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  1. The structure of ferricytochrome c552 from the psychrophilic marine bacterium Colwellia psychrerythraea 34H

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    Harvilla, Paul B.; Wolcott, Holly N.

    2014-01-01

    Approximately 40% of all proteins are metalloproteins, and approximately 80% of Earth’s ecosystems are at temperatures ≤ 5 °C, including 90% of the global ocean. Thus, an essential aspect of marine metallobiochemistry is an understanding of the structure, dynamics, and mechanisms of cold adaptation of metalloproteins from marine microorganisms. Here, the molecular structure of the electron-transfer protein cytochrome c552 from the psychrophilic marine bacterium Colwellia psychrerythraea 34H has been determined by X-ray crystallography (PDB: 4O1W). The structure is highly superimposable with that of the homologous cytochrome from the mesophile Marinobacter hydrocarbonoclasticus. Based on structural analysis and comparison of psychrophilic, psychrotolerant, and mesophilic sequences, a methionine-based ligand-substitution mechanism for psychrophilic protein stabilization is proposed. PMID:24727932

  2. Occurrence of trans monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids in Colwellia psychrerythraea strain 34H.

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    Hashimoto, Mikako; Orikasa, Yoshitake; Hayashi, Hidenori; Watanabe, Kentaro; Yoshida, Kiyohito; Okuyama, Hidetoshi

    2015-07-01

    Colwellia psychrerythraea strain 34H is an obligately psychrophilic bacterium that has been used as a model cold-adapted microorganism because of its psychrophilic growth profile, significant production of cold-active enzymes, and cryoprotectant extracellular polysaccharide substances. However, its fatty acid components, particularly trans unsaturated fatty acids and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs), have not been fully investigated. In this study, we biochemically identified Δ9-trans hexadecenoic acid [16:1(9t)] and LC-PUFAs such as docosahexaenoic acid. These results are comparable with the fact that the strain 34H genome sequence includes pfa and cti genes that are responsible for the biosynthesis of LC-PUFAs and trans unsaturated fatty acids, respectively. Strain 34H cells grown under static conditions at 5 °C had higher levels of 16:1(9t) than those grown under shaken conditions, and this change was accompanied by an antiparallel decrease in the levels of Δ9-cis hexadecenoic acid [16:1(9c)], suggesting that the cis-to-trans isomerization reaction of 16:1(9c) is activated under static (microanaerobic) culture conditions, that is, the enzyme could be activated by the decreased dissolved oxygen concentration of cultures. On the other hand, the levels of LC-PUFAs were too low (less than 3% of the total), even for cells grown at 5 °C, to evaluate their cold-adaptive function in this bacterium. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. Characterization of NADP(+)-dependent isocitrate dehydrogenase isozymes from a psychrophilic bacterium, Colwellia psychrerythraea strain 34H.

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    Suzuki, Kaori; Takada, Yasuhiro

    2016-08-01

    NADP(+)-dependent isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) isozymes of a psychrophilic bacterium, Colwellia psychrerythraea strain 34H, were characterized. The coexistence of monomeric and homodimeric IDHs in this bacterium was confirmed by Western blot analysis, the genes encoding two monomeric (IDH-IIa and IDH-IIb) and one dimeric (IDH-I) IDHs were cloned and overexpressed in Escherichia coli, and the three IDH proteins were purified. Both of the purified IDH-IIa and IDH-IIb were found to be cold-adapted enzymes while the purified IDH-I showed mesophilic properties. However, the specific activities of IDH-IIa and IDH-IIb were lower even at low temperatures than that of IDH-I. Therefore, IDH-I was suggested to be important for the growth of this bacterium. The results of colony formation of E. coli transformants carrying the respective IDH genes and IDH activities in their crude extracts indicated that the expression of the IDH-IIa gene is cold-inducible in the E. coli cells.

  4. Colwellia psychrerythraea strains from distant deep sea basins show adaptation to local conditions

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    Stephen M Techtmann

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Many studies have shown that microbes, which share nearly identical 16S rRNA genes, can have highly divergent genomes. Microbes from distinct parts of the ocean also exhibit biogeographic patterning. Here we seek to better understand how certain microbes from the same species have adapted for growth under local conditions. The phenotypic and genomic heterogeneity of three strains of Colwellia psychrerythraea was investigated in order to understand adaptions to local environments. Colwellia are psychrophilic heterotrophic marine bacteria ubiquitous in cold marine ecosystems. We have recently isolated two Colwellia strains: ND2E from the Eastern Mediterranean and GAB14E from the Great Australian Bight. The 16S rRNA sequence of these two strains were greater than 98.2% identical to the well-characterized C. psychrerythraea 34H, which was isolated from arctic sediments. Salt tolerance, and carbon source utilization profiles for these strains were determined using Biolog Phenotype Microarrays’. These strains exhibited distinct salt tolerance, which was not associated with the salinity of sites of isolation. The carbon source utilization profiles were distinct with less than half of the tested carbon sources being metabolized by all three strains. Whole genome sequencing revealed that the genomes of these three strains were quite diverse with some genomes having up to 1600 strain-specific genes. Many genes involved in degrading strain-specific carbon sources were identified. There appears to be a link between carbon source utilization and location of isolation with distinctions observed between the Colwellia isolate recovered from sediment compared to water column isolates.

  5. Analysis of amino acid residues involved in cold activity of monomeric isocitrate dehydrogenase from psychrophilic bacteria, Colwellia maris and Colwellia psychrerythraea.

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    Yasuda, Wataru; Kobayashi, Miyuki; Takada, Yasuhiro

    2013-11-01

    Monomeric isocitrate dehydrogenases from psychrophilic bacteria, Colwellia maris and Colwellia psychrerythraea (CmIDH-II and CpIDH-M, respectively) are cold-adapted enzymes and show a high degree of amino acid sequential identity to each other (77%). However, maximum activity of CpIDH-M at optimum temperature is much less than that of CmIDH-II. In the C-terminal region 3 of these enzymes, which was suggested from previous study to be responsible for their distinct catalytic ability, several sequential differences of amino acid residue are present. Among them, ten amino acid residues were exchanged between them by site-directed mutagenesis and several properties of the mutated enzymes were examined in this study. The mutated enzymes of CmIDH-II substituted its Gln671, Leu724 and Phe735 residues with the corresponding residues of CpIDH-M (termed Q671K, L724Q and F735L, respectively) showed lower specific activity and thermostability for activity than the wild-type enzyme. Furthermore, the decreased specific activity was also observed in L693F. In contrast, the corresponding mutants of CpIDH-M, F693L, Q724L and L735F, showed the increased specific activity and thermostability for activity. The catalytic efficiency (k(cat)/K(m)) values of these mutated CmIDH-II and CpIDH-M were lower and higher than those of their wild-type IDHs, respectively. These results suggest that the Gln671, Leu693, Leu724 and Phe735 residues of CmIDH-II are important for exerting its high catalytic ability.

  6. Single-cell genomics reveals features of a Colwellia species that was dominant during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

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    Olivia eMason

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available During the Deepwater Horizon (DWH oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico a deep-sea hydrocarbon plume developed resulting in a rapid succession of bacteria. Colwellia eventually supplanted Oceanospirillales, which dominated the plume early in the spill. These successional changes may have resulted, in part, from the changing composition and abundance of hydrocarbons over time. Colwellia abundance peaked when gaseous and simple aromatic hydrocarbons increased, yet the metabolic pathway used by Colwellia in hydrocarbon disposition is unknown. Here we used single-cell genomics to gain insights into the genome properties of a Colwellia enriched during the DWH deep-sea plume. A single amplified genome (SAG of a Colwellia cell isolated from a DWH plume, closely related (avg. 98% 16S rRNA gene similarity to other plume Colwellia, was sequenced and annotated. The SAG was similar to the sequenced isolate Colwellia psychrerythraea 34H (84% avg. nucleotide identity. Both had genes for denitrification, chemotaxis and motility, adaptations to cold environments, and a suite of nutrient acquisition genes. The Colwellia SAG may be capable of gaseous and aromatic hydrocarbon degradation, which contrasts with a DWH plume Oceanospirillales SAG genome which encoded non-gaseous n-alkane and cycloalkane degradation. The disparate hydrocarbon degradation pathways are consistent with hydrocarbons that were abundant at different times in the deep-sea plume; first, non-gaseous n-alkanes and cycloalkanes that could be degraded by Oceanospirillales, followed by gaseous, and simple aromatic hydrocarbons that may have been degraded by Colwellia. These insights into the genomic properties of a Colwellia species, which were supported by existing metagenomic sequence data from the plume and DWH contaminated sediments, help further our understanding of the successional changes in the dominant microbial players in the plume over the course of the DWH spill.

  7. Temperature-Dependence of Lipid A Acyl Structure in Psychrobacter cryohalolentis and Arctic Isolates of Colwellia hornerae and Colwellia piezophila

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    Charles R. Sweet

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Lipid A is a fundamental Gram-negative outer membrane component and the essential element of lipopolysaccharide (endotoxin, a potent immunostimulatory molecule. This work describes the metabolic adaptation of the lipid A acyl structure by Psychrobacter cryohalolentis at various temperatures in its facultative psychrophilic growth range, as characterized by MALDI-TOF MS and FAME GC-MS. It also presents the first elucidation of lipid A structure from the Colwellia genus, describing lipid A from strains of Colwellia hornerae and Colwellia piezophila, which were isolated as primary cultures from Arctic fast sea ice and identified by 16S rDNA sequencing. The Colwellia strains are obligate psychrophiles, with a growth range restricted to 15 °C or less. As such, these organisms have less need for fluidity adaptation in the acyl moiety of the outer membrane, and they do not display alterations in lipid A based on growth temperature. Both Psychrobacter and Colwellia make use of extensive single-methylene variation in the size of their lipid A molecules. Such single-carbon variations in acyl size were thought to be restricted to psychrotolerant (facultative species, but its presence in these Colwellia species shows that odd-chain acyl units and a single-carbon variation in lipid A structure are present in obligate psychrophiles, as well.

  8. Dicty_cDB: Contig-U02290-1 [Dicty_cDB

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  9. Colwellia and sulfur-oxidizing bacteria: An unusual dual symbiosis in a Terua mussel (Mytilidae: Bathymodiolinae) from whale falls in the Antilles arc

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    Duperron, Sébastien; Gros, Olivier

    2016-09-01

    Seven individuals of a single morphotype of mussels (Bivalvia: Mytilidae) were found attached to a naturally sunken whale intervertebral disk collected in Guadeloupe (Caribbean) at 800 m depth. These specimens resemble small Idas mussels which are found worldwide at cold seeps and hydrothermal vents, and typically harbor ectosymbiotic bacteria on their gills upon which they depend for nutrition. Based on multi-locus gene sequencing, these specimens appear to belong to a new species closely related to two species now included within the genus Terua. Unexpectedly, its closest relatives are found in the Pacific, questioning how this species has reached the Antilles arc. Based on marker gene sequence analysis, electron and fluorescence microscopy, Terua n. sp. harbors two distinct and abundant extracellular bacterial symbionts located between microvilli at the apical surface of host gill epithelial cells. One is a sulfur-oxidizing bacterium similar to the symbionts previously identified in several deep-sea mussels, while the other is related to Colwellia species, a group of cold-adapted heterotrophic bacteria able to degrade organic compounds. This study provides the first evidence for the existence of a dual symbiosis in mussels from whale fall ecosystems in the Caribbean. The evolutionary history of Terua n. sp. and potential role of its Colwellia symbionts are discussed.

  10. Synthesis and Antimicrobial Activity of Some Novel Substituted Piperazinyl-quinazolin-3(4H-ones

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    N. M. Raghavendra

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Several substituted-quinazolin-3(4H-ones were synthesized by condensation of 2-chloro-N-(4-oxo-substituted-quinazolin-3(4H-yl-acetamides with various substituted piperazines through single step reaction. Elemental analysis, IR, 1HNMR and mass spectral data confirmed the structure of the newly synthesized compounds. Synthesized quinazolin-4-one derivatives were investigated for their antibacterial and antifungal activities.

  11. Pyrazolo[3,4-h]quinolines promising photosensitizing agents in the treatment of cancer.

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    Spanò, Virginia; Parrino, Barbara; Carbone, Anna; Montalbano, Alessandra; Salvador, Alessia; Brun, Paola; Vedaldi, Daniela; Diana, Patrizia; Cirrincione, Girolamo; Barraja, Paola

    2015-09-18

    A new series of pyrazolo[3,4-h]quinolines, heteroanalogues of angelicin was conveniently prepared with a broad substitution pattern. A large number of derivatives was obtained and the cellular photocytotoxicity was evaluated in vitro against 5 different human tumor cell lines with GI50 values reaching the nanomolar level (14.52-0.04 μM). Selected compounds were able to photoinduce a massive cell death with the involvement of mitochondria. Their photodamage cellular targets were proteins and lipids and they did not cause any kind of DNA photodamage. This latter event is of considerable importance in the modulation of long term side effects, generally associated with the use of classical furocoumarins.

  12. Synthesis of a new class of pyrrolo[3,4-h]quinazolines with antimitotic activity.

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    Spanò, Virginia; Montalbano, Alessandra; Carbone, Anna; Parrino, Barbara; Diana, Patrizia; Cirrincione, Girolamo; Castagliuolo, Ignazio; Brun, Paola; Issinger, Olaf-Georg; Tisi, Silvia; Primac, Irina; Vedaldi, Daniela; Salvador, Alessia; Barraja, Paola

    2014-03-03

    A new series of pyrrolo[3,4-h]quinazolines was conveniently prepared with a broad substitution pattern. A large number of derivatives was obtained and the cellular cytotoxicity was evaluated in vitro against 5 different human tumor cell lines with GI₅₀ values reaching the low micromolar level (1.3-19.8 μM). These compounds were able to induce cell death mainly by apoptosis through a mitochondrial dependent pathway. Selected compounds showed antimitotic activity and a reduction of tubulin polymerization in a concentration-dependent manner. Moreover, they showed anti-angiogenic properties since reduced in vitro endothelial cell migration and disrupted HUVEC capillary-like tube network in Matrigel.

  13. Synthesis and antifungal activity of 2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one derivatives.

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    Śmist, Małgorzata; Kwiecień, Halina; Krawczyk, Maria

    2016-01-01

    A series of 2-alkyl-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-ones (4a-l) was easily synthesized by two-step process involving O-alkylation of 2-nitrophenols with methyl 2-bromoalkanoates and next "green" catalytic reductive cyclization of the obtained 2-nitro ester intermediates (3a-l). Further, 6,7-dibromo (5a-c) and N-acetyl (6) derivatives were prepared by bromination and acetylation of unsubstituted 2-alkyl-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-ones (4a-c). The novel compounds (3a-l, 4d-l, 5a-c and 6) were fully characterized by spectroscopic methods (MS, (1)H and (13)C NMR). 2-Alkyl-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-ones (4a-l, 5a-c and 6) were screened for antifungal activity. Preliminary assays were performed using two methods: in vitro against seven phytopathogenic fungi-Botrytis cinerea, Phythophtora cactorum, Rhizoctonia solani, Phoma betae, Fusarium culmorum, Fusarium oxysporum and Alternaria alternata-and in vivo against barley powdery mildew Blumeria graminis. The tested compounds displayed moderate to good antifungal activity at high concentration (200 mg L(-1)). The most potent compounds were 2-ethyl-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one (4a), 2-ethyl-7-fluoro-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one (4g) and 4-acetyl-2-ethyl-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one (6), which completely inhibited the mycelial growth of seven agricultural fungi at the concentration of 200 mg L(-1) in the in vitro tests. Moreover, 2-ethyl-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one (4a) and 4-acetyl-2-ethyl-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one (6) were also screened for antifungal activity at concentrations of 100 mg L(-1) and 20 mg L(-1). In the concentration of 100 mg L(-1), the N-acetyl derivative (6) completely inhibited the growth of three strains of fungi (F. culmorum, P. cactorum and R. solani), while 2-ethyl-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one (4a) completely inhibited only R. solani strain. At the concentration of 20 mg L(-1), compound 6 showed good activity only against P. cactorum strain (72%).

  14. The effect of Ureaplasma urealyticum on the level of P34H expression, the activity of hyaluronidase, and DNA fragmentation in human spermatozoa.

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    Ma, Xiao-Ping; Gao, Xiao-Qin

    2017-01-01

    To study the effect of Ureaplasma urealyticum on the level of P34H expression, the activity of hyaluronidase, and the DNA fragmentation in human spermatozoa. Western blot was used to detect the level of P34H expression on spermatozoa.The localization of this protein on human spermatozoa was determined by indirect immunofluorescent and observed by laser scanning confocal microscope. The activity of hyaluronidase was examined by improved fixed-substrate film method. The DNA fragmentation was assayed with the use of TUNEL. There were significant differences in the level of P34H protein expression, the percentage of the P34H-positive rate, the activity of HYD, and the percentage of DNA fragmentation between each infertile group and the control (Pfragmentation. Ureaplasma urealyticum infection may affect the level of P34H protein expression, the percentage of the P34H-positive rate, the activity of HYD, and DNA fragmentation that influence fertility. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  15. Bacterial responses to fluctuations and extremes in temperature and brine salinity at the surface of Arctic winter sea ice.

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    Ewert, Marcela; Deming, Jody W

    2014-08-01

    Wintertime measurements near Barrow, Alaska, showed that bacteria near the surface of first-year sea ice and in overlying saline snow experience more extreme temperatures and salinities, and wider fluctuations in both parameters, than bacteria deeper in the ice. To examine impacts of such conditions on bacterial survival, two Arctic isolates with different environmental tolerances were subjected to winter-freezing conditions, with and without the presence of organic solutes involved in osmoprotection: proline, choline, or glycine betaine. Obligate psychrophile Colwellia psychrerythraea strain 34H suffered cell losses under all treatments, with maximal loss after 15-day exposure to temperatures fluctuating between -7 and -25 °C. Osmoprotectants significantly reduced the losses, implying that salinity rather than temperature extremes presents the greater stress for this organism. In contrast, psychrotolerant Psychrobacter sp. strain 7E underwent miniaturization and fragmentation under both fluctuating and stable-freezing conditions, with cell numbers increasing in most cases, implying a different survival strategy that may include enhanced dispersal. Thus, the composition and abundance of the bacterial community that survives in winter sea ice may depend on the extent to which overlying snow buffers against extreme temperature and salinity conditions and on the availability of solutes that mitigate osmotic shock, especially during melting.

  16. Exopolymer alteration of physical properties of sea ice and implications for ice habitability and biogeochemistry in a warmer Arctic.

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    Krembs, Christopher; Eicken, Hajo; Deming, Jody W

    2011-03-01

    The physical properties of Arctic sea ice determine its habitability. Whether ice-dwelling organisms can change those properties has rarely been addressed. Following discovery that sea ice contains an abundance of gelatinous extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), we examined the effects of algal EPS on the microstructure and salt retention of ice grown from saline solutions containing EPS from a culture of the sea-ice diatom, Melosira arctica. We also experimented with xanthan gum and with EPS from a culture of the cold-adapted bacterium Colwellia psychrerythraea strain 34H. Quantitative microscopic analyses of the artificial ice containing Melosira EPS revealed convoluted ice-pore morphologies of high fractal dimension, mimicking features found in EPS-rich coastal sea ice, whereas EPS-free (control) ice featured much simpler pore geometries. A heat-sensitive glycoprotein fraction of Melosira EPS accounted for complex pore morphologies. Although all tested forms of EPS increased bulk ice salinity (by 11-59%) above the controls, ice containing native Melosira EPS retained the most salt. EPS effects on ice and pore microstructure improve sea ice habitability, survivability, and potential for increased primary productivity, even as they may alter the persistence and biogeochemical imprint of sea ice on the surface ocean in a warming climate.

  17. Synthesis and in vitro cytotoxic evaluation of 2-hydrazinylpyrido[2,3-6]pyrazin-3(4H)-one derivatives

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    Guo Gang Zhang; Ya Jing Liu; Xiao Guang Ma; Hao Dong; Ju Li; Ping Gong

    2011-01-01

    A series of novel 2-hydrazinylpyrido[2,3-b]pyrazin-3(4H)-one derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for their cytotoxic activities against A549, MDA-MB-231 and HT-29 cell lines in vitro. Pharmacological data indicated that compounds 5b, 5c, 10a and 10g possessed marked cytotoxicity, especially 10a (with IC50 values of 0.81, 2.56 and 1.63 μmol/L against A549, MDA-MB-231 and HT29 cell lines, respectively), which had emerged as a lead compound.

  18. Synthesis and Antibacterial Activity of 3-(Substituted)-2-(4-oxo-2-phenylquinazolin-3(4H)-ylamino)quinazolin-4(3H)-one.

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    Appani, Ramgopal; Bhukya, Baburao; Gangarapu, Kiran

    2016-01-01

    A series of novel 3-(substituted)-2-(substituted quinazolinylamino)quinazolin-4(3H)-ones were synthesized by the reaction of 3-(substituted)-2-hydrazino-quinazoline-4(3H)-ones with 2-phenyl-3,1-benzoxazin-4-one. The starting materials 3-(substituted)-2-hydrazino-quinazolin-4(3H)-ones were synthesized from various primary amines by a multistep synthesis. All the title compounds were tested for their antibacterial activity using ciprofloxacin as reference standard. Compounds 3-(4-fluorophenyl)-2-(4-oxo-2-phenylquinazolin-3(4H)-ylamino)quinazolin-4(3H)-one (9a) and 3-(4-chlorophenyl)-2-(4-oxo-2-phenylquinazolin-3(4H)-ylamino)quinazolin-4(3H)-one (9h) emerged as the most active compounds of the series. These compounds have shown most potent antibacterial activity against the tested organisms of Proteus vulgaris and Bacillus subtilis having zone of inhibition values of 1.1 cm and 1.4 cm for compound 9a 1.2 cm and 1.0 cm for compound 9h, respectively.

  19. Synthesis and Antibacterial Activity of 3-(Substituted-2-(4-oxo-2-phenylquinazolin-3(4H-ylaminoquinazolin-4(3H-one

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    Ramgopal Appani

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A series of novel 3-(substituted-2-(substituted quinazolinylaminoquinazolin-4(3H-ones were synthesized by the reaction of 3-(substituted-2-hydrazino-quinazoline-4(3H-ones with 2-phenyl-3,1-benzoxazin-4-one. The starting materials 3-(substituted-2-hydrazino-quinazolin-4(3H-ones were synthesized from various primary amines by a multistep synthesis. All the title compounds were tested for their antibacterial activity using ciprofloxacin as reference standard. Compounds 3-(4-fluorophenyl-2-(4-oxo-2-phenylquinazolin-3(4H-ylaminoquinazolin-4(3H-one (9a and 3-(4-chlorophenyl-2-(4-oxo-2-phenylquinazolin-3(4H-ylaminoquinazolin-4(3H-one (9h emerged as the most active compounds of the series. These compounds have shown most potent antibacterial activity against the tested organisms of Proteus vulgaris and Bacillus subtilis having zone of inhibition values of 1.1 cm and 1.4 cm for compound 9a 1.2 cm and 1.0 cm for compound 9h, respectively.

  20. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of 2-Ethoxy-spiro[2H-1, 4,2-benzoxazaphosphorine-3(4H), 1'-Cycloheptane] 2-Oxide

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    WANG Bin; CHEN Ru-Yu; HUANG You; MIAO Zhi-Wei

    2006-01-01

    The title compound 2-ethoxy-spiro[2H-1,4,2-benzoxazaphosphorine-3(4H),1'-cyc- loheptane] 2-oxide (C15H22NO3P) was synthesized by the Mannich-type reaction of o-amino-phenol with ethyl dichlorophosphinite and cycloheptanone, and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. It crystallizes in orthorhombic, space group P212121 with a = 8.9840(12), b = 9.2978(12), c = 37.205(5)(A), V = 3107.8(7)(A)3, Z = 8, Mr = 295.31, Dc = 1.262 g/cm3, F(000) = 1264, μ = 0.184 mm-1, S = 1.026, the final R = 0.0502 and wR = 0.1017 for 3849 observed reflections with I > 2σ(I) and 378 variable parameters. The structure exhibits that the six-membered phosphorus heterocycle is in the envelope conformation.

  1. Synthesis, characterization and in vitro antimicrobial activity of some 1-(substitutedbenzylidene-4-(4-(2-(methyl/phenyl-4-oxoquinazolin-3(4H-ylphenylsemicarbazide derivatives

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    Govindaraj Saravanan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A series of 1-(substitutedbenzylidene-4-(4-(2-(methyl/phenyl-4-oxoquinazolin-3(4H-yl phenylsemicarbazide derivatives were synthesized with the aim of developing potential antimicrobials. It was characterized by FT-IR, 1H NMR, Mass spectroscopy and elemental analysis. In addition, the in vitro antibacterial and antifungal properties were tested against some human pathogenic microorganisms by employing the disc diffusion technique and agar streak dilution method. All title compounds showed activity against the entire strain of microorganisms. The relationship between the functional group variation and the biological activity of the evaluated compounds were well discussed. Based on the results obtained, compound 5j was found to be very active compared to the rest of the compounds which were subjected to antimicrobial assay.

  2. Antivenom activity of triterpenoid (C34H68O2) from Leucas aspera Linn. against Naja naja naja venom induced toxicity: antioxidant and histological study in mice.

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    Venkatesan, C; Sarathi, M; Balasubramanian, G; Thomas, John; Balachander, V; Babu, V Sarath; Bilal, S Mohammed Yusuf; Majeed, S Abdul; Madan, N; Raj, N Sundar; Vimal, S; Nambi, K S N; Hameed, A S Sahul

    2014-04-01

    The isolated and identified triterpenoid, 1-hydroxytetratriacontane-4-one (C34H68O2), obtained from the methanolic leaf extract of Leucas aspera Linn. was explored for the first time for antisnake venom activity. The plant (L. aspera Linn.) extract significantly antagonized the spectacled cobra (Naja naja naja) venom induced lethal activity in a mouse model. It was compared with commercial antiserum obtained from King Institute of Preventive Medicine (Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India). N. naja naja venom induced a significant decrease in antioxidant superoxide dismutase, glutathione (GSH) peroxidase, catalase, reduced GSH and glutathione-S-transferase activities and increased lipid peroxidase (LPO) activity in different organs such as heart, liver, kidney and lungs. The histological changes following the antivenom treatment were also evaluated in all these organs. There were significant alterations in the histology. Triterpenoid from methanol extract of L. aspera Linn. at a dose level of 75 mg per mouse significantly attenuated (neutralized) the venom-induced antioxidant status and also the LPO activity in different organs.

  3. Synthesis, experimental, theoretical characterization and biological activities of 4-ethyl-5-(2-hydroxyphenyl)-2H-1,2,4-triazole-3(4H)-thione

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    Koparir, Metin; Orek, Cahit; Koparir, Pelin; Sarac, Kamiran

    2013-03-01

    This work presents the characterization of 4-ethyl-5-(2-hydroxyphenyl)-2H-1,2,4-triazole-3(4H)-thione (III) by quantum chemical calculations and spectral techniques. The molecular geometry, vibrational frequencies and gauge including atomic orbital (GIAO) 1H and 13C NMR chemical shift values of III in the ground state have been calculated using the density functional method (B3LYP) with the 6-31G(d) basis set. The calculated results show that the optimized geometry can well reproduce the crystal structure, and the theoretical vibrational frequencies and chemical shift values show good agreement with experimental values. To determine conformational flexibility, the molecular energy profile of the title compound was obtained by DFT calculations with respect to the selected torsion angle, which was varied from -180° to +180° in steps of 10°. The energetic behavior of III in solvent media was examined using the B3LYP method with the 6-31G(d) basis set by applying the Onsager and the polarizable continuum model (PCM). The predicted nonlinear optical properties of III are greater than ones of urea. In addition, DFT calculations of molecular electrostatic potentials and frontier molecular orbitals of III were carried out at the B3LYP/6-31G(d) level of theory. The title compound was screened for antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant activities.

  4. Diversity-oriented approach to 1,2-dihydroisoquinolin-3(4H)-imines via copper(I)-catalyzed reaction of (E)-2-ethynylphenylchalcone, sulfonyl azide and amine.

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    Chen, Zhiyuan; Ye, Chao; Gao, Liang; Wu, Jie

    2011-05-21

    A three-component reaction of (E)-2-ethynylphenylchalcone, sulfonyl azide, and amine catalyzed by copper(I) chloride (5 mol%), in the presence of triethylamine, under mild conditions is described. This transformation proceeds efficiently to generate 1,2-dihydroisoquinolin-3(4H)-imines in good to excellent yields. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2011

  5. Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Electrochemical Properties of Complex [Ru2 (μ-O2CCH3)4 (H2O)2] PF6%配合物[Ru2(μ-O2CCH3)4(H2O)2]PF6的合成、表征及电化学性质

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    严生虎; 姜冬明; 张跃; 刘建武; 沈介发

    2011-01-01

    The title compound, [Ru2 (μ-O2CCH3)4 (H2O)2] PF6, was prepared by treating Ru2 (O2 CCH3)4C1 with methanol aqueous solution at the presence of Ag2SO4 and NH4PF6 through coordinating process. The compound was characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectra, cyclic voltammetry and X-ray single crystal structure analysis. The result reveals that the compound crystallizes in the monoclinic system with space group at C2/c, and a =1. 9 52 3 (9) nm, b = 1. 2 83 0 (6) nm, c =0. 846 8 (4) nm, β=93. 11 (10) and Z = 4. Thermogravimetric analysis was carried out to study the mechanism of thermal decomposition of the complex. The electrochemical property of ruthenium complex were studied by means of cyclic voltametry, the results show that electron transfer between Ru (II) and Ru (III) in electrolysis is quasi-reversible process.%[Ru2(μ-O2CCH3)4(H2O)2]PF6是以Ru2( O2CCH3)4Cl为前体配合物,在甲醇水(体积比7 ∶ 1)溶液中用Ag2SO4和NH4PF6进行脱氯配位反应而得.用元素分析、红外光谱、热重分析、循环伏安、X-衍射单晶结构分析等对其进行表征.晶体结构表明,标题化合物的晶体属单斜晶系,空间群为C2/c,晶胞参数为a=1.9 523 (9) nm,b=1.2830 (6) nm,c=0.8468 (4) nm,β=93.11 (10)°,Z=4.通过热失重分析研究配合物的热分解机理.用循环伏安法对其电化学性质进行表征,结果为一对准可逆的氧化还原峰,表明该配合物的中心金属2价钌原子Ru (Ⅱ)与3价钌原子Ru (Ⅲ)之间存在电子转移.

  6. In vitro evaluation of the antioxidant and antimicrobial activity of DIMBOA [2,4-dihydroxy-7-methoxy-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one].

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    Gleńsk, Michał; Gajda, Beata; Franiczek, Roman; Krzyżanowska, Barbara; Biskup, Izabela; Włodarczyk, Maciej

    2016-06-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the in vitro antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of the natural cyclic hydroxamic acid: 2,4-dihydroxy-7-methoxy-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one (DIMBOA). Antioxidant activity of the isolated DIMBOA was examined using DPPH, FRAP and ABTS tests. It was found that DIMBOA exhibits a potent free-radical scavenging activity and a weaker iron (III) ions reducing activity. Antimicrobial activity against selected G(+), G(-) bacterial strains and against yeasts-like reference strains of fungi was investigated using disk-diffusion method. It has been shown that DIMBOA possess growth inhibitory properties against many strains of studied bacteria and fungi, such as Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli as well as against Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

  7. Synthesis, structure and antitumor activities of the Krebs-type Tungstoantimonate Na10[Sb2W20Co2O70(H2O)6]·34H2O%Krebs型锑钨酸盐Na10[Sb2W20Co2O70(H2O)6]·34H2O的合成、结构及抗肿瘤活性研究

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    谭荣欣; 崔术新; 王慧

    2013-01-01

    常规水溶液法合成了含钴的锑钨酸盐Na10[Sb2W20Co2O70(H2O)6]·34H2O(1).单晶X-射线衍射表明,化合物1含2个三缺位的[SbW9]半单元,2个半单元通过2个WO3簇和2个CoO2簇相连.2个WO3簇和2个CoO2簇形成了1个四金属夹心带,2个WO3簇位于夹心带的中间,2个CoO2簇位于夹心带的两边,该结构为典型的Krebs型结构.体外抗肿瘤活性实验结果表明,化合物1对2种人体肿瘤细胞系-卵巢癌细胞(SK-OV-3)和肝癌细胞(SMMC-7721)-有明显的抑制活性.%The Krebs-type Tungstoantimonate Na10 [Sb2 W20 Co2O70 (H2O) 6] · 34H2O 1 has been obtained in an aqueous solution.Single-crystal X-ray analysis shows that compound 1 crystallizes in triclinic crystal system,space group p-1 with α=1.334(5) nm,b=1.334(5) nm,c=1.811(5) nm,α =85.278(5)°,β=71.108 (5)°,γ=63.823(5)°.Polyanion 1 contains two tri-lacunary [SbW9] moiety units which are joined by two WO3 and two CoO2 groups forming a sandwich belt of four metal atoms.Compound 1 exhibits a typical Krebs structure.The result of antitumor activities in vitro shows that the title compound 1 has presented significant inhibitory actions on two human tumor cell lines,ovarian cancer cell line (SK-OV-3) and liver cancer cell line (SMMC-7721).

  8. One-Pot Synthesis, X-Ray Diffraction and MAS NMR Spectroscopic Study of Gallosilicate Nitrate Cancrinite Na8[GaSiO4]6(NO34(H2O6

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    Full Text Available One-pot synthetic gallosilicate nitrate cancrinite (CAN framework topology have been synthesized under hydrothermal conditions at 100 °C. The synthesized product was characterized by, X-ray powder diffraction, IR, Raman and 29Si, 23Na MAS NMR spectroscopy, SEM and thermogravimetry. The crystal structure refinement of pure nitrate cancrinite has been carried out from X-ray data using Rietveld refinement method. Gallosilicate cancrinite Na8[GaSiO4]6(NO34(H2O6 crystalline hexagonal with space group P63 and a = 12.77981 Å (2, c = 5.20217 Å (1, (Rwp = 0.0696 Rp = 0.0527. The results by MAS NMR spectroscopy confirmed the alternating Si, Ga ordering of the gallosilicate framework for a Si/Ga ratio of 1.0. A distribution of the quadrupolar interaction of the sodium cations caused by the enclatherated water molecules and motional effects can be suggested from the 23Na MAS NMR. Thermogravimetric investigation shows the extent of nitrate entrapment, stability within the cancrinite cage and decomposition properties. SEM clearly shows the hexagonal needle shaped crystals of nitrate cancrinite.

  9. 2,4-dihydroxy-7-methoxy-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one (DIMBOA) inhibits trichothecene production by Fusarium graminearum through suppression of Tri6 expression.

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    Etzerodt, Thomas; Maeda, Kazuyuki; Nakajima, Yuichi; Laursen, Bente; Fomsgaard, Inge S; Kimura, Makoto

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    Fusarium head blight (FHB) is a devastating disease of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) caused by a mycotoxigenic fungus Fusarium graminearum resulting in significantly decreased yields and accumulation of toxic trichothecenes in grains. We tested 7 major secondary metabolites from wheat for their effect on trichothecene production in liquid cultures of F. graminearum producing trichothecene 15-acetyldeoxynivalenol (15-ADON). 2,4-Dihydroxy-7-methoxy-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one (DIMBOA) benzoxazinoid completely abolished toxin production without any apparent effect on fungal growth. DIMBOA strongly affected the expression of Tri6, encoding a major transcriptional regulator of several genes of the trichothecene biosynthesis pathway. DIMBOA also repressed expression of Tri5, encoding trichodiene synthase, the first enzyme in the trichothecene biosynthesis pathway. Thus, DIMBOA could play an important role against the accumulation of trichothecenes in wheat grain. Breeding or engineering of wheat with increased levels of benzoxazinoids could provide varieties with increased resistance against trichothecene contamination of grain and lower susceptibility to FHB.

  10. Molecular and crystalline structure of cycloheptanespiro-3'(4'H)-6',7',8',9'-tetrahydrocyclohexa[b][1,4]thiazole-2'(5'H)-thione from powder synchrotron X-ray diffraction data.

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    Avila, Edward E; Mora, Asiloé J; Delgado, Gerzon E; Contreras, Ricardo R; Fitch, Andrew N; Brunelli, Michela

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    A series of bidentate nitrogen-sulfur pro-ligands has been designed and synthesized with the purpose of introducing a structural modification that favours the tetrahedral site distortions of metalloprotein systems with metallic centers surrounded by ligands containing two N atoms and two S atoms as donor groups. Some of these new pro-ligands were obtained only as powders. Here we present the molecular and crystalline structure of cycloheptanespiro-3'(4'H)-6',7',8',9'-tetrahydrocyclohexa[b][1,4]thiazole-2'(5'H)-thione (I) solved and refined from powder synchrotron X-ray diffraction data. Two independent molecules comprising a total of 36 non-H atoms were obtained from the direct-methods solution and refined against the powder X-ray diffraction data using the Rietveld method. The molecular conformations of the heterocyclic benzothiazine ring, the fused heptenyl ring and the heptanyl spiro ring are thoroughly discussed and compared with VASP theoretical calculations and other related structures. The packing of molecules in (I) is based on hydrogen bonds of the type N-H...S and hydrophobic C-H interactions.

  11. [{Cu(phen)2}(mu-malato){Cu(phen)(NO3)}](NO3).4H2O: malate acting as a tetradentate and dibridging ligand in a dinuclear copper complex.

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    Zhang, Xiang Dong; Sun, Jin Yu; Zhao, Zhen; Ma, Yong Chao; Zhu, Miao Li

    2006-01-01

    The crystal structure of the title compound, mu-2-hydroxybutanedioato-1kappa2O4,O4':2kappa3O1,O2,O4-nitrato-2kappaO-tris(1,10-phenanthroline)-1kappa(4)N,N';2kappa(2)N,N'-dicopper(II) nitrate tetrahydrate, [Cu2(C4H3O5)(NO3)(C12H8N2)3](NO3).4H2O, contains an unsymmetrical dinuclear copper complex with Cu(phen)2 and Cu(phen)(NO3) moieties (phen is 1,10-phenanthroline) bridged by a malate (2-hydroxybutanedioate) ligand, which acts as a double-bridging and tetradentate ligand. As a result of this double-bridging action, especially the direct coordination of the O atom of one carboxylate group of malate to the two Cu atoms, the Cu...Cu distance is only 4.199 (1) Angstrom and the two phen planes are roughly parallel [the shortest interplanar distance is 3.28 (1) Angstrom], exhibiting an obvious intramolecular pi-pi stacking interaction.

  12. A Simple Method for the Isolation and Purification of 2,4-Dihydroxy-7-Methoxy-2H-1,4-Benzoxazin-3(4H)-One (DIMBOA) from Maize (Zea mays L.) Seedlings

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    LI Jing; LIU Xin-gang; DONG Feng-shou; XU Jun; GUO Li-qun; KONG Zhi-qiang; TIAN Ying-ying; WU Yan-bin; ZHENG Yong-quan

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    2,4-Dihydroxy-7-methoxy-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one (DIMBOA), the dominant benzoxazinoid hydroxamic acid in maize (Zea Mays L.), serves as important factors of resistance against insects and microbial diseases, allelochemicals used in competition with other plants. In this paper, a novel and simple method for the isolation and purification of DIMBOA from maize seedlings was developed. Frozen shoots from 7-d-old maize seedlings (1 000×g) were firstly defrosted and then were directly homogenized and extracted with ethyl acetate. The macerate was allowed to stand at room temperature (25±2)°C for 1 h to allow enzymatic release of DIMBOA from DIMBOA-glucoside. Then the ethyl acetate phase was filtered, dried and evaporated to dryness. The resulting light-tan, semicrystalline residue was stored at -20°C for 24 h. Upon recrystallization from acetone-hexane, a relative higher yield (0.58 g) of pure DIMBOA crystals was obtained compared with the yield afforded by Woodward methodology (0.26 g).

  13. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of 5-[(1H-1,2,4-Triazol-1- yl)methyl]-4-(2,3-dimethoxybenzylideneamino)-2- 2H-1,2,4-triazole-3(4H)-thione Monohydrate

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    XU Liang-Zhong; SHANG Yu-Qing; YU Guan-Ping; LI Kai; SI Guo-Dong

    2006-01-01

    The title compound 5-[(1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-yl)methyl]-4-(2,3-dimethoxy-benzyli- deneamino)- 2H-1,2,4-triazole-3(4H)-thione monohydrate 4 has been synthesized by the treatment of 4-amino-3-(1,2,4-triazol-1-yl)-1H-1,2,4-triazole-5(4H)-thione 3 with 2,3-dimethoxybenzaldehyde. It crystallizes as a monohydrate in the triclinic system, space group P-1 with a = 8.147(2), b = 10.820(2), c = 10.835(2) (A), α = 73.770(6), β = 84.916(7), γ = 70.679(6)°, C14H17N7O3S, Mr = 363.41, V = 865.4(2) (A)3, Z = 2, Dc = 1.395 g/cm3, F(000) = 380, μ = 0.217 mm-1, the final R = 0.0400 and wR = 0.0975 for 3454 unique reflections. The dihedral angles made by the thione-substituted triazole ring with the other triazole ring and benzene ring are 74.92(3) and 14.81(2)°, respectively. There are some weak hydrogen bonds and C-H…π supramolecular interactions in the lattice, forming a three-dimensional network, which stabilizes the crystal structure.

  14. CINÉTICA Y MECANISMO DE LA DEGRADACIÓN EN SUELO DE LA 2-HIDROXI-(2H-1,4-BENZOXAZIN-3(4H-ONA (HBOA, ALELOQUÍMICO FITOTÓXICO DE LAS GRAMINEAE

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    Full Text Available Este trabajo se estudió la biotransformación de 2-hidroxi-(2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H-ona (HBOA en suelo. Se encontró una constante de velocidad (K de 0,184 ± 0,003 días-1 y vid a media (t½ de 3,76 ± 0,06 días, considerando una cinética de primer or den. Los estudios cualitativos de las especies en la solución de suelo, muestran que HBOA es convertido a seis especies relacionadas estructuralmente: 2-aminofenol (AF, 2-hidroxi- N-(2-hidroxifenil-acetamida (HPMA, N-(2-hidroxifenil-acetamida (HPAA , 2-amino-7-hidroxi-3H-fenoxazin-3- ona (APO, 2-acetamino-3H-fenoxazin-3-ona (AAPO y N-(2-hidroxi-5-nitrofenil-acetamida [H(5NPAA]. Los estudios de concentración durante la biotransformación muestran que todas las especies pueden estar presentes en la solución de suelo, sin embargo, el aumento de la concentración para algunas especies, hizo posible plantear productos finales de la biotransformación (APO y [H(5NPAA] así como intermedios (AF, HPMA. Los resultados son discutidos en términos de la relevancia ecológica de estos productos de biotransformación, especialmente en la actividad alelopática, y la determinación de las especies verdaderamente activas.

  15. An efficient catalytic reductive amination: A facile one-pot access to 1,2-dihydropyrrolo[3,4-b]indol-3(4H)-ones by using B(C6F5)3/NaBH4

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    Atulya Nagarsenkar; Santosh Kumar Prajapti; Nagendra Babu Bathini

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    An efficient combination of B(C6F5)3 and NaBH4 was developed for direct reductive amination of aldehydes. A wide range of functional groups such as ester, nitro, nitrile, halogen, alkene, heterocycles were tolerated. Also, acid sensitive protecting groups like TBDMS and TBDPS were not affected. In addition, the present methodology was extended for tandem amination-amidation of 3-formyl-indole-2-carboxylic acids with substituted anilines to afford 1,2-dihydropyrrolo[3,4-b]indol-3(4H)-ones.

  16. Explorations of new second-order nonlinear optical materials in the ternary rubidium iodate system: noncentrosymmetric β-RbIO3(HIO3)2 and centrosymmetric Rb3(IO3)3(I2O5)(HIO3)4(H2O).

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    Xu, Xiang; Yang, Bing-Ping; Huang, Chao; Mao, Jiang-Gao

    2014-02-03

    Two new rubidium iodates, namely, β-RbIO3(HIO3)2 (1, P1) and Rb3(IO3)3(I2O5)(HIO3)4(H2O) (2, P21/c), have been synthesized by hydrothermal reaction and their structures determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Compound 1 exhibits IO3(-) anions and neutral HIO3 molecules which are interconnected by Rb(+) cations into three-dimensional structure. Compound 2 features a two-dimensional layered structure formed by IO3(-) anions and neutral HIO3 and dimeric I2O5 molecules interconnected by Rb(+) cations. Large bulk crystal of 1 with dimensions of several millimeters has been grown. UV-vis-NIR transmission spectroscopy measurements on a slab of a polished crystal of 1 indicated that the crystal possesses a short-wavelength absorption edge onset at 305 nm. Powder second-harmonic generation (SHG) measurements on sieved crystals revealed that 1 is a type I phase-matchable material with an SHG response about 1.5 times that of KH2PO4. The Vickers hardness of crystal of 1 has been measured to be 110 HV, and the laser-induced damage threshold has been confirmed to be 18.26 J/cm(2) with a laser wavelength of 1064 nm and a pulse duration of 10 ns. Moreover, thermal stabilities and vibrational spectra for both 1 and 2 have also been studied.

  17. Cholesteric Liquid-Crystal Copolyester, Poly[oxycarbonyl- 1,4-phenylene- oxy - 1,4 terephthaloyl- oxy- 1,4-phenylenecarbonyloxy (1,2-dodecane] [C34H36O8]n, Synthesized from Racemic Materials: Kinetics, Structure and Optical Characterization.

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    Full Text Available The cholesteric liquid-crystal poly[oxycarbonyl-1,4-phenylene-oxy-1,4 terephthaloyl-oxy-1,4-phenylenecarbonyloxy(1,2-dodecane] [C34H36O8]n, named PTOBDME, synthesized by polycondensation reaction from equimolar quantities of TOBC and the racemic mixture of glycol (R-S-1,2 dodecanediol, exhibits unexpected optical activity and chiral morphology. The structure of racemic-PTOBDME, under different polymerization kinetics conditions, is analyzed by conventional NMR techniques and compared with those of polymer enantiomers R-PTOBDME and S-PTOBDME obtained starting R(+1,2 and S(-1,2-dodecanediol respectively. Molecular models based on the NMR signals intensities are proposed. The optical activity of racemicPTOBDME is evaluated by measuring the ORD values during kinetics study, and compared to the chiral polymers. Each enantiomeric polymer seems to present the same stereoregular head-tail, isotactic structure than the racemic, which we explain by the higher reactivity of the primary hydroxyl than the secondary one in the glycol through polycondensation. For each enantiomer, two independent sets of signals were observed by NMR, explained as two diastereomeric helical conformers: gg and gt, related with two possible staggered conformations, along the copolymer backbone. Chirality in racemic-PTOBDME is proposed to be due to the kinetic resolution of a preferable helical diastereomer, such as Sgt, with respect to the possible four forms, while the R/S ratio of asymmetric carbon atoms remained 50:50. Chiral amplification is observed in R-PTOBDME and S-PTOBDME due to a helical screw sense excess. Optimum yield was obtained for racemic PTOBDME, after 120 minutes polycondensated and decanted in toluene for 24 hours. Two weeks later a second fraction precipitated from the toluene mother liquor with 67.6% chiral excess. After eight months and two weeks a third fraction precipitated with 85.2% chiral excess.

  18. The Role of Snow Thickness over Arctic Winter Sea Ice in the Survival and Dispersal of Brine-Derived Microbes

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    Deming, J. W.; Ewert, M.; Bowman, J. S.

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    The brines of polar winter sea ice are inhabited by significant densities of microbes (Bacteria and Archaea) that experience a range of extreme conditions depending on location in, and age of, the ice. Newly formed sea ice in winter expels microbes (and organic exudates) onto the surface of the ice, where they can be wicked into frost flowers or into freshly deposited snow, resulting in populations at the ice-air and air-snow interfaces characterized by even more extreme conditions. The influence of snow thickness over the ice on the fate of these microbes, and their potential for dispersal or mediation of exchanges with other components of the ice-snow system, is not well known. Examination of in situ temperature data from the Mass Balance Observatory (MBO) offshore of Barrow, Alaska, during the winter of 2011 allowed recognition of an hierarchy of fluctuation regimes in temperature and (by calculation) brine salinity, where the most stable conditions were encountered within the sea ice and the least stable highest in the snow cover, where temperature fluctuations were significantly more energetic as determined by an analysis of power spectral density. A prior analysis of snow thickness near the MBO had already revealed significant ablation events, potentially associated with bacterial mortality, that would have exposed the saline (microbe-rich) snow layer to wind-based dispersal. To better understand the survival of marine bacteria under these dynamic and extreme conditions, we conducted laboratory experiments with Arctic bacterial isolates, subjecting them to simulations of the freezing regimes documented at the MBS. The impact of the fluctuation regime was shown to be species-specific, with the organism of narrower temperature and salinity growth ranges suffering 30-50% mortality (which could be partially relieved by providing protection against salt-shock). This isolate, the psychrophilic marine bacterium Colwellia psychrerythraea strain 34H (temperature range

  19. Syntheses, crystal structures, and magnetic properties of the oxalato-bridged mixed-valence complexes (FeII(bpm)3]2[FeIII2(ox)5].8H2O and FeII(bpm)3Na(H2O)2Fe(ox)(3).4H2O (bpm = 2,2'-bipyrimidine).

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    Armentano, D; De Munno, G; Faus, J; Lloret, F; Julve, M

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    The preparation and crystal structures of two oxalato-bridged FeII-FeIII mixed-valence compounds, [FeII(bpm)3]2[FeIII2(ox)5].8H2O (1) and FeII(bpm)3Na(H2O)2FeIII(ox)(3).4H2O (2) (bpm = 2,2'-bipyrimidine; ox = oxalate dianion) are reported here. Complex 1 crystallizes in the triclinic system, space group P1, with a = 10.998(2) A, b = 13.073(3) A, c = 13.308(3) A, alpha = 101.95(2) degrees, beta = 109.20(2) degrees, gamma = 99.89(2) degrees, and Z = 1. Complex 2 crystallizes in the monoclinic system, space group P2(1)/c, with a = 12.609(2) A, b = 19.670(5) A, c = 15.843(3) A, beta = 99.46(1) degrees, and Z = 4. The structure of complex 1 consists of centrosymmetric oxalato-bridged dinuclear high-spin iron(III) [Fe2(ox)5]2- anions, tris-chelated low-spin iron(II) [Fe(bpm)3]2+ cations, and lattice water molecules. The iron atoms are hexacoordinated: six oxygen atoms (iron(III)) from two bidentate and one bisbidentate oxalato ligands and six nitrogen atoms (iron(II)) from three bidentate bpm groups. The Fe(III)-O(ox) and Fe(II)-N(bpm) bond distances vary in the ranges 1.967(3)-2.099(3) and 1.967(4)-1.995(3) A, respectively. The iron(III)-iron(III) separation across the bridging oxalato is 5.449(2) A, whereas the shortest intermolecular iron(III)-iron(II) distance is 6.841(2) A. The structure of complex 2 consists of neutral heterotrinuclear Fe(bpm)2Na(H2O)2Fe(ox)3 units and water molecules of crystallization. The tris-chelated low-spin iron(II) ([Fe(bpm)3]2+) and high-spin iron(III) ([Fe(ox)3]3-) entities act as bidentate ligands (through two bpm-nitrogen and two oxalato-oxygen atoms, respectively) toward the univalent sodium cation, yielding the trinuclear (bpm)2Fe(II)-bpm-Na(I)-ox-Fe(III)(ox)2 complex. Two cis-coordinated water molecules complete the distorted octahedral surrounding of the sodium atom. The ranges of the Fe(II)-N(bpm) and Fe(III)-O(ox) bond distances [1.968(6)-1.993(5) and 1.992(6)-2.024(6) A, respectively] compare well with those observed in 1. The Na-N(bpm) bond lengths (2.548(7) and 2.677(7) A) are longer than those of Na-O(ox) (2.514(7) and 2.380(7) A) and Na-O(water) (2.334(15) and 2.356(12) A). The intramolecular Fe(II)...Fe(III) separation is 6.763(2) A, whereas the shortest intermolecular Fe(II)...Fe(II) and Fe(III)...Fe(III) distances are 8.152(2) and 8.992(2) A, respectively. Magnetic susceptibility measurements in the temperature range 2.0-290 K for 1 reveal that the high-spin iron(III) ions are antiferromagnetically coupled (J = -6.6 cm-1, the Hamiltonian being defined as H = -JS1.S2). The magnitude of the antiferromagnetic coupling through the bridging oxalato in the magneto-structurally characterized family of formula [M2(ox)5](2m-10)+ (M = Fe(III) (1), Cr(III), and Ni(II)) is analyzed and discussed by means of a simple orbital model.

  20. 4-(Prop-2-ynyl-2H-1,4-benzothiazin-3(4H-one

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    Full Text Available In the title compound, C11H9NOS, the six-membered heterocycle of the benzothiazine fragment exhibits a screw-boat conformation. The benzene ring makes a dihedral angle of 79.4 (1° with the mean plane through the prop-2-ynyl chain and the ring N atom. In the crystal, molecules are linked by C—H...O interactions of the acetylenic C—H group towards the carbonyl O atom of a neighbouring molecule, forming zigzag chains running along the b-axis direction.

  1. Plant carbohydrate scavenging through tonB-dependent receptors: a feature shared by phytopathogenic and aquatic bacteria.

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    Blanvillain, Servane; Meyer, Damien; Boulanger, Alice; Lautier, Martine; Guynet, Catherine; Denancé, Nicolas; Vasse, Jacques; Lauber, Emmanuelle; Arlat, Matthieu

    2007-02-21

    TonB-dependent receptors (TBDRs) are outer membrane proteins mainly known for the active transport of iron siderophore complexes in Gram-negative bacteria. Analysis of the genome of the phytopathogenic bacterium Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris (Xcc), predicts 72 TBDRs. Such an overrepresentation is common in Xanthomonas species but is limited to only a small number of bacteria. Here, we show that one Xcc TBDR transports sucrose with a very high affinity, suggesting that it might be a sucrose scavenger. This TBDR acts with an inner membrane transporter, an amylosucrase and a regulator to utilize sucrose, thus defining a new type of carbohydrate utilization locus, named CUT locus, involving a TBDR for the transport of substrate across the outer membrane. This sucrose CUT locus is required for full pathogenicity on Arabidopsis, showing its importance for the adaptation to host plants. A systematic analysis of Xcc TBDR genes and a genome context survey suggested that several Xcc TBDRs belong to other CUT loci involved in the utilization of various plant carbohydrates. Interestingly, several Xcc TBDRs and CUT loci are conserved in aquatic bacteria such as Caulobacter crescentus, Colwellia psychrerythraea, Saccharophagus degradans, Shewanella spp., Sphingomonas spp. or Pseudoalteromonas spp., which share the ability to degrade a wide variety of complex carbohydrates and display TBDR overrepresentation. We therefore propose that TBDR overrepresentation and the presence of CUT loci designate the ability to scavenge carbohydrates. Thus CUT loci, which seem to participate to the adaptation of phytopathogenic bacteria to their host plants, might also play a very important role in the biogeochemical cycling of plant-derived nutrients in marine environments. Moreover, the TBDRs and CUT loci identified in this study are clearly different from those characterized in the human gut symbiont Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron, which allow glycan foraging, suggesting a convergent

  2. Plant carbohydrate scavenging through tonB-dependent receptors: a feature shared by phytopathogenic and aquatic bacteria.

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    Servane Blanvillain

    Full Text Available TonB-dependent receptors (TBDRs are outer membrane proteins mainly known for the active transport of iron siderophore complexes in Gram-negative bacteria. Analysis of the genome of the phytopathogenic bacterium Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris (Xcc, predicts 72 TBDRs. Such an overrepresentation is common in Xanthomonas species but is limited to only a small number of bacteria. Here, we show that one Xcc TBDR transports sucrose with a very high affinity, suggesting that it might be a sucrose scavenger. This TBDR acts with an inner membrane transporter, an amylosucrase and a regulator to utilize sucrose, thus defining a new type of carbohydrate utilization locus, named CUT locus, involving a TBDR for the transport of substrate across the outer membrane. This sucrose CUT locus is required for full pathogenicity on Arabidopsis, showing its importance for the adaptation to host plants. A systematic analysis of Xcc TBDR genes and a genome context survey suggested that several Xcc TBDRs belong to other CUT loci involved in the utilization of various plant carbohydrates. Interestingly, several Xcc TBDRs and CUT loci are conserved in aquatic bacteria such as Caulobacter crescentus, Colwellia psychrerythraea, Saccharophagus degradans, Shewanella spp., Sphingomonas spp. or Pseudoalteromonas spp., which share the ability to degrade a wide variety of complex carbohydrates and display TBDR overrepresentation. We therefore propose that TBDR overrepresentation and the presence of CUT loci designate the ability to scavenge carbohydrates. Thus CUT loci, which seem to participate to the adaptation of phytopathogenic bacteria to their host plants, might also play a very important role in the biogeochemical cycling of plant-derived nutrients in marine environments. Moreover, the TBDRs and CUT loci identified in this study are clearly different from those characterized in the human gut symbiont Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron, which allow glycan foraging

  3. InCl3.4H2O Catalyzed Aldol Condensation of Cycloalkanones with Aromatic Aldehydes

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    2001-01-01

    InCl3·4H2O catalyzes the cross-aldol condensation of cycloalkanones with aromatic aldehydes in sealed tube under solvent free condition to afford an efficient method for the synthesis of α, α-bis(substituted)benzylidenecycloalkanones.

  4. Crystal structure of 4-benzyl-2H-benzo[b][1,4]thiazin-3(4H-one

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    N. K. Sebbar

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, C15H13NOS, the thiazine ring adopts a twisted boat conformation and the dihedral angle between the aromatic rings is 86.54 (4°. In the crystal, molecules are linked by weak C—H...O interactions, resulting in chains along [010].

  5. Influences of high-temperature annealing on atomic layer deposited Al2O3/4H-SiC

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    Wang Yi-Yu; Shen Hua-Jun; Bai Yun; Tang Yi-Dan; Liu Ke-An; Li Cheng-Zhan; Liu Xin-Yu

    2013-01-01

    High-temperature annealing of the atomic layer deposition (ALD) of Al2O3 films on 4H-SiC in O2 atmosphere is studied with temperature ranging from 800 ℃ to 1000 ℃.It is observed that the surface morphology of Al2O3 films annealed at 800 ℃ and 900 ℃ is pretty good,while the surface of the sample annealed at 1000 ℃ becomes bumpy.Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) measurements demonstrate that the as-grown films are amorphous and begin to crystallize at 900 ℃.Furthermore,C-V measurements exhibit improved interface characterization after annealing,especially for samples annealed at 900 ℃ and 1000 ℃.It is indicated that high-temperature annealing in O2 atmosphere can improve the interface of Al2O3/SiC and annealing at 900 ℃ would be an optimum condition for surface morphology,dielectric quality,and interface states.

  6. 1,2-Di­hydro­spiro­[carbazole-3(4H),2′-[1,3]dioxolane

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    Bjerrum, Janni Vester; Ulven, Trond; Bond, Andrew D.

    2009-01-01

    In the title compound, C14H15NO2, the hydrogenated six-membered ring of the carbazole unit adopts a half-chair conformation and the dioxolane ring points to one side of the carbazole plane. Neighbouring mol­ecules form edge-to-face inter­actions in which the NH group is directed towards an adjacent carbazole unit, with a shortest H⋯C contact of 2.72 Å. These inter­actions arrange the mol­ecules into one-dimensional herringbone-type motifs, which pack so that the methyl­ene groups of the dioxolane ring lie over the face of a neighbouring carbazole unit with a shortest H⋯C contact of 2.85 Å. PMID:21582234

  7. 1,2-Di­hydro­spiro­[carbazole-3(4H),2′-[1,3]dioxolane

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    Bjerrum, Janni Vester; Ulven, Trond; Bond, Andrew D.

    2009-01-01

    In the title compound, C14H15NO2, the hydrogenated six-membered ring of the carbazole unit adopts a half-chair conformation and the dioxolane ring points to one side of the carbazole plane. Neighbouring mol­ecules form edge-to-face inter­actions in which the NH group is directed towards an adjacent carbazole unit, with a shortest H⋯C contact of 2.72 Å. These inter­actions arrange the mol­ecules into one-dimensional herringbone-type motifs, which pack so that the methyl­ene groups of the dioxo...

  8. Synthesis and Antibacterial Activity of 3-(Substituted)-2-(4-oxo-2-phenylquinazolin-3(4H)-ylamino)quinazolin-4(3H)-one

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    Ramgopal Appani; Baburao Bhukya; Kiran Gangarapu

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    A series of novel 3-(substituted)-2-(substituted quinazolinylamino)quinazolin-4(3H)-ones were synthesized by the reaction of 3-(substituted)-2-hydrazino-quinazoline-4(3H)-ones with 2-phenyl-3,1-benzoxazin-4-one. The starting materials 3-(substituted)-2-hydrazino-quinazolin-4(3H)-ones were synthesized from various primary amines by a multistep synthesis. All the title compounds were tested for their antibacterial activity using ciprofloxacin as reference standard. Compounds 3-(4-fluorophenyl)-...

  9. Swift J201424.9+152930: discovery of a new deeply-eclipsing binary with 491 s and 3.4 h modulations

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    Esposito, P; de Martino, D; D'Avanzo, P; Testa, V; Sidoli, L; Belfiore, R Di Stefano A; Mapelli, M; Piranomonte, S; Castillo, G A Rodríguez; Moretti, A; D'Elia, V; Verrecchia, F; Campana, S; Rea, N

    2015-01-01

    We report on the discovery of a new X-ray pulsator, Swift J201424.9+152930 (Sw J2014). Owing to its X-ray modulation at 491 s, it was discovered in a systematic search for coherent signals in the archival data of the Swift X-ray Telescope. To investigate the nature of Sw J2014, we performed multi-wavelength follow-up observations with space-borne (Swift and XMM-Newton) and ground-based (the 1.5-m Loiano Telescope and the 3.6-m Telescopio Nazionale Galileo) instruments. The X-ray spectrum of Sw J2014 can be described by a hard and highly absorbed power law. The optical observations made it possible to single out the optical counterpart to this source, which displays several variable emission lines and total eclipses lasting ~20 min. Total eclipses of similar length were observed also in X-rays. The study of the eclipses, allowed us to infer a second periodicity of 3.44 h, which we interpret as the orbital period of a close binary system. We also found that the period has not significantly changed over a ~7 yr ...

  10. (2Z-2-Benzylidene-4-(prop-2-yn-1-yl-2H-1,4-benzothiazin-3(4H-one

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    Nada Kheira Sebbar

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The molecule of the title compound, C18H13NOS, is build up from two fused six-membered rings, with the heterocyclic component linked to a benzylidene group and to a prop-2-yn-1-yl chain. The six-membered heterocycle adopts a distorted screw-boat conformation. The prop-2-yn-1-yl chain is almost perpendicular to the mean plane through benzothiazine as indicated by the C—N—C—C torsion angle of 86.5 (2°. The dihedral angle between the benzene rings is 47.53 (12°. There are no specific intermolecular interactions in the crystal packing.

  11. 4-[(3-Phenyl-4,5-dihydroisoxazol-5-ylmethyl]-2H-benzo[b][1,4]thiazin-3(4H-one

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, C18H16N2O2S, the 5-dihydroisoxazol-5-yl ring and its phenyl substituent are nearly coplanar, with the largest deviation from the mean plane being 0.0184 (16 Å. The thiomorpholin-3-one ring adopts a screw-boat conformation and the attached benzene ring makes a dihedral angle of 42.26 (7° with the mean plane through the 3-phenyl-4,5-dihydroisoxazol-5-yl ring system. In the crystal, molecules are linked by pairs of C—H...N hydrogen bonds, forming inversion dimers. These dimers are linked via C—H...O hydrogen bonds, generating a three-dimensional network.

  12. 4-Benzyl-2-(4-chlorobenzylidene-3,4-dihydro-2H-1,4-benzothiazin-3(4H-one

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, C22H16ClNOS, has three aromatic systems, viz. (i a phenyl ring, (ii a chlorobenzene ring and (iii a 1,4-benzothiazine fused-ring system (r.m.s. deviation of the ten fitted atoms = 0.023 Å. The dihedral angle between planes (ii and (iii is 1.68 (8°, indicating a coplanar arrangement, and between plane (i and each of (ii and (iii is 85.61 (8 and 86.74 (8°, respectively, indicating the phenyl ring is approximately perpendicular to the remaining residue. In the crystal, pairwise methylene-C—H...O(carbonyl hydrogen bonds form dimers which stack along the b-axis direction.

  13. Predominance Diagrams for NH4+-Mg2+-PO3-4H+-H2O System%NH4+-Mg2+-pO3-4-H+-H2O体系的优势区相图

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    姜科; 周康根; 彭佳乐

    2012-01-01

    The thermodynamics of NH4+-Mg2+-PO43-H+-H2O system was investigated based on the construction of predominance diagrams.The lgCT,Mg-lgCT,p and lgCTP-pH diagrams were constructed at an arbitrary Mg/P molar ratio with consideration of the ion strength influence(CT.Mg: total concentration of magnesium; CT,P: total concentration of phosphorus; CT,N: total concentration of nitrogen).The thermodynamic stable zones of struvite (MgNH4PO4· 6H2O),bobierrite (Mg3(PO4)2·8H2O),newberyite (MgHPO4·3H2O),and magnesium hydroxide (Mg(OH)2) were determined.The results show that struvite and bobierrite are the dominating phases in a wide range of pH value.Struvite and newberyite coexist with solute phase at low pH value and high total concentration of phosphorus while struvite and magnesium hydroxide are more stable at the alkaline condition.The minimum total concentration of nitrogen appears at pH value of 9.08~9.52 while struvite and bobierrite coexist with the solute phase.The predominance diagrams could be used to predict the precipitation-dissolution equilibrium of struvite for ammonia nitrogen removal and recovery from wastewater.%通过优势区相图的构建对NH4+-Mg2+-PO43-H+-H2O体系的热力学平衡关系进行了研究.在不同镁、磷物质的量比和离子强度的条件下绘制了lgCT,Mg-lgC,T,P和lgCT,p-pH相图,确定了MgNH4PO4·6H2O、Mg3(PO4)2· 8H2O、MgHPO4· 3H2O和Mg(OH)2的热力学稳定区.结果表明,在相当广的pH范围内,MgNH4PO4·6H2O和Mg3(PO4)2·8H2O都是主要存在的固相;在较低pH和较高磷浓度的条件下,MgNH4PO4·6H2O和MgHPO4· 3H2O可以共存;而MgNH4PO4·6H2O和Mg(OH)2在碱性条件下更为稳定.当MgNH4PO4·6H2O、Mg3(PO4)2· 8H2O与液相共存、pH=9.08~9.52时,溶液总氮浓度达到最低值.lgCT,Mg-lgCT,P和lgCT,P-pH相图可以用于指导磷酸铵镁的沉淀-溶解平衡过程,有利于废水中氨氮的脱除和回收.

  14. Crystal Structure and Characterization of a New Mixed-valence Manganese(Ⅲ/Ⅳ) Complex: [Mn2(cyclen)2(μ-O)2](ClO4)3-4H2O

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    任颜卫; 李珺; 张逢星; 张金花; 郭惠

    2005-01-01

    The mixed-valence manganese(Ⅲ/Ⅳ) complex [Mn2(cyclen)2(μ-O)2](ClO4)3-4H2O (1) (cyclen=1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecan) with chemical formula C16H48Cl3Mn2N8O18 has been synthesized and characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, elemental analysis, IR and electronic spectra. The results showed that the manganese(Ⅲ/Ⅳ) ions were six-coordinated by four nitrogen atoms from cyclen and two oxygen atoms from the oxygen bridge, forming a distorted octahedron geometry. There were two very strong peaks in the range of 400-700 nm in electronic spectrum, which was similar to Mn catalase and Mn ribonucleotide reductase extracted from organisms.Electrochemical study indicated that the complex underwent a quasi-reversible one-electron reduction and oxidation at E1/2=0.827 V in acetonitrile.

  15. 2,4-Dihydroxy-7-methoxy-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one (DIMBOA) inhibits trichothecene production by Fusarium graminearum through suppression of Tri6 expression

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    Etzerodt, Thomas; Maeda, Kazuyuki; Nakajima, Yuichi;

    2015-01-01

    Fusarium head blight (FHB) is a devastating disease of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) caused by a mycotoxigenic fungus Fusarium graminearum resulting in significantly decreased yields and accumulation of toxic trichothecenes in grains. We tested 7 major secondary metabolites from wheat...

  16. One-pot microwave assisted synthesis under green chemistry conditions, antioxidant screening, and cytotoxicity assessments of benzimidazole Schiff bases and pyrimido[1,2-a]benzimidazol-3(4H)-ones.

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    Neochoritis, Constantinos G; Zarganes-Tzitzikas, Tryfon; Tsoleridis, Constantinos A; Stephanidou-Stephanatou, Julia; Kontogiorgis, Christos A; Hadjipavlou-Litina, Dimitra J; Choli-Papadopoulou, Theodora

    2011-01-01

    The synthesis of a number of benzimidazole Schiff bases 3 and 3-oxo-pyrimido[1,2-a]benzimidazoles 4 in excellent yields by a one-step sequence from the reaction of 2-aminobenzimidazole under green chemistry conditions is described. Structural assignments of the new compounds as well as complete assignment of (1)H and (13)C NMR signals have been unambiguously achieved based on the analysis of their (1)H and (13)C NMR (1D and 2D), IR, MS and elemental analysis data. To the synthesized Schiff bases the E-configuration was assigned on the basis of comparison of experimental and calculated (DFT) (13)C NMR chemical shifts. Compounds 3 and 4 were evaluated as inhibitors of lipoxygenase (LOX) and of lipid peroxidation (LPO). All the tested derivatives showed inhibition of lipid peroxidation, whereas most of them were found to have higher activation than the reference compound trolox; The Schiff bases 3e, 3h, and 3i, and the pyrimidobenzimidazoles 4a, 4e and 4f were found to be the most potent. The most potent LOX inhibitor within the subset of Schiff bases was found compound 3i, followed by 3f, whereas compounds 4a and 4g were found the most potent of the 3-oxo-pyrimido[1,2-a]benzimidazole group. Moreover, some cytotoxicity assessments were undertaken, whereupon it was found that Schiff base 3i and pyrimidobenzimidazoles 4e and 4f did not exhibit cytotoxicity at similar concentrations resembling thus the inhibitory activity of lipid peroxidation. The most cytotoxic Schiff base and pyrimidobenzimidazole were found to be 3d and 4c, respectively.

  17. Quantum chemical investigation of the intra- and intermolecular proton transfer reactions and hydrogen bonding interactions in 4-amino-5-(2-hydroxyphenyl)-2H-1,2,4-triazole-3(4H)-thione.

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    Özdemir, Namık

    2013-01-01

    The intramolecular thione-thiol tautomerism and intermolecular double proton transfer reaction of the hydrogen-bonded thione and thiol dimers in the title triazole compound were studied at the B3LYP level of theory using 6-311++G(d,p) basis function. The influence of the solvent on the single and double proton transfer reactions was examined in three solvents (chloroform, methanol and water) using the polarizable continuum model (PCM) approximation. The computational results show that the thione tautomer is the most stable isomer with a very high tautomeric energy barrier both in the gas phase and in solution phase, indicating a quite disfavored process. The solvent effect is found to be sizable with increasing polarity. In the double proton transfer reaction, the thione dimer is found to be more stable than thiol dimer both in the gas phase and in solution phase. The energetic and thermodynamic parameters of the double proton transfer process show that the double proton exchange from thione dimer to thiol dimer is thermodynamically unfavored. However, the exchange from thiol dimer to thione dimer for the gas phase and water phase seems to be feasible with a low barrier height and with a negative value in enthalpy and free energy changes. In addition, the hydrogen bonding interactions were analyzed in the gas phase regarding their geometries and energies. It is found that all complex formations are enthalpically favored, and the stability of the H-bonds comes in the order of S1-H2···N2>N2-H2···S1>N3-H3B···O1. Finally, non-linear optical properties were carried out at the same calculation level in the gas phase.

  18. Crystal structure of (E-2-benzylidene-4-[(3-phenyl-4,5-dihydroisoxazol-5-ylmethyl]-2H-benzo[b][1,4]thiazin-3(4H-one

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, C25H20N2O2S, the dihydroisoxazole ring exhibits an envelope conformation with the methine atom being the flap, while the 1,4-thiazine ring displays a screw-boat conformation. The six-membered ring fused to the 1,4-thiazine ring makes dihedral angles of 63.04 (2 and 54.7 (2° with the mean planes through the five-membered heterocycle and the attached phenyl ring, respectively. The phenyl group connected to the 1,4-thiazine ring is disordered over two sites [major component = 0.57 (2]. The most prominent interactions in the crystal structure are C—H...O hydrogen bonds that link molecules, forming inversion dimers, and C—H...N hydrogen bonds that link the dimers into columns parallel to the b axis.

  19. Surface photovoltage and Auger electron spectromicroscopy studies of HfO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}/4H-SiC and HfO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/4H-SiC structures

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    The electronic and chemical properties of the interface region in the structures obtained by the passivation of epitaxial n-type 4H-SiC layers with bilayers consisting of a 5 nm-thick SiO{sub 2} or Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} buffer film and high-{kappa} HfO{sub 2} layer were investigated. The main aim was to estimate the influence of the passivation approach on the interface effective charge density (Q{sub eff}) from the surface photovoltage (SPV) method and, in addition to determine the in-depth element distribution in the interface region from the Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) combined with Ar{sup +} ion profiling. The structure HfO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}/4H-SiC exhibited slightly superior electronic properties in terms of Q{sub eff} (in the range of -10{sup 11} q cm{sup -2}).

  20. The first crystal structures of six- and seven-membered tellurium- and nitrogen-containing (Te-N) heterocycles: 2H-1,4-benzotellurazin-3(4H)-one and 2,3-dihydro-1,5-benzotellurazepin-4(5H)-one.

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    Myers, Joshua P; Fronczek, Frank R; Junk, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    There is a paucity of data concerning the structures of six- and seven-membered tellurium- and nitrogen-containing (Te-N) heterocycles. The title compounds, C8H7NOTe, (I), and C9H9NOTe, (II), represent the first structurally characterized members of their respective classes. Both crystallize with two independent molecules in the asymmetric unit. When compared to their sulfur analogs, they exhibit slightly greater deviations from planarity to accommodate the larger chalcogenide atom, with (II) adopting a pronounced twist-boat conformation. The C-Te-C angles of 85.49 (15) and 85.89 (15)° for the two independent molecules of (I) were found to be somewhat smaller than those of 97.4 (2) and 97.77 (19)° for the two independent molecules of (II). The C-Te bond lengths [2.109 (4)-2.158 (5) Å] are in good agreement with those predicted by the covalent radii. Intermolecular N-H...O hydrogen bonding in (I) forms centrosymmetric R2(2)(8) dimers, while that in (II) forms chains. In addition, intermolecular Te...O contacts [3.159 (3)-3.200 (3) Å] exist in (I).

  1. Discovery of 6-Fluoro-5-(R)-(3-(S)-(8-fluoro-1-methyl-2,4-dioxo-1,2-dihydroquinazolin-3(4H)-yl)-2-methylphenyl)-2-(S)-(2-hydroxypropan-2-yl)-2,3,4,9-tetrahydro-1H-carbazole-8-carboxamide (BMS-986142): A Reversible Inhibitor of Bruton's Tyrosine Kinase (BTK) Conformationally Constrained by Two Locked Atropisomers.

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    Watterson, Scott H; De Lucca, George V; Shi, Qing; Langevine, Charles M; Liu, Qingjie; Batt, Douglas G; Beaudoin Bertrand, Myra; Gong, Hua; Dai, Jun; Yip, Shiuhang; Li, Peng; Sun, Dawn; Wu, Dauh-Rurng; Wang, Chunlei; Zhang, Yingru; Traeger, Sarah C; Pattoli, Mark A; Skala, Stacey; Cheng, Lihong; Obermeier, Mary T; Vickery, Rodney; Discenza, Lorell N; D'Arienzo, Celia J; Zhang, Yifan; Heimrich, Elizabeth; Gillooly, Kathleen M; Taylor, Tracy L; Pulicicchio, Claudine; McIntyre, Kim W; Galella, Michael A; Tebben, Andy J; Muckelbauer, Jodi K; Chang, ChiehYing; Rampulla, Richard; Mathur, Arvind; Salter-Cid, Luisa; Barrish, Joel C; Carter, Percy H; Fura, Aberra; Burke, James R; Tino, Joseph A

    2016-10-13

    Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK), a nonreceptor tyrosine kinase, is a member of the Tec family of kinases. BTK plays an essential role in B cell receptor (BCR)-mediated signaling as well as Fcγ receptor signaling in monocytes and Fcε receptor signaling in mast cells and basophils, all of which have been implicated in the pathophysiology of autoimmune disease. As a result, inhibition of BTK is anticipated to provide an effective strategy for the clinical treatment of autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. This article details the structure-activity relationships (SAR) leading to a novel series of highly potent and selective carbazole and tetrahydrocarbazole based, reversible inhibitors of BTK. Of particular interest is that two atropisomeric centers were rotationally locked to provide a single, stable atropisomer, resulting in enhanced potency and selectivity as well as a reduction in safety liabilities. With significantly enhanced potency and selectivity, excellent in vivo properties and efficacy, and a very desirable tolerability and safety profile, 14f (BMS-986142) was advanced into clinical studies.

  2. Contrasting activity patterns determined by BrdU incorporation in bacterial ribotypes from the Arctic Ocean in winter

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    Pierre E Galand

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available The winter Arctic Ocean is one of the most unexplored marine environments from a microbiological perspective. Heterotrophic bacteria maintain their activity at a baseline level during the extremely low energy conditions of the winter, but little is known about the specific phylotypes that have the potential to survive and grow in such harsh environment. In this study, we aimed at identifying actively growing ribotypes in winter Arctic Ocean seawater cultures by experimental incubations with the thymidine analogue bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU, followed by immunocapturing, terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (TRFLP fingerprinting, cloning and sequencing the 16S rRNA gene. We incubated water collected at different months over the Arctic winter and showed that the actively growing bacterial fraction, taking up BrdU, represented only a subset of the total community. Among the BrdU-labeled bacterial taxa we identified the Flavobacteria Polaribacter, the Alphaproteobacteria SAR11, the Gammaproteobacteria Arctic 96B-16 cluster and, predominately, members of Colwellia spp. Interestingly, Colwellia sequences formed three clusters (93 and 97% pairwise 16S rRNA identity that contributed in contrasting ways to the active communities in the incubations. Polaribacter, Arctic 96B-16 and one cluster of Colwellia were more abundant in the active community represented by the BrdU labelled DNA. In contrast, SAR11 and two other Colwellia clusters were underrepresented in the BrdU labelled community compared to total communities. Despite the limitation of the long incubations needed to label slow growing arctic communities, the BrdU approach revealed the potential for active growth in low-energy conditions in some relevant groups of polar bacteria, including Polaribacter and Arctic 96B-16. Moreover, under similar incubation conditions, the growth of different Colwellia ribotypes varied, suggesting that related clusters of Colwellia may have distinct

  3. Analysis of Fatty Acid and Growth Profiles in Ten Shewanella spp. to Associate Phylogenetic Relationships

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  4. Influence of Chemical Composition on Microbial Communities in Deep Water Plumes After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

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    Redmond, M. C.; Valentine, D. L.

    2012-12-01

    After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, large amounts of natural gas and oil remained dissolved or suspended in the deep Gulf of Mexico. These deep water plumes were preferentially enriched in soluble hydrocarbons, including methane, ethane, propane, cyclohexane, benzene, toluene, and xylenes. Microbial communities responded rapidly to the influx of hydrocarbons, and were initially dominated by a novel group of Oceanospirillales. As the summer progressed, Colwellia and Cycloclasticus became more abundant, followed by an increase in methanotrophs and methylotrophs. DNA stable isotope probing experiments showed that Colwellia spp. were the primary bacteria assimilating carbon from ethane and propane, suggesting that the presence of natural gas had a significant effect on the microbes that responded to the spill. Additional incubation experiments suggested that Colwellia could also consume benzene and other hydrocarbons in crude oil, but it was unclear whether the presence of natural gas stimulated or inhibited the consumption of other hydrocarbons. In order to determine the effect of natural gas on microbial community composition and the degradation of petroleum hydrocarbons, we conducted a series of incubation experiments with seawater from the deep Gulf of Mexico. We also conducted experiments to determine the effect of individual hydrocarbon compounds on the microbial community response. We will present results from both sets of experiments.

  5. Rapid bacterial colonization of low-density polyethylene microplastics in coastal sediment microcosms.

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    Harrison, Jesse P; Schratzberger, Michaela; Sapp, Melanie; Osborn, A Mark

    2014-09-23

    Synthetic microplastics (≤5-mm fragments) are emerging environmental contaminants that have been found to accumulate within coastal marine sediments worldwide. The ecological impacts and fate of microplastic debris are only beginning to be revealed, with previous research into these topics having primarily focused on higher organisms and/or pelagic environments. Despite recent research into plastic-associated microorganisms in seawater, the microbial colonization of microplastics in benthic habitats has not been studied. Therefore, we employed a 14-day microcosm experiment to investigate bacterial colonization of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) microplastics within three types of coastal marine sediment from Spurn Point, Humber Estuary, U.K. Bacterial attachment onto LDPE within sediments was demonstrated by scanning electron microscopy and catalyzed reporter deposition fluorescence in situ hybridisation (CARD-FISH). Log-fold increases in the abundance of 16S rRNA genes from LDPE-associated bacteria occurred within 7 days with 16S rRNA gene numbers on LDPE surfaces differing significantly across sediment types, as shown by quantitative PCR. Terminal-restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) analysis demonstrated rapid selection of LDPE-associated bacterial assemblages whose structure and composition differed significantly from those in surrounding sediments. Additionally, T-RFLP analysis revealed successional convergence of the LDPE-associated communities from the different sediments over the 14-day experiment. Sequencing of cloned 16S rRNA genes demonstrated that these communities were dominated after 14 days by the genera Arcobacter and Colwellia (totalling 84-93% of sequences). Attachment by Colwellia spp. onto LDPE within sediments was confirmed by CARD-FISH. These results demonstrate that bacteria within coastal marine sediments can rapidly colonize LDPE microplastics, with evidence for the successional formation of plastisphere-specific bacterial

  6. Conversational Interfaces: A Domain-Independent Architecture for Task-Oriented Dialogues

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  8. 南极石油烃降解嗜冷菌的筛选及其降解特性的研究%Antarctic Psychrophile Bacteria Screening for Oil Degradation and Their Degrading Characteristics

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    郑洲; 金青; 缪锦来; 刘芳明

    2008-01-01

    从 385 株南极海洋细菌中筛选出 2 株石油烃降解菌,并对其降解特性进行了初步研究.以柴油为唯一碳源进行降解实验的结果表明,南极嗜冷菌 NJ276 和 NJ341 在 5 °C、20 d 内对柴油的降解率分别达到 23.47 % 和32.15 %,在 15 °C、20 d 内降解率分别达到 43.95 % 和 62.47 %,其降解能力随着培养温度的升高而显著增强;石油烃降解残油组分的GC~MS分析表明,柴油经过 NJ276 降解后的残油组分中能检测到 C15~C21 七种烷烃,柴油经过 NJ341 降解后的残油组分只能检测到少量 C16,C17 和 C18 三种烷烃.对它们进行 16S rDNA 基因序列的同源性和系统发育分析表明,菌株 NJ276 属于假交替单胞菌属( Pseudoalteromonas),NJ341 属于科尔韦尔氏属(Colwellia).%Two hydrocarbon degrading bacteria NJ276 and NJ341 were screened from 385 Antarctic marine bacteria and their degrading characteristics were studied.Diesel oil as sole carbon source was used in this study.The results showed that the oil degradation rates of Antarctic psychrophile bacteria NJ276 and NJ341 were 23.47 % and 32.15 %,respectively,after 20 days culturation at 5 °C,and the rates were 43.95 % and 62.47 % respectively after 20 days culturation at 15 °C.The oil degradation abilities were enhanced remarkably with the increasing culture temperature.GC-MSs indicated the residual oil contained C15-C21 7 alkyls after degradation by NJ276,and C16,C17 and C18 3 alkyls after degradation by NJ341.The 16S rDNA gene sequences homology and phylogenetic analysis of the two Antarctic psychrophile bacteria showed that NJ276 belonged to the described genus Pseudoalteromonas and NJ341 belonged to the genus Colwellia.

  9. Succession of hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria in the aftermath of the deepwater horizon oil spill in the gulf of Mexico.

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    Dubinsky, Eric A; Conrad, Mark E; Chakraborty, Romy; Bill, Markus; Borglin, Sharon E; Hollibaugh, James T; Mason, Olivia U; M Piceno, Yvette; Reid, Francine C; Stringfellow, William T; Tom, Lauren M; Hazen, Terry C; Andersen, Gary L

    2013-10-01

    The Deepwater Horizon oil spill produced large subsurface plumes of dispersed oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico that stimulated growth of psychrophilic, hydrocarbon degrading bacteria. We tracked succession of plume bacteria before, during and after the 83-day spill to determine the microbial response and biodegradation potential throughout the incident. Dominant bacteria shifted substantially over time and were dependent on relative quantities of different hydrocarbon fractions. Unmitigated flow from the wellhead early in the spill resulted in the highest proportions of n-alkanes and cycloalkanes at depth and corresponded with dominance by Oceanospirillaceae and Pseudomonas. Once partial capture of oil and gas began 43 days into the spill, petroleum hydrocarbons decreased, the fraction of aromatic hydrocarbons increased, and Colwellia, Cycloclasticus, and Pseudoalteromonas increased in dominance. Enrichment of Methylomonas coincided with positive shifts in the δ(13)C values of methane in the plume and indicated significant methane oxidation occurred earlier than previously reported. Anomalous oxygen depressions persisted at plume depths for over six weeks after well shut-in and were likely caused by common marine heterotrophs associated with degradation of high-molecular-weight organic matter, including Methylophaga. Multiple hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria operated simultaneously throughout the spill, but their relative importance was controlled by changes in hydrocarbon supply.

  10. Involvement of the cell-specific pigment genes pks and sult in bacterial defense response of sea urchins Strongylocentrotus intermedius.

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    Kiselev, Konstantin V; Ageenko, Natalya V; Kurilenko, Valeria V

    2013-03-26

    Bacterial infections are one of the most important problems in mass aquaculture, causing the loss of millions of juvenile organisms. We isolated 22 bacterial strains from the cavity fluid of the sea urchin Strongylocentrotus pallidus and used phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequences to separate the bacterial strains into 9 genera (Aliivibrio, Bizionia, Colwellia, Olleya, Paenibacillus, Photobacterium, Pseudoalteromonas, Shewanella, and Vibrio). Incubating Strongylocentrotus intermedius larvae with a strain from each of the 9 bacterial genera, we investigated the viability of the larvae, the amount of pigment cells, and the level of polyketide synthase (pks) and sulfotransferase (sult) gene expression. Results of the assay on sea urchin development showed that all bacterial strains, except Pseudoalteromonas and Bizionia, suppressed sea urchin development (resulting in retardation of the embryos' development with cellular disorders) and reduced cell viability. We found that pks expression in the sea urchin larvae after incubation with the bacteria of 9 tested genera was significantly increased, while the sult expression was increased only after the treatment with Pseudoalteromonas and Shewanella. Shikimic acid, which is known to activate the biosynthesis of naphthoquinone pigments, increased the tolerance of the sea urchin embryos to the bacteria. In conclusion, we show that the cell-specific pigment genes pks and sult are involved in the bacterial defense response of sea urchins.

  11. Different Bacterial Communities Involved in Peptide Decomposition between Normoxic and Hypoxic Coastal Waters

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    Liu, Shuting; Wawrik, Boris; Liu, Zhanfei

    2017-01-01

    Proteins and peptides are key components of the labile dissolved organic matter pool in marine environments. Knowing which types of bacteria metabolize peptides can inform the factors that govern peptide decomposition and further carbon and nitrogen remineralization in marine environments. A 13C-labeled tetrapeptide, alanine-valine-phenylalanine-alanine (AVFA), was added to both surface (normoxic) and bottom (hypoxic) seawater from a coastal station in the northern Gulf of Mexico for a 2-day incubation experiment, and bacteria that incorporated the peptide were identified using DNA stable isotope probing (SIP). The decomposition rate of AVFA in the bottom hypoxic seawater (0.018–0.035 μM h-1) was twice as fast as that in the surface normoxic seawater (0.011–0.017 μM h-1). SIP experiments indicated that incorporation of 13C was highest among the Flavobacteria, Sphingobacteria, Alphaproteobacteria, Acidimicrobiia, Verrucomicrobiae, Cyanobacteria, and Actinobacteria in surface waters. In contrast, highest 13C-enrichment was mainly observed in several Alphaproteobacteria (Thalassococcus, Rhodobacteraceae, Ruegeria) and Gammaproteobacteria genera (Colwellia, Balneatrix, Thalassomonas) in the bottom water. These data suggest that a more diverse group of both oligotrophic and copiotrophic bacteria may be involved in metabolizing labile organic matter such as peptides in normoxic coastal waters, and several copiotrophic genera belonging to Alphaproteobacteria and Gammaproteobacteria and known to be widely distributed may contribute to faster peptide decomposition in the hypoxic waters. PMID:28326069

  12. Phylogenetic analysis of bacterial community in deep-sea sediment from the western Pacific "warm pool"

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    2005-01-01

    A depth profile of bacterial community structure in one deep-sea sediment core of the western Pacific "warm pool" (WP) was investigated and compared with that in a sediment sample from the eastern Pacific (EP) by phylogenetic analysis of 16S rDNA fragments.Five bacterial 16S rDNA clone libraries were constructed, and t33 clones with different restriction fragment length polymorphism(RFLP) patterns were sequenced. A phylogenetic analysis of these sequences revealed that the bacterial diversity in a sample from the WP was more abundant than that in the EP sample. The bacterial population in the sediment core of WP was composed of eight major lineages of the domain bacteria. Among them the γ-Proteobacteria was the predominant and most diverse group in each section of WP sediment core, followed by the α-Proteobacteria. The genus Colwellia belonging to γ-Proteobacteria was predominant in this sample.The shift of bacterial communities among different sections of the WP sediment core was δ-, ε-Proteobacteria, and Cytopahga-Flexibacteria-Bacteroides (CFB) group. The ratios between them in the bacterial communities all showed inversely proportional to the depth of sediment. The sequences related to sulphate reducing bacteria (SRB) were detected in every section. The bacterial community structure in this sediment core might be related to the environmental characteristics of the surface seawater of the western Pacific WP.

  13. Screening and molecular classification of low-temperature protease from Antarctic microorganism and its characterization

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    2005-01-01

    107 strains producing protease were screened from 260 strains of Antarctic psychrophilic bacteria, among which proteolytic activity of five strains was more than 45 U ml-1. The 16S rRNA gene sequences homology and phylogenetic analysis of five Antarctic psychrophilic bacteria showed that NJ276、 NJ5-9、NJ16-70、NJ345 belonged to the described genus Pseudoalteromonas and NJ341belonged to the genus Colwellia. The growth and the protease characteristic of four Antarctic psychrophilic bacteria had been studied, and the result showed that the optimal temperature for growth and protease-producing of four strains was about 10 ℃. Their growth and protease-producing were still high during incubating 2-5 days. The maximum proteolytic activity occurred at pH 9 for four Antarctic psychrophilic bacteria. The optimal temperature of protease action of both strains NJ276 and NJ5-9 was about 50 ℃, however, the optimal temperature of protease action of both strains NJ341 and NJ345 was about 40 ℃, and their proteolytic activity under 0 ℃ exhibited nearly 30% of the maximum activity,but their thermal stabilities were weaker. These results indicated that proteases from NJ341 and NJ345 were low-temperature proteases.

  14. Microbial Response to the MC-252 Oil and Corexit 9500 in the Gulf of Mexico

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    Chakraborty, Romy; Borglin, Sharon E.; Dubinsky, Eric A.; Andersen, Gary L.; Hazen, Terry C.

    2012-01-01

    The Deepwater Horizon spill released over 4.1 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. In an effort to mitigate large oil slicks, the dispersant Corexit 9500 was sprayed onto surface slicks and injected directly at the wellhead at water depth of 1,500 m. Several research groups were involved in investigating the fate of the MC-252 oil using newly advanced molecular tools to elucidate microbial interactions with oil, gases, and dispersant. Microbial community analysis by different research groups revealed that hydrocarbon degrading bacteria belonging to Oceanospirillales, Colwellia, Cycloclasticus, Rhodobacterales, Pseudoalteromonas, and methylotrophs were found enriched in the contaminated water column. Presented here is a comprehensive overview of the ecogenomics of microbial degradation of MC-252 oil and gases in the water column and shorelines. We also present some insight into the fate of the dispersant Corexit 9500 that was added to aid in oil dispersion process. Our results show the dispersant was not toxic to the indigenous microbes at concentrations added, and different bacterial species isolated in the aftermath of the spill were able to degrade the various components of Corexit 9500 that included hydrocarbons, glycols, and dioctyl sulfosuccinate. PMID:23087678

  15. Hydrocarbon biodegradation by Arctic sea-ice and sub-ice microbial communities during microcosm experiments, Northwest Passage (Nunavut, Canada).

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    Garneau, Marie-Ève; Michel, Christine; Meisterhans, Guillaume; Fortin, Nathalie; King, Thomas L; Greer, Charles W; Lee, Kenneth

    2016-10-01

    The increasing accessibility to navigation and offshore oil exploration brings risks of hydrocarbon releases in Arctic waters. Bioremediation of hydrocarbons is a promising mitigation strategy but challenges remain, particularly due to low microbial metabolic rates in cold, ice-covered seas. Hydrocarbon degradation potential of ice-associated microbes collected from the Northwest Passage was investigated. Microcosm incubations were run for 15 days at -1.7°C with and without oil to determine the effects of hydrocarbon exposure on microbial abundance, diversity and activity, and to estimate component-specific hydrocarbon loss. Diversity was assessed with automated ribosomal intergenic spacer analysis and Ion Torrent 16S rRNA gene sequencing. Bacterial activity was measured by (3)H-leucine uptake rates. After incubation, sub-ice and sea-ice communities degraded 94% and 48% of the initial hydrocarbons, respectively. Hydrocarbon exposure changed the composition of sea-ice and sub-ice communities; in sea-ice microcosms, Bacteroidetes (mainly Polaribacter) dominated whereas in sub-ice microcosms, the contribution of Epsilonproteobacteria increased, and that of Alphaproteobacteria and Bacteroidetes decreased. Sequencing data revealed a decline in diversity and increases in Colwellia and Moritella in oil-treated microcosms. Low concentration of dissolved organic matter (DOM) in sub-ice seawater may explain higher hydrocarbon degradation when compared to sea ice, where DOM was abundant and composed of labile exopolysaccharides.

  16. Norwegian deep-water coral reefs: cultivation and molecular analysis of planktonic microbial communities.

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    Jensen, Sigmund; Lynch, Michael D J; Ray, Jessica L; Neufeld, Josh D; Hovland, Martin

    2015-10-01

    Deep-sea coral reefs do not receive sunlight and depend on plankton. Little is known about the plankton composition at such reefs, even though they constitute habitats for many invertebrates and fish. We investigated plankton communities from three reefs at 260-350 m depth at hydrocarbon fields off the mid-Norwegian coast using a combination of cultivation and small subunit (SSU) rRNA gene and transcript sequencing. Eight months incubations of a reef water sample with minimal medium, supplemented with carbon dioxide and gaseous alkanes at in situ-like conditions, enabled isolation of mostly Alphaproteobacteria (Sulfitobacter, Loktanella), Gammaproteobacteria (Colwellia) and Flavobacteria (Polaribacter). The relative abundance of isolates in the original sample ranged from ∼ 0.01% to 0.80%. Comparisons of bacterial SSU sequences from filtered plankton of reef and non-reef control samples indicated high abundance and metabolic activity of primarily Alphaproteobacteria (SAR11 Ia), Gammaproteobacteria (ARCTIC96BD-19), but also of Deltaproteobacteria (Nitrospina, SAR324). Eukaryote SSU sequences indicated metabolically active microalgae and animals, including codfish, at the reef sites. The plankton community composition varied between reefs and differed between DNA and RNA assessments. Over 5000 operational taxonomic units were detected, some indicators of reef sites (e.g. Flavobacteria, Cercozoa, Demospongiae) and some more active at reef sites (e.g. Gammaproteobacteria, Ciliophora, Copepoda). © 2014 Society for Applied Microbiology and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  17. Persistence of bacterial and archaeal communities in sea ice through an Arctic winter.

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    Collins, R Eric; Rocap, Gabrielle; Deming, Jody W

    2010-07-01

    The structure of bacterial communities in first-year spring and summer sea ice differs from that in source seawaters, suggesting selection during ice formation in autumn or taxon-specific mortality in the ice during winter. We tested these hypotheses by weekly sampling (January-March 2004) of first-year winter sea ice (Franklin Bay, Western Arctic) that experienced temperatures from -9 degrees C to -26 degrees C, generating community fingerprints and clone libraries for Bacteria and Archaea. Despite severe conditions and significant decreases in microbial abundance, no significant changes in richness or community structure were detected in the ice. Communities of Bacteria and Archaea in the ice, as in under-ice seawater, were dominated by SAR11 clade Alphaproteobacteria and Marine Group I Crenarchaeota, neither of which is known from later season sea ice. The bacterial ice library contained clones of Gammaproteobacteria from oligotrophic seawater clades (e.g. OM60, OM182) but no clones from gammaproteobacterial genera commonly detected in later season sea ice by similar methods (e.g. Colwellia, Psychrobacter). The only common sea ice bacterial genus detected in winter ice was Polaribacter. Overall, selection during ice formation and mortality during winter appear to play minor roles in the process of microbial succession that leads to distinctive spring and summer sea ice communities.

  18. Bacterial community in sediment from the Western Pacific "Warm Pool" and its relationship to environment

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    ZENG Runying; ZHAO Jing; ZHANG Rui; LIN Nianwei

    2005-01-01

    Total DNAs were extracted from different sections of deep sea sediment core sample collected from the Western Pacific "Warm Pool". The bacterial 16S ribosomal DNA (rDNA) clone libraries were constructed and analyzed by PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) and DNA sequencing. The bacterial communities in these samples and their relationship to environment were analyzed consequently. The results indicated that among eight main bacterial groups found in these sediments, members of the γ-Proteobacteria were most abundant in each section of sediment core sample and the genus Colwellia belonging to γ-Proteobacteria was dominant in this area. Members of the α-Proteobacteria were found commonly existing in these samples, while members belonging to β-Proteobacteria were seldom detected. The diversity of bacterial communities from different sections of sediment core sample was δ- and ε-Proteo- bacteria and the bacterial group including genera Cytopahga, Flexibacteria and Bacteroides (CFB group). These bacteria all were inversely proportional to the depth of sediment. Phylogenetic analysis showed that there were 18%-30% and 15%-25% of total bacterial communities related to methane and sulfur metabolism respectively in each section of core sample, implicating that the metabolism of sulfur and methane played an important role in the substance and energy cycles of the Western Pacific "Warm Pool".

  19. Explorations of new second-order nonlinear optical materials in the K(I)-M(II)-I(V)-O systems.

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    Li, Pei-Xin; Hu, Chun-Li; Xu, Xiang; Wang, Rui-Yao; Sun, Chuan-Fu; Mao, Jiang-Gao

    2010-05-17

    Explorations of new second-order nonlinear optical (NLO) materials in the K(I)-M(II) -I(V)-O systems led to four novel mixed metal iodates, namely, K(2)M(IO(3))(4)(H(2)O)(2) (M = Mn, Co, Zn, Mg). The four compounds are isostructural and crystallize in space group I2 which is in the chiral and polar crystal class 2. Their structure features zero-dimensional {M(IO(3))(4)(H(2)O)(2)}(2-) anions that are separated by K(+) cations. The M(II) centers are ligated by two aqua ligands in trans fashion and four monodentate iodate anions. The K(+) cation is eight-coordinated by two iodate anions in bidentate chelating fashion and four other iodates in a unidentate fashion. Second harmonic generation (SHG) measurements indicate that K(2)Zn(IO(3))(4)(H(2)O)(2) and K(2)Mg(IO(3))(4)(H(2)O)(2) display moderate SHG responses that are approximately 2.3 and 1.4 times of KH(2)PO(4) (KDP), respectively, and they are also phase-matchable. The SHG response of K(2)Co(IO(3))(4)(H(2)O)(2) is much weaker (about 0.3 x KDP), and no obvious SHG signal was detected for K(2)Mn(IO(3))(4)(H(2)O)(2). Results of optical property calculations for the Zn and Mg phases revealed SHG responses of approximately 5.3 and 4.7 times of KDP, respectively, the order of Zn > Mg is in good agreement with the experiment data.

  20. Modulating the regioselectivity of a Pasteurella multocida sialyltransferase for biocatalytic production of 3'- and 6'-sialyllactose

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    Guo, Yao; Jers, Carsten; Meyer, Anne S.;

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    ST) for catalysing the synthesis of 3'- and 6'-sialyllactose using casein glycomacropeptide as sialyl-donor and lactose as acceptor. The mutation P34H led to a 980-fold increase in α-2,6-sialyltransferase activity (with cytidine-5'-monophospho-N-acetylneuraminic acid as donor), while its α-2,3-sialyltransferase...... activity was abolished. Histidine in this position is conserved in α-2,6-sialyltransferases and has been suggested, and recently confirmed, to be the determinant for strict regiospecificity in the sialyltransferase reaction. Our data verified this theorem. In trans-sialidase reactions, the P34H mutant...

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  2. Approximation of Quantum Stochastic Differential Equations for Input-Output Model Reduction

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    2016-02-25

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  4. Controlled Interphases in Glass Fiber and Particulate Reinforced Polymers: Structure of Silane Coupling Agents in Solutions and On Substrates

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    1993-01-01

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  6. Baclofen overdose treated with continuous venovenous hemofiltration

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    Meulendijks, Didier; Khan, Saheed; Koks, Cornelis H W; Huitema, Alwin D R; Schellens, Jan H M; Beijnen, Jos H.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: Overdose with baclofen, a derivative of the inhibitory neurotransmitter γ-aminobutyric acid, may lead to severe respiratory and central nervous system depression and can be life-threatening. Prolonged half-lives of baclofen, of up to 34 h, have been reported in patients after overdose. Hemo

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  9. PHYTO-CHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS FROM STEM OF TARAXACUM OFFICINALE WEBER

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      A new flavone glycoside 1 m. p. 223-225 degrees Celsius, m. f. C^sub 34^H^sub 42^O^sub 2^0, (M+) 770 (FABMS) has been isolated from the stems of Taraxacum Officinal weber along with one known compound Taxifolin...

  10. 77 FR 47334 - Safety Zone; Red Bull Flugtag, Delaware River; Camden, NJ

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    ... Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, which guide the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental... under paragraph (34)(h) of figure 2-1 of the Commandant Instruction. An environmental analysis checklist... 20 yards of any vessel lawfully anchored within this area for the viewing of the Parade of Sail....

  12. Nonprimitive Electrolyte Near a Charged Wall: Generalized Mean Spherical Approximation.

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    The Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry and Interfacial Electrochemistry S* University of Puerto Rico Department of Physics Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico...Unlimited 17. I-.II O , ST A- TN7 c.- L&#34. h.tr.ct Tw inr.4 I Block 20, It .e f ror A.port) euared fruiaion in Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry and

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  15. Double-Polymer-Modified Pencil Lead for Stripping Voltammetry of Perchlorate in Drinking Water

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    Izadyar, Anahita; Kim, Yushin; Ward, Michelle M.; Amemiya, Shigeru

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    The inexpensive and disposable electrode based on a double-polymer-modified pencil lead is proposed for upper-division undergraduate instrumental laboratories to enable the highly sensitive detection of perchlorate. Students fabricate and utilize their own electrodes in the 3-4 h laboratory session to learn important concepts and methods of…

  16. ISO spectroscopy of compact HII regions in the Galaxy - II. Ionization and elemental abundances

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    2002-01-01

    Based on the ISO spectral catalogue of compact H II regions by Peeters et al. (2002), we present a first analysis of the hydrogen recombination and atomic fine-structure lines originated in the ionized gas. The sample consists of 34 H II regions located at galactocentric distances between R-Gal = 0

  17. Double-Polymer-Modified Pencil Lead for Stripping Voltammetry of Perchlorate in Drinking Water

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    Izadyar, Anahita; Kim, Yushin; Ward, Michelle M.; Amemiya, Shigeru

    2012-01-01

    The inexpensive and disposable electrode based on a double-polymer-modified pencil lead is proposed for upper-division undergraduate instrumental laboratories to enable the highly sensitive detection of perchlorate. Students fabricate and utilize their own electrodes in the 3-4 h laboratory session to learn important concepts and methods of…

  18. Of Tanks and Toyotas: An Assessment of Japan’s Defense Industry

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    of Defense Agency Research and Development,’ Keidanren Defense Production Committee, 1970 (cited by Michael J. Green, Kkusanka- FSX and Japan’s Search...IAerospace, September 22, 1989, p. 10 (JPPS4ST-8-059.L, November 28, 1989, p. 15). -41- 2"&#34h 5 Bomms at ubsystausm -Japamaee Figheer Alrwaft Years main Type

  19. Evaluating perennial sunflower for wildlife and food uses

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    The objective of this research is to use current genetics and plant breeding techniques to introgress genes for perennial habit from Helianthus tuberosus L. (2n=6x=102) into domesticated sunflower (Helianthus annuus L., 2n=2x=34). H. tuberosusis part of the secondary gene pool of sunflower and has b...

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  1. The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Ecogenomics of the Deep-Sea Plume

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    Hazen, T. C.

    2012-12-01

    The explosion on April 20, 2010 at the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, resulted in oil and gas rising to the surface and the oil coming ashore in many parts of the Gulf, it also resulted in the dispersment of an immense oil plume 4,000 feet below the surface of the water. Despite spanning more than 600 feet in the water column and extending more than 10 miles from the wellhead, the dispersed oil plume was gone within weeks after the wellhead was capped - degraded and diluted to undetectable levels. Furthermore, this degradation took place without significant oxygen depletion. Ecogenomics enabled discovery of new and unclassified species of oil-eating bacteria that apparently lives in the deep Gulf where oil seeps are common. Using 16s microarrays, functional gene arrays, clone libraries, lipid analysis and a variety of hydrocarbon and micronutrient analyses we were able to characterize the oil degraders. Metagenomic sequence data was obtained for the deep-water samples using the Illumina platform. In addition, single cells were sorted and sequenced for the some of the most dominant bacteria that were represented in the oil plume; namely uncultivated representatives of Colwellia and Oceanospirillum. In addition, we performed laboratory microcosm experiments using uncontaminated water collected from The Gulf at the depth of the oil plume to which we added oil and COREXIT. These samples were characterized by 454 pyrotag. The results provide information about the key players and processes involved in degradation of oil, with and without COREXIT, in different impacted environments in The Gulf of Mexico. We are also extending these studies to explore dozens of deep sediment samples that were also collected after the oil spill around the wellhead. This data suggests that a great potential for intrinsic bioremediation of oil plumes exists in the deep-sea and other environs in the Gulf of Mexico.

  2. Role of Bacterial Exopolysaccharides (EPS) in the Fate of the Oil Released during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

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    Gutierrez, Tony; Berry, David; Yang, Tingting; Mishamandani, Sara; McKay, Luke; Teske, Andreas; Aitken, Michael D

    2013-01-01

    Halomonas species are recognized for producing exopolysaccharides (EPS) exhibiting amphiphilic properties that allow these macromolecules to interface with hydrophobic substrates, such as hydrocarbons. There remains a paucity of knowledge, however, on the potential of Halomonas EPS to influence the biodegradation of hydrocarbons. In this study, the well-characterized amphiphilic EPS produced by Halomonas species strain TG39 was shown to effectively increase the solubilization of aromatic hydrocarbons and enhance their biodegradation by an indigenous microbial community from oil-contaminated surface waters collected during the active phase of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Three Halomonas strains were isolated from the Deepwater Horizon site, all of which produced EPS with excellent emulsifying qualities and shared high (97-100%) 16S rRNA sequence identity with strain TG39 and other EPS-producing Halomonas strains. Analysis of pyrosequence data from surface water samples collected during the spill revealed several distinct Halomonas phylotypes, of which some shared a high sequence identity (≥97%) to strain TG39 and the Gulf spill isolates. Other bacterial groups comprising members with well-characterized EPS-producing qualities, such as Alteromonas, Colwellia and Pseudoalteromonas, were also found enriched in surface waters, suggesting that the total pool of EPS in the Gulf during the spill may have been supplemented by these organisms. Roller bottle incubations with one of the Halomonas isolates from the Deepwater Horizon spill site demonstrated its ability to effectively produce oil aggregates and emulsify the oil. The enrichment of EPS-producing bacteria during the spill coupled with their capacity to produce amphiphilic EPS is likely to have contributed to the ultimate removal of the oil and to the formation of oil aggregates, which were a dominant feature observed in contaminated surface waters.

  3. Role of Bacterial Exopolysaccharides (EPS in the Fate of the Oil Released during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

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    Full Text Available Halomonas species are recognized for producing exopolysaccharides (EPS exhibiting amphiphilic properties that allow these macromolecules to interface with hydrophobic substrates, such as hydrocarbons. There remains a paucity of knowledge, however, on the potential of Halomonas EPS to influence the biodegradation of hydrocarbons. In this study, the well-characterized amphiphilic EPS produced by Halomonas species strain TG39 was shown to effectively increase the solubilization of aromatic hydrocarbons and enhance their biodegradation by an indigenous microbial community from oil-contaminated surface waters collected during the active phase of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Three Halomonas strains were isolated from the Deepwater Horizon site, all of which produced EPS with excellent emulsifying qualities and shared high (97-100% 16S rRNA sequence identity with strain TG39 and other EPS-producing Halomonas strains. Analysis of pyrosequence data from surface water samples collected during the spill revealed several distinct Halomonas phylotypes, of which some shared a high sequence identity (≥97% to strain TG39 and the Gulf spill isolates. Other bacterial groups comprising members with well-characterized EPS-producing qualities, such as Alteromonas, Colwellia and Pseudoalteromonas, were also found enriched in surface waters, suggesting that the total pool of EPS in the Gulf during the spill may have been supplemented by these organisms. Roller bottle incubations with one of the Halomonas isolates from the Deepwater Horizon spill site demonstrated its ability to effectively produce oil aggregates and emulsify the oil. The enrichment of EPS-producing bacteria during the spill coupled with their capacity to produce amphiphilic EPS is likely to have contributed to the ultimate removal of the oil and to the formation of oil aggregates, which were a dominant feature observed in contaminated surface waters.

  4. Metagenomics reveals sediment microbial community response to Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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    Mason, Olivia U; Scott, Nicole M; Gonzalez, Antonio; Robbins-Pianka, Adam; Bælum, Jacob; Kimbrel, Jeffrey; Bouskill, Nicholas J; Prestat, Emmanuel; Borglin, Sharon; Joyner, Dominique C; Fortney, Julian L; Jurelevicius, Diogo; Stringfellow, William T; Alvarez-Cohen, Lisa; Hazen, Terry C; Knight, Rob; Gilbert, Jack A; Jansson, Janet K

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    The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill in the spring of 2010 resulted in an input of ∼4.1 million barrels of oil to the Gulf of Mexico; >22% of this oil is unaccounted for, with unknown environmental consequences. Here we investigated the impact of oil deposition on microbial communities in surface sediments collected at 64 sites by targeted sequencing of 16S rRNA genes, shotgun metagenomic sequencing of 14 of these samples and mineralization experiments using (14)C-labeled model substrates. The 16S rRNA gene data indicated that the most heavily oil-impacted sediments were enriched in an uncultured Gammaproteobacterium and a Colwellia species, both of which were highly similar to sequences in the DWH deep-sea hydrocarbon plume. The primary drivers in structuring the microbial community were nitrogen and hydrocarbons. Annotation of unassembled metagenomic data revealed the most abundant hydrocarbon degradation pathway encoded genes involved in degrading aliphatic and simple aromatics via butane monooxygenase. The activity of key hydrocarbon degradation pathways by sediment microbes was confirmed by determining the mineralization of (14)C-labeled model substrates in the following order: propylene glycol, dodecane, toluene and phenanthrene. Further, analysis of metagenomic sequence data revealed an increase in abundance of genes involved in denitrification pathways in samples that exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s benchmarks for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) compared with those that did not. Importantly, these data demonstrate that the indigenous sediment microbiota contributed an important ecosystem service for remediation of oil in the Gulf. However, PAHs were more recalcitrant to degradation, and their persistence could have deleterious impacts on the sediment ecosystem.

  5. High-resolution ice nucleation spectra of sea-ice bacteria: implications for cloud formation and life in frozen environments

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    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Even though studies of Arctic ice forming particles suggest that a bacterial or viral source derived from open leads could be important for ice formation in Arctic clouds (Bigg and Leck, 2001, the ice nucleation potential of most polar marine psychrophiles or viruses has not been examined under conditions more closely resembling those in the atmosphere. In this paper, we examined the ice nucleation activity (INA of several representative Arctic and Antarctic sea-ice bacterial isolates and a polar Colwellia phage virus. High-resolution ice nucleation spectra were obtained for droplets containing bacterial cells or virus particles using a free-fall freezing tube technique. The fraction of frozen droplets at a particular droplet temperature was determined by measuring the depolarized light scattering intensity from solution droplets in free-fall. Our experiments revealed that all sea-ice isolates and the virus nucleated ice at temperatures very close to the homogeneous nucleation temperature for the nucleation medium – which for artificial seawater was –42.2±0.3°C. Our results suggest that immersion freezing of these marine psychro-active bacteria and viruses would not be important for heterogeneous ice nucleation processes in polar clouds or to the formation of sea ice. These results also suggested that avoidance of ice formation in close proximity to cell surfaces might be one of the cold-adaptation and survival strategies for sea-ice bacteria. The fact that INA occurs at such low temperature could constitute one factor that explains the persistence of metabolic activities at temperatures far below the freezing point of seawater.

  6. 南极石油烃降解嗜冷菌的筛选及其降解特性的研究%Study on Screening of Antarctic Psychrophilic Bacteria for Petroleum Hydrocarbon Degradation and Their Degrading Characteristics

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    郑洲; 刘芳明; 张波涛; 徐庆龙; 缪锦来

    2007-01-01

    从385株南极海洋细菌中筛选出2株石油烃降解菌NJ276和NJ341,并对其降解特性进行了初步研究.以柴油为唯一碳源进行降解实验的结果表明,它们在5 ℃时20 d内对柴油的降解率分别达到23.47%和32.15%,在15 ℃时20 d内降解率分别达到43.95%和62.47%,其降解能力随着培养温度的升高而显著增强;石油烃降解残油组分的GC-MS分析结果表明,柴油经过嗜冷菌NJ276降解后的残油组分中能检测到C15~C21 七种烷烃,经过嗜冷菌NJ341降解后的残油组分只能检测到少量C16,C17和C18 三种烷烃.对它们进行16S rDNA 基因序列的同源性和系统发育分析结果表明,菌株NJ276属于假交替单胞菌属(Pseudoalteromonas),菌株NJ341 属于科尔韦尔氏属(Colwellia).

  7. High-resolution ice nucleation spectra of sea-ice bacteria: implications for cloud formation and life in frozen environments

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    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Even though studies of Arctic ice forming particles suggest that a bacterial or viral source derived from open leads could be important for cloud formation in the Arctic (Bigg and Leck, 2001, the ice nucleation potential of most polar marine psychrophiles or viruses has not been examined under conditions more closely resembling those in the atmosphere. In this paper, we examined the ice nucleation activity (INA of several representative Arctic and Antarctic sea-ice bacterial isolates and a polar Colwellia phage virus. High-resolution ice nucleation spectra were obtained for droplets containing bacterial cells or virus particles using a free-fall freezing tube technique. The fraction of frozen droplets at a particular droplet temperature was determined by measuring the depolarized light scattering intensity from solution droplets in free-fall. Our experiments revealed that all sea-ice isolates and the virus nucleated ice at temperatures very close to the homogeneous nucleation temperature for the nucleation medium – which for artificial seawater was −42.2±0.3°C. Our results indicated that these marine psychro-active bacteria and viruses are not important for heterogeneous ice nucleation processes in sea ice or polar clouds. These results also suggested that avoidance of ice formation in close proximity to cell surfaces might be one of the cold-adaptation and survival strategies for sea-ice bacteria. The fact that INA occurs at such low temperature could constitute one factor that explains the persistence of metabolic activities at temperatures far below the freezing point of seawater.

  8. Transition from parenteral to enteral nutrition induces immediate diet-dependent gut histological and immunological responses in preterm neonates

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    Siggers, Jayda; Sangild, Per T.; Jensen, Tim Kåre

    2011-01-01

    -six preterm pigs were fed total parenteral nutrition (TPN) for 48 h followed by enteral feeding for 0, 8, 17, or 34 h with either colostrum (Colos, n = 20) or formula (Form, n = 31). Macroscopic NEC lesions were detected in Form pigs throughout the enteral feeding period (20/31, 65%), whereas most Colos pigs...... bacterial groups (Clostridium, Enterococcus, Streptococcus species) increased with time. We conclude that a switch from parenteral to enteral nutrition rapidly induces diet-dependent histopathological, functional, and proinflammatory insults to the immature intestine. Great care is required when introducing...... no histopathological lesions, increased maltase activity, and induced changes in gene expressions related to tissue development. Total bacterial density was high after 2 days of parenteral feeding and was not significantly affected by diet (colostrum, formula) or length of enteral feeding (8–34 h), except that a few...

  9. Synthesis and Thermodynamic Properties of MgO·B2O3·4H2O

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    LIU,Zhi-Hong(刘志宏); GAO,Shi-Yang(高世扬); HU,Man-Cheng(胡满成); XIA,Shu-Ping(夏树屏)

    2002-01-01

    A new magnesium borate MgO@ B2O3 @ 4H2O was synthesized by the method of phase transformation of double salt and characterized by XRD, IR spectra and TG. The structural formula of this compound was Mg[B2O(OH)6] @H2O. The enthalpy of solution of MgO@B2O3@4H2O in HCl (1.0492 mol@ L-1) was determined. With the incorporation of the standard molar enthalpies of formation of MgO (s), H3BO3(s), and H2O (Ⅰ),the standard molar enthalpy of formation of - (3135.31 ±1.68) kJ@ mol-1 of MgO@B2O3@4H2O was obtained. Thermodynamic properties of this compoumd were also calculated by group contribution method.

  10. Study on the Phase Diagram of CsCl-CeCl3-HCl(11%)-H2O System and the Properties of the Compounds

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    2002-01-01

    The equilibrium solubility of CsCl-CeCl3-HCl(11%)-H2O qua-ternary system at 25℃ has been determined by the physicchemical analysis method ,and the phase diagram was plotted, Two new double salts 3CsCl.CeCl3.3H2O and CsCl.CeCl3.4H2O obtained from the complicated system were identified and characterized by XRD,TG-DTA ,DSC,UV and fluorescence spectroscopy, Studies on the fluorescence excitation and emission show that 3CsCl.CeCl3.3H2O and CsCl.CeCl3.4H2O have upconversion luminescence of infrared-visible range,and the upconversion emission intensity increases with the increase of ratio of CeCl3 in CsCl.

  11. A Unified Approach to Constructing Nonparametric Rank Tests.

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    1986-07-06

    82177 - , % 2- W -T- . ,o.. .o I" Va - , . - ,.-- tic, the Kolmogorov-Smirnov statistic, and the Wald - Wolfowitz statistic for the two-sample...linear, such as the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test, the Wald - Wolfowitz (1940) "runs test", the so-called "tests based on exceeding observations&#34 (H;jek 32...metric U induces the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test statistic, for equal sample sizes. The following result shows that the Wald - Wolfowitz test statistic is also

  12. Effect of Microstructure on the Strength and Fracture Energy of Bimaterial Interfaces

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    1993-12-31

    reduces r. sectioning presently under development (9].I I Iu~. J. so&#34h Spuamw Vol 29. No. 21. Pp. 23630,3. 1Ŗ 0036-W 92$5 so. .40 P.,. Gem • ra I.•& 1i;2...was polished with 1 pm diamond paste. ture. The unpolished side was dimpled on a Dimple Specimens fractured in accordance with either Grinder, using 6

  13. 4,4′,6,6′-Tetra-tert-butyl-2,2′-[1,3-diazinane-1,3-diylbis(methylene]diphenol 0.25-hydrate

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, C34H54N2O2·0.25H2O, the organic molecule, a potential tetradentate ligand with a bulky phenolic donor, has overall mirror symmetry. A partially occupied water molecule of solvation is present in the lattice. The six-membered 1,3-diazinane ring displays a chair conformation. An intramolecular O—H...N hydrogen bond ocurs. In the crystal, molecules are linked by O—H...O interactions.

  14. Space-Time Crystals of Trapped Ions

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    Space-Time Crystals of Trapped Ions Tongcang Li,1 Zhe-Xuan Gong ,2,3 Zhang- Qi Yin,3,4 H. T. Quan,5 Xiaobo Yin,1 Peng Zhang,1 L.-M. Duan,2,3 and Xiang...Z.-X. Gong , G.-D. Lin, and L.-M. Duan, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 265703 (2010). [12] K. Kim, M.-S. Chang, S. Korenblit, R. Islam, E. E. Edwards, J. K

  15. Spring 2008 Industry Study: Biotechnology Industry

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    FDA and include an “exclusivities” clause which would provide 12 years data exclusivity to a brand biologic, forbidding the introduction and sale...factsheets/avian_influenza/en/index.html 70 &#34H5N1 Avian Influenza in Domestic Cats," World Health Organization, http://www.who.int/ csr /don...www.who.int/ csr /don/2006_02_28a/en/index.html. "U.S. FDA Considerations: Discussion by National Regulatory Authorities with World Health

  16. Advanced Bristle Seals for Gas Turbine Engines

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    1993-01-28

    test sequence I retained the .003 inch shim and added a positive seal between the shim stock and the housing using Room Temperature Vulcanizing (RTV...113.4 200 6 1.131 1.040 175.142 0.219 * STANDARD CUBIC FOOT PER MINUTE u FLOW(cfm) OF AIR 2 70F/14.7psil TABLE C-8. TESI SEQUENCE H DATA &#34H. STATIC

  17. April 2012 Groundwater and Surface Water Sampling at the Salmon, Mississippi, Site (Data Validation Package)

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    Sampling and analysis were conducted on April 16-19, 2012, as specified in the Sampling and Analysis Plan for U.S. Department of Energy Office Of Legacy Management Sites (LMS/PLN/S04351, continually updated). Duplicate samples were collected from locations SA1-1-H, HMH-5R, SA3-4-H, SA1-2-H, Pond W of GZ, and SA5-4-4. One trip blank was collected during this sampling event.

  18. Assessment of the Government of South Sudan’s Potential for Survival as an Independent Nation

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  19. Investigation of Molecule-Surface Interactions With Overtone Absorption Spectroscopy and Computational Methods

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    resulting system for the pure local mode model can be expressed as&#34 , H\\u)-H\\0) , , , . —LJ- >-*• = vco \\v) - (Oexe(u + v)\\o) he (2) where |u...ABSTRACT The objective of this study is to determine the optimal methodology for the computational modeling of a molecule surface interaction. As a...standard FTIR measurements, as well as laser photoacoustic spcctroscopy and compared with spectra that are predicted from computational models . Using

  20. Ethyl 2,6-bis(4-chlorophenyl-4-(4-methylanilino-1-(4-methylphenyl-1,2,5,6-tetrahydropyridine-3-carboxylate

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    Full Text Available In the title molecule, C34H32Cl2N2O2, the tetrahydropyridine ring adopts a distorted boat conformation and both 4-chlorophenyl substituents are in axial positions. An intramolecular N—H...O hydrogen bond is formed by the amino group and carbonyl O atom. In the crystal, weak C—H...Cl interactions link the molecules into chains along [010].

  1. Drug: D10183 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available D10183 Drug Volasertib trihydrochloride (USAN) C34H50N8O3. 3HCl 726.3306 728.1954 D10183... PLK family polo-like kinase 1 [HSA:5347] [KO:K06631] Volasertib D10183 Volaserti...b trihydrochloride (USAN) CAS: 946161-17-7 PubChem: 135626901 LigandBox: D10183 ATOM 48 1 C8y C 15.0500 -21.

  2. Uniform versus Gaussian Beams: A Comparison of the Effects of Diffraction, Obscuration, and Aberations.

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    1985-12-16

    beams D0 FOR 1473 UNCLASSIFIED SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF THIS PAGE (Wen Dese Entered UNCLASSIFIED I[CUmI ’y CL A SSICATION 0 r T "IS P*GC/&#34h4. DA,. I...plotted on a logarithmic scale (Figs. 3c and 3d ). The positions of maxima and minima and the correspond- ing irradiance and encircled-power values are

  3. Interactions and Spreading of Adjacent Large Area Fires

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    1986-03-31

    1985] and a city such as Hamburg for which the load was estimated at 157 kg/m 2 [Carrier, Fendell , and Feldman, 1985]. The caloric equivalent of those...Protec- tion Association, Boston, Massachusetts, 1951. Carrier, G. F., F. E. Fendell , and P. S. Feldman, "Firestorms," J. Heat Trans., Vol. 107, 1985...ATTN: C SCAWTHORN TRW ELECTRONICS & DEFENSE SECTOR ATTN: F FENDELL FACTORY MUTUAL RESEARCH CORP ATTN: R FRIEDMAN 37 KAL"&#34h -XZ1 38 1 I

  4. Summary of Dynamic Analyses of Selected NSS Buildings.

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    1980-07-01

    Waffle Slab Floor-Over-Basement Wall Flat Plate Blast Shelter Beam Flat Slab Upgrading Slab Single-Degree-of-Freedom Model 20. ABSTRACT...Ads- Waffle Slab Sy’stems .................... 107 19-Inch Waffle .. ..................... 107 Description .. .................................107...system #5 contains one R/C slab . The columns "L.", "LLt", "bb&#34, *h#P, ’f’", "f dy, "Reinforcing Rat- ios", and "Tensile Membrane Steel" give

  5. (1R,1′R,3S,3′S-5,5′,10,10′-Tetramethoxy-1,1′,3,3′-tetramethyl-3,3′,4,4′-tetrahydro-1H,1′H-8,8′-bi[benzo[g]isochromene

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    Margaret A. Brimble

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, C34H38O6, the methyl groups on each pyran ring exhibit 1,3-cis stereochemistry, established during synthesis by pseudo-axial delivery of hydride during a lactol reduction step. In the crystal structure, the molecule lies on a twofold rotation axis and the torsion angle about the central diaryl bond is 41.3 (1°. The molecules pack in a herringbone arrangement.

  6. Filter Fabrics for Airport Drainage.

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    1979-09-01

    Systems for *r- field Pavements," Harry R. Cedergren . d. "Development of Guidelines for the Design of Subsurfac( Drainage Systems for Highway Pavement...Structural 4Sectic s,&#34 H. R. Cedergren , J. A. Arman, and K. H. O’Brien. e. Drainage of Highway and Airfield Pavements, Harry R. Cedergren .> Five...by Cedergren (974).5 Additionally, several references were used, particularly those describing experimental anu construction prolects using filter

  7. Studies of Negative Ion Reactions: Solvated Ions and Strong Acids,

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    1986-03-07

    both simple and solvated negative tons, Including association of HS04 &#34(H2 504 )m(HNO3)n with HCI and of NO3- with HNO3 , together with several reactions...of its high vapor pressure. We have measured rate coefficients [91 for the association of HC with HS04 (H2SO4)m(lN03)n for m-0 to 3 and n-O, 1. At the

  8. (Z-N-{(E-10-[(2,6-Diisopropylphenylimino]-9,10-dihydrophenanthren-9-ylidene}-2,6-dimethylaniline

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    Haiying Liang

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, C34H34N2, adopts a Z,E configuration with respect to the N=C—C=N backbone, with an N—C—C—N torsion angle of 41.1 (4° The dihedral angle between the benzene rings in the 9,10-dihydrophenanthrene moiety is 18.0 (1°.

  9. Crystal structures of the solvates of diethylaminogossypol with ethyl acetate and pyridine

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    The crystal structures of diethylaminogossypol with ethyl acetate (DEAG-EA) and pyridine (DEAG-P) were studied by room-temperature X-ray diffraction. The host-to-guest molecule ratio in these complexes is 2:1 for DEAG-EA and 2:5 for DEAG-P. The crystal and cell parameters for DEAG-EA are C34H40N2O6...

  10. Chemistry-Structure-Property Interrelationships for Calcareous Deposits as Stand-Alone Coatings

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    1989-12-07

    H2CO3, (3 H2CO3 - H + + HC03 " and (4 3 HC0 3 &#34 -H + C032 (5 thereby facilitating the reaccion OH’ + HC03 - 120 + CO3 2 -. (6 3 As a consequence of 1...focus upon if and how modifications to the inner layer affect the structure and properties of aragonicte precipitacion . J CONCLUSIONS Within the range

  11. Tussenrapportage Validatie Onderwijsvernieuwingen (Validation Assistant in Instructional Design)

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    2007-05-01

    KO leren roaliiiis ) swiW., be O&S6 06r6w at$ bij is *tnictutimrd, n POP es ho Oo door, n N is W&#34 h pr 641 r "-on 114jw* Nifs , "rd ’hbden Probleem...79 + ’ +. + I -S ip’ o4 +) + r: c ~ ~ ~ A + + C1 0 - z 8- F-, rL~ CL8 V)1 6 ;z rT ONGERUBRICEERD REPORT DOCUMENTATION PAGE (MOD-NL) 1. DEFENCE REPORT

  12. Luminescence and Electronic Spectral Studies of Some Synthesized Lanthanide Complexes Using Benzoic Acid Derivative and o-Phenanthroline.

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    Wankar, Sneha; Limaye, S N

    2015-07-01

    Lanthanide complexes of p-nitrobenzoic acid(p-NBA) and o-phenanthroline(o-phen) namely [Ln2(Phen)2(p-NBA)3(NO3)2].2H2O where, Ln = Sm(III),Tb(III),Dy(III) and [Eu2(Phen)2(p-NBA)3].4H2O were synthesized and further characterized by Elemental analysis, UV spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy, (1)HNMR spectroscopy. Luminescence measurements were performed on all compounds in ethanolic solution. These complexes have showed narrow emission indicating that the organic ligands are better energy absorber and capable of transferring energy to the Ln (III) ion. Furthermore, we reported electronic spectral studies on [Eu2 (Phen)2 (p-NBA)3].4H2O in order to calculate following parameters, viz: Oscillator strength (f), Judd-Ofelt parameters Ωλ (λ = 2,4,6) and Radiative parameters. [Eu2 (o-Phen)2 (p-NBA)3].4H2O showed the strongest emission at 613 nm corresponds to (5)D0→(7)F2 hypersensitive transition, this emission is very sensitive to the environment. However, the larger value of Ω2 supports the presence of the hypersensitive transition (5)D0→(7)F2 which strictly depends on the nature of ligand. All electronic spectral parameters were calculated systemically.

  13. Evolution of Hydrocarbon-Degrading Microbial Communities in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Well Blowout in the Gulf of Mexico

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    Andersen, G.; Dubinsky, E. A.; Chakraborty, R.; Hollibaugh, J. T.; Hazen, T. C.

    2012-12-01

    The Deepwater Horizon oil spill created large plumes of dispersed oil and gas that remained deep in the water column and stimulated growth of several deep-sea bacteria that can degrade hydrocarbons at cold temperatures. We tracked microbial community composition before, during and after the 83-day spill to determine relationships between microbial dynamics, and hydrocarbon and dissolved-oxygen concentrations. Dominant bacteria in plumes shifted drastically over time and were dependent on the concentration of hydrocarbons, and the relative quantities of insoluble and soluble oil fractions. Unmitigated flow from the wellhead early in the spill resulted in the highest concentrations of oil and relatively more n-alkanes suspended in the plume as small oil droplets. These conditions resulted in near complete dominance by alkane-degrading Oceanospirillales, Pseudomonas and Shewanella. Six-weeks into the spill overall hydrocarbon concentrations in the plume decreased and were almost entirely composed of BTEX after management actions reduced emissions into the water column. These conditions corresponded with the emergence of Colwellia, Pseudoalteromonas, Cycloclasticus and Halomonas that are capable of degrading aromatic compounds. After the well was contained dominant plume bacteria disappeared within two weeks after the spill and transitioned to an entirely different set of bacteria dominated by Flavobacteria, Methylophaga, Alteromonas and Rhodobacteraceae that were found in anomalous oxygen depressions throughout August and are prominent degraders of both high molecular weight organic matter as well as hydrocarbons. Bio-Sep beads amended with volatile hydrocarbons from MC-252 oil were used from August through September to create hydrocarbon-amended traps for attracting oil-degrading microbes in situ. Traps were placed at multiple depths on a drilling rig about 600-m from the original MC-252 oil spill site. Microbes were isolated on media using MC-252 oil as the sole

  14. Widespread presence of "bacterial-like" PPP phosphatases in eukaryotes

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    2004-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In eukaryotes, PPP (protein phosphatase P family is one of the two known protein phosphatase families specific for Ser and Thr. The role of PPP phosphatases in multiple signaling pathways in eukaryotic cell has been extensively studied. Unlike eukaryotic PPP phosphatases, bacterial members of the family have broad substrate specificity or may even be Tyr-specific. Moreover, one group of bacterial PPPs are diadenosine tetraphosphatases, indicating that bacterial PPP phosphatases may not necessarily function as protein phosphatases. Results We describe the presence in eukaryotes of three groups of expressed genes encoding "non-conventional" phosphatases of the PPP family. These enzymes are more closely related to bacterial PPP phosphatases than to the known eukaryotic members of the family. One group, found exclusively in land plants, is most closely related to PPP phosphatases from some α-Proteobacteria, including Rhizobiales, Rhodobacterales and Rhodospirillaceae. This group is therefore termed Rhizobiales / Rhodobacterales / Rhodospirillaceae-like phosphatases, or Rhilphs. Phosphatases of the other group are found in Viridiplantae, Rhodophyta, Trypanosomatidae, Plasmodium and some fungi. They are structurally related to phosphatases from psychrophilic bacteria Shewanella and Colwellia, and are termed Shewanella-like phosphatases, or Shelphs. Phosphatases of the third group are distantly related to ApaH, bacterial diadenosine tetraphosphatases, and are termed ApaH-like phosphatases, or Alphs. Patchy distribution of Alphs in animals, plants, fungi, diatoms and kinetoplasts suggests that these phosphatases were present in the common ancestor of eukaryotes but were independently lost in many lineages. Rhilphs, Shelphs and Alphs form PPP clades, as divergent from "conventional" eukaryotic PPP phosphatases as they are from each other and from major bacterial clades. In addition, comparison of primary structures revealed a

  15. 红鳍东方鲀稚鱼肠道可培养细菌的多样性%Culturable Bacterial Diversity in Intestine of Farmed Juvenile Puffer Fish Taki f ugu rubripes

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    李艳宇; 任盟; 张丛尧; 王连顺; 朱莹; 马悦欣

    2015-01-01

    使用2216E平板涂布法从肠道样品分离可培养细菌,通过16S rDNA测序鉴定细菌。所有分离的细菌分为变形菌门(包含γ‐变形细菌纲和α‐变形细菌纲)和厚壁菌门。其中以γ‐变形细菌纲为优势(83.3%)。在属的水平,从肠道中共分离出弧菌属、希瓦氏菌属、假交替单胞菌属、亚硫酸杆菌属、芽孢杆菌属、A liivibrio、发光杆菌属、科尔韦尔氏菌属8个属,其中弧菌属、希瓦氏菌属和假交替单胞菌属的种类占总数的70%。首次发现亚硫酸杆菌属和科尔韦尔氏菌属作为红鳍东方鲀稚鱼肠道菌群的一部分。%It w as aimed to examine the bacterial community associated to intestinal mucus of farmed juvenile puffer fish Takifugu rubripes .Polymerase chain reaction and sequencing of partial 16S rDNA were performed on DNA from bacteria cultivated on Zobell 2216E .All the isolates were classified into two phyla , Proteobacteria and Firmicutes . Gamma‐Proteobacterium comprised the dominant culturable intestinal microbiota (83 .3% ) ,and 8 genera of bacteria were isolated from the intestine ,including V ibrio , Shewanella,Pseudoalteromonas,Sulfitobacter,Bacillus,Aliivibrio,Photobacterium,and Colwelliain which Vibrio , Shewanella ,and Pseudoalteromonas accounted for 70% of the total . Sulf itobacter and Colwellia were the first reported as the intestinal bacterial microflora in puffer fish T .rubripes .

  16. 南极微生物产低温蛋白酶菌株的筛选、分子鉴定及部分酶活特性%Characterization, screening and molecular classification of low-temperature-protease strains from Antarctic microorganism

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    王全富; 缪锦来; 李光友; 侯艳华; 王国栋

    2005-01-01

    从南极获得的260株低温细菌中筛选到107株具有蛋白酶活性菌株,其中5株菌所产蛋白酶的活性高于45 U/mL.对其进行16S rRNA基因序列的同源性和系统发育分析,结果表明,菌株NJ276、NJ5-9、NJ16-70、NJ345属于假交替单胞菌属(Pseudoalteromonas),NJ341属于科尔韦尔氏属(Colwellia).对其中NJ276、NJ341、NJ16-70、NJ345这4株产蛋白酶南极嗜冷菌的生长及分泌蛋白酶的部分酶活特性进行研究,结果表明:(1)4株菌最适生长、产酶温度均为10 ℃左右;培养2~5 d,嗜冷菌生长、产酶量一直处于较高的状态.(2) 4株南极嗜冷菌分泌的蛋白酶的酶活反应最适pH值为9.(3)菌株NJ276、NJ5-9分泌的蛋白酶最适酶活温度为50 ℃;菌株NJ341、NJ345分泌的蛋白酶最适酶活温度为40 ℃;在0 ℃时蛋白酶活性是最高活性的30%左右,蛋白酶热稳定性较差,因此菌株NJ341、NJ345分泌的蛋白酶属于低温蛋白酶.

  17. Biodegradation of dispersed Macondo crude oil by indigenous Gulf of Mexico microbial communities.

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    Wang, Jian; Sandoval, Kathia; Ding, Yan; Stoeckel, Donald; Minard-Smith, Angela; Andersen, Gary; Dubinsky, Eric A; Atlas, Ronald; Gardinali, Piero

    2016-07-01

    what was reported during the actual oil release, e.g. Colwellia, Cycloclasticus and Oceanospirillales (including the specific DWH Oceanospirillales) were present and increased in numbers indicating that they were degrading components of the oil. The consistency of the field and laboratory data indicate that these results could be used, in combination with other field and model data to characterize the dissipation of Macondo oil in the deepwater environment as part of the risk assessment estimations.

  18. Genome-level homology and phylogeny of Shewanella (Gammaproteobacteria: lteromonadales: Shewanellaceae

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    Dikow Rebecca B

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The explosion in availability of whole genome data provides the opportunity to build phylogenetic hypotheses based on these data as well as the ability to learn more about the genomes themselves. The biological history of genes and genomes can be investigated based on the taxomonic history provided by the phylogeny. A phylogenetic hypothesis based on complete genome data is presented for the genus Shewanella (Gammaproteobacteria: Alteromonadales: Shewanellaceae. Nineteen taxa from Shewanella (16 species and 3 additional strains of one species as well as three outgroup species representing the genera Aeromonas (Gammaproteobacteria: Aeromonadales: Aeromonadaceae, Alteromonas (Gammaproteobacteria: Alteromonadales: Alteromonadaceae and Colwellia (Gammaproteobacteria: Alteromonadales: Colwelliaceae are included for a total of 22 taxa. Results Putatively homologous regions were found across unannotated genomes and tested with a phylogenetic analysis. Two genome-wide data-sets are considered, one including only those genomic regions for which all taxa are represented, which included 3,361,015 aligned nucleotide base-pairs (bp and a second that additionally includes those regions present in only subsets of taxa, which totaled 12,456,624 aligned bp. Alignment columns in these large data-sets were then randomly sampled to create smaller data-sets. After the phylogenetic hypothesis was generated, genome annotations were projected onto the DNA sequence alignment to compare the historical hypothesis generated by the phylogeny with the functional hypothesis posited by annotation. Conclusions Individual phylogenetic analyses of the 243 locally co-linear genome regions all failed to recover the genome topology, but the smaller data-sets that were random samplings of the large concatenated alignments all produced the genome topology. It is shown that there is not a single orthologous copy of 16S rRNA across the taxon sampling included in this

  19. Lipoprotein(a)

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    Langsted, Anne; Kamstrup, Pia R; Nordestgaard, Børge G

    2014-01-01

    tested whether normal food intake or inflammation influenced lipoprotein(a)'s ability to predict ischemic heart disease. METHODS: We studied 34 829 individuals from the Danish general population using the Copenhagen General Population Study and the Copenhagen City Heart Study. RESULTS: Lipoprotein......(a) levels did not change in response to normal food intake: median fasting levels were 17.3 mg/dL, while median levels at 3-4 h since last meal were 19.4 mg/dL(p = 0.38). Lipoprotein(a) levels increased minimally with increasing levels of C-reactive protein(CRP): median lipoprotein(a) levels at CRP

  20. Computer Modeling of Direct Path, Backscattered Bottom Reverberations for the Acoustic Reverberation Special Research Program (ARSRP)

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    1990-10-01

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  1. Temperature-Dependent Surface States and Transitions of Si(111)-7x7.

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    1984-09-01

    TRANSTONS OF Si(Il1)-7x7 by J. E. Demuth, B. N. J. Persson and A. J. Scheil-Sorokin Prepared for Publication in Physical Review Letters IBM T. J. Watson...NUMBER 24 PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 12 DEiEMiER 1983 Temperature-Dependent Surface States and Transitions of Si(11l)-7x7 J. E. Demuth, B. N. J. Persson...8217 ’ " " " .. . .; " ’ " ’ " " " " &#34h " - -’ ; - ’ . . ": - - VOLUME 51, NUMBER 24 PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 12

  2. Excited-State Properties of Semiconductor Electrodes and Their Application to Optical Energy Conversion.

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    1985-12-26

    DC/TR-83/3 has been published: "Polarization Effects in the Luminescence of Cadmium Selenide Electrodes&#34, H.H. Streckert, H. Van Ryswyk, R.N. Biagioni ...Radiative Recombination in a Stable Photoelectrochemical Cell", P.M. Smiley, P.N. Biagioni , and A.B. Ellis, J. Electrochem. Soc., 131, 1068 (1984...has been assigned to the 3M Co. .-’ PERSONNEL Arthur B. Ellis, P.1. Bryan Benedict * Dr. Richard Biagioni Daniel Bilich Al Burk, Jr. -Ph.D. received

  3. Investigations on the optimum design of chemical addition system for nuclear power plants

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    Chang, Byong Hoon [Junior College of Inchon, Inchon (Korea, Republic of); Chung, Chang Kyu; Choi, Han Rim; Kim, Eun Kee; Ro, Tae Sun [Korea Power Engineering Company, Inc. Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-12-31

    Mixing characteristics of the chemical additives in the chemical injection tank of the chemical and volume control system(CVCS) were investigated for the Yonggwang Nuclear units 5 and 6. Numerical calculations were performed with a low-Reynolds number turbulence model. Studies were also conducted for the injection tank with a disk located at 1/4H, 2/4H, and 3/4H from the inlet in order to see the effect in the enhancement of chemical mixing. Results show that the optimum arrangement is to locate a disk close to the inlet. 10 refs., 4 figs. (Author)

  4. MINI-RPV Engine Demonstrator Program.

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    1980-03-01

    with instru- mentation for the following measurements: (1) Measurement - Cooling Air Inclined Manometer Model No. 442BA35WM Meriam Instrument Co...TEST CELL. Laminar Flow Meter Model No. 50MC2-8 Meriam Instrument Co. Serial No. L22981 Range: 2000 CFM @ 8&#34 H20, 700 F and 29.92" Hg. Abs. 8...442BA35WM Meriam Instrument Co. Serial No. L22985 Range: 8 to 48" Reads out directly in P.P.H. and C.F.M. Adjustable for barometer and temperature

  5. Selective Cytotoxic Phospholipids for Prostate Cancer

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    2005-10-01

    120 73 C29 HroN 2 0S C, H, N 27-HCI biphenyl H Ci8H 37 130 70 C34 H-53 CIN 20S C, H, N 28 phenyl COCH 3 C181-37 90 95 C3oH5oN20 2 S C, H, N 29...RH NH2 R RY 2a-2v 3-27 oReagents and conditions: (a) RCHO, EtOH; Nb CH3 (CH 2),,NH 2, EDC, HO13t, CH2CI 2. 28, R= COCH 3 29, R=SO 2CH3 Chemistry

  6. A facile route to synthesis of AgInS2 nanostructures

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    Mehdi Ranjbar; Mohammad Ali Taher; Mohammad Sadeghinia

    2014-06-01

    AgInS2 nanoparticles have been synthesized via a facile one-step process using AgNO3, thiosemicarbazid (TSC) and InCl3.4H2O as starting reagents from propylene glycol solution. The effects of concentration of precursors, reaction time and type of sulfur sources on the morphology and particle size were also studied. X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy (UV–Vis) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy were used to characterize the obtained products.

  7. Synchronization of Finite State Shared Resources

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    1976-03-01

    control the access to resources by cooperating sequential processes. A resource is any physical device or segment of memory which can be referenced by...the programming system. Some examples are a data structure in a process’ virtual memory , a file on a permanent storage device, and an I/O device. Each... lenguage control firrnrtiir«»» structures. be """ e,emen,S’ "- •&#34 H - .o more "•• "».d to simpli,y ,h. impl,m,„t,ti0n 0( |h, • mese

  8. EST Table: FS915165 [KAIKOcDNA[Archive

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    Full Text Available FS915165 E_FL_fufe_34H06_F_0 10/09/28 87 %/256 aa ref|NP_001040215.1| stathmin [Bom...byx mori] gb|ABD36259.1| stathmin [Bombyx mori] 10/09/12 47 %/225 aa FBpp0166535|DmojGI17318-PA 10/08/29 n.h...|Amel|GB18507-PA 10/09/10 51 %/264 aa gi|91083957|ref|XP_975021.1| PREDICTED: similar to stathmin [Tribolium castaneum] FS915193 fufe ...

  9. Modeling and Simulation. I. Introduction and Guidelines.

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    1986-06-30

    kitten visual cortex. Accession For NTIS GRA&I...of modelling: Plasticity in kitten visual cortex. i k,’t ’ .%, %Z%-% . %i" ’ o’ ’ " &#34h • .". ". ". " ’"" . " "."’" ".""""-.’ ,’*’"’." . ".’"* " "w...issues of animal care and surgical anesthesia; rather the matter for many seems to be justification for any use of mammals in research 37 . We can

  10. Crystal structure of dimethyl 3,4,5,6-tetra-phenyl-cyclo-hexa-3,5-diene-1,2-di-carboxyl-ate.

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    Greenberg, Fred H; Nazarenko, Alexander Y

    2016-07-01

    In the title compound, C34H28O4, the cyclo-hexa-diene ring has a screw-boat conformation with a torsion angle between the double bonds being on average ca 15° [15.2 (3) and -15.3 (3) in the two independent mol-ecules]. All four phenyl rings in both mol-ecules are arranged in a propeller-like conformation. The two mol-ecules exhibit S,R- and R,S- chirality, respectively, and are connected via C-H⋯O inter-molecular inter-actions. In turn, these weakly bound dimers form the mol-ecular crystal.

  11. Production of a Blue Pigment (Glaukothalin) by Marine Rheinheimera spp.

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    2009-01-01

    Two γ-Proteobacteria strains, that is, HP1 and HP9, which both produce a diffusible deep blue pigment, were isolated from the German Wadden Sea and from the Øresund, Denmark, respectively. Both strains affiliate with the genus Rheinheimera. Small amounts of the pigment could be extracted from HP1 grown in a 50 L fermenter and were purified chromatographically. Chemical analysis of the pigment including NMR and mass spectrometry led to a molecular formula of C34H56N4O4 (m.w. 584.85) which has ...

  12. Air National Guard Installation Restoration Program Site Investigation Report, 185th Tactical Fighter Group, Iowa Air National Guard, Sioux Gateway Airport, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa

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    1991-10-01

    average temperatures of 190 F and 73 F, respectively (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1974). I The mean annual precipitation in the...Mexico. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, "Climates of the States," Volume II - Western States, 1974...ISTATIC &#34 h -- (MIN) (T) ±+(WATER DEPTH-STAT) Ho STATIC HEAD S - iATiCj q1 . (H) .0O A IC IPIPE RAD US (r) -. _ __ ’ i (h) { !- DRCCUM (h) ’ , BORE HOLE I

  13. Theoretical Studies of Defects in Tetrahedral Semiconductors.

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    1980-08-01

    within 5(E)=-tan-lf ImD(E) ReDE )l . 18) the band continua, we write Eq. (8) in the form It follows that ,5rE) goes through an odd multiple 1- 6 1(E...an atom from &#34h. The use of the FHT resulted in a very accurate determination of the Green’s-function matrix ele- _____- ments on an energy mesh ...spaced by 0.07 eV. This ,, mesh was found dense enough to allow interpolation , I ’or intermediate energy values when needed. The 2:- / Green’s-function

  14. Development of a Self Powered Vehicle Detector

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    1978-10-01

    ground screenwhich in terms of electric field yields. 9. 70V•i n/50 E - . R volts/ men er where Pin = input power to the antenna If now the attenuation...95 NSWC1WOL TR 78-1 77 3 11/16" DIA. 2" HvP /E 7/16&#34 H____________________i -rho.’ +3 + 0 0 FIGURE 85. LAYOUT OF SIGNAL PROCESSING/REGULATOR BOARD...TR 78-177 REFERENCES (Cont.) 32. Eveready Battery Engineering Data Book, Union Carbide Corp., 1976. 33. NSWC Men WR-33:DLW:mlf, from WR-33 to WR-30

  15. Drug: D00767 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available D00767 Drug Vecuronium bromide (JAN/USAN/INN); Norcuron (TN) C34H57N2O4. Br 636.350...us system 122 Skeletal muscle relaxants 1229 Others D00767 Vecuronium bromide (JA... M03AC03 Vecuronium D00767 Vecuronium bromide (JAN/USAN/INN) Target-based classif...ATC:M03AC03] D00767 Vecuronium bromide (JAN/USAN/INN) CAS: 50700-72-6 PubChem: 7847832 LigandBox: D00767 NIK

  16. Se il PSI va al governo. Un documento serio

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    Paolo Sylos Labini

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The author discusses the “Nota sull’attuale congiuntura economica in Italia e sulle politiche per fronteggiarla”, a document prepared by the Italian Socialist Party (PSI in sight of its access to government. The Italian economy risks entering a prolonged crisis unless a number of reforms are undertaken, aimed at boosting innovation, reforming the public administration, investing in education.   JEL codes: N34, H52, H83 Keywords:  education, public administration, Italy 

  17. p-Tolyl 2-O-benzoyl-3-O-benzyl-4,6-O-benzylidene-1-thio-α-l-idopyranoside

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    Graeme J. Gainsford

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, C34H32O6S, is an ido-configured thioglycoside building block for heparan sulfate fragments. It contains disordered tolyl and O-benzyl groups with occupancy ratios of 0.539 (13:0.461 (13 and 0.613 (13:0.387 (13, respectively, as determined from a weakly diffracting crystal. The fused rings adopt chair conformations with the molecules packing into a three-dimensional network via C—H...O and three C—H...π interactions. The former interactions, occuring between molecules related by a twofold axis, define an R22(26 motif.

  18. Theoretical Investigation Leading to Energy Storage in Atomic and Molecular Systems

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    1990-12-01

    spontaneous transition coefficient of the band (v’, v") n 4 [Ej 3pl . A - mv I V (51) my" 3 h 4c 3. n 30 Similarly, the lifetime of an upper...AFW L Kirt- land AYFB, New Mexico , 27 February, 1987. 3. ’Applications in Computational Chemistry: Theoretical Studies of Storable Highly Energetic...Kirtland AFB. New Mexico , 2 December 1988. 12. "Theoretical Investigation of Energy Storage in Atomic and Molecular Systems&#34, H. H. Michels and J. A

  19. Toward a Theory of Organizational Commitment.

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    1981-08-01

    A0D-AI03 358 OREGON UNIV EUGENE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT AND--ETC F/0 5/1 TOWARD A THEORY OF ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITMENT.(U) AUG A1 R T MOWDAY, R...M STEERS, L W PORTER N00014-81-K 0026 UNCLASSIFIED TR-8 ML EhEE&#34hE hhEEE~EE7hhhh LEVEr / 00 Gradate choo of anagmen Univrsit of rego -VI Euee0reo 70...Oregon Eugene , OR 97403 Dr. Gerald R. Stoffer Aerospace Psychologist LT, Medical Service Corp. Code N-712 HAVTRAEQUIPCEN Orlando, FL 32813 Dr

  20. An AUV-BAsed Investigation of the Role of Nutrient Variability in the Predictive Modeling of Physical Processes in the Littoral Ocean

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    2012-01-06

    net flux F of SFe across the air-sea interface -- in mass/unit area/unit time (t) -- is then given by: F = (A)ŕ • dM/dt = h • dCw /dt = k (Cw...where Cw = the concentration of SFe remaining in the seawater at time = t, and dCw /dt = rate of decline in SFö concentration in the mixed layer volume...V due to loss to the atmosphere. Integration of &#34h • dCw /dt = k (Cw)" yields: Cw/CWo = exp (k • h" 1 • t) as /exch (Eq. 1), where Cw/Cw0 = /exch

  1. 4-[(1,5-Dibenzyl-2,4-dioxo-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-1H-1,5-benzodiazepin-3-ylmethyl]-1-n-octyl-1H-1,2,3-triazole

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    Hind Jabli

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The reaction of 1,5-dibenzyl-3-propargyl-1,5-benzodiazepine-2,4-dione with 1-azido-n-octane in the presence of catalysts leads to the formation of the title compound, C34H39N5O2, which features a phenylene ring fused with a seven-membered diazepinyl ring. The latter ring adopts a boat conformation with the octyltriazolylmethyl-bearing C atom as the prow and the fused-ring C atoms as the stern. The octyltriazolylmethyl substituent occupies an axial position.

  2. Vibrational spectroscopic and thermo dynamical property studies, Fukui functions, HOMO-LUMO, NLO, NBO and crystal structure analysis of a new Schiff base bearing phenoxy-imine group

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    Ceylan, Ümit; Çapan, Ali; Yalçın, Şerife Pınar; Sönmez, Mehmet; Aygün, Muhittin

    2017-05-01

    This study covers the synthesis, structural characterization by experimental FT-IR, 1H NMR and 13C NMR, UV-Vis and single crystal XRD and comparison with theoretical calculations of a Schiff base compound bearing phenoxy group, C34H28N2O4 by using the DFT method 6-311G(d,p) basis set. The molecular geometry, the dipole moments, electrostatic potential, vibrational frequencies, HOMO-LUMO energy were calculated. NBO, NLO, thermodynamic properties and Fukui function were studied. In this work, theoretical values show good agreement with experimental values.

  3. Impact of External Environmental Factors on Minuteman III Inertial Guidance System (NS-20) Failures

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    1975-08-01

    significant if the coefficient of determi- nation was .4 or higher. Mr. R. Genet (13), Aerospace Guidance and Metrology Center (AGMC...to .4 before the results could be considered of practical significance and warrant further study (27). Mr. Russell Genet , AGMC. Mr. Genet believed...4J Q CQ W 05 W (0 X >P id M ss Z < OQ CU D 1 H 0* D «0 &#34H w 04 D lOH WH ^ D J C 3 D J M 3 D ^ VH 3 < EH< 0« «^ W < OH 0 CX O H *J ftD O H

  4. Maintenance Technical Manuals: Format Descriptions and Guidelines for Automated Presentation.

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    1985-12-01

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  5. The Fabrication, Microstructural Characterization, and Internal Photoresponse of Platinum Silicide/P-Type Silicon and Iridium Silicide/P-Type Silicon Schottky Barrier Photodetectors for Infrared Focal Plane Arrays

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    34)H(hv-20)X (r(I)+J/~+/ ~ jh ) D ~ ~ k/ (d Id______jrh+ X si /Y Po(X cos(fTtx’)dX (3.46) sin rd) 0 Poe where Pog represents the total number of carriers...that Cd/D o 1, so that Ym will be well estimated by the formula jhv -2\\ 2d I(Crh)] 2 H(hv-20) (3.47) In contrast to the normal photoyield expressions, Eq

  6. Benzoxazinoids in Root Exudates of Maize Attract Pseudomonas putida to the Rhizosphere

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    2012-01-01

    Benzoxazinoids, such as 2,4-dihydroxy-7-methoxy-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one (DIMBOA), are secondary metabolites in grasses. In addition to their function in plant defence against pests and diseases above-ground, benzoxazinoids (BXs) have also been implicated in defence below-ground, where they can exert allelochemical or antimicrobial activities. We have studied the impact of BXs on the interaction between maize and Pseudomonas putida KT2440, a competitive coloniser of the maize rhizosphere w...

  7. 1-Benzyl-3′-[(1H-indol-3-ylcarbonyl]-1′-methyl-2-oxo-4′-(pyridin-3-ylspiro[indoline-3,2′-pyrrolidine]-3′-carbonitrile

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    Full Text Available In the title compound, C34H27N5O2, the central pyrrolidine ring adopts an envelope conformation, with the N atom as the flap. The mean planes of the two indoline ring systems are inclined to the mean plane of the central pyrrolidine ring by 86.26 (9 and 69.30 (9°, respectively. The dihedral angle between the benzene and pyridine rings is 75.09 (11°. In the crystal, molecules are linked by N—H...N and C—H...N hydrogen bonds, forming sheets parallel to the ab plane.

  8. A Proposed Logistics Strategy for the Defense of Republic of Korea

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    System Concept. 6 . . * . **47 7 * 5 .1 " 5 ~ * &#34*.~% ~*h~* *S * *-* ":p :&Lji"~P%%~.- W-j _T ° b17 - _17 27 7 2. The ZItegrated logistics SuEport (ILS...The log~istics of deterrence recc gnizes that wits the enemy planner sits down to asse* s our forces, be values only those which the logis- stin.syte a...battle Ifield has ccafronted strategy wit the realities of fivite re soffcq i ; at least one logistics factor will always impos si t* on a military fot

  9. How to Switch a Beam-Forming Network with Minimum Disturbance to Existing Communication Channels.

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    1976-04-02

    new EIRP, whichever is smaller. The temporary 3 dB drop in power is to take place over a short time and allows for the use of latching ferrite phase...all of the VPD’sif of the latch - ing ferrite varietymust go through the reset- set cycle (even if their power divisions are not to be changed) in order...LABORATORY 7F HOW TO SWITCH A BEAM -FORMING .NETWORK WITH MINIMUM PISTU1RBANCE TC EXISTING COMMUNICATION CHANNELS i ( J •: &#34h.’DeSIZE,/9 Group 6

  10. The Impact of Technological Change on Military Manpower in the 21st Century

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    11ners. flat data bases volume. equity operatuial planning "TIhe Federaiin&#34 h,--h r-,hn I her’stchial, Man s.imiar A,, uilgarchv Duplicated opera!ing... foot soldier who will continue to be the key to future combat operations. In addition Wickham emph sed the importance of command, control...G.J., "Moving C3 Into the 21st Century," Signal, pp. 91-94, August 1989. Mannle, T.E., and Risser , D.T., Estimating the Manpower, Personnel, and

  11. Design and Demonstration of RSFQ Processor Datapath for High Performance Computing

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  12. Combat Report of the 3d Marine Division in the Bougainville Operations, 1 November - 28 December, 1943

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    Pvt . , (455585), USMCR, ( HNov45) •METCALFE, Henry 3 . ,PlSgt . , ( 2770O9) , USMC, (HNov43) PRIETO , Isabel’. V-. ,PFC, .(339809), USMC, (,llilov43...Col. Alan Shapley, prior to landing t . Lt. Col Alan Shapley, Commanding Officer of the Second Raider Regiment (Provisional), was designated to be...made their report to Lt. Col. Alan Shapley and the C—3. On 7 November, 1943. U HM Company relieved "F" Company on the Road Block at 13OO. &#34H

  13. Solidification Structure Synthesis in Undercooled Liquids

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    Circles:Lee and Raynor (Ref: J. A. Lee and G. V. Raynor, Proc. Phys. Soc., B67. 737 ii (1954)- squares: Varich and Yakunin (Ref: N. I. Varich and A...Properties and Crystallization Kinetics of Undercooled Liquid Au-Pb-Sb Alloys&#34, H.J. Fecht, J.H. Perepezko, M.C. Lee and W.L. Johnson, Jnl. Appl. Physics, 68...Group, Butterworth publishers, Boston Mass. (1976). 67. L.M. Angers, D.G. Konitzer , J.L. Murray and W.G. Truckner, "Dispersion Strengthened Aluminum

  14. International Symposium on New Trends in Photoelectrochemistry Held in Altavilla Milicia (Pa), Italy on 22-26 September 1991. Extended Abstracts

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    1991-09-01

    34 H. Tributsch, Hahn-Meitner-Institut, Berlin GERMANY 6.30 - 7.00 p.m.: "Some Basic Working Principles of Heterogeneous Photocatalysis by...Photokilling of Malignant Cells with Ultrafine TiO2 Powder" A. Fujishima, The University ofTokyo JAPAN 1O._00 - 10.30 a.m.: "Non-Linear Phenomena...etc. for stabilization, energy storage, photocatalysis and so on. Our works (Table) will be reviewed together with recent results. Ref) M.Kaneko et

  15. The possible role of hydroxylation in the detoxification of atrazine in mature vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides Nash) grown in hydroponics.

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    Marcacci, Sylvie; Raventon, Muriel; Ravanel, Patrick; Schwitzguébel, Jean-Paul

    2005-01-01

    The resistance mechanism of vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides) to atrazine was investigated to evaluate its potential for phytoremediation of environment contaminated with the herbicide. Plants known to metabolise atrazine rely on hydroxylation mediated by benzoxazinones, conjugation catalyzed by glutathione-S-transferases and dealkylation probably mediated by cytochromes P450. All three possibilities were explored in mature vetiver grown in hydroponics during this research project. Here we report on the chemical role of benzoxazinones in the transformation of atrazine. Fresh vetiver roots and leaves were cut to extract and study their content in benzoxazinones known to hydroxylate atrazine, such as 2,4-dihydroxy-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one (DIBOA), 2,4-dihydroxy-7-methoxy-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one (DIMBOA) and their mono- and di-glucosylated forms. Identification of benzoxazinones was performed by thin layer chromatography (TLC) and comparison of retention factors (Rf) and UV spectra with standards: although some products exhibited the same Rf as standards, UV spectra were different. Furthermore, in vitro hydroxylation of atrazine could not be detected in the presence of vetiver extracts. Finally, vetiver organs exposed to [14C]-atrazine did not produce any significant amount of hydroxylated products, such as hydroxyatrazine (HATR), hydroxy-deethylatrazine (HDEA), and hydroxy-deisopropylatrazine (HDIA). Altogether, these metabolic features suggest that hydroxylation was not a major metabolic pathway of atrazine in vetiver.

  16. Productive and reproductive performance of crossbred Holstein x Gir cows

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    Alexandre Balancin Júnior

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to evaluate the productive and reproductive performance of Holtein-Frisian x Gir crossbred cows. The traits evaluated were: milk production up to 305 days (P305, total milk production (PTL, production per day of calving interval (PIP, age at first calving (IPP, calving interval (IDP, service period (PS and gestation length (PG, which were analyzed using mixed linear models. The Incomplete gamma function was used to estimate the parameters of lactation curves for each genetic group. The animals of genetic groups (GG 3/4H, 7/8H and pure by crosses (PC achieved higher performances for productive traits, and animals from the GG 1/2H achieved better performance for reproductive traits. The Holstein-Frisian PC animals presented the lactation curves with higher production levels and higher productions at the peak of the lactation but with less persistence. The 1/2H animals had slightly lower persistence in comparison to genetic groups 3/4H and 7/8H. Milk production in function of gestation length varied according to each group and Holstein-Frisian (PC presented greater decrease in milk yield after conception.

  17. Oxygen abundance distributions in six late-type galaxies based on SALT spectra of HII regions

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    Zinchenko, I A; Grebel, E K; Pilyugin, L S

    2015-01-01

    Spectra of 34 H II regions in the late-type galaxies NGC1087, NGC2967, NGC3023, NGC4030, NGC4123, and NGC4517A were observed with the South African Large Telescope (SALT). In all 34 H II regions, oxygen abundances were determined through the "counterpart" method (C method). Additionally, in two H II regions in which the auroral lines were detected oxygen abundances were measured through the classic Te method. We also estimated the abundances in our H II regions using the O3N2 and N2 calibrations and compared those with the C-based abundances. With these data we examined the radial abundance distributions in the disks of our target galaxies. We derived surface-brightness profiles and other characteristics of the disks (the surface brightness at the disk center and the disk scale length) in three photometric bands for each galaxy using publicly available photometric imaging data. The radial distributions of the oxygen abundances predicted by the relation between abundance and disk surface brightness in the W1 b...

  18. The effect of CD34(+) cell telomere length and hTERT expression on the outcome of autologous CD34(+) cell transplantation in patients with chronic heart failure.

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    Rozman, Jasmina-Ziva; Perme, Maja Pohar; Jez, Mojca; Malicev, Elvira; Krasna, Metka; Novakovic, Srdjan; Vrtovec, Bojan; Rozman, Primoz

    2017-09-01

    Age-related telomere attrition in stem/progenitor cells may diminish their functional capacity and thereby impair the outcome of cell-based therapies. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of CD34(+) cell telomere length and hTERT expression on the clinical outcome of autologous CD34(+) cell transplantation. We studied 43 patients with cardiomyopathy. Their peripheral blood CD34(+) cells were mobilized with granulocyte colony-stimulating factor, enriched by immunoselection and delivered transendocardially. Relative telomere length and expression levels of hTERT were measured using a real-time PCR assay. Immunoselected CD34(+) cells had longer telomere length compared to leukocytes in leukapheresis products (p=0.001). In multivariate analysis, CD34(+) cell telomere length was not associated with the clinical outcome (b=3.306, p=0.540). While hTERT expression was undetectable in all leukapheresis products, 94.4% of the CD34(+) enriched cell products expressed hTERT. Higher CD34(+)hTERT expression was associated with a better clinical outcome on univariate analysis (b=87.911, p=0.047). Our findings demonstrate that CD34(+) cell telomere length may not influence the clinical outcome in cardiomyopathy patients treated with autologous CD34(+) cell transplantation. Larger studies are needed to validate the impact of the CD34(+)hTERT expression on the clinical outcome of autologous CD34(+) cell transplantation. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. The Nano-Sized In2O3 Powder Synthesis by Sol-Gel Method%溶胶-凝胶法制备纳米In2O3粉体

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    潘庆谊; 程知萱; 王廷富; 张剑平

    2002-01-01

    With InCl3@4H2O being used as raw materials, the precursor of nano-sized In2O3 powder was prepared by hydrolysis, peptization and gelation of InCl3@4H2O. After calcination, nano-sized In2O3 powder was obtained. The powder was characterized by thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM),respectively. Calculation revealed that the mean crystalline size increased with increasing the calcination temperature, but crystal lattice distortion rate decrease d with the increasing in the average crystalline size. This indicated that the smaller the particle size, the bigger the crystal lattice distortion, the worse the crystal growing. The activation energies for growth of nano-sized In2O3 were calculated to be 4.75 kJ@ mol-1 at the calcination temperature up to 500℃ and 66.40 kj@ mol-1 at the calcination temperature over 600℃.TEM photos revealed that the addition of the chemical additive (OP - 10) greatly influenced the morphology and size of In2O3 parti-cles.

  20. Biodegradation of dispersed Macondo crude oil by indigenous Gulf of Mexico microbial communities

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    Wang, Jian; Sandoval, Kathia; Ding, Yan [Southeaest Environmental Research Center, Florida International University, North Miami Beach, FL 33181 (United States); Stoeckel, Donald; Minard-Smith, Angela [Battelle 505 King Ave, Columbus, OH 43201 (United States); Andersen, Gary; Dubinsky, Eric A. [Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Atlas, Ronald [Department of Biology, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292 (United States); Gardinali, Piero, E-mail: gardinal@fiu.edu [Southeaest Environmental Research Center, Florida International University, North Miami Beach, FL 33181 (United States); Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199 (United States)

    2016-07-01

    were consistent with what was reported during the actual oil release, e.g. Colwellia, Cycloclasticus and Oceanospirillales (including the specific DWH Oceanospirillales) were present and increased in numbers indicating that they were degrading components of the oil. The consistency of the field and laboratory data indicate that these results could be used, in combination with other field and model data to characterize the dissipation of Macondo oil in the deepwater environment as part of the risk assessment estimations. - Highlights: • Indigenous deepwater microbial communities from the GOM biodegrade Macondo oil at 5 °C in the dark • Microbial communities showed similarities to the ones present in the GOM during the DWH event • Reported rates will better inform the modeling of chemical exposure and environmental assessment.

  1. Isolating and identifying red pigment produced starin and optimizing fermentation fountation medium%产红色素酵母菌的分离、鉴定及其基础培养基的优化

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    李洁慧; 单晓丽; 宫春波; 孙涛

    2011-01-01

    Three prouduced red pigment strains were scaned by using the microorganism plate pure isolation technique from peanut dregs pollution soil,peanut oil dregs pollution soil and coconut milk pollution soil.The three isolated strains belonged to Rhodotorular by morphological feature and physiology and biochemistry characteristics,it was called Rhodotorula sp.FS-1.Rhodotorula sp.FS-1 appeared to elliptocytosis,was(2.5~5.0)μm×(5.5~8.0)μm.Rhodotorula sp.FS-1 asexual reproduction was budding.By determining turbidimetry(OD)and dry cell weight(DCW),Rhodotorula sp.FS-1 growth curve was divided into four growth phase,respectively was lag phase 0~8h,exponential phase 8~24h,stationary phase 24~34h,death phase or decline phase behind 34h.The fermentation fountation medium of Rhodotorula sp.FS-1 for producing red pigment was bean sprouts medium with sucrose.%利用微生物平板分离方法,从花生渣土、椰汁土中分离、筛选得到3株产红色素菌株。光学鉴定发现菌体呈现椭球形,大小约为(2.5~5.0)μm×(5.5~8.0)μm;无性繁殖为出芽生殖。根据菌体形态特征、群体形态特征和生理生化反应,3株菌株归属于红酵母属(Rhodotorula),命名为红酵母FS-1(Rhodotorula sp.FS-1)。依据OD值法、DCW法测得红酵母FS-1的典型生长曲线为:延滞期,0~8h;对数期,8~24h;稳定期,24~34h;衰亡期为34h后。红酵母FS-1能够较好地利用豆芽汁蔗糖培养基作为其发酵基础培养基产生红色色素。

  2. Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} whisker upper layer formation on a SiC-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} porous body

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    Toro, P.; Perez, A.; Baeza, G. [Univ. de Chile, Santiago (Chile). Dept. Quimica Basica; Piderit, G.; Rojas, P. [Comision Chilena de Energia Nuclear, Santiago (Chile)

    1996-12-31

    A thin upper layer on a SiC-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} porous substrate was formed by spray deposition of a Si-C composite or SiC fine powder 55.0 wt% total powder suspension. The formation of a compact layer of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} whisker or a SiC smaller pore size than the porous substrate was obtained under thermal treatment up to 1,400 C for 3--4 h in a nitrogen or argon gas environment, respectively. SEM microstructure observations and a qualitative (DRX-EDAX) analysis of both sintered porous bodies were performed to confirm the nature of both layers.

  3. Local administration of growth hormone stimulates tendon collagen synthesis in elderly men

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    Nielsen, Poul Vestergaard; Jørgensen, Jens Otto Lunde; Olesen, Jens L;

    2012-01-01

    Tendon collagen content and circulating growth hormone (GH) are reduced in elderly. In a placebo-controlled, double-blinded study, we examined if local injections of rhGH enhance collagen synthesis in healthy elderly men (61 ± 1 yr). Two injections of rhGH or saline (control) were injected...... into each of the patient's patellar tendons, respectively. Subsequently, tendon collagen fractional synthesis rate (FSR) and an indirect marker of type I collagen synthesis (PINP) were measured. Within the first 6 h after the last injections, a tendency towards a higher tendon collagen FSR was observed...... in 10 out of 12 subjects (P = 0.08). Similarly, PINP was higher 3-4 h after the last GH injection (P = 0.05). Serum IGF-I did not change from baseline, whereas peritendinous bioactive IGF-I was higher in the GH leg vs. control (P = 0.05). In conclusion, local injections of rhGH increase tendon collagen...

  4. Immobilized Enzymes/Bacteria for Naval Applications - Initial Data Base.

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    1981-05-31

    donor 1.2.1.9 Glyceraldehyde phosphate dehydro- genase 1. HCIdonor 1.3.1.3 Cortisone reductase 14C-12donor 1.4.3.4 Monoamine oxidase 1.5 C-NHI donor...Q)1 &#34 H - 4 : 0- a)4 $4 0 , gwpua0(U , W 4J A 44 >US.40 $ C UV ) d.4 wo00-4 -A.OC 4) Q-- CO rI$ - 4 J4 0W 6 $ ,UO () Q G0 4-r4 " 4 w0 -400 -W C 0 -4b0... Uv EU :> .- -J 4J -L 0 > Z C. -0~0- r4 $00)4- U042 Q)-4CU CDUUU -~ 00 0. U) I~ ~ 4’ * 78 C) Co .4 0 0w 4j ;rj 4 0 -4-4 P.-1 U) 0 . 414 $4 -’ 0> 0 $4 w

  5. Preparation of reactive oxygen scavenging peptides from tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) skin gelatin: optimization using response surface methodology.

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    Zhuang, Yongliang; Sun, Liping

    2011-04-01

    Gelatin extracted from tilapia skin was hydrolyzed with Properase E. Response surface methodology (RSM) was applied to optimize the hydrolysis condition (temperature [T], enzyme-to-substrate ratio [E/S], pH and reaction time [t]), to obtain the hydrolysate with the highest hydroxyl radical (•OH) scavenging activity. The optimum conditions obtained were T of 44.2 °C, E/S of 2.2%, pH of 9.2, and t of 3.4 h. The predicted •OH scavenging activity of the hydrolysate under the optimum conditions was 60.7%, and the actually experimental scavenging activity was 60.8%. The hydrolysate was fractionated by ultrafiltration, and 4 fractions were collected. The fraction TSGH4 (MWindustries.

  6. Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway Navigation Season Extension. Volume 4. Appendixes D - F

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    1979-08-01

    Hw4k H 4.41 41 EnN~ HHs~C. 0 za a% a. 1 - nr a% N C)0 0 N O C4)j-It q~ H1 H H- 0 ’i.’III; 4); 1 C; Q. L; .r cn ~~ r- N0 &#34H 0 Z0 COLA r-’TM14 P-1...41 CA Z ~ ~ Cu COCA ’ 04 0 w 0 1110 04 0 0) Cu 0) 0% C 64 -4 N4 L -44 O (I> A- WA E--3 0% LA in r’. 001 -4 0 InI LA - N .4 r- 00 co .4 -4 CI 00 cc -4...the site location. Winter for many birds and terrestrial mammals is a critical period. Metabolic demands created by low temperatures, winds, and

  7. Human adipose tissue blood flow during prolonged exercise, III. Effect of beta-adrenergic blockade, nicotinic acid and glucose infusion

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    Bülow, J

    1981-01-01

    Subcutaneous adipose tissue blood flow (ATBF) was measured in six male subjects by the 133Xe-washout technique during 3-4 h of exercise at a work load corresponding to an oxygen uptake of about 1.71/min. The measurements were done during control conditions, during blockade of lipolysis by nicotinic...... of work. No increase in lipolysis and no increase in ATBF were found when lipolysis was blocked by nicotinic acid (0.3 g/h). Propranolol treatment (0.15 mg/kg) reduced lipolysis and nearly abolished the increase in ATBF during exercise. Intravenous administration of glucose (about 0.25 g/min) did...... not influence lipid metabolism (evaluated by the respiratory quotient) nor did it reduce the ATBF response to exercise. These results are inconsistent with the hypothesis that increase in ATBF during exercise is elicited via direct stimulation of vascular beta1-receptors, while they are not in disagreement...

  8. Unusual route for preparation of manganese(II), cobalt(II), zinc(II) and cadmium(II) carbonate compounds: synthesis and spectroscopic characterizations

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    Moamen S Refat; Mohsen M Al-Qahtani

    2011-07-01

    The manganese(II) carbonate, MnCO3.H2O, cobalt(II) carbonate, CoCO3.4H2O, zinc(II) carbonate, ZnCO3 and cadmium(II) carbonate, CdCO3, respectively, were synthesis by a new simple unusual route during the reaction of aqueous solutions of MnX2, CoX2, ZnX2 and CdX2, where (X = Br- and ClO$^{-}_{4}$) with urea at high temperature within ∼ 90°C for 6 h. The infrared spectra of the reaction products clearly indicate the absence of the bands of urea, but show the characteristic bands of ionic carbonate, CO$^{2-}_{3}$. A general mechanism describing the preparation of manganese(II), cobalt(II), zinc(II) and cadmium(II) carbonate compounds are discussed.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of the natural and burned hydrotalcite; Sintesis y caracterizacion de la hidrotalcita natural y calcinada

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    Granados C, F. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2006-07-01

    The synthesis and the structural and surface properties of the natural and burned hydrotalcite using salts of AlCl{sub 3} and MgCl{sub 2}.6H{sub 2}O its were studied. Its were used those analysis of BET, IR, XRD, TGA and SEM to characterize these materials. The obtained product was identified as the natural or carbonated hydrotalcite of chemical formula Mg{sub 6}Al{sub 2}(OH){sub 16}CO{sub 3}.4H{sub 2}O. The hydrotalcite was roasted at 500 C during 5 h and the was obtained roasted hydrotalcite (HTC) that is a material of high selectivity toward the anions that it can be efficiently used as adsorbent material in studies of adsorption for the treatment of anionic radioactive waste present in watery solution. (Author)

  10. Benzoxazinoid concentrations show correlation with Fusarium Head Blight resistance in Danish wheat varieties

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    Søltoft, Malene; Jørgensen, Lise N.; Svensmark, Bo;

    2008-01-01

    Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) is a destructive disease that affects the grain yield and quality of cereals. The relationship between the natural defense chemicals benzoxazinoids and the FHB resistance of field grown winter wheat varieties was investigated. FHB resistance was assessed by the inoculat......Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) is a destructive disease that affects the grain yield and quality of cereals. The relationship between the natural defense chemicals benzoxazinoids and the FHB resistance of field grown winter wheat varieties was investigated. FHB resistance was assessed...... by the inoculation of wheat ears with mixtures of Fusarium avenaceum, Fusarium culmorum, Fusarium graminearum, and Microdochium nivale. The benzoxazinoids detected in the highest concentration were 2,4-dihydroxy-7-methoxy-(2H)-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one (3.7-9.4 mu mol/kg DW) and 2-hydroxy-7-nnethoxy-(2H)-1...

  11. Synthesis of new derivatives of hydrazinecarbothioamides and 1,2,4-triazoles and evaluation of their antimicrobial activities

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    Socea Laura I.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A new series of hydrazinecarbothioamides 6-9 bearing 5H-dibenzo[a,d][7]annulene moiety were synthesized. Cyclization of 6-9 in NaOH solution produced the corresponding 1,2,4-triazoles-3(4H-thiol 10-13, which proved to be axial isomers. The thioethers 14-17 were prepared by alkylation of 10-13 with methyl iodide. All new compounds were characterized by elemental analysis, IR-, UV-, 1H-NMR and 13C-NMR spectroscopy. The evaluation for antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 25923, Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853, Escherichia coli ATCC 25922, Bacillus subtilis ATCC 6663, Salmonella tiphimurium ATCC 14028, Shigella flexneri ATCC 12022, Candida albicans ATCC 90028 was performed.

  12. 24-Methyllanosta-7,25-dien-3-one

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    Masood Parvez

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    Full Text Available The title compound [systematic name: 17-(5,6-dimethylhept-6-en-2-yl-4,4,10,13,14-pentamethyl-1,5,6,10,11,12,13,15,16,17-decahydro-2H-cyclopenta[α]phenanthren-3(4H,9H,14H-one], C31H50O, is a triterpenoid which was isolated from Skimmia laureola. The three six-membered rings adopt chair, slightly distorted half-chair and distorted boat conformations, and the five-membered ring is in an envelope conformation. All the rings are trans fused. In the crystal structure, there is a weak C—H...O hydrogen bond.

  13. Crystal structure of dimethyl 2,5-bis-[(di-phen-oxy-phosphor-yl)-oxy]cyclo-hexa-1,4-diene-1,4-di-carboxyl-ate.

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    Gao, Lei; Ma, Zongshan; Yan, Hong

    2015-06-01

    In the title compound, C34H30O12P2, which was synthesized via the esterification of dimethyl 2,5-dioxo-1,4-cyclo-hexa-nedi-carboxyl-ate with diphenyl chloro-phosphate, the mol-ecule has crystallographic inversion symmetry. The dihedral angles between the plane of the cyclo-hexa-1,4-diene ring and those of the two benzene rings of the substituent phosphate groups are 41.0 (1) and 89.5 (1)°, while that with the ester group is 3.1 (3)°. In the crystal, only weak inter-molecular C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds are present.

  14. Influenza A (H1N1) neuraminidase inhibitors from Vitis amurensis

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    Nguyen, Ngoc Anh; Dao, Trong Tuan; Tung, Bui Thanh

    2011-01-01

    Recently, a novel H1N1 influenza A virus (H1N1/09 virus) was identified and considered a strong candidate for a novel influenza pandemic. As part of an ongoing anti-influenza screening programme on natural products, eight oligostilbenes were isolated as active principles from the methanol extract...... of Vitis amurensis. This manuscript reports the isolation, structural elucidation, and anti-viral activities of eight compounds on various neuraminidases from influenza A/PR/8/34 (H1N1), novel swine-origin influenza A (H1N1), and oseltamivir-resistant novel H1N1 (H274Y) expressed in 293T cells...... possibility for the control of influenza infections....

  15. Dicty_cDB: SFB130 [Dicty_cDB

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    Full Text Available 322718.1 kx15d03.y3 Parastrongyloides trichosuri IL pAMP1 v1 Chiapelli McCarter Parastrongyloides trichosuri...743473 |BI743473.1 kx44f12.y1 Parastrongyloides trichosuri FL pAMP1 v1 Chiapelli McCarter Parastrongyloides ...45135-6357017 strain AX4, complete sequence. 32 0.069 9 BI742772 |BI742772.1 kx34h07.y1 Parastrongyloides tr...ichosuri IL pAMP1 v1 Chiapelli McCarter Parastrongyloides trichosuri cDNA 5' similar to TR:Q9XUS6 Q9XUS6 K08...ome 2 map 2567470-3108875 strain AX4, complete sequence. 34 4e-04 16 BI322718 |BI

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  19. Pathophysiology of brain ischemia as it relates to the therapy of acute ischemic stroke

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    Lassen, N A

    1990-01-01

    Current knowledge of the pathophysiology of cerebral ischemia, summarized in the present study, predicts that neurological deficits caused by moderate ischemia (flows in the penumbral range between 23 and 10 ml/100 g/min) are reversible provided flow is restored within 3-4 h of onset. It also...... predicts that areas of dense ischemia cannot be salvaged and that reperfusion of such areas is risky, because massive edema or even hemorrhage may develop following reperfusion. On this basis, it is argued that selection of stroke cases for thrombolysis or surgical revascularization must be based not only...... on computed tomographic (CT) scanning to exclude hemorrhagic stroke, but also on cerebral blood flow (CBF) tomography to exclude lacunar infarcts, early reperfusion, and dense ischemia. The methods available for routing CBF tomography in acute stroke cases are discussed, and it is concluded that single photon...

  20. Synthesis and Antimicrobial Activity of 2-[4-(Substituted Benzylidenamino-5-(Substituted Phenoxymethyl-4H-1,2,4-Triazol-3-yl thio] Acetic Acid Derivatives

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    R. D. Hunashal

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available 2-[4-(substituted benzylidenamino-5-(substituted phenoxymethyl-4H-1,2,4-triazol-3-yl thio] acetic acid (3a-j derivatives have been synthesized by the reaction between 4-(substituted benzylidenamino-5-(substituted phenoxymethyl-2H-1,2,4-triazol-3(4H-thiones (2a-j and chloroacetic acid containing catalytic amount of pyridine. All these compounds were screened for antimicrobial activity. The compounds 3h and 3j exhibited good antifungal activity against A. niger, C. Neoformans, and A. fumigatus at MIC of 0.25 μg/ml compared to standard drug fluconazole at MIC of 1 μg/mL.

  1. 5-Chloro-5′′-[4-(dimethylaminobenzylidene]-4′-[4-(dimethylaminophenyl]-1′,1′′-dimethyldispiro[indoline-3,2′-pyrrolidine-3′,3′′-piperidine]-2,4′′-dione

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    I. S. Ahmed Farag

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, C34H38ClN5O2, has spiro links connecting the pyrrolidine ring and indole residue, as well as the piperidine and pyrrolidine rings. A half-chair conformation is found for the piperidine ring with the C atom connected to the spiro-C atom lying 0.738 (4 Å out of the plane of the remaining five atoms (r.m.s. deviation = 0.0407 Å. The methylene C atom is the flap in the envelope conformation for the pyrrolidine ring. In the crystal, supramolecular chains are sustained by alternating eight-membered {...HNCO}2 and 14-membered {...HC5O}2 synthons. Chains are connected into a three-dimensional network by (pyrrolidine-bound phenyl-methylC—H...π(pyrrolidine-bound phenyl edge-to-face interactions.

  2. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of Cis-syn Cyclobutane 1-(Carboxyethyl)thymine Dimer Monopentyl Amide Monotryptophan Methyl Ester Amide

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    TANG Wen-Jian; SONG Hai-Bin; SONG Qin-Hua

    2007-01-01

    The crystal structure of the title compound (C34H47N7O9, Mr=697.79) has been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystal belongs to monoclinic, space group P21 with a=9.000(8), b=11.360(10), c=17.841(15)(A), β=97.083(14)°, V=1810(3) (A)3, Z=2, F(000)=744, Dc=1.280 g/cm3, μ=0.094 mm-1, the final R=0.0721 and wR=0.1942 for 2479 observed reflections with Ⅰ > 2σ(Ⅰ). The two methyl groups attached to the cyclobutane ring are cis oriented. An intramolecular hydrogen bond (N(6)-H(6)…O(8)) (A)ntroduces rigidity into the title molecule and the crystal structure is stabilized by intermolecular N-H…O hydrogen bonds.

  3. N,N,N′,N′-Tetrakis(2-hydroxy-5-methylbenzylethane-1,2-diamine dimethylformamide disolvate

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    Nuan-Sheng Wang

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, C34H40N2O4·2C3H7NO, was synthesized by the Mannich condensation of ethanediamine, formaldehyde and p-cresol. In the crystal, the tetraphenol molecule is arranged around an inversion center. The molecule and the dimethylformamide solvate are linked through an O—H...O hydrogen bond. An intramolecular O—H...N hydrogen bond occurs in the tetraphenol molecule, which may influence the molecular confomation. Futhermore, C—H...O and π–π stacking interactions [centroid–centroid distance = 3.7081 (14 Å] stabilize the crystal packing, building a three-dimensional network.

  4. U.S. Army Staffs-Are They Broken?

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    1992-03-10

    34Special Operations: Hostile Territory wotheir AD in Desert Storm" AM, Septer 1991, 16. 6 8 Command and Control of 3d Armored Division: "The Spearhead...AO in Dese torm&#34 h=, Sept•ser 1991, pp. 12-30. __ . "PFros Q:=Itted" ]ij1-ta_.r.±, S r 1991, 80-81. C.n= Army. M .ble of (ganiz ti and E dpnent for... 3d Armred Division: Ŗw SApartuid ApproaW" - Mw with IrMa, 24-28 F1-uery 1991. Bmra d. Puom1 Inteviw. 22 Neer 1991. Sozkr, Jdhn V. lattdw to the Author. 1 Cct a 1991. 49

  5. 3-Deoxyaconitine from the root of Aconitum Carmichaeli Debx.

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    Feng Gao

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The title compound (systematic name: 8β-acetoxy-14α-benzoyloxy-N-ethyl-13β,15α-dihydroxy-1α,6α,16β-trimethoxy-4β-methoxymethyleneaconitane, C34H47NO10, is a typical aconitine-type C19-diterpenoid alkaloid, and was isolated from the roots of the Aconitum carmichaeli Debx. The molecule has an aconitine carbon skeleton with four six-membered rings and two five-membered rings, whose geometry is similar to these observed in other C19-diterpenoid alkaloids; both of five-membered rings have the envelope configurations and the six-membered N-containing heterocyclic ring displays a chair conformation. Intramolecular O—H...O hydrogen bonding occurs. Weak intermolecular C—H...O hydrogen bonding is observed in the crystal structure.

  6. (25R-6α-Hydroxy-5α-spirostan-3β-yl tosylate

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    María A. Fernández-Herrera

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The title steroid, C34H50O6S, is an intermediate on the synthetic route between diosgenin and brassinosteroids, which possess the A ring modified with the 2α,3α-diol functionality. The polycyclic spirostan system has the expected conformation, with six-membered rings adopting chair forms and the five-membered rings envelope forms (flap atoms are the methine C atom in the C/D-ring junction and the spiro C atom connecting rings E and F. The 3β-tosylate group is oriented in such a way that S=O bonds are engaged in intermolecular hydrogen bonds with O—H and C—H donors. Chains of molecules are formed along [100] via O—H...O hydrogen bonds, and secondary weak C—H...O interactions connect two neighbouring chains in the [001] direction.

  7. Long-period oscillations of sunspot magnetic fields by simultaneous observations of the Global Oscillation Network Group and Solar and Heliospheric Observatory/Michelson Doppler imager

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    Efremov, V. I.; Parfinenko, L. D.; Solov'ev, A. A.; Riehokainen, A.

    2016-12-01

    For the first time, the ultra-low oscillation mode of the sunspot magnetic field strength has been detected with a high degree of confidence by ground-based observations of sunspots with the Global Oscillation Network Group (GONG) network of telescopes. Synchronous series of magnetograms derived from the GONG and Solar and Heliospheric Observatory/Michelson Doppler Imager (SOHO/MDI) have been processed. They were obtained on September 27-30, 2010, for the active region NOAA 11109 with a total duration of 80 h. The periods of magnetic field oscillations found by space data coincide with the periods defined with GONG. This confirms the physical reality of the oscillatory process. The power spectrum contains harmonics with periods of 26 h, 8-10 h, and 3-4 h.

  8. Pulsed Plasma Arrays for Tubulence Control

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    K9 ’.91*).&91.I+3&21.6)9+E "’@1.+2&Y?&V?&W?&)(3&R&2C-H&+G)4,*+2&-6&/C+&2199+22’I+&.+6’(+4+(/2&-6...2C&)6/+.&DU&*+I+*2&-6&.+6’(+4+(/E "’@1.+&DN<&&#34*-H&9-4,1/+3&).-1(3&/C+&2+4’ K9 ’.91*).&91.I+3&21.6)9+&H’/C&/C+&)3),/+3&4+2C&)/&DU *+I+*2&-6&.+6’(+4+(/E...2+4’ K9 ’.91*).&91.I+3&H)**&HC+.+&/C+&,*)24)&)9/1)/-.&𔃼&*-9)/+3&)/&)(&+*+I)/’-(&)(@*+&-6&RN&3+@.++2E& 7C+ & 6*-H & %+5(-*32 & (148+. &

  9. Chromosome counts of some Zingiberaceous species from Thailand

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    Ladda Eksomtramage

    2002-04-01

    Full Text Available The data on chromosome numbers of 22 species belonging to 10 genera of Zingiberaceae distributed in Thailand were investigated. The somatic numbers range from 20 to 48 showing diploidy and polyploidy. Ten of these species are firstly reported here, i.e. Alpinia purpurata (Vielli K. Schum. (2n = 48, Boesenbergia aff. rotunda (2n = 20, Cornukaempferia aurantiflora J. Mood & K. Larsen (2n = 46, Curcuma aff. oligantha Trimen (2n = 42, C. rhabdota Sirirugsa & M.F. Newman (2n = 24, Etlingera elatior (Jack. R.M. Smith (white form (2n = 48, E. hemisphaerica (Bl. R.M. Smith (2n = 48, Hedychium gomezianum Wall. (2n = 34, H. longicornutum Bak. (2n = 34 and Zingiber aff. wrayi (2n = 22

  10. Crystal structure of 1-ferrocenyl-2-(4-methylbenzoylspiro[11H-pyrrolidizine-3,11′-indeno[1,2-b]quinoxaline

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    Kuppan Chandralekha

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, [Fe(C5H5(C34H28N3O], the four-fused-rings system of the 11H-indeno[1,2-b]quinoxaline unit is approximately planar [maximum deviation = 0.167 (4 Å] and forms a dihedral angle of 37.25 (6° with the plane of the benzene ring of the methylbenzoyl group. Both pyrrolidine rings adopt a twist conformation. An intramolecular C—H...O hydrogen bond is observed. In the crystal, molecules are linked by C—H...O hydrogen bonds and weak C—H...π interactions, forming double chains extending parallel to the c axis.

  11. Crystal structure of 1-ferrocenyl-2-(4-methyl-benzo-yl)spiro-[11H-pyrrolidizine-3,11'-indeno[1,2-b]quinoxaline].

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    Chandralekha, Kuppan; Gavaskar, Deivasigamani; Sureshbabu, Adukamparai Rajukrishnan; Lakshmi, Srinivasakannan

    2014-09-01

    In the title compound, [Fe(C5H5)(C34H28N3O)], the four-fused-rings system of the 11H-indeno-[1,2-b]quinoxaline unit is approximately planar [maximum deviation = 0.167 (4) Å] and forms a dihedral angle of 37.25 (6)° with the plane of the benzene ring of the methyl-benzoyl group. Both pyrrolidine rings adopt a twist conformation. An intra-molecular C-H⋯O hydrogen bond is observed. In the crystal, mol-ecules are linked by C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds and weak C-H⋯π inter-actions, forming double chains extending parallel to the c axis.

  12. Synthesis and root growth activity of some new acetylhydrazinecarbothioamides and 1,2,4-triazoles substituted with 5H-dibenzo[a,d]annulene moiety

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    Socea Laura I.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available New hydrazinecarbothioamides 5a-d bearing 5H-dibenzo[a,d]an-nulene moiety were synthesized using classical procedures. 1H-NMR analysis indicated the existence of two conformational isomers, a major axial (about 75% and a minor equatorial one (25% which are interconvertible by middle ring inversion. Cyclization of 5a-d compounds in NaOH solution produced the corresponding 1,2,4-triazoles-3(4H-thiol 6a-d compounds which proved to be pure axial isomers. All the new compounds were extensively characterized by elemental analysis, IR-, UV-, 1H-NMR and 13C-NMR spectroscopy and biological investigated using phytobiological tests.

  13. Optical characterization and density of states determination of silicon nanocrystals embedded in amorphous silicon based matrix

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    van Sebille, M.; Vasudevan, R. A.; Lancee, R. J.; van Swaaij, R. A. C. M. M.; Zeman, M.

    2015-08-01

    We present a non-destructive measurement and simple analysis method for obtaining the absorption coefficient of silicon nanocrystals (NCs) embedded in an amorphous matrix. This method enables us to pinpoint the contribution of silicon NCs to the absorption spectrum of NC containing films. The density of states (DOS) of the amorphous matrix is modelled using the standard model for amorphous silicon while the NCs are modelled using one Gaussian distribution for the occupied states and one for the unoccupied states. For laser annealed a-Si0.66O0.34:H films, our analysis shows a reduction of the NC band gap from approximately 2.34-2.08 eV indicating larger mean NC size for increasing annealing laser fluences, accompanied by a reduction in NC DOS distribution width from 0.28-0.26 eV, indicating a narrower size distribution.

  14. Approaches to post-testicular contraception

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    TrevorGCooper; CHYeung

    1999-01-01

    The induction of infertility in males of several species through epididymal interference is more difficult to achieve by reduction of the amounts of epididymal secretions (eg a-glucosidase, L-camifine) or immunological interference with secreted proteins (eg D/E, P34H, P26h) than by direct actions of drugs on sperm function (eg inhibition of glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase by chloro-compounds). The latter approach holds promise for mankind ashuman spelm are susceptible to glycolytic inhibition. Future contraceptive developments may arise from production of targeted inhibitors, research on the displacement of sperm proteins in the epididymis and interference with sperm plasma membrane ion channels. ( As/an J Androf 1999 Jun ; 1 : 29 - 36 )

  15. Luminescence of Terbium Complexes Incorporated into Silica Matrix

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    闫冰; 游佳勇

    2002-01-01

    Binary and ternary terbium complexes were synthesized: Tb(N-PA)3*4H2O and Tb(N-PA)3(phen*2H2O (N-HPA = N-phenyl-2-aminobenzoic acid and phen = 1,10-phenanthroline). These complexes were introduced into inorganic polymeric porous silica matrix by the sol-gel method. The luminescence behavior of the complexes in silica gels was compared with the corresponding solid state complexes by means of emission, excitation spectra and luminescence lifetimes. The result indicates that the terbium ions show fewer emission lines and lower emission intensities in the silica gel than those in pure terbium complexes. The lifetimes of terbium ions in silica gel doped with terbium complexes become longer than those of terbium complexes.

  16. Study on the Pharmacokinetics and Relative Bioavailability of Irbesartan Capsul es in Heal thy Volunteers

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    顾世芬; 陈汇; 邱应海; 师少军; 曾繁典

    2002-01-01

    The pharmacokinetics and relative bioavailability were studied in 18 healthy volunteers. A single oral dose of 150 mg irbesartan capsule (test) or tablet (reference) was given to each volunteer according to a randomized 2-way crossover study. The concentrations in plasma were determined by HPLC-UV method. The main parameters of irbesartan capsules were: Cmax: 1. 502± 0. 295 μg/ml,tmax: 1. 44±0. 34 h, t1/2: 20. 21±14. 71 h, AUC0-t: 11. 087t3.443 μg/ml-1·h. The relative bioavailability of capsule to tablet was (101.4±28.9) %. The results of statistical analysis showed that two formulations were hioequivalent.

  17. A Study of Spectral Element and Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for the Navier-Stokes Equations in Nonhydrostatic Mesoscale Atmospheric Modeling: Equation Sets and Test Cases

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    2008-01-01

    93943, USA bMOX–Modellistica e Calcolo Scientifico, Dipartimento di Matematica , ‘‘F. Brioschi”, Politecnico di Milano, via Bonardi 9 20133 Milano...cv p$ " u ¼ 0; ou ot þ u " $uþ cph$p ¼ $gkþ lr2u; oh ot þ u &#34 $h ¼ lr2h; ð1Þ where the solution vector is ðp; uT ; hÞT , p ¼ PP 0 ! "R=cp is the Exner...the gas constant R ¼ cp $ cv, the specific heats for constant pressure and volume, cp and cv, the dynamic viscosity l, and the directional vector

  18. Measurements of Energy Performance and Indoor Environmental Quality in 10 Danish Passive Houses

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    Larsen, Tine Steen; Jensen, Rasmus Lund

    2009-01-01

    part. The house considered in this paper has an air change rate (ACR) of 0.34 h-1 and the results from the first few months of measurements show excellent results when relative humidity (RH) and CO2-levels are considered. When the temperatures are assessed problems with slight overheating are found......The paper describes the first results from a large Danish project regarding measurements of energy performance and indoor environmental quality in 10 Danish Passive Houses. The project includes both qualitative and quantitative analyses. This paper describes the first results from the quantitative....... One of the main reasons for this is the low solar angles during spring combined with the lack of solar shading and a low ACR. Solar shading and increased ventilation should be able so solve the problem. The energy consumption for room heating show a very low consumption as expected whereas the energy...

  19. Stress and stereotypic behaviour in mink (Mustela vison)

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    Malmkvist, Jens; Jeppesen, L L; Palme, R

    2011-01-01

    We examined whether female mink with low (LS) and high (HS) occurrence of stereotypic behaviour differ in their adrenocortical activity in baseline conditions or in response to immobilisation (Experiment 1), handling, adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) challenge (Experiment 2) and excretion...... 4-20 h after the handling (P = 0.001). In Experiment 3 (n = 16), the excretion of infused (3)H-cortisol did not differ between LS and HS mink. Stereotypic behaviour is concurrent with higher baseline concentrations of FCM, which cannot be explained by a greater adrenocortical reactivity...... of circulating cortisol (Experiment 3). Faeces are the predominating excretory route of cortisol (83%), with peak concentrations after 4.2 h (urine: 3.4 h). Faecal cortisol metabolites (FCMs) reflected changes in relation to handling/ACTH challenge. In Experiment 1 (n = 162), HS mink had approximately 54% higher...

  20. 11-[(E-Benzylidene]-14-hydroxy-8-phenyl-6-thia-3,13-diazaheptacyclo[13.7.1.19,13.02,9.02,14.03,7.019,23]tetracosa-1(22,15(23,16,18,20-pentaen-10-one

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    Raju Suresh Kumar

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, C34H28N2O2S, the piperidine ring adopts a chair conformation. One of the pyrrolidine rings adopts an envelope conformation with the methylene C atom at the flap whereas the other pyrrolidine ring and the thiazolidine ring adopt half-chair conformations. The mean plane of the dihydroacenaphthylene ring system [maximum deviation = 0.067 (1 Å] makes dihedral angles of 28.31 (5 and 31.32 (6° with the two terminal benzene rings. An intramolecular O—H...N hydrogen bond forms an S(5 ring motif. In the crystal, molecules are linked by C—H...O and C—H...S hydrogen bonds into layers lying parallel to the ac plane.

  1. Schottky barrier modulation of metal/4H-SiC junction with thin interface spacer driven by surface polarization charge on 4H-SiC substrate

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    Choi, Gahyun; Yoon, Hoon Hahn; Jung, Sungchul; Jeon, Youngeun; Lee, Jung Yong; Bahng, Wook; Park, Kibog

    2015-12-01

    The Au/Ni/Al2O3/4H-SiC junction with the Al2O3 film as a thin spacer layer was found to show the electrical characteristics of a typical rectifying Schottky contact, which is considered to be due to the leakiness of the spacer layer. The Schottky barrier of the junction was measured to be higher than an Au/Ni/4H-SiC junction with no spacer layer. It is believed that the negative surface bound charge originating from the spontaneous polarization of 4H-SiC causes the Schottky barrier increase. The use of a thin spacer layer can be an efficient experimental method to modulate Schottky barriers of metal/4H-SiC junctions.

  2. Three-dimensional lithographically-defined organotypic tissue arrays for quantitative analysis of morphogenesis and neoplastic progression

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    Nelson, Celeste M.; Inman, Jamie L.; Bissell, Mina J.

    2008-02-13

    Here we describe a simple micromolding method to construct three-dimensional arrays of organotypic epithelial tissue structures that approximate in vivo histology. An elastomeric stamp containing an array of posts of defined geometry and spacing is used to mold microscale cavities into the surface of type I collagen gels. Epithelial cells are seeded into the cavities and covered with a second layer of collagen. The cells reorganize into hollow tissues corresponding to the geometry of the cavities. Patterned tissue arrays can be produced in 3-4 h and will undergo morphogenesis over the following one to three days. The protocol can easily be adapted to study a variety of tissues and aspects of normal and neoplastic development.

  3. United States Air Force Statistical Digest, Fiscal Year 1957. Twelfth Edition

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  4. Peptide mapping of /sup 125/I-labelled membrane protein of influenza viruses by reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography

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    Darveau, A.; Lecomte, J. (Centre de Recherche en Virologie, Institut Armand-Frappier, Laval, Quebec (Canada)); Seidah, N.G.; Chretien, M. (Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montreal, Montreal (Canada))

    1982-03-01

    The resolution potential of reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) for peptide analysis of hydrophobic viral membranes has been investigated, using as a model the membrane (M) protein of influenza virus. Proteolytic digests of /sup 125/I-labelled M protein CNBr fragments, extracted from radioiodinated whole virus, have been separated on a uBondapak C/sub 18/ column with an isopropanol or acetonitrile solvent system. Peptide mapping of trypsin digests of M protein from A/PR/8/34 (H1N1) and A/chicken/Germany/N/49 (H10N7) viruses was identical, whereas Staphylococcus aureus V8 protease digests showed minor differences in at least two peptides. The results also show that HPLC is a powerful tool for the separation of proteolytic digests of viral proteins, since the peptide maps are highly reproducible and recovery was always greater than 85%.

  5. 应用头孢菌素后饮酒致双硫仑样反应30例临床分析%After Application of Cephalosporin-induced Disulfiram-like Alcohol Reactions of 30 Cases

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    李超群; 黄洋峰

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨应用头孢菌素后饮酒致双硫仑样反应的发病机制及治疗方法,以引起临床医师的注意,避免其发生。方法观察30例病例的临床表现、治疗及转归,对双硫仑样反应的发病机制、防治措施进行探讨。结果24例轻、中度患者给予对症处理后症状缓解,6例重度患者,静注纳洛酮2~4 mg,地塞米松5~10 mg,症状均于3~4 h 内缓解。结论临床医师只要对双硫仑样反应有足够的认识和重视,加强预防,诊治正确,预后良好。%Objective To investigate the cephalosporin after alcohol-induced disulfiram-like reaction in the pathogenesis and treatment, to attract the attention of clinicians that, to avoid its occurrence. Methods Observed 30 cases of clinical manifestations, treatment and prognosis of disulfiram-like reaction in the pathogenesis, prevention and control measures were discussed. Results 24 cases of patients with mild to moderate for the symptomatic relief of symptoms after treatment, six cases of severe disease, intravenous naloxone 2-4 mg dexamethasone 5-10 mg, symptoms were 3-4 h mitigation. Conclusion Clinical doctors as long as on the double sulfur hebron sample reaction have enough knowledge and value, strengthening prevention, correct diagnosis and treatment, prognosis is good.

  6. Preparative isolation and purification of two benzoxazinoid glucosides from Acanthus ilicifolius L. by high-speed counter-current chromatography.

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    Yin, Hao; Zhang, Si; Luo, Xiongming; Liu, Yonghong

    2008-09-26

    The first preparative separation of two benzoxazinoids, (2R)-2-O-beta-d-glucopyranosyl-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one (HBOA-Glc) and (2R)-2-O-beta-d-glucopyranosyl-4-hydroxy-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one (DIBOA-Glc), by means of high-speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC) from the n-butanol extract of Acanthus ilicifolius L. is presented. The two-phase solvent system containing ethyl acetate-n-butanol-0.5%NH(4)OH (2:3:5, v/v/v, system B) was selected for the one-step HSCCC separation of HBOA-Glc and DIBOA-Glc according to the partition coefficient values (K) for target compounds and the separation factor (alpha) between the two target compounds. In the one-step HSCCC separation using solvent B, from 100mg n-butanol extract of A. ilicifolius, 6.3 mg HBOA-Glc and 6.8 mg DIBOA-Glc were isolated with purities of 90.3% and 80.2%, respectively. In order to obtain the two target compounds with higher purity, a second separation process was developed comprising two steps. In the two-step separation, the sample was first pre-purified by HSCCC using ethyl acetate-n-butanol-water (2:3:5, v/v/v, system A) solvent system and then purified using solvent system B. A 100-mg amount of the n-butanol extracts of A. ilicifolius was separated to yield 5.8 mg of HBOA-Glc and 4.8 mg of DIBOA-Glc with purities of 97.1% and 94.8%, respectively, which were directly used for NMR analyses.

  7. First identification of benzo[cd]phenanthro[1,2,3-lm]perylene by high-pressure liquid chromatography with ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy and mass spectrometry.

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    Walker, Michelle S; Wornat, Mary J

    2010-07-02

    Benzo[cd]phenanthro[1,2,3-lm]perylene has been identified as a product of supercritical 1-methylnaphthalene pyrolysis from an experiment performed at 585 degrees C, 110atm, and 140s in a supercritical fluid flow reactor. The identification of benzo[cd]phenanthro[1,2,3-lm]perylene is based on the product's mass spectrum, HPLC elution time, and UV absorbance spectrum. The mass spectrum of the identified 1-methylnaphthalene pyrolysis product, called component I here, reveals a molecular weight of 426, corresponding to a C(34)H(18) polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH). The extremely long HPLC elution time, 20-48min longer than those of the four other C(34)H(18) PAH components in this product mixture, indicates that component I has a planar structure with a high length-to-breadth ratio. Annellation theory is used to interpret and compare the UV spectrum of component I with those of the C(30)H(16) benzo[cd]naphtho[1,2,3-lm]perylene and the C(36)H(18) teropyrene, structures with one ring less and one ring more, respectively, than that of component I. This analysis of component I's UV spectrum, in conjunction with its mass spectrum and HPLC elution behavior, all lead to the identification of component I as the nine-ring PAH benzo[cd]phenanthro[1,2,3-lm] perylene, a molecule whose existence has never before been documented. Copyright 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Activity of Hydroxamic Acids from Secale cereale Against the Plant-Parasitic Nematodes Meloidogyne incognita and Xiphinema americanum.

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    Zasada, I A; Meyer, S L F; Halbrendt, J M; Rice, C

    2005-10-01

    ABSTRACT Cyclic hydroxamic acids are secondary metabolites found in the family Poaceae and have been implicated in the allelopathy of rye (Secale cereale). The toxicity of these compounds against plant-parasitic nematodes is unknown. DIBOA (2,4-dihydroxy-(2H)-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one), DIMBOA (2,4-hydroxy-7-methoxy-(2H)-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one), and their degradation products BOA (benzoxazolin-2(3H)-one) and MBOA (6-methoxy-benzoxazolin-2(3H)-one) were screened in vitro against Meloidogyne incognita second-stage juveniles (J2) and eggs and mixed-stages of Xiphinema americanum. Xiphinema americanum was more sensitive to DIBOA and DIMBOA than M. incognita J2, with a maximum apparent mortality of 96 and 92% compared to 73 and 72% at 90 mug/ml. Eggs of M. incognita were less sensitive to the hydroxamic acids than J2; only DIBOA resulted in a 50% reduction in egg hatch, with a lethal concentration (LC(50)) of 74 mug/ml compared to 21 mug/ml for J2. When M. incognita J2 were exposed to DIBOA for 48 h and the compound was removed and replaced with water, the LC(50) value increased from 21.0 to 40.7 mug/ml. MBOA was not toxic to X. americanum or M. incognita eggs, but was toxic to M. incognita J2, with LC(50) values of 44 and 20 mug/ml before and after the compound was removed and replaced with water. BOA was the least toxic hydroxamic acid tested; it did not reduce M. incognita egg hatch after 1 week of exposure or increase X. americanum mortality after 24 h of exposure. While in vitro studies provide a valuable starting point in determining the toxicity of the chemical component of rye, the relevance of the data to soil remains to be determined.

  9. New thiophene-1,2,4-triazole-5(3)-ones: highly bioactive thiosemicarbazides, structures of Schiff bases and triazole-thiols.

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    Ünver, Yasemin; Sancak, Kemal; Çelik, Fatih; Birinci, Emrah; Küçük, Murat; Soylu, Serkan; Burnaz, Nesibe Arslan

    2014-09-12

    Key compound 2-(4-amino-5-oxo-3-(thiophene-2-ylmethyl)-4,5-dihydro-1,2,4-tiazole-1-yl) acetohydrazide (3) was synthesized by reacting hydrazine hydrate with ethyl-2-(4-amino-5-oxo-3-(thiophene-2-ylmethyl)-4,5-dihydro-1,2,4-tiazole-1yl)acetate (2), obtained in basic media from 4-amino-5-(thiophene-2-ylmethyl)-2H-1,2,4-triazole-3(4H)-one (1). Compound 3 was converted to thiosemicarbazide derivatives (4a-d) and Schiff base derivatives 6a-e and 7a-e. The treatment of compound 4 with NaOH gave 4-amino-2-((4-(4-aryl)-5-mercapto-4H-1,2,4-triazole-3-yl)methyl)-5-(thiophene-2-ylmethyl)-2H-1,2,4-triazole-3(4H)-ones (5a-d). All newly compounds, well characterized by elemental analyses, IR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and mass spectral studies were tested for their antioxidant and antimicrobial activities. Thiosemicarbazide derivatives (4a-d) were highly active in two antioxidant tests with 69.0-88.2% DPPH· scavenging and 503-1257 μM TEAC values, while the others showed lower or no activity. The results of the two antioxidant tests correlated well. Moreover, Thiosemicarbazide derivatives (4a-d) also showed antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus, and Mycobacterium smegmatis. Thiosemicarbazide group deserves attention in the synthesis of bioactive compounds.

  10. Two new two-dimensional coordination polymers based on isophthalate and a flexible N-donor ligand containing benzimidazole and pyridine rings: synthesis, crystal structures and a solid-state UV-Vis study.

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    Hasi, Qi Meige; Fan, Yan; Hou, Chen; Yao, Xiao Qiang; Liu, Jia Cheng

    2016-10-01

    In coordination chemistry and crystal engineering, many factors influence the construction of coordination polymers and the final frameworks depend greatly on the organic ligands used. N-Donor ligands with diverse coordination modes and conformations have been employed to assemble metal-organic frameworks. Carboxylic acid ligands can deprotonate completely or partially when bonding to metal ions and can also act as donors or acceptors of hydrogen bonds and are thus good candidates for the construction of supramolecular architectures. Two new transition metal complexes, namely poly[diaqua(μ4-1,4-bis{[1-(pyridin-3-ylmethyl)-1H-benz[d]imidazol-2-yl]methoxy}benzene)bis(μ2-isophthalato)dicobalt(II)], [Co(C8H4O4)(C34H28N6O2)0.5(H2O)]n, (1), and poly[diaqua(μ4-1,4-bis{[1-(pyridin-3-ylmethyl)-1H-benz[d]imidazol-2-yl]methoxy}benzene)bis(μ2-isophthalato)dicadmium(II)], [Cd(C8H4O4)(C34H28N6O2)0.5(H2O)]n, have been constructed using a symmetric N-donor ligand and a carboxylate ligand under hydrothermal conditions. X-ray crystallographic studies reveal that complexes (1) and (2) are isostructural, both of them exhibiting three-dimensional supramolecular architectures built by hydrogen bonds in which the coordinated water molecules serve as donors, while the O atoms of the carboxylate groups act as acceptors. Furthermore, (1) and (2) have been characterized by elemental, IR spectroscopic, powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and thermogravimetric analyses. The UV-Vis absorption spectrum of complex (1) has also been investigated.

  11. Naturalistic field study of the restart break in US commercial motor vehicle drivers: Truck driving, sleep, and fatigue.

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    Sparrow, Amy R; Mollicone, Daniel J; Kan, Kevin; Bartels, Rachel; Satterfield, Brieann C; Riedy, Samantha M; Unice, Aaron; Van Dongen, Hans P A

    2016-08-01

    Commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers in the US may start a new duty cycle after taking a 34-h restart break. A restart break provides an opportunity for sleep recuperation to help prevent the build-up of fatigue across duty cycles. However, the effectiveness of a restart break may depend on its timing, and on how many nighttime opportunities for sleep it contains. For daytime drivers, a 34-h restart break automatically includes two nighttime periods. For nighttime drivers, who are arguably at increased risk of fatigue, a 34-h restart break contains only one nighttime period. To what extent this is relevant for fatigue depends in part on whether nighttime drivers revert back to a nighttime-oriented sleep schedule during the restart break. We conducted a naturalistic field study with 106 CMV drivers working their normal schedules and performing their normal duties. These drivers were studied during two duty cycles and during the intervening restart break. They provided a total of 1260days of data and drove a total of 414,937 miles during the study. Their duty logs were used to identify the periods when they were on duty and when they were driving and to determine their duty cycles and restart breaks. Sleep/wake patterns were measured continuously by means of wrist actigraphy. Fatigue was assessed three times per day by means of a brief psychomotor vigilance test (PVT-B) and a subjective sleepiness scale. Data from a truck-based lane tracking and data acquisition system were used to compute lane deviation (variability in lateral lane position). Statistical analyses focused on 24-h patterns of duty, driving, sleep, PVT-B performance, subjective sleepiness, and lane deviation. Duty cycles preceded by a restart break containing only one nighttime period (defined as 01:00-05:00) were compared with duty cycles preceded by a restart break containing more than one nighttime period. During duty cycles preceded by a restart break with only one nighttime period, drivers

  12. THE IMMUNOCOMPETENT CELLS RECEPTORS RESEARCH UNDER EXPERIMENTAL INFLUENZA INFECTION IN VITRO

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    Full Text Available Introduction. It is known that interferon is a cytokine and is a substantial part of the immune system necessary for antigenic challenge immune response full expression. Also it is considered that every antigen is an interferon inducer. Interferon induces antivirus response via binding to specific receptors, this receptors can be revealed straight on cell membranes of immune cells. Research objective. To evaluate the interferon inducer ability of some Influenza A virus strains upon indications of receptors functional activity (capacity to alpha and gamma interferons on peripheral mononuclear blood cells (PBMC induced in vitro by different Influenza A virus strains. Material and methods. The method is based on lymphocytes separation from the venous heparinized blood, with followed by in vitro lymphocytes inducing at temperature 36.5°С in the presence of 5% CO2. Blood samples were taken in different time intervals, labelled by mouse anti-idiotipyc FITCconjugated antibodies, structurally simulated human alpha and gamma interferon, samples were fixed with paraformaldehyde. Interferon receptors expression were performed by flow cytometer. Results. The in vitro experiments have determined the interferon-inducing ability of three influenza virus strains: A/PR8/34 (H1N1, A/Krasnodar/101/59 (H2N2 and A/ Ryazan/6103/87 (H3N2. MPBC blood sample (blood group was 0, Rh factor – positive was induced by irradiated noninfectious allantoic fluid with hemagglutinating activity. Expression of alpha and gamma interferon receptors (alpha and gamma IFNR on MPBC was determined by IFNR markers labelled with FITC and it (expression was estimated by flow cytometer. In parallel we compared expression of alpha and gamma IFNR on MPBC in primed and non primed cells by low doses of human alpha interferon. It was found that expression of alpha and gamma IFNR on MPBC, induced influenza A/ PR8/34 (H1N1 antigen, with high hemagglutinating activity was higher in primed MPBC in

  13. In vitro anti-influenza virus activities of a new lignan glycoside from the latex of Calotropis gigantea.

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    Supawadee Parhira

    Full Text Available A new lignan glycoside, (+-pinoresinol 4-O-[6″-O-vanilloyl]-β-D-glucopyranoside (1 and two known phenolic compounds, 6'-O-vanilloyltachioside (2 and 6'-O-vanilloylisotachioside (3 were isolated from the latex of Calotropis gigantea (Asclepiadaceae. The structure of the new compound was elucidated by using spectroscopic and chemical methods. Three isolates (1-3 and one authentic compound, (+-pinoresinol 4-O-β-D-glucopyranoside, were screened for A/PR/8/34 (H1N1 inhibitory activity by cytopathic effect (CPE inhibition assay on MDCK cells. Compound 1 showed inhibitory activity against A/PR/8/34 (H1N1. In sharp contrast, the other three compounds (2, 3 and (+-pinoresinol 4-O-β-D-glucopyranoside did not show such activity. An analysis of structure-activity relationship between 1 and (+-pinoresinol 4-O-β-D-glucopyranoside revealed that the presence of a vanilloyl group in the sugar moiety of 1 is crucial for its anti-influenza virus activity. Compound 1 was further evaluated for in vitro inhibitory activities against a panel of human and avian influenza viruses by CPE inhibition assay. It showed inhibitory effect against human influenza viruses in both subtypes A and B (IC50 values around 13.4-39.8 µM with SI values of 3.7-11.4, while had no effect on avian influenza viruses. Its antiviral activity against human influenza viruses subtype A was further confirmed by plaque reduction assay. The time course assay indicated that 1 exerts its antiviral activity at the early stage of viral replication. A mechanistic study showed that 1 efficiently inhibited influenza virus-induced activation of NF-κB pathway in a dose-dependent manner, but had no effect on virus-induced activation of Raf/MEK/ERK pathway. Further studies demonstrated that nuclear translocation of transcription factor NF-κB induced by influenza virus was significantly blocked by 1, meanwhile, nuclear export of viral ribonucleoproteins was also effectively inhibited. These findings

  14. In vitro anti-influenza virus activities of a new lignan glycoside from the latex of Calotropis gigantea.

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    Parhira, Supawadee; Yang, Zi-Feng; Zhu, Guo-Yuan; Chen, Qiao-Lian; Zhou, Bei-Xian; Wang, Yu-Tao; Liu, Liang; Bai, Li-Ping; Jiang, Zhi-Hong

    2014-01-01

    A new lignan glycoside, (+)-pinoresinol 4-O-[6″-O-vanilloyl]-β-D-glucopyranoside (1) and two known phenolic compounds, 6'-O-vanilloyltachioside (2) and 6'-O-vanilloylisotachioside (3) were isolated from the latex of Calotropis gigantea (Asclepiadaceae). The structure of the new compound was elucidated by using spectroscopic and chemical methods. Three isolates (1-3) and one authentic compound, (+)-pinoresinol 4-O-β-D-glucopyranoside, were screened for A/PR/8/34 (H1N1) inhibitory activity by cytopathic effect (CPE) inhibition assay on MDCK cells. Compound 1 showed inhibitory activity against A/PR/8/34 (H1N1). In sharp contrast, the other three compounds (2, 3 and (+)-pinoresinol 4-O-β-D-glucopyranoside) did not show such activity. An analysis of structure-activity relationship between 1 and (+)-pinoresinol 4-O-β-D-glucopyranoside revealed that the presence of a vanilloyl group in the sugar moiety of 1 is crucial for its anti-influenza virus activity. Compound 1 was further evaluated for in vitro inhibitory activities against a panel of human and avian influenza viruses by CPE inhibition assay. It showed inhibitory effect against human influenza viruses in both subtypes A and B (IC50 values around 13.4-39.8 µM with SI values of 3.7-11.4), while had no effect on avian influenza viruses. Its antiviral activity against human influenza viruses subtype A was further confirmed by plaque reduction assay. The time course assay indicated that 1 exerts its antiviral activity at the early stage of viral replication. A mechanistic study showed that 1 efficiently inhibited influenza virus-induced activation of NF-κB pathway in a dose-dependent manner, but had no effect on virus-induced activation of Raf/MEK/ERK pathway. Further studies demonstrated that nuclear translocation of transcription factor NF-κB induced by influenza virus was significantly blocked by 1, meanwhile, nuclear export of viral ribonucleoproteins was also effectively inhibited. These findings suggest

  15. The immuno-regulatory impact of orally-administered Hypericum perforatum extract on Balb/C mice inoculated with H1n1 influenza A virus.

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    Full Text Available Hypericumperforatum (H. perforatum ethanol extract has been found to inhibit lipopolysaccharide-induced production of inflammatory mediators and cytokines in cultured macrophages. Therefore, it may be able to protect the host from excessive inflammation during viral infection. In the current study, the immune-regulatory effect of H. perforatum extract was evaluated in A549 lung epithelial cells and BALB/c mice exposed to Influenza A/PR/8/34 H1N1 virus. In A549 cells, the extract (30 µg/mL significantly inhibited influenza virus induced monocyte chemotactic protein (MCP-1 and interferon-γ induced protein 10 kD (IP-10, but dramatically increased interleukin-6 (IL-6. In mice inoculated intranasally with 10(7.9 EID50 of Influenza A/PR/8/34 H1N1 (high dose, daily oral treatment of H. perforatum extract at a rate of 110 mg/kg of body weight increased lung viral titer, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL pro-inflammatory cytokine and chemokine levels, and the infiltration of pro-inflammatory cells in the lung 5 days post-inoculation, as compared to ethanol vehicle treated mice. Transcription of suppressor of cytokine signaling 3 (SOCS3 was increased by H. perforatum extract both in A549 cells and BALB/c mice, which could have interrupted anti-viral immune response and thus led to the inefficient viral clearance and increased lung inflammation. H. perforatum treatment resulted in minor reduction in viral titer without affecting body weight when mice were inoculated with a lower dose (~10(5.0 EID50 and H. perforatum was applied in the later phase of infection. Mice challenged intranasally with high dose of influenza virus (10(7.9 EID50 suffered from a higher mortality rate when dosed with H. perforatum extract. In conclusion, the current study showed that SOCS3 elevation by H. perforatum may cause impaired immune defense against influenza virus infection and lead to higher mortality.

  16. 水解条件对挤压膨化高温豆粕酶解物免疫活性的影响%Effect of Hydrolysis Conditions on Immunoactivity of Enzymatic Hydrolysates from Extruded High-temperature Soybean Meal

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    张智宇; 朱秀清; 任为聪

    2011-01-01

    研究合理的水解工艺以有效提高高温豆粕的免疫活性。采用二次旋转回归法优化水解条件,以水解温度、酶添加量、底物添加量、酶解时间为影响因素,以淋巴细胞增殖指数(SI)为检测指标,运用SPSS13.0软件分析,最终用Design Expert 7.0.0软件优化出最优的水解条件。最优的工艺条件为:胰蛋白酶添加量7999.97U/g,酶解温度55.14℃,水解时间4.34h,底物添加量(底物与加水量之比)4.41%,经MTT法测定,此条件下酶解物对ConA诱导的小鼠脾淋巴细胞的免疫刺激指数最高,为1.1894。%In order to improve the immunoactivity of enzymatic hydrolysates from extruded high-temperature soybean meal,the hydrolysis of the substrate by trypsin was optimized using central composite rotary design.Spleen lymphocyte proliferation(expressed as the stimulation index,SI) was investigated with respect to four variables including hydrolysis temperature,enzyme amount,substrate concentration and hydrolysis time.Using SPSS 13.0 and Design Expert 7.0.0,the experimental data were analyzed to determine the optimal hydrolysis conditions as follows: enzyme amount of 7999.97 U/g,hydrolysis temperature of 55.14 ℃,hydrolysis time of 4.34 h,and substrate concentration of 4.41%.Under the optimal hydrolysis conditions,the ConA-induced spleen lymphocyte stimulation index was determined by MTT method to be 1.1894.

  17. Study on Effect and Mechanism of Qixiang Aerosol on Lung Inflammatory Injury of Mice with Influenzal Pneumonia%“芪香”气雾剂对流感病毒肺炎小鼠肺部炎性损伤的影响及机制研究

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    吴贤波; 戴敏; 陈颖; 马萍

    2013-01-01

    Objective:To investigate effect and mechanism of Qixiang Aerosol on lung inflammatory injury of mice with influenzal pneumonia. Methods: The mice were infected with A/PR/8/34 ( H1N1 ). The effect of Qixiang Aerosol on lung inflammatory injury was observed by conventional HE staining method, and contents of IFN-γ and IL-10 in blood serum were tested by ELISA. Results; After prophylactic medication of Qixiang Aerosol, compared with model group, the pathological changes of lung were relieved significantly, the severity and range of inflammation were controlled effectively, the spread of lesions was prevented, the lung inflammatory injury was relieved obviously, and the contents of IFN-γ and IL-10 were increased. Conclusion: Qixiang Aerosol can relieve the lung inflammatory injury caused by influenza, and the mechanism may be related with the relative balance between IFN-γ which is the regulating proinflammatory cytokines and IL-10 which is the anti-inflammatary factor.%目的:探讨“芪香”气雾剂对流感病毒肺炎小鼠肺部炎性损伤的影响及机制.方法:以流感病毒亚甲型鼠肺适应株A/PR/8/34(H1N1)感染小鼠为模型,用常规HE染色法观察“芪香”气雾剂对肺部炎性损伤的影响;采用ELISA法观察血清IFN-γ、IL-10含量.结果:“芪香”气雾剂预防给药后,与模型组比较,肺部病变明显减轻,有效控制炎症反应的程度和范围,阻止病灶的蔓延,显著减轻小鼠肺部炎性损害;提高血清IFN-γ、IL-10含量.结论:“芪香”气雾剂可减少流感引起的肺部炎性损伤,其机制可能与调节促炎因子IFN-γ与抗炎因子IL-10相对平衡的状态有关.

  18. The catalytic dehydrochlorination of pentachloroethane with activated carbon supported calcium chloride%活性炭负载CaCl2催化五氯乙烷脱HCl的研究

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    王智春; 陈胜洲; 陈汉伦; 谢文健

    2012-01-01

    Supported catalyst calcium chloride/activated carbon(CaCl2/AC) was prepared and used in dehydrochlorination of pentachloroethane to produce perchloroethylene.Influences of reaction temperature,space velocity and CaCl2 loading amount on catalytic activity of CaCl2/AC were investigated.Stability of catalytic activity of catalyst was also studied.Results of the experiment showed that the optimal conditions were reaction temperature 240℃,space velocity 3.4h-1,CaCl2 loading amount 0.3mmol/g.Under the optimal conditions,the conversion of pentachloroethane and the yield of perchloroethylene can reach more than 99% and 95%,respectively.And the repeatability of catalytic activity of catalyst was fine.The catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction(XRD) and nitrogen adsorption-desorption method.The results showed that the dispersion of CaCl2 on activated carbon surface was good.The BET surface area and pore volume of CaCl2/AC catalyst gradually decreased with the CaCl2 loading amount increased.%筛选出了催化性能较好的活性炭负载氯化钙(CaCl2/AC)催化剂用于五氯乙烷脱HCl制备四氯乙烯。考察了反应温度、空速、CaCl2负载量对CaCl2/AC催化剂催化性能的影响及催化剂的稳定性。实验结果表明最佳反应条件:反应温度为240℃,空速为3.4h-1,CaCl2负载量为0.3mmol/g,在此反应条件下五氯乙烷的转化率可达99%以上,四氯乙烯的收率达95%以上,催化剂催化性能重现性良好。采用X射线衍射(XRD)、氮气吸附-脱附对催化剂进行了表征。结果表明CaCl2在活性炭表面分散良好;随着CaCl2负载量的增加,CaCl2/AC催化剂的BET比表面及孔容逐渐减小。

  19. Pharmacokinetic Study of A Sleep-Promoting Agent Melatonin%新型睡眠促进剂褪黑激素(Melatonin)的药代动力学研究

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    付良青; 骆传环; 田军; 舒融

    2002-01-01

    The plasma concentration of melatonin in rabbits are measured by GC/MS with selected ion (m/z 173) and caffeine(m/z 194) as internal standard to determine the pharmacokinetic of melatonin. The concentrtion-time profile of melatonin is abtained after melatonin 30 mg*kg-1 administered for a two-compartment open model in rabbits. The pharmacokinetic parameters are t1/2α=0.31 h, t1/2β=8.58 h, t1/2Ka=0.34 h, Tmax=0.63±0.47 h, Cmax=322.23±255.40 ng/mL, K12=0.81 h-1, K21=2.80 h-1, K10=2.10 h-1, AUC=697.49(ng/mL)*h,CL(s)=0.097±0.054(mg/kg)/h(ng/mL). The method is stable, sensitive and accurate. It is a useful method for the determination of pharmacokinetics of melatonin which is important for clinic.%测定新型睡眠促进剂Melatonin的药代动力学参数的方法是以咖啡因为内标、以GC/MS的SIM(选择性离子监测)为检测手段,定量测定家兔体内Melatonin的含量及药代动力学参数.其结果为家兔灌胃给予Melatonin 30 mg*kg-1后,Melatonin在家兔体内呈二室分布,药代动力学参数为t1/2α=0.31 h,t1/2β=8.58 h,t1/2Ka=0.34 h,Tmax=0.63±0.47 h,Cmax=322.23±255.40 ng/mL, K12=0.81 h-1,K21=2.80 h-1,K10=2.10 h-1,AUC=697.49(ng/mL)*h,CL(s)=0.097±0.054(mg/kg)/h/(ng/mL).这种测量方法灵敏度高、特异性强、准确性好,为测定Melatonin药代动力学参数提供了有效实用的分析方法.Melatonin在家兔体内分布及消除都很快,不会在体内蓄积.

  20. Improved process for the production of cellulose sulfate using sulfuric acid/ethanol solution.

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    Chen, Guo; Zhang, Bin; Zhao, Jun; Chen, Hongwen

    2013-06-05

    An improved process for production of cellulose sulfate (CS) was developed by using sulfuric acid/ethanol solution as sulfonating agent and Na2SO4 as water absorbent. The FTIR, SEM and TG analysis were used to characterize the CS prepared. The total degree of substitution and viscosity of the product solution (2%, w/v) were ranging from 0.28 to 0.77 and from 115 to 907 mPa s, respectively, by changing the process parameters such as the amount of Na2SO4, the reaction time, the temperature, the sulfuric acid/alcohol ratio and liquid/solid ratio. The results indicated that the product with DS (0.28-0.77) and η2% (115-907) mPa s could be produced by using this improved process and more cellulose sulfate could be produced when cellulose was sulfonated for 3-4 h at -2 °C in sulfuric acid/ethanol (1.4-1.6) solution with addition of 0.8 g Na2SO4. The (13)C NMR indicated that the sulfate group of CS produced using sulfuric acid/ethanol solution was at C6 position.

  1. Granulocyte-specific monoclonal antibody technetium-99m-BW 250/183 and indium-111 oxine-labelled leukocyte scintigraphy in inflammatory bowel disease

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    Segarra, I.; Roca, M.; Ricart, Y.; Mora, J.; Puchal, R.; Martin-Comin, J. (Hospital de Bella Vista, Barcelona (Spain). Servicio de Medicina Nuclear); Baliellas, C.; Vilar, L. (Hospital de Bella Vista, Barcelona (Spain). Servicio de Gastroenterologia)

    1991-09-01

    Thirty-three patients suspected of suffering from inflammatory bowel disease were studied. Autologous leukocytes were labelled with indium 111 oxine and re-injected simultaneously with 0.3-0.5 mg of {sup 99m}Tc-labelled granulocyte-specific monoclonal antibody BW 250/183. Two scans were obtained, the early scan 3-4 h post-injection (p.i.) and the late scan 18-24 h p.i. Using the endoscopy study as standard, the diagnostic accuracy of both agents was determined. Sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of {sup 111}In-scans was 88.8%, 100.0% and 93.7% at 4 h and 94.7%, 100.0% and 96.9% and 24 h, respectively. Concerning the results using antibodies, the values were 61.1%, 100.0% and 78.1% at 4 h and 78.9%, 92.8% and 84.8% at 24 h, respectively. Segmental analysis showed concordance in 89.3% and 93.3% of the cases at 4 and 24 h, respectively. Though less sensitive and less accurate than scanning employing indium 111 leukocytes, the BW 250/183 granulocyte-specific scintigraphy can be used for inflammatory bowel disease diagnosis and localization. (orig.).

  2. Effect of tamoxifen on cytosolic estrogen receptor in the different parts of fallopian tube and uterus during ovum transport.

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    Gupta, J S; Roy, S K

    1987-12-01

    The effect of tamoxifen (ICI-46474) (alpha-[4-(beta-N-dimethylamino ethoxy)-phenyl]alpha'-ethyl trans stilbene on estrogen cytosolic receptor was observed in different parts of fallopian tube and uterus of rabbits during ovum transport. Tubal segments viz. ampulla (A), ampullary isthmic junction (AIJ), isthmus (I), uterine isthmic junction (UIJ) and uterus (U) were studied during the passage of ovum. Significant differences were observed in normal, drug treated and pregnant animals at 14, 24, 34, 48, 72, 144 and 168 h. In treated animals during 14 h post-coitum (p.c.) to 34 h p.c. the ampullary cytosol receptor concentration increased and suddenly decreased at 48 h p.c. whereas from 72 h p.c. to 144 h p.c. it increased gradually. Tamoxifen accelerated the rate of egg transport decreasing tubal cytosolic receptors at 48 h p.c. However, beyond 48 h p.c. receptors increased till 144 h p.c. Results suggest that tamoxifen modulated tubal cytosolic estrogen receptors during egg transport and prevents pregnancy.

  3. Effects of delayed transfer and treatment with oestrogen on the transport of microspheres by the rat oviduct.

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    Moore, G D; Croxatto, H B

    1988-07-01

    Starch or dextran blue microspheres were transferred microsurgically to the infundibulum of the oviduct on Days 1, 2, or 3 of pregnancy of control and oestradiol-treated rats. The animals were killed a few hours to several days after transfer to assess the number and distribution of ova and microspheres in the tract. After transfer on Day 1 of pregnancy, microspheres and eggs crossed the ampullary-isthmic junction (AIJ) 18 h after ovulation. After transfer on Day 2 of pregnancy, more than 50% of microspheres were retained in the ampulla, indicating that the AIJ changes again 34 h after ovulation. Treatment with oestradiol did not advance the passage of eggs or microspheres across the AIJ but caused accelerated transport through the isthmus as soon as the eggs or microspheres reached this segment. Dextran blue microspheres were seen to move back and forth in the isthmus of control anaesthetized rats at a frequency of 5-6 times/min. Between 7 and 20 h after treatment with oestradiol the frequency of these movements was significantly augmented, indicating that increased frequency of contractions of the smooth muscle of the isthmus precedes and accompanies accelerated transport of ova through this segment.

  4. Dicty_cDB: Contig-U16275-1 [Dicty_cDB

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  5. Significantly improved survival time in pigs with complete liver ischemia treated with a novel bioartificial liver.

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    Flendrig, L M; Calise, F; Di Florio, E; Mancini, A; Ceriello, A; Santaniello, W; Mezza, E; Sicoli, F; Belleza, G; Bracco, A; Cozzolino, S; Scala, D; Mazzone, M; Fattore, M; Gonzales, E; Chamuleau, R A

    1999-10-01

    Aim of the study was to evaluate treatment efficacy and safety of a scaled-up version of our porcine hepatocytes based BAL system in pigs with complete liver ischemia (LIS). Thirty-one pigs underwent total devascularization of the liver (LIS) by termino-lateral porta-caval shunts and sutures around the bile duct, the common hepatic and gastroduodenal arteries and their accessory branches. The hepato-duodenal ligament was completely transected. Four experimental groups were studied: the first control group (LIS Control, n = 10) received glucose infusion only, the second control group (LIS Plasmapheresis, n = 8) was connected to a centrifugal plasma-separator with a bottle representing the bioreactor volume, the third control group (LIS Empty-BAL, n = 5) received BAL treatment without cells, and the treated group (LIS Cell-BAL, n = 8) was connected for a maximum period of 24 hours to our scaled-up BAL seeded with around 14 billion viable primary porcine hepatocytes. BAL treatment significantly prolonged life in large animals (approximately 35 kg) with complete LIS (Controls, mean +/- SEM: 33.1 +/- 3 h, Cell-BAL: 51.1 +/- 3.4 h; p = 0.001; longest survivor 63 h). In addition, blood ammonia and total bilirubin levels decreased significantly, indicating metabolic activity of porcine hepatocytes in the bioreactor. No significant differences were noticed among the three control groups, indicating that there was no device effect and that the plasmapheresis procedure was well tolerated. No important adverse effects were observed.

  6. Increased Survivorship and Altered Cytokine Profile from Treatment of Influenza A H1N1-Infected Mice with Ekybion: A Drug Complex of Natural Extracts and Inorganic Compounds

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    Christopher Lupfer

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Ekybion is a drug complex of 16 natural extracts and inorganic compounds designed to treat a variety of respiratory pathogens of bacterial and viral origin. It is licensed throughout Europe for the treatment of respiratory tract infections from equine parainfluenza type 3 and equine herpes virus type 1 in equine stables. The purpose of this paper was to test the efficacy of Ekybion on a well-developed animal model of influenza A infection and determine a mode of action. Experiments were performed with Balb/c mice infected with a lethal dose of influenza A/PR/8/34 H1N1 virus and treated with nebulized Ekybion every 8 h in a time-dependant or dose-dependant fashion. These experiments showed that mice treated prior to infection with Ekybion had a higher survival rates (~46% compared with untreated animals (~0%. Paradoxically, these mice showed no significant difference in lung virus titer or weight loss. There was, however, a decrease in the level of GM-CSF, IL-6, and G-CSF cytokines in the lungs of Ekybion-treated, infected mice. It is possible that decreases in proinflammatory cytokines may have contributed to increased survivorship in Ekybion-treated influenza-infected mice.

  7. Stress and stereotypic behaviour in mink (Mustela vison)

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    Malmkvist, Jens; Jeppesen, Leif Lau; Palme, R.

    2011-01-01

    We examined whether female mink with low (LS) and high (HS) occurrence of stereotypic behaviour differ in their adrenocortical activity in baseline conditions or in response to immobilisation (Experiment 1), handling, adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) challenge (Experiment 2) and excretion of ci...... or a different excretion of the circulating cortisol. Instead, we conclude that mink with a high level of stereotypic behaviour have a greater perception of stress, or increased sensitivity to stressors at the pituitary level....... of circulating cortisol (Experiment 3). Faeces are the predominating excretory route of cortisol (83%), with peak concentrations after 4.2 h (urine: 3.4 h). Faecal cortisol metabolites (FCMs) reflected changes in relation to handling/ACTH challenge. In Experiment 1 (n = 162), HS mink had approximately 54% higher...... 4-20 h after the handling (P = 0.001). In Experiment 3 (n = 16), the excretion of infused (3)H-cortisol did not differ between LS and HS mink. Stereotypic behaviour is concurrent with higher baseline concentrations of FCM, which cannot be explained by a greater adrenocortical reactivity...

  8. Morphology and viability of pollen grains from passion fruit species (Passiflora spp.

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    Taliane Leila Soares

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The characterization and viability of pollen grains are useful tools to guide crosses in breeding programs. The objective of this study was to describe the morphological patterns and viability of pollen grains from five accessions of Passiflora edulis f. flavicarpa O. Deg. and five accessions of Passiflora setacea DC. Pollen morphology descriptions were made using light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, whereas the viability analysis was performed by in vitro germination and histochemical analysis (Lugol's solution and 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride. Pollen grains assessed for germination were inoculated in culture medium containing Ca(NO3.4H2O (0.03%, Mg(SO4.7H2O (0.02%, KNO3 (0.01%, H3BO3 (0.01%, sucrose (15% and agar (0.8%. Although P. edulis and P. setacea showed the same shape and type of pollen aperture, the two differed in terms of their morphology and exine ornamentation pattern. In vitro analysis showed that one of the P. edulis f. flavicarpa accessions (designated BGP 330 presented the highest germination rate (53.98% and longest pollen tube (2.18 mm. The histochemical analysis overestimated pollen viability when compared with the in vitro results. The results of this study contribute to the breeding of Passiflora species by increasing the understanding of their morphology and pollen grain viability.

  9. 磷化铝中毒抑制大鼠胆碱酯酶及阿托品和氯解磷啶的作用%Cholinesterase inhibition by aluminium phosphide poisoning in rats and effects of atropine and pralidoxime chloride

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    Shivani MHrRA; Sharda Shah PESHIN; Shyam Bala LALL

    2001-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the cholinesterase inhibition and effect of atropine and pralidoxime (PAM) treatment on the survival time in the rat model of aluminium phosphide (ALP) poisoning. METHODS: The rats were treated with AlP (10 mg/kg; 5.55×LD50; ig) and the survival time was noted. The effect of atropine (1 mg/kg, ip) and PAM (5 mg/kg, ip) was noted on the above. Atropine and PAM were administered 5 min after AlP. Plasma cholinesterase levels were measured spectrophotometrically in the control and AlP treated rats 30 min after administration. RESULTS: Treaanent with atropine and PAM increased the survival time by 2.5 fold (1.4 h ±0.3 h vs 3.4 h±2.5 h, P<0.01) in9 out of 15 animals and resulted in total survival of the 6 remaining animals. Plasma cholinesterase levels were inhibited by 47%, (438±74) U/L in AlP treated rats as compared tocontrol (840±90) U/L (P<0.01). CONCLUSION: This preliminary study concludes that AlP poisoning causes cholinesterase inhibition and responds to treatment with atropine and PAM.

  10. Dose reduction in dynamic perfusion CT of the brain: effects of the scan frequency on measurements of cerebral blood flow, cerebral blood volume, and mean transit time

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    Wiesmann, Martin [University of Munich, Department of Neuroradiology, Muenchen (Germany); Klinikum der Universitaet Muenchen - Grosshadern, Abteilung fuer Neuroradiologie, Muenchen (Germany); Berg, Scott; Stoeckelhuber, B.M. [University of Luebeck, Department of Radiology, Luebeck (Germany); Bohner, G.; Klingebiel, R. [University Medicine Berlin, Department of Neuroradiology, Charite, Berlin (Germany); Schoepf, V.; Yousry, I.; Linn, J. [University of Munich, Department of Neuroradiology, Muenchen (Germany); Missler, U. [Evangelisches Krankenhaus Duisburg-Nord, Department of Neuroradiology, Duisburg (Germany)

    2008-12-15

    The influence of the frequency of computed tomography (CT) image acquistion on the diagnostic quality of dynamic perfusion CT (PCT) studies of the brain was investigated. Eight patients with clinically suspected acute ischemia of one hemisphere underwent PCT, performed on average 3.4 h after the onset of symptoms. Sixty consecutive images per slice were obtained with individual CT images obtained at a temporal resolution of two images per second. Eight additional data sets were reconstructed with temporal resolutions ranging from one image per second to one image per 5 s. Cerebral blood flow (CBF), cerebral blood volume (CBV) and mean transit time (MTT) measurements were performed in identical regions of interest. Two neuroradiologists evaluated the PCT images visually to identify areas of abnormal perfusion. Perfusion images created up to a temporal resolution of one image per 3 s were rated to be diagnostically equal to the original data. Even at one image per 4 s, all areas of infarction were identified. Quantitative differences of CBF, CBV and MTT measurements were {<=}10% up to one image per 3 s. For PCT of the brain, temporal resolution can be reduced to one image per 3 s without significant compromise in image quality. This significantly reduces the radiation dose of the patient. (orig.)

  11. Conductivity Studies and Performance of Chitosan Based Polymer Electrolyteyte in H_2/Air Fuel Cell

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    S.R.Majid; A.K.Arof

    2007-01-01

    1 Resalts Four chitosan-based electrolyte systems chitosan-H3PO4, chitosan-H3PO4-NH4NO3, chitosan-H3PO4-NH4NO3-Al2SiO5 and chitosan-H3PO4-Al2SiO5 were studied. The samples (0.62 chitosan-0.38 H3PO4), (0.56 chitosan-0.34 H3PO4-0.10 NH4NO3), (0.557 2 chitosan-0.338 3 H3PO4-0.099 5 NH4NO3-0.005 Al2SiO5) and (0.615 chitosan-0.377 H3PO4-0.008 Al2SiO5), composition in weight fraction, exhibit the highest room temperature electrical conductivity of (5.36±1.32) × 10-5, (1.16±0.35) × 10-4, (1.82±0.10) × 10-4 an...

  12. Benzoxazinoids in root exudates of maize attract Pseudomonas putida to the rhizosphere.

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    Full Text Available Benzoxazinoids, such as 2,4-dihydroxy-7-methoxy-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H-one (DIMBOA, are secondary metabolites in grasses. In addition to their function in plant defence against pests and diseases above-ground, benzoxazinoids (BXs have also been implicated in defence below-ground, where they can exert allelochemical or antimicrobial activities. We have studied the impact of BXs on the interaction between maize and Pseudomonas putida KT2440, a competitive coloniser of the maize rhizosphere with plant-beneficial traits. Chromatographic analyses revealed that DIMBOA is the main BX compound in root exudates of maize. In vitro analysis of DIMBOA stability indicated that KT2440 tolerance of DIMBOA is based on metabolism-dependent breakdown of this BX compound. Transcriptome analysis of DIMBOA-exposed P. putida identified increased transcription of genes controlling benzoate catabolism and chemotaxis. Chemotaxis assays confirmed motility of P. putida towards DIMBOA. Moreover, colonisation essays in soil with Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP-expressing P. putida showed that DIMBOA-producing roots of wild-type maize attract significantly higher numbers of P. putida cells than roots of the DIMBOA-deficient bx1 mutant. Our results demonstrate a central role for DIMBOA as a below-ground semiochemical for recruitment of plant-beneficial rhizobacteria during the relatively young and vulnerable growth stages of maize.

  13. Dipicolinate complexes of main group metals with hydrazinium cation

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    K Saravanan; S Govindarajan

    2002-02-01

    Some new coordination complexes of hydrazinium main group metal dipicolinate hydrates of formulae (N2H5)2M(dip)2.H2O (where, M =Ca, Sr, Ba or Pb and = 0, 2, 4 and 3 respectively and dip = dipicolinate), N2H5Bi(dip)2.3H2O and (N2H5)3Bi(dip)3.4H2O have been prepared and characterized by physico-chemical techniques. The infrared spectra of the complexes reveal the presence of tridentate dipicolinate dianions and non-coordinating hydrazinium cations. Conductance measurements show that the mono, di and trihydrazinium complexes behave as 1:1, 2:1 and 3:1 electrolytes respectively, in aqueous solution. Thermal decomposition studies show that these compounds lose water followed by endothermic decomposition of hydrazine to give respective metal hydrogendipicolinate intermediates, which further decompose exothermically to the final product of either metal carbonates (Ca, Sr, Ba and Pb) or metal oxycarbonates (Bi). The coordination numbers around the metal ions differ from compound to compound. The various coordination numbers exhibited by these metals are six (Ca), seven (Ba), eight (Sr) and nine (Pb and Bi). In all the complexes the above coordination number is attained by tridentate dipicolinate dianions and water molecules. The X-ray diffraction patterns of these compounds differ from one another suggesting that they are not isomorphous.

  14. Alteration of protein levels during influenza virus H1N1 infection in host cells: a proteomic survey of host and virus reveals differential dynamics.

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    Full Text Available We studied the dynamics of the proteome of influenza virus A/PR/8/34 (H1N1 infected Madin-Darby canine kidney cells up to 12 hours post infection by mass spectrometry based quantitative proteomics using the approach of stable isotope labeling by amino acids in cell culture (SILAC. We identified 1311 cell proteins and, apart from the proton channel M2, all major virus proteins. Based on their abundance two groups of virus proteins could be distinguished being in line with the function of the proteins in genesis and formation of new virions. Further, the data indicate a correlation between the amount of proteins synthesized and their previously determined copy number inside the viral particle. We employed bioinformatic approaches such as functional clustering, gene ontology, and pathway (KEGG enrichment tests to uncover co-regulated cellular protein sets, assigned the individual subsets to their biological function, and determined their interrelation within the progression of viral infection. For the first time we are able to describe dynamic changes of the cellular and, of note, the viral proteome in a time dependent manner simultaneously. Through cluster analysis, time dependent patterns of protein abundances revealed highly dynamic up- and/or down-regulation processes. Taken together our study provides strong evidence that virus infection has a major impact on the cell status at the protein level.

  15. Topical application of ALA PDT for the treatment of moderate to severe acne vulgaris

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    Wang, Xiu-Li; Wang, Hong-Wei; Zhang, Ling-Lin; Su, Lina; Guo, Ming-Xia; Huang, Zheng

    2009-06-01

    Objectives: To evaluate the effectiveness of topical 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA)- medicated photodynamic therapy (ALA PDT) for the treatment of moderate to severe acne vulgaris. Methods: Sixteen Chinese patients with moderate to severe facial acne were treated with 1-3 courses of ALA PDT. ALA cream (3%) was freshly prepared and applied to acne lesions for 3-4 h. The lesions were irradiated by a 635 nm diode laser at dose levels of 60 - 80 J/cm2 at 100 mW/cm2. Clinical assessments were conducted before and after treatment up to 3 months. Results: All patents showed response to ALA PDT. Complete clearance was seen in 10 patients (62.5%) and partial clearance in 6 patients (37.5%). One case showed recurrence after complete clearance at 2 months and another two showed recurrence after complete clearance at 3 months. However, the number of new lesions were significantly reduced. Adverse effects were minimal. Conclusions: The results of this preliminary clinical study is encouraging. ALA PDT is a simple, safe and useful therapeutic option for the treatment of moderate to severe acne. Further studies to evaluate the treatment with a larger number of patients and for a longer period of follow-up are needed.

  16. IL-22 is essential for lung epithelial repair following influenza infection.

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    Pociask, Derek A; Scheller, Erich V; Mandalapu, Sivanarayana; McHugh, Kevin J; Enelow, Richard I; Fattman, Cheryl L; Kolls, Jay K; Alcorn, John F

    2013-04-01

    Influenza infection is widespread in the United States and the world. Despite low mortality rates due to infection, morbidity is common and little is known about the molecular events involved in recovery. Influenza infection results in persistent distal lung remodeling, and the mechanism(s) involved are poorly understood. Recently IL-22 has been found to mediate epithelial repair. We propose that IL-22 is critical for recovery of normal lung function and architecture after influenza infection. Wild-type and IL-22(-/-) mice were infected with influenza A PR8/34 H1N1 and were followed up for up to 21 days post infection. IL-22 receptor was localized to the airway epithelium in naive mice but was expressed at the sites of parenchymal lung remodeling induced by influenza infection. IL-22(-/-) mice displayed exacerbated lung injury compared with wild-type mice, which correlated with decreased lung function 21 days post infection. Epithelial metaplasia was observed in wild-type mice but was not evident in IL-22(-/-) animals that were characterized with an increased fibrotic phenotype. Gene expression analysis revealed aberrant expression of epithelial genes involved in repair processes, among changes in several other biological processes. These data indicate that IL-22 is required for normal lung repair after influenza infection. IL-22 represents a novel pathway involved in interstitial lung disease.

  17. Quercetin as an Antiviral Agent Inhibits Influenza A Virus (IAV Entry

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Influenza A viruses (IAVs cause seasonal pandemics and epidemics with high morbidity and mortality, which calls for effective anti-IAV agents. The glycoprotein hemagglutinin of influenza virus plays a crucial role in the initial stage of virus infection, making it a potential target for anti-influenza therapeutics development. Here we found that quercetin inhibited influenza infection with a wide spectrum of strains, including A/Puerto Rico/8/34 (H1N1, A/FM-1/47/1 (H1N1, and A/Aichi/2/68 (H3N2 with half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50 of 7.756 ± 1.097, 6.225 ± 0.467, and 2.738 ± 1.931 μg/mL, respectively. Mechanism studies identified that quercetin showed interaction with the HA2 subunit. Moreover, quercetin could inhibit the entry of the H5N1 virus using the pseudovirus-based drug screening system. This study indicates that quercetin showing inhibitory activity in the early stage of influenza infection provides a future therapeutic option to develop effective, safe and affordable natural products for the treatment and prophylaxis of IAV infections.

  18. Summary of Meteorological Observations, Surface (SMOS), Imperial Beach, California.

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  19. Optimization of Fermentation Media for Enhancing Nitrite-oxidizing Activity by Artificial Neural Network Coupling Genetic Algorithm

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    罗剑飞; 林炜铁; 蔡小龙; 李敬源

    2012-01-01

    Two artificial intelligence techniques, artificial neural network and genetic algorithm, were applied to optimize the fermentation medium for improving the nitrite oxidization rate of nitrite oxidizing bacteria. Experiments were conducted with the composition of medium components obtained by genetic algorithm, and the experimental data were used to build a BP (back propagation) neural network model. The concentrations of six medium components were used as input vectors, and the nitrite oxidization rate was used as output vector of the model. The BP neural network model was used as the objective function of genetic algorithm to find the optimum medium composition for the maximum nitrite oxidization rate. The maximum nitrite oxidization rate was 0.952 g 2 NO-2-N·(g MLSS)-1·d-1 , obtained at the genetic algorithm optimized concentration of medium components (g·L-1 ): NaCl 0.58, MgSO 4 ·7H 2 O 0.14, FeSO 4 ·7H 2 O 0.141, KH 2 PO 4 0.8485, NaNO 2 2.52, and NaHCO 3 3.613. Validation experiments suggest that the experimental results are consistent with the best result predicted by the model. A scale-up experiment shows that the nitrite degraded completely after 34 h when cultured in the optimum medium, which is 10 h less than that cultured in the initial medium.

  20. High molecular weight PEGylation of human pancreatic polypeptide at position 22 improves stability and reduces food intake in mice

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    Thieme, V; Jolly, N; Madsen, A N

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Human pancreatic polypeptide (hPP) is known to suppress appetite and food intake, thereby representing a potential therapeutic approach against obesity and associated metabolic disorders. The aim of this study was to improve hPP stability by covalent PEGylation with diverse...... fasting-induced food intake and bioavailability. KEY RESULTS: In human epithelia and colonic mucosal preparations, activity of the modified hPP peptides depended on the core sequence and latency of the peptides was related to PEG size. Peptides modified with a 22 kDa PEG (PEG22) remained intact in blood...... plasma and on incubation with liver homogenates for more than 96 h. Finally, hPP2-36 , [K(22) (PEG22)]hPP2-36 and [K(22) (PEG22),Q(34) ]hPP significantly reduced cumulative food intake in mice over 16 h after s.c. administration. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Modification with PEG22 at position 22...

  1. Buccal misoprostol plus laminaria for cervical preparation before dilation and evacuation at 21-23 weeks of gestation: a randomized controlled trial.

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    Drey, Eleanor A; Benson, Lyndsey S; Sokoloff, Abby; Steinauer, Jody E; Roy, Geneviève; Jackson, Rebecca A

    2014-04-01

    To describe the effectiveness of buccal misoprostol as an adjunct to laminaria for cervical ripening before later second-trimester abortion by dilation and evacuation (D&E). A randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial of 196 women undergoing D&E between 21 and 23 weeks of gestation. Subjects had overnight laminaria and 400 mcg buccal misoprostol or placebo 3-4 h before the abortion. We used logarithmic transformation of the primary outcome--D&E procedure duration--to achieve a normal distribution. Mean D&E duration was 1.7 min shorter with misoprostol (p=.02). The median duration was 9.7 versus 10.4 min in the misoprostol and placebo groups, respectively (p=.09). Cervical dilation was slightly greater with misoprostol (median 75 mm vs. 73 mm, p=.04); however, physicians did not find the misoprostol D&Es easier to complete. Half of subjects reported severe pain after misoprostol vs. 11% with placebo (pmisoprostol results in slightly shorter D&Es at the cost of more side effects. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. A simple novel approach for real-time monitoring of sodium gluconate production by on-line physiological parameters in batch fermentation by Aspergillus niger.

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    Lu, Fei; Wang, Zejian; Zhao, Wei; Chu, Ju; Zhuang, Yingping

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, approach for real-time monitoring of sodium gluconate (SG) fermentation was established for the first time by the equations which can calculate real-time key-parameters by on-line physiological data. Based on this approach, limiting factors were found out in initial fermentation F1 and then step-wise agitation increase and improved medium recipe were proposed in fermentation F2 and F3, respectively. The highest average SG production rate (16.58±0.91 g L(-1) h(-1)) was achieved in fermentation F3, which was 104.2% and 48.0% higher than those in fermentation F1 and F2, respectively. Meanwhile, due to shorter fermentation period (decreased from 34 h to 18.7 h), lower biomass (about 1.5 g L(-1)) and less by-product accumulation, the overall yield of 0.943±0.012 (mol mol(-1)) in fermentation F3 increased more than 16.0% compared to fermentation F1. This approach had been successfully applied to industrial fermentation and greatly improved SG production.

  3. A process for high-efficiency isoflavone deglycosylation using Bacillus subtilis natto NTU-18.

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    Kuo, Lun-Cheng; Wu, Ren-Yu; Lee, Kung-Ta

    2012-06-01

    In order to produce isoflavone aglycosides effectively, a process of isoflavone hydrolysis by Bacillus subtilis natto NTU-18 (BCRC 80390) was established. This process integrates the three stages for the production of isoflavone aglycosides in one single fermenter, including the growth of B. subtilis natto, production of β-glucosidase, deglycosylation of fed isoflavone glycosides. After 8 h of batch culture of B. subtilis natto NTU-18 in 2 L of soy medium, a total of 3 L of soy isoflavone glucoside solution containing 3.0 mg/mL of daidzin and 1.0 mg/mL of genistin was fed continuously over 34 h. The percentage deglycosylation of daidzin and genistin was 97.7% and 94.6%, respectively. The concentration of daidzein and genistein in the broth reached 1,066.8 μg/mL (4.2 mM) and 351 μg/mL (1.3 mM), respectively, and no residual daidzin or genistin was detected. The productivity of the bioconversion of daidzein and genistein over the 42 h of culture was 25.6 mg/L/h and 8.5 mg/L/h, respectively. This showed that this is an efficient bioconversion process for selective estrogen receptor modulator production.

  4. The actions of exogenous leucine on mTOR signalling and amino acid transporters in human myotubes

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    Cameron-Smith David

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The branched-chain amino acid (BCAA leucine has been identified to be a key regulator of skeletal muscle anabolism. Activation of anabolic signalling occurs via the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR through an undefined mechanism. System A and L solute carriers transport essential amino acids across plasma membranes; however it remains unknown whether an exogenous supply of leucine regulates their gene expression. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of acute and chronic leucine stimulation of anabolic signalling and specific amino acid transporters, using cultured primary human skeletal muscle cells. Results Human myotubes were treated with leucine, insulin or co-treated with leucine and insulin for 30 min, 3 h or 24 h. Activation of mTOR signalling kinases were examined, together with putative nutrient sensor human vacuolar protein sorting 34 (hVps34 and gene expression of selected amino acid transporters. Phosphorylation of mTOR and p70S6K was transiently increased following leucine exposure, independently to insulin. hVps34 protein expression was also significantly increased. However, genes encoding amino acid transporters were differentially regulated by insulin and not leucine. Conclusions mTOR signalling is transiently activated by leucine within human myotubes independently of insulin stimulation. While this occurred in the absence of changes in gene expression of amino acid transporters, protein expression of hVps34 increased.

  5. Surfactant-thermal method to prepare two new cobalt metal-organic frameworks

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    Yu, Xianglin [School of Materials Science and Engineering and School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Key Laboratory for Green Chemical Process of Ministry of Education, School of Chemical Engineering and Pharmacy, Wuhan Institute of Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Toh, Yong Siang [School of Materials Science and Engineering and School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Zhao, Jun [College of Materials and Chemical Engineering, Hubei Provincial Collaborative Innovation Center for New Energy Microgrid, China Three Gorges University, Yichang 443002 (China); Nie, Lina [School of Materials Science and Engineering and School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Ye, Kaiqi; Wang, Yue [State Key Laboratory of Supramolecular Structure and Materials, College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China); Li, Dongsheng [College of Materials and Chemical Engineering, Hubei Provincial Collaborative Innovation Center for New Energy Microgrid, China Three Gorges University, Yichang 443002 (China); Zhang, Qichun, E-mail: qczhang@ntu.edu.sg [School of Materials Science and Engineering and School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637371 (Singapore)

    2015-12-15

    Employing surfactants as reaction media, two new metal-organic frameworks (MOFs):(HTEA){sub 3}[Co{sub 3}(BTC){sub 3}] (NTU-Z33) and (HTEA)[Co{sub 3}(HBTC){sub 2}(BTC)] (NTU-Z34) (H{sub 3}BTC=1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid, TEA=trimethylamine, and NTU=Nanyang Technological University), have been successfully synthesized and fully characterized. Note that NTU-Z33 has an unusual trimeric [Co{sub 3}(COO){sub 9}] secondary building unit (SBU). Magnetic characterization suggests that both compounds have weak antiferromagnetic behaviors. Our success in preparing new crystalline Co-BTC based MOFs under different surfactant media could provide a new road to prepare new diverse MOFs through various combinations of surfactants. - Graphical abstract: Employing surfactants as reaction media, two new metal-organic frame-works (MOFs) have been successfully synthesized and magnetic study suggests that both compounds have weak antiferromagnetic behaviors. - Highlights: • Two novel metal-organic frame-works (MOFs). • Synthesis through surfactant-thermal condition. • weak antiferromagnetic behaviors for both compounds.

  6. Iota-Carrageenan Is a Potent Inhibitor of Influenza A Virus Infection

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    Leibbrandt, Andreas; Meier, Christiane; König-Schuster, Marielle; Weinmüllner, Regina; Kalthoff, Donata; Pflugfelder, Bettina; Graf, Philipp; Frank-Gehrke, Britta; Beer, Martin; Fazekas, Tamas; Unger, Hermann; Prieschl-Grassauer, Eva; Grassauer, Andreas

    2010-01-01

    The 2009 flu pandemic and the appearance of oseltamivir-resistant H1N1 influenza strains highlight the need for treatment alternatives. One such option is the creation of a protective physical barrier in the nasal cavity. In vitro tests demonstrated that iota-carrageenan is a potent inhibitor of influenza A virus infection, most importantly also of pandemic H1N1/2009 in vitro. Consequently, we tested a commercially available nasal spray containing iota-carrageenan in an influenza A mouse infection model. Treatment of mice infected with a lethal dose of influenza A PR8/34 H1N1 virus with iota-carrageenan starting up to 48 hours post infection resulted in a strong protection of mice similar to mice treated with oseltamivir. Since alternative treatment options for influenza are rare, we conclude that the nasal spray containing iota-carrageenan is an alternative to neuraminidase inhibitors and should be tested for prevention and treatment of influenza A in clinical trials in humans. PMID:21179403

  7. An efficient heat-inducible Bacillus subtilis bacteriophage 105 expression and secretion system for the production of the Streptomyces clavuligerus beta-lactamase inhibitory protein (BLIP).

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    Liu, Hong-Bing; Chui, Ka-Shun; Chan, Chi-Leong; Tsang, Chun-Wai; Leung, Yun-Chung

    2004-03-18

    The Streptomyces clavuligerus beta-lactamase inhibitory protein (BLIP) has been shown to be a potent inhibitor of class A beta-lactamases including the Escherichia coli TEM-1 beta-lactamase (Ki = 0.6 nM). A heat-inducible BLIP expression system was constructed based on a derivative of Bacillus subtilis phage phi105. The recombinant BLIP produced by this system was secreted to the culture medium, purified to homogeneity, and fully active. We have shown that the signal peptide of BLIP functions well in B. subtilis to secrete BLIP out of the cells, which facilitates purification. The absence of a His-tag also avoids the activity and structure of BLIP being altered. An unprecedented high yield of recoverable protein in culture supernatant (3.6mg of >95% pure BLIP/l culture) was achieved by a simple purification protocol. We have developed an efficient production process in which the culture time before heat-induction was 3-4h and the culture supernatant could be collected 5h after induction. This total time of 8-9h is considered to be very short compared to that of the native S. clavuligerus culturing (60-70h). We achieved a very efficient BLIP production rate of 0.8-0.9mg/l/h. Heterologous gene expression was tightly controlled and no production of BLIP was observed before heat-induction, suggesting that cell density can be further increased to improve enzyme yield.

  8. Recommended use of morphine in neonates, infants and children based on a literature review

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    Kart, T; Christrup, Lona Louring; Rasmussen, M

    1997-01-01

    The English language literature has been reviewed in order to evaluate the present knowledge on morphine's metabolism and pharmacokinetics in children. The majority of preterm neonates are capable of glucuronidating morphine, but birth weight; gestational and postnatal age influence the glucuroni......The English language literature has been reviewed in order to evaluate the present knowledge on morphine's metabolism and pharmacokinetics in children. The majority of preterm neonates are capable of glucuronidating morphine, but birth weight; gestational and postnatal age influence...... to be related to age. Half-life was estimated to be 9.0 +/- 3.4 h in pre-term neonates, 6.5 +/- 2.8 h in term neonates aged 0-57 days, and 2.0 +/- 1.8 h for infants and children aged 11 days to 15 years. Clearance was estimated to be 2.2 +/- 0.7 ml.min-1.kg-1 for preterm neonates, 8.1 +/- 3.2 ml.min-1.kg-1...

  9. Solvothermal synthesis of CdIn2S4 photocatalyst for selective photosynthesis of organic aromatic compounds under visible light.

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    Ling, Cancan; Ye, Xiangju; Zhang, Jinghu; Zhang, Jinfeng; Zhang, Sujuan; Meng, Sugang; Fu, Xianliang; Chen, Shifu

    2017-12-01

    Ternary chalcogenide semiconductor, cadmium indium sulfide (CdIn2S4), was prepared by a simple solvothermal method using ethylene glycol as a solvent, as well as indium chloride tetrahydrate (InCl3(.)4H2O), cadmium nitrate tetrahydrate [Cd(NO3)2(.)4H2O], and thiacetamide (TAA) as precursors. The resulted sample was subject to a series of characterizations. It is the first time to use CdIn2S4 sample as a visible light-driven photocatalyst for simultaneous selective redox transformation of organic aromatic compounds. The results indicate that the as-synthesized CdIn2S4 photocatalyst not only has excellent photocatalytic performance compared with pure In2S3 and CdS for the selective oxidation of aromatic alcohols in an oxygen environment, but also shows high photocatalytic redox activities under nitrogen atmosphere. A possible mechanism for the photocatalytic redox reaction in the coupled system was proposed. It is hoped that our current work could extend the applications of CdIn2S4 photocatalyst and provide new insights for selective transformations of organic compounds.

  10. Rapid collection of iron hydroxide for determination of Th isotopes in seawater.

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    Okubo, Ayako; Obata, Hajime; Magara, Masaaki; Kimura, Takaumi; Ogawa, Hiroshi

    2013-12-04

    This work introduces a novel method of recovery of iron hydroxide using a DIAION CR-20 chelating resin column to determine Th isotopes in seawater with a sector field (SF) inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS). Thorium isotopes in seawater were co-precipitated with iron hydroxide, and this precipitate was sent to chelating resin column. Ferric ions in the iron hydroxide were bonded to functional groups of the chelating resin directly, resulting in a pH increase of the effluent by release of hydroxide ion from the iron hydroxide. The co-precipitated thorium isotopes were quantitatively collected within the column, which indicated that thorium was retained on the iron hydroxide remaining on the chelating column. The chelating column quantitatively collected (232)Th with iron hydroxide in seawater at flow rates of 20-25 mL min(-1). Based on this flow rate, a 5 L sample was processed within 3-4 h. The >20 h aging of iron hydroxide tends to reduce the recovery of (232)Th. The rapid collection method was successfully applied to the determination of (230)Th and (232)Th in open-ocean seawater samples. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Pharmacokinetics and safety of the sesame lignans, sesamin and episesamin, in healthy subjects.

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    Tomimori, Namino; Tanaka, Yasuhiro; Kitagawa, Yoshinori; Fujii, Wataru; Sakakibara, Yutaka; Shibata, Hiroshi

    2013-11-01

    A single-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group and multiple oral dose study was conducted in 48 healthy subjects to investigate the pharmacokinetics and safety of multiple oral doses of sesame lignans (sesamin and episesamin). Subjects were randomly divided into two groups. Each subject was administered 50 mg of sesame lignans (sesamin/episesamin=1/1) or placebo once daily for 28 days. The pharmacokinetics of the sesame lignans were investigated using 10 of the 24 subjects in the sesame lignans group. No serious adverse events were observed in this study. Sesamin was absorbed with a peak plasma concentration at 5.0 h. The plasma concentration of the main metabolite, SC-1, reached a peak at 5.0 h and decreased rapidly with a terminal half-life of 2.4 h. Episesamin was also absorbed with a peak plasma concentration at 5.0 h and decreased with a terminal half-life of 7.1 h. The plasma concentration of the main metabolite, EC-1, reached a peak at 5.0 h and decreased rapidly with a terminal half-life of 3.4 h. The plasma concentrations of sesamin and episesamin reached a steady state by day 7. Sesame lignans were confirmed to be safe and tolerable in healthy subjects. The results of the pharmacokinetic study demonstrate that no accumulation was observed following multiple 50 mg doses of sesame lignans.

  12. Current Status of Tick Fauna in North of Iran

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    P Shayan

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: The distribution and ecological preferences of ticks of domestic animals in North of Iran were studied four times a year from 2002 to 2005. Methods: A total of 1720 tick specimens were collected from cattle, sheep and goats from different localities of Caspian Sea areas consisting of Guilan, Mazandaran, Golestan and Ardebil provinces, Iran. Results: Fourteen tick species were identified as Hyalomma anatolicum anatolicum (5.23%, H.marginatum (20.34%, H.detritum (3.48%, Haemaphysalis punctata (12.79%, Haem. Parva (0.58%, Haem.concinna (0.58%, Haem.choldokovsky (6.97%, Ixodes ricinus (2.32%, Rhipicephalus sanguineus (19.76%, Rh.bursa (4.65%, Boophilus annulatus (9.88%, Dermacentor niveus (6.39%, D. marginatus (1.74% and Ornithodoros lahorensis (5.23%. Both Dermacentor and Ornithodoros were found only in Ardebil with cold climatic conditions and high altitude. The only ticks, which were found in forest area, were Boophilus annulatus and Ixodes ricinus. Conclusion: The veterinary and public health importance of the above species should be emphasized.

  13. Production of a Blue Pigment (Glaukothalin by Marine Rheinheimera spp.

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    Hans-Peter Grossart

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Two γ-Proteobacteria strains, that is, HP1 and HP9, which both produce a diffusible deep blue pigment, were isolated from the German Wadden Sea and from the Øresund, Denmark, respectively. Both strains affiliate with the genus Rheinheimera. Small amounts of the pigment could be extracted from HP1 grown in a 50 L fermenter and were purified chromatographically. Chemical analysis of the pigment including NMR and mass spectrometry led to a molecular formula of C34H56N4O4 (m.w. 584.85 which has not yet been reported in literature. The molecule is highly symmetrically and consists of two heterocyclic halves to which aliphatic side chains are attached. The pigment has been named glaukothalin due to its blue color and its marine origin (glaukos, gr.=blue, thalatta, gr.=sea. Production of glaukothalin on MB2216 agar plates by our Rheinheimera strains is affected in the presence of other bacterial strains either increasing or decreasing pigment production. The addition of a single amino acid, arginine (5 gl−1, greatly increases pigment production by our Rheinheimera strains. Even though the production of glaukothalin leads to inhibitory activity against three bacterial strains from marine particles, our Rheinheimera isolates are inhibited by various bacteria of different phylogenetic groups. The ecological role of glaukothalin production by Rheinheimera strains, however, remains largely unknown.

  14. Fluorescence in situ hybridization rapidly detects three different pathogenic bacteria in urinary tract infection samples.

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    Wu, Qing; Li, Yan; Wang, Ming; Pan, Xiao P; Tang, Yong F

    2010-11-01

    The detection of pathogenic bacteria in urine is an important criterion for diagnosing urinary tract infections (UTIs). By using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) with rRNA-targeted, fluorescently labeled oligonucleotide probes, bacterial pathogens present in urine samples were identified within 3-4 h. In this study, three probes that are specific for Escherichia coli, Enterococcus faecalis and Staphylococcus aureus were designed based on the conserved 16S RNA sequences, whereas probe Eub338 broadly recognizes all bacteria. We collected a total of 1000 urine samples, and 325 of these samples tested positive for a UTI via traditional culturing techniques; additionally, all 325 of these samples tested positive with the Eub338 probe in FISH analysis. FISH analyses with species-specific probes were performed in parallel to the test the ability to differentiate among several pathogenic bacteria. The samples for these experiments included 76 E. coli infected samples, 32 E. faecalis infected samples and 9 S. aureus infected samples. Compared to conventional methods of bacterial identification, the FISH method produced positive results for >90% of the samples tested. FISH has the potential to become an extremely useful diagnostic tool for UTIs because it has a quick turnaround time and high accuracy.

  15. Horizon Run 3: Topology as a Standard Ruler

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    Speare, Robert; Kim, Juhan; Park, Changbom

    2013-01-01

    We study the Physically Self Bound Cold Dark Matter Halo distribution which we associate with the massive galaxies within the Horizon Run 3 to estimate the accuracy in determination of the cosmological distance scale measured by the topology analysis. We apply the routine "Contour 3D" to 108 Mock Survey of $\\pi$ steradians out to redshift z = 0.6, which effectively correspond to the SDSS-III BOSS survey, and compare the topology with that of a Gaussian Random Phase Field. We find that given three separate smoothing lengths $\\lambda =$ 15, 21, and 34 $h^{-1}{\\rm Mpc}$, the least $\\chi^2$ fit genus per unit volume g yields a 1.7 % fractional uncertainty in smoothing length and angular diameter distance to $z = 0.6$. This is an improvement upon former calibrations of and presents a competitive error estimate with next BAO scale techniques. We also present three dimensional graphics of the Horizon Run 3 spherical mock survey to show a wealth of large-scale structures of the universe that are predicted in surveys ...

  16. Generation of Recombinant Equine Influenza Vaccine Candidate RgH3N1 Virus by Reverse Genetics

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    ZHANG Yun; LIU Ming; YU Kang-zhen; Webster Robert

    2005-01-01

    The antigenic variation of influenza A virus hemagglutinin (HA) glycoproteins requires frequent changes in vaccine formulation. The new strategy of creating influenza seed strains for vaccine production is to generate 7 + 1 reassortants that contain seven genes from a high-yield virus A/Puerto Rico/8/34[A/PR/8/34](H1N1) and the HA gene from the circulating strains. By using this DNA-based cotransfection technique, we generated 7 + 1 reassortants rgH3N1 which had the antigenic determinants of influenza virus A/Songbird/HongKong/102/00[SB/HK/01](H3N8) and 7 other genes from A/PR/8/34. The hemagglutinin of A/Songbird/HongKong/102/00 is 96.3% homologous to that of A/Equine/Jilin/98[Eq/J1/89] (H3N8). The resulting virus rgH3N1 grows to high HA titers in chicken embryonated eggs, allowing vaccine preparation in unconcentrated allantoic fluid. The rgH3N1 is stable after multiple passages in embryonated eggs. The reassortant rgH3N1 virus could be used as vaccine candidate to reduce the reemergence of equine influenza outbreaks.

  17. The transit of dosage forms through the small intestine.

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    Yuen, Kah-Hay

    2010-08-16

    The human small intestine, with its enormous absorptive surface area, is invariably the principal site of drug absorption. Hence, the residence time of a dosage form in this part of the gut can have a great influence on the absorption of the contained drug. Various methods have been employed to monitor the gastrointestinal transit of pharmaceutical dosage forms, but the use of gamma-scintigraphy has superceded all the other methods. However, careful consideration of the time interval for image acquisition and proper analysis of the scintigraphic data are important for obtaining reliable results. Most studies reported the mean small intestinal transit time of various dosage forms to be about 3-4h, being closely similar to that of food and water. The value does not appear to be influenced by their physical state nor the presence of food, but the timing of food intake following administration of the dosage forms can influence the small intestinal transit time. While the mean small intestinal transit time is quite consistent among dosage forms and studies, individual values can vary widely. There are differing opinions regarding the effect of density and size of dosage forms on their small intestinal transit properties. Some common excipients employed in pharmaceutical formulations can affect the small intestinal transit and drug absorption. There is currently a lack of studies regarding the effects of excipients, as well as the timing of food intake on the small intestinal transit of dosage forms and drug absorption.

  18. Evaluation of two dynamic in vitro models simulating fasted and fed state conditions in the upper gastrointestinal tract (TIM-1 and tiny-TIM) for investigating the bioaccessibility of pharmaceutical compounds from oral dosage forms.

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    Verwei, Miriam; Minekus, Mans; Zeijdner, Evelijn; Schilderink, Ronald; Havenaar, Robert

    2016-02-10

    Pharmaceutical research needs predictive in vitro tools for API bioavailability in humans. We evaluated two dynamic in vitro gastrointestinal models: TIM-1 and tiny-TIM. Four low-soluble APIs in various formulations were investigated in the TIM systems under fasted and fed conditions. API small-intestinal bioaccessibility profiles were evaluated between the two systems and in comparison with human data. Both TIM systems showed a higher bioaccessibility of ciprofloxacin and nifedipine during 3-4h after dosing immediate release (IR) compared to modified release (MR) formulations. Higher bioaccessibility levels from IR formulations were observed under fasted state in the first 30-90 min in tiny-TIM as compared to TIM-1, resulting in a tmax similar to clinical data. Absence (ciprofloxacin) or presence (posaconazole) of a food effect on bioaccessibility was observed in both TIM systems in line with human data. A higher bioaccessibility of fenofibrate from nano- vs micro-particle formulation was found in both TIM systems. This dataset shows the predictive quality of the TIM systems for clinical data on API small-intestinal bioaccessibility from IR and MR formulations and food effects. Tiny-TIM provides higher throughput and better prediction for IR formulations. TIM-1 provides detailed information on site-specific release of APIs, relevant for MR formulations and food effects.

  19. A Hardware Architecture of a Counter-Based Entropy Coder

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    Armein Z R Langi

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a hardware architectural design of a real-time counter based entropy coder at a register transfer level (RTL computing model. The architecture is based on a lossless compression algorithm called Rice coding, which is optimal for an entropy range of bits per sample. The architecture incorporates a word-splitting scheme to extend the entropy coverage into a range of bits per sample. We have designed a data structure in a form of independent code blocks, allowing more robust compressed bitstream. The design focuses on an RTL computing model and architecture, utilizing 8-bit buffers, adders, registers, loader-shifters, select-logics, down-counters, up-counters, and multiplexers. We have validated the architecture (both the encoder and the decoder in a coprocessor for 8 bits/sample data on an FPGA Xilinx XC4005, utilizing 61% of F&G-CLBs, 34% H-CLBs, 32% FF-CLBs, and 68% IO resources. On this FPGA implementation, the encoder and decoder can achieve 1.74 Mbits/s and 2.91 Mbits/s throughputs, respectively. The architecture allows pipelining, resulting in potentially maximum encoding throughput of 200 Mbit/s on typical real-time TTL implementations. In addition, it uses a minimum number of register elements. As a result, this architecture can result in low cost, low energy consumption and reduced silicon area realizations.

  20. Supramolecular architecture of metal-organic frameworks involving dinuclear copper paddle-wheel complexes.

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    Gomathi, Sundaramoorthy; Muthiah, Packianathan Thomas

    2013-12-15

    The two centrosymmetric dinuclear copper paddle-wheel complexes tetrakis(μ-4-hydroxybenzoato-κ(2)O:O')bis[aquacopper(II)] dimethylformamide disolvate dihydrate, [Cu2(C7H5O3)4(H2O)2]·2C3H7NO·2H2O, (I), and tetrakis(μ-4-methoxybenzoato-κ(2)O:O')bis[(dimethylformamide-κO)copper(II)], [Cu2(C8H7O3)4(C3H7NO)2], (II), crystallize with half of the dinuclear paddle-wheel cage unit in the asymmetric unit and, in addition, complex (I) has one dimethylformamide (DMF) and one water solvent molecule in the asymmetric unit. In both (I) and (II), two Cu(II) ions are bridged by four syn,syn-η(1):η(1):μ carboxylate groups, showing a paddle-wheel cage-type structure with a square-pyramidal coordination geometry. The equatorial positions of (I) and (II) are occupied by the carboxylate groups of 4-hydroxy- and 4-methoxybenzoate ligands, and the axial positions are occupied by aqua and DMF ligands, respectively. The three-dimensional supramolecular metal-organic framework of (I) consists of three different R2(2)(20) and an R4(4)(36) ring motif formed via O-H···O and OW-HW···O hydrogen bonds. Complex (II) simply packs as molecular species.

  1. Operational Testing of a Combined Hardware-Software Strategy for Triage of Radiologically-Contaminated Persons.

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    Waller, Edward J

    2015-08-01

    After a radiological dispersal device (RDD) event, it is possible for radionuclides to enter the human body through inhalation, ingestion, and skin and wound absorption. The dominant pathway will be through inhalation. From a health physics perspective, it is important to know the magnitude of the intake to perform dosimetric assessments. From a medical perspective, removal of radionuclides leading to dose (hence risk) aversion is of high importance. The efficacy of medical decorporation strategies is extremely dependent upon the time of treatment delivery after intake. The "golden hour," or more realistically 3-4 h, is imperative when attempting to increase removal of radionuclides from extracellular fluids prior to cellular incorporation. To assist medical first response personnel in making timely decisions regarding appropriate treatment delivery modes, a software tool has been developed which compiles existing radionuclide decorporation therapy data and allows a user to perform simple triage leading to potential appropriate decorporation treatment strategies. Three triage algorithms were included: (1) multi-parameter model (MPM), (2) clinical decision guidance (CDG) model, and (3) annual limit on intake (ALI) model. A radiation triage mask (RTM) has simultaneously been developed to provide a simple and rapid hardware solution for first responders to triage internally exposed personnel in the field. The hardware/software strategy was field tested with a military medical unit and was found by end-users to be relatively simple to learn and use.

  2. Dehydration-induced vasopressin secretion in humans: involvement of the histaminergic system.

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    Kjaer, A; Knigge, U; Jørgensen, H; Warberg, J

    2000-12-01

    In rats, the hypothalamic neurotransmitter histamine participates in regulation of vasopressin secretion and seems to be of physiological importance, because blockade of the histaminergic system reduces dehydration-induced vasopressin secretion. We investigated whether histamine is also involved in regulation of vasopressin secretion during dehydration in humans. We found that 40 h of dehydration gradually increased plasma osmolality by 10 mosmol/kg and induced a fourfold increase in vasopressin levels. Pretreatment with the H(2)-receptor antagonists cimetidine or ranitidine significantly reduced the dehydration-induced increase in vasopressin levels approximately 40% after 34 and 37 h of dehydration, whereas this was not the case with the H(1)-receptor antagonist mepyramine. Dehydration reduced aldosterone secretion by approximately 50%. This effect of dehydration was reduced by both H(1)- and H(2)-receptor blockade after 16 and/or 34 h of dehydration. We conclude that vasopressin secretion in response to dehydration in humans is under the regulatory influence of histamine and that the effect seems to be mediated via H(2)-receptors. In addition, the regulation of aldosterone secretion during dehydration also seems to involve the histaminergic system via H(1) and H(2) receptors.

  3. Geometry and bond-length alternation in nonlinear optical materials. III. Structural parameters of two chromophores containing aromatizable donorsPart II: Gainsford, Bhuiyan & Kay (2008a).

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    Gainsford, Graeme J; Bhuiyan, M Delower H; Kay, Andrew J

    2008-11-01

    The planar component of 2-{3-cyano-4-[3-(1-decyl-1,4-dihydroquinolin-4-ylidene)prop-1-enyl]-5,5-dimethyl-2,5-dihydrofuran-2-ylidene}malononitrile, C(32)H(46)N(4)O, (I), forms into layers parallel to the (\\overline{1}01) plane. The larger of the two spaces between layers is filled by the alkyl chains, giving a ;sandwich stack' appearance. The packing of 2-{3-cyano-4-[5-(1-decyl-1,4-dihydroquinolin-4-ylidene)penta-1,3-dienyl]-5,5-dimethyl-2,5-dihydrofuran-2-ylidene}malononitrile, C(34)H(38)N(4)O, (II), which has partial disorder in the 1-decyl group, utilizes weak C-H...N, C-H...O and C-N...pi interactions in a three-dimensional ;herring-bone' array with molecular segments parallel to the (111) and (\\overline{1}1\\overline{1}) planes. Different rotational isomers with respect to the polyene chain and the 5,5-dimethyl-2,5-dihydrofuran-2-ylidene link are observed in the two structures. The significance of the study lies in the delocalization of charge along the polyene chain and the supramolecular aggregation present, which highlight the difficulty in obtaining the noncentrosymmetric alignment required for high nonlinear optical (NLO) responses in zwitterionic chromophores.

  4. Optimization of Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Oyster Protein Using Response Surface Methodology%响应面法优化复合酶酶解牡蛎蛋白的工艺研究

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    文志州

    2016-01-01

    为提高牡蛎蛋白的利用率,以新鲜牡蛎为原料,采用水解蛋白酶与风味蛋白酶对新鲜牡蛎进行复合酶解,并利用响应面法对牡蛎酶解工艺参数进行优化。结果表明:牡蛎蛋白的最优酶解条件为,复合酶的加酶量为0.70%、pH6.87,酶解温度58.6℃,酶解时间为3.4 h。在此条件下,新鲜牡蛎酶解后的水解度最高,为40.71%。%In order to improve the utilization of oysters protein. Fresh oysters was used as raw material, The fresh oysters was hydrolyzed with proteolytic enzyme and flavourzyme. And then the Box-Behnken response surface method was used to optimize the combination of enzymatic hydrolysis process. Results showed that the best conditions for oysters proteolysis was the quantity of compound enzyme was 0.70%, pH 6.87, the enzyme hydrolysis temperature 58.6℃, the hydrolysis time was 3.4 h. Under this condition the hydrolysis degree was the highest, which was 40.71%.

  5. Evaluation of the Toxicity and Toxicokinetics of Cereulide from an Emetic Bacillus cereus Strain of Milk Origin

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    Yifang Cui

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Bacillus cereus is an opportunistic foodborne agent causing food poisoning and many infectious diseases. The heat-stable emetic toxin cereulide is one of the most prevalent toxins produced by pathogenic B. cereus, resulting in symptoms such as emesis and liver failure. In the present work, the toxicity and toxicokinetics of cereulide from an emetic B. cereus isolate (CAU45 of raw milk were evaluated. The production of cereulide was tested by a cytotoxicity test and enzyme immunoassay, and confirmed by the presence of the ces (cereulide synthetase gene and the ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS method. All results showed that the amount and toxicity of cereulide produced by CAU45 was 7 to 15.3 folds higher than the reference emetic B. cereus DSMZ 4312. Cereulide in plasma was collected at different time points after a single intravenous injection to evaluate its toxicokinetics in rabbits. The maximum concentration of cereulide was achieved in 2.6 ± 3.4 h after administration, with the elimination half-life of 10.8 ± 9.1 h, which expands our understanding of the toxic effects of cereulide. Together, it suggests that urgent sanitary practices are needed to eliminate emetic toxins and emetic B. cereus in raw milk.

  6. Analysis of bacterial-surface-specific antibodies in body fluids using bacterial flow cytometry.

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    Moor, Kathrin; Fadlallah, Jehane; Toska, Albulena; Sterlin, Delphine; Balmer, Maria L; Macpherson, Andrew J; Gorochov, Guy; Larsen, Martin; Slack, Emma

    2016-08-01

    Antibacterial antibody responses that target surfaces of live bacteria or secreted toxins are likely to be relevant in controlling bacterial pathogenesis. The ability to specifically quantify bacterial-surface-binding antibodies is therefore highly attractive as a quantitative correlate of immune protection. Here, binding of antibodies from various body fluids to pure-cultured live bacteria is made visible with fluorophore-conjugated secondary antibodies and measured by flow cytometry. We indicate the necessary controls for excluding nonspecific binding and also demonstrate a cross-adsorption technique for determining the extent of cross-reactivity. This technique has numerous advantages over standard ELISA and western blotting techniques because of its independence from scaffold binding, exclusion of cross-reactive elements from lysed bacteria and ability to visualize bacterial subpopulations. In addition, less than 10(5) bacteria and less than 10 μg of antibody are required per sample. The technique requires 3-4 h of hands-on experimentation and analysis. Moreover, it can be combined with automation and mutliplexing for high-throughput applications.

  7. Effect of fasting in the digestive system: histological study of the small intestine in house sparrows.

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    Funes, Samanta Celeste; Filippa, Verónica Palmira; Cid, Fabricio Damián; Mohamed, Fabián; Caviedes-Vidal, Enrique; Chediack, Juan Gabriel

    2014-10-01

    In birds and mammals the metabolic response to fasting has been studied and can be characterized by three consecutive phases reflecting metabolic and physiological adjustments. An effective way to minimize energy expenditure during food scarcity is to decrease the mass of the organs. As the digestive system is metabolically expensive to maintain, the small intestine and the liver are the most affected organs. We evaluated the effects of phase III starvation on the mass of the different organs and histological parameters on house sparrows, a small non-migrant bird. In a short period of time (34 h) we observed a larger reduction in the digestive organ mass when compared to the mass of the body and non-alimentary tissues. Furthermore, the intestinal mass was proportionally more reduced than its length and nominal surface area. A reduction on the intestinal mucosal layer also resulted in a shortening of villus (length and thickness) and crypt depth. Moreover, the morphology of the enterocytes changed from cylindrical to cubical, suggesting that the surface exposed to the lumen was conserved. This may indicate an adaptive response to the moment of refeeding. The nominal surface area/body mass remained constant in both groups and several histological parameters were reduced, suggesting that starving induces the atrophy of the small intestine. However, the goblet cells were conserved after fasting indicating a protective tendency.

  8. Evaluation of the Toxicity and Toxicokinetics of Cereulide from an Emetic Bacillus cereus Strain of Milk Origin.

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    Cui, Yifang; Liu, Yuan; Liu, Xiaoye; Xia, Xi; Ding, Shuangyang; Zhu, Kui

    2016-06-06

    Bacillus cereus is an opportunistic foodborne agent causing food poisoning and many infectious diseases. The heat-stable emetic toxin cereulide is one of the most prevalent toxins produced by pathogenic B. cereus, resulting in symptoms such as emesis and liver failure. In the present work, the toxicity and toxicokinetics of cereulide from an emetic B. cereus isolate (CAU45) of raw milk were evaluated. The production of cereulide was tested by a cytotoxicity test and enzyme immunoassay, and confirmed by the presence of the ces (cereulide synthetase) gene and the ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method. All results showed that the amount and toxicity of cereulide produced by CAU45 was 7 to 15.3 folds higher than the reference emetic B. cereus DSMZ 4312. Cereulide in plasma was collected at different time points after a single intravenous injection to evaluate its toxicokinetics in rabbits. The maximum concentration of cereulide was achieved in 2.6 ± 3.4 h after administration, with the elimination half-life of 10.8 ± 9.1 h, which expands our understanding of the toxic effects of cereulide. Together, it suggests that urgent sanitary practices are needed to eliminate emetic toxins and emetic B. cereus in raw milk.

  9. Iota-carrageenan is a potent inhibitor of influenza A virus infection.

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    Andreas Leibbrandt

    Full Text Available The 2009 flu pandemic and the appearance of oseltamivir-resistant H1N1 influenza strains highlight the need for treatment alternatives. One such option is the creation of a protective physical barrier in the nasal cavity. In vitro tests demonstrated that iota-carrageenan is a potent inhibitor of influenza A virus infection, most importantly also of pandemic H1N1/2009 in vitro. Consequently, we tested a commercially available nasal spray containing iota-carrageenan in an influenza A mouse infection model. Treatment of mice infected with a lethal dose of influenza A PR8/34 H1N1 virus with iota-carrageenan starting up to 48 hours post infection resulted in a strong protection of mice similar to mice treated with oseltamivir. Since alternative treatment options for influenza are rare, we conclude that the nasal spray containing iota-carrageenan is an alternative to neuraminidase inhibitors and should be tested for prevention and treatment of influenza A in clinical trials in humans.

  10. ZP2307, a novel, cyclic PTH(1-17) analog that augments bone mass in ovariectomized rats

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    Neerup, Trine Skovlund Ryge; Stahlhut, Martin; Petersen, Jørgen S

    2011-01-01

    Daily injections of human parathyroid hormone (1-34), hPTH(1-34), provide a highly effective treatment option for severe osteoporosis. However, PTH analogs shorter than 28 amino acids do not retain any bone augmenting potential. Here, we present ZP2307 ([Ac₅c¹, Aib³, Leu⁸, Gln¹⁰, Har¹¹, Ala¹², Trp......¹⁴, Asp¹⁷]PTH(1-17)-NH₂), a novel, chemically modified and cyclized hPTH(1-17) analog, that augments bone mass in ovariectomized, osteopenic rats. Subcutaneous administration of this structurally constrained, K¹³-D¹⁷ side-chain-to-side-chain cyclized peptide reversed bone loss and increased bone...... mineral density (BMD) up to or above baseline levels in rat long bones and vertebrae. Highly significant effects of ZP2307 were achieved at doses of 40-320 nmol/kg. Micro-CT and histomorphometric analyses showed that ZP2307 improved quantitative and qualitative parameters of bone structure. Biomechanical...

  11. Prevalence and risk factors of upper extremity cumulative trauma disorder in dental hygienists.

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    Shenkar, O; Mann, J; Shevach, A; Ever-Hadani, P; Weiss, P L

    1998-01-01

    Cumulative trauma disorder (CTD) refers to a number of conditions arising from overuse of joints or soft tissues. The common risk factors that contribute to the development of these disorders are related to personal and occupational variables. Job analysis of the tasks performed by the dental hygienist have shown that this occupation is particularly at risk. The objectives of this study were to determine the prevalence of CTD symptoms amongst dental hygienists in Israel and to identify which are the factors that are related to CTD. A questionnaire including items concerning demographic data, employment history, professional occupational information, use of instrumentation, and CTD symptomatology was mailed to all 530 registered dental hygienists. Two hundred forty-six hygienists (46%) returned the questionnaire; 63% of the respondents were classified as CTD 'sufferers', Age, year of graduation, hours worked per week, and frequency of changing instruments were found to be significantly related to CTD symptoms. Hygienists at high risk included those aged 50 years or more (Odds ratio, OR = 6), those who graduated before 1986 (OR = 3), those who work more than 34 h per week (OR = 2.5) and those who change two or fewer instruments per patient (OR = 2). The major recommendation resulting from this study is to make dental hygienists aware that they work in a high-risk profession. It is hoped that increased awareness of the risk will spur the hygienist to make appropriate work practice, administrative, and engineering modifications and to seek treatment at the first indication of CTD symptoms.

  12. Molecular and crystal structure of gossypol tetramethyl ether with an unknown solvate

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    Muhabbat Honkeldieva

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, C34H38O8 (systematic name: 5,5′-diisopropyl-2,2′,3,3′-tetramethoxy-7,7′-dimethyl-2H,2′H-8,8′-bi[naphtho[1,8-bc]furan]-4,4′-diol, has been obtained from a gossypol solution in a mixture of dimethyl sulfate and methanol. The molecule is situated on a twofold rotation axis, so the asymmetric unit contains one half-molecule. In the molecule, the hydroxy groups are involved in intramolecular O—H...O hydrogen bonds, and the two naphthyl fragments are inclined each to other by 83.8 (1°. In the crystal, weak C—H...O and C—H...π interactions consolidate the packing, which exhibits channels with an approximate diameter of 6 Å extending along the c-axis direction. These channels are filled with highly disordered solvent molecules, so their estimated scattering contribution was subtracted from the observed diffraction data using the SQUEEZE option in PLATON [Spek, A. L. (2015. Acta Cryst. C71, 9–18].

  13. (RS-Efonidipine acetone hemisolvate

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    Yu-Heng Liu

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    Full Text Available The asymmetric unit of the title compound, C34H38N3O7P·0.5C3H6O {systematic name: (RS-2-[phenyl(phenylmethylamino]ethyl 5-(5,5-dimethyl-2-oxo-1,3-dioxa-2λ5-phosphacyclohex-2-yl-2,6-dimethyl-4-(3-nitrophenyl-1,4-dihydropyridine-3-carboxylate acetone hemisolvate}, contains one R-efonidipine molecule, one S-efonidipine molecule and half of a solvate acetone molecule. In both efonidipine molecules, the six-membered rings of the dioxaphosphinanyl moieties display a chair conformation and the dihydropyridine rings display a flattened boat conformation. In the crystal, N—H...O, C—H...O hydrogen bonds and weak C—H...π interactions link the molecules into a three-dimensional supramolecular structure. A solvent-accessible void of 199 Å3 is found in the structure; the contribution of the heavily disordered solvate molecule was suppressed by use of the SQUEEZE routine in PLATON [Spek (2015. Acta Cryst. C71, 9–18].

  14. Do owls use torpor? Winter thermoregulation in free-ranging pearl-spotted owlets and African scops-owls.

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    Smit, Ben; McKechnie, Andrew E

    2010-01-01

    Numerous avian taxa use torpor, which involves pronounced reductions in body temperature (T(b)) to below normothermic levels. However, the occurrence of this phenomenon in owls (Strigidae) remains largely unknown. We investigated winter patterns of thermoregulation in the crepuscular 80-g pearl-spotted owlet Glaucidium perlatum and the strictly nocturnal 61-g African scops-owl Otus senegalensis by obtaining telemetric measurements of skin temperature (T(skin)) from free-ranging individuals in the Kalahari Desert of southern Africa. Pearl-spotted owlets remained homeothermic throughout the study period, whereas African scops-owls routinely used shallow torpor, with T(skin) reduced by 3.3 degrees -8.6 degrees C (pooled mean, 5.3+/- 1.1 degrees C) below normothermic levels for 3-4 h after sunrise. The mean lowest T(skin) recorded in three African scops-owl individuals was 29.0 degrees C +/- 0.1 degrees C. The thermoregulatory differences between these two species may be related to their diets and activity patterns. African scops-owls are almost exclusively insectivorous and experience a marked reduction in food availability on cold winter nights. In contrast, pearl-spotted owlets have more flexible activity patterns and include larger or diurnal vertebrate prey in their diet.

  15. A ceramic drug delivery vehicle for oral administration of highly potent opioids.

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    Forsgren, Johan; Jämstorp, Erik; Bredenberg, Susanne; Engqvist, Håkan; Strømme, Maria

    2010-01-01

    Pellets composed of the ceramic material Halloysite and microcrystalline cellulose were synthesized with the aim of producing a drug delivery vehicle for sustained release of the opioid Fentanyl with low risk for dose dumping at oral intake of the highly potent drug. Drug release profiles of intact and crushed pellets, to simulate swallowing without or with chewing, in pH 6.8, pH 1, and in 48% ethanol were recorded in order to replicate the conditions in the small intestines, in the stomach, as well as cointake of the drug with alcohol. The drug release was analyzed by employing the Weibull equation, which showed that the release profiles were either governed by fickian diffusion (intact pellets in pH 6.8 and in ethanol) or by diffusion in a fractal or disordered pore network (intact pellets in pH 1 and crushed pellets in all solutions). A sustained release for approximately 3-4 h was obtained in all studied solutions from intact pellets, whereas crushed pellets released the drug content during approximately 2-3 h. The finding that a sustained release profile could be obtained both in alcohol and after crushing of the pellets, shows that the ceramic carrier under investigation, at least to some extent, hampers dose dumping, and may thus be a promising material in future developments of new opioid containing oral dosage forms.

  16. Synthesis of Some New Pyridazine Derivatives for Anti-HAV Evaluation

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    Full Text Available 4-(2-(4-Halophenylhydrazinyl-6-phenylpyridazin-3(2H-ones 1a,b were prepared and treated with phosphorus oxychloride, phosphorus pentasulphide and ethyl chloroformate to give the corresponding chloropyridazine, pyridazinethione, oxazolopyridazine derivatives 2–4, respectively. Compound 2 reacted with hydrazine hydrate to afford hydrazinylpyridazine 7. The reaction of 4-(2-(4-chlorophenylhydrazinyl-3-hydrazinyl-6-phenylpyridazine (7 with acetic anhydride, p-chlorobenzaldehyde and carbon disulphide gave the corresponding pyridazinotriazine derivatives 8–10. On the other hand, 5-(4-chlorophenylamino-7-(3,5-dimethoxybenzylidene-3-phenyl-5H-pyridazino[3,4-b][1,4]thiazin-6(7H-one (11 was prepared directly from the reaction of compound 3 with chloroacetic acid in presence of p-chlorobenzaldehyde. Compound 11 reacted with nitrogen nucleophiles (hydroxylamine hydrochloride, hydrazine hydrate and active methylene group-containing reagents (malononitrile, ethyl cyanoacetate to afford the corresponding fused compounds 12–15, respectively. Pharmacological screening for antiviral activity against hepatitis A virus (HAV was performed for the new compounds. 4-(4-Chlorophenylamino-6-phenyl-1,2-dihydropyridazino[4,3-e][1,2,4]triazine-3(4H-thione (10 showed the highest effect against HAV.

  17. Formation of H2-He Substellar Bodies in Cold Conditions: Gravitational Stability of Binary Mixtures in a Phase Transition

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    Molecular clouds consist typically of 3/4 H2, 1/4 He and traces of heavier elements. In an earlier work we showed that at very low temperatures and high densities, H2 can be in a phase transition leading to the formation of ice clumps as large as comets, or even planets. However, He has very different chemical properties and no phase transition is expected before H2 in dense ISM conditions. The gravitational stability of fluid mixtures has been studied before, but not including a phase transition. We study the gravitational stability of binary fluid mixtures with special emphasis if one component is in a phase transition. The results are aimed at applications in molecular cloud conditions. We study the gravitational stability of van der Waals fluid mixtures using linearised analysis and examine virial equilibrium conditions using the Lennard-Jones inter-molecular potential. Then, combining the Lennard-Jones and gravitational potentials, the non-linear dynamics of fluid mixtures are studied using the molecular...

  18. β,β-Isomer of Open-Wells–Dawson Polyoxometalate Containing a Tetra-Iron(III Hydroxide Cluster: [{Fe4(H2O(OH5}(β,β-Si2W18O66]9−

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    Full Text Available The β,β-isomer of open-Wells–Dawson polyoxometalate (POM containing a tetra-iron(III cluster, K9[{Fe4(H2O(OH5}(β,β-Si2W18O66]·17H2O (potassium salt of β,β-Fe4-open, was synthesized by reacting Na9H[A-β-SiW9O34]·23H2O with FeCl3·6H2O at pH 3, and characterized by X-ray crystallography, FTIR, elemental analysis, TG/DTA, UV–Vis, and cyclic voltammetry. X-ray crystallography revealed that the {Fe3+4(H2O(OH5}7+ cluster was included in the open pocket of the β,β-type open-Wells–Dawson polyanion [β,β-Si2W18O66]16− formed by the fusion of two trilacunary β-Keggin POMs, [A-β-SiW9O34]10−, via two W–O–W bonds. The β,β-open-Wells–Dawson polyanion corresponds to an open structure of the standard γ-Wells–Dawson POM. β,β-Fe4-open is the first example of the compound containing a geometrical isomer of α,α-open-Wells–Dawson structural POM.

  19. Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Luminescent Property of [Zn(C12H9O3)2(C10H8N2)]n·nH2O

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    LI Wei-Qi; FENG Xia; FENG Yun-Long; WEN Yi-Hang

    2008-01-01

    Under hydrothermal condition, the reaction of 2-naphthoxyacetic acid with ZnCl2 and 4,4'-bipyridine (4,4'-bipy)has afforded a new Zn(Ⅱ) compound,[Zn(C12H9O3)2(C10H8N2)]n·nH2O1, which was structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The crystal is of monoclinic, space group P21/c with a = 7.7335(2), b = 19.3834(4), c = 20.1707(4) (A), β =104.9830(10)°, V = 2920.82(11) A3, C34H28ZnN2O7, Mr = 641.95, Z = 4, Dc = 1.460 g/cm3, μ = 0.895 mm-1, F(000) = 1328, R = 0.0406 and wR = 0.0876 for 4417 observed reflections (Ⅰ>2σ(Ⅰ)). Complex 1 consists of one-dimensional zigzag chains deriving from Zn(C12H9O3)2 units linked by 4,4'-bipy ligands, and lattice water molecules decorate between the chains. Non-covalent interactions, such as hydrogen-bonding and aromatic π-π interactions, lead to the formation of a 3D network structure. The thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and luminescent property for 1 have also been studied in this paper.

  20. Sequential treatment with basic fibroblast growth factor and parathyroid hormone restores lost cancellous bone mass and strength in the proximal tibia of aged ovariectomized rats

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    Wronski, T.J.; Ratkus, A.M.; Thomsen, Jesper Skovhus

    2001-01-01

    This study was designed to determine whether sequential treatment with basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and parathyroid hormone (PTH) can restore lost cancellous bone mass and strength at a severely osteopenic skeletal site in aged ovariectomized (OVX) rats. Female Sprague-Dawley rats were...... intravenously (iv) daily with bFGF for 14 days at a dose of 200 microg/kg body weight. At the end of bFGF treatment, one group was killed whereas the other group was subjected to 8 weeks of treatment with synthetic human PTH 1-34 [hPTH(1-34)] consisting of subcutaneous (sc) injections 5 days/week at a dose......-treated control rats, respectively. Treatment of OVX rats for 2 weeks with bFGF alone did not significantly increase tibial cancellous bone volume but induced marked increases in osteoid volume, osteoblast surface, and osteoid surface. Sequential treatment of aged OVX rats with bFGF and PTH increased tibial...

  1. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of [ Cp* Ru(η6- C6H5B Ph3)

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    YIN Jun; GUAN Jin-Tao; YU Guang-Ao; LIU Sheng-Hua

    2005-01-01

    The title complex [Cp*Ru(η6-C6H5BPh3)] has been synthesized by the reaction of [Cp*Ru(H2O)(NBD)]BF4 with H2 and NaBPh4, and its crystal structure was determined by singlecrystal X-ray diffraction analysis. It crystallizes in triclinic, space group P(1) with a = 11.0610(10), b = 11.2317(10), c = 12.3633(11) (A), α = 81.419(2), β = 67.8370(10), γ = 88.370(2)°, V= 1405.9(2) (A)3,Z= 2, C34H35BRu, Mr= 555.50, Dc = 1.312 g/cm3, F(000) = 576 and μ(MoKa) = 0.577 mm-1. The final R and wR are 0.0559 and 0.1483, respectively for 4365 observed reflections with I > 2σ(Ⅰ). In the title complex, the four phenyl rings bonded to the B atom are deposited in a tetrahedral geometry,and one of the phenyl rings is η6-bonded to ruthenium.

  2. Optimization of benzoxazinones as natural herbicide models by lipophilicity enhancement.

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    Macías, Francisco A; Marín, David; Oliveros-Bastidas, Alberto; Molinillo, José M G

    2006-12-13

    Benzoxazinones are plant allelochemicals well-known for their phytotoxic activity and for taking part in the defense strategies of Gramineae, Ranunculaceae, and Scrophulariceae plants. These properties, in addition to the recently optimized methodologies for their large-scale isolation and synthesis, have made some derivatives of natural products, 2,4-dihydroxy-(2H)-1,4-benzoxazin-3-(4H)-one (DIBOA) and its 7-methoxy analogue (DIMBOA), successful templates in the search for natural herbicide models. These new chemicals should be part of integrated methodologies for weed control. In ongoing research about the structure-activity relationships of benzoxazinones and the structural requirements for their phytotoxicity enhancement and after characterization of the optimal structural features, a new generation of chemicals with enhanced lipophilicity was developed. They were tested on selected standard target species and weeds in the search for the optimal aqueous solubility-lipophilicity rate for phytotoxicity. This physical parameter is known to be crucial in modern drug and agrochemical design strategies. The new compounds obtained in this way had interesting phytotoxicity profiles, empowering the phytotoxic effect of the starting benzoxazinone template in some cases. Quantitative structure-activity relationships were obtained by bioactivity-molecular parameters correlations. Because optimal lipophilicity values for phytotoxicity vary with the tested plant, these new derivatives constitute a more selective way to take advantage of benzoxazinone phytotoxic capabilities.

  3. Batch and fed-batch fermentation of Bacillus thuringiensis using starch industry wastewater as fermentation substrate.

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    Vu, Khanh Dang; Tyagi, Rajeshwar Dayal; Valéro, José R; Surampalli, Rao Y

    2010-08-01

    Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki biopesticide was produced in batch and fed-batch fermentation modes using starch industry wastewater as sole substrate. Fed-batch fermentation with two intermittent feeds (at 10 and 20 h) during the fermentation of 72 h gave the maximum delta-endotoxin concentration (1,672.6 mg/L) and entomotoxicity (Tx) (18.5 x 10(6) SBU/mL) in fermented broth which were significantly higher than maximum delta-endotoxin concentration (511.0 mg/L) and Tx (15.8 x 10(6) SBU/mL) obtained in batch process. However, fed-batch fermentation with three intermittent feeds (at 10, 20 and 34 h) of the fermentation resulted in the formation of asporogenous variant (Spo-) from 36 h to the end of fermentation (72 h) which resulted in a significant decrease in spore and delta-endotoxin concentration and finally the Tx value. Tx of suspended pellets (27.4 x 10(6) SBU/mL) obtained in fed-batch fermentation with two feeds was the highest value as compared to other cases.

  4. Microbial life in a fjord: metagenomic analysis of a microbial mat in Chilean patagonia.

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    Juan A Ugalde

    Full Text Available The current study describes the taxonomic and functional composition of metagenomic sequences obtained from a filamentous microbial mat isolated from the Comau fjord, located in the northernmost part of the Chilean Patagonia. The taxonomic composition of the microbial community showed a high proportion of members of the Gammaproteobacteria, including a high number of sequences that were recruited to the genomes of Moritella marina MP-1 and Colwelliapsycherythraea 34H, suggesting the presence of populations related to these two psychrophilic bacterial species. Functional analysis of the community indicated a high proportion of genes coding for the transport and metabolism of amino acids, as well as in energy production. Among the energy production functions, we found protein-coding genes for sulfate and nitrate reduction, both processes associated with Gammaproteobacteria-related sequences. This report provides the first examination of the taxonomic composition and genetic diversity associated with these conspicuous microbial mat communities and provides a framework for future microbial studies in the Comau fjord.

  5. Microbial Life in a Fjord: Metagenomic Analysis of a Microbial Mat in Chilean Patagonia

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    Ugalde, Juan A.; Gallardo, Maria J.; Belmar, Camila; Muñoz, Práxedes; Ruiz-Tagle, Nathaly; Ferrada-Fuentes, Sandra; Espinoza, Carola; Allen, Eric E.; Gallardo, Victor A.

    2013-01-01

    The current study describes the taxonomic and functional composition of metagenomic sequences obtained from a filamentous microbial mat isolated from the Comau fjord, located in the northernmost part of the Chilean Patagonia. The taxonomic composition of the microbial community showed a high proportion of members of the Gammaproteobacteria, including a high number of sequences that were recruited to the genomes of Moritella marina MP-1 and Colwelliapsycherythraea 34H, suggesting the presence of populations related to these two psychrophilic bacterial species. Functional analysis of the community indicated a high proportion of genes coding for the transport and metabolism of amino acids, as well as in energy production. Among the energy production functions, we found protein-coding genes for sulfate and nitrate reduction, both processes associated with Gammaproteobacteria-related sequences. This report provides the first examination of the taxonomic composition and genetic diversity associated with these conspicuous microbial mat communities and provides a framework for future microbial studies in the Comau fjord. PMID:24015199

  6. Occupational exposure to 131I-a case study.

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    Muikku, Maarit; Huikari, Jussi; Korpela, Helinä; Lindholm, Carita; Paile, Wendla; Parviainen, Teuvo

    2014-10-01

    In a laboratory in a company manufacturing radiopharmaceuticals, a laboratory technician was contaminated with I. The employee was preparing I capsules for thyroid carcinoma treatment. The employee was wearing two pairs of protective gloves and, when changing gloves, noticed a rupture in the right inner glove but no visible rupture in the outer glove. Only 3-4 h later, routine monitoring revealed heavy contamination of the back of the right hand. Immediate actions to decontaminate the hand were taken on-site. Stable iodine was not administered. On the next day, besides persisting heavy contamination of the hand, I was also detected in the thyroid gland. Based on original measurements on-site and later follow-up at STUK, including surface contamination measurements and whole body counting, the original I activity on the hand was estimated at 12 MBq and the superficial skin dose at 33 Gy, affecting a skin area of about 10 cm. The thyroid dose was estimated at 430 mGy. Eleven days after the incident, the skin was dry and slightly desquamated. After 15 d, the skin was intact with no desquamation left. No further signs of skin damage have occurred. Cytogenetic analysis of circulating lymphocytes indicated a slight elevation of chromosomal aberrations.

  7. Effects of photoperiod and hypothalamic knife cuts on the timing of FSH surges in hamsters.

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    Badura, L L; Sisk, C L; Nunez, A A

    1991-02-01

    The timing of the proestrous surge of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) was examined in female hamsters with hypothalamic knife cuts that prevented reproductive responses to photoperiod. All animals received either a horizontal knife cut aimed between the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) and the paraventricular nuclei (PVN), or sham surgery, and were housed in long (16 h of light/24 h) or short (6 h of light/24 h) photoperiods. Following exposure to either photo-period for 11-12 weeks, a subset of the animals was fitted with an indwelling jugular cannula. Blood samples were taken hourly over a 24-h period and plasma levels of FSH were determined by RIA. Knife cuts placed ventral to or through the ventral portions of the PVN prevented short day-induced anestrus. On the day of proestrus, peak elevations of FSH in cycling animals with knife cuts in both photoperiods, as well as in sham-operated females in long days, occurred 4-5 h before lights out. In contrast, sham-operated anestrous females in short days showed peak elevations of FSH approximately 3-4 h after lights out. The present results support the view that neural connections between the SCN and the PVN mediate the effects of short days on reproductive physiology, including changes in the timing of the FSH surge.

  8. Domain Modeling: NP_057530.2 [SAHG[Archive

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  9. Improved method to measure aldehyde adducts to N-terminal valine in hemoglobin using 5-hydroxymethylfurfural and 2,5-furandialdehyde as model compounds.

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    Davies, R; Hedebrant, U; Athanassiadis, I; Rydberg, P; Törnqvist, M

    2009-08-01

    Hemoglobin (Hb) adducts are used to measure reactive compounds/metabolites in vivo. Schiff base adducts from aldehydes to N-termini in Hb have been measured by GC-MS/MS after stabilisation through reduction, and detachment by a modified Edman procedure. This paper describes a further development using 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and its probable metabolite, 2,5-furandialdehyde (FDA), as model compounds. Reference compounds were synthesized and characterized. The conditions for the reduction of the Schiff bases were optimized using NaBH(3)CN as a mild reducing agent, and steps used in the earlier method could be deleted. The adduct from FDA could not be specifically analysed, as selective reduction of the imine could not be achieved. In a few samples of human blood, background levels of 10-35 pmol/g globin of the HMF adduct were observed. Half-lifes of the reversible Schiff base adduct from HMF were determined to 3.4h at 37 degrees C and 10.9h at 25 degrees C. The developed method showed good sensitivity and reproducibility for the analysis of the Schiff base from HMF, with improvements regarding simplicity of work-up procedures due to mild conditions. The developed method could be explored for application to adducts from other aldehydes bound as Schiff bases to N-termini in Hb.

  10. The evaluation of student-centredness of teaching and learning: a new mixed-methods approach.

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    Lemos, Ana R; Sandars, John E; Alves, Palmira; Costa, Manuel J

    2014-08-14

    The aim of the study was to develop and consider the usefulness of a new mixed-methods approach to evaluate the student-centredness of teaching and learning on undergraduate medical courses. An essential paradigm for the evaluation was the coherence between how teachers conceptualise their practice (espoused theories) and their actual practice (theories-in-use). The context was a module within an integrated basic sciences course in an undergraduate medical degree programme. The programme had an explicit intention of providing a student-centred curriculum. A content analysis framework based on Weimer's dimensions of student-centred teaching was used to analyze data collected from individual interviews with seven teachers to identify espoused theories and 34h of classroom observations and one student focus group to identify theories-in-use. The interviewees were identified by purposeful sampling. The findings from the three methods were triangulated to evaluate the student-centredness of teaching and learning on the course. Different, but complementary, perspectives of the student-centredness of teaching and learning were identified by each method. The triangulation of the findings revealed coherence between the teachers' espoused theories and theories-in-use. A mixed-methods approach that combined classroom observations with interviews from a purposeful sample of teachers and students offered a useful evaluation of the extent of student-centredness of teaching and learning of this basic science course. Our case study suggests that this new approach is applicable to other courses in medical education.

  11. Replication fitness determines high virulence of influenza A virus in mice carrying functional Mx1 resistance gene.

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    Grimm, Daniel; Staeheli, Peter; Hufbauer, Martin; Koerner, Iris; Martínez-Sobrido, Luis; Solórzano, Alicia; García-Sastre, Adolfo; Haller, Otto; Kochs, Georg

    2007-04-17

    The IFN-induced resistance factor Mx1 is a critical component of innate immunity against influenza A viruses (FLUAV) in mice. Animals carrying a wild-type Mx1 gene (Mx1(+/+)) differ from regular laboratory mice (Mx1(-/-)) in that they are highly resistant to infection with standard FLUAV strains. We identified an extraordinary variant of the FLUAV strain, A/PR/8/34 (H1N1) (designated hvPR8), which is unusually virulent in Mx1(+/+) mice. hvPR8 was well controlled in Mx1(+/+) but not Mx1(-/-) mice provided that the animals were treated with IFN before infection, indicating that hvPR8 exhibits normal sensitivity to growth restriction by Mx1. hvPR8 multiplied much faster than standard PR8 early in infection because of highly efficient viral gene expression in infected cells. Studies with reassortant viruses containing defined genome segments of both hvPR8 and standard PR8 demonstrated that the HA, neuraminidase, and polymerase genes of hvPR8 all contributed to virulence, indicating that efficient host cell entry and early gene expression renders hvPR8 highly pathogenic. These results reveal a surprisingly simple concept of how influenza viruses may gain virulence and illustrate that high speed of virus growth can outcompete the antiviral response of the infected host.

  12. Mol-ecular and crystal structure of gossypol tetra-methyl ether with an unknown solvate.

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    Honkeldieva, Muhabbat; Talipov, Samat; Mardanov, Rustam; Ibragimov, Bakhtiyar

    2015-02-01

    The title compound, C34H38O8 (systematic name: 5,5'-diisopropyl-2,2',3,3'-tetra-meth-oxy-7,7'-dimethyl-2H,2'H-8,8'-bi-[naphtho-[1,8-bc]furan]-4,4'-diol), has been obtained from a gossypol solution in a mixture of dimethyl sulfate and methanol. The mol-ecule is situated on a twofold rotation axis, so the asymmetric unit contains one half-mol-ecule. In the mol-ecule, the hy-droxy groups are involved in intra-molecular O-H⋯O hydrogen bonds, and the two naphthyl fragments are inclined each to other by 83.8 (1)°. In the crystal, weak C-H⋯O and C-H⋯π inter-actions consolidate the packing, which exhibits channels with an approximate diameter of 6 Å extending along the c-axis direction. These channels are filled with highly disordered solvent mol-ecules, so their estimated scattering contribution was subtracted from the observed diffraction data using the SQUEEZE option in PLATON [Spek, A. L. (2015). Acta Cryst. C71, 9-18].

  13. Design, synthesis and 3D-QSAR studies of new diphenylamine containing 1,2,4-triazoles as potential antitubercular agents.

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    Mohan Krishna, K; Inturi, Bharathkumar; Pujar, Gurubasavaraj V; Purohit, Madhusudan N; Vijaykumar, G S

    2014-09-12

    A new series of new diphenylamine containing 1,2,4-triazoles were synthesized from 4-arylideneamino-5-[2-(2,6-dichlorophenylamino) benzyl]-2H-1,2,4-triazole-3(4H)-thiones 3a-f. The synthesized compounds were screened for in-vitro antimycobacterial and antibacterial activities. The synthesized compounds 4a, 4e and 4d have shown potential activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv strain with MIC of 0.2, 1.6 and 3.125 μM respectively. To investigate the SAR of diphenylamine containing 1,2,4-triazole derivatives in more details, CoMFA (q(2)-0.432, r(2)-0.902) and CoMSIA (q(2)-0.511, r(2)-0.953) models on M. tuberculosis H37Rv were established. The generated 3D-QSAR models are externally validated and have shown significant statistical results, and these models can be used for further rational design of novel diphenylamine containing 1,2,4-triazoles as potent antitubercular agents.

  14. Crystal structure of tetraguanidinium [hexahydrogen hexaarsenato(Vtetravanadate(V] tetrahydrate

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    William T. A. Harrison

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The complete polyoxidometallate anion in the title compound, (CH6N34[H6V4As6O30]·4H2O, is generated by crystallographic inversion symmetry. The polyhedral building units are distorted VO6 octahedra and AsO3OH tetrahedra. The VO6 units feature a short formal V=O double bond and are linked by a common edge. Two such V2O6 double octahedral units are linked by four isolated AsO3OH tetrahedra to complete the anion, which features two internal O—H...O hydrogen bonds. In the crystal, O—H...O hydrogen bonds between the polyoxidometallate anions generate (01-1 sheets. The sheets are connected by cation-to-cluster N—H...O hydrogen bonds, and cation-to-water N—H...O links also occur. The O atom of one of the water molecules is disordered over two sites in a 0.703 (17:0.297 (17 ratio.

  15. Yeast Biomass Production in Brewery's Spent Grains Hemicellulosic Hydrolyzate

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    Duarte, Luís C.; Carvalheiro, Florbela; Lopes, Sónia; Neves, Ines; Gírio, Francisco M.

    Yeast single-cell protein and yeast extract, in particular, are two products which have many feed, food, pharmaceutical, and biotechnological applications. However, many of these applications are limited by their market price. Specifically, the yeast extract requirements for culture media are one of the major technical hurdles to be overcome for the development of low-cost fermentation routes for several top value chemicals in a biorefinery framework. A potential biotechnical solution is the production of yeast biomass from the hemicellulosic fraction stream. The growth of three pentose-assimilating yeast cell factories, Debaryomyces hansenii, Kluyveromyces marxianus, and Pichia stipitis was compared using non-detoxified brewery's spent grains hemicellulosic hydrolyzate supplemented with mineral nutrients. The yeasts exhibited different specific growth rates, biomass productivities, and yields being D. hansenii as the yeast species that presented the best performance, assimilating all sugars and noteworthy consuming most of the hydrolyzate inhibitors. Under optimized conditions, D. hansenii displayed a maximum specific growth rate, biomass yield, and productivity of 0.34 h-1, 0.61 g g-1, and 0.56 g 1-1 h-1, respectively. The nutritional profile of D. hansenii was thoroughly evaluated, and it compares favorably to others reported in literature. It contains considerable amounts of some essential amino acids and a high ratio of unsaturated over saturated fatty acids.

  16. Characterization of decay and emission rates of ultrafine particles in indoor ice rink.

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    Kim, J; Lee, K

    2013-08-01

    The purposes of this study were to determine indoor ultrafine particle (UFP, diameter DiSCmini were 0.54 ± 0.21/h and 0.85 ± 0.34/h, respectively. The average decay rate of UFP surface area concentration was 0.33 ± 0.15/h. The average emission rates of UFP number concentrations measured by P-Trak and DiSCmini were 1.2 × 10(14) ± 6.5 × 10(13) particles/min and 3.3 × 10(14) ± 2.4 × 10(14) particles/min, respectively. The average emission rate of UFP surface area concentration was 3.1 × 10(11) ± 2.0 × 10(11) μm(2)/min. UFP emission rate was associated with resurfacer age. DiSCmini measured higher decay and emission rates than P-Trak due to their different measuring mechanisms and size ranges.

  17. Coupling digestion in a pilot-scale UASB reactor and electrochemical oxidation over BDD anode to treat diluted cheese whey.

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    Katsoni, Alphathanasia; Mantzavinos, Dionissios; Diamadopoulos, Evan

    2014-11-01

    The efficiency of the anaerobic treatment of cheese whey (CW) at mesophilic conditions was investigated. In addition, the applicability of electrochemical oxidation as an advanced post-treatment for the complete removal of chemical oxygen demand (COD) from the anaerobically treated cheese whey was evaluated. The diluted cheese whey, having a pH of 6.5 and a total COD of 6 g/L, was first treated in a 600-L, pilot-scale up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor. The UASB process, which was operated for 87 days at mesophilic conditions (32 ± 2 °C) at a hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 3 days, led to a COD removal efficiency between 66 and 97 %, while the particulate matter of the wastewater was effectively removed by entrapment in the sludge blanket of the reactor. When the anaerobic reactor effluent was post-treated over a boron-doped diamond (BDD) anode at 9 and 18 A and in the presence of NaCl as the supporting electrolyte, complete removal of COD was attained after 3-4 h of reaction. During electrochemical experiments, three groups of organochlorinated compounds, namely trihalomethanes (THMs), haloacetonitriles (HANs), and haloketons (HKs), as well as 1,2-dichloroethane (DCA) and chloropicrin were identified as by-products of the process; these, alongside free chlorine, are thought to increase the matrix ecotoxicity to Artemia salina.

  18. Creep strength breakdown and microstructure evolution in a 3%Co modified P92 steel

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    Fedoseeva, A., E-mail: fedoseeva@bsu.edu.ru; Dudova, N.; Kaibyshev, R.

    2016-01-27

    Microstructure and hardness in the grip and gage sections of ruptured 3%Co modified P92 steel specimens were examined after creep tests under applied stresses ranging from 200 to 100 MPa at T=650 °C. Under long-term aging, the depletion of W from solid solution leads to precipitation of the Laves phase. In addition, coarsening of MX carbonitrides occurs after 34 h of aging. The final dimensions of these particles are independent of further aging time. A breakdown of applied stress vs time to rupture dependence takes place at a stress of 140 MPa or a rupture time of 1828 h at which the W content in the ferritic matrix almost attains a thermodynamical equilibrium level. Under long-term creep conditions, the strain-induced coarsening of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides and the Laves phase takes place. No strain-induced coarsening of MX carbonitrides was found. However, V-rich MX carbonitrides transform to Z-phase in the gage section. Zener drag force restraining migration of grain/subgrain boundaries decreases, and with long-term creep, the transformation of the tempered martensite lath structure (TMLS) to subgrain structure occurs, whereas short-term creep conditions and long-term aging result in the retained lath structure.

  19. Changing genotypes of cholera toxin (CT) of Vibrio cholerae O139 in Bangladesh and description of three new CT genotypes.

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    Bhuiyan, Nurul A; Nusrin, Suraia; Alam, Munirul; Morita, Masatomo; Watanabe, Haruo; Ramamurthy, Thandavarayan; Cravioto, Alejandro; Nair, Gopinath Balakrish

    2009-11-01

    We determined the genotype of cholera toxin by amplifying and sequencing the B-subunit in a sequential collection of 90 strains of Vibrio cholerae O139 isolated over the past 13 years since its first description in 1992. Representative strains isolated during 1993-1997 harboured ctxB of El Tor type (genotype 3). Twenty-six strains isolated during 1999, 2001, 2005 and three strains isolated in 1998, 2000 and 2002 were identified to belong to new ctxB genotypes 4 and 5, respectively. Genotype 5 was similar to genotype 1 except at position 28 (D-->A). The genotype 6 was similar to genotype 4 except at position 34 (H-->P). The implication of switch in terms of function of the toxin and its impact on human disease is unclear. How this change has influenced their prevalence relative to that of V. cholerae O1 in human infection is also not clear. The other common virulence gene clusters including the Vibrio pathogenicity island-1, Vibrio seventh pandemic island (VSP)-I and VSP-II of V. cholerae O139 did not show any remarkable difference from that of the O1 El Tor strains. Overall, the majority of the O139 strains tested in this study were similar to the El Tor strains but had altered ctxB genotype. This change and the impact that it causes to the epidemiology of cholera caused by O139 should be closely monitored.

  20. Diisopropylamine dichloroacetate, a novel pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase 4 inhibitor, as a potential therapeutic agent for metabolic disorders and multiorgan failure in severe influenza.

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    Kazuhiko Yamane

    Full Text Available Severe influenza is characterized by cytokine storm and multiorgan failure with metabolic energy disorders and vascular hyperpermeability. In the regulation of energy homeostasis, the pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH complex plays an important role by catalyzing oxidative decarboxylation of pyruvate, linking glycolysis to the tricarboxylic acid cycle and fatty acid synthesis, and thus its activity is linked to energy homeostasis. The present study tested the effects of diisopropylamine dichloroacetate (DADA, a new PDH kinase 4 (PDK4 inhibitor, in mice with severe influenza. Infection of mice with influenza A PR/8/34(H1N1 virus resulted in marked down-regulation of PDH activity and ATP level, with selective up-regulation of PDK4 in the skeletal muscles, heart, liver and lungs. Oral administration of DADA at 12-h intervals for 14 days starting immediately after infection significantly restored PDH activity and ATP level in various organs, and ameliorated disorders of glucose and lipid metabolism in the blood, together with marked improvement of survival and suppression of cytokine storm, trypsin up-regulation and viral replication. These results indicate that through PDK4 inhibition, DADA effectively suppresses the host metabolic disorder-cytokine cycle, which is closely linked to the influenza virus-cytokine-trypsin cycle, resulting in prevention of multiorgan failure in severe influenza.

  1. Maximum growth rate of Mycobacterium avium in continuous culture or chronically infected BALB/c mice.

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    McCarthy, C M; Taylor, M A; Dennis, M W

    1987-01-01

    Mycobacterium avium is a human pathogen which may cause either chronic or disseminated disease and the organism exhibits a slow rate of growth. This study provides information on the growth rate of the organism in chronically infected mice and its maximal growth rate in vitro. M. avium was grown in continuous culture, limited for nitrogen with 0.5 mM ammonium chloride and dilution rates that ranged from 0.054 to 0.153 h-1. The steady-state concentration of ammonia nitrogen and M. avium cells for each dilution rate were determined. The bacterial saturation constant for growth-limiting ammonia was 0.29 mM (4 micrograms nitrogen/ml) and, from this, the maximal growth rate for M. avium was estimated to be 0.206 h-1 or a doubling time of 3.4 h. BALB/c mice were infected intravenously with 3 x 10(6) colony-forming units and a chronic infection resulted, typical of virulent M. avium strains. During a period of 3 months, the number of mycobacteria remained constant in the lungs, but increased 30-fold and 8,900-fold, respectively, in the spleen and mesenteric lymph nodes. The latter increase appeared to be due to proliferation in situ. The generation time of M. avium in the mesenteric lymph nodes was estimated to be 7 days.

  2. Radiation hazard control report

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    Koga, Taeko; Inagaki, Masayo; Morishima, Hiroshige; Araki, Yasusuke; Takiguchi, Chizuko; Matsubayashi, Hideki; Hiraji, Chihiro [Kinki Univ., Higashi-Osaka, Osaka (Japan)

    2002-01-01

    The document of radiation hazard control from April 2000 to March 2001 in the research institute of atomic energy of Kinki University was reported and actual data were presented. Seventy five personnel were subjected to the control, the reactor maximal output was 1W with total output of 463.74 W center dot h for total 777.34 h and the institute underwent the inspection by Science and Technology Agency for 3 times, which resulting in getting satisfactory evaluation. The control involved was for the personnel, laboratories and field. The first was done mainly with film badges and sometimes with pocket dosimeters, and revealed the exposure of 0.264 mSv at maximum. The laboratory dose equivalent was continuously measured with the ionization chamber area monitor and sometimes with the ionization chamber survey meters, GM tube survey meters and scintillation survey meters. The film badge and TLD were also used. In addition, concentrations of radioactivity were measured in the exhaust gas and water with the dust-monitor and overall-monitor, respectively, and surface densities by smear-method with the 2 pi-gas flow and liquid scintillation counters. The field control was carried out by calculation of environmental gamma-ray dose equivalent rate based on monthly TLD dose data and by actual beta-ray measurement of environmental specimens collected at every 3 months. (J.P.N.)

  3. Bioequiwalence of clavulanate Potassium and Amoxicillin(1:7) dispersible tablets in healthy volunteers

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    胡国新; 代宗顺; 龙利红; 韩颖; 侯淑贤; 吴立

    2002-01-01

    Summary: To study the bioequivalence of Clavulanate Potassium and Amoxicillin (1: 7) dispersible tablets, a randomized cross - over study was conducted in 18 healthy volunteers. A single oral dose of 1000 mg Clavulanate Potassium and Amoxicillin (1:7) dispersible tablets (Tested formulation, T) or Augmentin syrup (Reference formulation, R). Concentrations in plasma were determined with high-performance liquid chromatography. The main paramaters of T were: for Clavu lanate Potassium and Amoxicillin, Cmax: 2. 46±1.11 μg/ml and 18. 81±7. 26 μg/ml, Tmax 1. 12±0. 23h and 1. 30±0. 34h, AUC(0- 6h): 5. 18±2.24 μg * h/ml and 45. 09±14. 53 μg * h/ml, t1/2:1.43±0. 44 h and 1. 09±0.22 h. , respectively. The relative bioavailability of T to R were 96. 5±19. 2 % and 98. 4±26. 1 % , respectively. Statistical analysis showed that the two formulations were bioequivalent.

  4. Ceftobiprole: a novel cephalosporin with activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative pathogens, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

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    Barbour, April; Schmidt, Stephan; Rand, Kenneth H; Derendorf, Hartmut

    2009-07-01

    Ceftobiprole is a novel broad-spectrum cephalosporin with activity against a wide range of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, including several resistant species such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae. Ceftobiprole is administered intravenously as the prodrug ceftobiprole medocaril, which is almost immediately converted to the active form. It is currently under review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is approved in Canada under the trade name Zeftera. The pharmacokinetics of ceftobiprole are non-complex as it displays a two-compartment model, dose proportionality, linear plasma protein binding and negligible accumulation. The volume of distribution is approximately equal to the extracellular fluid volume and it is cleared primarily by glomerular filtration, resulting in a half-life of approximately 3-4h. Ceftobiprole displays a low plasma protein binding of approximately 22%. The efficacy of ceftobiprole was demonstrated in two pivotal studies in patients with complicated skin and skin-structure infections (cSSSIs) that compared ceftobiprole with vancomycin in Gram-positive infections in one study and ceftobiprole with vancomycin plus ceftazidime in Gram-positive and Gram-negative infections in the other. The clinical cure rates were similar for ceftobiprole vs. comparator treatments: 93.3% vs. 93.5% with vancomycin only and 90.5% vs. 90.2% with vancomycin plus ceftazidime. The pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic profile supports the use of ceftobiprole to treat a wide range of cSSSIs.

  5. HORIZON RUN 3: TOPOLOGY AS A STANDARD RULER

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    Speare, Robert [New York University Abu Dhabi, P.O. Box 129188, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates); Gott, J. Richard [Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Peyton Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544-1001 (United States); Kim, Juhan [Center for Advanced Computation, Korea Institute for Advanced Study, Heogiro 85, Seoul 130-722 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Changbom, E-mail: robert.speare@nyu.edu, E-mail: kjhan@kias.re.kr [School of Physics, Korea Institute for Advanced Study, Heogiro 85, Seoul 130-722 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-02-01

    We study the physically self-bound cold dark matter halo distribution, which we associate with the massive galaxies within Horizon Run 3, to estimate the accuracy of the determination of the cosmological distance scale measured by the topology analysis. We apply the routine '''Contour 3D''' to the 108 Mock Survey of π steradians out to redshift z = 0.6, which effectively corresponds to the SDSS-III Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) survey, and compare the topology with that of a Gaussian random phase field. We find that given three separate smoothing lengths λ = 15, 21, and 34 h {sup –1} Mpc, the least χ{sup 2} fit genus per unit volume (g) yields a 1.7% fractional uncertainty in smoothing length and angular diameter distance to z = 0.6. This is an improvement on former calibrations and presents an error estimate competitive with baryon acoustic oscillation scale techniques. We also present three-dimensional graphics of the Horizon Run 3 spherical mock survey to show a wealth of large-scale structures of the universe that are expected for surveys like BOSS.

  6. Tapioca starch blended alginate mucoadhesive-floating beads for intragastric delivery of Metoprolol Tartrate.

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    Biswas, Nikhil; Sahoo, Ranjan Kumar

    2016-02-01

    The objective of the study was to develop tapioca starch blended alginate mucoadhesive-floating beads for the intragastric delivery of Metoprolol Tartrate (MT). The beads were prepared by ionotropic gelation method using calcium chloride as crosslinker and gas forming calcium carbonate (CaCO3) as floating inducer. The alginate gel beads having 51-58% entrapped MT showed 90% release within 45 min in gastric medium (pH 1.2). Tapioca starch blending markedly improved the entrapment efficiency (88%) and sustained the release for 3-4 h. A 12% w/w HPMC coating on these beads extended the release upto 9-11 h. In vitro wash off and buoyancy test in gastric media revealed that the beads containing CaCO3 has gastric residence of more than 12 h. In vitro optimized multi-unit formulation consisting of immediate and sustained release mucoadhesive-floating beads (40:60) showed good initial release of 42% MT within 1h followed by a sustained release of over 90% for 11 h. Pharmacokinetic study performed in rabbit model showed that the relative oral bioavailability of MT after administration of oral solution, sustain release and optimized formulation was 51%, 67% and 87%, respectively. Optimized formulation showed a higher percent inhibition of isoprenaline induced heart rate in rabbits for almost 12 h.

  7. Acute alterations of somatodendritic action potential dynamics in hippocampal CA1 pyramidal cells after kainate-induced status epilepticus in mice.

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    Full Text Available Pathophysiological remodeling processes at an early stage of an acquired epilepsy are critical but not well understood. Therefore, we examined acute changes in action potential (AP dynamics immediately following status epilepticus (SE in mice. SE was induced by intraperitoneal (i.p. injection of kainate, and behavioral manifestation of SE was monitored for 3-4 h. After this time interval CA1 pyramidal cells were studied ex vivo with whole-cell current-clamp and Ca(2+ imaging techniques in a hippocampal slice preparation. Following acute SE both resting potential and firing threshold were modestly depolarized (2-5 mV. No changes were seen in input resistance or membrane time constant, but AP latency was prolonged and AP upstroke velocity reduced following acute SE. All cells showed an increase in AP halfwidth and regular (rather than burst firing, and in a fraction of cells the notch, typically preceding spike afterdepolarization (ADP, was absent following acute SE. Notably, the typical attenuation of backpropagating action potential (b-AP-induced Ca(2+ signals along the apical dendrite was strengthened following acute SE. The effects of acute SE on the retrograde spread of excitation were mimicked by applying the Kv4 current potentiating drug NS5806. Our data unveil a reduced somatodendritic excitability in hippocampal CA1 pyramidal cells immediately after acute SE with a possible involvement of both Na(+ and K(+ current components.

  8. Temperature-independent energy expenditure in early development of the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis

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    Nagano, Yatsuhisa; Ode, Koji L.

    2014-08-01

    The thermal dissipation of activated eggs and embryos undergoing development from cleavage to the tailbud stage of the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis was measured as a function of incubation time at temperatures ranging from T = 288.2 K to 295.2 K, using a high-precision isothermal calorimeter. A23187-mediated activation of mature eggs induced stable periodic thermal oscillations lasting for 8-34 h. The frequency agreed well with the cell cycle frequency of initial cleavages at the identical temperature. In the developing embryo, energy metabolism switches from embryonic to adult features during gastrulation. The thermal dissipation after gastrulation fit well with a single modified Avrami equation, which has been used for modeling crystal-growth. Both the oscillation frequency of the activated egg and the growth rate of the embryo strongly depend on temperature with the same apparent activation energy of approximately 87 kJ mole-1. This result suggests that early development proceeds as a single biological time, attributable to a single metabolic rate. A temperature-independent growth curve was derived by scaling the thermogram to the biological time, indicating that the amount of energy expenditure during each developmental stage is constant over the optimal temperature range.

  9. Plant-plant-microbe mechanisms involved in soil-borne disease suppression on a maize and pepper intercropping system.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Intercropping systems could increase crop diversity and avoid vulnerability to biotic stresses. Most studies have shown that intercropping can provide relief to crops against wind-dispersed pathogens. However, there was limited data on how the practice of intercropping help crops against soil-borne Phytophthora disease. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Compared to pepper monoculture, a large scale intercropping study of maize grown between pepper rows reduced disease levels of the soil-borne pepper Phytophthora blight. These reduced disease levels of Phytophthora in the intercropping system were correlated with the ability of maize plants to form a "root wall" that restricted the movement of Phytophthora capsici across rows. Experimentally, it was found that maize roots attracted the zoospores of P. capsici and then inhibited their growth. When maize plants were grown in close proximity to each other, the roots produced and secreted larger quantities of 2,4-dihydroxy-7-methoxy-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H-one (DIMBOA and 6-methoxy-2-benzoxazolinone (MBOA. Furthermore, MBOA, benzothiazole (BZO, and 2-(methylthio-benzothiazole (MBZO were identified in root exudates of maize and showed antimicrobial activity against P. capsici. CONCLUSIONS: Maize could form a "root wall" to restrict the spread of P. capsici across rows in maize and pepper intercropping systems. Antimicrobe compounds secreted by maize root were one of the factors that resulted in the inhibition of P. capsici. These results provide new insights into plant-plant-microbe mechanisms involved in intercropping systems.

  10. Synthesis and Characterization of Waterborne Epoxy Curing Agent Modified by Silane%有机硅改性水性环氧固化剂的合成及表征

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    卢光岐; 孙建中; 周其云

    2007-01-01

    A novel waterborne epoxy curing agent was prepared using 3-glycidoxypropyl trimethoxysilane (GPTMS) as a termination agent of adduct,which was synthesized by triethylene tetramine (TETA) and liquid epoxy resin (E-51). The effects of the reaction temperature and time on the synthesis process were investigated experimentally. The particle size and the distribution of water dispersion of the curing agent were measured by dynamic light scattering (DLS). The structure of the products was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR) and 1H-nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR). The properties of the synthesized curing agent and the epoxy resin film cured by it were also measured. The results showed that the appropriate temperature for the synthesis of adduct was at 65-75 ℃ and the reaction time was 4-5 h,and that the suitable reaction temperature of curing agent synthesis was 75-85 ℃ and the reaction time was 3-4 h. When the mass ratios of GPTMS and acetic acid were 3%-5% and 5%-10% respectively,the hardness,water resistance and adhesion of the cured film were improved significantly.

  11. A novel subnucleocapsid nanoplatform for mucosal vaccination against influenza virus that targets the ectodomain of matrix protein 2.

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    Hervé, Pierre-Louis; Raliou, Mariam; Bourdieu, Christiane; Dubuquoy, Catherine; Petit-Camurdan, Agnès; Bertho, Nicolas; Eléouët, Jean-François; Chevalier, Christophe; Riffault, Sabine

    2014-01-01

    In this study, subnucleocapsid nanorings formed by the recombinant nucleoprotein (N) of the respiratory syncytial virus were evaluated as a platform to anchor heterologous antigens. The ectodomain of the influenza virus A matrix protein 2 (M2e) is highly conserved and elicits protective antibodies when it is linked to an immunogenic carrier, making it a promising target to develop universal influenza vaccines. In this context, one or three M2e copies were genetically linked to the C terminus of N to produce N-M2e and N-3M2e chimeric recombinant nanorings. Mice were immunized intranasally with N-M2e or N-3M2e or with M2e or 3M2e control peptides. N-3M2e-vaccinated mice showed the strongest mucosal and systemic antibody responses. These mice presented a reduced viral load and minor weight loss, and all survived upon challenge with influenza virus A/PR8/34 (H1N1) (PR8). We compared the intranasal route to the subcutaneous route of N-3M2e immunization. Only the intranasal route induced a strong local IgA response and led to the protection of mice upon challenge. Finally, we demonstrated that the induction of anti-M2e antibodies by N-3M2e is not impaired by preexisting anti-N immunity. Overall, these results show that the N nanoring is a potent carrier for mucosal delivery of vaccinal antigens.

  12. Development of a vascular niche platform for expansion of repopulating human cord blood stem and progenitor cells.

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    Butler, Jason M; Gars, Eric J; James, Daylon J; Nolan, Daniel J; Scandura, Joseph M; Rafii, Shahin

    2012-08-09

    Transplantation of ex vivo expanded human umbilical cord blood cells (hCB) only partially enhances the hematopoietic recovery after myelosuppressive therapy. Incubation of hCB with optimal combinations of cytokines and niche cells, such as endothelial cells (ECs), could augment the efficiency of hCB expansion. We have devised an approach to cultivate primary human ECs (hECs) in serum-free culture conditions. We demonstrate that coculture of CD34(+) hCB in direct cellular contact with hECs and minimal concentrations of thrombopoietin/Kit-ligand/Flt3-ligand resulted in a 400-fold expansion of total hematopoietic cells, 150-fold expansion of CD45(+)CD34(+) progenitor cells, and 23-fold expansion of CD45(+) Lin(-)CD34(hi+)CD45RA(-)CD49f(+) stem and progenitor cells over a 12-day period. Compared with cytokines alone, coculture of hCB with hECs permitted greater expansion of cells capable of multilineage engraftment and serial transplantation, hallmarks of long-term repopulating hematopoietic stem cells. Therefore, hECs establish a cellular platform for expansion of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells and treatment of hematologic disorders.

  13. Emergency radiobioassay preparedness exercises through the NIST radiochemistry intercomparison program.

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    Nour, Svetlana; LaRosa, Jerry; Inn, Kenneth G W

    2011-08-01

    The present challenge for the international emergency radiobioassay community is to analyze contaminated samples rapidly while maintaining high quality results. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) runs a radiobioassay measurement traceability testing program to evaluate the radioanalytical capabilities of participating laboratories. The NIST Radiochemistry Intercomparison Program (NRIP) started more than 10 years ago, and emergency performance testing was added to the program seven years ago. Radiobioassay turnaround times under the NRIP program for routine production and under emergency response scenarios are 60 d and 8 h, respectively. Because measurement accuracy and sample turnaround time are very critical in a radiological emergency, response laboratories' analytical systems are best evaluated and improved through traceable Performance Testing (PT) programs. The NRIP provides participant laboratories with metrology tools to evaluate their performance and to improve it. The program motivates the laboratories to optimize their methodologies and minimize the turnaround time of their results. Likewise, NIST has to make adjustments and periodical changes in the bioassay test samples in order to challenge the participating laboratories continually. With practice, radioanalytical measurements turnaround time can be reduced to 3-4 h.

  14. Colostrum and milk production of sows is affected by dietary conjugated linoleic acid

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    Krogh, Uffe; Flummer, Christine; Jensen, Søren Krogh;

    2012-01-01

    (cis-9, trans-11 and trans-10, cis-12) from day 108 of gestation until weaning (4 wk after parturition) to evaluate whether dietary CLA affects the yield and composition of colostrum, time for initiation of milk production, and sow milk yield. Sows fed CLA tended to produce more colostral fat (6.3 vs...... was more than double in the CLA group (17.6 vs. 7.8%, respectively; P = 0.04). Copious milk production was initiated 33 h (CLA) and 34 h (CON) after parturition and was not affected by dietary treatments (P = 0.41). Sow milk yield was improved by the CLA treatment from days 7 to 14 of lactation (P = 0.......03). Weight at birth (1.40 kg for both groups; P = 0.98) and at weaning [8.2 kg (CLA) and 8.0 kg (CON); P = 0.52] was not statistically different. In conclusion, colostrum yield was inhibited but milk yield was stimulated by dietary inclusion of cis-9, trans-11 and trans-10, cis-12 CLA and indicates that sow...

  15. 3D Genus Topology of Luminous Red Galaxies

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    Gott, J Richard; Park, Changbom; Kim, Juhan

    2008-01-01

    We measure the 3D genus topology of large scale structure using Luminous Red Galaxies (LRGs) in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and find it consistent with the Gaussian random phase initial conditions expected from the simplest scenarios of inflation. This studies 3D topology on the largest scales ever obtained. The topology is sponge-like. We measure topology in two volume-limited samples: a dense shallow sample studied with smoothing length of 21h^{-1}Mpc, and a sparse deep sample studied with a smoothing length of 34h^{-1}Mpc. The amplitude of the genus curve is measured with 4% uncertainty. Small distortions in the genus curve expected from non-linear biasing and gravitational effects are well explained (to about 1-\\sigma accuracy) by N-body simulations using a subhalo-finding technique to locate LRGs. This suggests the formation of LRGs is a clean problem that can be modeled well without any free fitting parameters. This bodes well for using LRGs to measure the characteristic scales such as the baryon oscil...

  16. Cosmic structure and dynamics of the local Universe

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    Kitaura, Francisco-Shu; Erdoǧdu, Pirin; Nuza, Sebastián. E.; Khalatyan, Arman; Angulo, Raul E.; Hoffman, Yehuda; Gottlöber, Stefan

    2012-11-01

    We present a cosmography analysis of the local Universe based on the recently released Two-Micron All-Sky Redshift Survey catalogue. Our method is based on a Bayesian Networks Machine Learning algorithm (the KIGEN-code) which self-consistently samples the initial density fluctuations compatible with the observed galaxy distribution and a structure formation model given by second-order Lagrangian perturbation theory (2LPT). From the initial conditions we obtain an ensemble of reconstructed density and peculiar velocity fields which characterize the local cosmic structure with high accuracy unveiling non-linear structures like filaments and voids in detail. Coherent redshift-space distortions are consistently corrected within 2LPT. From the ensemble of cross-correlations between the reconstructions and the galaxy field and the variance of the recovered density fields, we find that our method is extremely accurate up to k˜ 1 h Mpc-1 and still yields reliable results down to scales of about 3-4 h-1 Mpc. The motion of the Local Group we obtain within ˜80 h-1 Mpc (vLG = 522 ± 86 km s-1, lLG = 291° ± 16°, bLG = 34° ± 8°) is in good agreement with measurements derived from the cosmic microwave background and from direct observations of peculiar motions and is consistent with the predictions of ΛCDM.

  17. Phases transformation of nickel lateritic ore during dehydration

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    Huang Q.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The high magnesium nickel laterite ore need first be dehydrated if it is treated by the pirometallurgical means. The nickel laterite ore was dehydrated in a laboratory scale sintering pot in this study. The dehydration mechanism was studied by using the thermo-gravimetric (TG tests, differential thermal analysis (DTA, and X-ray diffraction (XRD experiments. The measurements indicated that chlorite (Fe,Mg,Al6(Si,Al4O10(OH8 and serpentine Mg21Si12O28(OH34H2O are the primary phases, while FeO(OH and (Fe,Mg,3Si4O10(OH2 are the minor phases in the ore. The water in the ore can be divided as free water, crystal water, and hydroxyl group. During the heating process, the temperature range for the removal of the free water is 25~140˚C, for the crystal water it is 200~480 ˚C, and for the hydroxyl group it is 500~800˚C. The experiments with various coal dosages show that the temperatures of off-gas and burden increase with an increase in coal dosage. The sinter samples were analyzed using XRD. The results demonstrated that olivine (Mg,Fe2SiO4 and spinel MgFe2O4 are the main bonding phases.

  18. Differential effects of valproic acid and enzyme-inducing anticonvulsants on nimodipine pharmacokinetics in epileptic patients

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    Tartara, A.; Galimberti, C.A.; Manni, R.; Parietti, L.; Zucca, C.; Baasch, H.; Caresia, L.; Mück, W.; Barzaghi, N.; Gatti, G.; Perucca, E.

    1991-01-01

    1 The single dose pharmacokinetics of orally administered nimodipine (60 mg) were investigated in normal subjects and in two groups of epileptic patients receiving chronic treatment with hepatic microsomal enzyme-inducing anticonvulsants (carbamazepine, phenobarbitone or phenytoin) and sodium valproate, respectively. 2 Compared with the values found in the control group, mean areas under the plasma nimodipine concentration curve were lowered by about seven-fold (P anticonvulsants and increased by about 50% (P < 0.05) in patients taking sodium valproate. 3 Nimodipine half-lives were shorter in enzyme-induced patients than in controls (3.9 ± 2.0 h vs 9.1 ± 3.4 h, means ± s.d., P < 0.01), but this difference could be artifactual since in the patients drug concentrations declined rapidly below the limit of assay, thus preventing identification of a possible slower terminal phase. In valproate-treated patients, half-lives (8.2 ± 1.8 h) were similar to those found in controls. PMID:1777370

  19. Relationship of histone acetylation to DNA topology and transcription.

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    Krajewski, W A; Luchnik, A N

    1991-12-01

    An autonomously replicating plasmid constructed from bovine papiloma virus (BPV) and pBR322 was stably maintained as a nuclear episome in a mouse cell culture. Addition to a cell culture of sodium butyrate (5 mM) induced an increase in plasmid DNA supercoiling of 3-5 turns, an increase in acetylation of cellular histones, and a decrease in plasmid transcription by 2- to 4-fold. After withdrawal of butyrate, DNA supercoiling began to fluctuate in a wave-like manner with an amplitude of up to 3 turns and a period of 3-4 h. These waves gradually faded by 24 h. The transcription of the plasmid and acetylation of cellular histones also oscillated with the same period. The wave-like alterations were not correlated with the cell cycle, for there was no resumption of DNA replication after butyrate withdrawal for at least 24 h. In vitro chemical acetylation of histones with acetyl adenylate also led to an increase in the superhelical density of plasmid DNA. The parallel changes in transcription, histone acetylation, and DNA supercoiling in vivo may indicate a functional innerconnection. Also, the observed in vivo variation in the level of DNA supercoiling directly indicates the possibility of its natural regulation in eukaryotic cells.

  20. Benzoxazinoids in root exudates of maize attract Pseudomonas putida to the rhizosphere.

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    Neal, Andrew L; Ahmad, Shakoor; Gordon-Weeks, Ruth; Ton, Jurriaan

    2012-01-01

    Benzoxazinoids, such as 2,4-dihydroxy-7-methoxy-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one (DIMBOA), are secondary metabolites in grasses. In addition to their function in plant defence against pests and diseases above-ground, benzoxazinoids (BXs) have also been implicated in defence below-ground, where they can exert allelochemical or antimicrobial activities. We have studied the impact of BXs on the interaction between maize and Pseudomonas putida KT2440, a competitive coloniser of the maize rhizosphere with plant-beneficial traits. Chromatographic analyses revealed that DIMBOA is the main BX compound in root exudates of maize. In vitro analysis of DIMBOA stability indicated that KT2440 tolerance of DIMBOA is based on metabolism-dependent breakdown of this BX compound. Transcriptome analysis of DIMBOA-exposed P. putida identified increased transcription of genes controlling benzoate catabolism and chemotaxis. Chemotaxis assays confirmed motility of P. putida towards DIMBOA. Moreover, colonisation essays in soil with Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP)-expressing P. putida showed that DIMBOA-producing roots of wild-type maize attract significantly higher numbers of P. putida cells than roots of the DIMBOA-deficient bx1 mutant. Our results demonstrate a central role for DIMBOA as a below-ground semiochemical for recruitment of plant-beneficial rhizobacteria during the relatively young and vulnerable growth stages of maize.

  1. Excretion of laccase by sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus L.) cells. Effects of a copper deficiency.

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    Bligny, R; Gaillard, J; Douce, R

    1986-07-15

    Copper-deprived sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) cells do not excrete molecules of active laccase in their culture medium. In the range of 2-100 micrograms of copper initially present per litre of nutrient solution, the total laccase activity measured in the cell suspensions at the end of the exponential phase of growth was closely proportional to the amount of added copper. However, copper-deprived cells excreted the laccase apoprotein (laccase without copper) at the same rate as copper-supplied cells excreted the active, copper-containing, laccase. When the culture medium was initially supplied with limiting amounts of copper, the active laccase was excreted until all copper molecules were metabolized. Thereafter, the laccase apoprotein was excreted. Consequently, at the end of the exponential phase of growth, the cell supernatants contained a mixture of apoprotein and copper-containing laccase. After purification and concentration, this mixture of copper-containing laccase (blue) and laccase apoprotein (slightly yellow) showed a yellow-green colour. Under copper-limiting culture conditions an equivalent decrease of Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3 Cu2+ was observed. Addition of copper to copper-deficient enzyme solutions does not result in a recovery of the enzyme activity. However, when added to copper-deficient sycamore-cell suspensions, copper induced a recovery of the excretion of active enzyme, at a normal rate, within about 10 h. The first molecules of active laccase were excreted after 3-4 h.

  2. Skeletonema cf. costatum biogenic silica production rate determinated by PDMPO method

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    Zhang, Guicheng; Leng, Xiaoyun; Feng, Yuanyuan; Li, Xia; Sun, Jun

    2017-04-01

    Diatoms are the only ecological phytoplankton that require silicic acid for growth. They are also the dominant contributor of ocean's total primary productivity. Generation and circulation with silica walls, which the siliceous organisms form, is an important component of the marine biological pump. It is crucial to the study of the operational mechanisms of biological pump with different sea areas. Moreover, it is the key link to the study of global silicon cycle. This paper introduces the basic mechanism of the formation of diatom silica walls and a new way of researching silicic acid metabolism, namely the 2-(4-pyridyl)-5-((4-(2-dimethylaminoethylaminocarbamoyl)- methoxy)phenyl)oxazole (PDMPO) dyeing method. Under a fluorescence microscope after excitation with bright green fluorescence, it can combine with silicic acid to form a complex into the Si deposition within diatom cells. The advantage of this method is that it can monitor the metabolism of silicate after adding PDMPO. For experimentation and sample collection in each of the specified time points, samples were determinated through the unutilized silicic acid, silica dissoluble intracellular and Si deposition within diatom cells, not only using hot alkaline digestions method but also PDMPO dyeing method. Results showed a good linear relationship between PDMPO fluorescent value and biogenic silica concentration. It was also indicated that PDMPO had no deleterious impact on Skeletonema cf. costatum growth for 34 h and was useful for tracking newly-deposited biogenic silica in diatoms' frustules.

  3. Chalcone isomerase cDNA cloning and mRNA induction by fungal elicitor, wounding and infection.

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    Mehdy, M C; Lamb, C J

    1987-06-01

    The environmentally regulated synthesis of phenylpropanoid natural products was studied by examining the expression of the gene encoding chalcone isomerase (CHI). This enzyme catalyzes a step common to the synthesis of flavonoid pigments and isoflavonoid phytoalexins. A lambdagt11 library was constructed using mRNA from cell cultures of bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) treated with fungal elicitor. Two positive clones were obtained by screening 10 recombinants with an antiserum to purified bean CHI. The identity of the cloned sequences was confirmed by hybrid-select translation and the production of antigenic polypeptides from transcripts synthesized in vitro. Addition of elicitor to cell cultures resulted in the rapid accumulation of CHI mRNA, with maximum levels achieved 3-4 h after elicitation. CHI mRNA also accumulated during the natural infection of hypocotyls with the fungal pathogen Colletotrichum lindemuthianum, and in mechanically wounded hypocotyls. The kinetics of accumulation of CHI mRNA in response to these environmental signals were strikingly similar to those of mRNAs encoding two other phenylpropanoid pathway enzymes, phenylalanine ammonialyase and chalcone synthase. In contrast to the multi-gene families encoding these two enzymes, chalcone isomerase is encoded by a single gene which is regulated by several environmental stimuli.

  4. The role of hillslopes in stream flow response: connectivity, flow path, and transit time

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    McGuire, K. J.; McDonnell, J. J.

    2006-12-01

    Subsurface flow from hillslopes is widely recognized as an important contributor to stream flow generation; however, processes that control how and when hillslopes connect to streams remain unclear. Much of the difficulty in deciphering hillslope response in the stream is due to riparian zone modulation of these inputs. We investigated stream and hillslope runoff dynamics in a 10 ha catchment in the western Cascades of Oregon where the riparian zone has been removed by debris flows, providing an unambiguous hillslope hydrologic signal to the stream channel. Water transit time was used as a framework to develop a conceptual stream flow generation model for the small basin. We based our conceptualization on observations of hydrometric, stable isotope, and applied tracer responses and computed transit times for multiple runoff components using a simple linear systems model. Event water mean transit times (8 to 34 h) and rapid breakthrough from applied hillslope tracer additions, demonstrated that contributing areas extend far upslope during events. Despite rapid hillslope transport processes during events, vadose zone water and runoff mean transit times during non-storm conditions were greater than the timescale of storm events. Vadose zone water mean transit times ranged between 10 and 25 days. Hillslope seepage and catchment baseflow mean transit times were between 1 and 2 years. We describe a conceptual model that captures variable physical flow pathways and transit times through changing antecedent wetness conditions that illustrate the different stages of hillslope and stream connectivity.

  5. Marine Corps Provisioning Policy Review Staff Study Report.

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  6. Air-Stable Surface-Passivated Perovskite Quantum Dots for Ultra-Robust, Single- and Two-Photon-Induced Amplified Spontaneous Emission

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    Pan, Jun

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrate ultra-air- and photostable CsPbBr3 quantum dots (QDs) by using an inorganic–organic hybrid ion pair as the capping ligand. This passivation approach to perovskite QDs yields high photoluminescence quantum yield with unprecedented operational stability in ambient conditions (60 ± 5% lab humidity) and high pump fluences, thus overcoming one of the greatest challenges impeding the development of perovskite-based applications. Due to the robustness of passivated perovskite QDs, we were able to induce ultrastable amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) in solution processed QD films not only through one photon but also through two-photon absorption processes. The latter has not been observed before in the family of perovskite materials. More importantly, passivated perovskite QD films showed remarkable photostability under continuous pulsed laser excitation in ambient conditions for at least 34 h (corresponds to 1.2 × 108 laser shots), substantially exceeding the stability of other colloidal QD systems in which ASE has been observed.

  7. Development of a heat-stable and orally delivered recombinant M2e-expressing B. subtilis spore-based influenza vaccine.

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    Zhao, Guangyu; Miao, Yu; Guo, Yan; Qiu, Hongjie; Sun, Shihui; Kou, Zhihua; Yu, Hong; Li, Junfeng; Chen, Yue; Jiang, Shibo; Du, Lanying; Zhou, Yusen

    2014-01-01

    Highly conserved ectodomain of influenza virus M2 protein (M2e) is an important target for the development of universal influenza vaccines. Today, the use of chemical or genetic fusion constructs have been undertaken to overcome the low immunogenicity of M2e in vaccine formulation. However, current M2e vaccines are neither orally delivered nor heat-stable. In this study, we evaluated the immune efficacy of an orally delivered recombinant M2e vaccine containing 3 molcules of M2e consensus sequence of influenza A viruses, termed RSM2e3. To accomplish this, CotB, a spore coat of Bacillus subtilis (B. subtilis), was used as a fusion partner, and heat-stable nonpathogenic B. subtilis spores were used as the carrier. Our results showed that CotB-M2e3 fusion had no effect on spore structure or function in the resultant recombinant RSM2e3 strain and that heterologous influenza virus M2e protein was successfully displayed on the surface of the recombinant RSM2e3 spore. Importantly, recombinant RSM2e3 spores elicited strong and long-term M2e-specific systemic and mucosal immune responses, completely protecting immunized mice from lethal challenge of A/PR/8/34(H1N1) influenza virus. Taken together, our study forms a solid basis for the development of a novel orally delivered and heat-stable influenza vaccine based on B. subtilis spore surface display.

  8. Contribution and modelization of basic processes for development of the spent nuclear fuel matrix; Contribucion experimental y modelizacion de procesos basicos para el desarrollo del modelo de alteracion de la matriz delcombustible irradiado

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    Pablo, J. de; Casa, I.; Clarens, F.; Gimenez, J.; Rovira, M.

    2003-07-01

    The behaviour of the spent nuclear fuel in the conditions expected in a deep geological repository depends on some basic processes such as the formation of oxidizing species due to the radiolysis of water, the effect of these species on the spent nuclear fuel matrix oxidation and dissolution, and the precipitation of secondary solid phases. In this work, some of those processes have been studied in detail. In particular, both uranium dioxide oxidation and dissolution rates have been determined in the presence of oxygen an hydrogen per-oxide (the most important molecular species formed in the radiolysis of water). In addition, the precipitation of secondary phases on the UO{sub 2} surfaces in the presence of hydrogen peroxide has also been fool owed by means of the Atomic Force Microscope allowing the identification of studies (UO{sub 4}.H{sub 2}O). On the other hand, the radiolytical models of the dissolution of spent nuclear fuel need to estimate the surface site densities of the solid. In this sense, we have studied surface site densities of three different uranium oxides: UO{sub 2}, U{sub 3}O{sub 8}, and UO{sub 3}.4H{sub 2}O. (Author) 42 refs.

  9. Antiviral Protein of Momordica charantia L. Inhibits Different Subtypes of Influenza A

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    Viroj Pongthanapisith

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The new antiviral activity of the protein extracted from Momordica charantia was determined with different subtypes of influenza A. The protein was purified from the seed of M. charantia using an anion exchanger and a Fast Protein Liquid Chromatography (FPLC system. At the concentration of 1.401 mg/mL, the protein did not exhibit cytotoxicity in Madin-Darby canine kidney cells (MDCK but inhibited FFU influenza A/PR/8/34 H1N1 virus at 56.50%, 65.72%, and 100% inhibition by the protein treated before the virus (pretreated, the protein treated alongside with the virus (simultaneously treated, and the protein treated after the virus (posttreated during incubation, respectively. Using 5, 25, and 100 TCID50 of influenza A/New Caledonia/20/99 H1N1, A/Fujian/411/01 H3N2 and A/Thailand/1(KAN-1/2004 H5N1, the IC50 was calculated to be 100, 150, and 200; 75, 175, and 300; and 40, 75, and 200 μg/mL, respectively. Our present finding indicated that the plant protein inhibited not only H1N1 and H3N2 but also H5N1 subtype. As a result of the broad spectrum of its antiviral activity, this edible plant can be developed as an effective therapeutic agent against various and even new emerging subtypes of influenza A.

  10. Hydrogen production via autothermal reforming of ethanol over noble metal catalysts supported on oxides

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    Hongqing Chen; Hao Yu; Yong Tang; Minqiang Pan; Guangxing Yang; Feng Peng; Hongjuan Wang; Jian Yang

    2009-01-01

    Hydrogen was produced over noble metal (Ir, Ru, Rh, Pd) catalysts supported on various oxides, including γ-Al2O3, CeO2, ZrO2 and La2O3, via the autothermai reforming reaction of ethanol (ATRE) and oxidative reforming reaction of ethanol (OSRE). The conversion of ethanol and selectivites for hydrogen and byproducts such as methane, ethylene and acetaldehyde were studied. It was found that lanthana alone possessed considerable activity for the ATRE reaction, which could be used as a functional support for ATRE catalysts. It was demonstrated that Ir/La2O3 prevented the formation of methane, and Rh/La2O3 encumbered the production of ethylene and acetaldehyde. ATRE reaction was carried out over La2O3-supported catalysts (Ir/La2O3) with good stability on stream, high conversion, and excellent hydrogen selectivity approaching thermodynamic limit under autothermal condition. Typically, 3.4 H2 molecules can be extracted from a pair of ethanol and water molecules over Ir(5wt%)/La2O3. The results presented in this paper indicate that Ir/La2O3 can be used as a promising catalyst for hydrogen production via ATRE reaction from renewable ethanol.

  11. Mathematical modeling and through artificial neural networks of the Spirulina sp. growth in a photobioreactor with fluorescent light source and solid state lighting

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    Víctor Vásquez-Villalobos

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The Gompertz and logistic mathematical models in the Spirulina sp. growth kinetics were evaluated and were compared with a modeling through Backpropagation Artificial Neural Networks (BP- ANN. Spirulina was cultivated in a (3 L/min of 500 mL aerated laboratory photobioreactor with 40W fluorescent lighting and 1W lighting Solid State (LED-Light Emitting Diode obtaining 11.0 klx lighting with both systems. The LED lighting allowed to obtain a (ɑ 0.90 high biomass value compared with that one obtained with fluorescent lighting of 0.82, as well as a greater growth rate µ=0.63 h-1 preceded by a shorter latency time λ = 0.34 h. The BP-ANN showed a good accuracy with respect to the Gompertz I corrected model for both the Spirulina sp cultivation case with fluorescent lighting and with LED displaying correlation coefficients (R of the 0.993 and 0.994 order respectively, with regard to the experimental data. Spirulina modeling through the Gompertz I corrected model is advantageous because besides showing R 0.987 and 0.990 values in Spirulina sp. cultures with fluorescent lighting and with LED respectively, it allows to attain the growth parameters kinetics directly.

  12. A highly sensitive immunoassay for atrazine based on covalently linking the small molecule hapten to a urea-glutaraldehyde network on a polystyrene surface.

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    Sai, Na; Sun, Wenjing; Wu, Yuntang; Sun, Zhong; Yu, Guanggui; Huang, Guowei

    2016-11-01

    A new enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for atrazine was developed based on covalent bonding of the small molecule hapten, 2-mercaptopropionic acid-4-ethylamino-6-isopropylamino-1,3,5-triazine (MPA-atrazine), to urea-glutaraldehyde (UGA)-treated microtiter plates. In this assay, the microtiter plate surface was treated with the UGA network to both introduce amino groups, which were used to cross-link with the hapten carboxylate groups, and efficiently prevent non-specific adsorption of antibodies, which successfully eliminated the time-consuming routine blocking step. Compared with HNO3-H2SO4-APTES-hapten coated ELISA (modified with a HNO3-H2SO4-APTES mixture and covalent-linked hapten) and conventional ELISA (coated with hapten-carrier protein conjugates), the novel ELISA format increased the sensitivity by approximately 3.5-fold and 7.5-fold, respectively, and saved 2.5h and 34h of coating hapten time, respectively. The method's 50% inhibition concentration for atrazine was 5.54ngmL(-1), and the limit of detection was 0.16ngmL(-1) after optimization of reaction conditions. Furthermore, the ELISA was adapted for analysis of atrazine in corn, rice, and water samples, demonstrating recoveries of 90%-108%. Thus, the assay provides a convenient alternative to conventional, laborious immunoassays for routine supervision of residue detection in food and the environment. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Adsorption isotherms, kinetics and column operations for the removal of hazardous dye, Tartrazine from aqueous solutions using waste materials--Bottom Ash and De-Oiled Soya, as adsorbents.

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    Mittal, Alok; Mittal, Jyoti; Kurup, Lisha

    2006-08-25

    Adsorbents, Bottom Ash (a power plant waste) and De-Oiled Soya (an agricultural waste) exhibit good efficacy to adsorb a highly toxic dye, Tartrazine. Through the batch technique equilibrium uptake of the dye is observed at different concentrations, pH of the solution, dosage of adsorbents and sieve size of adsorbents. Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption isotherms are successfully employed on both the adsorbents and on the basis of these models the thermodynamic parameters are evaluated. Kinetic investigations reveal that more than 50% adsorption of dye is achieved in about 1h in both the cases, whereas, equilibrium establishment takes about 3-4h. The linear plots obtained in rate constant and mass transfer studies further confirm the applicability of first order rate expression and mass transfer model, respectively. The kinetic data treated to identify rate controlling step of the ongoing adsorption processes indicate that for both the systems, particle diffusion process is predominant at higher concentrations, while film diffusion takes place at lower concentrations. The column studies reveal that about 96% saturation of both the columns is attained during their exhaustion, while about 88 and 84% of the dye material is recovered by eluting dilute NaOH solution through exhausted Bottom Ash and De-Oiled Soya columns, respectively.

  14. Adsorption isotherms, kinetics and column operations for the removal of hazardous dye, Tartrazine from aqueous solutions using waste materials-Bottom Ash and De-Oiled Soya, as adsorbents

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    Mittal, Alok [Department of Applied Chemistry, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal 462 007 (India)]. E-mail: aljymittal@yahoo.co.in; Mittal, Jyoti [Department of Applied Chemistry, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal 462 007 (India); Kurup, Lisha [Department of Applied Chemistry, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal 462 007 (India)

    2006-08-25

    Adsorbents, Bottom Ash (a power plant waste) and De-Oiled Soya (an agricultural waste) exhibit good efficacy to adsorb a highly toxic dye, Tartrazine. Through the batch technique equilibrium uptake of the dye is observed at different concentrations, pH of the solution, dosage of adsorbents and sieve size of adsorbents. Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption isotherms are successfully employed on both the adsorbents and on the basis of these models the thermodynamic parameters are evaluated. Kinetic investigations reveal that more than 50% adsorption of dye is achieved in about 1 h in both the cases, whereas, equilibrium establishment takes about 3-4 h. The linear plots obtained in rate constant and mass transfer studies further confirm the applicability of first order rate expression and mass transfer model, respectively. The kinetic data treated to identify rate controlling step of the ongoing adsorption processes indicate that for both the systems, particle diffusion process is predominant at higher concentrations, while film diffusion takes place at lower concentrations. The column studies reveal that about 96% saturation of both the columns is attained during their exhaustion, while about 88 and 84% of the dye material is recovered by eluting dilute NaOH solution through exhausted Bottom Ash and De-Oiled Soya columns, respectively.

  15. Mutations in the rpoB and katG genes leading to drug resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Latvia.

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    Tracevska, T; Jansone, I; Broka, L; Marga, O; Baumanis, V

    2002-10-01

    To characterize the genetic basis of drug resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Latvia, mutations involved in rifampin (rpoB gene) and isoniazid (katG gene) resistance in DNA from 19 drug-susceptible and 51 multidrug-resistant M. tuberculosis complex isolates were analyzed. The most frequent rpoB gene mutations found by the Line Probe assay were the S531L (14 of 34 isolates), D516V (7 of 34), H526D (4 of 34), and D516Y plus P535S (4 of 34) mutations. Direct sequencing of seven isolates with unclear results from Line Probe assay showed the presence of the L533P mutation and the Q510H plus H526Y (1 of 34) and D516V plus P535S (4 of 34) double mutations, neither of which has been described previously. Single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis showed strand mobility differences between the rifampin-susceptible and -resistant samples for the D516V, H526D, and D516Y plus P535S mutations but not for the S531L mutation. Nucleotide substitution at codon 315 (AGC-->ACC) of the katG gene was found in 48 of 51 multidrug-resistant samples by sequencing. Furthermore, katG gene restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis with endonuclease AciI confirmed the nucleotide change in codon 315.

  16. Rotational properties of main belt asteroids: photoelectric and CCD observations of 15 objects

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    Florczak, M.; Dotto, E.; Barucci, M. A.; Birlan, M.; Erikson, A.; Fulchignoni, M.; Nathues, A.; Perret, L.; Thebault, P.

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    In this paper we present the results of several observational campaigns carried out during 1996 at the 1.2 m telescope of the Haute Provence Observatory (France) and at the 1.5m Danish, 0.9m Dutch, 0.6m Bochum and 0.5m telescopes of the European Southern Observatory (ESO, La Silla, Chile), in order to enlarge the available sample of know asteroid rotational periods. A total of 64 single night lightcurves for 15 asteroids were obtained. The rotational periods have been determined for 12 objects, with different quality code: 424 Gratia ( Psyn = 19.47 h), 440 Theodora ( Psyn = 4.828 h), 446 Aeternitas ( Psyn = 15.85 h), 491 Carina ( Psyn = 14.87 h), 727 Nipponia ( Psyn = 4.6 h), 732 Tjilaki ( Psyn = 12.34 h), 783 Nora ( Psyn = 34.4 h), 888 Parysatis ( Psyn = 5.49 h), 1626 Sadeya ( Psyn = 3.438 h), 2209 Tianjin ( Psyn = 9.47 h), 2446 Lunacharsky ( Psyn = 3.613 h) and 3776 Vartiovuori ( Psyn = 7.7 h). For 1246 Chaka, 1507 Vaasa and 1994 Shane the complete rotational phase was not covered and for two of them it was possible to find only an indication of the rotational period.

  17. Properties of polysaccharides in several seaweeds from Atlantic Canada and their potential anti-influenza viral activities

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    Jiao, Guangling; Yu, Guangli; Wang, Wei; Zhao, Xiaoliang; Zhang, Junzeng; Ewart, Stephen H.

    2012-06-01

    To explore the polysaccharides from selected seaweeds of Atlantic Canada and to evaluate their potential anti-influenza virus activities, polysaccharides were isolated from several Atlantic Canadian seaweeds, including three red algae ( Polysiphonia lanosa, Furcellaria lumbricalis, and Palmaria palmata), two brown algae ( Ascophyllum nodosum and Fucus vesiculosus), and one green alga ( Ulva lactuca) by sequential extraction with cold water, hot water, and alkali solutions. These polysaccharides were analyzed for monosaccharide composition and other general chemical properties, and they were evaluated for anti-influenza virus activities. Total sugar contents in these polysaccharides ranged from 15.4% (in U. lactuca) to 91.4% (in F. lumbricalis); sulfation level was as high as 17.6% in a polysaccharide from U. lactuca, whereas it could not be detected in an alikali-extract from P. palmaria. For polysaccharides from red seaweeds, the main sugar units were sulfated galactans (agar or carrageenan) for P. lanosa, F. lumbricalis, and xylans for P. palmata. In brown seaweeds, the polysaccharides largely contained sulfated fucans, whereas the polysaccharides in green seaweed were mainly composed of heteroglycuronans. Screening for antiviral activity against influenza A/PR/8/34 (H1N1) virus revealed that brown algal polysaccharides were particularly effective. Seaweeds from Atlantic Canada are a good source of marine polysaccharides with potential antiviral properties.

  18. A Defective Interfering Influenza RNA Inhibits Infectious Influenza Virus Replication in Human Respiratory Tract Cells: A Potential New Human Antiviral

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    Claire M. Smith

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Defective interfering (DI viruses arise during the replication of influenza A virus and contain a non-infective version of the genome that is able to interfere with the production of infectious virus. In this study we hypothesise that a cloned DI influenza A virus RNA may prevent infection of human respiratory epithelial cells with infection by influenza A. The DI RNA (244/PR8 was derived by a natural deletion process from segment 1 of influenza A/PR/8/34 (H1N1; it comprises 395 nucleotides and is packaged in the DI virion in place of a full-length genome segment 1. Given intranasally, 244/PR8 DI virus protects mice and ferrets from clinical influenza caused by a number of different influenza A subtypes and interferes with production of infectious influenza A virus in cells in culture. However, evidence that DI influenza viruses are active in cells of the human respiratory tract is lacking. Here we show that 244/PR8 DI RNA is replicated by an influenza A challenge virus in human lung diploid fibroblasts, bronchial epithelial cells, and primary nasal basal cells, and that the yield of challenge virus is significantly reduced in a dose-dependent manner indicating that DI influenza virus has potential as a human antiviral.

  19. Cross-protective effect of antisense oligonucleotide developed against the common 3' NCR of influenza A virus genome.

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    Kumar, Prashant; Kumar, Binod; Rajput, Roopali; Saxena, Latika; Banerjea, Akhil C; Khanna, Madhu

    2013-11-01

    The influenza A virus (IAV) has eight segmented single-stranded RNA genome containing a common and evolutionarily conserved non-coding region (NCRs) at 5' and 3' ends that are important for the virus replication. In this study, we designed an antisense oligonucleotide against the 3' NCR of vital segments of the IAV genome to inhibit its replication. The results demonstrated that the co-transfection of Madine Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) cells with the antisense oligonucleotide and the plasmids encoding the viral genes led to the down-regulation of the viral gene expression. The designed antisense molecules reduced the cytopathic effect caused by A/PR/8/34 (H1N1), A/Udorn/307/72 (H3N2), and A/New Caledonia/20/99 (H1N1) strains of IAV for almost 48 h. Furthermore, the intra-venous delivery of this oligonucleotide significantly reduced the viral titers in the lungs of infected mice and protected the mice from lethal effects of all the strains of influenza virus. The study demonstrated that the antisense oligonucleotide designed against the NCR region inhibits the expression of the viral genome. The decrease of the cytopathic effect in the MDCK cells and increase in survival of mice confirmed the reduction of virus multiplication and pathogenesis in the presence of antisense oligonucleotide. Thus, we demonstrate that a single antisense oligonucleotide is capable of providing protection against more than one strains of the IAV.

  20. Application of Gas Chromatography with the Mass Detector (GC-MS Technique for Detection of Beeswax Adulteration with Paraffin

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    Waś Ewa

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available To detect beeswax adulteration with hydrocarbons of alien origin (e.g. paraffin, gas chromatography with mass detector (GC-MS technique was used. The method has been verified here on beeswax samples with different addition (3, 5, 10, 30, and 50% of paraffin and validated under the conditions of repeatability and within - laboratory reproducibility. The addition of paraffin to beeswax can already be detected on the basis of an analysis of the chromatograms. The intensity of individual alkane peaks increased with the increase of the amount of paraffin added to the beeswax. This increase was the mostly visible for the alkanes with even numbers of carbon atoms in the molecule: C24H50, C26H54, C28H58, C30H62, C32H66, and C34H70. These observations have also been proven by quantitative analysis performed using the internal standard method. Adding paraffin to beeswax resulted in an increase in the total contents of n-alkanes as well as individual alkanes, and in particular, of the even-numbered alkanes. The addition of paraffin to beeswax also resulted in the appearance of alkanes containing over 35 carbon atoms in the molecule, which were not detected in beeswax. The method for determination of beeswax hydrocarbons with the GC-MS technique is characterised by satisfactory repeatability and within-laboratory reproducibility. This method can be used for the detection of beeswax adulteration with hydrocarbons of alien origin (e.g. paraffin.

  1. Benzoxazinoids in Root Exudates of Maize Attract Pseudomonas putida to the Rhizosphere

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    Neal, Andrew L.; Ahmad, Shakoor; Gordon-Weeks, Ruth; Ton, Jurriaan

    2012-01-01

    Benzoxazinoids, such as 2,4-dihydroxy-7-methoxy-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one (DIMBOA), are secondary metabolites in grasses. In addition to their function in plant defence against pests and diseases above-ground, benzoxazinoids (BXs) have also been implicated in defence below-ground, where they can exert allelochemical or antimicrobial activities. We have studied the impact of BXs on the interaction between maize and Pseudomonas putida KT2440, a competitive coloniser of the maize rhizosphere with plant-beneficial traits. Chromatographic analyses revealed that DIMBOA is the main BX compound in root exudates of maize. In vitro analysis of DIMBOA stability indicated that KT2440 tolerance of DIMBOA is based on metabolism-dependent breakdown of this BX compound. Transcriptome analysis of DIMBOA-exposed P. putida identified increased transcription of genes controlling benzoate catabolism and chemotaxis. Chemotaxis assays confirmed motility of P. putida towards DIMBOA. Moreover, colonisation essays in soil with Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP)-expressing P. putida showed that DIMBOA-producing roots of wild-type maize attract significantly higher numbers of P. putida cells than roots of the DIMBOA-deficient bx1 mutant. Our results demonstrate a central role for DIMBOA as a below-ground semiochemical for recruitment of plant-beneficial rhizobacteria during the relatively young and vulnerable growth stages of maize. PMID:22545111

  2. Non-Smoker Exposure to Secondhand Cannabis Smoke. I. Urine Screening and Confirmation Results

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    Cone, Edward J.; Bigelow, George E.; Herrmann, Evan S.; Mitchell, John M.; LoDico, Charles; Flegel, Ronald; Vandrey, Ryan

    2015-01-01

    Increased cannabis potency has renewed concerns that secondhand exposure to cannabis smoke can produce positive drug tests. A systematic study was conducted of smoke exposure on drug-free participants. Six experienced cannabis users smoked cannabis cigarettes (5.3% THC in Session 1 and 11.3% THC in Sessions 2 and 3) in a sealed chamber. Six non-smokers were seated with smokers in an alternating manner. Sessions 1 and 2 were conducted with no ventilation and ventilation was employed in Session 3. Non-smoking participant specimens (collected 0–34 h) were analyzed with four immunoassays at different cutoff concentrations (20, 50, 75 and 100 ng/mL) and by GC-MS (LOQ = 0.75 ng/mL). No presumptive positives occurred for non-smokers at 100 and 75 ng/mL; a single positive occurred at 50 ng/mL; and multiple positives occurred at 20 ng/mL. Maximum THCCOOH concentrations by GC-MS for non-smokers ranged from 1.3 to 57.5 ng/mL. THCCOOH concentrations generally increased with THC potency, but room ventilation substantially reduced exposure levels. These results demonstrate that extreme cannabis smoke exposure can produce positive urine tests at commonly utilized cutoff concentrations. However, positive tests are likely to be rare, limited to the hours immediately post-exposure, and occur only under environmental circumstances where exposure is obvious. PMID:25326203

  3. Key mediators of intracellular amino acids signaling to mTORC1 activation.

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    Duan, Yehui; Li, Fengna; Tan, Kunrong; Liu, Hongnan; Li, Yinghui; Liu, Yingying; Kong, Xiangfeng; Tang, Yulong; Wu, Guoyao; Yin, Yulong

    2015-05-01

    Mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) is activated by amino acids to promote cell growth via protein synthesis. Specifically, Ras-related guanosine triphosphatases (Rag GTPases) are activated by amino acids, and then translocate mTORC1 to the surface of late endosomes and lysosomes. Ras homolog enriched in brain (Rheb) resides on this surface and directly activates mTORC1. Apart from the presence of intracellular amino acids, Rag GTPases and Rheb, other mediators involved in intracellular amino acid signaling to mTORC1 activation include human vacuolar sorting protein-34 (hVps34) and mitogen-activating protein kinase kinase kinase kinase-3 (MAP4K3). Those molecular links between mTORC1 and its mediators form a complicate signaling network that controls cellular growth, proliferation, and metabolism. Moreover, it is speculated that amino acid signaling to mTORC1 may start from the lysosomal lumen. In this review, we discussed the function of these mediators in mTORC1 pathway and how these mediators are regulated by amino acids in details.

  4. Evaluación de vacas de doble propósito de genotipos Holstein x Cebú en sistemas de pastoreo arborizado: II. Bíparas Evaluation of double purpose Holstein x Zebu cows in grazing systems with trees: II. Biparous

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    L Simón

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    Full Text Available Con el objetivo de evaluar el comportamiento productivo y reproductivo de vacas bíparas de doble propósito de los cruzamientos Holstein x Cebú, se utilizaron 75 vacas en un diseño totalmente aleatorizado, 25 por grupo de los genotipos Siboney (5/8 Holstein x 3/8 Cebú, Mambí (3/4 H x ¼ C y Siboney mestizo (5/8 H x 3/8 C, las cuales integraron un rebaño común con acceso al mismo manejo y alimentación, en una vaquería de producción de la granja Supervaca de la Empresa Pecuaria Genética de Matanzas. La carga fue de 1,6 UGM/ha y rotaron en 28 cuartones. Mensualmente se midió la disponibilidad de pastos y la oferta diaria de los forrajes y los suplementos. Se apreció la condición corporal al inicio y al final de cada estación, la producción de leche por vaca se midió quincenalmente, y se determinó la duración y producción por lactancia y los indicadores de reproducción. La mejor condición corporal (3,97 favoreció al Siboney mestizo (PIn order to evaluate the productive and reproductive performance of biparous double-purpose Holstein x Zebu cows, 75 cows were used in a completely randomized design, 25 per group, from genotypes Siboney (5/8 Holstein x 3/8 Zebu, Mambí (3/4 H x ¼ Z and crossbred Siboney (5/8 H x 3/8 Z, which integrated a common herd with access to the same management and feeding, in a production dairy unit of the Supervaca farm, Genetic Livestock Production Firm of Matanzas. The stocking rate was 1,6 animals/ha and they rotated in 28 paddocks. Pasture availability and daily offer of forages and supplements were monthly measured. The body condition was estimated at the beginning and end of each season, milk production per cow was fortnightly measured, and the duration and production per lactation and the reproduction indicators were determined. The best body condition (3,97 favored crossbred Siboney (P<0,01; while no significant differences were found in the duration and production of milk per lactation. Likewise, crossbred Siboney was significantly higher (P<0,01 in the reproductive indicators parturition-first insemination (51,9, parturition-pregnancy (81 and parturition-parturition (363 days. The crossbred Siboney genotype was concluded to have the best performance in body condition and reproductive indicators, excelling Siboney and Mambí under the same management and feeding conditions, which shows higher adaptation to tropical grazing conditions

  5. 辣椒碱多囊脂质体的制备及在大鼠体内的药动学研究%Preparation of Capsaicin multivesicular liposomes and its pharmacokinetics in the rats

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    郑雪; 陈丽宇; 任春娟; 串俊兰; 张彦; 龚涛; 张志荣

    2011-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To prepare Capsaicin multivesicular liposotnes(MVLs) and investigate the encapsulation efficiency and the pharmacokinetics in rats. METHODS Capsaicin MVLs were prepared by double emulsion method,and optimized by single factor experiments. The pharmacokinetics of Capsaicin MVLs following subcutaneous injection in rats was studied. RESULTS Capsaicin MVLs seemed round and well - distributed with the encapsulation efficiency was 71.9% ± 3. 8% and the average particle size was 8.1 μm. Following the subcutaneous injection in rats,the Cmax was 405.72 ±53.87 and 804.06 ± 108.17 ng·mL-1 ;AUC0_t was 16.7836 ± 2. 8542,3.7622 ±0.6651 μg·h·mL-1 ;t1/2 was 32.31 ±2. 64,3. 23 ±0.34 h for Capsaicin MVLs and solution, respectively. The plasma concentration of Capsaicin maintained above the quantitative limitation 72 h after the administration of Capsaicin MVLs. CONCLUSION The lipid soluble drug Capsaicin could be successfully entrapped into the MVLs, and Capsaicin MVLs showed a significant sustained release property following subcutaneous injection in rats.%目的 制备辣椒碱多囊脂质体,并考察其包封率和在大鼠体内的药动学.方法采用复乳法制备辣椒碱多囊脂质体、单因素筛选处方,并考察大鼠sc辣椒碱多囊脂质体后的体内药动学.结果制备的辣椒碱多囊脂质体的外观圆整,大小均匀,包封率为71.9%±3.8%,平均粒径为8.1 μm.大鼠sc辣椒碱多囊脂质体后,与辣椒碱溶液相比,Cmax分别为405.72±53.87、804.06 +108.17 ng·mL-1;AUC0-t为16.7836±2.8541、3.7622±0.6651 μg·h·mL-1;消除时间分别为32.31±2.64、3.23±0.34 h,72 h时血浆中仍可检测到药物.结论采用复乳法可成功将脂溶性药物辣椒碱载入多囊脂质体中,大鼠体内的药动学研究显示有明显的缓释特征.

  6. Electrical properties of reactive-ion-sputtered Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} on 4H-SiC

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    Shukla, Madhup, E-mail: madhup.iit@gmail.com [Microelectronics and MEMS Laboratory, Electrical Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India); Dutta, Gourab [Microelectronics and MEMS Laboratory, Electrical Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India); Mannam, Ramanjaneyulu [Department of Physics and Nano Functional Materials Technology Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India); DasGupta, Nandita [Microelectronics and MEMS Laboratory, Electrical Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India)

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    Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} was deposited on n-type 4H-SiC by reactive-ion-sputtering (RIS) at room temperature using aluminum target and oxygen as a reactant gas. Post deposition oxygen annealing was carried out at a temperature of 1100 °C. Metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) test structures were fabricated on 4H-SiC using RIS-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} as gate dielectric. The C-V characteristics reveal a significant reduction in flat band voltage for oxygen annealed RIS-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples (V{sub fb} = 1.95 V) compared to as-deposited Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples (V{sub fb} > 10 V), suggesting a reduction in negative oxide charge after oxygen annealing. Oxygen annealed RIS-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples also showed significant improvement in I-V characteristics compared to as-deposited RIS-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples. A systematic analysis was carried out to investigate the leakage current mechanisms present in oxygen annealed RIS-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} on 4H-SiC at higher gate electric field and at different operating temperature. For measurement temperature (T) < 303 K, Fowler–Nordheim (FN) tunneling was found to be the dominant leakage mechanism and for higher temperature (T ≥ 303 K), a combination of FN tunneling and Poole-Frenkel (PF) emission was confirmed. The improvement in I-V characteristics of oxygen annealed RIS-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/4H-SiC MOS devices is attributed to large effective barrier height (Φ{sub B} = 2.53 eV) at Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/SiC interface, due to the formation of an interfacial SiO{sub 2} layer during oxygen annealing, as confirmed from X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy results. Further improvement in C-V characteristics for oxygen annealed RIS-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/4H-SiC MOS devices was observed after forming gas annealing at 400 °C. - Highlights: • O{sub 2} annealed RIS-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} on 4H-SiC showed better performance than other reported result. • FN, FN + PF tunneling was found in O{sub 2} annealed RIS-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} for different temp. ranges. • Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/SiC barrier height increased from 1.7 eV to 2.53 eV after O{sub 2} annealing. • Increase in barrier height is attributed to interfacial SiO{sub 2}, confirmed by XPS study. • Forming gas annealing further improved the C-V hysteresis of these devices.

  7. Nematodes in Hoplerytrinus unitaeniatus, Hoplias malabaricus and Pygocentrus nattereri (pisces characiformes in Marajó Island, Brazil Nematóides em Hoplerytrinus unitaeniatus, Hoplias malabaricus e Pygocentrus nattereri (pisces characiformes na Ilha de Marajó, Brasil

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    Raimundo Nonato Moraes Benigno

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to evaluate the tegument, musculature and mesentery of 102 specimens of Hoplerytrinus unitaeniatus, 104 of Hoplias malabaricus and 101 of Pygocentrus nattereri, from Arari Lake, Marajó Island, State of Pará, Brazil. Were identified the nematodes Contracaecum sp., Eustrongylides sp. and Procamallanus sp. Contracaecum sp. was the most prevalent, with rates of 84.31% (H. unitaeniatus, 95.19% (H. malabaricus, and 89.11% (P. nattereri. The highest prevalences of Eustrongylides sp. occurred in H. unitaeniatus (56.86% and H. malabaricus (53.84%. Procamallanus sp. was only collected in the mesentery. Specimens of Eustrongylides sp. collected from the musculature were 91.9% of its population. Among the nematodes found in the mesentery, 98.34% were Contracaecum sp. with a mean intensity (MI of 7.92 ± 8.11 (H. unitaeniatus, 8.49 ± 8.34 (H. malabaricus and 7 ± 6.40 (P. nattereri. Contracaecum sp. presented the highest MI (8.49 ± 8.34 and mean abundance (8.09 ± 8.34. The highest MI values were observed in the mesentery. Eustrongylides sp. presented MI of 2.65 ± 3.21 (H. unitaeniatus, 3.41 ± 3.27 (H. malabaricus and 2.17 ± 1.18 (P. nattereri. Nematodes with zoonotic potential that were found with high prevalence, shows the importance of actions by the health authorities.Examinou-se o tegumento, mesentério e musculatura de 102 espécimes de Hoplerytrinus unitaeniatus, 104 de Hoplias malabaricus e 101 de Pygocentrus nattereri, do Lago Arari, Ilha do Marajó, Estado do Pará, Brasil. Foram identificados os nematóides Contracaecum sp., Eustrongylides sp. e Procamallanus sp. nas três espécies de peixes. Contracaecum sp. foi o mais prevalente, com índices de 84,31% (H. unitaeniatus, 95,19% (H. malabaricus e 89,11% (P. nattereri. As maiores prevalências de Eustrongylides sp. foram observadas em H. unitaeniatus (56,86% e H. malabaricus (53,84%. Procamallanus sp. só foi coletado no mesentério, sendo o sítio de infec

  8. 含苯四甲酸的邻菲啰啉铜配合物的合成、晶体结构及电化学性质研究%Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Electrochemical Property of Copper Complex Based on 1,10-Phenanthroline and 1,2,4,5-Benzenetetracarboxylic Acid

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    朱禹; 黄文浩; 朱敏; 吴云龙; 谢吉民

    2013-01-01

    A Cu(Ⅱ) complex [Cu (phen)2Br] (H3BTEC) (1,phen =1,10-phenanthroline,H4BTEC =1,2,4,5-benzenetetracarboxylic acid) was synthesized,and charactered by elemental analysis,IR spectra,UV-Vis spectra,single crystal X-ray diffraction,TG analysis and electrochemical property.The complex crystallizes in triclinic,space group P1 with a=0.971 00(19) nm,b=1.212 0(2) nm,c=1.4290(3) nm; α=102.21(3)°,β=99.57(3)°,γ=107.64(3)°,V=1.51774(7) nm3,Z=2,C34H21BrCuN4O8,Mr=757,Dc=1.656 g·cm-3,μ=2.098 mm-1,F(000)=762,S=1.059,the final R=0.044 9 and wR=0.086 4 for 4 657 observed reflections with I>2o(I).Two types of one-dimensional chains are demonstrated in the structure.On one hand,the C-H… Br hydrogen bonds and Br…π stacking interactions connect the [Cu(phen)2Br]+ cations into one-dimensional chains; on the other hand,the O-H… O hydrogen bonds aggregate the mono-deprotonated anions into one-dimensional double-layer chains.The two different kinds of chains are further packed into a three-dimensional framework with C-H…O contacts.CCDC:858948.%本文合成了铜配合物[Cu(phen)2Br](H3BTEC)(1,phen=1,10-phenanthroline,H4BTEC=1,2,4,5-benzenetetracarboxylic acid),并对其进行了元素分析、红外、紫外、单晶衍射、热重和电化学性质等表征.测定结果表明,该配合物晶体属三斜晶系,空间群P(1-),晶胞参数a=0.971 00(19) nm,b=1.212 0(2) nm,c=1.429 0(3) nm;α=102.21 (3)°,β=99.57(3)°,γ=107.64(3)°,V=1.517 74(7) nm3,Z=2,C34H21BrCuN4O8,M=757,Dc=1.656 g·cm-3,μ=2.098 mm-1,F(000)=762,S=1.059,最终偏离因子R=0.044 9,wR=0.086 4.该配合物中发现了两种不同类型的一维链.一方面,氢键(C-H…Br)和Br…π堆积作用将[Cu(phen)2Br]+连接成一个一维阳离子链;另外,分子间的O-H…O氢键将均苯四甲酸连成一个双层的一维阴离子链.通过结构中的C-H…O氢键作用及其他弱作用将这两条不同的一维链堆积成一个三维结构.

  9. Spatial changes in the water quality of Itajaí-Açú Fluvial-Estuarine System, Santa Catarina, Brazil

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    Jurandir Pereira-Filho

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    Full Text Available This study was carried out with the aim of evaluating the spatial variation of the water quality in the Itajaí-Açú River estuary. Seven stations along the estuary were monitored on a weekly basis, from October 2003 to December 2004, plus two stations in tributaries (Itajaí-Mirim River, the main tributary, and one reference station. This monitoring included measurements of salinity, pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, nutrients(NH+4,NO3-2,NO-3,PO3-4,H4SiO4 Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD, total phosphorous and dissolved organic phosphorus (TP and DOP, particulate organic carbon (POC, suspended particulate matter (SPM and chlorophyll-a (Cla. Multivariate analyses demonstrated the compartmentalization of the system based on the deterioration in water quality and marine influence. Urban development was the main factor responsible for the spatial variation of the monitored variables, resulting in increases in the indicators for organic matter and a progressive decrease in O2. Despite the effect of dilution by marine influence, there was an increase in ammonium, attributed to the influence of the municipal districts of Itajaí and Navegantes, close to the river mouth.Esse estudo foi realizado com o intuito de avaliar a variação espacial da qualidade de água no Estuário do Rio Itajaí-Açú. Sete estações ao longo do estuário foram monitoradas semanalmente, de outubro de 2003 a dezembro de 2004, além de duas outras estações em tributários (o Rio Itajaí-Mirim, principal tributário e uma estação de referência. Esse monitoramento incluiu medidas de salinidade, pH, oxigênio dissolvido, temperatura, nutrientes (NH+4,NO3-2,NO-3,PO3-4,H4SiO4, demanda bioquímica de oxigênio (DBO, fósforo total e fósforo orgânico dissolvido (PT e POD, carbono orgânico particulado (COP, material particulado em suspensão (MPS e clorofila-a. Análises multivariadas demonstraram a compartimentação do sistema em função da deterioração da influência marinha e da qualidade da água. A ocupação urbana foi o principal fator responsável pela variação especial das variáveis monitoradas, resultando em aumentos dos indicadores de matéria orgânica e uma progressiva diminuição no oxigênio dissolvido. Próximo à desembocadura do estuário, mesmo com o efeito de diluição provocado pela intrusão da água marinha, foi observado aumento nas concentrações de amônio, atribuído à influência de municípios de Itajaí e Navegantes.

  10. A Copper(Ⅱ) Complex Constructed by 2-Phenyl-4-selenazole Carboxylic Acid: Synthesis,Crystal Structure and Biological Activity%2-苯基-4-硒唑甲酸铜(Ⅱ)配合物的合成、晶体结构和生物活性

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    秦毅; 石沛; 管全银; 施霞; 赵国良

    2013-01-01

    A copper(Ⅱ) complex [Cu2(NO3)2L(phen)2(H2O)]NO3,(HL=2-phenyl-4-selenazole carboxylic acid,phen=1,10-phenanthroline),was synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis and IR spectra.Its crystal structure was determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction method.The complex,C34H24N8Cu2O12Se,crystallized in the triclinic system,space group P1-.The interaction of the complex with DNA was studied by ethidium bromide (EB) fluorescence spectroscopy.The antibacterial activities of the ligand and the complex against five species of bacteria,Escherichia coli (E.coli),Staphylococcus epidermidis (S.epidermidis),Streptococcus viridans (S.viridans),Staphylococcus aureus (S.aureus) and Acinetobacter baumanii (A.baumanii),were tested respectively.The anticancer activities of the ligand and the complex against human pancreatic cancer line PANC-28 and human hepatocarcinoma line HuH7 were also studied by employing MTT assay.The results revealed that the complex possessed significant biological activity.CCDC:804066.%采用溶液法合成了一种新型铜(Ⅱ)配合物[Cu2(NO3)2L(phen)2(H2O)]NO3(HL=2-苯基-4-硒唑甲酸,phen=1,10-邻菲啰啉).用元素分析、红外光谱等表征手段确定了配合物的组成;用单晶X-射线衍射测定了配合物的晶体结构.配合物C34H24Cu2N8O12Se属于三斜晶系,空间群P1-.用溴化乙锭荧光探针法研究了配合物与DNA的相互作用.分别考察了配体和配合物对五种细菌:大肠埃氏杆菌(E.coli),表皮葡萄球菌(S.epidermidis),草绿色链球菌S.viridans),金黄色葡萄球菌(S.aureus),鲍曼不动杆菌(A.baumanii)的抗菌活性.同时也考察了配体和配合物对人类胰腺癌PANC-28细胞和人类肝癌HuH7细胞的体外增殖抑制作用.实验结果表明配合物具有良好的生物活性.

  11. Chemokine Ligand 20: A Signal for Leukocyte Recruitment During Human Ovulation?

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    Al-Alem, Linah; Puttabyatappa, Muraly; Rosewell, Kathy; Brännström, Mats; Akin, James; Boldt, Jeffrey; Muse, Ken; Curry, Thomas E

    2015-09-01

    Ovulation is one of the cornerstones of female fertility. Disruption of the ovulatory process results in infertility, which affects approximately 10% of couples. Using a unique model in which the dominant follicle is collected across the periovulatory period in women, we have identified a leukocyte chemoattractant, chemokine ligand 20 (CCL20), in the human ovary. CCL20 mRNA is massively induced after an in vivo human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) stimulus in granulosa (>10 000-fold) and theca (>4000-fold) cells collected during the early ovulatory (12-18 h) and late ovulatory (18-34 h) periods after hCG administration. Because the LH surge sets in motion an inflammatory reaction characterized by an influx of leukocytes and CCL20 is known to recruit leukocytes in other systems, the composition of ovarian leukocytes (CD45+) containing the CCL20 receptor CCR6 was determined immediately prior to ovulation. CD45+/CCR6+ cells were primarily natural killer cells (41%) along with B cells (12%), T cells (11%), neutrophils (10%), and monocytes (9%). Importantly, exogenous CCL20 stimulated ovarian leukocyte migration 59% within 90 minutes. Due to the difficulties in obtaining human follicles, an in vitro model was developed using granulosa-lutein cells to explore CCL20 regulation. CCL20 expression increased 40-fold within 6 hours after hCG, was regulated partially by the epithelial growth factor pathway, and was positively correlated with progesterone production. These results demonstrate that hCG dramatically increases CCL20 expression in the human ovary, that ovarian leukocytes contain the CCL20 receptor, and that CCL20 stimulates leukocyte migration. Our findings raise the prospect that CCL20 may aid in the final ovulatory events and contribute to fertility in women.

  12. Transition-state enthalpy and entropy effects on reactivity and selectivity in hydrogenolysis of n-alkanes.

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    Flaherty, David W; Iglesia, Enrique

    2013-12-11

    Statistical mechanics and transition state (TS) theory describe rates and selectivities of C-C bond cleavage in C2-C10 n-alkanes on metal catalysts and provide a general description for the hydrogenolysis of hydrocarbons. Mechanistic interpretation shows the dominant role of entropy, over enthalpy, in determining the location and rate of C-C bond cleavage. Ir, Rh, and Pt clusters cleave C-C bonds at rates proportional to coverages of intermediates derived by removing 3-4 H-atoms from n-alkanes. Rate constants for C-C cleavage reflect large activation enthalpies (ΔH(‡), 217-257 kJ mol(-1)) that are independent of chain length and C-C bond location in C4+ n-alkanes. C-C bonds cleave because of large, positive activation entropies (ΔS(‡), 164-259 J mol(-1) K(-1)) provided by H2 that forms with TS. Kinetic and independent spectroscopic evidence for the composition and structure of these TS give accurate estimates of ΔS(‡) for cleavage at each C-C bond. Large differences between rate constants for ethane and n-decane (~10(8)) reflect an increase in the entropy of gaseous alkanes retained at the TS. The location of C-C bond cleavage depends solely on the rotational entropies of alkyl chains attached to the cleaved C-C bond, which depend on their chain length. Such entropy considerations account for the ubiquitous, but previously unexplained, preference for cleaving nonterminal C-C bonds in n-alkanes. This mechanistic analysis and thermodynamic treatment illustrates the continued utility of such approaches even for hydrogenolysis reactions, with complexity seemingly beyond the reach of classical treatments, and applies to catalytic clusters beyond those reported here (0.6-2.7 nm; Ir, Rh, Pt).

  13. Effect of a photoperiodic green light programme during incubation on embryo development and hatch process.

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    Tong, Q; McGonnell, I M; Demmers, T G M; Roulston, N; Bergoug, H; Romanini, C E; Verhelst, R; Guinebretière, M; Eterradossi, N; Berckmans, D; Exadaktylos, V

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    This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of a 12-h light, 12-h dark (12L : 12D) photoperiod of green light during day 1 to day 18 of incubation time, on embryo growth, hormone concentration and the hatch process. In the test group, monochromatic light was provided by a total of 204 green light-emitting diodes (522 nm) mounted in a frame which was placed above the top tray of eggs to give even spread of illumination. No light-dark cycle was used in the control group. Four batches of eggs (n=300/group per batch) from fertile Ross 308 broiler breeders were used in this experiment. The beak length and crown-rump length of embryos incubated under green light were significantly longer than that of control embryos at day 10 and day 12, respectively (Pgreen light-exposed embryos had a longer third toe length compared with control embryos at day 10, day 14 and day 17 (P=0.02). At group level (n=4 batches), light stimulation had no effect on chick weight and quality at take-off, the initiation of hatch and hatch window. However, the individual hatching time of the light exposure focal chicks (n=33) was 3.4 h earlier (P=0.49) than the control focal chicks (n=36) probably due to the change in melatonin rhythm of the light group. The results of this study indicate that green light accelerates embryo development and alters hatch-related hormones (thyroid and corticosterone), which may result in earlier hatching.

  14. In silico characterization of three two-component systems of Ehrlichia canis and evaluation of a natural plant-derived inhibitor.

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    Santos, E V; Silva, G; Cardozo, G P; Bitencourt, T A; França, S C; Fachin, A L; Marins, M

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    Two-component signal transduction systems (TCS) are important elements in the interaction of endobacteria with host cells. They are basically composed of two proteins, an environmental signal sensor and a response regulator, which activate genes involved in a wide range of bacterial responses to their environment. We analyzed three sets of genes corresponding to TCS of Ehrlichia canis, a common tick-borne canine pathogen and the etiologic agent of canine monocytic ehrlichiosis, in order to identify the characteristic domains of the sensor and response regulator components. Analysis of sequence alignments of the corresponding proteins indicated a high degree of similarity to other members of the Anaplasmataceae TCS proteins, demonstrating that they could be useful as universal targets for development of new drugs against these bacteria. We also evaluated by quantitative PCR inhibition of E. canis by (2H)-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one (BOA), the core compound of the plant phenolic compound DIMBOA, which shows inhibitory action against TCS of the phytopathogen Agrobacterium tumefasciens. This bacterium exerts its pathogenicity by transferring oncogenic DNA (T-DNA) into plant cells; this transfer is mediated through a type-IV secretion system, which is regulated by the VirA/VirG TCS. The process of infection and pathogenesis of E. canis is associated with the secretion of effector proteins into the host cell cytoplasm through a T4SS system, which blocks the cell defense response. We suggest that BOA, and possibly other plant phenolic compounds that are TCS inhibitors, can be exploited in the search for new antiehrlichial drugs to be used alone or as complements in the treatment of canine monocytic ehrlichiosis.

  15. Clinical testification of compound dextromethorphan granule vs Meiyuweima Jiaonang%复方右美沙芬颗粒剂与美愈伪麻胶囊临床验证比较

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    辛建保; 周小琴; 熊先智; 李元桂; 刘谨; 张珍祥

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    目的:验证复方右美沙芬颗粒剂镇咳、祛痰及改善鼻塞的疗效 .方法:对120例咳嗽、咳痰或伴有鼻塞的呼吸道疾病病人,采用双盲双模拟分层随机对照法分为复方右美沙芬颗粒剂组和美愈伪麻胶囊组.结果:复方右美沙芬颗粒剂组镇咳及祛痰总有效率为85%,美愈伪麻胶囊组为75%,组间经Ridit检验,差别无显著意义(P>0.05).复方右美沙芬颗粒剂组与美愈伪麻胶囊组镇咳及祛痰的起效时间为25 h±22 h, 23 h±16 h; 28 h±23 h, 25 h±18 h,显效时间为3.1 h±1 .2 h, 3.1 h±1.4 h; 3.6 h±1.1 h, 3.4 h±1.1 h.2组比较差别无显著意义.2组鼻塞改善显著,不良反应轻微.结论:复方右美沙芬颗粒剂具有明显的镇咳、祛痰及改善鼻塞的疗效,不良反应少.

  16. Embryonic and larval development of Brycon amazonicus (SPIX & AGASSIZ, 1829

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    Full Text Available Abstract The objective of this study was to describe the embryonic and larval development of Brycon amazonicus, featuring the main events up to 50 hours after fertilization (AF. The material was provided by the Aquaculture Training, Technology and Production Center, Presidente Figueiredo (AM. The characterization was based on stereomicroscopic examination of the morphology of eggs, embryos and larvae and comparison with the literature. Matrinxã eggs are free, transparent, and spherical, with a perivitelline space of 0.56 ± 0.3 mm. The successive divisions give rise to cells with 64 blastomeres during the first hour AF. The gastrula stage, beginning 02 h 40 min AF, was characterized by progressive regression cells and the formation of the embryonic axis, leading to differentiation of the head and tail 05 h 30 min AF. From 06 to 09 h AF the somites, notochord, otic and optic vesicles and otoliths were observed, in addition to heart rate and the release of the tail. The larvae hatched at 10 h 30 min AF (29.9 °C, with a total length of 3.56 ± 0.46 mm. Between 19 and 30 h AF, we observed 1 pigmentation and gut formation, 2 branchial arches, 3 pectoral fins, 4 a mouth opening and 5 teeth. Cannibalism was initiated earlier (34 h AF which was associated with rapid yolk absorption (more than 90% until 50 h AF, signaling the need for an exogenous nutritional source. The environmental conditions (especially temperature influenced the time course of some events throughout the embryonic and larval development, suggesting the need for further studies on this subject.

  17. Low temperature storage of rhesus monkey spermatozoa and fertility evaluation by intracytoplasmic injection.

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    Yeoman, Richard R; Mitalipov, Shoukhrat; Gerami-Naini, Behzad; Nusser, Kevin D; Wolf, Don P

    2005-06-01

    The objective was to develop a sperm freezing procedure suitable for use in the propagation of valuable founder animals by assisted reproductive technologies. Here, we report a comparison of processing methods by measuring the motility of fresh and frozen-thawed rhesus monkey spermatozoa and fertility via intracytoplasmic spermatozoa injection (ICSI) of sibling oocytes. Washed spermatozoa were frozen in straws or in pellets using different cryoprotective media and processed post-thaw with or without a density gradient centrifugation step. Among the four study series, motility post-thaw was improved with density gradient centrifugation (17-24% versus 75%, P<0.01) achieving levels similar to fresh spermatozoa. Spermatozoa injected oocytes (total n=377) were co-cultured on BRL cells and observed for fertilization and development. With spermatozoa frozen in straws in liquid nitrogen vapors, the fertilization rate after ICSI was lower than with fresh spermatozoa (40-44% versus 77-86%, P<0.05), even with the Percoll-enriched fraction that exhibited robust motility. In contrast, somewhat slower freezing of spermatozoa in pellets on dry ice supported fertilization rates (73%) that were similar to the fresh counterpart. Developmental rates of fertilized eggs were similar in all experiments. A total of 106 embryo transfers has resulted in the first primate born after ICSI with F/T ejaculated spermatozoa plus 22 other infants to date. Additionally, a 3-4 h incubation after thawing improved the fertilization rate with spermatozoa from a male with poor post-thaw recovery of sperm motility. In conclusion, an acceptable fertilization rate after ICSI with motile, frozen-thawed primate spermatozoa was observed comparable to that obtained with fresh spermatozoa allowing small quantities of competent spermatozoa to be used with ICSI to facilitate propagation of desirable primate genotypes.

  18. Use of clomiphene-based stimulation protocol in oocyte donors: A comparative study

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    Aparna Singh

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: This study was undertaken to compare between clomiphene citrate (CC and gonadotropin-releasing hormone antagonist-based protocols in donor-recipient cycles in terms of parameters of ovarian stimulation and obstetric outcome. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two hundred and three fertile oocyte donors were stimulated using two different protocols: Clomiphene based (n = 103 and antagonist based (n = 100. Donors in the one group were stimulated from day 1 or 2 of spontaneous or withdrawal bleeds with CC (50 mg/day and recombinant follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH till the day of trigger while donors in the other group were stimulated using recombinant FSH from day 1 or 2, and the antagonist was added as per flexible antagonist protocol. When >3 follicles were >17 mm in diameter, trigger was given with 2 mg leuprolide intramuscular. Transvaginal oocyte retrieval was done after 34 h of trigger. RESULTS: There was no significant difference in between the two groups in terms of age, antral follicle count, starting dose of gonadotropins, total dose required, duration of stimulation, number of follicles retrieved, mature follicles, and fertilization rate. The serum estradiol levels were significantly raised in the clomiphene group (P < 0.001. Pregnancy rate was similar in both the groups. The clinical pregnancy rate was 65.94% in the clomiphene group and 57.46% in the antagonist group. The live birth rate per cycle started was 47.8% in the clomiphene group and 39.55% in the antagonist group. There was one case of ectopic pregnancy in the antagonist group. CONCLUSION: Controlled ovarian stimulation using clomiphene and gonadotropin is a viable option for donor oocyte cycles. The cost and number of injections used per cycle can be reduced by using the clomiphene-based protocols.

  19. Optimisations and Challenges Involved in the Creation of Various Bioluminescent and Fluorescent Influenza A Virus Strains for In Vitro and In Vivo Applications.

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    Spronken, Monique I; Short, Kirsty R; Herfst, Sander; Bestebroer, Theo M; Vaes, Vincent P; van der Hoeven, Barbara; Koster, Abraham J; Kremers, Gert-Jan; Scott, Dana P; Gultyaev, Alexander P; Sorell, Erin M; de Graaf, Miranda; Bárcena, Montserrat; Rimmelzwaan, Guus F; Fouchier, Ron A

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    Bioluminescent and fluorescent influenza A viruses offer new opportunities to study influenza virus replication, tropism and pathogenesis. To date, several influenza A reporter viruses have been described. These strategies typically focused on a single reporter gene (either bioluminescent or fluorescent) in a single virus backbone. However, whilst bioluminescence is suited to in vivo imaging, fluorescent viruses are more appropriate for microscopy. Therefore, the idea l reporter virus varies depending on the experiment in question, and it is important that any reporter virus strategy can be adapted accordingly. Herein, a strategy was developed to create five different reporter viruses in a single virus backbone. Specifically, enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP), far-red fluorescent protein (fRFP), near-infrared fluorescent protein (iRFP), Gaussia luciferase (gLUC) and firefly luciferase (fLUC) were inserted into the PA gene segment of A/PR/8/34 (H1N1). This study provides a comprehensive characterisation of the effects of different reporter genes on influenza virus replication and reporter activity. In vivo reporter gene expression, in lung tissues, was only detected for eGFP, fRFP and gLUC expressing viruses. In vitro, the eGFP-expressing virus displayed the best reporter stability and could be used for correlative light electron microscopy (CLEM). This strategy was then used to create eGFP-expressing viruses consisting entirely of pandemic H1N1, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 and H7N9. The HPAI H5N1 eGFP-expressing virus infected mice and reporter gene expression was detected, in lung tissues, in vivo. Thus, this study provides new tools and insights for the creation of bioluminescent and fluorescent influenza A reporter viruses.

  20. Of the major phenolic acids formed during human microbial fermentation of tea, citrus, and soy flavonoid supplements, only 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid has antiproliferative activity.

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    Gao, Kun; Xu, Anlong; Krul, Cyrille; Venema, Koen; Liu, Yong; Niu, Yantao; Lu, Jinxiu; Bensoussan, Liath; Seeram, Navindra P; Heber, David; Henning, Susanne M

    2006-01-01

    Dietary flavonoids are poorly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Colonic bacteria convert flavonoids into smaller phenolic acids (PA), which can be absorbed into the circulation and may contribute to the chemopreventive activity of the parent compounds. The purpose of our study was to determine whether flavonoids from green and black tea (GT, BT), citrus fruit with rutin (CF+R) and soy (S) supplements exposed to the same conditions in a dynamic in vitro model of the colon (TIM-2) will form the same phenolic acid products of microbial metabolism. About 600 mg of flavonoids from GT, BT, CF+R and S extracts were infused at t = 0 and 12 h into the TIM-2. Samples from the lumen and dialysate were collected at t = 0,4,8,12,16,24 and 28h. The flavonoid and PA concentrations were measured by HPLC and GC-MS. GT, BT, and CF+R formed 3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenylacetic acid (3M4HPAA), 4-hydroxyphenyl acetic acid (4HPAA), 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (3,4DHPAA), and 3-(3-hydroxyphenyl) propionic acid (3,3HPPA). BT flavonoids were also metabolized to 2,4,6-trihydroxybenzoic acid (2,4,6THBA) and CF+R flavonoids to 3-(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl) propionic acid (3,4H3MPPA), 3-hydroxyphenyl acetic acid (3HPAA) and a small amount of hippuric acid. After S infusion, we found 3M4HPAA and 4HPAA only. Among these phenolic acids, only 3,4DHPAA exhibited antiproliferative activity in prostate and colon cancer cells. 3,4DHPAA was significantly (P BT, C+R, and S flavonoids resulted in the conversion to the same major phenolic acids.

  1. Evaluación del comportamiento hidráulico en un reactor anaerobio de doble cámara (RADCA

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    Nancy Rincón

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    tales como cortos circuitos, zonas muertas y recirculación interna afectan su desempeño. En esta investigación se evaluó el comportamiento hidráulico de un reactor anaerobio de doble cámara (RADCA de 534,5 L (cámara 1=305 L y cámara 2= 229,5 L como innovación tecnológica de los reactores UASB. El RADCA fue alimentado con agua residual municipal (ARM de la ciudad de Maracaibo, Venezuela; cada una de las cámaras fueron inoculadas con lodo granular (20% v/v proveniente de una cervecería local. La evaluación hidráulica se realizó en la fase líquida y en operación utilizando Li+ (LiCl como trazador aplicado de forma instantánea en el afluente a tiempo de retención hidráulico teórico (TRHt de 6 horas; 3,4 h en la cámara 1 y 2,6 para la cámara 2. El RADCA describió un flujo pistón en ambas cámaras y una eficiencia hidráulica cercana a la unidad (1 indicando una presencia casi nula de zonas muertas. La eficiencia de remoción de la DQO total (DQOT del RADCA se mantuvo en el rango de 59,77% a 74,64% con un promedio de 68,26%. Para las cámaras 1 y 2 la eficiencia promedio fue 60,4 y 20,94% con una producción de biogás (L/h de 2,768 y 0,541 respectivamente.

  2. Modelamiento matemático y por redes neuronales artificiales del crecimiento de Spirulina sp. en fotobiorreactor con fuente de luz fluorescente e iluminación en estado sólido

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    Víctor Vásquez-Villalobos

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    Full Text Available Se evaluaron los modelos matemáticos de Gompertz y logístico en la cinética de crecimiento de Spirulina sp., los cuales fueron comparados con un modelamiento por Redes Neuronales Artificiales Backpropagation (RNA-BP. La Spirulina fue cultivada en un fotobiorreactor de laboratorio aireado (3 L/min de 500 mL, con iluminación fluorescente de 40W y en Estado Sólido (LED-Light Emitting Diode de 1W; obteniendo con ambos sistemas 11,0 klx. La iluminación LED, permitió obtener un valor elevado de biomasa (ɑ de 0,90 , en comparación con la obtenida con iluminación fluorescente de 0,82; así como una mayor velocidad de crecimiento μ=0,63 h-1, precedida de un menor tiempo de latencia λ=0,34 h. La RNA-BP mostró buena precisión con respecto al modelo corregido de Gompertz I, tanto para el caso del cultivo de Spirulina sp. con iluminación fluorescente y con LED, mostrando coeficientes de correlación (R del orden de 0,993 y 0,994 respectivamente, con respecto a los datos experimentales. Resulta ventajoso el modelamiento a través del modelo corregido de Gompertz I, porque además de valores de R de 0,987 y 0,990 en los cultivos de Spirulina sp. Con iluminación fluorescente y con LED respectivamente, permite obtener los parámetros de la cinética de crecimiento de manera directa.

  3. Different characteristics of new particle formation between urban and deciduous forest sites in Northern Japan during the summers of 2010-2011

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    Jung, J.; Miyazaki, Y.; Kawamura, K.

    2013-01-01

    To investigate new particle formation (NPF) events in urban and forest environments, number size distributions of ultrafine particles were measured at an urban site and a deciduous forest site in Sapporo, Northern Japan, during the summers of 2011 and 2010, respectively. The burst of nucleation mode particles at the urban site typically started in the morning (07:00-11:30 local time, LT) with simultaneous increases in SO2 and O3 concentrations and the UV index under clear (sunny) weather conditions. The growth rates of nucleated particles at the urban site ranged from 5.0 to 7.8 nm h-1 with an average of 6.3 ± 1.1 nm h-1. NPF events at the urban site were separated into events with or without subsequent particle growth after the burst of nucleation mode particles. This division was found to relate to prevailing wind direction because the subsequent growth of freshly nucleated particles typically occurred when wind direction shifted to northwesterly (from residential and public park areas), whereas it did not occur under southeasterly winds (from the downtown area). During the periods with NPF events, elevated concentrations of non-methane hydrocarbons (NMHC) were obtained under conditions of northwesterly winds when compared to southeasterly winds, whereas no difference in SO2 levels was recorded. These results suggest that variations in NMHC concentration may play an important role in the growth of freshly nucleated particles at the urban site. The burst of nucleation mode particles at the forest site typically started around noon (10:30-14:30 LT), which was 3-4 h later than that at the urban site. Interestingly, at the forest site the burst of nucleation mode particles usually started when air masses originating from urban Sapporo arrived at the forest site. The present study indicates that the inflow of these urban air masses acted as a trigger for the initiation of the burst of nucleation mode particles in the deciduous forest.

  4. Strong electric fields at a prototypical oxide/water interface probed by ab initio molecular dynamics: MgO(001).

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    Laporte, Sara; Finocchi, Fabio; Paulatto, Lorenzo; Blanchard, Marc; Balan, Etienne; Guyot, François; Saitta, Antonino Marco

    2015-08-21

    We report a density-functional theory (DFT)-based study of the interface of bulk water with a prototypical oxide surface, MgO(001), and focus our study on the often-overlooked surface electric field. In particular, we observe that the bare MgO(001) surface, although charge-neutral and defectless, has an intense electric field on the Å scale. The MgO(001) surface covered with 1 water monolayer (1 ML) is investigated via a supercell accounting for the experimentally-observed (2 × 3) reconstruction, stable at ambient temperature, and in which two out of six water molecules are dissociated. This 1 ML-hydrated surface is also found to have a high, albeit short-ranged, normal component of the field. Finally, the oxide/water interface is studied via room-temperature ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) using 34 H2O molecules between two MgO(001) surfaces. To our best knowledge this is the first AIMD study of the MgO(001)/liquid water interface in which all atoms are treated using DFT and including several layers above the first adsorbed layer. We observe that the surface electric field, averaged over the AIMD trajectories, is still very strong on the fully-wet surface, peaking at about 3 V Å(-1). Even in the presence of bulk-like water, the structure of the first layer in contact with the surface remains similar to the (2 × 3)-reconstructed ice ad-layer on MgO(001). Moreover, we observe proton exchange within the first layer, and between the first and second layers - indeed, the O-O distances close to the surface are found to be distributed towards shorter distances, a property which has been shown to directly promote proton transfer.

  5. Application of quality by design approach to optimize process and formulation parameters of rizatriptan loaded chitosan nanoparticles.

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    Shirsat, Ajinath Eknath; Chitlange, Sohan S

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of present study was to optimize rizatriptan (RZT) chitosan (CS) nanoparticles using ionic gelation method by application of quality by design (QbD) approach. Based on risk assessment, effect of three variables, that is CS %, tripolyphosphate % and stirring speed were studied on critical quality attributes (CQAs); particle size and entrapment efficiency. Central composite design (CCD) was implemented for design of experimentation with 20 runs. RZT CS nanoparticles were characterized for particle size, polydispersity index, entrapment efficiency, in-vitro release study, differential scanning calorimetric, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Based on QbD approach, design space (DS) was optimized with a combination of selected variables with entrapment efficiency > 50% w/w and a particle size between 400 and 600 nm. Validation of model was performed with 3 representative formulations from DS for which standard error of - 0.70-3.29 was observed between experimental and predicted values. In-vitro drug release followed initial burst release 20.26 ± 2.34% in 3-4 h with sustained drug release of 98.43 ± 2.45% in 60 h. Lower magnitude of standard error for CQAs confirms the validation of selected CCD model for optimization of RZT CS nanoparticles. In-vitro drug release followed dual mechanism via, diffusion and polymer erosion. RZT CS nanoparticles were prepared successfully using QbD approach with the understanding of the high risk process and formulation parameters involved and optimized DS with a multifactorial combination of critical parameters to obtain predetermined RZT loaded CS nanoparticle specifications.

  6. Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic Relationships of Etravirine in HIV-1-Infected, Treatment-Experienced Children and Adolescents in PIANO.

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    Kakuda, Thomas N; Brochot, Anne; Green, Bruce; Nijs, Steven; Vis, Peter; Opsomer, Magda; Tomaka, Frank L; Hoetelmans, Richard M W

    2016-11-01

    PIANO (NCT00665847) investigated etravirine pharmacokinetics, efficacy, and safety in children and adolescents. Treatment-experienced, HIV-1-infected patients (≥6 to <18 years) received etravirine 5.2 mg/kg twice daily (maximum 200 mg twice daily) plus background antiretrovirals. A population pharmacokinetic model was developed, and etravirine C0h and AUC0-12h were estimated. Relationships among intrinsic/extrinsic factors and etravirine pharmacokinetics and pharmacokinetics with pharmacodynamics were assessed. The best model describing etravirine pharmacokinetics consisted of a single compartment with sequential zero- and first-order absorption following a lag time. Interindividual variability terms were included on clearance (CL/F) and the first-order input rate constant (KA). The final model estimates (coefficient of variation, %) for CL/F and KA were 46.3 (11) L/h and 1.07 (34) h(-1) , respectively. Overall, median (range) estimated etravirine C0h and AUC0-12h were 287 (2-2276) ng/mL and 4560 (62-28,865) ng · h/mL, respectively. Exposure was slightly lower in adolescents vs children. Sex and adherence did not affect etravirine pharmacokinetics. Factors significantly affecting etravirine exposure were body weight (higher with lower weight), race (lower in Asians than in white or black patients), and the use of certain HIV protease inhibitors. Virologic response (<50 copies/mL at week 48) was lower in the lowest etravirine AUC0-12h quartile vs the upper 3 quartiles (41% vs 67% to 76%). Rash occurred more frequently in the highest quartile than in the lower 3 quartiles (52% versus 8% to 20%). Etravirine 5.2 mg/kg twice daily in treatment-experienced, HIV-1-infected children and adolescents provides comparable exposure to that in adults receiving etravirine 200 mg twice daily and is the recommended dose for children and adolescents. © 2016, The American College of Clinical Pharmacology.

  7. Smells Like Home: The Role of Olfactory Cues in the Homing Behavior of Blacktip Sharks, Carcharhinus limbatus.

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    Gardiner, Jayne M; Whitney, Nicholas M; Hueter, Robert E

    2015-09-01

    Animal navigation in the marine environment is believed to be guided by different sensory cues over different spatial scales. Geomagnetic cues are thought to guide long-range navigation, while visual or olfactory cues allow animals to pinpoint precise locations, but the complete behavioral sequence is not yet understood. Terra Ceia Bay is a primary nursery area for blacktip sharks, Carcharhinus limbatus, on southwestern Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast. Young-of-the-year animals show strong fidelity to a specific home range in the northeastern end of the bay and rapidly return when displaced. Older juveniles demonstrate annual philopatry for the first few years, migrating as far south as the Florida Keys each fall, then returning to Terra Ceia Bay each spring. To examine the sensory cues used in homing, we captured neonate (sharks from within their home range, fitted them with acoustic tags, and translocated them to sites 8 km away in adjacent Tampa Bay and released them. Intact animals returned to their home range, within 34 h on average, and remained there. With olfaction blocked, fewer animals returned to their home range and they took longer to do so, 130 h on average. However, they did not remain there but instead moved throughout Terra Ceia Bay and in and out of Tampa Bay. Since sharks from both treatments returned at night in tannic and turbid water, vision is likely not playing a major role in navigation by these animals. The animals in this study also returned on incoming or slack tides, suggesting that sharks, like many other fish, may use selective tidal stream transport to conserve energy and aid navigation during migration. Collectively, these results suggest that while other cues, possibly geomagnetic and/or tidal information, might guide sharks over long distances, olfactory cues are required for recognizing their specific home range.

  8. Effect of organic loading rate on a wastewater treatment process combining moving bed biofilm and membrane reactors.

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    Melin, E; Leiknes, T; Helness, H; Rasmussen, V; Odegaard, H

    2005-01-01

    The effect of moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) loading rate on membrane fouling rate was studied in two parallel units combining MBBR and membrane reactor. Hollow fiber membranes with molecular weight cut-off of 30 kD were used. The HRTs of the MBBRs varied from 45 min to 4 h and the COD loading rates ranged from 4.1 to 26.6 g COD m(-2) d(-1). The trans-membrane pressure (TMP) was very sensitive to fluxes for the used membranes and the experiments were carried out at relatively low fluxes (3.3-5.6 l m(-2) h(-1)). Beside the test with the highest flux, there were no consistent differences in fouling rate between the low- and high-rate reactors. Also, the removal efficiencies were quite similar in both systems. The average COD removal efficiencies in the total process were 87% at 3-4 h HRT and 83% at 0.75-1 h HRT. At high loading rates, there was a shift in particle size distribution towards smaller particles in the MBBR effluents. However, 79-81% of the COD was in particles that were separated by membranes, explaining the relatively small differences in the removal efficiencies at different loading rates. The COD fractionation also indicated that the choice of membrane pore size within the range of 30 kD to 0.1 microm has very small effect on the COD removal in the MBBR/membrane process, especially with low-rate MBBRs.

  9. In silico characterization of the functional and structural modules of the hemagglutinin protein from the swine-origin influenza virus A (H1N1)-2009

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    Christopher; VAVRICKA; GAO; George; F

    2010-01-01

    The 2009 swine-origin influenza virus (S-OIV,H1N1 subtype) has developed into a new pandemic influenza as announced by the World Health Organization.In order to uncover clues about the determinants for virulence and pathogenicity of the virus,we characterized the functional modules of the surface glycoprotein hemagglutinin (HA),the most important protein in molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis of influenza viruses.We analyzed receptor binding sites,basic patch,neutralization antibody epitopes and T cell epitopes in the HA protein of the current S-OIV according to the corresponding functional and structural modules previously characterized in other H1 HA molecules or HA molecules of other subtypes.We compared their differences and similarities systematically.Based on the amino acids defined as the functional and structural modules,the HA protein of 2009 S-OIV should specifically bind to the human 2,6-receptor.The D225G/E mutation in HA,which is found in some isolates,may confer dual binding specificity to the 2,3and 2,6-receptor based on previously reported work.This HA variant contains two basic patches,one of which results in increased basicity,suggesting enhanced membrane fusion function.The 2009 S-OIV HA also has an extra glycosylation site at position 276.Four of the five antibody neutralization epitopes identified in A/RP/8/34(H1N1) were exposed,but the other was hidden by a glycosylation site.The previously identified cytotoxic T cell epitopes in various HA molecules were summarized and their corresponding sequences in 2009 S-OIV HA were defined.These results are critical for understanding the pathogenicity of the virus and host immune response against the virus.

  10. Novel benzoxazine-based aglycones block glucose uptake in vivo by inhibiting glycosidases.

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    Full Text Available Glycoside hydrolases catalyze the selective hydrolysis of glycosidic bonds in oligosaccharides, polysaccharides, and their conjugates. β-glucosidases occur in all domains of living organisms and constitute a major group among glycoside hydrolases. On the other hand, the benzoxazinoids occur in living systems and act as stable β-glucosides, such as 2-(2,4-dihydroxy-7-methoxy-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H-one-β-D-gluco-pyranose, which hydrolyse to an aglycone DIMBOA. Here, we synthesized the library of novel 1,3-benzoxazine scaffold based aglycones by using 2-aminobenzyl alcohols and aldehydes from one-pot reaction in a chloroacetic acid catalytic system via aerobic oxidative synthesis. Among the synthesized benzoxazines, 4-(7-chloro-2,4-dihydro-1H-benzo[d][1,3]oxazin-2-ylphenol (compound 7 exhibit significant inhibition towards glucosidase compared to acarbose, with a IC50 value of 11.5 µM. Based upon results generated by in silico target prediction algorithms (Naïve Bayesian classifier, these aglycones potentially target the additional sodium/glucose cotransporter 1 (where a log likelihood score of 2.70 was observed. Furthermore, the in vitro glucosidase activity was correlated with the in silico docking results, with a high docking score for the aglycones towards the substrate binding site of glycosidase. Evidently, the in vitro and in vivo experiments clearly suggest an anti-hyperglycemic effect via glucose uptake inhibition by 4-(7-chloro-2,4-dihydro-1H-benzo[d][1,3]oxazin-2-ylphenol in the starved rat model. These synthetic aglycones could constitute a novel pharmacological approach for the treatment, or re-enforcement of existing treatments, of type 2 diabetes and associated secondary complications.

  11. Caveolin-1 influences human influenza A virus (H1N1 multiplication in cell culture

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    Hemgård Gun-Viol

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The threat of recurring influenza pandemics caused by new viral strains and the occurrence of escape mutants necessitate the search for potent therapeutic targets. The dependence of viruses on cellular factors provides a weak-spot in the viral multiplication strategy and a means to interfere with viral multiplication. Results Using a motif-based search strategy for antiviral targets we identified caveolin-1 (Cav-1 as a putative cellular interaction partner of human influenza A viruses, including the pandemic influenza A virus (H1N1 strains of swine origin circulating from spring 2009 on. The influence of Cav-1 on human influenza A/PR/8/34 (H1N1 virus replication was determined in inhibition and competition experiments. RNAi-mediated Cav-1 knock-down as well as transfection of a dominant-negative Cav-1 mutant results in a decrease in virus titre in infected Madin-Darby canine kidney cells (MDCK, a cell line commonly used in basic influenza research as well as in virus vaccine production. To understand the molecular basis of the phenomenon we focussed on the putative caveolin-1 binding domain (CBD located in the lumenal, juxtamembranal portion of the M2 matrix protein which has been identified in the motif-based search. Pull-down assays and co-immunoprecipitation experiments showed that caveolin-1 binds to M2. The data suggest, that Cav-1 modulates influenza virus A replication presumably based on M2/Cav-1 interaction. Conclusion As Cav-1 is involved in the human influenza A virus life cycle, the multifunctional protein and its interaction with M2 protein of human influenza A viruses represent a promising starting point for the search for antiviral agents.

  12. Optimisations and Challenges Involved in the Creation of Various Bioluminescent and Fluorescent Influenza A Virus Strains for In Vitro and In Vivo Applications

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    Herfst, Sander; Bestebroer, Theo M.; Vaes, Vincent P.; van der Hoeven, Barbara; Koster, Abraham J.; Kremers, Gert-Jan; Scott, Dana P.; Gultyaev, Alexander P.; Sorell, Erin M.; de Graaf, Miranda; Bárcena, Montserrat; Rimmelzwaan, Guus F.; Fouchier, Ron A.

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    Bioluminescent and fluorescent influenza A viruses offer new opportunities to study influenza virus replication, tropism and pathogenesis. To date, several influenza A reporter viruses have been described. These strategies typically focused on a single reporter gene (either bioluminescent or fluorescent) in a single virus backbone. However, whilst bioluminescence is suited to in vivo imaging, fluorescent viruses are more appropriate for microscopy. Therefore, the idea l reporter virus varies depending on the experiment in question, and it is important that any reporter virus strategy can be adapted accordingly. Herein, a strategy was developed to create five different reporter viruses in a single virus backbone. Specifically, enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP), far-red fluorescent protein (fRFP), near-infrared fluorescent protein (iRFP), Gaussia luciferase (gLUC) and firefly luciferase (fLUC) were inserted into the PA gene segment of A/PR/8/34 (H1N1). This study provides a comprehensive characterisation of the effects of different reporter genes on influenza virus replication and reporter activity. In vivo reporter gene expression, in lung tissues, was only detected for eGFP, fRFP and gLUC expressing viruses. In vitro, the eGFP-expressing virus displayed the best reporter stability and could be used for correlative light electron microscopy (CLEM). This strategy was then used to create eGFP-expressing viruses consisting entirely of pandemic H1N1, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 and H7N9. The HPAI H5N1 eGFP-expressing virus infected mice and reporter gene expression was detected, in lung tissues, in vivo. Thus, this study provides new tools and insights for the creation of bioluminescent and fluorescent influenza A reporter viruses. PMID:26241861

  13. Optimization of synthesis conditions of PbS thin films grown by chemical bath deposition using response surface methodology

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    Yücel, Ersin, E-mail: dr.ersinyucel@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Mustafa Kemal University, 31034 Hatay (Turkey); Yücel, Yasin; Beleli, Buse [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Mustafa Kemal University, 31034 Hatay (Turkey)

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    Highlights: • For the first time, RSM and CCD used for optimization of PbS thin film. • Tri-sodium citrate, deposition time and temperature were independent variables. • PbS thin film band gap value was 2.20 eV under the optimum conditions. • Quality of the film was improved after chemometrics optimization. - Abstract: In this study, PbS thin films were synthesized by chemical bath deposition (CBD) under different deposition parameters. Response surface methodology (RSM) was used to optimize synthesis parameters including amount of tri-sodium citrate (0.2–0.8 mL), deposition time (14–34 h) and deposition temperature (26.6–43.4 °C) for deposition of the films. 5-level-3-factor central composite design (CCD) was employed to evaluate effects of the deposition parameters on the response (optical band gap of the films). The significant level of both the main effects and the interaction are investigated by analysis of variance (ANOVA). The film structures were characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD). Morphological properties of the films were studied with a scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The optical properties of the films were investigated using a UV–visible spectrophotometer. The optimum amount of tri-sodium citrate, deposition time and deposition temperature were found to be 0.7 mL, 18.07 h and 30 °C respectively. Under these conditions, the experimental band gap of PbS was 2.20 eV, which is quite good correlation with value (1.98 eV) predicted by the model.

  14. 不同杀青方法对黄花菜外观品质及干制率的影响研究%Study of the Effect of Different kill-out methods on Exterior Quality and Dried Quality of Hemerocallis Citrina Baroni

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    李登绚; 李东波; 胥国斌; 曹刘英; 李彩霞; 周强

    2012-01-01

    采用太阳能、蒸汽、微波、药物等四种不同杀青方法处理黄花菜,按照国家标准,对比研究分析其外观品质:色泽、气味、形状、肉质级别及出干率,其结果为:太阳能杀青干制的黄花菜,条色均匀,金黄,有光泽,肉质肥厚,无霉味或其它异味,级别特级,含水量10.77%.干制率13.84%最高.由此可见,太阳能杀青干制黄花菜外观品质最优,优选的最佳干制工艺为:太阳能杀青:温度60-75℃,光照强度为2800-3000lx,时间3-4h.%According to the national standard,four kinds of kill-out methods,including solar power,vapour,micro-wave and medicinal treatment were used to treat the daylily(Hemerocallis citrina Baroni).Its exterior quality,including color,smell,appearance and flesh quality properties were analytically-contrasted.The results show that solar dried daylily has rich yellowish colour,fat and thick flesh,and is free of unfavorable odours.Water content is 10.77%.The highest dried rate is 13.84.Therefore,solar dried daylily is with the best quality.The optimum dried process could be solar power killing out method.The temperature is 60-75℃.Illumination intensity is 2800-3000 Lux.The durartion is 3-4 hours.

  15. Characterization and therapeutic alteration of the biliary excretion and enterohepatic cycling of zearalenone in sexually immature swine

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    Biehl, M.L.

    1989-01-01

    The purposes of these studies were to characterize the biliary excretion and enterohepatic cycling (EHC) of zearlenone (ZEN) in young pigs and to therapeutically mimic the effect of bile removal in enhancing body clearance of ZEN. ({sup 3}H)ZEN was administered intravenously (IV), orally, and intravenous with bile removal (IVB) to female, 10- to 14-week old pigs. The biological half of total plasma radioactivity in IV and orally dosed pigs (86.6h) was much greater than that of IVB pigs (3.34h). Secondary peaks in plasma metabolite concentrations were seen during the terminal elimination phase in IV and oral animals and metabolites were still detectable at 48h postdosing. In IVB pigs, these peaks were absent, relative metabolite profiles were altered and ZEN and metabolites were no longer detectable after 16 hrs. Biliary recovery of radioactivity, principally as glucuronide conjugates was extensive (45.61 {plus minus} 4.73%) and significantly greater than that of fecal recovery in IV (6.56 {plus minus} 0.78%) or oral (21.74 {plus minus} 1.56%) pigs. Absorption of ZEN from the intestinal tract was estimated to be 80-85%. Intraduodenal administration of bile containing ({sup 3}H)ZEN and glucuronide metabolites resulted in recovery of 64.5 {plus minus} 4.89% of the dose in bile, 20.78 {plus minus} 3.94% in urine, and the presence of glucuronide conjugates of ZEN and {alpha}-zearalenol (ZEL) in portal and jugular plasma. Evidence for metabolism of ZEN by the intestinal mucosa was present. A pharmacokinetic compartmental model for the disposition of intravenously administered ZEN and metabolites in swine is proposed. The mean terminal elimination rate and corresponding biological half life for ZEN in IV pigs was 0.03h{sup {minus}1} and 28.97h, respectively, and for IVB pigs 0.24h {sup {minus}1} and 2.94h.

  16. N-取代-6-(3-氯-4-氯甲基-2-氧吡咯烷-1-基)-7-氟-3,4-二氢-2H-1,4-苯并噁嗪-3-酮衍生物的合成与生物活性研究%Synthesis and Biological Activity of N-Alkyl-6-(3-chloro-4-chloro-methyl-2-oxopyrrolidin- 1 -yl)-7-fluoro-3,4-dihyd ro-2H- 1,4-benzoxazin-3-one Derivatives

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    庞怀林; 阳海; 尹笃林; 雷满香; 黄明智; 毛春晖; 李文安

    2007-01-01

    采用生物活性基团拼接的分子设计方法,将活性基团2-氧吡咯烷引入到2H-[1,4]苯并噁嗪-3(4H)-酮分子结构的苯环上,设计并合成了16个未见文献报道的N-取代-6-(3-氯-4-氯甲基-2-氧吡咯烷-1-基)-7-氟-3,4-二氢-2H-1,4-苯并噁嗪-3-酮衍生物6a~6p,其结构经IR,1H NMR,LC/MS和元素分析确证.初步的生物活性测试结果表明,部分化合物具有较高的除草和杀虫活性,如6c~6f等化合物在用量为150 g/hm2时对苘麻(Abutilon theophrasti)、刺苋(Amaranthus spinosus)和藜(Chenopodium album L)等阔叶杂草具有90%以上的抑制率,61和6o在500 mg/L浓度下对蚕豆蚜(Aphis fabae)具有90%以上的致死率,个别化合物还兼具除草及杀虫活性.

  17. Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Gd(Ⅱ) Coordination Polymer [Gd2(μ-phth)3(b-pd)(H2O)5]n

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    A new Gd(Ⅱ) complex [Gd2(μ-phth)3(b-pd)(H2O)5]n (phth = o-phthalato, b-pd = N,N- bipyridine) has been synthesized by the reaction of GdO2 with o-phthalate, H2O and 2,2′-bipyridine. The crystal structure has been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystal is of triclinic, space group P with a = 11.82920(10), b = 13.53550(10), c = 13.7381(2)(A), α = 88.99, β = 66.9120(10), γ = 66.2370(10)°, V = 1826.02(3)(A)3, Dc = 1.915 g/cm3, C34H30N2O17Gd2, Mr = 1053.10, F(000) = 1024, μ = 3.680 mm-1, Z = 2, R = 0.0612 and wR = 0.1320 for 6259 observed reflections (I > 2σ(I)). In the title complex, the Gd(II) ions are bridged by o-phthalate ligands in a bidentate mode, producing a 1D infi- nite chain structure. Each eight-coordinated Gd(Ⅱ) center is coordinated by eight oxygen atoms from phth to give a distorted dodecahedral geometry, and each nine-coordinated Gd(Ⅱ) center is coordi- nated by two N atoms from b-pd and seven oxygen atoms from phth to give a distorted geometry of capped square antiprism. The chains are linked by π-π interactions and hydrogen bonds between oxy- gen atoms of carboxylate groups and H2O molecules and hydrogen atoms of H2O, b-pd and o-phth molecules, forming an unusual three-dimensional coordination polymer.

  18. Prevalence of pathological germline mutations of hMLH1 and hMSH2 genes in colorectal cancer.

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    Full Text Available The prevalence of pathological germline mutations in colorectal cancer has been widely studied, as germline mutations in the DNA mismatch repair genes hMLH1 and hMSH2 confer a high risk of colorectal cancer. However, because the sample size and population of previous studies are very different from each other, the conclusions still remain controversial. In this paper, Databases such as PubMed were applied to search for related papers. The data were imported into Comprehensive Meta-Analysis V2, which was used to estimate the weighted prevalence of hMLH1 and hMSH2 pathological mutations and compare the differences of prevalence among different family histories, ethnicities and related factors. This study collected and utilized data from 102 papers. In the Amsterdam-criteria positive group, the prevalence of pathological germline mutations of the hMLH1 and hMSH2 genes was 28.55% (95%CI 26.04%-31.19% and 19.41% (95%CI 15.88%-23.51%, respectively, and the prevalence of germline mutations in hMLH1/hMSH2 was 15.44%/10.02%, 20.43%/13.26% and 15.43%/11.70% in Asian, American multiethnic and European/Australian populations, respectively. Substitution mutations accounted for the largest proportion of germline mutations (hMLH1: 52.34%, hMSH2: 43.25%. The total prevalence of mutations of hMLH1 and hMSH2 in Amsterdam-criteria positive, Amsterdam-criteria negative and sporadic colorectal cancers was around 45%, 25% and 15%, respectively, and there were no obvious differences in the prevalence of germline mutations among different ethnicities.

  19. Glycidyl methacrylate-co-N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone coated polypropylene strips: Synthesis, characterization and standardization for dot-enzyme linked immunosorbent assay

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    Tyagi, Charu; Tomar, Lomas [Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi 110016 (India); Singh, Harpal [Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi 110016 (India)], E-mail: tyagicharu11@rediffmail.com

    2009-01-26

    Glycidyl methacrylate and N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone (GMA-co-NVP) copolymers with various GMA:NVP ratios were synthesized by solution polymerization technique in toluene using 2,2'-azobisisobutyronitrile (AIBN) as free radical initiator and dip coated onto polypropylene strips. The copolymer composition in polymeric coatings was confirmed by proton NMR spectroscopy. Various techniques like FTIR, SEM and contact angle were used for surface characterization of the polymer coatings. These polymer coated strips were evaluated and standardized for their application in dot-ELISA in two steps. In first step, specificity, sensitivity and reproducibility of the assay on developed polymer coated strips was evaluated through a model system using rabbit anti-goat IgG, goat anti-rabbit IgG and goat anti-rabbit IgG HRP (horseradish peroxidase)-conjugate. Polymer coating with GMA-NVP mol% ratio of 78:22 was able to detect rabbit anti-goat IgG antibody at a concentration as low as 2 ng mL{sup -1} with 1% BSA as blocking agent using antispecies IgG peroxidase conjugate diluted 1500 times. In the second step, the sensitivity and specificity of the developed system was established with human blood and finally used to identify the source of mosquito blood meal which is an important parameter in epidemiological studies, particularly in determining the role of mosquito in malaria transmission. The time duration of standardized assay with developed polymer coated strips was cut down to one hour compared to the 3-4 h required in usual dot-ELISA.

  20. Associations of MTHFR gene polymorphisms with hypertension and hypertension in pregnancy: a meta-analysis from 114 studies with 15411 cases and 21970 controls.

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    Boyi Yang

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Several epidemiological studies have investigated the associations of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR C677T and A1298C polymorphisms with hypertension (H or hypertension in pregnancy (HIP. However, the results were controversial. We therefore performed a comprehensive meta-analysis to provide empirical evidences on the associations. METHODOLOGIES: The English and Chinese databases were systematically searched to identify relevant studies. Odds ratios (ORs and 95% confidence intervals (CIs were calculated to evaluate the strength of the associations. Meta-regression, subgroup analysis, sensitivity analysis, cumulative meta-analysis and assessment of publication bias were performed in our study. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A total of 114 studies with 15411 cases and 21970 controls were included, 111 studies with 15094 cases and 21633 controls for the C677T polymorphism and 21 with 2533 cases and 2976 controls for the A1298C polymorphism. Overall, the C677T polymorphism was significantly associated with H and HIP (H & HIP: OR = 1.26, 95% CI = 1.17-1.34; H: OR = 1.36, 95% CI = 1.20-1.53; HIP: OR = 1.21, 95% CI = 1.08-1.32. Stratified analysis by ethnicity revealed a significant association among East Asians and Caucasians, but not among Latinos, Black Africans, and Indians and Sri Lankans. In the stratified analyses according to source of controls, genotyping method, sample size and study quality, significant associations were observed in all the subgroups, with the exception of population based subgroup in H studies and large sample size and "others" genotyping method subgroups in HIP studies. For the A1298C polymorphism, no significant association was observed either in overall or subgroup analysis under all genetic models. CONCLUSIONS: This meta-analysis suggests that the MTHFR C677T rather than A1298C polymorphism may be associated with H & HIP, especially among East Asians and Caucasians.

  1. Potential of acylated peptides to target the influenza A virus

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    Daniel Lauster

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available For antiviral drug design, especially in the field of influenza virus research, potent multivalent inhibitors raise high expectations for combating epidemics and pandemics. Among a large variety of covalent and non-covalent scaffold systems for a multivalent display of inhibitors, we created a simple supramolecular platform to enhance the antiviral effect of our recently developed antiviral Peptide B (PeBGF, preventing binding of influenza virus to the host cell. By conjugating the peptide with stearic acid to create a higher-order structure with a multivalent display, we could significantly enhance the inhibitory effect against the serotypes of both human pathogenic influenza virus A/Aichi/2/1968 H3N2, and avian pathogenic A/FPV/Rostock/34 H7N1 in the hemagglutination inhibition assay. Further, the inhibitory potential of stearylated PeBGF (C18-PeBGF was investigated by infection inhibition assays, in which we achieved low micromolar inhibition constants against both viral strains. In addition, we compared C18-PeBGF to other published amphiphilic peptide inhibitors, such as the stearylated sugar receptor mimicking peptide (Matsubara et al. 2010, and the “Entry Blocker” (EB (Jones et al. 2006, with respect to their antiviral activity against infection by Influenza A Virus (IAV H3N2. However, while this strategy seems at a first glance promising, the native situation is quite different from our experimental model settings. First, we found a strong potential of those peptides to form large amyloid-like supramolecular assemblies. Second, in vivo, the large excess of cell surface membranes provides an unspecific target for the stearylated peptides. We show that acylated peptides insert into the lipid phase of such membranes. Eventually, our study reveals serious limitations of this type of self-assembling IAV inhibitors.

  2. A Topological Analysis of Large-Scale Structure, Studied Using the CMASS Sample of SDSS-III

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    Parihar, Prachi; Vogeley, Michael S.; Gott, J. Richard, III; Choi, Yun-Young; Kim, Juhan; Kim, Sungsoo S.; Speare, Robert; Brownstein, Joel R.; Brinkmann, J.

    2014-12-01

    We study the three-dimensional genus topology of large-scale structure using the northern region of the CMASS Data Release 10 (DR10) sample of the SDSS-III Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey. We select galaxies with redshift 0.452 z 1011.56 M ⊙. We study the topology at two smoothing lengths: R G = 21 h -1 Mpc and R G = 34 h -1 Mpc. The genus topology studied at the R G = 21 h -1 Mpc scale results in the highest genus amplitude observed to date. The CMASS sample yields a genus curve that is characteristic of one produced by Gaussian random phase initial conditions. The data thus support the standard model of inflation where random quantum fluctuations in the early universe produced Gaussian random phase initial conditions. Modest deviations in the observed genus from random phase are as expected from shot noise effects and the nonlinear evolution of structure. We suggest the use of a fitting formula motivated by perturbation theory to characterize the shift and asymmetries in the observed genus curve with a single parameter. We construct 54 mock SDSS CMASS surveys along the past light cone from the Horizon Run 3 (HR3) N-body simulations, where gravitationally bound dark matter subhalos are identified as the sites of galaxy formation. We study the genus topology of the HR3 mock surveys with the same geometry and sampling density as the observational sample and find the observed genus topology to be consistent with ΛCDM as simulated by the HR3 mock samples. We conclude that the topology of the large-scale structure in the SDSS CMASS sample is consistent with cosmological models having primordial Gaussian density fluctuations growing in accordance with general relativity to form galaxies in massive dark matter halos.

  3. Identification of Neisseria spp., Haemophilus spp., and other fastidious gram-negative bacteria with the MicroScan Haemophilus-Neisseria identification panel.

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    Janda, W M; Bradna, J J; Ruther, P

    1989-05-01

    The Haemophilus-Neisseria identification (HNID) panel (American MicroScan, Sacramento, Calif.) is a 4-h microdilution format system for identification of Haemophilus and Neisseria spp., Branhamella (Moraxella) catarrhalis, and Gardnerella vaginalis. The HNID panel was evaluated by using 423 clinical isolates and stock strains of these organisms, and HNID identifications were compared with those obtained by conventional methods. In addition, 32 isolates representing six genera not included in the HNID data base were tested to determine whether these organisms would produce unique biotype numbers for possible inclusion in the data base. The HNID panel correctly identified 95.3% of 86 Neisseria gonorrhoeae strains, 96% of 25 G. vaginalis strains, and 100% of 28 Neisseria lactamica strains and 48 B. catarrhalis strains. Only 64.7% of 68 Neisseria meningitidis isolates were identified correctly owing to false-negative or equivocal carbohydrate and/or aminopeptidase reactions. Among the Haemophilus spp., 98.8% of 83 H. influenzae strains, 97.1% of 34 H. parainfluenzae strains, and 80% of 15 H. aphrophilus and H. paraphrophilus strains were correctly identified. Eight strains of Neisseria cinerea, a species not included in the data base, produced profiles identical with those for B. catarrhalis and N. gonorrhoeae. Isolates of other species not included in the data base, including Eikenella corrodens, Kingella spp., and Cardiobacterium hominis, produced unique biochemical reaction patterns on the panel. Modification of interpretative criteria for certain tests, expansion of the data base to include other species, and suggestions for additional confirmatory tests will increase the accuracy and utility of the HNID panel.

  4. Near Infrared Spectra of Large Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons.

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    Mattioda, A. L.; Hudgins, D. M.; Bauschlicher, C. W.; Allamandola, L. J.

    The widespread, mid-IR interstellar emission features at 3.3, 6.2, 7.7, 8.6, and 11.2 microns are generally attributed to vibrationally excited polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Since these features typcially originate from radiation-rich regions, it has been generally thought that UV photons must dominate the interstellar excitation process since PAHs have very strong UV absorption bands. However, observations have shown that lower energy photons can also pump the emission (Aitken and Roche, Uchida and Sellgren), raising questions about the PAH model. Although it has long been known that larger PAHs should absorb at longer wavelengths (e.g. Schutte et. al., Salama et al., Li and Draine) data was not available for the isolated, neutral and ionized PAHs of sizes comparable to those thought responsible for the interstellar emission features. Here the matrix-isolated near-IR (NIR) spectra (from 0.7 to 2.5 microns) are presented for the anions and cations of PAHs ranging in size from C34H16 to C50H22. These molecules are characterized by strong absorption bands in this region, bands that can account for the emission of the interstellar features from UV poor regions. These NIR PAH transitions could also contribute to the extinction curve associated with the diffuse interstellar medium. For example, band overlap, as expected from a mixture of PAHs, can contribute to the continuum. Overlapping broad bands could lead to slight undulations in the continuum reminiscent of the Very Broad Structure (VBS, e.g. Hayes et al.). Furthermore, as previously pointed out, individual PAH bands may contribute to the diffuse interstellar band (DIB) spectrum (e.g. Romanini)

  5. Sulfated membrane adsorbers for economic pseudo-affinity capture of influenza virus particles.

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    Opitz, Lars; Lehmann, Sylvia; Reichl, Udo; Wolff, Michael W

    2009-08-15

    Strategies to control outbreaks of influenza, a contagious respiratory tract disease, are focused mainly on prophylactic vaccinations in conjunction with antiviral medications. Currently, several mammalian cell culture-based influenza vaccine production processes are being established, such as the technologies introduced by Novartis Behring (Optaflu) or Baxter International Inc. (Celvapan). Downstream processing of influenza virus vaccines from cell culture supernatant can be performed by adsorbing virions onto sulfated column chromatography beads, such as Cellufine sulfate. This study focused on the development of a sulfated cellulose membrane (SCM) chromatography unit operation to capture cell culture-derived influenza viruses. The advantages of the novel method were demonstrated for the Madin Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cell-derived influenza virus A/Puerto Rico/8/34 (H1N1). Furthermore, the SCM-adsorbers were compared directly to column-based Cellufine sulfate and commercially available cation-exchange membrane adsorbers. Sulfated cellulose membrane adsorbers showed high viral product recoveries. In addition, the SCM-capture step resulted in a higher reduction of dsDNA compared to the tested cation-exchange membrane adsorbers. The productivity of the SCM-based unit operation could be significantly improved by a 30-fold increase in volumetric flow rate during adsorption compared to the bead-based capture method. The higher flow rate even further reduced the level of contaminating dsDNA by about twofold. The reproducibility and general applicability of the developed unit operation were demonstrated for two further MDCK cell-derived influenza virus strains: A/Wisconsin/67/2005 (H3N2) and B/Malaysia/2506/2004. Overall, SCM-adsorbers represent a powerful and economically favorable alternative for influenza virus capture over conventional methods using Cellufine sulfate. Copyright 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Behavioral and biological effects of autonomous versus scheduled mission management in simulated space-dwelling groups

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    Roma, Peter G.; Hursh, Steven R.; Hienz, Robert D.; Emurian, Henry H.; Gasior, Eric D.; Brinson, Zabecca S.; Brady, Joseph V.

    2011-05-01

    Logistical constraints during long-duration space expeditions will limit the ability of Earth-based mission control personnel to manage their astronaut crews and will thus increase the prevalence of autonomous operations. Despite this inevitability, little research exists regarding crew performance and psychosocial adaptation under such autonomous conditions. To this end, a newly-initiated study on crew management systems was conducted to assess crew performance effectiveness under rigid schedule-based management of crew activities by Mission Control versus more flexible, autonomous management of activities by the crews themselves. Nine volunteers formed three long-term crews and were extensively trained in a simulated planetary geological exploration task over the course of several months. Each crew then embarked on two separate 3-4 h missions in a counterbalanced sequence: Scheduled, in which the crews were directed by Mission Control according to a strict topographic and temporal region-searching sequence, and Autonomous, in which the well-trained crews received equivalent baseline support from Mission Control but were free to explore the planetary surface as they saw fit. Under the autonomous missions, performance in all three crews improved (more high-valued geologic samples were retrieved), subjective self-reports of negative emotional states decreased, unstructured debriefing logs contained fewer references to negative emotions and greater use of socially-referent language, and salivary cortisol output across the missions was attenuated. The present study provides evidence that crew autonomy may improve performance and help sustain if not enhance psychosocial adaptation and biobehavioral health. These controlled experimental data contribute to an emerging empirical database on crew autonomy which the international astronautics community may build upon for future research and ultimately draw upon when designing and managing missions.

  7. Molecular basis of live-attenuated influenza virus.

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    Wen He

    Full Text Available Human influenza is a seasonal disease associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The most effective means for controlling infection and thereby reducing morbidity and mortality is vaccination with a three inactivated influenza virus strains mixture, or by intranasal administration of a group of three different live attenuated influenza vaccine strains. Comparing to the inactivated vaccine, the attenuated live viruses allow better elicitation of a long-lasting and broader immune (humoral and cellular response that represents a naturally occurring transient infection. The cold-adapted (ca influenza A/AA/6/60 (H2N2 (AA ca virus is the backbone for the live attenuated trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine licensed in the United States. Similarly, the influenza A components of live-attenuated vaccines used in Russia have been prepared as reassortants of the cold-adapted (ca H2N2 viruses, A/Leningrad/134/17/57-ca (Len/17 and A/Leningrad/134/47/57-ca (Len/47 along with virulent epidemic strains. However, the mechanism of temperature-sensitive attenuation is largely elusive. To understand how modification at genetic level of influenza virus would result in attenuation of human influenza virus A/PR/8/34 (H1N1,A/PR8, we investigated the involvement of key mutations in the PB1 and/or PB2 genes in attenuation of influenza virus in vitro and in vivo. We have demonstrated that a few of residues in PB1 and PB2 are critical for the phenotypes of live attenuated, temperature sensitive influenza viruses by minigenome assay and real-time PCR. The information of these mutation loci could be used for elucidation of mechanism of temperature-sensitive attenuation and as a new strategy for influenza vaccine development.

  8. Structure and Photochemical Properties of r-l, c-2, t-3, t-4-1,3-Bis[ 2-( 5- R- benzoxazolyl ) ]-2,4-di( 4- R'- phenyl ) cyclobutane

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    ZHANG, Wen-Qin; ZHUANG, Jun-Peng; LI, Chun-Bao; YUAN, Xue-Nimg

    2001-01-01

    r-l, e-2, t-3, t-4-1,3-Bis [ 2- (5-R-benzoxazolyl) ]-2, 4-da (4-R'phenyl)cyclobutane (Ha: R=R'=H; Ⅱb: R--Me, R'=H;Ⅱc: R=Me, R' =OMc) was synthesized with high stereo-selectivity by the photodimerization of trans-l-[2-(5-R-benzoxazolyl)]-2-(4-R'-phenyl)ethene (Ia: R=R'=H; lb: R=Me,R'=H; Ic: R=Me, R'=OMe) in sulfuric acid. TThe structmres of Ⅱa-—Ⅱc were identified by elemental mnalysis, IR,UV, 1H NMR,13C NMR and MS. The molecular and crystalstrncture of Ⅱc has been deternmined by X-ray diffractionmethod.The crystal of Ⅱc (C34H30N2O4 .0.5C2H5HH) ismonoclinic,space group p21/n with cell dimensins of a =1.5416(3), b = 0.5625(1), c=1.7875(4) mn, β = 91.56(3)°, V=1.550(1) mn3, Z--2. The structure shows that themolecule of Ⅱc is centrosymmetric, which indicates that thedimerizaion process is a head-to-tmail fashion. The selectivityof the photodimerization Ia--Ic has been enhanced by usingacidic solvent amd the reaction speed would be decreased whenelecton donating group was introduced in the 4-position of thephenyl group. That the photodimerization is not affected bythe presence of oxygen as well as its high stereo-selectivitydemonstrated that the reaction thoceeded an exaltedsinglet. It was also found fund that under irradiation of slortwavelength UV, these dimers underwent photolysis comp1etelyto reproduce its trans-monomers, and then the new formedspecies changed into their cis-isomers through trans-cis isomerzation.

  9. Myocardial uptake of {sup 99m}Tc-annexin-V and {sup 111}In-antimyosin-antibodies after ischemia-reperfusion in rats

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    Sarda-Mantel, Laure [Universite Denis Diderot-Paris 7, UMR S773, Paris (France); AP-HP, Groupe Hospitalier Bichat-Beaujon, Service de Medecine Nucleaire, Paris (France); INSERM, U773, Paris (France); Hopital Bichat, Service de Medecine Nucleaire, Paris (France); Hervatin, Florence [Universite Denis Diderot-Paris 7, UMR S773, Paris (France); CEA, DSV/DRM/SHFJ, Orsay (France); Michel, Jean-Baptiste; Louedec, Liliane [INSERM, U698, Paris (France); Martet, Genevieve [Universite Denis Diderot-Paris 7, UMR S773, Paris (France); INSERM, U773, Paris (France); Rouzet, Francois; Lebtahi, Rachida; Merlet, Pascal; Le Guludec, Dominique [Universite Denis Diderot-Paris 7, UMR S773, Paris (France); AP-HP, Groupe Hospitalier Bichat-Beaujon, Service de Medecine Nucleaire, Paris (France); INSERM, U773, Paris (France); Khaw, Ban-An [Bouve College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Center for Drug Targeting and Analysis, Boston, MA (United States)

    2008-01-15

    Phosphatidylserin exposure on cell surfaces occurs early during apoptosis and is detected in vivo by using {sup 99m}Tc-annexin-V (ANX). Cardiomyocyte membrane disruption is detected in vivo by using {sup 111}In-antimyosin-antibodies (AM). We aimed to determine if ANX and AM allow evaluation of the time-course of these two distinct cell death events after myocardial ischemia-reperfusion. Coronary tying (20 min) followed by reperfusion (IR) was performed in 31 rats. Twelve of the rats were injected with ANX, 11 with AM, and eight with both tracers. Myocardial uptake of tracers was studied 1-2 h, 4 h, or 24 h after IR by scintigraphy (ANX, n = 14) and autoradiography (all cases), and compared to histology and Apostain staining. Scintigraphy was positive in all rats 2 h after IR and in three of five rats at 24 h. On autoradiography, ANX activity was intense in myocardial lesions as early as 1 h post-IR, whereas AM activity was mild at 2 h then increased at 4 h post-IR. ANX and AM uptakes evolved from mid-myocardium to endocardial and epicardial regions from 2 h to 24 h post-IR. Apostain staining was significant in myocardial lesions (p < 10{sup 6} compared to six sham-operated rats). On histology, myocardial lesion was characterized by interstitial oedema, myocytes necrosis, and dramatic thinning at 24 h. These data suggest that ANX and AM allow temporal and regional evaluations of PS exposure and membrane disruption, respectively, during myocytes death after 20-min myocardial ischemia followed by reperfusion. Also, (i) apoptosis starts very early in injured myocardium, (ii) myocyte necrosis occurs later (3-4 h post-reperfusion), and (iii) most dead cells are removed from mid-myocardium between 6 h and 24 h after reperfusion. (orig.)

  10. ZP2307, a novel, cyclic PTH(1-17) analog that augments bone mass in ovariectomized rats.

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    Neerup, Trine S R; Stahlhut, Martin; Petersen, Jørgen S; Daugaard, Jens R; Jensen, Jens-Erik B; Peng, Zhiqi; Morko, Jukka; Thorkildsen, Christian

    2011-06-01

    Daily injections of human parathyroid hormone (1-34), hPTH(1-34), provide a highly effective treatment option for severe osteoporosis. However, PTH analogs shorter than 28 amino acids do not retain any bone augmenting potential. Here, we present ZP2307 ([Ac₅c¹, Aib³, Leu⁸, Gln¹⁰, Har¹¹, Ala¹², Trp¹⁴, Asp¹⁷]PTH(1-17)-NH₂), a novel, chemically modified and cyclized hPTH(1-17) analog, that augments bone mass in ovariectomized, osteopenic rats. Subcutaneous administration of this structurally constrained, K¹³-D¹⁷ side-chain-to-side-chain cyclized peptide reversed bone loss and increased bone mineral density (BMD) up to or above baseline levels in rat long bones and vertebrae. Highly significant effects of ZP2307 were achieved at doses of 40-320 nmol/kg. Micro-CT and histomorphometric analyses showed that ZP2307 improved quantitative and qualitative parameters of bone structure. Biomechanical testing of rat femora confirmed that ZP2307 dramatically increased bone strength. Over a broad maximally effective dose range (40-160 nmol/kg) ZP2307 did not increase serum concentrations of ionized free calcium above normal levels. Only at the highest dose (320 nmol/kg) ZP2307 induced hypercalcemic calcium levels in the ovariectomized rats. To our knowledge ZP2307 is the smallest PTH peptide analog known to exert augmentation of bone. Our findings suggest that ZP2307 has the potential to effectively augment bone mass over a broad dose range without a concomitant increase in the serum concentration of ionized free calcium above the normal range.

  11. Impact of Metformin Use on Lactate Kinetics in Patients with Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock.

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    Park, Joongmin; Hwang, Sung Yeon; Jo, Ik Joon; Jeon, Kyeongman; Suh, Gee Young; Lee, Tae Rim; Yoon, Hee; Cha, Won Chul; Sim, Min Seob; Carriere, Keumhee Chough; Yeon, Seungmin; Shin, Tae Gun

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    We aimed to evaluate the impact of metformin use on lactate kinetics in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. We analyzed data from a registry that included patients who presented to the emergency department and met criteria for severe sepsis or septic shock. Patients were divided into two groups based on metformin use. We compared lactate concentrations, lactate clearance (LC), and normalization at 6 h (H6) and 24 h (H24) after the initial (H0) measurement. Propensity score matching, multiple logistic, and linear regression analysis via a generalized estimating equations method were used. Of 1,318 patients, 71 patients were in the metformin use group and all 71 were selected in a one to two propensity matching. Metformin users showed significantly higher lactate levels at H0 (5.3 vs. 4.4 mmol/L) and H6 (3.8 vs. 2.9 mmol/L) in all patients, although in the matched subset, the effect was marginal (H0, 5.3 vs. 4.9 mmol/L; H6, 3.8 vs. 3.2 mmol/L; H24, 2.7 vs. 2.4 mmol/L). Mean LC (H6, 29% vs. 34%; H24, 43% vs. 49%) and normalization rate (H6, 27% vs. 28%; H24, 49% vs. 52%) were also not significantly different. Although metformin use appeared to be associated with higher lactate levels before using the propensity score method, no significant association was found between metformin use and lactate kinetics variables in the balanced matched subset data. Lactate levels in metformin users were initially elevated in the early phase of resuscitation from severe sepsis and septic shock. However, there was no significant difference in lactate levels, LC, and normalization over the initial 24 h period based on metformin use.

  12. Oral administration of the 5-HT6 receptor antagonists SB-357134 and SB-399885 improves memory formation in an autoshaping learning task.

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    Perez-García, Georgina; Meneses, Alfredo

    2005-07-01

    In this work we aimed to re-examine the 5-HT6 receptor role, by testing the selective antagonists SB-357134 (1-30 mg/kg p.o.) and SB-399885 (1-30 mg/kg p.o.) during memory consolidation of conditioned responses (CR%), in an autoshaping Pavlovian/instrumental learning task. Bioavailability, half-life and minimum effective dose to induce inappetence for SB-357134 were 65%, 3.4 h, and 30 mg/kg p.o., and for SB-399885 were 52%, 2.2 h, and 50 mg/kg p.o., respectively. Oral acute and chronic administration of either SB-357134 or SB-399885 improved memory consolidation compared to control groups. Acute administration of SB-357134, at 1, 3, 10 and 30 mg/kg, produced a CR% inverted-U curve, eliciting the latter dose a 7-fold increase relative to saline group. Acute injection of SB-399885 produced significant CR% increments, being 1 mg/kg the most effective dose. Repeated administration (7 days) of either SB-357134 (10 mg/kg) or SB-399885 (1 mg/kg) elicited the most significant CR% increments. Moreover, modeling the potential therapeutic benefits of 5-HT6 receptor blockade, acute or repeated administration of SB-399885, at 10 mg/kg reversed memory deficits produced by scopolamine or dizocilpine, and SB-357134 (3 and 10 mg/kg) prevented amnesia and even improved performance. These data support the notion that endogenously 5-HT acting, via 5-HT6 receptor, improves memory consolidation.

  13. Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Photoluminescent Property of a Novel Silver(Ⅰ) Compound {[Ag(bpp)]2(Hphth)(NO3)·(H2O)2}n

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    Self-assembly of Ag(Ⅰ) nitrate, 1,3-bis(4-pyridyl)propane (bpp) and phthalic acid monopotassium salt (KHphth) in CH3OH-H2O solution produced the title complex,{[Ag(bpp)]2(Hphth)(NO3)·(H2O)2}n, which was characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction,elemental analysis, IR spectrum, and photoluminescent spectrum. Single-crystal X-ray analysis revealed that the complex crystallizes in a monoclinic system, space group P21/c, with α =15.4174(5), b = 8.6398(2), c = 25.2466(8) (A), β = 91.072(1)°, V = 3362.34(17) (A)3, Z = 4,C34H37N5O9Ag2, Mr = 875.43, Dc = 1.729 g/cm3, μ = 1.228 mm-1, F(000) = 1768, the final R =0.0749 and wR = 0.1580 for 5754 reflections with I > 2σ(I). The Ag atom is coordinated by two N atoms from two bpp molecules in an approximately linear geometry. The Ag(Ⅰ) ions are linked by the bpp molecules to form one-dimensional zigzag chains propagating along the c axis. The Hphth-and nitrate counter-ions are bridged by solvent water molecules through hydrogen bonds to generate a one-dimensional chain extending along the b axis. Electrostatic interactions between cations and anions, extensive hydrogen bonds and π-π interactions are responsible for the three-dimensional supramolecular structure. In the solid state, the compound exhibits blue photoluminescence with the maximum at 436 nm upon excitation at 344 nm.

  14. Production of high-titer human influenza A virus with adherent and suspension MDCK cells cultured in a single-use hollow fiber bioreactor.

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    Tapia, Felipe; Vogel, Thomas; Genzel, Yvonne; Behrendt, Ilona; Hirschel, Mark; Gangemi, J David; Reichl, Udo

    2014-02-12

    Hollow fiber bioreactors (HFBRs) have been widely described as capable of supporting the production of highly concentrated monoclonal antibodies and recombinant proteins. Only recently HFBRs have been proposed as new single-use platforms for production of high-titer influenza A virus. These bioreactors contain multiple hollow fiber capillary tubes that separate the bioreactor in an intra- and an extra-capillary space. Cells are usually cultured in the extra-capillary space and can grow to a very high cell concentration. This work describes the evaluation of the single-use hollow fiber bioreactor PRIMER HF (Biovest International Inc., USA) for production of influenza A virus. The process was setup, characterized and optimized by running a total of 15 cultivations. The HFBRs were seeded with either adherent or suspension MDCK cells, and infected with influenza virus A/PR/8/34 (H1N1), and the pandemic strain A/Mexico/4108/2009 (H1N1). High HA titers and TCID₅₀ of up to 3.87 log₁₀(HA units/100 μL) and 1.8 × 10(10)virions/mL, respectively, were obtained for A/PR/8/34 influenza strain. Influenza virus was collected by performing multiple harvests of the extra-capillary space during a virus production time of up to 12 days. Cell-specific virus yields between 2,000 and 8,000 virions/cell were estimated for adherent MDCK cells, and between 11,000 and 19,000 virions/cell for suspension MDCK.SUS2 cells. These results do not only coincide with the cell-specific virus yields obtained with cultivations in stirred tank bioreactors and other high cell density systems, but also demonstrate that HFBRs are promising and competitive single-use platforms that can be considered for commercial production of influenza virus.

  15. Lactose causes heart arrhythmia in the water flea Daphnia pulex.

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    Campbell, Anthony K; Wann, Kenneth T; Matthews, Stephanie B

    2004-10-01

    The cladoceran Daphnia pulex is well established as a model for ecotoxicology. Here, we show that D. pulex is also useful for investigating the effects of toxins on the heart in situ and the toxic effects in lactose intolerance. The mean heart rate at 10 degrees C was 195.9+/-27.0 beats/min (n=276, range 89.2-249.2, >80% 170-230 beats/min). D. pulex heart responded to caffeine, isoproteronol, adrenaline, propranolol and carbachol in the bathing medium. Lactose (50-200 mM) inhibited the heart rate by 30-100% (K(1/2)=60 mM) and generated severe arrhythmia within 60 min. These effects were fully reversible by 3-4 h. Sucrose (100-200 mM) also inhibited the heart rate, but glucose (100-200 mM) and galactose (100-200 mM) had no effect, suggesting that the inhibition by lactose or sucrose was not simply an osmotic effect. The potent antibiotic ampicillin did not prevent the lactose inhibition, and two diols known to be generated by bacteria under anaerobic conditions were also without effect. The lack of effect of l-ribose (2 mM), a potent inhibitor of beta-galactosidase, supported the hypothesis that lactose and other disaccharides may affect directly ion channels in the heart. The results show that D. pulex is a novel model system for studying effects of agonists and toxins on cell signalling and ion channels in situ.

  16. Does cortisol acting via the type II glucocorticoid receptor mediate suppression of pulsatile luteinizing hormone secretion in response to psychosocial stress?

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    Breen, Kellie M; Oakley, Amy E; Pytiak, Andrew V; Tilbrook, Alan J; Wagenmaker, Elizabeth R; Karsch, Fred J

    2007-04-01

    This study assessed the importance of cortisol in mediating inhibition of pulsatile LH secretion in sheep exposed to a psychosocial stress. First, we developed an acute psychosocial stress model that involves sequential layering of novel stressors over 3-4 h. This layered-stress paradigm robustly activated the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and unambiguously inhibited pulsatile LH secretion. We next used this paradigm to test the hypothesis that cortisol, acting via the type II glucocorticoid receptor (GR), mediates stress-induced suppression of pulsatile LH secretion. Our approach was to determine whether an antagonist of the type II GR (RU486) reverses inhibition of LH pulsatility in response to the layered stress. We used two animal models to assess different aspects of LH pulse regulation. With the first model (ovariectomized ewe), LH pulse characteristics could vary as a function of both altered GnRH pulses and pituitary responsiveness to GnRH. In this case, antagonism of the type II GR did not prevent stress-induced inhibition of pulsatile LH secretion. With the second model (pituitary-clamped ovariectomized ewe), pulsatile GnRH input to the pituitary was fixed to enable assessment of stress effects specifically at the pituitary level. In this case, the layered stress inhibited pituitary responsiveness to GnRH and antagonism of the type II GR reversed the effect. Collectively, these findings indicate acute psychosocial stress inhibits pulsatile LH secretion, at least in part, by reducing pituitary responsiveness to GnRH. Cortisol, acting via the type II GR, is an obligatory mediator of this effect. However, under conditions in which GnRH input to the pituitary is not clamped, antagonism of the type II GR does not prevent stress-induced inhibition of LH pulsatility, implicating an additional pathway of suppression that is independent of cortisol acting via this receptor.

  17. Metabolic suppression during protracted exposure to hypoxia in the jumbo squid, Dosidicus gigas, living in an oxygen minimum zone.

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    Seibel, Brad A; Häfker, N Sören; Trübenbach, Katja; Zhang, Jing; Tessier, Shannon N; Pörtner, Hans-Otto; Rosa, Rui; Storey, Kenneth B

    2014-07-15

    The jumbo squid, Dosidicus gigas, can survive extended forays into the oxygen minimum zone (OMZ) of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Previous studies have demonstrated reduced oxygen consumption and a limited anaerobic contribution to ATP production, suggesting the capacity for substantial metabolic suppression during hypoxic exposure. Here, we provide a more complete description of energy metabolism and explore the expression of proteins indicative of transcriptional and translational arrest that may contribute to metabolic suppression. We demonstrate a suppression of total ATP demand under hypoxic conditions (1% oxygen, PO2 =0.8 kPa) in both juveniles (52%) and adults (35%) of the jumbo squid. Oxygen consumption rates are reduced to 20% under hypoxia relative to air-saturated controls. Concentrations of arginine phosphate (Arg-P) and ATP declined initially, reaching a new steady state (~30% of controls) after the first hour of hypoxic exposure. Octopine began accumulating after the first hour of hypoxic exposure, once Arg-P breakdown resulted in sufficient free arginine for substrate. Octopine reached levels near 30 mmol g(-1) after 3.4 h of hypoxic exposure. Succinate did increase through hypoxia but contributed minimally to total ATP production. Glycogenolysis in mantle muscle presumably serves to maintain muscle functionality and balance energetics during hypoxia. We provide evidence that post-translational modifications on histone proteins and translation factors serve as a primary means of energy conservation and that select components of the stress response are altered in hypoxic squids. Reduced ATP consumption under hypoxia serves to maintain ATP levels, prolong fuel store use and minimize the accumulation of acidic intermediates of anaerobic ATP-generating pathways during prolonged diel forays into the OMZ. Metabolic suppression likely limits active, daytime foraging at depth in the core of the OMZ, but confers an energetic advantage over competitors that must remain in warm, oxygenated surface waters. Moreover, the capacity for metabolic suppression provides habitat flexibility as OMZs expand as a result of climate change.

  18. Cell kinetics during regeneration in the sponge Halisarca caerulea: how local is the response to tissue damage?

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    Brittany E. Alexander

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Sponges have a remarkable capacity to rapidly regenerate in response to wound infliction. In addition, sponges rapidly renew their filter systems (choanocytes to maintain a healthy population of cells. This study describes the cell kinetics of choanocytes in the encrusting reef sponge Halisarca caerulea during early regeneration (0–8 h following experimental wound infliction. Subsequently, we investigated the spatial relationship between regeneration and cell proliferation over a six-day period directly adjacent to the wound, 1 cm, and 3 cm from the wound. Cell proliferation was determined by the incorporation of 5-bromo-2′-deoxyuridine (BrdU. We demonstrate that during early regeneration, the growth fraction of the choanocytes (i.e., the percentage of proliferative cells adjacent to the wound is reduced (7.0 ± 2.5% compared to steady-state, undamaged tissue (46.6 ± 2.6%, while the length of the cell cycle remained short (5.6 ± 3.4 h. The percentage of proliferative choanocytes increased over time in all areas and after six days of regeneration choanocyte proliferation rates were comparable to steady-state tissue. Tissue areas farther from the wound had higher rates of choanocyte proliferation than areas closer to the wound, indicating that more resources are demanded from tissue in the immediate vicinity of the wound. There was no difference in the number of proliferative mesohyl cells in regenerative sponges compared to steady-state sponges. Our data suggest that the production of collagen-rich wound tissue is a key process in tissue regeneration for H. caerulea, and helps to rapidly occupy the bare substratum exposed by the wound. Regeneration and choanocyte renewal are competing and negatively correlated life-history traits, both essential to the survival of sponges. The efficient allocation of limited resources to these life-history traits has enabled the ecological success and diversification of sponges.

  19. H5N1 chicken influenza viruses display a high binding affinity for Neu5Acalpha2-3Galbeta1-4(6-HSO3)GlcNAc-containing receptors.

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    Gambaryan, A S; Tuzikov, A B; Pazynina, G V; Webster, R G; Matrosovich, M N; Bovin, N V

    2004-09-01

    To characterize differences in the receptor-binding specificity of H5N1 chicken viruses and viruses of aquatic birds, we used a panel of synthetic polyacrylamide (PAA)-based sialylglycopolymers that carried identical terminal Neu5Acalpha2-3Gal fragments but varied by the structure of the next saccharide residues. A majority of duck viruses irrespective of their HA subtype, bound with the highest affinity to trisaccharide Neu5Acalpha2-3Galbeta1-3GlcNAc, suggesting that these viruses preferentially recognize sialyloligosaccharide receptors with type 1 core (Galbeta1-3GlcNAc). Substitution of 6-hydroxyl group of GlcNAc residue of tested sialylglycopolymers by 6-sulfo group had little effect on receptor binding by duck viruses. By contrast, H5N1 chicken and human viruses isolated in 1997 in Hong Kong preferred receptors with type 2 core (Galbeta1-4GlcNAcbeta) and bound sulfated trisaccharide Neu5Acalpha2-3Galbeta1-4(6-HSO3)GlcNAcbeta (6-Su-3'SLN) with the extraordinary high affinity. Another chicken virus, A/FPV/Rostok/34 (H7N1), and several mammalian viruses also displayed an increased affinity for sulfated sialyloligosaccharide receptor. The binding of chicken and mammalian viruses to tracheal epithelial cells of green monkey decreased after treatment of cells with glucosamine-6-sulfatase suggesting the presence of 6-O-Su-3'SLN determinants in the airway epithelium. It remains to be seen whether existence of the 6-O-Su-3'SLN groups in the human airway epithelial cells might facilitate infection of humans with H5N1 chicken viruses.

  20. Foaming properties of monoglycerol fatty acid esters in nonpolar oil systems.

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    Shrestha, Lok Kumar; Aramaki, Kenji; Kato, Hiroyuki; Takase, Yoshihiko; Kunieda, Hironobu

    2006-09-26

    Foaming properties of monoglycerol fatty acid esters that have different alkyl chain lengths were studied in different nonpolar oils, namely liquid paraffin (LP 70), squalane, and squalene. The effect of the hydrocarbon chain length of the surfactant, the concentration, the nature of the oil, and the temperature on the nonaqueous foam stability was mainly studied. Five weight percent of glycerol alpha-monododecanoate (monolaurin) formed highly stable foams in squalane at 25 degrees C, and the foams were stable for more than 14 h. Foam stability of the monolaurin/LP 70 and the monolaurin/squalene systems are almost similar, and the foams were stable for more than 12 h. Foam stability was decreased as the hydrocarbon chain length of the monoglyceride decreased. In the glycerol alpha-monodecanoate (monocaprin)-oil systems, the foams were stable only for 3-4 h, depending on the nature of the oil. However, the foams formed in the glycerol alpha-monooctanoate (monocaprylin)-oil systems coarsened very quickly, leading to the progressive destruction of foam films, and all of the foams collapsed within a few minutes. Foam stability decreased when the oil was changed from squalane to squalene, in both monocaprin and monolaurin systems. It was observed that, in the dilute regions, these monoglycerides form fine solid dispersions in the aforementioned oils at 25 degrees C. At higher temperatures, the solid melts to isotropic single-liquid or two-liquid phases and the foams formed collapsed within 5 min. Judging from the wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) and the foaming test, it is concluded that the stable foams are mainly caused by the dispersion of the surfactant solids (beta-crystal) and foam stability is largely influenced by the shape and size of the dispersed solid particles.

  1. Ultradian components of the sleep-wake cycle in babies.

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    Menna-Barreto, L; Benedito-Silva, A A; Marques, N; de Andrade, M M; Louzada, F

    1993-04-01

    Behavioral states may be analyzed as expressions of underlying cyclic activity involving several physiological systems. The human sleep-wake cycle in the first year of life shows, in addition to the establishment of circadian rhythmicity around the second month, the dynamics of its ultradian components, as can be seen in the more or less gradual decline of the polyphasic pattern. To detect these changes, we have analyzed the sleep-wake cycle of five babies of different ages (3, 4, 9, 11, and 13 months) observed for 5 consecutive days (Monday through Friday), 10 h (08:00-18:00 h) per day at a kindergarten by the first author, and during the night (18:00-08:00 h) by the parents. Behavioral observations were designed for minimizing interference with the babies' habits. Sleep/wake data were arranged in 60-min intervals, and the relative amount of time spent asleep per interval constituted the time series submitted for statistical analysis. The five resulting time series were submitted to spectral analysis for detecting the composition of frequencies contributing to the observed sleep/wake cycle. Several frequencies were thus obtained for each baby in the ultradian and circadian domain, ranging from one cycle in 2.0 h to one cycle in 24 h. The circadian component was the strongest rhythmic influence for all individuals except for the youngest (3-month-old) baby, who showed a semicircadian component as the main frequency in the power spectrum. Three individuals showed ultradian frequencies in the domain of 3-4 h. Differences in the spectra derive from three possible, and probably not exclusive, causes: 1) ontogenetic changes, 2) different masking effects, and 3) individual differences.

  2. Dissolution of different zinc salts and zn uptake by Sedum alfredii and maize in mono- and co-cropping under hydroponic culture.

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    Jiang, Cheng'ai; Wu, Qitang; Zeng, Shucai; Chen, Xian; Wei, Zebin; Long, Xinxian

    2013-09-01

    Previous soil pot and field experiments demonstrated that co-cropping the hyperaccumulator Sedum alfredii with maize increased Zn phytoextraction by S. alfredii and decreased Zn uptake by maize shoots. This hydroponic experiment was conducted to investigate whether the facilitation of Zn phytoextraction by S. alfredii resulted from improved dissolution in this co-cropping system and its relation to root exudates. S. alfredii and maize were mono- and co-cropped (without a root barrier) in nutrient solution spiked with four Zn compounds, ZnS, ZnO, Zn3(PO4)2 and 5ZnO x 2CO3-4H2O (represented as ZnCO3) at 1000 mg/L Zn for 15 days without renewal of nutrient solution after pre-culture. The root exudates were collected under incomplete sterilization and analyzed. The results indicated that the difference in Zn salts had a greater influence on the Zn concentration in maize than for S. alfredii, varying from 210-2603 mg/kg for maize shoots and 6445-12476 mg/kg for S. alfredii in the same order: ZnCO3 > ZnO > Zn3(PO4)2 > ZnS. For the four kinds of Zn sources in this experiment, co-cropping with maize did not improve Zn phytoextraction by S. alfredii. In most cases, compared to co-cropped and mono-cropped maize, mono-cropped S. alfredii resulted in the highest Zn2+ concentration in the remaining nutrient solution, and also had a higher total concentration of low molecular weight organic acids (LMWOA) and lower pH of root exudation. Root exudates did partly influence Zn hyperaccumulation in S. alfredii.

  3. Application of quality by design approach to optimize process and formulation parameters of rizatriptan loaded chitosan nanoparticles

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    Ajinath Eknath Shirsat

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of present study was to optimize rizatriptan (RZT chitosan (CS nanoparticles using ionic gelation method by application of quality by design (QbD approach. Based on risk assessment, effect of three variables, that is CS %, tripolyphosphate % and stirring speed were studied on critical quality attributes (CQAs; particle size and entrapment efficiency. Central composite design (CCD was implemented for design of experimentation with 20 runs. RZT CS nanoparticles were characterized for particle size, polydispersity index, entrapment efficiency, in-vitro release study, differential scanning calorimetric, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Based on QbD approach, design space (DS was optimized with a combination of selected variables with entrapment efficiency > 50% w/w and a particle size between 400 and 600 nm. Validation of model was performed with 3 representative formulations from DS for which standard error of − 0.70-3.29 was observed between experimental and predicted values. In-vitro drug release followed initial burst release 20.26 ± 2.34% in 3-4 h with sustained drug release of 98.43 ± 2.45% in 60 h. Lower magnitude of standard error for CQAs confirms the validation of selected CCD model for optimization of RZT CS nanoparticles. In-vitro drug release followed dual mechanism via, diffusion and polymer erosion. RZT CS nanoparticles were prepared successfully using QbD approach with the understanding of the high risk process and formulation parameters involved and optimized DS with a multifactorial combination of critical parameters to obtain predetermined RZT loaded CS nanoparticle specifications.

  4. Dependence of lung injury on inflation rate during low-volume ventilation in normal open-chest rabbits.

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    D'Angelo, Edgardo; Pecchiari, Matteo; Saetta, Marina; Balestro, Elisabetta; Milic-Emili, Joseph

    2004-07-01

    Lung mechanics and morphometry were assessed in two groups of nine normal open-chest rabbits mechanically ventilated (MV) for 3-4 h at zero end-expiratory pressure (ZEEP) with physiological tidal volumes (Vt; 11 ml/kg) and high (group A) or low (group B) inflation flow (44 and 6.1 ml x kg(-1) x s(-1), respectively). Relative to initial MV on positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP; 2.3 cmH(2)O), MV on ZEEP increased quasi-static elastance and airway and viscoelastic resistance more in group A (+251, +393, and +225%, respectively) than in group B (+180, +247, and +183%, respectively), with no change in viscoelastic time constant. After restoration of PEEP, quasi-static elastance and viscoelastic resistance returned to control, whereas airway resistance, still relative to initial values, remained elevated more in group A (+86%) than in group B (+33%). In contrast, prolonged high-flow MV on PEEP had no effect on lung mechanics of seven open-chest rabbits (group C). Gas exchange on PEEP was equally preserved in all groups, and the lung wet-to-dry ratios were normal. Relative to group C, both groups A and B had an increased percentage of abnormal alveolar-bronchiolar attachments and number of polymorphonuclear leukocytes in alveolar septa, the latter being significantly larger in group A than in group B. Thus prolonged MV on ZEEP with cyclic opening-closing of peripheral airways causes alveolar-bronchiolar uncoupling and parenchymal inflammation with concurrent, persistent increase in airway resistance, which are worsened by high-inflation flow.

  5. Iodine-123 salmon calcitonin, an imaging agent for calcitonin receptors: synthesis, biodistribution, metabolism and dosimetry in humans

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    Blower, P.J.; Kettle, A.G.; Leak, A.; O`Doherty, M.J. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury (United Kingdom); Puncher, M.R.B.; George, S.; Dorsch, S.; Naylor, L.H. [Department of Biosciences, University of Kent, Canterbury (United Kingdom)

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    A modified chloramine-T method was used to label a pharmaceutical form of salmon calcitonin (SCT) with iodine-123. Labelling can be performed within 5 min including purification, resulting in >95% radiochemical purity and 70% yield. Digestion analysis shows labelling with two iodine atoms on the tyrosine residue. A Chinese hamster ovary cell-based assay showed that the receptor binding and activation were not impaired by the labelling. Biodistribution in mice was similar to that of commercially available mono-iodinated {sup 125}I-labelled SCT, kidney being the principal target organ. Evaluation in three patients previously diagnosed as having Paget`s disease (injected with 37 MBq [{sup 123}I]diiodotyrosyl{sup 22}-SCT, containing less than 4 IU hormone, imaged dynamically up to 0.5 h and at intervals up to 24 h) shows early uptake in liver, kidney and sites of known Paget`s disease but not in normal bone, and later uptake in thyroid and stomach. Blood clearance was fitted to a biexponential with half-lives of 3.4-7.4 min and 3-34 h. Radiation dosimetry was estimated using MIRDOSE 3. The highest doses (mean mGy/MBq) were to thyroid (6.8 x 10{sup -1}) and kidney (6.0 x 10{sup -2}), with a whole-body dose 3.0 x 10{sup -2}. High performance liquid chromatography analysis revealed that urinary radioactivity was mostly in the form of iodide and diiodotyrosine within minutes of injection, indicating rapid in vivo breakdown.(orig. /MG) (orig.) With 8 figs., 1 tab., 28 refs.

  6. Identification of an unintended consequence of Nrf2-directed cytoprotection against a key tobacco carcinogen plus a counteracting chemopreventive intervention.

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    Paonessa, Joseph D; Ding, Yi; Randall, Kristen L; Munday, Rex; Argoti, Dayana; Vouros, Paul; Zhang, Yuesheng

    2011-06-01

    NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a major cytoprotective gene and is a key chemopreventive target against cancer and other diseases. Here we show that Nrf2 faces a dilemma in defense against 4-aminobiphenyl (ABP), a major human bladder carcinogen from tobacco smoke and other environmental sources. Although Nrf2 protected mouse liver against ABP (which is metabolically activated in liver), the bladder level of N-(deoxyguanosin-8-yl)-4-aminobiphenyl (dG-C8-ABP), the predominant ABP-DNA adduct formed in bladder cells and tissues, was markedly higher in Nrf2(+/+) mice than in Nrf2(-/-) mice after ABP exposure. Notably, Nrf2 protected bladder cells against ABP in vitro. Mechanistic investigations showed that the dichotomous effects of Nrf2 could be explained at least partly by upregulation of UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT). Nrf2 promoted conjugation of ABP with glucuronic acid in the liver, increasing urinary excretion of the conjugate. Although glucuronidation of ABP and its metabolites is a detoxification process, these conjugates, which are excreted in urine, are known to be unstable in acidic urine, leading to delivery of the parent compounds to bladder. Hence, although higher liver UGT activity may protect the liver against ABP, it increases bladder exposure to ABP. These findings raise concerns of potential bladder toxicity when Nrf2-activating chemopreventive agents are used in humans exposed to ABP, especially in smokers. We further show that 5,6-dihydrocyclopenta[c][1,2]-dithiole-3(4H)-thione (CPDT) significantly inhibits dG-C8-ABP formation in bladder cells and tissues but does not seem to significantly modulate ABP-catalyzing UGT in liver. Thus, CPDT exemplifies a counteracting solution to the dilemma posed by Nrf2.

  7. Primed-infusion technique for rapid estimation of the metabolic clearance rate of 1,25(OH)/sub 2/D/sub 3/

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    Eastell, R.; Riggs, B.L.; Kumar, R.

    1987-09-01

    The authors have developed a rapid primed-infusion technique for the measurement of the metabolic clearance and production rate of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D/sub 3/ in normal human subjects and experimental animals. With this method, an estimate of the metabolic clearance rate of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D/sub 3/ can generally be made within 3 to 4 h. Initial studies in five dogs using 1,25-(/sup 3/H)-dihydroxyvitamin D/sub 3/ allowed us to determine the optimal ratio of loading dose to infusion rate that resulted in the most rapid attainment of steady-state levels of plasma radioactivity. By use of this technique they found that the metabolic clearance rate of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D/sub 3/ in dogs was 6.3 +/- 1.2 ml/min; the production rate of the hormone was 0.40 +/- 0.25 ..mu..g/day. In eight normal women, aged 28-51 yr, the metabolic clearance rate for 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D/sub 3/ was 25.9 +/- 4.7 ml/min; the production rate was 1.38 +/- 0.45 ..mu..g/day. The advantages of this method relative to ones used in the past are that it can be performed quickly (generally within 3-4 h) with the use of only tracer amounts of this hormone (equivalent to 1.1% of the production rate). With this method, no assumptions about the most appropriate model to which to fit the data need to be made. Because of its rapidity, no metabolites of the injected 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D/sub 3/ are formed during the study interval.

  8. Synthesis of full length PB1-F2 influenza A virus proteins from 'Spanish flu' and 'bird flu'.

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    Röder, René; Bruns, Karsten; Sharma, Alok; Eissmann, André; Hahn, Friedrich; Studtrucker, Nicole; Fossen, Torgils; Wray, Victor; Henklein, Peter; Schubert, Ulrich

    2008-08-01

    The proapoptotic influenza A virus PB1-F2 protein contributes to viral pathogenicity and is present in most human and avian isolates. Previous synthetic protocols have been improved to provide a synthetic full length H1N1 type PB1-F2 protein that is encoded by the 'Spanish flu' isolate and an equivalent protein from an avian host that is representative of a highly pathogenic H5N1 'bird flu' isolate, termed SF2 and BF2, respectively. Full length SF2, different mutants of BF2 and a number of fragments of these peptides have been synthesized by either the standard solid-phase peptide synthesis method or by native chemical ligation of unprotected N- and C-terminal peptide fragments. For SF2 chemical ligation made use of the histidine and the cysteine residues located in positions 41 and 42 of the native sequence, respectively, to afford a highly efficient synthesis of SF2 compared to the standard SPPS elongation method. By-product formation at the aspartic acid residue in position 23 was prevented by specific modifications of the SPPS protocol. As the native sequence of BF2 does not contain a cysteine residue two different mutants of BF2 (Y42C) and BF2 (S47C) with appropriate cysteine exchanges were produced. In addition to the full length molecules, fragments of the native sequences were synthesized for comparison of their physical characteristics with those from the H1N1 human isolate A/Puerto Rico/8/34 (H1N1). All peptides were analyzed by mass spectrometry, (1)H NMR spectroscopy, and SDS-PAGE. The protocols allow the synthesis of significant amounts of PB1-F2 and its related peptides. Copyright (c) 2008 European Peptide Society and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  9. MEDECOR--a medical decorporation tool to assist first responders, receivers, and medical reach-back personnel in triage, treatment, and risk assessment after internalization of radionuclides.

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    Waller, Ed; Wilkinson, Diana

    2010-10-01

    After a radiological dispersal device (RDD) event, it is possible for radionuclides to enter the human body through inhalation, ingestion, and skin and wound absorption. From a health physics perspective, it is important to know the magnitude of the intake to perform dosimetric assessments. From a medical perspective, removal of radionuclides leading to dose aversion (hence risk reduction) is of high importance. The efficacy of medical decorporation strategies is extremely dependent upon the time of treatment delivery after intake. The "golden hour," or more realistically 3-4 h, is optimal when attempting to increase removal of radionuclides from extracellular fluids prior to cellular incorporation. To assist medical first response personnel in making timely decisions regarding appropriate treatment delivery modes, it is desirable to have a software tool that compiles existing radionuclide decorporation therapy data and allows a user to perform simple diagnosis leading to optimized decorporation treatment strategies. In its most simple application, the software is a large database of radionuclide decorporation strategies and treatments. The software can also be used in clinical interactive mode, in which the user inputs the radionuclide, estimated activity, route of intake and time since exposure. The software makes suggestions as to the urgency of treatment (i.e., triage) and the suggested therapy. Current developments include risk assessment which impacts the potential risk of delivered therapy and resource allocation of therapeutic agents. The software, developed for the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND), is titled MEDECOR (MEdical DECORporation). The MEDECOR tool was designed for use on both personal digital assistant and laptop computer environments. The tool was designed using HTML/Jscript, to allow for ease of portability amongst different computing platforms. This paper presents the features of MEDECOR, results of testing at a major NATO exercise, and future development of this tool into MEDECOR2.

  10. Optimization of Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Orange Pomace by Response Surface Methodology%响应面法优化柑橘果渣酶解工艺

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    刘新; 李新生; 吴三桥; 张志健; 江海; 韩豪; 高玥; 胥彦明

    2012-01-01

    Response surface methodology was used to optimize the enzymatic hydrolysis of orange pomace to achieve the maximum juice yield. The combination of pectinase and cellulase at a ratio of 1:2 was more suitable for the enzymatic hydrolysis of orange pomace than each of them. One-factor-at-a-time experiments were conducted to investigate the effects of temperature, pH, enzyme dose and hydrolysis time on juice yield. The optimal conditions for the hydrolysis of orange pomace by both enzymes were enzyme temperature 49.17 ℃, pH 4.23, enzyme addition 0.68 mg/g, and hydrolysis time 3.4 h. Under these conditions, the juice yield from orange pomace was 22.36%.%以柑橘果渣为原料,研究果胶酶和纤维素酶对果渣出汁率的影响。通过单因素试验对影响柑橘果渣酶解出汁率的酶解温度、pH值、酶量、酶解时间四因素进行研究,并通过响应面分析法优化了果渣酶解工艺参数。结果表明:果渣酶解的最佳工艺参数为酶解温度49.17℃、pH4.23、混合酶酶量0.68mg/g、时间3.4h,在此条件下,果渣的出汁率为22.36%。

  11. The formation of FHA coating on biodegradable Mg-Zn-Zr alloy using a two-step chemical treatment method

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    Jiang, S. T.; Zhang, J.; Shun, S. Z.; Chen, M. F.

    2016-12-01

    To improve the corrosion resistance of the biomedical magnesium alloy, a two-step chemical treatment method has been employed to prepare an FHA coating on the alloy surface. Prior to forming an FHA layer, the samples of Mg-3 wt% Zn-0.5 wt% Zr alloy were soaked in HF with concentration of 20% (v/v) at 37 °C temperature for 2 h, and were then placed into an aqueous solution with 0.1 mol/L Ca(NO3).4H2O and 0.06 mol/L NH4H2PO4 at 90 °C to prepare the Ca-P coating. The concentrations of Mg2+, F- ions, and pH variation with immersing time in the solution were investigated to explore the growth mechanism of FHA. The surface morphologies and compositions of the coatings were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The results showed that the alloy surface treated with acid formed a layer of MgF2 nanoparticles with a thickness of 0.7 μm. The corrosion resistance of coatings in SBF solution was evaluated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and potentiodynamic polarization. The results showed that the substrate with FHA coating had good corrosion resistance. After immersing into the calcium phosphate solution, some small spherical particles were first formed on the surface; these then cover the surface completely after 20 min. Some clusters consisting of needle-like crystal were observed in the spherical particles covering the surface, and the Ca/P ratio of the needle-like crystal was 1.46, clearly growing along the c axis preferred orientation growth. After immersion for 60 min, the FHA coating with completely uniform growth was obtained on the Mg-Zn-Zr alloy surface with its thickness reaching about 120 μm.

  12. Acute exposure to fenthion in juveniles of white cachama (Piaractus brachypomus: toxic effects, changes in cholinesterase activity and potential use in environmental monitoring

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    Borbón Javier F.

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Fenthion is an organophosphate insecticide used worldwide that may pollute waters after itsapplication causing potential problems in public health and poisoning in domestic and wildlifeanimals. Objective: to evaluate toxic effects, butyrylcholinesterase activity (BChE and use inenvironmental monitoring, 34 juveniles of white cachama (Piaractus brachypomus were distributedin 3 groups (control, 0,13 ppm and 2 ppm fenthion for 96 h. Materials and methods: fishwere exposed in 10-gallon tanks; symptoms, gross lesions post-mortem, viscerosomatic index(VSI and plasma BChE activity were evaluated. Mean comparisons for each variable amongtreatments were performed (ANOVA, α=0,05. Results: severe signs were seen in 3 specimens(3/11 of 2 ppm fenthion between 11 and 34 h of exposure. These signs were frantic swimming,muscle tremors and loss of swimming axis. In 0,13 ppm, mild to moderate signs (tremors andcaudal fin flapping were observed in some of the fish. The VSI (control = 5,3 ± 0,5; 0,13 ppm= 6,9 ± 0,3 and 2 ppm = 7,3 ± 0,6 was significantly different between exposed to fenthion andcontrols. BChE activity (control = 185,0 ± 20,4; 0,13 ppm = 12,5 ± 2,3 and 2 ppm = 9,8 ± 1,8nmoles / ml plasma / min showed significant inhibition in exposed to fenthion as compared tocontrols. Conclusions: the present work confirmed the toxic effects of fenthion in white cachamajuveniles. Results found in BChE activity suggest its use in environmental monitoring as a goodbiomarker of organophosphates waterborne exposure.

  13. Antiviral effect of methylated flavonol isorhamnetin against influenza.

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    Ahmed Abdal Dayem

    Full Text Available Influenza is an infectious respiratory disease with frequent seasonal epidemics that causes a high rate of mortality and morbidity in humans, poultry, and animals. Influenza is a serious economic concern due to the costly countermeasures it necessitates. In this study, we compared the antiviral activities of several flavonols and other flavonoids with similar, but distinct, hydroxyl or methyl substitution patterns at the 3, 3', and 4' positions of the 15-carbon flavonoid skeleton, and found that the strongest antiviral effect was induced by isorhamnetin. Similar to quercetin and kaempferol, isorhamnetin possesses a hydroxyl group on the C ring, but it has a 3'-methyl group on the B ring that is absent in quercetin and kaempferol. Co-treatment and pre-treatment with isorhamnetin produced a strong antiviral effect against the influenza virus A/PR/08/34(H1N1. However, isorhamnetin showed the most potent antiviral potency when administered after viral exposure (post-treatment method in vitro. Isorhamnetin treatment reduced virus-induced ROS generation and blocked cytoplasmic lysosome acidification and the lipidation of microtubule associated protein1 light chain 3-B (LC3B. Oral administration of isorhamnetin in mice infected with the influenza A virus significantly decreased lung virus titer by 2 folds, increased the survival rate which ranged from 70-80%, and decreased body weight loss by 25%. In addition, isorhamnetin decreased the virus titer in ovo using embryonated chicken eggs. The structure-activity relationship (SAR of isorhamnetin could explain its strong anti-influenza virus potency; the methyl group located on the B ring of isorhamnetin may contribute to its strong antiviral potency against influenza virus in comparison with other flavonoids.

  14. Cloned calves produced by nuclear transfer from cultured cumulus cells

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    AN; Xiaorong(安晓荣); GOU; Kemian(苟克勉); ZHU; Shien(朱士恩); GUAN; Hong(关宏); HOU; Jian(侯健); LIN; Aixing(林爱星); ZENG; Shenming(曾申明); TIAN; Jianhui(田见辉); CHEN; Yongfu(陈永福)

    2002-01-01

    Short-term cultured cumulus cell lines (1-5BCC) derived from 5 individual cows were used in nuclear transfer (NT) and 1188 enucleated bovine oocytes matured in vitro were used as nuclear recipients. A total of 931 (78.4%) cloned embryos were reconstructed, of which 763 (82%) cleaved, 627 (67.3%) developed to 8-cell stage, and 275 (29.5%) reached blastocyst stage. The average cell number of blastocysts was 124±24.5 (n=20). In this study, the effects of donor cell sources, serum starvation of donor cells, time interval from fusion to activation (IFA) were also tested on cloning efficiency. These results showed that blastocyst rates of embryos reconstructed from 5 different individuals cells were significantly different among them (14.1%, 45.2%, 27.3%, 34.3%, vs 1.5%, P0.05); and that blastocyst rate (20.3%) of the group with fusion/activation interval of 2-3 h, was significantly lower than that of the 3-6 h groups (31.0%), while not significantly different among 3-4 h (P < 0.05), 4-5 h, and 5-6 h groups (P ≥ 0.05). Sixty-three thawed NT blastocysts were transferred to 31 recipient cows, of which 4 pregnancies were established and two cloned calves were given birth. These results indicate that serum starvation of cumulus cells is not a key factor for successful bovine cloning, while IFA treatment and sources of donor cells have effects on cloning efficiency.

  15. Impact of host cell line adaptation on quasispecies composition and glycosylation of influenza A virus hemagglutinin.

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    Jana Verena Roedig

    Full Text Available The genome of influenza A viruses is constantly changing (genetic drift resulting in small, gradual changes in viral proteins. Alterations within antibody recognition sites of the viral membrane glycoproteins hemagglutinin (HA and neuraminidase (NA result in an antigenetic drift, which requires the seasonal update of human influenza virus vaccines. Generally, virus adaptation is necessary to obtain sufficiently high virus yields in cell culture-derived vaccine manufacturing. In this study detailed HA N-glycosylation pattern analysis was combined with in-depth pyrosequencing analysis of the virus genomic RNA. Forward and backward adaptation from Madin-Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK cells to African green monkey kidney (Vero cells was investigated for two closely related influenza A virus PR/8/34 (H1N1 strains: from the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC or the Robert Koch Institute (RKI. Furthermore, stability of HA N-glycosylation patterns over ten consecutive passages and different harvest time points is demonstrated. Adaptation to Vero cells finally allowed efficient influenza A virus replication in Vero cells. In contrast, during back-adaptation the virus replicated well from the very beginning. HA N-glycosylation patterns were cell line dependent and stabilized fast within one (NIBSC-derived virus or two (RKI-derived virus successive passages during adaptation processes. However, during adaptation new virus variants were detected. These variants carried "rescue" mutations on the genomic level within the HA stem region, which result in amino acid substitutions. These substitutions finally allowed sufficient virus replication in the new host system. According to adaptation pressure the composition of the virus populations varied. In Vero cells a selection for "rescue" variants was characteristic. After back-adaptation to MDCK cells some variants persisted at indifferent frequencies, others slowly diminished and even

  16. Detection of Camplylobacter Species Using a Fluorogenic Real-Time PCR Detection System

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    2001-01-01

    Objective:Traditional methods for the detecction of C.jejuni are slow,labour-intensive and costly,especially when large numbers of samples are involved,In this report,we describe a PapManfluorogenic PCR system to rapidly detect and quantitate C.Jejuni.Methods: TapMan PCR uses a pair of primers and a fluorescently-labeled TaqMan probe,The C.jejuni-specific primers and probe were designed through a specific primer designing program based on C.jejuni-specific sequence,Campylobacter strains and non-campylobacters were tested with this assay.Spiked chicken rinse,milk and water samples were also tested.Results:This PCR assay detected all 22C.jejuni and two C.coli strains tested,while none of the 23 non-campylobacters tested positive.The assay was 100% specific for campylobacters,This assay can quantitate C.jejuni over a 5-log range,with the thershold of detection being less than 100 cfu in water and approximately 1000 cfu in chicken rines,The TaqMan PCR assay gave positive signals for chicken rinse,milk,and water samples inoculated with C.jejuni at 1.5-3.5cfu/25ml sample within 2h,after enrichment in Preston broth at 37℃ for 3-4h and then at 42℃ for 16-20h.Conclusion.:the Taqman PCR assay can be used for the detection and enumeration of C.jejuni from milk,chicken,and water samples with a short enrichment step.This technology should be useful for the food industry in monitoring levels of C.jejunit and C.coli at various critical control points in a food processing facility.

  17. The hepatic response to FGF19 is impaired in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and insulin resistance.

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    Schreuder, Tim C M A; Marsman, Hendrik A; Lenicek, Martin; van Werven, Jochem R; Nederveen, Aart J; Jansen, Peter L M; Schaap, Frank G

    2010-03-01

    Intestinal FGF19 has emerged as a novel endocrine regulator of hepatic bile salt and lipid metabolism. In patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) hepatic lipid metabolism is deranged. A possible role of FGF19 in NAFLD has not been reported yet. In this study, we assessed intestinal FGF19 production and the hepatic response to FGF19 in NAFLD patients with and without insulin resistance [homeostasis model of assessment (HOMA) score > or =2.5 (n = 12) and HOMA score FGF19 were monitored, and plasma levels of a marker for bile salt synthesis (7alpha-hydroxy-4-cholesten-3-one) were determined. Fasted FGF19 levels were comparable in a control group of healthy volunteers (n = 15) and in NAFLD patients (0.26 +/- 0.28 vs. 0.18 +/- 0.09 ng/ml, respectively, P = 0.94). Postprandial FGF19 levels in both controls and NAFLD patients peaked between 3-4 h and were three times higher than baseline levels. The areas under the postprandial FGF19 curve were similar in controls and in the HOMA score-based NAFLD subgroups. In NAFLD patients with HOMA score FGF19 was accompanied by a lowering of plasma levels of 7alpha-hydroxy-4-cholesten-3-one (-30%, P = 0.015). This anticipated decline was not observed in insulin-resistant NAFLD patients (+10%, P = 0.22). In conclusion, patients with NAFLD show an unimpaired intestinal FGF19 production. However, the hepatic response to FGF19 is impaired in NAFLD patients with insulin resistance (HOMA score > or =2.5). This impaired hepatic response to FGF19 may contribute to the dysregulation of lipid homeostasis in NAFLD.

  18. Preferential Intercalation of Pyridinedicarboxylates into Layered Double Hydroxides

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    李蕾; 莫丹; 陈大舟

    2005-01-01

    Intercalation of 2,3-,2,4-,2,5-,2,6-,3,4-,or3,5-pyridincdicarboxylate into the layered double hydroxide (LDH),[Mg0.73AIo.27(OH)2](CO3)0.14*1.34H2O was carried out by the reconstruction method in the molar ratio of organic acid: calcined LDH=3:8, in 80% alcoholic aqueous solution at 70℃. Selective reaction was observed in com-petitive experiments involving an equal concentration pairs of acids. The preference order of the organic acids intercalated into the Mg-Al-LDH was found to be in the order of 2,3-pyridinedicarboxylate>2,5-pyridinedicarboxylate>2,4-pyridinedicarboxylate>3,5-pyridinedicarboxylate>3,4-pyridinedicarboxylate>2,6-pyridinedic arboxylate. The structures of the intercalates formed by the reaction of six guests with Mg-Al-LDH were characterized by X-ray diffraction, infrared and thermogravimetry techniques. And the charge density on the oxygens of each of the carboxylate groups for the six anions was investigated utilizing ab initio (HF/6-31G) method by G98w. From the X-ray diffraction data, the guest size and the charge density of the oxygens of the guest, the orientation of 2,3-,2,4-,2,5-,2,6-,3,4-, or 3,5-pyridinedicarboxylate anions between the layers was determined and the preferential intercalation mechanism was discussed. These results indicate the possibility of a molecular recognition ability of LDH and it would be exploited for the chemical separation of some anions from solution.

  19. A highly selective sorbent for removal of Cr(VI) from aqueous solutions based on Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/poly(methyl methacrylate) grafted Tragacanth gum nanocomposite: Optimization by experimental design

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    Sadeghi, Susan, E-mail: ssadeghi@birjand.ac.ir; Rad, Fatemeh Alavi; Moghaddam, Ali Zeraatkar

    2014-12-01

    In this work, poly(methyl methacrylate) grafted Tragacanth gum modified Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} magnetic nanoparticles (P(MMA)-g-TG-MNs) were developed for the selective removal of Cr(VI) species from aqueous solutions in the presence of Cr(III). The sorbent was characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), and thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA). A screening study on operational variables was performed using a two-level full factorial design. Based on the analysis of variance (ANOVA) with 95% confidence limit, the significant variables were found. The central composite design (CCD) has also been employed for statistical modeling and analysis of the effects and interactions of significant variables dealing with the Cr(VI) uptake process by the developed sorbent. The predicted optimal conditions were situated at a pH of 5.5, contact time of 3.4 h, and 3.0 g L{sup −1} dose. The Langmuir, Freundlich, and Temkin isotherm models were used to describe the equilibrium sorption of Cr(VI) by the absorbent, and the Langmuir isotherm showed the best concordance as an equilibrium model. The adsorption process was followed by a pseudo-second-order kinetic model. Thermodynamic investigations showed that the biosorption process was spontaneous and exothermic. - Highlights: • Fe3O4 nanoparticles were modified with Poly(methyl methacrylate) grafted Tragacanth gum • P(MMA)-g-TG -MNPs can preferentially adsorb Cr(VI) in the presence of Cr(III) • The effects of operational parameters on Cr(VI) removal were evaluated by RSM • Adsorption mechanism, kinetics, and isotherm have been explored • The sorbent was successfully used to remove Cr(VI) from different water samples.

  20. A topological analysis of large-scale structure, studied using the CMASS sample of SDSS-III

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    Parihar, Prachi; Gott, J. Richard III [Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Peyton Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544-1001 (United States); Vogeley, Michael S. [Department of Physics, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); Choi, Yun-Young [Department of Astronomy and Space Science, Kyung Hee University, Gyeonggi 446-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Juhan [Center for Advanced Computation, Korea Institute for Advanced Study, Heogiro 85, Seoul 130-722 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sungsoo S. [School of Space Research, Kyung Hee University, Gyeonggi 446-701 (Korea, Republic of); Speare, Robert [New York University Abu Dhabi, P.O. Box 129188, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates); Brownstein, Joel R. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Utah, 115 S 1400 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 (United States); Brinkmann, J., E-mail: pparihar@caltech.edu, E-mail: yy.choi@khu.ac.kr [Apache Point Observatory, Sunspot, NM 88349 (United States)

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    We study the three-dimensional genus topology of large-scale structure using the northern region of the CMASS Data Release 10 (DR10) sample of the SDSS-III Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey. We select galaxies with redshift 0.452 < z < 0.625 and with a stellar mass M {sub stellar} > 10{sup 11.56} M {sub ☉}. We study the topology at two smoothing lengths: R {sub G} = 21 h {sup –1} Mpc and R {sub G} = 34 h {sup –1} Mpc. The genus topology studied at the R {sub G} = 21 h {sup –1} Mpc scale results in the highest genus amplitude observed to date. The CMASS sample yields a genus curve that is characteristic of one produced by Gaussian random phase initial conditions. The data thus support the standard model of inflation where random quantum fluctuations in the early universe produced Gaussian random phase initial conditions. Modest deviations in the observed genus from random phase are as expected from shot noise effects and the nonlinear evolution of structure. We suggest the use of a fitting formula motivated by perturbation theory to characterize the shift and asymmetries in the observed genus curve with a single parameter. We construct 54 mock SDSS CMASS surveys along the past light cone from the Horizon Run 3 (HR3) N-body simulations, where gravitationally bound dark matter subhalos are identified as the sites of galaxy formation. We study the genus topology of the HR3 mock surveys with the same geometry and sampling density as the observational sample and find the observed genus topology to be consistent with ΛCDM as simulated by the HR3 mock samples. We conclude that the topology of the large-scale structure in the SDSS CMASS sample is consistent with cosmological models having primordial Gaussian density fluctuations growing in accordance with general relativity to form galaxies in massive dark matter halos.

  1. Extraction of Anthocyanin from Physocarpus opulifolius'Diabolo' and Its Stability%紫叶风箱果叶片花色素苷的提取及其稳定性

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    刘晓东; 于晶

    2011-01-01

    通过不同提取溶剂和提取时间的实验,确定了紫叶风箱果(Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo')叶片花色素苷的最佳提取条件,即1%盐酸甲醇溶液,提取3~4h.此外,对花色素苷在不同pH值、光源、温度环境条件下的稳定性进行了研究.结果表明:pH值可影响紫叶风箱果叶片花色素苷的稳定性,随着pH值的增加,花色素苷降解加快,因而使花色素苷由红变褐.花色素苷热稳定性较差,对光敏感,低温和黑暗能够保持花色素苷的稳定性.%Extraction of Anthocyanin from Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo' and Its Stability An experiment was conducted to study the effects of different extraction solvents and extraction time on the extraction of anthocyanin from Physocarpus opulifolius ‘ Diabolo’. The optimal extraction conditions were obtained as methanol conraining 1% HCI and extraction time 3-4 h. Moreover, the stability of anthocyanoin was also studied under different pH,temperature and light intensity conditions. Results showed that pH value had an obvious effect on the stability of anthocyanin from P. opulifolius ‘ Diabolo’. The degradation rate of anthocyanin speeded up with pH increasing; thus the color of the extracted anthocyanin changed from red to brown. The anthocyanin with bad thermal stability is sensitive to light. Low temperature and darkness can maintain the stability of anthocyanin.

  2. Sentinel lymph node detection following the hysteroscopic peritumoural injection of {sup 99m}Tc-labelled albumin nanocolloid in endometrial cancer

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    Maccauro, Marco; Aliberti, Gianluca; Villano, Carlo; Castellani, Maria Rita; Bombardieri, Emilio [Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Nuclear Medicine Division, Milan (Italy); Lucignani, Giovanni [University of Milan, Institute of Radiological Sciences, Unit of Molecular Imaging, Division of Radiation Oncology, European Institute of Oncology, Milan (Italy); Solima, Eugenio [Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Gynaecologic Oncology Division, Milan (Italy)

    2005-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of sentinel lymph node (SLN) detection in endometrial cancer patients with a dual-tracer procedure after hysteroscopic peritumoural injection. Twenty-six women with previously untreated endometrial adenocarcinoma underwent the hysteroscopic injection of 111 MBq{sup 99m}Tc-Nanocoll and blue dye administered subendometrially around the lesion. On the same day, all 26 patients underwent lymphoscintigraphy, followed 3-4 h later by hysterotomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy. Para-aortic lymphadenectomy was also performed in cases of either serous or papillary carcinoma (n=7/26). All SLNs were removed and examined with haematoxylin and eosin staining and immunohistochemical techniques. The procedure was well tolerated by patients, only two experiencing transient vagal symptoms. The sensitivity of this technique for correct identification of SLNs was 100%. Lymph node metastases were found in 4 out of the 26 patients (15%), bilaterally in the external iliac region (n=1), unilaterally in the external iliac region (n=1), unilaterally in the common iliac region (n=1) and unilaterally in the para-aortic region (n=1). In all four cases, nodal metastases were located within SLNs detected by lymphoscintigraphy. Only 10 of the 26 patients (38%) had significant blue dye staining. All blue-stained SLNs were radioactive. In patients with endometrial cancer, it is feasible to use lymphatic mapping and SLN biopsy to define the topographic distribution of the lymphatic network and also to accurately detect lumbo-aortic and pelvic metastases within SLNs. In the majority of patients with early stage endometrial cancer, this procedure may avoid unnecessary radical pelvic lymphadenectomy. It may also guide para-aortic lymph node dissection on the basis of the SLN status. (orig.)

  3. Pharmacokinetics of metronidazole and its effect on the body during its use as a radiosensitizer

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    Zel' vin, B.M.; Polyakov, P.Yu.; Zimina, E.S.; Dar' yalova, S.L.; Kiseleva, E.S.; Sokolova, I.I. (Nauchno-Issledovatel' skij Onkologicheskij Inst., Moscow (USSR))

    1984-06-01

    During gamma-beam therapy (40-60 Gy) a study was made of the content of metronidazole (MZ) in the blood of 20 patients with oral mucosa cancer and 12 patients with esophageal cancer devending on a mode of its administration. A MZ effect on liver apd renal function was studied. MZ was administered to the patients with cancer of both sites on the first 3 days of radiation therapy 3 h before an enlarged fraction of 4 Gy, estimated at 145 mg per 1 kg body mass (8-10 g) per os or via a gastrostoma and 15 h in rectal administration. In the patients with oral mucosa cancer after the administration of MZ per os its level which was sufficient for radiosensitization, was achieved after 2 h and remained for subsequent 4 h with maximum accumulation of 262-+22 ..mu..g/ml in the blood serum 3-4 h after administration. In the patients with esophageal cancer after MZ administration via the gastrostoma, the nature and time course of drug accumulation in the blood was identical, however accumulation maximum was lower and reached 219+-25 ..mu..g/ml. In the patients with esophageal cancer after MZ rectal administration, its level in the blood was 118 ..mu..g/ml only and did not achieve a therapeutically effective level. It is assumed that the lowering of MZ repeated dose by 20% will cause a decrease in the drug accumulation in the body and the degree of a toxic effect with maintaining its therapeutically effective level in the blood and tumor.

  4. Pharmacokinetics of gamithromycin after intravenous and subcutaneous administration in broiler chickens.

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    Watteyn, A; Plessers, E; Wyns, H; De Baere, S; De Backer, P; Croubels, S

    2013-06-01

    Gamithromycin is a new macrolide antibiotic that is only registered for use in cattle to treat respiratory disorders such as bovine respiratory disease. The aim of this study was to determine the pharmacokinetics of gamithromycin in broiler chickens. Gamithromycin (6 mg/kg of BW) was injected intravenously (IV) or subcutaneously (SC) to six 4-wk-old chickens in a parallel study design, and blood was collected at different time points postadministration. Quantification of gamithromycin in plasma was performed using an in-house validated liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method and the pharmacokinetics analyzed according to a 2-compartmental model. Following IV administration, the mean area under the plasma concentration-time curve (AUC0→∞), and α and β half-life of elimination (t1/2el α and t1/2el β) were 3,998 h•ng/mL, 0.90 h, and 14.12 h, respectively. Similar values were obtained after a SC bolus injection, i.e., 4,095 h•ng/mL, 0.34 h, and 11.63 h, for AUC0→∞, t1/2el α, and t1/2el β, respectively. The mean maximum plasma concentration (889.46 ng/mL) appeared at 0.13 h. Gamithromycin showed a large volume of distribution after IV as well as SC administration, 27.08 and 20.89 L/kg, respectively, and a total body clearance of 1.61 and 1.77 L/h•kg, respectively. The absolute bioavailability was 102.4%, showing that there is a complete absorption of gamithromycin after a SC bolus injection of 6 mg/kg of BW.

  5. Does intravenous sildenafil clinically ameliorate pulmonary hypertension during perioperative management of congenital heart diseases in children? - A prospective randomized study

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    Vipul Krishen Sharma

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Pulmonary hypertension (PHT, if present, can be a significant cause of increased morbidity and mortality in children undergoing surgery for congenital heart diseases (CHD. Various techniques and drugs have been used perioperatively to alleviate the effects of PHT. Intravenous (IV sildenafil is one of them and not many studies validate its clinical use. Aims and Objectives: To compare perioperative PaO 2 - FiO 2 ratio peak filling rate (PFR, systolic pulmonary artery pressure (PAP - systolic aortic pressure (AoP ratio, extubation time, and Intensive Care Unit (ICU stay between two groups of children when one of them is administered IV sildenafil perioperatively during surgery for CHDs. Materials and Methods: Patients with ventricular septal defects and proven PHT, <14 years of age, all American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status III, undergoing cardiac surgery, were enrolled into two groups - Group S (IV sildenafil and Group C (control - over a period of 14 months, starting from October 2013. Independent t-test and Mann-Whitney U-test were used to compare the various parameters between two groups. Results: PFR was higher throughout, perioperatively, in Group S. PAP/AoP was 0.3 and 0.4 in Group S and Group C, respectively. In Group S, mean group extubation time was 7 ± 7.34 h, whereas in Group C it was 22.1 ± 10.6. Postoperative ICU stay in Group S and Group C were 42.3 ± 8.8 h and 64.4 ± 15.9 h, respectively. Conclusion: IV sildenafil, when used perioperatively, in children with CHD having PHT undergoing corrective surgery, improves not only PaO 2 - FiO 2 ratio and PAP - AoP ratio but also reduces extubation time and postoperative ICU stay.

  6. Synthesis, characterization and in vitro anticancer activity of 18-membered octaazamacrocyclic complexes of Co(II), Ni(II), Cd(II) and Sn(II)

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    Kareem, Abdul; Zafar, Hina; Sherwani, Asif; Mohammad, Owais; Khan, Tahir Ali

    2014-10-01

    An effective series of 18 membered octaazamacrocyclic complexes of the type [MLX2], where X = Cl or NO3 have been synthesized by template condensation reaction of oxalyl dihydrazide with dibenzoylmethane and metal salt in 2:2:1 molar ratio. The formation of macrocyclic framework, stereochemistry and their overall geometry have been characterized by various physico-chemical studies viz., elemental analysis, electron spray ionization-mass spectrometry (ESI-MS), I.R, UV-Vis, 1H NMR, 13C NMR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and TGA/DTA studies. These studies suggest formation of octahedral macrocyclic complexes of Co(II), Ni(II), Cd(II) and Sn(II). The molar conductance values suggest nonelectrolytic nature for all the complexes. Thermogravimatric analysis shows that all the complexes are stable up to 600 °C. All these complexes have been tested against different human cancer cell lines i.e. human hepatocellular carcinoma (Hep3B), human cervical carcinoma (HeLa), human breast adenocarcinoma (MCF7) and normal cells (PBMC). The newly synthesized 18-membered octaazamacrocyclic complexes during in vitro anticancer evaluation, displayed moderate to good cytotoxicity on liver (Hep3B), cervical (HeLa) and breast (MCF7) cancer cell lines, respectively. The most effective anticancer cadmium complex (C34H28N10CdO10) was found to be active with IC50 values, 2.44 ± 1.500, 3.55 ± 1.600 and 4.82 ± 1.400 in micro-molar on liver, cervical and breast cancer cell lines, respectively.

  7. Efficacy of Simple Assessment System of Oocyte Maturity in IVF-ET Cycles

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    Kee Sang Park; Gun Ho Song; Hang Jin Kim; Hai Bum Song; Taek Hoo Lee; Sang Sik Chun

    2006-01-01

    Objective To establish and evaluate the efficacy of the simple assessment system of oocyte maturity.Methods A total of 251 couples were enrolled in this study and female patients were divided into two groups. In group Ⅰ, oocytes were inseminated at 6 h after ovum pickup. In group Ⅱ, oocyte maturity was rapidly categorized by simple assessment system.Mature oocytes were inseminated at 3-4 h after ovum pick-up when oocyte-corona complexes (OCC) exhibited clear thick ring-like halo (RLH) and expanded cumulus cells (CC) or 5-6 h when OCC exhibited RLH and a few clumped and/or dark CC,respectively. Intermediate oocytes were inseminated at 7-8 h when RLH was not found around the OCC and CC were compacted and clumped and/or dark.Results Normal fertilization rate was higher in group Ⅱ (76.5%) than that in group Ⅰ(58.0%) (P<0. 001). However, abnormal fertilization rate was higher in group Ⅰ(11.3%) than that in group Ⅱ (3.6%) (P<0. 001). The cleavage (82.6% vs 90.0%),chemical pregnancy (4. 8% vs 3.9%), twin pregnancy (6. 7% vs 3. 9%) and implantation rate (8.4% vs 10. 6%) had no statistically differences between group Ⅰ and Ⅱ. Rate of clinical and singleton pregnancy was higher in group Ⅱ (35.3% and 31.4%) than those in group Ⅰ (24.8% and 18.2%) (P<0. 05).Conclusion This simple assessment system is useful and effective for evaluation and categorization of the oocyte maturity with better reproductive outcomes.

  8. Pelagic seabird surveys in the Tuamotu and Gambier Archipelagos, French Polynesia

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    Vanderwerf, Eric A.; Pierce, Ray J.; Gill, Verena A.; Wragg, Graham; Raust, Philippe; Tibbitts, T. Lee

    2006-01-01

    We conducted pelagic seabird surveys in the Gambier and Tuamotu Archipelagos in the southeastern Pacific Ocean totaling 40 hours during 7-27 March 2003 and 22.5 hours during 22-27 July 2001. We used a 300-m-wide strip transect to estimate seabird density, and we estimated relative abundance of birds at all distances. In 2001, we observed a total of 326 birds of 18 species. The mean relative abundance of all birds was 14.3 ?? 3.1/h. Red-footed Booby Sula sula was the most abundant species (5.6/h), followed by White Tern Gygis alba (3.4/h), and Great Crested or Swift Tern Sterna bergii (1.2/h). In 2003, we observed a total of 1463 birds of 25 species. The mean relative abundance of all birds was 36.6 ?? 11.4/h and the mean density of all birds was 4.14 ?? 0.72/km2. Brown Noddy Anous stolidus was the most abundant species (17.6/h, 1.5/km2), followed by White Tern (8.4/h, 1.3/km2), and Red-footed Booby (4.6/h, 0.8/km2). Several globally or locally rare species were observed infrequently, including Phoenix Petrel Pterodroma alba (0.1/h, 0.03/km2). Distribution of birds was uneven, with long periods of no birds punctuated by occasional feeding flocks. In 2003, species diversity was related to length of observation period, with more species observed on longer segments (r2 = 0.58, F1.5 = 6.03, P = 0.05). Although the duration and extent of our surveys were limited, these data are valuable because little published information is available on pelagic seabirds in southeastern Polynesia.

  9. Persistence of radon-222 flux during monsoon at a geothermal zone in Nepal.

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    Girault, Frédéric; Koirala, Bharat Prasad; Perrier, Frédéric; Richon, Patrick; Rajaure, Sudhir

    2009-11-01

    The Syabru-Bensi hydrothermal zone, Langtang region (Nepal), is characterized by high radon-222 and CO(2) discharge. Seasonal variations of gas fluxes were studied on a reference transect in a newly discovered gas discharge zone. Radon-222 and CO(2) fluxes were measured with the accumulation chamber technique, coupled with the scintillation flask method for radon. In the reference transect, fluxes reach exceptional mean values, as high as 8700+/-1500 gm(-2)d(-1) for CO(2) and 3400+/-100 x 10(-3) Bq m(-2)s(-1) for radon. Gases fluxes were measured in September 2007 during the monsoon and during the dry winter season, in December 2007 to January 2008 and in December 2008 to January 2009. Contrary to expectations, radon and its carrier gas fluxes were similar during both seasons. The integrated flux along this transect was approximately the same for radon, with a small increase of 11+/-4% during the wet season, whereas it was reduced by 38+/-5% during the monsoon for CO(2). In order to account for the persistence of the high gas emissions during monsoon, watering experiments have been performed at selected radon measurement points. After watering, radon flux decreased within 5 min by a factor of 2-7 depending on the point. Subsequently, it returned to its original value, firstly, by an initial partial recovery within 3-4h, followed by a slow relaxation, lasting around 10h and possibly superimposed by diurnal variations. Monsoon, in this part of the Himalayas, proceeds generally by brutal rainfall events separated by two- or three-day lapses. Thus, the recovery ability shown in the watering experiments accounts for the observed long-term persistence of gas discharge. This persistence is an important asset for long-term monitoring, for example to study possible temporal variations associated with stress accumulation and release.

  10. Interleukin-1 (IL-1 system gene expression in granulosa cells: kinetics during terminal preovulatory follicle maturation in the mare

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    Gérard Nadine

    2003-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background A growing body of evidences suggests that the ovary is a site of inflammatory reactions, and thus, ovarian cells could represent sources and targets of the interleukin-1 (IL-1 system. The purpose of this study was to examine the IL-1 system gene expressions in equine granulosa cells, and to study the IL-1β content in follicular fluid during the follicle maturation. For this purpose, granulosa cells and follicular fluids were collected from the largest follicle at the early dominance stage (diameter 24 ± 3 mm or during the preovulatory maturation phase, at T0 h, T6 h, T12 h, T24 h and T34 h after induction of ovulation. Cells were analysed by RT-PCR and follicular fluids were studied by gel electrophoresis and immunoblotting. Results We demonstrated that interleukin-1β (IL-1β, interleukin-1 receptor 2 (IL-1R2 and interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1RA genes are expressed in equine granulosa cells. We observed that the IL-1β and IL-1RA mRNA content changed in granulosa cells during the terminal follicular maturation whereas IL-1R2 mRNA did not vary. In follicular fluid, IL-1β content fluctuated few hours after induction of ovulation. Conclusions The expression of IL-1β gene in granulosa cells and the follicular fluid IL-1β content seem to be regulated by gonadotropins suggesting that IL-1β could be an intermediate paracrine factor involved in ovulation.

  11. Purification of cell culture-derived influenza A virus via continuous anion exchange chromatography on monoliths.

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    Fischer, Laura M; Wolff, Michael W; Reichl, Udo

    2017-07-17

    The continuously increasing demand for potent and safe vaccines and the intensifying economic pressure on health care systems underlines the need for further optimization of vaccine manufacturing. Here, we focus on downstream processing of human influenza vaccines, investigating the purification of serum-free cell culture-derived influenza virus (A/PR/8/34 H1N1) using continuous chromatography. Therefore, quaternary amine anion exchange monoliths (CIM® QA) were characterized for their capacity to capture virus particles from animal cells cultivated in different media and their ability to separate virions from contaminating host cell proteins and DNA. The continuous chromatography was implemented as simulated moving bed chromatography (SMB) in a three zone open loop configuration with a detached high salt zone for regeneration. SMBs exploiting 10% and 50% of the monoliths' dynamic binding capacity, respectively, allowed the depletion of >98% of the DNA and >52% of the total protein. Based on the hemagglutination assay (HA assay), the virus yield was higher at 10% capacity use (89% vs. 45%). Both SMB separations resulted in a ratio of total protein to hemagglutinin antigen (based on single radial diffusion assay, SRID assay) below the required levels for manufacturing of human vaccines (less than 100µg of protein per virus strain per dose). The level of contaminating DNA was five-times lower for the 10% loading, but still exceeded the required limit for human vaccines. A subsequent Benzonase® treatment step, however, reduced the DNA contamination below 10ng per dose. Coupled to continuous cultivations for virus propagation, the establishment of integrated processes for fully continuous production of vaccines seems to be feasible. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Visual detection of the human metapneumovirus using reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification with hydroxynaphthol blue dye

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    Wang Xiang

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Human metapneumovirus (hMPV is a major cause of acute respiratory infections ranging from wheezing to bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children worldwide. The objective of this study is to develop a visual reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP assay for the detection of hMPV and applied to the clinical samples. Results In this study, visual RT-LAMP assay for hMPV was performed in one step with the addition of hydroxynaphthol blue (HNB, and were used to detect respiratory samples. Six primers, including two outer primers (F3 and B3, two inner primers (FIP, BIP and two loop primers (LF and LB, were designed for hMPV N gene by the online software. Moreover, the RT-LAMP assay showed good specificity and no cross-reactivity was observed with human rhinovirus (HRV, human respiratory syncytial Virus (RSV, or influenza virus A/PR/8/34 (H1N1. The detection limit of the RT-LAMP assay was approximately ten viral RNA copies, lower than that of traditional reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR 100 RNA copies. In the 176 nasopharyngeal samples, 23 (13.1% were conformed as hMPV positive by RT-LAMP, but 18 (10.2% positive by RT-PCR. Conclusion Compared with conventional RT-PCR, the visual hMPV RT-LAMP assay performed well in the aspect of detect time, sensitivity, specificity and visibility. It is anticipated that the RT-LAMP will be used for clinical tests in hospital or field testing during outbreaks and in emergency.

  13. Control of mucosal virus infection by influenza nucleoprotein-specific CD8+ cytotoxic T lymphocytes

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    Couch Robert B

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background MHC class I-restricted CD8+ cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL are thought to play a major role in clearing virus and promoting recovery from influenza infection and disease. This has been demonstrated for clearance of influenza virus from the lungs of infected mice. However, human influenza infection is primarily a respiratory mucosal infection involving the nasopharynx and tracheobronchial tree. The role of CD8+ CTL directed toward the influenza nucleoprotein (NP in defense against influenza virus infection at the respiratory mucosa was evaluated in two separate adoptive transfer experiments. Methods Influenza nucleoprotein (NP-specific CD8+ CTL were generated from splenocytes obtained from Balb/c mice previously primed with influenza A/Taiwan/1/86 (H1N1 infection or with influenza A/PR/8/34 (H1N1-derived NP plasmid DNA vaccine followed by infection with A/Hong Kong/68 (H3N2 virus. After in vitro expansion by exposure to an influenza NP-vaccinia recombinant, highly purified CD8+ T cells exhibited significant lysis in vitro of P815 target cells infected with A/Hong Kong/68 (H3N2 virus while the CD8- fraction (CD4+ T cells, B cells and macrophages had no CTL activity. Purified CD8+ and CD8- T cells (1 × 107 were injected intravenously or interperitoneally into naive mice four hours prior to intranasal challenge with A/HK/68 (H3N2 virus. Results The adoptively transferred NP-vaccinia-induced CD8+ T cells caused significant reduction of virus titers in both the lungs and nasal passages when compared to CD8- cells. Neither CD8+ nor CD8- T cells from cultures stimulated with HIV gp120-vaccinia recombinant reduced virus titers. Conclusion The present data demonstrate that influenza NP-specific CD8+ CTL can play a direct role in clearance of influenza virus from the upper respiratory mucosal surfaces.

  14. Inhibition of Influenza A Virus Infection In Vitro by Peptides Designed In Silico

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    López-Martínez, Rogelio; Ramírez-Salinas, G. Lizbeth; Correa-Basurto, José; Barrón, Blanca L.

    2013-01-01

    Influenza A viruses are enveloped, segmented negative single-stranded RNA viruses, capable of causing severe human respiratory infections. Currently, only two types of drugs are used to treat influenza A infections, the M2 H+ ion channel blockers (amantadine and rimantadine) and the neuraminidase inhibitors (NAI) (oseltamivir and zanamivir). Moreover, the emergence of drug-resistant influenza A virus strains has emphasized the need to develop new antiviral agents to complement or replace the existing drugs. Influenza A virus has on the surface a glycoprotein named hemagglutinin (HA) which due to its important role in the initial stage of infection: receptor binding and fusion activities of viral and endosomal membranes, is a potential target for new antiviral drugs. In this work we designed nine peptides using several bioinformatics tools. These peptides were derived from the HA1 and HA2 subunits of influenza A HA with the aim to inhibit influenza A virus infection. The peptides were synthetized and their antiviral activity was tested in vitro against several influenza A viral strains: Puerto Rico/916/34 (H1N1), (H1N1)pdm09, swine (H1N1) and avian (H5N2). We found these peptides were able to inhibit the influenza A viral strains tested, without showing any cytotoxic effect. By docking studies we found evidence that all the peptides were capable to bind to the viral HA, principally to important regions on the viral HA stalk, thus could prevent the HA conformational changes required to carry out its membranes fusion activity. PMID:24146939

  15. Antiviral effect of methylated flavonol isorhamnetin against influenza.

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    Abdal Dayem, Ahmed; Choi, Hye Yeon; Kim, Young Bong; Cho, Ssang-Goo

    2015-01-01

    Influenza is an infectious respiratory disease with frequent seasonal epidemics that causes a high rate of mortality and morbidity in humans, poultry, and animals. Influenza is a serious economic concern due to the costly countermeasures it necessitates. In this study, we compared the antiviral activities of several flavonols and other flavonoids with similar, but distinct, hydroxyl or methyl substitution patterns at the 3, 3', and 4' positions of the 15-carbon flavonoid skeleton, and found that the strongest antiviral effect was induced by isorhamnetin. Similar to quercetin and kaempferol, isorhamnetin possesses a hydroxyl group on the C ring, but it has a 3'-methyl group on the B ring that is absent in quercetin and kaempferol. Co-treatment and pre-treatment with isorhamnetin produced a strong antiviral effect against the influenza virus A/PR/08/34(H1N1). However, isorhamnetin showed the most potent antiviral potency when administered after viral exposure (post-treatment method) in vitro. Isorhamnetin treatment reduced virus-induced ROS generation and blocked cytoplasmic lysosome acidification and the lipidation of microtubule associated protein1 light chain 3-B (LC3B). Oral administration of isorhamnetin in mice infected with the influenza A virus significantly decreased lung virus titer by 2 folds, increased the survival rate which ranged from 70-80%, and decreased body weight loss by 25%. In addition, isorhamnetin decreased the virus titer in ovo using embryonated chicken eggs. The structure-activity relationship (SAR) of isorhamnetin could explain its strong anti-influenza virus potency; the methyl group located on the B ring of isorhamnetin may contribute to its strong antiviral potency against influenza virus in comparison with other flavonoids.

  16. Comparative assessment of the acute skin irritation potential of detergent formulations using a novel human 4-h patch test method.

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    Robinson, Michael K; Kruszewski, Francis H; Al-Atrash, Jenan; Blazka, Mark E; Gingell, Ralph; Heitfeld, Fred A; Mallon, David; Snyder, Neil K; Swanson, Judith E; Casterton, Phillip L

    2005-12-01

    Predictive skin irritation test methods, which do not require use of animals, are needed for the pre-market assessment of detergent formulations. The utility of a novel and ethical human acute skin irritation patch test method, originally developed for chemical skin irritation assessment, was evaluated. In this IRB-approved method, subjects were patched under occlusion for increasing periods of time up to 4h in duration. The total incidence of positive skin reactions for test products was compared to a positive control (20% aqueous sodium dodecyl sulfate [SDS]). Acutely irritating formulas were defined as those showing a significantly increased or equal incidence of positive responders compared with that of SDS. The time of exposure required for 50% of subjects to show a positive skin reaction (TR50 value) was calculated for each product and enabled test product comparisons within and between studies. Using this approach, 24 detergent formulations of various types were tested in seven individual studies. The skin irritation profiles were generally consistent within product types, which could be categorized as follows (by decreasing irritancy): mold/mildew removers (average TR50 = 0.37 h) > disinfectants/sanitizers (0.64 h) > fabric softener concentrate (1.09 h) = aluminum wash (1.20 h) > 20% SDS (1.81 h) > liquid laundry detergents (3.48 h) > liquid dish detergents (4.16 h) = liquid fabric softeners (4.56 h) = liquid hand soaps (4.58 h) = shampoos (5.40 h) = hard surface cleaners (6.34 h) > powder automatic dish detergents (>16 h) = powder laundry detergents (>16 h). In addition to formulation effects, some seasonal effects were noted; particularly greater winter-time reactivity to 20% SDS and the hard surface cleaner and liquid laundry formulations. These results demonstrate the utility of this patch test method for the comparative skin irritation assessment of these different product types.

  17. Structural Exploration of Quinazolin-4(3H)-ones as Anticonvulsants: Rational Design, Synthesis, Pharmacological Evaluation, and Molecular Docking Studies.

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    Ugale, Vinod G; Bari, Sanjay B

    2016-11-01

    Anticonvulsants effective against multiple seizures are of wide interest as antiepileptic drugs, especially if active against pharmaco-resistant seizures. Herein, we synthesized 16 different, rationally designed 2-((6,7-dimethoxy-4-oxo-2-phenylquinazolin-3(4H)-yl)amino)-N-(substituted phenyl)acetamides and screened for anticonvulsant activities through in vivo experiments. Compound 4d emerged as prototype with excellent anti-seizure action in mice against electroshock, chemically induced and pharmaco-resistant 6-Hz seizure models with no symptoms of neurotoxicity and hepatotoxicity (ED50  = 23.5 mg/kg, MES, mice, i.p.; ED50  = 32.6 mg/kg, scPTZ, mice, i.p.; ED50  = 45.2 mg/kg, 6-Hz, mice, i.p.; TD50  = 325.9 mg/kg, mice, i.p.). In addition, investigation of compound 4l in mice for its pharmacological profile proved it as safer anticonvulsant, devoid of the side effects such as motor dysfunction and hepatotoxicity of classical antiepileptic drugs (ED50  = 26.1 mg/kg, MES, mice, i.p.; ED50  = 79.4 mg/kg, scPTZ, mice, i.p.; TD50  = 361.2 mg/kg, mice, i.p.). We also predicted physiochemical and pharmacokinetic properties of structurally optimized quinazolin-4(3H)-ones by a computational protocol. A combination of in vivo anticonvulsant profile, ex vivo toxicity, and in silico studies suggested that the synthesized compounds may be useful as broad-spectrum anti-seizure drug candidates with favorable pharmacokinetic parameters. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Transdermal therapy for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder with the methylphenidate patch (MTS).

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    Findling, Robert L; Dinh, Steven

    2014-03-01

    Transdermal technology is currently approved in the US for the administration of more than 20 medications. This current review describes the clinical research pertaining to the use of a methylphenidate patch in the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents. PubMed searches were conducted using the search term 'methylphenidate transdermal system', and were limited to clinical trials. No limits were set for dates of publication. A total of 21 citations were identified. Studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of the methylphenidate transdermal system (MTS) in children and adolescents were included in this review. Additional studies were identified from bibliographies and the 'Related Citations' section of PubMed searches. The MTS delivers a range of methylphenidate doses using a drug-in-adhesive matrix patch. According to current labeling, the patch should be applied to the hip once daily for a maximum of 9 h. Serum methylphenidate levels increase over wear time, with mean time to maximum concentration (t max) reached between 8 and 10 h for a 9-h wear time, and the elimination half-life for methylphenidate is 3-4 h after patch removal. In clinical trials, ADHD symptoms were measured using the ADHD Rating Scale, Version IV, and several parent-, teacher-, and patient-rated scales. Treatment effects show statistically significant differences from baseline symptom scores starting at the first evaluation, 2 h after the patch is applied, with significant benefit lasting up to 12 h with a 9-h wear time. Adverse events with the MTS are similar to those seen with other formulations of methylphenidate, with the exception of skin-related reactions at the site of application, which were generally mild to moderate in severity. The incidence of contact allergic dermatitis with MTS is methylphenidate. Transdermal drug delivery is an effective and safe means of administering methylphenidate for patients with ADHD.

  19. In vitro activity of 'Mexican Arnica' Heterotheca inuloides Cass natural products and some derivatives against Giardia intestinalis.

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    Rodríguez-Chávez, José Luis; Rufino-González, Yadira; Ponce-Macotela, Martha; Delgado, Guillermo

    2015-04-01

    Giardiasis is a gastrointestinal disease that affects humans and other animals caused by parasitic protists of the genus Giardia. Giardia intestinalis (Syn. Giardia lamblia; Giardia duodenalis) infections can cause acute or chronic diarrhoea, dehydration, abdominal discomfort and weight loss. Metronidazole is the most widely used drug for treating giardiasis. Although effective, metronidazol has undesirable secondary effects. Plants used in traditional medicine as antidiarrhoeals or antiparasitics may represent alternative sources for new compounds to treat giardiasis. Heterotheca inuloides Cass. (Asteraceae/Compositae) plant is widely used in Mexican traditional medicine. The following secondary metabolites were isolated from H. inuloides flowers: 7-hydroxy-3,4-dihydrocadalene (1), 7-hydroxycadalene (2), 3,7-dihydroxy-3(4H)-isocadalen-4-one (3), 1R,4R-hydroxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydrocadalen-15-oic acid (4), quercetin (5), quercetin-3,7,3'-trimethyl ether (6), quercetin-3,7,3',4'-tetramethyl ether (7) and eriodictyol-7,4'-dimethyl ether (8). The activity of these compounds against Giardia intestinalis trophozoites was assessed in vitro as was the activity of the semisynthetic compounds 7-acetoxy-3,4-dihydrocadalene (9), 7-benzoxy-3,4-dihydrocadalene (10), 7-acetoxycadalene (11), 7-benzoxycadalene (12), quercetin pentaacetate (13) and 7-hydroxycalamenene (14). Among these, 7-hydroxy-3,4-dihydrocadalene (1) and 7-hydroxycalamenene (14) were the most active, whereas the remaining compounds showed moderate or no activity. The G. intestinalis trophozoites exposed to compound 1 showed marked changes in cellular architecture along with ultrastructural disorganization. The aim of this study was to evaluate the giardicidal activity of selected H. inuloides metabolites and some semisynthetic derivatives using an in vitro experimental model of giardiasis.

  20. Human Invariant NKT Cells Induce IL-1β Secretion by Peripheral Blood Monocytes via a P2X7-Independent Pathway.

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    Felley, Laura E; Sharma, Akshat; Theisen, Erin; Romero-Masters, James C; Sauer, John-Demian; Gumperz, Jenny E

    2016-09-15

    The cytokine IL-1β plays a central role in inflammatory responses that are initiated by microbial challenges, as well as in those that are due to endogenous processes (often called sterile inflammation). IL-1β secretion that occurs independently of microbial stimulation is typically associated with the presence of endogenous alarmins, such as extracellular ATP (an indicator of cytopathic damage). In this study, we show that IL-2-activated human invariant NKT (iNKT) cells stimulate the secretion of IL-1β protein by human peripheral blood monocytes in a manner that requires neither the presence of microbial compounds nor signaling through the extracellular ATP receptor P2X7 Monocyte IL-1β production was specifically induced by iNKT cells, because similarly activated polyclonal autologous T cells did not have this effect. Secretion of IL-1β protein occurred rapidly (within 3-4 h) and required cell contact between the iNKT cells and monocytes. Similar to IL-1β production induced by TLR stimulation, the iNKT-induced pathway appeared to entail a two-step process involving NF-κB signaling and IL1B gene transcription, as well as assembly of the NLRP3 inflammasome and activation of caspase-1. However, in contrast to the classical inflammasome-mediated pathway of IL-1β production, activation of monocytes via P2X7 was dispensable for iNKT-induced IL-1β secretion, and potassium efflux was not required. Moreover, the iNKT-induced effect involved caspase-8 activity, yet it induced little monocyte death. These results suggest that IL-2-activated human iNKT cells induce monocytes to produce IL-1β through a distinctive pathway that does not require the presence of microbial danger signals or alarmins associated with cytopathic damage.

  1. Hydrological connectivity of hillslopes and streams: Characteristic time scales and nonlinearities

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    McGuire, Kevin J.; McDonnell, Jeffrey J.

    2010-10-01

    Subsurface flow from hillslopes is widely recognized as an important contributor to streamflow generation; however, processes that control how and when hillslopes connect to streams remain unclear. We investigated stream and hillslope runoff dynamics through a wet-up period in watershed 10 of the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the western Cascades of Oregon where the riparian zone has been removed by debris flows. We examined the controls on hillslope-stream connectivity on the basis of observations of hydrometric, stable isotope, and applied tracer responses and computed transit times for multiple runoff components for a series of storms during the wet-up phase of the 2002-2003 winter rainy season. Hillslope discharge was distinctly threshold-like with a near linear response and average quick flow ratio of 0.58 when antecedent rainfall was greater than 20 mm. Hillslope and stream stormflow varied temporally and showed strong hysteretic relationships. Event water mean transit times (8-34 h) and rapid breakthrough from applied hillslope tracer additions demonstrated that subsurface contributing areas extend far upslope during events. Despite rapid hillslope transport processes during events, soil water and runoff mean transit times during nonstorm conditions were greater than the time scale of storm events. Soil water mean transit times ranged between 10 and 25 days. Hillslope seepage and catchment base flow mean transit times were between 1 and 2 years. We describe a conceptual model that captures variable physical flow pathways, their synchronicity, threshold activation, hysteresis, and transit times through changing antecedent wetness conditions that illustrate the different stages of hillslope and stream connectivity.

  2. The influence of different coordination environments on one-dimensional Cu(ii) coordination polymers for the photo-degradation of organic dyes.

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    Hussain, Navid; Bhardwaj, Vimal K

    2016-05-04

    Three new Cu(ii) coordination polymers, namely, {[Cu3(L(1))(NO3)2(DMF)(H2O)]·3(DMF)}n (), [Cu3(L(1))(Cl)2(DMF)2]n () and [Cu3(L(2))(NO3)4(H2O)4]n (), were synthesized from pyridine-2,6-dicarbohydrazide based imine linked tritopic ligands. All the complexes were characterized using elemental analysis, IR, UV-vis spectroscopy and ESI-MS. The solid state structures of complexes were determined using single crystal X-ray crystallography. The complexes contain trinuclear copper units connected through different anions that lead to the formation of one dimensional (ID) chain structures. Depending upon the anion of the copper salt and donor atoms of the ligands used in complexation, a small variation in the structures was observed. In complex , the trinuclear copper units are connected by phenoxo-bridging (μ2-O(-)) along with one coordinated water molecule, whereas complex is connected through chloride bridging (μ2-Cl) and complex is connected through nitrate ions (μ-[O-N-O]) along with four water molecules. Photo-catalytic activities of the synthesized complexes () were investigated. All the complexes were found to be photo-catalytically active; however, the distinct coordination environment of the metal ions (i.e. difference in the coordinated water molecules and donor sites of ligands) played a significant role in the catalytic activities. Therefore, this study presents comparative photo-catalytic studies of different coordination environments of metal ions in one-dimensional Cu(ii) coordination polymers. The results provide a potential pathway for the rational design of more efficient photo-catalysts.

  3. Larval behaviours and their contribution to the distribution of the intertidal coral reef sponge Carteriospongia foliascens.

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    Muhammad Azmi Abdul Wahab

    Full Text Available Sponges (Phylum Porifera are an evolutionary and ecologically significant group; however information on processes influencing sponge population distributions is surprisingly limited. Carteriospongia foliascens is a common Indo-Pacific sponge, which has been reported from the intertidal to the mesophotic. Interestingly, the distribution of C. foliascens at inshore reefs of the Great Barrier Reef is restricted to the intertidal with no individuals evident in adjacent subtidal habitats. The abundance of C. foliascens and substrate availability was first quantified to investigate the influence of substrate limitation on adult distribution. Pre-settlement processes of larval spawning, swimming speeds, phototaxis, vertical migration, and settlement to intertidal and subtidal substrate cues were also quantified. Notably, suitable settlement substrate (coral rubble was not limiting in subtidal habitats. C. foliascens released up to 765 brooded larvae sponge(-1 day(-1 during the day, with larvae (80%±5.77 being negatively phototactic and migrating to the bottom within 40 minutes from release. Subsequently, larvae (up to 58.67%±2.91 migrated to the surface after the loss of the daylight cue (nightfall, and after 34 h post-release >98.67% (±0.67 of larvae had adopted a benthic habit regardless of light conditions. Intertidal and subtidal biofilms initiated similar settlement responses, inducing faster (as early 6 h post-release and more successful metamorphosis (>60% than unconditioned surfaces. C. foliascens has a high larval supply and larval behaviours that support recruitment to the subtidal. The absence of C. foliascens in subtidal habitats at inshore reefs is therefore proposed to be a potential consequence of post-settlement mortalities.

  4. Rapid enumeration of phage in monodisperse emulsions.

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    Tjhung, Katrina F; Burnham, Sean; Anany, Hany; Griffiths, Mansel W; Derda, Ratmir

    2014-06-17

    Phage-based detection assays have been developed for the detection of viable bacteria for applications in clinical diagnosis, monitoring of water quality, and food safety. The majority of these assays deliver a positive readout in the form of newly generated progeny phages by the bacterial host of interest. Progeny phages are often visualized as plaques, or holes, in a lawn of bacteria on an agar-filled Petri dish; however, this rate-limiting step requires up to 12 h of incubation time. We have previously described an amplification of bacteriophages M13 inside droplets of media suspended in perfluorinated oil; a single phage M13 in a droplet yields 10(7) copies in 3-4 h. Here, we describe that encapsulation of reporter phages, both lytic T4-LacZ and nonlytic M13, in monodisperse droplets can also be used for rapid enumeration of phage. Compartmentalization in droplets accelerated the development of the signal from the reporter enzyme; counting of "positive" droplets yields accurate enumeration of phage particles ranging from 10(2) to 10(6) pfu/mL. For enumeration of T4-LacZ phage, the fluorescent signal appeared in as little as 90 min. Unlike bulk assays, quantification in emulsion is robust and insensitive to fluctuations in environmental conditions (e.g., temperature). Power-free emulsification using gravity-driven flow in the absence of syringe pumps and portable fluorescence imaging solutions makes this technology promising for use at the point of care in low-resource environments. This droplet-based phage enumeration method could accelerate and simplify point-of-care detection of the pathogens for which reporter bacteriophages have been developed.

  5. Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresses (OOREOS) Satellite: Radiation Exposure in LEO and Supporting Laboratory Studies

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    Mattioda, Andrew Lige; Cook, Amanda Marie; Quinn, Richard C.; Elsaesser, Andreas; Ehrenfreund, Pascale; Ricca,Alessandra; Jones, Nykola C.; Hoffman, Soren; Ricco,Antonio

    2014-01-01

    We will present the results from the exposure of the metalloporphyrin iron tetraphenylporphyrin chloride (FeTPPCI), anthraufin (C(sub 14)H(sub 8)(O sub 4) (Anth) and Isoviolanthrene (C(sub 34H sub 18) (IVA) to the outher space environment, measured in situ aboard the Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresses nanosatellite. The compounds were exposed for a period of 17 months (3700 hours of direct solar exposure) including broad-spectrum solar radiation (approx. 122 nm to the near infrared). The organic films are enclosed in hermetically sealed sample cells that contain one of four astrobiologically relevant microenvironments. Transmission spectra (200-1000 nm) were recorded for each film, at first daily and subsequently every 15 days, along with a solar spectrum and the dark response of the detector array. In addition to analysis via UV-Vis spectroscopy, the laboratory controls were also monitored via infrared and far-UV spectroscopy. The results presented will include the finding that the FeTPPCI and IVA organic films in contact with a humid headspace gas (0.8-2.3%) exhibit faster degradation times, upon irradiation, in comparison with identical films under dry headspaces gases, whereas the Anth thin film exhibited a higher degree of photostability. In the companion laboratory experiments, simulated solar exposure of FeTPI films in contact with either Ar or CO(sub -2):O(sub -2):Ar (10:0.01:1000) headspace gas results in growth of a band in the films infrared spectra at 1961 cm(sup 1). Our assignment of this new spectral feature and the corresponding rational will be presented. The relevance of O/OREOS findings to planetary science, biomarker research, and the photostability of organic materials in astrobiologically relevant environments will also be discussed.

  6. Reducing sore throat following laryngeal mask airway insertion: comparing lidocaine gel, saline, and washing mouth with the control group

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    Mehryar Taghavi Gilani

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Laryngeal mask airway is still accompanied by complications such as sore throat. In this study, effects of three methods of reducing postoperative sore throat were compared with the control group. METHODS: 240 patients with ASA I, II candidates for cataract surgery were randomly divided into four same groups. No supplementary method was used in the control group. In the second, third and fourth groups, lidocaine gel, washing cuff before insertion, and washing mouth before removing laryngeal mask airway were applied, respectively. Anesthesia induction was done with fentanyl, atracurium, and propofol and maintained with propofol infusion. The incidence of sore throat was evaluated during the recovery, 3-4 h later and after 24 h using verbal analog scale. The data were analyzed by t-test, analysis of variance and chi-square using SPSS V11.5. RESULTS: Age, gender, duration of surgery and cuff pressure were the same in all the four groups. Incidence of sore throat at recovery room was highest in the control group (43.3% and lowest in the washing mouth group (25%. However, no significant statistical difference was observed between these four groups (recovery, p = 0.30; discharge, p = 0.31; examination, p = 0.52. In this study, increased duration of operation had a significant relationship with the incidence of sore throat (p = 0.041. CONCLUSION: Sore throat is a common postoperative problem, but no special method has been found completely efficient yet. In this study, cuff washing, lidocaine gel, and mouth washing before removing laryngeal mask airway were not helpful for sore throat.

  7. [Reducing sore throat following laryngeal mask airway insertion: comparing lidocaine gel, saline, and washing mouth with the control group].

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    Taghavi Gilani, Mehryar; Miri Soleimani, Iman; Razavi, Majid; Salehi, Maryam

    2015-01-01

    Laryngeal mask airway is still accompanied by complications such as sore throat. In this study, effects of three methods of reducing postoperative sore throat were compared with the control group. 240 patients with ASA I, II candidates for cataract surgery were randomly divided into four same groups. No supplementary method was used in the control group. In the second, third and fourth groups, lidocaine gel, washing cuff before insertion, and washing mouth before removing laryngeal mask airway were applied, respectively. Anesthesia induction was done with fentanyl, atracurium, and propofol and maintained with propofol infusion. The incidence of sore throat was evaluated during the recovery, 3-4h later and after 24h using verbal analog scale. The data were analyzed by t-test, analysis of variance and chi-square using SPSS V11.5. Age, gender, duration of surgery and cuff pressure were the same in all the four groups. Incidence of sore throat at recovery room was highest in the control group (43.3%) and lowest in the washing mouth group (25%). However, no significant statistical difference was observed between these four groups (recovery, p=0.30; discharge, p=0.31; examination, p=0.52). In this study, increased duration of operation had a significant relationship with the incidence of sore throat (p=0.041). Sore throat is a common postoperative problem, but no special method has been found completely efficient yet. In this study, cuff washing, lidocaine gel, and mouth washing before removing laryngeal mask airway were not helpful for sore throat. Copyright © 2013 Sociedade Brasileira de Anestesiologia. Publicado por Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  8. Reducing sore throat following laryngeal mask airway insertion: comparing lidocaine gel, saline, and washing mouth with the control group.

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    Taghavi Gilani, Mehryar; Miri Soleimani, Iman; Razavi, Majid; Salehi, Maryam

    2015-01-01

    Laryngeal mask airway is still accompanied by complications such as sore throat. In this study, effects of three methods of reducing postoperative sore throat were compared with the control group. 240 patients with ASA I, II candidates for cataract surgery were randomly divided into four same groups. No supplementary method was used in the control group. In the second, third and fourth groups, lidocaine gel, washing cuff before insertion, and washing mouth before removing laryngeal mask airway were applied, respectively. Anesthesia induction was done with fentanyl, atracurium, and propofol and maintained with propofol infusion. The incidence of sore throat was evaluated during the recovery, 3-4h later and after 24h using verbal analog scale. The data were analyzed by t-test, analysis of variance and chi-square using SPSS V11.5. Age, gender, duration of surgery and cuff pressure were the same in all the four groups. Incidence of sore throat at recovery room was highest in the control group (43.3%) and lowest in the washing mouth group (25%). However, no significant statistical difference was observed between these four groups (recovery, p=0.30; discharge, p=0.31; examination, p=0.52). In this study, increased duration of operation had a significant relationship with the incidence of sore throat (p=0.041). Sore throat is a common postoperative problem, but no special method has been found completely efficient yet. In this study, cuff washing, lidocaine gel, and mouth washing before removing laryngeal mask airway were not helpful for sore throat. Copyright © 2013 Sociedade Brasileira de Anestesiologia. Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  9. Investigation of Leakage Current Mechanisms in La2O3/SiO2/4H-SiC MOS Capacitors with Varied SiO2 Thickness

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    Wang, Yucheng; Jia, Renxu; Zhao, Yanli; Li, Chengzhan; Zhang, Yuming

    2016-11-01

    In this study, the material and electrical properties of La2O3/SiO2/4H-SiC metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) capacitors are systematically characterized. Thermal oxidization SiO2 with varying thickness (0 nm, 3.36 nm, 5 nm, 8 nm, and 30 nm) were coated with La2O3 using atomic layer deposition on n-type 4H-SiC. The stacking oxides were measured using atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and the MOS capacitors were measured by capacitance-voltage and current-voltage measurements. The results demonstrate that the main gate current leakage mechanisms are dependent on the thickness of the SiO2 oxide under the applied electric field. The primary mechanism for current leakage from the La2O3/4H-SiC MOS capacitor follows the Schottky emission mechanism due to its low conduction band offset. In contrast, the current leakage mechanism for the capacitor with a 3.36 nm SiO2 layer follows the Poole-Frenkel emission mechanism on account of its high trap charge density in the gate dielectric and at the interface. When the thickness of the SiO2 layer increases to 8 nm, lower leakage current is observed by reason of the low trap charge density and high conduction band offset when E ≤ 5 MV/cm. As the electric field strength increases to 5 MV/cm and 5.88 MV/cm (30 nm SiO2: 4.8 MV/cm), the main current leakage mechanism changes to the Fowler-Nordheim tunneling mechanism, which indicates that the La2O3/SiO2 stacking structure can improve the properties of MOS capacitors.

  10. Dose-Response—A Challenge for Allelopathy?

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    Belz, Regina G.; Hurle, Karl; Duke, Stephen O.

    2005-01-01

    The response of an organism to a chemical depends, among other things, on the dose. Nonlinear dose-response relationships occur across a broad range of research fields, and are a well established tool to describe the basic mechanisms of phytotoxicity. The responses of plants to allelochemicals as biosynthesized phytotoxins, relate as well to nonlinearity and, thus, allelopathic effects can be adequately quantified by nonlinear mathematical modeling. The current paper applies the concept of nonlinearity to assorted aspects of allelopathy within several bioassays and reveals their analysis by nonlinear regression models. Procedures for a valid comparison of effective doses between different allelopathic interactions are presented for both, inhibitory and stimulatory effects. The dose-response applications measure and compare the responses produced by pure allelochemicals [scopoletin (7-hydroxy-6-methoxy-2H-1-benzopyran-2-one); DIBOA (2,4-dihydroxy-2H-1,4-benzoxaxin-3(4H)-one); BOA (benzoxazolin-2(3H)-one); MBOA (6-methoxy-benzoxazolin-2(3H)-one)], involved in allelopathy of grain crops, to demonstrate how some general principles of dose responses also relate to allelopathy. Hereupon, dose-response applications with living donor plants demonstrate the validity of these principles for density-dependent phytotoxicity of allelochemicals produced and released by living plants (Avena sativa L., Secale cereale L., Triticum L. spp.), and reveal the use of such experiments for initial considerations about basic principles of allelopathy. Results confirm that nonlinearity applies to allelopathy, and the study of allelopathic effects in dose-response experiments allows for new and challenging insights into allelopathic interactions. PMID:19330161

  11. Dose-response-a challenge for allelopathy?

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    Belz, Regina G; Hurle, Karl; Duke, Stephen O

    2005-04-01

    The response of an organism to a chemical depends, among other things, on the dose. Nonlinear dose-response relationships occur across a broad range of research fields, and are a well established tool to describe the basic mechanisms of phytotoxicity. The responses of plants to allelochemicals as biosynthesized phytotoxins, relate as well to nonlinearity and, thus, allelopathic effects can be adequately quantified by nonlinear mathematical modeling. The current paper applies the concept of nonlinearity to assorted aspects of allelopathy within several bioassays and reveals their analysis by nonlinear regression models. Procedures for a valid comparison of effective doses between different allelopathic interactions are presented for both, inhibitory and stimulatory effects. The dose-response applications measure and compare the responses produced by pure allelochemicals [scopoletin (7-hydroxy-6-methoxy-2H-1-benzopyran-2-one); DIBOA (2,4-dihydroxy-2H-1,4-benzoxaxin-3(4H)-one); BOA (benzoxazolin-2(3H)-one); MBOA (6-methoxy-benzoxazolin-2(3H)-one)], involved in allelopathy of grain crops, to demonstrate how some general principles of dose responses also relate to allelopathy. Hereupon, dose-response applications with living donor plants demonstrate the validity of these principles for density-dependent phytotoxicity of allelochemicals produced and released by living plants (Avena sativa L., Secale cereale L., Triticum L. spp.), and reveal the use of such experiments for initial considerations about basic principles of allelopathy. Results confirm that nonlinearity applies to allelopathy, and the study of allelopathic effects in dose-response experiments allows for new and challenging insights into allelopathic interactions.

  12. A Novel Subnucleocapsid Nanoplatform for Mucosal Vaccination against Influenza Virus That Targets the Ectodomain of Matrix Protein 2

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    Hervé, Pierre-Louis; Raliou, Mariam; Bourdieu, Christiane; Dubuquoy, Catherine; Petit-Camurdan, Agnès; Bertho, Nicolas; Eléouët, Jean-François

    2014-01-01

    In this study, subnucleocapsid nanorings formed by the recombinant nucleoprotein (N) of the respiratory syncytial virus were evaluated as a platform to anchor heterologous antigens. The ectodomain of the influenza virus A matrix protein 2 (M2e) is highly conserved and elicits protective antibodies when it is linked to an immunogenic carrier, making it a promising target to develop universal influenza vaccines. In this context, one or three M2e copies were genetically linked to the C terminus of N to produce N-M2e and N-3M2e chimeric recombinant nanorings. Mice were immunized intranasally with N-M2e or N-3M2e or with M2e or 3M2e control peptides. N-3M2e-vaccinated mice showed the strongest mucosal and systemic antibody responses. These mice presented a reduced viral load and minor weight loss, and all survived upon challenge with influenza virus A/PR8/34 (H1N1) (PR8). We compared the intranasal route to the subcutaneous route of N-3M2e immunization. Only the intranasal route induced a strong local IgA response and led to the protection of mice upon challenge. Finally, we demonstrated that the induction of anti-M2e antibodies by N-3M2e is not impaired by preexisting anti-N immunity. Overall, these results show that the N nanoring is a potent carrier for mucosal delivery of vaccinal antigens. PMID:24155388

  13. Piglets born from handmade cloning, an innovative cloning method without micromanipulation.

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    Du, Y; Kragh, P M; Zhang, Y; Li, J; Schmidt, M; Bøgh, I B; Zhang, X; Purup, S; Jørgensen, A L; Pedersen, A M; Villemoes, K; Yang, H; Bolund, L; Vajta, G

    2007-11-01

    Porcine handmade cloning (HMC), a simplified alternative of micromanipulation based traditional cloning (TC) has been developed in multiple phases during the past years, but the final evidence of its biological value, births of piglets was missing. Here we report the first births of healthy piglets after transfer of blastocysts produced by HMC. As a cumulative effect of technical optimization, 64.3+/-2.3 (mean+/-S.E.M.) reconstructed embryos from 151.3+/-4.8 oocytes could be obtained after 3-4h manual work, including 1h pause between fusion and activation. About half (50.1+/-2.8%, n=16) of HMC reconstructed embryos developed to blastocysts with an average cell number of 77+/-3 (n=26) after 7 days in vitro culture (IVC). According to our knowledge, this is the highest in vitro developmental rate after porcine somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). A total of 416 blastocysts from HMC, mixed with 150 blastocysts from TC using a cell line from a different breed were transferred surgically to nine synchronized recipients. Out of the four pregnancies (44.4%) two were lost, while two pregnancies went to term and litters of 3 and 10 piglets were delivered by Caesarean section, with live birth/transferred embryo efficiency of 17.2% (10/58) for HMC. Although more in vivo experiments are still needed to further stabilize the system, our data proves that porcine HMC may result in birth of healthy offspring. Future comparative examinations are required to prove the value of the new technique for large-scale application.

  14. PDlim2 selectively interacts with the PDZ binding motif of highly pathogenic avian H5N1 influenza A virus NS1.

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    Full Text Available The multi-functional NS1 protein of influenza A virus is a viral virulence determining factor. The last four residues at the C-terminus of NS1 constitute a type I PDZ domain binding motif (PBM. Avian influenza viruses currently in circulation carry an NS1 PBM with consensus sequence ESEV, whereas human influenza viruses bear an NS1 PBM with consensus sequence RSKV or RSEV. The PBM sequence of the influenza A virus NS1 is reported to contribute to high viral pathogenicity in animal studies. Here, we report the identification of PDlim2 as a novel binding target of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 strain with an NS1 PBM of ESEV (A/Chicken/Henan/12/2004/H5N1, HN12-NS1 by yeast two-hybrid screening. The interaction was confirmed by in vitro GST pull-down assays, as well as by in vivo mammalian two-hybrid assays and bimolecular fluorescence complementation assays. The binding was also confirmed to be mediated by the interaction of the PDlim2 PDZ domain with the NS1 PBM motif. Interestingly, our assays showed that PDlim2 bound specifically with HN12-NS1, but exhibited no binding to NS1 from a human influenza H1N1 virus bearing an RSEV PBM (A/Puerto Rico/8/34/H1N1, PR8-NS1. A crystal structure of the PDlim2 PDZ domain fused with the C-terminal hexapeptide from HN12-NS1, together with GST pull-down assays on PDlim2 mutants, reveals that residues Arg16 and Lys31 of PDlim2 are critical for the binding between PDlim2 and HN12-NS1. The identification of a selective binding target of HN12-NS1 (ESEV, but not PR8-NS1 (RSEV, enables us to propose a structural mechanism for the interaction between NS1 PBM and PDlim2 or other PDZ-containing proteins.

  15. 不同铁源对吉富罗非鱼生长及表观消化率的影响%Effects of different iron sources on the growth of and apparent digestibility Oreochromis niloticus

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    王进; 刘恒见; 黄峰; 韩金林

    2014-01-01

    为观察不同铁源对吉富罗非鱼( Oreochromis niloticus)生长及表观消化率的影响,试验以初重6.79 g左右的吉富罗非鱼为饲养对象,采用酪蛋白、糊精为主要原料制成半精制日粮,分别添加铁含量相等(100 mg/kg饲料)的硫酸亚铁、氯化铁、氯化亚铁、柠檬酸亚铁、卟啉铁,饲喂吉富罗非鱼70 d。结果显示,在铁含量相等(100 mg/kg饲料)的半精制日粮中添加氯化亚铁,吉富罗非鱼的增重率显著( P<0.05)高于其它四种铁源。以增重率为指标,吉富罗非鱼日粮中适宜以氯化亚铁作为添加铁源。%In order to study the effects of diets with different iron sources on the growth performance and apparent digesti -bility in Oreochromis niloticus, the O.niloticus with approximate initial weight of 6.79 g were fed with daily diets varied of 5 iron sources for 70 days under water circulating system .The daily diets were mainly formulating by casein and dextrin with the same Fe amount level (100 mg/kg) from different iron sources, ferrisulphas (FeSO4· 7H2O), ferric chloride (FeCl3· 6H2O), ferrous chloride (FeCl2· 4H2O), ferrous citrate(Fe3(C6H3O7)2· 6H2O) and ferroporphyrin (C34H32 ClFeN4O4) respectively.The results indicated that the weight gain rate (WGR) of O.niloticus fed under the daily diet with ferrous chloride was significantly higher than that under the other four groups (P<0.05).Considered WGR as a mainly indicator , the ferrous chloride should be the most suitable iron source added to daily diet for O.niloticus.

  16. Circadian phase typing in idiopathic generalized epilepsy: Dim light melatonin onset and patterns of melatonin secretion-Semicurve findings in adult patients.

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    Manni, Raffaele; De Icco, Roberto; Cremascoli, Riccardo; Ferrera, Giulia; Furia, Francesca; Zambrelli, Elena; Canevini, Maria Paola; Terzaghi, Michele

    2016-08-01

    It has been debated in the literature whether patients with idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE) have a distinctive, evening-oriented chronotype. The few questionnaire-based studies that are available in the literature have conflicting results. The aim of our study was to define chronotype in patients with IGE by determining dim light melatonin onset (DLMO). Twenty adults diagnosed with IGE (grand mal on awakening [GM] in 7 cases and juvenile myoclonic epilepsy in 13 cases) were investigated by means of a face-to-face semistructured sleep interview, Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire (MEQ), Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) questionnaire, and a melatonin salivary test with DLMO determination. Eighteen healthy subjects (HC) and 28 patients affected with cryptogenic focal epilepsy (FE) served as controls. The mean MEQ score was significantly lower in patients with IGE than that in patients with FE (49.1±5.9 versus 56.1±8.7 P<0.01) but not significantly lower than that in HC (49.1±5.9 versus 49.3±8.6). Midsleep on free days corrected for sleep duration did not differ significantly between the three subject groups (04:59±01:21h, 04:37±01:17h, 04:29±00:52h). The mean DLMO time in patients with IGE (22:13±01:34h) occurred 49min later than that in HC (21.24±1h), and the melatonin surge within the 30-minute time interval after DLMO in patients with IGE was significantly lower than that in HC (1.51±2.7 versus 3.8±3.6pg/mL P=0.045). Subjective measures of chronotype do not indicate a definite evening-oriented chronotype in patients with IGE. However, the data concerning endogenous melatonin secretion indicate that patients with IGE tend to have a late circadian phase. Further studies are warranted in order to better define the late pattern of endogenous melatonin secretion in patients with IGE and to ascertain the role of this pattern in influencing behavioral chronotype in these subjects. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  17. Human in Vivo Pharmacokinetics of [(14)C]Dibenzo[def,p]chrysene by Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Following Oral Microdosing.

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    Madeen, Erin; Corley, Richard A; Crowell, Susan; Turteltaub, Kenneth; Ognibene, Ted; Malfatti, Mike; McQuistan, Tammie J; Garrard, Mary; Sudakin, Dan; Williams, David E

    2015-01-20

    Dibenzo(def,p)chrysene (DBC), (also known as dibenzo[a,l]pyrene), is a high molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) found in the environment, including food, produced by the incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons. DBC, classified by IARC as a 2A probable human carcinogen, has a relative potency factor (RPF) in animal cancer models 30-fold higher than benzo[a]pyrene. No data are available describing the disposition of high molecular weight (>4 rings) PAHs in humans to compare to animal studies. Pharmacokinetics of DBC was determined in 3 female and 6 male human volunteers following oral microdosing (29 ng, 5 nCi) of [(14)C]-DBC. This study was made possible with highly sensitive accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS), capable of detecting [(14)C]-DBC equivalents in plasma and urine following a dose considered of de minimus risk to human health. Plasma and urine were collected over 72 h. The plasma Cmax was 68.8 ± 44.3 fg·mL(-1) with a Tmax of 2.25 ± 1.04 h. Elimination occurred in two distinct phases: a rapid (α)-phase, with a T1/2 of 5.8 ± 3.4 h and an apparent elimination rate constant (Kel) of 0.17 ± 0.12 fg·h(-1), followed by a slower (β)-phase, with a T1/2 of 41.3 ± 29.8 h and an apparent Kel of 0.03 ± 0.02 fg·h(-1). In spite of the high degree of hydrophobicity (log Kow of 7.4), DBC was eliminated rapidly in humans, as are most PAHs in animals, compared to other hydrophobic persistent organic pollutants such as, DDT, PCBs and TCDD. Preliminary examination utilizing a new UHPLC-AMS interface, suggests the presence of polar metabolites in plasma as early as 45 min following dosing. This is the first in vivo data set describing pharmacokinetics in humans of a high molecular weight PAH and should be a valuable addition to risk assessment paradigms.

  18. [Mites associated with two species of the genus Odontotaenius (Coleoptera: Passalidae) in Mexico].

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    Barrios-Torres, Pilar Liliana; Villegas-Guzmán, Gabriel A

    2015-09-01

    Mites can establish association with different arthropods as coleopterans tamites scaraoaeicae ana Passalidae. Passalids are distributed in tropical and templates zones, and until now, more than 200 species of mites have been associated to them. One of the relationships between passalids and mites is the phoresy where one small animal (the phoretic) seeks out and attaches to another animal (the host) for transportation. Herein, we studied the mites associated to O. zodiacus and O. striatopunctatus; for this, 80 Odontotaenius with mites were reviewed; passalids were collected in and under decaying logs from six states of Mexico, and were individually kept in vials with 80% ethanol. The specimens were carried to the laboratory and mites removed with fine-pointed forceps under stereo microscope. The mites were stored with 80 % alcohol until some were cleared with lacto-phenol and mounted in Hoyer's solution. We found 1,945 mites belonging to 13 families (Acaridae, Ascidae, Diarthrophallidae, Digamasellidae, Diplogyniidae, Euzerconidae, Heterocheylidae, Histiostomatidae, Klinckowstroemiidae, Laelapidae, Megisthanidae, Trematuridae, and Uropodidae) and 42 species, being the most abundant species Anoelus sp. For O. striatopunctatus (16 specimens) we found 562 mites (95 female female, 34 male male, 197 hypopus, 234 deutonymph, 2 tritonymph) of 11 families and 22 species; the most abundant were Uropodidae (42 %) and Histiostomatidae (26 %). While for 0. zodiacus (64 specimens) were found 1,383 mites (300 female female, 204 male male, 608 hypopus, 139 deutonymphs, 133 tritonymphs) of 10 families and 30 species; the most abundant were: Diartrophallidae, Acaridae, and Histiostomatidae (23 % for the two first and 21 % for third). The high abundance and richness was in O. zodiacus, likewise Margalef (S') and Shanon-Winner (H') indexes were higher in this species (O. zodiacus S' = 4.05, H' = 2.2; O. striatopunctatus S' = 3.34, H' = 1.94), while Equity (EH) was similar to both

  19. Construction of Eukaryotic Expression Vector with mBD1-mBD3 Fusion Genes and Exploring Its Activity against Influenza A Virus

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    Wanyi Li

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Influenza (flu pandemics have exhibited a great threat to human health throughout history. With the emergence of drug-resistant strains of influenza A virus (IAV, it is necessary to look for new agents for treatment and transmission prevention of the flu. Defensins are small (2–6 kDa cationic peptides known for their broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity. Beta-defensins (β-defensins are mainly produced by barrier epithelial cells and play an important role in attacking microbe invasion by epithelium. In this study, we focused on the anti-influenza A virus activity of mouse β-defensin 1 (mBD1 and β defensin-3 (mBD3 by synthesizing their fusion peptide with standard recombinant methods. The eukaryotic expression vectors pcDNA3.1(+/mBD1-mBD3 were constructed successfully by overlap-PCR and transfected into Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK cells. The MDCK cells transfected by pcDNA3.1(+/mBD1-mBD3 were obtained by G418 screening, and the mBD1-mBD3 stable expression pattern was confirmed in MDCK cells by RT-PCR and immunofluorescence assay. The acquired stable transfected MDCK cells were infected with IAV (A/PR/8/34, H1N1, 0.1 MOI subsequently and the virus titers in cell culture supernatants were analyzed by TCID50 72 h later. The TCID50 titer of the experimental group was clearly lower than that of the control group (p < 0.001. Furthermore, BALB/C mice were injected with liposome-encapsulated pcDNA3.1(+/mBD1-mBD3 through muscle and then challenged with the A/PR/8/34 virus. Results showed the survival rate of 100% and lung index inhibitory rate of 32.6% in pcDNA3.1(+/mBD1-mBD3group; the TCID50 titer of lung homogenates was clearly lower than that of the control group (p < 0.001. This study demonstrates that mBD1-mBD3 expressed by the recombinant plasmid pcDNA3.1(+/mBD1-mBD3 could inhibit influenza A virus replication both in vitro and in vivo. These observations suggested that the recombinant mBD1-mBD3 might be developed into an agent for

  20. Formation of H2-He substellar bodies in cold conditions. Gravitational stability of binary mixtures in a phase transition

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    Füglistaler, A.; Pfenniger, D.

    2016-06-01

    Context. Molecular clouds typically consist of 3/4 H2, 1/4 He and traces of heavier elements. In an earlier work we showed that at very low temperatures and high densities, H2 can be in a phase transition leading to the formation of ice clumps as large as comets or even planets. However, He has very different chemical properties and no phase transition is expected before H2 in dense interstellar medium conditions. The gravitational stability of fluid mixtures has been studied before, but these studies did not include a phase transition. Aims: We study the gravitational stability of binary fluid mixtures with special emphasis on when one component is in a phase transition. The numerical results are aimed at applications in molecular cloud conditions, but the theoretical results are more general. Methods: First, we study the gravitational stability of van der Waals fluid mixtures using linearized analysis and examine virial equilibrium conditions using the Lennard-Jones intermolecular potential. Then, combining the Lennard-Jones and gravitational potentials, the non-linear dynamics of fluid mixtures are studied via computer simulations using the molecular dynamics code LAMMPS. Results: Along with the classical, ideal-gas Jeans instability criterion, a fluid mixture is always gravitationally unstable if it is in a phase transition because compression does not increase pressure. However, the condensed phase fraction increases. In unstable situations the species can separate: in some conditions He precipitates faster than H2, while in other conditions the converse occurs. Also, for an initial gas phase collapse the geometry is essential. Contrary to spherical or filamentary collapses, sheet-like collapses starting below 15 K easily reach H2 condensation conditions because then they are fastest and both the increase of heating and opacity are limited. Conclusions: Depending on density, temperature and mass, either rocky H2 planetoids, or gaseous He planetoids form. H2 planetoids are favoured by high density, low temperature and low mass, while He planetoids need more mass and can form at temperature well above the critical value.

  1. Structure of the mercury(II) mixed-halide (Br/Cl) complex of 2,2'-(5-tert-butyl-1,3-phenyl-ene)bis-(1-pentyl-1H-benzo[d]imidazole).

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    Rani, Varsha; Singh, Harkesh B; Butcher, Ray J

    2017-03-01

    The mercury(II) complex of 2,2'-(5-tert-butyl-1,3-phenyl-ene)bis-(1-pentyl-1H-benz-imidazole), namely catena-poly[[dihalogenido-mercury(II)]-μ-2,2'-(5-tert-butyl-1,3-phenyl-ene)bis-(1-pentyl-1H-benzimidazole)-κ(2)N(3):N(3')], [HgBr1.52Cl0.48(C34H42N4)], 2, has a polymeric structure bridging via the N atoms from the benzimidazole moieties of the ligand. The compound crystallizes in the ortho-rhom-bic space group Pca21 and is a racemic twin [BASF = 0.402 (9)]. The geometry around the Hg(II) atom is distorted tetra-hedral, with the Hg(II) atom coordinated to two N atoms, one Br atom, and a fourth coordination site is occupied by a mixed halide (Br/Cl). For the two ligands in the asymmetric unit, there is disorder with one of the two tert-butyl groups and benzimidazole moieties showing twofold disorder, with occupancy factors of 0.57 (2):0.43 (2) for the tert-butyl group and 0.73 (3):0.27 (3) for the benzimidazole group. In addition, there is threefold disorder for two of the four n-pentyl groups, with occupancy factors of 0.669 (4):0.177 (4):0.154 (4) and 0.662 (4):0.224 (4):0.154 (4), respectively. The mol-ecules form a one-dimensional helical polymer propagating in the b-axis direction. The helices are held together by intra-strand C-H⋯Br and C-H⋯Cl inter-actions. Each strand is further linked by inter-strand C-H⋯Br and C-H⋯Cl inter-actions. In addition, there are weak C-H⋯N inter-strand inter-actions which further stabilize the structural arrangement.

  2. Structure of the mercury(II mixed-halide (Br/Cl complex of 2,2′-(5-tert-butyl-1,3-phenylenebis(1-pentyl-1H-benzo[d]imidazole

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    Varsha Rani

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available The mercury(II complex of 2,2′-(5-tert-butyl-1,3-phenylenebis(1-pentyl-1H-benzimidazole, namely catena-poly[[dihalogenidomercury(II]-μ-2,2′-(5-tert-butyl-1,3-phenylenebis(1-pentyl-1H-benzimidazole-κ2N3:N3′], [HgBr1.52Cl0.48(C34H42N4], 2, has a polymeric structure bridging via the N atoms from the benzimidazole moieties of the ligand. The compound crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pca21 and is a racemic twin [BASF = 0.402 (9]. The geometry around the HgII atom is distorted tetrahedral, with the HgII atom coordinated to two N atoms, one Br atom, and a fourth coordination site is occupied by a mixed halide (Br/Cl. For the two ligands in the asymmetric unit, there is disorder with one of the two tert-butyl groups and benzimidazole moieties showing twofold disorder, with occupancy factors of 0.57 (2:0.43 (2 for the tert-butyl group and 0.73 (3:0.27 (3 for the benzimidazole group. In addition, there is threefold disorder for two of the four n-pentyl groups, with occupancy factors of 0.669 (4:0.177 (4:0.154 (4 and 0.662 (4:0.224 (4:0.154 (4, respectively. The molecules form a one-dimensional helical polymer propagating in the b-axis direction. The helices are held together by intra-strand C—H...Br and C—H...Cl interactions. Each strand is further linked by inter-strand C—H...Br and C—H...Cl interactions. In addition, there are weak C—H...N inter-strand interactions which further stabilize the structural arrangement.

  3. Structure of the mercury(II) mixed-halide (Br/Cl) complex of 2,2′-(5-tert-butyl-1,3-phenyl­ene)bis­(1-pentyl-1H-benzo[d]imidazole)

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    Rani, Varsha; Singh, Harkesh B.

    2017-01-01

    The mercury(II) complex of 2,2′-(5-tert-butyl-1,3-phenyl­ene)bis­(1-pentyl-1H-benz­imidazole), namely catena-poly[[dihalogenido­mercury(II)]-μ-2,2′-(5-tert-butyl-1,3-phenyl­ene)bis­(1-pentyl-1H-benzimidazole)-κ2 N 3:N 3′], [HgBr1.52Cl0.48(C34H42N4)], 2, has a polymeric structure bridging via the N atoms from the benzimidazole moieties of the ligand. The compound crystallizes in the ortho­rhom­bic space group Pca21 and is a racemic twin [BASF = 0.402 (9)]. The geometry around the HgII atom is distorted tetra­hedral, with the HgII atom coordinated to two N atoms, one Br atom, and a fourth coordination site is occupied by a mixed halide (Br/Cl). For the two ligands in the asymmetric unit, there is disorder with one of the two tert-butyl groups and benzimidazole moieties showing twofold disorder, with occupancy factors of 0.57 (2):0.43 (2) for the tert-butyl group and 0.73 (3):0.27 (3) for the benzimidazole group. In addition, there is threefold disorder for two of the four n-pentyl groups, with occupancy factors of 0.669 (4):0.177 (4):0.154 (4) and 0.662 (4):0.224 (4):0.154 (4), respectively. The mol­ecules form a one-dimensional helical polymer propagating in the b-axis direction. The helices are held together by intra-strand C—H⋯Br and C—H⋯Cl inter­actions. Each strand is further linked by inter-strand C—H⋯Br and C—H⋯Cl inter­actions. In addition, there are weak C—H⋯N inter-strand inter­actions which further stabilize the structural arrangement. PMID:28316824

  4. Viral etiologies of hospitalized acute lower respiratory infection patients in China, 2009-2013.

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    Luzhao Feng

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Acute lower respiratory infections (ALRIs are an important cause of acute illnesses and mortality worldwide and in China. However, a large-scale study on the prevalence of viral infections across multiple provinces and seasons has not been previously reported from China. Here, we aimed to identify the viral etiologies associated with ALRIs from 22 Chinese provinces. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Active surveillance for hospitalized ALRI patients in 108 sentinel hospitals in 24 provinces of China was conducted from January 2009-September 2013. We enrolled hospitalized all-age patients with ALRI, and collected respiratory specimens, blood or serum collected for diagnostic testing for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV, human influenza virus, adenoviruses (ADV, human parainfluenza virus (PIV, human metapneumovirus (hMPV, human coronavirus (hCoV and human bocavirus (hBoV. We included 28,369 ALRI patients from 81 (of the 108 sentinel hospitals in 22 (of the 24 provinces, and 10,387 (36.6% were positive for at least one etiology. The most frequently detected virus was RSV (9.9%, followed by influenza (6.6%, PIV (4.8%, ADV (3.4%, hBoV (1.9, hMPV (1.5% and hCoV (1.4%. Co-detections were found in 7.2% of patients. RSV was the most common etiology (17.0% in young children aged <2 years. Influenza viruses were the main cause of the ALRIs in adults and elderly. PIV, hBoV, hMPV and ADV infections were more frequent in children, while hCoV infection was distributed evenly in all-age. There were clear seasonal peaks for RSV, influenza, PIV, hBoV and hMPV infections. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings could serve as robust evidence for public health authorities in drawing up further plans to prevent and control ALRIs associated with viral pathogens. RSV is common in young children and prevention measures could have large public health impact. Influenza was most common in adults and influenza vaccination should be implemented on a wider scale in China.

  5. The civil liability for damages of the criminally insane.

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    Melamed, Yuval; Ganot, Nitza; Mester, Roberto; Bleich, Avi

    2008-01-01

    As a rule, mentally ill patients are held to be responsible for their acts just like everyone else. Notwithstanding, the law in Israel contains special rules which distinguish individuals with mental illness from other people. The instructions laid out in article 34h of the Israeli Penal Law empower the court to release a defendant from criminal responsibility. To do this the following criteria must be met: (a) the defendant was mentally ill, (b) he/she was in a psychotic state at the time he/she performed the felony, (c) his/her mental illness deprived him/her of his/her abilities in at least one of the two following areas: 1] he/she could not understand what he/she was doing, or the forbidden nature of the act; 2] he/she was incapable of preventing him/herself from carrying it out. In the case presented, a mentally ill individual was charged with the murder of his child and with an attempt to murder another child. The court ruled him to be legally insane and therefore non-punishable. He was later sued by the other child's parents for damages on the grounds of the assault tort. The issue in question was how does the fact that the defendant was ruled legally insane while committing the wrong doing affect the legal ruling of the defendant's liability especially regarding the tort of assault? The Magistrate's Court ruled that the Israeli Tort Law did not determine exemption from responsibility for the mentally ill. Liability for damages will be imposed upon an individual whenever the prerequisites to define a tort are met, even if the mental requisite is an outcome of one's mentally ill state. The District Court determined that an individual who intended to inflict harm is guilty of assault, even though the intent was an outcome of his mental state. Lack of volition due to one's inability to refrain from action does not constitute a defense for assault. In this case liability for damages was imposed on the defendant. The Court related to the issue of justice

  6. Effects of body-size and season on digestive organ size and the energy balance of cockles fed with a constant diet of phytoplankton.

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    Ibarrola, I; Larretxea, X; Navarro, E; Iglesias, J I P; Urrutia, M B

    2008-05-01

    Seasonal variation in size-dependence of seawater clearance rate, absorption efficiency, oxygen consumption, gill area, length of the crystalline style and dry weight of digestive gland was analyzed in cockles Cerastoderma edule from the Mundaka Estuary, Spain. Experimental determinations were performed monthly (from July 1998 to November 1999) in cockles being fed with Tetraselmis suecica (organic content: 87.84 +/- 1.95%) at a concentration of 3 mm(3)/l for 3 days. Analysis of covariance reveals no seasonal differences in both size-dependence of seawater clearance rate and oxygen consumption, which were found to scale to dry body weight with mass-exponents of 0.56 and 0.62, respectively. No significant correlation was found between absorption efficiency and body weight. Mass-exponents for gill area, dry weight of the digestive gland and length of the crystalline style remained constant among seasons showing values of 0.62, 0.34 and 0.82, respectively. Seasonal trends for every physiological determination were calculated for a standard size (200 mg) cockle: standardized clearance rates and oxygen consumptions followed a similar trend with minimum values in winter ( approximately 0.5 l/h and approximately 100 microl O2/h, respectively) and maximum values during spring-summer ( approximately 1.7 l/h and approximately 250 microl O2/h, respectively), whereas absorption efficiency and food throughput time showed both the opposite pattern with highest values corresponding to winter months ( approximately 50-60% and approximately 5-6 h, respectively), and lowest ( approximately 30% and approximately 3-4 h, respectively) to summer-autumn. Scope for growth exhibited minimum values in winter followed by a rapid increase along the winter-spring transition, maximum values being attained in spring (May) and summer (July). Exponential decline of seasonal values of absorption efficiency associated to rising ingestion rates of organic matter presented an asymptotic minimum at 0.35. Absorption efficiency was positively related to food throughput time, whereas the latter fell to a minimum of 3.548 h with increasing food intake. So, maintenance of throughput time-and consequently absorption efficiency-along with enhanced filtering activity provided cockles with higher absorption rates improving scopes for growth registers during spring and summer. These dynamics might be explained as the consequence of the seasonal digestive adjustments in cockles, which, in fact, were found to increase the size of the digestive organs during that period.

  7. Protection against multiple influenza A virus strains induced by candidate recombinant vaccine based on heterologous M2e peptides linked to flagellin.

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    Liudmila A Stepanova

    Full Text Available Matrix 2 protein ectodomain (M2e is considered a promising candidate for a broadly protective influenza vaccine. M2e-based vaccines against human influenza A provide only partial protection against avian influenza viruses because of differences in the M2e sequences. In this work, we evaluated the possibility of obtaining equal protection and immune response by using recombinant protein on the basis of flagellin as a carrier of the M2e peptides of human and avian influenza A viruses. Recombinant protein was generated by the fusion of two tandem copies of consensus M2e sequence from human influenza A and two copies of M2e from avian A/H5N1 viruses to flagellin (Flg-2M2eh2M2ek. Intranasal immunisation of Balb/c mice with recombinant protein significantly elicited anti-M2e IgG in serum, IgG and sIgA in BAL. Antibodies induced by the fusion protein Flg-2M2eh2M2ek bound efficiently to synthetic peptides corresponding to the human consensus M2e sequence as well as to the M2e sequence of A/Chicken/Kurgan/05/05 RG (H5N1 and recognised native M2e epitopes exposed on the surface of the MDCK cells infected with A/PR/8/34 (H1N1 and A/Chicken/Kurgan/05/05 RG (H5N1 to an equal degree. Immunisation led to both anti-M2e IgG1 and IgG2a response with IgG1 prevalence. We observed a significant intracellular production of IL-4, but not IFN-γ, by CD4+ T-cells in spleen of mice following immunisation with Flg-2M2eh2M2ek. Immunisation with the Flg-2M2eh2M2ek fusion protein provided similar protection from lethal challenge with human influenza A viruses (H1N1, H3N2 and avian influenza virus (H5N1. Immunised mice experienced significantly less weight loss and decreased lung viral titres compared to control mice. The data obtained show the potential for the development of an M2e-flagellin candidate influenza vaccine with broad spectrum protection against influenza A viruses of various origins.

  8. Clinical and radiological features of pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza virus infection manifesting as acute febrile respiratory illness at their initial presentations: comparison with contemporaneous non-H1N1 patients

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    Yun, Tae Jin (Dept. of Radiology, Armed Force Byukjae Hospital, Gyeonggi-do (Korea, Republic of); Dept. of Radiology, Seoul National Univ. Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)); Park, Chang Min; Choi, Seung Hong; Lee, Hyun Ju; Goo, Jin Mo (Dept. of Radiology, Seoul National Univ. Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)), email: cmpark@radiol.snu.ac.kr; Kwon, Gu Jin (Dept. of Family Medicine, Armed Force Byukjae Hospital, Gyeonggi-do (Korea, Republic of); Dept. of Family Medicine, Gangneung Asan Hospital, Gangneung (Korea, Republic of)); Woo, Sung Koo (Dept. of Radiology, Armed Force Byukjae Hospital, Gyeonggi-do (Korea, Republic of)); Park, Seung Hoon (Dept. of Internal Medicine, Armed Force Byukjae Hospital, Gyeonggi-do (Korea, Republic of))

    2011-05-15

    Background Since the first outbreak caused by the pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza in Mexico, the virus has spread widely across the world with meaningful morbidity and mortality. However, there are few data on the comparative investigations to assess the clinical and radiological features between the H1N1 patient and non-H1N1 patients. Purpose To assess the clinical and radiological features of patients infected by the pandemic H1N1 2009 flu virus at their initial presentation and to compare them with contemporaneous non-H1N1 patients with acute febrile respiratory illness. Material and Methods This retrospective study was approved by the ethics committee of the Armed Forces Medical Command, South Korea. From August to September 2009, 337 consecutive patients presented with an acute febrile respiratory illness in a tertiary military hospital. Reverse-transcriptase polymerase-chain-reaction tests were performed in 62 of these patients under the impression of H1N1 infection. Clinical and radiological features at their initial presentation were described for the H1N1 group (n = 35) and non-H1N1 group (n = 27) and compared between the two groups. Results Increased C-reactive protein level (97%) without leukocytosis (9%) or increased erythrocyte sedimentation rate (0%) was common in the H1N1 group at their initial presentation. On chest radiographs, 12 of 35 (34%) H1N1 patients had abnormal findings; nodules in 10 patients (83%) and consolidations in two (17%). Of the 28 H1N1 patients who underwent thin-section CT 16 patients (57%) showed abnormal findings; ground-glass opacities (GGOs) in 15 (94%), and nodules in 13 (81%). However, there were no significant differences between the H1N1 group and non-H1N1 group in terms of symptoms, laboratory results, or radiological findings (P > 0.05). Conclusion Patients with H1N1 infection show consistent clinical and radiological features at their initial presentation, however, clinical and radiological features of the H1N1 group are

  9. Crystal structures of three 1-oxo-1,2-di­hydro­naphthalene derivatives: dimethyl 4-(4-meth­oxy­phen­yl)-2-(4-methyl­phen­yl)-1-oxo-1,2-di­hydro­naphthalene-2,3-di­carboxyl­ate, dimethyl 1-oxo-2-(pyren-4-yl)-4-(thio­phen-2-yl)-1,2-di­hydro­naphthalene-2,3-di­carboxyl­ate and ethyl 1-oxo-2-phenyl-2,4-bis­(thio­phen-2-yl)-1,2-di­hydro­naphthalene-3-carboxyl­ate

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    Gopinath, S.; Narayanan, P.; Sethusankar, K.; Karunakaran, Jeyachandran; Nandakumar, Meganathan; Mohanakrishnan, Arasambattu K.

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    In the title 1-oxo-1,2-di­hydro­naphthalene derivatives, C28H24O6, (I), C34H22O5S, (II), and C27H20O3S2, (III), the cyclo­hexa-1,3-diene rings of the 1,2-di­hydro­naphthalene ring systems adopt half-chair, boat and half-chair conformations, respectively. The carbonyl O atoms attached to the di­hydro­naphthalene ring systems are each significantly deviated from the mean plane of the 1,2-di­hydro­naphthalene ring system, by 0.6162 (12) Å in (I), 0.6016 (16) Å in (II) and 0.515 (3) Å in (III). The mean planes of the 1,2-di­hydro­naphthalene ring systems make dihedral angles of 85.83 (3), 88.19 (3) and 81.67 (8)°, respectively, with the methyl­phenyl ring in (I), the pyrene ring in (II) and the phenyl ring in (III). In (I), the mol­ecular structure is stabilized by an intra­molecular C—H⋯O hydrogen bond, generating an S(6) ring motif. In the crystal of (I), mol­ecules are linked by an inter­molecular C—H⋯O hydrogen bond, which generates a C(8) zigzag chain running along [100]. Adjacent chains are further connected by C—H⋯π and offset π–π inter­actions [centroid–centroid distance = 3.6572 (9) Å], forming a double-chain structure. In the crystals of (II) and (III), mol­ecules are linked into chain structures by offset π–π inter­actions with centroid–centroid distances of 3.5349 (12) and 3.8845 (13) Å for (II) and 3.588 (2) Å for (III). In (II) and (III), the thio­phene rings are orientationally disordered over two sites, with occupancy ratios of 0.69:0.31 for (II), and 0.528 (4):0.472 (4) and 0.632 (5):0.368 (5) for (III). PMID:28217337

  10. NS1 Protein Mutation I64T Affects Interferon Responses and Virulence of Circulating H3N2 Human Influenza A Viruses.

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    DeDiego, Marta L; Nogales, Aitor; Lambert-Emo, Kris; Martinez-Sobrido, Luis; Topham, David J

    2016-11-01

    Influenza NS1 protein is the main viral protein counteracting host innate immune responses, allowing the virus to efficiently replicate in interferon (IFN)-competent systems. In this study, we analyzed NS1 protein variability within influenza A (IAV) H3N2 viruses infecting humans during the 2012-2013 season. We also evaluated the impact of the mutations on the ability of NS1 proteins to inhibit host innate immune responses and general gene expression. Surprisingly, a previously unidentified mutation in the double-stranded RNA (dsRNA)-binding domain (I64T) decreased NS1-mediated general inhibition of host protein synthesis by decreasing its interaction with cleavage and polyadenylation specificity factor 30 (CPSF30), leading to increased innate immune responses after viral infection. Notably, a recombinant A/Puerto Rico/8/34 H1N1 virus encoding the H3N2 NS1-T64 protein was highly attenuated in mice, most likely because of its ability to induce higher antiviral IFN responses at early times after infection and because this virus is highly sensitive to the IFN-induced antiviral state. Interestingly, using peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) collected at the acute visit (2 to 3 days after infection), we show that the subject infected with the NS1-T64 attenuated virus has diminished responses to interferon and to interferon induction, suggesting why this subject could be infected with this highly IFN-sensitive virus. These data demonstrate the importance of influenza virus surveillance in identifying new mutations in the NS1 protein, affecting its ability to inhibit innate immune responses and, as a consequence, the pathogenicity of the virus. Influenza A and B viruses are one of the most common causes of respiratory infections in humans, causing 1 billion infections and between 300,000 and 500,000 deaths annually. Influenza virus surveillance to identify new mutations in the NS1 protein affecting innate immune responses and, as a consequence, the pathogenicity of

  11. Removal of phosphorus, fluoride and metals from a gypsum mining leachate using steel slag filters.

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    Claveau-Mallet, Dominique; Wallace, Scott; Comeau, Yves

    2013-03-15

    The objective of this work was to evaluate the capacity of steel slag filters to treat a gypsum mining leachate containing 11-107 mg P/L ortho-phosphates, 9-37 mg/L fluoride, 0.24-0.83 mg/L manganese, 0.20-3.3 zinc and 1.7-8.2 mg/L aluminum. Column tests fed with reconstituted leachates were conducted for 145-222 days and sampled twice a week. Two types of electric arc furnace (EAF) slags and three filter sequences were tested. The voids hydraulic retention time (HRT(v)) of columns ranged between 4.3 and 19.2 h. Precipitates of contaminants present in columns were sampled and analyzed with X-ray diffraction at the end of tests. The best removal efficiencies over a period of 179 days were obtained with sequential filters that were composed of Fort Smith EAF slag operated at a total HRT(v) of 34 h which removed 99.9% of phosphorus, 85.3% of fluoride, 98.0% of manganese and 99.3% of zinc. Mean concentration at this system's effluent was 0.04 mg P/L ortho-phosphates, 4 mg/L fluoride, 0.02 mg/L manganese, 0.02 zinc and 0.5 mg/L aluminum. Thus, slag filters are promising passive and economical systems for the remediation of mining effluents. Phosphorus was removed by the formation of apatite (hydroxyapatite, Ca(5)(PO(4))(3)OH or fluoroapatite, Ca(5)(PO(4))(3)F) as confirmed by visual and X-ray diffraction analyses. The growth rate of apatite was favored by a high phosphorus concentration. Calcite crystals were present in columns and appeared to be competing for calcium and volume needed for apatite formation. The calcite crystal growth rate was higher than that of apatite crystals. Fluoride was removed by precipitation of fluoroapatite and its removal was favored by a high ratio of phosphorus to fluoride in the wastewater.

  12. Is the basal area of maize internodes involved in borer resistance?

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    Malvar Rosa

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To elucidate the role of the length of the internode basal ring (LIBR in resistance to the Mediterranean corn borer (MCB, we carried out a divergent selection program to modify the LIBR using two maize synthetic varieties (EPS20 and EPS21, each with a different genetic background. We investigated the biochemical mechanisms underlying the relationship between the LIBR and borer resistance. Selection to lengthen or shorten the LIBR was achieved for each synthetic variety. The resulting plants were analyzed to determine their LIBR response, growth, yield, and borer resistance. Results In the synthetic variety EPS20 (Reid germplasm, reduction of the LIBR improved resistance against the MCB. The LIBR selection was also effective in the synthetic variety EPS21 (non-Reid germplasm, although there was no relationship detected between the LIBR and MCB resistance. The LIBR did not show correlations with agronomic traits such as plant height and yield. Compared with upper sections, the internode basal ring area contained lower concentrations of cell wall components such as acid detergent fiber (ADF, acid detergent lignin (ADL, and diferulates. In addition, some residual 2,4-dihydroxy-7-methoxy-(2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3-(4H-one (DIMBOA, a natural antibiotic compound, was detected in the basal area at 30 days after silking. Conclusion We analyzed maize selections to determine whether the basal area of maize internodes is involved in borer resistance. The structural reinforcement of the cell walls was the most significant trait in the relationship between the LIBR and borer resistance. Lower contents of ADF and ADL in the rind of the basal section facilitated the entry of larvae in this area in both synthetic varieties, while lower concentrations of diferulates in the pith basal section of EPS20 facilitated larval feeding inside the stem. The higher concentrations of DIMBOA may have contributed to the lack of correlation between the LIBR and borer resistance in EPS21. This novel trait could be useful in maize breeding programs to improve borer resistance.

  13. Fertilization in Brassica campestris ssp.pekinensis and its duration of each stage

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    PENG Jie; SHEN Jiaheng

    2007-01-01

    This paper reports the process of fertilization in Brassica campestris ssp.pekinensis and the duration of each stage.The results are as follows:(1)Pollen germinates on stigma 2-3 h after pollination.(2)4-8 h after pollination,pollen tube grows in the style.(3)8-14 h after pollination,pollen tube grows in the ovary and gets into the ovule via the micropyle.(4)16 h after pollination,one sperm nucleus moves to the egg and enters it.(5)The sperm nucleus adheres to the nuclear membrane of the egg 18 h after pollination.(6)20 h after pollination,it enters the egg nucleus and male chromatin gradually disperses and 24 h after pollination,a male nucleolus appears.A large female nucleolus and a small male nucleolus occur in the nucleus of the fertilized egg,and zygote formed.The dispersing of sperm chromatin in the egg nucleus takes about 4 h.(7)32--34 h after pollination,the division of zygote begins.The dormancy stage of the zygote lasts for about 8-10 h.(8)The pair polar nuclei lie in the chalazal end of the egg betbre fertilization,which may fuse into a secondary nucleus or not.(9)16-18 h after pollination,the sperm nucleus moves to the polar nuclei or the secondary nucleus.18 h after pollination,the sperm nucleus adheres to the nuclear membrane of the polar nuclei or that of the secondary nucleus.(10)20 h after pollination,the sperm nucleus enters one of the polar nuclei or the secondary nucleus and a triple fusion takes place.The process of fusion is similar to the karyogamy but faster.The dispersing of the sperm chromatin in the polar nucleus or secondary nucleus takes about 2 h.(11)22 h after pollination,the primary endosperm nucleus formed.The female and male nucleoli cannot fuse with each other betbre mitotic division of the primary endosperm nucleus.(12)24 h after pollination,the division of the primary endosperm nucleus actually takes place.

  14. Thermal history of the H-chondrite parent body: Implications for metamorphic grade and accretionary time-scales

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    Monnereau, Marc; Toplis, Michael J.; Baratoux, David; Guignard, Jérémy

    2013-10-01

    Multiple temperature-age constraints for eight H-chondrite samples have been used to provide insight into the thermal history of their parent-body through combination with numerical models of thermal evolution assuming internal heating by 26Al and conductive cooling. The effect of spreading accretion out over time is the principal focus of this work. A wide range of body size and date of accretion is systematically tested for different values of accretion rate in order to quantify and illustrate the parameter space that is consistent with the available thermo-chronological data. We conclude that the H-chondrite samples considered have a thermal history consistent with a parent body that at some stage had a concentric 'onion-shell' internal structure. That body had a radius no larger than 130 km, and accretion most probably took place over a time interval on the order of 0.0-0.2 Myr, approximately 2 Myr after CAI condensation. In any case, the time interval of accretion is unlikely to have been more than 0.5 Myr supporting evidence in favour of rapid accretion, possibly through reassembly of the fragments of an earlier generation of bodies. Furthermore, the H-chondrites studied here are inferred to have come from a wide depth range within the body where they experienced metamorphism, indicating that preservation of the onion-shell structure is unlikely. The presence of an insulating regolith does not modify this conclusion, as appropriate thermal histories for the three H6 samples considered cannot be reproduced at depths near the surface. Asteroid 6-Hebe may be the parent body of the H-chondrites, but the high bulk density of the latter is difficult to reconcile with a 'rubble-pile' structure of pure H-chondrite material. Finally, optimized thermal histories are used to constrain the temperatures characterizing boundaries between petrological types (800, 1000, and 1140 K for the H3/4, H4/5, and H5/6 boundaries respectively). In detail, the type 6 samples studied here are inferred to have experienced a similar peak temperature (on the order of 1180 K), but spent different times at that temperature, while samples of lower metamorphic grade experienced different peak temperature, but spent more or less the same time within 10 K of peak temperature (on the order of 1 Ma). These results constitute a quantitative framework within which variations in petrographic and textural properties may be interpreted.

  15. 罐底油泥脱水及干化方法研究%STUDY ON THE DEHYDRATION-DRYING OF OILY SLUDGE FROM SETTLING TANK

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    黄田; 杜国勇

    2011-01-01

    以某油田污水处理厂沉降罐底部油泥为研究对象,结合其稳定性高、含油量较高的特点,提出脱水-干化处理含油污泥的方法.通过实验考察脱水剂种类、脱水剂加量、阳离子型聚丙烯酰胺(CPAM)加量及干化剂加量对处理效果的影响.实验筛选出最佳脱水剂A,其最佳脱水条件为:投加量2%(ω)、快速搅拌过程前CPAM加量为200 mg/L、慢速搅拌前CPAM加量为400 mg/L.在该条件下脱水处理后,油泥含水率从85%左右降至65%左右.干化实验中,脱水油泥在加入5%(ω)氧化钙或者与煤粉简易混合[m(油泥)∶m(煤粉)=1∶1.5]后,晾晒3~4 h可成颗粒状,于电热炉(800℃)上灼烧10~15min,引燃即可燃烧,油泥中的油分可实现再利用.%A dehydration-drying treatment for oily sludge was proposed using oily sludge from the settling tank of an oilfield sewage plant as research object. The effects of dehydration agents and amount, cationic polyacrylamide (CPAM) dosage,curing agents and amount on the treatment were investigated. It was found that using 2% of an optimal dehydration agent A,under the conditions of adding 200 mg/L CPAM prior to high speed stirring and 400 mg/L CPAM prior to low speed stirring,the water content of dehydrated oily sludge was reduced to 65% from the original of 85%. During the drying tests, adding 5% CaO or mixing with breeze (with a mass ratio of sludge/breeze =1/1. 5),drying under sunlight for 3-4 h and calcination at 800 Xl for 10-15 min,the obtained granules were combustible,thus the oily component in sludge was fully reused.

  16. Performance evaluation of the General Electric eXplore CT 120 micro-CT using the vmCT phantom

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    Bahri, M.A., E-mail: M.Bahri@ulg.ac.be [ULg-Liege University, Cyclotron Research Centre, Liege, Bat. 30, Allee du 6 aout, 8 (Belgium); Warnock, G.; Plenevaux, A. [ULg-Liege University, Cyclotron Research Centre, Liege, Bat. 30, Allee du 6 aout, 8 (Belgium); Choquet, P.; Constantinesco, A. [Biophysique et Medecine Nucleaire, Hopitaux universitaires de Strasbourg, Strasbourg (France); Salmon, E.; Luxen, A. [ULg-Liege University, Cyclotron Research Centre, Liege, Bat. 30, Allee du 6 aout, 8 (Belgium); Seret, A. [ULg-Liege University, Cyclotron Research Centre, Liege, Bat. 30, Allee du 6 aout, 8 (Belgium); ULg-Liege University, Experimental Medical Imaging, Liege (Belgium)

    2011-08-21

    The eXplore CT 120 is the latest generation micro-CT from General Electric. It is equipped with a high-power tube and a flat-panel detector. It allows high resolution and high contrast fast CT scanning of small animals. The aim of this study was to compare the performance of the eXplore CT 120 with that of the eXplore Ultra, its predecessor for which the methodology using the vmCT phantom has already been described . The phantom was imaged using typical a rat (fast scan or F) or mouse (in vivo bone scan or H) scanning protocols. With the slanted edge method, a 10% modulation transfer function (MTF) was observed at 4.4 (F) and 3.9-4.4 (H) mm{sup -1} corresponding to 114 {mu}m resolution. A fairly larger MTF was obtained by the coil method with the MTF for the thinnest coil (3.3 mm{sup -1}) equal to 0.32 (F) and 0.34 (H). The geometric accuracy was better than 0.3%. There was a highly linear (R{sup 2}>0.999) relationship between measured and expected CT numbers for both the CT number accuracy and linearity sections of the phantom. A cupping effect was clearly seen on the uniform slices and the uniformity-to-noise ratio ranged from 0.52 (F) to 0.89 (H). The air CT number depended on the amount of polycarbonate surrounding the area where it was measured; a difference as high as approximately 200 HU was observed. This hindered the calibration of this scanner in HU. This is likely due to the absence of corrections for beam hardening and scatter in the reconstruction software. However in view of the high linearity of the system, the implementation of these corrections would allow a good quality calibration of the scanner in HU. In conclusion, the eXplore CT 120 achieved a better spatial resolution than the eXplore Ultra (based on previously reported specifications) and future software developments will include beam hardening and scatter corrections that will make the new generation CT scanner even more promising.

  17. Development of a high-yield reassortant influenza vaccine virus derived from the A/Anhui/1/2013 (H7N9) strain.

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    Nakamura, Kazuya; Shirakura, Masayuki; Suzuki, Yasushi; Naito, Tadasuke; Fujisaki, Seiichiro; Tashiro, Masato; Nobusawa, Eri

    2016-01-12

    In April 2013, the first three fatal cases of human infection with an avian influenza A virus (H7N9) were reported in China. Because of a pandemic threat by this virus, we have commenced to develop candidate vaccine viruses (CVVs). Three 6:2 genetic reassortant viruses with different hemagglutinin (HA) sequences, NIIDRG-10, -10.1 and -10.2, were generated by a reverse genetics technique between the high egg-growth master virus, A/Puerto Rico/8/34 (H1N1) and A/Anhui/1/2013 (H7N9), kindly provided by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The different HA gene sequences of the three CVVs were derived from the original virus stock. NIIDRG-10 possesses HA, whose sequence is identical to that of the original A/Anhui/1/2013 (H7N9) in the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (EPI439507), while NIIDRG-10.1 and -10.2 possess amino acid differences, A125T and N123D/N149D, respectively, compared with NIIDRG-10. NIIDRG-10 replicated in embryonated chicken eggs with low hemagglutination titer 128, whereas NIIDRG-10.1 and -10.2 grew well with hemagglutination titer 1024. These viruses reacted well with a ferret antiserum raised against the original A/Anhui/1/2013 virus. Ferret antiserum against NIIDRG-10.1 reacted well with A/Anhui/1/2013 similar to the homologous virus NIIDRG-10.1. These results indicated that NIIDRG-10.1 passed the two-way test of antigenic identity. In contrast, the ferret antiserum against NIIDRG-10.2 reacted with A/Anhui/1/2013 at an 8-fold lower hemagglutination inhibition titer than with the homologous virus NIIDRG-10.2, indicating an antigenic change. The total and HA protein yields of NIIDRG-10.1 were 14.7 and 6.9 μg/ml, respectively, similar to those levels of high-yield seed viruses of seasonal influenza vaccines. NIIDRG-10.1 was approved as one of the CVVs for H7N9 viruses by the WHO in 2013. The candidate vaccine derived from NIIDRG-10.1 is currently being evaluated in a phase II clinical study in Japan.

  18. Understanding the many-body expansion for large systems. II. Accuracy considerations

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    Lao, Ka Un; Liu, Kuan-Yu; Richard, Ryan M.; Herbert, John M.

    2016-04-01

    To complement our study of the role of finite precision in electronic structure calculations based on a truncated many-body expansion (MBE, or "n-body expansion"), we examine the accuracy of such methods in the present work. Accuracy may be defined either with respect to a supersystem calculation computed at the same level of theory as the n-body calculations, or alternatively with respect to high-quality benchmarks. Both metrics are considered here. In applications to a sequence of water clusters, (H2O)N=6-55 described at the B3LYP/cc-pVDZ level, we obtain mean absolute errors (MAEs) per H2O monomer of ˜1.0 kcal/mol for two-body expansions, where the benchmark is a B3LYP/cc-pVDZ calculation on the entire cluster. Three- and four-body expansions exhibit MAEs of 0.5 and 0.1 kcal/mol/monomer, respectively, without resort to charge embedding. A generalized many-body expansion truncated at two-body terms [GMBE(2)], using 3-4 H2O molecules per fragment, outperforms all of these methods and affords a MAE of ˜0.02 kcal/mol/monomer, also without charge embedding. GMBE(2) requires significantly fewer (although somewhat larger) subsystem calculations as compared to MBE(4), reducing problems associated with floating-point roundoff errors. When compared to high-quality benchmarks, we find that error cancellation often plays a critical role in the success of MBE(n) calculations, even at the four-body level, as basis-set superposition error can compensate for higher-order polarization interactions. A many-body counterpoise correction is introduced for the GMBE, and its two-body truncation [GMBCP(2)] is found to afford good results without error cancellation. Together with a method such as ωB97X-V/aug-cc-pVTZ that can describe both covalent and non-covalent interactions, the GMBE(2)+GMBCP(2) approach provides an accurate, stable, and tractable approach for large systems.

  19. CyPPA, a positive modulator of small-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channels, inhibits phasic uterine contractions and delays preterm birth in mice.

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    Skarra, Dana V; Cornwell, Trudy; Solodushko, Viktoriya; Brown, Amber; Taylor, Mark S

    2011-11-01

    Organized uterine contractions, including those necessary for parturition, are dependent on calcium entry through voltage-gated calcium channels in myometrial smooth muscle cells. Recent evidence suggests that small-conductance Ca(2+)-activated potassium channels (K(Ca)2), specifically isoforms K(Ca)2.2 and 2.3, may control these contractions through negative feedback regulation of Ca(2+) entry. We tested whether selective pharmacologic activation of K(Ca)2.2/2.3 channels might depress uterine contractions, providing a new strategy for preterm labor intervention. Western blot analysis and immunofluorescence microscopy revealed expression of both K(Ca)2.2 and K(Ca)2.3 in the myometrium of nonpregnant (NP) and pregnant (gestation day 10 and 16; D10 and D16, respectively) mice. Spontaneous phasic contractions of isolated NP, D10, and D16 uterine strips were all suppressed by the K(Ca)2.2/2.3-selective activator CyPPA in a concentration-dependent manner. This effect was antagonized by the selective K(Ca)2 inhibitor apamin. Whereas CyPPA sensitivity was reduced in D10 and D16 versus NP strips (pIC(50) 5.33 ± 0.09, 4.64 ± 0.03, 4.72 ± 0.10, respectively), all contractions were abolished between 30 and 60 μM. Blunted contractions were associated with CyPPA depression of spontaneous Ca(2+) events in myometrial smooth muscle bundles. Augmentation of uterine contractions with oxytocin or prostaglandin F(2α) did not reduce CyPPA sensitivity or efficacy. Finally, in an RU486-induced preterm labor model, CyPPA significantly delayed time to delivery by 3.4 h and caused a 2.5-fold increase in pup retention. These data indicate that pharmacologic stimulation of myometrial K(Ca)2.2/2.3 channels effectively suppresses Ca(2+)-mediated uterine contractions and delays preterm birth in mice, supporting the potential utility of this approach in tocolytic therapies.

  20. Spontaneous and continuous anti-virus disinfection from nonstoichiometric perovskite-type lanthanum manganese oxide

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    Ding Weng; Chao Lei; Ting-Ting Wu; Ren Sun; Meiqing Shen; Yunfeng Lu

    2015-01-01

    Viral pathogens have threatened human being's health for a long time, from periodically breakout flu epidemics to recent rising Ebola virus disease. Herein, we report a new application of nonstoichiometric Perovskite-type LaxMnO3 (x ¼ 1, 0.95, and 0.9) compounds in spontaneous and continuous disinfection of viruses. Perovskite-type LaxMnO3 (x ¼ 1, 0.95, and 0.9) is well-known for their catalytic properties involving oxidization reactions, which are usually utilized as electrodes in fuel cells. By utilizing superb oxidative ability of LaxMnO3 (x ¼ 1, 0.95, and 0.9), amino acid residues in viral envelope proteins are oxidized, thus envelope proteins are denatured and infectivity of the virus is neutralized. It is of great importance that this process does not require external energy sources like light or heat. The A/PR/8/34H1N1 influenza A virus (PR8) was employed as the sample virus in our demonstration, and high-throughput disinfections were observed. The efficiency of disinfection was correlated to oxidative ability of LaxMnO3 (x ¼ 1, 0.95, and 0.9) by EPR and H2-TPR results that La0.9MnO3 had the highest oxidative ability and correspondingly gave out the best disinfecting results within three nonstoichiometric compounds. Moreover, denaturation of hemagglutinin and neuraminidase, the two key envelope proteins of influenza A viruses, was demonstrated by HA unit assay with chicken red blood cells and NA fluorescence assay, respectively. This unique disinfecting application of La0.9MnO3 is considered as a great make up to current sterilizing methods especially to photocatalyst based disinfectants and can be widely applied to cut-off spread routes of viruses, either viral aerosol or contaminated fluid, and help in controlling the possibly upcoming epidemics like flus and hemorrhagic fever.