Sample records for mm ho ca

  1. Growth and spectra properties of Tm, Ho doped and Tm, Ho co-doped CaGdAlO{sub 4} crystals

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    Di, Juqing [Key Laboratory of Materials for High Power Laser, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039 (China); Xu, Xiaodong, E-mail: [Key Laboratory of Transparent and Opto-functional Inorganic Materials, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800 (China); Xia, Changtai, E-mail: [Key Laboratory of Materials for High Power Laser, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800 (China); Sai, Qinglin [Key Laboratory of Materials for High Power Laser, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800 (China); Zhou, Dahua [Key Laboratory of Materials for High Power Laser, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039 (China); Lv, Zhengyong [Department of Electronics and Information Materials, School of Materials Sciences and Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Xu, Jun [Key Laboratory of Transparent and Opto-functional Inorganic Materials, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800 (China)


    Growth of Tm, Ho doped and Tm, Ho co-doped CaGdAlO{sub 4} crystals by Czochralski method are investigated for the first time. Tm:CaGdAlO{sub 4} crystal without any crack was obtained. The segregation coefficient and XRD were detected and the results revealed that the cell parameters decreased with increasing of the doping concentration. The absorption spectra, J–O parameters, emission spectra and fluorescence lifetime of were discussed. The absorption cross sections were calculated to be 0.61×10{sup −20} cm{sup 2} and 1.49×10{sup −20} cm{sup 2} at 793 nm and 798 nm for a polarization and c polarization of Tm:CaGdAlO{sub 4} crystal, and the stimulated emission cross-section was calculated to be 0.36×10{sup −20} cm{sup 2} at 1762 nm. The stimulated emission cross-section of Ho:CaGdAlO{sub 4} crystal was calculated to be 1.18×10{sup −20} cm{sup 2} at 2002 nm. The width of Tm,Ho:CaGdAlO{sub 4} emission band is almost 600 nm. The results show that Tm:CaGdAlO{sub 4}, Ho:CaGdAlO{sub 4} and Tm,Ho:CaGdAlO{sub 4} crystals were excellent potential ultrafast laser media. - Highlights: • Tm:CGA, Tm,Ho:CGA and Ho:CGA crystals were grown for the first time. • The absorption and emission properties were investigated for the first time. • J–O theory was used to evaluate the potential of laser performance of Tm:CGA, Tm,Ho:CGA and Ho:CGA crystals. • The energy transfer coefficients between Tm and Ho ions in this crystal were studied.

  2. Cryogenic Ho:CaF2 laser pumped by Tm:fiber laser (United States)

    Jelínek, Michal; Kubeček, Václav; Ma, Weiwei; Zhao, Beibei; Jiang, Dapeng; Su, Liangbi


    The laser operation in the pulsed as well as continuous-wave regime of a modified-Bridgeman-grown 0.5 at.% Ho:CaF2 crystal at 83 K pumped by a Tm:fiber laser is reported. The maximum output power was 2.37 W at 2060 nm or 1.3 W at 2110 and 2130 nm. Continuous tuning range over 90 nm from 2030 to 2120 nm was achieved using a birefringent filter. The Ho:CaF2 fundamental spectroscopic properties as absorption and fluorescence spectra at 83 and 293 K are also presented.

  3. Room temperature CW and QCW operation of Ho:CaF2 laser pumped by Tm:fiber laser (United States)

    Jelínek, Michal; Cvrček, Jan; Kubeček, Václav; Zhao, Beibei; Ma, Weiwei; Jiang, Dapeng; Su, Liangbi


    Laser radiation in the wavelength range around 2 μm is required for its specific properties - it is very suitable for medical applications, remote sensing, or pumping of optical parametric oscillators to generate ultrafast pulses in the mid-IR region further exploited in nonlinear optics. Crystals as YLF, YAG, LLF, and GdVO4 doped by holmium were already investigated and found suitable for the tunable laser generation around 2.1 mμ. Only a few works are devoted to the laser operation of holmium-doped fluorides as CaF2. In this work, pulsed and continuous-wave laser operation of a modified- Bridgman-grown Ho:CaF2 active crystal at room temperature is reported. A commercial 50 W 1940 nm Tm-fiber laser was used to pump a laser oscillator based on a novel 10 mm long 0.5 at.% Ho:CaF2 active crystal placed in the Peltiercooled holder. In the pulsed regime (10 ms, 10 Hz), the laser slope efficiency of 53 % with respect to the absorbed pump power was achieved. The laser generated at the central wavelength of 2085 nm with the maximum mean output power of 365 mW corresponding to the power amplitude of 3.65 W. In the continuous wave regime, the maximum output power was 1.11 W with the slope efficiency of 41 % with respect to the absorbed pump power. To our best knowledge this is the first demonstration of this laser active material operating in the CW regime at room temperature. The tuning range over 60 nm from 2034 to 2094 nm was achieved using a birefringent filter showing the possibility to develop a mode-locked laser system generating pulses in the sub-picosecond range.

  4. Multi-parametric thermal sensing based on NIR emission of Ho(III) doped CaWO4 phosphors (United States)

    Zhou, Xianju; Wang, Rongxue; Xiang, Guotao; Jiang, Sha; Li, Li; Luo, Xiaobing; Pang, Yu; Tian, Yili


    Optical thermometry based on trivalent rare earth doped materials has attracted much attention recently. This article reported the temperature dependent near infrared luminescence of Ho3+ doped in CaWO4 phosphors. A series of CaWO4:Ho3+ powders have been synthesized by high temperature solid state reaction. The XRD patterns showed that the Ho3+ ions have occupied the lattice sites of Ca2+ ions in the phosphors. The thermometry effect was demonstrated by different spectroscopic parameters through the emission intensity of Ho3+: 5I6 → 5I8 transition at ∼1190 nm, the spectral shift of the charge transfer band of W-O and the lifetime of Ho3+: 5F4, 5S2 excited state. These three optical parameters present a simple linear relation with the temperature in the range of 30-300 °C. This allows for accurate thermal sensing based on simultaneous measurement of these parameters. Results show that CaWO4:Ho3+ phosphors might be served as a potential candidate for thermometry.

  5. Subsolidus Phase Relations of the CaO-REOx-CuO Systems (RE = Eu, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Lu and Sc) at 900 °C in Air

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    Grivel, Jean-Claude


    The subsolidus phase relations of the CaO-REOx-CuO systems (RE = Eu, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Lu and Sc) were investigated in air at 900 °C. The pseudo-ternary sections with RE = Tb, Dy, Ho, Er and Lu have a similar structure. They have in common with the RE = Eu system a solid solution of Ca0.833−xRExCuO2...... in the other systems at 900 °C in air....

  6. Enhancement of magnetic and ferroelectric behaviour in (Ca, Co) co-doped HoMnO3 multiferroics (United States)

    Rout, P. P.; Pradhan, S. K.; Das, S. K.; Samantaray, S.; Roul, B. K.


    The effect of sintering temperature on structural, electrical and magnetic behaviours of polycrystalline samples of Ho0.9Ca0.1Mn0.9Co0.1O3 prepared by the solid state reaction route sintered at three different temperature 1250 °C, 1350 °C, 1450 °C for 10 h are investigated. XRD, SEM, magnetization, dielectric and ferroelectric measurements were carried out. Experimental results showed the nucleation of orthorhombic phase as the sintering temperature increases from 1250 °C to 1450 °C. Ferroelectric (Tc) and antiferromagnetic transition temperature (TN) increases with increase in sintering temperature. Strong bifurcation of FC and ZFC curve in sample sintered at 1450 °C showed a clear onset of ferromagnetic state around 165 °K, which is confirmed from M to H graph at 165 °K. All the sample showed ferroelectric behaviour at room temperature which are leaky in nature. Sintering temperature along with Ca and Co doping in HoMnO3 ceramics plays an important role in phase transformation along with enhancement in multiferroic properties.

  7. Structural and transport properties of A{sub 2}HoTaO{sub 6} [A=Ba, Sr, and Ca

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    Dutta, Alo, E-mail: [Department of Physics, Bose Institute, 93/1, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road, Kolkata 700009 (India); Sinha, T.P. [Department of Physics, Bose Institute, 93/1, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road, Kolkata 700009 (India); Das, Dipankar [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Kolkata Centre, III/LB-8, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700098 (India)


    Double perovskite oxides A{sub 2}HoTaO{sub 6} [A=Ba, Sr, and Ca] are synthesized by a solid state reaction technique. The Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction pattern shows that Ba{sub 2}HoTaO{sub 6} crystalizes in cubic Fm3m symmetry whereas Sr{sub 2}HoTaO{sub 6} and Ca{sub 2}HoTaO{sub 6} adopt the monoclinic P2{sub 1}/n symmetry. The field cooled and zero field cooled magnetic susceptibilities of the materials are measured in the temperature range from 5 K to 300 K. The temperature dependence of inverse magnetic susceptibility shows the antiferromagnetic behavior of these systems. The dielectric relaxation of the samples is investigated by the Cole–Cole model in the frequency range from 50 Hz to 1 MHz and in the temperature range from 303 K to 673 K. The frequency dependent conductivity spectra follow the power law. The scaling behavior of the imaginary part of the impedance spectra suggests that the relaxation shows the same mechanism at various temperatures. - Highlights: • The Rietveld refinement indicates that B{sub 2}HoTaO{sub 6} has cubic Fm3m symmetry. • Sr{sub 2}HoTaO{sub 6} and Ca{sub 2}HoTaO{sub 6} adopt the monoclinic P2{sub 1}/n crystal symmetry. • The temperature dependence of inverse magnetic susceptibilities follows the Curie–Wiess law. • The superexchange interaction between the Ho ions leads to antiferromagnetism in these systems. • Dielectric relaxation mechanism is explained using the Cole–Cole model.

  8. Hydrides of CeNi/sub 5/, MmNi/sub 5/, Ca/sub 0/ /sub 2/(Ce/sub 0/ /sub 65/Mm/sub 0/ /sub 35/)/sub 0/ /sub 8/Ni/sub 5/, Ca/sub 0/ /sub 2/Ce/sub 0/ /sub 8/Ni/sub 5/, Ca/sub 0/ /sub 2/Mm/sub 0/ /sub 8/Ni/sub 5/, and mixed CeNi/sub 5//MmNi/sub 5/

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    Lakner, J.F.; Chow, T.S.


    Six intermetallic alloys (CeNi/sub 5/, MmNi/sub 5/, Ca/sub 0/ /sub 2/(Ce/sub 0/ /sub 65/Mm/sub 0/ /sub 35/)/sub 0/ /sub 8/Ni/sub 5/, Ca/sub 0/ /sub 2/Ce/sub 0/ /sub 8/Ni/sub 5/, Ca/sub 0/ /sub 2/Mm/sub 0/ /sub 8/Ni/sub 5/, and a mixed alloy, CeNi/sub 5//MmNi/sub 5/) were investigated with respect to their suitability to provide high hydrogen capacity and their potential for use in providing substantial hydrogen pressure at both low and high temperatures. A second phase of our investigation dealt with ball-milling and hydriding and dehydriding cycles to produce fine particles for use in hydride powder transfer studies. A summary of several Van't Hoff plots is also included for hydride-forming alloys.

  9. Dielectric relaxation and electrical conduction mechanism in A2HoSbO6 (A=Ba, Sr, Ca) Double Perovskite Ceramics: An impedance spectroscopic analysis (United States)

    Halder, Saswata; Dutta, Alo; Sinha, T. P.


    The AC electrical properties of polycrystalline double perovskite oxides A2HoSbO6 (A=Ba, Sr, Ca; AHS) synthesized by solid state reaction technique has been explored by using impedance spectroscopic studies. The Rietveld refinement of the room temperature X-ray diffraction data show that Ba2HoSbO6 (BHS) has cubic phase and Sr2HoSbO6 (SHS) and Ca2HoSbO6 (CHS) crystallize in monoclinic phase. The samples show significant frequency dispersion in their dielectric properties. The polydispersive nature of the relaxation mechanism is explained by the modified Cole-Cole model. The scaling behavior of dielectric loss indicate the temperature independence of the relaxation mechanism. The magnitude of the activation energy indicates that the hopping mechanism is responsible for carrier transport in AHS. The frequency dependent conductivity spectra follow the double power law. Impedance spectroscopic data presented in the Nyquist plot (Z" versus Z‧) are used to identify an equivalent circuit along with to know the grain, grain boundary and interface contributions. The constant phase element (CPE) is used to analyze the experimental response of BHS, SHS and CHS comprehending the contribution of different microstructural features to the conduction process. The temperature dependent electrical conductivity shows a semiconducting behavior.

  10. NdHO, a novel oxyhydride

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    Widerøe, Marius; Fjellvåg, Helmer; Norby, Truls


    A new metal oxyhydride; neodymium oxyhydride, NdHO, has been synthesized from a reactant mixture of metal hydride (CaH2 or NdH3) and neodymium oxide(Nd2O3). The unit cell dimensions decrease smoothly in the series from LaHO, CeHO, PrHO to NdHO, in line with the lanthanide contraction. The crystal...

  11. Preparation and up-conversion characterization of CaF{sub 2}:Yb{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+}/BaF{sub 2}:Yb{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+} co-doped glasses and glass–ceramics

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    Hou, Zhao-xia, E-mail:; Li, Hang-xin; Xue, Zhao-lu; Wang, Mei-han; Hu, Xiao-dan; Wang, Shao-hong


    Highlights: • New oxyfluoride tellurite glasses were prepared successfully. • CaF{sub 2} and BaF{sub 2} nano crystals were formed by heat treatment. • Up-conversion emission properties and mechanism were investigated. - Abstract: Oxyfluoride tellurite glasses with compositions of TeO{sub 2}–Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}–CaF{sub 2}/BaF{sub 2}–NaF–YbF{sub 3}–xHoF{sub 3} (x = 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 mol%) were prepared by conventional melt-quenching method. Effect of heat-treatment schedules on crystallization behavior and microstructure were analyzed by differential scanning caborimetry, X-ray diffraction, infrared spectra and scanning electron microscopy. Cubic CaF{sub 2} and BaF{sub 2} nano-crystal phases were formed by controlling heat-treatment schedules. Up-conversion emission properties and mechanism of Yb{sup 3+} and Ho{sup 3+} ions in glasses and glass–ceramics were investigated. The green and red up-conversion emissions were observed under 980 nm LD excitation. Up-conversion luminescence intensity in glasses was obvious higher than that in glass–ceramics. And there existed concentration quenching effect among Ho{sup 3+} ions resulted from cross-relaxation.

  12. Improved ferroelectric/piezoelectric properties and bright green/UC red emission in (Li,Ho)-doped CaBi4Ti4O15 multifunctional ceramics with excellent temperature stability and superior water-resistance performance. (United States)

    Xiao, Ping; Guo, Yongquan; Tian, Mijie; Zheng, Qiaoji; Jiang, Na; Wu, Xiaochun; Xia, Zhiguo; Lin, Dunmin


    Multifunctional materials based on rare earth ion doped ferro/piezoelectrics have attracted considerable attention in recent years. In this work, new lead-free multifunctional ceramics of Ca1-x(LiHo)x/2Bi4Ti4O15 were prepared by a conventional solid-state reaction method. The great multi-improvement in ferroelectricity/piezoelectricity, down/up-conversion luminescence and temperature stability of the multifunctional properties is induced by the partial substitution of (Li0.5Ho0.5)(2+) for Ca(2+) ions in CaBi4Ti4O15. All the ceramics possess a bismuth-layer structure, and the crystal structure of the ceramics is changed from a four layered bismuth-layer structure to a three-layered structure with the level of (Li0.5Ho0.5)(2+) increasing. The ceramic with x = 0.1 exhibits simultaneously, high resistivity (R = 4.51 × 10(11)Ω cm), good piezoelectricity (d33 = 10.2 pC N(-1)), high Curie temperature (TC = 814 °C), strong ferroelectricity (Pr = 9.03 μC cm(-2)) and enhanced luminescence. These behaviours are greatly associated with the contribution of (Li0.5Ho0.5)(2+) in the ceramics. Under the excitation of 451 nm light, the ceramic with x = 0.1 exhibits a strong green emission peak centered at 545 nm, corresponding to the transition of the (5)S2→(5)I8 level in Ho(3+) ions, while a strong red up-conversion emission band located at 660 nm is observed under the near-infrared excitation of 980 nm at room temperature, arising from the transition of (5)F5→(5)I8 levels in Ho(3+) ions. Surprisingly, the excellent temperature stability of ferroelectricity/piezoelectricity/luminescence and superior water-resistance behaviors of piezoelectricity/luminescence are also obtained in the ceramic with x = 0.1. Our study suggests that the present ceramics may have potential applications in advanced multifunctional devices at high temperature.

  13. Hybrid Laser-Arc Welding of 10-mm-Thick Cast Martensitic Stainless Steel CA6NM: As-Welded Microstructure and Mechanical Properties (United States)

    Mirakhorli, Fatemeh; Cao, Xinjin; Pham, Xuan-Tan; Wanjara, Priti; Fihey, Jean-Luc


    Cast CA6NM martensitic stainless steel plates, 10 mm in thickness, were welded using hybrid laser-arc welding. The effect of different welding speeds on the as-welded joint integrity was characterized in terms of the weld bead geometry, defects, microstructure, hardness, ultimate tensile strength, and impact energy. Significant defects such as porosity, root humping, underfill, and excessive penetration were observed at a low welding speed (0.5 m/min). However, the underfill depth and excessive penetration in the joints manufactured at welding speeds above 0.75 m/min met the specifications of ISO 12932. Characterization of the as-welded microstructure revealed untempered martensite and residual delta ferrite dispersed at prior-austenite grain boundaries in the fusion zone. In addition, four different heat-affected zones in the weldments were differentiated through hardness mapping and inference from the Fe-Cr-Ni ternary phase diagram. The tensile fracture occurred in the base metal for all the samples and fractographic analysis showed that the crack path is within the martensite matrix, along primary delta ferrite-martensite interfaces and within the primary delta ferrite. Additionally, Charpy impact testing demonstrated slightly higher fracture energy values and deeper dimples on the fracture surface of the welds manufactured at higher welding speeds due to grain refinement and/or lower porosity.

  14. New orthorhombic derivative of CaCu{sub 5}-type structure: RNi{sub 4}Si compounds (R=Y, La, Ce, Sm, Gd–Ho), crystal structure and some magnetic properties

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    Morozkin, A.V., E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory, House 1, Building 3, GSP-2, Moscow 119992 (Russian Federation); Knotko, A.V. [Department of Chemistry, Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory, House 1, Building 3, GSP-2, Moscow 119992 (Russian Federation); Yapaskurt, V.O. [Department of Petrology, Geological Faculty, Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory, Moscow 119992 (Russian Federation); Yuan, Fang; Mozharivskyj, Y. [Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4M1 (Canada); Nirmala, R. [Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India)


    The crystal structure of new YNi{sub 4}Si-type RNi{sub 4}Si (R=Y, La, Ce, Sm, Gd–Ho) compounds has been established using powder X-ray diffraction. The YNi{sub 4}Si structure is a new structure type, which is orthorhombic derivative of CaCu{sub 5}-type structure (space group Cmmm N 65, oC12). GdNi{sub 4}Si and DyNi{sub 4}Si compounds order ferromagnetically at 25 and 19 K, respectively whereas YNi{sub 4}Si shows antiferromagnetic nature. At 15 K, DyNi{sub 4}Si shows second antiferromagnetic-like transition. The magnetic moment of GdNi{sub 4}Si at 5 K in 50 kOe field is ∼7.2 μ{sub B}/f.u. suggesting a completely ordered ferromagnetic state. The magnetocaloric effect of GdNi{sub 4}Si is calculated in terms of isothermal magnetic entropy change and it reaches the maximum value of −12.8 J/kg K for a field change of 50 kOe near T{sub C} ∼25 K. - Graphical abstract: The RNi{sub 4}Si (R=Y, La, Ce, Sm, Gd–Ho) compounds crystallize in new YNi{sub 4}Si-type structure which is orthorhombic derivative of the basic CaCu{sub 5}-type structure. GdNi{sub 4}Si and DyNi{sub 4}Si compounds show the ferromagnetic-like ordering, whereas.YNi{sub 4}Si has the antiferromagnetic nature. The GdNi{sub 4}Si demonstrates the big magnetocaloric effect near temperature of ferromagnetic ordering. The relationship between initial CaCu{sub 5}-type DyNi{sub 5} and YNi{sub 4}Si-type DyNi{sub 4}Si lattices.

  15. Canted magnetic ground state of quarter-doped manganites R 0.75Ca0.25MnO3 (R  =  Y, Tb, Dy, Ho, and Er) (United States)

    Sinclair, R.; Cao, H. B.; Garlea, V. O.; Lee, M.; Choi, E. S.; Dun, Z. L.; Dong, S.; Dagotto, E.; Zhou, H. D.


    Polycrystalline samples of the quarter-doped manganites R 0.75Ca0.25MnO3 (R  =  Y, Tb, Dy, Ho, and Er) were studied by x-ray diffraction and AC/DC susceptibility measurements. All five samples are orthorhombic and exhibit similar magnetic properties: enhanced ferromagnetism below T 1 (∼80 K) and a spin glass (SG) state below T SG (∼30 K). With increasing R 3+ ionic size, both T 1 and T SG generally increase. The single crystal neutron diffraction results on Tb0.75Ca0.25MnO3 revealed that the SG state is mainly composed of a short-range ordered version of a novel canted (i.e. noncollinear) antiferromagnetic spin state. Furthermore, calculations based on the double exchange model for quarter-doped manganites reveal that this new magnetic phase provides a transition state between the ferromagnetic state and the theoretically predicted spin-orthogonal stripe phase.

  16. Molecular cloning and expression of a cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) heme oxygenase-1 gene, CsHO1, which is involved in adventitious root formation. (United States)

    Li, Mei-Yue; Cao, Ze-Yu; Shen, Wen-Biao; Cui, Jin


    Our previous work showed that in cucumber (Cucumis sativus), auxin rapidly induces heme oxygenase (HO) activity and the product of HO action, carbon monoxide (CO), then triggers the signal transduction events leading to adventitious root formation. In this study, the cucumber HO-1 gene (named as CsHO1) was isolated and sequenced. It contains four exons and three introns and encodes a polypeptide of 291 amino acids. Further results show that CsHO1 shares a high homology with plant HO-1 proteins and codes a 33.3 kDa protein with a 65-amino transit peptide, predicting a mature protein of 26.1 kDa. The mature CsHO1 was expressed in Escherichia coli to produce a fusion protein, which exhibits HO activity. The CsHO1:GFP fusion protein was localized in the chloroplast. Related biochemical analyses of mature CsHO1, including Vmax, Km, Topt and pHopt, were also investigated. CsHO1 mRNA was found in germinating seeds, roots, stem, and especially in leaf tissues. Several well-known adventitious root inducers, including auxin, ABA, hemin, nitric oxide donor sodium nitroprusside (SNP), CaCl(2), and sodium hydrosulfide (NaHS), differentially up-regulate CsHO1 transcripts and corresponding protein levels. These results suggest that CsHO1 may be involved in cucumber adventitious rooting.

  17. Radical scavenging activity of antioxidants evaluated by means of electrogenerated HO radical. (United States)

    Oliveira, Raquel; Geraldo, Dulce; Bento, Fátima


    A method is proposed and tested concerning the characterization of antioxidants by means of their reaction with electrogenerated HO radicals in galvanostatic assays with simultaneous O2 evolution, using a Pt anode fairly oxidized. The consumption of a set of species with antioxidant activity, ascorbic acid (AA), caffeic acid (CA), gallic acid (GA) and trolox (T), is described by a first order kinetics. The rate of the processes is limited by the kinetics of reaction with HO radicals and by the kinetics of charge transfer. Information regarding the scavenger activity of antioxidants is obtained by the relative value of the rate constant of the reaction between antioxidants and HO radicals, k(AO,HO)/k(O2). The number of HO radicals scavenged per molecule of antioxidant is also estimated and ranged from 260 (ascorbic acid) to 500 (gallic acid). The method is applied successfully in the characterization of the scavenger activity of ascorbic acid in a green-tea based beverage.

  18. Experimental dosimetry of Ho-166 bioglass seed polymer-protected

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    Nogueira, Luciana B.; Campos, Tarcisio P.R. [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Nuclear. Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Ciencias e Tecnicas Nucleares


    This study aims to develop experimental dosimetry of Ho-166 bio glass seed for brachytherapy studies using GAFCHROMIC EBT2 radio chromium films. The methodology consists of placement of radio chromium films in a compressed breast phantom, along with bio glass polymer-protected seeds of [Si: Ca: Ho] and [Si: Ca: Ho: Zr]. The bio glass seeds were encapsulated with polyvinyl alcohol, before being activated and used in the study. The bio glass seeds were introduced into the breast phantom, along with radio chromium films for a period of 2 hours. After the exposure time, radio chromium films were removed from phantom and digitized for analysis in ImageDIG 2.0 program, which quantifies the intensity of RGB (Red, Green, Blue). The dose calculation was evaluated by Monte Carlo technique. Experimental and theoretical data were used to calibrate the dose distribution. The results were plotted on graphs and dose iso curves were obtained. As conclusion it is possible to perform dosimetry in Ho-166 seed brachytherapy using radio chromium films, limited to a short exposure time and small activity. (author)

  19. Beta-delayed Proton Decay of Proton Drip-line Nucleus ~(142)Ho

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    Unknown beta-delayed proton precursor~(142)Ho was synthesized in the reaction~(106)Cd(~(40)Ca,p3n)and identified for the first time by using a proton-gamma coincidence measurements in combination with a helium-jet fast tape transport system~([1~3]).Its beta-delayed proton spectrum was observed.The hal-life of~(142)Ho was

  20. Tessellation of SoHO Magnetograms

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    R. Srikant; Jagdev Singh


    A gradient based algorithm which divides arbitrary images into non-overlapping surface filling tiles of opposite polarity is used to study the flux and size distributions of large scale magnetic flux concentrations in solar and heliospheric observatory (SoHO) magnetograms. The mean absolute flux and size of the concentrations at the considered scale is found to be about 1.7 × 1018Mx and 5.2Mm for both polarities. The form of the flux distribution is characterized by a skewness of 3 = 4.9 and a kurtosis of 4, = 42.8. The fall in the distribution in the range 6.5 × 1017Mx to 5 × 1018Mx is described by an exponential fit, in agreement with a model for the sustenance of quiet region flux.

  1. Topics in Ho Morphophonology and Morphosyntax (United States)

    Pucilowski, Anna


    Ho, an under-documented North Munda language of India, is known for its complex verb forms. This dissertation focuses on analysis of several features of those complex verbs, using data from original fieldwork undertaken by the author. By way of background, an analysis of the phonetics, phonology and morphophonology of Ho is first presented. Ho has…

  2. Topics in Ho Morphophonology and Morphosyntax (United States)

    Pucilowski, Anna


    Ho, an under-documented North Munda language of India, is known for its complex verb forms. This dissertation focuses on analysis of several features of those complex verbs, using data from original fieldwork undertaken by the author. By way of background, an analysis of the phonetics, phonology and morphophonology of Ho is first presented. Ho has…

  3. A neutron activation system for Ho, HoZr and Sm brachytherapy seeds for breast radiation therapy

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    Araujo, Wagner L., E-mail: [Instituto Federal de Minas Gerais (IFMG), Congonhas, MG (Brazil). Departamento de Fisica; Campos, Tarcisio P.R., E-mail: [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Departamento de Engenharia Nuclear


    This paper addresses a device designed for transmuting nuclides by means of neutron capture reactions. The device is composed by a neutron generator based on d-d reactions, a neutron moderator and a reflection system, enclosed by a radiation shield. The project was modeled on the CST electromagnetic code. Afterwards, a nuclear investigation was carried out by MCNP5 code, where the final activities of a large set of 0.5 x 1.8 mm cylindrical, biodegradable and biocompatible, Ho-165 (Ho and HoZr) and Sm-152 breast brachytherapy seeds were evaluated, considering the neutron capture reactions. The accelerator-head equipotential profiles and the optical beam of deuterons with its energy map were presented. The neutronic evaluation allowed estimating a neutron yield of 10{sup 13} n s{sup -1}. From the seed's group, an individual Ho-166 seed reached activity of 100 MBq in 58 h operation time. Moreover, Sm-153 seed reached 120 MBq during a period of 64 h of operation. The system shows to be able to provide the neutron activation of brachytherapy seeds with suitable individual specific activity able for controlling breast tumors. (author)

  4. Is the HO4- anion a key species in the aqueous-phase decomposition of ozone? (United States)

    Anglada, Josep M; Torrent-Sucarrat, Miquel; Ruiz-Lopez, Manuel F; Martins-Costa, Marilia


    The role of the HO(4)(-) anion in atmospheric chemistry and biology is a matter of debate, because it can be formed from, or be in equilibrium with, key species such as O(3) + HO(-) or HO(2) + O(2) (-). The determination of the stability of HO(4)(-) in water therefore has the greatest relevance for better understanding the mechanism associated with oxidative cascades in aqueous solution. However, experiments are difficult to perform because of the short-lived character of this species, and in this work we have employed DFT, CCSD(T) complete basis set (CBS), MRCI/aug-cc-pVTZ, and combined quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) calculations to investigate this topic. We show that the HO(4)(-) anion has a planar structure in the gas phase, with a very large HOO-OO bond length (1.823 Å). In contrast, HO(4)(-) adopts a nonplanar configuration in aqueous solution, with huge geometrical changes (up to 0.232 Å for the HOO-OO bond length) with a very small energy cost. The formation of the HO(4)(-) anion is predicted to be endergonic by 5.53±1.44 and 2.14±0.37 kcal mol(-1) with respect to the O(3) + HO(-) and HO(2) + O(2)(-) channels, respectively. Moreover, the combination of theoretical calculations with experimental free energies of solvation has allowed us to obtain accurate free energies for the main reactions involved in the aqueous decomposition of ozone. Thus, the oxygen transfer reaction (O(3) + OH(-) → HO(2) + O(2)(-)) is endergonic by 3.39±1.80 kcal mol(-1), the electron transfer process (O(3) + O(2)(-) → O(3)(-) + O(2)) is exergonic by 31.53±1.05 kcal mol(-1), supporting the chain-carrier role of the superoxide ion, and the reaction O(3) + HO(2)(-) → OH + O(2)(-) + O(2) is exergonic by 12.78±1.15 kcal mol(-1), which is consistent with the fact that the addition of small amounts of HO(2)(-) (through H(2)O(2)) accelerates ozone decomposition in water. The combination of our results with previously reported thermokinetic data provides some

  5. Predicting the risk for hospital-onset Clostridium difficile infection (HO-CDI) at the time of inpatient admission: HO-CDI risk score. (United States)

    Tabak, Ying P; Johannes, Richard S; Sun, Xiaowu; Nunez, Carlos M; McDonald, L Clifford


    To predict the likelihood of hospital-onset Clostridium difficile infection (HO-CDI) based on patient clinical presentations at admission Retrospective data analysis Six US acute care hospitals Adult inpatients We used clinical data collected at the time of admission in electronic health record (EHR) systems to develop and validate a HO-CDI predictive model. The outcome measure was HO-CDI cases identified by a nonduplicate positive C. difficile toxin assay result with stool specimens collected >48 hours after inpatient admission. We fit a logistic regression model to predict the risk of HO-CDI. We validated the model using 1,000 bootstrap simulations. Among 78,080 adult admissions, 323 HO-CDI cases were identified (ie, a rate of 4.1 per 1,000 admissions). The logistic regression model yielded 14 independent predictors, including hospital community onset CDI pressure, patient age ≥65, previous healthcare exposures, CDI in previous admission, admission to the intensive care unit, albumin ≤3 g/dL, creatinine >2.0 mg/dL, bands >32%, platelets ≤150 or >420 109/L, and white blood cell count >11,000 mm3. The model had a c-statistic of 0.78 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.76-0.81) with good calibration. Among 79% of patients with risk scores of 0-7, 19 HO-CDIs occurred per 10,000 admissions; for patients with risk scores >20, 623 HO-CDIs occurred per 10,000 admissions (Prisk identification tool for HO-CDI preventive interventions and outcome comparisons.

  6. Electroreduction of Ho3+ on Nickel Cathode in Molten KCl-HoCl3

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    The cyclic voltammetry, open current potential-time curve after potentiostatic electrolysis, the current-time curve at potential step, XRD, EDAX and EPMA were used to study the electrode process of Ho3+ reduction on nickel electrode in molten KCl-HoCl3 and the phases of surface alloy layer. The Ho-Ni alloys were deposited when Ho3+ was reduced on the nickel electrode. The free energies of formation for the intermetallic compounds between Ho and Ni, the diffusion coefficients and diffusion activation energy of Ho atom in the alloy phase were determined.

  7. Shape coexistence in 153Ho

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    Pramanik, Dibyadyuti; Sarkar, M Saha; Bisoi, Abhijit; Ray, Sudatta; Dasgupta, Shinjinee; Chakraborty, A; Krishichayan,; Kshetri, Ritesh; Ray, Indrani; Ganguly, S; Pradhan, M K; Basu, M Ray; Raut, R; Ganguly, G; Ghugre, S S; Sinha, A K; Basu, S K; Bhattacharya, S; Mukherjee, A; Banerjee, P; Goswami, A


    The high-spin states in 153Ho, have been studied by 139 57 La(20Ne, 6n) reaction at a projectile energy of 139 MeV at Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), Kolkata, India, utilizing an earlier campaign of Indian National Gamma Array (INGA) setup. Data from gamma-gamma coincidence, directional correlation and polarization measurements have been analyzed to assign and confirm the spins and parities of the levels. We have suggested a few additions and revisions of the reported level scheme of 153Ho. The RF-gamma time difference spectra have been useful to confirm the half-life of an isomer in this nucleus. From the comparison of experimental and theoretical results, it is found that there are definite indications of shape coexistence in this nucleus. The experimental and calculated lifetimes of several isomers have been compared to follow the coexistence and evolution of shape with increasing spin.

  8. Thermal conductivity measurements of copper-coated metal hydrides (LaNi{sub 5}, Ca{sub 0.6}Mm{sub 0.4}Ni{sub 5}, and LaNi{sub 4.75}Al{sub 0.25}) for use in metal hydride hydrogen compression systems

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    Lee, Michael; Kim, Kwang J.; Hopkins, Ryan R. [Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557 (United States); Gawlik, Keith [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 1617 Cole Boulevard, Golden, CO 80401-3393 (United States)


    This study was performed to supplement the limited data on metal hydrides by experimentally determining the thermal conductivity of various metal hydride powder pellets that underwent a copper coating process. Three different metal hydride powders were tested (LaNi{sub 5}, Ca{sub 0.6}Mm{sub 0.4}Ni{sub 5}, and LaNi{sub 4.75}Al{sub 0.25}) for their thermal conductivity, with variations in testing parameters, and with copper coating processes that varied from 30 to 60 s A testing apparatus was specifically designed for this experiment, and the study reported thermal conductivity values of 3-6 W/m-K. (author)

  9. 大蒜素对大鼠离心运动后血IL-6、CK、CK-MM和Ca2+变化的影响%Effects of Allicin on Blood IL-6,CK,CK-MM and Ca2+ in Rats after Eccentric Exercise

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    苏全生; 田野; 王东辉; 孙君志; 袁琼嘉; 王纯; 董柔


    目的:观察大蒜素对大鼠大强度离心运动后不同时相骨骼肌结构损伤及血液IL-6、CK、CK-MM和Ca2+变化的影响;方法:将雌性SD大鼠80只随机分为单纯运动组(A组)和用药运动组(B组),B组腹腔注射大蒜素20 mg/kg/d.两周后观察各组在运动前及完成19~21 m/min、坡度-16°的90 min一次性离心运动后即刻、24 h、48 h和72 h比目鱼肌结构及血IL-6、CK、CK-MM和Ca2+等变化;结果:运动后两组大鼠比目鱼肌结构都出现改变和损伤,A组表现最重.A组血浆IL-6运动后各时相较运动前明显升高,B组升高不明显.运动后两组血清CK-MM和CK都显著升高;B组在运动后即刻和24 h血清CK-MM和CK显著低于A组.结论:大蒜素有助于减轻离心运动导致的骨骼肌超微结构损伤,对血浆IL-6水平升高有抑制作用.提示大蒜素对细胞膜通透性和完整性有一定保护作用.

  10. Comparative Research on the Blood IL-6, CK, CK-MM and Ca2+ Changes of Rats after Eccentric Exercise%大鼠急性离心运动后血IL-6、CK、CK-MM和Ca2+变化的比较

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  11. Theoretical Studies of the HO/HO2 Catalytic Cycle for Ozone Destruction (United States)

    Walch, Stephen P.; Langhoff, Steve R. (Technical Monitor)


    Recently it has been determined that the HO/HO2 catalytic cycle accounts for nearly one-half of the total ozone depletion in the lower stratosphere. The catalytic cycle is: (1) HO + O3 yields HO2 + O2; (2) HO2 + O3 yields HO + O2 + O2. The net reaction is 2O3 yields 3O2. The rate limiting step in this process is the reaction of HO2 with ozone. There is a problem extending the experimental measurement of the rate of this reaction over the range 233-400 K down to stratospheric temperatures of 210-220 K. Therefore we have undertaken a project to determine the temperature dependence of the rate constant for this reaction in the low temperature region. The first step in this project, which is described in this poster, is the determination of the relevant potential energy surfaces. The calculations use CASSCF/derivative methods to define the pathways followed by CASSCF/ACPF to determine the energetics. The HO + O3 reaction is found to proceed through an HO4 complex, which is unstable with respect to HO2 + O2. The HO2 +O3 reaction is more complex. One pathway, which has been characterized, is the formation of an HO5 complex which decomposes to HO3 + O2 and subsequently to HO + O2 + O2. Another pathway, which is believed to also play a role, is hydrogen abstraction to give O2 + HO3 and subsequent decomposition of HO3 to HO + O2. Isotopic labeling experiments indicate that the later pathway is dominant. However, so far attempts to locate the saddle point for this pathway have not been successful. We have also characterized the potential energy surfaces for a number of species involved in these reactions, including HO3 and triplet O4. The triplet O4 species is probably involved in the reaction of vibrationally excited O2 with ground state O2 leading to O3 + O. The latter reaction is believed to be important as an additional source of stratospheric ozone.

  12. Crystal growth, transport, and the structural and magnetic properties of Ln(4)FeGa(12) with Ln = Y, Tb, Dy, Ho, and Er. (United States)

    Drake, Brenton L; Grandjean, Fernande; Kangas, Michael J; Okudzeto, Edem K; Karki, Amar B; Sougrati, Moulay T; Young, David P; Long, Gary J; Chan, Julia Y


    Ln(4)FeGa(12), where Ln is Y, Tb, Dy, Ho, and Er, prepared by flux growth, crystallize with the cubic Y(4)PdGa(12) structure with the Im3m space group and with a = 8.5650(4), 8.5610(4), 8.5350(3), 8.5080(3), and 8.4760(3) A, respectively. The crystal structure consists of an iron-gallium octahedra and face-sharing rare-earth cuboctahedra of the Au(3)Cu type. Er(4)Fe(0.67)Ga(12) is iron-deficient, leading to a distortion of the octahedral and cuboctahedral environments due to the splitting of the Ga2 site into Ga2 and Ga3 sites. Further, interstitial octahedral sites that are unoccupied in Ln(4)FeGa(12) (Ln = Y, Tb, Dy, and Ho) are partially occupied by Fe2. Y(4)FeGa(12) exhibits weak itinerant ferromagnetism below 36 K. In contrast, Tb(4)FeGa(12), Dy(4)FeGa(12), Ho(4)FeGa(12), and Er(4)Fe(0.67)Ga(12) order antiferromagnetically with maxima in the molar magnetic susceptibilities at 26, 18.5, 9, and 6 K. All of the compounds exhibit metallic electric resistivity, and their iron-57 Mossbauer spectra, obtained between 4.2 and 295 K, exhibit a single-line absorption with a 4.2 K isomer shift of ca. 0.50 mm/s, a shift that is characteristic of iron in an iron-gallium intermetallic compound. A small but significant broadening in the spectral absorption line width is observed for Y(4)FeGa(12) below 40 K and results from the small hyperfine field arising from its spin-polarized itinerant electrons.

  13. [Spectroscopy parameters of Ho3+ in Ho3+ : FOG and Ho3+ : FOV]. (United States)

    Yang, Xiao-Dong; Chen, Ying; Chen, Xiao-Bo; Sawarobori, N; Wang, Shui-Feng; Zhou, Yong-Fen; Li, Song; Xu, Yi-Zhuang; Cheng, Huan-Li; Yang, Guo-Jian


    In the present paper, the absorption spectra of Ho3+ (0.5 mol%)-doped oxyfluoride glass (FOG) sample and Ho3+ (0.5 mol%)-doped oxyfluoride vitroceramics (FOV) sample were measured through experiment. The authors calculated the intensity parameters omega 2, 4, 6 of the two materials according to J-O theory, and analyzed the possible reason for the difference between the two materials on the intensity parameters. After that the authors calculated oscillator strength, spontaneous radiative transition rate, branching ratio and integrated emission cross section and some other spectroscopic parameters of several excited states and then made a comparative analysis of the two materials based on these spectroscopic parameters. The authors found that the oscillator strength of trivalent holmium iron in FOV is about the same with the oscillator strength in YAlO3 and is similar to oscillator strength in FOG, while slightly larger than in that LBTAF and much larger than that in LaF3 and ZBLAN. By analyzing the calculated spectroscopic parameters, it can be found that some transitions, especially 5I7 --> 5I8, 5F5 --> 5I8 etc., have a relatively large oscillator strengths(larger than 10(-6)) and large integrated emission cross sections(larger than 10(-18) cm). These transitions have the conditions to form laser passages, so they are worth a lot of attention. At last, application prospects of several strong luminescence transitions were concluded.

  14. Ablation of porcine ligamentum flavum with Ho:YAG, q-switched Ho:YAG, and quadrupled Nd:YAG lasers. (United States)

    Johnson, Matt R; Codd, Patrick J; Hill, Westin M; Boettcher, Tara


    Ligamentum flavum (LF) is a tough, rubbery connective tissue providing a portion of the ligamentous stability to the spinal column, and in its hypertrophied state forms a significant compressive pathology in degenerative spinal stenosis. The interaction of lasers and this biological tissue have not been thoroughly studied. Technological advances improving endoscopic surgical access to the spinal canal makes selective removal of LF using small, flexible tools such as laser-coupled fiber optics increasingly attractive for treatment of debilitating spinal stenosis. Testing was performed to assess the effect of Ho:YAG, Q-switched Ho:YAG, and frequency quadrupled Nd:YAG lasers on samples of porcine LF. The objective was to evaluate the suitability of these lasers for surgical removal of LF. LF was resected from porcine spine within 2 hours of sacrifice and stored in saline until immediately prior to laser irradiation, which occurred within an additional 2 hours. The optical absorbance of a sample was measured over the spectral band from 190 to 2,360 nm both before and after dehydration. For the experiments using the Ho:YAG (λ = 2,080 nm, tp  = 140 µs, FWHM) and Q-Switched Ho:YAG (λ = 2,080 nm, tp  = 260 ns, FWHM) lasers, energy was delivered to the LF through a laser-fiber optic with 600 µm core and NA = 0.39. For the experiment using the frequency quadrupled Nd:YAG laser (λ = 266 nm, tp  = 5 ns FWHM), rather than applying the laser energy through a laser-fiber, the energy was focused through an aperture and lens directly onto the LF. Five experiments were conducted to evaluate the effect of the given lasers on LF. First, using the Ho:YAG laser, the single-pulse laser-hole depth versus laser fluence was measured with the laser-fiber in direct contact with the LF (1 g force) and with a standoff distance of 1 mm between the laser-fiber face and the LF. Second, with the LF remaining in situ and the spine bisected

  15. Stanovení vlivu parametrů planetového mletí na vlastnosti práškových směsí


    Letovanec, Juraj


    Práca sa zaoberá prípravou mechanicky legovaného prášku HEA zliatiny Al-CoCrNiFeTi0,5 pomocou planétového mletia. Tento proces ovplyvňuje množstvo para-metrov. V predkladanej práci je skúmaný vplyv troch a to otáčok mlyna, doby spraco-vania a veľkosti mlecieho média na vlastnosti výsledného prášku z pohľadu morfológie, fázového a chemického zloženia. Výsledkom je touto metódou úspešne pripravený prá-šok HEA zliatiny. This aim of the thesis is preparation of mechanically alloyed HEA powders...

  16. 330 mJ single-frequency Ho:YLF slab amplifier

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    Strauss, HJ


    Full Text Available .5% doped, Ho:YLF slabs from VLOC in series. Both had dimensions 10 mm × 2 mm × 50 mm (c × a × a) and were a-cut with their c-axis horizontal. The slabs were mounted with indium foil between custom-made, 22°C, water-cooled mounts. The experimental setup... Brewster plate. Its wavelength was 1890 nm, which matched one of the strong absorption peaks of Ho:YLF. The beam had an M2x of 603 and an M2y of 2.78. The polarization was kept horizontal so that it was absorbed by the stronger absorbing pi...

  17. Evaluation of Leuconostoc citreum HO12 and Weissella koreensis HO20 isolated from kimchi as a starter culture for whole wheat sourdough. (United States)

    Choi, Hyejung; Kim, Yeo-Won; Hwang, Inyoung; Kim, Jeongho; Yoon, Sun


    Leuconostoc citreum HO12 and Weissella koreensis HO20 isolated from kimchi were evaluated as starter cultures in the making of whole wheat sourdough bread. After 24h of fermentation at 25 °C, both lactobacilli grew to the final cell numbers of ca. 10(9)cfu/g dough, and both doughs had similar pHs and total titratable acidities. In addition, the fermentation quotient of the dough with Lc. citreum HO12 was slightly lower than that of the dough with W. koreensis HO20 (1.6 versus 2.8). Sourdoughs and bread with 50% sourdough produced with the starter cultures exhibited consistent ability to retard the growth of bread spoilage fungi (Penicillium roqueforti and Aspergillus niger) and rope-forming bacterium (Bacillus subtilis). Sourdough breads underwent a significant reduction in bread firming during storage. It seems that both lactobacilli have the potential to improve the shelf-life of wheat bread. The results indicate that the selected lactobacilli have unique fermentation characteristics and produce sourdough breads with overall satisfactory quality.

  18. 70 mm angiocardiography in children

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    Buehlmeyer, K.


    The image intensifier technology now available allows excellent recognition of details even on 35 mm cine film. The criteria to be met by modern angiocardiography can be attained in an optimal way by these imaging techniques, especially in cases requiring high time resolution as a consequence of hemodynamic changes caused by cardiac disorders. Since 70 mm imaging techniques yet offer certain advantages with respect to resolution, they should be employed whenever very small structures, mainly vessels, must be represented, as in the cases demonstrated here of pulmonary atresia with systemic pulmonary blood supply or in other cases, in which the out-flow of blood or contrast medium is blocked by single stenoses, which is the case in particular in stenosis of the aortic isthmus.

  19. The Unimolecular Decomposition and H Abstraction Reactions by HO and HO2 from n-Butanol (United States)

    Moc, Jerzy; Black, Gráinne; Simmie, John M.; Curran, Henry J.


    By using correlated ab initio (MP2, CCSD(T)) and multi-level (G3, CBS-QB3) methods we have studied unimolecular and bimolecular reactions of n-butanol in the gas phase. The specific processes investigated include H2O elimination and hydrogen abstraction by the hydroxy (HO) and hydroperoxy (HO2) radicals from this alcohol.

  20. Delayed cutaneous wound closure in HO-2 deficient mice despite normal HO-1 expression

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    Lundvig, D.M.S.; Scharstuhl, A.; Cremers, N.A.J.; Pennings, S.W.C.; Paske, J. Te; Rheden, R. van; Breda, C. van Run-van; Regan, R.F.; Russel, F.G.M.; Carels, C.E.L.; Maltha, J.C.; Wagener, F.A.D.T.G.


    Impaired wound healing can lead to scarring, and aesthetical and functional problems. The cytoprotective haem oxygenase (HO) enzymes degrade haem into iron, biliverdin and carbon monoxide. HO-1 deficient mice suffer from chronic inflammatory stress and delayed cutaneous wound healing, while corneal

  1. Demonstration of a hybrid Ho:YLF Ho:LuLF slab laser

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    Esser, MJD


    Full Text Available The authors present a continuous-wave slab laser utilising both Ho:YLF and Ho:LuLF as laser gain media. 30 W of output power at 2 µm was demonstrated in a stable concave-plane resonator while 13 W was achieved in a hybrid stable...

  2. Delayed cutaneous wound closure in HO-2 deficient mice despite normal HO-1 expression

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    Lundvig, D.M.S.; Scharstuhl, A.; Cremers, N.A.J.; Pennings, S.W.C.; Paske, J. Te; Rheden, R. van; Breda, C. van Run-van; Regan, R.F.; Russel, F.G.M.; Carels, C.E.L.; Maltha, J.C.; Wagener, F.A.D.T.G.


    Impaired wound healing can lead to scarring, and aesthetical and functional problems. The cytoprotective haem oxygenase (HO) enzymes degrade haem into iron, biliverdin and carbon monoxide. HO-1 deficient mice suffer from chronic inflammatory stress and delayed cutaneous wound healing, while corneal

  3. Regulation of the Na+/Ca2+ exchanger in rat pancreatic ducts

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    Ankorina-Stark, I; Amstrup, J; Novak, I


    The Ca2+ content of pancreatic juice is closely regulated by yet unknown mechanisms. One aim of the present study was to find whether rat pancreatic ducts have a Na+/Ca2+ exchanger, as found in some Ca2+ transporting epithelia. Another aim was to establish whether the exchanger is regulated by ho...

  4. Návrh elektronického obchodu


    Blažek, Ľubomír


    Táto bakalárska práca sa zaoberá elektronickým obchodom a elektronickým podnikaním vo všeobecnosti, informáciami o klientovi projektu a analýzou open-source platforiem elektronických obchodov. V praktickej časti sa zaoberá návrhom a implementáciou elektronického obchodu na základe vybranej open-source platformy pre módnu značku Gladiator-Brand. Finálnou verziou praktickej časti tejto bakalárskej práce bude plne funkčný elektronický obchod vytvorený na základe požiadaviek klienta. This bach...

  5. Návrh týmového motivačního programu ve firmě FlatEarth



    Diplomová práca sa zameriava na vytvorenie návrhu motivačného program v spoločnosti FlatEarth. Návrh tohoto programu sa odvíja od výsledkov výskumu uskutočneného v športových teamoch a medzi bývalými zamestnancami spoločnosti FlatEarth. The diploma thesis concentrates on the presentation of motivational programme in the company of our choice- FlatEarth. The suggestion of the motivational programme is based on the results from research conducted in the sport teams and among previous employe...

  6. 三洋MM-7500

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    MM-7500是三洋公司为美国运营商Sprint PCS度身定制的一款翻盖手机。由于支持CDMA2000 1X EV—DO网络.因此该机能够以宽带一样的速度从sprint网络下载文件.并支持Sprint音乐下载.Sprint TV.Sprint PCS图片邮件传输等一系列相关网络服务。此外.该机还拥有70MB的内存空间.配备130万像素摄像头.支持微距拍摄.可拍摄最长30秒的QCIF规格视频片段。

  7. HO-1 attenuates hippocampal neurons injury via the activation of BDNF-TrkB-PI3K/Akt signaling pathway in stroke. (United States)

    Qi, Dashi; Ouyang, Changjie; Wang, Yulan; Zhang, Shichun; Ma, Xijuan; Song, YuanJian; Yu, HongLi; Tang, Jiali; Fu, Wei; Sheng, Lei; Yang, Lihua; Wang, Mei; Zhang, Weihao; Miao, Lei; Li, Tengteng; Huang, Xiaojing; Dong, Hongyan


    Although recent studies have found that HO-1 plays an important role in neuronal survival, little is known about the precise mechanisms occurring during cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the neuroprotective mechanisms of HO-1 against ischemic brain injury induced by cerebral I/R and to explore whether the BDNF-TrkB-PI3K/Akt signaling pathway contributed to the protection provided by HO-1. Over-expressed HO-1 plasmids were employed to induce the overexpression of HO-1 through hippocampi CA1 injection 5 days before the cerebral I/R animal model was induced by four-vessel occlusion for 15 min transient ischemia and followed by reperfusion in Sprague-Dawley rats. Immunoblotting was carried out to examine the expression of the related proteins, and HE-staining was used to detect the percentage of living neurons in the hippocampal CA1 region. The results showed that over-expressed HO-1 could significantly protect neurons against cerebral I/R. Furthermore, the protein expression of BDNF, TrkB and p-Akt also increased in the rats treated with over-expressed HO-1 plasmids. However, treatment with tropomyosin receptor kinase B (TrkB) receptor antagonist (K252a) reversed the HO-1-induced increase in BDNF and p-Akt protein levels and decreased the level of cleaved caspase-3 protein in I/R rats. In summary, our results imply that HO-1 can decrease cell apoptosis in the I/R rat brain and that the mechanism may be related to the activation of the BDNF-TrkB-PI3K/Akt signaling pathway.

  8. 75 FR 52534 - Su Van Ho: Debarment Order (United States)


    ... Salmonella bacteria, with verification of such exportation or destruction by FDA. Mr. Ho concealed and... with Salmonella bacteria. As a result of his conviction, on June 10, 2010, FDA sent Mr. Ho a notice...

  9. Conversion of homothallic yeast to heterothallism trough HO gene disruption

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    Van Zyl, WH


    Full Text Available A simple method was developed for the conversion of homothallic Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeaststrains to heterothallism through HO gene disruption. An integrative ho:: neo disrupted allele was constructed by cloning a dominant selectable marker...

  10. Ho:YAG laser arthroscopy of the knee (United States)

    Sisto, Domenick J.; Blazina, Martin E.; Hirsh, Linda C.


    The HO:YAG laser is a near-contact laser with a capacity to ablate or cut tissues. The ablation function allows the surgeon to remove meniscal tissue, lyse and resect adhesions, melt loose bodies, and dissolve inflamed synovium. The cutting function of the laser is utilized to perform a lateral release or resect torn menisci. The laser can also be utilized to drill holes in Grade IV chondromalacic lesions to initiate a healing response. The laser has been embraced by orthopaedic surgeons because of its shape and versatility. The tip is only 2 mm wide and can be delivered into the tight posterior compartments of the knee with no damaging contact with the articular surfaces. The laser coagulates as it works and bleeding is minimized. The laser can function both as a cutting and ablating tool. The laser can also drill holes into subchondral bone to, hopefully, initiate a healing response.

  11. Spin Waves in Ho2Co17

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    Clausen, Kurt Nørgaard; Lebech, Bente


    Spin wave excitations in a single crystal of Ho2Co17 have been studied at 4.8 and 78 K. The results are discussed in terms of a linear spin wave model. At 78 K both ground state and excited state spin waves are observed.......Spin wave excitations in a single crystal of Ho2Co17 have been studied at 4.8 and 78 K. The results are discussed in terms of a linear spin wave model. At 78 K both ground state and excited state spin waves are observed....

  12. Efficient High Power Ho,Tm:GdVO4 Laser

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    WANG Yue-Zhu; ZHU Guo-Li; JU You-Lun; YAO Bao-Quan


    We report a 22.3 W cw diode-pumped cryogenic Ho(0.5at. %), Tm(at.5%):GdVC>4 laser at a wavelength of 2.05 fzm. It is pumped by two fiber-coupled laser diodes with a fiber core diameter of 0.4 mm, both of which provide 42 W pump power near 802 nm. A cw output power of 22.3 W was obtained at the pump power of 51.0 W, corresponding to an optical-to-optical conversion efficiency of 43.7% when the ratio of the pump beam to oscillating laser beam in the crystal was ^1.33:1. The M2 factor was found to be 2.0 under an output power of 16.5 W.%@@ We report a 22.3 W ew diode-pumped cryogenic Ho(0.5at.%),Tm(at.5%):GdVO4 laser at a wavelength of 2.05μm.It is pumped by two fiber-coupled laser diodes with a fiber core diameter of 0.4 mm,both of which provide 42W pump power near 802 nm.A cw output power of 22.3 W was obtained at the pump power of 51.0W,corresponding to an optical-to-optical conversion efficiency of 43.7%when the ratio of the pump beam to oscillating laser beam in the crystal was ~1.33:1.The M2 factor was found to be 2.0 under an output power of 16.5 W.

  13. Rekonstrukce historického vozidla


    Richter, Tomáš


    Cílem této bakalářské práce je navrhnout postup rekonstrukce historického vozidla a dokumentovat jednotlivé etapy. This bachelor’s thesis offers process of redesign veteran motor car and documents particular stages. A

  14. Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City

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    Nguyen, T.B.; Samsura, D.A.A.; Krabben, E. van der; Le, A.-D.


    Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) has existed for over three centuries and has developed into the financial capital and most important economic hub of Vietnam. This profile outlines the history of HCMC's development and its impact on current conditions and physical structure of the city. The paper analyzes so

  15. Electrochemical performance of alloys Ho_5Fe_3Co_(12) and Ho_(33.3)Co_(66.7)

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    赵允红; 何维; 张永志; 曾令民


    Alloys with composition Ho5Fe3Co12 and Ho33.3Co66.7 were prepared and examined by X-ray diffractometer and automatic battery testing instrument. The electrochemical properties of these alloys such as discharge capacity, cycling performance and high rate dischargeability were investigated by battery testing instruments in alkaline electrolyte. A comparison of the electrochemical performance of the Ho5Fe3Co12 and Ho33.3Co66.7 alloys revealed that alloy Ho5Fe3Co12 possessed a better electrochemical performance...

  16. In vivo models of multiple myeloma (MM). (United States)

    Sanchez, Eric; Chen, Haiming; Berenson, James R


    The development of the plasma cell tumor (PCT) model was the first widely accepted in vivo model of multiple myeloma (MM). Potter and colleagues used this chemically induced PCT model to study the pathophysiology of malignant plasma cells and also used it to screen anti-MM agents. Two decades later the C57BL/KaLwRij mouse strain was found to spontaneously develop MM. Testing of pamidronate using this endogenously arising MM model revealed significant reductions in MM-associated bone disease, which was subsequently confirmed in human trials in MM patients. Transgenic models have also been developed in which the MM is localized in the bone marrow causing lytic bone lesions. Experiments in a transgenic model showed that a new oral proteasome inhibitor was effective at reducing MM burden. A clinical trial later confirmed this observation and validated the model. The xenograft model has been used to grow human MM in immunocompromised mice. The xenograft models of MM have been very useful in optimizing drug schedules and doses, which have helped in the treatments given to MM patients. However, in vivo models have been criticized for having a low clinical predictive power of new chemical entities (NCEs). Despite this, the knowledge gained from in vivo models of MM has without a doubt benefited MM patients.

  17. High spin levels in /sup 151/Ho

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    Gizon, J.; Gizon, A.; Andre, S.; Genevey, J.; Jastrzebski, J.; Kossakowski, R.; Moszynski, M.; Preibisz, Z.


    We report here on the first study of the level structure of /sup 151/Ho. High spin levels in /sup 151/Ho have been populated in the /sup 141/Pr + /sup 16/O and /sup 144/Sm + /sup 12/C reactions. The level structure has been established up to 6,6 MeV energy and the spins and parities determined up to 49/2/sup -/. Most of the proposed level configurations can be explained by the coupling of h sub(11/2) protons to fsub(7/2) and/or hsub(9/2) neutrons. An isomer with 14 +- 3 ns half-life and a delayed gamma multiplicity equal to 17 +- 2 has been found. Its spin is larger than 57/2 h units.

  18. High spin levels in /sup 151/Ho

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    Gizon, J.; Gizon, A.; Andre, S.; Genevey, J.; Jastrzebski, J.; Kossakowski, R.; Moszynski, M.; Preibisz, Z.


    We report here on the first study of the level structure of /sup 151/Ho. High spin levels in /sup 151/Ho have been populated in the /sup 141/Pr + /sup 16/O and /sup 144/Sm + /sup 12/C reactions. The level structure has been established up to 6.6 MeV energy and the spins and parities determined up to 49/2/sup -/. Most of the proposed level configurations can be explained by the coupling of hsub(11/2) protons to fsub(7/2) and/or hsub(9/2) neutrons. An isomer with 14 +- 3 ns half-life and a delayed gamma multiplicity equal 17 +- 2 has been found. Its spin is larger than 57/2 h units.

  19. Peroxynitric acid (HO2NO2 measurements during the UBWOS 2013 and 2014 studies using iodide ion chemical ionization mass spectrometry

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    P. R. Veres


    Full Text Available Laboratory work is reported here establishing iodide ion chemical ionization mass spectrometry (I− CIMS as a sensitive method for the unambiguous detection of peroxynitric acid (HO2NO2, PNA. A~dynamic calibration source for HO2NO2, HO2, and HONO was developed and calibrated using a~novel total NOy detector (NOy CaRDS. Photochemical sources of these species were used for the calibration and validation of the I− CIMS instrument for detection of HO2NO2. A dual inlet system was developed to determine differences in the instrument response when using a heated inlet dissociator (150 °C and a "cold" room-temperature inlet. HO2NO2 was detected as I-HO2− (m/z 160, NO3− (m/z 62 and I-HO2NO2− (m/z 206. The I− CIMS normalized sensitivity to peroxynitric acid was 2.0 Hz pptv−1 with a detection limit (3σ of 40 pptv via detection of the I-HO2− (m/z 160 cluster ion using an inlet dissociator at a temperature of 150 °C. Alternatively, PNA was detected via I− CIMS with a cold inlet at both the NO3− (m/z 62 and I-HO2NO2− (m/z 206 ions with normalized detection sensitivities of 144 and 0.4 Hz pptv−1 respectively. The cold inlet sensitivity of iodide CIMS towards the detection of HO2 radicals, also via detection at the I-HO2− cluster ion, a potential HO2NO2 interference, was approximately 2.6 Hz pptv−1 with an instrumental detection limit (3σ of 20 pptv. Ambient observations of HO2NO2 using I− CIMS were made during the 2013 and 2014 Uintah Basin Wintertime Ozone Study (UBWOS are presented. Strong inversions leading to a build-up of many primary and secondary pollutants as well as low temperatures drove daytime HO2NO2 as high as 1.5 ppbv during the 2013 study. A comparison of HO2NO2 observations to mixing ratios predicted using a chemical box model describing an ozone formation event observed during the 2013 wintertime shows agreement in the daily maxima HO2NO2 mixing ratio, but a significant difference os several hours in the timing

  20. Vzduchotechnika sportovního centra


    Šafář, Robert


    Bakalářská práce je zaměřena na návrh vzduchotechnického zařízení pro prostor tělocvičny tak, aby splňovalo funkční, hygienické a provozní požadavky na mikroklima sportovních objektů. Hlavními úkoly zařízení jsou pokrytí tepelných ztrát prostoru tělocvičny v zimním období a doprava čerstvého vzduchu do místnosti. Systém je navržen také pro pokrytí letních tepelných zisků. První teoretická část se zabývá způsoby zpětného získávání tepla pro potřeby klimatizace a druhá část obsahuje návrh dvou ...

  1. Low Noise, tunable Ho:fiber Soliton Oscillator for Ho:YLF Amplifier Seeding

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    Li, Peng; Bransley, Colleen; Hartl, Ingmar


    We present a passively mode-locked, tunable soliton Ho:fiber ring oscillator, optimized for seeding of Ho:YLF amplifiers. The oscillator is independently tunable in central wavelength and spectral width from 2040 nm to 2070 nm and from 5 nm to 10 nm, respectively. At all settings the pulse energy within the soliton is around 800 pJ. The soliton oscillator was optimized to fully meets the spectral requirements for seeding Ho:YLF amplifiers. Its Kelly sidebands are located outside the amplifier gain spectrum, resulting in a train of about 1 ps long pedestal-free pulses with relative intensity noise (RIN) of only 0.13 % RMS when integrated from 1 Hz to Nyquist frequency.

  2. Low noise, tunable Ho:fiber soliton oscillator for Ho:YLF amplifier seeding (United States)

    Li, Peng; Ruehl, Axel; Bransley, Colleen; Hartl, Ingmar


    We present a passively mode-locked, tunable soliton Ho:fiber ring oscillator, optimized for seeding of holmium-doped yttrium lithium flouride (Ho:YLF) amplifiers. The oscillator is independently tunable in central wavelength and spectral width from 2040 to 2070 nm and from 5 to 10 nm, respectively. At all settings the pulse energy within the soliton is around 800 pJ. The soliton oscillator was optimized to fully meet the spectral requirements for seeding Ho:YLF amplifiers. Its Kelly sidebands are located outside the amplifier gain spectrum, resulting in a train of about 1 ps long pedestal-free pulses with relative intensity noise of only 0.13% RMS when integrated from 1 Hz to Nyquist frequency.

  3. Thermal and nuclear hyperfine properties of Ho(OH)3 (United States)

    Karmakar, S.


    A reasonable explanation for the findings of Catanese and Meissner [Phys. Rev. B 8, 2071 (1973)] regarding the (hyperfine) heat capacity in the low-temperature region of Ho(OH)3 is given. The Schottky specific heat in the high-temperature region observed calorimetrically by Chirico et al. [J. Chem. Thermodyn. 13, 1092 (1981)] explained satisfactorily. Nuclear hyperfine constants for Ho3+ ions in Ho(OH)3 are determined.

  4. Overlay considerations for 300-mm lithography (United States)

    Mono, Tobias; Schroeder, Uwe P.; Nees, Dieter; Palitzsch, Katrin; Koestler, Wolfram; Bruch, Jens; Kramp, Sirko; Veldkamp, Markus; Schuster, Ralf


    Generally, the potential impact of systematical overlay errors on 300mm wafers is much larger than on 200mm wafers. Process problems which are merely identified as minor edge yield detractors on 200mm wafers, can evolve as major roadblocks for 300mm lithography. Therefore, it is commonly believed that achieving product overlay specifications on 300mm wafers is much more difficult than on 200mm wafers. Based on recent results on high volume 300mm DRAM manufacturing, it is shown that in reality this assumption does not hold. By optimizing the process, overlay results can be achieved which are comparable to the 200mm reference process. However, the influence of non-lithographic processes on the overlay performance becomes much more critical. Based on examples for specific overlay signatures, the influence of several processes on the overlay characteristics of 300mm wafers is demonstrated. Thus, process setup and process changes need to be analyzed monitored much more carefully. Any process variations affecting wafer related overlay have to be observed carefully. Fast reaction times are critical to avoid major yield loss. As the semiconductor industry converts to 300mm technology, lithographers have to focus more than ever on process integration aspects.


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    Pebriana Marlinda


    Full Text Available Abstrak :            Penelitian tentang pengendalian dalam penerbitan izin gangguan (HO di Kecamatan Margahayu Kabupaten Bandung menjelaskan tentang tahap-tahap pengendalian yang dilakukan oleh aparat Kecamatan Margahayu. Pengendalian dilakukan untuk memastikan agar penerbitan izin gangguan (HO berjalan dengan efektif. Namun, masih ada pelaku usaha yang belum memiliki surat izin gangguan (HO ataupun pelaku usaha yang sudah memiliki surat izin gangguan (HO akan tetapi kegiatan usahanya merugkan orang lain seperti sampah yang berserakan, polusi udara, polusi suara, dan lain-lain.                            Metode penelitian yang digunakan adalah metode penelitian deduktif kualitatif dengan teknik pengumpulan data melalui studi kepustakaan dan studi lapangan yang meliputi observasi dan wawancara mendalam. Adapun penentuan informan dalam penelitian ini dipilih berdasarkan pertimbangan-pertimbangan dengan pihak-pihak yang terkait dalam pengendalian. Kemudian data yang diperoleh dari hasil wawancara dipaparkan dengan langkah-langkah yang meliputi: reduksi data, penyajian data, menarik kesimpulan/verifikasi. Teori yang digunakan penulis dalam penelitian ini adalah teori dari Stephen P. Robbins tentang tahap-tahap pengendalian yaitu: mengukur kinerja aktual, membandingkan kinerja aktual dengan standar, dan mengambil tindakan manajerial.                            Kesimpulan dari hasil penelitian ini adalah pengendalian yang dilakukan olehaparat Kecamatan Margahayu telah melalui tahap-tahap pengendalian yaitu: mengukur kinerja aktual, membandingkan kinerja aktual dengan standar, dan mengambil tindakan manajerial. Namun perlu dilakukan penguatan di setiap tahap pengendalian terutama pada tahap mengukur kinerja aktual dan pada tahap mengambil tindakan manajerial                            Penelitian tentang pengendalian dalam penerbitan izin gangguan (HO di Kecamatan

  6. Application of MM wave therapy in radiology

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    Avakian, R.S. [Inst. of Radio Physics & Electronics, Ashtarack (Argentina); Gasparyan, L.V. [Republican Medical Centre Armenia, Yerevan (Argentina)


    The authors studied the effects of MM wave electromagnetic radiation influence on patients, affected by X-ray radiation during the reparation works after Chernobyl nuclear power plant exposure. They compared results of treatment of two groups of patients: (1) control group patients received only basis therapy; (2) testing group, 10 patients received basis therapy and MM wave influence. The authors used the wide band noise generator `Artsakh - 2` for local irradiation on the acupuncture points. Their data proved that low intensity MM waves have immunocorrective, antioxidant effects, and MM wave therapy is a perspective method for treatment of patients with radiological pathology.

  7. Spectral properties of Tm,Ho:LiYF4 laser crystal

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    LI Chun; ZHANG Ying; ZHANG Xuejian; ZENG Fanming; Mauro Tonelli; LIU Jinghe


    The LiYF4 single crystal codoped with thulium and holmium ions was successfully grown by the Cz method. The optimal technical parameters obtained were as follows: the pulling rate was 0.16 mm/h; the rotation speed was 3 rpm; the cooling rate was 15 ℃/h. The result of XRD curve showed that as-grown Tm,Ho:LiYF4 laser crystal belonged to the monoclinic system with scheelite-type structure and space group 141/a. The cell parameters calculated were: a=0.52160 nm, c=1.09841 nm and Z=4. Absorption and fluorescence spectra of Tm,Ho:LiYF4 laser crystal at room temperature were measured and analysed. The absorption cross section, FWHM and absorption coefficient at 779.3 nm calculated were 7.44× 10 21 cm2, 8.7 nm and 2.23 cm-1, respectively. An intensive fluorescence emission peak appeared near 2045 nm. The emission cross section and fluorescence lifetime were 0.87× 10-20 cm2 and 10.8 ms, respectively. The ratio of Tm-Ho transfer to its back-transfer process was 10.6.

  8. Observations of OH and HO2 radicals over West Africa

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    D. E. Heard


    Full Text Available The hydroxyl radical (OH plays a key role in the oxidation of trace gases in the troposphere. However, observations of OH and the closely related hydroperoxy radical (HO2 have been sparse, especially in the tropics. Based on a low-pressure laser-induced fluorescence technique (FAGE – Fluorescence Assay by Gas Expansion, an instrument has been developed to measure OH and HO2 aboard the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurement (FAAM BAe-146 research aircraft. The instrument is described and the calibration method is discussed. During the African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses (AMMA campaign, observations of OH and HO2 (HOx were made in the boundary layer and free troposphere over West Africa on 13 flights during July and August 2006. Mixing ratios of both OH and HO2 were found to be highly variable but followed a diurnal cycle, with a median HO2/OH ratio of 95. Daytime OH observations were compared with the primary production rate of OH from ozone photolysis in the presence of water vapour. Daytime HO2 observations were generally reproduced by a simple steady-state HOx calculation, where HOx was assumed to be formed from the primary production of OH and lost through HO2 self-reaction. Deviations between the observations and this simple model were found to be grouped into a number of specific cases: (a in the presence of high levels of isoprene in the boundary layer, (b within a biomass burning plume and (c within cloud. In the forested boundary layer, HO2 was underestimated at altitudes below 500 m but overestimated between 500 m and 2 km. In the biomass burning plume, OH and HO2 were both significantly reduced compared to calculations. HO2 was sampled in and around cloud, with significant short-lived reductions of HO2 observed. HO2 observations were better reproduced by a steady state calculation with heterogeneous loss of HO2 onto cloud droplets included. Up to 9 pptv of HO2 was observed at night, increasing early in the morning

  9. Magnetic phase diagram of Ho-Ag

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    Paul-Boncour, V [Chimie Metallurgique des Terres Rares, ICMPE, CNRS, 2 rue H Dunant, 94320 Thiais (France); Hoser, A; Stuesser, N [Hahn-Meitner Institut, Glienicker Strasse 100, 14109, Berlin (Germany); Hense, K; Gratz, E [Institute for Experimental Physics, Technical University Vienna, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 8-10, A-1040 (Austria); Rotter, M [Institut fuer Physikalische Chemie, Universitaet Wien, Waehringerstrasse 42, 1090 Wien (Austria)], E-mail:


    The magnetic phase diagram of Ho-Ag has been established using magnetoresistance, magnetostriction and neutron diffraction experiments versus applied field and temperature. Three different magnetic phases were observed: an incommensurate antiferromagnetic phase (IC) below T{sub N} = 33 K, a commensurate antiferromagnetic phase (C) above 5 T and below T{sub 1} (5-8 K) and a ferromagnetic component above 3 T. The IC phase undergoes spin reorientations around 5 T (IC') and 13 T (IC'')

  10. Separation and Recycling for Rare Earth Elements by Homogeneous Liquid-Liquid Extraction (HoLLE) Using a pH-Responsive Fluorine-Based Surfactant



    A selective separation and recycling system for metal ions was developed by homogeneous liquid-liquid extraction (HoLLE) using a fluorosurfactant. Sixty-two different elemental ions (e.g., Ag, Al, As, Au, B, Ba, Be, Bi, Ca, Cd, Ce, Co, Cr, Cu, Dy, Er, Eu, Fe, Ga, Gd, Ge, Hf, Hg, Ho, In, Ir, La, Lu, Mg, Mn, Mo, Nb, Nd, Ni, Os, P, Pb, Pd, Pr, Pt, Re, Rh, Ru, Sb, Sc, Se, Si, Sm, Sn, Sr, Ta, Tb, Te, Ti, Tl, Tm, V, W, Y, Yb, Zn, and Zr) were examined. By changing pH from a neutral or alkaline solu...

  11. Salidroside Reduces High-Glucose-Induced Podocyte Apoptosis and Oxidative Stress via Upregulating Heme Oxygenase-1 (HO-1) Expression. (United States)

    Lu, Hua; Li, Ying; Zhang, Tao; Liu, Maodong; Chi, Yanqing; Liu, Shuxia; Shi, Yonghong


    BACKGROUND Hyperglycemia is one of the most dangerous factors causing diabetic nephropathy. Salidroside is considered to have the effects of reducing oxidative stress damage and improving cell viability. This study was performed to investigate whether and how salidroside reduces high-glucose (HG)-induced apoptosis in mouse podocytes. MATERIAL AND METHODS We examined whether salidroside could decrease HG-induced podocyte oxidative stress and podocyte apoptosis in vitro. The potential signaling pathways were also investigated. Podocytes (immortalized mouse epithelial cells) were treated with normal glucose (5.5 mM) as control or HG (30 mM), and then exposed to salidroside treatment. RESULTS HG enhanced the generation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and apoptosis in podocytes. Salidroside reduced HG-induced apoptosis-related consequences via promoting HO-1 expression. Salidroside increased the expression level of phosphorylated Akt (p-Akt) and phosphorylated ILK (p-ILK), p-JNK, and p-ERK and localization of Nrf-2. JNK inhibitor and ILK inhibitor decreased HO-1 expression to different degrees. Moreover, specific siRNAs of ILK, Nrf-2, and HO-1, and inhibitors of HO-1 and ILK significantly increased ROS generation and Caspase9/3 expression in the presence of salidroside and HG. CONCLUSIONS The results suggest that salidroside reduces HG-induced ROS generation and apoptosis and improves podocytes viability by upregulating HO-1 expression. ILK/Akt, JNK, ERK1/2, p38 MAPK, and Nrf-2 are involved in salidroside-decreased podocyte apoptosis in HG condition.

  12. Toward optimizing pomalidomide therapy in MM patients. (United States)

    Podar, Klaus


    In this issue of Blood, Sehgal et al report on the clinical and pharmacodynamics analysis of pomalidomide dosing strategies in multiple myeloma (MM) and their impact on immune activation and cereblon targets. The particular novelty of this study lies in the direct correlation of immune effects triggered by pomalidomide with clinical responses in MM patients. Results of this study will stimulate many additional studies.

  13. β-delayed proton decay of the proton drip-line nucleus 142Ho in the rare-earth region

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    XU; Shuwei(徐树威); LI; Zhankui(李占奎); XIE; Yuanxiang(谢元祥); XU; Furong(徐甫荣); WANG; Xudong(王旭东); GUO; Bin(郭斌); LENG; Changgeng(冷长庚); YU; Yong(于涌); WANG; Chunfang(王春芳); XING; Jianping(邢建萍); CHEN; Hongyan(陈红艳)


    New β-delayed proton precursor 142Ho was produced via heavy ion induced reaction 106Cd(40Ca, p3n), and identified for the first time by using a He-jet fast tape transport system in combination with "p-γ" coincidence measurements. The β-delayed proton decay of 142Ho was observed and its half life was determined to be (0.4±0.1) s. By fitting the experimental relative branching ratios to final states in the proton daughter nucleus 141Tb and the energy spectrum of β-delayed protons with a statistical model calculation, the ground-state spin of 142Ho was assigned as 5, 6 or 7. Nuclear energy-potential-surface (EPS) calculations were performed using the Woods-Saxon Strutinsky method. The calculated results favored the assignments of 7- to 142Ho. AS the by-products, some γ-transitions in the proton daughter nuclei following the β-delayed proton decays of precursors 139Gd, 140Tb, 142Tb, and 143Dy were reported here for the first time.

  14. Study on Electrodeposition of Ho-Co Alloy in Dimethylsulfoxide

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    王宇; 刘冠昆; 童叶翔


    Co-deposition of Ho with Co was studied in dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) by cyclic voltammetry and potentiostatic deposition at room temperature. The cyclic voltammogram shows that the codeposition of Ho with Co can be attributed to induced codeposition mechanism, for the codeposition potential is more negative than the deposition potential of Co but positive than that of Ho. For the potentiostatic deposition used in Ho-Co alloys preparation, the results indicate that in the range of selected concentration the potential is the main factor determining the content of Ho in Ho-Co alloys, while the composition of Ho3+ and Co2+ in electrolyte solution has less influence. According to the analysis of X-ray diffraction, EDAX, and scanning electron microscopy, uniform, compact and amorphous films on Cu can be obtained at -1.8 V (vs.SCE) in 0.165 molL-1 Ho(NO3) -0.135 mol*L-1 CoCl2-DMSO solution.

  15. Strømmålinger ved Sæby Udløbsledning

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    Larsen, Torben

    Med henblik på at vurdere tidevandsstrømningens amplitude i det kystnære område ud for Sæby har man i ca. 14 dage fra 25.5.81 til 11.6.81 haft udlagt en Aanderraa RCM 4 strømmåler ca. 1 m under overfladen på ca. 4 m vanddybde. Måleren la ca. 900 m fra land i en linje, som var en forlængelse af ud...

  16. Introduction to QM/MM simulations. (United States)

    Groenhof, Gerrit


    Hybrid quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) simulations have become a popular tool for investigating chemical reactions in condensed phases. In QM/MM methods, the region of the system in which the chemical process takes place is treated at an appropriate level of quantum chemistry theory, while the remainder is described by a molecular mechanics force field. Within this approach, chemical reactivity can be studied in large systems, such as enzymes. In the first part of this contribution, the basic methodology is briefly reviewed. The two most common approaches for partitioning the two subsystems are presented, followed by a discussion on the different ways of treating interactions between the subsystems. Special attention is given on how to deal with situations in which the boundary between the QM and MM subsystems runs through one or more chemical bonds. The second part of this contribution discusses what properties of larger system can be obtained within the QM/MM framework and how. Finally, as an example of a QM/MM application in practice, the third part presents an overview of recent QM/MM molecular dynamics simulations on photobiological systems. In addition to providing quantities that are experimentally accessible, such as structural intermediates, fluorescence lifetimes, quantum yields and spectra, the QM/MM simulations also provide information that is much more difficult to measure experimentally, such as reaction mechanisms and the influence of individual amino acid residues.

  17. Heterogeneous photochemistry of imidazole-2-carboxaldehyde: HO2 radical formation and aerosol growth (United States)

    González Palacios, Laura; Corral Arroyo, Pablo; Aregahegn, Kifle Z.; Steimer, Sarah S.; Bartels-Rausch, Thorsten; Nozière, Barbara; George, Christian; Ammann, Markus; Volkamer, Rainer


    The multiphase chemistry of glyoxal is a source of secondary organic aerosol (SOA), including its light-absorbing product imidazole-2-carboxaldehyde (IC). IC is a photosensitizer that can contribute to additional aerosol ageing and growth when its excited triplet state oxidizes hydrocarbons (reactive uptake) via H-transfer chemistry. We have conducted a series of photochemical coated-wall flow tube (CWFT) experiments using films of IC and citric acid (CA), an organic proxy and H donor in the condensed phase. The formation rate of gas-phase HO2 radicals (PHO2) was measured indirectly by converting gas-phase NO into NO2. We report on experiments that relied on measurements of NO2 formation, NO loss and HONO formation. PHO2 was found to be a linear function of (1) the [IC] × [CA] concentration product and (2) the photon actinic flux. Additionally, (3) a more complex function of relative humidity (25 % seed aerosols containing IC and ammonium sulfate were exposed to gas-phase limonene and NOx in aerosol flow tube experiments, confirming significant PHO2 from aerosol surfaces. Our results indicate a potentially relevant contribution of triplet state photochemistry for gas-phase HO2 production, aerosol growth and ageing in the atmosphere.

  18. Design netradičního sedacího prvku městského mobiliáře


    Haltof, Vladimír


    Disertační práce se zabývá designem sedacího prvku městského mobiliáře (lavičky) sloučením pohledů dvou příbuzných oborů – průmyslového designu a architektury. Tvůrčí výstupy práce, které reagují na problémy městského mobiliáře v urbanistickém prostoru, byly od samého počátku cíleny jako design s ambicí reálné produkce. Proto je součástí práce několik ověřovacích kroků potvrzujících realizovatelnost navržených řešení. Prvním výstupem je design sedacího prvku inovativní koncepce s netradičním ...

  19. QM/MM methods in inorganic chemistry. (United States)

    Bo, Carles; Maseras, Feliu


    Quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) methods are a useful tool for the computational study of inorganic systems. They allow a quantitative description of systems larger than those treatable with pure QM methods, in principle with a comparable quality. QM/MM calculations are being currently applied to the research in a variety of topics, including structural effects of ligand bulk, selectivity in homogeneous catalysis and mechanical embedding in heterogeneous catalysis. The QM/MM approach is also useful for the separation of steric and electronic contributions, and as an auxiliary tool for geometry optimization when full QM methods are mandatory. The power of QM/MM methods in inorganic chemistry is illustrated in this Perspective with a summary of recent representative applications.

  20. MM Algorithms for Geometric and Signomial Programming. (United States)

    Lange, Kenneth; Zhou, Hua


    This paper derives new algorithms for signomial programming, a generalization of geometric programming. The algorithms are based on a generic principle for optimization called the MM algorithm. In this setting, one can apply the geometric-arithmetic mean inequality and a supporting hyperplane inequality to create a surrogate function with parameters separated. Thus, unconstrained signomial programming reduces to a sequence of one-dimensional minimization problems. Simple examples demonstrate that the MM algorithm derived can converge to a boundary point or to one point of a continuum of minimum points. Conditions under which the minimum point is unique or occurs in the interior of parameter space are proved for geometric programming. Convergence to an interior point occurs at a linear rate. Finally, the MM framework easily accommodates equality and inequality constraints of signomial type. For the most important special case, constrained quadratic programming, the MM algorithm involves very simple updates.

  1. Magnetometer Data recovered from 35mm film (United States)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The L57 CDMP recovery project takes magnetometer data on 35mm film stored at the archive's climate controlled warehouse and digitizes them.

  2. 2.1 μm waveguide laser fabricated by femtosecond laser direct-writing in Ho3+, Tm3+:ZBLAN glass. (United States)

    Lancaster, D G; Gross, S; Ebendorff-Heidepriem, H; Fuerbach, A; Withford, M J; Monro, T M


    We report the first Ho3+ doped waveguide laser, which was realized by femtosecond direct-writing of a depressed cladding structure into ZBLAN glass. Tm3+ sensitizing allows the 9 mm long Ho3+ gain medium to be conveniently pumped at 790 nm, achieving an optical-to-optical slope efficiency of 20% and a threshold of 20 mW. The potentially widely tunable laser produces up to 76 mW at 2052 nm and also operates at shorter wavelengths near 1880 nm and 1978 nm for certain cavity configurations.

  3. CoMM:Configurable Multimedia Middleware

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    SUN Song-lin; MA Yu-feng; CAI An-ni; SUN Jing-ao


    This paper presents the architecture of a Configurable Multimedia Middleware (CoMM). For distributed environments, the component based software framework and object-oriented technology are used in CoMM. Which contributs that it may be configured for various multimedia services with the reusable components conveniently. Also, the active QoS adaption mechanism, which protects the server from overload with the management of the resource vector, is introduced in detail.

  4. 信息动态%Spectral Analysis of Ho3+ -doped and Ho3+, Yb3+, Er3+ Co-doped Up-conversion Luminescence Borosilicate Glass

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    A series of holmium ions doped borosilicate glass, including Ho3+ -doped, Ho3+/ Er3+ -doped, Ho3+/ Y Yb3+-doped and Ho3 Yb3 YEr3+ -doped galss, have been prepared by high-temperature melting. The up-conversion excitation spectra and emission spectra of the samples decrease. The analysis result reveals that both the intensities of excitation spectra and emission spectra were weaken with the Ho3+ concentration. The spectral intensities of Ho3+/Yb3+ -doped borosilicate glass increase with the increase of Ho3+ concentration because of the sensitization of Yb3+. The excitation and emission spectra intensities of Ho3+/Yb3 +/Er3+-doped borosilicate glass are weak, and the reason is the energy transfers from Ho3+ ions to Er3+ ions through energy resonant transfer process. Meanwhile the luminescence mechanism of broadband emission peaked at 550 nm is analyzed.

  5. Developments in the Gung Ho dynamical core (United States)

    Melvin, Thomas


    Gung Ho is the new dynamical core being developed for the next generation Met Office weather and climate model, suitable for meeting the exascale challenge on emerging computer architectures. It builds upon the earlier collaborative project between the Met Office, NERC and STFC Daresbury of the same name to investigate suitable numerical methods for dynamical cores. A mixed-finite element approach is used, where different finite element spaces are used to represent various fields. This method provides a number of beneficial improvements over the current model, such a compatibility and inherent conservation on quasi-uniform unstructured meshes, whilst maintaining the accuracy and good dispersion properties of the staggered grid currently used. Furthermore, the mixed finite element approach allows a large degree of flexibility in the type of mesh, order of approximation and discretisation, providing a simple way to test alternative options to obtain the best model possible.

  6. Marketing internetového obchodu


    Popolanský, Jiří


    V mé diplomové práci se budu zabývat tématem marketingu internetového obchodu. V teoretické části se zaměřím na nalezení vhodných nástrojů marketingové podpory. V praktické části zejména na analýzu současné situace v konkrétním podniku a vlastní návrh marketingové kampaně pro daný internetový obchod. In my master’s thesis I will deal with theme marketing for e-business. In theoretic part I focus on finding useful instruments for marketing subvention. In practical part especially on analysi...

  7. Lanthanide recognition: A Ho{sup 3+} potentiometric membrane sensor as a probe for determination of terazosin

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    Ganjali, Mohammad Reza, E-mail: [Center of Excellence in Electrochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Tehran University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shams, Haniyeh [Department of Chemistry, Islamic Azad University of Shahrerey Branch, Shahrerey (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Faridbod, Farnoush [Center of Excellence in Electrochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Tehran University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hajiaghababaei, Leila [Department of Chemistry, Islamic Azad University of Shahrerey Branch, Shahrerey (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Norouzi, Parviz [Center of Excellence in Electrochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Tehran University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    In this study, complexation of N'-(1-pyridin-2-ylmethylene)-2-furohydrazide (NFH) with some metal ions was investigated by conductometry and spectroscopy. Then, a Ho{sup 3+} potentiometric membrane sensor was prepared based on the highly selective complexation between this ionophore and Ho{sup 3+}. These new ionophores are more selective than the previously reported ones. In this work, for the first time, the proposed sensor was applied in indirect determination of the terazocine in its pharmaceutical formulation. The interest in constructing lanthanide sensors arises because they have similar ionic radii to calcium, but a higher charge density, which allows them to be used as probes to find the interactions between Ca{sup 2+} and biologically important molecules.

  8. Fast molecular jet from L1157-mm

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    Tafalla, M; Lefloch, B; Rodríguez-Fernández, N; Codella, C; López-Sepulcre, A; Podio, L


    L1157-mm powers a molecular outflow that is well-known for its shock-induced chemical activity in several hot-spots. We have studied the molecular emission toward L1157-mm searching for a jet component responsible for these spots. We used the IRAM 30m telescope to observe the vicinity of L1157-mm in several lines of SiO. The SiO(5-4) and SiO(6-5) spectra toward L1157-mm present blue and red detached components about 45 km/s away from the ambient cloud. These extremely high-velocity (EHV) components are similar to those found in the L1448 and IRAS 04166+2706 outflows, and probably arise from a molecular jet driven by L1157-mm. Observations of off-center positions indicate that the jet is unresolved in SiO(5-4) (<11"). The EHV jet seen in SiO probably excites L1157-B1 and the other chemically active spots of the L1157 outflow.

  9. 29 mm Diameter Test Target Design Report

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    Woloshun, Keith Albert [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Dale, Gregory E. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Olivas, Eric Richard [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Naranjo, Angela Carol [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Romero, Frank Patrick [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)


    The Northstar target for Mo99 production is made up of Mo100 disks in a stack separated by coolant gaps for helium flow. A number of targets have been tested at ANL for both production of Mo99 and for thermal-hydraulic performance. These have all been with a 12 mm diameter target, even while the production goals have increased the diameter to now 29 mm. A 29 mm diameter target has been designed that is consistent with the ANL beam capabilities and the capabilities of the helium circulation system currently in use at ANL. This target is designed for 500 μA at 35 MeV electrons. While the plant design calls for 42 MeV, the chosen design point is more favorable and higher power given the limits of the ANL accelerator. The intended beam spot size is 12 mm FWHM, but the thermal analysis presented herein conservatively assumed a 10 mm FWHM beam, which results in a 44% higher beam current density at beam center.

  10. Activation of the Nrf2/HO-1 antioxidant pathway contributes to the protective effects of Lycium barbarum polysaccharides in the rodent retina after ischemia-reperfusion-induced damage.

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    Meihua He

    Full Text Available Lycium barbarum polysaccharides (LBP, extracts from the wolfberries, are protective to retina after ischemia-reperfusion (I/R. The antioxidant response element (ARE-mediated antioxidant pathway plays an important role in maintaining the redox status of the retina. Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1, combined with potent AREs in its promoter, is a highly effective therapeutic target for the protection against neurodegenerative diseases, including I/R-induced retinal damage. The aim of our present study was to investigate whether the protective effect of LBP after I/R damage was mediated via activation of the Nrf2/HO-1-antioxidant pathway in the retina. Retinal I/R was induced by an increase in intraocular pressure to 130 mm Hg for 60 minutes. Prior to the induction of ischemia, rats were orally treated with either vehicle (PBS or LBP (1 mg/kg once a day for 1 week. For specific experiments, zinc protoporphyrin (ZnPP, 20 mg/kg, an HO-1 inhibitor, was intraperitoneally administered at 24 h prior to ischemia. The protective effects of LBP were evaluated by quantifying ganglion cell and amacrine cell survival, and by measuring cell apoptosis in the retinal layers. In addition, HO-1 expression was examined using Western blotting and immunofluorescence analyses. Cytosolic and nuclear Nrf2 was measured using immunofluorescent staining. LBP treatment significantly increased Nrf2 nuclear accumulation and HO-1 expression in the retina after I/R injury. Increased apoptosis and a decrease in the number of viable cells were observed in the ganglion cell layer (GCL and inner nuclear layer (INL in the I/R retina, which were reversed by LBP treatment. The HO-1 inhibitor, ZnPP, diminished the LBP treatment-induced protective effects in the retina after I/R. Taken together, these results suggested that LBP partially exerted its beneficial neuroprotective effects via the activation of Nrf2 and an increase in HO-1 protein expression.

  11. Green up-conversion of C12A7–Ho{sup 3+} prepared by co-precipitation method

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    Liao, SongYi; Yao, Rui; Liu, YuChen; Chen, XiaoYu; Hu, XueYi [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Zheng, Feng, E-mail: [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Phase Diagram and Materials Design Center, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China)


    Highlights: • C12A7 polycrystals growing in 3D with bulk nucleation. • Activation energy calculated by classical and modified Ozawa/Kissinger methods. • Green up-conversion of C12A7–Ho{sup 3+} attributed to dual-photons process. • Successive energy transfer and cross relaxation for up-conversion of {sup 5}F{sub 4}/{sup 5}S{sub 2} → {sup 5}I{sub 8}. - Abstract: 7CaO⋅12Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (C12A7) and Ho{sup 3+}-doped 7CaO⋅12Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (C12A7–Ho{sup 3+}) polycrystal powders were synthesized via co-precipitation followed by sintering at 1173 K. Crystal structures, thermodynamics characters and optical properties of crashed samples were examined by XRD, DSC/TG, FT-IR and Raman spectra analysis, respectively. Activation energy of crystallization for C12A7 polycrystals was calculated according to both Ozawa/Kissinger and modified Ozawa/Kissinger methods to be 813 or 791 (for the former, only considering crystallization) and 1084 or 1077 kJ mol{sup −1} (for the latter, taking both crystallization and nucleation into consideration) respectively. Growth morphology parameter (m) and crystallization mechanism index (n) of C12A7 were determined to be m = 3 and n = 4. Fluorescence effects of Raman spectra around 2000–2300 cm{sup −1} and pure visible up-conversion emission centered at 540 nm were observed from C12A7–Ho{sup 3+} (1, 2 and 5 mol.%) powders under 488 nm laser diode and 808 nm Xe lamp excitation, respectively. Two mechanisms were proposed to explain up-conversion of pure green light process.

  12. Microeconomics of 300-mm process module control (United States)

    Monahan, Kevin M.; Chatterjee, Arun K.; Falessi, Georges; Levy, Ady; Stoller, Meryl D.


    Simple microeconomic models that directly link metrology, yield, and profitability are rare or non-existent. In this work, we validate and apply such a model. Using a small number of input parameters, we explain current yield management practices in 200 mm factories. The model is then used to extrapolate requirements for 300 mm factories, including the impact of simultaneous technology transitions to 130nm lithography and integrated metrology. To support our conclusions, we use examples relevant to factory-wide photo module control.

  13. Apo A1 Mimetic Rescues the Diabetic Phenotype of HO-2 Knockout Mice via an Increase in HO-1 Adiponectin and LKBI Signaling Pathway

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    Jian Cao


    Full Text Available Insulin resistance, with adipose tissue dysfunction, is one of the hallmarks of metabolic syndrome. We have reported a metabolic syndrome-like phenotype in heme oxygenase (HO-2 knockout mice, which presented with concurrent HO-1 deficiency and were amenable to rescue by an EET analog. Apo A-I mimetic peptides, such as L-4F, have been shown to induce HO-1 expression and decrease oxidative stress and adiposity. In this study we aimed to characterize alleviatory effects of HO-1 induction (if any on metabolic imbalance observed in HO-2 KO mice. In this regard, HO-2(−/− mice were injected with 2 mg/kg/day L-4F, or vehicle, i.p., for 6 weeks. As before, compared to WT animals, the HO-2 null mice were obese, displayed insulin resistance, and had elevated blood pressure. These changes were accompanied by enhanced tissue (hepatic oxidative stress along with attenuation of HO-1 expression and activity and reduced adiponectin, pAMPK, and LKB1 expression. Treatment with L-4F restored HO-1 expression and activity and increased adiponectin, LKB1, and pAMPK in the HO-2(−/− mice. These alterations resulted in a decrease in blood pressure, insulin resistance, blood glucose, and adiposity. Taken together, our results show that a deficient HO-1 response, in a state with reduced HO-2 basal levels, is accompanied by disruption of metabolic homeostasis which is successfully restored by an HO-1 inducer.

  14. Film Programmer's Guide to 16mm Rentals. (United States)

    Artel, Linda J., Ed.; Weaver, Kathleen, Ed.

    The guide is geared to reflect the expanding interest in the history of cinema, in underground and experimental films, in social and political documentaries as well as more conventional Hollywood and foreign classics. It lists over 8,000 16mm films selected from 50 United States distributors. A title directory contains information concerning the…

  15. Teoretické modely elektrického oblouku


    Vondrák, Michal


    Tato práce se zabývá teoretickými modely elektrického oblouku. Vysvětlením pojmů plazmatu, elektrického oblouku a plazmatronů. Popsáním základního modelování elektrických oblouků. Popisem nepřímé metody pro stanovení střední teploty a rychlosti plazmajetu na výstupu z plazmatronu. Popisem zjednodušeného modelu s axiálně chlazeným elektrickým obloukem. This thesis deals with theoretical models of the electric arc. Plasma arc and plasma torch are explained. Basic approaches of electric arc m...

  16. Detection of HO2 in an atmospheric pressure plasma jet using optical feedback cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy (United States)

    Gianella, Michele; Reuter, Stephan; Lawry Aguila, Ana; Ritchie, Grant A. D.; van Helden, Jean-Pierre H.


    Cold non-equilibrium atmospheric pressure plasma jets are increasingly applied in material processing and plasma medicine. However, their small dimensions make diagnosing the fluxes of generated species a challenge. Here we report on the detection of the hydroperoxyl radical, HO2, in the effluent of a plasma jet by the use of optical feedback cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy. The spectrometer has a minimum detectable absorption coefficient {α }\\min of 2.25× {10}-10 cm-1 with a 100 second acquisition, equivalent to 5.5× {10}12 {{cm}}-3 of HO2 (under ideal conditions). Concentrations in the range of (3.1-7.8) × 1013 cm-3 were inferred in the 4 mm wide effluent of the plasma jet.

  17. Uptake of HO2 Radicals Onto Dust Aerosols (United States)

    Matthews, P. S.; Whalley, L. K.; Baeza-Romero, M. T.; Heard, D. E.


    OH and HO2 radicals play an important role in the troposphere by controlling its oxidative capacity and therefore the concentration of many trace species. Several field studies have observed significantly lower concentrations of HO2 radicals than predicted using box models (1,2). HO2 loss onto aerosols has been suggested as a possible sink. Mineral dust has an estimated annual flux of 2000 Tg year-1 (3). However, there has only been one study of HO2 uptake onto Arizona Test Dust (ATD) surfaces (4) and there are currently no published studies for dust aerosols. Therefore, the aim of this study was to measure the HO2 uptake coefficient onto ATD aerosols over a range of humidities and for different HO2 concentrations, as well as investigating the uptake as a function of the exposure time to the aerosol, for which a dependence had been observed for aqueous salt aerosols (5). Uptake coefficients were measured for ATD aerosols at atmospheric pressure and at 291 K using a Fluorescence Assay by Gas Expansion (FAGE) detector combined with a flow tube. HO2 was formed from the photolysis of water vapour and was injected into the flow tube using a moveable injector, which was placed in six different positions along the flow tube. The non stable aerosol output was produced by stirring ATD in a bottle producing a dust cloud which was entrained into a flow. The aerosol number concentration was measured using a Condensation Particle Counter (CPC) and was converted into a surface area using the average radius of one aerosol. The uptake coefficient was then able to be calculated by assuming first order kinetics. The HO2 uptake coefficient was measured at a relative humidity of between 6 and 75% and at initial HO2 concentrations of ~ 0.3 - 1 × 10^9 molecule cm-3. Average uptake coefficients of 0.018 × 0.006 and 0.031 × 0.008 were measured for the higher and lower HO2 concentrations respectively, and the impact investigated using a constrained box model. A time dependence was also

  18. Ho:YAG Single Crystal Fiber: Fabrication and Optical Characterization (United States)


    diameter variations, two feedback systems are employed. First, a standard proportional-integral-derivative ( PID ) controller provides feedback from...broad emission band from 2050 – 2150 nm, and previous papers confirm the wavelength tuning capability of Ho:YAG solid state lasers [23]. Ho:YAG SCF... tuned across the spectral band, then the gain was measured and plotted as markers in Fig. 4 for the 10.5 cm piece, along with the measured emission

  19. An inhibitory effect of extracellular Ca2+ on Ca2+-dependent exocytosis.

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    Wei Xiong

    Full Text Available AIM: Neurotransmitter release is elicited by an elevation of intracellular Ca(2+ concentration ([Ca(2+](i. The action potential triggers Ca(2+ influx through Ca(2+ channels which causes local changes of [Ca(2+](i for vesicle release. However, any direct role of extracellular Ca(2+ (besides Ca(2+ influx on Ca(2+-dependent exocytosis remains elusive. Here we set out to investigate this possibility on rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG neurons and chromaffin cells, widely used models for studying vesicle exocytosis. RESULTS: Using photolysis of caged Ca(2+ and caffeine-induced release of stored Ca(2+, we found that extracellular Ca(2+ inhibited exocytosis following moderate [Ca(2+](i rises (2-3 µM. The IC(50 for extracellular Ca(2+ inhibition of exocytosis (ECIE was 1.38 mM and a physiological reduction (∼30% of extracellular Ca(2+ concentration ([Ca(2+](o significantly increased the evoked exocytosis. At the single vesicle level, quantal size and release frequency were also altered by physiological [Ca(2+](o. The calcimimetics Mg(2+, Cd(2+, G418, and neomycin all inhibited exocytosis. The extracellular Ca(2+-sensing receptor (CaSR was not involved because specific drugs and knockdown of CaSR in DRG neurons did not affect ECIE. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: As an extension of the classic Ca(2+ hypothesis of synaptic release, physiological levels of extracellular Ca(2+ play dual roles in evoked exocytosis by providing a source of Ca(2+ influx, and by directly regulating quantal size and release probability in neuronal cells.


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    Ni Xinghao; Xu Shenhua; Wu Xiongwei; Zhang Gu; Qian Lijuan; Gao Yongliang


    Objective: To investigate multi-gene expression in the highly metastasizing human ovarian cancer cell line HO8910PM and its mother cell line HO-8910. Method: The expression of 9 kinds of gene products in HO-8910PM and its mother cell line HO-8910 was detected by S-P immunohistochemical method. Result: Eight kinds oncogene products showed various degrees of positive expression in both HO-8910PM and HO-8910 cell lines except gene bax. The expression of P53, Cyclin D1, CD44v6 and EGFR in HO-8910PM was stronger than that in HO-8910. However, the expression of P16, nm23 in HO8910PM was weaker than that in HO-8910. There was no significant difference on the expression of C-erbB-2 and bcl-2 between the two cell lines. Conclusion: Stronger invasive and metastatic patential is found in HO-8910PM than that in HO-8910. Carcinogenesis is a result of multioncogene and multiple step process cooperation.

  1. Assessment of the DSE 40mm Grenades (United States)


    Systems to the ISO 9001 :2008 “Quality Management Systems - Requirements” identified 20 individual findings. DSE Systems had the elements of an ISO ...recommend that: 1. Project Manager, Maneuver Ammunition Systems ensure rigorous compliance to ISO 9001 standards at DSE Systems and future 40mm...conducted a full quality assurance assessment of DSE Systems using the Quality Management System standard ISO 9001 :2008. We also assessed the

  2. Terahertz/mm wave imaging simulation software (United States)

    Fetterman, M. R.; Dougherty, J.; Kiser, W. L., Jr.


    We have developed a mm wave/terahertz imaging simulation package from COTS graphic software and custom MATLAB code. In this scheme, a commercial ray-tracing package was used to simulate the emission and reflections of radiation from scenes incorporating highly realistic imagery. Accurate material properties were assigned to objects in the scenes, with values obtained from the literature, and from our own terahertz spectroscopy measurements. The images were then post-processed with custom Matlab code to include the blur introduced by the imaging system and noise levels arising from system electronics and detector noise. The Matlab code was also used to simulate the effect of fog, an important aspect for mm wave imaging systems. Several types of image scenes were evaluated, including bar targets, contrast detail targets, a person in a portal screening situation, and a sailboat on the open ocean. The images produced by this simulation are currently being used as guidance for a 94 GHz passive mm wave imaging system, but have broad applicability for frequencies extending into the terahertz region.

  3. Návrh automatického obchodního systému pro forex


    Kolář, Jan


    Diplomová práce se zabývá navržením automatického obchodního systému určeného především pro intra-denní obchodování na měnových trzích. Cílem práce je vytvořit ucelený teoretický základ, v praktické části práce poznatky využít k vytvoření vhodného automatického obchodního systému. V práci je kladen důraz zejména na technickou a částečně psychologickou analýzu měnových trhů. Navržený systém bude vhodně optimalizován pro maximalizaci zisku a stability s aplikací na nejlikvidnějších měnových pár...

  4. Development of mini-tablets with 1mm and 2mm diameter. (United States)

    Tissen, Corinna; Woertz, Katharina; Breitkreutz, Joerg; Kleinebudde, Peter


    The feasibility of formulating mini-tablets with 1mm diameter on a rotary-die press in comparison to mini-tablets of 2mm was investigated. To gain insight into the production of 1mm mini-tablets, three model drugs of different compression characteristics were chosen, namely quinine hydrochloride, ibuprofen and spray-dried gentian extract. A high drug load in combination with robust and reproducible mechanical properties was requested. Depending on the individual drug substance, mini-tablets were produced by direct compression or after roll-compaction/dry granulation. The tensile strength, mass, and their variation coefficients were determined to assess the mechanical properties of the tablets. The content uniformity and the dissolution behavior of selected batches were analyzed. For the first time 1mm mini-tablets could be successfully produced by direct compression (90% quinine hydrochloride; 90% dried gentian extract) and after roll compaction (70% ibuprofen). Depending on the applied compression pressure, 1mm mini-tablets with quinine hydrochloride exhibited robust mechanical properties (e.g. median tensile strength of 2.02N/mm(2)) with equal or lower variance of distribution compared to the 2mm compacts. With respect to content uniformity of dosage forms, 1mm mini-tablets containing 80% quinine hydrochloride met the requirements of the European Pharmacopeia (AV=6.8).

  5. 40 CFR Table 1 to Subpart Mm of... - General Provisions Applicability to Subpart MM (United States)


    ... 40 Protection of Environment 10 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false General Provisions Applicability to Subpart MM 1 Table 1 to Subpart MM of Part 63 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY...) Conduct of monitoring Yes See § 63.864. 63.8(c) Operation and maintenance of CMS Yes See § 63.864....

  6. Magnetic remanence in Yb14-xRExMnSb11 (RE=Tb, Dy, Ho) single crystals (United States)

    Grebenkemper, Jason H.; Hu, Yufei; Abdusalyamova, M. N.; Makhmudov, F. A.; Kauzlarich, Susan M.


    Single crystals of Yb14-xRExMnSb11 (x~0.1, 0.4; RE = Tb, Dy, Ho) have been prepared as a solid solution by Sn flux reactions of the elements. They crystallize in the Ca14AlSb11 structure type in the I41/acd space group. The RE3+preferentially substitutes on the Yb(1) site which is the smallest volume Yb containing polyhedron. In the case of Ho3+, a small amount of Ho3+ also substitutes on the Yb(4) site. The ferromagnetic ordering temperature of Yb14MnSb11 is reduced from 53 K to 41 K as x increases and dependent on the identity of the RE. This is attributed to the reduction in carriers and reduced screening of the Mn2+ local moment. The effective moments, μeff, agree well with the calculated moments assuming the RE substitutes as a trivalent cation. The largest coercive field is observed for RE = Dy (1000 Oe). For the maximum x of Yb14-xRExMnSb11 there are enough carriers for the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) mechanism of magnetic coupling via conduction electrons to still be valid in describing the ferromagnetic ordering.

  7. Use of a genetically enhanced, pediocin-producing starter culture, Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis MM217, to control Listeria monocytogenes in cheddar cheese

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    Buyong, N; Kok, J; Luchansky, JB


    Cheddar cheese was prepared with Lactococcus lactis subsp, lactis MM217, a starter culture which contains pMC117 coding for pediocin PA-1, About 75 liters of pasteurized milk (containing ca, 3.6% fat) was inoculated with strain MM217 (ca, 10(6) CFU per ml) and a mixture of three Listeria monocytogen

  8. Efficient stock piling of 40mm shells

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    J. N. Nanda


    Full Text Available A problem was posed as to discuss efficient stock-piling of 40mm shells. There is, in fact no data from which emergency requirements can be deduced. A figure has been quoted by Army authorities that E rounds per month are required during an emergency. The size of the emergency stock pile will depend upon the difference of the normal peace time production, and also on the time taken for the crash programme of emergency production to come into fulfillment. In addition the delivery time from factories to the stock piles is also kept in view.

  9. Magnetic state controllable critical temperature in epitaxial Ho/Nb bilayers

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    Yuanzhou Gu


    Full Text Available We study the magnetic properties of Ho thin films with different crystallinity (either epitaxial or non-epitaxial and investigate their proximity effects with Nb thin films. Magnetic measurements show that epitaxial Ho has large anisotropy in two different crystal directions in contrast to non-epitaxial Ho. Transport measurements show that the superconducting transition temperature (Tc of Nb thin films can be significantly suppressed at zero field by epitaxial Ho compared with non-epitaxial Ho. We also demonstrate a direct control over Tc by changing the magnetic states of the epitaxial Ho layer, and attribute the strong proximity effects to exchange interaction.

  10. mmView: a web-based viewer of the mmCIF format

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    Svozil Daniel


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Structural biomolecular data are commonly stored in the PDB format. The PDB format is widely supported by software vendors because of its simplicity and readability. However, the PDB format cannot fully address many informatics challenges related to the growing amount of structural data. To overcome the limitations of the PDB format, a new textual format mmCIF was released in June 1997 in its version 1.0. mmCIF provides extra information which has the advantage of being in a computer readable form. However, this advantage becomes a disadvantage if a human must read and understand the stored data. While software tools exist to help to prepare mmCIF files, the number of available systems simplifying the comprehension and interpretation of the mmCIF files is limited. Findings In this paper we present mmView - a cross-platform web-based application that allows to explore comfortably the structural data of biomacromolecules stored in the mmCIF format. The mmCIF categories can be easily browsed in a tree-like structure, and the corresponding data are presented in a well arranged tabular form. The application also allows to display and investigate biomolecular structures via an integrated Java application Jmol. Conclusions The mmView software system is primarily intended for educational purposes, but it can also serve as a useful research tool. The mmView application is offered in two flavors: as an open-source stand-alone application (available from that can be installed on the user's computer, and as a publicly available web server.

  11. Theoretical characterization of the potential energy surface for H + O2 yields HO2(asterisk) yields HO + O. II - The potential for H atom exchange in HO2 (United States)

    Walch, Stephen P.; Rohlfing, Celeste Mcmichael


    The results of CASSCF multireference contracted CI calculations with large ANO basis sets are presented for the exchange region of the HO2 potential-energy surface. The saddle point for H atom exchange is about 13 kcal/mol below the energy of H + O2; therefore, this region of the surface should be accessible during H + O2 recombination and methathesis reactions.

  12. A stable gain-switched Ho:CYA laser resonantly pumped at 1922 nm (United States)

    Zhang, J. N.; Chen, B. H.; Shen, D. Y.; Xu, X. D.


    We report on a gain-switched Ho:CaYAlO4 laser resonantly pumped by a home-constructed high power Tm:fiber laser at ~1922 nm. Stable nanosecond single-pulse operation could be maintained when the continuous-wave pump signal was modulated at repetition rates of 60-100 kHz with an acousto-optic modulator. A pulse duration of 311 ns has been obtained at a 60 kHz repetition rate under a pump power level of 11 W. The temporal stability and simplicity of operation make this laser suitable for a variety of applications, such as spectroscopy, gas sensing, and as the seed source of a master oscillation power amplifier system.

  13. 0.3 MM Diameter Flexible Amperometric Lactate Probe. (United States)


    also the oxidation of the FADH 2 by 02, whereby H202 is formed. LOX-FAD + Lactate -, Pvruvate + LOX-FADH2 (1) Amperometric lactate sensors have been...tile reduced forms of a diffusional mediator, such :is 0- H-,O, or Fc-/Fc (where Fc is a ferrocene derivativei. 5 -10 FAD/ FADH - centers of LOX were also

  14. Tm,Ho:BaY2F8晶体光谱性能与能量传递%Spectral Properties and Energy Transfer of Tm,Ho:BaY2F8 Crystal

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    李春; 张学建; 王成伟; 张莹; 董仲伟; Mauro Tonelli; 刘景和


    Tm,Ho:BaY2F8 single crystal was grown by the Czochralski method for the first time. The optimal technical parameters obtained are as follows: the pulling rate is 0.5 mm ·h-1, the rotation rate is 5 r·min-1, the cooling speed is 10 ℃ .h-1 The result of XRD curve shows that as-grown Tm,Ho:BaY2F8 crystal belongs to the monoclinic system with scheelite-type structure and space group C12/ml. The cell parameters calculated are a=0.699 73 nm, b=1.052 93 nm, c=0.427 84 nm,β=99.71°. The absorption and fluorescence spectra of the Tm,Ho:BaY2F8 crystal were measured.and FWHM,absorption coefficient,absorption cross-section were calculated lying in the 784 nm region, 3.2 nm, 2.26 cm-1 and 7.44×10-21 cm2, respectively. Transition from the 3H6 ground state to 3H4 excited state with Tm3+. There are three intensive fluorescence emission peak near 2.06 μm, the emission cross-section and fluorescence lift time 4.96×10-21 cm2 and 10.1 ms, respectively. The ratio between the Tm-Ho transfer and its back-transfer process is 10.4.%采用提拉法,生长钬铥双掺氟化钇钡[分子式:Tm3+Ho3+:BaY2F8,简称Tm,Ho:BYF]激光晶体.工艺参数:拉速0.5 mm·h-1,转速5 r·min-1,冷却速率lO℃·h-1.XRD表明:属于单斜晶系,空间群C12/ml.计算出晶格参数:a=0.69973 nm,6=1.05293 nm,c=0.42784 nm,β=99.710°.测试了晶体的吸收及荧光光谱,同时计算了784 nm处吸收峰的半高宽、吸收系数及吸收截面,分别为3.2 nm,2.23 cm-1,7.44x10-21 cm2.该吸收峰对应于Tm3+离子从基态3H6到激发态3h6的跃迁.Tm,Ho:BYF晶体存2.06μm附近有很强的荧光发射峰,在该荧光峰的发射截面和荧光寿命分别为4.96x10-21cm2,10.1 ms.Tm3+→Ho3+的正向、反向能量转换系数之比是10.4.

  15. Observations of OH and HO2 radicals in coastal Antarctica

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    S. J.-B. Bauguitte


    Full Text Available OH and HO2 radical concentrations have been measured in the boundary layer of coastal Antarctica for a six-week period during the austral summer of 2005. The measurements were performed at the British Antarctic Survey's Halley Research Station (75° 35' S, 26° 19' W, using the technique of on-resonance laser-induced fluorescence to detect OH, with HO2 measured following chemical conversion through addition of NO. The mean radical levels were 3.9×105 molecule cm−3 for OH, and 0.76 ppt for HO2 (ppt denotes parts per trillion, by volume. Typical maximum (local noontime levels were 7.9×105 molecule cm−3 and 1.50 ppt for OH and HO2 respectively. The main sources of HOx were photolysis of O3 and HCHO, with potentially important but uncertain contributions from HONO and higher aldehydes. Of the measured OH sinks, reaction with CO and CH4 dominated, however comparison of the observed OH concentrations with those calculated via the steady state approximation indicated that additional co-reactants were likely to have been present. Elevated levels of NOx resulting from snowpack photochemistry contributed to HOx cycling and enhanced levels of OH, however the halogen oxides IO and BrO dominated the CH3O2 – HO2 – OH conversion in this environment, with associated ozone destruction.

  16. Powder Neutron Diffraction Study of HoCoGa5

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    Kabayashi, Riki [Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA); Kaneko, Koji [Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA); Wakimoto, Shuichi [Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA); Chi, Songxue [ORNL; Sanada, Naoyuki [Yokohama National University; Watanuki, Ryuta [Yokohama National University; Suzuki, Kazuya [Yokohama National University


    We have studied successive magnetic transitions of HoCoGa5 at TN1 = 9.6 K and TN2 = 7.5 K by using powder neutron diffraction. Apparent superlattice peaks were observed at temperatures below TN1. With further decreases temperature, the patterns exhibit a substantial change at temperatures below TN2. The observed magnetic peaks at 8 K (AntiFerromagnetic InCommensurate (AFIC) phase : TN2 < T < TN1) can be represented by the propagation vector qL = (1/2 0 ) with = 0.35(2). In contrast, the magnetic structure becomes commensurate with qC = (1/2 0 1/2) at 4 K (AntiFerromagnetic Commensurate (AFC) phase : T < TN2). The temperature dependence of magnetic intensity shows an apparent temperature hysteresis at TN2, indicates a first-order transition at TN2. Analysis of the integrated intensity at 4 K reveals that the Ho moment with a size of 8.6(2) B, oriented parallel to the c-axis in the AFC phase. While the successive transitions of HoCoGa5 are different from those of TbCoGa5, the magnetic structure in the AFC phase of HoCoGa5 is the same as the AFTb I of TbCoGa5, and may indicate an additional transition at a lower temperature in HoCoGa5.

  17. Selectivity of 40 mm square and 50 mm diamond mesh codends for ...

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    African Journal of Biotechnology ... Pooled data were used for common Pandora, axillary sea bream and blotched picarel. ... when considering commercially used 40 mm nominal diamond mesh codend in Turkish seas for given species.

  18. Deleterious effects on MDAMB-231 breast adenocarcinoma cell lineage submitted to Ho-166 radioactive seeds at very low activity

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    Falcao, Patricia L.; Campos, Tarcisio P.R., E-mail: [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Nuclear; Sarmento, Eduardo V. [Centro de Desenvolvimento de Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Cuperschmid, Ethel M. [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (CEMEMOR/UFMG), Belo Horizonte, BR (Brazil). Fac. de Medicina. Centro de Memoria da Medicina


    Herein, the deleterious effect of ionizing radiation provided by Ho-166 radioactive seeds at low activity were addressed, based on experimental in vitro assays at the MDA MB231 cell lineage, a breast adenocarcinoma, compared to PBMC - peripheral blood cells. The methodology involves of the MDBMB-231 and PBMC expansion in culture in suitable environment in 30mm well plates and T-25 flasks. Seeds were synthesized with Ho-165 incorporated and characterized previously. Activation was processed at IPR1 reactor at the peripheral table, at 8h exposition. Three groups of seeds were tested: 0,34 mCi, 0,12 mCi activity, and control group. Such seeds were placed on culture and held to a period of 05 half-lives of the radionuclide. The biological responses at these exposure were documented by inverse microscopic photographic in time. Also, MTT essay were performed. A fast response in producing deleterious effects at cancer cell was observed even if for the low activity seeds. Also, a biological response dependent to a radial distance of the seed was observed. At conclusion, viability clonogenic control of MDAMB231 is identified at the exposition to Ho-166 ceramic seeds, even if at low activity of 0,1 to 0,3mCi. (author)

  19. Spectroscopy Parameters of Ho3+ in Ho3+ ∶ FOG and Ho3+ ∶ FOV%Ho3+∶FOG与Ho3+∶FOV的光谱学参量计算

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    杨晓冬; 陈英; 陈晓波; Sawarobori N; 王水峰; 周永芬; 李崧; 徐怡庄; 程欢利


    In the present paper,the absorption spectra of Ho3+ (0.5 mol%)-doped oxyfluoride glass (FOG) sample and Ho3+(0.5 mol%)-doped oxyfluoride vitroceramics (FOV) sample were measured through experiment.The authors calculated the intensity parameters Ω2,4,6 of the two materials according to J-O theory,and analyzed the possible reason for the difference between the two materials on the intensity parameters.After that the authors calculated oscillator strength,spontaneous radiative transition rate,branching ratio and integrated emission cross section and some other spectroscopic parameters of several excited states and then made a comparative analysis of the two materials based on these spectroscopic parameters.The authors found that the oscillator strength of trivalent holmium iron in FOV is about the same with the oscillator strength in YAlO3 and is similar to oscillator strength in FOG,while slightly larger than in that LBTAF and much larger than that in LaF3 and ZBLAN.By analyzing the calculated spectroscopic parameters,it can be found that some transitions,especially 5I7 →5I8,5F5 →5I8 etc.,have a relatively large oscillator strengths(larger than 10 6) and large integrated emission cross sections(larger than 10-18 cm).These transitions have the conditions to form laser passages,so they are worth a lot of attention.At last,application prospects of several strong luminescence transitions were concluded.%通过实验分别测得了掺杂Ho3+ (0.5 mol%)的氟氧化物玻璃(FOG)样品和掺杂Ho3+ (0.5 mol%)的氟氧化物玻璃陶瓷(FOV)样品的吸收光谱,根据Jubb-Ofelt理论拟合出两种材料强度三参量Ω2,4,6,并且分析了两种材料在强度参量上产生差异的可能原因.再由拟合得到的强度参量值计算出了各激发态之间的振子强度,自发辐射跃迁速率,荧光分支比和积分发射截面等光谱学参量,并且对两种材料的各参量进行了对比分析,Ho3+在FOV和在FOG中的振子

  20. The Same-Source Parallel MM5

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    John Michalakes


    Full Text Available Beginning with the March 1998 release of the Penn State University/NCAR Mesoscale Model (MM5, and continuing through eight subsequent releases up to the present, the official version has run on distributed -memory (DM parallel computers. Source translation and runtime library support minimize the impact of parallelization on the original model source code, with the result that the majority of code is line-for-line identical with the original version. Parallel performance and scaling are equivalent to earlier, hand-parallelized versions; the modifications have no effect when the code is compiled and run without the DM option. Supported computers include the IBM SP, Cray T3E, Fujitsu VPP, Compaq Alpha clusters, and clusters of PCs (so-called Beowulf clusters. The approach also is compatible with shared-memory parallel directives, allowing distributed-memory/shared-memory hybrid parallelization on distributed-memory clusters of symmetric multiprocessors.

  1. Prediction of Stereochemistry using Q2MM. (United States)

    Hansen, Eric; Rosales, Anthony R; Tutkowski, Brandon; Norrby, Per-Ola; Wiest, Olaf


    The standard method of screening ligands for selectivity in asymmetric, transition metal-catalyzed reactions requires experimental testing of hundreds of ligands from ligand libraries. This "trial and error" process is costly in terms of time as well as resources and, in general, is scientifically and intellectually unsatisfying as it reveals little about the underlying mechanism behind the selectivity. The accurate computational prediction of stereoselectivity in enantioselective catalysis requires adequate conformational sampling of the selectivity-determining transition state but has to be fast enough to compete with experimental screening techniques to be useful for the synthetic chemist. Although electronic structure calculations are accurate and general, they are too slow to allow for sampling or fast screening of ligand libraries. The combined requirements can be fulfilled by using appropriately fitted transition state force fields (TSFFs) that represent the transition state as a minimum and allow fast conformational sampling using Monte Carlo. Quantum-guided molecular mechanics (Q2MM) is an automated force field parametrization method that generates accurate, reaction-specific TSFFs by fitting the functional form of an arbitrary force field using only electronic structure calculations by minimization of an objective function. A key feature that distinguishes the Q2MM method from many other automated parametrization procedures is the use of the Hessian matrix in addition to geometric parameters and relative energies. This alleviates the known problems of overfitting of TSFFs. After validation of the TSFF by comparison to electronic structure results for a test set and available experimental data, the stereoselectivity of a reaction can be calculated by summation over the Boltzman-averaged relative energies of the conformations leading to the different stereoisomers. The Q2MM method has been applied successfully to perform virtual ligand screens on a range of

  2. Growth and spectroscopic investigations of Yb,Ho: YAP and Yb,Ho,Pr:YAP laser crystals

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    Zhang, Huili [The Key Laboratory of Photonic Devices and Materials, Anhui Province, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230022 (China); Sun, Dunlu, E-mail: [The Key Laboratory of Photonic Devices and Materials, Anhui Province, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Luo, Jianqiao [The Key Laboratory of Photonic Devices and Materials, Anhui Province, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Cao, Shihao [The Key Laboratory of Photonic Devices and Materials, Anhui Province, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Cheng, Maojie; Zhang, Qingli; Yin, Shaotang [The Key Laboratory of Photonic Devices and Materials, Anhui Province, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China)


    Yb,Ho:YAP and Yb,Ho,Pr:YAP laser crystals with high optical quality are successfully grown using the Czochralski method. The absorption coefficient and band width of the two crystals at 970 nm are increased because of the doping of Yb{sup 3+} sensitizer. The three strongest fluorescence peaks of the two crystals are located at approximately 2844, 2853, and 2912 nm, which correspond to the {sup 5}I{sub 6}→{sup 5}I{sub 7} level transitions of Ho{sup 3+} ions. Lifetime measurements indicate that the deactivator Pr{sup 3+} ions can efficiently decrease the lifetime of the lower level {sup 5}I{sub 7} from 8.848 ms to 1.258 ms. Energy-transfer mechanisms are also studied and analyzed, and up-conversion luminescence spectra provide the further evidence that Pr{sup 3+} ions can efficiently depopulate Ho{sup 3+} ions at the {sup 5}I{sub 7} level. All these results show that Yb,Ho,Pr:YAP crystal may be a promising laser medium for realizing 2.8–3.1 μm lasers pumped using a 970 nm laser diode. - Highlights: • New Yb,Ho:YAP and Yb,Ho,Pr:YAP laser crystals are grown by the CZ method. • The absorption and FWHM at 970 nm are increased due to the doping of Yb sensitizer. • The lifetime of lower laser level {sup 5}I{sub 7} decreases from 8.848 to 1.258 ms because of the doping of Pr{sup 3+} deactivator. • The up-conversion luminescence provides the further evidence that Pr{sup 3+} ions can efficiently depopulate Ho{sup 3+} ions at the {sup 5}I{sub 7}. • The Yb,Ho,Pr:YAP crystal may be a promising laser medium for realizing the 2.8–3.1 μm lasers using 970 nm LD.

  3. Embedding of $^{163}$Ho and $^{166m}$ Ho in the energy absorbers of low temperature metallic magnetic calorimeters

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    The calorimetric measurement of the $^{163}$Ho electron capture spectrum is a promising tool to investigate the electron neutrino mass. A suitable method to embed the source in the detectors is the ion-implantation. This process has already been used to embed $^{163}$Ho ions in micro-fabricated low temperature metallic magnetic prototypes. The $^{163}$Ho electron capture spectrum obtained with these first prototypes is presently the most precise with an energy resolution of $\\Delta$$\\textit{E}$$_{FWHM}$ = 7.6 eV. In order to test the performance of the new generation of low temperature metallic magnetic calorimeters, we propose to perform a $^{163}$Ho ion-implantation on the new chip having two arrays consisting of 32 pixels each. An activity of about 1 Bq per pixel is required. With this new detector array we will be able to achieve a better energy resolution and to acquire a higher statistics which allows for studying the $^{163}$Ho spectral shape. We propose also to perform an ion-implantation of $^{166m}$...

  4. Výroba trafostanice z aluzinkového plechu


    Sykáček, Jiří


    Projekt vypracovaný v rámci magisterského studia oboru M-STM je zpracován na základě požadavku zákazníka na zhotovení trafostanice, která je určena k použití ve fotovoltaické elektrárně. Konstrukční a výkresová dokumentace byla vyhotovena v 3D CAD systému Solid Edge. Samonosný skelet trafostanice svařený z jednotlivých dílců vyrobených z aluzinkového plechu je ve formě jednoho technologického celku, ve kterém je osazena elektrotechnologie potřebná k bezpečnému a bezporuchovému provozu elektrá...

  5. Consumer Acceptance of Functional Foods in Ho Chi Minh City

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    Duy Tung BUI


    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to identify and evaluate the underlying factors affecting consumer acceptance of functional foods. The contribution of this study is to better understand customer willingness to buy such products in Ho Chi Minh City by shedding light on how socio-demographic, cognitive and attitudinal determinants affect consumer's choices of foods. We conducted a survey using 217 respondents from Ho Chi Minh City. Next, we develop a binary-probit model to quantify the impact of each factor on consumer acceptance. The results show that having a sick relative, beliefs in health benefits positively affect acceptance level. Other than that, old people in Ho Chi Minh City tend to reject the use of functional foods. However, when they are provided with enough knowledge, they are the most intensive buyers of these products. Implications and further researches are also discussed.

  6. A new technique for the selective measurement of atmospheric peroxy radical concentrations of HO2 and RO2 using a denuding method

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    P. S. Monks


    Full Text Available A technique for the selective measurement of atmospheric HO2 and RO2 using peroxy radical chemical amplification coupled to laser-induced fluorescence NO2 detection (PERCA-LIF is demonstrated. By pulling the air through a filled pre-inlet advantage can be taken of the higher heterogeneous loss rate of HO2 relative to CH3O2. Pre-inlet conditions have been found where ca. 90% of HO2 was removed whereas the comparable CH3O2 loss was 15%. The dependence of loss rate on humidity and peroxy radical concentration has been investigated. When using glass beads as the surface for peroxy radical removal, the influence of the relative humidity on the removal efficiency becomes negligible. It may therefore be possible to apply this technique to the measurement of absolute concentrations of solely RO2 as well as the sum of HO2 and RO2. The practical utility of the PERCA-LIF coupled to a denuder has been demonstrated with atmospheric measurements.

  7. From the nm to the Mm (United States)

    Villa, I. M.


    Tectonic models for the evolution of an orogen start at the Mm scale, and use field work on smaller subunits at the km scale and rocks collected at the m scale. At the mm scale, minerals are identified, analyzed by mass spectrometry, their "cooling ages" assigned to a specific closure temperature, a cooling rate attributed to a particular tectonic regime, and a large body of self-referential literature is the product of an oiled machinery. Problems become apparent if one attempts to harmonize mm-scale science with the nasty little details at even smaller scales. Atoms are invisible to the naked eye (unlike the minerals mentioned above) and their actual behavior is, or was, only accessible to indirect argumentations and simplified calculations. Increased computing power now allows calculating the transport of atoms in a crystal from the Schr”dinger equation: results do not fit 19th century continuum physics for infinitely dilute solutions (Fick's and Arrhenius' "laws"). Moreover, improved nanochemical analyses allow characterizing the supposedly homogeneous mineral matrix. TEM images show how layers or chains in pristine minerals are substituted in a non-periodic way by alteration products. EMP analyses show the almost ubiquitous presence of razor-sharp boundaries rather than Erf profiles. Disequilibrium recrystallization textures thus prevail over diffusive reequilibration; diffusion sensu stricto is shown to be a much slower process than heterochemical replacement. Alterability sequences are well known to surface scientists: e.g. halite, olivine, biotite, muscovite, zircon. Such sequences are reflected in the isotopic retentivity. The link only becomes clear at the nm scale: isotopic exchange occurs during the replacement reactions that affect all rocks on their retrograde P-T evolution. This is sufficient to explain why zircons record higher isotopic ages than muscovites, which in turn undergo less isotope exchange than biotites etc. While there is a vague

  8. Dosimetria dos cones radiocirúrgicos Radionics de diâmetros de 5 mm a 50 mm para um feixe de 6 MV de um acelerador linear Mevatron MD digital Dosimetry of the Radionics radiosurgery cones from 5 mm to 50 mm diameter for the 6 MV beam of a Mevatron MD digital linac

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    Full Text Available Os parâmetros dosimétricos de um feixe de raios X de pequeno diâmetro para um sistema de radiocirurgia comercial foram medidos em água com um detector de diodo de Si do tipo p. As razões tecido-máximo, o fator de espalhamento total e os perfis dos feixes a profundidades de 5 e 10 cm foram medidos para 17 feixes de diâmetros circulares de 5 mm a 50 mm, em incrementos de 2,5 mm. Os fatores de espalhamento totais caíram lentamente, de 0,947 para 0,888 entre os cones de 50 mm e 12,5 mm de diâmetro (variação de 7%; para os cones entre 10 mm e 5 mm de diâmetro, esta queda foi bem maior, de 0,854 para 0,666 (variação de 28%. Os valores obtidos para a relação tecido-máximo são consistentes com dados publicados. Os perfis dos feixes foram medidos nas direções x e y, e estão dentro de 0,2 mm para todos os cones entre as duas direções. A medida da largura à meia-altura se encontra dentro de 1 mm com o diâmetro nominal dos cones.The dosimetric parameters of small diameter photon beams of a commercially available radiosurgery system were measured in a water phantom using a p-type Si photon diode. Tissue maximum ratios, total scattering factor and beam profiles at 5 and 10 cm depth were measured for 17 circular beams ranging from 5 mm to 50 mm in diameter, in 1.5 mm steps. The total scattering factor decreased slowly from 0.947 to 0.888 for the cones with diameter between 50 mm and 12.5 mm (7% variation whereas for cones with diameter between 10 mm and 5 mm the factor decreased more steeply, from 0.854 to 0.666 (28% variation. These tissue maximum ratio data are consistent with the data published by other authors. The beam profiles measured in the x and y directions were aproximately 0.2 mm between the two directions for all cone sizes. The full widths at half maximum were within 1 mm of the nominal cone sizes.

  9. Magnetic ordering in pyrochlore Ho2Mn2O7

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    Raju, N.P.; Greedan, J.E.; Pedersen, J.S.


    The magnetic susceptibility of Ho2Mn2O7 With a spontaneous rise below about 40 K and a paramagnetic Curie temperature of +39 K suggests a ferromagnetic ordering. Indeed neutron diffraction profiles show strongly enhanced Bragg peaks with a temperature dependence which indicates an apparent T-c...... approximate to 35 K. Nonetheless, the magnetic diffraction pattern is not consistent with a collinear ferro or ferrimagnetic ordering of the Ho3+ and Mn4+ sublattices. Furthermore, specific heat and small angle neutron scattering (SANS) show features which are also incompatible with conventional long...

  10. Antiferromagnetism in a 20% Ho-80% Tb alloy single crystal

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    Lebech, Bente


    20% Ho-80% Tb exhibits two magnetic phases, similar to those of Tb. The spiral turn angle varies from 31.1° to 21.4°. A minimum effective spin for the occurrence of stable simple ferromagnetic structure at low temperatures is predicted.......20% Ho-80% Tb exhibits two magnetic phases, similar to those of Tb. The spiral turn angle varies from 31.1° to 21.4°. A minimum effective spin for the occurrence of stable simple ferromagnetic structure at low temperatures is predicted....

  11. El realismo animado de Sang-ho Yeon


    Gómez Gurpegui, Carlos


    [ES] Este artículo se centra en la figura del director de animación surcoreano Sang-ho Yeong. Con solo dos largometrajes en su haber, ha logrado que sean las primeras cintas animadas de Corea del Sur en proyectarse en Cannes o ganar con su segunda cinta en Sitges. Su obra, aún poco conocida en nuestro país, realiza un crudo retrato de la sociedad surcoreana del momento. En el presente artículo revisaremos las bases sobre las que se asienta el cine de Sang-ho Yeong, trazando una correspondenci...

  12. Buccal mucosa carcinoma: surgical margin less than 3 mm, not 5 mm, predicts locoregional recurrence

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    Chiou Wen-Yen


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Most treatment failure of buccal mucosal cancer post surgery is locoregional recurrence. We tried to figure out how close the surgical margin being unsafe and needed further adjuvant treatment. Methods Between August 2000 and June 2008, a total of 110 patients with buccal mucosa carcinoma (25 with stage I, 31 with stage II, 11 with stage III, and 43 with Stage IV classified according to the American Joint Committee on Cancer 6th edition were treated with surgery alone (n = 32, surgery plus postoperative radiotherapy (n = 38 or surgery plus adjuvant concurrent chemoradiotherapy (n = 40. Main outcome measures: The primary endpoint was locoregional disease control. Results The median follow-up time at analysis was 25 months (range, 4-104 months. The 3-year locoregional control rates were significantly different when a 3-mm surgical margin (≤3 versus >3 mm, 71% versus 95%, p = 0.04 but not a 5-mm margin (75% versus 92%, p = 0.22 was used as the cut-off level. We also found a quantitative correlation between surgical margin and locoregional failure (hazard ratio, 2.16; 95% confidence interval, 1.14 - 4.11; p = 0.019. Multivariate analysis identified pN classification and surgical margin as independent factors affecting disease-free survival and locoregional control. Conclusions Narrow surgical margin ≤3 mm, but not 5 mm, is associated with high risk for locoregional recurrence of buccal mucosa carcinoma. More aggressive treatment after surgery is suggested.

  13. {sup 166}Ho-chitosan as a radiation synovectomy agent - biocompatibility study of {sup 166}Ho-chitosan in rabbits

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    Kim, Sug Jun; Lee, Soo Yong; Jeon, Dae Geun; Lee Jong Seok [Korea Cancer Center Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Radiation synovectomy is a noninvasive therapy that has been investigated as an alternative to surgical synovectomy. It is been successfully employed in the treatment of synovitis in rheumatoid arthrits and other inflammatory arthropathies. We developed the {sup 166}Ho-chitosan complex for possible use as a radiation synovectomy agent. Holmium is the more practical isotope based on its higher radioactivity and logner half-life. And isotope based on its higher radioactivity and logner half-life. And chitosan is ideal and suitable particles based on its soluble and biodegradable characteristics. So we investigated the biocompatibility of the {sup 166}Ho-chitosan complex to evaluated the suitability as a radiation synovectomy agent. In this study, we performed in vivo and in vitro stability test and biodistribution test. Our results indicate that {sup 166}Ho-chitosan may be an effective radiopharmaceutical for radiation synovectomy. (author). 30 refs., 7 tabs.

  14. Interactions of vanadate oligomers with sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase. (United States)

    Aureliano, M; Mdeira, V M


    Upon addition of sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR), the line width of tetrameric vanadate signal of 51V-NMR spectra narrowed in the presence of ATP and Ca2+, whereas monomeric vanadate line widths were broadened. Thus, ATP decreases the affinity of the enzyme for tetravanadate whereas it induces the interaction with monomeric vanadate. In the presence of Ca2+ it was observed that tetrameric and decameric vanadate bind to SR ATPase whereas monomeric vanadate only binds to SR when ATP is present. However, decameric vanadate clearly differs from vanadate oligomers present in monovanadate solutions in preventing the accumulation of Ca2+ by sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) vesicles coupled to ATP hydrolysis. Mg2+ increased the inhibitory effect promoted by decavanadate whereas a slight enhancement of Ca2+ uptake was observed in the presence of monovanadate. For 5 mM Mg2+, a nominal 2 mM vanadium 'decavanadate' solution containing about 190 to 200 microM decameric and less than 100 microM monomeric species depressed the rate of Ca2+ uptake by 50% whereas a nominal 2 mM monovanadate solution containing about 662 microM monomeric, 143 microM dimeric and 252 microM tetrameric species had no effect on the rate of Ca2+ accumulation. However, 2 mM 'decavanadate' inhibits by 75% the SR Ca(2+)-ATPase activity whereas the presence of 2 mM 'monovanadate' produces an inhibitory effect below 50%. Therefore, the Ca:ATP stoichiometry of Ca2+ transport is enhanced by monovanadate. In the presence of oxalate, inhibition of SR Ca(2+)-ATPase activity by these solutions is enhanced to 97% and 86% whereas in the presence of the ionophore lasalocid, the inhibitory values were 87% and 19% for 2 mM decavanadate and 2 mM monovanadate solutions, respectively. Apparently, the increase of vesicular Ca2+ concentration counteracts monovanadate inhibition of SR Ca(2+)-ATPase activity but it does not significantly affect decavanadate inhibition.

  15. The MM/PBSA and MM/GBSA methods to estimate ligand-binding affinities (United States)

    Genheden, Samuel; Ryde, Ulf


    Introduction: The molecular mechanics energies combined with the Poisson–Boltzmann or generalized Born and surface area continuum solvation (MM/PBSA and MM/GBSA) methods are popular approaches to estimate the free energy of the binding of small ligands to biological macromolecules. They are typically based on molecular dynamics simulations of the receptor–ligand complex and are therefore intermediate in both accuracy and computational effort between empirical scoring and strict alchemical perturbation methods. They have been applied to a large number of systems with varying success. Areas covered: The authors review the use of MM/PBSA and MM/GBSA methods to calculate ligand-binding affinities, with an emphasis on calibration, testing and validation, as well as attempts to improve the methods, rather than on specific applications. Expert opinion: MM/PBSA and MM/GBSA are attractive approaches owing to their modular nature and that they do not require calculations on a training set. They have been used successfully to reproduce and rationalize experimental findings and to improve the results of virtual screening and docking. However, they contain several crude and questionable approximations, for example, the lack of conformational entropy and information about the number and free energy of water molecules in the binding site. Moreover, there are many variants of the method and their performance varies strongly with the tested system. Likewise, most attempts to ameliorate the methods with more accurate approaches, for example, quantum-mechanical calculations, polarizable force fields or improved solvation have deteriorated the results. PMID:25835573

  16. Generation of Bessel Beams at mm- and Sub mm-wavelengths by Binary Optical Elements (United States)

    Yu, Y. Z.; Dou, W. B.


    In this paper, binary optical elements (BOE’s) are designed for generating Bessel beams at mm- and sub mm- wavelengths. The design tool is to combine a genetic algorithm (GA) for global optimization with a two-dimension finite-difference time-domain (2-D FDTD) method for rigorous electromagnetic computation. The design process for converting a normally incident Gaussian beam into a Bessel beam is described in detail. Numerical results demonstrate that the designed BOE’s can not only successfully produce arbitrary order Bessel beams, but also have higher diffraction efficiencies when compared with amplitude holograms.

  17. Cytoprotective responses in HaCaT keratinocytes exposed to high doses of curcumin. (United States)

    Lundvig, Ditte M S; Pennings, Sebastiaan W C; Brouwer, Katrien M; Mtaya-Mlangwa, Matilda; Mugonzibwa, Emeria; Kuijpers-Jagtman, Anne Marie; Wagener, Frank A D T G; Von den Hoff, Johannes W


    Wound healing is a complex process that involves the well-coordinated interactions of different cell types. Topical application of high doses of curcumin, a plant-derived polyphenol, enhances both normal and diabetic cutaneous wound healing in rodents. For optimal tissue repair interactions between epidermal keratinocytes and dermal fibroblasts are essential. We previously demonstrated that curcumin increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation and apoptosis in dermal fibroblasts, which could be prevented by pre-induction of the cytoprotective enzyme heme oxygenase (HO)-1. To better understand the effects of curcumin on wound repair, we now assessed the effects of high doses of curcumin on the survival of HaCaT keratinocytes and the role of the HO system. We exposed HaCaT keratinocytes to curcumin in the presence or absence of the HO-1 inducers heme (FePP) and cobalt protoporphyrin (CoPP). We then assessed cell survival, ROS formation, and caspase activation. Curcumin induced caspase-dependent apoptosis in HaCaT keratinocytes via a ROS-dependent mechanism. Both FePP and CoPP induced HO-1 expression, but only FePP protected against curcumin-induced ROS formation and caspase-mediated apoptosis. In the presence of curcumin, FePP but not CoPP induced the expression of the iron scavenger ferritin. Together, our data show that the induction of ferritin, but not HO, protects HaCaT keratinocytes against cytotoxic doses of curcumin. The differential response of fibroblasts and keratinocytes to high curcumin doses may provide the basis for improving curcumin-based wound healing therapies. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Theoretical characterization of the minimum energy path for the reaction H + O2 to HO2(asterisk) to HO + O (United States)

    Walch, Stephen P.; Rohlfing, Celeste Mcmichael; Melius, Carl F.; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.


    The potential energy surface for the H + O2 to HO2(asterisk) to HO + O reaction has been investigated in the region of the minimum energy path using CASSCF/contracted CI (CCI) calculations with a large basis set. The results show no barrier for the addition of an H atom to O2, in agreement with previous studies. A crossing between the surface for electrostatic (OH dipole-O quadrupole) interaction and that for the formation of an O-O chemical bond, at r(infinity) of about 5.5 a(0), results in a small (about 0.5 kcal/mol) barrier.

  19. On the Impact of HO2-H2O Complexes in the Marine Boundary Layer: A Possible Sink for HO2

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    Alexander Thomas Archibald


    Full Text Available The impact of the formation of HO2-H2O adducts following reaction between H2O and HO2 and subsequent reaction of this adduct on HOx, H2O2 and O3 as a function of relative humidity in the marine boundary layer has been investigated using a zero-dimensional box model. The results of simulations with different product yields for the reaction of HO2-H2O with HO2 were compared with base case data derived from current recommendations for tropospheric modelling. It is suggested that inclusion of reactions of the HO2-H2O adduct may provide a significant sink for HO2 which has so far not been considered in models of tropospheric chemistry and depending on reaction products may have a significant impact on H2O2 and O3.

  20. Vliv délky magnetického obvodu na účinnost jednofázového asynchronního motoru


    Binek, Martin


    Tato bakalářská práce se zabývá problematikou vlivu délky magnetického obvodu na účinnost jednofázového asynchronního motoru s trvale připojeným kondenzátorem v pomocném vinutí. Celou práci lze rozdělit na dvě části. První část zahrnuje obecnější poznatky týkající se jednofázových motorů a podklady pro analytický výpočet. Druhá část pracuje s konkrétní technickou dokumentací motoru. Ta zahrnuje vytvoření modelu tohoto motoru v programu RMxprt, analytický výpočet pro ověření vlastností motoru ...

  1. Paragonimiasis in Sin Ho District, Lai Chau Province, Viet Nam. (United States)

    Vien, C V; Phue, N C; Ha, L D; Tuan, L M; Van, N T; Pao, T C; Hoa, L T; Phoung, C T


    Forty-four cases of pulmonary paragonimiasis, two also with evidence of cerebral infection, were found in Sin Ho District in Northern Viet Nam. There were 30 males and 14 females, 2-30 years of age. The diagnosis was made by sputum examination. Pet dogs and wild dogs in the area were also found infected and the people often eat roasted crabs.

  2. Production and characterization of 166Ho polylactic acid microspheres. (United States)

    Yavari, Kamal; Yeganeh, Ehsan; Abolghasemi, Hossein


    Microsphere and particle technology with selective transport of radiation represents a new generation of therapeutics. Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) microspheres loaded with holmium-166 acetylacetonate ((166)Ho-PLLA-MS) are novel microdevices. In this research, (165)HoAcAc-PLLA microparticles were prepared by the solvent evaporation technique. Microspheres were irradiated at Tehran Research Reactor. The diameter and surface morphologies were characterized by particle sizer and scanning electron microscopy before and after irradiation. The complex stability, radiochemical purity, and in vivo biodistribiotion were checked in the final solution up to 3 days. In this study, (166)Ho-PLLA spherical particles with a smooth surface and diameter of 20-40 µm were obtained, which were stable in vitro and in vivo studies. Neutron irradiation did not damage the particles. The ease with which the PLLA spheres could be made in the optimal size range for later irradiation and their ability to retain the (166)Ho provided good evidence for their potential use in radioembolization.

  3. Reactivity of hydroxybenzoic acid derivatives towards electrogenerated HO radicals



    In the last decade there has been a lot of interest in the study of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and their role in many areas such as medicine, biology and chemistry. Among the ROS, HO radicals are the most reactive species and the extension of their reaction with organics can lead to the formation of CO2 thus the genera...

  4. Resonantly pumped room temperature Ho:LuVO₄ laser. (United States)

    Yao, B Q; Cui, Z; Duan, X M; Du, Y Q; Han, L; Shen, Y J


    Spectroscopic characterization of a Ho:LuVO4 crystal grown by the Czochralski method has been performed, including the absorption and emission spectra. We demonstrate a 2 μm room temperature Ho:LuVO4 laser, resonantly pumped by a 1.94 μm Tm:YAP laser. By use of an output coupler with T=10% transmission, the Ho:LuVO4 laser generated continuous-wave output power of 2.5 W at 2074.18 nm, with a beam quality factor of Mx2=My2=1.3, for a total incident pump power of 19.4 W. The slope efficiency with respect to the pump power was 17.6%, and the optical-to-optical efficiency was 12.9%. Moreover, we obtained a Ho:LuVO4 laser that operated at 2073.77 and 2055.27 nm, by using different output couplers with transmissions of T=15 and 30%.

  5. Magnetic phase diagram of Ho/Er alloys

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    Cowley, R.A.; Simpson, J.A.; Bryn-Jacobsen, C.;


    The magnetic structures of a series of Ho/Er alloys have been determined by neutron-diffraction techniques. The alloys were prepared as thin films (10000 Angstrom thick) by molecular beam epitaxy, and are single crystals with a mosaic spread of about 0.2 degrees. A variety of magnetic structures...

  6. Antiferromagnetism in a 20% Ho-80% Tb alloy single crystal

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    Lebech, Bente


    20% Ho-80% Tb exhibits two magnetic phases, similar to those of Tb. The spiral turn angle varies from 31.1° to 21.4°. A minimum effective spin for the occurrence of stable simple ferromagnetic structure at low temperatures is predicted....

  7. Temperature Variation of the Magnetic Structure of HoSb

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    Andersen, Nils Axel; Kjems, Jørgen; Vogt, O.


    Neutron diffraction has been used to show that the magnetic moment vector in the antiferromagnet HoSb changes direction as a function of temperature below TN=5.7K. The experimental results are in qualitative agreement with a recent theoretical prediction by Jensen et al. (1980) which ascribe...

  8. Living with ghosts in Hořava-Lifshitz gravity (United States)

    Ramazanov, S.; Arroja, F.; Celoria, M.; Matarrese, S.; Pilo, L.


    We consider the branch of the projectable Hořava-Lifshitz model which exhibits ghost instabilities in the low energy limit. It turns out that, due to the Lorentz violating structure of the model and to the presence of a finite strong coupling scale, the vacuum decay rate into photons is tiny in a wide range of phenomenologically acceptable parameters. The strong coupling scale, understood as a cutoff on ghosts' spatial momenta, can be raised up to Λ ˜ 10 TeV. At lower momenta, the projectable Hořava-Lifshitz gravity is equivalent to General Relativity supplemented by a fluid with a small positive sound speed squared (10-42 ≲) c s 2 ≲ 10-20, that could be a promising candidate for the Dark Matter. Despite these advantages, the unavoidable presence of the strong coupling obscures the implementation of the original Hořava's proposal on quantum gravity. Apart from the Hořava-Lifshitz model, conclusions of the present work hold also for the mimetic matter scenario, where the analogue of the projectability condition is achieved by a non-invertible conformal transformation of the metric.

  9. Design městského elektromobilu



    Tato práce se zabývá designem městského elektromobilu. Její analytická část popisuje vývoj designu tohoto vozidla a následně porovnává technické možnosti řešení a vizuální podobu současné produkce. Hlavním cílem práce je pak návrh designu exteriéru čtyřmístného kompaktního elektromobilu, určeného převážně pro městskou a příměstskou osobní dopravu. V této části je popsáno vlastní designérské řešení, propojující estetiku, funkčnost, ergonomii a moderní technologie. This work deals with desig...

  10. The prosecution of Taiwan sexuality researcher and activist Josephine Ho. (United States)

    Wang, Ping


    In April 2003, following a newspaper report of a hyperlink to a website on bestiality on the Sexuality Databank website of the Center for the Study of Sexualities, National Central University, Taipei, Taiwan, 14 conservative NGOs filed charges against the Center's founder, Josephine Ho, for "propagating obscenities that corrupt traditional values." Ho has been researching sexuality and supporting freedom for marginalised sexual minorities for ten years. In a public statement in response to the charges, she said that the work of scholarly research must not be dictated by prejudice and that differences in sexual values should not be arbitrated by law and should be open for public discussion. As the legal process began in January 2004, Ho's supporters in Taiwan have called for the preservation of the Taiwan Constitutional decree on integrity and autonomy of academic research and freedom of expression on the internet, for the University to resist calls to dismiss Ho from her post, and for respect for freedom of speech and expression and the right to create spaces to educate people about non-normative sexualities.

  11. Reduction of Ca2+-transporting systems in memory T cells. (United States)

    Sigova, A A; Dedkova, E N; Zinchenko, V P; Litvinov, I S


    Antigen-specific B and T lymphocytes make up the material grounds of immune memory, their main functional distinction from the so-called "naive" cells is due to the rapid and enhanced response to the antigen-pathogen. An essential distinction between the memory and naive T cells is different sensitivity of these two subpopulations of T lymphocytes to Ca2+-ionophores. Comparative analysis of Ca2+ responses of the immune memory T lymphocytes and naive T cells of mouse CBA/J line to the addition of Ca2+-mobilizing agents concanavalin A, thapsigargin, and ionomycin was carried out. These compounds in concentrations increasing [Ca2+]i in naive cells had no effect on [Ca2+]i in memory cells. Thus, the Ca2+ entrance into memory cells was not activated by exhaustion of intracellular resources. Estimation of intracellular resources of Ca2+, mobilized by ionomycin and thapsigargin in Ca2+ free medium has shown the absence in memory T cells of the intracellular Ca2+ pool, which may be one of factors of their resistance to ionophores. Reduction of the system of Ca2+ influx into memory T cells was shown using the SH-reagent thimerosal. Memory T cells appear to be resistant to "Ca2+ -paradox." Their incubation with 0.5 mM EDTA in the presence or absence of Ca2+ -mobilizing compounds followed by addition of 2 mM CaCl2 did not result in induction of Ca2+ influx into these cells.

  12. Structural and magnetic properties of C15 HoMn{sub 2} hydrides

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    Budziak, A., E-mail: [H.Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics PAN, ul. Radzikowskiego 152, 31-342 Krakow (Poland); Zachariasz, P. [Institute of Atomic Energy POLATOM, 05-400 Otwock-Swierk (Poland); Kolwicz-Chodak, L.; Figiel, H. [Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, University of Science and Technology, Al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Pacyna, A. [H.Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics PAN, ul. Radzikowskiego 152, 31-342 Krakow (Poland); Zukrowski, J. [Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, University of Science and Technology, Al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Krakow (Poland)


    Research highlights: > Full structural and magnetic phase diagrams are presented for the HoMn{sub 2}H{sub x}(0 < x {<=} 4.3) hydrides, where x = 4.3 is a typical maximal hydrogen concentration obtained for RMn{sub 2}H{sub x} (R: rare earth) under low pressure of H{sub 2} (ca {approx} 1 bar). > For x < {approx} 1.6: (1) The spinodal decompositions into two structurally different phases are observed. The lattice parameters of one of them correspond to those of the pure host HoMn{sub 2} material, while the lattice parameters of the other phase correspond to those of HoMn{sub 2}H{sub 1.6}. (2) Abundances of both phases change with hydrogen concentration x. (3) No intermediate phase appears, which is typical for other hydrides based on the C15 Laves phase type compounds (e.g. (Tb, Gd)Mn{sub 2}). Instead of that, structural transformations to monoclinic structures are observed. > For x = 2.5 splitting into two phases with different hydrogen concentrations x (x{sub 1} {approx} 2.3 and x{sub 2} {approx} 2.8) appears again, which was observed only for hydrides based on the C14 Laves phase type compounds (e.g. in (Sm, Er, Nd)Mn{sub 2}H{sub x}) in the range 2 < x < 3. > For samples with 2 < x < 2.2 no structural transformations are detected. > The effects of hydrogen absorption on structural properties are shown to be reflected in magnetic behavior. > A huge jump of magnetic ordering temperatures from {approx}24 K for HoMn{sub 2} to {approx} (200-380) K for its hydrides is observed. - Abstract: Powder samples of cubic HoMn{sub 2}H{sub x} hydrides, with 0 {<=} x {<=} 4.3, have been investigated by X-ray diffraction and AC/DC magnetometry as a function of temperature and external magnetic field. Hydrogen is demonstrated to strongly modify structural and magnetic properties. X-ray studies revealed many structural transformations placed at low temperatures. In particular, a transformation from the cubic to the monoclinic structure was detected, which so far has not been reported

  13. Isothermal section of the Ho-Fe-Ga ternary system at 773 K

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    Liu, F.S.; Yu, Y.J.; Zhang, W.H. [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Shenzhen University and Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Special Functional Materials, Shenzhen 518060 (China); Li, J.Q., E-mail: [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Shenzhen University and Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Special Functional Materials, Shenzhen 518060 (China); Ao, W.Q. [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Shenzhen University and Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Special Functional Materials, Shenzhen 518060 (China)


    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Research highlights: > Isothermal section of Ho-Fe-Ga ternary system at 773 K. > Crystal structure of new compound HoFe{sub 0.2}Ga{sub 1.8}. > Homogeneity ranges of the solid solutions in Ho-Fe-Ga system at 773 K. - Abstract: The isothermal section of the Ho-Fe-Ga ternary phase diagram at 773 K was constructed based on X-ray powder diffraction analysis. Fourteen binary compounds and twelve ternary compounds have been confirmed: Ho{sub 2}Fe{sub 17} Ho{sub 6}Fe{sub 23}, HoFe{sub 3}, HoFe{sub 2}, HoGa{sub 3}, HoGa{sub 2}, Ho{sub 3}Ga{sub 5}, HoGa, Ho{sub 3}Ga{sub 2}, Ho{sub 5}Ga{sub 3}, Fe{sub 3}Ga, Fe{sub 6}Ga{sub 5}, Fe{sub 3}Ga{sub 4}, FeGa{sub 3}, {kappa}{sub 1}-HoFe{sub 6.02-5.24}Ga{sub 5.98-6.76}, {kappa}{sub 2}-HoFe{sub 4.98-4.59}Ga{sub 7.02-7.41}, {kappa}{sub 3}-HoFe{sub 17-14.07}Ga{sub 0-2.93}, {kappa}{sub 4}-HoFe{sub 13.39-8.45} Ga{sub 3.61-8.55}, {kappa}{sub 5}-Ho{sub 2}FeGa{sub 8}, {kappa}{sub 6}-HoFe{sub 3-2.52}Ga{sub 0-0.48}, {kappa}{sub 7}-HoFe{sub 2.36-1.91}Ga{sub 0.64-1.09}, {kappa}{sub 8}-Ho{sub 2}FeGa{sub 8}, {kappa}{sub 9}-HoFe{sub 2-1.46} Ga{sub 0-0.54}, {kappa}{sub 10}-HoFe{sub 1.28-1.16}Ga{sub 0.72-0.84}, {kappa}{sub 11}-HoFe{sub 0.43-0.34}Ga{sub 1.57-1.66}, and {kappa}{sub 12}-HoFe{sub 0.26-0.19}Ga{sub 1.74-1.81}. The maximum solid solubilities of Ga in HoFe{sub 2}, HoFe{sub 3} and Ho{sub 2}Fe{sub 17} were determined to be 18.1, 11.9 and 15.4 at.%, respectively. The structures of the ternary compounds were refined by Rietveld refinement method. It was shown that all the solid solutions in the ternary system are formed by random distribution of Ga and Fe on the transition metal sites.

  14. Derivation of hydroperoxyl radical (HO2) levels at an urban site via measurement of pernitric acid (HO2NO2) by iodide chemical ionization mass spectrometry (I(-)-CIMS). (United States)

    Chen, Dexian; Huey, L Gregory; Tanner, David J; Li, Jianfeng; Ng, Nga Lee; Wang, Yuhang


    Hydroperoxyl radical (HO2) is a key species to atmospheric chemistry. At warm temperatures, the hydroperoxyl radical (HO2) and NO2 come to a rapid steady state with pernitric acid (HO2NO2). This paper presents the derivation of HO2 from observations of HO2NO2 and NO2 in metropolitan Atlanta, US in winter 2014 and summer 2015. HO2 was observed to have a diurnal cycle with morning concentrations suppressed by high NO from the traffic. At night, derived HO2 levels were nonzero and exhibited correlations with O3 and NO3, consistent with previous studies that ozonolysis and oxidation by NO3 are sources of nighttime HO2. Measured and model calculated HO2 were in reasonable agreement: Without the constraint of measured HO2NO2 , the model reproduced HO2 with a model-to-observed ratio (M/O) 1.27 (r = 0.54) for winter, 2014, and 0.70 (r = 0.80) for summer, 2015. Adding measured HO2NO2 as a constraint, the model predicted HO2 with M/O = 1.13 ((r = 0.77) for winter 2014, and 0.90 ((r = 0.97) for summer 2015. These results demonstrate the feasibility of deriving HO2 from HO2NO2 measurements in warm regions where HO2NO2 has a short lifetime.

  15. Treatment of ureteral stones: A prospective randomized controlled trial on comparison of Ho:YAG laser and pneumatic lithotripsy

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    Robab Maghsoudi


    Full Text Available Objectives: To study the treatment of ureteric stones by HO:YAG laser lithotripsy and pneumatic lithotripsy and to evaluate the results of the two treatment modalities to assess effectiveness and complications. Materials and Methods: Over 1-year period, a total of 79 patients with 82 ureteral stones were randomized into two groups. In group 1 (39 cases with 41 ureteral stones ureteroscopic HO:YAG laser lithotripsy was performed using a rigid 8 Fr-ureteroscope (LL group. In group 2 (40 cases with 41 ureteral stones pneumatic lithotripsy was performed in like manner. Efficacy safety and complications in both groups were analyzed. Results: A total of 79 patients with 82 calculi were treated. Two cases in LL group and one in PL group had bilateral ureteral stones. Mean stone size was 12.07 mm in LL group and 10.2 mm in PL group. Stones located in lower ureter in 30 cases on LL group and 29 cases in PL group. Proximal migration of stone occurred in 1 case on LL group and in 3 cases on PL group. Successful fragmentation occurred in 37 cases on LL group and in 30 cases on PL group. Stone-free rate after 1 month in the base of Kidney Ureter Bladder (KUB and sonography was 95% in LL group and 80.5% in PL group. Ureteral perforation, urinoma, and urosepsis were not seen in both groups. Conclusion: HO:YAG laser has advantages over PL in high efficacy of stone fragmentation and a low-retrograde migration of ureteral stone treatment. Other complication of ureteral stone treatment with LL and PL are the same and very rare.

  16. Relationships between NOS2 and HO-1 in liver of rats with chronic bile duct ligation. (United States)

    Flores, Olga; Criado, Manuela; Sánchez-Rodríguez, Angel; Hidalgo, Froilán; Collía, Francisco; López-Novoa, José Miguel; Esteller, Alejandro


    An increased expression and activity of the heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) in the liver has been observed in models of hepatic damage. Nitric oxide (NO) seems to be involved in HO-1 regulation. The aim of this work is to assess HO-1 induction and heme oxygenase (HO) activity in rats with bile duct ligation (BDL). We have assessed the effect of chronic inhibition of the NO synthesis by N(G)-nitro-l-arginine methyl ester (l-NAME) on HO-1 induction and HO activity. In the BDL animals, compared with sham-operated ones, we found an increased plasma nitrite and bilirubin concentration, and a marked liver expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase and HO-1, assessed by both Western blot and immunohistochemistry. Chronic l-NAME treatment prevented plasma nitrite increase in animals subjected to BDL. BDL animals treated with l-NAME, compared with untreated BDL rats, showed an important decrease in HO-1 expression and in HO activity (assessed as a decreased plasma bilirubin and bilirubin excretion). In conclusion, our experiments show parallel changes in expression and activity of HO-1 and NOS2 activity in the BDL model of liver damage and suggest that increased NO production is involved in HO-1 overexpression.

  17. Návrh malého vodního zdroje


    Pušec, Daniel


    Vodní energie, ať už v malém či velkém měřítku je možná z hlediska celosvětové produkce nejdůležitější forma obnovitelného zdroje elektrické energie, pokrývající zhruba 19% její výroby. Malé vodní vodní elektrárny patří mezi nejefektivnější, co se investice a návratnosti týká i co do šetrnosti k životnímu prostředí. V současné době instalovaný výkon vodních zdrojů elektrické energie v Evropské unii čítá zhruba 180GW (nezahrnující přečerpávací vodní elektrárny), ale téměř 90% je pokryto z velk...

  18. A basic study of the interstitial laser prostatectomy using pulsed holmium: yttrium-aluminium-garnet (Ho:YAG) laser

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    Daidoh, Yuichiro [National Defenese Medical Coll., Tokorozawa, Saitama (Japan)


    The efficacy of interstitial laser irradiation with a pulsed Ho:YAG laser ({lambda}: 2.1 {mu}m) was evaluated in the normal canine prostate. Pathological studies were performed up to 6 months after interstitial laser irradiation in 26 mongrel dogs. Two dogs without irradiation were as controls (control group). Prostate glands of the other 24 dogs were irradiated interstitially with a Ho:YAG laser. Four prostates were irradiated with 150-175 J/cm{sup 2} in fluence (low-fluence group) and 19 were irradiated with 500-600 J/cm{sup 2} in fluence (high-fluence group). Prostates glands were excised immediately, 1, 2, 3, or 6 months after irradiation and examined histologically. To investigate the influence of interstitial irradiation with a Ho:YAG laser on smooth muscle and/or on the adrenergic activity of the prostate, we also measured changes in intraluminal pressure of the prostatic urethra upon administration of epinephrine (10 {mu}g/kg) in 6 dogs before and after irradiation. In only the high-fluence group, smooth muscles and small vessels surrounded the ablated hole were destroyed, but the thickness of the thermal coagulation layer was only approximately 0.2 mm. These findings suggested that damage to the small vessels and smooth muscle may have been caused by laser-induced stress waves rather than by a thermal effect. In the high-fluence group, huge cavities were created in the laser-irradiated prostate gland 1 or 2 months after irradiation, prostatic volume was reduced, the cavities collapsed and prostatic volume was reduced by up to 50% at 6 months post-procedure. The prostatic urethra expanded following the reduction in volume. The maximal intraluminal change in pressure of the prostatic urethra decreased significantly after laser irradiation. Results indicate that interstitial irradiation of the prostate with a Ho:YAG laser with high-fluence may relieve the anatomical and functional obstruction of the prostatic urethra in benign prostatic hyperplasia. (H.O.).

  19. Sulforaphane protects rodent retinas against ischemia-reperfusion injury through the activation of the Nrf2/HO-1 antioxidant pathway.

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    Hong Pan

    Full Text Available Retinal ischemia-reperfusion (I/R injury induces oxidative stress, leukocyte infiltration, and neuronal cell death. Sulforaphane (SF, which can be obtained in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, exerts protective effects in response to oxidative stress in various tissues. These effects can be initiated through nuclear factor E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2-mediated induction of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1. This investigation was designed to elucidate the neural protective mechanisms of SF in the retinal I/R rat model. Animals were intraperitoneally (i.p. injected with SF (12.5 mg/kg or vehicle (corn oil once a day for 7 consecutive days. Then, retinal I/R was made by elevating the intraocular pressure (IOP to 130 mmHg for 1 h. To determine if HO-1 was involved in the Nrf2 antioxidant pathway, rats were subjected to protoporphyrin IX zinc (II (ZnPP, 30 mg/kg, i.p. treatments at 24 h before retinal ischemia. The neuroprotective effects of SF were assessed by determining the morphology of the retina, counting the infiltrating inflammatory cells and the surviving retinal ganglion cells (RGCs and amacrine cells, and measuring apoptosis in the retinal layers. The expression of Nrf2 and HO-1 was studied by immunofluorescence analysis and western blotting. I/R induced a marked increase of ROS generation, caused pronounced inflammation, increased the apoptosis of RGCs and amacrine cells and caused the thinning of the inner retinal layer (IRL, and these effects were diminished or abolished by SF pretreatment. Meanwhile, SF pretreatment significantly elevated the nuclear accumulation of Nrf2 and the level of HO-1 expression in the I/R retinas; however, ZnPP reversed the protective effects of SF on I/R retinas. Together, we offer direct evidence that SF had protective effects on I/R retinas, which could be attributed, at least in part, to the activation of the Nrf2/HO-1 antioxidant pathway.

  20. Atomic distribution, local structure and cation size effect in o-R1-xCaxMnO3 (R = Dy, Y, and Ho). (United States)

    Jiang, Ning; Zhang, X; Yu, Yi


    We propose new interatomic potentials for the small rare-earth-based orthorhombic RMnO3 (R = Dy, Y, Ho), which accurately model the structural properties of these extreme cases of lanthanide manganate series. They are further employed to investigate the intrinsic defects in o-RMnO3 and the cation distribution and local structure in o-R1-xCaxMnO3 (R = Dy, Y, Ho). Schottky disorders are found to be the dominant structural defects, and the possibility of a small degree of anti-site disorder of R and Mn ions over A and B sites is found. The introduced Ca dopants tend to form chemically and structurally like CaMnO3 clusters in the lightly doped system, which can be regarded as representations of microscopic phase separation. The local structural disorder is reduced with increasing doping density. For o-R0.5Ca0.5MnO3 (R = Dy, Y, Ho), the charge ordering state is intrinsically favored, and the layer stripe model is shown to be energetically more favorable and structurally more reasonable. Moreover, the tendency to form charge ordered stripes increases with the decrease of R size. The local structure in the layer stripe pattern deviates largely from the average structure: RMnO3-like and CaMnO3-like layers are formed. The size of R ion has a significant influence on the doping effect on Jahn-Teller (JT) distortion and a manganate with a larger R will experience a larger reduction on the anisotropy of Mn-O bonds in Mn(3+)O6 octahedra. However, the change of octahedral tilting upon doping does not vary much with R radii.

  1. The upconversion luminescence and magnetism in Yb3+/Ho3+ co-doped LaF3 nanocrystals for potential bimodal imaging (United States)

    Syamchand, Sasidharanpillai S.; George, Sony


    Biocompatible upconversion nanoparticles with multifunctional properties can serve as potential nanoprobes for multimodal imaging. Herein, we report an upconversion nanocrystal based on lanthanum fluoride which is developed to address the imaging modalities, upconversion luminescence imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Lanthanide ions (Yb3+ and Ho3+) doped LaF3 nanocrystals (LaF3 Yb3+/Ho3+) are fabricated through a rapid microwave-assisted synthesis. The hexagonal phase LaF3 nanocrystals exhibit nearly spherical morphology with average diameter of 9.8 nm. The inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) analysis estimated the doping concentration of Yb3+ and Ho3+ as 3.99 and 0.41%, respectively. The nanocrystals show upconversion luminescence when irradiated with near-infrared (NIR) photons of wavelength 980 nm. The emission spectrum consists of bands centred at 542, 645 and 658 nm. The stronger green emission at 542 nm and the weak red emissions at 645 and 658 nm are assigned to 5S2 → 5I8 and 5F5 → 5I8 transitions of Ho3+, respectively. The pump power dependence of luminescence intensity confirmed the two-photon upconversion process. The nanocrystals exhibit paramagnetism due to the presence of lanthanide ion dopant Ho3+ and the magnetization is 19.81 emu/g at room temperature. The nanocrystals exhibit a longitudinal relaxivity ( r 1) of 0.12 s-1 mM-1 and transverse relaxivity ( r 2) of 28.18 s-1 mM-1, which makes the system suitable for developing T2 MRI contrast agents based on holmium. The LaF3 Yb3+/Ho3+ nanocrystals are surface modified by PEGylation to improve biocompatibility and enhance further functionalisation. The PEGylated nanocrystals are found to be non-toxic up to 50 μg/mL for 48 h of incubation, which is confirmed by the MTT assay as well as morphological studies in HeLa cells. The upconversion luminescence and magnetism together with biocompatibility enables the adaptability of the present system as a nanoprobe for potential

  2. Effects of Mg2+ on Ca2+ handling by the sarcoplasmic reticulum in skinned skeletal and cardiac muscle fibres. (United States)

    Kabbara, A A; Stephenson, D G


    The influence of myoplasmic Mg2+ (0.05-10 mM) on Ca2+ accumulation (net Ca2+ flux) and Ca2+ uptake (pump-driven Ca2+ influx) by the intact sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) was studied in skinned fibres from the toad iliofibularis muscle (twitch portion), rat extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscle (fast twitch), rat soleus muscle (slow twitch) and rat cardiac trabeculae. Ca2+ accumulation was optimal between 1 and 3 mM Mg2+ in toad fibres and reached a plateau between 1 and 10 mM Mg2+ in the rat EDL fibres and between 3 and 10 mM Mg2+ in the rat cardiac fibres. In soleus fibres, optimal Ca2+ accumulation occurred at 10 mM Mg2+. The same trend was obtained with all preparations at 0.3 and 1 microM Ca2+. Experiments with 2,5-di-(tert-butyl)-1,4-benzohydroquinone, a specific inhibitor of the Ca2+ pump, revealed a marked Ca2+ efflux from the SR of toad iliofibularis fibres in the presence of 0.2 microM Ca2+ and 1 mM Mg2+. Further experiments indicated that the SR Ca2+ leak could be blocked by 10 microM ruthenium red without affecting the SR Ca2+ pump and this allowed separation between SR Ca2+ uptake and SR Ca2+ accumulation. At 0.3 microM Ca2+, Ca2+ uptake was optimal with 1 mM Mg2+ in the toad iliofibularis and rat EDL fibres and between 1 and 10 mM Mg2+ in the rat soleus and trabeculae preparations. At higher [Ca2+] (1 microM), Ca2+ uptake was optimal with 1 mM Mg2+ in the iliofibularis fibres and between 1 and 3 mM Mg2+ in the EDL fibres.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  3. Energy transfer upconversion in Ho sup 3 sup + and Ho sup 3 sup + , Yb sup 3 sup + doped CdF sub 2 crystals

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    Zhang Xia; Mary, G


    A comparative spectroscopic study for Ho sup 3 sup + and Ho sup 3 sup + , Yb sup 3 sup + doped CdF sub 2 crystals has been realised at liquid nitrogen temperature. The Ho sup 3 sup + single-doped sample shows principally blue emission corresponding to the sup 5 F sub 3-> sup 5 I sub g transition, whereas the Ho sup 3 sup + , Yb sup 3 sup + codoped sample gives rise to a very efficient green emission which is ascribed to the sup 5 F sub 4 , sup 5 S sub 2-> sup 5 I sub g transition. The total integrated upconversion emission intensity (including blue and green emissions) for the codoped crystal is three times more intense than that of the Ho sup 3 sup + doped one, while the ratio for green emission rises to 27. The green emission in the codoped sample results mainly from the Ho sup 3 sup + -Yb sup 3 sup + mixed centre, whereas the blue emission is essentially due to the Ho sup 3 sup + -Ho sup 3 sup + pair. Two energy transfer upconversion mechanisms have been proposed and are discussed in the paper. (author)

  4. Vliv legis arbitri na uznání a výkon cizího rozhodčího nálezu


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    Tato publikace se zabývá vymezením pojmu lex arbitri, jeho rolí ve fázi průběhu rozhodčího řízení a zejména jeho vlivem ve fázi uznání a výkonu rozhodčího nálezu. Publikace si klade dva cíle, z nichž dosažení prvního podmiňuje naplnění druhého. Prvním cílem publikace je vymezení pojmu lex arbitri, jeho identifikace pro případ konkrétního rozhodčího řízení a jeho role ve fázi průběhu rozhodčího řízení. Druhým cílem je pak zhodnocení působení lex arbitri ve fázi uznání a výkonu rozhodčího nález...

  5. Ho:YLF & Ho:LuLF slab amplifier system delivering 200 mJ, 2 µm single-frequency pulses

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    Strauss, HJ


    Full Text Available A single-frequency single-pass amplifier based on Ho:YLF and Ho:LuLF in a scalable slab architecture delivering up to 210 mJ at 2064 nm is demonstrated. The amplifier was end-pumped by a 1890 nm Tm:YLF slab laser and was seeded with a 69 mJ single...

  6. Isolation of {sup 163}Ho from dysprosium target material by HPLC for neutrino mass measurements

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    Mocko, Veronika; Taylor, Wayne A.; Nortier, Francois M.; Engle, Jonathan W.; Pollington, Anthony D.; Kunde, Gerd J.; Rabin, Michael W.; Birnbaum, Eva R. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (United States). Chemistry Div.; Barnhart, Todd E.; Nickles, Robert J. [Univ. Wisconsinn, Madison, WI (United States). Dept. of Medical Physics


    The rare earth isotope {sup 163}Ho is of interest for neutrino mass measurements. This report describes the isolation of {sup 163}Ho from a proton-irradiated dysprosium target and its purification. A Dy metal target was irradiated with 16 MeV protons for 10 h. After target dissolution, {sup 163}Ho was separated from the bulk Dy via cation-exchange high performance liquid chromatography using 70 mmol dm{sup -3} α-hydroxyisobutyric acid as the mobile phase. Subsequent purification of the collected Ho fraction was performed to remove the α-hydroxyisobutyrate chelating agent and to concentrate the Ho in a low ionic strength aqueous matrix. The final solution was characterized by MC-ICP-MS to determine the {sup 163}Ho/{sup 165}Ho ratio, {sup 163}Ho and the residual Dy content. The HPLC purification process resulted in a decontamination factor 1.4 x 10{sup 5} for Dy. The isolated Ho fraction contained 24.8 ± 1.3 ng of {sup 163}Ho corresponding to holmium recovery of 72 ± 3%.

  7. The LLAMA 12 m mm/sub-mm radiotelescope in the Andes (United States)

    Lepine, Jacques; Edemundo Arnal, Marcelo; de Graauw, Thijs; Abraham, Zulema; Gimenez de Castro, Guillermo; de Gouveia Dal Pino, Elisabete; Morras, Ricardo; Larrarte, Juan; Viramontes, José; Finger, Ricardo; Kooi, Jacob; Reeves, Rodrigo; Beaklini, Pedro


    LLAMA (Large Latin American Millimetric Array) is a joint Argentinean-Brazilian project of a 12m mm/sub-mm radio telescope similar to the APEX antenna, to be installed at a site at 4800 m altitude near San Antonio de Los Cobres in the Salta Province in Argentine, at 150 km from ALMA. The scientific cases for single dish and VLBI observations include black holes and accretion disks, the molecular evolution of interstellar clouds, the structure of the Galaxy, the formation of galaxies, and much more. The antenna was ordered to the company Vertex Antennentechnik in June 2014, and the construction is progressing quickly; it will be installed at the site in 2016. The radio telescope will be equipped with up to six receivers covering bands similar to those of ALMA. Cryostats with room for 3 cartridges, constructed by NAOJ (Tokyo,Japan), will be installed in each of the two Nasmyth cabins. Among the first receivers we will have an ALMA band 9 provided by NOVA (Groningen, Holland) and a band 5 from the Chalmers University (Sweden). Other receivers are still being discussed at the time of submission of this abstract,At high frequencies, VLBI observations at high frequencies could be made with ALMA, APEX and ASTE, and Northern radiotelescopes. In this way, LLAMA will be a seed for a Latin-American VLBI network.

  8. A lambda = 1.3 mm and 2 mm molecular line survey towards M82

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    Aladro, Rebeca; Martín-Pintado, Jesús; Mauersberger, Rainer; Henkel, Christian; Ocaña, Breezy; Amo-Baladrón, Arancha


    We study the chemical complexity towards the central parts of the starburst galaxy M82, and investigate the role of certain molecules as tracers of the physical processes in the galaxy circumnuclear region. We carried out a spectral line survey with the IRAM-30m telescope towards the northeastern molecular lobe of M82. It covers the frequency range between 129.8 GHz and 175.0 GHz in the 2 mm atmospheric window, and between 241.0 GHz and 260.0 GHz in the 1.3 mm atmospheric window. Sixty-nine spectral features corresponding to 18 different molecular species are identified. In addition, three hydrogen recombination lines are detected. The species NO, H2S, H2CS, NH2CN, and CH3CN are detected for the first time in this galaxy. Assuming local thermodynamic equilibrium, we determine the column densities of all the detected molecules. We also calculated upper limits to the column densities of fourteen other important, but undetected, molecules, such as SiO, HNCO, or OCS. We compare the chemical composition of the two...

  9. Theoretical Studies on N2H+O Reaction

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    L(U) Ying-wen; L(U) Wen-cai; SU Zhong-min


    The N2H+O potential energy profile was studied at the CCSD(T)/6-311G++(dfp)//MP2/6-311G(d,p) level.Reactions associated with four intermediates(cis-HNNO, trans-HNNO, NNHO, and NNOH) were investigated. The results indicate that N2H+O reaction toward H+N2O is more favored than that toward N2+OH, consistent with previous experimental studies. The pathways for the two reactions are found to go through cis-HNNO, transition state, and finally to the products. The N2H+O→NH+NO reaction was studied in detail. Product NO in such a reaction is likely to occur via cis-HNNO, followed by trans-HNNO, and finally dissociates into NH+NO. These results suggest that N2H+O→NH+NO is an important channel in NO production.

  10. Gravitational collapse in Ho\\v{r}ava-Lifshitz theory

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    Greenwald, Jared; Satheeshkumar, V H; Wang, Anzhong


    We study gravitational collapse of a spherical fluid in Ho\\v{r}ava-Lifshitz theory with the projectability condition and an arbitrary coupling constant $\\lambda$, where $|\\lambda - 1|$ characterizes the deviation of the theory from general relativity in the infrared limit. The junction conditions across the surface of a collapsing star are derived under the (minimal) assumption that the junctions be mathematically meaningful in terms of generalized functions. When the collapsing star is made of a homogeneous and isotropic perfect fluid, {and} the external region is described by a stationary spacetime, the problem reduces to the matching of six independent conditions. When the perfect fluid is pressureless (a dust fluid), it is found that such matching is possible only in the case $\\lambda = 1$. In this case, the external spacetime is described by the Schwarzschild (anti-) de Sitter solution written in Painlev\\'e-Gullstrand coordinates. Our treatment can be easily generalized to other versions of Ho\\v{r}ava-Li...

  11. Chloroquine Inhibits Ca2+ Signaling in Murine CD4+ Thymocytes

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    Jin-Chao Xu


    Full Text Available Background/Aims: Bitter-tasting chloroquine can suppress T cell activation by inhibiting Ca2+ signaling. However, the mechanism of inhibition remains largely unclear. Methods: In this study, CD4+ T cells were isolated from the thymus, and the calcium content of CD4+ thymocytes was measured using fura-2 AM and a TILL imaging system. Pyrazole-3 (Pyr3, thapsigargin (TG, and caffeine were used to assess the effects of chloroquine on the intracellular Ca2+ content of CD4+ T cells. Results: In murine CD4+ thymocytes, chloroquine decreased the TG-triggered intracellular Ca2+ increase in a dose-dependent manner. In the absence of chloroquine under Ca2+-free conditions (0 mM Ca2+ and 0.5 mM EGTA, TG induced a transient Ca2+ increase. After restoration of the extracellular Ca2+ concentration to 2 mM, a dramatic Ca2+ increase occurred. This elevation was completely blocked by chloroquine and was markedly inhibited by Pyr3, a selective antagonist of transient receptor potential C3 (TRPC3 channel and stromal interaction molecule (STIM/Orai channel. Furthermore, the TG-induced transient Ca2+ increase under Ca2+-free conditions was eliminated in the presence of chloroquine. Chloroquine also blocked the dialyzed inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3-induced intracellular Ca2+ increase. However, chloroquine was not able to decrease the caffeine-induced Ca2+ increase. Conclusion: These data indicate that chloroquine inhibits the elevation of intracellular Ca2+ in thymic CD4+ T cells by inhibiting IP3 receptor-mediated Ca2+ release from intracellular stores and TRPC3 channel-mediated and/or STIM/Orai channel-mediated Ca2+ influx.

  12. Consumer Behaviour. Case: iPhone Ho Chi Minh City


    Tran, Thi Xuan Oanh


    The main aim of this thesis is to figure out the factors that have influenced consumer behaviour of young iPhone users in Ho Chi Minh City. In this study, the author draw a conclusion based on the data collected from the survey and proposed some feasible recommendations for Apple and other high-end smartphone companies to understand their consumers and enhance brand equity. For the secondary data, a variety of theories, including consumers’ characteristics, promotion and the decision mak...

  13. Identical gamma-vibrational bands in {sup 165}Ho

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    Radford, D.C.; Galindo-Uribarri, A.; Janzen, V.P. [Chalk River Labs., Ontario (Canada)] [and others


    The structure of {sup 165}Ho at moderate spins has been investigated by means of Coulomb excitation. Two {gamma}-vibrational bands (K{sup {pi}} = 11/2{sup {minus}} and K{sup {pi}} = 3/2{sup {minus}}) are observed, with very nearly identical in-band {gamma}-ray energies. Gamma-ray branching ratios are analyzed to extract information on Coriolis mixing, and the role of the K quantum number in identical bands is discussed.

  14. Effects of the removal of extracellular Ca2+ on [Ca2+]i responses to FCCP and acetate in carotid body glomus cells of adult rabbits. (United States)

    Sato, M


    The effects of the removal of extracellular Ca2+ on the responses of cytosolic concentrations of Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i) to acidic stimuli, a protonophore carbonyl cyanide p-trifluoromethoxyphenylhydrazone (FCCP) and an organic acid acetate, were examined in clusters of cultured carotid body glomus cells of adult rabbits using fura-2 microfluorometry. Application of FCCP (1 microM) induced an increase in [Ca2+]i (mean +/- S.E.M., 108 +/- 14%). After withdrawal of the protonophore the increased [Ca2+]i returned slowly to a resting level. The [Ca2+]i response was attenuated by an inorganic Ca2+ channel antagonist Ni2+ (2 mM) by 81 +/- 4%, and by an L-type voltage-gated Ca2+ channel antagonist D600 (10 microM) by 53 +/- 13%. The removal of extracellular Ca2+ eliminated the [Ca2+]i response in 71% of the tested cells (n = 17), and depressed it by 68 +/- 6% in the rest. Recovery following stimulation with FCCP in the absence of Ca2+ reversibly produced a rapid and large rise in [Ca2+]i, referred to as a [Ca2+]i rise after Ca2+-free/FCCP. The magnitude of a [Ca2+]i rise after Ca2+-free/FCCP (285 +/- 28%, P < 0.05) was larger than that of an increase in [Ca2+]i induced by FCCP in the presence of Ca2+ and had a correlation with the intensity of the suppression of the [Ca2+]i response by Ca2+ removal. A [Ca2+]i rise after Ca2+-free/FCCP was inhibited mostly by D600. Similarly, recovery following exposure to acetate in the absence of Ca2+ caused a rise in [Ca2+]i, referred to as a [Ca2+]i rise after Ca2+-free/acetate which was sensitive to D600. The magnitude of the [Ca2+]i rise was larger than that of a change in [Ca2+]i caused by acetate in the presence of Ca2+. These results suggest that FCCP-induced increase in [Ca2+]i was, in most cells, due to Ca2+ influx via L-type voltage-gated Ca2+ channels and, in some cells, due to both Ca2+ influx and Ca2+ release from internal Ca2+ pool. The removal of extracellular Ca2+ might modify [Ca2+]i responses to acidic stimuli, causing [Ca2+]i

  15. Teaching Evolutionary Mechanisms: Genetic Drift and M&M's. (United States)

    Staub, Nancy L.


    Describes a classroom activity that teaches the mechanism of genetic drift to undergraduates. Illustrates a number of concepts that are critical in developing evolution literacy by sampling M&M milk chocolate candies. (MM)

  16. Spectral Line Survey toward Young Massive Protostar NGC 2264 CMM3 in the 4 mm, 3 mm, and 0.8 mm Bands

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    Watanabe, Yoshimasa; Lopez-Sepulcre, Ana; Furuya, Ryuta; Sakai, Takeshi; Hirota, Tomoya; Liu, Sheng-Yuan; Su, Yu-Nung; Yamamoto, Satoshi


    Spectral line survey observations are conducted toward the high-mass protostar candidate NGC 2264 CMM3 in the 4 mm, 3 mm, and 0.8 mm bands with the Nobeyama 45 m telescope and the Atacama Submillimeter Telescope Experiment (ASTE) 10 m telescope. In total, 265 emission lines are detected in the 4 mm and 3 mm bands, and 74 emission lines in the 0.8 mm band. As a result, 36 molecular species and 30 isotopologues are identified. In addition to the fundamental molecular species, many emission lines of carbon-chain molecules such as HC5N, C4H, CCS, and C3S are detected in the 4 mm and 3 mm bands. Deuterated molecular species are also detected with relatively strong intensities. On the other hand, emission lines of complex organic molecules such as HCOOCH3, and CH3OCH3 are found to be weak. For the molecules for which multiple transitions are detected, rotation temperatures are derived to be 7-33 K except for CH3OH. Emission lines with high upper-state energies (Eu > 150 K) are detected for CH3OH, indicating existen...

  17. Er3+/Ho3+-Codoped Fluorotellurite Glasses for 2.7 µm Fiber Laser Materials

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    Junjie Zhang


    Full Text Available This work reports the enhanced emission at 2.7 µm in Er3+/Ho3+-codoped fluorotellurite glass upon a conventional 980 nm laser diode. The significantly reduced green upconversion and 1.5 µm emission intensity in Er3+/Ho3+-codoped samples are observed. The results suggest that the Er3+: 4I13/2 state can be efficiently depopulated via energy transfer from Er3+ to Ho3+ and the detailed energy transfer mechanisms are discussed qualitatively. The energy transfer efficiency from Er3+: 4I13/2 to Ho3+: 5I7 is calculated to be as high as 67.33%. The calculated emission cross-section in Er3+/Ho3+-codoped fluorotellurite glass is 1.82 × 10−20 cm2. This suggests that Er3+/Ho3+-codoped fluorotellurite glass is a potential material for 2.7 µm fiber laser.

  18. TumorHoPe: a database of tumor homing peptides.

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    Pallavi Kapoor

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Cancer is responsible for millions of immature deaths every year and is an economical burden on developing countries. One of the major challenges in the present era is to design drugs that can specifically target tumor cells not normal cells. In this context, tumor homing peptides have drawn much attention. These peptides are playing a vital role in delivering drugs in tumor tissues with high specificity. In order to provide service to scientific community, we have developed a database of tumor homing peptides called TumorHoPe. DESCRIPTION: TumorHoPe is a manually curated database of experimentally validated tumor homing peptides that specifically recognize tumor cells and tumor associated microenvironment, i.e., angiogenesis. These peptides were collected and compiled from published papers, patents and databases. Current release of TumorHoPe contains 744 peptides. Each entry provides comprehensive information of a peptide that includes its sequence, target tumor, target cell, techniques of identification, peptide receptor, etc. In addition, we have derived various types of information from these peptide sequences that include secondary/tertiary structure, amino acid composition, and physicochemical properties of peptides. Peptides in this database have been found to target different types of tumors that include breast, lung, prostate, melanoma, colon, etc. These peptides have some common motifs including RGD (Arg-Gly-Asp and NGR (Asn-Gly-Arg motifs, which specifically recognize tumor angiogenic markers. TumorHoPe has been integrated with many web-based tools like simple/complex search, database browsing and peptide mapping. These tools allow a user to search tumor homing peptides based on their amino acid composition, charge, polarity, hydrophobicity, etc. CONCLUSION: TumorHoPe is a unique database of its kind, which provides comprehensive information about experimentally validated tumor homing peptides and their target cells. This

  19. Kinetics of HO2 + HO2 -> H2O2 + O2: Implications for Stratospheric H2O2 (United States)

    Christensen, L. E.; Okumura, M.; Sander, S. P.; Salawitch, R. J.; Toon, G. C.; Sen, B.; Blavier, J.-F.; Jucks, K. W.


    The reaction HO2 + HO2 -> H2O2 + O2refid="df01" type="formula">(1) has been studied at 100 Torr and 222 K to 295 K. Experiments employing photolysis of Cl2/CH3OH/O2/N2 and F2/H2/O2/N2 gas mixtures to produce HO2 confirmed that methanol enhanced the observed reaction rate. At 100 Torr, zero methanol, k1 = (8.8 +/- 0.9) 10-13 × exp[(210 +/- 26)/T] cm3 molecule-1 s-1 (2σ uncertainties), which agrees with current recommendations at 295 K but is nearly 2 times slower at 231 K. The general expression for k1, which includes the dependence on bath gas density, is k1 = (1.5 +/- 0.2) × 10-12 × exp[(19 +/- 31)/T] + 1.7 × 10-33 × [M] × exp[1000/T], where the second term is taken from the JPL00-3 recommendation. The revised rate largely accounts for a discrepancy between modeled and measured [H2O2] in the lower to middle stratosphere.

  20. Insights into the photochemical transformation pathways of triclosan and 2′-HO-BDE-28

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    Zhang, Ya-nan; Xie, Qing; Chen, Jingwen, E-mail:; Li, Yingjie; Fu, Zhiqiang


    Highlights: • Direct photolysis of anionic HO-PXDEs occurs through excited singlet states. • Dioxin products are formed from excited singlet states of HO-PXDEs. • Self-sensitized photolysis is involved in the phototransformation of HO-PXDEs. • {sup 1} O{sub 2} and ·OH can be generated in energy or electron transfer reactions between excited HO-PXDEs and dissolved O{sub 2}. - Abstract: Hydroxylated polyhalogenated diphenyl ethers (HO-PXDEs) have been recognized as a group of widely detected emerging contaminants in natural waters. Photolysis was proved to be an important transformation pathway for these compounds and their direct phototransformation results in highly toxic dioxins. However, the roles of excited states and reactive oxygen species in the photochemical transformation of these compounds are still unclear. In this study, 2′-HO-2,4,4′-trichlorodiphenyl ether (triclosan) and 2′-HO-2,4,4′-tribromodiphenyl ether (2′-HO-BDE-28) were selected as model compounds to investigate their phototransformation processes. Results showed that the direct photolysis reactions of both triclosan and 2′-HO-BDE-28 occurred via their respective excited singlet states, leading to the generation of dioxins. In addition, the energy and electron transfer reactions between excited states of model compounds and molecular O{sub 2} can lead to the generation of {sup 1}O{sub 2} and ·OH, which results in self-sensitized photolysis. We also found that both the k, Φ dioxin yield for anionic triclosan were higher than those of anionic 2′-HO-BDE-28. This study revealed the roles of the excited states in direct photolysis and the generation pathway of reactive oxygen species in self-sensitized photolysis of HO-PXDEs, which is important for understanding the phototransformation mechanisms of HO-PXDEs.

  1. Continuous-wave operation of a room-temperature Tm: YAP-pumped Ho: YAG laser

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    We report a continuous-wave (CW) 2.1-μm Ho:YAG laser operating at room temperature pumped by a diode-pumped 1.94-?m Tm:YAP laser.The maximum output power of 1.5 W is obtained from Ho:YAG laser,corresponding to Tm-to-Ho slope efficiency of 17.9% and diode-to-He conversion efficiency of 5.6%.

  2. Mapping Ground Subsidence Phenomena in Ho Chi Minh City through the Radar Interferometry Technique Using ALOS PALSAR Data

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    Dinh Ho Tong Minh


    Full Text Available The rapidly developing urbanization since the last decade of the 20th century has led to extensive groundwater extraction, resulting in subsidence in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Recent advances in multi-temporal spaceborne SAR interferometry, especially with a persistent scatters interferometry (PSI approach, has made this a robust remote sensing technique for measuring large-scale ground subsidence with millimetric accuracy. This work has presented an advanced PSI analysis, to provide an unprecedented spatial extent and continuous temporal coverage of the subsidence in Ho Chi Minh City from 2006 to 2010. The study shows that subsidence is most severe in the Holocene silt loam areas along the Sai Gon River and in the southwest of the city. The groundwater extraction resulting from urbanization and urban growth is mainly responsible for the subsidence. Subsidence in turn leads to more flooding and water nuisance. The correlation between the reference leveling velocity and the estimated PSI result is R2 = 0.88, and the root mean square error is 4.3 (mm/year, confirming their good agreement. From 2006 to 2010, the estimation of the average subsidence rate is -8.0 mm/year, with the maximum value up to -70 mm/year. After four years, in regions along Sai Gon River and in the southwest of the city, the land has sunk up to -12 cm. If not addressed, subsidence leads to the increase of inundation, both in frequency and spatial extent. Finally, regarding climate change, the effects of subsidence should be considered as appreciably greater than those resulting from rising sea level. It is essential to consider these two factors, because the city is inhabited by more than 7.5 million people, where subsidence directly impacts urban structures and infrastructure.

  3. Simulace poslechového prostoru, azimutu a vzdálenosti zvukového zdroje pro vícekanálové ozvučovací systémy


    Orlovský, Kristián


    Táto práca je zameraná na simuláciu posluchového priestoru. Popisuje najčastejšie používanú panoramovacú metódu, ktorou je vektorová metóda. Ďalej sa zaoberá obrazovou metódou, ktorá umožňuje výpočet parametrov priamej zvukovej vlny a zvolený počet odrazených zvukových vĺn v pravouhlej miestnosti. Túto metódu porovnáva s metódou ray-tracing, taktiež často používanou. Študuje problematiku frekvenčne závislej zvukovej pohltivosti materiálov pri odrazoch zvukovej vlny od steny. Na základe týchto...

  4. Atividade antimicrobiana e antioxidante do óleo essencial de ho-sho (Cinnamomum camphora Ness e Eberm Var. Linaloolifera fujita Antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of ho-sho (Cinnamomum camphora Ness e Eberm Var. Linaloolifera fujita essential oil

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    Rogério Luis Cansian


    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve como objetivo determinar a atividade antimicrobiana e antioxidante do óleo essencial de Ho-Sho. O principal componente do óleo essencial obtido a partir de folhas da planta submetidas ao processo de hidrodestilação foi o linalol (80 a 95% m/m. O óleo essencial mostrou atividade antimicrobiana para todos os microrganismos testados, com exceção de Pseudomonas aeruginosa. A maior atividade antimicrobiana do óleo essencial sobre as bactérias testadas foi observada sobre Xanthomonas campestris (33,0 mm e a menor sobre Yersinia enterocolitica (10,5 mm. Para a concentração inibitória mínima (CIM, observou-se que todos os microrganismos apresentaram-se susceptíveis ao óleo essencial de Ho-Sho. A variação das CIM para as bactérias Gram-positivas foi de 1,00 mg.mL-1 (Streptococcus mutans a 1,75 mg.mL-1 (Staphylococcus epidermidis. Já a variação das CIM para as bactérias Gram-negativas foi de 0,625 mg.mL-1 (Citrobacter freundii a 2,50 mg.mL-1 (Shigella flexneri. Os resultados obtidos na determinação da atividade antioxidante do óleo essencial demonstram que o percentual antioxidante aumenta proporcionalmente à concentração de óleo essencial adicionado, atingindo o valor máximo de 97,49% de atividade antioxidante para a concentração de 50000 μg.mL-1.The main objective of this work was to evaluate the antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of the Ho-Sho essential oil. The major component of the essential oil obtained from the leaves submitted to hydro-distillation was linalool (80-95 wt%. The essential oil showed antimicrobial activity for all tested microorganisms, except for Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Higher antimicrobial activities over the tested bacterium were observed for Xanthomonas campestris (33.0 mm, and lower activities were obtained for Yersinia enterocolitica (10.5 mm. For the minimal inhibition concentration (MIC, it was observed that all microorganisms presented susceptibility to the Ho

  5. Superhumps in the Rarely Outbursting SU UMa-Type Dwarf Nova, HO Delphini


    Kato, T.; Nogami, D.; Moilanen, M. (Miika); Yamaoka, H.


    We observed the 1994, 1996 and 2001 outbursts of HO Del. From the detection of secure superhumps, HO Del is confirmed to be an SU UMa-type dwarf nova with a superhump period of 0.06453(6) d. Based on the recent observations and the past records, the outbursts of HO Del are found to be relatively rare, with the shortest intervals of superoutbursts being ~740 d. Among SU UMa-type dwarf novae with similar outburst intervals, the outburst amplitude (~5.0 mag) is unusually small. HO Del showed a r...

  6. Protective Effects of Inducible HO-1 on Oxygen Toxicity in Rat Brain Endothelial Microvessel Cells

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    Seung-Jun Yoo


    Full Text Available BackgroundReperfusion in ischemia is believed to generate cytotoxic oxidative stress, which mediates reperfusion injury. These stress conditions can initiate lipid peroxidation and damage to proteins, as well as promote DNA strand breaks. As biliverdin and bilirubin produced by heme oxygenase isoform 1 (HO-1 have antioxidant properties, the production of both antioxidants by HO-1 may help increase the resistance of the ischemic brain to oxidative stress. In the present study, the survival effect of HO-1 was confirmed using hemin.MethodsTo confirm the roles of HO-1, carbon monoxide, and cyclic guanosine monophosphate further in the antioxidant effect of HO-1 and bilirubin, cells were treated with cycloheximide, desferoxamine, and zinc deuteroporphyrin IX 2,4 bis glycol, respectively.ResultsHO-1 itself acted as an antioxidant. Furthermore, iron, rather than carbon monoxide, was involved in the HO-1-mediated survival effect. HO-1 activity was also important in providing bilirubin as an antioxidant.ConclusionOur results suggested that HO-1 helped to increase the resistance of the ischemic brain to oxidative stress.

  7. [hHO-1 structure prediction and its mutant construct, expression, purification and activity analysis]. (United States)

    Xia, Zhen Wei; Cui, Wen Jun; Zhou, Wen Pu; Zhang, Xue Hong; Shen, Qing Xiang; Li, Yun Zhu; Yu, Shan Chang


    Human Heme Oxygenase-1 (hHO-1) is the rate-limiting enzyme in the catabolism reaction of heme, which directly regulates the concentration of bilirubin in human body. The mutant structure was simulated by Swiss-pdbviewer procedure, which showed that the structure of active pocket was changed distinctly after Ala25 substituted for His25 in active domain, but the mutated enzyme still binded with heme. On the basis of the results, the expression vectors, pBHO-1 and pBHO-1(M), were constructed, induced by IPTG and expressed in E. coli DH5alpha strain. The expression products were purified with 30%-60% saturation (NH4)2SO4 and Q-Sepharose Fast Flow column chromatography. The concentration of hHO-1 in 30%-60% saturation (NH4)2SO4 components and in fractions through twice column chromatography was 3.6-fold and 30-fold higher than that in initial product, respectively. The activity of wild hHO-1 (whHO-1) and mutant hHO-1 (deltahHO-1) showed that the activity of deltahHO-1 was reduced 91.21% compared with that of whHO-1. The study shows that His25 is of importance for the mechanism of hHO-1, and provides the possibility for effectively regulating the activity to exert biological function.

  8. A lambda 3mm and 1mm line survey toward the yellow hypergiant IRC +10420

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    Quintana-Lacaci, G; Cernicharo, J; Bujarrabal, V; Contreras, C Sánchez; Castro-Carrizo, A; Alcolea, J


    Our knowledge of the chemical properties of the circumstellar ejecta of the most massive evolved stars is particularly poor. We aim to study the chemical characteristics of the prototypical yellow hypergiant star, IRC +10420. For this purpose, we obtained full line surveys at 1 and 3mm atmospheric windows. We have identified 106 molecular emission lines from 22 molecular species. Approximately half of the molecules detected are N-bearing species, in particular HCN, HNC, CN, NO, NS, PN, and N2H+. We used rotational diagrams to derive the density and rotational temperature of the di?erent molecular species detected. We introduced an iterative method that allows us to take moderate line opacities into account. We have found that IRC +10420 presents high abundances of the N-bearing molecules compared with O-rich evolved stars. This result supports the presence of a N-rich chemistry, expected for massive stars. Our analysis also suggests a decrease of the 12C/13C ratio from \\gtrsim 7 to \\sim 3.7 in the last 3800 y...

  9. Ho{sup 3+} crystal-field levels, magnetic ordering, and magnetoelastic coupling in the chain nickelate Ho{sub 2}BaNiO{sub 5}

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    Klimin, S.A., E-mail: [Institute of Spectroscopy RAS, 142190 Moscow, Troitsk (Russian Federation); Galkin, A.S. [Institute of Spectroscopy RAS, 142190 Moscow, Troitsk (Russian Federation); Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials, 142190 Moscow, Troitsk (Russian Federation); Popova, M.N. [Institute of Spectroscopy RAS, 142190 Moscow, Troitsk (Russian Federation)


    Highlights: • First optical spectroscopic study of Ho{sub 2}BaNiO{sub 5} was done. • Quasi-doublet ground state of Ho{sup 3+} ion was found. • Magnetostriction driven change of the crystal field energies was observed. • Ho contribution into the heat capacity and magnetic susceptibility was calculated. - Abstract: Transmission spectroscopy data in wide spectral and temperature ranges are presented for Ho{sub 2}BaNiO{sub 5}. A quasi-doublet ground state of the non-Kramers Ho{sup 3+} ion, previously predicted theoretically, is confirmed experimentally for the first time. Its temperature-dependent splitting manifesting magnetic ordering at the Neél temperature T{sub N} = 49 K is discussed in the frame of the perturbation and mean-field approaches. Holmium contribution into the magnetic susceptibility χ(T) and specific heat C(T) is calculated using the spectroscopic data. The calculated contribution describes well experimental data available in literature. Analysis of shifts of the Ho{sup 3+} energy levels reveals magnetoelastic interactions in the antiferromagnetic state of Ho{sub 2}BaNiO{sub 5}.

  10. Analýza a optimalizace pneumatického systému závodního pneumobilu


    Navrátil, Lukáš


    Tato bakalářská práce se zabývá teoretickým návrhem nového pneumatického systému, který by měl vést ke zvýšení výkonu a spotřeby závodního pneumobilu Blowfish. Po teoretickém návrhu se zabývá jeho analýzou a to jak nového pneumatického obvodu, tak i starého pneumatického obvodu. Završením této práce bude účast na závodech se zmíněným pneumobilem v maďarském Egeru. V první části je popsán současný stav pneumobilu, soutěž a její pravidla. Dále jsou detailně popsány pneumatické prvky, které jsou...

  11. Role of Ca++ in Shoot Gravitropism. [avena (United States)

    Rayle, D. L.


    A cornerstone in the argument that Ca(2+) levels may regulate growth is the finding the EGTA promotes straight growth. The usual explanation for these results is that Ca(2+) chelation from cell walls results in wall loosening and thus accelerated straight growth. The ability of frozen-thawed Avena coleoptile tissue (subjected to 15g tension) to extend in response to EGTA and Quin II was examined. The EGTA when applied in weakly buffered (i.e., 0.1mM) neutral solutions initiates rapid extension. When the buffer strength is increased, similar concentrations of EGTA produce no growth response. This implies when EGTA liberated protons are released upon Ca(2+) chelation they can either initiate acid growth (low buffer conditions) or if consumed (high buffer conditions) have no effect. Thus Ca(2+) chelation in itself apparently does not result in straight growth.

  12. Judd-Ofelt analysis, frequency upconversion, and infrared photoluminescence of Ho3+-doped and Ho3+/Yb3+-codoped lead bismuth gallate oxide glasses (United States)

    Zhou, Bo; Pun, Edwin Yue-Bun; Lin, Hai; Yang, Dianlai; Huang, Lihui


    Ho3+-doped and Ho3+/Yb3+-codoped lead bismuth gallate (PBG) oxide glasses were prepared and their spectroscopic properties were investigated. The derived Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters (Ω2=6.81×10-20 cm2, Ω4=2.31×10-20 cm2, and Ω6=0.67×10-20 cm2) indicate a higher asymmetry and stronger covalent environment for Ho3+ sites in PBG glass compared with those in tellurite, fluoride (ZBLAN), and some other lead-contained glasses. Intense frequency upconversion emissions peaking at 547, 662, and 756 nm as well as infrared emissions at 1.20 and 2.05 μm in Ho3+/Yb3+-codoped PBG glass were observed, confirming that energy transfer between Yb3+ and Ho3+ takes place, and a two-phonon-assisted energy transfer from Yb3+ to Ho3+ ions was determined by the calculation using phonon sideband theory. The 1.20 μm emission observed was primarily due to the weak multiphonon deexcitation originated from the small phonon energy of PBG glass (˜535 cm-1). A large product of emission cross-section and measured lifetime (9.93×10-25 cm2 s) was obtained for the 1.20 μm emission and the gain coefficient dependence on wavelength with population inversion rate (P) was performed. The peak emission cross-section for 2.05 μm emission was calculated to be 4.75×10-21 cm2. The relative mechanism of Ho3+-doped and Ho3+/Yb3+-codoped PBG glasses on their spectroscopic properties was also discussed. Our results suggest that Ho3+/Yb3+-doped PBG glasses are a good potential candidate for the frequency upconversion devices and infrared amplifiers/lasers.

  13. A λ 3 mm and 1 mm line survey toward the yellow hypergiant IRC +10420⋆ (United States)

    Quintana-Lacaci, G.; Agúndez, M.; Cernicharo, J.; Bujarrabal, V.; Sánchez Contreras, C.; Castro-Carrizo, A.; Alcolea, J.


    Aims Our knowledge of the chemical properties of the circumstellar ejecta of the most massive evolved stars is particularly poor. We aim to study the chemical characteristics of the prototypical yellow hypergiant star, IRC +10420. For this purpose, we obtained full line surveys at 1 and 3 mm atmospheric windows. Methods We have identified 106 molecular emission lines from 22 molecular species. Approximately half of the molecules detected are N-bearing species, in particular HCN, HNC, CN, NO, NS, PN, and N2H+. We used rotational diagrams to derive the density and rotational temperature of the different molecular species detected. We introduced an iterative method that allows us to take moderate line opacities into account. Results We have found that IRC +10420 presents high abundances of the N-bearing molecules compared with O-rich evolved stars. This result supports the presence of a N-rich chemistry, expected for massive stars. Our analysis also suggests a decrease of the 12C/13C ratio from ≳ 7 to ~ 3.7 in the last 3800 years, which can be directly related to the nitrogen enrichment observed. In addition, we found that SiO emission presents a significant intensity decrease for high-J lines when compared with older observations. Radiative transfer modeling shows that this variation can be explained by a decrease in the infrared (IR) flux of the dust. The origin of this decrease might be an expansion of the dust shell or a lower stellar temperature due to the pulsation of the star. PMID:27458319

  14. Electrochemical formation of holmium-copper alloys on copper cathode in molten KCl-HoCl3

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    SU Yu-zhi; YANG Qi-qin; LIU Guan-kun


    Cyclic voltammetry, open circuit potential-time curve after potentiostatic electrolysis and potential step chronoamperometry were used to investigate the electrochemical formation processes of holmium-copper alloys on copper cathode in molten HoCl3-KCl. Intermetallic compounds HoCu5, HoCu4, HoCu2 and HoCu are formed in sequence and then the metallic Ho is deposited when Ho3+ is reduced on copper electrode in molten KCl-HoCl3 at 1 066 K. The first charge-transfer reaction is reversible. The structure of holmium-copper alloy film deposited on copper electrode by potentiostatic electrolysis was characterized by X-ray diffraction. The standard free energies of formation for the intermetallic compounds HoCu5, HoCu4, HoCu2 and HoCu are -95.5, -92.6, -73.8 and -44.0 kJ/mol, respectively. The diffusion coefficient and diffusion activation energy of Ho atom in the alloy are estimated to be 10-10-10-11 cm2/s and 75.35 kJ/mol, respectively, from the chronoamperometry data.

  15. Progress towards a MOT for CaF (United States)

    Hemmerling, Boerge; Chae, Eunmi; Drayna, Garrett K.; Hutzler, Nicholas R.; Ravi, Aakash; Ketterle, Wolfgang; Collopy, Alejandra; Hummon, Matthew; Stuhl, Benjamin; Yeo, Mark; Ye, Jun; Doyle, John M.


    We report on progress toward a magneto-optical trap (MOT) of CaF molecules. While following the same essential approach as that used to laser cool SrF and YO, we are developing direct MOT loading from a 2-stage cryogenic buffer gas beam (CBGB) source. This source has a lower forward velocity compared to the hydrodynamic CBGB source that was employed with SrF and YO. We report the creation of the first CBGB loaded MOTs, without the use of a Zeeman slower, for Ho, Yb, Er, and Tm. The slower initial beam velocity of the two-stage CBGB should aid in MOT loading of molecules, which have inherently low MOT capture velocities (~ 10 m/s). We plan to implement an AC-MOT for CaF, and report on theoretical studies and experimental progress toward that goal.

  16. The atomic structure of protons and hydrides in Sm1.92Ca0.08Sn2O7-δ pyrochlore from DFT calculations and FTIR spectroscopy

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    Bork, Nicolai Christian; Eurenius, K. E. J.; Rossmeisl, Jan


    ) oxygen atoms closely associated with a Ca dopant. Further, the unexpected presence of Ho hydride defects in undoped, oxygen deficient Sm2Sn2O7 is reported. Finally, the stretching frequencies and relative intensities for these and other sites are calculated. The main features of the Fourier transform...

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

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


    into evolutionary spectra of a characteristic set of frequencies. Non-delayed small spikes on top of sustained [Ca2+]c were synthesized by a main component frequency, 0.132+/-0.012 Hz, showing its maximal amplitude in phase with the start of depolarization (25 mM KCI) combined with caffeine (10 mM) application....... Delayed complex responses of large [Ca2+]c spiking observed in cells from a different set of cultures were synthesized by a set of frequencies within the range 0.018-0.117 Hz. Differential frequency patterns are suggested as characteristics of the [Ca2+]c spiking responses of neurons under different...

  18. Superdeformation studies in {sup 150}Tb and {sup 153}Ho

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    Nisius, D.; Janssens, R.V.F.; Crowell, B. [and others


    There are now over 40 superdeformed (SD) bands known in the A {approximately} 150 region and in most cases the properties of these bands are understood in terms of single-particle excitations in the absence of pairing. By continuing the search for new SD bands we hope to gain insight into (1) the ordering of the proton and neutron orbitals near the Fermi surface in the SD well, (2) the effects that the alignment of those orbitals has on the moments of inertia, and (3) the collective excitations in the SD well. For {sup 150}Tb, which is one proton and one neutron away from the SD doubly-magic nucleus {sup 152}Dy, it should be possible to study SD bands based on both proton and neutron hole excitations. By adding one proton to the {sup 152}Dy nucleus (i.e. {sup 153}Ho) proton excitations above the Z = 66 shell gap can be studied. These excitations are important as calculations suggested that the proton intruder orbital N = 7 might become occupied. Interactions between this orbital and a N = 5 level may result in softness towards octupole vibrations. High spin states in {sup 150}Th and {sup 153}Ho were populated using the {sup 124}Sn({sup 31}P,5n) and {sup 120}Sn({sup 37}Cl,4n) reactions, respectively. In both cases the early implementation phase of Gammasphere was used to detect the decay gamma rays and over 1 x 10{sup 9} triple and higher fold coincidence events were recorded. In {sup 150}Tb, the data analysis is complete and two new SD bands were identified. The fact that Im{sup (2)} moments of inertia are sensitive to the specific high-N intruder content of the SD bands was used to suggest configurations for the two new bands. A paper reporting these results is being prepared. For {sup 153}Ho, data analysis is still in its early stages.

  19. Ca(2+-dependent regulation of the Ca(2+ concentration in the myometrium mitochondria. II. Ca(2+ effects on mitochondria membranes polarization and [Ca(2+](m

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    L. G. Babich


    Full Text Available It is known that Ca2+ accumulation in the mitochondria undergoes complex regulation by Ca2+ itself. But the mechanisms of such regulation are still discussed. In this paper we have shown that Ca ions directly or indirectly regulate the level of myometrium mitochondria membranes polarization. The additions of 100 µM Ca2+ were accompanied by depolarization of the mitochondria membranes. The following experiments were designed to study the impact of Ca2+ on the myometrium mitochondria [Ca2+]m. Isolated myometrium mitochondria were preincubated without or with 10 μM Са2+ followed by 100 μM Са2+ addition. Experiments were conducted in three mediums: without ATP and Mg2+ (0-medium, in the presence of 3 mM Mg2+ (Mg-medium and 3 mM Mg2+ + 3 mM ATP (Mg,ATP-medium. It was shown that the effects of 10 μM Са2+ addition were different in different mediums, namely in 0- and Mg-medium the [Ca2+]m values increased, whereas in Mg,ATP-medium statistically reliable changes were not registered. Preincubation of mitochondria with 10 μM Са2+ did not affect the [Ca2+]m value after the addition of 100 μM Са2+. The [Ca2+]m values after 100 μM Са2+ addition were the same in 0- and Mg,ATP-mediums and somewhat lower in Mg-medium. Preliminary incubation of mitochondria with 10 μM Са2+ in 0- and Mg-mediums reduced changes of Fluo 4 normalized fluorescence values that were induced by 100 μM Са2+ additions, but in Mg,ATP-medium such differences were not recorded. It is concluded that Са2+ exchange in myometrium mitochondria is regulated by the concentration of Ca ions as in the external medium, so in the matrix of mitochondria. The medium composition had a significant impact on the [Са2+]m values in the absence of exogenous cation. It is suggested that light increase of [Са2+]m before the addition of 100 μM Са2+ may have a positive effect on the functional activity of the mitochondria.

  20. Chaplygin gas Hořava-Lifshitz quantum cosmology (United States)

    Ardehali, Hossein; Pedram, Pouria


    In this paper, we study the Chaplygin gas Hořava-Lifshitz quantum cosmology. Using Schutz formalism and Arnowitt-Deser-Misner decomposition, we obtain the corresponding Schrödinger-Wheeler-DeWitt equation. We obtain exact classical and quantum mechanical solutions and construct wave packets to study the time evolution of the expectation value of the scale factor for two cases. We show that unlike classical solutions and upon choosing appropriate initial conditions, the expectation value of the scale factor never tends to the singular point which exhibits the singularity-free behavior of the solutions in the quantum domain.

  1. Lifshitz holographic superconductor in Hořava–Lifshitz gravity

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    Luo, Cheng-Jian, E-mail: [Department of Physics, Nanchang University, Nanchang, 330031 (China); Center for Relativistic Astrophysics and High Energy Physics, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031 (China); Kuang, Xiao-Mei, E-mail: [Instituto de Física, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Casilla 4059, Valparaíso (Chile); Shu, Fu-Wen, E-mail: [Department of Physics, Nanchang University, Nanchang, 330031 (China); Center for Relativistic Astrophysics and High Energy Physics, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031 (China)


    We study the holographic phase transition of superconductor dual to a Lifshitz black brane probed by an anisotropic scalar field in the probe limit in Hořava–Lifshitz gravity. With the use of numerical and analytical method, we investigate how the critical temperature of the condensation is affected by the Lifshitz exponent z, α-correction term in the action as well as the dimensions of the gravity. We also numerically explore the condensation of the dual operator and optical conductivity of the holographic system. Various interesting properties of the holographic condensation affected by the parameters of model are discussed.

  2. LD-pumped Ho,Tm:YLF microchip laser

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    SUN Jing-hua; ZHANG Xin-lu


    A simple rate equation model for 2μm Tm,Ho:YLF laser is given to study laser dynamics. Under low pump power, the explicit formulae for the threshold pump power and the relation between output power and incident power are obtained. The present model provides a straightforward procedure to design the laser resonator and the optical coupling system for optimization. At the same time, the experimental results are reported. At room temperature the slope efficiency is 22.4% and the typical lasing threshold is about 328mW. The theory is in good agreement with experiment.

  3. Ho:YLF Laser Pumped by TM:Fiber Laser

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    Mizutani Kohei


    Full Text Available A 2-micron Ho:YLF laser end-pumped by 1.94-micron Tm:fiber laser is described. A ring resonator of 3m length is adopted for the oscillator. The laser is a master oscillator and an amplifier system. It is operated at high repetition rate of 200-5000 Hz in room temperature. The laser outputs were about 9W in CW and more than 6W in Q-switched operation. This laser was developed to be used for wind and CO2 measurements.

  4. Incomplete fusion reactions in 16O+165Ho

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    Anil Sharma; B Bindu Kumar; S Mukherjee; S Chakrabarty; B S Tomar; A Goswami; G K Gubbi; S B Manohar; A K Sinha; S K Datta


    Excitation functions for evaporation residues of the system 16O+165Ho have been measured up to 100 MeV. Recoil range distribution of long lived reaction products were measured at 16O beam energy of 100 MeV. Detailed Monte Carlo simulation of recoil range distributions of products were performed with the help of PACE2 code, in order to extract the contributions of incomplete fusion in the individual channels. The results clearly show the incomplete fusion contributions in the tantalum and thulium products. This is confirmed by the predictions of breakup fusion model of the incomplete fusion.

  5. Chaplygin Gas Ho\\v{r}ava-Lifshitz Quantum Cosmology

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    Ardehali, Hossein


    In this paper, we study the Chaplygin gas Ho\\v{r}ava-Lifshitz quantum cosmology. Using Schutz formalism and Arnowitt-Deser-Misner decomposition, we obtain the corresponding Schr\\"{o}dinger-Wheeler-DeWitt equation. We obtain exact classical and quantum mechanical solutions and construct wave packets to study the time evolution of the expectation value of the scale factor for two cases. We show that unlike classical solutions and upon choosing appropriate initial conditions, the expectation value of the scale factor never tends to the singular point which exhibits the singularity-free behavior of the solutions in the quantum domain.

  6. Optical coating uniformity of 200mm (8") diameter precut wafers (United States)

    Burt, Travis C.; Fisher, Mark; Brown, Dean; Troiani, David


    Automated spectroscopic profiling (mapping) of a 200 mm diameter near infrared high reflector (centered at 1064 nm) are presented. Spatial resolution at 5 mm or less was achieved using a 5 mm × 1.5 mm monochromatic beam. Reflection changes of 1.0% across the wafer diameter were observed under s-polarized and p- polarized conditions. Redundancy was established for each chord by re-measuring the center of the wafer and reproducibility of approximately platform for angles of incidence in the range 5°stream processing.

  7. 3D mmWave Channel Model Proposal

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    Thomas, Timothy; Nguyen, Huan Cong; R. MacCartney Jr., George


    There is growing interest in using millimeter wave (mmWave) frequencies for future access communications based on the enormous amount of available spectrum. To characterize the mmWave channel in urban areas, wideband propagation measurements at 73 GHz have recently been made in New York City. Using...... mmWave channel model is developed with special emphasis on using the ray tracer to determine elevation model parameters. The channel model includes distance-dependent elevation modeling which is critical for the expected 2D arrays which will be employed at mmWave....

  8. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of K3[HO{VO(O2)2}2]·H2O

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    张红艳; 黄尊行; 郭鸿旭


    The title compound K3[HO{VO(O2)2}2]·H2O has been synthesized and its crystal structure was determined by X-ray diffraction method. The crystal is of monoclinic, space group P21/c with a = 6.7078(3), b = 9.9539(6), c = 15.8182(9)A, β = 93.702(3)0, V = 1053.96(10)A3, Mr = 414.20, Dc = 2.610 g/cm3, Z = 4, λ(MoKα) = 0.71073A, F(000) = 808, μ = 3.014 mm-1, the final R = 0.0173 and wR = 0.0466 for 2178 observed reflections with I > 2σ(I). X-ray diffraction reveals that the coordination polyhedra of V atoms are not chemically equivalent: the V(1) and V(2) polyhedra can be described as pentagonal pyramid and pentagonal bipyramid, respectively.

  9. Measurement of the HO2 free radical in cavitationwater%空化水中HO2自由基的测定

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    刘岩; 冯双青


    采用频率为1.8MHz,声强为1-5W/cm2的超声波引发水中的空化效应,通过采用吡啶溶液作为HO2自由基捕获剂,测出了实验条件下空化水中HO2自由基的浓度水平为10-5M。%Ultrasound of frequency 1.8MHz and intensity 1-5 W/cm2 was used toinduce sonochemical reaction in water. It was found that theconcentration of HO2 free radical in cavitation water was10-5M, the yield of HO2 free radical having a linearrelation-ship with the sonification time and the sound intensity.

  10. Photoluminescence properties of Ho3+/Tm3+-doped YAGG nano-crystalline powders (United States)

    Praveena, R.; Sameera, V. Sravani; Babu, P.; Basavapoornima, Ch.; Jayasankar, C. K.


    Y3Al4GaO12 (YAGG):(Tm3+, Ho3+) nanoparticles have been synthesized by Pechini sol-gel method and characterised their X-ray diffraction patterns, scanning electron microscope image, energy dispersive and photoluminescence spectra. From XRD results, phase purity and structure have been confirmed. Excitation spectra reveal that 363 nm excitation is suitable to excite the co-doped samples. Under ultraviolet excitation at 363 nm, the characteristic emissions of Tm3+ and Ho3+ ions have been observed in the photoluminescence (PL) spectra. Concentration dependent luminescence and energy transfer between Tm3+ and Ho3+ ions have been studied. The CIE chromaticity coordinates and correlated colour temperature values have been obtained from the emission spectra. Moreover, the emission colour of the YAGG:TmHo nano-powders was slightly shifted to red colour while increasing the Ho concentration and can be tuned from blue/green to white by adjusting the Tm3+/Ho3+ ions concentration. The optimum concentration of Tm3+ and Ho3+ ions were found to be 1:1 ratio in the YAGG host. The optimized single component white light emitting YAGG:TmHo phosphors could be a potential candidate for phosphor-converted white light emitting diode and full colour display applications.

  11. Spin structure and magnetic frustration in multiferroic RMn2O5 (R=Tb,Ho,Dy)

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    Blake, G.R.; Chapon, L.C.; Radaelli, P.G.; Park, S.; Hur, N.; Cheong, S-W.; Rodríguez-Carvajal, J.


    We have studied the crystal and magnetic structures of the magnetoelectric materials RMn2O5 (R=Tb,Ho,Dy) using neutron diffraction as a function of temperature. All three materials display incommensurate antiferromagnetic ordering below 40 K, becoming commensurate on further cooling. For R=Tb,Ho, a

  12. Intense red upconversion emission of Yb/Tm/Ho triply-doped tellurite glasses. (United States)

    Zhan, Huan; Zhou, Zhiguang; He, Jianli; Lin, Aoxiang


    By conventional melting and quenching methods, 3Yb2O3-0.2Tm2O3-xHo2O3 (wt%, x=0.2~1.2) was doped into an easily fiberized tellurite glass with composition of 78TeO2-10ZnO-12Na2O (mol%) to form YTH-TZN78 glasses. Under 976 nm excitation, the direct sensitizing effect of Yb ions (Yb→Ho) and indirect sensitizing and self-depopulating effects of Tm ions (Yb→Tm→Ho) were found to present intense red upconversion emission at 657 nm (Red, Ho:5F5→5I8) and were responsible for the absence of the usually observed 484 nm emission (Blue, Tm:1G4→3H36). Regardless of the dopant concentration of Ho ions, the intensity of the red emission at 657 nm (Red, Ho:5F5→5I8) is about three times stronger than that of the green one at 543 nm (Green, Ho:5S2→5I8). For this certain red emission at 657 nm, 0.4 wt% Ho2O3-doped YTH-TZN78 glass was found to present the highest emission intensity and is therefore determined as a promising active tellurite glass for red fiber laser development.

  13. Q-switched Ho:YLF laser pumped by a Tm:GdVO4 laser.

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    Esser, MJD


    Full Text Available The authors have, through careful analysis of spectroscopic data, designed and demonstrated a diode-end-pumped, quasicontinuous wave Tm:GdVO4 laser operating at 1892 nm in order to pump a Q-switched Ho:YLF laser. The Ho:YLF maximum output energy...

  14. Compact fibre-laser-pumped Ho:YLF oscillator-amplifier system

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    Bollig, C


    Full Text Available to deliver diffraction limited beams even under intense end-pumping. However, Ho:YLF has a somewhat stronger quasi-three-level nature, which implies that in order to reach transparency at the 2065 nm line, 22% of the Ho ions need to be pumped into the upper...

  15. HO-1-mediated macroautophagy: a mechanism for unregulated iron deposition in aging and degenerating neural tissues. (United States)

    Zukor, Hillel; Song, Wei; Liberman, Adrienne; Mui, Jeannie; Vali, Hojatollah; Fillebeen, Carine; Pantopoulos, Kostas; Wu, Ting-Di; Guerquin-Kern, Jean-Luc; Schipper, Hyman M


    Oxidative stress, deposition of non-transferrin iron, and mitochondrial insufficiency occur in the brains of patients with Alzheimer disease (AD) and Parkinson disease (PD). We previously demonstrated that heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is up-regulated in AD and PD brain and promotes the accumulation of non-transferrin iron in astroglial mitochondria. Herein, dynamic secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and other techniques were employed to ascertain (i) the impact of HO-1 over-expression on astroglial mitochondrial morphology in vitro, (ii) the topography of aberrant iron sequestration in astrocytes over-expressing HO-1, and (iii) the role of iron regulatory proteins (IRP) in HO-1-mediated iron deposition. Astroglial hHO-1 over-expression induced cytoplasmic vacuolation, mitochondrial membrane damage, and macroautophagy. HO-1 promoted trapping of redox-active iron and sulfur within many cytopathological profiles without impacting ferroportin, transferrin receptor, ferritin, and IRP2 protein levels or IRP1 activity. Thus, HO-1 activity promotes mitochondrial macroautophagy and sequestration of redox-active iron in astroglia independently of classical iron mobilization pathways. Glial HO-1 may be a rational therapeutic target in AD, PD, and other human CNS conditions characterized by the unregulated deposition of brain iron.

  16. Paracrine action of HO-1-modified mesenchymal stem cells mediates cardiac protection and functional improvement. (United States)

    Zeng, Bin; Ren, Xiaofeng; Lin, Guosheng; Zhu, Chengang; Chen, Honglei; Yin, Jiechao; Jiang, Hong; Yang, Bo; Ding, Danhua


    The aim has been to determine whether the supernatants of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) transfected with adenovirus carrying human heme oxygenase-1 (hHO-1) gene protect cardiomyocytes from ischemic injury. We have found that hHO-1 infected MSCs (hHO-1-MSCs) increased expression of hHO-1 protein. Apoptosis of cultured hHO-1-MSCs exposed to hypoxia was suppressed. Several cytokines, including HGF, bFGF, TGF-beta, VEGF and IL-1beta, were produced by hHO-1-MSCs, some being significantly enhanced under hypoxia stimulation. Meanwhile, those cytokines reduced caspase-3 level and activity in cultured adult rat ventricular cardiomyocytes (ARVCs) exposed to hypoxia. Supernatants obtained from hHO-1-MSCs improved left ventricular function, limited myocardial infarct size, increased microvessel density, and inhibited apoptosis of cardiomyocytes in rat myocardial infarction. It can be concluded hHO-1-modified MSCs prevent myocardial cell injury via secretion of paracrine-acting mediators.

  17. Magnetic and superconducting phase diagram of the half-Heusler topological semimetal HoPdBi

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    Nikitin, A.M.; Pan, Y.; Mao, X.; Jehee, R.; Araizi, G.K.; Huang, Y.K.; Paulsen, C.; Wu, S.C.; Yan, B.H.; de Visser, A.


    We report a study of the magnetic and electronic properties of the non-centrosymmetric half-Heusler antiferromagnet HoPdBi (T-N = 2.0 K). Magnetotransport measurements show HoPdBi has a semimetallic behavior with a carrier concentration n= 3.7 x 10(18) cm(-3) extracted from the Shubnikov-de Haas eff

  18. Safety of a Scout Dose Preceding Hepatic Radioembolization with 166Ho Microspheres

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    Prince, Jip F; van Rooij, Rob; Bol, Gijsbert H; de Jong, Hugo W A M; van den Bosch, Maurice A A J; Lam, Marnix G E H


    UNLABELLED: Before (166)Ho radioembolization, a small batch of the same type of microspheres is administered as a scout dose instead of the conventional (99m)Tc-macroaggregated albumin ((99m)Tc-MAA). The (166)Ho scout dose provides a more accurate and precise lung shunt assessment. However, in contr

  19. Efficient Ho:YLF laser pumped by a Tm:fiber laser

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    Koen, W


    Full Text Available A thulium fiber laser pumped Ho:YLF laser delivering 45.1 W in a near diffraction limited beam when pumped with 84.7 W is demonstrated. The optical-to-optical efficiency of 53 % compares favorably with similar Ho:YAG lasers....

  20. Fusion calculations for 40Ca+40Ca, 48Ca+48Ca, 40Ca+48Ca and p+208Pb systems (United States)

    Gao, Jie; Zhang, Haifei; Bao, Xiaojun; Li, Junqing; Zhang, Hongfei


    The fusion cross sections of calcium isotopes and proton induced fusion have been calculated in terms of a coupled-channels formulation. Results indicated that there are big differences between the two fusion types. In the calculations of calcium isotopes fusion, the pair-transfer coupling has been applied in addition to the vibrational coupling, the combined effects showed that pair-transfer has played a significant role in the fusion process for the asymmetric 40Ca+48Ca system. The result of proton induced fusion for p+208Pb system successfully presents the fusion oscillation, which agrees with the experimental data rather well.

  1. Neomycin inhibits histamine and thapsigargin mediated Ca2+ DDT1 MF-2 cells independent of phospholipase C activation

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    Sipma, H; VanderZee, L; DenHertog, A; Nelemans, A


    The histamine H-1 receptor mediated increase in cytoplasmic Ca2+ ([Ca2+](i)) was measured in the presence of the known phospholipase C (PLC) inhibitor, neomycin. Neomycin (1 mM) inhibited the histamine (100 mu M) induced rise in [Ca2+](i) to the same extent as observed after blocking Ca2+ entry with

  2. Public Library Subject Headings for 16mm Motion Pictures. Revised. (United States)

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    Suggested subject headings for 16mm motion pictures are listed. The intent of the list is to provide audiovisual librarians with a tool which will aid them in making subject indexes for their printed catalogs. It is also intended as an authority for professional catalogers who may be called upon to catalog 16mm motion pictures. (Author/KKC)

  3. Clopidogrel Protects Endothelium by Hindering TNFα-Induced VCAM-1 Expression through CaMKKβ/AMPK/Nrf2 Pathway

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    Huabing Yang


    Full Text Available Clopidogrel (INN, an oral antiplatelet drug, has been revealed to have a number of biological properties, for instance, anti-inflammation and antioxidation. Oxidative stress plays an imperative role in inflammation, diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, and cancer. In the present study, human aortic endothelial cells (HAECs were employed to explore the anti-inflammatory activity of INN. INN reduced TNFα-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS generation and time-dependently prompted the expression and activity of heme oxygenase 1 (HO-1. Cellular glutathione (GSH levels were augmented by INN. shHO-1 blocked the INN suppression of TNFα-induced HL-60 cell adhesion. The CaMKKβ/AMPK pathway and Nrf2 transcriptional factor were implicated in the induction of HO-1 by INN. Additionally, TNFα dramatically augmented VCAM-1 expression at protein and mRNA levels. INN treatment strikingly repressed TNFα-induced expression of VCAM-1 and HL-60 cell adhesion. Compound C, an AMPK inhibitor, and shNrf2 abolished TNFα-induced expression of VCAM-1 and HL-60 cell adhesion. Our data suggest that INN diminishes TNFα-stimulated VCAM-1 expression at least in part via HO-1 induction, which is CaMKKβ/AMPK pathway-dependent.

  4. Magnetic properties of Ho1- x Lu x B12 solid solutions (United States)

    Gabáni, S.; Gaz̆o, E.; Pristás̆, G.; Takác̆ová, I.; Flachbart, K.; Shitsevalova, N.; Siemensmeyer, K.; Sluchanko, N.


    Magnetic properties of the geometrically frustrated antiferromagnet HoB12 (with T N = 7.4 K) modified by substitution of magnetic Ho atoms through non-magnetic Lu ones are presented and discussed. In this case, in Ho1- x Lu x B12 solid solutions, both chemical pressure resulting from different Lu3+ and Ho3+ radii and magnetic dilution take place with increasing Lu content ( x) that change properties of the system. The received results show strong indication for the existence of a quantum critical point near x = 0.9, which separates the region of magnetic order (starting with HoB12 for x = 0) and the nonmagnetic region (ending with superconducting LuB12 for x = 1).

  5. Quantitative relationship between production and removal of OH and HO2 radicals in urban atmosphere

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    SHAO Min; REN Xinrong; WANG Huixiang; ZENG Limin; ZHANG Yuanhang; TANG Xiaoyan


    Atmospheric oxidizing capacity is the essential feature of urban and regional air. And OH and HO2 radicals are the key species indicating atmospheric oxidizing capacity. Using Guangzhou City as a case, this work has conducted field measurements of photochemistry relevant pollutants including O3, NOx, VOCs, H2O2, HNO2 and CO, SO2. The concentrations of OH radical are measured simultaneously by impregnated filter trapping and HPLC (IFT- HPLC) method. The factors influencing OH levels are assessed. Based on understanding of OH and HO2 air chemistry, the production and removal rates of these 2 radicals are calculated. The results show that the budget of OH and HO2 can generally be closed, the radical transformation between OH and HO2 dominates the sources and sinks of them, and also the photolysis of HNO2 and HCHO is the significant source of OH and HO2 respectively.

  6. Doping induced modification in polyhedral tilt in hexagonal Ho1-xYxMnO3 (United States)

    Kaushik, S. D.; Rayaprol, S.


    We have studied the effect of systematic doping of Y at Ho site on the crystal structure of hexagonal HoMnO3 We have carried out room temperature neutron diffraction (ND) study on Ho1-xYxMnO3 (x = 0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75), and by analyzing this ND data we have determined the cell parameters, Mn-O bond length, O-Mn-O bond angle. The variation in certain M-O bond length and O-Mn-O bond angles has been understood in terms of modifications in tilt of the MnO5 polyhedra due to Ho site Y doping in hexagonal HoMnO3.

  7. Structure evolution of HoMnO3 under pressure (United States)

    Liu, Z.; Dera, P. K.; Yang, W.; Liu, H.


    Hexagonal manganites belong to a special group called ferroelectromagnets, in which frustrated antiferromagnetic and ferroelectric orders coexist. These materials attract much attention for the potential applications on transducers, magnetic field sensors, as well as the information storage industry. Hexagonal manganites can be converted to orthorhombic structure at 1000 °C, 4 GPa conditions. The transition can also be realized under high pressure at room temperature, as observed in TmMnO3, YMnO3, LuMnO3, etc. The structure stability of hexagonal manganites is therefore of both fundamental and applied interests. In this paper, X-ray diffraction was performed on HoMnO3 single crystal under pressure up to 43 GPa by using helium as pressure medium. At 35.6 GPa, HoMnO3 converts to another hexagonal phase, whose lattice parameter along c axis reduces to half. The P-V data can be well fitted by 3-order Birch-Murnaghan equation with K0 = 154 GPa and K0' = 4.6.

  8. Automatizace technologického projektování


    Pavlíček, Michal


    Diplomová práce se zabývá návrhem programu, který provádí technologa-projektanta základními úkoly spojenými s technologickým projektováním. Zabývá se metodami kapacitních propočtů a metodami technologického projektování. Tyto metody byly implementovány v programu Excel umožňujícího výpočet kapacitních propočtů a v programu AutoCAD obsahující kreslící nástroje. Bylo dosaženo sestavení průvodce ve formátu html, který slučuje všechny části programu. This thesis deal with suggestion of program...

  9. Návrh implementace elektronického obchodu


    Hadač, Michal


    Hlavním tématem bakalářské práce bude vhodně navrhnout a implementovat do praxe elektronický obchod pro společnost Ekolux. V práci se budu zabývat samotným návrhem a zvolením vhodného open-source systému, dále tak vhodnou marketingovou strategií a použití moderních nástrojů internetového marketingu tak, aby byl plnohodnotný elektronický obchod pro firmu nejen ziskovým přínosem, ale také technologickou inovací, na které se bude moci dále stavět a postupem času propojit s informačním systémem s...

  10. Návrh a konstrukce datového projektoru


    Wallenfels, Jiří


    Cílem této práce je nastínit možnosti návrhu a konstrukce datového projektoru z běžně dostupných součástek. První část této práce bude teoreticky popisovat, jak takový DIY projektor funguje a jak fungují jeho jednotlivé části. Budou v ní také ukázána možná řešení daných dílčích problémů. V druhé části pak bude stručný popis konstrukce takového projektoru a popis řešení problémů, které nastaly při samotné konstrukci a jakým způsobem jsem je vyřešil. Budou tam také prezentovány výsledky. V závě...

  11. His Excellency Professor Dr Che-Ho Wei, Chairman, National Science Council Executive Yuan, Republic of China

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    Patrice Loïez


    Photo 01: Professor Dr. Che-Ho Wei signing the Guest Book with CERN Director-General, L. Maiani. Photo 02: Professor Dr. Che-Ho Wei. Photo 03::Professor Dr. Che-Ho Wei shaking hands with CERN Director-General, L. Maiani.

  12. Photoluminescence quenching and enhanced optical conductivity of P3HT derived Ho3+-doped ZnO nanostructures

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    Kabongo, GL


    Full Text Available In this article, we demonstrate the surface effect and optoelectronic properties of holmium (Ho(sup3+))-doped ZnO in P3HT polymer nanocomposite. We incorporated ZnO:Ho(sup3+) (0.5 mol% Ho) nanostructures in the pristine P3HT-conjugated polymer...

  13. Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) inhibits postmyocardial infarct remodeling and restores ventricular function. (United States)

    Liu, Xiaoli; Pachori, Alok S; Ward, Christopher A; Davis, J Paul; Gnecchi, Massimiliano; Kong, Deling; Zhang, Lunan; Murduck, Jared; Yet, Shaw-Fang; Perrella, Mark A; Pratt, Richard E; Dzau, Victor J; Melo, Luis G


    We reported previously that predelivery of the anti-oxidant gene heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) to the heart by adeno associated virus (AAV) markedly reduces injury after acute myocardial infarction (MI). However, the effect of HO-1 gene delivery on postinfarction recovery has not been investigated. In the current study, we assessed the effect of HO-1 gene delivery on post-MI left ventricle (LV) remodeling and function using echocardiographic imaging and histomorphometric approaches. Two groups of Sprague-Dawley rats were injected with 4 x 10(11) particles of AAV-LacZ (control) or AAV-hHO-1 in the LV wall. Eight wk after gene transfer, the animals were subjected to 30 min of ischemia by ligation of left anterior descending artery (LAD) followed by reperfusion. Echocardiographic measurements were obtained in a blinded fashion prior and at 1.5 and 3 months after I/R. Ejection fraction (EF) was reduced by 13% and 40% in the HO-1 and LacZ groups, respectively at 1.5 months after MI. Three months after MI, EF recovered fully in the HO-1, but only partially in the LacZ-treated animals. Post-MI LV dimensions were markedly increased and the anterior wall was markedly thinned in the LacZ-treated animals compared with the HO-1-treated animals. Significant myocardial scarring and fibrosis were observed in the LacZ-group in association with elevated levels of interstitial collagen I and III and MMP-2 activity. Post-MI myofibroblast accumulation was reduced in the HO-1-treated animals, and retroviral overexpression of HO-1 reduced proliferation of isolated cardiac fibroblasts. Our data indicate that rAAV-HO-1 gene transfer markedly reduces fibrosis and ventricular remodeling and restores LV function and chamber dimensions after myocardial infarction.

  14. Preparation and bioevaluation of 166Ho labelled hydroxyapatite (HA) particles for radiosynovectomy. (United States)

    Unni, P R; Chaudhari, P R; Venkatesh, Meera; Ramamoorthy, N; Pillai, M R A


    The preparation of 166Ho labeled hydroxy apatite (HA) particles for radiosynovectomy applications is described in this paper. 166Ho was prepared by the irradiation of Ho2O3 at a flux of 1.8 x 10(13) neutrons/cm2/s for about 7 days. The irradiation resulted in the production of approximately 17 GBq of 166Ho activity at the end of six hours post end of bombardment and the corresponding specific activity was approximately 3-4 GBq/mg of Ho. The irradiated target was dissolved in 0.1 N HCl solution. Radionuclidic purity was ascertained by high resolution gamma ray spectrometry. HA particles were synthesized and characterized by X-ray diffractometry. Labeling studies were carried out with and without citric acid as a transchelating agent. Radiochemical yield and purity of the 166Ho-HA particles were ascertained by paper chromatography and by paper electrophoresis techniques. Labeling yield of >98% could be achieved at pH 7, with 40 mg of HA particles and 8.6 microg of Ho. 166Ho-HA particles prepared were stable for 72 h. Bio-evaluation of the 166Ho -HA particles were carried out by injecting approximately 74 MBq dose in 200 microL (approximately 8 mg of 166Ho-HA particles) directly into the arthritis induced knee joints as well as into the healthy knee joints of white New Zealand rabbits. Images of the injected joints of the animals recorded using a gamma camera at regular intervals showed good retention. Blood samples were collected from the animals and activity assayed in a scintillation detector. Experiments were also carried out under identical conditions in normal rabbits. In both the cases, it was observed that there was no significant extra articular leakage of the injected activity over the study period of 96 h post injection.

  15. Cytosolic [Ca2+] signaling pathway in macula densa cells. (United States)

    Peti-Peterdi, J; Bell, P D


    Previous micropuncture studies suggested that macula densa (MD) cells might detect variations in luminal sodium chloride concentration ([NaCl]l) through changes in cytosolic calcium ([Ca2+]c). To test this hypothesis, MD [Ca2+]c was measured with fluorescence microscopy using fura 2 in the isolated perfused thick ascending limb with attached glomerulus preparation dissected from rabbit kidney. Tubules were bathed and perfused with a Ringer solution, [NaCl]l was varied and isosmotically replaced with N-methyl-D-glucamine cyclamate. Control [Ca2+]c, during perfusion with 25 mM NaCl and 150 mM NaCl in the bath, averaged 101. 6 +/- 8.2 nM (n = 21). Increasing [NaCl]l to 150 mM elevated [Ca2+]c by 39.1 +/- 5.2 nM (n = 21, P < 0.01). This effect was concentration dependent between zero and 60 mM [NaCl]l. The presence of either luminal furosemide or basolateral nifedipine or 5-nitro-2-(3-phenylpropylamino)benzoic acid (NPPB), a potent Cl- channel blocker, significantly reduced resting [Ca2+]c and abolished the increase in [Ca2+]c in response to increased [NaCl]l. Nifedipine failed to produce a similar inhibitory effect when added exclusively to the luminal perfusate. Also, 100 nM BAY K 8644, a voltage-gated Ca2+ channel agonist, added to the bathing solution increased [Ca2+]c by 33.2 +/- 8.1 nM (n = 5, P < 0.05). These observations suggest that MD cells may detect variations in [NaCl]l through a signaling pathway that includes Na+-2Cl--K+ cotransport, basolateral membrane depolarization via Cl- channels, and Ca2+ entry through voltage-gated Ca2+ channels.

  16. Amplitude modulation drive to rectangular-plate linear ultrasonic motors with vibrators dimensions 8 mm x 2.16 mm X 1 mm. (United States)

    Ming, Yang; Hanson, Ben; Levesley, Martin C; Walker, Peter G; Watterson, Kevin G


    In this paper, to exploit the contribution from not only the stators but also from other parts of miniature ultrasonic motors, an amplitude modulation drive is proposed to drive a miniature linear ultrasonic motor consisting of two rectangular piezoelectric ceramic plates. Using finite-element software, the first longitudinal and second lateral-bending frequencies of the vibrator are shown to be very close when its dimensions are 8 mm x 2.16 mm x 1 mm. So one single frequency power should be able to drive the motor. However, in practice the motor is found to be hard to move with a single frequency power because of its small vibration amplitudes and big frequency difference between its longitudinal and bending resonance, which is induced by the boundary condition variation. To drive the motor effectively, an amplitude modulation drive is used by superimposing two signals with nearly the same frequencies, around the resonant frequency of the vibrators of the linear motor. When the amplitude modulation frequency is close to the resonant frequency of the vibrator's surroundings, experimental results show that the linear motor can move back and forward with a maximum thrust force (over 0.016 N) and a maximum velocity (over 50 mm/s).

  17. Polyamines mediate abnormal Ca/sup 2 +/ transport and Ca/sup 2 +/-induced cardiac cell injury in the calcium paradox

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    Trout, J.J.; Koenig, H.; Goldstone, A.D.; Lu, C.Y.; Fan, C.C.


    Ca/sup 2 +/-free perfusion renders heart cells Ca/sup 2 +/-sensitive so that readmission of Ca/sup 2 +/ causes a sudden massive cellular injury attributed to abnormal entry of Ca/sup 2 +/ into cells (Ca paradox). Hormonal stimulation of Ca/sup 2 +/ fluxes was earlier shown to be mediated by polyamines (PA). 5 min perfusion of rat heart with Ca/sup 2 +/-free medium induce a prompt 40-50% decline in levels of the PA putrescine (PUT), spermidine and spermine and their rate-regulatory synthetic enzyme ornithine decarboxylase (ODC), and readmission of Ca/sup 2 +/-containing medium abruptly (< 30-60 sec) increased the levels of ODC and PA. The ODC inhibitor ..cap alpha..-difluoromethylornithine (DFMO, 5mM) blocked Ca/sup 2 +/ reperfusion-induced increases in ODC and PA and also prevented increased /sup 45/Ca/sup 2 +/ uptake and heart injury, manifested by loss of contractility, release of enzymes (CPK, LDH), myoglobin and protein, and E.M. lesions (contracture bands, mitochondrial changes). 1 mM PUT negated DFMO inhibition, repleted heart PA and restored Ca/sup 2 +/ reperfusion-induced /sup 45/Ca/sup 2 +/ influx and cell injury. These data indicate that the Ca/sup 2 +/-directed depletion-repletion cycle of ODC and PA triggers excessive transsarcolemmal Ca/sup 2 +/ transport leading to the calcium paradox.

  18. 120MM Mortar MIL-STD-1660 Tests (United States)


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  19. APEX sub-mm monitoring of gamma-ray blazars

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    Larsson, S; Weiss, A; Angelakis, E; Krichbaum, T P; Nestoras, I; Zensus, J A; Axelsson, M; Nilsson, D; Ryde, F; Hjalmarsdotter, L; Larsson, J; Lundgren, A; Mac-Auliffe, F; Parra, R; Siringo, G


    So far, no systematic long-term blazar monitoring programs and detailed variability studies exist at sub-mm wavelengths. Here, we present a new sub-mm blazar monitoring program using the APEX 12-m telescope. A sample of about 40 gamma-ray blazars has been monitored since 2007/2008 with the LABOCA bolometer camera at 345 GHz. First light curves, preliminary variability results and a first comparison with the longer cm/mm bands (F-GAMMA program) are presented, demonstrating the extreme variability characteristics of blazars at such short wavelengths.

  20. Potential crosstalk of Ca2+-ROS-dependent mechanism involved in apoptosis of Kasumi-1 cells mediated by heme oxygenase-1 small interfering RNA. (United States)

    Wei, Sixi; Wang, Yating; Chai, Qixiang; Fang, Qin; Zhang, Yaming; Wang, Jishi


    Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) requires new therapies on the molecular level. Downregulation of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) by gene silencing improves the sensitivity of tumor cells to chemotherapy drugs and promotes apoptosis. For the first time, we verified that endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondrial apoptotic pathways were activated by small interfering RNA that targeted-silenced the expression of HO-1 in AML-M2 Kasumi-1 cells. Ca2+ was prone to accumulation and reactive oxygen species were easily generated, while mitochondrial transmembrane potential was reduced. Thus, cytochrome c was released from mitochondria to the cytoplasm and caspases were activated for the following cascade to facilitate apoptosis.

  1. The Innermost AGNs with Future mm-VLBI

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    Agudo, I; Bach, U; Pagels, A; Sohn, B W; Graham, D A; Witzel, A; Zensus, J A; Gómez, J L; Bremer, M; Grewing, M


    The capabilities of the Global mm-VLBI Array are summarized and demonstrated through actual images from our monitoring of extragalactic radio jets. This sensitive 3mm-VLBI interferometer is able to provide images of up to 50 microarcseconds resolution. For the near future, ALMA, the GBT, the LMT, CARMA, SRT, Yebes, Nobeyama and Noto are some of the most sensitive stations suitable to participate in mm-VLBI. This future array, together with the present Global mm-VLBI Array, would achieve 10 times better sensitivities than nowadays. Image fidelity would also largely increased. T he addition of ALMA would improve the (u,v)-coverage for sources with low declination (<20 deg.) and facilitate the VLBI imaging of the Galactic Centre source SgrA*.

  2. [Degradation of oil derivatives by Acinetobacter calcoaceticus MM5]. (United States)

    Marín, M M; Ortiz, M L; Laborda, F


    This paper describes the isolation of microorganisms from polluted heating oil. The growth of one of them has been studied (Acinetobacter calcoaceticus MM5) in several linear and branched hydrocarbons as well as the effect of its growth on commercial diesel oil. Acinetobacter calcoaceticus MM5 is not capable of using glucose as its only source of carbon, and it needs the presence of nitrogen and phosphorus sources to degrade any petroleum by-product.

  3. ALMA 1.3 mm observations of the Fomalhaut System (United States)

    White, Jacob; Boley, Aaron C.; Ford, Eric B.; Payne, Matthew John; Dent, William; Corder, Stuartt


    We present ALMA Band 6 (1.3 mm) observations of Fomalhaut and its debris disk. Since the system is relatively close at 7.7 pc, it has been the target of numerous studies at multiple wavelengths, and can serve as a testbed for debris disk evolution models and planet-disk interactions. Outstanding issues that need to be resolved to properly characterize the debris include tightening constraints on the spectral index in the submm/mm regime and determining whether there is indeed excess over the stellar emission, indicating the presence of an inner debris disk or ring.These ALMA 1.3 mm observations provide the highest resolution observations to date of the mm grains the outer ring. Tight constraints are placed on the geometry of the disk and on the mm-wavelength spectral index. We explore fitting the debris disk model in the image plane in addition to the standard method of fitting the visibilities. The results are compared and potential advantages/disadvantages of each approach are discussed.The central emission detected is indistinguishable from a point source, with 0.89 mJy being the best fit flux of the host star for Fomalhaut itself. This implies that any inner debris component must contribute little to the total central emission. Moreover, the stellar flux is less than 70% of that predicted by extrapolating a blackbody from the constrained photosphere temperature and just over 70% of the flux if extrapolating from the far infrared. This behavior is similar to that seen in the Sun for submm/mm wavelengths, but even more pronounced. Currently, insufficient data exists to properly constrain the degree to which stellar atmospheres affect the observed flux in the submm/mm regime. This result is part of an ongoing larger project focused on measuring the emission from stellar atmospheres at submm/mm wavelengths, which directly impacts inferred excesses for debris disk studies.

  4. Gamma knife radiosurgery for trigeminal neuralgia: comparing the use of a 4-mm versus concentric 4- and 8-mm collimators. (United States)

    Kanner, Andrew A; Neyman, Gennady; Suh, John H; Weinhous, Martin S; Lee, Shih-Yuan; Barnett, Gene H


    Gamma knife (GK) radiosurgery for trigeminal neuralgia (TN) has been effective in 50-80% of cases when using a single 4-mm collimator and a maximum dose of 60-90 Gy. Attempting to improve the response rate by increasing the dose may lead to increased risk of facial numbness or disturbed sensation. Combined use of 4- and 8-mm collimators results in a larger target volume, which would potentially treat a larger region of the nerve without increasing the maximum dose. One hundred-one patients suffering from medically refractory TN were evaluated. Fifty-four were treated with a single shot using a 4-mm helmet and 47 with concentrically aimed, equally weighted 4- and 8-mm helmets. 75 Gy were prescribed to the 100% isodose line (using a 4-mm helmet output factor of 0.80) in all cases. The outcome was assessed by interview or outpatient visit. An excellent/good response was seen in 57.8 vs. 71.4%, respectively, with a partial response of 13.3 vs. 2.3%, respectively (p > 0.05). Pain recurrence occurred in 28.6 vs. 23.2%, respectively (p > 0.05). The use of a combined concentric 4- and 8-mm collimator treatment for medically refractory TN at a maximum dose of 75 Gy does not improve outcome as compared with a single 4-mm collimator with an equivalent maximum dose. Copyright 2004 S. Karger AG, Basel

  5. Photocatalytic activity of Ho-doped anatase titanium dioxide coated magnetite. (United States)

    Shi, Zhongliang; Xiang, Yongfang; Zhang, Xiaoyan; Yao, Shuhua


    A composite photocatalyst (Ho/TiO(2)/Fe(3)O(4)) with Ho-doped anatase titanium dioxide (Ho/TiO(2)) shell and a magnetite core was prepared by coating photoactive Ho/TiO(2) onto a magnetic Fe(3)O(4) core through the hydrolysis of tetrabutyltitanate (Ti(OBu)(4), TBT) in water/oil (w/o) microemulsion with precursors of Ho(NO(3))(3) and TBT in the presence of Fe(3)O(4) nanoparticles. The morphological, structural and optical properties of the prepared samples were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-Vis diffusive reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS). The effect of Ho ion content on the photocatalytic activity was studied. The photodegradation behavior of the prepared photocatalyst under UV and visible light was investigated in aqueous solution using methyl orange (MO) as target pollutant. The results showed that the prepared photocatalyst was activated by visible light and used as effective catalyst in photo-oxidation reactions. In addition, the possibility of cyclic usage of the prepared photocatalyst was also confirmed. Moreover, Ho/TiO(2) was tightly bound to Fe(3)O(4) and could be easily recovered from the medium by a simple magnetic process. It can therefore be potentially applied for the treatment of water contaminated by organic pollutants.

  6. HO-1 Upregulation Attenuates Adipocyte Dysfunction, Obesity, and Isoprostane Levels in Mice Fed High Fructose Diets

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    Zeid Khitan


    Full Text Available Background. Fructose metabolism is an unregulated metabolic pathway and excessive fructose consumption is known to activate ROS. HO-1 is a potent antioxidant gene that plays a key role in decreasing ROS and isoprostanes. We examined whether the fructose-mediated increase in adipocyte dysfunction involves an increase in isoprostanes and that pharmacological induction of HO-1 would decrease both isoprostane levels and adipogenesis. Methods and Results. We examined the effect of fructose, on adipogenesis in human MSCs in the presence and absence of CoPP, an inducer of HO-1. Fructose increased adipogenesis and the number of large lipid droplets while decreasing the number of small lipid droplets (P<0.05. Levels of heme and isoprostane in fructose treated MSC-derived adipocytes were increased. CoPP reversed these effects and markedly increased HO-1 and the Wnt signaling pathway. The high fructose diet increased heme levels in adipose tissue and increased circulating isoprostane levels (P<0.05 versus control. Fructose diets decreased HO-1 and adiponectin levels in adipose tissue. Induction of HO-1 by CoPP decreased isoprostane synthesis (P<0.05 versus fructose. Conclusion. Fructose treatment resulted in increased isoprostane production and adipocyte dysfunction, which was reversed by the increased expression of HO-1.

  7. Infrared absorption and fluorescence properties of Ho-doped KPb2Br5 (United States)

    Brown, Ei E.; Hömmerich, Uwe; Hyater-Adams, Simone; Oyebola, Olusola; Bluiett, Althea; Trivedi, Sudhir


    Spectroscopic properties of the 2 μm infrared (IR) emission (5I7 --> 5I8) from trivalent holmium (Ho3+) doped potassium lead bromide (KPb2Br5) are presented. The investigated Ho3+ doped KPb2Br5 (KPB) material was synthesized through purification of starting materials including multi-pass zone-refinement, bromination, and subsequently grown using horizontal Bridgman technique. The bromination process was critical for removing oxidic impurities and enhancing the quality of the crystal. Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters, radiative rates, branching ratios, and emission lifetimes were calculated and compared with results reported for Ho3+ doped KPb2Cl5 (KPC). Under resonant pumping (~1.907 μm), Ho: KPB showed a broad IR emission centered at ~2 μm with an exponential decay time of 7.1 ms at room temperature. The nearly temperature independent emission lifetime is consistent with a negligibly small non-radiative decay rate for the 5I7 excited state of Ho3+, as predicted by the multiphonon energy gap law. The optical absorption, emission and gain cross-sections of Ho: KPB were determined for the 2 μm transition. The Ho: KPB crystal was also evaluated as a potential solid-state material for laser cooling applications.

  8. Mechanical properties, in vitro corrosion and biocompatibility of newly developed biodegradable Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys for biomedical applications. (United States)

    Ding, Yunfei; Lin, Jixing; Wen, Cuie; Zhang, Dongmei; Li, Yuncang


    Our previous studies have demonstrated that Mg-Zr-Sr alloys can be anticipated as excellent biodegradable implant materials for load-bearing applications. In general, rare earth elements (REEs) are widely used in magnesium (Mg) alloys with the aim of enhancing the mechanical properties of Mg-based alloys. In this study, the REE holmium (Ho) was added to an Mg-1Zr-2Sr alloy at different concentrations of Mg1Zr2SrxHo alloys (x = 0, 1, 3, 5 wt. %) and the microstructure, mechanical properties, degradation behaviour and biocompatibility of the alloys were systematically investigated. The results indicate that the addition of Ho to Mg1Zr2Sr led to the formation of the intermetallic phases MgHo3, Mg2Ho and Mg17Sr2 which resulted in enhanced mechanical strength and decreased degradation rates of the Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys. Furthermore, Ho addition (≤5 wt. %) to Mg-Zr-Sr alloys led to enhancement of cell adhesion and proliferation of osteoblast cells on the Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys. The in vitro biodegradation and the biocompatibility of the Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys were both influenced by the Ho concentration in the Mg alloys; Mg1Zr2Sr3Ho exhibited lower degradation rates than Mg1Zr2Sr and displayed the best biocompatibility compared with the other alloys.

  9. Mechanical properties, in vitro corrosion and biocompatibility of newly developed biodegradable Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys for biomedical applications (United States)

    Ding, Yunfei; Lin, Jixing; Wen, Cuie; Zhang, Dongmei; Li, Yuncang


    Our previous studies have demonstrated that Mg-Zr-Sr alloys can be anticipated as excellent biodegradable implant materials for load-bearing applications. In general, rare earth elements (REEs) are widely used in magnesium (Mg) alloys with the aim of enhancing the mechanical properties of Mg-based alloys. In this study, the REE holmium (Ho) was added to an Mg-1Zr-2Sr alloy at different concentrations of Mg1Zr2SrxHo alloys (x = 0, 1, 3, 5 wt. %) and the microstructure, mechanical properties, degradation behaviour and biocompatibility of the alloys were systematically investigated. The results indicate that the addition of Ho to Mg1Zr2Sr led to the formation of the intermetallic phases MgHo3, Mg2Ho and Mg17Sr2 which resulted in enhanced mechanical strength and decreased degradation rates of the Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys. Furthermore, Ho addition (≤5 wt. %) to Mg-Zr-Sr alloys led to enhancement of cell adhesion and proliferation of osteoblast cells on the Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys. The in vitro biodegradation and the biocompatibility of the Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys were both influenced by the Ho concentration in the Mg alloys; Mg1Zr2Sr3Ho exhibited lower degradation rates than Mg1Zr2Sr and displayed the best biocompatibility compared with the other alloys.

  10. Excited state dynamics of the Ho3+ ions in holmium singly doped and holmium, praseodymium-codoped fluoride glasses (United States)

    Librantz, André Felipe Henriques; Jackson, Stuart D.; Jagosich, Fabio Henrique; Gomes, Laércio; Poirier, Gaël; Ribeiro, Sidney José Lima; Messaddeq, Younes


    The deactivation of the two lowest excited states of Ho3+ was investigated in Ho3+ singly doped and Ho3+, Pr3+-codoped fluoride (ZBLAN) glasses. We establish that 0.1-0.3mol% Pr3+ can efficiently deactivate the first excited (I75) state of Ho3+ while causing a small reduction of ˜40% of the initial population of the second excited (I65) state. The net effect introduced by the Pr3+ ion deactivation of the Ho3+ ion is the fast recovery of the ground state of Ho3+. The Burshstein model parameters relevant to the Ho3+→Pr3+ energy transfer processes were determined using a least squares fit to the measured luminescence decay. The energy transfer upconversion and cross relaxation parameters for 1948, 1151, and 532nm excitations of singly Ho3+-doped ZBLAN were determined. Using the energy transfer rate parameters we determine from the measured luminescence, a rate equation model for 650nm excitation of Ho3+-doped and Ho3+, Pr3+-doped ZBLAN glasses was developed. The rate equations were solved numerically and the population inversion between the I65 and the I75 excited states of Ho3+ was calculated to examine the beneficial effects on the gain associated with Pr3+ codoping.

  11. Mechanical Stress Changes the Complex Interplay Between HO-1, Inflammation and Fibrosis, During Excisional Wound Repair (United States)

    Cremers, Niels A. J.; Suttorp, Maarten; Gerritsen, Marlous M.; Wong, Ronald J.; van Run-van Breda, Coby; van Dam, Gooitzen M.; Brouwer, Katrien M.; Kuijpers-Jagtman, Anne Marie; Carels, Carine E. L.; Lundvig, Ditte M. S.; Wagener, Frank A. D. T. G.


    Mechanical stress following surgery or injury can promote pathological wound healing and fibrosis, and lead to functional loss and esthetic problems. Splinted excisional wounds can be used as a model for inducing mechanical stress. The cytoprotective enzyme heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is thought to orchestrate the defense against inflammatory and oxidative insults that drive fibrosis. Here, we investigated the activation of the HO-1 system in a splinted and non-splinted full-thickness excisional wound model using HO-1-luc transgenic mice. Effects of splinting on wound closure, HO-1 promoter activity, and markers of inflammation and fibrosis were assessed. After seven days, splinted wounds were more than three times larger than non-splinted wounds, demonstrating a delay in wound closure. HO-1 promoter activity rapidly decreased following removal of the (epi)dermis, but was induced in both splinted and non-splinted wounds during skin repair. Splinting induced more HO-1 gene expression in 7-day wounds; however, HO-1 protein expression remained lower in the epidermis, likely due to lower numbers of keratinocytes in the re-epithelialization tissue. Higher numbers of F4/80-positive macrophages, αSMA-positive myofibroblasts, and increased levels of the inflammatory genes IL-1β, TNF-α, and COX-2 were present in 7-day splinted wounds. Surprisingly, mRNA expression of newly formed collagen (type III) was lower in 7-day wounds after splinting, whereas, VEGF and MMP-9 were increased. In summary, these data demonstrate that splinting delays cutaneous wound closure and HO-1 protein induction. The pro-inflammatory environment following splinting may facilitate higher myofibroblast numbers and increase the risk of fibrosis and scar formation. Therefore, inducing HO-1 activity against mechanical stress-induced inflammation and fibrosis may be an interesting strategy to prevent negative effects of surgery on growth and function in patients with orofacial clefts or in patients with

  12. Magnetic Properties of Orthorhornbic Perovskite Ho1-χLaχMnO3

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    WANG Hong-Tao; ZHOU Tong; HONG Bo; TAO Qian; XU Zhu-An


    Single phase orthorhombic perovskite Ho1-xLaxMnO3 (x = 0.1,0.15) compounds are successfully synthesized by using a sol-gel method. We find that the orthorhombic perovskite structure of HoMoO3 compound can be stabilized by partial substitution of smaller Ho ion by larger La ion. The magnetic properties of orthorhombic perovskite Ho1-xLaxMnO3 are investigated for the first time. For the x = 0.15 sample, a ferromagnetic-like transition is found around T = 130 K, which should correspond to partial FM ordering of Mn3+ magnetic moments. The partial substitution of Ho by La causes a switch of magnetic state of Mn3+ moments from AFM order to FM-like order. Our study indicates that La doping has significant influence on the magnetic structures of Mn ions.%@@ Single phase orthorhombic perovskite Ho1-xLaxMn03 (x = 0.1,0.15) compounds are successfully synthesized by using a sol-gel method.We find that the orthorhombic perovskite structure of H0M0O3 compound can be stabilized by partial substitution of smaller Ho ion by larger La ion.The magnetic properties of orthorhombic perovskite Ho1-xLaxMnO3 are investigated for the first time.For the x = 0.15 sample, a ferromagnetic-like transition is found around T = 130 K, which should correspond to partial FM ordering of Mn3+ magnetic moments.The partial substitution of Ho by La causes a switch of magnetic state of Mn3+ moments from AFM order to FM-like order.Our study indicates that La doping has significant influence on the magnetic structures of Mn ions.

  13. Unveiling the Association of STAT3 and HO-1 in Prostate Cancer: Role beyond Heme Degradation

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    Belen Elguero


    Full Text Available Activation of the androgen receptor (AR is a key step in the development of prostate cancer (PCa. Several mechanisms have been identified in AR activation, among them signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3 signaling. Disruption of STAT3 activity has been associated to cancer progression. Recent studies suggest that heme oxygenase 1 (HO-1 may play a key role in PCa that may be independent of its catalytic function. We sought to explore whether HO-1 operates on AR transcriptional activity through the STAT3 axis. Our results display that HO-1 induction in PCa cells represses AR activation by decreasing the prostate-specific antigen (PSA promoter activity and mRNA levels. Strikingly, this is the first report to show by chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis that HO-1 associates to gene promoters, revealing a novel function for HO-1 in the nucleus. Furthermore, HO-1 and STAT3 directly interact as determined by co-immunoprecipitation studies. Forced expression of HO-1 increases STAT3 cytoplasmic retention. When PCa cells were transfected with a constitutively active STAT3 mutant, PSA and STAT3 downstream target genes were abrogated under hemin treatment. Additionally, a significant decrease in pSTAT3 protein levels was detected in the nuclear fraction of these cells. Confocal microscopy images exhibit a decreased rate of AR/STAT3 nuclear co-localization under hemin treatment. In vivo studies confirmed that STAT3 nuclear delimitation was significantly decreased in PC3 tumors overexpressing HO-1 grown as xenografts in nude mice. These results provide a novel function for HO-1 down-modulating AR transcriptional activity in PCa, interfering with STAT3 signaling, evidencing its role beyond heme degradation.

  14. Mechanical stress changes the complex interplay between HO-1, inflammation and fibrosis, during excisional wound healing

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    Niels A.J. Cremers


    Full Text Available Mechanical stress following surgery or injury can promote pathological wound healing and fibrosis, and lead to functional loss and esthetic problems. Splinted excisional wounds can be used as model for inducing mechanical stress. The cytoprotective enzyme heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1 is thought to orchestrate the defense against inflammatory and oxidative insults that drive fibrosis. Here, we investigated the activation of the HO-1 system in a splinted and non-splinted full thickness excisional wound model using HO-1-luc transgenic mice. Effects of splinting on wound closure, HO-1 promoter activity, and markers of inflammation and fibrosis were assessed. After seven days, splinted wounds were more than 3 times larger than non-splinted wounds, demonstrating a delay in wound closure. HO-1 promoter activity rapidly decreased following removal of the (epidermis, but was induced in both splinted and non-splinted wounds during skin repair. Splinting induced more HO-1 gene expression in 7-day wounds; however, HO-1 protein expression remained lower in the epidermis, likely due to lower number of keratinocytes in the re-epithelialization tissue. Higher numbers of F4/80-positive macrophages, αSMA-positive myofibroblasts, and increased levels of the inflammatory genes IL-1β, TNF-α, and COX-2 were present in 7-day splinted wounds. Surprisingly, mRNA expression of newly-formed collagen (type III was lower in 7-day wounds after splinting; whereas, VEGF and MMP-9 were increased. Summarizing, these data demonstrate that splinting delays cutaneous wound closure and HO-1 protein induction. The pro-inflammatory environment following splinting, may facilitate higher myofibroblast numbers and increases the risk of fibrosis and scar formation. Therefore, inducing HO-1 activity against mechanical stress-induced inflammation and fibrosis may be an interesting strategy to prevent negative effects of surgery on growth and function in patients with orofacial clefts or in

  15. Animal experiments and clinical trials of {sup 166}Ho-chitosan for various cancers

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    Lim, Sang Moo; Choi, C. W.; Kim, E. H.; Woo, K. S.; Chung, W. S.; Lee, J. I.; Park, S. Y.; Son, Y. S.; Lee, S. H.; Kim, S. J.; Kim, B. G.; Kim, J. H.; Lee, C. H. [Korea Cancer Center Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    {sup 166}Ho is a good therapeutic radionuclide because of its suitable half-life (26.8 hours), high beta energy and 6% gamma ray for imaging. Chitosan is a kind of N-glucosamine with 400 to 500 kD MW, which chelates metal ions and degrades slowly in vivo. As a preclinical studies, we performed cytotoxic effect of {sup 166}Ho-chitosan in a variety of cancer cell lines derived from stomach or ovarian cancer based on MTT assay and HTCA method. To evaluated the absorbed dose to the cavitary wall from {sup 166}Ho-chitosan, intraperitoneal administration of {sup 166}Ho-chitosan in the rat and simulation of energy transfer from the beta particles to the cavity wall using the Monte Carlo code EGS4 was done, and used as a standard for the planning therapy. Intracavitary {sup 166}Ho-chitosan therapy were tried in peritoneal metastatic ovarian and stomach cancers and cystic brain tumors. Intraarterial injection in inoperable primary liver cancer was also tried. As a radiation synovectomy agent, biocompatibility study in the knee joints of rabbits were performed. {sup 166}Ho-chitosan showed synergistic effects with 5-FU or cisplatin in vitro. 97-99% of {sup 166}Ho-chitosan was localized within the peritoneal cavity, and more than 90% of {sup 166}Ho-chitosan was attached to the peritoneal wall. Partial response were observed in 4 among 5 patients with ovarian cancer without severe toxicity. In the cystic brain tumor, 5 of 8 cysts were shrunken in size with thinning of the wall, 2 out of 8 showed growth retardation. In the primary liver cancer, radioactivity was distributed in the teritory of selected hepatic arterial branch, and partial responses were observed in 2 cases. In the knee joints of the rabbits, more than 98% of {sup 166}Ho-chitosan remained in the joint cavity and was stable upto 1 week. 49 refs., 22 tabs. (author)

  16. Performance evaluation of ZnGeP2 optical parametric oscillator pumped by a Q-switched Tm,Ho:GdVO4 laser

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    Baoquan Yao; Youlun Ju; Yuezhu Wang; Wanjun He


    A doubly resonant ZnGeP2 (ZGP) optical parametric oscillator (OPO) pumped by a novel Tm,Ho:GdVO4 laser was demonstrated. Cryogenic Tm(5 at.-%), Ho(0.5 at.-%):GdVO4 laser with high pulse repetition frequency (PRF) of 10 kHz at 2.05 μm was employed as pumping source of ZGP OPO. The 15-mm-long ZGP crystal, 55° cut for I-type phase-matching with low absorption coefficient less than 0.05 cm-1 at 2-μm, was placed in a plano-plano cavity with resonator length of 30 mm. The ZGP OPO generated a total combined output power of 1.2 W at 3.75 and 4.52 μm under pumping power of 5.3 W, corresponding to slope efficiency of 40% from incident 2-μm laser power to mid-infrared (Mid-IR) output. A widely tunable range from 3.0 to 6.5 μm was achieved by changing the crystal angle only 3.5 .

  17. Magnetic structure of HoPd{sub 2}Ge{sub 2}

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    Szytula, A.; Penc, B.; Wawrzynska, E.; Hernandez-Velasco, J.; Zygmunt, A


    The magnetic structure of HoPd{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} is determined from powder neutron diffraction data. The Ho-moments order below T{sub N}=3.8 K in a sine-wave modulated structure with k=(0.546(2), 0, 0.180(2)). Magnetic moments of 7.8(2) {mu}{sub B} at 1.5 K, localized on Ho{sup 3+} ions, form an angle of 43 deg. with the c-axis. Above T{sub N} short range magnetic order is observed up to 4.8 K.

  18. Characterization of a transcription factor involved in mother cell specific transcription of the yeast HO gene.


    Stillman, D J; Bankier, A T; Seddon, A; Groenhout, E G; Nasmyth, K A


    The yeast HO gene, which encodes an endonuclease involved in initiating mating type interconversion, is expressed in mother cells but not in daughters. It has been demonstrated that the SWI5 gene, which is an activator of HO expression, plays a critical role in this differential mother/daughter expression of HO. In this paper we describe the cloning and sequencing of the SWI5 gene. The predicted amino acid sequence derived from the cloned SWI5 gene shows homology with the repeated DNA-binding...

  19. The magnetostriction of the HoMnO3 hexagonal single crystals (United States)

    Dubrovskiy, A. A.; Pavlovskiy, N. S.; Semenov, S. V.; Terent'ev, K. Yu.; Shaykhutdinov, K. A.


    The magnetostriction of HoMnO3 hexagonal single crystals was investigated for a wide range of applied magnetic fields with strengths up to H=14 T for all possible combinations of magnetic field orientation H and magnetostriction ΔL/L. The anomalies found in the magnetostriction measurements of HoMnO3 correlate well with the phase diagram of these compounds. For the first time the measurements of magnetostriction of HoMnO3 single crystal were made in all five possible configurations.

  20. Path-integral molecular dynamics simulations for water anion clusters (HO)5- and (DO)5- (United States)

    Takayanagi, Toshiyuki; Yoshikawa, Takehiro; Motegi, Haruki; Shiga, Motoyuki


    Quantum path-integral molecular dynamics simulations have been performed for the (HO)5- and (DO)5- anion clusters on the basis of a semiempirical one-electron pseudopotential-polarization model. Due to larger zero-point vibrational amplitudes for H atoms than that of D atoms, hydrogen-bond lengths in the (HO)5- cluster are slightly larger than those in (DO)5-. The distribution of the vertical detachment energies for (HO)5- also show a broader feature than that for (DO)5-. The present PIMD simulations thus demonstrate the importance of nuclear quantum effects in water anion clusters.

  1. Posttranscriptional Regulation of HO Expression by the Mkt1-Pbp1 Complex†


    Tadauchi, Tomofumi; Inada, Toshifumi; Matsumoto, Kunihiro; Irie, Kenji


    Cells of budding yeast give rise to mother and daughter cells, which differ in that only mother cells express the HO endonuclease gene and are thereby able to switch mating types. In this study, we identified the MKT1 gene as a positive regulator of HO expression. The MKT1 gene encodes a protein with two domains, XPG-N and XPG-I, which are conserved among a family of nucleases, including human XPG endonuclease. Loss of MKT1 had little effect on HO mRNA levels but resulted in decreased protein...

  2. Preserving a diffraction-limited beam in Ho:YAG laser using coherent polarization locking. (United States)

    Tan, L H; Chua, C F; Phua, P B


    We overcome several thermal issues present in Ho:YAG lasers by distributing the gain over a larger volume and achieve a diffraction-limited beam using coherent polarization locking. Increased single-pass absorption, suppression of output power saturation, and improvement in beam quality were shown using the coherent polarization locking technique as compared to a conventional Ho:YAG laser cavity with the same pump and cavity configuration. Ten watts of CW Ho:YAG laser power was generated with >96% coherent combining efficiency.

  3. A "win-win" nanoplatform: TiO2:Yb,Ho,F for NIR light-induced synergistic therapy and imaging. (United States)

    Zhou, Jie; Luo, Pei; Sun, Chong; Meng, Lingchang; Ye, Weiran; Chen, Shanshan; Du, Bin


    To avoid the defect of low energy transfer efficiency in core-shell UCNP-TiO2 NPs, doping rare earth into TiO2 and improving the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 itself under Vis-NIR light might be a more direct and efficient strategy for high (1)O2 production. Here, we designed a TiO2:Yb,Ho,F-β-CD@DTX/HA nanoplatform using TiO2:Yb,Ho,F as the core, β-CD as the drug carrier, hyaluronic acid (HA) as the capping agent and target, and then applied it for 808 nm induced photodynamic-chemotherapy and 980 nm upconversion fluorescence/MR imaging. The results were as follows: (i) for TiO2 as a photosensitizer, after doping Yb, Ho, F into TiO2, it could directly generate reactive oxygen species under an 808 nm laser; the dopants enhanced the absorption under the UV-Vis-NIR region and increased the electron-hole pair separation. (ii) For TiO2 as the upconversion host, F and Ho also endowed TiO2:Yb,Ho,F with enhanced upconversion fluorescence under a 980 nm laser and T2-MRI contrast performance (r2 = 30.71 mM(-1) s(-1)), respectively, thus, facilitating imaging for deep tissues. (iii) The HA shell outside of β-CD prevented the unexpected leaking of DTX, which improved the target abilities and achieved the enzyme-responsive drug release. The in vitro and in vivo studies also demonstrated the nanosystem could efficiently suppress tumor growth by combination therapy and had excellent imaging (UCL/MR) ability. Particularly, our work was the first example that utilized TiO2 simultaneously as a photosensitizer and upconversion host, which simplified the core-shell UCNP-TiO2 nanocomposites and reached a "win-win" cooperation in NIR-induced photodynamic therapy and UCL imaging.

  4. An acidothermophilic functionally active novel GH12 family endoglucanase from Aspergillus niger HO: purification, characterization and molecular interaction studies. (United States)

    Rawat, Rekha; Kumar, Sunil; Chadha, Bhupinder Singh; Kumar, Dinesh; Oberoi, Harinder Singh


    Endoglucanase (EG) from Aspergillus niger HO was sequentially purified through ultrafiltration, ion exchange and size exclusion chromatography to homogeneity, with an overall recovery of 18 %. The purified EG was a monomeric protein with a molecular weight of about 55 kDa. The enzyme was optimally active at pH 3.5 and 70 °C with a half life (t1/2) of 3 h and Km value of 2.5 mg/ml. Metal ions, such as Ca(2+) and Co(2+) helped in enzyme induction, while Hg(2+) and Cu(2+) strongly inhibited the enzyme activity. Peptide mass fingerprinting results revealed that the purified EG is a novel enzyme that belongs to family 12 of glycoside hydrolase (GH12). Molecular docking studies indicated the presence of Glu116 and Glu204 as important determinant residues for the functional interaction with carboxymethylcellulose and showed hydrogen bonding with Asp99, Glu116, Glu204 and hydrophobic interactions with Trp22, Val58, Tyr61, Phe101, Met118, Trp120, Pro129, Ile130, Thr160 and Phe206. Hydrolysis of 2 % CMC with purified acidothermophilic EG at its optimum temperature and pH resulted in complete hydrolysis within 2 h yielding 18 % cellotriose, 72 % cellobiose and 10 % glucose as evident from HPLC analysis. In comparison to most of the EGs reported in literature, EG from A. niger HO exhibited higher thermostability. The acidothermophilic nature of this enzyme makes it potentially useful for industrial applications.

  5. The Ca(2+)/Calmodulin/CaMKK2 Axis: Nature's Metabolic CaMshaft. (United States)

    Marcelo, Kathrina L; Means, Anthony R; York, Brian


    Calcium (Ca(2+)) is an essential ligand that binds its primary intracellular receptor calmodulin (CaM) to trigger a variety of downstream processes and pathways. Central to the actions of Ca(2+)/CaM is the activation of a highly conserved Ca(2+)/CaM kinase (CaMK) cascade that amplifies Ca(2+) signals through a series of subsequent phosphorylation events. Proper regulation of Ca(2+) flux is necessary for whole-body metabolism and disruption of Ca(2+) homeostasis has been linked to various metabolic diseases. Here we provide a synthesis of recent advances that highlight the roles of the Ca(2+)/CaMK axis in key metabolic tissues. An appreciation of this information is critical to understanding the mechanisms by which Ca(2+)/CaM-dependent signaling contributes to metabolic homeostasis and disease.

  6. Particle trackers based on 1 mm and 0.7 mm scintillating fibers readout by a multi-anode photomultiplier (United States)

    Leverington, Blake; Rosellini, Rossano; Anelli, Mario; Campana, Pierluigi


    A prototype particle tracking detector was constructed at LNF with 1 mm and 0.7 mm plastic scintillating fibers with a 64 channel Hamamatsu H7546A-200 Ultra-bialkali flat-panel multi-anode photomultiplier readout. Cosmic ray tracks from an array of 11 gas-filled drift tubes were matched to signals in the scintillating fibers in order to measure the resolution and efficiency of tracks reconstructed in the fiber-based tracker. The fibers allow for two possible readout methods, a hit-based (digital) and an amplitude-based (analog) mode. A GEANT4 detector simulation was also developed to compare cosmic ray data with Monte Carlo results. These fiber tracker designs are suggested as a way to meet the resolution and efficiency goals of modern detectors, such as an upgraded LHCb Outer Tracker. Resolutions for the fiber trackers were found to be 0.236 mm and 0.175 mm for the 1 mm and 0.7 mm trackers, respectively, in analog mode.

  7. Návrh efektivního motivačního programu ve společnosti MEGATECH INDUSTRIES s.r.o.


    Brabcová, Alena


    Předmětem diplomové práce je navržení motivačního programu pro vybranou společnost. V práci jsou nejprve popsány teoretické poznatky týkající se této problematiky, které byly zpracovány na základě odborné literatury. Praktická část práce je zaměřena na popis společnosti MEGATECH Industries s. r. o. a na analýzu současného motivačního programu. Pro získání informací od zaměstnanců bylo využito dotazníkového šetření. V poslední části práce jsou popsány návrhy na zlepšení současného stavu. Th...

  8. Ab initio study on the paths of oxygen abstraction of hydrogen trioxide (HO3) molecule in the HO3 + SO2 reaction

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    R Bagherzadeh; Sattar Ebrahimi; Moein Goodarzi


    The reaction paths of hydrogen trioxide (HO3) with sulphur dioxide (SO2) have been investigated on the doublet potential energy surface, theoretically. All species of the title reaction have been optimized at the PMP2(FC)/cc-pVDZ computational level. Energetic data have been obtained at the CCSD(T)//PMP2 level employing the cc-pVDZ basis set. No stable collision complexes have been found between the SO2 and HO3 molecules. Therefore, the SO2 + HO3 reaction starts without initial associations. The four possible paths, P1 through P4, have been obtained for the formation of SO3 (D3h) + HOO$^{\\bullet}$ product. Our results show that these four paths include relatively high energy barriers to produce the final product of the SO3 (D3h) + HOO$^{\\bullet}$. Therefore, the SO2 + HO3 → SO3(D3h) + HOO$^{\\bullet}$ reaction is difficult to perform under atmospheric conditions. This means that the importance of SO2 + HO3 → SO3 (D3h) + HOO$^{\\bullet}$ reaction increases with increasing temperature and, this reaction plays an important role in the SO3(D3h) production as the main molecule of the formation of acid rain at high temperatures.

  9. QM/MM Calculations with deMon2k

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    Dennis R. Salahub


    Full Text Available The density functional code deMon2k employs a fitted density throughout (Auxiliary Density Functional Theory, which offers a great speed advantage without sacrificing necessary accuracy. Powerful Quantum Mechanical/Molecular Mechanical (QM/MM approaches are reviewed. Following an overview of the basic features of deMon2k that make it efficient while retaining accuracy, three QM/MM implementations are compared and contrasted. In the first, deMon2k is interfaced with the CHARMM MM code (CHARMM-deMon2k; in the second MM is coded directly within the deMon2k software; and in the third the Chemistry in Ruby (Cuby wrapper is used to drive the calculations. Cuby is also used in the context of constrained-DFT/MM calculations. Each of these implementations is described briefly; pros and cons are discussed and a few recent applications are described briefly. Applications include solvated ions and biomolecules, polyglutamine peptides important in polyQ neurodegenerative diseases, copper monooxygenases and ultra-rapid electron transfer in cryptochromes.

  10. CMOS mm-wave transceivers for Gbps wireless communication (United States)

    Baoyong, Chi; Zheng, Song; Lixue, Kuang; Haikun, Jia; Xiangyu, Meng; Zhihua, Wang


    The challenges in the design of CMOS millimeter-wave (mm-wave) transceiver for Gbps wireless communication are discussed. To support the Gbps data rate, the link bandwidth of the receiver/transmitter must be wide enough, which puts a lot of pressure on the mm-wave front-end as well as on the baseband circuit. This paper discusses the effects of the limited link bandwidth on the transceiver system performance and overviews the bandwidth expansion techniques for mm-wave amplifiers and IF programmable gain amplifier. Furthermore, dual-mode power amplifier (PA) and self-healing technique are introduced to improve the PA's average efficiency and to deal with the process, voltage, and temperature variation issue, respectively. Several fully-integrated CMOS mm-wave transceivers are also presented to give a short overview on the state-of-the-art mm-wave transceivers. Project supported in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61331003).

  11. Design of a 20 T, 200 mm bore resistive magnet

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    Gao, B.J.; Bird, M.D.; Bole, S.; Eyssa, Y.M.; Schneider-Muntau, H.J. [National High Magnetic Field Lab., Tallahassee, FL (United States)


    A 20 tesla, three coil, 200 mm bore, 20 MW resistive magnet is being designed at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, FL., USA, in cooperation with the High Magnetic Field Laboratory of Grenoble, France. The outer two coils are axially-cooled and are connected electrically in series producing a central field of 11.27 T in a 365 mm warm bore while consuming 13.5 MW of power. The 6.5 MW inner coil (insert) is a poly-Bitter design with two sub-coils connected electrically in parallel and they together are connected in series to the two outer coils. The field of the inner coil is 8.78 T resulting in a 20 T total field in a 200 mm warm bore. All four coils are made of hard copper.

  12. 450mm wafer patterning with jet and flash imprint lithography (United States)

    Thompson, Ecron; Hellebrekers, Paul; Hofemann, Paul; LaBrake, Dwayne L.; Resnick, Douglas J.; Sreenivasan, S. V.


    The next step in the evolution of wafer size is 450mm. Any transition in sizing is an enormous task that must account for fabrication space, environmental health and safety concerns, wafer standards, metrology capability, individual process module development and device integration. For 450mm, an aggressive goal of 2018 has been set, with pilot line operation as early as 2016. To address these goals, consortiums have been formed to establish the infrastructure necessary to the transition, with a focus on the development of both process and metrology tools. Central to any process module development, which includes deposition, etch and chemical mechanical polishing is the lithography tool. In order to address the need for early learning and advance process module development, Molecular Imprints Inc. has provided the industry with the first advanced lithography platform, the Imprio® 450, capable of patterning a full 450mm wafer. The Imprio 450 was accepted by Intel at the end of 2012 and is now being used to support the 450mm wafer process development demands as part of a multi-year wafer services contract to facilitate the semiconductor industry's transition to lower cost 450mm wafer production. The Imprio 450 uses a Jet and Flash Imprint Lithography (J-FILTM) process that employs drop dispensing of UV curable resists to assist high resolution patterning for subsequent dry etch pattern transfer. The technology is actively being used to develop solutions for markets including NAND Flash memory, patterned media for hard disk drives and displays. This paper reviews the recent performance of the J-FIL technology (including overlay, throughput and defectivity), mask development improvements provided by Dai Nippon Printing, and the application of the technology to a 450mm lithography platform.

  13. Novel Processing of 81-mm Cu Shaped Charge Liners

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    Schwartz, A; Korzekwa, D


    A seven-step procedure was developed for producing shaped charge liner blanks by back extrusion at liquid nitrogen temperatures. Starting with a 38.1-mm diameter, 101.6-mm long cylinder at 77K, three forging steps with a flat-top die are required to produce the solid cone while maintaining low temperature. The solid cone is forged in four individual back extrusions at 77K to produce the rough liner blank. This procedure is capable of being run in batch processes to improve the time efficiency.

  14. Full-mesh optical backplane with standard MM fiber ribbons (United States)

    Ferrario, M.; Coviello, D.; Boffi, P.; Martinelli, M.; Basile, V.; Fassi, I.; Falcucci, M.; Renghini, C.; Scalmati, Paolo


    A new optical backplane solution is proposed for high-capacity ICT apparatus. A modular, scalable and full-mesh bandwidth-upgradable optical interconnection between optoelectronic boards is guaranteed thanks to an optimized layout of standard MM 12-fiber ribbons which divides the overall backplane into several independent optical sub-circuits. The novel automated assembly procedure of fiber ribbons inside sub-circuits with a robotic work-cell is described. System validation of the optical backplane performed with commercially available MM 12-fiber transceivers @10Gb/s proved the feasibility of the proposed solution for future optical interconnections with terabit overall capacity.

  15. An Adaptive Allocation Algorithm using Directional CSMA/CA over mmWave Wireless Personal Area Networks

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    Hyunhee Park


    Full Text Available Directional antennas have the considerable benefits of higher antenna gain, long transmission distance and spatial reuse compared to omni‐antennas. To support a directional antenna, IEEE 802.15.3c specifies a high data transmission rate and short frequency range communication based on the characteristics of 60GHz band. However, the contention‐based protocol of IEEE 802.15.3c may cause channel collisions and throughput degradation as the number of stations in the network increases. In order to resolve this problem and reduce channel access latency, we propose an adaptive allocation algorithm in which the contention window size for optimal transmission probability is derived after the directional information has been obtained by means of AP\tcontrol procedures. Extensive simulations demonstrate that the proposed algorithm outperforms the existing channel access scheme in IEEE 802.15.3c wireless personal area networks under different situations, especially when the number of contending stations is large.

  16. An Efficient End-Pumped Ho:Tm:YLF Disk Amplifier (United States)

    Yu, Ji-Rong; Petros, Mulugeta; Singh, Upendra N.; Barnes, Norman P.


    An efficient diode-pumped, room temperature Ho:Tm:YLF disk amplifier was realized by end-pump configuration. Compared to side pump configuration, about a factor three improvement in system efficiency has been demonstrated.

  17. High Power Narrow Linewidth 1.26 Micron Ho-Doped Fiber Amplifier Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This proposal is for the development of an innovative, high power, and extremely reliable 1.26-micron Ho-doped fluoride fiber amplifier. The proposed fiber amplifier...

  18. In situ measurements of HO{sub x} in super- and subsonic aircraft exhaust plumes

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    Hanisco, T.F.; Wennberg, P.O.; Cohen, R.C.; Anderson, J.G. [Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (United States). Dept. of Chemistry; Fahey, D.W.; Keim, E.R.; Gao, R.S.; Wamsley, R.C.; Donnelly, S.G.; Del Negro, L.A. [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, CO (United States). Aeronomy Lab.; and others


    Concentrations of HO{sub x} (OH and HO{sub 2}) have been obtained in the exhaust plumes of an Air France Concorde and a NASA ER-2 in the lower stratosphere and the NASA DC-8 in the upper troposphere using instruments aboard the NASA ER-2. These fast-time response in situ measurements are used in conjunction with simultaneous in situ measurements of other key exhaust species (NO, NO{sub 2}, NO{sub y}, H{sub 2}O, and CO) to analyze the emissions of HO{sub x} from each aircraft under a variety of conditions. The data are used to establish a general description of gas phase plume chemistry that is easily implemented in a photochemical model. This model is used to determine the amount of HO{sub x} emitted from the engines and the gas phase oxidation rates of nitrogen and sulfur species in the exhaust plumes. (author) 10 refs.

  19. Electrochemical performance of compounds Ho6Fe23-xCox (x=0,1,3)

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    HE Wei; ZHAO Yunhong; HUANG Jinli; ZHANG Yongzhi; ZENG Lingmin


    Alloys with composition of Ho6Fe23-xCox(x=0, 1, 3) were prepared and e xamined by X-ray diffraction technique and automatic battery testing instrument. The compounds Ho6Fe23-xCox(x=0, 1, 3) crystallized in cubic Th6Mn23-type structure with space group Fm(-3)m (No. 225). The electrochemical properties of these alloys such as discharge capacity, cycling performance and high rate dischargeability were investigated by battery testing instruments in alkaline electrolyte. Substitution of small amounts of Co for Fe in Ho6Fe23-xCox improved the activation, discharge capacity and the high rate dischargeability. The alloy with x=3 (Ho6Fe20Co3) had better discharge capacity, HRD and plateau pressure at discharge current density of 150 mA/g.

  20. Návrh operačního zesilovače CMOS


    Nevrkla, Marek


    Tato práce se zabývá problematikou návrhu a simulace analogových integrovaných obvodů v technologii CMOS. Hlavním zaměřením práce je navrhnoutí transkonduktančního zesilovače pracujícího s nízkým vstupním rozdílovým napětím. Ukázka dvoustupňového transkonduktačního zesilovače s kompenzačním RC prvkem. Vytvoření topografie zesilovače pomocí technologie AMIS 07. This work deals with issues of design and simulation of analog CMOS integrated circuit. The general aim is to design transconductan...

  1. Návrh operačního zesilovače CMOS



    Tato práce se zabývá problematikou návrhu a simulace analogových integrovaných obvodů v technologii CMOS. Hlavním zaměřením práce je navrhnoutí transkonduktančního zesilovače pracujícího s nízkým vstupním rozdílovým napětím. Ukázka dvoustupňového transkonduktačního zesilovače s kompenzačním RC prvkem. Vytvoření topografie zesilovače pomocí technologie AMIS 07. This work deals with issues of design and simulation of analog CMOS integrated circuit. The general aim is to design transconductan...

  2. High Power Narrow Linewidth 1.26 Micron Ho-Doped Fiber Amplifier Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This proposal is for the development of an innovative, high power, and extremely reliable 1.26-micron Ho-doped fluoride fiber amplifier. The proposed fiber amplifier...

  3. Technical cooperation for the wider uses of Ho-166 therapeutic agents in European countries

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    Park, K B; Choi, S M; Han, K H; Hong, Y D; Park, W W; Shin, B C


    Czech has put their priority in developing the radiopharmaceuticals based on reactor produced Ho-166 and a related fabrication will be extended to other EU conturies including Germany, France, etc after a development of project. The collaboration will be based on the mutual agreement for developing the between research institutes, industries and academic institutes and further researches should be followed by the issue of developing radiopharmaceuticals using Ho-166. To strengthen the collaboration, detailed discussions for the practical collaboration have been made through the visitation to the research institution of each counter part. For implementing the collaboration between NPI and KAERI, an institutional basis technical cooperation agreement(TCA) will be concluded. Furthermore, agreement for the substantial collaboration on Ho-166 related researches will be made after the conclusion of the TCA. It will accelerate the commercialization of KAERI developed Ho-166 therapeutic agents into other European cou...

  4. Coherent polarization locking: an approach to mitigating optical damage in a pulsed Ho:YAG laser. (United States)

    Tan, L H; Chua, C F; Phua, P B


    Intracavity optical damage is mitigated in a pulsed Ho:YAG laser cavity using the coherent polarization locking (CPL) technique. By splitting the available pump power into two individual Ho:YAG laser rods, we passively coherently locked two orthogonal polarization lasers with 9.13 mJ output pulse energies and 14 ns pulsewidths, and operating at 800 Hz repetition rate. A conventional Ho:YAG laser cavity with the same pump and cavity configuration results in severe optical damage when operating at <2 kHz repetition rate, thus limiting the output pulse energies to <5 mJ. We also demonstrated, to the best of our knowledge, the first pulsed operation within the entire CPL Ho:YAG laser cavity by Q-switching in one of the polarization arms, producing nanosecond pulses with no sign of pulse instability.

  5. Characterization of low temperature metallic magnetic calorimeters having gold absorbers with implanted $^{163}$Ho ions

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    Gastaldo, L; von Seggern, F; Porst, J P; Schäfer, S; Pies, C; Kempf, S; Wolf, T; Fleischmann, A; Enss, C; Herlert, A; Johnston, K


    For the first time we have investigated the behavior of fully micro-fabricated low temperature metallic magnetic calorimeters (MMCs) after undergoing an ion-implantation process. This experiment had the aim to show the possibility to perform a high precision calorimetric measurement of the energy spectrum following the electron capture of $^{163}$Ho using MMCs having the radioactive $^{163}$Ho ions implanted in the absorber. The implantation of $^{163}$Ho ions was performed at ISOLDE-CERN. The performance of a detector that underwent an ion-implantation process is compared to the one of a detector without implanted ions. The results show that the implantation dose of ions used in this experiment does not compromise the properties of the detector. In addition an optimized detector design for future $^{163}$Ho experiments is presented.

  6. Kinetics of the reactions of HBr with O3 and HO2: The yield of HBr from HO2 + BrO (United States)

    Mellouki, Abdelwahid; Talukdar, Ranajit K.; Howard, Carleton J.


    An upper limit on the yield of HBr from reaction (R1) (HO2 + BrO yields products) has been determined by measuring an upper limit for the rate coefficient of the reverse reaction (R1') (HBr + O3 yields HO2 + BrO). The limits measured at 300 and 441 K were extrapolated to low temperatures to determine that the yield of HBr from reaction (R1) is negligible throughout the stratosphere (less than 0.01% of k(sub 1)). An upper limit for the rate coefficient of the reaction of HO2 with HBr was also determined to be very low less than or equal to 3 x 10(exp -17) cu cm/molecule/sec at 300 K and less than or equal to 3 x 10(exp -16) cu cm/molecule/sec at 400 K. The implications of these results to stratospheric chemistry are discussed.

  7. Návrh a implementace automatického obchodního systému pro devizový trh


    Doležal, Radek


    Diplomová práce se zaobírá problematikou návrhu a implementace automatického obchodního systému pro devizový trh. Obsahuje rozbor základních pojmů, metod technické analýzy a money managementu potřebných pro návrh strategie automatického systému. Výstupem práce je vlastní automatický obchodní systém, jehož robustnost a stabilita je otestována technikou walk forward analýzy. The subject of this diploma thesis is a design and implementation of an automated trading system for the forex market....

  8. Návrh dálkového ovládání mobilního robotu pomocí Microsoft Kinect.


    Barcaj, Adam


    Tato diplomová práce se zabývá využitím čidla Microsoft Kinect pro dálkové ovládání mobilního robotu. Cílem práce byl návrh způsobu ovládání autonomního mobilního robotu pomocí předem definovaných gest, tyto gesta následně zrealizovat a prakticky otestovat. This diploma thesis deals with application of Microsoft Kinect sensor for remote control of mobile robot. The aim was design and implement methods for remote control of mobile robot with using of predefined gestures and these method pra...

  9. Algoritmizace a implementace automatického obchodního systému v prostředí devizových trhů


    Foltýn, Adam


    Bakalářská práce se zaměřuje na návrh, algoritmizaci, implementaci a optimalizaci automatického obchodního systému (AOS) pro devizový trh Forex. Systém je naprogramován v jazyce MQL 4, který je speciálně používán v obchodní platformě MetaTrader 4. Práce obsahuje vysvětlení základů teorie a pojmů, které jsou nezbytné pro porozumění funkčnosti vytvořeného AOS. This bachelor thesis focuses on the proposal, algorithms, implemetation and optimization of automatic trading system (EA – expert adv...

  10. Kontrola kvality pájeného spoje a Design of Experiments u strojního pájení vlnou


    Smeliková, Lenka


    Tato diplomová práce se zabývá problematikou strojního pájení vlnou a aplikací metody Design of Experiments na nový produkt firmy. Shrnuje základní poznatky z technologie pájení, pájecích slitin a metody Design of Experiments. Metoda Design of Experiments byla aplikována na produkt při strojním pájení vlnou k nalezení jejího optimálního nastavení. This master´s thesis deals with problems of wave soldering and application methods Design of Experiments for the new product production. Summari...

  11. Rapid recycling of Ca2+ between IP3-sensitive stores and lysosomes.

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    Cristina I López Sanjurjo

    Full Text Available Inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3 evokes release of Ca2+ from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER, but the resulting Ca2+ signals are shaped by interactions with additional intracellular organelles. Bafilomycin A1, which prevents lysosomal Ca2+ uptake by inhibiting H+ pumping into lysosomes, increased the amplitude of the initial Ca2+ signals evoked by carbachol in human embryonic kidney (HEK cells. Carbachol alone and carbachol in combination with parathyroid hormone (PTH evoke Ca2+ release from distinct IP3-sensitive Ca2+ stores in HEK cells stably expressing human type 1 PTH receptors. Bafilomycin A1 similarly exaggerated the Ca2+ signals evoked by carbachol or carbachol with PTH, indicating that Ca2+ released from distinct IP3-sensitive Ca2+ stores is sequestered by lysosomes. The Ca2+ signals resulting from store-operated Ca2+ entry, whether evoked by thapsigargin or carbachol, were unaffected by bafilomycin A1. Using Gd3+ (1 mM to inhibit both Ca2+ entry and Ca2+ extrusion, HEK cells were repetitively stimulated with carbachol to assess the effectiveness of Ca2+ recycling to the ER after IP3-evoked Ca2+ release. Blocking lysosomal Ca2+ uptake with bafilomycin A1 increased the amplitude of each carbachol-evoked Ca2+ signal without affecting the rate of Ca2+ recycling to the ER. This suggests that Ca2+ accumulated by lysosomes is rapidly returned to the ER. We conclude that lysosomes rapidly, reversibly and selectively accumulate the Ca2+ released by IP3 receptors residing within distinct Ca2+ stores, but not the Ca2+ entering cells via receptor-regulated, store-operated Ca2+ entry pathways.

  12. Influence of Striking Edge Radius (2 mm versus 8 mm) on Instrumented Charpy Data and Absorbed Energies

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    Lucon, E.


    The most commonly used test standards for performing Charpy impact tests (ISO 148 and ASTM E 23) envisage the use of strikers having different radii of the striking edge, i.e. 2 mm (ISO) and 8 mm (ASTM). The effect of striker geometry on Charpy results was extensively studied in the past in terms of absorbed energy measured by the machine encoder, but few investigations are available on the influence of striker configuration on the results of instrumented Charpy tests (characteristic forces, displacements and integrated energy). In this paper, these effects are investigated based on the analysis of published results from three interlaboratory studies and some unpublished Charpy data obtained at SCK-CEN. The instrumented variables which are the most sensitive to the radius of the striking edge are the maximum force and its corresponding displacement, with 8mm-strikers providing systematically higher values. Absorbed energies, obtained both from the instrumented trace and from the pendulum encoder, are almost insensitive to the type of striker up to 200 J. For higher energy levels, the values obtained from 8mm strikers become progressively larger. Data scatter is generally higher for 2mm-strikers.

  13. Intracellular Ca2+ signals in human-derived pancreatic somatostatin-secreting cells (QGP-1N). (United States)

    Squires, P E; Amiranoff, B; Dunne, M J


    Single-cell microfluorimetry techniques have been used to examine the effects of acetylcholine (0.1-100 microM) on the intracellular free calcium ion concentration ([Ca2+]i) in a human-derived pancreatic somatostatin-secreting cell line, QGP-1N. When applied to the bath solution, acetylcholine was found to evoke a marked and rapid increase in [Ca2+]i at all concentrations tested. These responses were either sustained, or associated with the generation of complex patterns of [Ca2+]i transients. Overall, the pattern of response was concentration related. In general, 0.1-10 microM acetylcholine initiated a series of repetitive oscillations in cytoplasmic Ca2+, whilst at higher concentrations the responses consisted of a rapid rise in [Ca2+]i followed by a smaller more sustained increase. Without external Ca2+, 100 microM acetylcholine caused only a transient rise in [Ca2+]i, whereas lower concentrations of the agonist were able to initiate, but not maintain, [Ca2+]i oscillations. Acetylcholine-evoked Ca2+ signals were abolished by atropine (1-10 microM), verapamil (100 microM) and caffeine (20 mM). Nifedipine failed to have any significant effect upon agonist-evoked increases in [Ca2+]i, whilst 50 mM KCl, used to depolarise the cell membrane, only elicited a transient increase in [Ca2+]i. Ryanodine (50-500 nM) and caffeine (1-20 mM) did not increase basal Ca2+ levels, but the Ca(2+)-ATPase inhibitors 2,5-di(tert-butyl)-hydroquinone (TBQ) and thapsigargin both elevated [Ca2+]i levels. These data demonstrate for the first time cytosolic Ca2+ signals in single isolated somatostatin-secreting cells of the pancreas. We have demonstrated that acetylcholine will evoke both Ca2+ influx and Ca2+ mobilisation, and we have partially addressed the subcellular mechanism responsible for these events.

  14. The growth of Ho:YAG single crystals by Czochralski method and investigating the formed cores

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    Hasani Barbaran, J., E-mail:; Ghani Aragi, M. R.; Javaheri, I.; Baharvand, B.; Tabasi, M.; Layegh Ahan, R.; Jangjo, E. [NSTRI, Laser and Optics Research School (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    Ho:YAG single crystals were grown by Czochralski technique, and investigated by the X-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical methods. The crystals were cut and polished in order to observe and analyze their cores. It was found that the deviation of the cores formed in the Czochralski grown Ho:YAG single crystals are resulted from non-symmetrical status of thermal insulation around the Iridium crucible.

  15. OH and HO2 chemistry during NAMBLEX: roles of oxygenates, halogen oxides and heterogeneous uptake

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    R. Sommariva


    Full Text Available Several zero-dimensional box-models with different levels of chemical complexity, based on the Master Chemical Mechanism (MCM, have been used to study the chemistry of OH and HO2 in a coastal environment in the Northern Hemisphere. The models were constrained to and compared with measurements made during the NAMBLEX campaign (Mace Head, Ireland in summer 2002. The base models, which were constrained to measured CO, CH4 and NMHCs, were able to reproduce [OH] within 25%, but overestimated [HO2] by about a factor of 2. Agreement was improved when the models were constrained to oxygenated compounds (acetaldehyde, methanol and acetone, highlighting their importance for the radical budget. When the models were constrained to measured halogen monoxides (IO, BrO and used a more detailed, measurements-based, treatment to describe the heterogeneous uptake, modelled [OH] increased by up to 15% and [HO2] decreased by up to 30%. The actual impact of halogen monoxides on the modelled concentrations of HOx was dependant on the uptake coefficients used for HOI, HOBr and HO2. Better agreement, within the combined uncertainties of the measurements and of the model, was achieved when using high uptake coefficients for HO2 and HOI (γHO2=1, γHOI=0.6. A rate of production and destruction analysis of the models allowed a detailed study of OH and HO2 chemistry under the conditions encountered during NAMBLEX, showing the importance of oxygenates and of XO (where X=I, Br as co-reactants for OH and HO2 and of HOX photolysis as a source for OH.

  16. High prevalence of overweight among adolescents in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


    Nguyen, Phuong Ngoc; Hong, Tang Kim; Hoang, Truong; Nguyen, Dung The; Robert, Annie


    Background: Two previous surveys conducted in Ho Chi Minh City revealed an increasing prevalence of overweight and obese adolescents, from 5.9% in 2002 to 11.7% in 2004. From 2004 to 2010, the government set up and implemented health promotion programs to promote physical activity and good nutritional habits in order to prevent overweight and obesity in children and adolescents. Our study aimed to estimate the prevalence of overweight and obesity among adolescents in urban areas of Ho Chi Min...

  17. OH and HO2 chemistry in clean marine air during SOAPEX-2

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    R. Sommariva


    Full Text Available Model-measurement comparisons of HOx in extremely clean air ([NO] The free-radical chemistry was studied using a zero-dimensional box-model based upon the Master Chemical Mechanism (MCM. Two versions of the model were used, with different levels of chemical complexity, to explore the role of hydrocarbons upon free-radical budgets under very clean conditions. The "detailed" model was constrained to measurements of CO, CH4 and 17 NMHCs, while the "simple" model contained only the CO and CH4 oxidation mechanisms, together with inorganic chemistry. The OH and HO2 (HOx concentrations predicted by the two models agreed to within 5–10%. The model results were compared with the HOx concentrations measured by the FAGE (Fluorescence Assay by Gas Expansion technique during four days of clean Southern Ocean marine boundary layer (MBL air. The models overestimated OH concentrations by about 10% on two days and about 20% on the other two days. HO2 concentrations were measured during two of these days and the models overestimated the measured concentrations by about 40%. Better agreement with measured HO2 was observed by using data from several MBL aerosol measurements to estimate the aerosol surface area and by increasing the HO2 uptake coefficient to unity. This reduced the modelled HO2 overestimate by ~40%, with little effect on OH, because of the poor HO2 to OH conversion at the low ambient NOx concentrations. Local sensitivity analysis and Morris One-At-A-Time analysis were performed on the "simple" model, and showed the importance of reliable measurements of j(O1D and [HCHO] and of the kinetic parameters that determine the efficiency of O(1D to OH and HCHO to HO2 conversion. A 2σ standard deviation of 30–40% for OH and 25–30% for HO2 was estimated for the model calculations using a Monte Carlo technique coupled with Latin Hypercube Sampling (LHS.

  18. Anisotropic Hubbard model on a triangular lattice - spin dynamics in HoMnO3

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    Saptarshi Ghosh; Avinash Singh


    The recent neutron scattering data for spin-wave dispersion in HoMnO3 are well-described by an anisotropic Hubbard model on a triangular lattice with a planar (XY) spin anisotropy. Best fit indicates that magnetic excitations in HoMnO3 correspond to the strong-coupling limit / > ∼ 15, with planar exchange energy = 42/ ≃ 2.5 meV and planar anisotropy ≃ 0.35 meV.

  19. Magnetic structures in RNi₄B (R=Nd, Tb, Ho, Er)

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    Alleno, E., E-mail: [ICMPE, UMR 7182 CNRS-UPEC, 2 rue Henri Dunant, 94320 Thiais (France); Mazumdar, C. [Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Sector-1, Block-AF, 700064 Kolkata (India)


    Neutron diffraction has been performed on RNi₄B (R=Nd, Tb, Ho, Er) polycrystals. The orthorhombic structure for NdNi₄B and the CeCo₄B structure type (hexagonal) for TbNi₄B and HoNi₄B are confirmed. Our data also show that this last structure is currently the best approximant for ErNi₄B. The RNi₄B (R=Nd, Tb, Ho, Er) order ferromagnetically at respectively 11.0, 18.1, 6.2 and 10.0 K. The crystal electric field (CEF) interaction controls the magnetic anisotropy in this series leading to an easy axis ~30 deg above the basal plane in RNi₄B (R=Nd, Tb, Ho) and parallel to the c-axis in ErNi₄B at 1.6 K. The RNi₄B (R=Nd, Tb, Ho) display a spin re-orientation below Tc which arises from a competition between the second order term and the higher order terms of the CEF hamiltonian. - Graphical abstract: Simplified magnetic structure in NdNi₄B and full magnetic structure in RNi₄B (R=Tb, Ho). Variation with temperature of the easy magnetization axis direction (angle with c-axis) showing a spin re-orientation. Highlights: • RNi₄B (R=Nd, Tb, Ho, Er) polycrystals were inductively melted. • Neutron diffraction confirms they all order ferromagnetically. • The magnetization easy axis is parallel to the c-axis in ErNi₄B. • The RNi₄B (R=Nd, Tb, Ho) display a spin re-orientation below Tc. • Their easy axis tilts from the c-axis at Tc to ~30 deg above the basal plane at 1.5 K.

  20. Stokes and Anti Stokes Luminescence in LiTaO3:Ho (United States)


    fluoride glass ZBLAN : Ho 2 has been achieved. Very recently upconversion phenomena in YAIO3:Ho have been studied 3 . In this paper we report on...attention recently because it offers a potential of a visible laser emission. Numerous works deal with crystals and glasses doped with thulium or (lambda -549 nm), holmium-doped fluorozirconate glass fiber laser", J Quantum Electron., 32, pp. 638-645, 1996. 3. M. Malinowski, R1

  1. Developing a European Youth Hostel Concept : Case: May Hostel, Ho Chi Minh City


    Tran, Linh; Vo, Thien


    This study aims to propose a novel business idea for the Vietnamese market: a European hostel model for international travelers in Ho Chi Minh City. In order for this idea to be further developed, the first and foremost thing is to explore whether this European hostel concept is promising for this target market. The structure of this research includes three main parts. First, the original business concept is thoroughly examined. Second, an insightful market research into Ho Chi Minh Cit...

  2. Hypotension is 100 mm Hg on the Battlefield (United States)


    corroborate the predictive value of admission metabolic acidosis on patient survival. We also were able to show that an SBP of 110 mm Hg after injury was... metabolic acidosis , complications, length of stay, intensive care unit days, and ventilator days all increased. The implication of our result suggested

  3. RF and mm-Wave Photonics at Sandia National Laboratories

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    Vawter, G.A.; Sullivan, C.


    RF and mm-wave photonic devices and circuits have been developed at Sandia National Laboratories for applications ranging from RF optical data links to optical generation of mm-wave frequencies. This talk will explore recent high-speed photonics technology developments at Sandia including: (1) A monolithic optical integrated circuit for all-optical generation of mm-waves. Using integrated mode-locked diode lasers, amplifiers, and detectors, frequencies between 30 GHz and 90 GHz are generated by a single monolithic (Al,Ga)As optical circuit less than 2mm in its largest dimension. (2) Development of polarization-maintaining, low-insertion-loss, low v-pi, Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) modulators with DC-to-potentially-K-band modulation bandwidth. New low-loss polarization-maintaining waveguide designs using binary alloys have been shown to reduce polarization crosstalk in undoped (Al,Ga)As waveguides, yielding high extinction ratio (>40dB) and low on-chip loss (<6dB) in Mach-Zehnder interferometers. RF drive voltage is reduced through use of 45rnrn-active length devices with modulator sensitivity, v-pi, less than 3V.

  4. LIGA-fabricated compact mm-wave linear accelerator cavities.

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    Song, J.J.; Bajikar, S.S.; DeCarlo, F.; Kang, Y.W.; Kustom, R.L.; Mancini, D.C.; Nassiri, A.; Lai, B.; Feinerman, A.D.; White, V.


    Millimeter-wave rf cavities for use in linear accelerators, free-electron lasers, and mm-wave undulatory are under development at Argonne National Laboratory. Typical cavity dimensions are in the 1000 mm range, and the overall length of the accelerator structure, which consists of 30-100 cavities, is about 50-100 mm. An accuracy of 0.2% in the cavity dimensions is necessary in order to achieve a high Q-factor of the cavity. To achieve this these structures are being fabricated using deep X-ray lithography, electroforming, and assembly (LIGA). The first prototype cavity structures are designed for 108 GHz and 2p/3-mode operation. Input and output couplers are integrated with the cavity structures. The cavities are fabricated on copper substrates by electroforming copper into 1-mm-thick PMMA resists patterned by deep x-ray lithography and polishing the copper down to the desired thickness. These are fabricated separately and subsequently assembled with precision spacing and alignment using microspheres, optical fibers, or microfabricated spacers/alignment pieces. Details of the fabrication process, alignment, and assembly work are presented in here.

  5. Two-port laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy using 3-mm instruments

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    Naoyuki Yoshiki


    Conclusion: Two-port laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy using 3-mm instruments is a feasible and safe approach by which surgeons expert in conventional multiport laparoscopy achieve minimally invasive surgery with low morbidity and a low rate of conversion to the conventional approach.

  6. Future mmVLBI Research with ALMA: A European vision

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    Tilanus, R P J; Zensus, J A; Baudry, A; Bremer, M; Falcke, H; Giovannini, G; Laing, R; van Langevelde, H J; Vlemmings, W; Abraham, Z; Afonso, J; Agudo, I; Alberdi, A; Alcolea, J; Altamirano, D; Asadi, S; Assaf, K; Augusto, P; Baczko, A-K; Boeck, M; Boller, T; Bondi, M; Boone, F; Bourda, G; Brajsa, R; Brand, J; Britzen, S; Bujarrabal, V; Cales, S; Casadio, C; Casasola, V; Castangia, P; Cernicharo, J; Charlot, P; Chemin, L; Clenet, Y; Colomer, F; Combes, F; Cordes, J; Coriat, M; Cross, N; D'Ammando, F; Dallacasa, D; Desmurs, J-F; Eatough, R; Eckart, A; Eisenacher, D; Etoka, S; Felix, M; Fender, R; Ferreira, M; Freeland, E; Frey, S; Fromm, C; Fuhrmann, L; Gabanyi, K; Galvan-Madrid, R; Giroletti, M; Goddi, C; Gomez, J; Gourgoulhon, E; Gray, M; di Gregorio, I; Greimel, R; Grosso, N; Guirado, J; Hada, K; Hanslmeier, A; Henkel, C; Herpin, F; Hess, P; Hodgson, J; Horns, D; Humphreys, E; Kramer, B Hutawarakorn; Ilyushin, V; Impellizzeri, V; Ivanov, V; Julião, M; Kadler, M; Kerins, E; Klaassen, P; Klooster, K van 't; Kording, E; Kozlov, M; Kramer, M; Kreikenbohm, A; Kurtanidze, O; Lazio, J; Leite, A; Leitzinger, M; Lepine, J; Levshakov, S; Lico, R; Lindqvist, M; Liuzzo, E; Lobanov, A; Lucas, P; Mannheim, K; Marcaide, J; Markoff, S; Martí-Vidal, I; Martins, C; Masetti, N; Massardi, M; Menten, K; Messias, H; Migliari, S; Mignano, A; Miller-Jones, J; Minniti, D; Molaro, P; Molina, S; Monteiro, A; Moscadelli, L; Mueller, C; Müller, A; Muller, S; Niederhofer, F; Odert, P; Olofsson, H; Orienti, M; Paladino, R; Panessa, F; Paragi, Z; Paumard, T; Pedrosa, P; Pérez-Torres, M; Perrin, G; Perucho, M; Porquet, D; Prandoni, I; Ransom, S; Reimers, D; Rejkuba, M; Rezzolla, L; Richards, A; Ros, E; Roy, A; Rushton, A; Savolainen, T; Schulz, R; Silva, M; Sivakoff, G; Soria-Ruiz, R; Soria, R; Spaans, M; Spencer, R; Stappers, B; Surcis, G; Tarchi, A; Temmer, M; Thompson, M; Torrelles, J; Truestedt, J; Tudose, V; Venturi, T; Verbiest, J; Vieira, J; Vielzeuf, P; Vincent, F; Wex, N; Wiik, K; Wiklind, T; Wilms, J; Zackrisson, E; Zechlin, H


    Very long baseline interferometry at millimetre/submillimetre wavelengths (mmVLBI) offers the highest achievable spatial resolution at any wavelength in astronomy. The anticipated inclusion of ALMA as a phased array into a global VLBI network will bring unprecedented sensitivity and a transformational leap in capabilities for mmVLBI. Building on years of pioneering efforts in the US and Europe the ongoing ALMA Phasing Project (APP), a US-led international collaboration with MPIfR-led European contributions, is expected to deliver a beamformer and VLBI capability to ALMA by the end of 2014 (APP: Fish et al. 2013, arXiv:1309.3519). This report focuses on the future use of mmVLBI by the international users community from a European viewpoint. Firstly, it highlights the intense science interest in Europe in future mmVLBI observations as compiled from the responses to a general call to the European community for future research projects. A wide range of research is presented that includes, amongst others: - Imagin...

  7. Millimeter wave VAlidation STandard (mm-VAST) antenna. Abstract

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    Kim, Oleksiy S.

    This document outlines the background, objectives and the main results of the project “Millimeter wave VAlidation STandard (mm-VAST) antenna” completed by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in collaboration with Danish company TICRA for the European Space Agency (ESA) under ESA contract no...

  8. Millimeter wave VAlidation STandard (mm-VAST) antenna

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    Kim, Oleksiy S.

    This document summarizes the main results of the project “Millimeter wave VAlidation STandard (mm-VAST) antenna” completed by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in collaboration with Danish company TICRA for the European Space Agency (ESA) under ESA contract no. 4000109866/13/NL/MH....

  9. 36 W Q-switched Ho:YAG laser at 2097 nm pumped by a Tm fiber laser: evaluation of different Ho3+ doping concentrations (United States)

    Antipov, O. L.; Eranov, I. D.; Kositsyn, R. I.


    A laser oscillator based on Ho:YAG crystal pumped by a Tm fiber laser with an acousto-optical Q-switch was optimized for maximum output power and pulse-to-pulse stability. Stable operation at 2097 nm in Q-switched mode is demonstrated, with pulse repetition rates from 10 to 30 kHz, and output power of 36 W (at 55 W of pump power at 1908 nm) in the good quality beam. The influence of Ho ion up-conversion and thermal lensing on the oscillation efficiency is discussed.

  10. Characteristics of gait ataxia in δ2 glutamate receptor mutant mice, ho15J.

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    Eri Takeuchi

    Full Text Available The cerebellum plays a fundamental, but as yet poorly understood, role in the control of locomotion. Recently, mice with gene mutations or knockouts have been used to investigate various aspects of cerebellar function with regard to locomotion. Although many of the mutant mice exhibit severe gait ataxia, kinematic analyses of limb movements have been performed in only a few cases. Here, we investigated locomotion in ho15J mice that have a mutation of the δ2 glutamate receptor. The cerebellum of ho15J mice shows a severe reduction in the number of parallel fiber-Purkinje synapses compared with wild-type mice. Analysis of hindlimb kinematics during treadmill locomotion showed abnormal hindlimb movements characterized by excessive toe elevation during the swing phase, and by severe hyperflexion of the ankles in ho15J mice. The great trochanter heights in ho15J mice were lower than in wild-type mice throughout the step cycle. However, there were no significant differences in various temporal parameters between ho15J and wild-type mice. We suggest that dysfunction of the cerebellar neuronal circuits underlies the observed characteristic kinematic abnormality of hindlimb movements during locomotion of ho15J mice.

  11. GEC-targeted HO-1 expression reduces proteinuria in glomerular immune injury. (United States)

    Duann, Pu; Lianos, Elias A


    Induction of heme oxygenase (HO)-1 is a key defense mechanism against oxidative stress. Compared with tubules, glomeruli are refractory to HO-1 upregulation in response to injury. This can be a disadvantage as it may be associated with insufficient production of cytoprotective heme-degradation metabolites. We, therefore, explored whether 1) targeted HO-1 expression can be achieved in glomeruli without altering their physiological integrity and 2) this expression reduces proteinuria in immune injury induced by an anti-glomerular basement membrane (GBM) antibody (Ab). We employed a 4.125-kb fragment of a mouse nephrin promoter downstream to which a FLAG-tagged hHO-1 cDNA sequence was inserted and subsequently generated transgenic mice from the FVB/N parental strain. There was a 16-fold higher transgene expression in the kidney than nonspecific background (liver) while the transprotein immunolocalized in glomerular epithelial cells (GEC). There was no change in urinary protein excretion, indicating that GEC-targeted HO-1 expression had no effect on glomerular protein permeability. Urinary protein excretion in transgenic mice with anti-GBM Ab injury (days 3 and 6) was significantly lower compared with wild-type controls. There was no significant change in renal expression levels of profibrotic (TGF-beta1) or anti-inflammatory (IL-10) cytokines in transgenic mice with anti-GBM Ab injury. These observations indicate that GEC-targeted HO-1 expression does not alter glomerular physiological integrity and reduces proteinuria in glomerular immune injury.

  12. Effect of Ho-doping on photocatalytic activity of nanosized TiO2 catalyst

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    CAI Heshan; LIU Guoguang; Lü Wenying; LI Xiaoxia; YU Lin; LI Daguang


    Ho-doped TiO2 nanoparticles with higher photocatalytic activity were prepared by an acid-catalyzed sol-gel method. The photocatalytic decomposition of methyl orange in aqueous solution was used as a probe reaction to evaluate their photocatalytic activities. The effects of Ho doping on the crystallite sizes, crystal pattern, surface composition, and optical property of the catalysts were investigated by means of techniques such as X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Diffuse Reflectance UV-Vis Spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS), Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR), and Photo-Luminiscence (PL) spectra. Moreover, the modification mechanism of Ho doping was also discussed. The results showed that Ho doping could inhibit phase transformation from anatase to ruffle, suppress the growth of TiO2 grains, cause blue shift of the absorption spectrum edge, accelerate surface hydroxylation, and enhance the separation efficiency of photoinduced electron-hole pairs, which resulted in a significant improvement in the photoreactivity of Ho-doped TiO2. Among them, the Ho-doped TiO2 calcined at 500 ℃ achieved the highest photocatalytic activity.

  13. Quantum dynamics simulations of energy redistribution in HO-SO{sub 2}

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    Reed, Stewart K., E-mail: [School of Chemistry, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT (United Kingdom); Glowacki, David R., E-mail: [School of Chemistry, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT (United Kingdom); Shalashilin, Dmitrii V., E-mail: [School of Chemistry, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT (United Kingdom)


    Graphical abstract: This paper presents quantum dynamics simulations using the coupled coherent states method of the dissociation of HO-SO{sub 2} and compares the results to those from classical dynamics calculations. The pictogram illustrates the time dependence of the energy in the HO-SO{sub 2} stretch mode and a typical square modulus of a morse wave function in phase space. - Abstract: Quantum dynamics simulations of HO-SO{sub 2} using the coupled coherent state methodology are described in detail. Motivated by the assumption of fast intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution (IVR) within the nascent collision complex in measurements of the association rate coefficients using the 'proxy' method, we examine IVR within HO-SO{sub 2}. Like our earlier classical dynamics calculations [D.R. Glowacki, S.K. Reed, M.J. Pilling, D.V. Shalashilin, E. Martinez-Nunez, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 11 (2009) 963], the quantum dynamics results suggest that OH vibrational excitation is deactivated within HO-SO{sub 2} prior to its dissociation, although the quantum IVR rates are greater than those in the classical simulations. The ubiquitous question of zero point energy in classical dynamics calculations is also considered. Reducing the quantity of zero point energy included in classical dynamics calculations decreases the HO-SO{sub 2} dissociation rate and increases the deactivation of the OH stretch thereby producing vibrational energy distributions for the dissociated OH that more closely resemble those from the quantum dynamics calculations.

  14. Correlation between magnon and magnetic symmetries of hexagonal RMnO3 (R = Er, Ho, Lu) (United States)

    Nguyen, Thi Minh Hien; Nguyen, Thi Huyen; Chen, Xiang-Bai; Park, Yeonju; Jung, Young Mee; Lee, D.; Noh, T. W.; Cheong, Sang-Wook; Yang, In-Sang


    The correlation between the magnon scattering and the magnetic symmetries of hexagonal RMnO3 (R = Er, Ho) thin films and LuMnO3 single crystal was studied through the 2D Correlation Spectroscopy (2D COS) and Perturbation-Correlation Moving Window 2D (PCMW2D) Correlation Spectroscopy which were performed on the temperature-dependent Raman spectra of RMnO3 (R = Er, Ho, Lu). From the Raman spectra, we observed much stronger intensity and more asymmetrical magnon peak in LuMnO3 single crystal than in ErMnO3 and HoMnO3 thin films. While the ratio between magnon and phonon's linewidth of LuMnO3 and HoMnO3 display an anomalous behavior, that ratio of ErMnO3 is almost stable. The result from PCMW2D also supports these results. In addition, our 2D COS analysis showed that there are more overlap peaks in broad four-spin flipping magnon peak in LuMnO3 than that in ErMnO3 and HoMnO3. The differences of hexagonal RMnO3 (R = Er, Ho, Lu) in magnon scattering are very similar to the actual differences of the magnetic symmetries of these compounds. Therefore, we suggest that the magnon scattering of hexagonal RMnO3 is strongly correlated with the magnetic symmetries of these materials.

  15. H2S confers colonoprotection against TNBS-induced colitis by HO-1 upregulation in rats. (United States)

    Kupai, Krisztina; Almási, Nikoletta; Kósa, Magdolna; Nemcsók, János; Murlasits, Zsolt; Török, Szilvia; Al-Awar, Amin; Baráth, Zoltán; Pósa, Anikó; Varga, Csaba


    Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is an endogenous mediator that contributes to many important physiological processes including vasodilation and vascular smooth muscle relaxation; in turn, preventing tissue damage and reducing inflammation. Heme oxygenase (HO) enzymes, of which HO-1 is inducible by harmful stimuli, were found to regulate intestinal inflammation in experimental animal models of colitis. We aimed to investigate the protective effects of H2S against 2,4,6-trinitrobenzenesulfonic acid (TNBS)-induced colitis in rats, and whether HO enzyme system is involved in the H2S-induced colonic cytoprotection. Male Wistar rats were treated with TNBS to induce colitis, and H2S donor (Lawesson's reagent) was prepared two times/day at different concentrations, and delivered per os (from day 1 to day 3). Our results suggest that daily treatment (2 times/day) with H2S donor, could significantly decrease the extent of colonic inflammation compared to vehicle treatment, and the most effective daily dose of H2S donor against inflammation was 18.75 µM/kg/day. Per os administration of H2S donor increased the colonic HO enzyme activity; on the contrary, the protective effect of H2S was abolished by the co-treatment with HO inhibitor. Our findings suggest that H2S confers colonoprotection, probably by modulation of anti-inflammatory parameters and HO enzyme activity.

  16. Program pro inovaci řídicího systému SORT


    Šulc, Martin


    Analýza zadání pro rozšíření řídicího systému a návrhu ovládacího programu pro pozorovací kamery a s tím spojený teoretický rozbor nezbytný pro pochopení problematiky. Návrh komunikačního protokolu pro zpřístupnění všech funkcí systému přes TCP/IP komunikaci. Následná implementace protokolu do ovládacího programu a do řídicího programovatelného automatu. Naprogramování aplikace s uživatelským rozhraním pro ovládání kamer a zpracování obrazových dat. Program také představuje server pro TCP/IP ...

  17. Conjugate heat transfer analysis of 300-mm bake station (United States)

    Ramanan, Natarajan; Liang, Frank F.; Sims, James B.


    An exhaustive heat-transfer analysis of 200-mm and 300-mm bake equipment has been conducted to infer the temperature uniformity on the wafer from the time it is set on the plate until the end of the bake process. The objective of the analysis was to gain insight into the heat transport to the wafer and improve the thermal uniformity of the wafer. During the soft, hard and post-exposure bake processes, the temperatures to which the wafer is heated can range from 50 degrees to 250 degrees C. The influence of the variables that contribute to the temperature nonuniformity, namely the height of the proximity pins, wafer warp and bow, heater thickness, insulation of the bake plate, and lid material, have been analyzed. The analysis has been carried out using computational fluid dynamics packages, FLUENT/UNS and FIDAP. The accuracy of the numerical simulations has been verified through analytical solution is presented which provides a closed-form expression for the temperature of the wafer in terms of Biot number, a dimensionless parameter. The temperature rise of the wafer based on this simple expression compares very favorably with the detailed axisymmetric numerical solution that was carried out using variable material properties and the complex boundary conditions for the geometry of a 200-mm bake plate. The radial temperature variation on the wafer after 100 seconds on the bake plate also matches very well with the measurements. Based on the success of the modeling results with the 200-mm bake plates, a 300-mm bake plate analysis was conducted to determine if the temperature uniformity would be within specifications. The analysis revealed some key factors that caused temperature nonuniformity and the design was then altered to improve the temperature uniformity. Subsequent measurements confirmed the improvement of the temperature uniformity.

  18. Effect of vanadate and of removal of extracellular Ca2+ and Na+ on tension development and 45Ca efflux in rat and frog myocardium

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    Gesser, H; Bonefeld-Jørgensen, Eva Cecilie


    Vanadate in the range 0-5 mM has positive inotropic effects on myocardial strips of frog and to a lesser extent on those of rat. Inhibiting the sarcolemmal Na+, Ca2+ exchange by a solution free of Ca2+ and Na+ caused a drop in 45Ca efflux and a transient increase in resting tension. These effects...... were more expressed for the frog than for the rat myocardium, which suggests that the Na+ for Ca2+ exchange across the cell membrane is more important in the frog than in the rat myocardium. A subsequent addition of vanadate at 2 or 5 mM had no effect on 45Ca efflux, while it increased the resting...... tension. This increase was higher for the frog than for the rat myocardium. These results suggest that the inotropic effects of vanadate may be due to an effect on membrane-bound Ca2+-ATPase....

  19. Novice performance of ultrasound-guided needle advancement: standard 38-mm transducer vs 25-mm hockey stick transducer. (United States)

    Davies, T; Townsley, P; Jlala, H; Dowling, M; Bedforth, N; Hardman, J G; McCahon, R A


    The optimal method to develop expertise in ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia is unknown. Studies of laryngoscopic expertise in novices demonstrate that the choice of laryngoscope affects performance. In this study, we aimed to compare the effect of two different linear array transducers (38-mm standard vs 25-mm hockey stick) on novice performance of ultrasound-guided needle advancement. Following randomisation, participants watched a video model of expert performance of ultrasound-guided needle advancement. Recruits performed the modelled task on a turkey breast model. The median (IQR [range]) composite error score was statistically significantly larger for participants in the hockey stick transducer group compared with the standard transducer group; 10.0 (7.3-14.3 [2.5-29.0]) vs 7.5 (4.5-10.0 [2.0-28.0]) respectively, (p = 0.01). This study has demonstrated that performance of ultrasound-guided needle advancement by novice operators after simple video instruction is better (as assessed using a composite error score) with a standard 38-mm transducer than with a 25-mm hockey stick transducer. Anaesthesia © 2012 The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.

  20. Recruitment of the intracellular Ca2+ by ultrashort electric stimuli: the impact of pulse duration. (United States)

    Semenov, Iurii; Xiao, Shu; Pakhomova, Olga N; Pakhomov, Andrei G


    Nanosecond-duration electric stimuli are distinguished by the ability to permeabilize intracellular membranes and recruit Ca2+ from intracellular stores. We quantified this effect in non-excitable cells (CHO) using ratiometric Ca2+ imaging with Fura-2. In a Ca(2+)-free medium, 10-, 60-, and 300-ns stimuli evoked Ca2+ transients by mobilization of Ca2+ from the endoplasmic reticulum. With 2 mM external Ca2+, the transients included both extra- and intracellular components. The recruitment of intracellular Ca2+ increased as the stimulus duration decreased. At the threshold of 200-300 nM, the transients were amplified by calcium-induced calcium release. We conclude that nanosecond stimuli mimic Ca2+ signaling while bypassing the usual receptor- and channels-mediated cascades. The recruitment of the intracellular Ca2+ can be controlled by the duration of the stimulus.

  1. Voltage-Induced Ca²⁺ Release in Postganglionic Sympathetic Neurons in Adult Mice.

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    Hong-Li Sun

    Full Text Available Recent studies have provided evidence that depolarization in the absence of extracellular Ca2+ can trigger Ca2+ release from internal stores in a variety of neuron subtypes. Here we examine whether postganglionic sympathetic neurons are able to mobilize Ca2+ from intracellular stores in response to depolarization, independent of Ca2+ influx. We measured changes in cytosolic ΔF/F0 in individual fluo-4 -loaded sympathetic ganglion neurons in response to maintained K+ depolarization in the presence (2 mM and absence of extracellular Ca2+ ([Ca2+]e. Progressive elevations in extracellular [K+]e caused increasing membrane depolarizations that were of similar magnitude in 0 and 2 mM [Ca2+]e. Peak amplitude of ΔF/F0 transients in 2 mM [Ca2+]e increased in a linear fashion as the membrane become more depolarized. Peak elevations of ΔF/F0 in 0 mM [Ca2+]e were ~5-10% of those evoked at the same membrane potential in 2 mM [Ca2+]e and exhibited an inverse U-shaped dependence on voltage. Both the rise and decay of ΔF/F0 transients in 0 mM [Ca2+]e were slower than those of ΔF/F0 transients evoked in 2 mM [Ca2+]e. Rises in ΔF/F0 evoked by high [K+]e in the absence of extracellular Ca2+ were blocked by thapsigargin, an inhibitor of endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ ATPase, or the inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate (IP3 receptor antagonists 2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate and xestospongin C, but not by extracellular Cd2+, the dihydropyridine antagonist nifedipine, or by ryanodine at concentrations that caused depletion of ryanodine-sensitive Ca2+ stores. These results support the notion that postganglionic sympathetic neurons possess the ability to release Ca2+ from IP3-sensitive internal stores in response to membrane depolarization, independent of Ca2+ influx.

  2. Cutaneous transport of Ca2+ in the frog Rana pipiens: significance and specificity. (United States)

    Stiffler, D F; Eskandari, S; Dejbakhsh, S


    Rana pipiens were divided into four groups: controls; hypocalcemic frogs, depleted of salts by acclimation to deionized water; hypercalcemic frogs, calcium-loaded by the introduction of 40 mumol calcium gluconate; and frogs exposed to the potential competing ions Mg2+, Sr2+, and Ba2+. All groups displayed calcium influx that was proportional to external [Ca2+]; however, the group acclimated to deionized water also displayed hypocalcemia (P 0.3 mM) external [Ca2+]. Ca2+ efflux was depressed in hypocalcemic frogs, and thus net Ca2+ flux shifted from net loss in control frogs to net uptake in hypocalcemic frogs. Hypocalcemia also resulted in increased skin Ca2+ deposits which may be related to a decreased Ca2+ (and other ions) permeability as a consequence of the acclimation to deionized water. Another group of frogs was Ca(2+)-loaded by injecting calcium gluconate: Sodium gluconate controls did not significantly alter Ca2+ fluxes. The frogs that received calcium gluconate treatments became hypercalcemic (P < 0.01) and did not display significant changes in calcium fluxes, nor did they show significant changes in skin calcium deposits. We conclude that hypocalcemia leads to regulatory responses that stimulate active Ca2+ transport in Rana pipiens skin and possibly inhibits cutaneous and renal efflux. We also conclude that hypercalcemia does not alter calcium fluxes across skin. The ions from Group IIA of the Periodic Table of Elements had little effect on Ca2+ fluxes at concentrations ranging from 0.5-4.0 mM; neither Sr2+ or Ba2+ affected Ca2+ influx. The only divalent ion tested that influenced Ca2+ was Mg2+, which significantly inhibited Ca2+ influx but only at 4.0 mM or eight times the external [Ca2+]. We conclude, therefore, that the Ca2+ transport mechanism is fairly specific for Ca2+ within Group IIA.

  3. Standardy projektového řízení

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    Petr Řeháček


    Full Text Available Standard ISO 21500 poskytuje návod pro řízení projektu od 1.9.2012 a může být použit pro každý typ projektu, bez ohledu na složitost, velikost nebo dobu trvání. Cílem tohoto článku je procesní srovnání tohoto mezinárodního standardu s PMBoK® Guide od PMI, který byl vybrán, protože využívá procesní pojetí projektu na rozdíl od standardu ICB od IPMA využívající hlavně zaměření na jednotlivé prvky projektu. Tento článek ukazuje rozdíly a srovnání jednotlivých fází, oblastí a procesů těchto dvou standardů, tzn. ISO 21500 a PMBoK® Guide.

  4. Quantum cosmology in Ho\\v{r}ava-Lifshitz gravity

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    Obregón, O


    Quantum cosmology is studied within the framework of the minimal quantum gravity theory proposed by Ho\\v{r}ava. For this purpose we choose the Kantowski-Sachs (KS) model and construct the corresponding Wheeler-DeWitt equation. We study the solution to this equation in the ultraviolet limit for different values of the running parameter {\\lambda} of the theory. It is observed that the wave packet for this Universe changes completely compared with the one observed in the infrared (general relativity) regime. We also look at the classical solutions by means of a WKB semiclassical approximation. It is observed that if {\\lambda} takes its relativistic value {\\lambda} = 1 a generalized KS metric is obtained which differs from the usual KS solution in general relativity by an additional term arising from the higher-order curvature terms in the action and which dominates the behavior of the solution for very small values of the time parameter. We discuss the physical properties of this solution by comparing it with th...

  5. Návrh podpory prodeje elektronického obchodu


    Liebscher, Lukáš


    Diplomová práce přináší návrh dílčích řešení z oblasti internetového marketingu pro obchod s elektronickými cigaretami. Zaměřuje se především na oblast podpory prodeje a direct marketingu, tedy nástrojů, které se používají pro zvýšení obratu e-shopu, zpřehlednění nabídky produktů a příslušenství, zlepšení komunikace a přístupu k zákazníkům. Na základě analýzy společnosti, požadavků a možností, které přináší dnešní internetový marketing, jsou navrhnuty dílčí nástroje cross-sellingu, up-selling...

  6. Smog Chamber Studies of Toluene Photooxidation By Ho Radicals (United States)

    Barbu, A.; Bienenstock, Y.; Arias, M. C.; Collin, F.; Hastie, D. R.

    Two series of smog chamber experiments have been conducted to determine the par- ticulate yield from toluene photo oxidation and to investigate the dependence of the yield on experimental factors. Toluene was oxidized by HO radicals in the presence of NO by irradiating mixtures of toluene/isopropylnitrite/NO with UV light and experiments were done in the presence and absence of ammonium sulfate seed particles. Aerosol formation and growth was monitored using size distributions obtained from a Differential Mobility Analyzer and a Condensation Nucleus Counter. A Gas Chromatograph with an FID detector was used to monitor the toluene loss and a Chemiluminescence Analyzer measured the NO concentration. As expected the ozone concentration was found to be extremely low so the complicating ozone reactions are minimized. The experimental yields (the ratio between the organic aerosol mass formed and the mass of toluene reacted) were found to cluster around 10% but there were cases where the yields were as low as 1.7% and as high as 20%. The on-going work is focused on understanding the factors leading to the variability of experimental yields and on analyzing the data in the framework of the current gas/particle partitioning theory.

  7. Light sterile neutrino sensitivity of 163Ho experiments

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    Gastaldo, L; Zavanin, E M


    We explore the sensitivity of $^{163}$Ho electron capture experiments to neutrino masses in the standard framework of three-neutrino mixing and in the framework of 3+1 neutrino mixing with a sterile neutrino which mixes with the three standard active neutrinos, as indicated by the anomalies found in short-baseline neutrino oscillations experiments. We calculate the sensitivity to neutrino masses and mixing for different values of the energy resolution of the detectors, of the unresolved pileup fraction and of the total statistics of events, considering the expected values of these parameters in the two planned stages of the ECHo project (ECHo-1k and ECHo-1M). We show that an extension of the ECHo-1M experiment with the possibility to collect $10^{16}$ events will be competitive with the KATRIN experiment. This statistics will allow to explore part of the 3+1 mixing parameter space indicated by the global analysis of short-baseline neutrino oscillation experiments. In order to cover all the allowed region, a s...

  8. The challenges of water governance in Ho Chi Minh City. (United States)

    van Leeuwen, Cornelis J; Dan, Nguyen P; Dieperink, Carel


    Population growth, urbanization, pollution, and climate change pose urgent water challenges in cities. In this study, the sustainability of integrated water resources management in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) was evaluated using the City Blueprint approach. The City Blueprint is a set of 24 dedicated indicators divided over 8 categories (i.e., water security, water quality, drinking water, sanitation, infrastructure, climate robustness, biodiversity and attractiveness, and governance including public participation). The analysis showed that the rapid increase of water use for urban, industrial, and agricultural activities in HCMC has resulted in depletion of groundwater and severe pollution of both groundwater and surface water. Surface water quality, groundwater quality, biodiversity, and the sanitation of domestic and industrial wastewater are matters that need serious improvement. Current and future water supply in HCMC is at risk. HCMC can cope with it, but the 7 governance gaps as described by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are major obstacles for HCMC. Rainwater harvesting, pollution reduction, as well as wastewater reuse are among the practical options. Wastewater reuse could lower the water stress index to 10%. The window to do this is narrow and rapidly closing as a result of the unprecedented urbanization and economic growth of this region.

  9. Lesión por disparo con rebote atípico de proyectil 9 mm Luger KPO Atypical gunshot wound with 9 mm Luger KPO ammunition

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    P.M. Garamendi


    Full Text Available Se presenta un caso atípico de herida de arma de fuego por un proyectil 9 mm Parabellum Luger KPO. El análisis de los datos balísticos permite estimar que el proyectil sufrió fragmentación y rebote sobre asfalto previos a la entrada en el organismo, penetrando los fragmentos del proyectil como un proyectil único en el cuerpo. El disparo del arma fue practicado a distancia de cañón tocante con la camiseta del lesionado. La bibliografía sobre el comportamiento de este tipo de proyectil en casos de disparos de rebote indica que esta circunstancia es posible, aunque extremadamente infrecuente. El uso de programas comerciales de diseño de imagen en 3D resulta muy útil para poder plasmar de una forma comprensible para los tribunales las conclusiones de estudios médico forenses en los que es necesario plantear hipótesis de escenarios de producción de ciertos hechos con condiciones espaciales y de posiciones relativas entre víctima y agresor diversas.We present a case report about an atypical gunshot wound with 9 mm Luger KPO ammunition. Ballistic reconstruction indicates that the bullet was fragmented and ricocheted from an asphalt surface and then hit the victim's body. The Gunshot was produced at a very short distance from the victim's shirt. Bibliographic data suggest that this a possible but extremely unusual circumstance. Animated three dimensional models make it easy to explain atypical spatial surroundings and positions of people implicated in a gunshot wound. Infographic commercial programs let us recreate these models.

  10. Dual protective role of HO-1 in transplanted liver grafts: A review of experimental and clinical studies

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    Chun-Feng Wang; Zhen-Yu Wang; Ji-Yu Li


    Liver transplantation is considered as the most effective treatment for end-stage liver disease. However, serious complications still exist, particularly in two aspects: ischemia and subsequent reperfusion of the liver, causing postoperative hepatic dysfunction and even failure; and acute and chronic graft rejections, affecting the allograft survival. Heme oxygenase (HO), a stressresponse protein, is believed to exert a protective function on both the development of ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) and graft rejection. In this review of current researches on allograft protection, we focused on the HO-1. We conjecture that HO-1 may link these two main factors affecting the prognosis of liver transplantations. In this review, the following aspects were emphasized: the basic biological functions of HO-1, its roles in IRI and allograft rejection, as well as methods to induce HO-1 and the prospects of a therapeutic application of HO-1 in liver transplantation.

  11. Separation and Recycling for Rare Earth Elements by Homogeneous Liquid-Liquid Extraction (HoLLE Using a pH-Responsive Fluorine-Based Surfactant

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    Shotaro Saito


    Full Text Available A selective separation and recycling system for metal ions was developed by homogeneous liquid-liquid extraction (HoLLE using a fluorosurfactant. Sixty-two different elemental ions (e.g., Ag, Al, As, Au, B, Ba, Be, Bi, Ca, Cd, Ce, Co, Cr, Cu, Dy, Er, Eu, Fe, Ga, Gd, Ge, Hf, Hg, Ho, In, Ir, La, Lu, Mg, Mn, Mo, Nb, Nd, Ni, Os, P, Pb, Pd, Pr, Pt, Re, Rh, Ru, Sb, Sc, Se, Si, Sm, Sn, Sr, Ta, Tb, Te, Ti, Tl, Tm, V, W, Y, Yb, Zn, and Zr were examined. By changing pH from a neutral or alkaline solution (pH ≥ 6.5 to that of an acidic solution (pH < 4.0, gallium, zirconium, palladium, silver, platinum, and rare earth elements were extracted at >90% efficiency into a sedimented Zonyl FSA® (CF3(CF2n(CH22S(CH22COOH, n = 6–8 liquid phase. Moreover, all rare earth elements were obtained with superior extraction and stripping percentages. In the recycling of rare earth elements, the sedimented phase was maintained using a filter along with a mixed solution of THF and 1 M sodium hydroxide aqueous solution. The Zonyl FSA® was filtrated and the rare earth elements were recovered on the filter as a hydroxide. Furthermore, the filtrated Zonyl FSA was reusable by conditioning the subject pH.

  12. Tvorba rozvrhování výroby s realizací výrobního layoutu


    Šopor, Tomáš


    Diplomová práca sa zameriava na tvorbu systému rozvrhovania výrobných procesov a operátorov na linke pre výrobu tepelných čerpadiel v spoločnosti Daikin Device Czech Republic, spojeného s realizáciou zmeny priestorového rozloženia výrobných a skladových priestorov linky. Prvá časť analyzuje vyrábané modely, montážnu linku a jej súčasné priestorové rozloženie. Ďalej sa zaoberá analýzou a meraním práce vykonávanej pracovníkmi. Návrhová časť najprv predstavuje zmeny v usporiadaní linky, na zákla...

  13. Quasiparticle diffusion over several mm in cryogenic detectors

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    Loidl, M. E-mail:; Cooper, S.; Meier, O.; Proebst, F.; Safran, G.; Seidel, W.; Sisti, M.; Stodolsky, L.; Uchaikin, S


    The use of quasiparticle diffusion in a superconducting film has the potential to allow an increase in the size of a cryogenic detector without proportional loss of energy resolution. The quasiparticle lifetime and the diffusion constant are critical parameters which have limited this development. Using W superconducting phase transition thermometers as the sensors and a W/Al bilayer as the diffusion film, we have measured quasiparticle diffusion over a distance of 2 mm and deduced a diffusion constant of D=2.5x10{sup -4} m{sup 2}/s and a quasiparticle lifetime of {tau}=9.0 ms, which is, to our knowledge, by far the longest ever observed. With Ir/Au thermometers and an Ir/Au/Al diffusion film we found D=4.6x10{sup -3} m{sup 2}/s and {tau}=0.43 ms with diffusion over 4 mm, the longest distance observed to date.

  14. 9th IFToMM International Conference on Rotor Dynamics

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    This book presents the proceedings of the 9th IFToMM International Conference on Rotor Dynamics. This conference is a premier global event that brings together specialists from the university and industry sectors worldwide in order to promote the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and information on the latest developments and applied technologies in the dynamics of rotating machinery. The coverage is wide ranging, including, for example, new ideas and trends in various aspects of bearing technologies, issues in the analysis of blade dynamic behavior,  condition monitoring of different rotating machines, vibration control, electromechanical and fluid-structure interactions in rotating machinery, rotor dynamics of micro, nano, and cryogenic machines, and applications of rotor dynamics in transportation engineering. Since its inception 32 years ago, the IFToMM International Conference on Rotor Dynamics has become an irreplaceable point of reference for those working in the field, and this book reflects the high qua...

  15. Robotic QM/MM-driven maturation of antibody combining sites. (United States)

    Smirnov, Ivan V; Golovin, Andrey V; Chatziefthimiou, Spyros D; Stepanova, Anastasiya V; Peng, Yingjie; Zolotareva, Olga I; Belogurov, Alexey A; Kurkova, Inna N; Ponomarenko, Natalie A; Wilmanns, Matthias; Blackburn, G Michael; Gabibov, Alexander G; Lerner, Richard A


    In vitro selection of antibodies from large repertoires of immunoglobulin (Ig) combining sites using combinatorial libraries is a powerful tool, with great potential for generating in vivo scavengers for toxins. However, addition of a maturation function is necessary to enable these selected antibodies to more closely mimic the full mammalian immune response. We approached this goal using quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) calculations to achieve maturation in silico. We preselected A17, an Ig template, from a naïve library for its ability to disarm a toxic pesticide related to organophosphorus nerve agents. Virtual screening of 167,538 robotically generated mutants identified an optimum single point mutation, which experimentally boosted wild-type Ig scavenger performance by 170-fold. We validated the QM/MM predictions via kinetic analysis and crystal structures of mutant apo-A17 and covalently modified Ig, thereby identifying the displacement of one water molecule by an arginine as delivering this catalysis.

  16. Introduction to statistics using interactive MM*Stat elements

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    Härdle, Wolfgang Karl; Rönz, Bernd


    MM*Stat, together with its enhanced online version with interactive examples, offers a flexible tool that facilitates the teaching of basic statistics. It covers all the topics found in introductory descriptive statistics courses, including simple linear regression and time series analysis, the fundamentals of inferential statistics (probability theory, random sampling and estimation theory), and inferential statistics itself (confidence intervals, testing). MM*Stat is also designed to help students rework class material independently and to promote comprehension with the help of additional examples. Each chapter starts with the necessary theoretical background, which is followed by a variety of examples. The core examples are based on the content of the respective chapter, while the advanced examples, designed to deepen students’ knowledge, also draw on information and material from previous chapters. The enhanced online version helps students grasp the complexity and the practical relevance of statistical...

  17. The latest results from the Global mm-VLBI Array

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    Hodgson, Jeffrey A; Marscher, Alan P; Jorstad, Svetlana G; Marti-Vidal, Ivan; Bremer, Michael; Lindqvist, Michael; de Vicente, Pablo; Zensus, Anton


    The Global mm-VLBI Array (GMVA) is the highest angular resolution imaging interferometer currently available as a common user facility. It is capable of angular resolutions on the order of 40 microarcseconds. Currently 14 stations in the United States and Europe participate in global 3 mm VLBI observations. The GMVA is used for continuum and spectroscopic imaging, probing the central regions of active galaxies and the origin of jets as these regions are typically not observable at longer wavelengths due to synchrotron self-absorption. In early 2012, fringes were detected to the three stations of the Korean VLBI Network (KVN), opening the possibility of extending the baseline coverage of the VLBI array to the East. In these proceedings, we will present recent images from a monitoring program of gamma-ray blazars using the GMVA, including the sources 3C454.3 and 0235+164, and an update of its current status and abilities.

  18. Towards 0.1-mm spatial resolution in neutron diffractometry

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    Stoica, A D


    A design goal for VULCAN, the SNS engineering neutron diffractometer, is to enable spatial mapping with 0.1-mm resolution. Because the targeted applications often involve the use of large samples or special environments, slits cannot be used for this purpose. In this paper, methods to achieve 0.1-mm spatial resolution are outlined. For the incident beam, a new compact focusing device is proposed. The device is made of a stack of bent silicon wafers, each having a reflective multilayer (supermirror) deposited on one side and a neutron-absorbing layer on the other side. The optimal design to minimize the optical spatial aberrations is discussed and Monte Carlo simulation results are presented. For the diffracted beam, imaging devices made from thick packets of diffracting bent silicon wafers (known as Bragg mirrors) could be used. The requirements to achieve sharp imaging together with a large phase-space acceptance window are discussed and preliminary testing results are presented. (orig.)

  19. [Enforcement of type M 20 cal. 4 mm cartridges]. (United States)

    Dobosz, Tadeusz; Jaworski, Ryszard; Kawecki, Jerzy; Semiczek, Wiesław; Trnka, Jakub


    The aim of the paper was to investigate and compare the speed and energy of a bullet from 4 mm cal. cartridges of central ignition type M20, both original and transformed by addition of different kinds of propellants. Original cartridges are characterized by an average speed of the bullet of 144 m/s and average energy of 4.8 J. After transformation by the addition of on an average 31.3 mg of smokeless powder from a cartridge type LR'22, a maximum bullet speed of 299 m/s (average) and maximum energy of 21.2 joule (average) were reached. Our test showed that shots using transformed ammunition type M 20 cal. 4 mm can be dangerous for both health and life. Multiple M20 shot wounds may be very similar to single shot wounds caused by a shotshell cartridge fired from a shotgun weapon.

  20. Tracking chamber made of 15-mm mylar drift tubes (United States)

    Kozhin, A.; Borisov, A.; Bozhko, N.; Fakhrutdinov, R.; Plotnikov, I.


    We are presenting a drift chamber composed from three layers of mylar drift tubes with outer diameter 15 mm. The pipe is made of strip of mylar film 125 micrometers thick covered with aluminium from the both sides. A strip of mylar is wrapped around the mandrel. Pipe is created by ultrasonic welding. A single drift tube is self-supported structure withstanding 350 g wire tension without supports and internal overpressure. About 400 such tubes were assembled. Design, quality control procedures of the drift tubes are described. Seven chambers were glued from these tubes of 560 mm length. Each chamber consists of 3 layers, 16 tubes per layer. Several chambers were tested with cosmic rays. Results of the tests, counting rate plateau and coordinate resolution are presented.

  1. A 300-nm compact mm-wave linac FEL design

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    Nassiri, A.; Kustom, R.L.; Kang, Y.W. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)


    Microfabrication technology offers an alternative method for fabricating precision, miniature-size components suitable for use in accelerator physics and commercial applications. The original R&D work at Argonne, in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago, has produced encouraging results in the area of rf accelerating structure design, optical and x-ray masks production, deep x-ray lithography (LIGA exposures), and precision structural alignments. In this paper we will present a design study for a compact single pass mm-linac FEL to produce short wavelength radiation. This system will consists of a photocathode rf gun operated at 30 GHz, a 50-MeV superconducting constant gradient structure operated at 60 GHz, and a microundulator with 1-mm period. Initial experimental results on a scale model rf gun and microundulator will be presented.

  2. Wireless channel characterization for mm-size neural implants. (United States)

    Mark, Michael; Bjorninen, Toni; Chen, Yuhui David; Venkatraman, Subramaniam; Ukkonen, Leena; Sydanheimo, Lauri; Carmena, Jose M; Rabaey, Jan M


    This paper discusses an approach to modeling and characterizing wireless channel properties for mm-size neural implants. Full-wave electromagnetic simulation was employed to model signal propagation characteristics in biological materials. Animal tests were carried out, proving the validity of the simulation model over a wide range of frequency from 100MHz to 6GHz. Finally, effects of variability and uncertainty in human anatomy and dielectric properties of tissues on these radio links are explored.

  3. 1st International Conference of IFToMM Italy

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    Gasparetto, Alessandro


    This volume contains the Proceedings of the First International Conference of IFToMM Italy (IFIT2016), held at the University of Padova, Vicenza, Italy, on December 1-2, 2016. The book contains contributions on the latest advances on Mechanism and Machine Science. The fifty-nine papers deal with such topics as biomechanical engineering, history of mechanism and machine science, linkages and mechanical controls, multi-body dynamics, reliability, robotics and mechatronics, transportation machinery, tribology, and vibrations.

  4. Visualization Techniques Applied to 155-mm Projectile Analysis (United States)


    demonstrated via these numerical calculations. The ability to understand the physics that impact the flight dynamics of the projectile Projectile Physical Properties Value Diameter, d (m) 0.155 Length, L (mm) 0.9814 Mass, m (kg) 44.197 Center of gravity, Xcg 0.5976 Axial...characteristics-based inflow/outflow boundary condition, which is based on solving a Riemann problem at the boundary. 2.3 Numerics Rolling/spinning is the

  5. Laparoscopic 5-mm Trocar Site Herniation and Literature Review


    Yamamoto, Miya; Minikel, Laura; Zaritsky, Eve


    Objective: To evaluate the evidence for fascial closure of 5-mm laparoscopic trocar sites. Methods: We conducted electronic database searches of PubMed and the Cochrane Library for articles published between November 2008 and December 2010. We used the keywords trocar hernia, trocar-site hernia, laparoscopic hernia, trocar port-site hernia, laparoscopic port-site hernia. Prospective and retrospective case series, randomized trials, literature reviews, and randomized animal studies of trocar h...

  6. Evaluation of Interregional Transport Using the MM5 SCIPUFF System. (United States)

    Deng, Aijun; Seaman, Nelson L.; Hunter, Glenn K.; Stauffer, David R.


    Improved understanding of transport issues and source receptor relationships on the interregional scale is dependent on reducing the uncertainties in the ability to define complex three-dimensional wind fields evolving in time. The numerical models used for this purpose have been upgraded substantially in recent years by introducing finer grid resolution, better representation of subgrid-scale physics, and practical four-dimensional data assimilation (FDDA) techniques that reduce the accumulation of errors over time. The impact of these improvements for interregional transport is investigated in this paper using the fifth-generation Pennsylvania State University National Center for Atmospheric Research Mesoscale Model (MM5) and the Second-Order Closure Integrated Puff (SCIPUFF) dispersion model to simulate the 1983 Cross-Appalachian Tracer Experiment (CAPTEX-83) episode 1 of 18 19 September 1983. Combining MM5 and SCIPUFF makes it possible to verify predicted tracer concentrations against observed surface concentrations collected during the CAPTEX-83 study. Conclusions from this study are as follows. 1) Not surprisingly, a baseline model configuration reflecting typical capabilities of the late 1980s (70-km horizontal grid, 15 vertical layers, older subgrid physics, and no FDDA) produced large meteorological errors that severely degraded the accuracy of the surface tracer concentrations predicted by SCIPUFF. 2) Improving the horizontal and vertical resolution of the MM5 to 12 km (typical for current operational model) and 32 layers led to some improvements in the statistical skill, but the further addition of more advanced physics produced much greater reductions of simulation errors. 3) The use of FDDA, along with 12-km resolution and improved physics, produced the overall best performance. 4) Further reduction of the horizontal grid size to 4 km had a detrimental effect on meteorological and plume-dispersion solutions in this case because of misrepresentation of

  7. Fusion plasma diagnostics with mm-waves an introduction

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    Hartfuss, Hans-Jürgen


    Filling a gap in the literature, this introduction to the topic covers the physics of the standard microwave diagnostics established on modern fusion experiments, and the necessary technological background from the field of microwave engineering. Written by well-known mm-wave diagnosticians in the field of fusion physics, the textbook includes such major diagnostic techniques as electron cyclotron emission, interferometry, reflectometry, polarimetry, and scattering.

  8. MM&T: Bibliography on Optical Testing with Appendix. (United States)


    I963-A ITI to TECHNICAL REPORT RH-CR-82-6’.-4 MM&T: BIBLIOGRAPHY ON OPTICAL TESTING WITH APPENDIX A. Comejo-Rodriguez Apdo..Postal 216 Puebla , Puebla ...13, 2693 (1974) A system is described for measuring optical components to Lamda/100 by averaging many wavefronts to minimize the effects of air ...SURFACES; LENSES; AIR TURBULENCE; THERMAL DRIFTS; VIBRATIONS; ERRORS; WAVEFRONT; POINT SPREAD FUNCTION; MODULATION TRANSFER FUNCTION; OPTICAL TRANSFER

  9. Thermodynamic assessment of the La-Sb and the Ho-Sb systems using the associate model

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    Wang, Jinsan [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Li, Changrong, E-mail: [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Guo, Cuiping; Du, Zhenmin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Zhao, Xushan; Shen, Jianyun [General Research Institute for Nonferrous Metals, Beijing 100088 (China)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The liquid phase was described by the associate model. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The first-principles method was used to calculate formation enthalpies of compounds. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A self-consistent set of thermodynamic parameters was obtained. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The experimental and calculated data were well reproduced by the optimized results. - Abstract: The La-Sb and the Ho-Sb systems were thermodynamically assessed by CALPHAD (CALculation of PHAse Diagram) approach based on the available experimental data including thermodynamic properties and phase equilibria. The formation enthalpies (at 0 K) of the compounds of the La-Sb and the Ho-Sb systems were calculated by the first-principles method and used in the present thermodynamic optimization. The liquid phases of both systems were modeled as the associate model, with the constituent species La, Sb and La{sub 3}Sb{sub 2} for the La-Sb liquid and Ho, Sb and HoSb for the Ho-Sb liquid. The excess Gibbs energy was formulated with the Redlich-Kister polynomial. The intermetallics, La{sub 2}Sb, La{sub 3}Sb{sub 2}, LaSb, LaSb{sub 2}, Ho{sub 5}Sb{sub 3}, {alpha}-Ho{sub 4}Sb{sub 3}, {beta}-Ho{sub 4}Sb{sub 3}, {alpha}-HoSb, {beta}-HoSb and HoSb{sub 2}, were treated as stoichiometric compounds. The calculated results showed the good agreement with the experimental data. The inconsistency of the calculated formation enthalpy of the compound HoSb{sub 2} with the reported experimental value was analyzed.

  10. 有关CA

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    @@ 什么是CA? CA(Certificaton Authority)是认证机构的国际通称,是指对数字证书的申请者发放、管理、取消数字证书的机构.CA的作用是检查证书持有者身份的合法性,并签发证书(在证书上签字),以防证书被伪造或篡改.

  11. Flood-Inundation maps for the Hohokus Brook in Waldwick Borough, Ho-Ho-Kus Borough, and the Village of Ridgewood, New Jersey, 2014 (United States)

    Watson, Kara M.; Niemoczynski, Michal J.


    Digital flood-inundation maps for a 6-mile reach of the Hohokus Brook in New Jersey from White's Lake Dam in Waldwick Borough, through Ho-Ho-Kus Borough to Grove Street in the Village of Ridgewood were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The flood inundation maps, which can be accessed through the USGS Flood Inundation Mapping Science Web site at, depict estimates of the areal extent and depth of flooding corresponding to selected water levels (stages) at the USGS streamgage on the Hohokus Brook at Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey (station number 01391000). Stage data at this streamgage may be obtained on the Internet from the USGS National Water Information System at or the National Weather Service (NWS) Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service at

  12. Modeling and predicting pKa values of mono-hydroxylated polychlorinated biphenyls (HO-PCBs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (HO-PBDEs) by local molecular descriptors. (United States)

    Yu, Haiying; Wondrousch, Dominik; Yuan, Quan; Lin, Hongjun; Chen, Jianrong; Hong, Huachang; Schüürmann, Gerrit


    Hydroxylated polychlorinated biphenyls (HO-PCBs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (HO-PBDEs) are attracting considerable concerns because of their multiple endocrine-disrupting effects and wide existence in environment and organisms. The hydroxyl groups enable these chemicals to be ionizable, and dissociation constant, pKa, becomes an important parameter for investigating their environmental behavior and biological activities. In this study, a new pKa prediction model was developed using local molecular descriptors. The dataset contains 21 experimental pKa values of HO-PCBs and HO-PBDEs. The optimized geometries by ab initio HF/6-31G(∗∗) algorithm were used to calculate the site-specific molecular readiness to accept or donate electron charges. The developed model obtained good statistical performance, which significantly outperformed commercial software ACD and SPARC. Mechanism analysis indicates that pKa values increase with the charge-limited donor energy EQocc on hydroxyl oxygen atom and decrease with the energy-limited acceptor charge QEvac on hydroxyl hydrogen atom. The regression model was also applied to calculate pKa values for all 837 mono-hydroxylated PCBs and PBDEs in each class, aiming to provide basic data for the ecological risk assessment of these chemicals.

  13. Analýza mechanického chování synchronního generátoru


    Donát, Martin


    Předkládaná diplomová práce se zabývá analýzou mechanického chování synchronního generátoru a posouzením možnosti snížení hmotnosti kostry generátoru. Cílem práce bylo provést deformačně napěťovou a modální analýzu konkrétního modelu synchronního generátoru, posouzení vlivu jednotlivých prvků kostry generátoru na její celkovou tuhost a návrh konstrukčních úprav kostry generátoru, které povedou ke snížení její hmotnosti. This Master’s thesis deals with analysis of mechanical behaviour of th...

  14. Role of glycolytically generated ATP for CaMKII-mediated regulation of intracellular Ca2+ signaling in bovine vascular endothelial cells. (United States)

    Aromolaran, Ademuyiwa S; Zima, Aleksey V; Blatter, Lothar A


    The role of glycolytically generated ATP in Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent kinase II (CaMKII)-mediated regulation of intracellular Ca(2+) signaling was examined in cultured calf pulmonary artery endothelial (CPAE) cells. Exposure of cells (extracellular Ca(2+) concentration = 2 mM) to glycolytic inhibitors 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG), pyruvate (pyr) + beta-hydroxybutyrate (beta-HB), or iodoacetic acid (IAA) caused an increase of intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)). CaMKII inhibitors (KN-93, W-7) triggered a similar increase of [Ca(2+)](i). The rise of [Ca(2+)](i) was characterized by a transient spike followed by a small sustained plateau of elevated [Ca(2+)](i). In the absence of extracellular Ca(2+) 2-DG caused an increase in [Ca(2+)](i), suggesting that inhibition of glycolysis directly triggered release of Ca(2+) from intracellular endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca(2+) stores. The inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (IP(3)R) inhibitor 2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate abolished the KN-93- and 2-DG-induced Ca(2+) response. Ca(2+) release was initiated in peripheral cytoplasmic processes from which activation propagated as a [Ca(2+)](i) wave toward the central region of the cell. Focal application of 2-DG resulted in spatially confined elevations of [Ca(2+)](i). Propagating [Ca(2+)](i) waves were preceded by [Ca(2+)](i) oscillations and small, highly localized elevations of [Ca(2+)](i) (Ca(2+) puffs). Inhibition of glycolysis with 2-DG reduced the KN-93-induced Ca(2+) response, and vice versa during inhibition of CaMKII 2-DG-induced Ca(2+) release was attenuated. Similar results were obtained with pyr + beta-HB and W-7. Furthermore, 2-DG and IAA caused a rapid increase of intracellular Mg(2+) concentration, indicating a concomitant drop of cellular ATP levels. In conclusion, CaMKII exerts a profound inhibition of ER Ca(2+) release in CPAE cells, which is mediated by glycolytically generated ATP, possibly through ATP-dependent phosphorylation of the IP(3)R.

  15. Possibilities of Energy Recovery from Municipal Waste/ Možnosti Energetického Využití Komunálního Odpadu

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    Lapčík Vladimír


    Full Text Available Příspěvek shrnuje možnosti energetického využití komunálního odpadu. Popsána je historie spalování a energetického využití komunálního odpadu v Československu a poté v České republice. Pozornost je věnována třem v současnosti provozovaným zařízením na energetické využití komunálního odpadu v České republice (ZEVO Malešice, SAKO Brno a TERMIZO Liberec. Dále jsou uvedeny charakteristiky připravovaných zařízení na energetické využití komunálního odpadu v ČR. Všechna uvedená zařízení pracují v zásadě na bázi roštových kotlů s čištěním spalin na nejvyšší možné technické úrovni. Příspěvek také uvádí další technologie, které je možno využít pro energetické využití komunálních odpadů - jedná se o zplyňovací a pyrolýzní jednotky a plazmové technologie. Závěr příspěvku je věnován současné a budoucí situaci v oblasti energetického využití komunálních odpadů v České republice s ohledem na platné právní normy.

  16. Single Longitudinal Mode, High Repetition Rate, Q-switched Ho:YLF Laser for Remote Sensing (United States)

    Bai, Yingxin; Yu, Jirong; Petzar, Paul; Petros, M.; Chen, Songsheng; Trieu, Bo; Lee, Nyung; Singh, U.


    Ho:YLF/LuLiF lasers have specific applications for remote sensing such as wind-speed measurement and carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration measurement in the atmosphere because the operating wavelength (around 2 m) is located in the eye-safe range and can be tuned to the characteristic lines of CO2 absorption and there is strong backward scattering signal from aerosol (Mie scattering). Experimentally, a diode pumped Ho:Tm:YLF laser has been successfully used as the transmitter of coherent differential absorption lidar for the measurement of with a repetition rate of 5 Hz and pulse energy of 75 mJ [1]. For highly precise CO2 measurements with coherent detection technique, a laser with high repetition rate is required to averaging out the speckle effect [2]. In addition, laser efficiency is critically important for the air/space borne lidar applications, because of the limited power supply. A diode pumped Ho:Tm:YLF laser is difficult to efficiently operate in high repetition rate due to the large heat loading and up-conversion. However, a Tm:fiber laser pumped Ho:YLF laser with low heat loading can be operated at high repetition rates efficiently [3]. No matter whether wind-speed or carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration measurement is the goal, a Ho:YLF/LuLiF laser as the transmitter should operate in a single longitudinal mode. Injection seeding is a valid technique for a Q-switched laser to obtain single longitudinal mode operation. In this paper, we will report the new results for a single longitudinal mode, high repetition rate, Q-switched Ho:YLF laser. In order to avoid spectral hole burning and make injection seeding easier, a four mirror ring cavity is designed for single longitudinal mode, high repetition rate Q-switched Ho:YLF laser. The ramp-fire technique is chosen for injection seeding.

  17. Neutron diffraction studies of the magnetic structure of Ho{sub 3}Pd{sub 4}Ge{sub 4}

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    Wawrzynska, E.; Penc, B.; Hernandez-Velasco, J.; Szytula, A.; Zygmunt, A


    Ho{sub 3}Pd{sub 4}Ge{sub 4} crystallizes in the orthorhombic Gd{sub 6}Cu{sub 8}Ce{sub 8}-type of structure (space group Immm) in which the Ho atoms occupy two nonequivalent crystallographic positions: 2a and 4j. Neutron diffraction measurements indicate that the Ho moments in the 4j site below 6.7 K form a collinear antiferromagnetic structure with the magnetic moments parallel to the a axis, whereas the Ho moments in the 2a site below 5 K form a sine-wave modulated structure with the magnetic moments parallel to the c axis.

  18. Selective degradation of lignin and elimination of HO radicals in pulps by O3 and UV laser flash irradiation

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    林鹿; 周贤涛; 邱玉桂


    HO radical is an aggressive reagent to abstract hydrogen from diverse substitutes and lead them to degradation, however, in reaction of active oxygen species with lignins, complex phenolic polymers, in dispersed lignocellulose such as pulp for environment-benign delignification, HO radicals should be eliminated as more as possible to prevent cellulose from unfavorably concomitant degradation. A reaction system of O3 is constructed under UV laser flash irradiation, and HO radicals are controlled efficiently by it. A new mechanism is proposed, for the first time, that O radicals generated from reaction of O3 with UV laser flash irradiation might be the contributor to scavenge HO radicals.

  19. HTS Nested magnet wound with 12 mm GdBCO tape and 4.4 mm YBCO tape

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    Kang, Myung Hun; Ku, Myung Hwan; Cha, Guee Soo [Soonchunhyang University, Asan (Korea, Republic of); Lim, Hyoung Woo [Iljin Electric. Co. LTD, Hwaseong (Korea, Republic of)


    The properties of High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) tapes are progressing, as HTS tapes evolve from 1st generation to 2nd generation. This paper presents design and construction of a 2nd generation HTS magnet consisting of two nested GdBCO and YBCO pancake coils. Two HTS tapes of different widths were used to wind the HTS nested magnet. Considering that a higher magnetic field is applied to the inner magnet than to the outer magnet, 12 mm GdBCO tape was used for winding the inner magnet, which consisted of four single pancake windings. Eight double pancake windings wound with 4.4 mm YBCO tapes were used for the outer magnet. The test results show that the central magnetic field of the HTS nested magnet was 920 mT. The measured critical currents of the inner and outer magnet at 77K were 80.8 A and 32.6 A, respectively.

  20. Fabrication of 200 mm Diameter Sintering Body of Skutterudite Thermoelectric Material by Spark Plasma Sintering (United States)

    Tomida, T.; Sumiyoshi, A.; Nie, G.; Ochi, T.; Suzuki, S.; Kikuchi, M.; Mukaiyama, K.; Guo, J. Q.


    Filled skutterudite is a promising material for thermoelectric power generation because its ZT value is relatively high. However, mass production of high-performance thermoelectric materials remains a challenge. This study focused on the sintering process of thermoelectric materials. Large-diameter n-type (Yb or La, Ca, Al, Ga, In)0.8(Co, Fe)4Sb12 skutterudite sintering bodies with a small thickness were successfully produced by the spark plasma sintering (SPS) method. When direct current flows through the thermoelectric sintering body during the SPS pulse, the Peltier effect causes a temperature difference within the sintering body. To eliminate the Peltier effect, an electrical insulating material was inserted between the punch (electrode) and the sintering body. In this way, an n-type La-filled skutterudite sample with a diameter of 200 mm, thickness of 21 mm, and weight of 5 kg was successfully produced. The thermoelectric properties and microstructures of the sample were almost the same throughout the whole sintering body, and the dimensionless figure of merit reached 1.0 at 773 K.

  1. Microstructures and Mechanical Study of Mg Alloy Foam Based on Mg-Zn-Ca-CaCO3 System (United States)

    Erryani, A.; Pramuji, F.; Annur, D.; Amal, M. I.; Kartika, I.


    Magnesium alloy, a material that has potential to use some applications such as aerospace components, computer parts, and mobile phones. Magnesium alloy can also be a popular candidate as an orthopedic implant material for biodegradability, non-toxicity, and mechanical and physical properties that are excellent. Magnesium, one of the main macro elements required for the proper functioning of the human organism, is used to test the materials for biodegradable implants. The main objective of this study was to find out the microstructure, and mechanical characteristics of the Mg-Ca-Zn-CaCO3 alloy as porous implant materials are biodegradable. The presence of CaCO3 on the alloy functions as a foaming agent expected to produce gas bubbles during manufacturing process taken place that will form pores in the alloy. Mg-Ca-Zn-CaCO3 alloy was made by powder metallurgy method with three variations of composition (96Mg-Ca-3Zn-CaCO3, 91Mg-Ca-3Zn-5CaCO3, and 86Mg-Ca-3Zn-10CaCO3 wt%). Milling process was by using a shaker mill for 2 hours to produce a powder size distribution which was more homogeneous. The mixed powder was uniaxially pressed at a pressure of 100 MPa for 2 minutes and 200 MPa for 3 minutes into green compacts with dimensions of 10 mm in diameter and 10 mm in length. The sintering process was carried out at 650°C with a variation of holding time of 10 and 15 hours, and then the specimens were cooled down at room temperature. Microstructural analysis was performed by using X-Ray diffraction technique and Scanning electron microscopy equipped with an energy disperse spectrometry (EDS). The mechanical characteristics were analyzed by using Universal Testing Machine. The density and porosity of specimen were further measured by using Archimedes method. The results show that the optimum microstructure and mechanical characteristics are the holding time of 10 hours. The value of compression was 208.398 N/mm2, the density was 1.63 g/cc and a porosity was 18% on the

  2. Topological organization of CA3-to-CA1 excitation. (United States)

    Hongo, Yoshie; Ogawa, Koichi; Takahara, Yuji; Takasu, Keiko; Royer, Sebastien; Hasegawa, Minoru; Sakaguchi, Gaku; Ikegaya, Yuji


    The CA1-projecting axons of CA3 pyramidal cells, called Schaffer collaterals, constitute one of the major information flow routes in the hippocampal formation. Recent anatomical studies have revealed the non-random structural connectivity between CA3 and CA1, but little is known regarding the functional connectivity (i.e. how CA3 network activity is functionally transmitted downstream to the CA1 network). Using functional multi-neuron calcium imaging of rat hippocampal slices, we monitored the spatiotemporal patterns of spontaneous CA3 and CA1 burst activity under pharmacological GABAergic blockade. We found that spatially clustered CA3 activity patterns were transformed into layered CA1 activity sequences. Specifically, synchronized bursts initiated from multiple hot spots in CA3 ensembles, and CA1 neurons located deeper in the pyramidal cell layer were recruited during earlier phases of the burst events. The order of these sequential activations was maintained across the bursts, but the sequence velocity varied depending on the inter-burst intervals. Thus, CA3 axons innervate CA1 neurons in a highly topographical fashion.

  3. Energy Resolution and Temperature Dependence of Ce:GAGG Coupled to 3mm × 3mm Silicon Photomultipliers (United States)

    Seitz, B.; Rivera, N. Campos; Stewart, A. G.


    Scintillators are a critical component of sensor systems for the detection of ionizing radiation. Such systems have a diverse portfolio of applications from medical imaging, well logging in oil exploration, and detection systems for the prevention of the illicit movement of nuclear materials. The rare earth element cerium is an ideal dopant for a variety of host scintillating materials due to the fast 5d1 → 4f radiative transition of Ce3+. Cerium-doped gadolinium aluminium gallium garnet (Ce:GAGG) is a relatively new single crystal scintillator with several interesting properties. These include high light yield, an emission peak well-matched to silicon sensors, and low intrinsic energy resolution. Moreover, the material has high density and is nonhygroscopic. In this paper, we review the properties of cerium-doped GAGG and report energy-resolution (ER) measurements over the temperature range -10°C to +50°C for 3 × 3 × 30 mm3 Ce:GAGG crystals optically coupled to a silicon photomultipler (SiPM) sensor with a 3 mm × 3 mm active area. In addition, the linearity of the scintillator-SiPM response as a function of gamma energy is reported.

  4. Biomarker CA125

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    Kargo, Anette Stolberg

    be detected months before symptoms arise and recurrence is visible on imaging. Therefore, biochemical detection of potential relapse by CA125 assessment can cause significant distress. A decision aid (DA) is a tool that provides information and describes advantages and disadvantages of a specific intervention...

  5. Využití návrhového vzoru Model-View-Controller ve webových aplikacích


    Margai, Ladislav


    Obsah práce je zameraný na využitie návrhového vzoru Model-View-Controller vo webových aplikáciach. Práca je rozdelená do niekoľkých kapitol. V prvej kapitole je vysvetlený model MVC ako taký a nutné úpravy interpretácie pre použitie vo webových aplikáciach. V druhej kapitole je popísaný vývoj od konceptu webových formulárov až po MVC a porovnanie týchto dvoch technológií. Tretia kapitola sa zameriava na prácu s Razor engine. Posledné tri kapitoly popisujú samostatný vývoj aplikácie. Conte...

  6. Investigation of MM-PBSA rescoring of docking poses. (United States)

    Thompson, David C; Humblet, Christine; Joseph-McCarthy, Diane


    Target-based virtual screening is increasingly used to generate leads for targets for which high quality three-dimensional (3D) structures are available. To allow large molecular databases to be screened rapidly, a tiered scoring scheme is often employed whereby a simple scoring function is used as a fast filter of the entire database and a more rigorous and time-consuming scoring function is used to rescore the top hits to produce the final list of ranked compounds. Molecular mechanics Poisson-Boltzmann surface area (MM-PBSA) approaches are currently thought to be quite effective at incorporating implicit solvation into the estimation of ligand binding free energies. In this paper, the ability of a high-throughput MM-PBSA rescoring function to discriminate between correct and incorrect docking poses is investigated in detail. Various initial scoring functions are used to generate docked poses for a subset of the CCDC/Astex test set and to dock one set of actives/inactives from the DUD data set. The effectiveness of each of these initial scoring functions is discussed. Overall, the ability of the MM-PBSA rescoring function to (i) regenerate the set of X-ray complexes when docking the bound conformation of the ligand, (ii) regenerate the X-ray complexes when docking conformationally expanded databases for each ligand which include "conformation decoys" of the ligand, and (iii) enrich known actives in a virtual screen for the mineralocorticoid receptor in the presence of "ligand decoys" is assessed. While a pharmacophore-based molecular docking approach, PhDock, is used to carry out the docking, the results are expected to be general to use with any docking method.

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

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


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

  8. Advanced accelerator and mm-wave structure research at LANL

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    Simakov, Evgenya Ivanovna [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)


    This document outlines acceleration projects and mm-wave structure research performed at LANL. The motivation for PBG research is described first, with reference to couplers for superconducting accelerators and structures for room-temperature accelerators and W-band TWTs. These topics are then taken up in greater detail: PBG structures and the MIT PBG accelerator; SRF PBG cavities at LANL; X-band PBG cavities at LANL; and W-band PBG TWT at LANL. The presentation concludes by describing other advanced accelerator projects: beam shaping with an Emittance Exchanger, diamond field emitter array cathodes, and additive manufacturing of novel accelerator structures.

  9. New therapeutic agent for radiation synovectomy - preparation of {sup 166}Ho-EDTMP-HA particle

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    Bai, H.; Jin, X.; Du, J.; Wang, F.; Chen, D.; Fan, H.; Cheng, Z.; Zhang, J. [China Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing (Switzerland). Isotope Department


    In order to prepare new therapeutical agent for radiation synovectomy, Hydroxyapatite (HA) was labelled with {sup 166}Ho by EDTMP that had high affinity to HA particles. Radiolabelling of HA particles was divided into two steps, {sup 166}Ho-EDTMP was prepared first; then mixed with HA particles completely and vibrated for 15 minutes on the micromixer at room temperature, washed 3 times with deionized water. Radiolabelling particle was separated from free {sup 166}Ho via centrifugation to determine its radiolabelling efficiency. {sup 166}Ho-EDTMP-HA and {sup 166}Ho-EDTMP were injected into knee joint of normal rabbits respectively, every group was killed at different time postinjection, took out major organ and collected urine and blood, then weighted and determined their radio counts. HA particles, as a natural component of bone was known to have good compatibility with soft tissue and biodegrade into calcium and phosphate in vivo. It was readily prepared from common chemical and formed into particles of desired size range in a controlled process, it had high stability in vitro and vivo. Radiolabelling of HA particle with {sup 166}Ho by EDTMP was simple to perform and provides an excellent labelling yield that was more than 95% under the optimal labelling condition. The optimal labelling condition at room temperature was pH 6.0-8.0 and vibration time 15 minutes. The absorbed capacity of HA particle was 5 mg Ho/g HA particle and size of radiolabelling particle was at range of 2-5,{mu}m that is suitable for therapy of radiation synovectomy. {sup 166}Ho-EDTMP-HA particle demonstrated high in vitro stability in either normal saline or 1% BSA solution, but instability under extremely acidic condition (pH 1-2). The control studies performed with {sup 166}Ho-EDTMP not bound to HA particle provided information on the distribution of radioactivity that would occur upon leakage of the radiochemical compound from joint. Its short half-life, its extremely low leakage from the

  10. Development of a group contribution method to predict aqueous phase hydroxyl radical (HO*) reaction rate constants. (United States)

    Minakata, Daisuke; Li, Ke; Westerhoff, Paul; Crittenden, John


    The hydroxyl radical (HO*) is a strong oxidant that reacts with electron-rich sites of organic compounds and initiates complex chain mechanisms. In order to help understand the reaction mechanisms, a rule-based model was previously developed to predict the reaction pathways. For a kinetic model, there is a need to develop a rate constant estimator that predicts the rate constants for a variety of organic compounds. In this study, a group contribution method (GCM) is developed to predict the aqueous phase HO* rate constants for the following reaction mechanisms: (1) H-atom abstraction, (2) HO* addition to alkenes, (3) HO* addition to aromatic compounds, and (4) HO* interaction with sulfur (S)-, nitrogen (N)-, or phosphorus (P)-atom-containing compounds. The GCM hypothesizes that an observed experimental rate constant for a given organic compound is the combined rate of all elementary reactions involving HO*, which can be estimated using the Arrhenius activation energy, E(a), and temperature. Each E(a) for those elementary reactions can be comprised of two parts: (1) a base part that includes a reactive bond in each reaction mechanism and (2) contributions from its neighboring functional groups. The GCM includes 66 group rate constants and 80 group contribution factors, which characterize each HO* reaction mechanism with steric effects of the chemical structure groups and impacts of the neighboring functional groups, respectively. Literature-reported experimental HO* rate constants for 310 and 124 compounds were used for calibration and prediction, respectively. The genetic algorithms were used to determine the group rate constants and group contribution factors. The group contribution factors for H-atom abstraction and HO* addition to the aromatic compounds were found to linearly correlate with the Taft constants, sigma*, and electrophilic substituent parameters, sigma+, respectively. The best calibrations for 83% (257 rate constants) and predictions for 62% (77

  11. YellowupconversionluminescenceinHo3+/Yb3+co-dopedGd2Mo3O9phosphor

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    孙家跃; 薛兵; 孙广超; 崔殿鹏


    The strong yellow upconversion (UC) light emission was observed in Ho3+/Yb3+co-doped Gd2Mo3O9 phosphor under the excitation of 980 nm diode laser. The phosphors were synthesized by the traditional solid-state reaction method. The structures of the samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Under 980 nm excitation, Ho3+/Yb3+co-doped Gd2Mo3O9 exhibited strong yellow UC emission based on the green emission near 541 nm generated by 5F4,5S2→5I8 transition and the strong red emission around 660 nm generated by 5F5→5I8 transition, which assigned to the intra-4f transitions of Ho3+ions. The doping concentrations of Ho3+and Yb3+were determined to be 0.01 mol Ho3+and 0.2 mol Yb3+for the strongest yellow emission. Then the dependence of UC emis-sion intensity on excitation power density showed that the green and red UC emissions were involved in two-photon process. The possible UC mechanisms for the strong yellow emission were also investigated. The result indicated that this material was a promis-ing candidate for the application in the yellow display field.

  12. First Calorimetric Measurement of OI-line in the Electron Capture Spectrum of $^{163}$Ho

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    Ranitzsch, P. C. -O.; Wegner, M.; Kempf, S.; Fleischmann, A.; Enss, C.; Gastaldo, L.; Herlert, A.; Johnston, K.


    The isotope $^{163}$Ho undergoes an electron capture process with a recommended value for the energy available to the decay, $Q_{\\rm EC}$, of about 2.5 keV. According to the present knowledge, this is the lowest $Q_{\\rm EC}$ value for electron capture processes. Because of that, $^{163}$Ho is the best candidate to perform experiments to investigate the value of the electron neutrino mass based on the analysis of the calorimetrically measured spectrum. We present for the first time the calorimetric measurement of the atomic de-excitation of the $^{163}$Dy daughter atom upon the capture of an electron from the 5s shell in $^{163}$Ho, OI-line. The measured peak energy is 48 eV. This measurement was performed using low temperature metallic magnetic calorimeters with the $^{163}$Ho ion implanted in the absorber. We demonstrate that the calorimetric spectrum of $^{163}$Ho can be measured with high precision and that the parameters describing the spectrum can be learned from the analysis of the data. Finally, we dis...

  13. Study of combination treatment effect of the {sup 166}Ho and anticancer agents in-vitro

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    Jeon, S. M.; Choi, S. J.; Park, K. B. [KAERI, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)


    For the development of new controlled drug delivery systems, the application of combination therapy using radioisotopes and tumor static agents has drawn great attention. This study was designed to estimate the treatment effect of the combination therapy with Holmium ({sup 166}Ho) and tumor static agents. Ho-166 was produced at the KAERI using HANARO reactor. The drugs applied were Sunpla, Methotrexate and Doxorubicin. Human glioblastoma (T98G), adenocarcinoma (MKN45), hepatocellular (Hep3B), lung carcinoma (Calu6), ovary adenocarcinoma (NIH:OVCAR- 3) and rat glioma (C6) were used. The cell cytotoxicity on the tumor cell lines determined by MTT assay. In the case where the chemotherapeutic agent was solely applied to the cell lines, the IC{sub 50} values wer e 2.4x10{sup -5}M of the Sunpla for MKN45 and 4.23x10{sup -6}M of the Doxorubicin for Calu6. The radioactivity of Ho-166 occurring 20% apoptosis was 10{mu}Ci. As for Sunpla and Doxorubicin, the value of IC20 was dependent on the cell lines used. The combination treatment of {sup 166}Ho and drug was to improve therapeutic success rate in T98G, MKN45, Hep3B, and Calu6. From this in vitro study it can be concluded that combining 166Ho radionuclide therapy and chemotherapy could enhance the effect of each in eliminating proliferating tumor cells.

  14. Identification of Natural Infections in Sheep/Goats with HoBi-like Pestiviruses in China. (United States)

    Shi, H; Kan, Y; Yao, L; Leng, C; Tang, Q; Ji, J; Sun, S


    The natural infections of HoBi-like pestiviruses in cattle have been reported in South America, Europe and Asia. In China, although the detections of HoBi-like pestivirus have been reported, the epidemiological investigation was limited. From January 2014 to October 2015, several flocks of sheep/goats in Henan province in central China suffered respiratory diseases which were recovered slowly after antibiotics treatment. To test whether it is the HoBi-like pestivirus caused this symptom, 49 serum samples and 22 nasal swabs were then collected for analysis by serology and RT-PCR. Serological result revealed that prevalence of pestivirus in small ruminants was 12.2% (6/49) in central China. Sequence analysis of partial 5'-UTR nucleotides of pestivirus-positive samples suggested that HoBi-like pestivirus might have circulated in sheep/goats of China for a period and have evolved into new genotype clusters. It is apparent that the study provides the molecular evidence of natural infections in goat/sheep species with HoBi-like pestiviruses in China.

  15. Magnetic properties of rare earth HoCrO3 chromites

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    SU Yuling; ZHANG Jincang; FENG Zhenjie; LI Zijiong; SHEN Yan; CAO Shixun


    The temperature dependence of the magnetic properties was systemically studied by dc/ac magnetization and specific heat measurement for heavy rare earth HoCrO3 chromites.The results revealed the existence of complex phase coexistence and competitive magnetic behavior in HoCrO3 chromites.It was found that,in the region of higher temperature above 141.0 K,HoCrO3 behaved as a typical Cufie-Weiss paramagnetic (PM).And in the region of low temperature,a novel magnetization behavior was observed with negative magnetization (diamagnetism-like) characteristics under an external field of 100 Oe and M-Tcurves exhibited two symmetrical branches for field cooling (FC) and zero field cooling (ZFC) modes.This behavior indicated the coexistence of canted antiferromagnetic (CAFM) and weak ferromagnetic (FM) phase.These also exhibited the existence of competition mechanism below characteristic temperature TN1=141.0 K and the magnetic order of Ho ion below 7.5 K.The current complex magnetization might be attributed to the interaction between paramagnetic Ho3+moments and canted Cr3+ moments.

  16. Hepatitis B Stigma and Knowledge among Vietnamese in Ho Chi Minh City and Chicago

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    Lan Dam


    Full Text Available Stigma regarding viral hepatitis and liver disease has psychological and social consequences including causing negative self-image, disrupting relationships, and providing a barrier to prevention, testing, and treatment. The aim of this study was to characterize and compare HBV knowledge and stigma in Vietnamese in Ho Chi Minh City and Chicago and to begin to evaluate the cultural context of HBV stigma. Methods. A written survey including knowledge questions and a validated HBV stigma questionnaire was distributed to Vietnamese in Ho Chi Minh City and Chicago. 842 surveys from Ho Chi Minh City and 170 from Chicago were analyzed. Results. Vietnamese living in Chicago had better understanding of HBV transmission and that HBV can cause chronic infection and liver cancer. Vietnamese in Chicago had higher stigma scores on a broad range of items including guilt and shame about HBV and were more likely to feel that persons with HBV can bring harm to others and should be isolated. Conclusions. Vietnamese in Ho Chi Minh City and Chicago have knowledge deficits about HBV, particularly regarding modes of transmission. Persons in Ho Chi Minh City expressed lower levels of HBV stigma than Vietnamese living in Chicago, likely reflecting changing cultural attitudes in Vietnam. Culturally appropriate educational initiatives are needed to address the problem of HBV stigma.

  17. Nighttime measurements of HOx during the RONOCO project and analysis of the sources of HO2

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    H. M. Walker


    Full Text Available Measurements of the radical species OH and HO2 were made using the Fluorescence Assay by Gas Expansion (FAGE technique during a series of nighttime and daytime flights over the UK in summer 2010 and winter 2011. OH was not detected above the instrument's 1σ limit of detection during any of the nighttime flights or during the winter daytime flights, placing upper limits on [OH] of 1.8 × 106 molecule cm−3 and 6.4 × 105 molecule cm−3 for the summer and winter flights, respectively. HO2 reached a maximum concentration of 3.2 × 108 molecule cm−3 (13.6 pptv during a nighttime flight on 20 July 2010, when the highest concentrations of NO3 and O3 were also recorded. Analysis of the rates of reaction of OH, O3, and the NO3 radical with measured alkenes indicates that the summer nighttime troposphere can be as important for the processing of VOCs as the winter daytime troposphere. Analysis of the instantaneous rate of production of HO2 from the reactions of O3 and NO3 with alkenes has shown that, on average, reactions of NO3 dominated nighttime production of HO2 during summer, and reactions of O3 dominated nighttime HO2 production during winter.

  18. Superhumps in the Rarely Outbursting SU UMa-Type Dwarf Nova, HO Delphini

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    Kato, T; Moilanen, M; Yamaoka, H


    We observed the 1994, 1996 and 2001 outbursts of HO Del. From the detection of secure superhumps, HO Del is confirmed to be an SU UMa-type dwarf nova with a superhump period of 0.06453(6) d. Based on the recent observations and the past records, the outbursts of HO Del are found to be relatively rare, with the shortest intervals of superoutbursts being ~740 d. Among SU UMa-type dwarf novae with similar outburst intervals, the outburst amplitude (~5.0 mag) is unusually small. HO Del showed a rather rapid decay of the superhump amplitudes, and no regrowth of the amplitudes during the later stage, in contrast to the commonly observed behavior in SU UMa-type dwarf novae with long outburst intervals. We positively identified HO Del with a ROSAT X-ray source, and obtained a relatively large X-ray luminosity of 10^(31.1+/-0.2) erg/s. We also performed a literature survey of SU UMa-type dwarf novae, and presented a new set of basic statistics. The SU UMa-type dwarf novae with a brightening trend or with a regrowth of...

  19. Role of HO/CO in the Control of Peripheral Circulation in Humans

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    Full Text Available Experimental studies show that the heme oxygenase/carbon monoxide system (HO/CO plays an important role in the homeostasis of circulation and in the pathophysiology of hypertension. No data are available on its role in the control of peripheral circulation in humans. We evaluated the effects of inhibition of HO with stannous mesoporphyrin IX (SnMP (200 M locally administered by iontophoresis, on human skin blood flow, evaluated by laser-Doppler flowmetry, in the presence and absence of nitric oxide synthase (NOS inhibition with L-NG-Nitroarginine methyl ester (L-NAME (100 M. We also evaluated the effect of HO inhibition on vasodilatation induced by acetylcholine (ACh and vasoconstriction caused by noradrenaline (NA. SnMP and L-NAME caused a similar 20–25% decrease in skin flow. After nitric oxide (NO inhibition with L-NAME, HO inhibition with SnMP caused a further 20% decrease in skin perfusion. SnMP decreased vasodilatation induced by ACh by about 70%, while it did not affect vasoconstriction to NA. In conclusion, HO/CO participates in the control of peripheral circulation, independently from NO, and is involved in vasodilatation to ACh.

  20. Hepatitis B Stigma and Knowledge among Vietnamese in Ho Chi Minh City and Chicago (United States)

    Dam, Lan; Cheng, Anita; Tran, Phuong; Wong, Shirley S.; Hershow, Ronald; Cotler, Sheldon


    Stigma regarding viral hepatitis and liver disease has psychological and social consequences including causing negative self-image, disrupting relationships, and providing a barrier to prevention, testing, and treatment. The aim of this study was to characterize and compare HBV knowledge and stigma in Vietnamese in Ho Chi Minh City and Chicago and to begin to evaluate the cultural context of HBV stigma. Methods. A written survey including knowledge questions and a validated HBV stigma questionnaire was distributed to Vietnamese in Ho Chi Minh City and Chicago. 842 surveys from Ho Chi Minh City and 170 from Chicago were analyzed. Results. Vietnamese living in Chicago had better understanding of HBV transmission and that HBV can cause chronic infection and liver cancer. Vietnamese in Chicago had higher stigma scores on a broad range of items including guilt and shame about HBV and were more likely to feel that persons with HBV can bring harm to others and should be isolated. Conclusions. Vietnamese in Ho Chi Minh City and Chicago have knowledge deficits about HBV, particularly regarding modes of transmission. Persons in Ho Chi Minh City expressed lower levels of HBV stigma than Vietnamese living in Chicago, likely reflecting changing cultural attitudes in Vietnam. Culturally appropriate educational initiatives are needed to address the problem of HBV stigma. PMID:28101498

  1. Solar system tests of Ho\\v{r}ava-Lifshitz gravity

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    Harko, Tiberiu; Lobo, Francisco S N


    Recently, a renormalizable gravity theory with higher spatial derivatives in four dimensions was proposed by Ho\\v{r}ava. The theory reduces to Einstein gravity with a non-vanishing cosmological constant in IR, but it has improved UV behaviors. The spherically symmetric black hole solutions for an arbitrary cosmological constant, which represent the generalization of the standard Schwarzschild-(A)dS solution, has also been obtained for the Ho\\v{r}ava-Lifshitz theory. The exact asymptotically flat Schwarzschild type solution of the gravitational field equations in Ho\\v{r}ava gravity contains a quadratic increasing term, as well as the square root of a fourth order polynomial in the radial coordinate, and it depends on one arbitrary integration constant. The IR modified Ho\\v{r}ava gravity seems to be consistent with the current observational data, but in order to test its viability more observational constraints are necessary. In the present paper we consider the possibility of observationally testing Ho\\v{r}ava...


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    Objective To investigate in vitro heme oxygenase-1 gene (HO-1) delivery to human pancreatic islets by adenovirus vectors. Methods Recombinant adenovirus containing HO-1 or enhanced green fluorescent protein gene(EGFP) was generated by using the AdEasy System. The purified human pancreatic islets were infected with recombinant adenovirus vectors at various multiplicity of infection (MOI). Transduction was confirmed by fluorescence photographs and Western blot. Glucose-stimulated insulin secretion was detected by using Human insulin radioimmunoassay kits and was used to assess the function of human islets infected by recombinant adenovirus.Results Viral titers of Ad-hHO-1 and Ad-EGFP were 1.96×109 and 1.99×109 pfu/mL, respectively. Human pancreatic islets were efficiently infected by recombinant adenovirus vectors in vitro. Transfection of human islets at an MOI of 20 did not inhibit islet function. Recombinant adenovirus mediated HO-1gene transfer significantly improved the islet function of insulin release when simulated by high level glucose. Conclusion Recombinant adenovirus is efficient to deliver exogenous gene into human pancreatic islets in vitro. HO-1 gene transfection can improve human islet function.

  3. Endoscopic Ho laser interstitial therapy for pharyngolaryngeal venous malformations in adults. (United States)

    Xiuwen, Jiang; Jianguo, Tang


    Many methods have been used to treat venous malformations, including sclerotherapy, laser therapy, and surgery. Nowadays, endoscopic laser surgery has become a popular therapeutic modality for most of pharyngolaryngeal venous malformations. There are various kinds of lasers that have been applied, but Holmium:YAG laser (Ho laser) has not been reported yet. Ho laser is produced by a kind of iraser which is made of yttrium aluminum garnet mixed with holmium, chromium and thulium. Aim of the current work is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Ho laser interstitial therapy in pharyngolaryngeal venous malformations in adults. The clinical data of 42 patients with pharyngolaryngeal venous malformation treated with endoscopic Ho laser interstitial therapy over a 12-year period were retrospectively reviewed and analyzed. The wave length of Ho laser was 2.1 µm and the diameter of optical fiber was 550 µm. The pulse energy was 0.5 J and the time of duration was 600 µs. The highest output power was 100 W. Outcomes were graded as cure (complete resolution), considerable reduction (>60-80 % reduction), and no obvious change (laser interstitial therapy is an effective and safe treatment modality for pharyngolaryngeal venous malformations in adults.

  4. Density-functional study of the structures and properties of holmium-doped silicon clusters HoSi n (n = 3-9) and their anions. (United States)

    Hou, Liyuan; Yang, Jucai; Liu, Yuming


    The structures and properties of Ho-doped Si clusters, including their adiabatic electron affinities (AEAs), simulated photoelectron spectra (PESs), stabilities, magnetic moments, and charge-transfer characteristics, were systematically investigated using four density-functional methods. The results show that the double-hybrid functional (which includes an MP2 correlation component) can accurately predict the ground-state structure and properties of Ho-doped Si clusters. The ground-state structures of HoSi n (n = 3-9) are sextuplet electronic states. The structures of these Ho-doped Si clusters (aside from HoSi7) are substitutional. The ground-state structures of HoSi n(-) are quintuplet electronic states. Their predicted AEAs are in excellent agreement with the experimental ones. The mean absolute error in the theoretical AEAs of HoSi n (n = 4-9) is only 0.04 eV. The simulated PESs for HoSi n(-) (n = 5-9) are in good agreement with the experimental PESs. Based on its simulated PES and theoretical AEA, we reassigned the experimental PES of HoSi4(-) and obtained an experimental AEA of 2.2 ± 0.1 eV. The dissociation energies of Ho from HoSi n and HoSi n(-) (n = 3-9) were evaluated to test the relative stabilities of the clusters. HOMO-LUMO gap analysis indicated that doping the Si clusters with the rare-earth metal atom significantly increases their photochemical reactivity. Natural population analysis showed that the magnetic moments of HoSi n (n = 3-9) and their anions derive mainly from the Ho atom. It was also found that the magnetic moments of Ho in the HoSi n clusters are larger than the magnetic moment of an isolated Ho atom.

  5. Robotic QM/MM-driven maturation of antibody combining sites (United States)

    Smirnov, Ivan V.; Golovin, Andrey V.; Chatziefthimiou, Spyros D.; Stepanova, Anastasiya V.; Peng, Yingjie; Zolotareva, Olga I.; Belogurov, Alexey A.; Kurkova, Inna N.; Ponomarenko, Natalie A.; Wilmanns, Matthias; Blackburn, G. Michael; Gabibov, Alexander G.; Lerner, Richard A.


    In vitro selection of antibodies from large repertoires of immunoglobulin (Ig) combining sites using combinatorial libraries is a powerful tool, with great potential for generating in vivo scavengers for toxins. However, addition of a maturation function is necessary to enable these selected antibodies to more closely mimic the full mammalian immune response. We approached this goal using quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) calculations to achieve maturation in silico. We preselected A17, an Ig template, from a naïve library for its ability to disarm a toxic pesticide related to organophosphorus nerve agents. Virtual screening of 167,538 robotically generated mutants identified an optimum single point mutation, which experimentally boosted wild-type Ig scavenger performance by 170-fold. We validated the QM/MM predictions via kinetic analysis and crystal structures of mutant apo-A17 and covalently modified Ig, thereby identifying the displacement of one water molecule by an arginine as delivering this catalysis. PMID:27774510

  6. Resonant biaxial 7-mm MEMS mirror for omnidirectional scanning (United States)

    Hofmann, U.; Aikio, M.; Janes, J.; Senger, F.; Stenchly, V.; Weiss, M.; Quenzer, H.-J.; Wagner, B.; Benecke, W.


    Low-cost automotive laser scanners for environment perception are needed to enable the integration of advanced driver assistant systems (ADAS) into all automotive vehicle segments, a key to reducing the number of traffic accidents on roads. An omnidirectional 360 degree laser scanning concept has been developed based on combination of an omnidirectional lens and a biaxial large aperture MEMS mirror. This omnidirectional scanning concept is the core of a small sized low-cost time-of-flight based range sensor development. This paper describes concept, design, fabrication and first measurement results of a resonant biaxial 7mm gimbal-less MEMS mirror that is electrostatically actuated by stacked vertical comb drives. Identical frequencies of the two resonant axes are necessary to enable the required circle scanning capability. A tripod suspension was chosen since it allows minimizing the frequency splitting of the two resonant axes. Low mirror curvature is achieved by a thickness of the mirror of more than 500 μm. Hermetic wafer level vacuum packaging of such large mirrors based on multiple wafer bonding has been developed to enable to achieve a large mechanical tilt angle of +/- 6.5 degrees in each axis. The 7mm-MEMS mirror demonstrates large angle circular scanning at 1.5kHz.

  7. QM/MM Molecular Dynamics Studies of Metal Binding Proteins

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    Pietro Vidossich


    Full Text Available Mixed quantum-classical (quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM simulations have strongly contributed to providing insights into the understanding of several structural and mechanistic aspects of biological molecules. They played a particularly important role in metal binding proteins, where the electronic effects of transition metals have to be explicitly taken into account for the correct representation of the underlying biochemical process. In this review, after a brief description of the basic concepts of the QM/MM method, we provide an overview of its capabilities using selected examples taken from our work. Specifically, we will focus on heme peroxidases, metallo-β-lactamases, α-synuclein and ligase ribozymes to show how this approach is capable of describing the catalytic and/or structural role played by transition (Fe, Zn or Cu and main group (Mg metals. Applications will reveal how metal ions influence the formation and reduction of high redox intermediates in catalytic cycles and enhance drug metabolism, amyloidogenic aggregate formation and nucleic acid synthesis. In turn, it will become manifest that the protein frame directs and modulates the properties and reactivity of the metal ions.

  8. 155-MM Artillery Rearm Module 2, Unicharge. Phase 2. (United States)


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  9. The Effects of Er:YAG, Nd:YAG, and Ho:YAG Laser Surface Treatments to Acrylic Resin Denture Bases on the Tensile Bond Strength of Silicone-Based Resilient Liners. (United States)

    Gorler, Oguzhan; Dogan, Derya Ozdemir; Ulgey, Melih; Goze, Aysegul; Hubbezoğlu, Ihsan; Zan, Recai; Ozdemir, Ali Kemal


    The present study was to assess the effect of surface treatments of Er:YAG, Nd:YAG, and Ho:YAG lasers on the tensile bond strength of a silicone-based resilient liner to an acrylic denture in an in vitro setting. Experimental dumbbell-shaped specimens (75 mm) were produced by combining two acrylate pieces fabricated from heat-polymerized acrylic resin (36 mm) with 3 mm of Molloplast(®)-B filling between them. The specimens (n=200) were randomly divided in half for thermocycling, and each 100 specimen set was randomized into five groups (n=20) with different surface treatments: control (no surface treatment), sandblasting, Er:YAG laser, Nd:YAG laser, and Ho:YAG laser. A tensile bond strength test was performed. The effect of the laser surface treatments was examined with scanning electron microscopy. Only the Er:YAG laser increased the tensile bond strength compared with the other treatments. The other laser groups showed lower bond strengths. The Ho:YAG laser resulted in considerably reduced tensile bond strength. The scanning electron microscopy images showed that applying laser surface treatments modified the surface of the denture base resin. There was not an overall improvement with the use of the studied laser modalities in the adhesion quality of resilient denture liner to acrylic resin, although Er:YAG laser showed a potential to improve their adhesion. These laser modalities need to be subjected to further studies to determine optimal setup for use in prosthodontics.

  10. Enhanced biohydrogen production from sugarcane bagasse by Clostridium thermocellum supplemented with CaCO3. (United States)

    Tian, Qing-Qing; Liang, Lei; Zhu, Ming-Jun


    Clostridium thermocellum ATCC 27405 was used to degrade sugarcane bagasse (SCB) directly for hydrogen production, which was significantly enhanced by supplementing medium with CaCO3. The effect of CaCO3 concentration on the hydrogen production was investigated. The hydrogen production was significantly enhanced with the CaCO3 concentration increased from 10mM to 20mM. However, with the CaCO3 concentration further increased from 20mM to 100mM, the hydrogen production didn't increase further. Under the optimal CaCO3 concentration of 20mM, the hydrogen production reached 97.83±5.19mmol/L from 2% sodium hydroxide-pretreated SCB, a 116.72% increase over the control (45.14±1.03mmol/L), and the yield of hydrogen production reached 4.89mmol H2/g SCBadded. Additionally, CaCO3 promoted the biodegradation of SCB and the growth of C. thermocellum. The stimulatory effects of CaCO3 on biohydrogen production are mainly attributed to the buffering capacity of carbonate. The study provides a novel strategy to enhance biohydrogen production from lignocellulose.

  11. Effects of antibiotics on the contractility and Ca2+ transients of rat cardiac myocytes. (United States)

    Belus, A; White, E


    We have compared the effects of streptomycin sulphate, gentamicin sulphate and neomycin sulphate on cell shortening (our index of contractility) and intracellular Ca2+ ([Ca2+](i)) transients of rat ventricular myocytes. All three agents abolished shortening and [Ca2+](i), transients but streptomycin was significantly less potent than the other agents. The IC(50) of streptomycin was 0.37 mM for shortening and 0.78 mM for [Ca2+](i), approximately an order of magnitude greater than equivalent values for gentamicin and neomycin. Gentamicin and streptomycin shortened the action potential duration of most cells but prolonged the action potential duration of others. We therefore conclude that multiple ionic mechanisms affecting action potential duration are modulated by these antibiotics. Our observations are consistent with the negative inotropic effect of antibiotics being caused by a decrease in Ca2+ influx causing a reduction in the [Ca2+](i) transient.

  12. Study of structural, magnetic and electrical properties on Ho-substituted BiFeO3 (United States)

    Durga Rao, T.; Karthik, T.; Srinivas, Adiraj; Asthana, Saket


    The polycrystalline Bi1-xHoxFeO3 (x=0, 0.05, 0.1) compounds were synthesized by conventional solid-state route. Rietveld refinement revealed that all the compounds were stabilized in rhombohedral structure with R3c (IUCr No. 161) space group. Room temperature magnetic measurements revealed that Ho substitution induces ferromagnetism and improves the magnetic properties of BiFeO3. A competing ferro and anti-ferro magnetic interaction was observed in these compounds. Temperature variation of complex impedance studies revealed that electrical properties are improved with the Ho substitution. The ac conductivity found to obey universal power law and showed the negative temperature coefficient of resistance character. Correlated barrier hopping model (CBH) was employed to explain the frequency and temperature dependence of ac conductivity and the mechanism of transport in the material BFO and Ho substituted BFO. Density of states near Fermi level was calculated by using the ac conductivity data.

  13. Magnetic structures of RCu{sub x}Ge{sub 2} (R=Ho, Er) compounds

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    Gil, A.; Kaczorowski, D.; Hernandez-Velasco, J.; Penc, B.; Wawrzynska, E.; Szytula, A


    Neutron powder diffraction and magnetic measurements have been carried out on RCu{sub x}Ge{sub 2} (R=Ho, Er) compounds. Both compounds crystallize in the orthorhombic CeNiSi{sub 2}-type structure (space group Cmcm) and they are antiferromagnets with the Neel temperature equal to 4.5 K for R=Er and 8.0 K for R=Ho. Neutron diffraction measurements indicate the presence of collinear magnetic structures of the G{sub z} mode in HoCu{sub 0.33}Ge{sub 2} and G{sub x} mode in ErCu{sub 0.25}Ge{sub 2}.

  14. Generation and characterization of dihydroxycarbene, HO-C-OH, by neutralization/reionization mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Wiedmann, F A; Cai, J; Wesdemiotis, C


    Dihydroxycarbene is produced in the gas phase by neutralization of the HO-C-OH+. radical cation which is formed by dissociative electron ionization of oxalic acid. Reionization approximately 0.3 microseconds later shows that HO-C-OH can survive intact and, thus, exists as a stable species with appreciable barriers for dissociation or rearrangement to formic acid (HCOOH). Within the time scale of the experiment, a small fraction of the carbene decomposes to H2O+CO. Comparison of the experimental results with ab initio theory shows that the dissociating HO-C-OH molecules are generated in the electronically excited triplet state, while the large amount of surviving carbene molecules is formed in the singlet ground state.

  15. Magnetocaloric effect in a cluster-glass system Ho5Pd2-xNix (United States)

    Toyoizumi, Saori; Kitazawa, Hideaki; Morita, Kengo; Tamaki, Akira


    In order to investigate the effect of chemical pressure on the large magnetocaloric effect in Ho5 Pd2, we conducted X-ray diffraction, magnetization, and specific heat measurements on Ho5Pd2-xNix(0≤ x ≤ 1.0) rare-earth intermetallic compounds. The linear x dependence of the lattice constant a suggests that Ni is replaced with Pd in the case of Ho5Pd2-xNix (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5). The spin-glass transition temperature Tg and paramagnetic Curie temperature θP indicate a weak oscillatory x dependence. However, the magnetic entropy change —ΔSm and the relative cooling power (RCP) are rapidly suppressed with increasing x. These large reductions in —ΔSm and RCP cannot be explained only in terms of normal Ruderman-Kittel- Kasuya-Yoshida (RKKY)-type indirect exchange interactions.

  16. Sample dependence of giant magnetocaloric effect in a cluster-glass system Ho5Pd2 (United States)

    Toyoizumi, Saori; Kitazawa, Hideaki; Kawamura, Yukihiko; Mamiya, Hiroaki; Terada, Noriki; Tamura, Ryo; Dönni, Andreas; Morita, Kengo; Tamaki, Akira


    In order to investigate the effect of vacancy on the magnetocaloric effect in Ho5Pd2, we have carried out X-ray diffraction, magnetization, and specific heat measurements in the rare-earth intermetallic compound Ho5+xPd2(-0.4 ≤ x ≤ 0.4). The maximum magnetic entropy change -ΔSmmax , the maximum adiabatic temperature change ΔTadmax , and the relative cooling power of Ho5+xPd2 take large values at x = 0-0.4 for the field change of 5 T. The paramagnetic Curie temperature θp increases with an increase of x. This fact suggests that the enhancement of ferromagnetic coupling among the correlated spins leads to the increase of magnetocaloric effect.

  17. Performance of a c- and a-Cut Ho:YAP Laser at Room Temperature

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    SHEN Ying-Jie; YAO Bao-Quan; DAI Tong-Yu; LI-Gang; DUAN Xiao-Ming; JU You-Lun; WANG Yue-Zhu


    Continuous-wave operation of room-temperature c- and a-cut Ho:YAP lasers resonantly end-pumped by a diodepumped Tm:YLF laser at 1.91 μm are comparatively investigated. The maximum output powers of 7.8 W at 2103nm and 6.09 W at 2130 nm for c-cut Ho:YAP crystal are obtained.The maximum output power of 8.78 W at 2119nm for a-cut Ho:YAlO3 crystal is achieved.The maximum slope efficiency in terms of absorbed pump power approximately reaches 57.8% for c-oriented crystal and about 52.7% for a-oriented crystal.

  18. Cardy-Verlinde entropy in Ho\\v{r}ava-Lifshitz gravity

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    Luongo, Orlando; Quevedo, Hernando


    We investigate homogeneous cosmological models with perfect-fluid sources in the framework of the Ho\\v rava-Lifshitz model for quantum gravity. We show that the Hamiltonian constraint of such spacetimes can be rewritten as the Cardy formula for the entropy in conformal field theory. The Cardy entropy is shown to depend explicitly on the value of the Ho\\v rava parameter $\\lambda$ so that it can be interpreted as determining the entropy and the gravitational interaction of the theory. Moreover, we show that Verlinde's Pythagorean representation of the Hamiltonian constraint is also valid in the case of homogeneous Ho\\v rava-Lifshitz spacetimes. We interpret these results as a further indication of a deep relationship between gravity, thermodynamics and holography in the quantum regime.

  19. The Nrf2/HO-1 Axis in Cancer Cell Growth and Chemoresistance

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    A. L. Furfaro


    Full Text Available The transcription factor, nuclear factor erythroid 2 p45-related factor 2 (Nrf2, acts as a sensor of oxidative or electrophilic stresses and plays a pivotal role in redox homeostasis. Oxidative or electrophilic agents cause a conformational change in the Nrf2 inhibitory protein Keap1 inducing the nuclear translocation of the transcription factor which, through its binding to the antioxidant/electrophilic response element (ARE/EpRE, regulates the expression of antioxidant and detoxifying genes such as heme oxygenase 1 (HO-1. Nrf2 and HO-1 are frequently upregulated in different types of tumours and correlate with tumour progression, aggressiveness, resistance to therapy, and poor prognosis. This review focuses on the Nrf2/HO-1 stress response mechanism as a promising target for anticancer treatment which is able to overcome resistance to therapies.

  20. Cardy-Verlinde entropy in Hořava-Lifshitz gravity (United States)

    Luongo, Orlando; Pisani, Giovanni Battista; Quevedo, Hernando


    We investigate homogeneous cosmological models with perfect-fluid sources in the framework of the Hořava-Lifshitz model for quantum gravity. We show that the Hamiltonian constraint of such spacetimes can be rewritten as the Cardy formula for the entropy in conformal field theory. The Cardy entropy is shown to depend explicitly on the value of the Hořava parameter λ so that it can be interpreted as determining the entropy and the gravitational interaction of the theory. Moreover, we show that Verlinde's Pythagorean representation of the Hamiltonian constraint is also valid in the case of homogeneous Hořava-Lifshitz spacetimes. We interpret these results as a further indication of a deep relationship between gravity, thermodynamics and holography in the quantum regime.

  1. Anomalous charge transport in RB12 (R = Ho, Er, Tm, Lu) (United States)

    Sluchanko, N.; Bogomolov, L.; Glushkov, V.; Demishev, S.; Ignatov, M.; Khayrullin, Eu.; Samarin, N.; Sluchanko, D.; Levchenko, A.; Shitsevalova, N.; Flachbart, K.

    High precision measurements of Hall RH(T) and Seebeck S(T) coefficients have been carried out for the first time on single crystals of rare earth dodecaborides RB12 (R D Ho, Er, Tm, Lu) at temperatures 1.8-300 K. Low temperature anomalies detected on the temperature dependencies of RH(T) and S(T) are associated with antiferromagnetic phase transitions in HoB12, ErB12 and TmB12 compounds. The observed discrepancy between the change of charge carriers' mobility and de-Gennes factor (g - 1)2 J(J + 1) (J - angular momentum of the 4f shell) in the set of HoB12-TmB12 allows us to conclude about the appreciable influence of spin fluctuations on the charge transport in these compounds with B12 atomic clusters.

  2. Analysis on the effect of urethra caruncle treated by Ho:YAG laser (United States)

    Zhang, Mei-Jue; Zhu, Jing; Shi, Hong-Min


    Objective: To observe the effect of Ho:YAG laser in treatment of urethra cauncle. Methods: The patients suffering from urethra cauncle were treated by Ho:YAG laser, the energy of per pulse is 0.5J. The frequency of pulse is 5~15Hz, and the average power of the laser is 2.5~7.5W. Results: Among the patients 188 cases of urethra cauncle were only cured for one time, twice for12 cases. No stricture on the peristome of urethra or urethrovaginal fistula was observed. Conclusions: The technique of treatment of urethra cauncle with Ho:YAG laser is an effect and safe therapeutics with the merit of excellent homeostasis, improved visualization, minimal thermal damage to surrounding tissue, shorter period of recovery and easy to operate. It is better than CO2 laser and Nd:YAG laser.

  3. The Nrf2/HO-1 Axis in Cancer Cell Growth and Chemoresistance. (United States)

    Furfaro, A L; Traverso, N; Domenicotti, C; Piras, S; Moretta, L; Marinari, U M; Pronzato, M A; Nitti, M


    The transcription factor, nuclear factor erythroid 2 p45-related factor 2 (Nrf2), acts as a sensor of oxidative or electrophilic stresses and plays a pivotal role in redox homeostasis. Oxidative or electrophilic agents cause a conformational change in the Nrf2 inhibitory protein Keap1 inducing the nuclear translocation of the transcription factor which, through its binding to the antioxidant/electrophilic response element (ARE/EpRE), regulates the expression of antioxidant and detoxifying genes such as heme oxygenase 1 (HO-1). Nrf2 and HO-1 are frequently upregulated in different types of tumours and correlate with tumour progression, aggressiveness, resistance to therapy, and poor prognosis. This review focuses on the Nrf2/HO-1 stress response mechanism as a promising target for anticancer treatment which is able to overcome resistance to therapies.

  4. Sulfide capacities of CaO-CaF2-CaCl2 melts (United States)

    Simeonov, Simeon; Sakai, Toshihiko; Maeda, Masafumi


    The sulfide capacityC_{s^{2 - } } = ({text{pct S}}^{{text{2 - }}} )(p_{{text{O}}_{text{2}} } /p_{{text{S}}_{text{2}} } )^{1/2} ) of CaO-CaF2-CaCl2 slag was determined at temperatures from 1000 °C to 1300 °C by equilibrating molten slag, molten silver, and CO-CO2-Ar gas mixture. The sulfide capacity increases with replacing CaCl2 by CaF2 in slags of constant CaO contents. The sulfide capacity also increases with increasing temperature as well as with increasing CaO content at a constant ratio of CaF2/CaCl2 of unity. A linear relationship between the sulfide capacity and carbonate capacity in literature was observed on a logarithmic scale.

  5. Bonding Strength of Ceromer with Direct Laser Sintered, Ni-Cr-Based, and ZrO2 Metal Infrastructures After Er:YAG, Nd:YAG, and Ho:YAG Laser Surface Treatments-A Comparative In Vitro Study. (United States)

    Gorler, Oguzhan; Ozdemir, Ali Kemal


    Laser modalities instead of conventional surface treatment techniques have been suggested to obtain an adequate micromechanical bonding between dental super- and infrastructures. The present study was undertaken to assess the effect of surface treatment with Ho:YAG, Er:YAG, and Nd:YAG laser modalities on the shear bond strength (SBS) of ceromer to different types of metal infrastructures in in vitro settings. The study specimens consisted of 40 direct laser sintered (DLS), 40 Ni-Cr-based, and 40 zirconium oxide (ZrO2) infrastructures. In each infrastructure group, the specimens were divided randomly into five treatment modalities (n = 8): no treatment (controls), sandblasting, Er:YAG, Nd:YAG, and Ho:YAG lasers. The DLS, Ni-Cr-based, and ZrO2 infrastructures were prepared in the final dimensions of 7 mm in diameter and 3 mm in thickness in line with the ISO 11405 standard. Ceromer as superstructure was applied to all the infrastructures after their surface treatments according to the selected treatment modality. SBS test was performed to test the effectiveness of surface treatments. A stereomicroscope was used to determine the changes in the surface morphology of specimens. Among the laser modalities and sandblasting, Ho:YAG laser caused the most important increase in the DLS and Ni-Cr-based infrastructures but sandblasting caused the most important increase in the ZrO2 infrastructure. In all the infrastructures, Nd:YAG laser has the least effectiveness, and Er:YAG laser makes an intermediate success. The stereomicroscopy images presented that the applications of laser surface treatments altered the surface in all the infrastructures. Overall, in current experimental settings, Ho:YAG, Nd:YAG, and Er:YAG lasers, in order of strength, are effective in improving the bonding of ceromer to all the infrastructures. Ho:YAG laser is more effective in the DLS and Ni-Cr-based infrastructures, but sandblasting is more effective in the ZrO2 infrastructure. The studied

  6. Passive transport pathways for Ca2+ and Co2+ in human red blood cells

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    Simonsen, Lars Ole; Harbak, Henrik; Bennekou, Poul


    The passive transport of calcium and cobalt and their interference were studied in human red cells using (45)Ca and (57)Co as tracers. In ATP-depleted cells, with the ATP concentration reduced to about 1µM, the progress curve for (45)Ca uptake at 1mM rapidly levels off with time, consistent...

  7. 120-mm superconducting quadrupole for interaction regions of hadron colliders

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    Zlobin, A V; Mokhov, N V; Novitski, I


    Magnetic and mechanical designs of a Nb3Sn quadrupole magnet with 120-mm aperture suitable for interaction regions of hadron colliders are presented. The magnet is based on a two-layer shell-type coil and a cold iron yoke. Special spacers made of a low-Z material are implemented in the coil mid-planes to reduce the level of radiation heat deposition and radiation dose in the coil. The quadrupole mechanical structure is based on aluminum collars supported by an iron yoke and a stainless steel skin. Magnet parameters including maximum field gradient and field harmonics, Nb3Sn coil pre-stress and protection at the operating temperatures of 4.5 and 1.9 K are reported. The level and distribution of radiation heat deposition in the coil and other magnet components are discussed.

  8. Expulsion of the intrauterine devices Lippes loop size 30 mm. (United States)

    el-Zeneiny, A H; Ammar, A R; Badawi, S Z


    To determine the factors controlling IUD expulsion (Lippes loop 30 mm), Cairo's Ain-Shams Birth Control Clinic investigated 25 women with regard to the following: 1) detailed obstetric history; 2) hystergram; 3) Lipiodol hysterosalpinography (postmenstrual cases); 4) measurement of uterine cavity; 5) dilation (Hegar's No. 8) to determine internal os integrity. In 40% of the expulsions congenital abnormalities of the uterus was found while another 40% revealed a patulous internal os. In septate and arcuate uteruses, continuous pressure on the upper part of the loop found to cause expulsion. Uterine contractions occurring during menstruation were also seen to increase chances of expulsion, particularly in cases of patulous internal os. In 20% of the cases, no anomoly was detected and expulsion was thought to have resulted from faulty insertion or irrigation of the uterus by a foreign body.

  9. Experimental investigation of a mm-wave planar antenna (United States)

    Lambrakakis, Georgios D.


    This thesis investigates a new mm-wave Bilateral Slot Line (BSL) antenna and its relation to the Linearly Tapered Slot Antenna (LTSA). The BSL antenna consists of a tapered double-sided slotline and can be viewed as two identical LTSAs sandwiched back to back. Dielectric substrates with permittivities of 2.33 and 6.0 were used to construct these antennas. The theoretical background, the design, and the performance in the frequency range 5 to 9 GHz of the new microwave integrated circuit antenna is presented. The effects of several parameters such as dielectric constant, stripline and slotline characteristic impedance, antenna structure, and transition scheme on the radiation patterns and return loss were experimentally investigated. Some relationships between the width of stripline and slotline, their characteristic impedance and the dielectric constant are reported. Guidelines are laid to design the LTSA and BSL antennas.

  10. Multispectral mm-wave imaging: materials and images (United States)

    Alexander, Naomi E.; Callejero Andrés, Carlos; Gonzalo, Ramón


    It is well known that millimeter-wave technology provides an important imaging capability through clothing and adverse weather conditions, among others. Alfa Imaging has undertaken a project to study the different applications of mm-wave imaging. An important part of this project is the measurement of material properties of a number of clothing and packaging samples in the frequency range from 40 to 306GHz. This task has been undertaken by the Antenna Group at the Public University of Navarra using an ABmm Network Analyser. The resulting data has been analysed and is presented in this paper along with example images and conclusions on the ideal operating frequency for the various applications studied.

  11. Phase correlator reduces mm-wave radar cost (United States)

    Weiss, R., Sr.; Hobbs, P.; Locatelli, J.


    A technique involving the IC storage of magnetron phase for reference has been developed to make possible the use of the low-cost efficient magnetron in obtaining phase coherent signals for pulse Doppler radar. In the new external coherence method, the recorded random midpulse-region phase is compared with the frequency of the echo allowing Doppler information, free of phase noise, to be extracted. The gated magnetron was tested at Ka-band in a 35-GHz radar, and good agreement with the CP-4 5.5 GHz radar was shown. With good accuracy down to 10 cm/s, the present system, especially in the mm-wave region, has important applications to meteorological and military radar.

  12. Magnetic design of a 14 mm period prototype superconducting undulator (United States)

    Gehlot, Mona; Mishra, G.; Trillaud, Frederic; Sharma, Geetanjali


    In this paper we report the design of a 14 mm period prototype superconducting undulator that is under fabrication at Insertion Device Development Laboratory (IDDL) at Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore, India. The field computations are made in RADIA and results are presented in an analytical form for computation of the on axis field and the field on the surface of the coil. On the basis of the findings, a best fit is presented for the model to calculate the field dependence on the gap and the current density. The fit is compared with Moser-Rossmanith formula proposed earlier to predict the magnetic flux density of a superconducting undulator. The field mapping is used to calculate the field integrals and its dependence on gap and current densities as well.

  13. Purinergic receptor-mediated intracellular Ca2+ oscillations in chicken granulosa cells. (United States)

    Morley, P; Vanderhyden, B C; Tremblay, R; Mealing, G A; Durkin, J P; Whitfield, J F


    These studies were designed to investigate the effects of extracellular ATP on intracellular calcium ion concentration ([Ca2+]i) and progesterone secretion in granulosa cells obtained from the two largest preovulatory follicles (F1 and F2) of hens. [Ca2+]i was measured in cells loaded with the Ca(2+)-responsive fluorescent dye fura-2. The resting [Ca2+]i in these cells was 99 +/- 7 nM (n = 22). There was a 5.7 +/- 0.7-fold increase in [Ca2+]i in all (n = 140) of the cells within 5 sec of adding a maximally stimulatory concentration (100 microM) of extracellular ATP. The initial spike was followed by [Ca2+]i oscillations that returned to the resting level between spikes. The frequency and amplitude of the [Ca2+]i oscillations were varied and persisted for 1-40 min. [Ca2+]i oscillations were also triggered by 100 microM UTP, UDP, GTP, GDP, ADP, and the nonhydrolyzable analog ATP gamma S. Adenosine, AMP, GMP, and UMP (all at 100 microM) were ineffective. The lowest ATP concentration to trigger a [Ca2+]i response was 1 microM. The sustained oscillatory phase of the response, but not the initial spike, was inhibited by incubating the cells in Ca(2+)-free medium containing 2 mM EGTA. The nucleotide-triggered [Ca2+]i oscillations were not affected by adding the dihydropyridine Ca2+ channel blockers verapamil (100 microM), methoxy-verapamil (D600; 100 microM), or nifedipine (10 microM), before or during the response. However, the oscillations, but not the initial spike, were prevented by pretreating the cells with a general Ca2+ channel blocker, lanthanum (1 mM) or cobalt (5 mM). Lanthanum and cobalt also promptly stopped the [Ca2+]i oscillations when added during the oscillatory phase. The nucleotide-triggered [Ca2+]i response was also abolished by pretreating the cells with an inhibitor of inositol phospholipid hydrolysis, neomycin (1.5 mM). In 3-h incubations, adenosine (100 microM) or ATP (100 microM) did not affect basal or LH (20 or 100 ng/ml)-stimulated progesterone

  14. 7 mm continuum observations of ultra compact HII regions (United States)

    Leto, P.; Umana, G.; Trigilio, C.; Buemi, C. S.; Dolei, S.; Manzitto, P.; Cerrigone, L.; Siringo, C.


    Aims: Ultra compact HII (UCHII) regions are indicators of high-mass star formation sites and are distributed mainly in the Galactic plane. They exhibit a broad band spectrum with significant emission between near-IR and radio wavelengths. We intend to investigate the possible contribution of the forthcoming ESA Planck mission to the science of UCHII regions by evaluating the possibility of detecting UCHIIs that are bright in the radio regime. Methods: We performed new 7 mm observations of a sample of UCHII regions. The observations were designed to acquire high-frequency radio spectra. For each source in our sample, the free-free radio spectrum has been modeled. Along with far-IR measurements, our spectra allow us to estimate the flux densities of the sources in the millimeter and sub-millimeter bands. We extrapolated and summed the ionized-gas (free-free radio emission) and dust (thermal emission) contributions in the afore mentioned wavelength ranges. The possibility of Planck detecting the selected sources can be assessed by comparing the estimated flux densities to the expected sensitivity in each Planck channel. To obtain a realistic estimation of the noise produced by the Galactic emission, the Planck sky model software package was used. Results: For each target source, from our new 7 mm data and other radio measurements from the literature, important physical parameters such as electron density and their spatial distribution, source geometry and emission measure were derived. We conclude that, in the case of the present sample, located close to the Galactic center, Planck will have a very low detection rate. In contrast, assuming that our sample is representative of the whole UCHII-region population, we derive a very high probability of detecting this kind of source with Planck if located instead close to the anticenter. From the analysis of the ionized-gas properties, we suggest that the selected sample could also be contaminated by other kinds of Galactic

  15. [Tetanus in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: epidemiological, clinical and outcome features of 389 cases at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases]. (United States)

    An, V T; Khue, P M; Yen, L M; Phong, N D; Strobel, M


    The objective of this study is to describe the different aspects of tetanus during the past recent years in southern Vietnam: epidemiology, clinical picture, management, and death risk factors. It is a retrospective study concerning 389 cases admitted in 2007 and 2008 at the reference Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City. 93% of all cases were generalized tetanus, and 50% were severe cases. A majority of patients were adult males (medium age 43, M/ F sex-ratio 2.9). Half of them underwent tracheotomy and 39% assisted ventilation. Case fatality rate was 6.4%, the lowest reported rate worldwide in the last ten years. Fatalities resulted mainly from neuro-vegetative disorders, essentially cardiogenic shock (28% of all deaths) [OR = 16.95; p 12.000/mm(3) [OR = 2.32; p Vietnam.

  16. Single crystal polarized neutron diffraction study of the magnetic structure of HoFeO3. (United States)

    Chatterji, T; Stunault, A; Brown, P J


    Polarised neutron diffraction measurements have been made on HoFeO3 single crystals magnetised in both the [0 0 1] and [1 0 0] directions (Pbnm setting). The polarisation dependencies of Bragg reflection intensities were measured both with a high field of [Formula: see text] T parallel to [0 0 1] at [Formula: see text] K and with the lower field [Formula: see text] T parallel to [1 0 0] at [Formula: see text] K. A Fourier projection of magnetization induced parallel to [0 0 1], made using the hk0 reflections measured in 9 T, indicates that almost all of it is due to alignment of Ho moments. Further analysis of the asymmetries of general reflections in these data showed that although, at 70 K, 9 T applied parallel to [0 0 1] hardly perturbs the antiferromagnetic order of the Fe sublattices, it induces significant antiferromagnetic order of the Ho sublattices in the [Formula: see text] plane, with the antiferromagnetic components of moment having the same order of magnitude as the induced ferromagnetic ones. Strong intensity asymmetries measured in the low temperature [Formula: see text] structure with a lower field, 0.5 T [Formula: see text] [1 0 0] allowed the variation of the ordered components of the Ho and Fe moments to be followed. Their absolute orientations, in the [Formula: see text] domain stabilised by the field were determined relative to the distorted perovskite structure. This relationship fixes the sign of the Dzyalshinski-Moriya (D-M) interaction which leads to the weak ferromagnetism. Our results indicate that the combination of strong y-axis anisotropy of the Ho moments and Ho-Fe exchange interactions breaks the centrosymmetry of the structure and could lead to ferroelectric polarization.

  17. Photoluminescence Quenching and Enhanced Optical Conductivity of P3HT-Derived Ho(3+)-Doped ZnO Nanostructures. (United States)

    Kabongo, Guy L; Mbule, Pontsho S; Mhlongo, Gugu H; Mothudi, Bakang M; Hillie, Kenneth T; Dhlamini, Mokhotjwa S


    In this article, we demonstrate the surface effect and optoelectronic properties of holmium (Ho(3+))-doped ZnO in P3HT polymer nanocomposite. We incorporated ZnO:Ho(3+) (0.5 mol% Ho) nanostructures in the pristine P3HT-conjugated polymer and systematically studied the effect of the nanostructures on the optical characteristics. Detailed UV-Vis spectroscopy analysis revealed enhanced absorption coefficient and optical conductivity in the P3HT-ZnO:Ho(3+) film as compared to the pristine P3HT. Moreover, the obtained photoluminescence (PL) results established the improvement of exciton dissociation as a result of ZnO:Ho(3+) nanostructures inclusion. The occurrence of PL quenching is the result of enhanced charge transfer due to ZnO:Ho(3+) nanostructures in the polymer, whereas energy transfer from ZnO:Ho(3+) to P3HT was verified. Overall, the current investigation revealed a systematic tailoring of the optoelectronic properties of pristine P3HT after inclusion of ZnO:Ho(3+) nanostructures, thus opening brilliant perspectives for applications in various optoelectronic devices.

  18. Impacts and Preferences Study for e-HO as a Holistic Learning Environment Complementary to E-Learning (United States)

    Lee, Ching-Yieh; Der Pan, Peter Jen; Liao, Ching-Jung


    We present in this study the significance and impacts of an innovative e-HO as a holistic and horizontal platform complementary to e-Learning to help realize transdisciplinary learning and foster integration of knowledge in higher education. A comprehensive investigation of a survey conducted among 647 university students for e-HO is presented…

  19. Kinetics of the HO2 + BrO Reaction Over the Temperature Range 233-348 K (United States)

    Li, Z.; Friedl, R. R.; Sander, S. P.


    The reaction BrO + HO2 products is the rate-limiting step in a key catalytic ozone destruction cycle in the lower stratosphere. In this study a discharge flow reactor coupled with molecular beam mass spectrometry has been used to study the BrO + HO2 reaction over the temperature range 233-348 K.

  20. Impacts and Preferences Study for e-HO as a Holistic Learning Environment Complementary to E-Learning (United States)

    Lee, Ching-Yieh; Der Pan, Peter Jen; Liao, Ching-Jung


    We present in this study the significance and impacts of an innovative e-HO as a holistic and horizontal platform complementary to e-Learning to help realize transdisciplinary learning and foster integration of knowledge in higher education. A comprehensive investigation of a survey conducted among 647 university students for e-HO is presented…

  1. Photoluminescence Quenching and Enhanced Optical Conductivity of P3HT-Derived Ho3+-Doped ZnO Nanostructures (United States)

    Kabongo, Guy L.; Mbule, Pontsho S.; Mhlongo, Gugu H.; Mothudi, Bakang M.; Hillie, Kenneth T.; Dhlamini, Mokhotjwa S.


    In this article, we demonstrate the surface effect and optoelectronic properties of holmium (Ho3+)-doped ZnO in P3HT polymer nanocomposite. We incorporated ZnO:Ho3+ (0.5 mol% Ho) nanostructures in the pristine P3HT-conjugated polymer and systematically studied the effect of the nanostructures on the optical characteristics. Detailed UV-Vis spectroscopy analysis revealed enhanced absorption coefficient and optical conductivity in the P3HT-ZnO:Ho3+ film as compared to the pristine P3HT. Moreover, the obtained photoluminescence (PL) results established the improvement of exciton dissociation as a result of ZnO:Ho3+ nanostructures inclusion. The occurrence of PL quenching is the result of enhanced charge transfer due to ZnO:Ho3+ nanostructures in the polymer, whereas energy transfer from ZnO:Ho3+ to P3HT was verified. Overall, the current investigation revealed a systematic tailoring of the optoelectronic properties of pristine P3HT after inclusion of ZnO:Ho3+ nanostructures, thus opening brilliant perspectives for applications in various optoelectronic devices.

  2. Modulation of cGMP by human HO-1 retrovirus gene transfer in pulmonary microvessel endothelial cells. (United States)

    Abraham, Nader G; Quan, Shuo; Mieyal, Paul A; Yang, Liming; Burke-Wolin, Theresa; Mingone, Christopher J; Goodman, Alvin I; Nasjletti, Alberto; Wolin, Michael S


    Carbon monoxide (CO) stimulates guanylate cyclase (GC) and increases guanosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cGMP) levels. We transfected rat-lung pulmonary endothelial cells with a retrovirus-mediated human heme oxygenase (hHO)-1 gene. Pulmonary cells that expressed hHO-1 exhibited a fourfold increase in HO activity associated with decreases in the steady-state levels of heme and cGMP without changes in soluble GC (sGC) and endothelial nitric oxide synthase (NOS) proteins or basal nitrite production. Heme elicited significant increases in CO production and intracellular cGMP levels in both pulmonary endothelial and pulmonary hHO-1-expressing cells. N(omega)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME), an inhibitor of NOS, significantly decreased cGMP levels in heme-treated pulmonary endothelial cells but not heme-treated hHO-1-expressing cells. In the presence of exogenous heme, CO and cGMP levels in hHO-1-expressing cells exceeded the corresponding levels in pulmonary endothelial cells. Acute exposure of endothelial cells to SnCl2, which is an inducer of HO-1, increased cGMP levels, whereas chronic exposure decreased heme and cGMP levels. These results indicate that prolonged overexpression of HO-1 ultimately decreases sGC activity by limiting the availability of cellular heme. Heme activates sGC and enhances cGMP levels via a mechanism that is largely insensitive to NOS inhibition.

  3. Monitoring land subsidence process in the urban area of Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam using multi-temporal SAR Interferometry (United States)

    Nguyen, Xuan; Chang, Chung-Pai; Le, Tuan


    Land subsidence has become the most common hazard in urban area that could led to cracking buildings and infrastructures, extending the flooding area or even change the river path. Despite deriving precise information, conventional subsidence monitoring techniques are considered as costly, man-power consuming and lack of comprehensive information. Recently, SAR Interferometry (InSAR) has become a widely used geodetic technique for monitoring the deformation of the Earth's surface, especially methods based on the use of a multi-temporal dataset. In this study, we use a stack of 18 SAR images acquired from L-band PALSAR sensor onboard the ALOS satellite to derive the subsidence information of Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam over the period of December 2006 to December 2010. The Stanford Method for Persistent Scatterers (StaMPS) Multi-Temporal Interferometry (MTI) approach is chosen to take advantages of both the persistent scatterers and the distributed scatterers, which could be used as monitoring points to measure the subsidence process. Assume the subsidence in this area mostly corresponds to vertical components, we found subsidence patterns along Saigon river and in the South of the city. Maximum subsidence rate reaches up to -66 mm/year in vertical direction. Finally, InSAR derived result and previous levelling data are taken into comparison to find the correlation between the two results.

  4. TLR4 mediates LPS-induced HO-1 expression in mouse liver: Role of TNF-α and IL-1β

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    Yong Song; Yi Shi; Li-Hua Ao; Alden H; Harken; Xian-Zhong Meng


    AIM: Heme oxygenase (HO)-1 catalyzes the conversion of heme to biliverdin, iron and carbon monoxide. HO-1 is induced by many stimuli including heme, Hb, heat stress,lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and cytokines. Previous studies demonstrated that LPS induced HO-1 gene activation and HO-1 expression in liver. However, the mechanisms of LPSinduced HO-1 expression in liver remain unknown. The effect of toil-like receptor-4 (TLR4) on LPS-induced liver HO-1expression and the role of TNF-α and IL-1β in this condition were determined.METHODS: HO-1 expression was determined by immunofluorescent staining and immunoblotting. Double immunofluorescent staining was performed to determine the cell type of HO-1 expression in liver.RESULTS: A low dose of LPS significantly increased HO-1expression in the liver which was localized in Kupffer cells only. Furthermore, HO-1 expression was enhanced by three doses of LPS. HO-1 expression was significantly inhibited in the liver of TLR4 mutant mice. While the liver HO-1expression in TNF KO mice was much lower than that in C57 mice following the same LPS treatment, IL-1β KO had a slight influence on liver HO-1 expression following LPS treatment.CONCLUSION: The present results confirm that macrophages are the major source of HO-1 in the liver induced by LPS.This study demonstrates that TLR4 plays a dominant role in mediating HO-1 expression following LPS. LPS-induced HO-1 expression is mainly mediated by endogenous TNF-α, but only partially by endogenous IL-1β.

  5. Direct In Situ Quantification of HO2 from a Flow Reactor. (United States)

    Brumfield, Brian; Sun, Wenting; Ju, Yiguang; Wysocki, Gerard


    The first direct in situ measurements of hydroperoxyl radical (HO2) at atmospheric pressure from the exit of a laminar flow reactor have been carried out using mid-infrared Faraday rotation spectroscopy. HO2 was generated by oxidation of dimethyl ether, a potential renewable biofuel with a simple molecular structure but rich low-temperature oxidation chemistry. On the basis of the results of nonlinear fitting of the experimental data to a theoretical spectroscopic model, the technique offers an estimated sensitivity of measurement of this species will aid in quantitative modeling of low-temperature and high-pressure combustion kinetics.

  6. Spectroscopic characterization of dynamical processes for Tm,Ho:YAG lasers (United States)

    Armagan, G.; Buoncristiani, A. M.; Edwards, W. C.; Inge, A. T.; Dibartolo, B.


    The energy transfer processes in Tm,Ho:YAG lasers were investigated in spectral studies and measurements of the temporal response to pulsed excitation. These processes include the population of the 3H4 pump band of Tm, cross-relaxation in Tm, the transfer of energy from Tm to Ho, and various loss mechanisms. It was found that the Tm cross-relaxation is due to a dipole-dipole interaction between Tm ions and that the rate of this process is a function of temperature and ion concentration.

  7. Monte Carlo simulation of liver cancer treatment with 166Ho-loaded glass microspheres (United States)

    da Costa Guimarães, Carla; Moralles, Maurício; Roberto Martinelli, José


    Microspheres loaded with pure beta-emitter radioisotopes are used in the treatment of some types of liver cancer. The Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares (IPEN) is developing 166Ho-loaded glass microspheres as an alternative to the commercially available 90Y microspheres. This work describes the implementation of a Monte Carlo code to simulate both the irradiation effects and the imaging of 166Ho and 90Y sources localized in different parts of the liver. Results obtained with the code and perspectives for the future are discussed.

  8. Ho\\v{r}ava-Lifshitz gravity inspired Bianchi-II cosmology

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    Giani, Leonardo


    We study different aspects of the Ho\\v{r}ava-Lifshitz inspired Bianchi-II cosmology. First, we present exact solutions for a toy model, where only the cubic in spatial curvature terms are present in the action; then we briefly discuss some exotic singularities, which can appear in this toy model, finally, we analyse qualitatively the equations of motion for a more complicated model, where different powers of the spatial curvature terms are present. Generally, our analysis gives some arguments in favour of existence of an oscillatory approach to the singularity in the universe governed by the Ho\\v{r}ava-Lifshitz type gravity.

  9. OH and HO2 chemistry in clean marine air during SOAPEX-2

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    A. C. Lewis


    Full Text Available Model-measurement comparisons of HOx in extremely clean air ([NO]<3  ppt are reported. Measurements were made during the second Southern Ocean Photochemistry Experiment (SOAPEX-2, held in austral summer 1999 at the Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station in north-western Tasmania, Australia. The free-radical chemistry was studied using a zero-dimensional box-model based upon the Master Chemical Mechanism (MCM. Two versions of the model were used, with different levels of chemical complexity, to explore the role of hydrocarbons upon free-radical budgets under very clean conditions. The "detailed" model was constrained to measurements of CO, CH4 and 15 NMHCs, while the "simple" model contained only the CO and  CH4 oxidation mechanisms, together with inorganic chemistry. The OH and HO2 (HOx concentrations predicted by the two models agreed to within 5–10%. The model results were compared with the HOx concentrations measured by the FAGE (Fluorescence Assay by Gas Expansion technique during four days of clean Southern Ocean marine boundary layer (MBL air. The models overestimated OH concentrations by about 10% on two days and about 20% on the other two days. HO2 concentrations were measured during two of these days and the models overestimated the measured concentrations by about 40%. Better agreement with measured HO2 was observed by using data from several MBL aerosol measurements to estimate the aerosol surface area and by increasing the HO2 uptake coefficient to unity. This reduced the modelled HO2 overestimate by ~40%, with little effect on OH, because of the poor HO2 to OH conversion at the low ambient NOx concentrations. Local sensitivity analysis and Morris One-At-A-Time analysis were performed on the "simple" model, and showed the importance of reliable measurements of j(O1D and [HCHO] and of the kinetic parameters that determine the efficiency of  O(1D to OH and HCHO to HO2 conversion. A 2σ standard deviation of 30–40% for OH and

  10. Modeling global impacts of heterogeneous loss of HO2 on cloud droplets, ice particles and aerosols

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    V. Huijnen


    Full Text Available The abundance and spatial variability of the hydroperoxyl radical (HO2 in the troposphere strongly affects atmospheric composition through tropospheric ozone production and associated HOx chemistry. One of the largest uncertainties in the chemical HO2 budget is its heterogeneous loss on the surface of cloud droplets, ice particles and aerosols. We quantify the importance of the heterogeneous HO2 loss at global scale using the latest recommendations on the scavenging efficiency on various surfaces. For this we included the simultaneous loss on cloud droplets and ice particles as well as aerosol in the Composition-Integrated Forecast System (C-IFS. We show that cloud surface area density (SAD is typically an order of magnitude larger than aerosol SAD, using assimilated satellite retrievals to constrain both meteorology and global aerosol distributions. Depending on the assumed uptake coefficients, loss on liquid water droplets and ice particles accounts for ∼53–70% of the total heterogeneous loss of HO2, due to the ubiquitous presence of cloud droplets. This indicates that HO2 uptake on cloud should be included in chemistry transport models that already include uptake on aerosol. Our simulations suggest that the zonal mean mixing ratios of HO2 are reduced by ∼25% in the tropics and up to ∼50% elsewhere. The subsequent decrease in oxidative capacity leads to a global increase of the tropospheric carbon monoxide (CO burden of up to 7%, and an increase in the ozone tropospheric lifetime of ∼6%. This increase results in an improvement in the global distribution when compared against CO surface observations over the Northern Hemisphere, although it does not fully resolve the wintertime bias in the C-IFS. There is a simultaneous increase in the high bias in C-IFS for tropospheric CO over the Southern Hemisphere, which constrains on the assumptions regarding HO2 uptake on a global scale. We show that enhanced HO2 uptake on aerosol types

  11. Proton Decay Studies of the Light Lu, Tm and Ho Isotopes

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    Akovali, Y.; Batchelder, J.C.; Bingham, C.R.; Davinson, T.; Ginter, T.N.; Gross, C.J.; Grzywacz, R.; Hamilton, J.H.; Janas, Z.; Karny, M.; Kim, S.H.; MacDonald, B.D.; Mas, J.F.; McConnell, J.W.; Piechaczek, A.; Ressler, J.J.; Rykaczewski, K.; Slinger, R.C.; Szerypo, J.; Toth, K.S.; Weintraub, W.; Woods, P.J.; Yu, C.-H.; Zganjar, E.F.


    A double-sided Si-strip detector system has been installed and commissioned at the focal plane of the Recoil Mass Spectrometer at the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility. The system can be used for heavy charged particle emission studies with half-lives as low as a few {micro}sec. In this paper the authors present identification and study of the decay properties of the five new proton emitters: {sup 140}Ho, {sup 141m}Ho, {sup 145}Tm, {sup 150m}Lu and {sup 151m}Lu.

  12. Preparation, characterization and luminescence of nanocrystalline Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ho

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    Biljan, Tomislav [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Horvatovac 102a, 10000 Zagreb (Croatia)]. E-mail:; Gajovic, Andreja [Ruder Boskovic Institute, POB 180, HR-10002 Zagreb (Croatia); Meic, Zlatko [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Horvatovac 102a, 10000 Zagreb (Croatia); Mestrovic, Ernest [PLIVA, Research and Development Ltd., Prilaz baruna Filipovica 29, 10000 Zagreb (Croatia)


    Nanocrystalline Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ho was synthesized by solution combustion method with ethylene glycol as fuel. Material was characterized using powder X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). X-ray diffraction and TEM showed that the material is nanostructured. Luminescence properties were studied using Raman spectrometers with excitation in near infrared (NIR) and visible regions. The visible and NIR luminescence spectra of nanocrystalline Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ho show some important differences from those of bulk material. The convenience of using Raman instruments for studying luminescence of lanthanide ions is demonstrated.

  13. Návrh trading strategie pro řízení volného finančního kapitálu jednotlivce


    Kinc, Petr


    Tato diplomová práce se zabývá návrhem obchodní strategie pro řízení volného finančního kapitálu jednotlivce. V práci je navržena a otestována obchodní strategie, kterou lze využít při obchodování na forexu. Obchodní strategie využívá pravidla technické analýzy, market profile a order flow. Tato strategie byla testována na historických datech a posléze byla aplikována na obchody na reálném obchodním účtu s cílem maximalizace zisku. This diploma thesis deal with creation of trading strategy...

  14. Návrh projektu vývoje generického léčivého přípravku


    Zaoralová, Lenka


    Diplomová práce je zaměřena na projekt, který bude sloužit jako návrh pro vývoj generického přípravku pro firmu Teva Czech Industries s.r.o. V práci budou uplatněny metody projektového managementu. Výstupem práce bude plán projektu, pro jehož sestavení bude využito funkcí programu MS Project. K dalším výstupům práce bude patřit několik analýz, jako například analýza rizika, nebo zdrojová analýza. Diploma thesis is focused on project which will serve as a proposal for development of generic...

  15. A rapidly inactivating Ca2(+)-dependent K+ current in pheochromocytoma cells (PC12) of the rat. (United States)

    Pun, R Y; Behbehani, M M


    The membrane electrical properties of undifferentiated pheochromocytoma cells of the rat (PC12) were studied using both current- and voltage-clamp techniques with the use of low-resistance blunt-tipped micropipettes (patch electrodes). In the presence of tetrodotoxin (TTX, 2-3 microM), a spike-like wave form with a prominent after-hyperpolarization (AHP) was recorded following brief (less than 10 ms) depolarizing current pulses. The inorganic divalent cations, Cd2+ (0.5 mM), Mn2+ (4 mM), and 0 mM Ca2+/4 mM Mg2+ solution prolonged the duration, attenuated the AHP, slowed the rate of repolarization, and slightly enhanced the amplitude of this wave form. A rapidly inactivating outward current was recorded in over 70% of the cells under voltage-clamp conditions. This transient current was elicited at about -30 mV, and was blocked by tetraethylammonium (5 mM), inorganic divalent cations (Cd2+, 0.5 mM; Mn2+, 4 mM; Ba2+, 3 mM), and removal of Ca2+ (0 mM Ca2+/4 mM Mg2+) from the local perfusion medium. In addition, 4-aminopyridine (5 mM), which blocks the transient outward K+ current IA in a variety of excitable cells, did not have any appreciable effect on this rapidly inactivating current. Moreover, it was possible to elicit the current at a holding potential of -40 mV. The reversal potential of this current was -90 mV, and shifted positively when extracellular K+ concentrations were elevated. It is concluded that PC12 cells have a rapidly inactivating Ca2(+)-dependent K+ current. A possible explanation for the transient nature of this current may be the presence of an effective intracellular Ca2+ buffering (uptake or extrusion) system.

  16. Isotopic fractionation of Mg 2+(aq), Ca 2+(aq), and Fe 2+(aq) with carbonate minerals (United States)

    Rustad, James R.; Casey, William H.; Yin, Qing-Zhu; Bylaska, Eric J.; Felmy, Andrew R.; Bogatko, Stuart A.; Jackson, Virgil E.; Dixon, David A.


    Density-functional electronic structure calculations are used to compute the equilibrium constants for 26Mg/ 24Mg and 44Ca/ 40Ca isotope exchange between carbonate minerals and uncomplexed divalent aquo ions. The most reliable calculations at the B3LYP/6-311++G(2d,2p) level predict equilibrium constants K, reported as 10 3ln ( K) at 25 °C, of -5.3, -1.1, and +1.2 for 26Mg/ 24Mg exchange between calcite (CaCO 3), magnesite (MgCO 3), and dolomite (Ca 0.5Mg 0.5CO 3), respectively, and Mg 2+(aq), with positive values indicating enrichment of the heavy isotope in the mineral phase. For 44Ca/ 40Ca exchange between calcite and Ca 2+(aq) at 25 °C, the calculations predict values of +1.5 for Ca 2+(aq) in 6-fold coordination and +4.1 for Ca 2+(aq) in 7-fold coordination. We find that the reduced partition function ratios can be reliably computed from systems as small as M(CO)610- and M(HO)62+ embedded in a set of fixed atoms representing the second-shell (and greater) coordination environment. We find that the aqueous cluster representing the aquo ion is much more sensitive to improvements in the basis set than the calculations on the mineral systems, and that fractionation factors should be computed using the best possible basis set for the aquo complex, even if the reduced partition function ratio calculated with the same basis set is not available for the mineral system. The new calculations show that the previous discrepancies between theory and experiment for Fe 3+-hematite and Fe 2+-siderite fractionations arise from an insufficiently accurate reduced partition function ratio for the Fe 3+(aq) and Fe 2+(aq) species.

  17. The HoMBReS and HoMBReS Por un Cambio Interventions to Reduce HIV Disparities Among Immigrant Hispanic/Latino Men. (United States)

    Rhodes, Scott D; Leichliter, Jami S; Sun, Christina J; Bloom, Fred R


    Hispanics/Latinos in the United States are affected disproportionately by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs); however, few effective evidence-based prevention interventions for this population exist. This report describes the Hombres Manteniendo Bienestar y Relaciones Saludables (Men Maintaining Wellbeing and Healthy Relationships) (HoMBReS) intervention, which was developed by a community-based, participatory research partnership in North Carolina and initially implemented during 2005-2009. HoMBReS is an example of an effective intervention that uses lay health advisors (known as Navegantes [navigators]) in the context of existing social networks (i.e., recreational soccer teams) to promote consistent condom use and HIV and STD testing among Hispanic/Latino men. In 2012, HoMBReS was classified as a best-evidence community-level HIV prevention intervention (CDC. Compendium of evidence-based behavioral interventions and best practices for HIV prevention. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2015). The intervention has been implemented elsewhere, enhanced, and further evaluated in longitudinal intervention and implementation studies. HoMBReS has been adapted for other populations, including men who have sex with men and transgender persons. Additional evaluation has found that Navegantes continue in their roles as health advisors, opinion leaders, and community advocates after study support ends. Hispanic/Latino men's social networks can be leveraged to promote sexual health within the community by decreasing HIV risk behaviors among Hispanics/Latinos in the United States.


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    刘岩; 王军


    @@ 1 INTRODUCTION As a new advanced oxidation process (AOP) in water treatment, sonochemistry in water treatment has been paid more attention for one decade[1-7]. The collapsed cavitation bubbles give rise to high temperature and high pressure[8] to generate free radical, e.g. OH, O, HO2 in sonicated water. These kinds of radicals can oxidize the organic substances dissolved in water.

  19. Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1 expression in prostate cancer cells modulates the oxidative response in bone cells.

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    Mercedes Ferrando

    Full Text Available Prostate cancer (PCa is a leading cause of death among males. It is currently estimated that inflammatory responses are linked to 15-20% of all deaths from cancer worldwide. PCa is dominated by complications arising from metastasis to the bone where the tumor cells interact with the bone microenvironment impairing the balance between bone formation and degradation. However, the molecular nature of this interaction is not completely understood. Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1 counteracts oxidative damage and inflammation. Previous studies from our laboratory showed that HO-1 is implicated in PCa, demonstrating that endogenous HO-1 inhibits bone derived-prostate cancer cells proliferation, invasion and migration and decreases tumor growth and angiogenesis in vivo. The aim of this work was to analyze the impact of HO-1 modulated PCa cells on osteoblasts proliferation in vitro and on bone remodeling in vivo. Using a co-culture system of PC3 cells with primary mice osteoblasts (PMOs, we demonstrated that HO-1 pharmacological induction (hemin treatment abrogated the diminution of PMOs proliferation induced by PCa cells and decreased the expression of osteoclast-modulating factors in osteoblasts. No changes were detected in the expression of genes involved in osteoblasts differentiation. However, co-culture of hemin pre-treated PC3 cells (PC3 Hem with PMOs provoked an oxidative status and activated FoxO signaling in osteoblasts. The percentage of active osteoblasts positive for HO-1 increased in calvarias explants co-cultured with PC3 Hem cells. Nuclear HO-1 expression was detected in tumors generated by in vivo bone injection of HO-1 stable transfected PC3 (PC3HO-1 cells in the femur of SCID mice. These results suggest that HO-1 has the potential to modify the bone microenvironment impacting on PCa bone metastasis.

  20. Seizmická odezva hydraulického bouracího kladivana definitivní ostění tunelu


    Pinka, Miroslav; Stolárik, Martin


    Výstavba a následná havárie tunelů v Jablunkovském průsmyku jsou již mezi širokou odbornou veřejností dobře známy. Po havárii zůstala část tunelu stát s již vybudovaným definitivním ostěním. Druhá část byla provizorně zajištěna betonovou zátkou a těžkým mostním bedněním. Při postupu prací se již dosáhlo etapy, kdy musí být zátka odstraněna. K odstranění se používá kombinace trhacích prací a hydraulického bouracího kladiva. Tento článek se zabývá seizmickým vlivem hydraulického ...

  1. Návrh na realizaci příměstského tenisového tábora pro děti


    Kristiánová, Nikol


    Předmětem bakalářské práce je sestavení podnikatelského plánu pro organizaci příměstského tenisového tábora pro děti, který každoročně pořádá vysokoškolský ústav CESA VUT v Brně. Tato práce obsahuje veškeré potřebné informace a analýzy, které jsou nezbytné k vytvoření konkrétní nabídky a stanovení její vhodné marketingové strategie. Subjet of bachelor’s thesis is focus on processing business plan to organize suburban tenis camp for children., which is every year organised by an academic in...

  2. High-pressure syntheses and crystal structures of monoclinic B-Ho{sub 2}O{sub 3} and orthorhombic HoGaO{sub 3}

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    Hering, Stefanie A. [Dept. Chemie und Biochemie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. Muenchen (Germany); Huppertz, Hubert [Inst. fuer Allgemeine, Anorganische und Theoretische Chemie, Leopold-Franzens-Univ. Innsbruck (Austria)


    Monoclinic holmium sesquioxide B-Ho{sub 2}O{sub 3} and orthorhombic holmium orthogallate HoGaO{sub 3} were synthesized in a Walker-type multianvil apparatus under high-pressure / high-temperature conditions of 11.5 GPa / 1250 C and 7.5 GPa / 1250 C, respectively. Both crystal structures could be determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction data, collected at r.t. The monoclinic holmium oxide crystallizes in the space group C2/m (Z = 6) with the parameters a = 1394.7(3), b = 350.83(7), c = 865.6(2) pm, {beta} = 100.23(3) . R1 = 0.0517, wR2 = 0.1130 (all data), and the orthorhombic compound HoGaO{sub 3} in Pnma (Z = 4) with the parameters a = 553.0(2), b = 753.6(2), c = 525.4(2) pm. R1 = 0.0222, and wR2 = 0.0303 (all data). (orig.)

  3. Expression and characterization of truncated human heme oxygenase (hHO-1) and a fusion protein of hHO-1 with human cytochrome P450 reductase. (United States)

    Wilks, A; Black, S M; Miller, W L; Ortiz de Montellano, P R


    A human heme oxygenase (hHO-1) gene without the sequence coding for the last 23 amino acids has been expressed in Escherichia coli behind the pho A promoter. The truncated enzyme is obtained in high yields as a soluble, catalytically-active protein, making it available for the first time for detailed mechanistic studies. The purified, truncated hHO-1/heme complex is spectroscopically indistinguishable from that of the rat enzyme and converts heme to biliverdin when reconstituted with rat liver cytochrome P450 reductase. A self-sufficient heme oxygenase system has been obtained by fusing the truncated hHO-1 gene to the gene for human cytochrome P450 reductase without the sequence coding for the 20 amino acid membrane binding domain. Expression of the fusion protein in pCWori+ yields a protein that only requires NADPH for catalytic turnover. The failure of exogenous cytochrome P450 reductase to stimulate turnover and the insensitivity of the catalytic rate toward changes in ionic strength establish that electrons are transferred intramolecularly between the reductase and heme oxygenase domains of the fusion protein. The Vmax for the fusion protein is 2.5 times higher than that for the reconstituted system. Therefore, either the covalent tether does not interfere with normal docking and electron transfer between the flavin and heme domains or alternative but equally efficient electron transfer pathways are available that do not require specific docking.

  4. High resolution mm-VLBI imaging of Cygnus A

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    Boccardi, Bia; Bach, Uwe; Ros, Eduardo; Zensus, J Anton


    At a distance of 249 Mpc ($z$=0.056), Cygnus A is the only powerful FR II radio galaxy for which a detailed sub-parsec scale imaging of the base of both jet and counter-jet can be obtained. Observing with VLBI at millimeter wavelengths is fundamental for this object, as it uncovers those regions which appear self-absorbed or free-free absorbed by a circumnuclear torus at longer wavelengths. We performed 7 mm Global VLBI observations, achieving ultra-high resolution imaging on scales down to 90 $\\mu$as. This resolution corresponds to a linear scale of only $\\sim$400 Schwarzschild radii. We studied the transverse structure of the jets through a pixel-based analysis, and kinematic properties of the main emission features by modeling the interferometric visibilities with two-dimensional Gaussian components. Both jets appear limb-brightened, and their opening angles are relatively large ($\\phi_\\mathrm {j}\\sim 10^{\\circ}$). The flow is observed to accelerate within the inner-jet up to scales of $\\sim$1 pc, while lo...

  5. A 24mm diameter fibre positioner for spectroscopic surveys (United States)

    Hörler, Philipp; Kronig, Luzius; Kneib, Jean-Paul; Bleuler, Hannes; Bouri, Mohamed


    One of the big research topics in modern cosmology is the mystery of dark Energy. To unveil the secret, cosmologists want to measure precisely the evolution of large scale structures in the universe. One way of doing so is to measure the 3D location of a high number of galaxies. By measuring the redshift of a galaxy, it is possible to find its distance. In order to measure a high number of galaxies in a practical amount of time, we need to observe multiple objects in parallel. Instead of a spectrograph, thousands of optical fibres are placed in the focal plane of a telescope. They will transmit the light of many objects to a spectrograph. Each fibre has to be positioned to several μm precision in the focal plane of a telescope for each exposure. Each fibre is positioned by a 2-axis fibre positioner. In this paper such a fibre positioner with 24-mm diameter is presented. It is driven by two brushless DC motors in combination with a backlash free gearbox. The positioner has an optimal central fibre path and improved angular alignment. The fibre runs through the centre of the positioner and is only bent at the top to reach its target position. In this way, the flexion and torsion of the fibre are minimal. In addition to the high positioning accuracy, the design is optimized to allow a minimal tilt error of the fibre. This is demonstrated using a novel optical tilt measurement system.

  6. Parallel implementation, validation, and performance of MM5

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    Michalakes, J.; Canfield, T.; Nanjundiah, R.; Hammond, S. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Grell, G. [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, CO (United States)


    We describe a parallel implementation of the nonhydrostatic version of the Penn State/NCAR Mesoscale Model, MM5, that includes nesting capabilities. This version of the model can run on many different massively Parallel computers (including a cluster of workstations). The model has been implemented and run on the IBM SP and Intel multiprocessors using a columnwise decomposition that supports irregularly shaped allocations of the problem to processors. This stategy will facilitate dynamic load balancing for improved parallel efficiency and promotes a modular design that simplifies the nesting problem AU data communication for finite differencing, inter-domain exchange of data, and I/O is encapsulated within a parallel library, RSL. Hence, there are no sends or receives in the parallel model itself. The library is Generalizable to other, similar finite difference approximation codes. The code is validated by comparing the rate of growth in error between the sequential and parallel models with the error growth rate when the sequential model input is perturbed to simulate floating point rounding error. Series of runs on increasing numbers of parallel processors demonstrate that the parallel implementation is efficient and scalable to large numbers of processors.

  7. An evaporation duct prediction model coupled with the MM5

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    JIAO Lin; ZHANG Yonggang


    Evaporation duct is an abnormal refractive phenomenon in the marine atmosphere boundary layer. It has been generally accepted that the evaporation duct prominently affects the performance of the electronic equipment over the sea because of its wide distribution and frequent occurrence. It has become a research focus of the navies all over the world. At present, the diagnostic models of the evaporation duct are all based on the Monin-Obukhov similarity theory, with only differences in the flux and character scale calculations in the surface layer. These models are applicable to the stationary and uniform open sea areas without considering the alongshore effect. This paper introduces the nonlinear factorav and the gust wind itemwg into the Babin model, and thus extends the evaporation duct diagnostic model to the offshore area under extremely low wind speed. In addition, an evaporation duct prediction model is designed and coupled with the fifth generation mesoscale model (MM5). The tower observational data and radar data at the Pingtan island of Fujian Province on May 25–26, 2002 were used to validate the forecast results. The outputs of the prediction model agree with the observations from 0 to 48 h. The relative error of the predicted evaporation duct height is 19.3% and the prediction results are consistent with the radar detection.

  8. Digital Frequency Domain Multiplexer for mm-Wavelength Telescopes

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    Spieler, Helmuth G; Dobbs, Matt; Bissonnette, Eric; Spieler, Helmuth G.


    An FPGA based digital signal processing (DSP) system for biasing and reading out multiplexed bolometric detectors for mm-wavelength telescopes is presented. This readout system is being deployed for balloon-borne and ground based cosmology experiments with the primary goal of measuring the signature of inflation with the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation. The system consists of analog superconducting electronics running at 250 mK and 4 K, coupled to digital room temperature backend electronics described here. The digital electronics perform the real time functionality with DSP algorithms implemented in firmware. A soft embedded processor provides all of the slow housekeeping control and communications. Each board in the system synthesizes multi-frequency combs of 8 to 32 carriers in the MHz band to bias the detectors. After the carriers have been modulated with the sky-signal by the detectors, the same boards digitize the comb directly. The carriers are mixed down to base-band and low pass filtered. The signal bandwidth of 0.050Hz-100 Hz places extreme requirements on stability and requires powerful filtering techniques to recover the sky-signal from the MHz carriers.

  9. ALMA reveals VYCMa's sub-mm maser and dust distribution

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    Richards, A M S; Humphreys, E M; Vlahakis, C; Vlemmings, W; Baudry, A; De Beck, E; Decin, L; Etoka, S; Gray, M D; Harper, G M; Hunter, T R; Kervella, P; Kerschbaum, F; McDonald, I; Melnick, G; Muller, S; Neufeld, D; O'Gorman, E; Parfenov, S Yu; Peck, A B; Shinnaga, H; Sobolev, A M; Testi, L; Uscanga, L; Wootten, A; Yates, J A; Zijlstra, A


    Cool, evolved stars have copious, enriched winds. The structure of these winds and the way they are accelerated is not well known. We need to improve our understanding by studying the dynamics from the pulsating stellar surface to about 10 stellar radii, where radiation pressure on dust is fully effective. Some red supergiants have highly asymmetric nebulae, implicating additional forces. We retrieved ALMA Science Verification data providing images of sub-mm line and continuum emission from VY CMa. This enables us to locate water masers with milli-arcsec precision and resolve the dusty continuum. The 658-, 321- and 325-GHz masers lie in irregular, thick shells at increasing distances from the centre of expansion. For the first time this is confirmed as the stellar position, coinciding with a compact peak offset to the NW of the brightest continuum emission. The maser shells (and dust formation zone) overlap but avoid each other on tens-au scales. Their distribution is broadly consistent with excitation models...

  10. Stepper registration feedback control in 300-mm manufacturing (United States)

    Fenner, Joel; Roberts, Joel G.; Carson, Steven L.


    Control of registration (overlay error between printed layers) is a key aspect of successfully manufacturing semiconductors. At Intel, registration control was formerly achieved through manual adjustments of the tool to account for the known effects of non-stationary drift. The objective of the stepper registration control (SRC) project was to create a robust algorithm and automated implementation to replace the manual adjustment process. This goal was accomplished at Intel by developing an automated product called SRC. At the heart of the SRC application is the SRC feedback algorithm. At the stepper, alignment settings are adjusted to correct for non-stationary drift. The SRC algorithm uses a weighted average of registration data from previous lots to determine the recommended alignment settings. The novel scheme weights prior lots using a combination of traditional EWMA based weighting and variance based weighting. After piloting and comparing the results against the manual algorithm, the SRC application has been shown to be at least as good as the manual algorithm. Thus the SRC application is being used by all 300mm Intel factories. Since HVM factories cannot resource the same level of frequent manual adjustments, the benefits of reduced rework rate and increased process capability is more pronounced in HVM.

  11. Diacylglycerols Activate Mitochondrial Cationic Channel(s) and Release Sequestered Ca2+ (United States)

    Chinopoulos, Christos; Starkov, Anatoly A.; Grigoriev, Sergey; Dejean, Laurent M.; Kinnally, Kathleen W.; Liu, Xibao; Ambudkar, Indu S.; Fiskum, Gary


    Mitochondria contribute to cytosolic Ca2+ homeostasis through several uptake and release pathways. Here we report that 1,2-sn-diacylglycerols (DAGs) induce Ca2+ release from Ca2+-loaded mammalian mitochondria. Release is not mediated by the uniporter or the Na+/Ca2+ exchanger, nor is it attributed to putative catabolites. DAGs-induced Ca2+ efflux is biphasic. Initial release is rapid and transient, insensitive to permeability transition inhibitors, and not accompanied by mitochondrial swelling. Following initial rapid release of Ca2+ and relatively slowreuptake, a secondary progressive release of Ca2+ occurs, associated with swelling, and mitigated by permeability transition inhibitors. The initial peak of DAGs-induced Ca2+ efflux is abolished by La3+ (1mM) and potentiated by protein kinase C inhibitors. Phorbol esters, 1,3-diacylglycerols and 1-monoacylglycerols do not induce mitochondrial Ca2+ efflux. Ca2+-loaded mitoplasts devoid of outer mitochondrial membrane also exhibit DAGsinduced Ca2+ release, indicating that this mechanism resides at the inner mitochondrial membrane. Patch clamping brainmitoplasts reveal DAGs-induced slightly cation-selective channel activity that is insensitive to bongkrekic acid and abolished by La3+. The presence of a second messenger-sensitive Ca2+ release mechanism in mitochondria could have an important impact on intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis. PMID:16167179

  12. Modulation of intracellular calcium waves and triggered activities by mitochondrial ca flux in mouse cardiomyocytes.

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    Zhenghang Zhao

    Full Text Available Recent studies have suggested that mitochondria may play important roles in the Ca(2+ homeostasis of cardiac myocytes. However, it is still unclear if mitochondrial Ca(2+ flux can regulate the generation of Ca(2+ waves (CaWs and triggered activities in cardiac myocytes. In the present study, intracellular/cytosolic Ca(2+ (Cai (2+ was imaged in Fluo-4-AM loaded mouse ventricular myocytes. Spontaneous sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR Ca(2+ release and CaWs were induced in the presence of high (4 mM external Ca(2+ (Cao (2+. The protonophore carbonyl cyanide p-(trifluoromethoxyphenylhydrazone (FCCP reversibly raised basal Cai (2+ levels even after depletion of SR Ca(2+ in the absence of Cao (2+ , suggesting Ca(2+ release from mitochondria. FCCP at 0.01 - 0.1 µM partially depolarized the mitochondrial membrane potential (Δψ m and increased the frequency and amplitude of CaWs in a dose-dependent manner. Simultaneous recording of cell membrane potentials showed the augmentation of delayed afterdepolarization amplitudes and frequencies, and induction of triggered action potentials. The effect of FCCP on CaWs was mimicked by antimycin A (an electron transport chain inhibitor disrupting Δψ m or Ru360 (a mitochondrial Ca(2+ uniporter inhibitor, but not by oligomycin (an ATP synthase inhibitor or iodoacetic acid (a glycolytic inhibitor, excluding the contribution of intracellular ATP levels. The effects of FCCP on CaWs were counteracted by the mitochondrial permeability transition pore blocker cyclosporine A, or the mitochondrial Ca(2+ uniporter activator kaempferol. Our results suggest that mitochondrial Ca(2+ release and uptake exquisitely control the local Ca(2+ level in the micro-domain near SR ryanodine receptors and play an important role in regulation of intracellular CaWs and arrhythmogenesis.

  13. [Carbohydrate antigens CA 19-9, CA 242, CA 50 in liver diseases]. (United States)

    Nowak, J; Jakubowska, D; Wiczkowski, A; Sprzaczkowska, K; Stechły, T; Zmudziński, W; Grzesik, P; Walas, R; Jarzab, B


    Serum concentrations of CA 19-9, CA 242, and CA 50 were determined in patients with hepatitis and liver cirrhosis without cholestasis. The study included 63 patients with chronic persistent hepatitis (group A), chronic active hepatitis (group B), and liver cirrhosis (group C). The control group (K) consisted of 82 patients with: peptic ulcer, colorectal polypi or diverticulosis of the colon. CA 19-9 level normal in the majority of patients with liver diseases, however, it was found to be increased in 4 (23%) of patients with liver cirrhosis. There was no statistically significant difference in the frequency of increased level of CA 19-9 between liver diseases and the control group. The rate of elevated serum level of CA 242 in patients with liver diseases and in control group was similar respectively 12%; 8.5%). The elevated CA 50 levels were most frequently found in patients with liver pathology (50% in liver cirrhosis and chronic active hepatitis; 36% in chronic persistent hepatitis). The elevation of CA 50 serum level occurs very often in liver diseases, even when they are going without cholestasis. Thus, the antigen is not useful for differentiating between benign and cancer diseases of gastrointestinal tract. Antigen CA 50 is to be taken into account only after exclusion of the pathology of liver, especially cirrhosis. Other investigated antigens: CA 19-9 and CA 242 are influenced by liver diseases to a minor and neglectable extent. Antigen CA 19-9 is the marker of choice in gastrointestinal cancers.


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    Svetlana KOROBKOVA


    Full Text Available The article is focused on social and philosophical ideas of M.M. Filippov, the Russian scientist and thinker of the second half of the XIX century. The author thinks that historically the concept of the scientist is interesting in the aspect of building up an objective picture of the main trends and directions in Russian philosophy of the specified period. Conceptually, the theoretical judgments of the thinker are topical in regard to the issues of human evolution, progressive development of society, solutions of contemporary global problems of society. The article states that the originality of Filippov's philosophy is determined by combining the naturalscientific principles of evolution, philosophical theory of realism and social ideas of solidarity in determining the conditions of social progress. Such approach is considered as an alternative to the traditional formational approach. The idea of multifactor evolutionary process and existence of a dominant factor of development in a certain historical stage is denoted as the main philosophical concept of Filippov. Compared to subjectivist judgments of Mikhailovsky, it is shown that solidary activities of humans are a natural and progressive mechanism of society evolution. The dominant factor of this development is the intellect (the mind. The conclusion is that social and philosophical ideas of Filippov demonstrate an important point of origin of a new cognitive paradigm, namely, for the construction of knowledge and experience in comprehension of human existence, of essential importance is the individual, his psychological characteristics, his objective and intellectual ability to interpret creatively the facts of the reality. 

  15. Influence of temperature on the magnetic structure of HoCu2

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    Smetana, S.; Sima, V.; Lebech, Bente


    Neutron powder diffraction measurements of orthorhombic HoCu2 are reported. The results confirm that the two cusps observed at ~7K and 10K in the magnetization data reflect a change of the magnetic structure and the Neel temperature. In the temperature range 7K...

  16. Theoretical Study on Mechanism of Reaction of OH with HO2NO2

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    Yan Tian; Tian-jing He; Li He; Fan-chen Liu; Dong-ming Chen


    The reaction of HO2NO2(peroxynitric acid,PNA) with OH was studied by the hybrid density functional B3LYP and CBS-QB3 methods.Based on the calculated potential energy surface,five reaction channels,H2O+NO2+O2,HOOH+NO3,NO2+HO3H,HO2+HONO2 and HO2+HOONO,were examined in detail.The major reaction channel is PNA+OH→M1→TS1→H2O+NO2+O2.Taking a pre-equilibrium approximation and using the CBS-QB3 energies,the theoretical rate constant of this channel was calculated as 1.13x10-12 cm3/(molecule s) at 300 K,in agreement with the experimental result.Comparison between reactions of HOONO2+OH and HONO2+OH was carried out. For HOR+OH reactions,the total rate constants increase from R=NO2 to R=ONO2,which is consistent with experimental measurements.

  17. Theoretical Study on Mechanism of Reaction of OH with HO2NO2 (United States)

    Tian, Yan; He, Tian-jing; He, Li; Liu, Fan-chen; Chen, Dong-ming


    The reaction of HO2NO2 (peroxynitric acid, PNA) with OH was studied by the hybrid density functional B3LYP and CBS-QB3 methods. Based on the calculated potential energy surface, five reaction channels, H2O+NO2+O2, HOOH+NO3, NO2+HO3H, HO2+HONO2 and HO2+HOONO, were examined in detail. The major reaction channel is PNA+OH→M1→TS1→H2O+NO2+O2. Taking a pre-equilibrium approximation and using the CBS-QB3 energies, the theoretical rate constant of this channel was calculated as 1.13 × 10-12 cm3/(molecule s) at 300 K, in agreement with the experimental result. Comparison between reactions of HOONO2+OH and HONO2+OH was carried out. For HOR+OH reactions, the total rate constants increase from R=NO2 to R=ONO2, which is consistent with experimental measurements.

  18. Towards the Reuse of Municipal Biowastes in Vietnam: a case study about Ho Chi Minh City

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    Buuren, van J.C.L.; Thi, Le K.O.


    Table of contents: 1. Solid waste segragation at source in Ho Chi Minh City. 2. Survey of technical efficiency and economic viability of existing composting ventures and survey of the institutional and regulatory framework regarding composting in Vietnam. 3. Demand analysis of urban waste compost. 4

  19. Neutron diffraction study of the magnetic structure of HoCu2

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    Smetana, Z.; Sima, V.; Lebech, Bente


    Neutron diffraction measurements show that in the temperature range from 7.4 to TN=10.4 K the magnetic structure of HoCu2 is a commensurably modulated a-axis collinear structure with a wave vector q1=1/3a*. Below 7.4 K an additional structure component develops and the low temperature magnetic st...

  20. String theory embeddings of nonrelativistic field theories and their holographic Hořava gravity duals. (United States)

    Janiszewski, Stefan; Karch, Andreas


    We argue that generic nonrelativistic quantum field theories with a holographic description are dual to Hořava gravity. We construct explicit examples of this duality embedded in string theory by starting with relativistic dual pairs and taking a nonrelativistic scaling limit.

  1. Using transurethral Ho:YAG-laser resection to treat urethral stricture and bladder neck contracture (United States)

    Bo, Juanjie; Dai, Shengguo; Huang, Xuyuan; Zhu, Jing; Zhang, Huiguo; Shi, Hongmin


    Objective: Ho:YAG laser had been used to treat the common diseases of urinary system such as bladder cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia in our hospital. This study is to assess the efficacy and safety of transurethral Ho:YAG-laser resection to treat the urethral stricture and bladder neck contracture. Methods: From May 1997 to August 2004, 26 cases of urethral stricture and 33 cases of bladder neck contracture were treated by transurethral Ho:YAG-laser resection. These patients were followed up at regular intervals after operation. The uroflow rate of these patients was detected before and one-month after operation. The blood loss and the energy consumption of holmium-laser during the operation as well as the complications and curative effect after operation were observed. Results: The therapeutic effects were considered successful, with less bleeding and no severe complications. The Qmax of one month postoperation increased obviously than that of preoperation. Of the 59 cases, restenosis appeared in 11 cases (19%) with the symptoms of dysuria and weak urinary stream in 3-24 months respectively. Conclusions: The Ho:YAG-laser demonstrated good effect to treat the obstructive diseases of lower urinary tract such as urethral stricture and bladder neck contracture. It was safe, minimal invasive and easy to operate.

  2. HoB4 at high pressure and low temperature: an experimental and theoretical study

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    Olsen, J. Staun; Waśkowska, A.; Gerward, Leif


    Single crystals of HoB4 have been grown and used for synchrotron X-ray diffraction studies at pressures up to 23GPa and temperatures down to 100K. The experimental bulk modulus 195 ± 6GPa is in good agreement with 188.4 and 198.2GPa values calculated in the LSDA and LSDA+U approximations...



    CENTER DIRECTOR RICHARD SMITH AND OTHER PERSONNEL OBSERVE SPACELAB 1 MODULE AND EXPERIMENT PALLET HO KSC-383C-2860.02 P-16225,ARCHIVE-03951 Spacelab 1 module and its attached pallet are hoisted out of the payload canister, over the work stands and into the cargo bay of the Columbia.

  4. On Ho Chi Minh's Diplomatic Style%胡志明的外交风格

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    Chairman Ho Chi Mirth, a great leader of the Vietnamese people, was not only an outstanding revolutionist of the International Communist Movement, but also a remarkable diplomat. His independent and creative thinking, his concise but eloquent expression, and his flexible, tactful and easy - going manner lead to the uniqueness of his diplomatic style.

  5. Frustrated spin correlations in diluted spin ice Ho2-xLaxTi2O7

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    Ehlers, Georg; Ehlers, G.; Mamontov, E.; Zamponi, M.; Faraone, A.; Qiu, Y.; Cornelius, A.L.; Booth, C.H.; Kam, K.C.; Le Toquin, R.; Cheetham, A.K.; Gardner, J.S.


    We have studied the evolution of the structural properties as well as the static and dynamic spin correlations of spin ice Ho2Ti2O7, where Ho was partially replaced by non-magnetic La. The crystal structure of diluted samples Ho2-xLaxTi2O7 was characterized by x-ray and neutron diffraction and by Ho L-III-edge and Ti K-edge extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) measurements. It is found that the pyrochlore structure remains intact until about x = 0.3, but a systematic increase in local disorder with increasing La concentration is observed in the EXAFS data, especially from the Ti K edge.Quasi-elastic neutron scattering and ac susceptibility measurements show that, in x<= 0.4 samples at temperatures above macroscopic freezing, the spin -spin correlations are short ranged and dynamic in nature. The main difference with pure spin ice in the dynamics is the appearance of a second, faster, relaxation process.

  6. Transport properties of Ho1- x Lu x B12 solid solutions (United States)

    Gabáni, S.; Bat'ko, I.; Bat'ková, M.; Flachbart, K.; Gaz̆o, E.; Pristás̆, G.; Takác̆ová, I.; Bogach, A. V.; Sluchanko, N. E.; Shitsevalova, N. Yu.


    Our studies of Ho1- x Lu x B12 solid solutions have shown that the temperature of antiferromagnetic (AF) order in geometrically frustrated system of HoB12 ( T N = 7.4 K) is linearly suppressed to zero temperature, i.e. T N → 0, as lutetium concentration increases to x→ x c ≈ 0.9. In this contribution, we present original results of electrical resistivity measurements on Ho1- x Lu x B12 single crystalline samples with x = 0, 0.2, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9, 1 in the temperature range 0.06-300 K and in magnetic fields ( B) up to 8 T. Complex B vs T N phase diagrams were received from precise temperature ρ( T) and field ρ( B) dependences of resistivity with several AF phases for x ≤ 0.5 pointing to a possibility of quantum critical point at x c ≈ 0.9. The scattering of conduction electrons in the AF phase and in the paramagnetic phase as well as Hall effect results are analyzed and discussed for various concentrations x, when magnetic dilution increases with the increasing content of nonmagnetic Lu ions in the Ho1- x Lu x B12 system.

  7. Mechanical Stress Changes the Complex Interplay Between HO-1, Inflammation and Fibrosis, During Excisional Wound Repair

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    Cremers, N.A.J.; Suttorp, M.; Gerritsen, M.M.; Wong, R.J.; Run-van Breda, C. van; Dam, G.M. van; Brouwer, K.M.; Kuijpers-Jagtman, A.M.; Carels, C.E.L.; Lundvig, D.M.; Wagener, F.A.D.T.G.


    Mechanical stress following surgery or injury can promote pathological wound healing and fibrosis, and lead to functional loss and esthetic problems. Splinted excisional wounds can be used as a model for inducing mechanical stress. The cytoprotective enzyme heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is thought to orch

  8. Správa vozidel za pomoci mobilního telefonu s GPS


    Pompe, Patrik


    Tato práce se zabývá získáváním informací z chytrého mobilního telefonu pro využití v aplikaci typu kniha jízd. Nejprve specifikuje a analyzuje požadavky na takovou aplikaci, poté sezabývá možnostmi její realizace. Popisuje implementaci zvoleného řešení, které se skládá ze tří částí - aplikace pro telefon na platformě Android, která sbírá potřebné informace o trasách vozidel, webového portálu, který poskytuje rozhraní pro zobrazení a správu získaných dat a webových služeb pro zajištění komuni...

  9. Nonrelativistic Chern-Simons theories and three-dimensional Hořava-Lifshitz gravity (United States)

    Hartong, Jelle; Lei, Yang; Obers, Niels A.


    We show that certain three-dimensional Hořava-Lifshitz gravity theories can be written as Chern-Simons gauge theories on various nonrelativistic algebras. The algebras are specific extensions of the Bargmann, Newton-Hooke and Schrödinger algebras each of which has the Galilean algebra as a subalgebra. To show this we employ the fact that Hořava-Lifshitz gravity corresponds to dynamical Newton-Cartan geometry. In particular, the extended Bargmann (Newton-Hooke) Chern-Simons theory corresponds to projectable Hořava-Lifshitz gravity with a local U (1 ) gauge symmetry without (with) a cosmological constant. Moreover we identify an extended Schrödinger algebra containing three extra generators that are central with respect to the subalgebra of Galilean boosts, momenta and rotations, for which the Chern-Simons theory gives rise to a novel version of nonprojectable conformal Hořava-Lifshitz gravity that we refer to as Chern-Simons Schrödinger gravity. This theory has a z =2 Lifshitz geometry as a vacuum solution and thus provides a new framework to study Lifshitz holography.

  10. Towards the Reuse of Municipal Biowastes in Vietnam: a case study about Ho Chi Minh City

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    Buuren, van J.C.L.; Thi, Le K.O.


    Table of contents: 1. Solid waste segragation at source in Ho Chi Minh City. 2. Survey of technical efficiency and economic viability of existing composting ventures and survey of the institutional and regulatory framework regarding composting in Vietnam. 3. Demand analysis of urban waste compost.

  11. Magnetic ordering in Ho{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}Si{sub 2}C

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    Susilo, R. A., E-mail:; Cadogan, J. M.; Cobas, R.; Hutchison, W. D.; Campbell, S. J. [School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences, UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra BC 2610 (Australia); Avdeev, M. [Bragg Institute, ANSTO, PMB 1, Menai, New South Wales 2234 (Australia)


    We have used neutron diffraction and {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy, complemented by magnetisation and specific heat measurements, to examine the magnetic ordering of Ho{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}Si{sub 2}C. We have established that Ho{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}Si{sub 2}C orders antiferromagnetically below T{sub N} = 16(1) K with a magnetic structure involving ordering of the Ho sublattice along the b-axis with a propagation vector k=[0 0 1/2 ]. {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectra collected below T{sub N} show no evidence of a magnetic splitting, demonstrating the absence of long range magnetic ordering of the Fe sublattice. A small line broadening is observed in the {sup 57}Fe spectra below T{sub N}, which is due to a transferred hyperfine field—estimated to be around 0.3 T at 10 K—from the Ho sublattice.

  12. Elastic Properties of Ho0.5Er0.5 Single Crystal

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    Spichkin, Yu.I.; Bohr, Jakob; Tishin, A.M.


    The results of an investigation of the Young's modulus E and the interval friction Q-1 of a Ho0.5Er0.5 single crystal in the basal plane in the temperature range 4.2-400 K are reported. The measurements were carried out by the method of flexural autovibrations of a thin sample with sound frequenc...

  13. No-go theorem for slowly rotating black holes in Hořava-Lifshitz gravity. (United States)

    Barausse, Enrico; Sotiriou, Thomas P


    We consider slowly rotating, stationary, axisymmetric black holes in the infrared limit of Hořava-Lifshitz gravity. We show that such solutions do not exist, provided that they are regular everywhere apart from the central singularity. This has profound implications for the viability of the theory, considering the astrophysical evidence for the existence of black holes with nonzero spin.

  14. Development of {sup 166H}o phytate Complex for Radiosynovectomy

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    Jalilian, Amir R.; Samani, Ali Bahrami; Mazidi, Mohammad; Maragheh, Mohammad Ghannadi [Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Anvari, Akbar [Faculty of Nuclear Engineering, Shahid Beheshti Univ., Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    {sup 66H}o chloride was obtained by bombardment of natural Ho(NO{sup 3)3d}isssolved in acidic media using thermal neutron flux (4-5x10{sup 13n}.cm{sup -}2{sup .}s{sup -}1{sup )}. {sup 166H}o holmium chloride (185 MBq) was used successfully for preparation of {sup 166H}o phytate complex with high radiochemical purity (>99.9%, ITLC, MeOH: H{sup 2O}: acetic acid, 4: 4: 2, as mobile phase). The complex stability and viscosity were checked in the final solution up to 2 days. The prepared complex solution (60 {mu}Ci/100{mu}) was injected intraarticularly to male rat knee joints. Leakage of radioactivity from the injection site and its distribution in organs were investigated up to 2 days. Approximately all of the injected dose had remained in the injection site 2 days after injection. The complex was proved to be a feasible agent for cavital radiotherapy in oncology and rheumatology.

  15. Webová aplikace vodního póla


    Ludvík, Martin


    Tato bakalářská práce obsahuje popis návrhu a implementace informačního systému pro klub vodního póla. Informační systém eviduje informace o zápasech, hráčích, článcích, fotografiích, týmech, atd. Schraňuje informace o výsledcích a dokáže z nich vytvářet statistiky. Přístup k aplikaci je hierarchický podle pravomocí jednotlivých uživatelů autentizovaných heslem. Jde vlastně o jistou odrůdu zjednodušeného redakčního systému. Jednou ze součástí systému je metoda umělé inteligence, která přiřazu...

  16. Mechanisms of HO-1 mediated attenuation of renal immune injury: a gene profiling study. (United States)

    Duann, Pu; Lianos, Elias A


    Using a mouse model of immune injury directed against the renal glomerular vasculature and resembling human forms of glomerulonephritis (GN), we assessed the effect of targeted expression of the cytoprotective enzyme heme oxygenase (HO)-1. A human (h) HO-1 complementary DNAN (cDNA) sequence was targeted to glomerular epithelial cells (GECs) using a GEC-specific murine nephrin promoter. Injury by administration of antibody against the glomerular basement membrane (anti-GBM) to transgenic (TG) mice with GEC-targeted hHO-1 was attenuated compared with wild-type (WT) controls. To explore changes in the expression of genes that could mediate this salutary effect, we performed gene expression profiling using a microarray analysis of RNA isolated from the renal cortex of WT or TG mice with or without anti-GBM antibody-induced injury. Significant increases in expression were detected in 9 major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-class II genes, 2 interferon-γ (IFN-γ)-inducible guanosine triphosphate (GTP)ases, and 3 genes of the ubiquitin-proteasome system. The increase in MHC-class II and proteasome gene expression in TG mice with injury was validated by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or Western blot analysis. The observations point to novel mechanisms underlying the cytoprotective effect of HO-1 in renal immune injury. Copyright © 2011. Published by Mosby, Inc.

  17. Gain properties of germanate glasses singly doped with Tm3+ and Ho3+ ions

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    LIN Qiongfei; XIA Haiping; ZHANG Yuepin; WANG Jinhao; ZHANG Jianli; HE Sailong


    Two kinds of germanate glasses singly doped with the ion concentration of 2.0mol.%Tm3+ and 2.0mol.%Ho3+, respectively, were prepared. According to McCumber theory, the absorption and stimulated emission cross-sections corresponding to the 3H6←→3F4 transitions of Tm3+ (at 1.8 μm) and the 5I8←→5I7 transitions of Ho3+ (at 2.0 μm) were obtained, and respective gain cross-section spectra were also computed as a function of population inversion according to absorption and emission cross-sections and the ion concentrations. For Tm3+-doped germanate glasses, the maximum of the absorption, emission, and gain cross-sections reached a value higher than those reported for fluorozirconate, fluoride, and oxyfluoride glasses. For Ho3+-doped germanate glasses, the maximum of absorption, emission, and gain cross-sections reached a value higher than that reported for fluorozircoaluminate glasses. Hence, these Tm3+-doped and Ho3+-doped germanate glasses exhibited an advantage for application in mid-infrared lasers at about 1.8 and 2.0 μm wavelength.

  18. Clinical presentation resembling mucosal disease associated with 'HoBi'-like pestivirus in a field outbreak (United States)

    The genus Pestivirus of the family Flaviviridae consists of four recognized species: Bovine viral diarrhea virus 1 (BVDV-1), Bovine viral diarrhea virus 2 (BVDV-2), Classical swine fever virus (CSFV) And Border disease virus (BDV). Recently, atypical pestiviruses (‘HoBi’-like pestiviruses) were iden...

  19. HoBi-like viruses – the typical 'atypical bovine pestivirus' (United States)

    HoBi-like viruses, also referred to as bovine viral diarrhea virus 3 (BVDV-3) and atypical pestivirus, have been proposed as a new putative bovine pestivirus species. These viruses were first identified in the last decade and are currently distributed in at least three continents. Published findings...

  20. High Repetition Rate and Frequency Stabilized Ho:YLF Laser for CO2 Differential Absorption Lidar (United States)

    Bai, Yingxin; Yu, Jirong; Petros, M.; Petzar, Pau; Trieu, Bo; Lee, Hyung; Singh, U.


    High repetition rate operation of an injection seeded Ho:YLF laser has been demonstrated. For 1 kHz operation, the output pulse energy reaches 5.8mJ and the optical-to-optical efficiency is 39% when the pump power is 14.5W.

  1. Unimolecular HO2 Loss from Peroxy Radicals Formed in Autoxidation Is Unlikely under Atmospheric Conditions. (United States)

    Hyttinen, Noora; Knap, Hasse C; Rissanen, Matti P; Jørgensen, Solvejg; Kjaergaard, Henrik G; Kurtén, Theo


    A concerted HO2 loss reaction from a peroxy radical (RO2), formed from the addition of O2 to an alkyl radical, has been proposed as a mechanism to form closed-shell products in the atmospheric oxidation of organic molecules. We investigate this reaction computationally with four progressively oxidized radicals. Potential energy surfaces of the O2 addition and HO2 loss reactions were calculated at ROHF-RCCSD(T)-F12a/VDZ-F12//ωB97xD/aug-cc-pVTZ level of theory and the master equation solver for multienergy well reactions (MESMER) was used to calculate Bartis-Widom phenomenological rate coefficients. The rate coefficients were also compared with the unimolecular rate coefficients of the HO2 loss reaction calculated with transition state theory at atmospheric temperature and pressure. On the basis of our calculations, the unimolecular concerted HO2 loss is unlikely to be a major pathway in the formation of highly oxidized closed-shell molecules in the atmosphere.

  2. Catalase prevents maternal diabetes-induced perinatal programming via the Nrf2-HO-1 defense system. (United States)

    Chang, Shiao-Ying; Chen, Yun-Wen; Zhao, Xin-Ping; Chenier, Isabelle; Tran, Stella; Sauvé, Alexandre; Ingelfinger, Julie R; Zhang, Shao-Ling


    We investigated whether overexpression of catalase (CAT) in renal proximal tubular cells (RPTCs) could prevent the programming of hypertension and kidney disease in the offspring of dams with maternal diabetes. Male offspring of nondiabetic and diabetic dams from two transgenic (Tg) lines (Hoxb7-green fluorescent protein [GFP]-Tg [controls] and Hoxb7/CAT-GFP-Tg, which overexpress CAT in RPTCs) were studied from the prenatal period into adulthood. Nephrogenesis, systolic blood pressure, renal hyperfiltration, kidney injury, and reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation were assessed. Gene expression of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1), nuclear factor erythroid 2p45-related factor-2 (Nrf2), and heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) was tested in both in vitro and in vivo studies. Renal dysmorphogenesis was observed in offspring of Hoxb7-GFP-Tg dams with severe maternal diabetes; the affected male offspring displayed higher renal ROS generation and developed hypertension and renal hyperfiltration as well as renal injury with heightened TGF-β1 expression in adulthood. These changes were ameliorated in male offspring of diabetic Hoxb7/CAT-GFP-Tg dams via the Nrf2-HO-1 defense system. CAT promoted Nrf2 nuclear translocation and HO-1 gene expression, seen in both in vitro and in vivo studies. In conclusion, CAT overexpression in the RPTCs ameliorated maternal diabetes-induced perinatal programming, mediated, at least in part, by triggering the Nrf2-HO-1 defense system.

  3. Competition between Jahn-Teller coupling and orbital fluctuations in HoVO3

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    Blake, G. R.; Nugroho, A. A.; Gutmann, M. J.; Palstra, T. T. M.


    We have carried out a detailed study of the structural properties of HoVO3 perovskite using a combination of single-crystal neutron diffraction and synchrotron x-ray and neutron powder diffraction. We focus on the competition between one-dimensional fluctuations of the occupied vanadium d orbitals a

  4. Probing magnetostructural correlations in multiferroic HoA l3(BO3) 4 (United States)

    Zhang, H.; Yu, T.; Chen, Z.; Nelson, C. S.; Bezmaternykh, L. N.; Abeykoon, A. M. M.; Tyson, T. A.


    The system HoA l3(BO3) 4 has recently been found to exhibit a large magnetoelectric effect. To understand the mechanism, macroscopic and atomic level properties of HoA l3(BO3) 4 were explored by temperature and magnetic field dependent heat capacity measurements, pressure and temperature dependent x-ray diffraction measurements, as well as temperature and magnetic field dependent x-ray absorption fine structure measurements. The experimental work was complemented by density functional theory calculations. An anomalous change in the structure is found in the temperature range where large magnetoelectric effects occur. No significant structural change or distortion of the Ho O6 polyhedra is seen to occur with magnetic field. However, the magnetic field dependent structural measurements reveal enhanced correlation between neighboring Ho O6 polyhedra. This observed response is seen to saturate near 3 T. A qualitative atomic level description of the mechanism behind the large electric polarization induced by magnetic fields in the general class of RA l3(BO3) 4 systems (R = rare earth) is developed.

  5. Growth and spectroscopic analysis of Tm, Ho:KY F{sub 4}

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    Sani, Elisa; Toncelli, Alessandra; Tonelli, Mauro; Traverso, Francesca [NEST-INFM Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Pisa, via Buonarroti, 2-50127 Pisa (Italy)


    Single crystals of lasing Tm,Ho:KY F{sub 4} were successfully grown by the Czochralski method. A complete polarized spectroscopic investigation is given and it is shown that the inhomogeneous broadening of the spectra of rare earth ions can be ascribed to a disordered character of the KYF crystalline structure.

  6. Growth and spectroscopic analysis of Tm, Ho:KY F4 (United States)

    Sani, Elisa; Toncelli, Alessandra; Tonelli, Mauro; Traverso, Francesca


    Single crystals of lasing Tm,Ho:KY F4 were successfully grown by the Czochralski method. A complete polarized spectroscopic investigation is given and it is shown that the inhomogeneous broadening of the spectra of rare earth ions can be ascribed to a disordered character of the KYF crystalline structure.

  7. In vivo imaging of intracellular Ca2+ after muscle contractions and direct Ca2+ injection in rat skeletal muscle in diabetes. (United States)

    Eshima, Hiroaki; Tanaka, Yoshinori; Sonobe, Takashi; Inagaki, Tadakatsu; Nakajima, Toshiaki; Poole, David C; Kano, Yutaka


    The effects of muscle contractions on the profile of postcontraction resting intracellular Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i) accumulation in Type 1 diabetes are unclear. We tested the hypothesis that, following repeated bouts of muscle contractions, the rise in resting [Ca2+]i evident in healthy rats would be increased in diabetic rats and that these changes would be associated with a decreased cytoplasmic Ca2+ -buffering capacity. Adult male Wistar rats were divided randomly into diabetic (DIA; streptozotocin, ip) and healthy control (CONT) groups. Four weeks later, animals were anesthetized and spinotrapezius muscle contractions (10 sets of 50 contractions) were elicited by electrical stimulation (100 Hz). Ca2+ imaging was achieved using Fura-2 AM in the spinotrapezius muscle in vivo (i.e., circulation intact). The ratio (340/380 nm) was determined from fluorescence images following each set of contractions for estimation of [Ca2+]i. Also, muscle Ca2+ buffering was studied in individual myocytes microinjected with 2 mM Ca2+ solution. After muscle contractions, resting [Ca2+]i in DIA increased earlier and more rapidly than in CONT (P contractions. Markedly different responses to Ca2+ injection in DIA vs. CONT suggest fundamentally deranged Ca2+ handling.

  8. Demonstration Report: ESTCP UXO Discrimination Study ESTCP PROJECT # MM-0838

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    Gasperikova, Erika


    , ESTCP sponsored a second study in 2009 at the former Camp San Luis Obispo, CA, a site with more challenging topography and a wider mix of targets-of-interest (TOI). There were two primary objectives of this study: (1) Test and validate detection and discrimination capabilities of currently available and emerging technologies on real sites under operational conditions; and (2) Investigate in cooperation with regulators and program managers how discrimination technologies can be implemented in cleanup operations.

  9. Concentrations of OH and HO2 radicals during NAMBLEX: measurements and steady state analysis

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    S. C. Smith


    Full Text Available OH and HO2 concentrations were measured simultaneously at the Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station in the summer of 2002 during the NAMBLEX (North Atlantic Marine Boundary Layer EXperiment field campaign. OH was measured by laser-induced fluorescence employing the FAGE (Fluorescence Assay by Gas Expansion technique, with a mean daytime detection limit of 2.7×105 molecule cm−3 (5 min acquisition period; signal-to-noise ratio = 1. HO2 was detected as OH following its chemical conversion through addition of NO, with a mean detection limit of 4.4×106 molecule cm−3. The diurnal variation of OH was measured on 24 days, and that of HO2 on 17 days. The local solar noon OH concentrations ranged between (3–8×106 molecule cm−3, with a 24 h mean concentration of 9.1×105 molecule cm−3. The local solar noon HO2 concentrations were (0.9–2.1×108 molecule cm−3 (3.5–8.2 pptv, with a 24 h mean concentration of 4.2×107 molecule cm−3 (1.6 pptv. HO2 radicals in the range (2–3×107 molecule cm−3 were observed at night. During NAMBLEX, a comprehensive suite of supporting measurements enabled a detailed study of the behaviour of HOx radicals under primarily clean marine conditions. Steady state expressions are used to calculate OH and HO2 concentrations and to evaluate the effect of different free-radical sources and sinks. The diurnally averaged calculated to measured OH ratio was 1.04±0.36, but the ratio displays a distinct diurnal variation, being less than 1 during the early morning and late afternoon/evening, and greater than 1 in the middle of the day. For HO2 there was an overprediction, with the agreement between calculated and measured concentrations improved by including reaction with measured IO and BrO radicals and uptake to aerosols. Increasing the concentration of IO radicals included in the calculations to above that measured by a DOAS instrument with an absorption path located mainly over the ocean, reflecting the

  10. Role of the apical oxygen in the low-temperature magnetoelectric effect in RMnO3 (R = Ho and Lu) (United States)

    Vermette, J.; Jandl, S.; Orlita, M.; Gospodinov, M. M.


    Infrared active phonons of HoMnO3 and LuMnO3 single crystals are studied under an applied magnetic field below Ho3+ spin ordering at T=4.2 K. Interestingly, relatively strong mode energy shifts, induced by the magnetic field, are observed in HoMnO3 but are absent in the nonmagnetic rare-earth compound LuMnO3. We associate the large magnetoelectric effects in HoMnO3 with a mechanism of charge transfer between Ho3+ and apical oxygen. Also, the exact values of the published polarization change under the applied magnetic field are predicted with no adjustable parameters.

  11. Reexamination of structures, stabilities, and electronic properties of holmium-doped silicon clusters HoSi n (n = 12-20). (United States)

    Hou, Liyuan; Yang, Jucai; Liu, Yuming


    The total energies, growth patterns, equilibrium geometries, relative stabilities, hardnesses, intramolecular charge transfer, and magnetic moments of HoSi n (n = 12-20) clusters have been reexamined theoretically using two different density functional schemes in combination with relativistic small-core Stuttgart effective core potentials (ECP28MWB) for the Ho atoms. The results show that when n = 12-15, the most stable structures are predicted to be exohedral frameworks with a quartet ground state, but when n = 16-20, they are predicted to be endohedral frameworks with a sextuplet ground state. These trend in stability across the clusters (gauged from their dissociation energies) was found to be approximately the same regardless of the DFT scheme used in the calculations, with HoSi13, HoSi16, HoSi18, and HoSi20 calculated to be more stable than the other clusters. The results obtained for cluster hardness indicated that doping the Ho atom into Si13 and Si16 leads to the most stable HoSi n clusters, while doping Ho into the other Si n clusters increases the photochemical sensitivity of the cluster. Analyses of intracluster charge transfer and magnetic moments revealed that charge always shifts from the Ho atom to the Si n cluster during the creation of exohedral HoSi n (n = 12-15) structures. However, the direction of charge transfer is reversed during the creation of endohedral HoSi n (n = 16-20) structures, which implies that Ho acts as an electron acceptor when it is encapsulated in the Si n cage. Furthermore, when the most stable exohedral HoSi n (n = 12-15) structures are generated, the 4f electrons of Ho are virtually unchanged and barely participate in intracluster bonding. However, in the most stable endohedral HoSi n (n = 16-20) frameworks, a 4f electron does participate in bonding. It does this by transferring to the 5d orbital, which hybridizes with the 6s and 6p orbitals and then interacts with Si valence sp orbitals

  12. Establishment of Cell Lines from Both Myeloma Bone Marrow and Plasmacytoma: SNU_MM1393_BM and SNU_MM1393_SC from a Single Patient

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    Youngil Koh


    Full Text Available Purpose. We tried to establish clinically relevant human myeloma cell lines that can contribute to the understanding of multiple myeloma (MM. Materials and Methods. Mononuclear cells obtained from MM patient’s bone marrow were injected via tail vein in an NRG/SCID mouse. Fourteen weeks after the injection, tumor developed at subcutis of the mouse. The engraftment of MM cells into mouse bone marrow (BM was also observed. We separated and cultured cells from subcutis and BM. Results. After the separation and culture of cells from subcutis and BM, we established two cell lines originating from a single patient (SNU_MM1393_BM and SNU_MM1393_SC. Karyotype of the two newly established MM cell lines showed tetraploidy which is different from the karyotype of the patient (diploidy indicating clonal evolution. In contrast to SNU_MM1393_BM, cell proliferation of SNU_MM1393_SC was IL-6 independent. SNU_MM1393_BM and SNU_MM1393_SC showed high degree of resistance against bortezomib compared to U266 cell line. SNU_MM1393_BM had the greater lethality compared to SNU_MM1393_SC. Conclusion. Two cell lines harboring different site tropisms established from a single patient showed differences in cytokine response and lethality. Our newly established cell lines could be used as a tool to understand the biology of multiple myeloma.

  13. Parallel activation of Ca(2+)-induced survival and death pathways in cardiomyocytes by sorbitol-induced hyperosmotic stress. (United States)

    Chiong, M; Parra, V; Eisner, V; Ibarra, C; Maldonado, C; Criollo, A; Bravo, R; Quiroga, C; Contreras, A; Vicencio, J M; Cea, P; Bucarey, J L; Molgó, J; Jaimovich, E; Hidalgo, C; Kroemer, G; Lavandero, S


    Hyperosmotic stress promotes rapid and pronounced apoptosis in cultured cardiomyocytes. Here, we investigated if Ca(2+) signals contribute to this response. Exposure of cardiomyocytes to sorbitol [600 mosmol (kg water)(-1)] elicited large and oscillatory intracellular Ca(2+) concentration increases. These Ca(2+) signals were inhibited by nifedipine, Cd(2+), U73122, xestospongin C and ryanodine, suggesting contributions from both Ca(2+) influx through voltage dependent L-type Ca(2+) channels plus Ca(2+) release from intracellular stores mediated by IP(3) receptors and ryanodine receptors. Hyperosmotic stress also increased mitochondrial Ca(2+) levels, promoted mitochondrial depolarization, reduced intracellular ATP content, and activated the transcriptional factor cyclic AMP responsive element binding protein (CREB), determined by increased CREB phosphorylation and electrophoretic mobility shift assays. Incubation with 1 mM EGTA to decrease extracellular [Ca(2+)] prevented cardiomyocyte apoptosis induced by hyperosmotic stress, while overexpression of an adenoviral dominant negative form of CREB abolished the cardioprotection provided by 1 mM EGTA. These results suggest that hyperosmotic stress induced by sorbitol, by increasing Ca(2+) influx and raising intracellular Ca(2+) concentration, activates Ca(2+) release from stores and causes cell death through mitochondrial function collapse. In addition, the present results suggest that the Ca(2+) increase induced by hyperosmotic stress promotes cell survival by recruiting CREB-mediated signaling. Thus, the fate of cardiomyocytes under hyperosmotic stress will depend on the balance between Ca(2+)-induced survival and death pathways.

  14. Effect of chloride on Ca2+ release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum of mechanically skinned skeletal muscle fibres. (United States)

    Coonan, J R; Lamb, G D


    The effect of intracellular Cl- on Ca2+ release in mechanically skinned fibres of rat extensor digitorum longus (EDL) and toad iliofibularis muscles was examined under physiological conditions of myoplasmic [Mg2+] and [ATP] and sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+ loading. Both in rat and toad fibres, the presence of 20 mM Cl- in the myoplasm increased Ca2+ leakage from the SR at pCa (i.e. -log10 [Ca2+]) 6.7, but not at pCa 8. Ca2+ uptake was not significantly affected by the presence of Cl-. This Ca2+-dependent effect of Cl- on Ca2+ leakage was most likely due to a direct action on the ryanodine receptor/Ca2+ release channel, and could influence channel sensitivity and the resting [Ca2+] in muscle fibres in vivo. In contrast to this effect, acute addition of 20 mM Cl- to the myoplasm caused a 40-50% reduction in Ca2+ release in response to a low caffeine concentration both in toad and rat fibres. One possible explanation for this latter effect is that the addition of Cl- induces a potential across the SR (lumen negative) which might reduce Ca2+ release via several different mechanisms.

  15. Quantitative Analysis of Energy Transfer and Origin of Quenching in Er(3+)/Ho(3+) Codoped Germanosilicate Glasses. (United States)

    Wei, Tao; Tian, Ying; Tian, Cong; Cai, Muzhi; Jing, Xufeng; Li, Bingpeng; Chen, Rong; Zhang, Junjie; Xu, Shiqing


    The energy transfer mechanism between Ho(3+) and Er(3+) ions has been investigated in germanosilicate glass excited by 980 nm laser diode. A rate equation model was developed to demonstrate the energy transfer from Er(3+) to Ho(3+) ions, quantitatively. Energy transfer efficiency from the Er(3+):(4)I13/2 to the Ho(3+):(5)I7 level can reach as high as 75%. Such a high efficiency was attributed to the excellent matching of the host phonon energy with the energy gap between Er(3+):(4)I13/2 and Ho(3+):(5)I7 levels. In addition, the energy transfer microparameter (CDA) from Er(3+):(4)I13/2 to Ho(3+):(5)I7 level was estimated to (4.16 ± 0.03) × 10(-40) cm(6)·s(-1) via the host-assisted spectral overlap function, coinciding with the CDA (2,88 ± 0.04) × 10(-40) cm(6)·s(-1) from decay analysis of the Er(3+):(4)I13/2 level which also indicated hopping migration-assisted energy transfer. Furthermore, the concentration quenching of Ho(3+):(5)I7 → (5)I8 transition was the dipole-dipole interaction in the diffusion-limited regime, and the quenching concentration of Ho(3+) reached 4.13 × 10(20) cm(-3).

  16. Effects of IIIB transition metals on optoelectronic and magnetic properties of HoMnO3:A first principles study

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    H. A. Rahnamaye Aliabad; Battal G. Yalcin


    The optoelectronic and magnetic properties of pure HoMnO3 and Ho0.67T0.33MnO3 (T =La, Y) alloys in hexagonal phase are theoretically investigated by using the first-principles calculations. The investigations are performed by means of the density functional theory through using the spin polarized generalized gradient approximation plus the Hubbard potential (SPGGA+U , Ueff=3 eV). The studied material HoMnO3 exhibits two indirect band gaps:1.58 eV for the spin-up state and 0.72 eV for the spin-down state along the S–G direction within the SPGGA+U approximation. It is found that the band gap of pure HoMnO3 for the spin-up state increases with increasing La and Y dopants. The results show that all of the studied materials have semi-metallic behaviors for the spin-up state and semiconducting character for the spin-down state. The substitutions of La and Y for Ho in HoMnO3 cause the static dielectric constant (ε0) to increase in the x direction but to decrease in the z direction. The calculated optical conductivity spectrum of HoMnO3 in a low energy range is in good agreement with the recent experimental data.

  17. Xyloketal B Exhibits Its Antioxidant Activity through Induction of HO-1 in Vascular Endothelial Cells and Zebrafish

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    Guan-Lei Wang


    Full Text Available We previously reported that a novel marine compound, xyloketal B, has strong antioxidative actions in different models of cardiovascular diseases. Induction of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1, an important endogenous antioxidant enzyme, has been considered as a potential therapeutic strategy for cardiovascular diseases. We here investigated whether xyloketal B exhibits its antioxidant activity through induction of HO-1. In human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs, xyloketal B significantly induced HO-1 gene expression and translocation of the nuclear factor-erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf-2 in a concentration- and time-dependent manner. The protection of xyloketal B against angiotensin II-induced apoptosis and reactive oxygen species (ROS production could be abrogated by the HO-1 specific inhibitor, tin protoporphyrin-IX (SnPP. Consistently, the suppressive effects of xyloketal B on NADPH oxidase activity could be reversed by SnPP in zebrafish embryos. In addition, xyloketal B induced Akt and Erk1/2 phosphorylation in a concentration- and time-dependent manner. Furthermore, PI3K inhibitor LY294002 and Erk1/2 inhibitor U0126 suppressed the induction of HO-1 and translocation of Nrf-2 by xyloketal B, whereas P38 inhibitor SB203580 did not. In conclusion, xyloketal B can induce HO-1 expression via PI3K/Akt/Nrf-2 pathways, and the induction of HO-1 is mainly responsible for the antioxidant and antiapoptotic actions of xyloketal B.

  18. Does acetone react with HO2 in the upper-troposphere?

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    J. Lelieveld


    Full Text Available Recent theoretical calculations showed that reaction with HO2 could be an important sink for acetone (CH3C(OCH3 and source of acetic acid (CH3C(OOH in cold parts of the atmosphere (e.g. the tropopause region. This work details studies of HO2 + CH3C(OCH3 (CH32C(OHOO (R1 in laboratory-based and theoretical chemistry experiments; the atmospheric significance of Reaction (R1 was assessed in a global 3-D chemical model. Pulsed laser-kinetic experiments were conducted, for the first time, at the low-temperatures representative of the tropopause. Reaction with NO converted HO2 to OH for detection by laser induced fluorescence. Reduced yields of OH at T 2 by CH3C(OCH3 with a forward rate coefficient greater than 2 × 10−12 cm3 molecule−1 s−1. No evidence for Reaction (R1 was observed at T > 230 K, probably due to rapid thermal dissociation back to HO2 + CH3C(OCH3. Numerical simulations of the data indicate that these experiments were sensitive to only (R1a HO2-CH3C(OCH3 complex formation, the first step in (R1. Rearrangement (R1b of the complex to form peroxy radicals, and hence the atmospheric significance of (R1 has yet to be rigorously verified by experiment. Results from new quantum chemical calculations indicate that K1 is characterised by large uncertainties of at least an order of magnitude at T 3C(OCH3 near the tropopause, it cannot explain observations of CH3C(OOH throughout the troposphere.

  19. Covariant Hořava-like and mimetic Horndeski gravity: cosmological solutions and perturbations (United States)

    Cognola, Guido; Myrzakulov, Ratbay; Sebastiani, Lorenzo; Vagnozzi, Sunny; Zerbini, Sergio


    We consider a variant of the Nojiri–Odintsov covariant Hořava-like gravitational model, where diffeomorphism invariance is broken dynamically via a non-standard coupling to a perfect fluid. The theory allows one to address some of the potential instability problems present in Hořava–Lifshitz gravity due to explicit diffeomorphism invariance breaking. The fluid is instead constructed from a scalar field constrained by a Lagrange multiplier. In fact, the Lagrange multiplier construction allows for an extension of the Hořava-like model to include the scalar field of mimetic gravity, an extension which we thoroughly explore. By adding a potential for the scalar field, we show how one can reproduce a number of interesting cosmological scenarios. We then turn to the study of perturbations around a flat FLRW background, showing that the fluid in question behaves as an irrotational fluid, with zero sound speed. To address this problem, we consider a modified version of the theory, adding higher derivative terms in a way which brings us beyond the Horndeski framework. We compute the sound speed in this modified higher order mimetic Hořava-like model and show that it is non-zero, which means that perturbations therein can be sensibly defined. Caveats to our analysis, as well as comparisons to projectable Hořava–Lifshitz gravity, are also discussed. In conclusion, we present a theory of gravity which preserves diffeomorphism invariance at the level of the action but breaks it dynamically in the UV, reduces to General Relativity (GR) in the IR, allows the realization of a number of interesting cosmological scenarios, is well defined when considering perturbations around a flat FLRW background, and features cosmological dark matter emerging as an integration constant.

  20. Clinical study of liver cancer (Hepatocellular carcinoma) by 166 Ho-CHICO

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    Lee, J. T.; Yoo, H. S.; Lee, J. D.; Lee, D. Y.; Kim, E. K.; Yoo, N. C.; Shin, S. J.; Han, K. H. [Yonsei University, Seoul (Korea); Park, K. B. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejeon (Korea)


    As having used Ho-166 Chitosan complex, this study was designed for the development of new therapeutic agent in the treatment of liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma). During the period of 3 years from April 1, 1997 to March 31, 2000, this project was successfully performed on the base of clinical experience with percutaneous Ho-166 CHICO injection in the treatment of liver cancer'. In order to evaluate the biodistribution and effect of Ho-166 CHICO was performed in 50 patients, who had the progressed liver cancer with range of 3-10cm in diameter. After the administration of the complex materials, we evaluated the therapeutic effect as well as complication by the follow-up study that included laboratory examination, radioactivity counting and various imaging modalities. 1) In animal experiment, radioactivity of target liver was ranged between 27-33% of total body one, urine excretion between 0.17-0.24 %. White blood cell and platelet counts start diminishing within 7 days and at maximum within 4 weeks after administration of complex materials. In tissue changes of target liver was revealed no significant change in the tumor dose of Ho-166, but periportal fibrosis and massive tissue necrosis in the high ones. 2) In clinical study, total necrosis of tumor is 66%, partial 10% and non-response 24% among 50 patients' liver cancer. The most important complication were leukopenia and thrombocytopenia (82%), the remained was abdominal pain(34%), skin reaction(12%), bile duct obstruction(10%), liver abscess(6%) etc. Conclusively intraarterial injection of Ho-166 CHICO was effective in the treatment of larger and progressed liver cancer. 19 refs., 14 figs., 8 tabs. (Author)