6H4O7)]2- anion intercalated in the galleries of the LDH is proposed

  14. Predicting the Size of Sunspot Cycle 24 on the Basis of Single- and Bi-Variate Geomagnetic Precursor Methods

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    Wilson, Robert M.; Hathaway, David H.

    2009-01-01

    Examined are single- and bi-variate geomagnetic precursors for predicting the maximum amplitude (RM) of a sunspot cycle several years in advance. The best single-variate fit is one based on the average of the ap index 36 mo prior to cycle minimum occurrence (E(Rm)), having a coefficient of correlation (r) equal to 0.97 and a standard error of estimate (se) equal to 9.3. Presuming cycle 24 not to be a statistical outlier and its minimum in March 2008, the fit suggests cycle 24 s RM to be about 69 +/- 20 (the 90% prediction interval). The weighted mean prediction of 11 statistically important single-variate fits is 116 +/- 34. The best bi-variate fit is one based on the maximum and minimum values of the 12-mma of the ap index; i.e., APM# and APm*, where # means the value post-E(RM) for the preceding cycle and * means the value in the vicinity of cycle minimum, having r = 0.98 and se = 8.2. It predicts cycle 24 s RM to be about 92 +/- 27. The weighted mean prediction of 22 statistically important bi-variate fits is 112 32. Thus, cycle 24's RM is expected to lie somewhere within the range of about 82 to 144. Also examined are the late-cycle 23 behaviors of geomagnetic indices and solar wind velocity in comparison to the mean behaviors of cycles 2023 and the geomagnetic indices of cycle 14 (RM = 64.2), the weakest sunspot cycle of the modern era.

  15. The EM Earthquake Precursor

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    Jones, K. B., II; Saxton, P. T.

    2013-12-01

    Many attempts have been made to determine a sound forecasting method regarding earthquakes and warn the public in turn. Presently, the animal kingdom leads the precursor list alluding to a transmission related source. By applying the animal-based model to an electromagnetic (EM) wave model, various hypotheses were formed, but the most interesting one required the use of a magnetometer with a differing design and geometry. To date, numerous, high-end magnetometers have been in use in close proximity to fault zones for potential earthquake forecasting; however, something is still amiss. The problem still resides with what exactly is forecastable and the investigating direction of EM. After the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, American earthquake investigators predetermined magnetometer use and a minimum earthquake magnitude necessary for EM detection. This action was set in motion, due to the extensive damage incurred and public outrage concerning earthquake forecasting; however, the magnetometers employed, grounded or buried, are completely subject to static and electric fields and have yet to correlate to an identifiable precursor. Secondly, there is neither a networked array for finding any epicentral locations, nor have there been any attempts to find even one. This methodology needs dismissal, because it is overly complicated, subject to continuous change, and provides no response time. As for the minimum magnitude threshold, which was set at M5, this is simply higher than what modern technological advances have gained. Detection can now be achieved at approximately M1, which greatly improves forecasting chances. A propagating precursor has now been detected in both the field and laboratory. Field antenna testing conducted outside the NE Texas town of Timpson in February, 2013, detected three strong EM sources along with numerous weaker signals. The antenna had mobility, and observations were noted for recurrence, duration, and frequency response. Next, two

  16. Effects of precursor on the morphology and size of ZrO{sub 2} nanoparticles, synthesized by sol-gel method in non-aqueous medium

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    Siddiqui, Mohammed Rafiq Hussain; Al-Wassil, Abdulaziz Ibrahim; Mahfouz, Refaat Mohamad [King Saud University, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). Department of Chemistry, College of Science; Al-Otaibi, Abdullah Mohmmed [King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia). The NationalProgram for Advanced Materials and Building Systems

    2012-11-15

    Pure zirconium oxide (ZrO{sub 2}) nanoparticles with diameters 10-25 nm were synthesized from ZrOCl{sub 2}.8H{sub 2}O and Zr(SO{sub 4})2.H{sub 2}O with benzyl alcohol as non-aqueous solvent medium using sol-gel method. Sodium lauryl sulfate was added as surfactants to control the particle size. The synthesized ZrO{sub 2} nanoparticles have a mixture of tetragonal and monoclinic structure. The XRD showed the purity of obtained ZrO{sub 2} nanoparticles with tetragonal and monoclinic phase and the crystallite size for ZrOCl{sub 2}.8H{sub 2}O precursor was estimated to be 18.1 nm and that from Zr(SO{sub 4})2.H{sub 2}O was 9.7 nm. The transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopic studies also shows different sizes of nanoparticles and different morphology depending on the precursor used for the synthesis of ZrO{sub 2} nanoparticles. (author)

  17. Diffuse abdominal gallium-67 citrate uptake in salmonella infections

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    Two pediatric patients with salmonella infections (one with typhoid fever and the second with salmonella C2 gastroenteritis), had a diffuse abdominal uptake of Ga-67 citrate. The possible explanation for this finding is discussed. Salmonella infection should be included as a cause in the differential diagnosis of diffuse accumulation of Ga-67 citrate

  18. Citrate increases glass transition temperature of vitrified sucrose preparations

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    Kets, E.P.W.; Lipelaar, P.J.; Hoekstra, F.A.; Vromans, H.

    2004-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of sodium citrate on the properties of dried amorphous sucrose glasses. Addition of sodium citrate to a sucrose solution followed by freeze-drying or convective drying resulted in a glass transition temperature (T-g) that was higher than the well-s

  19. Injectable citrate-modified Portland cement for use in vertebroplasty.

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    Wynn-Jones, Gareth; Shelton, Richard M; Hofmann, Michael P

    2014-11-01

    The injectability of Portland cement (PC) with several citrate additives was investigated for use in clinical applications such as vertebroplasty (stabilization of a fractured vertebra with bone cement) using a syringe. A 2-wt % addition of sodium or potassium citrate with PC significantly improved cement injectability, decreased cement setting times from over 2 h to below 25 min, while increasing the compressive strength to a maximum of 125 MPa. Zeta-potential measurements indicated that the citrate anion was binding to one or more of the positively charged species causing charged repulsion between cement particles which dispersed aggregates and caused the liquefying effect of the anion. Analysis of the hydrating phases of PC indicated that the early strength producing PC phase (ettringite) developed within the first 2 h of setting following addition of the citrate anion, while this did not occur in the control cement (PC only). Within 24 h ettringite developed in PC as well as calcium-silicate-hydrate (C-S-H), the major setting phase of PC, whereas cements containing citrate did not develop this phase. The evidence suggested that in the presence of citrate the cements limited water supply appeared to be utilized for ettringite formation, producing the early strength of the citrate cements. The present study has demonstrated that it is possible to modify PC with citrate to both improve the injectability and crucially reduce the setting times of PC while improving the strength of the cement. PMID:24711245

  20. 21 CFR 520.622b - Diethylcarbamazine citrate syrup.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Diethylcarbamazine citrate syrup. 520.622b Section... Diethylcarbamazine citrate syrup. (a)(1) Specifications. Each milliliter of syrup contains 60 milligrams of... veterinarian. (b)(1) Specifications. Each milliliter of syrup contains 60 milligrams of...

  1. 21 CFR 520.622c - Diethylcarbamazine citrate chewable tablets.

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    ....622c, see the List of CFR Sections Affected, which appears in the Finding Aids section of the printed... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Diethylcarbamazine citrate chewable tablets. 520... Diethylcarbamazine citrate chewable tablets. (a) Specifications. Each chewable tablet contains 30, 45, 60, 120,...

  2. 21 CFR 520.622a - Diethylcarbamazine citrate tablets.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Diethylcarbamazine citrate tablets. 520.622a... Diethylcarbamazine citrate tablets. (a) Sponsors. (1) See 015579 in § 510.600(c) of this chapter for use of 50, 200, and 400 milligram tablets for prevention of heartworm disease in dogs and as an aid in the...

  3. 21 CFR 520.623 - Diethylcarbamazine citrate, oxibendazole chewable tablets.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Diethylcarbamazine citrate, oxibendazole chewable tablets. 520.623 Section 520.623 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND... § 520.623 Diethylcarbamazine citrate, oxibendazole chewable tablets. (a) Specifications. Each...

  4. Structural Basis for Norovirus Inhibition and Fucose Mimicry by Citrate

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    Hansman, Grant S.; Shahzad-ul-Hussan, Syed; McLellan, Jason S.; Chuang, Gwo-Yu; Georgiev, Ivelin; Shimoike, Takashi; Katayama, Kazuhiko; Bewley, Carole A.; Kwong, Peter D. (NIAID)

    2012-01-20

    Human noroviruses bind with their capsid-protruding domains to histo-blood-group antigens (HBGAs), an interaction thought to direct their entry into cells. Although human noroviruses are the major cause of gastroenteritis outbreaks, development of antivirals has been lacking, mainly because human noroviruses cannot be cultivated. Here we use X-ray crystallography and saturation transfer difference nuclear magnetic resonance (STD NMR) to analyze the interaction of citrate with genogroup II (GII) noroviruses. Crystals of citrate in complex with the protruding domain from norovirus GII.10 Vietnam026 diffracted to 1.4 {angstrom} and showed a single citrate bound at the site of HBGA interaction. The citrate interaction was coordinated with a set of capsid interactions almost identical to that involved in recognizing the terminal HBGA fucose, the saccharide which forms the primary conserved interaction between HBGAs and GII noroviruses. Citrate and a water molecule formed a ring-like structure that mimicked the pyranoside ring of fucose. STD NMR showed the protruding domain to have weak affinity for citrate (460 {mu}M). This affinity, however, was similar to the affinities of the protruding domain for fucose (460 {mu}M) and H type 2 trisaccharide (390 {mu}M), an HBGA shown previously to be specifically recognized by human noroviruses. Importantly, competition STD NMR showed that citrate could compete with HBGA for norovirus binding. Together, the results suggest that citrate and other glycomimetics have the potential to block human noroviruses from binding to HBGAs.

  5. 99mTc-Citrate versus 67Ga-citrate for the scintigraphic visualization of inflammatory lesions

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    Citric acid was labeled with 99mTc with an efficiency of > 99%. The biodistribution of 99mTc-citrate was studied in mice with turpentine-induced abscesses in comparison to 67Ga-citrate. The max. abscess/muscle concentration ratios were 4.61 ± 1.92 (3 h) for 99mTc-citrate and 4.76 ± 2.04 (4 h) for 67Ga-citrate. Arthritis was induced in 10 rabbits by intra-articular injection of ovalbumin Scintigrams obtained 4 days later and at 3 h post-injection of 99mTc-citrate showed increased activity involving the synovium. The max. arthritic/contralateral knee ratio was 3.19 ± 1.29 (3 h) and 6.47 ± 3.71 (24 h) for 99mTc- and 67Ga-citrate, respectively. The blood clearance curve of 99mTc-citrate in rabbits was biexponential with a fast and a slow component, compared to mono-exponential clearance of 67Ga-citrate. In 10 patients with rheumatoid arthritis whole-body scintigrams and spot images of involved joints indicated localization of the tracer in inflamed tissues. The mean target-to-soft tissue ratios were 3.04 ± 0.81 and 4.95 ± 2.56 for 99mTc-citrate and 99mTc-MDP, respectively. Renal clearance of radioactivity was evident from the scintigrams. Our results demonstrated that 99mTc-citrate is effective as a radiopharmaceutical for the visualization of inflammatory lesions and may be preferred to 67Ga-citrate due to the ideal physical characteristics of the radionuclide, easy preparation, low cost, early accumulation and the preference for the renal route of excretion. (Author)

  6. Synthesis of Ag Nanostructures by Photochemical Reduction Using Citrate-Capped Pt Seeds

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    Hyeong-Ho Park

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A simple synthesis of Ag nanostructures such as nanorods and nanowires has been demonstrated with citrate-capped Pt seeds. UV-visible spectra and photographs of the synthesized solutions at different UV exposure times showed that the citrate-capped Pt seed played a crucial role in the growth of Ag nanostructures. After UV exposure of the colloidal solution for 60 min, the average diameter, length, and aspect ratio of the Ag nanostructures were about 95 nm, 2.1 μm, and 22, respectively. The photochemical reduction is hypothesized to result from photoelectron transfer from adsorbed citrate to Pt nanoparticle seed allowing Ag ions to form Ag nanostructures. Based on X-ray diffraction spectra and transmission electron microscope images, the synthesized Ag nanostructures were a face-centered cubic single crystal with good purity. These results suggest that the photochemical reduction method can provide Ag nanostructures in the presence of citrate-capped Pt seeds at room temperature for anisotropic Ag products.

  7. Synthesis of Ag Nanostructures by Photochemical Reduction Using Citrate-Capped Pt Seeds

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    A simple synthesis of Ag nanostructures such as nano rods and nano wires has been demonstrated with citrate-capped Pt seeds. UV-visible spectra and photographs of the synthesized solutions at different UV exposure times showed that the citrate-capped Pt seed played a crucial role in the growth of Ag nano structures. After UV exposure of the colloidal solution for 60?min, the average diameter, length, and aspect ratio of the Ag nano structures were about 95 nm, 2.1μm, and 22, respectively. The photochemical reduction is hypothesized to result from photoelectron transfer from adsorbed citrate to Pt nanoparticle seed allowing Ag ions to form Ag nano structures. Based on X-ray diffraction spectra and transmission electron microscope images, the synthesized Ag nano structures were a face-centered cubic single crystal with good purity. These results suggest that the photochemical reduction method can provide Ag nano structures in the presence of citrate-capped Pt seeds at room temperature for anisotropic Ag products

  8. Synthesis and characterization of biomimetic citrate-based biodegradable composites.

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    Tran, Richard T; Wang, Liang; Zhang, Chang; Huang, Minjun; Tang, Wanjin; Zhang, Chi; Zhang, Zhongmin; Jin, Dadi; Banik, Brittany; Brown, Justin L; Xie, Zhiwei; Bai, Xiaochun; Yang, Jian

    2014-08-01

    Natural bone apatite crystals, which mediate the development and regulate the load-bearing function of bone, have recently been associated with strongly bound citrate molecules. However, such understanding has not been translated into bone biomaterial design and osteoblast cell culture. In this work, we have developed a new class of biodegradable, mechanically strong, and biocompatible citrate-based polymer blends (CBPBs), which offer enhanced hydroxyapatite binding to produce more biomimetic composites (CBPBHAs) for orthopedic applications. CBPBHAs consist of the newly developed osteoconductive citrate-presenting biodegradable polymers, crosslinked urethane-doped polyester and poly (octanediol citrate), which can be composited with up to 65 wt % hydroxyapatite. CBPBHA networks produced materials with a compressive strength of 116.23 ± 5.37 MPa comparable to human cortical bone (100-230 MPa), and increased C2C12 osterix gene and alkaline phosphatase gene expression in vitro. The promising results above prompted an investigation on the role of citrate supplementation in culture medium for osteoblast culture, which showed that exogenous citrate supplemented into media accelerated the in vitro phenotype progression of MG-63 osteoblasts. After 6 weeks of implantation in a rabbit lateral femoral condyle defect model, CBPBHA composites elicited minimal fibrous tissue encapsulation and were well integrated with the surrounding bone tissues. The development of citrate-presenting CBPBHA biomaterials and preliminary studies revealing the effects of free exogenous citrate on osteoblast culture shows the potential of citrate biomaterials to bridge the gap in orthopedic biomaterial design and osteoblast cell culture in that the role of citrate molecules has previously been overlooked. PMID:23996976

  9. Preparation of Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films by sulfurizing stacked precursor thin films via successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction method

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    Earth-abundant Cu2ZnSnS4 is a promising alternative photovoltaic material which has been examined as absorber layer of thin film solar cells. In this study, Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin films have been successfully fabricated by sulfurizing stacked precursor thin films via successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The prepared CZTS thin films have been characterized by X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive spectrometer, Raman spectroscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy, Hall effect measurements and photoelectrochemical tests. Results reveal that the thin films have kesterite structured Cu2ZnSnS4 and the p-type conductivity with a carrier concentration in the order of 1018 cm-3 and an optical band gap of 1.5 eV, which are suitable for applications in thin film solar cells.

  10. Holistic methods of foreign-language instruction as precursors of a renewed interest in the theatre arts for language teaching

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    Udo O.H. Jung

    2013-01-01

    During the last fifteen years new methods of teaching have been introduced to the foreign language teacher who was raised on an audio lingual diet. These teachers prefer teaching to learning, because teaching a subject in accordance with acknowledged tricks of the trade is what teachers are there for. Unfortunately, words such as teaching, learning and method have been semantically disappropriated during the period of change. The audiolinguist conceived teaching as a series of steps anchored ...

  11. A novel solvethermal method for the preparation of magnetic monodisperse Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles II: High-surface-activity ferrihydrite used as precursor

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    Zhao, Sha; Yang, Caiqin [School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang 050017 (China); Yan, Jiawen [School of Chemistry and Materials Sciences, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing (China); Wang, Jing, E-mail: jingwang@home.ipe.ac.cn [School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang 050017 (China)

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: The magnetic monodisperse Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared by novel solvethemal method at moderate temperature using high surface active ferrihydrit and iron powder as precursors in orgnic solvent. - Highlights: • Facile synthesis of organic ligands-coated monodisperse Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles at low temperature. • Low-cost high surface active ferrihydrit and reductive iron powder were used as precursors. • N{sub 2}-free reaction environment. • Organic ligands act as reductive. - Abstract: Magnetic monodisperse Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared from ferrihydrite and iron powder by a novel solvethermal method at moderate temperatures in aqueous and organic solvent media. The effects of temperature and solvent medium on the phase and particle size of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NPs were investigated. The products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry–thermogravimetric analysis, transmission electron microscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometry. At 120 °C in the organic medium, uniform organic-ligand-coated superparamagnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NPs were produced; the particle size increased with the temperature, and the calculated mean particle size was 8.9 nm. At 180 °C in the aqueous medium, pure-phase Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} was obtained. Thus, the organic solvent did not only serve as a solvent but also participated in the reaction. Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} production in the aqueous and organic solvent media had different mechanisms.

  12. Catalytic oxidation of n-hexane promoted by Ce1−xCuxO2 catalysts prepared by one-step polymeric precursor method

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    Ceria-supported copper catalysts (Ce1−xCuxO2, with x (mol) = 0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.10) were prepared in one step through the polymeric precursor method. The textural properties of the catalysts were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Rietveld refinement, N2-physisorption (BET surface area), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), UV–visible diffuse reflectance and photoluminescence spectroscopies and temperature-programmed reduction (TPR). In a previous study ceria-supported copper catalysts were found to be efficient in the preferential oxidation of CO. In this study, we extended the catalytic application of Ce1−xCuxO2 systems to n-hexane oxidation and it was verified that the catalysts were highly efficient in the proposed reaction. The best performance (up to 95% conversion) was observed for the catalysts with low copper loads (Ce0.97Cu0.03O2 and Ce0.99Cu0.01O2, respectively). The physicochemical characterizations revealed that these behaviors could be attributed to the copper species present in the catalysts and the interaction between CuO and CeO2, which vary according to the copper content. - Highlights: • Synthesis of CuO/CeO2 catalysts by the one-step polymeric precursor method. • 95% n-hexane conversion on Ce0.97Cu0.03O2 catalyst. • Redox properties play a key role in the catalytic performance

  13. One-Pot Method for Multifunctional Yolk Structured Nanocomposites with N-doped Carbon Shell Using Polydopamine as Precursor.

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    Zhang, Yanwei; Zhang, Min; Ding, Lei; Wang, Yongtao; Xu, Jingli

    2016-12-01

    Herein, we reported a facile method to prepared uniform yolk like nanocomposites with well-defined N-doped carbon shell (C), in which the cores@SiO2@polydopamine (Pdop) were used as the sacrificed template. Typically, inherited from the functional Au core, the yolk particles presented excellent catalytic activities. PMID:27094826

  14. PET/CT Imaging of Tuberculosis with 68ga-Citrate

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    Mariza Vorster

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The impact of tuberculosis (TB on mortality and morbidity is indisputable worldwide and even more so in countries with a high prevalence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV co-infection. The development of a non-invasive diagnostic tool that is capable of early and accurate detection, staging and follow-up evaluation of tuberculosis is crucial in minimizing its devastating effects. We evaluated PET/CT imaging with a novel tracer, 68Ga-citrate,in this setting. Methods: Thirteen patients with tuberculosis were included in this prospective pilot study and were imaged with 68Gacitrate. A diagnosis of TB was reached with bacteriological or histopathology studies (n=8 or based on a combination of clinical data, biochemistry and imaging (n=5. PET images were acquired at 60 minutes (and 120 minutes where possible and analyzed qualitatively (relative to the liver and semi-quantitatively (using SUVmax and change in SUVmax. PET findings were also compared to that of CT. Results: All 13 patients demonstrated abnormal tracer accumulation in the lungs or extra-pulmonary or both. 68Ga-citrate accumulated in every lung lesion noted on CT in six cases (46%. In seven cases (54% some of the lung lesions noted on CT were not 68Ga-citrate avid, which is suggestive of non-active tuberculosis lesions. Ten patients (77% demonstrated extrapulmonary involvement, which included various lymph node groups, skeletal lesions, pleural-, splenic- and gastro-intestinal tract involvement. More extra-pulmonary lesions were detected on PET compared to CT in eight cases (80%. The results of dual-time point imaging varied significantly amongst study participants. Conclusion: Pulmonary and extra-pulmonary tuberculosis lesions demonstrate 68Ga-citrate accumulation; with more extrapulmonary lesions detected on PET compared to CT. 68Ga-citrate PET may also provide a way of distinguishing active from inactive lesions for treatment response evaluation.

  15. Scintigraphy with 67Ga-citrate of the lymph nodes of children with Hodgkin's disease

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    Positive scintigraphy with 67Ga-citrate in examination of children with Hodgkin's disease is a useful and informative method to exclude primary involvement of the subdiaphragmatic regions of the lymphatic system in a pathological process and to assess the efficacy of therapy of specific lesion of the intrathoracic and retroperitoneal lymph nodes. This method is of utmost importance for a dynamic observation of the lymphatic system of patients in remission, for the detection and determination of site of Hodgkin's disease recurrences

  16. Lattice Constant Dependence on Particle Size for Ceria prepared from a Citrate Sol-Gel

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    Morris, V. N.; Farrell, R. A.; Sexton, A. M.; Morris, M. A.

    2006-02-01

    High surface area ceria nanoparticles have been prepared using a citrate solgel precipitation method. Changes to the particle size have been made by calcining the ceria powders at different temperatures, and X-ray methods used to determine their lattice parameters. The particle sizes have been assessed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and the lattice parameter found to fall with decreasing particle size. The results are discussed in the light of the role played by surface tension effects.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of CuInS2 nanostructure by ultrasonic-assisted method and different precursors

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    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► CuInS2 nanoparticles were synthesized by ultrasonic assisted method. ► CuInS2 nanoparticles obtained after annealing at 350 °C for 1 h. ► The effect of some parameters including ultrasonic was investigated. -- Abstract: This paper reports on the synthesis of CuInS2 nanostructure via an ultrasonic assisted method by employing different sulfur source. Morphology, structure and composition of the obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), scanning electron microscope (SEM), infrared (IR) spectrum, and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The effects of ultrasonic irradiation, power and time of irradiation, surfactant, and type of copper source were investigated.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of CuInS{sub 2} nanostructure by ultrasonic-assisted method and different precursors

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    Mousavi-Kamazani, Mehdi [Institute of Nano Science and Nano Technology, University of Kashan, Kashan, P.O. Box 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Salavati-Niasari, Masoud, E-mail: salavati@kashanu.ac.ir [Institute of Nano Science and Nano Technology, University of Kashan, Kashan, P.O. Box 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Kashan, Kashan, P.O. Box 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Emadi, Hamid [School of Chemistry, University College of Science, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

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    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► CuInS{sub 2} nanoparticles were synthesized by ultrasonic assisted method. ► CuInS{sub 2} nanoparticles obtained after annealing at 350 °C for 1 h. ► The effect of some parameters including ultrasonic was investigated. -- Abstract: This paper reports on the synthesis of CuInS{sub 2} nanostructure via an ultrasonic assisted method by employing different sulfur source. Morphology, structure and composition of the obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), scanning electron microscope (SEM), infrared (IR) spectrum, and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The effects of ultrasonic irradiation, power and time of irradiation, surfactant, and type of copper source were investigated.

  19. The analysis of modifying effect of gold, silver and iron citrates on embryotoxicity of lead acetate in experiment

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    Shatornaya V.F.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Background. Metals and their nanoforms are widely used in modern medicine and veterinary as antimicrobial bandage and films in surgery (silver and also as an agent for targeted delivery of medicines in oncology (gold. At the same time their impact on embryogenesis and reproductive system is still poorly understood. Objective. The purpose of this experimental work was to investigate the possible modification effect of iron, gold and silver citrates on toxicity of low doses of lead acetate on reproductive function and embryogenesis of rats. Methods. 40 female rats were subdivided into 5 groups: 1st – administration of lead acetate; 2nd – lead acetate + gold citrate; 3rd – lead acetate + silver citrate; 4th – lead acetate + iron citrate; 5th – control. Solutions were administered to pregnant rats through a catheter once a day, daily from the 1st to the 19th days of pregnancy. Results. Introduction of ultra-low doses of lead acetate to pregnant female rats caused embryotoxicity; it resulted in significant decrease in the number of alive fetuses (17% and corpora lutea in ovaries. The combined administration of low doses of lead acetate + metal citrates resulted in the increased number of corpora lutea of pregnancy and percentage of alive fetuses, due to a decrease in general and pre-implantation embryonic mortality compared with the 1st experimental group at almost the same weight of fetuses. Conclusion. Results of the experiment have shown that the administration of gold, iron and silver citrates in combination with lead acetate prevents the negative impact of the latter on the reproductive system and on the processes of embryonic development. Citation: Shatornaya VF, Kaplunenko VG, Chekman IS, Garets VI, Beletskaya EN, Nefedova EA, Onul NM. [The analysis of modifying effect of gold, silver and iron citrates on embryotoxicity of lead acetate in experiment]. Morphologia. 2014;8(1:99-103. Russian.

  20. Metformin-letrozole in comparison with Metformin-clomiphene citrate in clomiphene-resistance PCOS patients undergoing IUI

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    Mohammad Hossein Fallahzadeh

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS is associated with approximately 75% of women who suffer from infertility due to anovulation. Additionally, around 20– 25% of anovulatory women with PCOS do not respond at all to clomiphene citrate and are considered to be “clomiphene– resistant”. Aromatase inhibitors have been suggested as an alternative treatment to clomiphene as the discrepancy between ovulation and pregnancy rates with clomiphene citrate has been attributed to its anti-estrogenic action and estrogen receptor depletion. Objective: The aim of this study is to compare results of Metformin-letrozole with Metformin-clomiphene citrate in clomiphene resistance PCOS patients undergoing IUI.Materials and Methods: In this single blind randomized trial, ovarian cycles were studied in 100 clomiphene- resistant patients with PCOS. The inclusion criteria were patients who received 150mg clomiphene citrate daily for 3 cycles and failed to become pregnant. The patients were matched for their age, body mass index (BMI, and infertility period. They were randomly allocated to a metformin-letrozole group (n=50 and a metformin-clomiphene citrate group (n=50. Chemical and clinical pregnancies were assessed after IUI. Abortion rates were determined in both groups. Results: Regarding pregnancy rate, there was no significant difference between the two groups. One miscarriage (2% occurred in the metformin-clomiphene citrate group, whereas none was seen in the metformin-letrozole group. Conclusion: There is no significant difference in pregnancy rate between clomiphene citrate and letrozole groups although it has been 2% in the former and 5% in the latter.

  1. Role of Ga-67 citrate imaging in pancreatitis

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    Aburano, T.; Yokoyama, K.; Hisada, K.; Kakuma, K.; Ichiyanagi, K.

    1988-11-01

    Two patients with pancreatitis in whom an area of predominant uptake of Ga-67 citrate was demonstrated involving the entire pancreas are presented. Ultrasound and x-ray CT did not reveal any morphologic abnormalities in the pancreas, whereas Ga-67 citrate imaging indicated the presence of active inflammatory change. Ga-67 citrate imaging may be useful in confirming the diagnosis of acute pancreatitis or acute exacerbation of chronic pancreatitis based on clinical and laboratory data, especially when ultrasound and/or x-ray CT cannot reveal any morphologic abnormalities in the pancreas.

  2. Holistic methods of foreign-language instruction as precursors of a renewed interest in the theatre arts for language teaching

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    Udo O.H. Jung

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available During the last fifteen years new methods of teaching have been introduced to the foreign language teacher who was raised on an audio lingual diet. These teachers prefer teaching to learning, because teaching a subject in accordance with acknowledged tricks of the trade is what teachers are there for. Unfortunately, words such as teaching, learning and method have been semantically disappropriated during the period of change. The audiolinguist conceived teaching as a series of steps anchored in the logic of behaviourism, while to the methodologist of today teaching seems to be more or less identical with waiting for learning to happen. The author gives brief descriptions of some methodologies, establishes the metaphor of theatre arts as a suitable denominator for all holistic methods and presents arguments in favour of a revival of the theatre arts as a means of promoting foreign language learning. Gedurende die laaste vyftien jaar is verskeie rtuwe metodes vir dieaanleer van vreemde tale bekendgestel. Vir die onderwyser in vreemde tale wat nog opgegroei het in 'n oudiolinguale atmosfeer is dit uiteraard vreemd. Hierdie onderwysers het nog onderrig verkies eerder as aanleer. Die onderrig van 'n vak in ooreenstemming met erkende kunsgrepe is immers waarvoor onderwysers daar is. Gedurende die periode van verandering is daar egter op semantiese vlak 'n vraagteken geplaas oor woorde soos "onderrig", "aanleer" en "metode". Vir die oudiolinguis is onderrig 'n reeks stappe wat vloei uit die logika van die behaviorisme, terwyl die metodoloog van vandag onderrig eerder si en as 'n wagproses op leer om te gebeur. Die outeur gee kort beskrywings van sekere metodes, hy beklemtoon die uitvoerende kunste as toepaslike gemene deler vir alle holistiese metodes en hy bepleit 'n herlewing van die teaterkunste as 'n manier om die aanleer van vreemde tale te bevorder.

  3. Synthesis of carbon nanotubes by catalytic pyrolysis method with Feitknecht compound as precursor of NiZnAl catalyst

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    Yan Xiaoqi; Liu Quanrun; Zhang Songlin; Zhang Kun; Chen Jiuling; Li Yongdan

    2004-01-01

    Carbon nanotubes are synthesized by catalytic pyrolysis method with a kind of new type catalyst--nickel-zinc-alumina catalyst prepared from Feitknecht compound. Tubular carbon nanotubes, bamboo-shaped carbon naotubes, herringbone carbon nanotubues and branched carbon nanotubes are all found formed at moderate temperature. It is important for the formation of quasi-liquid state of the metal nanoparticles at the tip of carbon naotubes during the growth of carbon nanotubes to lead to different kinds of carbon nanotubes. It is likely that the addition of zinc make the activity of nickel catalyst after calcinations and reduction changed strangely.

  4. A Retrospective Review of the Use of Regional Citrate Anticoagulation in Continuous Venovenous Hemofiltration for Critically Ill Patients

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    Anne Kit-Hung Leung

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. The emergence of a commercially prepared citrate solution has revolutionized the use of RCA in the intensive care unit (ICU. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety profile of a commercially prepared citrate solution. Method. Predilution continuous venovenous hemofiltration (CVVH was performed using Prismocitrate 10/2 at 2500 mL/h and a blood flow rate of 150 mL/min. Calcium chloride solution was infused to maintain ionized calcium within 1.0–1.2 mmol/L. An 8.4% sodium bicarbonate solution was infused separately. Treatment was stopped when the predefined clinical target was reached or the filter clotted. Result. 58 sessions of citrate RCA were analyzed. The median circuit lifetime was 26.0 h (interquartile range IQR 21.2–44.3. The percentage of circuits lasting more than 12 h, 24 h, and 48 h was 94.6%, 58.9%, and 16.1%, respectively. There was no incidence of hypernatremia and median pH was 2.5, only four patients had evidence of citrate accumulation. Conclusion. The commercially prepared citrate solution could be used safely in critically ill patients who required CVVH with no major adverse events.

  5. Extended letrozole regimen versus clomiphene citrate for superovulation in patients with unexplained infertility undergoing intrauterine insemination: A randomized controlled trial

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    Sayed Ahmed M

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The aim of this randomized controlled trial was to compare the efficacy of extended letrozole regimen with clomiphene citrate in women with unexplained infertility undergoing superovulation and intrauterine insemination (IUI. Methods Two hundred and fourteen patients with unexplained infertility were randomized into two equal groups using computer generated list and were treated by either letrozole 2.5 mg/day from cycle day 1 to 9 (extended letrozole group, 211 cycles or clomiphene citrate 100 mg/day from cycle day 3 to 7 (clomiphene citrate group,210 cycles. Intrauterine insemination was performed 36 to 40 hours after HCG administration. Results Both groups were comparable with regard to number of mature follicles (2.24 +/- 0.80 Vs 2.13 +/- 0.76 and the day of HCG administration. Serum estradiol was significantly greater in clomiphene citrate group (356 +/- 151 Vs 822 +/- 302 pg/ml, P = Conclusion The extended letrozole regimen had a superior efficacy as compared with clomiphene citrate in patients of unexplained infertility undergoing superovulation and IUI. Trial registration ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT01232075

  6. Role of Citrate Ions in the Phosphonate-based Inhibitor System for Mild Steel in Aqueous Chloride Media

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    G. Gunasekaran

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The corrosion inhibition efficiency of phosphonic acid and its derivatives for the inhibition of corrosion of mild steel in neutral chloride media is decided by its ability to form protectivefilm over the surface. In this context, the effect of addition of metal cations and certain organic compounds, such as citrate in conjugation with phosphonic acid to impart synergistic corrosion inhibition has been explored. The experiments were carried out using various concentrations of trisodium citrate and zinc ions in an aqueous solution of 2-carboxyethyl phosphonic acid (2CEPA at 25 ppm. The corrosion characteristics have been determined using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy together with determination of corrosion rate by weight-loss method. It has been observed that a combination of inhibitive ions, namely citrate, ZCEPA, and zinc ions at 25 ppm gives 96 per cent inhibition efficiency and this corrosion inhibition is due to the formation of a protective film. By increasing the concentration of citrate beyond 25 ppm, the corrosion inhibition efficiency decreases. This paper discusses the role of citrate and zinc ions in imparting added corrosion inhibition ability using 2CEPA on the basis of experimental results.

  7. Preparation and in vitro characterization of poly (epsilon-caprolactone-based tamoxifen citrate-loaded cylindrical subdermal implant for breast cancer

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    Hiremath Jagadeesh

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present study cylindrical poly(epsilon-caprolactone (PCL-based biodegradable polymeric tamoxifen citrate-loaded subdermal implants were prepared by laboratory-based modified melt extrusion technique. The prepared implants were evaluated for their physicochemical parameters. Drug content in implants by high-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC method, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, X-ray diffraction (XRD and scanning electron microscope (SEM studies of tamoxifen citrate-loaded implants. Determination of in vitro hydrolytic degradation of polymeric and tamoxifen citrate-loaded implants and in vitro drug release was carried out by using indigenously developed dissolution apparatus. DSC and XRD studies proved that the drug is entrapped in the implant. The highest rate of hydrolytic degradation (weight loss was observed in blank implants when compared to tamoxifen citrate-loaded implants. The studies proved that the developed method have potential in terms of industrial feasibility.

  8. Injectable citrate-modified Portland cement for use in vertebroplasty

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    Wynn-Jones, Gareth; Shelton, Richard M.; Hofmann, Michael P

    2014-01-01

    The injectability of Portland cement (PC) with several citrate additives was investigated for use in clinical applications such as vertebroplasty (stabilization of a fractured vertebra with bone cement) using a syringe. A 2-wt % addition of sodium or potassium citrate with PC significantly improved cement injectability, decreased cement setting times from over 2 h to below 25 min, while increasing the compressive strength to a maximum of 125 MPa. Zeta-potential measurements indicated that the...

  9. Modulatory Effect of Citrate Reduced Gold and Biosynthesized Silver Nanoparticles on α-Amylase Activity

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    Kantrao Saware; Ravindra Mahadappa Aurade; Kamala Jayanthi, P. D.; Venkataraman Abbaraju

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    Amylase is one of the important digestive enzymes involved in hydrolysis of starch. In this paper, we describe a novel approach to study the interaction of amylase enzyme with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) and checked its catalytic function. AuNPs are synthesized using citrate reduction method and AgNPs were synthesized using biological route employing Ficus benghalensis and Ficus religiosa leaf extract as a reducing and stabilizing agent to reduce silver nitrate...

  10. Chemical synthesis of nanocrystalline magnesium aluminate spinel via nitrate-citrate combustion route

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    Saberi, Ali [Ceramic Division, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: ASaberi@IUST.ac.ir; Golestani-Fard, Farhad; Sarpoolaky, Hosein [Ceramic Division, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Willert-Porada, Monika; Gerdes, Thorsten [Chair of Materials Processing, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth (Germany); Simon, Reinhard [Chair of Ceramic Materials Engineering, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth (Germany)

    2008-08-25

    Nanocrystalline magnesium aluminate spinel (MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}) was synthesized using metal nitrates, citric acid and ammonium solutions. The precursor and the calcined powders at different temperatures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), simultaneous thermal analysis (STA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The combustion mechanism was also studied by a quadrupole mass spectrometer (QMS) which coupled to STA. The generated heat through the combustion of the mixture of ammonium nitrate and citrate based complexes decreased the synthesis temperature of MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel. The synthesized MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel at 900 deg. C has faced shape with crystallite size in the range of 18-24 nm.

  11. Chemical synthesis of nanocrystalline magnesium aluminate spinel via nitrate-citrate combustion route

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    Nanocrystalline magnesium aluminate spinel (MgAl2O4) was synthesized using metal nitrates, citric acid and ammonium solutions. The precursor and the calcined powders at different temperatures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), simultaneous thermal analysis (STA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The combustion mechanism was also studied by a quadrupole mass spectrometer (QMS) which coupled to STA. The generated heat through the combustion of the mixture of ammonium nitrate and citrate based complexes decreased the synthesis temperature of MgAl2O4 spinel. The synthesized MgAl2O4 spinel at 900 deg. C has faced shape with crystallite size in the range of 18-24 nm

  12. Optimalization of Poly(neutral red Coated-wire Electrode for Determination of Citrate in Soft Drinks

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    Vladimír Král

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available This report presents an optimization of potentiometric measurements withcitrate-selective electropolymerized poly(neutral red electrodes. The optimal backgroundelectrolyte for these measurements is a TRIS buffer with nitrate at pH 8.5. The electrodesdescribed here exhibit stable and reproducible near-Nernstian response to citrates with alow detection limit of 6 × 10-6 M. Electrodes polymerized from sulfuric acid andacetonitrile are compared in detail. Simple and sensitive method for quantification ofcitrate in real-life samples by potentiometry with poly(neutral red electrodes arepresented. Data from potentiometric measurements of citrate are compared with capillaryelectrophoresis.

  13. Magnetic properties in oriented platelet Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles prepared by the polyol method using α-FeOOH as precursors

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    Kishimoto, Mikio, E-mail: kishimoto.mikio.gb@u.tsukuba.ac.jp; Isaka, Daiki; Horiuchi, Akari; Yanagihara, Hideto; Kita, Eiji

    2014-02-15

    Magnetic properties of platelet Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles were studied to apply them to magnetic hyperthermia or thermoablation using hysteresis-loss heating. As precursor materials, platelet α-FeOOH particles were synthesized by a hydrothermal treatment of the precipitated Fe{sup 3+} ions in an alkaline solution of ethanolamine. Spinel-structured iron oxide particles were obtained from the platelet α-FeOOH particles by a liquid-phase reduction process using tetra-ethylene glycol as the reducing agent and were recognized as platelet particles with size 30–100 nm by transmission electron microscopy. Their chemical composition and crystal structure were confirmed to be that of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} by X-ray diffraction and Mössbauer analyses. The coercive force and saturation magnetization of the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles were 11.9 kA/m and 77.9 Am{sup 2}/kg, respectively. A tape was prepared by orientating the platelet Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles in such a way that the particle planes were parallel to the tape plane. The calculated magnetic anisotropy field of the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles was about two times larger than the in-plane coercive force of 12.6 kA/m of the oriented tape. The saturation field in direction perpendicular to the oriented tape was 390 kA/m, which is close to the demagnetizing field in the platelet Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles. - Highlights: • Synthesis of platelet Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles with size 30–100 nm by polyol method using α-FeOOH as precursors. • Application of platelet Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles to magnetic hyperthermia or thermoablation using hysteresis-loss heating. • Liquid-phase reduction process using tetra-ethylene glycol as reducing agent. • Evaluation of magnetic properties using a oriented tape so that the particle planes are parallel to the tape plane. • Comparison of coercive force with the magnetic anisotropy field in platelet Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles.

  14. Fe doping effect on the structural, magnetic and surface properties of SnO2 nanoparticles prepared by a polymer precursor method

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    Aragón, F. H.; Coaquira, J. A. H.; Gonzalez, I.; Nagamine, L. C. C. M.; Macedo, W. A. A.; Morais, P. C.

    2016-04-01

    In this study the structural, magnetic and surface characterization of Fe-doped SnO2 nanopowders synthesized by a polymer precursor method is presented. The x-ray diffraction (XRD) data analysis shows the formation of rutile-type structure for all samples. For Fe-content up to 5.0 mol% lattice constants and unit cell volume values suggest substitutional solution of Fe3+- and Sn4+-ions in the SnO2 matrix and the likely generation of oxygen vacancies to account for charge compensation. Above 5.0 mol% Fe-content the entrance of Fe3+-ions into interstitial sites seems to be the dominant regime. Magnetic measurements confirm the ferric valence state and suggest the coexistence of weak ferromagnetic (FM) with strong paramagnetic (PM) phases. Using the bound magnetic polaron (BMP) model the FM contribution has been associated to electrons trapped within oxygen vacancies (donor electrons) that form BMPs which overlap to create a spin-split impurity band. Despite the small size of the particles no evidence of thermal relaxation effects has been observed, which was assigned to the formation of aggregates of strongly interacting naked particles. Above  ≈1.0 mol% Fe-content, the antiferromagnetic (AFM) interaction associated to Fe-clusters seems to be dominant and only a PM phase is observed. These results are consistent with XPS data analysis which indicates that the magnetic properties are strongly correlated with the surface properties of the particles.

  15. Surface morphology, optical and electrochemical properties of undoped and Ni-doped CeO2 thin films prepared by polymeric precursor method

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    Khosousi Sani, Zara; Esmaeli Ghodsi, Farhad; Mazloom, Jamal

    2016-04-01

    In this study, undoped and Ni-doped CeO2 thin films were deposited onto glass and ITO substrates by polymeric precursor (Pechini) method. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the ceria thin film has a cerianite structure with the average crystallite size of 14 nm while the doped samples are amorphous. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) confirmed the presence of predominant Ce4+ oxidation state of ceria and Ni2+ in the films. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrographs showed that the surface texture is crack free and the CeO2 grains regularly distributed on the surface. Optical constant (refractive index and extinction coefficient) and thickness of films were calculated using pointwise unconstraint minimization approach. The optical transmittance increases and the absorption edge has a blue shift by Ni incorporation. The highest band gap value (i.e., 3.43 eV) was obtained for 2.5 mol.% Ni doping sample. The refractive index and extinction coefficient of ceria films were decreased by Ni doping. The evaluated thicknesses are in the range of 150-170 nm. The strength of interband transition was appraised as a function of nickel content by using dielectric function. Luminescent emission intensity of the ceria film was enhanced by Ni doping. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurement revealed that the total charge density and ion storage capacitance of ceria thin film were increased by Ni doping.

  16. Synthesis and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanoparticles prepared by chemical vapor condensation method with different precursor concentration and residence time.

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    Chin, Sungmin; Park, Eunseuk; Kim, Minsu; Bae, Gwi-Nam; Jurng, Jongsoo

    2011-10-15

    Nanosized TiO(2) photocatalysts were synthesized using a chemical vapor condensation method under a range of synthesis conditions (precursor vapor concentration and residence time in a tubular electric furnace). X-ray diffraction showed that the prepared TiO(2) powders consisted mainly of anatase (>94%) with a small amount of rutile. The mean particle diameter from the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area and transmission electron microscopy measurements ranged from 9.4 to 16.6 nm. The specific surface area (92.5-163.5 m(2) g(-1)) of the prepared TiO(2) powders was found to be dependent on the synthesis conditions. The content of hydroxyl groups on the surface of the prepared TiO(2) sample was higher than those on commercial TiO(2), resulting in increased photocatalytic oxidation. The photocatalytic activity of the TiO(2) samples prepared in a methylene blue solution was strongly dependent on the crystallinity and specific surface area, which were affected by the TTIP vapor concentration and residence time. PMID:21802692

  17. Bismuth-doped Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} absorber prepared by multi-layer precursor method and its solar cell

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    Chantana, Jakapan; Hironiwa, Daisuke; Minemoto, Takashi [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, 1-1-1 Nojihigashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577 (Japan); Watanabe, Taichi; Teraji, Seiki; Kawamura, Kazunori [Environment and Energy Research Center, Nitto Denko Corporation, 2-8 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan)

    2015-06-15

    Bismuth (Bi)-doped Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} (CIGS) films were prepared by the so-called ''multi-layer precursor method'', obtained by depositing them onto Bi layers with various thicknesses on Mo-coated soda-lime glass (SLG) substrates. Material composition (Cu, In, Ga, and Se) profiles of the CIGS films are almost identical, whereas sodium (Na) is reduced, when Bi thickness is increased. Moreover, the incorporation of Bi into the CIGS film is enhanced with thicker Bi layer. With Bi thickness from 0 to 70 nm, the 2.4-μm-thick CIGS absorbers demonstrate the increase in CIGS grain size, carrier lifetime, and carrier concentration, thus improving their cell performances, especially open-circuit voltage (V{sub OC}). With further increase in Bi thickness of above 70 nm, the CIGS films show the deterioration of CIGS film quality owing to the formation of Bi compounds such as Bi, BiSe, and Bi{sub 4}Se{sub 3}. Consequently, Bi-doped CIGS absorber with thickness of 2.4 μm, prepared with the 70-nm-thick Bi layer on Mo-coated SLG substrate, gives rise to the improvement of photovoltaic performances, especially V{sub OC}. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  18. Citrate-release-mediated aluminum resistance is coupled to the inducible expression of mitochondrial citrate synthase gene in Paraserianthes falcataria.

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    Osawa, Hiroki; Kojima, Katsumi

    2006-05-01

    Aluminum (Al) resistance in some leguminous plants is achieved by enhanced citrate release from roots. Enhancement requires several hours for complete activation and is postulated to involve Al-responsive genes or components. We examined the mechanism of Al-induced citrate release by studying the relationship between citrate release and expression of the mitochondrial citrate synthase (mCS) gene in three leguminous trees. Root elongation in Leucaena leucocephala (Lam.) de Wit was arrested within 24 h by 30 microM Al, whereas root elongation in Paraserianthes falcataria (L.) Neilson and Acacia mangium Willd. was inhibited mangium maintained enhanced release and accumulation of citrate for at least 28 days in response to Al treatment. Aluminum increased the accumulation of mCS transcripts in P. falcataria roots, but not in L. leucocephala roots, and thus up-regulation decreased following removal of Al. Lanthanum did not alter the expression level of mCS. Aluminum increased mCS activity concomitantly with enhanced mCS gene expression in P. falcataria, whereas it did not affect mCS activity in L. leucocephala. Aluminum content in root apices of P. falcataria was increased by cycloheximide, supporting the idea that de novo synthesis of proteins is a prerequisite for Al resistance. Our findings suggest that Al-inducible expression of mCS coupled with enhanced citrate release mediates Al resistance in P. falcataria. PMID:16452070

  19. Clinical application of on oral MR contrast agent ferric ammonium citrate

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    Objective: To investigate the efficiency of oral ferric ammonium citrate (FAC) as a negative gastrointestinal contrast agent in magnetic resonance imaging. Methods: Altogether 50 patients were selected. MRCP was performed for twenty patients; MRU, for twenty patients; and pelvic MR, for ten patients. Image assessment was based on the difference between non-oral FAC and oral FAC by same parameters. Results: MRCP performed 15 minutes after oral FAC could delete effectively interference of liquid in the stomach and duodenum. MRU and pelvic MR performed 40 minutes after oral FAC could delete effectively interference of liquid in the jejunum, ileum and colon. Conclusion: The clinical application of oral ferric ammonium citrate as a negative gastrointestinal contrast agent can improve image quality significantly in MRCP, MRU and pelvic MR. (authors)

  20. Comparison of Ga-67 citrate images obtained with rectilinear scanner and large-field Anger camera

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    Two methods for Ga-67 citrate imaging were compared on 20 patients. Scans were performed using approximately equal procedure time with two instruments: a dual 5-in. rectilinear scanner with medium-energy collimator, with a single window spanning both the 93-keV and the 185-keV spectral peaks; and a large-field (15-in. diam) Anger camera equipped with moving table, medium-energy collimator, and three windows covering the 93-keV, 185-keV, and 300-keV peaks separately. Sixteen abnormal sites and 24 normal sites were selected for comparison. Each site was evaluated by four physicians experienced in interpreting Ga-67 citrate images. The observers performed significantly better using the images obtained with the large-field camera (three windows) than with the dual 5-in. scanner

  1. Sodium citrate-assisted anion exchange strategy for construction of Bi2O2CO3/BiOI photocatalysts

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    Highlights: • Heterostructured Bi2O2CO3/BiOI microspheres were prepared via anion exchange. • Sodium citrate-assisted anion exchange for construction of composite photocatalysts. • Bi2O2CO3/BiOI composites show high visible light photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: Bi2O2CO3/BiOI heterojuncted photocatalysts were constructed through a facile partial anion exchange strategy starting from BiOI microspheres and urea with the assistance of sodium citrate. The content of Bi2O2CO3 in the catalysts was regulated by modulating the amount of urea as a precursor, which was decomposed to generate CO32− in the hydrothermal process. Citrate anion plays a key role in controlling the morphology and composition of the products. The Bi2O2CO3/BiOI catalysts display much higher photocatalytic activity than pure BiOI and Bi2O2CO3 towards the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) and bisphenol A (BPA). The enhancement of photocatalytic activity of the heterojuncted catalysts is attributed to the formation of p–n junction between p-BiOI and n-Bi2O2CO3, which is favorable for retarding the recombination of photoinduced electron-hole pairs. Moreover, the holes are demonstrated to be the main active species for the degradation of RhB and BPA

  2. Rapid synthesis of macrocycles from diol precursors

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    Wingstrand, Magnus; Madsen, Charlotte Marie; Clausen, Mads Hartvig

    2009-01-01

    A method for the formation of synthetic macrocycles with different ring sizes from diols is presented. Reacting a simple diol precursor with electrophilic reagents leads to a cyclic carbonate, sulfite or phosphate in a single step in 25-60% yield. Converting the cyclization precursor to a bis...

  3. QUANTITATIVE DETERMINATION OF SILDENAFIL CITRATE IN COMMERCIAL TABLET DOSAGE FORM MARKETED IN MAIDUGURI METROPOLITAN COUNCIL (MMC

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    Sani Ali Audu

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available A quantitative analysis was carried out to determine the claimed content of sildenafil citrate present in commercial tablet dosage forms of different brands, using the reference standard from the developed method for assay of sildenafil citrate. Nine different samples were analysed using HPLC and UV- Spectrophotometric method.For the HPLC and UV Spectrophotometer result, Pramo V has a percentage content of 103.7% and 102.6%, power 97.5 and 96.5% Man- up 95.2% and 96.9%, soga 104.2% and 104.6, caverta 101.9% and 100.2%, Homograe 102.8% and 100.5% , Teagra 99.0% and 98.4%, vega 91.3% and 91.4% and ceagra 109.1% and 114.4% , respectively. It was observed that both vega and ceagra samples has a percentage concentration of 91.3, 91.4% and 109.1% , 114.4% respectively. They thus failed the analysis test as the percentage content did not fall within the standard range of 95%-105%Based on the result obtained, about 78% of drugs that contain sildenafil citrate passed the analysis, while 22% failed.

  4. Ytterbium 169 citrate in the diagnosis of lung opacities of cancerous origin

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    Lung scintigraphy for tumour exploration has been widely studied for some years, but unfortunately with the many radioisotopes used at present this examination is not entirely reliable. It seemed interesting therefore to investigate a new tracer, 169Yb citrate, the properties of which were demonstrated recently by HISADA. To estimate the specificity of this tracer we chose 62 records of different bronchopulmonary diseases. After an introductory review of various diagnostic methods the physical and physiological characteristics of ytterbium citrate and its method of use are described, then the records examined are presented and our thoughts and conclusions discussed. 169Yb citrate possesses excellent biophysical properties for tumour scintigraphy but this isotope, though causing no radioactive pollution, delivers an appreciable irradiation dose to the patient examined. It has a positive tropism for pathological lung images. The fixation index of the documents taken separately, apart from that of the 14th day, cannot distinguish between benign and malignant diseases. This is possible with the kinetic uptake curve and the index ratios for the 2nd and 14th days. With these diagnostic criteria the overall results are better than those obtained with other commonly used radioisotopes: true positives 70%, false negatives 11%, false positives 4.5%

  5. Preparation of lead titanate zirconate from metal citrates

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    Lead titanate zirconate (PZT) preparation from its metal constituent citrates have been investigated. Metal citrates were obtained by forced precipitation using a dehydration alcohol mixture. Salt solutions of lead nitrate and octahydrated zirconyl chloride, and titanium tetrachloride were treated separately with citric acid and ammonium hydroxide. Zirconium, titanium and lead oxides resulted from thermal decomposition of corresponding citrates at 5000 C, 4500 C and 2500 C, respectively. Lead titanate (PT) and lead zirconate (P Z) were obtained by calcining at 4500 C and 5000 C, respectively, after adequate heating of citrates mechanically mixed in ethyl ether. PZT samples were obtained with different starting stoichiometry. Rhombohedral PZT-1 53/47 sample was prepared from co precipitating zirconyl ammonium and ammonium lead citrates in presence of ethanolic titanium oxide dispersion, and calcinating at 8000 C. Rhombohedral PZT-q 52/48 sample was obtained from heating at 5000 C for 2 hours a mixture of metal citrates coprecipitated by dehydration mixture of acetone-ethanol-formic acid (2:1:0,06). Tetragonal PZT-m stoichiometry 53/47 sample were obtained by calcining at after 6000 C for 2 hours after heating a mechanically mixed metal citrates. PT phase arose at 4000 C. PZT-m powders obtained in a range of 4000 C-8000 C were isostatically pressed, and sintered at 11000 C and 12000 C in saturated Pb O atmosphere. Rhombohedral sintered PZT was obtained with 7,78 g.cm-3 at 12000 C. (author). 123 refs, 53 figs, 32 tabs

  6. Alkali absorption and citrate excretion in calcium nephrolithiasis

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    Sakhaee, K.; Williams, R. H.; Oh, M. S.; Padalino, P.; Adams-Huet, B.; Whitson, P.; Pak, C. Y.

    1993-01-01

    The role of net gastrointestinal (GI) alkali absorption in the development of hypocitraturia was investigated. The net GI absorption of alkali was estimated from the difference between simple urinary cations (Ca, Mg, Na, and K) and anions (Cl and P). In 131 normal subjects, the 24 h urinary citrate was positively correlated with the net GI absorption of alkali (r = 0.49, p < 0.001). In 11 patients with distal renal tubular acidosis (RTA), urinary citrate excretion was subnormal relative to net GI alkali absorption, with data from most patients residing outside the 95% confidence ellipse described for normal subjects. However, the normal relationship between urinary citrate and net absorbed alkali was maintained in 11 patients with chronic diarrheal syndrome (CDS) and in 124 stone-forming patients devoid of RTA or CDS, half of whom had "idiopathic" hypocitraturia. The 18 stone-forming patients without RTA or CDS received potassium citrate (30-60 mEq/day). Both urinary citrate and net GI alkali absorption increased, yielding a significantly positive correlation (r = 0.62, p < 0.0001), with the slope indistinguishable from that of normal subjects. Thus, urinary citrate was normally dependent on the net GI absorption of alkali. This dependence was less marked in RTA, confirming the renal origin of hypocitraturia. However, the normal dependence was maintained in CDS and in idiopathic hypocitraturia, suggesting that reduced citrate excretion was largely dietary in origin as a result of low net alkali absorption (from a probable relative deficiency of vegetables and fruits or a relative excess of animal proteins).

  7. Precursor incident program at EDF

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    The precursor program was started by EDF in 1994, after an investigation of the US NRC's Accident Sequence Precursor Program. Since then, reported operational events identified as Safety Outstanding Events have been analyzed whenever possible using probabilistic methods based on PSAs. Analysis provides an estimate of the remaining protection against core damage at the time the incident occurred. Measuring the incidents' severity enables to detect incidents important regarding safety. Moreover, the most efficient feedback actions can be derived from the main accident sequences identified through the analysis. Therefore, incident probabilistic analysis provides a way to assess priorities in terms of treatment and resource allocation, and so, to implement countermeasures preventing further occurrence and development of the most significant incidents. As some incidents cannot be analyzed using this method, probabilistic analysis can only be one among the methods used to assess the nuclear power plants' safety level. Nevertheless, it provides an interesting complement to classical methods of deterministic studies. (author)

  8. Pseudohypernatremia secondary to trisodium citrate (Citra-LockTM)

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    Milliere, Janice; Corriveau, Daryl; Parmar, Malvinder S.

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Hypernatremia is common among hospitalized patients especially in the intensive care units and presents an independent risk factor for mortality. Mild hypernatremia is often asymptomatic but severe hypernatremia causes central nervous system dysfunction with initial non-specific symptoms of encephalopathy that may progress to seizures, coma and death, if left untreated. Severe hypernatremia is a medical emergency and requires emergent medical attention. Materials and methods A haemodialysis patient who arrived for his scheduled haemodialysis treatment had monthly blood work drawn and was reported to have severe hypernatremia with serum sodium concentration of 183 mmol/L. The possibility of technique or laboratory error was considered and systematically evaluated. Results The serum sodium measurement using another analyser showed similar value of 182 mmolL. A repeat serum sodium level on a sample drawn 2 h later showed normal value of 139–140 mmol/L. A step-wise evaluation of the complete procedure from blood collection to analysis of the sample revealed this to be spuriously elevated serum sodium concentration secondary to contamination of the sample during sample collection with trisodium citrate, a catheter-lock solution, commonly used in dialysis units to maintain patency of dialysis catheters. Conclusions Spuriously elevated plasma sodium concentration (pseudohypernatremia) of mild degree is common but severe pseudohypernatremia is rare and the possibility of sample contaminations or laboratory error should be considered. Vigilance is required by both the medical and the laboratory staff to resolve such issues in a timely fashion to avoid unintended consequences. PMID:27346973

  9. Anticaries effect of dentifrices with calcium citrate and sodium trimetaphosphate

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    Alberto Carlos Botazzo Delbem

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Because of the growing concerns regarding fluoride ingestion by young children and dental fluorosis, it is necessary to develop new dentifrices. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of dentifrices with calcium citrate (Cacit and sodium trimetaphosphate (TMP on enamel demineralization. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Enamel blocks (n=70, previously selected through surface hardness analysis, were submitted to daily treatment with dentifrices diluted in artificial saliva and to a pH-cycling model. The fluoride concentration in dentifrices was 0, 250, 450, 550, 1,000 and 1,100 µg F/g. CrestTM was used as a positive control (1,100 mg F/g. Cacit (0.25% and TMP (0.25% were added to dentifrices with 450 and 1,000 µg F/g. Surface hardness was measured again and integrated loss of subsurface hardness and fluoride concentration in enamel were calculated. Parametric and correlation tests were used to determine difference (p0.05. CONCLUSIONS: Dentifrices with 450 and 1,000 µg F/g, Cacit and TMP were as effective as a gold standard one.

  10. Effect of calcium citrate on bone integration in a rabbit femur defect model

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    Wei Zhang; Peng-Fei Nie; Xiu-Cui Li; Ferdinand An Rompis; Hang Huang; Hua Zhang; Zhong-Lin Mu; Lei Peng; Wei Wang; Qing-Yu Chen; Zhong-Qin Lin; Shao-Wen Cheng; Dong-Quan Kou; Xiao-Zhou Ying; Yue Shen; Xiao-Jie Cheng

    2012-01-01

    ABSTRACT Objective:To explore effect of calcium citrate on bone integration in a rabbit femur defect model, and to compare the bone formation with different sizes by radiological and histological study. Methods:Twenty-four male Japanese white rabbits were randomly divided into three groups (GroupA, B, C) in this study. Under anesthesia, defects of four sizes (1.2, 1.5, 2.0 and2.5 mm) were created in each of the rabbits. Commercially pure calcium citrate powder was placed inside the medullary compartment of the femur (Experimental), while in the contralateral femur (Control) nothing was implanted. The defects were analyzed using radiography and histological analysis by using Imagepro-Plus6.0 software after animal was sacrificed at 4th(GroupA), 6th(GroupB) and8th(GroupC) weeks postoperatively. Four samples were analyzed for each size of defect and each healing period.Results:The histological and the radiologic evaluation were performed after sacrification of all rabbits on postoperative4th and6th weeks, It showed significant difference between the experimental group and the control group when these defects were less than or equal to2.0 mm. No statistical difference was observed when these defects were larger than2.0 mm at all healing periods except at the4th week.Conclusions: Calcium citrate affects the early periods of bone defects healing mechanism in Japanese white rabbits positively, especially when the defect is not too large. We suggest further studies on calcium citrate to determine the effects of various dosages, administration ways and the experimental time on the bone defects.

  11. Electrodeposition of Sn-Zn-Cu alloys from citrate solutions

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    The first stage of this study involves the development of stable baths for electrodepositing Sn-Zn-Cu alloys; these developments are based on thermodynamic models of citrate baths and experiments exploring the stability of the baths. The effects of the sodium citrate (complexation agent) concentration and the pH of the solution on the stability of the baths were examined experimentally. The stability of the baths was determined through spectrophotometric analysis. Stable baths designed for the electrodeposition of Sn-Zn-Cu alloys were produced in the range of dominant citrate complexes with highly negative charge (the reduction process is strongly inhibited by high activation energy). Voltammetric studies and potentiostatic deposition were conducted to analyse the co-deposition of tin, zinc, and copper, and the co-evolution of hydrogen. The effect of the solution pH, the concentration of sodium citrate and the hydrodynamic conditions on the electrodeposition process and the composition of the deposits were examined. The deposits were analysed using chemical (μXRF) as also grain size and phase analysis (X-ray diffraction). The possibility of electrodepositing Sn-Zn-Cu alloys from citrate solutions was confirmed. The tin content of these coatings varied from 60 to 96 wt.%, the copper content varied from 3.5 to 20.5 wt.%, and the zinc content reached up to approximately 37.5 wt.%

  12. Effect of caffeine citrate on the blood gas indexes in newborns with apnea

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    Chun-Yan Wu; Xiao-Jiao Wang; Yuan-Yuan Wang

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To explore the effect of caffeine citrate on the blood gas indexes in newborns with apnea.Methods: A total of 108 primary premature infants diagnosed with apnea were included in the study and randomized into the caffeine citrate treatment group and the aminophylline control group with 54 cases in each group. The apnea episode duration 72 h after medication, and the blood gas before medication and 24, 48, 72 h after medication between the two groups were compared.Results: The apnea episode duration 24, 48, 72 h after medication in the treatment group was significantly shorter than that in the control group. PaO2 24, 48, 72 h after medication in the treatment group was significantly higher than that in the control group, while PaCO2 was significantly reduced when compared with the control group.Conclusions:Caffeine citrate has achieved a significantly clinical effect in the treatment of newborn apnea, as a new therapeutic drug, is worthy of being widely recommended in the clinic.

  13. Sildenafil citrate protects skeletal muscle of ischemia-reperfusion injury: immunohistochemical study in rat model

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    Dinani Matoso Fialho de Oliveira Armstrong

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of sildenafil citrate (SC on skeletal muscle ischemia-reperfusion (IR injury in rats. METHODS: Adult male Wistar rats were randomized into three groups: vehicle-treated control (CTG, sildenafil citrate-treated (SCG, and sham group (SG. CTG and SCG had femoral artery occluded for 6 hours. Saline or 1 mg/kg of SC was given 5.5 hours after occlusion. SG had a similar procedure without artery occlusion. Soleus muscle samples were acquired 4 or 24h after the reperfusion. Immunohistochemistry caspase-3 analysis was used to estimate apoptosis using the apoptotic ratio (computed as positive/negative cells. Wilcoxon rank-sum or Kruskal-Wallis tests were used to assess differences among groups. RESULTS: Eighteen animals were included in the 4h reperfusion groups and 21 animals in the 24h reperfusion groups. The mean apoptotic ratio was 0.18±0.1 for the total cohort; 0.14±0.06 for the 4h reperfusion groups and 0.19±0.08 for the 24h groups (p<0.05. The SCG had lower caspase-3 ratio compared to the control groups at the 24h reperfusion time point (p<0.05. CONCLUSION: Sildenafil citrate administration after the onset of the ischemic injury reduces IR-induced cellular damage in skeletal muscle in this rat hindlimb ischemia model.

  14. A COMPARISON OF CLOMIPHENE CITRATE AND SEQUENTIAL CLOMIPHENE CITRATE PLUS HUMAN MENOPAUSAL GONADOTROPIN FOR USE IN CONJUNCTION WITH INTRAUTERINE INSEMINATION

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    B. H. Rashidi

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available There are currently ‎many different protocols in use for controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH, but the optimal method has ‎not yet been determined. To compare the outcome of COH using ‎clomiphene citrate (CC versus CC plus human menopausal gonadotropin (hMG in conjunction with intrauterine insemination (IUI, we studied 117 infertile couples‎. IUI with CC was used in 92 cycles ‎(group A and IUI with CC plus hMG was used in 66 cycles (group B. ‎Data analysis demonstrated no significant difference between the two ‎groups with respect to patients’ age, duration and type of infertility, prior COH and endometrial thickness and pattern. Group A had a little ‎longer follicular phase length than group B. ‎Pregnancy rate for group A and B were 6.52% and 12.12%, respectively (P= 0.22. ‎Endometrial pattern and thickness had no impact on pregnancy rate. ‎There were no multiple gestation and obvious hyperstimulation syndrome. ‎For patients undergoing controlled ovarian hyperstimulation with IUI, ‎CC plus hMG protocol yields higher pregnancy rate than one using CC, although this ‎difference was not statistically significant because of limitation of number of ‎cycles.

  15. Alkali absorption and citrate excretion in calcium nephrolithiasis

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    Sakhaee, K.; Williams, R. H.; Oh, M. S.; Padalino, P.; Adams-Huet, B.; Whitson, P.; Pak, C. Y.

    1993-01-01

    The role of net gastrointestinal (GI) alkali absorption in the development of hypocitraturia was investigated. The net GI absorption of alkali was estimated from the difference between simple urinary cations (Ca, Mg, Na, and K) and anions (Cl and P). In 131 normal subjects, the 24 h urinary citrate was positively correlated with the net GI absorption of alkali (r = 0.49, p mEq/day). Both urinary citrate and net GI alkali absorption increased, yielding a significantly positive correlation (r = 0.62, p reduced citrate excretion was largely dietary in origin as a result of low net alkali absorption (from a probable relative deficiency of vegetables and fruits or a relative excess of animal proteins).

  16. Efficacy of preventing hemodialysis catheter infections with citrate lock.

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    Silva, Jorge; Antunes, Jorge; Carvalho, Telmo; Ponce, Pedro

    2012-10-01

    Prevalent use of tunneled dialysis catheters can reach 30%. Infection remains the most serious catheter-related problem. Catheter locks are increasingly used for prevention, but are not yet recommended either by the Food and Drug Association or European Medicines Agency, on the basis of increasing bacterial resistance or lock toxicity. The aim was to test safety and effectiveness of citrate. A prospective, interventional study was conducted to assess the safety and efficacy of a 30% citrate lock in preventing catheter-related bacteremia (CRB). A total of 157 prevalent tunneled catheters were locked with citrate and prospectively followed during a 1-year period. The primary endpoint was first CRB diagnosed according to two of the diagnostic criteria for Catheter Infection of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), namely definite and probable infection. The CDC criterion of possible but not proved infection was not considered. This citrate lock cohort (n = 157) had 10 episodes of CRB. We observed 0.49 CRB episodes/1000 patient-days and the mean infection-free catheter day was 130.6 ± 100.9. No clinically relevant adverse events were observed. No proved tunnel or exit site infection was observed and no patients died because of CRB. Catheter obstruction episodes were reported on 69 occasions out of 14 catheters. These results were compared with an historical cohort from a previous study of catheter locking with low-dose gentamicin and did not show significant difference in efficacy. Citrate lock is effective in preventing CRB. No toxicity was observed. The use of citrate lock may have advantages over antibiotic locks: no reported bacterial resistance, lower industrial cost, and less manipulation. PMID:22515732

  17. Formation of colloidal silver nanoparticles: Capping action of citrate

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    Colloidal silver sols of long-time stability are formed in the γ-irradiation of 1.0 x 10-4 M AgClO4 solutions, which also contain 0.3 M 2-propanol, 2.5 x 10-2 M N2O, and sodium citrate in various concentrations. The reduction of Ag+ in these solutions is brought about by the 1-hydroxyalkyl radical generated in the radiolysis of 2-propanol; citrate does not act as a reductant but solely as a stabilizer of the colloidal particles formed. Its concentration is varied in the range from 5.0 x 10-5 to 1.5 x 10-3 M, and the size and size distribution of the silver particles are studied by electron microscopy. At low citrate concentration, partly agglomerated large particles are formed that have many imperfections. In an intermediate range (a few 10-4 M), well-separated particles with a rather narrow size distribution and little imperfections are formed, the size slightly decreasing with increasing citrate concentration. At high citrate concentrations, large lumps of coalesced silver particles are present, due to destabilization by the high ionic strength of the solution. These findings are explained by two growth mechanisms: condensation of small silver clusters (type-1 growth), and reduction of Ag+ on silver particles via radical-to-particle electron transfer (type-2 growth). The particles formed in the intermediate range of citrate concentration were studied by high-resolution electron microscopy and computer simulations. They constitute icosahedra and cuboctahedra

  18. Introduction to accident sequence precursor methodology

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    The report consists of the following sections: (1) Introduction to the issue (Use of accident sequence precursor (ASP) programs; Definition of ASP, indicators, information; Status of ASP evaluation methodology); (2) Selection of potential precursors; (3) Detailed analysis of selected potential precursors (Methodology; ASP analysis software; Indicators and presentation of results); Potential for ASP evaluation at Czech nuclear power plants (Procedure for Conditional Core Damage Probability and Event Importance assessment by the NRC method; Experience in ASP in the Czech Republic; Application of the ASP evaluation method to the Dukovany NPP); Plan of Activities; and Conclusions. (P.A.)

  19. Gastric fluid pH in patients receiving sodium citrate.

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    Viegas, O J; Ravindran, R S; Shumacker, C A

    1981-07-01

    Gastric fluid pH was measured following induction of anesthesia and placement of an endotracheal tube in 30 surgical patients undergoing elective operations. None of the patients received an anticholinergic drug before surgery. Fifteen patients who had been given 15 ml of sodium citrate 15 to 20 minutes before induction of anesthesia had a mean pH of 6.2 +/- 0.8. The control group, which also consisted of 15 patients, had a mean pH of 2.1 +/- 1.4. The increase in gastric pH noted following sodium citrate would result in reduced pulmonary reaction should aspiration occur. PMID:7195668

  20. Synthesis of Y3Ba5Cu8O18 superconductor powder by auto-combustion reaction: Effects of citrate-nitrate ratio

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    In this experiment, nanocrystalline Y3Ba5Cu8O18 superconductor powder was prepared by citrate-nitrate auto-combustion reaction. A series of Y3Ba5Cu8O18 precursor gels with different citrate-nitrate ratio ranged from 0.3 to 1.0 have been prepared by varying the amount of citric acid added. The auto-combustion reaction during drying process transformed the precursor gels into ashes powder that upon calcinations at 900 °C yield Y3Ba5Cu8O18 nanocrystalline powders. The TG/DTA analysis reveals that the precursor gels with 0.3 ⩽ c/n 3Ba5Cu8O18 calcined powder prepared from c/n = 0.7 precursor gels has got the orthorhombic structure with smallest particle size (∼10 nm) compared to the rest of the batches. Samples with c/n = 0.5 and 0.7 appeared in this work to be electrically superconducting at temperature above 100 K as measured using standard four-probe technique. This emphasized on maintaining a stoichiometric or near stoichiometric reaction for the analysis.

  1. Citrate-stabilized CdSe/CdS quantum dots as fluorescence probe for protein determination

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    FU Xin; HUANG Ke-long; LIU Su-qin

    2010-01-01

    A rapid,ultrasensitive and convenient fluorescence measurement technology based on the enhancement of the fluorescence intensity resulting from the interaction of functionalized CdSe/CdS quantum dots(QDs)with bovine serum albumin(BSA)was proposed.The citrate-stabilized CdSe/CdS(QDs)were synthesized by using Se powder and Na2S as precursors instead of any pyrophoric organometallic precursors.The modified CdSe/CdS QDs are brighter and more stable against photobleaching in comparison with organic fluorophores.At pH 7.0,the fluorescence signal of CdSe/CdS is enhanced by increasing the concentration of BSA in the range of 0.1-10 μg/mL,and the low detection limit is 0.06 μg/mL.A linear relationship between the enhanced fluorescence peak intensity(ΔF)and BSA concentration(c)is established using equation AF=50.7c+16.4(R=0.996 36).Results of determination for BSA in three synthetic samples are identical with the true values,and the recovery(98.9%-102.4%)and relative standard deviation(RSD,1.8%-2.5%)are satisfactory.

  2. Nanosized Ni-Mn Oxides Prepared by the Citrate Gel Process and Performances for Electrochemical Capacitors

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    Jianxin ZHOU; Xiangqian SHEN; Maoxiang JING

    2006-01-01

    Nanosized Ni-Mn oxide powders have been successfully prepared by thermal decomposition of the Ni-Mn citrate gel precursors. The powder materials derived from calcination of the gel precursors with various molar ratios of nickel and manganese at different temperatures and time were characterized using thermal analysis (TG-DSC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET).The optimized processing conditions of calcination at 400℃ for 1 h with Ni/Mn molar ratio 6 were proved to produce the nanosized Ni-Mn oxide powders with a high specific surface area of 109.62 m2/g and nanometer particle sizes of 15~30 nm. The capacitance characteristics of the nanosized Ni-Mn oxide electrode in various concentrations of KOH solutions were studied by the cyclic voltammetry (CV) and exhibited both a doublelayer capacitance and a Faradaic capacitance which could be attributed to the electrode consisting of Ni-Mn oxides and residual carbons from the organic gel thermal decomposition. A specific capacitance of 194.8 F/g was obtained for the electrode at the sweep rate of 10 mV/s in 4 mol/L KOH electrolyte and the capacitor showed quite high cyclic stability and is promising for advanced electrochemical capacitors.

  3. Earthquakes: hydrogeochemical precursors

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    Ingebritsen, Steven E.; Manga, Michael

    2014-01-01

    Earthquake prediction is a long-sought goal. Changes in groundwater chemistry before earthquakes in Iceland highlight a potential hydrogeochemical precursor, but such signals must be evaluated in the context of long-term, multiparametric data sets.

  4. Hemodiafiltration using pre-dilutional on-line citrate dialysate: A new technique for regional citrate anticoagulation: A feasibility study

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    Radhouane Bousselmi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A prospective, observational, feasibility study was carried out on four patients with end-stage renal failure undergoing bicarbonate hemodialysis to study the feasibility of an on-line hemodiafiltration technique using a citrate dialysate with pre-dilutional infusion of citrate as a technique for regional citrate anticoagulation. All patients had contraindication to systemic heparin anticoagulation. The dialysis technique consisted of an on-line hemodiafiltration with a citrate dialysate without calcium using a Fresenius 4008S dialysis machine and Fresenius Polysulfone F60 dialyzers. The infusion solution was procured directly from the dialysate and was infused into the arterial line. To avoid the risk of hypocalcemia, calcium gluconate was infused to the venous return line. The study was carried out in two stages. During the first stage, the citrate infusion rate was 80 mL/min and the calcium infusion rate was 9 mmol/h. At the second stage, the rates were 100 mL/min and 11 mmol/h, respectively. The primary endpoint of this study was the incidence of thrombosis in the extracorporeal blood circuit and/or the dialyzer. A total of 78 sessions were conducted. All the sessions were well tolerated clinically and there were no major incidents in any of the four patients. At the first stage of the study, there were five incidences of small clots in the venous blood chamber, an incidence of extracorporeal blood circuit thrombosis of 12.5%. At the second stage of the study, no cases of extracorporeal blood circuit or dialyzer thrombosis were noted. Hemodiafiltration with on-line citrate dialysate infusion to the arterial line is safe and allows an effective regional anticoagulation of the extracorporeal blood circuit without the need for systemic anticoagulation.

  5. Impending HRT wave precursors to the Wenchuan M_s8.0 earthquake and methods of earthquake impending prediction by using HRT wave

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    QIAN FuYe; ZHAO BiRu; QIAN Wei; ZHAO Jian; HE ShiGen; ZHANG HongKui; LI ShiYu; LI ShaoKun; YAN GuLiang; WANG ChengMin; SUN ZhenKai; ZHANG DongNing; LU Jun; ZHANG Ping; YANG GuoJun; SUN JiaLin; GUO ChunSheng; TANG YuXiong; XU JianMing; XIA KunTao; JU Hang; YIN BangHong; LI Ming; YANG DongSheng; QI WeiLuo; HE TaiMing; GUAN HuaPing; ZHAO YuLin

    2009-01-01

    We deployed four geo-electrlc monitoring stations in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces from 2004, using the new generation of equipment (PS-100) and technologies to capture the HRT wave earthquake pre-cursor. Before the Wenchuan M_s8.0 earthquake, we recorded the HRT wave precursor at the only op-erating station in Hongge (HG, △=465 km) and found that significant impending signal had been re-corded at the station in the early morning (0-5 am) of 12th of May, 2008. The precursor for this earthquake is consistent with precursors recorded for other strong earthquakes. The measured physical properties (geo-resistivity and telluric-current) show tidal wave period oscillations from sev-erel days to several months before the earthquakes and the amplitude of such HT oscillation increases significantly towards the occurrence of an earthquake. These HT and RT waves from the epicenter have s causal relationship with the earthquakes that happened several days later. The arrival time of two RT waves is proportional to the distance from the station to the epicenter. The estimated natural decay of the amplitude is correlated with the natural period (T_0) of the earthquake fault, which is proportional to the fault length. From this relationship, we can predict the earthquake magnitude. For magnitude 6-9 earthquakes, the natural period is about 1-6 hours. Such oscillation comes from the epicenter area and they can propagate several thousand kilometers in the Earth's crust. Before a strong earthquake in the shallow crust, the conductive pore fluid will experience major changes before the fault rapture.Such fluid change will emit an oscillation in the pore fluid pressure. This is the mechanism for the HRT wave generation. Since the China Earthquake Administration funded the HRT wave short-term earth-quake prediction project in 2003, the first record of HRT precursor wave has been recorded from the 2004-12-26 Sumatra M_w9.0 earthquake with the largest epicentre distance △=2900 km

  6. Ferric Citrate Controls Phosphorus and Delivers Iron in Patients on Dialysis

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    Lewis, Julia B.; Sika, Mohammed; Koury, Mark J.; Chuang, Peale; Schulman, Gerald; Smith, Mark T.; Whittier, Frederick C.; Linfert, Douglas R.; Galphin, Claude M.; Athreya, Balaji P.; Nossuli, A. Kaldun Kaldun; Chang, Ingrid J.; Blumenthal, Samuel S.; Manley, John; Zeig, Steven

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    Patients on dialysis require phosphorus binders to prevent hyperphosphatemia and are iron deficient. We studied ferric citrate as a phosphorus binder and iron source. In this sequential, randomized trial, 441 subjects on dialysis were randomized to ferric citrate or active control in a 52-week active control period followed by a 4-week placebo control period, in which subjects on ferric citrate who completed the active control period were rerandomized to ferric citrate or placebo. The primary...

  7. Polymeric architectures of bismuth citrate based on dimeric building blocks

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    2010-01-01

    Four bismuth complexes, (H2En)[Bi2(cit)2(H2O)4/3]·(H2O)x (1), (H2En)3[Bi2(cit)2Cl4]·(H2O)x (2), (HPy)2[Bi2(cit)2(H2O)8/5]·(H2O)x (3) and (H2En)[Bi2(cit)2](H2O)x (4) [cit = citrate4-; En = ethylenediamine; Py = pyridine] have been synthesized and crystallized. The crystal structures reveal that the basic building blocks in all of these complexes are bismuth citrate dimeric units which combine to form polymeric architectures. The embedded protonated ethylenediamine and pyridine moieties in the polymeric frameworks have been identified by X-ray crystallography and solid-state cross polarization/magic angle spinning (CP/MAS) 13C NMR. Based on the framework of complex 1, a structural model of a clinically used antiulcer drug, ranitidine bismuth citrate (RBC) was generated. The behavior of the protonated amine-bismuth citrate complexes in acidic aqueous solution has been studied by electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (ESI-MS).

  8. Tumour imaging using technetium-99m-citrate

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    Sixteen patients with soft tissue malignancy or fibroadenoma of the breast (Group A) were imaged using 99mTc-citrate. Majority of the patients (n=14) has new untreated lesions. Appreciable skeletal uptake of the tracer was serendipitously noticed in all cases. One of these had widespread bone metastases seen almost identically in 99mTc-citrate and 99mTc-MDP studies. Accordingly, 10 patients (Group B) having more than 40 malignant lesions on the bone scan underwent 99mTc-citrate study. In group A, accumulation of the tracer was seen in all malignant breast nodules and axillary lymphnode mass (n=4), medullary carcinoma of the thyroid along with its metastasis and a carcinoid (n=4) and an ovarian malignancy. Uptake and outflow pattern could differentiate fibroadenoma (n=3) from carcinoma of the breast. No significant uptake was seen in liver secondaries (n>10), lymphoma lesions (n=5), papillary carcinoma of thyroid, renal cell and embryonal cell carcinoma. In group B patients, the radiotracer accumulated well in the metastatic lesions while there was distinctly lesser uptake in normal/degenerated joints compared to the bone scan. The study shows potential of the tracer in imaging soft tissue malignancies. Bone scanning with 99mTc-citrate is an interesting possibility since mechanism of its uptake appears to be different to 99mTc-MDP. (author)

  9. Enhanced citrate production through gene insertion in Aspergillus niger

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    Jongh, Wian de; Nielsen, Jens

    2007-01-01

    The effect of inserting genes involved in the reductive branch of the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle on citrate production by Aspergillus niger was evaluated. Several different genes were inserted individually and in combination, i.e. malate dehydrogenase (mdh2) from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, two...

  10. {sup 14}N NQR spectrum of sildenafil citrate

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    Stephenson, David, E-mail: david.stephenson@sta.uwi.edu; Singh, Nadia [University of the West Indies, Chemistry Department (Trinidad and Tobago)

    2015-04-15

    The {sup 14}N nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) spectrum of sildenafil citrate tablets has been recorded allowing the quadrupole coupling constants and asymmetry parameters of all six unique nitrogen atoms in its structure to be determined. A density function calculation gives results that are largely in agreement with the experimental values.

  11. Enzyme Basis for pH Regulation of Citrate and Pyruvate Metabolism by Leuconostoc oenos

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    Ramos, Ana; Lolkema, Juke S.; Konings, Wilhelmus; Santos, Helena

    1995-01-01

    Citrate and pyruvate metabolism by nongrowing cells of Leuconostoc oenos was investigated. 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy was used to elucidate the pathway of citrate breakdown and to probe citrate or pyruvate utilization, noninvasively, in living cell suspensions. The utilization

  12. 76 FR 19997 - Determination That FENTORA (Fentanyl Citrate) Buccal Tablet, 300 Micrograms, Was Not Withdrawn...

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    ... HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration Determination That FENTORA (Fentanyl Citrate) Buccal Tablet... determined that FENTORA (fentanyl citrate) buccal tablet, 300 micrograms (mcg), was not withdrawn from sale... drug applications (ANDAs) for fentanyl citrate buccal tablet, 300 mcg, if all other legal...

  13. Isolation and distribution of rabbit keratocyte precursors

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    Mimura, Tatsuya; Amano, Shiro; Yokoo, Seiichi; Uchida, Saiko; Usui, Tomohiko; Yamagami, Satoru

    2008-01-01

    Purpose To isolate multipotent precursors from the rabbit corneal stroma and to compare the distribution and proliferative capacity of keratocyte precursors obtained from the central and peripheral regions of the corneal stroma. Methods The rabbit corneal stroma was divided into a peripheral region (6.0–10.0 mm in diameter) and a central region (6.0 mm in diameter). A sphere-forming assay was then performed to isolate precursors from the stroma of each region. To promote differentiation, isol...

  14. Colon Transit Scintigraphy by 67Ga-Citrate for Idiopathic Constipation

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    H. Javadi

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Background/Objective: Segmental colonic transit studies are important in patients with severe constipation. This study is the first Iranian preliminary survey of colonic transit scintigraphy using 67Ga-citrate as a new method in constipated patients with normal radiographic and colonoscopic evaluations. Patients and Methods: Thirteen patients with idiopathic constipation underwent colon transit scintigraphy. After oral administration of 6-7 MBq 67Ga-citrates, serial abdominal images were taken up to 72 hours. Pattern classification wa s performed visually according to the distribution of radioactivity. Scintigraphic parameters such as geometric mean center (GMC of segmental retention of tracer, as well as mean ac tivity profiles and colo nic tracer half-clearance time were calculated Results: Three patterns of colonic transit scintigraph y were recognized. Nine patients had the normal pattern, i.e. excellent propagation of ac tivity. Three patients had the colonic inertia pattern with marked retention of activity in th e transverse colon and splenic flexure at 48 hours. One patient had significant retention of activity in the rectosigmoid at 72 hours, defined as functional rectosigmoid obstruction (FRSO. No significant difference was seen in GMC24h between the normal pattern and colonic inertia (P=0.053, but GMC48h and GMC72h markedly differed between the two groups (P=0.0 16 and 0.025 respectively. The mean half clearance time (MCT of the two groups was di fferent (P=0.017. Our results are well compatible with scintigraphic diagnostic criteria in different patterns of colonic transit defined by other studies with different radiotracer. Conclusion: Oral 67Ga-citrate colon transit scintigraphy is a feasible method to evaluate idiopathic constipation and seems to be a suitable surrogate for radio-opaque markers.

  15. Preparation of precursor for stainless steel foam

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    ZHOU Xiang-yang; LI Shan-ni; LI Jie; LIU Ye-xiang

    2008-01-01

    The effects of polyurethane sponge pretreatment and slurry compositions on the slurry loading in precursor were discussed, and the,performances of stainless steel foams prepared from precursors with different slurry loadings and different particle sizes of the stainless steel powder were also investigated. The experimental results show that the pretreatment of sponge with alkaline solution is effective to reduce the jam of cells in precursor and ensure the slurry to uniformly distribute in sponge, and it is also an effective method for increasing the slurry loading in precursor; the mass fraction of additive A and solid content in slurry greatly affect the slurry loading in precursor, when they are kept in 9%-13% and 52%-75%, respectively, the stainless steel foam may hold excellent 3D open-cell network structure and uniform muscles; the particle size of the stainless steel powder and the slurry loading in precursor have great effects on the bending strength, apparent density and open porosity of stainless steel foam; when the stainless steel powder with particle size of 44 tan and slurry loading of 0.5 g/cm3 in precursor are used, a stainless steel foam can be obtained, which has open porosity of 81.2%, bending strength of about 51.76 MPa and apparent density of about 1.0 g/cm3.

  16. Functional Analyses and Treatment of Precursor Behavior

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    Najdowski, Adel C; Wallace, Michele D; Ellsworth, Carrie L; MacAleese, Alicia N; Cleveland, Jackie M

    2008-01-01

    Functional analysis has been demonstrated to be an effective method to identify environmental variables that maintain problem behavior. However, there are cases when conducting functional analyses of severe problem behavior may be contraindicated. The current study applied functional analysis procedures to a class of behavior that preceded severe problem behavior (precursor behavior) and evaluated treatments based on the outcomes of the functional analyses of precursor behavior. Responding fo...

  17. Untangling ENSO Precursors

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    Pegion, K.; Alexander, M. A.

    2014-12-01

    There are several proposed precursors to the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) that may provide the ability to predict ENSO as much as one year in advance. Some of these precursors are associated with stochastic forcing from extratropical atmospheric variability. Two examples are the seasonal footprinting mechanism (SFM) and the Pacific meridional mode (PMM). Both of these ENSO precursors are thought to be forced by the North Pacific Oscillation (NPO), a north-south sea level pressure dipole in the north Pacific. Additionally, both the PMM and SFM are thought to impact the tropics through wind evaporation SST feedbacks and have a correlation with ENSO up to one year in advance. These two precursors are discussed interchangeably throughout the literature and various indices used to define them co-mingle them. As a result, whether they are independent of each other or are part of the same process has not been investigated. The research presented is focused on untangling the relationship between the PMM, SFM, NPO, and ENSO using observational datasets and model simulations. Observational results demonstrate that these two mechanisms are different, are forced by different atmospheric circulations, and result in different manifestations of ENSO. Modeling results highlight the extent to which climate models can simulate these relationships and their impact on the simulation of ENSO.

  18. Influence of precursor concentration on the structural, optical and electrical properties of indium oxide thin film prepared by a sol-gel method

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    Lau, L. N.; Ibrahim, N. B.; Baqiah, H.

    2015-08-01

    This research was carried out to study the effect of different precursor concentrations on the physical properties of indium oxide (In2O3) thin film. In2O3 is a promising n-type semiconductor material that has been used in optoelectronic applications because of its highly transparent properties. It is a transparent conducting oxide with a wide band gap (∼3.7 eV). The experiment was started by preparing different precursor concentrations of indium nitrate hydrate (In (NO3)·H2O) solution and followed by the spin coating technique prior to an annealing process at 500 °C. Indium oxide thin films were characterized using an X-ray diffractometer, an ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, a field emission scanning electron microscope and a Hall Effect Measurement System in order to determine the influence caused by the different molarities of indium oxide. The result showed that the film thickness increased with the indium oxide molarity. Film thicknesses were in the range of 0.3-135.1 nm and optical transparency of films was over 94%. Lowest resistivity of 2.52 Ω cm with a mobility of 26.60 cm2 V-1 S-1 and carrier concentration of 4.27 × 1017 cm-3 was observed for the indium oxide thin film prepared at 0.30 M.

  19. Regional citrate anticoagulation in critically ill patients during continuous blood purification

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    龚德华; 季大玺; 徐斌; 谢红浪; 刘云; 黎磊石

    2003-01-01

    Objectives To evaluate the safety and define the contraindication of regional citrate anticoagulation treatment on various critically ill patients being treated by continuous blood purification, who also had bleeding tendencies. Methods Forty critically ill patients being treated by continuous blood purification (CBP) were involved in this study. Due to their bleeding tendencies, regional citrate anticoagulation treatment was given to all of them. Those with hepatic function impairment (n=10) were classified as Group A, those with hypoxemia were classified as Group B (n=10), and the others as Group C (n=20). Blood samples were collected before treatment, and at 4, 12, 24, 36, and 48 hour intervals during CBP. These samples then were used arterial blood gas analysis, whole blood activated clotting time (WBACT) pre- and post-filter, and serum ionized calcium examination. Results WBACT pre-filter showed little fluctuant through the 48hr period of CBP, and WBACT post-filter showed obvious prolongation than that of the pre-filter (P<0.05) at all time points. Metabolic acidosis was found in Group A patients before CBP, and improved during CBP. Normal acid-base conditions of patients were disturbed and deteriorated in Group B during CBP, but not in Group C. Serum ionized calcium was maintained at a normal range during CBP in Group A and C patients, but declined significantly in Group B patients (vs. pre-treatment, P<0.05). Conclusions Regional citrate anticoagulation can be safely used in conjunction with CBP treatment for patients with hepatic function impairment , but may induce acidosis and a decline in serum ionized calcium when used with hypoxemic patients.

  20. Ferric ammonium citrate as a positive bowel contrast agent for MR imaging of the upper abdomen

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    Purpose: To evaluate the safety and diagnostic efficacy of two different doses of ferric ammonium citrate as a paramagnetic oral contrast agent for MR imaging of the upper abdomen. Material and methods: Ninety-nine adult patients referred for MR imaging for a known or suspected upper abdominal pathology were included in this randomized multicenter double-blind clinical trial. Imaging was performed with spin-echo (T1- and T2-weighted) and gradient-echo (T1-weighted) techniques before and after administration of either 1200 mg or 2400 mg of ferric ammonium citrate dissolved in 600 ml of water. Safety analysis included monitoring of vital signs, assessment of adverse events, and laboratory testing. Efficacy with regard to organ distension, contrast distribution, bowel enhancement and delineation of adjacent structures was graded qualitatively. Results: No serious adverse events were reported for either of the two concentrations. A total of 31 minor side effects were noted, of which significantly more occurred in the higher dose group (p<0.01). The diagnostic confidence in defining or excluding disease was graded as better after contrast administration for 48% of all images. Marked or moderate enhancement of the upper gastrointestinal tract was achieved at both doses in 69.5% of cases with no evident difference between the two doses. The higher dose tended to show better results in terms of the contrast assessment parameters. Conclusion: Ferric ammonium citrate is a safe and effective oral contrast agent for MR imaging of the upper abdomen at two different dose levels. The higher dose showed a tendency toward better imaging results while the lower dose caused significantly fewer side effects. Therefore, the 1200 mg dose can be recommended in view of the risk-to-benefit ratio. (orig.)

  1. TRACE ELEMENT AND LIGHT MICROSCOPIC STUDIES ON TESTIS OF ALBINO RATS TREATED WITH SILDENAFIL CITRATE (CAVERTA

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Caverta (Sildenafil citrate, an oral therapy for Erectile Dysfunction (ED, being the citrate salt of Sildenafil, is a selective inhibitor of cGMP- specific phosphodiestrase type (PDE5. Aim: To study the drug- induced (i changes in the trace element content of Testis and (ii changes in the histoarchitecture of Testis of the experimental Albino rats. Materials and Methods: For the present study, totally 48 animals were selected on weight basis and divided into 8 groups (S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, S7 and S8 with six animals in each group. Control animals (S1 were fed with conductivity water while the experimental animals (S2, S3, S4 and S5 were treated with a single dose of Caverta (@ 1µg/g body weight. Control animals were sacrificed at zero hour while the experimental animals (S2, S3, S4 and S5 were sacrificed after 1 hour, 2½ hours, 4 hours and 24 hours of drug administration respectively S6, S7 and S8 group of animals were fed with a single dose of the chosen drug (@ 1µg/g body weight daily for all the 15, 30 and 45 days respectively. These animals were sacrificed after 4 hours of the last dosage. Vertical ventral midline incision was made in the abdominal wall to collect the left and right Testes. Results: The spectral analysis indicates that the long term Caverta treatment of Albino rats results in the accumulation of Iron and Copper levels accompanied by a depletion of Nickel levels in the Testis. The histological studies indicate that long term exposure of Testis to Caverta leads to distorted histoarchitecture of the seminiferous tubules, interstitial space dilation and separation of Spermatogenic cells. Conclusion: Long term Sildenafil Citrate (Caverta treatment of Albino rats will bring in adverse effects and will completely alter the histoarchitecture of the Testis.

  2. ATP citrate lyase knockdown impacts cancer stem cells in vitro

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    Hanai, J-i; Doro, N; Seth, P; Sukhatme, V P

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    ATP citrate lyase (ACL) knockdown (KD) causes tumor suppression and induces differentiation. We have previously reported that ACL KD reverses epithelial–mesenchymal transition (EMT) in lung cancer cells. Because EMT is often associated with processes that induce stemness, we hypothesized that ACL KD impacts cancer stem cells. By assessing tumorsphere formation and expression of stem cell markers, we showed this to be the case in A549 cells, which harbor a Ras mutation, and in two other non-sm...

  3. Subclinical abortions in patients treated with clomiphene citrate

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    Using radioimmunoassay for human chorionic gonadotrophin beta-subunit, 39 treatment cycles of clomiphene citrate therapy were studied prospectively for incidence of subclinical abortions. Eight treatment cycles resulted in clinically recognizable pregnancies and three other treatment cycles ended up with subclinical abortions. The plasma progesterone levels in patients with subclinical abortions at the 13th day after ovulation were lower than those in patients with normal pregnancies. (author)

  4. Studies on Ga-67 citrate uptake in various experimental tumors

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    Ga-67 citrate uptake was autoradiographically studied in Ehrlich's tumor and sarcoma 180 in mice and 3'-Me-DAB hepatoma in rats with a histological comparison. In order to evaluate the relationship between tumor growth and degree of Ga-67 citrate uptake, animals were sacrificed 3, 5, 7 and 10 days after transplantation of tumor cells of Ehrlich's tumor and sarcoma 180. The results were as follows. 1) When Ga-67 citrate was administered to mice having Ehrlich's tumor, sarcoma 180 and to rats having 3'-Me-DAB hepatoma, varying degrees of accumulation of Ga-67 were seen in all experimental tumors. 2) In Ehrlich's tumor and sarcoma 180, RI uptake ratio (Tumor/Normal tissue uptake ratio; T/N ratio) was increased in accordance with tumor growth and was about 5 in these tumors 10 days after transplantation of tumor cells. On the other hand, RI uptake ratio (Tumor/Normal Liver tissue uptake ratio; T/NL ratio) ranged from 1.62 to 3.31 in 3'-Me-DAB hepatoma. 3) In all tumors, remarkable accumulation of Ga-67 was demonstrated in the highly cellular sites of tumors without degeneration and necrosis. 4) In Ehrlich's tumor and sarcoma 180, an accumulation of Ga-67 citrate was also observed in granulation tissues consisting of fibroblasts, fibrocyte, neutrophils and a small number of lymphocytes around the tumor, and it was more intense than that of tumorous tissue in many cases. 5) In 3'-Me-DAB hepatoma, Ga-67 uptake was seen in hepatocellular carcinoma with little fibrous stroma, but not in cholangiocarcinoma with dense fibrous stroma. (author)

  5. Citrate Root Exudation under Zn and P Deficiency

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    Zinc and phosphorus are essential nutrients with low bioavailability in calcareous soils. Some plants exude organic acids to increase the solubility of these two nutrients. The objective of this study was to examine citrate exudation rates of different lupin (Feodora and Energy) and rapeseed (Dunkeld, Yickadee and Rainbow) cultivars underdeficiencies of Zn and P. The plants were cultivated into three different nutrient solutions (complete, -Zn, and -P)with pH around 7. Under Zn deficiency, ra...

  6. Silver-YBCO composite through citrate gel decomposition

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    Silver-YBCO composite containing upto 75% silver has been prepared by thermal decomposition of citrate gel. In this paper the morphological and structural changes taking place during the decomposition of the gel in the range 100--900 degrees C are presented. Heat treatment at 915 degrees C of the composite powder containing Ag2O above a critical limit has been found to impart superconductivity without any external oxygen annealing. The mechanical and microstructural features of the sintered composite are presented

  7. Electrodeposition of iron-molybdenum coatings from citrate electrolyte

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    Ved, M. V.; Sakhnenko, N. D.; Karakurkchi, A. V.; Zyubanova, S. I.

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    Specifi c features of the electrodeposition of iron–molybdenum coatings from a citrate electrolyte based on iron(III) sulfate and sodium molybdate in dc and unipolar pulsed modes were studied. It was demonstrated that bright compact coatings with varied content of molybdenum can be produced by varying the relative concentrations of salts of the alloy-forming components and the solution pH. The current density ranges providing the high efficiency of the galvanostastic electrolysis were determi...

  8. Electrodeposition of iron-molybdenum-tungsten coatings from citrate electrolytes

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    Karakurkchi, A. V.; Ved, M. V.; Sakhnenko, N. D.; Yermolenko, I. Yu.

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    Specific features of the electrodeposition of iron–molybdenum–tungsten coatings from citrate electrolytes based on iron(III) sulfate in the dc mode and with a unipolar pulsed current were studied. It was shown that varying the relative concentrations of salts of alloy-forming metals and the solution pH makes it possible to obtain lustrous compact coatings with low porosity and various contents of high-melting components. The effect of temperature on the coating composition and current efficie...

  9. Renal Localization of {sup 67}Ga Citrate in Noninfectious Nephritis

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    Lee, Kang Wook; Jeong, Min Soo; Rhee, Sunn Kgoo; Kim, Sam Yong; Shin, Young Tai; Ro, Heung Kyu [Chungnam University College of Medicine, Deajeon (Korea, Republic of)

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    {sup 67}Ga citrate scan has been requested for detection or follow-up of inflammatory or neoplastic disease. Visualization of {sup 67}Ga citrate in the kidneys at 48 and 72 hr post injection is usually interpreted as evidence of renal pathology. But precise mechanisms of abnormal {sup 67}Ga uptake in kidneys were unknown. We undertook a study to determine the clinical value of {sup 67}Ga citrate imaging of the kidneys in 68 patients with primary or secondary nephropathy confirmed by renal biopsy and 66 control patients without renal disease. Renal uptake in 48 to 72 hr images was graded as follows: Grade 0=background activity;1=faint uptake greater than background; 2=definite uptake, but less than lumbar vertebrae;3 same uptake as lumbar vertebrae, but less than liver; 4=same or higher uptake than liver. The results were as follows. 1) 42 of 68(62%) patients with noninfectious nephritis showed grade 2 or higher {sup 67}Ga renal uptake but only 10 percent of control patients showed similar uptake. 2) In 14 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, 8 of 9 (89%) patients with lupus nephritis exhibited marked renal uptake. 3) 36 of 41 patients (88%) with combined nephrotic syndrome showed Grade 2 or higher renal uptake. 4) Renal {sup 67}Ga uptake was correlated with clinical severity of nephrotic syndrome determined by serum albumin level, 24 hr urine protein excretion and serum lipid levels. 5) After complete remission of nephrotic syndrome, renal uptake in all 8 patients who were initially Grade 3 or 4, decreased to Grade 1 or 0. In conclusion, we think that the mechanism of renal {sup 67}Ga uptake in nephrotic syndrome might be related to the pathogenesis of nephrotic syndrome. In systemic lupus erythematosus, {sup 67}Ga citrate scan is useful in predicting renal involvement.

  10. PZ, PT and PZT formation from metal citrates

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    Lead zirconate, lead titanate and lead titanate-zirconate were obtained by mechanical mixing of lead, titanium and zirconium citrates in ether and by calcination. The process was analyzed by DTA, TGA, IR, pore size distribution and surface area measurements. The results indicate that the decomposition reaction and formation of PZ, PT occur simultaneaously without formation of intermediate compounds. PZT was formed from 5000C. (author)

  11. Calcium citrate and vitamin D in the treatment of osteoporosis.

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    Quesada Gómez, José Manuel; Blanch Rubió, Josep; Díaz Curiel, Manuel; Díez Pérez, Adolfo

    2011-01-01

    The combination of calcium with vitamin D (vitamin D(3) [colecalciferol]) forms the basis of preventive and therapeutic regimens for osteoporosis. A number of studies have suggested that the combination of calcium and vitamin D is effective when administered at respective dosages of at least 1200 mg and 800 IU per day, although efficacy is, as expected, affected by patient compliance. Overall, treatment with this combination appears to be effective in reducing the incidence of non-vertebral and hip fractures. Also, in all drug studies (of antiresorptive and anabolic agents and strontium ranelate) that demonstrated a reduction in risk of osteoporotic fractures, patients also took calcium and vitamin D supplements. An important finding in this regard is that vitamin D levels have been demonstrated to be inadequate in more than half of women treated for osteoporosis in the US and Europe. The capacity of the small intestine to absorb calcium salts depends on the solubility and ionization of the salts. These properties vary for different salts, with fasting calcium citrate absorption being greater than that of calcium lactogluconate and calcium carbonate. Calcium citrate formulations taken between meals may help to prevent abdominal distension and flatulence, as well as minimize the risk of renal calculus formation, thus helping to optimize patient compliance. Therefore, calcium citrate combined with vitamin D is the combination of choice for the prevention or treatment of osteoporosis. PMID:21405146

  12. Influence of Cobalt Precursor on Efficient Production of Commercial Fuels over FTS Co/SiC Catalyst

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    Full Text Available β-SiC-supported cobalt catalysts have been prepared from nitrate, acetate, chloride and citrate salts to study the dependence of Fischer–Tropsch synthesis (FTS on the type of precursor. Com/SiC catalysts were synthetized by vacuum-assisted impregnation while N2 adsorption/desorption, XRD, TEM, TPR, O2 pulses and acid/base titrations were used as characterization techniques. FTS catalytic performance was carried out at 220 °C and 250 °C while keeping constant the pressure (20 bar, space velocity (6000 Ncm3/g·h and syngas composition (H2/CO:2. The nature of cobalt precursor was found to influence basic behavior, extent of reduction and metallic particle size. For β-SiC-supported catalysts, the use of cobalt nitrate resulted in big Co crystallites, an enhanced degree of reduction and higher basicity compared to acetate, chloride and citrate-based catalysts. Consequently, cobalt nitrate provided a better activity and selectivity to C5+ (less than 10% methane was formed, which was centered in kerosene-diesel fraction (α = 0.90. On the contrary, catalyst from cobalt citrate, characterized by the highest viscosity and acidity values, presented a highly dispersed distribution of Co nanoparticles leading to a lower reducibility. Therefore, a lower FTS activity was obtained and chain growth probability was shortened as observed from methane and gasoline-kerosene (α = 0.76 production when using cobalt citrate.

  13. Single or double sperm wash processing by density gradient centrifugation: effect on clomiphene citrate induced intrauterine insemination cycle outcomes

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    Turhan, Nilgün; PEKEL, Aslıhan; Onaran, Yüksel; DUVAN, Zehra Candan İLTEMİR; Bayrak, Ömer

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    To compare the motility yields of single or double wash after density gradient centrifugation of the ejaculate and their effects on pregnancy rates in clomiphene citrate induced intrauterine insemination (IUI) cycles. Materials and methods: This prospective randomized controlled study included 341 IUI cycles. Sperm specimens processed by density gradient centrifugation either with single wash (the single wash group, n = 170) or double wash treatment (the double wash group, n = 171). Sperm p...

  14. Regional Anticoagulation with Citrate is Superior to Systemic Anticoagulation with Heparin in Critically Ill Patients Undergoing Continuous Venovenous Hemodiafiltration

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    Park, Joon-Sung; Kim, Gheun-Ho; Kang, Chong Myung; Lee, Chang Hwa

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    Background/Aims Short hemofilter survival and anticoagulation-related life-threatening complications are major problems in systemic anticoagulation with heparin (SAH) for continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). The present study examined if regional anticoagulation with citrate (RAC) using commercially available solutions can overcome the associated problems of SAH to produce economical benefits. Methods Forty-six patients were assigned to receive SAH or RAC. We assessed the coagulation ...

  15. Comparison of the success rate of letrozole and clomiphene citrate in women undergoing intrauterine insemination

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    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: This study was conducted to compare the success rate of daily administration of aromatase inhibitor letrozole at a dose of 5 mg when administrating clomiphene citrate (CC 100 mg daily in women undergoing superovulation and IUI. METHODS: This prospective randomized trial was done in Research and Clinical Center for Infertility (Shahid Sadoughi University, Yazd, Iran. Ninety-five patients with unexplained and mild male factor infertility were studied. Using a computer-generated random table, the patients were randomized into two groups, which were treated with 5 mg of letrozole daily (42 patients, 42 cycles or 100 mg of CC daily (53 patients, 53 cycles. The data were analyzed using Student's t-test and chi square test. RESULTS: The mean age and duration of infertility in both groups were similar. There was a significant difference between the two groups in the total numbers of follicles during stimulation (5.45 ± 4.2 in CC group vs. 3.07 ± 2.1 in letrozole group (P = 0.01. No significant difference in the endometrial thickness was found between the two groups (letrozole group = 6.9 ± 2.2, CC group = 7.8 ± 1.8. The mean levels of LH and FSH in both groups were similar. P value of difference in hormone levels between two groups were 0.33 and 0.47, respectively, but there was a significant difference in mean E2 levels between the two groups (241.28 ± 167.537 in letrozole group vs. 867.34 ± 296.689 in CC group (P = 0.018. The mean number of gonadotropin ampules used in both groups was the same. Pregnancy rate per cycle was 9.5% in the letrozole group and 5.7% in the CC group (P = 0.6. Two out of the three pregnancies in the CC group (66.6% and one out of the four pregnancies in the letrozole group resulted in a miscarriage (25%. One twin pregnancy (33% occurred in the letrozole group and none in the CC group. Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS did not occur in either of the two groups. CONCLUSIONS: In IUI, superovulation

  16. An ultrasensitive and highly selective fluorescent and colorimetric chemosensor for citrate ions based on rhodamine B and its application as the first molecular security keypad lock based on phosphomolybdic acid and citrate inputs

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    Rhodamine B (RhB) has been developed as novel and efficient colorimetric and fluorometric chemosensor for citrate ions (Cit3−) in an absolutely aqueous media. The UV–vis absorption and fluorescent emission titrations experiments have been employed to study the sensing process. RhB could act as an efficient “ON–OFF” fluorescent chemosensor for phosphomolybdic acid (PMA) based on an electron transfer (ET) process. Also (RhB+)3.PMA3− could operate as an “OFF–ON” fluorescent chemosensor for citrate ions based on a ligand substitution process. The chemosensor RhB shows excellent fluorescence sensitivity and selectivity toward citrate in aqueous media, and displays ON–OFF–ON type fluorescence change with alternately adding PMA and citrate to the media along with reversible association–dissociation of the complex. The (RhB+)3.PMA3− can be applied to the quantification of citrate with a linear ranges covering from 0.053 to 0.83 and 0.08 to 1.6 µM by detection limits of 6.0 and 9.1 nM for fluorescence and colorimetric methods respectively. The keypad lock operation is particularly important, as the output of the system depends not only on the proper combination but also on the order of input signals, creating the correct password that can be used to “open” this molecular keypad lock through strong fluorescence emission at 575 nm. As a whole, its various logic gate properties may improve its impact for the development of new-generation “intelligence” digital devices. The ionic PMA and Cit3− inputs to (RhB+)3.PMA3− have been mimicked as a superimposed electronic molecular keypad lock. Also indicates that RhB is suitable for the detection of Cit3− ions in the biological environment. - Highlights: • Our probe is commercially available with good photostability and high quantum yield. • Both color and fluorescence change with long emission wavelength in aqueous media. • Characteristics of an ON–OFF–ON fluorescence switch. • The

  17. A Process-Based Model of TCA Cycle Functioning to Analyze Citrate Accumulation in Pre- and Post-Harvest Fruits

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    Etienne, Audrey; GÉNARD, MICHEL; Bugaud, Christophe

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    Citrate is one of the most important organic acids in many fruits and its concentration plays a critical role in organoleptic properties. The regulation of citrate accumulation throughout fruit development, and the origins of the phenotypic variability of the citrate concentration within fruit species remain to be clarified. In the present study, we developed a process-based model of citrate accumulation based on a simplified representation of the TCA cycle to predict citrate concentration in...

  18. Differences between the effects of EDTA and citrate anticoagulants on platelet count and mean platelet volume.

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    McShine, R L; Sibinga, S; Brozovic, B

    1990-01-01

    Platelet counts on whole blood samples collected into tripotassium salt of EDTA, trisodium citrate (Na3 citr), citrate phosphate dextrose adenine formula 1 (CPDA-1) and acid citrate dextrose formula A (ACD-A), all showed a statistically significant drop (P less than 0.01) after 1 h standing at room temperature (RT) as compared with the immediate (within 30 min) counts. After 1 h the enumeration became stable in the EDTA samples but the drop continued up to 4-6 h in those samples taken into citrate. The decreases in citrate were significant (18-30%, P less than 0.001). The addition of EDTA (1.5 mg/ml) to the citrated samples after the sixth hour count created a significant rise (6-22%, P less than 0.01) in the counts between the sixth and the seventh hour. Our observations show that platelet counts in citrated blood samples are lower than those in EDTA and highlight the necessity to present citrated samples mixed wtih dried EDTA when characterization or quality control of blood and blood components is required. Analysis of the mean platelet volume (MPV) showed significantly lower values (6-13%, P less than 0.05) in the citrated samples as compared to the same samples in EDTA, and a significant increase (4-6%, P less than 0.01) on the addition of EDTA to the citrated samples after the sixth hour analysis. PMID:2125542

  19. Ferric citrate controls phosphorus and delivers iron in patients on dialysis.

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    Lewis, Julia B; Sika, Mohammed; Koury, Mark J; Chuang, Peale; Schulman, Gerald; Smith, Mark T; Whittier, Frederick C; Linfert, Douglas R; Galphin, Claude M; Athreya, Balaji P; Nossuli, A Kaldun Kaldun; Chang, Ingrid J; Blumenthal, Samuel S; Manley, John; Zeig, Steven; Kant, Kotagal S; Olivero, Juan Jose; Greene, Tom; Dwyer, Jamie P

    2015-02-01

    Patients on dialysis require phosphorus binders to prevent hyperphosphatemia and are iron deficient. We studied ferric citrate as a phosphorus binder and iron source. In this sequential, randomized trial, 441 subjects on dialysis were randomized to ferric citrate or active control in a 52-week active control period followed by a 4-week placebo control period, in which subjects on ferric citrate who completed the active control period were rerandomized to ferric citrate or placebo. The primary analysis compared the mean change in phosphorus between ferric citrate and placebo during the placebo control period. A sequential gatekeeping strategy controlled study-wise type 1 error for serum ferritin, transferrin saturation, and intravenous iron and erythropoietin-stimulating agent usage as prespecified secondary outcomes in the active control period. Ferric citrate controlled phosphorus compared with placebo, with a mean treatment difference of -2.2±0.2 mg/dl (mean±SEM) (P<0.001). Active control period phosphorus was similar between ferric citrate and active control, with comparable safety profiles. Subjects on ferric citrate achieved higher mean iron parameters (ferritin=899±488 ng/ml [mean±SD]; transferrin saturation=39%±17%) versus subjects on active control (ferritin=628±367 ng/ml [mean±SD]; transferrin saturation=30%±12%; P<0.001 for both). Subjects on ferric citrate received less intravenous elemental iron (median=12.95 mg/wk ferric citrate; 26.88 mg/wk active control; P<0.001) and less erythropoietin-stimulating agent (median epoetin-equivalent units per week: 5306 units/wk ferric citrate; 6951 units/wk active control; P=0.04). Hemoglobin levels were statistically higher on ferric citrate. Thus, ferric citrate is an efficacious and safe phosphate binder that increases iron stores and reduces intravenous iron and erythropoietin-stimulating agent use while maintaining hemoglobin. PMID:25060056

  20. Preparation of association compound between rhodium(II) citrate and {beta}-cyclodextrin; Preparacao do composto de associacao entre citrato de rodio(II) e {beta}-ciclodextrina

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    Burgos, Ana E.; Okio, Coco K.Y.A., E-mail: aeburgosc@unal.edu.co [Departamento de Quimica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota (Colombia); Sinisterra, Ruben D. [Departamento de Quimica, Instituto de Ciencias Exatas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte - MG (Brazil)

    2012-07-01

    Inclusion compound of rhodium(II) citrate with{beta}-cyclodextrin in a 1:1 molar ratio was prepared using freeze-drying method. X-ray diffractometry, thermal analysis (TG/DTG/DSC), infrared and {sup 1}H-NMR with {sup 1}H spin lattice relaxation ({sup 1}H T{sub 1}) measurements and {sup 13}C techniques were used to characterize the system prepared. The results indicated the formation of inclusion or association compounds between rhodium(II) citrate and {beta}-cyclodextrin. (author)

  1. A comparative study on structural, morphological and luminescence characteristics of Zn3(VO4)2 phosphor prepared via hydrothermal and citrate-gel combustion routes

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    Pitale, Shreyas S.; Gohain, Mukut; Nagpure, I. M.; Ntwaeaborwa, O. M.; Bezuidenhoudt, Barend C. B.; Swart, H. C.

    2012-05-01

    Comparison of structural, morphological and spectroscopic properties of zinc vanadate Zn3(VO4)2 phosphor synthesized via two different methods, viz. citrate-gel combustion and hydrothermal reaction, is presented. Highly crystalline and pure phase micro-rods are achieved by citrate-gel combustion route. The hydrothermal reaction products exhibit ribbon like structures. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic investigation reveals the presence of multiple oxidation states of vanadium in the hydrothermally synthesized phosphor. Luminescence properties have also been compared and the effect of divalent cationic substitution (Ca, Mg) is presented.

  2. Zinc Absorption by Young Adults from Supplemental Zinc Citrate Is Comparable with That from Zinc Gluconate and Higher than from Zinc Oxide 1 2 3

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    Wegmüller, Rita; Tay, Fabian; Zeder, Christophe; Brnić, Marica; Hurrell, Richard F

    2013-01-01

    The water-soluble zinc salts gluconate, sulfate, and acetate are commonly used as supplements in tablet or syrup form to prevent zinc deficiency and to treat diarrhea in children in combination with oral rehydration. Zinc citrate is an alternative compound with high zinc content, slightly soluble in water, which has better sensory properties in syrups but no absorption data in humans. We used the double-isotope tracer method with 67Zn and 70Zn to measure zinc absorption from zinc citrate give...

  3. Synthesis and thermodynamic analysis of La0.7Sr0.3Cr0.87Y0.13O3-δprepared by EDTA­citrate complexing method%EDTA-柠檬酸络合法制备阳极催化剂La0.7Sr0.3Cr0.87Y0.13O3-δ及热力学分析

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    严涵; 朱秀芳; 钟秦; 谭文轶

    2013-01-01

      采用EDTA−柠檬酸络合法制备固体氧化物燃料电池钙钛矿型耐硫阳极催化剂La0.7Sr0.3Cr0.87Y0.13O3−δ。采用TG−DSC对EDTA−柠檬酸络合法制备的阳极溶胶的热分解温度及晶相的形成温度进行分析;采用XRD和SEM等分析手段对烧结后的阳极粉末进行表征,并与尿素燃烧法制备的阳极粉末进行对比。再通过热力学软件计算分析阳极在H2S气氛中于一定氧分压(p(O2))和硫分压(p(S2))下的稳定性,对硫化前后阳极粉末的红外光谱进行对比分析,并对其耐硫性进行验证。结果表明:EDTA−柠檬酸络合法可以降低La0.7Sr0.3Cr0.87Y0.13O3−δ的烧结温度;La0.7­ Sr0.3Cr0.87Y0.13O3−δ具有一定的耐硫性能,升高操作温度和增大氧分压可以提高其耐硫性,符合耐硫阳极的要求。%The perovskite­type sulfur tolerant anode catalyst La0.7Sr0.3Cr0.87Y0.13O3−δ (LSCY) for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) was synthesized by EDTA­citrate complexing method. The thermal decomposition temperature and forming temperature of the crystal phase of the gel prepared by EDTA­citrate complexing method were analyzed by TG−DSC. The powders after sintering were characterized by XRD and SEM, and compared with the powders prepared by urea combustion method. The thermodynamic calculation was made to analyze the stability of the anode materials when being exposed to H2S in a range of partial pressures of sulphur (p(S2)) and oxygen (p(O2)). The infrared spectra of the anode were compared before and after exposure to H2S to test the resistance to sulfur. The results show that the sintering temperature is decreased by using EDTA­citrate complexing method, the La0.7Sr0.3Cr0.87Y0.13O3−δis resistant to sulfur, and increasing the operating temperature and the partial pressures of oxygen (pO2) can improve its resistance to sulfur. Therefore, it meets the requirements of sulfur­ tolerant anode.

  4. Importance of oxalate precursors for oxalate metabolism in rats.

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    Ogawa, Y; Miyazato, T; Hatano, T

    1999-11-01

    Three metabolic precursors of oxalate were compared after intravenous administration to rats by measuring the urinary excretion of oxalate and related substances using capillary electrophoresis. Urine specimens were collected hourly from eight male Wistar rats (approximately 200 g) in each group. Glyoxylate (2 mg), glycolate (10 mg), and hydroxypyruvate (100 mg) were almost equally oxalogenic based on urinary oxalate excretion, with 22.0, 6.1, and 0.4% of the respective doses being converted into oxalate, 3, 8.9, and 0.2% into glycolate, and 1, 0.1, and 0.003% into glyoxylate. The mean urinary excretion of oxalate peaked between 1 and 2 h, while that of glycolate peaked at 1 h. The baseline urinary excretion of glycolate and glyoxylate was 0.11 to 0.24 micromol/h and 0.0 to 8.3 nmol/h, respectively, and all three agents caused a significant increase of urinary glycolate excretion for 2 to 3 h. Only glyoxylate administration increased urinary glyoxylate excretion at 1 h. Hydroxypyruvate administration significantly increased urinary hydroxypyruvate, glycerate, and citrate excretion at 1 to 2 h. The increase of urinary citrate excretion remains to be explained. PMID:10541259

  5. Application of capillary electrophoresis to the uranyl/citrate system in moderately acidic solutions

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    The capillary electrophoresis method has been applied to the speciation study of uranium(VI) at room temperature, in 0.02M citrate buffer solutions, at pH values between 2.5 and 5.5 and at citrate/U ratios between 20 and 40. No negatively charged species have been pointed out at pH values lower than 3. For a pH value higher than 5, the electropherograms are ill-defined and the signals cannot be analyzed simply (owing to a high and rough baseline). In the pH range 3-5, up to 4 peaks can be attributed to U(VI) species. Two of them are likely due to the expected monomer [(UO2)(Cit)]- and dimer [(UO2)2(Cit)2]2- complex species and these species are shown to be in quasi-equilibrium with two other species possessing slightly lower migration velocities, [(UO2)H(Cit)(OH)]- and [(UO2)2H2(Cit)2(OH)2]2-, respectively. Speciation diagrams calculated by an exact analytical approach are proposed in order to explain the experimental results. A complete agreement between theoretical and experimental results needs to take into account kinetic and hydrolysis effects. (author)

  6. Interactions of Tc(IV) with citrate in NaCl media

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    This paper presents the experimental determination of the stability constant for the citrate complexes with TcO(OH)+ and TcO(OH)20 at different ionic strengths (NaCl), using a solvent extraction method. Data show that the stability constants for the formation of TcO(OH)Cit2- and TcO(OH)2Cit3- are 107.5±0.2 and 102.8±0.2, respectively, at zero ionic strength, with an average of 106.5±0.3 and 102.8±0.2, respectively, in the 1.0-3.0 M ionic strength range. PHREEQC calculations based on these stability constants show that the TcO(OH)Cit2- is the predominant species between pH 3 and 8 and that 50 mM citrate leads to a Tc(IV) solubility of 2 x 10-5 M at pH 5. (orig.)

  7. Synthesis of ZnS thin films from aqueous caustic of trisodium citrate and their properties

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    Martyn A. Sozanskyi

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Zinc sulfide (ZnS thin films due to their properties are widely used in various electronic optical devices. They are produced by several methods, among which – vacuum sublimation, high frequency sputtering method, quasiclosed volume method, sol-gel method, electrodeposition. These methods have high energy consumption which increases the price of ZnS thin films. Aim: The aim of this work is to establish the optimal parameters of the synthesis of ZnS thin films of the aqueous caustic and the correlation between content of zinc in the synthesized films determined by the method of stripping voltammetry and thickness, structural, morphological and optical parameters. Materials and Methods: The ZnS thin films were obtained from aqueous caustics of zinc-containing salt using chemical deposition. Fresh solution of zinc-containing salt, trisodium citrate (Na3C6H5O7 as a complexing agent, thiourea ((NH22CS and ammonium hydroxide (NH4OH was used for the synthesis of ZnS films by chemical deposition. The deposition was performed on prepared glass substrates with the area of 5,76 cm2. Results: The phase mixture of the films has been determined. It showed the presence of ZnS compounds in the cubic modification (sphalerite. Stripping voltammetry was used to determine the mass of zinc in the ZnS films on various conditions of synthesis, namely on the concentration of the initial zinc-containing salt, trisodium citrate, thiourea, deposition time and temperature. The surface morphology, optical properties, the thickness of the ZnS resulting films have been studied. Conclusions: The optimal conditions for the synthesis of ZnS films were found based on these data. Three-dimensional surface morphology of ZnS film studies showed its smoothness, uniformity, integrity and confirmed the correctness of determining the optimal synthesis parameters.

  8. Fluorine-doped nanocrystalline SnO2 powders prepared via a single molecular precursor method as anode materials for Li-ion batteries

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    Fluorine-doped nanocrystalline tin dioxide materials (F:SnO2) have been successfully prepared by the sol-gel process from a single molecular precursor followed by a thermal treatment at 450-650 deg. C. The resulting materials were characterized by FTIR spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption porosimetry (BET) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The mean particle size increased from 5 to 20 nm and the specific surface area decreased from 123 to 37 m2/g as the temperature of heat treatment was risen from 450 to 650 deg. C. Fluorine-doped nanocrystalline SnO2 exhibited capacity of 560, 502, and 702 mA h/g with 48%, 50%, and 40% capacity retention after 25 cycles between 1.2 V and 50 mV at the rate of 25 mA/g, respectively. In comparison, commercial SnO2 showed an initial capacity of 388 mA h/g, with only 23% capacity retention after 25 cycles

  9. The impact of TEL-AML1 (ETV6-RUNX1) expression in precursor B cells and implications for leukaemia using three different genome-wide screening methods

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    The reciprocal translocation t(12;21)(p13;q22), the most common structural genomic alteration in B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in children, results in a chimeric transcription factor TEL-AML1 (ETV6-RUNX1). We identified directly and indirectly regulated target genes utilizing an inducible TEL-AML1 system derived from the murine pro B-cell line BA/F3 and a monoclonal antibody directed against TEL-AML1. By integration of promoter binding identified with chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP)-on-chip, gene expression and protein output through microarray technology and stable labelling of amino acids in cell culture, we identified 217 directly and 118 indirectly regulated targets of the TEL-AML1 fusion protein. Directly, but not indirectly, regulated promoters were enriched in AML1-binding sites. The majority of promoter regions were specific for the fusion protein and not bound by native AML1 or TEL. Comparison with gene expression profiles from TEL-AML1-positive patients identified 56 concordantly misregulated genes with negative effects on proliferation and cellular transport mechanisms and positive effects on cellular migration, and stress responses including immunological responses. In summary, this work for the first time gives a comprehensive insight into how TEL-AML1 expression may directly and indirectly contribute to alter cells to become prone for leukemic transformation

  10. Ferric Citrate Hydrate as a Phosphate Binder and Risk of Aluminum Toxicity

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    Ajay Gupta

    2014-01-01

    Ferric citrate hydrate was recently approved in Japan as an oral phosphate binder to be taken with food for the control of hyperphosphatemia in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The daily therapeutic dose is about 3 to 6 g, which comprises about 2 to 4 g of citrate. Oral citrate solubilizes aluminum that is present in food and drinking water, and opens the tight junctions in the intestinal epithelium, thereby increasing aluminum absorption and urinary excretion. In healthy animals d...

  11. Forsterite Carbonation in Wet Supercritical CO2 and Sodium Citrate

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    Qiu, L.; Schaef, T.; Wang, Z.; Miller, Q.; McGrail, P.

    2013-12-01

    Lin Qiu1*, Herbert T. Schaef2, Zhengrong Wang1, Quin R.S. Miller3, BP McGrail2 1. Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA 2. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, USA 3. University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA Geologic reservoirs for managing carbon emissions (mostly CO2) have expanded over the last 5 years to include unconventional formations including basalts and fractured shales. Recently, ~1000 metric tons of CO2 was injected into the Columbia River Basalt (CRB) in Eastern Washington as part of the Wallula Pilot Project, Big Sky Regional Carbon Partnership. Based on reservoir conditions, the injected CO2 is present as a supercritical fluid that dissolves into the formation water over time, and reacts with basalt components to form carbonate minerals. In this paper, we discuss mineral transformation reactions occurring when the forsterite (Mg2SiO4) is exposed to wet scCO2 in equilibrium with pure water and sodium citrate solutions. Forsterite was selected as it is an important olivine group mineral present in igneous and mafic rocks. Citrate was selected as it has been shown to enhance mineral dissolution and organic ligands are possible degradation products of the microbial communities present in the formational waters of the CRB. For the supercritical phase, transformation reactions were examined by in situ high pressure x-ray diffraction (HXRD) in the presence of supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) in contact with water and sodium citrate solutions at conditions relevant to carbon sequestration. Experimental results show close-to-complete dissolution of forsterite in contact with scCO2 equilibrated with pure water for 90 hours (90 bar and 50°C). Under these conditions, thin films of water coated the mineral surface, providing a mechanism for silicate dissolution and transport of cations necessary for carbonate formation. The primary crystalline component initially detected with in situ HXRD was the hydrated magnesium carbonate, nesquehonite [Mg

  12. Renal uptake of /sup 67/Ga-citrate in renal amyloidosis due to Familiar Mediterranean Fever

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    Banzo-Marraco, J.; Abos-Olivares, M.D.; Iribar-Ibabe, M.C.; Prats-Rivera, E.; Banzo-Marraco, J.I.; Teijeiro-Vidal, J.; Nerin-Mora, E.; Nerin de la Puerta, I.

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    Renal uptake of /sup 67/Ga-citrate is described in a patient with biopsy-proven amyloidosis of the kidneys, due to Familiar Mediterranean Fever. After administration 150 MBq (4mCi) /sup 67/Ga-citrate, scans were done at 48, 72, and 120 h. Intense uptake was noted in both kidneys. A renal biopsy done 5 days after the /sup 67/Ga-citrate scan revealed a pattern typical of amyloidosis. Gallium scanning can be useful in patients with fever of unknown origin. Renal amyloidosis can be considered when renal uptake of /sup 67/Ga-citrate associated with nephrotic syndrome is observed.

  13. Impact of Creatine on Coordination of Urea and Citrate Cycles

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    Kohlíková, E.; Petr, M.; Navrátil, Tomáš; Šenholdová, Z.; Přistoupilová, K.; Přistoupil, T. I.; Heyrovský, Michael; Pelclová, D.

    Praha: IV. interní klinika 1. LF UK Praha, 2006 - (Tvrzická, E.), s. 21-24 ISBN 80-239-7726-1. [Atherosklerosa 2006. Diagnostika, léčba, prevence v dětském i dospělém věku. Praha (CZ), 11.09.2006-13.09.2006] R&D Projects: GA MPO 1H-PK/42; GA MZd NR8107 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : Atherosclerosis * Citrate cycle * Urea cycle * Blood Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  14. Effects of Sodium Citrate on the Ammonium Sulfate Recycled Leaching of Low-Grade Zinc Oxide Ores

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    Yang, Kun; Li, Shi-wei; Zhang, Li-bo; Peng, Jin-hui; Ma, Ai-yuan; Wang, Bao-bao

    2016-03-01

    The effects of sodium citrate on ammonium sulfate recycled leaching of low-grade zinc oxide ores were studied. By applying various kinds of detection and analysis techniques such as chemical composition analysis, chemical phase method, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectrum (SEM/EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier-transforming infrared spectrum (FT-IR), zinc raw ore, its leaching slag and the functional mechanism of sodium citrate were investigated. Based on a comprehensive analysis, it can be concluded that in contrast to hemimorphite (Zn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O), amorphous smithsonite (ZnCO3) and zinc silicate (Zn2SiO4) prove to be refractory phases under ammonium sulfate leaching, while sodium citrate has a better chelating action with the refractory phases, resulting in a higher zinc leaching rate. Under conditions of [NH3]/[NH3]T molar ratio being 0.5, [NH3]T being 7.5 mol/L, [Na3C6H5O7] being 0.2 mol/L, S/L ratio being 1:5, temperature being 303 K, holding time being 1 h in each of the two stages, and stirring rate being 300 rpm, the leaching rate of zinc reached 93.4%. In this article, sulfate ammonium recycled technology also reveals its unique advantage in processing low-grade zinc oxide ores accompanied by high silicon and high alkaline gangue.

  15. Influence of Precursors and Solvents on the Phase Transitionof nano-TiO2 prepared by the Coprecipitation Method%沉淀法制备条件对氧化钛相变的影响

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    刘道胜; 管正民; 张静

    2012-01-01

    采用沉淀方法制备了纳米TiO2,探讨了制备过程中前驱体及溶剂对二氧化钛从锐钛矿到金红石相变的影响.结果表明:采用钛酸四丁酯(Ti(OBu)4)、异丙醇钛(TTIP)及钛酸四乙酯(Ti(OEt)4)为前驱体时,TiO2相变温度顺序为Ti(OBu)4> TTIP >Ti(OEt)4;不同溶剂制备的TiO2相变的温度不同,从锐钛矿转化为金红石晶相的温度由乙二醇<甲醇<乙醇方向增加.%Nano-TiO2 sample was prepared by the coprecipitation method. Influence of precursors and solvents during preparation on the phase transition of nano-TiO2 was discussed. The results show that:when Ti(Obu)4, TTIP and Ti(Oet)4 are used as precursors, the phase transition temperature order is Ti(Obu)4> TTIP > Ti(Oet)4; phase transition temperature of TiO2 prepared with different solvents is different; it is found that the temperature increases in order: glyco<ethanol < methanol.

  16. PRECURSORS OF EARTHQUAKES: VLF SIGNALSIONOSPHERE IONOSPHERE RELATION

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    lot of people have died because of earthquakes every year. Therefore It is crucial to predict the time of the earthquakes reasonable time before it had happed. This paper presents recent information published in the literature about precursors of earthquakes. The relationships between earthquakes and ionosphere are targeted to guide new researches in order to study further to find novel prediction methods.

  17. Generation of nonlinear vortex precursors

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    We numerically study the propagation of a few-cycle pulse carrying orbital angular momentum (OAM) through a dense atomic system. Nonlinear precursors consisting of high-order vortex har- monics are generated in the transmitted field due to ultrafast Bloch oscillation. The nonlinear precursors survive to propagation effects and are well separated with the main pulse, which provide a straightforward way of measuring precursors. By the virtue of carrying high-order OAM, the obtained vortex precursors as information carriers have potential applications in optical informa- tion and communication fields where controllable loss, large information-carrying capacity and high speed communication are required.

  18. Generation of Nonlinear Vortex Precursors

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    Chen, Yue-Yue; Feng, Xun-Li; Liu, Chengpu

    2016-07-01

    We numerically study the propagation of a few-cycle pulse carrying orbital angular momentum (OAM) through a dense atomic system. Nonlinear precursors consisting of high-order vortex harmonics are generated in the transmitted field due to carrier effects associated with ultrafast Bloch oscillation. The nonlinear precursors survive to propagation effects and are well separated with the main pulse, which provides a straightforward way to measure precursors. By virtue of carrying high-order OAM, the obtained vortex precursors as information carriers have potential applications in optical information and communication fields where controllable loss, large information-carrying capacity, and high speed communication are required.

  19. Bioavailability of zinc and phosphorus in calcareous soils as affected by citrate exudation

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    Duffner, A.; Hoffland, E.; Temminghoff, E.J.M.

    2012-01-01

    Aims Zinc (Zn) and phosphorus (P) deficiency often occurs at the same time and limits crop production in many soils. It has been suggested that citrate root exudation is a response of plants to both deficiencies. We used white lupin (Lupinus albus L.) as a model plant to clarify if citrate exuded by

  20. PREPARATION OF SORBITOL CITRATE POLYESTERS BY REACTIVE EXTRUSION AND APPLICATION AS INHIBITIORS OF CALCIUM CARBONATE PRECIPITATION

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    Sorbitol citrates were prepared using a vented ZSK-30-twin-screw extruder as part of a program to develop bio-based, water soluble polycarboxylates. A Box-Behnken experimental design was used and included the variables sorbitol, citric acid, sodium citrate, temperature and feed rate. Extent of est...

  1. MECHANISM AND ENERGETICS OF A CITRATE-TRANSPORT SYSTEM OF KLEBSIELLA-PNEUMONIAE

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    VANDERREST, ME; ABEE, T; MOLENAAR, D; KONINGS, WN

    1991-01-01

    The citrate-transport determinant of plasmid pES1 from Klebsiella pneumoniae [Schwarz, E. & Oesterhelt, D. (1985) EMBO J. 4, 1599 - 1603] has been subcloned in Escherichia coli DH1. Uptake of citrate in E. coli membrane vesicles via this uptake system is an electrogenic process, although the pH grad

  2. 21 CFR 520.763c - Dithiazanine iodide and piperazine citrate suspension.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Dithiazanine iodide and piperazine citrate... § 520.763c Dithiazanine iodide and piperazine citrate suspension. (a) Specifications. Each milliliter of the drug contains 69 milligrams of dithiazanine iodide and 83 milligrams of piperazine base...

  3. Mechanism of Citrate Metabolism by an Oxaloacetate Decarboxylase-Deficient Mutant of Lactococcus lactis IL1403

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    Pudlik, Agata M.; Lolkema, Juke S.

    2011-01-01

    Citrate metabolism in resting cells of Lactococcus lactis IL1403(pFL3) results in the formation of two end products from the intermediate pyruvate, acetoin and acetate (A. M. Pudlik and J. S. Lolkema, J. Bacteriol. 193:706-714, 2011). Pyruvate is formed from citrate following uptake by the transport

  4. Standardization of the biological control of 67 Ga-citrate in rats and mice

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    67Ga-citrate is frequently used in Nuclear Medicine for tumor diagnosis. This study established the biological distribution parameters in rats with experimental abscesses in the left thigh. The biological model choosen made possible the routine control of 67Ga-citrate giving a realiable result in a relative short-time (60 min.) after the radionuclide administration. (author)

  5. Characterization of citrate utilization in Corynebacterium glutamicum by transcriptome and proteome analysis.

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    Polen, Tino; Schluesener, Daniela; Poetsch, Ansgar; Bott, Michael; Wendisch, Volker F

    2007-08-01

    Corynebacterium glutamicum grows aerobically on a variety of carbohydrates and organic acids as single or combined sources of carbon and energy. To characterize the citrate utilization in C. glutamicum on a genomewide scale, a comparative analysis was carried out by combining transcriptome and proteome analysis. In cells grown on citrate, transcriptome analysis revealed highest expression changes for two different citrate-uptake systems encoded by citM and tctCBA, whereas genes encoding uptake systems for the glucose- (ptsG), sucrose- (ptsS) and fructose- (ptsF) specific PTS components and permeases for gluconate (gntP) and glutamate (gluC) displayed decreased mRNA levels in citrate-grown cells. This pattern was also observed when cells grown in Luria-Bertani (LB) medium plus citrate were compared with cells grown in LB medium, indicating some kind of catabolite repression. Genes encoding enzymes of the tricarboxylic acid cycle (aconitase, succinyl-CoA synthetase, succinate dehydrogenase and fumarase), malic enzyme, PEP carboxykinase, gluconeogenic glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase and ATP synthase displayed increased expression in cells grown on citrate. Accordingly, proteome analysis revealed elevated protein levels of these enzymes and showed a good correlation with the mRNA levels. In conclusion, this study revealed the citrate stimulon in C. glutamicum and the regulated central metabolic genes when grown on citrate. PMID:17559405

  6. Heteronuclear compounds of copper (2) and nickel (2), oxovanadium (4) in citrate aqueous solutions

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    Equilibrium processes of formation of heteronuclear compounds of copper (2) and VO2+, Ni2+, Co2+ ions with citric acid (H4Cit) were studied by the method of nuclear magnetic relaxation. Computer calculated diagrams of complex form distribution shown that heteronuclear complexes represent the main forms of Cu2+ and VO2+ ion existence in citrate solutions in pH>3 reqion. Exstence of heteronuclear complexes of CuVO(HCit)Cit3-, CuVO(Cit)4- compositions was revealed in the region pH 2.5-10. Equilibrium constants and accumulation fractions under various concentration conditions were calculated for these complexes. CuVO(Cit)24- complex is stable only up to pH∼7.5. Oxidation degree of metal ions, forming heteronuclear particle, changes with increase of solutions pH simultaneously with hydrolysis

  7. The effects of creatine pyruvate and creatine citrate on performance during high intensity exercise

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    Purpura Martin

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study was performed to evaluate the effect of oral creatine pyruvate (Cr-Pyr and creatine citrate (Cr-Cit supplementation on exercise performance in healthy young athletes. Methods Performance during intermittent handgrip exercise of maximal intensity was evaluated before (pretest and after (posttest 28 days of Cr-Pyr (5 g/d, n = 16, Cr-Cit (5 g/d, n = 16 or placebo (pla, 5 g/d, n = 17 intake. Subjects performed ten 15-sec exercise intervals, each followed by 45 sec rest periods. Results Cr-Pyr (p Conclusion It is concluded that four weeks of Cr-Pyr and Cr-Cit intake significantly improves performance during intermittent handgrip exercise of maximal intensity and that Cr-Pyr might benefit endurance, due to enhanced activity of the aerobic metabolism.

  8. Radiolabeled porphyrin versus gallium-67 citrate for the detection of human melanoma in athymic mice

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    We performed the biodistribution and imaging studies of 111In and 67Ga labeled tetra(4-N-methylpyridyl) porphine, (T4NMPYP), and compared it to that of 67Ga citrate in athymic mice bearing a human melanoma xenograft. The biodistribution results of both 111In and 67Ga labeled T4NMPYP (3, 6, 24, and 48 hours) were similar but differed from that of 67Ga citrate (48 hours). The optimum tumor uptake of both radiolabeled porphyrins was at 6 hours postinjection and was lower than the tumor uptake of 67Ga citrate at 48 hours postinjection. Kidney was the only organ showing higher uptake of radiolabeled porphyrin compared to that of 67Ga citrate. The imaging studies performed with 111In T4NMPYP and 67Ga citrate correspond to the biodistribution results. Osteomyelitis present in one mouse showed good localization of 111In T4NMPYP. 15 refs., 3 figs., 5 tabs

  9. Catalytic oxidation of n-hexane promoted by Ce{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 2} catalysts prepared by one-step polymeric precursor method

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    Araújo, Vinícius D., E-mail: dantas@ursa.ifsc.usp.br [Instituto de Física, Universidade de São Paulo – USP, 13560-970 São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Lima, Maurício M. de [Instituto de Ciencia de los Materiales, Universidad de Valencia, E-46071 Valencia (Spain); Fundación General, Universitat de Valencia, Valencia (Spain); Cantarero, Andrés [Instituto de Ciencia de los Materiales, Universidad de Valencia, E-46071 Valencia (Spain); Bernardi, Maria I.B. [Instituto de Física, Universidade de São Paulo – USP, 13560-970 São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Bellido, Jorge D.A. [CAP-Engenharia Química, Universidade Federal de São João Del-Rei – UFSJ, São João Del-Rei, MG (Brazil); Assaf, Elisabete M. [Instituto de Química, Universidade de São Paulo – USP, 13560-970 São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Balzer, Rosana; Probst, Luiz F.D. [Departamento de Química, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina – UFSC, 88040-900 Florianópolis, SC (Brazil); Fajardo, Humberto V. [Departamento de Química, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto – UFOP, 35400-000 Ouro Preto, MG (Brazil)

    2013-11-01

    Ceria-supported copper catalysts (Ce{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 2}, with x (mol) = 0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.10) were prepared in one step through the polymeric precursor method. The textural properties of the catalysts were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Rietveld refinement, N{sub 2}-physisorption (BET surface area), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), UV–visible diffuse reflectance and photoluminescence spectroscopies and temperature-programmed reduction (TPR). In a previous study ceria-supported copper catalysts were found to be efficient in the preferential oxidation of CO. In this study, we extended the catalytic application of Ce{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 2} systems to n-hexane oxidation and it was verified that the catalysts were highly efficient in the proposed reaction. The best performance (up to 95% conversion) was observed for the catalysts with low copper loads (Ce{sub 0.97}Cu{sub 0.03}O{sub 2} and Ce{sub 0.99}Cu{sub 0.01}O{sub 2}, respectively). The physicochemical characterizations revealed that these behaviors could be attributed to the copper species present in the catalysts and the interaction between CuO and CeO{sub 2}, which vary according to the copper content. - Highlights: • Synthesis of CuO/CeO2 catalysts by the one-step polymeric precursor method. • 95% n-hexane conversion on Ce0.97Cu0.03O2 catalyst. • Redox properties play a key role in the catalytic performance.

  10. Comparing of letrozole versus clomiphene citrate combined with gonadotropins in intrauterine insemination cycles

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    Fatemeh Ayazi Roozbahani

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Clomiphene citrate (CC an agonist and antagonist of estrogen, is the first line treatment in ovarian stimulation. Anti-estrogenic effect of CC in endometrial thickness and cervical mucus has negative effect on pregnancy rate. Letrozole is an Aromatase Inhibitor has been seen that has acceptable pregnancy rate compared to CC.Objective: The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of letrozole and clomiphene citrate (CC with gonadotropins for ovarian stimulation in women candidate for intrauterine insemination (IUI.Materials and Methods: One hundred sixty patients eligible to IUI therapy enrolled in this study. Patients randomized to two groups: group A (received letrozole-gonadotropin and group B (received CC-gonadotropin. In group A (n=80 letrozole was given on days 3-7 of the menstrual cycles. In group B clomiphen citrate was given like letrozole combined with human menopausal gonadotropin (hMG administered every day starting on day 8. Ovulation was triggered with urinary HCG when the leading follicle (s reached 18 mm in diameter. A single IUI was performed 36-40 hours later. The ovarian stimulation response (E2 levels and number of follicles, clinical pregnancy and endometrial thickness was primary outcome.Results: Both groups were similar in demographic characteristics. There was a significantly lower peak serum E2 level in the letrozole group compared with CC. (236±86 Vs. 283±106 pg/mL, respectively; p18 mm preovulatory follicles was significantly higher in CC group than letrozole group (2.2±.68 Vs. 2.02±0.63 respectively; p=0.025. Endometrial thickness measured at the time of hCG administration was significantly higher in letrozole group. (9.08±1.2 mm Vs. 8.1±1.9 mm; p=0.0001. The clinical pregnancy rate was comparable between two groups.Conclusion: Letrozole is a good and cost-effective alternative to CC in IUI cycles

  11. Proceedings of the workshop on precursor analysis

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    The purpose of the meeting was to provide a forum for open discussion on the state-of-the-art of Precursor Analysis to all professional parties involved, i.e. industry, regulators and support organizations. The meeting was intended to discuss insights both from the operating experience point of view and from the PA methodology point of view. Therefore, it was considered interesting to bring together specialists in the use and application of operational feedback (mainly covered via NEA CSNI/WGOE) and specialists in methodological aspects of Precursor Analysis (mainly covered via CSNI/WGRISK). Cross-fertilization of insights and experiences was expected to be beneficial for both sides. The major effort in Precursor Analysis is carried out on a limited set of safety significant events that occurred at commercial nuclear power plants. Thus, an objective of the Workshop was also to explore, to which extent Precursor Analysis is already applied to other types of nuclear installations (fuel fabrication, research reactors, etc.). In session 1, introductory remarks were given by representatives of WGOE and WGRISK, the two OECD/NEA working groups respectively on Operating Experience and Risk. Sessions 2, 5 and 6 focused on national programs of probabilistic precursor analysis. Contributions from US, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Czech Republic, Belgium and Japan were presented. Sessions 7 and 8 brought further prospects on the national programs, combined with information on more specific applications. These sessions contained contributions from Hungary, US, Spain, and France. Session 3 was mainly dealing with the more classical (non probabilistic) approach of the analysis of operational events, with contributions from Finland, Belgium, and Sweden. A consultant company (Enconet) presented a newly developed method and a computer tool. Session 4 focused on methodological aspects, and the development of guidelines and models for probabilistic precursor analysis. It included a

  12. „Mid-stimulation psychosis” in the course of in vitro fertilization procedure with the use of clomiphene citrate and bromocriptine – case study

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    Holka-Pokorska, Justyna

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Aim. A few cases of psychosis induced by clomiphene citrate have been described so far. However, data on the prevalence of psychotic symptoms among women treated for infertility are inconclusive. Still a little is known about possible psychiatric complications of medications used in assisted reproduction techniques (ART. We present a case of a patient who developed transient psychotic symptoms in the course of the in vitro fertilization procedures. To our knowledge, this is the first case of ‘mid-stimulation psychosis’, which has been observed during ART using clomiphene citrate and bromocriptine. The aim of this study is to describe the determinants of pharmacotherapy undertaken in ART, which can result in the development of psychotic symptoms. Methods. The case presentation Conclusions. The use of clomiphene citrate for ovulation induction in combination with bromocriptine used for chronic hyperprolactinemia is a likely mechanism that might have triggered psychotic symptoms in the case presented. However, combination therapy with clomiphen citrate and bromocriptine may be the pharmacological model of hyper-dopaminergia followed by chaotic changes in serum estrogen levels and might lead to an increased sensitivity of dopamine receptors. The above therapeutic schema may increase susceptibility to the development of psychotic symptoms in treated women. This impact should be considered in the case of any psychotic complications in patients undergoing assisted reproduction techniques.

  13. PREPARATION, CHRACTERIZATION AND EVALUATION OF STARCH CITRATE- A NEW MODIFIED STARCH AS A DISINTEGRANT IN TABLET FORMULATIONS

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    2011-01-01

    Starch citrate prepared by reacting potato starch with citric acid at elevated temperatures was found to be a white, crystalline, non-hygroscopic powder. Starch citrate prepared exhibited excellent flow characteristics. Starch citrate was insoluble in water and aqueous fluids of acidic and alkaline pHs. It also exhibited good swelling (1500%) in water. It has no pasting or gelling property when heated at 1000C in water for 30 min. As starch citrate exhibited good swelling in water it is consi...

  14. Model‐Based Assessment of Plasma Citrate Flux Into the Liver: Implications for NaCT as a Therapeutic Target

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    2016-01-01

    Cytoplasmic citrate serves as an important regulator of gluconeogenesis and carbon source for de novo lipogenesis in the liver. For this reason, the sodium‐coupled citrate transporter (NaCT), a plasma membrane transporter that governs hepatic influx of plasma citrate in human, is being explored as a potential therapeutic target for metabolic disorders. As cytoplasmic citrate also originates from intracellular mitochondria, the relative contribution of these two pathways represents critical in...

  15. Efeito do vapor d'água na síntese pelo método do precursor polimérico da alumina contendo aditivos Effect of water vapor on the synthesis by the polymeric precursor method of alumina doped powders

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    R. H. R. Castro

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available A presença de H2O nos processos de síntese e transformação de fase da alumina tem usualmente função catalisadora, diminuindo as temperaturas dos processos e facilitando os possíveis rearranjos atômicos. Neste trabalho mostrou-se que o vapor de H2O durante a síntese pode não apenas acelerar os processos diminuindo as energias de ativação, mas também induzir diferentes formas de ação de aditivos. O estudo foi possível utilizando-se o método dos precursores poliméricos para a síntese dos pós, que permite um controle absoluto do teor de H2O na etapa de cristalização do material. Alumina contendo Mn ou Mg como aditivos foram sintetizadas na ausência de H2O e na presença de excesso controlado desta e fases diferentes para cada situação foram observadas. Uma explicação do fenômeno é descrita em função da dependência da cristalização da gama-Al2O3 na presença de H+ para compensação das vacâncias catiônicas.It is commonly accepted that the presence of H2O during the synthesis and phase transformation of alumina causes decreasing temperatures of these processes since it increases the atomic motilities. In addition to this general concept, in this work H2O vapor is also shown to play an important role on the influence of additives in alumina based systems. Alumina powders containing Mn or Mg were synthesized by the polymeric precursor method under H2O vapor or dry atmosphere during the crystallization stage. Each atmosphere promoted a different phase and an explanation for the phenomenon was given bases on the gamma-Al2O3 crystallization dependence on the H+ presence due to the required cationic vacancies compensations.

  16. Use of Blemaren citrate formula in gout patients with nephrolithiasis

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    M S Eliseev

    2008-01-01

    Results. After completion of a course of Blemaren therapy, there was an 8% reduction in the mean serum UA levels, which correlated with an increase in its daily excretion (by an average of 20%. The highest increase in UA excretion was observed in 20 patients with baseline hypoex-cretion (<700 mg/day: from 226,3 (range 201,6-436,8 to 635,0 (range 272,2-705,6 mg/day (p = 0,01. UA excretion substantially unchanged in patients with normal uricosuria (>700 mg/day. Side effects that could cause the agent to be discontinued were absent. Conclusion. The Blemaren citrate formula used in gout patients with nephrolithiasis causes a significant increase in the renal excretion of UA (p = 0,01, normalizes its metabolic parameters, and shows a high safety, without worsening hepatic and renal functions and electrolyte metabolism.

  17. Response of patients with indolent systemic mastocytosis to tamoxifen citrate.

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    Butterfield, Joseph H; Chen, Dong

    2016-01-01

    We examined whether tamoxifen citrate at 20mg/day for 1 year had a beneficial effect on laboratory findings, bone marrow mastocytosis, common clinical symptoms, or quality-of-life assessment for 5 women and 2 men with indolent systemic mastocytosis. Tamoxifen was well tolerated. We found significant reductions in the platelet count, serum alkaline phosphatase, and 24-h urinary excretion of N-methylhistamine and significant increases in serum lactate dehydrogenase and (excluding 2 patients taking aspirin) in 24-h urinary excretion of 11β-prostaglandin F2α. Overall, no change occurred in percent involvement of bone marrow by mastocytosis. Symptom scores were mild and did not change during the treatment. The 36-Item Short Form Health Survey scores for quality of life physical and mental components showed no marked changes. Tamoxifen, an older, nonhematotoxic medication, has limited activity in systemic mastocytosis at the dosage used in this study. PMID:26612479

  18. Influence of the preparation variables and the cerium addition on the microstructure of the Nb2 O5 obtained by the polymeric precursor method

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    The influence of the synthesis methodology on the structure of Nb2 O5 prepared by Pechini method was investigated. The effect of the content of the reagents on the surface areas was analyzed by using the factorial design method with two levels changing the molar ratio of citric acid: ethylene glycol (AC:EG) and citric acid: niobium complex (AC:Nb). The effect of the thermal treatment temperature was analyzed by X-ray diffraction analysis indicating that the Nb2 O5 is present in the hexagonal and orthorhombic phase in the investigated temperature range. The effect of the cerium addition was analyzed by X-ray diffraction and surface area characterization. (author)

  19. A liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method for simultaneous analysis of acrylamide and the precursors, asparagine and reducing sugars in bread

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    Nielsen, N.J.; Granby, Kit; Hedegaard, Rikke Susanne Vingborg;

    2006-01-01

    A LC-MS-MS method for simultaneous determination of acrylamide, asparagine, fructose, glucose and sucrose in bread was developed. The method is based on aqueous extraction by blending. After centrifugation the samples were cleaned up by solid phase extraction on C18 cartridges conditioned with 2 m......L of methanol and 2 x 2 mL of water and subsequently flushed with sample solution before the actual analytical sample fractions were collected. Analytes were separated on a Hypercarb column (100 mm x 2.1 mm, 5 mu m) and detected by tandem MS with electrospray ionisation. Acrylamide and saccharides were...... ionised in positive mode. Asparagine in wheat bread was detectable at lower levels using negative ion mode. To compensate for matrix induced signal suppression D-3-acrylamide and N-15(2)-asparagine were used as internal standards for acrylamide and asparagine, respectively. Recoveries were in the range 93...

  20. Cardiac Ischemia Reperfusion Injury Following Instillation of 20 nm Citrate-capped Nanosilver

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    Holland, Nathan A.; Becak, Daniel P.; Shanahan, Jonathan H.; Brown, Jared M.; Carratt, S. A.; Van Winkle, Laura S.; Pinkerton, Kent E.; Wang, Chong M.; Munusamy, Prabhakaran; Baer, Donald R.; Sumner, Susan J.; Fennell, T. R.; Lust, R. M.; Wingard, Chistopher J.

    2015-02-26

    Background: Silver nanoparticles (AgNP) have garnered much interest due to their antimicrobial properties, becoming one of the most utilized nano scale materials. However, any potential evocable cardiovascular injury associated with exposure has not been previously reported. We have previously demonstrated expansion of myocardial infarction after intratracheal (IT) instillation of other nanomaterials. We hypothesized that pulmonary exposure to Ag core AgNP induces persistent increase in circulating cytokines, expansion of cardiac ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury and associated with altered coronary vessel reactivity. Methods: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to 200 µg of 20 nm citrate capped Ag core AgNP, or a citrate vehicle intratracheally (IT). One and 7 days following IT instillation lungs were evaluated for inflammation and silver presence, serum was analyzed for concentrations of selected cytokines, and cardiac I/R injury and coronary artery reactivity was assessed. Results: AgNP instillation resulted in modest pulmonary injury with detection of silver in lung tissue and infiltrating cells, elevation of serum cytokines: G-CSF, MIP-1α, IL-1β, IL-2, IL-6, IL-13, IL-10, IL-18, IL-17, TNFα, and RANTES, expansion of I/R injury and depression of the coronary vessel reactivity at 1 day post IT compared to vehicle treated rats. Seven days post IT instillation was associated with persistent detection of silver in lungs, elevation in cytokines: IL-2, IL-13, and TNFα and expansion of I/R injury. Conclusions: Based on these data, IT instillation of AgNP increases circulating levels of several cytokines, which may contribute to persistent expansion of I/R injury possibly through an impaired vascular responsiveness.

  1. Effects of Acetate-Free Citrate Dialysate on Glycoxidation and Lipid Peroxidation Products in Hemodialysis Patients

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    Atsumi Masuda

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aims: Previous studies have shown the presence of high levels of glycoxidation and lipid peroxidation products in association with atherosclerosis in patients with end-stage kidney disease. Acetates are commonly used buffer for correcting metabolic acidosis in hemodialysis (HD patients. Since the toxic effects of acetates are well established, acetate-free citrate dialysate (AFD has become available in Japan. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the suppressive effects of AFD on oxidative stress in maintenance HD patients by measuring plasma pentosidine and malondialdehyde-modified low-density lipoprotein (MDA-LDL levels as markers for glycoxidation and lipid peroxidation products. Methods: Plasma pentosidine, MDA-LDL and other laboratory parameters were examined on maintenance HD at the Juntendo University Hospital before and after switching to AFD. Results: MDA-LDL levels divided by LDL cholesterol were significantly lower than those before switching to AFD. Furthermore, levels of plasma pentosidine were lower than those before switching to AFD. Stepwise multiple regression analysis revealed that the percent change of the calcium-phosphorus product in the nondiabetic group and that of phosphorus in the diabetic group were predictive variables for the percent change of MDA-LDL/LDL, whereas the percent change of log high-sensitive C-reactive protein and that of systolic blood pressure in the nondiabetic group and that of diastolic blood pressure in the diabetic group were predictive variables for the percent change of plasma pentosidine. Conclusions: It appears that AFD decreases glycoxidation and lipid peroxidation products when compared with acid citrate dextrose in HD patients. The reduction of oxidative stress by AFD during HD may have possible beneficial effects on atherosclerosis through calcium-phosphorus metabolism and blood pressure.

  2. Spermine and citrate as metabolic biomarkers for assessing prostate cancer aggressiveness.

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    Guro F Giskeødegård

    Full Text Available Separating indolent from aggressive prostate cancer is an important clinical challenge for identifying patients eligible for active surveillance, thereby reducing the risk of overtreatment. The purpose of this study was to assess prostate cancer aggressiveness by metabolic profiling of prostatectomy tissue and to identify specific metabolites as biomarkers for aggressiveness. Prostate tissue samples (n = 158, 48 patients with a high cancer content (mean: 61.8% were obtained using a new harvesting method, and metabolic profiles of samples representing different Gleason scores (GS were acquired by high resolution magic angle spinning magnetic resonance spectroscopy (HR-MAS. Multivariate analysis (PLS, PLS-DA and absolute quantification (LCModel were used to examine the ability to predict cancer aggressiveness by comparing low grade (GS = 6, n = 30 and high grade (GS≥7, n = 81 cancer with normal adjacent tissue (n = 47. High grade cancer tissue was distinguished from low grade cancer tissue by decreased concentrations of spermine (p = 0.0044 and citrate (p = 7.73·10(-4, and an increase in the clinically applied (total choline+creatine+polyamines/citrate (CCP/C ratio (p = 2.17·10(-4. The metabolic profiles were significantly correlated to the GS obtained from each tissue sample (r = 0.71, and cancer tissue could be distinguished from normal tissue with sensitivity 86.9% and specificity 85.2%. Overall, our findings show that metabolic profiling can separate aggressive from indolent prostate cancer. This holds promise for the benefit of applying in vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS within clinical MR imaging investigations, and HR-MAS analysis of transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsies has a potential as an additional diagnostic tool.

  3. Leading time domain seismic precursors

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    Boucouvalas, A. C.; Gkasios, M.; Keskebes, A.; Tselikas, N. T.

    2014-08-01

    The problem of predicting the occurrence of earthquakes is threefold. On one hand it is necessary to predict the date and magnitude of an earthquake, and on the other hand the location of the epicenter. In this work after a brief review of the state of earthquake prediction research, we report on a new leading time precursor for determining time onset of earthquake occurrence. We report the linking between earthquakes of the past with those which happen in the future via Fibonacci, Dual and Lucas numbers (FDL) numbers. We demonstrate it here with two example seed earthquakes at least 100 years old. Using this leading indicator method we can predict significant earthquake events >6.5R, with good accuracy approximately +- 1 day somewhere in the world. From a single seed we produce at least 100 trials simultaneously of which 50% are correct to +- 1day. The indicator is based on Fibonacci, Dual and Lucas numbers (FDL). This result hints that the log periodic FDL numbers are at the root of the understanding of the earthquake mechanism. The theory is based on the assumption that each occurred earthquake discontinuity can be thought of as a generating source of FDL time series. (The mechanism could well be linked to planetary orbits). When future dates are derived from clustering and convergence from previous strong earthquake dates at an FDL time distance, then we have a high probability for an earthquake to occur on that date. We set up a real time system which generates FDL time series from each previous significant earthquake (>7R) and we produce a year to year calendar of high probability earthquake dates. We have tested this over a number of years with considerable success. We have applied this technique for strong (>7R) earthquakes across the globe as well as on a restricted region such as the Greek geographic region where the magnitude is small (>4R-6.5R). In both cases the success of the method is impressive. It is our belief that supplementing this method with

  4. Genome-wide identification of citrus ATP-citrate lyase genes and their transcript analysis in fruits reveals their possible role in citrate utilization.

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    Hu, Xiao-Mei; Shi, Cai-Yun; Liu, Xiao; Jin, Long-Fei; Liu, Yong-Zhong; Peng, Shu-Ang

    2015-02-01

    ATP-citrate lyase (ACL, EC4.1.3.8) catalyzes citrate to oxaloacetate and acetyl-CoA in the cell cytosol, and has important roles in normal plant growth and in the biosynthesis of some secondary metabolites. We identified three ACL genes, CitACLα1, CitACLα2, and CitACLβ1, in the citrus genome database. Both CitACLα1 and CitACLα2 encode putative ACL α subunits with 82.5 % amino acid identity, whereas CitACLβ1 encodes a putative ACL β subunit. Gene structure analysis showed that CitACLα1 and CitACLα2 had 12 exons and 11 introns, and CitACLβ1 had 16 exons and 15 introns. CitACLα1 and CitACLβ1 were predominantly expressed in flower, and CitACLα2 was predominantly expressed in stem and fibrous roots. As fruits ripen, the transcript levels of CitACLα1, CitACLβ1, and/or CitACLα2 in cultivars 'Niuher' and 'Owari' increased, accompanied by significant decreases in citrate content, while their transcript levels decreased significantly in 'Egan No. 1' and 'Iyokan', although citrate content also decreased. In 'HB pummelo', in which acid content increased as fruit ripened, and in acid-free pummelo, transcript levels of CitACLα2, CitACLβ1, and/or CitACLα1 increased. Moreover, mild drought stress and ABA treatment significantly increased citrate contents in fruits. Transcript levels of the three genes were significantly reduced by mild drought stress, and the transcript level of only CitACLβ1 was significantly reduced by ABA treatment. Taken together, these data indicate that the effects of ACL on citrate use during fruit ripening depends on the cultivar, and the reduction in ACL gene expression may be attributed to citrate increases under mild drought stress or ABA treatment. PMID:25120169

  5. Effect of sodium citrate on preparation of nano-sized cobalt particles by organic colloidal process

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    Huaping ZHU; Hao LI; Huiyu SONG; Shijun LIAO

    2009-01-01

    Nano-sized cobalt particles with the diameter of 2 nm were prepared via an organic colloidal process with sodium formate, ethylene glycol and sodium citrate as the reducing agent, the solvent and the complexing agent, respectively. The effects of sodium citrate on the yield, crystal structure, particle size and size distribution of the prepared nano-sized cobalt particles were then investigated. The results show that the average particle diameter decreases from 200 nm to 2 nm when the molar ratio of sodium citrate to cobalt chloride changes from 0 to 6. Furthermore, sodium citrate plays a crucial role in the controlling of size distribution of the nano-sized particles. The size distribution of the particle without sodium citrate addition is in range from tens of nanometers to 300 or 400 nm, while that with sodium citrate addition is limited in the range of (2±0.25) nm. Moreover, it is found that the addition of sodium citrate as a complex agent could decrease the yield of the nano-sized cobalt particle.

  6. A method to represent ozone response to large changes in precursor emissions using high-order sensitivity analysis in photochemical models

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Photochemical grid models (PGMs are used to simulate tropospheric ozone and quantify its response to emission changes. PGMs are often applied for annual simulations to provide both maximum concentrations for assessing compliance with air quality standards and frequency distributions for assessing human exposure. Efficient methods for computing ozone at different emission levels can improve the quality of ozone air quality management efforts. This study demonstrates the feasibility of using the decoupled direct method (DDM to calculate first- and second-order sensitivity of ozone to anthropogenic NOx and VOC emissions in annual PGM simulations at continental scale. Algebraic models are developed that use Taylor series to produce complete annual frequency distributions of hourly ozone at any location and any anthropogenic emission level between zero and 100%, adjusted independently for NOx and VOC. We recommend computing the sensitivity coefficients at the mid-point of the emissions range over which they are intended to be applied, in this case with 50% anthropogenic emissions. The algebraic model predictions can be improved by combining sensitivity coefficients computed at 10% and 50% anthropogenic emissions. Compared to brute force simulations, algebraic model predictions tend to be more accurate in summer than winter, at rural than urban locations, and with 100% than zero anthropogenic emissions. Equations developed to combine sensitivity coefficients computed with 10% and 50% anthropogenic emissions are able to reproduce brute force simulation results with zero and 100% anthropogenic emissions with mean bias less than 2 ppb and mean error less than 3 ppb averaged over 22 US cities.

  7. Electrodialytic removal of heavy metals from municipal solid waste incineration fly ash using ammonium citrate as assisting agent

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    Pedersen, Anne Juul; Ottosen, Lisbeth M.; Villumsen, Arne

    2005-01-01

    Electrodialytic remediation, an electrochemically assisted separation method, has previ-ously shown potential for removal of heavy metals from municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) fly ashes. In this work electrodialytic remediation of MSWI fly ash using ammonium citrate as assisting agent was...... studied, and the results were compared with traditional batch extraction experiments. The application of electric current was found to increase the heavy metal release significantly compared to batch extraction experiments at comparable conditions (same liquid-to-solid ratio, same assisting agent, and...

  8. Ferric Citrate Transport of Escherichia coli: Functional Regions of the FecR Transmembrane Regulatory Protein

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    Welz, Dietrich; Braun, Volkmar

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    Transcription of the ferric citrate transport genes of Escherichia coli is induced by ferric citrate bound to the outer membrane receptor FecA. Additional ferric citrate-specific regulatory proteins are FecR in the cytoplasmic membrane and the FecI sigma factor in the cytoplasm. To further understand the assumed FecR-mediated signal transduction across the cytoplasmic membrane, the transmembrane topology of FecR (317 amino acids) was determined with hybrid proteins containing portions of FecR...

  9. Functional Nanoporous Polymers from Block Copolymer Precursors

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    Guo, Fengxiao

    functionalities remains a great challenge due to the limitation of available polymer synthesis and the nanoscale confinement of the porous cavities. The main topic of this thesis is to develop methods for fabrication of functional nanoporous polymers from block copolymer precursors. A method has been developed......Abstract Self-assembly of block copolymers provides well-defined morphologies with characteristic length scales in the nanometer range. Nanoporous polymers prepared by selective removal of one block from self-assembled block copolymers offer great technological promise due to their many potential......, where living anionic polymerization and atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) are combined to synthesize a polydimethylsiloxane-b-poly(tert-butyl acrylate)-b-polystyrene (PDMS-b-PtBA-b-PS) triblock copolymer precursor. By using either anhydrous hydrogen fluoride or trifluoroacetic acid, PtBA block...

  10. A Process-Based Model of TCA Cycle Functioning to Analyze Citrate Accumulation in Pre- and Post-Harvest Fruits.

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    Etienne, Audrey; Génard, Michel; Bugaud, Christophe

    2015-01-01

    Citrate is one of the most important organic acids in many fruits and its concentration plays a critical role in organoleptic properties. The regulation of citrate accumulation throughout fruit development, and the origins of the phenotypic variability of the citrate concentration within fruit species remain to be clarified. In the present study, we developed a process-based model of citrate accumulation based on a simplified representation of the TCA cycle to predict citrate concentration in fruit pulp during the pre- and post-harvest stages. Banana fruit was taken as a reference because it has the particularity of having post-harvest ripening, during which citrate concentration undergoes substantial changes. The model was calibrated and validated on the two stages, using data sets from three contrasting cultivars in terms of citrate accumulation, and incorporated different fruit load, potassium supply, and harvest dates. The model predicted the pre and post-harvest dynamics of citrate concentration with fairly good accuracy for the three cultivars. The model suggested major differences in TCA cycle functioning among cultivars during post-harvest ripening of banana, and pointed to a potential role for NAD-malic enzyme and mitochondrial malate carriers in the genotypic variability of citrate concentration. The sensitivity of citrate accumulation to growth parameters and temperature differed among cultivars during post-harvest ripening. Finally, the model can be used as a conceptual basis to study citrate accumulation in fleshy fruits and may be a powerful tool to improve our understanding of fruit acidity. PMID:26042830

  11. Detection of Chemical Precursors of Explosives

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    Li, Jing

    2012-01-01

    Certain selected chemicals associated with terrorist activities are too unstable to be prepared in final form. These chemicals are often prepared as precursor components, to be combined at a time immediately preceding the detonation. One example is a liquid explosive, which usually requires an oxidizer, an energy source, and a chemical or physical mechanism to combine the other components. Detection of the oxidizer (e.g. H2O2) or the energy source (e.g., nitromethane) is often possible, but must be performed in a short time interval (e.g., 5 15 seconds) and in an environment with a very small concentration (e.g.,1 100 ppm), because the target chemical(s) is carried in a sealed container. These needs are met by this invention, which provides a system and associated method for detecting one or more chemical precursors (components) of a multi-component explosive compound. Different carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are loaded (by doping, impregnation, coating, or other functionalization process) for detecting of different chemical substances that are the chemical precursors, respectively, if these precursors are present in a gas to which the CNTs are exposed. After exposure to the gas, a measured electrical parameter (e.g. voltage or current that correlate to impedance, conductivity, capacitance, inductance, etc.) changes with time and concentration in a predictable manner if a selected chemical precursor is present, and will approach an asymptotic value promptly after exposure to the precursor. The measured voltage or current are compared with one or more sequences of their reference values for one or more known target precursor molecules, and a most probable concentration value is estimated for each one, two, or more target molecules. An error value is computed, based on differences of voltage or current for the measured and reference values, using the most probable concentration values. Where the error value is less than a threshold, the system concludes that the target

  12. Model‐Based Assessment of Plasma Citrate Flux Into the Liver: Implications for NaCT as a Therapeutic Target

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    Erion, DM; Maurer, TS

    2016-01-01

    Cytoplasmic citrate serves as an important regulator of gluconeogenesis and carbon source for de novo lipogenesis in the liver. For this reason, the sodium‐coupled citrate transporter (NaCT), a plasma membrane transporter that governs hepatic influx of plasma citrate in human, is being explored as a potential therapeutic target for metabolic disorders. As cytoplasmic citrate also originates from intracellular mitochondria, the relative contribution of these two pathways represents critical information necessary to underwrite confidence in this target. In this work, hepatic influx of plasma citrate was quantified via pharmacokinetic modeling of published clinical data. The influx was then compared to independent literature estimates of intracellular citrate flux in human liver. The results indicate that, under normal conditions, NaCT inhibition will have a limited impact on hepatic citrate concentrations across species. PMID:27069776

  13. Model-Based Assessment of Plasma Citrate Flux Into the Liver: Implications for NaCT as a Therapeutic Target.

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    Li, Z; Erion, D M; Maurer, T S

    2016-03-01

    Cytoplasmic citrate serves as an important regulator of gluconeogenesis and carbon source for de novo lipogenesis in the liver. For this reason, the sodium-coupled citrate transporter (NaCT), a plasma membrane transporter that governs hepatic influx of plasma citrate in human, is being explored as a potential therapeutic target for metabolic disorders. As cytoplasmic citrate also originates from intracellular mitochondria, the relative contribution of these two pathways represents critical information necessary to underwrite confidence in this target. In this work, hepatic influx of plasma citrate was quantified via pharmacokinetic modeling of published clinical data. The influx was then compared to independent literature estimates of intracellular citrate flux in human liver. The results indicate that, under normal conditions, NaCT inhibition will have a limited impact on hepatic citrate concentrations across species. PMID:27069776

  14. PRECURSORS OF EARTHQUAKES: VLF SIGNALSIONOSPHERE IONOSPHERE RELATION

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    Mustafa ULAS

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available lot of people have died because of earthquakes every year. Therefore It is crucial to predict the time of the earthquakes reasonable time before it had happed. This paper presents recent information published in the literature about precursors of earthquakes. The relationships between earthquakes and ionosphere are targeted to guide new researches in order to study further to find novel prediction methods.

  15. Molecular imaging in myeloma precursor disease

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    Mena, E.; Choyke, P; Tan, E; Landgren, O; Kurdziel, K

    2011-01-01

    Multiple myeloma (MM) is consistently preceded by its pre-malignant states, monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) and/or smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM). By definition, precursor conditions do not exhibit end-organ disease (anemia, hypercalcemia, renal failure, skeletal lytic lesions, or a combination of these). However, new imaging methods are demonstrating that some patients in the MGUS or SNM category are exhibiting early signs of MM.

  16. Sodium citrate-assisted anion exchange strategy for construction of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/BiOI photocatalysts

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    Song, Peng-Yuan; Xu, Ming; Zhang, Wei-De, E-mail: zhangwd@scut.edu.cn

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • Heterostructured Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/BiOI microspheres were prepared via anion exchange. • Sodium citrate-assisted anion exchange for construction of composite photocatalysts. • Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/BiOI composites show high visible light photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/BiOI heterojuncted photocatalysts were constructed through a facile partial anion exchange strategy starting from BiOI microspheres and urea with the assistance of sodium citrate. The content of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3} in the catalysts was regulated by modulating the amount of urea as a precursor, which was decomposed to generate CO{sub 3}{sup 2−} in the hydrothermal process. Citrate anion plays a key role in controlling the morphology and composition of the products. The Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/BiOI catalysts display much higher photocatalytic activity than pure BiOI and Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3} towards the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) and bisphenol A (BPA). The enhancement of photocatalytic activity of the heterojuncted catalysts is attributed to the formation of p–n junction between p-BiOI and n-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}, which is favorable for retarding the recombination of photoinduced electron-hole pairs. Moreover, the holes are demonstrated to be the main active species for the degradation of RhB and BPA.

  17. CcpA-independent regulation of expression of the Mg2+-citrate transporter gene citM by arginine metabolism in Bacillus subtilis

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    Warner, JB; Magni, C; Lolkema, JS; Warner, Jessica B.

    2003-01-01

    Transcriptional regulation of the Mg2+ -citrate transporter, CitM, the main citrate uptake system of Bacillus subtilis, was studied during growth in rich medium. Citrate in the growth medium was required for induction under all growth conditions. In Luria-Bertani medium containing citrate, citM expr

  18. Electrodeposition and characterisation of Ni/Cu nanostructured multilayers from citrate solutions

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    Meuleman, W R A

    2002-01-01

    A study of the effect of chemical and electrochemical parameters such as solution composition, pH, and current and potential waveforms on magnetic metal multi-layers plated from citrate electrolytes was carried out. Until now, magnetic multilayers have usually been electrodeposited mainly form sulfamate electrolytes; far less information is available on Cu-Ni multilayers obtained from citrate electrolytes. Since copper is deposited at its diffusion limiting current during multilayer deposition from citrate electrolytes, a rotating disc electrode study was carried out. It was found that the apparent diffusion coefficient changes significantly depending on the citrate ion concentration and pH, indicating the importance of metal speciation. In order to identify the rate controlling species, speciation calculations were carried out in order to model the dependence of the limiting current on the solution composition. The model is based on the assumption that complexes in solution are either labile or inert. A vert...

  19. USE OF TRANSDERMAL GEL OF SILDENAFIL CITRATE IN SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION

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    Harshid Patel , Amit Maniyar and Hiren Patel*

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Premature Ejaculation (PE is one of the most common forms of Sexual Dysfunction and is thought to affect up to 30 % of men. This is the most frequently encountered sexual complaint of men and couples. The physical problem associated with premature ejaculation can be simply described as “over-sensitivity” of the penis. Psychological causes of PE are often associated with “performance anxiety” – anxiety relating to sexual intercourse. The most common treatment today is the oral treatment with phosphodiesterase -5 (PDE-5 inhibitors. There are currently three different inhibitors available Sildenafil, Vardenafil, and Tadalafil. Sildenafil citrate is a drug of choice used in the treatment of premature ejaculation disorder. It was licensed for use in the United States in 1998; Sildenafil has shown in studies that it improves ED in men regardless of disease etiology, severity of disease, or even age. Transdermal gel has gained more and more importance because the gel based formulations are better percutaneously absorbed than creams and ointment bases. Transdermal drug delivery systems are defined as self-contained, discrete dosage forms which, when applied to the intact skin, deliver the drug, through the skin, at a controlled rate to the systemic circulation. Present Status - A review by Barry in 2001 showed, the transdermal route has vied with oral treatment as the most successful innovative research area in drug delivery.

  20. Assembly of citrate gold nanoparticles on hydrophilic monolayers

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    Vikholm-Lundin, Inger; Rosqvist, Emil; Ihalainen, Petri; Munter, Tony; Honkimaa, Anni; Marjomäki, Varpu; Albers, Willem M.; Peltonen, Jouko

    2016-08-01

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) as model surfaces were linked onto planar gold films thorough lipoic acid or disulfide groups. The molecules used were polyethylene glycol (EG-S-S), N-[tris-(hydroxymethyl)methyl]acrylamide polymers with and without lipoic acid (Lipa-pTHMMAA and pTHMMAA) and a lipoic acid triazine derivative (Lipa-MF). All the layers, but Lipa-MF with a primary amino group were hydroxyl terminated. The layers were characterized by contact angle measurements and atomic force microscopy, AFM. Citrate stabilized nanoparticles, AuNPs in water and phosphate buffer were allowed to assemble on the layers for 10 min and the binding was followed in real-time with surface plasmon resonance, SPR. The SPR resonance curves were observed to shift to higher angles and become increasingly damped, while also the peaks strongly broaden when large nanoparticles assembled on the surface. Both the angular shift and the damping of the curve was largest for nanoparticles assembling on the EG-S-S monolayer. High amounts of particles were also assembled on the pTHMMAA layer without the lipoic acid group, but the damping of the curve was considerably lower with a more even distribution of the particles. Topographical images confirmed that the highest number of particles were assembled on the polyethylene glycol monolayer. By increasing the interaction time more particles could be assembled on the surface.

  1. A Rapid Method for Determination of the Main Conjugated Linoleic Acid Precursors (C18:2 n-6 and C18:3 n-3) in Forage by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis with Ultraviolet Detection Using Gas Chromatography with Flame Ionization Detection as a Comparative Method.

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    de Jesus Coelho Castro, Renata; Sobrinho, Fausto Souza; Sundfeld da Gama, Marco Antônio; Takabayashi Sato, Renata; Lavorato Lima, Larissa; Leal de Oliveira, Marcone Augusto

    2015-01-01

    A rapid method has been proposed for determination of the main conjugated linoleic acid precursors such as linoleic (C18:2 n-6) and linolenic (C18:3 n-3) acids in forages by capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) with direct UV detection at 200 nm. Among the fatty acids found in forages, C18:2 n-6 and C18:3 n-3 have received particular attention due to their roles as precursors for the synthesis of conjugated linoleic acid, a class of health-enhancing compounds that is predominantly found in dairy products. The electrolyte background consisted of 12.0 mmol/L tetraborate buffer (pH 9.2) added to 12.0 mmol/L Brij 35®, 17% acetonitrile, and 33% methanol. Under the optimized conditions, the baseline separation of C18:2 n-6 and C18:3 n-3 was achieved within 4 min. The CZE-UV method was compared to GC with a flame ionization detector, which is the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS 996.06) official method for fatty acid analysis. The methods did not show any evidence of significant differences within 95% confidence interval (P>0.05). The CZE-UV method was successfully applied to the analysis of 80 genotypes of Brachiaria ruzizienses clones submitted to a genetic improvement program in agricultural research. PMID:26651572

  2. Identification of residual leukemic cells by flow cytometry in childhood B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia: verification of leukemic state by flow-sorting and molecular/cytogenetic methods

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    Obro, Nina F; Ryder, Lars P; Madsen, Hans O;

    2012-01-01

    Reduction in minimal residual disease, measured by real-time quantitative PCR or flow cytometry, predicts prognosis in childhood B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia. We explored whether cells reported as minimal residual disease by flow cytometry represent the malignant clone harboring...... immunophenotype and antigen modulation) that highlight important methodological pitfalls. These findings demonstrate that with sufficient experience, flow cytometry is reliable for minimal residual disease monitoring in B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia, although rare cases require supplementary PCR...

  3. Triplet heterotopic pregnancy following ovulation induction with clomiphene citrate: a case report and review of literature

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    Maheswari S; Seetha Panicker

    2013-01-01

    Heterotopic pregnancy, though rare is a combined pregnancy in which synchronous intrauterine and extra uterine pregnancy occur. An estimated incidence of between 1/8000 to 1/30,000 has been reported following spontaneous conception. After artificial reproductive techniques, the incidence is as high as 1/100 and after ovulation induction with clomiphene citrate, it is around 1/900. We are reporting a case of 26 year old gravida 2 who conceived after ovulation induction with clomiphene citrate ...

  4. Validation of a nanoliquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method for the identification and the accurate quantification by isotopic dilution of glutathionylated and cysteinylated precursors of 3-mercaptohexan-1-ol and 4-mercapto-4-methylpentan-2-one in white grape juices.

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    Roland, Aurélie; Vialaret, Jérôme; Moniatte, Marc; Rigou, Peggy; Razungles, Alain; Schneider, Rémi

    2010-03-01

    A rapid nanoLC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of glutathionylated and cysteinylated precursors of 3-mercapto-hexan-1-ol (3MH) and 4-methyl-4-mercaptopentan-2-one in grape juice using stable isotope dilution assay (SIDA). The analytes were extracted from must using a cation exchange resin and purified on C18 cartridges. They were chromatographically separated on a reverse phase column and finally analyzed by tandem mass spectrometry in selected reaction monitoring mode (SRM) using deuterated analogues as standards except for glutathionylated conjugate of 4MMP which was analyzed by external calibration. The method was validated according to the International Conference on Harmonization recommendations by determining linearity, accuracy, precision, recovery, matrix effect, repeatability, intermediate reproducibility, LODs and LOQs. Calibration for each precursor was determined by performing Lack-of-Fit test and the best fitting for 3MH precursors was a quadratic model whereas a linear model was better adapted for 4MMP precursors. All calibration curves showed quite satisfactory correlation coefficients (R(2)>0.995 for SIDA quantification and R(2)>0.985 for external calibration). Quantification by SIDA and external calibration allowed a high level of accuracy since the averaged value ranged from 80 to 108%. Quantification of aroma precursors was accurate and reproducible over five days since intermediate precision (same analyst, same sample and same apparatus), which was evaluated by the calculation of RSD was inferior to 16%. Limits of quantification for G3MH and G4MMP were closed to 0.50 and 0.07 nmol/L and as 4.75 and 1.90 nmol/L for Cys3MH and Cys4MMP respectively. This method was applied to the quantification of precursors into several types of grape juices: Melon B., Sauvignon, Riesling and Gewurztraminer. PMID:20122692

  5. Preparation and characterisation of La{sub 10-x}Ge{sub 5.5}Al{sub 0.5}O{sub 26{+-}{delta}} apatites by freeze-drying precursor method

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    Marrero-Lopez, D., E-mail: damarre@uma.es [Dpto. de Fisica Aplicada I, Laboratorio de Materiales y Superficies (Unidad Asociada al C.S.I.C.), Universidad de Malaga, 29071 Malaga (Spain); Dpto. de Quimica Inorganica, Universidad de La Laguna, 38200 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Martin-Sedeno, M.C. [Dpto. de Quimica Inorganica, Universidad Malaga, 29071 Malaga (Spain); Ruiz-Morales, J.C.; Nunez, P. [Dpto. de Quimica Inorganica, Universidad de La Laguna, 38200 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Ramos-Barrado, J.R. [Dpto. de Fisica Aplicada I, Laboratorio de Materiales y Superficies (Unidad Asociada al C.S.I.C.), Universidad de Malaga, 29071 Malaga (Spain)

    2010-04-15

    Nanocrystalline powders of La{sub 10-x}Ge{sub 5.5}Al{sub 0.5}O{sub 26{+-}{delta}} (x = 0-0.5) with an average crystallite size of 50 nm were prepared by a freeze-drying precursor method. These powders were used to obtain dense ceramic materials at rather low temperature as 1100-1200 {sup o}C for 1 h and to study the transport properties by impedance spectroscopy. The composition with the highest La-content (x = 0) exhibits a second-order phase transition from triclinic (P1-bar) to hexagonal (P6{sub 3}/m) space groups around 750 {sup o}C, whereas for x {>=} 0.2 the materials presents hexagonal structure in the whole temperature range studied. The thermal properties of these materials were investigated by high temperature X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal analysis (TG/DTA) and impedance spectroscopy. These results confirmed the incorporation of water in the germanate-apatite structure. However, the conductivity resulted to be independent on the gas atmosphere used, which seems to indicate that the proton contribution to the overall conductivity is negligible in these materials.

  6. Study of ethanol electro-oxidation in acid environment on Pt{sub 3}Sn/C anode catalysts prepared by a modified polymeric precursor method under controlled synthesis conditions

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    De Souza, R.F.B.; Parreira, L.S.; Rascio, D.C.; Silva, J.C.M.; Teixeira-Neto, E.; Santos, M.C. [LEMN - Laboratorio de Eletroquimica e Materiais Nanoestruturados, CCNH - Centro de Ciencias Naturais e Humanas, UFABC - Universidade Federal do ABC, CEP 09.210-170, Rua Santa Adelia 166, Bairro Bangu, Santo Andre, SP (Brazil); Calegaro, M.L. [Grupo de Materiais Eletroquimicos e Metodos Eletroanaliticos, Instituto de Quimica de Sao Carlos, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Caixa Postal 780, 13566-590 Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil); Spinace, E.V.; Neto, A.O. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares, IPEN, CNEN/SP, Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes, 2242 Cidade Universitaria, CEP 05508-900, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2010-03-15

    A carbon-supported binary Pt{sub 3}Sn catalyst has been prepared using a modified polymeric precursor method under controlled synthesis conditions. This material was characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), and the results indicate that 23% (of a possible 25%) of Sn is alloyed with Pt, forming a dominant Pt{sub 3}Sn phase. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) shows good dispersion of the electrocatalyst and small particle sizes (3.6 nm {+-}1 nm). The polarization curves for a direct ethanol fuel cell using Pt{sub 3}Sn/C as the anode demonstrated improved performance compared to that of a PtSn/C E-TEK, especially in the intrinsic resistance-controlled and mass transfer regions. This behavior is probably associated with the Pt{sub 3}Sn phase. The maximum power density for the Pt{sub 3}Sn/C electrocatalyst (58 mW cm{sup -2}) is nearly twice that of a PtSn/C E-TEK electrocatalyst (33 mW cm{sup -2}). This behavior is attributed to the presence of a mixed Pt{sub 9}Sn and Pt{sub 3}Sn alloy phase in the commercial catalysts. (author)

  7. 3-Bromopyruvate and sodium citrate target glycolysis, suppress survivin, and induce mitochondrial-mediated apoptosis in gastric cancer cells and inhibit gastric orthotopic transplantation tumor growth

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    WANG, TING-AN; Zhang, Xiao-Dong; GUO, XING-YU; XIAN, SHU-LIN; Lu, Yun-Fei

    2015-01-01

    Glycolysis is the primary method utilized by cancer cells to produce the energy (adenosine triphosphate, ATP) required for cell proliferation. Therefore, inhibition of glycolysis may inhibit tumor growth. We previously found that both 3-bromopyruvate (3-BrPA) and sodium citrate (SCT) can inhibit glycolysis in vitro; however, the underlying inhibitory mechanisms remain unclear. In the present study, we used a human gastric cancer cell line (SGC-7901) and an orthotopic transplantation tumor mod...

  8. Preparation of 153Sm-citrate-HA for radioactive synovectomy of rheumatoid arthritis

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    A new kind of labelled radiopharmaceutical hydroxyapatite (HA) by means of transfer complexing for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis is described. HA with partials of 2-10 μm is labelled with 153Sm by a citrate transfer ligand. 153Sm-citrate-HA is obtained in high yield and is extremely stable in vitro. The complexing capability of HA is about 5 mg Sm2O3/g HA, the decomposition rates of 153Sm-citrate-HA both in saline of 0.9% and in human plasma (37 +- 0.5 degree C) are less than 2.0% for a period of 3 half lives. Biodistribution studies in rabbits demonstrated long term retention of nearly 99% of injected 153Sm-Citrate-HA in arthritis joint. Extra-articular leakage of radioactivity in both blood and urine accounted for 0.5% of injected dose, and few retained in other major tissues after about 14.8 MBq of 153Sm-Citrate-HA has injected into the left knee joint of normal rabbits. 153Sm-citrate-HA could be potentially useful in radio-synovectomy treatment of rheumatism arthritis

  9. Is it safe to prescribe clomiphene citrate without ultrasound monitoring facilities?

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    Coughlan, C

    2010-05-01

    The majority of triplet and higher order multiple pregnancies now result from ovulation induction\\/superovulation rather than in vitro fertilisation. However, clomiphene citrate is still widely prescribed by gynaecologists and general practitioners who do not have access to ultrasound monitoring. The objective of our study was to determine the prevalence of multifollicular development with different doses of clomiphene citrate. A retrospective review of transvaginal ultrasound monitoring of 425 cycles in 182 women receiving clomiphene citrate from January 2002 to December 2003, was studied. Three or more follicles of >or= 14 mm were identified in 58 cycles (14%). Patients received 50 mg of clomiphene citrate in 52 of these 58 cycles and 25 mg in the remaining six. One patient was noted to have developed five follicles and 10 patients developed four follicles. One patient developed six follicles, despite receiving only 25 mg clomiphene citrate daily. It was concluded that a significant number of women (14%) developed three or more follicles, despite receiving low doses of clomiphene citrate.

  10. Pregnancy rate of gonadotrophin therapy and laparoscopic ovarian electrocautery in polycystic ovary syndrome resistant to clomiphene citrate: a comparative study

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    Ghafarnegad M

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available "n Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} Background: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS is a common cause of ovulation insufficiency and then infertility. Therapeutic options to induce ovulation in anovulatory PCOS patients are clomiphene citrate, metformin, tamoxifen, dopamine agonists (bromocriptin, Gonadotrophin and laparoscopic ovarian electrocautery (LOE. Gonadotrophin and LOE are important options in anovulatory clomiphene citrate-resistant patients with PCOS. Literature data regarding compare of the efficacy of these two treatments are few. Therefore we aimed to study the pregnancy rates of these treatments in infertile clomiphene citrate-resistant patients with PCOS."n"nMethods: A randomized clinical trial study was carried out in infertile clomiphene citrate-resistant patients with PCOS, referred to infertility clinic of Mirza Koochackhan Hospital of Tehran University of Medical Science in Tehran, Iran, between 2003 and 2008."n"nResults: A total of 100 patients women were randomly allocated in two groups. There were no differences in age and pimary and secondary infertility duration. In LOE treatment group, eight cases (16% were pregnant and all delivered at term. in gonadotrophin treatment 14 cases (28% were pregnant, 10 cases (20% delivered at term

  11. Precursors of Performance Funding.

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    Serban, Andreea M.

    1998-01-01

    Performance funding reemerged in the 1990s as a state budgetary method for complementing or replacing other funding strategies for public colleges to better promote and respond to specific policy concerns. It has the potential to correct some of the apparent flaws in traditional budgeting but is easier to define than to put into operation. (MSE)

  12. A comparative study on structural, morphological and luminescence characteristics of Zn{sub 3}(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphor prepared via hydrothermal and citrate-gel combustion routes

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    Pitale, Shreyas S., E-mail: shreyas1234@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, University of the Free State, P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein ZA9300 (South Africa); Gohain, Mukut [Department of Chemistry, University of the Free State, P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein ZA9300 (South Africa); Nagpure, I.M.; Ntwaeaborwa, O.M. [Department of Physics, University of the Free State, P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein ZA9300 (South Africa); Bezuidenhoudt, Barend C.B. [Department of Chemistry, University of the Free State, P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein ZA9300 (South Africa); Swart, H.C., E-mail: swarthc@ufs.ac.za [Department of Physics, University of the Free State, P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein ZA9300 (South Africa)

    2012-05-15

    Comparison of structural, morphological and spectroscopic properties of zinc vanadate Zn{sub 3}(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphor synthesized via two different methods, viz. citrate-gel combustion and hydrothermal reaction, is presented. Highly crystalline and pure phase micro-rods are achieved by citrate-gel combustion route. The hydrothermal reaction products exhibit ribbon like structures. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic investigation reveals the presence of multiple oxidation states of vanadium in the hydrothermally synthesized phosphor. Luminescence properties have also been compared and the effect of divalent cationic substitution (Ca, Mg) is presented.

  13. Sequestration of Sr-90 Subsurface Contamination in the Hanford 100-N Area by Surface Infiltration of a Ca-Citrate-Phosphate Solution

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    Szecsody, James E.; Rockhold, Mark L.; Oostrom, Martinus; Moore, R. C.; Burns, Carolyn A.; Williams, Mark D.; Zhong, Lirong; Fruchter, Jonathan S.; McKinley, James P.; Vermeul, Vincent R.; Covert, Matthew A.; Wietsma, Thomas W.; Breshears, Andrew T.; Garcia, Ben J.

    2009-03-01

    The objective of this project is to develop a method to emplace apatite precipitate in the 100N vadose zone, which results in sorption and ultimately incorporation of Sr-90 into the apatite structure. The Ca-citrate-PO4 solution can be infiltrated into unsaturated sediments to result in apatite precipitate to provide effective treatment of Sr-90 contamination. Microbial redistribution during solution infiltration and a high rate of citrate biodegradation for river water microbes (water used for solution infiltration) results in a relatively even spatial distribution of the citrate biodegradation rate and ultimately apatite precipitate in the sediment. Manipulation of the Ca-citrate-PO4 solution infiltration strategy can be used to result in apatite precipitate in the lower half of the vadose zone (where most of the Sr-90 is located) and within low-K layers (which are hypothesized to have higher Sr-90 concentrations). The most effective infiltration strategy to precipitate apatite at depth (and with sufficient lateral spread) was to infiltrate a high concentration solution (6 mM Ca, 15 mM citrate, 60 mM PO4) at a rapid rate (near ponded conditions), followed by rapid, then slow water infiltration. Repeated infiltration events, with sufficient time between events to allow water drainage in the sediment profile can be used to buildup the mass of apatite precipitate at greater depth. Low-K heterogeneities were effectively treated, as the higher residual water content maintained in these zones resulted in higher apatite precipitate concentration. High-K zones did not receive sufficient treatment by infiltration, although an alternative strategy of air/surfactant (foam) was demonstrated effective for targeting high-K zones. The flow rate manipulation used in this study to treat specific depths and heterogeneities are not as easy to implement at field scale due to the lack of characterization of heterogeneities and difficulty tracking the wetting front over a large

  14. 西米柠檬酸酯淀粉物化性质研究%Study on physicochemical characteristics of citrate sago starch

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    李芬芬

    2013-01-01

      利用扫描电子显微镜、红外光谱仪、聚焦光束反射测量仪、X射线衍射仪和布拉班德粘度计对西米柠檬酸酯淀粉性质进行测定和分析,并与西米原淀粉进行比较.结果表明,西米淀粉经柠檬酸酯化后,其表面被侵蚀,甚至有颗粒已破碎;酯化后淀粉颗粒平均粒径从30.8μm减至27.1μm;柠檬酸酰基引入会破坏淀粉颗粒结晶,淀粉相对结晶度从24.5%显著降至11.6%;通过对淀粉糊粘度分析发现,西米淀粉与柠檬酸在酯化作用下发生交联,其浆液在粘度测定过程中不发生糊化和胶凝.%Physicochemical characteristics of citrate sago starch were systematically studied by scanning electron microscopy(SEM),IR spectrum,focus beam reflectance measurement(FBRM), X–ray diffractometry(XRD),the Brabender rheological method.,and comparitions were made with raw sago starch.The results showed that sago starch was damaged after modified by citric acid and the surface of some citrate sago starch granules was eroded.The mean volume diameter of citrate sago starch decreased from 30.8 μm(raw sago starch)to 27.1 μm. The X–ray diffraction pattern showed that the crystalline region of citrate sago starch was damaged and the relative crystallinity decreased significantly from 24.5%(raw sago starch)to 11.6%. Citrate sago starch did not swell and gelatinize during the pasting test process and starch granules with citrate substitution resist granular swelling.

  15. Redox properties and activity of iron-citrate complexes: evidence for redox cycling.

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    Adam, Fatima I; Bounds, Patricia L; Kissner, Reinhard; Koppenol, Willem H

    2015-04-20

    Iron in iron overload disease is present as non-transferrin-bound iron, consisting of iron, citrate, and albumin. We investigated the redox properties of iron citrate by electrochemistry, by the kinetics of its reaction with ascorbate, by ESR, and by analyzing the products of reactions of ascorbate with iron citrate complexes in the presence of H2O2 with 4-hydroxybenzoic acid as a reporter molecule for hydroxylation. We report -0.03 V +0.01 V for the (Fe(3+)-cit/Fe(2+)-cit) couple. The first step in the reaction of iron citrate with ascorbate is the rapid formation of mixed complexes of iron with citrate and ascorbate, followed by slow reduction to Fe(2+)-citrate with k = ca. 3 M(-1) s(-1). The ascorbyl radical is formed by iron citrate oxidation of Hasc(-) with k = ca. 0.02 M(-1) s(-1); the majority of the ascorbyl radical formed is sequestered by complexation with iron and remains EPR silent. The hydroxylation of 4-hydroxybenzoic acid driven by the Fenton reduction of iron citrate by ascorbate in the presence of H2O2 proceeds in three phases: the first phase, which is independent of the presence of O2, is revealed as a nonzero intercept that reflects the rapid reaction of accumulated Fe(2+) with H2O2; the intermediate oxygen-dependent phase fits a first-order accumulation of product with k = 5 M(-1) s(-1) under aerobic and k = 13 M(-1) s(-1) under anaerobic conditions; the slope of the final linear phase is ca. k = 5 × 10(-2) M(-1) s(-1) under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions. Product yields under aerobic conditions are greater than predicted from the initial concentration of iron, but they are less than predicted for continuous redox cycling in the presence of excess ascorbate. The ongoing formation of hydroxylated product supports slow redox cycling by iron citrate. Thus, when H2O2 is available, iron-citrate complexes may contribute to pathophysiological manifestations of iron overload diseases. PMID:25654270

  16. Mitochondrial aconitase and citrate metabolism in malignant and nonmalignant human prostate tissues

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    Franklin Renty B

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In prostate cancer, normal citrate-producing glandular secretory epithelial cells undergo a metabolic transformation to malignant citrate-oxidizing cells. m-Aconitase is the critical step involved in this altered citrate metabolism that is essential to prostate malignancy. The limiting m-aconitase activity in prostate epithelial cells could be the result of a decreased level of m-aconitase enzyme and/or the inhibition of existing m-aconitase. Earlier studies identified zinc as an inhibitor of m-aconitase activity in prostate cells; and that the depletion of zinc in malignant cells is an important factor in this metabolic transformation. However, a possibility remains that an altered expression and level of m-aconitase enzyme might also be involved in this metabolic transformation. To address this issue, the in situ level of m-aconitase enzyme was determined by immunohistochemical analysis of prostate cancer tissue sections and malignant prostate cell lines. Results The immunocytochemical procedure successfully identified the presence of m-aconitase localized in the mitochondrial compartment in PC-3, LNCaP, and DU-145 malignant prostate cell lines. The examination of prostate tissue sections from prostate cancer subjects demonstrated that m-aconitase enzyme is present in the glandular epithelium of normal glands, hyperplastic glands, adenocrcinomatous glands, and prostatic intraepithelial neoplastic foci. Quantitative analysis of the relative level of m-aconitase in the glandular epithelium of citrate-producing adenomatous glands versus the citrate-oxidizing adenocarcinomatous glands revealed no significant difference in m-aconitase enzyme levels. This is in contrast to the down-regulation of ZIP1 zinc transporter in the malignant glands versus hyperplastic glands that exists in the same tissue samples. Conclusion The results demonstrate the existence of m-aconitase enzyme in the citrate-producing glandular epithelial cells

  17. Investigation of the effect of kaolin and tissue factor-activated citrated whole blood, on clot forming variables, as evaluated by thromboelastograph

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    Johansson, Per Ingemar; Bochsen, L.; Andersen, S.;

    2008-01-01

    laboratory-based analysis, however, requires validation of the activators employed and the effect of storage of the WB sample in citrate before analysis. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: The effect of kaolin, tissue factor (TF) 1:17,000, or TF 1:42,500 on TEG clotting time (R), Angle (velocity of clot formation......), and maximum clot strength (amplitude [MA]) were evaluated, together with day-to-day variation, the coefficient of variance (CV%), and the effect of citrate storage time. RESULTS: Clot formation variables were equally affected by TF 1:17,000 and kaolin activation, whereas R was significantly longer...... rested for 0 and 30 minutes were evaluated with kaolin as the activator. CONCLUSION: The TEG assays evaluated were reproducible and present with an acceptable CV% for routine clinical practice. Kaolin and TF 1:17,000 equally affected the clot formation variables. Storage of WB for up to 30 minutes in...

  18. Transport of citrate-coated silver nanoparticles in unsaturated sand

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    Kumahor, Samuel K., E-mail: samuel.kumahor@ufz.de [Department of Soil Physics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research–UFZ, Theodor-Lieser-Strasse 4, 06120 Halle-Saale (Germany); Hron, Pavel, E-mail: pavel.hron@iwr.uni-heidelberg.de [Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 368, Raum 422, 69120 Heidelberg (Germany); Metreveli, George, E-mail: metreveli@uni-landau.de [Universität Koblenz-Landau, Institute for Environmental Sciences, Group of Environmental and Soil Chemistry, Fortstr. 7, D-76829 Landau (Germany); Schaumann, Gabriele E., E-mail: schaumann@uni-landau.de [Universität Koblenz-Landau, Institute for Environmental Sciences, Group of Environmental and Soil Chemistry, Fortstr. 7, D-76829 Landau (Germany); Vogel, Hans-Jörg, E-mail: hans-joerg.vogel@ufz.de [Department of Soil Physics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research–UFZ, Theodor-Lieser-Strasse 4, 06120 Halle-Saale (Germany); Institute of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Von-Seckendorff-Platz 3, 06120 Halle-Saale (Germany)

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    Chemical factors and physical constraints lead to coupled effects during particle transport in unsaturated porous media. Studies on unsaturated transport as typical for soils are currently scarce. In unsaturated porous media, particle mobility is determined by the existence of an air–water interface in addition to a solid–water interface. To this end, we measured breakthrough curves and retention profiles of citrate-coated Ag nanoparticles in unsaturated sand at two pH values (5 and 9) and three different flow rates corresponding to different water contents with 1 mM KNO{sub 3} as background electrolyte. The classical DLVO theory suggests unfavorable deposition conditions at the air–water and solid–water interfaces. The breakthrough curves indicate modification in curve shapes and retardation of nanoparticles compared to inert solute. Retention profiles show sensitivity to flow rate and pH and this ranged from almost no retention for the highest flow rate at pH = 9 to almost complete retention for the lowest flow rate at pH = 5. Modeling of the breakthrough curves, thus, required coupling two parallel processes: a kinetically controlled attachment process far from equilibrium, responsible for the shape modification, and an equilibrium sorption, responsible for particle retardation. The non-equilibrium process and equilibrium sorption are suggested to relate to the solid–water and air–water interfaces, respectively. This is supported by the DLVO model extended for hydrophobic interactions which suggests reversible attachment, characterized by a secondary minimum (depth 3–5 kT) and a repulsive barrier at the air–water interface. In contrast, the solid–water interface is characterized by a significant repulsive barrier and the absence of a secondary minimum suggesting kinetically controlled and non-equilibrium interaction. This study provides new insights into particle transport in unsaturated porous media and offers a model concept representing the

  19. Transport of citrate-coated silver nanoparticles in unsaturated sand

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    Chemical factors and physical constraints lead to coupled effects during particle transport in unsaturated porous media. Studies on unsaturated transport as typical for soils are currently scarce. In unsaturated porous media, particle mobility is determined by the existence of an air–water interface in addition to a solid–water interface. To this end, we measured breakthrough curves and retention profiles of citrate-coated Ag nanoparticles in unsaturated sand at two pH values (5 and 9) and three different flow rates corresponding to different water contents with 1 mM KNO3 as background electrolyte. The classical DLVO theory suggests unfavorable deposition conditions at the air–water and solid–water interfaces. The breakthrough curves indicate modification in curve shapes and retardation of nanoparticles compared to inert solute. Retention profiles show sensitivity to flow rate and pH and this ranged from almost no retention for the highest flow rate at pH = 9 to almost complete retention for the lowest flow rate at pH = 5. Modeling of the breakthrough curves, thus, required coupling two parallel processes: a kinetically controlled attachment process far from equilibrium, responsible for the shape modification, and an equilibrium sorption, responsible for particle retardation. The non-equilibrium process and equilibrium sorption are suggested to relate to the solid–water and air–water interfaces, respectively. This is supported by the DLVO model extended for hydrophobic interactions which suggests reversible attachment, characterized by a secondary minimum (depth 3–5 kT) and a repulsive barrier at the air–water interface. In contrast, the solid–water interface is characterized by a significant repulsive barrier and the absence of a secondary minimum suggesting kinetically controlled and non-equilibrium interaction. This study provides new insights into particle transport in unsaturated porous media and offers a model concept representing the

  20. Characterization of cylindrical and strip-shaped tamoxifen citrate-loaded biodegradable implants

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    Jagadeesh G Hiremath

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to prepare tamoxifen citrate (TC-loaded cylindrical and strip-shaped polymeric subdermal implants. The implant was based on poly(ε-caprolactone, a low-melting, biodegradable and biocompatible polymer. Polyethylene glycol (PEG 4000 was used to enhance solubility and release of the drug in the phosphate buffer saline pH 7.4. Implants were prepared by a standardized melt manufacturing method. The prepared implants were evaluated for their physicochemical parameters and drug content in implants by UV spectrophotometric method. PCL-based implants were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR, differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction studies (XRD and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. DSC studies showed that the TC in the implants was in the amorphous state. In vitro drug release studies were performed in methanol:phosphate-buffered saline (pH 7.4 at 37±2°C by using horizontal water bath shaker. Stability study was carried out for 90 days, there was no significant change in drug content and other parameters of the PCL-based formulations.

  1. Thromboelastography results on citrated whole blood from clinically healthy cats depend on modes of activation

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    Wiinberg Bo

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background During the last decade, thromboelastography (TEG has gained increasing acceptance as a diagnostic test in veterinary medicine for evaluation of haemostasis in dogs, however the use of TEG in cats has to date only been described in one previous study and a few abstracts. The objective of the present study was to evaluate and compare three different TEG assays in healthy cats, in order to establish which assay may be best suited for TEG analyses in cats. Methods 90 TEG analyses were performed on citrated whole blood samples from 15 clinically healthy cats using assays without activator (native or with human recombinant tissue factor (TF or kaolin as activators. Results for reaction time (R, clotting time (K, angle (α, maximum amplitude (MA and clot lysis (LY30; LY60 were recorded. Results Coefficients of variation (CVs were highest in the native assay and comparable in TF and kaolin activated assays. Significant differences were observed between native and kaolin assays for all measured parameters, between kaolin and TF for all measured parameters except LY60 and between native and TF assays for R and K. Conclusion The results indicate that TEG is a reproducible method for evaluation of haemostasis in clinically healthy cats. However, the three assays cannot be used interchangeably and the kaolin- and TF activated assays have the lowest analytical variation indicating that using an activator may be superior for performing TEG in cats.

  2. Trisodium citrate-assisted synthesis of highly water-dispersible and superparamagnetic mesoporous Fe3O4 hollow microspheres via solvothermal process

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    Highlights: • Mesoporous Fe3O4 hollow microspheres were prepared by a facile trisodium citrate-assisted solvothermal method. • The product exhibits high water-dispersibility and superparamagnetism at room temperature. • Ostwald ripening process was responsible for the formation of hollow structures. • The Fe3O4 hollow microspheres are ideal candidates for various biomedical applications. - Abstract: Highly water-dispersible and superparamagnetic mesoporous Fe3O4 hollow microspheres were prepared by a facile trisodium citrate-assisted solvothermal method. The composition, morphology and structure of the product were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, thermogravimetric (TG) analysis, Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The results showed that the obtained Fe3O4 hollow microspheres were composed of nanoparticles about 21 nm in diameter and exhibited superparamagnetic properties with relatively high saturation magnetization at room temperature. Trisodium citrate played a crucial role as an electrostatic stabilizer in the formation of Fe3O4 hollow microspheres and Ostwald ripening process was responsible for the formation of hollow structures. The Fe3O4 hollow microspheres were mesoporous and highly water-dispersible, indicating that the Fe3O4 hollow microspheres are ideal candidates for various biomedical applications

  3. The effect of post annealing treatment on the citrate sol-gel derived nanocrystalline BaFe12O19 powder: structural, morphological, optical and magnetic properties

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    Brightlin, B. C.; Balamurugan, S.

    2016-05-01

    The nanocrystalline BaFe12O19 powders were obtained from citrate sol-gel combustion-derived powder upon annealing at 800-1100 °C, and explored their structural, micro-structural, optical and magnetic properties. The thermal decomposition of citrate sol-gel combustion product was verified by means of thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis. Structural identification of the citrate sol-gel combustion powder and annealed samples were investigated by powder X-ray diffraction. Though the combustion product exhibits cubic spinel phase material, the annealed powder yields good quality nanocrystalline hexagonal BaFe12O19 phase materials. The thin plate-like flakes morphology with random particle sizes of ~100-200 nm with slightly agglomerated particles of BaFe12O19 phase is analyzed by high resolution scanning electron microscopy for the good quality annealed sample. Photoluminescence emission spectrum of BaFe12O19 material reveals broad emission peak at ~360 nm under the excitation wavelength of 270 nm. Interestingly, the near infrared relative reflectivity of the nanocrystalline BaFe12O19 materials obtained by citrate sol-gel synthesis method is higher than the nanocrystalline BaFe12O19 materials obtained by mechano-thermal and co-precipitation method. The present dark brown colored BaFe12O19 materials can be applied as a ceramic color pigment which includes several applications. The room temperature magnetic hysteresis loop of the annealed BaFe12O19 sample exhibits a ferromagnetic saturation magnetization, M s of 55.774 emu/g at 15 kOe.

  4. Dissolution kinetics and biodurability of tremolite particles in mimicked lung fluids: Effect of citrate and oxalate

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    Rozalen, Marisa; Ramos, M. Elena; Huertas, F. Javier; Fiore, Saverio; Gervilla, Fernando

    2013-11-01

    The effect of citrate and oxalate on tremolite dissolution rate was measured at 37 °C in non-stirred flow-through reactors, using modified Gamble's solutions at pH 4 (macrophages), 7.4 (interstitial fluids) and 5.5 (intermediate check point) containing 0, 0.15, 1.5 and 15 mmol L-1 of citrate or oxalate. The dissolution rates calculated from Si concentration in the output solutions without organic ligands depend on pH, decreasing when the pH increases from -13.00 (pH 4) to -13.35 (pH 7.4) mol g-1 s-1 and following a proton-promoted mechanism. The presence of both ligands enhances dissolution rates at every pH, increasing this effect when the ligand concentration increases. Citrate produces a stronger effect as a catalyst than oxalate, mainly at more acidic pHs and enhances dissolution rates until 20 times for solutions with 15 mmol L-1 citrate. However, at pH 7.4 the effect is lighter and oxalate solutions (15 mmol L-1) only enhances dissolution rates eight times respect to free organic ligand solutions. Dissolution is promoted by the attack to protons and organic ligands to the tremolite surface. Magnesium speciation in oxalate and citrate solutions shows that Mg citrate complexes are more effective than oxalate ones during the alteration of tremolite in magrophages, but this tendency is the opposite for interstitial fluids, being oxalate magnesium complexes stronger. The biodurability estimations show that the destruction of the fibers is faster in acidic conditions (macrophages) than in the neutral solutions (interstitial fluid). At pH 4, both ligands oxalate and citrate reduce the residence time of the fibers with respect to that calculated in absence of ligands. Nevertheless, at pH 7.4 the presence of ligands does not reduce significantly the lifetime of the fibers.

  5. Effects and mechanisms of action of sildenafil citrate in human chorionic arteries.

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    Maharaj, Chrisen H

    2009-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Sildenafil citrate, a specific phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor, is increasingly used for pulmonary hypertension in pregnancy. Sildenafil is also emerging as a potential candidate for the treatment of intra-uterine growth retardation and for premature labor. Its effects in the feto-placental circulation are not known. Our objectives were to determine whether phosphodiesterase-5 is present in the human feto-placental circulation, and to characterize the effects and mechanisms of action of sildenafil citrate in this circulation. STUDY DESIGN: Ex vivo human chorionic plate arterial rings were used in all experiments. The presence of phosphodiesterase-5 in the feto-placental circulation was determined by western blotting and immunohistochemical staining. In a subsequent series of pharmacologic studies, the effects of sildenafil citrate in pre-constricted chorionic plate arterial rings were determined. Additional studies examined the role of cGMP and nitric oxide in mediating the effects of sildenafil. RESULTS: Phosphodiesterase-5 mRNA and protein was demonstrated in human chorionic plate arteries. Immunohistochemistry demonstrated phosphodiesterase-5 within the arterial muscle layer. Sildenafil citrate produced dose dependent vasodilatation at concentrations at and greater than 10 nM. Both the direct cGMP inhibitor methylene blue and the cGMP-dependent protein kinase inhibitor Rp-8-Br-PET-cGMPS significantly attenuated the vasodilation produced by sildenafil citrate. Inhibition of NO production with L-NAME did not attenuate the vasodilator effects of sildenafil. In contrast, sildenafil citrate significantly enhanced the vasodilation produced by the NO donor sodium nitroprusside. CONCLUSION: Phosphodiesterase-5 is present in the feto-placental circulation. Sildenafil citrate vasodilates the feto-placental circulation via a cGMP dependent mechanism involving increased responsiveness to NO.

  6. Precursor Mediated Synthesis of Nanostructured Silicas: From Precursor-Surfactant Ion Pairs to Structured Materials

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    Peter Hesemann

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis of nanostructured anionic-surfactant-templated mesoporous silica (AMS recently appeared as a new strategy for the formation of nanostructured silica based materials. This method is based on the use of anionic surfactants together with a co-structure-directing agent (CSDA, mostly a silylated ammonium precursor. The presence of this CSDA is necessary in order to create ionic interactions between template and silica forming phases and to ensure sufficient affinity between the two phases. This synthetic strategy was for the first time applied in view of the synthesis of surface functionalized silica bearing ammonium groups and was then extended on the formation of materials functionalized with anionic carboxylate and bifunctional amine-carboxylate groups. In the field of silica hybrid materials, the “anionic templating” strategy has recently been applied for the synthesis of silica hybrid materials from cationic precursors. Starting from di- or oligosilylated imidazolium and ammonium precursors, only template directed hydrolysis-polycondensation reactions involving complementary anionic surfactants allowed accessing structured ionosilica hybrid materials. The mechanistic particularity of this approach resides in the formation of precursor-surfactant ion pairs in the hydrolysis-polycondensation mixture. This review gives a systematic overview over the various types of materials accessed from this cooperative ionic templating approach and highlights the high potential of this original strategy for the formation of nanostructured silica based materials which appears as a complementary strategy to conventional soft templating approaches.

  7. Trending analysis of precursor events

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    The Accident Sequence Precursor (ASP) Program of United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (U.S.NRC) identifies and categorizes operational events at nuclear power plants in terms of the potential for core damage. The ASP analysis has been performed on yearly basis and the results have been published in the annual reports. This paper describes the trends in initiating events and dominant sequences for 459 precursors identified in the ASP Program during the 1969-94 period and also discusses a comparison with dominant sequences predicted in the past Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) studies. These trends were examined for three time periods, 1969-81, 1984-87 and 1988-94. Although the different models had been used in the ASP analyses for these three periods, the distribution of precursors by dominant sequences show similar trends to each other. For example, the sequences involving loss of both main and auxiliary feedwater were identified in many PWR events and those involving loss of both high and low coolant injection were found in many BWR events. Also, it was found that these dominant sequences were comparable to those determined to be dominant in the predictions by the past PRAs. As well, a list of the 459 precursors identified are provided in Appendix, indicating initiating event types, unavailable systems, dominant sequences, conditional core damage probabilities, and so on. (author)

  8. Novel Precursors for Chalcogenide Materials

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    The University of Manchester Temidayo Timothy Oyetunde, PhDNovel Chalcogenide Precursors for Materials2011.Abstract Metal chalcogenides (sulfides, selenides and tellurides) are materials of current interest due to their peculiar properties such as optoelectronic, magnetooptic, thermoelectric and piezoelectric displays. These semiconducting materials have potential applications in solar cell devices, infrared detectors and ambient thermoelectric generators. Previously, these materials...

  9. PAGOSA Sample Problem. Elastic Precursor

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    Weseloh, Wayne N. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Clancy, Sean Patrick [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2016-02-03

    A PAGOSA simulation of a flyer plate impact which produces an elastic precursor wave is examined. The simulation is compared to an analytic theory for the Mie-Grüneisen equation of state and an elastic-perfectly-plastic strength model.

  10. Malic acid assisted precursor route to hierarchical structured nickel oxide

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    Wang, Haizhen [Zhejiang California International Nanosystems Institute, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang (China); Qian, Yitai [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Science at Microscale, Department of Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui (China)

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    A novel malic acid assisted precursor route to prepare NiO materials with novel hierarchical structures has been investigated in this work. The Ni-based precursors can be synthesized by a malic acid-assisted hydrothermal route, which have been characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). NiO materials can be prepared via the thermal treatment of the precursor in ambient atmosphere. The XRD, SEM, Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and UV-Vis spectroscopy of the NiO materials were also examined. The effects of the reaction conditions, such as the reaction temperature, the quantity of the raw materials on the morphologies of the precursors were discussed, which indicates that it is an effective method to synthesize NiO materials with different hierarchical structures. (copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  11. Application of citrate as a tricarboxylic acid (TCA cycle intermediate, prevents diabetic-induced heart damages in mice

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    Conclusion: Results indicate that application of citrate, a tricarboxylic acid (TCA cycle intermediate, might alleviate cardiac dysfunction by reducing cardiac inflammation, apoptosis, and increasing cardiac EC.

  12. Citrate mediated synthesis and tuning of luminescence in Eu3+ incorporated Gd2O3 nanophosphors

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    Abhilash Kumar, R. G.; Gopchandran, K. G.

    2015-02-01

    Gd1.9Eu0.1O3 nanophosphors were prepared successfully by a large-scale facile solution based citrate-metal complex controlled combustion method and was systematically studied by varying the citric acid to metal cation ratio. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), photoluminescence (PL) measurements and radiative properties were done to evaluate the crystal structure, phase formation, phase composition, surface morphology, radiative and luminescent properties of the prepared nanophosphors. Photoluminescent emission intensity of the samples can be correlated with the amount of citric acid, improved crystallinity, uniform morphology, particle size, reduced defects, and proper diffusion of Eu3+ in to the crystal structure of Gd2O3. Higher asymmetricity results in intense red emission (612 nm) due to 5D0-7F2 forced electric dipole transition and found that photoluminescence intensity is highest for the sample prepared with citric acid to metal cation ratio of 2:1. The existence of strong red emission from Gd1.9Eu0.1O3 nanophosphor corresponding to 5D0-7F2 transition (612 nm) of Eu3+ under UV light excitation make it a promising candidate for applications in bio assays, magnetic resonance imaging, deep uv LED's, solid state lighting, fluorescent lamps and flat panel displays.

  13. Evaluation of orthopedic hip devices with using Tc99m-MDP and Ga67 citrate

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    Objective: Differentiation between loosening and infection in hip prostheses is always important to better management of those patients. The aim of this study is to reevaluate the effectiveness of Tc99m-MDP in combination of Ga67 citrate to detection of hip prostheses complications. Material and Method: 11 patients (8 f and 3 m) with a 10 years history of total hip replacement device were included in this study because of their suspicious clinical findings. All subjects underwent three-phase MDP scintigraphy and their study was completed with pelvic Ga67 imaging. Scans were reported by 2 nuclear physicians. Result: In MDP scans, results are: focal abnormal uptake in 7 patients in favors of loosening. And diffuse uptake in 3 patients as an infection. However in Ga scan results are: 5/11 as infection and 6/11 as non-infection. There was a significant difference between MDP and Ga imaging in detection of THR devices complications. (p<0/01),MDP has a 87% sensitivity and 86% specificity for infection and Ga has more about 93 % sensitivity and 88% specificity for diagnosis of hip prostheses infection. Conclusion: Those above results suggest efficiency of Tc-MDP accompanying with Ga67 study to more accurate differentiation of loosening from infections in patients with orthopedic devices which accuracy raise up to more than 90%

  14. Effect of Ergotamine on Headache and Migraine Attack Induced by Sindenafil Citrate

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    Rayka Sharifian

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Sildenafil citrate is a potent vasodilatation agent to treat male erectile dysfunction and pulmonary hypertension. Among its adverse effects, headache and migraine attack have been widely reported. Here we focus on the effect of sildenafil, a selective inhibitor of CGMP hydrolyzing phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5, on headache induction. PDEs are large families of enzyme that break down cyclic nucleotides CGMP. When PDEs are inhibited, the levels of CGMP increase within vascular smooth muscle cells resulting in relaxation and vasodilatation in peripheral and cerebral vessels. This mechanism leads to headache. Many methods have been tried to treat headache including a pharmacological and nonpharmacological managements. In this paper, we hypothesize that ergotamine can be used to reduce the headache and migraine attack induced by sildenafil. Undoubtedly, the most important and conspicuous pharmacological effect of ergotamine is its vasoconstrictor action. This mechanism of ergot is in contrast with vasodilator action of sildenafil that can remit headache and migraine attack.Keywords: Sildenafil; headache; migraine; Ergotamine

  15. Experimental study of modifying influence of nanoaquachelate gold citrate on embryotoxicity of lead acetate in rats

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    Shatorna V.F.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Among modern investigations in nanobiotechnology, only a small part of them is devoted to the influence of nanometals on reproductive organs and embryogenesis. Thus, if functions of the separate trace metals are studied well enough, the physiological role of such ultramicroelements as gold is still poorly studied especially in the field of its interaction with other metals. The aim of the research was an experimental study of peculiarities of gold aquananocitrate and lead acetate interaction and their impact on rats’ embryogenesis under condition of combined administration. There were used solutions of lead acetate and citrate gold in experimental models obtained by aquananotehnology. Solutions of metals and nanometals were injected perorally once a day during 19 days of pregnancy: solution of lead acetate in the dose of 0.05 mg/kg and gold aquananocitrate solution in the dose of 1.5 mg/kg. 3 group - control group. Influence of tested substances was assessed by integral and specific indicators using physiological, morphological and quantitative analysis methods. It was established that lead acetate in the dose of 0.05 mg/kg is characterized by severe embryotoxic effect manifested by total embryonic mortality, and reducing number of live fetuses in the offspring. Combined introduction of gold aquananocitrate and lead acetate weakens embryotoxic effect of lead, manifested by increase of corpora lutea number by 30.4%, increase of offspring number by 53.3% and decrease of fetal mortality by 2.3 times.

  16. Subcutaneous injection of thallium-201 chloride and gallium-67 citrate at acupuncture point K-3

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    Subcutaneous (SC) injection of 99mTc pertechnetate (99mTc) at acupuncture points K-3 is a new method of lower-limb radionuclide venography. To investigate the mechanism of absorption of 99mTc from SC injected sites into vascular system, various radioisotopes such as 201Tl chloride (201Tl) and 67Ga citrate (67Ga) were SC injected at K-3 points in animal and human-beings experiments. It was found that 99mTc and 201Tl were absorbed rapidly from K-3 points through venous system and into whole body soft tissue. However, 67Ga with a larger effective ionic radius than 201Tl was not absorbed throughout the observation of 5 minutes. Furthermore, intravenous administration of digitalis, a Na+-K+ pump blocker, did not inhibit the absorption of 99mTc and 201Tl after SC injection at K-3 points. These results suggest that absorption of radionuclides on SC injection at K-3 points is mainly through the passive pathway of diffusion rather than the active transport, and the effective ionic radius may be a major factor influencing the absorption rate of the radionuclides. (author)

  17. Concave Urinary Crystallines: Direct Evidence of Calcium Oxalate Crystals Dissolution by Citrate In Vivo

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    Full Text Available The changes in urinary crystal properties in patients with calcium oxalate (CaOx calculi after oral administration of potassium citrate (K3cit were investigated via atomic force microscopy (AFM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, X-ray powder diffractometry (XRD, and zeta potential analyzer. The AFM and SEM results showed that the surface of urinary crystals became concave, the edges and corners of crystals became blunt, the average size of urinary crystallines decreased significantly, and aggregation of urinary crystals was reduced. These changes were attributed to the significant increase in concentration of excreted citrate to  mg/L after K3cit intake from  mg/L before K3cit intake. After the amount of urinary citrate was increased, it complexed with Ca2+ ions on urinary crystals, which dissolved these crystals. Thus, the appearance of concave urinary crystals was a direct evidence of CaOx dissolution by citrate in vivo. The XRD results showed that the quantities and species of urinary crystals decreased after K3cit intake. The mechanism of inhibition of formation of CaOx stones by K3cit was possibly due to the complexation of Ca2+ with citrate, increase in urine pH, concentration of urinary inhibitor glycosaminoglycans (GAGs, and the absolute value of zeta potential after K3cit intake.

  18. Bio-inspired citrate functionalized apatite coating on rapid prototyped titanium scaffold

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    Highlights: • Designed and reproducible porous titanium scaffolds were produced. • Hydrophilic nanoporous film was built on scaffold. • Apatite coating was deposited on scaffold under the modulation of citrate ions. • Citrate ions could affect CO32− incorporation in apatite coatings. - Abstract: Scaffold functionalized with appropriate osteogenic coatings can significantly improve implant-bone response. In this study, with designed model and optimized manufacture parameters, reproducible and precise titanium scaffolds were produced. Reconstructed three-dimensional image and sectional structure of the scaffold were examined by micro-computed tomography and relative software. Alkali treatment was carried out on these manufactured porous scaffolds to produce nanoporous hydrophilic film. After 6 days deposition in simulated body fluid (SBF) containing sodium citrate (SC-SBF), plate-like amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) coating was deposited on scaffold surface. Ultrasonication tests qualitatively indicated an enhanced adhesion force of apatite coatings deposited in SC-SBF compared to that deposited in SBF. And the effect of citrate ions on the CO32− incorporation rate in apatite coating was quantitatively examined by bending vibration of CO32− at ∼874 cm−1. Results indicated the highest carbonate content was obtained at the citrate ion concentration of 6 × 10−5 mol/L in SC-SBF. These three-dimensional porous titanium-apatite hybrid scaffolds are expected to find application in bone tissue regeneration

  19. Films based on neutralized chitosan citrate as innovative composition for cosmetic application.

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    Libio, Illen C; Demori, Renan; Ferrão, Marco F; Lionzo, Maria I Z; da Silveira, Nádya P

    2016-10-01

    In this work, citrate and acetate buffers, were investigated as neutralizers to chitosan salts in order to provide biocompatible and stable films. To choose the appropriate film composition for this study, neutralized chitosan citrate and acetate films, with and without the plasticizer glycerol, were prepared and characterized by thickness, moisture content, degree of swelling, total soluble matter in acid medium, simultaneous thermal analysis and differential scanning calorimetry. Chitosan films neutralized in citrate buffer showed greater physical integrity resulted from greater thicknesses, lower moisture absorbance, lower tendency to solubility in the acid medium, and better swelling capacities. According to thermal analyses, these films had higher interaction with water which is considered an important feature for cosmetic application. Since the composition prepared in citrate buffer without glycerol was considered to present better physical integrity, it was applied to investigate hyaluronic acid release in a skin model. Skins treated with those films, with or without hyaluronic acid, show stratum corneum desquamation and hydration within 10min. The results suggest that the neutralized chitosan citrate film prepared without glycerol promotes a cosmetic effect for skin exfoliation in the presence or absence of hyaluronic acid. PMID:27287105

  20. Artificial citrate operon confers mineral phosphate solubilization ability to diverse fluorescent pseudomonads.

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    Adhikary, Hemanta; Sanghavi, Paulomi B; Macwan, Silviya R; Archana, Gattupalli; Naresh Kumar, G

    2014-01-01

    Citric acid is a strong acid with good cation chelating ability and can be very efficient in solubilizing mineral phosphates. Only a few phosphate solubilizing bacteria and fungi are known to secrete citric acids. In this work, we incorporated artificial citrate operon containing NADH insensitive citrate synthase (gltA1) and citrate transporter (citC) genes into the genome of six-plant growth promoting P. fluorescens strains viz., PfO-1, Pf5, CHAO1, P109, ATCC13525 and Fp315 using MiniTn7 transposon gene delivery system. Comprehensive biochemical characterization of the genomic integrants and their comparison with plasmid transformants of the same operon in M9 minimal medium reveals the highest amount of ∼7.6±0.41 mM citric and 29.95±2.8 mM gluconic acid secretion along with ∼43.2±3.24 mM intracellular citrate without affecting the growth of these P. fluorescens strains. All genomic integrants showed enhanced citric and gluconic acid secretion on Tris-Cl rock phosphate (TRP) buffered medium, which was sufficient to release 200-1000 µM Pi in TRP medium. This study demonstrates that MPS ability could be achieved in natural fluorescent pseudomonads by incorporation of artificial citrate operon not only as plasmid but also by genomic integration. PMID:25259527

  1. Artificial citrate operon confers mineral phosphate solubilization ability to diverse fluorescent pseudomonads.

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    Hemanta Adhikary

    Full Text Available Citric acid is a strong acid with good cation chelating ability and can be very efficient in solubilizing mineral phosphates. Only a few phosphate solubilizing bacteria and fungi are known to secrete citric acids. In this work, we incorporated artificial citrate operon containing NADH insensitive citrate synthase (gltA1 and citrate transporter (citC genes into the genome of six-plant growth promoting P. fluorescens strains viz., PfO-1, Pf5, CHAO1, P109, ATCC13525 and Fp315 using MiniTn7 transposon gene delivery system. Comprehensive biochemical characterization of the genomic integrants and their comparison with plasmid transformants of the same operon in M9 minimal medium reveals the highest amount of ∼7.6±0.41 mM citric and 29.95±2.8 mM gluconic acid secretion along with ∼43.2±3.24 mM intracellular citrate without affecting the growth of these P. fluorescens strains. All genomic integrants showed enhanced citric and gluconic acid secretion on Tris-Cl rock phosphate (TRP buffered medium, which was sufficient to release 200-1000 µM Pi in TRP medium. This study demonstrates that MPS ability could be achieved in natural fluorescent pseudomonads by incorporation of artificial citrate operon not only as plasmid but also by genomic integration.

  2. Nitrate Protects Cucumber Plants Against Fusarium oxysporum by Regulating Citrate Exudation.

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    Wang, Min; Sun, Yuming; Gu, Zechen; Wang, Ruirui; Sun, Guomei; Zhu, Chen; Guo, Shiwei; Shen, Qirong

    2016-09-01

    Fusarium wilt causes severe yield losses in cash crops. Nitrogen plays a critical role in the management of plant disease; however, the regulating mechanism is poorly understood. Using biochemical, physiological, bioinformatic and transcriptome approaches, we analyzed how nitrogen forms regulate the interactions between cucumber plants and Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cucumerinum (FOC). Nitrate significantly suppressed Fusarium wilt compared with ammonium in both pot and hydroponic experiments. Fewer FOC colonized the roots and stems under nitrate compared with ammonium supply. Cucumber grown with nitrate accumulated less fusaric acid (FA) after FOC infection and exhibited increased tolerance to chemical FA by decreasing FA absorption and transportation in shoots. A lower citrate concentration was observed in nitrate-grown cucumbers, which was associated with lower MATE (multidrug and toxin compound extrusion) family gene and citrate synthase (CS) gene expression, as well as lower CS activity. Citrate enhanced FOC spore germination and infection, and increased disease incidence and the FOC population in ammonium-treated plants. Our study provides evidence that nitrate protects cucumber plants against F. oxysporum by decreasing root citrate exudation and FOC infection. Citrate exudation is essential for regulating disease development of Fusarium wilt in cucumber plants. PMID:27481896

  3. Radiolabeled porphyrin versus gallium-67 citrate for the detection of human melanoma in athymic mice

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    Maric, N.; Chan, S. Ming; Hoffer, P.B.; Duray, P.

    1987-01-01

    We performed the biodistribution and imaging studies of /sup 111/In and /sup 67/Ga labeled tetra(4-N-methylpyridyl) porphine, (T4NMPYP), and compared it to that of /sup 67/Ga citrate in athymic mice bearing a human melanoma xenograft. The biodistribution results of both /sup 111/In and /sup 67/Ga labeled T4NMPYP (3, 6, 24, and 48 hours) were similar but differed from that of /sup 67/Ga citrate (48 hours). The optimum tumor uptake of both radiolabeled porphyrins was at 6 hours postinjection and was lower than the tumor uptake of /sup 67/Ga citrate at 48 hours postinjection. Kidney was the only organ showing higher uptake of radiolabeled porphyrin compared to that of /sup 67/Ga citrate. The imaging studies performed with /sup 111/In T4NMPYP and /sup 67/Ga citrate correspond to the biodistribution results. Osteomyelitis present in one mouse showed good localization of /sup 111/In T4NMPYP. 15 refs., 3 figs., 5 tabs.

  4. One-week dual therapy with ranitidine bismuth citrate and clarithromycin for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection in Brazilian patients with peptic ulcer

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    Maria Aparecida Mesquita; S(o)nia Letícia Silva Lorena; Jazon Romilson Souza Almeida; Ciro Garcia Montes; Fábio Guerrazzi; Luciana T Campos; José Murilo Rubiota Zeitune

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To assess the efficacy and safety of ranitidine bismuth citrate plus clarithromycin given for 1 wk in Brazilian patients with peptic ulcer.METHODS: One hundred and twenty patients with peptic ulcer were randomized in two treatment groups: (1) 1-wk regimen consisting of ranitidine bismuth citrate 400 mg b.i.d. with clarithromycin 500 mg b.i.d. or (2) 2-wk regimen of the same treatment. Eradication of the infection was considered when both the histologic examination and the urease test were negative for the infection 3 mo after treatment.RESULTS: By intention to treat analysis, Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) was eradicated in 73% and 76% of patients, respectively treated for 1 or 2 wk (P>0.05). By per protocol analysis, the eradication rates were 80% and 83%,respectively, in patients treated for 1 or 2 wk (P>0.05). Nine patients (8.2%) reported minor side effects. CONCLUSION: One-week therapy with ranitidine bismuth citrate and clarithromycin is safe, well tolerated and effective for treatment of H pylori infection, andappears to be comparable to the 2-wk regimen in terms of efficacy.

  5. Biomimetic synthesis for precursor of muscone

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    2001-01-01

    Muscone is a precious fragrant compound scarce in nature. Many attempts have been made to synthesize this unique natural product. In this work, the one- carbon unit transfer reaction of tetrahydrofolate coenzyme was initiated. Benzimidazolium salt was used as the tetrahydrofolate coenzyme model at formic acid oxidation level and di-Grignard reagent as the nucleophile to which one-carbon unit was transferred; the biomimetic synthesis of 2,15- hexade-canedione, a precursor of muscone, was successfully accomplished by using the addition-hydrolysis reaction of benzimidazolium salt with Grignard reagent. And an impor-tant useful method for the synthesis of muscone is provided.

  6. Precursor Mediated Synthesis of Nanostructured Silicas: From Precursor-Surfactant Ion Pairs to Structured Materials

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    Peter Hesemann; Thy Phung Nguyen; Samir El Hankari

    2014-01-01

    The synthesis of nanostructured anionic-surfactant-templated mesoporous silica (AMS) recently appeared as a new strategy for the formation of nanostructured silica based materials. This method is based on the use of anionic surfactants together with a co-structure-directing agent (CSDA), mostly a silylated ammonium precursor. The presence of this CSDA is necessary in order to create ionic interactions between template and silica forming phases and to ensure sufficient affinity between the tw...

  7. Nitrate Removal from Drinking Water with Sodium Citrate as Sole Carbon Source

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    YAN Bo; ZHAO Lin; TAN Xin

    2005-01-01

    This paper investigates the effect of using sodium citrate(NaC6H5O6*2H2O)as sole carbon source for nitrate removal from drinking water.With sodium citrate as sole carbon source, batch experiments have been conducted to study the law of denitrification influenced by pH, C/N and temperature. Results show that a denitrification rate reaching 1.32 g NO-3-N /(g Biomass*d) was obtained when pH was at 7.5,C/N at 1.7(atom ratio), and temperature from 20 ℃ to 30 ℃. The results also show that denitrification rate with sodium citrate as carbon source approaches to that with methanol as carbon source.

  8. Tamoxifen citrate loaded ethosomes for transdermal drug delivery system: preparation and characterization.

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    Sarwa, Khomendra Kumar; Suresh, Preeti K; Debnath, Manabendra; Ahmad, Mohammad Zaki

    2013-08-01

    Long term tamoxifen citrate therapy is imperative to treat several dermatological and hormonal sensitive disorders. Successful oral and parenteral administration of tamoxifen citrate has been challenging since it undergoes enzymatic degradation and has poor aqueous solubility issues. In the present work, tamoxifen citrate loaded ethosomes were prepared and characterized for transdermal applications. The prepared formulations were characterized for morphological features, particle size distribution, calorimetric attributes, zeta potential and drug entrapment. Permeation profile of prepared ethosomes was compared with liposomes and hydroethonalic solution across cellophane membrane and human cadaver skin. Results of the permeation studies indicate that ethosomes were able to deliver >90% drug within 24 hours of application, while liposomes and hydroethanolic solution delivered only 39.04% and 36.55% respectively. Skin deposition and stability studies are also reported. PMID:23656399

  9. Effect on the citrate secretion of soybean seedling under aluminum stress

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    Aluminum toxicity is one of the most significant constaints limiting plant growth and crop production in acid soils.The root growth is hurted by Al stress and absorbability of water and nutrient decreased, so the growth and development of plant is limited. In the present study, with solution culture, Jilin70 was selected as the Al-tolerant cultivars for the research of effect of Al on the citrate secretion of soybean seedling. The results were as follows: Exclusion of citrate acid from soybean roots be used to chelating Al and thus minimising the impact of Al toxicity. We found that large quantities of citrate secretion from soybean roots occurred after 6-h Al stress. Therefore, the former was classified to pattern II; results of root manipulation experiments revealed that only the Al-treated root portions were hurted.This injury was not observed in the roots of the same plant, which received only calcium solution without Al. (authors)

  10. Aluminum resistance in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) involves induction and maintenance of citrate exudation from root apices.

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    Rangel, Andrés Felipe; Rao, Idupulapati Madhusudana; Braun, Hans-Peter; Horst, Walter Johannes

    2010-02-01

    Two common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) genotypes differing in aluminum (Al) resistance, Quimbaya (Al-resistant) and VAX-1 (Al-sensitive) were grown in hydroponics for up to 25 h with or without Al, and several parameters related to the exudation of organic acids anions from the root apex were investigated. Al treatment enhanced the exudation of citrate from the root tips of both genotypes. However, its dynamic offers the most consistent relationship between Al-induced inhibition of root elongation and Al accumulation in and exclusion from the root apices. Initially, in both genotypes the short-term (4 h) Al-injury period was characterized by the absence of citrate efflux independent of the citrate content of the root apices, and reduction of cytosolic turnover of citrate conferred by a reduced Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate-isocitrate dehydrogenase (EC 1.1.1.42) activity. Transient recovery from initial Al stress (4-12 h) was found to be dependent mainly on the capacity to utilize internal citrate pools (Al-resistant genotype Quimbaya) or enhanced citrate synthesis [increased activities of NAD-malate dehydrogenase (EC 1.1.1.37) and ATP-phosphofructokinase (EC 2.7.1.11) in Al-sensitive VAX-1]. Sustained recovery from Al stress through citrate exudation in genotype Quimbaya after 24 h Al treatment relied on restoring the internal citrate pool and the constitutive high activity of citrate synthase (CS) (EC 4.1.3.7) fuelled by high phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (EC 4.1.1.31) activity. In the Al-sensitive genotype VAX-1 the citrate exudation and thus Al exclusion and root elongation could not be maintained coinciding with an exhaustion of the internal citrate pool and decreased CS activity. PMID:20053183

  11. Precursor polymer compositions comprising polybenzimidazole

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    Klaehn, John R.; Peterson, Eric S.; Orme, Christopher J.

    2015-07-14

    Stable, high performance polymer compositions including polybenzimidazole (PBI) and a melamine-formaldehyde polymer, such as methylated, poly(melamine-co-formaldehyde), for forming structures such as films, fibers and bulky structures. The polymer compositions may be formed by combining polybenzimidazole with the melamine-formaldehyde polymer to form a precursor. The polybenzimidazole may be reacted and/or intertwined with the melamine-formaldehyde polymer to form the polymer composition. For example, a stable, free-standing film having a thickness of, for example, between about 5 .mu.m and about 30 .mu.m may be formed from the polymer composition. Such films may be used as gas separation membranes and may be submerged into water for extended periods without crazing and cracking. The polymer composition may also be used as a coating on substrates, such as metal and ceramics, or may be used for spinning fibers. Precursors for forming such polymer compositions are also disclosed.

  12. The Innate Lymphoid Cell Precursor.

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    Ishizuka, Isabel E; Constantinides, Michael G; Gudjonson, Herman; Bendelac, Albert

    2016-05-20

    The discovery of tissue-resident innate lymphoid cell populations effecting different forms of type 1, 2, and 3 immunity; tissue repair; and immune regulation has transformed our understanding of mucosal immunity and allergy. The emerging complexity of these populations along with compounding issues of redundancy and plasticity raise intriguing questions about their precise lineage relationship. Here we review advances in mapping the emergence of these lineages from early lymphoid precursors. We discuss the identification of a common innate lymphoid cell precursor characterized by transient expression of the transcription factor PLZF, and the lineage relationships of innate lymphoid cells with conventional natural killer cells and lymphoid tissue inducer cells. We also review the rapidly growing understanding of the network of transcription factors that direct the development of these lineages. PMID:27168240

  13. Enhancing radium solubilization in soils by citrate, EDTA, and EDDS chelating amendments

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    Highlights: ► The aim was to optimize radium solubilization for the purposes of remediation. ► The most important factor in radium solubilization was found to be the pH. ► Radium release increases with the reagent concentration. ► The largest release of radium is obtained with 50 mmol kg−1 of citrate, at pH acid, and 4 days after incubation. ► The best conditions for the release of radium are the same as for uranium. -- Abstract: The effect of three chelating agents (citrate, EDTA, and EDDS) on the solubilization of radium from a granitic soil was studied systematically, considering different soil pH values, chelating agent concentrations, and leaching times. For all the chelating agents tested, the amount of radium leached proved to be strongly dependent on the pH of the substrate: only for acidic conditions did the amount of radium released increase significantly relative to the controls. Under the best conditions, the radium released from the amended soil was greater by factors of 20 in the case of citrate, 18 for EDTA, and 14 for EDDS. The greatest improvement in the release of radium was obtained for the citrate amendment at the highest concentration tested (50 mmol kg−1). A slightly lower amount of radium was leached with EDTA at 5 mmol kg−1 soil, but the solubilization over time was very different from that observed with citrate or EDDS. With EDTA, a maximum in radium leaching was reached on the first day after amendment, while with citrate, the maximum was attained on the fourth day. With EDDS, radium leaching increased slightly but steadily with time (until the sixth day), but the net effect for the period tested was the lowest of the three reagents

  14. Endometrial Receptivity Markers in Mice Stimulated With Raloxifene Versus Clomiphene Citrate and Natural Cycles.

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    Chen, Cairong; Yan, Qiuxia; Liu, Kunping; Zhou, Xiuqin; Xian, Yingjie; Liang, Dali; Zhao, Xiaoying; Guo, Xiaoyan; Quan, Song

    2016-06-01

    Ovulation induction therapy with clomiphene citrate can suppress endometrial receptivity. Raloxifene may be an alternative therapeutic for women with ovulatory disorders. This study aimed to compare the expression of endometrial receptivity markers, including homeobox gene 10 (HOXA10), integrin β3, and leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF), as well as pinopode production during the implantation window in mice stimulated with raloxifene and clomiphene citrate and natural cycles. Thirty-six 8-week-old female Kunming mice were randomly divided into 3 groups (n = 12) and administered daily raloxifene (22 mg/kg), clomiphene citrate (18 mg/kg), and normal saline (1 mL), respectively, by gavage. Two days later, mice were injected with 5 IU human chorionic gonadotropin and mated. Successfully mated female animals were identified with vaginal plugs designated gestation day 1. At day 4.5, pregnant donor mice were euthanized, and uterus samples were collected for immunohistochemistry, quantitative polymerase chain reaction, Western blot, and scanning electron microscopy analyses. Homeobox gene 10, integrin β3, and LIF messenger RNA (mRNA) and protein levels were significantly higher in the raloxifene-treated animals compared with the clomiphene citrate group (all P raloxifene and saline groups; however, in the clomiphene citrate-treated mice, fewer and poorly developed pinopodes were obtained. In mice, raloxifene had no effect on HOXA10, integrin β3, and LIF expression as well as pinopode production, suggesting it has no adverse effects on endometrial receptivity. Raloxifene may provide a viable alternative oral ovulation induction agent to clomiphene citrate. PMID:26603317

  15. Modulation of calcium oxalate monohydrate crystallization by citrate through selective binding to atomic steps

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    Qiu, S R; Wierzbicki, A; Salter, E A; Zepeda, S; Orme, C A; Hoyer, J R; Nancollas, G H; Cody, A M; De Yoreo, J J

    2004-10-19

    The majority of human kidney stones are composed primarily of calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) crystals. Thus, determining the molecular mechanisms by which urinary constituents modulate calcium oxalate crystallization is crucial for understanding and controlling urolithiassis in humans. A comprehensive molecular-scale view of COM shape modification by citrate, a common urinary constituent, obtained through a combination of in situ atomic force microscopy (AFM) and molecular modeling is now presented. We show that citrate strongly influences the growth morphology and kinetics on the (-101) face but has much lower effect on the (010) face. Moreover, binding energy calculations show that the strength of the citrate-COM interaction is much greater at steps than on terraces and is highly step-specific. The maximum binding energy, -166.5 kJ {center_dot} mol{sup -1}, occurs for the [101] step on the (-101) face. In contrast, the value is only -56.9 kJ {center_dot} mol-1 for the [012] step on the (010) face. The binding energies on the (-101) and (010) terraces are also much smaller, -65.4 and -48.9 kJ {center_dot} mol{sup -1} respectively. All other binding energies lie between these extremes. This high selectivity leads to preferential binding of citrate to the acute [101] atomic steps on the (-101) face. The strong citrate-step interactions on this face leads to pinning of all steps, but the anisotropy in interaction strength results in anisotropic reductions in step kinetics. These anisotropic changes in step kinetics are, in turn, responsible for changes in the shape of macroscopic COM crystals. Thus, the molecular scale growth morphology and the bulk crystal habit in the presence of citrate are similar, and the predictions of molecular simulations are fully consistent with the experimental observations.

  16. Enhancing radium solubilization in soils by citrate, EDTA, and EDDS chelating amendments

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    Prieto, C.; Lozano, J.C. [Departamento de Física Fundamental, Universidad de Salamanca, 37008 Salamanca (Spain); Rodríguez, P. Blanco [Natural Radioactivity Group, Universidad de Extremadura, Avda. Elvas s/n, 06071 Badajoz (Spain); Tomé, F. Vera, E-mail: fvt@unex.es [Natural Radioactivity Group, Universidad de Extremadura, Avda. Elvas s/n, 06071 Badajoz (Spain)

    2013-04-15

    Highlights: ► The aim was to optimize radium solubilization for the purposes of remediation. ► The most important factor in radium solubilization was found to be the pH. ► Radium release increases with the reagent concentration. ► The largest release of radium is obtained with 50 mmol kg{sup −1} of citrate, at pH acid, and 4 days after incubation. ► The best conditions for the release of radium are the same as for uranium. -- Abstract: The effect of three chelating agents (citrate, EDTA, and EDDS) on the solubilization of radium from a granitic soil was studied systematically, considering different soil pH values, chelating agent concentrations, and leaching times. For all the chelating agents tested, the amount of radium leached proved to be strongly dependent on the pH of the substrate: only for acidic conditions did the amount of radium released increase significantly relative to the controls. Under the best conditions, the radium released from the amended soil was greater by factors of 20 in the case of citrate, 18 for EDTA, and 14 for EDDS. The greatest improvement in the release of radium was obtained for the citrate amendment at the highest concentration tested (50 mmol kg{sup −1}). A slightly lower amount of radium was leached with EDTA at 5 mmol kg{sup −1} soil, but the solubilization over time was very different from that observed with citrate or EDDS. With EDTA, a maximum in radium leaching was reached on the first day after amendment, while with citrate, the maximum was attained on the fourth day. With EDDS, radium leaching increased slightly but steadily with time (until the sixth day), but the net effect for the period tested was the lowest of the three reagents.

  17. Effect of titanium (III) citrate as reducing agent on growth of rumen bacteria.

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    Jones, G A; Pickard, M D

    1980-01-01

    We compared the growth of 10 strains of rumen bacteria in an anaerobic medium reduced with cysteine hydrochloride, dithiothreitol, or titanium (III) citrate. The redox potential of medium reduced with cysteine hydrochloride was -167.8 mV; with dithiothreitol it was -175.8 mV; and with titanium(III) citrate it was -302.4 mV at a concentration of 5 X 10(-4) M titanium and -403.9 mV at 2 X 10(-3) M titanium. Maximum growth of the strains was generally lower with dithiothreitol or titanium(III) c...

  18. Interfacial properties of asymmetrically functionalized citrate-stabilized gold and silver nanoparticles related to molecular adsorption

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    Park, Jong-Won

    A detailed understanding of the conformation of adsorbed molecules and regional surface functionalization of metal nanoparticles (MNPs) is challenging for nanometer-size (10 -- 100 m) materials and necessary for fundamental studies and applications. The studies are motivated by open questions related to surface chemistry of noble MNPs. Although citrate-stabilized gold NPs (AuNPs) have been widely used, the citrate layer is not well-understood. Thiols have been suggested to displace citrate anions adsorbed on metal surfaces due to strong gold-sulfur interaction, but quantitative experimental evidence of the extent of ligand-exchange has not been reported. Whereas asymmetrically-functionalized AuNPs are utilized for nanoparticle assembly due to the interparticle coupling of localized surface plasmons, the interface between asymmetric nanoparticles in single assemblies has not been studied. Noble MNPs with sizes smaller than citrate-stabilized AuNPs also need to be surface-modified for stability in water for biological applications. The dissertation presents investigations of the chemical and physical properties of gold and silver NPs (AgNPs) related to ligand adsorption at the metal surface. Firstly, self-assembled layers of citrate adsorbed on AuNP (111), (110), and (100) surfaces were proposed, based on geometric considerations and spectroscopic investigations by infrared (IR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Adsorption characteristics of citrate are the unique structure of adsorbed species, intermolecular interactions through hydrogen bonds and van der Waals attractions, bilayer formation, surface coverage, nanoparticle-stabilization role, and chirality. Secondly, IR and XPS studies showed coadsorption of thiolate on the surface of citrate-stabilized AuNPs. Steric, chelating effects and intermolecular interactions are the origins of the strong adsorption of citrate on AuNP surfaces. Surface coverage was determined from XPS analyses. Thirdly, an

  19. Abnormal splenic uptake of gallium-67 citrate in a case of infectious mononucleosis

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    A case of fever of undetermined origin (FUO) demonstrated abnormal intense concentration of Ga-67 citrate in the spleen. Initial workup demonstrated two negative mono spot tests for infectious mononucleosis (IM) but, on hospital day 2, a repeat mono test was positive. The diagnosis was subsequently confirmed by rising heterophilic antibody titers. Six weeks after hospital discharge, repeat Ga-67 citrate imaging demonstrated absence of abnormal splenic activity. To our knowledge, this phenomenon has not been previously described in IM. In the appropriate clinical setting, intense splenic uptake of Ga-67 should alert the clinician to include the possibility of IM in the differential diagnosis

  20. Morphology control of hydroxyapatite microcrystals: Synergistic effects of citrate and CTAB.

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    Yang, Hui; Wang, Yingjun

    2016-05-01

    Using hydrothermal treatment and with the synergistic regulating effects of citrate and CTAB, various 3D hierarchical superstructure of hydroxyapatite (HAp) microcrystals were synthesized by simply adjusting the Ct/CTAB ratio and calcium-citrate complex (CC) morphology. The resulting superstructure was characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) etc. With the shape transformation of CC from sphere-like colloid, nano-needle to lamellar-like particles, the final products were hollow spheres, bunched-like microrods and nanorod clusters, respectively. A possible mechanism for the formation of HAp hierarchical microstructure was proposed. PMID:26952410

  1. Sodium-coupled dicarboxylate and citrate transporters from the SLC13 family

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    Pajor, AM

    2014-01-01

    The SLC13 family in humans and other mammals consists of sodium-coupled transporters for anionic substrates: three transporters for dicarboxylates/ citrate and two transporters for sulfate. This review will focus on the di- and tricarboxylate transporters: NaDC1 (SLC13A2), NaDC3 (SLC13A3), and NaCT (SLC13A5). The substrates of these transporters are metabolic intermediates of the citric acid cycle, including citrate, succinate, and α-ketoglutarate, which can exert signaling effects through sp...

  2. Whistler precursors on a VLF transmitter signal

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    Whistler precursors are discrete emissions which are occasionally seen just before two-hop whistlers. Most theories of precursors assume they are triggered emissions and focus on creating a triggering signal with the proper time delay from the causative sferic. Whistler precursors have now been seen on a signal from the Siple VLF transmitter. Phase analysis shows that these precursors are caused by a rapid increase in growth activity, and not by a triggering signal

  3. As a Bacterial Culture Medium, Citrated Sheep Blood Agar Is a Practical Alternative to Citrated Human Blood Agar in Laboratories of Developing Countries

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    Russell, F. M.; Biribo, S. S. N.; Selvaraj, G.; Oppedisano, F; Warren, S.; Seduadua, A.; Mulholland, E. K.; Carapetis, J.R.

    2006-01-01

    Human blood agar (HuBA) is widely used in developing countries for the isolation of bacteria from clinical specimens. This study compared citrated sheep blood agar (CSBA) and HuBA with defibrinated horse blood agar and defibrinated sheep blood agar (DSBA) for the isolation and antibiotic susceptibility testing of reference and clinical strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Staphylococcus aureus. Reference and clinical strains of all organisms were diluted in brain h...

  4. Citrate-stabilized Q-CdSe seed-mediated synthesis of silver nanoparticles: The role of citrate moieties anchored to the Q-CdSe surface

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    Ingole, Pravin P.; Bhat, Mohsin A.

    2016-03-01

    Here, we try to explore a new dimension/role for citrate molecules in the bound state, i.e. anchored to the surface of cadmium selenide quantum dots (Q-CdSe), in the synthesis of metal nanoparticles (MNPs). Being labile, the citrate molecule is considered a good candidate for the stabilization of semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) such as Q-CdSe that can be used for further functionalization/modification of the surface properties of the QDs. In its free/ionic form (i.e. not bound to the surface), it is well known for its role as a reducing as well as a capping agent in the synthesis of silver and gold MNPs. A simple strategy for the preparation of silver MNPs following the chemical reduction of silver ions that is mediated by citrate-stabilized Q-CdSe seeds without addition of an external reducing agent is presented. The citrate moieties anchored to the surface of Q-CdSe are found to play an important role in the chemical reduction of silver ions. The obtained product was analysed by spectroscopic, microscopic and structural characterization techniques such as surface plasmon resonance (SPR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and cyclic voltammetry. The characteristic redox behaviour observed in cyclic voltammograms (CVs) also supports the formation of Ag MNPs in the samples. Further, the impact of the reaction solution pH on the feasibility of silver ion reduction by Q-CdSe seeds resulting into the formation of Ag MNPs is also briefly discussed.

  5. Synthesis and spectroscopic and structural studies of a new cadmium(II)-citrate aqueous complex. Potential relevance to cadmium(II)-citrate speciation and links to cadmium toxicity.

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    Dakanali, M; Kefalas, E T; Raptopoulou, C P; Terzis, A; Mavromoustakos, T; Salifoglou, A

    2003-04-21

    The presence of cadmium in the environment undoubtedly contributes to an increased risk of exposure and ultimate toxic influence on humans. In an effort to comprehend the chemical and biological interactions of Cd(II) with physiological ligands, like citric acid, we explored the requisite aqueous chemistry, which afforded the first aqueous Cd(II)-citrate complex [Cd(C(6)H(6)O(7))(H(2)O)](n)() (1). Compound 1 was characterized by elemental analysis, and spectroscopically by FT-IR and (113)Cd MAS NMR. Compound 1 crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group P2(1)2(1)2(1), with a = 6.166(2) A, b = 10.508(3) A, c = 13.599(5) A, V = 881.2(5) A(3), and Z = 4. The X-ray structure of 1 reveals the presence of octahedral Cd(II) ions bound to citrate ligands in a molecular crystal lattice. Citrate acts as a tridentate binder promoting coordination to one Cd(II) through the central alcoholic moiety, one terminal carboxylate group, and the central carboxylate group. In addition, the central carboxylate binds to three Cd(II) ions. Specifically, one of the oxygens of the central carboxylate serves as a bridge to two neighboring Cd(II) ions, while the other oxygen binds to a third Cd(II). A bound water molecule completes the coordination requirements of Cd(II). (113)Cd MAS NMR studies project the spectroscopic signature of the nature of the coordination environment around Cd(II) in 1, thus corroborating the X-ray findings. Collectively, the data at hand are in line with past solution studies. The latter predict that other similar low molecular mass Cd(II)-citrate complexes may exist in the acidic pH region, thus influencing the uptake of cadmium by living (micro)organisms, their ability to metabolize organic substrates, and possibly Cd(II) toxicity. PMID:12691558

  6. Pulmonary scintigraphy by citrate of Ga67 for HIV(+) patients or AIDS. Scintigraphie pulmonaire au citrate de Ga67 chez des patients VIH(+) ou sida

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    Daumal, J.; Pena, C.; Mata, F.; Paternostro, C.; Penafiel, A. (Hopital Son Dureta, Palma de Mallorca (Spain))

    1993-04-01

    Pulmonary scintigraphy with citrate of gallium 67 is useful when combined with a thorax radiography to establish the presence of an infection. When the two examinations are negative we can conclude there is no infection, but if the radiography is positive with a scintiscanning negative the most possible diagnosis is tuberculosis. If the scintiscanning is positive with a diffuse model we can envisage a pneumonia by Pneumocystis Carinii and if the model is ganglionic we can think to tuberculosis. 4 tabs.

  7. Aluminum-activated citrate and malate transporters encoded by distinct Al tolerance genes function independently in Arabidopsis

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    Aluminum (Al) -activated malate and citrate exudation from roots plays an important role in conferring Al tolerance to many plant species. Here, we report on the identification and characterization of AtMATE, the gene encoding an Al-activated root citrate efflux transporter that functions in Arabid...

  8. Comparison of the influence of EDTA-K3 and sodium citrate on haematology analysis in healthy dogs.

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    Zmigrodzka, M; Winnicka, A; Guzera, M

    2012-01-01

    The study was carried out on 30 clinically healthy dogs of various breeds. Haemoglobin concentration, haematocrit, platelet count and platelet haematocrit were significantly lower in citrate blood than in tripotassium ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA-K3) blood. The study confirmed the limited usage of sodium citrate in haematology analysis, unless canine EDTA-dependent thrombocytopenia is suspected. PMID:22844720

  9. [Primary double contrast study of the large intestine using citrate-sorbitol-barium suspension in the diagnosis of chronic colitis].

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    Sidorov, V S

    1991-01-01

    X-ray investigation of the colon was conducted in 292 patients with clinically diagnosed chronic colitis: standard 3-phase irrigoscopy-in 189 patients and a primary double contrast study of the colon with citrate-sorbitol-barium suspension in 103. Basing on x-ray and morphological findings, the diagnosis was confirmed in 128 patients of the 1st group (68.2%) and in 89 patients of the 2nd group (86%). The primary double contrast study of the colon was found more effective as it permitted the detection of elements of the mucosal "microcontours": transversal strips, not coinciding with haustration, focal granularity, diffuse granularity, small barium suspension "depots" or "niches", nodular granularity. It permitted the recommendation of the method for a wide clinical use. PMID:1996079

  10. Primary double contrast study of the colon with citrate-sorbitol-barium suspension in the diagnosis of chronic colitis

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    X-ray investigation of the colon was conducted in 292 patients with clinically diagnosed chronic colitis: standard 3-phase irrigoscopy-in 189 patients and a primary double contrast study of the colon with citrate-sorbitol-barium suspenzion - in 103. Basing on X-ray and morphological findings, the diagnosis was confirmed in 128 patients of the 1st group (68.2 %) and in 89 patients of the 2nd group (86 %). The primary double contrast study of the colon was found more effective as it permitted the detection of elements of the mucosal microcontours: transversal strips, not coinciding with haustration, focal granularity, diffuse granularity, small barium suspension depots or niches, nodular granularity. It permitted the recommendation of the method for a wide clinical use

  11. The relationship between skeletal muscle mitochondrial citrate synthase activity and whole body oxygen uptake adaptations in response to exercise training

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    Vigelsø Hansen, Andreas; Andersen, Nynne Bjerre; Dela, Flemming

    2014-01-01

    changes in CS activity is often assumed. However, this relationship and absolute values of CS and maximal oxygen uptake (V.O2max) has never been assessed across different studies. A systematic PubMed search on literature published from 1983 to 2013 was performed. The search profile included: citrate...... CS activity. 70 publications with 97 intervention groups were included. There was a positive (r = 0.45) correlation (P < 0.001) between the relative change in V.O2max and the relative change in CS activity. All reported absolute values of CS and V.O2max did not correlate (r =- 0.07, n = 148, P = 0.......4). Training induced changes in whole body oxidative capacity is matched by changes in muscle CS activity in a nearly 1:1 relationship. Absolute values of CS across different studies cannot be compared unless a standardized analytical method is used by all laboratories...

  12. Functional and phenotypic differences of pure populations of stem cell-derived astrocytes and neuronal precursor cells.

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    Kleiderman, Susanne; Sá, João V; Teixeira, Ana P; Brito, Catarina; Gutbier, Simon; Evje, Lars G; Hadera, Mussie G; Glaab, Enrico; Henry, Margit; Sachinidis, Agapios; Alves, Paula M; Sonnewald, Ursula; Leist, Marcel

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    Availability of homogeneous astrocyte populations would facilitate research concerning cell plasticity (metabolic and transcriptional adaptations; innate immune responses) and cell cycle reactivation. Current protocols to prepare astrocyte cultures differ in their final content of immature precursor cells, preactivated cells or entirely different cell types. A new method taking care of all these issues would improve research on astrocyte functions. We found here that the exposure of a defined population of pluripotent stem cell-derived neural stem cells (NSC) to BMP4 results in pure, nonproliferating astrocyte cultures within 24-48 h. These murine astrocytes generated from embryonic stem cells (mAGES) expressed the positive markers GFAP, aquaporin 4 and GLT-1, supported neuronal function, and acquired innate immune functions such as the response to tumor necrosis factor and interleukin 1. The protocol was applicable to several normal or disease-prone pluripotent cell lines, and the corresponding mAGES all exited the cell cycle and lost most of their nestin expression, in contrast to astrocytes generated by serum-addition or obtained as primary cultures. Comparative gene expression analysis of mAGES and NSC allowed quantification of differences between the two cell types and a definition of an improved marker set to define astrocytes. Inclusion of several published data sets in this transcriptome comparison revealed the similarity of mAGES with cortical astrocytes in vivo. Metabolic analysis of homogeneous NSC and astrocyte populations revealed distinct neurochemical features: both cell types synthesized glutamine and citrate, but only mature astrocytes released these metabolites. Thus, the homogeneous cultures allowed an improved definition of NSC and astrocyte features. PMID:26689134

  13. Discovery and characterization of novel inhibitors of the sodium-coupled citrate transporter (NaCT or SLC13A5)

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    Kim Huard; Janice Brown; Jessica C. Jones; Shawn Cabral; Kentaro Futatsugi; Matthew Gorgoglione; Adhiraj Lanba; Nicholas B. Vera; Yimin Zhu; Qingyun Yan; Yingjiang Zhou; Cecile Vernochet; Keith Riccardi; Angela Wolford; David Pirman

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    Citrate is a key regulatory metabolic intermediate as it facilitates the integration of the glycolysis and lipid synthesis pathways. Inhibition of hepatic extracellular citrate uptake, by blocking the sodium-coupled citrate transporter (NaCT or SLC13A5), has been suggested as a potential therapeutic approach to treat metabolic disorders. NaCT transports citrate from the blood into the cell coupled to the transport of sodium ions. The studies herein report the identification and characterizati...

  14. Precursor films in wetting phenomena

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    Popescu, M. N.; Oshanin, G.; Dietrich, S.; Cazabat, A. -M.

    2012-01-01

    The spontaneous spreading of non-volatile liquid droplets on solid substrates poses a classic problem in the context of wetting phenomena. It is well known that the spreading of a macroscopic droplet is in many cases accompanied by a thin film of macroscopic lateral extent, the so-called precursor film, which emanates from the three-phase contact line region and spreads ahead of the latter with a much higher speed. Such films have been usually associated with liquid-on-solid systems, but in t...

  15. Effect of bismuth citrate, lactose, and organic acid on necrotic enteritis in broilers

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    Clostridium perfringens – associated necrotic enteritis causes significant losses and increased morbidity in poultry. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of bismuth citrate and acidifiers on the development of necrotic enteritis in broilers. The first study was a dose response t...

  16. THE SURFACE PHOTOCHEMISTRY OF PROCYMIDONE IN PRESENCE OF AMMONIUM FERRIC CITRATE

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    Full Text Available Procymidone was chosen as the model compound and its phototransformation was followed under sunlight irradiation. The main photodegradation products on silica is 3,5-dichloroaniline and 3,5-diclorphenilisocyanate. The use of ammonium ferric citrate enhances the degradation of the procymidone.

  17. 78 FR 63228 - Determination That Potassium Citrate, 10 Milliequivalents/Packet and 20 Milliequivalents/Packet...

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    ... listed drug was withdrawn from sale for reasons of safety or effectiveness (21 CFR 314.162). A person may... time after the drug has been withdrawn from sale, but must be made prior to approving an ANDA that... HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration Determination That Potassium Citrate, 10...

  18. Cupric citrate as growth promoter for broiler chickens in different rearing stages

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    Feeding cupric citrate as alternative to cupric sulfate to broilers has been suggested in the literature. Day-old male broiler chicks (1,200) were used in an experiment to evaluate the efficacy of cupric citrate supplementation (75 mg Cu kg-1) during the 1-21, 22-42 or 1-42 d periods in comparison to an unsupplemented diet and a diet supplemented with cupric sulfate (200 mg Cu kg-1, 1-42 d). A randomized block design was used, with five treatments, six replicates and 40 birds per pen. The diets, based on corn and soybean meal, and water were offered ad libitum during the 42-day experimental period. Over the entire period, there was no effect of copper supplementation (P > 0.05) on bird live weight, weight gain, feed intake, feed conversion and mortality. Cupric citrate supplementation on the 22-42 d period resulted in worse feed conversion as compared to broilers receiving cupric sulfate (2.014 vs. 1.967, P < 0.05). Copper residues in the litter were reduced when broilers were fed cupric citrate, as compared to cupric sulfate (P < 0.01). The absence of response to copper supplementation can be attributed to the environmental and sanitary rearing conditions

  19. Effects of tamoxifen citrate on gene expression during nuclear chromatin condensation in male rats

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    Mukhtar Aleem; Varsha Padwal; Jyoti Choudhari; Nafisa Balasinor; Priyanka Parte; Manjeet Gill-Sharma

    2005-01-01

    Aim: To evaluate the effects of tamoxifen citrate on gene expression during nuclear chromatin condensation in male decondensation, acridine orange (AO) dye uptake, concentration of thiol-groups, levels and/or expression of transition proteins 1, 2 (TP1, TP2), protamine 1 (P1), cyclic AMP response element modulator-τ (CREMτ), androgenbinding protein (ABP) and cyclic adenosine 3', 5' monophosphate (cAMP) were evaluated after 60 days of exposure in adult male rats. Controls received the vehicle. Results: Tamoxifen citrate enhanced the rates of chromatin decondensation, increased AO dye uptake and reduced free thiols in caput epididymal sperms and reduced the levels of TP1, TP2, P1, and CREMτ in the testis, while cAMP was unaffected. P1 deposition was absent in the sperm. The transcripts of TP1, TP2 were increased, of P1 and ABP decreased, while those of CREMτ unaffected in the testis.Conclusion: Tamoxifen citrate reduced caput epididymal sperm chromatin compaction by reducing the testicular levels of proteins TP1, TP2 and P1 and the CREMτ involved in chromatin condensation during spermiogenesis.Tamoxifen citrate affects the expression of these genes at both the transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels.

  20. Study on the Antimicrobial Properties of Citrate-Based Biodegradable Polymers

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Citrate-based polymers possess unique advantages for various biomedical applications since citric acid is a natural metabolism product, which is biocompatible and antimicrobial. In polymer synthesis, citric acid also provides multiple functional groups to control the crosslinking of polymers and active binding sites for further conjugation of biomolecules. Our group recently developed a number of citrate-based polymers for various biomedical applications by taking advantage of their controllable chemical, mechanical, and biological characteristics. In this study, various citric acid derived biodegradable polymers were synthesized and investigated for their physicochemical and antimicrobial properties. Results indicate that citric acid derived polymers reduced bacterial proliferation to different degrees based on their chemical composition. Among the studied polymers, poly(octamethylene citrate (POC showed approximately 70-80% suppression to microbe proliferation, owing to its relatively higher ratio of citric acid contents. Crosslinked urethane-doped polyester elastomers (CUPEs and biodegradable photoluminescent polymers (BPLPs also exhibited significant bacteria reduction of ~20% and ~50% for Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli, respectively. Thus, the intrinsic antibacterial properties in citrate-based polymers enable them to inhibit bacteria growth without incorporation of antibiotics, silver nanoparticles, and other traditional bacteria-killing agents suggesting that they are unique beneficial materials for wound dressing, tissue engineering, and other potential medical applications where antimicrobial property is desired.

  1. Sildenafil citrate (Viagra) for the treatment of erectile dysfunction in men with Parkinson's disease.

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    Zesiewicz, T A; Helal, M; Hauser, R A

    2000-03-01

    Sildenafil citrate (Viagra) is a phosphodiesterase type V inhibitor used to treat erectile dysfunction. Ten men with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) and erectile dysfunction were prescribed 50-100 mg sildenafil citrate to use in eight sexual encounters over a 2-month period. Patients underwent Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) evaluations and completed a Beck's Depression Inventory (BDI) and a Sexual Health Inventory-M version (SHI-M) at baseline and after 8 weeks. There was statistically significant improvement in total SHI-M scores (23.8 +/- 2.0 vs 16.6 +/- 2.8; p = 0.01), overall sexual satisfaction (p = 0.03), satisfaction with sexual desire (p = 0.04), ability to achieve erection (p = 0.02), ability to maintain erection (p = 0.03), and ability to reach orgasm (p = 0.04) with use of sildenafil citrate. UPDRS and BDI scores were not significantly changed. Side effects included headache in one patient during three sexual encounters. In this open-label study, sildenafil citrate significantly improved sexual function in men with PD and erectile dysfunction. PMID:10752581

  2. Gallium-67 Citrate uptake in cryptoccal thyroiditis in a Homosexual male

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    A case of disseminated cryptococcosis and autopsy proven cryptococcal thyroiditis is described in a homosexual male. Thyroid uptake of Gallium-67 citrate was seen one week prior to positive blood cultures. This finding was the sole indication of thyroid involvement. Focal Gallium uptake may be considered as an indication for biopsy and culture in the initial work up of this group of immunocompromised hosts

  3. Citrate effects on amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) structure, stability, and crystallization

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    Tobler, Dominique Jeanette; Rodriguez Blanco, Juan Diego; Dideriksen, Knud;

    2015-01-01

    Understanding the role of citrate in the crystallization kinetics of amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) is essential to explain the formation mechanisms, stabilities, surface properties, and morphologies of CaCO3 biominerals. It also contributes to deeper insight into fluid-mineral inte...

  4. Gene deletion of cytosolic ATP: citrate lyase leads to altered organic acid production in Aspergillus niger

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    Meijer, Susan Lisette; Nielsen, Michael Lynge; Olsson, Lisbeth;

    2009-01-01

    factory platform for production of chemicals. Using molecular biology techniques, this study focused on metabolic engineering of A. niger to manipulate its organic acid production in the direction of succinic acid. The gene target for complete gene deletion was cytosolic ATP: citrate lyase (acl), which...

  5. [Calcium suppletion for patients who use gastric acid inhibitors: calcium citrate or calcium carbonate?].

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    Jonge, H.J. de; Gans, R.O.; Huls, G.A.

    2012-01-01

    Various calcium supplements are available for patients who have an indication for calcium suppletion. American guidelines and UpToDate recommend prescribing calcium citrate to patients who use antacids The rationale for this advice is that water-insoluble calcium carbonate needs acid for adequate ab

  6. Fast and simple preparation of 68Ga-citrate for routine clinical PET

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    Nielsen, Karin M; Kaufmann, Jens; Mewis, Dennis;

    2013-01-01

    The imaging of infectious and inflammatory diseases using gallium-67 (⁶⁷Ga) citrate scintigraphy has been a well-established diagnostic tool for decades. In recent times, interest has focused on PET using the short-lived positron emitting radioisotope ⁶⁸Ga. ⁶⁸Ga is not only more readily available...

  7. Fast and simple preparation of 68Ga-citrate for routine clinical PET

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    Nielsen, Karin M; Kaufmann, Jens; Mewis, Dennis;

    The imaging of infectious and inflammatory diseases using gallium-67 (⁶⁷Ga) citrate scintigraphy has been a well-established diagnostic tool for decades. In recent times, interest has focused on PET using the short-lived positron emitting radioisotope ⁶⁸Ga. ⁶⁸Ga is not only more readily available...

  8. Synthesis Mechanism of Low-Voltage Praseodymium Oxide Doped Zinc Oxide Varistor Ceramics Prepared Through Modified Citrate Gel Coating

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    Wan Rafizah Wan Abdullah

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available High demands on low-voltage electronics have increased the need for zinc oxide (ZnO varistors with fast response, highly non-linear current-voltage characteristics and energy absorption capabilities at low breakdown voltage. However, trade-off between breakdown voltage and grain size poses a critical bottle-neck in the production of low-voltage varistors. The present study highlights the synthesis mechanism for obtaining praseodymium oxide (Pr6O11 based ZnO varistor ceramics having breakdown voltages of 2.8 to 13.3 V/mm through employment of direct modified citrate gel coating technique. Precursor powder and its ceramics were examined by means of TG/DTG, FTIR, XRD and FESEM analyses. The electrical properties as a function of Pr6O11 addition were analyzed on the basis of I-V characteristic measurement. The breakdown voltage could be adjusted from 0.01 to 0.06 V per grain boundary by controlling the amount of Pr6O11 from 0.2 to 0.8 mol%, without alteration of the grain size. The non-linearity coefficient, α, varied from 3.0 to 3.5 and the barrier height ranged from 0.56 to 0.64 eV. Breakdown voltage and α lowering with increasing Pr6O11 content were associated to reduction in the barrier height caused by variation in O vacancies at grain boundary.

  9. A new electrochemical sensor containing a film of chitosan-supported ruthenium: detection and quantification of sildenafil citrate and acetaminophen

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    Delolo, Fabio Godoy; Rodrigues, Claudia; Silva, Monize Martins da; Batista, Alzir Azevedo, E-mail: fabiodelolo@hotmail.com, E-mail: daab@power.ufscar.br [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (UFSCar), SP (Brazil). Departamento de Quimica. Lab. de Estrutura e Reatividade de Compostos Inorganicos; Dinelli, Luis Rogerio [Universidade Federal de Uberlandia (UFU), Ituiutaba, MG (Brazil). Faculdade de Ciencias Integradas do Pontal; Delling, Felix Nicolai; Zukerman-Schpector, Julio, E-mail: fabiodelolo@hotmail.com, E-mail: daab@power.ufscar.br [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (UFSCar), SP (Brazil). Departamento de Quimica. Lab. de Cristalografia Estereodinamica e Modelagem Molecular

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    This work presents the construction of a novel electrochemical sensor for detection of organic analytes, using a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) modified with a chitosan-supported ruthenium film. The ruthenium-chitosan film was obtained starting from the mer-[RuCl{sub 3}(dppb)(H{sub 2}O)] complex as a [1,4-bis(diphenylphosphine)butane] (dppb) precursor, and chitosan (QT). The structure of the chitosan-supported ruthenium film on the surface of the glassy carbon electrode was characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) techniques. The glassy carbon electrode was modified with a film formed from the evaporation of 5 μL of a solution composed of 5 mg chitosan-supported ruthenium (RuQT) in 10 mL of 0.1 mol L{sup -1} acetic acid. The modified electrode was tested as a sensor for sildenafil citrate (Viagra® 50 mg) and acetaminophen (Tylenol®) detection. The technique utilized for these analyses was differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) in 0.1 mol L{sup -1} H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} (pH 1.0) and 0.1 mol L{sup -1} CH{sub 3}COOK (pH 6.5) as supporting electrolyte. All analyses were carried out during a month using the same electrode. The electrode was washed only with water in between the analyses, keeping it in the refrigerator when it was not in use. This electrode was stable during the period utilized showing no degradation and presenting a linear response over the evaluated concentration interval (1.25 × 10{sup -5} to 4.99 × 10{sup -4} mol L{sup -1}). (author)

  10. A new electrochemical sensor containing a film of chitosan-supported ruthenium: detection and quantification of sildenafil citrate and acetaminophen

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    This work presents the construction of a novel electrochemical sensor for detection of organic analytes, using a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) modified with a chitosan-supported ruthenium film. The ruthenium-chitosan film was obtained starting from the mer-[RuCl3(dppb)(H2O)] complex as a [1,4-bis(diphenylphosphine)butane] (dppb) precursor, and chitosan (QT). The structure of the chitosan-supported ruthenium film on the surface of the glassy carbon electrode was characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) techniques. The glassy carbon electrode was modified with a film formed from the evaporation of 5 μL of a solution composed of 5 mg chitosan-supported ruthenium (RuQT) in 10 mL of 0.1 mol L-1 acetic acid. The modified electrode was tested as a sensor for sildenafil citrate (Viagra® 50 mg) and acetaminophen (Tylenol®) detection. The technique utilized for these analyses was differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) in 0.1 mol L-1 H2SO4 (pH 1.0) and 0.1 mol L-1 CH3COOK (pH 6.5) as supporting electrolyte. All analyses were carried out during a month using the same electrode. The electrode was washed only with water in between the analyses, keeping it in the refrigerator when it was not in use. This electrode was stable during the period utilized showing no degradation and presenting a linear response over the evaluated concentration interval (1.25 × 10-5 to 4.99 × 10-4 mol L-1). (author)

  11. The Implemetation of Interventions for Problem Behavior Based on the Results of Precursor Functional Analyses in the Early Childhood Setting

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    This study consisted of three parts. We first used a video observation method and statistical analysis to identify benign behaviors that occurred before the problem behavior. These benign behaviors are known as precursor behaviors. We then used a precursor functional analysis to identify the function of the precursor behaviors. Lastly, we developed and implemented an intervention based on the results of the precursor functional analysis. The interventions effectively reduced problem behavior ...

  12. Calcium citrate without aluminum antacids does not cause aluminum retention in patients with functioning kidneys

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    Sakhaee, K.; Wabner, C. L.; Zerwekh, J. E.; Copley, J. B.; Pak, L.; Poindexter, J. R.; Pak, C. Y.

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    It has been suggested that calcium citrate might enhance aluminum absorption from food, posing a threat of aluminum toxicity even in patients with normal renal function. We therefore measured serum and urinary aluminum before and following calcium citrate therapy in patients with moderate renal failure and in normal subjects maintained on constant metabolic diets with known aluminum content (967-1034 mumol/day, or 26.1-27.9 mg/day, in patients and either 834 or 1579 mumol/day, or 22.5 and 42.6 mg/day, in normal subjects). Seven patients with moderate renal failure (endogenous creatinine clearance of 43 ml/min) took 50 mmol (2 g) calcium/day as effervescent calcium citrate with meals for 17 days. Eight normal women received 25 mmol (1 g) calcium/day as tricalcium dicitrate tablets with meals for 7 days. In patients with moderate renal failure, serum and urinary aluminum were normal before treatment at 489 +/- 293 SD nmol/l (13.2 +/- 7.9 micrograms/l) and 767 +/- 497 nmol/day (20.7 +/- 13.4 micrograms/day), respectively. They remained within normal limits and did not change significantly during calcium citrate treatment (400 +/- 148 nmol/l and 600 +/- 441 nmol/day, respectively). Similarly, no significant change in serum and urinary aluminum was detected in normal women during calcium citrate administration (271 +/- 59 vs 293 +/- 85 nmol/l and 515 +/- 138 vs 615 +/- 170 nmol/day, respectively). In addition, skeletal bone aluminum content did not change significantly in 14 osteoporotic patients (endogenous creatinine clearance of 68.5 ml/min) treated for 24 months with calcium citrate, 10 mmol calcium twice/day separately from meals (29.3 +/- 13.9 ng/mg ash bone to 27.9 +/0- 10.4, P = 0.727). In them, histomorphometric examination did not show any evidence of mineralization defect. Thus, calcium citrate given alone without aluminum-containing drugs does not pose a risk of aluminum toxicity in subjects with normal or functioning kidneys, when it is administered on an

  13. Comparison of sodium citrate with defibrination for the processing of blood for tsetse mass-rearing

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    Full text: Various experimental bioassays comparing the use of sodium citrated bovine blood to defibrinated bovine blood were performed in order to reach an alternative anticoagulant procedure. Defibrination is the standard process to obtain blood, which is the only source of nutrients for tsetse flies. This process is time consuming, requires special equipment, trained personnel and could be an extra source of blood contamination. For the blood collection, special care was taken to rule out biological bias by using the same donor animal for both citrated and defibrinated collections. Contamination was avoided by sterile collection from the jugular vein. As the university owns these animals, their medical history is known and could be inspected prior to collection in order to rule out any recent antibiotic treatments, which could influence the results of the experiment. Both blood treatments were transported under refrigeration, irradiated in a Gammacell 220 Co60 irradiator with 1 kGy, stored at -20 deg. C and bacteriologically tested (nutrient agar plate test). All flies were kept under standard condition of temperature (24.5 ± 0.5 deg. C) and relative humidity (75 ± 5%). For the bioassays, flies from the Glossina pallidipes colony, Entomology Unit, Seibersdorf, were used. The flies were divided into 2 groups of males and females in a 1:4 ratio and each group was composed of 4 cages. The first experiment lasted for 37 days and the second 93 days. One group received defibrinated bovine blood and the other group received citrated bovine blood (0.02M final concentration). Survival, mortality and fecundity rates of the flies and pupal size category and weight were recorded for both groups and were analysed and compared. The results showed that there was no significant difference between the two treatments for survival, mortality and fecundity and that the pupal size category and weight for the citrated group had slightly better results than the defibrinated group

  14. Na/K citrate versus sodium bicarbonate in prevention of contrast-induced nephropathy.

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    Abouzeid, Sameh Mohamed; ElHossary, Hossam E

    2016-05-01

    Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is one of the important complications of radiographic procedures, especially in patients with chronic kidney disease. It is also one of the common causes of acute kidney injury. The pathogenesis is postulated to be the effect of oxygen- free radicals and hyperosmolar stress on the renal medulla. It is reported that the production of superoxide is most active at acid environment. K/Na citrate is well known as a urine alkalinization medium, and this has been evaluated earlier with standard hydration for reduction of CIN and was stated to be efficient. We aimed to determine the efficacy of Na/K citrate in reducing the frequency of CIN in comparison to sodium bicarbonate in patients after coronary angiography. Two hundred and ten patients with renal dysfunction [estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), 60 mL/min/1.73 m(2) or less] who underwent elective or emergency coronary angiography (CAG) with/without percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) at our institution were enrolled into the study. The patients were randomized into two groups, Group 1-Taking Na/K citrate and Group 2-Taking sodium bicarbonate. Radiographic contrast agent iohexol was used. Change in creatinine, percent change in creatinine, percent change in eGFR, change in serum potassium, and urine pH were all compared between the two groups. There was no significant difference for prevention of CIN when comparing the Na/K citrate with sodium bicarbonate solution in patients exposed to CAG with or without PCI. Mean absolute change in eGFR after 48 h after administration of contrast between sodium bicarbonate group and Na/K citrate group was -0.60 ± 1.58 versus -0.71 ± 1.38. Serum potassium decreased postprocedure in the sodium bicarbonate group than in the citrate group (3.90 ± 0.33 vs. 4.14 ± 0.39). Both agents are equally effective in reducing the incidence of CIN, but the citrate would possibly be a safer option for patients at risk of hypokalemia. PMID:27215244

  15. Synthesis, sintering and dissolution of thorium and uranium (IV) mixed oxide solid solutions: influence of the method of precursor preparation; Synthese, frittage et caracterisation de solutions solides d'oxydes mixtes de thorium et d'uranium (IV): influence de la methode de preparation du precurseur

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    Hingant, N

    2008-12-15

    Mixed actinide dioxides are currently considered as potential fuels for the third and fourth generations of nuclear reactors. In this context, thorium-uranium (IV) dioxide solid solutions were studied as model compounds to underline the influence of the method of preparation on their physico-chemical properties. Two methods of synthesis, both based on the initial precipitation of oxalate precursors have been developed. The first consisted in the direct precipitation ('open' system) while the second involved hydrothermal conditions ('closed' system). The second method led to a significant improvement in the crystallization of the samples especially in the field of the increase of the grain size. In these conditions, the formation of a complete solid solution Th{sub 1-x}U{sub x}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 2}.2H{sub 2}O was prepared between both end-members. Its crystal structure was also resolved. Whatever the initial method considered, these compounds led to the final dioxides after heating above 400 C. The various steps associated to this transformation, involving the dehydration of precursors then the decomposition of oxalate groups have been clarified. Moreover, the use of wet chemistry methods allowed to reduce the sintering temperature of the final thorium-uranium (IV) dioxide solid solutions. Whatever the method of preparation considered, dense samples (95% to 97% of the calculated value) were obtained after only 3 hours of heating at 1500 C. Additionally, the use of hydrothermal conditions significantly increased the grain size, leading to the reduction of the occurrence of the grain boundaries and of the global residual porosity. The significant improvement in the homogeneity of cations distribution in the samples was also highlighted. Finally, the chemical durability of thorium-uranium (IV) dioxide solid solutions was evaluated through the development of leaching tests in nitric acid. The optimized homogeneity especially in terms of the

  16. Testing the predictors of boredom at school : development and validation of the precursors to boredom scales

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    Daschmann, Elena; Götz, Thomas; Stupnisky, Robert H.

    2011-01-01

    Background. Boredom has been found to be an important emotion for students' learning processes and achievement outcomes; however, the precursors of this emotion remain largely unexplored.Aim. In the current study, scales assessing the precursors to boredom in academic achievement settings were developed and tested.Sample. Participants were 1,380 grade 5–10 students in mathematics classes.Method. The Precursors to Boredom Scales were tested for structural and convergent validity with multi-lev...

  17. Enhancing uranium solubilization in soils by citrate, EDTA, and EDDS chelating amendments

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    Highlights: ► The aim was to optimize uranium solubilization for the purposes of remediation. ► The most important factor in uranium solubilization was found to be the pH. ► Citrate treatment was the most efficient, with 63% of uranium solubilization. ► The uranium extraction yield with EDDS amendment was greater than with EDTA. - Abstract: A systematic study was made of the effects of three soil amendments on the solubilization of uranium from a granitic soil. The aim was to optimize solubilization so as to enhance bioavailability for the purposes of remediation. The three amendments tested were with citrate, EDTA, and EDDS as chelating agents. The effects of pH, chelator concentration, and leaching time were studied. The most important factor in uranium solubilization was found to be the pH. In the absence of chelating agents, the greatest solubilization was obtained for alkaline conditions, with values representing about 15% of the total uranium activity in the bulk soil. There were major differences in uranium solubilization between the different amendments. The citrate treatment was the most efficient at acidic pH, particularly with the greatest concentration of citrate tested (50 mmol kg−1) after 6 days of treatment. Under these conditions, the uranium concentration in solution was greater by a factor of 356 than in the control suspension, and represented some 63% of the uranium concentration in the bulk soil. Under alkaline conditions, the EDTA and EDDS treatments gave the greatest uranium activity concentrations in solution, but these concentrations were much lower than those with the citrate amendment, and were not very different from the control results. The uranium extraction yield with EDDS amendment was greater than with EDTA.

  18. Enhancing uranium solubilization in soils by citrate, EDTA, and EDDS chelating amendments

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    Lozano, J.C. [Departamento de Fisica Fundamental, Universidad de Salamanca, 37008 Salamanca (Spain); Blanco Rodriguez, P. [Natural Radioactivity Group, Universidad de Extremadura, Avda. Elvas s/n, 06071 Badajoz (Spain); Vera Tome, F., E-mail: fvt@unex.es [Natural Radioactivity Group, Universidad de Extremadura, Avda. Elvas s/n, 06071 Badajoz (Spain); Calvo, C. Prieto [Departamento de Fisica Fundamental, Universidad de Salamanca, 37008 Salamanca (Spain)

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    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The aim was to optimize uranium solubilization for the purposes of remediation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The most important factor in uranium solubilization was found to be the pH. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Citrate treatment was the most efficient, with 63% of uranium solubilization. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The uranium extraction yield with EDDS amendment was greater than with EDTA. - Abstract: A systematic study was made of the effects of three soil amendments on the solubilization of uranium from a granitic soil. The aim was to optimize solubilization so as to enhance bioavailability for the purposes of remediation. The three amendments tested were with citrate, EDTA, and EDDS as chelating agents. The effects of pH, chelator concentration, and leaching time were studied. The most important factor in uranium solubilization was found to be the pH. In the absence of chelating agents, the greatest solubilization was obtained for alkaline conditions, with values representing about 15% of the total uranium activity in the bulk soil. There were major differences in uranium solubilization between the different amendments. The citrate treatment was the most efficient at acidic pH, particularly with the greatest concentration of citrate tested (50 mmol kg{sup -1}) after 6 days of treatment. Under these conditions, the uranium concentration in solution was greater by a factor of 356 than in the control suspension, and represented some 63% of the uranium concentration in the bulk soil. Under alkaline conditions, the EDTA and EDDS treatments gave the greatest uranium activity concentrations in solution, but these concentrations were much lower than those with the citrate amendment, and were not very different from the control results. The uranium extraction yield with EDDS amendment was greater than with EDTA.

  19. The optimum Ga-67-citrate gamma camera imaging quality factors as first calculated and shown by the Taguchi's analysis.

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    Yeh, Da Ming; Chang, Pai Jung; Pan, Lung Kwang

    2013-01-01

    In this work gallium-67 ((67)Ga) gamma camera imaging quality was optimized using the Taguchi's analysis and a planar phantom. The acrylic planar phantom was LASER-cut to form groups of slits 1mm wide and 5mm deep, to determine the spatial resolution and contrast ratio that could be achieved in a (67)Ga citrate nuclear medicine examination. The (67)Ga-citrate solution was injected into the slits to form an active radioactive line source which was placed between regular acrylic plates for optimization. Then, nine combinations of four operating factors: L9 (3((4)), of the gamma camera imaging system were used and followed the Taguchi's analysis. The four operating factors were: a) the type of collimator in front of the NaI(Tl) detector, b) the region of interest of (67)Ga gamma rays spectrum, c) the scanning speed of NaI(Tl) detector head and d) the activity of (67)Ga. The original judged grade of the planar phantom image quality was increased 36% and factors a) and b) were confirmed to dominate. The cross interaction among factors was also discussed. Our results showed that the optimal factor settings of the gamma camera imaging system were verified by performing a routine nuclear medicine examination in ten cases. Nine cases showed the same optimal settings as estimated by three highly trained radio-diagnostic physicians. Additionally, the optimal setting yielded clearer images with greater contrast than did the conventional settings. In conclusion, this work suggests for practical use an optimized process for determining both the spatial resolution and the contrast ratio of a gamma camera imaging system using Taguchi's optimal analysis and a planar phantom. The Taguchi's method is most effective in targeting a single quality characteristic but can also be extended to satisfy multiple requirements under specific conditions by revising the definition of signal to noise ratio. PMID:23529390

  20. Anise oil as para-methoxyamphetamine (PMA) precursor.

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    Waumans, Dieter; Bruneel, Noël; Tytgat, Jan

    2003-04-23

    These days, MDMA is one of the most popular drugs of abuse. Due to its illegality, MDMA and its chemical precursors are watched by governmental organizations in many countries. To avoid conflicts with legal instances, underground chemists have tried to market several new unregulated amphetamine analogues, such as 4-MTA. Para-methoxyamphetamine (PMA), on the other hand, is regulated by law but its precursors are easily obtained since they are cheap and unwatched. This article presents such a case, namely the large scale synthesis of PMA using anethole, a main constituent of anise oil, as precursor. Anethole has been converted to its phenyl acetone analogue via peracid oxidation, while PMA itself has been synthesized using this ketone as precursor in the Leuckart synthesis. The synthesis of PMA using anethole as starting product has been investigated applying GC/MS and GC-HSPME/MS techniques, hereby discovering new specific (4-methoxyphenol) and already identified synthesis impurities (4-methyl-5-(4-methoxyphenyl)pyrimidine, N-(beta-4-methoxyphenylisopropyl)-4-methoxybenzyl methyl ketimine, 1-(4-methoxyphenyl)-N-(2-(4-methoxyphenyl)-1-methylethyl-2-propanamine, 1-(4-methoxyphenyl)-N-methyl-N-(2-(4-methoxyphenyl)-1-methylethyl-2-propanamine, N-(beta-4-methoxyphenylisopropyl)-4-methoxybenzaldimine). The new impurity 4-methoxyphenol is specific for the application of a peracid oxidation method where anethole is used as precursor. PMID:12742705

  1. Early postradiation recovery of precursor cells of hemopoietic stroma

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    Ability of stroma precursor cells to early postradiation recovery was studied in male mices using the method of fraction irradiation of bone marrow. Donor mices of bone marrow were irradiated in vivo once by the total dose (nonfraction irradiation) and fractionally with 6 h interval between two irradiation doses. The cumulative irradiation doses equal to 10, 12, 14, 16 Gr were investigated. Irradiation was carried out using gamma facility. Bone marrow of the femur was implanted immediately after irradiation under kidney capsule of nonirradiated syngeneic recipient. The ability of stroma precursor cells to intracellular repair (repair index) was evaluated according to the ratio of the number of hemopoietic cells formed in heterotropic transplants in groups with fraction irradiation to the same one in groups with nonfraction irradiation. The obtained results testify to the fact that slowly regenerated highly radioresistant population of precursor cells of hemopoietic stroma is capable to early postradiation recovery

  2. Premarital precursors of marital infidelity.

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    Allen, Elizabeth S; Rhoades, Galena Kline; Stanley, Scott M; Markman, Howard J; Williams, Tamara; Melton, Jessica; Clements, Mari L

    2008-06-01

    Premarital precursors of infidelity were evaluated in a sample of 72 couples (N = 144) who were taking part in a longitudinal study of marriage. Premarital self-report and observational data were compared for couples who experienced infidelity and those who did not experience infidelity in the first years of marriage. Couples in which the male engaged in marital infidelity were characterized, premaritally, by significantly lower male sexual satisfaction, lower male positive communication, and higher female invalidation, whereas couples in which the female went on to engage in infidelity were characterized, premaritally, by significantly lower levels of female positive communication, higher levels of male and female negative communication, and higher levels of male and female invalidation. Implications of the findings for future research on the prediction and prevention of infidelity are discussed. PMID:18605124

  3. Sodium citrate (Na3Cit)-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of uniform spindle-like SrMoO4:Eu3+ phosphors

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    Graphical abstract: A facile hydrothermal method for the synthesis of uniform spindle-like SrMoO4:Eu3+ phosphors with the assistance of sodium citrate (Na3Cit). - Highlights: • Well-crystallized spindle-like SrMoO4:Eu3+ phosphors have been synthesized. • The influence of the reaction temperature and reaction time were clearly shown. • The dosage of Na3Cit has a strong effect on the spindle-like SrMoO4:Eu3+ phosphors. • The growth mechanism for the formation of final samples was proposed. - Abstract: Highly uniform spindle-like SrMoO4:Eu3+ phosphors have been prepared by a facile hydrothermal method using sodium citrate (Na3Cit) as the chelating reagent. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectrum (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS), Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and photoluminescence spectra (PL) were used to characterize the resulting samples. The dosage of sodium citrate, reaction temperature and reaction time play key roles in the formation of the final samples. The possible formation mechanism for SrMoO4:Eu3+ phosphors has been proposed. Upon excitation by ultraviolet radiation, the as-synthesized SrMoO4:Eu3+ phosphors show the characteristic 5D0–7FJ (J = 1, 2, 3, 4) emission lines with red emission 5D0–7F2 (613 nm) as the most prominent group

  4. Trisodium citrate-assisted synthesis of highly water-dispersible and superparamagnetic mesoporous Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} hollow microspheres via solvothermal process

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    Jiang, Xi; Wang, Fumin; Cai, Wangfeng; Zhang, Xubin, E-mail: tjzxb@tju.edu.cn

    2015-07-05

    Highlights: • Mesoporous Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} hollow microspheres were prepared by a facile trisodium citrate-assisted solvothermal method. • The product exhibits high water-dispersibility and superparamagnetism at room temperature. • Ostwald ripening process was responsible for the formation of hollow structures. • The Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} hollow microspheres are ideal candidates for various biomedical applications. - Abstract: Highly water-dispersible and superparamagnetic mesoporous Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} hollow microspheres were prepared by a facile trisodium citrate-assisted solvothermal method. The composition, morphology and structure of the product were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, thermogravimetric (TG) analysis, Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The results showed that the obtained Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} hollow microspheres were composed of nanoparticles about 21 nm in diameter and exhibited superparamagnetic properties with relatively high saturation magnetization at room temperature. Trisodium citrate played a crucial role as an electrostatic stabilizer in the formation of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} hollow microspheres and Ostwald ripening process was responsible for the formation of hollow structures. The Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} hollow microspheres were mesoporous and highly water-dispersible, indicating that the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} hollow microspheres are ideal candidates for various biomedical applications.

  5. Effect of Detergents on Streptolysin S Precursor

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    Calandra, Gary B.

    1980-01-01

    Group A streptococci which produce streptolysin S contain a cellular precursor to streptolysin S in the membranes and cytoplasm which is activatable by blending in a Vortex mixer with glass beads and ribonucleic acid (RNA)-core (RNA preparation from yeast). Although no activation of precursor occurred when it was mixed with detergents, it was activated when blended with glass beads and detergents such as Tergitol NP-40 and Brij 35. Maximum activation of precursor was achieved in 1 to 2% deter...

  6. Overview of ALD Precursors and Reaction Mechanisms

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    Gordon, Roy Gerald

    2011-01-01

    Successful use of ALD requires suitable chemical precursors used under reaction conditions that are appropriate for them. There are many requirements for ALD precursors: sufficient volatility, thermal stability and reactivity with substrates and with the films being deposited. In addition, it is easier to produce the required vapors if the precursor is liquid at room temperature, or if it is a solid with melting point below the vaporization temperature, or if it is soluble in an inert solvent...

  7. The theory of planned behavior: Precursors of marijuana use in early adolescence?

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    Malmberg, M.; Overbeek, G.J.; Vermulst, A.A.; Monshouwer, K.; Vollebergh, W.A.M.; Engels, R.C.M.E.

    2012-01-01

    Background: Precursors of marijuana use in early adolescence are largely unknown because studies generally focus on marijuana use among older adolescents or adults. Methods: In this study, we examined precursors of marijuana use in a sample of 1023 Dutch early adolescents (aged 11-14 at Time 1) who

  8. Accident sequence precursor analysis of Daya Bay and Ling'ao nuclear power plants

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    The accident sequence precursor analysis method was adopted to evaluate the events of Daya Bay and Ling'ao Nuclear Power Plants, and some risk significant events which are called the accident sequence precursor were identified. By the statistics, classification and trend analysis, some useful insight can be obtained to support the nuclear safety management for the nuclear power plant. (authors)

  9. Hysteretic Tricolor Electrochromic Systems Based on the Dynamic Redox Properties of Unsymmetrically Substituted Dihydrophenanthrenes and Biphenyl-2,2'-Diyl Dications: Efficient Precursor Synthesis by a Flow Microreactor Method

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    Kenshu Fujiwara

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available A series of biphenyl-2,2'-diylbis(diarylmethanols 3, which have two kinds of aryl groups at the bay region, were efficiently obtained by integrated flow microreactor synthesis. The diols 3NO/NX are the precursors of unsymmetric biphenylic dications 2NO/NX2+, which are transformed into the corresponding dihydrophenanthrenes 1NO/NX via 2NO/NX+• upon reduction, when they exhibit two-stage color changes. On the other hand, the steady-state concentration of the intermediate 2NO/NX+• is negligible during the oxidation of 1NO/NX to 2NO/NX2+, which reflects unique tricolor electrochromicity with a hysteretic pattern of color change [color 1→color 2→color 3→color 1].

  10. Multipotent skin-derived precursors: adult neural crest-related precursors with therapeutic potential

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    Fernandes, Karl J.L; Toma, Jean G; Miller, Freda D.

    2007-01-01

    We previously made the surprising finding that cultures of multipotent precursors can be grown from the dermis of neonatal and adult mammalian skin. These skin-derived precursors (SKPs) display multi-lineage differentiation potential, producing both neural and mesodermal progeny in vitro, and are an apparently novel precursor cell type that is distinct from other known precursors within the skin. In this review, we begin by placing these findings within the context of the rapidly evolving ste...

  11. Evaluation of histamine induced acute inflammation by 67Ga-citrate in conscious rats

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    Radioactivity of 67Ga in the paw edema and the edema rate were measured after subcutaneous injection of histamine into the paw of the conscious rat. The radioactivity increased almost parallel with the edema rate following the injection of histamine. The increase in the radioactivity and edema were almost completely prevented by pretreatment with a 10 mg/kg dose of chlorpheniramine, an antihistaminic agent. A good correlation between the edema rate and the radioactivity was demonstrated. These results suggest that 67Ga-citrate is useful for monitoring the process of acute inflammation in the pharmacological evaluation of anti inflammatory drugs. Moreover, there is also a possibility that 67Ga-citrate may be useful in measuring vascular permeability. (orig.)

  12. Early detection of interstitial pneumonia by 67Ga-citrate scintigraphy

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    In this paper we report our recent experience indicating usefulness of 67Ga-citrate scintigraphy in 4 cases with inflammatory pulmonary diseases. These cases showed abnormal pulmonary 67Ga uptake with normal chest radiographs. The first case with malignant lymphoma and the second one with lung cancer suffered from pulmonary infection following secondary immuno-insufficiency due to radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Pneumocystis carinii was suspected as causative agent in the first case, and gram negative bacilli in the second case. The third case with lung cancer developed radiation pneumonia after radiotherapy. The fourth case with acute bronchitis developed drug induced interstitial pneumonia presumably due to minocycline administration. It is concluded that 67Ga-citrate scintigraphy is more sensitive for early detection of interstitial pneumonia than routine chest radiography. (author)

  13. Analysis of citrate-capped gold and silver nanoparticles by thiol ligand exchange capillary electrophoresis

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    We report on the capillary electrophoretic behavior of citrate-capped gold and silver nanoparticles in aqueous medium when applying a ligand-exchange surface reaction with thiols. Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) of similar size (39 ± 6 and 41 ± 7 nm, respectively) and shape were synthesized, covered with a citrate shell, and characterized by microscopic and spectroscopic techniques. The analysis of these NPs by CE was accomplished by using a buffer solution (pH 9.7; 40 mM SDS, 10 mM CAPS; 0.1 % methanol) containing the anions of thioctic acid or thiomalic acid. These are capable of differently interacting with the surface of the AuNPs and AgNPs and thus introducing additional negative charges. This results in different migration times due to the formation of differently charged nanoparticles. (author)

  14. Radisynoviorthesis of small and medium joints by means of rhenium sulfide and erbium citrate

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    Full text: Objectives: To be familiar with the indications, procedure and treatment results of the radiosynoviorthesis (RSO) of medium and small joints in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methods: RSO is the intraarticular treatment with beta emitters. For correct indication one should accomplish the following: clinical examination (presence of a pain, swelling, joint motion), ultrasonography (US) (filling and synovial reaction), x-ray (Larsen's classification); if it is suitable, also three-phase bone scintigraphy. Treatment effect is possible only when synovitis is proven by these procedures. Control clinical and US examinations are done after 6 and 12 months. Orthopaedist injects rhenium sulfide (Schering CIS Bio) to medium joints (70 MBq - 110 MBq) and erbium citrate (Schering CIS Bio) (20-40 MBq) to small joints under US control in sterile conditions after application 1% Mesocain i.a. After RSO, the joint is immobilized for 2-3 days. Results: From VI/2002 to IX/2006 we have done 45 RSO of medium joints in 36 patients - 4 elbows, 11 ATC, 5 shoulders, 25 RC and RSO of 45 small joints in 17 patients - MCP and PIP of hands. Evaluation of treatment effect after RSO of medium joints: by patients (effect on pain and formation of fluid) and clinical evaluation (by orthopaedist): shoulders: in 100% reduction of pain and swelling, in 60% improvement of motion, in 100% reduction of synovial reaction; elbow: in 100% reduction of pain, in 75% reduction of swelling, in 75% identical motion, in 50% US improvement, 1x post radiation synovitis treated conservatively; RC: in 68% reduction of pain and swelling, in 28% improvement of motion, in 64% US improvement, 1x re-RSO after one year; TC: in 72% reduction of pain, in 72% identical swelling and motion, in 18% US improvement, in 2 pts repeated RSO after one year. Small joints: in 72% reduction of pain, in 56% reduction of swelling, in 11% motion improvement, in 50% US improvement, 1x re-RSO of MCP after one year

  15. Preparation and characterization of Tamoxifen citrate loaded nanoparticles for breast cancer therapy

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    Maji R

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Ruma Maji, Niladri Shekhar Dey, Bhabani Sankar Satapathy, Biswajit Mukherjee, Subhasish MondalDepartment of Pharmaceutical Technology, Jadavpur University, Kolkata (Calcutta, IndiaBackground: Four formulations of Tamoxifen citrate loaded polylactide-co-glycolide (PLGA based nanoparticles (TNPs were developed and characterized. Their internalization by Michigan Cancer Foundation-7 (MCF-7 breast cancer cells was also investigated.Methods: Nanoparticles were prepared by a multiple emulsion solvent evaporation method. Then the following studies were carried out: drug-excipients interaction using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, surface morphology by field emission scanning electron micro­scopy (FESEM, zeta potential and size distribution using a Zetasizer Nano ZS90 and particle size analyzer, and in vitro drug release. In vitro cellular uptake of nanoparticles was assessed by confocal microscopy and their cell viability (% was studied.Results: No chemical interaction was observed between the drug and the selected excipients. TNPs had a smooth surface, and a nanosize range (250–380 nm with a negative surface charge. Drug loadings of the prepared particles were 1.5%±0.02% weight/weight (w/w, 2.68%±0.5% w/w, 4.09%±0.2% w/w, 27.16%±2.08% w/w for NP1–NP4, respectively. A sustained drug release pattern from the nanoparticles was observed for the entire period of study, ie, up to 60 days. Further, nanoparticles were internalized well by the MCF-7 breast cancer cells on a concentration dependent manner and were present in the cytoplasm. The nucleus was free from nanoparticle entry. Drug loaded nanoparticles were found to be more cytotoxic than the free drug.Conclusion: TNPs (NP4 showed the highest drug loading, released the drug in a sustained manner for a prolonged period of time and were taken up well by the MCF-7 breast cancer cell line in vitro. Thus the formulation may be suitable for breast cancer treatment due to the

  16. New methodology for a faster synthesis of SrSnO3 by the modified Pechini method

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    G. L. Lucena

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available SrSnO3, a perovskite-type complex oxide, was synthesized by the modified Pechini method using two different precursors, tin chloride and metallic tin. The first one is already traditional in the literature and it claims about 30 days, only for the cleaning of tin citrate aiming at the elimination of the chloride. The second route was developed by our research group and saves time, taking 6 h to complete the synthesis of the resin. The results show that SrSnO3 obtained from the metallic tin show a higher short range order, leading to a band gap value higher than those reported in the literature, besides a meaningful reduction in the formation of SrCO3, as compared to the one obtained from tin chloride.

  17. Anti-Mullerian hormone and response to ovulation induction with clomiphene citrate in women with polycystic ovary syndrome

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    Mohamed S. Sweed

    2016-03-01

    Conclusions: Anti-Mullerian hormone is a very useful predictor of poor responders to clomiphene citrate among women with polycystic ovary disease. [Int J Reprod Contracept Obstet Gynecol 2016; 5(3.000: 603-608

  18. The efficacy and safety of clomiphene citrate and metformin on ovulation induction in patients suffering from anovulatory infertility

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    Hardik Patel

    2015-12-01

    Conclusion: Ovulation rate was significantly higher compared to pregnancy rate. We could not find any benefit of adding metformin to the standard treatment with clomiphene citrate. [Int J Basic Clin Pharmacol 2015; 4(6.000: 1241-1246

  19. Determinação espectrofotométrica de citrato de sildenafil em formulações farmacêuticas Spectrophotometric determination of sildenafil citrate in pharmaceutical formulations

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    Patrícia Los Weinert

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a simple and rapid spectrophotometric method for quantitative determination of sildenafil citrate based on its reaction with p-chloranil accelerated by hydrogen peroxide, producing a stable purple compound (λmax= 535 nm. In the absence of peroxide this reaction is very slow. The experimental conditions were optimized by using response surface methodologies. Beer's law is obeyed in a concentration range of 8.52 x 10-5 - 1.70 x 10-3 mol L-1 (r = 0.999. The detection limit was 1.96 x 10-5 mol L-1. The method was successfully applied for the determination of sildenafil citrate in medicines with good accuracy and precision.

  20. Arsenic mobilization by citrate and malate from a red mud-treated contaminated soil.

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    Castaldi, Paola; Silvetti, Margherita; Mele, Elena; Garau, Giovanni; Deiana, Salvatore

    2013-01-01

    The mobility and bioavailability of As in the soil-plant system can be affected by a number of organic acids that originate from the activity of plants and microorganisms. In this study we evaluated the ability of citrate and malate anions to mobilize As in a polluted subacidic soil (UP soil) treated with red mud (RM soil). Both anions promoted the mobilization of As from UP and RM soils, with citrate being more effective than malate. The RM treatment induced a greater mobility of As. The amounts of As released in RM and UP soils treated with 3.0 mmol L citric acid solution were 2.78 and 1.83 μmol g respectively, whereas an amount equal to 1.73 and 1.06 μmol g was found after the treatment with a 3.0 mmol L malic acid solution. The release of As in both soils increased with increasing concentration of organic acids, and the co-release of Al and Fe in solution also increased. The sequential extraction showed that Fe/Al (oxi)hydroxides in RM were the main phases involved in As binding in RM soil. Two possible mechanisms could be responsible for As solubilization: (i) competition of the organic anions for As adsorption sites and (ii) partial dissolution of the adsorbents (e.g., dissolution of iron and aluminum oxi-hydroxides) induced by citrate or malate and formation of complexes between dissolved Fe and Al and organic anions. This is the first report on the effect of malate and citrate on the As mobility in a polluted soil treated with RM. PMID:23673944

  1. Interaction of Eu(III) on anatase (TiO2) in presence of citrate

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    In the present study macroscopic sorption and fluorescence spectroscopic investigation of Eu(III) on the surface of anatase colloidal sized particles has been carried out in presence of organic anion, citrate, under varying condition of pH, ionic strength and ligand concentration. Aim is to identify the speciation of Eu present on anatase surface. Formation of both metal bridged as well as ligand bridged ternary speciation is observed and is dependent upon experimental condition. (author)

  2. Na/K citrate versus sodium bicarbonate in prevention of contrast-induced nephropathy

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    Sameh Mohamed Abouzeid; Hossam E ElHossary

    2016-01-01

    Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is one of the important complications of radiographic procedures, especially in patients with chronic kidney disease. It is also one of the common causes of acute kidney injury. The pathogenesis is postulated to be the effect of oxygen- free radicals and hyperosmolar stress on the renal medulla. It is reported that the production of superoxide is most active at acid environment. K/Na citrate is well known as a urine alkalini- zation medium, and this has been...

  3. Pulmonary scintigraphy by citrate of Ga67 for HIV(+) patients or AIDS

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    Pulmonary scintigraphy with citrate of gallium 67 is useful when combined with a thorax radiography to establish the presence of an infection. When the two examinations are negative we can conclude there is no infection, but if the radiography is positive with a scintiscanning negative the most possible diagnosis is tuberculosis. If the scintiscanning is positive with a diffuse model we can envisage a pneumonia by Pneumocystis Carinii and if the model is ganglionic we can think to tuberculosis. 4 tabs

  4. DESIGNING OF COLON SPECIFIC MATRIX TABLET OF DIETHYL CARBAMAZINE CITRATE FOR THE TREATMENT OF FILARIASIS

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    Sahoo Chinmaya Keshari; Satyanarayana Kokkula; Rao Jagadabi Narasimha; Khatua Hemanta Kumar; Sahoo Tanmaya Keshari; Das Binayak

    2012-01-01

    The main aim of the study was to develop colon specific sustained release matrix tablets of diethyl carbamazine citrate (DEC), an anthelmintic for improving patient compliance, delivered to colon for its effective actions. The colon targeted matrix tablet was prepared by wet granulation technique using different percentage of guar gum as matrix carrier and coated with Eudragit L 100.Seven batches of matrix tablets were prepared with varying percentage of guar gum and hydroxyl propyl methyl ce...

  5. Lactate Dehydrogenase and Citrate Synthase activity in cardiac and skeletal muscle of lowland and highland tinamous

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    Aira, Naomi

    2013-01-01

    Tinamous (Tinamidae) have the smallest heart in relation to body mass compared to any other flying bird today (Bishop 1997). This means that heart size is likely to restrict aerobic metabolism. Tinamous inhabit areas from sea level to 4800 m a.s.l., which means that the high altitude living species, Nothoprocta ornata (NO), is exposed to hypoxia. In this study the activity of the two metabolic enzymes Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH) and Citrate Synthase (CS) was measured and the ratio between the...

  6. Effect of Ergotamine on Headache and Migraine Attack Induced by Sindenafil Citrate

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    Rayka Sharifian; Ayoub Barzgarnejad; Fatemeh Ghanbarpour; Mehrdad Taghipour

    2015-01-01

    Sildenafil citrate is a potent vasodilatation agent to treat male erectile dysfunction and pulmonary hypertension. Among its adverse effects, headache and migraine attack have been widely reported. Here we focus on the effect of sildenafil, a selective inhibitor of CGMP hydrolyzing phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5), on headache induction. PDEs are large families of enzyme that break down cyclic nucleotides CGMP. When PDEs are inhibited, the levels of CGMP increase within vascular smooth muscle cell...

  7. Citrate synthase proteins in extremophilic organisms: Studies within a structure-based model

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    Rozycki, Bartosz; Cieplak, Marek

    2015-01-01

    We study four citrate synthase homodimeric proteins within a structure-based coarse-grained model. Two of these proteins come from thermophilic bacteria, one from a cryophilic bacterium and one from a mesophilic organism; three are in the closed and two in the open conformations. Even though the proteins belong to the same fold, the model distinguishes the properties of these proteins in a way which is consistent with experiments. For instance, the thermophilic proteins are more stable thermo...

  8. Urinary acidification and urinary excretion of calcium and citrate in women with bilateral medullary sponge kidney

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    Osther, P J; Mathiasen, Helle; Hansen, A B;

    1994-01-01

    Urinary acidification ability, acid-base status and urinary excretion of calcium and citrate were evaluated in 10 women with bilateral medullary sponge kidney (MSK) and in 10 healthy women. Patients with MSK had higher fasting urine pH compared to normal controls (p <0.01). Four patients had...... mechanism of hypercalciuria and hypocitraturia in patients with medullary sponge kidney.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)...

  9. Effects of Sodium Citrate on Salt Sensitivity and Kidney Injury in Chronic Renal Failure

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    Kim, Sejoong; Yang, Jin Young; Jung, Eun Sook; Lee, Jeonghwan; Heo, Nam Ju; Lee, Jae Wook; Na, Ki Young; Han, Jin Suk

    2014-01-01

    Metabolic acidosis, which is observed in salt-sensitive hypertension, is also associated with kidney injury. Alkali therapy in chronic renal failure (CRF) may ameliorate the progression of kidney disease; however, few studies have examined the effects of alkali therapy on salt sensitivity and kidney injury in CRF. We randomly administered standard diet (SD), sodium chloride with 20% casein diet (NACL), or sodium citrate with 20% casein diet (NACT) to Sprague-Dawley rats after a CRF or a sham ...

  10. Effects and mechanisms of action of sildenafil citrate in human chorionic arteries

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    Lynch Tadhg; O'Toole Daniel; Maharaj Chrisen H; Carney John; Jarman James; Higgins Brendan D; Morrison John J; Laffey John G

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Objectives Sildenafil citrate, a specific phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor, is increasingly used for pulmonary hypertension in pregnancy. Sildenafil is also emerging as a potential candidate for the treatment of intra-uterine growth retardation and for premature labor. Its effects in the feto-placental circulation are not known. Our objectives were to determine whether phosphodiesterase-5 is present in the human feto-placental circulation, and to characterize the effects and mechanisms ...

  11. Compatibility of esmolol hydrochloride with morphine sulfate and fentanyl citrate during simulated Y-site administration.

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    Karnatz, N N; Wong, J; Kesler, H; Baaske, D M; Speicher, E R

    1988-02-01

    The compatibility and stability of esmolol hydrochloride in admixtures during simulated Y-site injection of morphine sulfate or fentanyl citrate was studied. One milliliter of either morphine sulfate (15 mg/mL) or fentanyl citrate (0.05 mg/mL) was injected into a running infusion of esmolol hydrochloride (10 mg/mL) in 5% dextrose and 0.9% sodium chloride injection, and the solution was visually observed for changes. To determine the stability of the drugs during Y-site injection, esmolol hydrochloride 4 mL (1000 mg) in 5% dextrose and 0.9% sodium chloride injection was combined with 100 mL of either morphine sulfate 15 mg/mL or fentanyl citrate 0.05 mg/mL to simulate concentrations of the drugs that might be expected during Y-site injection. The admixtures were stored at ambient room temperature under normal light, and drug concentrations were determined using high-performance liquid chromatography at time zero and at two, four, and eight hours. Admixtures were also tested for pH and observed for visual changes. No immediate changes were observed in any of the admixtures, and the concentrations of the drugs varied by less than 4% throughout the study period. No precipitate or color changes were noted during Y-site injection of either drug into the running esmolol infusion. Under all of the conditions studied, esmolol hydrochloride in 5% dextrose and 0.9% sodium chloride injection is compatible with morphine sulfate or fentanyl citrate. PMID:2896460

  12. Citrate and Sugar Cofermentation in Leuconostoc oenos, a (sup13)C Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Study

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    Ramos, A.; Santos, H.

    1996-01-01

    (sup13)C nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy was used to investigate citrate-glucose cometabolism in nongrowing cell suspensions of the wine lactic acid bacterium Leuconostoc oenos. The use of isotopically enriched substrates allowed us to identify and quantify in the end products the carbon atoms derived from each of the substrates supplied; furthermore, it was possible to differentiate between products derived from the metabolism of endogenous carbon reserves and those derived from exte...

  13. Use of letrozole versus clomiphene citrate for superovulation in patients undergoing intrauterine insemination : a systematic review

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    Chan, Po-heung; 陳寶香

    2014-01-01

    Background: Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)is one of the common first-line assisted reproductive technologies (ART) for couples suffering infertility. Controlled ovarian stimulation (COH) with clomiphene citrate (CC) or aromatase inhibitor (like Letrozole) is often used in adjunct to IUI to increase the pregnancy outcome. Both CC and letrozole can be given alone as a single ovulation induction agent or they can be combined with injectable gonadotropin for purpose of superovulation. Stu...

  14. Boron nitride ceramics from molecular precursors: synthesis, properties and applications.

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    Bernard, Samuel; Salameh, Chrystelle; Miele, Philippe

    2016-01-21

    Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) attracts considerable interest because its structure is similar to that of carbon graphite while it displays different properties which are of interest for environmental and green technologies. The polar nature of the B-N bond in sp(2)-bonded BN makes it a wide band gap insulator with different chemistry on its surface and particular physical and chemical properties such as a high thermal conductivity, a high temperature stability, a high resistance to corrosion and oxidation and a strong UV emission. It is chemically inert and nontoxic and has good environmental compatibility. h-BN also has enhanced physisorption properties due to the dipolar fields near its surface. Such properties are closely dependent on the processing method. Bottom-up approaches consist of transforming molecular precursors into non-oxide ceramics with retention of the structural units inherent to the precursor molecule. The purpose of the present review is to give an up-to-date overview on the most recent achievements in the preparation of h-BN from borazine-based molecular single-source precursors including borazine and 2,4,6-trichloroborazine through both vapor phase syntheses and methods in the liquid/solid state involving polymeric intermediates, called the Polymer-Derived Ceramics (PDCs) route. In particular, the effect of the chemistry, composition and architecture of the borazine-based precursors and derived polymers on the shaping ability as well as the properties of h-BN is particularly highlighted. PMID:26646607

  15. Rheological behavior of precursor PPV monolayers

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    Luinge, JW; Nijboer, GW; Hagting, JG; Vorenkamp, EJ; Fuller, GG; Schouten, AJ

    2004-01-01

    The rheological behavior of different precursor poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (prec-PPV) monolayers at the air-water interface was investigated using an interfacial stress rheometer (ISR). This device nicely reveals a transition of the precursor poly(2,5-dimethoxy-1,4 phenylene vinylene) (prec-DMePPV)

  16. Nanometals and colloids as catalyst precursors

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    Boennemann, H.H. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kohlenforschung (Germany)

    1995-12-01

    Mono- or plurimetallic nanometals and colloids stabilized by surfactant molecules are discussed as pre-prepared precursors for heterogeneous catalysts. This {open_quotes}precursor concept{close_quotes} provides a novel access to supported metal catalysts having active components of controlled particle size, intermetallic ratio and particle structure on surfaces. Possible applications will also be presented.

  17. Functional analysis of the citrate activator CitO from Enterococcus faecalis implicates a divalent metal in ligand binding

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    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The regulator of citrate metabolism, CitO, from Enterococcus faecalis belongs to the FCD family within the GntR superfamily. In the presence of citrate, CitO binds to cis-acting sequences located upstream of the cit promoters inducing the expression of genes involved in citrate utilization. The quantification of the molecular binding affinities, performed by isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC, indicated that CitO has a high affinity for citrate (KD= 1.2±0.2 µM, while it did not recognize other metabolic intermediates. Based on a structural model of CitO where a putative small molecule and a metal binding site were identified, it was hypothesized that the metal ion is required for citrate binding. In agreement with this model, citrate binding to CitO sharply decreased when the protein was incubated with EDTA. This effect was reverted by the addition of Ni2+, and Zn2+ to a lesser extent. Structure-based site-directed mutagenesis was conducted and it was found that changes to alanine in residues Arg97 and His191 resulted in decreased binding affinities for citrate, as determined by EMSA and ITC. Further assays using lacZ fusions confirmed that these residues in CitO are involved in sensing citrate in vivo. These results indicate that the molecular modifications induced by a ligand and a metal binding in the C-terminal domain of CitO are required for optimal DNA binding activity, and consequently, transcriptional activation.

  18. Bone marrow imaging using 111In-citrate: 111In-kinetics in the pelvic region

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    When bone marrow scintigraphy was performed using 111In-citrate, radioactivity was observed in the pudendal region. Subsequently, the kinetics of 111In in the pelvic region after intravenous administration of 111In-citrate for bone-marrow scanning in 14 patients was examined. On the first day, radioindium was found predominantly in the large pelvic blood vessels and in the pudendal region. In all male patients, the scrotal area was affected with both testes presumably delineated in two patients. In the female patients little radioindium was detected in the pudendal region, most probably in the vulva; distinct radioactivity was found in the pelvis although the ovaries could not be identified. In the following period the 111In uptake in the bone marrow increased considerably and reached its maximum usually 24 hr after the injection. Because a distinct radiation dose from 111In to the gonads cannot be excluded on the basis of our scintigraphic findings and the absorbed dose has not yet been estimated sufficiently, judgment should be used for the present if 111In-citrate is applied for bone marrow imaging. (U.S.)

  19. Electroretinography and immunohistochemistry of retina in rabbits treated with sildenafil citrate

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Sildenafil citrate is a type-5 phosphodiesterase inhibitor (PDE-5, able to inhibit type-6 phosphodiesterase (PDE-6 as well, providing clinical benefits and paraeffects, some of them potentially related to the retina. The effects of the sildenafil on the retrobulbar and retinal circulation were studied in 27 adult male rabbits of the White New Zealand breed. The electric activity of the retina was evaluated before and at the end of the treatments, and immunohistochemistry studies were conducted. An amplitude increase of the b wave was found in the mixed response of cones and rods after 7 days of treatment with sildenafil citrate. However, in the other evaluations and periods, the values did not differ from the basal ones. Through immunohistochemistry, no significant decrease of the expression of PDE-5 and PDE-6 proteins was observed. Based on the results obtained, it is possible to admit that the sildenafil citrate did not change the expression of PDE-5 and PDE-6, neither the electroretinographic activity of the retina of male rabbits of the White New Zealand breed.

  20. Contribution to the study of pertechnetate (sup(99m)Tc) stannous citrate - citric acid complexation

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    Pertechnetate/citric acid/stannous citrate complexation carried out from a lyophilisate of stannous citrate in citric medium at pH5 leads to the formation of separable compounds. These compounds are tin-free technetium citrates. Similar results have been described in the case of complexation reactions with glycolic, thioglycolic and thiomalic acids and with other carboxylates such as dimercaptosuccinic acid. These processes include the reduction of Tcsup(VIII) by Snsup(II) in the presence of thiomalic acid under conditions similar to our own: stannous thiomalate in thiomalic medium to which is added the pertechnetate solution producing Tc-thiomalate complexes variable with the reaction pH. Also worth considering is the possible complexation between pertechnetate and the same acid in the absence of reducing ion, following a special procedure (heating). The complexes described here contain the oxotechnetium bond (terminal oxygen-technetium) and a strong probability exists in favour of dimerisation. Their stability, for a reaction in acid solution: pH 5.0/5.5, becomes satisfactory if: the solution is concentrated enough; bubbling by an inert gas is carried out; room temperature is not exceeded. The development takes place through a partial reoxidation characterised by colour change. An original interaction between reduced states of Tc and citric acid may be claimed with certainty under our experimental conditions. The difficulty then lies in the passage to the tracer stage when the isotope sup(99m)Tc is used