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  1. An evaluation of the Fe-N phase diagram considering long-range order of N atoms in gamma'-Fe4N1-x and epsilon-Fe2N1-z

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    Kooi, BJ; Somers, MAJ; Mittemeijer, EJ

    1996-01-01

    The chemical potential of nitrogen was described asa function of nitrogen content for the Fe-N phases alpha-FE[N], gamma'-Fe4N1-x, and epsilon-Fe2N1-x. For alpha-Fe[N], an ideal random distribution of the nitrogen atoms over the octahedral interstices of the bcc iron lattice was assumed; for gamma'-

  2. HisE11 and HisF8 provide bis-histidyl heme hexa-coordination in the globin domain of Geobacter sulfurreducens globin-coupled sensor.

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    Pesce, Alessandra; Thijs, Liesbet; Nardini, Marco; Desmet, Filip; Sisinni, Lorenza; Gourlay, Louise; Bolli, Alessandro; Coletta, Massimiliano; Van Doorslaer, Sabine; Wan, Xuehua; Alam, Maqsudul; Ascenzi, Paolo; Moens, Luc; Bolognesi, Martino; Dewilde, Sylvia

    2009-02-13

    Among heme-based sensors, recent phylogenomic and sequence analyses have identified 34 globin coupled sensors (GCS), to which an aerotactic or gene-regulating function has been tentatively ascribed. Here, the structural and biochemical characterization of the globin domain of the GCS from Geobacter sulfurreducens (GsGCS(162)) is reported. A combination of X-ray crystallography (crystal structure at 1.5 A resolution), UV-vis and resonance Raman spectroscopy reveals the ferric GsGCS(162) as an example of bis-histidyl hexa-coordinated GCS. In contrast to the known hexa-coordinated globins, the distal heme-coordination in ferric GsGCS(162) is provided by a His residue unexpectedly located at the E11 topological site. Furthermore, UV-vis and resonance Raman spectroscopy indicated that ferrous deoxygenated GsGCS(162) is a penta-/hexa-coordinated mixture, and the heme hexa-to-penta-coordination transition does not represent a rate-limiting step for carbonylation kinetics. Lastly, electron paramagnetic resonance indicates that ferrous nitrosylated GsGCS(162) is a penta-coordinated species, where the proximal HisF8-Fe bond is severed.

  3. the Fe-N System

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    S. Matar

    1993-01-01

    of Fe2N for the two nitrides. The magnetization is low (0.95 μB/at. for Fe2N and vanishes for FeN. The decrease of the magnetization with increasing amount of N is assessed within the Fe-N system in a model derived from a Slater-Pauling type behavior. Accordingly, a trend from weak to strong ferromagnetism is suggested.

  4. Phase transformations in interstitial Fe-N alloys

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    Liapina, T.

    2005-04-15

    Nitriding is a prominent thermochemical heat-treatment procedure leading to various types of surface property improvements of the treated iron and steel. Many questions regarding even very basic properties of these compound layers and the relevant nitride phases are still open. Some of these open questions related with the behaviour of iron nitrides and, in particular, of iron nitride compound layers occurring below the usual process temperatures are addressed to in this thesis, as relevant e.g. for the cooling procedure after nitriding. The most important iron nitrides occurring in iron-nitride compound layers are the {gamma}'- and {epsilon}-phases in the Fe-N system. It is shown that for relatively low nitrogen contents of epsilon-iron nitrides (around Fe{sub 3}N) the cooling rate upon going down from an elevated annealing temperature to room temperature has a significant effect on the lattice parameters. X-ray and neutron diffraction analysis revealed that the lattice parameter values observed after fast cooling are affected by the higher degree of nitrogen disorder at elevated temperature, thus changing the c/a ratio. New relations between the lattice parameters of {epsilon}-iron nitrides and the nitrogen content are suggested for different types of cooling. The investigation by TEM of the decomposition upon annealing (633 K, 673 K) of initially homogeneous {epsilon}-Fe{sub 3}N powders revealed that the {gamma}'-formation occurs in only a few powder particles in a grain-like form. Moreover, diffraction line-profile analysis revealed N transport occurring from particle to particle, leading to inhomogeneities of N content in the epsilon-phase. It was shown that {gamma}'-iron nitride formation can occur by backwards growth of the existing {gamma}'-sublayer at the cost of the {epsilon}-sublayer increasing N concentration in the {epsilon}-layer. Another process, which may additionally occur in the compound layer upon annealing, is diffusion of N

  5. What is the (epsilon'/epsilon)_exp Telling Us ?

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    Buras, Andrzej J; Buras, Andrzej J.

    2001-01-01

    Nature might be kinder than previously thought as far as epsilon'/epsilon is concerned. We show that the recently obtained experimental value for epsilon'/epsilon does not require sizeable 1/N and isospin-breaking corrections. We propose to display the theoretical results for epsilon'/epsilon in a (P^{1/2}, P^{3/2}) plane in which the experimental result is represented by a (epsilon'/epsilon)_exp-path. This should allow to exhibit transparently the role of 1/N and isospin-breaking corrections in different calculations of epsilon'/epsilon. From now on theorists are allowed to walk only along this (epsilon'/epsilon)_exp-path.

  6. Are men carrying the apolipoprotein epsilon 4- or epsilon 2 allele less fertile than epsilon 3 epsilon 3 genotypes?

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    Gerdes, Lars Ulrik; Gerdes, C; Hansen, P S;

    1996-01-01

    The epsilon 3 allele in the human gene coding for apolipoprotein E (apoE) is the most common worldwide, but epsilon 4 is probably the ancestral allele. Since apoE is involved in many important biological processes, selection forces could have favoured epsilon 3. We hypothesized that apoE genotypes...... may affect reproductive efficiency, and we therefore compared the distributions of 40-year-old married men with known genotypes by the numbers of their biological children. The distributions were statistically significantly different (P = 0.0026). On average, men with the epsilon 3 epsilon 3 genotype...... (n = 212) had 1.93 children, men with the epsilon 3 epsilon 4 or epsilon 4 epsilon 4 genotype (n = 105) had 1.50, and men with the epsilon 3 epsilon 2 or epsilon 2 epsilon 2 genotypes (n = 53) had 1.66 children. Of the men in the three groups, 6%, 26% and 19%, respectively, reported being childless...

  7. The role of final state interactions in epsilon'/epsilon

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    Pallante, Elisabetta; Pich, Antonio; Scimemi, Ignazio

    2000-01-01

    The Standard Model prediction for epsilon'/epsilon is updated, taking into account the chiral loop corrections induced by final state interactions. The resulting value, epsilon'/epsilon = (17\\pm 6)\\times 10^{-4}, is in good agreement with present measurements.

  8. Twisting formula of epsilon factors

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    SAZZAD ALI BISWAS

    2017-09-01

    For characters of a non-Archimedean local field we have explicit formula for epsilon factors. But in general, we do not have any generalized twisting formula of epsilon factors. In this paper, we give a generalized twisting formula of epsilon factorsvia local Jacobi sums.

  9. Modeling thermodynamics of Fe-N phases

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    Pekelharing, Marjon I.; Böttger, Amarante; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    1999-01-01

    In the present work homogeneous epsilon-nitride powders prepared at 723 K, having nitrogen contents ranging from 26.1 at. % N (z=0.29) to 31.1 at.% N (z=0.10), were investigated with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Mössbauer spectroscopy. A thermodynamic model accounting for the two possible configur......In the present work homogeneous epsilon-nitride powders prepared at 723 K, having nitrogen contents ranging from 26.1 at. % N (z=0.29) to 31.1 at.% N (z=0.10), were investigated with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Mössbauer spectroscopy. A thermodynamic model accounting for the two possible...

  10. Eclipse of epsilon Aurigae

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    Templeton, Matthew R.

    2009-07-01

    The bright, long-period, eclipsing binary star epsilon Aurigae is predicted to begin its next eclipse late July or early August of 2009. Epsilon Aurigae is now past solar conjunction and has reappeared as a morning object. All observers -- both visual and instrumental -- are encouraged to contribute observations of the eclipse during the next two years, beginning immediately for morning observers. Observations are urgently requested right now because it is less likely to be observed in the morning, and the eclipse will begin within the next month. The AAVSO is participating in a global campaign to record this eclipse as part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 celebrations, organized by the Citizen Sky project (http://www.citizensky.org). For experienced visual observers, please observe this star on a weekly basis, using charts available via VSP from the AAVSO website. For novice visual observers, we recommend participating in this observing program by following the Citizen Sky 10-Star tutorial program, which provides a simple training experience in variable star observing. Photoelectric observers belonging to the AAVSO PEP-V program may submit data as usual via the WebObs feature of the AAVSO website Blue&Gold section. Photoelectric observers may also contribute reduced observations in all filters (including infrared J- and H-bands) directly to the AAVSO via WebObs. Observers using wide-field CCD and DSLR systems are also encouraged to participate; avoid saturating the star. For those with narrower-field systems (D Jeffrey Hopkins are co-leading the precision photometry efforts.

  11. Chargino contributions in light of recent $\\epsilon'/\\epsilon$

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    Endo, Motoi; Ueda, Daiki; Yamamoto, Kei

    2016-01-01

    Recently, the standard model prediction of $\\epsilon'/\\epsilon$ was improved, and a discrepancy from the experimental results was reported at the $2.9\\sigma$ level. We study the chargino contributions to $Z$ penguin especially with the vacuum stability constraint. The vacuum decay rate is investigated, and it is shown that the discrepancy can be explained if superparticles are lighter than 4-6 TeV. Correlations with $\\mathcal{B}(K_L\\to\\pi^0\

  12. Improved anatomy of epsilon'/epsilon in the Standard Model

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    Buras, Andrzej J; Jäger, Sebastian; Jamin, Matthias

    2015-01-01

    We present a new analysis of the ratio epsilon'/epsilon within the Standard Model (SM) using a formalism that is manifestly independent of the values of leading (V-A)x(V-A) QCD penguin, and EW penguin hadronic matrix elements of the operators Q_4, Q_9, and Q_10, and applies to the SM as well as extensions with the same operator structure. It is valid under the assumption that the SM exactly describes the data on CP-conserving K -> pi pi amplitudes. As a result of this and the high precision now available for CKM and quark mass parameters, to high accuracy epsilon'/epsilon depends only on two non-perturbative parameters, B_6^(1/2) and B_8^(3/2), and perturbatively calculable Wilson coefficients. Within the SM, we are separately able to determine the hadronic matrix element _0 from CP-conserving data, significantly more precisely than presently possible with lattice QCD. Employing B_6^(1/2) = 0.57+-0.15 and B_8^(3/2) = 0.76+-0.05, extracted from recent results by the RBC-UKQCD collaboration, we obtain epsilon'/...

  13. What is the (epsilon-prime / epsilon)(exp) telling us?

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    Buras, Andrzej J.; Gérard, Jean-Marc

    2001-01-01

    Nature might be kinder than previously thought as far as epsilon'/epsilon is concerned. We show that the recently obtained experimental value for epsilon'/epsilon does not require sizeable 1/N and isospin-breaking corrections. We propose to display the theoretical results for epsilon'/epsilon in a (P^{1/2}, P^{3/2}) plane in which the experimental result is represented by a (epsilon'/epsilon)_exp-path. This should allow to exhibit transparently the role of 1/N and isospin-br...

  14. Facts About Delta Pi Epsilon

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    Delta Pi Epsilon Journal, 1976

    1976-01-01

    The article discusses the purpose and structure of Delta Pi Epsilon and the general qualifications for membership. Service projects and publications, research awards, timely facts, the year of each chapter's origination, national presidents, and executive secretaries for the last 40 years are listed. (BP)

  15. An Assessment of the Al- Fe- N System

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    Hillert, Mats; Jonsson, Stefan

    1992-11-01

    The thermodynamic properties of the Al-Fe-N system are assessed, taking various types of information into account. For solid AIN, a description very similar to that given by JANAF is found to yield reasonable predictions for the solubility of A1N in face-centered cubic (fcc) Fe and in liquid Fe. An ionic two-sublattice model is applied to the liquid phase, containing two N species, N-3 and N0 The melting point of A1N is taken as 3068 K, and a required gas pressure of 9.75 bar is predicted. A sublimation point of 2690 K at 1 bar is also predicted. A plot of the liquidus surfaces in the Fe-rich end of the Al-Fe-N system is presented.

  16. Superconducting critical temperature in FeN-based superconductor/ferromagnet bilayers

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    Hwang, T. J.; Kim, D. H. [Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-06-15

    We present an experimental investigation of the superconducting transition temperatures, Tc, of superconductor/ferromagnet bilayers with varying the thickness of ferromagnetic layer. FeN was used for the ferromagnetic (F) layer, and NbN and Nb were used for the superconducting (S) layer. The results were obtained using three different-thickness series of the S layer of the S/F bilayers: NbN/FeN with NbN thickness, dNbN ≈ 9.3 nm and dNbN ≈ 10 nm, and Nb/FeN with Nb thickness dNb ≈ 15 nm. Tc drops sharply with increasing thickness of the ferromagnetic layer, dFeN, before maximal suppression of superconductivity at dFeN ≈6.3 nm for dNbN ≈10 nm and at dFeN ≈2.5 nm for dNb ≈ 15 nm, respectively. After shallow minimum of Tc, a weak Tc oscillation was observed in NbN/FeN bilayers, but it was hardly observable in Nb/FeN bilayers.

  17. Pareto-adaptive epsilon-dominance.

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    Hernández-Díaz, Alfredo G; Santana-Quintero, Luis V; Coello Coello, Carlos A; Molina, Julián

    2007-01-01

    Efficiency has become one of the main concerns in evolutionary multiobjective optimization during recent years. One of the possible alternatives to achieve a faster convergence is to use a relaxed form of Pareto dominance that allows us to regulate the granularity of the approximation of the Pareto front that we wish to achieve. One such relaxed forms of Pareto dominance that has become popular in the last few years is epsilon-dominance, which has been mainly used as an archiving strategy in some multiobjective evolutionary algorithms. Despite its advantages, epsilon-dominance has some limitations. In this paper, we propose a mechanism that can be seen as a variant of epsilon-dominance, which we call Pareto-adaptive epsilon-dominance (paepsilon-dominance). Our proposed approach tries to overcome the main limitation of epsilon-dominance: the loss of several nondominated solutions from the hypergrid adopted in the archive because of the way in which solutions are selected within each box.

  18. A novel human immunoglobulin Fc gamma Fc epsilon bifunctional fusion protein inhibits Fc epsilon RI-mediated degranulation.

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    Zhu, Daocheng; Kepley, Christopher L; Zhang, Min; Zhang, Ke; Saxon, Andrew

    2002-05-01

    Human mast cells and basophils that express the high-affinity immunoglobulin E (IgE) receptor, Fc epsilon receptor 1 (Fc epsilon RI), have key roles in allergic diseases. Fc epsilon RI cross-linking stimulates the release of allergic mediators. Mast cells and basophils co-express Fc gamma RIIb, a low affinity receptor containing an immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motif and whose co-aggregation with Fc epsilon RI can block Fc epsilon RI-mediated reactivity. Here we designed, expressed and tested the human basophil and mast-cell inhibitory function of a novel chimeric fusion protein, whose structure is gamma Hinge-CH gamma 2-CH gamma 3-15aa linker-CH epsilon 2-CH epsilon 3-CH epsilon 4. This Fc gamma Fc epsilon fusion protein was expressed as the predicted 140-kappa D dimer that reacted with anti-human epsilon- and gamma-chain specific antibodies. Fc gamma Fc epsilon bound to both human Fc epsilon RI and Fc gamma RII. It also showed dose- and time-dependent inhibition of antigen-driven IgE-mediated histamine release from fresh human basophils sensitized with IgE directed against NIP (4-hydroxy-3-iodo-5-nitrophenylacetyl). This was associated with altered Syk signaling. The fusion protein also showed increased inhibition of human anti-NP (4-hydroxy-3-nitrophenylacetyl) and anti-dansyl IgE-mediated passive cutaneous anaphylaxis in transgenic mice expressing human Fc epsilon RI alpha. Our results show that this chimeric protein is able to form complexes with both Fc epsilon RI and Fc gamma RII, and inhibit mast-cell and basophil function. This approach, using a Fc gamma Fc epsilon fusion protein to co-aggregate Fc epsilon RI with a receptor containing an immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibition motif, has therapeutic potential in IgE- and Fc epsilon RI-mediated diseases.

  19. {epsilon}{sup '}/{epsilon} in the 1/N{sub c} expansion

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    Hambye, T. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Frascati, RM (Italy). Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati; Soldan, P.H. [Dortmund Univ., Dortmund (Germany). Inst. fuer Physik

    1999-07-01

    It is here presented a new analysis of the ratio {epsilon}{sup '}/{epsilon} which measures the direct CP violation in K {yields} {pi}{pi} decays. It is used the 1/N{sub c} expansion within the framework of the effective chiral lagrangian for pseudoscalar mesons. From general counting arguments it is showed that the matrix element of the operator Q{sub 6} is not protected from possible large 1/N{sub c} corrections beyond its large-N{sub c} or VSA value. Calculating the 1/N{sub c} corrections, it is explicity found that the they are large and positive. Our result indicates that a {delta}I = 1/2 enhancement is amplitude. This enhances {epsilon}{sup '}/{epsilon} and can bring the standard model prediction close to the measured value for central values of the parameters.

  20. Analysis of {epsilon}{sup '}/{epsilon} in the 1/N{sub c} expansion

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    Hambye, T. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Frascati, RM (Italy). Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati; Koehler, G.O.; Paschos, E.A.; Soldan, P.H. [Dortmund Univ., Dortmund (Germany). Inst. fuer Physik

    1999-07-01

    In this paper it is presented a new analysis of the ratio {epsilon}{sup '}/{epsilon} which measures the direct CP violation in K {yields}{pi}{pi} decays. It is used the 1/N{sub c} expansion within the framework of the effective chiral Lagrangian for pseudoscalar mesons. The 1/N{sub c} corrections to the hadronic matrix elements of all operators are calculated at leading order in the chiral expansion. Performing a simple scanning of the input parameters is obtained 1.5 {center_dot} 10{sup -4}{<=} {epsilon}{sup '}/{epsilon} {<=} 31.6 {center_dot} 10{sup -4}. It is also investigated, in the chiral limit, the 1/N{sub c} corrections to the operator Q{sub 6} at next-to-leading order in the chiral expansion. It is found large positive corrections which further enhance {epsilon}{sup '}/{epsilon} and can bring the standard model prediction close to the measured value for central values of the parameters. The result indicates that at the level of the 1/N{sub c} corrections a {delta}I = 1/2 enhancement is operative for Q{sub 6} similar to the one of Q{sub 1} and Q{sub 2} which dominate the CP conserving amplitude.

  1. Apparatus and method to measure dielectric properties (epsilon(') and epsilon(")) of ionic liquids.

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    Göllei, Attila; Vass, András; Pallai, Elisabeth; Gerzson, Miklós; Ludányi, Lajos; Mink, János

    2009-04-01

    Conventional techniques for measurement of dielectric properties of ionic liquids or electrolyte solutions fail because the samples are largely short circuited by the high electrical conductance. The object of the author's research activity was to elaborate an apparatus (microwave dielectrometer) and method suitable to measure the dielectric constant (epsilon(')) and loss factor (epsilon(")) of well conducting ionic liquids and other solvents. This process is based on a revised waveguide method completed with an automatic calibration possibility. Contrary to conventional measuring methods this technique uses about 20 W/g power density. The measurements were carried out at 2.45 GHz frequency in the temperature range from 10 up to 100 degrees C. The obtained (epsilon(')) and (epsilon(")) values of different solvents were compared with several published (calculated and measured) data. Statistical analysis was used to determine the error of measurements and distilled water was chosen as a standard for study of data dispersion. To accomplish statistical analysis, namely, the dielectric characteristics have to be determined at the same temperature. The values of variances were less or equal 1 in case of epsilon(') and decrease with increasing temperature. In case of epsilon(") the variance data were much smaller.

  2. Fe + N Noncompensated Codoping TiO2 Nanowires: The Enhanced Visible Light Photocatalytic Properties

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    Zhongpo Zhou

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The Fe + N codoped nanowire samples are prepared by hydro-thermal method and annealed in NH3 atmosphere. The XRD (X-ray diffraction, SEM (Scanning electron microscope, UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, and BET (Brunauer, Emmett, and Teller results indicate that the samples are pure anatase nanowires. The Fe + N codoped samples have the highest specific surface area, the largest red-shift, and the largest absorption enhancement in the visible light range compared with Fe doped, N doped, and undoped nanowires. The measurements of XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy show that N content of Fe + N codoped TiO2 is about two times as large as that of the N doped TiO2. It is assumed that nitrogen doping plays a very important role for the photocatalytic activity increase and hence the Fe + N codoped nanowire TiO2 shows the most effective photocatalytic activity under the visible light irradiation.

  3. Hilbert's epsilon as an Operator of Indefinite Committed Choice

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    Wirth, Claus-Peter

    2009-01-01

    Paul Bernays and David Hilbert carefully avoided overspecification of Hilbert's epsilon-operator and axiomatized only what was relevant for their proof-theoretic investigations. Semantically, this left the epsilon-operator underspecified. In the meanwhile, there have been several suggestions for semantics of the epsilon as a choice operator. After reviewing the literature on semantics of Hilbert's epsilon operator, we propose a new semantics with the following features: We avoid overspecification (such as right-uniqueness), but admit indefinite choice, committed choice, and classical logics. Moreover, our semantics for the epsilon supports proof search optimally and is natural in the sense that it does not only mirror some cases of referential interpretation of indefinite articles in natural language, but may also contribute to philosophy of language. Finally, we ask the question whether our epsilon within our free-variable framework can serve as a paradigm useful in the specification and computation of seman...

  4. FORMATION OF Fe-N COMPOUNDS BY LASER NITRIDATION IN AN ATMOSPHERIC AMBIENT

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    Y.L. Yang; F.J. Sun; D. Zhang

    2003-01-01

    The formation of Fe-N compounds by laser nitriding in an atmospheric ambient wasreported. By CW-CO2 laser irradiation on pure ferrite iron in the atmospheric am-bient, Fe-N compounds (including Fe2N, Fe3N and Fe4N) are formed as a result of alaser-enhanced and temperature-enhanced reactions. The samples were analyzed withX-ray diffraction. It is found that the laser power density, scanning speed and nitro-gen temperature are the main factors influencing the formation of Fe-N compounds.Nitrogen can be activated by pre-heating at some temperature. Nitrogen activationand sample surface melting by CW-CO2 laser greatly enhance the reaction betweenthe sample surface and nitrogen beam. After annealing at 500℃ for 3h, some Fe2Nand Fe3N converted into more stable Fe4N.

  5. Fe and N diffusion in nitrogen-rich FeN measured using neutron reflectometry

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    Mukul Gupta; A Gupta; A Wildes; T Gutberlet

    2008-11-01

    Grazing incidence neutron reflectometry provides an opportunity to measure the depth profile of a thin film sample with a resolution <1 nm, in a non-destructive way. In this way the diffusion across the interfaces can also be measured. In addition, neutrons have contrast among the isotopes, making it feasible to measure the self-diffusion. In the present work, the isotope multilayers of [FeN/57 FeN]10 and [FeN/Fe15N]10 were prepared using magnetron sputtering and self-diffusion of Fe and N was investigated. It was found that N diffusion is slower compared to Fe and does not follow the atomic size dependence.

  6. Molecular modeling of epsilon RNA from hepatitis B virus

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    Huai Ren Pan; Hai Jun Zhu; Zhong Rong Song; Xu Dong Zhang; Huai Cao

    2009-01-01

    An initial model of the HBV epsilon RNA was built by the Biopolymer module of Insight Ⅱ. While its three-dimensional structure was obtained through structure optimization based on molecular dynamics simulation, the two active sites were found. A comparison with the experimental result indicated that the active sites may be the binding sites of the epsilon RNA in the RT-epsilon interaction. The result will be helpful to further discussion about the mechanism of RT-epsilon interaction and the study of HBV genome replication.

  7. New atmospheric model of Epsilon Eridani

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    Vieytes, Mariela; Fontenla, Juan; Buccino, Andrea; Mauas, Pablo

    2016-05-01

    We present a new semi-empirical model of the atmosphere of the widely studied K-dwarf Epsilon Eridani (HD 22049). The model is build to reproduce the visible spectral observations from 3800 to 6800 Angstrom and the h and k Mg II lines profiles. The computations were carried out using the Solar-Stellar Radiation Physical Modeling (SSRPM) tools, which calculate non-LTE population for the most important species in the stellar atmosphere. We show a comparison between the synthetic and observed spectrum, obtaining a good agreement in all the studied spectral range.

  8. The Final Measurement of Epsilon'/Epsilon from KTeV

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    Worcester, E.T.

    2009-10-01

    The authors present precise measurements of CP and CPT symmetry based on the full dataset of K {yields} {pi}{pi} decays collected by the KTeV experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory during 1996, 1997, and 1999. This dataset contains about 15 million K {yields} {pi}{sup 0}{pi}{sup 0} and 70 million K {yields} {pi}{sup +}{pi}{sup -} decays. They measure the direct CP violation parameter Re({epsilon}'/{epsilon}) = (19.2 {+-} 2.1) x 10{sup -4}. they find the K{sub L}-K{sub S} mass difference {Delta}m = (5265 {+-} 10) x 10{sup 6} {bar h}s{sup -1} and the K{sub S} lifetime {tau}{sub S} = (89.62 {+-} 0.05) x 10{sup -12} s. They test CPT symmetry by finding the phase of the indirect CP violation parameter {epsilon}, {phi}{sub {epsilon}} = (44.09 {+-} 1.00){sup o}, and the difference of the relative phases between the CP violating and CP conserving decay amplitudes for K {yields} {pi}{sup +}{pi}{sup -} ({phi}{sub +-}) and for K {yields} {pi}{sup 0}{pi}{sup 0} ({phi}{sub 00}), {Delta}{phi} = (0.29 {+-} 0.31){sup o}. these results are consistent with other experimental results and with CPT symmetry.

  9. Re (epsilon'/epsilon_K) vs. B_d -> phi K_S CP asymmetry

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    Ko, P; Park, J; Park, Jae-hyeon

    2005-01-01

    In a SUSY GUT seesaw scenario, the largeness of the atmospheric neutrino mixing can reflect itself into an enhanced flavor changing mixing of beauty and strange right-handed scalar quarks. If the CP violating phase in such down type squark RR insertion is the main source of CP asymmetry in B_d -> phi K_S and the gluino contributions to K0-K0 bar and B0-B0 bar mixing are negligible, there is a correlation between Re (epsilon'/epsilon_K) and B_d -> phi K_S CP asymmetry, in addition to that with the strange quark CEDM. The current data on Re (epsilon'/epsilon_K) = (16.7 +- 2.6) 10^-4 imply that S_{phi K} should be greater than \\sim 0.5 (0.25) for mu tan beta = 1 (5) TeV, assuming the RR dominance in b -> s transition and the minimal supergravity type boundary conditions for soft parameters.

  10. Evidence for molecular N2 bubble formation in a (Ga,Fe)N magnetic semiconductor

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    Kovács, András; Schaffer, B.; Moreno, M. S.

    2011-01-01

    Fe-doped GaN semiconductors are of interest for combining the properties of semiconductors and magnetic materials [1]. Depending on the growth temperature used, Fe can either be distributed homogenously in the GaN host lattice or it can accumulate in the form of Fe-N nanocrystals. As a result......] and studied in cross-sectional geometry using several transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. Great care was taken during TEM specimen preparation to minimize Ar ion-beam induced artefacts. Fe-N nanocrystal formation was observed in samples that had been deposited at temperatures higher than 850°C...

  11. Epsilon Metal Summary Report FY 2011

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    Strachan, Denis M.; Crum, Jarrod V.; Zumhoff, Mac R.; Bovaird, Chase C.; Windisch, Charles F.; Riley, Brian J.

    2011-09-30

    The Epsilon-metal ({var_epsilon}-metal) phase was selected in FY 2009 as a potential waste form to for immobilizing the noble metals found in the undissolved solids + aqueous stream, and the soluble Tc from ion-exchange process, each resulting from proposed aqueous reprocessing. {var_epsilon}-metal phase is observed in used nuclear fuel and the natural reactors of Oklobono in Gabon, where the long-term corrosion behavior was demonstrated. This makes {var_epsilon}-metal a very attractive waste form. Last fiscal year, {var_epsilon}-metal was successfully fabricated by combining the five-metals, Mo, Ru, Rh, Pd and Re (surrogate for Tc), into pellets followed by consolidation with an arc melter. The arc melter produced fully dense samples with the epsilon structure. However, some chemistry differences were observed in the microstructure that resulted in regions rich in Re and Mo, and others rich in Pd, while Ru and Rh remained fairly constant throughout. This year, thermal stability (air), and corrosion testing of the samples fabricated by arc melting were the main focus for experimental work. Thermal stability was measured with a differential scanning calorimeter - thermogravimetric analyzer, by both ramp heating as well as step heating. There is clear evidence during the ramp heating experiment of an exothermic event + a weight loss peak both beginning at {approx}700 C. Step heating showed an oxidation event at {approx}690 C with minimal weight gain that occurs just before the weight loss event at 700 C. The conclusion being that the e-metal begins to oxidize and then become volatile. These findings are useful for considering the effects of voloxidation process. Three different pellets were subjected to electrochemical testing to study the corrosion behavior of the epsilon-metal phase in various conditions, namely acidic, basic, saline, and inert. Test was done according to an interim procedure developed for the alloy metal waste form. First an open circuit potential

  12. Systematic effects in the R({epsilon}`/{epsilon}) measurement for NA31; Effets systematiques sur la mesure de R({epsilon}`/{epsilon}) dans NA31

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    Perdereau, O.

    1994-12-01

    The aim of this thesis is to report the works done by the author during the NA31 experiment from 1989 to 1993. The framework of this work is the measurement of R({epsilon}`/{epsilon}) parameter using 1989 data. The experiment consist in large sample records of kaons into two pions disintegration modes. Differences in detector response for one of the two modes and/or in one of the two beams used has been systematically verified and studied and eventually corrected. After a presentation of the apparatus used in the NA31 experiment, the procedure of reconstruction and analysis of charged and neutral events is described. Monte-Carlo simulations are applied to simulate the different diffused kaon sources after evaluation and removal of the different background noises. Corrections for the effects of accidental particles is taken into account in the background noise estimation. A disturbance in the shower counter measurements has led to the conception of a new control device which can provide additional informations for the calculation of new characteristic quantities for reconstituted particles. These informations have been used for the estimation of accidental triggered events and for the determination of the fraction of lost events due to accidental photon. A satisfactory agreement is observed between the results and results of the superposition method. (J.S.). 77 refs., 129 figs., 40 tabs, 1 ann.

  13. Phase Transformations and Phase Equilibria in the Fe-N System at Temperatures below 573 K

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    Malinov, S.; Böttger, A.J.; Mittemeijer, E.J.;

    2001-01-01

    The phase transformations of homogeneous Fe-N alloys of nitrogen contents from 10 to 26 at. pct were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction analysis upon aging in the temperature range from 373 to 473 K. It was found that precipitation of alpha double prime-Fe16N2 below 443 K does not only oc...

  14. Promotion of CO oxidation on the Fe/N X clusters embedded graphene

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    Zhao, Ming Yu; Zhao, Ru Meng; Niu, Meng Meng; Li, Wei; Ma, Ya Qiang; Li, Yi; Tang, Ya Nan; Dai, Xian Qi

    2017-03-01

    CO catalytic oxidation on the two-dimensional (2D) Fe/N X clusters embedded graphene (G) (X = 4, 3, 2, 1) with D 4h, C 2v, C 2h, and C S symmetries is investigated using the first-principle method. Fe/N2-G system with C 2h symmetry facilitates the O2 adsorption. The strong interaction between the Fe atom and O2 in Fe/N2-G system can be contributed from the high energy of Fe's d_z^2 orbit. The CO oxidation reaction on Fe/N2-G system has a small energy barrier (0.43 eV) by the Langmuir-Hinshelwood (LH) mechanism (CO + O2 → OOCO → CO2 + Oads), which would be useful in evaluating the reactivity of Fe catalyst and serving as a good candidate for efficient non-noble metal catalyst. The results provide valuable guidance on selecting catalysts of low cost and superior activity to fabricate graphene-based materials.

  15. Structure and Magnetic Properties of Fe-N Films Prepared by Dual Ion Beam Sputtering

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    诸葛兰剑; 吴雪梅; 汤乃云; 叶春兰; 姚伟国

    2001-01-01

    Fe-N films were prepared on Si substrate by dual ion beam sputtering (DIBS). It is of the films were investigated by a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The structure of the films is insensitive to the ratios of N2/Ar in main ion source(MIS), and is mainly influenced by the substrate temperature (Ts).``

  16. Modeling thermodynamics of Fe-N phases; characterisation of e-Fe2N1-z

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    Pekelharing, M.I.; Böttger, A.; Somers, Marcel A.J.

    1999-01-01

    In order to arrive at modeling the thermodynamics of Fe-N phases, including long-range (LRO) and short-range ordering (SRO) of the N atoms, it is important to understand the role of N interstitially dissolved in an Fe-host lattice. The crystal structure of -Fe2N1-z consists of an h.c.p. iron...

  17. High interobserver variability in the assessment of epsilon waves

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    Platonov, Pyotr G; Calkins, Hugh; Hauer, Richard N

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Revision of the Task Force diagnostic criteria for arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia (ARVC/D) has increased their sensitivity for the diagnosis of early and familial forms of the disease. The epsilon wave is a major diagnostic criterion in the context of ARVC....../D, which, however, remains not quantifiable and therefore may leave room for substantial subjective interpretation. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess interobserver agreement in epsilon wave definition and epsilon wave importance for ARVC/D diagnosis. METHODS: Electrocardiographic (ECG......) tracings depicting leads V1, V2, and V3 collected from individuals evaluated for ARVC/D (n = 30) were given to panel members who were asked to respond to the question whether ECG patterns meet epsilon wave definition outlined by the Task Force diagnostic criteria. The prevalence and importance of epsilon...

  18. T*{sub {epsilon}} integral analysis of fracture specimens

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    Omori, Y.; Ma, L.; Kobayashi, A.S. [Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States)] [and others

    1996-12-31

    T*{sub {epsilon}} integral values associated with stable crack growth in thin 2024-T3 aluminum compact (CT) specimens and A606 HSLA steel single edge notched (SEN) specimens were determined directly from the crack tip displacement field obtained by moire interferometry. Stable crack growth in the SEN specimen was also simulated by an elastic-plastic finite element (FE) model which was driven by the experimentally determined boundary conditions. T*{sub {epsilon}} obtained experimentally and by FE were in reasonable agreements with each other. Unlike the vanishing J integrals with crack extension, T*{sub {epsilon}} reached steady state values with stable crack growth. Thus, for a given integration contour, {Gamma}{sub {epsilon}}, near the crack tip, T*{sub {epsilon}} can be used as a stable crack growth as well as a ductile fracture criteria.

  19. Clinical Significance of Epsilon Waves in Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy.

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    Protonotarios, Alexandros; Anastasakis, Aris; Tsatsopoulou, Adalena; Antoniades, Loizos; Prappa, Efstathia; Syrris, Petros; Tousoulis, Dimitrios; McKENNA, William J; Protonotarios, Nikos

    2015-07-16

    Epsilon waves are hallmark features of arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (ACM) but information about their clinical significance is variable. We evaluated epsilon wave prevalence, characteristics, and their clinical significance in an ACM population. Eighty-six unselected patients fulfilling the 2010 Task Force criteria were enrolled. Seventy-six of them were carriers of desmosomal mutations. All subjects were serially evaluated with standard 12-lead ECG and 2-dimensional echocardiography. Epsilon waves were evaluated in all precordial and inferior leads. Novel parameters assessed included their duration and precordial/inferior lead extension. Twenty-five subjects (29%) had epsilon waves that were present in lead V3 and beyond in 9, and in the inferior leads in 7. Epsilon waves were associated with right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) (P = 0.001) but not RV posterior wall (P = 0.21), RV apex (P = 0.30), or left ventricular (P = 0.94) wall motion abnormalities. Patients with epsilon waves had increased RVOT diameter (P waves in lead V3 and beyond was associated with increased epsilon wave duration (P = 0.002) and RVOT diameter (P = 0.04). The duration of epsilon waves was positively correlated with RVOT diameter (r = 0.70, P = 0.0001). Epsilon waves were also associated with episodes of sustained ventricular tachycardia (P = 0.004) but not with heart failure (P = 0.41) or sudden cardiac death (P = 0.31). Detection of epsilon waves on 12-lead ECG reflects significant RVOT involvement, which was associated with episodes of sustained ventricular tachycardia but not sudden cardiac death. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. High temperature epsilon-near-zero and epsilon-near-pole metamaterial emitters for thermophotovoltaics

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    Molesky, Sean; Jacob, Zubin

    2012-01-01

    We propose a method for engineering thermally excited far field electromagnetic radiation using epsilon-near-zero metamaterials and introduce a new class of artificial media: epsilon-near-pole metamaterials. We also introduce the concept of high temperature plasmonics as conventional metamaterial building blocks have relatively poor thermal stability. Using our approach, the angular nature, spectral position, and width of the thermal emission and optical absorption can be finely tuned for a variety of applications. In particular, we show that these metamaterial emitters near 1500 K can be used as part of thermophotovoltaic devices to surpass the full concentration Shockley-Queisser limit of 41%. Our work paves the way for high temperature thermal engineering applications of metamaterials.

  1. Wilson fermions in the epsilon regime

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    Bär, Oliver; Schaefer, Stefan

    2009-01-01

    We extend the epsilon-expansion of continuum chiral perturbation theory to nonzero lattice spacing in the framework of Wilson Chiral Perturbation Theory. We distinguish various regimes by defining the relative power counting of the quark mass m and the lattice spacing a. We observe that for m ~ a Lambda^2_QCD, the explicit breaking of chiral symmetry in Wilson fermions is still driven by the quark mass and lattice corrections are highly suppressed. The lattice spacing effects become more pronounced for smaller quark masses and may lead to non-trivial corrections of the continuum results at next-to-leading order. We compute these corrections for standard current and density correlation functions. A fit to lattice data shows that these corrections are small, as expected.

  2. Significance of soluble Fc epsilon receptor II (sFc epsilon RII/CD23) in serum and possible application of sFc epsilon RII for the prevention of allergic reactions.

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    Suemura, M; Kikutani, H; Sugiyama, K; Uchibayashi, N; Aitani, M; Kuritani, T; Barsumian, E L; Yamatodani, A; Kishimoto, T

    1991-01-01

    The significance of sFc epsilon RII in IgE-mediated allergic disease was examined. sFc epsilon RII in serum was found to decrease following clinical improvement, suggesting sFc epsilon RII in serum may be an indicator of allergic diseases. Significant proportions of sFc epsilon RII in serum were present as complexes with IgE in normals as well as in atopic patients, and these complexes were more prominent in the former than in the latter group. From these observations, attempts were made to inhibit IgE-mediated allergic reactions in vitro employing recombinant sFc epsilon RII. sFc epsilon RII inhibited IgE-binding as well as IgE-mediated release of chemical mediators from Fc epsilon RI and Fc epsilon RII expressing cells. These results show the functional significance of sFc epsilon RII in the negative regulation of IgE-mediated allergic reactions.

  3. Equivalence of History and Generator Epsilon-Machines

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    Travers, Nicholas F

    2011-01-01

    Epsilon-machines are minimal, unifilar representations of stationary stochastic processes. They were originally defined in the history machine sense---as machines whose states are the equivalence classes of infinite histories with the same probability distribution over futures. In analyzing synchronization, though, an alternative generator definition was given: unifilar edge-label hidden Markov models with probabilistically distinct states. The key difference is that history epsilon-machines are defined by a process, whereas generator epsilon-machines define a process. We show here that these two definitions are equivalent.

  4. Formation dynamics of FeN thin films on Cu(100)

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    Heryadi, Dodi

    2012-01-01

    To investigate the structural and magnetic properties of thin films of FeN we have performed ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of their formation on Cu(100) substrates. The iron nitride layers exhibit a p4gm(2 × 2) reconstruction and order ferromagnetically in agreement with experiment. We establish the dynamics and time scale of the film formation as a function of the film thickness. The process is split in two phases: formation of almost flat FeN layers and optimization of the distance to the substrate. Our calculated magnetic moments are 1.67 μ B, 2.14 μ B, and 2.21 μ B for one, two, and three monolayers of iron nitride. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. The structure and magnetic properties of Fe-N thin films

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    周剑平; 李丹; 顾有松; 常香荣; 赵春生; 李福燊; 乔利杰; 田中卓; 宋庆山; 方光旦

    2002-01-01

    200 nm Fe-N thin films deposited on glass substrates by RF sputtering were vacuum annealed at 250-350℃ under 12000 A/m magnetic field. Heat treatment was effective in improving the soft magnetic properties of the Fe-N film. When the nitrogen content was in the range of 5-7 at. %,the thin films consisted of α′ + α" after heat treatment and had excellent soft magnetic properties of 4πMs = 2.4 T, Hc < 80 A/m, μr = 1500 under 2-10 MHz. The properties of the films meet the needs of a write head material used in the dual element GMR/inductive heads. The fromation mechanism and lattice constants of the α′ phase in Fe-N thin film are different from Jack's results obtained from γ→α′transformation in bulk samples. The linear relationship between a, c and Ca'N for thin film was obtained asc = 2. 866+ 1.559Ca'N,a = 2.866 + 0.181Ca'N.``

  6. High-frequency behavior of FeN thin films fabricated by using reactive sputtering

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    Hwang, Tae-Jong; Lee, Joonsik; Kim, Ki Hyeon; Kim, Dong Ho

    2016-08-01

    We used ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) and its relationship with the static magnetic properties to investigate the high-frequency behavior of FeN thin films prepared by using reactive sputtering. The FMR was observed in the frequency range from 2 to 18 GHz in the FeN films fabricated at a proper nitrogen flow rate (NFR). In those FeN thin films, a decrease in the saturation magnetization and a corresponding decrease of the FMR frequency were observed as the NFR was increased during the deposition. The external field dependences of the FMR frequencies fit the Kittel formula well, and the Landé g-factors determined from the fit were found to be very close to the free electron value. The high-field damping parameters were almost insensitive to the NFR. However, the lowfield damping parameters exhibited a high sensitivity to the NFR very similar to the dependence of the hard-axis coercivity on the NFR, suggesting that extrinsic material properties, such as impurities and defect structures, could be important in deciding the low-field damping behavior.

  7. Epsilon Factors for Meromorphic Connections and Gauss Sums

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    Bremer, Christopher L

    2010-01-01

    Let $E$ is be vector bundle with meromorphic connection on $\\proj^1/k$ for some field $k \\subset \\cplx$, and let $\\mathbf{E}$ be the sheaf of horizontal sections on the analytic points of $X$. The irregular Riemann-Hilbert correspondence states that there is a canonical isomorphism between the De Rham cohomology of $L$ and the `moderate growth' cohomology of $\\mathbf{L}$. Recent work of Beilinson, Bloch, and Esnault has shown that the determinant of this map factors into a product of local `$\\epsilon$-factors' which closely resemble the classical $\\epsilon$-factors of Galois representations. In this paper, we show that $\\epsilon$-factors for rank one connections may be calculated explicitly by a Gauss sum. This formula suggests a deeper relationship between the De Rham $\\epsilon$-factor and its Galois counterpart.

  8. VARIABILITY IN OPTICAL SPECTRA OF {epsilon} ORIONIS

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    Thompson, Gregory B. [Department of Physics, Adrian College, Adrian, MI 49221 (United States); Morrison, Nancy D., E-mail: gthompson@adrian.edu, E-mail: nmorris@utnet.utoledo.edu [Ritter Astrophysical Research Center, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Toledo, 2801 W. Bancroft, Toledo, OH 43606 (United States)

    2013-04-15

    We present the results of a time series analysis of 130 echelle spectra of {epsilon} Ori (B0 Ia), acquired over seven observing seasons between 1998 and 2006 at Ritter Observatory. The equivalent widths of H{alpha} (net) and He I {lambda}5876 were measured and radial velocities were obtained from the central absorption of He I {lambda}5876. Temporal variance spectra (TVS) revealed significant wind variability in both H{alpha} and He I {lambda}5876. The He I TVS have a double-peaked profile consistent with radial velocity oscillations. A periodicity search was carried out on the equivalent width and radial velocity data, as well as on wavelength-binned spectra. This analysis has revealed several periods in the variability with timescales of two to seven days. Many of these periods exhibit sinusoidal modulation in the associated phase diagrams. Several of these periods were present in both H{alpha} and He I, indicating a possible connection between the wind and the photosphere. Due to the harmonic nature of these periods, stellar pulsations may be the origin of some of the observed variability. Periods on the order of the rotational period were also detected in the He I line in the 1998-1999 season and in both lines during the 2004-2005 season. These periods may indicate rotational modulation due to structure in the wind.

  9. On the shepherding of Uranian epsilon ring

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    周济林; 孙义燧; Bambi; Hu

    2000-01-01

    To explain the long-term existence of Uranian narrow rings, we study the dynamical evolution of Uranian epsilon ring under the influence of its two shepherding satellites: Cordelia and Ophelia. The model of planar-elliptic restricted three-body problem is employed, in which the three bodies are Uran, a satellite and a test partide. Dissipations due to irrterparticle collisions are also taken into consideration. A mapping system has been obtained based on the differential equation system . Numerical results show that only those partides originally lying in the libration region of the reso-nance can be shepherded. The size of the libration region depends mainly on the orbital eccentricity and mass of the shepherd satellite. For the outer shepherd Ophelia with larger orbital eccentricity, if its mass is a third of the nominal mass 2.5 > 1019 g, most of the orbits are regular and the outer edge of the ring can be shepherded, but more fuzzy than the inner edge. Thus we infer that Ophelia has a smaller mass.

  10. Epsilon substituted lysinol derivatives as HIV-1 protease inhibitors.

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    Jones, Kristen L G; Holloway, M Katharine; Su, Hua-Poo; Carroll, Steven S; Burlein, Christine; Touch, Sinoeun; DiStefano, Daniel J; Sanchez, Rosa I; Williams, Theresa M; Vacca, Joseph P; Coburn, Craig A

    2010-07-15

    A series of HIV-1 protease inhibitors containing an epsilon substituted lysinol backbone was synthesized. Two novel synthetic routes using N-boc-L-glutamic acid alpha-benzyl ester and 2,6-diaminopimelic acid were developed. Incorporation of this epsilon substituent enabled access to the S2 pocket of the enzyme, affording high potency inhibitors. Modeling studies and synthetic efforts suggest the potency increase is due to both conformational bias and van der Waals interactions with the S2 pocket.

  11. Experimental Test for epsilon-Expansions with n=4

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    Ott, H. R.; Kjems, Jørgen

    1980-01-01

    epsilon (Porson)-expansion calculations predict the magnetic phase transitions of the Ce monochalcogenides to be first order. We present experimental evidence that the transitions in CeSe and CeTe are continuous.......epsilon (Porson)-expansion calculations predict the magnetic phase transitions of the Ce monochalcogenides to be first order. We present experimental evidence that the transitions in CeSe and CeTe are continuous....

  12. Saying Hello World with Epsilon - A Solution to the 2011 Instructive Case

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    Rose, Louis M; Williams, James R; Kolovos, Dimitrios S; Paige, Richard F; Polack, Fiona A C; 10.4204/EPTCS.74.27

    2011-01-01

    Epsilon is an extensible platform of integrated and task-specific languages for model management. With solutions to the 2011 TTC Hello World case, this paper demonstrates some of the key features of the Epsilon Object Language (an extension and reworking of OCL), which is at the core of Epsilon. In addition, the paper introduces several of the task-specific languages provided by Epsilon including the Epsilon Generation Language (for model-to-text transformation), the Epsilon Validation Language (for model validation) and Epsilon Flock (for model migration).

  13. Saying Hello World with Epsilon – A Solution to the 2011 Instructive Case

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    Louis M. Rose

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Epsilon is an extensible platform of integrated and task-specific languages for model management. With solutions to the 2011 TTC Hello World case, this paper demonstrates some of the key features of the Epsilon Object Language (an extension and reworking of OCL, which is at the core of Epsilon. In addition, the paper introduces several of the task-specific languages provided by Epsilon including the Epsilon Generation Language (for model-to-text transformation, the Epsilon Validation Language (for model validation and Epsilon Flock (for model migration.

  14. A Precision Measurement of $\\epsilon^{\\prime}$/$\\epsilon$ in CP Violating K$^{0}$ $\\rightarrow$ 2$\\pi$ Decays

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    Kalmus, G E; Munday, D J; Wotton, S; Monnier, E; Winston, R; Gudzovskiy, E; Gurev, D; Hristov, P Z; Kuz'Min, N; Madigozhin, D; Pis'Mennyy, R; Potrebenikov, Y; Slepnev, I; Rubin, P D; Szleper, M; Dalpiaz, P; Damiani, C; Gianoli, A; Savrie, M; Wahl, H; Calvetti, M; Iacopini, E; Lenti, M; Veltri, M; Bocquet, G; Bremer, J; Cattai, A; Ceccucci, A; Formenti, F; Gatignon, L; Osmic, F; Panzer-Steindel, B; Piccini, M; Ruggiero, G; Unal, G P; Bloch-Devaux, B; De Beer, M; Debu, P; Derre, J; Gouge, G; Legou, P; Marel, G; Mazzucato, E; Peyaud, B; Vallage, B; Behler, M; Eppard, K; Kleinknecht, K; Masetti, L; Moosbrugger, U; Morales Morales, C; Renk, B; Wanke, R; Cornebise, P; Martin-Chassard, G; Anzivino, G; Cenci, P; Nappi, A; Papi, A; Pepe, M S; Petrucci, M C; Valdata, M; Cerri, C; Collazuol, G; Costantini, F; Fantechi, R; Ferrini, F; Mannelli, I; Raffaelli, G; Sozzi, M; Holder, M; Maier, A; Ziolkowski, M; Biino, C; Cartiglia, N; Cundy, D; Goy Lopez, S; Menichetti, E; Pastrone, N; Nassalski, J P; Dibon, H; Jeitler, M; Markytan, M; Neuhofer, G; Pernicka, M; Taurok, A

    2002-01-01

    The prime goal of the experiment is to measure the CP violating parameter Re($\\epsilon^{\\prime}/\\epsilon$) with an accuracy of 2 10$ ^- ^{4} $. The experiment uses two nearly collinear $ K _{S} $ and $ K _{L} $ beams produced concurrently and distinguished by tagging the protons producing the $ K _{S} $ component. In this way the double ratio R of decay rates of the $K_{L}$ and $K_{S}$ into two pions, \

  15. INFRARED STUDIES OF EPSILON AURIGAE IN ECLIPSE

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    Stencel, Robert E.; Kloppenborg, Brian K.; Wall, Randall E. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Denver, Denver, CO 80208 (United States); Hopkins, Jeffrey L. [Hopkins Phoenix Observatory, Phoenix, AZ 85033 (United States); Howell, Steve B. [National Optical Astronomy Observatories, Tucson, AZ 85719 (United States); Hoard, D. W. [Spitzer Science Center, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Rayner, John; Bus, Schelte; Tokunaga, Alan [Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822 (United States); Sitko, Michael L.; Bradford, Suellen [Department of Physics, Cincinnati University, Cincinnati, OH (United States); Russell, Ray W.; Lynch, David K. [Aerospace Corporation, Los Angeles, CA 90009 (United States); Hammel, Heidi; Whitney, Barbara [Space Science Institute, Boulder, CO 80301 (United States); Orton, Glenn; Yanamandra-Fisher, Padma [Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91109 (United States); Hora, Joseph L. [Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States); Hinz, Philip; Hoffmann, William, E-mail: rstencel@du.edu [Steward Observatory, Department of Astronomy, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721 (United States); and others

    2011-11-15

    We report here on a series of medium resolution spectro-photometric observations of the enigmatic long period eclipsing binary epsilon Aurigae, during its eclipse interval of 2009-2011, using near-infrared spectra obtained with SpeX on the Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF), mid-infrared spectra obtained with BASS on AOES and IRTF, MIRSI on IRTF, and MIRAC4 on the MMT, along with mid-infrared photometry using MIRSI on IRTF and MIRAC4 on the MMT, plus 1995-2000 timeframe published photometry and data obtained with Denver's TNTCAM2 at WIRO. The goals of these observations included: (1) comparing eclipse depths with prior eclipse data, (2) confirming the re-appearance of CO absorption bands at and after mid-eclipse, associated with sublimation in the disk, (3) seeking evidence for any mid-infrared solid state spectral features from particles in the disk, and (4) providing evidence that the externally irradiated disk has azimuthal temperature differences. IR eclipse depths appear similar to those observed during the most recent (1983) eclipse, although evidence for post-mid-eclipse disk temperature increase is present, due to F star heated portions of the disk coming into view. Molecular CO absorption returned 57 days after nominal mid-eclipse, but was not detected at mid-eclipse plus 34 days, narrowing the association with differentially heated sub-regions in the disk. Transient He I 10830A absorption was detected at mid-eclipse, persisting for at least 90 days thereafter, providing a diagnostic for the hot central region. The lack of solid-state features in Spitzer Infrared Spectrograph, BASS, and MIRAC spectra to date suggests the dominance of large particles (micron-sized) in the disk. Based on these observations, mid-infrared studies out of eclipse can directly monitor and map the disk thermal changes, and better constrain disk opacity and thermal conductivity.

  16. Efficient Vortex Generation in Subwavelength Epsilon-Near-Zero Slabs

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    Ciattoni, Alessandro; Marini, Andrea; Rizza, Carlo

    2017-03-01

    We show that a homogeneous and isotropic slab, illuminated by a circularly polarized beam with no topological charge, produces vortices of order 2 in the opposite circularly polarized components of the reflected and transmitted fields, as a consequence of the transverse magnetic and transverse electric asymmetric response of the rotationally invariant system. In addition, in the epsilon-near-zero regime, we find that vortex generation is remarkably efficient in subwavelength thick slabs up to the paraxial regime. This physically stems from the fact that a vacuum paraxial field can excite a nonparaxial field inside an epsilon-near-zero slab since it hosts slowly varying fields over physically large portions of the bulk. Our theoretical predictions indicate that epsilon-near-zero media hold great potential as nanophotonic elements for manipulating the angular momentum of the radiation, since they are available without resorting to complicated micro- or nanofabrication processes and can operate even at very small (ultraviolet) wavelengths.

  17. Efficient Vortex Generation in Subwavelength Epsilon-Near-Zero Slabs.

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    Ciattoni, Alessandro; Marini, Andrea; Rizza, Carlo

    2017-03-10

    We show that a homogeneous and isotropic slab, illuminated by a circularly polarized beam with no topological charge, produces vortices of order 2 in the opposite circularly polarized components of the reflected and transmitted fields, as a consequence of the transverse magnetic and transverse electric asymmetric response of the rotationally invariant system. In addition, in the epsilon-near-zero regime, we find that vortex generation is remarkably efficient in subwavelength thick slabs up to the paraxial regime. This physically stems from the fact that a vacuum paraxial field can excite a nonparaxial field inside an epsilon-near-zero slab since it hosts slowly varying fields over physically large portions of the bulk. Our theoretical predictions indicate that epsilon-near-zero media hold great potential as nanophotonic elements for manipulating the angular momentum of the radiation, since they are available without resorting to complicated micro- or nanofabrication processes and can operate even at very small (ultraviolet) wavelengths.

  18. Reduction of Coercivity of Fe-N Soft Magnetic Film by Heat Treatment

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    Dan LI; Yousong GU; Xiangrong CHANG; Fushen LI; Lijie QIAO; Zhongzhuo TIAN

    2003-01-01

    200 nm thick Fe-N magnetic thin films were deposited on glass substrates by RF sputtering. The as-deposited films havehigh saturation magnetization but their coercivity is also higher than what is needed Therefore it is very important to reducecoercivity. The samples were vacuum annealed at 250℃ under 12000 A/m magnetic field. When the N content was in therange of 5~7 at. pct, the thin films consisted of α′ + α″ after heat treatment and had excellent soft magnetic properties of4rMs=2.4 T, HC <80 A/m. However, the thickness of a recording head was 2μm, andHc increased as thickness increased.In order to reduce the Hc, the sputtering power was raised from 200 W to 1000 W to reduce the grain size. 2μm Fe-N thinfilms were vacuum annealed under the same condition, when the N content was in the range of 5.9~8.5 at. pct, the thin filmskept its excellent magnetic properties of 4πMs=2.2 T, HC <80 A/m. The properties of the films meet the need of a recordinghead material used in the dual-element GMR/inductive heads.

  19. Recent Progress on Fe/N/C Electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Fuel Cells

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    Jing Liu

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available In order to reduce the overall system cost, the development of inexpensive, high-performance and durable oxygen reduction reaction (ORRN, Fe-codoped carbon-based (Fe/N/C electrocatalysts to replace currently used Pt-based catalysts has become one of the major topics in research on fuel cells. This review paper lays the emphasis on introducing the progress made over the recent five years with a detailed discussion of recent work in the area of Fe/N/C electrocatalysts for ORR and the possible Fe-based active sites. Fe-based materials prepared by simple pyrolysis of transition metal salt, carbon support, and nitrogen-rich small molecule or polymeric compound are mainly reviewed due to their low cost, high performance, long stability and because they are the most promising for replacing currently used Pt-based catalysts in the progress of fuel cell commercialization. Additionally, Fe-base catalysts with small amount of Fe or new structure of Fe/Fe3C encased in carbon layers are presented to analyze the effect of loading and existence form of Fe on the ORR catalytic activity in Fe-base catalyst. The proposed catalytically Fe-centered active sites and reaction mechanisms from various authors are also discussed in detail, which may be useful for the rational design of high-performance, inexpensive, and practical Fe-base ORR catalysts in future development of fuel cells.

  20. Study of Chromium Activity in the Cr-Fe-N System by Galvanic Cell Method

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    Xie, Jiaying; Teng, Lidong; Chen, Nanxian; Seetharaman, Seshadri

    2010-01-01

    In the present work, the Cr-Fe-N alloys with different compositions were synthesized by nitriding the Cr-Fe powder mixtures in the purified nitrogen gas (101,325 Pa) at 1473 K for 2 weeks. The phase relationships in the synthesized alloys and the alloys equilibrated at 1173 K were carried out by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques. The nitrogen content in the alloys equilibrated in the nitrogen gas (101,325 Pa) at 1173 K was analyzed using the inert-gas fusion thermal conductivity (IGFTC) method. The thermodynamic activities of Cr in Fe-Cr-N alloys were measured in the temperature range 973 to 1123 K using the solid-state galvanic cell technique with CaF2 single crystal as the solid electrolyte. Based on the measured EMF values, the chromium activities in the alloys were calculated with respect to pure Cr with bcc structure as the standard state. The effect of nitrogen on Cr activities in the Cr-Fe-N system was examined by comparing the experimental results of the Cr activities in the Cr-Fe and Cr-Fe-C systems.

  1. Framework for improved lattice calculations of epsilion'/epsilon

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    Laiho, Jack

    In this thesis we show that it is possible to construct epsilon '/epsilon to NLO using both full and partially quenched chiral perturbation theory (PQChPT) from amplitudes that are computable using numerical lattice gauge theory. We find that the electro-weak penguin (Delta I = 3/2 and 1/2) contributions to epsilon'/epsilon in PQChPT can be determined to NLO using only degenerate (mK = mpi) K → pi computations without momentum insertion. All one-loop formulas needed to extract the necessary NLO constants from the lattice are presented in this work. Issues pertaining to power divergent contributions, originating from mixing with lower dimensional operators in a lattice regularization, are addressed. In embedding the QCD penguin left-right operator onto PQChPT an ambiguity arises when the number of light sea quarks is not the physical value of three, as first emphasized by Golterman and Pallante. In the quenched theory they have pointed out that there are additional effective operators that appear in the quenched chiral perturbation theory needed to make contact with K → pipi amplitudes at physical kinematics. They have also proposed a method for determining the leading order low-energy constant, aNSq , associated with the new operators. We show that their method has difficulties due to power divergent contributions and propose a new method to obtain this constant from the lattice which does not suffer from this problem. Using this alternative method, we obtain aNSq , and show that our value implies a large ambiguity in the quenched contribution of Q6 to epsilon'/epsilon.

  2. Long distance part of $\\epsilon_K$ from lattice QCD

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    Bai, Ziyuan

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate the lattice QCD calculation of the long distance contribution to $\\epsilon_K$. Due to the singular, short-distance structure of $\\epsilon_K$, we must perform a short-distance subtraction and introduce a corresponding low-energy constant determined from perturbation theory, which we calculate at Next Leading Order (NLO). We perform the calculation on a $24^3 \\times 64$ lattice with a pion mass of 329 MeV. This work is a complete calculation, which includes all connected and disconnected diagrams.

  3. Fe-N{sub x}/C assisted chemical–mechanical polishing for improving the removal rate of sapphire

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    Xu, Li, E-mail: xl0522@126.com [State Key Laboratory of Tribology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Micro/Nano Manufacturing, Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen, Shenzhen 518057 (China); Zou, Chunli; Shi, Xiaolei [State Key Laboratory of Tribology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Micro/Nano Manufacturing, Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen, Shenzhen 518057 (China); Pan, Guoshun, E-mail: pangs@tsinghua.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Tribology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Micro/Nano Manufacturing, Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen, Shenzhen 518057 (China); Luo, Guihai; Zhou, Yan [State Key Laboratory of Tribology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Micro/Nano Manufacturing, Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen, Shenzhen 518057 (China)

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • A novel non-noble metal catalyst (Fe-N{sub x}/C) was prepared. • Fe-N{sub x}/C shows remarkable catalytic activity for improving the removal rate of sapphire in alkaline solution. • The optimum CMP removal by Fe-N{sub x}/C yielded a superior surface finish of 0.078 nm the average roughness. • Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, pyridinic N as well as pyrrolic N group possibly serving as the catalytic sites. • A soft hydration layer (boehmite, AlO(OH)) was generated on the surface of sapphire during CMP process. - Abstract: In this paper, a novel non-noble metal catalyst (Fe-N{sub x}/C) is used to improve the removal mass of sapphire as well as obtain atomically smooth sapphire wafer surfaces. The results indicate that Fe-N{sub x}/C shows good catalytic activity towards sapphire removal rate. And the material removal rates (MRRs) are found to vary with the catalyst content in the polishing fluid. Especially that when the polishing slurry mixes with 16 ppm Fe-N{sub x}/C shows the maximum MRR and its removal mass of sapphire is 38.43 nm/min, more than 15.44% larger than traditional CMP using the colloidal silicon dioxide (SiO{sub 2}) without Fe-N{sub x}/C. Catalyst-assisted chemical–mechanical polishing of sapphire is studied with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). It is found that the formation of a soft hydration layer (boehmite, γ-AlOOH or γ-AlO(OH)) on sapphire surface facilitates the material removal and achieving fine surface finish on basal plane. Abrasives (colloid silica together with magnetite, ingredient of Fe-N{sub x}/C) with a hardness between boehmite and sapphire polish the c-plane of sapphire with good surface finish and efficient removal. Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, pyridinic N as well as pyrrolic N group would be the catalytical active sites and accelerate this process. Surface quality is characterized with atomic force microscopy (AFM). The optimum CMP removal by Fe-N{sub x}/C also yields a superior

  4. Epsilon Systems on Geometric Crystals of type $A_n$

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    Nakashima, Toshiki

    2009-01-01

    We introduce an epsilon system on a geometric crystal of type $A_n$, which is a certain set of rational functions with some conditions. We shall show that there is a product structure and that it is invariant under the action of tropical R maps.

  5. Exploring the epsilon regime with twisted mass fermions

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    Jansen, K; Shindler, A; Urbach, C; Wenger, U

    2007-01-01

    In this proceeding contribution we report on a first study in order to explore the so called epsilon regime with Wilson twisted mass (Wtm) fermions. To show the potential of this approach we give a preliminary determination of the chiral condensate.

  6. Asteroseismology and interferometry of the red giant star epsilon Oph

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    Mazumdar, A; Demarque, P; Kervella, P; Barban, C; Baudin, F; Foresto, V Coude du; Farrington, C; Goldfinger, P J; Goupil, M -J; Josselin, E; Kuschnig, R; McAlister, H A; Matthews, J; Ridgway, S T; Sturmann, J; Sturmann, L; Brummelaar, T A ten; Turner, N

    2009-01-01

    The GIII red giant star epsilon Oph has been found to exhibit several modes of oscillation by the MOST mission. We interpret the observed frequencies of oscillation in terms of theoretical radial p-mode frequencies of stellar models. Evolutionary models of this star, in both shell H-burning and core He-burning phases of evolution, are constructed using as constraints a combination of measurements from classical ground-based observations (for luminosity, temperature, and chemical composition) and seismic observations from MOST. Radial frequencies of models in either evolutionary phase can reproduce the observed frequency spectrum of epsilon Oph almost equally well. The best-fit models indicate a mass in the range of 1.85 +/- 0.05 Msun with radius of 10.55 +/- 0.15 Rsun. We also obtain an independent estimate of the radius of epsilon Oph using high accuracy interferometric observations in the infrared K' band, using the CHARA/FLUOR instrument. The measured limb darkened disk angular diameter of epsilon Oph is 2...

  7. Twisted accretion discs. Pt. 3. Application to Epsilon Aurigae

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    Kumar, S.

    1987-04-15

    Twisting and alignment in a steady-state circumbinary accretion disc is studied. It is then used to account for observed features in the scenario of Epsilon Aurigae as a triple. The alignment depends on viscosity in the disc, but it is always substantial and leads to a tilted slab-like profile when viewed edge-on.

  8. Epsilon Systems on Geometric Crystals of type A_n

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    Toshiki Nakashima

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available We introduce an epsilon system on a geometric crystal of type A_n, which is a certain set of rational functions with some nice properties. We shall show that it is equipped with a product structure and that it is invariant under the action of tropical R maps.

  9. Providing a Virtual Initiation for Epsilon Pi Tau

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    Sanders, Craig S.; Griffin, Kathryn M.

    2005-01-01

    One of the requirements of the Epsilon Pi Tau (EPT) initiation is the apprentice has to physically be at the initiation (EPT, 2004). Since the majority of nontraditional students and working professionals are physically removed from an initiation site, they have missed the opportunity to join EPT. On 8 April, 2005, the Beta Mu Chapter of The…

  10. Fate of the Epsilon Phase in the Oklo Natural Reactors

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    S. Utsunomiya; R.C. Ewing

    2005-03-31

    In spent nuclear fuel (SNF), the micron- to submicron-sized epsilon phase (Mo-Ru-Pd-Tc-Rh) is an important host of {sup 99}Tc which has a long half life (2.13 x 10{sup 5} years) and can be an important contributor to dose in safety assessments of nuclear waste repositories. In addition, Tc is predominantly present as TcO{sub 4}{sup -} under oxidizing conditions at wide range of pH, weakly adsorbed onto mineral surfaces, and unlikely to be incorporated into alteration uranyl minerals. In the Oklo natural reactor (2.0 Ga), essentially all of the {sup 99}Tc has decayed to {sup 99}Ru. Thus, this study focuses on Ru and the other metals of the epsilon phase in order to investigate the occurrence and the fate of the epsilon phase during the corrosion of this natural SNF. Samples from reactor zone (RZ)-10 (836, 819, 687); from RZ-13 (864, 910); were investigated using TEM (transmission electron microscopy). Within the UO{sub 2} matrix, a Bi-Pd particle (40-60 nm), fioodite, PdBi{sub 2}, was observed with trace amounts of As, Fe, and Te surrounded by an amorphous Pb-rich area. (Pd,Rh){sub 2}As, palladodymite or rhodarsenide, was observed (400-500 nm in size). Ruthenarsinite, (Ru,Ni)As, was identified in most samples: with a representative composition of As, 59.9: Co, 2.5: Ni, 5.2; Ru, 18.6; Rh, 8.4; Pd, 3.1; Sb, 2.4 in atomic percent. The particles diameters are a few hundred nanometers and, in most cases, surrounded by a Pb-rich phase (400-500 nm). Typically, the ruthenarsenite does not occur as single particle but an aggregate of {approx}200 nm-sized particles. Some Ru-particles revealed a complex phase separation within the grain such as a Ru-particle (600-700 nm) with Pb at the core of the particle and enrichment of Ni, Co, and As at the rim. Some ruthenarsenite crystals were embedded in chlorite immediately adjacent to uraninite. A few particles were still coated by Pb. These results suggest a history for the epsilon phases: (1) The original epsilon phase was

  11. Structure and magnetic properties of columnar Fe-N thin films deposited by direct current magnetron sputtering

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    JIA Hui; WANG Xin; PANG Shao-ping; ZHENG Wei-tao; LONG Bei-hong; LI Bo

    2009-01-01

    Columnar Fe-N thin films with thickness ranging from 30 to 150 nm were deposited by direct current magnetron sputtering using an Ar/N2 gas mixture (V(N2)/V(N2+Ar)=5%) on corning glass substrates. The structure, surface morphology and magnetic properties were investigated using X-ray diffractometry(XRD), scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy(TEM) and superconducting quantum interference magnetometry. XRD investigation shows that Fe-N films exhibit amorphous-like structures; however, TEM measurements indicate the synthesis of mixture phases of α-Fe+ζ-Fe2N+ε-Fe3N in these films. The magnetic anisotropy and coercivity of Fe-N thin films exhibit strong dependence on the film growth behavior and surface morphology. With increasing the height of Fe-N films with column structures, the coercivity increases from 7.96 kA/m to 22.28 kA/m in the direction parallel to the film surface. In perpendicular direction the coercivity only increases slightly from 39.79 kA/m to 43.77 kA/m. However, the values of anisotropy field increase from 0.79×106 to 1.44×106 A/m, which is mainly attributed to the shape anisotropy of elongated columns due to the fact that the difference of magneto-crystalline anisotropy among these Fe-N films is small. The saturation magnetizations of Fe-N films vary with increasing film thickness from 23.5 to 85.1 A-m2/kg.

  12. Bifunctional Ag/Fe/N/C Catalysts for Enhancing Oxygen Reduction via Cathodic Biofilm Inhibition in Microbial Fuel Cells.

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    Dai, Ying; Chan, Yingzi; Jiang, Baojiang; Wang, Lei; Zou, Jinlong; Pan, Kai; Fu, Honggang

    2016-03-23

    Limitation of the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in single-chamber microbial fuel cells (SC-MFCs) is considered an important hurdle in achieving their practical application. The cathodic catalysts faced with a liquid phase are easily primed with the electrolyte, which provides more surface area for bacterial overgrowth, resulting in the difficulty in transporting protons to active sites. Ag/Fe/N/C composites prepared from Ag and Fe-chelated melamine are used as antibacterial ORR catalysts for SC-MFCs. The structure-activity correlations for Ag/Fe/N/C are investigated by tuning the carbonization temperature (600-900 °C) to clarify how the active-constituents of Ag/Fe and N-species influence the antibacterial and ORR activities. A maximum power density of 1791 mW m(-2) is obtained by Ag/Fe/N/C (630 °C), which is far higher than that of Pt/C (1192 mW m(-2)), only having a decline of 16.14% after 90 days of running. The Fe-bonded N and the cooperation of pyridinic N and pyrrolic N in Ag/Fe/N/C contribute equally to the highly catalytic activity toward ORR. The ·OH or O2(-) species originating from the catalysis of O2 can suppress the biofilm growth on Ag/Fe/N/C cathodes. The synergistic effects between the Ag/Fe heterojunction and N-species substantially contribute to the high power output and Coulombic efficiency of Ag/Fe/N/C catalysts. These new antibacterial ORR catalysts show promise for application in MFCs.

  13. PGM-free Fe-N-C catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction: Catalyst layer design

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    Stariha, Sarah; Artyushkova, Kateryna; Workman, Michael J.; Serov, Alexey; Mckinney, Sam; Halevi, Barr; Atanassov, Plamen

    2016-09-01

    This work studies the morphology of platinum group metal-free (PGM-free) iron-nitrogen-carbon (Fe-N-C) catalyst layers for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and compares catalytic performance via polarization curves. Three different nitrogen-rich organic precursors are used to prepare the catalysts. Using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and focused ion beam (FIB) tomography, the porosity, Euler number (pore connectivity), overall roughness, solid phase size and pore size are calculated for catalyst surfaces and volumes. Catalytic activity is determined using membrane electrode assembly (MEA) testing. It is found that the dominant factor in MEA performance is transport limitations. Through the 2D and 3D metrics it is concluded that pore connectivity has the biggest effect on transport performance.

  14. Gold Nanoparticles Protected with Thiol-Derivatized Amphiphilic Poly(epsilon-caprolactone)-b-poly(acrylic acid)

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    Javakhishvili, Irakli; Hvilsted, Søren

    2009-01-01

    Amphiphilic poly(epsilon-caprolactone)-b-poly(acrylic acid) (HS-PCL-b-PAA) with a thiol functionality in the PCL terminal has been prepared in a novel synthetic cascade. Initially, living anionic ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of epsilon-caprolactone (epsilon-CL) employing the difunctional...

  15. Quantitation of the THF Content in Fe[N(SiMe3)2]2·xTHF

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    2017-01-01

    The absence of residual solvent in metal precursors can be of key importance for the successful preparation of metal complexes or materials. Herein, we describe methods for the quantitation of residual coordinated tetrahydrofuran (THF) that binds to Fe[N(SiMe3)2]2, a commonly used iron synthon, when prepared according to common literature procedures. A simple method for quantitation of the amount of residual coordinated THF using 1H NMR spectroscopy is highlighted. Finally, a detailed synthetic procedure is described for the synthesis of THF-free Fe[N(SiMe3)2]2. PMID:28248496

  16. Structural Descriptors of Zeolitic-Imidazolate Frameworks Are Keys to the Activity of Fe-N-C Catalysts.

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    Armel, Vanessa; Hindocha, Sheena; Salles, Fabrice; Bennett, Stephen; Jones, Deborah; Jaouen, Frédéric

    2017-01-11

    Active and inexpensive catalysts for oxygen reduction are crucially needed for the widespread development of polymer electrolyte fuel cells and metal-air batteries. While iron-nitrogen-carbon materials pyrolytically prepared from ZIF-8, a specific zeolitic imidazolate framework (ZIF) with sodalite topology, have shown enhanced activities toward oxygen reduction in acidic electrolyte, the rational design of sacrificial metal-organic frameworks toward this application has hitherto remained elusive. Here, we report for the first time that the oxygen reduction activity of Fe-N-C catalysts positively correlates with the cavity size and mass-specific pore volume in pristine ZIFs. The high activity of Fe-N-C materials prepared from ZIF-8 could be rationalized, and another ZIF structure leading to even higher activity was identified. In contrast, the ORR activity is mostly unaffected by the ligand chemistry in pristine ZIFs. These structure-property relationships will help identifying novel sacrificial ZIF or porous metal-organic frameworks leading to even more active Fe-N-C catalysts. The findings are of great interest for a broader application of the class of inexpensive metal-nitrogen-carbon catalysts that have shown promising activity also for the hydrogen evolution (Co-N-C) and carbon dioxide reduction (Fe-N-C and Mn-N-C).

  17. Photonic doping of epsilon-near-zero media

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    Liberal, Iñigo; Mahmoud, Ahmed M.; Li, Yue; Edwards, Brian; Engheta, Nader

    2017-03-01

    Doping a semiconductor with foreign atoms enables the control of its electrical and optical properties. We transplant the concept of doping to macroscopic photonics, demonstrating that two-dimensional dielectric particles immersed in a two-dimensional epsilon-near-zero medium act as dopants that modify the medium’s effective permeability while keeping its effective permittivity near zero, independently of their positions within the host. The response of a large body can be tuned with a single impurity, including cases such as engineering perfect magnetic conductor and epsilon-and-mu-near-zero media with nonmagnetic constituents. This effect is experimentally demonstrated at microwave frequencies via the observation of geometry-independent tunneling. This methodology might provide a new pathway for engineering electromagnetic metamaterials and reconfigurable optical systems.

  18. Quarks with Twisted Boundary Conditions in the Epsilon Regime

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    Thomas Mehen; Brian C. Tiburzi

    2005-05-01

    We study the effects of twisted boundary conditions on the quark fields in the epsilon regime of chiral perturbation theory. We consider the SU(2){sub L} x SU(2){sub R} chiral theory with non-degenerate quarks and the SU(3){sub L} x SU(3){sub R} chiral theory with massless up and down quarks and massive strange quarks. The partition function and condensate are derived for each theory. Because flavor-neutral Goldstone bosons are unaffected by twisted boundary conditions chiral symmetry is still restored in finite volumes. The dependence of the condensate on the twisting parameters can be used to extract the pion decay constant from simulations in the epsilon regime. The relative contribution to the partition function from sectors of different topological charge is numerically insensitive to twisted boundary conditions.

  19. Activation and inhibition of the Escherichia coli F1-ATPase by monoclonal antibodies which recognize the epsilon subunit.

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    Dunn, S D; Tozer, R G

    1987-02-15

    The properties of two monoclonal antibodies which recognize the epsilon subunit of Escherichia coli F1-ATPase were studied in detail. The epsilon subunit is a tightly bound but dissociable inhibitor of the ATPase activity of soluble F1-ATPase. Antibody epsilon-1 binds free epsilon with a dissociation constant of 2.4 nM but cannot bind epsilon when it is associated with F1-ATPase. Likewise epsilon cannot associate with F1-ATPase in the presence of high concentrations of epsilon-1. Thus epsilon-1 activates F1-ATPase which contains the epsilon subunit, and prevents added epsilon from inhibiting the enzyme. Epsilon-1 cannot bind to membrane-bound F1-ATPase. The epsilon-4 antibody binds free epsilon with a dissociation constant of 26 nM. Epsilon-4 can bind to the F1-ATPase complex, but, like epsilon-1, it reverses the inhibition of F1-ATPase by the epsilon subunit. The epsilon subunit remains crosslinkable to both the beta and gamma subunits in the presence of epsilon-4, indicating that it is not grossly displaced from its normal position by the antibody. Presumably the activation arises from more subtle conformational effects. Antibodies epsilon-4 and delta-2, which recognizes the delta subunit, both bind to F1F0 in E. coli membrane vesicles, indicating that these subunits are substantially exposed in the membrane-bound complex. Epsilon-4 inhibits the ATPase activity of the membrane-bound enzyme by about 50%, and Fab prepared from epsilon-4 inhibits by about 40%. This inhibition is not associated with any substantial change in the major apparent Km for ATP. These results suggest that inhibition of membrane-bound F1-ATPase arises from steric effects of the antibody.

  20. Numerical techniques for lattice QCD in the $\\epsilon$--regime

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    Giusti, L; Hoelbling, C.; Lüscher, M.; Wittig, H.

    2002-01-01

    In lattice QCD it is possible, in principle, to determine the parameters in the effective chiral lagrangian (including weak interaction couplings) by performing numerical simulations in the $\\epsilon$--regime, i.e. at quark masses where the physical extent of the lattice is much smaller than the Compton wave length of the pion. The use of a formulation of the lattice theory that preserves chiral symmetry is attractive in this context, but the numerical implementation of any such approach requ...

  1. MIMO scheme performance and detection in epsilon noise

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    Stepanov, Sander

    2006-01-01

    New approach for analysis and decoding MIMO signaling is developed for usual model of nongaussion noise consists of background and impulsive noise named epsilon - noise. It is shown that non-gaussion noise performance significantly worse than gaussion ones. Stimulation results strengthen out theory. Robust in statistical sense detection rule is suggested for such kind of noise features much best robust detector performance than detector designed for Gaussian noise in impulsive environment and...

  2. EPSILON-CONTINUATION APPROACH FOR TRUSS TOPOLOGY OPTIMIZATION

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    GUO Xu; CHENG Gengdong

    2004-01-01

    In the present paper, a so-called epsilon-continuation approach is proposed for the solution of singular optimum in truss topology optimization problems. This approach is an improved version of the epsilon-relaxed approach developed by the authors previously. In the proposed approach,we start the optimization process from a relaxation parameter with a relatively large value and obtain a solution by applying the epsilon-relaxed approach. Then we decrease the value of the relaxation parameter by a small amount and choose the optimal solution found from the previous optimization process as the initial design for the next optimization. This continuation process is continued until a small termination value of the relaxation parameter is reached. Convergence analysis of the proposed approach is also presented. Numerical examples show that this approach can alleviate the dependence of the final solution on the initial choice of the design variable and enhance the probability of finding the singular optimum from rather arbitrary initial designs.

  3. MAGNETIC ACTIVITY CYCLES IN THE EXOPLANET HOST STAR {epsilon} ERIDANI

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    Metcalfe, T. S.; Mathur, S. [Space Science Institute, 4750 Walnut Street, Suite 205, Boulder, CO 80301 (United States); Buccino, A. P.; Mauas, P. J. D.; Petrucci, R. [Instituto de Astronomia y Fisica del Espacio (CONICET), C.C. 67 Sucursal 28, C1428EHA-Buenos Aires (Argentina); Brown, B. P. [Department of Astronomy and Center for Magnetic Self-Organization, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706-1582 (United States); Soderblom, D. R. [Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Dr., Baltimore, MD 21218 (United States); Henry, T. J. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30302 (United States); Hall, J. C. [Lowell Observatory, 1400 West Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (United States); Basu, S. [Department of Astronomy, Yale University, P.O. Box 208101, New Haven, CT 06520 (United States)

    2013-02-01

    The active K2 dwarf {epsilon} Eri has been extensively characterized both as a young solar analog and more recently as an exoplanet host star. As one of the nearest and brightest stars in the sky, it provides an unparalleled opportunity to constrain stellar dynamo theory beyond the Sun. We confirm and document the 3-year magnetic activity cycle in {epsilon} Eri originally reported by Hatzes and coworkers, and we examine the archival data from previous observations spanning 45 years. The data show coexisting 3-year and 13-year periods leading into a broad activity minimum that resembles a Maunder minimum-like state, followed by the resurgence of a coherent 3-year cycle. The nearly continuous activity record suggests the simultaneous operation of two stellar dynamos with cycle periods of 2.95 {+-} 0.03 years and 12.7 {+-} 0.3 years, which, by analogy with the solar case, suggests a revised identification of the dynamo mechanisms that are responsible for the so-called 'active' and 'inactive' sequences as proposed by Boehm-Vitense. Finally, based on the observed properties of {epsilon} Eri, we argue that the rotational history of the Sun is what makes it an outlier in the context of magnetic cycles observed in other stars (as also suggested by its Li depletion), and that a Jovian-mass companion cannot be the universal explanation for the solar peculiarities.

  4. Carbonaceous thin film coating with Fe-N4 site for enhancement of dioxovanadium ion reduction

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    Maruyama, Jun; Hasegawa, Takahiro; Iwasaki, Satoshi; Fukuhara, Tomoko; Orikasa, Yuki; Uchimoto, Yoshiharu

    2016-08-01

    It has been found that carbonaceous materials containing a transition metal coordinated by 4 nitrogens in the square-planar configuration (metal-N4 site) on the surface possessed a catalytic activity for various electrochemical reactions related to energy conversion and storage; i.e., oxygen reduction, hydrogen evolution, and quite recently, the electrode reactions in vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFB). The catalyst for the VRFB positive electrode discharge reaction, i.e., the dioxovanadium ion reduction, was formed by coating the surface of cup-stack carbon nanotubes with a carbonaceous thin film with the Fe-N4 site generated by the sublimation, deposition, and pyrolysis of iron phthalocyanine. In this study, the influence of the physical properties of the catalyst on the electrochemical reactions was investigated to optimize the coating. With an increase in the coating, the specific surface area increased, whereas the pore size decreased. The surface Fe concentration was increased in spite of the Fe aggregation inside the carbon matrix. The catalytic activity enhancement was achieved due to the increase in the specific surface area and the surface Fe concentration, but was lowered due to the decrease in the pore size, which was disadvantageous for the penetration of the electrolyte and the mass transfer.

  5. Modeling thermodynamics of Fe-N phases; characterisation of e-Fe2N1-z

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    Pekelharing, M.I.; Böttger, A.; Somers, Marcel A.J.

    1999-01-01

    In order to arrive at modeling the thermodynamics of Fe-N phases, including long-range (LRO) and short-range ordering (SRO) of the N atoms, it is important to understand the role of N interstitially dissolved in an Fe-host lattice. The crystal structure of -Fe2N1-z consists of an h.c.p. iron...... sublattice and a hexagonal nitrogen sublattice formed by octahedral interstices of the Fe sublattice [1]. Two ground-state structures have been proposed for the ordered arrangement of the N atoms on their own sublattice [1], which were shown to be thermodynamically favourable [2]: configuration A for Fe2N1...... investigated with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Mössbauer spectroscopy. A thermodynamic model accounting for the two configurations of LRO of the N atoms [2,3] was fitted to the N-absorption isotherm at 723 K and resulted in the occupancies of the sites of the nitrogen sublattice. A miscibility gap between...

  6. An Attempt to Derive the epsilon Equation from a Two-Point Closure

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    Canuto, V. M.; Cheng, Y.; Howard, A. M.

    2010-01-01

    The goal of this paper is to derive the equation for the turbulence dissipation rate epsilon for a shear-driven flow. In 1961, Davydov used a one-point closure model to derive the epsilon equation from first principles but the final result contained undetermined terms and thus lacked predictive power. Both in 1987 and in 2001, attempts were made to derive the epsilon equation from first principles using a two-point closure, but their methods relied on a phenomenological assumption. The standard practice has thus been to employ a heuristic form of the equation that contains three empirical ingredients: two constants, c(sub 1 epsilon), and c(sub 2 epsilon), and a diffusion term D(sub epsilon) In this work, a two-point closure is employed, yielding the following results: 1) the empirical constants get replaced by c(sub 1), c(sub 2), which are now functions of Kappa and epsilon; 2) c(sub 1) and c(sub 2) are not independent because a general relation between the two that are valid for any Kappa and epsilon are derived; 3) c(sub 1), c(sub 2) become constant with values close to the empirical values c(sub 1 epsilon), c(sub epsilon 2), (i.e., homogenous flows); and 4) the empirical form of the diffusion term D(sub epsilon) is no longer needed because it gets substituted by the Kappa-epsilon dependence of c(sub 1), c(sub 2), which plays the role of the diffusion, together with the diffusion of the turbulent kinetic energy D(sub Kappa), which now enters the new equation (i.e., inhomogeneous flows). Thus, the three empirical ingredients c(sub 1 epsilon), c(sub epsilon 2), D (sub epsilon)are replaced by a single function c(sub 1)(Kappa, epsilon ) or c(sub 2)(Kappa, epsilon ), plus a D(sub Kappa)term. Three tests of the new equation for epsilon are presented: one concerning channel flow and two concerning the shear-driven planetary boundary layer (PBL).

  7. Fate of the epsilon phase in the Oklo natural reactors

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    Utsunomiya, S.; Ewing, R.C. [Department of Geological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1063 (United States)

    2005-07-01

    Full text of publication follows: In spent nuclear fuel (SNF), the micron- to submicron-sized epsilon phase (Mo-Ru-Pd-Tc-Rh) is an important host of {sup 99}Tc which has a long half life (2.13 x 10{sup 5} years) and can be an important contributor to dose in safety assessments of nuclear waste repositories. In addition, Tc is predominantly present as TcO{sub 4} - under oxidizing conditions at wide range of pH, weakly adsorbed onto mineral surfaces, and unlikely to be incorporated into alteration uranyl minerals. In the Oklo natural reactor (2.0 Ga), essentially all of the {sup 99}Tc has decayed to {sup 99}Ru. Thus, this study focuses on Ru and the other metals of the epsilon phase in order to investigate the occurrence and the fate of the epsilon phase during the corrosion of this natural SNF. Samples from reactor zone (RZ)-10 (836, 819, 687); from RZ-13 (864, 910); were investigated using TEM (transmission electron microscopy). Within the UO{sub 2} matrix, a Bi-Pd particle (40-60 nm), froodite, PdBi{sub 2}, was observed with trace amounts of As, Fe, and Te surrounded by an amorphous Pb-rich area. (Pd,Rh){sub 2}As, palladodymite or rhodarsenide, was observed (400-500 nm in size). Ruthenarsinite, (Ru,Ni)As, was identified in most samples: with a representative composition of As, 59.9: Co, 2.5: Ni, 5.2; Ru, 18.6; Rh, 8.4; Pd, 3.1; Sb, 2.4 in atomic percent. The particles diameters are a few hundred nanometers and, in most cases, surrounded by a Pb-rich phase (400-500 nm). Typically, the ruthenarsenite does not occur as single particle but an aggregate of {approx}200 nm-sized particles. Some Ru-particles revealed a complex phase separation within the grain such as a Ru-particle (600-700 nm) with Pb at the core of the particle and enrichment of Ni, Co, and As at the rim. Some ruthenarsenite crystals were embedded in chlorite immediately adjacent to uraninite. A few particles were still coated by Pb. These results suggest a history for the epsilon phases: (i) The

  8. Identification of epsilon martensite in a Fe-based shape memory alloy by means of EBSD.

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    Verbeken, K; Van Caenegem, N; Raabe, D

    2009-01-01

    Ferrous shape memory alloys (SMAs) are often thought to become a new, important group of SMAs. The shape memory effect in these alloys is based on the reversible, stress-induced martensitic transformation of austenite to epsilon martensite. The identification and quantification of epsilon martensite is crucial when evaluating the shape memory behaviour of this material. Previous work displayed that promising results were obtained when studying the evolution of the amount of epsilon martensite after different processing steps with Electron BackScatter Diffraction (EBSD). The present work will discuss in detail, on the one hand, the challenges and opportunities arising during the identification of epsilon martensite by means of EBSD and, on the other hand, the possible interpretations that might be given to these findings. It will be illustrated that although the specific nature of the austenite to epsilon martensite transformation can still cause some points of discussion, EBSD has a high potential for identifying epsilon martensite.

  9. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Fe-N/TiN magnetic multilayers with different thickness of TiN layers

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    LawrenceK.Y.Li

    2001-01-01

    Fe-N/TiN multilayers (MLs) with different thickness of TiN layers and 20nm thickness ofFe-N layers deposited by DC magnetron sputtering technique were studied. The structure andcomposition of MLs were characterized with low-angle X-ray diffraction (LXRD), Augur depth pro-file and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The hardness and reduced elastic modulus of these multilayerswere studied using a nano-hardness tester (NHT). The bonding strength between the MLs and thesubstrate was measured using a nano-scratch tester (NST). Effects of the thickness of the TiNlayer on critical load, hardness and reduced elastic modulus of the MLs were studied.

  10. Apolipoprotein E-epsilon 4 allele and familial risk in Alzheimer's disease.

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    Li, G; Silverman, J M; Altstiel, L D; Haroutunian, V; Perl, D P; Purohit, D; Birstein, S; Lantz, M; Mohs, R C; Davis, K L

    1996-01-01

    Recent studies have found an association between presence of apolipoprotein E (APOE) epsilon 4 allele and Alzheimer's disease (AD). The present study compared the cumulative risk of primary progressive dementia (PPD) in relatives of AD probands carrying at least one copy of the epsilon 4 allele with the relatives of AD probands not carrying epsilon 4 and with relatives of non-demented controls. Our aim was to determine whether the familial aggregation of PPD in relatives of AD probands is primarily due to those carrying epsilon 4. Seventy-seven neuropathologically diagnosed AD patients were obtained as probands through our Alzheimer's Disease Research Center Brain Bank. AD probands were genotyped for APOE. As a comparison group, 198 non-demented probands were also included. Through family informants, demographic and diagnostic data were collected on 382 first-degree relatives (age > or = 45 years) of AD probands and 848 relatives of the controls. We found that the cumulative risk of PPD in both relatives of AD probands with and without the epsilon 4 allele was significantly higher than that in the relatives of non-demented controls. However, the increased risk in the relatives of AD probands with the epsilon 4 allele was marginally, but not significantly, lower than the risk in the relatives of probands without epsilon 4. A greater likelihood of death by heart diseases over developing PPD in relatives of AD probands with epsilon 4 (3.1-fold increase) was found compared to relatives of probands without epsilon 4 (1.7-fold increase), especially prior to age 70, although the difference was not statistically significant. The increased familial risk for PPD in the relatives of AD probands with the APOE-epsilon 4 allele relative to controls suggests that familial factors in addition to APOE-epsilon 4 are risk factors for AD. Differential censorship from increased mortality of heart diseases may have prevented a higher incidence of PPD among the relatives of probands with

  11. Phospholipase C-epsilon regulates epidermal morphogenesis in Caenorhabditis elegans.

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    Rafael P Vázquez-Manrique

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Migration of cells within epithelial sheets is an important feature of embryogenesis and other biological processes. Previous work has demonstrated a role for inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP(3-mediated calcium signalling in the rearrangement of epidermal cells (also known as hypodermal cells during embryonic morphogenesis in Caenorhabditis elegans. However the mechanism by which IP(3 production is stimulated is unknown. IP(3 is produced by the action of phospholipase C (PLC. We therefore surveyed the PLC family of C. elegans using RNAi and mutant strains, and found that depletion of PLC-1/PLC-epsilon produced substantial embryonic lethality. We used the epithelial cell marker ajm-1::gfp to follow the behaviour of epidermal cells and found that 96% of the arrested embryos have morphogenetic defects. These defects include defective ventral enclosure and aberrant dorsal intercalation. Using time-lapse confocal microscopy we show that the migration of the ventral epidermal cells, especially of the leading cells, is slower and often fails in plc-1(tm753 embryos. As a consequence plc-1 loss of function results in ruptured embryos with a Gex phenotype (gut on exterior and lumpy larvae. Thus PLC-1 is involved in the regulation of morphogenesis. Genetic studies using gain- and loss-of-function alleles of itr-1, the gene encoding the IP(3 receptor in C. elegans, demonstrate that PLC-1 acts through ITR-1. Using RNAi and double mutants to deplete the other PLCs in a plc-1 background, we show that PLC-3/PLC-gamma and EGL-8/PLC-beta can compensate for reduced PLC-1 activity. Our work places PLC-epsilon into a pathway controlling epidermal cell migration, thus establishing a novel role for PLC-epsilon.

  12. Phospholipase C-epsilon regulates epidermal morphogenesis in Caenorhabditis elegans.

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    Rafael P Vázquez-Manrique

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Migration of cells within epithelial sheets is an important feature of embryogenesis and other biological processes. Previous work has demonstrated a role for inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP(3-mediated calcium signalling in the rearrangement of epidermal cells (also known as hypodermal cells during embryonic morphogenesis in Caenorhabditis elegans. However the mechanism by which IP(3 production is stimulated is unknown. IP(3 is produced by the action of phospholipase C (PLC. We therefore surveyed the PLC family of C. elegans using RNAi and mutant strains, and found that depletion of PLC-1/PLC-epsilon produced substantial embryonic lethality. We used the epithelial cell marker ajm-1::gfp to follow the behaviour of epidermal cells and found that 96% of the arrested embryos have morphogenetic defects. These defects include defective ventral enclosure and aberrant dorsal intercalation. Using time-lapse confocal microscopy we show that the migration of the ventral epidermal cells, especially of the leading cells, is slower and often fails in plc-1(tm753 embryos. As a consequence plc-1 loss of function results in ruptured embryos with a Gex phenotype (gut on exterior and lumpy larvae. Thus PLC-1 is involved in the regulation of morphogenesis. Genetic studies using gain- and loss-of-function alleles of itr-1, the gene encoding the IP(3 receptor in C. elegans, demonstrate that PLC-1 acts through ITR-1. Using RNAi and double mutants to deplete the other PLCs in a plc-1 background, we show that PLC-3/PLC-gamma and EGL-8/PLC-beta can compensate for reduced PLC-1 activity. Our work places PLC-epsilon into a pathway controlling epidermal cell migration, thus establishing a novel role for PLC-epsilon.

  13. Mutation screening in the human epsilon-globin gene using single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis.

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    Papachatzopoulou, Adamantia; Menounos, Panagiotis G; Kolonelou, Christina; Patrinos, George P

    2006-02-01

    The human epsilon-globin gene is necessary for primitive human erythropoiesis in the yolk sac. Herein we report a non-radioactive single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) approach to screen the human epsilon-globin gene and its regulatory regions for possible mutations and single-nucleotide polymorphisms in normal adult subjects, in order to determine those genomic regions, which are not necessary for its proper regulation and function. We identified no sequence variations apart from the expected 5'epsilon /HincII polymorphism in the fragments analyzed, suggesting that genomic alterations in the epsilon-globin gene are most likely incompatible with normal erythropoiesis and proper embryonic development.

  14. Epsilon Canis Majoris and the ionization of the local cloud

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    Vallerga, J. V.; Welsh, B. Y.

    1995-01-01

    The Lyman continuum radiation from the brightest extreme ultraviolet (EUV) source, the B2 II star epsilon Canis Majoris (Adara), is so intense that it dominates the local stellar EUV radiation field at wavelengths longer than 450 A and therefore sets a lower limit to the ionization of hydrogen in the Local Cloud. Using the EUV (70-730 A) spectrum of epsilon CMa taken with the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer Satellite (EUVE) and simple models that extrapolate this spectrum to the Lyman edge at 912 A, we have determined the local interstellar hydrogen photionizatin parameter Gamma solely from epsilon CMa to be 1.1 x 10(exp -15)/s. This fiugre is a factor of 7 greater than previous estimates of Gamma calculated for all nearby stars combined (Bruhweiler & Cheng 1988). Using measured values of the density and temperature of neutral interstellar hydrogen gas in the Local Cloud, we derive a particle density of ionized hydrogen n(H(+)) and electrons n(sub e) of 0.015-0.019/cu cm assuming ionization equilibrium and a helium ionization fraction of less than 20%. These values correspond to a hydrogen ionizatin fraction, chi(sub H) from 19% to 15%, respectively. The range of these derived quantities is due to the uncertainties in the local values of the neutral hydrogen and helium interstellar densities derived from both (1) solar backscatter measurements of Ly alpha lines of hydrogen and helium (1216 and 584 A), and (2) the average neutral densities along the line of sight to nearby stars. The local proton density produced by epsilon CMa is enough to allow the ionization mechanism of Ripken & Fahr (1983) to work at the heliopause and explain the discrepancy between the neutral hydrogen density derived from solar backscatter measurements and line-of-sight averages to nearby stars. A large value of electron density in the Local Cloud of n(sub e) is approximately 0.3-0.7/cu cm (T = 7000 K) has recently been reported by Lallement et al. (1994) using observations of Mg II and Mg I

  15. Light focusing using epsilon-near-zero metamaterials

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    Weiren Zhu

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available We present a strategy of focusing light using epsilon-near-zero metamaterials with embedded dielectric cylinder. The focusing mechanism is analytically investigated, and its accuracy is substantiated by rigorous full-wave simulations. It is found that the focusing intensity is highly depend on the embedded medium and its size, and the magnetic field amplitude of the focused beam itself can reach as high as 98.2 times the incident field. Owing to its versatility, the proposed light focusing system is sure to find applications in fields such as bio-sensing and in nonlinear optics.

  16. Parametrization of $\\epsilon$-rational curves: error analysis

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    Rueda, Sonia L

    2010-01-01

    In [Computer Aided Geometric Design 27 (2010), 212-231] the authors present an algorithm to parametrize approximately $\\epsilon$-rational curves, and they show in 2 examples that the Hausdorff distance, w.r.t. to the Euclidean distance, between the input and output curves is small. In this paper, we analyze this distance for a whole family of curves randomly generated and we automatize the strategy used in [Computer Aided Geometric Design 27 (2010), 212-231]. We find a reasonable upper bound of the Hausdorff distance between each input and output curve of the family.

  17. Magnetic Activity Cycles in the Exoplanet Host Star epsilon Eridani

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    Metcalfe, T S; Brown, B P; Mathur, S; Soderblom, D R; Henry, T J; Mauas, P J D; Petrucci, R; Hall, J C; Basu, S

    2012-01-01

    The active K2 dwarf epsilon Eri has been extensively characterized, both as a young solar analog and more recently as an exoplanet host star. As one of the nearest and brightest stars in the sky, it provides an unparalleled opportunity to constrain stellar dynamo theory beyond the Sun. We confirm and document the 3 year magnetic activity cycle in epsilon Eri originally reported by Hatzes and coworkers, and we examine the archival data from previous observations spanning 45 years. The data show coexisting 3 year and 13 year periods leading into a broad activity minimum that resembles a Maunder minimum-like state, followed by the resurgence of a coherent 3 year cycle. The nearly continuous activity record suggests the simultaneous operation of two stellar dynamos with cycle periods of 2.95+/-0.03 years and 12.7+/-0.3 years, which by analogy with the solar case suggests a revised identification of the dynamo mechanisms that are responsible for the so-called "active" and "inactive" sequences as proposed by Bohm-V...

  18. The epsilon regime with twisted mass Wilson fermions

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    Bar, Oliver; Shindler, Andrea

    2010-01-01

    We investigate the leading lattice spacing effects in mesonic two-point correlators computed with twisted mass Wilson fermions in the epsilon-regime. By generalizing the procedure already introduced for the untwisted Wilson chiral effective theory, we extend the continuum chiral epsilon expansion to twisted mass WChPT. We define different regimes, depending on the relative power counting for the quark masses and the lattice spacing. We explicitly compute, for arbitrary twist angle, the leading O(a^2) corrections appearing at NLO in the so-called GSM^* regime. As in untwisted WChPT, we find that in this situation the impact of explicit chiral symmetry breaking due to lattice artefacts is strongly suppressed. Of particular interest is the case of maximal twist, which corresponds to the setup usually adopted in lattice simulations with twisted mass Wilson fermions. The formulae we obtain can be matched to lattice data to extract physical low energy couplings, and to estimate systematic uncertainties coming from ...

  19. Precipitation of Epsilon Copper in Ferrite Antibacterial Stainless Steel

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    Zhixia ZHANG; Gang LIN; Zhou XU

    2008-01-01

    The precipitation of epsilon copper at 1023 K ageing in ferrite antibacterial stainless steel was investigated by a combination of electron microscopy and micro-Vickers hardness measurement. The results show that epsilon copper precipitation occurs within 90 s. Complex rnultilayer structure confirmed as twins and stacking faults on {111}ε-Cu planes was observed in the precipitates. The precipitates grow by the lengthwise enlargement of a set of parallel layers, having [111]ε-Cu and [112]ε-Cu preferred growth orientations. The volume fraction of precipitates f formed within 120 min can be predicted by a modified Avrami equation (In 1/1-f= kt+b).Simultaneously, substituent atom clusters with a size of 5-10 nm was found to occur in the solution and cause matrix strain. The precipitate morphology and distribution on the surface of ferrite antibacterial stainlesss teel are associated with surface crystallographic orientation of the matrix. The precipitates are predominantly located within the ferrite grains of orientation. The precipitates located on {111}α-Fe surface planes have sphere or ellipse shape.

  20. Robust association of the APOE epsilon4 allele with premature myocardial infarction especially in patients without hypercholesterolaemia: the Aachen study.

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    Schmitz, F; Mevissen, V; Krantz, C; Kimmel, M; Erdmann, J; Hoffmann, R; Zerres, K; Ortlepp, J R

    2007-02-01

    Genetic influence on the manifestation of coronary artery disease (CAD) and myocardial infarction (MI) has been shown previously. From many candidate genes the APOE (apolipoprotein E) with the major alleles epsilon2/epsilon3/epsilon4 is in the focus of interest. In 1817 patients admitted for their first left heart catheterization at a premature age (males < 55 and females < 65) the association of APOE alleles with MI was analysed. Genotyping was done by 5' exonuclease assay (TaqMan). RESULTS APOE was significantly associated with hypercholesterolaemia (epsilon4 72% vs. epsilon3 66% vs. epsilon2 51%; P < 0.0001), and premature MI (epsilon4 57% vs. epsilon3 50% vs. epsilon2 41%; P < 0.0001; hazard ratio 1.41, 95%CI 1.14-1.75). In patients without hypercholesterolaemia, the APOE allele epsilon4 was highly predictive for the presence of premature MI (epsilon4 55% vs. epsilon3 45% vs. epsilon2 28%; P < 0.0001; hazard ratio 1.75, 95%CI 1.19-2.57). The APOEepsilon4 allele shows a robust association with premature MI independent of hypercholesterolaemia.

  1. One-loop pentagon integral in $d$ dimensions from differential equations in $\\epsilon$-form

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    Kozlov, Mikhail G

    2015-01-01

    We apply differential equations technique to the calculation of the one-loop massless diagram with five onshell legs. Using reduction to $\\epsilon$-form, we manage to obtain a simple one-fold integral representation exact in space-time dimensionality. Expansion of the obtained result in $\\epsilon$ and analytical continuation to physical regions are discussed.

  2. Biodegradable p(DLLA-epsilon-CL) nerve guides versus autologous nerve grafts : Electromyographic and video analysis

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    Meek, MF; Nicolai, JPA; Gramsbergen, A; van der Werf, J.F.A.

    2001-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the functional effects of bridging a gap in the sciatic nerve of the rat with either a biodegradable copolymer of (DL)-lactide and epsilon -caprolactone [p(DLLA-epsilon -CL)] nerve guide or an autologous nerve graft. Electromyograms (EMGs) of the gastrocnemius (

  3. High-Resolution Spectroscopy of Long-Periodic Eclipsing Binary Epsilon Aurigae

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    Golovin, Alex; Andreev, Maxim

    2008-01-01

    The results of spectroscopic observations of long-periodic eclipsing binary Epsilon Aur are reported. The observations were carried out during 2 nights in 2007 at 2-meter telescope located at the peak Terskol, Northern Caucasus (Russia). Here we present series of Epsilon Aur spectra together with EW measurements of the most prominent absorption lines.

  4. Epsilon-stability and the speed of learning in network games

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    Azomahou, T.T.; Opolot, D.

    2014-01-01

    This paper introduces epsilon-stability as a generalization of the concept of stochastic stability in learning and evolutionary game dynamics. An outcome of a model of stochastic evolutionary dynamics is said to be epsilon-stable in the long-run if for a given model of mistakes it maximizes its inva

  5. epsilon-N-trimethyllysine availability regulates the rate of carnitine biosynthesis in the growing rat

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    Rebouche, C.J.; Lehman, L.J.; Olson, L.

    1986-05-01

    Rates of carnitine biosynthesis in mammals depend on the availability of substrates and the activity of enzymes subserving the pathway. This study was undertaken to test the hypothesis that the availability of epsilon-N-trimethyllysine is rate-limiting for synthesis of carnitine in the growing rat and to evaluate diet as a source of this precursor for carnitine biosynthesis. Rats apparently absorbed greater than 90% of a tracer dose of (methyl-/sup 3/H)epsilon-N-trimethyllysine, and approximately 30% of that was incorporated into tissues as (/sup 3/H)carnitine. Rats given oral supplements of epsilon-N-trimethyllysine (0.5-20 mg/d), but no dietary carnitine, excreted more carnitine than control animals receiving no dietary epsilon-N-trimethyllysine or carnitine. Rates of carnitine excretion increased in a dose-dependent manner. Tissue and serum levels of carnitine also increased with dietary epsilon-N-trimethyllysine supplementation. There was no evidence that the capacity for carnitine biosynthesis was saturated even at the highest level of oral epsilon-N-trimethyllysine supplementation. Common dietary proteins (casein, soy protein and wheat gluten) were found to be poor sources of epsilon-N-trimethyllysine for carnitine biosynthesis. The results of this study indicate that the availability of epsilon-N-trimethyllysine limits the rate of carnitine biosynthesis in the growing rat.

  6. The History of Delta Pi Epsilon, 1936-1986--A Golden Past: Foundation for the Future.

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    Crank, Floyd L.

    1986-01-01

    The history of Delta Pi Epsilon (1936-1986) is presented, citing such highlights as research awards, new chapters, publications, annual conferences, organization of new committees, and conventions. Facts about Delta Pi Epsilon and a list of references are included also. (CT)

  7. Singularity-free Next-to-leading Order $\\Delta S= 1$ Renormalization Group Evolution and $\\epsilon_{K}^{\\prime}/\\epsilon_{K}$ in the Standard Model and Beyond

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    Kitahara, Teppei; Tremper, Paul

    2016-01-01

    The standard analytic solution of the renormalization group (RG) evolution for the $\\Delta S = 1$ Wilson coefficients involves several singularities. In practical applications one either regularizes these singularities or circumvents the problem by using numerical integrations. In this paper we derive a singularity-free solution of the next-to-leading order (NLO) RG equations, which greatly facilitates the calculation of $\\epsilon_K^{\\prime}$, the measure of direct $CP$ violation in $K\\to\\pi\\pi$ decays. Using our new RG evolution and the latest lattice results for the hadronic matrix elements, we calculate the ratio $\\epsilon_{K}^{\\prime}/\\epsilon_{K}$ (with $\\epsilon_{K}$ quantifying indirect $CP$ violation) in the Standard Model (SM) at NLO to $\\epsilon_{K}^{\\prime}/\\epsilon_{K} = ( 0.96 \\pm 4.96 ) \\times 10^{-4}$, which is 2.9$\\,\\sigma$ below the experimental value. We also present the evolution matrix in the high-energy regime for calculations of new physics contributions and derive easy-to-use approximat...

  8. The initial oxidation of epsilon-Fesub2Nsub1-x: growth kinetics

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    Graat, Peter C.J.; Somers, Marcel A. J.; Mittemeijer, Eric J.

    1999-01-01

    The oxidation kinetics of epsilon-Fe2N1-x, subjected either to a sputter cleaning pretreatment or a sputter cleaning and an additional annealing pretreatment, at P-O2 = 1 x 10(-4) Pa and at temperatures ranging from 300 to 500 K, was investigated with ellipsometry. The initial oxidation rate...... of sputter cleaned + annealed epsilon-Fe2N1-x was observed to be lower than of sputter cleaned epsilon-Fe2N1-x, but upon prolonged oxidation sputter cleaned + annealed epsilon-Fe2N1-x attained a higher oxidation rate than sputter cleaned epsilon-Fe2N1-x. The oxidation kinetics was interpreted using the model...

  9. Photocatalytic, Antimicrobial and Biocompatibility Features of Cotton Knit Coated with Fe-N-Doped Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles

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    Miruna Silvia Stan

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Our research was focused on the evaluation of the photocatalytic and antimicrobial properties, as well as biocompatibility of cotton fabrics coated with fresh and reused dispersions of nanoscaled TiO2-1% Fe-N particles prepared by the hydrothermal method and post-annealed at 400 °C. The powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, Mössbauer spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The textiles coated with doped TiO2 were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analyses, and their photocatalytic effect by trichromatic coordinates of the materials stained with methylene blue and coffee and exposed to UV, visible and solar light. The resulting doped TiO2 consists of a mixture of prevailing anatase phase and a small amount (~15%–20% of brookite, containing Fe3+ and nitrogen. By reusing dispersions of TiO2-1% Fe-N, high amounts of photocatalysts were deposited on the fabrics, and the photocatalytic activity was improved, especially under visible light. The treated fabrics exhibited specific antimicrobial features, which were dependent on their composition, microbial strain and incubation time. The in vitro biocompatibility evaluation on CCD-1070Sk dermal fibroblasts confirmed the absence of cytotoxicity after short-term exposure. These results highlight the potential of TiO2-1% Fe-N nanoparticles for further use in the development of innovative self-cleaning and antimicrobial photocatalytic cotton textiles. However, further studies are required in order to assess the long-term skin exposure effects and the possible particle release due to wearing.

  10. Photocatalytic performance of magnetically separable Fe, N co-doped TiO{sub 2}-cobalt ferrite nanocomposite

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    Gaikwad, P.N. [Department of Chemistry, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004 (India); Hankare, P.P., E-mail: p_hankarep@rediffmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004 (India); Wandre, T.M.; Garadkar, K.M. [Department of Chemistry, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004 (India); Sasikala, R., E-mail: sasikala@barc.gov.in [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (India)

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • FeN-TiO{sub 2}-cobalt ferrite shows enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to TiO{sub 2}. • Increased visible light absorption is observed for the composite catalyst. • Fe, N doped TiO{sub 2} exists as a dispersed phase on cobalt ferrite. • The composite catalyst is stable for prolonged use and magnetically separable. - Abstract: Photocatalytic activity of a magnetically separable cobalt ferrite (CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, CF) coupled with Fe and N co-doped TiO{sub 2} nanocomposite was investigated for the degradation of methyl orange. TiO{sub 2} and Fe, N co-doped TiO{sub 2} existed as anatase phase of TiO{sub 2}. The presence of both anatase TiO{sub 2} and CF was indicated in the XRD pattern. The UV–visible spectra of all samples showed absorption in the visible region. The photocatalytic activity of these samples was examined in both UV and visible light. TiO{sub 2} co-doped with Fe and N exhibited the highest activity. Though the photocatalytic activity of the composite was slightly less than that of doped TiO{sub 2}, it showed improved activity compared to TiO{sub 2}. Besides, the composite has an added advantage that it is magnetically separable from the solution, which is a desired property for industrial applications. The increased photocatalytic activity is attributed to the increased optical absorption property compared to single phase TiO{sub 2}.

  11. Preparation, characterization, and photocatalytic activity evaluation of Fe-N-codoped TiO2/fly ash cenospheres floating photocatalyst.

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    Song, Jingke; Wang, Xuejiang; Bu, Yunjie; Zhang, Jing; Wang, Xin; Huang, Jiayu; Chen, Jie; Zhao, Jianfu

    2016-11-01

    Nitrogen-doped titanium dioxide (TiO2) and Fe-N-codoped TiO2 layers on fly ash cenospheres (FAC) as floating photocatalyst were successfully prepared through sol-gel method. Photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ultraviolet (UV)-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), and nitrogen adsorption analyses for Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) specific surface area. Photocatalytic efficiency of the prepared catalyst was evaluated through using the decomposition of Rhodamine B (RhB) as a model compound under visible light irradiation. Photocatalytic activity and kinetics of catalyst under visible light were detected in details from different Fe/Ti mole ratios by detecting photodegradation of RhB. Experimental results show that when the calcination temperature was 550 °C, the dosage of FAC was 3.0 g, and the mole ratio of Fe/Ti was 0.71 %; the synthesized Fe-N-TiO2/FAC photocatalyst presented as anatase phase and that N and Fe ions were doped into TiO2 lattice. The material's specific surface area was 34.027 m(2)/g, and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy shows that the edge of the photon absorption has been red shifted up to 400-500 nm. Fe-N-codoped titanium dioxide on FAC had excellent photocatalytic activity during the process of photodegradation of RhB under visible light irradiation.

  12. Photocatalytic, Antimicrobial and Biocompatibility Features of Cotton Knit Coated with Fe-N-Doped Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles

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    Stan, Miruna Silvia; Nica, Ionela Cristina; Dinischiotu, Anca; Varzaru, Elena; Iordache, Ovidiu George; Dumitrescu, Iuliana; Popa, Marcela; Chifiriuc, Mariana Carmen; Pircalabioru, Gratiela G.; Lazar, Veronica; Bezirtzoglou, Eugenia; Feder, Marcel; Diamandescu, Lucian

    2016-01-01

    Our research was focused on the evaluation of the photocatalytic and antimicrobial properties, as well as biocompatibility of cotton fabrics coated with fresh and reused dispersions of nanoscaled TiO2-1% Fe-N particles prepared by the hydrothermal method and post-annealed at 400 °C. The powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Mössbauer spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The textiles coated with doped TiO2 were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analyses, and their photocatalytic effect by trichromatic coordinates of the materials stained with methylene blue and coffee and exposed to UV, visible and solar light. The resulting doped TiO2 consists of a mixture of prevailing anatase phase and a small amount (~15%–20%) of brookite, containing Fe3+ and nitrogen. By reusing dispersions of TiO2-1% Fe-N, high amounts of photocatalysts were deposited on the fabrics, and the photocatalytic activity was improved, especially under visible light. The treated fabrics exhibited specific antimicrobial features, which were dependent on their composition, microbial strain and incubation time. The in vitro biocompatibility evaluation on CCD-1070Sk dermal fibroblasts confirmed the absence of cytotoxicity after short-term exposure. These results highlight the potential of TiO2-1% Fe-N nanoparticles for further use in the development of innovative self-cleaning and antimicrobial photocatalytic cotton textiles. However, further studies are required in order to assess the long-term skin exposure effects and the possible particle release due to wearing. PMID:28773913

  13. The apolipoprotein E epsilon4-allele and antihypertensive treatment are associated with increased risk of cerebral MRI white matter hyperintensities

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    Høgh, P; Garde, Ellen; Mortensen, Erik Lykke;

    2007-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Apolipoprotein E-epsilon4 (APOE-epsilon4) is a potential risk factor for cerebral vascular disease. The aim of the present study was to examine the relative importance of APOE-epsilon4 and other relevant risk factors for the extent of cerebral white matter hyperintensity (WMH...... the relative importance of the potential risk factors. RESULTS: APOE genotype and antihypertensive treatment were significantly associated with severity of total WMH load (P epsilon4 and WMH. Pharmaceutical treatment for arterial...

  14. Numerical techniques for lattice QCD in the {epsilon}-regime

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    Giusti, L. [European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva (Switzerland)]|[CNRS, Luminy, Marseille (France). Centre de Physique Theorique; Hoelbling, C. [CNRS, Luminy, Marseille (France). Centre de Physique Theorique; Luescher, M. [European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva (Switzerland); Wittig, H. [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg (Germany)

    2002-12-01

    In lattice QCD it is possible, in principle, to determine the parameters in the effective chiral lagrangian (including weak interaction couplings) by performing numerical simulations in the {epsilon}-regime, i.e. at quark masses where the physical extent of the lattice is much smaller than the Compton wave length of the pion. The use of a formulation of the lattice theory that preserves chiral symmetry is attractive in this context, but the numerical implementation of any such approach requires special care in this kinematical situation due to the presence of some very low eigenvalues of the Dirac operator. We discuss a set of techniques (low-mode preconditioning and adapted-precision algorithms in particular) that make such computations numerically safe and more efficient by a large factor. (orig.)

  15. Numerical techniques for lattice QCD in the $\\epsilon$-regime

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    Giusti, Leonardo; Lüscher, Martin; Wittig, H

    2003-01-01

    In lattice QCD it is possible, in principle, to determine the parameters in the effective chiral lagrangian (including weak interaction couplings) by performing numerical simulations in the $\\epsilon$--regime, i.e. at quark masses where the physical extent of the lattice is much smaller than the Compton wave length of the pion. The use of a formulation of the lattice theory that preserves chiral symmetry is attractive in this context, but the numerical implementation of any such approach requires special care in this kinematical situation due to the presence of some very low eigenvalues of the Dirac operator. We discuss a set of techniques (low-mode preconditioning and adapted-precision algorithms in particular) that make such computations numerically safe and more efficient by a large factor.

  16. Enhanced nonlinear refractive index in epsilon-near-zero materials

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    Caspani, L; Clerici, M; Ferrera, M; Roger, T; Di Falco, A; Kim, J; Kinsey, N; Shalaev, V M; Boltasseva, A; Faccio, D

    2016-01-01

    New propagation regimes for light arise from the ability to tune the dielectric permittivity to extremely low values. Here we demonstrate a universal approach based on the low linear permittivity values attained in the epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) regime for enhancing the nonlinear refractive index, which enables remarkable light-induced changes of the material properties. Experiments performed on Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films show a six-fold increase of the Kerr nonlinear refractive index ($n_2$) at the ENZ wavelength, located in the 1300 nm region. This in turn leads to light-induced refractive index changes of the order of unity, thus representing a new paradigm for nonlinear optics.

  17. Scalar-Composite Model in 6 - 2\\epsilon Dimensions

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    Akama, K; Akama, Keiichi; Hattori, Takashi

    2006-01-01

    We study the model of a composite-scalar made of a pair of scalar fields in 6-2 epsilon dimensions, using equivalence to the renormalizable three-elementary-scalar model under the "compositeness condition." In this model, the composite-scalar field is induced by the quantum effects through the vacuum polarization of elementary-scalar fields with 2N species. We first investigate scale dependences of the coupling constant and masses, in the renormalizable three-elementary-scalar model, and derive the results for the composite model by imposing the compositeness condition. The model exhibits the formerly found general property that the coupling constant of the composite field is independent of the scale.

  18. Terahertz epsilon-near-zero graded-index lens.

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    Torres, Víctor; Pacheco-Peña, Víctor; Rodríguez-Ulibarri, Pablo; Navarro-Cía, Miguel; Beruete, Miguel; Sorolla, Mario; Engheta, Nader

    2013-04-08

    An epsilon-near-zero graded-index converging lens with planar faces is proposed and analyzed. Each perfectly-electric conducting (PEC) waveguide comprising the lens operates slightly above its cut-off frequency and has the same length but different cross-sectional dimensions. This allows controlling individually the propagation constant and the normalized characteristic impedance of each waveguide for the desired phase front at the lens output while Fresnel reflection losses are minimized. A complete theoretical analysis based on the waveguide theory and Fermat's principle is provided. This is complemented with numerical simulation results of two-dimensional and three-dimensional lenses, made of PEC and aluminum, respectively, and working in the terahertz regime, which show good agreement with the analytical work.

  19. Electric Levitation Using Epsilon-Near-Zero Metamaterials

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    Fortuño, Francisco J Rodríguez; Engheta, Nader

    2013-01-01

    Levitation of objects with action at a distance has always been intriguing to humans. Several ways to achieve this, such as aerodynamic, acoustic, or electromagnetic methods, including radiation pressure, stable potential wells, and quantum Casimir-Lifshitz forces, exist. A fascinating approach for levitation is that of magnets over superconductors based on the Meissner effect -the expulsion of the magnetic field by a superconductor. With the advent of metamaterials -designed structures with electromagnetic properties that may not be found in nature- we ask whether a material may be conceived exhibiting similar field expulsion, but involving the electric field. We show how a special subcategory of metamaterials, called epsilon-near-zero materials, exhibits such electric classic analog to the Meissner effect, exerting a repulsion on nearby sources. Repulsive forces using anisotropic and chiral metamaterials have been investigated, but our proposal uses a different mechanism based on field expulsion, and is ver...

  20. A Monte Carlo Study on the Performance of a Corrected Formula for Epsilon Approximate Suggested by Lecoutre.

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    Chen, Ru San; Dunlap, William P.

    1994-01-01

    The present simulation study confirms that the corrected epsilon approximate test of B. Lecoutre yields a less biased estimation of population epsilon and reduces Type I error rates when compared to the epsilon approximate test of H. Huynh and L. S. Feldt. (SLD)

  1. Surface-rough Fe-N/C composite wrapped on carbon nanotubes as efficient electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction

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    Xiao, Chunhui; Chen, Xu; Tang, Yuhai

    2017-06-01

    Fe-N/C composites are considered one of the most promising non-precious-metal electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). In this paper, we fabricate a novel and efficient carbon nanotube (CNT)-supported Fe-N/C composite catalyst, via the surface-self-polymerization of polydopamine and then the incorporation with Fe species on CNTs, followed by the pyrolysis process. The obtained catalyst demonstrates excellent electrocatalytic performance towards ORR in alkaline media. The modification of Fe-incorporated nitrogen-rich-carbons (Fe-CNx) on CNTs lowers the ORR half-wave-potential by ˜190 mV, giving this catalyst with an onset ORR potential of 0.95 V (versus reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE)), a half-wave potential of 0.82 V (versus RHE), and the limiting current density of 5.39 mA cm-2 in 0.1 M KOH. The performance of the as-prepared catalyst is comparatively better than the commercially available Pt/C in terms of positive half-wave potential and larger limiting current, superior durability, and higher tolerance to the methanol.

  2. Surface-rough Fe-N/C composite wrapped on carbon nanotubes as efficient electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction.

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    Xiao, Chunhui; Chen, Xu; Tang, Yuhai

    2017-06-02

    Fe-N/C composites are considered one of the most promising non-precious-metal electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). In this paper, we fabricate a novel and efficient carbon nanotube (CNT)-supported Fe-N/C composite catalyst, via the surface-self-polymerization of polydopamine and then the incorporation with Fe species on CNTs, followed by the pyrolysis process. The obtained catalyst demonstrates excellent electrocatalytic performance towards ORR in alkaline media. The modification of Fe-incorporated nitrogen-rich-carbons (Fe-CNx) on CNTs lowers the ORR half-wave-potential by ∼190 mV, giving this catalyst with an onset ORR potential of 0.95 V (versus reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE)), a half-wave potential of 0.82 V (versus RHE), and the limiting current density of 5.39 mA cm(-2) in 0.1 M KOH. The performance of the as-prepared catalyst is comparatively better than the commercially available Pt/C in terms of positive half-wave potential and larger limiting current, superior durability, and higher tolerance to the methanol.

  3. Noise reduction combining time-frequency epsilon-filter and M-transform.

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    Abe, Tomomi; Matsumoto, Mitsuharu; Hashimoto, Shuji

    2008-08-01

    This paper introduces noise reduction combining time-frequency epsilon-filter (TF epsilon-filter) and time-frequency M-transform (TF M-transform). Musical noise is an offensive noise generated due to noise reduction in the time-frequency domain such as spectral subtraction and TF epsilon-filter. It has a deleterious effect on speech recognition. To solve the problem, M-transform is introduced. M-transform is a linear transform based on M-sequence. The method combining the time-domain epsilon-filter (TD epsilon-filter) and time-domain M-transform (TD M-transform) can reduce not only white noise but also impulse noise. Musical noise is isolated in the time-frequency domain, which is similar to impulse noise in the time domain. On these prospects, this paper aims to reduce musical noise by improving M-transform for the time-frequency domain. Noise reduction by using TD M-transform and the TD epsilon-filter is first explained to clarify its features. Then, an improved method applying M-transform to the time-frequency domain, namely TF M-transform, is described. Noise reduction combining the TF epsilon-filter and TF M-transform is also proposed. The proposed method can reduce not only high-level nonstationary noise but also musical noise. Experimental results are also given to demonstrate the performance of the proposed method.

  4. Clostridium perfringens type-D enterotoxaemia in cattle: the diagnostic significance of intestinal epsilon toxin.

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    Jones, A L; Dagleish, M P; Caldow, G L

    2015-10-17

    The aims of this study were to describe 42 cases of Clostridium perfringens type-D enterotoxaemia in cattle seen between 2003 and 2014 and to determine the diagnostic value of detecting epsilon toxin in bovine intestinal content. All cases in the series had histological brain changes considered pathognomonic for C. perfringens type-D enterotoxaemia in sheep and goats and the epsilon toxin of C. perfringens was concurrently detected in the intestinal contents of 15 (36 per cent) cases. The data from the case series indicate that intestinal epsilon toxin has a sensitivity of 56 per cent compared with histology of the brain for diagnosis of bovine C. perfringens type-D enterotoxaemia. The diagnostic specificity of detecting epsilon toxin in bovine intestinal content was investigated by screening intestinal contents of 60 bovine carcases submitted for postmortem examination. Epsilon toxin was detected in 11 (18 per cent) carcases but no pathognomonic histological brain change was found in any. The specificity of intestinal epsilon toxin was estimated to be 80.4 per cent. These studies demonstrate that for a definitive diagnosis of C. perfringens type-D enterotoxaemia in cattle histological examination of the brain is essential as the presence of epsilon toxin in the intestinal contents alone is neither sensitive nor specific enough.

  5. 碱性介质中Fe/N/C催化剂的氧气还原反应催化性能研究%Electrocatalytic Activity of Fe/N/C Catalyst for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Alkaline Electrolyte

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    郑龙珍; 陶堃; 熊乐艳; 叶丹; 韩奎; 纪忆

    2012-01-01

    以氧化石墨烯(GO)为碳载体,K3Fe(CN)6同时作为N源和Fe源,经热处理后构建了新型Fe/N/C结构的氧气还原催化剂.在热处理过程中,氧化石墨烯上的官能团分解脱离形成活性中心,Fe元素和N元素的同时掺杂是通过氧化石墨烯与K3Fe(CN)6之间的相互作用而实现的.通过傅立叶变换红外光谱(FTIR)和X射线光电子能谱(XPS)表征证明了这种非贵金属催化剂中N元素和Fe元素的成功掺杂,在催化剂中N元素主要是以吡啶式氮、吡咯式氮和石墨式氮的形式存在,Fe(II)和Fe(III)则与其中的吡啶式氮配位形成Fe-Nx结构.采用循环伏安法(CV)和旋转圆盘电极(RDE)技术,研究其在碱性介质中对氧气还原反应(ORR)的电催化性能.实验结果显示:Fe/N/C催化剂具有良好的ORR电催化活性,在碱性溶液中的起始电位为-0.15 V,同时有着良好的稳定性和抗甲醇性能.%Fuel cells have been recognized as one of the most promising power sources due to their high efficiency and low emissions.However,the high cost and scarcity of traditional Pt-based catalyst limit their commercialization.More intensive research have been focused on the development of non-noble-metal catalysts in order to replace Pt for catalyzing oxygen reduction reaction(ORR).Recently,it was reported that the Fe/N/C catalyst have high activity toward ORR.Chemical vapor deposition(CVD) is the most common method for the preparation of the Fe/N/C catalyst.However,the cost of CVD method is much higher.Here we report a facile method for the preparation of Fe/N/C catalyst for ORR in alkaline electrolyte.The catalyst is prepared by using graphene oxide as carbon support,and K3Fe(CN)6 as both nitrogen and iron sources.The precursors are then treated thermally at 800 ℃ under nitrogen atmosphere.In the process of heat treatment,the functional groups of graphene oxide are decomposed to form active center.Simultaneous doping of N

  6. Multistep epsilon-algorithm, Shanks' transformation, and Lotka-Volterra system by Hirota's method

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    Brezinski, Claude; Hu, Xing-Biao; Redivo-Zaglia, Michela; Sun, Jian-Qing

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we give a multistep extension of the epsilon-algorithm of Wynn, and we show that it implements a multistep extension of the Shanks' sequence transformation which is defined by ratios of determinants. Reciprocally, the quantities defined in this transformation can be recursively computed by the multistep epsilon-algorithm. The multistep epsilon-algorithm and the multistep Shanks' transformation are related to an extended discrete Lotka-Volterra system. These results are obtained by using the Hirota's bilinear method, a procedure quite useful in the solution of nonlinear partial differential and difference equations.

  7. Kinetics, Equilibrium, and Thermodynamics of the Sorption of Bisphenol A onto N-CNTs-β-Cyclodextrin and Fe/N-CNTs-β-Cyclodextrin Nanocomposites

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    Keletso Mphahlele

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We analysed the adsorptive behaviour of Fe/N-CNTs-β-CD nanocomposite in the removal of bisphenol A (BPA from aqueous solution and identified the key influencing parameters. The Fe/N-CNTs-β-CD nanocomposite adsorbent was prepared by dispersing Fe uniformly on N-CNTs-β-CD using a microwave polyol method and characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS. The solution pH and temperature had minimal effect on sorption of BPA while the initial concentration and adsorbent mass affected the adsorption of BPA. No leaching of Fe into the water was observed; thus the nanocomposites were found suitable for use in water purification. From equilibrium isotherm studies, the Langmuir isotherm model gave the best description of the experimental data. The Langmuir monolayer adsorption capacities of BPA onto N-CNTs-β-CD and Fe/N-CNTs-β-CD are 38.20 mg·g−1 and 80.65 mg·g−1 at 298 K, respectively. Evidently, these adsorption capacity values gave an indication that uniform dispersion of Fe N-CNTs-β-CD prepared by the microwave polyol method enhances the adsorption of BPA. Meanwhile, the sorption kinetics of BPA onto Fe/N-CNTs-β-CD were best described by the pseudo-second-order model.

  8. Preparation and Characterization of Visible-Light-Activated Fe-N Co-Doped TiO2 and Its Photocatalytic Inactivation Effect on Leukemia Tumors

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    Kangqiang Huang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The Fe-N co-doped TiO2 nanocomposites were synthesized by a sol-gel method and characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM, transmission electron microscope (TEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD, ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-vis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS. Then the photocatalytic inactivation of Fe-N-doped TiO2 on leukemia tumors was investigated by using Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK-8 assay. Additionally, the ultrastructural morphology and apoptotic percentage of treated cells were also studied. The experimental results showed that the growth of leukemic HL60 cells was significantly inhibited in groups treated with TiO2 nanoparticles and the photocatalytic activity of Fe-N-TiO2 was significantly higher than that of Fe-TiO2 and N-TiO2, indicating that the photocatalytic efficiency could be effectively enhanced by the modification of Fe-N. Furthermore, when 2 wt% Fe-N-TiO2 nanocomposites at a final concentration of 200 μg/mL were used, the inactivation efficiency of 78.5% was achieved after 30-minute light therapy.

  9. AChR deficiency due to epsilon-subunit mutations : two common mutations in the Netherlands

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    Faber, Catharina G.; Molenaar, Peter C.; Vles, Johannes S. H.; Bonifati, Domenic M.; Verschuuren, Jan J. G. M.; van Doorn, Pieter A.; Kuks, Jan B. M.; Wokke, John H. J.; Beeson, David; De Baets, Marc

    2009-01-01

    Congenital myasthenic syndromes are a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of hereditary disorders affecting neuromuscular transmission. We have identified mutations within the acetylcholine receptor (AChR) epsilon-subunit gene underlying congenital myasthenic syndromes in nine patients

  10. Automatic parameter optimization in epsilon-filter for acoustical signal processing utilizing correlation coefficient.

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    Abe, Tomomi; Hashimoto, Shuji; Matsumoto, Mitsuharu

    2010-02-01

    epsilon-filter can reduce most kinds of noise from a single-channel noisy signal while preserving signals that vary drastically such as speech signals. It can reduce not only stationary noise but also nonstationary noise. However, it has some parameters whose values are set empirically. So far, there have been few studies to evaluate the appropriateness of the parameter settings for epsilon-filter. This paper employs the correlation coefficient of the filter output and the difference between the filter input and output as the evaluation function of the parameter setting. This paper also describes the algorithm to set the optimal parameter value of epsilon-filter automatically. To evaluate the adequateness of the obtained parameter, the mean absolute error is calculated. The experimental results show that the adequate parameter in epsilon-filter can be obtained automatically by using the proposed method.

  11. Preparation of poly(epsilon-caprolactone)-based tissue engineering scaffolds by stereolithography

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    Elomaa, Laura; Teixeira, Sandra; Hakala, Risto; Korhonen, Harri; Grijpma, Dirk W.; Seppala, Jukka V.

    2011-01-01

    A photocrosslinkable poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL)-based resin was developed and applied using stereolithography. No additional solvents were required during the structure preparation process. Three-armed PCL oligomers of varying molecular weights were synthesized, functionalized with methacrylic

  12. AChR deficiency due to epsilon-subunit mutations : two common mutations in the Netherlands

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    Faber, Catharina G.; Molenaar, Peter C.; Vles, Johannes S. H.; Bonifati, Domenic M.; Verschuuren, Jan J. G. M.; van Doorn, Pieter A.; Kuks, Jan B. M.; Wokke, John H. J.; Beeson, David; De Baets, Marc

    2009-01-01

    Congenital myasthenic syndromes are a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of hereditary disorders affecting neuromuscular transmission. We have identified mutations within the acetylcholine receptor (AChR) epsilon-subunit gene underlying congenital myasthenic syndromes in nine patients (s

  13. AChR deficiency due to epsilon-subunit mutations : two common mutations in the Netherlands

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    Faber, Catharina G.; Molenaar, Peter C.; Vles, Johannes S. H.; Bonifati, Domenic M.; Verschuuren, Jan J. G. M.; van Doorn, Pieter A.; Kuks, Jan B. M.; Wokke, John H. J.; Beeson, David; De Baets, Marc

    2009-01-01

    Congenital myasthenic syndromes are a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of hereditary disorders affecting neuromuscular transmission. We have identified mutations within the acetylcholine receptor (AChR) epsilon-subunit gene underlying congenital myasthenic syndromes in nine patients (s

  14. $b \\rightarrow s \\gamma$ and $\\epsilon_b$ Constraints on Two Higgs Doublet Model

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    Park, G T

    1994-01-01

    We perform a combined analysis of two stringent constraints on the 2 Higgs doublet model, one coming from the recently announced CLEO II bound on $B(b \\rightarrow s \\gamma)$ and the other from the recent LEP data on $\\epsilon_b$. We have included one-loop vertex corrections to $Z \\rightarrow b \\overline b$ through $\\epsilon_b$ in the model. We find that the new $\\epsilon_b$ constraint excludes most of the less appealing window $\\tan\\beta\\lsim 1$ at $90\\%$C.~L. for $m_t=150\\GeV$. We also find that although $b \\rightarrow s \\gamma$ constraint is stronger for $\\tan\\beta>1$, $\\epsilon_b$ constraint is stronger for $\\tan\\beta\\lsim 1$, and therefore these two are the strongest and complimentary constraints present in the charged Higgs sector of the model.

  15. 40 Years of Calculus in 4 + epsilon Dimensions

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    Bietenholz, Wolfgang

    2012-01-01

    Modern physics describes elementary particles by a formalism known as Quantum Field Theory. However, straight calculations with this formalism lead to numerous divergences, hence one needs a suitable regularization scheme. 40 years ago a surprising scheme was established for this purpose: Dimensional Regularization. One computes in "4 + epsilon space-time dimensions", and takes the limit to our 4 dimensional space-time at the end. This method caused a revolution in particle physics, which led to the Standard Model. Many people refer to its results, and even apply it, without being aware that its history actually started in Latin America, more precisely in La Plata, Argentina. ----- La f\\'isica moderna describe a las part\\'iculas elementales por medio del formalismo conocido como Teor\\'ia Cu\\'antica de Campos. Sin embargo, los c\\'alculos directos realizados con este formalismo llevan a una gran cantidad de divergencias, por lo que es necesario un m\\'etodo para regularizarlos. Hace 40 a\\~nos se estableci\\'o un ...

  16. Magnetic field concentration assisted by epsilon-near-zero media.

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    Liberal, Iñigo; Li, Yue; Engheta, Nader

    2017-03-28

    Strengthening the magnetic response of matter at optical frequencies is of fundamental interest, as it provides additional information in spectroscopy, as well as alternative mechanisms to manipulate light at the nanoscale. Here, we demonstrate theoretically that epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) media can enhance the magnetic field concentration capabilities of dielectric resonators. We demonstrate that the magnetic field enhancement factor is unbounded in theory, and it diverges as the size of the ENZ host increases. In practice, the maximal enhancement factor is limited by dissipation losses in the host, and it is found via numerical simulations that ENZ hosts with moderate losses can enhance the performance of a circular dielectric rod resonator by around one order of magnitude. The physical mechanism behind this process is the strongly inhomogeneous magnetic field distributions induced by ENZ media in neighbouring dielectrics. We show that this is an intrinsic property of ENZ media, and that the occurrence of resonant enhancement is independent of the shape of the host. These results might find applications in spectroscopy, in sensing, in light emission and, in general, in investigating light-matter interactions beyond electric dipole transitions.This article is part of the themed issue 'New horizons for nanophotonics'. © 2017 The Author(s).

  17. Epsilon toxin: a fascinating pore-forming toxin.

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    Popoff, Michel R

    2011-12-01

    Epsilon toxin (ETX) is produced by strains of Clostridium perfringens classified as type B or type D. ETX belongs to the heptameric β-pore-forming toxins including aerolysin and Clostridium septicum alpha toxin, which are characterized by the formation of a pore through the plasma membrane of eukaryotic cells consisting in a β-barrel of 14 amphipatic β strands. By contrast to aerolysin and C. septicum alpha toxin, ETX is a much more potent toxin and is responsible for enterotoxemia in animals, mainly sheep. ETX induces perivascular edema in various tissues and accumulates in particular in the kidneys and brain, where it causes edema and necrotic lesions. ETX is able to pass through the blood-brain barrier and stimulate the release of glutamate, which accounts for the symptoms of nervous excitation observed in animal enterotoxemia. At the cellular level, ETX causes rapid swelling followed by cell death involving necrosis. The precise mode of action of ETX remains to be determined. ETX is a powerful toxin, however, it also represents a unique tool with which to vehicle drugs into the central nervous system or target glutamatergic neurons.

  18. The $\\epsilon$-expansion of the codimension two twist defect from conformal field theory

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    Yamaguchi, Satoshi

    2016-01-01

    We apply the framework of Rychkov-Tan arXiv:1505.00963 to the codimension two twist defect at the Wilson-Fisher fixed point in $4-\\epsilon$ dimensions. We obtain the scaling dimensions of the operators on the defect up to the lowest nontrivial order in the $\\epsilon$-expansion without using Feynman diagram computation. Our results agree with the known results.

  19. Finite $\\epsilon_2$-corrections to the $\\mathcal{N}=2$ SYM prepotential

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    Bourgine, Jean-Emile

    2015-01-01

    We derive the first $\\epsilon_2$-correction to the instanton partition functions of $\\mathcal{N}=2$ Super Yang-Mills (SYM) in four dimensions in the Nekrasov-Shatashvili limit $\\epsilon_2\\rightarrow 0$. In the latter we recall the emergence of the famous Thermodynamic Bethe Ansatz-like equation which has been found by Mayer expansion techniques. Here we combine efficiently these to field theory arguments. In a nutshell, we find natural and resolutive the introduction of a new operator $\

  20. $\\epsilon$-Expansion in Critical $\\phi^3$-Theory on Real Projective Space from Conformal Field Theory

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    Hasegawa, Chika

    2016-01-01

    We use a compatibility between the conformal symmetry and the equations of motion to solve the one-point function in the critical $\\phi^3$-theory (a.k.a the critical Lee-Yang model) on the $d = 6 - \\epsilon$ dimensional real projective space to the first non-trivial order in the $\\epsilon$-expansion. It reproduces the conventional perturbation theory and agrees with the numerical conformal bootstrap result.

  1. Evidences of the presence of different types of active sites for the oxygen reduction reaction with Fe/N/C based catalysts

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    Pérez-Alonso, Francisco J.; Domínguez, Carlota; Al-Thabaiti, Shaeel A.; Al-Youbi, Abdulrahman O.; Abdel Salam, Mohamed; Alshehri, Abdulmohsen A.; Retuerto, María; Peña, Miguel A.; Rojas, Sergio

    2016-09-01

    Fe/N/C catalysts are very active for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR); however, the nature of the active site(s) is not fully understood. In this work, we study the performance of different types of N/C and Fe/N/C catalysts for the ORR, and the effect of the addition of NaCN. Phthalocyanine and graphene have been studied as model metal-free catalysts for the ORR. Fe-phthalocyanine (FePhcy), Fe-phthalocyanine dispersed in graphene (FePhcy/G) and Fe/N/G, have been used as model Fe-containing catalysts. FePhcy and FePhcy/G only contain Fe atoms coordinated to 4 nitrogen atoms. On the other hand, different species such as Fe-Nx and Fe3C coexist in Fe/N/G. In addition, Csbnd C ensembles are present in the graphene present in FePhcy/G and Fe/N/G. The ORR activity is characteristic of each catalyst, being the highest for the catalysts containing FeN4 ensembles. The addition of CN- results in the selective poisoning of the Fe-containing sites but it does not suppress the ORR activity of the Graphene containing samples. In-situ infrared spectroscopy studies during the ORR reveal that CN- poisoning of the Fe sites is reversible, desorbing at potentials less positive than ca. 600 mV. As a consequence, the ORR activity of the Fe-containing sites is recovered gradually.

  2. Magnetization switching behavior with competing anisotropies in epitaxial Co3FeN /MnN exchange-coupled bilayers

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    Hajiri, T.; Yoshida, T.; Jaiswal, S.; Filianina, M.; Borie, B.; Ando, H.; Asano, H.; Zabel, H.; Kläui, M.

    2016-11-01

    We report unusual magnetization switching processes and angular-dependent exchange bias effects in fully epitaxial Co3FeN /MnN bilayers, where magnetocrystalline anisotropy and exchange coupling compete, probed by longitudinal and transverse magneto-optic Kerr effect (MOKE) magnetometry. The MOKE loops show multistep jumps corresponding to the nucleation and propagation of 90∘ domain walls in as-grown bilayers. By inducing exchange coupling, we confirm changes of the magnetization switching process due to the unidirectional anisotropy field of the exchange coupling. Taking into account the experimentally obtained values of the fourfold magnetocrystalline anisotropy, the unidirectional anisotropy field, the exchange-coupling constant, and the uniaxial anisotropy including its direction, the calculated angular-dependent exchange bias reproduces the experimental results. These results demonstrate the essential role of the competition between magnetocrystalline anisotropy and exchange coupling for understanding and tailoring exchange-coupling phenomena usable for engineering switching in fully epitaxial bilayers made of tailored materials.

  3. Upper Bounds on epsilon'/epsilon Parameters B_6^{(1/2)} and B_8^{(3/2)} from Large N QCD and other News

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    Buras, Andrzej J

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate that in the large N approach developed by the authors in collaboration with Bardeen, the parameters B_6^{(1/2)} and B_8^{(3/2)} parametrizing the K\\to\\pi\\pi matrix elements _0 and _2 of the dominant QCD and electroweak operators receive both negative O(1/N) corrections such that B_6^{(1/2)} _0 implies for the corresponding parameter B_8^{(1/2)}=1.01\\pm 0.03 to be compared with large N value B_8^{(1/2)}=1.1\\pm 0.1. We discuss briefly the implications of these findings for the ratio epsilon'/epsilon. In fact, with the precise value for B_8^{(3/2)} from RBC-UKQCD collaboration, our upper bound on B_6^{(1/2)} implies epsilon'/epsilon in the SM roughly by a factor of two below its experimental value (16.6\\pm 2.3)\\times 10^{-4}. We also briefly comment on the parameter \\hat B_K and the \\Delta I=1/2$ rule.

  4. A COMPARISON BETWEEN THE MORPHOLOGY OF SEMICRYSTALLINE POLYMER BLENDS OF POLY(EPSILON-CAPROLACTONE)/POLY(VINYL METHYL-ETHER) AND POLY(EPSILON-CAPROLACTONE)/(STYRENE-ACRYLONITRILE)

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    OUDHUIS, AACM; THIEWES, HJ; VANHUTTEN, PF; TENBRINKE, G

    1994-01-01

    The morphology of polymer blends of poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) and poly(vinyl methyl ether) (PVME) is compared with that of PCL and a random copolymer of styrene and acrylonitrile (SAN). The main objective is to determine the influence of the glass transition temperature of the amorphous compo

  5. Utility of immonium ions for assignment of epsilon-N-acetyllysine-containing peptides by tandem mass spectrometry

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    Trelle, Morten B; Jensen, Ole Nørregaard

    2008-01-01

    Tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) is a powerful tool for characterization of post-translationally modified proteins, including epsilon-N-acetyllysine-containing species. Previous reports indicate that epsilon-N-acetyllysine immonium ions are useful marker ions for peptides containing epsilon......-N-acetyllysine, but the specificity and sensitivity of these ions for assignment of lysine acetylation by MS/MS have not been studied in detail. We investigated MS/MS data sets of 172 epsilon-N-acetyllysine tryptic peptides and 268 nonacetylated tryptic peptides to establish the utility and reliability of epsilon......-N-acetyllysine immonium ions for identification and validation of acetylated peptides. Our analysis shows that the immonium ion at m/z 143 lacks specificity for lysine-acetylated peptides, whereas the derivative at m/z 126 is highly specific (98.1%). We also studied the positional effect of the epsilon...

  6. Synthesis and Characterization of Fe-N-S-tri-Doped TiO2 Photocatalyst and Its Enhanced Visible Light Photocatalytic Activity

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    Biying Li

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Fe-N-S-tri-doped TiO2 photocatalysts were synthesized by one step in the presence of ammonium ferrous sulfate. The resulting materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, and ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflection spectrum (UV-Vis DRS. XPS analysis indicated that Fe (III and S6+ were incorporated into the lattice of TiO2 through substituting titanium atoms, and N might coexist in the forms of substitutional N (O-Ti-N and interstitial N (Ti-O-N in tridoped TiO2. XRD results showed that tri-doping with Fe, N, and S elements could effectively retard the phase transformation of TiO2 from anatase to rutile and growth of crystallite size. DRS results revealed that the light absorbance edge of TiO2 in visible region was greatly improved by tri-doping with Fe, N, and S elements. Further, the photocatalytic activity of the as-synthesized samples was evaluated by the degradation of phenol under visible light irradiation. It was found that Fe-N-S-tri-doped TiO2 catalyst exhibited higher visible light photocatalytic activity than that of pure TiO2 and P25 TiO2, which was mainly attributed to the small crystallite size, intense light absorbance in visible region, and narrow bandgap energy.

  7. Effect of austenite grain size in Fe-Mn alloys on {epsilon} martensitic transformation and their mechanical properties; Fe-Mn gokin no {epsilon} marutensaito hentai oyobi kikaiteki seishitsu ni oyobosu kessho ryukei no eikyo

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    Nakatsu, H. [Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan). Graduate School; Takaki, S. [Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1996-02-20

    The Fe-Mn two-components alloy samples varied with Mn content of 12 to 31 mass% were prepared by charging {gamma}-crystalline grain size using its recrystallization, and were surveyed on effects of the {gamma}-crystalline grain size on athermal {epsilon}-martensitic ({epsilon})-transformation and machining- induced {epsilon}-transformation. As a result of examining the relationship between the {gamma}-crystalline grain size or the {epsilon}-transformation and their mechanical properties, conclusion shown as follows is obtained. The athermal {epsilon} was formed at the alloy containing more than 10 mass% of Mn, maximum {epsilon} was shown at the composition containing about 17 mass% of Mn and the {epsilon} was almost not formed at the steel containing more than 27 mass% of Mn. When crushing the {gamma}-crystalline grain to fine powder, the {epsilon} martensitic transformation beginning temperature tended to reduce somewhat and production amount of the {epsilon} decreased extremely. On the steel containing Mn ranged 15 to 31 mass%, the fine powdering affected scarcely its durability but improved its elongation and its tensile strength. 26 refs., 11 figs., 1 tab.

  8. Photocatalytic enhancement of floating photocatalyst: Layer-by-layer hybrid carbonized chitosan and Fe-N- codoped TiO2 on fly ash cenospheres

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    Song, Jingke; Wang, Xuejiang; Bu, Yunjie; Wang, Xin; Zhang, Jing; Huang, Jiayu; Ma, RongRong; Zhao, Jianfu

    2017-01-01

    Due to the advantage of floating on water surface, floating photocatalysts show higher rates of radical formation and collection efficiencies. And they were expected to be used for solar remediation of non-stirred and non-oxygenated reservoirs. In this research, floating fly ash cenospheres (FAC) supported layer-by- layer hybrid carbonized chitosan and Fe-N-codoped TiO2 was prepared by a simple sol-gel method. The catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction(XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy(FESEM), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy(FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy(DRS), nitrogen adsorption analyses for Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) specific surface area. It is indicated that Fe-N codoped narrowed the material's band gap, and the layer of carbonized chitosan (Cts) increased the catalyst's adsorption capacity and the absorption ability of visible light. Comparing with Fe-N-TiO2/FAC and N-TiO2/FAC, the composite photocatalyst show excellent performance on the degradation of RhB. Photodegradation rate of RhB by Fe-N-TiO2/FAC-Cts was 0.01018 min-1, which is about 1.5 and 2.09 times higher than Fe-N-TiO2/FAC and N-TiO2/FAC under visible light irradiation in 240 min, respectively. The dye photosentization, capture of holes and electrons by Fe3+ ion, and synergistic effect of adsorption and photodegradation were attributed to the results for the improvement of photocatalytic performance. The floating photocatalyst can be reused for at least three consecutive times without any significant decrease on the degradation of Rhodamin B after each reuse.

  9. A General Approach to Preferential Formation of Active Fe-Nx Sites in Fe-N/C Electrocatalysts for Efficient Oxygen Reduction Reaction.

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    Sa, Young Jin; Seo, Dong-Jun; Woo, Jinwoo; Lim, Jung Tae; Cheon, Jae Yeong; Yang, Seung Yong; Lee, Jae Myeong; Kang, Dongwoo; Shin, Tae Joo; Shin, Hyeon Suk; Jeong, Hu Young; Kim, Chul Sung; Kim, Min Gyu; Kim, Tae-Young; Joo, Sang Hoon

    2016-11-16

    Iron-nitrogen on carbon (Fe-N/C) catalysts have emerged as promising nonprecious metal catalysts (NPMCs) for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in energy conversion and storage devices. It has been widely suggested that an active site structure for Fe-N/C catalysts contains Fe-Nx coordination. However, the preparation of high-performance Fe-N/C catalysts mostly involves a high-temperature pyrolysis step, which generates not only catalytically active Fe-Nx sites, but also less active large iron-based particles. Herein, we report a general "silica-protective-layer-assisted" approach that can preferentially generate the catalytically active Fe-Nx sites in Fe-N/C catalysts while suppressing the formation of large Fe-based particles. The catalyst preparation consisted of an adsorption of iron porphyrin precursor on carbon nanotube (CNT), silica layer overcoating, high-temperature pyrolysis, and silica layer etching, which yielded CNTs coated with thin layer of porphyrinic carbon (CNT/PC) catalysts. Temperature-controlled in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy during the preparation of CNT/PC catalyst revealed the coordination of silica layer to stabilize the Fe-N4 sites. The CNT/PC catalyst contained higher density of active Fe-Nx sites compared to the CNT/PC prepared without silica coating. The CNT/PC showed very high ORR activity and excellent stability in alkaline media. Importantly, an alkaline anion exchange membrane fuel cell (AEMFC) with a CNT/PC-based cathode exhibited record high current and power densities among NPMC-based AEMFCs. In addition, a CNT/PC-based cathode exhibited a high volumetric current density of 320 A cm(-3) in acidic proton exchange membrane fuel cell. We further demonstrated the generality of this synthetic strategy to other carbon supports.

  10. Controlling coherence in epsilon-near-zero metamaterials (Conference Presentation)

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    Caglayan, Humeyra; Hajian, Hodjat; Ozbay, Ekmel

    2017-05-01

    Recently, metamaterials with near-zero refractive index have attracted much attention. Light inside these materials experiences no spatial phase change and extremely large phase velocity, makes these peculiar systems applicable for realizing directional emission, tunneling waveguides, large-area single-mode devices and electromagnetic cloaks. In addition, epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) metamaterials can also enhance light transmission through a subwavelength aperture. Impedance-matched all-dielectric zero-index metamaterials which exhibit Dirac cone dispersions at center of the Brillouin zone, have been experimentally demonstrated at microwave regime and optical frequencies for transverse-magnetic (TM) polarization of light. More recently, it has been also proved that these systems can be realized in a miniaturized in-plane geometry useful for integrated photonic applications, i.e. these metamaterials can be integrated with other optical elements, including waveguides, resonators and interferometers. In this work, using a zero-index metamaterial at the inner and outer sides of a subwavelength aperture, we numerically and experimental study light transmission through and its extraction from the aperture. The metamaterial consists of a combination of two double-layer arrays of scatterers with dissimilar subwavelength dimensions. The metamaterial exhibits zero-index optical response in microwave region. Our numerical investigation shows that the presence of the metamaterial at the inner side of the aperture leads to a considerable increase in the transmission of light through the subwavelength aperture. This enhancement is related to the amplification of the amplitude of the electromagnetic field inside the metamaterial which drastically increases the coupling between free space and the slit. By obtaining the electric field profile of the light passing through the considered NZI/aperture/NZI system at this frequency we found out that in addition to the enhanced transmission

  11. Phase Stability of Epsilon and Gamma Hniw (CL-20) at High-Pressure and Temperature

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    Gump, Jared C.; Stoltz, Chad A.; Peiris, Suhithi M.

    2007-12-01

    Hexanitrohexaazaisowurtzitane (CL-20) is one of the few ingredients developed since World War II to be considered for transition to military use. Five polymorphs have been identified for CL-20 by FTIR measurements (α, β, γ, ɛ, ζ). As CL-20 is transitioned into munitions it will become necessary to predict its response under conditions of detonation, for performance evaluation. Such predictive modeling requires a phase diagram and basic thermodynamic properties of the various phases at high pressure and temperature. Therefore, the epsilon and gamma phases of CL-20 at static high-pressure and temperature were investigated using synchrotron angle-dispersive x-ray diffraction experiments. The samples were compressed and heated using diamond anvil cells (DAC). Pressures and temperatures achieved were around 5 GPa and 240 °C, respectively. The epsilon phase was stable to 6.3 GPa at ambient temperature. When heated at ambient pressure the epsilon phase was sustained to a temperature of 120 °C then underwent a transition to the gamma phase above 125 °C and then thermal decomposition occurred above 150 °C. Upon compression, the gamma phase underwent a phase transition at both ambient temperature and 140 °C. Pressure—volume data for the epsilon and gamma phase at ambient temperature and the epsilon phase at 75 °C were fit to the Birch-Murnaghan formalism to obtain isothermal equations of state.

  12. Epitaxial Ni{sub 3}FeN thin films: A candidate for spintronic devices and magnetic sensors

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    Loloee, Reza [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824 (United States)

    2012-07-15

    A new type of epitaxial ferromagnetic nitride (Ni{sub 3} Fe N = permalloy nitride = 'PyN') compound films were grown on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(1120) substrates using reactive triode magnetron sputtering. The results of electron back-scattering diffraction and x-ray diffraction techniques indicate a high quality epitaxial crystalline structure with growth normal of (100). Magnetization measurements of epitaxial PyN films revealed several unique results. (1) A textbook square hysteresis loop that suggest existence of single magnetic domain in these films. (2) A coercive field is tunable from a few mOe up to a few Oe by changing the film thickness. (3) A magnetization that switches (rotate) over a very small field range of {delta}H{sub C} {<=} 0.05 Oe, independent of the film thickness. This small {delta}H indicates a very large resistive sensitivity ({delta}R/{delta}H) of the epitaxial PyN. (4) The epitaxial PyN thermal cycling through several cycles between '2 and 800 K' (-271 Degree-Sign C to +527 Degree-Sign C) shows much less degradation only about 2-5% compared to 40% degradation of a simple Py film. Four-probe transport measurements give an anisotropic magnetoresistance of Almost-Equal-To 6%, sufficiently higher than other known ferromagnetic materials. These interesting properties are ideal for a variety of spintronic devices and magnetic sensors.

  13. Precise measurement of the thermal and stellar 54Fe(n ,γ )55Fe cross sections via accelerator mass spectrometry

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    Wallner, A.; Buczak, K.; Belgya, T.; Bichler, M.; Coquard, L.; Dillmann, I.; Golser, R.; Käppeler, F.; Karakas, A.; Kutschera, W.; Lederer, C.; Mengoni, A.; Pignatari, M.; Priller, A.; Reifarth, R.; Steier, P.; Szentmiklosi, L.

    2017-08-01

    Accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) represents a complementary approach for precise measurements of neutron capture cross sections, e.g., for nuclear astrophysics. This technique, completely independent of previous experimental methods, was applied for the measurement of the 54Fe(n ,γ )55Fe reaction. Following a series of irradiations with neutrons from cold and thermal to keV energies, the produced long-lived 55Fe nuclei (t1 /2=2.744 +-0.009 ) yr) were analyzed at the Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator. A reproducibility of about 1% could be achieved for the detection of 55Fe, yielding cross-section uncertainties of less than 3%. Thus, this method produces new and precise data that can serve as anchor points for time-of-flight experiments. We report significantly improved neutron capture cross sections at thermal energy (σth=2.30 ±0.07 b) as well as for a quasi-Maxwellian spectrum of k T =25 keV (σ =30.3 ±1.2 mb) and for En=481 ±53 keV (σ =6.01 ±0.23 mb). The new experimental cross sections have been used to deduce improved Maxwellian-averaged cross sections in the temperature regime of the common s -process scenarios. The astrophysical impact is discussed by using stellar models for low-mass asymptotic giant branch stars.

  14. Precise measurement of the thermal and stellar $^{54}$Fe($n, \\gamma$)$^{55}$Fe cross sections via AMS

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    Wallner, Anton; Buczak, Kathrin; Coquard, Laurent; Bichler, Max; Dillmann, Iris; Golser, Robin; Käppeler, Franz; Karakas, Amanda; Kutschera, Walter; Lederer, Claudia; Mengoni, Alberto; Pignatari, Marco; Priller, Alfred; Reifarth, Rene; Steier, Peter; Szentmiklosi, Laszlo

    2016-01-01

    The detection of long-lived radionuclides through ultra-sensitive single atom counting via accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) offers opportunities for precise measurements of neutron capture cross sections, e.g. for nuclear astrophysics. The technique represents a truly complementary approach, completely independent of previous experimental methods. The potential of this technique is highlighted at the example of the $^{54}$Fe($n, \\gamma$)$^{55}$Fe reaction. Following a series of irradiations with neutrons from cold and thermal to keV energies, the produced long-lived $^{55}$Fe nuclei ($t_{1/2}=2.744(9)$ yr) were analyzed at the Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator (VERA). A reproducibility of about 1% could be achieved for the detection of $^{55}$Fe, yielding cross section uncertainties of less than 3%. Thus, the new data can serve as anchor points to time-of-flight experiments. We report significantly improved neutron capture cross sections at thermal energy ($\\sigma_{th}=2.30\\pm0.07$ b) as well as fo...

  15. Stability of $SU(N_c)$ QCD3 from the $\\epsilon$-Expansion

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    Goldman, Hart

    2016-01-01

    QCD with gauge group $SU(N_c)$ flows to an interacting conformal fixed point in three spacetime dimensions when the number of four-component Dirac fermions $N_f \\gg N_c$. We study the stability of this fixed point via the $\\epsilon$-expansion about four dimensions. We find that when the number of fermions is lowered to $N_f^{\\rm crit} \\approx {11 \\over 2} N_c + (6 + {4 \\over N_c}) \\epsilon$, a certain four-fermion operator becomes relevant and the theory flows to a new infrared fixed point (massless or massive). F-theorem or entanglement monotonicity considerations complement our $\\epsilon$-expansion calculation.

  16. Two-flavor lattice QCD simulation in the epsilon-regime with exact chiral symmetry

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    Fukaya, H; Chiu, T W; Hashimoto, S; Kaneko, T; Matsufuru, H; Noaki, J; Ogawa, K; Okamoto, M; Onogi, T; Yamada, N

    2007-01-01

    We perform lattice simulations of two-flavor QCD using Neuberger's overlap fermion, with which the exact chiral symmetry is realized at finite lattice spacings. The epsilon-regime is reached by decreasing the light quark mass down to 3 MeV on a 16^3 32 lattice with a lattice spacing \\sim 0.11 fm. We find a good agreement of the low-lying Dirac eigenvalue spectrum with the analytical predictions of the chiral random matrix theory, which reduces to the chiral perturbation theory in the epsilon-regime. The chiral condensate is extracted as \\Sigma(2 GeV) = (251(7)(11) MeV)^3, where the errors are statistical and an estimate of the higher order effects in the epsilon-expansion.

  17. Node-avoiding Levy flight - A numerical test of the epsilon expansion. [random walk

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    Halley, J. W.; Nakanishi, H.

    1985-01-01

    A study is conducted of an extension of Levy flight to include self-repulsion in the path of the walk. The extension is called node-avoiding Levy flight and its equivalence to the n approaches 0 limit of a statistical mechanical model for a magnetic system with long-range interactions between the spins is shown. By use of this equivalence it is possible to make a detailed comparison beween the results of the epsilon expansion for the magnetic model, a Monte Carlo simulation of the Levy flight model, and the results of a Flory-type argument. This is the first comparison of the epsilon expansion for epsilon much less than 1 with a numerical simulation for any model. Some speculations are made on applications of the model of node-avoiding Levy flight.

  18. Kinetics of epsilon antitoxin antibodies in different strategies for active immunization of lambs against enterotoxaemia

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    Heni F. Costa

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Enterotoxaemia, a common disease that affects domestic small ruminants, is mainly caused by the epsilon toxin of Clostridium perfringens type D. The present study tested four distinct immunization protocols to evaluate humoral response in lambs, a progeny of non-vaccinated sheep during gestation. Twenty-four lambs were randomly allocated into four groups according to age (7, 15, 30 and 45 days, receiving the first dose of epsilon toxoid commercial vaccine against clostridiosis with booster after 30 days post vaccination. Indirect ELISA was performed after the first vaccine dose and booster to evaluate the immune response of the lambs. Results showed that for the four protocols tested all lambs presented serum title considered protective (≥0.2UI/ml epsilon antitoxin antibodies and also showed that the anticipation of primovaccination of lambs against enterotoxaemia conferred serum title considered protective allowing the optimization of mass vaccination of lambs.

  19. Efficient vortex generation in sub-wavelength epsilon-near-zero slabs

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    Ciattoni, Alessandro; Rizza, Carlo

    2016-01-01

    We show that a homogeneous and isotropic slab, illuminated by a circularly polarized beam with no topological charge, produces vortices of order two in the opposite circularly polarized components of the reflected and transmitted fields, as a consequence of the difference between transverse magnetic and transverse electric dynamics. In the epsilon-near-zero regime, we find that vortex generation is remarkably efficient in sub-wavelength thick slabs up to the paraxial regime. This physically stems from the fact that a vacuum paraxial field can excite a nonparaxial field inside an epsilon-near-zero slab since it hosts slowly varying fields over physically large portion of the bulk. Our theoretical predictions indicate that epsilon-near-zero media hold great potential as nanophotonic elements for manipulating the angular momentum of the radiation, since they are available without resorting to complicated micro/nano fabrication processes and can operate even at very small (ultraviolet) wavelengths.

  20. Cloning and Sequence Analysis of Sus scrofa interferon epsilon-1 Gene%Sus scrofa interferon epsilon-1基因的克隆与序列分析

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    杜会坡; 台玉磊; 王伟杰; 杨国宇

    2012-01-01

    [目的]克隆分析Sus scrofa interferon epsilon-I基因,以期为其生物学功能研究奠定基础.[方法]利用Homo sapiens interferon eμsilon l(IFNEI)序列(NM_176891.3)对猪HTG库进行搜索,通过对获得的2个片断(CU074336、AC 127471)的序列分析,在5’- UTR和3’-UTR设计I对克隆引物,对7日龄仔猪的胃组织进行RT - PCR,将PCR产物克隆、测序,并进行相关分析.[结果]同源性分析结果表明,猪SIFNEI与人、小鼠interferon epsilon-1基因cDNA编码区(CDS)的同源性分别为83.6%和69 2%;蛋白序列同源性分别为76.2%和55.2%.推测其氨基酸序列信号肽为第1~21位氨基酸,IFabd结构域为第59~176位氨基酸,结构特征与人、小鼠的interferon epsilon-1相一致.[结论]该研究克隆了Sus scrofa interferon epsilon-1基因,为进一步研究SIFNE1基因的生物学功能奠定了基础。%[ Objective] To clone and analyze the Sus scrofa interfemn epsiton-I gene, so as to lay foundation for the study of its biological func-tions. [ Method] The swine HTG database was searched with the Homo sapiens interferon epsilon-I (1FNEI) sequence (NM_176891.3) , two fragments (CU074336 and AC127471) were obtained and analyzed by sequencing. One pair of primers was cloned at 5'-UTR and 3'-UTR to analyze the gastric tissue of seven-day-old piglets by RT-PCR, the PCR products were cloned, sequenced and correlation analyzed. [ Result] The homology analysts showed that the homology of swine SIFNEI with human and mice interferon epsilon-I gene cDNA CDS was 83.6% and 69.2% respectively, the homology between their protein sequences was 76. 2% and 55.2% respectively. The signal peptide of ami no acid se-quence was predicted to be the 1 - 12 position of amino acid, the protein domains of IFabd were the 59 - 176 position of amino acid, which was consistent with the interferon epsilon-I of human and mice. [Conclusion] The study cloned the Sus scrofa interferon epsilon-I gene, and laid foundation for

  1. Two-loop Prediction for Scaling Exponents in $(2 + \\epsilon)$-dimensional Quantum Gravity

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    Aida, T; Aida, Toshiaki; Kitazawa, Yoshihisa

    1996-01-01

    We perform the two loop level renormalization of quantum gravity in $2+\\epsilon$ dimensions. We work in the background gauge whose manifest covariance enables us to use the short distance expansion of the Green's functions. We explicitly show that the theory is renormalizable to the two loop level in our formalism. We further make a physical prediction for the scaling relation between the gravitational coupling constant and the cosmological constant which is expected to hold at the short distance fixed point of the renormalization group. It is found that the two loop level calculation is necessary to determine the scaling exponent to the leading order in $\\epsilon$.

  2. Directional and monochromatic thermal emitter from epsilon-near-zero conditions in semiconductor hyperbolic metamaterials

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    Campione, Salvatore; Marquier, Francois; Hugonin, Jean-Paul; Ellis, A. Robert; Klem, John F.; Sinclair, Michael B.; Luk, Ting S.

    2016-01-01

    The development of novel thermal sources that control the emission spectrum and the angular emission pattern is of fundamental importance. In this paper, we investigate the thermal emission properties of semiconductor hyperbolic metamaterials (SHMs). Our structure does not require the use of any periodic corrugation to provide monochromatic and directional emission properties. We show that these properties arise because of epsilon-near-zero conditions in SHMs. The thermal emission is dominated by the epsilon-near-zero effect in the doped quantum wells composing the SHM. Furthermore, different properties are observed for s and p polarizations, following the characteristics of the strong anisotropy of hyperbolic metamaterials.

  3. No muscle involvement in myoclonus-dystonia caused by epsilon-sarcoglycan gene mutations1

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    Hjermind, L.E.; Vissing, J.; Asmus, F.;

    2008-01-01

    Mutations in the epsilon-sarcoglycan gene (SGCE) can cause autosomal dominant inherited myoclonus-dystonia (M-D). Defects in other sarcoglycans; alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta can cause autosomal recessive inherited limb girdle muscular dystrophies. epsilon- and alpha-sarcoglycans are very...... homologous and may substitute for one-another in different tissues. We therefore investigated whether mutations in SGCE also cause abnormalities of skeletal and myocardial muscle. Six patients with clinically and genetically verified M-D and no signs of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy were included. Skeletal...

  4. Resonant Transmission of Electromagnetic Fields through Subwavelength Zero-$\\epsilon$ Slits

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    Halterman, Klaus

    2008-01-01

    We theoretically investigate the transmission of electromagnetic radiation through a metal plate with a zero-$\\epsilon$ metamaterial slit, where the permittivity tends towards zero over a given bandwidth. Our analytic results demonstrate that the transmission coefficient can be substantial for a broad range of slit geometries, including subwavelength widths that are many wavelengths long. This novel resonant effect has features quite unlike the Fabry-P\\'{e}rot-like resonances that have been observed in conductors with deep channels. We further reveal that these high impedance ultranarrow zero-$\\epsilon$ channels can have significantly {\\it greater} transmission compared to slits with no wave impedance difference across them.

  5. Directional and monochromatic thermal emitter from epsilon-near-zero conditions in semiconductor hyperbolic metamaterials

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    Campione, Salvatore; Marquier, Francois; Hugonin, Jean-Paul; Ellis, A. Robert; Klem, John F.; Sinclair, Michael B.; Luk, Ting S.

    2016-10-01

    The development of novel thermal sources that control the emission spectrum and the angular emission pattern is of fundamental importance. In this paper, we investigate the thermal emission properties of semiconductor hyperbolic metamaterials (SHMs). Our structure does not require the use of any periodic corrugation to provide monochromatic and directional emission properties. We show that these properties arise because of epsilon-near-zero conditions in SHMs. The thermal emission is dominated by the epsilon-near-zero effect in the doped quantum wells composing the SHM. Furthermore, different properties are observed for s and p polarizations, following the characteristics of the strong anisotropy of hyperbolic metamaterials.

  6. A new formulation for the epsilon method applied to the minimum-time-to-climb problem

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    Taylor, L. W., Jr.; Smith, H. J.

    1978-01-01

    Balakrishnan's epsilon technique is used to compute minimum-time profiles for the F-104 airplane. This technique differs from the classical gradient method in that a quadratic penalty on the error in satisfying the equation of motion is included in the cost function to be minimized as a means of eliminating the requirement of satisfying the equations of motion. Although the number of unknown independent functions is increased to include the state variables, the evaluation of the gradient of the cost function is simplified, resulting in considerable computational savings, thereby making it appear feasible to use the epsilon method for real-time application.

  7. Rapid synthesis of biodegradable poly(epsilon-caprolactone-co-p-dioxanone) random copolymers under microwave irradiation

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    2010-01-01

    Biodegradable poly(epsilon-caprolactone-co-p-dioxanone)(PCDO) random copolymers have been synthesized by ring-opening polymerization of epsilon-caprolactone(CL) and p-dioxanone(PDO) under microwave irradiation.The effects of irradiation time and different CL/PDO molar feed ratios on the microwave-assisted ring-opening polymerization(MROP) of PCDO have been discussed.The resultant products were characterized by ~1H NMR,GPC and DSC.It was found that the polymerization was completed within 20 min at 140℃.In...

  8. Phase diagram of electronic systems with quadratic Fermi nodes in $2epsilon$ expansion, $4-\\epsilon$ expansion, and functional renormalization group

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    Janssen, Lukas

    2016-01-01

    Several materials in the regime of strong spin-orbit interaction such as HgTe, the pyrochlore iridate Pr$_2$Ir$_2$O$_7$, and the half-Heusler compound LaPtBi, as well as various systems related to these three prototype materials, are believed to host a quadratic band touching point at the Fermi level. Recently, it has been proposed that such a three-dimensional gapless state is unstable to a Mott-insulating ground state at low temperatures when the number of band touching points $N$ at the Fermi level is smaller than a certain critical number $N_c$. We further substantiate and quantify this scenario by various approaches. Using $\\epsilon$ expansion near two spatial dimensions, we show that $N_c = 64/(25 \\epsilon^2) + O(1/\\epsilon)$ and demonstrate that the instability for $N < N_c$ is towards a nematic ground state that can be understood as if the system were under (dynamically generated) uniaxial strain. We also propose a truncation of the functional renormalization group equations in the dynamical bosoni...

  9. Experimental Investigation of the Kinetics of the Shock-Induced Alpha to Epsilon Phase Transformation in Armco Iron

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    1977-12-15

    163 kbar while Mao, et al. 3 3 report no signs of alpha iron above 145 kbar. Giles, et al. 32 found that the epsilon phase persisted down to 45 kbar...Bowden, et al.31 concluded that markings from recovered shocked alpha iron samples resulted from shear transformation to the epsilon phase, body

  10. DMPD: Protein kinase C epsilon: a new target to control inflammation andimmune-mediated disorders. [Dynamic Macrophage Pathway CSML Database

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    Full Text Available 14643884 Protein kinase C epsilon: a new target to control inflammation andimmune-mediated disorder...g) (.html) (.csml) Show Protein kinase C epsilon: a new target to control inflammation andimmune-mediated disorder...l inflammation andimmune-mediated disorders. Authors Aksoy E, Goldman M, Willems F. Publication Int J Bioche

  11. Cross rules and non-Abelian lattice equations for the discrete and confluent non-scalar {epsilon}-algorithms

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    Brezinski, C, E-mail: Claude.Brezinski@univ-lille1.f [Laboratoire Paul Painleve, UMR CNRS 8524, UFR de Mathematiques Pures et Appliquees, Universite des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 59655-Villeneuve d' Ascq cedex (France)

    2010-05-21

    In this paper, we give the cross rules of the discrete and confluent vector, topological and matrix {epsilon}-algorithms. Then, from the rules of these confluent algorithms, we derive non-Abelian lattice equations, in particular some extensions of the Lotka-Volterra system, in the style of the equation related to the confluent form of the scalar {epsilon}-algorithm.

  12. The constitution and crystallography of thin thermal oxide layers on epsilon-Fesub2Nsub1-x

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    Graat, Peter C.J.; Zandbergen, Henny W.; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2000-01-01

    Oxide layers formed on epsilon-Fe2N1-x were investigated with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and in particular with high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Prior to oxidation, the epsilon-Fe2N1-x substrates were either exposed to air at room temperature, or subject...

  13. Synergistic Effect between the Atomically Dispersed Active Site of Fe-N-C and C-S-C for ORR in Acidic Medium.

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    Shen, Hangjia; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Ma, Jingyuan; Zang, Ketao; Luo, Jun; Wang, Le; Gao, Sanshuang; Mamat, Xamxikamar; Hu, Guangzhi; Wagberg, Thomas; Guo, Shaojun

    2017-08-31

    Various advanced catalysts of sulfur doped Fe-N-C materials have been recently designed for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), however, the enhanced activity is still controversial and usually attributed to differences in surface area, improved conductivity, or to uncertain synergistic effects. Here, a sulfur-doped Fe-N-C catalyst (denoted as Fe/SNC) derived via a template sacrificing method is presented. The incorporated S gives a thiophene-like structure (C-S-C), reduces the electron localization around the Fe center, improves the interaction with oxygenated species, and therefore facilitates the complete 4e- ORR in acid solution. This synergistic effect makes the Fe/SNC catalyst exhibits much better ORR activity than sulfur free catalyst (Fe/NC) in 0.5 M H2SO4. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Effective field theory and Ab-initio calculation of p-type (Ga, Fe)N within LDA and SIC approximation

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    Salmani, E.; Mounkachi, O.; Ez-Zahraouy, H.; El Kenz, A.; Hamedoun, M.; Benyoussef, A.

    2013-03-01

    Based on first-principles spin-density functional calculations, using the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker method combined with the coherent potential approximation, we investigated the half-metallic ferromagnetic behavior of (Ga, Fe)N co-doped with carbon within the self-interaction-corrected local density approximation. Mechanism of hybridization and interaction between magnetic ions in p-type (Ga, Fe)N is investigated. Stability energy of ferromagnetic and disorder local moment states was calculated for different carbon concentration. The local density and the self-interaction-corrected approximations have been used to explain the strong ferromagnetic interaction observed and the mechanism that stabilizes this state. The transition temperature to the ferromagnetic state has been calculated within the effective field theory, with a Honmura-Kaneyoshi differential operator technique.

  15. Epsilon-sarcoglycan compensates for lack of alpha-sarcoglycan in a mouse model of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy.

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    Imamura, Michihiro; Mochizuki, Yasushi; Engvall, Eva; Takeda, Shin'ichi

    2005-03-15

    Dystrophin and the dystrophin-associated protein (DAP) complex protect the sarcolemma against contraction-induced injury and serve as a mechanical link between the extracellular matrix and the actin cytoskeleton. Some of the functional properties of the DAP complex are mediated by its sarcoglycan (SG) subcomplex, which is composed of alpha-, beta-, gamma- and delta-SGs. Autosomal recessive limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type-2D (LGMD 2D) results from reduction in SG subcomplex levels caused by specific mutations in the muscle-specific alpha-SG gene. epsilon-SG is a widely expressed homolog of the muscle-specific alpha-SG, and expression of epsilon-SG may compensate for the pathologic changes in alpha-SG function. Thus, the goal of the present study was to investigate whether overexpression of epsilon-SG can compensate for dysfunction of alpha-SG. Several transgenic mouse lines that overexpress epsilon-SG in skeletal muscle were established. Overexpression of epsilon-SG in normal mice resulted in substitution of epsilon-SG for alpha-SG in the SG complex of skeletal muscle without any obvious abnormalities. To determine whether an increase in epsilon-SG expression may prevent muscular dystrophy in the context of alpha-SG-deficiency, these epsilon-SG transgenic mice were crossed with alpha-SG deficient mice. alpha-SG-deficient mice overexpressing epsilon-SG exhibited no skeletal muscle cell membrane damage or abnormal contraction. These data suggest that the overexpression of epsilon-SG may represent a therapeutic strategy for treatment of LGMD 2D.

  16. An Efficient Bifunctional Electrocatalyst for a Zinc-Air Battery Derived from Fe/N/C and Bimetallic Metal-Organic Framework Composites.

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    Wang, Mengfan; Qian, Tao; Zhou, Jinqiu; Yan, Chenglin

    2017-02-15

    Efficient bifunctional electrocatalysts with desirable oxygen activities are closely related to practical applications of renewable energy systems including metal-air batteries, fuel cells, and water splitting. Here a composite material derived from a combination of bimetallic zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (denoted as BMZIFs) and Fe/N/C framework was reported as an efficient bifunctional catalyst. Although BMZIF or Fe/N/C alone exhibits undesirable oxygen reaction activity, a combination of these materials shows unprecedented ORR (half-wave potential of 0.85 V as well as comparatively superior OER activities (potential@10 mA cm(-2) of 1.64 V), outperforming not only a commercial Pt/C electrocatalyst but also most reported bifunctional electrocatalysts. We then tested its practical application in Zn-air batteries. The primary batteries exhibit a high peak power density of 235 mW cm(-2), and the batteries are able to be operated smoothly for 100 cycles at a curent density of 10 mA cm(-2). The unprecedented catalytic activity can be attritued to chemical coupling effects between Fe/N/C and BMZIF and will aid the development of highly active electrocatalysts and applications for electrochemical energy devices.

  17. Facile fabrication of FeN nanoparticles/nitrogen-doped graphene core-shell hybrid and its use as a platform for NADH detection in human blood serum.

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    Balamurugan, Jayaraman; Thanh, Tran Duy; Kim, Nam Hoon; Lee, Joong Hee

    2016-09-15

    Herein, we present a novel strategy for the synthesis of an iron nitride nanoparticles-encapsulated nitrogen-doped graphene (FeN NPs/NG) core-shell hierarchical nanostructure to boost the electrochemical performance in a highly sensitive, selective, reproducible, and stable sensing platform for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH). This core-shell hierarchical nanostructure provides an excellent conductive network for effective charge transfer and avoids the agglomeration and restacking of NG sheets, which provides better access to the electrode material for NADH oxidation. The FeN NPs/NG core-shell hierarchical nanostructure demonstrates direct and mediatorless responses to NADH oxidation at a low potential. This material displays a high sensitivity of 0.028μA/μMcm(2), a wide linear range from 0.4 to 718μM, and a detection limit of 25nM with a fast response time of less than 3s. The interferences from common interferents, such as glucose, uric acid, dopamine, and ascorbic acid, are negligible. The fabricated sensor was further tested for the determination of NADH in human blood serum. The resulting high sensitivity, excellent selectivity, outstanding stability, and good reproducibility make the proposed FeN NPs/NG core-shell hierarchical nanostructure as a promising candidate for biomedical applications. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Roles of Fe-Nx and Fe-Fe3C@C Species in Fe-N/C Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction.

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    Kim, Jae Hyung; Sa, Young Jin; Jeong, Hu Young; Joo, Sang Hoon

    2017-03-22

    Iron and nitrogen codoped carbons (Fe-N/C) have emerged as promising nonprecious metal catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). While Fe-Nx sites have been widely considered as active species for Fe-N/C catalysts, very recently, iron and/or iron carbide encased with carbon shells (Fe-Fe3C@C) has been suggested as a new active site for the ORR. However, most of synthetic routes to Fe-N/C catalysts involve high-temperature pyrolysis, which unavoidably yield both Fe-Nx and Fe-Fe3C@C species, hampering the identification of exclusive role of each species. Herein, in order to establish the respective roles of Fe-Nx and Fe-Fe3C@C sites we rationally designed model catalysts via the phase conversion reactions of Fe3O4 nanoparticles supported on carbon nanotubes. The resulting catalysts selectively contained Fe-Nx, Fe-Fe3C@C, and N-doped carbon (C-Nx) sites. It was revealed that Fe-Nx sites dominantly catalyze ORR via 4-electron (4 e(-)) pathway, exerting a major role for high ORR activity, whereas Fe-Fe3C@C sites mainly promote 2 e(-) reduction of oxygen followed by 2 e(-) peroxide reduction, playing an auxiliary role.

  19. Effective field theory and Ab-initio calculation of p-type (Ga, Fe)N within LDA and SIC approximation

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    Salmani, E. [LMPHE, associe au CNRST (URAC 12), Faculte des Sciences, Universite Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat (Morocco); Mounkachi, O. [Institute of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, MAScIR, Rabat (Morocco); Ez-Zahraouy, H., E-mail: ezahamid@fsr.ac.ma [LMPHE, associe au CNRST (URAC 12), Faculte des Sciences, Universite Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat (Morocco); El Kenz, A. [LMPHE, associe au CNRST (URAC 12), Faculte des Sciences, Universite Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat (Morocco); Hamedoun, M. [Institute of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, MAScIR, Rabat (Morocco); Benyoussef, A. [LMPHE, associe au CNRST (URAC 12), Faculte des Sciences, Universite Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat (Morocco); Institute of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, MAScIR, Rabat (Morocco); Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology, Rabat (Morocco)

    2013-03-15

    Based on first-principles spin-density functional calculations, using the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker method combined with the coherent potential approximation, we investigated the half-metallic ferromagnetic behavior of (Ga, Fe)N co-doped with carbon within the self-interaction-corrected local density approximation. Mechanism of hybridization and interaction between magnetic ions in p-type (Ga, Fe)N is investigated. Stability energy of ferromagnetic and disorder local moment states was calculated for different carbon concentration. The local density and the self-interaction-corrected approximations have been used to explain the strong ferromagnetic interaction observed and the mechanism that stabilizes this state. The transition temperature to the ferromagnetic state has been calculated within the effective field theory, with a Honmura-Kaneyoshi differential operator technique. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The paper focus on the study the magnetic properties and electronic structure of p-type (Ga, Fe)N within LDA and SIC approximation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer These methods allow us to explain the strong ferromagnetic interaction observed and the mechanism for its stability and the mechanism of hybridization and interaction between magnetic ions in p-type (Ga, Fe). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The results obtained are interesting and can be serve as a reference in the field of dilute magnetic semi conductor.

  20. Meniscal tissue regeneration in porous 50/50 copoly(L-lactide/epsilon-caprolactone) implants

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    deGroot, JH; Zijlstra, FM; Kuipers, HW; Pennings, AJ; Veth, RPH; Jansen, HWB

    1997-01-01

    Porous materials of a high-molecular-weight 50/50 copolymer of L-lactide and epsilon-caprolactone with different compression moduli were used for meniscal repair. In contrast to the previously used 4,4'-diphenylmethane and 1,6-trans-cyclohexane diisocyanates containing polyurethanes, degradation pro

  1. Mapping of the continuous epitopes displayed on the Clostridium perfringens type D epsilon-toxin.

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    Alves, Guilherme Guerra; Machado-de-Ávila, Ricardo Andrez; Chávez-Olórtegui, Carlos Delfin; Silva, Rodrigo Otávio Silveira; Lobato, Francisco Carlos Faria

    2017-02-03

    The epsilon toxin, produced by Clostridium perfringens, is responsible for enterotoxemia in ruminants and is a potential bioterrorism agent. In the present study, 15 regions of the toxin were recognized by antibodies present in the serum, with different immunodominance scales, and may be antigen determinants that can be used to formulate subunit vaccines.

  2. The pharmacology of spontaneously open alpha 1 beta 3 epsilon GABA A receptor-ionophores.

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    Maksay, Gábor; Thompson, Sally A; Wafford, Keith A

    2003-06-01

    Human alpha(1)beta(3) epsilon GABA(A) receptors were expressed in Xenopus oocytes and examined using the conventional two-electrode voltage-clamp technique and compared to alpha(1)beta(3)gamma(2) receptors. The effects of several GABA(A) agonists were studied, and the allosteric modulation of the channel by a number of GABAergic modulators investigated. The presence of the epsilon subunit increased the potency and efficacy of direct activation by partial GABA(A) agonists (piperidine-4-sulphonic acid and thio-4-PIOL), pentobarbital and neuro-steroids. Direct activation by 3-hydroxylated neurosteroids was restricted to 3alpha epimers, while chirality at C5 was indifferent. The 3beta-sulfate esters of pregnenolone and dehydroepiandrosterone inhibited the spontaneous currents with efficacies higher, while bicuculline methiodide and SR 95531 did so lower than picrotoxin and TBPS. Furosemide, fipronil, triphenylcyanoborate and Zn(2+) blocked the spontaneous currents of alpha(1)beta(3) epsilon receptors with different efficacies. Flunitrazepam and 4'-chlorodiazepam inhibited the spontaneous currents with micromolar potencies. In conclusion, spontaneously active alpha(1)beta(3) epsilon GABA(A) receptors can be potentiated and blocked by GABAergic agents within a broad range of efficacy.

  3. Epsilon-toxin plasmids of Clostridium perfringens type D are conjugative.

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    Hughes, Meredith L; Poon, Rachael; Adams, Vicki; Sayeed, Sameera; Saputo, Juliann; Uzal, Francisco A; McClane, Bruce A; Rood, Julian I

    2007-11-01

    Isolates of Clostridium perfringens type D produce the potent epsilon-toxin (a CDC/U.S. Department of Agriculture overlap class B select agent) and are responsible for several economically significant enterotoxemias of domestic livestock. It is well established that the epsilon-toxin structural gene, etx, occurs on large plasmids. We show here that at least two of these plasmids are conjugative. The etx gene on these plasmids was insertionally inactivated using a chloramphenicol resistance cassette to phenotypically tag the plasmid. High-frequency conjugative transfer of the tagged plasmids into the C. perfringens type A strain JIR325 was demonstrated, and the resultant transconjugants were shown to act as donors in subsequent mating experiments. We also demonstrated the transfer of "unmarked" native epsilon-toxin plasmids into strain JIR325 by exploiting the high transfer frequency. The transconjugants isolated in these experiments expressed functional epsilon-toxin since their supernatants had cytopathic effects on MDCK cells and were toxic in mice. Using the widely accepted multiplex PCR approach for toxin genotyping, these type A-derived transconjugants were genotypically type D. These findings have significant implications for the C. perfringens typing system since it is based on the toxin profile of each strain. Our study demonstrated the fluid nature of the toxinotypes and their dependence upon the presence or absence of toxin plasmids, some of which have for the first time been shown to be conjugative.

  4. Using contour plots in elecgroproduction to examine regions in {epsilon}, Q{sup 2}, W space

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    Funsten, H. [College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA (United States)

    1994-04-01

    In determining incident CEBAF beam energies for CLAS electroproduction experiments that separate the longitudinal and transverse cross section components, contour plots of {epsilon} defined over a 2 dimensional Q{sup 2}, W space can be useful. This note describes an approximate method of constructing such plots.

  5. Re-examining the membership and origin of the {\\epsilon} Cha association

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    Murphy, Simon J; Bessell, Michael S

    2013-01-01

    We present a comprehensive investigation of the {\\epsilon} Chamaeleontis association ({\\epsilon} Cha), one of several stellar groups in the southern sky kinematically linked to the Scorpius-Centaurus OB association (Sco-Cen). We reassess the putative membership of {\\epsilon} Cha using the best-available proper motions (Hipparcos, Tycho-2 and SPM4) with radial velocity and lithium data from the literature and new ANU 2.3-m/WiFeS spectroscopy. After applying a convergence analysis our final membership comprises 35-41 stars from B9 to mid-M spectral types, with a mean distance of 110+/-7 pc and a mean space motion of (U,V,W)=(-10.9,-20.4,-9.9) km/s. Theoretical evolutionary models suggest {\\epsilon} Cha is 3-5 Myr old, distinguishing it as the youngest association in the solar neighbourhood. Considering all the available evidence we reject several stars proposed as members in the literature and suggest they may belong to the background Cha I and II clouds or other nearby young groups. Our analysis underscores th...

  6. Peripheral nerve regeneration through P(DLLA-epsilon-CL) nerve guides

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    Den Dunnen, WFA; Meek, MF; Robinson, PH; Schakernraad, JM

    1998-01-01

    P(DLLA-epsilon-CL) nerve guides can be used perfectly for short nerve gaps in rats, and are even better than short autologous nerve grafts. The tube dimensions, such as the internal diameter and wall thickness, are very important for the final outcome of peripheral nerve regeneration, as well as the

  7. Molecular cloning and expression of several new Anopheles cracens epsilon class glutathione transferases.

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    Wongtrakul, Jeerang; Wongsantichon, Jantana; Vararattanavech, Ardcharaporn; Leelapat, Posri; Prapanthadara, La-aied; Ketterman, Albert J

    2009-01-01

    Glutathione transferases, GSTs, are detoxification proteins that are found in most organisms. The acGSTE3-3 had the ability to conjugate 4-hydroxynonenal, a cytotoxic lipid peroxidation product. Although other Epsilon GSTs showed roles in insecticide metabolism, the acGSTE3-3 appeared to have a major role in detoxifying lipid peroxidation products conferring protection against oxidative damage.

  8. Perfect electromagnetic absorption using graphene and epsilon-near-zero metamaterials

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    Lobet, Michaël; Majerus, Bruno; Henrard, Luc; Lambin, Philippe

    2016-06-01

    The ability of graphene/polymer heterostructures to absorb GHz electromagnetic radiation was recently evidenced both theoretically and experimentally [Batrakov et al., Sci. Rep. 4, 7191 (2014), 10.1038/srep07191 and Lobet et al., Nanotechnology 26, 285702 (2015), 10.1088/0957-4484/26/28/285702]. Maximum absorption was shown to depend solely on refractive indices of incident and emergence media once impedance matching conditions are fulfilled. In this paper, analytical models and numerical simulations are performed for both semi-infinite and finite slab substrate. We evidenced that only three graphene layers separated by a dielectric spacer and an epsilon-near-zero metamaterial as emergence medium allow a perfect absorption for normal incidence. The use of lossless epsilon-near-zero metamaterial prevents radiations to go through the device, because of infinite impedance, and forces them to be totally absorbed in the dissipative medium (graphene). The device is proved to be robust regarding angular incidence up to 45 deg for a semi-infinite epsilon-near-zero metamaterial. The proposed strategy is universal and can be applied to any kind of two-dimensional dissipative materials lying on epsilon-near-zero metamaterial. The proposed absorber does not rely on surface patterning or texturing and hence is more appealing for device applications.

  9. Secondary digital nerve repair in the foot with resorbable p(DLLA-epsilon-CL) nerve conduits

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    Meek, MF; Nicolai, JPA; Robinson, PH

    2006-01-01

    Nerve guides are increasingly being used in peripheral nerve repair. In the last decade, Much preclinical research has been undertaken into a resorbable nerve guide composed of p(DLLA-epsilon-CL). This report describes the results of secondary digital nerve reconstruction in the foot in a patient wi

  10. An Optimality Theoretic Account of Hungarian ESL Learners' Acquisition of /[epsilon]/ and /[ash]/

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    Bunta, Ferenc; Major, Roy C.

    2004-01-01

    This paper provides an Optimality Theoretic account of how Hungarian learners of English acquire /[epsilon]/ and /[ash]/. It is hypothesized that as the learners' pronunciation becomes more nativelike, L1 transfer substitutions will diminish; non-transfer substitutions will be especially prevalent in the intermediate stages, and that all learners…

  11. Strong-Coupling $\\phi^4$-Theory in $4- \\epsilon$ Dimensions and Critical Exponents

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    Kleinert, Hagen

    1998-01-01

    With the help of variational perturbation theory we continue the renormalization constants $\\phi^4$-theories in $4- \\epsilon$ dimensions to strong bare couplings $g_0$ and find their power behavior in $g_0$, thereby determining all critical exponents without renormalization group techniques.

  12. Regulation of ADAM12 cell-surface expression by protein kinase C epsilon

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    Sundberg, Christina; Thodeti, Charles Kumar; Kveiborg, Marie;

    2004-01-01

    as a constitutively active protein. However, little is known about the regulation of ADAM12 cell-surface translocation. Here, we used human RD rhabdomyosarcoma cells, which express ADAM12 at the cell surface, in a temporal pattern. We report that protein kinase C (PKC) epsilon induces ADAM12 translocation to the cell...

  13. Perfect imaging, epsilon-near zero phenomena and waveguiding in the scope of nonlocal effects

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    David, Christin; Mortensen, N. Asger; Christensen, Johan

    2013-01-01

    Plasmons in metals can oscillate on a sub-wavelength length scale and this large-k response constitutes an inherent prerequisite for fascinating effects such as perfect imaging and intriguing wave phenomena associated with the epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) regime. While there is no upper cut-off within...

  14. The Students' Take on the Epsilon-Delta Definition of a Limit

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    Fernandez, Eileen

    2004-01-01

    This paper describes a sequence of lessons from two Calculus I classes for teaching the epsilon-delta definition of a limit. In these lessons, the author elicited students' misconceptions and perceptions of this definition through a reading/writing lesson and then used these student ideas to design a lesson aimed at addressing these misconceptions…

  15. The Use of Visual Approach in Teaching and Learning the Epsilon-Delta Definition of Continuity

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    Pešic, Duška; Pešic, Aleksandar

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we introduce a new collaborative technique in teaching and learning the epsilon-delta definition of a continuous function at the point from its domain, which connects mathematical logic, combinatorics and calculus. This collaborative approach provides an opportunity for mathematical high school students to engage in mathematical…

  16. Redundant role of protein kinase C delta and epsilon during mouse embryonic development.

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    Full Text Available Protein Kinase C delta and epsilon are mediators of important cellular events, such as cell proliferation, migration or apoptosis. The formation of blood vessels, i.e., vasculo- and angiogenesis, is a process where these isoforms have also been shown to participate. However, mice deficient in either Protein Kinase C delta or epsilon are viable and therefore their individual contribution to the formation of the vasculature appeared so far dispensable. In this study, we show that double null mutation of Protein Kinase C delta and epsilon causes embryonic lethality at approximately E9.5. At this stage, whole mount staining of the endothelial marker CD31 in double null embryos revealed defective blood vessel formation. Moreover, culture of double deficient mouse allantois showed impaired endothelial cell organization, and analyses of double deficient embryo sections showed dilated vessels, decreased endothelial-specific adherent junctions, and decreased contact of endothelial cells with mural cells. Protein kinase C delta and epsilon also appeared essential for vascular smooth muscle cell differentiation, since α-smooth muscle actin, a classical marker for vascular smooth muscle cells, was almost undetectable in double deficient embryonic aorta at E9.5. Subsequent qPCR analyses showed decreased VE-cadherin, Vegfr2, Cd31, Cdh2, Ets1, and Fli-1, among other angiogenesis related transcripts in double deficient embryos. Taken together, these data suggest for the first time an in vivo redundant role between members of the novel Protein Kinase C subfamily that allows for mutual compensation during mouse embryonic development, with vasculogenesis/angiogenesis as an obvious common function of these two Protein Kinase Cs. Protein Kinase C delta and epsilon might therefore be useful targets for inhibiting vasculo- and/or angiogenesis.

  17. Redundant role of protein kinase C delta and epsilon during mouse embryonic development.

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    Carracedo, Sergio; Sacher, Frank; Brandes, Gudrun; Braun, Ursula; Leitges, Michael

    2014-01-01

    Protein Kinase C delta and epsilon are mediators of important cellular events, such as cell proliferation, migration or apoptosis. The formation of blood vessels, i.e., vasculo- and angiogenesis, is a process where these isoforms have also been shown to participate. However, mice deficient in either Protein Kinase C delta or epsilon are viable and therefore their individual contribution to the formation of the vasculature appeared so far dispensable. In this study, we show that double null mutation of Protein Kinase C delta and epsilon causes embryonic lethality at approximately E9.5. At this stage, whole mount staining of the endothelial marker CD31 in double null embryos revealed defective blood vessel formation. Moreover, culture of double deficient mouse allantois showed impaired endothelial cell organization, and analyses of double deficient embryo sections showed dilated vessels, decreased endothelial-specific adherent junctions, and decreased contact of endothelial cells with mural cells. Protein kinase C delta and epsilon also appeared essential for vascular smooth muscle cell differentiation, since α-smooth muscle actin, a classical marker for vascular smooth muscle cells, was almost undetectable in double deficient embryonic aorta at E9.5. Subsequent qPCR analyses showed decreased VE-cadherin, Vegfr2, Cd31, Cdh2, Ets1, and Fli-1, among other angiogenesis related transcripts in double deficient embryos. Taken together, these data suggest for the first time an in vivo redundant role between members of the novel Protein Kinase C subfamily that allows for mutual compensation during mouse embryonic development, with vasculogenesis/angiogenesis as an obvious common function of these two Protein Kinase Cs. Protein Kinase C delta and epsilon might therefore be useful targets for inhibiting vasculo- and/or angiogenesis.

  18. Softening and hardening by. gamma. yields. epsilon. martensitic transformation during deformation in high Mn steels. Ko Mn tetsu gokin ni okeru. gamma. yields. epsilon. martensite hentai ni yoru nanka to koka

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    Tomota, Y.; Ryufuku, S.; Piao, M. (Ibaraki University, Ibaraki (Japan). Faculty of Engineering)

    1991-01-15

    In high Mn steel, martensitic transformation of gamma to epsilon occurs under the ordinary pressure. Its application comprises utilization of its configuration memory properties and high work hardening characteristics. The present report studied, by using Fe-Mn type alloy, added with Si or Co, the influence of martensitic transformation of gamma to epsilon on the deformation behavior. Tensile test, 2mm/min in speed, being made on molten/cast alloy ingot, thermally treated as specified, epsilon was quantitatively analyzed by X-ray diffraction. The above test/analysis pointed out many notes in result and knowledge, as follows among others: The addition with Si or Co, lowering the Neel temperature, quantitatively increases the epsilon martensite, produced by the processing. The produced quantity of epsilon martensite in case of addition with Si is small, as compared with that in case of two-element Fe-Mn type alloy without addition and in case of addition with Co. All the tested alloys give the softening phenomenon by the martensitic transformation of gamma to epsilon. The pre-existing epsilon plate is a strong barrier for the further plastic flow, which accordingly accelerates the work hardening. 20 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  19. Protein kinase C epsilon induces systolic cardiac failure marked by exhausted inotropic reserve and intact Frank-Starling mechanism.

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    Montgomery, David E; Rundell, Veronica L M; Goldspink, Paul H; Urboniene, Dalia; Geenen, David L; de Tombe, Pieter P; Buttrick, Peter M

    2005-11-01

    Myofilament dysfunction is a common point of convergence for many forms of heart failure. Recently, we showed that cardiac overexpression of PKC epsilon initially depresses myofilament activity and then leads to a progression of changes characteristic of human heart failure. Here, we examined the effects of PKC epsilon on contractile reserve, Starling mechanism, and myofilament activation in this model of end-stage dilated cardiomyopathy. Pressure-volume loop analysis and echocardiography showed that the PKC epsilon mice have markedly compromised systolic function and increased end-diastolic volumes. Dobutamine challenge resulted in a small increase in contractility in PKC epsilon mice but failed to enhance cardiac output. The PKC epsilon mice showed a normal length-dependent tension development in skinned cardiac muscle preparations, although Frank-Starling mechanism appeared to be compromised in the intact animal. Simultaneous measurement of tension and ATPase demonstrated that the maximum tension and ATPase were markedly lower in the PKC epsilon mice at any length or Ca2+ concentration. However, the tension cost was also lower indicating less energy expenditure. We conclude 1) that prolonged overexpression of PKC epsilon ultimately leads to a dilated cardiomyopathy marked by exhausted contractile reserve, 2) that PKC epsilon does not compromise the Frank-Starling mechanism at the myofilament level, and 3) that the Starling curve excursion is limited by the inotropic state of the heart. These results reflect the significance of the primary myofilament contractilopathy induced by phosphorylation and imply a role for PKC epsilon-mediated phosphorylation in myofilament physiology and the pathophysiology of decompensated cardiac failure.

  20. Induction of CD3 delta epsilon omega by phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate

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    Vangsted, A; Neisig, A; Wallin, H

    1993-01-01

    The effect of phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) on the synthesis, assembly and processing of the components of the T cell receptor (TcR) was studied with special focus on the CD3 omega chain. Treatment of the human leukemic T cell line Jurkat with PMA increased the synthesis of the Ti alpha, CD......3 gamma and CG3 zeta chains two- to threefold and the synthesis of Ti beta and CD3 delta epsilon omega complexes five- to sevenfold as assessed by metabolic labeling, immunoprecipitation and sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis followed by scanning densitometry. The amount...... of TcR complexes expressed on the cell surface was decreased after 16 h of PMA treatment. Based on these results we propose a role of CD3 omega in retention of TcR complexes. From PMA-treated CEM cells more than 50-fold the amount of CD3 delta epsilon omega complexes was immunoprecipitated as compared...

  1. Low-damping epsilon-near-zero slabs: nonlinear and nonlocal optical properties

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    de Ceglia, Domenico; Vincenti, Maria Antonietta; Capolino, Filippo; Scalora, Michael

    2013-01-01

    We investigate second harmonic generation, low-threshold multistability, all-optical switching, and inherently nonlocal effects due to the free-electron gas pressure in an epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) metamaterial slab made of cylindrical, plasmonic nanoshells illuminated by TM-polarized light. Damping compensation in the ENZ frequency region, achieved by using gain medium inside the shells' dielectric cores, enhances the nonlinear properties. Reflection is inhibited and the electric field component normal to the slab interface is enhanced near the effective pseudo-Brewster angle, where the effective \\epsilon-near-zero condition triggers a non-resonant, impedance-matching phenomenon. We show that the slab displays a strong effective, spatial nonlocality associated with leaky modes that are mediated by the compensation of damping. The presence of these leaky modes then induces further spectral and angular conditions where the local fields are enhanced, thus opening new windows of opportunity for the enhancement of ...

  2. Core - Corona Model describes the Centrality Dependence of v_2/epsilon

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    Aichelin, J

    2010-01-01

    Event by event EPOS calculations in which the expansion of the system is described by {\\it ideal} hydrodynamics reproduce well the measured centrality dependence of $v_2/\\epsilon_{part}$, although it has been claimed that only viscous hydrodynamics can reproduce these data. This is due to the core - corona effect which manifests itself in the initial condition of the hydrodynamical expansion. The centrality dependence of $v_2/\\epsilon_{part}$ can be understood in the recently advanced core-corona model, a simple parameter free EPOS inspired model to describe the centrality dependence of different observables from SPS to RHIC energies. This model has already been successfully applied to understand the centrality dependence of multiplicities and of the average transverse momentum of identified particles.

  3. Calcul d'une valeur d'un facteur epsilon par une formule int\\'egrale

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    Waldspurger, Jean-Loup

    2009-01-01

    Let d and m be two natural numbers of distinct parities. Let $\\pi$ be an admissible irreducible tempered representation of GL(d,F), where F is a p-adic field. We assume that $\\pi$ is self-dual. Then we can extend $\\pi$ as a representation $\\tilde{\\pi}$ of a non-connected group $GL(d,F)\\rtimes \\{1,\\theta\\}$. Let $\\rho$ be a representation of GL(m,F). We assume that it has similar properties as $\\pi$. Jacquet, Piatetski-Shapiro and Shalika have defined the factor $\\epsilon(s,\\pi\\times\\rho,\\psi)$. We prove that we can compute $\\epsilon(1/2,\\pi\\times\\rho,\\psi)$ by an integral formula where occur the characters of $\\tilde{\\pi}$ and $\\tilde{\\rho}$. It's similar to the formula which, for special orthogonal groups, computes the multiplicities appearing in the local Gross-Prasad conjecture.

  4. Solving SDD linear systems in time $\\tilde{O}(m\\log{n}\\log(1/\\epsilon))$

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    Koutis, Ioannis; Peng, Richard

    2011-01-01

    We present an algorithm that on input of an $n\\times n$ symmetric diagonally dominant matrix $A$ with $m$ non-zero entries constructs in time ${\\tilde O}(m\\log n)$ in the RAM model a solver which on input of a vector $b$ computes a vector ${x}$ satisfying $||{x}-A^{+}b||_A<\\epsilon ||A^{+}b||_A $ in time ${\\tilde O}(m\\log n \\log (1/\\epsilon))$ The $\\tilde{O}$ notation hides a $(\\log\\log n)^2$ factor. The new algorithm exploits previously unknown structural properties of the output of the incremental sparsification algorithm given in \\cite{KoutisMP10}. It is also based on an accelerated construction of low-stretch spanning trees in the RAM model via substituting Fibonacci heaps with RAM-based priority queues.

  5. Hyperbranched poly(epsilon-caprolactone) as a nonmigrating alternative plasticizer for phthalates in flexible PVC.

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    Choi, Jeongsoo; Kwak, Seung-Yeop

    2007-05-15

    Hyperbranched (dendritic) poly(epsilon-caprolactone)s (HPCLs) were synthesized to have architectural variations, which are the different lengths of linear segments and different numbers of branches, and were used as plasticizers for flexible poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC). The plasticization efficiency estimated by the lowering of glass transition temperature and the enhancement in ultimate elongation indicated that the HPCLs with the shorter linear segments and the larger number of branches imparted as high flexibility as di(ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and much higher flexibility than their linear analogue, linear poly(epsilon-caprolactone), which is one of currently used polymer plasticizers. Volatility, extractability, and exudation tests for PVC/HPCL samples showed that there was no plasticizer migration even at very harsh condition, while ca. 7-78% of additives in PVC/DEHP was migrated out of samples, indicating that the HPCL can be used as an alternative plasticizer to remove the potential health risk from migrating phthalates during end use.

  6. Design and synthesis of protein kinase C epsilon selective diacylglycerol lactones (DAG-lactones).

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    Ann, Jihyae; Yoon, Suyoung; Baek, Jisoo; Kim, Da Hye; Lewin, Nancy E; Hill, Colin S; Blumberg, Peter M; Lee, Jeewoo

    2015-01-27

    DAG-lactones afford a synthetically accessible, high affinity platform for probing structure activity relationships at the C1 regulatory domain of protein kinase C (PKC). Given the central role of PKC isoforms in cellular signaling, along with their differential biological activities, a critical objective is the design of isoform selective ligands. Here, we report the synthesis of a series of DAG-lactones varying in their side chains, with a particular focus on linoleic acid derivatives. We evaluated their selectivity for PKC epsilon versus PKC alpha both under standard lipid conditions (100% phosphatidylserine, PS) as well as in the presence of a nuclear membrane mimetic lipid mixture (NML). We find that selectivity for PKC epsilon versus PKC alpha tended to be enhanced in the presence of the nuclear membrane mimetic lipid mixture and, for our lead compound, report a selectivity of 32-fold.

  7. Time for pulse traversal through slabs of dispersive and negative ($\\epsilon$, $\\mu$) materials

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    Nanda, Lipsa

    2007-01-01

    The traversal times for an electromagnetic pulse traversing a slab of dispersive and dissipative material with negative dielectric permittivity ($\\epsilon$) and magnetic permeability ($\\mu$) have been calculated by using the average flow of electromagnetic energy in the medium. The effects of bandwidth of the pulse and dissipation in the medium have been investigated. While both large bandwidth and large dissipation have similar effects in smoothening out the resonant features that appear due to Fabry-P\\'{e}rot resonances, large dissipation can result in very small or even negative traversal times near the resonant frequencies. We have also investigated the traversal times and Wigner delay times for obliquely incident pulses and evanescent pulses. The coupling to slab plasmon polariton modes in frequency ranges with negative $\\epsilon$ or $\\mu$ is shown to result in large traversal times at the resonant conditions. We also find that the group velocity mainly contributes to the delay times for pulse propagatin...

  8. When epsilon-expansion of hypergeometric functions is expressible in terms of multiple polylogarithms: the two-variables examples

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    Bytev, Vladimir V; Kniehl, Bernd A

    2012-01-01

    In this talk, we discuss the algorithm for the construction of analytical coefficients of higher order epsilon expansion of some Horn type hypergeometric functions of two variables around rational values of parameters.

  9. EPSILON-CP: using deep learning to combine information from multiple sources for protein contact prediction.

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    Stahl, Kolja; Schneider, Michael; Brock, Oliver

    2017-06-17

    Accurately predicted contacts allow to compute the 3D structure of a protein. Since the solution space of native residue-residue contact pairs is very large, it is necessary to leverage information to identify relevant regions of the solution space, i.e. correct contacts. Every additional source of information can contribute to narrowing down candidate regions. Therefore, recent methods combined evolutionary and sequence-based information as well as evolutionary and physicochemical information. We develop a new contact predictor (EPSILON-CP) that goes beyond current methods by combining evolutionary, physicochemical, and sequence-based information. The problems resulting from the increased dimensionality and complexity of the learning problem are combated with a careful feature analysis, which results in a drastically reduced feature set. The different information sources are combined using deep neural networks. On 21 hard CASP11 FM targets, EPSILON-CP achieves a mean precision of 35.7% for top- L/10 predicted long-range contacts, which is 11% better than the CASP11 winning version of MetaPSICOV. The improvement on 1.5L is 17%. Furthermore, in this study we find that the amino acid composition, a commonly used feature, is rendered ineffective in the context of meta approaches. The size of the refined feature set decreased by 75%, enabling a significant increase in training data for machine learning, contributing significantly to the observed improvements. Exploiting as much and diverse information as possible is key to accurate contact prediction. Simply merging the information introduces new challenges. Our study suggests that critical feature analysis can improve the performance of contact prediction methods that combine multiple information sources. EPSILON-CP is available as a webservice: http://compbio.robotics.tu-berlin.de/epsilon/.

  10. Transmission gaps in one-dimensional Fibonacci quasiperiodic structure containing epsilon-negative materials

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    Hadi Rahimi; Abdolrahman Namdar; Samad Roshan Entezar; Habib Tajalli

    2010-05-01

    We investigate the transmission properties of one-dimensional Fibonacci quasiperiodic structure consisting of dispersive and lossless epsilon-negative (ENG) materials. It is found that for both TE and TM polarizations with normal and oblique incidences, there exist transmission gaps which are invariant with a change of scale and sensitive to incident angles. Analytical methods based on transfer matrices and effective medium theory have been used to explain the properties of transmission gaps.

  11. Interaction of Bessel Light Beams with Epsilon-near-zero Metamaterials

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    S. Kurilkina

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The article explores possibilities and conditions of generation of a new type of diffraction-free needle-like field Bessel plasmon polaritons (BPPs with super narrow cone angle in an epsilon-near-zero metamaterial, surrounded by semi-infinite dielectric media. Correct analytical expressions are obtained and analyzed in detail for the electric and magnetic fields of BPPs formed inside and outside the metamateral slab.

  12. The epsilon regime of chiral perturbation theory with Wilson-type fermions

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    Jansen, K. [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Zeuthen (Germany). John von Neumann-Inst. fuer Computing NIC; Shindler, A. [Liverpool Univ. (United Kingdom). Theoretical Physics Division

    2009-11-15

    In this proceeding contribution we report on the ongoing effort to simulate Wilson-type fermions in the so called epsilon regime of chiral perturbation theory (cPT).We present results for the chiral condensate and the pseudoscalar decay constant obtained with Wilson twisted mass fermions employing two lattice spacings, two different physical volumes and several quark masses. With this set of simulations we make a first attempt to estimate the systematic uncertainties. (orig.)

  13. Low-damping epsilon-near-zero slabs: nonlinear and nonlocal optical properties

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    de Ceglia, Domenico; Campione, Salvatore; Vincenti, Maria Antonietta; Capolino, Filippo; Scalora, Michael

    2013-01-01

    We investigate second harmonic generation, low-threshold multistability, all-optical switching, and inherently nonlocal effects due to the free-electron gas pressure in an epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) metamaterial slab made of cylindrical, plasmonic nanoshells illuminated by TM-polarized light. Damping compensation in the ENZ frequency region, achieved by using gain medium inside the shells' dielectric cores, enhances the nonlinear properties. Reflection is inhibited and the electric field compone...

  14. Nesprins: tissue-specific expression of epsilon and other short isoforms.

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    Nguyen Thuy Duong

    Full Text Available Nesprin-1-giant and nesprin-2-giant regulate nuclear positioning by the interaction of their C-terminal KASH domains with nuclear membrane SUN proteins and their N-terminal calponin-homology domains with cytoskeletal actin. A number of short isoforms lacking the actin-binding domains are produced by internal promotion. We have evaluated the significance of these shorter isoforms using quantitative RT-PCR and western blotting with site-specific monoclonal antibodies. Within a complete map of nesprin isoforms, we describe two novel nesprin-2 epsilon isoforms for the first time. Epsilon isoforms are similar in size and structure to nesprin-1-alpha. Expression of nesprin isoforms was highly tissue-dependent. Nesprin-2-epsilon-1 was found in early embryonic cells, while nesprin-2-epsilon-2 was present in heart and other adult tissues, but not skeletal muscle. Some cell lines lack shorter isoforms and express only one of the two nesprin genes, suggesting that either of the giant nesprins is sufficient for basic cell functions. For the first time, localisation of endogenous nesprin away from the nuclear membrane was shown in cells where removal of the KASH domain by alternative splicing occurs. By distinguishing between degradation products and true isoforms on western blots, it was found that previously-described beta and gamma isoforms are expressed either at only low levels or with a limited tissue distribution. Two of the shortest alpha isoforms, nesprin-1-alpha-2 and nesprin-2-alpha-1, were found almost exclusively in cardiac and skeletal muscle and a highly conserved and alternatively-spliced exon, available in both nesprin genes, was always included in these tissues. These "muscle-specific" isoforms are thought to form a complex with emerin and lamin A/C at the inner nuclear membrane and mutations in all three proteins cause Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy and/or inherited dilated cardiomyopathy, disorders in which only skeletal muscle and

  15. Antibody response to the epsilon toxin of Clostridium perfringens following vaccination of Lama glama crias.

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    Bentancor, Adriana B; Halperin, Pablo; Flores, Myriam; Iribarren, Fabián

    2009-09-15

    Enterotoxaemia produced by Clostridium perfringens A, C and D is an important cause of mortality in young llamas. There is no data on antibody responses following vaccination with epsilon toxin. Twenty-six L. glama crias were divided into four groups which were vaccinated with a commercial vaccine (Mancha Gangrena Enterotoxemia, Instituto Rosembusch Sociedad Anónima, Argentina) on days 0, 21 and 42 or left as unvaccinated controls. An indirect ELISA was compared with the mouse neutralization test (MNT) for measuring titers to C. perfringens type D epsilon toxin and used to determine titers in sera taken before vaccination and 16, 28, 49, 59, and 93 days later. The ELISA gave comparable results to the MNT and showed animals vaccinated once failed to develop raised titers. A week following a second vaccination, mean antibody titers rose significantly (P < 0.05) and 7/12 animals developed high titers which were present in only one animal at the end of the study (day 93). A third vaccination resulted in a decrease in mean antibody titers a week later. Llamas develop antibodies to Clostridium perfringens type D epsilon toxin after two vaccinations at a 21-day interval. Further studies are indicated to determine if these inoculations protect against enterotoxemia and the most appropriate vaccination schedule.

  16. Recombinant Alpha, Beta, and Epsilon Toxins of Clostridium perfringens: Production Strategies and Applications as Veterinary Vaccines

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    Ferreira, Marcos Roberto A.; Moreira, Gustavo Marçal S. G.; da Cunha, Carlos Eduardo P.; Mendonça, Marcelo; Salvarani, Felipe M.; Moreira, Ângela N.; Conceição, Fabricio R.

    2016-01-01

    Clostridium perfringens is a spore-forming, commensal, ubiquitous bacterium that is present in the gastrointestinal tract of healthy humans and animals. This bacterium produces up to 18 toxins. The species is classified into five toxinotypes (A–E) according to the toxins that the bacterium produces: alpha, beta, epsilon, or iota. Each of these toxinotypes is associated with myriad different, frequently fatal, illnesses that affect a range of farm animals and humans. Alpha, beta, and epsilon toxins are the main causes of disease. Vaccinations that generate neutralizing antibodies are the most common prophylactic measures that are currently in use. These vaccines consist of toxoids that are obtained from C. perfringens cultures. Recombinant vaccines offer several advantages over conventional toxoids, especially in terms of the production process. As such, they are steadily gaining ground as a promising vaccination solution. This review discusses the main strategies that are currently used to produce recombinant vaccines containing alpha, beta, and epsilon toxins of C. perfringens, as well as the potential application of these molecules as vaccines for mammalian livestock animals. PMID:27879630

  17. Molecular weight distributions of industrially-produced poly-(epsilon-caprolactams) by gel permeation chromatography.

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    Mateos, Elena; Cebolla, Vicente L; Membrado, Luis; Piera, Elena; Caballero, Miguel A

    2007-09-01

    Gel permeation chromatography with differential refractometry is used to obtain molecular weight distributions (MWD) of poly-(epsilon-caprolactams). Elution is carried out using an m-cresolchlorobenzene mixture (50:50, v/v) at 50 degrees C. MW values are obtained by a Hamielec-based calibration method, using broad-MWD poly-(epsilon-caprolactam) standards with the same chemical nature and similar MWD to the samples. Relative errors for the number-average MW (Mn) using this calibration method range from 0.4% (in the low polyamide MW range) to 20% (in the high polyamide MW range). These values are much lower than those obtained from narrow-MWD polystyrene calibration, which range from 39% to 78%. Similar values have been obtained for the other usual average MW parameters. The ability to obtain repeatability parameters for a given confidence interval and the utilization of statistical criteria for chromatogram rejection allow this method to be used in quality control for MWD of poly-(epsilon-caprolactams). Thus, production variables are related to polyamide-6 behavior in its ulterior treatment. Typical relative standard deviation percentages (for n=6) of a polyamide sample range from 1.9% (for Mn) to 3.3% (for M(z+1)).

  18. A Spitzer/IRAC Search for Substellar Companions of the Debris Disk Star epsilon Eridani

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    Marengo, M; Fazio, G G; Stapelfeldt, K R; Werner, M W; Backman, D E

    2006-01-01

    We have used the InfraRed Array Camera (IRAC) onboard the Spitzer Space telescope to search for low mass companions of the nearby debris disk star epsilon Eridani. The star was observed in two epochs 39 days apart, with different focal plane rotation to allow the subtraction of the instrumental Point Spread Function, achieving a maximum sensitivity of 0.01 MJy/sr at 3.6 and 4.5 um, and 0.05 MJy/sr at 5.8 and 8.0 um. This sensitivity is not sufficient to directly detect scattered or thermal radiation from the epsilon Eridani debris disk. It is however sufficient to allow the detection of Jovian planets with mass as low as 1 MJ in the IRAC 4.5 um band. In this band, we detected over 460 sources within the 5.70 arcmin field of view of our images. To test if any of these sources could be a low mass companion to epsilon Eridani, we have compared their colors and magnitudes with models and photometry of low mass objects. Of the sources detected in at least two IRAC bands, none fall into the range of mid-IR color an...

  19. Metabolic engineering of potato tuber carotenoids through tuber-specific silencing of lycopene epsilon cyclase

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    Papacchioli Velia

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Potato is a major staple food, and modification of its provitamin content is a possible means for alleviating nutritional deficiencies. beta-carotene is the main dietary precursor of vitamin A. Potato tubers contain low levels of carotenoids, composed mainly of the xanthophylls lutein, antheraxanthin, violaxanthin, and of xanthophyll esters. None of these carotenoids have provitamin A activity. Results We silenced the first dedicated step in the beta-epsilon- branch of carotenoid biosynthesis, lycopene epsilon cyclase (LCY-e, by introducing, via Agrobacterium-mediated transformation, an antisense fragment of this gene under the control of the patatin promoter. Real Time measurements confirmed the tuber-specific silencing of Lcy-e. Antisense tubers showed significant increases in beta-beta-carotenoid levels, with beta-carotene showing the maximum increase (up to 14-fold. Total carotenoids increased up to 2.5-fold. These changes were not accompanied by a decrease in lutein, suggesting that LCY-e is not rate-limiting for lutein accumulation. Tuber-specific changes in expression of several genes in the pathway were observed. Conclusion The data suggest that epsilon-cyclization of lycopene is a key regulatory step in potato tuber carotenogenesis. Upon tuber-specific silencing of the corresponding gene, beta-beta-carotenoid and total carotenoid levels are increased, and expression of several other genes in the pathway is modified.

  20. Neutron-proton scattering observables at 325 MeV, the epsilon/sub 1/ parameter, and the tensor force

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    Chulick, G.S.; Elster, C.; Machleidt, R.; Picklesimer, A.; Thaler, R.M.

    1988-04-01

    The sensitivity of neutron-proton elastic scattering observables to variations in the low angular momentum T = 0 phase shifts is studied at E/sub lab/ = 325 MeV. It is found that the J = 1 coupling parameter epsilon/sub 1/ is not well determined by existing data. This uncertainty in epsilon/sub 1/ permits models with quite different tensor forces to describe the extant data. Implications and possible experimental resolution of such ambiguities are discussed.

  1. Nerve growth factor activates calcium-insensitive protein kinase C-epsilon in PC-12 rat pheochromocytoma cells.

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    Ohmichi, M; Zhu, G.; Saltiel, A R

    1993-01-01

    Protein kinase C (PKC) family members were examined in PC-12 rat pheochromocytoma cells to evaluate their role in the action of nerve growth factor (NGF). Immunoblot analysis of whole cell lysates using antibodies against various PKC isoforms revealed that PC-12 cells contained PKC-alpha, -delta, -epsilon and zeta. Assay of the protein kinase activity in these different anti-PKC immunoprecipitates demonstrated that NGF stimulated the kinase activity of PKC-epsilon, but not PKC-alpha, -delta a...

  2. Molecular cloning and expression of epsilon toxin from Clostridium perfringens type D and tests of animal immunization.

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    Souza, A M; Reis, J K P; Assis, R A; Horta, C C; Siqueira, F F; Facchin, S; Alvarenga, E R; Castro, C S; Salvarani, F M; Silva, R O S; Pires, P S; Contigli, C; Lobato, F C F; Kalapothakis, E

    2010-02-18

    Epsilon toxin produced by Clostridium perfringens types B and D causes enterotoxemia in sheep, goats and calves. Enterotoxemia can cause acute or superacute disease, with sudden death of the affected animal. It provokes huge economic losses when large numbers of livestock are affected. Therapeutic intervention is challenging, because the disease progresses very rapidly. However, it can be prevented by immunization with specific immunogenic vaccines. We cloned the etx gene, encoding epsilon toxin, into vector pET-11a; recombinant epsilon toxin (rec-epsilon) was expressed in inclusion bodies and was used for animal immunization. Serum protection was evaluated and cross-serum neutralization tests were used to characterize the recombinant toxin. To analyze the potency of the toxin (as an antigen), rabbits were immunized with 50, 100 or 200 microg recombinant toxin, using aluminum hydroxide gel as an adjuvant. Titers of 10, 30 and 40 IU/mL were obtained, respectively. These titers were higher than the minimum level required by the European Pharmacopoeia (5 IU/mL) and by the USA Code of Federal Regulation (2 IU/mL). This rec-epsilon is a good candidate for vaccine production against enterotoxemia caused by epsilon toxin of C. perfringens type D.

  3. Initial Evaluation of Processing Methods for an Epsilon Metal Waste Form

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    Crum, Jarrod V.; Strachan, Denis M.; Zumhoff, Mac R.

    2012-06-11

    During irradiation of nuclear fuel in a reactor, the five metals, Mo, Pd, Rh, Ru, and Tc, migrate to the fuel grain boundaries and form small metal particles of an alloy known as epsilon metal ({var_epsilon}-metal). When the fuel is dissolved in a reprocessing plant, these metal particles remain behind with a residue - the undissolved solids (UDS). Some of these same metals that comprise this alloy that have not formed the alloy are dissolved into the aqueous stream. These metals limit the waste loading for a borosilicate glass that is being developed for the reprocessing wastes. Epsilon metal is being developed as a waste form for the noble metals from a number of waste streams in the aqueous reprocessing of used nuclear fuel (UNF) - (1) the {var_epsilon}-metal from the UDS, (2) soluble Tc (ion-exchanged), and (3) soluble noble metals (TRUEX raffinate). Separate immobilization of these metals has benefits other than allowing an increase in the glass waste loading. These materials are quite resistant to dissolution (corrosion) as evidenced by the fact that they survive the chemically aggressive conditions in the fuel dissolver. Remnants of {var_epsilon}-metal particles have survived in the geologically natural reactors found in Gabon, Africa, indicating that they have sufficient durability to survive for {approx} 2.5 billion years in a reducing geologic environment. Additionally, the {var_epsilon}-metal can be made without additives and incorporate sufficient foreign material (oxides) that are also present in the UDS. Although {var_epsilon}-metal is found in fuel and Gabon as small particles ({approx}10 {micro}m in diameter) and has survived intact, an ideal waste form is one in which the surface area is minimized. Therefore, the main effort in developing {var_epsilon}-metal as a waste form is to develop a process to consolidate the particles into a monolith. Individually, these metals have high melting points (2617 C for Mo to 1552 C for Pd) and the alloy is

  4. Fe-N-C electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction synthesized by using aniline salt and Fe3+/H2O2 catalytic system

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    Bukola, Saheed

    2014-11-01

    Non-precious metal (NPM) catalysts are synthesized by polymerizing aniline salt using an aqueous Fe3+/H2O2 coupled catalytic system on a carbon matrix with a porous creating agent. The sulfur containing compunds such as ammonium peroxydisulfate, are eliminated in this method resulting in a much simpler process. The catalysts\\' porous structures are enhanced with ammonium carbonate as a sacrificial material that yields voids when decomposed during the heat treatment at 900 °C in N2 atmosphere. Two catalysts Fe-N-C/Vu and Fe-N-C/KB (Vu = Vulcan and KB = Ketjen black) were synthesized and characterized. Their oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activities were investigated using a rotating ring-disk electrode (RRDE) in both 0.1 M KOH and 0.1 M HClO4. The catalysts show improved ORR activities close to that of Pt-based catalysts, low H2O2 formation and also demonstrated a remarkable tolerance towards methanol oxidation.

  5. Resveratrol-loaded poly({epsilon}-caprolactone) microparticles: preparation and characterization; Microparticulas de poli({epsilon}-caprolactona) contendo resveratrol: preparacao e caracterizacao

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    2011-07-01

    Resveratrol-loaded poly({epsilon}-caprolactone) (PCL) microparticles were obtained by simple emulsion/solvent evaporation method. Three drug-loaded formulations were prepared with the aim of investigating the influence of composition on the encapsulation efficiency. Morphological and spectroscopic methods were performed for these materials. The microparticles revealed residual moisture close to 1.5% and encapsulation efficiency above 80%. Spherical shape and smooth surface were observed by SEM. No pores were either verified. Resveratrol-loaded microparticles showed an average particle size of around 50 {mu}m. X-ray diffraction analysis demonstrated that the microencapsulation reduced the drug crystallinity. The FTIR results suggest that no chemical bond was formed between polymer and drug. (author)

  6. Determination of the 1-ethyl-3-[(3-dimethylamino)propyl]-carbodiimide- induced cross-link between the beta and epsilon subunits of Escherichia coli F1-ATPase.

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    Dallmann, H G; Flynn, T G; Dunn, S D

    1992-09-15

    The zero-length cross-link between the inhibitory epsilon subunit and one of three catalytic beta subunits of Escherichia coli F1-ATPase (alpha 3 beta 3 gamma delta epsilon), induced by a water-soluble carbodiimide, 1-ethyl-3-[(3-dimethylamino) propyl]-carbodiimide (EDC), has been determined at the amino acid level. Lability of cross-linked beta-epsilon to base suggested an ester cross-link rather than the expected amide. A 10-kDa cross-linked CNBr fragment derived from beta-epsilon was identified by electrophoresis on high percentage polyacrylamide gels. Sequence analysis of this peptide revealed the constituent peptides to be Asp-380 to Met-431 of beta and Glu-96 to Met-138 of epsilon. Glu-381 of beta was absent from cycle 2 indicating that it was one of the cross-linked residues, but no potential cross-linked residue in epsilon was identified in this analysis. A form of epsilon containing a methionine residue in place of Val-112 (epsilon V112M) was produced by site-directed mutagenesis. epsilon V112M was incorporated into F1-ATPase which was then cross-linked with EDC. An 8-kDa cross-linked CNBr fragment of beta-epsilon V112M was shown to contain the peptide of epsilon between residues Glu-96 and Met-112 and the peptide of beta between residues Asp-380 and Met-431. Again residue Glu-381 of beta was notably reduced and no missing residue from the epsilon peptide could be identified, but the peptide sequence limited the possible choices to Ser-106, Ser-107, or Ser-108. Furthermore, an epsilon mutant in which Ser-108 was replaced by cysteine could no longer be cross-linked to a beta subunit in F1-ATPase by EDC. Both mutant forms of epsilon supported growth of an uncC-deficient E. coli strain and inhibited F1-ATPase. These results indicate that the EDC-induced cross-link between the beta and epsilon subunits of F1-ATPase is an ester linkage between beta-Glu-381 and, likely, epsilon-Ser-108. As these residues must be located immediately adjacent to one another in F1

  7. Fyn kinase controls Fc{epsilon}RI receptor-operated calcium entry necessary for full degranulation in mast cells

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    Sanchez-Miranda, Elizabeth; Ibarra-Sanchez, Alfredo [Departamento de Farmacobiologia, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados (Cinvestav), Sede Sur, Calzada de los Tenorios 235, Col. Granjas Coapa, CP 14330 Mexico City (Mexico); Gonzalez-Espinosa, Claudia, E-mail: cgonzal@cinvestav.mx [Departamento de Farmacobiologia, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados (Cinvestav), Sede Sur, Calzada de los Tenorios 235, Col. Granjas Coapa, CP 14330 Mexico City (Mexico)

    2010-01-22

    IgE-antigen-dependent crosslinking of the high affinity IgE receptor (Fc{epsilon}RI) on mast cells leads to degranulation, leukotriene synthesis and cytokine production. Calcium (Ca{sup 2+}) mobilization is a sine qua non requisite for degranulation, allowing the rapid secretion of stored pro-inflammatory mediators responsible for allergy symptoms. Fyn is a Src-family kinase that positively controls Fc{epsilon}RI-induced mast cell degranulation. However, our understanding of the mechanism connecting Fyn activation to secretion of pre-synthesized mediators is very limited. We analyzed Fc{epsilon}RI-dependent Ca{sup 2+} mobilization in bone marrow-derived mast cells (BMMCs) differentiated from WT and Fyn -/- knock out mice. Fyn -/- BMMCs showed a marked defect in extracellular Ca{sup 2+} influx after Fc{epsilon}RI crosslinking but not after thapsigargin addition. High concentrations of Gadolinium (Gd{sup 3+}) partially blocked Fc{epsilon}RI-induced Ca{sup 2+} influx in WT cells but, in contrast, completely inhibited Ca{sup 2+} mobilization in Fyn -/- cells. Low concentrations of an inhibitor of the canonical transient receptor potential (TRPC) Ca{sup 2+} channels (2-aminoethoxyphenyl-borane, 2-APB) blocked Fc{epsilon}RI-induced maximal Ca{sup 2+} rise in WT but not in Fyn -/- cells. Ca{sup 2+} entry through Fyn-controlled, 2-APB sensitive channels was found to be important for full degranulation and IL-2 mRNA accumulation in WT cells. Immunoprecipitation assays showed that Fyn kinase interacts with TRPC 3/6/7 channels after IgE-antigen stimulation, but its association is not related to protein tyrosine phosphorylation. Results indicate Fyn kinase mediates the receptor-dependent activation of TRPC channels that contribute to degranulation in Fc{epsilon}RI-stimulated mast cells.

  8. The linoleic acid derivative DCP-LA selectively activates PKC-epsilon, possibly binding to the phosphatidylserine binding site.

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    Kanno, Takeshi; Yamamoto, Hideyuki; Yaguchi, Takahiro; Hi, Rika; Mukasa, Takeshi; Fujikawa, Hirokazu; Nagata, Tetsu; Yamamoto, Satoshi; Tanaka, Akito; Nishizaki, Tomoyuki

    2006-06-01

    This study examined the effect of 8-[2-(2-pentyl-cyclopropylmethyl)-cyclopropyl]-octanoic acid (DCP-LA), a newly synthesized linoleic acid derivative with cyclopropane rings instead of cis-double bonds, on protein kinase C (PKC) activity. In the in situ PKC assay with reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography, DCP-LA significantly activated PKC in PC-12 cells in a concentration-dependent (10 nM-100 microM) manner, with the maximal effect at 100 nM, and the DCP-LA effect was blocked by GF109203X, a PKC inhibitor, or a selective inhibitor peptide of the novel PKC isozyme PKC-epsilon. Furthermore, DCP-LA activated PKC in HEK-293 cells that was inhibited by the small, interfering RNA against PKC-epsilon. In the cell-free PKC assay, of the nine isozymes examined here, DCP-LA most strongly activated PKC-epsilon, with >7-fold potency over other PKC isozymes, in the absence of dioleoyl-phosphatidylserine and 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycerol; instead, the DCP-LA action was inhibited by dioleoyl-phosphatidylserine. DCP-LA also activated PKC-gamma, a conventional PKC, but to a much lesser extent compared with that for PKC-epsilon, by a mechanism distinct from PKC-epsilon activation. Thus, DCP-LA serves as a selective activator of PKC-epsilon, possibly by binding to the phosphatidylserine binding site on PKC-epsilon. These results may provide fresh insight into lipid signaling in PKC activation.

  9. Effect of NbC particles on {gamma}{yields}{epsilon} Martensitic transformation in Fe-22mass%Mn alloys; Fe-22 mass % Mn gokin no {gamma}{yields}{epsilon} marutensaito hentai ni oyobosu NbC ryushi no eikyo

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    Ono, Y.; Nakatsu, E.; Takaki, S. [Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1997-07-20

    The yield and transformation of epsilon ({epsilon}) martensite which is expected to be utilized as reinforcing texture of high Mn non-magnetic steel, are alternated greatly by the fining of crystal particles since said epsilon martensite is effected obviously by austenite ({gamma}) grain during the deformation in cooling process. In this study, in respect of Fe-22mass%Mn-Nb-C alloys wherein Nb and C are added to make the maximum volume rate of NbC being 1 vol%, samples wherein the size of {gamma} grains is fined to 10{mu}m or less by recrystalization are prepared, and the effect of the size of {gamma} grains and the effect of NbC particles dispersed in {gamma} grains on {epsilon} transformation are investigated. The following points are clarified by the results of said investigation. {gamma}{yields}{epsilon} transformation is suppressed remarkably by the existence of NbC particles dispersed homogeneously and finely in {gamma} grains. A large elastic stress field causing conformity deviation is formed around NbC particles by NbC particles themselves. 25 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  10. The apolipoprotein epsilon4 allele confers additional risk in children with familial hypercholesterolemia.

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    Wiegman, Albert; Sijbrands, Eric J G; Rodenburg, Jessica; Defesche, Joep C; de Jongh, Saskia; Bakker, Henk D; Kastelein, John J P

    2003-06-01

    Children with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) exhibit substantial variance of LDL cholesterol. In previous studies, family members of children with FH were included, which may have influenced results. To avoid such bias, we studied phenotype in 450 unrelated children with FH and in 154 affected sib-pairs. In known families with classical FH, diagnosis was based on plasma LDL cholesterol above the age- and gender-specific 95th percentile. Girls had 0.47 +/- 0.15 mmol/L higher LDL cholesterol, compared with boys (p = 0.002). Also in girls, HDL cholesterol increased by 0.07 +/- 0.03 mmol/L per 5 y (pfor trend = 0.005); this age effect was not observed in boys. The distribution of apolipoprotein (apo) E genotypes was not significantly different between probands, their paired affected siblings, or a Dutch control population. Carriers with or without one epsilon4 allele had similar LDL and HDL cholesterol levels. Within the affected sib-pairs, the epsilon4 allele explained 72.4% of the variance of HDL cholesterol levels (-0.15 mmol/L, 95% confidence interval -0.24 to -0.05, p = 0.003). The effect of apoE4 on HDL cholesterol differed with an analysis based on probands or on affected sib-pairs. The affected sib-pair model used adjustment for shared environment, type of LDL receptor gene mutation, and a proportion of additional genetic factors and may, therefore, be more accurate in estimating effects of risk factors on complex traits. We conclude that the epsilon4 allele was associated with lower HDL cholesterol levels in an affected sib-pair analysis, which strongly suggests that apoE4 influences HDL cholesterol levels in FH children. Moreover, the strong association suggests that apoE4 carries an additional disadvantage for FH children.

  11. Stellar model chromospheres. IV - The formation of the H-epsilon feature in the sun /G2 V/ and Arcturus /K2 III/

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    Ayres, T. R.; Linsky, J. L.

    1975-01-01

    The formation of the Balmer-series member H-epsilon in the near-red wing of the Ca II H line is discussed for two cases: the sun (H-epsilon absorption profile) and Arcturus (H-epsilon emission profile). It is shown that although the H-epsilon source functions in both stars are dominated by the Balmer-continuum radiation field through photoionizations, the line-formation problems in the two stars are quantitatively different, owing to a substantial difference in the relative importance of the stellar chromosphere temperature inversion as compared with the stellar photosphere.

  12. Analytical Study of Sub-Wavelength Imaging by Uniaxial Epsilon-Near-Zero Metamaterial Slabs

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    Castaldi, Giuseppe; Galdi, Vincenzo; Alu', Andrea; Engheta, Nader

    2012-01-01

    We show that the two-dimensional Green's function of a uniaxial (with possibly tilted optical axis) epsilon-near-zero metamaterial slab, of interest for sub-wavelength imaging, can be calculated analytically in terms of special cylindrical functions. For the near-field parameter ranges of interest, we also derive a small-argument approximation in terms of simple analytical functions. Our results, validated and calibrated against a full-wave reference solution, expand the analytical tools available for computationally-efficient, physically-incisive modeling and design of metamaterial-based sub-wavelength imaging systems.

  13. Developing RADARSAT’s METOC Capabilities in Support of Project Polar Epsilon

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    2005-08-01

    and Canada’s recently legislated ecosystem approach to the management of coastal environments (i.e. the 1997 Oceans Act). Although Polar Epsilon is an...USA,,~in Oowwa o*Anpht Op. owanc -rlo smw-d owax, MPO J=X WA, Fo" lfrloe dA~ne surliae 6wmdninry auaw iiwrnea S TIP. Eiwod Aqu . POES ESA hmrwiwy 111 I...Defence R&D Canada-Atlantic, 42pp. 4 Pouliquen, E., Kirwan, A.D. Jr. and Pearson, R.T. (editors). ( 1997 ). Proceedings of Conference on Rapid

  14. Spent fuel reaction - the behavior of the {epsilon}-phase over 3.1 years

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    Finn, P.A.; Hoh, J.C.; Wolf, S.F. [and others

    1996-12-31

    The release fractions of the five elements in the {epsilon}-phase ({sup 99}Tc, {sup 97}Mo, Ru, Rh, and Pd) as well as that of {sup 238}U are reported for the reaction of two oxide fuels (ATM-103 and ATM-106) in unsaturated tests under oxidizing conditions. The {sup 99}Tc release fractions provide a lower limit for the magnitude of the spent fuel reaction. The {sup 99}Tc release fractions indicate that a surface reaction might be the rate controlling mechanism for fuel reaction under unsaturated conditions and the oxidant is possibly H{sub 2}O{sub 2}, a product of alpha radiolysis of water.

  15. Unitarity violation at the Wilson-Fisher fixed point in 4-epsilon dimensions

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    Hogervorst, Matthijs; van Rees, Balt C

    2016-01-01

    We consider the continuation of free and interacting scalar field theory to non-integer spacetime dimension d. We find that the correlation functions in these theories are necessarily incompatible with unitarity (or with reflection positivity in Euclidean signature). In particular, the theories contain negative norm states unless d is a positive integer. These negative norm states can be obtained via the OPE from simple positive norm operators, and are therefore an integral part of the theory. At the Wilson-Fisher fixed point the non-unitarity leads to the existence of complex anomalous dimensions. We demonstrate that they appear already at leading order in the epsilon expansion.

  16. Poly (epsilon-caprolactone)/propolis extract: microencapsulation and antibacterial activity evaluation.

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    Durán, N; Marcato, P D; Buffo, C M S; De Azevedo, M M M; Esposito, E

    2007-04-01

    Spherical and homogenous microparticles of poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL), containing propolis were prepared by the emulsification-solvent evaporation technique. Using this method of preparation, a solid formulation of propolis, free of ethanol and suitable for manipulation and storage, was obtained from an ethanolic extract of propolis. The incorporation efficiency of propolis in the microparticles was almost 30% and around 60% of the substance was released in 48 h. In vitro propolis microparticles exhibited similar halo zones in the Petri plate test against Streptococcus mutans (GS5) with a 10-fold lower concentration than the free propolis extract showing that the encapsulated propolis in microparticles is more efficient as antibiotic.

  17. Human epidermal Langerhans cells express the high affinity receptor for immunoglobulin E (Fc epsilon RI)

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    1992-01-01

    It has been suggested that epidermal Langerhans cells (LC) bearing immunoglobulin E (IgE) may be involved in the genesis of atopic disease. The identity of the IgE receptor(s) on LC remained unclear, although it represents a crucial point in understanding cellular events linked to the binding of allergens to LC via IgE. In this report, we demonstrate that epidermal LC express the high affinity receptor for the Fc fragment of IgE (Fc epsilon RI) which has, so far, only been described on mast c...

  18. Enhanced third harmonic generation from the epsilon-near-zero modes of ultrathin films

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    Luk, Ting S., E-mail: tsluk@sandia.gov; Liu, Sheng; Campione, Salvatore [Sandia National Laboratories, P.O. Box 5800, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 (United States); Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), Sandia National Laboratories, P.O. Box 5800, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 (United States); Ceglia, Domenico de; Vincenti, Maria A. [National Research Council–AMRDEC, Charles M. Bowden Research Laboratory, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama 35898 (United States); Keeler, Gordon A.; Sinclair, Michael B. [Sandia National Laboratories, P.O. Box 5800, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 (United States); Prasankumar, Rohit P. [Sandia National Laboratories, P.O. Box 5800, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 (United States); Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT-LANL), Los Alamos Laboratories, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); Scalora, Michael [Charles M. Bowden Research Laboratory, AMRDEC, U.S. Army RDECOM, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama 35898 (United States)

    2015-04-13

    We experimentally demonstrate efficient third harmonic generation from an indium tin oxide nanofilm (λ/42 thick) on a glass substrate for a pump wavelength of 1.4 μm. A conversion efficiency of 3.3 × 10{sup −6} is achieved by exploiting the field enhancement properties of the epsilon-near-zero mode with an enhancement factor of 200. This nanoscale frequency conversion method is applicable to other plasmonic materials and reststrahlen materials in proximity of the longitudinal optical phonon frequencies.

  19. Enhanced third harmonic generation from the epsilon-near-zero modes of ultrathin films

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    Luk, Ting S. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); De Ceglia, Domenico [National Research Council (AMRDEC), Redstone Arsenal, AL (United States); Liu, Sheng [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Keeler, Gordon Arthur [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Prasankumar, Rohit [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Vincenti, Maria A [National Research Council (AMRDEC), Redstone Arsenal, AL (United States); Scalora, Michael [National Research Council (AMRDEC), Redstone Arsenal, AL (United States); Sinclair, Michael B. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); campione, salvatore [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-04-13

    We demonstrate, through our experimentation, efficient third harmonic generation from an indium tin oxide nanofilm (λ/42 thick) on a glass substrate for a pump wavelength of 1.4 μm. A conversion efficiency of 3.3 × 10-6 is achieved by exploiting the field enhancement properties of the epsilon-near-zero mode with an enhancement factor of 200. Furthermore, this nanoscale frequency conversion method is applicable to other plasmonic materials and reststrahlen materials in proximity of the longitudinal optical phonon frequencies.

  20. Goos-Hänchen shift of partially coherent light fields in epsilon-near-zero metamaterials.

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    Ziauddin; Chuang, You-Lin; Qamar, Sajid; Lee, Ray-Kuang

    2016-05-23

    The Goos-Hänchen (GH) shifts in the reflected light are investigated both for p and s polarized partial coherent light beams incident on epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) metamaterials. In contrary to the coherent counterparts, the magnitude of GH shift becomes non-zero for p polarized partial coherent light beam; while GH shift can be relatively large with a small degree of spatial coherence for s polarized partial coherent beam. Dependence on the beam width and the permittivity of ENZ metamaterials is also revealed for partial coherent light fields. Our results on the GH shifts provide a direction on the applications for partial coherent light sources in ENZ metamaterials.

  1. Magneto-optical characteristics of layered Epsilon-Near-Zero metamaterials

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    Abdi-Ghaleh, Reza; Suldozi, Reza

    2016-09-01

    The transmittance magneto-optical (MO) characteristics of Epsilon-Near-Zero (ENZ) metamaterials are studied, using 4 by 4 transfer matrix method. The considered structures are a free standing ENZ-MO slab, and a microcavity type multi-layer structure containing an ENZ-MO layer. The transmittance coefficients of the right- and left-handed circular polarizations for the slab are analytically obtained and numerically investigated. Furthermore, these characteristics are numerically studied for the multi-layer structure. In addition, the Faraday rotations of both structures are investigated. The results reveal the circular polarization filtering effects.

  2. Structural Basis for the Potent and Selective Inhibition of Casein Kinase 1 Epsilon

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    Long, Alexander M. [Amgen Inc., Cambridge, MA (United States); Zhao, Huilin [Amgen Inc., Cambridge, MA (United States); Huang, Xin [Amgen Inc., Cambridge, MA (United States)

    2012-10-29

    Casein kinase 1 epsilon (CK1ε) and its closest homologue CK1δ are key regulators of diverse cellular processes. We report two crystal structures of PF4800567, a potent and selective inhibitor of CK1ε, bound to the kinase domains of human CK1ε and CK1δ as well as one apo CK1ε crystal structure. These structures provide a molecular basis for the strong and specific inhibitor interactions with CK1ε and suggest clues for further development of CK1δ inhibitors.

  3. Goos-Hänchen shift of partially coherent light fields in epsilon-near-zero metamaterials

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    Ziauddin; Chuang, You-Lin; Qamar, Sajid; Lee, Ray-Kuang

    2016-05-01

    The Goos-Hänchen (GH) shifts in the reflected light are investigated both for p and s polarized partial coherent light beams incident on epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) metamaterials. In contrary to the coherent counterparts, the magnitude of GH shift becomes non-zero for p polarized partial coherent light beam; while GH shift can be relatively large with a small degree of spatial coherence for s polarized partial coherent beam. Dependence on the beam width and the permittivity of ENZ metamaterials is also revealed for partial coherent light fields. Our results on the GH shifts provide a direction on the applications for partial coherent light sources in ENZ metamaterials.

  4. Goos-Hänchen shift of partially coherent light fields in epsilon-near-zero metamaterials

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    Ziauddin,; You-Lin Chuang; Sajid Qamar; Ray-Kuang Lee

    2016-01-01

    The Goos-Hänchen (GH) shifts in the reflected light are investigated both for p and s polarized partial coherent light beams incident on epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) metamaterials. In contrary to the coherent counterparts, the magnitude of GH shift becomes non-zero for p polarized partial coherent light beam; while GH shift can be relatively large with a small degree of spatial coherence for s polarized partial coherent beam. Dependence on the beam width and the permittivity of ENZ metamaterials i...

  5. Lattice QCD in the {epsilon}-regime and random matrix theory

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    Giusti, L.; Luescher, M. [CERN, Geneva (Switzerland); Weisz, P. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik, Muenchen (Germany); Wittig, H. [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg (Germany)

    2003-11-01

    In the {epsilon}-regime of QCD the main features of the spectrum of the low-lying eigenvalues of the (euclidean) Dirac operator are expected to be described by a certain universality class of random matrix models. In particular, the latter predict the joint statistical distribution of the individual eigenvalues in any topological sector of the theory. We compare some of these predictions with high-precision numerical data obtained from quenched lattice QCD for a range of lattice spacings and volumes. While no complete matching is observed, the results agree with theoretical expectations at volumes larger than about 5 fm{sup 4}. (orig.)

  6. Lattice QCD in the {epsilon}-regime and random matrix theory

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    Giusti, Leonardo; Luescher, Martin [CERN, Theory Division, Geneva (Switzerland)]. E-mail addresses: leonardo.giusti@cern.ch; luscher@mail.cern.ch; Weisz, Peter [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik, Munich (Germany)]. E-mail: pew@dmumpiwh.mppmu.mpg.de; Wittig, Hartmut [DESY, Theory Group, Hamburg (Germany)]. E-mail: hartmut.wittig@desy.de

    2003-11-01

    In the {epsilon}-regime of QCD the main features of the spectrum of the low-lying eigenvalues of the (euclidean) Dirac operator are expected to be described by a certain universality class of random matrix models. In particular, the latter predict the joint statistical distribution of the individual eigenvalues in any topological sector of the theory. We compare some of these predictions with high-precision numerical data obtained from quenched lattice QCD for a range of lattice spacings and volumes. While no complete matching is observed, the results agree with theoretical expectations at volumes larger than about 5 fm{sup 4}. (author)

  7. Severe myoclonus-dystonia syndrome associated with a novel epsilon-sarcoglycan gene truncating mutation.

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    Maréchal, Lucie; Raux, Grégory; Dumanchin, Cécile; Lefebvre, Guillaume; Deslandre, Emmanuelle; Girard, Carole; Campion, Dominique; Parain, Dominique; Frebourg, Thierry; Hannequin, Didier

    2003-05-15

    Myoclonus-dystonia syndrome (MDS) is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by myoclonic and dystonic muscle contractions, associated with psychiatric manifestations. MDS is usually considered as a benign disease. In most of the families, MDS is linked to chromosome 7q21 and mutations within epsilon-sarcoglycan (SGCE) gene have been recently described. We report a MDS family with a severe and heterogeneous phenotype, including myoclonus with important functional impact and several psychiatric features, characterized by obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and anxiety. This phenotype was shown to be associated with a novel truncating mutation located within exon 4 of SGCE.

  8. Arbitrary Steady-State Solutions with the K-epsilon Model

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    Rumsey, Christopher L.; Pettersson Reif, B. A.; Gatski, Thomas B.

    2006-01-01

    Widely-used forms of the K-epsilon turbulence model are shown to yield arbitrary steady-state converged solutions that are highly dependent on numerical considerations such as initial conditions and solution procedure. These solutions contain pseudo-laminar regions of varying size. By applying a nullcline analysis to the equation set, it is possible to clearly demonstrate the reasons for the anomalous behavior. In summary, the degenerate solution acts as a stable fixed point under certain conditions, causing the numerical method to converge there. The analysis also suggests a methodology for preventing the anomalous behavior in steady-state computations.

  9. All-optical modulation in wavelength-sized epsilon-near-zero media

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    Ciattoni, Alessandro; Rizza, Carlo

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the interaction of two pulses (pump and probe) scattered by a nonlinear epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) slab whose thickness is comparable with the ENZ wavelength. We show that when the probe has a narrow spectrum localized around the ENZ wavelength its transmission is dramatically affected by the intensity of the pump. Conversely, if the probe is not in the ENZ regime, its propagation is not noticeably affected by the pump. Such all-optical modulation is due to the oversensitive character of the ENZ regime and it is so efficient to even occur in a wavelength thick slab.

  10. 高分散Fe-N-C氧还原反应电催化剂及其在直接甲醇燃料电池中的应用%A Fe-N-C catalyst with highly dispersed iron in carbon for oxygen reduction reaction and its application in direct methanol fuel cells

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    谷领峥; 姜鲁华; 李旭宁; 金具涛; 王军虎; 孙公权

    2016-01-01

    Exploring non‐precious metal catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is essential for fuel cells and metal–air batteries. Herein, we report a Fe‐N‐C catalyst possessing a high specific surface area (1501 m2/g) and uniformly dispersed iron within a carbon matrix prepared via a two‐step pyrolysis process. The Fe‐N‐C catalyst exhibits excellent ORR activity in 0.1 mol/L NaOH electrolyte (onset potential, Eo=1.08 V and half wave potential, E1/2=0.88 V vs. reversible hydrogen electrode) and 0.1 mol/L HClO4 electrolyte (Eo=0.85 V and E1/2=0.75 V vs. reversible hydrogen electrode). The direct methanol fuel cells employing Fe‐N‐C as the cathodic catalyst displayed promising per‐formance with a maximum power density of 33 mW/cm2 in alkaline media and 47 mW/cm2 in acidic media. The detailed investigation on the composition–structure–performance relationship by X‐ray diffraction, X‐ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Mössbauer spectroscopy suggests that Fe‐N4, together with graphitic‐N and pyridinic‐N are the active ORR components. The promising direct methanol fuel cell performance displayed by the Fe‐N‐C catalyst is related to the intrinsic high catalytic activity, and critically for this application, to the high methanol tolerance.%氧还原反应(ORR)是燃料电池和金属空气电池等洁净发电装置中阴极的主要反应,该反应动力学过程慢,电化学极化严重. Pt基电催化剂具有较好的ORR活性,然而Pt资源有限、价格昂贵,研制高活性、低成本的代Pt电催化剂意义重大.经过几十年的探索,研究者发现将含有C, N和Fe等元素的前体进行高温热处理得到的Fe-N-C电催化剂对ORR具有良好的活性,然而在高温热解过程中Fe容易发生聚集而形成大块颗粒,导致Fe的利用率不高,影响了电催化剂的ORR活性.  本文分别以聚吡咯和乙二胺四乙酸二钠(EDTA-2Na)为C和N的前驱体,利用高温热解形成的富含微孔

  11. The NH2-terminal php domain of the alpha subunit of the Escherichia coli replicase binds the epsilon proofreading subunit.

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    Wieczorek, Anna; McHenry, Charles S

    2006-05-05

    The alpha subunit of the replicase of all bacteria contains a php domain, initially identified by its similarity to histidinol phosphatase but of otherwise unknown function (Aravind, L., and Koonin, E. V. (1998) Nucleic Acids Res. 26, 3746-3752). Deletion of 60 residues from the NH2 terminus of the alpha php domain destroys epsilon binding. The minimal 255-residue php domain, estimated by sequence alignment with homolog YcdX, is insufficient for epsilon binding. However, a 320-residue segment including sequences that immediately precede the polymerase domain binds epsilon with the same affinity as the 1160-residue full-length alpha subunit. A subset of mutations of a conserved acidic residue (Asp43 in Escherichia coli alpha) present in the php domain of all bacterial replicases resulted in defects in epsilon binding. Using sequence alignments, we show that the prototypical gram+ Pol C, which contains the polymerase and proofreading activities within the same polypeptide chain, has an epsilon-like sequence inserted in a surface loop near the center of the homologous YcdX protein. These findings suggest that the php domain serves as a platform to enable coordination of proofreading and polymerase activities during chromosomal replication.

  12. Magnetization reversal of the domain structure in the anti-perovskite nitride Co{sub 3}FeN investigated by high-resolution X-ray microscopy

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    Hajiri, T., E-mail: t.hajiri@numse.nagoya-u.ac.jp; Kuroki, Y.; Ando, H.; Sakakibara, H.; Ueda, K.; Asano, H. [Department of Crystalline Materials Science, Nagoya University, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan); Finizio, S. [Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Staudingerweg 7, Mainz D-55128 (Germany); Swiss Light Source, Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen PSI CH-5232 (Switzerland); Vafaee, M.; Kläui, M. [Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Staudingerweg 7, Mainz D-55128 (Germany); Kleibert, A.; Howald, L. [Swiss Light Source, Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen PSI CH-5232 (Switzerland); Kronast, F. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH, Albert-Einstein-Straße 15, D-12489 Berlin (Germany)

    2016-05-14

    We performed X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) photoemission electron microscopy imaging to reveal the magnetic domain structure of anti-perovskite nitride Co{sub 3}FeN exhibiting a negative spin polarization. In square and disc patterns, we systematically and quantitatively determined the statistics of the stable states as a function of geometry. By direct imaging during the application of a magnetic field, we revealed the magnetic reversal process in a spatially resolved manner. We compared the hysteresis on the continuous area and the square patterns from the magnetic field-dependent XMCD ratio, which can be explained as resulting from the effect of the shape anisotropy, present in nanostructured thin films.

  13. Green rust formation during Fe(II) oxidation by the nitrate-reducing Acidovorax sp. strain BoFeN1.

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    Pantke, Claudia; Obst, Martin; Benzerara, Karim; Morin, Guillaume; Ona-Nguema, Georges; Dippon, Urs; Kappler, Andreas

    2012-02-07

    Green rust (GR) as highly reactive iron mineral potentially plays a key role for the fate of (in)organic contaminants, such as chromium or arsenic, and nitroaromatic compounds functioning both as sorbent and reductant. GR forms as corrosion product of steel but is also naturally present in hydromorphic soils and sediments forming as metastable intermediate during microbial Fe(III) reduction. Although already suggested to form during microbial Fe(II) oxidation, clear evidence for GR formation during microbial Fe(II) oxidation was lacking. In the present study, powder XRD, synchrotron-based XAS, Mössbauer spectroscopy, and TEM demonstrated unambiguously the formation of GR as an intermediate product during Fe(II) oxidation by the nitrate-reducing Fe(II)-oxidizer Acidovorax sp. strain BoFeN1. The spatial distribution and Fe redox-state of the precipitates associated with the cells were visualized by STXM. It showed the presence of extracellular Fe(III), which can be explained by Fe(III) export from the cells or extracellular Fe(II) oxidation by an oxidant diffusing from the cells. Moreover, GR can be oxidized by nitrate/nitrite and is known as a catalyst for oxidation of dissolved Fe(II) by nitrite/nitrate and may thus contribute to the production of extracellular Fe(III). As a result, strain BoFeN1 may contribute to Fe(II) oxidation and nitrate reduction both by an direct enzymatic pathway and an indirect GR-mediated process.

  14. RAYLEIGH-TAYLOR STRENGTH EXPERIMENTS OF THE PRESSURE-INDUCED alpha->epsilon->alpha' PHASE TRANSITION IN IRON

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    Belof, J L; Cavallo, R M; Olson, R T; King, R S; Gray, G T; Holtkamp, D B; Chen, S R; Rudd, R E; Barton, N R; Arsenlis, A; Remington, B A; Park, H; Prisbrey, S T; Vitello, P A; Bazan, G; Mikaelian, K O; Comley, A J; Maddox, B R; May, M J

    2011-08-10

    We present here the first dynamic Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) strength measurement of a material undergoing solid-solid phase transition. Iron is quasi-isentropically driven across the pressure-induced bcc ({alpha}-Fe) {yields} hcp ({var_epsilon}-Fe) phase transition and the dynamic strength of the {alpha}, {var_epsilon} and reverted {alpha}{prime} phases have been determined via proton radiography of the resulting Rayleigh-Taylor unstable interface between the iron target and high-explosive products. Simultaneous velocimetry measurements of the iron free surface yield the phase transition dynamics and, in conjunction with detailed hydrodynamic simulations, allow for determination of the strength of the distinct phases of iron. Forward analysis of the experiment via hydrodynamic simulations reveals significant strength enhancement of the dynamically-generated {var_epsilon}-Fe and reverted {alpha}{prime}-Fe, comparable in magnitude to the strength of austenitic stainless steels.

  15. Ultra high-Q photonic crystal nanocavity design: The effect of a low-epsilon slab material

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    Bayn, Igal

    2008-01-01

    We analyze the influence of the dielectric constant of the slab on the quality factor (Q) in slab photonic crystal cavities with a minimized vertical losses model. The higher value of Q in high-epsilon cavity is attributed to the lower mode frequency. The Q ratio in a high-epsilon (silicon) vs. low-epsilon (diamond) slab is examined as a function of mode volume (Vm). The mode volume compensation technique is discussed. Finally, diamond cavity design is addressed. The analytical results are compared to 3D FDTD calculations. In a double heterostructure design, a Q=2.6*10^5 is obtained. The highest Q=1.3*10^6 with Vm=1.77*(lambda/n)^3 in a local width modulation design is derived.

  16. Regulation of T cell receptor activation by dynamic membrane binding of the CD3epsilon cytoplasmic tyrosine-based motif.

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    Xu, Chenqi; Gagnon, Etienne; Call, Matthew E; Schnell, Jason R; Schwieters, Charles D; Carman, Christopher V; Chou, James J; Wucherpfennig, Kai W

    2008-11-14

    Many immune system receptors signal through cytoplasmic tyrosine-based motifs (ITAMs), but how receptor ligation results in ITAM phosphorylation remains unknown. Live-cell imaging studies showed a close interaction of the CD3epsilon cytoplasmic domain of the T cell receptor (TCR) with the plasma membrane through fluorescence resonance energy transfer between a C-terminal fluorescent protein and a membrane fluorophore. Electrostatic interactions between basic CD3epsilon residues and acidic phospholipids enriched in the inner leaflet of the plasma membrane were required for binding. The nuclear magnetic resonance structure of the lipid-bound state of this cytoplasmic domain revealed deep insertion of the two key tyrosines into the hydrophobic core of the lipid bilayer. Receptor ligation thus needs to result in unbinding of the CD3epsilon ITAM from the membrane to render these tyrosines accessible to Src kinases. Sequestration of key tyrosines into the lipid bilayer represents a previously unrecognized mechanism for control of receptor activation.

  17. Evidence for apolipoprotein E {epsilon}4 association in early-onset Alzheimer`s patients with late-onset relatives

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    Perez-Tur, J.; Delacourte, A.; Chartier-Harlin, M.C. [INSERM, Rouen (France)] [and others

    1995-12-18

    Recently several reports have extended the apolipoprotein E (APOE) {epsilon}4 association found in late-onset Alzheimer`s disease (LOAD) patients to early-onset (EO) AD patients. We have studied this question in a large population of 119 EOAD patients (onset {<=}60 years) in which family history was carefully assessed and in 109 controls. We show that the APOE {epsilon}A allele frequency is increased only in the subset of patients who belong to families where LOAD secondary cases are present. Our sampling scheme permits us to demonstrate that, for an individual, bearing at least one {epsilon}4 allele increases both the risk of AD before age 60 and the probability of belonging to a family with late-onset affected subjects. Our results suggest that a subset of EOAD cases shares a common determinism with LOAD cases. 19 refs., 3 tabs.

  18. Optically induced metal-to-dielectric transition in Epsilon-Near-Zero metamaterials

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    Kaipurath, R M; Caspani, L; Roger, T; Clerici, M; Rizza, C; Ciattoni, A; Di Falco, A; Faccio, D

    2016-01-01

    Epsilon-Near-Zero materials exhibit a transition in the real part of the dielectric permittivity from positive to negative value as a function of wavelength. Here we study metal-dielectric layered metamaterials in the homogenised regime (each layer has strongly subwavelength thickness) with zero real part of the permittivity in the near-infrared region. By optically pumping the metamaterial we experimentally show that close to the Epsilon-Equal-to-Zero (EEZ) wavelength the permittivity exhibits a marked transition from metallic (negative permittivity) to dielectric (positive permittivity) as a function of the optical power. Remarkably, this transition is linear as a function of pump power and occurs on time scales of the order of the 100 fs pump pulse that need not be tuned to a specific wavelength. The linearity of the permittivity increase allows us to express the response of the metamaterial in terms of a standard third order optical nonlinearity: this shows a clear inversion of the roles of the real and i...

  19. Pulsations driven by the $\\epsilon$-mechanism in post-merger remnants: first results

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    Bertolami, Marcelo M Miller; Zhang, Xianfei; Althaus, Leandro G; Jeffery, C Simon

    2012-01-01

    Helium-rich subdwarfs are a rare subclass of hot subdwarf stars which constitute a small and inhomogeneous group showing varying degrees of helium enrichment. Only one star, LS IV $^\\circ$14 116 has been found to show multiperiodic luminosity variations. The variability of LS IV $^\\circ$14 116 has been explained as the consequence of nonradial g-mode oscillations, whose excitation is difficult to understand within the frame of the standard $\\kappa$-mechanism driving pulsations in sdBV stars. In a recent study, we have proposed that the pulsations of LS IV $^\\circ$14 116 might be driven through the $\\epsilon$-mechanism acting in unstable He-burning zones in the interior of the star, that appear before the quiescent He-burning phase. One of the few accepted scenarios for the formation of He-rich subdwarfs is the merger of two He-core white dwarfs. As part of this project, we present a study of the $\\epsilon$-mechanism in post-merger remnants, and discuss the results in the light of the pulsations exhibited by L...

  20. MAMBO image of the debris disk around epsilon Eridani : robustness of the azimuthal structure

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    Lestrade, Jean-Francois

    2015-01-01

    The debris disk closest to Earth is the one around the star epsilon Eridani at a distance of 3.2 pc. It is the prime target for detailed studies of a belt of planetesimals left from the early phase of planet formation other than the Kuiper Belt. The non-uniform ring-like structure around epsilon Eridani, originally discovered at lambda=850 microns with the bolometer camera SCUBA, could be the signpost of unseen long-period planets interior to the disk that gravitationally interact with it through mean-motion resonances. However, the reliability of the structure at 850 microns, which has been debated, has not been verified with independent observations until now. We present a high signal-to-noise ratio image of this structure at lambda=1.2 mm made with the bolometer camera MAMBO and compare this with the SCUBA image. We have found that three of the four emission clumps (NE, NW, SW) and the two deep hollows to the east and west are at the same positions in the MAMBO and SCUBA images within astrometric uncertain...

  1. Epsilon-Near-Zero Substrate Engineering for Ultrathin-Film Perfect Absorbers

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    Rensberg, Jura; Zhou, You; Richter, Steffen; Wan, Chenghao; Zhang, Shuyan; Schöppe, Philipp; Schmidt-Grund, Rüdiger; Ramanathan, Shriram; Capasso, Federico; Kats, Mikhail A.; Ronning, Carsten

    2017-07-01

    Efficient suppression of reflection is a key requirement for perfect absorption of light. Recently, it has been shown that reflection can be effectively suppressed utilizing a single ultrathin film deposited on metals or polar materials featuring phonon resonances. The wavelength at which reflection can be fully suppressed is primarily determined by the nature of these substrates and is pinned to particular values near plasma or phonon resonances—the former typically in the ultraviolet or visible and the latter in the infrared. Here, we explicitly identify the required optical properties of films and substrates for the design of absorbing antireflection coatings based on ultrathin films. We find that completely suppressed reflection using films with thicknesses much smaller than the wavelength of light occurs within a spectral region where the real part of the refractive index of the substrate is n ≲1 , which is characteristic of materials with permittivity close to zero. We experimentally verify this condition by using an ultrathin vanadium dioxide film with dynamically tunable optical properties on several epsilon-near-zero materials, including aluminum-doped zinc oxide. By tailoring the plasma frequency of the aluminum-doped zinc oxide, we are able to tune the epsilon-near-zero point, thus achieving suppressed reflection and near-perfect absorption at wavelengths that continuously span the near-infrared and long-wave midinfrared ranges.

  2. Epsilon-Toxin Plasmids of Clostridium perfringens Type D Are Conjugative▿ †

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    Hughes, Meredith L.; Poon, Rachael; Adams, Vicki; Sayeed, Sameera; Saputo, Juliann; Uzal, Francisco A.; McClane, Bruce A.; Rood, Julian I.

    2007-01-01

    Isolates of Clostridium perfringens type D produce the potent epsilon-toxin (a CDC/U.S. Department of Agriculture overlap class B select agent) and are responsible for several economically significant enterotoxemias of domestic livestock. It is well established that the epsilon-toxin structural gene, etx, occurs on large plasmids. We show here that at least two of these plasmids are conjugative. The etx gene on these plasmids was insertionally inactivated using a chloramphenicol resistance cassette to phenotypically tag the plasmid. High-frequency conjugative transfer of the tagged plasmids into the C. perfringens type A strain JIR325 was demonstrated, and the resultant transconjugants were shown to act as donors in subsequent mating experiments. We also demonstrated the transfer of “unmarked” native ɛ-toxin plasmids into strain JIR325 by exploiting the high transfer frequency. The transconjugants isolated in these experiments expressed functional ɛ-toxin since their supernatants had cytopathic effects on MDCK cells and were toxic in mice. Using the widely accepted multiplex PCR approach for toxin genotyping, these type A-derived transconjugants were genotypically type D. These findings have significant implications for the C. perfringens typing system since it is based on the toxin profile of each strain. Our study demonstrated the fluid nature of the toxinotypes and their dependence upon the presence or absence of toxin plasmids, some of which have for the first time been shown to be conjugative. PMID:17720791

  3. Synthesis and characterization of soluble polypyrrole-poly({epsilon}-caprolactone) polymer blends with improved electrical conductivities

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    Basavaraja, C.; Kim, Won Jung; Kim, Dae Gun [Department of Chemistry and Institute of Basic Science, Inje University, Obang 607, Gimhae, Kyungnam 621-749 (Korea, Republic of); Huh, Do Sung, E-mail: chemhds@inje.ac.kr [Department of Chemistry and Institute of Basic Science, Inje University, Obang 607, Gimhae, Kyungnam 621-749 (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-10-03

    Highlights: {yields} Facile synthesis of a new polypyrrole (PPy) blend with biodegradable poly(e-caprolactone) (PCL) to form PPy - PCL. {yields} PPy - PCL blend is soluble in organic solvent in spite that the pure PPy is nearly insoluble in general organic solvents. {yields} Improvement in DC conductivity was observed in the PPy - PCL blend although the PCL is an insulator. {yields} Temperature-dependent DC conductivity for the blend has been explained by suitable mode. - Abstract: Polypyrrole-poly({epsilon}-caprolactone) (PPy-PCL) blends were prepared through an in situ deposition technique wherein different amounts of poly({epsilon}-caprolactone) were added during the polymerization of pyrrole. Ammonium persulfate was used as an oxidant in the polymerization of polypyrrole (PPy). Compared with pure PPy, the blends showed higher solubility in many organic solvents. The composition and structural characteristics of PPy-PCL were determined by Fourier transform infrared, ultraviolet-visible, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic methods. Scanning electron and transmission electron microscopic methods were performed to observe the morphology of the PPy-PCL blends. The temperature-dependent conductivity of the PPy-PCL blends was measured at 300-500 K. The conductivity increased with increasing PCL concentration in the blends, which can be explained by the increased mobility of charge carriers at high PCL concentrations. Based on the temperature dependence of the electrical conductivity, hopping may be the conduction mechanism involved in the PPy-PCL blending process.

  4. Epsilon_K in the Standard Model and the kaon phase conventions

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    Sala, Filippo

    2016-01-01

    The parameter epsilon_K, that quantifies CP violation in kaon mixing, is the observable setting the strongest constraints on new physics with a generic flavour and CP structure. While its experimental uncertainty is at the half percent level, the theoretical one is at the level of 15%. One of the largest sources of the latter uncertainty is the poor perturbative behaviour of the short-distance contribution of the box diagram with two charm quarks. In this proceeding, based on arXiv:1602.08494, I summarise how that contribution can be removed, from the imaginary part of the mixing amplitude, by a rephasing of the kaon fields. A first outcome is a mild reduction of the total theoretical uncertainty of epsilon_K: while this might look counterintuitive at first sight, if different "pieces" (i.e. short- and long-distance) of an observable are computed with different techniques, then it is possible to choose a phase convention where the total uncertainty of that observable is optimised. Moreover, it is worthy to di...

  5. Baeyer-Villiger oxidation of cyclohexanone to epsilon-caprolactone in airlift sonochemical reactor.

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    Zhang, Ping; Yang, Mei; Lu, Xiaoping; Han, Pingfang; Wang, Yanru

    2006-12-22

    Baeyer-Villiger oxidation of cyclohexanone to epsilon-caprolactone was studied in a new type reactor--the airlift loop sonochemical reactor. The reactor plays a synergistic effect of sonochemsity and higher oxygen transfer rate. The influences of ultrasound intensity, reaction temperature, the molar ratio of benzaldehyde to cyclohexanone and oxygen gas flow rate on the conversion and selectivity of cyclohexanone were investigated and discussed. Under ultrasound, the amount of benzaldehyde can be reduced from 75% to 67%. Ultrasound not only intensified the rates of reactions but also increased the yield of product. The optimized operation conditions are listed as follows: the reaction temperature is 30 degrees C, the molar ratio of cyclohexanone to benzaldehyde is 1:2, the oxygen gas flow rate is 1.15 cm s(-1), and ultrasonic irradiations 2h at 40 kHz, 2.25 W cm(-2). Under the optimum operation conditions, the average molar yield of epsilon-caprolactone comes up to 87.7%.

  6. Limits on the Optical Brightness of the Epsilon Eridani Dust Ring

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    Sahu, K; Krist, J; Calzetti, D; Gilliland, R L; Grady, C; Lindler, D; Woodgate, B; Heap, S; Clampin, M; Gull, T R; Lisse, C; Sahu, Kailash; Livio, Mario; Krist, John; Calzetti, Daniela; Gilliland, Ron; Grady, Carol; Lindler, Don; Woodgate, Bruce; Heap, Sara; Clampin, Mark; Gull, Theodore R.; Lisse, Casey

    2004-01-01

    The STIS/CCD camera on the {\\em Hubble Space Telescope (HST)} was used to take deep optical images near the K2V main-sequence star $\\epsilon$ Eridani in an attempt to find an optical counterpart of the dust ring previously imaged by sub-mm observations. Upper limits for the optical brightness of the dust ring are determined and discussed in the context of the scattered starlight expected from plausible dust models. We find that, even if the dust is smoothly distributed in symmetrical rings, the optical surface brightness of the dust, as measured with the {\\em HST}/STIS CCD clear aperture at 55 AU from the star, cannot be brighter than about 25 STMAG/"$^2$. This upper limit excludes some solid grain models for the dust ring that can fit the IR and sub-mm data. Magnitudes and positions for $\\approx $59 discrete objects between 12.5" to 58" from $\\epsilon$ Eri are reported. Most if not all of these objects are likely to be background stars and galaxies.

  7. Superhumps in Cataclysmic Binaries. XXV. q_crit, epsilon(q), and Mass-Radius

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    Patterson, J; Harvey, D; Fried, R; Rea, R; Monard, B; Cook, L; Skillman, D R; Vanmunster, T; Bolt, G; Armstrong, E; McCormick, J; Krajci, T; Jensen, L; Gunn, J; Butterworth, N D; Foote, J; Bos, M; Masi, G; Warhurst, P; Patterson, Joseph; Kemp, Jonathan; Harvey, David; Fried, Robert; Rea, Robert; Monard, Berto; Cook, Lewis; Skillman, David; Vanmunster, Tonny; Bolt, Greg; Armstrong, Eve; Cormick, Jennie Mc; Krajci, Thomas; Jensen, Lasse; Gunn, Jerry; Butterworth, Neil; Foote, Jerry; Bos, Marc; Masi, Gianluca; Warhurst, Paul

    2005-01-01

    We report on successes and failures in searching for positive superhumps in cataclysmic variables, and show the superhumping fraction as a function of orbital period. Basically, all short-period systems do, all long-period systems don't, and a 50% success rate is found at P_orb=3.1+-0.2 hr. We can use this to measure the critical mass ratio for the creation of superhumps. With a mass-radius relation appropriate for cataclysmic variables, and an assumed mean white-dwarf mass of 0.75 M_sol, we find a mass ratio q_crit=0.35+-0.02. We also report superhump studies of several stars of independently known mass ratio: OU Virginis, XZ Eridani, UU Aquarii, and KV UMa (= XTE J1118+480). The latter two are of special interest, because they represent the most extreme mass ratios for which accurate superhump measurements have been made. We use these to improve the epsilon(q) calibration, by which we can infer the elusive q from the easy-to-measure epsilon (the fractional period excess of P_superhump over P_orb). This rela...

  8. Deep LMT/AzTEC millimeter observations of Epsilon Eridani and its surroundings

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    Chavez-Dagostino, M; de Miera, F Cruz-Saenz; Marshall, J P; Wilson, G W; Sanchez-Argüelles, D; Hughes, D H; Kennedy, G; Vega, O; De la Luz, V; Dent, W R F; Eiroa, C; Gomez-Ruiz, A I; Greaves, J S; Lizano, S; Lopez-Valdivia, R; Mamajek, E; Montaña, A; Olmedo, M; Rodriguez-Montoya, I; Schloerb, F P; Yun, M S; Zavala, J A; Zeballos, M

    2016-01-01

    Epsilon Eridani is a nearby, young Sun-like star that hosts a ring of cool debris analogous to the solar system's Edgeworth-Kuiper belt. Early observations at (sub-)mm wavelengths gave tentative evidence of the presence of inhomogeneities in the ring, which have been ascribed to the effect of a putative low eccentricity planet, orbiting close to the ring. The existence of these structures have been recently challenged by high resolution interferometric millimeter observations. Here we present the deepest single-dish image of Epsilon Eridani at millimeter wavelengths, obtained with the Large Millimeter Telescope Alfonso Serrano (LMT). The main goal of these LMT observations is to confirm (or refute) the presence of non-axisymmetric structure in the disk. The dusty ring is detected for the first time along its full projected elliptical shape. The radial extent of the ring is not spatially resolved and shows no evidence, to within the uncertainties, of dust density enhancements. Additional features of the 1.1 mm...

  9. Improving the Transmittance of an Epsilon-Near-Zero based Wavefront Shaper

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    Briere, G; Demichel, O

    2016-01-01

    Although Epsilon-Near-Zero metamaterials (ENZ) offer many unconventional ways to play with light, the optical impedance mismatch with surroundings can limit the efficiency of future devices. We report here on the improvement of the transmittance of an Epsilon-Near-Zero (ENZ) wavefront shaper. We first address in this paper the way to enhance the transmittance of a plane wave through a layer of ENZ material thanks to a numerical optimization approach based on the Transfer Matrix Method. We then transpose the one dimensional approach to a two dimensional case where the emission of a dipole is shaped into a plane wave by an ENZ device with a design that optimizes the transmittance. As a result, we demonstrate a transmittance efficiency of 15 \\% that is 4 orders of magnitude higher than previous devices proposed in the literature for wavefront shaping applications. This work aims at paving the way for future efficient ENZ devices by offering new strategies to optimize the transmittance through ENZ materials.

  10. Critical $Sp(N)$ Models in $6-\\epsilon$ Dimensions and Higher Spin dS/CFT

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    Fei, Lin; Klebanov, Igor R; Tarnopolsky, Grigory

    2015-01-01

    Theories of anti-commuting scalar fields are non-unitary, but they are of interest both in statistical mechanics and in studies of the higher spin de Sitter/Conformal Field Theory correspondence. We consider an $Sp(N)$ invariant theory of $N$ anti-commuting scalars and one commuting scalar, which has cubic interactions and is renormalizable in 6 dimensions. For any even $N$ we find an IR stable fixed point in $6-\\epsilon$ dimensions at imaginary values of coupling constants. Using calculations up to three loop order, we develop $\\epsilon$ expansions for several operator dimensions and for the sphere free energy $F$. The conjectured $F$-theorem is obeyed in spite of the non-unitarity of the theory. The $1/N$ expansion in the $Sp(N)$ theory is related to that in the corresponding $O(N)$ symmetric theory by the change of sign of $N$. Our results point to the existence of interacting non-unitary 5-dimensional CFTs with $Sp(N)$ symmetry, where operator dimensions are real. We conjecture that these CFTs are dual to...

  11. Young stars in Epsilon Cha and their disks: disk evolution in sparse associations

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    Fang, M; Bouwman, J; Henning, Th; Lawson, W A; Sicilia-Aguilar, A

    2012-01-01

    The nearby young stellar association Epsilon Cha association has an estimated age of 3-5 Myr, making it an ideal laboratory to study the disk dissipation process and provide empirical constraints on the timescale of planet formation. We combine the available literature data with our Spitzer IRS spectroscopy and VLT/VISIR imaging data. The very low mass stars USNO-B120144.7 and 2MASS J12005517 show globally depleted spectral energy distributions pointing at strong dust settling. 2MASS J12014343 may have a disk with a very specific inclination where the central star is effectively screened by the cold outer parts of a flared disk but the 10 micron radiation of the warm inner disk can still reach us. We find the disks in sparse stellar associations are dissipated more slowly than those in denser (cluster) environments. We detect C_{2}H_{2} rovibrational band around 13.7 micron on the IRS spectrum of USNO-B120144.7. We find strong signatures of grain growth and crystallization in all Epsilon Cha members with 10 m...

  12. Preparation of floating visible-light photocatalyst Fe-N-TiO2/FP-CTS and its application in degradation of dissolved diesel oil%漂浮型可见光催化剂Fe-N-TiO2/FP-CTS的制备及其对溶解性柴油的降解

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    黄嘉瑜; 王学江; 卜云洁; 张晶; 马荣荣; 赵建夫

    2015-01-01

    以漂珠为载体,用壳聚糖对漂珠进行改性,并采用溶胶凝胶法,制备了Fe-N共掺杂改性TiO2的漂浮型可见光催化剂(Fe-N-TiO2/FP-CTS),使用X射线衍射(XRD)、紫外可见分光光谱(UV-Vis)、N2吸附-脱附(BET)和扫描电子显微镜(SEM)等分析进行表征.研究结果表明,用壳聚糖改性漂珠可以增加复合光催化剂的比表面积和孔容;相较于N-掺杂TiO2/FP复合光催化剂,Fe-N共掺杂更能促进对复合光催化剂可见光的吸收;光催化4h后,Fe-N-TiO2/FP-CTS对溶解性柴油的降解率达到61.7%,明显优于Fe-N-TiO2/FP和N-TiO2/FP.当初始pH =5,柴油乳化剂浓度=120 mg/L时,复合光催化剂对溶解性柴油的光催化降解效果最佳.

  13. Phosphorylation of h1 Calponin by PKC epsilon may contribute to facilitate the contraction of uterine myometrium in mice during pregnancy and labor

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    Li Lesai

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The timely onset of powerful uterine contractions during parturition occurs through thick and thin filament interactions, similar to other smooth muscle tissues. Calponin is one of the thin filament proteins. Phosphorylation of calponin induced by PKC-epsilon can promote the contraction of vascular smooth muscle. While the mechanism by which calponin regulates the contraction of pregnant myometrium has rarely been explored. Here, we explore whether PKC-epsilon/h1 calponin pathway contribute to regulation of myometrial contractility and development of parturition. Methods We detected the expression of h1 calponin, phosphorylated h1 calponin, PKC-epsilon and phosphorylated PKC-epsilon in the different stages of mice during pregnancy and in labor by the method of western blot and recorded the contraction activity of myometrium strips at the 19th day during pregnancy with different treatments by the organ bath experiments. Results The level of the four proteins including h1 calponin, phosphorylated h1 calponin, PKC-epsilon and phosphorylated PKC-epsilon was significantly increased in pregnant mice myometrium as compared with that in nonpregnant mice. The ratios of phosphorylated h1 calponin/h1 calponin and phosphorylated PKC-epsilon/PKC-epsilon were reached the peak after the onset of labor in myometrium in the mice. After the treatment of more than 10(9- mol/L Psi-RACK (PKC-epsilon activator, the contractility of myometrium strips from mice was reinforced and the level of phosphorylated h1 calponin increased at the same time which could be interrupted by the specific inhibitor of PKC-epsilon. Meanwhile, the change of the ratio of phosphorylated h1 calponin/h1 calponin was consistent with that of contraction force of mice myometrium strips. Conclusions These data suggest that in mice myometrium, phosphorylation of h1 calponin induced by the PKC-epsilon might facilitate the contraction of uterine in labor and regulate pregnant

  14. Biodistribution and catabolism of {sup 18}F-labeled N-{epsilon}-fructoselysine as a model of Amadori products

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    Hultsch, Christina [Institute of Radiopharmacy, Research Center Rossendorf, P.O. Box 51 01 19, D-01314 Dresden (Germany)]. E-mail: ch.hultsch@fz-rossendorf.de; Hellwig, Michael [Institute of Food Chemistry, Technische Universitaet Dresden, D-01062 Dresden (Germany); Pawelke, Beate [Institute of Radiopharmacy, Research Center Rossendorf, P.O. Box 51 01 19, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Bergmann, Ralf [Institute of Radiopharmacy, Research Center Rossendorf, P.O. Box 51 01 19, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Rode, Katrin [Institute of Radiopharmacy, Research Center Rossendorf, P.O. Box 51 01 19, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Pietzsch, Jens [Institute of Radiopharmacy, Research Center Rossendorf, P.O. Box 51 01 19, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Krause, Rene [Institute of Food Chemistry, Technische Universitaet Dresden, D-01062 Dresden (Germany); Henle, Thomas [Institute of Food Chemistry, Technische Universitaet Dresden, D-01062 Dresden (Germany)

    2006-10-15

    Amadori products are formed in the early stage of the so-called Maillard reaction between reducing sugars and amino acids or proteins. Such nonenzymatic glycosylation may occur during the heating or storage of foods, but also under physiological conditions. N-{epsilon}-fructoselysine is formed via this reaction between the {epsilon}-amino group of peptide-bound lysine and glucose. Despite the fact that, in certain heated foods, up to 50% of lysyl moieties may be modified to such lysine derivatives, up to now, very little is known about the metabolic fate of alimentary administered Amadori compounds. In the present study, N-succinimidyl-4-[{sup 18}F]fluorobenzoate was used to modify N-{epsilon}-fructoselysine at the {alpha}-amino group of the lysyl moiety. The in vitro stability of the resulting 4-[{sup 18}F]fluorobenzoylated derivative was tested in different tissue homogenates. Furthermore, the 4-[{sup 18}F]fluorobenzoylated N-{epsilon}-fructoselysine was used in positron emission tomography studies, as well as in studies concerning biodistribution and catabolism. The results show that the 4-[{sup 18}F]fluorobenzoylated N-{epsilon}-fructoselysine is phosphorylated in vitro, as well as in vivo. This phosphorylation is caused by fructosamine 3-kinases and occurs in vivo, particularly in the kidneys. Despite the action of these enzymes, it was shown that a large part of the intravenously applied radiolabeled N-{epsilon}-fructoselysine was excreted nearly unchanged in the urine. Therefore, it was concluded that the predominant part of peptide-bound lysine that was fructosylated during food processing is not available for nutrition.

  15. Protein kinase Calpha and epsilon small-molecule targeted therapeutics: a new roadmap to two Holy Grails in drug discovery?

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    O'Brian, Catherine A; Chu, Feng; Bornmann, William G; Maxwell, David S

    2006-02-01

    Protein kinase (PK)Calpha and epsilon are rational targets for cancer therapy. However, targeted experimental therapeutics that inhibit PKCalpha or epsilon are unavailable. The authors established recently that covalent modification of an active-site cysteine in human PKCepsilon, Cys452, by small molecules, for example 2-mercaptoethanolamine, is necessary and sufficient to render PKCepsilon kinase-dead. Cys452 is conserved in only eleven human protein kinase genes, including PKCalpha. Therefore, the design of small molecules that bind PKC active sites with an electrophile substituent positioned proximal to the Cys452 side chain may lead to targeted therapeutics that selectively inhibit PKCepsilon, PKCalpha or other PKC isozymes.

  16. An Empirical Study of Students' Understanding of a Logical Structure in the Definition of Limit via the epsilon-Strip Activity

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    Roh, Kyeong Hah

    2010-01-01

    This study explored students' understanding of a logical structure in defining the limit of a sequence, focusing on the relationship between epsilon and N. The subjects of this study were college students who had already encountered the concept of limit but did not have any experience with rigorous proofs using the epsilon-N definition. This study…

  17. An Empirical Study of Students' Understanding of a Logical Structure in the Definition of Limit via the epsilon-Strip Activity

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    Roh, Kyeong Hah

    2010-01-01

    This study explored students' understanding of a logical structure in defining the limit of a sequence, focusing on the relationship between epsilon and N. The subjects of this study were college students who had already encountered the concept of limit but did not have any experience with rigorous proofs using the epsilon-N definition. This study…

  18. Effects of applied stress and plastic strain on. gamma. r reversible. epsilon. martensitic transformation in high Mn alloy polyctystals. Ko Mn tetsu gokin takessho ni okeru. gamma. r reversible. epsilon. martensite hentai ni oyobosu gairyoku to hizumi no eikyo

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    Tomota, Y.; Piao, M.; Hasunuma, T.; Kimura, Y. (Ibaraki Univ., Ibaraki (Japan))

    1990-06-20

    The influences of applied stress and plastic strain on a transformation austenite ({gamma}) to hcp martensite ({epsilon}) were studied on Fe-16wt%Mn, Fe-24wt%Mn, and Fe-24%Mn-6%Si alloy, and a transformation mechanism and a shape memory phenomenon were more deeply examined. As the quenching structure of three kinds of the alloys consists of two phases of {gamma} and {epsilon}, the specimens were cooled after heated above the A {sub f} temperature to keep {gamma} single phase, and then the tensile tests were carried out. Positive temperature dependence was found under the 0.2% proof stress due to stress-induced {gamma}{yields} {epsilon} transformation in each of Fe-Mn alloy and Fe-24%Mn-6%Si alloy. When {gamma} phase of Fe-24%Mn alloy stabilized due to cyclic transformation was stretched at room temperature, the yield stress was remarkably lowered by the stress-induced {gamma}{r arrow}{epsilon} transformation. When the specimens were stretched at 523K under stress which was larger than the yield strength and then cooled, the elongation along the applied stress direction due to martensitic tranformation was recognized. A shape recovery was remarkable in Si content alloys. 22 refs., 5 figs.

  19. Microwave absorption performance of the absorber based on epsilon-Fe{sub 3}N/epoxy and carbonyl iron/epoxy composites

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    Zhang, Shu-Yuan, E-mail: ZSY07058079@163.com; Cao, Quan-Xi; Xue, Yi-Rong; Zhou, Yue-Xin

    2015-01-15

    The hexagonal structure epsilon-Fe{sub 3}N powders were fabricated by the molten salt method. It is found that epsilon-Fe{sub 3}N exhibited much better electromagnetic attenuation performance, but its impedance match characteristic was worse than that of carbonyl iron based on the database of electromagnetic parameters. Reflection loss of the monolayer absorber for epsilon-Fe{sub 3}N/epoxy composite obtained by theoretical calculation was in good consistent with that by experiment measurement. The maximum reflection loss of epsilon-Fe{sub 3}N/epoxy composite was −7.6 dB at 7.28 GHz with a thickness of 2 mm, and the −6 dB absorbing bandwidth was 3.7 GHz. Furthermore, microwave absorbing properties of the double-layer absorber with epsilon-Fe{sub 3}N/epoxy as the absorbing layer and carbonyl iron/epoxy as the matching layer were investigated. The double-layer absorber had much better microwave absorbing performance. The maximum reflection loss was −49.8 dB at 12.62 GHz, and the bandwidth bellow −6 dB was as much as 14 GHz with a total thickness of 1.4 mm. - Highlights: • The hexagonal epsilon-Fe{sub 3}N powders were fabricated by the molten salt method. • Epsilon-Fe{sub 3}N had good dissipation property in comparison with that of CI. • CI had better impedance matching characteristic than that of epsilon-Fe{sub 3}N. • The calculated reflectivity of epsilon-Fe{sub 3}N was consistent with the measured value. • The reflectivity of double layer absorber based on epsilon-Fe{sub 3}N and CI was studied.

  20. El Naschie's {epsilon} {sup ({infinity})} theory and an alternative to gauged spacetime scale relativity theory

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    Gottlieb, I. [Faculty of Physics, Department of Theoretical Physics, ' Al.I.Cuza' University, Blvd, Carol I, No. 11, Iasi, 700506 (Romania)]. E-mail: gottlieb@uaic.ro; Agop, M. [Department of Physics, Technical ' Gh. Asachi' University Blvd, Mangeron, Iasi, 700029 (Romania)

    2007-11-15

    An alternative to the Nottales's scale relativity theory using the concept of transfinite discreet space is established. Subsequently, quantum vacuum fluctuations, arise naturally from the model and the connection with El Naschie's {epsilon} {sup ({infinity})} spacetime is given by means of the movements with uniform acceleration in a Minkowskian vacuum.

  1. Ellipsometric analysis of the oxidation of alpha-iron and epsilon-Fesub2Nsub1-x

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    Graat, Peter C.J.; Somers, Marcel A. J.; Mittemeijer, Eric J.

    1999-01-01

    The initial oxidation of polycrystalline alpha-Fe and polycrystalline epsilon-Fe2N1-x was investigated with ellipsometry. Prior to oxidation the sample surfaces were subjected to a sputter cleaning pretreatment or a sputter cleaning plus annealing pretreatment. For the wavelength applied in the e...

  2. Evaluation of functional nerve recovery after reconstruction with a new biodegradable poly (DL-lactide-epsilon-caprolactone) nerve guide

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    Meek, MF; denDunnen, WFA; Robinson, PH; Pennings, AJ; Schakenraad, JM

    1997-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate functional nerve recovery following reconstruction of a 1 cm gap in the sciatic nerve of a rat, using a new biodegradable p (DLLA-epsilon-CL) nerve guide. To evaluate both motor and sensory nerve recovery, walking track analysis and electrostimulation tests were

  3. Long-term evaluation of degradation and foreign-body reaction of subcutaneously implanted poly(DL-lactide-epsilon-caprolactone)

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    denDunnen, WFA; Robinson, PH; vanWessel, R; Pennings, AJ; vanLeeuwen, MBM; Schakenraad, JM

    1997-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the degradation and foreign-body reaction of poly(DL-lactide-epsilon-caprolactone) (PLA(85)CL(50)) bars. This specific biomaterial is used for the construction of nerve guides, which can be used in the reconstruction of short nerve gaps. Subcutaneously implanted

  4. Functional assessment of sciatic nerve reconstruction : Biodegradable poly (DLLA-epsilon-CL) nerve guides versus autologous nerve grafts

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    Meek, MF; Dijkstra, [No Value; Den Dunnen, WFA; Ijkema-Paassen, J; Schakenraad, JM; Gramsbergen, A; Robinson, PH

    1999-01-01

    The aim of this study was to compare functional nerve recovery after reconstruction with a biodegradable p(DLLA-epsilon-CL) nerve guide filled with modified denatured muscle tissue (MDMT), or an autologous nerve graft. We evaluated nerve recovery using walking track analysis (measurement of the scia

  5. Triblock copolymers based on epsilon-caprolactone and trimethylene carbonate for the 3D printing of tissue engineering scaffolds

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    Guney, Aysun; Malda, Jos; Dhert, Wouter J. A.; Grijpma, Dirk W.

    Background: Biodegradable PCL-b-PTMC-b-PCL triblock copolymers based on trimethylene carbonate (TMC) and epsilon-caprolactone (CL) were prepared and used in the 3D printing of tissue engineering scaffolds. Triblock copolymers of various molecular weights containing equal amounts of TMC and CL were

  6. Renormalized coupling constants for 3D scalar \\lambda\\phi^4 field theory and pseudo-\\epsilon-expansion

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    Nikitina, M A

    2016-01-01

    Renormalized coupling constants g_{2k} that enter the critical equation of state and determine nonlinear susceptibilities of the system possess universal values g*_{2k} at the Curie point. They are calculated, along with the ratios R_{2k} = g_{2k}/g_4^{k-1}, for the three-dimensional scalar \\lambda\\phi^4 field theory within the pseudo-\\epsilon-expansion approach. Pseudo-\\epsilon-expansions for g*_6, g*_8, R*_6, and R*_8 are derived in the five-loop approximation, numerical estimates are presented for R*_6 and R*_8. The higher-order coefficients of the pseudo-\\epsilon-expansions for the sextic coupling are so small that simple Pade approximants turn out to be sufficient to yield very good numerical results. Their use gives R*_6 = 1.650 while the most recent lattice estimate is R*_6 = 1.649(2). For the octic coupling pseudo-\\epsilon-expansions are less favorable from the numerical point of view. Nevertheless, Pade-Borel resummation leads in this case to R*_8 = 0.890, the number differing only slightly from the ...

  7. Mechanical, thermal and decomposition behavior of poly(epsilon-caprolactone) nanocomposites with clay-supported carbon nanotube hybrids

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    Terzopoulou, Zoe; Bikiaris, Dimitrios N.; Triantafyllidis, Konstantinos S.; Potsi, Georgia; Gournis, Dimitrios; Papageorgiou, George Z.; Rudolf, Petra

    2016-01-01

    Poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) nanocomposites with hybrid clay-supported carbon nanotubes (Clay-CNT) in concentrations 0.5, 1.0 and 2.5 wt% were prepared by melt mixing. Mechanical, structural and thermal properties of the nanocomposites were studied. All nanocomposites exhibited similar stress-st

  8. Critical exponents from five-loop strong-coupling {phi}{sup 4}-theory in 4-{epsilon} dimensions

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    Kleinert, Hagen [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Arnimallee 14, 14195 Berlin, (Germany)]. E-mail: kleinert@physik.fu-berlin.de; Schulte-Frohlinde, Verena [Lyman Laboratory of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States)]. E-mail: frohlind@cmt.harvard.edu

    2001-02-09

    With the help of strong-coupling theory, we calculate the critical exponents of O(N)-symmetric {phi}{sup 4}-theories in 4-{epsilon} dimensions up to five loops with an accuracy comparable to that achieved by Borel-type resummation methods. (author)

  9. Mechanical, thermal and decomposition behavior of poly(epsilon-caprolactone) nanocomposites with clay-supported carbon nanotube hybrids

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    Terzopoulou, Zoe; Bikiaris, Dimitrios N.; Triantafyllidis, Konstantinos S.; Potsi, Georgia; Gournis, Dimitrios; Papageorgiou, George Z.; Rudolf, Petra

    2016-01-01

    Poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) nanocomposites with hybrid clay-supported carbon nanotubes (Clay-CNT) in concentrations 0.5, 1.0 and 2.5 wt% were prepared by melt mixing. Mechanical, structural and thermal properties of the nanocomposites were studied. All nanocomposites exhibited similar

  10. Evaluation of functional nerve recovery after reconstruction with a new biodegradable poly (DL-lactide-epsilon-caprolactone) nerve guide

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    Meek, MF; denDunnen, WFA; Robinson, PH; Pennings, AJ; Schakenraad, JM

    1997-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate functional nerve recovery following reconstruction of a 1 cm gap in the sciatic nerve of a rat, using a new biodegradable p (DLLA-epsilon-CL) nerve guide. To evaluate both motor and sensory nerve recovery, walking track analysis and electrostimulation tests were

  11. Functional assessment of sciatic nerve reconstruction : Biodegradable poly (DLLA-epsilon-CL) nerve guides versus autologous nerve grafts

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    Meek, MF; Dijkstra, [No Value; Den Dunnen, WFA; Ijkema-Paassen, J; Schakenraad, JM; Gramsbergen, A; Robinson, PH

    1999-01-01

    The aim of this study was to compare functional nerve recovery after reconstruction with a biodegradable p(DLLA-epsilon-CL) nerve guide filled with modified denatured muscle tissue (MDMT), or an autologous nerve graft. We evaluated nerve recovery using walking track analysis (measurement of the scia

  12. HIGH-MOLECULAR-WEIGHT COPOLYMERS OF L-LACTIDE AND EPSILON-CAPROLACTONE AS BIODEGRADABLE ELASTOMERIC IMPLANT MATERIALS

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    GRIJPMA, DW; ZONDERVAN, GJ; PENNINGS, AJ

    1991-01-01

    High molecular weight copolymers of L-lactide and epsilon-caprolactone have been synthesized by ring opening copolymerization with stannous octoate as catalyst. The good mechanical properties of the 50/50 copolymers make it a suitable material for biomedical applications such as nerve guides etc., w

  13. A Correction for the Epsilon Approximate Test in Repeated Measures Designs with Two or More Independent Groups.

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    Lecoutre, Bruno

    1991-01-01

    The routine epsilon approximate test in repeated measures designs when the condition of circularity is unfulfilled uses an erroneous formula in the case of two or more groups. Because this may lead to underestimation of the deviation from circularity when the subject number is small, a correction is proposed. (Author/SLD)

  14. High interobserver variability in the assessment of epsilon waves : Implications for diagnosis of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia

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    Platonov, Pyotr G; Calkins, Hugh; Hauer, Richard N; Corrado, Domenico; Svendsen, Jesper H; Wichter, Thomas; Biernacka, Elżbieta Katarzyna; Saguner, Ardan M; Te Riele, Anneline S J M; Zareba, Wojciech

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Revision of the Task Force diagnostic criteria for arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia (ARVC/D) has increased their sensitivity for the diagnosis of early and familial forms of the disease. The epsilon wave is a major diagnostic criterion in the context of ARVC/D, w

  15. In vivo behavior of trimethylene carbonate and epsilon-caprolactone-based (co)polymer networks : Degradation and tissue response

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    Bat, Erhan; Plantinga, Josee A.; Harmsen, Martin C.; van Luyn, Marja J. A.; Feijen, Jan; Grijpma, Dirk W.

    2010-01-01

    The in vivo erosion behavior of crosslinked (co)polymers based on trimethylene carbonate (TMC) and epsilon-caprolactone (CL) was investigated. High molecular weight poly(trimethylene carbonate) (PTMC) homopolymer- and copolymer films were crosslinked by gamma irradiation. To adjust the in vivo

  16. A combined spectroscopic and photometric stellar activity study of Epsilon Eridani

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    Giguere, Matthew J; Zhang, Cyril X Y; Matthews, Jaymie M; Cameron, Chris; Henry, Gregory W

    2016-01-01

    We present simultaneous ground-based radial velocity (RV) measurements and space-based photometric measurements of the young and active K dwarf Epsilon Eridani. These measurements provide a data set for exploring methods of identifying and ultimately distinguishing stellar photospheric velocities from Keplerian motion. We compare three methods we have used in exploring this data set: Dalmatian, an MCMC spot modeling code that fits photometric and RV measurements simultaneously; the FF$'$ method, which uses photometric measurements to predict the stellar activity signal in simultaneous RV measurements; and H$\\alpha$ analysis. We show that our H$\\alpha$ measurements are strongly correlated with photometry from the Microvariability and Oscillations of STars (MOST) instrument, which led to a promising new method based solely on the spectroscopic observations. This new method, which we refer to as the HH$'$ method, uses H$\\alpha$ measurements as input into the FF$'$ model. While the Dalmatian spot modeling analysi...

  17. Beckmann rearrangement of cyclohexanone oxime to {epsilon}-caprolactam using a fluidized bed reactor

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    Dahlhoff, G.; Hoelderich, W.F. [Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany)

    1999-07-01

    The application of a fluidized bed reactor on the heterogeneously catalyzed Beckmann rearrangement of cyclohexanone oxime to {epsilon}-caprolactam is presented. For this purpose the classic industrial synthesis route is compared to the new route catalyzed by [B]-MFI zeolite which proved to be the most suitable. To prepare the use of the catalyst the thermodynamics were calculated showing that the residence time of the reactants are of great importance. A regeneration model was developed resulting in a mathematical equation for the regeneration time calculated to seven hours under oxidative conditions. A 40 day regeneration experiment demonstrated the excellent regeneration behaviour of the chosen catalyst showing no decrease in activity after 40 recycle treatments. Finally, the experiments in a constructed non circulating fluidized bed showed good yields and selectivities (99%/91%) completely comparable to the actual synthesis route but avoiding 4 t ammonia sulphate/t product. (orig.)

  18. Nonradiating and radiating modes excited by quantum emitters in open epsilon-near-zero cavities

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    Liberal, Iñigo

    2015-01-01

    Controlling the emission and interaction properties of quantum emitters (QEs) embedded within an optical cavity is a key technique in engineering light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, as well as in the development of quantum information processing. State-of-the-art optical cavities are based on high Q photonics crystals and dielectric resonators. However, wealthier responses might be attainable with cavities carved in more exotic materials. Here, we theoretically investigate the emission and interaction properties of QEs embedded in open epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) cavities. Using analytical methods and numerical simulations, it is demonstrated that open ENZ cavities present the unique property of supporting nonradiating modes independently of the geometry of the external boundary of the cavity (shape, size, topology...). Moreover, the possibility of switching between radiating and nonradiating modes enables a dynamic control of both the emission by, and the interaction between, QEs. These phenomena provide...

  19. Fixed-dimensional parallel linear programming via relative {Epsilon}-approximations

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    Goodrich, M.T.

    1996-12-31

    We show that linear programming in IR{sup d} can be solved deterministically in O((log log n){sup d}) time using linear work in the PRAM model of computation, for any fixed constant d. Our method is developed for the CRCW variant of the PRAM parallel computation model, and can be easily implemented to run in O(log n(log log n){sup d-1}) time using linear work on an EREW PRAM. A key component in these algorithms is a new, efficient parallel method for constructing E-nets and E-approximations (which have wide applicability in computational geometry). In addition, we introduce a new deterministic set approximation for range spaces with finite VC-exponent, which we call the {delta}-relative {epsilon}-approximation, and we show how such approximations can be efficiently constructed in parallel.

  20. Ferrell-Berreman modes in plasmonic epsilon-near-zero media

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    Newman, Ward D; Atkinson, Jon; Pramanik, Sandipan; DeCorby, Raymond G; Jacob, Zubin

    2015-01-01

    We observe unique absorption resonances in silver/silica multilayer-based epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) metamaterials that are related to radiative bulk plasmon-polariton states of thin-films originally studied by Ferrell (1958) and Berreman (1963). In the local effective medium, metamaterial descrip- tion, the unique effect of the excitation of these microscopic modes is counterintuitive and captured within the complex propagation constant, not the effective dielectric permittivities. Theoretical anal- ysis of the band structure for our metamaterials shows the existence of multiple Ferrell-Berreman branches with slow light characteristics. The demonstration that the propagation constant reveals subtle microscopic resonances can lead to the design of devices where Ferrell-Berreman modes can be exploited for practical applications ranging from plasmonic sensing to imaging and absorption enhancement.

  1. Versatile Production of Poly(Epsilon-Caprolactone) Fibers by Electrospinning Using Benign Solvents.

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    Liverani, Liliana; Boccaccini, Aldo R

    2016-04-15

    The electrospinning technique is widely used for the fabrication of micro- and nanofibrous structures. Recent studies have focused on the use of less toxic and harmful solvents (benign solvents) for electrospinning, even if those solvents usually require an accurate and longer process of optimization. The aim of the present work is to demonstrate the versatility of the use of benign solvents, like acetic acid and formic acid, for the fabrication of microfibrous and nanofibrous electrospun poly(epsilon-caprolactone) mats. The solvent systems were also shown to be suitable for the fabrication of electrospun structures with macroporosity, as well as for the fabrication of composite electrospun mats, fabricated by the addition of bioactive glass (45S5 composition) particles in the polymeric solution.

  2. 1,2-diketones promoted degradation of poly(epsilon-caprolactone)

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    Danko, Martin; Borska, Katarina; Ragab, Sherif Shaban; Janigova, Ivica; Mosnacek, Jaroslav [Polymer Institute, Center of Excellence GLYCOMED, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dubravska cesta 9, 845 41 Bratislava (Slovakia); Polymer Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dubravska cesta 9, 845 41 Bratislava (Slovakia); Photochemistry Department, Chemical Industries Research Division, National Research Centre, Dokki, Giza, Egypt.P.O. Box: 12622 (Egypt); Polymer Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dubravska cesta 9, 845 41 Bratislava (Slovakia); Polymer Institute, Center of Excellence GLYCOMED, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dubravska cesta 9, 845 41 Bratislava (Slovakia)

    2012-07-11

    Photochemical reactions of Benzil and Camphorquinone were used for modification of poly({epsilon}-caprolactone) polymer films. Photochemistry of dopants was followed by infrared spectroscopy, changes on polymer chains of matrix were followed by gel permeation chromatography. Benzoyl peroxide was efficiently photochemically generated from benzyl in solid polymer matrix in the presence of air. Following decomposition of benzoyl peroxide led to degradation of matrix. Photochemical transformation of benzil in vacuum led to hydrogen abstraction from the polymer chains in higher extent, which resulted to chains recombination and formation of gel. Photochemical transformation of camphorquinone to corresponding camphoric peroxide was not observed. Only decrease of molecular weight of polymer matrix doped with camphorquinone was observed during the irradiation.

  3. One-Dimensional Chirality: Strong Optical Activity in Epsilon-Near-Zero Metamaterials.

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    Rizza, Carlo; Di Falco, Andrea; Scalora, Michael; Ciattoni, Alessandro

    2015-07-31

    We suggest that electromagnetic chirality, generally displayed by 3D or 2D complex chiral structures, can occur in 1D patterned composites whose components are achiral. This feature is highly unexpected in a 1D system which is geometrically achiral since its mirror image can always be superposed onto it by a 180 deg rotation. We analytically evaluate from first principles the bianisotropic response of multilayered metamaterials and we show that the chiral tensor is not vanishing if the system is geometrically one-dimensional chiral; i.e., its mirror image cannot be superposed onto it by using translations without resorting to rotations. As a signature of 1D chirality, we show that 1D chiral metamaterials support optical activity and we prove that this phenomenon undergoes a dramatic nonresonant enhancement in the epsilon-near-zero regime where the magnetoelectric coupling can become dominant in the constitutive relations.

  4. Successful treatment of Kasabach-Merritt syndrome with prednisone and epsilon-aminocaproic acid.

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    Dresse, M F; David, M; Hume, H; Blanchard, H; Russo, P; Van Doesberg, N; Rivard, G E

    1991-01-01

    The Kasabach-Merritt syndrome is characterized by thrombocytopenia and localized coagulopathy associated with a hemangioma. Most techniques applied to eradicate the tumor or accelerate its involution (surgery, radiation therapy, embolization) are invasive and require transfusion of large amounts of blood products. In some cases, medical treatment is the only alternative. Efficacy of steroids and antifibronolytic agents has already been described, but even this approach is associated with the administration of blood products. We report two cases of infants with Kasabach-Merritt syndrome associated with cardiac and hepatic hemangiomas. At admission, both had signs of cardiac failure. They were successfully treated with prednisone and epsilon-aminocaproic acid (EACA). Blood products were not required once the diagnosis was made. These observations have important implications for the management of patients with Kasabach-Merritt syndrome because they show that even in severe cases blood transfusions can be avoided by the use of prednisone and EACA.

  5. Mayer expansion of the Nekrasov pre potential: the subleading $\\epsilon_2$-order

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    Bourgine, Jean-Emile

    2015-01-01

    The Mayer cluster expansion technique is applied to the Nekrasov instanton partition function of $\\mathcal{N}=2$ $SU(N_c)$ super Yang-Mills. The subleading small $\\epsilon_2$-correction to the Nekrasov-Shatashvili limiting value of the prepotential is determined by a detailed analysis of all the one-loop diagrams. Indeed, several types of contributions can be distinguished according to their origin: long range interaction or potential expansion, clusters self-energy, internal structure, one-loop cyclic diagrams, etc.. The field theory result derived more efficiently in [1], under some minor technical assumptions, receives here definite confirmation thanks to several remarkable cancellations: in this way, we may infer the validity of these assumptions for further computations in the field theoretical approach.

  6. Directive Emission Obtained by Mu and Epsilon-Near-Zero Metamaterials

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    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we use Mu and Epsilon-Near-Zero (MENZ metamaterials to realize the substrates that can modify the emission of an embedded line source. Simulation results show that the cylindrical waves emitted from the line source can be perfectly converted to plane wave through the MENZ metamaterial slab with planar exit face. Hence the line source together with the metamaterial slab constructs a high directive slab antenna. The directive radiation pattern of the MENZ metamaterial-assisted slab antenna is independent on the thickness of the slab, the position of the line source, and the shape of the entrance face of the slab, but the slab with grooved entrance side will result in stronger far-field intensity. We also show that the MENZ metamaterials can be applied to the design of antenna array. Moreover, compared with the high directive slab antenna obtained by coordinate transformation approach, the MENZ metamaterial-assisted antenna is more preferable.

  7. Crystal Level Continuum Modeling of Phase Transformations: The (alpha) <--> (epsilon) Transformation in Iron

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    Barton, N R; Benson, D J; Becker, R; Bykov, Y; Caplan, M

    2004-10-18

    We present a crystal level model for thermo-mechanical deformation with phase transformation capabilities. The model is formulated to allow for large pressures (on the order of the elastic moduli) and makes use of a multiplicative decomposition of the deformation gradient. Elastic and thermal lattice distortions are combined into a single lattice stretch to allow the model to be used in conjunction with general equation of state relationships. Phase transformations change the mass fractions of the material constituents. The driving force for phase transformations includes terms arising from mechanical work, from the temperature dependent chemical free energy change on transformation, and from interaction energy among the constituents. Deformation results from both these phase transformations and elasto-viscoplastic deformation of the constituents themselves. Simulation results are given for the {alpha} to {epsilon} phase transformation in iron. Results include simulations of shock induced transformation in single crystals and of compression of polycrystals. Results are compared to available experimental data.

  8. Hypersingular integral equations, Kaehler manifolds and Thurston mirroring effect in {epsilon} {sup ({infinity})} Cantorian spacetime

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    Iovane, G. [Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell' Informazione e Matematica Applicata, Universita di Salerno, Via Ponte Don Melillo, 84084 Fisicano (Saudi Arabia) (Italy)]. E-mail: iovane@diima.unisa.it

    2007-03-15

    In this work starting from some earlier results on hypersingular integral equations and analyzing a more realistic model of gravitational waveguides on a Cantorian spacetime we obtain a description of our Universe according to Kaehler manifold in the context of El Naschie's {epsilon} {sup ({infinity})} Cantorian space-time. In particular, we consider filamentary and planar large scale structures as possible refraction channels for electromagnetic radiation coming from cosmological structures. From this vision the Universe appears like a large self-similar adaptive mirrors set. This is made evident through numerical simulations. Consequently, an infinite Universe is just an optical illusion that is produced by mirroring effects connected to the large scale structure of a finite and not so large Universe.

  9. Analysis of anisotropic epsilon-near-zero hetero-junction lens for concentration and beam splitting.

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    Memarian, Mohammad; Eleftheriades, George V

    2015-03-15

    In this Letter, we analyze a recently reported hetero-junction lens of two anisotropic epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) media for its concentration and beam splitting properties. The equivalent lensmakers' equation of the concentrating mechanism is first derived using geometrical optics and dispersion relations; and aberrations are discussed. It is shown that the light concentrator's focal distance is directly proportional to the thickness of the lens, opposite to conventional dielectric lenses. It is then shown that the same hetero-junction structure can be used as a near-field beam-splitter when illuminated from the back, in addition to its concentration property. Equal and unequal beam splitting, as well as beam shifting can be achieved using a very thin device.

  10. Taming the Invisible Monster with COS: Eclipse Spectroscopy of Epsilon Aurigae

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    Howell, Steve

    2010-09-01

    We request three single orbit COS observations of the enigmatic binary epsilon Aurigae. This 27-year binary will be in total eclipse during all of 2010 and into spring 2011. COS observations are needed in order to {1} confirm, via higher S/N UV spectroscopy, the FUSE observation that a B5V star lurks inside the eclipse-causing dust disk, {2} obtain temperature and density diagnostics of the line of sight columns during eclipse for inclusion in the ongoing, panchromatic studies of this rare event, and {3} allow, in coordination with Spitzer Space Telescope observations, a detailed view of the "invisible" large eclipsing dust disk surrounding the B star. Only COS has the full UV wavelength coverage to sample two of the three components in this binary {the F and B stars} with the SNR to accomplish our scientific goals.

  11. Determination of poly(epsilon-caprolactone) solubility parameters: application to solvent substitution in a microencapsulation process.

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    Bordes, C; Fréville, V; Ruffin, E; Marote, P; Gauvrit, J Y; Briançon, S; Lantéri, P

    2010-01-04

    The evolution of regulation on chemical substances (i.e. REACH regulation) calls for the progressive substitution of toxic chemicals in formulations when suitable alternatives have been identified. In this context, the method of Hansen solubility parameters was applied to identify an alternative solvent less toxic than methylene chloride used in a microencapsulation process. During the process based on a multiple emulsion (W/O/W) with solvent evaporation/extraction method, the solvent has to dissolve a polymer, poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL), which forms a polymeric matrix encapsulating or entrapping a therapeutic protein as the solvent is extracted. Therefore the three partial solubility parameters of PCL have been determined by a group contribution method, swelling experiments and turbidimetric titration. The results obtained allowed us to find a solvent, anisole, able to solubilize PCL and to form a multiple emulsion with aqueous solutions. A feasibility test was conducted under standard operating conditions and allowed the production of PCL microspheres.

  12. Apocenter glow in eccentric debris disks: implications for Fomalhaut and $\\epsilon$ Eridani

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    Pan, Margaret; Kuchner, Marc J

    2016-01-01

    Debris disks often take the form of eccentric rings with azimuthal asymmetries in surface brightness. Such disks are often described as showing "pericenter glow", an enhancement of the disk brightness in regions nearest the central star. At long wavelengths, however, the disk apocenters should appear brighter than their pericenters: in the long wavelength limit, we find the apocenter/pericenter flux ratio scales as 1+e for disk eccentricity e. We produce new models of this "apocenter glow" to explore its causes and wavelength dependence and study its potential as a probe of dust grain properties. Based on our models, we argue that several far-infrared and (sub)millimeter images of the Fomalhaut and epsilon Eridani debris rings obtained with Herschel, JCMT, SHARC II, ALMA, and ACTA should be reinterpreted as suggestions or examples of apocenter glow. This reinterpretation yields new constraints on the disks' dust grain properties and size distributions.

  13. The epsilon expansion at next-to-next-to-leading order with small imaginary chemical potential

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    Lehner, Christoph; Wettig, Tilo

    2010-01-01

    We discuss chiral perturbation theory for two and three quark flavors in the epsilon expansion at next-to-next-to-leading order (NNLO) including a small imaginary chemical potential. We calculate finite-volume corrections to the low-energy constants $\\Sigma$ and $F$ and determine the non-universal modifications of the theory, i.e., modifications that cannot be mapped to random matrix theory (RMT). In the special case of two quark flavors in an asymmetric box we discuss how to minimize the finite-volume corrections and non-universal modifications by an optimal choice of the lattice geometry. Furthermore we provide a detailed calculation of a special version of the massless sunset diagram at finite volume.

  14. Electrospun nanofibers composed of poly({epsilon}-caprolactone) and polyethylenimine for tissue engineering applications

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    Kim, Jang Ho [Department of Biosystems and Biomaterials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-921 (Korea, Republic of); Choung, Pill-Hoon [Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Tooth Bioengineering National Research Lab, School of Dentistry, Seoul National University, Seoul 110-744 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, In Yong [Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-921 (Korea, Republic of); Lim, Ki Taek; Son, Hyun Mok [Department of Biosystems and Biomaterials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-921 (Korea, Republic of); Choung, Yun-Hoon [Department of Otolaryngology, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, 443-721 (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Chong-Su, E-mail: chocs@plaza.snu.ac.kr [Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-921 (Korea, Republic of); Research Institute for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-921 (Korea, Republic of); Chung, Jong Hoon, E-mail: jchung@snu.ac.kr [Department of Biosystems and Biomaterials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-921 (Korea, Republic of); Research Institute for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-921 (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-06-01

    Poly({epsilon}-caprolactone) (PCL) electrospun nanofibers have been reported as a scaffold for tissue engineering application. However, high hydrophobicity of PCL limits use of functional scaffold. In this study, PCL/polyethylenimine (PEI) blend electrospun nanofibers were prepared to overcome the limitation of PCL ones because the PEI as a cationic polymer can increase cell adhesion and can improve the electrospinnability of PCL. The structure, mechanical properties and biological activity of the PCL/PEI electrospun nanofibers were studied. The diameters of the PCL/PEI nanofibers ranged from 150.4 {+-} 33 to 220.4 {+-} 32 nm. The PCL/PEI nanofibers showed suitable mechanical properties with adequate porosity and increased hydrophilic behavior. The cell adhesion and cell proliferation of PCL nanofibers were increased by blending with PEI due to the hydrophilic properties of PEI.

  15. Goos-Hänchen effect in epsilon-near-zero metamaterials.

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    Xu, Yadong; Chan, C T; Chen, Huanyang

    2015-03-03

    Light reflection and refraction at an interface between two homogeneous media is analytically described by Snell's law. For a beam with a finite waist, it turns out that the reflected wave experiences a lateral displacement from its position predicted by geometric optics. Such Goos-Hänchen (G-H) effect has been extensively investigated among all kinds of optical media, such as dielectrics, metals, photonic crystals and metamaterials. As a fundamental physics phenomenon, the G-H effect has been extended to acoustics and quantum mechanics. Here we report the unusual G-H effect in zero index metamaterials. We show that when linearly polarized light is obliquely incident from air to epsilon-near-zero metamaterials, no G-H effect could be observed for p polarized light. While for s polarization, the G-H shift is a constant value for any incident angle.

  16. Goos-Hänchen effect in epsilon-near-zero metamaterials

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    Xu, Yadong; Chan, C. T.; Chen, Huanyang

    2015-03-01

    Light reflection and refraction at an interface between two homogeneous media is analytically described by Snell's law. For a beam with a finite waist, it turns out that the reflected wave experiences a lateral displacement from its position predicted by geometric optics. Such Goos-Hänchen (G-H) effect has been extensively investigated among all kinds of optical media, such as dielectrics, metals, photonic crystals and metamaterials. As a fundamental physics phenomenon, the G-H effect has been extended to acoustics and quantum mechanics. Here we report the unusual G-H effect in zero index metamaterials. We show that when linearly polarized light is obliquely incident from air to epsilon-near-zero metamaterials, no G-H effect could be observed for p polarized light. While for s polarization, the G-H shift is a constant value for any incident angle.

  17. Terahertz epsilon-near-zero cut-through metal-slit array antenna

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    Suzuki, Takehito; Kimura, Tatsuya; Togashi, Takahisa; Kitahara, Hideaki; Ishihara, Koki; Sato, Tatsuya

    2017-02-01

    Metamaterials can give rise to unprecedented refractive indices and drive the rapid development of metadevices with on-demand electromagnetic properties. Recent advances in terahertz science demand high-performance optical elements beyond conventional designs of naturally occurring materials in the terahertz wave band. However, how an epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) structure can exploit terahertz metadevices is still not fully demonstrated based on a physical analysis. Here, inspired by the ENZ concept, we demonstrate a design guideline of a terahertz ENZ cut-through metal-slit array antenna. Measurements by a terahertz imager visualize the beam profile of a terahertz wave, and the measured permittivity of 0.26 agrees well with that of 0.27 obtained by simulation and theory. The terahertz ENZ antenna provides a wide range of potential applications such as high-directivity antennas, beam dividers, beam-steering elements, phase-control devices, and novel filters.

  18. Strategies to control the particle size distribution of poly-epsilon-caprolactone nanoparticles for pharmaceutical applications.

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    Lince, Federica; Marchisio, Daniele L; Barresi, Antonello A

    2008-06-15

    In this work turbulent precipitation through solvent displacement for the production of poly-epsilon-caprolactone (PCL) nanoparticles is investigated; two different PCL molecular weights have been employed, using acetone and water as solvent and anti-solvent, respectively. The main important thermodynamic and kinetic parameters, such as solubility and interfacial tension of PCL in water-acetone mixtures, are determined and the effect of the process operating conditions on the final particle size distribution is also investigated. Particles produced under different conditions into a Confined Impinging Jets Reactor (CIJR) were characterized by Dynamic Light Scattering, Zeta potential measurements and Scanning Electronic Microscopy. Results clearly show the strong effect of mixing on the particle size distribution and how mixing must be controlled in order to obtain a product with particular characteristics. Eventually the measured thermodynamic and kinetic parameters are used to interpret the obtained experimental data.

  19. 人干扰素epsilon(IFN-ε)研究进展

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    李莉莉; 郑凡; 张振龙

    2009-01-01

    人干扰素epsilon(IFN-ε)属于Ⅰ型干扰素,具有抗病毒、抗肿瘤、免疫调节等生物学作用,目前国内外对其研究不多,是一种有待开发的新型干扰素.本文就IFN-ε的基因结构、表达方式、表达位置、受体、受体配体的作用途径、生物学作用以及临床应用的前景等方面,进行了比较系统的归纳和总结.

  20. Experimental demonstration of near-infrared epsilon-near-zero multilayer metamaterial slabs.

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    Yang, Xiaodong; Hu, Changyu; Deng, Huixu; Rosenmann, Daniel; Czaplewski, David A; Gao, Jie

    2013-10-07

    Near-infrared epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) metamaterial slabs based on silver-germanium (Ag-Ge) multilayers are experimentally demonstrated. Transmission, reflection and absorption spectra are characterized and used to determine the complex refractive indices and the effective permittivities of the ENZ metamaterial slabs, which match the results obtained from both the numerical simulations and the optical nonlocalities analysis. A rapid post-annealing process is used to reduce the collision frequency of silver and therefore decrease the optical absorption loss of multilayer metamaterial slabs. Furthermore, multilayer grating structures are studied to enhance the optical transmission and also tune the location of ENZ wavelength. The demonstrated near-infrared ENZ multilayer metamaterial slabs are important for realizing many exotic applications, such as phase front shaping and engineering of photonic density of states.

  1. Clostridium Perfringens Epsilon Toxin Binds to Membrane Lipids and Its Cytotoxic Action Depends on Sulfatide.

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    Full Text Available Epsilon toxin (Etx is one of the major lethal toxins produced by Clostridium perfringens types B and D, being the causal agent of fatal enterotoxemia in animals, mainly sheep and goats. Etx is synthesized as a non-active prototoxin form (proEtx that becomes active upon proteolytic activation. Etx exhibits a cytotoxic effect through the formation of a pore in the plasma membrane of selected cell targets where Etx specifically binds due to the presence of specific receptors. However, the identity and nature of host receptors of Etx remain a matter of controversy. In the present study, the interactions between Etx and membrane lipids from the synaptosome-enriched fraction from rat brain (P2 fraction and MDCK cell plasma membrane preparations were analyzed. Our findings show that both Etx and proEtx bind to lipids extracted from lipid rafts from the two different models as assessed by protein-lipid overlay assay. Lipid rafts are membrane microdomains enriched in cholesterol and sphingolipids. Binding of proEtx to sulfatide, phosphatidylserine, phosphatidylinositol (3-phosphate and phosphatidylinositol (5-phosphate was detected. Removal of the sulphate groups via sulfatase treatment led to a dramatic decrease in Etx-induced cytotoxicity, but not in proEtx-GFP binding to MDCK cells or a significant shift in oligomer formation, pointing to a role of sulfatide in pore formation in rafts but not in toxin binding to the target cell membrane. These results show for the first time the interaction between Etx and membrane lipids from host tissue and point to a major role for sulfatides in C. perfringens epsilon toxin pathophysiology.

  2. Structural analysis of an epsilon-class glutathione transferase from housefly, Musca domestica.

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    Nakamura, Chihiro; Yajima, Shunsuke; Miyamoto, Toru; Sue, Masayuki

    2013-01-25

    Glutathione transferases (GSTs) play an important role in the detoxification of insecticides, and as such, they are a key contributor to enhanced resistance to insecticides. In the housefly (Musca domestica), two epsilon-class GSTs (MdGST6A and MdGST6B) that share high sequence homology have been identified, which are believed to be involved in resistance against insecticides. The structural determinants controlling the substrate specificity and enzyme activity of MdGST6s are unknown. The aim of this study was to crystallize and perform structural analysis of the GST isozyme, MdGST6B. The crystal structure of MdGST6B complexed with reduced glutathione (GSH) was determined at a resolution of 1.8 Å. MdGST6B was found to have a typical GST folding comprised of N-terminal and C-terminal domains. Arg113 and Phe121 on helix 4 were shown to protrude into the substrate binding pocket, and as a result, the entrance of the substrate binding pocket was narrower compared to delta- and epsilon-class GSTs from Africa malaria vector Anopheles gambiae, agGSTd1-6 and agGSTe2, respectively. This substrate pocket narrowing is partly due to the presence of a π-helix in the middle of helix 4. Among the six residues that donate hydrogen bonds to GSH, only Arg113 was located in the C-terminal domain. Ala substitution of Arg113 did not have a significant effect on enzyme activity, suggesting that the Arg113 hydrogen bond does not play a crucial role in catalysis. On the other hand, mutation at Phe108, located just below Arg113 in the binding pocket, reduced the affinity and catalytic activity to both GSH and the electrophilic co-substrate, 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene.

  3. Broadband Epsilon-near-Zero Reflectors Enhance the Quantum Efficiency of Thin Solar Cells at Visible and Infrared Wavelengths

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    Labelle, A. J.

    2017-02-03

    The engineering of broadband absorbers to harvest white light in thin-film semiconductors is a major challenge in developing renewable materials for energy harvesting. Many solution-processed materials with high manufacturability and low cost, such as semiconductor quantum dots, require the use of film structures with thicknesses on the order of 1 μm to absorb incoming photons completely. The electron transport lengths in these media, however, are 1 order of magnitude smaller than this length, hampering further progress with this platform. Herein, we show that, by engineering suitably disordered nanoplasmonic structures, we have created a new class of dispersionless epsilon-near-zero composite materials that efficiently harness white light. Our nanostructures localize light in the dielectric region outside the epsilon-near-zero material with characteristic lengths of 10-100 nm, resulting in an efficient system for harvesting broadband light when a thin absorptive film is deposited on top of the structure. By using a combination of theory and experiments, we demonstrate that ultrathin layers down to 50 nm of colloidal quantum dots deposited atop the epsilon-near-zero material show an increase in broadband absorption ranging from 200% to 500% compared to a planar structure of the same colloidal quantum-dot-absorber average thickness. When the epsilon-near-zero nanostructures were used in an energy-harvesting module, we observed a spectrally averaged 170% broadband increase in the external quantum efficiency of the device, measured at wavelengths between 400 and 1200 nm. Atomic force microscopy and photoluminescence excitation measurements demonstrate that the properties of these epsilon-near-zero structures apply to general metals and could be used to enhance the near-field absorption of semiconductor structures more widely. We have developed an inexpensive electrochemical deposition process that enables scaled-up production of this nanomaterial for large

  4. High Performance and Cost-Effective Direct Methanol Fuel Cells: Fe-N-C Methanol-Tolerant Oxygen Reduction Reaction Catalysts.

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    Sebastián, David; Serov, Alexey; Artyushkova, Kateryna; Gordon, Jonathan; Atanassov, Plamen; Aricò, Antonino S; Baglio, Vincenzo

    2016-08-09

    Direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs) offer great advantages for the supply of power with high efficiency and large energy density. The search for a cost-effective, active, stable and methanol-tolerant catalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is still a great challenge. In this work, platinum group metal-free (PGM-free) catalysts based on Fe-N-C are investigated in acidic medium. Post-treatment of the catalyst improves the ORR activity compared with previously published PGM-free formulations and shows an excellent tolerance to the presence of methanol. The feasibility for application in DMFC under a wide range of operating conditions is demonstrated, with a maximum power density of approximately 50 mW cm(-2) and a negligible methanol crossover effect on the performance. A review of the most recent PGM-free cathode formulations for DMFC indicates that this formulation leads to the highest performance at a low membrane-electrode assembly (MEA) cost. Moreover, a 100 h durability test in DMFC shows suitable applicability, with a similar performance-time behavior compared to common MEAs based on Pt cathodes.

  5. Self-Assembled Fe-N-Doped Carbon Nanotube Aerogels with Single-Atom Catalyst Feature as High-Efficiency Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalysts

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    Zhu, Chengzhou [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Fu, Shaofang [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Song, Junhua [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Shi, Qiurong [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Su, Dong [Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton NY 11973 USA; Engelhard, Mark H. [Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99354 USA; Li, Xiaolin [Energy and Environmental Directory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99354 USA; Xiao, Dongdong [Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99354 USA; Li, Dongsheng [Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99354 USA; Estevez, Luis [Energy and Environmental Directory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99354 USA; Du, Dan [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Lin, Yuehe [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99354 USA

    2017-02-06

    Finely controlled synthesis of high active and robust non-precious metal catalysts with excellent electrocatalytic efficiency towards oxygen reduction reaction is extremely vital for successful implementation of fuel cells and metal batteries. Unprecedented oxygen reduction reaction electrocatalytic performances and the diversified synthetic procedure in term of favorable structure/morphology characteristics make transition metals-derived M–N–C (M=Fe, Co) structures the most promising nanocatalysts. Herein, using the nitrogen-containing small molecular and inorganic salt as precursors and ultrathin tellurium nanowires as templates, we successfully synthesized a series of well-defined M-N-doped hollow carbon nanowire aerogels through one step hydrothermal route and subsequent facile annealing treatment. Taking advantage of the porous nanostructures, one-dimensional building block as well as homogeneity of active sites, the resultant Fe-N-doped carbon hollow nanowire aerogels exhibited excellent ORR electrocatalytic performance even better than commercial Pt/C in alkaline solution, holding great potential in fuel cell applications.

  6. Enhanced production of epsilon-caprolactone by overexpression of NADPH-regenerating glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase in recombinant Escherichia coli harboring cyclohexanone monooxygenase gene.

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    Lee, Won-Heong; Park, Jin-Byung; Park, Kyungmoon; Kim, Myoung-Dong; Seo, Jin-Ho

    2007-08-01

    Whole-cell conversion of cyclohexanone to epsilon-caprolactone was attempted by recombinant Escherichia coli BL21(DE3) expressing cyclohexanone monooxygenase (CHMO) of Acinetobacter calcoaceticus NCIMB 9871. High concentrations of cyclohexanone and epsilon-caprolactone reduced CHMO-mediated bioconversion of cyclohexanone to epsilon-caprolactone in the resting recombinant E. coli cells. Metabolically active cells were employed by adopting a fed-batch culture to improve the production of epsilon-caprolactone from cyclohexanone. A glucose-limited fed-batch Baeyer-Villiger oxidation where a cyclohexanone level was maintained less than 6 g/l resulted in a maximum epsilon-caprolactone concentration of 11.0 g/l. The maximum epsilon-caprolactone concentration was improved further to 15.3 g/l by coexpression of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, an NADPH-generating enzyme encoded by the zwf gene which corresponded to a 39% enhancement in epsilon-caprolactone concentration compared with the control experiment performed under the same conditions.

  7. Diffusion in the uranium - plutonium system and self-diffusion of plutonium in epsilon phase; Diffusion dans le systeme uranium-plutonium et autodiffusion du plutonium epsilon

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    Dupuy, M. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Fontenay-Aux-Roses (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1967-07-01

    A survey of uranium-plutonium phase diagram leads to confirm anglo-saxon results about the plutonium solubility in {alpha} uranium (15 per cent at 565 C) and the uranium one in {zeta} phase (74 per cent at 565 C). Interdiffusion coefficients, for concentration lower than 15 per cent had been determined in a temperature range from 410 C to 640 C. They vary between 0.2 and 6 10{sup 12} cm{sup 2} s{sup -1}, and the activation energy between 13 and 20 kcal/mole. Grain boundary, diffusion of plutonium in a uranium had been pointed out by micrography, X-ray microanalysis and {alpha} autoradiography. Self-diffusion of plutonium in {epsilon} phase (bcc) obeys Arrhenius law: D = 2. 10{sup -2} exp -(18500)/RT. But this activation energy does not follow empirical laws generally accepted for other metals. It has analogies with 'anomalous' bcc metals ({beta}Zr, {beta}Ti, {beta}Hf, U{sub {gamma}}). (author) [French] Une etude du diagramme d'equilibre uranium-plutonium conduit a confirmer les resultats anglo-saxons relatifs a la solubilite du plutonium dans l'uranium {alpha} (15 pour cent a 565 C) et de l'uranium dans la phase {zeta} (74 pour cent a 565 C). Les coefficients de diffusion chimique, pour des concentrations inferieures a 15 pour cent ont ete determines a des temperatures comprises entre 410 et 640 C. Ils se situent entre 0.2 et 6. 10{sup 12} cm{sup 2} s{sup -1}. L'energie d'activation varie entre 13 et 20 kcal/mole. La diffusion intergranulaire du plutonium dans l'uranium a a ete mise en evidence par micrographie, microanalyse X et autoradiographie {alpha}. L' autodiffusion du plutonium {beta} cubique centree obeit a la loi d'Arrhenius D = 2. 10{sup -2} exp - (18500)/RT. Son energie d'activation n'obeit pas aux lois empiriques generalement admises pour les autres metaux. Elle possede des analogies avec les cubiques centres ''anormaux'' (Zr{beta}, Ti{beta}, Hf{beta}, U{gamma}). (auteur)

  8. Epsilon glutathione transferases possess a unique class-conserved subunit interface motif that directly interacts with glutathione in the active site.

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    Wongsantichon, Jantana; Robinson, Robert C; Ketterman, Albert J

    2015-10-20

    Epsilon class glutathione transferases (GSTs) have been shown to contribute significantly to insecticide resistance. We report a new Epsilon class protein crystal structure from Drosophila melanogaster for the glutathione transferase DmGSTE6. The structure reveals a novel Epsilon clasp motif that is conserved across hundreds of millions of years of evolution of the insect Diptera order. This histidine-serine motif lies in the subunit interface and appears to contribute to quaternary stability as well as directly connecting the two glutathiones in the active sites of this dimeric enzyme. © 2015 Authors.

  9. Disodium cromoglycate inhibits S mu-->S epsilon deletional switch recombination and IgE synthesis in human B cells

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    1994-01-01

    IgE synthesis requires interleukin 4 (IL-4) and a T-B cell interaction that involves the B cell antigen CD40 and its ligand expressed on activated T cells. IL-4 induces epsilon germline transcription whereas ligation of CD40 results in deletional S mu-->S epsilon switch recombination, expression of mature epsilon transcripts, and IgE synthesis and secretion. We demonstrate that disodium cromoglycate (DSCG), a drug commonly used for the prophylactic treatment of allergic disease, inhibits T cell-driven IgE synthesis by human B cells at concentrations readily achievable in the course of inhaled therapy for asthma. Inhibition of IgE synthesis by DSCG was not the result of drug toxicity because DSCG did not affect the viability of T and B cells or their proliferation to mitogens. DSCG did not interfere with CD40 ligand expression by T cells but clearly targeted the B cells because it inhibited IgE synthesis induced by anti-CD40 and IL-4 in populations of highly purified B cells. DSCG had no effect on the induction of epsilon germline transcripts by IL-4 but strongly inhibited CD40 mediated S mu-->S epsilon deletional switch recombination in IL-4- treated B cells as assayed by nested primer PCR. The effect of DSCG was not specific for CD40-mediated induction of IgE isotype switching because DSCG inhibited IgE synthesis as well as S mu-->S epsilon deletional switch recombination induced by hydrocortisone and IL-4 in B cells. Moreover, the effect of DSCG was not specific for IgE isotype switching because DSCG inhibited the synthesis of IgG4 by B cells sorted for lack of surface expression of IgG4 and stimulated with anti- CD40 and IL-4. DSCG caused only minimal inhibition (< 15%) of spontaneous IgE synthesis by lymphocytes from patients with the hyper- IgE syndrome and did not affect pokeweed mitogen-induced IgG and IgA synthesis by lymphocytes suggesting that it has little effect on B cells that have already undergone isotype switching. These results indicate that DSCG

  10. Quality assurance of C. perfringens epsilon toxoid vaccines--ELISA versus mouse neutralisation test.

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    Rosskopf-Streicher, Ute; Volkers, Peter; Noeske, Kerstin; Werner, Esther

    2004-01-01

    Clostridium (C.) perfringens is a Gram-positive anaerobic spore-forming bacterium. Disease caused by C. perfringens infection is called enterotoxaemia. C. perfringens strains are classified on the basis of the lethal exotoxins formed by the bacteria. Epsilon toxin is one of the major lethal toxins and is formed by C. perfringens types B and D. C. perfringens is an ubiquitous bacterium. Infection occurs via food, water, animal litter or soil. Affected animals include mainly sheep, pigs and cattle. C. perfringens infection manifests as pulpy kidney disease and diarrhoea in suckling lambs. Enterotoxaemia development is peracute in most cases. Animals die suddenly while grazing on the pasture, without any prior signs of disease. Therefore, treatment is possible only in very rare cases. Suitable immunoprophylactic measures are the treatment of choice to combat the disease: Vaccines and immunosera have therefore been used extensively for a long time. The requirements for quality, efficacy and safety testing of the inactivated vaccines are laid down in the Ph. Eur. in the monograph: Clostridium perfringens vaccines for veterinary use. After a marketing authorisation is attained, the product batches must be tested in laboratory animal models for their potency against all vaccine components (Pharmeuropa, 1997). For potency testing (batch control) of C. perfringens types B and D, the induction of specific antibodies against epsilon toxin in rabbits must be verified. For this purpose, 10 rabbits are immunised twice with the product to be tested. Their blood is taken 14 days after the last immunisation and the serum is pooled. The pooled serum is then tested for its protective effect. This is done by means of the toxin neutralisation test in mice (optionally also in guinea pigs) in comparison with an international reference serum. The evaluation criterion is the death rate of the mice in the test and reference groups after administration of lethal doses of epsilon toxin. The

  11. Parallel direct numerical simulation of turbulent flows in rotor-stator cavities. Comparison with k-{epsilon} modeling; Simulation numerique directe parallele d`ecoulements turbulents en cavites rotor-stator comparaisons avec les modilisations k-{epsilon}

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    Jacques, R.; Le Quere, P.; Daube, O. [Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), 91 - Orsay (France)

    1997-12-31

    Turbulent flows between a fixed disc and a rotating disc are encountered in various applications like turbo-machineries or torque converters of automatic gear boxes. These flows are characterised by particular physical phenomena mainly due to the effects of rotation (Coriolis and inertia forces) and thus, classical k-{epsilon}-type modeling gives approximative results. The aim of this work is to study these flows using direct numerical simulation in order to provide precise information about the statistical turbulent quantities and to improve the k-{epsilon} modeling in the industrial MATHILDA code of the ONERA and used by SNECMA company (aerospace industry). The results presented are restricted to the comparison between results obtained with direct simulation and results obtained with the MATHILDA code in the same configuration. (J.S.) 8 refs.

  12. Sources of alpha-, beta-, gamma-, delta- and epsilon-carotenes: a twentieth century review Fontes de alfa-, beta-, gama-, delta-, e epsilon-carotenos: uma revisão do século XX

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    José M. Barbosa-Filho; Adriana A. Alencar; Nunes,Xirley P.; Anna C. de Andrade Tomaz; José G. Sena-Filho; Athayde-Filho, Petrônio F.; Silva, Marcelo S.; Maria F. Vanderlei de Souza; Emidio V. Leitão da-Cunha

    2008-01-01

    Since humans cannot synthesize carotenoids, they depend upon the diet exclusively for the source of these micronutrients. It has claimed that they may alleviate chronic diseases such as cancers. The present communication constitutes a global review of the scientific literature on plants and others organisms that biosynthesize carotenoids, which include the series alpha-, beta-, gamma-, delta- and epsilon-carotenes. The results of the literature survey lists more than five hundred sources.Uma ...

  13. The design of Fe, N-doped hierarchically porous carbons as highly active and durable electrocatalysts for a Zn-air battery.

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    Wu, Mingjie; Tang, Qiaowei; Dong, Fang; Wang, Yongzhen; Li, Donghui; Guo, Qinping; Liu, Yuyu; Qiao, Jinli

    2016-07-28

    A new type of Fe, N-doped hierarchically porous carbons (N-Fe-HPCs) has been synthesized via a cost-effective synthetic route, derived from nitrogen-enriched polyquaternium networks by combining a simple silicate templated two-step graphitization of the impregnated carbon. The as-prepared N-Fe-HPCs present a high catalytic activity for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) with onset and half-wave potentials of 0.99 and 0.86 V in 0.1 M KOH, respectively, which are superior to commercially available Pt/C catalyst (half-wave potential 0.86 V vs. RHE). Surprisingly, the diffusion-limited current density of N-S-HPCs approaches ∼7.5 mA cm(-2), much higher than that of Pt/C (∼5.5 mA cm(-2)). As a cathode electrode material used in Zn-air batteries, the unique configuration of the N-Fe-HPCs delivers a high discharge peak power density reaching up to 540 mW cm(-2) with a current density of 319 mA cm(-2) at 1.0 V of cell voltage and an energy density >800 Wh kg(-1). Additionally, outstanding ORR durability of the N-Fe-HPCs is demonstrated, as evaluated by the transient cell-voltage behavior of the Zn-air battery retaining an open circuit voltage of 1.48 V over 10 hours with a discharge current density of 100 mA cm(-2).

  14. Highly exposed Fe-N4 active sites in porous poly-iron-phthalocyanine based oxygen reduction electrocatalyst with ultrahigh performance for air cathode.

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    Anandhababu, Ganesan; Abbas, Syed Comail; Lv, Jiangquan; Ding, Kui; Liu, Qin; Babu, Dickson D; Huang, Yiyin; Xie, Jiafang; Wu, Maoxiang; Wang, Yaobing

    2017-02-14

    Progress in the development of efficient electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reactions is imperative for various energy systems such as metal-air batteries and fuel cells. In this paper, an innovative porous two-dimensional (2D) poly-iron-phthalocyanine (PFe-Pc) based oxygen reduction electrocatalyst created with a simple solid-state chemical reaction without pyrolysis is reported. In this strategy, silicon dioxide nanoparticles play a pivotal role in preserving the Fe-N4 structure during the polymerization process and thereby assist in the development of a porous structure. The new polymerized phthalocyanine electrocatalyst with tuned porous structure, improved specific surface area and more exposed catalytic active sites via the 2D structure shows an excellent performance towards an oxygen reduction reaction in alkaline media. The onset potential (E = 1.033 V) and limiting current density (I = 5.58 mA cm(-2)) are much better than those obtained with the commercial 20% platinum/carbon electrocatalyst (1.046 V and 4.89 mA cm(-2)) and also show better stability and tolerance to methanol crossover. For practical applications, a zinc-air (Zn-air) battery and methanol fuel cell equipped with the PFe-Pc electrocatalyst as an air cathode reveal a high open circuit voltage and maximum power output (1.0 V and 23.6 mW cm(-2) for a methanol fuel cell, and 1.6 V and 192 mW cm(-2) for the liquid Zn-air battery). In addition, using the PFe-Pc electrocatalyst as an air cathode in a flexible cable-type Zn-air battery exhibits excellent performance with an open-circuit voltage of 1.409 V. This novel porous 2D PFe-Pc has been designed logically using a new, simple strategy with ultrahigh electrochemical performances in Zn-air batteries and methanol fuel cell applications.

  15. Copernicus observations of interstellar matter toward the Orion OB1 association. I - Epsilon and Pi-5 Orionis

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    Shull, J. M.

    1979-01-01

    Copernicus UV data on interstellar lines toward Epsilon Ori and Pi-5 Ori are analyzed to study abundances and physical conditions in both low- and intermediate-velocity components. Clouds at -8 and +5 km/s (LSR) toward Epsilon Ori show typical depletions of Fe, Ti, Mg, and Si in dense (H number density about 100 per cu cm) gas. Low-column-density intermediate-velocity clouds toward both stars, with low densities (hydrogen number density less than 1 per cu cm) and near-cosmic Si abundances, are consistent with a widespread pattern of high-velocity gas over a 15-deg area surrounding the Orion region. Such activity may be attributed to the repeated action of supernovae in a patchy low-density region of interstellar gas.

  16. Morphology of nerve fiber regeneration along a biodegradable poly (DLLA-epsilon-CL) nerve guide filled with fresh skeletal muscle.

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    Varejão, Artur S P; Cabrita, António M; Meek, Marcel F; Fornaro, Michele; Geuna, Stefano; Giacobini-Robecchi, Maria G

    2003-01-01

    Previous morphological and morphometrical studies showed that fresh-skeletal-muscle-enriched vein segments are good conduits for leading peripheral nerve regeneration. In the present study, we investigated the morphological features of peripheral nerve fibers regenerated along a 10-mm-long biodegradable poly (DLLA-epsilon-CL) nerve guide enriched with fresh skeletal muscle, comparing them to nerve fiber regeneration along 10-mm-long phosphate-buffered saline (PBS)-enriched poly (DLLA-epsilon-CL) tubes. Repaired nerves were analyzed at weeks 6 and 24 postoperatively. Structural and ultrastructural observation showed that good nerve fiber regeneration occurred in both PBS-enriched and fresh-skeletal-muscle-enriched nerve guides, and histomorphometrical analysis of regenerated myelinated fibers revealed no statistically significant differences between the two experimental groups at week 24 after surgery. The employment of fresh-muscle-enriched conduits for the repair of nerve defects is critically discussed in the light of these results.

  17. Gelatinized and nongelatinized corn starch/ poly(epsilon-caprolactone blends: characterization by rheological, mechanical and morphological properties

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    Derval S. Rosa

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available Poly(epsilon-caprolactone/corn starch blends containing 25, 50 and 75 wt.% starch were prepared by mechanical processing and characterized by the melt flow index (MFI, tensile test and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. For comparison, starch was used in gelatinized and nongelatinized forms and was also characterized by viscography. The addition of starch to poly(epsilon-caprolactone reduced the MFI values, the tensile strength and the elongation at break, whereas the modulus increased. The reductions in the MFI and tensile properties were most evident when gelatinized starch was used. Viscography and SEM showed that starch was well gelatinized by the gelatinization process. Blends containing nongelatinized starch showed a good dispersion of starch but poor interfacial interactions.

  18. Unlocking the full potential of wave-matter nonlinear coupling in the epsilon-near-zero regime

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    Ciattoni, Alessandro; Marini, Andrea; Di Falco, Andrea; Faccio, Daniele; Scalora, Michael

    2015-01-01

    In recent years, unconventional metamaterial properties have triggered a revolution of electromagnetic research which has unveiled novel scenarios of wave-matter interaction. A very small dielectric permittivity is a leading example of such unusual features, since it produces an exotic static-like regime where the electromagnetic field is spatially slowly-varying over a physically large region. The so-called epsilon-near-zero metamaterials thus offer an ideal platform where to manipulate the inner details of the "stretched" field. Here we theoretically prove that a standard nonlinearity is able to operate such a manipulation to the point that even a thin slab produces a dramatic nonlinear pulse transformation, if the dielectric permittivity is very small within the field bandwidth. The predicted non-resonant releasing of full nonlinear coupling produced by the epsilon-near-zero condition does not resort to any field enhancement mechanisms and opens novel routes to exploiting matter nonlinearity for steering t...

  19. Cloning and developmental expression of pea ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit epsilon N-methyltransferase

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    Houtz, Robert L.

    1999-01-01

    The gene sequence for ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) large subunit (LS) .sup..epsilon. N-methyltransferase (protein methylase III or Rubisco LSMT) is disclosed. This enzyme catalyzes methylation of the .epsilon.-amine of lysine-14 in the large subunit of Rubisco. In addition, a full-length cDNA clone for Rubisco LSMT is disclosed. Transgenic plants and methods of producing same which (1) have the Rubisco LSMT gene inserted into the DNA, and (2) have the Rubisco LSMT gene product or the action of the gene product deleted from the DNA are also provided. Further, methods of using the gene to selectively deliver desired agents to a plant are also disclosed.

  20. Homogeneous formation of epsilon carbides within the austenite during the isothermal transformation of a ductile iron at 410 °C

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    Gutierrez, I.; Aranzabal, J.; Castro, F.; Urcola, J. J.

    1995-05-01

    The transformation of a ductile iron at 410 °C for different times, after austenitization for 30 minutes at 900 °C, is analyzed in detail. Upper bainite and a high volume fraction of austenite are formed for intermediate annealing times. A certain amount of martensite is observed after quenching not only for short transformation times but also for intermediate times. The formation of the martensite on cooling after intermediate transformation times is due to the decrease in carbon concentration of the retained austenite because of the homogeneous precipitation of epsilon carbides within. This homogeneous precipitation of epsilon carbide inside austenite is unambiguously observed. The epsilon carbide, pre-precipitated in austenite, which transforms to martensite on cooling, continues growing in the martensite after transformation. For long times of austempering at 410 °C, some complex large carbides or silicocarbides are formed, probably from the epsilon carbide, which result in the total decomposition of austenite.

  1. EPSILON-ALGORITHM AND ETA-ALGORITHM OF GENERALIZED INVERSE FUNCTION-VALUED PADE APPROXIMANTS USING FOR SOLUTION OF INTEGRAL EQUATIONS

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    李春景; 顾传青

    2003-01-01

    Two efficient recursive algorithms epsilon- algorithm and eta-algorithm are approximants were used to accelerate the convergence of the power series with functionvalued coefficients and to estimate characteristic value of the integral equations. Famous two algorithms.

  2. The effect of different k-{epsilon} closures on the results of a micro-scale model for the flow in the obstacle layer

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    Lopez, S.D.; Luepkes, C. [Alfred Wegener Inst. for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven (Germany); Schluenzen, K.H. [Alfred Wegener Inst. for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven (Germany); Meteorological Inst., Univ. of Hamburg (Germany)

    2005-12-01

    A non-hydrostatic micro-scale model (MITRAS) is used to simulate the flow field over a beam. The model is run with a constant grid size of 1/5 times the beam height representing a relatively coarse resolution. Different types of k-{epsilon} closures are used, the standard-k-{epsilon}-closure and modified ones. A comparison of model results (mean values, turbulent kinetic energy and momentum fluxes) with wind tunnel data confirms the finding of earlier studies performed with models of higher resolution, that the standard-k-{epsilon}-closure overestimates the turbulent kinetic energy at stagnation points. The comparison with wind tunnel data reveals that the momentum fluxes are overestimated at stagnation points as well. A modification of the standard-k-{epsilon}-closure is introduced that reduces both, the modelled momentum fluxes and the turbulent kinetic energy at stagnation points. (orig.)

  3. phi3 theory with F_4 flavor symmetry in 6-2\\epsilon dimensions: 3-loop renormalization and conformal bootstrap

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    Pang, Y; Rong, J.(George P. & Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 77843, U.S.A.); N. Su

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    We consider $\\phi^3$ theory in $6-2\\epsilon$ with $F_4$ global symmetry. The beta function is calculated up to 3 loops, and a stable unitary IR fixed point is observed. The anomalous dimensions of operators quadratic or cubic in $\\phi$ are also computed. We then employ conformal bootstrap technique to study the fixed point predicted from the perturbative approach. For each putative scaling dimension of $\\phi$ ($\\Delta_{\\phi})$, we obtain the corresponding upper bound on the scaling dimension ...

  4. Design of Matched Zero-Index Metamaterials Using Non-Magnetic Inclusions in Epsilon-Near-Zero (ENZ) Media

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    Silveirinha, Mario; Engheta, Nader

    2006-01-01

    In this work, we study the electrodynamics of metamaterials that consist of resonant non-magnetic inclusions embedded in an epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) host medium. It is shown that the inclusions can be designed in such a way that both the effective permittivity and permeability of the composite structure are simultaneously zero. Two different metamaterial configurations are studied and analyzed in detail. For a particular class of problems, it is analytically proven that such matched zero-index...

  5. Increased BDNF protein expression after ischemic or PKC epsilon preconditioning promotes electrophysiologic changes that lead to neuroprotection

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    Neumann, Jake T.; Thompson, John W.; Raval, Ami P; Cohan, Charles H; Koronowski, Kevin B.; Perez-Pinzon, Miguel A

    2014-01-01

    Ischemic preconditioning (IPC) via protein kinase C epsilon (PKCɛ) activation induces neuroprotection against lethal ischemia. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a pro-survival signaling molecule that modulates synaptic plasticity and neurogenesis. Interestingly, BDNF mRNA expression increases after IPC. In this study, we investigated whether IPC or pharmacological preconditioning (PKCɛ activation) promoted BDNF-induced neuroprotection, if neuroprotection by IPC or PKCɛ activation al...

  6. Temperature dependence of {beta}{sup -} and {beta}{sup +}/{epsilon} decay branching ratio of embedded {sup 74}As

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    Farkas, Janos; Gyuerky, Gyoergy; Elekes, Zoltan; Kiss, Gabor G.; Fulop, Zsolt; Somorjai, Endre; Vad, Kalman; Hakl, Jozsef; Meszaros, Sandor [Institute of Nuclear Research (ATOMKI), Debrecen (Hungary); Yalcin, Caner [Institute of Nuclear Research (ATOMKI), Debrecen (Hungary); Kocaeli University, Dept. of Physics, Kocaeli (Turkey)

    2009-07-01

    The branching ratio between the {beta}{sup -} and {beta}{sup +}/{epsilon} decays of {sup 74}As has been measured recently in different environments at room temperature. We extended the measurement to the temperature range of 250 mK-300 K using Ge and Ta host materials. The performed experiment represents the first decay branching ratio measurement down to the millikelvin range. No significant dependence on the temperature or on the host materials has been found.

  7. Pentobarbital enhances GABAergic neurotransmission to cardiac parasympathetic neurons, which is prevented by expression of GABA(A) epsilon subunit.

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    Irnaten, Mustapha; Walwyn, Wendy M; Wang, Jijiang; Venkatesan, Priya; Evans, Cory; Chang, Kyoung S K; Andresen, Michael C; Hales, Tim G; Mendelowitz, David

    2002-09-01

    Pentobarbital decreases the gain of the baroreceptor reflex on the order of 50%, and this blunting is caused nearly entirely by decreasing cardioinhibitory parasympathetic activity. The most likely site of action of pentobarbital is the gamma-aminobutyric acid type A (GABA(A)) receptor. The authors tested whether pentobarbital augments the inhibitory GABAergic neurotransmission to cardiac parasympathetic neurons, and whether expression of the GABA(A) epsilon subunit prevents this facilitation. The authors used a novel approach to study the effect of pentobarbital on identified cardiac parasympathetic preganglionic neurons in rat brainstem slices. The cardiac parasympathetic neurons in the nucleus ambiguus were retrogradely prelabeled with a fluorescent tracer and were visually identified for patch clamp recording. The effects of pentobarbital on spontaneous GABAergic synaptic events were tested. An adenovirus was used to express the epsilon subunit of the GABA(A) receptor in cardiac parasympathetic neurons to examine whether this transfection alters pentobarbital-mediated changes in GABAergic neurotransmission. Pentobarbital increased the duration but not the frequency or amplitude of spontaneous GABAergic currents in cardiac parasympathetic neurons. Transfection of cardiac parasympathetic neurons with the epsilon subunit of the GABA(A) receptor prevented the pentobarbital-evoked facilitation of GABAergic currents. Pentobarbital, at clinically relevant concentrations, prolongs the duration of spontaneous inhibitory postsynaptic currents that impinge on cardiac parasympathetic neurons. This action would augment the inhibition of cardiac parasympathetic neurons, reduce parasympathetic cardioinhibitory activity, and increase heart rate. Expression of the GABA(A) receptor epsilon subunit in cardiac parasympathetic neurons renders the GABA receptors insensitive to pentobarbital.

  8. El Naschie's {epsilon} {sup ({infinity})} space-time and new results in scale relativity theories

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    Gottlieb, I. [' Al.I.Cuza' University, Faculty of Physics, Department of Theoretical Physics, Blvd. Carol No. 1, Iasi 700506 (Romania)]. E-mail: gottlieb@uaic.ro; Agop, M. [' Gh. Asachi' Technical University, Department of Physics, Blvd. Mangeron, No. 64, Iasi 700050 (Romania); Ciobanu, Gabriela [' Al.I.Cuza' University, Faculty of Physics, Department of Theoretical Physics, Blvd. Carol No. 1, Iasi 700506 (Romania); Stroe, Aurelia [' Al.I.Cuza' University, Faculty of Physics, Department of Theoretical Physics, Blvd. Carol No. 1, Iasi 700506 (Romania)

    2006-10-15

    New results in fractal space-time theory are established: the fractal operator for the fractal dimension D = 2 implies a generalized Schroedinger equation in the Nottale's scale relativity theory, while the fractal operator for the fractal dimension D = 3 implies the Korteweg-de Vries equation in the one-dimensional case. The connection with El Naschie's {epsilon} {sup ({infinity})} theory result by means of the Cooper-type pairs or through wave-particle duality.

  9. Recurrent procedure for the determination of the Free Energy $\\epsilon^{2}$-expansion in the Topological String Theory

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    Dubrovin, B

    1999-01-01

    We present here the iteration procedure for the determination of free energy approach we use the conservation laws for KdV - type equations depending explicitly on times $t_{1}, t_{2}, ...$ to find the $\\epsilon^{2}$-expansion of $u(x,t_{1},t_{2},...)$ after the infinite number of shifts of $u(x,0,0,...) free energy expansion are just obtained then as a result of quite simple integration procedure applied to $u_{n}(x)$.

  10. Highly sensitive sandwich immunoassay and immunochromatographic test for the detection of Clostridial epsilon toxin in complex matrices.

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    Féraudet-Tarisse, Cécile; Mazuet, Christelle; Pauillac, Serge; Krüger, Maren; Lacroux, Caroline; Popoff, Michel R; Dorner, Brigitte G; Andréoletti, Olivier; Plaisance, Marc; Volland, Hervé; Simon, Stéphanie

    2017-01-01

    Epsilon toxin is one of the four major toxins of Clostridium perfringens. It is the third most potent clostridial toxin after botulinum and tetanus toxins and is thus considered as a potential biological weapon classified as category B by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the case of a bioterrorist attack, there will be a need for a rapid, sensitive and specific detection method to monitor food and water contamination by this toxin, and for a simple human diagnostic test. We have produced and characterized five monoclonal antibodies against common epitopes of epsilon toxin and prototoxin. Three of them neutralize the cytotoxic effects of epsilon toxin in vitro. With these antibodies, we have developed highly sensitive tests, overnight and 4-h sandwich enzyme immunoassays and an immunochromatographic test performed in 20 min, reaching detection limits of at least 5 pg/mL (0.15 pM), 30 pg/mL (0.9 pM) and 100 pg/mL (3.5 pM) in buffer, respectively. These tests were also evaluated for detection of epsilon toxin in different matrices: milk and tap water for biological threat detection, serum, stool and intestinal content for human or veterinary diagnostic purposes. Detection limits in these complex matrices were at least 5-fold better than those described in the literature (around 1 to 5 ng/mL), reaching 10 to 300 pg/mL using the enzyme immunoassay and 100 to 2000 pg/mL using the immunochromatographic test.

  11. Structure of the Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt (EKB) Dust Disk and Implications for Extrasolar Planet(s) epsilon Eridani

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    Liou, J. -C.; Zook, H. A.; Greaves, J. S.; Holland, W. S.; Boehnhardt, H.; Hahn, J. M.

    2000-01-01

    Numerical simulations of the orbital evolution of dust particles from Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt (EKB) objects show that the three giant planets, Neptune, Jupiter, and Saturn impose distinct and dramatic signatures on the overall distribution of EKB dust particles. The features are very similar to those observed in the dust disk around the nearby star Eridani. Numerical simulations of dust particles in the epsilon Eridani system show that planetary perturbations may be responsible for the observed features

  12. Evolutionary Constraints on the Planet-Hosting Subgiant Epsilon Reticulum from its White Dwarf Companion

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    Farihi, J; Holberg, J B; Casewell, S L; Barstow, M A

    2011-01-01

    The planet-hosting and Sirius-type binary system epsilon Reticulum (HD 27442) is examined from the perspective of its more evolved white dwarf secondary. The stellar parameters are determined from a combination of Balmer line spectroscopy, gravitational redshift, and solid angle. These three methods conspire to yield the most accurate physical description of the companion to date: Teff=15,310 \\pm 350 K and M=0.60 \\pm 0.02 Msol. Post-main sequence mass loss indicates the current binary separation has increased by a factor of 1.6 from its primordial state when the current primary was forming its planet(s), implying a0 > 150 AU and constraining stable planets to within 15-20 AU for a binary eccentricity of e=0.5. Almost 80 years have passed since the first detection of the stellar companion, and marginal orbital motion may be apparent in the binary, suggesting a near edge-on configuration with i > 70 deg, albeit with substantial uncertainty. If correct, the mass of the planet HD 27442b is bound between 1.66 and ...

  13. Melt flow behaviour of poly-epsilon-caprolactone in fused deposition modelling.

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    Ramanath, H S; Chua, C K; Leong, K F; Shah, K D

    2008-07-01

    Fused deposition modelling (FDM) is an extrusion based Rapid prototyping (RP) technique which can be used to fabricate tissue engineering scaffolds. The present work focuses on the study of the melt flow behaviour (MFB) of Poly-epsilon-caprolactone (PCL) as a representative biomaterial, on the FDM. The MFB significantly affects the quality of the scaffold which depends not only on the pressure gradient, its velocity, and the temperature gradients but also physical properties like the melt temperature and rheology. The MFB is studied using two methods: mathematical modelling and finite element analysis (FEA) using Ansys(R). The MFB is studied using accurate channel geometry by varying filament velocity at the entry and by varying nozzle diameters and angles at the exit. The comparative results of both mathematical modelling and FEA suggest that the pressure drop and the velocities of the melt flow depend on the flow channel parameters. One inference of particular interest is the temperature gradient of the PCL melt, which shows that it liquefies within 35% of the channel length. These results are invaluable to better understand the MFB of biomaterials that affects the quality of the scaffold built via FDM and can also be used to predict the MFB of other biomaterials.

  14. Nanoscale Field Effect Optical Modulators Based on Depletion of Epsilon-Near-Zero Films

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    Lu, Zhaolin; Shi, Kaifeng

    2015-01-01

    The field effect in metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) capacitors plays a key role in field-effect transistors (FETs), which are the fundamental building blocks of modern digital integrated circuits. Recent works show that the field effect can also be used to make optical/plasmonic modulators. In this paper, we report field effect electro-absorption modulators (FEOMs) each made of an ultrathin epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) film, as the active material, sandwiched in a silicon or plasmonic waveguide. Without a bias, the ENZ film maximizes the attenuation of the waveguides and the modulators work at the OFF state; contrariwise, depletion of the carriers in the ENZ film greatly reduces the attenuation and the modulators work at the ON state. The double capacitor gating scheme is used to enhance the modulation by the field effect. According to our simulation, extinction ratio up to 3.44 dB can be achieved in a 500-nm long Si waveguide with insertion loss only 0.71 dB (85.0%); extinction ratio up to 7.86 dB can be achieved...

  15. Electric Field Enhancement in {\\epsilon}-near-zero Slabs under TM-Polarized Oblique Incidence

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    Campione, Salvatore; Vincenti, Maria Antonietta; Scalora, Michael; Capolino, Filippo

    2012-01-01

    We investigate local field enhancement phenomena in subwavelength, {\\epsilon}-near-zero (ENZ) slabs that do not exploit Fabry-P\\'erot resonances. In particular, we study the linear response of engineered metamaterial slabs of finite thickness based on plasmonic nanoshells that show an ENZ band in the visible range, and naturally occurring materials (e.g., SiO2) that also display ENZ properties, under oblique, TM-polarized plane wave incidence. We then introduce active gain material in engineered metamaterial slabs that adds peculiar spectral and angular features to transmission, reflection, and absorption properties, and leads to a further local field enhancement. These findings are supported by two theoretical studies: First, a simple interface between two semi-infinite media, namely free space and a generic ENZ medium; then, an ENZ slab of finite thickness, with the aim of understanding the system's behavior when varying the ENZ properties as well as the incident angle. For either case we report three disti...

  16. Epsilon Aurigae's dark side: A thermal phase curve investigation of the near-eclipse phases

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    Pearson, Richard L.; Stencel, Robert E.; Howell, Steve B.; Hoard, D. W.; Kim, Daryl L.; Russell, Ray W.; Sitko, Michael L.

    2017-06-01

    The epsilon Aurigae disk-eclipsing binary system moves through a primary eclipse that lasts just over two years and occurs every 27.1-years. It comprises of a warm F0Ia-star (around 7750 K) and an opaque, circumstellar disk hiding an internal B-star (with a temperature greater than 15,000 K). We present new infrared observations from Spitzer's Infrared Array Camera (IRAC, at 3.6 and 4.5 microns) and The Aerospace Corporation’s Broadband Array Spectrograph System (BASS, a 116-element prism system spectrograph spanning 3 - 14 microns) in order to extract the thermal signature of the disk. Previous findings indicate a variable temperature of the disk, depending on its location within the system’s orbit: a 550 +\\- 50 K temperature was identified during eclipse phases, while a 1150 +\\- 50 K temperature was found near secondary—or anti-eclipse—phases by Hoard et al. (2010) and Hoard et al. (2012). We use the latest observations in combination with previously published IRAC and BASS data to compile a more complete thermal phase curve (TPC) of the disk across nearly one-third of the system’s orbit. The TPC indicates heating and cooling effects of the disk, pointing to specific ranges of material properties and disk structure. The observations, process, results, and implications will be presented.

  17. Infection and Alzheimer's disease: the APOE epsilon4 connection and lipid metabolism.

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    Urosevic, Nadezda; Martins, Ralph N

    2008-05-01

    Microorganisms, bacteria and viruses may infect and cause a range of acute and chronic diseases in humans dependent on the genetic background, age, sex, immune and health status of the host, as well as on the nature, virulence and dose of infectious agent. Late onset Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative illness of broad aetiology with a strong genetic component and a significant contribution of age, sex and life style factors. Both infectious diseases and AD are characterised by an increased production of an array of immune mediators, cytokines, chemokines and complement proteins by the host cells as well as by changes in the host lipid metabolism. In this review, we re-examine a dangerous liaison between several viral and bacterial infections and the most significant genetic factor for AD, APOE epsilon4, and the possible impact of this alliance on AD development. This connection was discussed in the broader context of lipid metabolism and in the light of different capacity of various infectious agents, their toxic lipophilic products and host lipoprotein particles for binding to cell receptor(s).

  18. Enhanced Solar-to-Hydrogen Generation with Broadband Epsilon-Near-Zero Nanostructured Photocatalysts

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    Tian, Yi

    2017-05-08

    The direct conversion of solar energy into fuels or feedstock is an attractive approach to address increasing demand of renewable energy sources. Photocatalytic systems relying on the direct photoexcitation of metals have been explored to this end, a strategy that exploits the decay of plasmonic resonances into hot carriers. An efficient hot carrier generation and collection requires, ideally, their generation to be enclosed within few tens of nanometers at the metal interface, but it is challenging to achieve this across the broadband solar spectrum. Here the authors demonstrate a new photocatalyst for hydrogen evolution based on metal epsilon-near-zero metamaterials. The authors have designed these to achieve broadband strong light confinement at the metal interface across the entire solar spectrum. Using electron energy loss spectroscopy, the authors prove that hot carriers are generated in a broadband fashion within 10 nm in this system. The resulting photocatalyst achieves a hydrogen production rate of 9.5 µmol h-1  cm-2 that exceeds, by a factor of 3.2, that of the best previously reported plasmonic-based photocatalysts for the dissociation of H2 with 50 h stable operation.

  19. Waveguiding and mirroring effects in stochastic self-similar and Cantorian {epsilon}{sup (infinity)} universe

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    Iovane, G. E-mail: iovane@diima.unisa.it

    2005-02-01

    A waveguiding effect is considered with respect to the large scale structure of the Universe, where the structures formation appears as if it were a classically self-similar random process at all astrophysical scales. The result is that it seems we live in an El Naschie's {epsilon}{sup (infinity)} Cantorian space-time, where gravitational lensing and waveguiding effects can explain the appearing Universe. In particular, we consider filamentary and planar large scale structures as possible refraction channels for electromagnetic radiation coming from cosmological structures. From this vision the Universe appears like a large self-similar adaptive mirrors set. Consequently, an infinite Universe is just an optical illusion that is produced by mirroring effects connected with the large scale structure of a finite and not so large Universe. Thanks to the presented analytical model supported by a numerical simulation, it is possible to explain the quasar luminosity distribution and the presence of 'twin' or 'brother' objects. More generally, the infinity and the abundance of astrophysical objects could be just a mirroring effect due to the peculiar self-similarity of the Universe.

  20. Guaranteed epsilon-optimal treatment plans with minimum number of beams for stereotactic body radiation therapy

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    Yarmand, Hamed

    2013-01-01

    Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) is characterized by delivering a high amount of dose in a short period of time. In SBRT the dose is delivered using open fields (e.g., beam's-eye-view) known as "apertures". Mathematical methods can be used for optimizing treatment planning for delivery of sufficient dose to the cancerous cells while keeping the dose to surrounding organs at risk (OARs) minimal. Two important elements of a treatment plan are quality and delivery time. Quality of a plan is measured based on the target coverage and dose to OARs. Delivery time heavily depends on the number of beams used in the plan since the setup times for different beam directions constitute a large portion of the delivery time. Therefore the ideal plan, in which all potential beams can be used simultaneously, will be associated with a long impractical delivery time. We use the dose to OARs in the ideal plan to find the plan with the minimum number of beams which is guaranteed to be epsilon-optimal (i.e., a predetermined m...

  1. Protein Kinase C Epsilon Promotes Cerebral Ischemic Tolerance Via Modulation of Mitochondrial Sirt5

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    Morris-Blanco, Kahlilia C.; Dave, Kunjan R.; Saul, Isabel; Koronowski, Kevin B.; Stradecki, Holly M.; Perez-Pinzon, Miguel A.

    2016-01-01

    Sirtuin 5 (SIRT5) is a mitochondrial-localized NAD+-dependent lysine desuccinylase and a major regulator of the mitochondrial succinylome. We wanted to determine whether SIRT5 is activated by protein kinase C epsilon (PKCε)-mediated increases in mitochondrial Nampt and whether SIRT5 regulates mitochondrial bioenergetics and neuroprotection against cerebral ischemia. In isolated mitochondria from rat cortical cultures, PKCε activation increased SIRT5 levels and desuccinylation activity in a Nampt-dependent manner. PKCε activation did not lead to significant modifications in SIRT3 activity, the major mitochondrial lysine deacetylase. Assessments of mitochondrial bioenergetics in the cortex of wild type (WT) and SIRT5−/− mice revealed that SIRT5 regulates oxygen consumption in the presence of complex I, complex II, and complex IV substrates. To explore the potential role of SIRT5 in PKCε-mediated protection, we compared WT and SIRT5−/− mice by employing both in vitro and in vivo ischemia paradigms. PKCε-mediated decreases in cell death following oxygen-glucose deprivation were abolished in cortical cultures harvested from SIRT5−/− mice. Furthermore, PKCε failed to prevent cortical degeneration following MCAO in SIRT5−/− mice. Collectively this demonstrates that SIRT5 is an important mitochondrial enzyme for protection against metabolic and ischemic stress following PKCε activation in the brain. PMID:27435822

  2. Violacein/poly(epsilon-caprolactone)/chitosan nanoparticles against bovine mastistis: Antibacterial and ecotoxicity evaluation

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    Berni, E.; Marcato, P. D.; Nakazato, G.; Kobayashi, R. K. T.; Vacchi, F. I.; Umbuzeiro, G. A.; Durán, N.

    2013-04-01

    The nanocarrier was synthesized by nanoprecipitation, using poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) as polymer, Tween 80 as surfactant and the biopolymer chitosan (CS) as a charge modification agent. Charge, size and morphology were analyzed by zeta potential, photo correlation spectroscopy (PCS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Bactericidal assays were carried out using a resistant strain of Staphylococcus aureus, and the acute ecotoxicity tests were performed with Daphnia similis. The nanoparticle without CS (PCLnp) exhibited an average size of 200 nm and zeta potential of -4.28 mV, while the nanoparticle with 0.04% (w/v) of CS (CS_PCLnp) had 250 nm and +21.3 mV. Both were stables for at least 30 days. 200 μg mL-1 violacein was encapsulated in CS_PCLnp, which was dissolved in the polymer matrix, a shown by DSC analysis. The minimal inhibitory concentration against S. aureus of CS_PCLnp-vio was 25 μmol L-1, while for free violacein it was > 25 μmol L-1. Nanoparticles exhibited an EC50 between 0.3 - 1.1 μmol L-1 with Daphnia, while free violacein was around 3.3 - 5.0 μmol L-1. Thus, it was possible to control the charge of the nanoparticles, without extreme changes in size and that it is possible also to encapsulate a powerful antibactericidal compound such as violacein in nanoparticle.

  3. Nonradiating and radiating modes excited by quantum emitters in open epsilon-near-zero cavities.

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    Liberal, Iñigo; Engheta, Nader

    2016-10-01

    Controlling the emission and interaction properties of quantum emitters (QEs) embedded within an optical cavity is a key technique in engineering light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, as well as in the development of quantum information processing. State-of-the-art optical cavities are based on high quality factor photonic crystals and dielectric resonators. However, wealthier responses might be attainable with cavities carved in more exotic materials. We theoretically investigate the emission and interaction properties of QEs embedded in open epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) cavities. Using analytical methods and numerical simulations, we demonstrate that open ENZ cavities present the unique property of supporting nonradiating modes independently of the geometry of the external boundary of the cavity (shape, size, topology, etc.). Moreover, the possibility of switching between radiating and nonradiating modes enables a dynamic control of the emission by, and the interaction between, QEs. These phenomena provide unprecedented degrees of freedom in controlling and trapping fields within optical cavities, as well as in the design of cavity opto- and acoustomechanical systems.

  4. Formation of epsilon martensite by high-pressure torsion in a TRIP steel

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    Figueiredo, Roberto B., E-mail: figueiredo-rb@ufmg.br [Department of Materials Engineering and Civil Construction, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG 31270-901 (Brazil); Sicupira, Felipe L.; Malheiros, Livia Raquel C. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG 31270-901 (Brazil); Kawasaki, Megumi [Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Hanyang University, 17 Haengdang-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Santos, Dagoberto B. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG 31270-901 (Brazil); Langdon, Terence G. [Materials Research Group, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ (United Kingdom); Departments of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-1453 (United States)

    2015-02-11

    An Fe–17% Mn–0.06% C–2% Si–3% Al–1% Ni steel exhibiting a phase transformation induced by room temperature deformation was processed by high-pressure torsion (HPT) using a pressure of 6.0 GPa and with the samples subjected to different amounts of torsional straining up to a maximum of 10 turns. A microstructural analysis revealed a phase transformation in the early stages of deformation and a gradual evolution towards a fully-deformed structure. Microhardness measurements showed two stages of hardening with eventual softening at large strains. From X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, there is evidence for a reverse martensitic transformation and the stabilization of an h.c.p. epsilon (ε) structure. The formation of an h.c.p. structure takes place in this steel at lower pressures than for pure iron but the results agree with earlier reports of the presence of an ε phase in stainless steel processed by HPT and with the expected reduction in the transition pressure due to the Mn addition.

  5. Whey protein concentrate doped electrospun poly(epsilon-caprolactone) fibers for antibiotic release improvement.

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    Ahmed, Said Mahmoud; Ahmed, Hanaa; Tian, Chang; Tu, Qin; Guo, Yadan; Wang, Jinyi

    2016-07-01

    Design and fabrication of scaffolds using appropriate biomaterials are a key step for the creation of functionally engineered tissues and their clinical applications. Poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL), a biodegradable and biocompatible material with negligible cytotoxicity, is widely used to fabricate nanofiber scaffolds by electrospinning for the applications of pharmaceutical products and wound dressings. However, the use of PCL as such in tissue engineering is limited due to its poor bioregulatory activity, high hydrophobicity, lack of functional groups and neutral charge. With the attempt to found nanofiber scaffolds with antibacterial activity for skin tissue engineering, in this study, whey protein concentrate (WPC) was used to modify the PCL nanofibers by doping it in the PCL electrospun solution. By adding proteins into PCL nanofibers, the degradability of the fibers may be increased, and this further allows an antibiotic incorporated in the fibers to be efficiently released. The morphology, wettability and degradation of the as-prepared PCL/WPC nanofibers were carefully characterized. The results showed that the PCL/WPC nanofibers possessed good morphology and wettability, as well as high degradation ability to compare with the pristine PCL fibers. Afterwords, tetracycline hydrochloride as a model antibiotic drug was doped in the PCL/WPC nanofibers. In vitro drug release assays demonstrated that PCL/WPC nanofibers had higher antibiotic release capability than the PCL nanofibers. Also, antibacterial activity evaluation against various bacteria showed that the drug-doped PCL/WPC fibers possessed more efficient antibacterial activity than the PCL nanofibers.

  6. Broadband epsilon-near-zero metamaterials based on metal-polymer composite thin films

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    Pinchuk, Pavlo; Jiang, Ke

    2015-10-01

    Epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) metamaterials are designed to exhibit a near-zero response for the real part of the dielectric permittivity at a given frequency or in a specific frequency range. Typically, this frequency range is relatively small. In this paper, we present an approach to broaden this range by controlling the size of the nanoparticles embedded in a thin film. Noble metal nanoparticles exhibit an external size effect that redshifts the Surface Plasmon Resonance frequency with an increase of the size of the particles. The absorption spectrum of a material can be directly related to its dielectric permittivity via the Kramers-Kronig relations. We use the Kramers-Kronig relations to retrieve the complex effective dielectric permittivity of a composite film, which is designed to exhibit ENZ behavior over a broad frequency range. We synthesize a composite thin film embedded with metal nanoparticles of a broad size distribution. Such a material exhibits a broad SPR, and, in turn, broadband ENZ behavior.

  7. Diphtheria toxoid loaded poly-(epsilon-caprolactone) nanoparticles as mucosal vaccine delivery systems.

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    Singh, Jasvinder; Pandit, Sreenivas; Bramwell, Vincent W; Alpar, H Oya

    2006-02-01

    Poly-(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL), a poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA)-PCL blend and co-polymer nanoparticles encapsulating diphtheria toxoid (DT) were investigated for their potential as a mucosal vaccine delivery system. The nanoparticles, prepared using a water-in-oil-in-water (w/o/w) double emulsion solvent evaporation method, demonstrated release profiles which were dependent on the properties of the polymers. An in vitro experiment using Caco-2 cells showed significantly higher uptake of PCL nanoparticles in comparison to polymeric PLGA, the PLGA-PCL blend and co-polymer nanoparticles. The highest uptake mediated by the most hydrophobic nanoparticles using Caco-2 cells was mirrored in the in vivo studies following nasal administration. PCL nanoparticles induced DT serum specific IgG antibody responses significantly higher than PLGA. A significant positive correlation between hydrophobicity of the nanoparticles and the immune response was observed following intramuscular administration. The positive correlation between hydrophobicity of the nanoparticles and serum DT specific IgG antibody response was also observed after intranasal administration of the nanoparticles. The cytokine assays showed that the serum IgG antibody response induced is different according to the route of administration, indicated by the differential levels of IL-6 and IFN-gamma. The nanoparticles eliciting the highest IgG antibody response did not necessarily elicit the highest levels of the cytokines IL-6 and IFN-gamma.

  8. Doping-tunable thermal emission from plasmon polaritons in semiconductor epsilon-near-zero thin films

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    Jun, Young Chul, E-mail: youngchul.jun@inha.ac.kr [Department of Physics, Inha University, Incheon 402-751 (Korea, Republic of); Luk, Ting S., E-mail: tsluk@sandia.gov; Brener, Igal [Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 (United States); Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 (United States); Robert Ellis, A.; Klem, John F. [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 (United States)

    2014-09-29

    We utilize the unique dispersion properties of leaky plasmon polaritons in epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) thin films to demonstrate thermal radiation control. Owing to its highly flat dispersion above the light line, a thermally excited leaky wave at the ENZ frequency out-couples into free space without any scattering structures, resulting in a narrowband, wide-angle, p-polarized thermal emission spectrum. We demonstrate this idea by measuring angle- and polarization-resolved thermal emission spectra from a single layer of unpatterned, doped semiconductors with deep-subwavelength film thickness (d/λ{sub 0} ∼ 6×10{sup −3}, where d is the film thickness and  λ{sub 0} is the free space wavelength). We show that this semiconductor ENZ film effectively works as a leaky wave thermal radiation antenna, which generates far-field radiation from a thermally excited mode. The use of semiconductors makes the radiation frequency highly tunable by controlling doping densities and also facilitates device integration with other components. Therefore, this leaky plasmon polariton emission from semiconductor ENZ films provides an avenue for on-chip control of thermal radiation.

  9. X-ray, UV and optical analysis of supergiants: $\\epsilon$ Ori

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    Puebla, Raul E; Zsargó, Janos; Cohen, David H; Leutenegger, Maurice A

    2015-01-01

    We present a multi-wavelength (X-ray to optical) analysis, based on non-local thermodynamic equilibrium photospheric+wind models, of the B0 Ia-supergiant: $\\epsilon$~Ori. The aim is to test the consistency of physical parameters, such as the mass-loss rate and CNO abundances, derived from different spectral bands. The derived mass-loss rate is $\\dot{M}/\\sqrt{f_\\infty}\\sim$1.6$\\times$10$^{-6}$ M$_\\odot$ yr$^{-1}$ where $f_\\infty$ is the volume filling factor. However, the S IV $\\lambda\\lambda$1062,1073 profiles are too strong in the models; to fit the observed profiles it is necessary to use $f_\\infty<$0.01. This value is a factor of 5 to 10 lower than inferred from other diagnostics, and implies $\\dot{M} \\lesssim1 \\times 10^{-7}$ M$_\\odot$ yr$^{-1}$. The discrepancy could be related to porosity-vorosity effects or a problem with the ionization of sulfur in the wind. To fit the UV profiles of N V and O VI it was necessary to include emission from an interclump medium with a density contrast ($\\rho_{cl}/\\rho...

  10. Controlling thermal emission with refractory epsilon-near-zero metamaterials via topological transitions

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    Dyachenko, P. N.; Molesky, S.; Petrov, A. Yu; Störmer, M.; Krekeler, T.; Lang, S.; Ritter, M.; Jacob, Z.; Eich, M.

    2016-01-01

    Control of thermal radiation at high temperatures is vital for waste heat recovery and for high-efficiency thermophotovoltaic (TPV) conversion. Previously, structural resonances utilizing gratings, thin film resonances, metasurfaces and photonic crystals were used to spectrally control thermal emission, often requiring lithographic structuring of the surface and causing significant angle dependence. In contrast, here, we demonstrate a refractory W-HfO2 metamaterial, which controls thermal emission through an engineered dielectric response function. The epsilon-near-zero frequency of a metamaterial and the connected optical topological transition (OTT) are adjusted to selectively enhance and suppress the thermal emission in the near-infrared spectrum, crucial for improved TPV efficiency. The near-omnidirectional and spectrally selective emitter is obtained as the emission changes due to material properties and not due to resonances or interference effects, marking a paradigm shift in thermal engineering approaches. We experimentally demonstrate the OTT in a thermally stable metamaterial at high temperatures of 1,000 °C. PMID:27263653

  11. Genetic polymorphism of the phospholipase C epsilon 1 gene and risk of gastric cancer

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    Liu Xinyang; Zhang Xiaowei; Wang Zhichao; Chang Jinjia; Wu Zheng; Zhang Zhe; Wang Shanshan

    2014-01-01

    Background The pathogenesis of gastric cancer (GC) involves environmental and genetic factors.Recently,two genome-wide association studies found that phospholipase C epsilon 1 (PLCE1) polymorphisms might be related to GC risk,and several studies further validated this finding.However,these studies yielded inconsistent results.Methods A comprehensive database search was performed to identify eligible studies.Odds ratios with 95% confidence intervals were calculated to assess the strength of the association between PLCE1 rs2274223,rs753724,and rs11187842 and risk of GC.Subgroup analyses,publication bias,and sensitivity analyses were also conducted.Results Eleven studies (12 cohorts) were included in the meta-analysis.Based on 13 676 cases and 23 569 controls,a significant association between PLCE1 rs2274223 and GC risk was detected under various genotypic models.In the subgroup analyses,the association was significant for cardia GC,but weak for non-cardia GC.The association under the heterozygote model was detected for PLCE1 rs753724 and rs11187842 based on three studies involving 2768 cases and 3890 controls.Conclusions Our findings demonstrate that the presence of the G allele at rs2274223 of the PLCE1 gene may contribute to susceptibility to GC,especially cardia GC.PLCE1 rs753724 and rs11187842 are associated with GC risk under the heterozygote model.Further well-designed large studies are warranted to validate these findings.

  12. Controlling thermal emission with refractory epsilon-near-zero metamaterials via topological transitions

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    Dyachenko, P. N.; Molesky, S.; Petrov, A. Yu; Störmer, M.; Krekeler, T.; Lang, S.; Ritter, M.; Jacob, Z.; Eich, M.

    2016-06-01

    Control of thermal radiation at high temperatures is vital for waste heat recovery and for high-efficiency thermophotovoltaic (TPV) conversion. Previously, structural resonances utilizing gratings, thin film resonances, metasurfaces and photonic crystals were used to spectrally control thermal emission, often requiring lithographic structuring of the surface and causing significant angle dependence. In contrast, here, we demonstrate a refractory W-HfO2 metamaterial, which controls thermal emission through an engineered dielectric response function. The epsilon-near-zero frequency of a metamaterial and the connected optical topological transition (OTT) are adjusted to selectively enhance and suppress the thermal emission in the near-infrared spectrum, crucial for improved TPV efficiency. The near-omnidirectional and spectrally selective emitter is obtained as the emission changes due to material properties and not due to resonances or interference effects, marking a paradigm shift in thermal engineering approaches. We experimentally demonstrate the OTT in a thermally stable metamaterial at high temperatures of 1,000 °C.

  13. A poly({epsilon}-caprolactone) device for sustained release of an anti-glaucoma drug

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    Natu, Madalina V; De Sousa, HermInio C; Gil, M H [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, Polo II, Pinhal de Marrocos, 3030-290, Coimbra (Portugal); Gaspar, Manuel N; Fontes Ribeiro, Carlos A [Institute of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, University of Coimbra, Azinhaga de Santa Comba, Celas, 3000-354, Coimbra (Portugal); Correia, IlIdio J; Silva, Daniela, E-mail: hgil@eq.uc.pt [Centro de Investigacao em Ciencias da Saude, Faculdade de Ciencias da Saude, Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilha (Portugal)

    2011-04-15

    Implantable dorzolamide-loaded discs were prepared by blending poly({epsilon}-caprolactone), PCL, with poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide), Lu. By blending, crystallinity, water uptake and mass loss were modified relative to the pure polymers. Burst was diminished by coating the discs with a PCL shell. All samples presented burst release except PCL-coated samples that showed controlled release during 18 days. For PCL-coated samples, barrier control of diffusion coupled with partition control from the core slowed down the release, while for 50/50 Lu/PCL-coated samples, the enhancement in the porosity of the core diminished partition control of drug release. Nonlinear regression analysis suggested that a degradation model fully describes the release curve considering a triphasic release mechanism: the instantaneous diffusion (burst), diffusion and polymer degradation stages. The MTT test indicated that the materials are not cytotoxic for corneal endothelial cells. A good in vitro-in vivo correlation was obtained, with similar amounts of drug released in vitro and in vivo. The discs decreased intraocular pressure (IOP) in normotensive rabbit eyes by 13.0% during 10 days for PCL-coated and by 13.0% during 4 days for 50/50 Lu/PCL-coated samples. The percentages of IOP decrease are similar to those obtained by dorzolamide eyedrop instillation (11.0%).

  14. Design of a "green" one-step catalytic production of epsilon-caprolactam (precursor of nylon-6).

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    Thomas, John Meurig; Raja, Robert

    2005-09-27

    The ever-increasing industrial demand for nylon-6 (polycaprolactam) necessitates the development of environmentally benign methods of producing its precursor, epsilon-caprolactam, from cyclohexanone. It is currently manufactured in two popular double-step processes, each of which uses highly aggressive reagents, and each generates substantial quantities of largely unwanted ammonium sulfate as by-product. Here we describe a viable laboratory-scale, single-step, solvent-free process of producing epsilon-caprolactam using a family of designed bifunctional, heterogeneous, nanoporous catalysts containing isolated acidic and redox sites, which smoothly convert cyclohexanone to epsilon-caprolactam with selectivities in the range 65-78% in air and ammonia at 80 degrees C. The catalysts are microporous (pore diameter 7.3 A) aluminophosphates in which small fractions of the Al(III)O4(5-) and P(V)O4(3-) tetrahedra constituting the 4-connected open framework are replaced by Co(III)PO4(5-) and Si(IV)O4(4-) tetrahedra, which become the loci of the redox and acidic centers, respectively. The catalysts may be further optimized, and already may be so designed as to generate selectivities of approximately 80% for the intermediate oxime, formed from NH2OH, which is produced in situ within the pore system. The advantages of such designed heterogeneous catalysts, and their application to a range of other chemical conversions, are also adumbrated.

  15. D'une ouverture de la voyelle /epsilon/ en finale absolue en francais quebecois : analyse acoustique et perceptive

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    Riverin-Coutlee, Josiane

    Cette contribution est consacree a l'ouverture du /epsilon/ en finale absolue, un phenomene phonetique repute etre en declin en francais quebecois et caracteristique de locuteurs âges, peu scolarises, issus de milieux populaires et s'exprimant en situation de communication informelle. Une analyse acoustique de 480 voyelles /epsilon/ issues de la parole formelle de 40 jeunes etudiants universitaires originaires des centres urbains de Saguenay et de Quebec revele toutefois que le phenomene est encore bien vivant en francais quebecois et qu'il est plus frequent chez les locuteurs de Saguenay, une tendance validee auditivement par accord inter-juges. Les resultats d'un test de discrimination et d'identification mene aupres de 26 etudiants universitaires originaires de ces deux memes villes indiquent que les auditeurs naifs de Saguenay semblent moins sensibles a la variation et moins enclins a juger de l'origine geographique d'un locuteur a partir de sa prononciation de la voyelle /epsilon/ en fin de mot.

  16. Regulation of epsilon germline transcription and switch region mutations by IgH locus 3' enhancers in transgenic mice.

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    Laurencikiene, Jurga; Tamosiunas, Vytas; Severinson, Eva

    2007-01-01

    Germline (GL) transcription is regulated by specific promoters and immunoglobulin heavy chain (IgH) 3' locus enhancers and is necessary for Ig class-switch recombination (CSR). We have generated different transgenic lines containing the GL epsilon promoter, switch (S) epsilon region, and constant (C) epsilon region with or without the DNase I-sensitive regions (HS) 3A-HS1,2 or HS3B-HS4 3' IgH enhancer pairs. The enhancerless construct was expressed in B cells activated by interleukin (IL)-4 and CD40, thus resembling regulation of the endogenous gene. Both enhancer-containing transgenes efficiently increased expression in B cells and were strongly up-regulated by stimuli. In addition, Sepsilon regions of the transgene containing HS3B-HS4 were mutated in activated, sorted B cells. Such mutations are known to precede CSR and are dependent on activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID). Our findings show that all elements necessary for recruitment of the recombination machinery are present in the transgene containing HS3 and HS4. These enhancers probably provide something more specific than mere increased accessibility of switch regions. We propose that transcription factors binding the enhancers help to target the recombination machinery to the switch regions.

  17. Enzymic synthesis of L-lysine from DL-alpha-amino-epsilon-caprolactam by new microbial strains.

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    Plhácková, K; Vojtísek, V; Plachý, J

    1982-01-01

    The production of L-lysine from DL-alpha-amino-epsilon-caprolactam (DL-ACL) by new strains producing L-alpha-amino-epsilon-caprolactamase and aminocaprolactam racemase is described. Optimal conditions for hydrolysis of L-ACL by Cryptococcus sp. and for racemization of ACL by cells of a strain isolated in nature and identified as Pseudomonas sp. were determined. Synthesis of L-alpha-amino-epsilon-caprolactamase is induced by DL-ACL or L-lysine with the same effectivity. A positive effect of phosphates (potassium salts) on reduction of the induction lag was detected, the synthesis of this enzyme was found to be repressed by glucose and some possibilities of the reversion of this repressive effect were demonstrated. Under conditions optimal for the production of both enzymes a quantitative theoretical conversion of 10% aqueous DL-ACL to L-lysine by a mixture of native cells in a mass ratio of 1 : 2 (producer of ACL-hydrolase to producer of ACL-racemase) occurred in 8 h at 40 degrees C and pH 8.0.

  18. KL to pi0 nu nubar decay correlating with epsilonK in high-scale SUSY

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    Tanimoto, Morimitsu

    2015-01-01

    We have studied the contribution of the high-scale SUSY to the K_L to pi^0 nu{bar nu} and K^+ to pi^+ nu{bar nu} processes correlating with the CP violating parameter epsilon_K. Taking account of the recent LHC results for the Higgs discovery and the SUSY searches, we consider the high-scale SUSY at the 10-50 TeV scale in the framework of the non-minimal squark (slepton) flavor mixing. The Z penguin mediated the chargino dominates the SUSY contribution for these decays. At the 10 TeV scale of the SUSY, the chargino contribution can enhance the branching ratio of K_L to pi^0 nu{bar nu} in eight times compared with the SM predictions whereas the predicted branching ratio BR(K^+ to pi^+ nu {bar nu}) increases up to three times of the SM one. The gluino box diagram dominates the SUSY contribution of epsilon_K up to 30%. If the down-squark mixing is neglected compared with the up-squark mixing, the Z penguin mediated the chargino dominates both SUSY contributions of K_L to pi^0 nu {bar nu} and epsilon_K. Then, it ...

  19. Negative—epsilon conditions in the dispersive LiNbO3–Ag nanoparticles composites

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    de la Cruz, R. M.; Kanyinda-Malu, C.; Muñoz-Santiuste, J. E.

    2017-02-01

    The silver (Ag)–embedded lithium niobate (LiNbO3) composites are theoretically analyzed under the effective medium Maxwell–Garnett approximation to account on the optimal conditions through which such composites present negative epsilon conditions. The dielectric function of Ag nanoparticles (NPs) is described by Drude theory with an additional Lorentz oscillator term to take into account the interband electronic transitions which typically occur in noble metals. The LiNbO3 dielectric function is evaluated through the Sellmeier equations. Once the effective dielectric function ({ε\\text{eff}} ) is evaluated, we investigate the negative epsilon condition (ε \\text{eff}\\primevalues, the negative epsilon (NE) condition is satisfied for critical sizes of Ag NPs. This condition defines an interval of energies, called NE range. That NE range enlarges for increasing radius and becames narrower for decreasing volume fractions. Furthermore, the calculated Fröhlich frequency is nearly close to the lower-energy limit of NE range. In addition, the calculated extinction spectra of the composite are analyzed in terms of the radius of Ag NPs.

  20. Elevated activity of an Epsilon class glutathione transferase confers DDT resistance in the dengue vector, Aedes aegypti.

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    Lumjuan, Nongkran; McCarroll, Lynn; Prapanthadara, La-aied; Hemingway, Janet; Ranson, Hilary

    2005-08-01

    Glutathione transferases (GSTs) play a central role in the detoxification of xenobiotics such as insecticides and elevated GST expression is an important mechanism of insecticide resistance. In the mosquito, Anopheles gambiae, increased expression of an Epsilon class GST, GSTE2, confers resistance to DDT. We have identified eight GST genes in the dengue vector, Aedes aegypti. Four of these belong to the insect specific GST classes Delta and Epsilon and three are from the more ubiquitously distributed Theta and Sigma classes. The expression levels of the two Epsilon genes, a Theta GST and a previously identified Ae. aegypti GST [Grant and Hammock, 1992. Molecular and General Genetics 234, 169-176] were established for an insecticide susceptible and a resistant strain. We show that the putative ortholog of GSTe2 in Ae. aegypti (AaGSTe2) is over expressed in mosquitoes that are resistant to the insecticides DDT and permethrin. Characterisation of recombinant AaGSTE2-2 confirmed the role of this enzyme in DDT metabolism. In addition, unlike its Anopheles ortholog, AaGSTE2-2 also exhibited glutathione peroxidase activity.

  1. The role of the Aedes aegypti Epsilon glutathione transferases in conferring resistance to DDT and pyrethroid insecticides.

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    Lumjuan, Nongkran; Rajatileka, Shavanthi; Changsom, Donch; Wicheer, Jureeporn; Leelapat, Posri; Prapanthadara, La-aied; Somboon, Pradya; Lycett, Gareth; Ranson, Hilary

    2011-03-01

    The Epsilon glutathione transferase (GST) class in the dengue vector Aedes aegypti consists of eight sequentially arranged genes spanning 53,645 bp on super contig 1.291, which maps to chromosome 2. One Epsilon GST, GSTE2, has previously been implicated in conferring resistance to DDT. The amino acid sequence of GSTE2 in an insecticide susceptible and a DDT resistant strain differs at five residues two of which occur in the putative DDT binding site. Characterization of the respective recombinant enzymes revealed that both variants have comparable DDT dehydrochlorinase activity although the isoform from the resistant strain has higher affinity for the insecticide. GSTe2 and two additional Epsilon GST genes, GSTe5 and GSTe7, are expressed at elevated levels in the resistant population and the recombinant homodimer GSTE5-5 also exhibits low levels of DDT dehydrochlorinase activity. Partial silencing of either GSTe7 or GSTe2 by RNA interference resulted in an increased susceptibility to the pyrethroid, deltamethrin suggesting that these GST enzymes may also play a role in resistance to pyrethroid insecticides.

  2. N alpha- and N epsilon-D-galacturonoyl-L-lysine amides: properties and possible occurrence in plant cell walls.

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    Perrone, P; Hewage, C M; Sadler, I H; Fry, S C

    1998-12-01

    Three representatives of a novel class of amide (isopeptide) glycoconjugates have been synthesised: N alpha-D-galacturonoyl-L-lysine and N epsilon-D-galacturonoyl-L-lysine and N epsilon-D-polygalacturonoyl-L-lysine. Galacturonoyl-lysine amide bonds were labile in 2 M trifluoroacetic acid at 120 degrees and in alkali, but relatively stable in cold acid. The amide bonds were resistant to digestion by Driselase, Pronase and trypsin. The polysaccharide backbone of N epsilon-D-polygalacturonoyl-L-lysine was hydrolysed by Driselase to yield two major ninhydrin-positive compounds which were shown by 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy to be tri- and tetra-alpha-(1-->4)-D-galacturonoyl-L-lysines. To investigate the possible natural occurrence of N-galacturonoyl isopeptide bonds, we fed cell-suspension cultures of spinach and tomato with D-[6-14C]glucuronic acid, which radio-labels pectic polysaccharides. The radioactive cell walls were digested with, sequentially, Driselase, mild acid, and proteinases. On electrophoresis at pH 2.0, several of the radioactive digestion-products were cathodic. Some of the cathodic products yielded [14C]galacturonic acid upon complete acid hydrolysis. The existence of these products is compatible with the presence of novel N-galacturonoyl isopeptide bonds, which could serve as cross-links in plant cell walls.

  3. Zeolitic polyoxometalates metal organic frameworks (Z-POMOF) with imidazole ligands and epsilon-Keggin ions as building blocks; computational evaluation of hypothetical polymorphs and a synthesis approach.

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    Rodriguez Albelo, L Marleny; Ruiz-Salvador, A Rabdel; Lewis, Dewi W; Gómez, Ariel; Mialane, Pierre; Marrot, Jérome; Dolbecq, Anne; Sampieri, Alvaro; Mellot-Draznieks, Caroline

    2010-08-14

    We investigate here a new family of zeolitic Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) based on imidazole (im) as the ligand and epsilon-type Keggin PolyOxoMetalates (POMs) as building units. The POM used in this study is the epsilon-{PMo(12)O(40)} Keggin isomer capped by four Zn(ii) ions (noted epsilon-Zn) in tetrahedral coordination. We describe here our methods to first construct and then evaluate the stability of hypothetical 3-D POMOFs possessing a tetrahedral network, typified by dense silica polymorphs and zeotypes and referred here to as Z-POMOFs. We use the analogy between the connectivity of silicon ion in dense minerals or zeolites and the epsilon-Zn, using imidazolate ligands to mimic the role of oxygen atoms in zeolites. Handling the epsilon-Keggin and imidazole as the constitutive building-blocks, a selection of 40 polymorphs were constructed and their relative stabilities computed. Among these Z-POMOFs, the cristobalite-like and zni-structure were identified as the most stable candidates. In parallel, we have attempted to synthesize Z-POMOF structures with epsilon-Zn POMs, synthesized in situ under hydrothermal conditions, and imidazole ligands. We present our first experimental result, the extended material [NBu(4)][PMo(V)(8)Mo(VI)(4)O(37)(OH)(3)Zn(4)(im)(Him)], named epsilon(im)(2). The structure of the hybrid framework is built by the connection of dimerized epsilon-Zn POMs to imidazole ligands in two directions. The obtaining of the first POMOF based on imidazole ligand is an encouraging step towards the synthesis of a new family of POMOFs.

  4. Optimization of Streptomyces peucetius var. caesius N47 cultivation and epsilon-rhodomycinone production using experimental designs and response surface methods.

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    Kiviharju, K; Leisola, M; Eerikäinen, T

    2004-11-01

    Streptomyces peucetius var. caesius is an aerobic bacterium that produces doxorubicin as a secondary metabolite. A mixture design was applied for the screening of suitable complex medium components in the cultivation of S. peucetius var. caesius N47, which is an epsilon-rhodomycinone-accumulating mutant strain. epsilon-Rhodomycinone is a non-glycosylated precursor of doxorubicin. Best growth results were obtained with soy peptone and beef extract. A central composite face-centered (CCF) experimental design was constructed for the investigation of pH, temperature and dissolved oxygen (DO) effects on the cultivation growth phase. Another CCF was applied to the production phase to investigate the effects of aeration, pH, temperature and stirring rate on epsilon-rhodomycinone production. An increase in cultivation temperature increased both cell growth and glucose consumption rate. Best epsilon-rhodomycinone productivities were obtained in temperatures around 30 degrees C. DO control increased all growth phase responses, but aeration in the production phase coupled with pH decrease resulted in rapid epsilon-rhodomycinone decay in the medium. In non-aerated production phases a pH change resulted in better productivity than in experiments without pH change. A pH increase with a temperature decrease seemed most beneficial for productivity. This implies that dynamic control strategies in batch production of epsilon-rhodomycinone could increase the overall process productivity.

  5. Abiotic oxidation of Fe(II) by reactive nitrogen species in cultures of the nitrate-reducing Fe(II) oxidizer Acidovorax sp. BoFeN1 - questioning the existence of enzymatic Fe(II) oxidation.

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    Klueglein, N; Kappler, A

    2013-03-01

    Nitrate-reducing, Fe(II)-oxidizing bacteria were suggested to couple with enzymatic Fe(II) oxidation to nitrate reduction. Denitrification proceeds via intermediates (NO2 -, NO) that can oxidize Fe(II) abiotically at neutral and particularly at acidic pH. Here, we present a revised Fe(II) quantification protocol preventing artifacts during acidic Fe extraction and evaluate the contribution of abiotic vs. enzymatic Fe(II) oxidation in cultures of the nitrate-reducing, Fe(II) oxidizer Acidovorax sp. BoFeN1. Sulfamic acid used instead of HCl reacts with nitrite and prevents abiotic Fe(II) oxidation during Fe extraction. Abiotic experiments without sulfamic acid showed that acidification of oxic Fe(II) nitrite samples leads to 5.6-fold more Fe(II) oxidation than in anoxic samples because the formed NO becomes rapidly reoxidized by O(2) , therefore leading to abiotic oxidation and underestimation of Fe(II). With our revised protocol using sulfamic acid, we quantified oxidation of approximately 7 mm of Fe(II) by BoFeN1 within 4 days. Without addition of sulfamic acid, the same oxidation was detected within only 2 days. Additionally, abiotic incubation of Fe(II) with nitrite in the presence of goethite as surface catalyst led to similar abiotic Fe(II) oxidation rates as observed in growing BoFeN1 cultures. BoFeN1 growth was observed on acetate with N(2) O as electron acceptor. When adding Fe(II), no Fe(II) oxidation was observed, suggesting that the absence of reactive N intermediates (NO2 -, NO) precludes Fe(II) oxidation. The addition of ferrihydrite [Fe(OH)(3) ] to acetate/nitrate BoFeN1 cultures led to growth stimulation equivalent to previously described effects on growth by adding Fe(II). This suggests that elevated iron concentrations might provide a nutritional effect rather than energy-yielding Fe(II) oxidation. Our findings therefore suggest that although enzymatic Fe(II) oxidation by denitrifiers cannot be fully ruled out, its contribution to the observed Fe

  6. Topochemical fluorination of Sr3(M(0.5)Ru(0.5))2O7 (M = Ti, Mn, Fe), n = 2, Ruddlesden-Popper phases.

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    Romero, Fabio Denis; Bingham, Paul A; Forder, Susan D; Hayward, Michael A

    2013-03-18

    Reaction of the appropriate Sr3(M(0.5)Ru(0.5))2O7 (M = Ti, Mn, Fe), n = 2, Ruddlesden-Popper oxide with CuF2 under flowing oxygen results in formation of the oxide-fluoride phases Sr3(Ti(0.5)Ru(0.5))2O7F2, Sr3(Mn(0.5)Ru(0.5))2O7F2, and Sr3(Fe(0.5)Ru(0.5))2O(5.5)F(3.5) via a topochemical anion insertion/substitution process. Analysis indicates the titanium and manganese phases have Ti(4+), Ru(6+) and Mn(4+), Ru(6+) oxidation state combinations, respectively, while Mössbauer spectra indicate an Fe(3+), Ru(5.5+) combination for the iron phase. Thus, it can be seen that the soft fluorination conditions employed lead to formation of highly oxidized Ru(6+) centers in all three oxide-fluoride phases, while oxidation states of the other transition metal M cations remain unchanged. Fluorination of Sr3(Ti(0.5)Ru(0.5))2O7 to Sr3(Ti(0.5)Ru(0.5))2O7F2 leads to suppression of magnetic order as the fluorinated material approaches metallic behavior. In contrast, fluorination of Sr3(Mn(0.5)Ru(0.5))2O7 and Sr3(Fe(0.5)Ru(0.5))2O7 lifts the magnetic frustration present in the oxide phases, resulting in observation of long-range antiferromagnetic order at low temperature in Sr3(Mn(0.5)Ru(0.5))2O7F2 and Sr3(Fe(0.5)Ru(0.5))2O(5.5)F(3.5). The influence of the topochemical fluorination on the magnetic behavior of the Sr3(M(0.5)Ru(0.5))2O(x)F(y) phases is discussed on the basis of changes to the ruthenium oxidation state and structural distortions.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of shape memory poly (epsilon-caprolactone) polyurethane-ureas

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    Ren, Hongfeng

    Shape memory polymers (SMPs) have attracted significant interest in recent times because of their potential applications in a number of areas, such as medical devices and textiles. However, there are some major drawbacks of SMPs, such as their relatively low moduli resulting in small recovery stresses, and their long response times compared with shape memory alloys (SMAs). A suitable recovery stress which comes from the elastic recovery stress generated in the deformation process is critical in some medical devices. To address some of these shortcomings, the work in this dissertation mainly focuses on the design and synthesis of linear shape memory polymers with higher recovery stress. A series of segmented poly (epsilon-caprolactone) polyurethane-ureas (PCLUUs) were prepared from poly (epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) diol, different dissociates and chain extenders. NMR and FT-IR were used to identify the structure of the synthesized shape memory polyurethane-ureas. Parameters such as soft segment content (molecular weight and content), chain extender and the rigidity of the main chain were investigated to understand the structure-property relationships of the shape memory polymer systems through DSC, DMA, physical property test, etc. Cyclic thermal mechanic tests were applied to measure the shape memory properties which showed that the recovery stress can be improved above 200% simply by modifying the chain extender. Meanwhile, the synthesis process was optimized to be similar to that of Spandex /LYCRA®. Continuous fibers form shape memory polyurethane-ureas were made from a wet spinning process, which indicated excellent spinnability of the polymer solution. Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) was used to study the morphology of the hard segment at different temperatures and stretch rates and found that the monodisperse rigid cylinder model fit the SANS data quite well. From the cylinder model, the radius of the cylinder increased with increasing hard segment

  8. A novel epsilon gamma delta beta thalassemia presenting with pregnancy complications and severe neonatal anemia.

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    Shalev, Hanna; Landau, Daniela; Pissard, Serge; Krasnov, Tanya; Kapelushnik, Joseph; Gilad, Oded; Broides, Arnon; Dgany, Orly; Tamary, Hannah

    2013-02-01

    The epsilon gamma delta beta (εγδβ)-thalassemias are rare sporadic disorders caused by deletion of the β-globin gene cluster. The main clinical feature is marked prenatal and neonatal anemia that resolves spontaneously within a few months. Reports originating mainly from Europe have so far identified 30 such deletions The aim of the present work was to describe a novel 1.78-Mb deletion, the longest ever reported, and to detail the clinical features in 12 members of an extended Bedouin family. The deletion was identified by globin gene multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) of the β-globin cluster and further characterized by comparative genomic hybridization. Past and present clinical and laboratory data of ten symptomatic and two asymptomatic patients were collected. A 1.78-Mb εγδβ-deletion, the largest ever described, was identified in all patients. Although other genes were included in the deletion, no other symptoms were observed. Of the ten symptomatic fetuses and neonates, three died of the disease. The remainder required packed cell transfusions during the first months of life. Pregnancy complications included intrauterine growth restriction and oligohydramnios, as well as additional neonatal complications including prematurity and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the neonate. We suggest that εγδβ-thalassemia be added to the list of hemoglobinopathies that can cause neonatal anemia and that MLPA of the β-globin cluster be used to confirm its diagnosis. Careful surveillance during pregnancy is important to reduce neonatal mortality and morbidity, especially given the dramatic improvement that occurs later. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  9. Perioperative renal outcome in cardiac surgical patients with preoperative renal dysfunction: aprotinin versus epsilon aminocaproic acid.

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    Maslow, Andrew D; Chaudrey, Alyas; Bert, Arthur; Schwartz, Carl; Singh, Arun

    2008-02-01

    The administration of aprotinin to patients with pre-existing renal dysfunction who are undergoing cardiac surgery is controversial. Therefore, the authors present their experience with the use of aprotinin for patients with preoperative renal dysfunction who underwent elective cardiac surgery requiring cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). Retrospective analysis. University hospital. Consecutive cardiac surgical patients with preoperative serum creatinine (SCr) > or =1.8 mg/dL undergoing nonemergent cardiac surgery requiring CPB. None. One hundred twenty-three patients either received epsilon aminocaproic acid (EACA, n = 82) or aprotinin (n = 41) as decided by the attending anesthesiologist and surgeon. Data were collected from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons database and from automated intraoperative anesthesia records. Renal function was assessed from measured serum creatinine (SCr) and calculated creatinine clearances (CrCls). Acute perioperative renal dysfunction was defined as a worsening of perioperative renal function by > or =25% and/or the need for hemodialysis (HD). Data were recorded as mean and standard deviation or percentage of population depending on whether the data were continuous or not. Data were compared by using an analysis of variance, chi-square analysis, Student paired and unpaired t tests, Fisher exact test, Wilcoxon rank sum test, and Mann-Whitney U test. A p value or =3 months after surgery was significantly lower in the aprotinin group compared with the EACA group (1.8 v 2.2 mg/dL, p < 0.05). Acute perioperative renal dysfunction was associated with worse patient outcome and longer CPB and AoXCl times. Demographic and surgical variables indicated that the sicker patients undergoing more complex surgeries were more likely to be treated with aprotinin. Although aprotinin patients had a higher renal risk score, the administration of aprotinin did not negatively impact renal outcome.

  10. Nanoscale field effect optical modulators based on depletion of epsilon-near-zero films

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    Lu, Zhaolin; Shi, Kaifeng; Yin, Peichuan

    2016-12-01

    The field effect in metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) capacitors plays a key role in field-effect transistors (FETs), which are the fundamental building blocks of modern digital integrated circuits. Recent works show that the field effect can also be used to make optical/plasmonic modulators. In this paper, we report the numerical investigation of field effect electro-absorption modulators each made of an ultrathin epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) film, as the active material, sandwiched in a silicon or plasmonic waveguide. Without a bias, the ENZ films maximize the attenuation of the waveguides and the modulators work at the OFF state; on the other hand, depletion of the carriers in the ENZ films greatly reduces the attenuation and the modulators work at the ON state. The double capacitor gating scheme with two 10-nm HfO2 films as the insulator is used to enhance the modulation by the field effect. The depletion requires about 10 V across the HfO2 layers. According to our simulation, extinction ratio up to 3.44 dB can be achieved in a 500-nm long Si waveguide with insertion loss only 0.71 dB (85.0% pass); extinction ratio up to 7.86 dB can be achieved in a 200-nm long plasmonic waveguide with insertion loss 1.11 dB (77.5% pass). The proposed modulators may find important applications in future on-chip or chip-to-chip optical interconnection.

  11. Differential expression of phospholipase C epsilon 1 is associated with chronic atrophic gastritis and gastric cancer.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Chronic inflammation plays a causal role in gastric tumor initiation. The identification of predictive biomarkers from gastric inflammation to tumorigenesis will help us to distinguish gastric cancer from atrophic gastritis and establish the diagnosis of early-stage gastric cancer. Phospholipase C epsilon 1 (PLCε1 is reported to play a vital role in inflammation and tumorigenesis. This study was aimed to investigate the clinical significance of PLCε1 in the initiation and progression of gastric cancer. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Firstly, the mRNA and protein expression of PLCε1 were analyzed by reverse transcription-PCR and Western blotting in normal gastric mucous epithelial cell line GES-1 and gastric cancer cell lines AGS, SGC7901, and MGC803. The results showed both mRNA and protein levels of PLCε1 were up-regulated in gastric cancer cells compared with normal gastric mucous epithelial cells. Secondly, this result was confirmed by immunohistochemical detection in a tissue microarray including 74 paired gastric cancer and adjacent normal tissues. Thirdly, an independence immunohistochemical analysis of 799 chronic atrophic gastritis tissue specimens demonstrated that PLCε1 expression in atrophic gastritis tissues were down-regulated since PLCε1 expression was negative in 524 (65.6% atrophic gastritis. In addition, matched clinical tissues from atrophic severe gastritis and gastric cancer patients were used to further confirm the previous results by analyzing mRNA and protein levels expression of PLCε1 in clinical samples. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCES: Our results suggested that PLCε1 protein may be a potential biomarker to distinguish gastric cancer from inflammation lesion, and could have great potential in applications such as diagnosis and pre-warning of early-stage gastric cancer.

  12. Casein kinase 1-epsilon deletion increases mu opioid receptor-dependent behaviors and binge eating1.

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    Goldberg, L R; Kirkpatrick, S L; Yazdani, N; Luttik, K P; Lacki, O A; Keith Babbs, R; Jenkins, D F; Evan Johnson, W; Bryant, C D

    2017-09-01

    Genetic and pharmacological studies indicate that casein kinase 1 epsilon (Csnk1e) contributes to psychostimulant, opioid, and ethanol motivated behaviors. We previously used pharmacological inhibition to demonstrate that Csnk1e negatively regulates the locomotor stimulant properties of opioids and psychostimulants. Here, we tested the hypothesis that Csnk1e negatively regulates opioid and psychostimulant reward using genetic inhibition and the conditioned place preference assay in Csnk1e knockout mice. Similar to pharmacological inhibition, Csnk1e knockout mice showed enhanced opioid-induced locomotor activity with the mu opioid receptor agonist fentanyl (0.2 mg/kg i.p.) as well as enhanced sensitivity to low-dose fentanyl reward (0.05 mg/kg). Interestingly, female knockout mice also showed a markedly greater escalation in consumption of sweetened palatable food - a behavioral pattern consistent with binge eating that also depends on mu opioid receptor activation. No difference was observed in fentanyl analgesia in the 52.5°C hot plate assay (0-0.4 mg/kg), naloxone conditioned place aversion (4 mg/kg), or methamphetamine conditioned place preference (0-4 mg/kg). To identify molecular adaptations associated with increased drug and food behaviors in knockout mice, we completed transcriptome analysis via mRNA sequencing of the striatum. Enrichment analysis identified terms associated with myelination and axon guidance and pathway analysis identified a differentially expressed gene set predicted to be regulated by the Wnt signaling transcription factor, Tcf7l2. To summarize, Csnk1e deletion increased mu opioid receptor-dependent behaviors, supporting previous studies indicating an endogenous negative regulatory role of Csnk1e in opioid behavior. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society.

  13. The antimicrobial mechanism of action of epsilon-poly-l-lysine.

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    Hyldgaard, Morten; Mygind, Tina; Vad, Brian S; Stenvang, Marcel; Otzen, Daniel E; Meyer, Rikke L

    2014-12-01

    Epsilon-poly-l-lysine (ε-PL) is a natural antimicrobial cationic peptide which is generally regarded as safe (GRAS) as a food preservative. Although its antimicrobial activity is well documented, its mechanism of action is only vaguely described. The aim of this study was to clarify ε-PL's mechanism of action using Escherichia coli and Listeria innocua as model organisms. We examined ε-PL's effect on cell morphology and membrane integrity and used an array of E. coli deletion mutants to study how specific outer membrane components affected the action of ε-PL. We furthermore studied its interaction with lipid bilayers using membrane models. In vitro cell studies indicated that divalent cations and the heptose I and II phosphate groups in the lipopolysaccharide layer of E. coli are critical for ε-PL's binding efficiency. ε-PL removed the lipopolysaccharide layer and affected cell morphology of E. coli, while L. innocua underwent minor morphological changes. Propidium iodide staining showed that ε-PL permeabilized the cytoplasmic membrane in both species, indicating the membrane as the site of attack. We compared the interaction with neutral or negatively charged membrane systems and showed that the interaction with ε-PL relied on negative charges on the membrane. Suspended membrane vesicles were disrupted by ε-PL, and a detergent-like disruption of E. coli membrane was confirmed by atomic force microscopy imaging of supported lipid bilayers. We hypothesize that ε-PL destabilizes membranes in a carpet-like mechanism by interacting with negatively charged phospholipid head groups, which displace divalent cations and enforce a negative curvature folding on membranes that leads to formation of vesicles/micelles.

  14. Evaluation of the side effects of poly(epsilon-caprolactone nanocapsules containing atrazine towards maize plants

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    Halley Caixeta Oliveira

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    Full Text Available Poly(epsilon-caprolactone (PCL nanocapsules have been used as a carrier system for the herbicide atrazine, which is commonly applied to maize. We demonstrated previously that these atrazine containing polymeric nanocapsules were ten-fold more effective in the control of mustard plants (a target species, as compared to a commercial atrazine formulation. Since atrazine can have adverse effects on non-target crops, here we analyzed the effect of encapsulated atrazine on growth, physiological and oxidative stress parameters of soil-grown maize plants (Zea mays L.. One day after the post-emergence treatment with PCL nanocapsules containing atrazine (1 mg mL-1, maize plants presented 15 and 21 % decreases in maximum quantum yield of photosystem II and in net CO2 assimilation rate, respectively, as compared to water-sprayed plants. The same treatment led to a 1.8-fold increase in leaf lipid peroxidation in comparison with control plants. However, all of these parameters were unaffected four and eight days after the application of encapsulated atrazine. These results suggested that the negative effects of atrazine were transient, probably due to the ability of maize plants to detoxify the herbicide. When encapsulated atrazine was applied at a ten-fold lower concentration (0.1 mg mL-1, a dosage that is still effective for weed control, no effects were detected even shortly after application. Regardless of the herbicide concentration, neither pre- nor post-emergence treatment with the PCL nanocapsules carrying atrazine resulted in the development of any macroscopic symptoms in maize leaves, and there were no impacts on shoot growth. Additionally, no effects were observed when plants were sprayed with PCL nanocapsules without atrazine. Overall, these results suggested that the use of PCL nanocapsules containing atrazine did not lead to persistent side effects in maize plants, and that the technique could offer a safe tool for weed control without affecting

  15. Evaluation of the side effects of poly(epsilon-caprolactone) nanocapsules containing atrazine towards maize plants

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    Oliveira, Halley; Stolf-Moreira, Renata; Martinez, Cláudia; Sousa, Gustavo; Grillo, Renato; de Jesus, Marcelo; Fraceto, Leonardo

    2015-10-01

    Poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) nanocapsules have been used as a carrier system for the herbicide atrazine, which is commonly applied to maize. We demonstrated previously that these atrazine containing polymeric nanocapsules were ten-fold more effective in the control of mustard plants (a target species), as compared to a commercial atrazine formulation. Since atrazine can have adverse effects on non-target crops, here we analyzed the effect of encapsulated atrazine on growth, physiological and oxidative stress parameters of soil-grown maize plants (Zea mays L.). One day after the post-emergence treatment with PCL nanocapsules containing atrazine (1 mg mL-1), maize plants presented 15 and 21 % decreases in maximum quantum yield of photosystem II and in net CO2 assimilation rate, respectively, as compared to water-sprayed plants. The same treatment led to a 1.8-fold increase in leaf lipid peroxidation in comparison with control plants. However, all of these parameters were unaffected four and eight days after the application of encapsulated atrazine. These results suggested that the negative effects of atrazine were transient, probably due to the ability of maize plants to detoxify the herbicide. When encapsulated atrazine was applied at a ten-fold lower concentration (0.1 mg mL-1), a dosage that is still effective for weed control, no effects were detected even shortly after application. Regardless of the herbicide concentration, neither pre- nor post-emergence treatment with the PCL nanocapsules carrying atrazine resulted in the development of any macroscopic symptoms in maize leaves, and there were no impacts on shoot growth. Additionally, no effects were observed when plants were sprayed with PCL nanocapsules without atrazine. Overall, these results suggested that the use of PCL nanocapsules containing atrazine did not lead to persistent side effects in maize plants, and that the technique could offer a safe tool for weed control without affecting crop growth.

  16. Bile acid deoxycholate induces differential subcellular localisation of the PKC isoenzymes beta 1, epsilon and delta in colonic epithelial cells in a sodium butyrate insensitive manner.

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    Looby, Eileen; Long, Aideen; Kelleher, Dermot; Volkov, Yuri

    2005-05-10

    Elevated levels of bile acids have been implicated in the abnormal morphogenesis of the colonic epithelium thus contributing to colorectal cancer (CRC). Alternatively sodium butyrate (NaB) produced by anaerobic fermentation of dietary fibre is regarded as being protective against colon cancer. Bile acids such as deoxycholic acid (DCA) are thought to mediate some of their actions by differentially activating protein kinase C (PKC). We examined the effects of DCA on the subcellular localisation of PKC-beta(1), -epsilon and -delta and whether these responses could be modulated by NaB. HCT116 cells endogenously express PKC-epsilon and -delta but not PKC-beta. DCA treatment results in endogenous PKC-epsilon translocation but not PKC-delta after 1 hr. To study the subcellular localisation of PKC isoforms in response to DCA in real time, PKC-beta(1), PKC-epsilon and PKC-delta functionally intact green fluorescent protein (GFP) fusion constructs were used. Stimulation with 300 microM DCA induces rapid translocation of PKC-beta(1)-GFP and PKC-epsilon-GFP but not PKC-delta-GFP from the cytosol to the plasma membrane in 15 min. Interestingly, pretreatment with 4mM NaB does not modify the response of the PKC isoenzymes to DCA as PKC-beta(1)-GFP and PKC-epsilon-GFP translocates to the plasma membrane in 15 min whereas PKC-delta-GFP localisation remains unaltered. Immunofluorescence shows that PKC-beta(1)-GFP and PKC-epsilon-GFP cells treated with DCA colocalise with the cytoskeletal elements actin and tubulin adjacent to the plasma membrane. Our findings demonstrate that the differential activation of the PKC isoenzymes by DCA may be of critical importance for the functional responses of colonic epithelial cells. Supplementary material for this article can be found on the International Journal of Cancer website at http://www.interscience.wiley.com/jpages/0020-7136/suppmat/index.html.

  17. Isolated spinach ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxgenase large subunit .epsilon. n-methyltransferase and method of inactivating ribulose-1,5-bishosphatase .epsilon. n-methyltransferase activity

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    Houtz, Robert L.

    2001-01-01

    The gene sequence for ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) large subunit (LS) .sup..epsilon. N-methyltansferase (protein methylase III or Rubisco LSMT) from a plant which has a des(methyl) lysyl residue in the LS is disclosed. In addition, the full-length cDNA clones for Rubisco LSMT are disclosed. Transgenic plants and methods of producing same which have the Rubisco LSMT gene inserted into the DNA are also provided. Further, methods of inactivating the enzymatic activity of Rubisco LSMT are also disclosed.

  18. Isolated spinach ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit .sup..epsilon. N-methyltransferase and method of inactivating ribulose-1,5-bisphosphatase carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit .sup..epsilon. N-methyltransferase activity

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    Houtz, Robert L.

    1999-01-01

    The gene sequence for ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) large subunit (LS) .sup..epsilon. N-methyltransferase (protein methylase III or Rubisco LSMT) from a plant which has a des(methyl) lysyl residue in the LS is disclosed. In addition, the full-length cDNA clones for Rubisco LSMT are disclosed. Transgenic plants and methods of producing same which have the Rubisco LSMT gene inserted into the DNA are also provided. Further, methods of inactivating the enzymatic activity of Rubisco LSMT are also disclosed.

  19. Immunogenicity of a Trivalent Recombinant Vaccine Against Clostridium perfringens Alpha, Beta, and Epsilon Toxins in Farm Ruminants.

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    Moreira, Gustavo Marçal Schmidt Garcia; Salvarani, Felipe Masiero; da Cunha, Carlos Eduardo Pouey; Mendonça, Marcelo; Moreira, Ângela Nunes; Gonçalves, Luciana Aramuni; Pires, Prhiscylla Sadanã; Lobato, Francisco Carlos Faria; Conceição, Fabricio Rochedo

    2016-03-23

    Clostridium perfringens is an anaerobic bacterium that produces several toxins. Of these, the alpha, beta, and epsilon toxins are responsible for causing the most severe C. perfringens-related diseases in farm animals. The best way to control these diseases is through vaccination. However, commercially available vaccines are based on inactivated toxins and have many production drawbacks, which can be overcome through the use of recombinant antigens. In this study, we produced recombinant alpha, beta, and epsilon toxins in Escherichia coli to formulate a trivalent vaccine. Its effectiveness was evaluated through a potency test in rabbits, in which the vaccine generated 9.6, 24.4, and 25.0 IU/mL of neutralizing antibodies against the respective toxins. Following this, cattle, sheep, and goats received the same formulation, generating, respectively, 5.19 ± 0.48, 4.34 ± 0.43, and 4.70 ± 0.58 IU/mL against alpha toxin, 13.71 ± 1.17 IU/mL (for all three species) against beta toxin, and 12.74 ± 1.70, 7.66 ± 1.69, and 8.91 ± 2.14 IU/mL against epsilon toxin. These levels were above the minimum recommended by international protocols. As such, our vaccine was effective in generating protective antibodies and, thus, may represent an interesting alternative for the prevention of C. perfringens-related intoxications in farm animals.

  20. APOE epsilon 4 influences the pathological phenotype of Alzheimer's disease by favouring cerebrovascular over parenchymal accumulation of A beta protein.

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    Chalmers, K; Wilcock, G K; Love, S

    2003-06-01

    The relative amounts of amyloid beta-protein (A beta) in cerebral blood vessels and parenchyma vary considerably amongst patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Although several mechanisms have been proposed to explain this variability, the underlying genetic and environmental determinants are still unclear, as are the functional consequences. Polymorphisms in APOE, the gene for apolipoprotein E (ApoE), influence the risk of developing AD and of deposition of A beta within the brain. We examined the relationship between the APOE genotype and the relative extent of accumulation of A beta as plaques within the cerebral parenchyma and in cortical blood vessels in the form of cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA), in autopsy brain tissue from 125 AD cases and from 53 elderly, neurologically normal controls of which 19 had CAA without other neuropathological features of AD. In the AD cases, we also assessed whether the severity of CAA was related to the age of onset and duration of dementia, risk factors for atherosclerotic vascular disease, and histologically demonstrable cerebral infarcts or foci of haemorrhage. The APOE genotype was determined by a standard polymerase chain reaction-based method. Paraffin sections of frontal, temporal and parietal lobes were immunolabelled for A beta and the parenchymal A beta load (total A beta minus vessel-associated A beta) was quantified by computer-assisted image analysis. CAA severity was scored for cortical and leptomeningeal vessels. The relevant clinical data were obtained from the database of the South West Brain Bank. In AD, we found the severity of CAA to be strongly associated with the number of epsilon 4 alleles (P possession of the APOE epsilon 4 allele favours vascular over parenchymal accumulation of A beta in AD. This may influence the pathogenesis of neurodegeneration in epsilon 4-associated AD.

  1. Guaranteed epsilon-optimal treatment plans with the minimum number of beams for stereotactic body radiation therapy.

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    Yarmand, Hamed; Winey, Brian; Craft, David

    2013-09-07

    Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is characterized by delivering a high amount of dose in a short period of time. In SBRT the dose is delivered using open fields (e.g., beam's-eye-view) known as 'apertures'. Mathematical methods can be used for optimizing treatment planning for delivery of sufficient dose to the cancerous cells while keeping the dose to surrounding organs at risk (OARs) minimal. Two important elements of a treatment plan are quality and delivery time. Quality of a plan is measured based on the target coverage and dose to OARs. Delivery time heavily depends on the number of beams used in the plan as the setup times for different beam directions constitute a large portion of the delivery time. Therefore the ideal plan, in which all potential beams can be used, will be associated with a long impractical delivery time. We use the dose to OARs in the ideal plan to find the plan with the minimum number of beams which is guaranteed to be epsilon-optimal (i.e., a predetermined maximum deviation from the ideal plan is guaranteed). Since the treatment plan optimization is inherently a multi-criteria-optimization problem, the planner can navigate the ideal dose distribution Pareto surface and select a plan of desired target coverage versus OARs sparing, and then use the proposed technique to reduce the number of beams while guaranteeing epsilon-optimality. We use mixed integer programming (MIP) for optimization. To reduce the computation time for the resultant MIP, we use two heuristics: a beam elimination scheme and a family of heuristic cuts, known as 'neighbor cuts', based on the concept of 'adjacent beams'. We show the effectiveness of the proposed technique on two clinical cases, a liver and a lung case. Based on our technique we propose an algorithm for fast generation of epsilon-optimal plans.

  2. Scaffolds of polycaprolactone with hydroxyapatite fibers;Scaffolds de poli(epsilon-caprolactona) com fibras de hidroxiapatita

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    Cardoso, Guinea B.C.; Zavaglia, Cecilia A.C., E-mail: guicardoso@fem.unicamp.b [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), SP (Brazil). Dept. de Materiais; Ramos, Sergio L.F. [Universidade Federal Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianopolis, SC (Brazil); Arruda, Antonio Celso F. [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), SP (Brazil). Dept. do Petroleo

    2009-07-01

    Scaffolds of poly (epsilon-caprolactone) has been studied in many researches in tissue engineering. The used of hydroxyapatite fibers, allowed increase its resistance mechanical, beside the character bioactive and osteoconductive. Improving, its role in tissue engineering. The aim in this study was developed polycaprolactone matrix with dispersed hydroxyapatite fibers. The characterizations were by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X- Ray Diffractometer (XRD), X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) and Energy dispersive X-Ray Detector (EDX). Was able reviewed its composition, morphology and possible contaminations. The results were scaffolds with porosity and distribution of the fibers in all its area. (author)

  3. The apolipoprotein epsilon4 allele determines prognosis and the effect on prognosis of simvastatin in survivors of myocardial infarction

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    Gerdes, Lars Ulrik; Gerdes, C; Kervinen, K;

    2000-01-01

    and whether the benefits of treatment with simvastatin differed between genotypes. METHODS AND RESULTS: Cox proportional hazards models were used to analyze 5.5 years of follow-up data from 966 Danish and Finnish myocardial infarction survivors enrolled in the Scandinavian Simvastatin Survival Study. A total...... genotype did not predict the risk of a major coronary event. Baseline serum levels of lipoprotein(a) also predicted mortality risk and could be combined with epsilon4-carrier status to define 3 groups of patients with different prognoses and benefits from treatment. CONCLUSIONS: Myocardial infarction...

  4. Alcoholysis of epsilon-decalactone with polyethylene glycol-modified lipase in 1,1,1-trichloroethane.

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    Furukawa, M; Kodera, Y; Uemura, T; Hiroto, M; Matsushima, A; Kuno, H; Matsushita, H; Inada, Y

    1994-02-28

    Lipase from Pseudomonas cepacia was modified with 2,4-bis[O-methoxypoly(ethylene glycol)]-6-chloro-s-triazine, activated PEG2, to form PEG-lipase. The PEG-lipase is soluble and active in organic solvents. It catalyzes alcoholysis of racemic epsilon-decalactone with ethanol in 1,1,1-trichloroethane to form (R)-hydroxydecanoic acid ethyl ester. No alcoholysis of (S)-decalactone takes place. These results were discussed in relation to carbon number of n-alcohol, optimum temperature and comparison with modified and non-modified lipases.

  5. Fiscal Year 2010 Summary Report on the Epsilon-Metal Phase as a Waste Form for 99 Tc

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    Strachan, Denis M.; Crum, Jarrod V.; Buck, Edgar C.; Riley, Brian J.; Zumhoff, Mac R.

    2010-09-30

    Epsilon metal (ε-metal) is generated in nuclear fuel during irradiation. This metal consists of Pd, Ru, Rh, Mo, and some Te. These accumulate at the UO2 grain boundaries as small (ca 5 µm) particles. These metals have limited solubility in the acid used to dissolve fuel during reprocessing and in typical borosilicate glass. These must be treated separately to improve overall waste loading in glass. This low solubility and their survival in 2 Gy-old natural reactors led us to investigate them as a waste form for the immobilization of 99Tc and 107Pd, two very long-lived isotopes.

  6. Active tuning of epsilon-near-zero point of hyperbolic metamaterial at visible and near-infrared regimes

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    Wang, Hao; Zhao, Hua; Su, Hang; Hu, Guangwei; Zhang, Jingwen

    2016-09-01

    An active method of continuously tuning the effective permittivity of a hyperbolic metamaterial at visible and near-infrared spectra is introduced in this letter. A transparent conducting oxide, whose optical properties can be altered accurately by applying an external voltage, is inserted into a traditional metal-dielectric multilayer structure to increase the degree of freedom for tuning the epsilon-near-zero point by shifting the topological transition point. The tuning effect is explained in detail by combining the relationship between permittivity and voltage with wavevector analysis. This may promote other active applications of hyperbolic metamaterials and ultrafast tunable optoelectronic devices.

  7. Catalytic surface modification of roll-milled poly({epsilon}-caprolactone) biaxially stretched to ultra-thin dimension

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    Foo, H.L. [Graduate Programme in Bioengineering, National University of Singapore (Singapore); Bionic Materials Technology Group, Biomaterials Center, National Institute for Materials Science (Japan); Taniguchi, A. [Bionic Materials Technology Group, Biomaterials Center, National Institute for Materials Science (Japan); Yu, H. [Graduate Programme in Bioengineering, National University of Singapore (Singapore); Department of Physiology, National University of Singapore (Singapore); Okano, T. [Bionic Materials Technology Group, Biomaterials Center, National Institute for Materials Science (Japan); Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Tokyo Women' s Medical University (Japan); Teoh, S.H. [Graduate Programme in Bioengineering, National University of Singapore (Singapore) and Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore (Singapore)]. E-mail: mpetsh@nus.edu.sg

    2007-03-15

    A novel roll-milling polymer processing technique along with biaxial stretching was used to fabricate 10 {mu}m thick poly({epsilon}-caprolactone) films. A less invasive collagen surface modification was used, involving a reaction between corona-preactivated membranes and ferrous-containing acrylic acid solution at the low temperature of 42 {sup o}C. Successful modified films were characterized by Toluidine Blue O assay and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells also showed both higher proliferation rate and differentiated cobblestone morphology on these collagen-immobilized substrates.

  8. The development and characterization of a primarily mineral calcium phosphate - poly(epsilon-caprolactone) biocomposite

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    Dunkley, Ian Robert

    Orthopaedic reconstruction often involves the surgical introduction of structural implants that provide for rigid fixation, skeletal stabilization, and bone integration. The high stresses incurred by these implanted devices have historically limited material choices to metallic and select polymeric formulations. While mechanical requirements are achieved, these non-degradable materials do not participate actively in the remodeling of the skeleton and present the possibility of long-term failure or rejection. This is particularly relevant in cervical fusion, an orthopaedic procedure to treat damaged, degenerative or diseased intervertebral discs. A significant improvement on the available synthetic bone replacement/regeneration options for implants to treat these conditions in the cervical spine may be achieved with the development of primarily mineral biocomposites comprised of a bioactive ceramic matrix reinforced with a biodegradable polymer. Such a biocomposite may be engineered to possess the clinically required mechanical properties of a particular application, while maintaining the ability to be remodeled completely by the body. A biocomposite of Si-doped calcium phosphate (Si-CaP) and poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) was developed for application as such a synthetic bone material for potential use as a fusion device in the cervical spine. In this thesis, a method by which high mineral content Si-CaP/PCL biocomposites with interpenetrating matrices of mineral and polymer phases may be prepared will be demonstrated, in addition to the effects of the various preparation parameters on the biocomposite density, porosity and mechanical properties. This new technique by which dense, primarily ceramic Si-CaP/PCL biocomposites were prepared, allowed for the incorporation of mineral contents ranging between 45-97vol%. Polymer infiltration, accomplished solely by passive capillary uptake over several days, was found to be capable of fully infiltrating the microporosity

  9. Ultraviolet and Optical Line Profile Variations in the Spectrum of {epsilon} Persei

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    Gies, D. R.; Kambe, E.; Josephs, T. S.; Bagnuolo, W. G. Jr.; Choi, Y. J.; Gudehus, D.; Guyton, K. M.; Hartkopf, W. I.; Hildebrand, J. L.; Kaye, A. B. (and others)

    1999-11-01

    The rapid variable star, {epsilon} Per (B0.5 IV-III), displays the largest amplitude profile fluctuations known among the growing number of massive, spectrum-variable stars. Here we present an analysis of a continuous 5 day run of IUE UV spectroscopy, and we show for the first time that the systematic, blue-to-red moving patterns observed in high-quality optical spectra are also present in the UV photospheric lines. We present cross-correlation functions of the individual spectra with that of a narrow-lined standard that produce a high signal-to-noise ratio representation of the blue-to-red moving bump patterns found in individual lines. We then use time series analysis methods to determine the periodic components of the profile variations (after reregistering the spectra to correct for binary motion). There are at least six periods present (ranging from 8.46 to 2.27 hr), and most of these signals are also found in optical line variations observed in 1986 (although the relative amplitudes have changed significantly). Furthermore, analysis of a shorter time series of IUE spectra from 1984 shows that similar periods were present then. We also present H{alpha} and He i {lambda}6678 profiles obtained with the Georgia State University Multi-Telescope Telescope, which were made simultaneously with IUE, and we show that the profile variations are essentially identical in the UV and optical ranges. We rule out rotational modulation and circumstellar gas obscuration as possible causes, and we suggest instead that the variations are the result of photospheric nonradial pulsations of relatively low degree (l=3-5). There were significant changes ({approx}10%) in the equivalent widths of the UV stellar wind lines during the IUE run, and we suggest that wind strengthening events are related to episodes of large-amplitude, constructive interference between the NRP modes. Thus, intermode beating may play an important role in promoting wind loss from massive stars. (c) (c) 1999

  10. Activity of daptomycin- and vancomycin-loaded poly-epsilon-caprolactone microparticles against mature staphylococcal biofilms

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    Full Text Available Inês Santos Ferreira,1 Ana F Bettencourt,1 Lídia MD Gonçalves,1 Stefanie Kasper,2 Bertrand Bétrisey,3 Judith Kikhney,2 Annette Moter,2 Andrej Trampuz,4 António J Almeida1 1Research Institute for Medicines (iMed.ULisboa, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal; 2Biofilmcenter, German Heart Institute Berlin, Berlin, Germany; 3Infectious Diseases Service, Department of Medicine, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland; 4Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery, Charité – University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany Abstract: The aim of the present study was to develop novel daptomycin-loaded poly-epsilon-caprolactone (PCL microparticles with enhanced antibiofilm activity against mature biofilms of clinically relevant bacteria, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA and polysaccharide intercellular adhesin-positive Staphylococcus epidermidis. Daptomycin was encapsulated into PCL microparticles by a double emulsion-solvent evaporation method. For comparison purposes, formulations containing vancomycin were also prepared. Particle morphology, size distribution, encapsulation efficiency, surface charge, thermal behavior, and in vitro release were assessed. All formulations exhibited a spherical morphology, micro­meter size, and negative surface charge. From a very early time stage, the released concentrations of daptomycin and vancomycin were higher than the minimal inhibitory concentration and continued so up to 72 hours. Daptomycin presented a sustained release profile with increasing concentrations of the drug being released up to 72 hours, whereas the release of vancomycin stabilized at 24 hours. The antibacterial activity of the microparticles was assessed by isothermal microcalorimetry against planktonic and sessile MRSA and S. epidermidis. Regarding planktonic bacteria, daptomycin-loaded PCL microparticles presented the highest antibacterial activity against both strains. Isothermal

  11. Alanine-scanning mutagenesis of the epsilon subunit of the F1-F0 ATP synthase from Escherichia coli reveals two classes of mutants.

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    Xiong, H; Vik, S B

    1995-10-06

    Alanine-scanning mutagenesis was applied to the epsilon subunit of the F1-F0 ATP synthase from E. coli. Nineteen amino acid residues were changed to alanine, either singly or in pairs, between residues 10 and 93. All mutants, when expressed in the epsilon deletion strain XH1, were able to grow on succinate minimal medium. Membranes were prepared from all mutants and assayed for ATP-driven proton translocation, ATP hydrolysis +/- lauryldiethylamine oxide, and sensitivity of ATPase activity to N,N'-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (DCCD). Most of the mutants fell into 2 distinct classes. The first group had inhibited ATPase activity, with near normal levels of membrane-bound F1, but decreased sensitivity to DCCD. The second group had stimulated ATPase activity, with a reduced level of membrane-bound F1, but normal sensitivity to DCCD. Membranes from all mutants were further characterized by immunoblotting using 2 monoclonal antibodies. A model for the secondary structure of epsilon and its role in the function of the ATP synthase has been developed. Some residues are important for the binding of epsilon to F1 and therefore for inhibition. Other residues, from Glu-59 through Glu-70, are important for the release of inhibition by epsilon that is part of the normal enzyme cycle.

  12. Structures of the thermophilic F1-ATPase epsilon subunit suggesting ATP-regulated arm motion of its C-terminal domain in F1.

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    Yagi, Hiromasa; Kajiwara, Nobumoto; Tanaka, Hideaki; Tsukihara, Tomitake; Kato-Yamada, Yasuyuki; Yoshida, Masasuke; Akutsu, Hideo

    2007-07-03

    The epsilon subunit of bacterial and chloroplast F(o)F(1)-ATP synthases modulates their ATP hydrolysis activity. Here, we report the crystal structure of the ATP-bound epsilon subunit from a thermophilic Bacillus PS3 at 1.9-A resolution. The C-terminal two alpha-helices were folded into a hairpin, sitting on the beta sandwich structure, as reported for Escherichia coli. A previously undescribed ATP binding motif, I(L)DXXRA, recognizes ATP together with three arginine and one glutamate residues. The E. coli epsilon subunit binds ATP in a similar manner, as judged on NMR. We also determined solution structures of the C-terminal domain of the PS3 epsilon subunit and relaxation parameters of the whole molecule by NMR. The two helices fold into a hairpin in the presence of ATP but extend in the absence of ATP. The latter structure has more helical regions and is much more flexible than the former. These results suggest that the epsilon C-terminal domain can undergo an arm-like motion in response to an ATP concentration change and thereby contribute to regulation of F(o)F(1)-ATP synthase.

  13. Sources of alpha-, beta-, gamma-, delta- and epsilon-carotenes: a twentieth century review Fontes de alfa-, beta-, gama-, delta-, e epsilon-carotenos: uma revisão do século XX

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    José M. Barbosa-Filho

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Since humans cannot synthesize carotenoids, they depend upon the diet exclusively for the source of these micronutrients. It has claimed that they may alleviate chronic diseases such as cancers. The present communication constitutes a global review of the scientific literature on plants and others organisms that biosynthesize carotenoids, which include the series alpha-, beta-, gamma-, delta- and epsilon-carotenes. The results of the literature survey lists more than five hundred sources.Uma vez que os humanos não podem sintetizar carotenóides, dependem exclusivamente da dieta como fonte desses micronutrientes. Tem sido afirmado que eles podem aliviar doenças crônicas, tais como cânceres. O presente artigo constitui uma revisão global da literatura científica sobre plantas e outros organismos que biossintetizam carotenóides, que incluem as séries alfa-, beta-, gama-, delta-, e epsilon-carotenos. Os resultados das listas de pesquisa da literatura mostram mais de quinhentas fontes.

  14. Accelerations of {epsilon}+{alpha}{yields}{beta} transformation and sintering of iron silicide by addition of Pd; Pd tenka ni yoru keikatetsu no {epsilon}+{alpha}{yields}{beta} hentai to shoketsu no sokushin

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    Kato, M.; Yamamoto, N.; Takeda, T. [Isuzu Advanced Engineering Center Ltd., Kanagawa (Japan); Hayashi, K. [The University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan). Institute of Industrial Science

    1996-12-15

    FeSi2 ({beta} phase) semiconducting iron silicide, which is expected to be widely used as a thermoelectric material in high temperature environment, is formed below 1259K by the peritectoid reaction of FeSi ({epsilon}) and Fe2Si5 ({alpha}) two metallic phases. Because the transformation of {epsilon} + {alpha} {yields} {beta} caused by this peritectoid reaction occurs considerably slowly, the iron silicide material which is produced by sintering of the powder at temperatures above 1259K has to be isothermally heat-treated for at least 180ks at about 1120K after the sintering so that the transformation occurs completely. We have found that the transformation was drastically accelerated by the addition of a small amount of Pd in the same way as Cu; the isothermal heat-treatment time necessary for the completion of the transformation was reduced to about 1/60. The sintering time needed for the almost full densification of the powder by pressure DCL sintering (DCL; direct current loading) was also reduced. A hypothesis for the mechanisms was proposed. 15 refs., 7 figs., 2 tabs.

  15. Oral Multiple Sclerosis Drugs Inhibit the In vitro Growth of Epsilon Toxin Producing Gut Bacterium, Clostridium perfringens

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    Rumah, Kareem R.; Vartanian, Timothy K.; Fischetti, Vincent A.

    2017-01-01

    There are currently three oral medications approved for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). Two of these medications, Fingolimod, and Teriflunomide, are considered to be anti-inflammatory agents, while dimethyl fumarate (DMF) is thought to trigger a robust antioxidant response, protecting vulnerable cells during an MS attack. We previously proposed that epsilon toxin from the gut bacterium, Clostridium perfringens, may initiate newly forming MS lesions due to its tropism for blood-brain barrier (BBB) vasculature and central nervous system myelin. Because gut microbiota will be exposed to these oral therapies prior to systemic absorption, we sought to determine if these compounds affect C. perfringens growth in vitro. Here we show that Fingolimod, Teriflunomide, and DMF indeed inhibit C. perfringens growth. Furthermore, several compounds similar to DMF in chemical structure, namely α, β unsaturated carbonyls, also known as Michael acceptors, inhibit C. perfringens. Sphingosine, a Fingolimod homolog with known antibacterial properties, proved to be a potent C. perfringens inhibitor with a Minimal Inhibitory Concentration similar to that of Fingolimod. These findings suggest that currently approved oral MS therapies and structurally related compounds possess antibacterial properties that may alter the gut microbiota. Moreover, inhibition of C. perfringens growth and resulting blockade of epsilon toxin production may contribute to the clinical efficacy of these disease-modifying drugs. PMID:28180112

  16. Oral Multiple Sclerosis Drugs Inhibit the In vitro Growth of Epsilon Toxin Producing Gut Bacterium, Clostridium perfringens.

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    Rumah, Kareem R; Vartanian, Timothy K; Fischetti, Vincent A

    2017-01-01

    There are currently three oral medications approved for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). Two of these medications, Fingolimod, and Teriflunomide, are considered to be anti-inflammatory agents, while dimethyl fumarate (DMF) is thought to trigger a robust antioxidant response, protecting vulnerable cells during an MS attack. We previously proposed that epsilon toxin from the gut bacterium, Clostridium perfringens, may initiate newly forming MS lesions due to its tropism for blood-brain barrier (BBB) vasculature and central nervous system myelin. Because gut microbiota will be exposed to these oral therapies prior to systemic absorption, we sought to determine if these compounds affect C. perfringens growth in vitro. Here we show that Fingolimod, Teriflunomide, and DMF indeed inhibit C. perfringens growth. Furthermore, several compounds similar to DMF in chemical structure, namely α, β unsaturated carbonyls, also known as Michael acceptors, inhibit C. perfringens. Sphingosine, a Fingolimod homolog with known antibacterial properties, proved to be a potent C. perfringens inhibitor with a Minimal Inhibitory Concentration similar to that of Fingolimod. These findings suggest that currently approved oral MS therapies and structurally related compounds possess antibacterial properties that may alter the gut microbiota. Moreover, inhibition of C. perfringens growth and resulting blockade of epsilon toxin production may contribute to the clinical efficacy of these disease-modifying drugs.

  17. Apolipoprotein E epsilon 4 allele distribution in Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome with or without global intellectual deficits.

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    Muramatsu, T; Kato, M; Matsui, T; Yoshimasu, H; Yoshino, A; Matsushita, S; Higuchi, S; Kashima, H

    1997-01-01

    Recent genetic studies show that the apolipoprotein E (ApoE) epsilon 4 allele is a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD). Whether this allele is associated with other dementing diseases is the next important question. The information could provide a clue to the pathogenetic role of ApoE. In the present study, patients with Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS) of alcoholic etiology were divided into two groups according to the severity of intellectual deficits, i.e., those of "classical" Korsakoff patients with preserved intellectual function other than amnesia and those with global intellectual deficits. Genotyping showed that the frequency of ApoE epsilon 4 allele was significantly higher in the patients with global deficits, suggesting the involvement of this allele in the intellectual decline of WKS. In contrast, distributions of other two markers, alpha 1-antichymotrypsin and presenilin-1, did not differ between the two groups. These results added further support to the notion that the consequence of acute insult to the brain is influenced by the ApoE genotype, and suggested ApoE's role in the development of a certain group of "alcoholic dementia."

  18. Controlled protein release from electrospun biodegradable fiber mesh composed of poly(epsilon-caprolactone) and poly(ethylene oxide).

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    Kim, Taek Gyoung; Lee, Doo Sung; Park, Tae Gwan

    2007-06-29

    A blend mixture of poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) was electrospun to produce fibrous meshes that could release a protein drug in a controlled manner. Various biodegradable polymers, such as poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA), poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL), and poly(d,l-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) were dissolved, along with PEO and lysozyme, in a mixture of chloroform and dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO). The mixture was electrospun to produce lysozyme loaded fibrous meshes. Among the polymers, the PCL/PEO blend meshes showed good morphological stability upon incubation in the buffer solution, resulting in controlled release of lysozyme over an extended period with reduced initial bursts. With varying the PCL/PEO blending ratio, the release rate of lysozyme from the corresponding meshes could be readily modulated. The lysozyme release was facilitated by increasing the amount of PEO, indicating that entrapped lysozyme was mainly released out by controlled dissolution of PEO from the blend meshes. Lysozyme released from the electrospun fibers retained sufficient catalytic activity.

  19. Preparation of bupivacaine-loaded poly(epsilon-caprolactone) microspheres by spray drying: drug release studies and biocompatibility.

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    Blanco, M D; Bernardo, M V; Sastre, R L; Olmo, R; Muñiz, E; Teijón, J M

    2003-03-01

    Poly(epsilon-caprolactone) microspheres containing bupivacaine were prepared by the spray-drying process. The average size of drug loaded microspheres was less than 3 microm in diameter, and the percentage of entrapment efficiency was 91 +/- 3%. In vitro drug release kinetic in phosphate buffer at 37 degrees C showed a hyperbolic profile, with a burst-effect during the first hour. Subcutaneous injection of bupivacaine-loaded microspheres in the back of rats caused an increase in drug concentration in plasma. Maximum bupivacaine concentration in plasma was 237 +/- 58 ng/ml at 105 h, and drug was detected in plasma for 16 days. The half-life time of the drug was increased by more than 125 times with regard to that of the drug administered in a solution by intraperitoneal injection. After 30 days of injection, a mass formed by microspheres surrounded by a thin fibrous capsule was observed. Small blood vessels and multinucleate foreign body giant cells with macrophagic function around microspheres were detected. After 60 days of injection a subcutaneous mass was also observed, which was formed of more degraded dispersed microspheres in conjunctive tissue, which had a normal structure. Thus, bupivacaine-loaded poly(epsilon-caprolactone) microspheres could be considered as a device to be used in the treatment of severe pain that is not responsive to opioids for example in cancer-related syndromes or in intractable herpetic neuralgia.

  20. The use of the k - {epsilon} turbulence model within the Rossby Centre regional ocean climate model: parameterization development and results

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    Markus Meier, H.E. [Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Inst., Norrkoeping (Sweden). Rossby Centre

    2000-09-01

    As mixing plays a dominant role for the physics of an estuary like the Baltic Sea (seasonal heat storage, mixing in channels, deep water mixing), different mixing parameterizations for use in 3D Baltic Sea models are discussed and compared. For this purpose two different OGCMs of the Baltic Sea are utilized. Within the Swedish regional climate modeling program, SWECLIM, a 3D coupled ice-ocean model for the Baltic Sea has been coupled with an improved version of the two-equation k - {epsilon} turbulence model with corrected dissipation term, flux boundary conditions to include the effect of a turbulence enhanced layer due to breaking surface gravity waves and a parameterization for breaking internal waves. Results of multi-year simulations are compared with observations. The seasonal thermocline is simulated satisfactory and erosion of the halocline is avoided. Unsolved problems are discussed. To replace the controversial equation for dissipation the performance of a hierarchy of k-models has been tested and compared with the k - {epsilon} model. In addition, it is shown that the results of the mixing parameterization depend very much on the choice of the ocean model. Finally, the impact of two mixing parameterizations on Baltic Sea climate is investigated. In this case the sensitivity of mean SST, vertical temperature and salinity profiles, ice season and seasonal cycle of heat fluxes is quite large.

  1. Structure of modified [epsilon]-polylysine micelles and their application in improving cellular antioxidant activity of curcuminoids

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    Yu, Hailong; Li, Ji; Shi, Ke; Huang, Qingrong (Rutgers)

    2015-10-15

    The micelle structure of octenyl succinic anhydride modified {var_epsilon}-polylysine (M-EPL), an anti-microbial surfactant prepared from natural peptide {var_epsilon}-polylysine in aqueous solution has been studied using synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Our results revealed that M-EPLs formed spherical micelles with individual size of 24-26 {angstrom} in aqueous solution which could further aggregate to form a larger dimension with averaged radius of 268-308 {angstrom}. Furthermore, M-EPL micelle was able to encapsulate curcuminoids, a group of poorly-soluble bioactive compounds from turmeric with poor oral bioavailability, and improve their water solubility. Three loading methods, including solvent evaporation, dialysis, and high-speed homogenization were compared. The results indicated that the dialysis method generated the highest loading capacity and curcuminoids water solubility. The micelle encapsulation was confirmed as there were no free curcuminoid crystals detected in the differential scanning calorimetry analysis. It was also demonstrated that M-EPL encapsulation stabilized curcuminoids against hydrolysis at pH 7.4 and the encapsulated curcuminoids showed elevated cellular antioxidant activity compared with free curcuminoids. This work suggested that M-EPL could be used as new biopolymer micelles for delivering poorly soluble drugs/phytochemicals and improving their bioactivities.

  2. Adaptação da função dielétrica {épsilon"/[épsilon'(a f épsilon' - épsilon"]} para determinação do teor de água em sementes de feijão por radiofreqüências Adjustment of the microwave dielectric function {epsilon"/[epsilon'(a f epsilon' - epsilon"]} to estimate the moisture content of commom bean seeds at radiofrequencies

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    Pedro A. Berbert

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available O desenvolvimento de modelos dielétricos universais para se estimar o teor de água de grãos e sementes é, atualmente, uma das principais tendências da engenharia de desenvolvimento de protótipos de medidores on-line. Esses modelos permitem a utilização de um único algoritmo, construído a partir de um mesmo tipo de função de calibração, para se calcular o teor de água de grãos em movimento sem a influência do fluxo de massa. No presente trabalho avaliou-se o desempenho de um modelo dielétrico originalmente desenvolvido para freqüências de microondas para estimar o teor de água em sementes de feijão on-line e que foi derivado de uma função do tipo zeta = F{épsilon"/[épsilon'(a fépsilon'-épsilon"]}, em que épsilon' e épsilon" representam a permissividade elétrica relativa e o fator de perda dielétrica dos grãos, respectivamente, e a f é uma constante que depende apenas da freqüência de oscilação. A medição dos parâmetros dielétricos foi feita utilizando-se amostras de feijão com teor de água no intervalo 11,5% b.u. The development of universal dielectric models to estimate the moisture content of grains and seeds is one of the main trends in the field of engineering for the production of on-line moisture meter prototypes. These models allow the use of a single algorithm, derived from a unique calibration equation, to calculate moisture content of moving grain independently of bulk density or mass flow rate. In this paper, the performance of a dielectric model originally developed for microwave frequencies has been assessed for estimating moisture content of common bean seeds at radiofrequencies. The model was derived from the following function, zeta = F{epsilon"/[epsilon'(a fepsilon'-epsilon"]}, in which epsilon' e epsilon" are the relative permittivity and dielectric loss factor, respectively, and af is an extrinsic parameter dependent on the frequency of oscillation. Measurement of dielectric

  3. Potential function of added minerals as nucleation sites and effect of humic substances on mineral formation by the nitrate-reducing Fe(II)-oxidizer Acidovorax sp. BoFeN1.

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    Dippon, Urs; Pantke, Claudia; Porsch, Katharina; Larese-Casanova, Phil; Kappler, Andreas

    2012-06-19

    The mobility of toxic metals and the transformation of organic pollutants in the environment are influenced and in many cases even controlled by iron minerals. Therefore knowing the factors influencing iron mineral formation and transformation by Fe(II)-oxidizing and Fe(III)-reducing bacteria is crucial for understanding the fate of contaminants and for the development of remediation technologies. In this study we followed mineral formation by the nitrate-reducing Fe(II)-oxidizing strain Acidovorax sp. BoFeN1 in the presence of the crystalline Fe(III) (oxyhydr)oxides goethite, magnetite and hematite added as potential nucleation sites. Mössbauer spectroscopy analysis of minerals precipitated by BoFeN1 in (57)Fe(II)-spiked microbial growth medium showed that goethite was formed in the absence of mineral additions as well as in the presence of goethite or hematite. The presence of magnetite minerals during Fe(II) oxidation induced the formation of magnetite in addition to goethite, while the addition of humic substances along with magnetite also led to goethite but no magnetite. This study showed that mineral formation not only depends on the aqueous geochemical conditions but can also be affected by the presence of mineral nucleation sites that initiate precipitation of the same underlying mineral phases.

  4. Direct interaction of Syk and Lyn protein tyrosine kinases in rat basophilic leukemia cells activated via type I Fc epsilon receptors.

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    Amoui, M; Dráberová, L; Tolar, P; Dráber, P

    1997-01-01

    Activation of rat mast cells through the receptor with high affinity for IgE (Fc epsilonRI) requires a complex set of interactions involving transmembrane subunits of the Fc epsilonRI and two classes of nonreceptor protein tyrosine kinase (PTK). the Src family PTK p53/p56(lyn) (Lyn) and the Syk/ZAP-family PTK p72(syk) (Syk). Early activation events involve increased activity of Lyn and Syk kinases and their translocation into membrane domains containing aggregated Fc epsilonRI, but the molecular mechanisms responsible for these changes have remained largely unclear. To determine the role of Fc epsilonRI subunits in this process, we have analyzed Syk- and Lyn-associated proteins in activated rat basophilic leukemia (RBL) cells and their variants deficient in the expression of Fc epsilonRI beta or gamma subunits. Sepharose 4B gel chromatography of postnuclear supernatants from Nonidet-P40-solubilized antigen (Ag)- or pervanadate-activated RBL cells revealed extensive changes in the size of complexes formed by Lyn and Syk kinases and other cellular components. A fusion protein containing Src homology 2 (SH2) and SH3 domains of Lyn bound Syk from lysates of nonactivated RBL cells; an increased binding was observed when lysates from Ag- or pervanadate-activated cells were used. A similar amount of Syk was bound when lysates from pervanadate-activated variant cells deficient in the expression of Fc epsilonRI beta or gamma subunits were used, suggesting that Fc epsilonRI does not function as the only intermediate in the formation of the Syk-Lyn complexes. Further experiments have indicated that Syk-Lyn interactions occur in Ag-activated RBL cells under in vivo conditions and that these interactions could involve direct binding of the Lyn SH2 domain with phosphorylated tyrosine of Syk. The physical association of Lyn and Syk during mast-like cell activation supports the recently proposed functional cooperation of these two tyrosine kinases in Fc epsilonRI signaling.

  5. Facile synthesis of linear-dendritic cholesteryl-poly(epsilon-caprolactone)-b-(L-lysine)(G2) by thiol-ene and azide-alkyne "click" reactions

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    Javakhishvili, Irakli; Binder, W.H.; Tanner, S.

    2010-01-01

    The construction of a linear-dendritic block copolymer consisting of terminal cholesteryl moiety, poly(epsilon-caprolactone), and a second generation L-lysine dendron has been accomplished by the combination of copper(I) catalyzed azide-alkyne and UV-triggered thiol-ene "click" reactions. Ring......-opening polymerization of E-caprolactone initiated by 5-hexyn-1-ol and Mitsunobu coupling with 4-pentenoic acid provide hetero-telechelic poly(epsilon-caprolactone) bearing terminal alkyne and alkene groups. It is then employed in the sequential "click" reactions with the azide-functionalized dendritic wedge...

  6. Long-term evaluation of functional nerve recovery after reconstruction with a thin-walled biodegradable poly (DL-lactide-epsilon-caprolactone) nerve guide, using walking track analysis and electrostimulation tests

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    Meek, MF; Den Dunnen, WFA; Schakenraad, JM; Robinson, PH

    1999-01-01

    This study was performed to evaluate the long-term functional nerve recovery after reconstruction of a IO-mm gap in the sciatic nerve of the rat, with a thin-walled nerve guide, composed of a biodegradable copolymer of DL-lactide and epsilon-caprolactone [p(DLLA-epsilon-CL)]. To evaluate both motor

  7. The biosynthesis of protein-bound hypusine (N epsilon -(4-amino-2-hydroxybutyl)lysine). Lysine as the amino acid precursor and the intermediate role of deoxyhypusine (N epsilon -(4-aminobutyl)lysine).

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    Park, M H; Cooper, H L; Folk, J E

    1982-06-25

    The major labeled constituent produced in cellular protein during the incubation of Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells with [3H]putrescine or [terminal methylenes-3H]spermidine was identified as hypusine (N epsilon -(4-amino-2-hydroxybutyl)lysine). This unusual amino acid was found to occur predominantly in one relatively acidic low molecular weight protein. When CHO cells were labeled with [4,5-3H)lysine, a small portion of the radioactivity of the cellular protein fraction, after release by proteolytic digestion or acid hydrolysis, chromatographed at the position of hypusine. Oxidative degradation of this isolated labeled material yielded labeled lysine, thus, providing evidence that lysine is the amino acid precursor of hypusine. Upon incubation of CHO cells with the metal chelator, alpha,alpha-dipyridyl, and either [4,5]3H]lysine or [terminal methylenes-3H]spermidine, label was incorporated into a protein-bound material, the chromatographic properties of which, after release by digestion, were found to be different from those of hypusine. This constituent of cell protein was identified as the unhydroxylated form of hypusine, deoxyhypusine (N epsilon -(4-aminobutyl)lysine). Evidence that the normal biosynthesis of hypusine proceeds through hydroxylation of deoxyhypusine was obtained by demonstration of conversion of protein-bound deoxyhypusine to protein-bound hypusine both in intact cells and in cell-free lysate. In the presence of the metal chelator, alpha,alpha-dipyridyl, deoxyhypusine accumulated in a single protein whose two dimensional electrophoretic properties were indistinguishable from those of the usual hypusine-containing protein. This finding supports the proposed mechanism in which peptide-bound lysine is converted to peptide-bound hypusine through hydroxylation of the transitory intermediate, deoxyhypusine.

  8. The synthesis of Fe-N co-doping nano TiO2/SO42-%Fe-N共掺杂纳米TiO2/SO42-的合成

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    张忠坤; 郭国伟; 张昊; 王玉童; 韩丽; 王剑峰

    2015-01-01

    Fe-N co-doping nano-particles TiO2/SO42- is synthesized by sol-gel method using titanium tetraisopropoxide as the precursor, n-propanol as solvent, concentrated sulfuric acid as catalyst and inhibitor, acetylacetone as stabilizer, Fe2(SO4)3 as iron source and urea as nitrogen source. The prepared products are characterized by XRD, SEM, UV-vis, and BET surface area. The results indicated that the Fe-N co-doping TiO2/SO42- nano-particles have been synthesized as anatase. The absorption edge of the material showed red-shift gradually with doping weight of Fe-N increasing, in which the most appropriate weight of both of Fe and N is 3.0 wt%. The absorption edge of the material reaches 495 nm.The absorption intensity of the material in the visible region increases with the increase of doping concentration.%以工业级异丙醇钛为钛源,正丙醇为溶剂,浓硫酸为催化剂和抑制剂,乙酰丙酮为稳定剂,硫酸铁为铁源,尿素为氮源,采用溶胶-凝胶法制备了Fe-N共掺杂的纳米TiO2/SO42-。利用XRD、UV-vis、N2吸附脱附、SEM对所制备的材料进行了表征。结果表明:合成的Fe-N共掺杂的纳米TiO2/SO42-为锐钛矿型,随着掺杂量的增加,吸收边逐渐红移,在Fe和N掺杂量均为3.0 wt%时红移效果最佳,且吸收边红移至495 nm附近,在可见光区的吸收强度随着掺杂量的增加而增大。

  9. El Naschie's {epsilon} {sup ({infinity})} space-time and scale relativity theory in the topological dimension D = 4

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    Agop, M. [Department of Physics, Technical ' Gh. Asachi' University, Blvd. Mangeron, No. 64, Iasi 700029 (Romania)]. E-mail: magop@phys.tuiasi.ro; Murgulet, C. [Department of Physics, Technical ' Gh. Asachi' University, Blvd. Mangeron, No. 64, Iasi 700029 (Romania)

    2007-05-15

    In the topological dimension D = 4 of the scale relativity theory, the self-structuring of a coherent quantum fluid implies the Golden mean renormalization group. Then, the transfinite set of El Naschie's {epsilon} {sup ({infinity})} space-time becomes the background of a new physics (the transfinite physics)

  10. In vivo and in vitro degradation of poly[(50)/(50) ((85)/(L)(15)/(D))LA/epsilon-CL], and the implications for the use in nerve reconstruction

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    den Dunnen, WFA; Meek, MF; Grijpma, DW; Robinson, PF; Schakenraad, JM

    2000-01-01

    Nerve guides can be used for the reconstruction of peripheral nerve defects. After serving their function, nerve guides should degrade. p[(50)/(50) ((85)/(L)(15)/(D))LA/epsilon-CL] degrades completely within 1 year without the formation of a slow degrading crystalline fraction. Although the tensile

  11. The association between APOE epsilon4 and Alzheimer-type dementia among memory clinic patients is confined to those with a higher education. The DESCRIPA Study

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    Vermeiren, A.P.; Bosma, H.; Visser, P.J.; Zeegers, M.P.; Graff, C.; Ewers, M.; Frisoni, G.B.; Frolich, L.; Hampel, H.; Jones, R.W.; Kehoe, P.G.; Lenoir, H.; Minthon, L.; Nobili, F.M.; Rikkert, M. Olde; Rigaud, A.S.; Scheltens, P.; Soininen, H.; Spiru, L.; Tsolaki, M.; Wahlund, L.O.; Vellas, B.; Wilcock, G.; Elias-Sonnenschein, L.S.; Verhey, F.R.J.

    2013-01-01

    We assessed the interaction between the APOE epsilon4 allele and education level in the etiology of Alzheimer's disease (AD) among memory clinic patients from the multicenter DESCRIPA study. Subjects (n = 544) were followed for 1 to 5 years. We used Cox's stratified survival modeling, adjusted for a

  12. Predictive value of APOE-epsilon 4 allele for progression from MCI to AD-type dementia : a meta-analysis

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    Elias-Sonnenschein, Lyzel S.; Viechtbauer, Wolfgang; Ramakers, Inez H. G. B.; Verhey, Frans R. J.; Visser, Pieter Jelle

    2011-01-01

    Background The identification of subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) at high risk for Alzheimer's disease (AD) is important for prognosis and early intervention. The APOE-epsilon 4 allele is the strongest known genetic risk factor for AD. The authors performed a meta-analysis to establish

  13. Light-microscopic and electron-microscopic evaluation of short-term nerve regeneration using a biodegradable poly(DL-lactide-epsilon-caprolacton) nerve guide

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    denDunnen, WFA; Stokroos, [No Value; Blaauw, EH; Holwerda, A; Pennings, AJ; Robinson, PH; Schakenraad, JM

    1996-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate short-term peripheral nerve regeneration across a IO-mm gap, using a biodegradable poly(DL-lactide-epsilon-caprolacton) nerve guide, with an internal diameter of 1.5 mm and a wall thickness of 0.30 mm. To do so, we evaluated regenerating nerves using light micro

  14. Electronmicroscopical evaluation of short-term nerve regeneration through a thin-walled biodegradable poly(DLLA-epsilon-CL) nerve guide filled with modified denatured muscle tissue

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    Meek, MF; Robinson, PH; Stokroos, [No Value; Blaauw, EH; Kors, G; den Dunnen, WFA

    2001-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate short-term peripheral nerve regeneration across a 15-mm gap in the sciatic nerve of the rat, using a thin-walled biodegradable poly(DL-lactide-epsilon -caprolactone) nerve guide filled with modified denatured muscle tissue (MDMT). The evaluation was performed us

  15. Synthesis, characterizations and biocompatibility of novel biodegradable star block copolymers based on poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate] and poly(epsilon-caprolactone)

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    Wang, Liang; Wang, Xiaojuan; Xu, Kaitian;

    2010-01-01

    Star block copolymers based on poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate] (PHB) and poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL), termed SPHBCL, were successfully synthesized with structural variation on arm numbers and lengths via coupling reactions and ring opening polymerizations. Arm numbers 3, 4 and 6 of SPHBCL were...

  16. Evaluation of functional nerve recovery after reconstruction with a poly (DL-lactide-epsilon-caprolactone) nerve guide, filled with modified denatured muscle tissue

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    Meek, MF; Den Dunnen, WFA; Schakenraad, JM; Robinson, PH

    1996-01-01

    The aim of this study was to compare the speed of functional nerve recovery after reconstruction with a biodegradable p(DLLA-epsilon -CL) nerve guide, as filled with either modified denatured muscle tissue (MDMT) or phosphate-buffered saline (PBS). To evaluate both motor and sensory nerve recovery,

  17. Increased CSF-BACE 1 Activity Is Associated with ApoE-[Epsilon]4 Genotype in Subjects with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's Disease

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    Ewers, Michael; Zhong, Zhenyu; Burger, Katharina; Wallin, Anders; Blennow, Kaj; Teipel, Stefan J.; Shen, Yong; Hampel, Harald

    2008-01-01

    The Apolipoprotein (ApoE) [epsilon]4 allele is a major genetic risk factor of Alzheimer's disease, and may affect the production of amyloid beta (A[beta][subscript 1-42]). Recently, we have shown that [beta]-secretase (BACE 1) activity can be reliably detected within the brain and human CSF. Here, we have examined an association between the ApoE…

  18. Comparative analysis of biological activities of Der p I-derived peptides on Fc epsilon receptor-bearing cells from Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus-sensitive patients.

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    Jeannin, P; Pestel, J; Bossus, M; Lassalle, P; Tartar, A; Tonnel, A B

    1993-01-01

    The ability of four uncoupled synthetic peptides (p52-71, p117-133, p176-187, p188-199) derived from Der p I, a major allergen from the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (Dpt) to stimulate Fc epsilon R+ cells from Dpt-sensitive patients was comparatively analysed. Each free peptide may specifically stimulate basophils (Fc epsilon RI+ cells) and platelets (Fc epsilon RII+ cells) from patients with significant levels of anti-Der p I IgE antibodies; p52-71 and p117-133 appear the best cell stimulation inducers. Both concentration-dependent biological activities of Der p I-peptide on Fc epsilon R+ cells are enhanced by coupling peptide to a carrier (as human serum albumin). Interestingly each Der p I-sensitive patient tested presents an individual pattern of response to peptide. Thus, from our results it appears that different Der p I sequences could be involved in the immune response to Der p I. PMID:7682161

  19. Nonreceptor protein tyrosine and lipid phosphatases in type I fc(epsilon) receptor-mediated activation of mast cells and basophils.

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    Heneberg, Petr; Dráber, Petr

    2002-08-01

    Protein tyrosine and lipid phosphorylations are early and critical events in type 1 Fc(epsilon) receptor (Fc(epsilon)RI)-mediated activation of mast cells and basophils. Tyrosine phosphorylation of Fc(epsilon)RI subunits as well as other signal transduction molecules reflects the balance between the action of protein tyrosine kinases and phosphatases. Similarly, the phosphate content of inositol phospholipids, involved in the recruitment of signalling molecules to the plasma membrane and the generation of secondary messengers, is the net result of the opposing effects of phosphoinositide kinases and lipid phosphatases. This review summarizes the current understanding of the structural and functional aspects of nonreceptor protein tyrosine phosphatases (SHP-1, SHP-2, HePTP, PTP20, PRL1, PRL2, PTP-MEG1 and PTP-MEG2) and lipid phosphatases (SHIP and SHIP2) in the activation of mast cells and basophils after Fc(epsilon)RI aggregation. New approaches towards a deeper understanding of the role of phosphatases in mast cell physiology are also discussed.

  20. New insights in the structure and biology of the high affinity receptor for IgE (Fc epsilon RI) on human epidermal Langerhans cells.

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    Bieber, T; Kraft, S; Jürgens, M; Strobel, I; Haberstok, J; Tomov, H; Regele, D; de la Salle, H; Wollenberg, A; Hanau, D

    1996-10-01

    The recent structural and functional analysis of the high affinity receptor for IgE (Fc epsilon RI) expressed on human epidermal Langerhans cells (LC) revealed new aspects of the biology of this structure. In contrast to basophils and mast cells where this receptor seems to be expressed constitutively at a constant level, the expression of Fc epsilon RI on LC varies on the donor and the inflammatory environment of the cells and lacks the classical beta-chain. This also implies functional differences most probably related to the expression level. Although the signalling pathway seems to be similar to that of basophils or mast cells, LC from individuals with atopic dermatitis are fully activated by receptor ligation while LC from normal individuals fail to exhibit calcium mobilization under the same conditions. Finally, LC from normal and atopic individuals use Fc epsilon RI to maximize antigen uptake via specific IgE and subsequent presentation to T cells. Thus, Fc epsilon RI expressed on LC differs in terms of structure and function from that expressed on effector cells of anaphylaxis.

  1. N-epsilon-(carboxymethyl)lysine depositions in intramyocardial blood vessels in human and rat acute myocardial infarction - A predictor or reflection of infarction?

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    A. Baidoshvili; P.A.J. Krijnen; K. Kupreishvili; C. Ciurana; W. Bleeker; R. Nijmeijer; C.A. Visser; F.C. Visser; C.J.L.M. Meijer; W. Stooker; L. Eijsman; V.W.M. van Hinsbergh; C.E. Hack; H.W.M. Niessen; C.G. Schalkwijk

    2006-01-01

    Objective - Advanced glycation end products ( AGEs), such as N-epsilon-( carboxymethyl) lysine ( CML), are implicated in vascular disease. We previously reported increased CML accumulation in small intramyocardial blood vessels in diabetes patients. Diabetes patients have an increased risk for acute

  2. Cloning and characterization of promoter and 5 '-UTR of the NMDA receptor subunit epsilon(2) : evidence for alternative splicing of 5 '-non-coding exon

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    Klein, M; Pieri, [No Value; Uhlmann, F; Pfizenmaier, K; Eisel, U

    1998-01-01

    Using rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE), we have cloned the 5'-untranslated region (5'-UTR) of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor subunit epsilon(2) from murine forebrain-derived mRNA. We identified two distinct types of cDNA species differing in the presence or absence of one exon sequence. Se

  3. Electronmicroscopical evaluation of short-term nerve regeneration through a thin-walled biodegradable poly(DLLA-epsilon-CL) nerve guide filled with modified denatured muscle tissue

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    Meek, MF; Robinson, PH; Stokroos, [No Value; Blaauw, EH; Kors, G; den Dunnen, WFA

    2001-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate short-term peripheral nerve regeneration across a 15-mm gap in the sciatic nerve of the rat, using a thin-walled biodegradable poly(DL-lactide-epsilon -caprolactone) nerve guide filled with modified denatured muscle tissue (MDMT). The evaluation was performed us

  4. Discovery and consequences of apolipoprotein-epsilon(3Groningen) : a G-insertion in codon 95/96 that is predicted to cause a premature stop codon

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    Dijck-Brouwer, DAJ; van Doormaal, JJ; Kema, IP; Brugman, AM; Kingma, AW; Muskiet, FAJ

    2005-01-01

    Background We found an unexplained, persistent discrepancy between the outcomes of two apolipoprotein-E (apo-E) genotyping methods for a patient with features of familial dysbetalipoproteinaemia (FD). Polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism resulted in the apo-epsilon(2)/e

  5. The ClpXP protease is responsible for the degradation of the Epsilon antidote to the Zeta toxin of the streptococcal pSM19035 plasmid.

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    Brzozowska, Iwona; Zielenkiewicz, Urszula

    2014-03-14

    Most bacterial genomes contain different types of toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems. The ω-ε-ζ proteinaceous type II TA cassette from the streptococcal pSM19035 plasmid is a member of the ε/ζ family, which is commonly found in multiresistance plasmids and chromosomes of various human pathogens. Regulation of type II TA systems relies on the proteolysis of antitoxin proteins. Under normal conditions, the Epsilon antidote neutralizes the Zeta toxin through the formation of a tight complex. In this study, we show, using both in vivo and in vitro analyses, that the ClpXP protease is responsible for Epsilon antitoxin degradation. Using in vivo studies, we examined the stability of the plasmids with active or inactive ω-ε-ζ TA cassettes in B. subtilis mutants that were defective for different proteases. Using in vitro assays, the degradation of purified His6-Epsilon by the His6-LonBs, ClpPBs, and ClpXBs proteases from B. subtilis was analyzed. Additionally, we showed that purified Zeta toxin protects the Epsilon protein from rapid ClpXP-catalyzed degradation.

  6. Mutations in congenital myasthenic syndromes reveal an epsilon subunit C-terminal cysteine, C470, crucial for maturation and surface expression of adult AChR

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    Ealing, J; Webster, R; Brownlow, S; Abdelgany, A; Oosterhuis, H; Muntoni, F; Vaux, DJ; Vincent, A; Beeson, D

    2002-01-01

    Many congenital myasthenic syndromes (CMS) are associated with mutations in the genes encoding the acetylcholine receptor (AChR), an oligomeric protein with the structure alpha(2)betadeltaepsilon. AChR deficiency is frequently due to homozygous or heteroallelic mutations in the AChR epsilon subunit,

  7. Factors Leading to Membership in Professional Associations and Levels of Professional Commitment as Determined by Active and Inactive Members of Delta Pi Epsilon

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    McCroskey, Stacey; O'Neil, Sharon Lund

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: This study was undertaken with grant funds provided by the Delta Pi Epsilon (DPE) Research Foundation, Inc., to assess the factors of professional commitment related to membership. Additionally, the respondents' perceptions about DPE affiliating with the National Business Education Association (NBEA) were investigated. Method: Of the…

  8. Increased CSF-BACE 1 Activity Is Associated with ApoE-[Epsilon]4 Genotype in Subjects with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's Disease

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    Ewers, Michael; Zhong, Zhenyu; Burger, Katharina; Wallin, Anders; Blennow, Kaj; Teipel, Stefan J.; Shen, Yong; Hampel, Harald

    2008-01-01

    The Apolipoprotein (ApoE) [epsilon]4 allele is a major genetic risk factor of Alzheimer's disease, and may affect the production of amyloid beta (A[beta][subscript 1-42]). Recently, we have shown that [beta]-secretase (BACE 1) activity can be reliably detected within the brain and human CSF. Here, we have examined an association between the ApoE…

  9. Screening of formulation variables for the preparation of poly(epsilon-caprolactone) nanocapsules containing the local anesthetic benzocaine.

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    Moraes, Carolina Morales; de Matos, Angélica Prado; Grillo, Renato; de Melo, Nathalie F S; de Paula, Eneida; Dias Filho, Newton Luiz; Rosa, André Henrique; Fraceto, Leonardo Fernandes

    2011-03-01

    In this work we describe the screening of four parameters in the preparation, by nanoprecipitation, of poly(epsilon-caprolactone) nanocapsules, used as a drug carrier system for the local anesthetic, benzocaine. A 2(4-1) factorial experimental design was used to study the influence of four different independent variables (polymer, oily phase, Span 60 and Tween 80) on nanocapsule characteristics (size, polydispersion index, zeta potential) and drug loading capability. Best results were obtained using an aqueous formulation comprising 100 mg of polymer, 200 mg of oily phase, 40 mg of Span 60 and 60 mg of Tween 80 in a final volume of 10 mL which produced a colloidal system with particle size of 188 nm, zeta potential -32 mV, polydispersion index 0.07, and benzocaine association efficiency > 87%. These findings open the way for future clinical studies using such formulations.

  10. Hydrogen bond driven chemical reactions: Beckmann rearrangement of cyclohexanone oxime into epsilon-caprolactam in supercritical water.

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    Boero, Mauro; Ikeshoji, Tamio; Liew, Chee Chin; Terakura, Kiyoyuki; Parrinello, Michele

    2004-05-26

    Recent experiments have shown that supercritical water (SCW) has the ability to accelerate and make selective synthetic organic reactions, thus replacing the common but environmentally harmful acid and basic catalysts. In an attempt to understand the intimate mechanism behind this observation, we analyze, via first-principles molecular dynamics, the Beckmann rearrangement of cyclohexanone oxime into epsilon-caprolactam in supercritical water, for which accurate experimental evidence has been reported. Differences in the wetting of the hydrophilic parts of the solute, enhanced by SCW, and the disrupted hydrogen bond network are shown to be crucial in triggering the reaction and in making it selective. Furthermore, the enhanced concentrations of H(+) in SCW play an important role in starting the reaction.

  11. Transmission-line analysis of an epsilon near zero tunneling circuit using a double ridge rectangular waveguide

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    Kim, Byung-Mun [Gyeongbuk Provincial College, Yecheon (Korea, Republic of); Son, Hyeok-Woo; Cho, Young-Ki [Kyungpook National University, Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Hong, Jae-Pyo [Kyungil University, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-09-15

    We present a simple method for efficient modeling of the tunneling effect in an Epsilon Near Zero (ENZ) channel waveguide based on a transmission-line model. The proposed ENZ channel uses a double-ridge rectangular waveguide (RWG) and is located in the middle of the input-output standard rectangular waveguides (IORWG). The height of the channel waveguide is much smaller than that of the IORWG. The detailed design of the ENZ channel is presented, and the optimum length for tunneling phenomena is calculated. These theoretical studies highlight the substantial differences between this unique tunneling phenomenon and higher-frequency Fabry-Perot resonances. We perform a simulation for the designed ENZ channel by using a commercial FEM simulator. The simulated and the measured results for the fabricated ENZ channel structure are in good agreement.

  12. Epsilon-Near-Zero behavior from plasmonic Dirac point: theory and realization using two-dimensional materials

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    Mattheakis, Marios; Kaxiras, Efthimios

    2016-01-01

    The electromagnetic response of a two-dimensional metal embedded in a periodic array of a dielectric host can give rise to a plasmonic Dirac point that emulates Epsilon-Near-Zero (ENZ) behavior. This theoretical result is extremely sensitive to tructural features like periodicity of the dielectric medium and thickness imperfections. We propose that such a device can actually be realized by using graphene as the 2D metal and materials like the layered semiconducting transition-metal dichalcogenides or hexagonal boron nitride as the dielectric host. We propose a systematic approach, in terms of design characteristics, for constructing metamaterials with linear, elliptical and hyperbolic dispersion relations which produce ENZ behavior, normal or negative diffraction.

  13. Magnetized Epsilon-Near-Zero (ENZ) Structures: Hall Opacity, Hall Transparency, and One-Way Photonic Surface States

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    Davoyan, Arthur

    2013-01-01

    We study propagation of transverse-magnetic (TM) electromagnetic waves in the bulk and at the surface of magnetized epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) medium in a Voigt configuration. We reveal that in a certain range of material parameters novel regimes of wave propagation emerge: we show that the transparency of the medium can be altered with the magnetization leading either to magnetically induced Hall opacity or Hall transparency of the ENZ. In our theoretical study, we demonstrate that surface waves at the interface between either a transparent or an opaque Hall medium and a homogeneous medium may, under certain conditions, be predominantly one-way. Moreover, we predict that one-way photonic surface states may exist at the interface of an opaque Hall ENZ and a regular metal, giving rise to a possibility for backscattering immune wave propagation and isolation.

  14. Epsilon-near-zero behavior from plasmonic Dirac point: Theory and realization using two-dimensional materials

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    Mattheakis, Marios; Valagiannopoulos, Constantinos A.; Kaxiras, Efthimios

    2016-11-01

    The electromagnetic response of a two-dimensional metal embedded in a periodic array of a dielectric host can give rise to a plasmonic Dirac point that emulates epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) behavior. This theoretical result is extremely sensitive to structural features like periodicity of the dielectric medium and thickness imperfections. We propose that such a device can actually be realized by using graphene as the two-dimensional metal and materials like the layered semiconducting transition-metal dichalcogenides or hexagonal boron nitride as the dielectric host. We propose a systematic approach, in terms of design characteristics, for constructing metamaterials with linear, elliptical, and hyperbolic dispersion relations which produce ENZ behavior, normal or negative diffraction.

  15. Periodic Imbert-Fedrov shift in a prism-coupling waveguide with epsilon-near-zero metamaterial

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    Tang, Tingting; Li, Jie; Luo, Li; Li, Chaoyang

    2017-01-01

    We study the periodic Imbert-Fedrov (IF) shift in a prism-coupling waveguide with epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) metamaterial. We take into account the influence of ENZ metamaterial and gold layer thicknesses as well as the metal material on the IF effect in our proposed waveguide. The calculation method is derived and theoretical analysis is given. Based on simulation results, we can find periodic IF shifts can be observed which provides us an opportunity to realize enhanced IF effect at various incident angle. Further calculations shows that ENZ metamaterial thickness determines the maximum IF shift value, the periodic property and incident angle corresponding to IF shift peak. However, the metal thickness and permittivity only has an important influence on maximum IF shift value which will not affect the periodic property and incident angle corresponding to IF shift peak.

  16. A Simplified and Improved Free-Variable Framework for Hilbert's epsilon as an Operator of Indefinite Committed Choice

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    Wirth, Claus-Peter

    2011-01-01

    Free variables occur frequently in mathematics and computer science with ad hoc and altering semantics. We present the most recent version of our free-variable framework for two-valued logics with properly improved functionality, but only two kinds of free variables left (instead of three): implicitly universally and implicitly existentially quantified ones, now simply called "free atoms" and "free variables", respectively. The quantificational expressibility and the problem-solving facilities of our framework exceed standard first-order and even higher-order modal logics, and directly support Fermat's descente infinie. With the improved version of our framework, we can now also model Henkin quantification, neither using quantifiers (binders) nor raising (Skolemization). We propose a new semantics for Hilbert's epsilon as a choice operator with the following features: We avoid overspecification (such as right-uniqueness), but admit indefinite choice, committed choice, and classical logics. Moreover, our seman...

  17. Three-dimensional aerodynamic simulations of two-box automobile using kappa-epsilon turbulence model with quick scheme

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    Okumura, Kenji; Kuriyama, Toshihiko

    1993-09-01

    A new computational method that can be actually useful for an initial designing phase of automobile development has being developed. Standard kappa-epsilon turbulence model and QUICK (Quadratic Upwind Interpolation for Convective Kinematics) of the third-order-upwind scheme were used. A commercial CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) code, BFC (Boundary Fitted Coordinate) /SCRYU is applied. With this method, the reattachment point of backward-facing step flow is improved even in a rough calculational grid. When it was applied to 3-D (three dimensional) two-box automobile, it is able to improve the error of C(sub D) from 27 percent to 2 percent. The CPU (Central Processing Unit) time was within 20 hours by CRAY Y-MP (1 CPU), and the total analysis time was shortened from three weeks to five days.

  18. The epsilon glutathione S-transferases contribute to the malathion resistance in the oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel).

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    Lu, Xue-Ping; Wang, Luo-Luo; Huang, Yong; Dou, Wei; Chen, Chang-Tong; Wei, Dong; Wang, Jin-Jun

    2016-02-01

    Epsilon glutathione S-transferases (eGSTs) play important roles in xenobiotics detoxification and insecticides resistance in insects. However, the molecular mechanisms of eGSTs-mediated insecticide resistance remain largely unknown in the Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel), one of the most notorious pests in the world. Here, we investigated the roles of eight GST genes which belonged to epsilon class (BdGSTe1, BdGSTe2, BdGSTe3, BdGSTe4, BdGSTe5, BdGSTe6, BdGSTe7 and BdGSTe9) in conferring malathion resistance in B. dorsalis. Adult developmental stage-, sex- and tissue-specific expression patterns of the eight eGST genes were analyzed via quantitative reverse transcription PCR. The results showed that BdGSTe2, BdGSTe3, BdGSTe4 and BdGSTe9 were abundant in the midgut, fat body and Malpighian tubules. Notably, BdGSTe2, BdGSTe4 and BdGSTe9 were significantly overexpressed in a malathion-resistant (MR) strain of B. dorsalis compared to the malathion-susceptible (MS) strain. Functional expression and cytotoxicity assays showed significantly higher malathion detoxification capabilities in BdGSTe2-, BdGSTe3-, BdGSTe4- and BdGSTe9-expressing Sf9 cells compared to the parental and green fluorescent protein (GFP)-expressing Sf9 cells. Moreover, malathion susceptibility in MS adults was increased 30%, 14%, and 33% when BdGSTe2, BdGSTe3 and BdGSTe4 mRNA levels were repressed by RNA interference (RNAi)-mediated knockdown, respectively. Taken together, overexpression of the isoforms of eGSTs, including BdGSTe2, BdGSTe4, and particularly, BdGSTe9 plays an important role in the malathion resistant development in B. dorsalis. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Low Reynolds number kappa-epsilon and empirical transition models for oscillatory pipe flow and heat transfer

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    Bauer, Christopher

    1993-11-01

    Stirling engine heat exchangers are shell-and-tube type with oscillatory flow (zero-mean velocity) for the inner fluid. This heat transfer process involves laminar-transition turbulent flow motions under oscillatory flow conditions. A low Reynolds number kappa-epsilon model, (Lam-Bremhorst form), was utilized in the present study to simulate fluid flow and heat transfer in a circular tube. An empirical transition model was used to activate the low Reynolds number k-e model at the appropriate time within the cycle for a given axial location within the tube. The computational results were compared with experimental flow and heat transfer data for: (1) velocity profiles, (2) kinetic energy of turbulence, (3) skin friction factor, (4) temperature profiles, and (5) wall heat flux. The experimental data were obtained for flow in a tube (38 mm diameter and 60 diameter long), with the maximum Reynolds number based on velocity being Re(sub max) = 11840, a dimensionless frequency (Valensi number) of Va = 80.2, at three axial locations X/D = 16, 30 and 44. The agreement between the computations and the experiment is excellent in the laminar portion of the cycle and good in the turbulent portion. Moreover, the location of transition was predicted accurately. The Low Reynolds Number kappa-epsilon model, together with an empirical transition model, is proposed herein to generate the wall heat flux values at different operating parameters than the experimental conditions. Those computational data can be used for testing the much simpler and less accurate one dimensional models utilized in 1-D Stirling Engine design codes.

  20. Evaluating the epsilon-domination based multi-objective evolutionary algorithm for a quick computation of Pareto-optimal solutions.

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    Deb, Kalyanmoy; Mohan, Manikanth; Mishra, Shikhar

    2005-01-01

    Since the suggestion of a computing procedure of multiple Pareto-optimal solutions in multi-objective optimization problems in the early Nineties, researchers have been on the look out for a procedure which is computationally fast and simultaneously capable of finding a well-converged and well-distributed set of solutions. Most multi-objective evolutionary algorithms (MOEAs) developed in the past decade are either good for achieving a well-distributed solutions at the expense of a large computational effort or computationally fast at the expense of achieving a not-so-good distribution of solutions. For example, although the Strength Pareto Evolutionary Algorithm or SPEA (Zitzler and Thiele, 1999) produces a much better distribution compared to the elitist non-dominated sorting GA or NSGA-II (Deb et al., 2002a), the computational time needed to run SPEA is much greater. In this paper, we evaluate a recently-proposed steady-state MOEA (Deb et al., 2003) which was developed based on the epsilon-dominance concept introduced earlier(Laumanns et al., 2002) and using efficient parent and archive update strategies for achieving a well-distributed and well-converged set of solutions quickly. Based on an extensive comparative study with four other state-of-the-art MOEAs on a number of two, three, and four objective test problems, it is observed that the steady-state MOEA is a good compromise in terms of convergence near to the Pareto-optimal front, diversity of solutions, and computational time. Moreover, the epsilon-MOEA is a step closer towards making MOEAs pragmatic, particularly allowing a decision-maker to control the achievable accuracy in the obtained Pareto-optimal solutions.

  1. Photo-crosslinked poly(epsilon-caprolactone fumarate) networks for guided peripheral nerve regeneration: material properties and preliminary biological evaluations.

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    Wang, Shanfeng; Yaszemski, Michael J; Knight, Andrew M; Gruetzmacher, James A; Windebank, Anthony J; Lu, Lichun

    2009-06-01

    In an effort to achieve suitable biomaterials for peripheral nerve regeneration, we present a material design strategy of combining a crystallite-based physical network and a crosslink-based chemical network. Biodegradable polymer disks and conduits have been fabricated by photo-crosslinking three poly(epsilon-caprolactone fumarate)s (PCLF530, PCLF1250, and PCLF2000), which were synthesized from the precursor poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) diols with nominal molecular weights of 530, 1250, and 2000 g mol(-1), respectively. Thermal properties such as glass transition temperature (T(g)), melting temperature (T(m)), and crystallinity of photo-crosslinked PCLFs were examined and correlated with their rheological and mechanical properties. Furthermore, in vitro degradation of uncrosslinked and crosslinked PCLFs in PBS crosslinked PCLFs in 1 N NaOH aqueous solution at 37 degrees C was studied. In vitro cytocompatibility, attachment, and proliferation of Schwann cell precursor line SPL201 cells on three PCLF networks were investigated. Crosslinked PCLF2000 with the highest crystallinity and mechanical properties was found to best support cell attachment and proliferation. Using a new photo-crosslinking method, single-lumen crosslinked PCLF nerve conduits without defects were fabricated in a glass mold. Crosslinked PCLF2000 nerve conduits were selected for evaluation in a 1cm gap rat sciatic nerve model. Histological evaluation demonstrated that the material was biocompatible with sufficient strength to hold sutures in place after 6 and 17 weeks of implantation. Nerve cable with myelinated axons was found in the crosslinked PCLF2000 nerve conduit.

  2. Synthesis, characterization, and in vitro degradation of a biodegradable photo-cross-linked film from liquid poly(epsilon-caprolactone-co-lactide-co-glycolide) diacrylate.

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    Shen, Jin Y; Pan, Xiao Y; Lim, Chin H; Chan-Park, Mary B; Zhu, Xiao; Beuerman, Roger W

    2007-02-01

    There has been little study on the effect of composition or molecular weight on the biodegradation rate of photo-cross-linked biodegradable aliphatic polyesters though such information is important for tissue engineering scaffolds. We have synthesized a new series of photopolymerizable linear poly(epsilon-caprolactone-co-lactide-co-glycolide) diacrylates with different molecular weights (Mn = 1800, 4800, and 9300 Da) and compositions (20%, 40%, and 60% epsilon-CL) and studied their biodegradation rates. The resultant oligomers were amorphous and appeared as viscous liquids at room temperature. Liquid-to-solid polymerization was carried out by UV irradiation in the presence of a photoinitiator. The photocuring yield was high (greater than 95%), and the photo-cross-linked polymers were amorphous and rubbery. Mechanical measurements showed that the polymers can be stretchable or rigid; the high molecular weight/low epsilon-CL network has a strain of 176% and a modulus of 1.66 MPa while the low molecular weight/high epsilon-CL network has a strain of 21% and a modulus of 12.3 MPa. In a 10 week in vitro biodegradation study, the polymers exhibited a two-stage degradation behavior. In the first stage, the polymer weight and strain remained almost constant, but a linear decrease in the Young's modulus (E) and ultimate stress (sigma) were observed. Lower oligomer molecular weight or epsilon-CL content correlated with a faster decrease in Young's modulus. In the second stage, which began when the Young's modulus dropped below 1 MPa, there was rapid weight loss and strain increase. The lower the epsilon-CL content, the earlier the second stage happened. Low molecular weight and high epsilon-CL content correlated with a longer modulus half-life (time for the modulus to degrade to 50% of its initial value). The degradation results suggest principles that may be helpful in predicting the biodegradation behavior of similar polymeric cross-linked networks. Films formed from these

  3. Evolution of DNA polymerases: an inactivated polymerase-exonuclease module in Pol epsilon and a chimeric origin of eukaryotic polymerases from two classes of archaeal ancestors.

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    Tahirov, Tahir H; Makarova, Kira S; Rogozin, Igor B; Pavlov, Youri I; Koonin, Eugene V

    2009-03-18

    Evolution of DNA polymerases, the key enzymes of DNA replication and repair, is central to any reconstruction of the history of cellular life. However, the details of the evolutionary relationships between DNA polymerases of archaea and eukaryotes remain unresolved. We performed a comparative analysis of archaeal, eukaryotic, and bacterial B-family DNA polymerases, which are the main replicative polymerases in archaea and eukaryotes, combined with an analysis of domain architectures. Surprisingly, we found that eukaryotic Polymerase epsilon consists of two tandem exonuclease-polymerase modules, the active N-terminal module and a C-terminal module in which both enzymatic domains are inactivated. The two modules are only distantly related to each other, an observation that suggests the possibility that Pol epsilon evolved as a result of insertion and subsequent inactivation of a distinct polymerase, possibly, of bacterial descent, upstream of the C-terminal Zn-fingers, rather than by tandem duplication. The presence of an inactivated exonuclease-polymerase module in Pol epsilon parallels a similar inactivation of both enzymatic domains in a distinct family of archaeal B-family polymerases. The results of phylogenetic analysis indicate that eukaryotic B-family polymerases, most likely, originate from two distantly related archaeal B-family polymerases, one form giving rise to Pol epsilon, and the other one to the common ancestor of Pol alpha, Pol delta, and Pol zeta. The C-terminal Zn-fingers that are present in all eukaryotic B-family polymerases, unexpectedly, are homologous to the Zn-finger of archaeal D-family DNA polymerases that are otherwise unrelated to the B family. The Zn-finger of Polepsilon shows a markedly greater similarity to the counterpart in archaeal PolD than the Zn-fingers of other eukaryotic B-family polymerases. Evolution of eukaryotic DNA polymerases seems to have involved previously unnoticed complex events. We hypothesize that the archaeal

  4. The cooling conditions effects on the fraction and morphology of the epsilon primary phase in an ACuZinc5TM commercial alloy; Efecto de las condiciones de enfriamiento sobre la fraccion y morfologia de la fase primaria epsilon en una aleacion comercial ACuZinc5TM

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    Jareno, E. D.; Maldonado, S. I.; Hernandez, F. A.

    2012-07-01

    The mechanical properties of ACuZinc5TM alloys are influenced by the fraction solid of the primary epsilon (e) phase and their interrelations with the eta ({eta}) phase. In this study the primary epsilon phase fraction results from cooling conditions similar to that applied in different casting processes have been measured. Additionally an analysis was made from the morphology's changes and from the thermal analysis results to suggest the probably adequate moment to apply stirring in semisolid metal processing. From these results it is possible to design experimental thermal cycles to obtain an adequate distribution of e and . phases in the end castings microstructure. (Author) 21 refs.

  5. Standard Specification for Ni-Fe-Cr-Mo-Cu-N Low-Carbon Alloys (UNS N08925, UNS N08031, UNS N08354, and UNS N08926), and Cr-Ni-Fe-N Low-Carbon Alloy (UNS R20033) Bar and Wire, and Ni-Cr-Fe-Mo-N Alloy (UNS N08936) Wire

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    Standard Specification for Ni-Fe-Cr-Mo-Cu-N Low-Carbon Alloys (UNS N08925, UNS N08031, UNS N08354, and UNS N08926), and Cr-Ni-Fe-N Low-Carbon Alloy (UNS R20033) Bar and Wire, and Ni-Cr-Fe-Mo-N Alloy (UNS N08936) Wire

  6. Molecular evolution of the human immunoglobulin E response: high incidence of shared mutations and clonal relatedness among epsilon VH5 transcripts from three unrelated patients with atopic dermatitis

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    1993-01-01

    We have analyzed the nucleotide sequences of 19 epsilon VH5 transcripts derived from in vivo isotype switched peripheral blood B cells of three patients with atopic dermatitis. Comparison with the patients' own germline VH5 gene segments revealed that the epsilon transcripts were derived from both functional members of the human VH5 gene family and harbored numerous somatic mutations (range 5-36 per VH5 gene). In two patients, we detected clonally related but diverged transcripts, permitting the construction of a genealogical tree in one patient. We observed a high proportion of shared silent (S) and replacement (R) mutations among epsilon VH5 sequences derived from all three individuals, even among transcripts descending from the two different germline VH5 gene segments. A remarkably high number of these mutations is shared with previously reported VH5 genes encoding antibodies with defined specificities. The shared S mutations, and likely a fraction of the R mutations, appear to mark preferential sites ("hot spots") of somatic hypermutations in human VH5 genes. The distribution of R and S mutations over complementarity determining region and framework regions in the majority of VH regions deviated from that characteristic of antigen-driven immune response. We hypothesize that the V regions of immunoglobulin E-bearing B cells have accumulated "selectively neutral" mutations over extended periods of clonal expansion, resulting in unusual R/S ratios. We propose that the molecular characteristics of the epsilon VH regions in atopic dermatitis may be representative of antigens that recurrently or chronically stimulate the immune system. PMID:8418213

  7. DNA ligase I selectively affects DNA synthesis by DNA polymerases delta and epsilon suggesting differential functions in DNA replication and repair.

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    Mossi, R; Ferrari, E; Hübscher, U

    1998-01-01

    The joining of single-stranded breaks in double-stranded DNA is an essential step in many important processes such as DNA replication, DNA repair, and genetic recombination. Several data implicate a role for DNA ligase I in DNA replication, probably coordinated by the action of other enzymes and proteins. Since both DNA polymerases delta and epsilon show multiple functions in different DNA transactions, we investigated the effect of DNA ligase I on various DNA synthesis events catalyzed by th...

  8. Tyrosine phosphatases epsilon and alpha perform specific and overlapping functions in regulation of voltage-gated potassium channels in Schwann cells

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    Tiran, Zohar; Peretz, Asher; Sines, Tal

    2006-01-01

    Tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs) epsilon and alpha are closely related and share several molecular functions, such as regulation of Src family kinases and voltage-gated potassium (Kv) channels. Functional interrelationships between PTPepsilon and PTPalpha and the mechanisms by which they regulate K...... but are not fully redundant. We conclude that PTPepsilon and PTPalpha differ significantly in their regulation of Kv channels and Src in the system examined and that similarity between PTPs does not necessarily result in full functional redundancy in vivo....

  9. Pharmacokinetics and first-pass effects of epsilon-acetamidocaproic acid after administration of zinc acexamate in rats.

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    Choi, Y H; Lee, U; Suh, J H; Kim, Y G; Choi, E-Y; Oh, E; Lee, M G

    2010-07-01

    1. Zinc acexamate (ZAC) is ionized to zinc and epsilon-acetamidocaproic acid (AACA). Thus, the pharmacokinetics and tissue distribution of zinc and AACA after intravenous (50 mg kg(-1)) and oral (100 mg kg(-1)) administration of ZAC were evaluated in rats. Also the pharmacokinetics of AACA after intravenous (10, 20, 30, and 50 mg kg(-1)) and oral (20, 50, and 100 mg kg(-1)) administration of ZAC and the first-pass extractions of AACA at a ZAC dose of 20 mg kg(-1) were evaluated in rats. 2. After oral administration of ZAC (20 mg kg(-1)), approximately 0.408% of the oral dose was not absorbed, the F value was approximately 47.1%, and the hepatic and gastrointestinal (GI) first-pass extractions of AACA were approximately 8.50% and 46.4% of the oral dose, respectively. The incomplete F value of AACA was mainly due to the considerable GI first-pass extraction in rats. 3. Affinity of rat tissues to zinc and AACA was low-the tissue-to-plasma (T/P) ratios were less than unity. The equilibrium plasma-to-blood cells partition ratios of AACA were independent of initial blood ZAC concentrations of 1, 5, and 10 microg ml(-1)-the mean values were 0.481, 0.490, and 0.499, respectively. The bound fractions of zinc and AACA to rat plasma were 96.6% and 39.0%, respectively.

  10. Increased BDNF protein expression after ischemic or PKC epsilon preconditioning promotes electrophysiologic changes that lead to neuroprotection.

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    Neumann, Jake T; Thompson, John W; Raval, Ami P; Cohan, Charles H; Koronowski, Kevin B; Perez-Pinzon, Miguel A

    2015-01-01

    Ischemic preconditioning (IPC) via protein kinase C epsilon (PKCɛ) activation induces neuroprotection against lethal ischemia. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a pro-survival signaling molecule that modulates synaptic plasticity and neurogenesis. Interestingly, BDNF mRNA expression increases after IPC. In this study, we investigated whether IPC or pharmacological preconditioning (PKCɛ activation) promoted BDNF-induced neuroprotection, if neuroprotection by IPC or PKCɛ activation altered neuronal excitability, and whether these changes were BDNF-mediated. We used both in vitro (hippocampal organotypic cultures and cortical neuronal-glial cocultures) and in vivo (acute hippocampal slices 48 hours after preconditioning) models of IPC or PKCɛ activation. BDNF protein expression increased 24 to 48 hours after preconditioning, where inhibition of the BDNF Trk receptors abolished neuroprotection against oxygen and glucose deprivation (OGD) in vitro. In addition, there was a significant decrease in neuronal firing frequency and increase in threshold potential 48 hours after preconditioning in vivo, where this threshold modulation was dependent on BDNF activation of Trk receptors in excitatory cortical neurons. In addition, 48 hours after PKCɛ activation in vivo, the onset of anoxic depolarization during OGD was significantly delayed in hippocampal slices. Overall, these results suggest that after IPC or PKCɛ activation, there are BDNF-dependent electrophysiologic modifications that lead to neuroprotection.

  11. Clostridium perfringens epsilon toxin mutant Y30A-Y196A as a recombinant vaccine candidate against enterotoxemia.

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    Bokori-Brown, Monika; Hall, Charlotte A; Vance, Charlotte; Fernandes da Costa, Sérgio P; Savva, Christos G; Naylor, Claire E; Cole, Ambrose R; Basak, Ajit K; Moss, David S; Titball, Richard W

    2014-05-13

    Epsilon toxin (Etx) is a β-pore-forming toxin produced by Clostridium perfringens toxinotypes B and D and plays a key role in the pathogenesis of enterotoxemia, a severe, often fatal disease of ruminants that causes significant economic losses to the farming industry worldwide. This study aimed to determine the potential of a site-directed mutant of Etx (Y30A-Y196A) to be exploited as a recombinant vaccine against enterotoxemia. Replacement of Y30 and Y196 with alanine generated a stable variant of Etx with significantly reduced cell binding and cytotoxic activities in MDCK.2 cells relative to wild type toxin (>430-fold increase in CT50) and Y30A-Y196A was inactive in mice after intraperitoneal administration of trypsin activated toxin at 1000× the expected LD50 dose of trypsin activated wild type toxin. Moreover, polyclonal antibody raised in rabbits against Y30A-Y196A provided protection against wild type toxin in an in vitro neutralisation assay. These data suggest that Y30A-Y196A mutant could form the basis of an improved recombinant vaccine against enterotoxemia.

  12. Trapping mid-infrared rays in a lossy film with the Berreman mode, epsilon near zero mode, and magnetic polaritons.

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    Chen, Yu-Bin; Chiu, Feng-Cheng

    2013-09-09

    Triple mechanisms were employed to trap mid-infrared (mid-IR) rays within a semi-transparent SiO(2) film sandwiched between gold gratings and a gold substrate. Dimensions of four absorbers were explicitly determined using an LC (inductor-capacitor) circuit model considering the role transition of SiO(2) film. The film behaves as a capacitance and an inductance when the real part of relative electric permittivity for SiO(2) is positive and negative, respectively. At the normal incidence of transverse magnetic waves, every absorptance spectrum of absorbers showed a peak at wavelength λ = 10 μm due to the first mode excitation of magnetic polaritons (MP). At oblique incidence, the Berreman mode led to another peak at λ = 8 μm while its bandwidth was expanded with epsilon near zero mode excited by diffracted waves. The full-width-at-half-maximum of both peaks exceeded 0.6 μm thanks to the SiO(2) loss. Other minor absorptance peaks in the mid-IR were caused by variants of the same MP mode.

  13. Hypoxia-Inducible Factor 1 Is an Inductor of Transcription Factor Activating Protein 2 Epsilon Expression during Chondrogenic Differentiation

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    Stephan Niebler

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    Full Text Available The transcription factor AP-2ε (activating enhancer-binding protein epsilon is expressed in cartilage of humans and mice. However, knowledge about regulatory mechanisms influencing AP-2ε expression is limited. Using quantitative real time PCR, we detected a significant increase in AP-2ε mRNA expression comparing initial and late stages of chondrogenic differentiation processes in vitro and in vivo. Interestingly, in these samples the expression pattern of the prominent hypoxia marker gene angiopoietin-like 4 (Angptl4 strongly correlated with that of AP-2ε suggesting that hypoxia might represent an external regulator of AP-2ε expression in mammals. In order to show this, experiments directly targeting the activity of hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF1, the complex mediating responses to oxygen deprivation, were performed. While the HIF1-activating compounds 2,2′-dipyridyl and desferrioxamine resulted in significantly enhanced mRNA concentration of AP-2ε, siRNA against HIF1α led to a significantly reduced expression rate of AP-2ε. Additionally, we detected a significant upregulation of the AP-2ε mRNA level after oxygen deprivation. In sum, these different experimental approaches revealed a novel role for the HIF1 complex in the regulation of the AP-2ε gene in cartilaginous cells and underlined the important role of hypoxia as an important external regulatory stimulus during chondrogenic differentiation modulating the expression of downstream transcription factors.

  14. Preparation and characterization of bioactive calcium silicate and poly(epsilon-caprolactone) nanocomposite for bone tissue regeneration.

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    Wei, Jie; Heo, S J; Liu, Changsheng; Kim, D H; Kim, S E; Hyun, Y T; Shin, Ji-Wang; Shin, Jung-Woog

    2009-09-01

    A novel biocomposite of nanosized calcium silicate (n-CS) and poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) was successfully fabricated directly using n-CS slurry, not dried n-CS powder, in a solvent-casting method. The in vitro bioactivity of the composite was evaluated by investigating the apatite-forming ability in simulated body fluid. A proliferation assay with mouse L929 fibroblasts was used to test the in vitro biocompatibility. The composition, hydrophilicity, and mechanical properties were also evaluated. Results suggest that the incorporation of n-CS could significantly improve the hydrophilicity, compressive strength, and elastic modulus of n-CS/PCL composites, with the enhancements mainly dependent on n-CS content. The n-CS/PCL composites exhibit excellent in vitro bioactivity, with surface apatite formation for 40% (w/w) n-CS (C40) exceeding that of 20% (w/w) n-CS (C20) at 7 and 14 days. The Ca/P ratios of apatite formed on C20 and C40 surfaces were 1.58 and 1.61, respectively, indicating nonstoichiometric apatite with defective structure. Composites demonstrated significantly better cell attachment and proliferation than that of PCL alone, with C40 demonstrating the best bioactivity. The apatite layers that formed on the composite surfaces facilitated cell attachment (4 h) and proliferation during the early stages (1 and 4 days). Collectively, these results suggest that the incorporation of n-CS produces biocomposites with enhanced bioactivity and biocompatibility.

  15. Fibrin adhesive implant in wound healing repair of dental sockets with topical application of epsilon aminocaproic acid: histological analysis.

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    Padovan, Luis Eduardo M; Okamoto, Tetuo; Rezende, Maria Cristina Rossifini Alves; Curvêllo, Victor Prado; Nicolielo, Daniela; Matsumoto, Mariza Akemi

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    The aim of the study was to evaluate wound healing repair of dental sockets after topical application of 5% epsilon-aminocaproic acid (EACA) and the use of fibrin adhesive implant in rats under anticoagulant therapy with warfarin. Sixty Albinus wistar rats were used, divided into three groups of 20. In Group I, the animals were given 0.1 mL/100 mg of 0.9% saline solution per day, beginning 6 days before dental extraction and continuing throughout the experimental period. In Group II, the animals received 0.03 mL of sodium warfarin daily, beginning 6 days before the surgery and continuing until the day of sacrifice; after tooth extractions, the sockets were filled with fibrin adhesive material. In Group III the animals were treated as in Group II, and after extractions, the sockets were irrigated with 5 mL of 5% EACA and filled with the same fibrin adhesive material. All groups presented biological phases of wound healing repair, the differences being evident only in the chronology. The results obtained in Group III were very similar to those of Group I in the last period of wound repair, whereas Group II presented a late chronology compared to the other groups.

  16. Taming the Invisible Monster: System Parameter Constraints for Epsilon Aurigae from the Far-Ultraviolet to the Mid-Infrared

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    Hoard, D W; Stencel, R E

    2010-01-01

    We have assembled new Spitzer Space Telescope Infrared Array Camera observations of the mysterious binary star Epsilon Aurigae, along with archival far-ultraviolet to mid-infrared data, to form an unprecedented spectral energy distribution spanning three orders of magnitude in wavelength from 0.1 microns to 100 microns. The observed spectral energy distribution can be reproduced using a three component model consisting of a 2.2+0.9/-0.8 Msun F type post-asymptotic giant branch star, and a 5.9+/-0.8 Msun B5+/-1 type main sequence star that is surrounded by a geometrically thick, but partially transparent, disk of gas and dust. At the nominal HIPPARCOS parallax distance of 625 pc, the model normalization yields a radius of 135+/-5 Rsun for the F star, consistent with published interferometric observations. The dusty disk is constrained to be viewed at an inclination of i > 87 deg, and has effective temperature of 550+/-50 K with an outer radius of 3.8 AU and a thickness of 0.95 AU. The dust content of the disk ...

  17. Roles of epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) and mu-near-zero (MNZ) materials in optical metatronic circuit networks.

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    Abbasi, Fereshteh; Engheta, Nader

    2014-10-20

    The concept of metamaterial-inspired nanocircuits, dubbed metatronics, was introduced in [Science 317, 1698 (2007); Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 095504 (2005)]. It was suggested how optical lumped elements (nanoelements) can be made using subwavelength plasmonic or non-plasmonic particles. As a result, the optical metatronic equivalents of a number of electronic circuits, such as frequency mixers and filters, were suggested. In this work we further expand the concept of electronic lumped element networks into optical metatronic circuits and suggest a conceptual model applicable to various metatronic passive networks. In particular, we differentiate between the series and parallel networks using epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) and mu-near-zero (MNZ) materials. We employ layered structures with subwavelength thicknesses for the nanoelements as the building blocks of collections of metatronic networks. Furthermore, we explore how by choosing the non-zero constitutive parameters of the materials with specific dispersions, either Drude or Lorentzian dispersion with suitable parameters, capacitive and inductive responses can be achieved in both series and parallel networks. Next, we proceed with the one-to-one analogy between electronic circuits and optical metatronic filter layered networks and justify our analogies by comparing the frequency response of the two paradigms. Finally, we examine the material dispersion of near-zero relative permittivity as well as other physically important material considerations such as losses.

  18. Synthesis of poly({epsilon}-caprolactone) by iodine: an interesting route to synthesize bio reabsorbable polymers via green chemistry

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    Silva, Lidiane G. da; Leyva, Maria E.; Barrak, Elcio R.; Sachs, Daniela; Queiroz, Alvaro A.A. de [Centro de Investigaco e Inovacao de Materiais Funcionais Avancados, Universidade Federal de Itajuba - UNIFEI, MG (Brazil); Barca, Luiz F. [Laboratorio de Separacao de Fases, Instituto de Engenharia Mecanica, Universidade Federal de Itajuba - UNIFEI, MG (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    The poly({epsilon}-caprolactone) (PCL) and their copolymers, are used as biomaterial for tissue engineering and drug delivery system. In the present study the thermal characterization (differential scanning calorimetry, DSC), structural characterization by NMR {sup 1}H {sup 13}C and FTIR spectroscopy, determination of particle size and morphology of Poly(e-caprolactone) synthesized by change transfer complex method using iodine as initiation, were investigated. The FT-IR spectra shows strong of the carbonyl stretching mode around 1720,4 cm.1. The particle size was 2,8 {mu}m and 1,8 {mu}m . The scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) showed porous larger than 2 {mu}m and DSC measuring conferred Tm 57,8 degree C for PCL and 53,04 degree C for SPCL(Sigma-Aldrich- Poly(e-caprolactone).Thus the polymerisation of e- caprolactone is a very clean, easy and efficient method to obtain small polymers of polycaprolactone with controlled molecular weight may be obtained. (author)

  19. Interaction of Clostridium perfringens epsilon-toxin with biological and model membranes: A putative protein receptor in cells.

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    Manni, Marco M; Sot, Jesús; Goñi, Félix M

    2015-03-01

    Epsilon-toxin (ETX) is a powerful toxin produced by some strains of Clostridium perfringens (classified as types B and D) that is responsible for enterotoxemia in animals. ETX forms pores through the plasma membrane of eukaryotic cells, consisting of a β-barrel of 14 amphipathic β-strands. ETX shows a high specificity for certain cell lines, of which Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) is the first sensitive cell line identified and the most studied one. The aim of this study was to establish the role of lipids in the toxicity caused by ETX and the correlation of its activity in model and biological membranes. In MDCK cells, using cell counting and confocal microscopy, we have observed that the toxin causes cell death mediated by toxin binding to plasma membrane. Moreover, ETX binds and permeabilizes the membranes of giant plasma membrane vesicles (GPMV). However, little effect is observed on protein-free vesicles. The data suggest the essential role of a protein receptor for the toxin in cell membranes.

  20. A soluble form of the high affinity IgE receptor, Fc-epsilon-RI, circulates in human serum.

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    Eleonora Dehlink

    Full Text Available Soluble IgE receptors are potential in vivo modulators of IgE-mediated immune responses and are thus important for our basic understanding of allergic responses. We here characterize a novel soluble version of the IgE-binding alpha-chain of Fc-epsilon-RI (sFcεRI, the high affinity receptor for IgE. sFcεRI immunoprecipitates as a protein of ∼40 kDa and contains an intact IgE-binding site. In human serum, sFcεRI is found as a soluble free IgE receptor as well as a complex with IgE. Using a newly established ELISA, we show that serum sFcεRI levels correlate with serum IgE in patients with elevated IgE. We also show that serum of individuals with normal IgE levels can be found to contain high levels of sFcεRI. After IgE-antigen-mediated crosslinking of surface FcεRI, we detect sFcεRI in the exosome-depleted, soluble fraction of cell culture supernatants. We further show that sFcεRI can block binding of IgE to FcεRI expressed at the cell surface. In summary, we here describe the alpha-chain of FcεRI as a circulating soluble IgE receptor isoform in human serum.

  1. $\\phi^3$ theory with $F_4$ flavor symmetry in $6-2\\epsilon$ dimensions: 3-loop renormalization and conformal bootstrap

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    Pang, Yi; Su, Ning

    2016-01-01

    We consider $\\phi^3$ theory in $6-2\\epsilon$ with $F_4$ global symmetry. The beta function is calculated up to 3 loops, and a stable unitary IR fixed point is observed. The anomalous dimensions of operators quadratic or cubic in $\\phi$ are also computed. We then employ conformal bootstrap technique to study the fixed point predicted from the perturbative approach. For each putative scaling dimension of $\\phi$ ($\\Delta_{\\phi})$, we obtain the corresponding upper bound on the scaling dimension of the second lowest scalar primary in the ${\\mathbf 26}$ representation $(\\Delta^{\\rm 2nd}_{{\\mathbf 26}})$ which appears in the OPE of $\\phi\\times\\phi$. In $D=5.95$, we observe a sharp peak on the upper bound curve located at $\\Delta_{\\phi}$ equal to the value predicted by the 3-loop computation. In $D=5$, we observe a weak kink on the upper bound curve at $(\\Delta_{\\phi},\\Delta^{\\rm 2nd}_{{\\mathbf 26}})$=$(1.6,4)$.

  2. Local clouds ionization, temperatures, electron densities and interfaces, from GHRS and IMAPS spectra of epsilon Canis Majoris

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    Gry, C; Gry, Cecile; Jenkins, Edward B.

    2001-01-01

    The composition and physical properties of several local clouds, including the Local Interstellar Cloud (LIC) in which the Sun is embedded, are derived from absorption features in the UV spectrum of the star epsilon CMa. We derive temperatures and densities for three components by combining our interpretations of the ionization balance of magnesium and the relative population of C II in an excited fine-structure level. We find that for the LIC n(e) = 0.12 +/-0.05 cm-3 and T = 7000 +/-1200 K. We derive the ionization fractions of hydrogen and discuss the ionizing processes. In particular the hydrogen and helium ionizations in the LIC are compatible with photoionization by the local EUV radiation fields from the hot stars and the cloud interface with the hot gas. We confirm the detection of high ionization species : Si III is detected in all clouds and C IV in two of them, including the LIC, suggesting the presence of ionized interfaces around the local clouds.

  3. Apolipoprotein E epsilon 4 allele is associated with ventricular expansion rate and surface morphology in dementia and normal aging.

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    Roussotte, Florence F; Gutman, Boris A; Madsen, Sarah K; Colby, John B; Narr, Katherine L; Thompson, Paul M

    2014-06-01

    The apolipoprotein E epsilon 4 allele (ApoE-ε4) is the strongest known genetic risk factor for late onset Alzheimer's disease. Expansion of the lateral ventricles occurs with normal aging, but dementia accelerates this process. Brain structure and function depend on ApoE genotype not just for Alzheimer's disease patients but also in healthy elderly individuals, and even in asymptomatic young individuals. Therefore, we hypothesized that the ApoE-ε4 allele is associated with altered patterns of longitudinal ventricular expansion, in dementia and normal aging. We tested this hypothesis in a large sample of elderly participants, using a linear discriminant analysis-based approach. Carrying more ApoE-ε4 alleles was associated with faster ventricular expansion bilaterally and with regional patterns of lateral ventricle morphology at 1- and 2-year follow up, after controlling for sex, age, and dementia status. ApoE genotyping is considered critical in clinical trials of Alzheimer's disease. These findings, combined with earlier investigations showing that ApoE is also directly implicated in other conditions, suggest that the selective enrollment of ApoE-ε4 carriers may empower clinical trials of other neurological disorders.

  4. Gabapentin Inhibits Protein Kinase C Epsilon Translocation in Cultured Sensory Neurons with Additive Effects When Coapplied with Paracetamol (Acetaminophen

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    Vittorio Vellani

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Gabapentin is a well-established anticonvulsant drug which is also effective for the treatment of neuropathic pain. Although the exact mechanism leading to relief of allodynia and hyperalgesia caused by neuropathy is not known, the blocking effect of gabapentin on voltage-dependent calcium channels has been proposed to be involved. In order to further evaluate its analgesic mechanisms, we tested the efficacy of gabapentin on protein kinase C epsilon (PKCε translocation in cultured peripheral neurons isolated from rat dorsal root ganglia (DRGs. We found that gabapentin significantly reduced PKCε translocation induced by the pronociceptive peptides bradykinin and prokineticin 2, involved in both inflammatory and chronic pain. We recently showed that paracetamol (acetaminophen, a very commonly used analgesic drug, also produces inhibition of PKCε. We tested the effect of the combined use of paracetamol and gabapentin, and we found that the inhibition of translocation adds up. Our study provides a novel mechanism of action for gabapentin in sensory neurons and suggests a mechanism of action for the combined use of paracetamol and gabapentin, which has recently been shown to be effective, with a cumulative behavior, in the control of postoperative pain in human patients.

  5. Spin Hall effect of transmitted light in a three-layer waveguide with lossy epsilon-near-zero metamaterial.

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    Tang, Tingting; Li, Jie; Zhang, Yanfen; Li, Chaoyang; Luo, Li

    2016-11-28

    We study spin Hall effect (SHE) of transmitted light in a three-layer waveguide with epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) metamaterial. As the increased loss of anisotropic ENZ metamaterial brings decreased propagation loss for oblique incidence, the transmission of incident light is enhanced which induces a different distribution of transverse shift peaks. Based on simulation results, the influences of ENZ permittivity components and thickness as well as gold layer thickness on transverse shift of left-circularly polarized light in ENZ/Au/ENZ waveguide are analyzed. In order to make our results convincing we make use of alternating thin layers of silver and germanium stacking to construct anisotropic ENZ metamaterial. The transverse shifts of incident light with different ENZ metamaterial and gold layer thicknesses are obtained. Calculation results show the maximum transverse shifts of left-polarized light for linear polarized light can achieve 49.6 microns. Meanwhile, the enhanced SHE of transmitted light is invariant with the variation of gold layer which shows a great tolerance to fabrication error.

  6. DNA polymerase epsilon, acetylases and remodellers cooperate to form a specialized chromatin structure at a tRNA insulator.

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    Dhillon, Namrita; Raab, Jesse; Guzzo, Julie; Szyjka, Shawn J; Gangadharan, Sunil; Aparicio, Oscar M; Andrews, Brenda; Kamakaka, Rohinton T

    2009-09-02

    Insulators bind transcription factors and use chromatin remodellers and modifiers to mediate insulation. In this report, we identified proteins required for the efficient formation and maintenance of a specialized chromatin structure at the yeast tRNA insulator. The histone acetylases, SAS-I and NuA4, functioned in insulation, independently of tRNA and did not participate in the formation of the hypersensitive site at the tRNA. In contrast, DNA polymerase epsilon, functioned with the chromatin remodeller, Rsc, and the histone acetylase, Rtt109, to generate a histone-depleted region at the tRNA insulator. Rsc and Rtt109 were required for efficient binding of TFIIIB to the tRNA insulator, and the bound transcription factor and Rtt109 in turn were required for the binding of Rsc to tRNA. Robust insulation during growth and cell division involves the formation of a hypersensitive site at the insulator during chromatin maturation together with competition between acetylases and deacetylases.

  7. Computation of supersonic jet mixing noise for an axisymmetric CD nozzle using k-epsilon turbulence model

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    Khavaran, A.; Krejsa, E. A.; Kim, C. M.

    1992-01-01

    The turbulent mixing noise of a supersonic jet is calculated for a round convergent-divergent nozzle at the design pressure ratio. Aerodynamic computations are performed using the PARC code with a k-epsilon turbulence model. Lighthill's acoustic analogy combined with Ribner's assumption is adopted. The acoustics solution is based upon the methodology followed by GE in the MGB code. The source correlation function is expressed as a linear combination of second-order tensors. Assuming separable second-order correlations and incorporating Batchelor's isotropic turbulence model, the source term was calculated from the kinetic energy of turbulence. A Gaussian distribution for the time-delay of correlation was introduced. The computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solution was used to obtain the source strength as well as the characteristic time-delay of correlation. The effect of sound/flow interaction was incorporated using the high frequency asymptotic solution to Lilley's equation for axisymmetric geometries. Acoustic results include sound pressure level directivity and spectra at different polar angles. The aerodynamic and acoustic results demonstrate favorable agreement with experimental data.

  8. An $\\epsilon$-pseudoclassical Model for Quantum Resonances in a Periodically Laser-Driven Dilute Atomic Gas

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    Beswick, Benjamin T; Gardiner, Simon A; Hughes, Ifan G; Andersen, Mikkel F; Daszuta, Boris

    2016-01-01

    Atom interferometers are a useful tool for precision measurements of fundamental physical phenomena, ranging from local gravitational field strength to the atomic fine structure constant. In such experiments, it is desirable to implement a high momentum transfer "beam-splitter," which may be achieved by inducing quantum resonance in a finite-temperature laser-driven atomic gas. We use Monte Carlo simulations to investigate these quantum resonances in the regime where the gas receives laser pulses of finite duration, and demonstrate that an $\\epsilon$-classical model for the dynamics of the gas atoms is capable of reproducing quantum resonant behavior for both zero-temperature and finite-temperature non-interacting gases. We show that this model agrees well with the fully quantum treatment of the system over a time-scale set by the choice of experimental parameters. We also show that this model is capable of correctly treating the time-reversal mechanism necessary for implementing an interferometer with this p...

  9. Asteroseismology with the WIRE satellite. I. Combining Ground- and Space-based Photometry of the Delta Scuti Star Epsilon Cephei

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    Bruntt, H; Bedding, T R; Buzasi, D L; Moya, A; Amado, P J; Martin-Ruiz, S; Garrido, R; De Coca, P L; Rolland, A; Costa, V; Olivares, I; Garcia-Pelayo, J M

    2006-01-01

    We have analysed ground-based multi-colour Stromgren photometry and single-filter photometry from the star tracker on the WIRE satellite of the delta scuti star Epsilon Cephei. The ground-based data set consists of 16 nights of data collected over 164 days, while the satellite data are nearly continuous coverage of the star during 14 days. The spectral window and noise level of the satellite data are superior to the ground-based data and this data set is used to locate the frequencies. However, we can use the ground-based data to improve the accuracy of the frequencies due to the much longer time baseline. We detect 26 oscillation frequencies in the WIRE data set, but only some of these can be seen clearly in the ground-based data. We have used the multi-colour ground-based photometry to determine amplitude and phase differences in the Stromgren b-y colour and the y filter in an attempt to identify the radial degree of the oscillation frequencies. We conclude that the accuracies of the amplitudes and phases a...

  10. Preparation and characterization of biodegradable poly({epsilon}-caprolactone) microcapsules containing erythromycin by emulsion solvent evaporation technique

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    Park, S.J.; Kim, S.H.; Lee, J.R.; Lee, H.B. [Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Taejon (Korea); Hong, S.K. [Chungnam National University, Taejon (Korea)

    2002-05-01

    The purpose of this work was the producing of a biodegradable poly({epsilon}-caprolactone) (PCL) microcapsule and the analyzing of form and features for the manufacturing conditions which could be observed in a prospective drug delivery systems (DDS) through drug release. The effects of different stirring rate, stirring times and concentrations of emulsifier for the diameter and form of the microcapsules were observed using image analyzer (IA) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). As a results, the microcapsules were made in wrinkle and spherical forms with a mean particle size of 40{approx}300{+-}20 {mu}m. PCL microcapsules containing drugs were confirmed using FT-IR spectra. The role of interfacial adhesion between PCL and drug was determined by contact angle measurements. The drug release test of PCL microcapsules was characterized by UV/vis. spectra. It was found that the drug release rate of the microcapsules prepared with high concentration emulsifier was significantly fast. (author). 30 refs., 4 tabs., 8 figs.

  11. Exonuclease mutations in DNA polymerase epsilon reveal replication strand specific mutation patterns and human origins of replication.

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    Shinbrot, Eve; Henninger, Erin E; Weinhold, Nils; Covington, Kyle R; Göksenin, A Yasemin; Schultz, Nikolaus; Chao, Hsu; Doddapaneni, HarshaVardhan; Muzny, Donna M; Gibbs, Richard A; Sander, Chris; Pursell, Zachary F; Wheeler, David A

    2014-11-01

    Tumors with somatic mutations in the proofreading exonuclease domain of DNA polymerase epsilon (POLE-exo*) exhibit a novel mutator phenotype, with markedly elevated TCT→TAT and TCG→TTG mutations and overall mutation frequencies often exceeding 100 mutations/Mb. Here, we identify POLE-exo* tumors in numerous cancers and classify them into two groups, A and B, according to their mutational properties. Group A mutants are found only in POLE, whereas Group B mutants are found in POLE and POLD1 and appear to be nonfunctional. In Group A, cell-free polymerase assays confirm that mutations in the exonuclease domain result in high mutation frequencies with a preference for C→A mutation. We describe the patterns of amino acid substitutions caused by POLE-exo* and compare them to other tumor types. The nucleotide preference of POLE-exo* leads to increased frequencies of recurrent nonsense mutations in key tumor suppressors such as TP53, ATM, and PIK3R1. We further demonstrate that strand-specific mutation patterns arise from some of these POLE-exo* mutants during genome duplication. This is the first direct proof of leading strand-specific replication by human POLE, which has only been demonstrated in yeast so far. Taken together, the extremely high mutation frequency and strand specificity of mutations provide a unique identifier of eukaryotic origins of replication.

  12. Gabapentin Inhibits Protein Kinase C Epsilon Translocation in Cultured Sensory Neurons with Additive Effects When Coapplied with Paracetamol (Acetaminophen)

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    2017-01-01

    Gabapentin is a well-established anticonvulsant drug which is also effective for the treatment of neuropathic pain. Although the exact mechanism leading to relief of allodynia and hyperalgesia caused by neuropathy is not known, the blocking effect of gabapentin on voltage-dependent calcium channels has been proposed to be involved. In order to further evaluate its analgesic mechanisms, we tested the efficacy of gabapentin on protein kinase C epsilon (PKCε) translocation in cultured peripheral neurons isolated from rat dorsal root ganglia (DRGs). We found that gabapentin significantly reduced PKCε translocation induced by the pronociceptive peptides bradykinin and prokineticin 2, involved in both inflammatory and chronic pain. We recently showed that paracetamol (acetaminophen), a very commonly used analgesic drug, also produces inhibition of PKCε. We tested the effect of the combined use of paracetamol and gabapentin, and we found that the inhibition of translocation adds up. Our study provides a novel mechanism of action for gabapentin in sensory neurons and suggests a mechanism of action for the combined use of paracetamol and gabapentin, which has recently been shown to be effective, with a cumulative behavior, in the control of postoperative pain in human patients.

  13. The epsilon isoform of 14-3-3 protein is a component of the prion protein amyloid deposits of Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker disease.

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    Di Fede, Giuseppe; Giaccone, Giorgio; Limido, Lucia; Mangieri, Michela; Suardi, Silvia; Puoti, Gianfranco; Morbin, Michela; Mazzoleni, Giulia; Ghetti, Bernardino; Tagliavini, Fabrizio

    2007-02-01

    The 14-3-3 proteins are highly conserved, ubiquitous molecules involved in a variety of biologic events, such as transduction pathway modulation, cell cycle control, and apoptosis. Seven isoforms have been identified that are abundant in the brain, preferentially localized in neurons. Remarkable increases in 14-3-3 are seen in the cerebrospinal fluid of patients with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), and it has been found in pathologic inclusions of several neurodegenerative diseases. Moreover, the zeta isoform has been detected in prion protein (PrP) amyloid deposits of CJD patients. To further investigate the cerebral distribution of 14-3-3 in prion-related encephalopathies, we carried out an immunohistochemical and biochemical analysis of brain tissue from patients with Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker disease (GSS) and sporadic, familial and acquired forms of CJD, using specific antibodies against the seven 14-3-3 isoforms. The study showed a strong immunoreactivity of PrP amyloid plaques of GSS patients for the 14-3-3 epsilon isoform, but not for the other isoforms. The epsilon isoform of 14-3-3 was not found in PrP deposits of CJD. These results indicate that the epsilon isoform of 14-3-3 is a component of PrP amyloid deposits of GSS and suggest that this is the sole 14-3-3 isoform specifically involved in the neuropathologic changes associated with this disorder.

  14. Modeling and simulation of Streptomyces peucetius var. caesius N47 cultivation and epsilon-rhodomycinone production with kinetic equations and neural networks.

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    Kiviharju, Kristiina; Salonen, Kalle; Leisola, Matti; Eerikäinen, Tero

    2006-11-10

    This study focuses on comparing different kinetic growth models and the use of neural networks in the batch cultivation of Streptomyces peucetius var. caesius producing epsilon-rhodomycinone. Contois, Monod and Teissier microbial growth models were used as well as the logistic growth modeling approach, which was found best in the simulations of growth and glucose consumption in the batch growth phase. The lag phase was included in the kinetic model with a CO2 trigger and a delay factor. Substrate consumption and product formation were included as Luedeking-Piret and logistic type equations, respectively. Biomass formation was modeled successfully with a 6-8-2 network, and the network was capable of biomass prediction with an R2-value of 0.983. Epsilon-rhodomycinone production was successfully modeled with a recursive 8-3-1 network capable of epsilon-rhodomycinone prediction with an R2-value of 0.903. The predictive power of the neural networks was superior to the kinetic models, which could not be used in predictive modeling of arbitrary batch cultivations.

  15. Towards the rational design of a candidate vaccine against pregnancy associated malaria: conserved sequences of the DBL6epsilon domain of VAR2CSA.

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    Cyril Badaut

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Placental malaria is a disease linked to the sequestration of Plasmodium falciparum infected red blood cells (IRBC in the placenta, leading to reduced materno-fetal exchanges and to local inflammation. One of the virulence factors of P. falciparum involved in cytoadherence to chondroitin sulfate A, its placental receptor, is the adhesive protein VAR2CSA. Its localisation on the surface of IRBC makes it accessible to the immune system. VAR2CSA contains six DBL domains. The DBL6epsilon domain is the most variable. High variability constitutes a means for the parasite to evade the host immune response. The DBL6epsilon domain could constitute a very attractive basis for a vaccine candidate but its reported variability necessitates, for antigenic characterisations, identifying and classifying commonalities across isolates. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Local alignment analysis of the DBL6epsilon domain had revealed that it is not as variable as previously described. Variability is concentrated in seven regions present on the surface of the DBL6epsilon domain. The main goal of our work is to classify and group variable sequences that will simplify further research to determine dominant epitopes. Firstly, variable sequences were grouped following their average percent pairwise identity (APPI. Groups comprising many variable sequences sharing low variability were found. Secondly, ELISA experiments following the IgG recognition of a recombinant DBL6epsilon domain, and of peptides mimicking its seven variable blocks, allowed to determine an APPI cut-off and to isolate groups represented by a single consensus sequence. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: A new sequence approach is used to compare variable regions in sequences that have extensive segmental gene relationship. Using this approach, the VAR2CSA DBL6 domain is composed of 7 variable blocks with limited polymorphism. Each variable block is composed of a limited number of consensus types

  16. Laser Desorption Ionization Quadrupole Ion Trap Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry of Au m Fe n +/- Clusters Generated from Gold-Iron Nanoparticles and their Giant Nanoflowers. Electrochemical and/or Plasma Assisted Synthesis

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    Mawale, Ravi Madhukar; Ausekar, Mayuri Vilas; Pavliňák, David; Galmiz, Oleksandr; Kubáček, Pavel; Havel, Josef

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    Gold nanoparticles (NP) with average diameter 100 nm synthesized from tetrachloroauric acid solution using stainless steel as a reducing agent were found to contain iron. Applying simultaneously high frequency (HF) plasma discharge in solution during the electrochemical reduction, giant gold-iron nanoflowers with average size 1000-5000 nm were formed. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) shows the morphology of the nanopowders produced as polygonal yet nearly spherical, whereas iron content in both products determined by energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) was found to be at 2.5 at. %. Laser desorption ionization (LDI) of both nanomaterials and mass spectrometric analysis show the formation of Au m Fe n +/- ( m = 1-35; n = 1-3) clusters. Structure of few selected clusters in neutral or monocharged forms were computed by density functional theory (DFT) calculations and it was found that typical distances of an iron nucleus from adjacent gold nuclei lie in the interval 2.5 to 2.7 Å. Synthetized Au-Fe nanoparticles were found stable for at least 2 mo at room temperature (even in aqueous solution) without any stabilizing agent. Produced Au-Fe nanoparticles in combination with standard MALDI matrices enhance ionization of peptides and might find use in nanomedicine.

  17. Ternary alloy systems. Phase diagrams, crystallographic and thermodynamic data critically evaluated by MSIT {sup registered}. Subvol. D. Iron systems. Pt. 4: Selected systems from Cu-Fe-Si to Fe-N-U

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    Effenberg, Guenter; Ilyenko, Svitlana (eds.) [MSI, Materials Science International Services GmbH, Stuttgart (Germany); Baetzner, Christian; Cacciamani, Gabriele; Cornish, Lesley (and others)

    2008-07-01

    Volume 11 of group IV presents phase diagrams, crystallographic and thermodynamic data of ternary alloy systems. The subvolume D deals with iron systems, with part 4 considering selected systems from Cu-Fe-Si to Fe-N-U. At ambient pressure the equilibria of each individual ternary system are discussed as functions of temperature yielding spatial diagrams whose sections and projections are displayed. The phase equilibria are described in terms of liquidus, solidus and solvus projections, isothermal, vertical and quasibinary sections. Data on invariant equilibria are generally given in the form of tables and reaction schemes. The volume forms a comprehensive review and rigorous systematization of the presently available data. For each system the often conflicting literature and contradictory information has been thoroughly evaluated by a team of experts, MSIT, and can thus be presented in a standard format. Back to the year 1900 the literature has been reviewed, implying possible reinterpretations from today's state of knowledge, and incorporated in the volume. The tables and diagrams are preceded by descriptive commenting texts. (orig.)

  18. Ternary alloy systems. Phase diagrams, crystallographic and thermodynamic data critically evaluated by MSIT {sup registered}. Subvol. D. Iron systems. Pt. 5: Selected systems from Fe-N-V to Fe-Ti-Zr

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    Effenberg, Guenter; Ilyenko, Svitlana (eds.) [MSI, Materials Science International Services GmbH, Stuttgart (Germany); Bochvar, Nataliya; Bulanova, Marina; Cacciamani, Gabriele (and others)

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    Volume 11 of group IV presents phase diagrams, crystallographic and thermodynamic data of ternary alloy systems. The subvolume D deals with iron systems, with part 5 considering selected systems from Fe-N-V to Fe-Ti-Zr. At ambient pressure the equilibria of each individual ternary system are discussed as functions of temperature yielding spatial diagrams whose sections and projections are displayed. The phase equilibria are described in terms of liquidus, solidus and solvus projections, isothermal, vertical and quasibinary sections. Data on invariant equilibria are generally given in the form of tables and reaction schemes. The volume forms a comprehensive review and rigorous systematization of the presently available data. For each system the often conflicting literature and contradictory information has been thoroughly evaluated by a team of experts, MSIT, and can thus be presented in a standard format. Back to the year 1900 the literature has been reviewed, implying possible reinterpretations from today's state of knowledge, and incorporated in the volume. The tables and diagrams are preceded by descriptive commenting texts. (orig.)

  19. Quantitative assessment of fibrinogen cross-linking by epsilon aminocaproic acid in patients with end-stage liver disease.

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    Quach, Thien; Tippens, Melissa; Szlam, Fania; Van Dyke, Rebecca; Levy, Jerrold H; Csete, Marie

    2004-01-01

    Analysis of the effectiveness of antifibrinolytic therapy for liver transplant recipients is hampered by lack of quantitative assays for assessing drug effects. We adapted chemical engineering tools used in polymerization studies to quantify fibrinogen cross-linking by plasma from liver transplant patients obtained before and after epsilon aminocaproic acid (EACA) therapy. A target fluorescein isothiocyanate-fibrinogen (FITC-fibrinogen) molecule was constructed; it fluoresces in a quantifiable pattern when in solution, and undergoes cross-linking in the presence of plasmin inhibitors. Cross-linking quenches the fluorescent signal, and the quenching is a quantifiable endpoint. Thus fluorescence from this reporter molecule can be used to assess functional improvement in fibrinogen cross-linking as a result of antifibrinolytic therapies, and it is sensitive to picomolar amounts of plasmin inhibitors and activators. Cross-linking of FITC-fibrinogen by patient plasma, before and after EACA therapy, was assessed using fluorescence spectrometry. Fluorescence patterns from FITC-fibrinogen indicated no significant cross-linking of the target fibrinogen as a consequence of EACA in posttreatment plasma. When the fibrinogen-FITC target was assayed without plasma in the presence of EACA at concentrations that bracket therapeutic levels (100 and 400 microg/ml), significant fluorescence quenching (target FITC-fibrinogen cross-linking) was achieved. These results suggest that fibrinogen-FITC fluorescence is sensitive enough to detect EACA activity in clinically relevant ranges, but that EACA given in usual doses is insufficient to promote fibrinogen cross-linking in patients with end-stage liver disease.

  20. Phospholipase C epsilon 1 (PLCE1 haplotypes are associated with increased risk of gastric cancer in Kashmir Valley

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    Manzoor A Malik

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim: Phospholipase C epsilon 1 (PLCE1 plays a crucial role in carcinogenesis and progression of several types of cancers. A single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP, rs2274223 in PLCE1 has been identified as a novel susceptibility locus. The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of three potentially functional SNPs (rs2274223A > G, rs3765524C > T, and rs7922612C > T of PLCE1 in gastric cancer patients from Kashmir Valley. Patients and Methods: The study was conducted in 108 GC cases and 195 healthy controls from Kashmir Valley. Genotyping was performed by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism method. Data were statistically analyzed using c2 test and logistic regression models. A P value of less than 0.05 was regarded as statistically significant. Results: The frequency of PLCE1 A2274223C3765524T7922612, G2274223C3765524T7922612 , and G2274223T3765524C7922612 haplotypes were higher in patients compared with controls, conferred high risk for GC [odds ratio (OR =6.29; P = 0.001; Pcorr = 0.003], (OR = 3.23; P = 0.011; Pcorr = 0.033, and (OR = 5.14; P = 0.011; Pcorr = 0.033, respectively. Smoking and salted tea are independent risk factors for GC, but we did not find any significant modulation of cancer risk by PLCE1 variants with smoking or excessive consumption of salted tea. Conclusion: These results suggest that variation in PLCE1 may be associated with GC risk in Kashmir Valley.